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Dailey & Vincent Announce New TV Series, Fans Invited for Tapings

The Dailey & Vincent ShowAward winning bluegrass music artists, Dailey & Vincent have announced their new TV series to be presented by Springer Mountain Farms. In their announcement, they said, "Words cannot describe the joy and humbleness we feel as we officially announce our first national TV Show, "The Dailey & Vincent Show." Sponsored by our friends at Springer Mountain Farms, we have been conceptualizing this show for years and it brings happy tears to our eyes now that our dreams have come true.

Steep Canyon Rangers Bluegrass Band Play Benefit for LifeFlight

Steep Canyon Rangers and SevenBar AviationRockland, ME -- Grammy award winning bluegrass sensations, the Steep Canyon Rangers play a special benefit performance at the Strand Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 12. The concert is part of their ‘Hospitals and Hangars’ tour and benefits LifeFlight of Maine.

Podunk Bluegrass Songwriters Contest Finalists Announced

Podunk Bluegrass Festival 2015Hebron, CT -- The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival has announced the three finalists for this year’s songwriting competition as part of their 19th Annual festival. They have been invited to perform their song on the Main Stage at the festival on Saturday, August 8th. This year’s competition received entries from as far away as Norway and nine different states including Arizona, California, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and four New England States.

Sean & Sara Watkins Release “Watkins Family Hour” Album

Watkins Family HourSean Watkins informs us "Our debut record, Watkins Family Hour, is now available for purchase and streaming! The record is a collection of our favorite songs that have become staples at the shows and features our dear friends Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffinton, Greg Leisz and Sebastian Steinberg - many taking a crack at lead vocals across the record. We kicked our tour off at the Newport Folk Festival last night and will be on tour the next two months all over the country. Come see us on the road!"

The Bluegrass Ball Announces Dates and Artists

Bluegrass BallChances are if you’ve been to a bluegrass festival the memories most prevalent are not so much that of the “scheduled” performers but more of the impromptu jams and unscheduled collaborations. It’s with that spirit that the McCoury family decided to embark on a traveling bluegrass festival called The Bluegrass Ball. In the past 3 years, The Bluegrass Ball has traveled across the country picking up multiple pickers and fans along the way.

Steep Canyon Rangers Album Release in Bristol

Steep Canyon RangersBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is proud to present the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, live in Bristol, at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, August 28, 2015. The concert is in celebration of the band’s much-anticipated new album Radio and is part of the festivities surrounding the launch of WBCM Radio Bristol.

Vickie Vaughn Band to Release Self-Titled EP on Sept. 25

Vickie Vaughn BandThe Vickie Vaughn Band, of which Jon Weisberger (Chairman of IBMA) named "among the most promising of the younger bluegrass acts around," is set to release their debut six song EP (produced by Grammy-winner Ronnie McCoury) on September 25. The funky yet traditional 5 piece band is lead by the big-voiced, bass playing western Kentucky native, Vickie Vaughn. Her band is stellar and well rounded with Justin Hiltner's innovative arch-top banjo styling, mandolinist Casey Cambell's blend of creativity and tradition, fast-fingered guitarist Zach White and the tasty fiddling of Maggie White.

Stevie Barr and The Mastertones at Carter Family Fold Saturday

The MastertonesSaturday, July 25th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music – and some bluegrass - by Stevie Barr and The Mastertones. A fine bluegrass and old time banjo player, Stevie Barr grew up in Galax, Virginia – in the very heart of old time string band country. The son of Rebecca and Thomas Barr, he grew up in a family dedicated to making music, and was playing banjo by the age of four. Thomas, a fiddle maker, owns and operates Tom Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax – a gathering spot for bluegrass and old time musicians the world over. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle & Gillian Welch Anchor New Americana Event

Loretta LynnNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association, in partnership with AEG Live/The Messina Group, announces plans to produce a one-time-only "mini-festival" at the new Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday, September 19 in downtown Nashville during its 16th annual Americana Festival & Conference.

Bluegrass Music's Holder Brothers Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarships

Garrett Holder (second from right) receives the 2015 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship and Trevor Holder (second from left) is designated as a future recipient by Randall Franks (third from left). Others joining the presentation are (from left) Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary. (Share America photo by Jane Scroggins)Ringgold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2015 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Georgia. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarship honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Guitarist Garrett Holder, 18, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the recipient of the 2015 scholarship. Holder’s 14-year-old brother Trevor, who began playing banjo at age 11, was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Designee.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Dedicates Album to "Lonesome" Lester Armistead

The Tennessee Mafia Jug BandNashville, TN -- The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band has been called the most entertaining “blast from the past” to ever pluck a string. With impressive individual credentials, this band of artists is rooted in tradition, but with innovative branches. The group is set to release its fifth studio album, Lester’s Loafin’ Lounge.

Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation Takes Reins of Song of the Mountains

Song of the MountainsAfter months of announcements, protests and business wrangling, it was announced last week that Tim White will return to Song of the Mountains. In addition, the new Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation will take over the Song of the Mountains concert series. The agreement and contract will split the Song of the Mountains program from the Lincoln Theatre and the rights will change hands to the new foundation. As contract and legal agreements come to a close, the Lincoln Theatre is expected to receive a $50,000 donation from the Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation as part of the negotiations. The Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation was created as a non-profit by Joe Ellis, Sam Russell and Ed Stringer, all Marion businessmen who were instrumental in the founding of Song of Mountains program.

The Slocan Ramblers Tap Toronto's Gritty Roots Music Scene

Coffee CreekAs the most populous city in Canada, Toronto plays host to communities from around the world who make their home in this unassuming metropolis. And though the residents of Toronto come from all over, one thing they share is a lack of pretension, a desire to live in a city built on its merits, and not on a glitzy image. That’s a lesson learned by the young men in The Slocan Ramblers, one of the hottest roots bands in the city. They live in the West End, a neighborhood dominated by Koreans, Portuguese, and Italians, and they play working-class bluegrass roots music that harkens back to the grittiness of a city that used to be known as “Hogtown,” for all its slaughterhouses.

Urban Monroes Release New Single “On My Way”

On My WayDeep in the heart of nearly every bluegrass musician is an “Old Home Place” desire, a longing to lyrically recreate the places where childhood memories intersect adult nostalgia. In 2015, the little cabin homes on the hill are getting fewer and farther between, and often that well beaten path on the old mountainside may have wandered through a subdivision. That is irrelevant to the feeling of home though and the emotions it brings forth. The Urban Monroes’ latest single release is one of those trips to the places of childhood and a romp through the Midwest countryside.

Steep Canyon Rangers Debut New Album in Bristol August 28th

RadioBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the Steep Canyon Rangers Album Launch Concert at the Paramount on Friday, August 28, 2015. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and will feature the band’s new ninth studio album, Radio.

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