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Adkins & Loudermilk Release Self-Titled Debut Album

Adkins & LoudermilkWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records announces the release of the debut, self-titled album from Adkins & Loudermilk. This highly anticipated project has already produced a chart-making first single with "Backside of Losing." What started out as two impressive solo careers has morphed into what is already being described as a powerhouse team of vocals and songwriting. Dave Adkins has already had a successful career fronting his former band, Republik Steel, and Edgar Loudermilk has been known as one of the most solid bass-playing vocalists in bluegrass, having toured extensively with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrd Tyme Out.

MerleFest 2015 to Feature Special Sets and Collaborations

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and taking place April 23-26, 2015, will boast a number of special collaborations and performances at this year’s festival. As regular attendees of the celebrated festival know, these “MerleFest Moments” – as they’re often called – are a frequent result of the artistic, collective spirit of this special yearly musical gathering.

Hot Rize Releases New Video for "A Cowboy's Life"

Hot RizeBluegrass supergroup, Hot Rize recently reunited after 20 years off the road for an extensive tour schedule as well as the release of their new album "When I'm Free". On their last stop in New York, the band recruited Mason Jar Music to put visuals to the new sounds. The results are breathtaking. The first video, available for public viewing today, presents a clear juxtaposition between the city views of New York and the performance of a more traditional bluegrass group.

Bluegrass Underground Announces Full 2015 Season Lineup

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutMcMinnville, TN -- From Living Legends to a pre-teen phenom - BGU has a packed calendar that will feature award winning Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mountain Heart, EmiSunshine, Frank Fairfield, Ben Sollee, Annie Moses Band, Taarka, Front Country, Trace Bundy, Woody Pines, Old Salt Union, Volunteer String Band, Jimbo Darville & the Truckadors and more. Tickets go on sale Saturday 3/21/2015 at 11 AM Central.

Niall Toner Releases "Working On Love"

Working On LoveNiall Toner formed his Acoustic String Band in 2001, and since that time they have released four all-original Albums, and toured all over the World. Last October, Niall returned from Nashville, Tennessee, where he recorded album number five, titled Working on Love, another all-original project. This latest project is comprised of many love songs and tunes inspired by life in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains of County Carlow. Appropriately released on St.Valentine's Day, 2015.

Society of the Four Arts Hosts 10th Annual Bluegrass Concert

Dailey & VincentThe Society of the Four Arts will host their 10th annual Bluegrass concert on April 12, 2015. The 10th Anniversary event will feature the award winning duo, Dailey & Vincent. Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America, and they have quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. Their fantastically powerful vocal blends created four award-winning studio albums, and their heavy touring schedule brings them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike.

Lonesome River Band To Perform At Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest

Lonesome River BandBristol, TN/VA -- Lonesome River Band will perform Saturday, March 28 at the 1st Annual Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Bristol, Virginia. The two day event take place March 27 and 28. Tickets are: Two-Day Early Bird Tickets $50; Gate: Friday $30, Saturday $35; Kids 12 and under free. Discounted hotel rates are available.

Stetson Family is Editor's Choice on BalconyTV

The Stetson Family on BalconyTVThe Stetson Family are an Australian acoustic five-piece band who respectfully tip their hats to bluegrass and folk Americana whilst free-wheeling with their own unique sound. They’re said to be “more Old Crow and Gillian than Del, Jimmy or Bill.” A few months back they were invited to do a song on Balcony TV, the daily online viral music show that features bands and musicians performing on balconies around the world. The band is excited that their balcony clip was not only published last week but was "Editor's Choice" on the international BalconyTV site. The band commented, "We're chuffed to say the least!"

Flower Hill String Band Welcomes Face of America with Bluegrass Music

Flower Hill String BandFrederick, MD -- The pleasing melodies of live bluegrass music will greet participants of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride as they arrive in Frederick, Maryland the afternoon of April 25. Gaithersburg’s Flower Hill String Band will present a free concert for riders who will be completing a 55 mile journey from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

 Celebrating American Roots MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) explores the rich traditions in American music through New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. Acquired from the Smithsonian Institution by BCMM, the installation once served as one of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibits. New Harmonies will be on view beginning March 18, 2015 and continuing through September 30, 2015.

Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond

Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in MotionBristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Ballet, in cooperation with the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion at the Paramount Center for the Arts on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2:30 p.m. Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of the Bristol Sessions, and beyond, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

James Reams Remembers and Celebrates Walter Hensley's Birthday

 James Reams and Walter HensleyBy James Reams
“I had to learn off the radio,” recalled Walter Hensley during an interview for the documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass. “Didn’t have any records or anything. I just kept messing with the banjo roll. Drove my Dad crazy because he worked in the mines, and he’d have to get up at four in the morning." Replacing broken fingerpicks and strings was possible only when someone with a car was going to town – 35 miles away – and could bring some back. So the future Banjo Baron of Baltimore sometimes made fingerpicks out of PET Milk cans. Walt insisted “They were not all that bad; better than nothin’.” To replace broken strings he sometimes cut the insulation off blasting wire that was used for setting off dynamite in the mines, then tuned it down low enough so it wouldn’t break when played.

IBMA to Open Registration for WOB 2015

Join or Renew IBMANashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, September 29 – October 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will open Business Conference registration, hotel reservations, tickets for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, festival tickets for Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes for IBMA members on Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 am Central, and for the general public on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 am Central.

Telluride Bluegrass Single-Day Lineup Artists Added

Sam Bush Go Pro - Photo credit Brett SchreckengostLyons, CO -- Less than 100 days til' Festivaaaaal! Yes, in just 99 days the annual pilgrimage of Festivarian Nation to Telluride culminates with the opening drone of bagpipes, the running of tarps, and the glorious reverberation of banjo and fiddle. For 4 days festivarians will dance, smile, listen and marvel at the great acoustic adventure of Telluride Bluegrass.

Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival Has New Location

Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass FestivalAlong with the coordinating efforts of the Moultrie Douglas County Fair Board, Arthur Park Board, the bluegrass/gospel band, Mackville, a new location for the Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival has been decided. The festival will take place at the Moultrie Douglas County Fairgrounds in Arthur, Illinois at 301 E. Columbia Street, Arthur, Illinois, behind the high school. The festival will be held in the Merchants Building.

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