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14th San Francisco Bluegrass Festival Honors Old and New

Laurie Lewis & the Right HandsSan Francisco, CA -- The events of the 14th annual San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival (SFBOT) will honor old-time music from the past, highlight hot new talent from the present and glimpses into the refreshing Alt-Bluegrass sounds of the future through performances and dance. The 10-day festival runs from Feb. 7-17 and comprises more than 25 shows at 18 clubs and live music venues around the Bay Area featuring some of the most talented musicians on the Americana and Roots music scene today.

Wood & Wire Releases Debut Self-Titled Album Feb. 5

Wood and WireAustin, TX -- Wood & Wire, Austin’s own four-piece bluegrass and Americana band, will release its debut self-titled studio album on Feb. 5, 2013. Wood & Wire is one of the most promising new bands on Austin’s bluegrass and acoustic music scene. Mixing in elements of Americana and swing, its healthy dose of original music and traditional bluegrass tunes keep audiences riveted. The three-man band keeps people on their toes, too, with a cappella ballads, funky acoustic jams and rippin’ fast instrumentals. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch them on a night when they have a banjo player.

Flatt Lonesome to Premier on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Wednesday

Flatt LonesomeThe world premiere of the self-titled debut CD by Flatt Lonesome is this Wednesday, January 23, at 11:00 am ET on the Sirius/XM Bluegrass Junction show. Join host Kyle Cantrell for this exclusive as he interviews the members of Flatt Lonesome and plays all of the cuts from their new album on Pisgah Ridge Records (a division of Mountain Home Records). Flatt Lonesome's Track-By-Track will rebroadcast on Thursday, 1/24/ at 9:00 pm ET , Saturday, 1/26, at 8:00 am ET, and Sunday, 1/27, at 11:00 am ET.

Boston Bluegrass Union Announces 2013 Heritage Award Winners

Betsy SigginsBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 BBU Heritage Awards. The awards are presented each year by the BBU to honor artists and those working behind the scenes that have made substantial contributions to furthering bluegrass in New England. The awards will be presented during the 28th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Presidents Day Weekend, February 15-17, 2013, at the Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA.

Carrie Hassler for Woodsongs Coffeehouse Concert to Benefit Shelter

An Evening with Carrie HasslerDalton, GA -- The Woodsongs Coffeehouse Dalton Chapter announces the return of their annual winter concert series to raise awareness and proceeds to complete construction of a new shelter by Providence Ministries. The facility at 613 Oxford Street in Dalton, Georgia will provide shelter for 60 men when construction is completed . An estimated $75,000 to $100,000 is needed to complete construction of the shelter. The highly acclaimed concert series features emerging and established performers of Americana, Country, and Bluegrass music. The concerts will be held in the intimate and eclectic setting of the historic Dalton Freight Depot located at 305 S. Depot Street in downtown Woodsongs Dalton Chapter Dalton Georgia. Seating is limited and performances typically sellout.

WSM Celebrates Eddie Stubbs' 30th Radio Anniversary

Eddie Stubbs and Ray PriceNashville, TN -- /Grand Ole Opry/ 650 AM WSM marked the 30th radio anniversary of longtime evening show host and Country Radio Hall of Famer Eddie Stubbs the night of Monday, January 14, 2013 with a star-packed evening of music and celebration at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The live show aired on 650 AM and WSMOnline.com, and was presented by longrunning WSM clients Springer Mountain Farms, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visit WSM Online to access the special on-air content.

SteelDrivers' Hammer Down Gets Great Reviews Prior to Feb 5 Release

Hammer DownThe three time Grammy nominated bluegrass-meets-soul band The SteelDrivers thread the roots of bluegrass music with the distinctive threads of their own design, bringing together country and soul to create their own unapologetic hybrid of new music with the old feeling. Hammer Down, their third release on Rounder Records, is set for release February 5, 2013.

Tim White and the VW Boys in Concert Jan 26

VW BoysHiltons, VA -- A longtime supporter of the Carter Fold and the traditions of Appalachia, Tim White settled in east Tennessee in 1974 and pursued his dream of being an artist, sign painter, and banjo picker. Tim's music has gained a strong following throughout the region, and he’s fronted several bands over the past two decades - including Troublesome Hollow, the Beagles, and the VW Boys. Saturday, January 26th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tim White and the VW Boys. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Masters and Legends to Present Unforgettable Night Of Bluegrass

Bluegrass MastersBristol, TN/VA -- Lucky audiences in Bristol, Tennesssee and Bowling Green, Kentucky are slated to be the first to enjoy an unparalleled bluegrass musical experience when two new bands of bluegrass legends and masters, for whom the term “supergroup” seems grossly inadequate, make their first road appearances since each debuted at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass last October. This has been rescheduled for March 15th due to bad weather.

SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Nominations and Recent Winners Announced

Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent And the Rage were happily surprised to hear that they received a dozen nominations for the The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Awards scheduled to take place next month in Nashville. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) is a regular favorite for bluegrass fans and artists. The Midwest Convention and Awards are the last SPBGMA event prior to the National Convention which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from January 31st through February 3, 2013. The winners of the Midweest Awards are listed below.

Town Mountain Announces Winter and Spring Shows for 2013

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- Town Mountain is touring around their fourth album, Leave the Bottle, which was released September 4th, 2012 on Pinecastle Records and was produced by Grammy award-winner Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band) and engineered by banjoist extraordinaire Scott Vestal (Sam Bush Band) at his own Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, TN.

Steep Canyon Rangers and The Black Lillies Jan 19 at Barter Theatre

Steep Canyon RangersAbingdon, VA -- The Town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to launch the kick off of the Abingdon Music Experience and a series of concerts every Saturday in January. The third concert in the January Jams series at Barter Theatre presented by Eastman Credit Union will feature the Steep Canyon Rangers with The Black Lillies opening. These two bands will perform LIVE this Saturday, January 19th on the Barter Theatre Main Stage.

Allen Hicks Jam at The Crooked Road's Heartwood

Allen Hicks JamThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail music series at Heartwood in Abingdon showcases communities of the region through their traditional music venues and their youth music. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 the Allen Hicks Jam from Nickelsville, Virginia will be the featured Venue Showcase at Heartwood. Instrument makers’ shops are a popular hangout for local musicians and a natural place for jamming.

BlueGrass Valley Entertainment and Records Launched by Mansion Entertainment

BlueGrass ValleyFranklin, TN -- Mansion Entertainment, label home to GRAMMY nominated and Dove Award winning Gospel artists, has announced the launch of BlueGrass Valley Entertainment & Records. BlueGrass Valley Records will make the first step of its launch by releasing several bluegrass gospel singles to bluegrass radio this month (January 2013).

The Grascals Perform at Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- Multi-award-winning band, The Grascals, will perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian on January 21st at 7:00 p.m. for a celebration of the Inauguration of the President of the United States. The Native Nations Inaugural Ball will feature music, dancing and native cuisine. Funds raised will support the educational programs of the National Museum of the American Indian.

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