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Deering Banjos Joins Mumford and Sons On Tour

Mumford & SonsBy: Jamie Latty
Deering Banjo Company is delighted to announce that we will be teaming up with British folk rockers Mumford & Sons on three of their four highly anticipated Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows during August 2012. With a new album looming, Mumford & Sons have personally handpicked each location on the stopover creating a series of full day festivals, essentially turning the town into a celebration of local music, local food and of course the people who make it...and Deering will be with them every step of the way with a selection of banjos for you to try as well as enthusiastic Deering staff members offering lessons, tips, advice and a welcoming smile! border=0 height=200 width=256 /

Marty Raybon Wins International Country Gospel Music Award

Southern Roots & Branches (Yesterday & Today)Nashville, TN -- The International Country Gospel Music Association (ICGMA) held their 56th Annual Convention and Gold Cross Awards Show this past weekend in historic West Plains, Missouri where it was announced Marty Raybon is the recipient of the 2012 ICGMA Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award. The bluegrass category included an impressive list of nominees including: Doyle Lawson, State of Grace, Eddie Gordon and Marty’s label-mate, brother-sister duo The Roys. The ICGMA is the oldest Country Gospel Music Organization in America.

“She’s Out Of Here” by Darrell Webb Band Now Out to Radio

Breaking Down the BarriersNashville, TN --– Rural Rhythm is proud to announce the new radio single release, “She’s Out of Here” by the Darrell Webb Band. This hot new song, written by Darrell Webb and Jeff Barbra, includes the talents of: Darrell Webb (Lead Vocals, Mandolin); Jake Joines (Resonator Guitar); Jared Hensley (Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals); Jeremy Arrowood (Acoustic Bass, Harmony Vocals); and Chris Wade (Banjo).

I Draw Slow’s Album, “Redhills”, Released and Available on Pinecastle Records

RedhillsColumbus, NC -- Irish bluegrass/folk artists I Draw Slow have released their critically acclaimed project, Redhills, on Pinecastle Records prior to their U.S. tour this fall. The band and Redhills have been featured on Irish television and reviewed by influential Irish music magazines and blogs and now the album has come to the U.S. Radio stations around the country are already playing their new album.

Astrograss - The Power of Imagination, Bluegrass Style for Kids

The Colored Pencil FactoryBrooklyn, NY -- With a nine year track record of mixing authentic bluegrass, down-home humor, and original, progressive songwriting, NYC's premier bluegrass band for all ages, Astrograss, pulls out all the stops with the October 16 release of their third CD, The Colored Pencil Factory (Smoggy Borough Records, $15.00, for all ages, run time 49 minutes.

Pickin' In The Pasture Festival Coming Soon!

James KingThe 15th Annual Pickin' In The Pasture Bluegrass Festival is coming up in just a couple of weeks! If you like real bluegrass music without bongos, electric guitars, snare drums, or 6 string banjoguitars, this is an event for you! The festival happens on a working sheep farm in the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine country of NY State. The stage show focuses on the diverse sounds of genuine bluegrass music. An effort has been made to bring together real bluegrass artists that have developed their own unique styles without needing a "big tent".

Americana Board Announces Changes for Progress

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce significant changes to their business operations. These include: the announcement of their Executive Committee; selection of a new accounting firm; a new leadership ascension plan and changes to bylaws to allow for Board appointments.

Junior Blankenship Plays Mountain Bluegrass at Carter Fold

Junior BlankenshipHiltons, VA -- Junior Blankenship was raised where mountain bluegrass was a corner stone to the family culture. Junior’s father, the late Hillard Blankenship, drove the tour bus for Dr. Ralph Stanley many years. Junior and his father formed a band called the Rocky Mountain Boys. Soon after that, Ralph Stanley called Junior and asked him to become a Clinch Mountain Boy after Keith Whitley left their group. Junior was only seventeen at the time. He stayed with Dr. Stanley until 1989. Saturday, August 18th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Junior Blankenship Band with Lonesome Will Mullins. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Spots Still Available for Fall Smokin' Hit Songwriters Retreat/Seminar

Smokin' Hit Songwriters SeminarSmokin’ Hit Songwriters Seminar is an inspiring, fun and refreshing approach to living your music dreams. The Smokin’ Hit Songwriters Seminar will be September 7, 8 & 9, 2012 with Dave Gibson, Daisy Dern, John Wiggins, Alex Harvey & Marla Sitten at Jim Oliver’s Smoke House on Monteagle Mountain in TN (right off of I-24, exit 134, located 90 miles East of Nashville and 45 miles West of Chattanooga).

Russell County Performers to be Featured at Heartwood

Jeff Brown and the Still Lonesome BandThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Crooked Road Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome.

Nashville Music Seminar with Dick McVey Set for Beckley, West Virginia

Dick McVeyNashville, TN -- Former Beckley, West Virginia area native Dick McVey returns home to conduct a seminar on the music business on August 11, 2012 at the Old Federal Courthouse, RESA 1 at 400 Neville Street, Beckley, WV starting at 10 am. The six-hour seminar will run from 10 am to 5 pm with a one-hour break for lunch. McVey will cover subjects like how to book yourself or your band, how to present yourself to a major record label, how to get your song recorded, how to care for your voice and many other topics. A question and answer session will follow each segment. The subject matter will cover general and specific needs for Gospel, rock, country and bluegrass music.

Marty Raybon Nominated as an ICM Award Candidate

Marty RaybonThe Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICM) Top 10 finalists were announced today and Marty Raybon is a candidate for nomination in the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist category. After winning the Pioneer Award by the ICM in 2005, Marty has certainly continued his success with numerous hit songs, successful tours and TV appearances. The ICMs are dedicated to honoring and showcasing artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country music inspired by Faith, Family and Country*trade;.

Josh Shilling Let Go on July 31st with New Album

Letting GoBluegrass music artist Josh Shilling says, "hey guys, my new solo project Letting Go became available for download at all major download sites July 31, 2012. If you're a download junkie, go check it out on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CD Baby, etc or you can order a signed copy of the CD from my website www.joshshilling.com. It took a ton of work to bring this dream to life but I'm extremely proud of Letting Go and the support I've been given. I can't thank everyone enough!"

Friends of Mark Newton Event Features Virginia Squires Reunion

Friends of Mark Newton BenefitNashville, TN -- Friends of Mark Newton have announced a special fundraiser on August 24th to include a golf outing and live bluegrass music in Fredricksburg, Virginia, Newton’s childhood home. The benefit is to assist the Newton Family with medical expenses Mark Newton incurred when he was hospitalized unexpectedly earlier this year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville while preparing for the 20th Anniversary Graves Mountain Festival of Music. Newton helped create the Graves Mountain Festival along with the Graves Family, in Syria, Virginia. The event culminates with an evening concert featuring the music of Mark Newton and Steve Thomas and their The StillHouse Band (Newton’s current touring band). A full entertainment line-up for the evening music concert features a special reunion of the bluegrass group, Virginia Squires, with Ronnie and Rickie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor, and Mark Newton.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Artist Lineup by Medley Recognition

Hardly Strictly 12San Francisco, CA -- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is announcing the confirmed artists in a unique way this year. By various medleys on the Artist Lineup website page, there are a series of medleys. As the artists are identified, their names are posted to the roster. The site says, "We are announcing confirmed acts for this year's festival through a series of music medleys each week. As you all guess them correctly, we post their names and photos in the scroller above, as well as a text list below. Good luck guessing and share your guesses with your friends!"

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