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Alt-Grassers, The HillBenders, Open Doors with KCA Artists

The HillBenders Nashville, TN -- The HillBenders are an aggressively energetic acoustic quintet at the forefront of an alt-grass revolution. With the release of their latest project, Can You Hear Me? on Compass Records, The HillBenders have established their own brand of acoustic fusion: a rich blend of bluegrass and Americana with a razor-sharp indie-rock edge. The HillBenders, along with many of their of their non-traditionalist peers, are turning heads across the country and around the globe as they continue to redefine bluegrass and acoustic music for the modern era. The fans are not the only ones who are jumping onto the Benders' alt-grass bandwagon.

Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum Reopens at New Location

Musicians Hall of FameOn August 9th, 2006 Cybergrass wrote about the opening of the New Musicians Hall of Fame. Now, 7 years later, the organization has a new home. The Nashville Municipal Auditorium will be the new home to the museum that was displaced by the Music City Center project. The new name of the Arena will be The Musicians Hall of Fame at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. All those years ago, The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum would spotlight session musicians and others. The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum opened in June of 2006 with high expectations. Over the years, it has continued to grow and evolve even higher!

Bluegrass Bass Virtuoso Missy Raines Finds her Voice on “New Frontier”

 New FrontierNashville, TN -- Preparing for her upcoming August 27th release New Frontier, multi-award-winning bassist Missy Raines has just announced a string of fall tour dates in support of the new album, including a CD release show at Nashville's Station Inn. Raines, one of bluegrass music's most beloved musicians, explores the next step in her musical vision on the new album, redefining herself as a charismatic lead vocalist. /Images/MissyRainsFrontier.jpg

Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways Released

Classic BanjoClassic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways is a 30-track compilation that captures the great versatility of the banjo and its part in shaping American musical identity, including the instrument’s vital role in the 1960s folk revival. Classic Banjo was compiled by ethnomusicologist Greg Adams and archivist Jeff Place from over 300 albums, and is the 22nd release in the acclaimed Classic Series.

The Roys Return To RFD-TV's Larry's Country Diner

The Roys at Larry's Country DinerNashville, TN (August 7, 2013) - Award-winning brother/sister duo The Roys return to RFD-TV's popular Larry's Country Diner with songs from their latest steamin' hot CD, Gypsy Runaway Train, and more on August 10 and 11. The show, which draws over 1.4 million loyal viewers each month, airs Saturday nights at 10 PM CT / 11 PM ET and Sunday evenings at 6 PM CT / 7 PM ET. The siblings performed three songs from their current CD: The blazin' title track, "You Can Count On My Love" and "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight." They also sang the poignant "Grandpa's Barn," a fan favorite from their previous disc, New Day Dawning. Larry's Country Diner also airs on FamilyNet; check local listings for broadcast times in your area.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Release New Single on AirPlay Direct

Junior sisk & Ramblers Choice"If the Bottle was a Bible", the latest single from their IBMA Album of the Year The Story of the Day that I Died was released Tuesday, August 6. It is available to broadcast media for download on AirPlay Direct. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice's first single "The Story of the Day that I Died" from the album with the same name, reached number one on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey singles chart for July 2013. The album is currently at number three on the albums chart.

Peter Rowan Headlines Timberline Americana Music Fest Sept. 2

Peter Rowan BandJoin the Timberline Lodge for an unforgettable day of live Americana and Bluegrass Music on their historic outdoor amphitheater Labor Day, September 2, at 1 PM. Admission is free. Former Blue Grass Boy, Peter Rowan and his band along with Great Northern Planes, Broken Top Band, The Barn Birds, and Rita Hosking will be entertaining the guests for this holiday performance. Summer may be coming to a close but the entertainment continues.

Jimmy Jam Benefit Tonight on Music City Roots Live-Stream

Jim VanCleveBluegrass music artist Jim VanCleve, founding member of Mountain Heart (fiddle), contracted Dengue Fever from mosquito bites he got from a recent trip to St. Croix back in March. The near fatal experience resulted in Jim being hospitalized for days. Now, he is suffering from the huge medical expenses as a result of that infection. Tonight, Music City Roots will live-stream Jimmy Jam, a live benefit to help Jim and his family with those expenses.

The Roys Reach For the Top of Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart

The RoysNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that bluegrass music artists The Roys currently have two albums on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart. This week The Roys have the #2 position with their 2013 album release Gypsy Runaway Train and the #3 position with their 2012 album release New Day Dawning.

The Rigneys Release Their First Bluegrass Single on Airplay Direct

The RigneysNashville, TN -- The first single from rising bluegrass band, The Rigneys, is now available for radio download on Airplay Direct. “Double or Nothing”, also the title track for their upcoming album on Dark Shadow Recording, was co-written by Andrew Rigney and their producer/label owner, Stephen Mougin. The full project will be available for radio download prior to its official release date of September 10, 2013.

The Tune Town Old Time Band Treat The Carter Fold Saturday

Tune Town Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia. Saturday, August 10th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Handy. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Meet the Bankesters and Their Music

The Bankesters“This talented family band from Illinois has successfully navigated the most difficult hurdle facing groups of this kind: growing from a ‘cute kid’ act to a serious collection of young adult musicians,” says John Lawless of Bluegrass Today. In a short amount of time they have developed a unique sound that has drawn critical acclaim from across the bluegrass community. In 2012, Emily Bankester was awarded the first International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year.

Chelsea McBee Kickstarting New Bluegrass Album

Chelsea McBee & The Random AssortmentShepherdstown, WV -- West Virginia bluegrass musicians Chelsea McBee & The Random Assortment are launching a Kickstarter campaign to help raise over $3,000 in funds to complete their latest work, The Whiskey Album.

Grass In The Hall Concert Series Begins September 13, 2013

Grass In The HallAwendaw Green is proud to announce the fourth show in the Grass in the Hall concert series. Grass in the Hall is a combination of Awendaw Green’s barn jams and Nashville’s Grande Ole Oprey shows. We are taking the communal feel of the barn jams and the professional musicianship of the Oprey and creating an outstanding evening of music in one of the best listening rooms in the South, The Charleston Music Hall. While you may not have heard of many of the artists, Awendaw Green and The Charleston Music Hall are dedicated to bringing you some of the best local, regional, and national bluegrass, folk, and Americana bands. Come build community with us.

Entertainers of the Year at the Minnesota Bluegrass Festival, August 8-11

The Gibson BrothersEl Rancho Mañana, Minnesota - The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival has been nominated three times as Event of the Year by the IBMA in Nashville. It is a four day music and camping festival that includes thirty hours of Mainstage concerts; plus daytime instrument collaborations and nightly dances in The Showcase Tent; music, contests, crafts, and games in The Family Area; twenty hands-on bluegrass music workshops in the Workshop Area; new groups on the Young Talent Stage; and dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace Area.

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