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Stars Scheduled for George Jones Final Nashville Concert

George Jones Final TourNashville, TN -- Country music icon George Jones has announced that the final Nashville concert of his career will be at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday, November 22, 2013. Although still 9 months away, the sure-to-be unforgettable show is already gearing up to be a star-studded event - Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis, Jamey Johnson, and Gene Watson are the first round of special guests that will join previously announced guest Tanya Tucker to help honor this legendary entertainer with special performances. More artists will continue to be announced.

SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Award Winners Honored

Junior sisk & Ramblers ChoiceNashville, TN -- The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Awards were the culmination of the annual convention held in Nashville Tennessee. Sunday evening, the awards ceremony took place to the delight of all those attending. SPBGMA is a regular favorite events for bluegrass fans and artists alike. The awards are especially important because, unlike the IBMA, the votes for these awards come primarily from the fans and not professionals in the industry. The list of nominations includes the entire spectrum of bluegrass music artists.

27th Annual KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon

Sycamore Slough String BandOakland, CA --Longtime host of KPFA’s Dead to the World, David Gans, is a busy guy: working on a new book, performing solo and with others – and as always at this time of year – combing through music collections (his own and others), preparing for the annual phenomenon known as the Grateful Dead Marathon. Now in its 27th year, this fundraiser for KPFA is a 16-hour extravaganza hailed by Deadheads and music lovers around the world, who can access the fun via the airwaves and streaming on the web. The Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 9:00am - Sunday, February, 24 1:00am on KPFA-FM, 94.1.

16 Participants Selected for Acoustic Music Seminar 2013

Mike Marshall Acoustic Music SeminarSavannah, GA -- The 2nd Annual Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) participants have been selected from a large pool of applicants. Presented by the Savannah Music Festival (SMF), AMS is a groundbreaking mentorship program involving five days of hands-on instruction for some of the most promising and talented young musicians in acoustic music (ages 15 to 22). Led by acclaimed mandolin player Mike Marshall, this year’s students will also study with world-class musicians and artists such as Julian Lage, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and Rushad Eggleston.

Bluegrass Artist Conor Mulroy Announces February Dates

Conor MulroyHarpswell, ME -- Composer, multi-instrumentalist and modern bluegrass artist Conor Mulroy announces his show schedule for February. He’s finishing up several months of touring in support of his fourth independent release Foxfire before going back in the studio in March to record his next record.

Doc Watson Family Milestones Kickstarter Announced

MilestonesIn April 2013, Open Records will release a multi-disc collection of 92 never-before-heard recordings from the Watson family archive, compiled and organized by Doc Watson’s daughter Nancy Watson. The collection features rare 1950s recordings of Doc Watson playing electric guitar and original songs by Doc and other members of the family. Also included are songs and stories from the family, recorded by the family themselves, that offer an intimate look into the musical life of this extraordinary family. A new Kickstarter program has been launched to help achieve a timely completion of the project.

Kathy Mattea - "Hello...My Name is Coal"

Kathy MatteaCheck out Kathy's latest video from the new Sugar Hill Records release "Calling Me Home". Songwriters Larry Cordle and Jenee Fleenor contributed the song, Builder Levy, James Minchin, and David McClister provided the iconic photos, and filmmaker Becky Fluke delivered the stunning visuals.

Americana Festival & Conference Early Bird Deadline Extended

Bonnie Raitt and Richard ThompsonEarly Bird Rates have been extended through Monday, February 4th so make your plans now (and save 50% off the walk up rate) for the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville September 18-22, 2013. Full Festival & Conference registrations now cost only $250 for members and $350 for non-members (click here now to secure your discounted rate). Rates go up Tuesday February 5th.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Hold Firm at #1 Spot on Billboard

Timeless Hits From the Past BluegrassedNashville, Tenn. (February 1, 2013) – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are proud to announce their latest CD, Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed, is #1 for the third week in a row on the Billboard Top Current Bluegrass Albums chart. The CD was released nationwide on January 7 through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program.

World of Bluegrass 2013 Registration & Ticket Sales Launch March 1

IBMA LogoNashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Registration for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Events and hotel reservations will open March 1, 2013, for bluegrass music’s annual industry gathering and family reunion in Raleigh, North Carolina. The five-day event will feature the best in bluegrass networking, showcasing and professional development, with lower prices across the board for all tickets and hotel rates. The IBMA has also announced the schedule for this year's big event.

John Driskell Hopkins, Balsam Range Debut at Grand Ole Opry March 8th

John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam RangeAsheville, NC -- John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range are excited to perform at The Grand Ole Opry on Friday, March 8th! “I’m doubly honored to be able to play my own songs in one of the greatest music venues in the world,” says Hopkins. They will be performing music from Daylignt, which was was independently released on Jan 22nd and will also be performing at select shows throughout the year.

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Present “God Didn’t Choose Sides”

 Civil War True Stories about Real PeopleHarrogate, TN -- Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on Friday, February 22.

Rhonda Vincent Kicks Off February Larry's Country Diner

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- As one of the top-rated shows on the RFD television network, “Larry’s Country Diner” reaches 1.4 million people each and every month. A unique down-home variety show, “Larry’s Country Diner” in just over three short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere. Kicking off the February series on the 7th will be Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. Vincent is an artist at the Top of her game as the most awarded group in bluegrass music with over 80 awards to their credit.

Acclaimed Bluegrass Underground Wins Emmy Award

Bluegrass UndergroundNashville, TN -- January 29th, 2013 - Producers of the acclaimed PBS music concert event series Bluegrass Underground today announced that the series is a proud recipient of a coveted EMMY award from the 27th Annual Mid South Emmy Awards. The honorees were announced January 26th in a ceremony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. Bluegrass Underground is a live concert and radio show held inside the Volcano Room -- an amphitheater 333 feet underground, one of the most acoustically pure natural spaces on or under the earth.

Rhonda Vincent and Gene Watson at Smithsonian's Traveling 'New Harmoninies'

Rhonda Vincent & Gene WatsonMill Town Music Hall is a proud partner of the Smithsonian Institute's "New Harmonies" traveling exhibit that's making a stop in West Georgia. In addition, the venue will host several concerts to serve as companion programming between February 1 and March 9. During its first year, the venue has been home to quality wholesome entertainment covering multiple music genres, so it's the perfect home for several New Harmonies events. New Harmonies celebrates the diverse offerings of music stemming from American history.

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