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Gold Heart Releases “Places I’ve Been”

 Places I've BeenMountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of new music from Gold Heart. Places I've Been is available to radio and consumers today. Family harmony is considered one of the staples of bluegrass and acoustic music. There is nothing like it, especially when it is set against a backdrop of superb musicianship. Such is the case with Places I've Been, the new album from Gold Heart. If the lilting, three-part, sister harmony doesn't put a smile on your face, the youthful originality of the songs, chock full of fresh ideas and melodies, will. In fact, all 12 songs on Places I've Been were written by members of the Gold family.

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Whitetop Mountain Band at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandSaturday, May 30th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Cover “The Final Countdown”

Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnYes, it’s only the second week of Undercover 2015, and we’re already looking at our second and third banjos of the season. But behold the power of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, who took the classic-rock staple “The Final Countdown” and reimagined it for banjos and wig for The Onion A.V. Club. Yes, when Fleck—who’s been widely recognized as one of the instrument’s greats for decades—showed up at AVHQ, he asked whether we might have a “hair metal” wig for him to wear.

Scott Tackett Releases Solo Project “Lookin’ Back”

Scott Tackett - Lookin’ BackIrvine, KY -- Kindred Records has released the CD "Looking Back" by Olive Hill, Ky artist Scott Tackett. The studio project that brought together the popular bluegrass group Hammertowne in 2011 has over half the 12 tracks written by Scott or co-written with Dave Carroll. A good mix of hard driving bluegrass, soulful ballads, and outstanding vocal performances by Scott (rhythm guitar), Dave (lead guitar), and Doug Burchett (bass). Chasten Carroll, Dave's son lays down some awesome mandolin along with Brent Pack on the banjo. Fiddle was performed by guest musician and engineer Ron Stewart.

Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection Release New Single

Union House Records is proud to announce the first single release from their newly formed label. Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection is now available for purchase at CDBaby and will be appearing soon on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and more fine retail outlets. The song was written by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens and appears on the band’s upcoming self-titled album releasing in July.

Carter Fold Performances of “Keep On The Sunny Side”

Eugene Wolf portrays A.P. Carter in a performance of “Keep on the Sunny Side” Hiltons, VA -- During the last week in May and the first week in June, 2015, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, and Abingdon’s Barter Theatre will present six performances of the play Keep on the Sunny Side at the Carter Family Fold. Performance dates and times are: Thursday, May 28, 7:30 PM/ Friday, May 29, 7:30 PM/ Sunday, May 31, 7:00 PM/ Thursday, June 4, 7:30 PM/ Friday, June 5, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, June 7, 7:00 PM. Tickets to Keep on the Sunny Side at the Fold are $20 and are available for advance purchase through the Barter Theatre box office at 276-628-3991 or on their website at bartertheatre.com. Tickets will also be available at the door for each show. Before traveling long distances, it would be best to check with Barter’s box office regarding ticket availability.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum PUSH Film Festival

PUSH Film FestivalPUSH! Film Festival, to be held on June 12—14, 2015, is a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts over three days – the festival is bringing diverse films to our community from across the world and will also be showcasing the best regional filmmakers.

Claire Lynch Announces New Focus on New Challenges

Claire Lynch BandThree-Time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy nominee and Song of the Year winner Claire Lynch is a multi-award winning performer/songwriter and a “singer’s singer” whose work has been heralded by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and many music journalists, all of whom have written about her with favor. She paved the way for other women in a musical world that traditionally belonged to men – the world of bluegrass – and managed to set the bar a little higher for everyone who followed.

Colorado's The Railsplitters Climb Above the Bluegrass Timberline

The RailsplittersHailing from Colorado, The Railsplitters use the traditional instrumentation of bluegrass but explode the form, taking it to new heights of dizzying complexity. Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tourvan! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time.

Dale Ann Bradley to Release “Pocketful of Keys” June 9th

Pocketful of KeysDale Ann Bradley will release Pocketful of Keys on June 9, her first album after signing with Pinecastle Records last year. Bradley will hold her official CD Release Party at the Station Inn in Nashville on Saturday, June 6, where she will perform new tunes and classic favorites for her fans.

49th Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Adkins & LoudermilkBean Blossom, IN -- The Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, nestled in the beautiful hills of Brown County in Southern Indiana, is proud to announce the 49th Annual Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival taking place June 13-20, 2015. The event is the oldest, continuously running bluegrass festival in the world and draws music fans from around the globe.

First Artists Announced for Raleigh, NC's Wide Open Bluegrass

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released an initial list of performers for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, presented by PNC, which takes place October 2-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and free stages. A portion of proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.

Horse Archer Productions Leaving Song of the Mountains

Tim WhiteMarion, VA. After the recent dismissal of host, Tim White, Horse Archer expresses their disapproval through bold decision. Horse Archer Productions has announced that unless Tim White returns as host, it will fulfill its obligations with the Lincoln Theater through its contract period but will not return to Song of the Mountains in 2016.

Jimmy Gaudreau, Moondi Klein for Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series

Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi KleinSaturday, May 30, 2015, the Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series will host two outstanding artists. Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein are well known names in the bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Jimmy & Moondi are having more fun now than ever — honing their craft and wowing audiences with every show. Their love of the music and the fun are infectious when they are in front of an audience. This show will be your chance to get an up close experience with these historic artists.

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