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The Crooked Road Music Series to feature Blacksburg Market Square Jam

Blacksburg Market Square JamHeartwood, VA -- Blacksburg is well-known as a college town, but it is also the location of one of the most vibrant old time and bluegrass music scenes in The Crooked Road region. This is thanks in part to their Market Square Jam, which creates a bustling scene for traditional music lovers and folks who just like a lively downtown atmosphere. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2013, the Blacksburg Market Square Jam from Montgomery County will be the featured Venue Showcase at Heartwood. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the series performances.

The Spinney Brothers Release Single from Upcoming New Album

No BordersWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records will release the new CD titled No Borders, by Nova Scotia, Canada natives, The Spinney Brothers, on May 7th and the first single “Grandpa’s Way of Life” hits radio today. The Brothers are considered “Canada’s International Bluegrass Band.” No Borders marks the band’s second release on the Virginia based label and is produced by well known bluegrass musician Ron Stewart, who's recognizable fiddle playing can also be heard on "Grandpa's Way of Life."Grandpa

California Bluegrass Association's Bluegrass Camp for Kids

CBA Bluegrass Camps for KidsThe California Bluegrass Association is very pleased to finally offer an instructional camp for kids during our 38th Annual Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley this year. We will still offer Kids on Bluegrass, our performance activity for young people and our expanded KidFest, our recreational activity.

James Reams and The Barnstormers Heat Up Durango Meltdown

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers, featuring Blaine Sprouse on fiddle, will be appearing at the Durango Meltdown on April 19th and 20th along with Larry Gillis and Hard-Driving Swampgrass. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band at Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series

Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute BandThe Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band will be performing at the Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series, being held back in the Old (recently renovated) Lucketts Schoolhouse located at 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, VA 20176 which on Sat., March 23, 2013. It's going to be great getting back into this historic building which has housed so many great bluegrass over the years and plans on continuing on for many more years to come.

The Roys Ready To Bring Signature Sound To European Audiences

The RoysNashville, TN -- Award-winning brother/sister duo The Roys will cover new territory May 1 - 5 as they make their European debut with select dates at two picturesque Danish Culture Houses, Germany's ever-popular 11th Annual Buehler Bluegrass Festival and the quintessential English theatre, Leicester Square. Hailed for their superb sibling harmonies, signature "Rootsy Bluegrass Country" sound and compelling original tunes, The Roys complement their vocal style with a vibrant and progressive instrumental attitude that has enchanted fans since the duo's first release.

Della Mae Unveils "This World Oft Can Be" May 28

Della Mae: This World Oft Can BeOn May 28, Boston-based quintet Della Mae will release their debut for Rounder, This World Oft Can Be. The album, which was produced by Bryan Sutton and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Hole, Dinosaur Jr.) shows that like the Avett Brothers, Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, these five multitalented young women are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.

ROMP Bluegrass Festival to Feature Premier Acts

Punch BrothersOwensboro, KY -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum is proud to announce the line-up for their epic 10th Anniversary of ROMP (River of Music Party). An international event, ROMP features legendary, traditional bluegrass artists alongside the far-flung roots and branches of bluegrass music. Rather than being a strictly bluegrass festival, it is a festival held strictly in support of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Mountain Park Old Time Band Stirs the Air at Carter Fold

Mountain Park Old Time BandThere will be a film crew from African television doing a segment entitled Country Hart met Juanita – A Journey to the Heart of Country. The film segment will feature Juanita Du Plessis, a South African singer who has won multiple CMA awards in her native Africa. She has been voted the most popular artist in South Africa, has released 11 CDs and 5 DVDs, and has had a total of 44 platinum awards. Country Hart met Juanita is a road trip through the southern states in search of the influences of country music. Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Flatt Lonesome Making A Sweet Noise at Radio

Flatt LonesomeNashville, TN – With a tune from their self-titled debut album on Pisgah Ridge Records, a division of Mountain Home Records, Flatt Lonesome, moves into the airplay Top 10 with “I’m Blue.” The song was written by Flatt Lonesome’s Paul Harrigill and his sister, Amber Nugent.

Protest March to Bring Back Classic Country and Bluegrass

Margaret Maggie PennMargaret Maggie Penn has organized an 'Old Farts and Jackasses' protest march in Nashville, Tenn for April 17th. The march is to protest the fact that our country radio stations are playing mostly rock music and not including our Classic Country and Bluegrass.

Full Scholarship Available to Pete Wernick’s Pre-MerleFest Bluegrass Jam Camp

Pete Leading Cabin Stage CampersPete Wernick tells us of the availability of a full scholarship to his 2013 Jam Camp in Boomer, NC. The camp, open to pickers of all bluegrass instruments, runs Monday through Thursday, April 22-25, immediately prior to MerleFest. It offers both basic skills and intermediate tracks.

PineCone Brings the Del McCoury Band to Raleigh for One Night Only

Del McCoury BandRaleigh, NC -- PineCone is delighted to welcome The Del McCoury Band back to Raleigh, North Carolina for a night of world-class bluegrass music. Del McCoury has spent more than 50 years as a professional musician, and during that time, he and his band have become the most awarded act in the history of bluegrass. Make plans to see the Del McCoury Band on April 4.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Celebrate the Legacy of Dottie West

Dottie WestNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present three special programs this spring in support of the spotlight exhibition Dottie West: Country Sunshine, which runs through May 2, 2013. On Saturday, March 30, Country Sunshine: Remembering Dottie West will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. The panel discussion will feature former West protégé Steve Wariner, Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely, songwriter Red Lane and West’s daughter Shelly West—an artist in her own right—sharing memories of the talented artist. Prior to the panel, Lane, who wrote West’s hits “Country Girl” and “Come See Me and Come Lonely,” will also present a Songwriter Session at 11:30 a.m. in the Ford Theater.

Dailey & Vincent Get Back To Their Roots On "Brothers Of The Highway"

Brothers Of The HighwayAcclaimed bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent will release their sixth studio album, Brothers Of The Highway, on May 7, 2013. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-nominated The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent features a pair of original Jamie Dailey compositions as well as ten stirring and evocative new interpretations of songs made famous by the likes of Vince Gill, the Louvin Brothers, Kathy Mattea, Bill Monroe, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, George Strait, and Porter Wagoner.

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