If you ever wanted to know what gets talked about in a post-Newport Folk Fest car ride back to Brooklyn, this is the post for you. This year’s acts had us excited even after the music had ended. To that […]
Mavis Staples’ birthday celebration set in Newport, which culminated Sunday and included appearances by legendary Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy, indie pop group Lucius and loads of others, was just as unforgettable as everyone expected. It […]
Jack White’s highly anticipated Newport debut dominated the chatter of Day 2 at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival and drew the largest festival audience that I’ve seen. His twelve-song set featured material spanning his work under […]
Opening Day at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival was loaded with great moments, but there is no question about the most memorable one of the day. On a perfect Friday afternoon on the Quad inside Fort Adams, […]
Last year I caught up with Mustered Courage in their hometown of Melbourne while on the grass clippings global tour. The quartet, which is Australia’s most popular true bluegrass band, is made up of one Texan […]
Last night’s grass clippings garden session with Mipso was all that we had hoped for and more. Thanks to all of you who turned out and tuned in. Thanks to Mipso and the good folks […]
While we’re heading to Newport this weekend, I have to give a shout out to Rockygrass for an amazing lineup – one of the most exciting of the summer. This epic list includes Alison Krauss, Darol Anger, Della […]
For the third year in a row, grass clippings is hunting down the best tattoos of the Newport Folk Festival. Our previous tat contests in Newport (Best Tattoos of 2012, Best Tattoos of 2013) have […]
Join us tonight for the grass clippings garden session with Chapel Hill-based stringband Mipso and stream it live on Concert Window. This is the first ever garden session, which is shot live from my tiny, viney […]
Our favorite festival of the year is only three days away, and it seems appropriate for us to share our wisdom before a new class of NFFers sets sail to shiny Newport Folk Fest 2014. […]
Three Carolina bands (one South, two North) will be up north of the Mason Dixon very soon and each of them recently released new videos worth a watch. Mipso will play the first ever grass […]
Even though I was born in Louisville and raised in Richmond, it wasn’t until fifteen years ago when I was a freshman at the University of Alabama that saw my first bluegrass show – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Fifteen years later, here I am pretending like I’m a legit authority on bluegrass and Americana music (not just an obsessive fan).
Not only is Skaggs a badass, he was my gateway to so much amazing music. This blog wouldn’t exist if I didn’t see him that day. I wouldn’t play the mandolin if it wasn’t for him.
Today, on Skaggs’ 60th birthday, I thought I’d throwback to some of my favorite Skaggs songs, duets and cameos over the years. We write about so much skinny jeans hipster stuff around here and not enough about bluegrass gods like this one. HBD, Ricky!