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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.

The Roys Capture 4th Consecutive ICM Bluegrass Artist Award

The RoysNashville, TN -- Brother/sister duo The Roys won the Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award for the fourth consecutive year at last night's 20th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards show. "Truly humbled once again," noted Elaine of the honor. "We thank the Lord Jesus and Mom and Dad," added Lee. Following their acceptance of the award, The Roys delivered a stellar version of the poignant "Mended Wings" from The View, their fourth Rural Rhythm Records' release. The disc hit stores in September, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums chart, and generated a #1 single with "No More Lonely" on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart.

Blue Highway Presents Award to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Blue Highway with Eli by Sherri George. 2014 Diamond AwardsPigeon Forge, TN -- Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway appeared as special guests at Tuesday evening's 23rd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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.

Alison Brown Awarded 2014 USA Artists Berresford Fellowship

Alison BrownNashville, TN -- Grammy-winning banjoist and Compass Records Group co-founder Alison Brown is among 34 artists to receive a USA Fellowship from United States Artists. The recipients of this year's awards were announced this week and selected by a panel of expert peers in each artistic discipline. "USA Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers, who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work," said United States Artists CEO Carolina Garcia Jayaram. "Our Fellows embody originality across every creative discipline, celebrating the broad range of artistic practices in every region of the country, and cultivating a creative ecology that is diverse in age, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation."

Katrina Nicolayeff Crowned Grand Master Fiddler Champion

Grand Master Fiddler Katrina NicolayeffGrand Master Fiddler Championship crowns the 2014 master. The Grand Master Champion for 2014 is Katrina Nicolayeff of Boise, Idaho. Nicolayeff joins Mark O'Connor, Matthew Hartz, and Danita Rast Gardner as three-time champions. Jesse Maw of Kalispell, Montana placed second. Nicolayeff took home $1,200 in cash, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Maw received $1,100 and a plaque.

Flatt Lonesome Celebrating as Emerging Artist of the Year

 Emerging Artist of the Year 2014Nashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome has been named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The announcement was made last Thursday, October 2 at the 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show. The awards show was held in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and was hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas.

Turning Ground Wins 1st Bluegrass Island Band Competition

Turning GroundCory Hemilright and his team have quickly turned The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo, NC into one of the premiere bluegrass festivals on the circuit, known for its unique scenery, spectacular lineup, amazing Boomgrass fireworks show and for Turning Ground, this year's festival gave them the opportunity to introduce their music to North Carolinians live and come home with the first place prize.

Bill Keith Takes Home the Coveted Brown Jug Award

Bill KeithWell folks, once again it’s time for the Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree’s Brown Jug Award. The Brown Jug Award is the brainchild of James Reams, a bluegrass musician and bandleader for over 20 years, who conceived of it as a way to recognize people in the Northeast whose impact on the music deserved to be honored but who might be less likely to be recognized by national organizations since for some of them (unlike this year’s recipient), their impact was only regional in nature.

Legendary Eddie Adcock Awarded 5th Steve Martin Banjo Award

Eddie AdcockLos Angeles, CA -- Banjo player extraordinaire Eddie Adcock is the 2014 recipient of the 5th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, it was announced today in The New York Times. Adcock has been one of bluegrass music's most revolutionary performers for over fifty years. He cut his musical teeth with Bill Monroe and Mac Wiseman, and played in the groundbreaking group The Country Gentlemen, one of the most popular and progressive bluegrass bands of the late '50s and '60s.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion a "Top 100" Destination

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014Bristol, TN/VA -- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion now ranks among the American Bus Association's premier Top 100 Events in North America for motorcoach tour groups. Each year tens of millions of tourists visit destinations in North America as groups on motorcoach trips. The American Bus Association has released the entire list of Top 100 Events in North America. This list is the annual announcement for group travel in the United States and Canada. It's published as a guide for travel professionals and the general public when planning group tours and vacations.

Del McCoury to be Honored with American Roots Master Award

Del McCoury BandThe Berklee College of Music is set to honor Del McCoury with an American Roots Master award when he performs with his band in Boston on September 12. Berklee College of Music's 2014-15 Signature Series kicks-off with Inspired by Muddy and Monroe with Grammy-winning bluegrass group the Del McCoury Band and acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell on Friday, September 12. Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe are two American music titans who each helped create and define a blues-based genre: bluegrass, in the case of Bill Monroe, and Chicago blues, in the case of Muddy Waters.
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Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising Up for 3 IMEA Awards

Kathy Boyd and Phoenix RisingBluegrass artists Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising were beyond surprised and delighted the other day to hear from Colt Chambers, the President of the International Music & Entertainers Association (IMEA), that they had been nominated for awards in three categories for their annual IMEA Awards this year.

Ralph Stanley Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville -- Trailblazing musician Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others.

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