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Ray Cardwell Signs with Pinecastle Records for Upcoming Release

Rayt CardwellSongwriter, vocalist, and bass player, Ray Cardwell has joined Pinecastle Records to release his solo album, Tennessee Moon, in fall 2016. The album has a clear New Grass influence in producer Pat Flynn. However, with nine out of twelve tunes written by Cardwell, the album is his own take on that classic sound. Flynn also adds his talents on guitar and harmony vocals to the album along with fellow New Grass Revival alum John Cowan lending tenor and harmony vocals on many of the tracks (full personnel listing below). Cardwell has already built a touring band of incredible musicians to take his music on the road as Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon.

Experience Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival August 24-28

Blistered FingersLitchfield, ME -- Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival location is at the Litchfield Fairgrounds (30 Plains Road, Litchfield, Maine). Directions are located on the flyers and on the Web site. The festival grounds have a big stage that was built in 2010, 18 women’s and 18 men’s indoor bathroom facilities, four free hot showers and numerous water hookups throughout the grounds, electrical hookups. The festival location has that ‘Welcome Home’ Country atmosphere. Everyone who attends loves our hard grounds. We also have a lot of Field picking through the whole time of the festival.

First Single from Bluegrass Outlaws Debut Album Released to Radio

Bluegrass OutlawsGreenville, SC -- Wilson Pickins Promotions proudly welcomes the Bluegrass Outlaws to the agency. The Outlaws are the newest addition to Melanie Wilson’s worthy team of sought after bluegrass entertainment and she couldn’t be more pleased.

47th GMA Dove Awards Nominees Announced

ashville, TN -- The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the nominees in 44 categories for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Bluegrass artists nominated include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver who are frequently nominated, Flatt Lonesome with their first ever nomination, Jimmy Fortune, Joey+Rory and The Isaacs. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 16, reaching over 100 million viewers in the U.S., plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 23 through August 30.

Randy Woods Guitars Announces Larrivee Guitar Giveaway

Larrivee Guitar GiveawayBloomington, Ga. (August 12, 2016) -- Randy Woods Guitars is proud to announce they are giving away a brand new Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar valued at $1500. To enter the contest, please visit to fill out an entry form and catch the next live streaming concert from Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor on August 12 with at 8:00 pm Eastern with ClayBank. Other upcoming live concerts include: August 27 - Alan Bibey & Grasstowne; September 9 - Tim & Myles Thompson; and September 16 - Roy Book Binder. Entries will be accepted until midnight October 7. The drawing will take place during Trinity River Band’s concert on October 8, 2016 when the winner will be announced.

Flatt Lonesome Receives Dove Award Nomination, Multiple IBMA Nominations

Flatt LonesomeNashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome has been overwhelmed from wide-spread industry recognition with the announcement of several awards nominations recently, including FIVE International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations and their FIRST EVER Dove Award nomination.

333 Feet Down and 8 Years Old - That's Bluegrass Underground

Bluegrass Underground 8th AnniversaryBluegrass Underground - 333 feet down and 8 years old this month. They say necessity is the mother of invention, but in our case, it was procrastination. Back in the summer of 2008, Bluegrass Underground was born after our founder Todd Mayo waited too long to rent a pontoon boat for his family's Memorial Day weekend on the Cumberland Plateau. By the time he got there, all the boats were gone, so Plan B was a tour of Cumberland Caverns. When they arrived in the Volcano Room, the lightbulb over Todd's head switched on, surprising his 1-year-old son, Jackson, who was riding his dad's shoulders. "Do you ever have concerts here?" Todd asked the guide. They didn't, but within three months Todd had started Bluegrass Underground.

Tony Rice Tribute Concert September 22nd

Tony RiceThis year's Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival will host a special benefit concert for Bluegrass Music's favorite guitar picker, Tony Rice. The festival takesplace in Manteo, NC from September 20-24, 2016 and the special tribute event will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

The Mountain Man is Here to Stay

Here to StayArden, NC -- With a storied career that includes multiple Grammy awards, and a record-setting eleven International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Performer of the Year Awards, East Tennessee native Adam Steffey brings you new versions of his best known songs from his time with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Mountain Heart and others on his upcoming album. Here to Stay traces his musical journey from Bluegrass sideman to one of today’s best known voices.

Original Traditional Blue Highway Album Due September

Original TraditionalNashville, TN - Beloved bluegrass veterans Blue Highway will release their 11th studio album, Original Traditional, September 9, 2016 on Rounder Records. The band, which is celebrating their 23rd year together, was recently voted "Favorite Bluegrass Band Of All Time"' by the readers of Bluegrass Today.

Moonstruck Management & Hope River Entertainment Announce Merger

Moonstruck ManagementJosh Trivett, Owner of Moonstruck Management, and Penni McDaniel, Owner of Hope River Entertainment are proud to announce they are merging the agencies under the Moonstruck Management name. “I am so excited about the merger of Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment on so many levels. Penni McDaniel is a wonderful veteran of the industry in all aspects: Booking, PR, Album & Radio Promotions. With the recent hire of Ben Wilson as Booking Agent, and now adding all of Hope River’s services under the Moonstruck umbrella, this fulfills my original vision. Moonstruck Management will be a full service agency that offers artists an entire gamut of services needed to build or advance their career,” said Trivett.

Levi Austin Makes Major Moves In His Career

Levi AustinNashville, TN -- Levi Austin is making some critical, evolutionary decisions in the direction and growth of his career. We are pleased to announce that he has made the decision to move to Nashville. Levi played his last show with his band Nu-Blu that he had been with for 10 years; it was not an easy decision for him. Levi wishes nothing but the best for his friends in their career. It was a sad moment in his life, but it is time for Levi to take advantage of the multiple career opportunities available to him at this time.

ClayBank to Randy's Pickin' Parlor Stage August 12

ClayBankClayBank finished 3rd in The International Band Competition at SPBGMA in Nashville TN last February. The video below has the 3 songs ClayBank performed in the in the 3rd and Final Round. Their first song - "I Believe" was followed by "Stepping Stone" and their performance wrapped up with "Say You'll Stay in My Arms."

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Schedule Released

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunin 2016Bristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has released the day schedule for it’s 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, to be held September 16-18, 2016. With the release of the schedule, single-day passes are also now available for purchase. Buy your tickets here.

New Gospel Single from Bluegrass Express

Bluegrass ExpressElizabeth, IL -- Plum River Records is proud to announce the release of "Answer to My Prayer," the highly anticipated first single from an upcoming gospel album by Bluegrass Express. The single features Greg Underwood on bass and lead vocals, band patriarch Gary Underwood on guitar, third generation member Jacob Underwood, on banjo and tenor vocals, 18 year old musical prodigy Nate Burie on mandolin and baritone vocals, and special guest and former Grand Ole Opry staff musician, Tim Crouch, on fiddle.


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