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New Bobby Osborne Video, “I've Gotta Get a Message to You”

Bobby OsborneThe Tennessean premiered the video for the pop-grass cover of the 1970s Bee Gees hit, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" -- Bobby Osborne's first video! This premiere video featurs Rob Ickes, Claire Lynch, Sierra Hull, Trey Hensley, Stuart Duncan, producer/banjoist Compass co-founder Alison Brown, and the man himself. Alison put together this cast of bluegrass music's finest players and singers for the Original project, all of whom were all excited and honored to be recording with a living legend. The album's 10 tracks feature interesting and unexpected musical pairings.

Molly Tuttle Rises Up With New Solo EP

Molly Tuttle - RiseNashville, TN -- Award-winning songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist Molly Tuttle turns a new corner with Rise, her debut as a solo artist. Produced by Kai Welch, the seven-song EP will be independently released on June 2nd. Already a familiar face in bluegrass circles and folk festivals, where she's been performing since the age of eleven, Tuttle widens her reach with Rise. "I wanted to push outside the box," she says of the EP, whose songs mix the fiery fretwork of her acoustic guitar with banjo, fiddle, drums, pump organ, electric guitar, and other flourishes. "It was a good step to finding my own sound, and not staying tied to the traditional bluegrass sound. I grew up playing bluegrass and I still love it, but I'm influenced by other styles of music, too. I really wanted to create something original."

Nu-Blu Unveils “Vagabonds” with CD Release Concert

VagabondsJoin Nu-Blu at the Earl Scruggs Center to celebrate the release of Nu-Blu's latest project Vagabonds. The album will serve as the award winning band’s sixth studio album, and is set for release on April 28. The album is fueled by the latest lead single, “Still Small Voice” featuring Country Music Hall of Fame Statler Brothers member Jimmy Fortune. The CD Release event takes place Saturdasy, April 22nd from 4 to 7 pm at the Earl Scruggs Center located at 103 S. Lafayette St. in Shelby, North Carolina. Ticckets are just $15 for General Admission. Exhibits open for Nu-Blu Release guests at 4 pm and will be followed by a 4:30 Meet & Greet with CD signing by the band. A concert follows the signing. This event will be a great chance to get up close and personal with the band as they perform and give retrospect of some of their fan favorites as well as new songs on the new album. While at the meet and greet, check out the 1944 Martin D-28 Dreadnought guitar owned and used in performance and recordings by Lester Flatt and Keith Whitley and hear it played by Nu-Blu during their performance! More information is available by clicking here.

American Banjo Museum Presents "America's Super Picker: Roy Clark"

America's Super Picker - Roy ClarkOklahoma City, OK -- American Banjo Museum's newest exhibit, America's Super Picker: Roy Clark, focuses on Oklahoma's own country music and entertainment legend. The exhibit, which features stage costumes and an instrument from Clark's private collection, opens April 7th at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City's historic Bricktown district.

The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage

The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passageperformer, James Reams, takes the viewer through a series of life-changing events that contributed to his longevity and success as a bluegrass band leader. One near death experience, a brief but powerful time being homeless, and a career-threatening surgery combined to make James what he is today…an example of what courage, determination, and optimism – mixed with a whole lot of faith – can accomplish.

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain Empire at Carter Fold

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain EmpireSaturday, April 15th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and Fiddling Leona and their group The Mountain Empire. Also featured on the show will be students from the Hazard Community and Technical Colleges Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music and their Program Director Dean Osborne, Jr.

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys Release Single

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain BoysCoeburn, VA -- Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his late father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing. These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.

Dave Adkins Trio Releases "Turn to Jesus"

Turn to JesusWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records announces the release of Turn to Jesus, the latest album from Dave Adkins and the first from the Dave Adkins Trio. Last year, Adkins, who has released three chart-topping albums for Mountain Fever Records, partnered with two close friends, Richie Rose and David Taylor, to sing in a small local church. The result was something even Adkins could not have predicted. A cellphone video of the stripped-down, guitar and vocals-only performance was posted on social media and captured the attention and hearts of so many, that the demand for more suddenly became very apparent. And thus, the Dave Adkins Trio was born.

Ray Cardwell’s Bluegrass Soul Tops Roots and Folk Music Charts

Tennessee MoonNashville, TN -- With initial reviews citing bluegrass soul artist/bassist Ray Cardwell’s soaring, four-octave vocals and infallible groove, radio airplay charts are reflecting his impact in folk and roots music, as well as the bluegrass world. The much-anticipated January release for the Pinecastle Records recording artist’s Tennessee Moon landed in the Top 20 CDs for the month of January by Bluegrass Today National Radio Airplay. At press time the album had charted in the top 10 (peaking at #3) during the past 11 weeks in the Roots Music Report bluegrass chart, which tracks airplay from more than 150 DJs who play roots-based music worldwide. During the month of March, Tennessee Moon was the #8 album on the Folk DJ chart and Cardwell was the 12th most played artist.

Jeff Little Trio Concert at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Jeff Little TrioHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 8th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band – the Jeff Little Trio. Hotshot rockabilly pianist Jeff Little comes from Boone, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, where he grew up surrounded by music. Jeff began to play piano at age five. His family owned a music store, and musicians of all persuasions dropped by to play a few tunes with the kid, which helps account for Jeff's mastery of a range of styles.

Bobby Osborne Releases Single “They Call The Wind Maria”

Bobby Osborne - OriginalNashville, TN — Bobby Osborne is one of bluegrass music's true innovators. His trailblazing work with The Osborne Brothers, who charted 13 Billboard Country top 100 hits in the 1960s and 70s, took the sounds of the banjo, mandolin and Bobby's one of a kind tenor voice to a mainstream radio audience – one of only a handful of acts in the history of bluegrass ever to have achieved cross over success. Blurring the boundaries between bluegrass and country music, The Osborne Brothers were the connective tissue between the first generation creators of bluegrass and the subsequent generation of newgrass musicians who, in turn, paved the way for the diversity and innovation that characterize contemporary bluegrass.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Announces 2017 Finalists

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestThe Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest, announces the finalists for the 2017 contest. MerleFest 2017, presented by Window World, takes place from April 27-30, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

Banjo Maestro Ned Luberecki Releases “Take Five”

Ned Luberecki - Take FiveNashville, TN -- Ned Luberecki's new album, Take Five, is independently released TODAY, March 31, 2017. A master of his instrument and adept in multiple styles Ned recorded at The Rec Room, Ben Surratt's studio in East Nashville this self produced, the 14-track album is a mix of originals and covers and clocks in at just under 45 minutes.

I Can't Buy Music Like I Used To -- I Don't Buy as Much Either

Record Store BuyersYears ago, I would make it a weekly or monthly endeavor to visit the huge record store with my friend. We would probably spend a few hours there exploring the albums from all genres and artists. These stores were isle after isle of thousands of different albums in each. The store probably held a million titles or more. Hundreds of people would be there besides us. From Bluegrass to Blues and Imports to Classical, it was always an adventure to go to the record store. We always bought a few albums -- some we had no idea about. We rarely got burned.

Becky Buller is "Speakin' to that Mountain" with New Release

Becky Buller - Speakin' To That MountainJoelton, TN -- With today's release of "Speakin' To That Mountain" by Becky Buller, Dark Shadow Recording proudly offers you a glimpse of Crêpe Paper Heart, the upcoming new album from the reigning IBMA Female Vocalist and Fiddle Player of The Year.

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