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Cracker Barrel Announces Exclusive Ralph Stanley CD

 Man of Constant SorrowLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and three-time Grammy®Award winner and International Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductee Dr. Ralph Stanley announce the upcoming CD release of Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow, which will be available on Jan. 19, 2015, exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com.

John Prine to Play ROMP, 4-Day Pass Discounts Coming

John PrineSome four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," his extensive catalog has been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon and others. Recently honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Prine's been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures.

The John Boy & Billy Show to Feature Donna Hughes’ “Walmart Checkout Line” Today

Donna HughesNashville, TN -- Donna Hughes’ original song "Walmart Checkout Line” will be featured on the popular nationally syndicated morning radio program, The John Boy & Billy Big Show on Today, Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The hilarious song video, that has received over 63,000 YouTube views so far, will be featured as the “Video of the Day” on the show’s website. The John Boy & Billy Big Show airs mornings from 6-10 Eastern all across the country and is available via live stream. Listeners can view stations in their area here.

Fiddlin' at the Carter Fold Saturday with 9-Year Old Carson Peters

Carson PetersHiltons, VA -- Nine-year old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region. Carson lives with his parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” at the ripe opld age of two on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him. Saturday, December 13th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Lineup Announced for 2015 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival

Joe Mullins & the Radio RamblersMusic will ring out across the Wet Mountain Valley at the 13th annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival this July in the heart of the Rockies. Join us as Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Lou Reid and Carolina, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Darol Anger and the Furies, The Hillbenders, Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, and Bill Evans, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, The Price Sisters, Art Stevenson and High Water and many other top-notch bluegrass performers converge on Westcliffe, Colorado, for four days of music benefitting non-profit organizations in our community. Come enjoy stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the youth music program, the camaraderie of on-site camping and pickin’, in addition to the full roster of exciting bluegrass performers. The 13th annual festival dates are Thursday through Sunday, July 9 - 12, 2015.

Dr. Banjo's Four 2015 Camps

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampJam Camp or Bluegrass Camp? The two are not the same! Bluegrass Camps concentrate on small group playing and overall ear skills (as in our jam camps), but add daily classes by-instrument and on Bluegrass trio harmony singing. Additional sessions cover songwriting, bluegrass history, practice routines, "band lab", and more. With good use of expert staff and space, we gladly welcome everyone from novice jammers to performing bands.

The Music of the Stanley Brothers Book due Next Month

The Music of the Stanley BrothersThe premier guide to the lives and work of bluegrass icons Ralph and Carter Stanley will be released this January by the University of Illinois Press as part of their Music in American Life series. The 312 page book will by Gary Reid will include a foreward by Neil v. Rosenbert. Included will be a full discography and 51 black & white photographs.

30th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival February 13-15, 2015

Del McCoury BandBoston, MA -- A unique, all-encompassing experience for music lovers of all ages – set to a rollicking, first-rate soundtrack – New England’s premier roots music festival, the 30th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU), will take place over Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-15, 2015, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA. Year after year, this nationally acclaimed celebration of bluegrass music continues to win new converts while delighting seasoned veterans.

And the Grammy Nominees for Best Bluegrass Album Are

Best Bluegrass Album NominationsThe Recording Academy has announced the nominations for the 57th Grammy Music Awards to be held Sunday, February 8, 2015. In our favorite castegory, number 48 we find the nominations for Best Bluegrass Album.

Punch Brothers’ "The Phosphorescent Blues" Due Jan 27

Punch BrothersNonesuch releases Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues on January 27, 2015. In celebration of the album, the band embarks on a 23-city North American tour, kicking off at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on February 20 and continuing through mid-April; details below. (Chris Thile will also be special guest host of A Prairie Home Companion, sitting in for Garrison Keillor, on February 7, at which Punch Brothers perform, and February 14.) The Phosphorescent Blues is available to pre-order with instant downloads of the album tracks “I Blew It Off” and “Julep” at iTunes, as well as at punchbrothers.com, and in the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders also include a download of the complete album available starting release day. The vinyl release, due February 24, includes four additional tracks not available elsewhere.

The Darin & Brooke Aldridge Band Pick a Pop Hit

Darin & Brooke AldridgeNashville, TN --- At a recent appearance at the Joy Theater in Kings Mountain, NC, Darin and Brooke Aldridge delighted the audience by putting an acoustic twist on the hit pop song, “All About That Bass.”

Share America Selects Fiddler Emerald Butler for Scholarship

Emerald ButlerRinggold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its third 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddler Emerald Butler of Sale Creek, Tenn. was selected as the third 2014 scholarship winner.

Claire Lynch Band on Holiday Tour with Holiday!

Claire Lynch Holiday AlbumNashville, TN. – This December will be filled with festive evenings of fine acoustic music and holiday cheer as The Claire Lynch Band shares the spirit of the season on the road. The multi-award winner brings the spirit of the season to six states this month.

Donna Hughes Continues to Garner #1s from Two New Albums

Donna Hughes 2 CDsNashville, TN -- Since the recent release of her two new albums, Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes continues to garner #1s on a variety of radio charts'. She has also received significant media attention including gracing the cover of Americana Rhythm Music Magazine.

New Album Coming Next Year from Feller and Hill

Tom Feller and Chris HillNashville, TN -- Tom Feller and Chris Hill have begun work on their first all gospel project. They anticipate a March 2015 release date. The project will be a culmination of their love for traditional bluegrass gospel, as well as some of their southern-gospel style favorites.

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