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Tellico to Debut New Album "Relics and Roses" in June

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TellicoAsheville, NC -- Tellico will independently release their debut album Relics and Roses on June 2, 2015. The album features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass), and showcases Aaron Ballance on dobro and pedal and lap steel and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Guitar virtuoso Jon Stickley (Jon Stickley Trio) produced the album and makes a few guest appearances with drums and guitar.

The album is available now for pre-order at www.Tellicoband.com and includes an immediate download of the leading track, “Backstep Blues.” Tellico is pleased to announce Asheville regional shows including a Friday evening set at LEAF Festival on May 8th and an album release celebration at Isis Music Hall on Friday, June 5th. Visit their website for the most updated show listings.

Firmly planted in Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Anya and Stig's committed, authentic vocals are alloyed with Aaron's flowing and soaring dobro and Jed's textured and expressive mandolin, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.

Relics and Roses" title="Relics and Roses" />Storytelling is at the helm of Tellico’s music. All of the songs on Relics and Roses were penned by Hinkle and Stiglets with the exception “White Line-River of Pride,” a Neil Young and Crazy Horse medley of two dirty electric rock tunes buttoned up bluegrass-style. The leading track, “Backstep Blues” [Hinkle] has a “backstep”, a rhythmic hiccup that is typical of old time music, telling the story of a man’s successive retreat from his wife (with the refrain “hey where did your daddy go wrong?”), leaving her with the “backstep blues.” “Calamity”, written by Stiglets, is a tale of disaster sparked by a combination of Hurricane Katrina and Japan’s 2011 tsunami, and the destructive and terrifying images of those events.

“Forsaken Winds” is poetry unto itself with the ethereal sounds of Ballance’s pedal steel filling in the spirit of the lyrics; while “Hawkeye Pierce and Honeycutt Blues” is a tongue and cheek raggy romp in an Asheville street busker’s shoes. “You Can’t Go Home Again” is inspired by Asheville author Thomas Wolfe’s book of the same name. Anya found the book to be so richly descriptive in Wolfe’s longwinded style, especially when the protagonist DOES go home again, which she said, “reminded me of something that my dad always used to say: ‘you can’t go home again’! Of course you can’t. The comforting idea of home is just that, an idea. You have to face yourself and your life. Running from it, either to home or far away from it, doesn’t alleviate your suffering.”

“Mexico 1995” is a coming-of-age story penned by Hinkle after a solo four month journey, mostly by bus, from Nogales, Arizona through Guatemala and back. It was before the internet, before cell phones, and after a grisly war and genocide in southern Mexico and Guatemala, a real eye opener for a kid, all during the winter after Jerry Garcia died. Hinkle says, “That early morning that I walked back, on foot, into my post-college privileged American life after crossing the border at Nogales was like a dream, I was a ghost in my own shoes, my idea of who I was as porous as the haze that seemed to linger that entire day that I re-emerged.” The song uses samples from iconic songs that set up the general feeling that it’s all been done before. Hinkle reflects, “Where does a kid go with that? What’s ahead that’s worth anything?”

Relics and Roses is the first since Anya, Stig, and Aaron formed Tellico after recording four records with the Asheville-based bluegrass band Dehlia Low, whose final album Ravens and Crows was released on the Rebel Records label in 2011.

“I love how the songs on Relics and Roses sound with these musicians covering all details that I didn’t even realize I was longing to hear. The band’s rich playing overlays absolutely perfectly with the meanings of the songs, whether playful and amusing or searching, haunting and lonely,” says Hinkle.

Find out more about Tellico & Relics and Roses at Tellicoband.com, facebook.com/Tellico & twitter.com/TellicoBand.

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John Berry Sings a Blue Ridge Self Portrait

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 Blended BlueRenowned country music singer, John Berry ("Your Love Amazes Me", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", "She's Taken a Shine"...among many others) lends his tremendous talents to the Bluegrass / Americana realm with this single, now available on iTunes.

Lyrics by Bo Edwards and melody by John Berry, it started in John's barn in Watkinsville, GA, where John laid down first a guitar track, then added his awesome vocals. Later, Ray Edwards (Mount Airy, NC) and Dicky Minor (Madison, NC) added flat-pick guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and harmony vocals, solidifying it as a Bluegrass gem. Those finishing touches took place at Dicky's D&K Recording Studio in Madison.

Ray and Dicky claim impressive music successes themselves. Ray is a two-time world champion banjo player. He played for several years as a member of Tom T Hall's band and has played / recorded with numerous famous artists in the past (Randy Travis, Sammy Kershaw, many others). He has cowritten on two number one Bluegrass hits ("Hard Rock Mountain Prison Till I Die", "Carolina Moonshine Man") and he saw his own released single ("My Name Is Jimmy Martin") reach number 13 on the Bluegrass charts a few years back. Dicky has worked at publishing in Nashville, including the company that handled Joe Diffy's first album. His studio in Madison, NC, is world-class, as are his engineering talents. He is also a great musician and singer.

John currently lives in Nashville, and continues to tour widely. Visit johnberry.com for details. Besides iTunes, the single can be downloaded from other vendors such as Amazon and CD Baby.

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First Single "Ain't That Crazy" from Gold Heart Released

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:36am

 Places I've BeenWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of "Ain't That Crazy," the first single from sister trio Gold Heart. The band's debut album on Mountain Fever Records, Places I've Been, will be released May 26th.

Gold Heart, featuring the Gold sisters Tori (mandolin), Jocey (guitar), and Shelby (fiddle) have been touring world wide and astounding audiences with their fun personalities, intense harmonies and brilliant musicianship since 2005. With nearly ten years on the bluegrass scene, hundreds of live performances and now four albums under their belt, Gold Heart is elated to join Mountain Fever Records.

Of the trio, Keith Lawrence of Bluegrass Notes stated, "If angels sing bluegrass, this is what it sounds like."

These young artists are expert songwriters, with Jocey and Shelby contributing the majority of the band’s impressive material. At age fifteen, Jocey was one of three finalists of 983 contestants in the 2008 Chris Austin Songwriters Competition (bluegrass category) at MerleFest.

The work of the sisters can be heard on their previous recordings, My Sisters and Me, Never Let Go and Journey to Heaven's Bright Shore. Rounding out the band are the Gold sisters' father, Trent Gold on bass, and their brother, Kai Gold on banjo. However, on Places I've Been, the trio looked to the album's producer and seasoned player, Ron Stewart, to lend his banjo talents.

"Ain't That Crazy," written by Jocey Gold is the first single from Places I've Been, the band's debut album on Mountain Fever Records. It features Jocey on lead vocals with the very capable support of Shelby on tenor and Tori on baritone. The song is progressively contemporary in flavor with the band's raw and edgy approach but if you listen close, the lyrics speak of a very innocent time in a child's life when playing make believe means you can be just about anything you want and it really "Ain't That Crazy."

"'Ain't That Crazy' was written when I was just sixteen," recalls Jocey. "I was asked by a Nashville producer to write a song for one of his artists. Sipping coffee, strummin' my guitar and daydreaming about how much fun growing up was, 'Ain't That Crazy' was written. The lyrics flowed so naturally with the melody I was feeling. They went hand in hand, just like make believe in the life of a child.

As the song came together, I realized I had just told a part of my own childhood story. It unfolded in two verses, a chorus and an energetic melody. The song was an instant favorite with our band and before I knew it, my intention to pitch the song had changed. This one was a keeper!"

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Vince Gill To Be Spotlighted on Dan Rather’s "The Big Interview"

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:34am
Vince Gill and Dan RatherNashville, TN -- It’s a tete-a-tete of the titans when Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill spends an hour in conversation with legendary newsman Dan Rather Tuesday, April 21, on The Big Interview. Broadcast on AXS TV, The Big Interview provides in-depth excursions into the lives and careers of some of America’s most influential entertainers.

In getting to know Gill, Rather converses with the singer-songwriter in his home studio amidst his extensive guitar collection, accompanies him to The Judge’s Court at Golf House Tennessee to view a statue of his father and learn about The Vinny golfing charity Gill founded, and stands with him on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium, long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry, of which Gill has been an ardent member since 1991.

With 20 Grammy awards to his credit, Gill has emerged as country music’s most eloquent and impassioned champion. He is both a world-class guitar picker and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Among Rather’s other guests in The Big Interview series were Carlos Santana, Wynonna Judd, Don Rickles and Trisha Yearwood. Upcoming guests include Lindsey Buckingham, Josh Groban, Florida Georgia Line, Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis and Frankie Valli.

The Big Interview airs on Tuesdays at 8 p. m., Eastern Time.

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Jayme Stone's Lomax Project Featuring Tim O'Brien

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:32am

Bristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music and The Paramount Center for the Arts present Jayme Stone's Lomax Project featuring Tim O'Brien on the Paramount stage Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m., sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Two-time Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone collaborates with Grammy-winning Americana artist Tim O'Brien, and others, for a re-imagining of songs collected by renowned folklorist and field pioneer Alan Lomax. This "collaboratory" brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive and recycle traditional music.

"He was the guy who first recorded Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie...," said Stone. "A lot of the incredible folk music that we have is with us still because he preserved it."

The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a capella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from well-known musicans and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fisherman, prisoners, and homemakers. Lomax and O'Brien captured this music on the critically acclaimed Borealis Records release, Jayme Stone's Alan Lomax Project, with Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittan Haas, Julian Lage, Eli West, Mollie O'Brien, and more.

According to the Library of Congress, the entire body of Lomax material now resides at the American Folklife Center and encompasses more than 100 collections and includes 700 linear feet of manuscripts, 10,000 sound recordings, 6,000 graphic images, and 6,000 moving images. Created by Alan Lomax, John A Lomax, Sr., and many others, the body of material documents nearly 1,000 culture groups from around the world.

The Jayme Stone's Lomax Project concert serves as an epilogue to Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Film Series, screening Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. through April, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. It's all part of Birthplace of Country Music's education and outreach programming. For more information about this and other BCM programming, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.

Tickets to Jayme Stone's Alan Lomax Project featuring Tim O'Brien are $24 in advance at $29.50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount box office and online at www.theparamountcenter.com.

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. The Other Side of the Air (2013) is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony. Room of Wonders (2010) explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals. Africa to Appalachia (2008) is a boundary-crossing musical collaboration with griot singer Mansa Sissoko that explores the banjo’s African roots and Stone’s adventures in Mali. The Utmost (2007) draws inspiration from Japanese poetry and Brazilian literature and includes a tiny symphony that takes place inside an imaginary lightbulb. Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. Stone is a passionate educator, producer, and collaborator.

In Tim O’Brien’s music, things come together. The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in his songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible has made him a key figure in today’s thriving roots music scene—and well beyond it. O’Brien’s presence—be it as a bandleader, songwriter, mentor, instrumentalist, or vocalist—has been strongly felt not only in his own rich music, but in the many recordings of his songs by such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, the New Grass Revival, and the Seldom Scene, and in his recorded collaborations with Steve Martin, the Chieftains, and innumerable others. Most recently, O’Brien has been performing before capacity crowds in the band of Mark Knopfler, who described O’Brien as “a master of American folk music, Irish music, Scottish music—it doesn't matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers.”

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Terry Baucom to be Inducted to Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:55am

Terry Baucom, Photo - M. Lane PhotographyThe Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame has announced their 8th annual award inductees for 2015. Among those to be honored are bluegrass artist and regional musician Terry Baucom, nationally known country artist Ronnie Milsap, pioneer artist Lulu Belle & Scotty Wiseman, gospel group The Lewis Family, Songwriter Si Kahn, Bobby Patterson of the recording industry.

A special Wilkes County Music Award will be given in memory of Dr. T. R. Bryan to Keith Watts– one of the founding members of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. The 8th Annual Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The dinner and ceremony will take place at the Stone Center for Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro, NC.

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Committee involves local experts along with many leading authorities nationwide in selecting our annual inductees. A fifteen member Nomination Committee including scholars from Appalachian State, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution prepares the ballot upon which a Selection Committee of at least fifty-one members votes. Nomination and voting takes place in two rounds between September 15 and October 30.

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame exists to showcase and preserve the rich musical heritage of the greater Blue Ridge Mountains area from northern Georgia to northern Virginia. The Hall of Fame educates, defines and interprets the history of music in the Blue Ridge area and musicians in all genres from the region with exhibits and an annual celebration of inductees.

Terry Baucom is affectionately known as the "Duke of Drive" by bluegrass music fan. An accomplished banjo artist, he has performed with legendary acts including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, Baucom, Bibey, Graham & Hale, Boon Creek which he helped form. (Boon Creek was Ricky Skaggs, Wes Golding, and Jerry Douglas and Terry Baucom.) Baucom has also been a performing artist on many other albums.

On the banjo, speed isn't everything. The beat and being slightly before the beat is very important -- that's part of the drive. Baucom adds yet another dimension to his performing as he is also a muolti-instrumentalist and can perform in numerous styles other than bluegrass music. He could easily play all the instruments on a single recording by layering them down one track at a time.

Baucom's latest project, Never Thought of Looking Back" features Terry Baucom on banjo, Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglas handles dobro, Wyatt Rice plays guitar, Steve Bryant on bass and Aubrey Haynie playing fiddle. The 12 cuts bring in a variety of stellar guest vocalists with Baucom on the John Boy & Billy label.

Tickets are $35 each for the dinner and ceremony. Tickets may be purchased ONLINE or by calling 336-667-3171

“This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes, Inc.”

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2015 FreshGrass Award Open for Submissions

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:53am

FreshGrassNorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Award, a highlight of the eponymous three-day bluegrass and roots music festival held each fall at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA), crowns up-and-coming musicians who offer a fresh take on the genre. Now in its third year, the Award expands from three categories to four — giving unsigned bands, duos, and banjo and fiddle players a chance to compete for cash prizes totaling over $25,000, recording time at Compass Records’ studio in Nashville, and a slot on the stage at FreshGrass 2016. The competition, judged by a panel of industry professionals led by the legendary FreshGrass favorite Alison Brown, is held during the festival on September 18-20, 2015, and contest performances are open to the festival audience.

To enter, contestants submit two videos via the festival’s website, freshgrass.com — one live performance of an original composition and one live performance of a bluegrass traditional. Notes festival producer Chris Wadsworth, “We want to hear musicians who know the rules well enough to break them!”

Award submissions are judged by compositional originality, instrumental and vocal skills, bluegrass proficiency, and stage presence. Submissions open April 15 and close on July 31. Award finalists are notified in mid-August, and the contest takes place on an indoor stage throughout the three-day festival. Finalists also receive two chances to play their tunes for festival-goers on pop-up stages across the museum campus, including in its galleries. Winners are announced from the festival main stage on Sunday afternoon, September 20.

Over $25,000 in prizes offered to the brightest up-and-coming bluegrass stars in four categories, Band, Duo, Banjo, and new this year, Fiddle

Developed in an effort to boost the careers of promising young musicians, the FreshGrass Award looks for future stars of the bluegrass festival circuit. The 2014 Best Band winner, Twisted Pine, has filled clubs around the Northeast since its FreshGrass debut last year, and performs at this year’s festival. Twisted Pine’s Ricky Mier (who was also the winner of the 2014 Best Banjo contest) says, “FreshGrass is about treating artists and audiences well and creating an environment where everyone can be at the top of their game. The Award is part of that — all the best young bands in the country come and feel very nurtured.”

“It’s a thrill,” Wadsworth continues, “to watch the next generation of music-makers hunker down in this contest while the top bluegrass musicians in the country are playing right outside the doors on festival stages, jamming in workshops, picking in the courtyards, and sometimes jumping on to the contest stage to have a listen.”

In addition to the contest, workshops, and the festival’s legendary jam sessions — during which professional musicians pick and play among the crowd — attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments. A free, secure instrument-check is available all three days of the festival. FreshGrass also includes children's programming and camping. Admission to MASS MoCA galleries is included with a festival pass, and festival-goers enjoy dozens of pop-up concerts set among dramatically scaled exhibitions of contemporary art.

Advance 3-day adult tickets are now available for $93, with students tickets priced at $83, $46 for kids 7-16, and free admission for kids six and under. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount on festival ticket prices. Single-day tickets may be offered closer to the event, as space allows. FreshGrass details will be updated on the festival website, FreshGrass.com, and on Facebook at FreshGrass Festival. FreshGrass is held rain or shine.

FreshGrass is sponsored by No Depression, Compass Records, American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music, and the Porches Inn at MASS MoCA. Additional support is provided by Berkshire Gas as part of its ongoing music series at MASS MoCA. FreshGrass is a co-production of MASS MoCA and FreshGrass, LLC.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is one of the world's liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today's most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, which makes MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.

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Folk Soul Revival at Historic Carter Family Fold Saturday

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:50am

Folk Soul RevivalHiltons, VA -- Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy and rootsy acoustic group from right here in the Appalachian Mountains. Their diversity, creativity, and passion are evident to anyone who’s ever seen them perform. With their distinct vocal approaches, back-porch instrumentation, haunting four-part harmonies, and sheer talent, the boys have garnered much success and have attracted a large following. With strong songwriting, spot on vocals, earthy instrumentation, and an unreserved honesty, a Folk Soul Revival concert is consistently eventful. Saturday, April 18th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Folk Soul Revival. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Folk Soul has shared the stage with Jesse McReynolds, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Goose Creek Symphony, and many others. The Blue Plum Festival, Floydfest, and Rhythm and and Roots are some of the festivals they have played. Recently named the 2011 Band of the Year by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Folk Soul has been featured on the Music City Roots radio program from Nashville as well as Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country radio. Virginia Living magazine named them among the Top Three bands in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Their first album, Good Enough, was released independently in April of 2009. Words Off a Tongue, their second release, followed in August of 2010. No Depression Magazine placed it in the Top 15 releases of 2010. Folk Soul recently released a third CD – Prompting the Dapperness. Completely fan-funded, it reached number 12 on the iTunes country charts and number 99 on the overall charts on the day of release. It has already charted on Billboard Magazine’s Heatseekers Charts at number 10 (the south Atlantic division). Folk Soul’s members are Daniel Davis – guitar and vocals, Brandon Sturgill – upright bass, Justin Venable – guitjo, harmonica, kazoo, and vocals, Emory Carty – guitar, and Dan Witt on drums. Randy Jackson will be coming along to do some special fiddling music for the Fold. For more informationon the group, go to their web site - http://www.folksoulrevival.com. You can also check out myspace, facebook and you tube.

While at first glance Folk Soul Revival may not seem like the typical band you would expect to see at the Carter Fold, they exemplify where the music of our region began and how it will always be the basis of other music that followed – bluegrass, country, and rock. Expect to see the family-oriented show the Fold is known for – no alcohol permitted. Folk Soul fans or “The Congregation,” as they are affectionately known, often attend shows that are standing room only. With seating for over 800, they won’t have that problem at the Fold. Both Fold regulars and the Folk Soul faithful love to dance…and FSR’s uplifting energy and superb song selection will keep everyone dancing the night away! We have the largest dance floor in the Tri-Cities and will easily accommodate fans who love to dance to the music of Folk Soul.

Bring along your friends and celebrate all that makes our mountain region so unique, heartwarming, and unforgettable. Don’t miss Folk Soul Revival at one of our region’s most historic venues. Their first show in September of 2012 packed the house, and their subsequent performances at the Fold have been the same. FSR performed at the past two Carter Memorial Festivals and rocked festival goers. The Carter Fold and Folk Soul Revival – it just doesn’t get any better than that!

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 – Twitter @carterfoldinfo.

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Lonesome River Band Releases Anticipated "Lila Mae" Music Video

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:23am
Lonesome River BandLonesome River Band is very excited to announce our new music video "Lila Mae." The song was written by Alex Cline, Kirk Sauers, and our very own Brandon Rickman. We had so much filming this at Wheatland Plantation in Sevierville, TN. Thanks so much to our Director, Kim White at View Finders TV.com and to Mountain Home Music Company for producing the video. You might see a familiar face in the video - Josh Trivett from Moonstruck Management, along with Natalie Moore and Nathan Morrison in the lead roles.

For those out on the highways this year, be sure to check out our new bus that Sammy has named "Bonnie Brown."

Lonesome River Band continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse line up of award-winning players including vocalist and songwriter Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals.

The band is celebrating their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album, Turn On A Dime released on Mountain Home Music Company. The album certainly showcases Lonesome River Band at the top of their creative game. When masterful players and vocalists combine with top notch material and thoughtful arrangement, the result is a dynamic release. This long awaited project includes numerous chart songs including the hit “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” that reached the #1 spot seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20.

Lonesome River Band’s enduring career includes 17 albums, three of which were released in 2012 in celebration of the group’s 30th anniversary. The band received the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for their song “Angeline the Baker” from their CHRONOLOGY Volume One album along with Sammy Shelor taking home his fifth win as the 2012 IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year. Lonesome River Band has received other awards from IBMA including Album of the Year, along with numerous awards from SPBGMA including being named Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Shelor as Banjo Player of the Year.

Sammy Shelor received the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. In honor of this award, Lonesome River Band with special guest Steve Martin made an appearance and performed on the Late Show with David Letterman on November 11, 2011.

For over 30 years, Lonesome River Band continues set the standard in the bluegrass music world. Whether performing on the famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major concert events & festivals, their loyal fans continue to support one of the most loved and most influential acts of our time.

We invite you to follow LRB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website at www.lonesomeriverband.com. We'll be offering prizes throughout the year to those that share LRB pics and tag #LRB and #lonesomeriverband, so keep those pics and shares coming!

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Original Blue Grass Boys Special Presentation at Monroe Mandolin Camp

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:14am

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2015Original Blue Grass Boys giving a Q&A and demonstration. One-On-One knee to knee private individualized tutorials with an instructor of your choice. An opening night jam where you don't know who of Nashville's finest will show up to hang out and play tunes with you. Learning the Art of Mandolin Construction from world-class luthiers Paul Duff and Will Kimble (and rumor has it that Steve Gilchrist may make it this year as well)! The camp is excited to present to you four of Bill Monroe's greatest-and enduring-sidemen. They are Glen Duncan, Tom Ewing, Mark Hembree and Blake Williams, who entered Monroe's band between 1979 and 1986.

Hot-catered meals. A private retreat with lake, fire pit, outdoor amphitheater for a Sunday morning revival, a picturesque rocking-porch, hiking trails, playing and jamming under the stars. A special presentation with Tony Williamson as he presents a History of the American Mandolin (you do know Tony is known as the Loar guy as well, right?). Nightly jams that seamlessly blend into morning sunrises. Friends from around the world (Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Switzerland, and more). Playing and learning the music and of Bill Monroe with like-minded players. Three and a half days of pure Monroe mandolin music fun. A lifetime of friendships and memories created.

Blue Grass Boys busBill Monroe is famous around the world for creating his own personal musical language, the music that eventually became known as "bluegrass." As it grew over the decades bluegrass music took on many nuances, and we believe one of the largest contributing factors to those changes can be attributed to Monroe's band, The Blue Grass Boys.The Blue Grass Boys numbered nearly 150 members from the band's beginnings in 1938 until Bill's last performance in 1996. Many distinguished names are included in the ranks of men (and women) known as "Blue Grass Boys." They're some of the most talented and influential individuals to play the genre. Bluegrass may have been conceived by Bill Monroe, but without the creative input and support of the Blue Grass Boys he would not have been able to achieve the body of work he left for us.

You don't want to miss this special all-camp presentation. This is a group of not only great musicians, but also conscientious historians of the music. Look forward to insights into the inner workings of the band and how they strove to support Monroe's vision, as well as renditions of the music they played with Bill. There are sure to be plenty of anecdotes about road life as well.

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Rebel Records Releases New Single From Big Country Bluegrass

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:10am

Bluefield West Virginia BluesCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is thrilled to announce today’s release of “Bluefield West Virginia Blues,” the new single from Big Country Bluegrass' upcoming third Rebel album, Country Livin' (REB-1858). The rollicking number was co-written by Tom T. and Dixie Hall and Troy Engle and is one of two Tom T. & Dixie compositions on the project. These songs are particularly poignant, given the recent passing of Miss Dixie in January. "Miss Dixie was a dear friend who loved and supported our music so much," notes Big Country Bluegrass founder and leader Tommy Sells. "Her wonderful contributions, not only to us but to bluegrass music as a whole, were beyond measure."

"Bluefield West Virginia Blues" was inspired by an experience Tom T. had in Bluefield, West Virginia where he encountered a phenomenal banjo player whom he regrets never meeting. The track concludes with a hard-driving take on the classic Don Reno instrumental "Green Mountain Hop" led by Big Country Bluegrass' ace banjo picker Lynwood Lundsford. The song extends a fruitful relationship between the Halls and Big Country Bluegrass as each of the group's last two recordings have included Tom T. & Dixie-penned numbers that have reached #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Airplay Chart: "The Boys In Hats & Ties" from the band's Rebel debut of the same name and "I'm Putting on My Leaving Shoes" from their last effort Memories Of The Past.

Country Livin CoverLed by mandolin picker and band leader Tommy Sells, Big Country Bluegrass has been producing some of the finest American roots music to ever come out of Southwestern Virginia's Crooked Road Trail. Country Livin', the group's 18th recording in a nearly 30 year career, is packed with powerful and heartfelt music that is unabashedly traditional in style. The group not only sticks to the musical vision that the first generation of bluegrass artists created 70 years ago, they also stay true to the music traditions of their specific part of the world. Working with Sells to bring these songs to life is his wife, guitarist and lead and harmony vocalist Teresa Sells, main lead vocalist and guitarist Eddie Gill, banjo picker supreme and Jimmy Martin alumnus Lynwood Lundsford, bassist Tony King and newest member, fiddler and vocalist Tim Laughlin.

"Bluefield West Virginia Blues" can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers.

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Ronnie Reno's Lower than Lonesome #1 on Airplay Direct

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:08am
 Lower Than LonesomeNashville, TN -- Lessons Learned, the latest album by "Bluegrass Music's Youngest Old-Timer" Ronnie Reno, earned the #1 spot on AirPlay Direct Global Radio Indicator Bluegrass/Folk chart for March. Released on March 17, the album received 890 downloads, signifying that radio is pleased with Reno's debut album on Rural Rhythm Records and his first project in over a decade. Programmers can still download the album at AirPlay Direct (click here). Lessons Learned is available for fans on iTunes, Amazon and wherever Bluegrass and Country music are sold.

The appropriately named Lessons Learned hits retailers as Reno marks 60 years in entertainment (look for information about the upcoming celebration in future announcements). The album features 11 tracks that pull from his experiences as an artist, songwriter and TV host. Reno is backed by his band, The Reno Tradition and the rich harmony vocals of Sonya Isaacs. David Frizzell adds guest vocals to the only cover song on the album, a Lefty Frizell classic.

Reno's award-winning career is one of the most diverse and colorful in the industry. He has lent his talents to a long list of seminal performers in both Bluegrass and Country, including Reno & Smiley, The Louvin Brothers, The Osborne Brothers, Merle Haggard, The Reno Brothers, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Vassar Clements, Sammy Smith, Mac Wiseman and many others.

Reno can still be seen on his weekly, long-standing television show “Reno's Old Time Country Music," which reaches an estimated 48 million homes and pulls 1.2 million monthly viewers on RFD-TV (click here for more information, airtimes and upcoming guests). Reno was named IBMA Broadcaster of the Year in 2013 for his work on this show.

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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Country Legends to Release "Country Grass"

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:22am

Country GrassNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are proud to announce the official release date, track listing, and artwork for their forthcoming album Country Grass, due out June 9th on Pinecastle Records. The bluegrass chart-toppers have teamed with some of the biggest country artists of all-time, including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, and John Conlee, to give country classics a new, unique, bluegrass twist. In addition, joining the impressive line-up is country singers Kelly Lang and Jesse Keith Whitley, along with bluegrass favorites Marty Raybon and Ronnie Reno.

Country Grass is fueled by the first single, "Runnin' Water," which features Grammy-award winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters. The single has been met with high critical acclaim. The Boot says "while Jordan's band and their distinct sound already turn heads, combining with the Kentucky Headhunters brings a rich new feel to the catchy tune."

"Working on the Country Grass project was a great experience for me, and I was so thankful to have been given the opportunity to record with so many great country legends," said a humble Lorraine Jordan. "Most of these artists helped shape my traditional roots early in my career. Combining bluegrass with the country classic artists on vocals invites a whole new fan base into my world of music. I am proud to be a part of a new transition, which we call Country Grass."

Listeners will be taken on an emotional journey, with songs that hit the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, combined with special guests, deliver tunes that will have fans singing along for days. Those included in this special collection are the #1 Billboard hits "Ready For The Times to Get Better," "Common Man," "Dixie Road," "Diggin' Up Bones," "I Got Mexico," "Do You Want To Go To Heaven," "Don't Close Your Eyes," and "Rose Garden." In addition to recording individual tracks with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, another highlight on the album is "Boogie Grass Band," which was originally released by Conway Twitty in 1978, but was re-arranged by Lorraine Jordan and Bluegrass singer/songwriter Ronnie Reno, who is the host of Reno's Old Time Music, airing on RFD-TV. Listen closely, because this track is full of country music legends, all lend their vocals on this upbeat anthem.

Country Grass Track Listing:

  1. "Runnin' Water" (with The Kentucky Headhunters)
  2. "I Got Mexico" (with Eddy Raven)
  3. "Darned if I Don't, Danged if I Do" (with Marty Raybon)
  4. "Common Man" (with John Conlee)
  5. "Ready for the Times to Get Better" (with Crystal Gayle)
  6. "Dixie Road" (with Lee Greenwood)
  7. "You Can Have Her" (with Jim Ed Brown)
  8. "Boogie Grass Band" (with various guests)
  9. "Diggin' up Bones"
  10. "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven?" (with T.G. Sheppard)
  11. "Don't Close Your Eyes" (with Jesse Keith Whitley)
  12. "Rose Garden" (with Lynn Anderson)
  13. "Last Date "
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NightGrass in Telluride

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:20am
Night Grass 2013 courtesy Benko PhotographicsNightGrass. For longtime members of Festivarian Nation, that one word instantly evokes jittery excitement. So we'll stick to the facts: 1) the full NightGrass schedule is below; 2) the online lottery is open Tuesday thru Wednesday, April 14-15; and 3) spread the word to your Festivarian family. As an accompaniment to your NightGrass planning, following are 2 stunning videos we can't stop playing: The Lone Bellow belting out 3-part harmonies from the crowd in Telluride and the sweet sound of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan in the studio (they'll be at this year's RockyGrass). Gorgeous stuff.

As if epic performances all day on the main stage, workshops in Elks Park, and pickin' in campgrounds, condos and street corners weren't enough, the shortest nights of the year have their own soundtrack: NightGrass. These late-night indoor shows have created their own legend and lore as bands play their most intimate shows of the year in storied Telluride and Mountain Village venues, including this year's addition of the historic Swede-Finn Hall...

The Lone Bellow, "The One You Should've Let Go"

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan - "Crossing Muddy Waters"

The 2015 Schedule is:

Wednesday, June 17
  • 14th Annual Kick-Off Party with Yonder Mtn String Band
Thursday, June 18
  • Lake Street Dive w/ Lau @ Sheridan Opera House
  • Trampled By Turtles w/ Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line @ Palm Theatre
  • Fruition @ Swede-Finn Hall
Friday, June 19
  • Yonder Mountain String Band @ Sheridan Opera House
  • Leftover Salmon @ Palm Theatre
  • Mustered Courage @ Swede-Finn Hall
Saturday, June 20
  • Steep Canyon Rangers @ Sheridan Opera House
  • Greensky Bluegrass @ Palm Theatre
  • Trout Steak Revival @ Swede-Finn Hall/li>
Sunday, June 21
  • Punch Brothers @ Sheridan Opera House

Tickets for *all* the 2015 NightGrass shows will again be sold via an online lottery, Tuesday thru Wednesday, April 14-15. Any tickets that are not sold via the lottery will be made available beginning Thursday, April 23 at shop.bluegrass.com.

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Premiere of "Revival: The Sam Bush Story" April 21

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:28am
 The Sam Bush StoryThe "Father of Newgrass," Sam Bush, took bluegrass music into a new dimension. Not many people can say they fathered a whole genre of music. The new film Revival: The Sam Bush Story, explores that pioneering journey. Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians — yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend. Starring Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, John Oates, Chris Thile, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, The Avett Brothers, John Cowan, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Hoffman, Greensky Bluegrass, Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury, Jeff Austin, Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Jerry Douglas and others.

Revival: The Sam Bush Story is a new music documentary from See Forever Entertainment and Wannabe Films. Revival, co-directed by Wayne Franklin and Kris Wheeler, makes its World Premiere April 21st at the Nashville Film Festival. Not many musicians can lay claim to being the ‘father’ of an entire genre of music. Sam Bush can. In Revival: The Sam Bush Story, audiences will experience the power of Sam’s musical journey. Widely considered the ‘Father of Newgrass’, Sam has become the icon of his own genre.

In the film, noted musicians from Alison Krauss to John Oates, from the Avett Brothers to Chris Thile, say many of today’s biggest acts in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Americana and the jam band scene owe a debt of gratitude to Sam.

Revival: The Sam Bush Story - Trailer 1 from Self-Proclaimed Entertainment on Vimeo.

“I was a fan of Sam’s work from his New Grass Revival days,” said Franklin, “but when you hear other musicians comparing him to the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, and of course, Bill Monroe, it dawns on you just how influential he has been throughout every phase and aspect of his career.” Wheeler echoed those sentiments.

 The Sam Bush Story“Even though Sam is revered by so many music greats he remains something of an unknown legend for the uninitiated,” Wheeler said. “So, for those who aren’t aware of Sam’s story, this will be a discovery film. And, honestly, that — more than anything else — is what drew me to this project.”

Where does Father of Newgrass fit in the new world of acoustic music? While musicians he inspired reach levels of stardom Sam never did, his challenge is to remain relevant: one show at a time.

“Too old to be young and too young to be an old legend,” is how Sam describes himself.

Revival will compete with 11 other music documentaries in the festival’s Gibson Music Films/Music City Competition. The films were selected from more than 3,500 entries submitted to this year’s Nashville Film Festival.

The film features appearances by Alison Krauss, John Oates, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Jeff Hanna, Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Steep Canyon Rangers, Peter Rowan, the Sam Bush Band, among others.

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New Album from James Reams & The Barnstormers Coming Soon!

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:03am

Rhyme & SeasonAs James pulled together the material for the new album, he knew that this project needed to focus on something other than songs about the hills and hollers or honky tonks. It needed to be personal and meaningful on a whole new level. He felt compelled to describe a journey that had no rhyme or reason, one that reflected the many seasons of life. “Rhyme & Season” touches on topics that affect so many in this great country – those who have chosen the nomadic life and others who were left with no choice.

This new album celebrates the perpetual pilgrim that lives within all of us with the goal of raising awareness about those who live on the razor-sharp edge of homelessness. According to James, "My intention is to embrace a wide range of human emotion from happiness and love to loss and sorrow, and over it all to express the hope I feel about the future. As I listened to some old gems, I was once again amazed at the depth that bluegrass music brings to understanding the human character. These songs inspired me to add my own contribution to the album in the form of original material that touches on similar issues affecting our world today."

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad.
To change without journeying is to be a chameleon.
To journey and to be transformed by the journey
is to be a pilgrim.

~ Mark Nepo

The songs included on Rhyme & Season pay special homage to the resilience of the human spirit and hopefully will encourage all who hear it to reach out to those in need, whoever they might be. The release date is targeted for just prior to Thanksgiving to coincide with the National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week. The songs included on Rhyme & Season pay special homage to the resilience of the human spirit and hopefully will encourage all who hear it to reach out to those in need, whoever they might be.

A Kickstarter Campaign is underway to help offset some of the costs of producing the album. More information about the project can be found by clicking on the Kickstarter link above. Check out the video appeal - it contains a teaser for one of the songs on the album.

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NPR Presents the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards Show

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:41am

2014 Americana Honors & Awards ShowWashington, D.C. / Nashville, Tenn. – Music fans everywhere can now watch a night of special performances by the biggest names in Americana. A set of digitally re-mastered videos from the stage of the 13th annual Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards show is now archived and available for on-demand streaming exclusively at npr.org/music.

Jim Lauderdale hosted the 13th annual Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards on September 17, 2014 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Jason Isbell picked up honors for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Southeastern, produced by Dave Cobb) and Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up,” which he performed with his wife Amanda Shires). The program is dedicated to the memory to Americana Music Association Founding Council member Jack Emerson, without whose passion and energy the Association would not have flourished.

The collection includes following individual performances:

  • Cassandra Wilson, “I Want To Be Loved”
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff, “The Body Electric”
  • Jackson Browne, “Fountain Of Sorrow”
  • Jackson Browne, “The Long Way Around”
  • Loretta Lynn, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
  • Robert Ellis, “Only Lies”
  • Rosanne Cash, “A Feather’s Not A Bird”
  • Parker Millsap, “Truck Stop Gospel”
  • Rodney Crowell, “God I’m Missing You”
  • Sturgill Simpson, “Life Of Sin”

All of these videos are available now at NPR Music’s Americana Music Awards page, where fans can also find an archive of the entire evening, including performances by Loretta Lynn, Jason Isbell, Jackson Browne, JD Souther, Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin and Robert Plant, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Sturgill Simpson, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Parker Millsap, Robert Ellis, Valerie June, Flaco Jimenez, Taj Mahal, Rodney Crowell, Sarah Jarosz, Cassandra Wilson, The Milk Carton Kids, and The Devil Makes Three.

Americana Music Honors & Awards 2014 Winners:

  • Album of the Year: Southeastern, Jason Isbell, Producer Dave Cobb
  • Artist of the Year: Jason Isbell
  • Duo Group of the Year: The Milk Carton Kids
  • Song of the Year: “Cover Me Up,” Jason Isbell
  • Emerging Artist of the Year: Sturgill Simpson
  • Instrumentalist of the Year: Buddy Miller
  • Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Jackson Browne
  • Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Flaco Jimenez
  • Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Taj Mahal
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Loretta Lynn
  • President’s Award: Jimmie Rodgers / Award Presented to Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian, MS.

The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. Registrations for the 2015 Festival & Conference, slated for September 15-20, and the September 16, 2015 Honors & Awards show, are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.

NPR Music collaborates with NPR's news magazines, public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit npr.org/music and discover new music to love.

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Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association Announce 2015 Events

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:38am

Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass AssociationThe 5th Annual Gospel Music Show will be held Saturday, June 27th . Attendees will enjoy an evening of southern, bluegrass and country gospel music. The meal begins at 5:00 and music at 7:00 p.m. Bands performing will be: Amy Wright & Friends, Simply By Grace, and Vicky Dancer. Adult tickets for the show are $5.00. Children 12 and under get in free to the show. A BBQ pork sandwich plate or a hamburger/cheeseburger plate will be served from the concession stand. Adult meal is $5.00. Children’s plates are available for $2.50.

The annual June Bluegrass Festival will be held June 4th, 5th, and 6th. Bands featured will be: Lonesome Road, Spur of the Moment, Highway 32, The Baker Family, Borderline Bluegrass, and Big Creek. A free bean supper with each paid admission will be held at the Thursday night gospel show. Biscuits and gravy will be served up Saturday morning.

The annual September Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for September 24th, 25th and 26th. Bands featured will be The Baker Family, Wires On Wood, Stringed Union, That Dalton Gang, and Casey & the Atta Boys. A bean supper will be held Thursday evening and biscuits and gravy will be offered Saturday morning.

HOBA park is located just off of Bypass 63 at Lanton Road. Turn south between the Glass Sword Cinema and Regal-Beloit. Bluegrass Lane is ¼ mile from the bypass on the right. All shows are held rain or shine. Don’t forget to bring your lawnchairs.

More information can be found on the association’s website at http://www.wix.com/hobabluegrass/home or visit them on Facebook (HOBA Bluegrass). You may also contact the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center at 1-888-256-8835, 417-256-8835, or tourism@westplains.net.

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Robert 'Tut' Taylor - The Flatpickin' Dobro Man Passes at 91

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:41am

Robert (Tut) TaylorMr. Robert “Tut” Arthur Taylor Sr., age 91, of Wilkesboro, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. He was born November 20, 1923 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Herman H. and Lillie Pierce Johnson Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a US Army and Navy Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ella Lee Blount Taylor; daughter, Barbara Taylor; granddaughter, Melissa Boone Dyer and great grandson, Robert Benjamin Dyer.

Surviving are four sons, Robert Taylor, Jr. of McIntyre, Georgia; Mark Taylor and wife Valerie of Nashville, Tennessee, Lester Taylor and wife Kerri of Omaha, David Taylor and wife Linda of Hays, N.C.; three daughters; Shirley Smith and husband Charles of McIntyre, Georgia, LouEllen Bolan of Canada, Linda Taylor of Lewisburg, Tennessee; sixteen grandchildren; and eighteen great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 7:00 until 9:00 o’clock Friday night. Burial will be in Baldwin Memorial Gardens in Milledgeville, Georgia. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com

The man who gave the flatpick a new voice...

It all began near the banks of the muddy Oconee River in Georgia about the time of the second World War. A young Tut Taylor, who didn't know any better, taught himself to play a dobro with a flatpick. The resulting sound was fresh and unique, and it became Tut's trademark. Folks called him the "flatpickin' dobro man". Through the years he became one of bluegrass music's most appreciated musicians for his contributions to the music, both on and off the stage.

Having recorded or performed for decades with many other legends in bluegrass and country music, Tut is a rich source of historical information and anecdotes on the formative years of Bluegrass music, the growth of the music industry in Nashville, and the people that made it happen. From his association with great musicians such as Norman Blake, Roland and Clarence White, John Hartford, and Vassar Clements, to playing in Roy Acuff's band on the last performance of the "Grand Ol' Opry" at the Ryman Auditorium, to opening doors for a young fiddler named Mark O'Connor on his first trip to Nashville, to his involvement with the Grammy-winning recording "The Great Dobro Sessions", Tut has been in the thick of bluegrass, old-time, and country music history for a long time.

Today, in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge and Brushy Mountains of North Carolina, the sweet sound of Tut's flatpicked dobro still resonates, catching the ear of a new generation of pickers. His insight into the music he loves has endeared him to many new fans who appreciate what he has to say as well as what he has to pick. He is often asked about the future of bluegrass and old-time music and his answer is usually along the lines of "Just pick it and keep on picking it." And that's his philosophy in a nutshell - just pick it, just let people hear it and come to love it, and the music will take care of itself.

If he can ever break away from pickin' for a while, Tut will be adding some of his stories and personal photos on this website so that we can enjoy some of the rich musical history he has seen firsthand. In the meantime, here is a little background information on "The Flat Pickin' Dobro Man" himself, Robert A. "Tut" Taylor.

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Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival Adds Kids Academy

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:39am

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce in addition to some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names on stage, a Kids Academy and Kids Games have been added to the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 12 thru 14, 2015 when thousands of bluegrass and jamgrass fans arrive to partake in a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

The Bluegrass Academy for Kids is open for ages 4 to 12 and takes place each day during the festival. Supervised sessions are held each day and include music education, activities and food. From novice to seasoned performers there is something for everyone to learn about bluegrass music. The goal is to broaden a child’s musical horizons by introducing them to a variety of musical genres, including a truly American one—bluegrass. On Sunday the class will take the stage to perform for the crowd. Cost per child is $100. It is anticipated that tickets for the academy will sell out so it is recommended to make a reservation on line soon. More information about the Kids Academy, line-up, tickets, camping, RV, and hotel bookings can be found at http://www.huckfinn.com. Children ages 12 and under are free to attend the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival.

In addition to the Bluegrass Academy for Kids the organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee have contracted with an experienced Kids Games organizer to provide some of the traditional fun and games that families have enjoyed for years. The tradition of creating a family friendly festival and to encourage the education and evolution of bluegrass music continues since the Huck Finn Jubilee began in the mid-seventies. Included in the ticket price is access to the water park at Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park. For more details the website will soon list the type of games and competition anticipated for the 2015 Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival.

The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is produced by The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau , the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally.

Established in 1975 at the hands of a homegrown, Southern California family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a three-day gathering of true bluegrass and jamgrass music lovers. It is a genuine embodiment of endless pickin’ parties, instrumental roots education, and bands performing to fans that believe in the core value that bluegrass is about more than just the music. It is a community- one that delivers the nostalgia of music-driven campgrounds, bare feet, laughter, dancing, instrument exploration, and the development of new friendships.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike. Huck Finn is dedicated in delivering exceptional headlining musicians as well as up and coming talent who will continue to fight for the deep-bedded roots of bluegrass while creating sounds for the future. Bluegrass tunes can largely be described as narratives on the everyday lives of the people whence the music came. The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is held annually on the second weekend of June. For more information visit http://www.huckfinn.com

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