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Steep Canyon Rangers Album Release in Bristol

Steep Canyon RangersBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is proud to present the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, live in Bristol, at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, August 28, 2015. The concert is in celebration of the band’s much-anticipated new album Radio and is part of the festivities surrounding the launch of WBCM Radio Bristol.

Vickie Vaughn Band to Release Self-Titled EP on Sept. 25

Vickie Vaughn BandThe Vickie Vaughn Band, of which Jon Weisberger (Chairman of IBMA) named "among the most promising of the younger bluegrass acts around," is set to release their debut six song EP (produced by Grammy-winner Ronnie McCoury) on September 25. The funky yet traditional 5 piece band is lead by the big-voiced, bass playing western Kentucky native, Vickie Vaughn. Her band is stellar and well rounded with Justin Hiltner's innovative arch-top banjo styling, mandolinist Casey Cambell's blend of creativity and tradition, fast-fingered guitarist Zach White and the tasty fiddling of Maggie White.

Stevie Barr and The Mastertones at Carter Family Fold Saturday

The MastertonesSaturday, July 25th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music – and some bluegrass - by Stevie Barr and The Mastertones. A fine bluegrass and old time banjo player, Stevie Barr grew up in Galax, Virginia – in the very heart of old time string band country. The son of Rebecca and Thomas Barr, he grew up in a family dedicated to making music, and was playing banjo by the age of four. Thomas, a fiddle maker, owns and operates Tom Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax – a gathering spot for bluegrass and old time musicians the world over. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle & Gillian Welch Anchor New Americana Event

Loretta LynnNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association, in partnership with AEG Live/The Messina Group, announces plans to produce a one-time-only "mini-festival" at the new Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday, September 19 in downtown Nashville during its 16th annual Americana Festival & Conference.

Bluegrass Music's Holder Brothers Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarships

Garrett Holder (second from right) receives the 2015 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship and Trevor Holder (second from left) is designated as a future recipient by Randall Franks (third from left). Others joining the presentation are (from left) Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary. (Share America photo by Jane Scroggins)Ringgold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2015 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Georgia. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarship honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Guitarist Garrett Holder, 18, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the recipient of the 2015 scholarship. Holder’s 14-year-old brother Trevor, who began playing banjo at age 11, was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Designee.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Dedicates Album to "Lonesome" Lester Armistead

The Tennessee Mafia Jug BandNashville, TN -- The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band has been called the most entertaining “blast from the past” to ever pluck a string. With impressive individual credentials, this band of artists is rooted in tradition, but with innovative branches. The group is set to release its fifth studio album, Lester’s Loafin’ Lounge.

Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation Takes Reins of Song of the Mountains

Song of the MountainsAfter months of announcements, protests and business wrangling, it was announced last week that Tim White will return to Song of the Mountains. In addition, the new Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation will take over the Song of the Mountains concert series. The agreement and contract will split the Song of the Mountains program from the Lincoln Theatre and the rights will change hands to the new foundation. As contract and legal agreements come to a close, the Lincoln Theatre is expected to receive a $50,000 donation from the Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation as part of the negotiations. The Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation was created as a non-profit by Joe Ellis, Sam Russell and Ed Stringer, all Marion businessmen who were instrumental in the founding of Song of Mountains program.

The Slocan Ramblers Tap Toronto's Gritty Roots Music Scene

Coffee CreekAs the most populous city in Canada, Toronto plays host to communities from around the world who make their home in this unassuming metropolis. And though the residents of Toronto come from all over, one thing they share is a lack of pretension, a desire to live in a city built on its merits, and not on a glitzy image. That’s a lesson learned by the young men in The Slocan Ramblers, one of the hottest roots bands in the city. They live in the West End, a neighborhood dominated by Koreans, Portuguese, and Italians, and they play working-class bluegrass roots music that harkens back to the grittiness of a city that used to be known as “Hogtown,” for all its slaughterhouses.

Urban Monroes Release New Single “On My Way”

On My WayDeep in the heart of nearly every bluegrass musician is an “Old Home Place” desire, a longing to lyrically recreate the places where childhood memories intersect adult nostalgia. In 2015, the little cabin homes on the hill are getting fewer and farther between, and often that well beaten path on the old mountainside may have wandered through a subdivision. That is irrelevant to the feeling of home though and the emotions it brings forth. The Urban Monroes’ latest single release is one of those trips to the places of childhood and a romp through the Midwest countryside.

Steep Canyon Rangers Debut New Album in Bristol August 28th

RadioBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the Steep Canyon Rangers Album Launch Concert at the Paramount on Friday, August 28, 2015. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and will feature the band’s new ninth studio album, Radio.

Bristol Rhythm 2015 Artist Day Schedules Released

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015Bristol, TN/VA -- The 15th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has released its 2015 Artist Day Schedule for fans anxious to learn on which day their favorite artist will play during the 3-day event. Headliners Steve Earle and The Dukes and Delbert McClinton will both perform on Sunday, Dr. Dog on Friday, and Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band will perform on Saturday in addition to the dozens of acts schedule to appear over the entirety of the weekend. Single Day Wristbands are also now available for purchase. The full schedule will be released in coming weeks. Friday Wristbands are $35, Saturday $45, and Sunday is $35.

Meet St. Beaufort - Fresh Folk & Bluegrass from Berlin

St. BeaufortSt. Beaufort is an international folk and bluegrass trio from Canada, Germany and the USA. It was founded as Hungerhoff & The Wild Roots in 2012. Based on guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion and layers of colorful vocal harmonies, the band is raw acoustics and forges a bridge between the American folk and bluegrass tradition and contemporary songwriting. Whenever possible the band plays unplugged, stripped to their acoustics, delivering powerful live performances in memory of a time when music was more intimate.

The Gibson Brothers to Host 26th IBMA Music Awards

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- The Gibson Brothers – two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year recipients and one of the hottest touring acts in contemporary bluegrass –will host IBMA’s 26th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for October 1 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Known as bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year, the International Bluegrass Music Awards acknowledges the year’s outstanding talent and achievements, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.

41st Annual Carter Fold Festival July 31 & August 1

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- In 1960, the great music archivist Alan Lomax sounded the alarm that American consumerism was rapidly destroying the nation’s most unique musical traditions and replacing them with a sterile monoculture, or bland sameness. He ominously foretold Tomorrow … when the whole world is bored with automated mass-distributed video-music, our descendants will despise us for having thrown away the best of our culture. Lomax was right to worry. By 1960, American society was changing at a faster pace than ever before. Traditional music, often called the jewel of American culture, was considered passe’ and forgotten by the mainstream.

Sam Bush to Receive Kentucky Governor's National Award

Sam BushSam Bush joins nine Kentuckians whose contributions - as artists or advocates - have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in Kentucky and the nation who are being honored by Gov. Steve Beshear for their lifelong commitment to and achievement in the arts as recipients of the 2015 Governor's Awards in the Arts.


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