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James King Medical Fund Setup for the Storyteller

James KingAs most readers know, James King was in the hospital for three weeks and has just recently been released. James posted yesterday, I have spent 20+ days in the Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri and Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA. I've had issues with and have been treated for kidney stones, an infected gall bladder, blood clots and a few other minor complications from the surgeries. I'm on the mend now and recuperating comfortably at my new home in Oak Level, VA. I intend to be back on the road and singing again as soon as the good Lord allows. Hopefully within the next couple weeks I'll be back on stage. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for all of the support, get well cards and monetary contributions. It sure means the world to me and has really helped in the healing process."

Historical Marker to Recognize Bill Monroe's Connection to Asheville, NC

Bill MonroeAsheville, NC -- WNCmusic.Org has launched an Indiegogo fundraiser to gather funds to commemorate "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe's time in Asheville, North Carolina and is seeking to raise $6000 to cover the cost of a brass marker to be placed outside of the historic Flat Iron Building where Monroe played his first radio show at WWNC.

Song of the Mountains Fundraising Concert June 21, 2014

Song of the MountainsMarion, VA- Song of the Mountains will present their summer fundraising concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm. The fundraising concert will be presented this year as a 2:00 pm matinee to allow ticket buyers and fans of the concert series to attend the concert early in the day and enjoy the restaurants and stores in Downtown Marion after the concert.

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer July 16-19

Flatt Lonesome MACCThe 30th Annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Bluegrass Classic will be held at Hoover Y-Park, Columbus, Ohio. The dates for the music festival are July 16 - 19, 2014. Proceeds from this festival will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated $755,690.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 15th Year for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer. Adkins Productions and The Bluegrass Classic with the help of many musicians have founded Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, an annual charitable event to benefit children with life threatening illnesses.

Frankfort Bluegrass Festival Fundraiser Enables Free Event

Town MountainIn the charming little town of Frankfort, IL, a big event happens every summer. Bluegrass music lovers and families gather on the Green for a free two-day music festival and activities. Approaching its fourth year, the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival hopes to keep this community festival going for years to come.

Dehlia Low Introduces Tellico

TellicoAlthough Dehlia Low isn’t touring these days, we wanted to let you know about a new music project several of us have started this year called Tellico ( Like Dehlia Low, Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass, harmonica) and Aaron Ballance on dobro, with the new addition of Jed Willis (Town Mountain, Wooden Toothe) on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. We play original Appalachian-inspired acoustic Americana music with bluegrass instruments and vocals, and we perform at music venues, restaurants, festivals, private events and weddings in the NC region and beyond.

Chapel Hill Marathon Jam Raises $18,000

John Santaby John Santa
I am VERY proud to announce the Chapel Hill 2014 Marathon Jam has raised $18,000 for the Ft Bragg Fisher House. One of the reasons our total is so high this year is because we have money coming to us from the Naples, Florida Marathon Jam (many thanks to Team Leaders Jim Bova and Kathy Bova) and the Monrovia, Liberia, Africa, Marathon Jam (Team Leader Vincent Yznaga.)

Fisher House Marathan Jam Posts $15,000 Challenge

Fisher HouseJohn Santa, founder of the Marathon Jam campaign to raise money for the Fisher House, happily announced that they have broken $12,000 for the Fort Bragg Fisher House. Now the question is, can they break $13,000 or, do they dare to dream for that $15,000 mark? Yes. Not only can they dream but, your contributions can help them reach their goal. While the official Marathon Jam was held February 22nd, that doesn't mean you still can't contribute and, better yet, plan for next year too. Visit for details on how you can help this fine project.

Steve Martin's Comedic PBS Pledge Video for Great Performances

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell LiveLos Angeles, CA -- debuted Steve Martin's comedic PBS pledge video which humorously reminds viewers to donate to PBS programming. Martin's first-ever live concert television broadcast titled Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Live will premiere on PBS' Great Performances on March 4th, 2014 on WNET (check local listings). Watch the PBS pledge video, below.

Bluegrass for Babies 2014 Presents All-Star Band

Kowike Creek Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Friends, hunting buddies and bluegrass all-stars got together last month as “The Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band” for Bluegrass for Babies, in what’s becoming an annual tradition to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga.

John Santa Rounding up Marathon Jam 2014 Jammers for Charity

Fisher HouseWell my friends and fellow musicians, it’s that time of year again! For the sixth year in a row, the Chapel Hill American Legion Post 6 and VFW will host their annual fundraising event, The Marathon Jamm for charity! Show your support for our troops and their brave families! You and your instrument can make the world a better place! Play Music - Raise Money. Join the jam. The Marathon Jam is a 12-hour annual jam started in Chapel Hill, N.C. to raise funds for the Ft. Bragg Fisher House Foundation and to honor our military. Primarily of bluegrass music, the "Mostly Bluegrass" Marathon Jam takes place on Saturday Feb 22th 2014, with jams from across the United States and in Baghdad Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Germany. This is the 6th consecutive year for the Marathon Jam. The Fisher House ( is an organization that supplies room and board to the families of soldiers recovering in VA hospitals away from their homes

All for the Hall Fundraiser Returns to Los Angeles March 4

Vince GillThe Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's All for the Hall fundraiser will return to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly three years. The event, which will take place on Tuesday, March 4, at Club Nokia, will again follow a "guitar pull" format, featuring performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Heart and Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz. Acclaimed actress/singer/film producer Rita Wilson will host the event.

The High 48s Kickstarting Bluegrass Train Songs Project

The High 48sFormed in Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN in 2006, The High 48s were thrust onto the national scene in 2008 after winning the prestigious RockyGrass Bluegrass Band Competition in Lyons, CO. With members who honed their craft touring with acts such as Special Consensus and the James King Band, the group combines a healthy respect for tradition with a desire to create original music, true to their upper-Midwestern roots. Now, The High 48s are heading to Nashville to record an album of train songs with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Randy Kohrs.

Bluegrass for Hospice Event Raises Over $29,000

Larry SparksGreat Mills, MD -- Jay Armsworthy, promoter and creater for Bluegrass for Hospice writes about the big success for this year's event. "On Saturday October 26, 2013 was the 5th year for the Bluegrass for Hospice. It’s a one day Bluegrass music event where all proceeds went toward the Hospice House. The event took in $29,181.68 this year. In 5 years, Bluegrass for Hospice has raised $97,315.00 for the Hospice House. This finally makes this event one of the biggest fundraisers for the Hospice of St. Mary’s."

Bluegrass For Hospice Celebrates 5th Year With Bluegrass Legend Celebrating 50

Larry SparksGreat Mills, MD -- Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 will be held on Saturday October 26. Not only is the event celebrating its 5th year, but headliner, Larry Sparks is celebrating his 50th year in Bluegrass music. Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 will be held at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland. It is located on Flat Iron Road just 1.5 miles from MD Route 5. The event begins at Noon with gates opening at 11:00 am. All proceeds for the day go to support the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County.


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