After more than a decade away, Dolly Parton returned to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last night for the first of two sold-out benefit shows. Greeted by a standing ovation, she got things started by saying, “For those who don’t know me, I’ll fill you in,” before heading into “Backwoods Barbie.” As she worked through an evening of indelible songs, heartfelt stories, and sharp humor, Dolly played eight different instruments (acoustic guitar, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, harmonica, piano, penny whistle, electric guitar) … most of them sparkling … just like the lady herself.

Read more on The BGS.


SO, my exciting news is that I have officially started a folktronica duo with the very talented Austin Tackett called The Mountain Sound! We are working on an album of original music that we will be recording in the studio here at the KCTM (hopefully!) We will be traveling quite a bit! If you like folk and antifolk, give us a listen! We are trying to accrue a bit of a fanbase on Facebook in anticipation of our new record and upcoming shows, so please like us if you like! If you like my solo music, you’ll probably like this too. Thanks for all the continued support! I’m very excited about this new direction! Please reblog if you’d like to help us out as we get started!

You can find our Facebook (videos and music there for now) by clicking here.

Jerry Douglas’ Tribute To Bluegrass Legends Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs

Jerry Douglas is one of the greatest instrumentalists to come out of bluegrass music. If you don’t recognize his name, you might not know much about  the instrument he plays either, the dobro. But that’s not for any lack of work on Douglas’ part. He’s appeared on over 1600 albums. He’s won 14 Grammys, been the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year three times and received a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA. He’s also a featured musician in Alison Kraus’ band. Jerry Douglas’ new album, which he also produced, is a tribute to the influential bluegrass band the Foggy Mountain Boys, led by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. That’s the band that got Douglas into paying bluegrass. The new album is called The Earls of Lecister.

Photo by Sundel Perry.


“Wings of silver, nerves of steel!“

Who remembers the Silverhawks!?!?

I was in an #80s kind of mood this past week and did up some quick sketches, enjoy!





so i found a bluegrass cover of Enter Sandman


Some lovely bluegrass


Here’s a video from practice yesterday! That house in the background is the house I was raised in. It’s so surreal being back there playing music. Never dreamed this would be my life back then!

I will announce my new band in a little bit (after we piece together the new band page) but here’s a great introduction! We are The Mountain Sound.

Please like us on our new page if you’d like to help out!


another heap of instrumental bluegrass and roots tunes

sally in the garden - mary z. cox
kentucky - panopticon
long way to tipperary - frank hutchison
beaumont rag - johnny gimble
honey babe your papa cares for you - elizabeth cotten
midnight on the water - molly mason & jay ungar
memphis shakedown - the memphis jug band
reuben’s train - eric weissberg
ruby with the eyes that sparkle - dirk powell & stuart duncan

listen here