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Balsam Range is 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Balsam RangeRaleigh, NC -- North Carolina’s own Balsam Range took home the Entertainer of the Year award at the 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Thursday night, October 2nd, at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. It was an exciting night for the band, who also received awards for Vocal Group of the Year, and Male Vocalist (Buddy Melton).

Compass Records Signs Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

 Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes Nashville, TN -- Compass Records is pleased to announce the signing of bluegrass and traditional country-infused duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley to the label. Their debut collaboration, Before The Sun Goes Down, slated for a January 2015 release, pairs the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15 time Dobro Player of Year, Ickes, with the up and coming singer/guitarist, Hensley, whom Ickes recently discovered in a stroke of good luck. Says Ickes, "Last year, when we were working on the latest Blue Highway album, The Game, we needed a scratch vocal done on one song so we could play live without having to go back and replace the vocal.

2014 FreshGrass Award Winners Announced

Twisted PineCongratulations to the winners of the 2014 FreshGrass Award band, duo, and banjo contests. There were countless bluegrass stars who sent us amazing submissions from all over the country. The FreshGrass Award jury was happy to find Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, and Ricky Mier especially skillful and original. The winners received cash, prizes, a recording session at Compass Records’ studio in Nashville, and a spot onstage at FreshGrass 2015.

Jason Barie Departs Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Jason BarieJason Barie has left DLQ, and Doyle has hired Stephen Burwell to fill the fiddle position. Doyle announced, "After nearly 6 years of having Jason Barie handling the fiddle duties for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jason has decided to pursue other interests. He is a devoted husband and father and wants to be home more to participate in his family's activities. Jason is a wonderful person and musician. All of us at Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will miss him and wish him the very best in the future."

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Join Mountain Home Music

Chris Jones & the Night DriversRaleigh, NC -- Mountain Home Music Company has signed a long-term exclusive recording agreement with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. The band will head into the studio soon to work on an anticipated second-quarter 2015 release.

Matthew Arndt Exits Kevin Pace and the Early Edition

Kevin Pace & Early EditionSpokane, WA -- Kevin Pace & the Early Edition announce that their fiddle player Matthew Arndt has departed the band effective Sept. 27th. Matthew was the youngest and one of the original members that helped the Early Edition develop the sound and style that has been prominent with the group since their debut in January of 2012.

Regina Bartlett has Died While at the IBMA

Regina BartlettOne of the most significant people in California's bluegrass music scene, Regina Bartlett of Santa Cruz, California, died while attending the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass trade show and convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. Regina was jamming with other bluegrass attendees until the early morning hours. She went to sleep and died in her sleep hours later.

Bill Keith Takes Home the Coveted Brown Jug Award

Bill KeithWell folks, once again it’s time for the Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree’s Brown Jug Award. The Brown Jug Award is the brainchild of James Reams, a bluegrass musician and bandleader for over 20 years, who conceived of it as a way to recognize people in the Northeast whose impact on the music deserved to be honored but who might be less likely to be recognized by national organizations since for some of them (unlike this year’s recipient), their impact was only regional in nature.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers' Release “Another Day From Life”

Another Day From LifeXenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are pleased to announce their fourth Rebel Records release, Another Day From Life, is now available. Radio programmers may download the CD on AirPlay Direct and it can be purchased on many digital music sites, including iTunes and Amazon, and via the band's website at www.RadioRamblers.com.

Lonesome River Band To Debut New Album at World of Bluegrass

Turn on a DimeRaleigh, NC -- Lonesome River Band is set to debut their new album, Turn On A Dime from Mountain Home Music Company, this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. The band will perform at their Pre-CD Release Party on Wednesday, October 1 at the Architect and Social House located at 108 ½ East Hargett St. beginning at 11:00 PM.

Lee Bidgood of ETSU ‘Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?’ at ICMC

Lee BidgoodThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes a portion of their program dedicated to bluegrass music and ICMC 2105 will be not different. ICMC is pleased to share that long time ICMC friend Lee Bidgood of East Tennessee State University will further extend the ICMC Bluegrass presence. Bidgood will be dealing with “Broken Circle vs the Louvat Brothers: Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?” Most of us probably know nothing about the Bluegrass scene in Belgium. As always, Bidgood will be well prepared, expand our horizons, plus contribute mightily to our enjoyment with his picking prowess!

The Oly Mountain Boys Concept Box Set Album Released

White Horse Box SetThe Oly Mountain Boys' concept album, White Horse, that tells a life story through original bluegrass and contributions from writers and artists has been released. White Horse tells the life story of a fictional historical character, Charlie McCarver, who lived in early 20th century Washington State. It begins with his happiness in youth with wife Lisa-Ann and their children. When his marriage unravels and his family leaves him, the songs chronicle Charlie's psychological crack, descent into violence, and life on the run. The album closes with songs that explore Charlie's memories, regrets, and confrontation with aging and death.

Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome Want You to “Name That Bus!”

Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome with BusJeff Brown & Still Lonesome are very excited to announce that their new means of transportation is a big blue bus. In celebration of this monumental and exciting event for the band, we're having a contest: Name That Bus!

From the Vault -- The Rigneys "Bluegrass Band" Video

The Rigneys: Double or NothingJoelton, TN -- Dark Shadow Recording artists “The Rigneys” announce the launch of “Bluegrass Band”, the third entry in a series of performance videos. Recorded and filmed live at the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee, in front of a packed auditorium, the show featured two sets of fine bluegrass from the band followed by two standing ovations.

Mountain Home Music Company Launches New Website

Mountain Home Music CompanyNashville, TN -- With two recent Grammy®-Nominated albums, and twenty-two nominations in next week’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards, leading Bluegrass label Mountain Home has launched a new website, http://MountainHomeMusicCompany.com, to serve as an informational hub about their roster of multi-award-winning artists.

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