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Bluegrass Breakdown: Fingers And Toes, Part 1

Feb 3, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: They're appendages found on the hand — five digits that manipulate, grasp, write, create, receive and send messages and otherwise make the world go round. 

With the dexterous assistance of Ralph Stanley, Jones & Leva, the Circuit Riders, the Lost & Found and Reno & Smiley, we'll be bluegrassically saluting the mighty finger. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: New Releases

Jan 27, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be getting 2018 started off with a bang by unleashing the latest offerings from Remington Ryde, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, the Wilson Banjo Co., Black River Revue, the Infamous Stringdusters and the Urban Monroes. 

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be finishing up our review of the many bluegrassical high points of 2017 with tunes from SPBGMA award winners such as the Farm Hands, Junior Sisk, Flatt Lonesome and Rhonda Vincent as well as IBMA Momentum Award Winners Mile Twelve, Jesse Smathers, Carley Arrowood, Tristan Scroggins and Casey Campbell. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: 2017 Highlights, Part 2

Jan 13, 2018

We'll be continuing our nod to 2017's bluegrassical best and brightest, with tunes from The Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range, Sierra Hull, Volume Five, the IBMA distinguished achievement award recipients Norman Blake, Louisa Branscomb and Fletcher Bright, as well as the IBMA Hall of Honor inductees Bobby Hicks, Roland White and Hazel and Alice Gerrard. 

Highlights Of 2017, Part One

Jan 6, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be taking a look back at some of the many high, blue and lonesome highlights that made 2017 a year to remember. Award winners such as the Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome, Balsam Range and Volume Five will be receiving the recognition, honor and tip of the Open Road Stetson that they deserve. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: October & November 1977

Dec 30, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be making a beeline to October, November and December, 1977 when, among other things:

Mandolinist Mike Compton joins the Nashville-based Hubert Davis & The Season Travelers; Keith Whitley leaves Ralph Stanley to join J.D. Crowe & the New South; Charlie Sizemore takes Keith's place with the Clinch Mountain Boys; Bill Harrell launches his new band, the Virginians; and Fiddler Leslie Keith, author o the Black Mountain Rag, passes away at the age of 71. 

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: Christmas is about many things — hope, magic, joy, salvation, celebration and ... tradition. It's those traditions — trees, lights, cards, gifts, carols, bells, mistletoe, warm fires, family gatherings, turkey, ham and all the fixings — that help make Christmas the king of all the holidays in bluegrassland. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: Climbing, Part Two

Dec 16, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We spend the better part of our lives engaged in this activity. It can mean the process of ascension, overcoming challenges and soldiering on through life. With such prevalence, it's no wonder it's also fertile ground for blugrassification. 

With the help of Blue Highway, the Goins Brothers and Brad Davis, we'll be climbing uphill, climbing higher, climbing up the mountain, climbing the golden stairs, climbing over the cross and climbing Cole Hill. 

New Releases

Dec 9, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: It's been a busy few weeks around the new bluegrass CD bins, as store clerks frenetically and frantically try and keep them stocked with the latest high lonesome offerings. We'll be sampling the same from Tim Stafford, Shannon Slaughter, Mark Johnson & Emory Lester, Billy Strings, Steel Wheels and Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: Petty Grass

Dec 2, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: Over the span of five decades, he's been one of rock 'n roll's most consistent and endearing hit makers, selling over 80 millions records in the process. Inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, he performed the Superbowl 42 half-time show and had the keys to his hometown, Gainesville, Fl. He was a member of Mudcrutch and the Traveling Wilburys and was best known, of course, as the iconic leader of The Heartbreakers. We'll be bluegrassing Thomas Earl Petty, who tragically died on October 2, 2017, just 18 days shy of his 67th birthday.