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Carter Fold Hosts Raymond McLain & Morehead State Mountain Music Ambassadors

Raymond McLain and the Morehead State Mountain Music AmbassadorsHiltons, VA -- Raymond McLain has been performing at Carter Family shows since Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974 – first with his family, the McLain Family Band – and later with ETSU when he was head of the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program. Raymond is currently the Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. He also performs, produces, and records. Raymond serves on the Carter Music Center’s board of directors in addition to serving as the Artistic Director at the Fold. Raymond’s father served on the Music Center’s board from the time it was created in 1979. When his father died, Raymond agreed to occupy the board seat his dad once held. The long and loving friendship between the McLain and Carter families dates back nearly 40 years to the early 1970s.

Things are Heating Up for the Durango Meltdown

Balsam RangeDurango, CO -- As winter season winds down and the snow melts in Durango, Colorado, skiers from all over the world are packing up and heading home. What these snow-seekers don’t know is that the off-season is the perfect time to relax, sit back, and enjoy the fresh air, while taking in some of the country’s best bluegrass music. Next month, Durango is set to host the Bluegrass Meltdown, an annual event that draws in top talent from all over the country. Quality Inn Durango offers a front row seat to all of the action, situated in the perfect spot for easy access to each of the venues, to hop around town, and catch a sampling of some mouthwatering craft beers.

The Gibson Brothers To Receive Honorary Doctorates

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- Acclaimed bluegrass musicians and Rounder recording artists Eric and Leigh Gibson are to be honored by the State University of New York (SUNY) with honorary degrees of doctor of fine arts at SUNY Plattsburgh’s spring 2015 commencement, which will take place on May 15.

Donna Ulisse Songwriting Book is Now an E-Book!

Donna UlisseThe Songwriter In Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process, written by singer songwriter and three time nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of The Year award, Donna Ulisse, is now available as an e-book. As more readers move to reading books on various electronic devices, Hadley Music Group wanted to ensure that Ulisse's book was available in a digital format. Readers can now find it in the Amazon Kindle store, Barnes and Noble Nook store and as an iBook in iTunes.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Announces 2015 finalists

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2015. Now in its 23rd 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 2015, presented by Window World, takes place from April 23-26 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

"Reno's Old Time Music" April Lineup: Larry Sparks, Steve Gulley & More

Larry SparksNashville, TN -- "Reno's Old Time Music" keeps things hopping in April with another great lineup! The month begins with family and the legacy of today's Reno & Harrell. Then, Larry Sparks celebrates 50 years in the business with performances of new material and few of his signature songs. And you don't want to miss masterful tenor and award-winning songwriter Steve Gulley & Friends. Finally, climb aboard as Ronnie hits the road and travels to one of his favorite traditional music hotspots, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center!

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Release New Video with Kentucky Headhunters

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with The Kentucky HeadhuntersNashville, TN -- Bluegrass crowd-favorites Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road along with Grammy award-winning The Kentucky Headhunters have joined forces to record and release "Runnin' Water," a collaboration that can be found on the forthcoming Country Grass, which will be released by Pinecastle Records on June 9. The music video for "Runnin' Water," premiered exclusively on The Boot, and is available on iTunes. Radio can download the new single via AirplayDirect.

Concord Music Group Acquires Sugar Hill & Vanguard Records

Sugar Hill Joins Concord Music Group Concord Music Group is extremely pleased to announce that it has acquired renowned independent record labels Vanguard and Sugar Hill from the Welk Music Group.

Kentucky Commits $5-Million for International Bluegrass Music Center Building

International Bluegrass Music MuseumOwensboro, KY - In a press conference Wednesday morning at the Owensboro Convention Center, Governor Steve Beshear announced plans for the state of Kentucky to provide an additional $5 million towards the International Bluegrass Music Center. Several state and local government officials spoke during the press conference including Representative Tommy Thompson, state Senator Joe Bowen, Mayor Ron Payne, and Bluegrass Museum chairmen, Terry Woodward and Rosemary Conder.

“Pull Your Savior In” by Larry Stephenson Band Charts #1

Pull Your Savior InNashville, TN -- The Larry Stephenson Band’s single, “Pull Your Savior In” is #1 on this month’s Singing News Magazine Top 10 Bluegrass Song Chart. The song was written by Stephenson and is the title track of the group’s all-gospel album that was recently honored with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Release "Brown County Red" to Radio

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutCumming, Ga. -- Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are proud to announce the long awaited release of new music on their newly formed label, Break-A-String. "Brown County Red," the first single from the band's upcoming album, The Test of Tyme, was delivered to radio stations Tuesday. Their new album, The Test of Tyme, is due to be released this summer.

Doug Bartlett Joins Hammertowne

Doug BartlettWith the release of a brand new album, Highways & Heartaches, just days away, Hammertowne has added another weapon to their arsenal. Doug Bartlett, a seasoned veteran on the bluegrass circuit, joins the Hammertowne band on fiddle and vocals. Doug has cut quite a large path through the years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver(recording no less than 3 albums), The Lonesome River Band, The James King Band, and Del McCoury to name a few.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Assoc to hold 50th Anniversary Concert

Oregon Oldtime Fiddler's AssociationOregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Association (OOTFA) is presenting a Celebration Concert featuring State and National Champion Fiddlers at their 50th Annual State Convention at the Polk County Fairgrounds on April 10th, from 7 to 10 pm.

Record Store Day Coming April 18th

Record Store Day April 18, 2015The party in 2015 will once again cement Record Store Day’s legacy as the music industry’s biggest holiday, celebrating the culture of the independent record store worldwide on Saturday, April 18th. Each year, artists and lables release their vinyl offerings for this special day. The offerings include almost every genre and style and there's always something for bluegrass music fans too.

Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers at Carter Fold Saturday

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 4th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities.

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