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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.

American Voices Accepting Applications To Tour State Department’s American Music Abroad

American VoicesAmerican Voices, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is now accepting ensemble applications for the American Music Abroad 2013-2014 touring season. In the previous tour, Della Mae represented bluegrass music through American Voices. Artists interested in participating in this outstanding program can now apply.

Crooked Road Ramblers at Carter Family Fold Dec 1

Crooked Road RamblersKilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old-time dance and bluegrass music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, Amanda Spencer on banjo, John Perry on guitar, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Don’t miss Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes! Saturday, December 1st, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Tara Nevins and Friends Tour the Southeast This December

Tara Nevins: Wood and StoneAsheville, NC -- American roots traditionalist Tara Nevins will be touring this winter in the southeast for select shows, in between her other gigs with Donna the Buffalo. She will be performing songs from her latest solo release, Wood and Stone, on Sugar Hills Records which hit in the Top 20 on the Americana Music Chart in 2011.

The 16th Annual Bill Monroe Appreciation Night

Bill MonroeNashville, TN -- Roland White & J.T. Gray present the 16th Annual Bill Monroe Appreciation Night at the world famous Station Inn, Nashville, TN. The event will take place Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 and Doors open @ 7:00pm-Showtime 8:00pm. Roland White and Jon Weisberger will host the event where you can hear some of the best bluegrass music on the planet!

Rosa Lee Watson, Wife of the Late Doc Watson has Died

Rosa Lee Carlton Watson, age 81, of Deep Gap, died on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone. Watson was in the Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation following a stroke earlier. She and Doc were married in 1947. Their first son, Merle Watson, was killed in a tractor accident in 1985. Her husband, Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson passed away earlier this year.

Lester & Earl's “Foggy Mountain Banjo” in 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame

Foggy Mountain BanjoSanta Monica, CA -- It was 1961 when Lester Flatt, Earls Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys released Foggy Mountain Banjo on Columbia records. The album is part of the 2013 Grammy® Hall of Fame Inductees for Country (album). "The Titanic" by Ernest V. "Pop" Stonemen is also an inductee for Country Single and was released on Okeh in 1924. These join the legendary Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and many others. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Grammy® Hall Of Fame with 27 recordings added to the collection residing at the Grammy® Museum®.

Bluegrass Returns to Blythe January 18 - 20, 2013

The Gibson BrothersThe Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blyth, California will once again be the scene of the Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival. The Annual Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival has been part of the excitement of the Palo Verde Valley for over a quarter of a century. It all started with volunteer organizers, and today that tradition still exists. There will be plenty of top name bluegrass talent again this year so you will want to start making your plans now. Don't miss the Gibson Brothers - They'll be there! They recently won the 23rd Annual International IBMA Entertainer of the year award.The Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blyth, California will once again be the scene of the Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival. The Annual Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival has been part of the excitement of the Palo Verde Valley for over a quarter of a century. It all started with volunteer organizers, and today that tradition still exists. There will be plenty of top name bluegrass talent again this year so you will want to start making your plans now. Don

AirPlay Direct Partners with ArtistWorks for Music Lessons

AirPlay Direct & ArtistWorksAirPlay Direct is proud to announce their new partnership with ArtistWorks and its Video Exchange™ Feedback music lessons. ArtistWorks is the world's leading provider of online music schools and its Video Exchange Accelerated Learning platform enables anyone to learn one-on-one, online from world renowned performers all from the comfort of their own home.

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