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Chicago has gotten its bluegrass due with this year's Grammy nominations. Noam Pikelny and Greg Cahill — two players with strong local connections — are competing in the best bluegrass album category. Pikelny, a Skokie native currently based...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterFirst published on Sept. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. You're an outsider heading to the Westside of Los Angeles -- not the beach cities, but Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and the nearby well-heeled neighborhoods south of the Santa...
Los Angeles Times Pop Music CriticThe Recording Academy has announced its annual list of works to be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and they include recordings by Big Mama Thornton, Buck Owens, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Whitney Houston and 22 others. As explained in...
Bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs answered a knock at the door of his Nashville home in 1953 to find an eager-looking banjo enthusiast on the porch asking Scruggs to put a set of his special tuner keys on the young man's instrument. "He was so...
It’s not even June. But already this calendar year we’ve lost a gut-wrenching list of people who’ve impacted the music world: impresarios Don Cornelius and Dick Clark, R&B legends Johnny Otis and Etta James, the incomparable Band...
Pop & HissGuitarist Doc Watson, who died Tuesday at age 89, leaves an extensive legacy that documents his wide-reaching influence in the world of guitar playing and folk music. Here are three video examples of his artistry in different settings....
Pop & HissDoc Watson, whose guitar style was an influence on generations of folk players, died on Tuesday near his North Carolina home. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts offers an appreciation....
Pop & HissNitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen praises banjo player Doug Dillard as "my mentor." Doug Dillard helped inspire many young fans, including McEuen and Steve Martin, to take up the banjo....
Pop & HissBluegrass banjo player Doug Dillard has died at 75. With the Dillards, Doug Dillard helped popularize bluegrass music in the 1960s during appearances on "The Andy Griffith Show" and contributed to the birth of country-rock music....
Running off at the typewriter. … Glen "Big Baby" Davis is a living, breathing, jump-shooting, bird-shooting example of why there is a growing disconnect between fans and professional athletes. Davis was fined $35,000 earlier this week for...
Earl Scruggs died last week and though not a Kentucky boy, his banjo playing was so elemental to what we now know as bluegrass that it defines our indigenous music. There is much more that defined the man, but most important is the hard picking banjo...
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