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

With Zac Brown Band “You Get” Alan Jackson

When the Zac Brown Band serves up its next album, You Get What You Give, Sept. 21, it will feature several bonus appearances. Jimmy Buffett and ace bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice both show up, as does Alan Jackson, who sings on “As She’s Walking Away,” which was released as a single earlier this week. Alan contributed, in part, because he and the band have a similar connection: Keith Stegall produces both acts, and that made it a little easier to line everything up. It makes for a unique collaboration — Alan is decidedly traditional country, while the Zac Brown Band has one foot in country and the other in a sort of jam-band philosophy. Read More