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Blue Highway's “Original Traditional” is Blue Hot!

Original TraditionalOriginal Traditional is the highly anticipated new studio album from the GRAMMY-nominated and multi-IBMA award-winning progressive bluegrass ensemble Blue Highway. If any Blue Highway album perfectly exemplifies "the essence of bluegrass music," this is it, combining the spirit, themes, and topics of traditional bluegrass, but through a set of 12 all-new originals from the band and co-writers. Original Traditional may well be the record that everyone has been waiting for from Blue Highway. From callous killings to struggling with sobriety, to the majesty and magic of the mountains, the songs evoke the timeless quality of bluegrass past, but showcase the voices and instrumental prowess of Blue Highway present, capturing a contemporary group at its creative peak.

The O’Connor Band Releases “Coming Home” Video

O’Connor Band Coming HomeThe O’Connor Band was number one again on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart again this past week. The O’Connor Band has just released a new video of the band performing “Coming Home” which features some skateboarding fiddle playing by Mark. Consisting of four master instrumentalists, The O'Connor Band is all family -- Grammy and CMA Award-winning Mark O'Connor (violin); Mark's wife, Maggie (violin); his son Forrest (mandolin); and Forrest's fiancé, Kate Lee (violin). 'Coming Home,' their 12-track debut album on Rounder Records, debuted at number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart last month. For all the instrumental virtuosity on display here, it is the songs - both Mark's instrumental compositions, and the vocal songs written by Forrest and Kate, the band's lead singers -- that are at the heart of this project. “Coming Home” is just one fine example presented on this album.

Grand Master Fiddler Championship Crowns 2016 Master

Maddie Denton Receives Grand Master Fiddler AwardThe Grand Master Champion for 2016 is Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Denton took home $1,200 in cash, a $500 gift certificate courtesy of D’Addario, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. The two-day 45th annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship is the nation’s premier championship event held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on September 3 and 4, 2016.

Radio Host, Joe Mullins, Receives Multiple Nominations

Joe MullinsNashville, TN -- Salem Media Group and Singing News Radio are proud to announce Joe Mullins, host of Front Porch Fellowship, has received multiple nominations for this year's International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. Additionally, Mullins' son, Daniel Mullins, freelance writer for Singing News Magazine has also received an IBMA nomination.

“There’s A Storm Coming”, a New Project by Carl Towns is Brewing

Carl TownsTime flies. Seven years have gone by in a flash.(Kind of like lightning.) That’s how long it has been since Carl Towns has released a new project into the Bluegrass world. His previous, “Songs From My Childhood Vol. 1”, came out in 2009 and remained strong for several years. And like that project, “There’s A Storm Coming” will be an all-gospel release. But this time it will be full of Carl’s original material, along with a few traditional songs.

Cybergrass Celebrates 24 Years of Bluegrass on the Net

CybergrassOn Friday, September 9th, Cybergrass - The Internet's Bluegrass Music News Magazine will celebrate 24 years of promoting bluegrass music on the world wide web. What started out as a learning and research project has evolved into one of the most popular bluegrass web sites in the world. Cybergrass, the world's oldest and highly respected bluegrass music web site, changed over to a new format a few years ago. The site continues to grow even with all the thousands of other bluegrass sites on the web. What a wonderful way to celebrate almost a quarter century of bluegrass information on the web!

Listening to Music - The Consumer and the Studio

Audio RecordingBack in the day, all the top hit albums were recorded on tape. Some on just four to eight tracks mixed down to two. Recording studios were populated with Teac, Ampex, JBL speakers, Tascam boards and, for the most part, were pretty much the same. The age of digital alteration didn't exist. You got what the mics recorded. Bands had to be good in the studio and well as on stage. Many albums were done in just a few takes -- some in just one. That music is still some of the finest ever recorded. No fancy exotic gear like we have today.

Loretta Lynn Cancels for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Loretta LynnBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music regretfully announces that headliner Loretta Lynn will not perform at this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival.

Ricky Skaggs Set for Induction Into Musicians Hall of Fame

Ricky SkaggsNashville, Tenn. (September 7, 2016) -- The musical honors just keep pouring in for country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. Last week, Skaggs learned he would receive this year's prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and today it was announced that the 14-time GRAMMY® winner will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

ClayBank to Release “Playing Hard To Forget” September 30

Playing Hard To ForgetNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the debut album “Playing Hard To Forget” by ClayBank will be released on September 30th. The current single “Up On Claybank” from the debut album is being received enthusiastically by bluegrass radio. Written by band members Zack Arnold and Jacob Greer, “Up On Claybank” features the lead vocal of Zack Arnold and captures the culture and charm of growing up in this rural community.

Adam Steffey & the Boxcars at Historic Carter Fold Saturday

The BoxcarsHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 10th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Adam Steffey & the Boxcars. An east Tennessee native, Adam found a place in the Tennessee-Virginia border area’s thriving bluegrass scene in short order, serving early stints with the Lonesome River Band (Dan Tyminski was his replacement there) and then helping to found the near legendary group, Dusty Miller, along with Barry Bales and guitarist Tim Stafford. The three jumped to the big time together when Alison Krauss recruited them into Union Station; and for nearly seven years, Steffey lived the life of a high profile musician as the band earned Grammy awards and IBMA trophies, toured extensively, made national TV appearances, and recorded albums that reached far beyond the core bluegrass audience. Yet by 1998, the restless side of Steffey’s spirit made itself felt when he left the group and, after helping to lay plans for what later became Mountain Heart, joined the bluegrass gospel group The Isaccs – a setting in which he played a different role.

Bluegrass Outlaws Release Self-Titled Album

Bluegrass OutlawsThe self-titled debut album from the Bluegrass Outlaws is now available on AirPlay Direct for radio programmers and for order through the band’s website. Over the next several days multiple download sites will become available including CD Baby, ITunes, Google Play and Amazon, stay tuned for those announcements from Wilson Pickins Promotions.

American Bands Named for International Cultural Diplomacy Tours

Laura Cortese & the Dance CardsWashington, DC -- Nine American bands representing a diverse variety of American music have been selected to embark on 4-6 week international tours to collaborate and engage with global audiences. The tours are part of the American Music Abroad (AMA) program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with American Voices.

New Album From Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge

My Daddy's GrassCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is excited to announce today's release of My Daddy's Grass (REB-1856), the Rebel debut from Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge.

Ricky Skaggs to be Honored with ASCAP Founders Award

Ricky SkaggsASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present acclaimed bluegrass and country music songwriter-artist and Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs with its prestigious Founders Award at the 54thannual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs of 2015, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on October 31st.

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