One Song: It’s Just the Night

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Del McCoury Band and The Fairfield Four deliver a perfect tune to get you and your goblins in the Halloween mood. Recorded for the All Star Bluegrass Celebration II, this one’s become a…

One Song: By and By

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How many bluegrass bands craft instruments from trash? Just one by my count. The Hackensaw Boys have built and rebuilt its signature percussion instrument from tin-cans, hubcaps, license plates, and a…

One Song: Ain’t Nobody

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—pound for pound, Galax, Virginia is home to more musical talent than just about any place on Earth. This video goes to…

16 Tons of Prizes

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By the time Tennessee Ernie Ford released the tune “16 Tons” in 1955, he was already successful. He’d recorded a few hits, hosted an NBC quiz series, appeared in a reoccurring role on I…

One Song: North Idaho Zombie Rag

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No, this blog isn’t about Idaho, but neither is the band behind today’s tune—Hillfolk Noir. While the trio hails from Boise, they mash up a dizzying array of musical styles. “Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar take on traditional…

One Song: Under the Weeping Willow Tree

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With her lovely rendition of “Under the Weeping Willow Tree,” Emmylou Harris pays tribute to “the big bang of country music.” Back in 1927, a producer from New Jersey visited the mountain town…

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