Bluegrass Corner
  • Summer Is Almost Here!

    As summer approaches we look forward to great bluegrass music during the traditional festival season. Bluegrass music is very popular–with estimates in the 20 million range of regular listeners in the US. Bluegrass music is hard to find on the radio, however, and the festival season is key to sustaining the economic viability of the […]

  • Why Some Folks Don’t Like Bluegrass

    In the last issue I addressed my thoughts on why bluegrass music is so popular in spite of the fact it is rarely found on commercial radio. This time, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why other people don’t like bluegrass music, perhaps explaining why it is seldom heard on the radio. […]

  • Great Bluegrass Coming Up!

    Southern California brings bright, crisp bluebird days this time of year–perfect for enjoying great bluegrass. Here are three good opportunities: Julian Family Fiddle Camp. Held at the beautiful Camp Cedar Glen in the mountains of Julian, this annual event takes place April 11 through April 15. The camp offers outstanding instruction on all the bluegrass […]

  • Julian Family Fiddle Camp and Front Country

    There are so many great ways to enjoy and participate in bluegrass music in San Diego that we are truly blessed. These opportunities include everything from great festivals (Summergrass), to slow jams, to Tuesday bluegrass nights, to special concerts, workshops, campouts and more. One way to participate is to take lessons by attending a music […]

  • Great January Bluegrass

    Three great bluegrass music opportunities will be in San Diego to kick off the first month of 2018. The Hillbenders. The Hillbenders is one high-octane bluegrass band out of Springfield, Missouri, performing and delighting crowds since 2008. They are Compass Records recording artists with multi record releases. The band has recently taken the music world […]

  • Where to hear and participate in live bluegrass music in San Diego

    A common question we get at the Troubadour is where, in San Diego, can I hear and get involved in live bluegrass music? If you want to jam, listen, and participate, here are some great options: BLUEGRASS TUESDAYS First Tuesday of the month there is bluegrass music and a jam session at the Round Table […]

  • Can a musician make a living playing bluegrass music?

    Now, there’s a great question! Here’s my take on the answer, having looked into the issue as a performer and as a board member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) where I served two terms from 2006-2013. Bottom line, “yes,” but it is a bit like asking: can my high school kid make it […]

  • October Bluegrass Happenings

    IBMA. Fall is World of Bluegrass (IBMA) season. Every year, in late September or early October, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and its worldwide tribe gather in Raleigh, North Carolina for a week of seminars, concerts, workshops, kids activities, the annual Bluegrass Music Awards Show, international events, and more. The IBMA activities are hosted […]

  • A Grand Time Was Had by All at Summergrass!

    Summergrass celebrated its 15th birthday with a bang last month, over the weekend of August 18-20. The weather was perfect, the music was stellar, the jamming was non-stop, and the smiles were everywhere. Headliner Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass delivered with super strong traditional bluegrass. For those who follow bluegrass closely, we know there […]