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James Reams Celebrates his Birthday January 10th

James ReamsJames Reams of James Reams & The Barnstormers will be celebrating his birthday in a few days. We hope you'll join in the festivities by playing or listening to some of his original music in honor of this special day. "Hills of My County" is an original from his Troubled Times CD or the semi-autobiographical "Where No Heart Goes Hungry" from Wild Card (also available on AirPlay Direct) with the late Walter Hensley on banjo.

Kathy Kallick Band Scores Top Artist for December, 2015

Kathy Kallick BandAccording to the monthly survey of airplay on folkdj-l, the Kathy Kallick Band are the Top Artists of December, 2015 — and their new release, Foxhounds, had the third most airplay of any album in that month. (#1 is a new seasonal sampler and #2, a heavily-promoted tribute album, had one more spin than the Kathy Kallick Band (KBB).

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Ring In 2016 with Top Chart Action

It's About TymeCumming, GA -- Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Break A String Records are celebrating the new year with news that the band's latest album, It's About Tyme, is #1 on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 15 Albums chart for a second consecutive month. Released September 4th, It's About Tyme has been the fastest charting album in the band's history, making its debut on the National Survey at #2 in November, climbing to #1 in December, and remaining in the top spot for January 2016. The album also topped the year-end Roots Music Reports Top 50 Albums chart for 2015 at #1.

2nd Annual Hazel Dickens Song Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Hazel DickensThe second annual Hazel Dickens Song Contest is now open for entries. The contest pays tribute to one of bluegrass music’s most beloved songwriters. The Hazel Dickens song contest celebrates the life and muse of one of bluegrass music's most beloved songwriters. From hardscrabble beginnings in West Virginia coal country in 1935, Hazel moved to Baltimore, MD, as a young woman to find factory work and quickly connected with local musicians. She started performing throughout the Baltimore/Washington region and was soon recognized for her singular mountain singing style and her gift with a lyric. Hazel wrote of coal miners, unionization, hard times, feminism and much more. She recorded several albums with duo partner Alice Gerrard in the 1960s and 1970s and went on to release four records as a solo artist. Among her best known songs are "Won't You Come and Sing for Me," "West Virginia

Jacob Underwood's "The Banjo Files" Released on Plum River Records

Jacob Underwood - The Banjo FilesElizabeth, IL - The Banjo Files, an instrumental album by Jacob Underwood, has just been released on Plum River Records. The first single, "B-5," was released to radio in November. The album can be ordered at www.jacobunderwoodmusic.com

Boston’s Celtic Music Fest Coming up Jan 8 & Jan 9

Bonston Celtic Music FestBoston, MA -- The Boston area’s annual homegrown celebration of Celtic music and dance, BCMFest marks 13 years on January 8th and 9th, 2016 at Club Passim and other locations in Harvard Square. The family-friendly festival draws performers of all ages from around Greater Boston, presenting music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions.

Bristol Rhythm 2016 Partial Lineup Announced, $50 Weekend Passes ends Dec. 31

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- Christmas came a little early for music lovers this year as fans of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion eagerly counted down to the holiday with a daily sneak peek of the annual music festival's artist lineup. Over the last two weeks Bristol Rhythm organizers announced 12 different festival artists during the "big reveal," lighting up Facebook and Twitter with enthusiasm for the September event.

Dollywood Music Performance Auditions will be Held in Early 2016

Dollywood NewsDollywood will hold auditions for music and variety shows for the park's 2016 season in January and February. Auditions will take place in Pigeon Forge, Jan. 23-24, in Atlanta, Jan. 9, and in Spartaburg, S.C., on Feb. 20. Dollywood, winner of seven Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows needs world-class performers! Learn more about their upcoming open call auditions, and perhaps you can join the award-winning entertainment team at Dolly Parton's Dollywood in the Great Smoky Mountains. Please check the audition dates and times at this link.

Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival Kicks Off 2016 Festival Season

Blythe Bluegrass FestivalOnce again, the third week of January, January 15-17, the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe, California comes alive with the sounds of bluegrass music. Blythe's Bluegrass event is typically the first major Bluegrass Festival of the season and one of the biggest Bluegrass events in the U.S.A.

Glen Harlow Band Starts New Year at Carter Family Fold Jan 2

Glen Harlow BandSaturday, January 2, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass and old time music by the Glen Harlow Band. This will be a fine start to the 2016 music season at the historic Carter Fold.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands' "The Hazel and Alice Sessions" Due Jan 21

The Hazel and Alice SessionsLaurie Lewis & The Right Hands pay homage to the pioneering bluegrass duo Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard on their upcoming album The Hazel and Alice Sessions, which features young prodigy fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves, Americana songstress Aoife O'Donovan, Alice Gerrard herself, and a duet with Linda Ronstadt!

Merry Christmas from Cybergrass

Holiday Greetings from IBMM's New Director Chris Joslin

Chris JoslinMerry Christmas from everyone at the International Bluegrass Music Museum! As many of you know, I am the new guy and this year has been all about change and adjustment for me and my family. In addition to learning the ropes in a new job, my daughters are adjusting to life as college students, my wife is transitioning from her job of almost 12 years, we are selling our home in Nashville and settling in as new residents of Owensboro, Kentucky. Many of you have navigated similar waters at some point in your life. As one might imagine, this has resulted in a mixture of excitement and joy along with a touch of hand wringing about embracing so much change. Fortunately for me, joy and excitement about the future has far outpaced everything else as 2016 quickly approaches.

Kameron Keller Departs Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice for Darrell Webb Band

Kameron KellerSince joining Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice in October 2014, bassist Kameron Keller has become an integral part of the group's signature driving, lonesome style of traditional bluegrass music. However, as the group's 2015 tour draws to a close, he has announced his departure from the group.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Join John Cowan on Tour

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Join John CowanJohn Cowan has revamped his show after two wildly successful performances with fellow Bluegrass chart toppers Darin & Brooke Aldridge in Shelby, NC & Floyd, VA recently and has added them to dates in January, February and March of 2016.

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