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Bristol Rhythm 2015 Artist Day Schedules Released

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015Bristol, TN/VA -- The 15th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has released its 2015 Artist Day Schedule for fans anxious to learn on which day their favorite artist will play during the 3-day event. Headliners Steve Earle and The Dukes and Delbert McClinton will both perform on Sunday, Dr. Dog on Friday, and Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band will perform on Saturday in addition to the dozens of acts schedule to appear over the entirety of the weekend. Single Day Wristbands are also now available for purchase. The full schedule will be released in coming weeks. Friday Wristbands are $35, Saturday $45, and Sunday is $35.

41st Annual Carter Fold Festival July 31 & August 1

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- In 1960, the great music archivist Alan Lomax sounded the alarm that American consumerism was rapidly destroying the nation’s most unique musical traditions and replacing them with a sterile monoculture, or bland sameness. He ominously foretold Tomorrow … when the whole world is bored with automated mass-distributed video-music, our descendants will despise us for having thrown away the best of our culture. Lomax was right to worry. By 1960, American society was changing at a faster pace than ever before. Traditional music, often called the jewel of American culture, was considered passe’ and forgotten by the mainstream.

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.

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.”

Del McCoury Band Added to Magnolia Fest 2015 Lineup

The Del McCoury BandAsheville, NC -- Magnolia Fest celebrates its 19th year at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on October 15-18, 2015 and is thrilled to announce a handful of additions to this Fall’s lineup including The Del McCoury Band, Jeff Austin Band featuring Danny Barnes, Ross Martin & Eric Thorin, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Jerry Joseph & The Jack Mormons, New Orleans Suspects, The Congress, Band of Heathens, Nikki Talley and more!

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on the Road to ROMP Stage June 25

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiRepeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre's finest players. The 12th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music festival known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 24-27, 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Clinch Mountain Music Fest 10th Anniversary June 20th

Trey HensleyClinch Mountain Music Fest is gearing up for its 10th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Festivities this year will begin in Gate City, Virginia, and end at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. All crafts and outside vendors will be set up in Gate City. Gate City’s festivities will close by 5:30 to allow everyone time to get to the closing concert at the Fold. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music.

Kentucky's Own Sam Bush Returns to ROMP Festival

Sam Bush at ROMP 2015Owensboro, KY -- Bowling Green KY native Sam Bush, the King of Newgrass, has been honored by the Americana Music Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award and by the International Bluegrass Music Association on any number of occasions. But honors are not what drives him. "I didn't get into music to win awards," he says. "I'm just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play, and the older I get, the more I love it."

Help Fund the Return of Bluegrass Music to Burning Man 2015

Burning Man BluegrassOnce again, our bluegrass artist and friend, Andy Owens, is on a quest to once again bring Bluegrass Music to the huge Burning Man Arts Festival held in the Nevada desert. This event is huge, 75,000 people but very little live music and even less, if any, Bluegrass music. One of the things Bill Monroe told Andy to do is take Bluegrass to places where its not, so he has follow those directionss. Andy has played in over fifty countries but Burning Man is the toughest one of all. The Bluegrass to Burning Man Kickstarter Campaign is just ramping up. This is a marvelous concept to introduce a very large crowd to bluegrass music in a unique way.

Trey Hensley at Carter Fold Clinch Mountain Music Fest

Trey HensleyHiltons, VA -- Clinch Mountain Music Fest is gearing up for its 10th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Festivities this year will begin in Gate City, Virginia, and end at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. All crafts and outside vendors will be set up in Gate City. Gate City’s festivities will close by 5:30 to allow everyone time to get to the closing concert at the Fold. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music.

Rocky Mountain Old Time Festival this July 9-12

Roan Mountain HilltoppersBerthoud, CO -- Bring your instrument and your dancing shoes to the sixth annual Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Festival to be held on July 9 to July 12, at Parrish Ranch near Berthoud, Colorado. The festival showcases traditional forms of fiddle and banjo music with performances by the nation’s best old time groups, workshops for musicians of all levels, and square dances for the entire family.

Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming June 12-20

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingThe Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road concerts in over 30 communities, dozens of cultural experiences throughout the region, and over 70 existing traditional music related concerts, jam sessions, and festivals.

15th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Lineup Announced

Steve EarlBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, revealed a stellar lineup of artists for the 15th annual festival. The 3-day music celebration honoring Bristol’s unique music history as the site of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions will be held September 18 — 20, 2015 in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia.

The Ellnora Guitar Festival Unveils 2015 Artist Lineup

Punch BrothersUrbana, IL -- On September 10, 11, and 12, 2015, a stunning display of the world’s most remarkable and significant guitarists will gather for the sixth installment of ELLNORA - The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Situated in a vibrant micro-urban setting, the internationally recognized, biennial event features, “a prodigious array of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists” (Premier Guitar) from around the globe, including for 2015 artists rooted in Mali, Australia, China, Spain, Palestine, India, Mexico, and from throughout the United States. 2015 performing artists include Punch Brothers, Bela and Abigail Fleck, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and outstanding artists from almost all genres. This is the festival of the guitar.

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