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17th Suwanee Springfest Announces Lineup

Springfest 2013The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida will again host their 17th annual Springfest consisting of 4 days of music and camping with some of the best in bluegrass and Americana music. The festival has been continuously produced at North Florida's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park near the farming town of Live Oak. Well-known and highly-regarded among discerning fans & media, the event consistently features some of the world's finest performers in New & Traditional Folk, Roots Rock, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, and other forms of American Roots music. Those musical sub-genres are now collectively referred to as Americana music, a style growing rapidly in acceptance & popularity which generally incorporates respect for & recognition of traditional music forms presented through a completely contemporary framework & approach. The lineup for the March 2013 Springfest is listed below.

Michigan’s Bluegrass Band Greensky Bluegrass Rollin’ to Smith’s Olde Bar

Greensky BluegrassBringing an infectious blend of original tunes, traditional staples, and an affinity for high-energy improvisation, Greensky Bluegrass is coming to Atlanta in January to help you party down. Playing nearly 175 shows a year, they’ve gained a growing reputation as a band on a mission, bringing bluegrass to the masses with a little bit of rock-n’-roll thrown in for attitude and good measure. Put your dancing shoes on and get down to Smith’s for a helluva good time!

New Video Hillbilly Honey Mooners by the Barn Katz

The Barn KatzHere is the long awaited music video of the Hillbilly Honeymooners by the Barn Katz shot at the Palmer Rapids bluegrass music festival. Special thanks to all the volunteer red "nextras" that made this video happen. No animals were hurt, maimed or killed in the making of this video. However many actors experienced hangovers the following day. The song was written by Joe Clark formerly of Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers.

Season's Greetings and Holiday Wishes from Cybergrass

Cybergrass Christmas 2012Cybergrass wants to wish all a joyful holiday season filled with music and blessings. We want to wish everyone a prosperous 2013 and encourage you to attend any bluegrass New Year's Eve celebration in your area. Music is a happy and enlightening way to celebrate the passing of 2012 and to look forward to making 2013 as good as we can.
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Bluegrass Music Group Nu-Blu Sends Christmas Greetings

Nu-BluNu-Blu wants to take a moment and thank everyone for all the support and prayers while they were on tour this year. The group says, "We are currently in the studio recording our newest Bluegrass CD to be released this spring! We hope that each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

The Stonemans Release The Stoneman Tradition

The Stoneman TraditionPatsy Stoneman once said that as long as there was a Stoneman able to play music, they would be out there picking, singing and fulfilling their destiny. This project, their second for Patuxent, made in May 2012, proves her point. The surviving sisters-eighty-seven year-old Patsy and her septuagenarian sisters Donna and Veronica (Roni), demonstrate that they continue to have the touch when it comes to their brand of bluegrass.

Scott Brannon - Your Old Standby

Your Old StandbyScott Brannon has been singing these songs since the time he could talk. Born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, he grew up listening to his father's bluegrass and country albums since before he could remember. Hank Williams and Reno & Smiley were his father's favorites, and thus became his favorites too. An early opportunity to see Charlie Moore and The Dixie Partners added another hero to the list.

New Series of Breedlove Mandolins Announced

Breedlove MandolinsBend, OR – January 1, 2013 – Continuing the design and aesthetics inspired by Kim Breedlove and offering an excellent appointment package for their devoted mandolin players, Breedlove proudly introduces the Premier Series Mandolins. Guitarists will also appreciate the comfort of wide nut spacing and a radiused fingerboard, both Breedlove design traditions.

2013 Bluegrass Museum Benefit Concerts Begin with Monroeville

MonroevilleTwo exciting Benefit Concerts are happening this January at your museum, the International Bluegrass Music Museum! We are grateful to host both Monroeville and The Spinney Brothers and thank them for giving the gift of their talents to the Bluegrass Museum.

Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival Artists Being Announced

Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival/Planet Bluegrass/ Lyons, CO -- These days of darkness which we've known, will blow away with this new sun and bring unto us gentle tidings of joy, peace, and glimmers of the long summer days to come... For lurking among the Cottonwoods and river rock sculptures, we've begun to hear the faint whispers of St. Festivarius – tales of anniversaries and festivarian journeys, songs and stories, music and mountains, tarps and tickets, summer bliss and savored friendships, and lineups.

J.D. Crowe Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kentucky

J.D. Crowe Receiving Honorary DoctorateDr. Thomas Adler worked to get one of America's legendary banjo artists his due. Adler announced that the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has designated bluegrass music banjoist and bandleader J.D. Crowe as one of the recipients of an honorary doctorate. The Doctor of Arts degree was conferred at a Commencement ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 14th, 2012.

Bluegrass Underground Announces Third Season PBS Taping Lineup

Bluegrass UndergroundAt the Bluegrass Underground, the acclaimed musical adventure series continues with Old Crow Medicine Show, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leon Russell, Andrew Bird and more! From March 8 through 10 at the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee, Season 3 tapings will continue for rebroadcast on PBS.

Lance Kinney on What is Bluegrass Anyway (WIBA) at ICMC 2013

Lance KinneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass Music oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. The ICMC is pleased that long time ICMC friend Lance Kinney of Nick Saban University (NSU), formerly known as the University of Alabama -- will be presenting and dealing with the thorny WIBA issue--What Is Bluegrass Anyway?! If you have read or heard debates on BGRASS-L, or elsewhere, WIBA is not for the feint of heart!

Grammy Nominated Grascals Support Christmas 4 Kids

Aly, The Vietti Chili Girl and Jamie Johnson of The GrascalsNashville, TN --- The Grammy-nominated Grascals participated in the third annual Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show and Artist Meet & Greet in Hendersonville, Tennessee. For a donation, fans have the opportunity to tour the homes-away-from-home of more than 50 artists and celebrities. The Grascals and many other artists are onhand to sign autographs and give fans and inside look at their tour buses, some of which are decorated from top to bottom for the holiday event.

Elizabeth Mitchell Earns First Grammy Nomination With 'Little Seed' From Smithsonian Folkways

Little SeedSmithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Elizabeth Mitchell earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Album with Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie. Released in June 2012 as part of the Woody at 100 celebration, the album reflects Mitchell’s personal connection to Guthrie’s music and her adventurous approach to arranging and interpreting traditional songs. A chance discovery of a vinyl copy of Guthrie’s album Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child in a record store twenty years ago inspired Mitchell to embark on the path of making music for children. In Little Seed’s extensive liner notes she writes, “Woody Guthrie's songs for children are a gift to all of us. At this point in my life, they are a part of me, part of my family...these fragments of sweetness and mystery touch our souls. These songs have been part of my journey from being a teacher in New York City to singing concerts in the Redwood Forests of California....”

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