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Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association Announce 2015 Events

Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass AssociationThe 5th Annual Gospel Music Show will be held Saturday, June 27th . Attendees will enjoy an evening of southern, bluegrass and country gospel music. The meal begins at 5:00 and music at 7:00 p.m. Bands performing will be: Amy Wright & Friends, Simply By Grace, and Vicky Dancer. Adult tickets for the show are $5.00. Children 12 and under get in free to the show. A BBQ pork sandwich plate or a hamburger/cheeseburger plate will be served from the concession stand. Adult meal is $5.00. Children’s plates are available for $2.50.

Robert 'Tut' Taylor - The Flatpickin' Dobro Man Passes at 91

Robert (Tut) TaylorMr. Robert “Tut” Arthur Taylor Sr., age 91, of Wilkesboro, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. He was born November 20, 1923 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Herman H. and Lillie Pierce Johnson Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a US Army and Navy Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ella Lee Blount Taylor; daughter, Barbara Taylor; granddaughter, Melissa Boone Dyer and great grandson, Robert Benjamin Dyer.

Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival Adds Kids Academy

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce in addition to some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names on stage, a Kids Academy and Kids Games have been added to the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 12 thru 14, 2015 when thousands of bluegrass and jamgrass fans arrive to partake in a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

Classic American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic American BalladsThe Classic series is an enjoyable introduction to the diverse repertoire of American music available from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Each explores the breadth and depth of a genre while the notes trace its significance within American musical heritage. Longtime lovers of American roots music and newcomers alike find value and enjoyment in the Classic series. Compiled and annotated by GRAMMY award winning Smithsonian Folkways Archivist Jeff Place, award winning bluegrass radio presenter Lee Michael Demsey, blues historian Barry Lee Pearson, and others, the series has produced compilations of bluegrass, folk, blues, maritime, old-time, and mountain music.

Trout Steak Revival Gets Brighter Every Day

Trout Steak RevivalHistorically, mountain ranges have been formidable barriers for civilization. But for the first settlers who passed through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, those features gave way to a unique sense of independence and became insulators from the rest of civilization, with collaboration, rather than competition, as the prime virtue. Flash forward to 2015, and you can hear this dynamic at play on Brighter Every Day, the newest album from Denver indie-mountaingrass quintet Trout Steak Revival. Produced by Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, Trout Steak Revival’s new album comes on the heels of their breakout win at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and showcases the band’s virtuosic original songwriting and masterful musicianship.

Review: Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleI spent a good part of the day listening to a new project by a new group comprised of some very exceptional artists. I've always been a Steve Gulley fan of sorts as every song I've heard by him was a "keeper." Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, the self-titled album featuring Steve, Bryan Turner, Gary robinson, Jr. and Matt Crumby was more than what I could even imagine. Tight, bright, electric, emotional and full of life, all in one small package. Bluegrass doesn't get much better than this.

Donna Ulisse Offers Companion CD to her Songwriting Book

The Songwriter In Me Demo RecordingsRecord label and publisher Hadley Music Group has released a companion CD to the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process written by singer songwriter Donna Ulisse. The CD is titled The Songwriter in Me: The Demo Recordings and includes all twenty-four songs that are featured in the book as lyrics.

Band Of Ruhks' Self-Titled Debut Album on AirPlay Direct

Band of Ruhks101 Ranch Records released the first Band of Ruhks CD on March 17th from the group that includes Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith of the acclaimed Lonesome River Band. The album was featured on yesterday's AirPlay Direct Global Radio E-blast. Some things have a magic all their own. The musical collaboration between Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith is one of these things. These three men made music together in the 1990’s as members of The Lonesome River Band. Their work there was critically acclaimed and during the apex of the group’s popularity. In 2001, each of them embarked on their own personal musical journeys that led to new heights and influences.

Four Music Veterans Announce Launch of Union House Records

Union House RecordsHickory, NC -- Mike Bentley, Jeff Brown, Shannon Slaughter, and Dale Felts are proud to announce the formation of a new record label, Union House Records focusing on bluegrass and acoustic music releases. The label will kick off with a soon to be released new single by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection with the full album hitting stores later this year followed by a new album by Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome.

Volume Five’s Voices Album Reaches New Heights

 VoicesBooneville, MS -- In just a few short months, Volume Five’s album, Voices on Mountain Fever Records, has soared to new heights on the radio charts. Voices is currently #1 on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart, made its debut on the April Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart, and is #3 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums this week.

The Big Bang Of Country Music To Come Full Circle at HoustonFest

Orthophonic Joy CoverTourism and Music Industry representatives announced a special showcase to be presented at HoustonFest on May 1 & 2, 2015. HoustonFest will hold a special showcase of historic importance. The group recently announced the creation of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD project. Eleven of the 17 artists performing on this historic CD project will be appearing at HoustonFest 2015.

Carter Fold Hosts Raymond McLain & Morehead State Mountain Music Ambassadors

Raymond McLain and the Morehead State Mountain Music AmbassadorsHiltons, VA -- Raymond McLain has been performing at Carter Family shows since Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974 – first with his family, the McLain Family Band – and later with ETSU when he was head of the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program. Raymond is currently the Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. He also performs, produces, and records. Raymond serves on the Carter Music Center’s board of directors in addition to serving as the Artistic Director at the Fold. Raymond’s father served on the Music Center’s board from the time it was created in 1979. When his father died, Raymond agreed to occupy the board seat his dad once held. The long and loving friendship between the McLain and Carter families dates back nearly 40 years to the early 1970s.

Things are Heating Up for the Durango Meltdown

Balsam RangeDurango, CO -- As winter season winds down and the snow melts in Durango, Colorado, skiers from all over the world are packing up and heading home. What these snow-seekers don’t know is that the off-season is the perfect time to relax, sit back, and enjoy the fresh air, while taking in some of the country’s best bluegrass music. Next month, Durango is set to host the Bluegrass Meltdown, an annual event that draws in top talent from all over the country. Quality Inn Durango offers a front row seat to all of the action, situated in the perfect spot for easy access to each of the venues, to hop around town, and catch a sampling of some mouthwatering craft beers.

The Gibson Brothers To Receive Honorary Doctorates

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- Acclaimed bluegrass musicians and Rounder recording artists Eric and Leigh Gibson are to be honored by the State University of New York (SUNY) with honorary degrees of doctor of fine arts at SUNY Plattsburgh’s spring 2015 commencement, which will take place on May 15.

Donna Ulisse Songwriting Book is Now an E-Book!

Donna UlisseThe Songwriter In Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process, written by singer songwriter and three time nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of The Year award, Donna Ulisse, is now available as an e-book. As more readers move to reading books on various electronic devices, Hadley Music Group wanted to ensure that Ulisse's book was available in a digital format. Readers can now find it in the Amazon Kindle store, Barnes and Noble Nook store and as an iBook in iTunes.

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