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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.

Carter Fold Presents Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny

Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow HootenannyHiltons, VA -- Saturday, March 4th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny. Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny is a seven-piece, old-time string band from Rover, Tennessee with musical influences by the Carter Family, Gid Tanner, Uncle Dave Macon, the Coon Creek Girls and many other old-time bands of the past.
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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn; O'Connor Band Added to FolkWest Lineup

Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnPagosa Springs, CO -- Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck—she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots— it's a different matter entirely.

Carter Family Fold hosts Cabin Creek Boys Saturday

Cabin Creek BoysHiltons, VA -- Saturday, February 25th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Cabin Creek Boys. The Cabin Creek Boys play old time hillbilly music from the mountains of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina, performing at area festivals, fiddlers' conventions, square dances, and other community events.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2017 Lineup Announced

Gray FoxOak Hill, NY -- While deep snows have been falling all over upstate New York, plans are already set for this summer's world famous Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival held each year in the Catskill Mountains at Oak Hill, New York. This event really is a Who's Who of Bluegrass Music and people come from all over the country and from other countries to experience this gathering of music, learning, family & friends. Many personal reunions for artists, fans and pickers happen annually at this historic event. This year's four-day event takes place July 13 through 16, 2017.

ETSU Bluegrass Band at Carter Family Fold Feb 18

ETSU Bluegrass BandHiltons, VA -- The Carter Family Fold will preset the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Bluegrass Band Saturday, February 18th. Bands with the ETSU Bluegrass and Country Music Program have performed at the Fold since the beginning of the program at ETSU in 1982. Daniel Boner and Roy Andrade now serve as the program's directors. The ETSU program has grown so popular that students travel from all over the world to study there. There are now nearly twenty different bands maintained by the program. ETSU's bands have performed in Japan, Belgium, and Russia. Some of the finest students the Bluegrass and Country Music Program has to offer will be performing with the ETSU Bluegrass Band as well as some of the program's professors. The ETSU Bluegrass Band puts tremendous energy and drive into every performance.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Invites You to Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ FestivalJunior Sisk & Ramblers Choice is excited to welcome fans to the band's home festival, the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, held at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, Virginia on May 26-28.

Doyle Goes Undergound; Great Moments in Caving

Bluegrass Underground with Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverFebruary 25th, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver return to The Volcano Room with Jenni Lyn. Opening the 1 p.m. show. Doyle's been a longtime favorite here at Bluegrass Underground, always putting on a dependably great concert, backed by a variety of great young pickers and singers. Like Del McCoury or Larry Sparks, at 72, Doyle is too young to be part of the First Generation, but he came along not long after. At 18, The Tennessee native was picking banjo with Jimmy Martin, before going on to play guitar and mandolin with J.D. Crowe, including the legendary lineup that featured Red Allen. He joined the Country Gentlemen in 1971, forming the second great lineup of that band, before leaving in 1979 to lead his own group. He's also featured on the incredibly influential Bluegrass Album Band CDs and tours. Suggested listening - J.D. Crowe, Bluegrass Holiday; The Award-Winning Country Gentlemen; The Bluegrass Album Band Compact Disc (compilation); and Doyle's mandolin instrumental collection, Tennessee Dream.

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