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20th Anniversary Mountain Heritage Festival Sept. 20

Loose StringsIn celebration of our 20th anniversary of the Mountain Heritage Festival, this year, more bands will grace the stage. Four local bands and the Junior Appalachian Musicians will take the stage on September 20 beginning at 10am. Loose Strings, an all-female group, from Galax, VA is known for their tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms.

Foot Stompin' Friday with Wayne Henderson at Carter Fold

Wayne HendersonHiltons, VA -- Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about twenty instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. Friday, September 12th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by both an old time band and a bluegrass band - Wayne Henderson and Friends with Big Country Bluegrass. This special concert is part of our Footstompin’ Friday concert series. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Nightflyer’s “Rail River & Road” Now Available

Rail River & RoadNightflyer announces the release of their sophomore recording “Rail River & Road.” The CD includes 13 cuts, eight of them brand new songs. After the success of the Paula Breedlove/Brad Davis original tunes the band recorded on their first CD, they went back to that well and found three more by this duo that they felt were a perfect fit for the Nightflyer sound. Rick Lang and Joe Richardson each contributed two songs, and the final original, “The Man I’ve Come To Know,” was written by Nightflyer lead singer and guitarist Richard Propps, honoring his late father. The cover tunes range from Hazel Dickens’ “Old River” to “Train, Train” made famous by the rock group Blackfoot, and later recorded by Dolly Parton.

YMSB Harvest Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup Schedule

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2014With only six weeks to go before the ninth annual Harvest Music Festival, organizers just announced the daily music lineup schedule for the 2014 festival. Harvest Music Festival will take place on the majestic Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas on October 16-18, 2014 and will feature 4 stages, nearly 100 sets of music, workshops, outdoor activities including plentiful kid-friendly programs and much more.

Scott Napier Joins Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Faculty

Scott Napier and Dean OsborneScott Napier of Clay City and a Hazard native is the newest faculty member of HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) where he will provide instrumental instruction, primarily mandolin and guitar, as well as music composition.

Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Balsam Range, Tops the Charts

Balsam RangeIBMA Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Balsam Range remains firmly at the top of the Bluegrass charts with "Moon Over Memphis." "Moon Over Memphis” is the Number One Bluegrass song on the charts again this week, marking two straight months for the upbeat and contagious tune at No. 1 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart, and three straight weeks on the weekly chart. “Moon Over Memphis” features the deft vocals of IBMA Male Vocalist nominee, Buddy Melton, and that always remarkable Balsam Range pickin’.

Historic Performances Found For Renfro Valley 75th Anniversasry

Renfro Valley Barn DanceNashville, TN -- On September 13th Reno’s Old-Time Music Show will devote an entire episode to celebrate and honor the important music history of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance over the past 75 years. In addition, a re-broadcast of the special episode will air on December 13th 2014. While working on the production of the 75th Anniversary show Ronnie Reno discovered a treasure trove of historic performances for the tribute to Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

Performers, Presenters Announced for Bluegrass Music Awards

The Seldom SceneNashville, TN -- Performers and presenters for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards, held on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST, have been announced. The Awards Show, held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium) will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars.

Carter Fold Hosts Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers Sat

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities. Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest Schedule Announced

The BoxcarsNashville, TN -- The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced. The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 3 and 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent.
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Mountain Faith Releases Single from Upcoming Album "Blue"

Mountain FaithWillis, VA -- Accomplished bluegrass group Mountain Faith, a highly popular and awarded band based in the mountains of Sylva, North Carolina, has joined the Mountain Fever family of artists and drop their first single, "Feelin' Blue" to radio today. The single is from their upcoming November album release, Blue The group has been singing, playing and performing together for 14 years.

Jim & Jesse and Mac Wiseman Titles Available Again

Jimm & JesseNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the release of two titles available again today, Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys “I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing” and Mac Wiseman – “Sings Old Time Country Favorites”.

Doyle Lawson to Perform Benefit Concert TODAY

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverColumbus, KS -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will perform a concert benefitting the First Christian Church African Scholarship Fund on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 7:00 pm CT. The concert will be held at Columbus High School Auditorium at 124 South High School Avenue in Columbus. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20 each and available locally at the Country Gardens Florist, or at the door the night of the show. Tickets and info are also available by calling either (620)762-0922 or (620)429-2779.

Donna Ulisse Releases "Showin' My Roots" Official Video

Donna UlisseDonna Ulisse has been very active recently with her new book, The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process and her radio appearance with Katy Daley on WAMU Bluegrass Country early last month. Yesterday, Bluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse released a video to the title track of her curent release, Showin' My Roots (see below). She co-wrote the song with her husband Rick Stanley, as a tribute to some of her musical heroes who influenced her own journey as a performer and songwriter.

Nashville Country Revival Now on Hulu

Nashville Country RevivalFranklin, TN -- The popular Nashville Country Revival TV show has already been seen by fans of its inspirational Country, Gospel and Bluegrass flavored music in the past 2 years on traditional TV networks such as Daystar, Heartland TV, TCT and a host of other national, network platforms.. NCR has entered new territory for Gospel oriented music as nine episodes of Nashville Country Revival have now been launched on Hulu. Amazon Prime will come on board in the near future offering Nashville Country Revival episodes to its subscriber base and viewership as well.

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