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Masters of Bluegrass Scheduled for Paramount Center March 15th

Bluegrass MastersBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, March 15th, lucky audiences in Bristol, Tennesssee are slated to be the first to enjoy an unparalleled bluegrass musical experience when two new bands of bluegrass legends and masters, for whom the term “supergroup” seems grossly inadequate, make their first road appearances since each debuted at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass last October. Originally scheduled for January 25th, the program had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. Now, Bristol's Paramount Center for the Arts has rescheduled this outstanding program for next month.

Kim Robins Releases Debut Album “40 Years Late”

40 Years LateNashville, TN -- Kim Robins is proud to announce her debut album, 40 Years Late, set to release on Feb 5th, 2013. 40 Years Late is a timeless piece featuring 12 songs that display heartache and regeneration. Robins will be showcasing her new album with many dates in Indiana, January through March. Seven of the twelve songs were written by Robins herself, telling stories about keeping a dream in the back seat for many years; it will speak to those who have done the same. This wonderful collection includes stories that reflect Robins’ own life through her own original songs and remakes from bluegrass legends.

Woodsongs Celebrates J.D. Crowe Monday Feb 11

J.D. CroweJ.D. Crowe is in fact one of the greatest bluegrass stars of all time. He comes to WoodSongs to help us celebrate his legacy career, amazing banjo style and his recent honors from the University of Kentucky. Crowe began playing the banjo early and was offered a job with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys in mid-1950s. In the late 1960s, Crowe formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys, principally performing in the Lexington, Kentucky region. By the early 1970s, Crowe changed the band's name to The New South, widely considered one of the most influential bluegrass groups in history.

Rhonda Vincent Wins Top Honors at SPBGMA Awards

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- It was a Super Sunday in Nashville as the MOST Award Winning Band in Bluegrass – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage – added an additional 5 awards to their list of honors at the 39th Annual SPBGMA Awards (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America), held at the Music City Sheraton. www.spbgma.com

First All-Europe Jam Camp Expected to Sell Out

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick, who originated Bluegrass Jam Camps at Merlefest in 1999, will celebrate in late April hosting his 15th annual camp there. Just a month earlier, March 22-24, he will introduce his jam camp to Europe, taking over Prague's Hotel Svornost for three days to host pickers from over eight countries, England to Slovakia. Camp registration, half-full as of early February, is expected to sell out in advance.

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Special March 2nd

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- On Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m., the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special panel discussion, Forever with Us: The 50th Anniversary of a Country Music Tragedy, in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame member Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes, whose lives were lost in a plane crash a half century ago, and Jack Anglin, who died in a separate tragedy. Hosted by Eddie Stubbs, the panel features Charlie Dick, Kathy Hughes, Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard and Bobby Wright.

Grammy Nominated Dailey & Vincent Receive Numerous SPBGMA Awards

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- Famed bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent received multiple top honors at the 39th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards on Sunday, February 3, where they were named “Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall),” “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary).” These awards come on the heels of their Grammy® nomination “Bluegrass Album of the Year” (awards to be held on February 10, 2013), their second Grammy® nomination since the formation of the celebrated duo in 2012.

Doyle Lawson Celebrates 50 Years of Bluegrass with SPBGMA Awards

Doyle LawsonNASHVILLE, TN (February 5, 2013) – Doyle Lawson was named Mandolin Performer of the Year by the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) at the 39th Annual SPBMA Bluegrass Music Awards held on Sunday evening at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville. Lawson received a total of four (4) SPBGMA Award Nominations including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) with his band Quicksilver.

Austin’s Own Wood & Wire Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

Wood & WireAustin, TX -- Austin’s own Wood & Wire releases its self-titled debut album today. Recorded in Nashville and produced by award-winning engineer Erick Jaskowiack, Wood & Wire showcases more than a dozen original bluegrass and Americana compositions written by the group.

Grayson Highlands Band at Carter Fold Feb 9

Grayson Highlands BandHiltons, VA -- The Grayson Highlands Band, from the Jefferson, North Carolina area, plays a variety of old time music, ranging from rousing fiddle tunes to traditional songs and ballads. They are regulars at the Christmas in July Festival, the Albert Hash Festival, the Rugby Fall Festival, the Greater Lansing Area Festival, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. They have also been the guest band on the Gary Poe Live radio show several times, and have won numerous awards at regional fiddlers’ conventions. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Grayson Highlands Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.left

Singularity Record & Shows Come to Cali!

Casey DriessenThe Singularity record is finished! The other night at dinner, I was wishing that I had this record done for my first solo appearances on the west coast. And then it dawned on me - maybe I could! So, I burned the midnight oil, pulled out the remainder of my hair, and ordered up a scant 150 in simple packaging to meet me at the first show. If you or your family or friends live on the west coast, you may be in luck - come to think of it, I'll be the lucky one. For those that are not on the west coast, your time will come. The final'll be finished soon.

ACMA Presents 17th Annual Leon Kiser Concert Feb. 23rd

Leon KiserBristol, TN/VA -- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association announces the “17th Annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Concert” which will be held Saturday, February 23rd at the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street in downtown Bristol, TN. Proceeds from this event go to fund the “Benny Sims and ACMA’s Leon Kiser Scholarships at ETSU.

IBMA Announces Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2013

IBMA Leadership BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is pleased to announce the participants of Leadership Bluegrass 2013. Leadership Bluegrass, now in its 14th year with more than 300 alumni, is an intensive, three-day program of interactive learning and networking experiences that invites participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing our music, along with related leadership issues.

The Lumineers on Cover of New Music Magazine ‘LargoUmbra’

Largo UmbraLargoUmbra, a website for a visual orchestration of sound and feeling mixed with the personalities of those who bring you some of the sweetest and most enjoyable sounds in music, is proud to announce the launch of their premiere online magazine. Grammy nominated artist, The Lumineers grace the cover of the debut issue that contains numerous feature articles including a preview of The 2013 Grammy Awards, a new album from the hit TV show Justified, and more. Some of the talented artists covered in the February issue include roots and bluegrass music artists: Jewel, Donna Hughes, Lonesome River Band, Alabama Shakes, Allen Levi, The Roys, Lisa Matassa, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Rodney Dillard, and more.

Randall Franks Fiddles and Funnies his way in Children’s Adventure Film

Randall Franks as Edgar AlbertActor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” makes a special cameo appearance in the children’s adventure “The Solomon Bunch” releasing Tuesday, Feb. 5 to DVD and OnDemand. Among the youth stars are Abbey Kochman, Landon Dodson, Ethan Meeks, Micah Courtland, and Ashton Williamson.

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