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Celebrate Valentine's with a Dailey & Vincent Cruise

14 hours 20 min ago

Dailey & VincentMt. Airy, GA -- Springer Mountain Farms, a Georgia-based poultry producer known for its flavorful chicken raised without antibiotics, and multi-Grammy nominated Bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent (D&V) present their first Water Fest Bluegrass Sweepstakes. One lucky winner and a guest will have the chance to win a Valentine's cruise in the Western Caribbean, Feb. 14 until Feb. 19, 2015.

The prize package includes round-trip airfare for two, a five-night cruise on the Royal Caribbean's "Liberty of the Seas," nightly performances from D&V and more. The cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and stops in Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico.

"Springer Mountain Farms and D&V value the importance of bringing loved ones together with delicious food, entertaining music from the most talented in the industry and a memorable getaway during a special time of year," said Gus Arrendale, president of Springer Mountain Farms.

D&V and their world-class band will perform a new show nightly featuring original and traditional Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music along with other famed acts such as Don Rigsby and the Country music duo Wilson Fairchild. Nightly themes include Valentine's Day love songs, President's Day with "Songs of America," gospel night, a tribute to the legendary Statler Brothers and a "Bluegrass Karaoke" night.

Until Nov. 30, 2014 fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting Dailey and Vincent's website or www.chicken4life.com. Please review official rules prior to entering the sweepstakes. The winner will be notified via telephone, mail and/or email. *Eligible winners must reside in the contiguous United States.

Dubbed by CMT as "The Rock Stars of Bluegrass," the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America. They have won numerous awards for their unique music, including: 13 IBMA Awards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as three-time "Entertainer of the Year," three-time "Vocal Group of the Year" and "Album of the Year;" three Grammy Award nominations, including a nomination for the 2014 "Bluegrass Album of the Year" and two Dove Awards for "Bluegrass Album of the Year." Formed in 2007, the duo performs more than 120 shows per year with an 85 percent sell-out rate in the U.S. and holds at No. 34 on Pollstar's "Concert Pulse." For more information, visit www.DaileyAndVincent.com.
Formed in 2007, the duo performs more than 120 shows per year with an 85 percent sell-out rate in the U.S. and holds at No. 34 on Pollstar

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Cybergrass Celebrates 22 Years on the Web September 9th

14 hours 23 min ago

Cybergrass 22 YearsCybergrass is celebrating another year of bluegrass music on the Internet. Wow! What a ride its been. We have gone through five iterations, four domain names and we're still here. What started out as just a research project almost a quarter century ago has evolved into the world's oldest bluegrass music web site which, is also the world's oldest music site of any genre. Cybergrass was born 22 years ago when the web was in its fetal infancy. There were no tools and everything was alpha release source code. The web was dark and void and the Internet was still just a research project -- the Research Internet. Bob Cherry, working with electronic documentation at Xerox got his hands on some very early code and managed to put it together with minimal documentation. On September 9, 1992, he posted about 50 songs from the Digital Tradition files on a Xerox PARC web server with a simple HTML index. HTML was all coded by hand in those days. That was the beginning of what has evolved into a premier bluegrass music site on the web.

During the past 22 years, Cherry's bluegrass site has seen a great deal in the evolution of the web. He has also achieved a great many first achievements. Cybergrass became a model bluegrass web site that many other sites evolved from. Cherry also helped many get their start on the web and he's happy that most sites he help get started are still operating today. In 1995, Cherry bought the domain IBMA.org and created the first web site for the IBMA (click for old site), and a year later he created the first web site for the International Bluegrass Music Museum (click for old site). He also created the first web pages for many of today's artists include the first web pages for Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss, Blue Highway, Claire Lynch, Chris Thile, Del McCoury, John McEuen, Fragment, Front Range and many others. He even started the first Martha White web page which ran until 1994 when Pilsbury bought the company. As organizations and artists started to create their own sites and when they required more attention, Cherry graciously turned the sites over to their rightful owners.

The award winning Cybergrass was the first bluegrass music site on the Internet and, as near as early web pioneers know, it was also the world's 7th web site -- the same as the Xerox PARC site.

Cybergrass carried the first data driven bluegrass events calendar that offered search and updates. The technology was also applied to their library of literature about bluegrass music. Over time, the site became a portal offering news, reviews, event calendar, music samples, artist profiles, references and more. In 1997, Cherry and his site negotiated and acquired the first BMI music license (other than BMI themselves) through an agreement Cherry initiated with BMI's New York office.

As the marriage of music and technology evolved, carrying music was a natural for Cybergrass. Cybergrass servers carried the Grammy Awards on the Internet in 1995. Two years later, the site carried the first International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on the net. It has been the only site to carry them every year since 1997. After getting licensing established, Cybergrass carried promotional music online. Record labels and artists enjoyed the huge response and increased sales during this time. The RIAA's Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) was drafted some time later and all promotion ceased. The music was history. With DMCA, Cybergrass went silent but history had already been made. Cherry's site was doing in the '90s what other sites are just starting to do today.

Content on the bluegrass web site changed many times over the years as did it's hosting. What started at Xerox, Cybergrass moved to Infonet Services Corporation's Info.Net service where Cherry created the domain Banjo.com for his site. The name Cybergrass also was attributed to the web site in the mid 90's and a few years later, Cherry sold the Banjo.com domain and moved to his own Cybergrass.com where the site resides today.

Bob CherryThe site continues to be an important part of bluegrass music information. The site contains fresh and relevant information seven days a week. With the implementation of the Internet's new RSS syndication, the site now finds it's content more other resources. News aggregators can access the news, reviews and calendar information directly. In the last quarter of 2004, Cybergrass rolled out their Bluegrass Music News Network (BMNN) that is modeled similar to other online press release organizations. BMNN will be tailored to bluegrass music and will be another first for bluegrass.

If you're interested in bluegrass music, you should definitely be interested in Cybergrass. Cybergrass has already made history and is now looking to make the future even better for bluegrass music on the Internet. Help us celebrate by liking us on Facebook, twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Pinterest, as well as other social media.

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Back Roads Music Festival Just a Week Away

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:07am

Larry CordleBack Roads Music Festival incorporation with a Visit Wise County Tourism Production; is pleased to announce the outdoor music event of this year Back Roads Music Festival. Friday and Saturday September 5th & 6th 2014. Location for the event will be the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, VA. Weekend pass including free camping with your car! (no pets, no glass bottles).

Featured will be over 21 local, regional, and national bands including: Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Scott Miller w/ Rayna Gellert and Bryn Davies, Nick Stump, Bone Pony, Ras Alan & the Lions, Brett Ratliff & the Giant Roster Side Show, Mike, Brandon Maggard, Corbin Hayslett, Foddershock, Craigs Street Ramblers, Parts Department, Katie Did-it, Nobody Famous, Ron Short, Gene Cole, The Tadcaster, Neal Spears and Unit 31, and T-Bone.

Master of Ceremonies is the world renowned poet and radio personality Wiley Quixote (aka) Jim Webb!

Cost is $50.00 if purchased before Sept 1 st. If purchased at gate $60.00. Both prices include parking and camping. For all weekend. Limited RV access for additional cost.

Larry Cordle was born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky. Cordle fondly remembers this early influence by pointing out, “we lived so far away from everything, that we had to make our own entertainment. Papaw would get the fiddle out in the evenings sometimes and play and dance for us.” After graduating from high school, Larry spent four years in the Navy and after being honorably discharged, attended Morehead State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

At last count, Cordle’s songs had appeared on projects that had to date sold a combined total of more than 55 million records, by artists such as Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. Cordle has the perfect platform to share his music with fans everywhere.

Mike Williams is a country music singer, songwriter and record producer. Founded the B.F. Deal record label in Austin, TX in the mid-seventies, which released Nanci Griffith's debut album in 1978. Mike Williams also produced albums for Allen Damron, Austin TX musician and Kerrville Folk Festival aficionado.

Larry Cordle and Mike Williams will also be conducting a singers/songwriters workshop Saturday morning.

Appalachian folksinger Ras Alan mixes old-time and bluegrass music with reggae! Equal parts Doc Watson and Bob Marley, The Carter Family and Burning Spear, Ras Alan has been blending old time Appalachian music with reggae rhythms and Rastafari spirit for over 15 years. His self-styled “reggabilly” has won Alan wide acclaim; he has toured Jamaica numerous times with his band, The Lions, has been profiled on programs on both CMT and PBS, was a featured performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during their Year of Appalachia in 2003, and three of his albums are now permanently housed in the Smithsonian Archives.

Scott Miller once said “Growing up, my family was isolated just by mere location. Turns out that doesn’t insulate you from any of the troubles all of us have…” Steve Earle has declared Miller a "world class" songwriter - signing him and his former band The V-Roys to his record label E-Squared and producing their two bedrock Americana albums. BIG BIG WORLD is the third release on Miller's record label F.A.Y. Recordings. "I really was ahead of the curve by starting my own label years ago" said Scott.

For more information on the Back roads Music Festival, and/or to purchase tickets & sign-up for workshops and see the complete line-up including videos of the bands please visit us at one of the following sites:www.backroadsmusicfestival.com, and find us on Facebook, VIP Tickets. For questions or more information. Please contact Marlena Doka (606) 237-4482 / (304) 687-5563

Ticket availability in person at the following locations

  • Railroad Street Mercantile- Whitesburg KY.
  • Juste Music- Norton VA.
  • Clapboard House –Wise VA
  • Machiavelli's- Bristol TN
  • Acoustic Coffeehouse – Johnson City TN
  • The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room –Johnson City TN

On site catering will be provided by The Oaks BBQ. A portion of proceeds from this event will go towards reprinting the 2 CD set of coal mining music including 68 pages of liner notes entitled THE MUSIC OF COAL ( www.musicofcoal.com ).

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Luthier Activities at FreshGrass

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:05am

 Sauve GuitarsThe Fretboard Journal – the boutique magazine for guitar, mandolin, and stringed instrument players – joins Suavé Guitars founder Steve Suavé and a stellar group of artisans for demonstrations and discussions of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, open-back banjo, and guitar.

FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The festival offers a multitude of opportunities to learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music. FreshGrass takes place September 19-21, 2014, on MASS MoCA's campus.

You’ll meet Nick Lenski of Brier Road Guitars, Adam Buchwald of Circle Strings, Joel Eckhaus and Matt Arcara of Earnest Instruments (and yes, that is Matt from Joy Kills Sorrow), Steve Kovacik of Kovacik Guitars, Frank Marachitto of A Violin Shop, Jason Verlinde of Fretboard, and a few other special guests, including our friends from Deering Banjos and Banjo Studio who will be on hand all weekend long. These activities will be spontaneous, so sign-up is not required.

FreshGrass also has a multitude of other fine workshops scheduled for this year's big event. One of the more popular will be the Banjo Mega Jam. Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso (and four-time FreshGrass featured artist) Alison Brown leads this year’s workshop. With a deep lineup of FreshGrass artists on campus, you never know who will show up to share secrets of bluegrass’ most storied instrument. Last year’s event was an epic collaboration of festival favorites such as Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters and Nick Hornbuckle of The Jaybirds.

Workshops cover a variety of topics from bluegrass improvisation, roots music listening, the Berklee mandolin workshop, No Depression site information and fingerpicking. There are others too so you will want to check out the 2014 session lineup.

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New Members to Join IBMA Board in October 2014

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:50am

Joe MullinsNashville, TN -- Congratulations to the following IBMA members who will take their seats on the IBMA Board of Directors in October, 2014: Joe Mullins, in the Artists, Composers & Publishers category; David Smith, Broadcasters; and John Goad, serving the Print, Media & Education constituencies. All three board reps have been elected by their constituents to a three-year term.

Many thanks to Carl Jackson, Craig Havighurst and Ned Luberecki, who will be rotating off the board in October.

John Goad is a regular correspondent for Bluegrass Today, and he teaches at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. A multi-instrumentalist, John has played bluegrass music since the age of 13. Goad holds two bachelor degrees in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies and History from ETSU, along with a Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies.

“Although I am young,” Goad says, “I have a strong respect for bluegrass music’s traditions. When I was a child, I was more likely to listen to first generation artists than I was what was currently popular, simply because that was what my father enjoyed. Being exposed to those artists allowed me to see how essential both tradition and innovation are to this style of music. One of the best things about bluegrass is how so many artists have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, making their own style of music while being inspired by artists as varied as Bill Monroe, John Cowan, and Chris Thile. As an educator, I want to show both students and bluegrass professionals that it doesn’t have to be either/or – you don’t have to just stick to traditional bluegrass, but you also don’t have to always be going out on a new limb. There’s room for variety. I think it’s very important to not alienate either traditional bluegrass fans and musicians or those who prefer more progressive styles, and to continue recognizing, showcasing, and supporting artists on both sides of the fence and encouraging collaboration and understanding between them.”

As an educator, John has strong feelings about professional development offered by IBMA. An essential part of his vision for IBMA, he says is “that bluegrass professionals are provided with the resources they both want and need to further their careers.”

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, David Smith says he was surrounded by the sounds of bluegrass. Traveling with his family to craft shows up and down the Shenandoah Valley, attending Smithsonian Folkways festivals on the Mall in D.C. and through events at Wolf Trap, Glen Echo and Lucketts Farmers Markets, his ears were drawn to the vocal harmonies and acoustic sounds of bluegrass music. 

Smith has worked as a bluegrass DJ with community and public radio stations for the past two decades: KDUR in Durango, Colorado and KFJM with Prairie Public. He has also served on the board of directors for the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown festival, which is now in its 20th year. He writes for the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Pow’r Pickin’ publication, as well guesting as a blogger for Bluegrass Today, and he served as a member of IBMA’s Showcase Selection Committee this year. He’s also a musician.

Smith believes that tomorrow’s bluegrass “will not be a new revolution, as bluegrass music is already a revolutionary genre. Bill Monroe teaming up with Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise and Howard Watts was more progressive than any modern-day use of the word within bluegrass. Each decade to follow would find bluegrass following in such progressive and yes, revolutionary footsteps.” After attending literally hundreds of concerts and festivals across the country, David notes,” With each new decade, what was progressive in the past has become the tradition of today.  The future of bluegrass will continue in this way because bluegrass is a progressive revolution which has evolved and thrived over many decades.” 

“As a member of the IBMA board of directors, I will strive to proudly proclaim the organization’s vibrancy in the modern-day, as well as to promote and applaud all aspects of the genre that meet the high standards of the mission statement.  Promoting the relevance of the organization in the modern-day will strengthen the membership, in-turn strengthening the music.”

Joe Mullins is a lifelong member of the bluegrass community; his father, the late Paul Mullins, was a fiddler, broadcaster and promoter. With access to live performances and recordings throughout his life, Joe characterizes himself as “a lifelong learner, gaining an education about the music and the musicians firsthand from most members of the first, second and third generations of bluegrass professionals.”

Mullins started his career as a banjo player and vocalist as a founding member of The Traditional Grass in late 1983. By 1989, the band was touring full time and produced several recordings for Rebel Records through 1995 when the group disbanded. Joe stopped full time touring to purchase his first radio station, but was invited to help create the band Longview. With this special event band he helped produce three highly acclaimed recordings and performed on a part time basis from 1995 to 2003.

Mullins went on to add three additional stations to the network he manages in southwest Ohio. He founded Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers in 2006, which began touring nationally in 2010 and was named IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2012. Joe served as IBMA’s Secretary from 1993-95, and says, “I have enjoyed our progress over the many years of change and growth.” Mullins is a veteran of several boards and committees, ranging from local Chambers of Commerce to the International Bluegrass Music Museum.  

“I am so thankful for continuous growth of the bluegrass economy over the past two decades,” Mullins says, “and I firmly believe our association has proved beneficial to all. I think the vision for IBMA has always been to provide its members with resources to help achieve success. As a professional association, IBMA has helped encourage young talent, be it musicians, broadcasters, luthiers or others in the bluegrass community, and also honored the achievements of those who have paved the way. I will be honored to serve our members in continuing the progress we have made together the past 30 years. I think future is very bright for the music we love and our association.” 

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RockyGrass 2014 Roundup and Interview with Full Boat Winner

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:48am
RockyGrass 2014 tentsLyons, CO -- This year marked the first RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival since the massive flood that devastated the surrounding areas of Lyons, CO last year including the Planet Bluegrass Ranch where the annual event takes place. After an incredible restoration effort led by the Planet Bluegrass staff, the show went on as scheduled without missing a beat. We had the honor of being one of this year's sponsors and had a great time as we always do there, thanks to all who came out to see us at our booth!

Here's a video we found of Bryan Sutton giving some advice to one of his guitar students whom he just happened to run into. These two had never met in real life but they're able to jump right into something Bryan had mentioned in a lesson on the site. And since the guy had already submitted some practice videos to Bryan before, it's like they already knew each other - the power of Video Exchange™ in action!

As many of you who were at the festival know, we had a raffle to give away a free membership to all schools at the Academy of Bluegrass (aka "the full boat"). Many names were entered, but only one could win - and so it was bestowed on Ben, 37 years old, from Elkhart, IN. He currently resides in Littleton, CO and has been playing guitar for 22 years.

We wanted to catch up with our "full boat" winner and ask him some questions about his background.

What first inspired you to learn guitar?
My dad, Robert B, who is an amazing finger-picker ala Chet Atkins was my inspiration and he taught me my first few tunes, set me up with an axe, taught me to read tab so I could explore on my own.
Who are your favorite guitarists?
Charlie Byrd, Charlie Hunter, Chet Atkins, Trey Anastasio.
Has playing guitar changed your life?
Yes, it is a wonderful pastime, hobby, meditation, and expressive outlet. I'm not sure if she'd admit it but it was probably the thing that hooked my lovely wife, Sara. It is also a great social instrument and brings people together whether playing music together or listening for enjoyment.
What was your first guitar?
Some kind of hideous purple Charvell Jackson suited for shredding 80s rock. The beast could NOT stay in tune.
What's been your experience taking guitar lessons in the past?
After some initial lessons from dad, I took a few years of classical guitar lessons from a great player and teacher which included some fingerstyle Beatles songs (which are still some of my favorites to play). After that, it was pretty much all self-teaching via online tab and books and stumbling my way through standards with the jazz band in college.
Have you ever tried online guitar lessons and what did you think?
I've watched a few YouTube videos (which are hit or miss) but have never really done full-on lessons.
What has been your biggest challenge for learning guitar?
Continuing to find inspiration and the time to commit.
Had you heard of ArtistWorks before entering our contest?
Yes, I saw the booth last year at Rockygrass and found the website online later as I was trying to search for Bryan Sutton tabs.
What are your plans now that you've won subscriptions to all the bluegrass schools?
I hope I can see them through:
  1. Learn to be a flat picker (never have played with a pick)
  2. Learn to play grandpa's old mandolin beyond chords in the key of G
  3. Get some use out of my seldom used tonebar slide
  4. Learn how to make my old Frankenstein of a banjo sing
  5. Buy a fiddle so I can take lessons from Darol Anger and maybe saw off a solo in the campground next Rockygrass.
What was the highlight for you at RockyGrass this year?
Bryan Sutton's impromptu solo set Sunday afternoon.
Do you go to a lot of music festivals, which ones are your favorite?
No, Rockygrass is about it these days. This is my second year coming to RockyGrass.
Who are your favorite bluegrass players?
Bryan Sutton, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman.
Do you play other instruments besides guitar?
I have a mandolin, banjo, bass, and piano at home that I play once in a while.
Why would you encourage someone to learn an instrument?
I think that the enjoyment of music is a basic human need in most people and while listening to others play it well is entertaining and gratifying, it doesn't begin to match the feeling of gratification of being able to play it (even modestly) on your own or with a group.
What do you think are the benefits of learning music?
It is an artistic and a creative outlet. It can be a stress-relief or meditative time to reflect. Once learned, it is a lifelong skill that a person can have.
What are your musical goals, do you write/record your own music?
Not too lofty these days: find the time to play a couple times a week. I'm not currently writing / recording.
What are you looking foward to learning from Bryan Sutton?
Learning to flat pick period. I've never played with a pick and I think if I became proficient with one it would add another element to my playing that is currently missing. I'd like to carry that over to mandolin too. Bryan's solos always bring down the house so hopefully some tips and new licks there as well.
Any words for all the people out there trying to learning music?
Try to have fun, try to learn music that you enjoy. It can be discouraging to hit "walls" in your learning and playing so anything you can do to stay positive is good. If you don't have other musicians to play with you can at least jam with your own music library. Learn to improv, don't be afraid to hit "wrong" notes, explore new / different styles of music.
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Tim White & The VW Boys and Friends at Fold Tonight

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:44am

The VW BoysHiltons, VA -- Tim White is the banjo picker, guitar picker, and baritone singer for the VW Boys. He knew Dave Vaught for several years prior to both of these gentlemen forming the VW Boys band which features bluegrass music, magic, and comedy in one self-contained variety show. Fat Albert Blackburn is the third leg of the VW Boys and plays upright bass and sings lead. Dave Vaught is an excellent entertainer and magician who brings his talents to the group as well as playing guitar and singing lead and harmony parts. The VW Boys will provide plenty of dance music for the cloggers and flatfoot dancers at the Fold by having Kevin Jackson accompany them on fiddle. Glen Harlow will also sit in as the group’s mandolin player. Saturday, August 30th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tim White and the VW Boys and Friends. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Tim is also Executive Coordinator of Song of the Mountains, a nationally syndicated public television show featuring bluegrass, old time, and Americana music. Song of the Mountains was launched in 2005 and is based at the beautiful Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. The show is broadcast on over 190 PBS outlets across America reaching over 140 million people per year. For additional information, go to www.songofthemountains.org.

Tim is a well-known musician, recording artist, radio air personality, concert event promoter, and music preservationist. He is native of Roanoke, Virginia, and a current resident of Blountville, Tennessee. Tim produces and hosts “The Tim White Bluegrass Show” which airs across America on dozens of radio stations and can be heard on the internet. A veteran of radio broadcasting, he started his career in radio in 1989 at Bristol, Virginia’s AM 1490 WOPI radio station and later broadcast for over 11 years on AM 640 WGOC a powerful 10,000 watt station based in East Tennessee.

Tim is co-founder of the Appalachian Cultural Music Association (ACMA) - a non-profit organization promoting the music and lifestyle of the southern Appalachian region. The ACMA operates the Mountain Music Museum and the Pickin’ Porch stage at the Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia, which showcases the music and performers of our region. Visit www.pickinporch.org.

In 1986, he painted the now famous 30 x 100 foot mural on State Street in Bristol, VA-TN paying tribute to the Bristol Sessions of 1927. The mural pictures the main players of these historic sessions including Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, Ernest and Hattie Stoneman, and talent scout Ralph Peer.

In 2003, he helped take the music of the Birthplace of Country Music region to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. where the VW Boys performed along with other artists from this region. Tim and the VW Boys have also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, the Ford Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, and many other prestigious venues. In 2008 Tim performed on the Grand Ole Opry at both the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, with Virginia’s native son, Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys.

There’s lots of great fun to be had at the Carter Family Fold with Tim White and the VW Boys and Friends on Saturday, August 30th. Bring along your dancing shoes and your friends!

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.

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Reserved Seating Sold Out for Oct 4 Wide Open Bluegrass

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:12am

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- Reserved tickets are sold out for the Saturday, October 4 ticketed portion of the upcoming two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival, and less than 70 reserved tickets remain for Friday, October 3. General admission tickets are still available for both October 3 (approximately 1600) and October 4 (approximately 1300), but are expected to sell out in advance of the weekend, like last year.

Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina; the ticketed concerts for both days will take place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and the Raleigh Convention Center.

“We heard complaints last year from people who were expecting to purchase festival tickets at the door and were turned away,” said William Lewis, Wide Open Bluegrass producer and Executive Director of PineCone. “Prior to 2013, waiting to purchase at the door was an option. However, with this year’s festival ticket sales outpacing last year’s sales to-date, we are encouraging people to take advantage of the advance purchase option in order to guarantee entry.“

The ticketed portion of the weekend’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is just one of several ways that music fans can experience bluegrass during that week’s World of Bluegrass event. In addition to the free Street Festival portion of weekend festival, tickets are going fast for the following events:

Bluegrass Ramble:
This is IBMA’s innovative series of showcases in clubs and restaurants throughout downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; fans can take in over 150 performances from September 30-October 2. New in 2014 – and provided by the city of Raleigh - is a dedicated transportation system, the Bluegrass Express, running nonstop between hotels and Ramble venues, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. The full Ramble schedule, a list of the venues and links to all of the artists involved in the Bluegrass Ramble is available at https://ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/bluegrass-ramble
The International Bluegrass Awards show:
This highly anticipated Awards show will be held in Raleigh’s historic Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 2. Hosted this year by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas, the Bluegrass Awards recognize outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre as determined by professionals in the bluegrass music industry. Held annually since 1986, today almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry.

Those wishing to obtain Award Show tickets, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages) and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, ibma.org. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

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Roe Entertainment Welcomes Becky Buller

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:10am

Becky Buller. Photo by Glenn SweitzerMaryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to announce the addition of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Becky Buller to his roster of award-winning artists. Originally from St. James, Minnesota, Becky Buller has traipsed the world over performing Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music to the delight of her many fans.

Considered by many to be one of the premier songwriters of the last decade, Buller's compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent ("Fishers of Men"), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver ("Be Living"), Josh Williams ("You Love Me Today"), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out ("My Angeline" and "Rest My Weary Feet."). She also wrote the title cut of Special Consensus’ Grammy-nominated album, Scratch Gravel Road. In addition to being a hit songwriter, Buller is an accomplished singer and musician, moving flawlessly from fiddle to claw-hammer banjo to guitar. She was featured on the Spring 2012 cover of Fiddler magazine, won the 2006 International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Album of the Year award for her work with the Daughters of Bluegrass, and was the 2001 winner of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. She is currently in the studio finishing up her third solo album, ‘Tween Earth And Sky, which will be released on Dark Shadow Records in Fall of 2014 and is a 2014 nominee for IBMA's Songwriter Of Year. In her spare time, Buller co-hosts Thunder Radio’s Bluegrass Crossroads Show on WMSR in Manchester, Tennessee, teaches instrumental music, and has been a member of the IBMA board since January of 2014.

After performing 10 years alongside Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike and 2 years with Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Buller is ready to bring her stylistic and original music front and center with her own band. "I remember seeing Becky perform a handful of years ago and wondered at that time why she wasn't fronting her own band," says Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment. "As soon as I heard news of her plans, I searched hard for her phone number. Long story short, I am very excited to add her exceptional, all-around talent to a roster of artists that I am very proud to be working with." "I'm looking forward to working with Jim," says Buller. "He's seems to really have a passion for this music. His roster is stacked with a talented bunch of folks and I'm excited to be numbered amongst them." Roe Entertainment exclusively represents Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Crowe Brothers, Detour, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.

Becky Buller will be represented exclusively by Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment and is currently accepting offers for 2015 and beyond. To book Becky Buller at your event, please visit www.RoeEntertainment.com. To learn more about Becky Buller, visit www.beckybuller.com.

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Yonder Mountain's Kinfolk Celebration Sept 19-20

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:08am
Planet Bluegrass Main Stage, photo by Tobin VoggesserLyons, CO -- With the rebirth of the 42nd RockyGrass and the healing songs & stories of the 24th Rocky Mtn Folks Festival now just glowing memories, Planet Bluegrass is looking forward to one final weekend -- Yonder Mountain String Band's 2014 Kinfolk Celebration in Lyons, Colorado this September 19-20. Held on the final weekend of summer, just a few days after the anniversary of their historic flood, this is their last chance to dance and sing together under the sandstone cliffs of the St. Vrain in 2014.

ire up this video of Yonder Mountain performing a few weeks ago along the St. Vrain and make your plans now to join us for the 2014 Kinfolk Celebration at shop.bluegrass.com

Twelve years after the inaugural Kinfolk Celebration (also held on Planet Bluegrass), Colorado's own Yonder Mountain String Band returns to Lyons to celebrate a new era with many of their closest musical kin.

On Friday night, John Bell of Widespread Panic performs a very special solo acoustic solo set (!!), then returns to the stage as a special guest with Yonder Mountain. On Saturday night, Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon present a special acoustic set, followed by Yonder Mountain with special guests Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter of the Travelin' McCourys.

For 2 epic sets each night, Yonder Mountain's Adam, Ben and Dave will be joined by mandolinist Jake Jolliff (a veteran of all 3 Planet Bluegrass festivals as a member of Joy Kills Sorrow) and fiddler Allie Kral (who thrilled Telluride Bluegrass Festivarians as a member of Cornmeal). The Planet Bluegrass Ranch opens early each afternoon for full sets from the Travelin' McCourys, Head for the Hills, The Haunted Windchimes, and Gipsy Moon.

We couldn't celebrate the end of summer (and the Autumnal Equinox) without a Mabon Concert. So Ben Kaufmann & Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain will kick-off the festivities on Thursday evening (Sept. 18) with their 7th Annual Mabon Concert in the Wildflower Pavilion. Due to the intimate size of the Wildflower, this special Thursday night show will be held specially for kinfolk in the on-site campground. Your on-site camping pass gets you into the show; no additional Mabon tickets will be sold to the general public.

Tickets and camping are available now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Or purchase your tickets in-person at the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (and Under the Sun) in Boulder and receive a free pint of Mountain Sun beer!

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Dr. Ralph Stanley Signs With Vector Management

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:22am

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- Musical titan Dr. Ralph Stanley has signed to Vector Management for career management, joining a roster that includes some of the most iconic musicians, chefs and public figures in the world. Ken Levitan, Vector co-president and founder, welcomes Dr. Stanley saying, “We are honored to be working with such a legendary, prolific artist. He is truly a musical treasure of this generation.”

A three-time Grammy-winner, Stanley was recently awarded his second honorary doctorate in music, this one from Yale University. In October, he will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class of that includes actor/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.

Recognized as the leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding father of bluegrass, Stanley has spread his sound around the world during his 68 years of touring and recording. He began his career in 1946 as the younger half of the Stanley Brothers, a group then headed by singer-songwriter Carter Stanley. The Stanley Brothers performed, recorded and appeared on television together until Carter’s death in 1966.

In the years following, Stanley built and led a band that at various times featured such rising talents as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and Larry Sparks. So significant was the Stanley sound in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? that Stanley emerged as a cultural superstar. The soundtrack album to that film has since sold more than seven million copies. Stanley was profiled by novelist David Gates in The New Yorker and went on to earn a Grammy as top male country vocalist, edging out Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Lyle Lovett.

In addition, he was the first performer in the 21st Century to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Vector Management is one of the most formidable artist, lifestyle and brand management companies in the entertainment business today. Led by co-presidents Ken Levitan and Jack Rovner, the staff has a tremendous depth of experience in both management and talent development. Having worked with some of the most iconic artists, chefs and public figures in the world, the Vector team is known for their ability to build a career trajectory that allows their clients to stand the test of time. With Levitan and Rovner’s 360o vision, Vector draws specialists from all areas of the entertainment business to build innovative, strategic campaigns that include marketing, publicity, touring, social media, sponsorships, endorsements and licensing. With offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and London, the Vector team leverages its internal resources to manage all aspects of their clients' careers.

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Del McCoury to be Honored with American Roots Master Award

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:20am

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.

Special guests the Del McCoury Band, a renowned representation of the best in contemporary bluegrass, and Catherine Russell, a vocalist who brings vibrant new life to the Chicago blues sound, will perform with students and faculty to re-envision the music of these two titans.

These exclusive performance will feature Del McCoury and Catherine Russell along with students and faculty from the Berklee American Roots Music Program as they bring a new awareness to the music of Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe, two cultural icons who each helped create and define a blues-based genre: Chicago blues, in the case of Waters, and bluegrass, from Bill Monroe.

Del McCoury will be presented with a Berklee American Roots Master award at the concert. Additional performers include Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, and the Wayfaring Strangers featuring Tracy Bonham, Margaret Glaspy, and Laura Orshaw. Matt Glaser, artistic director, the American Roots Music Program, and Rob Rose, vice president for special programs, are the show's producers.

"The inspiration for this concert came from a wonderful book by Jim Rooney entitled Bossman: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters," said Glaser. "We wanted to envision Monroe and Waters playing together in the same band, exploring and sharing each other's repertoires: bluegrass musicians playing repertoire from the blues tradition, and blues musicians playing music from the bluegrass canon."

Inspired by Muddy and Monroe takes place Friday, September 12, 8:00 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Tickets are $18 and $8 in advance, and $24 and $12 day of show, and available at berkleebpc.com, by calling 617-747-2261, or at the BPC Box Office. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Of all who can be considered bluegrass music’s elder statesmen, none has taken the music to as many new places or introduced it to as many new fans in the past quarter century as Del McCoury. Though he followed his mid-60s stint in Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys with more than two decades of part-time music-making, Del became known as one of the most relaxed and open-minded participants—and one of the most intense singers—in the world of bluegrass, and when he and his family moved to Nashville a little more than 30 years ago, fame was quick to follow. Fronting his Del McCoury Band, which includes sons Ron and Rob, he has become a welcome sight everywhere from David Letterman’s show and the New Orleans Jazz Festival to bluegrass festivals tucked away out beyond where cell phone signals reach. He’s a multiple Grammy winner, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and a man who’s at home in virtually every musical circumstance—and through it all, he’s retained a signature sound that’s still every bit as exciting as it is familiar.

Catherine Russell is a contemporary jazz and blues vocalist who has performed and recorded with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Carrie Smith, and many others. Russell has released several acclaimed and chart-topping albums including Cat (2006), Sentimental Streak (2008), Inside This Heart of Mine (2010), Strictly Romancin' (2012), and Bring It Back (2014). She has performed at the Montreal, Monterey, and Newport jazz festivals, and appeared on NPR's Fresh Air and Weekend Edition as well as the Tavis Smiley Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Russell's cover of "Crazy Blues" was included on a Boardwalk Empire soundtrack recording that won a Grammy Award in 2012.

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2014 FreshGrass Award Finalists Announced

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:18am

Berklee Roots RoadshowThe 2014 FreshGrass award finalists are now confirmed. You'll be able to hear all fifteen of these acts at pop-up performances during the festival, so keep an eye and ear out as you explore. Our contest events on Saturday and Sunday mornings are open to everyone, so come down and cheer on your favorite musicians.

The FreshGrass Award celebrates and rewards fresh takes on the tradition of bluegrass music. During the festival, while the grassy main stage is bustling with headliners, the country’s finest young artists all converge on our indoor theater as they vie for first place in three categories: Best Band, Best Duo, and Best Banjoist. With prizes summing over $15,000, the FreshGrass Award is proud to be the most ambitious contest of its kind in bluegrass today. - See more at: http://freshgrass.com/contests/

This year’s Banjo MegaJam is led by Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown. With a deep lineup of FreshGrass artists on campus, you never know who will show up to share secrets of bluegrass’ most storied instrument. You can expect more than one rollicking jam session to take place during the FreshGrass workshops.

The FreshGrass Fiddle Summit brings students together with the pros for an educational session with a feverish finale. If you play, bring your instrument — we'll be picking all weekend.

In the meantime, check out the contestants – you are in for a treat!

Band Finalists:

  • Eastbound Jesus
  • Many Nights Ahead
  • Pert Near Sandstone
  • The Sons of Bluegrass
  • Twisted Pine

Duo Finalists:

  • Quiles & Cloud
  • Molly Tuttle & John Mailander
  • No Bones About it
  • Tatiana Hargreaves & Ethan Jodziewicz
  • Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg

Banjo Finalists:

  • Jordan Alleman
  • Douglas Jay Goldstein
  • Ricky Mier
  • Gabe Hirschfeld
  • Walker Turner

The American Roots Program at Berklee College of Music imparts its knowledge of bluegrass music — including its rich history and impact on the current musical landscape — at our FreshGrass workshops, demonstrating fundamentals and sharing secrets of the craft. Berklee professors talk technique, style, and improv, educate you on the growth of roots music throughout the years, and shed insight into life as a full-time picker.

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The 23 String Band in Concert at the Bluegrass Museum

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:15am

23 String BandOwensboro, KY -- The 23 String Band has a compelling energy that dances the line between traditional bluegrass and a progressive sound all their own. It's no surprise they were one of the most requested bands in our ROMP survey this year, and we can't wait to hear them again...this time at museum!

The 23 String Band plays fun, fuel-injected, original Americana that dangerously weaves across the lanes of modern acoustic music — windows down, accelerator to the floor, on a joyride into the unknown with one eye on the vintage sounds in the rearview mirror. It’s a bluegrass attack fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll energy and triple-distilled oldtimey roots. Your feet hurt from dancing; your face hurts from grinning. Get ready: you’re riding shotgun!

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 5 at Noon CST and will be available through the Museum's website - www.bluegrassmuseum.org or by calling the Museum - 270-926-7891. This will be a standing show with limited seats available; only 120 tickets will be sold! Much like the Museum's annual summer music festival, ROMP, the concert will act as a fundraiser for the Bluegrass Museum as well as the highly anticipated Bluegrass Center in the heart of downtown Owensboro.

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Help Leftover Salmon Webcast ‘The Nashville Sessions’ Sept 15th

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:13am

Leftover Salmon - The Nashville SessionsAsheville, NC -- Bring 15 Years Of The Nashville Sessions Live From The Ryman To Your Home. Help bring this historic night of live music to living rooms around the world! With your help, this one-of-kind concert experience could be webcast live from the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. There are some exclusive items being offered to those who pledge. Our good friends at Music City Roots will be bringing their A-team along with full HD production to capture the night! By pledging, you could help make this live HD webcast a reality. In addition Leftover Salmon will be donating a portion of the funds raised to the Americana Music Association!

Celebrating 15 years of The Nashville Sessions Live At The Ryman Auditorium!
On September 15th, Leftover Salmon will assemble an all-star cast which includes John Bell (of Widespread Panic), Sam Bush, Taj Mahal, Bill Payne (of Little Feat), Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band), Elizabeth Cook, and many more amazing musicians! 15 years ago LoS was joined in the studio by many of these musicians to record their most treasured album to date, The Nashville Sessions. Years later, they are excited to recreate this album in a live setting. Many music fans out there won’t be able to join in on this special evening in Nashville. This is why the band wants to bring the show to you!

At the Ryman, Leftover Salmon will also be releasing The Nashville Sessions [1999] on vinyl for the first time. A limited pressing of 1000 copies will only be available for purchase at the Ryman or by pledging. This double vinyl set includes a special track featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, which has been aging in the vault for the past 15 years!
You can be the first to download “Bluegrass Pines,” one of the new songs off Leftover Salmon’s forthcoming studio album for a pledge of $5. This track was written by Bill Payne of Little Feat and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Be the first to hear it!

Please join Leftover Salmon in helping make this webcast a reality. If the goal is reached, this unique performance will be broadcasted to the world. So, pick up one of these great offerings, and mark your calendar for a special night of entertainment on Monday, September 15th right from the living room for your home!

Recording The Nashville Sessions was like a musical fantasy island for us. We’d have Earl Scruggs come in the morning, Taj Mahal in the afternoon and Waylon Jennings the next day. We were loving it. It’s still dreamlike thinking about it years later. I sure treasure having had the chance to play with such iconic figures, especially those who have passed on, including our brother Mark Vann. I’m going to savor the chance to make music with the great cast of characters assembled at the Ryman that night. Life is short. Art is long.
  –Vince Herman

Thank you for supporting Leftover Salmon for the past 25 years! For more information and complete tour dates for LoS, please visit and www.LeftoverSalmon.com. To find out more about the Ryman and the event, please visit www.Ryman.com.

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New Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Album Due Sept. 30th

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:56am

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is pleased to announce today's release of Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers' second single "Now The Summer's Gone" from their upcoming album, Another Day From Life (REB-1859). The song is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. The physical and online versions of the full album will be released Tuesday, September 30th.

In a relatively short time, Ohioan Joe Mullins and his band have established themselves as one of the leaders of today's crop of traditional bluegrass acts. But what might seem like a short time is really more like a lifetime of involvement with the music: the son of noted fiddler, promoter, and disc jockey Paul Mullins, Joe has extended the family's extremely successful track record, adding ownership of several radio stations to the highlights of a unique career.

Even as his collaboration with Junior Sisk, Hall Of Fame Bluegrass!, vies for three IBMA awards, Joe Mullins is getting ready to release Another Day From Life, his fourth for Rebel Records. Like its predecessors, Another Day From Life features his durable Radio Ramblers band; it has the unmistakable flavor of the unique and vibrant regional scene in which Joe grew up; and, it serves up a well-crafted selection of songs and performances that have made Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers one of the best-loved groups on the bluegrass scene today.

Another Day From LifeDig a little deeper, though, and there are some changes—tweaks, if you will—that make Another Day From Life not just the latest addition to an already gleaming catalog, but an exciting one, too. To begin with, the project is the first album to feature guitarist/lead singer Duane Sparks. An Indiana native and long-time bandmate of the late Gerald Evans, Jr. (who served for years alongside Joe in the fabled Traditional Grass), Sparks keeps it close to home, with an expressive voice and deep roots in the same scene that nurtured Joe and the other veteran Radio Ramblers. Similarly, while newest member Randy Barnes (bass) has a stellar resume that includes stints with Lou Reid, Larry Stephenson, New Found Road and Josh Williams, he’s a product of the nearby central Kentucky “school of bluegrass” that constitutes the third leg of the “OKI” (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana) region whose musical legacy the Radio Ramblers uphold.

Another Day From Life ranges broadly, pulling in a western swing staple (“Miss Molly”), a Bill Gaither gospel song, a classic country hit from Porter Wagoner and even one from Americana singer-songwriter hero Darrell Scott. But no matter the source, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers always put their distinctive stamp on a song, making it at once their own and a part of the chain of tradition that lies at the heart of bluegrass.

For some artists, every new recording is an opportunity to break new ground. For others, though, it’s an opportunity to plow a deeper furrow in the same soil. Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers know who they are—as people, as individual musicians, and as a band. On Another Day From Life, they offer us not so much a new look as a deeper one, and bluegrass music is that much richer for it.

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IBMA Award Nominee Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Hit Bluegrass Chart

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:53am

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenAustin, TX -- Hot on the heels of their Aug. 12 Compass Records release, Cold Spell, Washington, D.C.’s Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen learned they received multiple 2014 International Bluegrass Music Award nominations, including a repeat nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year. And last week, the album entered Billboard’s Bluegrass Music Chart with a Hot Shot Debut at No. 3.

The Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association also nominated bandleader Solivan for Male Vocalist of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year, and 2013 Banjo Player of the Year winner Mike Munford earned another nomination for that award. In 2013, guitarist Chris Luquette received the Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year, a performance award. The band, which also includes bassist Danny Booth, was nominated for Recorded Event of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year in addition to the Instrumental Group nod.

Cold SpellThe 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will take place October 2 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, N.C., as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Week.

In addition to appearing in Raleigh, the band’s got a full schedule of tour dates through October, starting with a week in Sorrento, British Columbia, at the Nimble Fingers Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival. (See list below.)

Following their appearance in June at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, No Depression’s Jake Schepps wrote: “Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, with their blazing IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, put on a fantastic show … I love this band. Great energy and superlative musicianship.”

And a Cybergrass reviewer enthused, “Cold Spell will solidify [the band’s] position as torchbearers for the new generation of progressive bands taking bluegrass from its traditional roots to a younger and broader audience.”

The band’s 2013 Compass Records debut, On The Edge, reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart. With guests Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick, Cold Spell is poised to do the same. For a look at what the excitement’s about, view their performance of “No Life in This Town,” recorded by videographer Dan Foldes at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

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Donna Hughes Receives Key to the City at Release Event

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:50am
Donna Hughes 2 CDsTrinity, NC -- Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes is proud to announce today's two new album releases, From the Heart and Fly, plus the music video for her song “Red Oak Tree.” During last Saturday's red carpet release event, Mayor Protem Jessie Hill of Trinity, NC (Donna’s hometown) presented her with the Key to the City and proclaimed August 23rd as Donna Hughes Day.

Both albums are available in physical format at CD Baby, DonnaHughes.com and for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and many more online outlets.

Radio has certainly supported these long awaited new albums as Donna is #1 this month on AirPlayDirect’s Global Indicator Top 50 Albums Chart that covers all genres of music.

Her first single release, ‘The Way I Am,” made its debut on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 song chart for September 2014.

The new music video for her original song “Red Oak Tree” premiered during the release party held at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro, NC last Saturday. The video can be viewed on YouTube, and other online outlets. “Red Oak Tree” appears on both albums providing her fans with both an acoustic and piano version of this haunting tune.

"Red Oak Tree" was filmed and directed by Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign of Pikeville, TN. Donna Hughes coordinated costumes and production schedules which was a huge task. The video begins in modern day times and spans several hundred years and included over 100 of her friends and family that participated during the 3-day video shoot. It was filmed exclusively in North Carolina. Locations include: Asheboro City Cemetery (Asheboro), the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the "John Hughes” home); Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. Donna has set up a special page on her website thanking everyone involved for their participation especially to video financier, Charles Finch, the Heritage Carriage Company, Denton Farm Park, and the High Point Theatre Company who provided additional props.

Check out the Red Oak Tree Facebook page to see numerous behind the scenes photos from the video shoot. For lyrics and more information on Donna Hughes, please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites. border-9 height=150 width=300 /

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Swedish Downhill Bluegrass Band Release Fifth CD “Wonderland”

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:48am

 WonderlandSwedish Downhill Bluegrass Band is one of Europe’s most prestigious,well known and highly regarded bluegrass bands. The six piece group, consisting of musicians well respected both in Europe and the USA, play traditionally rooted bluegrass with a contemporary flare. The band originates from Bergslagen, a region in Sweden culturally marked by its heavy industries and mining districts.

On this fifth CD, the material has been written by Jonas Kjellgren and Michael Grund. The inspiration is largely traditional bluegrass, both instrumentally and with the three-part song that is so specific to the genre. While traditional blues and country has influenced both the Downhill’s music as Bluegrass at large. On the disc’s only instrumental track, written by Erik Gunnar Risberg, even a touch Swedish folk music discerned.

In their music you can hear the geographical and cultural similarities between Appalachia, USA, the home of bluegrass. Traditional bluegrass has predominantly reflected poor conditions in the countryside and mining villages. The music invokes the hard work in the mines and fields, the wide open spaces, the simple life, jealousy, prison guards and the battle between God and the Devil. Downhill’s music reflects many of these themes. Music and lyrics express life in the here and now but with an awareness of tradition.

On invitation, Downhill performed more than once at the IBMA Awards in Nashville on account of their excellent playing skills and unique sound, as well as their songwriting abilities. As well as America, they have played festivals in most European countries. Most of the repertoire they perform is their own, and some of these songs have been recorded by both American and European artists.

Read more about Downhill: http://DownhillBluegrassBand.com/

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Nu-Blue & Sam Moore "Jesus and Jones" Video Released

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:43am
Sam Moore and Carolyn RouthThis is the official video for Nu-Blu and Sam Moore’s George Jones inspired single, "Jesus and Jones." The song serves as the first single from Nu-Blu's upcoming album All The Way, which is set for release on September 16. The official video premiered last Friday on The Boot, after CBS Sunday Morning gave viewers a sneak peek at the first cut of the video. The video was even shared by George Jones' official facebook page to nearly 1.4 million fans. You can purchase "Jesus and Jones" on iTunes Right Now! To pre-order the album, click here.

Not since George Jones and B.B. King performed "Patches" on Rhythm, Country and Blues has this form of blending come through so sincerely. George Jones had done collaborations with soul and blues artists in the past. It is refreshing to see Nu-Blu carry on that tradition with a song related to The Possum. With "Jesus and Jones", Sam Moore and Nu-Blu prove that a good idea just gets better with time.

All The WayIn the video, Nu-Blu and Sam Moore are in-studio honoring George Jones, a man who impacted the lives of fans worldwide! Powerful notes are exchanged by both Nu-Blu and Sam Moore. Produced by Sammy Passamano, the heartfelt video shows the genre-crossing pair laughing, and having a fun-filled time while honoring The Possum.

Moore, who had been invited personally by George before he passed away, performed at what became Jones' tribute show "Playin' Possum: The Final No Show" in November of 2013. Sam took no time to agree to participate in recording this song. "I've been a fan of George's music for a long long time and was fortunate enough that we called each other friends," says Moore. "This song honors him and says what we all have felt about him."

"We absolutely love this song and its message," says Nu-Blu's Carolyn Routh. "We played the demo for George's widow Nancy Jones and she loved it. With her encouragement we recorded it and just knew we wanted to add a guest vocalist to the recording."

There is more to come regarding Nu-Blu's latest project. Stay tuned as we bring it to you on Cybergrass.

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