MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

Earlier this year I told you about the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest coming to Merlefest. This was a fabulous opportunity for songwriters to get their pieces heard by true legends in the industry like Rodney Crowell. The Merlefest 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners were announced yesterday and I have them below for those of you who want to check them out! [Read more…]

Town Mountain Interview: Robert Greer Talks Merlefest, Tacos & Their Upcoming Album

Town Mountain Interview: Robert Greer Talks Merlefest, Tacos & Their Upcoming Album

As you know, Merlefest is currently going strong with an epic lineup. A couple weeks ago, I got to chat with Town Mountain’s Robert Greer about the huge role they are playing at the Merlefest music festival this year. Read on to find out more about how they got their cool nickname, “Taco Stand Troubadours,” what’s so different about their new album and the 2 things that the band members can always agree on. [Read more…]

SteelDrivers Interview: Mike Fleming On Chris Stapleton, The GRAMMYs & His 40+ Year Marriage

SteelDrivers Interview: Mike Fleming On Chris Stapleton, The GRAMMYs & His 40+ Year Marriage

As most of you know, GRAMMY award winning group, the SteelDrivers, was the jump off spot for Chris Stapleton. I recently got to talk to SteelDrivers’ bass player, Mike Fleming, about their new lead singer, Kelvin Damrell, a Kentucky native, just like Stapleton, their recent GRAMMY win and Fleming’s successful 40+ year marriage. Check out my SteelDrivers interview below to learn all about this tremendously talented bluegrass band. [Read more…]

Merlefest On The Road Announces 10 Tour Dates #Merlefest

Merlefest On The Road Announces 10 Tour Dates #Merlefest

Who’s excited for Merlefest? I definitely am! If you want a taste of Merlefest early, why not check out MerleFest On the Road? They have announced 10 tour dates where you can catch The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May in venues across Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Check out the dates and venues below! [Read more…]

Ricky Skaggs On Bill Monroe, His Musical Roots & New Country

Ricky Skaggs on Bill Monroe and his Musical Influences

With 12 #1 hit country singles, 14 GRAMMY Awards and tons of other accolades, Ricky Skaggs is a country and bluegrass legend. He will be receiving some other well deserved honors this month as well. On October 26th, he will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame {along with Garth Brooks and the late Jerry Reed} and then on October 31st, Skaggs will be honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award {previous recipients include George Strait, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and more}. Locally, you can also catch him in concert at the Carolina Theatre, in Greensboro, NC on October 14th. We got the chance to talk with Skaggs about these honors, his upcoming events and what he has in store for the near future.
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