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Peter Rowan's Twang & Groove Featuring Bobby Black to Play Osher Marin JCC

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:24pm
Peter RowanSan Rafael, CA -- Two amazing music legends will take the stage when Peter Rowan's Twang & Groove Featuring Bobby Black performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Osher Marin JCC. Grammy-award winning Peter Rowan returns to the Center with a collaboration of bluegrass luminaries featuring Bobby Black on pedal steel. This evening offers two legends for the price of one. Fabulous, original and traditional bluegrass music with vibrant harmonies. Concessions include light snacks, beer & wine for 21+. Reserved Table & General Admission options.

Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Bobby Black began his career on pedal steel in 1950, playing California dance halls and heading to Oklahoma to back Web Pierce and Lefty Frizzell. He returned to California in 1971, joining Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airman. His list of collaborations is long and includes Maria Muldaur, Barbara Mandrell, Norton Buffalo, Elvin Bishop, Asleep at the Wheel, and countless others.

The Kanbar Center is the Performing Arts Department within the Osher Marin JJCC in San Rafael, California. For over 25 years they have been building community through the power of the arts with music, voice, humor, taste, culture, movement and words. You may find classical music, comedy, musical concerts, jazz, theater and performance in the grand Hoytt Theater, as well as lectures, chats and demonstrations in the Kurland Lounge and the award winning family friendly, multicultural Summer Nights outdoor music festival on Swig Field.

The Kanbar Center also oversees the rental of these spaces for special event, fundraisers and community celebrations. For more information and tickets visit Osher Marin JCC.

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ROMP Fest Announces Additions to 2018 Lineup

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:34pm

Romp Fest 2018Owensboro, KY -- ROMP Fest, produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, is pleased to release lineup additions for its 15th annual festival, including Leftover Salmon, The Travelin' McCourys, the Jeff Austin Band, and Michael Daves featuring Tony Trischka. The four-day music, camping, and art festival will take place June 27-30, 2018 in Owensboro's Yellow Creek Park.

The twelve artists added will join the previously announced acts including: Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, Rhiannon Giddens, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Billy Strings, and We Banjo 3. The announced lineup additions include:

  • Leftover Salmon
  • The Travelin' McCourys
  • Jeff Austin Band
  • Michael Daves featuring Tony Trischka
  • Parker Millsap
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • Robbie Fulks
  • Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
  • Fireside Collective
  • Sheriff Scott & the Deputies
  • Mile Twelve
  • Love Canon

General Admission, VIP, tent and RV camping passes are now available at www.RompFest.com. Advanced ticket prices will increase Monday, February 19.

Individuals interested in volunteer or vendor opportunities can apply for open positions at www.RompFest.com/get-involved.

News on daily schedules, after party performances, artist-led workshops and children's activities will be announced in the coming months. To stay up-to-date with ROMP fest, music fans can visit www.RompFest.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum is a 501c3 non-profit located in Owensboro, Kentucky focused on gathering, preserving, exhibiting and disseminating the artifacts, history, collection and performance art of the global history of bluegrass music through an educational experience.

Formed in 1991, the IBMM is currently constructing a new building in downtown Owensboro, KY along the Ohio River. Just three blocks west of the current location, this new facility will double the museum's exhibit space and incorporate a 450 seat theater, an outdoor performance area, expanded research library, rooftop restaurant and much more.

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New Clay Hess Band Single “Cold and Lonely” Released

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:02am

Cold and Lonely“Cold and Lonely”, the brand new single from the Clay Hess Band, fronted by Grammy Award winning super picker, Clay Hess, is available now on AirPlay Direct for DJ's and radio programmers. This awesome track will be turning the volume up all over the world and pleasing traditional, contemporary and progressive bluegrass fans alike! It's a must listen! Check it out and request it from your favorite station Today!

Clay Hess, leader of The Clay Hess Band is from Athens, Ohio. Clay's first introduction to many was as the lead guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, winning a Grammy Award during his tenure there. After departing Skaggs, Hess toured and recorded with several of the top bands in the genre. With the help of longtime friend and musical comrade Randy Kohrs, Clay recorded his critically acclaimed solo album "Rain" with the title track going to #1 on the Bluegrass Today chart. The success of the project directly led to the formation of The Clay Hess Band in 2012.

"Growing up in a musical family, it wasn't hard to find an instrument lying around to plunk on. Pair that with having a desire to learn, a passion for music, and a wealth of people to learn from and you get a musician. Having a family of talented players and singers is an advantage if you can keep your ears open and your mouth shut. I should have done more of both."
--Clay Hess

Known for his syncopated sense of timing, Hess always tries to keep you guessing what is coming next. Today with The Clay Hess Band you can hear the result of all the jam sessions, bar gigs, bluegrass festivals, and hours learning from relatives/musicians/recordings.

Additional personnel in the Clay Hess Band include Irl Hees on bass, Brennan Hess on guitar, Dustin Frame on mandolin and Brady Wallen on banjo. All members contribute to vocals.

The full album release is scheduled by Pinecastle Records on or about the 1st week of May and we are on pins and needles for more after hearing this smashing first single. Fans can purchase, stream and download the new single here.

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The Cabin Creek Boys at Carter Family Fold Feb 24th

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:58pm

The Cabin Creek BoysSaturday, February 24th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Cabin Creek Boys. The Cabin Creek Boys play old time hillbilly music from the mountains of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina, performing at area festivals, fiddlers' conventions, square dances, and other community events. Led by multi-instrumentalist husband and wife duo Chris and Erika Testerman of Lansing, North Carolina, the band also includes Jackson Cunningham of Grant, Virginia, on guitar; Trish Kilby Fore of Galax, Virginia, on clawhammer banjo; and Jerry Steinberg of Salem,Virginia, on the upright bass.

Chris Testerman was raised in the Whitetop section of Grayson County, Virginia. While attending Mount Rogers Combined School, he became interested in fiddle playing and was a member of the Mount Rogers School String Band. After a lot of hard work, determination, and guidance from mentors Thornton and Emily Spencer, Chris has now become a strong Whitetop-style fiddler. Chris toured Canada in 2013 and the United Kingdom in 2014 with the Whitetop Mountain Band. Following in the footsteps of another legendary Whitetop fiddler, Albert Hash, Chris also builds fiddles. He learned much of his craft from Audrey Hash Ham and Archie Elmer Powers. Chris also sings harmony for the Cabin Creek Boys in the style of the early Stanley Brothers recordings.

Erika Testerman, originally from Mount Airy, North Carolina, grew up in a musical community and was taught and influenced by several well-known Surry County musicians Chester McMillian and Mac and Steve Snow. Erika and Chris teach in the Sparta School's Junior Appalachian Musicians program and feel it is important to pass on the area's musical traditions to the younger generation. Many times during the Cabin Creek Boys performances, Erika will lay down her guitar, pick up a fiddle, and join Chris on a few toe-tapping tunes. Erika also brings a real talent for singing to the Cabin Creek Boys.

Jackson Cunningham, who's from southern Oregon, is no stranger to old time and bluegrass. He grew up around music and has been playing guitar and singing most of his life. He has toured in many different states and abroad, including both England and Australia. Like Chris, Jackson is a luthier and specializes in building guitars and fiddles. He learned most of his musical techniques from Wayne Henderson, Herb Key, and Audrey Hash Ham. Jackson does most of the lead singing for the Cabin Creek Boys and will happily pull out his mandolin for a tune on occasion.

Born and raised in the Lansing community of Ashe County, Trish Kilby Fore began playing the clawhammer banjo after suffering a knee injury playing softball. Trish was fortunate to be around many good musicians growing up and attended jam sessions and dances with her grandparents. Trish's banjo playing style was influenced by Emily Spencer, Enoch Rutherford, Harold B. Hausenfluck, and Larry Pennington. In 1997, Trish had the opportunity to tour Germany and France with the old time band Farmer's Daughters. Married to banjo player and maker Kevin Fore, Trish often plays a Round Peak banjo with a formica checkerboard design neck he made for her. Trish also sings a few songs with the Cabin Creek Boys.

Although Jerry Steinberg was not born in Virginia, he got here as quickly as he could, and he has made his home in Salem, Virginia, for most of his life. Jerry learned to play the bass in his mid-thirties and was lucky to get his start in old time with Kyle Creed and in bluegrass with Ted Lundy. Jerry's timing is the foundation for the Cabin Creek Boys' hard-driving, high-energy and danceable beat. Jerry can walk, slap, and chime the bass. A walking encyclopedia of old time, bluegrass and hillbilly music, Jerry is often sought out by fellow musicians, academics, and the Bluegrass Unlimited magazine to answer those "hard-to-answer" type questions.

The Cabin Creek Boys have fun entertaining audiences with their unique style of traditional music that includes old time hoedown instrumentals, bluegrass songs, two-step numbers and waltzes. They love to make people happy with their music. Visit them on their Facebook Page to check out the band. Come on out and join us for the group's second performance at the Fold. Fans of the Whitetop Mountain Band will love the Cabin Creek Boys. Bring your dancing shoes and all your friends and family for a carefree night in the place country music got its' start – at the foot of the beautiful Clinch Mountains. The Carter Family Fold is an alcohol and drug free facility, and we emphasize fun for the whole family. Concert admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., is a nonprofit, rural arts organization that was established in 1979 to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. Saturday concerts have been held since 1974. The center is family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For more information, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. To access recorded information on the upcoming Saturday show at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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Michael Johnathon's Childrens Tale “Mousie HiWay” Out May 2018

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:34pm

 The Adventures of Banjo Mouse in the Appalachian MountainsFolksinger and banjo picker and former Knott County resident, Michael Johnathon, has produced a musical kids project that will introduce K-7th grade kids to the banjo, bluegrass music and the instruments that play it.

The 32-page full color illustrated book Mousie Hiway: The Adventures of Banjo Mouse in the Appalachian Mountains is a 6½ minute acoustic hip-hop Appalachian bluegrass song that tells the story of of Banjo Mouse traveling the Appalachian mountains and forming a bluegrass band, complete with illustrations that Michael drew himself. You can hear the full audiobook there that Michael Johnathon recorded with the McLain family band and Rob Ickes at the Mousie Hiway link below.

The reason for this approach is to get kids who might not be familiar with bluegrass music to "want" to find out more. It also celebrates the Appalachian “front porch” heritage so dear to many in the mountain communities.

In that goal, Johnathon chose a very unexpected approach:

Included with the book is a CD of the audio book version, recorded as an acoustic Appalachian hip-hop bluegrass spokenword composition. The recording features Kentucky bluegrass legends the McLain Family Band and multi-award winner and IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes. The 32-page full color book includes Lesson Plans for classrooms and a CD of the audio book version as well.

Johnathon, the creator and host of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, actually lived in Mousie, KY for nearly three years in the late 80’s. A prolific songwriter and instrumentalist, he is releasing a 23-song album of all banjo songs to coincide with the release of the Mousie Hiway, both due in May 2018.

You can order autographed (optional) advancee copies now by clicking here. Pre-orders include a Free Copy of the 23-song Moonfire banjo album if you order before May 1st. Call 859-255-5700 with a credit card, send a check for $18.95 plus 2.75 shipping (21.70 total) to PoetMan Records PO Box 200, Lexington, KY 40588, or order via PayPal for $18.95 plus $2.75 shipping to radio@woodsongs.com

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Becky Buller Delivers “Crêpe Paper Heart”

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:40pm

Crêpe Paper HeartNashville, TN -- Dark Shadow Recording delivers a singing bluegrass Valentine with the release of Crêpe Paper Heart, the label's second solo album from 2016 IBMA Fiddler and Female Vocalist Of The Year, Becky Buller. This collection features new songs from the pen of Buller (2015 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year) and her co-writers, performed by past and present members of her ridiculously talented road band, along with an award-winning line-up of guests, including Grammy and IBMA award winners Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, The Fairfield Four, Rob Ickes and more.

"It wasn't supposed to take this long," said Buller, alluding to the four years lapsed since her DSR debut recording, 'Tween Earth And Sky.

"But so much good life got in our way!" she continued. "And I'm glad we took our time rather than rushing just to get something out. This album completely changed in character from what we originally planned it to be: we leaned more heavily on my road band; we were able to connect with The Fairfield Four and our other wishlist of special guests.... I'm so proud of it. I sincerely hope you enjoy the new tunes."

"Becky Buller is a force of nature and her road band is built of serious musicians, all chomping at her heels," said producer and DSR label head Stephen Mougin.

"On this project, we really wanted to showcase the sound that the audience gets to hear, while maintaining a platform for Becky to collaborate with heroes and friends. In digging through Becky's phenomenal songwriting catalog, we paired down a substantial list into a collection that represents the flavor of her touring group and highlights her powerful fiddle and vocal prowess. Becky always strives for perfection and class, driving those around her to do the same. The new album shows that in spades! Dark Shadow Recording is proud of Becky and her accomplishments and proud to be a part of Crêpe Paper Heart."

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DelFest Announces Additions to 2018 Lineup

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:49pm

DelFest 2018Nashville, TN -- DelFest, produced by McCoury Music & High Sierra Music, is pleased to announce the following lineup additions to the 11th annual DelFest, which takes place May 24-27 at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. The thirteen acts announced today, paired with the festival’s initial lineup, solidify DelFest as the premier live music event for fans whose musical tastes span the width of bluegrass, Americana, and improvisation-- fitting considering its namesake, Del McCoury, is the patriarch of the modern day string band.

The new additions annnounced include:

  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Danny Barnes, Sam Grisman
  • Richard Thompson
  • The Infamous Stringdusters
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Mandolin Orange
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • The California Honeydrops
  • Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  • The New Orleans Suspects
  • The Broomestix
  • The Grass is Dead
  • Justin Moses & Cody Kilby

Previously announced acts include: The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Bluegrass Congress (The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan), Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Wood Brothers, Fruition, Sierra Hull, Rising Appalachia, Bryan Sutton Band, Billy Strings, The Kruger Brothers, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, The Lil Smokies, Cris Jacobs, Dustbowl Revival, The Brothers Comatose, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Birds of Chicago, Jon Stickley Trio, Twisted Pine, and Dré & The Gospel Collective-- emceed by Joe Craven.

Unique to this year’s festival, Del McCoury created The Bluegrass Congress, for which he sent hand rolled parchment paper invites to Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan. Representing the best at what they do in the field of Bluegrass, these musicians will convene on Saturday evening (May 26th), joining the Del McCoury Band for a picking party like none other in festival history.

DelFest 2018 will take place from May 24-27, 2018, and once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.

Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C.) serves as the perfect location for DelFest, nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains. The fairgrounds are conveniently located near four major airports and can be easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland, MD, is a welcoming host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown, and great amenities that include biking, a steam train engine and museum, and top-notch dining.

In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can once again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, and late night indoor performances and picking sessions. DelFest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day music academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and friends. DelFest Academy, which takes place May 21-23, provides all levels of musicians an opportunity to learn from some of the best pickers in the world.

Four-day advance passes, Academy passes, and a variety of parking options are currently on sale at www.delfest.com.

Please visit the DelFest website and for updates and more information.

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Tom T. and Dixie Hall are 2018 Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:11pm

Miss Dixie and Tom T. HallThe Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame is pleased to announce Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall as their 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees. The award ceremony will be Saturday, September 22, in Bean Blossom, Indiana at the 44th Annual Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Bluegrass Festival.

Hall of Fame selection is based on making substantial and enduring contributions to bluegrass music, and the Halls have contributed in a variety of ways for a half century.

Songwriting has been their most public contribution, dating back to 50 years ago when Miss Dixie co-wrote songs with Hall of Fame member Maybelle Carter and Tom T. was writing for Hall of Famers Flatt & Scruggs. In 1999 Miss Dixie and Tom T. began writing songs together. Since then, 3,000 have been recorded. Miss Dixie, the most prolific female bluegrass song writer of all time, has had over 500 of her own songs recorded.

The Halls were so successful together, they won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) “Bluegrass Songwriters of the Year Award” for 10 consecutive years. At that time they were awarded the Grand Masters Gold and had “their jerseys retired” from the category. In a 10 year period, the Halls averaged over 2.4 songs a month on the Bluegrass Unlimited top 30 song chart. Eleven of the Hall’s songs went to #1, and some months they had as many as five songs at the same time on the chart! In 2004 they were awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) “Distinguished Achievement Award” for their lifetime contributions to bluegrass music.

Besides songwriting, the Halls have had a positive influence on the genre by helping young and struggling artists. They started their own publishing company (Good Home Grown Music) and their own record label and studio (Blue Circle Records) at home at Fox Hollow, near Franklin, TN. Often the Halls provided rooms in their home, meals and free studio time to young, up-and-coming artists. They also gave personal encouragement. Miss Dixie felt the bluegrass community was her family, and she treated artists in that way—helping build careers and increasing the number of successful new bands along the way.

Helping bluegrass was not new to Miss Dixie. As far back as the ‘60s, she started promoting bluegrass groups in the UK and then moved to the States where she promoted groups like The Stanley Brothers, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Bill Clifton for Starday Records.

Tom T. has recorded a number of significant bluegrass recordings: The Magnificent Music Machine, The Storyteller and the Banjo Man, and Tom T. Sings Miss Dixie. Because Tom T. was one of the biggest country music stars of his generation, these recordings not only brought good music to the bluegrass community, they also brought bluegrass into the homes of country music fans not familiar with the genre.

Although Miss Dixie left us too soon on January 16, 2015, the Halls’ contributions to bluegrass music continue to be felt. Their bluegrass songs still top charts and the artists they encouraged are still flourishing, three years after her passing.

For more information on the event, please visit www.BillMonroeMusicPark.com.

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Jam Camp Coming to Bluegrass Museum this March

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 10:18pm
IBMM Bluegrass Jam CampOwensboro, KY -- Here's your chance to play music in a fun environment, connect with other musicians, and receive top-notch jamming tips from an experienced teacher. Join us March 16-18, 2018 for the Wernick Method Jam Camp hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Led by Dave Howard of 23 String Band & the Louisville Folk School, this 3-day camp will take place at the Museum's current location in downtown Owensboro.

You'll learn about the ground rules and etiquette of typical jams, how to find melodies and fake solos, how to follow new songs, and so much more all in a low-pressure, time-tested teaching environment.

Pete Wernick's inventive teaching method focuses on the student's desire to play music in a social setting. The emphasis is to address the general lack of this type of learning situation, and these camps have been launching beginning jammers everywhere! We will show you how to be in a bluegrass jam session, fitting in at your own ability level. You will be jamming the first morning!

Check out the video from instructor, Dave Howard, and visit our website for more information and to register.

Dave Howard has enjoyed years of singing and playing mandolin throughout the U.S. with The 23 String Band - winners of the Rockygrass Bluegrass Band Competition and Louisville Music Awards Bluegrass Artist of the Year - and has over a decade of experience on-stage with Louisville based Relic Bluegrass band.

Dave serves as Director of Louisville Folk School, a traditional music education community he founded in 2015, and sits on the board of Bluegrass Anonymous - Louisville's Bluegrass Music Association.

Dave moved from his childhood home of Owensboro, KY to study Art History at University of Louisville, and recently apprenticed as a fiddler through a Kentucky Arts Council Masters Apprenticeship Grant for Folk Arts. When he isn't busy performing around the country, he can often be found running joyfully through the woods near his home in the historic Clifton neighborhood.

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Award Winning Volume Five Releases “Milestones”

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:33pm

MilestonesWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is happy to announce the release of the newest album from the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year, Volume Five. Milestones is available to radio and consumers today! Nashville is known as a "10 year town" — indicating it takes a full 10 years to achieve any real success in the music business. And while fans have long been hot on the trail of Volume Five (V5), it's easily said the industry is finally catching on and wising up. After a full decade of playing thousands of shows and making some of the best records in bluegrass, V5 has hit their stride. In 2017, the IBMA honored V5 with Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Drifter," arguably one of the most played tracks of the decade, thus far.

Aptly named, Milestones is the seventh album for V5 on Mountain Fever Records, and is further proof the band knows how to find and record top-notch material. Fellow bluegrasser Jerry Cole gets writer credits for the bookend tracks, "Just Beyond the Window" and "Stoney Hill," both exemplary in setting the tone for the record while closing with the proverbial exclamation point. "Looks Like Losing Love" is written by Ronnie Bowman and Billy Droze, both considered among the elite in their craft. Of the 12 cuts, it's no coincidence the three ballads are co-written by Craig Market who clearly has a knack for weaving words that tug at the heartstrings when teaming up with writers such as Josh Miller, Becky Buller, and Tim Stafford. The albums first single, "Now That's A Song" was written by Bob Minner and Shawn Lane, and has already taken a well-deserved ride on the song charts including multiple weeks on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Songs chart and coming in at #4 on February's Top 20. No doubt, Milestones is a very well-written album, matched perfectly with a band who performs the music the way it was intended.

In the liner notes, Stafford eloquently summarizes V5 and Milestones:

"Volume Five has a very distinct sound that begins with Glen Harrell's pitch-perfect, rich baritone voice. He has a great emotional range in his singing that allows the band to do a wide variety of songs effectively. The fact that Colby Laney and Jacob Burleson often switch guitar and mandolin seamlessly to create different tones and sounds testifies that Volume Five is one of the top instrumental bands on the circuit. Patton Wages is a groove machine on banjo, and bassist Chris Williamson provides a propulsive, rock-solid foundation. Glen's fiddling is icing on the cake, as is guest Gaven Largent's (Dobro) tasteful fills and leads. Jacob already has one of the best mandolin chops in bluegrass, and Colby is an inventive and powerful lead and rhythm guitarist. But this is a vocal band first, even beyond Glen's powerhouse singing—the harmonies are exquisite as well, wrapping themselves around his lush lead vocals. This is one great bluegrass record."

Radio programmers may download Milestones via AirPlay Direct or request a digital download by emailing radio@mountainfever.com. Consumers may purchase Milestones today wherever great music is sold. For more information on Volume Five, visit www.VolumeFiveBG.com. For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit www.MountainFever.com.

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IBMA Foundation Announces $11,600 in Grants to be Awarded in 2018

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:27pm

IBMA FoundationNashville, TN -- The IBMA Foundation, based in Nashville, TN, recently awarded $11,600 in grants to the nine recipients listed below. “We’re proud to announce the largest amount of annual grants in the history of the Foundation, to the highest number of annual recipients,” said IBMA Foundation board chair, Peter D’Addario. “Our recent merger with the International Bluegrass Music Association has been very positive, and we’re very grateful for the support from our donors this year.”

Last year, The International Bluegrass Music Association, Inc. and the IBMA Foundation (formerly the Foundation for Bluegrass Music Inc.) officially merged into a single organization. The merger recognizes and formalizes the historic relationship between the two organizations and will help to strengthen coordination of their fundraising and operations.

The IBMA Foundation Grant Recipients for 2018 are:

  • Black Swamp Arts Council, Tri State Youth Bluegrass Initiative (Archbold, Ohio)
  • Bluegrass Ambassadors with the Hanna Miners, Silver Sound Foundation (Carbon County, Wyoming)
  • Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival (Fayetteville, West Virginia)
  • Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Fairbanks, Alaska)
  • Grey Fox Educational Fund, Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids (Oak Hill, New York)
  • Makers Guild of Maine, Vacationland Bluegrass Camp (Searsport, Maine)
  • Nashville School of Traditional Country Music (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • San Diego Folk Heritage, Julian Family Fiddle Camp (San Diego, California)
  • The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, Professional Development Seminar for Musicians (Abingdon, Virginia)

    Created in 2007, the IBMA Foundation (previously The Foundation for Bluegrass Music) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that supports bluegrass music-related educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities.

    The Black Swamp Arts Council’s Tri-State Youth Bluegrass Initiative in Archbold, Ohio will make it possible for interested elementary and middle school students to attend 10 hours of free, after-school group lessons and weekend mini-camps, taught by local veteran bluegrass musicians. Local sponsors will step in to fund additional lessons, youth bands will be formed, and the young musicians will get the chance to perform for their families and area bluegrass fans at a local venue. Youth in northwestern Ohio, northeastern Indiana and southeastern Michigan will benefit from this program.

    The Bluegrass Ambassadors with the Hanna Miners, hosted by the Silver Sound Foundation, will bring two full days of bluegrass music instruction to three small elementary schools in Carbon County, Wyoming on April 9-10, 2018. Instruction will be provided by Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers. Assemblies and classroom workshops will cover bluegrass music and its roots, as well as why music has been important to mining communities like Carbon County since the western expansion of the U.S. There will be square dancing, and the Henhouse Prowlers will also perform with school bands at a concert for parents.

    The Coda Mountain Academy’s Summer Music Festival, held near Fayetteville, West Virginia, is a two-week, residential music camp which focuses on providing high-caliber musical opportunities and training for students regardless of their socio-economic status. Coda offers tracks in bluegrass and classical music during its Summer Music Festival, and the faculty are graduates of top music schools and conservatories throughout the U.S. Musical exposure to unfamiliar styles of music on a daily basis is beneficial to both students and instructors, who often perform together in recitals and public concerts. Far beyond mere tolerance for each other’s differences, this kind of collaboration demonstrates diversity, versatility, and inclusiveness to the students, while encouraging exploration and appreciation across musical cultures.

    Instruction in American roots music, with a focus on bluegrass music, has been offered as a part of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska since 2008. The roots program draws 40 students from the local area, as well as 200 audience members. Specifically, students learn improvisation and composition, intro to roots-style acoustic bass playing, arrangements for string bands, banjo lessons (chords and solos), and songwriting. Attendees also tour Denali National Park and other communities in the interior of Alaska.

    The Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids, near Oak Hill, New York, consists of four days of intensive training in acoustic stringed instruments, including sectional and ensemble practice, harmony singing and songwriting, culminating in a main stage performance by the students as part of their “graduation.” No fees are charged for the academy, so the program is accessible to school-aged children interested in bluegrass, regardless of socio-economic status. As instructors teach children to play and appreciate bluegrass, they strive to instill a life-long passion for the music and to help preserve the American art form by passing bluegrass music on to the next generation.

    The Vacationland Bluegrass Camp hosted by the Makers Guild of Maine is open to all ages, with students under 18 accompanied by an adult. Instruction is offered on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, ukulele, voice and instrument care. Makers Guild is a non-profit organization which promotes art and music in mid-coast Maine. The goal of their September bluegrass camp is to offer a friendly, low-key environment where people of all ages can learn to play bluegrass music. The camp is located at Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground, on the shores of Penobscot Bay in Searsport, Maine. Veteran bluegrass musicians from the region (and beyond) have been recruited to teach. A student concert is held on the main stage on Sunday afternoon.

    The Nashville School of Traditional Country Music based in Nashville, Tennessee celebrates the deep-rooted history of American country music and dance through inclusive, encouraging, group-oriented education. By harnessing the resources of a uniquely talented community, the group seeks to ignite passion, develop confidence, and provide the tools necessary to hone lifelong skills and appreciation—thereby preserving Nashville’s rich cultural history for future generations. The Foundation grant will help cover the costs for lessons and instrument rental for eight students, for one semester.

    The San Diego Folk Heritage, Julian Family Fiddle Camp, held in Julian, California, is an immersion-style, four-and-a-half-day acoustic roots music camp started in 2011 by Avery Ellisman. To date, over 400 people from across the U.S. and abroad have attended the camp, learning to enhance and improve their skills at playing guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and upright bass while increasing their personal network of music friends. JFFC engages up to 15 professional musicians as camp instructors each year, many of whom are leaders in and performers of bluegrass music. The Foundation grant in 2018 will help to pay banjo and guitar instructors.

    The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail will host a Professional Seminar for Musicians in the fall, as a part of their Traditional Music Education program. The one-day event will serve musicians age 16 and older from the southwestern area of Virginia who are in the beginning to intermediate stages of their careers. Goals for the seminar are to heighten the awareness of professionalism in self-representation for musicians and to help participants develop skills that will benefit their careers in music.

    The Foundation now enjoys greater access to IBMA’s staff and infrastructure to facilitate joint fundraising and other joint efforts that benefit both organizations. The IBMA, for the first time since its inception, is able to accept charitable contributions directly from donors, who can claim tax deductions for those contributions. The IBMA will seek to benefit as well from its new capacity to apply for grants as a Section 501(c)(3) organization.

    For information on making a donation to the IBMA Foundation or to apply for either an annual IBMA Foundation grant or a Bluegrass in the Schools mini-grant, please visit www.bluegrassfoundation.org, or email info@bluegrassfoundation.org. For more info on IBMA, the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund and the IBMA Foundation, visit https://ibma.org/donate.

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IBMA & Blue Ridge Banjo Camp Announce IBMA Member Scholarship

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00pm
IBMA & Blue Ridge Banjo Camp ScholarshipThe IBMA is proud to partner with the Blue Ridge Banjo Camp in offering a full scholarship to a lucky IBMA member for this first-ever banjo camp. This scholarship, valued at $1100, will cover cover tuition, lodging and meals at the idyllic Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Students will have a chance to study with Béla, Tony Trischka, Kristin Scott Benson, Mike Munford and Steve Cooley. The instructional focus will be on the three distinct styles of three-finger banjo playing: Scruggs, melodic, and single string. Designed with intermediate and advanced students in mind, this camp will feature three days and four nights of diverse banjo instruction as well as a a finale concert held in the beautiful Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium.

When we say this is a rare opportunity, we are not exaggerating. World-class banjoist Béla Fleck has never before taught at a banjo camp. Yet this August at Blue Ridge Banjo Camp, in addition to teaching, he is hand-picking the teachers and hand-crafting the course work. He is tailoring it, he says, "to students who are just as excited about the banjo as we are, and that are banjo nerds to the core!"

How do you apply for a scholarship? First, you apply to the camp. Blue Ridge Banjo Camp is taking a new approach: they are looking for intermediate and advanced players, and they ask all potential students to submit an audition video. (There's no fee for submitting.) Béla will then select this year's camp students, and design the curriculum taking into account their styles and levels of ability. All students selected for the camp will be sent instructions on how to apply for this full scholarship. (There is no fee for the scholarship application.) You must be an IBMA member in good standing to be considered for this scholarship.

Learn more about Blue Ridge Banjo Camp here.
Learn about applying here.

Blue Ridge Banjo Camp
Brevard Music Center
North Carolina
August 15-19, 2018.

Submit your audition video for Blue Ridge Banjo Camp and apply. All IBMA members selected will be invited to apply for this scholarship.

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Carolina-Grassers Sideline Spin Tight Tale With New Single, “Thunder Dan”

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:42pm
 Thunder DanNashville, TN -- Carolina-Grassers, Sideline, spin a tight tale of the dark side with their debut single, "Thunder Dan," for Mountain Home Music Company. The story of a "lone outsider," the track is from the group's upcoming album, Front and Center, due out this spring. "Thunder Dan" is now available to radio via AirPlay Direct, and to music lovers everywhere on all streaming outlets.

The mid-tempo groove draws the listener in, and the catchy melody, tight picking and Troy Boone's emotive lead vocal make the grim lyrics a surprising counterpoint. The band's signature harmonies ensure that the track, written by Josh Manning and produced by Tim Surrett, is an addictive listen.

Thunder Dan is a fighter, a lone outsider
If you cross him he'll bring you down
Four dogs, five hogs, and a house made of logs
He lives 30 miles out of town, Thunder Dan (J. Manning)

Group spokesman and banjoist Steve Dilling notes, "I think it's a great representation of our sound. It's fun to play, the vocal tags at the end of each verse are really interesting, and the audience response at our last few gigs has been fantastic."

The group can expect even more positive feedback at shows this month:

  • 2/2/18 - Ann Arbor, MI -The Ark
  • 2/3/18 - Clay City, KY - Kentucky Friends Of Bluegrass Music Club
  • 2/9/18 - Blairstown, NJ - Roy's Hall
  • 2/10/18 - York, PA - Goodwill Fire Company
  • 2/16/18 - Asheville, NC - Bluegrass First Class
  • 2/23/18 - Garner, NC - Lorraine's Coffee House & Music
  • 2/24/18 - Mt. Sterling, OH - Sterling Bluegrass Jamboree

A pedigreed six-piece powerhouse that has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades, Sideline was founded by Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar) and Jason Moore (bass). The three have all made historical and significant contributions to the genre as members of highly-awarded groups, with multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances, and years of global touring behind them. What started as a side project for these seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the core members were joined by Nathan Aldridge (fiddle), Bailey Coe (guitar) and Troy Boone (mandolin).

With songs that range from pulse-pounding barn burners to those sung from the heart, this sextet brings perfected timing and dynamic - as well as visceral emotion - to their music. With three previous successful album releases, audiences have found that whether live or recorded, the group moves dynamically from well chosen, neo-traditional covers to new material curated with a holistic sense of identity and mission. Add their on-stage energy and powerful harmonies to the mix, and you have the best of the revered Carolina-Grass sound.

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The Farm Hands Win Big at SPBGMA 2018

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 9:50pm

The Farm HandsPinecastle Records artists The Farm Hands have been honored by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA), winning four awards including the coveted "Album of the Year" for their recently released album, Colors. "Rural Route," the #1 Bluegrass Today hit single from the album, won "Bluegrass Song of the Year." The group won "Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)" and bandmember Tim Graves won "Dobro Performer of the Year."

Colors is The Farm Hand's third release on Pinecastle Records which came out in July of 2017. Last year also brought honors for the band when they were honored by the Tennessee State Senate as musical ambassadors for the state of Tennessee and they were presented with a key to the city of West Liberty, KY.

The Farm Hands are on the road most weekends of the year at churches, festivals, and many other venues canvasing the country performing their solid, down-home, familiar-yet-excellent style of bluegrass. Their fans have responded, and it is clear that traditional bluegrass is still very much in demand.

"Too few are recordings that capture such imaginative lyrics and perspectives, but that was no problem for The Farm Hands. Colors is bluegrass music as it should be: fun and done up right." - Country Standard Time

"Their previous releases have all been characterized by direct, unflashy but highly appropriate instrumental work, and by warm lead vocals and very smooth harmonies. Song choices have been about basic, down-to-earth values with a generous lean toward religious and religion-inspired beliefs. That's exactly what you'll find with their new recording." - Bluegrass Unlimited

"Right from the first note this excellent 4- man band shows that they mean business: Their kick off song RURAL ROUTE is a dynamic, solid piece that any traditional Bluegrass fan should be able to appreciate." - County Sales

Click here for a video of The Farm Hands talking about their SPBGMA "Song of the Year" "Rural Route"

#1 single - Rural Route - The Farm Hands from Pinecastle Records on Vimeo.

The Complete SPBGMA Awards by category are:

  1. Bluegrass Promoter of the Year – DA Callaway
  2. Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year – Sirius XM 062-Bluegrass Junction
  3. Bluegrass DJ of the Year – Kyle Cantrell Sirius XM 062
  4. Songwriter of the Year – Donna Ulisse
  5. Album of the Year – Colors, The Farm Hands on Pinecastle Records
  6. Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year – Mickey Harris
  7. Dobro Performer of the Year – Tim Graves
  8. Guitar Performer of the Year – Josh Williams
  9. Mandolin Performer of the Year – Alan Bibey
  10. Banjo Performer of the Year – Kristin Scott Benson
  11. Fiddle Performer of the Year – Hunter Berry
  12. Female Vocalist of the Year – Rhonda Vincent
  13. Male Vocalist of the Year – Russell Moore
  14. Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
  15. Bluegrass Vocal Group of the Year – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  16. Bluegrass Instrumental Group of the Year – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  17. Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall) – The Farm Hands
  18. Bluegrass Entertainer(s) of the Year – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  19. Bluegrass Song of the Year – Rural Route, The Farmhands on Pinecastle Records

The Farm Hands are:

  • Tim Graves - resophonic guitar, lead and harmony vocals
  • Daryl Mosley - bass guitar, lead and harmony vocals
  • Keith Tew - guitar, lead and harmony vocals
  • Don Hill - banjo and bass vocals

Visit The Farm Hands official website here.

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Ola Belle Reed Song School: A Songwriting Retreat

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:15pm
Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s RetreatThe Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the weekend retreat of songwriting, making music, and celebrating the work of Ola Belle Reed with the Song Writer’s Retreat. The workshop will be held at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. It is open to songwriters of all genres and styles, and all accompaniment instruments are welcomed. Instructors: Cathy Fink, Claire Lynch and Sam Gleaves. Tuition $200 adults, $150 students. Assistance available. Call 336-846-2787.

IBMA members Claire Lynch, Cathy Fink and Sam Gleaves will teach at this songwriting retreat in April, featuring group workshops, sharing sessions and private writing time, covering writing techniques, songwriting building blocks and best practices. This is a distinguished teaching staff: Lynch has seven IBMA awards to her name, Fink has garnered two Grammys and twelve nominations, and Gleaves is a bright light in the burgeoning Appalachian music scene.

Workshop space is limited and early registration is encouraged. $200 adults; $150 students. Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships are available. Contact the Ashe County Arts Council to reserve your space; credit cards are accepted. Call 336.846-2787 for more information or to register.

The goals of the retreat are to:

  • honor Ola Belle Reed as a songwriter, storyteller and humanist who used her craft and art to build community and love
  • connect traditional music and story to contemporary songwriting that builds on that tradition
  • use Ola Belle’s songs and life as a springboard for teaching songwriting with intention. That means your songwriting not only does something for you, but it does something for other
  • Though Ola Belle’s music is steeped in traditional Appalachian sounds, they loan themselves to other treatments. Songwriters of other genres may want to expand their own work and versatility with this retreat. Ola Bella Reed's autobiographical song, "I've Endured"

    Ola Belle Reed was born Ola Wave Campbell on August 17, 1916, in Grassy Creek, North Carolina and has placed her indelible mark in traditional mountain music. She has performed with the North Carolina Ridge Runners, New River Gang, and was an active musician throughout the region often performing with other family members including her husband, Bud Reed, David Reed, Ralph Reed, Herb Campbell, and Alex Campbell.

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    MerleFest to Visit Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:58pm

    Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- MerleFest, the popular music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson and presented by Window World, offers music lovers a sneak peek of this spring's festival when MerleFest on the Road tours throughout the Southeast. The tour will make a stop at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Performers on the lineup include two acts that have appeared at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion: The Way Down Wanderers and The Barefoot Movement. Singer-songwriter and guitar champion Andy May will also perform. The Bristol stop will be part of the Birthplace of Country Music's 1927 Society Concert Series.

    "The MerleFest on the Road performers provide a sampling of the music that is a mainstay at MerleFest," said Steve Johnson, MerleFest artist relations manager. "A diverse 'traditional plus' lineup is a big part of the festival. However, it is important to remember that MerleFest cannot be defined by just one genre. Doc Watson created the genre moniker of 'traditional plus,' meaning 'the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is 'traditional plus.'"

    Tickets to the 1927 Society Concert: MerleFest on the Road are on sale now; a pre-sale was offered to 1927 Society members. The intimate concert experience will be held in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with heavy hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages included in the ticket price of $85 (taxes and fees included). The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    "We have a great relationship with MerleFest and real appreciation for their work," said Leah Ross, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music, the nonprofit parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol. "We were very excited that they want to bring MerleFest on the Road to Bristol and, in particular, to the museum. This is a must-see event!"

    The Way Down Wanderers, equal parts fast-paced and soulful, are a 5-piece modern folk Americana act that draws listeners in with their energy and originality. Youthful and professionally trained, the band captivates audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs, and a lively stage show.

    The Barefoot Movement's sound is made up of memorble melodies, lush harmonies, and exciting instrumentation with one foot firmly planted in the world of roots music while the other wanders from pop to rock to R & B. Though difficult to define, CMT Edge heralded the band as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene."

    Veteran singer-songwriter and champion guitarist Andy May infuses his songwriting and shows with his trademark creativity, humor, and consummate musicianship. Described as a "troubador of life," May's music embraces styles from blues to bluegrass, classic country to contemporary folk, rock-a-billy to roots.

    MerleFest will take place April 26—29 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilksboro, North Carolina where MerleFest on the Road artists will be joined by Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Elephant Revival, and more. For more information about MerleFest and MerleFest on the Road visit www.MerleFest.org. To purchase tickets to the 1927 Society Concert: MerleFest on the Road at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and to learn more about becoming a 1927 Society member visit www.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

    MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock, and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects, and other educational needs at Wilkes Community College.

    The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world.

    The 24,000 square foot museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way (corner of Moore & Cumberland Streets) in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia. Through multiple theater experiences, film and sound, and interactive, technology-infused displays—along with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community events—the exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive. Rotating exhibitions from guest curators and other institutions, including the Smithsonian, will be featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum is also home to an extensive digital archive.

    The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and most major holidays; call ahead for clarification at 423-573-1927. Admission is $13.65 for adults, $11.55 for seniors, students, military, children ages 6—17, and groups of 20 or more. Children 5 and under are free. Admission prices include Virginia admission tax.

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    The SteelDrivers Announce New Lead Singer Kelvin Damrell

    Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:57pm
    Kelvin DamrellNashville, TN -- The SteelDrivers announced that Kelvin Damrell has officially joined the group as lead singer and guitarist. The GRAMMY® winning Rounder Records act had a record year in 2017, touring across the country and selling out six shows in Nashville alone. The band shared this message on their Facebook page:

    Hello folks. We have some great news to share tonight. We are officially announcing that Kelvin Damrell will be our new singer and guitar picker! Most of you know that we had to part ways with our long time partner Gary Nichols last year. It took us a while to heal up and get it together. To be honest, we didn't know for sure if we'd ever be able to replace such a massive talent. But we eventually found this young fella from the hills of Kentucky who can absolutely rock the grass!  
    Much like G-Ray, Kelvin grew up singing and playing electric guitar in local rock bands. He's a great musician. His singing is soulful and from the heart with a big dose of bluesy grit. On a personal level Kelvin is a hard working family man with a lovely wife and two young boys.  
    We're thrilled to have Kelvin join us. We've done a handful of shows with KD so far and those who've seen him have loved him. He got a rousing standing ovation on his very first show! We hope you will welcome KD into the SteelHead Nation. He rocks Kelvin Damrell y'all.

    A native of Berea, Kentucky, Damrell grew up in a family of bluegrass Gospel singers, but he says his father, who worked in construction, is his greatest musical influence. "I started out as a drummer but quickly switched to guitar once I found out my Dad and I could jam together. I found my voice as a child in a little country church. My first song was 'I'll Fly Away' sang hidden behind Juanita Hounshell's piano."

    Damrell added, "I was a big fan of The SteelDrivers before I got the call. Coming on board with such amazing musicians is an honor and a dream come true."

    Only Nashville could give birth to a band like The SteelDrivers - Mike Fleming, Tammy Rogers, Richard Bailey, Brent Truitt and Kelvin Damrell - a talented group of seasoned musicians - each distinguished in his or her own right. The group's bluegrass roots combine with country and soul influences to create a refreshing, decidingly contemporary sound. This is new music with an old feeling. The SteelDrivers released their fourth Rounder Records album The Muscle Shoals Recordings in 2015. The album reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and received a GRAMMY® award for "Best Bluegrass Album." The band will soon be back in the studio to work on their next project.

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    Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Release New Single “I'm All Right”

    Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:24pm

    “Time Won't WaitNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the release of “I'm All Right” the new single from Steve Gulley And New Pinnacle. Written by Christoffer Olsson and Jon Weisberger “I'm All Right” is the second single from the group's third Rural Rhythm Records album titled Time Won't Wait.

    Written by acclaimed songwriter Jon Weisberger and Swedish singer/songwriter Christoffer Olsson, “I'm All Right” is a hard-driving tribute to a hard-working man who loves his job, but hates leaving his home and family. High lonesome, in your face bluegrass which is such a big part of what we do." –Steve Gulley

    Produced by Steve Gulley, “I'm All Right” contains performances by group members, Steve Gulley (Lead Vocal, Guitar), Bryan Turner (Harmony Vocal, Bass), Gary Robinson, Jr. (Mandolin) and Matthew Cruby (Harmony Vocal, Banjo) with special guest Tim Crouch (Fiddle). Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle are currently on tour.

    For more information go to Stevegulley.com.

    “I'm All Right”, as well as the entire album is available for DJ downloads on AirPlay Direct. Time Won't Wait is exclusivelydistributed by the Orchard and available on iTunes, Amazon and where ever Bluegrass music is sold.

    The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across generations with strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music. It starts with long time radio personality Don Gulley who was a founding member of the Bluegrass group the Pinnacle Mountain Boys. Don's son, Steve Gulley, has carried on the family tradition performing for many years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, as a founding member of Bluegrass super groups Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, as a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and with Steve's longtime friend and colleague Dale Ann Bradley.

    Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle includes; Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals), Bryan Turner (bass, vocals),Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin) and Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals). Steve Gulley certainly does not need any introduction to the Bluegrass community with accomplishments that include 16 years as a featured performer, staff musician, music director, studio manager and producer at Renfro Valley, KY. From 1994-96 Steve was a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and a founding member of Mountain Heart ('98 - '06), Grasstowne ('06 - '11) and with longtime friend Dale Ann Bradley through 2014. Steve is a winner of 4 IBMA Awards including Co-writer of the 2008 Song of the Year, "Through The Window Of A Train", by Blue Highway and SPBGMA Multi award winner including 2008 Album Of The Year, The Road Headin' Home, by Grasstowne.

    Rural Rhythm Records and Steve Gulley have enjoyed a long and successful friendship and business relationship for many years yielding three Steve Gulley solo albums and eight Steve Gulley artist produced albums since 2010 beginning with the release of Dogwood Winter by Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford.

    Over the past seven years this successful partnership has enjoyed many hit singles from a variety of exciting album projects including two Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle albums Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle and Aim High; Steve Gulley solo gospel album Family, Friends and Fellowship and an impressive list of artist produced albums including Claybank Playing Hard To Forget; Stuart Wyrick - East Tennessee Sunrise; Brand New Strings – No Strings Attached; Locust Ridge - Healed; Dave Atkins and Republik Steele - That's Just The Way I Roll, Carrie Hassler – The Distance; Cumberland River – The Life We Live; Crosspoint – We're Gonna Rise and the gospel hit single "Dancing With Daddy" by Debby Gulley. In addition to the artist produced albums Steve Gulley produced two special album projects including the critically acclaimed Civil War themed album God Didn't Choose Sides and the TV Holiday Special Christmas The Mountain Way that aired on RFD-TV's Family.net and BlueHighwaysTV networks also available on DVD and CD.

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    BBU's Joe Val Festival February 16-18, 2018

    Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:22pm

    The Gibson BrothersBoston, MA -- A unique, all-encompassing experience for music lovers of all ages – set to a rollicking, first-rate soundtrack – the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) will hold their 33rd annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival February 16-18, 2018 at the Sheraton Framingham in Framingham, MA. Year after year, this nationally acclaimed celebration of bluegrass music continues to win new converts while delighting seasoned fans. They have a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Their 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

    The region’s top wintertime roots music festival features three days of national and regional artists on the Main Stage, the next generation of rising stars on the Showcase Stage, and an extensive lineup of educational programs including over sixty Master Classes, Workshops, instructor-led Jam Sessions, and the renowned Joe Val Bluegrass Academy for Kids. The Festival includes all this, plus instrument vendors, luthiers, and of course, picking around the clock. If you love roots music, then this is the place to be on Presidents Day Weekend.

    Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalSome of the bands that will be taking the stage for Joe Val in 2018 include Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, Russel Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Special Consensus, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive, Eddie & Martha Adcock, Town Mountain, the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Too Blue, Foghorn String Band, Red Wine, Mile Twelve, The Reunion Band, and more. The Showcase Stage features over twenty regional favorites and up and coming bands. Closing out the festival activities on Sunday night, the Showcase Stage also hosts the Joe Val Wind-Up Hoe-Down, our wrap up dance party.

    Dedicated to preserving the past and nurturing the future, the BBU continues its commitment to education with daylong Master Classes kicking off the festival on Friday. During the weekend, over sixty Workshops and Directed Jams for patrons of all ages will examine the instrumental and vocal techniques unique to bluegrass, the music’s history and culture. The BBU helps train the next generation of musicians with the Joe Val Bluegrass Academy for Kids, a free, intensive three-day program that teaches children (ages 5 - 17) how to play, sing, and perform bluegrass music. Visit the festival website for further details on the extensive education offerings, schedules and registration details at www.bbu.org

    Established in 1985, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival celebrates the legacy of the late Joe Val, a pioneering Massachusetts-based vocalist, musician, and bandleader, whose riveting performances, recordings, and generous nature did so much to spread the popularity of bluegrass in the Northeast. From its humble beginnings as a local tribute to Joe and the regional bluegrass scene, the festival has grown to become one of the most celebrated bluegrass events in the country. In 2006, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival won the prestigious Event of the Year award from the IBMA. And in 2012, the festival was listed by USA TODAY as one of the Ten Great Places to Go to Bluegrass Festivals.

    The Boston Bluegrass Union is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all volunteer organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting this original American music genre. Celebrating our 40th season, the BBU is the premier source for events, education, and information on bluegrass music in the Northeast. And, in 2016, the BBU received the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the IBMA in recognition of its education mission and bluegrass performance events.

    The Sheraton Framingham is located just 18 miles west of Boston, directly adjacent to the Mass Pike (Rt. 90, Exit 12) and Rt. 9. At this time, all hotel rooms are sold out at the Sheraton, but rooms are available nearby at the Marriott Residence Inn (508-370-0001), the Double Tree Hilton (800-222-Tree) and the Natick Courtyard Marriott (508-655-6100). Weekend and single day tickets are now on sale. We strongly encourage early weekend ticket purchases. The festival has sold out in past years.

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    Glen Harlow and North Fork at Carter Fold Saturday

    Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:49pm

    Glen HarlowHiltons, VA --
    Saturday, January 27th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass and old time music by Glen Harlow and North Fork. Glen Harlow has been singing and playing music since early childhood, learning to sing gospel music from his mother and father. He is a studio musician and a veteran of many Mountain Empire bluegrass and acoustic groups.

    Joining Glen will be a great lineup of accomplished and award-winning area musicians. Matthew Cruby will be picking the banjo. Rick Barker will be playing guitar and doing vocals. Kevin Jackson is well-known to Carter Fold audiences as one of the finest fiddle players in our region. Kevin will be doing vocals and playing the fiddle. Mitchell Bentley will be singing and playing the upright bass. The group will be doing old time and bluegrass instrumental favorites as well as traditional and progressive standards.

    If you have cabin fever from cold weather and snow, we know the cure. Have your family and friends join you at the Carter Family Fold for an evening of down-home, family fun. Don't forget your dancing shoes – you'll need them! Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

    Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., is a nonprofit, rural arts organization that was established in 1979 to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. Saturday concerts have been held since 1974. The center is family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For more information, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. To access recorded information on the upcoming Saturday show at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a volunteer Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676. If we don't answer you right away, we'll get back to you in 24 hours.

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