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Blue Highway's Wayne Taylor Hospitalized - Updated

Wayne TaylorBlue Highway's highly respected and much loved bass player, songwriter, and vocalist Wayne Taylor has been hospitalized on Friday, May 13, with heart surgery impending on Monday.

Announcing Summergrass Bluegrass Festival 2016

Summergrass 2016San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is pleased to announce our 2016 festival, marking our 14th year! Mark your calendar: August 19-21, 2016 for 3 days of stellar bluegrass music at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Rd., in Vista, California. You won't want to miss it! Summergrass San Diego is Southern California's most exciting bluegrass music festival! In addition to 3 days of live music from national, regional and local bands, there will be music workshops presented by our performing artists, as well as a variety of special family & kid-oriented music activities, lots of spontaneous live jam sessions, instrument raffles, tasty food and a variety of vendors. Enjoyable whether you're 6 or 60. It's a great, affordable, family event ... and it's not too far to drive!

First Wave of Fretboard Summit Performers & Speakers Announced

Fretboard Summit PerformersThe Fretboard Summit 2016 takes place in San Diego on October 14-16. It's quickly shaping up to be another fantastic gathering. Throughout the weekend, we'll hear from some of our magazine's favorite performers, builders and subjects. As before, the Fretboard Journal will be gathering videos, lectures and podcasts for our website and magazine but there's nothing like experiencing this annual gathering in person. The first round of speakers and performers for the 2016 Fretboard Summit, taking place October 14-16 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California, has now been released.

Birthplace of Country Music Receives Multiple Honors

Birthplace of Country Music HonorsBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol, took home top honors at the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's (NETTA) 19th annual Pinnacle Awards, including "Best of Show" for BCM's interactive remote exhibit at the Bristol, Virginia Welcome Center. BCM received two Pinnacle Awards for its public relations and advertising campaigns surrounding the CD release of Orthphonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, an award was given for the organization's website, and one for the economic impact of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, which is estimated to add more than $16 million in tax revenue for Bristol and the surrounding region.

Sister Sadie Joins Pinecastle Records Artist Roster

Sister SadiePinecastle Records has signed bluegrass group Sister Sadie, and released the group’s first single, “Unholy Water,” from their upcoming self-titled album. The group will be at The Station Inn in Nashville for an album preview performance on May 13.

Mountain Fever Signs Kentucky Mountain Trio

Kentucky Mountain TrioWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed Appalachian bluegrass gospel group, Kentucky Mountain Trio, to their label. The band has already begun work on their debut album for Mountain Fever Records, due for release early this fall.

Barry Mitterhoff Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Barry MitterhoffScotch Plains, NJ -- Mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual New Jersey Folk Festival. “I’m honored and excited about getting this Lifetime Achievement Award for playing and teaching bluegrass music in New Jersey over the last 47 years,” says Barry.

Kentucky Bluegrassers NewTown Release "Harlan Road" July 8th

Harlan RoadNashville, TN -- Kentucky Bluegrassers NewTown bring hard-traveled backroad tales to life on their new CD, Harlan Road (Mountain Home Music Company). Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Barry Bales, the 11-track outing, due in stores on July 8, combines fresh, down-to-earth songs, complex instrumentation and mesmerizing vocals that offer listeners a feast for the senses. Fans can pre-order the CD now on iTunes.

Edgar Loudermilk's "Georgia Maple" Released to Radio

Georga MapleEdgar Loudermilk and Pinecastle Records are pleased to announce that the highly anticipated solo record Georgia Maple, has been released to radio programmers today via AirPlay Direct.

Learn About Song Choices for James Reams' “Rhyme & Season”

Behind The SongsAfter finishing his college degree, James decided that the Big Apple was the place to be if he wanted to make it in the music business. So he hopped on a Greyhound bus with 2 cardboard boxes and headed off to NYC. Once there, he was immediately drawn to the music scene at Greenwich Village. Fortunately, he was taken under the wing of Tom Paley from the New Lost City Ramblers and even cut an album with the legendary performer.

Big Country Bluegrass at Carter Fold this Saturday

Big Country BluegrassSaturday, May 14th 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Big Country Bluegrass. Big Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small, intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music.

Ace Hotel and Martin Guitar Support Artists and Communities

Ace Hotel & Martin Guitars New York, NY -- Ace Hotel and Martin Guitar have been friends and partners for a half-decade now, cultivating a collaboration that's deeply rooted in a shared passion for music and the desire to support those who make it. In 2016, Martin and Ace Hotel will evolve their partnership from in-room strumming and 5 at 5 into a two-part initiative that centers around public outreach and an openhanded support towards musicians.

First Round of AmericanaFest Performers Announced

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced today the first 70 of more than 180 artists slated to perform at the 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from September 20-25 in Nashville, TN. The six-day festival will fill the city with legends, newcomers, award winners, and buzz bands, showcasing the breadth of Americana's influence. With over 180 artists and bands scheduled, the event promises to be, as described by MOJO Magazine, the "roots alternative to the GRAMMYs and South by Southwest." A list of the first round of performers can be found below.

Reno's Old Time Music: "Hand-Picked" Favorites All May

Ronnie RenoNashville, TN -- Longstanding TV host and recent Preservation Hall of Greats inductee (SPBGMA), Ronnie Reno, gets hundreds of messages each month from fans about favorite shows, performances, archival videos and artists on his award-winning show, "Reno's Old Time Music." Compiling these suggestions, Reno has put together an entire month of "hand-picked" favorites to enjoy throughout May.

Mountain Heart Releases "Blue Skies"

Blue SkiesNashville, TN May 6th, 2016 — Available today on Compass Records, Mountain Heart returns with Blue Skies, their first studio album in five years. The same soulfulness that gave the band its name in the first place is still there, but now voiced through a blend of musicians that make room not just for their bluegrass legacy, but also singer/songwriter ballads, classic country, R&B, and modern folk pop.

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