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Two Worlds of Bluegrass (No Depression)

No Depression recently published a beautiful print issue focused entirely on bluegrass music. I was honored when they asked me to contribute. My piece focusesĀ on the current state of bluegrass affairs and how things came to be the way they are. I look atĀ the growing divide between the progressive world, which is flourishing, and the traditional world, which is not.… Read more →

Denver Bluegrass Generals

The Denver Bluegrass Generals in something Andy Hall and I have been planning for quite some time, and we could not be more excited about how things kicked off last weekend. The idea has always been to bring a cross section of our favorite bluegrass musicians (younger, older, traditional, progressive, etc) here to the front range of Colorado for a… Read more →


We’ve been on tour–here are a few live cuts for your listening pleasure. More info at the Founding Fathers site. Read more →


Big thanks to the Bluegrass Situation for inviting me to be a part of their growing musical world. The BGS is the brainchild of Ed Helms–banjo player and long time friend of acoustic music. For my first piece I jumped back into some of the bigger bluegrass issues but in a context I had never really considered. Things are changing… Read more →


A few weeks ago I was up in Boston as a guest teacher at the Berklee College of Music, and I’m happy to report that the banjo is cool again. I was there for two days, working with students in the American Roots Music Program on everything from right-hand techniques to strategies for young professional musicians. Compared to my time… Read more →

BG Situation Mixtape

Ed Helms and Co. have a cool thing brewing out on the West Coast: The LA Bluegrass Situation. First they started a festival in LA, now roughly 3 years old, which has featured some of the biggest names in acoustic music (Gillian and Dave, Jackson Brown, Andrew Bird, the Steeps, the Dusters, Punch Bros, Sara & Sean Watkins, etc) as… Read more →