Author: Dave Jnr

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen | Bluegrass Island 2018

“At the risk of offending, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen… is a Marmite band, an informal British-based term meaning in this case that you either like their line-muddying, boundary-pushing, refuses-to-be-pigeonholed brand of bluegrass or you don’t … however you class their take on the genre, the quartet, collectively the IBMA’s Instrumental Group of the Year in 2016 (they sing as well, by the way), let their instruments speak for themselves, and speak they do. I guess that’s why I hit record on my camera. Three times, for three choice morsels, you could say.”

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Ricky Skaggs | Europe 1985

“Only a 9-year-old me would have the gumption to solicit Ricky’s attention mid-set during the Dublin leg of his 1985 European tour, his first tour as a bandleader at the height of his 1980’s country success and a tour that would spawn an album, ‘Live In London’, that would leave an indelible impression on me.”

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Kristy Cox Europe 2021

‘OK, let’s try that again, shall we? Postponed in 2020 😡 due to the Covid-19 pandemic 😷, we’re proud to announce Kristy Cox Europe 🇪🇺 2021. We’re busy once again networking with local bluegrass enthusiasts, festivals and venues in countries all over Europe to reschedule the tour for May 2021. It’s one more year of planning to make it even better than it would have been in 2020.’

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Kristy Cox Europe 2020 | * Postponed *

“Despite the hard-hitting graphic, the tour is postponed, not cancelled, and we’re already working to make it a reality for May 2021. One more year of planning to make it even better than it would have been this year.”

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650AM WSM Radio, Nashville

“The broadcast home of the Grand Ole Opry and ‘The Most Famed Country Music Station in The World’, 650AM WSM Radiowas founded by the now defunct National Life and Accident Insurance Company, who used the call sign WSM (We Shield Millions), and first broadcast on October 5 of 1925. We paid a visit to station’s ‘fishbowl’ studio in the bowels of Nashville’s mammoth Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Eddie Stubbs spinning the discs as he did each weekday evening before his July 2020 retirement from both WSM and Grand Ole Opry announcer duties.”

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Adams & Staats | October 2019

IRELAND, OCTOBER 12-20, 2019 | Proudly presented by mygrassisblue.com

A gifted, musically agile and versatile duo, Brandon Lee Adams & Johnny Staats embarked on their first tour of Ireland, the 9-gig nationwide tour succeeding in providing them with an array of new and expanded live performance opportunities and experiences, the kind only Ireland can provide.

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Adams & Staats | Ireland 2019, Days 4-6

Three more days, three more gigs, musicial collaborations, and the wild Atlantic west coast. It’s our media-heavy recap of days 4-6 of #AdamsandStaatsIreland2019, our 2019 9-gig nationwide tour of Ireland by flatpicking guitarist Brandon Lee Adams and mandolin maestro Johnny Staats.

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Adams & Staats | Ireland 2019, Days 1-3

Lots of ground covered. From the airport to UPS to Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast to rural Donegal to sleepy Cork. A puncture, a missed radio interview, the first three gigs, and the first three post-gig jams. It’s our media-heavy recap of days 1-3 of #AdamsandStaatsIreland2019, our 2019 9-gig nationwide tour of Ireland by flatpicking guitarist Brandon Lee Adams and mandolin maestro Johnny Staats.

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✝️ JUNIOR BARBER | MARCH 8, 2017 ✝️ Remembering popular reso-guitarist Junior Barber, best known for his seven-year stint as the dobro don with Eric and Leigh, The Gibson Brothers, who died on this day, March 8, in 2017.💬 “He’s a legend up here [upstate New York], one of the first pro musicians me and Leigh ever got to work with. Junior was a super tasteful player, a real tone freak. He helped mold us into becoming better musicians, teaching us the importance of restraint, taste, and tone. Junior was a huge influence on us, and I am very thankful for that.” - Eric Gibsonℹ️ Junior Barber, born Antoine D. Barber Jr. in Chazy Lake, New York, was 17 when he discovered the captivating sound of the dobro. A music lover all his life, his younger years were spent dabbling with amplified instruments in a string of musical ensembles -- everything from country to garage rock – throughout the New England region. He eventually sold all his electric instruments and devoted the rest of his musical journey to the dobro and acoustic music, specifically his first love, bluegrass. He was both an avid educator and a student of the dobro and his work with The Gibson Brothers, starting in the early 1990s, was something of a family affair; his son, Mike, has played bass for the brothers since 1991. Nominated by the IBMA for Dobro Player of the Year five years running, Junior Barber was unable to play music after suffering a stroke in 2016 and died on this day in 2017 at the age of 73. RIP, Junior Barber. ✝️ #bluegrass #bluegrassmusic #mygrassisblue #Longlivebluegrass #JuniorBarber #juniorbarberdobro #dobro #dobroplayer #bluegrassdobro #reso #resonatorguitar #resoguitar #bluegrasshistory #musichistory #onthisdayinbluegrass #OTD #onthisday #otdinmusic #bluegrassquotes #bluegrassmusician #rip ... See MoreSee Less
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