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Share America Foundation Selects Fiddler for Scholarship

Westley Harris Gets Share America ScholarshipThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its third 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Westley Harris of Copper Hill, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2013 winners.

The Bakersfield Sound Continues Through December 2014

The Bakersfield SoundNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's major exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country will be held over through December 2014, Director Kyle Young announced today. The popular and acclaimed installation, which opened on March 23, 2012, was originally scheduled to close at the end of this year.

Banjo Camp North Sept 27-29 in Charlton, MA

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North Fall Edition (BCN-FE) is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in bluegrass, old time and folk styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. We always invite top flight fiddlers and guitarists to teach about playing with other instruments and jamming, and to be on hand to help make those all-night jams something special, plus we will emphasize banjo and fiddle duet playing.

Workshops Announced for FreshGrass Sept 20-22 Bluegrass Festival

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) has one of the best line-ups in bluegrass and now they have a workshop line-up to match. During the weekend you will be able rest your dancin' feet, and take part in our lively workshop offerings which range from theory classes to instrument-specific playing techniques. All workshops are free with admission. Space is limited so register on the day of the event when you arrive at the festival -- first come, first serve. Workshops will be held throughout the FreshGrass festival weekend, September 20-22, on the campus of MASS MoCA.

Common Strings on the Road and New Albums Coming

 Somewhere in GloryAfter taking some time off from the road to help launch the Cumberland River Academy and spend time with their daughter, Darron and Vanessa Nichols (Common Strings) is ready to hit the touring trail again! Common Strings has lots of options to offer talent buyers. From their hard driving traditional bluegrass music sets, heartfelt gospel sets, and their educational seminars about Appalachian music and culture, which is entitled Appalachia Is My Country.

IBMA Professional Development Seminars for World of Bluegrass

Dailey & Vincent 2012Nashville, TN -- Professional development seminars at World of Bluegrass are essential in providing the latest tips, trends, and tricks in navigating the bluegrass music industry. This year, the International Bluegrass Music Association is offering over 20 seminars.

Josh Graves - Bluegrass Bluesman A Memoir Awarded

Bluegrass Bluesman - A Memoir by Josh GravesThe life and music of a bluegrass pioneer, in his own words... A pivotal member of the hugely successful bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Dobro pioneer Josh Graves (1927–2006) was a living link between bluegrass music and the blues, maintaining ties with black artists and comporting himself as a classic bluesman with a gold tooth and snappy headgear. In Bluegrass Bluesman, this influential performer shares the story of his lifelong career in music. The 176 page Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves was released, last September from the University of Illinois Press. Bluegrass Unlimited says, "Yet another must-read book from the University of Illinois Press." The volume has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Best Research in Recorded Country Music Category. The book was up for Best Historical Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or Country Music by the association . Last year, Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe by Marty Godbey won in the History category.

Deering New Traditions Gallery Opening at the American Banjo Museum

American Banjo MuseumDeering Banjos announced in an article by David Bandrowski that an exciting free program of musical concerts, demonstrations, banjo instruction, jamming and special guest appearances have been organized for the folks who will have the opportunity to visit the launching of the Deering New Traditions Gallery opening at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on September 8th. As a special treat, the Deering Banjo Bus, part of the current Mumford and Sons Gentleman of the Road tour will be parked outside the museum on that day as well. The New Traditions Gallery, sponsored by Deering, is focused on the rebirth of the five-string banjo in post WWII America. While the festivities are mainly concentrated on that Sunday, the museum is open free to the public on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7.

Folk Alliance International Launches Winter Music Camp

Folk Alliance Winter Music CampKansas City, MO -- The International Folk Alliance Conference has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting folk music for 25 years, and now the organization is launching a new opportunity for anyone to share and learn in music. Folk Alliance is pleased to announce their inaugural Winter Music Camp, taking place February 19-23, 2014 at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. Young and old, beginner or master, the camp will offer a huge selection of instructional choices; various instruments, vocals, recording, theory, and more, plus a ton of fun for all ages.

Share America Foundation Selects Banjo Player-Vocalist for Scholarship

 Jonathan Barker (third from right) receives the 2013 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks (second from right). Others joining the presentation are (from left) James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary; Tom Morgan, entertainer; Joe Turner,  SAF chairman; and Tom Adkins, entertainer. (Share America photo)The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.

ArtistWorks Bluegrass Instructors Receive 2013 IBMA Award Nominations

Academy of BluegrassNapa, CA -- Leading social e-learning platform provider, ArtistWorks today announced that three instructors in their Online Academy of Bluegrass are nominated for International Bluegrass Music Awards. Banjo legend and online instructor Tony Trischka has been nominated for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for his contribution to the song "Foggy Mountain Rock" of the album Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs. Online Bass School instructor Missy Raines is nominated for Instrumental Performer of the Year for Bass and Online Flatpick Guitar instructor Bryan Sutton is nominated for Instrumental Performer of the Year for Guitar.

Weekend Full of Bluegrass Music Workshops Scheduled for FreshGrass

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) workshop program expands in 2013 with two kinds of offerings: instrument-specific intensives focused on playing hints and techniques, and seminars featuring conversations between performers, participants, and industry professionals. Workshops will be held throughout the FreshGrass festival weekend, September 20-22, on the campus of MASS MoCA.

Nurturing Children and Music -- Making it Work

Sleepy Man Banjo BoysI've watched many youngster grow within the music biz and it has been exciting to watch them evolve into some of today's top artists. I followed a young boy playing mandolin when the instrument was much bigger than himself and a young fiddler playing the local and regional festivals and both are tops in their field today. I've watched while some succeed and others do not. I've seen top talent go nowhere and seen others get well into the popularity ring. The dynamics of what works and what doesn't could take volumes to cover in depth.

Bill Monroe Style Mandolin Camp Coming in September

Monroe Style Mandolin Camp 2013Owensboro, KY -- At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, attendees will spend three full days with the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers and up to 50 of the coolest mandolin players you'll find on Planet Earth. With registration for each camp capped at 50, the camp's intimate environment located at the only museum in the world dedicated to the international history of bluegrass music allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of the legendary instructors of Monroe-Style mandolin. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in Owensboro, Kentucky near where it all started in the small town of Rosine.

Self Produced Doesn't Always Cut It

Self ProducedI heard about a new album to be released privately. The talk leading up to it was pretty good and the band isn't new to the genre. I was expecting some great material. Sadly, the album just turned me off. It was almost painful to get through the dozen tracks on their latest release. The album certainly doesn't reflect what this group is capable of.

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