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'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.

Exclusive Cherryholmes Family Reunion Planned for 2015

CherryholmesThe Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival is planning an exclusive Cherryholmes family reunion at their 2015 festival. The annual festival will feature over 45 bands. The Roanoke Island, North Carolina festival always features top artists, acts and entertainment. Plans are already underway for next year's event.

Live and Local: Bluegrass on Hillsborough Street

Darin and Brooke AldridgeDarin and Brooke Aldridge will headline a family-friendly day of bluegrass and gospel on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Hillsborough Street district. This free event will feature four stages nestled among the oak trees of our community with some of the best in local and national bluegrass and gospel acts from 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Pinecastle Records Founder Tom Riggs has Died

Thomas W. RiggsThe staff at Pinecastle Records are saddened to announce that Pinecastle's former owner Thomas W. Riggs died on Saturday August 30th, 2014 at the age of 78. Tom left an indelible mark on the bluegrass music industry and will be remembered not only for the way he conducted business but for the many artists that he encouraged and helped establish. A private service will be held in his hometown of Louisville, KY.

The Carter Fold Host The Local Honeys, Nott Brothers Sept 13

The Local HoneysHiltons, VA -- The Local Honeys are a vibrant, female trio specializing in old time music. The group met as students and faculty at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and are multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. They incorporate comedy and dance into their performances. Montana Hobbs, Stephanie Jeter, and Linda Jean Stokley are the Local Honeys. Montana plays the clawhammer style banjo. Stephanie plays autoharp and guitar, and Linda Jean plays the old time fiddle. All do beautiful harmony vocals. The group has appeared regionally as well as internationally. The Red Barn Radio Show, the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Wallace Station, and concert tours in China, Jamaica, and the Czech Republic are just a few examples of the venues they’ve played. These young ladies consider themselves ambassadors of traditional Appalachian music and are dedicated to the preservation of traditional songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and dance.

20th Anniversary Mountain Heritage Festival Sept. 20

Loose StringsIn celebration of our 20th anniversary of the Mountain Heritage Festival, this year, more bands will grace the stage. Four local bands and the Junior Appalachian Musicians will take the stage on September 20 beginning at 10am. Loose Strings, an all-female group, from Galax, VA is known for their tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms.

Foot Stompin' Friday with Wayne Henderson at Carter Fold

Wayne HendersonHiltons, VA -- Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about twenty instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. Friday, September 12th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by both an old time band and a bluegrass band - Wayne Henderson and Friends with Big Country Bluegrass. This special concert is part of our Footstompin’ Friday concert series. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

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