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Nathan Stanley Wins "Bluegrass Album of the Year" Dove Award

Every MileNashville, TN -- And the winner is...Nathan Stanley!!! Last night at the prestigious Gospel Music Association's annual Dove awards, Nathan Stanley was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" for his 2014 release Every Mile. Every Mile, produced by Terry Thompson, features collaborations with Vince Gill on "Hand in Hand with Jesus," a duet with his legendary grandfather Dr. Ralph Stanley, along with Sonya Isaacs Yeary & Becky Isaacs Bowman, Jeff & Sheri Easter, T. Graham Brown & Judy Marshall, Jeff Bates, Wes Hampton, and Adam Crabb.

Newton & Thomas to Host Pick & Stomp Concert Series

Newton & ThomasNashville, TN -- Nashville’s Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will host the new weekly Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace presented by Robert’s Western World. The first concert takes place Thursday, October 9 with opening act, Casey Campbell. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fun will continue until 11:00pm. Attendees will certainly enjoy the tasty food, great music, authentic barn dance and pickin’ party!

Fiddler Stuart Duncan Named Next Nashville Cat

Stuart DuncanNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns Saturday, November 1, with fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan. The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.

Kameron Keller Joins Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Kameron KellerJunior Sisk & Ramblers Choice would like to announce the addition of Kameron Keller to the band. Keller, a native of east Tennessee, is a strong bass player who has spent the past several years with acclaimed group Grasstowne. Although he is just in his early twenties, he has already become known in the bluegrass world for his solid, driving style. Welcome to the group, Kameron!

The Hillbilly Gypsies Return to Carter Fold Saturday

Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 11th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show. The Gypsies perform in the old fashioned style, around a single microphone. Their show has the feel of a barn dance, and it transports you back in time. One thing’s for sure – you’ll want to get up and dance. They’ve been a group for over ten years, and they have played at many national festivals, concert halls, and theaters.

Malpass Brothers Sign with Organic Records

 Taylor Malpass, Chris Malpass, Doyle Lawson.Nashville, TN -- The Malpass Brothers, a traditional country duo from Goldsboro, NC, have signed an exclusive recording contract with Asheville-based record label Organic Records. The Malpass Brothers are currently in the studio recording a planned 2015 release. The album is being produced by Bluegrass legend and Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson. It is expected to be a mix of originals and some of the brothers favorite covers.

Johnny Vincent Passed Away Sunday, October 5th

Johnny Lee VincentJohnny Lee Vincent of The Sally Mountain Show, promoter of the Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival in Queen City, MO and father of bluegrass music artists Rhonda, Darrin, and Brian Vincent passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Rhonda Vincent shared his obituary. Johnny Vincent's Sally Mountain Show has been a significant influence on the music over the years. Here is the official obituary as presented today.

BBU Presents The Dry Branch Fire Squad, Sat. Oct. 25th

Dry Branch Fire SquadBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union’s 39th concert season kicks off on Saturday, October 25th with a performance by longtime Boston area favorites The Dry Branch Fire Squad, along with Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA.

Music City Roots Hosts Front Country, Joe Mullins Wednesday

Front CountryMusic City Roots Live from The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee will feature exciting bluegrass Wednesday, October 8th. Front Country and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will join Jeff Black, Garety Laffely and others.

Foot Stompin’ Friday Features New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over twelve years. Friday, October 10th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Foot Stompin’ Friday series concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

30th Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards October 18th

30th Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music AwardsSackville, NB, Canada -- The Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society is pleased to announce the nominees for the 30th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards. As the season of summertime festivals closes, the Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society was pleased to present the 30th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards on October 18th, 2014 at the Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro, NS.

Fiddlers Violet Hensley, Randall Franks Chronicle 10 Decades

Whittlin' and Fiddldin' My Own WayCo-authors Violet Hensley and Randall Franks debuted the new book with opening weekend signings in Branson, Mo. and Nashville, Tenn. “Whittlin’ and Fiddlin’ My Own Way: The Violet Hensley Story” reflects nearly a century of experiences through the eyes of Silver Dollar City personality Violet Hensley.

Blue Highway's Tim Stafford and Rob Ickes Honored with IBMA Awards

Rob Ickes and Tim StaffordRaleigh, NC -- Powerhouse band Blue Highway members Tim Stafford and Rob Ickes were among the award winners as the brightest stars in Bluegrass gathered on Thursday evening for the 25th Annual IBMA Awards at Raleigh's Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Win Instrumental Group of the Year

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenAustin, TX -- Washington, D.C. area bluegrass quartet Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named Instrumental Group of the Year at the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, held Thursday evening in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts.

Balsam Range Takes Top Honors at IBMA Awards

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- It was a big night for Balsam Range at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, which were announced during a red carpet event at the annual World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC.

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