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Nashville Music Seminar with Dick McVey Set for Beckley, West Virginia

Dick McVeyNashville, TN -- Former Beckley, West Virginia area native Dick McVey returns home to conduct a seminar on the music business on August 11, 2012 at the Old Federal Courthouse, RESA 1 at 400 Neville Street, Beckley, WV starting at 10 am. The six-hour seminar will run from 10 am to 5 pm with a one-hour break for lunch. McVey will cover subjects like how to book yourself or your band, how to present yourself to a major record label, how to get your song recorded, how to care for your voice and many other topics. A question and answer session will follow each segment. The subject matter will cover general and specific needs for Gospel, rock, country and bluegrass music.

Marty Raybon Nominated as an ICM Award Candidate

Marty RaybonThe Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICM) Top 10 finalists were announced today and Marty Raybon is a candidate for nomination in the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist category. After winning the Pioneer Award by the ICM in 2005, Marty has certainly continued his success with numerous hit songs, successful tours and TV appearances. The ICMs are dedicated to honoring and showcasing artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country music inspired by Faith, Family and Country*trade;.

Josh Shilling Let Go on July 31st with New Album

Letting GoBluegrass music artist Josh Shilling says, "hey guys, my new solo project Letting Go became available for download at all major download sites July 31, 2012. If you're a download junkie, go check it out on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CD Baby, etc or you can order a signed copy of the CD from my website It took a ton of work to bring this dream to life but I'm extremely proud of Letting Go and the support I've been given. I can't thank everyone enough!"

Friends of Mark Newton Event Features Virginia Squires Reunion

Friends of Mark Newton BenefitNashville, TN -- Friends of Mark Newton have announced a special fundraiser on August 24th to include a golf outing and live bluegrass music in Fredricksburg, Virginia, Newton’s childhood home. The benefit is to assist the Newton Family with medical expenses Mark Newton incurred when he was hospitalized unexpectedly earlier this year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville while preparing for the 20th Anniversary Graves Mountain Festival of Music. Newton helped create the Graves Mountain Festival along with the Graves Family, in Syria, Virginia. The event culminates with an evening concert featuring the music of Mark Newton and Steve Thomas and their The StillHouse Band (Newton’s current touring band). A full entertainment line-up for the evening music concert features a special reunion of the bluegrass group, Virginia Squires, with Ronnie and Rickie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor, and Mark Newton.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Artist Lineup by Medley Recognition

Hardly Strictly 12San Francisco, CA -- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is announcing the confirmed artists in a unique way this year. By various medleys on the Artist Lineup website page, there are a series of medleys. As the artists are identified, their names are posted to the roster. The site says, "We are announcing confirmed acts for this year's festival through a series of music medleys each week. As you all guess them correctly, we post their names and photos in the scroller above, as well as a text list below. Good luck guessing and share your guesses with your friends!"

Dierks Bentley Announced As Host For ACM Honors at the Ryman Sept. 24

Dierks Bentley with Martin guitar/ Nashville, TN -- Today the Academy of Country Music is announcing that country music superstar Dierks Bentley will host the 6th Annual ACM HONORS, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The event will take place on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7:00pm at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets priced at $37 will go on sale to the public at 8:00am PST on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Ryman box office,, Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000. The evening is presented by City National Bank.

5th Railroad Earth Music on the Mountaintop Music Festival

Sam Bush at Music On the to sponsor "mini Telluride Bluegrass Festival" in Western North Carolina. Railroad Earth’s Music On the Mountaintop has confirmed the final artists slated for the fifth annual three-day music festival outside of Boone, North Carolina this August 24-26, 2012. Music on the Mountaintop Festival includes Railroad Earth, Dr. Dog, Sam Bush, JJ Grey and Mofro, Greensky Bluegrass and many more. The 5th year anniversary music festival will be held in the High Country of North Carolina.

Leitrum Ireland Brings Bluegrass Music to Mohill

Mohill Bluegrass Music FestivalThe much-anticipated line up for the 2nd annual Mohill Bluegrass Festival (Co.Leitrim) brings together a plethora of the finest Bluegrass acts in Ireland including The Watery Hill Boys, Johnny Gleeson, The Down & Out Bluegrass Band, The Western String Band and the Bucket of Bees Revival, Scheduled over the weekend beginning Friday 10 August, Mohill Bluegrass Festival is quickly established a place for itself on the Irish Bluegrass calendar and is the only festival of it ‘s kind in Leitrim and the surrounding area. The Mohill Bluegrass Festival takes place at 12 Knocklongford Estate, Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland.

International Bluegrass Music Museum at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Bluegrass ShowcaseThe International Bluegrass Music Museum will be at The Milwaukee Irish Fest with its Bill Monroe Traveling Exhibit. The Exhibit, which is a condensed version of the Bill Monroe Centennial Exhibit, now on display at the IBMM in Owensboro, Kentucky, tells the story of Bill Monroe's career. It includes newly donated photographs of Rosine, Kentucky when Bill Monroe was growing up there and highlights of his career, including an audio clip of Bill Monroe talking about when he gouged the "Gibson" name off his mandolin. Representatives of the museum will be at the Irish Fest giving presentations about the Birth of Bluegrass Music and its Spread Around the World, and Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.

Doyle Lawson Scores Three Nominations on ICM Awards Top 10 Ballot

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverBluegrass and Gospel music Legend Doyle Lawson has garnered three nominations on the 2012 ICM Awards Semi-Final Ballot. The Top 10 Nominees were announced by the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) on July 30 in Nashville. Doyle is nominated as Musician of the Year, while Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are nominated as Inspirational Bluegrass Artist and Vocal Group or Band of the Year.

The Roys, Are Candidates For Nomination in Three ICM Awards Categories

The RoysNashville, TN -- The reigning Inspirational Country Music Bluegrass Artist of the Year, The Roys, are candidates for nomination in three Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) award categories for 2012: Entertainer, Vocal Duo and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist. The Roys have enjoyed "blessed good fortune" in 2011, and their hard work continues to pay off for them in 2012 with hit records as well as high-profile appearances on stage, television and radio. Says Lee Roy, "We are so lucky to do what we love best. It's an honor to be in the next round of voting. We are excited to be in such great company." The organization's second round of balloting begins soon, and more information about the October 18 ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show can be found at

Breaking Grass is “Running With The Moon" with Latest Album

 Running with the MoonBooneville, MS -- Bluegrass music group Breaking Grass is very proud to announce their brand new sophomore CD, Running With The Moon, is available now. Comprised of Cody Farrar on guitar and vocals; Tyler White on fiddle and vocals; Thelton Vanderford on banjo and vocals; Zach Wooten on mandolin; and Britt Sheffield on bass and vocals; the Mississippi-based band Breaking Grass formed with one goal in mind - to make music that all ages could enjoy. With their fresh sound, original material, strong vocals and innovative musicianship, Breaking Grass is doing exactly what their name implies while still presenting music that is without a doubt steeped in the timeless bluegrass genre they grew up listening to.

Carrie Hassler’s Behind The Dream Show Now on BlueHighways TV

 The DistanceNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new episode of Behind The Dream™ with featured artist Carrie Hassler is airing this month on BlueHighways TV. Host Mike Scott interviews Carrie regarding her new album, The Distance. This TV special also includes live performance video from Carrie’s recent CD Release Concert held in Pikeville, Tennessee.

String Cheese at "Forefront of Self-Ticketing Movement", Sold Out Summer Tour

String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks AmphitheaterAfter making headlines at the beginning of the summer touring season by taking ticketing into their own hands, The String Cheese Incident have sold out almost every show on their 2012 summer run. The tour concluded recently with three headlining SCI sets at Horning's Hideout, a festival in North Plains, OR that the group founded over a decade ago and sold out in only 20 minutes this year. Other highlights include Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads sitting in with the band and The Greek in LA and three headlining sets at Electric Forest for a crowd of over 25,000.

Grammy Nominees Jeff and Sheri Easter to Appear on the Grand Ole Opry

Jeff & Sheri EasterTwo-time GRAMMY-nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning artists Jeff and Sheri Easter are scheduled to appear on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, August 4 for two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. These gospel music family group mainstays will be premiering songs from their upcoming release Eyes Wide Open (Spring Hill Music) which will hit streets on September 18. They will be performing with other artists, including Carrie Underwood, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, Jean Shepherd, Bill Anderson and many others.


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