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Educators' Day Events at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- In preparation for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM), BCMM's Education Committee wants to ensure educators in both Virginia and Tennessee view the museum as an important educational resource. BCMM is committed to providing interdisciplinary material and experiences that will help teachers and students achieve their educational goals. In order to do so, BCMM is planning an Educators’ Day on July 22, 2014 and two days of in-services for regional teachers on July 23 and July 24, 2014. These events will offer educators from our region a “sneak peek” at the new museum before Grand Opening Events Weekend August 1-3. It will also offer an opportunity to earn professional development/in-service hours.

Come to Sante Fe for a Bluegrass Weekend Aug 23-24

James ReamsJames Reams & The Barnstormers, the band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be performing at the Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th along with The Chapmans as well as Higher Ground and more. The festival runs August 22-24 and is held at the County Fairgrounds located at 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Tickets can be purchased online from Southwest Pickers. Information about camping is also available on their website.

Missy Werner Welcomes Fiddler Suzanna Barnes to the Band

Suzanna BarnesOn the heels of her recent album release, Missy Werner announced the addition of fiddle player and vocalist Suzanna Barnes to the band saying, "I am delighted that Suzanna is joining us. She is a versatile musician, she adds an entirely new facet to our sound, and I look forward to working with her."

Mark O’Connor's Fiddle Method Comes to Texas

Texas O'Connor MethodThe O’Connor Method has been revered as the method to rival, as it combines the art of teaching young children with the teaching of American music. By joining the rich heritage of American music with the art of playing a stringed instrument, the O’Connor Method has the ingredients to stand the test of time in every aspect of a creative string method. Founded by fiddler, Mark O’Connor, the method is centered around engaging young musicians with American music history.

Support Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Beginning Today

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutThe annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) begins today! A magnificent lineup of bluegrass music artists will be performing for this 4-day event. 30th Annual MACC/Bluegrass Classic at Hoover Y-Park, Columbus, Ohio. The dates for the music festival are July 16 - 19, 2014. Proceeds from this festival will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated $755,690.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 15th Year for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer. Support this worth while event even if you can't be there in person.

Tim Stafford's "Just to Hear the Whistle Blow" Released

 Just to Hear the Whistle BlowThe time has come for the new solo record, Just to Hear the Whistle Blow, from influential guitarist and singer, prolific songwriter, and Blue Highway co-founder Tim Stafford. The guitar-driven title track, the album’s first single, is currently generating airplay on a number of stations. A new twist on the classic train song, it tells the tale of someone who wished he had hopped a freight car and is sure to please fans of both traditional and progressive bluegrass alike.

Bluegrass Brothers Release "Generations" of Traditional Bluegrass

The Bluegrass BrothersVirginia favorites, The Bluegrass Brothers, release their brand new album, Generations on Mountain Fever Records. The first single, "Memories of My Childhood," written by Danny Lam, was released in May and marked the re-birth of this stellar bluegrass institution and brother duo. The single charted last week at #14 in the nation on Bluegrass Today's weekly airplay chart.

Inside Tips from a Vocal Coach to the Stars

Gary Allan with Dr. Gaelynn Garrett/CMA Closeup/ By Tricia Despres
There was a time when a singer's voice disorders were mainly about crisis management. But recently, preventative treatment has become important, es­pecially in Nashville, where the voice is one’s moneymaker.

Niall Toner Releases Million Dollar Video

Million Dollar BillOur friend across the pond, Niall Toner, has released a fun new video July 10th, "Million Dollar Bill" from the 8th track on the album Onwards & Upwards released in 2012. The album marked a musical milestone for Toner. This was Toner's first release on the internationally famous Pinecastle Record label and featured the great talents of artists like Keith Sewell (who also serves as the producer, Ashby Frank, Rob Ickes, Viktor Krauss, and of course Niall.

Nu-Blu Joined By Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore For "Jesus & Jones"

Nu-BluNashville, TN -- "The Legendary Soul Man" Sam Moore, voted one of the 100 top pop voices of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, joins bluegrass group Nu-Blu as a special guest on their upcoming single release "Jesus & Jones," a song that pays tribute to the late George Jones.

BlueTrain at VFW in Maryland Saturday

BluetrainBlueTrain would like to announce that they will be performing at VFW (Darlington - Post 10146) located at 3440 Conowingo Rd., Street, MD 21154 from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm on Sat., July 19, 2014. There is a $15.00 charge at the door that will include a dinner, drinks are extra but the dancing is free. For more info please do contact 410-457-5461 or view their Facebook site at www.facebook.com/DarlingtonDublinVfwPost10146

Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Debut at Carter Fold Saturday

Jake Krack and the Bing BrothersSaturday, July 19th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Worlds Collide: Bluegrass Henhouse Prowlers & Nigerian Rap P Square

Henhouse ProwlersLast week while visiting Nigeria, Chicago natives and bluegrass favorites, The Henhouse Prowlers, delighted fans when performing the hit “Chop My Money” by Nigerian rap superstars P Square (original featuring Akon). Much to the delight of unexpecting fans, Peter Okoye of P Square showed up to sing along.

Randall Franks Finds Encouragement in the Focus of Latest Book

Randall Franks Signing BooksAuthor/actor Randall Franks said he seeks to inspire others to find the encourager within through his latest book series – Encouragers. The first of the series Encouragers I : Finding the Light released this month worldwide from Peach Picked Publishing shares 49 stories of actors, musicians and everyday folks who played a role in his early life.

Travis Frye & Blue Mountain Release "Living In a Moment" to Radio

Living In a MomentTravis Frye and Blue Mountain is a multi-generational bluegrass band that honors the Appalachian roots of the music while adding a modern twist. With members spanning from North Carolina to South Carolina, the band incorporates spirited fiddle and banjo tunes along with modern selections from country, bluegrass, and gospel traditions, as well as original material. The band has just released their latest project on Kindred Records to radio via AirPlay Direct. Their latest project, Living In A Moment consists of 13 tracks of true bluegrass music.

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