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Lil' Smokies Capture 2015 Telluride Band Competition Honors

Lil SmokiesHailing from the utopian garden city of Missoula, Montana, The Lil’ Smokies exploded onto the progressive bluegrass scene in the winter of 2009 and haven’t shown any signs of fatigue since. It was just announced that Lil' Smokies received top honors at the 2015 Telluride Band Competition.

Helen Highwater Stringband Joins Roe Entertainment Roster

Left to Right - David Grier, Shad Cobb, Missy Raines, Mike ComptonMaryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to welcome Helen Highwater Stringband to his roster of artists for exclusive booking representation. Shad Cobb, Mike Compton, David Grier and Missy Raines, all whom have forged a musical path as individuals for several decades each, have joined forces to form Helen Highwater Stringband.

Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with Rural Rhythm Records

Tammy Jones Signs with Rural Rhythm RecordsNashville, TN -- In preparation for her second Bluegrass project, Tammy Jones Robinette has signed with powerhouse Bluegrass label, Rural Rhythm Records. The deal comes on the heels of Tammy's first Bluegrass release last year. Produced by Mark Fain (versatile bass player and longtime band member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder), Let it Shine was warmly embraced by both Bluegrass and Gospel critics, earning three entries for consideration in the initial nomination process by the IBMA.

Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River BandNashville, TN -- Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer including their new band member Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

The Grascals Return to The Andrea Roberts Agency

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- The Andrea Roberts Agency (ARA) is very pleased to announce the return of The Grascals to the agency's roster of talent for their bluegrass representation. This a reunion, or more like a homecoming, as ARA represented The Grascals for their bluegrass bookings from 2004-2008.

Claire Lynch Announces New Focus on New Challenges

Claire Lynch BandThree-Time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy nominee and Song of the Year winner Claire Lynch is a multi-award winning performer/songwriter and a “singer’s singer” whose work has been heralded by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and many music journalists, all of whom have written about her with favor. She paved the way for other women in a musical world that traditionally belonged to men – the world of bluegrass – and managed to set the bar a little higher for everyone who followed.

John Bryan to Replace Jamie Johnson with The Grascals

John BryanIt was announced yesterday that Jamie Johnson, founding member of the Grascals, is departing the band after over 10 years and will be replaced by John Bryan. Jamie has been fighting depression for some years now and his departure will help him with that issue plus allowing him to spend more time with his family and son.

Doug Bartlett Joins Hammertowne

Doug BartlettWith the release of a brand new album, Highways & Heartaches, just days away, Hammertowne has added another weapon to their arsenal. Doug Bartlett, a seasoned veteran on the bluegrass circuit, joins the Hammertowne band on fiddle and vocals. Doug has cut quite a large path through the years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver(recording no less than 3 albums), The Lonesome River Band, The James King Band, and Del McCoury to name a few.

Orange Blossom Records Signs Steve Harris

Orange Blossom Records signs Steve HarrisCallahan, FL -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Steve Harris to the label and will release his all gospel solo album, Sundown in April 2015.

Gold Heart Signs with Mountain Fever Records

Gold Heart with Mark Hodges courtesy East Public RelationsWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed Gold Heart to their label. The sister-trio's first single from their upcoming album will be released in early Spring. Gold Heart, featuring the Gold sisters Tori (mandolin), Jocey (guitar), and Shelby (fiddle) have been touring world wide and astounding audiences with their fun personalities, intense harmonies and brilliant musicianship since 2005. With nearly ten years on the bluegrass scene, hundreds of live performances and now four albums under their belt, Gold Heart is elated to join Mountain Fever Records. Of the trio, Keith Lawrence of Bluegrass Notes stated, "If angels sing bluegrass, this is what it sounds like."

Steep Canyon Rangers Partner with SevenBar Aviation

Steep Canyon Rangers and SevenBar AviationThe Steep Canyon Rangers are proud to announce our new partnership with SevenBar Aviation, a leading air medical provider with more than 65 years of experience delivering quality service. Central to the partnership are three fundraising concerts by Steep Canyon Rangers for a trio of hospital foundations closely aligned with SevenBar. Along with these performances, the Steep Canyon Rangers will also make visits to the children’s care areas of each hospital and participate in a VIP meet-and-greet event.

And The Band Played On ...........

Bill YatesMartinsburg, WV -- 2004 is when the idea of The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band was first born, when Bill Yates, 20+ year member of the Country Gentlemen, Darren Beachley and David Propst met at Cabin Fever Picking Party in Hampton, VA and sang some old and new Country Gentlemen songs. Later, after further deliberation, they decided to go through in creating a project in tribute to the Country Gentlemen. After a search produced the addition of 4 more members, in August of 2005 the Bill Yates and Friends: A Tribute to the Country Gentlemen project was initially started and later was completed and released in December 2006 on the MasterShield Records label located out of Bridgewater, VA. It became an instant hit with fans, friends and fellow musicians alike, so much so that the band started touring.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Welcome Gavin Largent

Gaven LargentCharlestown, IN -- Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are proud to welcome Gaven Largent as their newest member. Largent will make his official debut as a Flamekeeper member in Nashville, Tennessee when the band plays the world famous Station Inn and SPBGMA Convention this weekend.

Band of Ruhks to Release Debut Self-Titled Album This March

Band of RuhksNashville, TN -- 101 Ranch Records has announced the signing of Band of Ruhks, a group including Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith of the acclaimed Lonesome River Band. Originating from a successful Lonesome River Band reunion in 2010, the band’s self-titled, self-produced debut album is scheduled for release on March 17 through 101 Ranch Records. The album’s lead single, “Coal Minin’ Man,” features bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley.

Cumberland River Together Again

Cumberland RiverCumberland River is announcing that the band has regrouped and ready to pick up where they left off! After taking roughly a year off from the road, band members Dustin Middleton, Jamie Stewart, and Joey Jones decided it was time to bring Cumberland River back to the bluegrass world.

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