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The Infamous Stringdusters Release “Ladies & Gentlemen”

Ladies And GentlemenNashville, TN -- Standing at the crossroads of modern bluegrass and newgrass, The Infamous Stringdusters are a band that is “stretching [bluegrass] from within” (New York Times). For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them. The list of featured guests includes some of the most dynamic and innovative artists from across the roots music, Americana, and country worlds: Nicki Bluhm, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jennifer Hartswick, Sarah Jarosz, Claire Lynch, Aoife O’Donovan, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack and Celia Woodsmith. Each artist guested on a different original song or tune written by the members of the band specifically for this project.

Surprise Radio Album Release Shoots Circa Blue to #2 on APD Chart

Circa Blue - Once Upon A TimeOrange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new Circa Blue album, Once Upon a Time is now available to radio stations via AirPlay Direct. The album went live this morning and has already jumped to #2 on the service’s Top 50 AirPlay Direct Bluegrass Folk Albums monthly chart. Stations may also request a private digital download from the label. Physical copies will be mailed to stations in the coming weeks and the label will soon announce the official retail street date.

Andy Leftwich Releases Sophmore Album "Instrumental Hymns"

Instrumental HymnsInstrumental Hymns, the long-awaited sophomore album from Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist Andy Leftwich has been released. From the energetic fiddle/banjo driven tunes like “Glory to His Name” and “When We All Get to Heaven” to the thoughtful Celtic tones of “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” and “Be Thou My Vision”, Andy delivers heartfelt original arrangements of favorite “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” that promise to lift your spirit and encourage your heart.

Ashleigh Caudill Releases Fresh Take on Bluegrass with Looney Bird

Looney BirdNashville, TN -- Songwriter, bassist and banjo player Ashleigh Caudill's take on traditional folklore is catching the ears of both music enthusiasts in Nashville and beyond. Her newest collection, Looney Bird, is out April 1, and creates a journey full of adventure, hope and love lost and found.

Sierra Hull Releases First Album in 5 Years, “Weighted Mind”

Sierra Hull - Weighted MindWeighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull's career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice.

Larry Keel Independently to Release "Experienced" Feb 26

ExperiencedLexington, VA -- Flatpicking guitar phenom Larry Keel dazzles music-lovers once more with his 15th self-released album Experienced, due out February 26, 2016. The album is an entirely original work that showcases both Larry’s and bandmate Will Lee’s exceptional songwriting, singing and jaw-dropping instrumental performances, accompanied by Keel’s equally talented wife Jenny Keel on upright bass and harmony vocals. It was recorded at Wally Cleaver Studio in Fredericksburg, VA with engineer (and guest drummer) Jeff Covert and mastered by the award-winning industry great Bill Wolf (Willie Nelson, Tony Rice, Doc Watson) in Arlington, VA.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands' Tribute to Hazel and Alice

The Hazel and Alice SessionsIn the mid-1960s, two women from very different origins (Alice Gerrard from the West Coast, Hazel Dickens from West Virginia) blew apart the male-dominated bluegrass world. With singing that was closer to the hard-edged style of early Monroe and Stanley Brothers bluegrass, Hazel and Alice challenged the expectations of women in bluegrass. They blazed a trail still followed not only by the many great women of bluegrass who came after, but by stars of Americana and country like Emmylou Harris and The Judds. Ten years later, in the mid-1970s in California, fiddler, singer, songwriter, and bandleader Laurie Lewis was looking for inspiration. As Lewis told the Berkeleyside, “I had heard ballsy women singers on the local bluegrass scene, but I hadn’t heard other women doing that on recordings.” Chancing on a copy of Hazel and Alice’s first LP, Lewis knew she’d found her muses.

A Groundbreaking New Release from Lonesome River Band

LRB Bridging the TraditionNashville, TN -- Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre.

Volume Five to Debut Upcoming New Single at Station Inn

Volume FiveNashville, TN -- Bluegrass fans may want to arrive early for Volume Five’s concert at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, February 5 at 9:00 pm as their last two appearances at the venue sold out quickly. The following day, the band heads to Simply the Best Sports Bar & Grill in Grayson, Ky. for another highly anticipated performance. At both events, Volume Five will debut their upcoming single, “I Am A Drifter” along with other songs from their Mountain Fever Records album releasing this spring.

Swift Creek Completing Sophmore Album "Magnolia"

Swift CreekSwift Creek is completing our second album, Magnolia, featuring original songs by Kevin Brown, guitarist and vocalist for Swift Creek. The band is excited about showcasing some of Kevin's newest and best material and so far, and they love what they are hearing. Swift Creek is recording at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill and Magnolia is being produced by Jerry Brown, acclaimed music producer and musician. The album has an expected street date of March 4th. A sample of what to expect with "Rattle Them Bones" is further down in this article.

Jane Kramer Releases Mountain-made Solo Album Feb 26th

Carnival of HopesAsheville, NC -- Vocalist and songwriter Jane Kramer is set to independently release her gutsy and ambrosial second solo album entitled Carnival of Hopes on Friday, February 26, 2016. Carnival of Hopes feels both celebratory and frank. It is filled with songs of regret and insight found after deep and gritty self-reflection. At its core, the album tells the story of facing down dark inner demons while still clinging to “that tiny chirping of light in your bones that somehow keeps you tethered to keeping on,” Kramer says.

Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive Release "I Think I'll Let You Drive" Video

I Think I'll Let You DriveNashville, TN -- Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive have released a lyric video for their second single, "I Think I'll Let You Drive." Produced by Sammy3 Productions of the Passamano Brothers, the video is a complementary companion of Robinette's second single (distributed to radio last week), and the follow-up single to “To Be a Kid Again,” which reached #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Airplay Chart/Top-20 on the monthly chart, from the 12-track, self-titled album Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive on Rural Rhythm Records.

“Change Her Mind” from Dave Adkins Available on iTunes

Dave AdkinsWillis, VA -- The first single from the upcoming Dave Adkins album on Mountain Fever Records is available on iTunes today! "Change Her Mind" has already proven to be a hit with radio programmers and is just a sampling of what's to come on the self-titled album due for release February 26th.

John Hartford & Howdy Forrester Album Released

Spring Fed Records, the Grammy-winning documentary label operated by The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, announces the release of Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor, a set of home recordings made by John Hartford and fiddling legend Howdy Forrester. This recording preserves a repertoire of many rare, old tunes that Howdy had learned as a boy from his Great Uncle Bob Cates in Hickman County, Tennessee. Hartford plays banjo, Forrester fiddles, and the two share informal discussion about the tunes and their sources.

Music & New Baby News from Shannon & Heather Slaughter

Heather Slaughter and JedOne of bluegrass music’s favorite couples, Shannon and Heather Slaughter, are proud to announce the birth of a new son, Jedediah (Jed) Smith Slaughter. Their new baby joined the family on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala, much to the delight of his older sister Rae.

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