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8th Festy Experience Unveils First Half of Artist Lineup

The 8th Festy ExperienceCharlottesville, VA -- The Festy Experience is excited to announce the first half of its music lineup for the 8th annual festival, happening October 5-8, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. The lineup comprises a carefully curated blend of national and local roots music acts, featuring The Infamous Stringdusters, Drive-By Truckers, Sam Bush Band, The Travelin' McCourys, The Jerry Douglas Band, Cabinet, Billy Strings, Love Canon, Carl Anderson, and The 8th Annual Garrettgrass Gospel Hour. And this is just half of the artist lineup. The next installment of artists will be announced on Wednesday, June 14th. Tickets are on-sale now.

Hillbilly Gypsies Return to Carter Family Fold May 20

Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin' and grinnin' and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

2017 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Lineup Announced

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunin 2016Bristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has released the initial lineup for it’s 17th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, to be held September 15-17, 2017. This year, the festival gets even better than previous years. Headlining the Reunion will be Dwight Yoakam. Other hot acts will include Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester, Rodney Crowell, The Infamous Stringdusters, The SteelDrivers, Mark O'Connor and the O'Connor Band, Judah & The Lion and a host of other fine artists covering many styles. Buy your tickets here.

Town Branch Bluegrass at Carter Fold May 13th

Town Branch Bluegrass BandHiltons, VA -- As long as bluegrass music has echoed through the hills and valleys of the Appalachian region, musicians of all ages have gathered together to play and preserve their favorite style of music. From Lee County, Virginia, this southwestern Virginia group showcases the traditional songs of yesterday, along with the driving sound of a modern style. The band began doing back porch picking and performing at local events nine years ago. Town Branch Bluegrass is now one of the region's hottest bands. Saturday, May 13th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Town Branch Bluegrass band.

Ralph Stanley II at Carter Fold May 6th

Ralph Stanley IISaturday, May 6th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Ralph II has done annual concerts at the Fold for nearly a decade now, and the Fold is thrilled to welcome him back for this year's concert. This will mark Ralph II's eighth performance at the Fold. His father Ralph and his uncle Carter actually performed at the A.P. Carter Park when A.P. presented music programs in the early 1950s. Those shows were held just behind the Fold at the foot of Clinch Mountain in an outdoor concert area. The Stanley and Carter families have been pivotal in preserving the region's rich musical tradition and carrying the music of the mountains throughout the world.

Whitetop Mountain Band to Carter Family Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 29th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band's members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region's style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.

Record Store Day Celebrates 10 Years Today!

Record Store Day 2017Saturday, April 22nd marks the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day, our now annual hootenanny dedicated to record culture, record lovers, record makers and most of all, the amazing record stores that make it all possible. That's a whole decade’s worth of a unique annual event whose purpose has been to bring folks together in support of those essential elements that make independent record stores real and thriving epicenters of their communities.

Ole Smoky Distillery Announces 2017 Summer of ‘Shine Entertainment Series

Ole Smoky Summer of ShineGatlinburg, TN -- Ole Smoky Distillery LLC, the world’s most visited distillery, announced the launch of their 2017 entertainment series, Summer of ‘Shine. From music performances to family bonding activities, there will be a little something for everyone. Ole Smoky is kicking off this fun-filled season with the announcement of three major musical acts: Boxmasters, Survivorman and The Soggy Bottom Boys.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Artist John Starling to Play Historic Mt. Airy

John StarlingWarsaw, VA -- The inaugural Bluegrass Under The Stars to benefit Friends of the Rappahannock will be held Friday night, June 30th 2017 starting at 7pm at historic Mount Airy on the outskirts of Warsaw, Va. with with music by the legendary John Starling & Clearwater. Tickets are now available online for $35. Only 300 tickets will be sold.

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain Empire at Carter Fold

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain EmpireSaturday, April 15th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and Fiddling Leona and their group The Mountain Empire. Also featured on the show will be students from the Hazard Community and Technical Colleges Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music and their Program Director Dean Osborne, Jr.

Jeff Little Trio Concert at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Jeff Little TrioHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 8th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band – the Jeff Little Trio. Hotshot rockabilly pianist Jeff Little comes from Boone, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, where he grew up surrounded by music. Jeff began to play piano at age five. His family owned a music store, and musicians of all persuasions dropped by to play a few tunes with the kid, which helps account for Jeff's mastery of a range of styles.

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2017, with a full day of festivities for museum visitors. On April 1 only, ticket prices will roll back to $1.50 for all guests, the same price as a ticket on the museum's opening day in 1967.

Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer at Carter Fold April 1st

Larry Sigmon and Martha SpencerHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer – the Unique Sound of the Mountains. If you ever saw Larry Sigmon and the Unique Sound of the Mountains, you know the sound was unlike anything you ever heard before. Over the course of more than ten albums and several years of performing, Larry Sigmon and his late partner Barbara Poole continuously brought the house down with a variety of fast-paced mountain music tunes fueled by Sigmon's high-speed claw hammer banjo picking and Poole's infectious "heartbeat" bass plucking. While there were several groups out there that could get you onto the dance floor, no old time band could wear out your clogging shoes faster than the Unique Sound of the Mountains.

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutSaturday, March 18th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. This concert is part of the group's 25th anniversary tour and celebration – Tyme for 25. Playing music is the easy part," says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh looking back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do. "By the time we put this band together" - he's talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over twenty-five years now - "I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go. Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces. So I didn't have a preconceived notion that someday I'd be celebrating twenty-five years with IIIrd Tyme Out - but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life."

The Infamous Stringdusters Added To Jam In The Trees

The Infamous StringdustersAsheville, NC -- The 2nd Annual Jam In The Trees is thrilled to announce the addition of The Infamous Stringdusters to the lineup which includes some incredible acts that have already been annonced: Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O'Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Underhill Rose, and Ken Tizzard. The 2017 event takes place Friday and Saturday, August 25-26th, 2017 at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. More artists are being added as the event approaches.

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