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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Recognized with Industry Awards

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum has recently been recognized with a variety of industry awards and commendations, including the Southeastern Museums Conference 2015 Technology Competition, the British Guild of Travel Writers 2015 Tourism Awards, and the American Alliance of Museums 2015 Museum Publications Design Competition.

New Single from Jacob Underwood

Jacob UnderwoodElizabeth, IL - Plum River Records is proud to announce a new single release, "B-5" from an upcoming banjo album by Jacob Underwood. The tune was written by Jacob (Banjo & Guitar), and also features Sierra Hull (Mandolin), Ron Stewart (Fiddle), and Matt Wallace (Upright Bass). The entire album is set for release before the end of the year. Other guests on the project include Steve Thomas, Greg Underwood, Mike Scott, Tim Crouch, and Justin Moses.

Carter Fold Presents New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters Saturday

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersThe New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over nearly fifteen years. Saturday, November 21st, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters old time band.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Adopts Avid Everywhere

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Avid EverywhereNew York, NY -- AES (Booth #718) Avid® (Nasdaq:AVID) today announced that live sound company Sound on Stage and recording systems provider Diablo Digital turned to Avid Everywhere™ to help produce the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Avid Artist Suite live sound, mixing and recording solutions helped overcome the daunting logistical challenges of providing sound support for quick changeovers and recording every single note for more than 90 artists at the three-day music festival.

‘Song of the Mountains’ Viewing Party with Kaitlyn Baker & Reagan Boggs

Reagan Boggs, Tim White, Kaitlyn BakerWaynesville, NC -- Country singers Kaitlyn Baker and Reagan Boggs will mingle with fans to raise money for a worthy cause in Waynesville, North Carolina, on Sunday, November 22. Baker and Boggs, both of whom are originally from Pound, Virginia, taped the nationally syndicated public television concert series “Song of the Mountains” last year. Their episode will premiere on the UNC-TV network throughout North Carolina on Sunday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m. It will air on PBS affiliates nationwide early in 2016.

The Grascals to Release “And Then There's This” Jan 8th, 2016

And Then There's ThisNashville, TN -- The highly-anticipated new album from The Grascals, And Then There's This is set for release from Mountain Home Music Company on January 8, 2016, but fans can begin to enjoy the music of this multi-award winning, and three-time Grammy nominated band. By pre-ordering now, purchasers will receive immediate gratification with “grat tracks” from iTunes. "I Know Better" is available now with album pre-order.

Town Mountain: The Dead Session Released

Town Mountain - The Dead SessionAsheville, NC -- Town Mountain independently released The Dead Session on Friday, November 13, 2015. “Each member of this band has enjoyed the music of the Grateful Dead for quite some time,” says vocalist and guitarist Robert Greer. “It seemed only fitting for Town Mountain to pay respect to some musical heroes in this year, their 50th year of existence.” The band recorded an impromptu set of two of their favorite songs from the Grateful Dead’s catalog at the widely acclaimed Echo Mountain Recording Studios in their hometown of Asheville, NC.

The Hillbenders Ink Artist Endorsement Deal With AirPlay Direct

The HillbendersAirPlay Direct recently announced the launch of their new V.I.P. Endorsement / Professional Development Initiative. This strategic program was developed to grant specific endorsement opportunities, and professional services / resources to worthy artists, radio programmers and music industry professionals globally. AirPlay Direct’s consulting division, Collective Evolution, has developed and will now manage these new programs for AirPlay Direct.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Welcome Newest Member Jake Workman

Jake WorkmanRicky Skaggs is proud to introduce Jake Workman, the newest member of his band, Kentucky Thunder. Jake is replacing guitar virtuoso Cody Kilby, who was with Kentucky Thunder since 2001, picking up many awards and accolades during his tenure with the band as lead guitarist.

The Travelin' McCourys Acquire Guitarist Cody Kilby

Cody KilbyAcclaimed band, The Travelin’ McCourys have started a new chapter in their book with the announcement that their guitar chair will be permanently filled by long-time friend and fan favorite, Cody Kilby. It’s a fitting call, given that Kilby — a veteran of the national bluegrass scene since appearing on the IBMA Awards Show in 1993 as a member of the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars with fellow teenagers like Chris Thile — was the guitarist on the Travelin’ McCourys debut appearance at the Wintergrass festival. Since then, a distinguished and varied group of guests have toured with the McCourys— the list ranges from bluegrass stalwarts like Jeff White and Ronnie Bowman to edgier pals like Keller Williams, The Infamous Stringdusters' Andy Falco, and String Cheese Incident’s Billy Nershi — with Kilby enjoying the role of most frequent. Prior to today’s announcement, Kilby spent 14 years as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ award-winning Kentucky Thunder and as a sought-after studio player, most recently on Beck’s Grammy winner, Morning Phase.

Rhonda Vincent's "Christmas Time" Debuts at #2 on Billboard

Rhonda Vincent - Christmas TimeNashville, TN -- It may only be November, but Christmas Time is upon us, as Rhonda Vincent's latest album debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. The star-studded project features vocal collaborations with The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson, Lorrie Morgan, and more (see track listing below). Christmas Time is available now at digital retailers and wherever music is sold.

Bristol Sessions Film Project Seeks Local Talent

 The 1927 Bristol Sessions RevisitedBristol, TN/VA -- Nearly 90 years after Ralph Peer ran a newspaper advertisement seeking regional musicians to sing for Victor Company’s new recording machine, the States of Tennessee and Virginia are putting out a call for artists and actors to participate in a new film celebrating the Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Team Up with John Conlee for New Video

John Conle with Lorraine JordanNashville, TN -- Crowd favorites Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road continue to bring their hard-driving bluegrass sound to audiences nationwide with their new music video for "Common Man," featuring Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee, debuting exclusively on The Boot. "Common Man" is available now through digital retailers on Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road's latest album, Country Grass.

Fred Bartenstein on Josh Graves at ICMC 2016

Josh GravesThe misty chilly Middle Tennessee weather scene today makes one think of accounts of the Scottish Moors. Despite not being able to offer each of you some Lagavulan, this update should warm your heart. Gradually more of the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) 2016 program is taking shape. ICMC has always been hospitable to Bluegrass and 2016 is no exception. Once again Fred Bartenstein of Yellow Springs, Ohio will be sharing his expertise with us. Bartenstein will be discussing “How Josh Graves Made Flatt and Scruggs Hip.”

New Band and New Release - the Hamilton County Ramblers

Hamilton County RamblersThe Hamilton County Ramblers are a Chattanooga, Tennessee based bluegrass group who enjoys playing for anyone who will listen. The group features excellent musicianship, at least average singing and hopefully some tunes you've never heard before.


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