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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sees Record Attendance

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum set an all-time attendance record in 2012, museum officials announced today. The 2012 attendance total of 564,777 people is the largest in the institution’s 45-year history. The museum is host to much of our music's heritage including the Father of Bluegrass Music Bill Monroe's famed Loar Mandolin and instruments from the Carter Family and more. align=

And the Court Says... Jerusalem Ridge Can Use Bill Monroe's Name

Bill MonroeCampbell (Doc) Mercer sent us a not today with some exciting and good news. The appeals court in Kentucky has ruled that the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival can use "Bill Monroe" in promoting the festival that takes place each year in Rosine, Kentucky near the home place of the father of bluegrass music. This will hopefully put an end to a feud that has been ongoing for nearly 10 years.

The 16th Annual Bill Monroe Appreciation Night

Bill MonroeNashville, TN -- Roland White & J.T. Gray present the 16th Annual Bill Monroe Appreciation Night at the world famous Station Inn, Nashville, TN. The event will take place Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 and Doors open @ 7:00pm-Showtime 8:00pm. Roland White and Jon Weisberger will host the event where you can hear some of the best bluegrass music on the planet!

Legendary Bluegrass Artists Honor “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe Nov 29

Bill MonroeLegendary bluegrass artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

Music of Bill Monroe Nov. 29 with Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Travelin' McCourys

Bill MonroeLegendary bluegrass masters Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

The Music of Bill Monroe with Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, The Travelin’ McCourys

Bill MonroeWilmington, NC -- Legendary bluegrass masters Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration 2012 October 4-7

Jerusalem Ridge Festival 2012From the ridge above Rosine, Kentucky, the birthplace of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, comes the 11th annual Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration for 2012. Held at Bill Monroes home place, the festival brings thousands of people from around the country and the world to participate in one of the greatest festivals in the bluegrass music circuit.

Corey Frizzell Donates Bill Monroe Portrait to the Friends of Mark Newton Benefit

Bill Monroe by Corey FrizzellNashville, TN -- Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell, recently created a fine art portrait of the late Bluegrass legend, Bill Monroe, to be donated to the August 24th Friends of Mark Newton Benefit. The benefit will include a star studded golf outing, auction and live concert in Fredricksburg, Virginia. Frizzell will be on hand at the benefit for a meet and greet to sign event posters and the original Monroe portrait to the highest bidder.

International Bluegrass Music Museum at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Bluegrass ShowcaseThe International Bluegrass Music Museum will be at The Milwaukee Irish Fest with its Bill Monroe Traveling Exhibit. The Exhibit, which is a condensed version of the Bill Monroe Centennial Exhibit, now on display at the IBMM in Owensboro, Kentucky, tells the story of Bill Monroe's career. It includes newly donated photographs of Rosine, Kentucky when Bill Monroe was growing up there and highlights of his career, including an audio clip of Bill Monroe talking about when he gouged the "Gibson" name off his mandolin. Representatives of the museum will be at the Irish Fest giving presentations about the Birth of Bluegrass Music and its Spread Around the World, and Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.

38th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

Bill MonroeIndianapolis, IN -- The 38th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 19-22, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 25 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, flea market and fellowship. Tickets and camping reservations can be purchased by phone at 800-414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US

Library of Congress National Recording Registry Seeking Nominations

I Want You to VoteEach year since 2002 the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and members of the public have nominated recordings to the National Registry. The breadth of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation's audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations. Bluegrass music and related music (e.g., Charlie Poole) have a place in the registry. The Bluegrass music community is invited to contribute their suggestions for the National Recording Registry.

Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House

Del and Dawg - The Dawg HouseDavid Grisman's label Acoustic Oasis announced the release of an exciting new album - Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House. The new album features 16 tracks of bluegrass legend Del McCoury teamed up with the master on the mandolin, David Grisman. Two key instruments in bluegrass music by two of the masters. An awesome combination. The album is available by clicking here.

Niall Toner: #1 Downloaded Bluegrass Music Artist of All Time on AirPlay Direct

Niall TonerNiall Toner is an acoustic Irish flavored artist with Celtic influences whose diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary up-tempo songs and tunes to inspirational gospel-style numbers, as well as tributes to Bill Monroe the father of bluegrass music like "The Master's Resting Place" and "Bill Monroe's Mandolin."

It's Here: Bean Blossom Bluegrass Music Festival June 9 – 16

Bill MonroeIndianapolis, IN -- The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will be held June 9 – 16, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana. The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park's website: www.beanblossom.US. Bean Blossom is the definition of a bluegrass music festival. This is what it is all about.

46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival Announced

Bill MonroeIndianapolis, IN -- The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will be held June 9 – 16, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana. The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park's website: www.beanblossom.US.

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