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James King Medical Fund Setup for the Storyteller

James KingAs most readers know, James King was in the hospital for three weeks and has just recently been released. James posted yesterday, I have spent 20+ days in the Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri and Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA. I've had issues with and have been treated for kidney stones, an infected gall bladder, blood clots and a few other minor complications from the surgeries. I'm on the mend now and recuperating comfortably at my new home in Oak Level, VA. I intend to be back on the road and singing again as soon as the good Lord allows. Hopefully within the next couple weeks I'll be back on stage. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for all of the support, get well cards and monetary contributions. It sure means the world to me and has really helped in the healing process."

Rob McCoury to Release his First Solo Album

The 5-String FlamethrowerMcCoury Music is proud to announce the August 19th release of Rob McCoury's solo album - The 5-String Flamethrower. Strike up a conversation with Rob McCoury, and it won’t take long for you to realize that you’ve met one of the most easygoing musicians around—a guy who’s happy to chat with just about anyone on just about anything, or to just quietly watch and enjoy what’s going on around him. When he puts on his banjo picks, though, it’s another story. “My first love will always be traditional bluegrass,” he says with a smile. “When it’s right, there’s just nothing better. I love the simplicity of being able to take four or five guys, get ‘em out, tune ‘em up and play.” And when that happens, watch out, because in Rob McCoury’s hands, the banjo becomes just what the title of his album says: a five-string flamethrower.

ChordBuddy to Sponsor Knee-Deep in Bluegrass

Cindy BaucomDothan, AL -- ChordBuddy LLC, makers of the popular ChordBuddyTM Guitar Learning System and the ChordBuddy Jr. kids guitar, today announced that it will be the presenting sponsor for “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” a weekly two-hour syndicated radio show hosted by Cindy Baucom.

Larry Cordle to be Inducted to Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Larry CordleOne of bluegrass music's favorite songwriters and performers, Larry Cordle, is scheduled to be inducted into the 2015 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Class. Born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky, Larry has written for a wide variety of artists from country to bluegrass and most styles in between. His song, "Murder on Music Row" won the CMA Song of the Year in 2000 and was recorded by Country music's George Strait. Known in bluegrass circles with his band Lonesome Standard Time, the Grammy nominated group has performed for almost a quarter century. His latest album, Pud Marcum's Hangin' has received rave reviews.

Dailey & Vincent Announce LIVE CD, DVD, TV Concert Special

Dailey & VincentAward winning bluegrass artists Dailey & Vincent made an exciting announcement today. They are preparing to put together a live show which will be available in audio and video formats and, as a part of this project, the show will be a Public Television Concert Special.

New Message from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on July 15th

 Open Carefully, Message InsideNashville, TN -- On the heels of his recent win at the 22nd Annual Diamond Awards as Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year, Doyle Lawson is releasing his latest album Open Carefully, Message Inside. The all-Gospel release includes Lawson’s talented line up of players and singers that collectively are known as Quicksilver.

The Boxcars Welcome New Member Gary Hultman to Group

Gary HultmanNashville, TN --- Highly acclaimed and often awarded, The Boxcars have announced the addition of a new member to their musical team. Gary Hultman is just 20 years old and is currently studying at East Tennessee State University, where he became acquainted with The Boxcars’ Adam Steffey. The Birchdale, MN native began playing the resonator guitar when he was very young and like many musicians, spent his youth traveling and performing with a family band. He chose ETSU for college and made his way to Tennessee. Hultman is majoring in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music and expects to graduate in 2016, already a member of one of the genre’s most honored bands.

RUNA to Touch the Bluegrass in Their June 20th Release

RUNAThe Celtic Roots group RUNA is wildly excited to celebrate the release of their 4th album Current Affairs on June 20th at the Sellersville Theatre at 24 West Temple Ave, Sellersville PA. Current Affairs guest features three of their dear friends, Grammy award-winning artists, Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Jeff Taylor (Paul Simon, Elvis Costello), and Buddy Greene (Kentucky Thunder).

Historical Marker to Recognize Bill Monroe's Connection to Asheville, NC

Bill MonroeAsheville, NC -- WNCmusic.Org has launched an Indiegogo fundraiser to gather funds to commemorate "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe's time in Asheville, North Carolina and is seeking to raise $6000 to cover the cost of a brass marker to be placed outside of the historic Flat Iron Building where Monroe played his first radio show at WWNC.

Spencer Branch Makes Carter Fold Appearance

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- Spencer Branch is a relatively new old time band that sprang from the famous Spencer family of the Whitetop Mountain Band. Saturday, June 28th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Spencer Branch, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Steve Toth Releases New Book on the Dobro

DOBRO ROOTS - A Photo Tour of Prewar Wood Body DobrosSan Diego, CA -- Steve Toth, internationally known dobro player and author of several popular dobro instruction books, has announced the release of his new book DOBRO ROOTS - A Photo Tour of Prewar Wood Body Dobros with a Foreword by Jerry Douglas. It is a photo history of the Dobro Guitars produced from 1929 to 1941 that gave birth to the dobro/resonator guitars that are so popular in Bluegrass and many other forms of music today.

Masters of Fiddle Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy 6/22

Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMasterCleveland Heights, OH -- Almost fifteen years after her first performance at Cain Park in 2000, Grammy-nominated fiddler Natalie MacMaster will be returning to Cleveland Heights for a concert on June 22, 2014 in the Evans Amphitheater. But this time, she will be accompanied by her husband, Donnell Leahy, who is a renowned fiddler as well, in The Masters of Fiddle.

Phil Leadbetter - The Cancer Fight Continues

Phil LeadbetterA lot of bluegrass fans and artists have been watching posts on Phil Leadbetter's social media site ever since a routine checkup found enlarged lymph nodes in him. Phil had fought off the monster a while ago however, his Hodgkins Lymphoma has returned.

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Trey Hensley & Drivin’ Force Bluegrass at Carter Fold

Trey HensleyTrey Hensley, despite his young age, has already forged his own style. What started twelve years ago as a kid singing traditional bluegrass has become the mature sound of a country performer and vocalist in his 20s who has already found his voice. While you’ll hear some of his idols and influences around the edges, more than anything, you’ll hear Trey Hensley. Saturday, June 21st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Trey Hensley & Drivin’ Force. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

ROMP Announces Epic Bluegrass Workshop Schedule

ROMP 2014Owensboro, KY -- An experience second to none, our workshops offer attendees the opportunity to pick, play and get acquainted with the most talented musicians in bluegrass music -- at no cost aside from your festival ticket. Advance priced tickets are available for purchase through Sunday, June 15th at midnight.

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