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Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival Selects Artwork for 2017

Palisade Bluegrass & Roots FestivalSix local artists competed in this year’s poster design contest for the 2017 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival. Artists presented concepts depicting the beautiful scenery of Palisade, CO combined with other traditional bluegrass imagery and colorful festival paintings. The winning piece is titled: "Love and Hippiness: Ode to a Blacklight Poster,“ by Gayle Madden. This graphic design piece was selected last week at the Blue Pig Art Gallery where 87 people cast their votes for this year’s competition.

Bluegrass Foundation Grant Recipient Walker Creek Music Camp

Walker Creek Music CamEvery month we plan to tell you about one of the deserving programs or projects funded by Foundation for Bluegrass Music grants, starting with the Walker Creek Music Camp held October 6-9, 2016 in rural Marin County, California. Classes for aspiring musicians of all ages at Walker Creek Ranch, located an hour north of the San Francisco Bay area, included instruction in bluegrass and old-time fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals, bass, Dobro, beginning jam sessions, and the "Music and More" (M&M) program for children. Electives included everything from flatfoot dancing to songwriting.

Kind Grass 2 Coming to Columbus, OH

Rumpke Mountain BoysGet your dancing shoes ready, because Kind Grass 2 is coming in hot! Taking place on Friday, November 4th at the Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH, the one-day festival is packed to the brim with top-notch artists from the folk/bluegrass scene.

16 Toe-Tapping Reasons Asheville is the Next Music City

Asheville Music CityAsheville, NC -- Asheville, where deep-seated bluegrass roots harmonize with new talent and innovative sounds, is on the verge of becoming one of America's top music cities. From the nation's longest-running folk festival and Grammy-winning musicians to Moog Music and a weekly drum circle, music rings through the air in this Blue Ridge Mountain city. NEW: The sounds and melodies of Asheville can now be heard online via Explore Asheville Radio.

Martin Regains Ownership Of The Company's Trademark In China

The DreadnoughtNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. (Martin Guitar) located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania is proud to announce it has regained the rightful ownership of three of its legendary trademarks in China.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters & Iron Mountain Light Up the Fold Saturday

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters & Iron MountainSaturday, November 5th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Fiddlin’ Carson Peters & Iron Mountain. This concert will mark Carson’s first performance at the Fold with his new group, Iron Mountain. They’ll be coming back to the Fold soon to headline the 9th Annual Janette Carter Gospel Show on Sunday, November 20th, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.

Mountain Fever Records Releases 1st Single from Heidi & Ryan

Heidi & RyanWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the addition of Heidi & Ryan, formerly the Kentucky Mountain Trio, to their label. The couple's self-titled album, will be released December 2nd with the first single, "Grandma's Knee," available everywhere today!

Ricky Skaggs to Perform at The 50th Annual CMA Awards

Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Ricky Skaggs will perform on "Country Music's Biggest Night." Skaggs, a former CMA Entertainer of the Year, will be part of a star-studded lineup next week at "The 50th Annual CMA Awards."

BBU Announces Fall Jam'n Weekend Coming Nov. 18-20

Boston Bluegrass UnionThe Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is happy to announce the seventh Jam'n Weekend at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. The dates are November 18-20, 2016. Just like the previous Jam'n Weekends, this is an indoor "non-festival" where you can jam all weekend long or attend instructor-led jams and free workshops (with your paid registration). The workshop and jam schedule will be posted soon.

Lonely Heartstring Band Hits “Top 50 All-Time” Chart

Deep WatersRounder Records recording artists the Lonely Heartstring Band have now climbed into the AirPlay Direct “Top 50 All-Time” Americana / AAA Album Chart with their debut CD Deep Waters! They find themselves in very good company.

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Release "Small Town Heroes"

Small Town HeroesValerie Smith & Liberty Pike have released their latest project, Small Town Heroes along with their new single, "Something About a Train" to their outlets yesterday. Valerie says, "Something About A Train" has a memorable melody and colorful lyrics. It’s fun to sing – it actually sings itself – and is a pleasure to perform,”

The Kruger Brothers "Go Pink" at Premiere of Roan Mountain Suite

The Kruger BrothersNashville, TN -- The Kruger Brothers have become world renowned for their unique classically-infused folk/acoustic music. The trio was recently joined by the The Kontras Quartet for the debut performance of an original work, commissioned to honor the region, history and legacy of Tennessee’s Roan Mountain. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN was decked out with pink bouquets onstage and in the lobby for a reception with the artists after the premiere of the Roan Mountain Suite.

Entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition Open

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, has begun accepting entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this month and will continue until February 2017. The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is one of the most acclaimed songwriting contests in roots and Americana music and has a reputation for launching careers and discovering important new talent.

Smithsonian Folkways Makes More Than 5,500 Arhoolie Tracks Available

I Wonder Where You Are TonightSmithsonian Folkways is making more than 300 standout albums (over 5,500 tracks) from the famed Arhoolie Records catalog available digitally and on CD through the Smithsonian Folkways website starting October 21 (folkways.si.edu/arhoolie). The remaining titles from the roughly 650-album collection will be released on an ongoing basis. Arhoolie Records is best known for "down home" blues, jazz, country, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Mexican-American, and world music. Smithsonian Folkways acquired the Arhoolie catalog in May 2016 from its founder Chris Strachwitz and his business partner Tom Diamente. It is the largest addition to the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue since it launched in 1987, bringing the total number of available tracks to almost 60,000.

Hogslop String Band at Carter Family Fold this Saturday

Hogslop String BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Hogslop String Band. The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of five energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, California, and North Carolina. Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

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