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IBMA Announces World of Bluegrass Official Showcase Artists

IBMA Bluegrass RambleNASHVILLE, Tennessee – April 27, 2016 – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announces its Official Showcase Artists, a group of 30 committee-selected acts that will be a part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 27-29, 2016.

Woody Guthrie Reaches Top Of Sales Chart For First Time Ever

Del and WoodyNashville, TN -- Del McCoury Band’s Del & Woody, a collection of lyrics left behind by Woody Guthrie and put to music by McCoury, reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. As best we can tell (with help from the Woody Guthrie Center), a few songs of Woody’s have charted on radio before, but no project that included only his songs has ever risen to the top of the Billboard album chart. McCoury—who at 77 is no stranger to the top of the charts himself—says he is proud that it was his unique collaboration with the world-acclaimed folk bard of the depression that pulled Woody to the top.

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Announces Initial Artist Lineup

Deep Roots Mountain RevivalMasontown, WV -- Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival is proud to announce the 2016 lineup for its inaugural music and arts festival happening September 15-18, 2016. Headliners Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon and The David Grisman Sextet will be joined by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws, Melvin Seals & JGB, Cabinet, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Black Lillies, The Hip Abduction and many more. The festival takes place on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, the original site for the All Good Music & Arts Festival. Top-tier bluegrass, jam band, rock and country acts will convene in the picturesque mountains, effectively bringing West Virginia back to the forefront of the festival scene. A confirmed listing of the initial lineup is below. More artists including additional headliners will be announced soon.

Rhonda Vincent Unwraps New Bus Wrap

Rhonda Vincent Bus WrapThe Queen of Bluegrass is riding in style these days with a new wrap on her Bluegrass Express. The incredible design was created and installed by Wrap Artist.

Shawn Lane's Father Hospitalized ~ Fan Appreciation Concert Postponed

ShawnLaneBySherriGeorge5417.jpg"It is with great sadness that we relay that Shawn Lane's dad has suffered a massive stroke. Shawn's dad was airlifted via Life Flight helicopter last Wednesday, April 20, and is still in ICU on a ventilator / life support. Shawn has been by his dad's side for the past six days, and we praise and support Shawn in his unwavering loyalty to his father and his family.

DIY Musicians Get a Lifeclass In Music Law at BCMM

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- As the saying goes, "you can't swing a banjo on State Street without hitting a musician." Now the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is offering a lifeclass for area musicians who are interested in learning more about the legal side of their careers. On Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the BCM will present "Music Law for Musicians," a seminar for musicians, music business professionals, or anyone interested in the legalities of the music business.

"$100 Funeral" Video from James Reams & The Barnstormers

Rhyme & SeasonJames Reams & The Barnstormers' newest album, Rhyme & Season, is about life experiences that don't always have an explanation. The album reflects a maturity of song choice and concern for issues facing the marginalized while still remaining vibrant and alive. Recorded live in the studio, this album is real bluegrass from start to finish.

Kentucky School of Bluegrass Ensemble at Carter Fold April 30th

Kentucky School of Bluegrass EnsembleSaturday, April 30th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and the Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music Ensemble. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music Ensemble is under the direction of J.P. Mathes. J.P. has been performing at the Carter Fold since the age of 16 – first as a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band and later as the Ensemble’s Director of Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM).

Dr. Banjo Tells Secular Americans to Be True to Themselves

Dr. Banjo, Pete WernickThough he thrives in a musical genre in which religious hymns are commonly on the setlist, Pete Wernick — better known as “Dr. Banjo” — says many of the beliefs in hymns he loves to sing don’t seem plausible to him. In a new video, Wernick tells a personal story that is both inspiring and moving, as he joins the voices of the Openly Secular campaign.

Cheers Roar for Blue Highway with Gaven Largent on 2016 Tour

Blue HighwayBristol, VA/TN -- Cheers are greeting award-winning supergroup Blue Highway this Spring as they have taken their new young Dobro phenom Gaven Largent on the road for the first tour dates of 2016.

Jeff White Celebrates Release of "Right Beside You"

Right Beside YouSinger/songwriter, producer and flat-picker extraordinaire, Jeff White, celebrates yesterday's release of Right Beside You on WSM radio’s Coffee Country & Cody morning show, which is also broadcast on The Heartland Network. A true “musician’s musician,” White’s flatpicking, singing and songwriting chops are unmatched, and his tremendous skills are respected by both his bluegrass and country contemporaries.

Loretta Lynn To Perform At Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Loretta LynnBristol, VA/TN -- Country music legend Loretta Lynn is among the headlining artists to appear at the 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival this September; the announcement was made during a special "super fan" event held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday.

Premier Bluegrass Festival to be held in Martinsburg, WV

Blue Highway BandCirca Blue announces they will present and host the inaugural Circa Blue Fest from May 6-8, 2016. Circa Blue Fest is a three-day bluegrass festival featuring some of the most prominent artists in bluegrass today. This year’s line-up includes: Blue Highway, Trinity River Band, Jim Hurst, Circa Blue, Lonesome Highway among other talent.

David Naiditch Wins the 14th Independent Music Awards for Bluegrass Album

Bluegrass in the BackwoodsDavid's "Bluegrass in the Backwoods" is an instrumental CD that features dazzling solos by Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes, Ron Block, Jake Workman, Dennis Caplinger, Christian Ward, and other topnotch virtuosos. David Naiditch won the 14th Independent Music Awards (IMA) for Bluegrass Album. The surprise is that David Naiditch plays the chromatic harmonica, an instrument that is used in jazz but that, as far as we know, hasn't been recorded in bluegrass since Jimmy Riddle of Hee Haw fame released his "Country Harmonica" LP in 1964.

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris & Grand Ole Opry to be Honored

Vince Gill, Emmylou HarrisNashville, TN -- The National Music Council will bring its annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for a second year in a row on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill will be honored, along with the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

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