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Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest to Feature Franklin County Performers

The Crooked Road Music FestivalAbingdon, VA -- On October 3rd-6th, 2013, Heartwood will be filled with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia at the Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest, an annual music festival devoted to telling the story of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

Grand Ole Opry To Celebrate Its 88th Birthday October 4 & 5

Grand Ole Opry 88th Birthday BashThe Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® is set to celebrate its 88th birthday on Oct. 4 & 5 with three weekend Opry shows in which country favorites will share the stage with the Opry’s birthday cake, plus a concert by Opry member Steve Wariner, backstage tours, free music in the Opry Plaza, and more.

Grisman Releases "Old & in the Way: Live at the Boarding House" Shows

Old & in the WayForty years ago on a monday night during the first week of October, a bluegrass band walked on to the stage of The Boarding House in San Francisco. The band included two of Bill Monroe's former Blue Grass Boys, guitarist Peter Rowan and fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements, mandolinist David Grisman and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead picking banjo along with his bass playing sidekick, John Kahn. That historic event has been released by Acoustic Oasis as Old & In The Way: Live at the Boarding House. The two disc set features two sets from October, 1, 1973 and two more sets from October 8, 1973.

Alan Jackson Is First Performer Announced for MerleFest

Alan JacksonWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, kicks off its 27th year with the announcement that country superstar Alan Jackson will be part of the festival’s Thursday schedule. MerleFest, a four-day event that is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Jackson is the first performer announced for the MerleFest 2014 lineup.

Lou Reid & Carolina Release 20th Anniversary Concert

Lou Reid and CarolinaLou Reid & Carolina are proud to announce today’s new album release - the 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home on KMA Records. The album is now available for sale at Amazon, Kmart, County Sales, CD Universe, and more retail outlets. Music journalist, Keith Lawrence says, “It’s one of the best bluegrass albums you’ll hear this year. Fans of Lou Reid & Carolina will definitely want this album in their collection."

Marty Raybon Wins First IBMA Award

Marty Raybon with IBMA AwardNashville, TN -- Marty Raybon, former lead singer of Shenandoah, can now add an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) win to his prestigious list of accolades which already includes Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards. Last Thursday night at the 24th IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, NC, Raybon was presented with the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for "Beulah Land."

James King Releases Three Chords and the Truth

Three Chords and the TruthFrom the earliest days of his performing career, James King has been an advocate for and exponent of the traditional sound in bluegrass. His heartfelt lead vocals and robust delivery demonstrate both his familiarity with and love for traditional "old school" bluegrass, country, and gospel music. In performance, his bands have invariably been on the traditional end of the scale. He loves strong, honest lyrics, and is a master of finding what engineer Steve Chandler has referred to as "the James spot:" that stark, exposed nerve, where the emotional truth of the song lives. When it happens -- and it happens often on Three Chords and the Truth -- it is an amazing thing to hear.

Bean Blossom is The Winner - Bluegrass Event of the Year

Bill MonroeIndianapolis, IN -- The Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground is proud to announce the 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the recipient of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Event of the Year Award. The winners of this year’s IBMA awards were announced last week during the association’s World of Bluegrass held in Raleigh, NC. Park owner and festival producer, Dwight Dillman said, “I just want to say that I appreciate all of you for supporting Bean Blossom. Thanks to all the staff, the festival goers, the bands, sponsors and IBMA. See you next year!”

Americana Music Association Annual Event Makes Local and Global Impact

Americana Music AssociationWith events ranging from intimate showcases to insightful panels to a sold-out, nationally broadcast awards show, the Americana Music Association's annual Festival, Conference and Honors & Awards drew thousands to Nashville to explore the past, present and future of roots music. Highlights included: The sold-out Honors & Awards show at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium, which was broadcast live on AXS TV, SiriusXM satellite radio, WSM-AM 650 and streamed on, and will be rebroadcast in an edited form later this season as part of PBS' "ACL Presents" series. The Festival's music programming featured more than 140 official events and showcases attracting an aggregate 20,000 attendees over the fest's five-day span.

Deering Raises Over $25,000 for Charity

2013 Deering Charity BanjosThe Deering Banjo Company raised $25,777.68 for charity this summer through the auctioning off of one of a kind Deering Goodtime Gentlemen of the Road banjos signed by Mumford and Sons. A different banjo was made for each Gentlemen of the Road Stopover date. There were five banjos in total, each bearing the location’s name as well as signatures from all four members of the band.

Bluegrass Personality Carol Beaugard Awarded Brown Jug Honors

Carol BeaugardActress, Bluegrass radio personality and artist Carol Beaugard received the Brown Jug Award at the 14th annual Park Slope Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Jamboree. This award recognizes her contributions to bluegrass music in the northeast. She follows a list of well known recipients including Stephanie Ledgin, Bill Knowlton, Pat Conte and Doug Tuchman, among others.

Share America Foundation Selects Fiddler for Scholarship

Westley Harris Gets Share America ScholarshipThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its third 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Westley Harris of Copper Hill, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2013 winners.

Whitetop Mountain Band Returns to Carter Family Fold Oct. 6

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

Bluegrass For Hospice Celebrates 5th Year With Bluegrass Legend Celebrating 50

Larry SparksGreat Mills, MD -- Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 will be held on Saturday October 26. Not only is the event celebrating its 5th year, but headliner, Larry Sparks is celebrating his 50th year in Bluegrass music. Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 will be held at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland. It is located on Flat Iron Road just 1.5 miles from MD Route 5. The event begins at Noon with gates opening at 11:00 am. All proceeds for the day go to support the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County.

Opry Country Classics Kicks Off Oct 3

Opry Country ClassicsThe songs country music fans love the most are set to be showcased on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium as Opry Country Classics returns each Thursday for a five-week run beginning October 3. Each Opry Country Classics show is set to feature a Spotlight Artist performing several of his or her biggest hits.


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