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Balsam Range Rewards Fans with New Balsam Nation

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- Members of the award winning band Balsam Range have earned a reputation for giving back. The band of friends from Haywood County, NC has raised more than half a million dollars for a variety of charities. Now, the giving extends to their ever-growing fan base as well.

If Nobody's Listening, Is the Grass Still Blue?

James ReamsBy Special Guest Contributor, Bluegrass recording artist James Reams
There's a raging debate going on in the world of bluegrass between traditionalists and futurists. But bluegrass isn’t going to make a sound if nobody’s listening a generation from now.

Bluegrass Museum Ramping Up For ROMP

Sam Bush at ROMPOld Crow Medicine Show, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Sarah Jarosz, and 23 String Band are among the dozens of talented acts set to perform at Owensboro's ROMP Festival, June 25-28. ROMP Festival is a four-day music and camping festival hosted at both the museum, in downtown Owensboro, and at Yellow Creek Park, a gorgeous 150-acre facility that is a perfect setting for a music festival. ROMP features traditional and legendary bluegrass artists alongside old time and progressive bluegrass musicians who expand the boundaries to the far-flung roots and branches of bluegrass.

Detour Offering Free Bluegrass Song Download

 Going Nowhere FastNashville, TN -- For a limited time only, Detour is offering a free download of their new single, "Too Blue To Have The Blues" from their new album, Going Nowhere Fast. Just a few weeks ago, this hot new tune, made its debut at #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart. Fans can download the new song at Mountain Fever Records' drop box here.

New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters at Carter Fold Saturday

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, May 24th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over twelve years. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Inaugural Bluegrass In The Mountain Concert Sunday June 8th

McLain Family BandWilmore, KY -- The volunteers of the Troubadour Concert Series and Highbridge Spring Water are excited to present what we hope will be the first in a series of concerts held inside the mountain of amazing Highbridge Cave. We kid you not ... this will be fun! Our premier concert will be the legendary McLain Family Band, making bluegrass music worldwide for nearly 50 years. They began performing as a family in Hindman, later on at Renfro Valley and even started a hugely popular bluegrass festival in Berea. They toured in over 60 nations around the world and have performed in venues as diverse as major festivals, symphony halls and Carnegie Hall. McLain Family Band

Missy Werner Announces New Album for July 1st

Turn This Heart AroundThe title Missy has chosen for her new album is Turn This Heart Around and the release is slated for an official street date of July 1st, 2014. Missy and her band look forward to sharing this set of recordings that will feature select cuts by the band and also some very special guests and songwriters. The Cincinnati area singer and bandleader Missy Werner is heading for the airwaves with the project’s second single, “Rocks In The River,” which has been made available to broadcasters via AirplayDirect. The song, an ode to enduring love, follows the album’s first single, “I Always Do".

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Winners

Jeff DaughertyThe John Hartford Memorial Festival has announced the winners of their 2nd Annual John Hartford Songwriting Contest. The top three winners will receive two passes to the festival and perform their original song on the main stage on Friday, May 30. “These songs were all very well crafted and extremely difficult to score,” said Ernie Hill, contest organizer. “We are ecstatic to see the influence that John Hartford has had in every one of these fine songs. I've scored many songwriting contests over the years. Our scorers for this year’s contest agreed that the submissions were all very good in creativity and melodic quality.”

Huck Finn Hosts Dr. Ralph Stanley, The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent

Ralph StanleyOntario, CA -- Huck Finn Jubilee, California’s jam and bluegrass festival, will sport three days of music this Father’s Day weekend, showcasing some of the top names in the industry including The String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, The Gibson Brothers and the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, who will make his final West Coast performance at Huck Finn as a part of his farewell tour.

ROMP VIP Ticket Give Away

ROMP 2014Owensboro, KY -- You could win the ultimate VIP ROMP Festival experience. The International Bluegrass Music Museum which hosts this outstanding annual bluegrass music festival hs having a prize give away contest. One lucky winner will get the ultimate VIP ROMP Fest experience and VIP Prize that includes Two VIP weekend passes, Four night stay at the Hampton Inn and a $100 Gift Card to Synergy Organic Clothing. The entire package is valued at $1700! Head over to the ROMP Fest Facebook page to enter.

Dolly Parton 'Blue Smoke' Track-by-Track for Bluegrass

Dolly Parton Track-by-Track for Blue SmokeWe've written about Dolly Parton's latest project, Blue Smoke a few times including their initial exposure in Australia to a more recent CD release announcement. It is no secret that Dolly Parton has been a supporter and fan of Bluegrass Music for what seems like forever. Why not? She was born, raised and lived mountain and bluegrass music. It is in her genes and in her roots. This latest release allows this gifted and blessed artist the freedom to explore those bluegrass roots. The following Track-by-Track will give fans, old and new, a new insight into Dolly and her music.

North Carolina Heritage Award Performances Set for May 20

Bobby Hicks by Pat FranklinFive North Carolinians from diverse artistic traditions will be awarded the North Carolina Heritage Award on Tuesday, May 20 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Recipients include: Bobby Hicks, a 10-time Grammy award-winning bluegrass fiddler; Susan Leveille, a Jackson County hand weaver; Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove; Bill Myers, whose band The Monitors has played rhythm and blues and jazz music for more than 50 years; and Arnold Richardson, a Haliwa-Saponi artist who has influenced the revitalization of North Carolina Indian arts. These five accomplished artists will be honored on Tuesday, May 20 in Raleigh with a North Carolina Heritage Award.

World of Bluegrass Inaugural Film Fest Seeking Submissions

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- Trade in your banjo for some popcorn (don’t worry, you’ll get it back) and grab a seat for IBMA’s first Bluegrass Film Festival at World of Bluegrass, September 30-Octber 4 in Raleigh, NC! Bluegrass’ biggest family reunion and business conference is the perfect place to showcase quality films produced around the music, and IBMA is taking submissions.

Exciting News from Dust-to-Digital

Michigan-I-OIn 1938 the Library of Congress dispatched Alan Lomax—already a seasoned field worker at age 23—to complete a folklife survey of the Great Lakes region. He set off in a 1935 Plymouth Deluxe 4-door sedan, toting a Presto instantaneous disc recorder, a still camera, and a moving image camera. He returned almost three months later, having driven thousands of miles on barely paved roads, with a cache of 250 discs and 8 reels of film. These materials documented the diversity of ethnicity—Irish, Finnish, Serbian, Polish, German, Croatian, Canadian French, Hungarian, and more—in Michigan, as well as cultural expression among loggers and lake sailors.

Better than Blue is Best of the New

Better Than BlueEver since the Trinity River Band hit the scene, I've been captured by their sound. Each release and performance better and better. By the time their 2013 release, Today Don't Look Like Rain, hit the streets, I was hooked. Then, came their newest project, Better Than Blue and I'm in awe at the artistry of this Harris family band. Better Than Blue may actually be better than many of the other recent releases.

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