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42nd Annual Carter Fold Festival August 5 & 6

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- In the classic mountain ballad “Rank Strangers,” the narrator bemoans the changes that have occurred in his cherished home place. The fact that those changes do occur was brought home to music lovers worldwide with the death of Dr. Ralph Stanley recently. The Stanley Brothers version of “Rank Strangers” is undoubtedly the gold standard for this haunting ballad. Author Thomas Wolfe, himself from Appalachia, wrote that “you can’t go home again.” Some folks may say that modernization happens slower in Appalachia – and it does. When it does happen, it can feel as though the sacred musical traditions we grew up with are fading away.

2016 IBMA Award Nominees Announced

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- The IBMA has announced the nominations for the 2016 IBMA Awards. The 2016 Awards Show will be held Thursday, September 29 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall in the Oak City, lovely Raleigh, NC. Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminski will host the 2016 awards. Known as bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year, the International Bluegrass Music Awards acknowledges the year’s outstanding talent and achievements, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2nd Annual Video Scholarship Competition Winner Announced

Dylan Ferris//Mandolin Cafe/ Nashville, TN -- The Monroe Mandolin Camp, a traditional roots based music camp offering world class instruction on the music of the Founder of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, is proud to announce the winner of the 2nd Annual Video Scholarship Competition, generously underwritten by Intelometry.

Things We Do For Dreams by Trinity River Band

Things We Do For DreamsCallahan, FL -- Trinity River Band’s popular new bluegrass album, Things I Do For Dreams, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more. The band released the physical album to their fans earlier this month on their website and at their label’s site, Orange Blossom Records.

International Country Music Conference Seeking Bluegrass Entries

International Country Music JournalDon Cusic is accepting manuscripts for a Bluegrass themed Special Issue of the International Country Music Journal until Monday 1 August. International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is waiting for an August 1st official Belmont approval for use of the Frist Lecture Hall in the Gordon E. Inman Center for ICMC 2017. The conference hopes to be able to officially announce that Thursday 1 June through Saturday 3 June will be the dates for ICMC 2017. We thought it best to let you know of the likely ICMC 2017 dates. Of course, paraphrasing a New York Yankee catcher “It’s not official till it’s official.”

Dailey & Vincent Announce Springer Mountain Farms Tour Dates

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- Fans of American music superstars Dailey & Vincent will get an up-close and personal experience as the award-winning duo hits the road throughout 2016 with a jam-packed tour schedule which includes stops throughout North America. In addition to captivating audiences with their radiant harmonies and precise instrumentation, fans will also get the opportunity to meet the multi Grammy-nominated group during autograph sessions at venues and festivals. The Springer Mountain Farms sponsored tour kicked off earlier this year, with additional stops recently added (see dates below).

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon Debut at Station Inn

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon at Station InnNashville, TN -- One of the most exciting and unique bluegrass artists to emerge on the national scene in years, Ray Cardwell, announces his debut performance at the World-famous Station Inn, Thursday, July 28th. Bassist Cardwell, with a powerhouse four-octave vocal range, will showcase a wealth of his original material that is soon to be released on his first album, produced by the legendary Pat Flynn, formerly of New Grass Revival. The cover for Thursday’s event is $12 at the door and begins at 9 pm at the Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue, Nashville, TN.

Ben Wilson Joins Moonstruck Management as Booking Agent

Ben WilsonJohnson City, TN -- Moonstruck Management is proud to announce the addition of Ben Wilson as a new Artist Booking Agent with the agency. “I am very excited about the addition of Ben Wilson to Moonstruck. In the evolution and expansion of a business, it is critical to have the right personnel in place to execute the vision of a business model. Ben has a vast amount of experience being the Executive Director of the famed Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, both in how to work with artists directly, and also contract negotiations. His genuine personality combined with true passion for the music and business is the perfect mentality. I am excited about the new developments within Moonstruck and the future that lies ahead for our team,” says Owner Josh Trivett.

Town Branch Bluegrass Band at Historic Carter Fold

Town Branch Bluegrass BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, July 30th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Town Branch Bluegrass band. As long as bluegrass music has echoed through the hills and valleys of the Appalachian region, musicians of all ages have gathered together to play and preserve their favorite style of music.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper - Video Phenom

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper recently had something pretty cool happen - a video captured backstage of Michael and Nathan Livers jamming on "Jerusalem Ridge" prior to the band's performance at ForestFest, went viral. And by "viral," we mean over 5.5 MILLION views since it was posted on June 24th via the InspireMore Facebook page!

Price Sisters Release "What Does the Deep Sea Say" Single

The Price SistersCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is thrilled to announce today’s release of "What Does the Deep Sea Say," the first single from The Price Sisters' upcoming self-titled debut Rebel EP (REB-1860) which will be available August 26th. Consumers may purchase the song via iTunes and Amazon, or receive a free download of it by preordering the full album on iTunes.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum a Blue Star Museum

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families through Labor Day 2016. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

Knight Family Wins Rural Roots Music Commission Album of the Year

The Knight FamilyFall Branch, TN -- For the second year in a row, East Tennessee Mountain Gospel artist, The Knight Family will receive Vintage Gospel CD of the Year honors. The group was informed this week that the Rural Roots Music Commission will bestow the honor in LeMars, IA in September at the National Traditional Country Music Association Convention.

Gold Tone Scores Best of Show with New Banjo

Gold Tone AC-1 BanjoA 5 string banjo for $199.99 wins best of show at the Summer NAMM show. Gold Tone's unique design mates their superior sounding composite rim, with a slim line neck. It weighs in at only 3 pounds 10 ounces so it’s perfect for beginners, travel or kids. Handsomely outfitted with matching black neck, rim, ZG nut, and tuners. This entry-level banjo is fully set up in their Florida shop, includes a gig bag and carries our three year transferrable warranty.

Bill and the Belles at Blue Ridge Music Center July 30

Bill and the BellesGalax, VA -- Two stellar groups that do their regions proud take the stage on Saturday, July 30, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The South Carolina Broadcasters open the performance at 7 p.m., followed by Bill and the Belles.


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