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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....”

James Reams and The Barnstormers Celebrate 20 Years with Free Album

Barnstormin' CoverJames Reams & The Barnstormers have just released a free digital version of their 2001 CD, Barnstormin’ as a thank you to fans throughout the 20 years that James Reams has been a bandleader. Just go to www.noisetrade.com/jamesreams

Ask Sam Offers New Episodes

Sam Bush ChristmasNashville, TN -- Legendary bluegrass/newgrass artist Sam Bush has new episodes of Sam’s weekly Ask Sam series. The new video articles are now playing on SBTV (Sam Bush Television) and Sam is answering your questions about Hoss, the St. Louis Cardinals and his ideal band!

Czech Republic's G-runs 'n Roses Prepares for 2013 with New Line-up

G-runs 'n RosesG-runs 'n Roses tested the chemistry this year with their new line-up and the mix is ready for the 2013 season. The bluegrass music group from Europe is also working on a new CD due in April. The new project will include at least six original songs. Along with the new album, the band will offer their first video clip and a new website.

Pete Wernick Announces 2013 Banjo Camp Scholarship Winner

Jacob PanicThe Stelling Banjo Scholarship to Pete (“Dr. Banjo”) Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp has been awarded to 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist Jacob Panic, of Baltimore, Maryland. Already a talented banjo player, singer, and songwriter, Jacob aspires to a career in bluegrass music and has recorded an album of original songs on which he plays all the instruments. Reflecting on the award, Jacob says, "I'm humbled and grateful to Pete and Stelling. Pete Wernick is one of my banjo heroes."

Carter Fold Christmas Program for December 22, 2012

Carter Family ChristmasHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 22nd, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank. Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $8 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, and cups, plates, or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, we’ll have music by the Town Branch Bluegrass Band and Lonesome Will Mullins & the Virginia Playboys. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show.

The Roys Recap 2012 with Video Summary

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys' career exploded in 2012, thanks to a continuing blitz of TV appearances, impact at radio and performances at top-tier festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada and in Australia. The Roys brought Bluegrass to the small screen this year with a host of appearances on network and cable outlets.

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out Release Exclusive Cracker Barrel Album Jan 7th

Timeless Hits From the Past BluegrassedLebanon, TN -- "Playing music is the easy part," says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh as he looks back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do. "By the time we put this band together"-he's talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over twenty years now-"I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go. Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces. So I didn't have a preconceived notion that someday I'd be celebrating twenty years with llIrd Tyme Out­but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life."

Jeff Parker Lets Go with "Go Parker!" on Track by Track Jan 9

Go ParkerJeff Parker's first CD since 2004, Go Parker! provides a wide selection of material that includes covers of songs by Green Day and Mickey & The Motorcars as well as several original tunes written by established and rising bluegrass music songwriters. Two tracks feature Dailey & Vincent, whom Parker performs with regularly, and the album also features a duet with Cia Cherryholmes. The most downloaded single so far, "Lord I Hate to See My Darling Go" (Edwards, Hooker, and Pyrtle) was one of Sirius XM's Most-Played Tracks on Bluegrass Junction. Jeff recently recorded Track by Track, which will air on Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction on January 9, 2013.

Moe Bandy and Rhonda Vincent Bring Real Country to Del E. Webb Center

Rhonda VincentFeaturing outstanding instrumentals and impeccable vocals, Moe Bandy and Rhonda Vincent are teaming up for one night of classic country and authentic bluegrass music at the Del E. Webb Center in Wickenburg, AZ on January 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm. One of the most popular country singers of the 1970s, Bandy’s long string of hits includes ten #1 songs and five gold albums. Named the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year for seven consecutive years, “The Queen of Bluegrass” and her band The Rage, bring an infectious energy to the stage.

Award Winning Bluegrass Artist Claire Lynch is Day 4 BRRR Band

Claire Lynch BandClaire Lynch is a two-time winner of the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy nominee. In the world of Bluegrass, she has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the genre. Most recently, Lynch was awarded one of the 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA). With only seven awards going to musicians this year, the 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields – including cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theatre arts, and visual arts.

Michael Cleveland Joins Mike Bub's New Year's Celebration

Michael ClevelandBluegrass music fiddler Michael Cleveland will join a whole slew of great musicians for Mike Bub's XXL New Year's Eve Celebration on December 31st at the World Famous Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee! The New Year's Eve bash has become a staple in Nashville celebrating one of the year's biggest nights and this year's event promises to be even more fun, if that's even possible.

Americana Music Association's Top 10/100 Albums of 2012

JD McPhersonNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association has announced its year-end Top 10 & Top 100 Albums of the Year. The Top 100 albums are based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 15, 2011 through November 17, 2012.

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