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SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Nominations and Recent Winners Announced

Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent And the Rage were happily surprised to hear that they received a dozen nominations for the The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Awards scheduled to take place next month in Nashville. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) is a regular favorite for bluegrass fans and artists. The Midwest Convention and Awards are the last SPBGMA event prior to the National Convention which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from January 31st through February 3, 2013. The winners of the Midweest Awards are listed below.

Town Mountain Announces Winter and Spring Shows for 2013

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- Town Mountain is touring around their fourth album, Leave the Bottle, which was released September 4th, 2012 on Pinecastle Records and was produced by Grammy award-winner Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band) and engineered by banjoist extraordinaire Scott Vestal (Sam Bush Band) at his own Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, TN.

Steep Canyon Rangers and The Black Lillies Jan 19 at Barter Theatre

Steep Canyon RangersAbingdon, VA -- The Town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to launch the kick off of the Abingdon Music Experience and a series of concerts every Saturday in January. The third concert in the January Jams series at Barter Theatre presented by Eastman Credit Union will feature the Steep Canyon Rangers with The Black Lillies opening. These two bands will perform LIVE this Saturday, January 19th on the Barter Theatre Main Stage.

Allen Hicks Jam at The Crooked Road's Heartwood

Allen Hicks JamThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail music series at Heartwood in Abingdon showcases communities of the region through their traditional music venues and their youth music. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 the Allen Hicks Jam from Nickelsville, Virginia will be the featured Venue Showcase at Heartwood. Instrument makers’ shops are a popular hangout for local musicians and a natural place for jamming.

BlueGrass Valley Entertainment and Records Launched by Mansion Entertainment

BlueGrass ValleyFranklin, TN -- Mansion Entertainment, label home to GRAMMY nominated and Dove Award winning Gospel artists, has announced the launch of BlueGrass Valley Entertainment & Records. BlueGrass Valley Records will make the first step of its launch by releasing several bluegrass gospel singles to bluegrass radio this month (January 2013).

The Grascals Perform at Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- Multi-award-winning band, The Grascals, will perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian on January 21st at 7:00 p.m. for a celebration of the Inauguration of the President of the United States. The Native Nations Inaugural Ball will feature music, dancing and native cuisine. Funds raised will support the educational programs of the National Museum of the American Indian.

“Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed” Lands #1 on Billboard Chart

Timeless Hits From the Past BluegrassedLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® celebrates a No. 1 Billboard debut this week with their exclusive music program’s latest release, Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed, recorded by legendary bluegrass band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. The album, made up of classic country hits re-recorded in the band’s signature bluegrass style, gives a modern flare to the popular music originally recorded by Elvis, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Tammy Wynette, among others. The classic CD is available now at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations as well as crackerbarrel.com, iTunes and Amazon.com.

The Crooked Road Receives D’Addario Foundation Grant for Traditional Music Education

The Crooked Road D'Addario FoundationAbingdon, VA -- The D’Addario Foundation recently announced that The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail will receive a $2,000 grant to support traditional music education in Southwest Virginia. The Crooked Road’s Traditional Music Education Program Phase 2, builds upon findings from the program rollout—generating more after-school programs, school assembly programs, and performance opportunities for the region’s youth while strengthening the educational foundation through curricular material distribution, teacher training workshops, and a teacher re-certification course serving a 19-county region of rural Southwest Virginia. The grant will assist with instructor contracts for four new after-school Crooked Road/JAM traditional music programs: FloydJAMS, WiseJAMS – Coeburn/St. Paul, WiseJAMS – Big Stone Gap/Appalachia , and Dickenson County JAMS.

James Reams Film “Rollin’ On” Selected for Film Festival

Rollin OnThe line-up for the 6th Annual NCBS and International Bluegrass Music Museum's Bluegrass on Broadway Film Festival has been announced and “Rollin’ On” made it! “Rollin’ On” is a behind the scenes look at life on the road with James Reams & The Barnstormers. Viewers ride along with the band on the Redbird Express as they criss-cross the northeast playing at Lincoln Center, radio shows, bluegrass festivals and even a square dance. The documentary was released with their CD “Troubled Times.”

New Americana Music Association Board Revises Mission Statement

Americana Music AssociationJanuary 16, 2013 Nashville, Tennessee - The Americana Music Association announced its revised Mission Statement, newly appointed Executive Committee and goals for the 2013 calendar year during its annual Board of Directors retreat in Nashville, TN.

The Spinney Brothers Benefit Concert for Bluegrass Music Museum

The Spinney BrothersOwensboro, KY -- The Spinney Brothers will kick off their first US tour this year with a benefit concert for the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY this Thursday, January 17th. When the band realized they had a couple of extra days available for travel, they immediately called the IBMM and offered their services for this very worthy cause. "We are huge supporters of the IBMM and its goal of preserving the history of bluegrass music," stated Rick Spinney. "We couldn't think of a better way for us to promote that cause than to offer to perform a concert to benefit the museum."

The HillBenders are Down to Their Last Dollar January 29th

Down to My Last DollarNashville, TN -- The HillBenders recently signed with Compass Records Group and are getting ready to hit the streets with a reissue of their debut album, Down to My Last Dollar, on January 29th. On their debut album Down to My Last Dollar, the band established their hard-driving contemporary bluegrass sound reminiscent of New Grass Revival. This set of 11 originals and 2 covers was produced by Jeremy Chapman of The Chapmans and features guest appearances from Infamous Stringdusters’ Jeremy Garrett. Lead singer/mandolinist Nolan Lawrence together with band mates Jim Rea and Gary Rea on guitar and bass respectively, banjoist Mark Cassidy and Dobroist Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves channel the rawness and intensity in these well executed arrangements. See below for pre-ordering information.

Bluegrass Music Celebration Created from Existing and New Events

Best of BluegrassLexington, KY -- Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the “Festival of the Bluegrass”, a group of local music, civic and city leaders announced a weeklong celebration called “Best Of Bluegrass” – also being referred to affectionately by its acronym - “BOB”. The new event, to be held June 3-8, will take place at venues all over the Lexington area as well as the traditional location at the Kentucky Horse Park.Best of Bluegrass

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sees Record Attendance

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum set an all-time attendance record in 2012, museum officials announced today. The 2012 attendance total of 564,777 people is the largest in the institution’s 45-year history. The museum is host to much of our music's heritage including the Father of Bluegrass Music Bill Monroe's famed Loar Mandolin and instruments from the Carter Family and more. align=

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.

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