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Nickel Creek's A Dotted Line Coming April 1

Nickel CreekSara Watkins of Nickel Creek writes, "This past June, Sean, Chris and I got together to write some new music. The writing and arranging went so well, that we decided to make an entire record! In November, along with Eric Valentine (who produced Why Should The Fire Die?) we made our new record, A Dotted Line.

The Rise in Popularity of the Banjo

Shackleton BanjoThere was a time when the banjo was reserved for country and bluegrass musicians but the popularity of the instrument is growing, with more and more people picking up a banjo for its beautiful sound, accessibility and versatility. The Great British Banjo Company are happy to be at the forefront of the banjo resurgence in the UK.

Birthplace of Country Music sweeps SFEA Awards

BCM SFEA AwardsBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music® swept the Southeast Festival and Events Association Kaleidoscope Awards, held today in Savannah, Georgia, at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel. The awards recognize the highest levels of achievement in the Southeast's festival and event industry.

The Roys are Top Bluegrass Artist at 10th IAMA

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys, award-winning brother/sister duo, were named Top Bluegrass Artist at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) on Wednesday. The IAMA promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry, acoustic artists in various genres.

Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent Holds #1 for 2nd Week

 Only MeNashville, TN -- Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent holds #1 chart position for 2nd week. The Billboard Bluegrass Chart is based solely on actual sales reported through Sound Scan, and is the only realistic representation of the sale of bluegrass CDs.

Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II Release Side By Side Feb 18

Side by SideNashville, TN -- The ancient and the modern converge to create the timeless in Side By Side, the new Rebel Records album from vocal titan Ralph Stanley and his gifted son and musical heir apparent, Ralph Stanley II. Co-produced by the younger Stanley and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley’s fabled Clinch Mountain Boys band, Side By Side is a compelling collection of 14 new and traditional songs. It will be released Feb. 18. Among the highlights are classics from the pens of A. P. Carter, Charlie Monroe, Albert Brumley and Ernest Tubb and two Ralph Stanley originals—as well as samples of Stanley’s a cappella and clawhammer banjo stylings. Two of the musicians who back the Stanleys on the album—fiddler and mandolinist John Rigsby and banjoist Steve Sparkman—are from the 2002 Grammy-winning edition of the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Bluegrass Festival to Benefit Convoy of Hope

Convoy of HopeSpringfield, MO -- The Eighth Annual Bluegrass Festival for Convoy of Hope will be held Saturday, March 1, at River Bluff Fellowship, 2655 E. Farm Road 188 in Ozark, Missouri. This event, presented by Mark and Gene’s Believer’s Bluegrass, will feature gospel and bluegrass bands including The Dean Family, Potters Wheel, Red Bridge, The New Horizons, Brightwater Junction, Lonesome Road, Casey & The Atta Boys, Jimmie Allison & The Ozark Rounders, Bob & Alta Courtney and The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass.
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Martin Guitar's Navojoa Factory Celebrates 25th Anniversary

 Tara Stephenson, Steven Geiges, Bill Hall (Director of International Manufacturing), Deb Karlowitch (VP Human Resources), Charles ...Nazareth, PA -- C. F. Martin & Co. marked the 25th anniversary of its factory in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico with a celebration attended by the Board of Directors and the newly released Road Series DRSGT and 000RSGT models.

Duty Free Bluegrass at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Duty FreeSaturday, February 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Duty Free Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Duty Free is a bluegrass band based in Bristol, Tennessee. Members of the band are Bobby Love, Charlie Powers, Rick Powers, Hal Boyd, and Tim Laughlin. Bobby plays mandiolin and demonstrates his versatility as a musician by singing both lead and harmony. He’s a songwriter as well who has written several tunes performed by the group. Charlie plays both lead and rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony. Rick plays banjo in the traditional Scruggs style and also lends his vocal talent to the band.

Nu-Blu Begins Second Decade of Bluegrass Journey

Nu-BluDaniel and Carolyn Routh, along with Austin Koerner and Levi Austin make up Nu-Blu – the sensational bluegrass band who has been together for over a decade! They are a dedicated team who works together to reach their common goal of presenting great music during every show! They work hard to develop a sound that gives the listener a unique and diverse experience, centered around their contemporary bluegrass style!

Irene Kelley Celebrates Bluegrass Collection

Irene Kelley and FriendsVeteran singer songwriter Irene Kelley recently celebrated the upcoming February 11th release of her first new collection of original songs, Pennsylvania Coal, with a singular show at The Bluebird Cafe. Joining her were some of the special guests on the new cd, (left to right), Jerry Salley, Claire Lynch, and Carl Jackson.

Music City Roots Goes International with Belfast Show

Music City RootsNashville, TN -- Music City Roots, Nashville’s nationally-syndicated weekly broadcast showcase for outstanding Americana and roots music, is heading overseas for the second time with a webcast production from the United Airlines 10th Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The show will stream on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm local time/1:30 pm central time. The event will be filmed for MCR’s second season on American Public Television.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Announces ROMP Lineup

ROMP 2014Owensboro, KY -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced the lineup for this year's River of Music Party, affectionately known as "ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival." The three day event takes place June 26-28, 2014 in Owensboro, Kentucky. This amazine bluegrass music festival will again feature some of the music's favorite entertainers and a lot of outstanding music. This is the eleventh episode of ROMP and they just keep getting better and better.

New Coon Creek Girls at WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton Feb 22

New Coon Creek GirlsDalton, GA -- On February 22nd, a real treat is happening at the WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton Chapter in Dalton, Georgia. The WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton February 22nd concert will be featuring the New Coon Creek Girls and Beacon in the Valley.

Lynda Weingartz Appointed as New CEO of AirPlay Direct

Lynda WeingartzAirPlay Direct, the global leader in digital delivery to radio, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynda Weingartz to the post of CEO of AirPlay Direct. Since Lynda came onboard in early 2011, she has been instrumental in helping to advance the marketplace position of AirPlay Direct, grow revenues and increase the financial stability of the company. Lynda has effectively negotiated and launched pivotal partnerships for AirPlay Direct with companies such as the Hard Rock Café, the IBMA and record labels / artists around the world.

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