Alison Brown has achieved success in many areas: a Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother, and, the role that most people know her in: banjo virtuoso.

She’ll be at The FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival at MASS MoCA this weekend - involved in workshops, contests, concerts, FreshScores, and The Man in Grass: a bluegrass tribute to Johnny Cash.

  The FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival at MASS MoCA takes place this Friday through Sunday – September 18th-20th.

FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues. An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in MASS MoCA’s galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field.

  Signature Sounds' first CD came out in 1995 and the lable has seen over 150 releases since then, moving into show promoting, opening a venue in Northampton, MA, overseeing frequent collaborations between its artists, and taking over the long-running music and hot air ballooning gathering of the Green River Festival.

Earlier this Spring they released “Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities from The Second Decade” - an album of previously unreleased songs from Signature Sounds artists - a mix-tape lovingly prepared for you by the label. Jim Olsen is the President of Signature Sounds and he joins us to talk about the label's history and future.

Olympic Regional Development Authority

Later this month, Lake Placid will be the site of an 11-hour, multi-performer bluegrass festival. It’s the first time that Lake Placid, which has hosted two Olympics, has showcased performers in that style of music.

    One of country music’s most distinctive and acclaimed artists, two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea, will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on 2/1 at 8 p.m.

With hits such as "Where've You Been?", the bluesy "455 Rocket", and the iconic "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", Mattea is always ahead of the curve - both in Nashville’s sound and its conscience.

She has remained grounded as a folk-based, roots performer who lets her instincts be her guide. Calling Me Home, Mattea’s follow-up to her hit Coal, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia. Her music has been hailed for both its contemporary edge and its traditional flavor, and her passionate live performances keep fans coming back from all around the world.

Chris Thile

Apr 10, 2013

    This Saturday, April 13th - acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and singer/mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile will perform as a due at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA. It’ll be a rare and special evening with two of America's most groundbreaking young musicians.

Chris Thile began playing mandolin when he was 5 years old - a very quick synopsis of his musical life from then to now includes playing with Grammy award winning trio, Nickel Creek, releasing several solo albums, co-founding the progressive bluegrass quintet, Punch Brothers, and recording The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer.

The 2012 MacArthur Genius join us to talk about collaborating with Brad Mehldau, sticking with the mandolin, and recording with The Goat Rodeo Sessions.