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Pete's November Jam Camp in Boulder ... Special Discount Offer

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickNiwot, CO -- Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick's Bluegrass Jam Camp Nov. 9-11 (for pickers of all instruments) in Boulder is right around the corner. This camp is geared to the needs of novice pickers as well as those of experienced jammers. There's no camp like it anywhere! You will be jamming the first morning!

J.E. Mainer to be Inducted into North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

J.E. MainerKannapolis, NC -- J.E. Mainer, born in Buncombe County in 1898 and went on to lead “J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers,” one of the leading Appalachian string bands during the 1930s. Growing up in the western part of the state, J.E. Mainer worked in the cotton mills and played the fiddle; during the early 1920s he settled in Concord NC and formed a band. In 1932 he was on WBT in Charlotte. Other bluegrass music related artists include Clyde Moody, Curly Seckler, Doc Watson, Andy Griffith, Earl Scruggs, and others.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, The Roys at Bluegrass for Hospice

Bluegrass for Hospice of St. Mary'sThe Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland will be hosting the 2012 Bluegrass for Hospice. Jay Armsworthy organizes this event each year and brings in top bluegrass music talent for this outstanding fundraising event. The event will be held Saturday, October 27th from noon until 8 PM at the Flat Iron Farm on Flat Iron Road, Great Mills, Maryland.

Folk Soul Revival to Perform at Carter Fold October 13th

Folk Soul RevivalHiltons, VA -- Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy and rootsy acoustic group from right here in the Appalachian Mountains. Their diversity, creativity, and passion are evident to anyone who’s ever seen them perform. With their distinct vocal approaches, back-porch instrumentation, haunting four-part harmonies, and sheer talent, the boys have garnered much success and have attracted a large following. With strong songwriting, spot on vocals, earthy instrumentation, and an unreserved honesty, a Folk Soul Revival concert is consistently eventful. Saturday, October 13th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Folk Soul Revival. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Cory Piatt's Daydreams Shows Off Mandolin Style

Cory Piatt: DaydreamsBorn in Winston-Salem, NC into a musical family, Cory Piatt discovered the mandolin at age 7, performing with his family at festivals and contests in the region. As his talent began to develop, so did is opportunities. Before long he was on the road with the Texas-based gospel project Appointed.

“Smoke On The Mountain” Off-Broadway Musical Oct. 27 in Bremen, GA

Smoke On The MountainMill Town Music Hall is hosting the musical Smoke On The Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. The PlayRight Productions presentation of this hilarious, knee-slapping and toe-tapping production is one of the world's most often produced Off-Broadway musicals. Mill Town Music Hall focuses on wholesome, family-friendly music and events and is located conveniently off I-20 in Bremen, Georgia (1031 Alabama Avenue).

Mo-Grass Duo, Walking For Pennies, Release “Forget About Wonderland”

Walking For PenniesWith a mix of motown and bluegrass, New York City based duo Walking For Pennies have released their debut full length album Forget About Wonderland (10/2/2012). An album that NewMusic Ten recently said was “Remarkably polished....sometimes I even hear some Joss Stone”. Like many musicians before them, Andy Jobe (vocals, guitar) and Neeley Bridges (vocals, mandolin) have done what they can to pay the rent, including picking up gigs as NYC dog walkers. Their moniker refers to that short period of time when they were literally walking for pennies. The pair though, who originally met at New York University in music theory class and later became re acquainted in 2008 while working together in Vermont on a production of Les Miserables, began their early careers in theater. Jobe started his professional on stage career in 1994 at the age of 12 in the original cast of A Christmas Carol at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden. border=0 height=200 width=272 /

Doyle Lawson Expresses Gratitude for Hall of Fame Honor

Doyle Lawson by ScarlatiDoyle Lawson received the honor of induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame during the 23rd Annual IBMA Awards at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Lawson received a thunderous standing ovation following his introduction by heralded WSM and Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs.
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The Music of Bill Monroe with Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, The Travelin’ McCourys

Bill MonroeWilmington, NC -- Legendary bluegrass masters Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

Banjo Album Hits #1 On Billboard Charts with Mumford and Sons “Babel”

Billboard Cover/Deering/By: David Bandrowski
Incredible news this week! A banjo album hits #1 on the Billboard charts in the form of Mumford & Sons greatly anticipated sophomore effort, Babel, which features Deering Banjo Artist Winston Marshall and his Deering Eagle II banjo with a Kavanjo Banjo Pick-Up.

Bluegrass Album Band to Appear for First Time in 23 Years at Bluegrass First Class

Bluegrass Album BandOn February 15-17, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr., Asheville, NC, Milton Harkey will present the 18th annual Bluegrass First Class bluegrass music festival. The Sunday Morning Gospel Show is free and open to all attendees. On Saturday, February 16, 2013 Harkey will present a special reunion of one of the greatest bands in the history of bluegrass music: The Bluegrass Album Band. Tickets go on sale Monday October 15th at 10:00 AM.

39th SPBGMA Bluegrass America Showcase of Bands Oct 11-14

Bluegrass BrigadeFrom October 11 through October 14, The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) will again host their America Showcase of Bands at the Northeast Missouri fairgrounds on Highweay 11 East, Kirksville, Missouri. Camping and Jamming are a favorite part of this annual event.

Leftover Salmon’s Fall Tour 2012 has Started its Run

Leftover Salmon Fall Tour 2012Leftover Salmon kicked off the start of their Fall Tour at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA October 2nd with their Special Guest Liz Berlin of Rusted Root. After that they’ve got lots of great shows coming up, including two more camping festivals before this festival season comes to a close, a return to the Boulder Theater for two night to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, Strings and Sol in Tulum, Mexico in December, and for New Year’s Eve they will be heating up the Midwest with a four-night run! There are lots of stops along this tour that the band has not traveled to in many years, plus they will be armed with their New Album Aquatic Hitchhiker.

Mumford and Sons Top Charts with “Babel”

BabelNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association congratulates its 2011 Americana Emerging Artist Mumford & Sons on its No. 1 Billboard Top 200 debut, Babel, this week. Recent releases Tempest, by the first ever Best Contemporary Folk/Americana GRAMMY® winner (2007) Bob Dylan, and The Carpenter, by three time Americana Group/Duo of the Year The Avett Brothers (2007, 2010, 2011), both debuted in the Top 5 of Billboard’s September 19th chart. In addition, the self-titled Lumineers album strongly represent Americana as one of the best selling music genres according to Billboard’s Top 20 today.

"Life Goes On" Captures Recorded Event of the Year Award

2012 Recorded Event of the Year - Live Goes On Nashville, TN (October 3, 2012) — Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the bluegrass song, “Life Goes On” by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer® (MACC) was awarded the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Recorded Event of the Year Award. It was presented during the IBMA Awards Show held last week at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. "I am honored to accept the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award on behalf of the artists, producers and songwriters of the song ‘Life Goes On’ and for everyone involved in the entire album," said Darrel Adkins this week.

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