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Traditional Grass Collection "The Blues Are Still the Blues" Released

Traditional GrassCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is pleased to announce the release of The Blues Are Still the Blues, a retrospective containing 15 songs selected from the four recordings made byThe Traditional Grass for Rebel between 1992 and 1995. The collection was produced by Rebel’s David Freeman along with original band members Joe Mullins and Mark Rader and reflects their keen understanding of the band’s style, its mission and goals within the bluegrass environment of the period. The album is now available via iTunes, Amazon, and other online and retail music stores.

Music Legend Ralph Stanley Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Concert

Dr. Ralph StanleyManassas, VA -- In 1945, a young Ralph Stanley joined his brother, the late Carter Stanley to form The Stanley Brothers, a pair that would go on to become one of the most influential music duos of all-time. They got their start calling into a local radio station in Norton, Va, where they would sing songs over the phone. After 7 decades, three Grammy awards and an induction into the Grand Ole Opry, Dr. Ralph Stanley has no intention on slowing down as he hits the 70-year milestone. To commemorate this accomplishment, he is playing a special show in Manassas, Va. on October 9 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. He will be joined by his Grandson, Dove-award winner Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys for this momentous occasion.

Farm & Fun Time Returns During Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Farm & Fun TimeBristol, TN/VA -- WBCM Radio Bristol celebrates a revival of the classic live radio program Farm and Fun Time during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The show is open to the public but a separate ticket is required.

Americana Announces the 2015 Honors & Awards Winners

Ricky Skaggs at Americana Honors & AwardsNashville, TN -- Americana -- "A lively genre embodies both the continuity and evolution of roots music," (Wall Street Journal) -- celebrated its 14th Annual Americana Honors & Awards tonight at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This year's winners reflected the community's "spirit of eclecticism" (New York Times), with Shakey Graves as Emerging Artist of the Year; John Leventhal, Instrumentalist of the Year; The Mavericks, Group/Duo of the Year; Lucinda Williams, Album of the Year ('Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone'); and Sturgill Simpson claiming both Song of the Year (for "Turtles All The Way Down") and Artist of the Year trophies.

Rhonda Vincent Set to Appear on “Reno’s Old Time Music”

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- Music fans have more than just cooler weather to look forward to this Autumn. "Reno's Old Time Music" celebrates the past, present and future of Bluegrass and Old Time Music with a great September lineup, which includes Rhonda Vincent.

BMI Distributes Historic 75-Year High of $840 Million on $1 Billion Revenues

BMINew York, NY -- Broadcast Music, Inc® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, today reported that it had achieved the highest revenues and royalty distributions in the Company’s 75-year history for its fiscal year ended June 30th. BMI generated record revenues of $977 million, and distributed and administered more than $840 million to its songwriters, composers and music publishers. These results cap a ten-year period during which BMI has generated more than $8 billion in revenues and distributed royalties of more than $7.5 billion. BMI operates on a non-profit-making basis and returns more than 85% of all revenue to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

BCM Museum part of Smithsonian Magazine's Annual Museum Day Live!

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Tammy Jones Robinette Gears Up for Album Release & IBMA Showcase

Tammy Jones Robinette & The DriveNashville, TN --Tammy Jones Robinette continues to gather momentum for the release of her upcoming album, Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive, due out on Rural Rhythm Records this fall. Her preview single, "To Be a Kid Again," debuted at #10 on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Airplay Chart.

Chris Harris Joins AirPlay Direct On IBMA Conference Panel

AirPlay Direct and IBMAThis year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Entries Begin October 1st

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and host of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, will begin accepting entries for the songwriting contest beginning October 1. Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form or by mailing entries to: MerleFest/CASC, PO Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Early birds take note: during the month of October and November, all entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) will receive an early entry discount price of $25 per entry. Submissions received in December and January will require a $30 fee per entry. The deadline to enter the CASC will be February 1, 2016.

Mountain Arts Community Center Presents Dale Ann Bradley Oct 16

Dale Ann BradleySignal Mountain, TN -- Don’t miss the award winning “Bluegrass Vocalist”, Dale Ann Bradley at the Mountain Arts Community Center on Friday, October 16th at 7 pm. Tickets are $15, seniors $12 and children (ages 12 and under) $8. Tickets may be purchased at the MACC in advance - cash or check only.

Christmas Time Comes Early with Rhonda Vincent Oct 30

Rhonda Vincent - Christmas TimeNashville, TN -- Rhonda Vincent has been celebrating the season all year; writing new Christmas material, then combining the new originals with the classics. The result is something unique and it's sure to set the perfect tone for this Holiday Season! This six-time Grammy® nominated artist is set to reveal Christmas Time, on October 30 via Upper Management Music. Among the tunes, you will find the "Twelve Days of Christmas," like you've never heard before! Rhonda calls upon some of her most famous Country music friends to join her in the celebration; including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys and more (see track listing below).

Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie Release Single "What A Day"

Bill emerson & Sweet DixieNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new single from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. Written by Dr. Peter Ruckman, the single “What A Day” is from the new Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie album The Gospel Side OF Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie scheduled for release on CD and digital formats on September 18th.

Americana Honors & Awards Performers and Presenters Unveiled

Americana Music Association Announces 14th Annual Honors & Awards Performers and PresentersNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association reveals the initial presenter and performer lineup for its 14th annual Honors & Awards Show. As anticipated, the list reflects Americana's "spirit of eclecticism" (New York Times) through its diverse lineup.

IAMA Featured Artists Of The Month Sweden's Downhill Bluegrass Band

Sweden's Downhill Bluegrass BandThe featured IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) acoustic music artists of the month are: Downhill Bluegrass Band (from Sweden), John Floridis and Susan Cattaneo. From Sweden, the Downhill Bluegrass Band is one of Europe’s most prestigious, well known and highly regarded bluegrass bands.


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