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  • Peter Winkenwerder, farmer

    Peter Winkenwerder, farmer
    Peter Winkenwerder, a retired financial consultant and Baltimore County farmer, was killed June 6 in an automobile accident on Greenspring Avenue in Owings Mills. He was 73. Mr. Winkenwerder was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said...
  • Mike Munford, master of banjo, honed skills in Baltimore

    Mike Munford, master of banjo, honed skills in Baltimore
    The world's best banjo player of the past year lives in a log cabin about 40 miles from Baltimore. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, 55-year-old Mike Munford sat on a couch in his living room in Glen Rock, Pa. He held his favorite banjo, a Gibson five-...
  • Passings: Arthur Smith

    Arthur Smith, 93, a bluegrass musician who wrote and recorded the sizzling instrumentals "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos," died Thursday at his home in Charlotte, N.C., his family announced. No cause was given. "Guitar Boogie," recorded with the...
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  • Stagecoach 2014: Country festival is young fans' kinda party

    Stagecoach 2014: Country festival is young fans' kinda party
    This post has been updated. See note below for details. Country music's recent transformation from a form that spoke to a cross-generational audience about life's broader themes into a party-minded soundtrack for young adults was starkly apparent over...
  • The roots of country music are showing

     The roots of country music are showing
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Word that bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs' Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo is heading to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum here gives all the more reason to visit the shrine. On a recent Saturday morning, the line already...
  • Steve Martin and Edie Brickell: Splendor in the bluegrass

    Steve Martin and Edie Brickell: Splendor in the bluegrass
    Actor Steve Martin is no stranger to bluegrass. A banjo player since he was 17, Martin has performed with the legendary Earl Scruggs, received a Grammy for his 2009 debut music album, “The Crow,” and stood on the stage at Nashville’s...
  • 10 years of changing subjects, a look back

     
    Sunday's print column: First thing in the morning on Aug. 18, 2003 — 10 years ago Sunday — I stumbled bleary-eyed but eager to my desk in the attic and, with a few keystrokes, uploaded the following to the Tribune's......
  • Take your picker: Student and teacher vying for bluegrass album Grammy

    Take your picker: Student and teacher vying for bluegrass album Grammy
    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...
  • Earl Scruggs dies at 88; banjo legend was half of Flatt & Scruggs

    Earl Scruggs dies at 88; banjo legend was half of Flatt & Scruggs
    Bill Monroe, the man widely acknowledged as the father of bluegrass music, was in search of a new banjo player for his famed Blue Grass Boys when a young musician turned up backstage at Nashville's celebrated Ryman Auditorium during a 1945 Grand Ole...
  • Doug Dillard dies at 75; banjo player, member of the Dillards band

    Doug Dillard dies at 75; banjo player, member of the Dillards band
    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...
  • Southern California Close-up: Westside of Los Angeles

    Southern California Close-up: Westside of Los Angeles
      First 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...