Hi friends, It's been an exciting few years. Buddy Merriam received the Long Island Sound Award from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at the Folk & Fiddle Festival "for Buddy's Outstanding Contributions to Long Island's Musical Heritage." and Proclamations from Suffolk County & the Town of Babylon for his work with the LI Bluegrass Festival, hosting "Blue Grass Time" on WUSB 90.1fm for over 30 years and keeping Bluegrass Music alive here on Long Island.

Buddy is a founding Board of Directors member of the Mandolin Heritage Asso. -the first project is to transcribe 200 more of the 1000 mandolin compositions Buddy has written over the last 50 years. Included are videos of each piece and will become the start of the Buddy Merriam Archive that will include all of his music, photographs & videos, mandolin music books, live field recordings memorabilia, Bill Monroe photos and live recordings. Buddy's way to pass on his life in music to future generations to learn from.

Mandolin, Newgrass & Bluegrass 
Hallockville Museum Farm 
6038 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 
Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:30 PM 
Email info@hallockville.com 

Bring the Family, tell your friends, pack some vittles & beverages-fill up a carload and lets have a mighty night at the Farm. 

You must make a reservation! 
Limited space! Tickets $40/per car 
Call to make your reservation: 631.298.5292 
Email info@hallockville.com

Buddy makes Staller Center for the Arts Debut 

This friday, Buddy Merriam will make his debut at the Staller Center for the Arts Recital Hall performing 3 of his original tunes with Taylor Ackley and the Deep Roots Ensemble. Buddy will join the Ensemble for a full set of American Roots, bluegrass and original music. We are very excited about this recent collaboration between these music men and look forward to more down the road. This is free and open to the public.

Buddy Merriam to be Featured at Staller Center, Stony Brook 

     It's late February and while the wind blows, the snow comes down and a deep chill is in the air, Buddy relishes this time to play his mandolin, write new tunes and make plans for the upcoming season of performances.

     In the midst of this and the up-time of the holidays & down-time that the winter months can bring, he has had a special honor and treat of catching the interest of SUNY Stony Brook "PHD to be" Taylor Ackley, who leads the The Deep Roots Ensemble at Stony Brook University.

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Back Roads Mandolin Vol. 2 book just released 

Back Roads Mandolin Vol. 2

32 Original Compositions


 Now available

Buddy Merriam releases his second book of original mandolin compositions, BACK ROADS MANDOLIN Volume Two-  32 Original Compositions, containing all his tunes from his last four recordings along with six new pieces.

BACK ROADS MANDOLIN Volume Two features many of Buddy’s most popular compositions including “Blue Grass Time”- the theme song to his long running popular radio program on WUSB 90.1 fm, “Baldassari”, “Circle of…

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Buddy to receive major award from Long Island Music Hall of Fame 

PRESS RELEASE  Aug. 24, 2015
Buddy Merriam to receive the Long Island Music Hall of Fame “Long Island Sound” Award on Sunday Sept. 13 at the Fiddle & Folk Festival at Benner’s Farm in Setauket,NY. The award is presented “for Outstanding Contributions to Long Island’s Musical Heritage.”

Celebrating his 35th year leading his bluegrass band Buddy Merriam & Back Roads with his 7th CD “The Farm” and his 2nd book of original mandolin music “Back Roads Mandolin Vol. 2”.

Buddy is the voice of bluegrass for the last…

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LI Winterfest on March 15 

Sunday March 15th It's Blue Grass Time at Bedell Cellars with Buddy Merriam & Back Roads as part of this great event featuring live music on the North Fork. WE play 1-3 PM Main Rd Cutchogue,NY  for tickets www.bedellcellars.com

Buddy Merriam featured in LI News 

December 2013

by Community Contributer John Wevers

You may obtain a copy by calling Buddy Merriam at 631-744-2911 $5 includes shipping and handling

Bluegrass Wedding 


Just the right music for that very special occasion. Here's a testimony from the bride:

"I have been going to see Buddy play for many years now and when it was time to plan my wedding, he was the first person I contacted because I couldn't imagine my most special day happening without the sound of his amazing mandolin playing and his awesome band.....

 The day came and they played their hearts out for us. Many of our guests never heard of them or bluegrass for that

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2014 summer at the Beach Hut 

For the Mandolin Experience and Back Roads it was a great summer every Tuesday night at the Meschutt Beach Hut in Hampton Bays. What could be better than the beach & open air bluegrass fun! We look forward to coming back next summer! Great food, drinks, people like Ronnie the rock man and best of all our most loved fans!!

Bru' na Bo" 


What a very cool venue to play in Northport! Many thanks to

Andrea of the Northport Coalition for the Arts for bringing us in for a very special intimate show at Bru' na Bo'. We had a full house in this distinctive furniture and housewares show room. It was Buddy Merriam and his music of the Mandolin Experience with Brian Chabza on fiddle and Matt Riley on guitar.  Kathy DeVine was featured singing "In These Hills" and "Bad Seed.

If you are ever in the Northport Village, DO stop by and shop!