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Blue Ridge Music Center Hosts Joe Wilson Memorial Celebration June 25

Joe WilsonGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center will host a Memorial Celebration and tribute to the life, work, and legacy of Joe Wilson, one of the visionaries behind the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thursday, June 25. From his brainstorming sessions with former Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt on the Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA),Wilson’s passion for the music of Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable.

Tim & Debbie Yates Family Band, Acoustic Heritage, at Fold June 27

Acoustic HeritageHiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 27th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Acoustic Heritage – the Tim and Debbie Yates Family Band. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free. Tim and Debbie Grim Yates have combined their lives, amazing talents, and deep musical roots to forge one of the country’s most accomplished and entertaining music groups on the scene today. Both performing over 35 years, Tim began playing with his family band, John Yates and the Yates Brothers. Debbie started out playing with the Konnarock Critters. Together they formed Acoustic Heritage – the Yates Family Band.

Cornmeal Releases First Studio Album in Nine Years

Slow StreetCornmeal just released their first studio album in 9 years. The album release date was May 29th. While the lineup has changed, Cornmeal remains the one of the premier progressive bluegrass and Americana bands and is looking forward to reconnecting with fans on the road in 2015. The new lineup brings a fresh energetic take on the classic Cornmeal sound which is influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance.

Huck Finn Jubilee Tops Attendance & Economic Impacts

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to release the results of the annual event. “This year was a milestone in the Bluegrass Festival industry when we booked 23 bands for a three day weekend” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The line-up of entertainment, along with the music education and workshops provided at Huck Finn Jubilee has the attention of the music industry. The benefit to our local community is fantastic and it is rewarding to hear the rave reviews from the fans and families that attended.”

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Monday

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina RoadNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are set to appear on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour on Monday, June 22 during the 7 pm (ET) hour with special guest Eddy Raven. In addition to performing Raven's #1 hit, "I Got Mexico," Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road will also perform songs from their brand new album, Country Grass. Fans who cannot make it to The Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Ken., can stream the show LIVE online at woodsongs.com. In addition to the live stream, the show will also air on over 500 radio stations at a later date.

Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Video Competition

Monroe Mandolin Camp Video CompetitionNashville, TN -- Announcing the Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Annual Video Scholarship Competition. Mon Man Camp is looking or fun, creative videos of candidates performing a Bill Monroe composition, and telling us why this music is important to them! The winning candidate will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, meals, and t-shirt to the September 9 - 13, 2015, "Mon Man Camp" being held in Kingston Springs, TN (just outside of Nashville).

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off June 25

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

IBMA Announces Artists for Wide Open Bluegrass

Alison Krauss and Union StationNashville, TN (June 18, 2015) — At today’s 12:00 noon press conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass announced additional details about the five-day event, which will take place September 29 – October 3. One of the highlights of the press conference was the announcement that Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, The Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway, and O’Connor Family Band will round out the list of performers at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass, the weekend festival that takes place as part of the World of Bluegrass event.

Del McCoury Band Added to Magnolia Fest 2015 Lineup

The Del McCoury BandAsheville, NC -- Magnolia Fest celebrates its 19th year at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on October 15-18, 2015 and is thrilled to announce a handful of additions to this Fall’s lineup including The Del McCoury Band, Jeff Austin Band featuring Danny Barnes, Ross Martin & Eric Thorin, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Jerry Joseph & The Jack Mormons, New Orleans Suspects, The Congress, Band of Heathens, Nikki Talley and more!

Helen Highwater Stringband Joins Roe Entertainment Roster

Left to Right - David Grier, Shad Cobb, Missy Raines, Mike ComptonMaryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to welcome Helen Highwater Stringband to his roster of artists for exclusive booking representation. Shad Cobb, Mike Compton, David Grier and Missy Raines, all whom have forged a musical path as individuals for several decades each, have joined forces to form Helen Highwater Stringband.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on the Road to ROMP Stage June 25

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiRepeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre's finest players. The 12th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music festival known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 24-27, 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

“Tried & True” Music puts The Spinney Brothers on the Charts!

 Tried & TrueThe Spinney Brothers have been overwhelmed by the support from all the radio programmers and fans of their latest music on Mountain Fever Records, Tried & True! The album comes in at #3 on BU's Top 15 Albums chart and continues to be on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart coming in this month at #13. And we couldn't be more excited to have TWO songs on BU's Top 30 Songs chart; "My Music Comes From Bill" at #7 and "Gonna Catch A Train" at #8!

Marty Raybon Plays Blue Ridge Music Center Saturday, June 27

Marty RaybonGalax, VA -- Award-winning country music artist Marty Raybon brings his signature voice and talented band, Full Circle, to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m. For 12 years, Raybon was the lead singer of popular country band Shenandoah and also has multiple solo albums. Gary LeVox, lead vocalist of Rascal Flatts, has called Raybon "the greatest singer on the planet to this day."

Steep Canyon Rangers to Release "Radio" August 28th

RadioDo you remember the first time you fell in love with the music on the radio? Do you still remember every word to a song you haven’t heard in years? If so, you will understand where this album is coming from. Radio tunes in to what makes the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers a string band unlike any other, fusing a wide array of influences into their own, unmistakable voice. The Ranger's lastest album, Radio is schedule to be release August 28th on Rounder Records. The album was produced by Jerry Douglas.

Respecting Dad

Respecting DadBy James Reams
"Bailing Again" from James Reams & The Barnstormers' album One Foot in the Honky Tonk reminds us that a father's wisdom may not be appreciated until he's gone. Recorded after losing his own dad, James' voice reflects a genuine longing for those special moments they once shared. This poignant song expresses the longing of many who miss those special talks with dad or wish they had taken the time to have those talks when dad was still around. Wonderfully rendered by James Reams, this song is one of those rare gems that puts that catch in our throat and hopefully will encourage folks lucky enough to still have Dad with them to give him a call.

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