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The Forward Roll

Interview with Noa Laniakea, Bay Area Bass Fiddle Maestra

Interview with Noa Laniakea, Bay Area Bass Fiddle Maestra

Despite a really tough year, Bluegrass Pride was able to work with artists and showcase their work—largely due to your contributions—providing them with additional income. We’re really proud of that, and we’re doing just a little bit more by highlighting artists’ experiences in bluegrass and with our organization. We wanted to know what inspires musicians to keep playing and how they came to love the genre in the first place.

Enter Noa Laniakea, a great friend to Bluegrass Pride and talented bass player who performed at this year’s first-ever Porch Pride Festival. Noa features heavily on Fog Holler’s 2018 release “Or Else the Sun,” and we love their distinctive bass style—more on where that developed in a second. We hope you’ll enjoy this deep dive into Noa’s inspirations, aspirations and appreciation for queer and inclusive bluegrass. Who knows, maybe their story will speak to an LGBTQ+ musician or bluegrass lover who has yet to feel welcome in the genre!

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Interview with Kara Kundert, Bluegrass Pride's First Executive Director

Interview with Kara Kundert, Bluegrass Pride's First Executive Director

Here at BGP, we’d like to feel like we accomplished a lot this year. In spite of a global pandemic, political unrest and so much more, we were still able to work with artists and showcase their work, plus provide them with a few checks to plug the gaps left by an eviscerated music industry.

Yes, this year has been hard, but it’s not been all bad. We’re really proud of the work we’ve done and we hope it’s left even a small impact on you. In that spirit, we’ll be sharing a few stories from our team and artists who were impacted positively by Bluegrass Pride’s work this year.

To kick things off, we chatted with our very own Executive Director Kara Kundert, a young leader in this genre if ever there was one. We hope you’ll be inspired by her words and moved to give, if you can.

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Staying Happy with the Happy Heartaches

Staying Happy with the Happy Heartaches

We here at Bluegrass Pride have been big fans of the Happy Heartaches since we first heard their version of the traditional old-time song, "Cindy" back in 2018. So you can imagine how excited we were to hear that they released an EP, titled "Over There", at the end of May!

We sat down with the talented Alicia Jardine, who alternately sings, picks mandolin, and strums the banjo for the Happy Heartaches, to learn more about band and get a sneak peak into the creation of the WLW anthem "Annie on My Mind". 

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Announcing Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival

Announcing Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival

May 27, 2020 - San Francisco, CA - Today, Bluegrass Pride announced Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival. Airing over the weekend of June 27th and 28th, Porch Pride is a streaming festival featuring more than ten hours of live music over what would’ve been Pride weekend in San Francisco. Started as a side project of the California Bluegrass Association in 2017, Bluegrass Pride is now an internationally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to letting the world know that bluegrass and old-time music are for everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, orientation, nationality, upbringing, or politics. The goal of Porch Pride is to highlight and showcase LGBTQ+ Roots musicians while also generating financial support as they navigate a new, nearly non-existent performance landscape. 

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PREMIERE: Sinner Friends — Rita

PREMIERE: Sinner Friends — Rita

BLUEGRASS PRIDE EXCLUSIVE: There’s good news and there’s bad news. 

The good news is that Sinner Friends are releasing a single, “Rita,” off their highly-anticipated full-length album that is out today via Bristol, Virginia’s Bigtone Records.

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