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The Spinney Brothers Ring In New Year With #1 Album

No BordersWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce the The Spinney Brothers' latest project, No Borders is the #1 Bluegrass CD according to Bluegrass Unlimited's National Bluegrass Survey for the month of January 2014.

Donna Ulisse Makes Debut Appearance at Birchmere New Year's Eve

Donna UlisseBluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys will be making their first appearance at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 as they help ring in the new year. The show begins at 8:00 p.m and has been listed in the CBS DC local news as one of the top New Year's Eve concerts in the Washington, D.C. area this year.

Russell Moore Kicks off 2014 With New IIIrd Tyme Out Lineup

 Wayne Benson, Keith McKinnon, Russell Moore, Justen Haynes, Blake JohnsonCumming, GA -- The International Bluegrass Music Association's 5-Time Male Vocalist of the Year, Russell Moore, is proud to announce the addition of two new members to his illustrious band, IIIrd Tyme Out; Keith McKinnon on banjo and Blake Johnson on bass. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will be unveiling their new band lineup when they perform in Galax, VA on January 4, 2014, for the Fairview Ruritan Club. Other dates in January include Grayson, KY, Clay City, KY and Fort Payne, AL. For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, including a complete list of 2014 tour dates, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.

Start the New Year Right with Jamming at the Abingdon Music Experience

Mountain Heart with John CowanAbingdon, VA -- For the second year, the Town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to kick off the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience with the January Jams concert series. This series will include 7 total concerts, starting January 9, and run every Friday and Saturday during January. “We are excited to expand the number of shows offered from 4 to 7 this year after the overwhelmingly positive response last year,” explains Sara Cardinale, Special Events Coordinator for the ACVB.

Earl Scruggs Center Opening January 11

Earl ScruggsShelby, NC -- The Earl Scruggs Center will celebrate their Grand Opening of Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7PM. An array of bluegrass music artists will be sharing in the celebration events. Sam Bush will be performing for The Earl Scruggs Center Grand Opening event. 'Remembering Earl: Music & Stories' will feature performances by Sam Bush alongside Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Rob Ickes, Jim Mills, Gary Scruggs and Randy Scruggs. The center, Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South, is a tribute to Cleveland County native, Earl Scruggs, credited with the 3-finger style of playing the 5-string banjo that is a centerpiece of bluegrass music.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge at Earl Scruggs Center Grand Opening

Darin & Brooke Aldridge BandThe Sweethearts of Bluegrass Music, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, will be performing at the new Earl Scruggs Center on January 11th. Darin and Brooke Aldridge, are from Cherryville N.C. and are one of the best duos in acoustic music these days. In 2011 the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) voted them an Emerging Artist of the year nominee two years in a row and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music (SPBGMA) voted them as gospel group, album, and song of the year nominees.

Cornmeal Announces New Tour Since Hiatus, Release New Video

CornmealAfter a brief hiatus while bringing together a fresh lineup, progressive bluegrass band Cornmeal is back at it...and in a big way! After playing a few select shows in November and December, the band is stronger than ever and ready to announce their first tour in almost a year. The new lineup includes the co-writing team and founding members Chris Gangi (bass) and Wavy Dave Burlingame (banjo), along with newest members Scott Tipping (guitar) formerly of Backyard Tire Fire, Drew Littell (drums), and guest appearing on fiddle (indefinitely) is Molly Healey formerly of Big Smith from Springfield, MO.

JD Messer and Sanctified Release "Coal Miner's Prayer" to Radio

Coal Miner's PrayerJD Messer and Sanctified are a six piece band composed of musicians and vocalists from West Virginia and Kentucky. Their group is a ministry for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. JD says, "We take our ministry and profession very seriously but at the same time do it because we love our Lord, our music, and the comradery of each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We would first and foremost like to thank God for our gifts in music, singing, and our salvation." Their latest album, Coal Miner's Prayer has been released to Radio via AirPlay Direct.

Lorraine Jordan Nominated for SPBGMA's 2014 Female Vocalist of the Year

Lorraine JordanNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan, founder and bandleader of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA). Winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards during the SPBGMA National Convention on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Lorraine Jordan is also scheduled to perform during the event on Friday, January 31.

Ryman Auditorium Nominated for Pollstar Theatre of the Year

Ryman AuditoriumNashville, TN -- Nominations have been announced for Pollstar Magazine's annual Concert Industry Awards to be held February 21, 2014 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Among the nominees for Theatre of the Year is Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium, which won the award for the third time in a row earlier this year. Other nominees include Beacon Theatre (New York, NY), Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL), Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, CA), Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY) and The Wiltern (Los Angeles, CA.)

Valerie Smith Will Again "Blame it on the Bluegrass" in 2014

Aubrey Haynie, Valerie Smith and Mike ScottValerie Smith has been in the studio working on her next project and has also announced that "Yes..there is going to be Blame it on the Bluegrass, Vol. 2 coming out in 2014. Several people have asked and it is going to happen in the near future." The 2011 original release of Blame it on the Bluegrass saw a lot of chart action and was recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

McLain Family Band Starts Carter Fold 2014 Season Jan 4

McLain Family BandHiltons, VA -- The McLain Family Band has been performing at Carter Family shows since Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974. Raymond McLain, Sr., (now deceased) formed the family band in the late 1960s when his five children were very young. Mr. McLain was a Carter Family Memorial Music Center board member from the day the center was created.

Bluegrass Duo Dailey & Vincent Announce Two Bluegrass Music Fests

Dailey & Vincent FestsOn land or on the seas, Dailey & Vincent will bring top bluegrass music to their fans. The award winning bluegrass duo has announced two bluegrass music festivals. Land Fest and Water Fest will each feature multiple days of great music entertainment. Get ready to have some serious fun here.

Mandolinist Chris Thile and Actress Claire Coffee Wed

Chris Thile and Claire Coffee WeddingFrom New York to Oregon, many are cheering on the recent wedding between mandolinist Chris Thile and acress Claire Coffee. The two reportedly tied the knot in a nuptials ceremony at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee on Monday, December 23.

Hook Mandolins's Introduces Darrell Webb Signature Model

Darrell Webb MandolinDarrell Webb Signature Hook Mandolin has just been announced. This is Webb's first signature instrument and its a beauty. The F-5 style mandolin features Adirondack Spruce Soundboard, Curly Maple Back, Curly Maple Neck and Sides, Mother of Pearl HooK and Anchor Logo, Mother of Pearl Spider inlay at 5th fret, Darrell Webb Signature on the body, Web Accent at upper point, Bone Nut and Points, Cast Tail Piece, Grover Tuners all wrapped up in a fine Lacquer Finish.

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