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BCM Achieves NETTA "Best of Show" Two Years Running

BCM AwardsBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is proud to announce the organization has achieved "Best of Show," Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's (NETTA) highest honor, for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM). BCM, parent organization of BCMM and the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, also took home three (3) Pinnacle Awards and a Merit Award at NETTA's annual awards luncheon held at the Foundation Events Facility in Historic Downtown Bristol on Thursday. This is the second "Best of Show" honor for BCM, having won last year for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Tim Stafford Receives 2015 National Alumni Association Award

Tim StaffordJohnson City, TN -- The East Tennessee State University National Alumni Association presented its 2015 Alumni Awards Friday, May 8, during the association’s Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting, which is held as part of the university’s spring commencement weekend. Bluegrass artist and songwriter, Tim Stafford received Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts recognition.

Rounder Records Founders to Receive Kari Estrin Honors

 Suzanne KreiterSERFA is a four-day conference that gives artists, venues, and music professionals a chance to network and share their talents. Attendees hail from not only all around the Southeastern states, but from throughout the US and Canada. Rounder Records founders Marian Leighton Levy, Ken Irwin, and Bill Nowlin are to receive the Kari Estrin Founding President’s Award at the 8th Annual Southeast Regional Folks Alliance Conference to be held from May 13 – 17 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

AirPlay Direct Honors Sam Passamano with "Iconic Innovators" Award

Sam Passamano IIAirPlay Direct is the leading secure digital file transfer system for the music industry, with a national and international reach of 9,400+ radio station members and over 39,000 artist/record label members. AirPlay Direct has created a special award to honor the innovators who have openly embraced digital innovation in the music industry. The AirPlay Direct "Iconic Innovators" Award is presented annually to the member of AirPlay Direct that best embraces the vision and opportunities that digital innovation in the music industry has and continues to create.

Donna Hughes Wins 2015 Canine Freedom Musician Award

Donna Hughes 2 CDsMulti-award winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights Activist, Donna Hughes has won the 2015 Canine Freedom Award in the Musician category from Dogs Deserve Better - a nonprofit organization that has been freeing chained dogs since 2002. For a complete list of winners of the 2015 Canine Freedom Awards, please visit www.dogsdeservebetter.org.

Ben Eldridge Honored with 2015 Washington Monument Award

Ben EldridgeDCBU president Randy Barrett presented the 2015 Washington Monument Award to Ben Eldridge, banjo player of the Seldom Scene, during their amazing performance at the DCBU Bluegrass Festival last Friday night, February 27 2015. The award honors his 40 years of bluegrass as a founding and continuing member of the Seldom Scene.

Nominations Open for Third Annual Music Educator Award

Music Educator AwardThe Music Educator Award to be presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

High Honors for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015Bristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (BRRR) music festival has been designated one of Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Top 20 Events. The best events across 12 southeastern states compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation.

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.

Larry Stephenson Band Wins SPBGMA Album of the Year

Larry StephensonNashville, TN -- The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for Pull Your Savior In. The 41st SPBGMA Awards Show was held Sunday evening at the Nashville Sheraton Music City Hotel as part of the organization's multi-day convention that draws music fans from across the country.

Earls of Leicester Capture Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award

 Earls of LeicesterThe 57th Grammy Awards was held Sunday evening and this year, competition for the Best Bluegrass Album was a group of five albums that all deserved the award. This year's nominees were all outstanding albums compared to some previous years. The Best Bluegrass Album was awarded to The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester. The album won over Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe by Noam Pikelny, Cold Spell by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Into My Own by Bryan Sutton, and Only Me by Rhonda Vincent.

Kristy Cox Wins Bluegrass Recording of the Year at Tamworth

Photo: Kristy Cox and Producer, Jerry Salley Courtesy of Kristy CoxNashville, TN -- Australia’s country music industry celebrated its pinnacle night in Tamworth with the 2015 Australian Country Music Awards. A lifelong dream came true for Pisgah Ridge recording artist, Kristy Cox when her song "One Heartbreak Away" was honored with the Bluegrass Recording of the Year Golden Guitar. The song appears on Kristy’s album, Living For The Moment.

The Roys' Bluegrass Kinda Christmas 1 of 10 Best

Bluegrass Kinda ChristmasNashville, TN -- Award-winning brother/sister duo The Roys' latest release, Bluegrass Kinda Christmas on Rural Rhythm Records, was named one of Rolling Stone's 10 Best Country Christmas Albums of 2014. The album was released in November and has been met with high critical acclaim. The Roys are in very good company, with other acts including Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, the Nashville Cast and more. You can check out the full list HERE.

Dolly Parton Scores UK Platinum Album for Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke...The Best OfNashville, TN -- As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record-setting tour overseas, and also raises the bar from a sales standpoint with yet another platinum selling album in a career that has already seen worldwide sales of over one hundred million records, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Films Recognized at Peer Awards

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumTwo films featured in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum achieved honors during the Television, Internet and Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC) Peer Awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on November 8.

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