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.