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Levi Austin Makes Major Moves In His Career

Levi AustinNashville, TN -- Levi Austin is making some critical, evolutionary decisions in the direction and growth of his career. We are pleased to announce that he has made the decision to move to Nashville. Levi played his last show with his band Nu-Blu that he had been with for 10 years; it was not an easy decision for him. Levi wishes nothing but the best for his friends in their career. It was a sad moment in his life, but it is time for Levi to take advantage of the multiple career opportunities available to him at this time.

ClayBank to Randy's Pickin' Parlor Stage August 12

ClayBankClayBank finished 3rd in The International Band Competition at SPBGMA in Nashville TN last February. The video below has the 3 songs ClayBank performed in the in the 3rd and Final Round. Their first song - "I Believe" was followed by "Stepping Stone" and their performance wrapped up with "Say You'll Stay in My Arms."

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Schedule Released

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunin 2016Bristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has released the day schedule for it’s 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, to be held September 16-18, 2016. With the release of the schedule, single-day passes are also now available for purchase. Buy your tickets here.

New Gospel Single from Bluegrass Express

Bluegrass ExpressElizabeth, IL -- Plum River Records is proud to announce the release of "Answer to My Prayer," the highly anticipated first single from an upcoming gospel album by Bluegrass Express. The single features Greg Underwood on bass and lead vocals, band patriarch Gary Underwood on guitar, third generation member Jacob Underwood, on banjo and tenor vocals, 18 year old musical prodigy Nate Burie on mandolin and baritone vocals, and special guest and former Grand Ole Opry staff musician, Tim Crouch, on fiddle.

The McLain Family Band Brings Appalachian Bluegrass to Carter Fold

McLain Family BandHiltons, VA -- On Saturday, August 13th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by a long time popular group at the Fold, the McLain Family Band. Direct from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing contemporary Appalachian bluegrass music. During the years 1968 – 1990, they performed in all 50 states and 62 countries during 14 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band played at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center and the Carter Fold. They were featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras.

He's Back! Wayne Taylor Returns to Blue Highway

Wayne TaylorBristol, VA/TN -- Wayne Taylor is primed to return to full-time touring with Blue Highway on Saturday, August 13, 2016, for the prestigious Mountain Stage concert and Live Performance Radio Program at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV.

BMI to Challenge 100% Licensing in Federal Court

BMINew York, NY -- ASCAP and BMI, the country's two leading performing rights organizations (PROs) collectively representing more than one million songwriters, composers and music publishers, have joined forces to fight the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent interpretation of their respective consent decrees and to push for consent decree reform. United in their belief that the DOJ's decision to mandate 100% licensing will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace and place unfair financial burdens and creative constraints on songwriters and composers, the two organizations are pursuing a joint campaign: BMI through litigation and ASCAP through legislative reform.

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Lineup and Activities

Deep Roots Mountain Revival FestivalMasontown, WV) - Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival is proud to announce the daily performance schedule for its inaugural music and arts festival on September 15-18, 2016. Top-tier bluegrass, jam band, rock and country acts will convene on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, the original site for the All Good Festival.

Canadian Songwriters Inspire Claire Lynch's New Album

North By SouthNashville, TN -- Three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner and 2016 nominee, Claire Lynch pays homage to Canadian songwriters through a set of bluegrass and Americana tracks on her new album North By South. Inspired by her recent marriage to a Canadian, Lynch began to dig into the vast catalog of songs written by Canadian songwriters. Working with Alison Brown in the producer’s chair, she delivers stand out versions of Ron Sexsmith’s “Cold Hearted Wind” with Jerry Douglas on Dobro, the catchy “Kingdom Come” written by Old Man Luedecke featuring Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and the gorgeous maritime ballad “Molly May” written by Cape Breton’s J.P. Cormier. Lynch also offers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles (“Black Flowers”), Dave Francey (“Empty Train”) and Gordon Lightfoot (“It's Worth Believing”).

Travis Tritt Joins Chris Stapleton on Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam

Travis TrittNashville, TN -- Country crooner Travis Tritt will be joining Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock and Larry The Cable Guy to celebrate with Charlie Daniels at his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on November 30 at Bridgestone Arena. Tritt, known for hits like “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive,” “Anymore,” “Help Me Hold On” and more, will join Daniels on stage for what will be remembered as one of the best Volunteer Jams to date. Tickets for the much anticipated event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25.00.

Elvis Presley to Release New Dual Album on CD & Vinyl

RCA Records and Legacy Recordings release Way Down in the Jungle Room, a definitive new collection of Elvis Presley's last studio recordings! The most complete and comprehensive collection of Presley's final studio recordings ever assembled in one anthology, Way Down in the Jungle Room is an essential and welcome addition for every fan's library. In the mid-1970s, Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, became another kind of pioneer as one of the world's first major recording artists to create fully-realised professional level records in the intimacy of his own home studio.

Rounder Artist The Lonely Heartstring Band Sign Endorsement with AirPlay Direct

Deep Waters AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce the signing of The Lonely Heartstring Band to an AirPlay Direct Artist Endorsement Deal. Four of the five band members of The Lonely Heartstring Band met while students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. They are the winners of the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Award, and feature Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin). The Boston-based bluegrass quintet released their debut album Deep Waters June 3 on Rounder Records.

FreshGrass Releases Daily Schedule and Single-Day Tickets

Old Crow Medicine ShowNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's (MASS MoCA) presents three days of music across all spheres of the bluegrass and roots world when more than 50 musicians take the stage in North Adams on September 16-18, 2016. MASS MoCA’s annual festival releases its day-by-day schedule, and single-day tickets for the three-day event go on sale on Thursday, August 4, at 10am.

Dwight Yoakam Ventures into Bluegrass with New Album

Dwight YoakamDwight Yoakam is set to release Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... September 23 on Sugar Hill Records. The new album will feature bluegrass reinventions. North American tour dates in support of the new release have been confirmed. The new album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. Yoakam’s choice to partner with Sugar Hill for this release speaks volumes about the seriousness of this endeavor; Sugar Hill and its sister label Rounder have long been at the forefront of bluegrass, roots, and Americana music.

Exciting Future Ahead for Fiddler Greg Moore

Hollow Box RhythmExtraordinary bluegrass fiddle player, Greg Moore has had a very full and honorable career so far, playing on stage with some of the most respected names in the business, including the Dave Evans and Riverbend, Tony Holt and The Wildwood Boys, Melvin Goins, The James King Band and Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice.

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