slideshow 1 slideshow 2 slideshow 2 slideshow 3 slideshow 1

Which Way Did They Go? Bluegrass at the Crossroads

James ReamsBy Guest Columnist James Reams
It’s hard to watch the Country Music Awards and not wonder why the IBMA Awards are largely ignored by the music industry. What has country got that we haven’t? Our songs feature longing, lost love, hard work, history, and yes, even crying in your beer. Our musicians are just as talented, perhaps more so as I think of the lightning speed associated with fiddle, mandolin and banjo picking. I dare any country band to keep up with us! Our voices pitch into that high lonesome sound made popular by Bill Monroe, but that’s not all we can do. Bluegrass music is just as well rounded as country. So why aren’t we as popular?

Martina McBride & Doyle Lawson Join Mountain Stage Lineup

Martina McBride & Doyle LawsonBristol, TN/VA -- Birthplace of Country Music and Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce country music superstar Martina McBride will join the esteemed line-up of performers scheduled to appear Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol as part of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's Grand Opening Weekend of Events. McBride joins Carlene Carter, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and "Hello Stranger" featuring Dale Jett for this must-see concert celebrating Bristol's heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music.

Orthophonic "Fan Favorite" is Reagan Boggs

Reagan BoggsBristol, VA/TN (July 23, 2014) – Birthplace of Country Music is proud to announce beloved singer/songwriter and Pound, VA native Reagan Boggs has been selected Facebook "Fan Favorite" as part of the Orthophonic Joy Music Contest!

Back Step Old Time Band at Carter Fold Saturday

Back Step Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- Backstep performs old time stringband music in the “Round Peak style” native to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for its driving rhythms and prominent melodies, Round Peak music is just the thing to make you kick up your heels and dance. Back Step features Chester McMillian (a founding member of the band) on guitar and his son Nick McMillian on fiddle (he also plays banjo and bass). Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Back Step Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Steve Gulley's New Album Released, Video Track-By-Track Available Now

Steve Gulley: Family, Friends & FellowshipNashville, TN -- Steve Gulley’s first gospel album Family, Friends & Fellowship releases today on Rural Rhythm Christian. Joining Steve on his Family, Friends & Fellowship album is an incredible list of family and friend All-Star performers and musicians who were hand-picked to help make the songs and their message come to life in the most special way possible. Guest performers on this album include Doyle Lawson, Joe Mullins, Dale Ann Bradley, Rickey Wasson, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Les Butler, Don Gulley, Vic Graves, Debbie Gulley and Linda Gulley. They are backed by an impressive list of musicians including Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Ron Stewart, Mark Fain, Phil Leadbetter, Alan Bibey, Jason Burleson, Brandon Godman, Stuart Wyrick, Scott Powers, Bryan Turner, Gary Robinson, Jr.and Mark Laws.

Fun with Flatt Lonesome: The Making of "Too"

Flatt Lonesome: TooNashville, TN --- The members of Flatt Lonesome are bound by blood, faith, marriage and years of friendship. It is a familiarity and camaraderie that is evident in their tight harmonies, stellar musicianship and collaborative showmanship. It's also evident that these six artists genuinely enjoy one another's company.

Travis Frye and Blue Mountain are "Living In A Moment"

Living In a MomentIrvine, KY (July 22, 2014) - Kindred Records is proud to announce the release of "Living In A Moment" by North Carolina based bluegrass group Travis Frye and Blue Mountain. The debut release was recorded at Eastwood Studios in Cana, VA and includes 13 tracks. An excellent blend of new original material and classic covers ranging from Lefty Frizzell to Albert Brumley to Cowboy Copas, a mix you may not expect in bluegrass. "Living In A Moment" has soulful ballads, an upbeat and cheerful "rodeograss" tune, some new twists on classic country, original and classic Gospel, and with band members from the Carolina's you can expect some hard driving banjo pickin' and fiddlin' instrumentals...

The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints due September 30th

Pine Hill HaintsAlabama’s The Pine Hill Haints have announced the release of their new LP, The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, on September 30th via K. Their fifth release on the label, the new album delivers more of the band’s self-described “Alabama Ghost Music,” with its smoky melodies and dark whispers of the haunted South. Opening track “Ms Pacman” sets the stage with a sweet, storytelling charm and an aire of mystery, and you can now stream the track via American Songwriter. It’s also available to stream & share on Soundcloud.

Nu-Blu Single "Jesus & Jones" with Sam Moore Out Today

Nu-Blu"The Legendary Soul Man" Sam Moore, voted one of the 100 top pop voices of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, joins bluegrass group Nu-Blu as a special guest on their single release today, "Jesus & Jones," a song that pays tribute to the late George Jones. Carolyn's vocals align perfectly with Sam Moore's soulful sound on "Jesus & Jones" as Nu-Blu carves a new notch in their musical achievements. The single was released today.

New River Bluegrass Releases Fifth Album

Different Shade of BlueNew River Bluegrass latest CD Different Shade Of Blue is the groups fifth CD but the first release of original Bluegrass songs written by local song writers in the Greer SC Area (Home of the Late Carl Story). After having a #1 Song on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart in 2013 we wanted to expand our listening audience with the release of "Bluegrass State Of Mind". This is a song that any bluegrass picker or lover can relate to.

40th Annual Carter Family Fold Festival Aug 1-2, 2014

Wry StrawAttending your first Carter Family Festival is something you never forget. Now in its’ 40th year, the Carter Family Memorial Music Festival has attracted audiences from around the globe, all of whom come to the Carter Fold for its’ good music, down-home atmosphere, and food – and then leave with an abundance of precious memories. Held August 1st & 2nd, 2014, the Saturday headliner will be Wry Straw!

Minnesota Bluegrass Festival Returns to El Rancho Mañana Campground

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music FestivalRichmond, MN -- The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, August 7-10, 2014, in Richmond, Minnesota, provides an inexpensive daytrip or weekend just 85 miles from the Twin Cities. Nominated three times as Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, it offers music and activities for the whole family: over 30 hours of concerts by national and regional bands, including Russell Moore (IBMA's most-awarded male vocalist) & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Grammy-nominated The Boxcars, over 20 hours of demonstrations and hands-on workshops, and old-time dances. Kids will enjoy over 20 hours of activities, including contests, crafts, games, and special stage shows. Many attendees bring instruments for around-the-clock jamming, both organized and impromptu.

Nightflyer Releases Single From New CD “Rail River & Road”

NightflyerNightflyer announces the release of the single “Old River” from their upcoming sophomore release “Rail River & Road.” Written by Hazel Dickens, the song highlights the vocal talents of banjoist Ronnie Stewart and guitarist Richard Propps. Although Propps most often takes the lead, on this track he contributes his soaring tenor over Stewart’s hair-raising vocals. The band is rounded out by bassist Tony Kakaris, Tim Jackson on dobro and Rick Hayes on mandolin. Guest Clay Hess provided the rhythm guitar work.

Australia's Mustered Courage Signs with Travianna Records

Mustered CourageWillis, VA -- Travianna Records is proud to announce the signing of one of Australia's most unique and sought after Americana bands, Mustered Courage, to the label. Like the Avett Brothers or Steel Drivers, Mustered Courage breathes new life into the bluegrass scene with a style that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike.

Jerry Douglas Announces "The Earls of Leicester"

The Earls of LeicesterNashville, TN -- The Earls of Leicester, a tribute to legendary bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, will be released by Rounder Records on September 16, 2014. "This record is something I've been waiting my whole life to do," veteran Dobro master Jerry Douglas says of the self-titled debut by the new all-star dream team combo that he has assembled, organized and produced.

Pages

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer