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Whitetop Mountain Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. 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.

Anticipated New Album from Flatt Lonesome Releases Oct 2nd

Flatt Lonesome - Runaway TrainNashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome is set to release Runaway Train on Oct. 2nd and pre-orders are available now. This is the third studio album from the bluegrass powerhouse, named IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014. From the time of its debut, Flatt Lonesome has displayed all of the common characteristics shared by truly great bands – powerful vocals and harmony, elite musicianship, exemplary original material, and a relentless determination to grow and take risks.

Mountain Fever Records Signs Irene Kelley

Irene KelleyWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed multi-genre singer/songrwiter Irene Kelley to their label. Kelley will begin work immediately on her debut album for the label with an expected release date of early spring 2016.

The Spinney Brothers Make Special Presentation at Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom

The Spinney Brothers PresentationBean Blossom, IN -- The Spinney Brothers, Canada's International Bluegrass band, made a special presentation at Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana during their evening performance on Wednesday, September 23rd.

IBMM Traveling Exhibit to be Showcased in Raleigh

The International Bluegrass Music MuseumOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum will showcase a traveling exhibit featuring several rare artifacts during the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass next week in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bluegrass Sibling Trio The Carmonas Headed for Raleigh

The CarmonasNashville's Bluegrass Sibling Trio The Carmonas brought their energetic and uplifting performance to the 16th annual Americana Music Festival in downtown Nashville on Saturday, September 19th at the Musicians Corner showcase at Centennial Park. Prior to that, the band headlined a hometown show at 3rd & Lindsely on Tuesday, August 11th at 8pm. Their debut self-titled album is out now and available on iTunes and via their website. They’re tapped to perform at next month’s IBMA’s in Raleigh, NC.

New Roots Venue Opens with Jeff Austin, Del & Dawg, Della Mae

David Grisman and Del McCouryBrooklyn’s newest music venue The Hall at MP will be launching its first series of American Roots music shows with three special performances: The Jeff Austin Band on Friday, November 6, Del & Dawg, the collaboration between bluegrass legends Del McCoury and David Grisman, on Saturday, November 7, and Della Mae on Wednesday, November 11.

2015 Walnut Valley Festival Instrument Champions Announced

Steve Moore Receiving BanjoWinfield, KS -- The 2015 edition of the Walnut Valley Festival wrapped up Sunday evening, after a great festival filled with lots of music, food, arts and craft and numerous hours of national and International acoustic instrument championship competitions. The various championship contests annually bring musicians to the small south central Kansas community from around the world to test their skills against other players who also rank among the top percentage in the world of pickers with their particular acoustic stringed instrument.

Rhonda Vincent a Top-5 Finalist for Inspirational Country Music Awards

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- The Inspirational Country Music Association is pleased to announce the top-5 finalist for the 21st Annual Inspirational Faith, Family & Country Awards™, to be held at Cornerstone Nashville (726 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Madison, Tenn.) on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 P.M. Each year, the awards honor and showcase the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music. This year’s finalists include such notables as Rhonda Vincent, Hunter Hayes, RaeLynn, Joey + Rory, Craig Wayne Boyd, Mary James, Laura Dodd, Kristina Craig & Exit 148, Chonda Pierce and more. Tommy Brandt leads the nominations with four nods. His son, Tommy Brandt II, is also nominated for the Youth in Music award, giving the Brandt family a total of five nominations, followed closed by the McDougal family, who garned four nods in various categories. For more information on the ICMs, please visit

Carter Fold Presents Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers

Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass MountaineersSaturday, September 26th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers. The spark the Bluegrass Mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire (fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition) is one of the world’s most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style. The fourth generation of the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Chris Wilcox is eager to learn the instruments at the young age of eight years old. In a quest to carry on the traditional bluegrass sound, the Bluegrass Mountaineers combine old time claw hammering, classic country yodeling, and twin fiddles to showcase their unique style. All members of the Bluegrass Mountaineers take turns demonstrating their vocal and instrumental abilities. Their love for the traditional, genuine bluegrass sound is evident every time they take the stage.

Ricky Skaggs Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Americana Music Association

Photo credit-Americana Music Association,Rick Diamond,Getty ImagesNashville, TN -- Last Wednesday night at the Americana Music Association's annual Honors and Awards ceremony, legendary country and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs was awarded the organization's esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. From the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, guitar legend Ry Cooder presented Skaggs with the award.

41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

Bean BlossomBean Blossom, IN -- The Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground is proud to announce details for the 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival taking place from September 23-26, 2015. A stellar line-up of bands has been announced and a detailed performance schedule has been posted at One of the highlights of the event will certainly be Raymond Fairchild’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26.

Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass Release Single

Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville BluegrassCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is proud to announce the signing of Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass to its roster. "Sweetheart of the Mountains" is the first track off of Mark and Bobby's upcoming Rebel debut, Down Memory Lane (REB-1855), scheduled for release on CD and digital formats November 6th. The single is now available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon and other select online music stores.

Dale Ann Bradley Plays WSM Radio's "Station Inn Sessions" Sept. 24

Dale Ann BradleyDale Ann Bradley, 2015 IBMA nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year, will perform on WSM Radio’s live “Station Inn Sessions” on September 24. Bradley will join WSM deejay and the show’s host, Mike Terry, in talking about her latest album, “Pocket Full of Keys,” as well as perform songs from the album and other favorites.

Executive Director Paul Schiminger Explains the IBMA Awards Process

Paul J. SchimingerThe new Executive Director for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Paul Schiminger, has put together an educational video that explains the entire process for the association's annual awards and the voting process that ultimately decides the winners. Held annually since 1986, today almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry. The awards feature new professionals through the Momentum Awards through the normal music awards and finally the Hall of Fame inductions. Some awards are voted on by the professional membership and some are determined by select committees without voter input.


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