The Alex Leach Band to Launch in September

May 15, 2019 | Bluegrass Today | John Lawless

"Alex Leach, long time banjo picker and vocalist with Ralph Stanley II, has announced today that he will be leaving The Clinch Mountain Boys at the end of August to launch his own group, The Alex Leach Band."

April 30, 2019 | Bluegrass Today | John Lawless

IBMA announces 2019 showcase artists for World of Bluegrass

The International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville has announced the 30 artists and acts invited to showcase during their 2019 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC later this summer.


Showcase artists are selected in a competitive process each year for the chance to perform during the IBMA’s Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh. Each selected act will have the opportunity to show their stuff at least twice during the 3-day World of Bluegrass before the assembled membership of the organization, which includes powerful decision makers within the music industry who can have a big impact on an artist’s career.


These showcase acts will have one opportunity to perform during primary events at the Raleigh Convention Center, and another at one of five music clubs in downtown Raleigh who participate in the Bluegrass Ramble. Event Producers get to see them in both a large and small stage setting during their time in Raleigh.


On the list you’ll see bands that represent the wide variety within the wider bluegrass market – those who hew closely to the traditions of bluegrass and old time music, others that are pushing hard against the boundaries, and still others who fit right in the mainstream of contemporary acoustic string music. Selection criteria task the Bluegrass Ramble committee with choosing artists that are new and significant, and/or have had material recent success suggesting that they are ready to make a move to the next level.


June 11, 2018 | The Bluegrass Situation | Justin Hiltner

"...Alex Leach

Being an arch-top banjo player in the Clinch Mountain Boys is quite the mantle to take on, but Alex Leach does it with ease and aplomb. The world needs more right hands backed up against bridges, more raised heads, and more playing and filling while singing lead. Just follow Alex’s example."