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Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Helps Disaster Relief Efforts

Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass FestivalPigeon Forge, TN -- The annual Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival will be held December 7-10 at the Ramada Inn & Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the festival brings together many traditional bluegrass and gospel bands for an early Christmas celebration. This year, the festival will go on with no interruption to the musical program or accommodations due to the wildfires. However, the festival has also has been blessed with the opportunity to help local residents who have been impacted by the devastating fire that has ravaged the area.

Ron Block Releases “Leiper’s Fork Christmas”

Leiper’s Fork ChristmasRon Block is pleased to announce for download this Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, his new ten-song collection of instrumental holiday favorites, Leiper’s Fork Christmas. Ron comments, "I had a very busy Fall, but last year's Carter's Creek Christmas was so fun and did so well I just had to do another. We finished the mixes tonight and the cover as well, so here I am reeling past the finish line with an entire day to spare!"

“Bells Of Home” Released for Holidays by Circa Blue

Bells of HomeMartinsburg, WV – Circa Blue kicks off the holiday season with a brand-new Christmas album as they ready for their Christmas Concert Tour. Bells of Home is now released and available for digital and physical purchase at DawnKenney.com.

Donna Ulisse Takes her Christmas Show to Multiple Venues

Donna UlisseThe IBMA Songwriter of the Year Donna Ulisse will be taking her Christmas show to several venues this Christmas season. Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys will perform all of her landmark Christmas CD All The Way To Bethlehem at venues in Virginia, Indiana, West Virginia and Nashville, TN. Ulisse had a hand in writing each song on the album and considers it the best songwriting she has ever done. It is a dramatic story told in song.

New Christmas Single from Carson Peters and Iron Mountain

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters & Iron MountainChristmas is a special time for many people – that season of the year when folks come together with their families to share gifts given from the heart, make memories to cherish for years to come, and rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ. "Christmas Time in the Country", the brand new single from Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, celebrates the warmth and simplicity of this time of year, set to a cheerful, traditional melody.

Merry Christmas from Cybergrass

Holiday Greetings from IBMM's New Director Chris Joslin

Chris JoslinMerry Christmas from everyone at the International Bluegrass Music Museum! As many of you know, I am the new guy and this year has been all about change and adjustment for me and my family. In addition to learning the ropes in a new job, my daughters are adjusting to life as college students, my wife is transitioning from her job of almost 12 years, we are selling our home in Nashville and settling in as new residents of Owensboro, Kentucky. Many of you have navigated similar waters at some point in your life. As one might imagine, this has resulted in a mixture of excitement and joy along with a touch of hand wringing about embracing so much change. Fortunately for me, joy and excitement about the future has far outpaced everything else as 2016 quickly approaches.

Twas the Night Before Christmas -- Ronnie Reno Style

Christmas CabinShelly Mullins has put together a clever version of Twas the Night Before Christmas in a Ronnie Reno style. Featuring many of those who help promote bluegrass music throughout the year as well as some of our favorite artists, the lyrical ditty is a nice way for thanking us for the work that we do.

Balsam Range Celebrates the Season of Giving Back

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- Continuing their tireless commitment to charitable efforts both at home and across the country, multi-award winning band, Balsam Range, performed for a sold-out crowd at the supporting charitable recent 6th Annual Festival of Trees in Waynesville, NC. The benefit was held in support of KARE, an organization dedicated to ending child abuse.

Lucketts Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree with Santa Dec 19th

Luckett's SchoolhouseThe Luckett’s Community Center will host the annual Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree on Saturday December 19th. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance and many of Luckett’s Popular performers will mix and match their talents to perform the Bluegrass favorites you know and love along with many Christmas favorites as well.

Carter Family Fold Special Christmas Event Saturday, Dec 19th

Carolina ExpressSaturday, December 19th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount $10 per person). Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $10 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, and cups, plates, or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, we’ll have music by Carolina Express. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show.

Urban Monroes Offer Christmas Spirit Free Download

Urban Monroes BluegrassIn the spirit of the Holidays, we have a free download for anyone who wants it. The song is a real old-time tune...really, really old time. It's the time-honored 18th century hymn "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" done as bluegrass, Urban Monroes style. You can get the free download at the link below which goes to our new SoundCloud page. You don't have to have an account there or sign in or anything. Just click the download button. (It's the "down arrow", fifth icon over below the song.) It will load in only a few seconds. We hope everyone is doing great! You can also just click on the Playing In The Snow image below.

Bluegrass Junction May Not Air Bluegrass Holiday Music

SiriusXM Bluegrass JunctionRecently there has been a lot of ruckus on Social Media, blogs and elsewhere regarding the on-air SiriusXM satellite broadcast of Bluegrass Junction being preempted for nine days while SiriusXM airs special holiday programming. There have been petitions, threats of cancelling the service, boycotts and basically a whole lot of the bluegrass music community up in arms regarding the decision. The overall feeling is that the bluegrass music channel, Bluegrass Junction, should be for bluegrass music only. Many subscribed to the service just to have that exclusive 24 hour programming and to go for over a week during the holiday period without being able to enjoy their favorite bluegrass holiday music would be disturbing and more than just an inconvenience.

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

Christmas in the SmokiesThe Christmas in the Smokies bluegrass music festival will be held December 9 - 12, 2105 at the Ramada Inn & Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the event brings together many traditional bluegrass and gospel bands for a special Christmas celebration of music with bluegrass friends and family.

Urban Monroes Playing in the Show for Christmas

Playing In The SnowWith most of the Halloween candy reduced to wrappers, and the look on the pumpkin’s face beginning to droop slightly, the Holiday season has returned. Thanksgiving will be here before blood sugar levels have returned to normal which in turn means the glow of Christmas is already lighting the horizon. For the bluegrass band Urban Monroes, ‘tis a season stuffed full of meaning and joy, feelings that come out in flurries on their latest album release, a Christmas EP entitled Playing in the Snow.

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