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Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive Release "I Think I'll Let You Drive" Video

I Think I'll Let You DriveNashville, TN -- Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive have released a lyric video for their second single, "I Think I'll Let You Drive." Produced by Sammy3 Productions of the Passamano Brothers, the video is a complementary companion of Robinette's second single (distributed to radio last week), and the follow-up single to “To Be a Kid Again,” which reached #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Airplay Chart/Top-20 on the monthly chart, from the 12-track, self-titled album Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive on Rural Rhythm Records.

Hillbilly Gypsies Announce Evolutionary Band Change

The Hillbilly GypsiesWednesday, January 20th, Trae Buckner of the Hillbilly Gypsies announced a major band shakeup. The band has been together for over a decade playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. The band has announced that three members, Dave Asti, Ty Jaquay and Ryan Cramer have all decided that it is their time to step down and retire from the touring life with the band.

Ronnie Reno to Be Inducted into SPBGMA Preservation Hall of Greats

Ronnie RenoNashville, TN -- The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) has announced that “Bluegrass Music’s Youngest Old Timer,” Ronnie Reno, will be inducted into the Preservation Hall of Greats at the upcoming 42nd Annual Bluegrass Music Awards to be held February 7 at 6:30 P.M. at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The award is the highest honor presented by SPBGMA, a trade organization formed over 40 years ago to preserve the traditional spirit and art form of Bluegrass music.

Nancy Cardwell to Represent Valerie Smith, Jesse McReynolds and Ray Cardwell

Nancy CardwellWorking in conjunction with BuckleDown Productions owned by J. Gregory Heinike and Valerie Smith, Nancy Cardwell of Nashville, TN announced this week that she will be booking dates for 2016 and 2017 for Bluegrass Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry star Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys; the most entertaining woman in bluegrass music, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike; and an exciting talent who has recently returned to Nashville, Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon. Cardwell may be reached at (615) 260-4807 or nancyk.cardwell@gmail.com. The home office for BuckleDown Productions is in Bell Buckle, TN, at (931) 389-0222.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Songs Reach #1 With Multiple Songs

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records group Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle have been very busy since the launch of their self-titled debut album almost a year ago. The Bluegrass Situation called the debut album by Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle “one of the most highly anticipated bluegrass albums for 2015” soon after the release of the first single “Leaving Crazytown” , written by Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford, was released in the Fall of 2014. “Leaving Crazytown” went on to reach #1 six times on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart, “which is very rare occurrence and incredible achievement for a new group”, noted Terry Herd from Bluegrass Today. The single also reached #3 on SiriusXM radio – Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Tracks Chart and Top 10 on the Bluegrass Unlimited – National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Chart. Bob Cherry of Cybergrass reviewed the album last year giving it high marks noting, "...every song I've heard by him was a 'keeper'."

Nominees for 42nd SPBGMA Awards Announced

SPBGMA LogoThe Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards nominees have been announced. The 42nd Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards will take place during the society's 33rd National Convention. The convention takes place February 4-7, 2016 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest starts will be there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.

“Change Her Mind” from Dave Adkins Available on iTunes

Dave AdkinsWillis, VA -- The first single from the upcoming Dave Adkins album on Mountain Fever Records is available on iTunes today! "Change Her Mind" has already proven to be a hit with radio programmers and is just a sampling of what's to come on the self-titled album due for release February 26th.

Fast Train Making Steam for Carter Fold Sat, Jan 23rd

Fast TrainFast Train was organized over twelve years ago. Teddy Helton plays bass. He plays with the Appalachian Celtic Band Fire in the Kitchen as well. Howard Burchett plays guitar. Howard is from Washington County, Virginia. He played for many years with local musical favorite Bill McCall and has jammed with Conway Twitty. Randy Singleton is featured on vocals and plays the banjo and dobro. A musician for 40 years, Randy has played in several area bands including Crosscut and the Cumberland Mountain Boys. Glenn Harlow plays the mandolin and does vocals. Playing and singing since early childhood, he learned to sing gospel music from his mother and father. He is a studio musician and a veteran of many Mountain Empire bluegrass and acoustic groups. Kevin Jackson does the fiddling for the group. From Bristol, Kevin is well known to Carter Fold audiences. One of the area’s finest fiddlers, Kevin knows how to keep the audience on the dance floor. He’ll also be helping out on vocals.

MerleFest Adds More Artists to 2016 Lineup

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is proud to announce four more additions to the 2016 lineup: Brandi Carlile, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush Band and Jim Lauderdale. These artists join over 100 other artists already announced, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Wood Brothers, Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, Doug Seegers, Steep Canyon Rangers and more! The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. This homecoming of roots music artists and fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year.

Swift Enterprises, LLC to Sponsor Edgar Loudermilk Band Tour

Edgar Loudermilk BandSwift Enterprises, LLC, one of the largest privately owned contractor fleets in the United States, has just sponsored the tour for the Edgar Loudermilk Band, Featuring Jeff Autry.

Ben Eldridge Retires From The Seldom Scene, Rickie Simpkins Joins The Band

Ben EldridgeThe Seldom Scene announces that founding member Ben Eldridge has retired after nearly 45 years with the Grammy-nominated band. Eldridge is the last original member of the popular bluegrass quintet, but the band will continue to perform, with Rickie Simpkins on banjo and fiddle.

Travers Chandler and Steven Dowdy Making it Real

Steven Dowdy with Travers ChandlerBluegrass artist Travers Chandler announced the pairing for an exciting new band venture with his long time friend and fellow musician, Steven Dowdy. Travers announced, "Well many of you have been asking so I'd like to informally announce the new band venture to our friends. What started as an idea for a sideline project has morphed into a full time band partnership. Steven Dowdy and myself are joining forces to form Chandler and Dowdy."

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show sign with Patuxent Music

Karl Shiflett & Big CountryGroesbeck, TX -- The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show recently signed a recording contract with Patuxent Music out of Rockville, Maryland. The long established label is owned and operated by Bluegrass musician and sound engineer Tom Mindte. The band is excited about the label and the new recording. "It's a real pleasure to record and work with a top notch professional sound engineer like Tom Mindte. He has a real interest and passion for the music and the musicians and it's evident in every recording he produces."

John Hartford & Howdy Forrester Album Released

Spring Fed Records, the Grammy-winning documentary label operated by The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, announces the release of Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor, a set of home recordings made by John Hartford and fiddling legend Howdy Forrester. This recording preserves a repertoire of many rare, old tunes that Howdy had learned as a boy from his Great Uncle Bob Cates in Hickman County, Tennessee. Hartford plays banjo, Forrester fiddles, and the two share informal discussion about the tunes and their sources.

Music & New Baby News from Shannon & Heather Slaughter

Heather Slaughter and JedOne of bluegrass music’s favorite couples, Shannon and Heather Slaughter, are proud to announce the birth of a new son, Jedediah (Jed) Smith Slaughter. Their new baby joined the family on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala, much to the delight of his older sister Rae.

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