[20 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 145 views]
Mike Compton Interview

Born in Meridian, Mississippi (hometown to the legendary Jimmie Rodgers) in 1956, Mike grew up hearing old-time country music, and took up the mandolin as a teenager. Drawn to the powerful mix of old-time fiddle stylings, blues influences and pure creativity embodied in Monroe’s playing, he moved to Nashville in 1977 and quickly found work with veteran banjoist and former Monroe sideman Hubert Davis. Compton made his first recordings with Davis, but by the middle of the 1980′s, he was recruited by Pat Enright and Alan O’Bryant to help found …

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Tom Bills Podcast

“Every great work of art conveys a message and hints at a mystery that is built into its framework and beautifully woven into its design and execution, that’s the way I create my instruments.”-TB
“For me success is not about the quantity of guitars or the big names that play them, It’s not about my own fame or recognition, it’s about the quality of my craft and more importantly to me, the story that it tells. After all, my guitars will be here speaking into the hearts and lives of all …

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G. R. Davis Interview

Garnett R. (G.R.) Davis is Adjunct Artist Teacher of Tuba and Euphonium at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, where he
currently teaches pre-college students. He has been an adjunct tuba professor at Tennessee State University, Fisk University,
Belmont University, Lipscomb University and Murray State University in the past. He holds the B.S. Degree in Music Education
from the University of North Alabama and the M.M Degree in Tuba Performance from Indiana University where he was a graduate
teaching assistant to Harvey G. Phillips. He also studied with William J. Bell at Indiana University.
Mr. …

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[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 305 views]
Terry “Goose” Downing Interview

Terry “Goose” Downing has been working as a professional musician since 1990. He began playing music in Jacksonville, NC in 1978. He has since worked with country artist Razzy Bailey, Ken Mellons, and Blues greats Roscoe Shelton, Earl Gaines, Clifford Curry, and Miranda Louise. As well as Chicago/Baton Rouge great Henry Gray. Long standing member with local favorites, Delicious Blues Stew, Three Pea Soup and is currently working with Shaun Murphy Band. Goose also performs locally with other songwriters, teaches guitar, and has a home studio, where he produces projects …

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[9 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 479 views]
Kayton Roberts Interview

Kayton Roberts is originally from Ona, Florida. After meeting Chubby Wise (Hank Snow’s fiddler at the time) at a barbershop in northern Florida, Kayton left his job in the appliance department at Sears to play rhythm guitar with Hank Snow. He moved to Nashville in 1967. The next year he moved to the steel in Hank’s band, and stayed there for the next 30 years. During this time, Kayton toured across the country and around the world with Hank Snow’s Rainbow Ranch Boys, and played on the Grand Ole Opry …

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[25 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 428 views]
Charlie McCoy Interview

Born Charles Ray McCoy, his family moved to nearby Fayetteville when he was a boy and then to Miami, Florida. At age eight, he began playing the harmonica and the guitar and later, in his teens, he also learned to play the bass and trumpet. In high school in Miami his skills had developed to such an extent that he decided to pursue a career in music. He joined a local rock and roll band as guitarist and singer. When he was sixteen years old he reluctantly accompanied a friend …

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[18 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 811 views]
Michael Crowley Podcast

Michael Crowley is the author of “Music of Bela Bartok: Easy Arrangements for Classical Guitar Duo” This book presents 23 progressive piano pieces written by Bela Bartok, transcribed for two guitars. The material is great for classical guitar technique, sight-reading and overall musicianship. Pieces are written in standard notation and tablature.

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[11 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 1,497 views]
Artist Interview – John Mock

Published on Jun 2, 2014
John Mock is an artist and the sea and its coasts are his muse. From New England to Chincoteague to Ireland, the Atlantic’s beautiful coastline and quaint villages, its wooden boats and whitewashed lighthouses, continue to inspire and inform John’s art. He captures in music and in photographs the heritage of the sea.
John shares this heritage with audiences everywhere through his elegant and unique concert presentation From the Shoreline, where John performs original instrumental compositions on the guitar, concertina, and tin whistle. Audiences enjoy the casual …

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[28 May 2014 | No Comment | 1,389 views]
Exclusive Russ Carson Interview

Russ Carson grew up in a home full of old-time and bluegrass music. Surrounded by banjo and fiddle music from a very early age Russ developed a passion for the banjo and acoustic music. His father Glenn, who has been building banjos since 1975, is an old-time fiddle & banjo player.
At age 10 Russ heard Earl Scruggs play on a recording. This kindled a strong desire to start taking banjo lessons. His supportive parents contacted local banjo teacher Nev Jackson and got Russ signed up as a student. After 6 …