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Chris Austin Songwriting Finalists Announced

Josh CrewsWilkesboro, NC -- Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest 2014 takes place from April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Lonesome River Band Joins Mountain Home Music

LRB with Mountain HomeCarrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse The Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company.

Huck Finn Jubilee Lineup adds The String Cheese Incident

The String Cheese IncidentOntario, CA -- The String Cheese Incident, a popular independent band that brings a mix of bluegrass, Latin fusion and psychedelic sounds to its highly attended performances, will be playing this June at Southern California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, organizers announced today.

IBMA, American Steamboat Present Bourbon & Bluegrass Riverboat Cruise

Bourbon & Bluegrass CruiseThe American Steamboat Company and IBMA have teamed up to produce two nine-day “Bourbon & Bluegrass” riverboat cruises on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, from St Louis to Cincinnati Aug. 29-Sept. 6, and then back from Cincinnati to St. Louis from Sept. 5-13 (guests spend one night in a hotel before embarking on the American Queen).

Spring Mountain Festival Celebrates 22 Years of Tradition

Maysville ExpressPetersburg, WV -- A new venue means a new range of opportunities, says The Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Typically hosted at Petersburg City Park, the 22nd Annual Spring Mountain Festival will be held at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Petersburg, W.Va. this year, announced the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. The festival takes place April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 and features bands, artisans, crafters, food, and various other vendors.

Simply Put, Simply Bluegrass is Simply Marvelous

 Simply BluegrassCountry Family Reunion has put together a special bluegrass music collection titled, Simply Bluegrass. The collection is a series of programs spread out over 4 DVDs plus a backstage presentation DVD. The series does an excellent job of raising awareness of today's bluegrass music and the artists that drive it. Simply put, Simply Bluegrass is Simply Marvelous.

Jeff Austin Announces 2014 Spring Tour with Friends

Jeff AustinAsheville, NC -- Jeff Austin is on tour this spring with Danny Barnes (banjo and vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals), and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals). They will be touring together throughout the year and also have been in the studio with a number of other friends, heroes and mentors to record an album.

Seldom Scene Makes Smithsonian Folkways Debut Release 4/22

Long Time...Seldom SceneWashington, DC -- What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it's taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and' a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. On April 22, the longtime pillars of the bluegrass world will return with the aptly titled Long Time ... Seldom Scene via Smithsonian Folkways. The newly recorded collection features fresh interpretations of 16 oft-requested tunes and is the band's first studio album since the Grammy-nominated album Scenechronized in 2007. It's a family reunion in all the best ways, featuring the current - and longest-running -lineup, joined by founding members Tom Gray and John Starling and guests Chris Eldridge, Emmylou Harris, and Rickie Simpkins.

Leftover Salmon Spring 2014 Tour Features Bill Payne of Little Feat

Leftover Salmon Spring Tour 2014Asheville, NC -- Leftover Salmon is happy to announce additional dates for their 2014 Spring Tour. They are also thrilled that Bill Payne of Little Feat will be joining the band for the majority of the run. Tonight, April 1, LoS plays a second night at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co in Chico before heading to the midwest for a few shows.

World's Largest Banjo Public Sculpture “Banjo of the East” Announced

Banjo of the East ConstructionThe company behind the Norfolk-made Shackleton banjo named after Edwardian explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is to create a giant banjo sculpture on the edge of Norwich, which the company claims will become as famous as Newcastle’s ‘Angel of The North’.

IBMA Sporting New Website for World of Bluegrass 2014

World of Bluegrass 2014For those who haven't visited the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) web site recently, you're in for a treat when you do. The site is sporting a facelift, new IBMA Logo, new World of Bluegrass graphic and a lot more. The new "change of scenery" if a fresh change for the IBMA which has been very active with the new change of leadership. The IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. If bluegrass music moves you, come to the event that moves bluegrass music!

Nu-Blu Video "Without A Kiss" is Out!

Without a KissCybergrass presented the exclusive premiere of the music video "Without A Kiss" and now, Nu-Blu has just released this third and final video in the 3-part series! This video is for their song "Without A Kiss" featured on their album, TEN. The epic bluegrass ballad features Earth-shattering lyrics and vocals that will leave fans hooked!

Carter Fold Footstompin' Friday Hosts Whitetop Mountain Band

Whitetop Mountain BandFriday, March 11th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present the second in our 2014 concert series Footstompin’ Fridays at the Fold. These concerts take place the second Friday of the month through October 2014. This special concert features old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Whitetop 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.

The Boy from Valdese - A Tribute to George Shuffler

The Boy from Valdese - A Tribute to George ShufflerLong before the Old Rock School became a popular stop for Bluegrass touring artists, hardcore fans of the genre knew the small town of Valdese, NC as the home of the legendary George Shuffler. Born on April 11, 1925, Shuffler is one of the most beloved and influential sidemen of Bluegrass’ first generation. His contributions to the bluegrass music include his “walking” style of playing the bass, and even more significant, his cross-picking style of guitar playing.

MerleFest Partners with Music City Roots for Kickoff Event

Sierra HullNashville, TN -- For the second year in a row, multi-platform concert series “Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Café” partners with MerleFest for a special kickoff event prior to the North Carolina festival. Set for April 23, 2014, at 7 p.m., Nashville’s “coolest show” will devote an evening to some of the talent appearing at the 27th annual MerleFest.


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