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Robert Hale's Highly Anticipated New Solo Album, “Pure & Simple”, Released

 Pure & SimpleColumbus, NC -- Wildfire frontman Robert Hale has released his first solo album, Pure and Simple, on Pinecastle Records. For the recording sessions, Hale called on his old bandmates from Livewire, Scott Vestal on banjo, Wayne Benson on mandolin, and Ernie Sykes on bass. Joining them are Steve Thomas on fiddle, Randy Kohrs on dobro, along with Shawn Lane and Alecia Nugent on harmony vocals.

“Martha & Mary” by Nu-Blu Now Out to Radio

Nail By NailNashville, TN -- Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce today’s new single, “Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu. The song was written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell and appears on Nu-Blu's first gospel album, Nail By Nail set for release October 30, 2012. The single has been serviced to bluegrass radio stations and is also available at AirplayDirect.com.

‘Pickamania’ Fest Brings Free Music to Heart of Old West

PickamaniaSilver City, NM -- Distinguished by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Greatest Main Streets” (May 2012), Silver City, New Mexico is bringing a kaleidoscope of local and regional musical acts to the town for the third annual Pickamania! – a family-friendly, free, music festival which is the perfect summer farewell. The event takes place Sept. 7 through 9, 2012 and is organized and produced by the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) in coordination with premier sponsor Comcast Universal.

33rd Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival Comes to Claremore, OK

Bluegrass & Chili FestivalClaremore, OK -- The 33rd Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for September 6th through 8th on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. The weekend festivities will include three stages of free “pepper hot” concerts by regional and award winning national bluegrass music artists. Headliners scheduled to appear include a host of award winners including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Marty Stuart & The Fabulous superlatives help get things going Thursday night.

Bluegrass Music Artist Claire Lynch Signs With Compass Records

Clair Lynch Signing at Compass RecordsNashville, TN August 27, 2012 – Compass Records is proud to announce the addition of award-winning singer, songwriter and bluegrass all-star Claire Lynch to their reputable roster of artists. Claire joins fellow International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, as well as labelmates Colin Hay, The Gibson Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Stephenson, Special Consensus among others. Claire will release her as yet untitled Compass debut in early 2013 and will commence recording in the fall with her band, guitarist Matt Wingate, bassist Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell on mandolin, along with a hand-picked selection of special guests.

“Life Goes On” by Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Receives Award Nominations

Life Goes OnNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the album Life Goes On by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer® (MACC) received five International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations. The MMACC Life Goes On album was produced by Bob Kelley, Jack Campitelli, and Darrel Adkins. The single "Life Goes On", which was the only studio cut on the record, was produced by Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Randy Kohrs, Carl Jackson and Jim VanCleve.

It's Festival Time in Bristol - The Rhythm and Roots Reunion Kind

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2012 PosterBristol, TN/VA -- The schedule is up, plans are set, and The Birthplace of Country Music is in full-on festival mode. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is just weeks away. This year Bristol Rhythm & Roots has added stages, bringing the total up to 24. With more than 160 live acts, you can look forward to seeing music at the new Machiavelli's Outdoor Tent, located just across the street from the eatery. CityMug @CityMac, Shelbee's Vintage Cafe and The Cradle Stage inside the former Ruth King Antiques building are new venues for music fans to gather and enjoy the music.

Americana Music Association Inks Multi-Year Television Deal with AXS TV

Americana Music Association & AXS TVNashville, Tenn.) August 27, 2012 – Americana Music Association Executive Director, Jed Hilly, today announced a new partnership with AXS TV which will result in a two-year commitment of the network’s live broadcast of the annual Americana Honors & Awards. Starting with this year’s September 12 event at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, AXS TV will deliver viewers an exclusive experience including live behind-the-scenes coverage of sound checks, red carpet arrivals and interviews with the evening’s special guest artists.Nashville, Tenn.) August 27, 2012 – Americana Music Association Executive Director, Jed Hilly, today announced a new partnership with AXS TV which will result in a two-year commitment of the network’s live broadcast of the annual Americana Honors

JazzGrass Kings MilkDrive Release Waves

 WavesWhen the young pickers in Austin's MilkDrive use the phrase "jazzgrass," they mean it! These are players that came out of the bluegrass tradition looking for more space to move, more places to maneuver, more room to breathe. Their new album, Waves, is as informed by pop songwriting and jazz breaks as it is by Bill Monroe, so don't let the presence of all acoustic instruments and a hefty slice of banjo, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin-driven Americana fool you. While they're not the first group to take bluegrass into chamber ensembles and jazz clubs, they are playing it the hardest, never losing sight of how much fun the music should be.

Picking for Bluegrass Artist David Wiseman Benefit September 21

David WisemanPicking FOR David Wiseman is a fundraiser to help a long-time musician as he battles Wegener's Granulomatosis. Won't you help? David Wiseman is a long-time bluegrass musician from the mountains of western North Carolina. He's a superb tenor and lead singer and a wonderful mandolinist and fiddler. Gowing up in Ingalls, NC, just outside Spruce Pine, he is directly related to the late Lulu Belle & Scotty Wiseman.

Murphy Henry On Women In Bluegrass at ICMC

Murphy HenryNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will feature bluegrass and banjo artist/historian Murphey Henry on Women in Bluegrass. Published articles will make it into the International Country Music Journal.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Sign with Moonstruck Management

Sleepy Man Banjo BoysNashville, TN (August 23, 2012) - Moonstruck Management is proud to announce they have signed Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for exclusive booking and management representation. Brothers Jonny, Robbie, and Tommy Mizzone became a viral sensation last winter sparking a whirlwind year that included performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Today Show, The Grand Ole Opry and many more.

Trey Hensley and his Hard Drivin' Bluegrass Return to Carter Fold

Trey HensleyHiltons, VA -- Trey Hensley has been performing since age seven. After picking up a guitar at the age of ten, he quickly took the bluegrass world by storm – even performing on the Grand Ole Opry when he was eleven. Three years ago, the now 19-year old, seasoned artist followed his heart and interests into the world of country music. Saturday, September 8th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Trey Hensley & Drivin’ Force. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Lost Valley Educational Center Announces Lost Valley Fest Open House Event

The Conjugal VisitorsDexter, OR -- The Lost Valley Educational Center is hosting their annual Open House event, Lost Valley Fest, which will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. The event is free and donations are being accepted to benefit Lost Valley Educational Center and Parvin Butte.

Recording King Introduces Two New Madison Banjos

Recording King Madison BanjoHayward, CA -- Recording King adds two new banjos to the best-selling Madison line – the RK-R36 tone ring banjo with mahogany resonator and neck, and the RK-OT25, an open back with a scooped fretboard and no-knot tailpiece. The Recording King Madison line is for every banjo player looking for a high-quality, great-sounding instrument that's still affordable.

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