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41st Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees Announced

SPBGMA LogoThe 41st Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards nominees have been announced for the awards ceremony which will take place during the society's 32nd National Convention. The convention takes place February 5 through February 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest starts will be there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.

Catch the Junior Blankenship Band at Carter Fold Saturday

Junior BlankenshipSaturday, January 24th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Junior Blankenship Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Junior Blankenship was raised where mountain bluegrass was a corner stone to the family culture. Junior’s father, the late Hillard Blankenship, drove Dr. Ralph Stanley’s tour bus for many years. Junior and his father formed a band called the Rocky Mountain Boys. Soon after that, Ralph Stanley called Junior and asked him to become a Clinch Mountain Boy after Keith Whitley left their group. Junior was only seventeen at the time. He stayed with Dr. Stanley until 1989.

Music World Mourns the Passing of Miss Dixie Hall

Dixie HallDixie Hall, 80, affectionately known as Miss Dixie, and wife of songwriter Tom T. Hall, passed away in her home Friday after enduring a long illness. Dixie was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in her native Sutton Coldfield, England. Songwriters Dixie and Tom T. covered the country, bluegrass, folk and roots realm with their storytelling songs. The two of them put out song after song of great lyrics and music. Miss Dixie was loved by artists and fans and she loved them as well.

Larry Stephenson with Les Butler January 17 & 18

Larry StephensonNashville, TN -- Larry Stephenson, highly regarded as one of bluegrass music’s finest high lead and tenor vocalist, will join Les Butler on Solid Gospel Radio Network this weekend. The show airs Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18 from 4-5pm Central and also streams live at SouthernGospel.com or via your smart phone app. Next week, the show will air on Front Porch Fellowship’s affiliated radio stations at various times.

Dolly Parton Signs Producer Development Deal with NBC

Dolly PartonUniversal City, CA -- NBC has signed a development deal with Dolly Parton, one of the most honored female country musicians of all time and an American icon. The network will develop a slate of two-hour movies with the legendary country music icon as their producer.

ROMP Announces 2015 Lineup

Del McCoury Band at ROMPOwensboro, KY -- The 12th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music fest known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 24-27, 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Earls of Leicester Announce 2015 Dates

The Earls of LeicesterNashville, TN - The Earls of Leicester, whose self-titled debut has spent 17 weeks on the bluegrass charts since its release, have announced new dates for the winter & spring of 2015, including appearances at the prestigious Bonnaroo, Floydfest, and Rocky Grass Festivals.

Rhonda Vincent to Appear on Bloomberg TV's Street Smart

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- "The New Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent, as dubbed by the Wall Street Journal is bringing her bluegrass/country sound to the Big Apple later this week. The 2015 Grammy nominee will be featured live on Bloomberg TV's Street Smart this Thursday, January 15th at 4PM/EST, where she will talk about her latest #1 Billboard album Only Me.

State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music

 A Celebration of American Roots MusicNashville, TN -- City Winery, Newport Folk Presents® and the Americana Music Association announced today a partnership to promote a series of concerts titled State of the Union taking place at the esteemed City Winery venues in Chicago, Napa, Nashville, and New York City. One night per month in each city, State of the Union will highlight artists whose musicianship and excellence set the standard for live performance.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Release "Before The Sun Goes Down"

<em>Before The Sun Goes Down</em>Nashville, TN -- Compass Records is pleased to announce the release today of Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley's debut album, Before The Sun Goes Down. The album pairs Rob Ickes, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of Year and 2015 Grammy® nominee, with rising vocalist and guitarist, Trey Hensley. Ickes and Hensley’s collaboration seamlessly blends contemporary bluegrass and the spare studio stylings of classic '60s and '70s country music. It is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several fronts.

Blue Highway to Perform National Anthem for Top NBA and NCAA Games

Blue HighwaayKingsport, TN -- Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform the National Anthem for the biggest pro basketball game of the season in Charlotte as the Charlotte Hornets take on the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs at Time-Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, January 14. Tip off will be at 7:00 PM, with coverage by SportsSouth television network and WFNZ 610 AM Radio.

Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Applications Open Thursday Jan. 15

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Nashville, TN -- The 2015 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 29 - October 1, once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and all emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply. Online Application opens January 15 at 9am (CST)

Join Ralph Stanley for his 88th Birthday Celebration Feb 21

Dr. Ralph StanleyThe Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center will host Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 88th Birthday Dinner and Fundraiser at the Holiday Inn off exit 7 in Bristol, VA at 6:30pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Celebrate Dr. Stanley’s 88th birthday (born February 25, 1927) with Dr. Stanley himself. A first-class dinner will be served which will include your choice of fried catfish with white country gravy, slow roasted beef brisket, or herbed grilled chicken. All entrees will be accompanied by tossed Salad with assorted dressings, mashed potatoes, southern green beans, and rolls and butter. Desert will be white chocolate bread pudding with Irish cream sauce.

‘David Holt’s State of Music’ Examines Future of Mountain Music

David Holt and Rhiannon GiddensAsheville’s David Holt has found many ways over the years to present mountain music to the world. He performs the music himself and helps spread the tradition of mountain music, its history and its people, through stories, photography and television. In David Holt's State of Music, David introduces viewers to modern masters of traditional music in the Southern mountains and remembers the legends who taught him.

Cedar Creek Management Announces The Burrows Brothers

The Burrows Brothers BandAdam and Jake Burrows, former members of Lonesome Will Mullins' band have formed a new band to carry on the traditional music that they love. This lineup allows the band to do more brother duets, as it moves Adam to the frontline on guitar and lead vocals, his brother Jake on banjo and tenor vocals. Rounding out the group is Mike Walker on mandolin/baritone vocals and Wes Deaton bassfiddle/bass vocals.

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