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Blue Highway to Perform National Anthem for Top NBA and NCAA Games

Blue HighwaayKingsport, TN -- Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform the National Anthem for the biggest pro basketball game of the season in Charlotte as the Charlotte Hornets take on the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs at Time-Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, January 14. Tip off will be at 7:00 PM, with coverage by SportsSouth television network and WFNZ 610 AM Radio.

Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Applications Open Thursday Jan. 15

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Nashville, TN -- The 2015 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 29 - October 1, once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and all emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply. Online Application opens January 15 at 9am (CST)

Join Ralph Stanley for his 88th Birthday Celebration Feb 21

Dr. Ralph StanleyThe Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center will host Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 88th Birthday Dinner and Fundraiser at the Holiday Inn off exit 7 in Bristol, VA at 6:30pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Celebrate Dr. Stanley’s 88th birthday (born February 25, 1927) with Dr. Stanley himself. A first-class dinner will be served which will include your choice of fried catfish with white country gravy, slow roasted beef brisket, or herbed grilled chicken. All entrees will be accompanied by tossed Salad with assorted dressings, mashed potatoes, southern green beans, and rolls and butter. Desert will be white chocolate bread pudding with Irish cream sauce.

‘David Holt’s State of Music’ Examines Future of Mountain Music

David Holt and Rhiannon GiddensAsheville’s David Holt has found many ways over the years to present mountain music to the world. He performs the music himself and helps spread the tradition of mountain music, its history and its people, through stories, photography and television. In David Holt's State of Music, David introduces viewers to modern masters of traditional music in the Southern mountains and remembers the legends who taught him.

Cedar Creek Management Announces The Burrows Brothers

The Burrows Brothers BandAdam and Jake Burrows, former members of Lonesome Will Mullins' band have formed a new band to carry on the traditional music that they love. This lineup allows the band to do more brother duets, as it moves Adam to the frontline on guitar and lead vocals, his brother Jake on banjo and tenor vocals. Rounding out the group is Mike Walker on mandolin/baritone vocals and Wes Deaton bassfiddle/bass vocals.

Tim White & Friends Picking Bluegrass at Carter Fold Saturday

Tim WhiteTim White is the banjo picker, guitar picker, and baritone singer for the VW Boys. Through his many years of performing, radio, and production, Tim is both well-known and well-connected in bluegrass and old time circles throughout the U.S. and abroad. Tim will bring along some of the region’s finest musicians for this special show at the Carter Family Fold. Saturday, January 17th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tim White and Friends. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

WoodSongs Front Porch Association Gathering Sept 25 & 26, 2015

WoodSongs Front Porch Association GatheringThe WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA) Gathering is set for Sept 25 & 26 at the historic Museum of Appalachia, located on I-75 at the Kentucky/Tennessee line, just 8 miles from the famous Rocky Top. The Gathering will be held on eleven beautiful acres at the cabin village of over 40 log structures and porches. Showcases, workshops, lectures, films, children's stages, great food and a lot of music are planned.

Blake Johnson Returns to Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Blake JohnsonLast year, Blake Johnson became seriously ill with a blood disease that landed him in the hospital for an extended stay of 8 weeks in Duke University Hospital. This forced him to be off the road and the band continued with a replacement. The band is happy to report that Blake is well and back performing in his role. Russell Moore wrote, "We are so thankful to have Blake Johnson back on the road with us! He's doing wonderful, recovering well, and singing and playing better than ever! We already performed our first show of the new year at a place that is very dear to our hearts, Galax, VA."

Monroe Crossing Releasing New Album Because You Asked

 Because You AskedBluegrass music favorites Monroe Crossing spent 2014 collecting live recordings of their most requested tunes. The band has picked out their favorite cuts and are oh-so-close to releasing a new live Monroe Crossing CD entitled, Because You Asked. The new album will be a live collection of their songs and they hope to have it out real soon. In fact, the band has already shipped the tracks off for pressing!

Wood & Wire Releases Follow-Up Album "The Coast" Feb. 3

 The CoastAustin, TX -- Building on its celebrated self-titled debut album, Austin-based acoustic band Wood & Wire is set to unveil a follow-up release, The Coast, on February 3, 2015. The Coast, a coming-of-age collection of original songs with a coastal theme, Wood & Wire worked again with Grammy-nominated engineer and producer, Erick Jaskowiak. From J Studios in Nashville, the fitting pair came together to produce a fine album featuring mature songwriting, skilled arrangements, and memorable song forms.

Charlie Daniels to Appear on "NRA All Access" on the Outdoor Channel

Charlie DanielsNashville, TN -- Let freedom ring, as Charlie Daniels takes to The National Rifle Association's third season of NRA All Access on The Outdoor Channel to shed light on his diehard passion for guns and rifles, and why he's so committed to protecting America's right to bear arms. Highly noted for his multiple chart-topping hits and stand-out instrumental talent that has catapulted him into international stardom, it's no secret Daniels is also an enthusiastic outdoorsman and longtime friend of the NRA. Tune in this Friday, January 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET to watch.

Track Premier "My Way Is The Highway" from Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Before The Sun Goes DownNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association’s 15-time Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes and rising singer/guitarist Trey Hensley are excited to premier "My Way Is The Highway" on The Bluegrass Situation where it is currently the Song Of The Week. Their debut album, Before The Sun Goes Down, is out January 13th.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Voted "Best of the Blue Ridge"

Best of the Blue RidgeReaders of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine voted Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion "Best Festival" in the periodical's 2015 Best of the Blue Ridge Issue, on newsstands now. More than 5,000 people took part in the poll.

ICMC Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel Announced

Charles K. WolfeThe Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel at the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) should be very intriguing as always. The Wolfe Panel for ICMC 2015 is titled “A Retrospective: The 45th Anniversary of Paul Hemphill’s “Nashville Sound, Bright Lights, and Country Music.” It will be masterfully chaired by Dr. Patrick Huber (Missouri University of Science and Technology) and include recording artist Bill Anderson, Dr. David Anderson (Louisiana Tech), Dr. Don Cusic (Belmont University), Dr. Tim Dodge (Special Collections of the Hemphill papers at Auburn University), and Ms. Sharon Thomason of Dahlonega, Georgia. The Hemphill book is being reissued by the University of Georgia Press in recognition of its significance in the history of country music scholarship.

Bluegrass Master Doyle Lawson: Class is In Session Jan 20

Doyle LawsonNashville, TN --- The release date for In Session from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is January 20, and pre-orders are available now. Mountain Home Music Company will release In Session from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in a few days but pre-orders are available now at iTunes and Amazon. For exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s live shows and recorded projects are unmatched.

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