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Còig & Whitetop Mountain Band at Blue Ridge Music Center June 18

CòigGalax, VA -- Cape Breton-based, Celtic supergroup Còig will play the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The band will be joined by the beloved old-time ensemble Whitetop Mountain Band. The Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to host this performance as part of this premier festival that celebrates Virginia’s Crooked Road.

Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with Rural Rhythm Records

Tammy Jones Signs with Rural Rhythm RecordsNashville, TN -- In preparation for her second Bluegrass project, Tammy Jones Robinette has signed with powerhouse Bluegrass label, Rural Rhythm Records. The deal comes on the heels of Tammy's first Bluegrass release last year. Produced by Mark Fain (versatile bass player and longtime band member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder), Let it Shine was warmly embraced by both Bluegrass and Gospel critics, earning three entries for consideration in the initial nomination process by the IBMA.

Bid for a One of a Kind Banjo and Help Support a Good Cause

Mumford & SonsSpring Valley, CA -- Deering Banjo Company is delighted to announce that they are teaming up with Mumford & Sons once again on their highly anticipated Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows this summer 2015. Deering will be at each of the Stopovers with a selection of banjos for you to try, as well as enthusiastic Deering expert staff offering free banjo lessons, songs and a welcoming smile!

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Release "Country Grass" Tuesday

Country GrassThere has been a whole lot of excitement about the latest project by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road including some of the biggest country artists of all-time, including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, and John Conlee, and others. From an early video release to a sampling online, the comments and buzz surrounding this collaborative project has all been excellent. Lorraine was gracious enough to give Cybergrass her comments on the new Country Grass project.

Carter Fold to Ring with Traditional Bluegrass by Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 13th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Appalachian Trail. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free. Appalachian Trail is a union of seasoned and innovative singers, songwriters, and musicians who are breaking new ground in the bluegrass arena. Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Holland, and Switzerland are some of the countries that have hosted the talents of the individuals in this band, as well as coast-to-coast here at home. Formed in 1984, the band combines strong lead vocals, tight harmonies, and distinctive picking.

Legendary Dale Ann Bradley to Play Carroll County High School

Dale Ann BradleyHillsville, VA -- Bluegrass singer-songwriter Dale Ann Bradley will play Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Virginia on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. She will be joined by Willard Gayheart and Friends. Dale Ann Bradley embarked on her musical journey in the coalfields of southeast Kentucky. She joined the all-female bluegrass band The New Coon Creek Girls and played with them until 1997. Her first solo release propelled her onto the Billboard Charts and into national (and international) attention. Since then, she has played all over the world and earned the IMBA Female Vocalist of the Year award an impressive five times. Her newest recording “Pocket Full of Keys” will be released in June of 2015.

Communities Contribute to Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingRegion wide community involvement and strong support from sponsors are shaping up to make The Crooked Road’s very first Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 12-20, 2015, a truly memorable experience. The 9-day, regional event features Crooked Road concerts in 34 different communities in Southwest Virginia, as well as over 260 cultural experiences being presented by businesses and organizations throughout the region.

Sammy Shelor & Mike Hartgrove Honor Steve Martin at AFI Life Achievement Awards

Steve Martin AFI Life Achievement with Lonesome River BandHollywood, CA -- Lonesome River Band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed last night with actor Martin Short when Steve Martin was honored with the 43rd American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award - the highest honor for a career in film. The award was presented to Steve Martin during the gala tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. and will air June 13th on TBS at 10:00 p.m. The star-studded event included: Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Conan O’Brien, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Black, Steve Carell, and many more.

Orthophonic Joy is a Real Joy

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions RevisitedOne of the most exciting projects in recording has been released, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited. Produced by multi-Grammy award winning Carl Jackson, this may be the best recording project of the year. Based on the music of the famed "Bristol Sessions" in 1927 where "Record Man" Ralph Peer created the "Big Bang of Country Music" when he brought his Victor Talking Machines equipment to Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia to record the music of the region. That was 88 years ago and is still significant. Johnny Cash once said that the Bristol Sessions are the single most important event in the history of country music. What Carl Jackson has done is to breathe new life into the Appalachian music of generations ago.

Steve Gulley Gives Back To The Community During Acoustic Music Week

Steve GulleyNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Recording artist Steve Gulley has been staying very busy these days with the launch of his new group, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, and the release of their new self-titled album. In addition Steve is once again co-hosting, with Dale Ann Bradley, the third annual Lincoln Memorial University Acoustic Music Week event.

North Carolina to Honor the Achievements of Balsam Range

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- Multi-award-winning acoustic band, Balsam Range, will receive official praise from both the House and Senate of the State of North Carolina on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Balsam Range is the current International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year Winner. The band is signed to NC record label, Mountain Home Music Company, an imprint of the Crossroads Label Group.

Help Fund the Return of Bluegrass Music to Burning Man 2015

Burning Man BluegrassOnce again, our bluegrass artist and friend, Andy Owens, is on a quest to once again bring Bluegrass Music to the huge Burning Man Arts Festival held in the Nevada desert. This event is huge, 75,000 people but very little live music and even less, if any, Bluegrass music. One of the things Bill Monroe told Andy to do is take Bluegrass to places where its not, so he has follow those directionss. Andy has played in over fifty countries but Burning Man is the toughest one of all. The Bluegrass to Burning Man Kickstarter Campaign is just ramping up. This is a marvelous concept to introduce a very large crowd to bluegrass music in a unique way.

Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River BandNashville, TN -- Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer including their new band member Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

Tim White Comments on Song of the Mountains Status

Tim WhiteBy Tim White
I want to thank all of my friends, fellow musicians and fans of Song of the Mountains for your overwhelming support over the past three weeks. Your kind words of support have meant so much to me and my wife Penny. Just to let you know briefly what has happened since the Lincoln Theatre board's "Re-organization committee" released me from my contract 3 1/2 years early...the director of the Lincoln Theatre stands pretty much all alone now.

Trey Hensley at Carter Fold Clinch Mountain Music Fest

Trey HensleyHiltons, VA -- Clinch Mountain Music Fest is gearing up for its 10th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Festivities this year will begin in Gate City, Virginia, and end at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. All crafts and outside vendors will be set up in Gate City. Gate City’s festivities will close by 5:30 to allow everyone time to get to the closing concert at the Fold. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music.

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