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Dust-to-Digital to Release Ola Belle Reed Book/CD Combination

Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon LineOne of the more interesting record labels for older music with a unique twist has always been Dust-to-Digital. The label has just announced their Book and CD media package Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line. This latest collection by Henry Glassie, Clifford R. Murphy and Douglas Dowling Peach should be a welcome addition to those who cherish the traditional mountain music of the past.

New Gibson Brothers "Brotherhood" CD and Contest

 BrotherhoodComing February 24th will be the latest album from bluegrass music favorites, The Gibson Brothers. Their newest album, Brotherhood is accompanied with a Deering Banjo contest. To celebrate the upcoming release of The Gibson Brothers’ new album Brotherhood, Paste is partnering with Rounder Records and Deering Banjos to give away a custom banjo valued at $749.

AirPlay Direct Continues As Year Round Sponsor Of IBMA

AirPlay Direct and IBMAAirPlay Direct is pleased to announce that their relationship continues to grow and evolve every year with IBMA… and this year is no exception. AirPlay Direct’s year-round sponsor relationship with IBMA will continue through 2015, with tangible benefits for IBMA Business Conference attendees and IBMA members.

Gold Heart Signs with Mountain Fever Records

Gold Heart with Mark Hodges courtesy East Public RelationsWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed Gold Heart to their label. The sister-trio's first single from their upcoming album will be released in early Spring. Gold Heart, featuring the Gold sisters Tori (mandolin), Jocey (guitar), and Shelby (fiddle) have been touring world wide and astounding audiences with their fun personalities, intense harmonies and brilliant musicianship since 2005. With nearly ten years on the bluegrass scene, hundreds of live performances and now four albums under their belt, Gold Heart is elated to join Mountain Fever Records. Of the trio, Keith Lawrence of Bluegrass Notes stated, "If angels sing bluegrass, this is what it sounds like."

Darrell Scott Announces Four-Day Songwriting Workshop

Darrell ScottNashville, TN -- SongFood is pleased to announce a Songwriting INTENSIVE, led by Darrell Scott, to be held at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN from May 25-28, 2015! Get ready for 4 full days of instruction and guidance to songwriting led by Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott. Immerse yourself in the vibrant setting and vibe that Music City (Nashville) has to offer while you discover the spiritual concepts that fire the creativity behind songs. Greenhorn or seasoned pro, this workshop is for you!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Glen Harlow Band at the Fold

Glen HarlowGlen Harlow has been singing and playing music since early childhood, learning to sing gospel music from his mother and father. He is a studio musician and a veteran of many Mountain Empire bluegrass and acoustic groups. Joining Glen will be a great lineup of accomplished and award-winning area musicians. Glen Rose, from Jonesboro, Tennessee, will be playing banjo. Rick Barker, from Mendota, Virginia, will be playing guitar and doing vocals. Kevin Jackson, from nearby Bristol, Virginia, is well-known to Carter Fold audiences as one of the finest fiddle players in our region. Kevin will be doing vocals and playing the fiddle. Mitchell Bentley, from Coeburn, Virginia, will be singing and playing the upright bass. The group will be doing old time and bluegrass instrumental favorites as well as traditional and progressive standards.

Nu-Blu Making Bluegrass Blue with Latest Track

Nu-Blu Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu, the bluegrass band who has been sweeping the nation, kicked off 2015 on a high note, playing several major cities and performing at the 113th edition of The NAMM SHOW, the annual music products convention staged by the National Association of Music Merchants in Anaheim, California. Keeping the momentum going, the band's latest track "That's What Makes the Bluegrass Blue," which features fellow Bluegrass favorite Rhonda Vincent, has been climbing the charts. In addition to debuting at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay Chart, the track has hit #1 on Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction Most-Played Tracks for the month of February. Radio can download the track, along with Nu-Blu's latest album All The Way, HERE.

Russell Moore Wins SPBGMA Male Vocalist Award

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutNashville, TN -- Russell Moore has been awarded the Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) Award by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) during a ceremony that took place Sunday, February 8th. Moore and his band, IIIrd Tyme Out, performed on Friday evening as part of the SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, but had to leave for shows in Kentucky and Ohio, keeping him from attending the awards program in person.

2015 'Song to Stage' Dates Announced with Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- Multi-award winning songwriter and veteran instructor Louisa Branscomb (Founder, Branscomb Mastercraft) and music's fastest rising act Nu-Blu, announce their collaboration to present a first-of-its-kind program called Song to Stage. The program will be hosted at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC from April 17-19. The workshop includes three days of workshops and three nights of accommodations in the Outer Banks. Reservations are now open HERE.

Snow Doesn't Stop the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival!

Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalWhile the Boston area has been blessed with extra white stuff this winter, we are ready to welcome you to the festival. As always, Joe Val will have great music, wonderful workshops and plenty of pickin', but we also offer the new Sunday night Dance Party! You won't want to miss this fun addition to the festival. Take a break from the shoveling and come join us at the Sheraton Framingham this coming weekend for the 30th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. It promises to be a fantastic weekend. Something for everyone.

WAMU's Bluegrass Country Airs Live Concert Friday

Joe Mullins and the Radio RamblersWashington, DC -- WAMU's Bluegrass Country will air a four-part live concert featuring exclusive performances by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and The Spinney Brothers on Friday, February 13th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm ET. The artists represent some of East Public Relations artists.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Capture 3 SPBGMA Awards

Lorraine JordanNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road took home three awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPBGMA)'s 41st Annual Bluegrass Awards on Sunday, February 8. The band received the SPBGMA's Song of the Year award for their hit, "That's Kentucky". Bandleader Lorraine Jordan was also named Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional).

Larry Stephenson Band Wins SPBGMA Album of the Year

Larry StephensonNashville, TN -- The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for Pull Your Savior In. The 41st SPBGMA Awards Show was held Sunday evening at the Nashville Sheraton Music City Hotel as part of the organization's multi-day convention that draws music fans from across the country.

Siblings Keeping the Sounds of a Tradition Alive

Marteka and William LakeMarteka and William Lake are not unfamiliar in the social media social media scene. Here we have a brother-sister duo that are trying to emulate the sound of other bluegrass artists but, in this case those artists are Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt! Cybergrass frequently focuses on youth in bluegrass and these two from Hacker Valley, West Virgina are bringing that focus directly on them. Marteka and William, as they're most commonly known, have just released their latest and fourth album, The Sounds of a Tradition consisting of 11 tracks of pure traditional bluegrass music. This album is hot on the heels of their 2013 release, True Grass Revival.

Rhonda Vincent SPBGMA's 2015 Entertainer of the Year

Rhonda Vicent & The RageNashville, TN -- Already one of the most decorated artists in Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent was named "Entertainer of the Year" at the 41st Annual SPBGMA (The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) Convention & Awards Show in Nashville this past Sunday. In addition to being named "Entertainer of the Year," Vincent, who was inducted into the SPBGMA Hall of Greats last year, took home "Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year." Earning their title as the most awarded band in Bluegrass Music, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage won "Bluegrass Band of the Year," while band member Josh Williams was honored with the "Master's Gold Award," which commemorates winning "Guitar Performer of the Year" a total of ten times, and band member Hunter Berry took home "Fiddle Performer of the Year."

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