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Donna Ulisse Releases "Showin' My Roots" Official Video

Donna UlisseDonna Ulisse has been very active recently with her new book, The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process and her radio appearance with Katy Daley on WAMU Bluegrass Country early last month. Yesterday, Bluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse released a video to the title track of her curent release, Showin' My Roots (see below). She co-wrote the song with her husband Rick Stanley, as a tribute to some of her musical heroes who influenced her own journey as a performer and songwriter.

Nashville Country Revival Now on Hulu

Nashville Country RevivalFranklin, TN -- The popular Nashville Country Revival TV show has already been seen by fans of its inspirational Country, Gospel and Bluegrass flavored music in the past 2 years on traditional TV networks such as Daystar, Heartland TV, TCT and a host of other national, network platforms.. NCR has entered new territory for Gospel oriented music as nine episodes of Nashville Country Revival have now been launched on Hulu. Amazon Prime will come on board in the near future offering Nashville Country Revival episodes to its subscriber base and viewership as well.

Celebrate Valentine's with a Dailey & Vincent Cruise

Dailey & VincentMt. Airy, GA -- Springer Mountain Farms, a Georgia-based poultry producer known for its flavorful chicken raised without antibiotics, and multi-Grammy nominated Bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent (D&V) present their first Water Fest Bluegrass Sweepstakes. One lucky winner and a guest will have the chance to win a Valentine's cruise in the Western Caribbean, Feb. 14 until Feb. 19, 2015.

Cybergrass Celebrates 22 Years on the Web September 9th

Cybergrass 22 YearsCybergrass is celebrating another year of bluegrass music on the Internet. Wow! What a ride its been. We have gone through five iterations, four domain names and we're still here. What started out as just a research project almost a quarter century ago has evolved into the world's oldest bluegrass music web site which, is also the world's oldest music site of any genre. Cybergrass was born 22 years ago when the web was in its fetal infancy. There were no tools and everything was alpha release source code. The web was dark and void and the Internet was still just a research project -- the Research Internet. Bob Cherry, working with electronic documentation at Xerox got his hands on some very early code and managed to put it together with minimal documentation. On September 9, 1992, he posted about 50 songs from the Digital Tradition files on a Xerox PARC web server with a simple HTML index. HTML was all coded by hand in those days. That was the beginning of what has evolved into a premier bluegrass music site on the web.

Back Roads Music Festival Just a Week Away

Larry CordleBack Roads Music Festival incorporation with a Visit Wise County Tourism Production; is pleased to announce the outdoor music event of this year Back Roads Music Festival. Friday and Saturday September 5th & 6th 2014. Location for the event will be the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, VA. Weekend pass including free camping with your car! (no pets, no glass bottles).

Luthier Activities at FreshGrass

 Sauve GuitarsThe Fretboard Journal – the boutique magazine for guitar, mandolin, and stringed instrument players – joins Suavé Guitars founder Steve Suavé and a stellar group of artisans for demonstrations and discussions of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, open-back banjo, and guitar.

New Members to Join IBMA Board in October 2014

Joe MullinsNashville, TN -- Congratulations to the following IBMA members who will take their seats on the IBMA Board of Directors in October, 2014: Joe Mullins, in the Artists, Composers & Publishers category; David Smith, Broadcasters; and John Goad, serving the Print, Media & Education constituencies. All three board reps have been elected by their constituents to a three-year term.

RockyGrass 2014 Roundup and Interview with Full Boat Winner

RockyGrass 2014 tentsLyons, CO -- This year marked the first RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival since the massive flood that devastated the surrounding areas of Lyons, CO last year including the Planet Bluegrass Ranch where the annual event takes place. After an incredible restoration effort led by the Planet Bluegrass staff, the show went on as scheduled without missing a beat. We had the honor of being one of this year's sponsors and had a great time as we always do there, thanks to all who came out to see us at our booth!

Tim White & The VW Boys and Friends at Fold Tonight

The VW BoysHiltons, VA -- Tim White is the banjo picker, guitar picker, and baritone singer for the VW Boys. He knew Dave Vaught for several years prior to both of these gentlemen forming the VW Boys band which features bluegrass music, magic, and comedy in one self-contained variety show. Fat Albert Blackburn is the third leg of the VW Boys and plays upright bass and sings lead. Dave Vaught is an excellent entertainer and magician who brings his talents to the group as well as playing guitar and singing lead and harmony parts. The VW Boys will provide plenty of dance music for the cloggers and flatfoot dancers at the Fold by having Kevin Jackson accompany them on fiddle. Glen Harlow will also sit in as the group’s mandolin player. Saturday, August 30th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tim White and the VW Boys and Friends. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Reserved Seating Sold Out for Oct 4 Wide Open Bluegrass

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- Reserved tickets are sold out for the Saturday, October 4 ticketed portion of the upcoming two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival, and less than 70 reserved tickets remain for Friday, October 3. General admission tickets are still available for both October 3 (approximately 1600) and October 4 (approximately 1300), but are expected to sell out in advance of the weekend, like last year.

Roe Entertainment Welcomes Becky Buller

Becky Buller. Photo by Glenn SweitzerMaryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to announce the addition of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Becky Buller to his roster of award-winning artists. Originally from St. James, Minnesota, Becky Buller has traipsed the world over performing Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music to the delight of her many fans.

Yonder Mountain's Kinfolk Celebration Sept 19-20

Planet Bluegrass Main Stage, photo by Tobin VoggesserLyons, CO -- With the rebirth of the 42nd RockyGrass and the healing songs & stories of the 24th Rocky Mtn Folks Festival now just glowing memories, Planet Bluegrass is looking forward to one final weekend -- Yonder Mountain String Band's 2014 Kinfolk Celebration in Lyons, Colorado this September 19-20. Held on the final weekend of summer, just a few days after the anniversary of their historic flood, this is their last chance to dance and sing together under the sandstone cliffs of the St. Vrain in 2014.

Dr. Ralph Stanley Signs With Vector Management

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- Musical titan Dr. Ralph Stanley has signed to Vector Management for career management, joining a roster that includes some of the most iconic musicians, chefs and public figures in the world. Ken Levitan, Vector co-president and founder, welcomes Dr. Stanley saying, “We are honored to be working with such a legendary, prolific artist. He is truly a musical treasure of this generation.”

Del McCoury to be Honored with American Roots Master Award

Del McCoury BandThe Berklee College of Music is set to honor Del McCoury with an American Roots Master award when he performs with his band in Boston on September 12. Berklee College of Music's 2014-15 Signature Series kicks-off with Inspired by Muddy and Monroe with Grammy-winning bluegrass group the Del McCoury Band and acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell on Friday, September 12. Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe are two American music titans who each helped create and define a blues-based genre: bluegrass, in the case of Bill Monroe, and Chicago blues, in the case of Muddy Waters.
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2014 FreshGrass Award Finalists Announced

Berklee Roots RoadshowThe 2014 FreshGrass award finalists are now confirmed. You'll be able to hear all fifteen of these acts at pop-up performances during the festival, so keep an eye and ear out as you explore. Our contest events on Saturday and Sunday mornings are open to everyone, so come down and cheer on your favorite musicians.

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