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Marathon Jam - A National Day of Service for Musicians, Feb 27

Marathon Jam 2016The Marathon Jam is a twelve hour musical event founded in Chapel Hill, NC, that raises money to help the families of injured Soldiers and First Responders. In eight years, The Marathon Jam has raised over $100,000 for the Ft. Bragg Fisher House and Marathon Jams in ten other states have raised over one half Million Dollars for Fisher Houses around the country.

John McEuen Pays Tribute to Iwo Jima and Himself

Echoes From The Past: Iwo JimaJohn McEuen writes, "While on the island of Vieques (Puerto Rico) I found the biggest echo I have ever heard - in one of the old ordnance bunkers there, where the Navy used the island for target practice and bomb testing in days gone by. On this 70th year of both the flag raising at Iwo Jima and my own raising, I took the video Marilyn shot of me and put it together with this footage for an homage to our veterans from that era."

Special Bluegrass Concert with Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder

Adam McPeak & Mountain ThunderHiltons, VA -- Saturday, February 27th, 2016, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special bluegrass concert by Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder. Adam McPeak, 17-year old mandolin player, has headed up his own band since the age of 13, in 2009. He didn’t have to look beyond the blue ridge mountains of home for the sound he was searching for - the rich blend of harmonies from his dad, Mike McPeak. Steve Chrisley lends his deep rich baritone and picking on the five string banjo. Lindsey Jackson will be playing guitar and helping out on vocals. David Chrisley holds them all together on the bass fiddle.

Blind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary

 Appalachian VisionaryBlind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary is finding its way into record stores nearly 90 years after Reed was first recorded. Born blind on June 15, 1880, in Floyd County, Virginia, Alfred Reed grew up on a West Virginia farm. In the 1920s, when radio became available in his area, Alfred listened to and enjoyed performances by several of the era’s popular singers. Alfred would purchase songbooks and hymnbooks, and his wife Nettie would read the lyrics to him.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Songs Make Bluegrass Charts

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records group Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle hit the ground running ever since their debut album released in March 2015. The group received standing ovations for both their IBMA and SPBGMA Official Showcase performances. Now almost a year after their self-titled album release Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle has charted 5 songs. Four of those songs are currently on the charts, including their first Gospel song, “You Can’t Take Jesus Away”, written by Steve Gulley debuting at #10 on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart in April.

Del McCoury Embarks on Landmark Woody Guthrie Project

Del and WoodyNashville, TN -- Del McCoury is at it again. At 77 years young he is still very excited about music and creating projects that will be enjoyed by generations to come. This one might just be the most talked about as it’s rare for two artists to team up on music separated by 70+ years...some of these lyrics were written the year Del was born, but with Woody’s timeless lyrics, and Del’s timeless sound, nothing matters but the songs.

Introducing The Becky Buller Band

Becky Buller BandBecky Buller has announced the creation of her own band. She is pleased to introduce you to the fine gentlemen, most of whom you already know and love. She complements them noting that "each one is so incredibly talented and fun to travel and create with; I can't begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to working with them this year."

Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond

Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in MotionBristol, VA/TN -- Back by popular demand! Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion on March 13 at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 3:00pm. And, for the first time, Bristol Ballet will perform at Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN on March 19 at 7:00pm. Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of our region, including several Bristol Sessions recordings, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

Michael Doubler on Uncle Dave Macon at ICMC 2016

Uncle Dave MaconThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased to continue sharing ICMC 2016 presentations that make the ICMC program varied and intriguing. New BFF Michael Doubler enjoyed ICMC 2015 so much he submitted a proposal for ICMC 2016. Uncle Dave Macon is highly significant to the early history of country music. Doubler of the Macon-Doubler Fellowship in Murfreesboro, Tennessee will discuss “Worthy of Estimation: Unknown Elements of Success in Uncle Dave Macon’s Career.”

Tammy Jones Robinette's Debuts at #7 in Singing News Bluegrass Chart

I Think I'll Let You DrivNashville, TN -- Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive's latest single release, "I Think I'll Let You Drive," will debut in Singing News magazine's Bluegrass chart at #7 (April 2016). The song, penned by the award-winning Steve Gulley, is the second single released from the 12-track, self-titled album, Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive to enter the charts in the Top-10. "To Be A Kid Again," written by Robinette, debuted at #6 on the Bluegrass Today chart this past fall.

Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express at Carter Fold Saturday

Jonah Riddle and Carolina ExpressHiltons, VA -- Saturday, February 20th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express. Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Jonah is 16, and Grayson is 11. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for 4 and ½ years now. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church three times a week. Because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band – Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express. Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. He has been playing guitar for almost 2 years. From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. Jonah and Grayson credit the Lord for their playing and singing talent. Their dad, Benjie Riddle, plays the upright bass. The Riddles are bringing along an outstanding fiddle player – Mary Rachel Nalley – who plays fiddle for the Kody Norris Band.

Lonesome River Band is “Bridging the Tradition” March 18th

LRB Bridging the TraditionLonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre.

Berklee to Present American Master Awards at Music City Roots

Gillian Welch and David RawlingsBoston, MA -- Berklee will present American Master Awards to legendary record producer, songwriter and recording artist T Bone Burnett, as well as the acclaimed roots duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on a special Tuesday night edition of Music City Roots, the variety weekly music broadcast from the Factory in Franklin, TN. The show, set for March 15, 2016, will feature performances by outstanding Berklee alumni Sierra Hull (’11), Liz Longley (’10) and Maureen Murphy ('99). Berklee alumni Welch and Rawlings will perform as well, closing the show following presentation of the awards.

And the Best Bluegrass Album Is...

The SteelDriversIn an awesome night, the Nashville powerhouse group, The SteelDrivers, captured their first Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass album. Their Rounder Records release, The Muscle Shoals Recordings earned them the honors. In the Bluegrass category, Dale Ann Bradley, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Ralph Stanley & Friends and the SteelDrivers were all competing for the Best Bluegrass Album award. The SteelDrivers have been nominated four times for Grammy awards and Sunday night was their night to shine.

IBMA Announces Dates for World of Bluegrass, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

World of Bluegrass DatesNashville, TN --
The IBMA is excited to share with you the dates for the 2016 World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass Festival.
Mark your calendars now for September 27-October 1 in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, where hundreds of bluegrass industry professionals, fans and newcomers will gather to elevate and celebrate the music of Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, with many of its wonderful roots and branches.


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