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Mountain Park Old-Time Band Plays Carter Fold

Mountain Park Old-Time BandMountain Park Old Time Band was formed six years ago as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old time music got together to have a good time. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are very versatile and talented musicians. Saturday, March 1st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee Lists Bill Monroe for Future Postage Stamp

Bill MonroeJames William Monroe II confirmed with Cybergrass that his grandfather made the January 7th list. The list says confidential and restricted however, a copy is available online. It also comes with a caveat that changes to the list can happen without notice. The Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee cataloged Monroe as an "approved subject" with a distribution year yet to be determined. Tagged "Music Icons: Bill Monroe", the Father of Bluegrass Music's stamp is not yet in development nor has a design been approved. Monroe is listed with other icons including Jim Morrison, Tammy Wynette, "Fats" Waller, Freddie Fender, John Lennon and others. Icons already approved include Roy Orbison and Sarah Vaughn.

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Paramount Center

Carolina Chocolate DropsBristol, TN/VA -- The Grammy Award Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops are sure to bring an amazing concert to The Paramount in Bristol. The night will be full of toe tapping, hand clapping and faces full of smiles. This show is going to be incredible and is a do not miss show. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 day of show.

Soggy Bottom Boys Reunite For First-Ever On Stage Performance

Soggy Bottom Boys from O Brother Where Art Thou?Nashville, TN -- The Soggy Bottom Boys—the rollicking old-time string band featured on the silver screen and known for the Grammy winning "Man Of Constant Sorrow" -- has reunited for a special performance Saturday, March 22, at the Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine Distillery (also known as The Holler™) located at 903 Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is a free show that starts at 5:00PM.

Woody Guthrie Prize Recipient Pete Seeger to be Honored by Banjoist Tony Trischka

Pete SeegerOn February 22 at Symphony Space in New York City, Pete Seeger will become the first recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award given annually to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life’s work of Woody Guthrie, and serves as a positive force for social change in America. Seeger was awarded the prize before his passing on January 27.

American Legion Bluegrass to Feature Dale Ann Bradley

Dale Ann BradleyCalifornia, MD -- From the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky to the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most awarded female singers in Bluegrass music, Dale Ann Bradley, brings her show to the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD. The show will be on Sunday March 16 and begins at 2:00 pm. From Prince Frederick, Chris Tenney & Riverside South will open the show. It’s going to be “Women in Bluegrass spectacular!”

Town Mountain Hard Drivin’ Bluegrass Tours Announced

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- After five days on the Caribbean for the Mountain Song at Sea, Town Mountain has their land legs back. They arrived back to Asheville just in time for the biggest snowstorm of the year.. quite the drastic change from the bluegrass cruise. Now we're on the heels of spring, and man doesn't it feel good.

It's All in the Name

Bob CherryDuring the past couple of months, I have received numerous press releases and news items to post on Cybergrass. Besides the usual grammar errors, one common error is where predominant artist names are misspelled. It is usually where the artist is attempting to boost their recognition by claiming they have performed with the misnamed artist.

Phil Leadbetter is Making The Next Move with New Album

Phil LeadbetterAfter a fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011, a healthy Phil Leadbetter is back on the road performing with Dale Ann Bradley and actively working on the follow up to the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year Slide Effects. The next Pinecastle album, titled The Next Move, is shaping up to be an exciting collaboration with Phil’s friends including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Kenny Smith, and many more.

Win A Guitar Signed By January Jams Artists

January Jams GuitarAbingdon, VA -- The 2nd Annual January Jams at the Barter Theatre brought thousands of people to Abingdon in January from around the region, as well as several Grammy-award winning artists. The series included 7 total concerts, most coming close to or selling out the 500-seat theatre.

Bluegrass Legend Laurie Lewis Lights Up Hometown Stage

Laurie LewisFor fiddler, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Laurie Lewis, the traditions of bluegrass and folk aren’t so much tools in her hands, but burning sources of inspiration that have driven her through a 30+ year career at the forefront of American roots music. A pioneering woman in bluegrass, Laurie has paved the way for many young women today, always guided by her own love of traditional music and the styles of her heroes that came before. Although she’s won a Grammy for her interpretation of Bill Monroe’s music, and is considered a masterful proponent of Ralph Stanley’s singing style, she has crafted the music her own way, by following her personal muse and remaining open to new influences.

Nickel Creek's A Dotted Line Coming April 1

Nickel CreekSara Watkins of Nickel Creek writes, "This past June, Sean, Chris and I got together to write some new music. The writing and arranging went so well, that we decided to make an entire record! In November, along with Eric Valentine (who produced Why Should The Fire Die?) we made our new record, A Dotted Line.

The Rise in Popularity of the Banjo

Shackleton BanjoThere was a time when the banjo was reserved for country and bluegrass musicians but the popularity of the instrument is growing, with more and more people picking up a banjo for its beautiful sound, accessibility and versatility. The Great British Banjo Company are happy to be at the forefront of the banjo resurgence in the UK.

Birthplace of Country Music sweeps SFEA Awards

BCM SFEA AwardsBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music® swept the Southeast Festival and Events Association Kaleidoscope Awards, held today in Savannah, Georgia, at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel. The awards recognize the highest levels of achievement in the Southeast's festival and event industry.

The Roys are Top Bluegrass Artist at 10th IAMA

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys, award-winning brother/sister duo, were named Top Bluegrass Artist at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) on Wednesday. The IAMA promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry, acoustic artists in various genres.

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