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  • Peter Winkenwerder, farmer

    Peter Winkenwerder, farmer
    Peter Winkenwerder, a retired financial consultant and Baltimore County farmer, was killed June 6 in an automobile accident on Greenspring Avenue in Owings Mills. He was 73.
  • Mike Munford, master of banjo, honed skills in Baltimore

    Mike Munford, master of banjo, honed skills in Baltimore
    The world's best banjo player of the past year lives in a log cabin about 40 miles from Baltimore. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, 55-year-old Mike Munford sat on a couch in his living room in Glen Rock, Pa. He held his favorite banjo, a Gibson five-...

    Stagecoach 2014: Country festival is young fans' kinda party

    Stagecoach 2014: Country festival is young fans' kinda party
    This post has been updated. See note below for details. Country music's recent transformation from a form that spoke to a cross-generational audience about life's broader themes into a party-minded soundtrack for young adults was starkly apparent over...

    Passings: Arthur Smith

    Arthur Smith, 93, a bluegrass musician who wrote and recorded the sizzling instrumentals "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos," died Thursday at his home in Charlotte, N.C., his family announced. No cause was given. "Guitar Boogie," recorded with the...

    Take your picker: Student and teacher vying for bluegrass album Grammy

    Take your picker: Student and teacher vying for bluegrass album Grammy
    Chicago has gotten its bluegrass due with this year's Grammy nominations. Noam Pikelny and Greg Cahill — two players with strong local connections — are competing in the best bluegrass album category. Pikelny, a Skokie native currently based...