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Robert Earl Keen Opened for Himself At Recent Show In Charlotte, NC

Robert Earl KeenNashville, TN -- Fans that came out to the recent Charlotte, North Carolina stop of Robert Earl Keen's tour were treated to a rare Keen concert-going experience. In an unprecedented move, after he found out the opening act for his nearly sold-out show in Charlotte, North Carolina had to cancel at the last-minute, Keen made a surprise move that thrilled unsuspecting fans. The typically well turned-out artist donned casual jeans and a button down and opened for himself. Keen dug into his big bag of musical tricks and pulled out a 45-minute acoustic opening coup d'é·tat performed by his alter ego, "that guy."

Bluegrass Music Museum Names New Executive Director

IBMM Executive Director Chris JoslinOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum's Board of Directors announced that Chris Joslin has been named as the organization's Executive Director. Joslin is expected to begin working at the Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky on September 1. Joslin brings to the IBMM extensive experience as an Executive Recruiter, including his most recent position with the Sanford Group, a retained search firm out of Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he worked as an operations manager with a healthcare company in Nashville focused on stand-alone physical therapy clinics. Joslin received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Belmont's Massey School of Business.

IBMA Awards Nominations Announced August 12 on One-Hour Live Show

World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The nominations for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be announced on Wednesday, August 12, as part of a live show on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction channel (channel 61.) The Gibson Brothers, two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year recipients and hosts of this year’s Awards show in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 1, will reveal the nominations during the SiriusXM one-hour live show, which will air from 11am – 12noon Eastern/ 10am – 11am Central.

Cox Family Reunites with Alison Krauss for Album 17 Years in the Making

Gone Like The CottonNashville, TN -- The Cox Family is proud to announce the release of Gone Like The Cotton, a remarkable album that has been 17 years in the making, on October 23, 2015. The album’s release also marks a reunion with their original label, Rounder Records. Alison Krauss brought The Cox Family to the attention of Rounder Records in the late 1980s, where they released a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects for the label, including 1994’s Grammy-winning I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (a collaboration with Krauss).

Tim White CD Release Party at ACMA Pickin Porch Aug 3rd

King of the Left-Hand LaneBristol, TN/VA -- The ACMA Pickin Porch will be the site of a CD release party on Monday, August 3rd. Tim White invites everyone to attend his release of the Heartland Recording Label's King of the Left-Hand Lane CD. The recording was produced in Bristol, TN at Ray Dearstone's Heartland Recording Studios and includes Tim's original song which is the title cut "King of the Left-Hand Lane". There are eighteen cuts in all on the project which includes several bluegrass standards as well as four Tim White originals.

Top Artists to Play All-Bluegrass Show at Music City Roots Aug 12

All Bluegrass ShowNashville, TN -- Top-tier bluegrass performers The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Travelin’ McCourys and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will play a special all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots (at the Factory in Franklin) on Wednesday night, August 12 at 7p.m. CDT. Tickets are $10 and available online at, and the event will be livestreamed on the same website. The all-bluegrass show will follow a day of award nomination announcements for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, which take place Thursday, October 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina during World of Bluegrass week. The annual all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots is in celebration of bluegrass, the award nominees’ announcements, and a great partnership between the IBMA and Music City Roots.

"Reno's Old Time Music" Sizzles with Hot Summer Bluegrass Performances

Claire Lynch BandNashville, TN --"Reno's Old Time Music" sizzles this August with performances from GRAMMY-nominated Claire Lynch, living legends Del McCoury Band and the indomitable Lonesome River Band. Superstar singer/songwriter Larry Cordle will entertain us with stories and song, and we will take a walk down memory lane with an archival performance from Reno & Smiley. It’s one Hot Summer lineup you don’t want do miss! For more information on "Reno's Old Time Music," please visit and click on the TV Show tab.

Cherryholmes Reunion at the OBX Bluegrass Island Festival

Cherryholmes ReunionCome on out to the OBX Bluegrass Island Festival this September 23 through the 26th! Cherryholmes has been part of the Festival 4 years running and they look forward to hosting the Jam Village this year with their Big Red Bus. It's going to be good! Joining Cherryholmes will be Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Bush, Dailey & Vincent, Mountain Faith and many more of your favorites.

Cumberland River Joins LoweRider Entertainment Artists Roster

Cumberland RiverCumberland River announces that they have signed with LoweRider Entertainment! LoweRider Entertainment is a full service talent agency from Nashville, TN. LoweRider Entertainment represents the best in live entertainment…from hit-making legendary artists, musicians and songwriters to up-and-coming stars.

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival Returns

Eureka Springs Bluegrass FestivalEureka Springs’ annual Bluegrass Festival is back for another year and as always, jam-packed with lively and talented musicians. The festival takes place from Aug. 13-15, 2015. The Bluegrass Festival kicks off with a Watermelon Social at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 in Basin Spring Park presented by the Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission. This event is an open jam and everyone is invited to bring their instruments and join in. Free watermelon and water will be provided.

Punch Brothers Lead Alternate Root Top-50 2015 Albums (So Far)

Punch BrothersSix months into 2015. Musically, the sound has been coming in with quantity and quality neck and neck in the submission process. We have curated our picks for the Top 50 album of the far. As always, the toughest part of the task was the decision. This list could have easily been 75 artists, and a hundred would not have been a stretch. Half of 2015 is in the rear view mirror but the soundtrack soundtrack is still playing out the car window as we roll down the highway.

Mountain Fever Records Signs Nothin' Fancy

Nothin' FancyWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed one of bluegrass music's most entertaining bands, Nothin' Fancy to their label. The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Plays Ryman Auditorium Sept. 14

Nashville, TN -- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music, on September 14, 2015. With instrumental greats Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglas on resonator guitar, and Byron House on bass. With contributions from Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famers John Prine and Rodney Crowell, legendary gypsy troubadour Jerry Jeff Walker, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and original Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne, and former NGDB band member Jimmy Ibbotson will be among the guests joining the guys onstage.

Dailey & Vincent Announce New TV Series, Fans Invited for Tapings

The Dailey & Vincent ShowAward winning bluegrass music artists, Dailey & Vincent have announced their new TV series to be presented by Springer Mountain Farms. In their announcement, they said, "Words cannot describe the joy and humbleness we feel as we officially announce our first national TV Show, "The Dailey & Vincent Show." Sponsored by our friends at Springer Mountain Farms, we have been conceptualizing this show for years and it brings happy tears to our eyes now that our dreams have come true.

Steep Canyon Rangers Bluegrass Band Play Benefit for LifeFlight

Steep Canyon Rangers and SevenBar AviationRockland, ME -- Grammy award winning bluegrass sensations, the Steep Canyon Rangers play a special benefit performance at the Strand Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 12. The concert is part of their ‘Hospitals and Hangars’ tour and benefits LifeFlight of Maine.


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