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Valerie Smith Asks What Shape is the Moon

Valerie SmithValerie Smith's single "The Moon Ain't Square" was included in the Daughters of Bluegrass new release on Blue Circle Records "Pickin' Like A Girl" (Disc 2, Track 14). Val got out her video cam and had a fun spring day interviewing various people and groups about the moon. The video is humorous!

Summergrass Festival 2013 Initial Lineup Announced

Summergrass 2013San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is Southern California's most exciting bluegrass music festival. Summergrass is pleased to announce their 2013 festival, marking their 11th year held at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA, a fascinating 40 acre outdoor museum, you won't want to miss it. This year's headlinerlineup features NewFound Road, Sierra Hull, Bluegrass Etc, Flatt Lonesome,, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. Also appearing will be: Bluegrass Brethren, Box Canyon, Front Porch Preservation Society, Full Deck, Gone Tomorrow, Next Generation, Old Town Road, Roustabouts.

Randall Franks Inducted to Independent Country Music Hall of Fame

Randall Franks PresentationAppalachian Entertainer and actor Randall Franks joins historic country music luminaries such as A.P. Carter of the Carter Family, Pop Stoneman of the Stoneman Family, Uncle Dave Macon and Fiddlin’ John Carson in the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. Franks was inducted alongside several industry friends including Leona Williams, Razzy Bailey, Jean Shepherd, Jimmy C. Newman, the late Billie Jo Spears, Glenn Douglas Tubb, Jerry and Helen Burke, Leslie Elliott, Jim Lusk, Phyllis Cole and the late Johnny Carson.

Museum and Library Present the World Premiere of String City

Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumNashville, TN -- Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Nashville Public Libary and Foundation will present the world premiere of String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry. Many of country music’s most impactful artists, from early musical architects to contemporary superstars, will perform together on the Ford Theater stage this summer—in a manner of speaking: The world premiere of String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a colorful telling of the history of country music in Nashville, will take place June 20 at 8 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Tickets will be available on May 9, 2013.

Initial Lineup Announced for IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin, Edie BrickellNashville, Tenn. (May 1, 2013) — The International Bluegrass Music Association – IBMA – is pleased to make its first announcement of talent for the newly-named Wide Open Bluegrass festival, to be held at the Raleigh, NC Convention Center andAmphitheater on September 27th and 28th.

Public Funeral Service Details for George Jones Announced

George Jones Nashville, Tenn. (May 1, 2013) – George Jones’ funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, starting at 10 am (Central) and will be open to the public. Doors will open at 9 am. "George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," said publicist Kirt Webster. Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Kindred Records Signs Record Deal with JD Messer and Sanctified

JD Messer and SanctifiedIrvine, KY -- Kindred Records has signed a record deal with Kermit, West Virginia bluegrass music group JD Messer and Sanctified. The band is currently in the studio recording tracks for a new Gospel all-original project and is planned for the Kindred Records debut release this summer.

The Expedition Show Looks Forward to Stormy Horizons

Stormy HorizonsThe Expedition Show is very excited to announce that their new CD, Stormy Horizons, on Mountain Fever Records will be officially released on Tuesday, May 14th! However, the band will have some advance copies ready to ship on May 6th so they are offering the project for pre-order now.

The Roys Join the Honor One Campaign

The Roys Honor One campaignNashville, TN -- Country music stars The Roys, Lucas Hoge, Danielle Peck, Jett Williams, Buddy Jewell and Andy Griggs recently provided their support to the newly launched "HonorOne Campaign" by recording public service announcements and detailing their personal experiences with the military.

Marty Raybon Wins 4 CGM Fan Awards

Marty RaybonNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that Marty Raybon has won 4 Christian Gospel Music (CGM) Fan Awards including “Favorite Song” for “I’ve Seen What He Can Do”, “Favorite Male Vocalist”, “Favorite Musician” and “Favorite Crossover Artist” at the 4th annual CGM Fan Awards show presented by Christian Voice Magazine. The Awards were announced during the 2013 CGM Fan Award show at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN on April 27th.

Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome Release Single "These Old Blues"

Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome-These Old BluesWillis, VA) — Former Larry Sparks sideman, Jeff Brown along with his new band, Still Lonesome, release the single "These Old Blues" from their upcoming June Mountain Fever release, Blue Side of Me today. The song was written by Brown’s former boss, Larry Sparks and sister Bernice (Jaymore Music ©BMI). Members of Still Lonesome, Jeff Brown, Austin Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship and Josh Underwood, all add their own unique flair to the group’s music. Wyatt Rice makes a guest appearance on guitar.

The Spinney Brothers' "No Borders" Debuts on WAMU Bluegrass Country

No BordersNova Scotia, Canada -- WAMU's Bluegrass Country will feature an Official Debut of No Borders, the brand new CD from The Spinney Brothers on Mountain Fever Records, on Tuesday, April 30th. The band will be in studio with radio programmer Lee Michael Demsey who will not only play a few tracks from the CD, but will also have The Spinney Brothers perform some of their new songs live, all beginning at 11:00am ET.

Reborn Released on Pinecastle Records

RebornPinecastle Records is proud to announce Tuesday's new 12 track album release of Reborn by Newton & Thomas. The first single, “Old McDonald Sold the Farm," written by Kenny Boudrea, Darryl Landry, and Ryan Roberts, debuted last week on Bluegrass Today’s Top Song chart. “Great tune, great lyrics, great theme! Everything is there to take this single to the top of the charts and possibly become an anthem for the farmers and ranchers throughout this country,” said Digital Rodeo in a recent review of the single. A music video for the song is being filmed this weekend in Franklin, Tennessee. border=0 height=200 width=209 /

Three Concerts Announced for the Grass In The Hall Series

Nu-BluCharleston, SC -- Awendaw Green is proud to announce the second in the Grass in the Hall concert series taking place June 7 at the Charleston Music Hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7:30 with performances by The Black Iron Gathering, The Bushels, and Nu Blu. Advanced tickets go on sale April 30 for $15 at Etix.com or can be purchased at the door for $20.

The Boxcars Latest Album "It's Just A Road" Out Today

 It's Just a RoadArden, NC -- Without a predetermined list or a rigid plan, Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon met in the studio; sharing songs and ideas. In less than four days, the Boxcars walked out of that studio with twelve dynamic tracks executed with the characteristic emotion, precision, and cleverness that fans have come to expect from The Boxcars. The reigning IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year releases It's Just A Road, displaying the band’s versatility with a variety of elements that include Swing, Old Time, Gospel and quite possibly the finest Bluegrass heard anywhere. The band is comprised of five players who could individually play with anyone they wish, but they choose The Boxcars. It’s rock solid, masterful, delicious Bluegrass; rooted in tradition and flavored with contemporary finesse.

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