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The McLain Family Band Honored with 2016 Lifetime Achievement LEXI Award

McLain Family BandThe Lexington Music Awards seek to honor the present and past glory of Lexington's entire music industry. With 31 categories spanning the music industry including best female vocal artist, best male vocal artist, Song of the Year, best music venue, and best educator, this is truly a comprehensive awards program. The McLain Family Band was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also included are J.D. Crowe, Ricky Skaggs, Vince DiMartino, and J.P. Pennington. The awards took place Sunday, January 31st.

Sierra Hull Releases First Album in 5 Years, “Weighted Mind”

Sierra Hull - Weighted MindWeighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull's career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice.

Larry Keel Independently to Release "Experienced" Feb 26

ExperiencedLexington, VA -- Flatpicking guitar phenom Larry Keel dazzles music-lovers once more with his 15th self-released album Experienced, due out February 26, 2016. The album is an entirely original work that showcases both Larry’s and bandmate Will Lee’s exceptional songwriting, singing and jaw-dropping instrumental performances, accompanied by Keel’s equally talented wife Jenny Keel on upright bass and harmony vocals. It was recorded at Wally Cleaver Studio in Fredericksburg, VA with engineer (and guest drummer) Jeff Covert and mastered by the award-winning industry great Bill Wolf (Willie Nelson, Tony Rice, Doc Watson) in Arlington, VA.

Nu-Blu Kicking Off 2016 Tour After NAMM Show

Nu-BluNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu, the fastest-growing act in bluegrass and Americana music, is kicking off 2016 with a blockbuster tour across North America, including a stop in Baja, Mexico. The group recently performed during The NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, California while supporting their partners Peterson Tuners, D'Addario, QSC Audio, Sennheiser/Neumann.Berlin, Hercules Stands and Kirlin Cables.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands' Tribute to Hazel and Alice

The Hazel and Alice SessionsIn the mid-1960s, two women from very different origins (Alice Gerrard from the West Coast, Hazel Dickens from West Virginia) blew apart the male-dominated bluegrass world. With singing that was closer to the hard-edged style of early Monroe and Stanley Brothers bluegrass, Hazel and Alice challenged the expectations of women in bluegrass. They blazed a trail still followed not only by the many great women of bluegrass who came after, but by stars of Americana and country like Emmylou Harris and The Judds. Ten years later, in the mid-1970s in California, fiddler, singer, songwriter, and bandleader Laurie Lewis was looking for inspiration. As Lewis told the Berkeleyside, “I had heard ballsy women singers on the local bluegrass scene, but I hadn’t heard other women doing that on recordings.” Chancing on a copy of Hazel and Alice’s first LP, Lewis knew she’d found her muses.

A Groundbreaking New Release from Lonesome River Band

LRB Bridging the TraditionNashville, TN -- Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre.

Volume Five to Debut Upcoming New Single at Station Inn

Volume FiveNashville, TN -- Bluegrass fans may want to arrive early for Volume Five’s concert at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, February 5 at 9:00 pm as their last two appearances at the venue sold out quickly. The following day, the band heads to Simply the Best Sports Bar & Grill in Grayson, Ky. for another highly anticipated performance. At both events, Volume Five will debut their upcoming single, “I Am A Drifter” along with other songs from their Mountain Fever Records album releasing this spring.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Welcome Noah Brown on Bass

Noah BrownJunior Sisk & Ramblers Choice would like to announce the addition of Noah Brown to the band's lineup. Brown will take the bass position recently vacated upon Kameron Keller's move to the Darrell Webb Band.

Tyler Williams Band to Carter Family Fold Saturday

Tyler WilliamsSaturday, January 30th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tyler Williams Band. Tyler Williams grew up in Ohio and moved to Johnson City, Tennessee, to study bluegrass music. Tyler is blind and has cerebral palsy, but he has never let that hold him back. His interest in music began when he was just a year old. His first instrument was a keyboard his grandfather gave him, and he was playing it by age four. At age five, Tyler started taking classical piano lessons by ear.

IBMA Announces 2016 Leadership Bluegrass Class

IBMA Leadership BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced its Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive three-day program of advanced interactive learning experiences. A cross-section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities examine the opportunities, choices and challenges of the current music industry, in bluegrass and beyond. The program is taught by high-profile music industry and business professionals, and encourages independent and collaborative thinking, new perspectives and a fresh approach to the issues facing the modern bluegrass community.

Mountain Faith Band Lineup Changes for 2016

Mountain Faith 'I Live' TourMountain Faith, a band that jumped to national recognition with their performances on America's Got Talent last year, is starting the new year with some big changes to the band's lineup. Earlier this month, Luke Dotson, the band's guitarist announced that he was leaving the band to spend more time with his wife. Since their sudden rise in popularity, their performance schedule exploded and the rising band was spending a considerable amount of time on the road and away from home. For now anyway, fiddler David Meyer will take over the guitar for the band.

Swift Creek Completing Sophmore Album "Magnolia"

Swift CreekSwift Creek is completing our second album, Magnolia, featuring original songs by Kevin Brown, guitarist and vocalist for Swift Creek. The band is excited about showcasing some of Kevin's newest and best material and so far, and they love what they are hearing. Swift Creek is recording at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill and Magnolia is being produced by Jerry Brown, acclaimed music producer and musician. The album has an expected street date of March 4th. A sample of what to expect with "Rattle Them Bones" is further down in this article.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Joins Webster PR Roster

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 50 YearsNashville, TN -- The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country, rock and American roots music, joins Webster Public Relations for publicity representation as the band marks its 50th birthday of nonstop touring and recording vital music. 2016 marks the 50 year anniversary for Grammy and CMA Award-Winning Group.

Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Attendance Increased in 2015

Blue Ridge Music Center AmphitheaterGalax, VA -- With the help of the National Park Service, donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Blue Ridge Music Center experienced another fantastic season in 2015. More than 35,000 patrons visited the Blue Ridge Music Center to explore the Roots of American Music exhibit, listen to Midday Mountain Music, and plan their Parkway journey at the Visitor Center during the May through October season.

Rural Rhythm Records Releases More of their Catalog to Radio Via AirPlay Direct

Strange New WorldRural Rhythm Records has been releasing their catalog and collections to radio exclusively via AirPlay Direct for some time now. They have been releasing some of the old with some of the new. Their releases have included selections from their Heritage Collection and their Sound Traditions catalogs. Recently, they have released Blue Moon Rising's Strange New World to the AirPlay Direct offerings to radio.

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