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John Cloyd Miller “Cloud of Dust” Places #1 in Bluegrass Category

John Cloyd Miller. Photo by Terry ManierAsheville, NC -- John Cloyd Miller won first place in the 21st annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in the bluegrass category at MerleFest 2013. Miller is a vocalist, guitarist and mandolin player for the Asheville-based band, Red June, a nationally touring acoustic Americana trio that includes his wife, fiddler and vocalist Natalya Weinstein, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Will Straughan. The winning song, “Cloud of Dust,” appears on Red June’s 2012 release, em>Beauty Will Come.

Rural Rhythm Christian To New Day For The CBA Market

Rural Rhythm Christian Nashville, TN (April 30, 2013) Rural Rhythm Records has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with New Day Distribution for exclusive distribution to the CBA market. As of May 1st New Day Distribution will have exclusive distribution rights to the Christian market of physical CD’s for both the Rural Rhythm Records and Rural Rhythm Christian lines. eOne Distribution will maintain their exclusive distribution for both physical CD’s and digital distribution to the Mainstream market.

Americana Awards Nominee Announcement-LIVE on AXS TV May 14, 2013

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association will announce the nominees for the 2013 Honors & Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 14th at 2PM ET/11AM PT. The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre in downtown Los Angeles live on AXS TV, with a special encore presentation at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

The Roys Celebrate New Album, Gypsy Runaway Train, With Pre-Release Events

 Gypsy Runaway TrainAward-winning Bluegrass duo The Roys will celebrate their latest new album, Gypsy Runaway Train May 16th with a series of Pre-Release events. Lee and Elaine invite their fans and friends worldwide to tune in to wsmonline.com for a live stream as they host the station's Guest Artist Series from 2-3 p.m. That evening, The Roys ask Music City locals to join them at The Silver Dollar Saloon for a preview of the new music from their upcoming June 4th release of their latest Rural Rhythm Records' CD.

Big Country Bluegrass Shares Memories of the Past on Rebel Records

Memories Of The PastCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is excited to announce June 18th as the release date for Big Country Bluegrass's second Rebel recording, Memories Of The Past. Folks can get a little taste of this wonderful new record now by downloading the first single, "I'm Putting on My Leaving Shoes," which is available as a special pre-album promotion via iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. Disc Jockeys also have the opportunity to download the single by going to AirPlay Direct.

Grand Master Fiddler Championship at Country Music Hall of Fame

Grand Master FiddlerThe 2013 42nd Grand Master Fiddler Championship (GMFC) will be held on August 30 and 31 at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. Since 2005, the championship was held along with the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass trade show and convention in Nashville. The IBMA will hold their event in Raleigh, North Carolina now. The Grand Master Fiddler Championship will remain rooted in Nashville, Tennessee and the 2013 competition will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Competitions will follow the same format as previous years.

Baltimore Bluegrass Band, Across the Tracks at The Patterson Theater May 10

Baltimore Bluegrass BandThe Baltimore Bluegrass Band will be hosted by the Creative Alliance at The Patterson Theater, located at 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224, for a Friday evening performance on May, 10th starting at 8:00 pm. The opening act will be the upbeat bluegrass band from Harford County, Across The Tracks. Charge will be $15.00 at the door, $10.00 for members.

The Spinney Brothers “No Borders” Released

No BordersWillis, VA -- Nova Scotia natives, The Spinney Brothers, release their new CD, No Borders, on Mountain Fever Records. Their first single “Grandpa’s Way of Life” hit radio in March and has been receiving great support from DJs nationwide. The Brothers are considered “Canada’s International Bluegrass Band,” and No Borders marks the band’s second release on the Virginia based label and is produced by well-known bluegrass musician Ron Stewart, who's recognizable fiddle playing can also be heard on several songs throughout the record. WAMU’s Bluegrass Country recently featured the Official debut of No Borders, on Tuesday, April 30th.No Borders

Marty Raybon On The Cover Of The Direct Buzz

The Direct Buzz May 2013Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that AirPlay Direct’s current issue of the Direct Buzz Magazine showcases Marty Raybon on its cover as the “Artist Feature." The feature focuses on the release of Marty's new CD, and his 40 years entertaining audiences around the world.

CD Release Party & Debut of New Music Video of “Old McDonald Sold The Farm”

Mark Newton and Steve ThomasNashville, TN -- Mark Newton & Steve Thomas are proud to announce the CD Release Party for their brand new album Reborn on Pinecastle Records. The free event will take place on Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Swinging Door Saloon located at 111 4th Avenue in Nashville. During the show, Newton & Thomas will host the world premiere of their new music video Old McDonald Sold The Farm.

7th Annual Sedona, Arizona, Bluegrass Festival, June 8 & 9, 2013

David GrismanSedona, AZ -- The seventh annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa in the heart of Sedona, June 8 & 9, 2013. The festival, presented by Chamber Music Sedona, will feature David Grisman and his FolkJazz Trio and will include the Matt Flinner Trio, Burnett Family Bluegrass, Sonoran Dogs, Titan Valley Warheads, Muskellunge Bluegrass and Pick & Holler. Imagine some of the world's best Bluegrass music in an intimate setting alongside beautiful Oak Creek nestled among tall cottonwoods providing an idyllic setting for Magical Music in the Red Rocks.

American Drive's Bluegrass Album Cruises To #1

American DriveNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm is proud to announce that American Drive's self-titled debut album has gone #1 on the Sirius/XM Radio Bluegrass Junction Most Played-Albums Chart for May. American Drive also, has the #2 position on the Sirius XM Radio Most Played-Tracks for May with the song “Is It Too Late To Settle Down”.

Wolf Trap Presents A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Wolf TrapVienna, VA -- Grammy-winning storyteller, humorist, and host Garrison Keillor is back on the road with the nation’s premier live radio show, A Prairie Home Companion (APHC). Now in its 39th season, APHC returns to the Filene Center where Keillor will lead an ensemble cast through comedy sketches and musical interludes, as well as perform his signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

Layne Publications Releases New Bluegrass Music Tabs

Layne PublicationsGreenville, SC -- Layne Publications has just enhanced the collection of bluegrass tabs in their website with the addition of a series of new tabs for bluegrass guitar. This popular website is the number one online destination for aspiring musicians looking to learn how to play with a bluegrass band. The website has an incredible collection of tabs for guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

CBA Father's Day Festival Just a Month Away

Blue HighwayCan you believe the 38th annual CBA Grass Valley Father's Day Festival is just over a month away? The California Bluegrass Association is ready with another spectacular lineup of national headliners, impressive California talent, workshops, camping, jamming and more, all under the pines in the scenic Sierra Foothills. Treat your father to Blue Highway, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Special Consensus, The Larry Stephenson Band, Tom, Brad and Alice, Della Mae, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, Front Country and much, much more this June 13-16, 2013.

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