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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.

Sam Bush Honored with 2015 Governor's National Award

Sam BushBowling Green, KY -- Bowling Green native and multiple Grammy Award winner Sam Bush has energized audiences and inspired generations of acoustic musicians by pushing the boundaries of traditional bluegrass to create an exciting blend of bluegrass, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and soul. The 2015 Governor's National Award honors Sam Bush. The National Award is awarded to a Kentucky son or daughter who has achieved national acclaim in the arts. A public ceremony recognizing the 2015 Governor's Awards in the Arts recipients will be held Thursday, October 22, at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky.

New from Dust-to-Digital - Joe Bussard Presents The Year of Jubilo

Joe Bussard Presents The Year of Jubilo - 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil WarAtlanta, GA - Joe Bussard, a lifelong lover of old-time music, is famous for his passion for finding and preserving old 78 RPM discs, his hospitality to visitors who want to hear them, and his generosity in making them available for reissue so that they can be enjoyed by succeeding generations. Joe is released his latest collection, The Year of Jubilo - 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil War, on October 16 on the Dust-to-Digital label.

AirPlay Direct Congratulates Ramble Showcase Artists

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- AirPlay is proud to congratulate IBMA and all of the artists / bands that have showcased at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Conference for 2015, 2014 and 2013 on their record setting global radio airplay and exposure for 2015.

Rebel To Release 2 CD Forbes Family Retrospective Nov. 6th

Forbes Family Treasury CD 1Charlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is excited to announce the release of A Forbes Family Treasury, a mammoth two volume retrospective on one of the great family groups of Bluegrass Gospel music. The 36 songs featured on this collection represent the best of the group's earliest recordings for Rebel during an amazing three year period between 1984 and 1986 (the group would later "come out of retirement" to record two more albums for Rebel in the mid-1990s). Many of the tracks here are available again in CD (and now digital) format for the first time in over 10 years, while six of the songs (three on each volume) had been previously unissued until now. The physical and digital versions of A Forbes Family Treasury will officially release Friday, November 6th.

31st Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Award Winners

Darren RichardThe Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society would like to sincerely congratulate the winners presented at the 31st Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Cobequid Education Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Master Awards are awarded to contestants who have won the respective award five times. this year's Master Awards were presented to Ryan Dillman of Shadow River for Banjo Player of the year and to Darren Richard of Bluegrass Tradition for Individual Entertainer of the Year.

8th Annual Janette Carter Gospel Show, Sunday, Nov. 1st

Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VirginiaSunday, November 1st, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Eugene Wolf, Mitya Kuznetsov, Ronnie Williams, Tim White, and Teddy Helton. 2015 marks the eighth annual gospel event in honor of Janette Carter. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. Tickets will be available only at the door on the day of the concert. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

Mountain Park Old Time Band Heats up Carter Fold Oct 24

Mountain Park Old-Time BandMountain Park Old Time Band was formed seven years ago as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old time music got together to have a good time. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are very versatile and talented musicians. Saturday, October 24th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

The Roys Nominated for ICM's Bluegrass Inspirational Album of the Year

The Roys 2014 ICM AwardAward-winning Bluegrass duo, The Roys, are once again nominated for Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year during the 21st Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICM). If they win, it will be the fifth consecutive year the siblings have won the award.

Mountain Faith's "That Which Matters" Album Released

That Which MattersWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of the brand new album from International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year nominee, Mountain Faith. That Which Matters is available everywhere today!

Is Broadcast Radio Fading Away -- Again?

Listening to Old Time RadioI'm a lot like the many of the electronic generation today -- load up the MP3 player, CD Changer, and the Media Server and let MY music play MY way -- without any commercials and annoying talk. I just don't know what the future of radio is. From my point of view (very limited and myopic!) it doesn't look too good for the future of radio. From having been in broadcast radio in the '70s and watching it through the years, I seriously doubt that audience numbers are anywhere close to what they have been in the past. We saw AM radio become an unnecessary commodity when FM and FM-Stereo came along. Now, I believe we're seeing FM also going the way of the dinosaur as digital music takes hold on very small, high-capacity, ligh-weight portable devices that consumers program with their own music tastes and can change as those tastes change. Here is my 20:20 hindsight and my prediction of the future of radio.

Town Mountain to Release Renditions of Two Grateful Dead Tunes

Town Mountain - The Dead SessionAsheville, NC -- Town Mountain is excited to announce the independent release of Town Mountain: The Dead Session on Friday, November 13, 2015. “Each member of this band has enjoyed the music of the Grateful Dead for quite some time,” says vocalist and guitarist Robert Greer. “It seemed only fitting for Town Mountain to pay respect to some musical heroes in this year, their 50th year of existence.” They recorded an impromptu set of two of their favorite songs from the Grateful Dead’s catalog, “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” and “Big River” at the widely acclaimed Echo Mountain Recording Studios in their hometown of Asheville, NC.

Wyatt Rice and Rickie Simpkins at Acoustic Stage Friday, Oct 16

Rickie SimpkinsHickory, NC -- Come Join Acoustic Stage on October 16, 2015 at their new location 734 1st Avenue SW, Hickory, North Carolina 28601 for Wyatt Rice and Rickie Simpkins. Wyatt Rice and Rickie Simpkins have been playing music together for nearly 30 years! This special concert combines Rice's stellar flat-picking with Simpkins' phenomenal fiddle playing.


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