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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper to Make Woodsongs Debut

Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperAward winning bluegrass music artists Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will make their Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour debut this month when the band performs on the popular radio and TV show on Monday, January 21st. Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour is a multi-media event that tapes in Lexington, KY and is hosted by folk singer Michael Johnathon.

Mark Newton and Steve Thomas Sign with Pinecastle Records

RebornColumbus, NC -- Pinecastle Records is proud to announce that it has signed Mark Newton and Steve Thomas to its roster. Their debut album is titled Reborn and will be released on April 9, 2013. With the two banded together, the "sideman" becomes a "frontman," and the "frontman" becomes a "partner." Both men are native Virginians who both struck out seperately in the music business decades ago, with both having completely different experiences. Now that both of their paths have converged, they are eager to blend their various musical flavors together to share with bluegrass and Americana fans everywhere. They are joined by bass player Matt Wallace who rounds out the trio that will be touring the country.

Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band Bring Bluegrass Sound to “White Swan”

Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band“Fate gave the word...” Stories of tragedy and transcendence ~ the overpowering confrontation with one’s destiny ~ the sweet pathos in finding love and growing older ~ this is the human condition that gave rise to the urge to create folk songs from the earliest ages of human history. Susie Glaze comments, "This is the most truly collaborative work I’ve ever released. The fine players of the Hilonesome Band and I have created these songs together and on this album you hear their voices alongside my own." The new album, White Swan, has an anticipated release date of March 19, 2013.

Cumberland River’s “Justified" on New Album

JustifiedNashville, TN -- Justified: Music From The Original Television Series, releasing January 8, 2013 on Madison Gate Records, features a collection of 13 hand-selected and fan-favorite songs from the Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions original series, Justified. The album includes the main title theme “Long Hard Times To Come,” an original recording of “Stand By Your Man” by Beverley Staunton, songs by Dave Alvin, Rural Rhythm Records' artist Cumberland River’s (“Justified”) and more. The digital album is available now for pre-order on iTunes. Season 4 of this hit TV show starring Timothy Olyphant premieres on the FX Network on January 8, 2013 at 10pm PT/ET.

The Tyme for Bluegrass is Now at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Timeless Hits From the Past BluegrassedLebanon, Tenn. - (January 7, 2013) – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® guests can now take a "Tyme Out" with a new album from one of bluegrass music’s most decorated bands, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed is a unique project by the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) seven-time Vocal Group of the Year, fronted by the IBMA’s most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (five-time), that features classic country hits originally recorded by Elvis, Willie Nelson, Don Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and more – all re-recorded in the band’s signature bluegrass style. The album also features special guest vocalists Sonya Isaacs and Pam Tillis, and was produced by Barry Bales of Alison Krauss & Union Station. Timeless Hits >From The Past Bluegrassed is available today in all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations as well as on Crackerbarrel.com, Amazon.com and iTunes.

Marty Raybon Leads CGM Nominations Appearing in Seven Categories

Marty RaybonNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce Marty Raybon leads with the most nominations in the CGM Fan Awards appearing in seven categories including: Favorite Solist, Favorite Male Vocalist, Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Musician, Favorite Song (I’ve Seen What He Can Do), Favorite Album (Hand to the Plow), and Living Legend. Mark Carman, producer of Hand to the Plow, also received a CGM Fan Award Nomination for Favorite Producer. Marty picked up yet another album nod receiving a SGM Fan Award nomination for Favorite Album for Hand to the Plow.

The Roys Receive Fan Awards Nomination for Favorite Duo

The RoysNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce brother/sister Bluegrass duo The Roys have received Christian Gospel Music (CGM) Fan Awards Nomination in the Favorite Duo category. Fans can view the complete list of top ten nominees and cast their vote at Christian Voice Magazine.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 Festival Dates Announced

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013San Francisco, CA -- The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has announced the dates for their 2013 festival. This year's grand event will take place October 4, 5, & 6, 2013. The beautiful crowd shot sent in by Benjamin Wallen was used to create the background of this graphic. Benjamin says " Justin Townes Earle was his best show this year".

Showcase Artists Sought for World of Bluegrass 2013

IBMA Showcase ArtistsNashville, TN -- /IBMA/ The premiere opportunity to introduce talent and new music at IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass conference comes in the form of “official” showcase performances which help the music industry assembled discover emerging new bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2013.

The Heirloom Market & Café to Release Episode of “The Old Time Heirloom Hour”

The Old Time Heirloom HourThomson, IL -- The Old Time Heirloom Hour is a web-based variety show filmed in front of a live audience in The Heirloom Market & Café. The variety show aired its first show on September 8, 2012. The current release is a very special event for The Heirloom Market & Café as it is the tenth episode of the show to be released and features a local bluegrass music group.

2012 Best St. Louis Bluegrass Band to Visit Cape Girardeau at Port Cape

Elemental ShakedownCape Girardeau, MO -- On Saturday, January 11th, Cape Girardeau's Port Cape will host the first of three winter concerts with one of the hottest new bluegrass music groups on the Midwestern map. The show will be held at Port Cape River City Yacht Club in the upstairs venue. Converging from all corners of the country and now somehow ending up in St. Louis, this truly insane group of musicians brings their own brand of bluegrass and jamming to the table. You will hear very traditional and very not so traditional breakdowns, buskings and jams of all the old time & new school faves. And find yourselves strangely endeared to the shenanigans along the way.

Blazin Bluegrass Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Blazin Bluegrass ScholarshipsBlazin Bluegrass Scholarship Applications are now being accepted from McCreary County Students and McCreary County Musicians who have the desire to further their education in Bluegrass Music.

Bo Isaac and Rounders Latest Album “Dollar” Out

DollarNashville, TN -- Bluegrass vocalist and guitarist Bo Isaac released his new album, Dollar, last November. Joined on Dollar by his band of Rounders, Bo has created an album inspired by the combination of traditional Bluegrass instrumentation and overcoming emotional hardships we grapple with daily. align=

Katy Leonard on 5th Generation of Bluegrass Music

ICMC 2013Nashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference, (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. Previously, we announced that Lance Kinney would tackle the always vexing WIBA (What Is Bluegrass Anyway) question and be followed by Katy Leonard of Birmingham Southern. Leonard’s presentation is not designed as a formal rebuttal to Kinney, but it will certainly provide fascinating thoughts about Bill Monroe and the nature of innovation, continuity, and change in Bluegrass.

Dailey & Vincent End Year with Honors, Charts and Booking Deal

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- Last year delivered a wealth of accomplishments for Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent; the duo known as Dailey & Vincent celebrated five years in 2012. Their current release The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent (Cracker Barrel/Rounder Records) secured the group its second GRAMMY® nomination this time for “Bluegrass Album of the Year” (Awards to be held February 10, 2013) and landed at the top of Billboard’s year-end review as the #3 Bluegrass Album of 2012. This release marked the duo’s first Gospel album and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart a week following its January 9, 2012, launch.

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