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Leroy Troy Kicks Off New Tour Dates, Web Site and More

Leroy TroyLeroy Troy is super excited to announce that he now has an assistant and booking agent! Danny "Hootenanny" Clark of Hootenanny Publicity. Danny helped create the new web site and, as Leroy says, "is responsible for keeping me on track! Danny also handles all of my social media and wants you to know that you can now "like" me on Facebook and "follow" me on Twitter." With all that news, Leroy also has new tour dates booked, merchandise and more.

The Roys Featured in PBS' "Jubilee" Series This Week

The RoysNashville, TN -- Award-winning Bluegrass brother/sister duo The Roys are featured in the PBS Jubilee series airing nationwide this week. Kentucky Educational Television (KET) will broadcast the program Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m. CDT. Check your local listings for show times in your area or view the episode online after the broadcast at www.ket.org/jubilee. The popular series, produced by KET, features an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Blues, American and Celtic Folk, Southern and African-American Gospel, Rock and Roll and other diverse forms of "Roots" music.

Tom Neal Releases New Bluegrass Experience on "Banjoland"

BanjolandMike Munford comments on the new Tom Neal album, Banjoland. "I've been waiting for this album for a very long time. The first time I heard Tommy Neal play was at a jam session in Baltimore in 1976, and I became a lifelong fan. The '70s was a decade of wide-open experimentation in bluegrass and in particular the banjo. The melodic style was In full force and outside musical infuences were clearly evident.

Darin and Brooke Aldridge for Inspirational Country Music Award

Darin & Brooke AldridgeNashville, TN -- The final nominees for the 19th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Faith, Family & Country Awards will soon be announced with Darin & Brooke Aldridge among the award hopefuls. Highly acclaimed bluegrass and acoustic country artists Darin & Brooke Aldridge are semi-finalists for Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year.

Lonesome River Band and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out On The River

Lonesome River BandCincinnati, OH -- Columbus Recreation and Parks Department welcomes two of the most respected groups in bluegrass, Lonesome River Band and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, in Bicentennial Park on Fri., July 26 at 7 p.m. for an evening of bluegrass as part of the Rhythm on the River series. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band on Old Time Heirloom Hour Premiers July 27

Tennessee Mafia Jug BandThomson, IL -- With raccoons and catfish, hillbilly culture takes over the newest episode of the local variety show The Old Time Heirloom Hour. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band stars as both the musical guest and guest hosts. Playing music of a style often described as the forerunner of bluegrass, their vocals feature strong two- and three-part harmonies and their instruments include a guitar, banjo, jug, Dobro guitar, fiddle, upright bass fiddle, and a kind of one-man-band washboard that has small horns and cymbals attached. With their entertaining songs serving as the basis for conversation segments, they make a fun hour of bluegrass variety.

Jeanne Jolly, The Outliers Headline Mariposa Music Festival Benefitting Austic Children

The OutliersCary, NC -- The Mariposa School for Children with Autism announces The Mariposa Music Festival, featuring headline act, Jeanne Jolly, plus performances by local bluegrass favorites The Outliers, and rock groups; Terry Anderson and the OAK Team, A City Apart, Mind the Gap, and Ira Planner and the Rank Outsiders. Eight musical acts will be performing at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 27th to benefit children with autism.

Showcase Artists for 2013 World of Bluegrass Bluegrass Ramble Announced

Dave Adkins & Republik SteelCongratulations to the following acts who have been invited by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) to perform as part of the Bluegrass Ramble Showcase, which will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center and six different venues throughout downtown Raleigh, Tuesday through Saturday of World of Bluegrass. The Bluegrass Ramble Showcase is the remiere opportunity to introduce talent and new music at IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass conference comes in the form of “official” showcase performances which help the music industry assembled discover emerging new bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel.

39th Annual Carter Memorial Music Festival Coming August 2nd and 3rd

The Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- In today’s fast-moving world, it’s understandable to be concerned that Appalachian heritage will give way to modern times and be virtually forgotten in the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives. Fortunately, dozens of studies have demonstrated that today’s generation is hungrier than ever for positive cultural experiences firmly rooted in age-old traditions, and young people are aching to learn from those who possess the wisdom of earlier times. A great place to watch this happening is at the annual Carter Family Memorial Music Festival, which takes place on August 2nd and 3rd at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia. Take in Appalachian Mountain Music, Bluegrass and Old-Time all at once place.

Nurturing Children and Music -- Making it Work

Sleepy Man Banjo BoysI've watched many youngster grow within the music biz and it has been exciting to watch them evolve into some of today's top artists. I followed a young boy playing mandolin when the instrument was much bigger than himself and a young fiddler playing the local and regional festivals and both are tops in their field today. I've watched while some succeed and others do not. I've seen top talent go nowhere and seen others get well into the popularity ring. The dynamics of what works and what doesn't could take volumes to cover in depth.

The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood to feature Historic 1908 Courthouse Jam

Historic 1908 Courthouse JamGrayson County is a place where traditional music seems to bubble up out of every nook and cranny. Places like Fries, Elk Creek, and Independence are synonymous with authentic old time music and the musicians who live there have a tremendous respect for tradition. Travelers along The Crooked Road seeking the authentic old time sounds of the region would do well to visit the Wednesday night old time jam at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 25, 2013, the Historic 1908 Courthouse Jam will be featured at Heartwood in Abingdon as part of The Crooked Road’s popular Venue Showcase music series.

Jesse McReynolds to Headline Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival

Jesse McReynoldsEureka Springs, AR -- This year’s Annual Bluegrass Festival will be jam-packed with lively and talented musicians for three days on August 15-17, 2013. The grand finale on Saturday night at The Auditorium will be Bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds.

Upcoming Fundraiser Event to Support The New International Bluegrass Music Center

Bill Monroe by Aaron KizerOwensboro, KY -- On July 25 th, sports celebrities native to Owensboro, Kentucky -- NASCAR legends Darrell and Michael Waltrip, world champion Moto GP Nicky Hayden "The Kentucky Kid" and brothers Tommy and Roger, NBA superstar Rex Chapman, Major Leaguer Brad Wilkerson, Kentucky basketball superstar Bobby Watson and Basketball Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan -- will be honored as inductees to the Owensboro Walk of Fame. The tribute will occur at the Hometown Heroes Celebrity Golf Scramble to benefit the new International Bluegrass Music Center. It is sponsored by the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This event includes a golf scramble at the Owensboro Country Club followed by a reception hosted by the City of Owensboro including entertainment by these renowned Bluegrass musicians: Christian Sedelmyer, Todd Phillips, Scott Simontacchi, and David Golden.

I Draw Slow to Kick Off U.S. Tour at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

I Draw SlowOak Hill, NY -- Ireland’s own I Draw Slow will share their musical blend with audiences across America during their U.S. tour this summer. The band’s first performance is July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. I Draw Slow will make several stops on the East and West Coast throughout July and August.

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion to Feature Top Bluegrass Acts

Bluegrass MastersBristol, TN/VA -- The 13th annual Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion returns to historic downtown Bristol, Sept. 20-22, with appoximately 150 artists scheduled to take part, headlined by Lucinda Williams, Keller Williams, Masters of Bluegrass, Deer Tick and Blitzen Trapper. Many bluegrass music favorites will also be performing including The Travelin' McCourys, IIIrd Tyme Out, Claire Lynch Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Donna Ulisse, and a whole lot more. Bristol, TN/VA is not only a good place to live, its a great place to listen to your favorite artists performing live.

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