Parlor picking sounds as old fashioned as a taterbug mandolin. But a powerful fresh musical movement is afoot that might as well borrow those words as a label. Almost everyone in acoustic music agrees that we are in a second golden age of American string instrument building.
October 21, 2008 - 8:45 pm
Bill Graham updates readers on the problems experienced by Morgan Music, a Lebanon, Missouri music store that has faced unprecedented challenges in the operation of their business.
September 30, 2008 - 1:30 pm
Bill Graham's thoughts about the dependence on electricity by acoustic musicians.
September 28, 2008 - 4:45 pm
Bill Graham visits the man with the most widely heard mandolin solo in the world and gets the scoop straight from the source.
September 7, 2008 - 8:30 pm
Butch Baldassari's mandolin playing on his Old Town album floats like a butterfly and stings like Monroe. Bill Graham revisits a classic recording.
August 25, 2008 - 7:00 am
I'm so used to finding nothing of note along the interstates, that I'm surprised when the tasty little sign on the side of a cinder-block building catches my eye. "Bluegrass Cafe, Toe Tappin' Good!"
August 10, 2008 - 9:00 am
Chris Hillman in concert in Olathe, Kansas, July 11, 2008.
August 3, 2008 - 9:00 pm
Bill Graham catches up with second generation bluegrass/newgrass legend Sam Bush in concert in Olathe, Kansas, on July 11, 2008.
July 20, 2008 - 7:00 pm
Bill Graham pays a visit to the National Music Museum and visits with museum director Andre Larson.
July 3, 2008 - 1:00 pm
Bill Graham and Scott Tichenor pay a visit to David Grisman at the 2008 Wakarusa Festival in Lawrence, Kansas.
June 12, 2008 - 2:30 pm
Bill Graham features acoustic multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien.
June 4, 2008 - 10:00 pm
Sierra Hull is interviewed about her new Rounder recording and life as a teenage acoustic music superstar in the making.
May 22, 2008 - 6:30 am
Sharon Gilchrist was once like the rest of us, looking up at the mountain that the true stars of our music dwell on.
May 15, 2008 - 6:45 am
Music resonates in us, similar to how a tuning fork vibrates on and on after the steel is thumped.
May 1, 2008 - 9:30 pm
I wonder when and where the next breach in the wall will open? The wall being our standard way of thinking about music, melodies and picking styles.
April 17, 2008 - 7:15 pm
An undocumented Loar shows up at the Denver Folklore Center.
April 3, 2008 - 7:00 am
When you're new to playing acoustic music and the folklife culture, joining the picking circle can be very scary.
March 21, 2008 - 8:30 am
Acoustic music fans and performing artists are both spoiled.
March 6, 2008 - 9:30 pm
Bill Graham revisits two fellow musicians years later.
February 22, 2008 - 6:30 am
An impromptu visit to a famous vintage instrument haven in Salt Lake City, Utah.
February 7, 2008 - 9:00 pm
Matt Flinner's found a recipe for the same-old-music blahs.
January 23, 2008 - 9:00 pm
Come hither, my fellow mandolin and acoustic music devotees who take inventory as the old year fades and a new begins.
January 10, 2008 - 8:30 pm
Mandolins are miracles. Playing them is, too.
December 27, 2007 - 9:30 pm
Garth Brooks could make a bluegrass album and it probably would wind up being the biggest seller the genre has ever seen. But would it be lonesome?
December 14, 2007 - 6:05 am
David Grisman puts a restored F2 mandolin back in the hands of a bluegrass pioneer.
December 14, 2007 - 6:00 am
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