Here are the American Roots music nominees for the Grammys. Congrats to my homies, The Steep Canyon Rangers for their nomination for best bluegrass album! Also to the Carolina Chocolate Drops for another great album, Leaving Eden and it's nomination for the best Folk Album of the year.
McEuen writes about the album, "I am very fortunate to have spent countless hours on the road with my “boys”, traveling and performing. Jonathan and I..., well, it seems like we’ve done a thousand shows together. Nathan and Jonathan have done countless shows together, and I have put Nathan in hundreds of situations where it was just he and I. The ‘trio’? Not enough yet, but a bunch of shows since 1994 that were great experiences leading to this album. I am proud of the men they have become."
Some nights he had the stars of North Carolina shooting from his fingertips. Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried.
Using fragments of original footage from the 1960s and 1970s, documentary filmmaker John Cohen captures the music and culture surrounding American bluegrass singer, banjo player and guitarist Roscoe Holcomb, The 2010 film, “Roscoe Holcomb: the Man from Daisy Kentucky,” is comprised of outtakes from two of Cohen’s previous films about the musician, “The High Lonesome Sound” from 1963 and “Musical Holdouts” from 1975.
Renaissance in banjo playing amongst young and old is driving best-ever sales, says UK's leading banjo retailer. Britain's banjo retailer Banjos Direct is reporting record sales, driven by a resurgence of interest in the instrument amongst players at both ends of the age spectrum. Manufacturers in the USA and UK are expanding their ranges and increasing production to meet the demand for the instrument.
LOS ANGELES - Bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs answered a knock at the door of his Nashville home in 1953 to find an eager-looking banjo enthusiast on the porch asking Scruggs to put a set of his special tuner keys on the young man's instrument.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, his sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash's baritone or Hank Williams' heartbreak.
When it comes to bluegrass music, few singers command as much respect as Del McCoury. The plaintive emotion of his voice – the 'high lonesome sound' associated with mountain music – has set the standard for bluegrass vocalists for close to 50 years.
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