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Glen Campbell Moved Into A Care Facility

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:20am
Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, People.com reports. "He was moved to an...
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Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:20am
When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy...
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'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:18am
Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in...
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Coldplay Reveals Intimate Live Shows for ‘Ghost Stories’ Launch

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:17am
Coldplay have unveiled their first run of live shows in support of the band’s new studio album, “Ghost Stories”.  The British alternative rock...
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John Mellencamp Unhappy With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Over Song Use

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:17am
Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about...
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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Premiere New Music Video

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:37am
Living With the Shades Pulled Down"Living With the Shades Pulled Down," is the latest music video released by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The Merle Haggard song was originally written by Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant, and can be found on their latest self-titled album, released on Pinecastle Records.

The 2014 ACM Awards honored Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award and he remains one of the most influential artists of all-time! As an influential artist, his musical style has helped shape the various sounds of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. On this new track, you can hear the award-winning bluegrass band doing some fast pickin,' while singing beautiful harmonies!

Please share this video on your website, facebook, twitter, and any other social media site! Great music is universal and speaks to listeners and fans! Help spread the word of this new video, and you'll both influence and inspire both older and newer generations of bluegrass fans!

Bluegrass crowd-pleasers, Carolina Road recently released their self-titled cd, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, their highly anticipated album with Pinecastle Records. Their previous release, Back To My Roots, achieved commercial and critical success, charting on Bluegrass Music Profiles TOP 30 SINGLES, and TOP 10 ALBUM Chart and reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts.

The band’s distinct sound and old time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and band leader for Carolina Road, Lorraine Jordan’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today.

Lorraine, who has garnered two IBMA Awards, has fronted Carolina Road for over a decade and has eleven national recordings to her credit. The band has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass. Carolina Road plays worldwide and headlines two National Blue Grass festivals, Christmas in the Smokies and Cherokee. They have hosted the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, toured Europe and played twelve Blue Grass cruises.

Carolina Road’s performance is a traditional sound with a fresh approach which includes invigorating instrumentals, smooth blending vocals, and all the energy that you can stand.

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The Warren G. Hardings Get a Life!

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:35am

Warren G. HardingsOut in the Pacific Northwest they brew their bluegrass a little differently! Sure, the mandolin, fiddle, and banjo are all there, but they’re not afraid to toss in influences from raggedy pop songwriting to punk instrumental aggression. High-energy Seattle stringband The Warren G. Hardings pour a long tall pint of this Cascadian brewgrass on their new album, Get A Life. Inspired by the greats of American roots music, they’re all hardcore pickers on their instruments, casually tossing solos back and forth on stage. Though the music they create has obvious nods to a rural American past, the songwriting here owes more to the fierce politics of the Northwest than any kind of old-timey nostalgia. Or maybe more to the helter-skelter lifestyle of young men trying to make their names in an overloaded city, for many of the songs here speak to the stresses of building a life and a job on your own.

Known as a raging performance band, The Warren G. Hardings have been playing to hungry crowds all over the Northwest for the past few years, ever since meeting at underground bluegrass jams. When they went into the studio to record the new album, they were able to present some of the brash energy of their stage show, but also to draw back to more introspective and thoughtful songs. It’s a beautifully balanced album, and a snapshot of just how hard Northwest rootsgrass can rock.

Recorded in Seattle at Empty Sea Studios, Get A Life features original songs and rapid-fire machine-gun picking from this quintet of next-gen roots musicians. Lead singer and principal songwriterDave Zelonka comes out the gate like a thoroughbred on the opening song “Treehouse,” channeling some of the punk rock he grew up with. Mandolinist, vocalist and fellow songwriter Gabriel Marowitz leads off the next song, “High & Low,” with righteous fury and saw-toothed vocals.

A theme of love and longing runs throughout the album, interspersed with poetic odes (“my girl is cool as water/warm as brandy wine”) and tongue-in-cheek humor (as in “Cannibal Lies”). Songs like “Drifting,” recount the feeling of one’s life spinning out of control, while “Anonymous Waltz,” pines for a lost loved-one. The Warren G. Hardings are at the forefront of a fresh wave of Cascadian newgrass. There’s an abandon to their music that unites the carefree folk music of a time long gone with the red-hot roots music movement that’s sweeping the nation.

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Bristol's Border Bash Artist Lineup Announced

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:33am

Bristol Border BashBristol, VA/TN -- At Wednesday’s press conference, Believe in Bristol, alongside community partners Birthplace of Country Music®, revealed plans for a summer packed with free live music and family fun on State Street and beyond. Border Bash, the twice-monthly free concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 15th anniversary as a roving mini-fest that has grown to include children’s activities and vendors in addition to live music and much more. Border Bash will take place on the first and third Fridays, May through August.

“We are always excited when it’s time for Border Bash. It is an opportunity for Birthplace of Country Music® and Believe in Bristol to work together to bring great music to our downtown. We are proud of the growth of the event and the community support that we receive for all that we do,” stated Leah Ross, Executive Director, Birthplace of Country Music®.

“Celebrate Bristol is proud to partner with Border Bash on Friday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day, “ states Vicie Dotson, Believe in Bristol Promotions Committee Chairwoman and Celebrate Bristol organizer.

“As a small community, our resources are limited – community partnerships are key in allowing us to offer quality, free family-oriented activities including music, children’s activities, and fireworks!”

“Border Bash has definitely been a boom to the downtown Bristol experience,” said Matt Bolas, Executive Director of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Since Border Bash started several years ago, there’s been a significant increase in the number of people who come into town for our live music. And these aren’t just locals, they’re people from outside the area too so it’s played a key role in increasing visitor expenditures, particularly in downtown Bristol.”

The band line-up for this event consists mainly of artists slated to play Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September. The Border Bash line-up for 2014 is:

May 2
  • 7:00 pm, Ancient Cities
  • 8:30 pm, King Super and The Excellents
May 16
  • 7:00 pm, Andrew Combs
  • 8:30 pm, Paleface
June 6
  • 7:00 pm, Motel Rodeo
  • 8:30 pm, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpin
June 20
  • 7:00 pm, JP Parsons
  • 8:30 pm, Jon Ladeau
July 4
  • 7:00 pm, Adam Faucett
  • 8:30 pm, Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project
July 18
  • 7:00 pm, Al Scorch
  • 8:30 pm, Loves It
August 1
  • 7:00 pm, Mustered Courage
  • 8:30 pm, The Deep Fried 5
August 15
  • 7:00 pm, Leo Rondeau
  • 8:30 pm, The Deslondes

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® and the Cities of Bristol. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2014 include Along Come Mary Interior Design – Mary Jane Miller, Alpha Natural Resources, Ann & John Tickle, Bank of Tennessee, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley Mitchell Co., Brenda & John Fincher, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Campbell Printing, Celebrate Bristol, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Coal Corp., Cranberry Lane, Dent K. Burk CPA Firm, Doug & Amy Williams, Dr. and Ms. Bennett Cowan, Jr., Edward Jones Investments – Robert Hollo, Rob Simis, Brad Baker and Greg Fahn, Electric 94.9 FM, Express AV Productions, First Bank of Virginia, First Tennessee Foundation, Joe & Pam Kerr – Kerr Boswell Inc., Kil’n Time, Mary Landrum, Merrill-Lynch, Renasant Bank, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Sarah Hull – Serendipity, Spiegler Blevins & Company CPAs, State Line Bar & Grille, Strongwell, The Homer A. and Ida S. Jones Trust, The Williams Company, Tom & Barbara Smith, Tri-City Tent & Event, Walling Distributing, WCYB News 5, Wells Fargo Foundation, WXBQ 96.6 FM and Z-Rock 99.3.dd

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Berklee Hosts its First American Roots Weekend June 20-22

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:32am

Berklee American Roots WeekendBoston, MA, April 16, 2014. Berklee College of Music hosts its first American Roots Weekend, June 20-22, for acoustic musicians who perform bluegrass, blues, folk, country, acoustic jazz, and swing on instruments such as violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar, and harp. Berklee string instructor Joe Walsh, a mandolin player who has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck and others, will lead the weekend.

The American Roots Weekend is part of Berklee’s popular summer programs. To apply, please visit berklee.edu/summer/berklee-american-roots-weekend.

Leading roots musicians and educators will teach the program, including bassist Viktor Krauss, who has worked with Bill Frisell and Lyle Lovett; Matt Munisteri, who has toured with Mark O’Connor and Madeleine Peyroux; Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown; Mark Simos, who has written songs for Alison Krauss; and renowned violinist Matt Glaser, director of Berklee’s American Roots Program.

“We’ll also have Darol Anger, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines, and Maeve Gilchrist,” said Walsh. “These are some of the most influential roots musicians in the world.”

This is the first summer session for the American Roots Program since its creation five years ago. “The program has been a huge success. All over the country people ask me about who’s teaching and how the students are doing,” said Walsh. “There’s clearly a lot of excitement about roots music at Berklee now. The camp comes as a response to this, giving people a way to be a part of the scene for a weekend, and a way to check out Berklee.”

Students will participate in ensembles, master classes, and lectures. Participants will also choose from a host of classes including Variations on a Simple Melody as an Intro to Improvisation for Folk Musicians, Country Blues Guitar, Music Theory, and Intro to Ear Training. The evenings will feature faculty concerts and jams.

Berklee’s American Roots Program:

The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, cajun, western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and others—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America’s cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values. Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements.

The American Roots Music Program produces concerts, hosts visiting artists, designs and implements curriculum, creates and hosts faculty development sessions, and designs and implements symposiums and seminars. Also, using a broader definition of the term "roots," the program examines the core of what it means to be a musician in all idioms, and contemplates the roots of our western musical traditions, ranging from Bach to traditional African music. The artistic director for the program is Matt Glaser, who served as chair of Berklee’s String Department for 28 years.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. With a focus on global learning, Berklee in Valencia, a new campus in Spain, is hosting the college’s first graduate programs, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree­granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after­school programming for underserved teens in 45 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing nearly 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 310 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

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Juan Gabriel in 'Stable Condition' After Falling Ill, Adds Replacement Tour Dates

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:17pm
Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who on Monday was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia, is now listed in "very stable condition " in Las Vegas...
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Billboard Latin Music Conference 25th Anniversary: 1999-2003 Rewind

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:17pm
Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & AwardsUse promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25...
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No Stopping 'Frozen' Album as 11th Week at No. 1 Seems Likely

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:16pm
Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so suggest industry forecasters. While it's too early...
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Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:16pm
April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from...
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Taylor Swift Surprises Fan at Bridal Shower (Watch)

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:16pm
After showing up unexpected at a fan’s hospital room undergoing cancer treatment last month, Taylor Swift has surprised again by showing up at a...
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Lorde Meets Her 'Royals' Muse: Baseball Legend George Brett

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:16pm
The N.Y. Post reports this morning that Lorde got to meet Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett – probably most famous for the “...
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Next Year's ACM Awards Sell Out in Minutes

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:15pm
The Academy of Country Music Awards, which held its 49th annual show this past April 6th, has already sold out its tickets to next year's events --...
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615 Spotlight: Mary Sarah Builds 'Bridges' With Country Icons (Song Premiere)

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:15pm
Texas-based performer Mary Sarah grew up with the "Opry." She would listen to the WSM radio show from time to time, but also that's where she honed...
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DISClaimer: Baby Acts Steal The Musical Thunder

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:41pm

The baby acts stole the thunder from the established stars this week. As much as I loved the [...]

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MusicRowPics: Love and Theft

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:17pm
Songs currently projected to be on their upcoming release include the sweet and sultry tune [...]
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Rapper Christ Bearer Severs Penis, Attempts Suicide

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:15pm
Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson, a rapper in the California duo Northstar, was reportedly found on the sidewalk outside of his North Hollywood...
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