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Lonesome River Band To Perform At Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest

Lonesome River BandBristol, TN/VA -- Lonesome River Band will perform Saturday, March 28 at the 1st Annual Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Bristol, Virginia. The two day event take place March 27 and 28. Tickets are: Two-Day Early Bird Tickets $50; Gate: Friday $30, Saturday $35; Kids 12 and under free. Discounted hotel rates are available.

Stetson Family is Editor's Choice on BalconyTV

The Stetson Family on BalconyTVThe Stetson Family are an Australian acoustic five-piece band who respectfully tip their hats to bluegrass and folk Americana whilst free-wheeling with their own unique sound. They’re said to be “more Old Crow and Gillian than Del, Jimmy or Bill.” A few months back they were invited to do a song on Balcony TV, the daily online viral music show that features bands and musicians performing on balconies around the world. The band is excited that their balcony clip was not only published last week but was "Editor's Choice" on the international BalconyTV site. The band commented, "We're chuffed to say the least!"

Flower Hill String Band Welcomes Face of America with Bluegrass Music

Flower Hill String BandFrederick, MD -- The pleasing melodies of live bluegrass music will greet participants of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride as they arrive in Frederick, Maryland the afternoon of April 25. Gaithersburg’s Flower Hill String Band will present a free concert for riders who will be completing a 55 mile journey from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

 Celebrating American Roots MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) explores the rich traditions in American music through New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. Acquired from the Smithsonian Institution by BCMM, the installation once served as one of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibits. New Harmonies will be on view beginning March 18, 2015 and continuing through September 30, 2015.

Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond

Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in MotionBristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Ballet, in cooperation with the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion at the Paramount Center for the Arts on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2:30 p.m. Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of the Bristol Sessions, and beyond, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

James Reams Remembers and Celebrates Walter Hensley's Birthday

 James Reams and Walter HensleyBy James Reams
“I had to learn off the radio,” recalled Walter Hensley during an interview for the documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass. “Didn’t have any records or anything. I just kept messing with the banjo roll. Drove my Dad crazy because he worked in the mines, and he’d have to get up at four in the morning." Replacing broken fingerpicks and strings was possible only when someone with a car was going to town – 35 miles away – and could bring some back. So the future Banjo Baron of Baltimore sometimes made fingerpicks out of PET Milk cans. Walt insisted “They were not all that bad; better than nothin’.” To replace broken strings he sometimes cut the insulation off blasting wire that was used for setting off dynamite in the mines, then tuned it down low enough so it wouldn’t break when played.

IBMA to Open Registration for WOB 2015

Join or Renew IBMANashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, September 29 – October 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will open Business Conference registration, hotel reservations, tickets for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, festival tickets for Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes for IBMA members on Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 am Central, and for the general public on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 am Central.

Telluride Bluegrass Single-Day Lineup Artists Added

Sam Bush Go Pro - Photo credit Brett SchreckengostLyons, CO -- Less than 100 days til' Festivaaaaal! Yes, in just 99 days the annual pilgrimage of Festivarian Nation to Telluride culminates with the opening drone of bagpipes, the running of tarps, and the glorious reverberation of banjo and fiddle. For 4 days festivarians will dance, smile, listen and marvel at the great acoustic adventure of Telluride Bluegrass.

Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival Has New Location

Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass FestivalAlong with the coordinating efforts of the Moultrie Douglas County Fair Board, Arthur Park Board, the bluegrass/gospel band, Mackville, a new location for the Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival has been decided. The festival will take place at the Moultrie Douglas County Fairgrounds in Arthur, Illinois at 301 E. Columbia Street, Arthur, Illinois, behind the high school. The festival will be held in the Merchants Building.

Donna Hughes Wins 2015 Canine Freedom Musician Award

Donna Hughes 2 CDsMulti-award winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights Activist, Donna Hughes has won the 2015 Canine Freedom Award in the Musician category from Dogs Deserve Better - a nonprofit organization that has been freeing chained dogs since 2002. For a complete list of winners of the 2015 Canine Freedom Awards, please visit www.dogsdeservebetter.org.

MerleFest 2015 Continues Popular Acoustic Kids Showcases

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2015 festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the April 1 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers, singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival.

Old Settler's Music Festival Announces 2015 Schedule

Old Settler's Music FestivalAustin, TX -- The Old Settler’s Music Festival, now in its 28th year, has finalized another outstanding schedule of roots, bluegrass and Americana artists for the four-day event. The festival takes place Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, in the Texas hill country south of Austin on FM 1826. Performers include the Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Sam Bush, JD McPherson, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro and the McCrary Sisters. (See full schedule below.)

Rounder Reissues "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers"

Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler BrothersNashville, TN - Five years after it was released as a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers is finally available to the general public. The album, which was originally released in 2010, was awarded Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

Ronnie Reno Celebrates 60 Years of Music with New Album

Ronnie Reno: Lower Than LonesomeNashville, TN -- Ronnie Reno, whose musical talents helped forge the sound and songs of so many legendary Bluegrass and Country Music entertainers, celebrates 60 years in entertainment with the release of his new album, Lessons Learned, due in stores on March 17, 2015. The first single release, “Lower Than Lonesome,” hits airwaves today.

Nathan Stanley Talks about "The Legacy Continues"

The Legacy ContinuesNathan Stanley's latest release, The Legacy Continues is being released tomorrow. The album features Dr. Ralph Stanley and Brad Paisley. A Track-by-Track where Nathan discusses this album is later down in this article.

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