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International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Awards Seeks Nominees

Momentum AwardNashville, TN (July 17, 2013) - Last year, the International Bluegrass Music Association inaugurated the IBMA Momentum Awards after a year of close input, analysis, and preparation. These awards are meant to recognize musicians and industry professionals in the early stages of their bluegrass careers. It is not a peoples’ choice, popularity or member-voted award, but a juried award by notable peers. Input from all constituencies is considered by said jury. Essentially, the Momentum Awards recognize the best “up and comers.”

The Steel Wheels at Benton Hall, North Wilkesboro, NC Aug 27

The Steel WheelsNorth Wilkesboro, NC – The Steel Wheels proudly announce their performance at Benton Hall in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina on Tuesday August 27th at 7pm as part of their SpokeSongs Tour 2013. The Steel Wheels have enthralled audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound. Trent Wagler’s weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by a shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country.

Martin Guitar Chairman and CEO Chris Martin IV Appointed to NAMM Executive Committee

Evolution of the American guitarNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that chairman and CEO Chris Martin IV has been named incoming secretary of the NAMM executive committee through 2015. The appointment was announced during the annual board meeting at the Summer NAMM conference this past weekend in Nashville, TN. Chris Martin previously served on the NAMM board of directors from 2000 to 2003. "It is an honor to be appointed to the NAMM executive committee," Martin said. "NAMM has been a wonderful supporter of the Martin brand and our products for many years, and I am looking forward to working on a deeper level with the group on opportunities and issues that are relevant to the industry."

Bill Monroe Style Mandolin Camp Coming in September

Monroe Style Mandolin Camp 2013Owensboro, KY -- At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, attendees will spend three full days with the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers and up to 50 of the coolest mandolin players you'll find on Planet Earth. With registration for each camp capped at 50, the camp's intimate environment located at the only museum in the world dedicated to the international history of bluegrass music allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of the legendary instructors of Monroe-Style mandolin. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in Owensboro, Kentucky near where it all started in the small town of Rosine.

Now, Its Official - Alan Jackson "The Bluegrass Album" Due September

Alan JacksonNashville, TN -- Country music superstar Alan Jackson will release his long anticipated first bluegrass album -- appropriately titled The Bluegrass Album -- on September 24. Jackson wrote eight songs for the album, which also includes other originals and a couple of well-known standards of the genre. The Bluegrass Album will be released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson’s nephew, Adam Wright.

Dave Adkins & Republik Steele Set for Debut at The Station Inn

Dave Adkins & Republik SteelNashville, TN -- Dave Adkins & Republik Steele will make their debut performance at the World Famous Station Inn in Nashville this Saturday, July 20. This historic venue has played host to some of the top names in music through the years and draws fans from around the world. The band’s hard driving instrumental talents, combined with Dave's powerful lead vocals and infectious personality, have put them in the spotlight at many major festivals and venues this year.

Deadly Gentlemen Unveil Video for "Bored of the Raging" on American Songwriter

Roll Me Tumble MeRoll Me, Tumble MeLast week, Boston’s Deadly Gentlemen released Roll Me, Tumble Me, their debut disc for Rounder. On Friday, they premiered the video for “Bored of the Raging,” the first single off the album, on www.AmericanSongwriter.com.

Jeff Brown and Band Still Lonesome Release “Blue Side of Me”

 Blue Side of MeWillis, VA -- Jeff Brown, talented former sideman for bluegrass music legend Larry Sparks, along with his band, Still Lonesome, have released their new album Blue Side of Me on Mountain Fever Records. The single "These Old Blues" was released in April to an enthusiastic reception from radio DJs and fans.

Nu-Blu Celebrates 10th Anniversary with “TEN” and 10 New Songs

 TENNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the CD release of Ten by Nu-Blu. The physical CD is available now wherever Bluegrass CD’s are sold and the digital album is also available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital stores. The album is also available now for radio programmers and DJ’s on AirPlay Direct.

Mike Snider from the Grand Ole Opry to Perform on "Song of the Mountains"

Mike SniderMarion, VA -- Musician and comedian Mike Snider will headline Song of the Mountains at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA on Saturday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm.

Newton & Thomas Lend Support to CJs Thumbs Up Foundation

Mark Newton and Steve ThomasRichmond, VA (July 15, 2013) – Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will appear on Richmond, Virginia’s WTVR CBS Channel 6 “Virginia This Morning” TV show on Friday, July 19 at 9:00 am and Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland on Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 pm in support of the CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation. The organization provides financial assistance to families of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and was founded in honor of Charlotte Jennie Reynolds (July 9, 2005 - Jan. 7, 2010).

Self Produced Doesn't Always Cut It

Self ProducedI heard about a new album to be released privately. The talk leading up to it was pretty good and the band isn't new to the genre. I was expecting some great material. Sadly, the album just turned me off. It was almost painful to get through the dozen tracks on their latest release. The album certainly doesn't reflect what this group is capable of.

Country Artists Take a New Spin on Vinyl

Will The Circle Be Unbroken/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Randy Rudder
Not since the early 1990s has the acronym “LP” had currency in the recording world. Yet it’s creeping back into the nomenclature among some Millennials and members of Generation Y as they discover the wonders of vinyl albums.

Alan Jackson to Release The Bluegrass Album This Year

Alan JacksonAlan Jackson shares a concept held by many other artists -- he wants to release a bluegrass music album. This September, he will get his wish when he releases The Bluegrass Album. Schedule for a September 24 release date, Jackson invited bluegrass artists Adam Steffey, Sammy Shelor, Tim Crouch, Scott Coney, Rob Ickes and Tim Dishman to join him on this exciting project. Jackson claims he's always wanted to do a bluegrass album.

Carter Fold to Host CD Release Party for Lonesome Will Mullins New CD

Lonesome Will Mullins BandHiltons, VA -- Friday, July 19th, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will host a free concert and CD release party for the newest CD by bluegrass music artist Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. Entitled Fly Me to Frisco, it was recorded at the Grammy award winning Maggard Studio. The CD features classic bluegrass, some old time tunes, clawhammer numbers, and gospel.

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