Missy Raines became the first woman to win IBMA's Bass Player of the Year Award, a title she's won 7 times. No doubt about it, she's an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist. Now, with her newest release, Royal Traveller, Missy has stepped into the spotlight as a songwriter for the first time. Royal Traveller highlights this particular piece of Missy's history with the stand out track “Swept Away”, which features the 5 first women to win IBMA instrumentalist awards, Missy, Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, Becky Buller, and Molly Tuttle. “Swept Away” was named 2018 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year. In this episode of Bluegrass Stories, Missy talks about her amazing journey with Katy Daley. For more information, visit www.missyraines.com/home
David Morris is an award-winning songwriter and winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. He has co-written two number ones and four top 10 songs. Dave also reviews CDs, compiles his annual favorites in Dave’s Dozen and writes about songwriting and the music business for Bluegrass Today. He’s a three-time nominee for IBMA Print Person of the Year. In this episode he talks with Howard Parker about the art and business of songwriting.
Could you work with your spouse in several different bands? Travel to all gigs together and still live and love in harmony? Lisa Kay Howard Hughes and Wally Hughes talk with Howard Parker on how to handle all that togetherness.
Albert Ihde, producer/director, is preparing a new documentary about “The Making of Bluegrass Country Soul” which will be a part of the special 50th anniversary edition box-set. This video will be for anyone interested in bluegrass music, independent filmmaking, or both. Albert started making films when he was 12 years old, and won First Prize in the Kodak Teenage Movie Contest when he was 18. -- from www.bluegrasscountrysoul.com
Paul Beard has been a luthier and builder of resonator guitars at Beard Guitars in his hometown of Hagerstown, Maryland since 1985. In close collaboration, Mike Auldridge and Paul Beard created stunningly beautiful, extraordinary guitars which combine unsurpassed artistry in design, construction and ornamentation. Today there's a long list of artists who play Beard Guitars.
Elise and Mike Auldridge were married 50 years. In this bonus mini-bluegrass story, she tells of returning from their honeymoon and taking a quick road trip so Mike could buy Josh Graves' dobro. It was her first introduction to a bluegrass festival.
For the past 15 years, Mainline Express has been a group of friends, playing for the pure love of the music. Once or twice a year, they would meet up for a weekend tour, a sort of friends reunion. Their first big get-together came this year at the Joe Val Festival. Howard Parker spoke with Jesse Brock about his award-winning mandolin style.
Katy Daley spoke with Sammy Shelor, world class banjoist and leader of Lonesome RiverBand, about music, family, awards and what it takes to be a band leader. (This interview first appeared in print in Bluegrass Today in August 2016.)
The history of an instrument is a most beloved Bluegrass Stories. Who owned it? How did you get it? What recordings was it used on? IBMA Hall of Famer, Doyle Lawson talks about owning one of Ira Louvin's mandolins. NOTE: Since the interview was recorded ownership of this legendary mandolin has passed on to Taylor Malpass of the classic country Malpass Brothers band. We can't think of a better steward for Ira's mandolin!!
Dave Schenkman of Turtle Hill Banjo Co. is friend to banjos and banjo players the world over. Katy Daley made the trip to LaPlata, Maryland to talk with Dave about how he became a banjo dealer, some of the interesting people he's come to know through the music business and more.