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Tony Trischka on Pete Seeger

Pete SeegerAward winning banjo artist, instructor and historian Tony Trischka shared his tribute on Pete Seeger. We've been granted permission to carry that tribute here on Cybergrass. Tony writes...

I grew up with Pete’s banjo ringing in my ears. My parents were on the left side of things in the fifties and we listened to Weavers albums, Pete’s children’s records on Folkways, and Talking Union by the Almanac Singers.

Americana Music Association Presents Everly Brothers Tribute Jan 25

Everly Brothers TributeNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association is pleased to announce it will remember Phil Everly with a tribute to the Everly Brothers during a celebration of American Roots Music. The event will take place at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Saturday, January 25.

Colin O'Brien & Friends in Concert: A Tribute to John Hartford

Colin O'BrienShake the snow off your boots. Bring back the summer, steamboats, and dance boards. Celebrate the music and dance of John Hartford at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, located on the banks of the Ohio River he traversed so often and loved so well. Colin O'Brien & Friends: A Tribute to John Hartford will feature Mike Compton, Sam Grisman and Matt Combs at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

7th Annual Brooklyn John Hartford Tribute Jan 31

John HartfordBrooklyn, NY -- “Just when you thought it couldn’t get no better then it does …” The Seventh Annual Brooklyn John Hartford Tribute takes flight in all its steam-powered glory, featuring the Deadly Gentlemen, Tony Trischka, Michael Daves, Chris Eldridge, Kristin Andreassen and many, many more on their own and backed by the house band, the Electric Steam-Powered Water Taxi Boys.

The Travelin' McCourys Play Dedication Show for Bob Mavian

The Travelin' McCourysThe Emelin theatre in Mamaroneck, New York will feature the wonderful bluegrass music group The Travelin McCourys Friday, May 17 at 8 PM. This show is dedicated to the memory of Bob Mavian. Over the years, Bob and his wife Barbara graciously opened their home to a number of bands who played at the Emelin. Bob himself was well-known in the bluegrass community as an outstanding musician, especially on mandolin and banjo. He appeared with his band, Horse Country, at some of the very first bluegrass shows that Doug Tuchman and J.Jay Mautner produced at the Emelin, and thereafter was at the Emelin with several different bands including the Case Brothers and Big Apple'achia. Bob was exceptionally knowledgeable about vintage bluegrass instruments, and when he played, the four "T's," as bluegrass pickers like to say, were all there: touch, tone, timing and taste. He was a friend and mentor to countless bluegrass musicians, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. The Theatre is located at 153 Library Lane in Mamaroneck. Tickets are $15 Students; $44 Advanced; $47 Day of Show.

MerleFest 2013 to Feature Special Tributes to Doc Watson

Doc WatsonWilkesboro, NC -- When MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 25-28, 2013, kicks off on Thursday afternoon, it will be a bittersweet moment. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. But for the first time in its 26 years, MerleFest will take place without beloved music icon Doc Watson, who passed away on May 29, 2012.

A Tribute to the Banjo Baron of Bluegrass, Walter Hensley 1936-2012

James Reams with Walter HensleyWalter Hensley, legengary bluegrass banjo player, passed away Sunday, November 25th.
By James Reams
Walt and I met in the early 1990s at a bluegrass festival in Groveton, NH. The festival was being held at a Speedway and at night, they would stop the music so the cars could race. I walked up to Vernon McIntyre's bus one evening looking for somebody to pick with and knocked on the door. When I walked in, there was Walter sitting there on the bus with Vernon, smoking a cigarette and looking for all the world just like a confederate soldier. When I asked him why he hadn't recorded in a number of years and he said "No one’s willin’ to work as hard as I’d like them to!" I told him that I'd have as many rehearsals as he felt necessary to get a project done and we recorded James Reams, Walter Hensley & The Barons of Bluegrass. When I found out that the album was nominated for IBMA's Bluegrass Recording Event of the Year in 2002, I called up Walter. He asked, "Who are the other nominees?" I told him "The Chieftans and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” and he responded, "Well, we might as well forget that one!"

Legendary Bluegrass Artists Honor “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe Nov 29

Bill MonroeLegendary bluegrass artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

The Grascals Perform for Charlie Daniels

The GrascalsNashville, TN --- The Grascals were among the impressive lineup of stars onhand for a special tribute to three living legends. Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen were honored at the 9th Annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium. The venue, in fact, was the site of the very first Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam.

This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark Wins Americana Album of the Year

This One's For HimThis One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark was honored last night at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium with the coveted Album of the Year award during the annual Americana Honors & Awards. Clark performed "My Favorite Picture of You," accompanied by Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp. After Clark's performance, the award was presented by Rodney Crowell and Brandi Carlisle. Other nominees in the category included Steve Earle's We'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Jason Isbell's Here We Rest and Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings The Harrow and the Harvest.

Ralph Stanley to Honor Doc Watson in Greensboro Concert

Dr. Ralph StanleyGreensboro, NC -- The Carolina Theatre announced Friday that it will remember Doc Watson in a concert next week. Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass legend, will perform June 8 with his group the Clinch Mountain Boys and will dedicate his performance to Watson, his longtime friend, stage partner and fellow bluegrass music legend.

Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs out June 5

 A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl ScruggsBurlington, MA -- Earl Scruggs almost single-handedly perfected and popularized the rolling, three-finger banjo technique ("Scruggs Style") that has become the signature sound of bluegrass. Over a period of a couple of years, many of the best banjo players in bluegrass convened in Nashville to record this tribute to him. Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs will be released on Rounder Records. With his recent passing, this collection of never-before-released material has become a memorial album as well, for his pervasive influence can be heard on every track. Bluegrass banjo doesn't get much better than this.


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