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Billy Strings Expands the Bounds of Bluegrass

The young musician blends tradition, otherworldly guitar chops, and an exploratory spirit

Books

A Photographer’s Ode to the Roots of Country Music

A new book of recovered photos taken on the porches and back roads of Appalachia offers an intimate look at some of traditional Southern music’s early greats

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Music

Tracing the Roots of Country Music

See a gallery of images from photographer John Cohen’s epic journey through Appalachia in the early 1960s

Alison Krauss and the Return of the Cox Family

A conversation with the bluegrass superstar about her love of the Cox Family, AC/DC, and her own upcoming solo album

Interview

Ed Helms’s Bluegrass Spirit

With a bluegrass album under his belt and his roots music festival, the Georgia native proves that comedy isn’t his only strong suit

Music

The Ralph Stanley Sampler

A highly selective discograph

Artists

Ralph Stanley: Long Road to the Mountaintop

With one of the most distinctive voices ever recorded and a worldwide following, the bluegrass legend still calls the Virginia hills home

In Memoriam

Remembering Doc Watson

A young musician’s day with one of the greatest there ever was

Artists

The Brothers Avett

Scott and Seth Avett play some 200 gigs a year, but when the music stops, there’s no place they’d rather be than their North Carolina home

Artists

Steve Martin: The Unlikely Ambassador of Bluegrass

Thanks to celebrity banjo picker Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, old-time bluegrass is the hot new thing