New Albums

Trinity River Band “Better Than Blue”

One of the really cool things about Bluegrass Music is the predominance of “family bands”. It was true from the very better than bluebeginning, Bill and Charlie Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse to the more recent family bands on the scene like Flatt Lonesome, The Bankesters, The Stevens Family, and the list goes on of bands born from a family unit. From those family bands, comes the very best in harmony vocals and tight instrumentation and very much is the case from the just released album on Orange Blossom Records by the Trinity River Band out of Florida. The group includes Mike Harris on Guitar, Lisa Harris Bass, Josh Harris playing Banjo and Dobro , Brianna Harris on Fiddle, and Sarah Harris on Mandolin. Whether it’s the easy flowing tempo of “Jacob’s Ladder” or a hard driving tune like “Jacob’s Ladder”, their close family harmony shines through. Trinity River Band and their album “Better Than Blue” just released and ready for your listening pleasure.

Mike and The Ranger Pod Cast Shows

4-27-14 Mike and The Ranger

This episode of Mike and The Ranger, Bluegrass and More includes new songs from Dolly Parton’s new bluegrass album. Here is a full list of this weeks artists.

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Dolly Parton


Mountain Heart

Della Mae


Gibson brothers

Ashley Lewis

Stevens Family

Jerry Clower

Pickin on the Beatles

Nora Jane Struthers

Ricky Skaggs

Danny Roberts

Dailey and Vincent

Alison Krauss

Aaron Ramsey

Blue Mule

Bryan Sutton

Chris Jones

Tony Rice

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

Land of Lincoln


Phil Leadbetter

Rhonda Vincent


Dan Tyminski

Akira Otsuka

New Albums

Unspoken Tradition “Simple Little Town”

A lot of music hits our door and occasionally you miss one that slips in and you don’t get time to sit down and fully appreciate the project. Unspoken Tradition, a band out of North Carolina, and their latest album “Simple Little Town” is Unspoken Tradition Simple Little Townan album that offers a fresh sound and approach that the band refers to as “working class bluegrass”. Great energy and drive with tight harmonies around original and traditional numbers which is now on the forefront of the Mike and the Ranger playlist. Cuts to check out include the title “Simple Little Town” and “Mr. President”. Band members include Audie McGinnis – guitar and vocals; Lee Shuford – dobro and vocals; Zane McGinnis – banjo; Matt Warren – upright bass and vocals; Ty Gilpin – mandolin and vocals; Tim Gardner – fiddle and vocals. Unspoken Tradition and “Simple Little Town” is on the Coyote Ridge label.

New Albums

VOLUME FIVE, “The Day we Learn to Fly”

Volume Five is a band on the move. They have added a 4th product to their line of solid bluegrass albums on Mountain Fever Records. The latest is called “The Day We Learn to Fly” and seems to be a collection of new Gospel tunes without any of the worn out classics you sometimes find on a Gospel CD to just fill out the project. This is all good contemporary Bluegrass Gospel with purpose and drive. It’s difficult to pick out just a couple of tunes to recommend, but 2 that would definitely be on that list are the title song, “The Day We Learn To Fly” and the hard driving Gospel tune, “Get Down and Pray”. Volume Five has a crew with a lot of talent and experience including Glen Harrell- (fiddle & vocals), Patton Wages- (banjo, & vocals), Chris Williamson- (bass & vocals), Harry Clark- (mandolin & vocals), and Jeff Partin- (guitar & vocals). Give it a listen and get ready to tap your toe and be inspired.



The Enforcer

Reason #1 why my dogs don’t misbehave.


New Albums

Down on the Farm – The Stevens Family

What a solid pure sound from The Stevens Family from their album and single called “Down on The Farm”. Sissy Stevens who wrote the song, is featured on lead vocal. She is joined by her parents, J.W. and Nancy and brothers Luke, Ben, Sam and Tommy. If you ever are near the Berkeley Springs, West Virginia area, just stop in and load up on natural goodies from The Stevens produce stand. It’s been said that an occasional jam session breaks out once in a while too. It’s a good album, The Stevens Family with “Down on the Farm” available from the Mountain Fever record label.


Is It Bluegrass?

Is it Bluegrass? Yonder Mountain String Band

Like them or not, I bet you have at least heard of them. Yonder Mountain String Band not only makes the rounds to about every festival but they even have one of their own. Promise. Be sure to give them a thumbs up or down below.


Is It Bluegrass?

Is it Bluegrass? The Punch Brothers

They talk a bit in this. We say, “Get to the music”! More so, “get to the bluegrass”. That’s what we hope anyways. Let us know what you think and don’t forget to give it a thumbs up or down below on the right.


Is It Bluegrass?

Is it Bluegrass? The Avett Brothers

I got to admit, I’m can’t hate on them. A very unique sound and a big following. Let us know if you agree. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up or down.


Is It Bluegrass?

Is it Bluegrass? Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ as a Bluegrass tune? Well it was on the GMAs. Wonder what our listeners think. Is it Bluegrass? Be sure to give it a thumbs up or down below the video.