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30th MACC/Bluegrass Classic Bluegrass Festival July 16 - 19, 2014

The MACCThe 30th Annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC)/Bluegrass Classic Music Festival at Hoover Y-Park, Columbus, Ohio takes place July 16 - 19, 2014. Proceeds from this festival will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated $755,690.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 15th Year for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer.

48th Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Bill MonroeThe Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, winner of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award, will hold their 48th annual festival June 12-21, 2014. This world famous event, known as the longest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world, will take place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Orthophonic Joy CoverNashville, TN -- Tourism and music industry representatives gathered today for a special press conference to officially announce the August 2 grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA and the creation of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited. It was further announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the Orthophonic Joy recording project, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson.
Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Museum to Premiere "POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered"

Bill MonroeOwensboro, KY -- The long-awaited premiere of a powerful new documentary produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY takes place at 9:00 PM EDST on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 on Kentucky Educational Television. POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered tells the poignant, riveting story of Ohio County, KY native Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music, through the remembrances of dozens of his "Blue Grass Boys," the name given to the 161 sidemen and women who, at various times, were members of his band from the 1940s until his death in 1996.

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2014 Lineup

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2014Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival has announced the lineup for the 2014 festival. The 9th annual festival, held from Oct 16-18 on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas will include event hosts and bluegrass pioneers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Jayhawks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jerry Douglas Band and many more!

Leftover Salmon – “The Nashville Sessions” 15th Anniversary Sept 15

Leftover Salmon - The Nashville SessionsLeftover Salmon will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of "The Nashville Sessions" at the Ryman Auditorium on September 15th, kicking off what will be a memorable Americanafest 2014. Other artists festured will include Sam Bush, John Cowan, Sally Van Meter, Bill Payne, Randy Scruggs and more.

Bluegrass Pioneer Curly Seckler had another Stroke

Curly SecklerA year ago, Cybergrass reported that bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, 94, was at home recovering from a minor stroke which resulted in issues with speech. We just received word that Curly Seckler has suffered another stroke on June 1. This stroke was more severe and and that he has partial paralysis on the left side of his body. He is currently in a rehabilitation center in Hendersonville, TN. We're not sure how long he will need to be there.

Huck Finn Jubilee: California’s Jam and Bluegrass Festival

Ralph StanleyOntario, CA -- Huck Finn Jubilee, California’s jam and bluegrass festival, will feature three days of music this Father’s Day weekend, showcasing some of the top names in the industry including The String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, The Gibson Brothers and the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, who will make his final West Coast performance at Huck Finn as a part of his farewell tour.

Update: Carter Family Fold Special Concert Features Tune Town

Tune Town Old Time BandWe had earlier announced that the Carter Family Fold's special program would feature Mountain Park Old Time Band. The band has been changed to Tune Town. The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia.

Crossroad Bluegrass Band - A New Road

Crossroad Bluegrass BandSince their formation in 2010 Mt. Airy, North Carolina based bluegrass gospel band Crossroad has experienced much success earning top awards at several fiddlers conventions and band competitions within the region. Having also performed at major events like Houstonfest in Galax, VA, the band is certainly no stranger to the bluegrass music scene either. Now, with the release of their second all-gospel album the group hopes to expand their circle. Currently set for public release on Tuesday, June 17th, their splendid new ten track set, A New Road, is sure to please fans of bluegrass and gospel music alike.

Bluegrass Guitarist James Alan Shelton, 53, has Passed Away

James Alan SheltonOne of bluegrass music's favorite guitar legends, James Alan Shelton, has passed away. Best known for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Shelton's melodic guitar style was instantly identifiable and unique. He died while at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee where he was fighting the cancer within him.

Bankesters Capture Best Bluegrass Album Award

The BankestersOne of the fastest rising bluegrass artists, The Bankesters, captured the Best Bluegrass Album for their Love Has Wheels release at the 13th annual Independent Music Awards. The award comes on the heels of significant radio activity for the new album. Love Has Wheels has found itself on radio charts and "(Cups) When I'm Gone" is currently moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart.

Steve Gulley Is Back To His Roots With "Family, Friends & Fellowship"

 Family, Friends & FellowshipNashville, TN -- Steve Gulley is back to his roots with his new single and album Family, Friends & Fellowship on Rural Rhythm Records. The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across three generations with strong roots in gospel music. It starts with long time radio personality Don Gulley who was a founding member of the bluegrass group the Pinnacle Mountain Boys. Steve Gulley performed for many years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, was a founding member of Bluegrass supergroups Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, was a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and now performs with Dale Ann Bradley. Finally Steve’s son, Brad Gulley, is an emerging solo artist in Bluegrass and Roots music who previously fronted Cumberland River.

DVD Release of The Hayloft Gang Documentary

The Hayloft Gang DVDThe Hayloft Gang traces the history of the pioneering radio show, The National Barn Dance, and examines its role in shaping American music and popular culture. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance is a one – hour documentary that tells the story of a changing America, through the lens of one of early radio's most popular and influential programs. The film’s lively soundtrack features over 70 songs, spanning from the mid 1920s to the Great Depression, through World War II. The radio show was a melting pot of Americana music; listeners could hear everything from mountain string bands and polka trios, to folk balladeers and cowboy crooners.

Boggs & Baker Two Girls from Pound to Perform on Song of the Mountains

Reagan Boggs and Kaitlyn BakerMarion, VA -- Two wonderfully talented ladies from the little town of Pound, Virginia will be in concert on Saturday, June 7th at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia for Song of the Mountains. Reagan Boggs will perform with her band as will Kaitlyn Baker and her fine group. “I think it is amazing that both these young ladies are so talented and both are from the same little town of Pound, Virginia in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia”, says Tim White the host and executive coordinator of the award winning nationally televised concert series. “Both of these ladies have recently signed recording contracts with record labels and we are so glad to have them on Song of the Mountains on the same night”, says White.

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