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IBMA’s Momentum Awards Nominees Announced

Sarah HarrisNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced the nominees for this year’s Momentum Awards; the nominees were announced today through the bluegrass organization’s social media sites. The winners of the 2014 Momentum Awards will be presented with their awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4.

Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle Reaching for New Heights

Steve GulleyNashville, TN -- The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across generations with strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music. It starts with long time radio personality Don Gulley who was a founding member of the Bluegrass group the Pinnacle Mountain Boys. Don’s son, Steve Gulley, has carried on the family tradition performing for many years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, as a founding member of Bluegrass super groups Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, as a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and with Steve’s longtime friend and colleague Dale Ann Bradley.

Kindred Records signs deal with Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder

AdamMcPeak and Mountain ThunderIrvine, KY -- Kindred Records has signed a record deal with Virginia-based Bluegrass group Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder. Adam is the son of Mike McPeak of the legendary McPeak Brothers, and Adam's love for bluegrass music has instilled in him the passion to carry on the McPeak tradition.

Lonesome River Band Releases New Album

Turn on a DimeNashville, TN -- For more than three decades, Lonesome River Band has set a standard that other Bluegrass groups have aspired towards. They have returned to live up to that standard with their first original studio release in four years, Turn on a Dime, from Mountain Home Music Company.

Steep Canyon Rangers Raise Over $75,000 for Charity

Steep Canyon RangersNashville, TN -- This past weekend, the Steep Canyon Rangers presided over their 9th annual Mountain Song Festival at Brevard Music Center in their hometown of Brevard, North Carolina. The festival, which the group founded with local music promoter John Felty in 2006, is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, N.C.

Rebel Announces New Project from Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein

 SurroundedCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is pleased to present the new single "Surrounded" by Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein from their upcoming album If I Had A Boat (REB-1853), set for release on September 30. The song comes from the pen of noted singer-songwriter and producer Jonathan Edwards, a long-time friend of the duo since their days crossing paths on the Washington DC-area folk scene. It features Moondi on lead vocals and guitar with Jimmy playing mandola and singing harmony. They are joined by Moondi's daughter, Lauren, who supplies lovely high harmonies.

Becky Buller Releases New Album to Radio

Tween Earth and SkyJoelton, TN -- Dark Shadow Recording is proud to announce the worldwide radio release of Becky Buller’s long-awaited solo album ‘Tween Earth and Sky. Buller’s first solo record with Dark Shadow Recording marks a new chapter in her bluegrass book: Stepping to center stage and taking the lead.

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest Announced

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014Abdingdon, VA -- From September 25th-28th, 2014, the third annual Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest will fill the grounds of Heartwood in Abingdon with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia, home to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. The four-day event includes performances and workshops that illustrate the wide variety of heritage music forms the region is known for, including old time string band music, hard driving bluegrass, guitar virtuosos, duets, and more. “We always try to provide a nice mixture of the traditional music forms that have been preserved in Southwest Virginia for generations,” said Jack Hinshelwood, Crooked Road executive director. “People not that familiar with traditional music are often pleasantly surprised at just how diverse it is.”

Nu-Blu Goes All The Way to New York for New Album Promotion

All The WayNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu is set to take their contemporary style of bluegrass with an influential sound of country to New York City in an effort to promote their new album, All the Way, which becomes available tomorrow, September 16. Nu-Blu will be joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore, as they pay tribute to the late George Jones while performing "Jesus and Jones," on Imus in the Morning this Friday, September 19 and on Fox News Channel's Huckabee this Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. Nu-Blu will perform "A Little Good News," on The Better Show airing on September 24.

Legendary Eddie Adcock Awarded 5th Steve Martin Banjo Award

Eddie AdcockLos Angeles, CA -- Banjo player extraordinaire Eddie Adcock is the 2014 recipient of the 5th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, it was announced today in The New York Times. Adcock has been one of bluegrass music's most revolutionary performers for over fifty years. He cut his musical teeth with Bill Monroe and Mac Wiseman, and played in the groundbreaking group The Country Gentlemen, one of the most popular and progressive bluegrass bands of the late '50s and '60s.

I've Been Mostly Awake to Benefit the IBMA

I've Been Mostly AwakeBluegrass musician, writer and producer Jon Weisberger has a new album coming out on 9/30, called I've Been Mostly Awake. Jon says, "If the title seems familiar, it's because it's from the old WoB-related joke about what IBMA stands for - and that's because the project is, among other things, a fundraiser; profits from the sale of the music will be donated to the IBMA."

The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies

 Lives & LegaciesBristol, TN/VA -- Today, Tuesday, September 16, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will present its first special exhibit, The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies. The exhibit will open that evening with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The reception will be held in the foyer of the museum and is open to the public; admission prices apply.

MerleFest to Sponsor Showcases During World of Bluegrass

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Wilkesboro, NC -- North Carolina's MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, will sponsor a diverse collection of artists showcasing their music as part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)'s World of Bluegrass multi-day event in Raleigh, N.C., this fall.

Audie Blaylock and Redline Heating Up Scottsdale Oct 16

Audie Blaylock & RedlineScottsdale, AZ -- Award-winning vocalist/guitarist and Grammy Award nominee, Audie Blaylock is certainly one of the hottest Bluegrass artists today. Along with his band, Redline, they are celebrating a boat load of #1 singles from numerous albums and thrilling audiences with their incredible musicianship, impeccable harmony and highly entertaining stage shows. R&R Productions along with the Arizona Bluegrass Association are proud to present this special One Night Only live performance at the Cattle Track Arts Compound Theatre in Scottsdale on Thursday, October 16th at 7 PM.

Bluegrass at Carter Fold with Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass Sep 20

Michael Feagan photo - Mike MorbeckHiltons, VA -- Michael Feagan has played with some of bluegrass music’s finest – Bill Monroe and Larry Sparks to name a few. He’s also worked with David Peterson & 1946 as well as country singer and guitarist Jerry Reed. Most recently, Michael accompanied Kody Norris on fiddle at his last show at the Fold. Michael will be backed by Fiddlegrass – some of bluegrass music’s finest musicians. Saturday, September 20th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

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