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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Announce Companion EP to Debut Album

Banjo BanjoBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (“two monsters of the banjo” – NPR All Things Considered) are excited to announce Banjo Banjo (August 21 / Rounder), the companion EP to their debut duo album, hailed by The New Yorker as “a stunning collection of eloquent duets” and profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.

AirPlay Direct Co-Sponsors IBMA Conference & IBMA Momentum Awards

IBMA AwardsNashville, TN -- Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Creator of AirPlay Direct announced, “AirPlay Direct is proud of our on-going strategic partnership with the IBMA. We are excited about our previous involvement with and co-sponsorship of IBMA “Momentum Awards” for 2014, and looking forward to the same level of involvement and participation in 2015. Listed below are the winners of the various IBMA “Momentum Awards” for 2014. Each artist “Momentum Award” recipient was also awarded an AirPlay Direct “Marketing & Awareness” package to promote and market their music to APD’s 9,700+ radio station members globally.”

Mountain Faith Gains Nationwide Attention on America's Got Talent

Mountain FaithWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records recording artist, Mountain Faith has captured the hearts of America with their recent appearances on NBC Television's America's Got Talent. The North Carolina-based band is bringing bluegrass music to new audiences and the result is an overwhelming growth in the band's fans as well as support from within the bluegrass community.

Appalachian Music by Emi Sunshine at Carter Fold Saturday

Emi SunshineSaturday, August 8th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year old east Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to dark themes in music – like that of the Louvin Brothers. The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as an old soul – noting Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy. While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, or members of the Carter Family.

Truth & Salvage Co. Added to Brewgrass Festival 2015

19th Brewgrass FestivalAsheville, NC -- Brewgrass Festival is proud to announce that Truth & Salvage Co. will join the 2015 music lineup along with headliner Jeff Austin Band, Big Daddy Love, and Packway Handle Band. This year's event will feature over 50 breweries sampling a diverse assortment of national and regional craft beers. Tickets for Brewgrass are on sale now at http://brewgrassfestival.com/.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground 17th Bluegrass Weekend Aug. 28-29

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverMyrtle Beach, SC -- Ocean Lakes Family Campground will host its 17th Annual Bluegrass Weekend on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. The festival is exclusive to guests of the campground. The weekend features activities for all ages, including live music from eight bands, a scavenger hunt, a mini-golf tournament and a golf car poker run. The first concert will begin on Friday at 4 p.m., with back-to-back bands performing until 10 p.m. Saturday's music begins earlier, with the first band performing at 2 p.m. Performances conclude at 9 p.m.

Bluegrass/Hip-Hop CD Gives Fans New Music, A Trip On A Trail

American MusicBrooklyn, NY -- Best known as the makers of the theme song to the hit FX drama Justified, Gangstagrass is back with American Music, the Emmy-nominee's fourth album, which has 14 bluegrass/hip-hop tracks to wet the beaks of its more than 50,000 fans. Fiercely independent and without a record label, American Music has become a hit record, debuting at #5 on the Billboard bluegrass charts in its first week.

Jeremiah Craig Releases Free Download of Original Banjo Folk Songs

Lost Keys in Lounge StrangeSeattle, WA -- Everyone has gone through that terrifying moment of misplacing keys. The frustration of forgetting where you left them combined with panic from the possibility that they will not be found can be overwhelming. What’s even worse is dealing with something else which may be blocking your search for them in the first place, like an unwelcome visitor perhaps. Jeremiah Craig’s newly released second volume of his free download "Home Tapes" series covers this exact quandary and does so in an entertaining unique way.

Ronnie Reno on Top-Ten, Prepares for Music City Roots' 60th Anniversary

 Lessons LearnedNashville, TN -- Ronnie Reno returns to the Top-Ten of Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart this week at #8 with his first solo release in over a decade, Lessons Learned (Rural Rhythm Records). Climbing from the #10 position reported three weeks ago, the appropriately named Lessons Learned is a bit of a musical nod and Reno's personal reflection on his storied music career as an award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and television host. (Lessons Learned is available for fans on iTunes, Amazon and wherever Bluegrass and Country music are sold.)

Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Awards

Ricky SkaggsThe Americana Music Association announced the selection of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Don Henley, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Ricky Skaggs and Los Lobos as Lifetime Achievement Award winners to be presented at its 14th Annual Honors & Awards ceremony, presented by Nissan, on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Each of these artists will perform and the show will be taped for air on PBS later in the year.

Getty Images & Country Music Hall of Fame Bring Iconic Imagery to the World

Pictured: A young Brenda Lee performs in Nashville’s Centennial Park. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Elmer Williams Collection is available here
New York, NY, and Nashville, TN -- Getty Images, the world leader in visual communications, is teaming up with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum to make available for global licensing an unrivaled collection of historic country music images from the museum’s archives. This is the first collaboration of its kind for the museum, an institution dedicated to preserving and teaching the evolving history of country music.

Acclaimed Mountain Stage Comes to Barter Theatre August 16

Mountain StageAbingdon, VA -- Mountain Stage comes to Barter Theatre for an exciting one night only performance and recording! Gretchen Peters, JD Souther, Nellie McKay, The Whiskey Gentry, and Wayne Henderson fill the stage for two hours of great country and Americana music. Mountain Stage is recording the concert live, and it will be broadcast to over 150 NPR stations nationally. Barter Theatre makes the perfect stage for this showcase of seasoned legends and emerging stars.

Louie Setzer's "Jukebox Bluegrass" Acquires Additonal Accolades

Louie Setzer - Jukebox BluegrassRipsaw Records announces that Louie Setzer's "Jukebox Bluegrass" album, which it released in partnership with Patuxent Music, has recently acquired additional accolades from respected reviewers.

Robert Earl Keen Opened for Himself At Recent Show In Charlotte, NC

Robert Earl KeenNashville, TN -- Fans that came out to the recent Charlotte, North Carolina stop of Robert Earl Keen's tour were treated to a rare Keen concert-going experience. In an unprecedented move, after he found out the opening act for his nearly sold-out show in Charlotte, North Carolina had to cancel at the last-minute, Keen made a surprise move that thrilled unsuspecting fans. The typically well turned-out artist donned casual jeans and a button down and opened for himself. Keen dug into his big bag of musical tricks and pulled out a 45-minute acoustic opening coup d'é·tat performed by his alter ego, "that guy."

Bluegrass Music Museum Names New Executive Director

IBMM Executive Director Chris JoslinOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum's Board of Directors announced that Chris Joslin has been named as the organization's Executive Director. Joslin is expected to begin working at the Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky on September 1. Joslin brings to the IBMM extensive experience as an Executive Recruiter, including his most recent position with the Sanford Group, a retained search firm out of Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he worked as an operations manager with a healthcare company in Nashville focused on stand-alone physical therapy clinics. Joslin received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Belmont's Massey School of Business.

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