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Ireland's Niall Toner Releases 'William Smith Monroe' Single

Niall TonerNashville, TN -- The leader of the Niall Toner Band from Ireland is still celebrating his music reaching the number one download spot on the bluegrass and folk charts for Air Play Direct during the month of March, an extraordinary achievement for a songwriter based in Ireland. As a result, Niall Toner Band has been enjoying an ever-increasing amount of air play on American Radio. Niall's songs about the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, Bill Monroe's Mandolin and The Master's Resting Place, are proving most popular with Radio DJs and listeners in this year of Monroe's Centenary.

Bill Knowlton's 39TH Bluegrass Ramble Picnic Aug. 7th

Bill KnowltonBill Knowlton's 39th Bluegrass Ramble picnic takes place Sunday, August 7th in Little York, NY. This bluegrass music event takes place, as usual, at Dwyer Memorial Park, the home of the Cortland Repertory Theater.

Celtic Colours International Festival Announces Line-up for 2011

Celtic Colours 2011The line-up for 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival was announced on Monday and organizers are excited about what's in store for their 15th Anniversary. Celtic Colours will be exploring our Cajun and Appalachian connections in 2011 with this year's Artists in Residence: songwriter Ron Bourgeois from Cheticamp and Old Time Appalachian fiddler and singer Bruce Molsky from the US.

The Grand Ole Opry Boys...

The Oakridge Boysby Joseph S. Bonsall
On July 8th, upon the legendary stage of The Grand Ole Opry, in between Y'all Come Back Saloon and Elvira, history was made. The oldest living Opry star, Little Jimmy Dickens, strode onto the stage dressed as William Lee Golden and surprised us all by announcing that The Oak Ridge Boys were to become the newest members of the prestigious sisterhood and brotherhood that IS the Grand Ole Opry! That night is now etched in music and Oaks' history. The official induction will take place August 6th on the same stage.

Bluegrass Museum Produces Father of Bluegrass Music Documentary

Bill MonroeOwensboro, KY -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum is in the final stages of completing a full-length documentary video about Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of his birth on September 13, 1911.

Darrell Webb Band Adds Jared Hensley to Their Lineup

Jared HensleyDarrell Webb says, "Welcome Jared Hensley as newest member of the Darrell Webb Band. Jared, who also goes by "Jayrod" will be filling the shoes of Asa Gravley who is taking some time away from the road. He is a student at East Tennessee State University majoring in parks and recreation management and minoring in bluegrass. He will graduate in 2012 and is currently working on his first solo album."

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper - Live With Katy Daley Today

Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperMichael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will join WAMU's Katy Daley in-studio on Tuesday, July 19th at 9:00am EST. They'll introduce the band's new members; Ashby Frank, Blake Bowen and Charlie Lawson, and perform a few tunes as well. To listen live, tune in to www.BluegrassCountry.org. This photo is the new lineup including: Front: Charlie Lawson, Michael Cleveland, Charlie Cushman. Back: Ashby Frank, Blake Bowen.

Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice New Album and Band Member

Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceJunior Sisk and Ramblers Choice announce their latest Rebel Records album titled The Heart of a Song will be available late Summer 2011. The new project will feature the guest vocals of Rhonda Vincent on the duet number "The Sound of Your Name". The album will also feature the songwriting talents of Tom T. and Ms. Dixie Hall. The new release comes on the heels of the chart topping success of their last album Heartaches and Dreams which produced a number #1 song in "Train Without a Track" and remained the top album on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts for four months, charting for over 10 months.

Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands CD Jump Start with Valerie Smith, Becky Buller

Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands Vol III - Big LeaguesBluegrass Bands Helping Hands has a new promo video with music by bluegrass music artist Valerie Smith and Songwriter/performer Becky Buller. The promo is a kick start fundraising request. The next volume in the Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands program is Volume III - Big Leagues and features these bluegrass artists: Earl Brackin, Mark "Brink" Brinkman, Greg Brooks, Becky Buller, The Dixie Bee-Liners, Jim & Valerie Gabehart, The Hillbenders, Jubal's Kin, Jean-Luc Leroux, The Lone Mountain Band, Milkdrive, Rich In Tradition, Special Consensus, Frank Solivan And Dirty Kitchen, Valerie Smith And Becky Buller, and Donna Ulisse.

Artistry To Shine at 12th Americana Music Festivial and Conference

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The 12th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference presented by Nissan will celebrate the genre's ever-growing recognition and acclaim October 12 - 15, 2011 in Nashville, TN. In an explosion of talent, iconic artists will take the stage alongside the scene's hippest up-and-comers for four days and nights of praiseworthy performances and surprise guest appearances.

Carol Beaugard, Radio DJ and Bluegrass Artist, in Two Musical Productions

Carol BeaugardPoughkeepsie, NY -- Radio personality Carol Beaugard is starring in two upcoming musical productions. She plays "Peggy" in "Godspell" at The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, New York running July 22 to August 7, 2011. The following month she will appear as the "Kit Kat Girl, Texas" in "Cabaret" produced by Creative Theater-Muddy Water Players to be performed at the Museum Village in Monroe, New York September 16 to October 2, 2011.

Andrew Peterson Wows Music City Roots Audience

 Jim Lauderdale, host of Music City Roots; Andrew Peterson; musician Ron BlockNashville, TN -- Dove-nominated singer/songwriter and award winning author Andrew Peterson took the stage last night at the summer season opener of the highly acclaimed program Music City Roots. Peterson was the final segment of the evening and received thunderous applause for his performance that included legendary band members Stuart Duncan, Andy Gullahorn, Ron Block, and James Gregory. Andrew and his band then joined in the jam session finale with all performers from the show. Music City Roots is aired live on Nashville’s alternative rock station, Lightning 100.

11th Annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Appalachian Festival of Plays and PlaywrightsAbingdon, VA -- The eleventh annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP) will be held July 26 – August 6, at Barter Stage II during the Virginia Highlands Festival. "Founded in 2001, the AFPP gives voice to the stories of our region, and the community is invited to take part in the development of brand new plays," said Nicholas Piper, director of the AFPP.

Bluegrass Banjo Player Receives Share America Foundation Scholarship

Cody Harvy Receiving ScholarshipBy Randall FranksThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2011 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert featuring the Watkins Family and Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. The scholarship was awarded to Cody Harvey, 18, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee who graduated from Signal Mountain High School and plans to attend University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Crowe Brothers Sign with Mountain Music Entertainment

The Crowe BrothersNashville, TN -- Mountain Music Entertainment proudly announces exclusive management and booking representation of acoustic music brother duo, The Crowe Brothers. Mountain Music Entertainment will provide exclusive representation for The Crowe Brothers effective as of 1 July 2011. The Crowe Brothers are based in Western North Carolina near the eclectic music scene of Asheville, North Carolina. The band has a raw and exciting acoustic sound that appeals to a wide range of audiences from Americana to Roots Country.

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