Patty Griffin Singin’ the Downtown Church

Check out Patty Griffin’s newest album, Downtown Church, A great collection of old Gospel standards sung at a 150 year old church in downtown Nashville that once served as a hospital during the Civil War.


Eilen Jewell

Sarah Jarosz clawhammers her way to the top

Sarah has been named Female Vocalist of the Year, Country/Bluegrass Band of the Year, and Folk Band of the Year by the Austin Music Awards! I can see why. At only 18, this little lady from Austin sure can sing and play just about anything: mandolin, clawhammer banjo, guitar, and piano. We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing more of you in the near future.

The Devil Makes Three

“The Devil Makes Three” is out of Santa Cruz, California. Yes, California. They play an awesome brand of acoustic music that’s a blend of bluegrass, old time music, folk, blues, ragtime, and rockabilly. Guitarist Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino, guitarist/tenor banjo player Cooper McBean.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow soaks up a little Southern Comfort and some “Rockin’ Bluegrass”.

“I just spent a few months living and working in Nashville, Tennessee which was an incredible experience. As I’m apt to do, I researched, ate, drank, tried, and asked my way around the city ‘til I found the best spots it has to offer. Never have I met such warm people, heard such good music, eaten so much fried chicken…I could go on and on. This week’s letter will cover the music/food and next week’s will cover the rest. It’s pretty easy to get to if you live in the good ol’ US of A as it’s kind of smack dab in the middle (well, not really, but almost) and is so worth a trip. It’s pretty damn great.” Love Gwyneth.

Read her reviews on the best places in Nashville to eat, drink and listen to bluegass.

“What’s more quaint, and out-of-time, and culturally beside-the-point than bluegrass?”

A recent article featured on Slate described bluegrass as “quaint, out-of-time, and culturally beside-the-point”. Really? The author, Nathan Heller, or his editor obviously didn’t do much fact checking on such a broad and ignorant statement.

Well Mr. Heller, Bluegrass music laid the foundation for much of the rock and country music we enjoy today. I have included a little video to help you be better informed.

Now that you have a better idea of where bluegrass has been, I would challenge you to check out where bluegrass is today. While the form continues to evolve, bluegrass continues to be relevant to the times. Check our archives for many articles and artist features for further proof that this genre is in fact still very much alive and on the rise.

In the future we would love to see Slate cover more of what’s going on in the Newgrass scene. Perhaps then you would be better informed.

Larry Clark / Bluegrass Activist and Founder of Newgrass Magazine

Original Slate Article

‘bama Ghost Music

Hailing from Auburn, The Pine Hill Haints has been turning out what they call Alabama Ghost Music since 2000. I’m not sure what exactly Ghost Music is, but I like it.

Jamie Barrier, Haints frontman, was introduced to the Southern musical tradition by his grandfather, and with his grandfather’s influences, he named his new band after the Pine Hill Cemetery where he practiced singing to himself as a kid. Barrier’s Pine Hill Haints now include washtub-bassist and banjo player Matt Bakula, Katie Barrier–Jamie’s wife–on washboard and mandolin, and drummer Ben Rhyne.