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Mark O'Connor Expands Music Education with 4 New Camps

Mark O'ConnorGrammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s American school of string playing, the O’Connor Method, will continue to grow in 2015 further expanding its acclaimed mission for music education with camps at the Turtle Bay Music School (New York, NY), the South Shore Conservatory (South Boston, MA), Lee Summit High School (Kansas City, MO), and Southern Maine Community College (Portland, ME), with more expected to follow.

Rural Rhythm Releases Two New Heritage Collection Titles

Rural Rhythm Heritage CollectionNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce two new titles 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.

Blue Highway Presents Award to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Blue Highway with Eli by Sherri George. 2014 Diamond AwardsPigeon Forge, TN -- Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway appeared as special guests at Tuesday evening's 23rd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Single Debut's With "Leaving Crazytown"

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- The wait is over for music from the highly anticipated new group Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle. In September Rural Rhythm announced the new group formed by Bluegrass veteran Steve Gulley and today the debut single from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, “Leaving Crazytown”.

New Bill Monroe Song by No Grass Limit

 OriginalsNo Grass Limit has a new song, "Good Ole Days of Bill Monroe" out. The band says this about their newest song, "A little history on the song: This song has 20 Bill Monroe song titles that he had either written and/or recorded. The original version was written with 45 Bill Monroe songs titles. No Grass Limit needed a radio version so we cut it back from 9 minutes to 3:20. We are getting a great response on this song."

James Reams & The Barnstormers Special Benefit Concert

James Reams & The BarnstormersLitchfield Park, AZ -- James Reams & The Barnstormers featuring legendary fiddler, Blaine Sprouse, will be appearing at the Firecreek Coffee Co. in Flagstaff on Saturday, November 14th. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer... Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Mountain Faith Releases Debut Album Blue

Mountain FaithWillis, VA -- The pride of Sylva, North Carolina, bluegrass group Mountain Faith, releases Blue, their debut project on Mountain Fever Records. Their first single from the album, "Feelin' Blue," hit radio recently, showcasing the groups singing, playing and instrumental prowess to a national audience.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Launches This Weekend

Joe Mullins and the Radio RamblersXenia, OH -- The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival (SOIMF) will take place this weekend, November 7th & 8th, at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, and will celebrate the best in bluegrass music as well as a six-month long philanthropic effort by festival hosts, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.

Dolly Parton Nominated for People's Choice Award

Dolly PartonNashville, TN -- Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 People’s Choice Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on. Now in 2014, Dolly has just been nominated for a People’s Choice award in the Favorite Female Country Artist category.

First Set of Performers Announced for MerleFest 2015

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The star-packed grouping announced today includes:

Balsam Range Announces Winter Concert Series

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has announced a truly great lineup for its 5th Annual Winter Concert Series. The band and their guests brings five concerts to their Haywood County, NC home each year, all presented at the historic Colonial Theater.

IBMA Board Turmoil Continues with Second Resignation

IBMAThe International Bluegrass Music Association's Board of Directors is again the focus of IBMA activity as Vice Chair Craig Ferguson of Planet Bluegrass has resigned his position on the board. This comes just after the Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, tendered her resignation just a few weeks ago. Jon Weisberger, Chairman of the IBMA board wrote us yesterday with more information regarding this latest resignation.

2015 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival Lineup Announced

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersMusic will ring out across the Wet Mountain Valley at the 13th annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival this July in the heart of the Rockies. Join us as Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Lou Reid and Carolina, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Darol Anger and the Furies, The Hillbenders, Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, and Bill Evans, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, The Price Sisters, Art Stevenson and High Water and many other top-notch bluegrass performers converge on Westcliffe, Colorado, for four days of music benefitting non-profit organizations in our community. Come enjoy stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the youth music program, the camaraderie of on-site camping and pickin’, in addition to the full roster of exciting bluegrass performers. The 13th annual festival dates are Thursday through Sunday, July 9 - 12, 2015.

Echoes of the Blueridge Music at Carter Fold Nov 8th

Kilby and Martha SpencerHiltons, VA -- Echoes of the Blueridge is a relatively new old time band that sprang from the famous Spencer family of the Whitetop Mountain Band. Kilby and Martha Spencer are the son and daughter of Thornton and Emily Spencer. Martha plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band, and Kilby often does as well. Kilby has his own old time band – the Crooked Road Ramblers. Martha often travels overseas with Jackson Cunningham - who also plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band – as a duet.

Banjos Rising: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Live Nov 8

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn celebrate their first duo record -- released October 7 on Rounder Records -- with a special hometown performance in the pristine acoustical setting of the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 8.

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