Upstate New York has a pretty solid bluegrass scene thanks to festivals like Grey Fox, folks like Bill Knowlton, who has held his annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic since 1973, and artists like Tony Trischka and The Gibson Brothers (the latter act isn’t mentioned in the article, but should be).
The A.V. Club premiered Cory Branan’s “Missing You Fierce” from The No-Hit Wonder, which comes out August 19.
Rhett Miller performed a few songs for the Children’s Cancer Association as part of their MyMusicRx program. Watch here.
On October 5, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix will host a pretty cool auction. A pair of Hank Williams’ cowboy boots, Willie Nelson’s braids, and Buddy Holly’s motorcycle (which a few members of The Crickets gave to Waylon Jennings in the late ‘70s) are just a few of the items that’ll go up on the block.
The Last Bison’s new album, VA, will be released on September 30. They’re offering the album’s first single, “Every Time,” as a free download.
Spin.com posted Grace Askew’s “Bad Habit,” which was recorded at Sun Studios.
If you’re in the area, consider joining the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. The organization is only a couple weeks old, but it hopes to “function as a support group for member organizations, venues, bands, musicians, and fans.”
Get a sneak peek at JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson, and Paul Williams’ upcoming album, Standing Tall and Tough:
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.