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Special Carter Fold Show on Wednesday, May 13th

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersHiltons, VA -- Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. This concert is a special concert for a group of European country music enthusiasts organized by the Phil Mack International Country Show. There will be a group of over 100 visitors from Europe attending the show. The concert is open to the public. Come out and join us for this special concert. We need help showcasing our region’s southern hospitality and talent for our European visitors. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

2015 AmericanaFest Initial Lineup Announced

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenThe Americana Music Association has unveiled its first round of artists to perform during the 16th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 15 - 20, 2015. For bluegrass fans, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will join other groups to represent the genre. This festival covers all the domains of roots music so there is always something for everyone.

Honoring Mothers Just Comes Natural to James Reams

MothersBy James Reams
Mother's Day invites us to recall the strength and courage of mothers past and present. Not so long ago, mothers held their little ones close and offered hope for the future as the family farm fell to the auctioneer's hammer. Today, homeless mothers and their children litter our streets in a scenario that hasn't changed much in a hundred years. Mothers are still the glue that hold their families together.

Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs Team for National Tour

Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- World-renowned guitarist Ry Cooder, country music songbird Sharon White and country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs are combining forces for a national road show.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge to Release “Tennessee Flat Top Box” Music Video

SnapshotsNashville, TN -- Darin and Brooke Aldridge announce the release of a new music video for “Tennessee Flat Top Box.” The video was shot onsite at Nashville’s iconic Station Inn during a recent appearance by the Aldridge band. The song appears on their latest and widely acclaimed album, Snapshots, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart earlier this year.

Carter Family Fold Hosts Ralph Stanley II Saturday, May 9

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- If you were to gather together an average cross-section of people and ask them if they thought it would be an advantage for a performer to be the child of a living legend, most would probably conclude that it would have to be a definite plus. After all, the doors of opportunity would be quicker to open, and the spotlight of public attention that so many artists spend years trying to cultivate would be yours because – well – just because. Famous by default, so to speak, and doubtless those are very real and tangible advantages. But then there’s the downside – pressure. The learning curve, the whole growth process with all its potential missteps and pitfalls, is a public document. Most artists get to take those perilous first steps of their careers in relative anonymity, a nameless face in the crowd. Saturday, May 9th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

What Goes On with Bluestone

Bluestone - What Goes OnRockville, MD -- One of the most vital aspects of Bluegrass music is feeling, sometimes referred to as soul. This fine band, Bluestone, captures this elusive and all too rare quality on their latest project, What Goes On. Based in southern Pennsylvania, about 50 miles north of Baltimore, MD, Bluestone brings together a group of veteran musicians from a part of the country rich in Bluegrass music heritage for their latest album, What Goes On.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to jam?

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen.

Asheville’s Tellico to Debut "Relics and Roses" June 2nd

Tellico - Relics and RosesAsheville, NC -- Tellico independently releases their debut album Relics and Roses on June 2, 2015. The album features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass), and showcases Aaron Ballance on dobro and pedal and lap steel and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Guitar virtuoso Jon Stickley (Jon Stickley Trio) produced the album and makes a few guest appearances with drums and guitar.

Guests are the Winners During Dollywood's 30 Days of Thanks

Dollywood Celebrates 30th AnniversaryPigeon Forge, TN -- Dolly Parton today announced Dollywood’s 30 Days of Thanks, a month-long celebration designed to recognize the award-winning park’s loyal guests for helping create cherished family memories for 30 years.

IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Call for Submissions Opens

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The IBMA is excited to present its second annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 29-October 3 in Raleigh, NC! The festival enriches the overall World of Bluegrass Experience! by introducing the bluegrass industry to new bluegrass related films. It serves as a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work, and it also seeks to promote the development of bluegrass-related films. Submit your film today to become a part of the new and exciting World of Bluegrass event!

If An Army Marches on Its' Stomach, What Does a Band Play On?

James Reamsby James Reams
No goetta for me, please! I’ve really been trying to eat healthier this past year and have learned to actually like things such as smoothies, herb teas, and protein bars as I worked to get myself in better shape. But heading out to festivals has a way of setting me back as I succumb to roadside diner meals and the options that pass for food at some of these events.

Nathan Stanley Hits the Road in Support of Latest Album

The Legacy ContinuesNashville, TN -- Award-winning Bluegrass singer/songwriter and television personality, Nathan Stanley is hitting the road with the Clinch Mountain Boys to bring their signature mountain sound to audiences across North America. He will be bringing some very special guests at select shows, including his Grandfather, the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, plus Country chart-topper T. Graham Brown and Grand Ole Opry regular Bobby Osborne. There's always a treat for fans attending the shows, as every fan purchasing a Nathan Stanley cd will be eligible to win a signed guitar at each show.

Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Releases Four New Titles

Rural Rhythm Heritage CollectionNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce four new titles in its archival Heritage Collection Series. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series will help keep traditional roots music alive and preserved for future generations. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series includes authentic Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Waltzes, Fiddle Tunes and Gospel music performed by many legends & pioneers. Titles are mastered from the original master tapes, with original cover artwork and include many albums never-before available on CD.

Locust Ridge "Healed" Goes #1 On The Singing News Bluegrass Chart

HealedNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that “Healed” by Dove® Award Nominee Locust Ridge is #1 on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart in the May issue. “Healed” is written by group member Russell Allen and is the title track from Locust Ridge’s debut album on Rural Rhythm Christian released August 13, 2013.

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