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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Win Instrumental Group of the Year

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenAustin, TX -- Washington, D.C. area bluegrass quartet Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named Instrumental Group of the Year at the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, held Thursday evening in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts.

Balsam Range Takes Top Honors at IBMA Awards

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- It was a big night for Balsam Range at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, which were announced during a red carpet event at the annual World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC.

"Uncle Phil" Named Dobro Player of the Year

Phil Leadbetter - Dobro Player of the YearNashville, TN -- Last night at the IBMA Awards in Raleigh, Phil Leadbetter was honored as Dobro Player of the Year. The beloved and humble picker is set to release a very special new album on October 14th.

Turning Ground Wins 1st Bluegrass Island Band Competition

Turning GroundCory Hemilright and his team have quickly turned The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo, NC into one of the premiere bluegrass festivals on the circuit, known for its unique scenery, spectacular lineup, amazing Boomgrass fireworks show and for Turning Ground, this year's festival gave them the opportunity to introduce their music to North Carolinians live and come home with the first place prize.

Doyle Lawson Welcomes Stephen Burwell to Quicksilver

Stephen BurwellDoyle Lawson says, "Check out our new fiddle player! Stephen Burwell just came on board and his first show with us will be Saturday, in Galax, VA. Come out, meet him, and help us make him welcome!"

Balsam Range is 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Balsam RangeRaleigh, NC -- North Carolina’s own Balsam Range took home the Entertainer of the Year award at the 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Thursday night, October 2nd, at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. It was an exciting night for the band, who also received awards for Vocal Group of the Year, and Male Vocalist (Buddy Melton).

Compass Records Signs Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

 Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes Nashville, TN -- Compass Records is pleased to announce the signing of bluegrass and traditional country-infused duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley to the label. Their debut collaboration, Before The Sun Goes Down, slated for a January 2015 release, pairs the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15 time Dobro Player of Year, Ickes, with the up and coming singer/guitarist, Hensley, whom Ickes recently discovered in a stroke of good luck. Says Ickes, "Last year, when we were working on the latest Blue Highway album, The Game, we needed a scratch vocal done on one song so we could play live without having to go back and replace the vocal.

2014 FreshGrass Award Winners Announced

Twisted PineCongratulations to the winners of the 2014 FreshGrass Award band, duo, and banjo contests. There were countless bluegrass stars who sent us amazing submissions from all over the country. The FreshGrass Award jury was happy to find Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, and Ricky Mier especially skillful and original. The winners received cash, prizes, a recording session at Compass Records’ studio in Nashville, and a spot onstage at FreshGrass 2015.

Jason Barie Departs Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Jason BarieJason Barie has left DLQ, and Doyle has hired Stephen Burwell to fill the fiddle position. Doyle announced, "After nearly 6 years of having Jason Barie handling the fiddle duties for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jason has decided to pursue other interests. He is a devoted husband and father and wants to be home more to participate in his family's activities. Jason is a wonderful person and musician. All of us at Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will miss him and wish him the very best in the future."

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Join Mountain Home Music

Chris Jones & the Night DriversRaleigh, NC -- Mountain Home Music Company has signed a long-term exclusive recording agreement with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. The band will head into the studio soon to work on an anticipated second-quarter 2015 release.

Matthew Arndt Exits Kevin Pace and the Early Edition

Kevin Pace & Early EditionSpokane, WA -- Kevin Pace & the Early Edition announce that their fiddle player Matthew Arndt has departed the band effective Sept. 27th. Matthew was the youngest and one of the original members that helped the Early Edition develop the sound and style that has been prominent with the group since their debut in January of 2012.

Regina Bartlett has Died While at the IBMA

Regina BartlettOne of the most significant people in California's bluegrass music scene, Regina Bartlett of Santa Cruz, California, died while attending the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass trade show and convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. Regina was jamming with other bluegrass attendees until the early morning hours. She went to sleep and died in her sleep hours later.

Bill Keith Takes Home the Coveted Brown Jug Award

Bill KeithWell folks, once again it’s time for the Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree’s Brown Jug Award. The Brown Jug Award is the brainchild of James Reams, a bluegrass musician and bandleader for over 20 years, who conceived of it as a way to recognize people in the Northeast whose impact on the music deserved to be honored but who might be less likely to be recognized by national organizations since for some of them (unlike this year’s recipient), their impact was only regional in nature.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers' Release “Another Day From Life”

Another Day From LifeXenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are pleased to announce their fourth Rebel Records release, Another Day From Life, is now available. Radio programmers may download the CD on AirPlay Direct and it can be purchased on many digital music sites, including iTunes and Amazon, and via the band's website at www.RadioRamblers.com.

Lonesome River Band To Debut New Album at World of Bluegrass

Turn on a DimeRaleigh, NC -- Lonesome River Band is set to debut their new album, Turn On A Dime from Mountain Home Music Company, this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. The band will perform at their Pre-CD Release Party on Wednesday, October 1 at the Architect and Social House located at 108 ½ East Hargett St. beginning at 11:00 PM.

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