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Locust Honey String Band's Old Time Mountain Songs

Locust HoneyThere’s a rock hard spine that holds up the bones of American country music, both now and back to the distant past. That spine is the spirit of the women who have given their hearts and souls to the music–everyone from Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells to Sara Carter and Ola Belle Reed. It’s a spirit very much alive in the music of Asheville, North Carolina’s Locust Honey String Band.

Music Sales Down: What's the Plan? Is There a Plan?

trashed CDsMusic sales dropped 14% according to a recent Nielsen Report. This drop includes both physical and digital sales of songs and albums. Even iTunes dropped by more than 10% according to the report. The big hit was CD sales dropping by nearly 20%. Who then survived? Streaming and the LP came out on top. In the first six months, streaming was up a clear 50% followed by LP sales up 40%.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Release New EP

By My SideThe new EP is here. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys released By My Side EP featuring 'Same Same Stars' The boys note, "We are excited to announce the release of our brand new EP, marking the first time we've contributed vocals to our original songs."

Music City Roots Moves to The Factory

Music City Roots - The FactoryOne week to go! On July 9, Music City Roots will debut in our new home, Liberty Hall inside The Factory At Franklin. This larger venue will give us a chance to try new things and enlarge our community, while retaining the vibe and values we cultivated at The Loveless Cafe. We appreciate your support during this major transition. Here are a few things we want you to know about.

Buller, All-Bluegrass Boy Band Play Monroe’s “Southern Flavor”

Tween Earth and SkyNashville, TN -- Following on the heels of the "Southern Flavor" single release, DSR presents a video - telling the story of the lyrics, the song, and what made the session so special. "Southern Flavor" features Buller on fiddle and vocal with the help of former Bluegrass Boys: Michael Feagan (fiddle), Peter Rowan (guitar/vocal), Buddy Spicher (fiddle), Roland White (mandolin), and Blake Williams (banjo).

The Roys 4th Studio Album "The View" due September

 The ViewNashville, TN -- Award-winning brother/sister Bluegrass duo, The Roys, continue their creative momentum as they gear up for the September release of their fourth studio album, The View. The highly-anticipated project offers the truest representation of The Roys' unique sound to date, and builds upon the duo's success as songwriters, introducing 11 of their new compositions. The brand new album is fueled by the loving, upbeat first single, "No More Lonely," released to radio on June 10 and commercially to fans on June 24 via digital vendors including: iTunes, Amazon, Google plus, Rhapsody and eMusic. The View, a Rural Rhythm Records' release, gives listeners The Roys' most organic project yet, and features a fan-appealing mix of traditional Bluegrass, Country and Gospel.

Dave Adkins' Tops Charts with "Pike County Jail"

Dave AdkinsNashville, TN -- Dave Adkins has not only been gaining attention for his powerful live performances and one of a kind lead vocals, but he's also acheiving great chart success with numerous tracks from his Mountain Fever Records' album, Nothing To Lose. "Pike County Jail" was the biggest chart mover on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart climbing to #19 from its debut at #30 last month. The album moved up on the magazine’s Top 15 Album chart to #12 from its debut at #15 last month.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Score #1 Single

That's KentuckyNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have reason to celebrate as their latest single "That's Kentucky," a song penned by Tom T. and Dixie Hall along with Troy Engle, tops the Bluegrass Unlimited national single charts for July 2014. This marks the second time that Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have reached the top spot on the national chart, their first being "A Light in the Window Again" which topped the chart in September of 2012.

Nu-Blu Going All The Way with New Album Due Sept 16

Nu-BluSiler City, NC -- Nu-Blu, the fastest rising act in bluegrass music, is gearing up to release their forthcoming Rural Rhythm Records album, All The Way, on September 16. The new music will serve as the follow-up to their last album, “Ten,” which coincided with the foursome’s musical journey as a band for a full decade.

Douglas, Ickes, and Auldridge: "Three Bells" Album Due Sept 16

Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Rob IckesNashville, TN -- Three Bells will be released by Rounder on September 16, 2014. The album, a historic collaboration between fellow Dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, and Rob Ickes, marks a personally-charged landmark in all three gentlemen’s expansive bodies of work. In addition to marking the three musicians' first work together since 1994's Grammy-winning The Great Dobro Sessions, Three Bells features the final recordings of Douglas' and Ickes’ longtime friend and mentor Auldridge, who passed away on December 28, 2012, shortly after the recording sessions were completed.
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Bluegrass Artist Jeff Brown Honored as Kentucky Colonel

Jeff Brown-Kentucky Colonel HonorsJeff Brown & Still Lonesome’s very own Jeff Brown was recognized and honored for his long standing contributions on Saturday. Jeffrey was commissioned as an honorary Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steven L. Beshear. The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels does not appoint or commission Kentucky Colonels; that can only be done by the sitting Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The name “Kentucky Colonel” has become synonymous with strength of character, leadership and dedication to the welfare of others.

Dolly Parton Receives 100-Million Albums Sold Award

Dolly Parton 100-Million Sold AwardSomerset, UK -- The most celebrated female in country music history, Dolly Parton, receives, yet, another accolade for RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum career sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide. While attending the historic Glastonbury Music Festival, Dolly took time to speak to journalists before hitting the Pyramid stage in front of a crowd exceeding 100,000 music loving fans. During Dolly’s press event, BBC2 Radio’s Lauren Laverne introduced CTK Management CEO and Dolly Records President Danny Nozell and Glastonbury owner Michael Eavis who made the special plaque presentation which commemorated her sales of 100 million albums worldwide.

New Album of Heartfelt Bluegrass from Missy Werner

Turn This Heart AroundTurn This Heart Around is not just about family, or tradition, or even great music, though it is certainly all of those things and more. It is bluegrass at its core, always teaching, always learning, always sharing. It’s a father’s confidence that his daughter can learn on the fly. Turn This Heart Around is no album of covers, but rather the fruit of a community ideology of bluegrass music that reaches back many years, as vibrant today as it’s ever been, and Missy Werner’s voice owns every word and commands every note on this album. This is what she was raised to know and love. Missy is joined by special guests Sierra Hull, Sarah Siskind, Megan McCormick, Larry Cordle, and more. Songwriters on the project include Gretchen Peters, Bob Morrison, Paula Breedlove, Sarah Siskind, Eric Gibson, and others.

Grayson Highlands Band Plays Carter Family Fold Saturday

Grayson Highlands BandThe 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. Saturday, July 5th, 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. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Doyle Lawson & Del McCoury Hall of Fame Plaques Unveiled

Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury Hall of Fame 2014Owensboro, KY -- Award winning bluegrass music artists and Hall of Fame inductees Doyle Lawson (2012) and Del McCoury (2011) had their Hall of Fame plaques unveiled at this year's ROMP festival. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a committee that selects the inductees for each year. The two artists saw their Hall of Fame Plaques unveiled between sets at ROMP Fest in Owensboro this past Thursday. Both the Del McCoury Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performed during ROMP on Thursday. The plaque unveiling is a major tribute to these Hall of Fame Inductees.

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