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What's the Bluegrass Music Lyrics Grade Level Score?

Bluegrass Lyric Grade LevelIn the recent couple of weeks there have been postings around the internet relating to the education level of pop lyrics, pop country lyrics and other music. One such article (http://bit.ly/1d2NfiG) indicates that Pop Country is in the 3rd Grade elementary school realm. I know it wasn't all this way but then, country music has changed a lot over the past couple of decades.

Monroe Mandolin Camp Announces Two Showcase Performances

Monroe Mandolin CampOn Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the Monroe Mandolin Camp Instructors Mike Compton, David Davis, Skip Gorman, David Long, Casey Campbell, and Mark Royal (plus all-star backup band), will be performing LIVE on Music City Roots, showcasing that traditional bluegrass roots style mandolin playing created by Bill Monroe. What a fantastic night to showcase our world-class instructors, and to shine a spotlight on Bill's music! We'll create our own Monroe-Mandolin-Mania! Show starts at 7pm. You can attend in person at The Factory in Franklin, TN, or view via the live telecast from the comfort of your own home. For details of where to go for the broadcast via Lifestream, visit Music City Root's webpage.

Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming June 12-20

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingThe Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road concerts in over 30 communities, dozens of cultural experiences throughout the region, and over 70 existing traditional music related concerts, jam sessions, and festivals.

Ripsaw & Patuxent To Release Louie Setzer “Jukebox Bluegrass”

Louie SetzerRipsaw Records announces that, along with Patuxent Music, it will release the Louie Setzer 14 song Jukebox Bluegrass album by the end of this month. Setzer (with his "titanium tonsils") was Ripsaw's first recording artist (Ripsaw 209; 1976). He is also Ripsaw's most recent artist, having recorded two tracks released in April 2014 on The Best of Ripsaw Records, Volume 4. The album's selections are from a cross-section of sources, but the result is pure honky tonkin' bluegrass, all well-suited for a jukebox in the seediest of locations.

Gold Heart Releases “Places I’ve Been”

 Places I've BeenMountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of new music from Gold Heart. Places I've Been is available to radio and consumers today. Family harmony is considered one of the staples of bluegrass and acoustic music. There is nothing like it, especially when it is set against a backdrop of superb musicianship. Such is the case with Places I've Been, the new album from Gold Heart. If the lilting, three-part, sister harmony doesn't put a smile on your face, the youthful originality of the songs, chock full of fresh ideas and melodies, will. In fact, all 12 songs on Places I've Been were written by members of the Gold family.

WBCM Radio Bristol Online and On the Air This Summer

Whitetop Mountain Band at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandSaturday, May 30th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Cover “The Final Countdown”

Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnYes, it’s only the second week of Undercover 2015, and we’re already looking at our second and third banjos of the season. But behold the power of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, who took the classic-rock staple “The Final Countdown” and reimagined it for banjos and wig for The Onion A.V. Club. Yes, when Fleck—who’s been widely recognized as one of the instrument’s greats for decades—showed up at AVHQ, he asked whether we might have a “hair metal” wig for him to wear.

Scott Tackett Releases Solo Project “Lookin’ Back”

Scott Tackett - Lookin’ BackIrvine, KY -- Kindred Records has released the CD "Looking Back" by Olive Hill, Ky artist Scott Tackett. The studio project that brought together the popular bluegrass group Hammertowne in 2011 has over half the 12 tracks written by Scott or co-written with Dave Carroll. A good mix of hard driving bluegrass, soulful ballads, and outstanding vocal performances by Scott (rhythm guitar), Dave (lead guitar), and Doug Burchett (bass). Chasten Carroll, Dave's son lays down some awesome mandolin along with Brent Pack on the banjo. Fiddle was performed by guest musician and engineer Ron Stewart.

Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection Release New Single

Union House Records is proud to announce the first single release from their newly formed label. Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection is now available for purchase at CDBaby and will be appearing soon on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and more fine retail outlets. The song was written by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens and appears on the band’s upcoming self-titled album releasing in July.

Carter Fold Performances of “Keep On The Sunny Side”

Eugene Wolf portrays A.P. Carter in a performance of “Keep on the Sunny Side” Hiltons, VA -- During the last week in May and the first week in June, 2015, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, and Abingdon’s Barter Theatre will present six performances of the play Keep on the Sunny Side at the Carter Family Fold. Performance dates and times are: Thursday, May 28, 7:30 PM/ Friday, May 29, 7:30 PM/ Sunday, May 31, 7:00 PM/ Thursday, June 4, 7:30 PM/ Friday, June 5, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, June 7, 7:00 PM. Tickets to Keep on the Sunny Side at the Fold are $20 and are available for advance purchase through the Barter Theatre box office at 276-628-3991 or on their website at bartertheatre.com. Tickets will also be available at the door for each show. Before traveling long distances, it would be best to check with Barter’s box office regarding ticket availability.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum PUSH Film Festival

PUSH Film FestivalPUSH! Film Festival, to be held on June 12—14, 2015, is a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts over three days – the festival is bringing diverse films to our community from across the world and will also be showcasing the best regional filmmakers.

Claire Lynch Announces New Focus on New Challenges

Claire Lynch BandThree-Time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy nominee and Song of the Year winner Claire Lynch is a multi-award winning performer/songwriter and a “singer’s singer” whose work has been heralded by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and many music journalists, all of whom have written about her with favor. She paved the way for other women in a musical world that traditionally belonged to men – the world of bluegrass – and managed to set the bar a little higher for everyone who followed.

Colorado's The Railsplitters Climb Above the Bluegrass Timberline

The RailsplittersHailing from Colorado, The Railsplitters use the traditional instrumentation of bluegrass but explode the form, taking it to new heights of dizzying complexity. Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tourvan! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time.

Dale Ann Bradley to Release “Pocket Full of Keys” June 9th

Pocket Full of KeysDale Ann Bradley will release Pocket Full of Keys on June 9, her first album after signing with Pinecastle Records last year. Bradley will hold her official CD Release Party at the Station Inn in Nashville on Saturday, June 6, where she will perform new tunes and classic favorites for her fans.

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