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Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year

Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceJunior Sisk & Ramblers Choice started 2014 off on a high note, being named "Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)" at the 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Awards, held Sunday, February 2 in Nashville, TN.

Rhonda Vincent’s “Only Me” Debuts at #1 on Billboard

 Only MeNashville, TN -- Rhonda Vincent’s new album, Only Me, debuts at #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Album chart, ending a 4-month reign by Alan Jackson. In addition, the critically acclaimed album, debuts on four other Billboard charts including: #10 Heatseekers, #36 Top Current Country Albums, #55 Top Country Albums, #60 Indie Albums. “The New Queen of Bluegrass” as dubbed by the Wall Street Journal now takes her throne at the top of the weekly chart!

The Grascals Headline Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival

The GrascalsCross Plains, TN -- The Cross Plains Community Chamber has announced that The Grascals will headline the 2nd Annual Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival, planned for April 25-26, 2014 at Kilgore Park in Cross Plains, TN. The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, its Instrumental Group of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013), the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007.

Flatt Lonesome Visits St. Jude Children's Hospital

Flatt LonesomeMemphis, TN -- Flatt Lonesome, along with Darrel & Phyllis Adkins of the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival, visited St. Jude Children's Hospital on Monday Feb, 3rd. Every year the MACC presents a substantial check to the children's hospital from their festival. The band took a tour of the facilities with Suzanne Baker, PhD, Co-leader, Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program. Attached is a photo of the entire group at St. Jude during the visit. The MACC Festival is held every July near Columbus, OH and proceeds go to St. Jude. Musicians Against Childhood Cancer has donated over $750,000 to St. Jude since the year 2000.

Line-up Additions for John Hartford Memorial Festival Announced

Great American TaxiThe line-up of great bands and artists has been expanded for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, taking place May 29-31, 2014 at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the festival line-up this year will be Great American Taxi, The Freight Hoppers, Sam Grisman (performing with Colin O’Brien), Branded Bluegrass, Chicago Farmer, Jalan Crossland, o Bardo e o Banjo, Woodstove Flapjacks, John Till, Indiana Boys, and The Leadfoot Band.

Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising April 11th & 12th

Blue Ridge Acoustic UprisingThe 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising will be held April 11th and 12th at the Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville, VA. Thirty-three bluegrass, old time and Americana bands will be showcasing their talents on stage and there is a wide array of other events scheduled at the gathering. The Appalachian Cultural Music which is a non-profit organization presents the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising each year at the Wytheville Meeting Center which is adjacent to Wytheville Community College.

ETSU Bluegrass to Present Carter Family Fold Performance

ETSU Bluegrass BandBands with the ETSU Bluegrass and Country Music Program have performed at the Fold since the beginning of the program at ETSU in 1982. Daniel Boner and Roy Andrade now serve as the program’s directors. The ETSU program has grown so popular that students travel from all over the world to study there. There are now nearly twenty different bands maintained by the program. ETSU’s bands have performed in Japan, Belgium, and Russia. Some of the finest students the Bluegrass and Country Music Program has to offer will be performing with the ETSU Bluegrass Band as well as several of the program’s professors. Saturday, February 8th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Nickel Creek to Get Together for Reunion Album and Tour

Nickel CreekThe news about one of America's favorite bluegrass bands, the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek, comprised of Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), and siblings Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals) and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals), are getting together for a "reunion" project and tour has the community hopping with excitement. Chris Thile wants everybody to know that this doesn't mean other projects are on hold. "To be clear, Punch Brothers are alive and well…working on a new record even! So are Edgar Meyer and I! And I’m brushing my teeth more often!" said Thile. t mean other projects are on hold.

Pinecastle Presents The Osborne Brothers and More

NashvilleIt is with great pleasure that Pinecastle can present the final release in a four-part series documenting the career of The Osborne Brothers from Hyden, Kentucky to The Grand Old Opry. After Sonny Osborne’s retirement in late 2007, it looked as though the series that started in 1998 would be incomplete. We think we’re wrapping it up with an extra special treat for you with these seven unreleased tracks recorded during the middle of The Osborne Brothers’ period in Nashville. Each part of this series has documented periods of time and places that were stepping stones that ultimately led to Brothers Bobby and Sonny moving to Nashville and becoming members of the Grand Ole Opry on August 8, 1964. Bobby, who still performs as a member of the Opry to this day, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a member during 2014.

Balsam Range Returns to the Studio for 2014 Release

Balsam RangeArden, NC --- Members of the award-winning band, Balsam Range, have been back in the studio, putting the finishing touches on the band’s fifth album on Mountain Home Music. Bass player and vocalist Tim Surrett calls the project the “strongest collection of songs” the band has ever recorded.

Bluegrass Express "In Our Own Words" Now Released

In Our Own WordsElizabeth, IL -- Plum River Records is proud to announce the release of “In Our Own Words” by Bluegrass Express. “In Our Own Words” features 12 all original tunes penned by members of Bluegrass Express. Bluegrass Express was formed in 1980 by the father - son team of Gary and Greg Underwood. The band has been in existence, and performed extensively ever since.

Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Steve Kaufman Acoustic KampThe Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarships to the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp. Dreadnoughts Unlimited makes this annual award to a promising musician who wishes to further his/her studies by participating in one of the week-long kamps in Maryville, TN.

Bluegrass Music's Super SPBGMA Bowl Awards Announced

Lizzy Long with Rhonda VincentNot everybody was watching the football game. In bluegrass music, the attention was on the the bluegrass music awards in Nashville. The Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent was inducted into the SPBGMA Preservation Hall of Greats durings Sunday's 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony. Vincent also captured Instrumental Group of the Year with her band, The Rage and the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.

PineCone Bluegrass Radio Celebrates 25th Anniversary

PineCone RadioRaleigh, NC -- This year (2014) marks the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show's 25th anniversary - the show has been airing weekly on 94.7 WQDR since Jan. 29, 1989. The show’s co-hosts, Larry Nixon and Tim Woodall, started spinning bluegrass on QDR at the station’s request.

"The Bluegrass Album" Best Selling Bluegrass Album for Four Months

Alan JacksonNashville, TN -- Country music superstar Alan Jackson’s first bluegrass album –The Bluegrass Album – has been the bestselling bluegrass album for four months, since its release on Sept. 24, 2013, as it continues at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Sales Chart.

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