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California Bluegrass Association Youth Academy Registration Open

CBA Youth AcademyThe California Bluegrass Association's 3rd Annual CBA Youth Academy is now open. The sign-up link is live, and they expect 2015 to sell out soon. They have raised enrollment to 49 students this year, but sold out both previous Academies and encourage you to register early to ensure a space. Please note: You'll first register on the CBA website, then receive instructions from Darby on registering through Bluegrass Camp for Kids.

30th Joe Val Bluegrass Music Festival Feb 13-15

Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalJoin the Boston Bluegrass Union as they celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. They have a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Their 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. 2015 is the 30th Anniversary of this wonderful event.

WoodSongs Dalton Announces 2015 Concert Series

Becky Buller. Photo by Glenn SweitzerThe WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton Chapter announces the return of their annual winter concert series to benefit Providence Ministries. The first concert will feature the award winning singer/songwriter, fiddler, clawhammer banjo picking Becky Buller with a bunch of hot shot pickers from the Nashville area and the highly acclaimed dulcimer virtuoso Butch Ross on Saturday January 31st, 2015.

Bluegrass Pioneer Curly Seckler Celebrates 95th Birthday

Curly Seckler 95th BirthdayBluegrass pioneer Curly Seckler celebrated his 95th birthday on December 25, 2014. Seckler was born on Christmas day in 1919, in China Grove, North Carolina. He began his musical career in 1935, in a band with his brothers, Marvin on guitar, George on fiddle, and Duard ("Lucky") on guitar. Curly played the tenor banjo. They called themselves the Yodeling Rangers (later changed to the Trail Riders). In 1939, they landed a daily radio show on the new station in Salisbury, WSTP. Later that year, Curly was recruited by Charlie Monroe to be the tenor singer for his new group, the Kentucky Partners. They appeared on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, WV and on WHAS in Louisville, KY.

Balsam Range Kicks Off the New Year in Chart Topping Fashion

FiveNashville, TN -- It’s been an incredible 2014 for Balsam Range, with several IBMA Awards including the coveted Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year honors, sold out shows across the country, and the chart topping album, Five. Entering into new year, Balsam Range has both the #1 song, "Moon Over Memphis" and #1 album, Five, on The Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Chart for January 2015.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Opens Jan 1

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting ContestAt midnight Jan, 1st, the John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest will begin accepting submissions for their songwriting contest. Send them your best John Hartford inspired song and win tickets, trophies, digital publication and video exposure on their dynamic website, and participate in their top 7 Songwriter’s Showcase on the Main Stage! Don’t drag your pen and pick on this contest. They are only accepting the first 25 entries.

McLain Family Band, Xtreme Dance Company at Carter Fold Saturday

McLain Family BandDirect from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing contemporary Appalachian bluegrass music. During the years 1968 – 1990, they performed in all 50 states and 62 countries during 14 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band played at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center and the Carter Fold. They were featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras. The first Saturday of the new year, January 3, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by a long time popular group at the Fold, the McLain Family Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Hazel Dickens Song Contest Deadline is January 1, 2015

Hazel DickensThe Hazel Dickens Song Contest deadline is Jan. 1, 2015 and is quickly approaching. The first-place winner will be invited to perform his or her song on the main stage at the DC Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 28, 2015 in Vienna, VA.

Celebrate Past, Present and Future at the Earl Scruggs Center

Cleveland County CourthouseCelebrate the past, present and future with the Earl Scruggs Center as they approach their first anniversary on January 11, 2015. The center reflects on the many firsts of this past year - a grand opening celebration weekend that wowed all involved, two specal exhibits, numerous programs, amazing volunteers, national media coverage, star studded performers, a supportive community, educational programming for school kids, statewide partnerships, becoming a hub for the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC, building a strong membership, visitors from 41 states and 9 foreign countries and so much more! All of these things have made for a successful launch and brought the Earl Scruggs Center to where it is today!

Red Allen & Frank Wakefield WDON Recordings 1963

Red Allen & Frank Wakefield WDON Recordings 1963Patuxent has released another exciting historical album. Red Allen & Frank Wakefield WDON Recordings 1963is a collection of 22 tracks featuring Red Allan on guitar and vocals, Frank Wakefield on mandolin and vocals, Pete Kuykendall on banjo and vocals and Tom Morgan on bass and vocals. The liner notes tell the story...

Bluegrass First Class Ready for Third Weekend of February 2015

Bluegrass First ClassAsheville, NC is one of the most exciting small cities you’ll ever be privileged to visit. It is a trendy haven for musicians, artists and craftspeople from all over the world. Arrive early and enjoy the red carpet VIP treatment you will receive at the regal Crowne Plaza Resort, your festival location, and take a little extra time to enjoy the local year-round sights and attractions this eclectic and charming area has to offer.

Bluegrass Duo The Roys on 2015 Country Music Cruise January 18-25

 No More LonelyFt. Lauderdale, FL -- Back by popular demand, one of today’s top young bluegrass artists, The Roys, will once again be sailing on the Country Music Cruise. The Roys immediately captured the hearts of fans onboard January’s ship with impeccable musicianship, a deep appreciation of the roots of Bluegrass, and a timeless family harmony sound and were quickly asked to return when the Country Music Cruise sails again in January 2015.

Adam Steffey Joins Grayson Highlands Band at Carter Fold Saturday

Adam SteffeySaturday, December 28th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Grayson Highlands Band with special guest Adam Steffey. The Grayson Highlands Band, from the Jefferson, North Carolina area, plays a variety of old time music, ranging from rousing fiddle tunes to traditional songs and ballads. They are regulars at the Christmas in July Festival, the Albert Hash Festival, the Rugby Fall Festival, the Greater Lansing Area Festival, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. They have also been the guest band on the Gary Poe Live radio show several times, and have won numerous awards at regional fiddlers’ conventions. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent Headline Inaugural Dinwiddie Music Festival

Ricky SkaggsFolks from all over the Country will be making their way to Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia on June 4, 5, & 6, 2015 for the Dinwiddie Music Festival. This festival will feature some of the best in Bluegrass and Americana music. Headliner bands like Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, the Lonesome River Band and many more will be here performing during the festival of music.

Dr. Ralph Stanley - New Cracker Barrel Album Due January 19

 Man of Constant SorrowLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and three-time GRAMMY Award winner and International Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductee Dr. Ralph Stanley announce the upcoming CD release of Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow, which will be available on Jan. 19, 2015, exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at www.CrackerBarrel.com.

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