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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."

Compass Records Signs Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

 Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes Nashville, TN -- Compass Records is pleased to announce the signing of bluegrass and traditional country-infused duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley to the label. Their debut collaboration, Before The Sun Goes Down, slated for a January 2015 release, pairs the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15 time Dobro Player of Year, Ickes, with the up and coming singer/guitarist, Hensley, whom Ickes recently discovered in a stroke of good luck. Says Ickes, "Last year, when we were working on the latest Blue Highway album, The Game, we needed a scratch vocal done on one song so we could play live without having to go back and replace the vocal.

John Cowan to Release "Sixty" Later this Month

 SixtyJohn Cowan, alsoknown as the "Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his hesart out for thirty-five years and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. Sixty, John's new album and most musically ambitious project to date, is a stylistic journey through a 30+ year career. Cowan, one of the most legendary voices in roots music, signed a license deal Compass Records to release his new album entitled “Sixty”, due out on August 26.

Pre-Order Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen's Cold Spell

Cold SpellNashville, TN -- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their high octane take on progressive bluegrass music. Their newest album, Cold Spell is certain to establish them as torchbearers for the new generation of bands taking bluegrass from its traditional roots to a younger and broader audience.

John Cowan with Compass Records set for 1st Album in 4 Years

John CowanNashville, TN -- John Cowan, one of the most legendary voices in roots music, has signed to Compass Records with a new album slated for an early summer release. Cowan is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the project which promises to be the celebrated singer/bassist's most ambitious and compelling solo release to date.

From Boston to Nashville, Rounder Makes the Move

Rounder RecordsNashville, TN -- Rounder Records, a division of leading independent music company Concord Music Group, today announced the completion of the company's relocation from its longtime base of Boston, Massachusetts to its new home in Nashville, Tennessee. The region's vibrant creative community and dynamic business environment offer Rounder an enormous opportunity to build on its legacy as one of America's most revered music labels. Located in The Gulch, Nashville's popular shopping and entertainment district, Rounder's new headquarters (1209 Pine Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203) is centered in the heart of the city's thriving metropolitan core.

The Bankesters Find Harmony in Bluegrass and Family

The BankestersNashville, TN -- Freshly nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Momentum Award for Group of the Year, the Bankesters have successfully transformed a shared love for singing and playing bluegrass music together into a serious performing outfit. Now, on their first internationally distributed album Love Has Wheels (Compass 9/24), The Bankesters shine as mature vocalists, instrumentalists, and articulate songwriters. The band will tour this fall with the new album, including performances at IBMA's World of Bluegrass Festival and a CD release party at Nashville's Station Inn.

New Music from Missy Raines, Scotland's Paul McKenna Band Now Available

Missy RainesNashville, TN -- Compass Records has just released two new albums for the month of August – New Frontier, the indie rock offering from award winning bluegrass music bass virtuoso Missy Raines and Elements, a refreshingly original Scottish folk album from Scotland's own Paul McKenna Band.

Compass Records Artists Lead Bluegrass Awards Nominations

They Called It MusicNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, where Compass Records bluegrass bands and their respective members received the most nominations out of any label with 22 total nominations. Reigning Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers topped the list with a collective eight nominations, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen received five total nominations and Claire Lynch and her band garnered four. A full list of nominations can be read here./em

Alt-Grassers, The HillBenders, Open Doors with KCA Artists

The HillBenders Nashville, TN -- The HillBenders are an aggressively energetic acoustic quintet at the forefront of an alt-grass revolution. With the release of their latest project, Can You Hear Me? on Compass Records, The HillBenders have established their own brand of acoustic fusion: a rich blend of bluegrass and Americana with a razor-sharp indie-rock edge. The HillBenders, along with many of their of their non-traditionalist peers, are turning heads across the country and around the globe as they continue to redefine bluegrass and acoustic music for the modern era. The fans are not the only ones who are jumping onto the Benders' alt-grass bandwagon.

Meet the Bankesters and Their Music

The Bankesters“This talented family band from Illinois has successfully navigated the most difficult hurdle facing groups of this kind: growing from a ‘cute kid’ act to a serious collection of young adult musicians,” says John Lawless of Bluegrass Today. In a short amount of time they have developed a unique sound that has drawn critical acclaim from across the bluegrass community. In 2012, Emily Bankester was awarded the first International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year.

Music City Roots: GrassRoots MP3 Music Compilation Available

RootsGrassMusic City Roots and Compass Records don't just love bluegrass; they believe in bluegrass. It’s where American folk traditions and cultivated musicianship meet. And over the 60 years since its founding fathers mixed old-time, swing and gospel with primal drive, bluegrass has been a dynamic, inclusive, democratic music. Our definition of bluegrass is broad, with Doyle Lawson’s scriptural traditional flavor on the same show as Frank Solivan’s funky cover of a 60s pop classic. Music City Roots: GrassRoots contains ten varied and magnificent artists performing songs that touch on coal mining, a country store, doing time and good corn liquor.

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.

Bass Virtuoso Missy Raines Announces “New Frontier”

 New FrontierMulti-award-winning bass player Missy Raines has long been one of bluegrass music's most beloved musicians, but on New Frontier, set for release on August 27th, she explores the next step in her musical vision, redefining herself as a charismatic lead vocalist on a set of songs penned by Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind, Ed Snodderly, Zach Bevill and Raines herself. This Seven Time IBMA Bass Player of the Year artist finds her voice on these new tracks.

Award-winning Fiddler Michael Cleveland Signs to Compass Records

Michael ClevelandNashville, TN -- Compass Records is proud to welcome renowned fiddler Michael Cleveland to its roster of bluegrass artists. Says Michael of the signing, “I'm so excited to be working with everyone at Compass Records! I think this opportunity will help introduce our music to people that might not have heard us before, and also keep our long-time fan base coming back for more.” He and the band have plans to begin work on a new album this fall.

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