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Dailey & Vincent Teach Bluegrass and Gospel Quartet Singing

Daily & Vincent Teach Quartet SingingDailey & Vincent's spectacular performances and chart-topping CDs feature blazing instrumental work, but it is their vocals that set them apart from most other bluegrass acts. This brand new DVD is as entertaining as it is instructional. Jamie and Darrin, along with bandmates Jeff Parker and Christian Davis, perform together, then demonstrate the individual singing parts for eight of their most popular songs. They provide musical insights and advice for aspiring singers in an informal, humorous and enlightening session.

Sao Paulo Bluegrass Music Association and Motorgrass Host Bluegrass Experience

Bluegrass ExperienceSao Paulo, Brazil -- Bluegrass remains hot in Brazil and the Sao Paulo, Brazil Bluegrass Music Association and the band Motorgrass will be hosting a series of workshops to get it even better. The acoustic string instruments of bluegrass music and the styles in which they're played will be part of the agenda.

Bill Anderson: The Measure of Songwriting Excellence

Bill Anderson/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Deborah Evans PriceIt's been more than five decades since a 23-year-old Bill Anderson became the youngest writer to earn BMI's Country Songwriter of the Year honor – a record until 20-year-old Taylor Swift's win in 2010. Since then, he's received numerous accolades, including two CMA Song of the Year trophies in a three-year span. In November, he was honored by Bear Family Records' release of a four-CD anthology, Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years, 1956-1966. And he's seen a lot of changes on Music Row.

Barnyard Bluegrass Brings Timeless Tunes to Tots

Barnyard BluegrassPortland, OR -- Are you tired of hearing the same torturous music from your child's favorite app? Barnyard Bluegrass is here to help! This lovable band of animated farm animals comes equipped with banjos, fiddles, basses, mandolins and guitars and they aren't afraid to use them. Offering seven complete songs - with accompanying read along lyrics - children can enjoy fantastic on-demand music using an interface simple enough for a toddler. Perhaps more importantly, parents may find themselves asking to turn the volume up, rather than down.

Common Ground on the Hill Winter-Spring Jam Classes Start February 6th

Common Ground On The HillWestminster, MD -- Common Ground on the Hill is excited to offer winter-spring Jam Classes with instructor Christopher James during the "school year." Classes will be on the McDaniel College campus in Westminster, MD, Monday evenings February 6t thru March 26th, 2012. The total cost for eight group lessons is only $160. These group classes are offered as a way to stay in good musical form and to get ready for the myriad of Tradition Weeks offerings at Common Ground on the Hill in July. Christopher James is a wonderful teacher. Participants will have fun learning to play good music with other folks.

Country Artists Reach Out With QR Codes

Cybergrass QR Code/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Sarah Skates
QR ("Quick Response") codes, the latest new media marketing method, are popping up everywhere from movie posters to album covers. Easily recognizable as black-and-white squares with black boxes in three of their corners, these powerful codes represent a step forward from the traditional barcode.

How Publicists and Journalists Work Together for the Perfect Artist Interview

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Donna Hughes
One of the publicist's most important and daunting challenges is to ensure that their clients' interviews and media coverage are as positive as possible. Admittedly, this may put them at cross purposes with certain members of the media who may find it more enticing to spread dirt than sunshine. But more often than not, there are ways to ensure that both parties get what they want.

I'll Fly Away Foundation Created For Music Education

I'll Fly Away FoundationNashville, TN --"I'll Fly Away" is one of the most recognized songs that has provided comfort for millions around the world for the last 80 years. Now "I'll Fly Away" is poised to give hope for the next generation. The I'll Fly Away Foundation has been formed to educate our children as to the importance of our musical history through scholarships and musical education programs. The I'll Fly Away Foundation believes music education is the key to the success of our preservation mission and will conduct demonstration tours to schools of all levels to educate the next generation about the musical heritage and traditions of America. The I'll Fly Away Foundation is set to grant scholarships to qualified recipients in 2012.

How Nashville Publishers Pick Their Writers

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Sarah Skates
It's an elusive combination of traits that makes a songwriter win a music publisher's attention. Quality songs are part of the equation, of course, as are the writer's track record of hits and network of co-writers. But sometimes the writer's drive and determination are what seal the deal.

Cascade School of Music Offers Violin/Fiddle Class For Advancing Fiddler by Roland White

Roland WhiteBend, OR -- Cascade School of Music, (CSM), is offering an Adult Violin/Fiddle Class, Winter Term 2012, "The Advancing Fiddler", to be held for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 PM from January 10th to March 13th. Cascade School of Music is now located at 200 Pacific Park Lane, Bend, Oregon in a newly remodeled building with private teaching rooms and administrative offices in a beautiful setting on the Deschutes River.

UK Welcomes You to the Bath Bluegrass Music School

Bath Bluegrass SchoolThe Bath Bluegrass Music School is a group of professional bluegrass musicians from the United Kingdom who have come together to provide private instrumental tuition for all ages and abilities on bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and Dobro. The school is also able to put together workshops for schools and events.

Pete Wernick Announces Banjo Camp Scholarship Winners

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete ("Dr. Banjo") Wernick will host two scholarship winners at his January 2012 Advanced Banjo Camp. Jim Gabehart of Hinton, West Virginia, will attend thanks to the generosity of Stelling Banjo Works, and Jordan Alleman of Portland, Oregon is the recipient of donations received at last January's annual Banjo Camp concert. Jim and his wife lead a band that plays throughout the east, and Jordan, 18, will start studies at Berklee College of Music in the fall.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Announce Education Department Promotions

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN --The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce two promotions in its education department, effective immediately: Public Programs Coordinator Ali Tonn has been promoted to director of education and public programming; and, School Programs Coordinator Nathalie Lavine has been promoted to school programs manager. Tonn joined the museum staff in August 2005 and Lavine began working at the museum in October 2010.

Share America Foundation Presents Scholarship to Vocalist

Share America with Emily NullenderRinggold, GA -- Share America Foundation, Inc. recently presented Emily Hullender of Tunnel Hill, Ga. the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship for $1,000 at the Ringgold Depot. From left, Share America Foundation secretary James Pelt, comedian Johnny Counterfit, SAF chairman Joe Turner, Jeff Hullender, Emily Hullender, Justin Hullender, and SAF president Randall Franks.

Twitter Tips

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Brad Schmitt
Blake Shelton is so drunk. How drunk is he?

"I'm so drunk right now I just threw my T.V. at the remote," he declared not long ago to his Twitter followers.

Shelton has also used his Twitter account to flirt shamelessly, to make often crass jokes and to put his own self-proclaimed "real redneck" spin on the news of the day.

Such a straight-ahead, unfiltered communication thrills many of his fans, turns some off and generates tons of buzz. But can an artist's use of Twitter help — or hurt — album sales?


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