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Kickstart Carter Family Fold 40th Anniversary TV Special

Carter Family Fold 40th AnniversaryOn Monday July 28, 2014, a new Kickstarter crowdsource funding campaign will launch to fund the production of a half-hour television special celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Carter Fold located in Hiltons, VA - a rural non-profit music venue created to honor the musical heritage of the Carter Family - widely recognized as the First Family of Country Music. The campaign ends Tuesday August 26, 2014. The Kickstarter campaing needs fan support to get going.

Who is in Charge of Your Band's PR?

No U-TurnWe have a band, also referred to as the artist, their management, the record label and the press/media agent and maybe some others. All send Public Relations (PR) and promotional material to various organizations for publication or broadcast. It is great to have all these people working to promote the artist. But, what happens if they get out of sync? What happens if they don't communicate with each other? What happens when it all goes wrong?

Australia's The Stetson Family Working on New Album

The Stetson FamilyYou may have noticed that The Stetson Family have been a bit thin on the ground around Melbourne-town these last couple of months. It’s not that they are finally sick of each other and hung up their boots after six years together – quite the opposite – the band has been busy writing and recording album number three so they can get back out there and hit the road again together with some new toons.

Nathan Stanley Releases New CD Every Mile

Every MileNashville, TN -- Nathan Stanley, the grandson to Dr. Ralph Stanley, is considered to be the "Prince Of Bluegrass" and releases his latest music endeavor Every Mile. His heart is golden, his voice is pure and his soul has deep roots in the lonesome sod of bluegrass music.

FreshGrass Award Announces All-Star Jury for 2014

Alison BrownNorth Adams, MA -- Storied bluegrass and roots performers Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, Leigh and Eric Gibson of The Gibson Brothers, and longtime FreshGrass co-conspirator Alison Brown select the best new acts in banjo, duo, and band competitions as the FreshGrass Award jury during the eponymous festival, September 19-21, 2014, at MASS MoCA.

MTSU Center for Popular Music Acquires Spring Fed Records

Spring Fed RecordsThe Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University has acquired the renowned Spring Fed Records from the Arts Center of Cannon County. The Arts Center has donated the Grammy-winning label’s name and rights and sold its existing inventory to MTSU, said Dr. Greg Reish, the Center for Popular Music’s new director. Founded in 2002, Spring Fed Records is devoted to issuing unique and historically significant recordings of traditional Southern music, including old-time country, blues and gospel. Among its featured titles are music by Uncle Dave Macon, Sam and Kirk McGee, The Fairfield Four, Frazier Moss and Mississippi John Hurt.

Jason Burleson Recovering Well in France - Updated

Jason Burleson by Sherri GeorgeLe Puy, France -- Powerhouse Bluegrass group Blue Highway is currently in France for a two-week tour with stops at the Country Rendezvous Festival in Craponne and the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in La Roche. Following a high octane first night's performance by the band, reflecting their energized current #1 album "The Game," Blue Highway's heralded banjo player and vocalist Jason Burleson awoke ill this morning with what has been diagnosed by physicians in Le Puy as a stomach ulcer.

Corbin Hayslett Wins Orthophonic Joy Music Contest

Corbin Hayslett and Leah RossBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music surprised a student on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA Thursday when, in front of an auditorium filled with people, they announced the winner of the Orthophonic Joy Music Contest was seated among them. Corbin Hayslett, a student at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and an instructor at MECC's Mountain Music School, was attending the summer program's Master Musician's concert in the Goodloe Auditorium when BCM executive director Leah Ross called him to the stage. As Hayslett accepted his award, the room burst into applause.

Banjo Tribute Kicks Off 5th Annual Rhythm & Roots Run

4th Rhythm & Roots Run (2013)Banjo player? Musician? Runner? Join us for another great 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run as we celebrate our 5th year for this event and the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Runner’s World Says This is a Run NOT to Miss! Runner’s World listed the Rhythm & Roots Run as one of 18 5Ks that are “awesomely unique”. Join us to find out why!

"Standing Tall and Tough" by Crowe, Lawson & Williams Available

 Standing Tall and ToughA great new album is out from three top bluegrass artists - J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams. These friends have put together another album following their Old Friends Get Together release from four years ago.

Mike Barnett to Release Solo Album ‘One Song Romance’

One Song RomanceNashville, TN -- From a young age, Mike Barnett has made his mark on the bluegrass world as an extremely talented fiddler. He has toured as a member of Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, the David Grisman Sextet and the progressive bluegrass quintet, The Deadly Gentleman, which he co-founded. With the release of his debut solo project, One Song Romance, Barnett is poised to establish himself as a solo artist with a broad and engaging musical vision that reaches from bluegrass into acoustic jazz and beyond.

The Duhks Join FreshGrass Lineup, Daily Lineups Announced

The DuhksNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's annual bluegrass and roots festival, is famous for its lineup, its workshop programs in conjunction with The Berklee College of Music, its urban setting nestled in the bucolic Berkshire mountains - and infamous for its late-night, moonshine slushies-fueled parties that close out the first two nights of music. This year, Canadian fusion-folk stars The Duhks plan to raise the roof when they play the late show on opening night. The festival just released its day-by-day lineup for September 19-21, 2014.

Ralph Stanley Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville -- Trailblazing musician Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others.

Final Nominees For IBMA Awards to be Announced at Aug 13

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- Bluegrass fans all over the globe can watch live as the final nominees for the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards are announced on Wednesday, August 13 at 4:45 pm Central/5:45 pm Eastern; for the fourth year in a row, Music City Roots (MCR) will broadcast the nomination press conference live at www.MusicCityRoots.com, from Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Road) in Franklin, Tennessee.

James Reams & The Barnstormers Release Full Length Video

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers just released their first full length music video featuring the song “Almost Hear the Blues” which charted nationally. The video is a collaborative effort between James Reams and filmmaker, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films. According to James, “Stonewall Jackson wrote this song and sang it to me over the telephone. It conjured up such vivid pictures in my head that I knew one day I’d have to make it into a video.”

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