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Martin Guitar Introduces Two New D-35 Models at 2015 Summer NAMM

Martin HD-35 CFM IV 60tNazareth, PA -- NAMM, Booth 902 -- C. F. Martin & Co. continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Martin D-35 model with two commemorative limited-edition D-35 models at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The limited edition D12-35 50th Anniversary model and the HD-35 FM IV 60th will be among six other models showcased.

The Ellnora Guitar Festival Unveils 2015 Artist Lineup

Punch BrothersUrbana, IL -- On September 10, 11, and 12, 2015, a stunning display of the world’s most remarkable and significant guitarists will gather for the sixth installment of ELLNORA - The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Situated in a vibrant micro-urban setting, the internationally recognized, biennial event features, “a prodigious array of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists” (Premier Guitar) from around the globe, including for 2015 artists rooted in Mali, Australia, China, Spain, Palestine, India, Mexico, and from throughout the United States. 2015 performing artists include Punch Brothers, Bela and Abigail Fleck, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and outstanding artists from almost all genres. This is the festival of the guitar.

Tim Stafford Wins SPBGMA Award - Blue Highway to Perform National Anthem

Tim StaffordNashville, TN -- Blue Highway's Tim Stafford was named Guitar Player of the Year at the 41st Annual SPBGMA Awards held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sunday night in Nashville. The award marks two Guitar Player of the Year honors for Stafford and a total of six cumulative SPBGMA honors for Blue Highway. The honor comes on the heels of Stafford earning the 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year Award last October in Raleigh.

Martin To Unveil Limited Edition D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Guitar

Martin Limited Edition D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary GuitarNazareth, PA -- C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) is celebrating 50 years of their legendary D-35 Dreadnought with a very special model to debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show – D-35 Brazilian 50thAnniversary Limited Edition. The innovative D-35 was first created by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1965 and has gone on to be one of the most popular and replicated models of our time. With no more than 100 created, the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model is constructed with Madagascar rosewood sides and back wings, a Brazilian rosewood back center wedge and headplate, FSC certified European spruce top, ¼" non- scalloped X bracing, and ivoroid bindings.

Bluegrass Guitarist James Alan Shelton, 53, has Passed Away

James Alan SheltonOne of bluegrass music's favorite guitar legends, James Alan Shelton, has passed away. Best known for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Shelton's melodic guitar style was instantly identifiable and unique. He died while at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee where he was fighting the cancer within him.

Eric Lambert to Host Guitar Workshop at John Hartford Festival

Eric Lambert and FarmerThe John Hartford Memorial Festival is quickly approaching, taking place May 29-31 at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in scenic Bean Blossom, IN. Heading into its fourth year, the festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians.

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.

Epiphone Announces March Bluegrass Giveaway

Epiphone March Bluegrass GiveawayNashville, TN -- Epiphone, home to the world’s best professional affordable instruments, continues its 2014 monthly giveaways with an unprecedented opportunity for fans to take home everything they need to start an entire Bluegrass Band – just in time for spring!

Win A Guitar Signed By January Jams Artists

January Jams GuitarAbingdon, VA -- The 2nd Annual January Jams at the Barter Theatre brought thousands of people to Abingdon in January from around the region, as well as several Grammy-award winning artists. The series included 7 total concerts, most coming close to or selling out the 500-seat theatre.

Martin Guitar's Navojoa Factory Celebrates 25th Anniversary

 Tara Stephenson, Steven Geiges, Bill Hall (Director of International Manufacturing), Deb Karlowitch (VP Human Resources), Charles ...Nazareth, PA -- C. F. Martin & Co. marked the 25th anniversary of its factory in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico with a celebration attended by the Board of Directors and the newly released Road Series DRSGT and 000RSGT models.

Bryan Sutton Reveals New Depth with “Into My Own”

Bryan Sutton - Into My OwnNashville, TN -- Bryan Sutton returns to Sugar Hill Records with his fourth solo release, Into My Own, available April 29, 2014. “The goal,” Bryan Sutton says, “was to try to make a record that only I could make.” Indeed, even a cursory listen is enough to establish that Into My Own, his fourth album for Sugar Hill Records, fulfills that goal—and does so in a way that reflects not only the instrumental virtuosity that his admirers have come to expect, but also the spirit and sensibilities of a musician intent on challenging himself to continuously grow in every way.

Kevin Strouth Plays with Nothin Fancy

Kevin StrouthKevin Strouth loves music. In fact, he lives it. The guitar player is now playing with the bluegrass group Nothin' Fancy for a while and hopes to make it a full-time gig. His performance at SPBGMA's 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards and 31st Midwest Convention in Jefferson City, Missiouri last weekend was a great beginning.

Farm Hands Welcome Jesse Turner as New Guitarist

Jesse TurnerThe Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet announce that Jesse Turner has taken over the duties as guitarist/vocalist with the band. Tim Graves of the Farm Hands says, "We're really happy to have Jesse join us. He's talented on so many levels. He's going to be a great fit with us."

ArtistWorks Launches Comprehensive Guitar Lessons at No Cost

ArtistWorks Acoustic Guitar 101ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, today announced the upcoming launch of their new Acoustic Guitar 101 School. Available in early December, Acoustic Guitar 101 represents the most comprehensive free guitar lesson resource available online today.

Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice Sign with Rock House Entertainment

Richard Bennett and Wyatt RiceRichard Bennett and Wyatt Rice have teamed up to hit the road with two guitars, a bass and Richard’s timeless vocals. This guitar duo is two of the most well known and respected guitarist in the industry. Richard is most known for his time with bluegrass music legends J.D. Crowe & The New South where he spent several years, but since that time has performed with several of the industry's biggest bluegrass artists such as Terry Baucum, Lou Reid, Tony Rice, Bobby Osborne, Vasser Clements, Kenny Baker, and The Bluegrass Album Band just to name a few! Richard is currently working on a new album which will release in early 2014 on Lonesome Day Records and will feature the talents of Adam Steffey, Mark Schatz, Ron Stewart, and Legendary Guitarist Tony Rice!

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