Bluegrass Corner
  • Great Bluegrass Coming to San Diego in August!

    San Diegans have two outstanding opportunities to enjoy top quality live bluegrass music this month: Summergrass. Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19 brings the annual Summergrass Festival to San Diego. Top talent, including Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, the Jeff Scroggins Band, and the ever popular Bluegrass Etc., will […]

  • Bluegrass Day at the Fair

    Great weather, great music, great times. The San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS) and the North San Diego County Bluegrass and Folk Club (NCBFC) have been presenting the annual Bluegrass Day at the Del Mar Fair for the past several decades. This year’s event was held on the beautiful Paddock Stage on Sunday, June 10, from […]

  • 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 […]