RockyGrass Archives 2014: Growing up in the cradle of country music, southern Virginia's Carroll County, James King found his inspiration in the gospel music of the Stanley Brothers. James learned to match the inflections and emotions in Carter's vocals, and by the 1980s was a featured member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. Joining James for his first RockyGrass since 1999 are Rodney Worley (mandolin), Merle Johnson (fiddle), Mitch Walker (banjo), and John Marquess (bass).
RockyGrass Archives 2014: Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner brought his current creative project, the Matt Flinner Trio to RockyGrass for the first time. The group consists of Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ross Martin (guitar), and Eric Throin (bass). The trio assembled for an instrumental summit on Sunday afternoon.
RockyGrass Archives 2014: It's hard not to notice when a grand piano rolls onto the Planet Bluegrass festival grounds during a Bluegrass festival. But indeed it did and with it one of the hottest sets of 2014's RockyGrass festival. Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder brought the house down with their Friday night headlining set.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend a little time with The Railsplitters on KGNU's Old Grass Gnu Grass show. They shared a few live tunes and spoke with Brian Eyster about how they collaborate as a band and their developing sound. Their first release is out and showcases their balanced and emerging style.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: For more than 50 years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans. To close the opening night of the 41st RockyGrass, the Del McCoury Band took the stage for a stellar evening and one giant shooting star that made it's way across the sky during the second encore.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: The one and only Tim O'Brien took the stage Friday night with an incredibly hot band made up of guitarist Bryan Sutton, banjoist Noam Pikelny, fiddler Casey Driessen, and bassist Mike Bub. It was a stellar set and one of the many highlights of Friday's line up.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: Swiss born banjo player, Jens Krüger teamed up with his brother Uwe and New York City native Joel Landsberg to form the Krüger Brothers. On Friday evening, the trio made their way to the stage at RockyGrass for a great set of music in their 6th appearance at the festival.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: The Deadly Gentlemen made their way from Boston to kick off the Saturday line-up at RockyGrass. The band hit the stage at about the same time that their first release on Rounder Records was hitting the shelves. For many at RockyGrass, this was their first chance to catch the band, but certainly not their last.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: Jayme Stone makes his RockyGrass debut with his latest project, exploring the archive of pioneering American folklorist Alan Lomax. Jayme was joined by Tim O'Brien, fiddler Bruce Molsky, accordionist Moira Smiley, guitarist Margaret Glaspy, and bassist Greg Garrison.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: At the 19-year mark, Blue Highway is undisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. They first took the stage together on December 31, 1994. They made their 5th trip to the RockyGrass stage in Lyons on Saturday night. Here are the broadcast highlights.