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Driven: Bluegrass Without Mercy at World of Bluegrass

 You'll Be Lonely, I'll Be GoneAre you looking for new bluegrass music? Check out the new band called Driven. This powerful group will make its debut at the 2014 World of Bluegrass as an official showcase artist of the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble. Walking a fine line between traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Driven will leave enthusiasts begging for more with their creative music, dynamic personality and high-energy shows!

More Guests Added for The Nashville Sessions

Leftover Salmon - The Nashville SessionsIt is only a few days away from celebrating 15 Years of The Nashville Sessions at the historic Ryman Auditorium! We are thrilled to announce some special additions to the lineup: Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, Darrell Scott, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Elizabeth Cook. This will be an exciting and wonderful night! Here is an interview with Vince about the special evening ahead.

The Roys' New CD, "The View", Makes Strong Debut

 The ViewNashville, TN (September 12, 2014) – The Roys’ celebrate strong debuts on multiple charts with their fourth Rural Rhythm Records’ CD release, The View. The disc will enter the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums chart next week at #2, and currently holds the #7 spot on AirPlay Direct’s Bluegrass/Folk chart. The View entered Amazon’s Bluegrass Bestsellers list at #10 last week, and rises to #18 on today’s Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. The news of the disc’s early success follows closely on the heels of the announcement of final-round ICM nominations for The Roys in the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year categories. Winners will be announced at the Awards’ 20th anniversary spectacular in Nashville on November 13.

Song To Stage Songwriter Workshop Series Announced

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- The Song To Stage collaborative announces the launch of a new songwriter development program, guided by Grammy winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb, along with the award winning bluegrass-Americana group Nu-Blu. Song To Stage is a first of its kind, an innovative songwriter-artist-production workshop designed to advance the personal and professional needs of the songwriter from all angles of the creative and business process.

Chatham County Line Touring for Tightrope

Chatham County LineAsheville, NC -- Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation, on the fittingly titled Tightrope, released May 20, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. The sixth studio album from the Raleigh-based four-piece follows 2010's winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound, which was released in 2012. "With anything you've done for a while," Wilson explains, "a period of reflection helps you identify your strengths. Doing the live album did that, and in a way, we do that every night with the songs we choose to play at a live show. We usually don't use set lists, we just play the songs that come to mind. That really helped us prepare for this record."

Marty Stuart Salutes Jimmie Rodgers During Honors & Awards

Jimmie Rodgers - The Singing BrakemanNashville TN: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 17-21, is spotlighting “The Music of Mississippi” this year with multiple programming events exploring the history and traditions of American Roots Music in Mississippi.

'Breaking Grass' Hits #4 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

 Just As StrongWillis, VA -- Mississippi's popular and well seasoned bluegrass band, Breaking Grass, hit #4 today on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart with their new Mountain Fever Records album, Just As Strong. The album hit #7 on the Heetseekers chart. The album released August 5th and showcased the release of the first single, "Raining in Virginia," written by guitarist Cody Farrar.

"Ralph Peer: Record Man" at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Ralph PeerNashville, TN -- Ralph Peer: Record Man, an intimate exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, will be unveiled today, September 12. He hailed from Independence, Missouri, but the mark Ralph S. Peer left on popular music spread across the globe. He was a pioneer in recording, music publishing and artist management. He was, in all capacities, a record man.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Live in the CMA Theater

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnNashville, TN -- Nashville-based banjo duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn celebrate their eponymous first duo record live in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 8, in conjunction with their record release on Tuesday, October 7.

New Single Release by Larry Stephenson Band

Pull Your Savior InNashville, TN -- The Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce the title track, “Pull Your Savior In,” as their first single release from their upcoming new album releasing October 21, 2014 on Whysper Dream Music. The song was written by Larry Stephenson and will certainly have your toes tapping.

Renfro Valley Barn Dance 75th Anniversary Show Sept. 13

Renfro Valley Barn DanceNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Recording artist, Ronnie Reno, reigning 2013 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year and TV host of Reno’s Old-Time Music Show, has joined forces with Renfro Valley Entertainment Center and Rockcastle Tourism to help celebrate the 75 year musical history of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion a "Top 100" Destination

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014Bristol, TN/VA -- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion now ranks among the American Bus Association's premier Top 100 Events in North America for motorcoach tour groups. Each year tens of millions of tourists visit destinations in North America as groups on motorcoach trips. The American Bus Association has released the entire list of Top 100 Events in North America. This list is the annual announcement for group travel in the United States and Canada. It's published as a guide for travel professionals and the general public when planning group tours and vacations.

Bluegrass Junction to Rebroadcast Dave Adkins Track-by-Track

Dave Adkins Track-by-TrackNashville, TN -- Bluegrass music fans will get a special treat this week when Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction re-airs Dave Adkins’ entertaining Track by Track interview with host Kyle Cantrell. Fans can tune in Wednesday, September 10 at 11:00 AM; Thursday, September 11 at 9:00 PM; Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 AM; and Sunday, September 14 at 12:00 PM (Eastern). The program features songs from Dave’s album Nothing To Lose album on Mountain Fever Records.

First Music Business Accelerator Launched in Nashville

Nashville Entrepreneur Center/CMANashville, TN -- The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and CMA have teamed up to produce the first-ever, music business accelerator. The program leverages the EC's proven accelerator formula with the industry strengths of title partner CMA, for the development of the music industry.

A Tribute to William Smith Monroe 1911 - 1996

Bill MonroeSeptember 9, 1996 was a solemn day in the history of bluegrass music. The father of our music, Bill Monroe, who was loved and admired by all, passed on to the heavens to pick with those of his time. Bill created a unique American musical form which has become a standard of American genres. During the days after the great depression, Bill played in small clubs in the steel towns north of his Commonwealth of Kentucky home. Chicago is where the music was born but its roots were deep in the heart of his homeland on the south. The Big Mon, as he was affectionately known, will be missed by the entire world. Bill worked the oil refineries to sustain the family and the hard labor was something he felt would maintain his strength - both physical and spiritual.

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