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Andy Hatfield Joins Bluegrass Express

Bluegrass ExpressBluegrass Express of northwestern Illinios is excited to welcome multi-instrumentalist Andy Hatfield to the band on mandolin and guitar. Andy was the 2011 National Flatpicking Guitar Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. He also took second place in the mandolin contest at the 2012 Walnut Valley Festival, after a third place finish in the mandolin contest the year before. Andy has been an instructor at Steve Kaufman's Gold Award winning Acoustic Kamp. "Andy is a fantastic musician, and we're looking forward to playing a lot of great music with him."

Banjo Man Jason Davis To Release New Solo Album Tuesday

Second Time AroundWillis, VA) — Acclaimed banjo player and well-known sideman, Jason Davis, is set to release his brand new solo project, Second Time Around, on Mountain Fever Records next Tuesday, July 9th. The first single from the record, “Bootleg John” released to radio in April. The album boasts a solid list of guest players that form its core rhythm section. Guests include Kevin McKinnon on guitar and mandolin, Kameron Keller on bass, Josh Swift on Dobro, and fiddlers Justen Haynes and Ron Stewart who split the bow work. A gathering of some of Davis’ favorite singers in bluegrass are also featured including Greg Luck, Shawn Lane, Steve Gulley, Junior Sisk, Jason and Justin Tomlin, Dwight McCall, Daniel Salyer, Darrel Webb and Eli Johnston.

Alison Krauss Celebrates 20th Anniversary As Grand Ole Opry Member

Alison Krauss & Jamie JohnsonNashville, TN -- / The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored Alison Krauss on her 20th anniversary as an Opry member July 3rd at the Wednesday Night Opry with performances by Alison Krauss and Union Station, bluegrass great Larry Sparks, multi-award-winner Jamey Johnson, and more. Krauss was inducted as an Opry member on July 3, 1993. When Krauss joined the Opry at 21, she brought with her the hot pickers of Union Station. Krauss became the first bluegrass artist in 29 years to be inducted and the youngest cast member at the time.

Ivan Rosenberg's Acoustic Music Explorations with Oldies and Old-Time

Ivan RosenbergThe best musicians, regardless of genre, have a kind of sixth sense. It’s an almost magical intuition that tells them the perfect time to come in on their instrument during a song, or helps them craft the best possible riff during a solo. It’s a synchronicity that lets them meld their music with other artists on the fly and that makes them some of the most in-demand session players. Ivan Rosenberg has this sense. It’s a sense he uses to bring out the most beautiful, subtle elements of American traditional music. He’s known for his understated yet masterful playing on the Dobro and clawhammer banjo, among other instruments, and for his prowess as a recording engineer for roots musicians. He’s even known in Hollywood, where his gently soaring Dobro lines have brought just the right element of acoustic heft to big budget movies and television shows like Oprah and the Daily Show.

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Festival Early Bird Tickets Available All of July

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival 2013Early bird tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival and will be available through July at last year's prices. Jerusalem Ridge, the Birthplace of Bluegrass Music, is planning a wonderful festival for you. Please visit the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Festival website to purchase.

AFBA 25th Annual Bluegrass Festival to Feature James Reams & The Barnstormers

James ReamsJames Reams & The Barnstormers will be performing at the AFBA 25th Annual Bluegrass Festival in Wind Gap, PA on Saturday, August 3rd along with Special Consensus, Nothin’ Fancy, and Dan Paisley. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

New York Banjo Summit Returns for October 2013 Tour

New York Banjo Summit 2013Many of the world’s most influential bluegrass banjo players – all with ties to New York - will reunite to perform a “Banjo Summit” in a limited concert tour of the East Coast in October 2013. The tour, coordinated by “The Egg” Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY, follows the success of its Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 runs to play 11 shows from October 2 through 13.

Marty Raybon Stays Hot on the Charts with “That Janie Baker”

 The Back Forty Nashville, TN – (July 2, 2013) Marty Raybon’s new single “That Janie Baker” from his recently released album The Back Forty is keeping him high on the charts. Marty had the #1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited Song Chart in June with “Dirt Road Heartache” and “That Janie Baker” debuts on the Bluegrass Unlimited Song Chart in July at # 27. “That Janie Baker” is also number #3 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay June Chart and #6 on the Sirius XM – Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks June Chart.

Acoustic Music Awards Kicks Off

AJ CroceThe 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) kicks off. IAMA promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion,, Acoustica, The A&R Promo™, NoisyPlanet, SongU, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show, Broadjam, Sonicbids and XM Satellite Radio.

Line-Up for 15th Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Gospel Jubliee Announced

Larry SparksIndianapolis, IN -- The Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground located in beautiful Brown County, Indiana is proud to announce the 15th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Gospel Jubilee. The event will take place July 25-27 and includes a stellar line-up of performers including: Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Paul Williams and The Victory Trio, Ralph Stanley II, Nathan Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Churchmen, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, and more.

Red Wine to Headline Guildtown Bluegrass Music Festival

Red WineGuildtown, Perth - Scotland's The Guildtown Bluegrass Music Festival has recently been passed on to Mark McClymont of Zine Record as the new producer. Mark has actually been working away in the background, helping out the bands and making sure they are happy with the audio and other technical requirements. He is delighted to have been given the honour and most importantly, I want the festival to carry on a tradition of quality Bluegrass, with fans coming together to be entertained by some truly out of this world players and singers.

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Open for The SteelDrivers in Nashville July 12

Valerie Smity & Liberty PikeValerie says, "Many years ago I worked in an ad agency across the street from 3rd and Lindsley. I use to go there for lunch everyday and visit with the owner, Ron. One day, I decided to ask him if my trio could play some music there! He thought about it, and said, hmm...sure! My group was called 'Fresh Cactus' which to this day, I wander how I came up with such a strange name.

Playing for Fun OR Profit

Monroe NoteIt is no secret that the music biz isn't what it used to be and that is certainly true in bluegrass music as well. Artists are always searching out new avenues for generating revenue. This frequently leads to some creative methods including unique sponsorships, partnerships, digital retail methods, and more. It is certainly an exciting time in music today or, at least, different than the past. One thing is certain, the music as a commodity is definitely in a new commodity exchange marketplace.

Ralph Stanley II at Carter Fold July 6, 2013

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- Being the son of a living legend isn’t easy. Despite the opportunities and public attention, there’s tremendous pressure to fill your father’s shoes. Your success or your failure in doing so is a matter of public record. Most artists get the opportunity to grow in relative anonymity. Ralph II didn’t have that luxury. When your father is Ralph Stanley, your course is pretty much mapped out at birth. Saturday, July 6th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival Announces 2013 Lineup

Finger Lakes GrassRoots FestivalTrumansburg, NY -- The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, to be held July 18-21 in Trumansburg, NY, has announced their 2013 lineup. The festival's hosts, roots-rockers Donna the Buffalo, will be joined by Americana luminaries Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, hit-making tribal rock group Rusted Root, Malian-French songstress Fatoumata Diawara, bluegrass stars Chatham County Line, indie dance-party band Rubblebucket, and over 70 other bands and artists from the Finger Lakes region and around the world.


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