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Grammy Nominated Bluegrass Meets Soul Band The SteelDrivers

Hammer DownThe SteelDrivers are back! The three time Grammy nominated bluegrass meets soul band has threaded the roots of bluegrass music with the distinctive threads of their own design, bringing together country and soul to create their own unapologetic hybrid of new music with the old feeling. Hammer Down, their third release on Rounder Records, is set for release February 5, 2013.

Dottie West: Country Sunshine Spotlight Exhibit to Open Nov 9

Dottie WestNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to beloved singer Dottie West on November 9. Dottie West: Country Sunshine, which will be located within the museum's permanent exhibit on the second floor, will incorporate costumes and relics spanning West’s four-decade career. The exhibition will run through May 2, 2013.

Mountain Song at Sea to Give Away Cabin for Two Aboard Cruise

Mountain Song at SeaNashville, TN -- Mountain Song at Sea is making waves sailing from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay with the biggest names in bluegrass music, Feb 1-4, 2013. Steep Canyon Rangers and Sixthman have partnered to give away a cabin for two on board the inaugural voyage of this large-scale bluegrass music festival at sea.

Austin City Limits Presents 2012 Americana Music Festival on PBS

Americana Music Festival 2012Austin, TX -- Austin City Limits (ACL) travels to Nashville for the second consecutive year to capture highlights from performances at the 2012 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards. ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 delivers an incredible line-up of artists that celebrates the best of Americana music today. Recorded live September 12th at The Americana Music Association's 11th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the program showcases the genres' established and rising stars. Currently the fastest growing and one of the best selling genres, Americana music honors the roots of American music and has been hailed by The New York Times as “the coolest music scene today."

Sage Brush Music, Silver Stirrup Music Announce #1 Single for Lou Reid and Carolina

Callin' Me Back HomeNashville, TN -- Sage Brush Music and Silver Stirrup Music companies are proud to announce the #1 song for bluegrass music group Lou Reid & Carolina's "Carolina Moonshine Man" on the November 2012 Bluegrass Unlimited magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart. The song, written by Ray Edwards, Terry Foust and Lou Reid, appears on Lou Reid and Carolina’s album, Callin' Me Back Home.

Artists of Bluegrass are Legends of Music

Tim Graves, Blake Johnson, Daryl MosleyIf these “legends of music” look strangely familiar, there is good reason. Three bluegrass artists, on board the Carnival Dream cruise ship for the recent First Quality Bluegrass Cruise, were featured as part of the Carnival Legends Show. This Las Vegas style show paid tribute to several musical legends with Tim Graves of the Farm Hands playing the part of Elvis Presley, Blake Johnson of the James King Band portraying James Brown, and The Farm Hands' Daryl Mosley as Frank Sinatra.

Helen Highwater, Whimsical Goddess of String Music, Becomes a Band

Helen Highwater Band MembersNashville, TN -- It was just another night in Nashville: four friends—revered acoustic musicians—got together in a living room. The music bounced, danced, gathered strength, and lifted them in a way that only happens with the right players. So, they formed a band and named it Helen Highwater—the tough, whimsical goddess of string band music. It’s David Grier on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, Shad Cobb on fiddle, and power vocals from all four. All are bluegrass music veterans.

Progressive Bluegrass Music Bands Set Sail on Cloud 9 December 12

Yonder Mountain String BandCloud 9 Adventures has announced Strings & Sol, the newest music destination event in the Cloud 9 family. Strings & Sol – set on the sandy white beaches of Tulum, Mexico December 12 – 16, 2012 – brings together some of today’s best progressive bluegrass music bands for a rollicking string-music vacation like no other. Live performances during the event’s 4 days and nights include three full shows by Yonder Mountain String Band, and two shows each by Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon and The Infamous Stringdusters.

Music Artists and Financial Insecurity

Medical BillsRecently, there have been a lot of benefit concerts for artists who have come down with disease, traumatic injuries and other expensive health or family issues. In almost every case, the artist has no medical insurance to cover their care. Yes, insurance is expensive but, so is going without it. What does this do to the family when the money runs out? What about their homes? What about their future? What about themselves?

Music of Bill Monroe Nov. 29 with Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Travelin' McCourys

Bill MonroeLegendary bluegrass masters Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

John McEuen and Matt Cartsonis Highlight John's Long Career

John McEuenSaturday evening, John McEuen allowed the audience to participate in a new multi-media experiment, An Evening with John McEuen: A Career Retrospective that spans the career of this versatile songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. The solo project, which included artist Matt Cartsonis, was supplemented by a large screen visual experience of historic stills and videos covering everything from the Dirt Band's beginnings to the Circle Album and more.

Boston Bluegrass Union 1st Annual Jam'n Weekend- November 16-18

BBU JamThe Boston Bluegrass Union is pleased to present the 1st Annual Jam’n Weekend November 16-18, 2012 at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Jam all weekend long or attend instructor-led jams and free workshops (with your paid registration). The Jam'n Weekend will be dedicated to bluegrass music!

There's 2 Chairs, No Waiting with Siamese Cousins' New Album

2 Chairs, No WaitingSiamese Cousins consists of Edwin Lacy on clawhammer banjo and vocals; and Scott Freeman on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals. Both have more than twenty years of shared musical collaboration with the popular "break-out" group, Skeeter and the Skid marks. The two have also appeared (together and separately) as guests in various venues and on many recordings through the years. Their musical rapport is intricate yet playful, harmonizing so tightly that, at times, it sounds as if their two instruments blend into one. Now, 2 Chairs, No Waiting, is an album that features both instrumental and vocal tracks that cover the realm of the Siamese Cousins' work together.

Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys Release Their Shrouds with New Album

Release Your ShroudsYoung Michigan "rootsgrass" band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys pack a tight punch. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, and their arrangements show a well-developed taste in music. Based on bluegrass traditions but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft, their sound is deftly guided by the clarion vocals of lead singer Lindsay "Lou" Rilko. Their new album, Release Your Shrouds, marks a remarkable step forward, and that's thanks in part to the relationship between the two singers, Lindsay and Joshua Rilko, which blossomed in their college days and, with their recent marriaqe in July 2011, now forms the core-of the band.

The Roys on Crook & Chase Today and Tomorrow

The Roys with Crook & ChaseNashville, TN -- Bluegrass music siblings, The Roys, will make their first appearance on the popular, nationally-syndicated television show Crook & Chase! this Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Lorianne, Charlie, Elaine and Lee discussed the award-winning duo’s EP New Day Dawning ;stories from the road; the joys and challenges of family working together, and The Roys’ new partnership with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink. Crook & Chase! broadcasts in more than 130 markets and airs on multiple networks, including: RFD-TV, My Family TV, Sky Angel and Pegasus TV. Nashvillians can watch the show Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT on WNAB (Channel 58); out-of-area viewers can find local coverage options by clicking on Crook & Chase TV.

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