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Marian Levy on Rounder at International Country Music Conference

Rounder Records founders Ken Irwin and Marian Levy at ICMC 2010The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased that Marian Leighton-Levy of Rounder Records will once again be participating at ICMC. Previoulsy she supported Ken Irwin in the ICMC 2010 keynote dealing with the history of Rounder Records. Marian Levy’s presentation will have a tighter focus as she will be dealing with “Radcal Politics, The Counter Culture, And The Beginning Of Rounder Records.” Marian’s presentation will be particularly interesting in context of Ron Cohen’s and Si Kahn’s keynote presentation dealing the folk revivial, country music, and social justice. In addition, the Friday evening Studio B event will also fit nicely into such a context. Watch for an announcement of the Studio B event after the first of the year!

Jim and Valerie Gabehart Release Latest Album

Jim & Valerie GabehartHamlin, WV -- Jim & Valerie Gabehart are proud to announce the release of their latest project, I Was Raised in a Railroad Town. Recorded at Eagle Canyon Music in Nashville, the album was produced and engineered by Steve Thomas and features Valerie Gabehart on guitar and lead vocals, Jim Gabehart on banjo and vocals, Brandon Shuping on mandolin and vocals, and John "Buckwheat" Green on bass and vocals. Guests Steve Thomas and Randy Kohrs join in on fiddle and resophonic guitar. The album's title cut hit the airwaves in October.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Lifetime Achievement Awards

Jack TuttleThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards will honor four long-time bluegrass music teachers — Bill Evans, Steve Palazzo, Jack Tuttle, and Lee Anne Welch. The awards will be presented on January 25, 2014 as part of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theater in Redwood City.

Donna Ulisse Offers Fans her Christmas Concert via StageIt!

Donna UlisseDonna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys played their final 2013 tour date of her Christmas show in Dalton, Georgia on December 7th with a sold out performance of All The Way To Bethlehem, her 2012 critically acclaimed original Christmas album which tells the story of the birth of Christ from the perspective of all of the characters who were there. The show is the full performance of the album with the addition of band members sharing the scriptures which inspired the songs and Donna offering explanations of how each scripture affected her approach to the writing of each song.

7th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Set For Jan 19 & 24-26, 2014

Bluegrass on BroadwayThe 7th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held January 19 & 24-26, 2014. The event is FREE and will include the Northern California Bluegrass Awards and the NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival. Concerts and jams will fill the weekend.

Bluegrass Music Grammy Award Nominations Announced

The Dellas — with Erick Jaskowiak, Shelby Means, Celia Woodsmith, Courtney Hartman, Kimber Ludiker and Jenni Lyn GardnerNominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy. The Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, Della Mae, James King and the Del McCoury Band lead off for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award nominations. This is always an exciting time for bluegrass bands and probably even more exciting for the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year Della Mae. Della Mae has had an outstanding year getting recognized, nominated and awarded for top awards in music. The Grammy nomination adding to their year.

Bluegrass Underground Announces PBS Taping Lineup

Steep Canyon RangersMcMinnville, TN -- The fourth season of PBS' Emmy-winning Bluegrass Underground series - the best looking and sounding music on television - will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass, Americana, roots-rock and the cutting edges of acoustic music. But you don't have to wait for it to come to your TV. Expanded to four days, the marathon video shoot is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014, in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tenn., with tickets going on sale soon at www.bluegrassunderground.com.

Abingdon Kicks-Off New Year with January Jams Concert

Mountain Heart with John CowanAbingdon, VA -- For the second year, the Town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to kick off the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience with the January Jams concert series. This series will include 7 total concerts, starting January 9, and run every Friday and Saturday during January. “We are excited to expand the number of shows offered from 4 to 7 this year after the overwhelmingly positive response last year,” explains Sara Cardinale, Special Events Coordinator for the ACVB.

Jeff Austin & The Here and Now March Shows Announced

Jeff AustinAsheville, NC -- Mandolinist, vocalist and songwriter Jeff Austin is joining forces with The Here and Now, featuring banjoist Danny Barnes and Larry & Jenny Keel on guitar and bass for several shows in the MidWest in early March 2014.

Russell Moores Welcomes New IIIrd Tyme Out Members

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Justen Haynes, Blake JohnsonCumming, GA -- The International Bluegrass Music Association's 5-Time Male Vocalist of the Year, Russell Moore, is proud to announce the addition of two new members to his illustrious band, IIIrd Tyme Out; Keith McKinnon on banjo and Blake Johnson on bass. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will be unveiling their new band lineup when they perform in Galax, VA on January 4, 2014, for the Fairview Ruritan Club. Other dates in January include Grayson, KY, Clay City, KY and Fort Payne, AL. For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, including a complete list of 2014 tour dates, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.

ASU Old Time Fiddlers Convention Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Sons of BluegrassThe sixth annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention is just around the corner! The convention takes place Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. This is an all day event. The Fiddlers Convention is free to the public, though there is an entry fee for the competitions. Registration begins at 10:00am, check the 2014 Competition Schedule for contest times. The 2014 Convention registration for competing is $5, admission is FREE to all. The event features luthiers gathering, jamming, workshops, and competitions for adult and youth.

Another Band Change -- John Meyer Departing Clay Hess Band

John MeyerBanjo player announced, "I thought I'd write a little note about the circumstances of my leaving The Clay Hess Band, since a good deal of my friends have been asking, and for some reason, people always seem to assume the worst." The change isn't due to anything wrong -- quite the contrary. The band has announced on Facebook that Zach Gilmer has joined the Clay Hess Band on banjo.

Gravel Road and Pike City Featured in Youth Music Series

Gravel Road, Photo by Chelsa YoderAbingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a The Crooked Road Youth Music Series at Heartwood concert on Thursday, December 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the up and coming youth groups Gravel Road and Pike City.

Fiddlin Carson Peters to Tape Song of the Mountains

Carson PetersMarion, VA -- Nine year old Carson Peters recently appeared on the Jay Leno Show. This young man from Piney Flats, Tennessee amazes audiences wherever he performs including Leno and the national television audience a few weeks ago. In 2008, Carson and his parents began attending Old-time and Bluegrass festivals where Carson could hear and jam with some very talented musicians as well as compete in youth fiddle competitions. His most noteworthy contest wins have taken place at the Bluegrass and Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention in Mt. Airy, NC where he has received first place in the Youth Old-time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle and Youth Folk Song categories. He has also received the most promising young talent award at this festival in multiple years. Carson was also named Tennessee State Peewee Fiddle Champion for 2010 in Clarksville, Tennessee and has also won first place in the Youth Old-Time and the Youth Bluegrass Fiddle category at the famous Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Virginia.

Masters of Bluegrass Final Show in Naples, Florida Dec 8

Bluegrass MastersAlmost a year ago The Masters of Bluegrass proudly announced their first ever show as a band with Del McCoury, JD Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Jerry McCoury, and Bobby Osborne in the lineup. After a year of playing some of the best venues and festivals in the country and making some amazing music and memories, this Sunday, December 8, the bluegrass supergroup will play their last show in Naples, FL at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

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