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Ricky Skaggs to Perform on NBC's THE VOICE Tuesday Night

Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs will be featured on NBC's The Voice, singing with one of the show's finalists, Emily Ann Roberts. Skaggs' duet with Roberts will air on Tuesday night, December 15 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT. Roberts, hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of Blake Shelton's two remaining team members and will be breaking out some country hits. She will be joined by Skaggs to sing his #1 country song, "Country Boy."

New Music From the Truly Gifted John Bowman

John Bowman - Beautiful AshesNashville, TN -- John Bowman has a gift; he knows how to craft the beautiful. He grew and developed through playing and singing with the best: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Isaacs, and The Boxcars. He earned a Grammy nomination with the Boxcars, and his recent solo album was Dove nominated.

Dolly Parton's “Coat of Many Colors” Wins Hearts of 13 Million

Coat of Many ColorsNashville, TN -- “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” captivated the hearts of 13 million when the TV-movie aired on NBC Thursday night. The heartwarming film about following your dreams, having faith and keeping love alive despite tough times attracted 13 million viewers and a 1.8 in adults 18-49. It was the most watched movie on broadcast TV in more than 3 years. There wasn't a dry eye around the television when "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" aired December 10 on NBC.

Lucketts Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree with Santa Dec 19th

Luckett's SchoolhouseThe Luckett’s Community Center will host the annual Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree on Saturday December 19th. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance and many of Luckett’s Popular performers will mix and match their talents to perform the Bluegrass favorites you know and love along with many Christmas favorites as well.

Carter Family Fold Special Christmas Event Saturday, Dec 19th

Carolina ExpressSaturday, December 19th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount $10 per person). Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $10 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, and cups, plates, or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, we’ll have music by Carolina Express. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show.

ROMP Bluegrass Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

ROMP - Save the DateOwensboro, KY -- ROMP (River of Music Party) Festival will return in 2016 led by Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee Del McCoury, famed Father of Newgrass, Sam Bush, Grammy-award winning musician and producer, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, and Grammy-nominated bluegrass jammers, The Infamous Stringdusters. The four-day Bluegrass, Americana and Folk music festival, celebrating its 13th year, will take place June 22-25, 2016 at Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its raptor rescue center, winding creek and fishing lake, sweeping tree-lines, nature trails and vast grassy fields.

Dale Ann Bradley Receives Her First Grammy Nomination

Pocket Full of KeysDale Ann Bradley was drinking her first cup of coffee on Monday when she heard her cell phone beeping with incoming messages. Upon opening the first one, she was thrilled to find that she was nominated for a Grammy® in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category for her album Pocket Full of Keys. It is her first for Pinecastle since returning to the label earlier this year.

A New Chapter Begins for Mountain Heart Band

Mountain HeartMountain Heart is thrilled to announce their new partnership and an upcoming studio album, their first since 2010! It’s been five years since Mountain Heart released a new album, and we’re stoked to finally have new music to share with our fans! Writing and touring throughout this stretch has allowed us time to gather what we feel is the best batch of songs we’ve ever recorded. We went to a studio in Asheville, NC and recorded the project we’ve always wanted to make, and because this is a self-produced record, we didn’t have any major deadlines or constraints working against us. We simply let down our guard and played and sang with passion and energy just like we do on stage every night.

Urban Monroes Offer Christmas Spirit Free Download

Urban Monroes BluegrassIn the spirit of the Holidays, we have a free download for anyone who wants it. The song is a real old-time tune...really, really old time. It's the time-honored 18th century hymn "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" done as bluegrass, Urban Monroes style. You can get the free download at the link below which goes to our new SoundCloud page. You don't have to have an account there or sign in or anything. Just click the download button. (It's the "down arrow", fifth icon over below the song.) It will load in only a few seconds. We hope everyone is doing great! You can also just click on the Playing In The Snow image below.

Blue Highway Announces Gaven Largent as Newest Member

Gaven LargentKingsport, TN -- Blue Highway has influenced two decades of musicians since the band premiered in December 1994 -- from “The Voice” contestant and Knoxville teen Emily Ann Roberts who recently cited Blue Highway as one of her first musical influences, to the 19-year old phenom the respected powerhouse band has just announced as its new member.

MerleFest Announces More Artists

Peter RowanWILKESBORO, N.C. (December 8, 2015) – MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is proud to announce additions to the 2016 lineup: Old Crow Medicine Show, Alison Brown, Peter Rowan and Doug Seegers. The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. The homecoming of roots music fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year.

National Endowment for the Arts Award Helps Blue Ridge Music Center

Blue Ridge Music CenterWinston-Salem, NC -- The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is honored to be named a grant recipient by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to support summer music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Documentary Now Filming to Recreate Historic Bristol Sessions

Bristol SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- Sundance Award-winning director Chusy Haney-Jardine and a crew from Plan A films, based in Asheville, North Carolina, are in Bristol filming local artists and actors participating in a documentary film celebrating the 1927 Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

Birthplace of Country Music and AirPlay Direct Ink Strategic Partnership

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumNashville, TN -- AirPlay Direct is pleased to formally announce our new “Strategic Partnership” with the Birthplace of Country Music. The Birthplace of Country Music promotes and celebrates Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia as the birthplace of country music. BCM enhances Bristol’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and educational outreach and programming.

58 Grammy Nominations Announced

58th Grammy Bluegrass Album NomineesThe Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMYAwards® in all 83 categories this morning. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year's nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered. As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy's membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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