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Sam Bush to Host 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards Show

Sam BushNashville, TN -- Award-winning artist, band leader, songwriter and mandolin monster Sam Bush will host the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Bush commented saying, "It is my pleasure to return as the host for the 2011 IBMA Awards. As a bluegrass fan and fellow Kentuckian, it's especially important to me in the 100th year anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth. I look forward to spending the evening with the nominees and the winners, as this is their special night."

Comedian and Banjo Player Steve Martin Turns Music Journalist

Steve MartinSteve Martin, who has garnered worldwide acclaim as a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician, recently added music journalist to his resume. Martin interviews banjo player and composer Tony Ellis in the July issue of The Banjo Newsletter. In a wide-ranging conversation, Martin queries the Ohio-based banjo player about his influences, and how his style has evolved from the early 1960s, when he spent two years with the legendary Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys. Martin also talks with Ellis about how his music has inspired Martin's own banjo playing, particularly Martin's composition "The Crow", featured on his 2009 Grammy-winning album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

The Expedition Show signs with Mountain Music Entertainment

The Expedition ShowNashville, TN -- Mountain Music Entertainment proudly announces exclusive representation of Mountain Fever Records artists, The Expedition Show. Mountain Music Entertainment will provide full artist representation for The Expedition Show under the new agreement. The representation will begin immediately.

Amazon Announces Cloud Music Storage and Player Services

Amazon MP3Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced three enhancements to Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player: storage plans that include unlimited space for music, free storage for all Amazon MP3 purchases and Cloud Player for Web, now on iPad.

54th Grammy Categories Reduced to 78 Fields for 2012

Grammy AwardSanta Monica, CA -- /NARAS/In an effort to continuously evolve its GRAMMY Awards process, The Recording Academy has announced that it has restructured the GRAMMY Categories across all genres and Fields, bringing the total number of Categories to be recognized at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012, to 78 (down from 109). All Fields remain the same. The announcement was made at The Academy's headquarters by President/CEO Neil Portnow, Academy Board Chair Emeritus and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, and Vice President of Awards Bill Freimuth. Additionally, a minimum of 40 distinct artist entries will be required in each Category (up from 25). Detailed information on these and other recent changes may be found at www.grammy.com/announcement.

Rural Rhythm Releases First Single from Cumberland River

TheLife We LiveRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new single release, "Cold & Withered Heart" by Cumberland River from their upcoming new album, The Life We Live. This hot new project releases July 26, 2011 and was the #1 most downloaded bluegrass/folk album on Airplay Direct.com last week. The Life We Live certainly showcases the songwriting talents of this young group with all five band members contributing to this impressive first national release.

Stoney Creek 'Take the Blame' on New Single, Live Album

Live in ConcertHedgesville, WV -- Calv'ry Booking and Management will release Live In Concert, the new album from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band, on Tuesday, July 26th. The debut single, a newly crafted version of the Stanley Brothers' "I'll Take the Blame", has been released through AirPlay Direct and is being serviced to bluegrass radio.

Donna Ulisse Embarks on Tour of Russia

Donna UlisseBluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse will be taking her music and band The Poor Mountain Boys on their first international trip as they depart for Russia on Sunday, July 10, 2011 for four bluegrass festival dates in a country where bluegrass is seldom heard.

37th Carter Family Memorial Festival August 5-6, 2011

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- The Carter Family Memorial Music Center will hold their annual music festival to commemorate the historic 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions for Victor on August 5th & 6th at the Carter Center in Hiltons, Va. The annual festival features top bluegrass, mountain and traditional music from the region. The festival was founded by Janette Carter.

JustStrings.com Expands Line Of Bulk Strings For Guitar and Bass

JustStrings.ComMilford,NY -- /Country Music PR News/ Today, JustStrings.com announced the expansion of their popular line of Bulk Strings for guitarists. The line now includes a wide range of gauges in Plain Steel, 80/20 Bronze, Phosphor Bronze, Nickel, Stainless Steel and Classical Nylon. Loop End strings are available in Plain Steel, Phosphor Bronze and Stainless Steel. Bulk long scale bass guitar strings are available in Nickel and Stainless Steel.

IBMA Bluegrass Scholarship Prize - Deadline Extended

IBMAThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is pleased to announce the first annual IBMA Bluegrass Scholarship Prize. A cash award of $100 will be announced at the IBMA Award Ceremony, and presented to the developing scholar who presents the best paper on an aspect of bluegrass music at a juried academic conference within the timeframe of January 2010 - July 2011. "Developing academic scholars" are graduate students in MA or Ph.D. programs, or individuals whose advanced degree was conferred within the last five years.

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers Wrap Up July at the Carter Fold

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky RamblersSince the early 1800s, music has been an integral part of the Brewer family. The tradition continues with Gary Brewer. Gary represents a new generation of bluegrass artists who have a deep respect for the roots of bluegrass and old time music – but are willing to put their own personal stamp on the music. Gary has been noted as one of the finest lead singers to come along in quite awhile, receiving high praise from major reviewers and national stars in the music business. His guitar picking is creative and powerful on both rock solid rhythms and powerful solos. A singer, guitarist, and songwriter to be reckoned with, Gary has worked hard to blend the traditional music he grew up with and bluegrass music as we know it today.

BCMA Presents Vince Gill at Mountain Stage

/BCMA/ Bristol VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance brings Mountain Stage with Larry Groce back to Bristol's Paramount Center for the Arts Sunday, August 21st at 7pm for what is sure to be a quickly sold-out event. Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill will be featured in this edition of Mountain Stage in Bristol.

Town Mountain Keeping Busy with New Label and Album

 Steady OperatorSince the May 10th release date of Steady Operator Town Mountain has been busy, and it's about to get even more hectic for the quintet from Asheville, NC. The band is heading west for a string of 19 concert dates this July beginning with The Station Inn tonight before moving on to Colorado, Oregon, Montana etc. They'll be back in the Southeast in August. Their full tour schedule can be found here (under "Calendar"). If they'll be in your neck of the woods anytime soon you owe it to yourself to go out and see their live show. If you can't make it, check out Steady Operator, now available from Pinecastle Records.

2011 Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival, Clatskanie, Oregon August 5th - 7th

Urban MonroesFor the last 14 years, on the first full weekend of August, there has been a wonderful gathering of bluegrassers in the little coastal town of Clatskanie, Oregon. Well, this year it's happening again and we would like to invite you join us at the 15th annual Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival. A tradition in the Northwest, the Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival is founded, and grounded, on traditional bluegrass content.

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