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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Receives Merit Award

American Association for State and Local History AwardBristol, TN/VA -- The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is the recipient of an Award of Merit for their permanent exhibits on the history and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 71st year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

Misty Mountain String Band Releases “Red Horizon”

Red HorizonOn May 27th Misty Mountain String Band released their brand new fan-funded album, Red Horizon, and are taking it on the road for an ambitious touring schedule of shows and festival appearances, including The Master Musicians Festival in their home state of Kentucky where they will play alongside Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Release "The Country Blues" to Radio

The Country BluesNashville, TN -- Some things you know are just meant to be, but it was still welcome news for Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley when their debut duo album, Before The Sun Goes Down, earned a Grammy nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album. And with the release of their new project, The Country Blues on July 8th, the pair build on the first one’s strengths to take their unique musical conversation to an even higher level.

Tennessee Tourism Honors 50th Anniversary Of Dirt Band

Nitty Gritty Dirt BandNashville, TN -- In Celebration of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 50th anniversary, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development honored bandmates Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen with special commemorative art pieces that included official Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill certificates signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. The special presentation took place at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest, just prior to the band’s debut performance at the stadium. Brian Wagner, assistant commissioner of marketing, Department of Tourist Development, made the presentation to each member of the world-renowned group.

Clinch Mountain Music Fest Saturday at Carter Family Fold

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Clinch Mountain Music Fest is ready for its 11th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music. Admission to the festival’s concerts is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and under 6 free. Doors at the Carter Fold open at 5 p.m., and the show kicks off a bit early at 7:00 p.m. – 30 minutes earlier than our normal start time.

Steep Canyon Rangers, Dori Freeman Perform June 17

Steep Canyon RangersThe Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to welcome back the Steep Canyon Rangers to the outdoor amphitheater on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Rising local artist Dori Freeman opens the show. The concert is a featured presentation of The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming.

Larry Cordle, Ralph Stanley II Lend a Hand on ‘Heart of Appalachia’

Heart of AppalachiWise County, VA -- A new song about Southwest Virginia, by emerging singer/songwriter Kaitlyn Baker, has been tapped as the official theme song for tourism in the region. Baker, who is from Wise County, Virginia, wrote “Heart of Appalachia” with longtime collaborator Scott Arnold.

Special Consensus Celebrates 40 Years with “Long I Ride”

Long I RideNashville, TN -- Long I Ride celebrates Special Consensus’ 40th anniversary as a band with an engaging set of songs and guest collaborations that’s certain to garner more acclaim. The title track, written by former band member Robbie Fulks, showcases each of the three vocalists in the group including newcomer/mandolinist Nick Dumas. Bluegrass favorites Della Mae join the band for a fresh take on the Larry Cordle classic “Highway 40 Blues” and label mates Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, together with producer/banjoist Alison Brown, deliver a blistering version of the Josh Graves penned standard “Fireball.”

Mountain Fever Presents “Welcome Home” from The Gospel Plowboys

Welcome HomeWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of a brand new album from The Gospel Plowboys. Welcome Home is available to radio and consumers today! The Gospel Plowboys, based in Salisbury, NC, combines the talents of David Murph (mandolin), John Goodson (banjo), Michael Jenkins (guitar), David Brown (guitar, bass), Andrew Brown (bass, dobro) and Kris Miller (guitar). Between the six musicians, five are vocalists as well.

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass at Bluegrass Underground Saturda

Danny Paisley and the Southern GrassThis Saturday, June 11th at 1pm CST, The Volcano Room will host a microcosm of the classic bluegrass argument, featuring Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass with Cabinet. A double bill of an absolutely, 100 percent classic bluegrass band and a hot young group that is pushing the boundaries of that style just as hard as they can. Read the full preview for this show here... Avoid the crowds and the heat, cave is always naturally cool!

Passim to Host 2nd Annual Summer BCMFest July 3rd

Bonston Celtic Music FestCambridge, MA -- Club Passim will once again bring Celtic music to Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. For the second year, Club Passim will host Summer BCMFest, Boston’s Celtic Music Fest, during Boston’s Independence Day weekend on Sunday, July 3. This year’s Summer BCMFest will include a free afternoon outdoor concert on Palmer Street at 2:30 P.M. followed by a ticketed concert at night in the club.

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon Preparing Debut Album

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee MoonAfter several months in the studio with guitar legend/producer Pat Flynn, Ray’s debut solo album,Tennessee Moon, is ALMOST done and ready to be mastered. To help wrap things up, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign. For info on the project and a list of fabulous perks for supporters, please visit the “Help Ray Finish His CD” page here. There are only eight days remaining in the campaign!

The O'Connor Band to Release "Coming Home" August 5th

The O'Connor Band - Coming HomeNashville, TN - The O'Connor Band, the family band led by acclaimed musician and composer Mark O'Connor, has announced they will release their debut album, Coming Home, August 5 on Rounder. Throughout the 12-song album, the O'Connor Band draws upon a deep well of talent and tradition to make music whose sonic and emotional appeal transcends time and genre, demonstrating an effortless rapport that underlines the group's family roots as well as its prestigious collective pedigree.

2016 American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

J.D. CroweOklahoma City, OK -- The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City is pleased to announce the 2016 inductees into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. The National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor jazz age four-string banjo pioneers as well as the contemporary artists, educators, manufacturers and promoters who carried on the traditions of their predecessors. The American Banjo Museum was, in its infancy, an extension of that Hall of Fame.

Martin Guitar Expands its Popular Junior Series

The DreadnoughtNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co. ® debuts a new Junior Series model, the D Jr. 2 Sapele, crafted with sapele top, back and sides, at the upcoming 2016 Summer NAMM Trade Show. First introduced at 2015 Winter NAMM, the D Jr. E (also available without electronics) https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/junior/ has quickly become a favorite amongst guitar enthusiasts and popular singer/songwriters. The new D Jr. 2 Sapele will be available without electronics and the D Jr. 2E Sapele will come equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics.

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