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Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White to Release First Studio Album

Hearts Like OursNashville, TN -- On August 4, country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White (of country music's The Whites) celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Over the course of more than three decades of marriage, Skaggs and White have savored every moment of their lifelong commitment to one another. With both of their respected careers cemented into the country music history books, one might find it hard to believe that the couple has never recorded an album together. That all changes on September 30, 2014 when Skaggs and White release their first-ever studio album, Hearts Like Ours.

Three Bluegrass Icons are Standing Tall & Tough

Crowe, Lawson & Williams: Standing Tall and ToughThe new collaboration from J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams is now available. Standing Tall and Tough is available from Mountain Home Music and captures the traditional drive and emotion of 1950's and 60's Bluegrass, on songs these artists helped to make classics, including "Fraulein" and "Hills of Roane County." Both tunes are Bluegrass standards due in part to the high, lonesome sound of Paul Williams.

FreshGrass Festival Kicks Off with a Great Duo

Michael Daves & Tony TrischkaKicking off the FreshGrass festivities on Friday, September 19, will be an extra-special collaboration between two all-time favorite bluegrass artists, flatpicker Michael Daves and banjoist Tony Trischka. It will be the first time at the festival for both of them, and this pairing sets the stage for the first annual FreshGrass Duo Award the following morning. Daves and Trischka are both renowned teachers and formidable players. We are eager to hear their spin on the classic duo form.

Nathan Stanley Nominated for GMA Dove Award

Nathan StanleyNathan Stanley, who is being called the "Prince of Bluegrass," has been turning heads in multiple genres, and most recently bluegrass, as he picks up a nomination for "Bluegrass Album of the Year" at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards for his album Every Mile. Incorporating styles from his Grandfather, the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan delivers quality music that has kept fans coming back for more.

5th Annual Bluegrass Battles Hunger Benefit Event Sep 26-27

5th Bluegrass Battles HungerOnce again, bluegrass music comes to aid other as Freudenthal Home Health is excited to announce Bluegrass Battles Hunger 2014, a 2-day concert event to support Second Harvest Community Food Bank. The event will be held Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square in downtown St. Joseph, Missouri. The event is being sponsored by several business organizations in the St. Joseph community, including the event’s Presenting Sponsor, Freudenthal Home Health.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen's "Cold Spell" Released

Cold SpellNashville, TN -- With the release of Cold Spell, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen prove that they've got it all – including momentum.
Some critics have called the band "the new NewGrass Revival" and that comparison is no exaggeration. This foursome has vocal prowess and instrumental chops in spades. Cold Spell is a testament to the power and versatility of traditional bluegrass instrumentation, and the album's 10 tracks move effortlessly through Solivan and crew's virtuosic, electrifying and broad–minded brand of bluegrass music.

RTE 23 Music Festival Debuts in Wise, VA Aug 30th

RTE 23Wise, VA -- A crooked road runs through Route 23 from southwest Virginia and over the state line into Kentucky, a region steeped in the music tradition of the Appalachias. On Saturday, August 30, Birthplace of Country Music brings an added roadside attraction for music lovers - the RTE 23 Music Festival - and the admission is free. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.

Carter Fold to Present Kody Norris & the Watauga Mountain Boys

Kody NorrisSaturday, August 23rd, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys. Kody Norris is young, confident, and bluegrass proud. He’s been fronting his own band now for over nine years, but he’s been playing bluegrass music for much longer. Kody grew up in Mountain City, Tennessee. According to Norris, playing bluegrass in the traditional style is the only way he knows how to play it – or wants to play it.

6th Bluegrass for Hospice Features The Seldom Scene Oct 25

The Seldom SceneThe Bluegrass for Hospice-2014, now in its 6th year, will be held on Saturday October 25 and will feature The Seldom Scene. The event will be held at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland. It is located on Flat Iron Road just 1.5 miles from MD Route 5. The event begins at Noon with gates opening at 11:00 am. All proceeds for the day go to support the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County.

Blue Highway's "The Game" Sits 3 Months at #1

The GameBlue Highway's album, The Game has now been sitting happily in the #1 spot on the charts for three months!! The album has also been nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Album of the Year and Song of the Year inthe upcoming annual IBMA Awards program.

Special Carter Fold Presentation with Barter Theatre - "Ring Of Fire"

Ring Of FireWednesday, August 27th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will partner with Barter Theatre to present Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Admission to the show is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors over 65, and $12 for children under 16. Tickets may be purchased in advance through Barter Theatre or at the door the night of the show. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Collaborate on Debut Album

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the unofficial First Family of the Banjo” (NPR), will release their eponymous debut album October 7th on Rounder Records. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a year-long tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno.

Emerging Artist Nominee, Town Mountain, Releasing New Album

Town MountainAshville, NC -- IBMA Emerging Artist Nominee, Town Mountain, set to release their first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis, on Tuesday, August 19th. The concert was recorded in their hometown of Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall. The album features live versions of previously released studio material including crowd favorites “Lawdog,” “Tarheel Boys” and the fiddle tune “Four Miles.” Amidst the original songs are a couple of lively Town Mountain-tweaked covers such as “The Race Is On” and “Orange Blossom Special.” The audio was mixed by Scott Vestal, acclaimed banjoist with the Sam Bush Band, who also mixed their fourth studio album Leave The Bottle [Pinecastle Records 2012].

The Roys Sign Booking Agreement With Buddy Lee Attractions

The Roys Sign with Buddy Lee AttractionsNashville, TN -- The Roys have signed an exclusive booking agreement with Buddy Lee Attractions for worldwide representation. The deal was solidified yesterday in advance of the award-winning Bluegrass/Country duo's September 2 CD release, The View, on Rural Rhythm Records.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees: The Original Seldom Scene, Neil Rosenberg

Original Seldom SceneNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association announced that the influential bluegrass band The Original Seldom Scene and bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at its Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

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