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The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage

The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passageperformer, James Reams, takes the viewer through a series of life-changing events that contributed to his longevity and success as a bluegrass band leader. One near death experience, a brief but powerful time being homeless, and a career-threatening surgery combined to make James what he is today…an example of what courage, determination, and optimism – mixed with a whole lot of faith – can accomplish.

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain Empire at Carter Fold

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain EmpireSaturday, April 15th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and Fiddling Leona and their group The Mountain Empire. Also featured on the show will be students from the Hazard Community and Technical Colleges Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music and their Program Director Dean Osborne, Jr.

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys Release Single

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain BoysCoeburn, VA -- Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his late father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing. These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.

Dave Adkins Trio Releases "Turn to Jesus"

Turn to JesusWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records announces the release of Turn to Jesus, the latest album from Dave Adkins and the first from the Dave Adkins Trio. Last year, Adkins, who has released three chart-topping albums for Mountain Fever Records, partnered with two close friends, Richie Rose and David Taylor, to sing in a small local church. The result was something even Adkins could not have predicted. A cellphone video of the stripped-down, guitar and vocals-only performance was posted on social media and captured the attention and hearts of so many, that the demand for more suddenly became very apparent. And thus, the Dave Adkins Trio was born.

Ray Cardwell’s Bluegrass Soul Tops Roots and Folk Music Charts

Tennessee MoonNashville, TN -- With initial reviews citing bluegrass soul artist/bassist Ray Cardwell’s soaring, four-octave vocals and infallible groove, radio airplay charts are reflecting his impact in folk and roots music, as well as the bluegrass world. The much-anticipated January release for the Pinecastle Records recording artist’s Tennessee Moon landed in the Top 20 CDs for the month of January by Bluegrass Today National Radio Airplay. At press time the album had charted in the top 10 (peaking at #3) during the past 11 weeks in the Roots Music Report bluegrass chart, which tracks airplay from more than 150 DJs who play roots-based music worldwide. During the month of March, Tennessee Moon was the #8 album on the Folk DJ chart and Cardwell was the 12th most played artist.

Jeff Little Trio Concert at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Jeff Little TrioHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 8th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band – the Jeff Little Trio. Hotshot rockabilly pianist Jeff Little comes from Boone, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, where he grew up surrounded by music. Jeff began to play piano at age five. His family owned a music store, and musicians of all persuasions dropped by to play a few tunes with the kid, which helps account for Jeff's mastery of a range of styles.

Bobby Osborne Releases Single “They Call The Wind Maria”

Bobby Osborne - OriginalNashville, TN — Bobby Osborne is one of bluegrass music's true innovators. His trailblazing work with The Osborne Brothers, who charted 13 Billboard Country top 100 hits in the 1960s and 70s, took the sounds of the banjo, mandolin and Bobby's one of a kind tenor voice to a mainstream radio audience – one of only a handful of acts in the history of bluegrass ever to have achieved cross over success. Blurring the boundaries between bluegrass and country music, The Osborne Brothers were the connective tissue between the first generation creators of bluegrass and the subsequent generation of newgrass musicians who, in turn, paved the way for the diversity and innovation that characterize contemporary bluegrass.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Announces 2017 Finalists

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestThe Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest, announces the finalists for the 2017 contest. MerleFest 2017, presented by Window World, takes place from April 27-30, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

Banjo Maestro Ned Luberecki Releases “Take Five”

Ned Luberecki - Take FiveNashville, TN -- Ned Luberecki's new album, Take Five, is independently released TODAY, March 31, 2017. A master of his instrument and adept in multiple styles Ned recorded at The Rec Room, Ben Surratt's studio in East Nashville this self produced, the 14-track album is a mix of originals and covers and clocks in at just under 45 minutes.

I Can't Buy Music Like I Used To -- I Don't Buy as Much Either

Record Store BuyersYears ago, I would make it a weekly or monthly endeavor to visit the huge record store with my friend. We would probably spend a few hours there exploring the albums from all genres and artists. These stores were isle after isle of thousands of different albums in each. The store probably held a million titles or more. Hundreds of people would be there besides us. From Bluegrass to Blues and Imports to Classical, it was always an adventure to go to the record store. We always bought a few albums -- some we had no idea about. We rarely got burned.

Becky Buller is "Speakin' to that Mountain" with New Release

Becky Buller - Speakin' To That MountainJoelton, TN -- With today's release of "Speakin' To That Mountain" by Becky Buller, Dark Shadow Recording proudly offers you a glimpse of Crêpe Paper Heart, the upcoming new album from the reigning IBMA Female Vocalist and Fiddle Player of The Year.

A Look at Dailey & Vincent's “Patriots & Poets” Album

Patriots & PoetsNashville, TN -- Multi-GRAMMY® nominee, newly inducted Grand Ole Opry members and three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year winners Dailey & Vincent continue to expand upon their monumental 2017 with the release of their latest album Patriots & Poets. In addition to celebrating 10 years together as a duo, they're exploring new boundaries while also going back to their bluegrass roots on Patriots & Poets, which features collaborations with Steve Martin, Doyle Lawson, TaRanda Greene, David Rawlings, and Bela Fleck.The multiple IBMA and Dove winners, who Billboard stated "continues to set the standard for which all modern-day Bluegrass artists are measured by," is releasing Patriots & Poets via Dreamlined Entertainment Group and BFD (distributed via RED), and fans can pick up a copy on iTunes, Amazon and wherever music is sold.

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2017, with a full day of festivities for museum visitors. On April 1 only, ticket prices will roll back to $1.50 for all guests, the same price as a ticket on the museum's opening day in 1967.

Larry Cordle Releases New Gospel Album “Give Me Jesus”

Give Me JesusNashville, TN -- Larry Cordle is very proud to announce his new gospel album Give Me Jesus is now released. A special first-run edition CD, that includes a 12-page booklet with song lyrics and personal notes for each track, is available until supplies run out. Physical copies can be purchased at LarryCordle.com or CDBaby. The album is also available for digital purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and more outlets. Cordle has penned hits for some of Country music’s biggest stars and garnered awards for numerous Country and Bluegrass albums, so when he says this album is the highlight of his career, music fans will certainly want to check it out.

IBMA Announces 2017 Leadership Bluegrass Graduates

Leadership Bluegrass 2017Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the graduating class of Leadership Bluegrass 2017. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, and pursue leadership development. This was the 18th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 400 alumni. Leadership Bluegrass 2017 was hosted at BMI in Nashville, Tennessee March 20 through 22.

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