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Sam Bush and Del McCoury Short Film from The Bluegrass Situation

Sam Bush on Fiddle and Del McCoury on BanjoSam Bush and Del McCoury are featured in the latest Soundcheck segment from The Bluegrass Situation. This short film takes you backstage of the opening night of the duos co-headlining tour at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. This is the first set of shows Sam and Del have played together, despite being friends for many years. Describing themselves as being like the Monroe brothers, these two are excited to continue touring together in 2013.

Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways Available Feb 26

Smithsonian Folkways Classic SeriesFew genres carry such a rich and deep history as Celtic music, which reflects centuries of culture of the British Isles and Ireland as well as their North American inheritors. On February 26, Smithsonian Folkways will release the 20th compilation in its Classic series, Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways. Compiled by music historian and folklorist Richard Carlin, Classic Celtic Music delves into this diverse world of musical traditions, and is sure to delight both longtime fans of the genre and newcomers alike.

Psycho Billy Folk Grass from Johathan Warren and the BillyGoats

Johathan Warren and the BillyGoatsIt’s a goat chewing on a can, it’s a cat scratching at your door, it’s foot stompin’ music that makes you want to eat a biscuit. Melodies you wake up humming in the morning, that stick to your bones like peach cobbler. It’s new-timey, post-retro, pre-apocolyptic, southern Appalachian, gypsy porch swing. It’s Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats.

CMA Announces First International Country Music Marketing Summit

CMA InternationalNashville, TN -- The Country Music Association has your passport to reaching and engaging the international marketplace. The Association’s mission is to help expand the format around the world and for the first time, CMA is presenting the International Country Music Marketing Summit, March 1 at Disneyland Paris. The Summit includes panels, research, and a CMA Songwriters Series event with superstars Wynonna and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, hit songwriters Brett James and Dallas Davidson, and the summit will be hosted by Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Bob DiPiero.

Tyler Williams, Ashley Davis and Tyler Williams Band at Carter Fold Jan 19

Tyler Williams BandHiltons, VA -- Tyler Williams grew up in Ohio and moved to Johnson City, Tennessee, to study bluegrass music. Ashley Davis is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. When the two of them met at the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention in 2007 it wasn’t long before they teamed up to form a band. Saturday, January 19th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tyler Williams Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising April 12-13, 2013

Blue Ridge Acoustic UprisingThe Appalachian Cultural Music Association announces a new musical gathering for bluegrass, old time and Americana musicians and fans to be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center April 12 & 13, 2013. The purpose of “The ACMA Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising” is to provide an avenue for the Appalachian Cultural Music Association to celebrate, promote, and recognize bluegrass, old time, gospel, classic country, and Appalachian style music through an annual gathering in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountain region.

Twelve Moons Coffee House Features Bluegrass for Benefit

Mama TriedOn Saturday, February 2, 2013 Twelve Moons Coffee House at St. John's Church on Main Street, Salisbury, CT will feature Mama Tried, a progressive bluegrass band performing a variety of bluegrass standards, new wave bluegrass and original tunes. Known for their jaw-dropping instrumental abilities and tight vocal harmonies these professional players represent the cream of the crop of Hudson Valley Bluegrass music.

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell Collaborate on “Love Has Come For You”

Steve Martin & Edie BrickellRounder Records will release Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s inaugural duo effort Love Has Come For You on April 23. The remarkable new collaboration offers 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell’s distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. Love Has Come For You is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists.

Bluegrass Artist Bob Schacht Passed Away

Bob SchachtRobert Marshall Schacht, 69, passed away in his home in Flagstaff on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Born September 18, 1943 in Racine, Wisconsin to Alice and Robert Schacht, Bob was the second of five children. In 1946 the family moved to Madison. They were a musical family, and Bob pursued his love of music throughout his life, singing tenor and playing stand-up bass in bluegrass bands and guitar in church groups.

Pickin' For Joe: A Fundraising Campaign for Joe Briggs

Joe BriggsBluegrass banjo artist Bill Evans writes, "My longtime good friend and great bluegrass and jazz bass player Joe Briggs has asked for the help of his friends as he battles cancer. He and his wife Cheri are asking for donations so that Cheri can take off from work for the next several weeks to be there for Joe. Joe has had recent surgery and chemo. He needs our help and now is the time."

And the Court Says... Jerusalem Ridge Can Use Bill Monroe's Name

Bill MonroeCampbell (Doc) Mercer sent us a not today with some exciting and good news. The appeals court in Kentucky has ruled that the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival can use "Bill Monroe" in promoting the festival that takes place each year in Rosine, Kentucky near the home place of the father of bluegrass music. This will hopefully put an end to a feud that has been ongoing for nearly 10 years.

Rodney and Beverly Dillard Join The Pink Arrow Project

Rodney & Beverly DillardAtlanta, GA -- Mary J. Hale, Founder and CEO of the Pink Arrow Project is proud to announce Rodney and Beverly Dillard have joined the organization to help raise awareness to the project. “My wife, Beverly and I are proud to be a part of the Pink Arrow Project. Cancer has touched wonderful people in both of our families including Beverly's mother. We stand with all who will work towards eradicating this disease,” said Rodney Dillard.

Donna the Buffalo Winter and Spring 2013 Tour Announced

Donna The BuffaloAsheville, NC -- Donna the Buffalo will be touring throughout the East this Winter and into the Spring. This February marks their appearance at the 2nd annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami (the 4th in a family of GrassRoots Festivals hosted by Donna the Buffalo). In March, Donna the Buffalo returns, for the 17th year in a row, to Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak Florida!

Rural Rhythm to Release First of Special Series on The Civil War Feb 12

 Civil War True Stories about Real PeopleNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to present a special event album God Didn't Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People, Volume 1. The album release date is February 12, 2013 on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The album's cover art is a painting by Hongmin Zou titled "Resurrection Morn".

“Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu Debuts On Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 30 Songs Chart

Nu-BluNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu’s thought provoking new single, “Martha and Mary” made its debut this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 30 Songs chart. The song appears on Nu-Blu’s Nail by Nail album on Pinecastle Records. “One of the best tracks on the album is Martha and Mary, a powerful, banjo-driven tune written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell... It’s the kind of song that you can’t help listening to without nodding your head in agreement… in rhythm,” says Parchbench in a recent review.

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