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Advance Tickets Ends 4/30 for Graves Mountain Festival

Graves Mountain FestivalSave $$ and get early bird discounted tickets by April 30 for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music taking place May 29-31, 2014. Advance tickets are only $75 for 3-Days. Order now by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30.

Roger Williams & the All Mixed-Up Quartet at Carter Fold Friday

Roger Williams & the All Mixed-Up QuartetFriday, April 18th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, and Mount Vernon United Methodist Church will present a concert of praise music with Roger Williams & the All Mixed-Up Quartet. Entitled Praise in the Valley, this concert marks our second annual gospel youth rally. Last year’s rally was very well-attended and enjoyed by people of all ages. Admission to the concert is free. In lieu of admission, a donation of canned goods is requested to benefit local food banks.

A Gift for Fans of the Great George Shuffler

Buddy MeltonNashville, TN -- Fiddle and vocal virtuoso, Buddy Melton, and equally gifted pal, Milan Miller, have released a special recording of “The Boy From Valdese" as a tribute to Bluegrass giant, George Shuffler, who passed away earlier this week. "We couldn't think of a better way to honor George Shuffler than through the music he loved and so greatly influenced,” Melton says. “That was our intention in releasing this tribute."

Béla Fleck Confirms World Premiere of 'How to Write a Banjo Concerto'

Bela FleckNashville, TN -- April 19th at the Nashville Film Festival marks the world premiere of Béla Fleck’s full-length documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concerto (Argot Pictures). Directed by Sascha Paladino and Béla Fleck, the film is a revealing look at the renowned banjo player’s creative process and relationships, including lifelong friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, his hero Earl Scruggs (making one of his last on-camera appearances and to whom the concerto is dedicated), wife Abigail Washburn, mentor Tony Trischka, Chris Thile, Chick Corea, his namesake Béla Bartok, the individual players in the orchestra and more.

Step Inside the New Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will officially reveal the final phase of its state-of-the-art expansion on Tuesday, April 15, at 1:15 p.m. with the opening of an additional 10,000 square feet of dynamic new exhibit space. The grand opening ceremony is supported by Ford Motor Company and the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers.

Get Ready for Record Store Day 2014

Record BuyersApril 19th is Record Store Day!! As a vinyl lover who appreciates the LP format and the newer "heavy vinyl" format, this day has special meaning for us. This year we find some gems in the release roster that includes The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, some Greatful Dead, a bit of Gram Parsons, and more. If its something more bluegrass related, there are vinyl releases for our favorite genre too including the newly released A Dotted Line by Nickel Creek, Keep On Walkin' by the Grascals, Will The Circle Be Unbroken in 180 gram vinyl and more.

Dr. Harde on Appalachia Mining Songs at International Country Music Conference

Dr. Roxanne HardeThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased that they can share yet another first rate presentation by a new BFF! Dr. Roxanne Harde of the University of Alberta, Canada will be dealing with “As Long As My Luck and Lungs Hold Out: The Processes of Power in Appalachian Mining Songs.” Harde indicates that since “the 1930s, Southern singer-songwriters have recorded songs about the tensions surrounding Appalachian coal mining, tensions produced by, to paraphrase Michel Foucault, miners and their families functioning as both elements and agents in the processes of power. These lyrics reinscribe power in social institutions, economic inequalities, language, human bodies, and the natural world. Collectively, these songs shift between critiques of the mining companies and the devastation they cause, and passive acceptance of the part played by Appalachian people. The relevant opposition in these lyrics is not between just and unjust uses of power, but between struggle and submission.” Harde develop her analysis by tracing “these oppositions in songs by Florence Reece, A.P. Carter, Jean Ritchie, John Prine, Steve Earle, and Gillian Welch.” Harde’s presentation will fit well with Ron Cohen and Si Kahn’s keynote, Sue Maasek’s Friday evening presentation on Sarah Ogan Gunning, and other discussions on social justice topics.

Appalachian Musician and Bluegrass Radio Host Otis Head, 94 Dies

Otis HeadHarmonica stylist and 60-year radio host Otis Head, age 94, of the Plainview Community, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Heritage Health Care in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. He was born near Prater’s Mill, North of Varnell, Ga. at Gobbler’s Knob. Head was also a prizefighter, Western and Appalachian music promoter and performer and record producer. He began his performance career competing on a talent show in “Doc” Chamberlain’s Medicine Show hosted by country legend Rambin’ Tommy Scott in the late 1930’s.

"Reno's Old Time Music" Hosts Steve Wariner Saturday

Steve WarinerNashville, TN -- Country music legend Steve Wariner will make his debut appearance on “Reno’s Old Time Music” on the RFD-TV network this Saturday, April 12, at 7:00 PM/EDT (6:00 PM/CDT). Wariner will sing some of his greatest hits on the program. The show will re-air on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 AM/EDT (1:30 AM/CDT).

Donna Ulisse on WSM Station Inn Sessions Today

Donna UlisseBluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys will take the stage at the world famous Station Inn at 402 12th Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 10, 2014 as part of the popular WSM-650AM show The Station Inn Sessions. The show is free and open to the public and is hosted by Mike Terry. Ulisse's performance will feature much of the music from her current release Showin' My Roots as well as some of her chart toppers from her six previous releases.

Tower Hill Club hosting JamGrass SpringFest

JamGrass SpringFestLaconia, NH -- Weirs Beach - The Tower Hill Club, located at290 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, New Hampshire will host the inaugural JamGrass Spring Festival and canned food drive on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. on both nights.

Music City Roots Will Move To Factory At Franklin In July

Music City RootsAfter nearly five years of memorable shows at the Loveless Cafe Barn, Music City Roots is making plans to move, at the start of its Summer 2014 season on July 9, to the historic Factory At Franklin, six blocks from the square in Franklin, Tennessee.

Why I Don't Turn On the Radio Anymore

No PC RadioThis so-called "Modern Sensitivity," "Political Correctness," or, more accurately, Censorship is one of the reasons I never turn on a radio anymore. I haven't for years. My family also got rid of TV and its propaganda, high-volume ads and junk programming about ten years ago. I politely listen to the music I want to hear from my own collection of music. Thare are No commercials and No politically correct modern sensitivity censorship in my music. I am free to listen to any music I desire and, I do so in absolute freedom. From "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planets Airmen to David Allen Coe's "Rodeo Song" to a whole lot of bluegrass about killing, moonshine, whiskey and more including "Copper Kettle" about joys brewing 'shine.

Top BBQ Pitmasters Compete at BBQ & Blue Grass Bash

Adam Steffey and The BoxcarsVenice, FL -- On April 19th thousands will descend on Venice Municipal Airport for the 5th Annual Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash. The highly anticipated event is proud to host this year’s Florida Barbecue State Championship and will attract 60 world renowned BBQ Competitors to compete for a $15,000 purse and automatic inclusion to the Food Network’s World Food Championship in Las Vegas, NV. The event also hosts a nationally recognized chili cook-off that the winner also receives a cash prize and entry to the World Food Championship. “We’re honored to host the FBA State Barbecue Championship this year and also to be one of only a few events in the country where both our BBQ and Chili winners get automatic entry to the World Food Championship,” says Don Fisher, founder and organizer of the event.

Chance to Win Dailey & Vincent Nashville Experience Package

Dailey & Vincent Nashville ExperienceNashville, TN -- Calling all Dailey & Vincent Fans -- The bluegrass duo is making it a little easier this year for one lucky winner and a guest to make it to the stage that Dailey & Vincent was born, The Ryman Auditorium. Our friends at Springer Mountain Farms are helping us give away an action packed weekend, including transportation to-and-from Nashville, a hotel room for four nights, two Music City Backstage Attraction passes (free access to museums, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, meet & greet passes to the Dailey & Vincent Ryman show, and more!). As always, Dailey and Vincent are excited to be playing at the Ryman Auditorium, but they're even more excited to be able to be a part of giving someone and a guest this once in a lifetime experience! CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

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