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Dailey & Vincent Return to Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman Thursday, July 16

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- As the multi-GRAMMY nominated duo's first live album, "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert," remains at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for the seventh consecutive week, while the live DVD remains in the top 25 on the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart across all genres after debuting at #2 following the Foo Fighters,the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” return to the famed Ryman Auditorium with their critically acclaimed signature sound to part take in Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, July 16. Dailey & Vincent, who first debuted their music as a duo at the Birthplace of Bluegrass in 2007, and have sold out the show for two consecutive years, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Steep Canyon Rangers Announce Release Date for "Radio"

RadioAward winning bluegrass artists Steep Canyon Rangers are happy to announce that their new album, RADIO, produced by Jerry Douglas, will be released on Friday, August 28th! It will be available tomorrow for pre-order digitally at iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers. The title track will be available as an instant download with all digital pre-orders.

BlueHighways TV to Launch on DISH Network

BlueHighways TVFranklin, TN -- BlueHighways TV, an independent network offering original programs that explore the people, stories, traditions and music of America, announced today that it will launch on DISH on July 1, 2015. BlueHighways TV will be available on DISH Channel 73 to all DISH customers.

Star-Studded Benefit for Aubrey Holt

Aubrey HoltNashville, TN -- A benefit show for Aubrey Holt, formerly of the Boys From Indiana and the Wildwood Valley Boys, has been planned for Sunday, August 9, 2015. The benefit show will take place at Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Rd, Florence, KY 41015. The show will feature a star-studded line-up, including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, The Grascals, Feller and Hill, The Wildwood Valley Boys, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

Carter Family Fold to Celebrate July 4th with Fiddlin' Carson Peters

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersSaturday, July 4th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. Nine-year old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region. Carson lives with his parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” at the ripe old age of two on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him.

Review: The SteelDrivers Still Give All Their Soul

The SteelDriversThree-time Grammy nominees The SteelDriver have released their latest project, The Muscle Shoals Recordings and with Gary Nichols replacing Chris Stapleton, the soul of that SteelDrivers sound is all still there. When the band first came on the scene, I commented that they put the blues back into bluegrass. Bill Monroe, himself, injected his own blues sound into the style and then it disappeared for awhile. Well, The SteelDrivers have it all back and more. Here's a band that has honed their talent to put out an outstanding release with all the edge and soul that this band is known for.

Beartrap Summer Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Beartrap Summer Festival 2015The Beartrap Summer Festival is excited to announce the full musical lineup for their 2015 festival. Accompanying our two biggest headliners of all time, Los Lobos and The Charlie Daniels Band, is a hand picked mix of local and national artists guaranteed to have you dancing in the meadow. This year’s artists will be the first to set foot on our brand new stage. That’s right, the Beartrap Summer Festival is getting a new stage in celebration of our 21st year. We will have more details about that in the near future. So without further ado, here is the official musical lineup for the 21st Beartrap Summer Festival.

Audio-Technica Expands Online Video Series Exploring Mic Techniques

Audio-Technica Banjo MicAudio-Techcnica expands their online video series by exploring Mic techniques in real-world applications. Their new videos cover mic techniques for various instruments including banjo, brass instruments, dobro, mandolin, organ, piano, saxophone, small ensembles, stereo techniques, strings and woodwinds. Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has posted the latest videos in its series exploring different aspects of mic technique, mic placement and more. Utilizing some of Audio-Technica’s most acclaimed and popular products – including 40 Series, Artist Elite®, 20 Series and others – these videos illustrate various tips and tricks for capturing audio in real-world applications.

Lil' Smokies Capture 2015 Telluride Band Competition Honors

Lil SmokiesHailing from the utopian garden city of Missoula, Montana, The Lil’ Smokies exploded onto the progressive bluegrass scene in the winter of 2009 and haven’t shown any signs of fatigue since. It was just announced that Lil' Smokies received top honors at the 2015 Telluride Band Competition.

Dwight Yoakam Added to FreshGrass Lineup

Dwight YoakamNorth Adams, MA -- Country superstar Dwight Yoakam joins FreshGrass — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival. Yoakam is a welcome addition to the chorus of stand-out Americana acts invited to the annual September festival, including the Del McCoury Band, the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, festival favorite Alison Brown, Willie Watson, Vieux Farka Touré, Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, The Ballroom Thieves, Birds of Chicago, Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, 2014 FreshGrass Award winners Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, Cat and the Moon, and The Man in Grass — A FreshGrass Tribute to Johnny Cash. FreshGrass, to be held on September 18-20, 2015, at MASS MoCA features bluegrass traditionalists and trailblazers on four stages and throughout every nook and cranny of MASS MoCA’s revitalized industrial, art-infused campus.

The SteelDrivers’ “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” Debuts at #1

 The Music Shoals RecordingsNashville, TN -- Three-time Grammy nominees The SteelDrivers have cause to celebrate: their new album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, which was released to great acclaim on June 16 via Rounder Records, has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart. The album, which landed at #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart, and #125 on the Top Current Albums Chart, achieved the highest first-week sales in the band’s history.

Chris Jones and the Night Drivers Set Release Date for New Album

Run Away TonightNashville, TN -- Part of the musical depth of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ new Mountain Home release Run Away Tonight is due to the longevity not just of the group, but of this lineup. Chris Jones founded the band in 1995, marking 20 years this year. Chris was joined in 2003 by bass man Jon Weisberger and by banjoist Ned Luberecki. German-born mandolin player Mark Stoffel signed on in 2008 and since then, the quartet’s turned into one of the genre’s tightest and most empathetic ensembles.

High Security in a User Friendly Internet World

Insecure WebWhat prompted this article is that my registration on some bluegrass related email and websites has been compromised. I have received various emails that certainly confirm this. If you operate a web site or use a newsletter distribution service, you probably only give it a casual thought about security. What are they going to steal? Why would anybody want to mess with us -- we're too small? What's the worst that can happen? And, other questions. Have you asked about your liability exposure if your assets are compromised? Do you regularly check your logs looking for requests that don't seem right and then, making decisions based on your findings? Probably not.

Brand New Music Video from James Reams

James ReamsJames Reams & The Barnstormers has released another full length music video featuring the title song from the CD One Foot in the Honky Tonk which made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. Once again James Reams teamed up with filmmaker, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films to create this video. According to James, “Bluegrass music has had one foot in the honky tonk for a long time - Red Allen, Jimmy Martin, Earl Taylor, Charlie Moore, Reno and Smiley, Carter Stanley - well the list just goes on and on. Speaking for myself, it's may be a great place to visit...but I wouldn't want to live there!”

Jeff Little Trio & New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters at Blue Ridge Music Center July 4

New Ballards Branch BogtrottersGalax, VA -- To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, the Blue Ridge Music Center is welcoming The Jeff Little Trio and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m., for a Holiday Dance Party. A special banjo exhibit will be featured daily. During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and desserts.

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