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Dolly Announces “My People” Fund for Great Smoky Mountain Fire Victims

Dolly PartonPigeon Forge, TN -- In a video message released this evening, Dolly Parton announced a new effort by The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The new My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.

Where Do You Put Bluegrass?

Where does Bluegrass Fit?It is generally accepted that around 1938 was to be the beginning of Bluegrass. Although this form of music may have been called Kentucky or Kentuckian had it not been for the fact that Bill Monroe didn't like the name. His first band was called the Kentuckians. The Kentuckians had a jug player instead of a bass player. It was in 1938 that Monroe made his first recording which was to become his trademark song, The Mule Skinner Blues which was recorded on October 7th. It is interesting to note that Monroe played a guiter on this first recording. It wasn't until 1940 that Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys actually cut their first disc. Early members of the Blue Grass Boys included a female accordian player and Dave (Stringbean) Akeman on the banjo. Soon after, Monroe changed the makeup of the band. He added a singer, Lester Flatt and a Banjo player, Earl Scruggs, who had mastered the 3-finger style of Banjo which got its foundations from Snuffy Jenkens.

Hillbilly Gypsies Entertain Carter Family Fold Saturday

Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin’ and grinnin’ and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

Bluegrass and the Younger Generation

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersGo to a Bluegrass festival today and observe the audience. It is comprised of people from all walks of life. It is also comprised of people of all age groups. This is encouraging and is probably the result of the new young talent which keeps the Bluegrass blood flowing. This generation of Bluegrass musicians are bringing with them a new generation of listeners.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Nominated for Midsouth Regional EMMY

The Nitty Gritty Dirt BandNashville, TN -- For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American roots music. With one foot planted in the traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends - Fifty Years, Circlin' Back! PBS special, which was nominated for a Midsouth Regional EMMY® for Special Event Coverage on Friday. Produced for PBS by Todd Squared, Todd Jarrell, Todd Mayo, Steve Schweidel, and directed by James Yockey, Circlin' Back ran nationwide in conjunction with a PBS pledge drive in March 2016. Circlin' Back is also available as a cd/dvd combo with bonus songs and interviews, released Sept. 30 via Warner Music Nashville.

Bluegrass First Class February 17-19 2017

Rhonda Vincent & The RageIn an intimate, up close and personal setting, this event features many nationally known performers. Many of the area’s finest musicians from the hot local bluegrass scene, along with new, up and coming bands, will be on hand for an unparalleled weekend of superb music performances. In addition to the Main Stage shows, many artists will entertain audiences in the cozy Showcase Stage, providing fans with an opportunity to listen to the music of these musicians in a close, intimate setting.

17th Annual Christmas Bluegrass Benefit Concert For The Homeless

Vince GillNashville, TN -- The 17th Annual Christmas Bluegrass Benefit Concert For The Homeless has announced the scheduled lineup. The benefit concert is to be held at the world-famous Station Inn in Nashville TN on Sunday evening, Dec. 11. This is always a wonderful, exciting night, and this year, it's one not to be missed!

Henhouse Prowlers to play Kyrgyzstan

Henhouse ProwlersThe Henhouse Prolwers have just announced a spur of the moment trip to Kyrgyzstan. This continues their journey as an example of American Bluegrass Music to countries abroad which started with an inaugural trip through American Music Abroad. They've gained fans in nearly every region they visit as they travel with open minds and open ears, often learning a popular song from the region they visit. Travels have included: Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Europe and more.

Ron Block Releases “Leiper’s Fork Christmas”

Leiper’s Fork ChristmasRon Block is pleased to announce for download this Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, his new ten-song collection of instrumental holiday favorites, Leiper’s Fork Christmas. Ron comments, "I had a very busy Fall, but last year's Carter's Creek Christmas was so fun and did so well I just had to do another. We finished the mixes tonight and the cover as well, so here I am reeling past the finish line with an entire day to spare!"

Bluegrass for Hospice Celebrates Best Year Yet

Bluegrass for HosiceThis year’s Bluegrass for Hospice raised $38,298.91! In 8 years, it’s the best yet, with a total raised of $192,000.00. On Saturday October 22, around 450 attendees enjoyed live Bluegrass music while raising money for our local Hospice of St. Mary’s, Hospice House. Bluegrass for Hospice-2016 was held at Bubby Knott’s Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, MD.

“Bells Of Home” Released for Holidays by Circa Blue

Bells of HomeMartinsburg, WV – Circa Blue kicks off the holiday season with a brand-new Christmas album as they ready for their Christmas Concert Tour. Bells of Home is now released and available for digital and physical purchase at DawnKenney.com.

IBMM Presents A Decade of “Dailey & Vincent: An American Music Journey”

 An American Music JourneyOwensboro, KY -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum is very excited to announce January 13th as the official opening of their latest exhibit, A Decade of Dailey & Vincent: An American Music Journey, featuring artifacts and memorabilia from the Grammy nominated artists!

East Meets West Bluegrass Event 2 Years In The Making

East Meets West Bluegrass EventA concert event two years in the making will take place at The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington on Saturday, November 19th when East meets West – bluegrass style! Kentucky’s Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n bring their traditional authentic sound to blend in perfect harmony with the Oregon based 2015 International Music and Entertainment Association Bluegrass Group of the Year Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising.

Stoney Creek Release Music Video for “Never Tell Me”

Stoney CreekMartinsburg, WV -- Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has released a music video for the single "Never Tell Me". The video is available on YouTube and at StoneyCreekBluegrass.net. "Never Tell Me" is the second single and video from the band's album Memories & Tears. The single is available to broadcasters through AirPlay Direct and to fans through online retail and streaming outlets.

Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer bring Mountain Music to Carter Fold

Larry Sigmon and Martha SpencerSaturday, November 26th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer – the Unique Sound of the Mountains. If you ever saw Larry Sigmon and the Unique Sound of the Mountains, you know the sound was unlike anything you ever heard before. Over the course of more than ten albums and several years of performing, Larry Sigmon and his late partner Barbara Poole continuously brought the house down with a variety of fast-paced mountain music tunes fueled by Sigmon’s high-speed claw hammer banjo picking and Poole’s infectious “heartbeat” bass plucking. While there were several groups out there that could get you onto the dance floor, no old time band could wear out your clogging shoes faster than the Unique Sound of the Mountains.

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