Taylor Coughlin

Behind Alan Jackson’s 'Bluegrass Album'

By Taylor Coughlin

Like a lot of good stories in bluegrass do, this one started at The Ryman.

Country superstar Alan Jackson was at The Mother Church in Nashville filming videos when he was sitting with his longtime guitarist Scott Coney during a break. Sitting on a stool, Jackson started playing a bluegrass guitar lick and asked Coney, “What do you think about this?”

Six weeks later, The Bluegrass Album would be recorded, with that song (“Long Hard Road”) kicking it all off. But like a lot of good stories in bluegrass, there’s more to it than that.

Bluegrass at Bonnaroo

By Taylor Coughlin

On a dusty farm-turned-temporary metropolis, thousands of music lovers are getting their souls fed. Some are half naked in response to fashion statements and the weather, and some are adorned with band t-shirts they found in thrift shop bins from 1972. They bob their heads to the beat of the music coming from a hip-hop set, and boogie down to the rhythms of soul-shaking band on another stage a few yards away.

Fresh Sounds in the World of Bluegrass: April/May 2013

By Taylor Coughlin

Tina Adair Band, Born Bad: Fronted by a force (read: voice) to be reckoned with, Tina Adair Band comes barreling out of the gate on Born Bad. Full of songs bolstered by confidence and attitude, TAB display virtuosity and variety, melding traditional, bluesy ‘grass with a soulful, country-rock style. Tina’s songwriting, singing, and playing are all signature to her talents as a well-rounded music creator, and her team of high-esteemed musicians is well paired. Key tracks: “Born Bad,” “Farther Along,” and “Snaker Dan.”

Backyard Bluegrass Sessions heat up

Flatt Lonesome record a Backyard Bluegrass Session under a sunny Nashville sky

Flatt Lonesome record a Backyard Bluegrass Session under a sunny Nashville sky

By Taylor Coughlin

Bluegrass Nation’s Backyard Bluegrass Sessions beefed up their catalog with some stellar performers in April. Keep your eyes on BluegrassNation.org for the latest Backyard Bluegrass Sessions.

April at IBMA

 

By Taylor Coughlin

When I moved to Nashville from Colorado in September 2012, I couldn’t wait to experience all the live music this city is beloved for. I went to Robert’s Western World twice in three days, walked by the Ryman (okay, and maybe bowed down), and saw Loretta Lynn’s 50th Opry Anniversary show within my first week. But when I finally made it to the Station Inn on a Sunday night to check out the open bluegrass jam, I knew it: I had found my place.

Taylor Coughlin to Join IBMA Staff in March

IBMA is pleased to announce that Taylor Coughlin will join the IBMA Staff as Publications Editor/Special Projects Director March 7. 

Taylor Coughlin to Join IBMA Staff in March

IBMA is pleased to announce that Taylor Coughlin will join the IBMA Staff as Publications Editor/Special Projects Director March 7. 

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