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Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Video Competition

Monroe Mandolin Camp Video CompetitionNashville, TN -- Announcing the Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Annual Video Scholarship Competition. Mon Man Camp is looking or fun, creative videos of candidates performing a Bill Monroe composition, and telling us why this music is important to them! The winning candidate will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, meals, and t-shirt to the September 9 - 13, 2015, "Mon Man Camp" being held in Kingston Springs, TN (just outside of Nashville).

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off June 25

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

IBMA Announces Artists for Wide Open Bluegrass

Alison Krauss and Union StationNashville, TN (June 18, 2015) — At today’s 12:00 noon press conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass announced additional details about the five-day event, which will take place September 29 – October 3. One of the highlights of the press conference was the announcement that Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, The Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway, and O’Connor Family Band will round out the list of performers at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass, the weekend festival that takes place as part of the World of Bluegrass event.

Del McCoury Band Added to Magnolia Fest 2015 Lineup

The Del McCoury BandAsheville, NC -- Magnolia Fest celebrates its 19th year at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on October 15-18, 2015 and is thrilled to announce a handful of additions to this Fall’s lineup including The Del McCoury Band, Jeff Austin Band featuring Danny Barnes, Ross Martin & Eric Thorin, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Jerry Joseph & The Jack Mormons, New Orleans Suspects, The Congress, Band of Heathens, Nikki Talley and more!

Helen Highwater Stringband Joins Roe Entertainment Roster

Left to Right - David Grier, Shad Cobb, Missy Raines, Mike ComptonMaryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to welcome Helen Highwater Stringband to his roster of artists for exclusive booking representation. Shad Cobb, Mike Compton, David Grier and Missy Raines, all whom have forged a musical path as individuals for several decades each, have joined forces to form Helen Highwater Stringband.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on the Road to ROMP Stage June 25

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiRepeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre's finest players. The 12th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music festival known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 24-27, 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

“Tried & True” Music puts The Spinney Brothers on the Charts!

 Tried & TrueThe Spinney Brothers have been overwhelmed by the support from all the radio programmers and fans of their latest music on Mountain Fever Records, Tried & True! The album comes in at #3 on BU's Top 15 Albums chart and continues to be on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart coming in this month at #13. And we couldn't be more excited to have TWO songs on BU's Top 30 Songs chart; "My Music Comes From Bill" at #7 and "Gonna Catch A Train" at #8!

Marty Raybon Plays Blue Ridge Music Center Saturday, June 27

Marty RaybonGalax, VA -- Award-winning country music artist Marty Raybon brings his signature voice and talented band, Full Circle, to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m. For 12 years, Raybon was the lead singer of popular country band Shenandoah and also has multiple solo albums. Gary LeVox, lead vocalist of Rascal Flatts, has called Raybon "the greatest singer on the planet to this day."

Steep Canyon Rangers to Release "Radio" August 28th

RadioDo you remember the first time you fell in love with the music on the radio? Do you still remember every word to a song you haven’t heard in years? If so, you will understand where this album is coming from. Radio tunes in to what makes the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers a string band unlike any other, fusing a wide array of influences into their own, unmistakable voice. The Ranger's lastest album, Radio is schedule to be release August 28th on Rounder Records. The album was produced by Jerry Douglas.

Respecting Dad

Respecting DadBy James Reams
"Bailing Again" from James Reams & The Barnstormers' album One Foot in the Honky Tonk reminds us that a father's wisdom may not be appreciated until he's gone. Recorded after losing his own dad, James' voice reflects a genuine longing for those special moments they once shared. This poignant song expresses the longing of many who miss those special talks with dad or wish they had taken the time to have those talks when dad was still around. Wonderfully rendered by James Reams, this song is one of those rare gems that puts that catch in our throat and hopefully will encourage folks lucky enough to still have Dad with them to give him a call.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Make CMA Music Fest Debut

Darin & Brooke Aldridge at CMA Music FestNashville, TN -- Thousands of music fans from all over the world descended on Nashville for the annual CMA Music Festival and the Darin and Brooke Aldridge were among the artists who performed on the Durango Music Spot to the delight of those fans. The Durango Music Spot, sponsored by Durango Boots, is presented each year by WSM Radio which airs live performances from the festival.

Clinch Mountain Music Fest 10th Anniversary June 20th

Trey HensleyClinch Mountain Music Fest is gearing up for its 10th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Festivities this year will begin in Gate City, Virginia, and end at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. All crafts and outside vendors will be set up in Gate City. Gate City’s festivities will close by 5:30 to allow everyone time to get to the closing concert at the Fold. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music.

Legendary Folk Documentarian John Cohen at BCM

John Cohen by Ed GrazdaBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is honored to host legendary filmmaker, musicologist, and photographer John Cohen to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) for a screening of his documentary The High Lonesome Sound, followed by a question and answer session with Cohen about his long and fascinating career. The event will take place Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performance Theater at the museum.

Nightflyer Releases “Old River” Bluegrass Video

Old RiverThe Ohio band Nightflyer has completed their first professional video for the Hazel Dickens’ tune “Old River” off their recent CD, “Rail River & Road.” It’s safe to say that it isn’t your average bluegrass video. The video was filmed over two days along the banks of the Ohio River in the quaint little town of New Richmond, Ohio, just east of Cincinnati; and an additional day in a Northern Kentucky swimming pool. Yes, swimming pool.

The SteelDrivers' "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" Due Out Tuesday

 The Music Shoals RecordingsOne of the most awaited bluegrass album to be released is just around the corner. The SteelDrivers' latest project, The Muscle Shoals Recordings is due to his the streets Tuesday, June 16. From reviews and early samples, this will be one hot album as the band's innovative, soulful brand of bluegrass has made them one of the most successful bands on the contemporary bluegrass scene.

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