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Frankfort Bluegrass Festival Fundraiser Enables Free Event

Town MountainIn the charming little town of Frankfort, IL, a big event happens every summer. Bluegrass music lovers and families gather on the Green for a free two-day music festival and activities. Approaching its fourth year, the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival hopes to keep this community festival going for years to come.

Americana Honors & Awards 2014 Nominees Announced

Build Me Up From BonesNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced its nominees today for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan. SiriusXM "Apron Strings" host and artist Elizabeth Cook revealed the nominations during a press conference that broadcast live on SiriusXM's "Outlaw Country" and streamed via www.MusicCityRoots.com from the network's Music City Theatre in Nashville.

Dehlia Low Introduces Tellico

TellicoAlthough Dehlia Low isn’t touring these days, we wanted to let you know about a new music project several of us have started this year called Tellico (http://tellicoband.com). Like Dehlia Low, Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass, harmonica) and Aaron Ballance on dobro, with the new addition of Jed Willis (Town Mountain, Wooden Toothe) on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. We play original Appalachian-inspired acoustic Americana music with bluegrass instruments and vocals, and we perform at music venues, restaurants, festivals, private events and weddings in the NC region and beyond.

West Virginia's The Hillbilly Gypsies at Carter Fold Saturday

The Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show. The Gypsies perform in the old fashioned style, around a single microphone. Their show has the feel of a barn dance, and it transports you back in time. One thing’s for sure – you’ll want to get up and dance. They’ve been a group for over ten years, and they have played at many national festivals, concert halls, and theaters. Saturday, May 17th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart - Exibit, Book

 The Photographs of MartyStuartAlthough known primarily as a country music star, Marty Stuart has been taking photographs of the people and places surrounding him since he first went on tour with bluegrass music performer Lester Flatt at age twelve. His inspirations to do this include his own mother, Hilda Stuart, whom he watched document their family's everyday life in Mississippi, bassist Milt Hinton's photographs of fellow jazz artists, and Edward Curtis's well-known images of Native Americans at the turn of the twentieth century. Stuart's work ranges from intimate and often candid behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians, to images that capture the eccentricities of characters from the back roads of America, to dignified portraits of members of the impoverished Lakota tribe in South Dakota, a people he was introduced to through his former father-in-law, Johnny Cash. Whatever the subject, Stuart is able to sensitively tease out something unexpected or hidden beneath the surface through a skillful awareness of timing and composition as well as a unique relationship with many of the subjects based on years of friendship and trust. The book cover includes a photograph of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe.

Claire Lynch To Perform at Denver's Swallow Hill June 5th

Claire LynchDenver, CO - Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the bluegrass genre. She has now earned The International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” title three times, as well as two Grammy nominations.
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Eric Lambert to Host Guitar Workshop at John Hartford Festival

Eric Lambert and FarmerThe John Hartford Memorial Festival is quickly approaching, taking place May 29-31 at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in scenic Bean Blossom, IN. Heading into its fourth year, the festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out - New Site and Schedule

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Russell Moore asks, "Have you seen our website lately? It's had a bit of an overhaul with new photos and a new look. Check it out at www.IIIrdTymeOut.com!" The new site features new images, music samples, and is a great update for 2014. Always charging forward, creative and entertaining, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have a new image on the web for fans to keep track of what the band is up to and where they'll be performing.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Gets Best of Show

 Carey Kidd (BCM), Nick Corrigan, Charlene Baker (BCM), Eric Blevins (BRRR), Leah Ross, Justin Glanville, and Destiny SmithJohnson City, TN -- Birthplace of Country Music's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival took home a number of Pinnacle Awards, including "Best of Show", from Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association (NETTA) at their annual awards luncheon on Wednesday. This latest recognition comes after the festival received the cities of Bristol Mayors' Award of Distinction in April and several Southeast Festival & Events Association Kaleidoscope Awards, including "Best Festival", in February. The Pinnacle awards were sponsored by Bristol Motor Speedway and held at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee.

A Daughter’s Perceptive: Katie Harford Hogue on John Hartford

John Hartford and Katie Harford“One of my favorite memories with my Dad was spending an afternoon together at the kitchen table, reading the funny pages into a tape recorder,” recalls Katie Harford Hogue; daughter of the legendary John Hartford. As the 4thAnnual John Hartford Memorial Festival approaches on May 29-31, so does the 13th anniversary of John’s passing on June 4, 2001. The annual festival is on a mission to preserve the music, legacy, and ideals of John Hartford and celebrate his life and all he accomplished in his 64 years young.

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Johnny Possum Band: New Album, Planning USA Tour

Short SummerThe Johnny Possum Band has been around since 2005, released 5 CD’s, been nominated for some awards, visited the USA three times The band is currently in the final stages of releasing their 6th CD and the initial stages of planning our 4th visit to the USA.

Summergrass Festival 2014

Summergrass 2012San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is Southern California's most exciting bluegrass music festival! Held at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA, a fascinating 40 acre outdoor museum, you won't want to miss it! 2014 Headliner lineup will be featuring: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Della Mae, Special Consensus, Bluegrass Etc, Sonoran Dogs (Sunday Only), and Front Country. Also appearing will be: Sweet Tidings, Virtual Strangers, Shirt House Band, Molly Tuttle & John Mailander, Rusty Gait, and Prairie Sky.

Emmylou Harris Headlines FreshGrass 2014

Emmylou HarrisNorth Adams, MA -- 13-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris plays this year’s FreshGrass festival, MASS MoCA’s weekend wonderland of bluegrass and roots music held on September 19-21. Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music, and her addition to an already powerful lineup of traditional and progressive music guarantees that this year's festival will be the best yet. FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's annual festival of bluegrass and roots music, features a host of well-known, much-loved artists, along with FreshGrass discoveries, in its return to the museum campus in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Carter Family Fold Presents Ralph Stanley II May 10

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- If you were to gather together an average cross-section of people and ask them if they thought it would be an advantage for a performer to be the child of a living legend, most would probably conclude that it would have to be a definite plus. After all, the doors of opportunity would be quicker to open, and the spotlight of public attention that so many artists spend years trying to cultivate would be yours because – well – just because. Famous by default, so to speak, and doubtless those are very real and tangible advantages. But then there’s the downside – pressure. The learning curve, the whole growth process with all its potential missteps and pitfalls, is a public document. Most artists get to take those perilous first steps of their careers in relative anonymity, a nameless face in the crowd. Saturday, May 10th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Chris Martin to Accept Sustainable Standard-Setter Award

Martin GuitarsNazareth, PA -- The Rainforest Alliance will honor C.F. Martin & Co. with the Sustainable Standard-Setter Award at their annual gala this evening, May 7th at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The dinner and awards ceremony recognizes industry champions who prioritize environmental sustainability. C.F. Martin & Co. make the popular bluegrass and folk acoustic guitars.

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