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PineCone Presents The Gathering: A Holiday Concert

Joe Newberry, Rhiannon Giddens, Laurelyn Dossett, Mike Compton, Jason SypherGorgeous voices and crystalline harmonies backed by an all-star string-band, The Gathering breathes new life into traditional Christmas music and features new songs of the season. Americana music talents Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Laurelyn Dossett (Polecat Creek), Mike Compton (Nashville Bluegrass Band), Joe Newberry (Big Medicine) and Jason Sypher share a night of music as lively and eclectic as any good family gathering, from high-energy hoedowns to heartfelt remembrances of holidays at home. You can still reserve seats to experience this unique collaboration this holiday season!

USA Projects Campaign for The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance

The Hayloft GangThe Hayloft Gang traces the history of the pioneering radio show, The National Barn Dance, and its role in shaping American music and popular culture. Unfortunately, the Emmy nominated documentary could be destined for obscurity, unless funds can be raised to license the music used in the film.

Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Pedigree Shines on The Old School

Peter Rowan Old SchoolNashville, TN -- Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan is currently in the studio working on his upcoming Compass Records release The Old School. On the new album, Rowan delves further into his bluegrass history with an inter-generational cast of musicians that includes some of the first generation musicians who really know “the old school” as well as younger players considered to be the torchbearers for bluegrass music.

Skaggs Family Christmas Concert for Cumberland Heights Dec 6

Skaggs Family Christmas 2012Country and Bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs will headline the 15th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights with acclaimed trio The Whites, which includes his wife Sharon, sister-in-law Cheryl, and father-in-law Buck White. The evening will be a holiday-themed, variety-style show titled “A Skaggs Family Christmas,” featuring both holiday classics and new Christmas music from the celebrated musical clan and bringing together the love of family and the beauty of song for a great cause. The evening's special guests include Steven Curtis Chapman and Emmylou Harris.

Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass Funded with Kickstarter

Pioneers of Bluegrass MusicA big "Thank You!" to everyone who donated to the Kickstarter Campaign for the DVD documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words. We couldn't have done it without your help! DJs and media from everywhere pitched in to help us spread the word. Donations were received from all over the world. The campaign was successfully completed in October and funded in November. Post-production has started and we plan to release the documentary by mid-2013. Those of you who contributed at the $25 level and higher will receive copies of the DVD as soon as it is completed.

The Crooked Road Receives NEA Grant to Support Traditional Music Education

The Crooked RoadAbingdon, Va.— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Crooked Road (TCR) is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support traditional music education in Southwest Virginia.

Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers Debut on Billboard's Top 10 Albums Chart

They're Playing My SongCharlottesville, VA (November 28, 2012)—Rebel Records is proud to announce, They're Playing My Song, the new CD from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, has debuted at #8 on Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart. The project also made it's debut on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums at #7 for November and is #6 on Roots Music Reports Top 50 Bluegrass CDs chart. Released in mid-October, They're Playing My Song has received much critical acclaim and has produced several tracks finding their way onto bluegrass charts including the first single, "Bottom Of The Mountain" which was #3 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart (week of 11/16) and #7 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Tracks (November 2012). In addition, "Cruisin' Timber" has debuted at #9 on this week's Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart (11/23).

Bluegrass Meets Soul - The SteelDrivers on Hammer Down

Hammer DownThe SteelDrivers are back! The three time Grammy nominated bluegrass meets soul band has threaded the roots of bluegrass music with the distinctive threads of their own design, bringing together country and soul to create their own unapologetic hybrid of new music with the old feeling. Hammer Down, their third release on Rounder Records, is set for release February 5, 2013.

Marty Stuart To Celebrate 20-Year Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry Member

Marty StuartNashville, TN -- The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® will honor one of country music’s most beloved ambassadors, Marty Stuart, on his 20th anniversary as an Opry member on Sat., Dec. 8. Stuart will be celebrated during a one-hour segment on each of the night’s two shows with performances by his wife and fellow Opry member Connie Smith, Charley Pride, Old Crow Medicine Show, and songwriter Brandy Clark. Also appearing with Stuart will be Phyliss J. Anderson, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, along with two Choctaw dancers. Click here to purchase tickets.

A Tribute to the Banjo Baron of Bluegrass, Walter Hensley 1936-2012

James Reams with Walter HensleyWalter Hensley, legengary bluegrass banjo player, passed away Sunday, November 25th.
By James Reams
Walt and I met in the early 1990s at a bluegrass festival in Groveton, NH. The festival was being held at a Speedway and at night, they would stop the music so the cars could race. I walked up to Vernon McIntyre's bus one evening looking for somebody to pick with and knocked on the door. When I walked in, there was Walter sitting there on the bus with Vernon, smoking a cigarette and looking for all the world just like a confederate soldier. When I asked him why he hadn't recorded in a number of years and he said "No one’s willin’ to work as hard as I’d like them to!" I told him that I'd have as many rehearsals as he felt necessary to get a project done and we recorded James Reams, Walter Hensley & The Barons of Bluegrass. When I found out that the album was nominated for IBMA's Bluegrass Recording Event of the Year in 2002, I called up Walter. He asked, "Who are the other nominees?" I told him "The Chieftans and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” and he responded, "Well, we might as well forget that one!"

Carrie Hassler Debuts on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart

Carrie HasslerNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce Carrie Hassler’s “Luxury Liner” makes its debut on the December 2012 Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart. The song has appeared on other charts this year including reaching #1 on the SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks chart, numerous weeks on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart and Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass Songs chart. “Luxury Liner” appears on her current album, The Distance, which made its debut earlier this year at #10 on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart.

A Coal Miner’s Christmas to be Held in Pineville, KY December 15th

Coal Miners ChristmasThe Cumberland River Academy of Bluegrass and Appalachian Music are proud to present the third annual student fundraiser: A Coal Miner's Christmas. The event will be held at the Bell Theater located at 114 Kentucky Avenue, Pineville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm.

Conor Mulroy is WERU's Featured Artist For the Week of December 3

FoxFireHarpswell, ME -- Composer, multi-instrumentalist and modern bluegrass artist Conor Mulroy is the featured artist at community radio station WERU-FM in East Orland, ME for the week of December 3. He will also interview live in-studio with Denis Howard on “Morning Maine” on Friday December 7 at 8:30 AM EST. The station will be giving away free copies of his latest release FoxFire throughout the week to listeners as well.

Dailey & Vincent Share A Bluegrass Christmas

A Bluegrass ChristmasThe holiday season is upon us and one of the most celebrated bluegrass acts will be sharing their bluegrass music joy with audiences with their "A Bluegrass Christmas." The multi-award winning Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent's wonderful harmonies will join with their band to present their bluegrass version of favored Christmas carols and songs.

Pinecastle Offers and Encore Bluegrass Christmas Gatherin'

A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin'Pinecastle Records announced on their website that the label's second bluegrass Christmas album, A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin', is available for this year's holiday shopping season. Make sure the music rotation for this year's holiday gatherings includes a little bluegrass music. Released in 2003 A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin' includes 18 tracks from a variety of Pinecastle artists including Larry Stephenson, Jeff Autry, Wayne Benson, Aubrey Haynie, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Jesse McReynolds, Charlie Waller, David Parmley, Eddie & Martha Adcock, Josh Williams, Nothin' Fancy, Special Consensus, Wilfire and more.

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