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First Mountain Fever Album "Sideline Session 1" Released

SidelineWillis, VA – Longtime bluegrass stalwarts Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes, Darrell Webb, Justen Haynes and Jason Moore have joined forces on their first album, SIDELINE Session 1, was just released by Mountain Fever Records. The group is a gathering of some of bluegrass music’s most masterful talents.

Ricky Skaggs on Bluegrass Unlimited Cover and 2 New Projects

Bluegrass Unlimited with Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine (BU) readers will find the iconic Ricky Skaggs gracing the cover of the June 2013 edition of the national publication. Skaggs recently spent some time with BU's Bill Conger to chat all about his 50+ years of making music and his most recent release, Music To My Ears (Skaggs Family Records). The June 2013 edition of BU, featuring Skaggs, is available on newsstands now.

FreshGrass Festival Launches New Website

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) annual celebration of bluegrass and roots music, launches a new website this week. The updated FreshGrass.com now includes opportunities for visitors to hear and purchase music, follow FreshGrass performers as they criss-cross the country on tour, and to shape the future of the festival by offering feedback and suggestions with the festival organizers via the site's "Front Porch" feature.

Del McCoury Band to Premier “Del & Woody” at Caramoor Roots Fest

Del McCoury BandOn Saturday, June 29th at The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts – Venetian Theater, The Del McCoury Band will headline Caramoor’s American Roots Music Festival – a daylong celebration of folk, string band, country, blues, gospel, and bluegrass music. The concert will mark the world premiere and the only New York performance of The Del McCoury Bands new project, “Del & Woody” featuring unheard and unsung words of Guthrie set to music by Del himself.

Dave Adkins & Republik Steele Debut on Billboard's Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart

Dave AdkinsNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce Dave Adkins & Republik Steele make their debut at #7 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart with That's Just The Way I Roll. Media has certainly welcomed this album with Cybergrass exclaiming, “This release isn’t HOT – it’s Extremely Hot! Wow this is one of the finest new sounds I’ve heard in quite a while” and ParcBench stating Adkins “voice finds just the right nuance for each song, treating each as a unique musical portrait. His trustworthy vocals frame each with warmth and authenticity.”

Evans Media Source to Acquire Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival

Debi and Ernie EvansTampa, FL -- Ernie and Debi Evans of Evans Media Source are proud to announce the acquisition of the 2014 Annual Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival. The Grascals, The Gary Waldrep Band, The Kevin Prater Band and more have been added to the line-up for March 26-30 2014 event. Tickets go on sale June 12 at www.EvansMediaSource.com.

Dave Vaught Needs Your Support with Illness

Listen To The MusicBristol, TN/VA -- Founding member of the fun filled bluegrass music group, The VW Boys, Dave Vaught is in need of your support to fight a recently diagnosed illness. Dave is a professional magician who has brought joy the literally tens of thousands of people,especially children over the past three and a half decades. As a musician with the VW Boys, he brings more joy with his singing and guitar playing. He has worked extensively in the public school system with the "Dare Program" to help fight drugs with our youth. Now, he needs your help with the costs of his expensive medical costs.

Summer Solstice at Telluride with Lots of Bluegrass

Telluride Bluegrass Music FestivalFor 40 years Festivarian Nation has made the annual pilgrimage to 8,750' in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado for 4 days of community, inspiration, and unbridled acoustic adventures. The 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass coincides with the Summer Solstice (Thursday night); the full moon (Saturday night); and the longest day of the year which begins the Colorado summer. It's a magical time of sun and light, when the the high country of Colorado puts away its skis and grabs hiking boots, guitars, and a low-back festival chair to take in "Bluegrass."

Bob Minner Demos Authentic Old-Time Sound of a Modern British Banjo

Bob MinnerNorwich, UK -- Bob Minner, the top country banjoist and guitar picker, has released the first demo video of himself playing the Islander Ash Leaf British-made banjo from The Great British Banjo Company. The short video of Bob, playing the traditional old-time tune Angeline The Baker, can be found on the Banjos Direct site. Banjos Direct are the sole UK outlet for the Islander Ash Leaf.

John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain

 Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-PlainFirst Ever Book About John Hartford...In 1971, John Hartford, best known for his classic song “Gentle on My Mind,” and his TV appearances alongside the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell, turned his back on a thriving Hollywood career and returned to his bluegrass roots to make one the finest albums of the decade. Not only was Aereo-Plain a remarkable record in its own right, filled with great songs and astounding musicianship, but it stretched the boundaries of bluegrass and opened the doors to a new genre of country and folk music, Newgrass. The new book & live concert music CD are now available through www.johnhartford.com

Celebrate The Legend of Hank Williams

The Last RideLos Angeles, CA -- Ride off into the sunset with the most legendary country artist of all-time when The Last Ride arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring an all-star cast Thomas (E.T.), Jesse James (Jumper), Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”), Fred Dalton Thompson (“Law & Order”) and Stephen Tobolowsky (“Californication”), this powerful film retraces the final days of a true American icon.

Bluegrass Virtuoso Ron Block Announces "Walking Song"

Walking SongRon Block, long regarded as one of the leading lights of contemporary acoustic music, will release Walking Song, his third solo set for Rounder Records, on July 30, 2013. While Block is best known as a two-decade veteran of Alison Krauss & Union Station, he is also a highly regarded songwriter, singer and producer. In recent years, he has also come to prominence for his writings about Christian theology and spirituality.

Summergrass is Only Two Months Away

Summergrass 2013San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is now going into its eleventh season. What a wonderful festival they have created. Currently, the producers are gearing up for another fantastic festival. So, mark you calendar for this premier happening in San Diego County, August 16-18, 2013, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA.

Backstep Old Time Band Returns to Carter Family Fold

Backstep Old Time BandSaturday, June 15th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Backstep Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. Backstep performs old time stringband music in the “Round Peak style” native to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for its driving rhythms and prominent melodies, Round Peak music is just the thing to make you kick up your heels and dance. Backstep features Chester McMillian (a founding member of the band) on guitar, Nick McMillian on fiddle (he also plays banjo and bass), and Kelley Breiding on banjo.

IBMA's “Bluegrass Ramble” Showcase Artists Selecfted

IBMA LogoNashville, TN (June 5, 2013) — Artists have been selected for the “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases, which will take place at seven different venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2013 event, September 24-28.

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