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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Release "Brown County Red" to Radio

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutCumming, Ga. -- Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are proud to announce the long awaited release of new music on their newly formed label, Break-A-String. "Brown County Red," the first single from the band's upcoming album, The Test of Tyme, was delivered to radio stations Tuesday. Their new album, The Test of Tyme, is due to be released this summer.

Doug Bartlett Joins Hammertowne

Doug BartlettWith the release of a brand new album, Highways & Heartaches, just days away, Hammertowne has added another weapon to their arsenal. Doug Bartlett, a seasoned veteran on the bluegrass circuit, joins the Hammertowne band on fiddle and vocals. Doug has cut quite a large path through the years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver(recording no less than 3 albums), The Lonesome River Band, The James King Band, and Del McCoury to name a few.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Assoc to hold 50th Anniversary Concert

Oregon Oldtime Fiddler's AssociationOregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Association (OOTFA) is presenting a Celebration Concert featuring State and National Champion Fiddlers at their 50th Annual State Convention at the Polk County Fairgrounds on April 10th, from 7 to 10 pm.

Record Store Day Coming April 18th

Record Store Day April 18, 2015The party in 2015 will once again cement Record Store Day’s legacy as the music industry’s biggest holiday, celebrating the culture of the independent record store worldwide on Saturday, April 18th. Each year, artists and lables release their vinyl offerings for this special day. The offerings include almost every genre and style and there's always something for bluegrass music fans too.

Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers at Carter Fold Saturday

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 4th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities.

Memphis in May by Sugarlands Distilling to Feature Bluegrass and More

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnGatlinburg, TN -- Sugarlands Distilling Company, crafters of award winning Smoky Mountain moonshine, has partnered with the Memphis in May International Festival in 2015 to be the exclusive moonshine for the festival. For the second year in a row, Sugarlands Distilling Company will be offering signature Sugarlands Shine cocktails during Memphis in May events. The Beale Street Music Festival features all styles of music including bluegrass, Americana, roots, jazz, folk and more.

Big Country Bluegrass at Carter Fold Tonight

Big Country BluegrassBig Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small, intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music.

Deering Banjos Launches the New Goodtime Banjo Ukulele

Goodtime UkuleleSpring Valley, CA -- Following resurging interest in banjo and ukulele playing over the last 5 years, Deering Banjo Company has introduced the new Goodtime Banjo Ukulele, ($499 MSRP) available now at authorized Deering banjo dealers. Alongside the Aquila® Super Nylgut strings, patented bridge plate and renaissance head, players will instantly notice that the Goodtime banjo ukulele boasts a genuine concert ukulele scale and a full size 11” rim, instead of the smaller, more common 8” rim of other banjo ukuleles over the last 70 years. The larger rim allows for a fuller, warmer tone and noticeably bigger ukulele sound while retaining the familiar banjo ‘snap’.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Debut New Album March 31st

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- The highly anticipated debut album from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle will be released on March 31st. Several months back the Bluegrass Situation called the debut album by Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle one of the most highly anticipated bluegrass albums for 2015.

Trinity River Band Announces Upcoming "Heartstrings" Album

 HeartstringsCallahan, FL -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new album, Heartstrings, by Trinity River Band will be released on May 12, 2015. The album was recently recorded at National Media Services in Virginia with Executive Producer Mike Harris and Producers Will Shenk, Sarah Harris, and Joshua Harris. Trinity River Band members, Mike, Lisa, Sarah, Joshua and Brianna Harris are joined by special guests Marty Raybon on the song “Fences” written by Mark “Brink” Brinkman and Dale Pyatt, along with the talents of Mark Johnson (on the song “Tell Me Darlin’ written by Anne and Pete Sibley.

The Del McCoury Band Leads 2nd Wave of 2015 FreshGrass Lineup

The Del McCoury BandNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival announced the second round of bands set to play its annual September festival. Festival favorites The Del McCoury Band, Indiana alt-country rockers Houndmouth, Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vieux Farka Touré, Boston-based trio The Ballroom Thieves, and acoustic roots band Cat and The Moon join an already-robust lineup, featuring headliner the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, 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 MASS MoCA’s 28-building, 16-acre campus.

10th Anniversary Bluegrass at The Pavilion Concert April 11th

Balsam RangeThe Flagler Museum will host its 10th annual Bluegrass in The Pavilion Concert on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Balsam Range and The Grascals will perform at this National Historic Landmark. Tickets are $35 and all proceeds benefit the South Arts' emergency planning for Gulf Coast cultural institutions. The Pavilion concerts continue to bring the best Bluegrass musicians to South Florida. Past artists have included Audie Blaylock and Redline and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Critics Praise The HillBenders’ Performance of "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry"

The HillBenders: TommyA capacity crowd at legendary Austin venue Threadgill’s this past Saturday braved the chilly spring rain to see The HillBenders perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, an all-acoustic rendition of The Who’s classic album performed in its entirety. As evidenced by the coverage in Rolling Stone, Billboard and Raleigh, NC’s News & Observer, the critically acclaimed bluegrass band’s performance at South by Southwest has been noted as one of the stand-out events at this year’s festival.

European Bluegrass Music Association Announces New Board

 Martino Coppo & Chris KeenanThe European Bluegrass Music Association announced changes to their board in an EBMA blog article of the March 6th regarding the EBMA AGM, Angelika Torrie, Rienk Janssen, Petr Brandejs and Christopher Howard-Williams announced their decision to step back from the EBMA Board subsequently, Dagfinn Pederson also announced his resignation at short notice. Following the Board Meeting and the EBMA AGM held during the Munich Bluegrass Festival three new board members were elected.

Bluegrass In Baltimore to be Released May 2015

Bluegrass In Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound & Its LegacyBaltimore, MD -- Due to an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 50s, Baltimore found itself the recipient of an extraordinarily talented crop of musicians and for a brief time was the center of the bluegrass world.

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