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Woody Guthrie Prize Recipient Pete Seeger to be Honored by Banjoist Tony Trischka

Pete SeegerOn February 22 at Symphony Space in New York City, Pete Seeger will become the first recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award given annually to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life’s work of Woody Guthrie, and serves as a positive force for social change in America. Seeger was awarded the prize before his passing on January 27.

American Legion Bluegrass to Feature Dale Ann Bradley

Dale Ann BradleyCalifornia, MD -- From the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky to the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most awarded female singers in Bluegrass music, Dale Ann Bradley, brings her show to the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD. The show will be on Sunday March 16 and begins at 2:00 pm. From Prince Frederick, Chris Tenney & Riverside South will open the show. It’s going to be “Women in Bluegrass spectacular!”

Town Mountain Hard Drivin’ Bluegrass Tours Announced

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- After five days on the Caribbean for the Mountain Song at Sea, Town Mountain has their land legs back. They arrived back to Asheville just in time for the biggest snowstorm of the year.. quite the drastic change from the bluegrass cruise. Now we're on the heels of spring, and man doesn't it feel good.

It's All in the Name

Bob CherryDuring the past couple of months, I have received numerous press releases and news items to post on Cybergrass. Besides the usual grammar errors, one common error is where predominant artist names are misspelled. It is usually where the artist is attempting to boost their recognition by claiming they have performed with the misnamed artist.

Phil Leadbetter is Making The Next Move with New Album

Phil LeadbetterAfter a fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011, a healthy Phil Leadbetter is back on the road performing with Dale Ann Bradley and actively working on the follow up to the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year Slide Effects. The next Pinecastle album, titled The Next Move, is shaping up to be an exciting collaboration with Phil’s friends including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Kenny Smith, and many more.

Win A Guitar Signed By January Jams Artists

January Jams GuitarAbingdon, VA -- The 2nd Annual January Jams at the Barter Theatre brought thousands of people to Abingdon in January from around the region, as well as several Grammy-award winning artists. The series included 7 total concerts, most coming close to or selling out the 500-seat theatre.

Bluegrass Legend Laurie Lewis Lights Up Hometown Stage

Laurie LewisFor fiddler, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Laurie Lewis, the traditions of bluegrass and folk aren’t so much tools in her hands, but burning sources of inspiration that have driven her through a 30+ year career at the forefront of American roots music. A pioneering woman in bluegrass, Laurie has paved the way for many young women today, always guided by her own love of traditional music and the styles of her heroes that came before. Although she’s won a Grammy for her interpretation of Bill Monroe’s music, and is considered a masterful proponent of Ralph Stanley’s singing style, she has crafted the music her own way, by following her personal muse and remaining open to new influences.

Nickel Creek's A Dotted Line Coming April 1

Nickel CreekSara Watkins of Nickel Creek writes, "This past June, Sean, Chris and I got together to write some new music. The writing and arranging went so well, that we decided to make an entire record! In November, along with Eric Valentine (who produced Why Should The Fire Die?) we made our new record, A Dotted Line.

The Rise in Popularity of the Banjo

Shackleton BanjoThere was a time when the banjo was reserved for country and bluegrass musicians but the popularity of the instrument is growing, with more and more people picking up a banjo for its beautiful sound, accessibility and versatility. The Great British Banjo Company are happy to be at the forefront of the banjo resurgence in the UK.

Birthplace of Country Music sweeps SFEA Awards

BCM SFEA AwardsBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music® swept the Southeast Festival and Events Association Kaleidoscope Awards, held today in Savannah, Georgia, at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel. The awards recognize the highest levels of achievement in the Southeast's festival and event industry.

The Roys are Top Bluegrass Artist at 10th IAMA

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys, award-winning brother/sister duo, were named Top Bluegrass Artist at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) on Wednesday. The IAMA promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry, acoustic artists in various genres.

Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent Holds #1 for 2nd Week

 Only MeNashville, TN -- Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent holds #1 chart position for 2nd week. The Billboard Bluegrass Chart is based solely on actual sales reported through Sound Scan, and is the only realistic representation of the sale of bluegrass CDs.

Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II Release Side By Side Feb 18

Side by SideNashville, TN -- The ancient and the modern converge to create the timeless in Side By Side, the new Rebel Records album from vocal titan Ralph Stanley and his gifted son and musical heir apparent, Ralph Stanley II. Co-produced by the younger Stanley and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley’s fabled Clinch Mountain Boys band, Side By Side is a compelling collection of 14 new and traditional songs. It will be released Feb. 18. Among the highlights are classics from the pens of A. P. Carter, Charlie Monroe, Albert Brumley and Ernest Tubb and two Ralph Stanley originals—as well as samples of Stanley’s a cappella and clawhammer banjo stylings. Two of the musicians who back the Stanleys on the album—fiddler and mandolinist John Rigsby and banjoist Steve Sparkman—are from the 2002 Grammy-winning edition of the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Bluegrass Festival to Benefit Convoy of Hope

Convoy of HopeSpringfield, MO -- The Eighth Annual Bluegrass Festival for Convoy of Hope will be held Saturday, March 1, at River Bluff Fellowship, 2655 E. Farm Road 188 in Ozark, Missouri. This event, presented by Mark and Gene’s Believer’s Bluegrass, will feature gospel and bluegrass bands including The Dean Family, Potters Wheel, Red Bridge, The New Horizons, Brightwater Junction, Lonesome Road, Casey & The Atta Boys, Jimmie Allison & The Ozark Rounders, Bob & Alta Courtney and The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass.
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Martin Guitar's Navojoa Factory Celebrates 25th Anniversary

 Tara Stephenson, Steven Geiges, Bill Hall (Director of International Manufacturing), Deb Karlowitch (VP Human Resources), Charles ...Nazareth, PA -- C. F. Martin & Co. marked the 25th anniversary of its factory in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico with a celebration attended by the Board of Directors and the newly released Road Series DRSGT and 000RSGT models.

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