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Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning Release "My Cold Heart" Single

Rachel Burge & Blue DawningFranklin, TN -- The first single from the new album by West Virginia artist Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning titled "My Cold Heart," has been released on Mountain Fever Records. Comprised of five musicians with a combined professional bluegrass history of over 70 years experience, Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning bring a contemporary style of bluegrass to the forefront while still showcasing their love of tight, well honed harmonies and solid musicianship.

FreshGrass sets 2014 Workshop Schedule

Alison BrownNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The festival offers a multitude of opportunities to learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music. FreshGrass takes place September 19-21, 2014, on MASS MoCA's campus. In addition to its killer lineup of top-of-their-game performers and a full slate of stimulating workshops, the festival features a contest with over $15,000 in prizes, its own locally brewed beer, luthier demonstrations, children's programming, downtown camping - and an unrivaled experience for fans - the best bluegrass and roots music in the country bouncing off the bricks in every corner of the historic museum campus.

Dolly Parton Scores with "Blue Smoke"

Blue SmokeNashville, TN -- The most celebrated female in country music history, Dolly Parton, adds another career milestone to her long list of accomplishments!!! With the release of her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke, Parton scores her highest charting solo album ever. Parton, amazingly, has only visited the top 10 of the Billboard 200 once: with the collaborative set "Trio," with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. It peaked at No. 6 on May 2, 1987, after earlier debuting at No. 38 on March 28, 1987.

Get Wild and Wooly at the Smoked Country Jam

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers, the band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be performing at the Smoked Country Jam on Saturday, June 21st along with Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass as well as The Hillbilly Gypsies and many more. The festival runs June 19-21 and is held at the Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork, PA (just 65 miles north of Williamsport, PA). Tickets can be purchased online through Purple Pass. For more information about camping call 877-722-2674.

Americana Festival & Conference Boosts Nashville Economy

Americana Festival 2014Nashville, TN -- The Americana Festival and Conference was featured in today’s Tennessean for its significant contribution to Nashville’s economy. “The annual Americana Music Conference and Festival quietly has become a major contributor to the local economy, bringing in more than $5.1 million in direct economic impact last year, thanks to growing concert attendance and steadily rising membership in the association."

Garden Theatre Announces First-Ever Bluegrass Concert Series

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutWinter Garden, FL -- The Garden Theatre is pleased to announce its first-ever Bluegrass Concert Series, running from June 14 through August 3 at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street). The Bluegrass Concert Series is headlined by one of the biggest Bluegrass bands today, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. The series also features some of the most well-known nationally touring and local Bluegrass acts, from the mellow, enchanting sounds of The Roys, to the hilarity and energy of the Sweeney Family Band.

Darrell Webb Celebrates 20 Years in Music with Dream Big

Darrell Webb BandFranklin, TN -- Darrell Webb is getting ready to celebrate 20 years in the bluegrass industry with the release of his brand new album Dream Big. The first single from the album, "More Life," penned by songwriting great Mike Reid and Rory Bourke, was released as a single several months back. Nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards, Webb has no plans to slow this trip down. If anything, he'll be ramping it up.

Lynda and Pattie Create "Traditional Duets"

Lynda Dawson and Pattie HopkinsNashville, TN -- One of music’s most intriguing new acts began as a happy accident. The duo of Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins was created when other members of the Kickin Grass Band, in which the girls play, were unable to showcase in the “Raleigh Room” at IBMA’s 2012 World of Bluegrass. Together Lynda and Pattie decided that “the show must go on” and promptly discovered that they had a cadre of traditional songs that they knew and loved to share.

Banjo Legend Ralph Stanley Receives Second Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- On Monday, May 19, Yale University awarded bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley the Doctor of Music degree at ceremonies in New Haven, Connecticut that also saw honorary degrees going to World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, poet Rita Dove and actor Anna Deavere Smith, among others. Stanley’s award was presented by Yale president Peter Salovey, a bluegrass enthusiast himself who plays bass in a band called Professors of Bluegrass.

Balsam Range Rewards Fans with New Balsam Nation

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- Members of the award winning band Balsam Range have earned a reputation for giving back. The band of friends from Haywood County, NC has raised more than half a million dollars for a variety of charities. Now, the giving extends to their ever-growing fan base as well.

If Nobody's Listening, Is the Grass Still Blue?

James ReamsBy Special Guest Contributor, Bluegrass recording artist James Reams
There's a raging debate going on in the world of bluegrass between traditionalists and futurists. But bluegrass isn’t going to make a sound if nobody’s listening a generation from now.

Bluegrass Museum Ramping Up For ROMP

Sam Bush at ROMPOld Crow Medicine Show, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Sarah Jarosz, and 23 String Band are among the dozens of talented acts set to perform at Owensboro's ROMP Festival, June 25-28. ROMP Festival is a four-day music and camping festival hosted at both the museum, in downtown Owensboro, and at Yellow Creek Park, a gorgeous 150-acre facility that is a perfect setting for a music festival. ROMP features traditional and legendary bluegrass artists alongside old time and progressive bluegrass musicians who expand the boundaries to the far-flung roots and branches of bluegrass.

Detour Offering Free Bluegrass Song Download

 Going Nowhere FastNashville, TN -- For a limited time only, Detour is offering a free download of their new single, "Too Blue To Have The Blues" from their new album, Going Nowhere Fast. Just a few weeks ago, this hot new tune, made its debut at #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart. Fans can download the new song at Mountain Fever Records' drop box here.

New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters at Carter Fold Saturday

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, May 24th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over twelve years. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Inaugural Bluegrass In The Mountain Concert Sunday June 8th

McLain Family BandWilmore, KY -- The volunteers of the Troubadour Concert Series and Highbridge Spring Water are excited to present what we hope will be the first in a series of concerts held inside the mountain of amazing Highbridge Cave. We kid you not ... this will be fun! Our premier concert will be the legendary McLain Family Band, making bluegrass music worldwide for nearly 50 years. They began performing as a family in Hindman, later on at Renfro Valley and even started a hugely popular bluegrass festival in Berea. They toured in over 60 nations around the world and have performed in venues as diverse as major festivals, symphony halls and Carnegie Hall. McLain Family Band

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