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Bluegrass Music Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Announced

McClain Family BandNashville, TN -- Each year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honors five individuals for their pioneering contributions to bluegrass music. The IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented at a Special Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 26 during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events. This year’s recipients of IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards include:

The Del McCoury Band Releases “The Streets of Baltimore”

Streets of BaltimoreBloomington, IL -- “The picture on the cover, that’s Broadway in Baltimore, maybe back around the time I started playing in the clubs,” Del McCoury says with a smile. Then he adds, just before breaking into his signature, eyebrow-wiggling laugh, “Back then, you could get anything you needed down there—and a lot of things you didn’t need, too!”

Cory Piatt Joins Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Band Lineup

Cory PiattThe young bluegrass band making headlines everywhere they go, The Sleep Man Banjo Boys, have announced that Cory Piatt will be joing the group as their permanent mandolin player. The band's announcement says, "He is an amazing addition to the band, and we’re so excited. Please give him a warm welcome!"

Randy Waller and Carolina Road to Perform on Song of the Mountains

Randy WallerMarion, VA- A very diversified lineup of musicians will take the stage at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, September 7th at 7:00 pm for another public television taping of the award winning “Song of the Mountains” concert series.

The Gibson Brothers Lead International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominations

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced today at a press conference at Nashville’s Loveless Barn, with The Gibson Brothers leading the pack with eight nominations for the band and their individual members. They’re followed by Balsam Range with seven nominations, and The Boxcars, Alison Krauss & Union Station and Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out with six nominations each. The full list of nominations is below.

Banjoist Noam Pikelny Reinterprets Classic Bluegrass Album

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill MonroeNashville, TN -- Widely known for his work in cutting-edge string band music as a founding member of Punch Brothers, Grammy-nominated Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Already praised as “a player of unlimited range and astonishing precision” by comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, Pikelny now presents his new concept album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe (October 1st), a unique interpretation of traditional Bluegrass through a bold, complete adaptation of one of the most influential instrumental bluegrass music records of all-time. Joining Pikelny on this tour de force project are the finest instrumentalists in bluegrass: Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), and Mike Bub (bass). Listen to the track "Big Sandy River" here.

Newton & Thomas to Headline Pickin’ in the Park

Mark Newton and Steve ThomasFredericksburg, VA -- Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will headline the Miller Lite Presents Celebrate Virginia Live Concert Series - Pickin’ in the Park on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The event will take place at the Pancho Villa Pavilion in Central Park in Fredericksburg, VA. Ticket prices begin at $15.00 for General Admission with several reserved seating options available. Advance tickets can be purchased now by phone at 1-800-514-3849 or in person at Legends Sports Grille at Cosner’s Corner located at 9969 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Fredericksburg.

Sideline Last Minute Addition to Gettysburg Lineup

SidelineGettysburg, PA -- The all-star band, Sideline was added to the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival lineup last week. Sideline, with Steve Dilling (banjo/vocals), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar/vocals), Darrell Webb (mandolin/vocals), Justen Haynes (fiddle) and Jason Moore (bass) will perform on Thursday, August 15, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

George Shuffler Set For Induction into Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame

George Shuffler Indianapolis, IN - The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.
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Scene 35, a Documentary on the Seldom Scene Being Produced

The Seldom SceneG.T. Keplinger, from Towson, MD, is a full-time assistant professor at Stevenson University where he teaches narrative and documentary production and editing. He is working on Scene 35, a documentary about the Seldom Scene, Washington DC's own nationally-known bluegrass band. The Seldom Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The basement jam sessions at the home of Ben Eldridge started the whole thing. Who would have thought that 40 years later, this band would have become one of the single largest contributers to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded.

Kim Robbins Announces Josh Woods as New Banjo Player

Josh WoodsNashville, TN -- Kim Robins is proud to announce the hiring of Josh Woods as the new banjo player for the 40 Years Late band. Josh currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Katie and is employed by SafeCare. Josh was first exposed to bluegrass music after hearing Tom Holt and the Boys from Indiana as a young boy. He explains “the music made my hairs stand up.” Josh immediately began playing bass then quickly switched to guitar. Because the chord changes and playing lead came so natural, he also began playing mandolin and banjo. Josh states “it is such an honor to be a member of 40 Years Late. Kim’s music is a breath of fresh air and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Loretta Lynn to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Loretta LynnWashington, DC -- President Barack Obama named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House later this year. Among this year's recipients will be Country Music Icon, Loretta Lynn.

The Award-Winning Isaacs Make the Most of “The Living Years”

The Living Years by The IsaacsNashville, TN -- Award-winning family group The Isaacs will release an all-new CD recording, The Living Years, on August 13th. Produced by Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band) and Bill Gaither, the new release, recorded acoustically, captures the intricate family harmonies that have made this group a household name among Gospel music lovers and showcases the type of arrangements and musicality that have made them known for their “pedal-steel blend.”The Living Years border=0 height=200 width=207 /

Heirloom Market & Café Hosts Bluegrass Bands for Fall Festival

The HillBenders Thomson, IL -- The Heirloom Market & Café recently announced part of the lineup of bands they will be featuring at this year’s Melon Days Fall Festival held September 21st. On KCLN radio out of Clinton, IA, company spokesman Bob Whitten made the announcement that the Heirloom Market & Café will be hosting four sensational bluegrass bands with the hopes of inking a contract with a fifth bluegrass band out of Chicago.

Hammertowne Announces Endorsement with GHS Strings

HammertowneHammertowne is proud to announce that effective immediately, they proudly endorse and play using GHS strings. GHS strings, have been the choice of world class musicians everywhere for many years, and Hammertowne is certainly proud and excited to be a part of the GHS family of artists. Hammertowne is a five man group that originates in the “cradle of bluegrass music” of the Eastern Kentucky foothills. Bluegrass artists are demanding on their sound and their music performed on acoustic stringed instruments. The strings are certainly a significant element in achieving the artist's desired sound.

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