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IBMA’s Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, Tenders Resignation

Nancy CardwellNashville, TN -- Nancy Cardwell, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), has tendered her resignation with the organization, effective December 31, 2014. Cardwell has held the position of executive director at IBMA for the past two and a half years, and has worked at the organization for 20 years.

Nancy Cardwell Resigns as IBMA Executive Director

Nancy CardwellLong time IBMA staff and Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Nancy Cardwell, has resigned her position during the World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC. Cardwell will serve through the end of the year and hopes to help make the transition easy on the association.

Bluegrass Wins Big at IMEA Awards

Ned Crisp and Kathy BoydIt was a big night for bluegrass at the International Music & Entertainment Awards in Ashland, Kentucky on Saturday, October 4th as Ned Crisp and Bottomline walked away with the first ever Bluegrass Group of the Year award. In a multi-genre category, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising took home the award for Holiday Song of the Year.

Katrina Nicolayeff Crowned Grand Master Fiddler Champion

Grand Master Fiddler Katrina NicolayeffGrand Master Fiddler Championship crowns the 2014 master. The Grand Master Champion for 2014 is Katrina Nicolayeff of Boise, Idaho. Nicolayeff joins Mark O'Connor, Matthew Hartz, and Danita Rast Gardner as three-time champions. Jesse Maw of Kalispell, Montana placed second. Nicolayeff took home $1,200 in cash, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Maw received $1,100 and a plaque.

The Stetson Family's New 'Double-Single'

The Stetson FamilySince their last release, The The Devil in His Sunday Best (described by Rhythms Magazine as “a landmark Australian roots album”), The Stetson Family haven’t been resting on their laurels - far from it! In 2013 they released a compilation, O Winding River, in the USA which achieved chart success (even spending a day at #1 as the most downloaded album across nearly 900 US radio stations) and gained international recognition in the UK and Europe.

San Diego's Only Music Film Festival November 8th

Point Music Film FestivalSan Diego, CA -- Billed as San Diego’s first music only film festival, the Point Music Film Festival will feature 10 films, including bluegrass favorites such as “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass,” “The Tao of Bluegrass,” and “Mandolin in B: The Herschel Sizemore Story” plus country music’s “Heartworn Highways” as well as the highly acclaimed documentary about John Lennon, “Rubber Soul” and more. Festival goers will be treated to performances from 6 musical groups including headliner James Reams & The Barnstormers featuring legendary fiddler, Blaine Sprouse.

Winter Heats Up with Larry's Country Diner Caribbean Cruise

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- Gabriel Communications announces its highly successful television shows, “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion” will, once again, take to the high-seas for a seven-day “down-home” Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Fans can climb aboard the Celebrity Cruise Celebrity Reflection cruise liner January 31st – February 7, 2015, and enjoy entertainment featuring Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, TG Sheppard & Kelly Lang, Mo Pitney, Johnny Lee, Mark Wills, Teea Goans and the cast of Larry’s Country Diner.

Nu-Blu to Join The Roys at Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree

Nu-BluNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu, the bluegrass breakout act that has been sweeping the nation, has been added as the The Roys' special guest for this weekend's world-famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. It's a night of solid bluegrass music that is sure to have fans on their feet cheering along! The special event is hosted by 650-WSM on Saturday, October 11. You can stream the show online by clicking HERE during the program.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences to Honor Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- Trailblazing musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow in the humanities and arts category of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others. Dr. Stanley will be honored in a ceremony taking place Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music -- Corrected

Ralph PeerDoes Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected sound interesting to you? It should! Barry Mazor, always informative and well versed, will be dealing with the remarkable career of Ralph Peer in his presentation. No doubt it will include Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and a whole lot more. Mazor’s writings often appear in the Wall Street Journal and he recently interviewed Ry Cooder for a public event at the Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum. His latest book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music will be the definitive work on Peer. No doubt his Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected presentation to International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will be fascinating. And…watch for Mazor at the Wednesday 5.20.2015 5:00-8:00pm Vanderbilt Holiday Inn social hour, picking, book launch, and picking.

Flatt Lonesome Celebrating as Emerging Artist of the Year

 Emerging Artist of the Year 2014Nashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome has been named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The announcement was made last Thursday, October 2 at the 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show. The awards show was held in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and was hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas.

Larry Cordle Releases “All-Star Duets” to Radio

All-Star DuetsNashville, TN – The long-awaited, highly-anticipated new album by award-winning singer/songwriter, Larry Cordle, All-Star Duets, has now been made available to radio via AirPlay Direct. Duet partners include Garth Brooks (Against the Grain”), Alison Krauss & Union Station (Two Highways), Trisha Yearwood (“Lonesome Dove”), Del McCoury (“The Bigger the Fool”), Diamond Rio (“Mama, Don’t Forget to Pray for Me”), Dierks Bentley (“You Can’t Take it with You When You Go”), Ricky Skaggs (“Highway 40 Blues”), Terri Clark (“Cure for the Common Heartache”), Travis Tritt (“Rough Around the Edges”), Kenny Chesney (“Fields of Home”), Daryl Singletary & Kevin Denney (“Murder on Music Row”), and Kathy Mattea (“Lonesome Standard Time”). The release date is scheduled for early November 2014.

Nathan Stanley Wins "Bluegrass Album of the Year" Dove Award

Every MileNashville, TN -- And the winner is...Nathan Stanley!!! Last night at the prestigious Gospel Music Association's annual Dove awards, Nathan Stanley was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" for his 2014 release Every Mile. Every Mile, produced by Terry Thompson, features collaborations with Vince Gill on "Hand in Hand with Jesus," a duet with his legendary grandfather Dr. Ralph Stanley, along with Sonya Isaacs Yeary & Becky Isaacs Bowman, Jeff & Sheri Easter, T. Graham Brown & Judy Marshall, Jeff Bates, Wes Hampton, and Adam Crabb.

Newton & Thomas to Host Pick & Stomp Concert Series

Newton & ThomasNashville, TN -- Nashville’s Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will host the new weekly Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace presented by Robert’s Western World. The first concert takes place Thursday, October 9 with opening act, Casey Campbell. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fun will continue until 11:00pm. Attendees will certainly enjoy the tasty food, great music, authentic barn dance and pickin’ party!

Fiddler Stuart Duncan Named Next Nashville Cat

Stuart DuncanNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns Saturday, November 1, with fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan. The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.

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