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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 Festival Dates Announced

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013San Francisco, CA -- The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has announced the dates for their 2013 festival. This year's grand event will take place October 4, 5, & 6, 2013. The beautiful crowd shot sent in by Benjamin Wallen was used to create the background of this graphic. Benjamin says " Justin Townes Earle was his best show this year".

Showcase Artists Sought for World of Bluegrass 2013

IBMA Showcase ArtistsNashville, TN -- /IBMA/ The premiere opportunity to introduce talent and new music at IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass conference comes in the form of “official” showcase performances which help the music industry assembled discover emerging new bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2013.

The Heirloom Market & Café to Release Episode of “The Old Time Heirloom Hour”

The Old Time Heirloom HourThomson, IL -- The Old Time Heirloom Hour is a web-based variety show filmed in front of a live audience in The Heirloom Market & Café. The variety show aired its first show on September 8, 2012. The current release is a very special event for The Heirloom Market & Café as it is the tenth episode of the show to be released and features a local bluegrass music group.

2012 Best St. Louis Bluegrass Band to Visit Cape Girardeau at Port Cape

Elemental ShakedownCape Girardeau, MO -- On Saturday, January 11th, Cape Girardeau's Port Cape will host the first of three winter concerts with one of the hottest new bluegrass music groups on the Midwestern map. The show will be held at Port Cape River City Yacht Club in the upstairs venue. Converging from all corners of the country and now somehow ending up in St. Louis, this truly insane group of musicians brings their own brand of bluegrass and jamming to the table. You will hear very traditional and very not so traditional breakdowns, buskings and jams of all the old time & new school faves. And find yourselves strangely endeared to the shenanigans along the way.

Blazin Bluegrass Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Blazin Bluegrass ScholarshipsBlazin Bluegrass Scholarship Applications are now being accepted from McCreary County Students and McCreary County Musicians who have the desire to further their education in Bluegrass Music.

Bo Isaac and Rounders Latest Album “Dollar” Out

DollarNashville, TN -- Bluegrass vocalist and guitarist Bo Isaac released his new album, Dollar, last November. Joined on Dollar by his band of Rounders, Bo has created an album inspired by the combination of traditional Bluegrass instrumentation and overcoming emotional hardships we grapple with daily. align=

Katy Leonard on 5th Generation of Bluegrass Music

ICMC 2013Nashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference, (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. Previously, we announced that Lance Kinney would tackle the always vexing WIBA (What Is Bluegrass Anyway) question and be followed by Katy Leonard of Birmingham Southern. Leonard’s presentation is not designed as a formal rebuttal to Kinney, but it will certainly provide fascinating thoughts about Bill Monroe and the nature of innovation, continuity, and change in Bluegrass.

Dailey & Vincent End Year with Honors, Charts and Booking Deal

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- Last year delivered a wealth of accomplishments for Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent; the duo known as Dailey & Vincent celebrated five years in 2012. Their current release The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent (Cracker Barrel/Rounder Records) secured the group its second GRAMMY® nomination this time for “Bluegrass Album of the Year” (Awards to be held February 10, 2013) and landed at the top of Billboard’s year-end review as the #3 Bluegrass Album of 2012. This release marked the duo’s first Gospel album and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart a week following its January 9, 2012, launch.

New Birthplace of Country Music Museum Breaks Ground

Friends of 1927/BCM/ Bristol VA/TN -- The New Year signals new beginnings for many and that certainly goes for the Birthplace of Country Music®. "On December 21 we closed on construction costs to bring the museum up to exhibit status," reports Becky Littleton, Director of Finance at BCM. That means construction on the 24,000 square foot museum and 100-seat performance venue is in full swing with Bristol-based BurWil Construction Company driving the cranes.

Gruhn Guitars Moving to New Location After 42 Years

Gruhn GuitarsNashville, Tenn. — Gruhn Guitars is pleased to announce its upcoming move to 2120 8th Avenue South in the up-and-coming Eighth Avenue South corridor. The company will begin renovations on the new space in early 2013 and plans to open in late spring. The store will remain open at 400 Broadway until moving to the new location.

Big Country Bluegrass Welcomes Tim Laughlin to the Lineup

Tim Laughlin2013 promises to be a banner year for Big Country Bluegrass! And to start it off right, the band has an exciting announcement to make: Tim Laughlin has just joined the Big Country Bluegrass family, playing fiddle, twin mandolin and singing harmony. Tim's musical resume is long and storied. He has worked with many of the greats in the bluegrass music industry.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Celebrate #1 Song and New Band Member

duane SparksXenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are welcoming a new year with open arms as they celebrate the success of their most recent Rebel Records CD, They're Playing My Song. Released October 2012, the project debuted this month on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart at #13. The CD's first single, "Bottom Of A Mountain" has been very well received by radio programmers and is #1 on the current Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay chart. The song also moves up 6 spots to #24 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National bluegrass Survey Top 30 Songs chart. In addition to receiving a glowing review in the January issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, They're Playing My Song has also made its way onto several "Best of 2012" lists including Top KBCS Releases of 2012 (Bluegrass Ramble with Tom Voorhees and Tom Keeney) and WHUS "Bluegrass Cafe" with Amy Orlomoski.

Volume Five Due to Release New Album, "Run," Next Month

Volume Five"Rich Man's Daughter", the brand new single from the upcoming project by Mississippi-based Volume Five, was released to radio programmers last October. The new CD titled Run is the band's third on the Mountain Fever Records label and is expected for release this February. Visit the band's website to hear what this exciting bluegrass band has to offer.

Online Music Education - The New Music Business

Cybergrass LearningLearning to play an instrument well has always been a challenge and in some communities, instructors and tutors are rare or even non-existant. The dawning of multi-media communications, files and tools has enabled a new industry to appear almost over night. During 2012, we saw the development of ArtistWorks and many that are emulating them. More and more musicians are adding instruction into their revenue stream. A year ago we wrote NAMM 2012: ArtistWorks Presents Next Generation of Music Lessons Online and that next generation has really taken off and is now branching out in many different directions.

Statement from NEA on the Passing of National Heritage Fellow Mike Auldridge

Mike AuldridgeFrom the National Endowment of the Arts: "It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master Dobro musician Mike Auldridge. Over the course of his celebrated career, Auldridge innovated the use of the Dobro, influencing the development of contemporary bluegrass and country music and paving the way for other Dobro musicians such as Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. Auldridge performed as a member of such Maryland groups as the Seldom Scene and also as a solo artist. He recorded with musicians such as Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., and Bill Monroe. During the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert in October 2012, Rob Ickes described the influence of Auldridge on the development of the Dobro: 'You can draw a line at Mike Auldridge. The Dobro is played with a metal bar, metal finger picks, and metal strings. There is a lot of room for noise. This guy figured out how to get rid of the noise and just leave the music.' We join many others in the bluegrass community and beyond in mourning the loss of Mike Auldridge while celebrating his life and enormous musical contributions."

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