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Larry Stephenson Band to Release “Weep Little Willow”

Weep Little WillowNashville, TN -- Whysper Dream Music is proud to announce the new album, Weep Little Willow by the Larry Stephenson Band, will be released on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Wayne Henderson and Friends at Carter Fold Saturday

Wayne HendersonHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 24th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band - Wayne Henderson and Friends. Wayne Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about twenty instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin.

Introducing the New

Rebel RecordsCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is excited to announce the roll out of its new and improved website. The site,, highlights Rebel's outstanding roster of current talent while also reflecting on the significant impact the label has had in shaping bluegrass music for the last half century.

Bluegrass Fiddler Michael Cleveland Announces New Album

Fiddler's DreamNashville, TN -- Michael Cleveland is one of bluegrass music's great treasures: a 10-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year winner and 2016 nominee, Cleveland captured the attention of the bluegrass community as a child prodigy who performed on the Grand Ole Opry with Alison Krauss when he was only 13 years old. But he became a viral video sensation this summer with a virtuosic impromptu performance of "Jerusalem Ridge" that racked up over 6 million views in just a few days. Now mainstream music fans are discovering what the bluegrass community has known for years—that Michael Cleveland is one of the most important fiddle players of his generation.

Wayne Taylor to be Inducted into Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame

Wayne TaylorBristol, VA/TN – Blue Highway's highly respected bass player, songwriter, and vocalist Wayne Taylor will be honored as the 2016 Inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield, VA, on Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 pm.

Rounder Records Readies Three Mark O'Connor Digital Reissues

Pickin’ in the WindNashville, TN -- Rounder Records is pleased to announce the digital re-release of the first three albums by acoustic multi-instrumentalist Mark O’Connor. O’Connor’s early recordings document not only the start of a career that would make its mark on the full range of American music, from bluegrass to classical to jazz, but also a portrait of a young virtuoso who could hold his own with many of the best musicians in bluegrass and old-time music. The three albums, which were never released on CD, are now available on all digital and streaming platforms.

New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters at Carter Fold

New Ballard’s Branch BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 17th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Rhiannon Giddens Wins Steve Martin Prize For Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

Los Angeles, CA -- Critically acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the recipient of the seventh annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described by T Bone Burnett as one of the “most profound musicians active today,” Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she sang and played banjo and fiddle. That group has long investigated and promoted the foundational role African-American performers and songwriters have played in folk-music history, while making recordings that are vital, contemporary, and exuberant.

Blue Highway's “Original Traditional” is Blue Hot!

Original TraditionalOriginal Traditional is the highly anticipated new studio album from the GRAMMY-nominated and multi-IBMA award-winning progressive bluegrass ensemble Blue Highway. If any Blue Highway album perfectly exemplifies "the essence of bluegrass music," this is it, combining the spirit, themes, and topics of traditional bluegrass, but through a set of 12 all-new originals from the band and co-writers. Original Traditional may well be the record that everyone has been waiting for from Blue Highway. From callous killings to struggling with sobriety, to the majesty and magic of the mountains, the songs evoke the timeless quality of bluegrass past, but showcase the voices and instrumental prowess of Blue Highway present, capturing a contemporary group at its creative peak.

The O’Connor Band Releases “Coming Home” Video

O’Connor Band Coming HomeThe O’Connor Band was number one again on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart again this past week. The O’Connor Band has just released a new video of the band performing “Coming Home” which features some skateboarding fiddle playing by Mark. Consisting of four master instrumentalists, The O'Connor Band is all family -- Grammy and CMA Award-winning Mark O'Connor (violin); Mark's wife, Maggie (violin); his son Forrest (mandolin); and Forrest's fiancé, Kate Lee (violin). 'Coming Home,' their 12-track debut album on Rounder Records, debuted at number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart last month. For all the instrumental virtuosity on display here, it is the songs - both Mark's instrumental compositions, and the vocal songs written by Forrest and Kate, the band's lead singers -- that are at the heart of this project. “Coming Home” is just one fine example presented on this album.

Grand Master Fiddler Championship Crowns 2016 Master

Maddie Denton Receives Grand Master Fiddler AwardThe Grand Master Champion for 2016 is Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Denton took home $1,200 in cash, a $500 gift certificate courtesy of D’Addario, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. The two-day 45th annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship is the nation’s premier championship event held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on September 3 and 4, 2016.

Radio Host, Joe Mullins, Receives Multiple Nominations

Joe MullinsNashville, TN -- Salem Media Group and Singing News Radio are proud to announce Joe Mullins, host of Front Porch Fellowship, has received multiple nominations for this year's International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. Additionally, Mullins' son, Daniel Mullins, freelance writer for Singing News Magazine has also received an IBMA nomination.

“There’s A Storm Coming”, a New Project by Carl Towns is Brewing

Carl TownsTime flies. Seven years have gone by in a flash.(Kind of like lightning.) That’s how long it has been since Carl Towns has released a new project into the Bluegrass world. His previous, “Songs From My Childhood Vol. 1”, came out in 2009 and remained strong for several years. And like that project, “There’s A Storm Coming” will be an all-gospel release. But this time it will be full of Carl’s original material, along with a few traditional songs.

Cybergrass Celebrates 24 Years of Bluegrass on the Net

CybergrassOn Friday, September 9th, Cybergrass - The Internet's Bluegrass Music News Magazine will celebrate 24 years of promoting bluegrass music on the world wide web. What started out as a learning and research project has evolved into one of the most popular bluegrass web sites in the world. Cybergrass, the world's oldest and highly respected bluegrass music web site, changed over to a new format a few years ago. The site continues to grow even with all the thousands of other bluegrass sites on the web. What a wonderful way to celebrate almost a quarter century of bluegrass information on the web!

Listening to Music - The Consumer and the Studio

Audio RecordingBack in the day, all the top hit albums were recorded on tape. Some on just four to eight tracks mixed down to two. Recording studios were populated with Teac, Ampex, JBL speakers, Tascam boards and, for the most part, were pretty much the same. The age of digital alteration didn't exist. You got what the mics recorded. Bands had to be good in the studio and well as on stage. Many albums were done in just a few takes -- some in just one. That music is still some of the finest ever recorded. No fancy exotic gear like we have today.


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