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More Bluegrass on Compass Records Coming this May

Claire Lynch - Dear SisterNashville, TN -- Compass Records expands its bluegrass and Americana offerings with 3 CDs releasing on May 28th: Bluegrass/Americana singer and songwriter Claire Lynch's Compass debut Dear Sister, the long awaited solo debut When We Fall from bluegrass vocalist/guitarist Rebecca Frazier and the reissue of Looking Forward from rising bluegrassers The Bankesters.

The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet Offer Free Download from New Album

In A country TownTo celebrate the release of In A Country Town, the new album from the Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet, the band is offering a free music download of the title track. The band says, "The brand new album from the Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet will be available very soon! But, as a special gift to their fans, the band is making available the title cut of the album absolutely free!"

Chris Austin 2013 Songwriting Finalists Announced

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- One of the annual highlights of MerleFest is the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC). Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2013. Now in its 21st year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest 2013 takes place from April 25-28 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Merlefest Honoring Doc Watson Just a Week Away

Doc WatsonWilkesboro, NC -- Preparations are well underway for MerleFest 2013, presented by Lowe’s, which officially begins next Thursday, April 25, and runs through Sunday, April 28, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. When MerleFest kicks off on Thursday afternoon, it will be a bittersweet moment. For the first time in its 26 years, MerleFest will take place without beloved music icon Doc Watson, who passed away on May 29, 2012.

Gypsy Runaway Train Puts The Roys On Fast Track

 Gypsy Runaway TrainNashville, TN -- The Roys latest full-length release, Gypsy Runaway Train, puts the award- winning sibling duo on the fast track. Due in stores on June 4, their third outing for Rural Rhythm Records contains six Roys' originals and some of their all-time favorite Bluegrass and Country classics. Hot vocals, steamin' pickin', unbridled enthusiasm and passion make this 13-track wonder a celebration of the Roots genre. Says Elaine Roy, "There was a real sense of freedom surrounding this whole project. The album strips away all pretenses and gives the listener a glimpse of both the highs and lows of life."

The Infamous Stringdusters Premier "Rockets" Video on CMT Pure

The Infamous Stringdusters Premier RocketsGrammy-nominated The Infamous Stringdusters launch the world premier of “Rockets” video exclusively at CMT Pure. Watch the video below. The television premier of the video happens tonight just before 8:30 PM Eastern Time on the network’s “CMT Edge.”

Feller & Hill Announce New Band Lineup

Bluegrass BuckaroosNashville, TN -- Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos adjusted their band lineup recently. Three new artists have taken up their positions with Feller and Hill. The band has announced that Glen Inman (aka,Cookie) on bass, Steve Day on fiddle and Mark Poe on guitar have recently joined the Bluegrass Buckaroos lineup. Day will continue working with Ronnie Reno also. The new members will begin working on the next Feller and Hill project in their Buckaroo Studios. If you like traditional bluegrass and classic country music, you’ll love Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos.

Joey Jones Leaves Cumberland River Bluegrass Band

Joey JonesCumberland River would like to announce that Joey Jones is stepping down from the band. Joey is stepping down from touring with the band to work full time with Rock House Entertainment.

Compass Records Signs Bluegrass Band The Bankesters

The BankestersNashville, TN -- Compass Records is excited to announce that The Bankesters have joined its roster of bluegrass artists. Phil and Dorene Bankester and their three daughters and son-in-law are known for some of the finest harmony singing in bluegrass music. They are currently at work gathering material for a new album to be produced by Alison Brown and tentatively slated for a fall 2013 release. In the meantime, Compass will be re-releasing the band’s latest album Looking Forward on May 28th for international distribution.

Donna the Buffalo Set To Unveil First Studio Album in 5 Years

 Tonight, Tomorrow and YesterdayNashville, Tenn. (April 16, 2013) – More energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career, roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo will debut their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18 via Sugar Hill Records.

Students to Perform at Annual Words & Music Night

Words and MusicNashville, TN -- Young songwriters will fill the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Ford Theater with songs about chicken noodle soup, the love of autumn, American presidents and more on Tuesday, April 30, during the museum’s annual Words & Music Night. Grammy award-winning artist Gretchen Wilson will host the program. The Words & Music program is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music. Nashville-area students will perform their original songs accompanied by volunteer professional songwriters during the event. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to performing students and their families.

Delfest Coming Soon - Ticket Deadline Sooner!

DelFest 2013Nashville, TN -- Anticipation for the sixth Annual DelFest has ratcheted up significantly in recent weeks. Whether it’s from the spring weather in the air, the additional line-up announcements, or the faithful fans just not able to wait much longer, it’s safe to say that this year’s festival can’t come soon enough.

Marty Raybon's “That Janie Baker” is AirPlay Direct Focus Track

 The Back FortyOn January 8th, Rural Rhythm Records announced the new bluegrass single “That Janie Baker” from his latest album, The Back Forty was released to radio stations. AirPlay Direct is featuring the track as their Focus Track. Terry Herd of Bluegrass Radio Network, after hearing the track, commented “That Janie Baker’ is one of those songs you find yourself singing along with, even before you know the words.”

James Reams & The Barnstormers Appearing at Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival

Hi-Country Bluegrass FestivalJames Reams & The Barnstormers will be appearing at the Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 4th at 2:45 PM and 5 PM. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer... Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Johnson City Sessions Artwork, Marker Unveiled

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, April 5, Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee was abuzz with sounds and sights of the past. Local residents, media and organizations gathered to celebrate the Birthplace of Country Music®’s musical sibling: the 1928 Johnson City Sessions. BCM President John Rainero spoke to the Sessions' impact--one still being felt as partnerships are formed today.

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