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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Embark on Tyme for 25 Tour

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutCumming, GA -- 25 years! 25 YEARS!!! It seems almost impossible to believe. On one hand it's gone by so fast but on the other...well, that is a quarter century! Ha! All kidding aside, it has been a fantastic journey to this point with IIIrd Tyme Out. We've traveled millions of miles, played thousands upon thousands of shows, and have made a list of friends that would stretch around the world a dozen times! We can't thank all of you enough for supporting our dream of playing music all these years. To say we are excited about all of this would be an understatement! We've got several things to tell you about so let's get started!

Not Your Daddy's Bluegrass at Bluegrass Underground April 16

The Becky Buller BandThe cameras, cables and 73-person PBS crew from our marathon, multi-genre taping weekend are packed up and gone and it's back to bluegrass as usual this Saturday. But The Becky Buller Band and Off The Wagon aren't your usual bluegrass, they're two of the best young bands on the scene today.

Flatt Lonesome Ascends The Throne

Flatt Lonesome - Game of ThronesNashville, TN -- The country's hottest young bluegrass band has recorded a masterful acoustic rendition of one of today's most well-known themes. Flatt Lonesome, in cooperation with Mountain Home Music Company and SiriusXM Radio, has just released a bluegrass version of the main theme from the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.

The Spinney Brothers “Living The Dream” Available April 29th

Living The DreamThe Spinney Brothers are beyond excited to announce their brand new album on Mountain Fever Records, Living The Dream, will be available everywhere April 29th!

Swift Creek has Released “Magnolia”

MagnoliaNashville, TN -- Central North Carolina’s Swift Creek has released Magnolia, a collection of original Bluegrass and Americana music, on April 8th. The album consists of truly original tunes penned primarily by band member, Kevin Brown. The album was produced and recorded at the Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC by acclaimed producer and musician, Jerry Brown.

Jeff Little Trio Entertains Carter Family Fold April 16

Jeff Little TrioHiltons, VA -- On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the historic Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band – the Jeff Little Trio. Hotshot rockabilly pianist Jeff Little comes from Boone, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, where he grew up surrounded by music. Jeff began to play piano at age five. His family owned a music store, and musicians of all persuasions dropped by to play a few tunes with the kid, which helps account for Jeff's mastery of a range of styles.

Rounder Signs Lonely Heartstring Band - “Deep Waters” due June 3rd

Deep WatersNashville, TN – Acclaimed Boston-based bluegrass quintet The Lonely Heartstring Band is set to release their debut album Deep Waters June 3 on Rounder Records. Four of the five band members of The Lonely Heartstring Band met while students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. They are the winners of the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Award, and feature Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin).

Abingdon's Free Music on The Lawn Moves Inside for Sunday

Poionter BrothersAbingdon, VA -- Due to a chilly forecast, The Music on The Lawn concert for Sunday, April 10th, will move inside to the Ballroom at The Martha. Featuring the Pointer Brothers music, the concert is free and scheduled for 1-3pm.

Dailey & Vincent at the Schermerhorn Center

Dailey & VincentEvery now and then, Music City Roots (MCR) partners up with Nashville's best and most authentic creators and purveyors of art and culture to make the whole community stronger and more visible. Here's such a case. The Nashville Symphony is performing with MCR alums Dailey & Vincent at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This event is sure to solidify our vision of Americana music and the soul of Music City.

Huck Finn Jubilee Offers Free Music Education for Kids

40th Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is committed to keeping traditional Bluegrass alive by passing it on to youth. “This year we are proud to announce the partnership with the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California to provide the Music Education for Kids program during the 3-day event in June” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO. “We are dedicated to connecting kids with bluegrass music and look forward to the progression that two days of music lessons can make.”

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Finalists Announced

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestWilkesboro, NC -- The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest, announces finalists for the 2016 contest. MerleFest 2016, presented by Window World, takes place from April 28-May 1, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. Now in its 24th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. The first place winners will receive $600 cash from MerleFest and a performance slot on the Cabin Stage on Friday night.

BCM Museum Instrument Donation Drive On May 7th

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Instrument DriveBristol, VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be holding an instrument donation drive for its Education Department on Saturday, May 7 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Gently used and new instrument donations will be used at the museum by students, visitors, and instructors during educational programs.

Everyone Orchestra Lineup at Vail Summer Bluegrass Series

Everyone Orchestra at Vail Summer Bluegrass SeriesVail, CO -- In addition to the previously announced lineup of Darrell Scott, Sara Watkins and Head for the Hills, Vail Bluegrass is excited to share the details for the Everyone Orchestra’s June 29 opening night performance. Joining conductor Matt Butler are Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival), Mimi Naja and Tyler Thompson (Fruition), Jay Starling (Love Canon) & Tyler Grant and Adrian Engfer (the Grant Farm). Opening the evening will be Dr. Harlan’s Amazing Bluegrass Tonic of Denver.

Grammy Foundation Grants for Music Research & Preservation

The Grammy FoundationSanta Monica, CA -- The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program announced today that $300,000 in grants will be awarded to 20 recipients in the United States and Canada to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Scientific research projects include a study that will investigate the perceptive deficits experienced by persons with cochlear implants, and a study that will be the first systematic investigation of social and nonsocial rhythm perception and entrainment in infants and toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Preservation and archiving initiatives include the recovery and digitization of sound from some of the earliest cylinder records ever made, as well as the preservation and dissemination of 167 manuscript sound recordings from one of the most historically and culturally significant collections of live bluegrass recordings in existence. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2017 cycle will be available beginning May 1 at www.grammyfoundation.org/grants.

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Dreams Do Come True - Envisioning the Future of Bluegrass

James ReamsBy James Reams
As a former teacher, I’ve focused my desire to share knowledge, encourage potential, and motivate people on my first passion – bluegrass music. I’ve received so much through my association with the bluegrass industry and am always looking for ways to give back, to help promote the music that I grew up with and love. I see bluegrass music as a means to bring people together and an opportunity to span generational as well as cultural gaps.

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