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Lil' Smokies Capture 2015 Telluride Band Competition Honors

Lil SmokiesHailing from the utopian garden city of Missoula, Montana, The Lil’ Smokies exploded onto the progressive bluegrass scene in the winter of 2009 and haven’t shown any signs of fatigue since. It was just announced that Lil' Smokies received top honors at the 2015 Telluride Band Competition.

Dwight Yoakam Added to FreshGrass Lineup

Dwight YoakamNorth Adams, MA -- Country superstar Dwight Yoakam joins FreshGrass — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival. Yoakam is a welcome addition to the chorus of stand-out Americana acts invited to the annual September festival, including the Del McCoury Band, the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, festival favorite Alison Brown, Willie Watson, Vieux Farka Touré, Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, The Ballroom Thieves, Birds of Chicago, Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, 2014 FreshGrass Award winners Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, Cat and the Moon, and The Man in Grass — A FreshGrass Tribute to Johnny Cash. FreshGrass, to be held on September 18-20, 2015, at MASS MoCA features bluegrass traditionalists and trailblazers on four stages and throughout every nook and cranny of MASS MoCA’s revitalized industrial, art-infused campus.

The SteelDrivers’ “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” Debuts at #1

 The Music Shoals RecordingsNashville, TN -- Three-time Grammy nominees The SteelDrivers have cause to celebrate: their new album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, which was released to great acclaim on June 16 via Rounder Records, has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart. The album, which landed at #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart, and #125 on the Top Current Albums Chart, achieved the highest first-week sales in the band’s history.

Chris Jones and the Night Drivers Set Release Date for New Album

Run Away TonightNashville, TN -- Part of the musical depth of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ new Mountain Home release Run Away Tonight is due to the longevity not just of the group, but of this lineup. Chris Jones founded the band in 1995, marking 20 years this year. Chris was joined in 2003 by bass man Jon Weisberger and by banjoist Ned Luberecki. German-born mandolin player Mark Stoffel signed on in 2008 and since then, the quartet’s turned into one of the genre’s tightest and most empathetic ensembles.

High Security in a User Friendly Internet World

Insecure WebWhat prompted this article is that my registration on some bluegrass related email and websites has been compromised. I have received various emails that certainly confirm this. If you operate a web site or use a newsletter distribution service, you probably only give it a casual thought about security. What are they going to steal? Why would anybody want to mess with us -- we're too small? What's the worst that can happen? And, other questions. Have you asked about your liability exposure if your assets are compromised? Do you regularly check your logs looking for requests that don't seem right and then, making decisions based on your findings? Probably not.

Brand New Music Video from James Reams

James ReamsJames Reams & The Barnstormers has released another full length music video featuring the title song from the CD One Foot in the Honky Tonk which made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. Once again James Reams teamed up with filmmaker, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films to create this video. According to James, “Bluegrass music has had one foot in the honky tonk for a long time - Red Allen, Jimmy Martin, Earl Taylor, Charlie Moore, Reno and Smiley, Carter Stanley - well the list just goes on and on. Speaking for myself, it's may be a great place to visit...but I wouldn't want to live there!”

Jeff Little Trio & New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters at Blue Ridge Music Center July 4

New Ballards Branch BogtrottersGalax, VA -- To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, the Blue Ridge Music Center is welcoming The Jeff Little Trio and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m., for a Holiday Dance Party. A special banjo exhibit will be featured daily. During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and desserts.

Chase & Melissa Johner Band - Bluegrass with a Strong Drive and Emotional Depth

Chase & Melissa Johner BandMuddy Creek Music Hall presents Bluegrass Showcase with Jody King featuring the Chase & Melissa Johner Band June 27th at 8 p.m. Formally known as Melissa King, leader of Melissa King and Phatgrass, Melissa toured heavily in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Her voice quickly caught the attention of many promoters and by age 16 she released 2 albums and was touring full time. Chase and Melissa met at the "International Bluegrass Music Awards" in 2006. They were married in 2009, combining the beauty of smooth vocals and beautiful instrumental stylings.

Blue Ridge Music Center Hosts Joe Wilson Memorial Celebration June 25

Joe WilsonGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center will host a Memorial Celebration and tribute to the life, work, and legacy of Joe Wilson, one of the visionaries behind the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thursday, June 25. From his brainstorming sessions with former Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt on the Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA),Wilson’s passion for the music of Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable.

Tim & Debbie Yates Family Band, Acoustic Heritage, at Fold June 27

Acoustic HeritageHiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 27th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Acoustic Heritage – the Tim and Debbie Yates Family Band. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free. Tim and Debbie Grim Yates have combined their lives, amazing talents, and deep musical roots to forge one of the country’s most accomplished and entertaining music groups on the scene today. Both performing over 35 years, Tim began playing with his family band, John Yates and the Yates Brothers. Debbie started out playing with the Konnarock Critters. Together they formed Acoustic Heritage – the Yates Family Band.

Cornmeal Releases First Studio Album in Nine Years

Slow StreetCornmeal just released their first studio album in 9 years. The album release date was May 29th. While the lineup has changed, Cornmeal remains the one of the premier progressive bluegrass and Americana bands and is looking forward to reconnecting with fans on the road in 2015. The new lineup brings a fresh energetic take on the classic Cornmeal sound which is influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance.

Huck Finn Jubilee Tops Attendance & Economic Impacts

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to release the results of the annual event. “This year was a milestone in the Bluegrass Festival industry when we booked 23 bands for a three day weekend” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The line-up of entertainment, along with the music education and workshops provided at Huck Finn Jubilee has the attention of the music industry. The benefit to our local community is fantastic and it is rewarding to hear the rave reviews from the fans and families that attended.”

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Monday

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina RoadNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are set to appear on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour on Monday, June 22 during the 7 pm (ET) hour with special guest Eddy Raven. In addition to performing Raven's #1 hit, "I Got Mexico," Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road will also perform songs from their brand new album, Country Grass. Fans who cannot make it to The Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Ken., can stream the show LIVE online at woodsongs.com. In addition to the live stream, the show will also air on over 500 radio stations at a later date.

Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Video Competition

Monroe Mandolin Camp Video CompetitionNashville, TN -- Announcing the Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Annual Video Scholarship Competition. Mon Man Camp is looking or fun, creative videos of candidates performing a Bill Monroe composition, and telling us why this music is important to them! The winning candidate will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, meals, and t-shirt to the September 9 - 13, 2015, "Mon Man Camp" being held in Kingston Springs, TN (just outside of Nashville).

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off June 25

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

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