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Lance Kinney on What is Bluegrass Anyway (WIBA) at ICMC 2013

Lance KinneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass Music oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. The ICMC is pleased that long time ICMC friend Lance Kinney of Nick Saban University (NSU), formerly known as the University of Alabama -- will be presenting and dealing with the thorny WIBA issue--What Is Bluegrass Anyway?! If you have read or heard debates on BGRASS-L, or elsewhere, WIBA is not for the feint of heart!

Pete Wernick Announces 2013 Banjo Camp Scholarship Winner

Jacob PanicThe Stelling Banjo Scholarship to Pete (“Dr. Banjo”) Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp has been awarded to 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist Jacob Panic, of Baltimore, Maryland. Already a talented banjo player, singer, and songwriter, Jacob aspires to a career in bluegrass music and has recorded an album of original songs on which he plays all the instruments. Reflecting on the award, Jacob says, "I'm humbled and grateful to Pete and Stelling. Pete Wernick is one of my banjo heroes."

Charlie Sizemore Chosen as Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Charlie Sizemore Prestonsburg, KY -- Acclaimed vocalist and guitarist, Charlie Sizemore has been recognized by Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year for 2012. Sizemore attended the school (then Prestonsburg Community College) from 1986-88. While there he was instrumental in forming the Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society of community and junior colleges and became its first president. He also was named to Who's Who Among Students in America's Junior Colleges.

Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo Tab Released from Layne Publications

Layne PublicationsLayne Publications, the leader in banjo, mandolin and bluegrass guitar instruction, is pleased to announce the release of their latest bluegrass music lesson, Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo Tab. Layne Publications has hundreds of songs available with premium MP3 backing tracks recorded with an entire bluegrass band to make learning an instrument as easy as possible without one on one lessons.

Joe Bevins, The Tower Street Stringband Featured at Heartwood

Joe BevinsThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature the Tower Street Stringband. The Crooked Road Music Series features youth music performers, as well as showcasing venues of the Crooked Road region. Heartwood features open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at www.thecrookedroad.org.

AirPlay Direct Partners with ArtistWorks for Music Lessons

AirPlay Direct & ArtistWorksAirPlay Direct is proud to announce their new partnership with ArtistWorks and its Video Exchange™ Feedback music lessons. ArtistWorks is the world's leading provider of online music schools and its Video Exchange Accelerated Learning platform enables anyone to learn one-on-one, online from world renowned performers all from the comfort of their own home.

How Country Stars Build Their Road Crews

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Mark Crawford
Country Music wouldn’t be where it is today without great artists. But those stars couldn’t grow their audiences without virtuoso road crews. In many ways, the road crew is just as important a part of the tour as the performer. As Chris Cagle put it, “Everyone is pretty much part of the band. We’re all in it together. If the front-house guy has a bad day, no matter how well the band plays, we suck. If the monitor engineer is off, we can’t hear ourselves play and we’re off. Everybody is vital. We’re all part of the team.

Layne Publications Announces Release of Mountain Dew Banjo tab and Jam Track

Layne PublicationsSimpsonville, SC -- Layne Publications, the leader in banjo tabs, mandolin tabs and bluegrass instruction, has recently announced the release of their newest tab and jam track for banjo, mandolin and guitar. The Mountain Dew banjo tab is professionally written and recorded by Jordan Layne Bourland, founder and president of Layne Publications.

California Banjo Extravaganza with Bill Keith, Alan Munde, Bill Evans Nov 16-18

Bill Keith, Alan Munde & Bill EvansBluegrass music banjo artist/instructor/composer Bill Evans wants to let you know about three northern California concerts and an afternoon of workshops featuring banjo legends Bill Keith & Alan Munde, along with Bill that is happening November 16-18 in northern California.

Music Artists and Financial Insecurity

Medical BillsRecently, there have been a lot of benefit concerts for artists who have come down with disease, traumatic injuries and other expensive health or family issues. In almost every case, the artist has no medical insurance to cover their care. Yes, insurance is expensive but, so is going without it. What does this do to the family when the money runs out? What about their homes? What about their future? What about themselves?

Boston Bluegrass Union 1st Annual Jam'n Weekend- November 16-18

BBU JamThe Boston Bluegrass Union is pleased to present the 1st Annual Jam’n Weekend November 16-18, 2012 at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Jam all weekend long or attend instructor-led jams and free workshops (with your paid registration). The Jam'n Weekend will be dedicated to bluegrass music!

Scholarships Available to Pete Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick announces the availability of two scholarships to his 2013 Advanced Banjo Camp, January 21-26 in Boulder, Colorado. The camp is geared to players in performing bands and focuses on tone, timing, “believability”, creativity, band dynamics, and performance. The scholarships are intended for pickers who would need financial help to attend the camp.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Spotlight Bakersfield Sound

The Bakersfield SoundNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will shine a spotlight on its exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, with several special programs on November 10-11. Highlights include a family program in which kids will create an art project inspired by Bakersfield Sound stage wear and instruments; a songwriter session with Buddy Mize; and an interview with Buck Owens family members Buddy Alan, John Owens, Mel Owens and Michael Owens (including a brief performance by Alan), all on Saturday, November 10.

ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass Says Learn Bluegrass Online From a Pro

Artistworks Academy of BluegrassSince ArtistWorks launched the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass in 2010, thousands of bluegrass hobbyists, pros and absolute beginners have discovered the most effective way to learn guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, double bass and Dobro online.

It's Time for the Bluegrass Museum Fall Saturday Lessons Program

Saturday Lessons ProgramOwensboro, KY -- It's time for the Fall Semester of the Saturday Lessons Program, Kentucky BlueGrass AllStars! The International Bluegrass Music Museum encourages you to enroll in this exciting and affordable educational program brought to you by your museum. This Semester we will feature a new course called Bluegrass Boot Camp! Classes start next Saturday, October 20.

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