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Steep Canyon Rangers with Martin and Brickell Tours Announced

Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers, Edie BrickellLos Angeles, CA -- Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell announced upcoming spring and summer tour dates today. The Grammy Award-winning collaborators will bring their celebrated live show to major cities across the nation. The tour kicks off on March 14 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and rounds out with three nights at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on July 2 – July 4.

Ticket Sales Announced for Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Festival

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA --Tickets to the popular Huck Finn Jubilee go on sale at 4 p.m. today. Hotel packages with tickets included are available to everyone, with camping reservations open to the public on Feb. 27. Members of the Southwest Bluegrass Association will be given first access to the "Jammers' Campground," where bluegrass enthusiasts from far and wide gather to sit together and jam well into the night. The SWBA will send its members a special pre-sale code to be used for early signups.

Black Prairie Announces Tour in Support of New Album “Fortune”

Black Prairie by Jason QuigleyBlack Prairie have announced a run of west coast dates following the release of their third studio album, the hard-edged, cinematic Fortune, out April 22nd via Sugar Hill Records. They also will appear at Sasquatch! Music Festival on July 4th weekend. More dates will be added throughout 2014.

Steve Thomas Thanks Attendees of “Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert

Steve & Janet ThomasNashville, TN -- Beloved Nashville entertainer Steve Thomas wishes to thank all that participated and attended the Ashes of Love Benefit concert held Thursday night in Nashville. Proceeds from the event were presented to Steve and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve. The “Ashes of Love” benefit concert was sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist.

Mountain Park Old-Time Band Plays Carter Fold

Mountain Park Old-Time BandMountain Park Old Time Band was formed six years ago as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old time music got together to have a good time. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are very versatile and talented musicians. Saturday, March 1st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee Lists Bill Monroe for Future Postage Stamp

Bill MonroeJames William Monroe II confirmed with Cybergrass that his grandfather made the January 7th list. The list says confidential and restricted however, a copy is available online. It also comes with a caveat that changes to the list can happen without notice. The Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee cataloged Monroe as an "approved subject" with a distribution year yet to be determined. Tagged "Music Icons: Bill Monroe", the Father of Bluegrass Music's stamp is not yet in development nor has a design been approved. Monroe is listed with other icons including Jim Morrison, Tammy Wynette, "Fats" Waller, Freddie Fender, John Lennon and others. Icons already approved include Roy Orbison and Sarah Vaughn.

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Paramount Center

Carolina Chocolate DropsBristol, TN/VA -- The Grammy Award Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops are sure to bring an amazing concert to The Paramount in Bristol. The night will be full of toe tapping, hand clapping and faces full of smiles. This show is going to be incredible and is a do not miss show. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 day of show.

Soggy Bottom Boys Reunite For First-Ever On Stage Performance

Soggy Bottom Boys from O Brother Where Art Thou?Nashville, TN -- The Soggy Bottom Boys—the rollicking old-time string band featured on the silver screen and known for the Grammy winning "Man Of Constant Sorrow" -- has reunited for a special performance Saturday, March 22, at the Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine Distillery (also known as The Holler™) located at 903 Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is a free show that starts at 5:00PM.

Woody Guthrie Prize Recipient Pete Seeger to be Honored by Banjoist Tony Trischka

Pete SeegerOn February 22 at Symphony Space in New York City, Pete Seeger will become the first recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award given annually to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life’s work of Woody Guthrie, and serves as a positive force for social change in America. Seeger was awarded the prize before his passing on January 27.

American Legion Bluegrass to Feature Dale Ann Bradley

Dale Ann BradleyCalifornia, MD -- From the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky to the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most awarded female singers in Bluegrass music, Dale Ann Bradley, brings her show to the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD. The show will be on Sunday March 16 and begins at 2:00 pm. From Prince Frederick, Chris Tenney & Riverside South will open the show. It’s going to be “Women in Bluegrass spectacular!”

Town Mountain Hard Drivin’ Bluegrass Tours Announced

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- After five days on the Caribbean for the Mountain Song at Sea, Town Mountain has their land legs back. They arrived back to Asheville just in time for the biggest snowstorm of the year.. quite the drastic change from the bluegrass cruise. Now we're on the heels of spring, and man doesn't it feel good.

It's All in the Name

Bob CherryDuring the past couple of months, I have received numerous press releases and news items to post on Cybergrass. Besides the usual grammar errors, one common error is where predominant artist names are misspelled. It is usually where the artist is attempting to boost their recognition by claiming they have performed with the misnamed artist.

Phil Leadbetter is Making The Next Move with New Album

Phil LeadbetterAfter a fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011, a healthy Phil Leadbetter is back on the road performing with Dale Ann Bradley and actively working on the follow up to the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year Slide Effects. The next Pinecastle album, titled The Next Move, is shaping up to be an exciting collaboration with Phil’s friends including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Kenny Smith, and many more.

Win A Guitar Signed By January Jams Artists

January Jams GuitarAbingdon, VA -- The 2nd Annual January Jams at the Barter Theatre brought thousands of people to Abingdon in January from around the region, as well as several Grammy-award winning artists. The series included 7 total concerts, most coming close to or selling out the 500-seat theatre.

Bluegrass Legend Laurie Lewis Lights Up Hometown Stage

Laurie LewisFor fiddler, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Laurie Lewis, the traditions of bluegrass and folk aren’t so much tools in her hands, but burning sources of inspiration that have driven her through a 30+ year career at the forefront of American roots music. A pioneering woman in bluegrass, Laurie has paved the way for many young women today, always guided by her own love of traditional music and the styles of her heroes that came before. Although she’s won a Grammy for her interpretation of Bill Monroe’s music, and is considered a masterful proponent of Ralph Stanley’s singing style, she has crafted the music her own way, by following her personal muse and remaining open to new influences.

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