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The Roys, Are Candidates For Nomination in Three ICM Awards Categories

The RoysNashville, TN -- The reigning Inspirational Country Music Bluegrass Artist of the Year, The Roys, are candidates for nomination in three Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) award categories for 2012: Entertainer, Vocal Duo and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist. The Roys have enjoyed "blessed good fortune" in 2011, and their hard work continues to pay off for them in 2012 with hit records as well as high-profile appearances on stage, television and radio. Says Lee Roy, "We are so lucky to do what we love best. It's an honor to be in the next round of voting. We are excited to be in such great company." The organization's second round of balloting begins soon, and more information about the October 18 ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show can be found at http://www.ccma.cc

Breaking Grass is “Running With The Moon" with Latest Album

 Running with the MoonBooneville, MS -- Bluegrass music group Breaking Grass is very proud to announce their brand new sophomore CD, Running With The Moon, is available now. Comprised of Cody Farrar on guitar and vocals; Tyler White on fiddle and vocals; Thelton Vanderford on banjo and vocals; Zach Wooten on mandolin; and Britt Sheffield on bass and vocals; the Mississippi-based band Breaking Grass formed with one goal in mind - to make music that all ages could enjoy. With their fresh sound, original material, strong vocals and innovative musicianship, Breaking Grass is doing exactly what their name implies while still presenting music that is without a doubt steeped in the timeless bluegrass genre they grew up listening to.

Carrie Hassler’s Behind The Dream Show Now on BlueHighways TV

 The DistanceNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new episode of Behind The Dream™ with featured artist Carrie Hassler is airing this month on BlueHighways TV. Host Mike Scott interviews Carrie regarding her new album, The Distance. This TV special also includes live performance video from Carrie’s recent CD Release Concert held in Pikeville, Tennessee.http://www.cybergrass.com/Images/CarrieHasslerTheDistance.jpg

String Cheese at "Forefront of Self-Ticketing Movement", Sold Out Summer Tour

String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks AmphitheaterAfter making headlines at the beginning of the summer touring season by taking ticketing into their own hands, The String Cheese Incident have sold out almost every show on their 2012 summer run. The tour concluded recently with three headlining SCI sets at Horning's Hideout, a festival in North Plains, OR that the group founded over a decade ago and sold out in only 20 minutes this year. Other highlights include Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads sitting in with the band and The Greek in LA and three headlining sets at Electric Forest for a crowd of over 25,000.

Grammy Nominees Jeff and Sheri Easter to Appear on the Grand Ole Opry

Jeff & Sheri EasterTwo-time GRAMMY-nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning artists Jeff and Sheri Easter are scheduled to appear on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, August 4 for two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. These gospel music family group mainstays will be premiering songs from their upcoming release Eyes Wide Open (Spring Hill Music) which will hit streets on September 18. They will be performing with other artists, including Carrie Underwood, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, Jean Shepherd, Bill Anderson and many others.

The Grascals Announce Vietti Foods Sponsorship

The Grascals BusNashville, TN -- Two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners, The Grascals, are pleased to announce a promotional agreement with Vietti Foods. The band unveiled a brightly wrapped tour bus touting The Grascals and images of the sponsor’s products.

PBS Special “Pa’s Fiddle: The Music of America” - In Stores Now

 The Music of AmericaNashville, TN -- Live concert DVD release featuring Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Committed, Natalie Grant, Ashton Shepherd and The Roys singing the music of the Little House on the Prairie available in stores today, including iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Hastings and via www.compassrecords.com

“Walk With Me” by the Kickin Grass Band is Recommended for Bluegrass Programming

Kickin Grass BandRaleigh, NC based bluegrass and Americana group, The Kickin Grass Band, has made its mark on the roots music scene with strong voices, engaging musicianship and original songs that ride the edge of tradition. The Raleigh-based Kickin Grass Band is known for their unique bluegrass style—equal parts vintage and nouveau. On their newest release, Walk With Me, the band delightfully stretches and builds each song beyond their firm footing in bluegrass, appealing to a broad roots music audience. To the joy of listeners and benefit of the songs, the Kickin Grass Band is not afraid to follow their muse down the complementary paths of Old-time, Americana and folk.

Darin and Brooke Aldridge Secure New Alliances

Darin & Brooke AldridgeNashville, TN --- Crossroads/Mountain Home recording artists, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, have inked a deal with Artists & Attractions entertainment management company. One of the largest companies of its kind, Artists & Attractions is a full service entertainment management company boasting a roster of the finest regional and national musical artists and attractions working today. A&A president Bobby McLamb has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, having worked with some of the biggest names in music.

Martin Taylor Fingerstyle Guitar School Debuts New Interactive Guided Arrangements

Fingerstyle Guitar SchoolNapa, CA -- ArtistWorks, the first collaborative online global learning community comprised of world-renowned teaching artists and ambitious amateurs, announced the availability of new Guided Arrangements in its Martin Taylor Fingerstyle Guitar School. Multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor developed these Guided Arrangements in response to his students' desire to take their fingerstyle guitar skills to the next level. Taylor provides video guidance detailing arrangement techniques and students then use these techniques to create their own personalized variations of the tunes.

New Frontiers Open for Paperless PR

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- by Jeff Walter
As the means for delivering and consuming music continue to grow more sophisticated (and more digital), so do the choices for promoting that music and the artists who create it. Such is the case with electronic press kits (EPKs) and video news releases (VNRs), tools that share the same basic goals of their non-digital predecessors: getting airplay, inspiring reviews and other media coverage, facilitating bookings and winning the attention of music consumers.

Bill Knowlton Hosts his 40th Bluegrass Ramble Picnic August 5th

Bill KnowltonBill Knowlton's 40th annual "Bluegrass Ramble Picnic" takes place on Sunday, August 5th as usual at Dwyer Memorial Park, the home of the Cortland Repertory Theater, in Little York NY. Appearing for the first time will be Dyerswitch, known for decades of great bluegrass music in New York's Capitol District and, The Easy Ramblers, winners of the Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) as best country group! Slewfoot is another bluegrass group with top shelf Southern Tier pickers. As always, this should be a great show!

Trey Hensley Brings His Drivin' Force to Carter Fold Aug. 11

Trey HensleyHiltons, VA -- Trey Hensley has been performing since age seven. After picking up a guitar at the age of ten, he quickly took the bluegrass world by storm – even performing on the Grand Ole Opry when he was eleven. Three years ago, the now 19-year old, seasoned rtist followed his heart and interests into the world of country music.

Henry Horenstein - Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music

Dolly Parton © Henry HorensteinClampArt is proud to present “Henry Horenstein | Honky Tonk: Portraits of County Music.” The exhibition coincides with the release of the artist’s monograph of the same title from W.W. Norton & Company (Hardcover, 120 illus., 10.25 x 10 inches, $50), which includes a foreword by Eddie Stubbs, one of the two regular announcers for the long-running Grand Ole Opry on WSM radio.

Bluegrass Music Artists Support Suwannee Valley Flood Jam

Flood JamLive Oak, FL -- The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and the promoters who do Springfest, Magnolia Fest, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival and Blackwater Music Festival have started the Suwannee Music Foundation, a not-for-profit to help the flood victims of Suwannee Valley in Suwannee, columbia and Hamilton Counties.

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