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Bill Keith & Larry Sparks to be Inducted to IBMA Hall of Fame

Bill Keith & Larry SparksThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that Bill Keith and Larry Sparks will be newest members to be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the IBMA's annual Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 1st, 2015. Both Keith and Sparks have left a permanent impression in the music we call Bluegrass. Both are also still active in the music and bring a long tradition of their respective styles as they helped shape the sound of today. While each are significantly different in their contributions, there is no denying that without them much of what we listen today would have been shaped differently.

Steve Martin, Pete Seeger Among 2015 Banjo Hall of Fame Honorees

American Banjo Museum Hall of FameThe American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City is pleased to announce the 2015 inductees into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Steve Martin, the late Pete Seeger, Eddy Davis, Tim Allan and Albert Grover. The National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor jazz age four-string banjo pioneers as well as the contemporary artists, educators, manufacturers and promoters who carried on the traditions of their predecessors. The American Banjo Museum was, in its infancy, an extension of that Hall of Fame. In the years preceding 2014, the Hall of Fame honored 71 individuals and entities in the four-string banjo world whose career accomplishments might have otherwise gone unrecognized. As the museum grew and evolved to embrace all types of banjos and playing styles, it became clear that the Hall of Fame should evolve as well.

Terry Baucom to be Inducted to Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

Terry Baucom, Photo - M. Lane PhotographyThe Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame has announced their 8th annual award inductees for 2015. Among those to be honored are bluegrass artist and regional musician Terry Baucom, nationally known country artist Ronnie Milsap, pioneer artist Lulu Belle & Scotty Wiseman, gospel group The Lewis Family, Songwriter Si Kahn, Bobby Patterson of the recording industry.

Country Music Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees

 CMA CEO Sarah Trahern; Suzi Cochran, widow of Hank Cochran; Mac Wiseman; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young; and Ronnie Milsap.Nashville, TN -- Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran, and Ronnie Milsap each overcame extraordinarily difficult childhoods to put a distinctive footprint on American music history. Each now shares another accomplishment: they became the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 26, 2014.

40th Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

Bill Monroe MuseumBean Blossom, IN - The 40th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival is taking place now, September 24-27, 2014, at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.BillMonroeMusicPark.com.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees: The Original Seldom Scene, Neil Rosenberg

Original Seldom SceneNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association announced that the influential bluegrass band The Original Seldom Scene and bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at its Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Doyle Lawson & Del McCoury Hall of Fame Plaques Unveiled

Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury Hall of Fame 2014Owensboro, KY -- Award winning bluegrass music artists and Hall of Fame inductees Doyle Lawson (2012) and Del McCoury (2011) had their Hall of Fame plaques unveiled at this year's ROMP festival. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a committee that selects the inductees for each year. The two artists saw their Hall of Fame Plaques unveiled between sets at ROMP Fest in Owensboro this past Thursday. Both the Del McCoury Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performed during ROMP on Thursday. The plaque unveiling is a major tribute to these Hall of Fame Inductees.

Larry Cordle to be Inducted to Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Larry CordleOne of bluegrass music's favorite songwriters and performers, Larry Cordle, is scheduled to be inducted into the 2015 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Class. Born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky, Larry has written for a wide variety of artists from country to bluegrass and most styles in between. His song, "Murder on Music Row" won the CMA Song of the Year in 2000 and was recorded by Country music's George Strait. Known in bluegrass circles with his band Lonesome Standard Time, the Grammy nominated group has performed for almost a quarter century. His latest album, Pud Marcum's Hangin' has received rave reviews.

Mac Wiseman Inducted to Country Music Hall of Fame

Mac WisemanNashville, TN -- /CMA/ Nashville, TN -- The Country Music Association announced today that Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran, and Ronnie Milsap, and will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. “Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor achievable for a Country Music artist, songwriter, or industry leader and this year’s inductees are all highly deserving,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Hank’s songs have been recorded by everyone from Burl Ives to Etta James, George Strait to Ella Fitzgerald. Mac is a revered figure in the world of bluegrass and a founding Board member of the Country Music Association. And Ronnie is an incredibly gifted pianist and performer who is also one of the most successful and versatile crossover artists in our genre.”

Bluegrass Innovator and Pioneer George Shuffler has Died

George Shuffler Bluegrass Hall of Fame Recipient, George Shuffler passed away yesterday, April 7th, just shy of his 89th birthday. Shuffler was born in Valdese, North Carolina on April 15, 1925. Affectionately known as "The Third Stanley Brother" performed on many of bluegrass music's most historic recordings. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. In 2011, Shuffler was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame along with Del McCoury. George Shuffler’s influences in bluegrass are as an innovative bass player, guitar stylist and featured vocalist and humorist, primarily as a sideman in some of the most important bands in the music’s history.

Bluegrass Artist David Davis Begins 30th Anniversary

David DavisMany mark their 30th anniversary with the lustre of pearls as a gift, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys begin its 2014 milestone with a nomination for its leader. Davis will appear at the 39th Annual National Old Time Country, Bluegrass and Old Time Folk Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa on August 25. Davis of Cullman, Ala. is included among the nominees to the National Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame beside Hee Haw star Lulu Roman and John Carter Cash.

Balsam Range's Marc Pruett Remembers Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Warren

Marc PruettNashville, TN --- In the wake of winning Album of the Year at the IBMA awards, Balsam Range’s banjo player Marc Pruett paused at a table backstage which held the plaques for Hall of Fame inductees Tony Rice and Paul Warren. Gently touching the plaque for Warren, Pruett was overhead saying simply, “Aw, I miss him. He was my friend.”

Guitar Master Tony Rice and Fiddler Paul Warren to be Inducted Into IBMA Hall of Fame

Tony RiceNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced yesterday that bandleader/singer/guitar innovator Tony Rice and fiddler Paul Warren will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at its Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

George Shuffler Set For Induction into Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame

George Shuffler Indianapolis, IN - The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.
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Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum Reopens at New Location

Musicians Hall of FameOn August 9th, 2006 Cybergrass wrote about the opening of the New Musicians Hall of Fame. Now, 7 years later, the organization has a new home. The Nashville Municipal Auditorium will be the new home to the museum that was displaced by the Music City Center project. The new name of the Arena will be The Musicians Hall of Fame at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. All those years ago, The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum would spotlight session musicians and others. The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum opened in June of 2006 with high expectations. Over the years, it has continued to grow and evolve even higher!

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