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Bluegrass Artist Bob Schacht Passed Away

Bob SchachtRobert Marshall Schacht, 69, passed away in his home in Flagstaff on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Born September 18, 1943 in Racine, Wisconsin to Alice and Robert Schacht, Bob was the second of five children. In 1946 the family moved to Madison. They were a musical family, and Bob pursued his love of music throughout his life, singing tenor and playing stand-up bass in bluegrass bands and guitar in church groups.

Pickin' For Joe: A Fundraising Campaign for Joe Briggs

Joe BriggsBluegrass banjo artist Bill Evans writes, "My longtime good friend and great bluegrass and jazz bass player Joe Briggs has asked for the help of his friends as he battles cancer. He and his wife Cheri are asking for donations so that Cheri can take off from work for the next several weeks to be there for Joe. Joe has had recent surgery and chemo. He needs our help and now is the time."

And the Court Says... Jerusalem Ridge Can Use Bill Monroe's Name

Bill MonroeCampbell (Doc) Mercer sent us a not today with some exciting and good news. The appeals court in Kentucky has ruled that the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival can use "Bill Monroe" in promoting the festival that takes place each year in Rosine, Kentucky near the home place of the father of bluegrass music. This will hopefully put an end to a feud that has been ongoing for nearly 10 years.

Rodney and Beverly Dillard Join The Pink Arrow Project

Rodney & Beverly DillardAtlanta, GA -- Mary J. Hale, Founder and CEO of the Pink Arrow Project is proud to announce Rodney and Beverly Dillard have joined the organization to help raise awareness to the project. “My wife, Beverly and I are proud to be a part of the Pink Arrow Project. Cancer has touched wonderful people in both of our families including Beverly's mother. We stand with all who will work towards eradicating this disease,” said Rodney Dillard.

Donna the Buffalo Winter and Spring 2013 Tour Announced

Donna The BuffaloAsheville, NC -- Donna the Buffalo will be touring throughout the East this Winter and into the Spring. This February marks their appearance at the 2nd annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami (the 4th in a family of GrassRoots Festivals hosted by Donna the Buffalo). In March, Donna the Buffalo returns, for the 17th year in a row, to Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak Florida!

Rural Rhythm to Release First of Special Series on The Civil War Feb 12

 Civil War True Stories about Real PeopleNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to present a special event album God Didn't Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People, Volume 1. The album release date is February 12, 2013 on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The album's cover art is a painting by Hongmin Zou titled "Resurrection Morn".

“Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu Debuts On Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 30 Songs Chart

Nu-BluNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu’s thought provoking new single, “Martha and Mary” made its debut this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 30 Songs chart. The song appears on Nu-Blu’s Nail by Nail album on Pinecastle Records. “One of the best tracks on the album is Martha and Mary, a powerful, banjo-driven tune written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell... It’s the kind of song that you can’t help listening to without nodding your head in agreement… in rhythm,” says Parchbench in a recent review.

Appalachian Cultural Music Association Pickin’ Porch Re-opens in Bristol

The Pickin' Porch ShowBristol, TN/VA -- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association’s Pickin’ Porch will re-open on a new night and at a new location starting this coming Monday evening January 14th at 7:00 pm. The ACMA Pickin’ Porch will present free concerts to the public at 620 State Street in downtown Bristol every Monday evening in the future as well.

Bonnie Lohman and Marilyn Ryan in Tucson Concert January 26

Marilyn RyanDon’t miss this exciting concert with Bonnie Lohman and Marilyn Ryan on Saturday, January 26 at 7 pm at the Commission building, 240 N. Court Avenue, downtown Tucson, Arizona. Bonnie Lohman, one of the founders of the Desert Bluegrass Association, is a veteran bass and guitar with the Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers’ Band. She also plays autoharp, fiddle, banjo, and sings. Bonnie has played at numerous festivals and local venues.

28th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 15 - 17

Seldom SceneBoston, MA -- Bluegrass is a music with innovation woven into its very fabric: It’s founding generation drew proudly from traditional songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes, while enlivening them with daring instrumental techniques (Earl Scruggs’ pioneering three-finger banjo roll), new rhythmic foundations (including jazz and blues influences), and haunting high, lonesome harmonies. The 28th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival — presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) on Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 15-17, 2013, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA — is a celebration of bluegrass’s inspired blending of past and future.

It’s “A Better Place” for Detour Bluegrass Band

A Better PlaceTraverse City, MI -- Powerhouse bluegrass band, Detour, begins the new year with a bang as chart success for their album, A Better Place continues to pour in. This stellar project is currently: #10 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart; appears on Bluegrass Today’s Top Favorite Albums of 2012 by David Morris; is #3 on WYCO Radio’s The Bluegrass Express Top 20 Songs for 2012; and one of Prescription Bluegrass’ Top 15 CDS of 2012. "Frankly, this band just blew us away,” said Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass.

March 1st Grass In The Hall Concert Announced

Grass At The HallNashville, TN -- Awendaw Green is proud to announce the March 1, 2013 Grass in the Hall concert with bluegrass music artists Town Mountain, Cumberland River and Barefoot Movement at the Charleston Music Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased at Etix.com. This is a special kick-off event for the Sweet Grass Music Festival and The Charleston Bluegrass Festival that will take place this summer. More details on those events will be announced soon.

New Bluegrass Music Single by Marty Raybon and Full Circle

Marty RaybonRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new Bluegrass single, “That Janie Baker” by Marty Raybon & Full Circle released this week to radio via the label’s Fresh Cut & Key Tracks CD and at AirplayDirect.com.The song appears on Marty’s straight-up new Bluegrass album, The Back Forty, releasing in March celebrating his 40 years entertaining audiences around the world.

First Single, “Run Secretariat Run" By Dale Pyatt Released To Radio

Dale PyattNashville, TN -- Award-winning singer-songwriter, Dale Pyatt has released the first single, “Run Secretariat Run” to radio. The song was written by Dale Pyatt and Charlie Hall and is now available to radio stations at AirplayDirect.com. Dale Pyatt, the album, is now available for digital purchase at CD Baby and the physical version is set for release on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Help James Reams Celebrate his Birthday

James ReamsJames Reams of James Reams & The Barnstormers will be celebrating his birthday this week. We hope you'll help him celebrate by playing his music in honor of his special day. This year also marks James' 20th anniversary as a bandleader! James Reams & The Barnstormers are touring coast-to-coast in honor of the occasion. In addition, the long awaited release of the DVD documentary, Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words is expected to occur by mid-year.

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