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Carter Family Fold Hosts Dry Hill Draggers Saturday

Dry Hill DraggesThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a generational, traditional, old time string band. Saturday, November 29th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Robert Earl Keen Added to MerleFest 2015 Lineup

Robert Earl KeenWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, 2015, has added Robert Earl Keen to the music festival’s lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Music, Magic, and Fire on the Mountain: FloydFest 2015 Announced

Floyd Fest 2015Floyd, VA -- For many longstanding summer music festivals, finding new and exciting ways to draw fans back for another season can prove challenging — but not for FloydFest. At Across-the-Way-Productions, the fires of creativity are burning brighter than ever. With its “Fire on the Mountain” theme, FloydFest is roaring into its 14th year with a fully streamlined reinvention of its roots, celebrating the authenticity of the music, people and setting that have sparked a music festival revolution. From July 22 to July 26, 2015, FloydFest is bringing a full five days of music and magic in the mountains, filled with endless opportunities to enjoy incredible music, healing arts, outdoor activities and more.

New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters Trotting to Carter Fold Nov 22

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersThe New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over twelve years. Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

IBMM Mandolin Camp AllStar Faculty Concert Tonight

IBMM AllStar Mandolin Faculty ConcertOwensboro, KY -- This Saturday night's International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) AllStar Mandolin Faculty Concert will feature the finest in mandolin stylists, playing both individually and in various ensembles to create a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event. International Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds, jazz master Don Stiernberg, this year's IBMA Emerging Mandolinist of the Year Dominick Leslie, Sierra Hull, Mark Royal and Mike Compton.

Special Janette Carter Memorial Gospel Concert Nov 16th

The VW BoysSunday, November 16th, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Tim White and the VW Boys & Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder. 2014 marks the seventh annual gospel event in honor of Janette Carter. This year’s concert will also pay tribute to the late Larry McPeak who passed away earlier this year. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. Tickets will be available only at the door on the day of the concert. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

Introducing a New Depot for Bluegrass Music

R&R ProductionsBluegrass music is no longer under-represented in the Phoenix metro area! In 2014, R&R Productions was formed by two long-time bluegrass devotees, James Reams and Ned Robbins, to promote all things bluegrass in the central desert. “It was heartbreaking to see opportunities like concerts, films, and other events bypass Arizona completely on their way to or from the west coast,” lamented James Reams. “Ned and I put our heads together and pooled our resources with the goal of making Phoenix an oasis for bluegrass artists and a leader in innovative opportunities for bluegrass-related events.”

North Carolina's Tune Town Old Time Band at Carter Fold

Tune Town Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia.

The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza Nov 13

Bill Evans, Tony Furtado and Mark Johnson We're one week out from the 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Furtado, Mark Johnson, Bill Evans and their All-Star Band w/John Reischman, Chad Manning, Sharon Gilchrist and Jim Nunally. Four shows in Grass Valley (11/13), Winters (11/14), Berkeley (11/15) and Felton (11/16) with a Banjo Mini-Camp and Mandolin workshop in Berkeley on 11/15 in the afternoon. This is the banjo event of the year in Northern California.

James Reams & The Barnstormers Special Benefit Concert

James Reams & The BarnstormersLitchfield Park, AZ -- James Reams & The Barnstormers featuring legendary fiddler, Blaine Sprouse, will be appearing at the Firecreek Coffee Co. in Flagstaff on Saturday, November 14th. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer... Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Launches This Weekend

Joe Mullins and the Radio RamblersXenia, OH -- The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival (SOIMF) will take place this weekend, November 7th & 8th, at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, and will celebrate the best in bluegrass music as well as a six-month long philanthropic effort by festival hosts, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.

First Set of Performers Announced for MerleFest 2015

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The star-packed grouping announced today includes:

Balsam Range Announces Winter Concert Series

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has announced a truly great lineup for its 5th Annual Winter Concert Series. The band and their guests brings five concerts to their Haywood County, NC home each year, all presented at the historic Colonial Theater.

Echoes of the Blueridge Music at Carter Fold Nov 8th

Kilby and Martha SpencerHiltons, VA -- Echoes of the Blueridge is a relatively new old time band that sprang from the famous Spencer family of the Whitetop Mountain Band. Kilby and Martha Spencer are the son and daughter of Thornton and Emily Spencer. Martha plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band, and Kilby often does as well. Kilby has his own old time band – the Crooked Road Ramblers. Martha often travels overseas with Jackson Cunningham - who also plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band – as a duet.

Banjos Rising: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Live Nov 8

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn celebrate their first duo record -- released October 7 on Rounder Records -- with a special hometown performance in the pristine acoustical setting of the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 8.

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