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The Infamous Stringdusters Announce 2013 Ski Tour, Release Exclusive Video

The Infamous StringdustersThe Infamous Stringdusters have announced their 2013 Ski Tour – a run of shows that brings the band, and their fans, to the Rocky Mountains’ best U.S. ski towns this winter. The itinerary - which includes stops in Vail, Colorado, Park City, Utah, and Jackson, Wyoming, among others - promises a few days off to hit the slopes. Along for the ride are partners POW (Protect Our Winters), Icelantic Skis, Oskar Blues Brewery, and Mountain Khaki, who will host special events and giveaways along the tour. The full list of 2013 Ski Tour stops is included below.

Leftover Salmon Joins Hot Buttered Rum and Dave Nelson Band for SEVA’s 35th Anniversary

SEVA BenefitAsheville, NC -- Leftover Salmon is excited to support SEVA’s 35th Anniversary Benefit Concert at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. This event features Wavy Gravy as the Host, Hot Buttered Rum, David Nelson Band, and members of Leftover Salmon. Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Breedlove Guitars Introduces New Oregon Series Guitars

Oregon Series GuitarsBend, OR – January 1, 2013 – The new Oregon Series from Breedlove Guitars takes full advantage of the abundance of natural resources in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Built for the guitarist who appreciates tone, beauty and American craftsmanship, the Oregon Series is the latest addition from the longtime Central Oregon guitar manufacturer.

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Christmas in the Smokies

Lorraine Jordon & Carolina RoadPigeon Forge, TN -- The Christmas in the Smokies bluegrass festival will be held December 12 through 15 at the Ramada Inn & Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by Carolina Road, the festival brings together many traditional bluegrass and gospel bands for an early Christmas celebration. “Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the perfect setting for the festival,” said Lorraine Jordan of Jordan Entertainment and Carolina Road, the hosts of the event. “Fans will love the decorations and the spirit of Christmas around town.”

Americana Music Association Announced New Board of Directors

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced six incoming directors, who will each serve two year terms, as a result of the annual elections for their Board of Directors and three appointed Directors for one year terms, all to start in January 2013. The results reflect the rising influence and characteristics of the Americana genre itself; Independent, entrepreneurial and progressive. The current composition of the Board features 21 members residing in eight different cities; Austin, Boston, Knoxville, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Toronto, Canada and Washington, DC.

Joe Bevins, The Tower Street Stringband Featured at Heartwood

Joe BevinsThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature the Tower Street Stringband. The Crooked Road Music Series features youth music performers, as well as showcasing venues of the Crooked Road region. Heartwood features open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at www.thecrookedroad.org.

Claire Lynch Awarded USA Walker Fellowship, $50,000 Grant

Claire LynchBluegrass music artist and songwriter Claire Lynch is among 54 remarkable artists to receive one of 50 USA Fellowships (some collaborative) from United States Artists (USA). The national arts advocacy organization announced the award of the 2012 fellowships today, each of which comes with an unrestricted grant of $50,000. The 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields. Reflecting the diversity of artistic practice in America, they include cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts.

Presenting the Blue Sky Boys... Again

Presenting The Blue sky BoysArhoolie Records has a surprise release for today. Original 1965 recordings from the legendary Blue Sky Boys. Classic country brother duets by Bill & Earle Bolick. These songs are appearing for the first time on CD from the 1976 LP by the John Edwards Memorial Foundation. From the era of the beginnings of bluegrass the guitar and mandolin of the Blue Sky Boys is a refreshing new sound from the past.

Kent Gustavson Offers Bluegrass Fans an Early Christmas Gift

Blind But Now I SeeKent Gustavson, PhD and author of Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson is offering bluegrass fans an early Christmas gift. Gustavson says, "if you haven't had a chance to read my biography of Doc Watson yet. You can download the Kindle version free from now until December 4th."

The Modern Grass - Swingin' Around The Christmas Tree Vol. 3 in Concert

Swingin' Around the Christmas TreeHalifax, NS – 30 November 2012 – (MG MUSIC) Recent Music Nova Scotia award winners The Modern Grass hit the road this month with over 10 dates around Nova Scotia in support of their third Holiday Album, Swingin’ Around the Christmas Tree - Vol. 3. Join the Modern Grass and south shore singer-songwriter sensation, Jennah Barry on Sunday, December 9 for the official Halifax CD release. The concert will feature original sets, holiday songs and stories and musical collaborations. The show will be recorded by the CBC and aired on Atlantic Airwaves on December 22.

The New York Banjo Summit Pickers to Tour in January

NY Banjo Summit TourMany of the world’s most influential five-string banjo players – all with ties to New York State - will re-unite to perform a “Banjo Summit” in a limited five-concert tour of the East Coast from January 16-20. 2013. The New York Banjo Summit featuring Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Richie Stearns and Noam Pikelny will bour the northeast this January.

Trey Hensley and Drivin’ Force are Carter Fold Program for December 8th

Trey HensleyHiltons, VA -- Trey Hensley, despite his young age, has already forged his own style. What started eleven years ago as a kid singing traditional bluegrass has become the mature sound of a 21-year old country performer and vocalist who has already found his voice. While you’ll hear some of his idols and influences around the edges, more than anything, you’ll hear Trey Hensley. Saturday, December 8th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Trey Hensley & Drivin’ Force. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

David Grisman's Acoustic Oasis Releases “Hi-Def Bluegrass Compilation”

Hi-Def Bluegrass CompilationDavid Grisman's Acoustic Oasis Released HiDef Bluegrass is releasing of their Hi-Def Bluegrass Compilation, the second in a series of releases utilizing the highest quality sound format available (24 bit, 96khz). The first release, Firt Time Together featured David Griman, Martin Taylor and Frank Vignola.

2013 Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival Lineup Announced

Winter Woodsongs Coffeehouse Presents Bluegrass Artist Carrie Hassler

An Evening with Carrie HasslerDalton, GA -- The Woodsongs Coffeehouse Dalton Chapter announces the return of their annual winter concert series to raise awareness and proceeds to complete construction of the 60 bed shelter for men by Providence Ministries. The new shelter is currently under constrction at 613 Oxford Street in Dalton, Georgia.

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