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Hear It Here First: Humming House Hails Sir Paul McCartney, Records 'Maybe I'm Amazed'

Michael Bialas | Posted 07.08.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Just like every picture tells a story, every song tells a story, too. Of course, the ones with amazing endings are always the most compelling. This i...

Eight Reasons Not to Miss Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival Over Memorial Day Weekend

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

Rooster Walk 8 Music and Arts Festival, set for May 26-29 near Martinsville, Virginia, is a week away and just in case you haven't purchased a pass, I'm giving you eight reasons you don't want to miss it.

MerleFest Is 'Ground Zero' for Music, Musicians

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 05.07.2016 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

It's no secret MerleFest fans have made the annual trek for the past 29 years to North Carolina's Wilkes Community College during the last weekend of April to hear their musical folk heroes perform live. What's less obvious is the musicians themselves look just as forward to the annual event honoring the music of the late, great Doc and Merle Watson because it gives them the chance to rub elbows, possibly jam or even get discovered by their own musical heroes.

Worth the Weighted Mind: Sierra Hull Graduates From an Old School of Thought

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.29.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

At age 7, she was introduced to the mandolin by her dad, but the fiddle was "what I thought I wanted to play," she said. That changed in 1999 when the Christmas gift from Hull's grandmother, great aunt and great uncle was too big for her tiny hands to hold.

Eight Reasons You Should Go to MerleFest 2015

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

If you are already a fan of MerleFest, then you can skip to No. 1. For the uninitiated, however, MerleFest is the younger, Eastern cousin of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I discovered this gem of Americana festivals more than a decade ago after I moved to North Carolina from spending nearly a decade out West attending Telluride.

By the Book in Telluride: Presenting 40 Years of Festivation

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival this week is celebrating its 41st year of roots music in the picture-perfect setting among the San Juan Mountain peaks in southwest Colorado. It's a shame if you haven't experienced it at least once.

Motherload Monday: Chats With Steve Earle, Ravi Coltrane, Jerry Douglas, P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval and Marina & The Diamonds

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.06.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Boardwalk Empires, Mockingbirds, Concertos & Rocket Science: Conversations with The Jayhawks, Bela Fleck and Vince Giordano

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


A Double Date With Sara Watkins at Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.21.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Colin Meloy sarcastically said he was offering one number "free of charge" as the campaign theme song for Michele Bachmann. The "Calamity Song," drew raucous cheers and applause from the left-leaning crowd.

Four-Cornered in Colorado, Festive Caravan of Thieves Steals the Show

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The Caravan of Thieves brings a touch of vaudeville, over-the-top theatricality, performance art and an all-but-the-kitchen sink collection of percussion utensils (and a hubcap) to their brand of gypsy swing.