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Telluride Band Competition Winners Headed to Bluegrass Museum

Trout Steak RevivalWinners of the 2014 Telluride band competition, Trout Steak Revival boasts a unique brand of heartfelt songwriting blended with dynamic musicianship and intricately woven harmonies. What began as an informal jamming unit has evolved into one of Colorado's most tightly-knit bluegrass bands. Keeping an eye on tradition while boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak Revival is set to take the IBMM stage October 5

Jason Burleson to Unveil Signature Banjo at IBMA WOB

Jason Burleson and Pruscha BanjoNewland, NC -- Jason Burleson, heralded banjo player of award-winning band Blue Highway, is honored to announce the introduction of the Jason Burleson Signature Banjo by Prucha Bluegrass Instruments. The Jason Burleson Signature Banjo is part of the Spirit Line of the Czech Republic-based Pruscha Bluegrass Instruments, joining Alison Brown and Brandon Green as bluegrass artists with banjos in the exquisitely crafted signature Spirit Line.

26th IBMA Awards to be Live Streamed by Music City Roots

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- Thursday night’s 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be live streamed online by Music City Roots on their website, This is in addition to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction) which was previously announced, as well as the live broadcast throughout North Carolina by WUNC-TV. Sponsors making this possible include Acceptance Auto Insurance, BMI, Compass Records, Deering Banjos, and the International Bluegrass Music Museum and Mountain Home Music Company. The show will be hosted by The Gibson Brothers and begins at 7:30 p.m./EDT and takes place at Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the IBMA.

Sierra Hull Announces "Weighted Mind"

Sierra Hull - Weighted MindNashville, TN – Sierra Hull, the singer and mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13, and distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, has announced the release of her first new album in five years. Weighted Mind will be released on January 29, 2016.

AirPlay Direct To Present Momentum Awards At IBMA's WOB 2015

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- AirPlay Direct is proud to present this year’s IBMA Momentum Awards for Vocalist & Band of the Year. AirPlay Direct will be co-sponsoring the IBMA Momentum Awards for the 3rd year in a row. Robert Weingartz, Chairman – AirPlay Direct, and Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct will be introducing Gold Heart for their performance during the awards luncheon, and will then present the 2015 IBMA Momentum Awards for Vocalist and Band of the Year.

Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners Announced

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestMerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is a celebration of "traditional plus" music. The festival presents a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles.

By Any Other Name, its Nothin' Fancy

Nothin Fancy - By Any Other NameWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of brand new music from Nothin' Fancy. "Get To Being Gone" is available to radio today and is the first single from the band's upcoming album titled By Any Other Name, due for release October 30th.

Whitetop Mountain Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, 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. 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. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

Anticipated New Album from Flatt Lonesome Releases Oct 2nd

Flatt Lonesome - Runaway TrainNashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome is set to release Runaway Train on Oct. 2nd and pre-orders are available now. This is the third studio album from the bluegrass powerhouse, named IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014. From the time of its debut, Flatt Lonesome has displayed all of the common characteristics shared by truly great bands – powerful vocals and harmony, elite musicianship, exemplary original material, and a relentless determination to grow and take risks.

Mountain Fever Records Signs Irene Kelley

Irene KelleyWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed multi-genre singer/songrwiter Irene Kelley to their label. Kelley will begin work immediately on her debut album for the label with an expected release date of early spring 2016.

The Spinney Brothers Make Special Presentation at Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom

The Spinney Brothers PresentationBean Blossom, IN -- The Spinney Brothers, Canada's International Bluegrass band, made a special presentation at Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana during their evening performance on Wednesday, September 23rd.

IBMM Traveling Exhibit to be Showcased in Raleigh

The International Bluegrass Music MuseumOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum will showcase a traveling exhibit featuring several rare artifacts during the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass next week in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bluegrass Sibling Trio The Carmonas Headed for Raleigh

The CarmonasNashville's Bluegrass Sibling Trio The Carmonas brought their energetic and uplifting performance to the 16th annual Americana Music Festival in downtown Nashville on Saturday, September 19th at the Musicians Corner showcase at Centennial Park. Prior to that, the band headlined a hometown show at 3rd & Lindsely on Tuesday, August 11th at 8pm. Their debut self-titled album is out now and available on iTunes and via their website. They’re tapped to perform at next month’s IBMA’s in Raleigh, NC.

New Roots Venue Opens with Jeff Austin, Del & Dawg, Della Mae

David Grisman and Del McCouryBrooklyn’s newest music venue The Hall at MP will be launching its first series of American Roots music shows with three special performances: The Jeff Austin Band on Friday, November 6, Del & Dawg, the collaboration between bluegrass legends Del McCoury and David Grisman, on Saturday, November 7, and Della Mae on Wednesday, November 11.

2015 Walnut Valley Festival Instrument Champions Announced

Steve Moore Receiving BanjoWinfield, KS -- The 2015 edition of the Walnut Valley Festival wrapped up Sunday evening, after a great festival filled with lots of music, food, arts and craft and numerous hours of national and International acoustic instrument championship competitions. The various championship contests annually bring musicians to the small south central Kansas community from around the world to test their skills against other players who also rank among the top percentage in the world of pickers with their particular acoustic stringed instrument.


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