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New Music from Balsam Range with New Album "Five"

FiveNashville, TN --- IBMA Album of the Year winner, Balsam Range, returns with the band’s appropriately-titled fifth album. Five is set for release on June 17th. Five exemplifies Balsam Range as one of the most remarkable bands in Acoustic music. If the goal was to elevate the level of songs, performance, production value, and excitement, then Five surely marks the successful achievement of that goal.

2014 FreshGrass Workshops Update

Mass MoCA WorkshopNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The 2014 FreshGrass festival rolls out its new series of unrivaled workshops by performers, educators, and industry insiders. Learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music, such as Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown of Compass Records, Fretboard Journal, North Adams-based Sauvé Guitars, and the leading online community in roots music, No Depression. Best of all, workshops are free with FreshGrass festival pass tickets.

Chatham County Line Announces New Album, Tightrope, Video

TightropeThe boys of Chatham County Line are proud to announce that their new album, Tightrope, is now available everywhere, including iTunes, Amazon, and the Yep Roc Store. Be sure to watch the premiere of the new official video for the single "Tightrope of Love" , and listen into the band discuss the making of the record in the album trailer video below.

The Gentlemen of Bluegrass to Release Carolina Memories

Carolina MemoriesNashville, TN -- The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, a collaborative project of master musicians Danny Stanley, JC Rowland, Tom Langdon, Greg Penny and Randy Smith have announced a scheduled release of their latest project, Carolina Memories, on Pinecastle Records, June 10, 2014. "We are thrilled to have Carolina Memories hit #4 on Airplay Direct, the first week of release," said Producer, Lorraine Jordan. "Danny Stanley, J.C. Rowland and Tom Langdon personify vocal harmony and when you couple that with the addition of Randy Smith, a superb banjo player and Greg Penny, an acoustic bass player with great timing and tone; this band has what it takes to be on a national level. I am excited for bluegrass fans to have an opportunity to experience old style bluegrass in a fresh, new way."

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

 Portraits of an American SoundLos Angeles, CA -- The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Country: Portraits of an American Sound. Offered free to the public May 31 through September 28, 2014, the exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music. Guest curators for this exhibit are Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American. Using historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself, celebrated performers such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Hank Williams—as well as deejays, fans, executives and musicians—are seen in the works of photographers who documented multiple generations of this popular history.

Special Concert by Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers UPDATE

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities. Saturday, May 31st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer July 16-19

Flatt Lonesome MACCThe 30th Annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Bluegrass Classic will be held at Hoover Y-Park, Columbus, Ohio. The dates for the music festival are July 16 - 19, 2014. Proceeds from this festival will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated $755,690.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 15th Year for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer. Adkins Productions and The Bluegrass Classic with the help of many musicians have founded Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, an annual charitable event to benefit children with life threatening illnesses.

Detour Bluegrass Band Continues Support of Homeless Veterans

Detour Bluegrass BandTraverse City, MI -- Detour bluegrass band is proud to announce they will donate proceeds from the sales of their new song, "Soldier's Sorrow" to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project. "Soldier's Sorrow" appears on Detour's album Going Nowhere Fast recently released on Mountain Fever Records. The label has generously offered to match dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 in sales, to the organization.

Joe & Cindy Gregory Gift Building to Birthplace of Country Music

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music, non-profit parent organization of Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, is proud to announce it has acquired the former Automotive Service & Supply Company building, located at 516 Cumberland Street. The funding for the property was gifted to BCM from Joseph R. Gregory and his wife Cindy.

Some Tips for Do-It-Yourself Promoters

Cybergrass LearningYour band has put together a new album and its ready for release. Many artists try and do some of their own promotion so they send out a press release on the new project in the hope that it will get enough coverage too jump start sales and get the project into the public's view. Some bands can do this and others seem to fall flat. I receive all kinds of band announcements every week and there is certainly a difference between those from artist management and those home-rolled.

Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning Release "My Cold Heart" Single

Rachel Burge & Blue DawningFranklin, TN -- The first single from the new album by West Virginia artist Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning titled "My Cold Heart," has been released on Mountain Fever Records. Comprised of five musicians with a combined professional bluegrass history of over 70 years experience, Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning bring a contemporary style of bluegrass to the forefront while still showcasing their love of tight, well honed harmonies and solid musicianship.

FreshGrass sets 2014 Workshop Schedule

Alison BrownNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The festival offers a multitude of opportunities to learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music. FreshGrass takes place September 19-21, 2014, on MASS MoCA's campus. In addition to its killer lineup of top-of-their-game performers and a full slate of stimulating workshops, the festival features a contest with over $15,000 in prizes, its own locally brewed beer, luthier demonstrations, children's programming, downtown camping - and an unrivaled experience for fans - the best bluegrass and roots music in the country bouncing off the bricks in every corner of the historic museum campus.

Dolly Parton Scores with "Blue Smoke"

Blue SmokeNashville, TN -- The most celebrated female in country music history, Dolly Parton, adds another career milestone to her long list of accomplishments!!! With the release of her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke, Parton scores her highest charting solo album ever. Parton, amazingly, has only visited the top 10 of the Billboard 200 once: with the collaborative set "Trio," with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. It peaked at No. 6 on May 2, 1987, after earlier debuting at No. 38 on March 28, 1987.

Get Wild and Wooly at the Smoked Country Jam

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers, the band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be performing at the Smoked Country Jam on Saturday, June 21st along with Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass as well as The Hillbilly Gypsies and many more. The festival runs June 19-21 and is held at the Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork, PA (just 65 miles north of Williamsport, PA). Tickets can be purchased online through Purple Pass. For more information about camping call 877-722-2674.

Americana Festival & Conference Boosts Nashville Economy

Americana Festival 2014Nashville, TN -- The Americana Festival and Conference was featured in today’s Tennessean for its significant contribution to Nashville’s economy. “The annual Americana Music Conference and Festival quietly has become a major contributor to the local economy, bringing in more than $5.1 million in direct economic impact last year, thanks to growing concert attendance and steadily rising membership in the association."


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