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Emerging Artist Nominee, Town Mountain, Releasing New Album

Town MountainAshville, NC -- IBMA Emerging Artist Nominee, Town Mountain, set to release their first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis, on Tuesday, August 19th. The concert was recorded in their hometown of Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall. The album features live versions of previously released studio material including crowd favorites “Lawdog,” “Tarheel Boys” and the fiddle tune “Four Miles.” Amidst the original songs are a couple of lively Town Mountain-tweaked covers such as “The Race Is On” and “Orange Blossom Special.” The audio was mixed by Scott Vestal, acclaimed banjoist with the Sam Bush Band, who also mixed their fourth studio album Leave The Bottle [Pinecastle Records 2012].

The Roys Sign Booking Agreement With Buddy Lee Attractions

The Roys Sign with Buddy Lee AttractionsNashville, TN -- The Roys have signed an exclusive booking agreement with Buddy Lee Attractions for worldwide representation. The deal was solidified yesterday in advance of the award-winning Bluegrass/Country duo's September 2 CD release, The View, on Rural Rhythm Records.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees: The Original Seldom Scene, Neil Rosenberg

Original Seldom SceneNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association announced that the influential bluegrass band The Original Seldom Scene and bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at its Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

IBMA Announces Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN – Each year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) recognizes up to five individuals for their significant contributions to bluegrass music with its highest honor outside of induction into the Hall of Fame--the Distinguished Achievement Award. This year’s recipients of IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards include:

John Cowan to Release "Sixty" Later this Month

 SixtyJohn Cowan, alsoknown as the "Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his hesart out for thirty-five years and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. Sixty, John's new album and most musically ambitious project to date, is a stylistic journey through a 30+ year career. Cowan, one of the most legendary voices in roots music, signed a license deal Compass Records to release his new album entitled “Sixty”, due out on August 26.

The Boxcars Lead International Bluegrass Music Award Nominations

The BoxcarsNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced today at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee, with The Boxcars leading the pack with ten nominations for the band and their individual members. They’re followed by Blue Highway with nine nominations, and The Del McCoury Band with six nominations.

The 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominations Announced

HealedNashville, TN -- The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 42 categories for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The conference was also streamed live on www.hearitfirst.com/live. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will air the awards show on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the US, plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 26th through September 9th.

Trinity River Band to Headline Willie’s Duck Jam 2014

West Monroe, LA -- Trinity River Band will headline the first Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 on September 22. This special outdoor concert kicks off at 6:30pm at Willie’s Duck Diner, located at 125 Constitution Dr., West Monroe, LA. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. The event is being produced by Bucky Newell who is partners with Willie Robertson in Willie’s Duck Diner. Bucky’s 50's-70's rock band, the Reactors, will open the concert. Willie Robertson, Executive Producer of Duck Dynasty, will be joining both bands on stage during this highly anticipated live concert event.

Renfro Valley Barn Dance Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Ronnie Reno joins Renfro Valley Entertainment Center to celebrate 75 years of the Renfro Valley Barn DanceNashville, TN -- Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in beautiful Renfro Valley, KY proudly known as "Kentucky's Country Music Capital” is celebrating its 75th year anniversary. Inside the lusciously green walls of this Valley you will find a music tradition that started back in 1939 by the founder John Lair. Great classic country, southern gospel, and mountain bluegrass music rings from the rafters and is “Still Going Strong” at two theaters to this very day. Many artists began their career or called the Renfro Valley Barn Dance their home over the years such as Red Foley, John Lair, Coon Creek Girls, Old Joe Clark, Pete Stamper, Homer & Jethro, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) and more.

Alan Jackson to Take Up Residency at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Alan JacksonNashville, TN -- Alan Jackson will take the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum as its 2014 Artist-in-Residence on October 8 and 22. Both Wednesday night concerts start at 7:00 p.m. in the museum’s new 800-seat CMA Theater. Tickets go on sale to the general public at NOON (CDT) on Monday, September 8, and can be purchased at http://CountryMusicHallOfFame.org/artist-in-residence

Pickin' at Carter Fold with Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass Mountaineers

Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass MountaineersThe spark the Bluegrass Mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire (fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition) is one of the world’s most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style. The fourth generation of the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Chris Wilcox is eager to learn the instruments at the young age of eight years old. In a quest to carry on the traditional bluegrass sound, the Bluegrass Mountaineers combine old time claw hammering, classic country yodeling, and twin fiddles to showcase their unique style. All members of the Bluegrass Mountaineers take turns demonstrating their vocal and instrumental abilities. Their love for the traditional, genuine bluegrass sound is evident every time they take the stage. Saturday, August 16th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014 Sept. 25-28

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014Abdingdon, VA -- It's coming and its coming as fast as it can down Virginia's Crooked Road and, its headed for Heartwood in Abdingdon, Virginia. Scheduled for September 25 through 28, 2014, the Abingdon Crooked Road Music Festival will come to life for four days of great bluegrass, old-time and gospel music.

Music City Roots Hosts IBMA Nominations Show

Sam BushPerhaps you followed the drama that surrounded the International Bluegrass Music Association moving its annual World Of Bluegrass convention from Nashville to Raleigh, NC last year. The group, which supports the art and business of bluegrass worldwide, wrestled with declining attendance and many complicated pros and cons of Nashville. We were courted by officials from Raleigh who proved beyond a doubt that they wanted World of Bluegrass to be part of their Fall calendar and culture. And long story short, we made a very tough decision to head to a new city and it went better than any of us dared to hope. Even the IBMA Awards show was a hit, despite the painful sacrifice of moving out of the Ryman Auditorium.

The Roys Celebrate Their Latest Release on Bluegrass Junction

 The ViewNashville, TN -- The Roys wrap the long Labor Day weekend with SiriusXM as the media giant hosts a special-format release party on its Bluegrass Junction channel for the duo's new CD, The View. The celebration, which will air Monday, September 1 at 6 p.m. ET, will feature The Roys performing their full album for an audience at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre. The CD hits stores on Tuesday, September 2; fans in a hurry for the award-winning Bluegrass/Country duo's new music can pre-order The View now from Amazon.

Donna Hughes Release Party for 2 New Albums, Video Premiere

Donna Hughes 2 CDsAward-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes will celebrate two new albums, From the Heart and Fly, and the music video premiere for the song, “The Red Oak Tree” on August 23, 2014. This highly anticipated event will take place at the Sunset Theatre located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, NC beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for Adults and free for children 10 & under.

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