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Steven Curtis Chapman’s Roots Run Deep at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Deep RootsLebanon, TN -- Five-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman shows his roots in faith and family run deep on the latest exclusive CD release from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. Deep Roots, a 12-track collection of newly recorded hymns and Chapman’s fan-favorite hits, including some bluegrass, was recorded in Chapman’s hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, and features guest vocal appearances from his father, Herb Chapman Sr., brother Herb Chapman Jr., son Caleb Chapman and daughter-in-law, Jillian Edwards Chapman. Bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs also contributed his stand-out talent on the song “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Deep Roots can be purchased now in all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations, as well as crackerbarrel.com, iTunes and Amazon.

The Avett Brothers to Debuted "February Seven" Music Video on VEVO and CMT

The Avett Brothers - CarpenterThe Avett Brothers premiered their brand new music video for "February Seven" on CMT Wednesday March 6, 2013. The 24-hour exclusive CMT premiere encompassed television channels CMT and CMT Pure as well as online properties CMT.com, CMTedge.com, and VH1.com. The second single from their Grammy Award-nominated 2012 offering, The Carpenter [American Recordings/Republic Records], has been impacting radio since the start of the year, and it remains a staple of their live set. The group has been on tour steadily since February as well.
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Hackensaw Boys to Release New Album April 2nd

For The Love of a FriendThe Hackensaw Boys are scheduled to release For the Love of a Friend - Live in Kinderdijk (NL) Tuesday, April 2nd. The band has just returned from their European Tour which began in Kinderdijk,n Holland. Their new album is one that was recorded in Kinderdijk last May. The Boys draw their unique style from old-time Music, bluegrass, Country, and Rock & Roll Music.

The Earl Brothers Play Freight & Salvage April 13

The Earl BrothersSan Francisco, CA -- The Earl Brothers, based in San Francisco and led by banjo master Robert Earl Davis, have been delving into the dark side of bluegrass for more than a decade now, and their fifth and latest album, Outlaw Hillbilly, takes them further down that rough road with songs like “Troubles,” “Cold and Lonesome,” and “When the Lovin’s All Over,” and grisly lines like “I stabbed her dear brother and cut off his head, and buried him deep so I knew he was dead.”

8th Annual Bean Blossom Bluegrass Boot Camp

Bill MonroeCamp Director Sarah Wasson will be heading up the 8th Annual Bean Blossom Bluegrass Boot Camp and instructors. Interested youth ages 6-18 years of age will be allowed to sign up for the fun but structured camp. The bluegrass music camp consists of professional instructors and will teach students in small group and one-on-one sessions - brand new through advanced.

The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters Trot to Carter Fold

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over twelve years. Saturday, March 16th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

The Masters of Bluegrass Rescheduled for March 15 at Paramount

Bluegrass MastersBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, March 15th, lucky audiences in Bristol, Tennesssee are expected to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime bluegrass musical experience when two bands of bluegrass music legends and masters, for whom the term “supergroup” seems grossly inadequate, make their first road appearances since each debuted at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass last October. The Masters of Bluegrass will be joined with The Rambling Rooks in a wonderful bluegrass music extravaganza. Originally scheduled for January 25th, the program had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. Now, the Paramount Center for the Arts will present this program Friday, March 15th.

Steel Guitarist Paul Franklin to be Saluted as Next Nashville Cat

Paul Franklin with The BoxNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, March 23, with a salute to pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at www.CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.

The Grascals Join Charlie Daniels in Support of US Military

Charlie Daniels and The GrascalsNashville, TN -- This week, the legendary Charlie Daniels hosted the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event; a special free concert to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. Daniels was joined by a chart-topping lineup of entertainment industry friends including Jason Aldean, Lee Greenwood, Chris Young and the multi-award winning Bluegrass music band, The Grascals, making their fourth consecutive appearance at the annual event.

Doyle Lawson to Release Roads Well Traveled March 19

Roads Well TraveledNashville, TN -- Even after 50 years on the road, Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductee, Doyle Lawson remains an innovator. He maintains an immediately recognizable sound, while always staying on the cutting edge. Lawson's latest bluegrass release, Roads Well Traveled, is shows why Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are still at the top of their style and how they helped pave the road to get there

Boston Bluegrass Union Present Blue Highway

Blue HighwayThe Boston Bluegrass Union’s 38th concert season continues on Saturday, April 6th with a performance by longtime BBU favorites Blue Highway at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. At the 19-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass music. The band's ten exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today./Images/BlueHighwayByKimberlyMiller.jpg

Niall Toner Named EBMA European Bluegrass Personality of the Year

Niall TonerThe European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) board along with a special Selecting Committee formed by Lilly Pavlak, Richard Hawkins, Christian Seguret, Paolo Dettwiler, Bruno Steffen and Eberhard Finke happily announced that Niall Toner has been appointed as the recipient of the first EBMA European Bluegrass Personality of the Year award. The announcement was made by EBMA Board Member Martino Coppo Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Bluegrass Artists Help AirPlay Direct Celebrates 8 Year Anniversary

AirPlay DirectNashville, TN -- AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce their 8 year Anniversary Celebration on March 12 at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville. AirPlay Direct will also be announcing the re-launch of their magazine, the Direct Buzz, as well as their new partnership with the Hard Rock Café.

Volume Five to Hold CD Release Party Saturday

 RunNashville, TN -- Volume Five will hold a CD release party on March 9th at 6 p.m. EST at Everett's Music Barn in Suwannee, GA, to celebrate the release of their third album, Run, with Mountain Fever Records. Tickets are $15. The album hit shelves on February 26, and Its first single, "Rich Man's Daughter", was released in October and has reached number one on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Top 20 Chart.

Monroeville New Single "So Far" Available for Download

Monroeville2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Band of the Year, Monroeville's newest single, "So Far" is now available for download. Featured this last week at the New Music Showcase during the Country Radio Seminar, the all new original single, penned by Monroeville's own Eli Johnston, is a classic tale of unrequited love. Cleverly written with a fun beat, a catchy hook line, and accented with tight harmony and great musicianship, "So Far" will be anything but far from your mind.

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