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Free music downloads, music reviews, concert and show news, and artist profiles from the Southeast and beyond the Blue Ridge.


Trail Mix: The Yonder Mountain String Band Experience

27 Aug 14
BY Dave Stallard
Trail Mix: The Yonder Mountain String Band Experience
"Long a fan of bluegrass and acoustic music, I knew immediately that I was being introduced to a new sound."... Email Dave today to win tickets to see YMSB at the Jefferson Theater this weekend!

Trail Mix: Trampled By Turtles Visits the Blue Ridge with New Material

26 Aug 14
BY Jedd Ferris
Trail Mix: Trampled By Turtles Visits the Blue Ridge with New Material
Trampled By Turtles formed in the small North Country city of Duluth back in 2003 and, like most independent bands, earned its audience with relentless road slogging. While armed like a back-porch bluegrass outfit, the band’s sound is hardly traditional. The group is in fact best known for pouncing on its strings with reckless abandon, riling up crowds with a punk ethos on acoustic instruments.

Trail Mix: Locust Honey String Band

20 Aug 14
BY Dave Stallard
Trail Mix: Locust Honey String Band
I once read an article that mentioned there were no better harmonies than those created by family bands. I had a hard time disagreeing with the author. Appalachian music is brimming with family acts whose harmony work was beyond compare, and Maybelle and Sara set the gold standard for female vocal harmony.

Trail Mix: Goodnight, Texas

14 Aug 14
BY Dave Stallard
Trail Mix: Goodnight, Texas
Goodnight, Texas released their first record in 2012 and recently offered the world their sophomore effort, Uncle John Farquhar. Trail Mix caught up with the band to chat up bank robbery, small towns, and long book titles.

Trail Mix: The Hillbilly Gypsies Revive Old Mountain Sounds

11 Aug 14
BY Jedd Ferris
Trail Mix: The Hillbilly Gypsies Revive Old Mountain Sounds
After more than a decade together, the Hillbilly Gypsies remain one of the hardest working bands on the underground regional mountain music scene—traveling to festivals and small music haunts with a high-energy live show that blends a traditional aesthetic with some progressive edge. The five-piece group formed out of a regular Wednesday-night old-time jam in their hometown of Morgantown, W.Va.

Trail Mix: J.P. Parsons on the Bristol, Tennessee, Music Scene

06 Aug 14
BY Dave Stallard
Trail Mix: J.P. Parsons on the Bristol, Tennessee, Music Scene
Long regarded as the center of the country music world, Bristol is home to my favorite music festival – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – and some of the best mountain music you’ll find this side of the Blue Ridge.

Download the New August Trail Mix Now

01 Aug 14
BY Dave Stallard
Download the New August Trail Mix Now
We kick off this month’s list with a brand new tune from long time country stalwart Billy Joe Shaver. Approaching his 75th birthday this month, Shaver releases Long In The Tooth on August 5th. This new collection of tunes from country music’s original outlaw is everything country music is supposed to be. Shaver’s voice is as clear as ever and his songwriting hasn’t skipped a beat.
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