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Bill Monroe, the man widely acknowledged as the father of bluegrass music, was in search of a new banjo player for his famed Blue Grass Boys when a young musician turned up backstage at Nashville's celebrated Ryman Auditorium during a 1945 Grand Ole...
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Levon Helm is most widely known for the songs he sang that found their way onto the pop charts during his long tenure as drummer and singer for the Band: "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Don't Do It," earthy and infectious...
Pop & HissEarl Scruggs: Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs has died at 88....
Pop & HissRemembering bluegrass banjo player Earl Scruggs, who died on Wednesday at age 88. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts explores the legendary American musician's influence....
Pop & HissEarl Scruggs created a foundation for progressive musicians to build on. Bela Fleck is an example of one who took the banjo to new heights because of what Earl Scruggs created before him....
Bill Monroe Host of NBC's 'Meet the Press' Bill Monroe, 90, who hosted the long-running Washington political television show "Meet the Press" for nearly a decade, died Thursday at a Washington-area nursing home. Monroe was the NBC show's fourth...
Pop & HissCould it really be that in this age of pop music, often built on calculation and manipulation, that thereâs still a place for bona-fide innocence? There is, at least in the parallel musical universe that producer T Bone Burnett is......
Pop & HissThis Sunday, Steve Martin headlines the final night of the Bluegrass Situation, a four-night festival curated by fellow actor and fellow banjo enthusiast Ed Helms. If it’s anything like the concert Martin did at the same festival last year, you........
Pop & HissVocal harmony has played a crucial role in country music dating back to those wondrous vocal blends of the Carter Family in the ' 20s and even earlier, and Stagecoach audiences were exposed to an invigorating variety of ways to......
Pop & HissStagecoach got a strong dose of roots country early Sunday across all three stages. The Harters, an unassumingly charming family trio from Phoenix that opened the Mane Stage lineup, used tight sibling harmonies on originals that showed their desire to.......
Grammys 2011: T Bone Burnett gets Recording Academy President's Special Merit Award, slams MP3 technologyPop & HissAwards season typically brings lots of glad-handing and self-congratulation, but producer T Bone Burnett showed little interest in engaging in the usual pleasantries Wednesday night at the Grammy Week Gala put on by the Recording Academyâs Producers &...
The Big PictureThe critics have been raving nonstop, and rightfully so, over Jeff Bridges' peerless performance in "Crazy Heart" as Bad Blake, the burned-out country music star who finds himself running on empty, reduced to playing bowling alleys as he tries to......
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