Stephanie P Ledgin

award-winning journalist/author

All content including photographs copyright Stephanie P. Ledgin 2021. All reproduction rights reserved.

BOOKS (author, photographer)

Discovering Folk Music

     Praeger 2010

From Every Stage: Images of America’s Roots Music

     University Press of Mississippi 2005

Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass

     Praeger 2004/University of Illinois Press 2006

BOOKS (editor, contributor)

Bluegrass Bass by Ned Alterman & Richie Mintz

     Jack Cooke photo

Encyclopedia of New Jersey edited by Maxine N. Lurie & Marc Mappen

     “Folk Music” entry

Hot Licks for Bluegrass Fiddle by Stacy Phillips


Hot Licks for Bluegrass Guitar by Orrin Star

     Doc Watson & Pat Flynn photos

Masters of the 5-String Banjo by Tony Trischka & Pete Wernick

     Snuffy Jenkins photos

RECORDINGS (photos, liner notes)

Bottom Line Archive/BFD Records

     Doc Watson (Live) -- cover & inside color photos

Smithsonian Folkways

     Classic Bluegrass Vol. 2 -- all photos

Rounder Records

     The Johnson Mountain Boys At the Old Schoolhouse

          front cover photo

Mountain Redbird Music

     James Reams & the Barnstormers: Troubled Times -- liner notes

New Haven Records

     Bluegrass Top 20 Gospel Songs of the Century

          Bill Monroe back cover photo

Pinecastle Records

     The McLains: More Fun Than We Ought To Have -- liner notes

Zephyr Records

     Joe Ross: Bluegrass Alphabet -- liner notes

PUBLICATIONS (articles, reviews, photos)

Acoustic Guitar

Beat (Norway)

Banjo Newsletter

Bluegrass-Bühne (Germany)

Bluegrass Now

Bluegrass Unlimited

Country Rhythms

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine


International Jew's Harp Society Newsletter

Living Tradition (UK)

Music City News

Old-Time Herald

Pickin’  assistant editor 1975-77

Popular Music and Society

Sing Out!


The Traditional MusicLine  publisher/editor 1987-2004


Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum 2005

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center 2005-2006

International Bluegrass Music Museum 2007-2008

Hunterdon (NJ) County Library 2006 & 2010

Phillips Mill Photo Exhibition, New Hope PA (juried) 2010

JB Kline & Son Art Gallery, Lambertville NJ (juried) 2010

Tinicum (PA) Arts Festival (juried) 2010

     Honorable mention, John Hartford fiddling photo

Milford (NJ) Alive 2014

Farmstead Arts Center (NJ) 2018


Alexandria Twp (NJ) Middle School

Barnes & Noble Book Store, KS & MD

Borders Books & Music, Bridgewater NJ

Brookdale Guitar & Bluegrass Festival, Lincroft NJ

CMJ Music Marathon, New York City

Hunterdon County (NJ) Library

Morris County (NJ) College Day of Bluegrass

East Brunswick (NJ) Friends of the Public Library

Folk Alliance International conference

International Bluegrass Music Association conference

Int’l. Bluegrass Music Symposium, W. Kentucky Univ.

NERFA (Northeast Region Folk Alliance) conference

92nd St. Y/Makor Bluegrass Film & Music Festival, NYC

Somerville (NJ) Public Library

Southern Book Festival, Nashville TN

University of Virginia-Charlottesville,

     Continuing Education Discover Bluegrass course

Virginia Festival of the Book

BOOK FAIRS (invited author)

New Jersey Association of School Librarians

New York Times’ Great Read in the Park

Rutgers University Faculty Authors Exhibition

Southern Book Festival

Virginia Festival of the Book


New Jersey Folk Festival director 1994-2003

Deep South Festival, New Brunswick NJ 2000

Serenata: Beppe Gambetta w/ Carlo Aonzo, New Brunswick NJ 1999

Folksong Mini-Fest: John Jackson, Jim Albertson, Schuylkill Bayou Ramblers

     Princeton NJ 1994

Tannahill Weavers, New York City 1990

Eagle Tavern Bluegrass & Oldtime series, New York City 1988-91

Masters of the Folk Violin, New York City 1988-1989

Cherish the Ladies, New York City 1989

Ossian, Metuchen NJ 1989

Lone Star Cafe Bluegrass Series, New York City 1987-1988

Pickin’-Waterloo Bluegrass Festival, Stanhope NJ 1977


(WFUV-FM & WBAI-FM, NYC; WRSU-FM, New Brunswick NJ)

Dudley Connell (Johnson Mountain Boys)

Dan Crary

Druhá Tráva

Beppe Gambetta

David Grisman

Patsy Montana

Nashville Bluegrass Band


John Carlini

Druhá Tráva

Amy Fradon Band

Beppe Gambetta

Henhouse Prowlers

John Kirk & Trish Miller

Ronstadt Generations

Radim Zenkl

Mac Benford & the Woodshed All-Stars

Selected Credits