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June 25 Kicks Off Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman!!!

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

Nu-Blu Plays First Ever Online Bluegrass Festival with CBA Feb 28

Nu-Blu Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Bluegrass/Americana sensation Nu-Blu are pleased to announce their participation in the inaugural online Bluegrass Roundup on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 6pm EST. They will be performing a special one-hour set, which features every song from their latest album, All The Way. This first-of-its-kind Bluegrass festival will stream the show online HERE. The spectacle is sponsored by JCD Property Management in conjunction with the California Bluegrass Association.

NewTown Signs with Moonstruck Management

NewTown bandNashville, TN --- NewTown has inked a new business relationship with Moonstruck Management, the booking and management firm that handles stellar bluegrass acts including Dr. Ralph Stanley, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band. The dynamic NewTown band from Lexington, KY is led by gifted fiddler and singer, Kati Penn-Williams and husband, Jr. Williams. NewTown is a dynamic band that delivers a truly creative musical blend of the traditional and the modern in its acoustic artistry.

Darin & Brooke's "Snapshots" Debuts in Billboard Top 10

SnapshotsNashville, TN -- In spite of the worst snow and ice storm the southern states have seen in decades, Darin and Brooke Aldridge have debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart with their sixth new release, Snapshots. A flurry of promotional activity had been planned for release week, but instead a flurry of ice and snow found the Aldridge's and their band stranded somewhere between Nashville and Asheville on I-40 when the storm hit. They were forced to cancel a number of appearances and events, including the world renowned Station Inn and WSM Radio.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Celebrate #1 with "Fiddlin' Joe"

On Down the LineCharlestown, IN -- 9-Time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are proud to announce "Fiddlin' Joe," the first single from their Compass Records release, On Down the Line, has reached #1 on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 30 Songs chart for March. "Fiddlin' Joe" was written specifically for the band by Mark "Brink" Brinkman, a 2014 nominee for IBMA's Songwriter of the Year award. Additionally, On Down the Line has spent six months on the Top 15 Albums chart and is #8 for March.

Nominations Open for Third Annual Music Educator Award

Music Educator AwardThe Music Educator Award to be presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Della Mae Preparing Sophomore Release on Rounder

Della MaeNashville, TN -- On May 12, 2015, Della Mae will release their second full-length set for Rounder. Della Mae expands upon the musical achievements of the group's widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated 2013 breakthrough album This World Oft Can Be, which established the multi-talented female combo, which features Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals, and Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo and vocals, as a potent musical force.

Dailey & Vincent Cracker Barrel Album due April 27, 2015

 ALIVE! in ConcertLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and multi-GRAMMY Award nominated duo Dailey & Vincent announce the upcoming CD release of Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert, which will be available April 27, exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. This is the first live album for the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” who have released two previous albums through the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program. It will retail for $11.99.

Feller and Hill to Release "I Firmly Promise You"

 I Firmly Promise YouNashville, TN -- Available March 24 is the brand-new all-Gospel release from Feller and Hill, I Firmly Promise You, on the Tommy Hillpicker Record label. For DJ's wishing to have a promotional hard copy, simply go email info@fellerandhill.com with your name and address. The new release will be available to purchase at www.fellerandhill.com, Amazon, ITunes and for DJ downloads at Airplay Direct. As always, Feller and Hill include a wide variety of stylings on this album, including traditional Bluegrass-Gospel, Southern-Gospel, Hymns, and some brand-new material.

FreshGrass Announces Initial Lineup Artists for 2015

Punch BrothersNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival, announces the first round of bands set to play its annual September festival, with headliner the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, I’m With Her featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, festival favorite Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, and 2014 FreshGrass Award winners Twisted Pine and Quiles & Cloud. FreshGrass, to be held on September 18-20, 2015, features bluegrass traditionalists and trailblazers on four stages and throughout every nook and cranny of its 28-building, 16-acre campus.

The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz Return to Calmes House Concerts

The Fabulous Bagasse BoyzAn intimate evening of music with The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz . . . sounds heavenly doesn’t it. Well your dreams have come true due to the diligent efforts of Robert and Dianne Calmes. They have developed the Calmes House Concerts and it is the perfect way to listen to music. They have had many talented acts from the area such as Smithfield Fair and The Fugitive Poets and touring acts like Ben Bedford and Brother Sun. The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz had the honor of being the first performers to do the Calmes House Concerts and amazingly enough, they kept it up after that and got better and better.

Old Salt Union at International Bluegrass Music Museum Thursday

Old Salt UnionOwensboro, Ky. -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum will kick off the 2015 season of their benefit concert series on Thursday, February 26th with the Illinois based bluegrass group, Old Salt Union. What makes Old Salt Union so special is their ability to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music by incorporating in-depth musical arrangements, a catchy hook, and an uncanny pop sensibility. They truly are a new generation of bluegrass in the industry.

Magical Grey Fox 2015 Lineup and Plans Announced

Hot RizeOak Hill, NY – Upstate New York might be knee-deep in snow right now, but plans are already in place for this summer's world famous Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival held each year in the Catskill Mountains. This event is widely known as a Who's Who of Bluegrass Music. Music seekers come from all over the United States and several countries to experience the annual gathering of music, learning, family & friends. Many personal reunions for artists, fans and pickers happen at the beloved and historic event. This year's four-day festival takes place July 16 through 19, 2015 on the picturesque Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, New York. Early camping opens on Wednesday, July 15, with special events for those with full festival camping tickets.

Traditional Bluegrass by Acoustic Heritage at Carter Fold Saturday

Acoustic HeritageHiltons, VA -- Tim and Debbie Grim Yates have combined their lives, amazing talents, and deep musical roots to forge one of the country’s most accomplished and entertaining music groups on the scene today. Acoustic Heritage is the culmination of several generations of singers and musicians who performed old time and bluegrass music while passing on the love of that unique Appalachian Mountain sound to the generations that followed after them. Whether it’s the sound of Debbie’s amazing clawhammer banjo, her lively fiddle, or Tim’s mesmerizing guitar, the music of Acoustic Heritage always leaves an audience wanting to hear more.

IBMA Official Showcase Deadline is February 28th

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2015Nashville, TN -- The premiere opportunity to introduce talent and new music at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference comes in the form of "official" showcase performances which help the music industry attendees discover emerging new bands, as well as established bands, with new music or personnel.

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