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The Masters of Bluegrass in Bristol January 25th

Masters of BluegrassBluegrass music got more than it bargained for when the 2012 IBMA awards show opened by unveiling an unprecedented collaboration between a quintet of the genre’s greatest and most admired talents. Dubbed the Masters of Bluegrass, the five musicians -- J. D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Del McCoury, Jerry McCoury, Bobby Osborne -- bring to the stage a creative fire stoked by literally centuries’ worth of experience and partnerships that have encompassed every aspect of the music’s fabled history. On January 25, 2013 at the The Paramount Center and Theater in Bristol, TN/VA, the masters come together again.

Legendary Bluegrass Artists Honor “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe Nov 29

Bill MonroeLegendary bluegrass artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

Leftover Salmon Swims Westbound for the Winter 2013 Tour

Leftover SalmonAsheville, NC -- We are happy to announce that Leftover Salmon swims westbound for 2013 Winter Tour! The tour sees stops throughout the West, Southern California, Southwest, and back through some of the Mountain West’s favorite ski towns.

Initial Lineup for Suwannee Springfest Announced

Suwanee SpringfestLive Oak, FL -- Known for consistently booking some of the finest performers in new and traditional folk, roots rock, bluegrass and newgrass, and other American roots music, Suwannee Springfest returns in 2013 for its 17th straight year. Suwannee Springest will be held March 21-24, 2013 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida and features some of the biggest names in the scene with veterans and up-and-comers alike. Peter Rowan, Keller and the Keels, Leftover Salmon, Donna the Buffalo, The Travelin' McCourys, Jim Lauderdale, The Mosier brothers, Elephant Revival, Red Baraat, Spirit Family Reunion, Shane Pruitt Band, Applebutter Express, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, the Weatherman, and more. Many artists will be performing multiple sets too.

Deering Banjo Accessories Thanksgiving Holiday Sale

Deering BanjosSpring Valley, CA -- November 20th, 2012 - The Deering Banjo Company is announcing it’s Thanksgiving Holiday Banjo Accessories Sale - taking place from Monday, November 19th - Monday, November 26th. Go to www.deeringbanjos.com/ holiday-sale to start shopping.

Meet Fundraiser Musicians David Holt and the Lightning Bolts and Don Pedi

Davdi Holt and the Lightning BoltsThe Shindig Fundraiser will feature Old Time music with a new time jolt: David Holt and the Lightning Bolts. Modern listeners will find Don Pedi striking a chord as well. Legendary musician, storyteller and four-time Grammy award winner David Holt performs with his five-piece band the Lightning Bolts for the Shindig on the Green Fundraising Concert, Saturday December 1st at 7:00pm at the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat College.

ACMA’s Mountain Music Museum and Pickin’ Porch to Relocate

ACMA LogoBristol, TN/VA- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association announced today at a press conference held at the Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street that they will be relocating their Mountain Music Museum and Pickin’ Porch to State Street in Bristol, Tennessee after the first of the year.

Ricky Skaggs Set for Fox News Channel’s America's News HQ

Music To My EarsNashville, TN -- This Thanksgiving weekend, country and bluegrass music icon Ricky Skaggs will appear on the Fox News Channel’s America’s News HQ for a special visit with host Uma Pemmaraju. In support of his latest CD, Music To My Ears, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, Skaggs will perform “Nothing Beats A Family,” a tune included on the album. The segment will air this Saturday, November 24 at 12:55 PM EST.

How Country Stars Build Their Road Crews

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Mark Crawford
Country Music wouldn’t be where it is today without great artists. But those stars couldn’t grow their audiences without virtuoso road crews. In many ways, the road crew is just as important a part of the tour as the performer. As Chris Cagle put it, “Everyone is pretty much part of the band. We’re all in it together. If the front-house guy has a bad day, no matter how well the band plays, we suck. If the monitor engineer is off, we can’t hear ourselves play and we’re off. Everybody is vital. We’re all part of the team.

Farm Hands’ Tim Graves and Bus Featured in Major Motion Picture

Tim GravesNashville, TN -- Bluegrass music artist, The Farm Hands’ Tim Graves, is driving his bus to the silver screen! Tim’s classic MCI tour bus is being used as part of a major motion picture currently being filmed in Tennessee. The movie, titled The Identical, which stars Ray Liotta (Field of Dreams), Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy), Seth Green (The Italian Job), and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix) is a rock-n-roll drama that follows the path of a musical family from the 1950s through the 1970s.

The Roys Sound "Last Call" For January Cruise on Carnival's Sensation

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys are sounding "last call" for Danny Stewart's Bluegrass Cruise on Carnival Cruise Line's spectacular ship, Sensation, January 20-24. Brother/sister bluegrass music duo Lee and Elaine Roy are thrilled to be a part of this grand adventure and are urging their fans to sign up now to reserve their cabins. The cost ($499) includes luxurious shipboard accommodations for two and all food and beverages except for carbonated and alcoholic drinks. The vessel departs from Port Canaveral, Florida, and ports of call include the exciting islands of Freeport and Nassau.

Behind the Dream with Bluegrass Legend Bobby Osborne Debuts on BlueHighways TV Nov 29

Behind The Dream with Bobby OsborneNashville, TN (November 19, 2012) Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce legendary Grand Ole Opry star Bobby Osborne is the featured artist on the Behind the Dream™ TV show. Part 1 debuts on BlueHighways TV November 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM (EST) with additional air dates listed below. Part 2 will air later in December.

Rhonda Vincent Welcomes Bluegrass Artist Josh Williams to The Rage

Josh WilliamsNashville, TN -- The Queen of Bluegrass -- Rhonda Vincent, says goodbye to four-year Rage member, guitarist Ben Helson. Ben is a graduate of Bethel University, and currently the Bluegrass Director of the Bethel University Renaissance program. With the departure of Ben Helson, Rhonda welcomes three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Josh Williams, to the most award winning band in Bluegrass music – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.

Darin and Brooke Aldridge Release Live Album Tuesday

Live at Red White and BluegrassNashville, TN -- Crossroads/Mountain Home bluegrass music recording artists, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, (www.darinandbrookealdridge.com), announce the November 20th release of their new album, Live at Red, White and Bluegrass.

Jett’s Creek Releases New Single “Back Home Again”

Jett’s CreekThe first single from the new Jett’s Creek album was released in late October. “Back Home Again” is the first song from The Wait is Over, scheduled to release in February 2013 on Mountain Fever Records. Jett's Creek plays original and traditional classic bluegrass music.

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