At just 26 years old, Molly Tuttle has already made history. An acclaimed bluegrass performer and teacher, renowned for her clawhammer banjo and cross-picking guitar work, Tuttle was not only the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year awa…

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Some 20,000 people got together last Thursday for a "transformational" festival known as Lightning in a Bottle. Monday morning — four days later — they rolled out of their sleeping bags, rolled up their tents and rolled on down the road.

Bakersfield’s altruistic side mightily emerges this weekend. It starts Thursday at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame where the American Cancer Society kicks off its inaugural Valley of Hope benefit event. It’s a bookend for the Valley of Hope Gala that the ACS holds in October and a lively …

T.J. Osborne was in his Nashville home when he called to talk about the tour that he and his brother John were about to begin, which includes a stop April 2 at the Fox Theater. He’d only recently learned that the Brothers Osborne had been nominated for two Grammys (best country album and bes…

Now in her mid-20s, Hulda Quebe is the youngest of the three Quebe sisters, and by her own estimation, the quirkiest. While other second-graders were off doing whatever it is that second-graders do, Hulda was holed up in her outdoor playhouse, teaching herself how to play Texas fiddle music.

When internationally acclaimed organist James Welch performs in concert Friday, he hopes to convince you that organ music is not just for funerals or background music.

Jethro Tull might be better known for arguably making the flute a legitimate hard rock lead instrument and in stealing a Grammy win from Metallica. But when it comes down to it, the band has always been a bit belittled. They wore their eclectic, mysterious broadswords and minstrel image prou…

Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on s…

After bringing down the house at the Acoustic KRAB Christmas Show in December, Blue October has announced it will return for a show at the Fox Theater this summer. 

Catching up with bands like Hate Drugs, which is releasing its new album “Tsunami Soul I” on Friday, reminds me why I enjoy the anticipation of the new release date reminder on my calendar, a feeling all music freaks will understand. However, these days it takes a special band to have that e…