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Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Launches This Weekend

Joe Mullins and the Radio RamblersXenia, OH -- The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival (SOIMF) will take place this weekend, November 7th & 8th, at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, and will celebrate the best in bluegrass music as well as a six-month long philanthropic effort by festival hosts, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.

Dolly Parton Nominated for People's Choice Award

Dolly PartonNashville, TN -- Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 People’s Choice Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on. Now in 2014, Dolly has just been nominated for a People’s Choice award in the Favorite Female Country Artist category.

First Set of Performers Announced for MerleFest 2015

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The star-packed grouping announced today includes:

Balsam Range Announces Winter Concert Series

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has announced a truly great lineup for its 5th Annual Winter Concert Series. The band and their guests brings five concerts to their Haywood County, NC home each year, all presented at the historic Colonial Theater.

IBMA Board Turmoil Continues with Second Resignation

IBMAThe International Bluegrass Music Association's Board of Directors is again the focus of IBMA activity as Vice Chair Craig Ferguson of Planet Bluegrass has resigned his position on the board. This comes just after the Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, tendered her resignation just a few weeks ago. Jon Weisberger, Chairman of the IBMA board wrote us yesterday with more information regarding this latest resignation.

2015 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival Lineup Announced

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersMusic will ring out across the Wet Mountain Valley at the 13th annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival this July in the heart of the Rockies. Join us as Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Lou Reid and Carolina, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Darol Anger and the Furies, The Hillbenders, Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, and Bill Evans, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, The Price Sisters, Art Stevenson and High Water and many other top-notch bluegrass performers converge on Westcliffe, Colorado, for four days of music benefitting non-profit organizations in our community. Come enjoy stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the youth music program, the camaraderie of on-site camping and pickin’, in addition to the full roster of exciting bluegrass performers. The 13th annual festival dates are Thursday through Sunday, July 9 - 12, 2015.

Echoes of the Blueridge Music at Carter Fold Nov 8th

Kilby and Martha SpencerHiltons, VA -- Echoes of the Blueridge is a relatively new old time band that sprang from the famous Spencer family of the Whitetop Mountain Band. Kilby and Martha Spencer are the son and daughter of Thornton and Emily Spencer. Martha plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band, and Kilby often does as well. Kilby has his own old time band – the Crooked Road Ramblers. Martha often travels overseas with Jackson Cunningham - who also plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band – as a duet.

Banjos Rising: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Live Nov 8

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn celebrate their first duo record -- released October 7 on Rounder Records -- with a special hometown performance in the pristine acoustical setting of the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 8.

35th Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship Nov 14-16

James Reams & The BarnstormersThe Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival in Wickenburg, AZ will be held on November 14-16, 2014 and is sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce This festival is one of the oldest bluegrass festivals in the Southwest. Featured bands entertaining all three days at the festival are James Reams & The Barnstormers, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Chris Jones & The Night Drivers.

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Announce New Album, December Tour

Before The Sun Goes DownNashville, TN -- Compass Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Before The Sun Goes Down. The album pairs Rob Ickes, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of Year, with rising singer/guitarist Trey Hensley whom Ickes recently discovered while recording in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee.

IBMA Announces TV Broadcast of Bluegrass Music Awards

Balsam Range IBMA Entertainer of the YearNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced plans to air an edited version of the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on U.S. television. The Awards show, filmed live on October 2, 2014 in the Memorial Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas, will be part of American Public Television’s “Music City Roots” series in 2015. The syndicated series aired in 71 PBS markets across the United States this past year. A one-hour edit of the Awards show is expected to air in late February or early March 2015.

Blue Highway to Perform at 23rd Annual Diamond Awards

Blue HighwayPigeon Forge, TN -- Dove and IBMA Award-winning powerhouse band Blue Highway will appear as special guests at the upcoming 23rd Annual Diamond Awards. The fan-voted Diamond Awards will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4, as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. The 2014 Diamond Awards are sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant all-digital source of Southern Gospel News and current #1-visited Southern Gospel website on the Internet.

New Asheville Band Hits Kickstarter Goal In One Day

Tellico BandAsheville, NC -- Tellico is the most recent product of Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound, and they are excited to be debuting an album in 2015. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Stig Stiglets (bass, vocals) with Aaron Ballance on dobro, as well as Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. After playing together late last year, three former members of the Asheville bands Dehlia Low (Anya, Aaron, and Stig) and Town Mountain (Jed) decided the combination of so much history together and the excitement of a new project was so compelling that they decided to form Tellico.

Jason Barie Joins Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Jason BarieXenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are proud to welcome Jason Barie as their newest member. Jason will make his official debut during the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival held in Wilmington, OH November 7th and 8th. Jason will be filling the spot recently vacated by Evan McGregor. "We are very thankful for Evan and his years as a founding member of the Radio Ramblers," continues Mullins. "His precision on stage and in the studio, both as a player and engineer, really helped define our sound. His parents, Larry and Bev, have been constant supporters as well. We are grateful."

Junior Sisk Injures Hand in Minor Hunting Accident

Junior SiskJunior Sisk, who is well-known to his fans as an avid hunter, injured his hand this past Monday (10/27) in a minor hunting accident. Sisk suffered a deep cut to one of his fingers, which required stitches and a course of antibiotics. According to Sisk, the stitches will stay in for the next ten days, but he does have feeling in and can move his finger. He says that it's going to take a little time to heal, but he hopes to be back to playing this Saturday, when Ramblers Choice takes the stage at the Bluegrass, Barbecue, & Brew Festival in Brookneal, Virginia. Sisk would like to thank his friends and fans for their prayers and get-well wishes.

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