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FreshGrass Announces First Wave Lineup for 2017

Del McCoury BandNorth Adams, MA FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's (MASS MoCA) 3-day festival of bluegrass and progressive roots music, announces the first round of bands for its upcoming September fest, with Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, The Del McCoury Band with special guest David Grisman, Del & Dawg, The Wood Brothers, Bill Frisell: Harmony, Alison Brown, Son Little, The Brothers Comatose, Carrie Rodriguez, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Hackensaw Boys, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, The Suitcase Junket, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, and 2016 FreshGrass Award winners The Last Revel, Victor Furtado, Julian Pinelli, and The Page Turners. FreshGrass, to be held at MASS MoCA on September 15-17, 2017, features bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages and in every nook and cranny of its 28-building, 16-acre campus. 2017's festival will be the first FreshGrass held since MASS MoCA's Building 6 — slated to open in May of this year — has been open, with an additional 120,000 sq. ft. of expanded galleries and performance space.

Alison Brown Releases 360 Video for “What’s Going On?”

360 Video of What's Going OnProgressive. Pioneer. Envelope pusher. CFO. These are some of the many terms that have been used to describe banjo innovator, producer and record company owner, Alison Brown. And now, she adds "early adopter" to the list with the release of a 360 video shot during recording sessions at Compass Sound Studios, home of the record label she co-founded in 1996.

Only 6 Days Left to be Part of Bobby Osborne's New Album

Alison Brown, Bobby Osborne, Sierra HullNashville, TN -- Legendary Opry star and bluegrass pioneer Bobby Osborne has launched a campaign with PledgeMusic to record a new album. At the age of 84, Bobby is the oldest living artist to utilize PledgeMusic, the premier crowd funding platform for musicians. The campaign only has 6 days left and is currently 49% funded.

Bobby Osborne Working on New Album Project

Bobby OsborneBobby Osborne to record with Alison Brown and Compass Records Group! Check this out and see how you can help support this great collaboration of one of our last bluegrass music cornerstones that's still active today! Over the past couple of years my friends, fans, and students have been asking me when I’m going to make a new album. Well I am pleased to announce that will be starting a new project this summer at Compass Sound Studio in Nashville. The album will be produced by Alison Brown and will be released on the Compass Records label, one of the finest labels in bluegrass music.

Alison Brown's “The Song of the Banjo” Coming October 9th

The Song of the BanjoWith The Song of the Banjo, her first album since 2009, GRAMMY-winning musician/composer/producer/entrepreneur Alison Brown plants another flag in her journey of musical exploration. Alison is joined on her latest project by Indigo Girls, Colin Hay, Keb’ Mo’, Jake Shimabukuro, Rob Ickes and Steve Gadd.

FreshGrass Announces Initial Lineup Artists for 2015

Punch BrothersNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival, announces the first round of bands set to play its annual September festival, with headliner the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, I’m With Her featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, festival favorite Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, and 2014 FreshGrass Award winners Twisted Pine and Quiles & Cloud. FreshGrass, to be held on September 18-20, 2015, features bluegrass traditionalists and trailblazers on four stages and throughout every nook and cranny of its 28-building, 16-acre campus.

Alison Brown Awarded 2014 USA Artists Berresford Fellowship

Alison BrownNashville, TN -- Grammy-winning banjoist and Compass Records Group co-founder Alison Brown is among 34 artists to receive a USA Fellowship from United States Artists. The recipients of this year's awards were announced this week and selected by a panel of expert peers in each artistic discipline. "USA Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers, who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work," said United States Artists CEO Carolina Garcia Jayaram. "Our Fellows embody originality across every creative discipline, celebrating the broad range of artistic practices in every region of the country, and cultivating a creative ecology that is diverse in age, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation."

FreshGrass Award Announces All-Star Jury for 2014

Alison BrownNorth Adams, MA -- Storied bluegrass and roots performers Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, Leigh and Eric Gibson of The Gibson Brothers, and longtime FreshGrass co-conspirator Alison Brown select the best new acts in banjo, duo, and band competitions as the FreshGrass Award jury during the eponymous festival, September 19-21, 2014, at MASS MoCA.

Bluegrass Underground Episodes Begin Airing on PBS This Week

Alison Brown and Michael Doucet(Nashville, TN) October 23, 2013 - Cajun supergroup BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and GRAMMY-winning banjoist Alison Brown will be featured on their own respective episodes of PBS’ music adventure series Bluegrass Underground nationwide starting this week. Back in March, both groups performed live at Bluegrass Underground, 333-feet underground in the Volcano Room of the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN. Each performance of that live show, which that day also included artists Leon Russell and Ben Sollee, was taped as an episode for PBS broadcast this October, as well as broadcast Saturday nights on the Legend 650 WSM Radio.

FreshGrass to Award $10,000 in Bluegrass Related Prizes!

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- Bluegrass Music is rich in tradition, including a storied history of flat-picking contests, fiddlers' conventions, and other participatory events that bring together musicians in spirited competition. The FreshGrass Award, new to this year's FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, seeks to add new octane to the competition circuit, with $10,000 in cash prizes, a Compass Records recording session in Nashville, mentoring with veteran musicians, and a performance spot at next year's FreshGrass festival. FreshGrass rewards fresh takes on bluegrass with cash, recording session & mentoring.

The Bankesters Working with Alison Brown on Fall 2013 Release

The BankestersNashville, TN -- Bluegrass band The Bankesters have started recording tracks for their fifth album, and their Compass Records debut, scheduled for release in the fall. The new album is being produced by Compass co-founder Alison Brown and, together with the band, they have completed several weeks of pre-production with a great set of new material. The songs will showcase their signature family harmonies and the distinctive lead voices of each of the Bankester daughters, including 2012 IBMA Momentum Award winner Emily Bankester.

Compass Records Signs Bluegrass Band The Bankesters

The BankestersNashville, TN -- Compass Records is excited to announce that The Bankesters have joined its roster of bluegrass artists. Phil and Dorene Bankester and their three daughters and son-in-law are known for some of the finest harmony singing in bluegrass music. They are currently at work gathering material for a new album to be produced by Alison Brown and tentatively slated for a fall 2013 release. In the meantime, Compass will be re-releasing the band’s latest album Looking Forward on May 28th for international distribution.

FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival to turn Museum into Bluegrass Amusement Park

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceNorth Adams, MA -- The second annual FreshGrass Festival turns the whole museum into nothing short of a bluegrass music amusement park. Besides a collection of bands and musicians as diverse and exciting as you'll find anywhere playing on multiple stages inside and out, they will have pop-up performances in the galleries and under the trees, film screenings, banjo workshops, instrument building for kids, great food and drink (moonshine slushies, anyone?), and so much more. They will even have a locally brewed FreshGrass IPA from Greenfield's The People's Pint, with local wet hops and a zesty, crisp flavor.

Bluegrass Music Artist Claire Lynch Signs With Compass Records

Clair Lynch Signing at Compass RecordsNashville, TN August 27, 2012 – Compass Records is proud to announce the addition of award-winning singer, songwriter and bluegrass all-star Claire Lynch to their reputable roster of artists. Claire joins fellow International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, as well as labelmates Colin Hay, The Gibson Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Stephenson, Special Consensus among others. Claire will release her as yet untitled Compass debut in early 2013 and will commence recording in the fall with her band, guitarist Matt Wingate, bassist Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell on mandolin, along with a hand-picked selection of special guests.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Hosts FreshGrass Bluegrass Fest

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceNorth Adams, MA -- The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's (MASS MoCA) second annual FreshGrass Festival turns the whole museum into nothing short of a bluegrass amusement park. Besides a collection of bands and musicians as diverse and exciting as you’ll find anywhere playing on multiple stages outside and in, they will have pop-up performances in the galleries and under the trees, film screenings, banjo workshops, instrument building for kids, great food and drink (moonshine slushies, anyone?), and so much more.

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