First Round of Artists Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the first round of artists set to perform at their newly-named Wide Open Bluegrass festival to be held September 27-28 at the Raleigh, North Carolina Convention Center and Amphitheater. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury and Tony Rice, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon [...] Read More

2012 Rewind: No. 3 – Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs passed away at a Nashville hospital on March 28. He popularized a three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument and inspired countless musicians. He was 88. Born in Shelby, North Carolina and raised on a farm in the Flint Hill area, Earl started playing banjo at [...] Read More

Earl Scruggs Remembered at Public Memorial Service

2,300 mourners turned out Sunday, April 1 to pay tribute to the late Earl Scruggs at the public funeral held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, reports the Associated Press. It was a fitting tribute to the legendary banjo player,who played his songs for years on the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman stage. Earl passed away [...] Read More