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There are Awards and then, There are Awards

IBMA TrophyThis is the big week for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) which, is holding their annual World of Bluegrass tradeshow, convention, awards show and FanFest festival. This is the big week for the professional members of the society to celebrate the year's achievements, see what's new and to network with others in the biz. This is also the week of bluegrass music's night where multiple awards are presented to the IBMA's members.

Ricky Skaggs Releases “Music To My Ears”

Music To My EarsNashville, TN -- Tuesday, music legend Ricky Skaggs released his first all-new Country and Bluegrass record in more than three years, Music To My Ears (Skaggs Family Records). In support of the album, Skaggs is set for several national television and radio appearances. TV appearances include GAC "On The Streets," CMT "Insider," Crook & Chase and the Fox News Channel's America's News HQ, with nationally syndicated radio appearances on CMT Radio, The Mike Huckabee Show, The Michael Berry Show, and American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.

The Infamous Stringdusters' New Video Premiers on CMT.com

Silver SkyToday the just-launched CMT Edge premiers The Infamous Stringdusters’ new video of “The Place That I Call Home” - a track from the band’s soon-to-be-released Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition.

The Hard Road Trio - Southwestern Bluegrass

Hard Road TrioThe Hard Road Trio took the long road to get to a place where their music feels at home playing their original Southwestern acoustic blend of Bluegrass and original music from the wide-open spaces of New Mexico. The Hard Road Trio -- mandolinist Steve Smith, guitarist/vocalist Chris Sanders and bassist Anne Luna -- is the amalgamation of three songwriters who have found their collective voice in the light and air of the Southwest. In the couple of months since the release radio stations across the nation have let their listeners know and the press has applauded. (http://hardroadtrio.com) This week they are playing at the IBMA conference then onto the Wild West from there.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Announces Live Recording

Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Del McCoury BandBurlington, MA -- In commemoration and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic venue Preservation Hall, the prolific New Orleans jazz legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band are set to release a live recording of the band’s acclaimed January 7th performance at Carnegie Hall. Entitled St. Peter and 57th (September 25, Rounder Records), the album will feature a number of special guests from an assortment of genres including, George Wein, Del McCoury Band, Allen Toussaint, Ed Helms, GIVERS, Steve Earle, Tao Seeger, My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King Britt, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.

Country Music Birthplace “Echoes of the Blue Ridge” DVD Release Sept 30

Echoes of the Blue RidgeBristol, TN/VA -- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association will release a documentary on the birthplace of country music to the public on Sunday, September 30th at 3:00 pm at the ACMA Pickin’ Porch located on the upper level of the Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia. There will be plenty of live bluegrass and old time music at the event to celebrate the project’s release.

Mark Houser and Bluegrass Drive: “Uneven Road” Debuts at #9 on Billboard

Uneven RoadNashville, TN (September 21, 2012) -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new album, Uneven Road by Mark Houser & Bluegrass Drive debuts this week at #9 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart.

Grand Ole Opry Goes Celebrates Loretta Lynn's 50th Opry Anniversary Tonight

Loretta LynnNashville, TN -- As the Grand Ole Opry prepares to celebrate the 50th Opry Anniversary of country icon Loretta Lynn with a star-packed Opry show featuring Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Crystal Gayle, Lee Ann Womack, and more TONIGHT, fans can celebrate Lynn’s golden achievement in the hours leading up to the show online and on the radio.

Sam Bush Reveals Source of Superpowers in “Ask Sam” New Video Series

Ask SamNashville, TN -- Legendary musician Sam Bush discusses his superpowers and picks for the MLB playoffs, amongst other topics, in his new Ask Sam video series now playing at www.SamBush.com. Sam, the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Mandolin Performer of the Year, hosts the Ask Sam series of videos in which Sam answers fan-submitted quetions, with subjects ranging from his choice of instrument when making a guest appearance and what he has planned for the upcoming years to where he gets his “superpowers” and where fans can get his shoes! Webisodes will be automatically added to the SBTV player each week for viewers to enjoy.

Monroeville Hosts AcoustiCana Showcase for The Foundation for Bluegrass Music

MonroevilleMonroeville is proud to be hosting a one day AcoustiCana showcase on Thursday, September 27th, as well as a free benefit for The Foundation For Bluegrass Music at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville of Nashville, Tennessee. This showcase will feature some of acoustic music’s fastest rising stars and brightest talents.

Michael Cleveland Brings Flamekeeper To Bluegrass Event

Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperCharlestown, IN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) 9-Time Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland is excited to bring his brand of hard-driving bluegrass music to this year's World Of Bluegrass. With an exciting band of musicians forming his 4-Time Instrumental Group of the Year, Flamekeeper, the recently turned 32-year-old musician, has a lot to be on-fire about. In addition to three nominations for this year's IBMA Awards, the band has several scheduled appearances throughout the week in Nashville, TN.

WSVS 800-AM Presents Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray

Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom GrayOn Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM WSVS 800-AM is pleased to present bluegrass masters Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray at the Crewe Community Center, 200 W. Tennessee Ave. in Crewe, VA. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door, and are available at select Benchmark Community Bank locations, and at WSVS radio in Crewe, VA. For information, call: 804-678-8013 or 434-645-7734.

Special Performances Abound at 2012 World of Bluegrass Week

IBMA LogoNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass Week, Sept. 24-30, will get off to a festive start this Sunday when “The Travelin’ McCourys and Friends” host their free show at Cumberland Park after the Tennessee Titans game.

Walnut Valley Festival Instrument Competition Winners Announced

Walnut Valley FestivalThe Walnut Valley Festival is over. The flags and tents are coming down. The various instrument competitions are finally over and the winners have been announced. Walnut Valley Festival offers attendees great entertainment and artists but, its probably the most famous for its various national and international instrument championships. Many of those competitions focus on the very instruments found in bluegrass music. Banjo, Flat Pick Guitar, Mandolin, Old-Time Fiddle and more attract musicians from around the globe to compete for the various awards.

Bristol Rhythm 2012: The Numbers Are In - It's Another Success

Sam BushBristol, TN/VA -- Closing out the record-breaking event on Sunday from the Alpha Natural Resources State Street Stage, Sam Bush proclaimed, "It is wonderful to be here in this historic place and I wish everyone in America could come and see it." That, in itself, is among the highest of compliments received over the course of the three-day Reunion.

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