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Wayne Taylor Releases 8th Project - Movin' On

Movin' OnWayne Taylor has produced his eighth project, a solo album entitled, Movin' On. This CD should prove to be one of his best! This diverse collection of songs features "Red Is The Color", a tribute to his friend Jim Red Cloud from South Dakota, who lost his son in 2010. Wayne draws from life's ups and downs to weave together a colorful tapestry of music. The album covers bluegrass and acoustic music styles showcasing Wayne's broad ability and talent.

Earl Scruggs Center Offers "Scruggs Style" Banjo Workshops Today!

Darrin AldridgeIf you want to learn to play the banjo – if you want to play “Scruggs style” – this is your chance to get started! Join us for Intro to Banjo – Scruggs Style. If you think you want to learn but you don’t even have a banjo yet, don’t let that stop you! The Center has a limited number of student models available for use in the workshop. (Fee is $10 non-members/$5 members) reserve a banjo. We apologize for the late notice however we just received notice of this yesterday.

Legendary Banjo Picker J.D. Crowe on Song of the Mountains

J.D. CroweMarion, VA- J.D. Crowe will headline the September 6th concert taping of Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. This concert will be taped for national broadcast across America for public television.

The Big Push for Bluegrass at Burning Man

Burning Man BluegrassOur bluegrass artist and friend, Andy Owens is on a quest to introduce Bluegrass Music to the Burning Man Arts Festival. Time is short and so is their funding. The Bluegrass Invasion to Burning Man Kickstarter Campaign is still short about $900 and needs to catch up quickly or they can lose all funding collected so far. This is a marvelous concept to introduce the crowd to bluegrass music in a unique way.
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Blue Moon Rising Reunion Concert Dates Announced

Blue Moon RisingKnoxville, TN -- Blue Moon Rising has announced they will perform select tour dates with original band members Chris West (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Keith Garrett (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), plus current member Brandon Bostic (Dobro). Three Blue Moon Rising Reunion concert dates have been booked so far, including the kick-off on September 28 at the National Muscadine Festival in Sweetwater, TN.

Leftover Salmon Celebrates 25 Years – New Year’s in Chicago

Leftover SalmonThis New Year’s Eve, marks 25 years for Leftover Salmon! We are thrilled to announce we will be celebrating it with Keller Williams in Chicago, IL on December 30th and 31st! Leftover Salmon will kick off the two night celebration on the 30th and we’ll be ringing in the New Year with 2 sets on New Year’s Eve! Bill Payne of Little Feat will be joining us both nights! Keller Williams will perform with his band “More Than a Little” for a closing set on December 30th and Solo on the 31st, to get the night started. LoS Fan Club tickets went on sale Wednesday August, 20th.

Locust Ridge a Dove Nominee for Emerging Bluegrass Gospel Group

HealedNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Christian recording group Locust Ridge has been nominated for “Bluegrass Album of the Year” at the 45th Annual (GMA) Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Deep in the mountains of East Tennessee, you will find the small rural community of Locust Ridge. You will also find a very popular mountain gospel group in this area appropriately named after the community Locust Ridge.

Larry Stephenson Band Announces New Members and Upcoming New Album

Larry Stephenson BandThe award-winning Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce new members, bass player Matt Wright and guitarist Kevin Richardson. They will join Larry Stephenson and Kenny Ingram in celebrating the band’s 25th Anniversary this year and their upcoming new album release, PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN. The first single is set for release later this month and will include special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.

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.

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