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Rebecca Frazier to Shocase at IBMA and AMA Conferences

Rebecca FrazierOver the past decade, Rebecca Frazier has led one of today’s hottest bluegrass ensembles, Hit & Run Bluegrass. They’ve become known as one of the tightest groups performing, taking them all the way to the coveted winner’s circle. Hit & Run is the only band to take first place at Telluride, Rockygrass, and SPBGMA Festival Band Championships.

Free WOB Wifi at Raleigh Convention Center Courtesy celito

Celito WiFi at World of BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced an added bonus for those attending IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4, in Raleigh, North Carolina: “Wide Open Wifi” - free access to wifi within the Raleigh Convention Center, courtesy of Raleigh-based telecommunications company celito.

Sounds Like Home Concert with Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley & More

Sounds Like HomeSounds Like Home: A Night of Music from the Cumberlands is a community homecoming for bluegrass legends Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley, who have grown up, performed and made countless friends and fans in the Cumberland Mountains of East Tennessee and Kentucky. This special event takes place September 26th at 6 PM at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tennessee.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Present Debut Album Oct. 7

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other.

Front Country's Powergrass Debut Album

Sake of the SoundFrom the first notes of “Gospel Train,” as Melody Walker’s soaring voice entwines around the phrase “I woke up with heaven on my mind,” you’ll hear that Front Country isn’t your usual bluegrass band. When the fiddle and distorted acoustic guitar come crashing into the song like roaring waves, rushing back and forth with swelling ferocity, you’ll know that this is bluegrass unleashed, American roots music that refuses to be constrained.

Phil Leadbetter Releases “The Next Move”

Phil LeadbetterNashville, TN -- It’s a remarkable commentary on the character of a man when he can call upon friends and associates with the answer repeatedly being a resounding “yes.” A stellar list of friends make his Bucket List dreams come true with this release.

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.

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