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Country Lights

by Glenn Weiser July 23, 2015


  Many country music fans have been lamenting the decline of the genre with its new “bro” sound and pining for the golden era of three chords and the truth. If any of those disaffected folks ...

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Gift Guide: Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, and Celtic Music

by Glenn Weiser December 11, 2014


  If you’re scouting around for gift CDs in the folk, blues, bluegrass or Celtic music genres, look no further—I’ve scoped out the roots music landscape for you, and 2014 has given us a wealth of ...

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Roots and Beyond

by Glenn Weiser September 25, 2014


  The fourth annual Fresh Grass Music festival came just at summer’s end this year. The timing of this stellar three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music—a change of seasons—also symbolized the lineup, which included newer, ...

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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell

by The Staff June 19, 2014


  The banjo is a pretty funny instrument. But the guy playing it Friday night is even more so. Steve Martin is, of course, known best for his decades of standup comedy, SNL appearances, film roles, writing ...

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Love Hurts

by Shawn Stone February 10, 2014


  The trailer for The Broken Circle Breakdown, a Belgian musical drama nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film, neatly suggests the depths of passion, love and anger the film explores. But only suggests: This ...

Fresh Grass Festival

by The Staff September 19, 2013


  For a venue as high-concept as MASS MoCA, the idea behind FreshGrass is pretty simple: lots and lots of bluegrass music. The annual last hurrah of the contemporary art museum’s outdoor season, FreshGrass is nothing ...

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The Gibson Brothers

by The Staff January 10, 2013


  Upstate bluegrass heroes the Gibson Brothers are in hailing distance of their 20th anniversary, their first incarnation having debuted in 1994. Nineteen years later, they’re as popular (and acclaimed) as ever. They’ve also been working ...

The Egg

Chris Thile and Michael Daves

by The Staff January 5, 2012


One mic is all these bluegrass purists need. Nickel Creek veteran and contemporary mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile has grown up on the simple formula that Bill Monroe made famous on that very instrument. And while ...

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Five Alive

by Glenn Weiser January 21, 2010

It’s not the presence of the cello that makes Crooked Still, the brilliant, youthful bluegrass quintet originally from Boston, so unusual. After all, Nancy Blake first used that instrument to back up her husband Norman’s ...