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Layne Publications Introduces New Bluegrass YouTube Video Channel

Layne PublicationsGreenville, SC -- Layne Publications has recently launched their new YouTube channel to help their rapidly increasing pool of students. They are a familiar name in the bluegrass music community as the number one educational platform for bluegrass music fanatics. The website of the company has an awe inspiring collection of banjo, guitar, and mandolin tabs prepared considering the specific requirements of their students. Their new YouTube channel will regularly publish short videos to further assist these students.

Monroe Crossing at Carnegie Hall Feb 18

<Monroe CrossingMonday, February 18, 2013, Presidents' Day, Bluegrass 57@7 will host Bluegrass Music's Monroe Crossing as part of their program. The concerts will be held at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The program is part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York.

Secrets of Country Record Production

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Fett
Many of today’s Country albums and singles share certain production sensibilities. Over the past 20 years or so, they’ve come to adapt numerous production techniques from other genres – particularly rock, pop and R&B – to the point that, if you strip away the vocal, fiddle and pedal steel, the remaining tracks sometimes don’t sound that “Country” at all. This may partially explain why more Country songs cross over to other charts than in the past. But how do you balance this success against the idea of “keeping it Country”?

Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson Create "The Mandolin Chronicles"

The Mandolin ChroniclesAlan Bibey and Wayne Benson, two of the greatest living award winning mandolin players, have joined together to create some of the most exciting bluegrass music in recent history with, The Mandolin Chronicles. The album, to be released March 12th on Pinecastle Records, showcases the pair on ten instrumental tunes and one vocal tune, "Another Night," featuring IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore. Bibey and Benson wrote six songs on the album, co-writing three of them. Other musicians joining them on the album include Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle, Wyatt Rice on guitar, and Harold Nixon on bass. The Mandolin Chronicles is now available for pre-order from Pinecastle Records at www.pinecastlemusic.com.

Pollstar Awards Honor The Ryman as Theatre Of The Year

Ryman AuditoriumThe crème de la crème of the concert industry descended upon Los Angeles’ Club Nokia at L.A. Live Feb. 7 where they networked, bellied up to the full-service bar, scarfed down the very expensive, catered delicacies and networked some more. And some of them got to take very special items home with them – a coveted Pollstar Awards plaque. The Ryman Auditorium was Named Theatre of the Year for the third year in a row during the 24th Annual Pollstar Awards.

Things are Coming Her Way for Marcy Marxer

Marcy MarxerAustin, TX -- Marcy Marxer will release her first solo recording, Things Are Coming My Way, this March, celebrating in her hometown then across the nation touring with The Four Bitchin' Babes and as Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. From Django to the Blues, Gospel to Old Time Country, this recording overflows with Marcy Marxer’s soul and sparkle. On tenor guitar, six-string acoustic, electric and resophonic guitars, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, percussion and vocals Marcy’s talents don’t all fit onto one recording, but you’ll get the idea!

Masters of Bluegrass Scheduled for Paramount Center March 15th

Bluegrass MastersBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, March 15th, lucky audiences in Bristol, Tennesssee 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. Originally scheduled for January 25th, the program had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. Now, Bristol's Paramount Center for the Arts has rescheduled this outstanding program for next month.

Kim Robins Releases Debut Album “40 Years Late”

40 Years LateNashville, TN -- Kim Robins is proud to announce her debut album, 40 Years Late, set to release on Feb 5th, 2013. 40 Years Late is a timeless piece featuring 12 songs that display heartache and regeneration. Robins will be showcasing her new album with many dates in Indiana, January through March. Seven of the twelve songs were written by Robins herself, telling stories about keeping a dream in the back seat for many years; it will speak to those who have done the same. This wonderful collection includes stories that reflect Robins’ own life through her own original songs and remakes from bluegrass legends.

Woodsongs Celebrates J.D. Crowe Monday Feb 11

J.D. CroweJ.D. Crowe is in fact one of the greatest bluegrass stars of all time. He comes to WoodSongs to help us celebrate his legacy career, amazing banjo style and his recent honors from the University of Kentucky. Crowe began playing the banjo early and was offered a job with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys in mid-1950s. In the late 1960s, Crowe formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys, principally performing in the Lexington, Kentucky region. By the early 1970s, Crowe changed the band's name to The New South, widely considered one of the most influential bluegrass groups in history.

Rhonda Vincent Wins Top Honors at SPBGMA Awards

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- It was a Super Sunday in Nashville as the MOST Award Winning Band in Bluegrass – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage – added an additional 5 awards to their list of honors at the 39th Annual SPBGMA Awards (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America), held at the Music City Sheraton. www.spbgma.com

First All-Europe Jam Camp Expected to Sell Out

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick, who originated Bluegrass Jam Camps at Merlefest in 1999, will celebrate in late April hosting his 15th annual camp there. Just a month earlier, March 22-24, he will introduce his jam camp to Europe, taking over Prague's Hotel Svornost for three days to host pickers from over eight countries, England to Slovakia. Camp registration, half-full as of early February, is expected to sell out in advance.

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Special March 2nd

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- On Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m., the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special panel discussion, Forever with Us: The 50th Anniversary of a Country Music Tragedy, in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame member Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes, whose lives were lost in a plane crash a half century ago, and Jack Anglin, who died in a separate tragedy. Hosted by Eddie Stubbs, the panel features Charlie Dick, Kathy Hughes, Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard and Bobby Wright.

Grammy Nominated Dailey & Vincent Receive Numerous SPBGMA Awards

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- Famed bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent received multiple top honors at the 39th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards on Sunday, February 3, where they were named “Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall),” “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary).” These awards come on the heels of their Grammy® nomination “Bluegrass Album of the Year” (awards to be held on February 10, 2013), their second Grammy® nomination since the formation of the celebrated duo in 2012.

Doyle Lawson Celebrates 50 Years of Bluegrass with SPBGMA Awards

Doyle LawsonNASHVILLE, TN (February 5, 2013) – Doyle Lawson was named Mandolin Performer of the Year by the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) at the 39th Annual SPBMA Bluegrass Music Awards held on Sunday evening at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville. Lawson received a total of four (4) SPBGMA Award Nominations including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) with his band Quicksilver.

Austin’s Own Wood & Wire Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

Wood & WireAustin, TX -- Austin’s own Wood & Wire releases its self-titled debut album today. Recorded in Nashville and produced by award-winning engineer Erick Jaskowiack, Wood & Wire showcases more than a dozen original bluegrass and Americana compositions written by the group.

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