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2015 Grand Master Fiddler Champion is Aynsley Porchak

 Randall FranksThe Grand Master Champion for 2015 is Aynsley Porchak of Woodstock, Ont., Canada. Trustin Baker of Mo. placed second. Porchak took home $1,200 in cash, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Baker received $1,100 and a plaque.

James Reams & The Barnstormers Release Single to Radio

Rhyme & SeasonJust in time for the holidays, James Reams is excited to offer a pre-release for DJs only from his upcoming album, Rhyme & Season, planned for release in the spring 2016. Being back in the recording studio again has been a magical experience for James Reams. There’s just something about putting on those “cans” and singing into a big mic that gets the adrenaline pumping and the fingers flying!

Punch Brothers to Release "The Wireless" EP Nov. 20

The WirelessPunch Brothers are very excited to announce their new EP, The Wireless, which will be released on November 20 on Nonesuch Records! You can already pre-order now at You may recognize some of these songs from our live shows or from the bonus fourth side of the double vinyl release of The Phosphorescent Blues. Much like Ahoy! with Who's Feeling Young Now?, we recorded more than we could include on The Phosphorescent Blues so we're glad to be able to share the rest of these with you all.

Sierra Hull Announces "Weighted Mind," Due Out January 29

Sierra Hull - Weighted MindNashville, TN -- Singer and mandolinist Sierra Hull has announced the first dates of her winter tour, which will begin on January 28 in Nashville, TN. Weighted Mind, Hull’s long-anticipated new album – her first in five years -- will be released on January 29, 2016.

Sister Sadie Signs with Pinecastle Records

Sister Sadie, Photo: L-R Dale Ann Bradley, Beth Lawrence, Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt, Tina AdairGreenville, SC -- Pinecastle is proud to announce that it has signed bluegrass super group Sister Sadie. The all female band is currently working on an album to be released in 2016 comprised of a mix of member-written originals and other songs to be determined. Sister Sadie is a straight ahead bluegrass band comprised of five good friends born out of what was originally supposed to be a one time jam at The Station Inn in Nashville, TN. Shortly after that sold out show, the band began getting calls for gigs and the girls decided to officially form Sister Sadie. They decided that each member would remain in their own bands and from time to time get together for special events to perform. The name, Sister Sadie, was inspired by a Tony Rice song, "Little Sadie," and the fact that the ladies feel as though they are sisters.

Mountain Faith's "That Which Matters" Debuts at #1 on Billboard

That Which MattersWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the new album, That Which Matters, from Mountain Faith has reached #1 on Billboard's Top 15 Bluegrass Albums! That Which Matters was released October 16th to a vast audience including bluegrass, gospel and pop music fans, thanks in large part to the attention Mountain Faith gained earlier this year through regular appearances as contestants on NBC television's popular show, America's Got Talent.

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising are 2015 IMEA Bluegrass Group of the Year

IMEA Bluegrass Group of the YearThe members of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising have been truly touched by the greetings, well wishes and compliments that have been sent these past few days since the group was announced as the International Music and Entertainment Association's 3rd Annual IMEA Awards 2015 Bluegrass Group of the Year.

Milton Harkey's 21st Bluegrass First Class Festival Feb 19-21

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutAsheville, NC -- Milton Harkey is proud to announce the 21st annual Bluegrass First Class to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Resort located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Sunday Morning Gospel Show is free and open to all attendees from 8AM to 10AM at the Showcase Stage.

Edge of Music City Sees Emerging Music Scene

Music City Roots - The FactoryFranklin, TN -- Franklin, Tennessee is making its mark on the live music scene, elevated by the success of the recent inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, proclaimed to be "arguably the best curated (festival) of the year" by Rolling Stone. This Southern suburb of Nashville, known for its Civil War attractions, historic preservation accomplishments and quaint Main Street appeal, is getting a second look for its live music, attracting locals and visitors alike.

Dixie Hall to be Honored at Country Music Hall of Fame

Dixie HallNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor the memory of bluegrass stalwart Dixie Hall at the ninth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Wednesday, November 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Theater. This cheerful and joyous celebration of Hall’s life and music will include never-before-seen photographs, interviews with colleagues and live performances of songs written by the bluegrass and country music songwriter, journalist, and label head. Guests will include Sierra Hull, Rita Forrester (granddaughter of A. P. and Sara Carter), Carl Jackson, Chris Jones and Heather Berry-Mabe, among others. Hall is the first posthumous subject of the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum.

Unspoken Tradition Releases "Miles Between"

Unspoken Tradition - Miles BetweenFrom the hotbed of North Carolina's Bluegrass country, in a region where great picking and singing is the norm, Unspoken Tradition rises to the top. The Cherryville-based five piece band follows its acclaimed first release, Simple Little Town, with a stellar sophomore effort in Miles Between. The five piece band consists of Audie McGinnis (Guitar, Vocals), Lee Shuford (Bass, Vocals), Tim Gardner (Fiddle, Vocals), Ty Gilpin (Mandolin, Vocals), and Zane McGinnis (Banjo).

After 17 Years, The Cox Family "Gone Like the Cotton" Released

Gone Like The CottonThe GRAMMY®-winning Cox Family is back with an album 17 years in the making. Produced by Rounder recording artist Alison Krauss, this record was unearthed in 2015 and brought to completion, bringing a nearly two decade-old project to fruition. Just released October 23, 2015. The album’s release also marks a reunion with their original label, Rounder Records. Alison Krauss brought The Cox Family to the attention of Rounder Records in the late 1980s, where they released a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects for the label, including 1994’s Grammy-winning I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (a collaboration with Krauss).

The Roys Receive 5th Consecutive ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year

The Roys 2014 ICM AwardThursday, October 22nd, The Roys captured their fifth consecutive Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year award and their seventh year in a row for an ICM Award. Elaine Roy says, "As I reflect on this incredible evening, I know I am blessed beyond words. So many people really touched my heart tonight with their kind words. Forgot to thank so many people but everyone who has helped us on this journey from our parents, family, friends, band members, radio DJs, fans, label, managers, publicist, festivals, promoters, ICM, our peers, I am sure I left a million people out, thank you for always inspiring me to do my best. And to God be the glory."

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Presents Star Award to Del McCoury

Del McCoury Star Award PresentationBy Alan Tompkins
Del McCoury, a GRAMMY-winning National Heritage Fellow and member International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame, was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Donna Ulisse's "Hard Cry Moon" #1 on Roots Music Report

Donna Ulisse - Hard Cry MoonBluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse was elated to learn that her new album Hard Cry Moon, produced by guitarist Bryan Sutton, is #3 in the Euro Americana chart for the month of October and also took an impressive jump from #50 to #1 in two weeks in the Roots Music Report chart. The album was just released on September 25, 2015.


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