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Inaugural Bluegrass In The Mountain Concert Sunday June 8th

McLain Family BandWilmore, KY -- The volunteers of the Troubadour Concert Series and Highbridge Spring Water are excited to present what we hope will be the first in a series of concerts held inside the mountain of amazing Highbridge Cave. We kid you not ... this will be fun! Our premier concert will be the legendary McLain Family Band, making bluegrass music worldwide for nearly 50 years. They began performing as a family in Hindman, later on at Renfro Valley and even started a hugely popular bluegrass festival in Berea. They toured in over 60 nations around the world and have performed in venues as diverse as major festivals, symphony halls and Carnegie Hall. McLain Family Band

Missy Werner Announces New Album for July 1st

Turn This Heart AroundThe title Missy has chosen for her new album is Turn This Heart Around and the release is slated for an official street date of July 1st, 2014. Missy and her band look forward to sharing this set of recordings that will feature select cuts by the band and also some very special guests and songwriters. The Cincinnati area singer and bandleader Missy Werner is heading for the airwaves with the project’s second single, “Rocks In The River,” which has been made available to broadcasters via AirplayDirect. The song, an ode to enduring love, follows the album’s first single, “I Always Do".

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Winners

Jeff DaughertyThe John Hartford Memorial Festival has announced the winners of their 2nd Annual John Hartford Songwriting Contest. The top three winners will receive two passes to the festival and perform their original song on the main stage on Friday, May 30. “These songs were all very well crafted and extremely difficult to score,” said Ernie Hill, contest organizer. “We are ecstatic to see the influence that John Hartford has had in every one of these fine songs. I've scored many songwriting contests over the years. Our scorers for this year’s contest agreed that the submissions were all very good in creativity and melodic quality.”

Huck Finn Hosts Dr. Ralph Stanley, The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent

Ralph StanleyOntario, CA -- Huck Finn Jubilee, California’s jam and bluegrass festival, will sport three days of music this Father’s Day weekend, showcasing some of the top names in the industry including The String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, The Gibson Brothers and the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, who will make his final West Coast performance at Huck Finn as a part of his farewell tour.

ROMP VIP Ticket Give Away

ROMP 2014Owensboro, KY -- You could win the ultimate VIP ROMP Festival experience. The International Bluegrass Music Museum which hosts this outstanding annual bluegrass music festival hs having a prize give away contest. One lucky winner will get the ultimate VIP ROMP Fest experience and VIP Prize that includes Two VIP weekend passes, Four night stay at the Hampton Inn and a $100 Gift Card to Synergy Organic Clothing. The entire package is valued at $1700! Head over to the ROMP Fest Facebook page to enter.

Dolly Parton 'Blue Smoke' Track-by-Track for Bluegrass

Dolly Parton Track-by-Track for Blue SmokeWe've written about Dolly Parton's latest project, Blue Smoke a few times including their initial exposure in Australia to a more recent CD release announcement. It is no secret that Dolly Parton has been a supporter and fan of Bluegrass Music for what seems like forever. Why not? She was born, raised and lived mountain and bluegrass music. It is in her genes and in her roots. This latest release allows this gifted and blessed artist the freedom to explore those bluegrass roots. The following Track-by-Track will give fans, old and new, a new insight into Dolly and her music.

North Carolina Heritage Award Performances Set for May 20

Bobby Hicks by Pat FranklinFive North Carolinians from diverse artistic traditions will be awarded the North Carolina Heritage Award on Tuesday, May 20 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Recipients include: Bobby Hicks, a 10-time Grammy award-winning bluegrass fiddler; Susan Leveille, a Jackson County hand weaver; Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove; Bill Myers, whose band The Monitors has played rhythm and blues and jazz music for more than 50 years; and Arnold Richardson, a Haliwa-Saponi artist who has influenced the revitalization of North Carolina Indian arts. These five accomplished artists will be honored on Tuesday, May 20 in Raleigh with a North Carolina Heritage Award.

World of Bluegrass Inaugural Film Fest Seeking Submissions

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- Trade in your banjo for some popcorn (don’t worry, you’ll get it back) and grab a seat for IBMA’s first Bluegrass Film Festival at World of Bluegrass, September 30-Octber 4 in Raleigh, NC! Bluegrass’ biggest family reunion and business conference is the perfect place to showcase quality films produced around the music, and IBMA is taking submissions.

Exciting News from Dust-to-Digital

Michigan-I-OIn 1938 the Library of Congress dispatched Alan Lomax—already a seasoned field worker at age 23—to complete a folklife survey of the Great Lakes region. He set off in a 1935 Plymouth Deluxe 4-door sedan, toting a Presto instantaneous disc recorder, a still camera, and a moving image camera. He returned almost three months later, having driven thousands of miles on barely paved roads, with a cache of 250 discs and 8 reels of film. These materials documented the diversity of ethnicity—Irish, Finnish, Serbian, Polish, German, Croatian, Canadian French, Hungarian, and more—in Michigan, as well as cultural expression among loggers and lake sailors.

Better than Blue is Best of the New

Better Than BlueEver since the Trinity River Band hit the scene, I've been captured by their sound. Each release and performance better and better. By the time their 2013 release, Today Don't Look Like Rain, hit the streets, I was hooked. Then, came their newest project, Better Than Blue and I'm in awe at the artistry of this Harris family band. Better Than Blue may actually be better than many of the other recent releases.

IBMA Announced Initial Performers, Raleigh Dates Extended

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that the organization has extended its partnership with the city of Raleigh, North Carolina to host the World of Bluegrass convention, trade show, awards show and performances through 2018. In addition, the IBMA has announced the initial lineup of performers for the related Wide Open Bluegrass Festival that takes place during the big bluegrass event.

Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys on Bluegrass Junction

Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain BoysBluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys were in the Nashville SiriusXM studios with Bluegrass Junction host Kyle Cantrell for a live performance earlier this spring. The show was taped and will air four times beginning this Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12 noon eastern time.

Trinity River Band to Missouri to Celebrate Outstanding New Album

Better Than BlueTrinity River Band will kick off the Missouri leg of their busy 2014 tour this Wednesday, May 14 at 3:00 pm on the popular K Kountry95 Radio’s “Redbone Show” (KAMS 95.1) reaching a large audience in the areas of Thayer, MO, Mammoth Springs, AR, plus online streaming for listeners worldwide. The band will debut songs from their new album, Better Than Blue, on Orange Blossom Records, plus talk about their upcoming tour dates.

Frankfort Bluegrass Festival Fundraiser Enables Free Event

Town MountainIn the charming little town of Frankfort, IL, a big event happens every summer. Bluegrass music lovers and families gather on the Green for a free two-day music festival and activities. Approaching its fourth year, the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival hopes to keep this community festival going for years to come.

Americana Honors & Awards 2014 Nominees Announced

Build Me Up From BonesNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced its nominees today for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan. SiriusXM "Apron Strings" host and artist Elizabeth Cook revealed the nominations during a press conference that broadcast live on SiriusXM's "Outlaw Country" and streamed via www.MusicCityRoots.com from the network's Music City Theatre in Nashville.

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