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Compass Records Signs Bluegrass Band The Bankesters

The BankestersNashville, TN -- Compass Records is excited to announce that The Bankesters have joined its roster of bluegrass artists. Phil and Dorene Bankester and their three daughters and son-in-law are known for some of the finest harmony singing in bluegrass music. They are currently at work gathering material for a new album to be produced by Alison Brown and tentatively slated for a fall 2013 release. In the meantime, Compass will be re-releasing the band’s latest album Looking Forward on May 28th for international distribution.

Donna the Buffalo Set To Unveil First Studio Album in 5 Years

 Tonight, Tomorrow and YesterdayNashville, Tenn. (April 16, 2013) – More energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career, roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo will debut their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18 via Sugar Hill Records.

Students to Perform at Annual Words & Music Night

Words and MusicNashville, TN -- Young songwriters will fill the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Ford Theater with songs about chicken noodle soup, the love of autumn, American presidents and more on Tuesday, April 30, during the museum’s annual Words & Music Night. Grammy award-winning artist Gretchen Wilson will host the program. The Words & Music program is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music. Nashville-area students will perform their original songs accompanied by volunteer professional songwriters during the event. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to performing students and their families.

Delfest Coming Soon - Ticket Deadline Sooner!

DelFest 2013Nashville, TN -- Anticipation for the sixth Annual DelFest has ratcheted up significantly in recent weeks. Whether it’s from the spring weather in the air, the additional line-up announcements, or the faithful fans just not able to wait much longer, it’s safe to say that this year’s festival can’t come soon enough.

Marty Raybon's “That Janie Baker” is AirPlay Direct Focus Track

 The Back FortyOn January 8th, Rural Rhythm Records announced the new bluegrass single “That Janie Baker” from his latest album, The Back Forty was released to radio stations. AirPlay Direct is featuring the track as their Focus Track. Terry Herd of Bluegrass Radio Network, after hearing the track, commented “That Janie Baker’ is one of those songs you find yourself singing along with, even before you know the words.”

James Reams & The Barnstormers Appearing at Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival

Hi-Country Bluegrass FestivalJames Reams & The Barnstormers will be appearing at the Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 4th at 2:45 PM and 5 PM. 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.”

Johnson City Sessions Artwork, Marker Unveiled

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, April 5, Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee was abuzz with sounds and sights of the past. Local residents, media and organizations gathered to celebrate the Birthplace of Country Music®’s musical sibling: the 1928 Johnson City Sessions. BCM President John Rainero spoke to the Sessions' impact--one still being felt as partnerships are formed today.

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America

Joel Sweeney and the BanjoAppomattox is the birthplace of Joel Sweeney and the rest of his banjo playing kith and kin. The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, along with a newly created friends group, without which this could not happen, and Mark Weems of the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, are planning a celebration of Sweeney, the Africans he learned from and the banjo. The Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America Festival is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday May 10-11th 2013.

Trampled by Turtles Celebrates 10 Years of Trampling with Minnesota Tour

Trampled by Turtles2013 marks Trampled by Turtles 10 year anniversary as a band. To celebrate, the group is hitting the road this month and next in their home state of Minnesota -- the place where it all began. When Trampled by Turtles was created, all the musicians wanted to do was play music with acoustic instruments as a break from their rock bands. The members learned old fiddle songs, traditional folk songs, bluegrass songs, and what few original songs they had, followed those formulas. As it happened however, the first year of existence of this band was also the last year of existence for their other bands. Ten years later, the music community is happy that the group went in the direction that they did.

Whitetop Mountain Band to Play Carter Family Fold April 20

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s. Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Randall Franks Returns to GMC TV in “Lukewarm”

Randle Franks & Nicole Gale AndersonActor/entertainer Randall Franks will return to GMC TV in his latest film “Lukewarm” on April 21. Franks appeared as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” and he stars with fellow CBS alumnus John Schneider in the film “Lukewarm” which is already available on DVD. Franks portrays John Keebley who is both a pastor and surrogate father to the main character Luke Rogers, portrayed by actor Jeremy Jones. The film is from Slingshot Pictures, All Entertainment and Image Entertainment.

New Music From Dailey & Vincent

Brothers Of The HighwayFinally! To all of the D&V fans around the world... Brothers Of The Highway, the highly anticipated new album from Dailey & Vincent, will be released on May 7th.

Country Music Hall of Fame Awarded NEH Grant to Digitize Country Music Artifacts

Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has received a $280,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, museum officials announced today. The grant will fund the digitization of rare and fragile components of the museum's collection. The grant's title is Preservation and Access: Digitizing Rare and Fragile Components of the Country Music.

Compass Records Signs Darden Smith

Darden SmithNashville, TN -- Compass Records is proud to announce the signing of Americana singer-songwriter Darden Smith. His Compass debut Love Calling was co-produced by Gary Paczosa and John Randall and represents the culmination of his work as an artist and global philanthropist. It is slated for release on August 27th

Banjo Meets Mandolin with Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall

Banjo Meets MandolinNapa, CA /Mandolin Cafe/ -- ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, in conjunction with Mandolin Cafe is proud to present a free online workshop featuring Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall. The workshop takes place online April 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time and will be moderated by Mandolin Cafe Founder Scott Tichenor. On hand will be twice Grammy-nominated Banjo player Tony Trischka and fellow Grammy nominee, mandolin teacher and performer extraordinaire, Mike Marshall.

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