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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers New Album Out October 7

Chris Jones & the Night DriversAsheville, NC -- How do you follow an album that features three #1 and two #2 bluegrass radio hits? If you’re Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, you give fans what they’ve been asking for—a live album that delivers a few choice new selections nestled among a flock of favorites, recorded in an intimate, small-town venue that brings out the best in the quartet’s soulful vocals, hotshot picking and easygoing humor. From its blazing opener, “Bound To Ride,” to its even speedier closer, “Pike County Breakdown,” Live At The Old Feed Store, which hits stores on October 7, 2014, is one that long-time fans will treasure, and it’s also a perfect introduction to a group heading toward its 20th anniversary in bluegrass. The live album is a follow-up to 2013’s release Lonely Comes Easy, which was their first all-new collection since 2009’s Cloud Of Dust.

Foundation For Bluegrass Music Fundraiser Follows Awards Show

Blue HighwayThe Foundation for Bluegrass Music is proud to announce, for the first time ever, the online sale of tickets to the Foundations Annual Fundraising Event featuring Blue Highway and a bluegrass karaoke extravaganza! This year the Foundation partnered with the IBMA Youth Council to promote the upcoming event. Tickets ($10 each) can be purchased in the exhibitor hall from the Foundation booth, at the Youth Councils Kick Off Party on Wednesday at 5 PM in Raleigh Convention Center room 203, at the door the night of the show at Tir Na Nog, or right here online. Blue Highway will be performing at both Wide Open Bluegrass as well as the Foundations Event.

Suwannee Banjo Camp, March 27-29, 2015, is Open for Business

Suwannee Banjo CampLive Oak, FL -- It is time to announce that the 2015 Suwannee Banjo Camp, in Live Oak, Florida, is open for business. The Suwannee Banjo Camp takes place March 27-29, with an optional extra day on March 26th. Our camp features classes, demonstrations, concerts and jams, in bluegrass and old-time banjo styles, and includes a guitar track and fiddle track, as well as instruction in minstrel banjo and the African akonting (ekonting).

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Sign with Buddy Lee Attractions

Darin & Brooke Aldridge sign with Buddy Lee Attr.Nashville, TN -- Mountain Home Music recording artists, Darin & Brooke Aldridge are excited to announce that they have signed with Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA). Buddy Lee Attractions’s recent expansion of the agency representation to encompass Bluegrass performing artists has opened the doors for artists like Darin & Brooke Aldridge.

IBMA Launches Inaugural Film Festival at World of Bluegrass

IBMA Film FestivalNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is excited to present its first annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 30-October 4 in Raleigh, NC! The festival is comprised of two Feature Films, screened during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass Business Conference (Tues.-Thurs.), and six Festival Films, screened during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Fri.-Sat.). Featured film screenings will include an introduction and post-screening Q&A session with the filmmaker or a representative during the Business Conference. All eight films (feature and festival) will be shown twice during the weekend.

AirPlay Direct Co-Sponsors IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference

AirPlay Direct + IBMAAirPlay Direct is pleased to announce our on-going partnership with the IBMA, and our “Co-Sponsorship” of the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference, as well as the IBMA Momentum Awards. The IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global Bluegrass music community.

The Roys: The View Provides Insight to Their Lives

 The ViewThe Roys have put together a project that shines some light into their personal lives. Elaine Roy shares some of her personal feelings in the opening track "No More Lonely." Those that have followed their social media commentary will find the relationship to this song and Elaine's personal journey. This fifth album of theirs is definitely the duo's greatest effort to date.

Nu-Blu Goes All the Way with Newest Album

All The WayAll The Way, the latest release by bluegrass artists, Nu-Blu, once again delivers. This album makes the bluegrass blue from start to finish. The tight artistry is a trademark of this outstanding band and this album is even tighter. Carolyn Routh's vocals on the tracks is soulful and emotional.

Bourbon & Bluegrass - a Bluegrass Museum Benefit

Owensboro, KY -- The Owensboro Bourbon Society, The Miller House and the International Bluegrass Music Museum are partnering together for 'Bourbon and Bluegrass,' Saturday, October 11 at The Miller House. This special evening will include dinner, bourbon and wine tastings with the meal, champagne, a silent auction and live music, and will be a benefit for the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Rebecca Frazier to Shocase at IBMA and AMA Conferences

Rebecca FrazierOver the past decade, Rebecca Frazier has led one of today’s hottest bluegrass ensembles, Hit & Run Bluegrass. They’ve become known as one of the tightest groups performing, taking them all the way to the coveted winner’s circle. Hit & Run is the only band to take first place at Telluride, Rockygrass, and SPBGMA Festival Band Championships.

Free WOB Wifi at Raleigh Convention Center Courtesy celito

Celito WiFi at World of BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced an added bonus for those attending IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4, in Raleigh, North Carolina: “Wide Open Wifi” - free access to wifi within the Raleigh Convention Center, courtesy of Raleigh-based telecommunications company celito.

Sounds Like Home Concert with Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley & More

Sounds Like HomeSounds Like Home: A Night of Music from the Cumberlands is a community homecoming for bluegrass legends Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley, who have grown up, performed and made countless friends and fans in the Cumberland Mountains of East Tennessee and Kentucky. This special event takes place September 26th at 6 PM at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tennessee.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Present Debut Album Oct. 7

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other.

Front Country's Powergrass Debut Album

Sake of the SoundFrom the first notes of “Gospel Train,” as Melody Walker’s soaring voice entwines around the phrase “I woke up with heaven on my mind,” you’ll hear that Front Country isn’t your usual bluegrass band. When the fiddle and distorted acoustic guitar come crashing into the song like roaring waves, rushing back and forth with swelling ferocity, you’ll know that this is bluegrass unleashed, American roots music that refuses to be constrained.

Phil Leadbetter Releases “The Next Move”

Phil LeadbetterNashville, TN -- It’s a remarkable commentary on the character of a man when he can call upon friends and associates with the answer repeatedly being a resounding “yes.” A stellar list of friends make his Bucket List dreams come true with this release.

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