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Birthplace of Country Music Museum PUSH Film Festival

PUSH Film FestivalPUSH! Film Festival, to be held on June 12—14, 2015, is a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts over three days – the festival is bringing diverse films to our community from across the world and will also be showcasing the best regional filmmakers.

Claire Lynch Announces New Focus on New Challenges

Claire Lynch BandThree-Time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy nominee and Song of the Year winner Claire Lynch is a multi-award winning performer/songwriter and a “singer’s singer” whose work has been heralded by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and many music journalists, all of whom have written about her with favor. She paved the way for other women in a musical world that traditionally belonged to men – the world of bluegrass – and managed to set the bar a little higher for everyone who followed.

Colorado's The Railsplitters Climb Above the Bluegrass Timberline

The RailsplittersHailing from Colorado, The Railsplitters use the traditional instrumentation of bluegrass but explode the form, taking it to new heights of dizzying complexity. Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tourvan! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time.

Dale Ann Bradley to Release “Pocketful of Keys” June 9th

Pocketful of KeysDale Ann Bradley will release Pocketful of Keys on June 9, her first album after signing with Pinecastle Records last year. Bradley will hold her official CD Release Party at the Station Inn in Nashville on Saturday, June 6, where she will perform new tunes and classic favorites for her fans.

49th Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Adkins & LoudermilkBean Blossom, IN -- The Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, nestled in the beautiful hills of Brown County in Southern Indiana, is proud to announce the 49th Annual Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival taking place June 13-20, 2015. The event is the oldest, continuously running bluegrass festival in the world and draws music fans from around the globe.

First Artists Announced for Raleigh, NC's Wide Open Bluegrass

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released an initial list of performers for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, presented by PNC, which takes place October 2-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and free stages. A portion of proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.

Horse Archer Productions Leaving Song of the Mountains

Tim WhiteMarion, VA. After the recent dismissal of host, Tim White, Horse Archer expresses their disapproval through bold decision. Horse Archer Productions has announced that unless Tim White returns as host, it will fulfill its obligations with the Lincoln Theater through its contract period but will not return to Song of the Mountains in 2016.

Jimmy Gaudreau, Moondi Klein for Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series

Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi KleinSaturday, May 30, 2015, the Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series will host two outstanding artists. Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein are well known names in the bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Jimmy & Moondi are having more fun now than ever — honing their craft and wowing audiences with every show. Their love of the music and the fun are infectious when they are in front of an audience. This show will be your chance to get an up close experience with these historic artists.

Laura Orshaw's “Songs of Lost Yesterdays” Released

Songs of Lost YesterdaysLaura Orshaw is a celebrated multi-instrumentalist and powerhouse singer who has earned die-hard fans across the country. Laura’s latest solo project, Songs of Lost Yesterdays is available on iTunes, Amazon and all the usual suspects. Songs of Lost Yesterdays includes a mix of 11 tracks consisting of originals and covers with guest artists including: Matt Witler (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Tony Watt (guitar), Alex Muri (bass), Michael Reese 9guitar and vocal harmony), Mark Orshaw (vocal harmony) and John Mailander (fiddle harmony). Laura took care and consideration when choosing each song to include on her project, with each song having a story behind it.

BMI Wins Pandora Rate Court Battle

BMIIn a victorious ruling for all BMI-affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, Broadcast Music, Inc. received a favorable decision from a New York Rate Court after a lengthy legal battle over the value of the BMI repertoire to the Pandora digital music service.

Award-Winning Bluegrass Musicians During Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass

The Earls of LeicesterPigeon Forge, TN -- Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 23-June 7) helps kick off summer with a stellar lineup of bluegrass superstars and a mouth-watering menu of the finest barbeque available anywhere! Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Earls of Leicester and J.D. Crowe & The New South are just a small selection of the talented bluegrass pickers taking to the stage during this family-favorite festival.

Hillbilly Gypsies at Carter Family Fold Saturday, May 23rd

The Hillbilly GypsiesSaturday, May 23rd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show. The Gypsies perform in the old fashioned style, around a single microphone. Their show has the feel of a barn dance, and it transports you back in time. One thing’s for sure – you’ll want to get up and dance. They’ve been a group for over ten years, and they have played at many national festivals, concert halls, and theaters.

Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers Join Huck Finn Jubilee Lineup

Steve MartinOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce the entertainment line-up for 2015 continues to grow with the addition of Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers to the Saturday schedule. “We are thrilled to welcome Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers to Huck Finn Jubilee” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The fun and lively bluegrass music offered by this group is sure to please everyone!”

“In the Hills and Hollows” Documentary Kickstarter Campaign Launched

In the Hills and HollowsShepherdstown, WV -- Filmmaker Keely Kernan has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance a feature film, based in West Virginia, that documents the impact of the fossil fuel industries. West Virginia has fueled America since the early 19th century when the coal industry began dominating the state. In the southern part of the state, the counties that produce the most coal are some of the poorest counties in the United States. Now there is another fossil fuel industry operating on some of the oldest mountains on earth – fracking for natural gas.

Lincoln Theatre “Song of the Mountains” Reorganization

Song of the MountainsMarion, VA -- The Lincoln Theatre Board of Directors voted at its most recent meeting to makes changes to the structure of its nationally-syndicated public television concert series Song of the Mountains®. The program will be put on a short hiatus while the theatre completes a rebranding process by developing more innovative programming, creating new partnerships and securing additional financial support, as it enters its second decade on the air.

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