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Experience Americanafest 2013 - Registrations Now Available

AmericanaFest 2012Nashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association is excited to announce that registrations for the 2013 Festival & Conference, slated for September 18-22, 2013, are on sale now at the Super Early Bird rates of $250 for members and $350 for non members.

RockyGrass Academy Registration; Warner Field & Town Park Lotteries

RockyGrass Academy graduation on the St. VrainLyons, CO -- Planet Bluegrass reminds us that as we settle into this autumnal lull between the lighting of our Sam Bush jack-o-lantern and the singing of Alice's Restaurant, we urge you to take off the fingerpicks, turn down the new Tim & Darrell album, and spend a few minutes right now crafting your vision of summer 2013. RockyGrass Academy registrations are now open and so are the lotteries for the Warner Field and Town Park campgrounds for the Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival.

Bluegrass Music Profiles Ends Publishing Magazine

Bluegrass Music ProfilesNicholasville, KY -- Bluegrass Music Profiles (BMP), a magazine of Bluegrass Publications, LLC has been a providing the bluegrass music community personal and insightful interviews of bluegrass artists for nine years. the bi-monthly music magazine contained news, articles, interviews, recent releases, photos, ads, links to artists, associations, producers and record labels and was a wealth of information for the fan, talent buyers and others in the industry. BMP announced on their web site that the September/October issue is their last issue.

John Hartford: Aereo-Plain/Morning Bugle—the Complete Warner Bros. Recordings

John Hartford New CD Two of the finest and most significant country /folk albums of the ‘70s, John Hartford’s Aereo-Plain and Morning Bugle are being re-issued by Real Gone Music with a new collection, Aereo-Plain/Morning Bugle—the Complete Warner Bros. Recordings.

Rickie Simpkins to Perform With Dave Sharp Trio at JV’s Restaurant, Dec. 9

Rickie SimpkinsSilver Spring, MD -- Local singer/songwriter Dave Sharp will perform at JV’s Restaurant, in Falls Church, Virginia, on Sunday, December 9th, with his acoustic group, the Dave Sharp Trio. Appearing with the trio will be special guest, Rickie Simpkins, renowned fiddle and mandolin player. Simpkins tours and records with Emmylou Harris and other national artists, including Tony Rice. Last spring, Sharp released a new CD, Rural Roots, on Odessa Records. Simpkins performed on five album tracks and helped a great deal with final mixing. Simpkins is well versed in bluegrass, folk, country, and American music.

Song of the Mountain November 3rd Taping was Excellent Show

Lonesome River Band at 30Song of the Mountain had a fantastic concert taping at the Lincoln Theatre last Saturday evening. It was great to have the award winning bluegrass music group Lonesome River Band return to the show. They have not been on the program since our first season in 2005. Sammy Shelor who plays banjo with the Lonesome River Band was last year's recipient of the "Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass" which included a $50,000.00 monetary prize.

Annual Shindig Fundraising Concert on Saturday December 1st

Davdi Holt and the Lightning BoltsJoin the Folk Heritage Committee for a warm, festive evening at the annual fundraising concert for Shindig on the Green, featuring headliner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts plus mountain dulcimer virtuoso Don Pedi, Saturday December 1st at 7:00pm in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center.

Buffets, Inc and Charlie Daniels Make Christmas Merry with New CD

Charlie Daniels 2012 Christmas CDGreer, SC -- Buffets, Inc. and legendary music icon Charlie Daniels will be bringing holiday cheer to guests and military families alike with the launch of a new Christmas CD called Hallelujah It’s Christmas Time Again starting this week for just $8.99. Available exclusively in Buffets, Inc. restaurants, the CD features a wide range of classic and original holiday music including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Hallelujah,” as well as a special bonus track reading of Daniels’ “Carolina Christmas Carol.” In the spirit of the holidays, profits from the CD will be donated to the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) for Operation Outdoors, a camp program that assists the children of military personnel during deployment.

Larry Sparks on Appalachian Cultural Music Alliance Pickin’ Porch

Larry SparksThe legendary Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers will appear on the Appalachian Cultural Music Alliance’s Pickin’ Porch on Saturday, November 17th at 7:00 pm in Bristol, VA. Bluegrass music artist Larry Sparks is featured as the cover story this month in Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine with an article written by Bristol’s Tom Netherland. “The article boasts on Larry Sparks’ 50th anniversary coming up in 2013 and we are so proud to have this renowned bluegrass legend coming to appear on our Pickin’ Porch stage,” says ACMA president John Necessary.

Whitetop Mountain Band Brings High Mountain Music to Carter Fold

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

“Dunrobin Place” Due for Release November 19

Dunrobin PlaceRecently described as “A Musical Phenomenon…Passion and Flair That Belies His Tender Years” (Travelling Folk, BBC Scotland), twenty two year old Matheu Watson’s eagerly awaited second solo album Dunrobin Place will be released on the 19th of November 2012. Having recently contributed as key soloist to the soundtrack of the Disney/Pixar smash-hit “Brave”, Matheu has had an incredible couple years since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album.

Christies to Auction Instruments Including Doc Watson’s ‘Ol’ Hoss’ Guitar

Cristies1112.jpgNew York, NY -- Christie's is pleased to announce the sale of Fine Musical Instruments on November 27. The extensive sale will offer over 215 instruments ranging from a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, to a D-28 guitar by C.F. Martin and Company, and to more contemporary guitars, including ten guitars from the Dopyera Collection. Of interest to our readers will be the late bluegrass music artist Doc Watson's Gallagher G-50 ‘Ol’ Hoss’ guitar.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Support Tornado Victims Benefit

Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperCharlestown, IN -- Award winning bluegrass music artists Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will lend support to their neighbors who were effected by the tornados that hit Indiana in March of this year when they perform for the Henryville Tornado Relief Concert this Saturday, November 10th.

Eric Lambert on the Move After The Henhouse Prowlers

Eric LambertSince leaving the bluegrass music band The Henhouse Prowlers in January, guitar-master, singer/songwriter, and music educator, Eric Lambert, has been on the move. From Chicago, IL, Eric Lambert has built a distinguished career writing, performing, recording, and teaching music, spanning 15 countries and with talented artists such as George Strait, Virgil Kane, Valerie Smith, and Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Tom Constanten.

Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice Single "The Story Of The Day That I Died" Out

The Story of the Day that I DiedCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is proud to announce the release of "The Story Of The Day That I Died", a brand new single from award winning bluegrass music artists Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. The new song is available to radio programmers today and the complete project, Story Of The Day That I Died, will be released March 12th. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice won the Song of the Year and the Album of the Year at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards.

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