Feb 172018

We are the oldest non-profit Bluegrass Association in the United States according to the Library of Congress and The Smithsonian. SFBA hasn’t missed a monthly Bluegrass festival in over 40 years! While SFBA is focused on Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music, we have also been a valuable member of the community helping many other nonprofit organizations reach their goals.

Volunteers like yourself, members and member bands staff our events. The first Sunday of each month, SFBA holds a Bluegrass festival at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach. In 2013, we produced our 35th consecutive internationally recognized Everglades Bluegrass Festival. Many “Bluegrass Legends”, emerging artists and members of “The Grand Ole Opry” have performed on our stage. For over 40 years we have brought acts such as Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse and Blue Highway to perform in South Florida.

Along with promoting our musical heritage, SFBA has had a large part in supporting local communities and projects. Wings Over Miami, Old Davie School House, Fairchild Gardens, City of Dania Beach are just a few of the more resent partners we have assisted. Along with community projects, SFBA supports music in schools. In 2012 South Florida Bluegrass Association started the “Bluegrass in Schools” program. SFBA sends a band to a local elementary school and they play music, teach the kids about Bluegrass and show them how to sing a traditional song. The students and their families are then invited to perform at the Everglades Bluegrass Festival with the band. We have had such a positive feedback from this program that we are looking into expanding the program to more schools. With such a need for positive culture in our communities and good clean family entertainment, South Florida Bluegrass Association provides the area with an outlet.

South Florida Bluegrass Association is providing music and culture now and into the future. With an ever changing board and growing volunteer pool, there is always a way you can get involved! Being an organization built by the people for the people, we are always looking for new ways to make a difference. We use a grassroots method of promoting the music we love and helping the community at the same time.

That’s a piece from their website folks over at The South Florida Bluegrass Association presents the Everglades Bluegrass Festival in it’s 40th annual run this year on March 2-4rth at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach Florida.

That poster there will tell you  all about camping and tickets which you can purchase by clicking HERE and the prices are there as well. Just like every edition of these articles I shall include a full list of bands names and all nearby hotel info. We got maps, videos and other goodies for all you festival patrons of this event.

Flatt Lonesome
Junior Sisk And Rambler’s Choice
Trinity River Band
The Lilly Mountaineers
Carolina Express
The new River Boys
Pine Island Express
Alligator Alley

Feb 172018

I been doing a lot of research about this subject because I’ll be honest Mr. John Hartford is an area that I LOVE to study, and delve into….nerd you if you will. One time I decided to do an article about that Sun Records cafe downtown when they boasted about being the FIRST 24 hour cafe in Nashville. I answered THAT with an article about a John Hartford song about the iconic Linebaughs Diner. They soon retracted their public statement.

The derby wearing fiddle man was perhaps one of the most iconic and influential students of the traditional fiddle that ever lived, and when he died in 2004 his family found scrapbooks composed of hundreds of fiddle tunes he composed throughout his life. His daughter Miss Katie Hartford Hogue and he husband Mr. Eric have labored feverishly to preserve his legacy, and allow us to still enjoy his music today.

A social media campaign was released that resluted in the re issue of the classic 1971 Bluegrass album produced by Mr. David Bromberg that brought 16 tracks of greatness to the world. Classics like “Steamboat Whistle Blues” and the popular “Tear Down The Grand Ol Opry” were on this album, and it’s a holy grail on vinyl.

They went past vinyl in November and released a 2 CD set of albums from his Flying Fish era in the late 1970’s, the albums being “Slumberi’n On The Cumberland’ and the other being “Headi’n Down Into The Mystery Below”. Slumberi’n contained a great song called “Southern Moon” wrote by Alton Delmore, that’s a classic song! It’s a Country album that was made with Mr. Pat Burton, and former Bluegrass Boy Mr. Benny Martin.

This summer at the John Hartford Memorial festival in Bean Blossom Indiana his estate will issue a fiddle book called “John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection Of Fiddle Tunes” based on the discovery of 60 plus journals that Mr. John was using to compile fiddle tunes from 1983 to 2000.

So this book WILL be available during the John Hartford Festival which will run May 30- June 2nd 2018, and after that will be available on their website. MORE info to come on this subject when I publish more work for the John Hartford Memorial Festival.

Feb 172018


By Joshua Wallace

Brandi Carlile returns with her first studio album since 2015’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.  Her new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, features production work from both Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings and is sure to be a fan favorite release.  It goes away from the more poppy elements of some of her previous work to feature more country and Americana sounds.  It plays to her strengths as a songwriter and the music helps set the mood for every track perfectly.

The music is varied throughout the record.  From quieter more orchestral moments like “The Joke” to the faster folksy number “Hold Out Your Hand”, this album hits lots of high notes.  Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb have created a soundscape here that is as varied as the stories featured on the songs.  The songs themselves are all hard hitting and impact and this is quite possibly Brandi Carlile’s heaviest and most emotionally intense record yet.

The album’s opening track is a rather catchy tune about a problem many people can relate to: that one song that comes on the radio that brings about a memory you didn’t want to return.  It also echoes the title of the album in the album as Brandi is forgiving of the person who ruined that favorite song for her.  Another favorite track of mine is the barn burner of the record titled “Hold Out Your Hand”.  It’s a faster acoustic romp with a catchy shouted chorus that is sure to be a concert favorite.

I love the psychedelic bend that the track “Fulton County Jane Doe” takes the album on.  The song has a very 70’s folk quality to it that echos Elton John.  “Sugartooth” is a track that takes on the opioid crisis and how someone can be a “slave to the sugartooth”.  There are more personal tracks on the album like one of the lead singles “The Mother” and album track “Most Of All”.  Both of these tracks reflect on Brandi’s family life and serve as some of the more intimate tracks on the record.

Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You is an emotional journey through loss and regret and pain and suffering.  It takes a look inward while at the same time examining some of today’s social issues in a way that is not as in your face as other artists can make it.  This is a very enjoyable album on many levels and will be sure to please fans of Brandi’s earlier more folksy records.  Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb have come together to create a very layered soundscape around these songs and it’s a pleasure to listen to from start to finish.  Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You is available everywhere Friday, February 16th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Every Time I Hear That Song, Hold Out Your Hand, Sugartooth, Whatever You Do, Fulton County Jane Doe

Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You (2018)

  1. Every Time I Hear That Song

  2. The Joke

  3. Hold Out Your Hand

  4. The Mother

  5. Whatever You Do

  6. Fulton County Jane Doe

  7. Sugartooth

  8. Most Of All

  9. Harder To Forgive

  10. Party Of One