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Bluegrass Sibling Trio The Carmonas Headed for Raleigh

The CarmonasNashville's Bluegrass Sibling Trio The Carmonas brought their energetic and uplifting performance to the 16th annual Americana Music Festival in downtown Nashville on Saturday, September 19th at the Musicians Corner showcase at Centennial Park. Prior to that, the band headlined a hometown show at 3rd & Lindsely on Tuesday, August 11th at 8pm. Their debut self-titled album is out now and available on iTunes and via their website. They’re tapped to perform at next month’s IBMA’s in Raleigh, NC.

Executive Director Paul Schiminger Explains the IBMA Awards Process

Paul J. SchimingerThe new Executive Director for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Paul Schiminger, has put together an educational video that explains the entire process for the association's annual awards and the voting process that ultimately decides the winners. Held annually since 1986, today almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry. The awards feature new professionals through the Momentum Awards through the normal music awards and finally the Hall of Fame inductions. Some awards are voted on by the professional membership and some are determined by select committees without voter input.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Team Up with Eddy Raven

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with Eddy RavenNashville, TN -- What do you get when you pair one of the hottest bluegrass acts in the country, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, with some of Country music's top legends? You get the Bluegrass genre's latest trend that has been sweeping the nation: Country Grass. Eddy Raven, who is the original singer of the #1 Billboard hit, "I Got Mexico," recently went into the studio with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road to re-cut the fun, upbeat song, but this time Bluegrass style. The video was shot on-location in Nashville, and premiered exclusively on The Boot. Country Grass, released earlier this year, features collaborations with other Country Greats like Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, John Conlee and Marty Raybon in addition to the late Jim Ed Brown and Lynn Anderson.

Hot Rize Releases 'Your Light Leads Me On' Video

Hot RizeHot Rize is releasing their new video for 'Your Light Leads Me On' filmed in the streets of New York City/Times Square with Mason Jar Music. Pete Wernick commented, "As the only native New York City boy in the group, very familiar with Times Square, it was wild and weird to be picking banjo there, plowing along through the curious onlookers, not to mention Batman, the Statue of Liberty, Disney characters, etc. The lights of the giant video billboards really contrast ironically with what the song is about... a lonesome driver saying to the moon, 'Your Light Leads Me On'."

Country Grassers Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Diggin' Up Bones

Country GrassNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road unveil the video for "Diggin' Up Bones," which is off of their latest album Country Grass. The song was made famous by Country legend Randy Travis, and was recreated this year with a new, innovative Bluegrass twist. With Tommy Long on lead vocals, the band brings the same up-tempo energy that the song originally possessed when it went on to top the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.

Mountain Faith Gains Nationwide Attention on America's Got Talent

Mountain FaithWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records recording artist, Mountain Faith has captured the hearts of America with their recent appearances on NBC Television's America's Got Talent. The North Carolina-based band is bringing bluegrass music to new audiences and the result is an overwhelming growth in the band's fans as well as support from within the bluegrass community.

Meet St. Beaufort - Fresh Folk & Bluegrass from Berlin

St. BeaufortSt. Beaufort is an international folk and bluegrass trio from Canada, Germany and the USA. It was founded as Hungerhoff & The Wild Roots in 2012. Based on guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion and layers of colorful vocal harmonies, the band is raw acoustics and forges a bridge between the American folk and bluegrass tradition and contemporary songwriting. Whenever possible the band plays unplugged, stripped to their acoustics, delivering powerful live performances in memory of a time when music was more intimate.

Steep Canyon Rangers Release Video to “Radio”

RadioSteep Canyon Rangers are true believers. They give history of their addiction to the airwaves, confessing that they were ‘raised on the sound of the radio'. The song, “Radio”, is the title track from the upcoming (8-28-15) Jerry Douglas produced album. Radio will be the ninth album by the award winning band and follows Tell The Ones I Love which was released in 2013. The album contains a dozen all-original material which continue the band's tradition of tight instrumentals with outstanding balanced harmonies.

Town Mountain New Recording Project of Two Grateful Dead Tunes

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- Town Mountain is heading into the studio for an impromptu recording session during the summer of 2015. For this impromptu summer project, Town Mountain will be cutting two songs to pay tribute to The Grateful Dead. The Dead has had a huge influence on Town Mountain as a whole and each of its members. Banjoist Jesse Langlais says, “We want to honor their 50 year mark tour with Town Mountain renditions of two of our favorite Grateful Dead songs.” Look for these two new tunes this festival season.

Chris Jones and the Night Drivers Set Release Date for New Album

Run Away TonightNashville, TN -- Part of the musical depth of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ new Mountain Home release Run Away Tonight is due to the longevity not just of the group, but of this lineup. Chris Jones founded the band in 1995, marking 20 years this year. Chris was joined in 2003 by bass man Jon Weisberger and by banjoist Ned Luberecki. German-born mandolin player Mark Stoffel signed on in 2008 and since then, the quartet’s turned into one of the genre’s tightest and most empathetic ensembles.

Brand New Music Video from James Reams

James ReamsJames Reams & The Barnstormers has released another full length music video featuring the title song from the CD One Foot in the Honky Tonk which made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. Once again James Reams teamed up with filmmaker, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films to create this video. According to James, “Bluegrass music has had one foot in the honky tonk for a long time - Red Allen, Jimmy Martin, Earl Taylor, Charlie Moore, Reno and Smiley, Carter Stanley - well the list just goes on and on. Speaking for myself, it's may be a great place to visit...but I wouldn't want to live there!”

Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Video Competition

Monroe Mandolin Camp Video CompetitionNashville, TN -- Announcing the Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Annual Video Scholarship Competition. Mon Man Camp is looking or fun, creative videos of candidates performing a Bill Monroe composition, and telling us why this music is important to them! The winning candidate will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, meals, and t-shirt to the September 9 - 13, 2015, "Mon Man Camp" being held in Kingston Springs, TN (just outside of Nashville).

Nightflyer Releases “Old River” Bluegrass Video

Old RiverThe Ohio band Nightflyer has completed their first professional video for the Hazel Dickens’ tune “Old River” off their recent CD, “Rail River & Road.” It’s safe to say that it isn’t your average bluegrass video. The video was filmed over two days along the banks of the Ohio River in the quaint little town of New Richmond, Ohio, just east of Cincinnati; and an additional day in a Northern Kentucky swimming pool. Yes, swimming pool.

Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River BandNashville, TN -- Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer including their new band member Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Cover “The Final Countdown”

Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnYes, it’s only the second week of Undercover 2015, and we’re already looking at our second and third banjos of the season. But behold the power of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, who took the classic-rock staple “The Final Countdown” and reimagined it for banjos and wig for The Onion A.V. Club. Yes, when Fleck—who’s been widely recognized as one of the instrument’s greats for decades—showed up at AVHQ, he asked whether we might have a “hair metal” wig for him to wear.


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