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Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2014 Lineup

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2014Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival has announced the lineup for the 2014 festival. The 9th annual festival, held from Oct 16-18 on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas will include event hosts and bluegrass pioneers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Jayhawks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jerry Douglas Band and many more!

Leftover Salmon – “The Nashville Sessions” 15th Anniversary Sept 15

Leftover Salmon - The Nashville SessionsLeftover Salmon will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of "The Nashville Sessions" at the Ryman Auditorium on September 15th, kicking off what will be a memorable Americanafest 2014. Other artists festured will include Sam Bush, John Cowan, Sally Van Meter, Bill Payne, Randy Scruggs and more.

Bluegrass Pioneer Curly Seckler had another Stroke

Curly SecklerA year ago, Cybergrass reported that bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, 94, was at home recovering from a minor stroke which resulted in issues with speech. We just received word that Curly Seckler has suffered another stroke on June 1. This stroke was more severe and and that he has partial paralysis on the left side of his body. He is currently in a rehabilitation center in Hendersonville, TN. We're not sure how long he will need to be there.

Huck Finn Jubilee: California’s Jam and Bluegrass Festival

Ralph StanleyOntario, CA -- Huck Finn Jubilee, California’s jam and bluegrass festival, will feature 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.

Update: Carter Family Fold Special Concert Features Tune Town

Tune Town Old Time BandWe had earlier announced that the Carter Family Fold's special program would feature Mountain Park Old Time Band. The band has been changed to Tune Town. The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia.

Crossroad Bluegrass Band - A New Road

Crossroad Bluegrass BandSince their formation in 2010 Mt. Airy, North Carolina based bluegrass gospel band Crossroad has experienced much success earning top awards at several fiddlers conventions and band competitions within the region. Having also performed at major events like Houstonfest in Galax, VA, the band is certainly no stranger to the bluegrass music scene either. Now, with the release of their second all-gospel album the group hopes to expand their circle. Currently set for public release on Tuesday, June 17th, their splendid new ten track set, A New Road, is sure to please fans of bluegrass and gospel music alike.

Bluegrass Guitarist James Alan Shelton, 53, has Passed Away

James Alan SheltonOne of bluegrass music's favorite guitar legends, James Alan Shelton, has passed away. Best known for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Shelton's melodic guitar style was instantly identifiable and unique. He died while at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee where he was fighting the cancer within him.

Bankesters Capture Best Bluegrass Album Award

The BankestersOne of the fastest rising bluegrass artists, The Bankesters, captured the Best Bluegrass Album for their Love Has Wheels release at the 13th annual Independent Music Awards. The award comes on the heels of significant radio activity for the new album. Love Has Wheels has found itself on radio charts and "(Cups) When I'm Gone" is currently moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart.

Steve Gulley Is Back To His Roots With "Family, Friends & Fellowship"

 Family, Friends & FellowshipNashville, TN -- Steve Gulley is back to his roots with his new single and album Family, Friends & Fellowship on Rural Rhythm Records. The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across three generations with strong roots in gospel music. It starts with long time radio personality Don Gulley who was a founding member of the bluegrass group the Pinnacle Mountain Boys. Steve Gulley performed for many years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, was a founding member of Bluegrass supergroups Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, was a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and now performs with Dale Ann Bradley. Finally Steve’s son, Brad Gulley, is an emerging solo artist in Bluegrass and Roots music who previously fronted Cumberland River.

DVD Release of The Hayloft Gang Documentary

The Hayloft Gang DVDThe Hayloft Gang traces the history of the pioneering radio show, The National Barn Dance, and examines its role in shaping American music and popular culture. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance is a one – hour documentary that tells the story of a changing America, through the lens of one of early radio's most popular and influential programs. The film’s lively soundtrack features over 70 songs, spanning from the mid 1920s to the Great Depression, through World War II. The radio show was a melting pot of Americana music; listeners could hear everything from mountain string bands and polka trios, to folk balladeers and cowboy crooners.

Boggs & Baker Two Girls from Pound to Perform on Song of the Mountains

Reagan Boggs and Kaitlyn BakerMarion, VA -- Two wonderfully talented ladies from the little town of Pound, Virginia will be in concert on Saturday, June 7th at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia for Song of the Mountains. Reagan Boggs will perform with her band as will Kaitlyn Baker and her fine group. “I think it is amazing that both these young ladies are so talented and both are from the same little town of Pound, Virginia in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia”, says Tim White the host and executive coordinator of the award winning nationally televised concert series. “Both of these ladies have recently signed recording contracts with record labels and we are so glad to have them on Song of the Mountains on the same night”, says White.

Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival 2014 Two Months Away

Summergrass 2014Summergrass San Diego is now going into its 12th season! Wow!! What a wonderful and fun achievement. Currently, they are gearing up for another fantastic festival. So, mark you calendar for this premier happening in San Diego County, August 15-17, 2014, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA.

Carter Family Fold Special Concert June 6th

Mountain Park Old-Time BandFriday, June 6th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert to celebrate the donation of an AED (automated external defibrillator) from Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and the Level One Heart Attack Network to our venue. Holston Valley employees and co-workers are especially encouraged to attend this free concert. Wristbands for employee event admission are available in the Wellmont HVMC Human Resources office on a first-come, first-serve basis – four per employee. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend as well. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Dr. Mark Handy and the Mountain Park Old Time Band will be our featured band, but there may be some other guest performers.

Michael-Ann to Release Bluegrass/Americana Album Heavy Load

 Heavy LoadLos Angeles, CA -- If you've not yet heard of Michael-Ann, you certainly will. The artist has opened for music heavies Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, Joan Osborne, Mark Chesnutt and Don McLean, and was involved in "Woody Guthrie's American Song" (a touring show about the life of Woody Guthrie) and has featured music in the play, "Sweet Bye and Bye".

Cover Art - The Image for the Music

Album CoversI've been buying 78s, 45s, cassettes, LPs, Open Reel and CD albums for nearly a half century. I've also purchased video in LaserDisc, Beta, VHS, DVD and BlueRay formats. Most of those purchases are still in my library. The genres span from heavy European rock to modern bluegrass and roots music. There is one thing that they all share in common, regardless of the media format, and that is they all have cover art. Big, little, wide or folded, cover art is the first thing people see when they purchase an album. Today, graphics tools and art add a whole new dimension to this creative aspect of the music.


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