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Joe Spann to Join International Bluegrass Music Association Staff

Joe SpannNashville, TN - The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) - the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community - announced that Joe Spann has joined the organization as Member Services Manager. Spann will be based at IBMA’s office in Nashville, Tennessee and will report to Executive Director Paul Schiminger. Joe’s duties will include maintaining direct communication with members regarding membership activation and renewal, identifying new programs to assist member career advancement, and coordinating the World of Bluegrass registration experience.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Anniversary Celebration Event

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- The dream began years ago and was realized one year ago when the Birthplace of Country Music's museum opened on August 1, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Referred to as the "big bang of country music," the 1927 Bristol Sessions changed the industry forever. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of Bristol's musical heritage and its impact on the world.

Bluegrass Underground Celebrates Birthday Aug 22

Stay Cool in the CaveThe Bluegrass Underground cave venue will celebrate their birthday August 22nd with the very first band to perform in the caverns, The Volunteer Stringband. "What a great place for a concert!" If you've been lucky enough to attend a show at Bluegrass Underground, those were likely your exact words when you turned the corner on the trail and saw, for the first time, the antique crystal chandelier hanging over the magnificent, underground amphitheater that is The Volcano Room. We've all said it, and lately, a lot of other folks have been making that same discovery.

Monroe Crossing Bringing Monroe's Music to Carter Family Fold

Monroe CrossingNamed in honor of Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass Music – Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Based in the twin cities of Minnesota, the group plays an average of 150 shows a year at intimate rooms, major venues, and festivals. This will be their second Carter Fold performance. Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Monroe Crossing. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Bluegrass Museum Announces Fall Concert Series

International Bluegrass Music Museum Announces Fall Concert SeriesOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum announced the schedule for their fall benefit concert series slated to begin August 26 and continuing through the month of December. The series will feature seven bluegrass and folk bands from across the United States starting with Mipso, a four-piece out of North Carolina on August 26.

Songwriters Festival Back in City of Gatlinburg for 4th Year

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2015Gatlinburg, TN -- The sounds of some of the biggest hits in country, gospel and bluegrass music will resonate through the streets of Gatlinburg when Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival comes to town August 19 through August 23. The festival will feature over 130 acts of songwriters and musicians who have shaped the top Billboard charts for generations as well as those just getting started in the music industry.

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Lineup Announced

Gettysburg Bluegrass FestivalGettysburg, PA -- The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival now in it’s 37th year, is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier bluegrass music events. This August marks the 71ST Festival to be held at scenic Granite Hill Camping Resort and will once again showcase four full days of music from the 13th through the 16th. With a combination of legendary performers and variety of hot up-and-comers, over 20 exceptional artists on two stages, the festival lineup is truly world class!

Quebec's New Richmond Bluegrass Festival Sept 1-6

Dailey & VincentQuebec's first & only buegrass music festival presents its 13th edition from August 30 to September 6, 2015. Don't miss seven days of music, camping & activities for the entire family! This year's lineup is our best ever featuring Dailey & Vincent (Tennessee), Rhonda Vincent & the Rage (Missouri), Special Consensus (Illinois), the Bluegrass Diamonds (New Brunswick), Ray Legere & Acoustic Horizon (New Brunswick), Goldwing Express (Missouri), Monroe (New Brunswick) and Simply Blue (New Brunswick). Special guest include the Clemville Kids, Out of Nowhere, Lily of the Valley, Nancy Vignola, Roger Lee Martin and more.

IBMA Film Festival Announces Selections for 2015 World of Bluegrass

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- Nine film projects – including two spotlighted feature films – have been selected for the IBMA’s 2nd Annual Bluegrass Film Festival. The film festival is part of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, presented by Chiesi USA, which takes place September 29-October 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

FreshGrass Announces 2015 Workshop Series

FreshGrass Workshop SeriesNorth Adams, MA -- Lively workshops focusing on instruments, bluegrass techniques — and known to break into legendary jam sessions — are a signature feature of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) FreshGrass festival. This year’s workshop lineup is a who’s who of Americana music talent, led by the inimitable finger-picker, Happy Traum; Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Music Program; and Grammy Award-winner Alison Brown. FreshGrass takes place on September 18–20, 2015, and turns all of MASS MoCA into a stage with a bold lineup of top-tier musicians, luthier demonstrations, pop-up concerts, family programming, downtown camping, and the FreshGrass Award — celebrating fresh talent through competitions in band, duo, banjo, and fiddle categories with more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. The 2015 lineup of performers includes Dwight Yoakam, Punch Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, Alison Brown, Willie Watson, Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin, Peter Rowan, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Mr. Sun, Flatt Lonesome, The Ballroom Thieves, Birds of Chicago, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, Cat and The Moon, and a FreshGrass tribute to Johnny Cash.

Country Grassers Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Diggin' Up Bones

Country GrassNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road unveil the video for "Diggin' Up Bones," which is off of their latest album Country Grass. The song was made famous by Country legend Randy Travis, and was recreated this year with a new, innovative Bluegrass twist. With Tommy Long on lead vocals, the band brings the same up-tempo energy that the song originally possessed when it went on to top the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Announce Companion EP to Debut Album

Banjo BanjoBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (“two monsters of the banjo” – NPR All Things Considered) are excited to announce Banjo Banjo (August 21 / Rounder), the companion EP to their debut duo album, hailed by The New Yorker as “a stunning collection of eloquent duets” and profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.

AirPlay Direct Co-Sponsors IBMA Conference & IBMA Momentum Awards

IBMA AwardsNashville, TN -- Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Creator of AirPlay Direct announced, “AirPlay Direct is proud of our on-going strategic partnership with the IBMA. We are excited about our previous involvement with and co-sponsorship of IBMA “Momentum Awards” for 2014, and looking forward to the same level of involvement and participation in 2015. Listed below are the winners of the various IBMA “Momentum Awards” for 2014. Each artist “Momentum Award” recipient was also awarded an AirPlay Direct “Marketing & Awareness” package to promote and market their music to APD’s 9,700+ radio station members globally.”

Mountain Faith Gains Nationwide Attention on America's Got Talent

Mountain FaithWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records recording artist, Mountain Faith has captured the hearts of America with their recent appearances on NBC Television's America's Got Talent. The North Carolina-based band is bringing bluegrass music to new audiences and the result is an overwhelming growth in the band's fans as well as support from within the bluegrass community.

Appalachian Music by Emi Sunshine at Carter Fold Saturday

Emi SunshineSaturday, August 8th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year old east Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to dark themes in music – like that of the Louvin Brothers. The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as an old soul – noting Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy. While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, or members of the Carter Family.

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