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Lonesome River Band Released a Great New Album

Turn on a DimeNashville, TN -- With a track record of more than 30 years, Lonesome River Band is one of music’s most enduring and beloved bands. LRB has set a standard for Bluegrass and Acoustic bands and the band raises the bar once again with its first original studio release in four years, Turn on a Dime. The new release from Mountain Home Music Company is available tomorrow, Oct. 14.

The Spinney Brothers Ride Into October with a Tried and True CD

The Spinney BrothersWillis, VA -- Yesterday's release of the Spinney Brothers' newest album, Tried and True on Mountain Fever Records, bookends a year that by all accounts has been a very successful one for two of Canada's greatest exports.

Track By Track Hosts Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Today!

On Down the LineSiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction will air a Track By Track with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper this week! Michael and Flamekeeper bandmates Josh Richards and Nathan Livers joined Kyle Cantrell in the studio recently for a feature on their Compass Records CD, On Down the Line. Since the band got together in 2006, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have made their mark in the bluegrass world. Their newest album, On Down the Line, was released last July. Led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland, the group's virtuosic style and traditional bluegrass sound has never been better represented.

The Roys Featured On Young Country's Season Premiere Oct 16

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys will debut on Young Country's upcoming season premiere for Blue Highways TV Network beginning Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. ET, with repeats October 18 and 19 at 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET, respectively. The networkbroadcasts in select areas via AT+T U-verse, Charter Communications, Direct TV and Dish Network. Fans can click here for full channel listings.

Open Letter to the IBMA Board of Directors

Bob CherryThe bluegrass world is still in shock after the recent announcement of the departure of Nancy Cardwell from the IBMA leadership role. The highly respected Cardwell was welcomed as a breath of fresh air into the Executive Director position and she served the role in a way greatly appreciated by many. Everybody was looking for a new, fresh and exciting IBMA and Nancy delivered. Raleigh and all the excitement is proof of that. Then, this turn of events during the recent World of Bluegrass, which resulted in her resignation happened. As time is passing, little bits of additional information are coming out regarding what happened to cause this abrupt and unfortunate change. One thing abundantly clear from the email lists and social media sites is that few can comprehend the reason for this sudden decision. Those behind it, are not talking. I would like to make some observations from the official IBMA press release on the IBMA leadership change...

Phil Leadbetter's Next Move, Releases Today!

Phil LeadbetterNashville, TN -- On the heels of his recent win as IBMA's 2014 Dobro Player of the Year, Phil Leadbetter releases his remarkable new album, The Next Move, today, October 14th. In The Next Move, Phil shows his amazing gift for creativity, arrangements, and brilliant picking with a stellar lineup of his friends and favorite artists. The list of guests reads like a Who’s Who of award-winners from Bluegrass, Country and Acoustic music, including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Ken Mellons, Kenny Smith, Cory Walker, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, John Cowan, Jake Stargel, Matt Leadbetter, Jim Hurst, Steve Thomas, Paul Brewster, Con Hunley, Charlie Cushman, Jarrod Walker and more.

Whitetop Mountain Band Brings Roots to Carter Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- 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. Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 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.

IBMA’s Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, Tenders Resignation

Nancy CardwellNashville, TN -- Nancy Cardwell, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), has tendered her resignation with the organization, effective December 31, 2014. Cardwell has held the position of executive director at IBMA for the past two and a half years, and has worked at the organization for 20 years.

Nancy Cardwell Resigns as IBMA Executive Director

Nancy CardwellLong time IBMA staff and Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Nancy Cardwell, has resigned her position during the World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC. Cardwell will serve through the end of the year and hopes to help make the transition easy on the association.

Bluegrass Wins Big at IMEA Awards

Ned Crisp and Kathy BoydIt was a big night for bluegrass at the International Music & Entertainment Awards in Ashland, Kentucky on Saturday, October 4th as Ned Crisp and Bottomline walked away with the first ever Bluegrass Group of the Year award. In a multi-genre category, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising took home the award for Holiday Song of the Year.

Katrina Nicolayeff Crowned Grand Master Fiddler Champion

Grand Master Fiddler Katrina NicolayeffGrand Master Fiddler Championship crowns the 2014 master. The Grand Master Champion for 2014 is Katrina Nicolayeff of Boise, Idaho. Nicolayeff joins Mark O'Connor, Matthew Hartz, and Danita Rast Gardner as three-time champions. Jesse Maw of Kalispell, Montana placed second. Nicolayeff took home $1,200 in cash, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Maw received $1,100 and a plaque.

The Stetson Family's New 'Double-Single'

The Stetson FamilySince their last release, The The Devil in His Sunday Best (described by Rhythms Magazine as “a landmark Australian roots album”), The Stetson Family haven’t been resting on their laurels - far from it! In 2013 they released a compilation, O Winding River, in the USA which achieved chart success (even spending a day at #1 as the most downloaded album across nearly 900 US radio stations) and gained international recognition in the UK and Europe.

San Diego's Only Music Film Festival November 8th

Point Music Film FestivalSan Diego, CA -- Billed as San Diego’s first music only film festival, the Point Music Film Festival will feature 10 films, including bluegrass favorites such as “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass,” “The Tao of Bluegrass,” and “Mandolin in B: The Herschel Sizemore Story” plus country music’s “Heartworn Highways” as well as the highly acclaimed documentary about John Lennon, “Rubber Soul” and more. Festival goers will be treated to performances from 6 musical groups including headliner James Reams & The Barnstormers featuring legendary fiddler, Blaine Sprouse.

Winter Heats Up with Larry's Country Diner Caribbean Cruise

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- Gabriel Communications announces its highly successful television shows, “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion” will, once again, take to the high-seas for a seven-day “down-home” Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Fans can climb aboard the Celebrity Cruise Celebrity Reflection cruise liner January 31st – February 7, 2015, and enjoy entertainment featuring Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, TG Sheppard & Kelly Lang, Mo Pitney, Johnny Lee, Mark Wills, Teea Goans and the cast of Larry’s Country Diner.

Nu-Blu to Join The Roys at Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree

Nu-BluNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu, the bluegrass breakout act that has been sweeping the nation, has been added as the The Roys' special guest for this weekend's world-famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. It's a night of solid bluegrass music that is sure to have fans on their feet cheering along! The special event is hosted by 650-WSM on Saturday, October 11. You can stream the show online by clicking HERE during the program.

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