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Clinch Mountain Music Fest Saturday at Carter Family Fold

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Clinch Mountain Music Fest is ready for its 11th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music. Admission to the festival’s concerts is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and under 6 free. Doors at the Carter Fold open at 5 p.m., and the show kicks off a bit early at 7:00 p.m. – 30 minutes earlier than our normal start time.

Steep Canyon Rangers, Dori Freeman Perform June 17

Steep Canyon RangersThe Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to welcome back the Steep Canyon Rangers to the outdoor amphitheater on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Rising local artist Dori Freeman opens the show. The concert is a featured presentation of The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming.

Larry Cordle, Ralph Stanley II Lend a Hand on ‘Heart of Appalachia’

Heart of AppalachiWise County, VA -- A new song about Southwest Virginia, by emerging singer/songwriter Kaitlyn Baker, has been tapped as the official theme song for tourism in the region. Baker, who is from Wise County, Virginia, wrote “Heart of Appalachia” with longtime collaborator Scott Arnold.

Special Consensus Celebrates 40 Years with “Long I Ride”

Long I RideNashville, TN -- Long I Ride celebrates Special Consensus’ 40th anniversary as a band with an engaging set of songs and guest collaborations that’s certain to garner more acclaim. The title track, written by former band member Robbie Fulks, showcases each of the three vocalists in the group including newcomer/mandolinist Nick Dumas. Bluegrass favorites Della Mae join the band for a fresh take on the Larry Cordle classic “Highway 40 Blues” and label mates Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, together with producer/banjoist Alison Brown, deliver a blistering version of the Josh Graves penned standard “Fireball.”

Mountain Fever Presents “Welcome Home” from The Gospel Plowboys

Welcome HomeWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of a brand new album from The Gospel Plowboys. Welcome Home is available to radio and consumers today! The Gospel Plowboys, based in Salisbury, NC, combines the talents of David Murph (mandolin), John Goodson (banjo), Michael Jenkins (guitar), David Brown (guitar, bass), Andrew Brown (bass, dobro) and Kris Miller (guitar). Between the six musicians, five are vocalists as well.

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass at Bluegrass Underground Saturda

Danny Paisley and the Southern GrassThis Saturday, June 11th at 1pm CST, The Volcano Room will host a microcosm of the classic bluegrass argument, featuring Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass with Cabinet. A double bill of an absolutely, 100 percent classic bluegrass band and a hot young group that is pushing the boundaries of that style just as hard as they can. Read the full preview for this show here... Avoid the crowds and the heat, cave is always naturally cool!

Passim to Host 2nd Annual Summer BCMFest July 3rd

Bonston Celtic Music FestCambridge, MA -- Club Passim will once again bring Celtic music to Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. For the second year, Club Passim will host Summer BCMFest, Boston’s Celtic Music Fest, during Boston’s Independence Day weekend on Sunday, July 3. This year’s Summer BCMFest will include a free afternoon outdoor concert on Palmer Street at 2:30 P.M. followed by a ticketed concert at night in the club.

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon Preparing Debut Album

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee MoonAfter several months in the studio with guitar legend/producer Pat Flynn, Ray’s debut solo album,Tennessee Moon, is ALMOST done and ready to be mastered. To help wrap things up, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign. For info on the project and a list of fabulous perks for supporters, please visit the “Help Ray Finish His CD” page here. There are only eight days remaining in the campaign!

The O'Connor Band to Release "Coming Home" August 5th

The O'Connor Band - Coming HomeNashville, TN - The O'Connor Band, the family band led by acclaimed musician and composer Mark O'Connor, has announced they will release their debut album, Coming Home, August 5 on Rounder. Throughout the 12-song album, the O'Connor Band draws upon a deep well of talent and tradition to make music whose sonic and emotional appeal transcends time and genre, demonstrating an effortless rapport that underlines the group's family roots as well as its prestigious collective pedigree.

2016 American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

J.D. CroweOklahoma City, OK -- The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City is pleased to announce the 2016 inductees into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. The National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor jazz age four-string banjo pioneers as well as the contemporary artists, educators, manufacturers and promoters who carried on the traditions of their predecessors. The American Banjo Museum was, in its infancy, an extension of that Hall of Fame.

Martin Guitar Expands its Popular Junior Series

The DreadnoughtNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co. ® debuts a new Junior Series model, the D Jr. 2 Sapele, crafted with sapele top, back and sides, at the upcoming 2016 Summer NAMM Trade Show. First introduced at 2015 Winter NAMM, the D Jr. E (also available without electronics) https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/junior/ has quickly become a favorite amongst guitar enthusiasts and popular singer/songwriters. The new D Jr. 2 Sapele will be available without electronics and the D Jr. 2E Sapele will come equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics.

Lou Reid and Carolina Are Rollin’ On with New Album

Lou Reid and Carolina - Rollin’ OnOlin, NC -- The award-winning Lou Reid and Carolina have announced the digital release of their new album, Rollin’ On is now available for purchase at www.LouReidAndCarolina.com. Physical albums will be available for purchase June 10.

IBMA Health Fair Returns to World of Bluegrass

World of Bluegrass 2016Nashville, TN -- It can be tough to be in the music industry and have access to quality healthcare. Whether you are an artist, business owner, event producer or whatever your role in the industry, it can be a challenge to keep yourself healthy and find affordable providers for your healthcare needs.

NewTown's "Harlan Road" Debuts - Due in Stores July 8

Harlan RoadNashville, TN -- NewTown's "Harlan Road" premiered earlier this week. The title track of the group's newest CD, due in stores July 8, "Harlan Road" is available for free download to fans who pre-order the Harlan Road CD from iTunes. Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Barry Bales, the 11-track outing is on the Mountain Home Music Company label. Footage of the recording can be seen below.

Get Ready for New England’s Largest Family Bluegrass Festival

Blistered FingersLitchfield, ME -- Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival location is at the Litchfield Fairgrounds (30 Plains Road, Litchfield, Maine). Directions are located on the flyers or on the Web site. Performers include The Moron Brothers, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, The Bluegrass Brothers, The Edgar Loudermilk Band, Zink & Company, The Baker Family , Trinity River Band, The Misty Mountaineers, Robinson’s Bluegrass Gospel and the host band, Blistered Fingers.

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