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Buzz Cason to be Honored at Poets & Prophets Series

Buzz CasonNashville, TN -- Nashville rock and soul pioneer Buzz Cason will share stories and songs as the next subject of the acclaimed Poets and Prophets series at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, July 5, at 1:30 p.m. The in-depth interview and performance dovetails perfectly with the 10th anniversary of the museum’s Grammy-winning two-disc compilation Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm and Blues, 1945-1970, a set cataloging Nashville’s rich and too frequently overlooked R&B scene, and the exhibit it accompanied. Robert Knight’s iconic “Everlasting Love,” which Cason co-wrote and co-produced, is the album’s luminous closer. More Night Train-related events will be announced later this month.

The Boxcars' John Bowman Takes Solo Journey

John BowmanBluegrass guitarist John Bowman has had an enormously blessed career and has decided to add another chapter to his career. Bowman has announced his departure from The Boxcars to seek a new path followoing his heart performing solo in more of a ministry role. Bowman made his annoucement via his social networking channels.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Plays Carter Fold's Foot Stompin' Friday

Tennessee Mafia Jug BandFriday, June 13th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, an old time band, as part of our Foot Stompin’ Friday concert series. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. From the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls, and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee - home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitely - and some living country music performers - comes themost entertaining blast from the past since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – guys with a scrubboard and roots like wisdom teeth.

Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters Release New Album

Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass DriftersJohnny Campbell is a third generation fiddler hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up listening to Bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys, and the Stanley Brothers. Johnny’s long-bow fiddling style is modeled after the late and great Kenny Baker, as well as his brother Jimmy Campbell, who played extensively with both Jim & Jesse and Bill Monroe. He and his band The Bluegrass Drifters have just released their self-titled CD.

30th MACC/Bluegrass Classic Bluegrass Festival July 16 - 19, 2014

The MACCThe 30th Annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC)/Bluegrass Classic Music Festival at Hoover Y-Park, Columbus, Ohio takes place 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.

48th Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Bill MonroeThe Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, winner of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award, will hold their 48th annual festival June 12-21, 2014. This world famous event, known as the longest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world, will take place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Orthophonic Joy CoverNashville, TN -- Tourism and music industry representatives gathered today for a special press conference to officially announce the August 2 grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA and the creation of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited. It was further announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the Orthophonic Joy recording project, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson.
Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Museum to Premiere "POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered"

Bill MonroeOwensboro, KY -- The long-awaited premiere of a powerful new documentary produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY takes place at 9:00 PM EDST on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 on Kentucky Educational Television. POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered tells the poignant, riveting story of Ohio County, KY native Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music, through the remembrances of dozens of his "Blue Grass Boys," the name given to the 161 sidemen and women who, at various times, were members of his band from the 1940s until his death in 1996.

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2014 Lineup

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2014Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival has announced the lineup for the 2014 festival. The 9th annual festival, held from Oct 16-18 on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas will include event hosts and bluegrass pioneers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Jayhawks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jerry Douglas Band and many more!

Leftover Salmon – “The Nashville Sessions” 15th Anniversary Sept 15

Leftover Salmon - The Nashville SessionsLeftover Salmon will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of "The Nashville Sessions" at the Ryman Auditorium on September 15th, kicking off what will be a memorable Americanafest 2014. Other artists festured will include Sam Bush, John Cowan, Sally Van Meter, Bill Payne, Randy Scruggs and more.

Bluegrass Pioneer Curly Seckler had another Stroke

Curly SecklerA year ago, Cybergrass reported that bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, 94, was at home recovering from a minor stroke which resulted in issues with speech. We just received word that Curly Seckler has suffered another stroke on June 1. This stroke was more severe and and that he has partial paralysis on the left side of his body. He is currently in a rehabilitation center in Hendersonville, TN. We're not sure how long he will need to be there.

Huck Finn Jubilee: California’s Jam and Bluegrass Festival

Ralph StanleyOntario, CA -- Huck Finn Jubilee, California’s jam and bluegrass festival, will feature 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.

Update: Carter Family Fold Special Concert Features Tune Town

Tune Town Old Time BandWe had earlier announced that the Carter Family Fold's special program would feature Mountain Park Old Time Band. The band has been changed to Tune Town. The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia.

Crossroad Bluegrass Band - A New Road

Crossroad Bluegrass BandSince their formation in 2010 Mt. Airy, North Carolina based bluegrass gospel band Crossroad has experienced much success earning top awards at several fiddlers conventions and band competitions within the region. Having also performed at major events like Houstonfest in Galax, VA, the band is certainly no stranger to the bluegrass music scene either. Now, with the release of their second all-gospel album the group hopes to expand their circle. Currently set for public release on Tuesday, June 17th, their splendid new ten track set, A New Road, is sure to please fans of bluegrass and gospel music alike.

Bluegrass Guitarist James Alan Shelton, 53, has Passed Away

James Alan SheltonOne of bluegrass music's favorite guitar legends, James Alan Shelton, has passed away. Best known for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Shelton's melodic guitar style was instantly identifiable and unique. He died while at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee where he was fighting the cancer within him.

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