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Music of Bill Monroe Nov. 29 with Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Travelin' McCourys

Bill MonroeLegendary 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.

John McEuen and Matt Cartsonis Highlight John's Long Career

John McEuenSaturday evening, John McEuen allowed the audience to participate in a new multi-media experiment, An Evening with John McEuen: A Career Retrospective that spans the career of this versatile songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. The solo project, which included artist Matt Cartsonis, was supplemented by a large screen visual experience of historic stills and videos covering everything from the Dirt Band's beginnings to the Circle Album and more.

Boston Bluegrass Union 1st Annual Jam'n Weekend- November 16-18

BBU JamThe Boston Bluegrass Union is pleased to present the 1st Annual Jam’n Weekend November 16-18, 2012 at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Jam all weekend long or attend instructor-led jams and free workshops (with your paid registration). The Jam'n Weekend will be dedicated to bluegrass music!

There's 2 Chairs, No Waiting with Siamese Cousins' New Album

2 Chairs, No WaitingSiamese Cousins consists of Edwin Lacy on clawhammer banjo and vocals; and Scott Freeman on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals. Both have more than twenty years of shared musical collaboration with the popular "break-out" group, Skeeter and the Skid marks. The two have also appeared (together and separately) as guests in various venues and on many recordings through the years. Their musical rapport is intricate yet playful, harmonizing so tightly that, at times, it sounds as if their two instruments blend into one. Now, 2 Chairs, No Waiting, is an album that features both instrumental and vocal tracks that cover the realm of the Siamese Cousins' work together.

Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys Release Their Shrouds with New Album

Release Your ShroudsYoung Michigan "rootsgrass" band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys pack a tight punch. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, and their arrangements show a well-developed taste in music. Based on bluegrass traditions but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft, their sound is deftly guided by the clarion vocals of lead singer Lindsay "Lou" Rilko. Their new album, Release Your Shrouds, marks a remarkable step forward, and that's thanks in part to the relationship between the two singers, Lindsay and Joshua Rilko, which blossomed in their college days and, with their recent marriaqe in July 2011, now forms the core-of the band.

The Roys on Crook & Chase Today and Tomorrow

The Roys with Crook & ChaseNashville, TN -- Bluegrass music siblings, The Roys, will make their first appearance on the popular, nationally-syndicated television show Crook & Chase! this Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Lorianne, Charlie, Elaine and Lee discussed the award-winning duo’s EP New Day Dawning ;stories from the road; the joys and challenges of family working together, and The Roys’ new partnership with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink. Crook & Chase! broadcasts in more than 130 markets and airs on multiple networks, including: RFD-TV, My Family TV, Sky Angel and Pegasus TV. Nashvillians can watch the show Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT on WNAB (Channel 58); out-of-area viewers can find local coverage options by clicking on Crook & Chase TV.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is Special for Joe Mullins

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersThe Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is just around the corner and is expected to be one of the biggest and best events of the season! This year's fall festival will take on a special meaning for Joe Mullins. Janet Davis Acoustic Music and the Radio Ramblers will be working together at the festival to benefit breast cancer support. Joe's Mom, Prudence Mullins, passed away just over a week ago after battling breast cancer and Janet Davis Acoustic Music has donated a Martin guitar to be given away in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research in her memory. Proceeds will benefit the Ohio area Breast Cancer fund. "I am certainly grateful for all the prayers and support from the Bluegrass community, and the help from our supply sponsor, Janet Davis Acoustic Music will have lasting benefits", stated Joe.

Grisman, Lauderdale, Marshall & More Headline Benefit for Jeff Pinkham

The Pinkham FamilyMany of you have fond memories of The Pinkham Family (Terry, Jeff, Josh, Savannah & Vanessa) at many of our festivals in years past. In case you have not heard, Jeff Pinkham has been diagnosed with Cancer and like many of us today, has no health insurance. Jeff and his family need our support. Yes, they need financial help and if you can do that, there are several ways below that you can help (buy a ticket for the benefit, donate thru pay pal or send a check). But they also need to feel our support as a community, as a music family. Evidence shows that people who have an extensive, vocal, loving, energetic support system do much better at fighting this terrible disease. Central Florida bluegrass legends The Sunshine Bluegrass Boys are making a rare reunion with the original lineup - Mike Marshall on mandolin, Ron Rimmer on banjo, Joey May on guitar, and bassist Allen Waters - especially for this show.

The Grundy Jam to Become an Affiliated Venue of The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road The Grundy Jam in Grundy, Virginia will be presented with a banner acknowledging this venue’s recent inclusion as a Crooked Road Affiliated Venue. As an Affiliated Venue, the Grundy Jam will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials. The Crooked Road will present the banner to representatives of the Grundy Jam on Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Songwriter Tom T. Hall Recognized as BMI Icon

Tom T. Hall Receives Icon AwardNashville, TN -- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, honored its Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year at the 60th annual BMI Country Awards held at the company’s Nashville, TN building. Also saluted were the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs on radio and TV from BMI’s country repertoire. In addition, the incredible songwriting career of Tom T. Hall was celebrated by naming him a BMI Icon.

Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos available February 4th, 2013

Bluegrass BuckaroosTom Feller and Chris Hill were born across the Ohio River from each other—Tom in southern Indiana and Chris in northern Kentucky. Both have performed with bands from bluegrass-rich areas of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia—Tom with Jerry Williamson & Redwing, The Larry Stephenson Band, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and with Nashville songwriter Kim Fox in the group 3 Fox Drive...—Chris with Gerald Evans and Paradise, The Wildwood Valley Boys, the James King Band, and The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show. If you like traditional bluegrass and classic country music, you’ll love Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos! Their latest album will be available in early February, 2013.

The Spinney Brothers Close Out The Year On The Road

The Spinney BrothersNova Scotia, Canada -- The Spinney Brothers, "Canada's International Bluegrass Band," are celebrating a tremendous year of success with a jam-packed touring schedule that wraps up in December with multiple dates over the next two months. The band recently spent a successful week in Nashville, Tennessee bringing the "I" to the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) World of Bluegrass conference where they performed to enthusiastic crowds in support of their latest Mountain Fever Records CD, Memories, a project that continues to stake its claim on bluegrass music charts.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries Now

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, is proud once again to host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC). The contest will accept applications from aspiring songwriters beginning November 1 via U.S. Mail (P.O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212). Entries may also be submitted through Sonicbids (www.sonicbids.com/chrisaustinsongwritingcontest). The deadline for submissions is February 19, 2013. Now in its 21th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest takes place from April 25-28, 2013./Images/ChrisAustin.jpg

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Debut #3 on Billboard, Top Over 12 Million YouTube Views

Sleepy Man Banjo BoysNashville, TN -- Fresh off the sacred stage of the Ryman Auditorium where they kicked off a stirring tribute to the late Earl Scruggs with actor Steve Martin, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are pleased to announce the release of their new album, The Farthest Horizon. The album debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart last week and is now available at iTunes, Amazon, SleepyManBanjoBoys.com and more outlets.

New Album by Nu-Blu, “Nail by Nail” Released

Nail By Nail Nashville, TN October 30, 2012 - Nu-Blu has embraced the Gospel tradition of bluegrass with their first all-gospel album, Nail by Nail, now available on Pinecastle Records. This special new project includes the recently released first single, “Martha and Mary” that was written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell. The song debuted earlier this month at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20. The album was recorded and produced by Nu-Blu at Red Squared Audio, located in Siler City, NC. align=

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