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Dollar Brothers Bring High Energy Bluegrass to Carter Fold Saturday

Dollar BrothersSaturday, July 11th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Dollar Brothers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. The Dollar Brothers provide a high energy, family-oriented bluegrass show. A traditional bluegrass band, they are from Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina. Darrell Dollar, lead singer and older brother to Barry and Wade, plays mandolin and has written several songs for the group. Barry Dollar plays fiddle and banjo and sings lead and baritone. Wade Dollar, youngest of the three brothers, sings tenor and lead and also plays guitar, claw hammer banjo. and dobro. Tim Norris, banjo player, is a cousin to the Dollars. Tim also sings, and he plays guitar and piano. Newest band member, J. M. Trivette, plays bass and helps out on vocals.

Banjo Backstory: Bob Thornburg to Talk Banjo History July 11

Banjos - From Africa to the New WorldGalax, VA -- California-based instrument maker Bob Thornburg will give a FREE lecture and presentation about the construction of replica banjos and the intriguing history of the instrument on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The talk coincides with Thornburg’s exhibit, Banjos: From Africa to the New World, which features two dozen reproduction/replica banjos representing the instrument’s roots in Africa, the New World and its evolution in the pre-Civil War, Minstrel, and pre-factory eras. The exhibit closes Monday, July 13, so this is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about Thornburg’s work and a beloved instrument in Appalachian music.

National Folk Festival Presents Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Joe Mullins & the Radio RamblersCedarville, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have been selected to represent Bluegrass music at the 75th National Folk Festival to be held in Greensboro, NC in September. The National Folk Festival announced last week that for its 75th anniversary, the Festival will feature 300 artists on seven stages in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The three-day Festival is FREE to the public with an expected attendance of over 100,000. First presented in 1934, the National Folk Festival is the nation’s oldest and longest-running multicultural traditional arts festival and has been produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), since the beginning. The National Folk Festival is a traveling event hosted by a community for three years before moving to a new location. The National’s stay has seeded legacy festivals (all free) in many former host communities including: the Lowell Folk Festival, the Great Lakes Folk Festival (E. Lansing, MI), the American Folk Festival (Bangor, ME), the Richmond Folk Festival, the Montana Folk Festival (Butte), and more.

Dailey & Vincent Return to Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman Thursday, July 16

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- As the multi-GRAMMY nominated duo's first live album, "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert," remains at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for the seventh consecutive week, while the live DVD remains in the top 25 on the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart across all genres after debuting at #2 following the Foo Fighters,the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” return to the famed Ryman Auditorium with their critically acclaimed signature sound to part take in Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, July 16. Dailey & Vincent, who first debuted their music as a duo at the Birthplace of Bluegrass in 2007, and have sold out the show for two consecutive years, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Star-Studded Benefit for Aubrey Holt

Aubrey HoltNashville, TN -- A benefit show for Aubrey Holt, formerly of the Boys From Indiana and the Wildwood Valley Boys, has been planned for Sunday, August 9, 2015. The benefit show will take place at Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Rd, Florence, KY 41015. The show will feature a star-studded line-up, including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, The Grascals, Feller and Hill, The Wildwood Valley Boys, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

Carter Family Fold to Celebrate July 4th with Fiddlin' Carson Peters

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersSaturday, July 4th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. Nine-year old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region. Carson lives with his parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” at the ripe old age of two on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him.

Beartrap Summer Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Beartrap Summer Festival 2015The Beartrap Summer Festival is excited to announce the full musical lineup for their 2015 festival. Accompanying our two biggest headliners of all time, Los Lobos and The Charlie Daniels Band, is a hand picked mix of local and national artists guaranteed to have you dancing in the meadow. This year’s artists will be the first to set foot on our brand new stage. That’s right, the Beartrap Summer Festival is getting a new stage in celebration of our 21st year. We will have more details about that in the near future. So without further ado, here is the official musical lineup for the 21st Beartrap Summer Festival.

Dwight Yoakam Added to FreshGrass Lineup

Dwight YoakamNorth Adams, MA -- Country superstar Dwight Yoakam joins FreshGrass — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival. Yoakam is a welcome addition to the chorus of stand-out Americana acts invited to the annual September festival, including the Del McCoury Band, the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, festival favorite Alison Brown, Willie Watson, Vieux Farka Touré, Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, The Ballroom Thieves, Birds of Chicago, Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, 2014 FreshGrass Award winners Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, Cat and the Moon, and The Man in Grass — A FreshGrass Tribute to Johnny Cash. FreshGrass, to be held on September 18-20, 2015, at MASS MoCA features bluegrass traditionalists and trailblazers on four stages and throughout every nook and cranny of MASS MoCA’s revitalized industrial, art-infused campus.

Jeff Little Trio & New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters at Blue Ridge Music Center July 4

New Ballards Branch BogtrottersGalax, VA -- To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, the Blue Ridge Music Center is welcoming The Jeff Little Trio and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m., for a Holiday Dance Party. A special banjo exhibit will be featured daily. During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and desserts.

Chase & Melissa Johner Band - Bluegrass with a Strong Drive and Emotional Depth

Chase & Melissa Johner BandMuddy Creek Music Hall presents Bluegrass Showcase with Jody King featuring the Chase & Melissa Johner Band June 27th at 8 p.m. Formally known as Melissa King, leader of Melissa King and Phatgrass, Melissa toured heavily in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Her voice quickly caught the attention of many promoters and by age 16 she released 2 albums and was touring full time. Chase and Melissa met at the "International Bluegrass Music Awards" in 2006. They were married in 2009, combining the beauty of smooth vocals and beautiful instrumental stylings.

Blue Ridge Music Center Hosts Joe Wilson Memorial Celebration June 25

Joe WilsonGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center will host a Memorial Celebration and tribute to the life, work, and legacy of Joe Wilson, one of the visionaries behind the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thursday, June 25. From his brainstorming sessions with former Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt on the Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA),Wilson’s passion for the music of Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable.

Tim & Debbie Yates Family Band, Acoustic Heritage, at Fold June 27

Acoustic HeritageHiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 27th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Acoustic Heritage – the Tim and Debbie Yates Family Band. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free. Tim and Debbie Grim Yates have combined their lives, amazing talents, and deep musical roots to forge one of the country’s most accomplished and entertaining music groups on the scene today. Both performing over 35 years, Tim began playing with his family band, John Yates and the Yates Brothers. Debbie started out playing with the Konnarock Critters. Together they formed Acoustic Heritage – the Yates Family Band.

Huck Finn Jubilee Tops Attendance & Economic Impacts

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to release the results of the annual event. “This year was a milestone in the Bluegrass Festival industry when we booked 23 bands for a three day weekend” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The line-up of entertainment, along with the music education and workshops provided at Huck Finn Jubilee has the attention of the music industry. The benefit to our local community is fantastic and it is rewarding to hear the rave reviews from the fans and families that attended.”

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off June 25

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

IBMA Announces Artists for Wide Open Bluegrass

Alison Krauss and Union StationNashville, TN (June 18, 2015) — At today’s 12:00 noon press conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass announced additional details about the five-day event, which will take place September 29 – October 3. One of the highlights of the press conference was the announcement that Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, The Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway, and O’Connor Family Band will round out the list of performers at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass, the weekend festival that takes place as part of the World of Bluegrass event.

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