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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.

Katy Leonard on 5th Generation of Bluegrass Music

ICMC 2013Nashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference, (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. Previously, we announced that Lance Kinney would tackle the always vexing WIBA (What Is Bluegrass Anyway) question and be followed by Katy Leonard of Birmingham Southern. Leonard’s presentation is not designed as a formal rebuttal to Kinney, but it will certainly provide fascinating thoughts about Bill Monroe and the nature of innovation, continuity, and change in Bluegrass.

Bluegrass Artist Conor Mulroy Adds More Shows to His Winter Schedule

Conor MulroyHarpswell, ME -- Composer, multi-instrumentalist and modern bluegrass artist Conor Mulroy announces more shows for his winter schedule in the southern and midwestern regions. He continues to take music to the masses. He’s touring in support of his fourth independent release Foxfire. Foxfire is currently the #1 ranking college radio album at WERU - FM in East Orland, Maine.

There's That "Bluegrass" Word Again

Bluegrass WordsI was wading through the various announcements, promotions and press releases I get sent and noticed that probably a third of them have absolutely nothing to do with bluegrass music. It seems that everybody wants to be a part of our little community so, when they send out their press releases, they are sure to mention "bluegrass" as well as some other styles. I've also seen numerous links come up when searching for "bluegrass music" in the various search engines that have absolutely nothing to do with bluegrass and some don't even have anything to do with music either.

Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe Partners With Putumayo for Bluegrass Music Show

BluegrassNashville, TN -- Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, Nashville’s acclaimed weekly Americana music broadcast series, will host a special edition on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 featuring artists included on the new anthology Putumayo Presents Bluegrass. Slated to perform are bluegrass music artists the Sam Bush Band, Town Mountain, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen and a duo featuring banjoist Alison Brown and fiddler Andrea Zonn. Bluegrass is the first collection Putumayo has devoted to one of America’s greatest musical genres, and its wide ranging survey of styles fits comfortably with Music City Roots’ eclectic programming philosophy.

Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention Offers Prizes and More

Alleghany County Fiddlers ConventionThe Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention will be held Friday, July 2th and Saturday, July 21st at the Higgins Agricultural Fairgrounds in Sparta, North Carolina. The convention features competitions in Old-Time and Bluegrass music and has both adult and youth categories. In addition to fiddling, there are also a dance contest and other instrumental competitions. All in all, ribbons and $2,850 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Conor Mulroy Adventures Into Song Form with Bluegrass Blend of Music

Conor MulroyHarpswell, ME -- Foxfire; Conor Mulroy’s fourth independent release, is a sweet blend of bluegrass and classical music as interpreted through a progressive jazz lens. Imagine music that blends together elements from each of these styles, but still cannot be categorized into any one of these genres. The title is an homage to a specific type of algae that glows a bio-luminescent blue at night and can only be found in certain areas of Appalachia.

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