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Special Consensus to Release John Denver Bluegrass Tribute

Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John DenverNashville TN -- Grammy-nominated Special Consensus joins forces with contemporary bluegrass music's best on Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver slated for release on March 25. There is a natural affinity between bluegrass musicians and John Denver's repertoire but this is the first purely bluegrass tribute to the iconic singer/songwriter who died in 1997.

Brandon Lee Adams Share Hardest Kind of Memories

Hardest Kind of MemoriesBrandon Lee Adams latest project, Hardest Kind of Memories highlights the artist's songwriting skills as he presents ten songs he wrote on the eleven track album. Scott Vestal, Randy Kohrs and Luke Bulla join Brandon and Tony Rice is honored on the song "I Long for Seventeen." Scheduled for a Valentine's Day release on FYE, Sam Goody, iTunes,and Amazon, you can pre-order the release now. DJs can access the album on AirPlay Direct.

SteelDrivers to Perform on Song of the Mountains

The SteelDriversMarion, VA -- The SteelDrivers will bring their popular style of bluegrass music to the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, March 1st. The band will tape a one hour concert for the award winning public television concert series Song of the Mountains. This will be the SteelDrivers’ second appearance on the show and this promises to be another great season for the syndicated program which airs across the United States on over 190 public television outlets. The SteelDrivers will be joined at the Song of the Mountains taping by bluegrass artists Dale Ann Bradley, Loose Strings and Close Kin-Our Roots Run Deep.

Merle Haggard and Ricky Skaggs Round Out MerleFest Lineup

Ricky Skaggs and Merle HaggardWilkesboro, NC -- As announced earlier today via Billboard.com, legendary country music artist Merle Haggard will perform for the first time at MerleFest as he closes MerleFest 2014 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Sunday, April 27. The festival also welcomes back MerleFest favorite Ricky Skaggs, whose Saturday, April 26, evening performance will mark the 12th time that the famed bluegrass musician has appeared in the lineup. MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans that takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College.

Bluegrass for Babies 2014 Presents All-Star Band

Kowike Creek Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Friends, hunting buddies and bluegrass all-stars got together last month as “The Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band” for Bluegrass for Babies, in what’s becoming an annual tradition to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga.

New music from the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Sleepy Man Banjo BoysThe amazing young group, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, have just announced a new video and music titled "Run." The video can be viewed below. The group gained popularity with their viral videos on YouTube and then later as they performed on Late Show with David Letterman, Huckabee, and The Today Show, played Carnegie Hall as well as festivals large and small across America. Now, their new song, shows a fresh new side of the 'Boys' as they take their career into new territory.

The Grascals Celebrate a Decade of Great Bluegrass

The Grascals 10th AnniversaryIt's official! The Grascals 10th anniversary celebration has commenced and the band is looking forward to seeing all of their friends in 2014. They are the ones that have helped make the first ten years awesome! The band says, "We couldn't do it without you so this celebration includes you all!"

Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss set for Spring/Summer Tour

Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss & Union StationBeginning this spring, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will tour 35 cities with Willie Nelson and Family. The opening dates of the three-month tour will feature Kacey Musgraves when the tour begins in Murray, Kentucky at the CFSB Center on May 1, 2014. All Grammy Award Winning artists performing in this collaboration tour will certainly provide an over-the-top outstanding concert event..

Artists Added to “Ashes of Love” Steve Thomas Benefit

Sierra HullNashville, TN -- Sierra Hull and Kathy Chiavola have been added to the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for Steve Thomas & Family taking place Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:45 pm. Proceeds go to acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve.

Judges Announced for Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Niall TonerWilkesboro, NC -- Songwriters Charles Humphrey III, Darrell Scott and Niall Toner will be among the judges that determine the winners of MerleFest 2014’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Now in its 22nd 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 this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Ash Breeze Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

Ash BreezeWillis, VA -- Bluegrass and Americana influenced, North Carolina natives Ash Breeze (formerly known as The Smith Family) release their self-titled debut album on Mountain Fever Records. The first single from the album, "Without Love," produced by Aaron Ramsey (Mountain Heart) was released to radio in the fall to a positive reception. Watch the "Without Love" video below.

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band to Record First Studio Collaboration

John Jorgenson Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist — having collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and more. Regularly featured on acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, clarinet, the saxophone, pedal steel, and vocals, Jorgenson has garnered recognition for contributing to numerous platinum-selling and GRAMMY Award-winning albums.

Fold Bluegrass with Kody Norris & the Watauga Mountain Boys

Kody NorrisKody Norris is young, confident, and bluegrass proud. He’s been fronting his own band now for over nine years, but he’s been playing bluegrass music for much longer. Kody grew up in Mountain City, Tennessee. According to Norris, playing bluegrass in the traditional style is the only way he knows how to play it – or wants to play it. Saturday February 15th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

Jeanette Williams Working on New Solo Project

Jeanette WilliamsJeanette Williams announced that she's really excited to be planning a new project, and said "I hope you will join me as we head down this musical road! I've loved music since I was a child and used to practice singing in front of the mirror using my hairbrush for a microphone. We always had music playing around the house so I was exposed to many different styles and genres."

Leftover Salmon Digitally Releases 2004 Album

Leftover Salmon 2004Asheville, NC -- Leftover Salmon is thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 their 2004 album, Leftover Salmon, will be available digitally for the first time on all major digital outlets. "The self-titled work was a collaboration with producer-friend Bill Payne of Little Feat. Mature yet playful, graceful yet dirty, it became apparent that Leftover Salmon was poised for out-and-out domination" writes Scott Caffrey (2005).

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