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NightGrass in Telluride

Night Grass 2013 courtesy Benko PhotographicsNightGrass. For longtime members of Festivarian Nation, that one word instantly evokes jittery excitement. So we'll stick to the facts: 1) the full NightGrass schedule is below; 2) the online lottery is open Tuesday thru Wednesday, April 14-15; and 3) spread the word to your Festivarian family. As an accompaniment to your NightGrass planning, following are 2 stunning videos we can't stop playing: The Lone Bellow belting out 3-part harmonies from the crowd in Telluride and the sweet sound of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan in the studio (they'll be at this year's RockyGrass). Gorgeous stuff.

Premiere of "Revival: The Sam Bush Story" April 21

Revival: The Sam Bush StoryThe "Father of Newgrass," Sam Bush, took bluegrass music into a new dimension. Not many people can say they fathered a whole genre of music. The new film Revival: The Sam Bush Story, explores that pioneering journey. Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians — yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend. Starring Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, John Oates, Chris Thile, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, The Avett Brothers, John Cowan, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Hoffman, Greensky Bluegrass, Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury, Jeff Austin, Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Jerry Douglas and others.

New Album from James Reams & The Barnstormers Coming Soon!

Rhyme & SeasonAs James pulled together the material for the new album, he knew that this project needed to focus on something other than songs about the hills and hollers or honky tonks. It needed to be personal and meaningful on a whole new level. He felt compelled to describe a journey that had no rhyme or reason, one that reflected the many seasons of life. “Rhyme & Season” touches on topics that affect so many in this great country – those who have chosen the nomadic life and others who were left with no choice.

NPR Presents the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards Show

2014 Americana Honors & Awards ShowWashington, D.C. / Nashville, Tenn. – Music fans everywhere can now watch a night of special performances by the biggest names in Americana. A set of digitally re-mastered videos from the stage of the 13th annual Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards show is now archived and available for on-demand streaming exclusively at npr.org/music.

Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association Announce 2015 Events

Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass AssociationThe 5th Annual Gospel Music Show will be held Saturday, June 27th . Attendees will enjoy an evening of southern, bluegrass and country gospel music. The meal begins at 5:00 and music at 7:00 p.m. Bands performing will be: Amy Wright & Friends, Simply By Grace, and Vicky Dancer. Adult tickets for the show are $5.00. Children 12 and under get in free to the show. A BBQ pork sandwich plate or a hamburger/cheeseburger plate will be served from the concession stand. Adult meal is $5.00. Children’s plates are available for $2.50.

Robert 'Tut' Taylor - The Flatpickin' Dobro Man Passes at 91

Robert (Tut) TaylorMr. Robert “Tut” Arthur Taylor Sr., age 91, of Wilkesboro, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. He was born November 20, 1923 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Herman H. and Lillie Pierce Johnson Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a US Army and Navy Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ella Lee Blount Taylor; daughter, Barbara Taylor; granddaughter, Melissa Boone Dyer and great grandson, Robert Benjamin Dyer.

Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival Adds Kids Academy

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce in addition to some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names on stage, a Kids Academy and Kids Games have been added to the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 12 thru 14, 2015 when thousands of bluegrass and jamgrass fans arrive to partake in a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

Classic American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic American BalladsThe Classic series is an enjoyable introduction to the diverse repertoire of American music available from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Each explores the breadth and depth of a genre while the notes trace its significance within American musical heritage. Longtime lovers of American roots music and newcomers alike find value and enjoyment in the Classic series. Compiled and annotated by GRAMMY award winning Smithsonian Folkways Archivist Jeff Place, award winning bluegrass radio presenter Lee Michael Demsey, blues historian Barry Lee Pearson, and others, the series has produced compilations of bluegrass, folk, blues, maritime, old-time, and mountain music.

Trout Steak Revival Gets Brighter Every Day

Trout Steak RevivalHistorically, mountain ranges have been formidable barriers for civilization. But for the first settlers who passed through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, those features gave way to a unique sense of independence and became insulators from the rest of civilization, with collaboration, rather than competition, as the prime virtue. Flash forward to 2015, and you can hear this dynamic at play on Brighter Every Day, the newest album from Denver indie-mountaingrass quintet Trout Steak Revival. Produced by Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, Trout Steak Revival’s new album comes on the heels of their breakout win at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and showcases the band’s virtuosic original songwriting and masterful musicianship.

Review: Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleI spent a good part of the day listening to a new project by a new group comprised of some very exceptional artists. I've always been a Steve Gulley fan of sorts as every song I've heard by him was a "keeper." Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, the self-titled album featuring Steve, Bryan Turner, Gary robinson, Jr. and Matt Crumby was more than what I could even imagine. Tight, bright, electric, emotional and full of life, all in one small package. Bluegrass doesn't get much better than this.

Donna Ulisse Offers Companion CD to her Songwriting Book

The Songwriter In Me Demo RecordingsRecord label and publisher Hadley Music Group has released a companion CD to the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process written by singer songwriter Donna Ulisse. The CD is titled The Songwriter in Me: The Demo Recordings and includes all twenty-four songs that are featured in the book as lyrics.

Band Of Ruhks' Self-Titled Debut Album on AirPlay Direct

Band of Ruhks101 Ranch Records released the first Band of Ruhks CD on March 17th from the group that includes Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith of the acclaimed Lonesome River Band. The album was featured on yesterday's AirPlay Direct Global Radio E-blast. Some things have a magic all their own. The musical collaboration between Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith is one of these things. These three men made music together in the 1990’s as members of The Lonesome River Band. Their work there was critically acclaimed and during the apex of the group’s popularity. In 2001, each of them embarked on their own personal musical journeys that led to new heights and influences.

Four Music Veterans Announce Launch of Union House Records

Union House RecordsHickory, NC -- Mike Bentley, Jeff Brown, Shannon Slaughter, and Dale Felts are proud to announce the formation of a new record label, Union House Records focusing on bluegrass and acoustic music releases. The label will kick off with a soon to be released new single by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection with the full album hitting stores later this year followed by a new album by Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome.

Volume Five’s Voices Album Reaches New Heights

 VoicesBooneville, MS -- In just a few short months, Volume Five’s album, Voices on Mountain Fever Records, has soared to new heights on the radio charts. Voices is currently #1 on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart, made its debut on the April Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart, and is #3 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums this week.

The Big Bang Of Country Music To Come Full Circle at HoustonFest

Orthophonic Joy CoverTourism and Music Industry representatives announced a special showcase to be presented at HoustonFest on May 1 & 2, 2015. HoustonFest will hold a special showcase of historic importance. The group recently announced the creation of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD project. Eleven of the 17 artists performing on this historic CD project will be appearing at HoustonFest 2015.

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