We visited the wonderful new Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC last month, where we had a wonderful day. It’s a terrific, professional job with lots of high tech goodies making it a really exciting and engaging place to visit. The spirit of Earl and his family as well as his home region pervade the old Cleveland County Courthouse, which has been completely restored. Visit my account and then plan your own visit there.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/04/we-first-came-to-shelby-nc-in-fall-of.html
Last month I attended Leadership Bluegrass, and IBMA sponsored leadership program, held in Nashville over a three day period. Along with 21 other people of diverse backgrounds and interest, I learned, grew, and had a wonderful time. If this program has an appeal to you, consider applying for next year’s class.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/04/leadership-bluegrass-2014.html#gpluscomments
Willow Oak Music Park, Roxboro NC
The Willow Oak Bluegrass Festival will run at Willow Oak Park near Roxboro, NC from April 24 – 26. Featuring a strong lineup, a really fine rural venue, and lots of good fun, this is a terrific festival for a Spring weekend.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/04/willow-oak-bluegrass-festiva-roxboro-nc.html
The Big Lick Bluegrass Festival kicks off on April 10 at the Oakboro Festival Grounds in Oakboro, NC with a strong lineup including Feller & Hill, Nothin’ Fancy, Balsam Range, Darrell Webb, Junior Sisk, and James King. Good spring opener for the NC outdoor festival season. Join us there.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/03/big-lick-bluegrass-festival-april-10-12.html
On Monday evening we attended the Station Inn to see New Monday (Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Val Storey & Friends) for their regular weekly gig. The evening was a great success, filled with great music and good fun. What a treat!Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-station-inn-welcome-to-nashville.html
We had a fine week at the Roscoe Canaday Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Dixieland RV Park in Waldo, FL. There was a fine mix of bands and lots of activities throughout the week. Take a look at my blog for further details.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/03/roscoe-canaday-memorial-bluegrass.html
Tom Henderson, 87,the founder of the Bluegrass Parlor Band in 1988 and longtime DJ on WMNF radio in Tampa, FL died early this morning after a long illness. Tom’s radio program, “This is Bluegrass” had aired monthly from 1971 until quite recently. The Bluegrass Parlor, a retail music store as well as a famous meeting place and instructional center for Florida’s young bluegrass musicians, located in Tampa, was owned by Tom from 1980 until he sold it to Jeff Jones in 2005. Alumni of the Bluegrass Parlor Band include the great fiddler Aubrey Haynie, Nashville attorney for David Crow who was for many years fiddler for the Osborne Brothers, Jason Barie fiddler for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Florida favorite Scott Anderson. In more recent years Cory Walker, currently touring with Ricky Skaggs and Jarred Walker, mandolin player with Missy Raines, both came through the Parlor Band program. Tom Henderson was at the center of creating this rich load of Florida bluegrass musicians who have had significant national impact. The Bluegrass Parlor was also a venue visited by literally hundreds of bluegrass bands passing through Florida from Bill Monroe to Sierra Hull, the last band to play at the Parlor.
Tom had been ailing for many years, but always maintained an active interest in bluegrass happenings. He was a frequent contributer to the Bluegrass-L, an email List Serve devoted to discussing bluegrass music and matters. Recently, a benefit concert was held for him. He will be long remembered in the Florida bluegrass community and nationally. In 1988, Tom Henderson received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award. He is survivved by his wife Chris, daughter Karmen and son Rick, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. He will be long remembered.
I’ve posted an essay I call “Demographics and Bluegrass Festivals” exploring some issues I see arising on the bluegrass festival scene and suggesting some ways to counter or take advantage of them. I look forward to reading your responses and engaging in the ensuing discussion.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/02/demographics-and-bluegrass-festivals.html
Rhonda Vincent’s new CD, composed of two six song disks, one country and one bluegrass hits the streets on January 28th. It’s a first rate piece of work that offers terrific music while it asks (and perhaps answers) somw questions about what is bluegrass. Take a look at my view on this ground breaking release.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/01/rhonda-vincent-only-me-cd-review.html