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Bob Minner Demos Authentic Old-Time Sound of a Modern British Banjo

Bob MinnerNorwich, UK -- Bob Minner, the top country banjoist and guitar picker, has released the first demo video of himself playing the Islander Ash Leaf British-made banjo from The Great British Banjo Company. The short video of Bob, playing the traditional old-time tune Angeline The Baker, can be found on the Banjos Direct site. Banjos Direct are the sole UK outlet for the Islander Ash Leaf.

John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain

 Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-PlainFirst Ever Book About John Hartford...In 1971, John Hartford, best known for his classic song “Gentle on My Mind,” and his TV appearances alongside the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell, turned his back on a thriving Hollywood career and returned to his bluegrass roots to make one the finest albums of the decade. Not only was Aereo-Plain a remarkable record in its own right, filled with great songs and astounding musicianship, but it stretched the boundaries of bluegrass and opened the doors to a new genre of country and folk music, Newgrass. The new book & live concert music CD are now available through www.johnhartford.com

Celebrate The Legend of Hank Williams

The Last RideLos Angeles, CA -- Ride off into the sunset with the most legendary country artist of all-time when The Last Ride arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring an all-star cast Thomas (E.T.), Jesse James (Jumper), Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”), Fred Dalton Thompson (“Law & Order”) and Stephen Tobolowsky (“Californication”), this powerful film retraces the final days of a true American icon.

Bluegrass Virtuoso Ron Block Announces "Walking Song"

Walking SongRon Block, long regarded as one of the leading lights of contemporary acoustic music, will release Walking Song, his third solo set for Rounder Records, on July 30, 2013. While Block is best known as a two-decade veteran of Alison Krauss & Union Station, he is also a highly regarded songwriter, singer and producer. In recent years, he has also come to prominence for his writings about Christian theology and spirituality.

Summergrass is Only Two Months Away

Summergrass 2013San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is now going into its eleventh season. What a wonderful festival they have created. Currently, the producers are gearing up for another fantastic festival. So, mark you calendar for this premier happening in San Diego County, August 16-18, 2013, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA.

Backstep Old Time Band Returns to Carter Family Fold

Backstep Old Time BandSaturday, June 15th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Backstep Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. Backstep performs old time stringband music in the “Round Peak style” native to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for its driving rhythms and prominent melodies, Round Peak music is just the thing to make you kick up your heels and dance. Backstep features Chester McMillian (a founding member of the band) on guitar, Nick McMillian on fiddle (he also plays banjo and bass), and Kelley Breiding on banjo.

IBMA's “Bluegrass Ramble” Showcase Artists Selecfted

IBMA LogoNashville, TN (June 5, 2013) — Artists have been selected for the “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases, which will take place at seven different venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2013 event, September 24-28.

Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas Gather Friends for Americana

(L-R) - Jed Hilly, Executive Director, Americana Music Association; Randy Goodman, Nashville Music Council; Alison Krauss; Jerry Douglas; Jon Brancheau, Vice President/Marketing, Nissan; Lenore Kinder, Talent Buyer, AEG Live /The Messina Group. Photo by Erika GoldringAlison Krauss and Jerry Douglas gathered friends Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Teddy Thompson, Angel Snow and Sarah Jarosz this past weekend (6/1) for "Cross County Lines," a preview concert for Americana Music Association's new one-day festival to be held in Franklin, TN during the Spring 2014. The new festival will complement the Association's week-long festival and conference, now in its 14th year, held in the Fall (Sept. 18-22).

Two Big Fundraising Concerts for Song of the Mountains

Ralph StanleyMarion, VA -- Song of the Mountains will present two talent packed fundraising concerts at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA on Saturday, June 22nd. “We will be presenting a matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening concert at 7:00 pm”, states Tim White the show’s host and executive coordinator. “We are excited that Ralph and Nathan Stanley will be on the evening concert and also at our pre-concert meet and greet at 5:30 the same day”, says White.

Chatham County Line Takes Stage On 6/13

Chatham County LineAbingdon, VA—The Town of Abingdon has created a Thursday Jams concert series for the summer as part of the Abingdon Music Experience. Starting May 16th until September 19th, there will be nationally recognized bands showcased at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday. Each concert will start at 6:30pm and will be FREE to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be food and beverage vendors serving BBQ, Hamburgers and Pizza. No coolers are allowed. The events will be held rain or shine. On June 13th, 2013, Chatham County Line will take the stage at the Abingdon Market Pavilion.

Rock House Entertainment proudly welcomes Lonesome Day Records

Bob SegerLonesome Day Records was started in 2002 by Randall Deaton. Since that time they have released several successful albums from some of Bluegrass musics top acts. In recent years they have fallen out of the spotlight. With the same passion that drove him to start his record label, Randall feels that now is the time to bring Lonesome Day Records back to the top as a premier service provider for today's bluegrass artist. With a new artist lineup coming soon, they are gearing up for the release of their Bob Seger tribute album "Silver Bullet Bluegrass" set to release later this year. Randall and all the folks at lonesome day are excited to work with Rock House Entertainment.

Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 8–15

Bean Blossom FestivalIndianapolis, IN -- The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival begins this Saturday, June 8 and continues through June 15 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana. The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 55 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: Beanblossom.US.

Town Mountain’s “I’m on Fire” Featured on The Bluegrass Situation

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- Hard Drivin’ Carolina String Band, Town Mountain, is touring with their fourth album, Leave the Bottle (Pinecastle 2012). Based in Asheville, NC, Town Mountain is Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and Jake Hopping on upright bass.

Darrell Webb Band Announces FanJam 2013

Darrell Webb BandFanJam is a new contest that gives the fans a chance to host a late night Jam session with the Darrell Webb Band! Bluegrass Festivals have always been known for their late night campsite jamming! Darrell Webb Band's FanJam will give one lucky winner the chance to invite their friends to jam with Darrell and the boys.

The Recording Academy® Approves Continuing Evolution Of GRAMMY Awards

Grammy AwardSanta Monica, CA -- The Recording Academy® announced today that recording artist and co-owner of MoonHouse Studio Christine Albert was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, producer/engineer John Poppo was elected Vice Chair, and four-time GRAMMY®-, 12-time Latin GRAMMY®- and three-time Emmy®-winning engineer Eric Schilling was elected Secretary/Treasurer at its annual spring Board of Trustees meeting. Outgoing Chair of the Board and GRAMMY-nominated TV/video producer George J. Flanigen IV was elected Chair Emeritus. As part of the meeting, The Academy's Board of Trustees also approved several changes to the Awards process, including: renaming the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category to Best Metal Performance; expanding the American Roots Music Field by establishing a new category for Best American Roots Song; and renaming and revising the Music Video Field to Music Video/Film Field. This brings the total number of GRAMMY categories that will be recognized at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on January 26, 2014, to 82.

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