Mandolin Orange : always firmly grounded in the South

Mandolin Orange is an Americana duo based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group was formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and consists of the group's songwriter Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar). Mandolin Orange has produced five albums of Marlin's original works. Their music draws … Continue reading Mandolin Orange : always firmly grounded in the South

Chris Coole : Clawhammer banjo and more

Chris Coole got his first banjo when he was 17 years old after falling in love with the sounds of folk and early country music. Today, Chris is known internationally for his clawhammer banjo style, songwriting, and singing. Early on, Chris discovered the joys of busking. His practice halls were the streets and subway of … Continue reading Chris Coole : Clawhammer banjo and more

Ralph Stanley : February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016

The worlds of bluegrass, country and roots music lost one of its patriarchs this week:  Ralph Stanley died in his sleep at age 89 Thursday night. Among other things, Stanley was a master of a style of banjo playing which came to be called the "Stanley style", which differed from both the Scruggs style or strict claw-hammer … Continue reading Ralph Stanley : February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016

The Stray Birds

The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench – hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically-trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also … Continue reading The Stray Birds

What do Bill Monroe and Arnold Schoenberg have in common?

Well, for one thing they were both born on today's date: Schoenberg in 1874 and Monroe in 1911. But, besides this accident of birth, both Schoenberg and Monroe changed music history.  Arnold Schoenberg's Composition with Twelve Notes altered the course of music of the 20th century just as Bill Monroe's invention of Bluegrass.  The style … Continue reading What do Bill Monroe and Arnold Schoenberg have in common?