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Dwight Yoakam Ventures into Bluegrass with New Album

Dwight YoakamDwight Yoakam is set to release Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... September 23 on Sugar Hill Records. The new album will feature bluegrass reinventions. North American tour dates in support of the new release have been confirmed. The new album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. Yoakam’s choice to partner with Sugar Hill for this release speaks volumes about the seriousness of this endeavor; Sugar Hill and its sister label Rounder have long been at the forefront of bluegrass, roots, and Americana music.

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.”

Bluegrass, Country Legends Perform Charity Concert in Brentwood, TN

Mission of LoveBrentwood, TN -- Several bluegrass and country music artists who have written hundreds of hits and/or performed with some of the industry’s biggest stars will perform in Brentwood, Tennessee, on Saturday, February 13, to raise money for a humanitarian program in Ecuador. Songwriters Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle and Jerry Salley will headline the “Mission of Love” concert, along with acclaimed vocalist Val Storey. Proceeds will help fund essential needs of San Jose Obrero, Good Shepherd’s sister church in Mante Ecuador.

National Folk Festival Presents Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Joe Mullins & the Radio RamblersCedarville, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have been selected to represent Bluegrass music at the 75th National Folk Festival to be held in Greensboro, NC in September. The National Folk Festival announced last week that for its 75th anniversary, the Festival will feature 300 artists on seven stages in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The three-day Festival is FREE to the public with an expected attendance of over 100,000. First presented in 1934, the National Folk Festival is the nation’s oldest and longest-running multicultural traditional arts festival and has been produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), since the beginning. The National Folk Festival is a traveling event hosted by a community for three years before moving to a new location. The National’s stay has seeded legacy festivals (all free) in many former host communities including: the Lowell Folk Festival, the Great Lakes Folk Festival (E. Lansing, MI), the American Folk Festival (Bangor, ME), the Richmond Folk Festival, the Montana Folk Festival (Butte), and more.

Bluegrass, Blue Jeans and BBQ Part of Ride for Children

21st Annual Bruce Rossmeyer Ride for ChildrenEustis, FL -- Registration is now open for The 21st Annual Bruce Rossmeyer Ride for Children, presented by Hamlin & Associates. This weekend motorcycle event will be held on October 3 and 4. All funds raised will benefit Camp Boggy Creek, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families by making it possible for them to experience the adventure of camp, at no cost to their families.

Jeff & Sheri Easter Host 7th Annual Homecoming May 7-10

The IsaacsJeff & Sheri Easter are making final preparations for their 7th Annual Homecoming in Lincolnton, Ga. May 7-10, 2015. The duo are bringing world-class award-winning talent to help raise funds for the Lewis Family Homeplace Restoration Fund. They announced that they are excited to be bringing in Dailey and Vincent, the Bowling Family, the Isaacs, the Primitive Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, and the Browders for this year's event.

Sibling Rivalry Between Bluegrass and Old-Time is Just Part of Being Family

James ReamsBy Guest Columnist James Reams
Thanksgiving ? it’s not a lukewarm kind of holiday. You either look forward to it or you dread it. For me, I love the food…and especially the pies! I remember Dad was always in charge of the turkey and he had this special electric porcelain oven that he used solely for the purpose of putting out the best tasting bird in the county. And, not to be outdone, Mom would spend days making pumpkin pies from REAL pumpkins. Most kids nowadays probably never had the pleasure of scooping out the soft, creamy pumpkin innards that are then magically transformed into that traditional delight for young and old. Oh man, I’m drooling just at the thought of it!

If Nobody's Listening, Is the Grass Still Blue?

James ReamsBy Special Guest Contributor, Bluegrass recording artist James Reams
There's a raging debate going on in the world of bluegrass between traditionalists and futurists. But bluegrass isn’t going to make a sound if nobody’s listening a generation from now.

Next Year, Everett's Music Barn Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The everett Brothers BandAtlanta, GA -- Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Georgia is proud to celebrate its 50 year tradition of providing the best in bluegrass and gospel music in the Southeast by announcing an upcoming two-day fundraiser event with live music, food and family fun. The 50th Anniversary Benefit Celebration will take place April 11-12, 2014 from 5pm–Midnight on Friday and 1pm-Midnight on Saturday. Everett’s Music Barn is dedicated to continuing the tradition of great music in a family friendly environment for 50 more years and needs the help of sponsors along with donations for concessions, raffle and a silent auction.

Estonian Bluegrass Band RobiRohi on American Tour

RobiRohiThe City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Bays Mountain are please to present RobiRohi in concert at the Bays Mountain Amphitheater on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2 PM. The concert is free; park admission is $4 per car. RobiRohi is in the United states and has performed in the eastern United States on their tour. They will be performing in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia as they continue through November.

Americana Jams with Bluegrass

The Lonesome Trio. Photo by Deborah Wilbrinkby guest contributor Deborah Wilbrink
Nashville, TN -- The Steep Canyon Rangers, a favorite of bluegrass fans, stopped off in Nashville on their way to host the IBMA Awards show this year. Larry Campbell, producer of the Rangers’ new release, Tell the Ones I Love, was accepting his own award, and they helped to celebrate at the Midnight Windup jam held after the Americana Music Associations Honors and Awards Show, hosted by Jim Lauderdale.

Peter Rowan Headlines Timberline Americana Music Fest Sept. 2

Peter Rowan BandJoin the Timberline Lodge for an unforgettable day of live Americana and Bluegrass Music on their historic outdoor amphitheater Labor Day, September 2, at 1 PM. Admission is free. Former Blue Grass Boy, Peter Rowan and his band along with Great Northern Planes, Broken Top Band, The Barn Birds, and Rita Hosking will be entertaining the guests for this holiday performance. Summer may be coming to a close but the entertainment continues.

New eZine on Folk, Bluegrass and Americana Music

Folk WeeklyPortland, OR -- A new online magazine has been launched by NewFolkRadio.com, Portland, Oregon's only full-time folk and bluegrass music station. The new online magazine, titled FolkWeekly, will be published every Saturday with features articles, profiles, album reviews, artist news, and other news about Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass artists.

Layne Publications Releases New Bluegrass Music Tabs

Layne PublicationsGreenville, SC -- Layne Publications has just enhanced the collection of bluegrass tabs in their website with the addition of a series of new tabs for bluegrass guitar. This popular website is the number one online destination for aspiring musicians looking to learn how to play with a bluegrass band. The website has an incredible collection of tabs for guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

Moonshiners Plum Hollow Festival May 23rd through May 25th

Plum Hollow FestivalThe 2013 Plum Hollow Festival will be held on Thursday May 23rd through Saturday May 25th (always the LAST weekend in May every year!) Since the transition of claw hammer to the finger picks, bluegrass has gone through many exciting changes. The Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival is dedicated to the innovations made by creative artists breaking new ground with an old music.

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