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Russell County Performers to be Featured at Heartwood

Jeff Brown and the Still Lonesome BandThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Crooked Road Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome.

Nashville Music Seminar with Dick McVey Set for Beckley, West Virginia

Dick McVeyNashville, TN -- Former Beckley, West Virginia area native Dick McVey returns home to conduct a seminar on the music business on August 11, 2012 at the Old Federal Courthouse, RESA 1 at 400 Neville Street, Beckley, WV starting at 10 am. The six-hour seminar will run from 10 am to 5 pm with a one-hour break for lunch. McVey will cover subjects like how to book yourself or your band, how to present yourself to a major record label, how to get your song recorded, how to care for your voice and many other topics. A question and answer session will follow each segment. The subject matter will cover general and specific needs for Gospel, rock, country and bluegrass music.

Martin Taylor Fingerstyle Guitar School Debuts New Interactive Guided Arrangements

Fingerstyle Guitar SchoolNapa, CA -- ArtistWorks, the first collaborative online global learning community comprised of world-renowned teaching artists and ambitious amateurs, announced the availability of new Guided Arrangements in its Martin Taylor Fingerstyle Guitar School. Multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor developed these Guided Arrangements in response to his students' desire to take their fingerstyle guitar skills to the next level. Taylor provides video guidance detailing arrangement techniques and students then use these techniques to create their own personalized variations of the tunes.

New Frontiers Open for Paperless PR

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- by Jeff Walter
As the means for delivering and consuming music continue to grow more sophisticated (and more digital), so do the choices for promoting that music and the artists who create it. Such is the case with electronic press kits (EPKs) and video news releases (VNRs), tools that share the same basic goals of their non-digital predecessors: getting airplay, inspiring reviews and other media coverage, facilitating bookings and winning the attention of music consumers.

Key Industry Leaders To Participate in Americana Music Conference

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- In addition to showcasing iconic and innovative music, the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan (Sept. 12 - 15) provides a forum to advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. The conference hosts panels featuring industry innovators sharing knowledge on all facets of the evolving music business in an intimate setting.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Open “Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You”

Patsy Cline Exhibit - Crazy for Loving YouNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to one of country music’s most iconic artists, the inimitable Patsy Cline, with Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, a biographical exhibit opening Friday, August 24, 2012, for a 10-month run in the museum’s East Gallery. The exhibition will run through June 10, 2013.

Pete Wernick’s 29th Winter Banjo Camps set for January 2013

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickSince offering the original “banjo camp” in 1984, Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick has conducted nearly a hundred of them, hosting over 1,500 students from around the world. In January 2013 he will host his 29th annual winter camps at the Boulder Inn in Boulder, Colorado. The camp consists of three “full-immersion” weeks: Basic Skills, Intermediate, and Advanced. Complete information is found on

Artists Benefit from the Kickstarter Revolution

John Hartford Kickstarter Program/CMA/ By Jeannie Naujeck
When Chuck Mead set out to make Back at the Quonset Hut, an album of classic Country songs, he wanted to kick the project up a notch.

Music Sparks Great Awakening for Elders With Dementia

Music & MemoryMusic & Memory, the non-profit "re-awakening" elders with dementia through the use of music and iPods, scored an unlikely video hit this spring that's been viewed more than six million times. It features Henry, an unresponsive 94-year-old suffering from dementia in an elder care facility who was given an iPod loaded with the music of his youth and was transformed into a seemingly different person, humming, singing, smiling, and beginning to interact with the people around him. The story of Music & Memory has spread and drawn attention from The New York Times, LA Times, CNN, NPR "Morning Edition," and more. Now, Music & Memory is embarking on an ambitious drive to encourage iPod donation drives nationwide and in the media in order to provide iPods to nursing homes.

Out of the Cloud, Into the Crowd - Academy of Bluegrass Live at Grey Fox

Artistworks Academy of BluegrassUtica, NY -- ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass superstar teaching artists including banjo master Tony Trischka, guitar whiz Bryan Sutton and fiddle icon Darol Anger step "Out of the Cloud and Into the Crowd" at the 2012 Grey Fox Festival July 19th - 22nd at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, New York. In addition to exciting live performances on the Gray Fox main stages, these legendary bluegrass players will treat festival-goers to a special, hands-on Bluegrass Workshop Saturday July 21st at 6:00 PM on the Creekside Stage, as well as appearing throughout the four-day festival at the ArtistWorks booth for autograph sessions, photo opportunities, contests, prizes and giveaways.

Banjos Direct to Sponsor Sore Fingers Bluegrass Music Summer School

Banjos DirectOnline banjo shop Banjos Direct has announced its sponsorship of the world-famous Sore Fingers Summer Schools, which provide world class tuition for all bluegrass instruments as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing.

ArtistWorks Launches Online “Bass Super School”

Bass Super SchoolNapa, CA -- ArtistWorks announced today the launch of its new interactive “Bass Super School”, featuring virtuoso Jazz Bassist John Patitucci, Rock/Pop Bass Legend Nathan East, & Bluegrass Music Bass Phenom Missy Raines. The newly unveiled “ArtistWorks Bass Campus” offers bass enthusiasts around the world the chance to learn to play bass directly from three legendary bassists.

Country Stars Share Their Tips on Singing the National Anthem

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Nancy Moran
At one time or another, almost every Country vocalist sings the national anthem at one or more events. Settings could range from a county fair to the Super Bowl, but each performance has one thing in common: All are challenged by one of the most difficult and meaningful songs anywhere in the American repertoire.

7th Annual Monroe-Style Bluegrass Mandolin Camp September 14 - 16, 2012

Monroe Style Mandolin CampThe International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky has announced that the 7th Annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp will be held September 14 through 16, 2012. At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, you will spend three days with the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers and up to 50 of the coolest mandolin students you’ll find on Planet Earth. With registration for each camp capped at 50, the camps' intimate environment allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of these legends of Monroe-Style mandolin.

A First Look at Bluegrass Banjo

Adirondack Folk SchoolThe Adirondack Folk schook in Lake Luzerne, New York is offering a fun class, "A First Look at Bluegrass Banjo" Monday, July 30, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This class will emphasize the 3-finger or Bluegrass style of banjo playing, in the standard open g tuning: gDGBD. The old time or frailing style will be briefly demonstrated. First you will look at 5 different kinds of 5-string banjos that are available; open-back, resonator, fretless, riverboat and cookie-tin, and show the differences in the sounds just by plucking strings.
Then you will be introduced to approximately 10 different bluegrass banjo rolls that are so much a part of the sound, and put these together with 3 different left handed chord shapes. See how they work together to accompany other instruments, and eventually play so that a melody can be recognized.


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