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Banjo uke given presidential pardon
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Lonesome John discovers Tinder
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
All tunes played at 140 bpm at first ever Missouri slow jam
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Augusta reschedules to February
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
Lost Girl found
Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Pig’s foot officially too far in the fire
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On

musician profiles



Mike Burns: interview + tunes

I grew up north of Charleston, West Virginia in the small community of Mink Shoals, located on the Elk River.  Most of...

Mark C. Campbell: Growing up on oldtime in the Shenandoah Valley

Co-authored by Mark C. Campbell & Rachel Krause Mark C. Campbell is an oldtime musician based in Richmond, Virginia....

Dakota Karper – interview + tunes

It is a natural human instinct to want to express yourself. To feel that you are heard and will not be...

festival profiles


Clifftop: a Beginner’s Guide

All photos by Sandra Parks Three to four thousand old-time musicians, all in one place. If you’re one...

Inaugural Baltimore Old Time Music Festival Recap

Swing and Turn, Jubilee, Live and Learn, Jubilee” rang out from the theater at the Creative Alliance on an unseasonably warm...

The Back to the Farm Festival, Rodengo-Saiano, Italy

FOR BEING A NICHE MUSIC, old-time sure seems to pop up in some unexpected places. Of all the gigs I’ve played this year, one...

book reviews


Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance

A friend once quipped that the name of the main Facebook page for the music we all love should be retitled,...

Banjo Billy’s “500 Fiddle Tunes: Old-Time Archive”

When I was nine years old, my fiddle teacher sent me to a workshop from the “Famous Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews.”...

Depression Era Country Guitar

While it would be a fool's errand to try and count all the instructional books on, say, bluegrass fiddle, blues guitar,...

oldtime voices


Digging through to the sky: rhythm in oldtime music

Before anything, there was the rhythm.  I was a high-school student in Ithaca, N.Y., classically trained on the...

Vernon Spencer & the Spencer Family of Big Springs, KS

Vernon Douglas Spencer was born September 22, 1921, on the family farm in Big Springs, Kansas. He was the baby of 11...

Can Old-Time Community Save the World?

The staff door popped open as I careened in to work two minutes late with bean skins still stuck in my...

community profiles


Old-Time on the Danube: Why We Play

Musical communities are interesting studies in human psychology. You find them in just about every population on Earth: groups of people who come together...

Keeping Old Time

If in the last ten years your travels have brought you through Asheville, North Carolina, you will have noticed something odd:...

Berlin goes banjo: the old-time invasion

  Think in Berlin you’ll only catch live banjo music at a Mumford & Sons' show? Think again....