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Dolly Parton Premieres "Home" Music Video on VEVO

Dolly Parton, HomeNashville, TN -- Dolly Parton, the most celebrated female country artist of all-time, continues to be a trendsetter, innovator, and is undeniable to her legion of fans. Parton’s latest critically acclaimed release, Blue Smoke, on Dolly Records/Sony Music Masterworks debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #6, and #2 on the Billboard Country chart, marking her highest charting solo album ever. As the smoke continues to rise, Parton’s latest music video for her forthcoming single, "Home" will premiere exclusively on VEVO this Wednesday, May 28th. View the video below.

Acoustic Cruise to Benefit ACMA

Acoustic Cruise 2014Bristol, TN/VA -- The Acoustic Cruise will be filled with bluegrass, comedy and gospel music and will depart from Charleston, South Carolina in November 5th on Carnival Cruise Lines. This is a five day cruise traveling to the Bahamas and will be hosted by Song of the Mountains Host Tim White and his band the VW Boys. White also hosts the syndicated radio show the Tim White Bluegrass Show each week as well. “We will have lots of fun and have a tremendous lineup of artists to provide great music and comedy”, says White.

Mark O'Connor and Young Violin Stars Celebrate American Music On New Album

Mark O'ConnorOn June 10th, Grammy-winning violinist, composer, educator and former child prodigy Mark O’Connor will release his album MOC4, continuing his mission of bringing American music back to the forefront of string-playing. Now in his 40th year as a recording artist, O’Connor has collaborated with six acclaimed and previously mentored violinists on MOC4, including Bela Fleck & My Morning Jacket-collaborator Jeremy Kittel, Ahn Trio member Angella Ahn, the O’Connor String Quartet’s Kelly Hall-Tompkins, current Naumburg prize winner Tessa Lark, Jeff Daniels' fiddler and music producer Brad Phillips, and 2013 Downbeat Magazine “Rising Star” Sara Caswell.

Marty Stuart to Release Double Album 'Saturday Night & Sunday Morning'

Marty StuartFive time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart will release a double record 'Saturday Night & Sunday Morning' on September 30 (Superlatone). Conceived as two albums, the first disc 'Saturday Night / Rough Around the Edges' captures the energy of a raucous, hard-hitting night of country music while the gospel-laden and harmony-rich second disc 'Sunday Morning / Cathedral,' the follow-up to 2005's ‘Souls’ Chapel,' channels the fervent and solemn spirit of a Southern Sunday morning.

New Music from Balsam Range with New Album "Five"

FiveNashville, TN --- IBMA Album of the Year winner, Balsam Range, returns with the band’s appropriately-titled fifth album. Five is set for release on June 17th. Five exemplifies Balsam Range as one of the most remarkable bands in Acoustic music. If the goal was to elevate the level of songs, performance, production value, and excitement, then Five surely marks the successful achievement of that goal.

2014 FreshGrass Workshops Update

Mass MoCA WorkshopNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The 2014 FreshGrass festival rolls out its new series of unrivaled workshops by performers, educators, and industry insiders. Learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music, such as Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown of Compass Records, Fretboard Journal, North Adams-based Sauvé Guitars, and the leading online community in roots music, No Depression. Best of all, workshops are free with FreshGrass festival pass tickets.

Chatham County Line Announces New Album, Tightrope, Video

TightropeThe boys of Chatham County Line are proud to announce that their new album, Tightrope, is now available everywhere, including iTunes, Amazon, and the Yep Roc Store. Be sure to watch the premiere of the new official video for the single "Tightrope of Love" , and listen into the band discuss the making of the record in the album trailer video below.

The Gentlemen of Bluegrass to Release Carolina Memories

Carolina MemoriesNashville, TN -- The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, a collaborative project of master musicians Danny Stanley, JC Rowland, Tom Langdon, Greg Penny and Randy Smith have announced a scheduled release of their latest project, Carolina Memories, on Pinecastle Records, June 10, 2014. "We are thrilled to have Carolina Memories hit #4 on Airplay Direct, the first week of release," said Producer, Lorraine Jordan. "Danny Stanley, J.C. Rowland and Tom Langdon personify vocal harmony and when you couple that with the addition of Randy Smith, a superb banjo player and Greg Penny, an acoustic bass player with great timing and tone; this band has what it takes to be on a national level. I am excited for bluegrass fans to have an opportunity to experience old style bluegrass in a fresh, new way."

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

 Portraits of an American SoundLos Angeles, CA -- The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Country: Portraits of an American Sound. Offered free to the public May 31 through September 28, 2014, the exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music. Guest curators for this exhibit are Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American. Using historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself, celebrated performers such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Hank Williams—as well as deejays, fans, executives and musicians—are seen in the works of photographers who documented multiple generations of this popular history.

Special Concert by Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers UPDATE

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities. Saturday, May 31st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer July 16-19

Flatt Lonesome MACCThe 30th Annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Bluegrass Classic will be held at Hoover Y-Park, Columbus, Ohio. The dates for the music festival are July 16 - 19, 2014. Proceeds from this festival will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated $755,690.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 15th Year for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer. Adkins Productions and The Bluegrass Classic with the help of many musicians have founded Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, an annual charitable event to benefit children with life threatening illnesses.

Detour Bluegrass Band Continues Support of Homeless Veterans

Detour Bluegrass BandTraverse City, MI -- Detour bluegrass band is proud to announce they will donate proceeds from the sales of their new song, "Soldier's Sorrow" to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project. "Soldier's Sorrow" appears on Detour's album Going Nowhere Fast recently released on Mountain Fever Records. The label has generously offered to match dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 in sales, to the organization.

Joe & Cindy Gregory Gift Building to Birthplace of Country Music

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music, non-profit parent organization of Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, is proud to announce it has acquired the former Automotive Service & Supply Company building, located at 516 Cumberland Street. The funding for the property was gifted to BCM from Joseph R. Gregory and his wife Cindy.

Some Tips for Do-It-Yourself Promoters

Cybergrass LearningYour band has put together a new album and its ready for release. Many artists try and do some of their own promotion so they send out a press release on the new project in the hope that it will get enough coverage too jump start sales and get the project into the public's view. Some bands can do this and others seem to fall flat. I receive all kinds of band announcements every week and there is certainly a difference between those from artist management and those home-rolled.

Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning Release "My Cold Heart" Single

Rachel Burge & Blue DawningFranklin, TN -- The first single from the new album by West Virginia artist Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning titled "My Cold Heart," has been released on Mountain Fever Records. Comprised of five musicians with a combined professional bluegrass history of over 70 years experience, Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning bring a contemporary style of bluegrass to the forefront while still showcasing their love of tight, well honed harmonies and solid musicianship.

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