Kansas City based music and outdoor writer Bill Graham provides this interview with bluegrass legend Byron Berline while he was in town for the 2014 Folk Alliance Conference.
March 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Kansas City based music and outdoor writer Bill Graham provides this interview with Australian based builder Graham McDonald on a visit to Kansas City and the hunt to see a Hardwood Mandolin and the owners of a Kansas City based company that sold them decades ago.
August 14, 2013 - 10:00 pm
Bill Graham interviews bluegrass mandolin legend Dean Webb, one of the founding members of The Dillards, still busy playing bluegrass many years after his appearances on The Andy Griffith Show.
June 10, 2012 - 1:45 pm
Writer Bill Graham reflects on two great American music festivals and what you might find at each, with inspiration gleaned from Thomas A. Adler's new book on Bean Blossom.
December 20, 2011 - 12:05 pm
Perhaps it's a good sign that the music comes first. The Hollywood movie about Bill Monroe's life and times, "Blue Moon of Kentucky," now has some soundtrack cuts in the can.
February 22, 2011 - 6:15 am
Traveling to the next paying gig or music contest is Brian Roe's life's work. In summer, the Roe Family Band caravans in their trailer, with a separate van leading the way. Their winter lodging is a sailboat bound for ports in Central and South America.
October 4, 2009 - 8:15 pm
Never played a Loar? Neither had Bill Graham until recently, and he shares the experience with the Mandolin Cafe's readers.
September 17, 2009 - 8:30 am
Bill Monroe's life was complicated, and disagreements have surfaced over the years between authors covering his life, and will likely to continue in the future. Bill Graham shares his observations and his life as long-time Monroe fan.
September 10, 2009 - 5:45 am
Bill Graham interviews mandolin legend Adam Steffey about his new solo "CD One More For the Road" and his role as one of the greatest all-time mandolin sidemen.
August 23, 2009 - 8:30 pm
A small piece of blackish pear wood with a big gouge, eight neatly drilled tuner holes and a missing curl is in many ways a symbol for bluegrass music, one that goes up for auction on Dec. 3 at Christie's in New York.
August 11, 2009 - 7:30 am
Lloyd Loar and Jesse James share the music when Bill Graham is visited by a trio of musicians from the Czech Republic including builder Miroslav Vana.
July 29, 2009 - 4:45 pm
Bill Graham pays tribute to mandolin and bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds who just celebrated his 80th birthday.
July 21, 2009 - 12:05 pm
Bill Graham tours the old Gibson Factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan looking for signs of Lloyd Loar.
July 1, 2009 - 9:30 am
Bill Graham visits Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan, a favorite destination for lovers of acoustic instruments.
June 24, 2009 - 6:30 am
Bill Graham revisits the memory of mandolin great Mitchell Land and his work with the Stone Mountain Boys, traditional bluegrass from the 60s and 70s.
June 4, 2009 - 6:30 am
Bill Graham - Campfires and mandolins are a wonderful combo, as long as the instrument is a reasonable distance from the flames and friends are present to hear it played.
May 20, 2009 - 10:15 am
Bill Graham talks Classical mandolin with European virtuoso Caterina Lichtenberg.
May 8, 2009 - 6:00 am
Josh Hungate, 2008 Winfield Mandolin Champion shares something in common with all of us, but he's also dueled his way to something that separates him from most of us.
April 12, 2009 - 1:30 pm
Bill Graham chronicles his own unemployment, his job going to the way that so many other newspaper employees find themselves in today.
March 27, 2009 - 2:30 pm
Mike Compton does well what so many of us wish we could do better - he plays in Bill Monroe's bluesy style very well.
March 19, 2009 - 9:30 pm
The story of two mandolins: one is just beginning its musical career on a journey to who knows where? The other recently returned back to the city where its wooden pieces were shaped and glued together over 100 years ago.
February 24, 2009 - 10:00 pm
The SteelDrivers, nominated for the Grammy Awards are about to crash the televised portion up against the powers of Country Music.
February 5, 2009 - 9:30 pm
Bill Graham shares his visit to the most recently discovered Lloyd Loar mandolin on the planet.
January 25, 2009 - 9:00 pm
A musical form oft played and most enjoyed by musicians--perhaps the world's most primal and common music--attracts no awards and little public attention.
January 11, 2009 - 4:45 pm
Luthiers are more than just instrument makers, they are also keepers of an alternate time zone. Bill Graham examines a craft few of us truly understand.
December 19, 2008 - 6:30 am
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