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Red Dog Ash CD Release Party Tonight!

Red Dog AshThin Red Line is the second album of all-original material from the Northern California Central Valley band, Red Dog Ash. The group's signature harmonies and hot licks are refined on this effort, supporting carefully crafted lyrics that image Californias histories, geographies, and people. From family demons to the beauty of the Sierra Nevada, from migrant workers to lost souls, from the strength of convictions to homespun gospel, the CD thematizes the turning points that reshape the landscapes of our lives. It also pays homage to the banjo greats of bluegrass music and showcases both the drive and sensitivity of bluegrass picking. Thin Red Line shows Red Dog Ash to be a strong, clear, and original sound on the contemporary bluegrass scene.

The Blackberry Bushes and Front Country at Starry Plough

The Blackberry Bushes String BandThe Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band. The Bushes’ innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still. Joyful singing and songwriting are supported by carefully constructed soundscapes that feature virtuosic fiddle. A longtime Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats.

IBMA Artist Showcase Application Deadline is February 15

IBMA Showcase ArtistsNashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Up to 50 showcase artists will be invited for the International Bluegrass Music Associations's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass 2013, depending on the number of applicants and the qualifications of groups that apply. Each official showcase act will perform twice, and possibly three times during World of Bluegrass Week in some combination of following areas: the Raleigh Convention Center, evening showcase rooms at the Marriott or Sheraton hotels, evening showcases at six in-town venues, or as a part of the weekend street fair. There will also be opportunities for merchandise sales and, potentially, a share in showcase-generated revenues after off-site venue expenses are covered.

Bakersfield Songwriter Red Simpson Honored as Poet and Prophet

Red SimpsonNashville, TN -- Songwriter and Bakersfield Sound architect Red Simpson will take a seat at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, February 23, as the latest subject of the quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview and performance, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at src=

Alan Jeffries Debuts “Coffee ‘til Midnight“

Coffee 'til MidnightAfter years of supporting many great Canadian artists, Alan Jeffries’ debut album has finally arrived. Coffee ‘til Midnight is not the romantic pursuit of an urban folkie, it is the product of someone who has grown up on the sounds and traditions of bluegrass music.

The SteelDrivers Put The Hammer Down on Latest Release

The SteelDriversNashville, Tennessee is a nexus – a point where tradition and innovation intersect, where commerce collides with art. It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass music roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.” alt=

Danny Roberts Appears on Hit ABC Show “Nashville”

Danny RobertsNashville, TN --- Danny Roberts, mandolin player extraordinaire for bluegrass music's The Grascals, made his television debut this week. Roberts appears in the hit series ‘Nashville’ as a member of the “Rayna James” band. His first appearance is in an episode entitled “Hit The Road.” Roberts is unsure of just how many episodes he may appear in, but he’s taped several segments. In one scene, he plays the bouzouki on a duet by characters Rayna and Juliette. He also plays guitar and sings backup for some upcoming episodes. Although he’s not yet had a speaking role, Danny has filmed a few "non-musician" scenes as well.

Birthplace of Country Music Presents Mountain Stage March 10th

Larry Keel and Natural BridgeBristol, TN/VA - Birthplace of Country Music welcomed Mountain Stage with Larry Groce Executive Producer Adam Harris to their office Wednesday morning to reveal who would be performing at the upcoming road show in Bristol on Sunday, March 10 at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Click here to watch today's press conference on YouTube.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver to Perform on Song of the Mountains

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverMarion, VA- Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will make their second appearance on Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Doyle is legendary in both bluegrass and gospel genres and frequently mixes them to deliver something special. Doyle has been playing and singing since he was 11. He and his group Quicksilver have won numerous awards, and Doyle has released nearly 40 albums and CDs. Doyle's awards include the National Heritage Fellowship and an Honorary PhD of Fine Arts at King College.

John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range Release ‘Daylight’

DaylightAsheville, NC -- John Driskell Hopkins has walked the musical path for the last 20 years. As a bass player, guitar player, singer and songwriter for several bands of the rock variety, Hopkins rooted himself in the Atlanta, GA music scene in 1995, producing records and touring with his band Brighter Shade and later becoming a founding member of the Zac Brown Band to this day. Now he has teamed up with North Carolina-based band and Mountain Home Recording artists, Balsam Range, to record and independently produce a new album, Daylight, which saw its national release on January 22nd.

A New Concept to Learn Bluegrass Instruments Introduced by Layne Publications

Layne PublicationsLayne Publications has just come up with a new way to learn music from an expert from the comforts of their homes. Since 2005, Layne Publications has been a trusted online resource for bluegrass tabs. The company was formed by Jordan Layne Bourland to help aspiring music players learn the intricacies of playing with an entire band. He has recently revealed a series of plans to work out a robust learning program that offers all the necessary assistance to music enthusiasts.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Feb 19 Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- One of the annual highlights of MerleFest is the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC). Applications have been open since August and the final February 19 Deadline is rapidly approaching. There are two ways to enter the contest. Songwriters may submit their applications via U.S. Mail (P.O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212). Entries may also be submitted through Sonicbids ( Now in its 21th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

14th San Francisco Bluegrass Festival Honors Old and New

Laurie Lewis & the Right HandsSan Francisco, CA -- The events of the 14th annual San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival (SFBOT) will honor old-time music from the past, highlight hot new talent from the present and glimpses into the refreshing Alt-Bluegrass sounds of the future through performances and dance. The 10-day festival runs from Feb. 7-17 and comprises more than 25 shows at 18 clubs and live music venues around the Bay Area featuring some of the most talented musicians on the Americana and Roots music scene today.

Wood & Wire Releases Debut Self-Titled Album Feb. 5

Wood and WireAustin, TX -- Wood & Wire, Austin’s own four-piece bluegrass and Americana band, will release its debut self-titled studio album on Feb. 5, 2013. Wood & Wire is one of the most promising new bands on Austin’s bluegrass and acoustic music scene. Mixing in elements of Americana and swing, its healthy dose of original music and traditional bluegrass tunes keep audiences riveted. The three-man band keeps people on their toes, too, with a cappella ballads, funky acoustic jams and rippin’ fast instrumentals. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch them on a night when they have a banjo player.

Flatt Lonesome to Premier on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Wednesday

Flatt LonesomeThe world premiere of the self-titled debut CD by Flatt Lonesome is this Wednesday, January 23, at 11:00 am ET on the Sirius/XM Bluegrass Junction show. Join host Kyle Cantrell for this exclusive as he interviews the members of Flatt Lonesome and plays all of the cuts from their new album on Pisgah Ridge Records (a division of Mountain Home Records). Flatt Lonesome's Track-By-Track will rebroadcast on Thursday, 1/24/ at 9:00 pm ET , Saturday, 1/26, at 8:00 am ET, and Sunday, 1/27, at 11:00 am ET.


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