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Donna Hughes Tugs on the Heartstrings with “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

Donna Hughes 2 CDsNashville, TN -- During last year’s brutal winter months, North Carolina Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes penned the heart wrenching and powerful song, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” that has certainly tugged on the heartstrings. The song, and her YouTube video, have been featured and shared on numerous popular sites including www.Talking-Dogs.com, LoveMyDogBlog, and the wide-reaching Dogs Deserve Better Facebook page to name a few. Donna has also started a new Facebook community page facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains hoping to bring awareness to animal cruelty.

Snapshots from Darin & Brooke Aldridge Due February

SnapshotsWith the holiday season upon us, there will surely be new snapshots with the family and friends, taken to commemorate this joyous time of year. These snapshots capture the special memories in our lives. Darin & Brooke Aldridge’s new album, Snapshots, captures these moments in song and shares facets of life through a musical outlook that is reverent and dynamic, buoyant yet thoughtful, and deeply in tune with the essence of bluegrass.

Dolly Parton Scores UK Platinum Album for Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke...The Best OfNashville, TN -- As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record-setting tour overseas, and also raises the bar from a sales standpoint with yet another platinum selling album in a career that has already seen worldwide sales of over one hundred million records, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Nu-Blu + Sam Moore on Reno's Old Time Country Music Show Feb 14

Nu-Blu with Sam MooreNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu, one of bluegrass music's breakout acts, was joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore this past week in Nashville for a special taping of Reno's Old Time Country Music show. On this soon to be historic episode, both Nu-Blu and Sam Moore perform their latest collaboration "Jesus and Jones," as well as take the audience through a few twists and turns when they, for the first-time ever in a bluegrass acoustic sound, perform the Sam & Dave classic "Hold On, I'm Coming," and end the show with "Will The Circle Be Unbroken."

Mountain Fever Records and Volume Five to Release "Voices" Jan 20

 VoicesWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records announces the upcoming CD release of Voices from Volume Five, which will be available on Jan. 20, 2015. Founded in early 2008 by vocalist and fiddle player Glen Harrell, Volume Five includes the talents of Harry Clark (Mandolin & Vocals), Chris Williamson (Bass & Vocals), Patton Wages (Banjo & Vocals,) and Colby Laney (Guitar & Vocals.) These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. “When I put this group together, I knew the style of music I wanted us to play and the goals I wanted to achieve," stated Harrell. "It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry. I didn’t just want us to be another band that moves onto the scene and is gone in a few years, but one that would have a unique sound that players and listeners would remember for many years to come - one that sounded like no other band in the business.

Jordan Laney on Carlton Haney at ICMC

Jordan LaneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes bluegrass music as part of their conference. Jordan Laney of Virginia Polytechnic State Institute and University (a.k.a. VaTech) will be discussing something near and dear to Bluegrass folks. Her presentation “Across Space and Time: Carlton Haney’s Multi-Genre Influence and Vision” suggests that “Not only did Carlton Haney organize the first multi-day bluegrass event, manage country music stars from Conway Twitty to Bill Anderson, and support early efforts of internal archiving through Muleskinner News, Haney (along with Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe), co-produced “The Story of Bluegrass,” setting in motion the genres generational legacy and familiar connections.” ICMC always includes quality Bluegrass presentations and Laney’s presentation helps continue the tradition.

IBMM Interim Director Named; National Search Underway

Gabrielle GrayOwensboro, KY -- The board of trustees of the International Bluegrass Music Museum today announced an important transition in its administrative leadership that reflects the organization's rising stature and maturity as a center of preservation and innovation in bluegrass music.

Steep Canyon Rangers Headline Sevierville Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass

Steep Canyon RangersSevierville, TN -- Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival (May 15 & 16, 2015) has announced the entertainment lineup for its eleventh annual event, including a headline performance from famed bluegrass group, Steep Canyon Rangers.

January Jams Returns to Abingdon with National Acts

Greensky BluegrassAbingdon, VA- Barter Theatre and the Abingdon Music Experience team up for the 3rd annual January Jams Series, January 9th through 29th. Grammy Award winning and nationally recognized artists will perform a total of 7 concerts to run on Fridays and Saturdays during January. With beloved icons like The Blind Boys of Alabama or Grammy Award-winner Mavis Staples, as well as the hottest up-and-coming artists like Ben Sollee and Greensky Bluegrass and more, the series offers something for everyone.

The 2015 John Hartford Memorial Festival Lineup Announced

Hot Rize"Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Better, Then It Does" said John Hartford. That's the theme for the 5th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, to be held May 28-30, 2015, at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, Bean Blossom, IN. With a lineup that includes Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Split Lip Rayfield, Hackensaw Boys, The Larry Keel Experience, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Jamie Hartford and Friends, Bawn in the Mash, and many more to be announced, it really does get better and better and better.

Duty Free Bluegrass at Carter Family Christmas Sat. Dec 20th

Carter Family ChristmasHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 20st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount $10 per person). Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $10 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, and cups, plates, or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, we’ll have music by the Duty Free Bluegrass Band. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show.

Rural Rhythm Releases Don Reno & Bill Harrell with The Tennessee Cut-Ups

Don Reno & Bill Harrell with The Tennessee Cut-UpsNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce a new title by Bluegrass legends Don Reno & Bill Harrell in its archival Heritage Collection series. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series will help keep traditional roots music alive and preserved for future generations. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series includes authentic Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Waltzes, Fiddle Tunes and Gospel music performed by many legends & pioneers. Titles are mastered from the original master tapes, with original cover artwork and include many albums never-before available on CD.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver to travel ‘Dixie Road’ To Mill Town Music Hall

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverBremen, Ga. -- Mill Town Music Hall is proud to host Bluegrass Hall of Fame musician Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. Judge Talford will open the concert with their unique sound of bluegrass instrumental and rich vocal harmonies. Mill Town Music Hall focuses on wholesome, family-friendly music and events and is located conveniently off I-20 in Bremen (1031 Alabama Avenue).

Planet Bluegrass Announces 2015 RockyGrass Lineup

The Earls of LeicesterA week ago Planet Bluegrass finished up their biggest week of ticket sales ever. Thanks to Festivarians around the world for your patience and persistence through what can be a stressful time. During the peak Planet Bluegrass received more than 40 orders per second (!!), as Festivarians from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries secured their tickets for the 2015 Planet Bluegrass season.

Dawn Sears has Lost her Battle with Cancer - Updated

Dawn SearsNashville, TN -- Dawn Sears, 53, stellar vocalist and member of Rounder Record’s 4-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers, died Thursday night, December 11. Diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2012, Sears fought the disease ferociously and championed efforts for lung cancer research. In addition to having been a Time Jumper, she was also a long-time member of Vince Gill’s touring band. She is survived by her husband, the fiddler and fellow Time Jumper Kenny Sears and daughter Tess. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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