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2015 FreshGrass Award Winners Announced

Old Salt UnionNorth Adams, MA -- Cheered on by festivalgoers and past winners alike, the 2015 FreshGrass Award highest accolades went to Old Salt Union in the band competition; Zoe & Cloyd won the duo; Catherine Bowness was judged best in banjo; and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes captured the fiddle prize. All competitors in four categories performed both an original and traditional tune for a jury led by Grammy Award-winner and master banjoist Alison Brown during Saturday and Sunday of the festival. The winners receive cash and prizes totaling $25,000, recording sessions at Compass Records in Nashville, Tennessee, and hand-crafted instruments from Deering and Eastman. All four winners return to North Adams in 2016 to perform at that year’s festival.

Balsam Range on Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- The 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards were awarded at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. and Mountain Home Music Company would like to congratulate Balsam Range on their honors: Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year - "Moon Over Memphis," and Tim Surrett as Bass Player of the Year.

Adkins & Loudermilk Continue Tour and Explore New Ground

Adkins & LoudermilkRaleigh, NC -- Fresh off their 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year, Adkins & Loudermilk are gearing up for their performances at the Rockahock Bluegrass Festival in Lanexa, Virginia on October 16 and the Mossy Oak Music Park Fall Bluegrass Festival in Guyton, Georgia on October 17. Adkins & Loudermilk are also Hosting the inaugural Anderson County Boograss Bash in Anderson, South Carolina October 29-31 with an outstanding line-up of talent including: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Flatt Lonesome and more of the top talents in bluegrass music.

Michael Cleveland Wins 10th IBMA Fiddle Performer of the Year Award

Michael Cleveland The International Bluegrass Music Association held their annual awards ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, October 1st, and named Michael Cleveland their Fiddle Performer of the Year. This is Cleveland's 10th Fiddle Performer trophy, making him the most awarded in that category.

Hogslop String Band Entertains Historic Carter Family Fold

Hogslop String BandSaturday, October 10th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Hogslop String Band. The band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of five energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, California, and North Carolina. Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, and Casey “Pickle” McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Bluegrass Music from Japan and Sweden Travels Well in Guthrie, Oklahoma

Oklahoma International Bluegrass FestivaGuthrie, OK -- If the music you listen to hits just right, and if you listen often enough, part of it stays with you. Who knows if any of these grade school kids who came to Guthrie on a Friday morning field trip might someday pick up an instrument to play Bluegrass, but that's how it happens.

World of Bluegrass is Over

The EndBy Bob Cherry
World of Bluegrass is over, all the folks headed home
Tired from excitement, jams and the hallways they roamed
Their instruments all packed snug in their cases
Their memories full of good times and happy smiling faces

Dailey & Vincent Celebrate 90th Grand Ole Opry Performance

Dailey & Vincent with Dierks BentleyNashville, TN -- Last week was a special evening as the "Rockstars of Bluegrass" (dubbed by CMT), Dailey & Vincent, as they celebrated their 90th performance at The Grand Ole Opry during the Opry’s 90th Birthday Celebration. In light of such milestones, Dailey & Vincent took the stage with Country music mainstay Dierks Bentley, who was celebrating his 10th anniversary as an Opry member. They shared their love for Bluegrass with a collaborative performance of "Rovin' Gambler."

Birthplace of Country Music Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $796,000 for 45 tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.

Flatt Lonesome's “Runaway Train” is Available Hits the Street

Flatt Lonesome - Runaway TrainNashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome releases Runaway Train today. This is the third studio album from the bluegrass powerhouse, named IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014. From the time of its debut, Flatt Lonesome has displayed all of the common characteristics shared by truly great bands – powerful vocals and harmony, elite musicianship, exemplary original material, and a relentless determination to grow and take risks. What sets this young band apart is the instantly recognizable sound resulting from familial harmony, and the group collaborations that enhance each member’s personal style. In short, this is a band that is elevated by its own delight in allowing individual members to shine.

The Earls of Leicester Sweep International Bluegrass Music Awards

IBMA Awards LogoRaleigh, NC -- Bluegrass music’s finest were honored last evening at the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, handed out in front of full house at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. The Earls of Leicester swept with four wins: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Add to that Earls of Leicester member Jerry Douglas’ win for Dobro Player of the Year and Earls member Shawn Camp’s Male Vocalist of the Year win; a good night indeed for the five-piece band.

Rhonda Vincent Captures her 8th Female Vocalist of the Year Award

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- Since being dubbed "The New Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, Rhonda Vincent has evolved as one of the most decorated musicians in the genre's history. Last night, her peers once again proclaimed her as "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. Vincent is no stranger to this honor, having won this exact award an unprecedented 7-consecutive years in a row from 2000 to 2006. This win comes after a record-setting year of touring for Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, as they brought their 2015 World Tour to more audiences than ever before, while traveling throughout North American and into Europe.

2015 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- As Hurricane Joaquin races towards the East Coast and Raleigh, North Carolina, it was the International Bluegrass Music Awards that was the focus on the excitement for the evening. During the week, the IBMA elected new board members, assigned a new chairman to the board and many mentoring and educational sessions also took place. It is, however, the Awards Show that brings the entire bluegrass community together for the season's Grand Finale. This year was certainly no exception. The Earls of Leicester were the Earls of Raleigh last night. Capturing the coveted Entertainer of the Year, the group also won the trophy for Instrumental Group of the Year and Album of the Year.

Donna Ulisse Releases 9th Album For Hadley Music Group

Donna Ulisse - Hard Cry Moon"Black train, black train... I ain't staying where I'm at," sings Donna Ulisse on the spirited opening track to Hard Cry Moon, her ninth album on the Hadley Music Group label. While the lyric addresses a woman's determination to move on from a failed relationship, Ulisse could be expressing her desire to follow her muse where it takes her. And this time around, it's back to (mostly) original material.

Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley Hospitalized After Fall

Dr. Ralph StanleyBluegrass and mountain music legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley, 88, was hospitalized last week following a fall that caused a small fracture in his pelvis. The banjo artist underwent minor surgery last Saturday. Stanley's grandson, Nathan Stanley, reports that “Dr. Stanley is recovering from a small pelvic fracture. He is doing great and expected to have full recovery.”


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