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Lonesome River Band Added to Pickin' in the Pasture Line-Up

Lonesome River BandLonesome River Band was recently added to the Pickin' In The Pasture line-up and will perform at the Lodi, New York festival on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Festival promoter Andy Alexander said, “Sammy Shelor's group has been one of the biggest draws in bluegrass music for decades. Their unique sound has spawned a generation of new bluegrass fans. Lonesome River Band certainly brings a high level of excitement to the stage and we are really looking forward to them joining us.”

IBMM's 9th annual Mandolin Camp! Nov. 14-16, 2014

Mike ComptonOwensboro, KY -- Returning for his 9th consecutive year as camp director is bluegrass music legend, Mike Compton. Known for his mastery of Monroe-style playing, Mike is a preservationist who continues teaching the music that Bill Monroe innovated and which set the standard for generations of bluegrass mandolin players to come. The International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) 9th Annual Mandolin Camp will take place November 14 through 16 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Sam Moore and Nu-Blu to Perform Sept 20th on Fox News' Huckabee

Nu-Blu and Sam MooreNashville, Tenn. - The legendary "Soul Man" Sam Moore, and the fastest rising act in bluegrass, Nu-Blu continue to generate buzz, as they gear up to perform their brand new George Jones inspired single, "Jesus and Jones" on Fox News' Huckabee show on September 20th. This must-see performance will be both soulful and bluegrass-flavored. "Jesus and Jones" is the first offering from Nu-Blu's upcoming album All The Way, which is set for release on September 16. The song was written by Cheri Hefner and Rick Tiger and is available now at iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus, Rhapsody and eMusic.

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising Up for 3 IMEA Awards

Kathy Boyd and Phoenix RisingBluegrass artists Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising were beyond surprised and delighted the other day to hear from Colt Chambers, the President of the International Music & Entertainers Association (IMEA), that they had been nominated for awards in three categories for their annual IMEA Awards this year.

Crowe, Lawson and Williams - The Making of Standing Tall and Tough

Crowe, Lawson & Williams: Standing Tall and ToughThe good folks at Mountain Home Music have released a behind the scenes peek at the making of Standing Tall & Tough, the new collaboration from three icons of Bluegrass: J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams. Capturing the traditional drive, emotion and feel of 1950’s and 60’s Bluegrass, the trio presents songs that they themselves helped to make classic. The video segment below clearly demonstrates the artistry in this trio of friends.

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Honor Vern Williams and Ray Park

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Very & RayVern Williams and Ray Park both grew up in the Ozarks of Arkansas, about five miles away from each other, but never met until moving to central California in the 1950s. Their memorable live performances and recordings in the ‘60s and ‘70s largely formed the basis for the bluegrass repertoire in California, and they became powerful influences on many aspiring bluegrass musicians.Their intensity and integrity left no doubt that they were the Real Deal.

Donna Ulisse Joins Katy Daley on WAMU-Friday Morning

Donna UlisseSinger songwriter Donna Ulisse & her band The Poor Mountain Boys will perform live from the studios of WAMU's Bluegrass Country in Washington, D.C. on Friday morning, August 8, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. EST. They will be guests on the Katy Daley show. The show can be listened to online at www.bluegrasscountry.org

Recording King USA Custom Shop Creates Art

Recording King M5 Deluxe BanjoHayward, CA -- Recording King's USA Custom Shop produces exquisitely crafted collectors' banjos handmade in the USA. The Custom Shop combines all the essential elements of classic Pre-War style banjos into one-of-a-kind instruments. Recording King's custom production is led by Greg Rich, who built his reputation designing some of the world's most unique deco-style banjos from the late 80's through the early 90's. The Custom Shop builds individual handcrafted works of art that stay true to classic Pre-War style and sound, but have a look and presence all their own.

Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Traveler Now Available in Paperback

Kentucky TravelerAward winning Bluegrass and country music artist Ricky Skaggs released his autobiography about a year ago. The volume covers his 50+ years in music. With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell. His book is now being released in paperback format at Skaggs Family Records and at bookstores everywhere.

Del McCoury Band, Lee Ann Womack, Keller Williams on Wide Open Bluegrass

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- To celebrate the 75th birthday of one of the most respected artists in contemporary bluegrass, a special 90-minute set, “Del McCoury Band with special guests Lee Ann Womack and Keller Williams”, will take place on Saturday, October 4 during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Wide Open Bluegrass is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Detour Joins Sam Bush, Others at Music City Roots Aug 13

Detour Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Detour bluegrass band is proud to announce they will perform Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Music City Roots - Nashville's acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale. This live concert event, featuring Sam Bush, Detour, Balsam Range and Becky Buller, will be webcast nationwide at musiccityroots.com or via the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at MusicCityRoots.com.

Rebel Records Releases Their Catalog to Global Radio

Rebel Records and AirPlay DirectThe AirPlay Direct team is excited to be partnering with Rebel Records to exclusively release their incredible and extensive catalog to global radio.

New Single from Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Junior SiskCharlottesville, VA (August 5th, 2014)—Rebel Records is excited to announce today’s release of “Honky-Tonked to Death,” the new single from Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice’s highly-anticipated album, Trouble Follows Me (REB-1857). The single is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. The physical and online versions of the full album will be released on Tuesday, September 16th.

Breaking Grass Just as Strong with Newest Album

Just As StrongWillis, VA -- Mississippi's Breaking Grass steps out with their new Mountain Fever Records release Just as Strong today. This is the third CD from the band in four years and they continue winning fans with each release. The North Mississippi Daily Journal said, “Breaking Grass has found a sweet spot in its sound, heavy on bluegrass. This album proves Breaking Grass is worthy of its title, and the band has a bright future.”

Stephen Mougin to Direct Bethel University Bluegrass Program

Stephen MouginJoelton, TN -- His thirst for bettering the bluegrass world is never really quenched. Teacher, professional guitarist, studio and record label owner Stephen Mougin has accepted a position as the new director for The Renaissance Bluegrass Band at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, effective August 1st.

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