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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Pick Up Five SPBGMA Nominations

 Only MeNashville, TN -- The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America's (SPBGMA) reigning Entertainer of the Year, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have received five nominations for the upcoming SPBGMA convention, set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, during the weekend of February 5-8. Vincent, who was just named one of the Digital Journal's "5 best female voices in bluegrass music," is no stranger to the SPBGMA awards, as she was inducted into their Hall of Greats in 2014.

Hot Rize to Headline 20th Annual 4 Corners Folk Fest

Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the TrailblazersPagosa Springs, CO -- It didn’t take long after Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and Charles Sawtelle first appeared onstage together in 1978 for the bluegrass music world to realize that the Colorado band, Hot Rize, was something special. By the time they bowed off the stage as a full-time act in 1990, they’d not only climbed to the top of that world as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, but their stature was recognized across the board, with a nomination for a then-new bluegrass Grammy, a four-star album review in Rolling Stone, tours across four continents, and a legion of up-and-coming, broad-minded young musicians learning their songs and singing their praises.

Cody Shuler Releases His First Solo Album On February 3rd

Cody ShulerNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records and Cody Shuler have enjoyed a successful association since 2008 when the Dove ® nominated gospel album Pickin’, Praisin’ & Singin’ was released and debuted #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart.

Shannon & Heather Slaughter Launch "Never Just A Song" Jan 24

Never Just a SongNashville, TN -- Shannon and Heather Slaughter will kick off their new album Never Just A Song at The Station Inn in Nashville January 24 at 9:00 pm. They will be joined by special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more. The band will perform more songs from the album including the title track written by Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis.

A Man Can Dream - Looking at 2015 Through Bluegrass Colored Glasses

James ReamsBy Guest Columnist James Reams
If you’re like me, you get really excited about having a brand new year stretching out in front of you…the possibilities are endless and as to probabilities, well fuggedaboudit! I love watching all those “Year in Review” shows too as they look back over the major happenings and then make predictions about the upcoming year. And it got me to thinking about living in a perfect bluegrass world and what might be in store for the next year. I popped the top off of the best bottle of bubbly I could afford, Pabst Blue Ribbon in case you were wondering, put on my bluegrass colored glasses and settled back in the recliner while visions of the following monthly headlines floated off the calendar.

Cumberland River Together Again

Cumberland RiverCumberland River is announcing that the band has regrouped and ready to pick up where they left off! After taking roughly a year off from the road, band members Dustin Middleton, Jamie Stewart, and Joey Jones decided it was time to bring Cumberland River back to the bluegrass world.

Volume 5 and Mountain Fever Release "Voices"

 VoicesWillis, VA -- Founded in early 2008 by vocalist and fiddle player Glen Harrell, Volume Five includes the talents of Harry Clark (Mandolin & Vocals), Chris Williamson (Bass & Vocals), Patton Wages (Banjo & Vocals,) and Colby Laney (Guitar & Vocals.) These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. “When I put this group together, I knew the style of music I wanted us to play and the goals I wanted to achieve," stated Harrell. "It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry. I didn’t just want us to be another band that moves onto the scene and is gone in a few years, but one that would have a unique sound that players and listeners would remember for many years to come - one that sounded like no other band in the business."

Bluegrass Underground Announces Season Five PBS Taping Lineup

Bluegrass Underground Season 5Every year, when we announce the new season of our Emmy-winning TV series Bluegrass Underground, there's a tendency to say, "This is the best one yet." But this year, not to take anything away from those first four incredible seasons, Season 5 really is the best one yet, a subterranean festival of global proportion. The biggest names in Bluegrass and Roots music are set For Bluegrass Underground season five PBS-TV filming, March 27-29.

New Album This Week from Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson

Doyle LawsonNashville, TN -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver The ‘School of Bluegrass’ is back In Session, with Lawson and his first class band Quicksilver showing just how Bluegrass is done.

Dr. Ralph Stanley's New Cracker Barrel Album Available

 Man of Constant SorrowLebanon, TN -- Musical icon Dr. Ralph Stanley released his latest CD today. Man of Constant Sorrow is now available exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com for $11.99.

41st Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees Announced

SPBGMA LogoThe 41st Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards nominees have been announced for the awards ceremony which will take place during the society's 32nd National Convention. The convention takes place February 5 through February 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest starts will be there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.

Catch the Junior Blankenship Band at Carter Fold Saturday

Junior BlankenshipSaturday, January 24th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Junior Blankenship Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Junior Blankenship was raised where mountain bluegrass was a corner stone to the family culture. Junior’s father, the late Hillard Blankenship, drove Dr. Ralph Stanley’s tour bus for many years. Junior and his father formed a band called the Rocky Mountain Boys. Soon after that, Ralph Stanley called Junior and asked him to become a Clinch Mountain Boy after Keith Whitley left their group. Junior was only seventeen at the time. He stayed with Dr. Stanley until 1989.

Music World Mourns the Passing of Miss Dixie Hall

Dixie HallDixie Hall, 80, affectionately known as Miss Dixie, and wife of songwriter Tom T. Hall, passed away in her home Friday after enduring a long illness. Dixie was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in her native Sutton Coldfield, England. Songwriters Dixie and Tom T. covered the country, bluegrass, folk and roots realm with their storytelling songs. The two of them put out song after song of great lyrics and music. Miss Dixie was loved by artists and fans and she loved them as well.

Larry Stephenson with Les Butler January 17 & 18

Larry StephensonNashville, TN -- Larry Stephenson, highly regarded as one of bluegrass music’s finest high lead and tenor vocalist, will join Les Butler on Solid Gospel Radio Network this weekend. The show airs Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18 from 4-5pm Central and also streams live at SouthernGospel.com or via your smart phone app. Next week, the show will air on Front Porch Fellowship’s affiliated radio stations at various times.

Dolly Parton Signs Producer Development Deal with NBC

Dolly PartonUniversal City, CA -- NBC has signed a development deal with Dolly Parton, one of the most honored female country musicians of all time and an American icon. The network will develop a slate of two-hour movies with the legendary country music icon as their producer.

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