Bluegrass Corner
  • Happy New Year All!

    We had a great bluegrass year in 2016, and here at the Troubadour we are looking forward to even more in 2017. We hope to see you out and enjoying some of the great opportunities here in San Diego to hear live bluegrass music. Here are just a few: FIRST TUESDAY EVERY MONTH: Jam session […]

  • ResoSummit: The Dobro Rocks Nashville

    The dobro, or resonator guitar, has become an important part of the bluegrass arsenal since its original development in the 1920s. On the occurrence of ResoSummit’s 10 year anniversary, let’s take a look at the Summit and the instrument. The leading educational event in the dobro world is ResoSummit, produced by Rob Ickes and the […]

  • Huck Finn Bluegrass Jubilee Closes Its Doors

    After a venerable, and memorable, run over the last four decades, the Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival has been laid to rest with its 2016 event being its last. Rest in peace. The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival was founded by Don Tucker and his family in 1976, although its early genesis began with events […]

  • The Changing of the Guard

    Bluegrass music is often thought of as old, but in actuality it is not. Bluegrass as a musical form was created in the 1940s by Bill Monroe and his seminal band. Being from Kentucky, the bluegrass state, Bill called the band “Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys,” and the popularity of this new music soon […]

  • Summergrass!

    Summergrass. Wow, what a great Summergrass weekend! Many of us look forward to the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival all year long, and 2016’s event took the town by storm over the weekend of August 19-21. The weather was perfect, warm with cool breezes, the food service was excellent, as were the workshops, jamming, and other activities. […]

  • Bluegrass News for August

    Ralph Stanley Passes. The bluegrass community has lost one of the great ones. “Dr.” Ralph Stanley passed away June 23, 2016 from complications of skin cancer. Ralph started playing bluegrass in 1946, although he called it “mountain music” to distinguish it from the “bluegrass” being played by Bill Monroe at the time. Ralph started out […]

  • Summer Bluegrass!

    There was lots of bluegrass action over the last month, and more great stuff coming! Let’s take a quick look. Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest. The third annual Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ contest was presented by the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 7 (San Diego) in the historic Julian Town Hall in the […]

  • The Diversity of Bluegrass

    Bluegrass music resides in a big tent, with room for interesting and exciting variety. Musically, the tent includes (at least in the minds of some) forms of music ranging from classic Flatt and Scruggs tunes to Alison Krauss, to Mumford and Sons, Yonder Mountain String Band, and out to groups like Trampled by Turtles that […]

  • Coming Events

    There are some great bluegrass opportunities for fan participation coming up, beyond the usual concerts and jam sessions. Bluegrass Campout. First up is the annual Spring Bluegrass Campout at the KOA in Chula Vista over the weekend of April 29-May 1st. If you didn’t book a camp site, you can stop by for a day […]