Mark Panfil, our intrepid bluegrass correspondent, has the month off, so we decided to fill in with some bluegrass and bluegrass-related videos you might want to check out.


The first features, who else, Mark and his bandmates in Creek Bend in their June 17 show in the Music @ the Library series. The shows, which are sponsored by the SAM Foundation, are at the Central Library downtown and offer a great chance to hear some of our local stars in a different kind of venue.  For info on the July 22 show featuring Chuckie Campbell, go HERE.

Meanwhile, here’s Creek Bend!

The band, BTW, is (l-r) Sally Schaefer, Mark Panfil, Rich Shaefer and Chris Panfil.


It may not exactly be bluegrass, but pretty much everything Tyler Westcott touches has a bit of old-timey to it. That’s certainly true of his Banjo Juice Jazz Band aggregation.

Here they are in their May show at the Central Library:


Tim O’Brien is known for his days in Hot Rize as well as for a long-running solo career. Here’s a session recorded recently for the No Depression sessions at DelFest 2023.

DelFest, of course, is the festival helmed every May in Cumberland, Md., by the Del McCoury Band.

No Depression is the influential “alternative country, whatever the hell. that is” magazine that has evolved into a non-profit coffee table magazine. Today it bills itself as the “The Journal of Roots Music.”


Here’s one from the archives. Folk Alley is a long-running program that originated from  WKSU, the public radio station in Kent, Ohio. It has evolved into a 24-hour streaming service focused on folk music — including bluegrass. Here’s one you may well know … “Ashocan Farewell.” BTW, the younger two members of this grouping recently did a house concert locally — and played this song.

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