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Old Settler's Music Festival Moving to New Lockhart Site

Old Settler's Music FestivalAustin, Texas -- The Old Settler's Music Festival will move to a new site starting with the April 19-22, 2018 festival. The 30-year-old organization was surprised and disappointed to receive a letter on Aug. 8 from Scott Roberts, owner of the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion in Driftwood, informing the board that the property would not host the festival in 2018. The festival has been held on that site and the accompanying Camp Ben McCulloch since 2002.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Release “Drowned in Sorrow” Single

Drowned in SorrowNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the release of "Drowned In Sorrow" the new single from Steve Gulley And New Pinnacle. Written by Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford "Drowned In Sorrow" is the first single from the groups upcoming third Rural Rhythm Records album titled Time Won't Wait scheduled for release in October.

McLain Family Band at Carter Fold August 12th

McLain Family BandOn Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 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.

Shannon Slaughter Releases New Single “That Old County Road”

Shannon SlaughterArgo, AL -- Shannon Slaughter is proud to announce the first single release, “That Old County Road,” from his upcoming album Never Standing Still. The song was written by Shannon Slaughter and Rusty Hendrix, guitar player from the country band Confederate Railroad, and takes a nostalgic look at growing up in the country and what young people did back then - with maybe a nod to the present as well. The new single is available to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect or by request.

A Show for Joe: Band of Ruhks, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and More

Band Of RuhksGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center invites music lovers to enjoy a day of bluegrass, blues, and gospel on Friday, September 1, in honor of the late Joe Wilson, a champion of traditional music from the mountains and around the globe. The Band of Ruhks, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Linda Lay & Springfield Exit, Whitetop Mountain Band, and special guests Sherman Holmes and The Ingramettes will take the stage to celebrate the life and legacy Wilson.

Kody Norris for Rural Roots Music Commission Bluegrass CD of the Year Award

Kody NorrisThe Rural Roots Music Commission was formed a number of years ago, in Iowa, to find a way to honor excelling recording artists who deal with traditional old-time music, and many other traditional rural musical art forms. Since most traditional music genre's have now been locked out of participation at the national level in America, the Rural Roots folks found a way to honor these gifted musicians, vocalists, songwriters, recording artists and small production companies, by honoring them with 'CD of the Year' awards. One of the participants in this rather large 'gathering' of musical genres is Kody Norris of Mountain City, Tennessee.

DC Bluegrass Union Launches the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest

Mike Auldridge Instrumental ContestThe DC Bluegrass Union has launched the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest to honor the life and musicianship of one of America's greatest players. The competition will spotlight the best original compositions from bluegrass, old-time and related musicians around the world. Auldridge's effortlessly tasteful Dobro guitar work borrowed from Josh Graves, but added swing, blues and horn influences to arrive at a uniquely new sound.

Flatt Lonesome to Release Their New Album at IBMA WOB

Silence In These WallsNashville, TN -- From the moment of their brilliant self-titled debut in 2013, it's been clear that Flatt Lonesome is, as the title of its 3rd album, a Runaway Train. Multiple IBMA, SPBGMA and Dove nominations and awards, top charting songs, Billboard charting albums, countless media appearances (including becoming familiar faces on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage), and a demanding tour schedule all combine in testimony to the phenomenon that is Flatt Lonesome.

The Grascals Explore Dark Side Of Love

The GrascalsTN -- The Grascals explore the dark side of love with their newest radio release, "Sleepin' With The Reaper." The track, the first single from their upcoming September 1 album, Before Breakfast (Mountain Home Music Company), premieres today on Roughstock. Radio can access the tune via AirPlay Direct, and fans who pre-order the music here will receive "Sleepin' With The Reaper" as an instant "grat track." Nashville area concert-goers can catch the award-winning band at the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night.

Scott Vestal Receives 2017 Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass Award

Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo & BluegrassSteve Martin Announced that Scott Vestal is this year's winning recipient of the Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass trophy and prize. The award is presennted by Martin each year and includes the bronze trophy along with a $50,000 cash award. The award was presented Saturday during the RockyGrass Blluegrass Music Festival held in Lyons, Colorado.

Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny at Fold Aug 5th

Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow HootenannyHiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia will present a concert of old time music by Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny. This weekend would normally be our annual Carter Family Memorial Festival, but it has been moved to the first weekend of November in honor of the release of the first Carter Family 78 record on the 4th of November in 1927. Our annual festivals in the future will take place the first weekend of November as well.

Rural Rhythm Signs Steve Gulley to New Long-Term Deal

Steve GulleyNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce it has signed another long-term recording agreement with Steve Gulley. The first release from this new long-term recording agreement is a new single by Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle available in early August. Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle are now in the studio laying down tracks and vocals for their upcoming third Rural Rhythm Records album. The new album will contain the upcoming new single and is titled Time Won't Wait scheduled for release this fall.

With Eight Each, Earls & Balsam Range Lead IBMA Award Nominations

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced today at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee, with Balsam Range and the Earls of Leicester leading the pack with eight nominations each. Balsam Range received six nominations for the band and two for their individual members, while the Earls pulled in five nominations, plus three for individual members. Close behind are the Gibson Brothers, with seven nominations (band and individuals), and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, with five nominations (band and individuals). (A full list of nominations appears below.)

EmiSunshine's Newest Album “Ragged Dreams” Due August 25th

Ragged DreamsNashville, TN -- EmiSunshine, the extraordinary talent who burst into stardom four short years ago as a nine-year-old via viral video, is set to release her new album, Ragged Dreams (her fourth studio recording), on August 25, 2017/(Pre-Order: July 29, 2017). The little girl with a big voice, who recently celebrated her 13th birthday, has made her mark shattering preconceived notions of youthful imagery that embraces gleeful innocence and optimism;

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bring A Little More “Life To My Days”

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilve by Carson WaughNashville, TN -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bring a little more "Life To My Days" with the first radio release from their upcoming Mountain Home Music Company project, Life is a Story, due out August 25. Popular online destination The Boot will premiere the song today; fans can pre-order the digital album release HERE and receive "Life To My Days" as an instant "grat-track." Radio can access the single now via AirPlay Direct.

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