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Whitetop Mountain Band Returns to Carter Family Fold June 16

Whitetop Mountain BandWhitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s. Saturday, June 16th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

It's All Rotten Taters with Mike Compton

 Rotten TatersRotten Taters is a snapshot of some of the material Mike has begun to do in his solo endeavors. It’s a project which for the first time lets us see something that we’ve only glimpsed in the past Compton playing by himself, unaccompanied and undirected. And it’s simply stellar. For Compton, it’s all about rhythm, with the mandolin serving principally as a rhythmic instrument rather than a melodic one. These days, for this style of playing, he is the player that all others are compared to; if you play old-time or traditional bluegrass mandolin, you want to play like Mike Compton. The New York Times calls Compton a “new bluegrass instrumental hero.”

Susanville is a Bluegrass Music Festival That is Growing

The Central Valley BoysIf you're around Northern California June 18-24th this year, stop by Susanville, California and check out the Susanville Bluegrass Festival. This will be our third year and it's becoming a very popular event. This year we have The Chapmans, Mark Phillips and IIIrd Generation, Northern Departure, Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players, The David Thom Band, Windy Hill, The Central Valley Boys, Bound to ride and Anderson Family Bluegrass. Susanville is about 85 miles away from Reno, Nevada and the event is held at the fairground. Lots of grassy camping, close to shopping and very reasonable priced.

Caramoor International Music Festival Celebrates American Roots Music

Hot TunaKatonah, NY -- The American Roots Music Festival, a celebration of bluegrass, folk, country blues and gospel music, returns to Caramoor on June 30. Hot Tuna Acoustic, comprised of Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Barry Mitterhoff, David Bromberg Quartet, headline. The Caramoor International Music Festival takes place throughout the grounds of Caramoor beginning at 12:30 PM with live music and activities for kids. Families can picnic and stroll the gardens throughout the afternoon while listening to the local string band Spuyten Duyvil, the swinging rhythms of Eilen Jewell and her band, Red Molly’s folk, gospel and bluegrass-inspired three-part harmonies, the southern style ‘steamboat soul’ of Roosevelt Dime, and banjo songster Old Man Luedecke. At 7:30pm, headliners Hot Tuna Acoustic and the David Bromberg Quartet take the stage for an evening of performances in the Venetian Theater.

Steep Canyon Rangers Release Music Video and Webisode Series

Steep Canyon RangersNashville, TN -- Grammy nominated, IBMA Entertainers of the Year, the Steep Canyon Rangers, have released new videos in support of their 5th album, Nobody Knows You.” Gaining international notoriety as bandmates with entertainment icon Steve Martin, these videos are bringing the Steep Canyon Rangers to audiences beyond their already devoted bluegrass, folk, Americana and jamband fanbase.

Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention Becomes an Affiliated Festival of The Crooked Road

Henry ReedThe Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention, June 8 and 9 at the Town Park in Glen Lyn, Va., will be presented with a banner acknowledging this festival’s recent inclusion as a Crooked Road Affiliated Festival. As an Affiliated Festival, the Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials. The Crooked Road executive director, Jack Hinshelwood, will present the banner to representatives of the Festival on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. The Tenth Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention will held in Glen Lyn, VA June 8-9, 2012. This festival honors the life and music of local old-time fiddler Henry Reed and is proud to reach the decade mark.

Carol Beaugard to Star in “Avenue Q” in Rhinebeck, NY

Carol BeaugardNew York, NY -- Well-known bluegrass radio DJ, bluegrass music artist and actress Carol Beaugard is starring as Christmas Eve in the critically acclaimed musical comedy “Avenue Q” on the stage of The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, New York. Weekly performances run June 8th through June 24th, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, with Sunday matinees at 3 pm.

Blue Ridge Music Center Delivers Hot Bluegrass Music June 9

Big Country BluegrassBlazing Blue Ridge Bands Concert features Whitetop Mountain Band & Big Country Bluegrass with Don Rigsby at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Center June 9 Two of the most popular bluegrass and old-time bands in the Blue Ridge will deliver one of the hottest shows of the season on Saturday, June 9th at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Clinch Mountain MusicFest Helps Preserve Appalachian Heritage

Little Roy and Lizzy Long BanClinch Mountain MusicFest is gearing up for its seventh annual celebration of bluegrass and mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 9, 2012. This year’s festival will be held at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. The goal of Clinch Mountain MusicFest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its music and to provide scholarships for young musicians at regional colleges and universities that teach heritage music.

ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival June 28-30

ROMP Festival 2012Owensboro, KY -- It's time again for the River of Music Party, affectionately known as "ROMP" as the Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival comes to Owensboro, Kentucky June 28-30. Join the party at Yellow Creek Park, 5710 Kentucky 144 in Owensboro. The annual event is extremely important to bluegrass music as it is a major fund raising event for the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Mountain Fever Records Releases 'Pardon Me' from Traves Chandler and Avery County

Pardon MeWillis, VA —Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release highly anticipated Pardon Me, the latest bluegrass music project from Travers Chandler & Avery County. The new CD has been shipped to radio programmers and retail outlets and is available worldwide today. Travers Chandler is surly a household name among residents of Galax, Virginia where he has lived most of his life. But for those living outside the borders of southwest Virginia, it's possible that the first you heard of him was during the keynote address given by Infamous Stringdusters' Chris Pandolfi at the 2011 World of Bluegrass Conference held in Nashville, TN.

Bluegrass Banjo Artist Bill Evans Releases Storyline Video

In Good CompanyBluegrass music videos are still a rare thing in our musical world, especially "story line" type videos (in contrast to live performance videos), so I wanted to share with you my new video for "The Distance Between Two Points," a track from Bill Evans' new CD In Good Company. You can access this by linking to Bill's YouTube channel at It will come up first and automatically start playing once you link to the page.

John Cowan Concert to Benefit Miracle League of Whitfield County

John CowanDalton, GA -- On Saturday June 9th Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands will present “An evening with the John Cowan Band” to benefit The Miracle League of Whitfield County. One of the true musical innovators, John Cowan rose to fame when he became the lead singer for New Grass Revival and introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental brand of Bluegrass Music -- "Newgrass". The concert will be held at 7pm at the historic Dalton Freight Depot. The concert is co-sponsored by the Downtown Dalton Development Authority. Concert tickets are available for $15.00 through the freight depot gift shop located at 305 S. Depot Street in Downtown Dalton Georgia.

PBS Now Airing “Pa's Fiddle: The Music of America”

Pa's FiddleIn January 2012, some of country music’s biggest stars gathered to bring the traditional American folk songs written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her internationally best-selling series Little House on the Prairie to life. For the first time in concert, this music was performed in front of a rapt, intimate audience at the Loveless Barn in Nashville and filmed for broadcast. The concert titled Pa's Fiddle: The Music of America will be aired nationwide on PBS throughout June with additional broadcasts scheduled for Fall 2012 and beyond.

First, Learn to Practice by Tom Heany

First, Learn to PracticeMusicians of any level - professional, student or beginner - can learn how to get the most out of their practice sessions with this new book from an accomplished teacher and musician. Author Tom Heany has been involved with music his whole life and shows no signs of slowing down. In this book he shares his insights on how to get more out of every practice session. He has also created content for online courses in guitar, folk music, bluegrass and country music.


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