Archives for Bluegrass

VIDEO: Steeldrivers return with a vengeance – Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey

When lead singer Chris Stapleton left the Steeldrivers a while back, a lot of folks wondered if they would lose the raw, visceral sound that marked their performances. But with the addition of Gary Nichols, those fears were put to rest, as Grey Fox 2011 attendees quickly heard. Enjoy this classic by this Nashville-based group. They still have it in droves!
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VIDEO: Peter Rowan mesmerizes – Panama Red/Tea Party medley

We always love it when Peter Rowan joins us at Grey Fox. Gone are the years when he howled at the moon late into the night. But his music resonates with older folks who remember Old and In the Way and thematic CDs like "Dust Bowl Children" and younger crowds who appreciate his recent rededication to traditional bluegrass and topical songs. A storyteller and a warbler, Rowan never disappoints, joined here by fiddle champion Kimber Ludiker and banjo great Mike Mumford.
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VIDEO: Thile-Daves – Bury Me Beneath the Willow

What a treat it was this year to have Chris Thile & Michael Daves, two masterful players and singers, join forces on our main stage. The only relation these two share is their love of bluegrass and traditional music and their uncanny skill set. They may not be related, but their singing recalls classic brother harmonies. Musically they feed off one another. The energy is palpable.
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Noam Pikelny Awarded 1st Annual Steve Martin Prize

The Steve Martin Charitable Foundation has selected Punch Brothers banjo player Noam Pikelny as the winner of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck were on the committee that selected Pikelny, who will receive “an unrestricted cash prize of fifty-thousand dollars, as well as a bronze sculpture created expressly for the prize by noted artist Eric Fischl.” Martin describes Pilkeny as “the extraordinary banjoist for the Punch Brothers, playing not only traditional bluegrass, but classical, rock and jazz oriented music. He is a player of unlimited
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