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Nu-Blu Premieres Brand New Acoustic Video!!

Nu-BluBluegrass group, Nu-Blu just released an acoustic video for their song, "Trains I Didn't Take." Serving as the first of a 3 part series of video releases, "Trains" features heavy banjo, and an insanely catchy chorus. The song is featured on Nu-Blu's latest album TEN. You can watch the video below!

Big Country Bluegrass Plays Carter Fold Bluegrass Saturday

Big Country BluegrassHiltons, VA -- Big Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small, intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music. Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Big Country Bluegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

James Reams & The Barnstormers at Marana Bluegrass Festival

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers will be appearing at the Marana Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13th along with nationally-known flat pick guitarist Dan Crary. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Epiphone Announces March Bluegrass Giveaway

Epiphone March Bluegrass GiveawayNashville, TN -- Epiphone, home to the world’s best professional affordable instruments, continues its 2014 monthly giveaways with an unprecedented opportunity for fans to take home everything they need to start an entire Bluegrass Band – just in time for spring!

Vail Bluegrass Reveals its Inaugural Lineup

Vail Summer Bluegrass SeriesVail, CO -- Vail Bluegrass announces the lineup for its inaugural series to be held on Wednesdays, July 2, July 16, August 13 and August 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. The Vail Summer Bluegrass Series is a free event with the option to purchase tickets for preferred seating. Tickets for preferred seating will go on sale Tuesday, April 1 on the website.

Grammy Win Means Music Lab Upgrades for Students & Community

Music LabRoanoke, VA -- Thanks to a historic Grammy win, Jefferson Center Foundation's Music Lab program continues to receive positive attention and forward momentum from around the world and right here at home. In March 2013, Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway made Roanoke history by recording a live performance on Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall stage, leading to a Grammy win for Best R&B Performance. The performance was just one of nearly a dozen incredible songs found on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Volume 1 album, filmed and recorded live at Jefferson Center and benefitting the Foundation's Music Lab program with every purchase made. Music Lab is welcoming a new staff member in sound engineer Nick Corrigan. Corrigan will serve as the go to sound engineer in Music Lab's Roanoke location, joining Music Lab Floyd's sound engineer Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnette.

Jesse McReynolds Celebrates 50 Years As Grand Ole Opry Member

Jim & Jesse Radio ShowsNashville, TN -- Inducted in 1964, Bluegrass legends Jim & Jesse are celebrating 50 Years as members of the Grand Ole Opry this year. On March 1st the Grand Ole Opry® will honor Jesse McReyonlds as he celebrates his 50th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry®. The success of their 60’s radio shows prompted Martha White Flour to bring them to Nashville to star on their early morning show on WSM. In 1964 a life time dream came true for Jim & Jesse when they became regular members of the Grand Ole Opry®.

Sam Bush, King of Newgrass, Joins Huck Finn Lineup

Sam BushSam Bush, ‘King of Newgrass,’ is the latest in an impressive lineup of performers scheduled to appear at Southern California’s Huck Finn Jubilee June 13-15 in Ontario, California. The Grammy-winning artist and AMA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has been pushing the boundaries of bluegrass for decades, fusing together styles that make it more expansive and adaptable. He joins The Del McCoury Band, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Rhonda Vincent, The Boxcars, and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers in the early lineup of performers, with many more bands to be announced soon. Huck Finn Jubilee takes place June 13-15 at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, Calif. Visit www.huckfinn.com for details.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Start on New Album

Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceJunior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are excited to announce that the band has started work on recording a new album. The guys spent February 5-6 working with Wesley Easter at Eastwood Studios in Cana, VA, where they were able to start working on about five songs. They'll be working on the album through the end of March, and hope to have it released this summer. The band is sharing time in the studio with their time on the road.

Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band Release New Project

Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass BandRandy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band released their self-titled album on February 10th. Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band is based in central Virginia. The band has been together since 2012, quickly building a fan base in central Virginia and beyond. The album has also been released to AirPlay Direct and is available for radio there. Visit the band's Facebook page for ordering information and to find out what this new bluegrass band is all about.

2014 Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Moves to Nashville

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2014The Annual Monroe Style Mandolin Camp which has been hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky is moving to Nashville, Tennessee this year. The camp, scheduled for September 4-7, 2014 will be held at Camp Marymount at 1318 Fairview Blvd. The Monroe Mandolin Camp (Nashville) is a specialized mandolin camp playing and learning the songs and instrumentals of Bill Monroe. The mission of this camp is brilliantly simple: Provide world-class musicians chooled in the music written, recorded, and created by the Father of Blue Grass music-Bill Monroe. This niche genre within the world of bluegrass is important to preserve and keep alive. It is the roots and base for an entire subculture of music within the folk/country/roots/bluegrass scene.

Bluegrass Band Detour Releases "Too Busy To Have The Blues"

DetourWillis, VA -- The tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies of Michigan bluegrass band Detour, are about to get a broader listening audience. Detour has released the first single off their upcoming Mountain Fever Records album. The single is titled "Too Blue To Have the Blues," and was co-written by Detour's own Jeff Rose and longtime bluegrass songwriter and radio DJ, Terry Herd. Their sound had taken listeners down a unique bluegrass road for years and this new venture is no different.
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Nightflyer Back in the Studio for Second CD

Nightflyer BandNightflyer is back in the studio working on their second CD. Nightflyer is one bluegrass band you don't want to miss -- mostly contemporary with strong traditional bluegrass roots, a little gospel and just a touch of the blues thrown in, and nothing but fun to watch. The southwest Ohio band consists of Rick Hayes, Richard Propps, Ronnie Stewart, Tim Jackson and Tony Kakaris. The project is being recorded at Hayes studio, Hayes Productions, and is being co-produced by Clay Hess and Rick Hayes. It includes many never recorded songs written by Paula Breedlove, Brad Davis, Rick Lang, Joe Richardson, and others; and a few covers with a distinctive Nightflyer stamp on them. The projected spring release of the yet-to-be-named CD will be on the Kang Records label.

MerleFest Expands Acoustic Kids Showcases for 2014

MerleFest YouthWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest – presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014 – is well-known for its celebration and encouragement of talented young performers. The Acoustic Kids Showcases, a performance platform for the next generation of pickers, singers and traditional-style artists, allows youth to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival. This builds upon the momentum established by the Youth Showcases, which have been mainstays at MerleFest for the past ten years.

IBMA 2014 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Apps Due Friday

Alane AnnoThere has been bad weather, the New Years, getting ready for spring tours and a whole lot more to keep one distracted and not watching the calendar. Well, the IBMA 2014 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase applications are due Friday, February 28! No time left to procrastinate - get them in now if you're going to.

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