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Seven questions with bluegrass master Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize, Earls of Leicester fame

Tim O’Brien has been called a lot of things throughout his musical career, which spans more than four decades: newgrass, bluegrass, singer, songwriter, mandolin aficionado.

He has been called a lot of things because, well, he does a lot of things. Continue reading

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42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival initial lineup includes historic collaboration of Cooder, White and Skaggs and new faces among usual suspects

I’m using my least favorite day of the year, Winter Solstice, to tell you about a show you don’t want to miss on my favorite day of the year, Summer Solstice: the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. This festival holds a special place in my heart. It is the first bluegrass festival I ever attended. One of my best friends and fellow music lover, Lynn Holt, introduced me to the magic of the box canyon that is topped by the twin Bridal Veil Falls and a river running through its lush valley. If Kevin Costner’s dad in “Field of Dreams” showed up there, he would ask if it was heaven. You seriously have to see it to understand how amazing it is. Continue reading

Yarn performs at Rooster Walk 6

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Rooster Walk 7 Music and Arts Festival announces initial lineup, early-bird ticket sales for May 21-24, 2015, event event

Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival organizers have announced the initial lineup for Rooster Walk 7 set for May 21-24, 2015. The event will feature Yarn (Saturday and Sunday), Southern Culture on the Skids (Thursday), the Kings of Belmont, After Jack, Major & the Monbacks and Lizzy Ross.

“We’re super excited to welcome SCOTS into the fold for the first time, and thrilled to bring the other five Rooster Walk vets back again,” says Johnny Buck, Rooster Walk executive director.

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After Jack performs at Rooster Walk 6

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Give yourself a gift: Go hear After Jack perform at the Rives Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 20

After Jack, a Franklin County-based “hot folk” trio, is scheduled to perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Va., as part of The Bluegrass at the Rives Concert Series. Continue reading

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Catch Justin Townes Earle and Caleb Caudle on Saturday, Dec. 13, @SECCA concert series

Fresh off the success of his newest album, “Single Mothers,” Justin Townes Earle is preparing to release, “Absent Fathers,” (hmm wonder who’s the subject?), which he recorded simultaneously. But first he’s coming to Winston-Salem on Saturday, Dec. 13, to headline The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) Crossroads@SECCA concert series. Winston-Salem-based alt-country singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle will open the show that marks the 11th installment of the series. I had the pleasure of catching Caudle at a private performance at Underdog Records earlier this year and I thought he was great. I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Earle perform live. Hoping to change that this weekend.

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