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2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp Registration Opens Jan 1st

Monroe Mandolin CampThe 2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp brings together world class instructors of Bill Monroe's style and music during a 3.5 day music conference camp. Regarded as the preeminent Monroe instructional camp in the world, this three and a half day, music packed event will provide you with all of the tools, technologies, and best practices you need to further your Monroe musical goals.

Jordan Laney on Carlton Haney at ICMC

Jordan LaneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes bluegrass music as part of their conference. Jordan Laney of Virginia Polytechnic State Institute and University (a.k.a. VaTech) will be discussing something near and dear to Bluegrass folks. Her presentation “Across Space and Time: Carlton Haney’s Multi-Genre Influence and Vision” suggests that “Not only did Carlton Haney organize the first multi-day bluegrass event, manage country music stars from Conway Twitty to Bill Anderson, and support early efforts of internal archiving through Muleskinner News, Haney (along with Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe), co-produced “The Story of Bluegrass,” setting in motion the genres generational legacy and familiar connections.” ICMC always includes quality Bluegrass presentations and Laney’s presentation helps continue the tradition.

Dr. Banjo's Four 2015 Camps

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampJam Camp or Bluegrass Camp? The two are not the same! Bluegrass Camps concentrate on small group playing and overall ear skills (as in our jam camps), but add daily classes by-instrument and on Bluegrass trio harmony singing. Additional sessions cover songwriting, bluegrass history, practice routines, "band lab", and more. With good use of expert staff and space, we gladly welcome everyone from novice jammers to performing bands.

Share America Selects Fiddler Emerald Butler for Scholarship

Emerald ButlerRinggold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its third 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddler Emerald Butler of Sale Creek, Tenn. was selected as the third 2014 scholarship winner.

Nashville or LA: Session Aces Rate Two Schools of Recording

CMA Close Up/CMA/By Michael Ross
During a recent conversation, session guitar whiz Guthrie Trapp casually referenced a distinction between classic Nashville studio procedure and what he described as Los Angeles or New York types of sessions being done in Music City.

Donna Ulisse to Launch Songwriting Escape Venture

Songwriting EscapeThree time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee, recording artist and author Donna Ulisse has decided to turn her passion into teaching and sharing what she does in the process of constructing a song, into a traveling workshop called Songwriting Escape. The three day workshops will be taught with a dynamic team she has already tested the waters with and they have developed a carefully thought out curriculum that will accomodate writers of all levels.

Banjo Camp North, 15th Anniversary Celebration May 15-17, 2015

Banjo Camp North 2013If you enjoy banjo, then you need Banjo Camp North! Banjo Camp North is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. The 15th anniversary of the camp will be extra special next year.

Register Now for Pete Wernick's Boulder Bluegrass Camp

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampPete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, writes about an exciting new bluegrass camp. Pete says, "After 35 years of camp teaching I'm excited to present my idea of an "ideal bluegrass camp": For a full week this January, pickers from California to Carolina to Germany will converge on the hospitable Boulder Inn, and work on all their bluegrass skills: not just picking, but singing; not just soloing, but backup and group dynamics. With the help of some excellent Colorado musician/teachers, we'll combine classes with lots of jam time to work on new ideas, songs, and techniques."

Mark O'Connor Expands Music Education with 4 New Camps

Mark O'ConnorGrammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s American school of string playing, the O’Connor Method, will continue to grow in 2015 further expanding its acclaimed mission for music education with camps at the Turtle Bay Music School (New York, NY), the South Shore Conservatory (South Boston, MA), Lee Summit High School (Kansas City, MO), and Southern Maine Community College (Portland, ME), with more expected to follow.

Too Late Press Releases are Becoming Common

 YesterdayI don't know if this is a new trend in promotion and publicity or not but, in the past couple of months, I've received over a dozen press releases for events occurring in just a few hours. In one case, the event was a three day event that began two days earlier. I can't believe that just in the past couple of months that nobody knows their client artists are going to be on television until five minutes before showtime. I can't believe nobody knows their client artist will be performing at a festival until they have already been on stage and are already headed for their next gig. This, however, seems to be the latest fad in PR.

Fiddler Wil Markham Receives Share America Scholarship

Wil Markham, second from left, receives the 2014 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks, third from left, . Others joining the presentation are, from left, Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary., Share America photo by Jane ScrogginsThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Wil Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2014 winners. Markham is the son of Skip and Harriet Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. He is the grandson of Wilbourne and Delores Markham and Phil and the late Stuart Wilkerson.

2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp Dates Announcement

Monroe Mandolin CampThe 2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp brings together world class instructors of Bill Monroe's style and music during a 3.5 day music conference camp. Regarded as the preeminent Monroe instructional camp in the world, this three and a half day, music packed event will provide you with all of the tools, technologies, and best practices you need to further your Monroe musical goals. Learn More.

Lee Bidgood of ETSU ‘Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?’ at ICMC

Lee BidgoodThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes a portion of their program dedicated to bluegrass music and ICMC 2105 will be not different. ICMC is pleased to share that long time ICMC friend Lee Bidgood of East Tennessee State University will further extend the ICMC Bluegrass presence. Bidgood will be dealing with “Broken Circle vs the Louvat Brothers: Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?” Most of us probably know nothing about the Bluegrass scene in Belgium. As always, Bidgood will be well prepared, expand our horizons, plus contribute mightily to our enjoyment with his picking prowess!

Suwannee Banjo Camp, March 27-29, 2015, is Open for Business

Suwannee Banjo CampLive Oak, FL -- It is time to announce that the 2015 Suwannee Banjo Camp, in Live Oak, Florida, is open for business. The Suwannee Banjo Camp takes place March 27-29, with an optional extra day on March 26th. Our camp features classes, demonstrations, concerts and jams, in bluegrass and old-time banjo styles, and includes a guitar track and fiddle track, as well as instruction in minstrel banjo and the African akonting (ekonting).

Song To Stage Songwriter Workshop Series Announced

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- The Song To Stage collaborative announces the launch of a new songwriter development program, guided by Grammy winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb, along with the award winning bluegrass-Americana group Nu-Blu. Song To Stage is a first of its kind, an innovative songwriter-artist-production workshop designed to advance the personal and professional needs of the songwriter from all angles of the creative and business process.

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