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Beloved songwriter, singer, and artist Jim Lauderdale will be the 2016 recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award, a special lifetime achievement honor reserved for the most valuable contributors to the course and history of America’s only broad roots music format. The award, named for country music icon Porter Wagoner, will be presented on September 21, 2016 by Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait, a global star who has recorded more than a dozen of Jim Lauderdale’s songs.
Jim Lauderdale is the most prolific and consistently excellent performing songwriter in Americana music, having released nearly 30 albums since his debut in the business in 1991. He’s an artist who has helped define the Americana format as much as anyone while adding significantly to the larger legacies of the Country and Bluegrass genres. He was a child of the Carolinas whose first loves were the banjo and Bluegrass music. As his unique songwriting voice emerged, it became clear that he was bound for success in a wider musical scope. He’s written and/or recorded with a remarkable range of roots music icons including Ralph Stanley, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Patty Loveless, Robert Hunter, North Mississippi Allstars, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Donna The Buffalo, and Buddy Miller. His compositions have been widely recorded by marquee artists including George Strait, Vince Gill, Shelby Lynne and many more. He’s received two GRAMMY Awards and he was the recipient of the very first Americana Artist of the
Year prize when the association launched its prestigious Honors and Awards. He has hosted that show at the Ryman Auditorium for 14 years. His humor and quick personality have made him a favorite in broadcasting and emcee roles.
Jim’s relationship with George Strait has been especially fruitful and extraordinary. He’s penned 14 songs for the Texas icon including “Where The Sidewalk Ends,” “What Do You Say To That,” and “Twang.” The Wagonmaster Award was created in honor of the late, great Porter Wagoner, a country music pioneer and star of the Grand Ole Opry from the 1950s to the 2000s. Like Lauderdale, Wagoner was known for his sincerity, his mentorship of fellow artists, and his western style.
Mr. Strait will present the honor to Jim at the 15th Annual Americana Honors & Awards show, held at the Ryman Auditorium, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. VIP packages and conference registrations for the 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference can be purchased here. Tickets to the Honors & Awards show can be purchased with a conference registration.George Strait to Present Lifetime Achievement Award at Americana’s 15th Annual Honors & Awards Show, September 21, 2016
A Full List of Jim Lauderdale Songs Recorded by George Strait:
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 and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, AT&T, and Yazoo Brewing Company, For more information, or to purchase an Americana Music Festival & Conference registration, please visit www.americanamusic.org.
Bluegrass music lost another of the founders and pioneers of the music. Melvin Goins, 83, has passed on. Melvin played bluegrass and mountain string music for more six decades. The music he performed became known as bluegrass thanks to Bill Monroe at about the time Melvin and his brother, Ray, started playing professionally. The Goins Brothers performed together until Ray retired from touring in 1994. Melvin continued performing and was on the road when he died.
Goins was once a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. Melvin has shared the stage with people like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Osborne Brothers, Paul Williams, Jim & Jessee McReynolds, and many others. He was currently living in the state of Kentucky. His music retained elements of the Lonesome Pine Fiddler sound as well as that of other pioneer figures.
In October, 2009, Melvin, Bobby Osborne, and Paul Williams were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame for their work with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Melvin played bass for Ralph and Carter Stanley and did a comedy act on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. In 2011, Melvin was honored along with his late brother as part of the 2011 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
In 2001, Goins was awarded the Appalachian Treasure Award by Morehead State University in recognition of his dedication in promoting and preserving Appalachia’s cultural heritage. A member of the Board of Directors of Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, he worked tirelessly to promote the music he grew up with and loves. Hay Holler released three Goins Brothers CDs and one CD by Melvin & Windy Mountain. Melvin’s release, A Light in the Window Again (on Rooster Records) was recorded at Tom T. Hall’s studio in Franklin, Tennessee. His most recent release, Dancin’ in the Dirt, features a title track by Tom T. and his wife Dixie.
Goins used to say, “I’m going to keep performing until the Good Lord calls me home." If you like your bluegrass traditional, you would have loved Melvin Goins. Melvin was a Kentucky gentleman, and there wasn’t a nicer or more experienced person in bluegrass music today.
We recently lost another legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley. It was just earlier this year that Melvin and Ralph came back together to remember Joe Lively who co-hosted the radio shoe "J&J Bluegrass Classics" on WHIS AM. The loss of Melvin, Ralph and Joe in a short window of time illustrates how fragile and limited the originators of bluegrass music are. Rest in peace Melvin Goins.
Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce Aim High, the new album by Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle debuts in the Top 10 at #9 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. Aim High is their highly anticipated follow up album and contains the #1 single “Aim High” from Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Airplay Chart. The single “Aim High” stays hot at radio today and on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart coming in at #2 the past two weeks
Since the release of Aim High on July 8th Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle have been out supporting the release on their current Aim High national tour and reaching out to the bluegrass radio audience though a variety of interviews and special events. Aim High was world premiered on Bluegrass Junction - SiriusXM Radio with a Track-By-Track broadcast by Kyle Cantrell earlier this month. Currently, the single “Aim High” is # 10 on the Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks – SiriusXM Radio (July chart), and the album is # 16 on the Bluegrass Junction - Most Played Albums – SiriusXM (July Chart).
Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle performed live in the WAMU studios in Washington, DC, on July 12th with host Lee Michael Demsey. The WAMU listening audience heard various songs from the album and Demsey interviewed the band as the radio audience learned the back stories to these songs and the members of Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle.
Steve Gulley recently taped an interview with Cindy Baucom airing this week on her syndicated radio show Knee-Deep-In Bluegrass. For more information click on the link for Knee-Deep-In-Bluegrass. Also, airing this week is an interview for the new album with Bob Mitchell on his syndicated show BOB (Best of Bluegrass). For more information click on the links for The Bluegrass Jamboree, Crescent Hill Radio and BOB (Best of Bluegrass) on AirPlay Direct.
Also this month, Steve Gulley promoted the new album with on-air interviews on several radio stations including WPAQ in Mt. Airy, NC with Tim Frye; WBRF in Galax, VA with Judith Burnette; WDVX, in Knoxville, TN with Freddy Smith and WCXZ-740 AM ,in Harrogate, TN with Larry Carter.
Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle has been very busy since the launch of their self-titled debut album a little more than a year ago. The group received standing ovations for both their IBMA and SPBGMA Official Showcase performances and has charted 5 songs from their debut album.
“Aim High features three Gulley co-written songs including two with his award winning co-songwriter Tim Stafford; “Deceitful Kind”, “Love Brings You Home” and “Short Life Full Of Trouble” co-written with Larry Shell and Kim Williams. In addition, Carl Jackson co-wrote three songs for the new album, in addition to great songwriters such as Larry Cordle, Jim Rushing, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Buller, Keith Sewell and more.
Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle includes Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals) and Bryan Turner (bass, vocals), Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin), Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals) and special guest Tim Crouch (Fiddle). AIM HIGH builds on the band’s family heritage of strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel and at the same time provides a new and fresh sound that further accents the STEVE GULLEY & NEW PINNACLE signature sound.
D.J.’s can now download “Aim High” on AirPlay Direct and the album is available on iTunes, Amazon and all other digital and online sources.
Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle is now touring the US in support of their new album. Go to the band’s web site at www.stevegulley.com for a complete listing of tour dates.
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.
In addition, Steve has produced many albums at his Curve Recording studio in Cumberland Gap, TN, including the Dove nominated album “Healed” for Locust Ridge, the critically acclaimed Civil War album project “God Didn’t Choose Sides”, and the Christmas CD/DVD and broadcast of “Christmas The Mountain Way”, which aired on RFD-TV’s FamilyNet and BlueHighways TV networks.
Nashville, TN -- For over 20 years, "Reno's Old Time Music" has been dedicated to bringing fans the best Bluegrass music on the planet. So it's no surprise that the top nominees for the 2016 IBMA awards (announced last week) are also the featured guests of the show throughout the month of August.
This year's Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year nominee, Balsam Range will kick off the month with a "Reno's Old Time Music" full-performance show, followed by none other than the "Queen of Bluegrass" and Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, Rhonda Vincent. Rhonda returns as to guest co-host the "best-of" series, "Hats Off to Bluegrass," as does Sierra Hull, who is poised to be the to take home Album of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year honors. To fill out the month, "Reno's Old Time Music" has compiled all of the fan-favorite performances from its popular "Front Porch Gospel" series.
"Reno's Old Time Music" airs weekly in prime time on Saturday night at 7:00 P.M. Eastern and Thursday morning at 6:30 A.M. Eastern on RFD-TV and is sponsored by Derksen Portable Buildings, Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival, Hadley's Southern Kitchen, RenoFest 2017 and the Old Time Music Store.
Reno's Old Time Music - August Lineup:
This award-winning weekly music/talk show is the brainchild of Producer/Host Ronnie Reno, whose over-60-year career helped forge the sound and songs of so many legendary Bluegrass and Country Music entertainers, including Reno & Smiley, The Osborne Brothers, Merle Haggard, The Reno Brothers, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Vassar Clements, Sammi Smith, Johnny Paycheck, Mac Wiseman and Conway Twitty, to name just a few.
Reno began airing his show in 1993 on another network as "Reno's Old Time Music Festival.” It was the first and only national television show featuring Bluegrass and acoustic music and could be seen in 28 million households. Because of the show’s rich music/talk format and Reno’s influence in getting top-name guests, the show was a huge success, earning Reno a nomination for the prestigious Cable Ace Award for “Best Musical Series" and the nickname "The Dick Clark of Bluegrass."
Today, "Reno's Old Time Music" has nearly doubled its carriage with its transition to the RFD-TV network, reaching over 50 million homes weekly and pulling an estimated 1.3 million monthly viewers. Although the name has changed slightly, the format remains largely the same, which includes performances by Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition and the weekly featured guest, an interview segment, the extremely popular “Super Pickers” segment and a sterling closing performance by the guest, who is joined by Reno on the Main Stage. Reno was honored with both the IBMA "Distinguished Achievement"(2006) and "Broadcaster of the Year" (2013) awards due to the continued success of the show.
In 2015, Reno released his first album in over a decade, Lessons Learned, on Rural Rhythm Records (available on iTunes, Amazon and wherever Bluegrass and Country music are sold).
In February 2016, Ronnie Reno was inducted into the Preservation Hall of Greats, SPBGMA's highest honor. Reno’s name was added to an incredible list of Bluegrass legends and seminal performers who have been inducted since 1984, beginning with Bill Monroe, and including Ronnie's father, Don Reno, who was inducted along with Red Smiley in 1985.
For more information on Ronnie Reno or "Reno's Old Time Music," please visit www.ronniereno.com
Camp Rootpile -- We are a group people who love to go to Burning Man, but we don't like the music there, and we are sure there are other people there who don't either, so we bring high quality professional live Bluegrass music to Burning Man at camp Rootpile. We need a large circus style tent to have our nightly concerts and we also need to buy inexpensive mandolins, banjos, guitars and fiddles to teach dusty Burners how to play Bluegrass on the instruments we bring for our daily beginner workshops. Help us!!!!!
For a few years now, Andy Owens has been bringing the sound and music of Bill Monroe to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Burning Man 2016 takes place August 28 – September 5, 2016. Participants join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community. Burning Man isn’t your usual festival. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.
Andy Owens, a long time bluegrass artist, is a driving force behind bringing bluegrass music to the dusty desert. Andy notes, "I have been playing Bluegrass Music on a professional level for over forty years and when I discovered Burning Man I knew that these were my "peeps" that this was my thing, but the music there just didn't move me. I knew that I needed to bring my music, Bluegrass Music, live Bluegrass Music to Burning Man. So I did. I started a "themecamp" as we call it, a camp of people dedicated to a particular theme at Burning Man. Our theme is live Bluegrass Music and Hillbilly culture and food.
"Over the last four years we have taken Bluegrass Music to Burning Man. We have mostly funded this out of my own pocket, but we need outside this year to increase our offering. We teach music lessons daily in our workshop tents. We teach beginners on mandolin, banjo, guitar and fiddle and we provide the instruments to do this. We also have nightly concerts by our professional house band, Black Rock Bluegrass, and we need a good safe, warm place to have our concerts, so we are raising money for a large 30x70 foot circus tent in which we plan to build our stage.
"Indigogo likes you to list what the challenges are to this project. Anytime you go to Burning Man and set up a camp it is a huge challenge, but this is our fourth year out and we are going no matter what. We have two storage units out there, we have two artcars and we have fifty camp members, we’re going, don’t worry about that.
"The tent we want to buy is 30x70 feet and is perfect for our camp size and for our stage. A tent like this typically costs about $5,000 but we have found one for $3100, we also need a trailer for it, about $1000. We have some instruements to teach on but we need more. Instruments for beginners aren’t fancy, about $100 each and we need about forty ten of each. These needs total around $6,000 so that is our goal. Of course our camp budget is much more than this, don’t think we aren’t also putting up major funds to make this happen, we just need help in this particular area. Last year we only taught banjo and had over twenty people every day, in fact we had to run it in shifts, we didn’t have enough banjos!!
"Help us bring Bluegrass Music to the dusty masses at Burning Man!! Click Here to donate and to support Black Rock Bluegrass and Camp Rootpile.
Hiltons, VA -- In the classic mountain ballad “Rank Strangers,” the narrator bemoans the changes that have occurred in his cherished home place. The fact that those changes do occur was brought home to music lovers worldwide with the death of Dr. Ralph Stanley recently. The Stanley Brothers version of “Rank Strangers” is undoubtedly the gold standard for this haunting ballad. Author Thomas Wolfe, himself from Appalachia, wrote that “you can’t go home again.” Some folks may say that modernization happens slower in Appalachia – and it does. When it does happen, it can feel as though the sacred musical traditions we grew up with are fading away.
But then a spark comes along and creates a whole wildfire.
Such was the case at last year’s Carter Family Memorial Music Festival, which will forever be known as the festival in which audiences saw the return of Larry Sigmon. Larry and his longtime musical partner Barbara Poole were known as the Unique Sound of the Mountains, and their lively banjo and bass act was a perfect fit for the Carter Fold. It was something Fold audiences looked forward to for weeks and months in advance. They never failed to fill the dance floor. But with Barbara’s passing in 2009, Larry also quit playing, and many fans wondered if he’d ever sing and play onstage again. Eight years after Larry stopped performing professionally, lovers of old time music got their answer.
Larry came to last year’s festival to do a bit of jamming outside, and he had no intention of playing onstage. But when word got out that both scheduled upcoming acts had band members who were delayed in arriving due to two separate traffic accidents on not one but two interstates they were traveling on, Larry agreed to help fill the time by playing a few songs. Martha Spencer – one of the younger generation’s most talented musicians and fiercest advocates of traditional music – backed Larry on bass.
The duo took the stage, and old time music history was made. The Fold was overwhelmed by both laughter and tears, thundering applause, smiles all around – and hundreds of clogging taps. Larry and Martha onstage together proved that the younger generations are ready to help see that our traditions continue. They received four standing ovations.
This year, the 42nd Annual Carter Family Memorial Music Festival will be presented Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia. The Fold is so proud to welcome back Larry and Martha – along with such treasured acts as the Mountain Park Old Time Band, Big Country Bluegrass, and the Whitetop Mountain Band. All this great music takes place on Saturday, while up-and-coming youngster Emi Sunshine headlines on Friday. Emi’s premiere performance at the Fold filled the house and delighted the audience. She isn’t even a teenager yet, and she has her own band. Both days will feature performances by Lorrie Carter Bennett and long-time Carter Family friend, Ronnie Williams. There’s also a possibility that some other surprise guests may be part of the lineup.
The Carter Family Memorial Music Festival was inspired by Carter patriarch A.P. Carter. He recognized the need to preserve our sacred traditions. His daughter, Janette Carter, launched the festival and later weekly concerts to honor her father’s wishes. Today, Janette’s daughter, Rita Forrester, welcomes you to the latest festival, where you will once again see how traditions live on one generation at a time. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss.
This year’s festival is dedicated to Glenn Jones – Helen Carter’s husband, Ray Carter – longtime volunteer and greeter in the Carter Museum, and to Rita’s dog Belle. All three filled a special place in Carter Family history and in their hearts. Helen, eldest daughter of Maybelle and Ezra Carter, married Glenn Jones. Glenn and Helen raised four sons. They had many ups and downs during their marriage – including the loss of their son, Kenny – but their steadfast love for each other never faltered. Helen’s father, Ezra, moved their family all the way from Richmond to St. Louis to deter Glenn’s courtship. Glenn always said that Ezra forgot about his ability to fly. Glenn was a pilot, and he followed Helen to St. Louis. A true southern gentleman, Glenn took care of Helen during the extended illness before her death – rarely leaving her side. A loving father and grandfather, Glenn is very much missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Ray Carter volunteered at the Fold for over ten years. Most visitors to the Fold remember Ray as the smiling gentleman who always greeted them in the museum. Generous and caring, Ray volunteered almost any place his help was needed. He fried fish every Friday for the Carter’s Valley Ruritan Club, and he volunteered at the Appalachian Fair at Gray every year. Ray loved to tell you about his wife, children, and grandchildren. They were his greatest pride and joy. He served in the Navy and traveled around the world aboard a submarine before retiring to his home in Carter’s Valley. We all miss his cheerful smile and loving spirit.
Belle, Rita’s big white Great Pyrenees dog, often greeted visitors in her own unique, sweet way. She came to Rita’s from a neighbor’s house and decided to stay. Fold audiences are familiar with Lefty, Rita’s other dog, who visits the Fold almost every Saturday night. Lefty also moved from a neighbor’s and refused to go back. You could tell when it was old time music night at the Fold if you saw Belle. She preferred old time to bluegrass, and she loved Folk Soul Revival. The first night they played the Fold, she got between drummer Dan Witt’s legs and refused to move. Dan sweetly continued to play – never missing a beat. Belle often spent time in A.P.’s birthplace cabin with her buddy Burdette who always brought her bones. She guarded the Fold, cabin, museum, and our neighborhood houses dutifully until her death last month. When Rita’s Aunt Nancy got sick, Belle slept under her bedroom window every night, and she visited Rita’s cousin Mary Ann every day until her death. She once kept an overnight visitor who slept in our office across the road from the Fold from sleep walking down the steep steps in front of the house. Walking in his sleep, he got as far as the front porch and fell asleep there. Belle laid on the step below him and watched him until he woke up as if she knew he might fall. Even guarding Rita’s cats, you could see her every night lying awake and watching from the hillside or walking all around the neighborhood protecting it. From her resting place, she can still guard all the things she once did. Neither the Fold nor Rita will ever be quite the same without her. Now she’s on guard in Heaven.
Tickets are available at the gate only; all seats are festival seating. Tickets are $10 for adults on Friday, $20 for adults on Saturday, or both days $25 for adults. Children’s tickets (ages 6 to 11) are $5 a day; under age 6 free. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday. Music on the stage gets underway at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night and at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Performing on Friday, August 5th, 2016:
Performing Saturday, August 6th, 2016:
Performing Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th:
Carter Family music will open each set – Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night. Friday’s performance by Emi Sunshine will feature her group on two sets. Saturday’s performers will do single sets. The music begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday and lasts until 10:00 p.m. On Saturday, it begins at 3:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m., with a supper break from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until 11:00 p.m.
Ticket gates, craft and outside food booths open at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday. Visitors may take chances to win a homemade quilt or a beautiful custom made Carter Fold banjo. This special instrument created by Johnny Gentry of the Mountain Park Old Time Band to help fundraising efforts for the Fold (and the quilt) will be given away to a lucky ticket holder Saturday night. Tickets for the banjo went on sale last year and can be purchased until the drawing takes place. The A.P. Carter Cabin Birthplace and the Carter Family Museum will be open from the time the gates open each day until 8:00 p.m. There will be lots of music and jamming on the grounds in addition to the scheduled performers inside the Carter Fold. Limited rough camping is available.
If you’ve ever been to the annual festival at the Fold, you know you’re going to have a great time. However, if you’ve never been to a festival or the Fold itself, we encourage you to stop on by, do some dancing, and enjoy some old-fashioned mountain hospitality. After only a few minutes, you will surely agree that the music and traditions of Appalachia are by no means fading away – they’re stronger than ever.
Nashville, TN -- The IBMA has announced the nominations for the 2016 IBMA Awards. The 2016 Awards Show will be held Thursday, September 29 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall in the Oak City, lovely Raleigh, NC. The Gibson Brothers – two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year recipients and one of the hottest touring acts in contemporary bluegrass will host IBMA’s 26th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. Known as bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year, the International Bluegrass Music Awards acknowledges the year’s outstanding talent and achievements, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.
A new and exciting group, The Earls of Leicester, featuring Jerry Douglas and Shawn Camp received nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Instrumental Group, Vocal Group, Male Vocalist Dobro Player, Bass Player and Banjo player of the year. Band members include Barry Bales, Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman and Johnny Warren. The Earls captured the 2015 Entertainer of the Year Award and are seeking a repeat of that accomplishment this year.
Douglas assembled the bluegrass group in 2013 to pay tribute to the music of guitarist Lester Flatt and banjo player Earl Scruggs and their band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. The band’s name is a play on the names of Earl Scruggs and Lester Flat who were inducted together into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.
Lonesome River Band received four 2016 IBMA Award Nominations including one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, includes two nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.
One of the most talented and well-loved banjo players of our time, Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career. Shelor is a member of the Virginia Country Music of Fame, winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and a multi-award winning SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year.
Rounder Records super group, The SteelDrivers received two nominations. The Steeldrivers’ received nods for Album of the Year and “Song of the Year” – “Long Way Down” written by Tammy Rogers, Elizabeth Mala Hengber and Jerry Salley. SteelDriver Tammy Rogers says, “We are thrilled and honored to be among the nominees for the 2016 IBMA awards. These nominations continue to make 2016 our best year ever. Thank you to all who have believed and supported the SteelDrivers!”
The innovative, soulful bluegrass band The SteelDrivers – Tammy Rogers, Gary Nichols, Mike Fleming, Brent Truitt, and Richard Bailey – released The Muscle Shoals Recordings in 2015. The album quickly climbed the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and achieving the highest first-week sales in band history. The group kicked off 2016 with a Grammy win for “Best Bluegrass Album” and is currently performing sold-out shows at top festivals and venues across the country on the Long Way Down Tour.
The 2016 Hall Of Fame Inductees Are:
2016 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients
Nominations for the Momentum Awards and the Special Awards will be announced at a future date.
Congratulations to Dylan Ferris from British Columbia, playing Bill Monroe's classic, "Southern Flavor." Dylan is awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging and meals, to attend the 2016 camp.
Using Bill Monroe’s original mandolin style as the guide for this camp, the Monroe Mandolin Camp, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation, was founded in 2013 for like-minded souls who desire emotionally charged traditional bluegrass, one of the most vibrant and valid mandolin languages in the world.
The Monroe Mandolin Camp is held September 14-18, 2016 at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in downtown Nashville, minutes away from iconic landmarks such as Carter Vintage Guitars, The World Famous Station Inn, and The Country Music Hall of Fame.
With some of the finest Monroe style instructors in the world, including Director and Co-Founder Mike Compton, David Davis (his uncle Cleo was the original Blue Grass Boy), Dr. Richie Brown, Adam Tanner, Lauren Price, Mark Royal, and Alan O'Bryant (new banjo track 2016), students will get to choose from 77 classes.
Additional offerings include private one-on-one individual tutorials with an instructor of their choice, an All-Camp Assembly Round Table, 3 Special Presentations, organized camp jams, and jams late into the night.
This camp has developed a great reputation as being a fun community of mandolin players — a camaraderie of friendships — uniting folks from around the world of all ages, who attend to be a part of this extraordinary one-of-a kind experience.
Callahan, FL -- Trinity River Band’s popular new bluegrass album, Things I Do For Dreams, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more. The band released the physical album to their fans earlier this month on their website and at their label’s site, Orange Blossom Records.
Be sure to check out this month's issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine for a feature article on the band titled “Faith, Family, Music.” The talented group includes: Sarah Harris - Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris - Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris - Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris - Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris - Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar.
Bluegrass music fans and radio stations are loving the fast-paced first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander. The song has been appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart and is currently #5 on the Roots Music Report's Top 50 Bluegrass Singles Chart.
Radio stations can access the album at AirPlayDirect.com (APD) or by request. Things We Do For Dreams hit #1 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart earlier this month and jumped to #6 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album chart.
Things I Do For DreamsTracks and Songwriters include:
The group has been on an incredibly busy summer tour. For a complete tour schedule and more information on Trinity River Band, please visit TrinityRiverBand.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.
New ICMC friend Randy Williams greatly enjoyed ICMC 2016 and the chance to interact with colleagues who had such deep knowledge. Randy is beginning research on his PhD dissertation at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. His focus will be on the ‘Heaven and Hell,’ ‘Sacred and Profane’ dichotomy found in lyrics as well as analysis of the country music culture—sounds like a Curt Ellison title now, doesn’t it!? Please take a look at Randy’s video below. He would like input. You can provide Randy input at email@example.com and on his “Heaven and Hell: U.S. Roots Music” FaceBook page.
We also want to remind you that unexpected food, rental, and technical support charges initiated during spring 2016 significantly increased the cost of ICMC 2016 and will be permanent. We will need to increase the registration fee for ICMC 2017 to $200 as we want to maintain the same level of amenities that help give ICMC its special cultural identity.
Once ICMC 2017 dates are official, we will announce a late October 2016 deadline in a Call For Proposals. Of course, some ‘early birds’ have already submitted some impressive proposals and we won’t discourage such behavior.
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For many years, the ICMC has had excellent presentations on Bluegrass Music including topics on Uncle Dave Macon, Josh Graves, Appalachian Mining Songs, Carlton Haney, Ralph Peer and more. The Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel is always an informative and exciting part of the conference.
Bluegrass is always a welcome topic at ICMC and this is your chance to become a participant. Time is short so get your entries in today.
Nashville, TN -- Fans of American music superstars Dailey & Vincent will get an up-close and personal experience as the award-winning duo hits the road throughout 2016 with a jam-packed tour schedule which includes stops throughout North America. In addition to captivating audiences with their radiant harmonies and precise instrumentation, fans will also get the opportunity to meet the multi Grammy-nominated group during autograph sessions at venues and festivals. The Springer Mountain Farms sponsored tour kicked off earlier this year, with additional stops recently added (see dates below).
The dynamic duo will also host additional episodes of their hit music-driven television show, “The Dailey & Vincent Show.” The 30-minute program appears weekly on RFD-TV, which is available in 63 million households across all 50-states (check local listings here). In addition to musical performances and appearances by famous guest artists, the spectacle also features other guest segments, along with a cooking portion sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms, where music’s top stars cook up some tasty treats.
The 3-time IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” and 3-time IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” award winners will also bring back the Dailey & Vincent LandFest. The fourth annual festival takes place in Denton, N.C. from Sept. 15-17. In addition to daily performances from Dailey & Vincent, the three-day festival also features appearances by Grammy-award winning Earls of Leicaster, Country and Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Fortune, Bluegrass chart-toppersBalsam Range and many more. For more info on tickets, camping or for any of your Dailey & Vincent LandFest needs, please visit: www.DaileyVincentFest.com.
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Five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award Winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. The concoction of the fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies, has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Dailey & Vincent has garnered world-wide attention with their first national, top-rated television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show,” on RFD TV and over 500 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE ¬ In Concert.” Their most recent CD, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks.
Nashville, TN -- One of the most exciting and unique bluegrass artists to emerge on the national scene in years, Ray Cardwell, announces his debut performance at the World-famous Station Inn, Thursday, July 28th. Bassist Cardwell, with a powerhouse four-octave vocal range, will showcase a wealth of his original material that is soon to be released on his first album, produced by the legendary Pat Flynn, formerly of New Grass Revival. The cover for Thursday’s event is $12 at the door and begins at 9 pm at the Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue, Nashville, TN.
Flynn will sit in on guitar with Cardwell’s band, Tennessee Moon, made up of musicians and artists well known in Nashville bluegrass circles: Kyle Wood (former lead vocalist/songwriter with Crucial Smith) on mandolin and tenor/lead vocals; Kelsey Crews on banjo and baritone vocals, Michael Testagrossa on resonator guitar, and Theo MacMillan on fiddle and bass vocals.Live Audience to Hear Original “Bluegrass Soul” Prior to CD Release
Ray Cardwell is a Nashville-based artist from the Missouri Ozarks who sings original, roots-based bluegrass music with a contemporary twist and a hard blues edge, cranked to 11. Fans describe his signature style as “Bluegrass Soul.” Ray will tell you he has spent his life forging a diverse musical path built on the bedrock of a bluegrass rhythm section. A prolific songwriter, Cardwell’s powerful voice has caught the attention of some of Nashville’s most respected bluegrass musicians, several who are lending their substantial musical expertise to his recent efforts. Stay tuned for more news soon on Ray’s debut album, which will feature an impressive musical guest list: John Cowan, Scott Vestal, Andy Leftwich, Danny Roberts, Rob Ickes, Jesse McReynolds, Clair Lynch and Ronnie Bowman, to name a few.
“One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, the highly respected guitar stylist and producer of the upcoming Ray Cardwell Tennessee Moon CD. “He has a very diverse musical background. We have a bluegrass foundation, but we’re doing everything from blues and gospel a cappella to straight-up bluegrass.”
Johnson City, TN -- Moonstruck Management is proud to announce the addition of Ben Wilson as a new Artist Booking Agent with the agency. “I am very excited about the addition of Ben Wilson to Moonstruck. In the evolution and expansion of a business, it is critical to have the right personnel in place to execute the vision of a business model. Ben has a vast amount of experience being the Executive Director of the famed Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, both in how to work with artists directly, and also contract negotiations. His genuine personality combined with true passion for the music and business is the perfect mentality. I am excited about the new developments within Moonstruck and the future that lies ahead for our team,” says Owner Josh Trivett.
Ben grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he was exposed to Old-Time and Bluegrass music from an early age. For the last 10 years, he has been heavily involved in the planning of the Uncle Dave Macon Days Music & Arts Festival held in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Two years ago, Ben was named as the Executive Director of the festival – a position his mother Gloria Christy Shacklett held for 32 years. He has brought Uncle Day Macon Days from a competition festival to a major destination event featuring the best Bluegrass & Old-Time music. In preparation for next year’s event, he will continue to keep the competition true to its roots from where it began 40 years ago. Ben’s passion for music and his business experience will be a true asset to Moonstruck Management.
Moonstruck Management represents an impressive roster of talent including: Soggy Bottom Boys, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Hogslop String Band, Newtown, The Church Sisters, and the newest addition of the impressive Blues Singer-Songwriter, Jesse Kramer.
This southwestern Virginia group showcases the traditional songs of yesterday, along with the driving sound of a modern style. The group began doing back porch picking and performing at local events eight years ago. Town Branch Bluegrass is now one of the region’s hottest bands.
The group features Brandon Elkins on banjo, Bill Newman on mandolin, Peggy Ely on bass, Shirley Smith on vocals, and Jack and Wayne Bonham on guitar and vocals. For further information on the band, go to http://townbranchbluegrass.com/.
For a night of some of the best bluegrass music the region has to offer, don’t miss Town Branch Bluegrass band at the Carter Family Fold. Be sure to bring your friends along, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Town Branch Bluegrass Band has become a Carter Fold favorite, and their concert will be a night of family, down-home fun. Come on out and join us! Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
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.
Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a 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.
Within a week of the video going up, activity on the band's Facebook page increased by more than 7000%, with their page likes increasing by 6,000. The band has since received a huge number of messages from people all over the world who had never even heard the term “bluegrass” before.
Here’s the video they posted. If you know someone who might be impressed, share it yourself and keep the chain going.
Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of the music.
Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.
The Atlanta Times gets down to the brass tacks of it; “Cleveland is as versatile as they come, but when it comes to straight-up bluegrass, whether it's a ‘bootstomper’ or a high-and lonesome lament, his peers are few and far between.” Clearly, this fiery fiddler’s story is just beginning and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper's future preserving and innovating the bluegrass tradition has never been brighter.
Charlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is thrilled to announce today’s release of "What Does the Deep Sea Say," the first single from The Price Sisters' upcoming self-titled debut Rebel EP (REB-1860) which will be available August 26th. Consumers may purchase the song via iTunes and Amazon, or receive a free download of it by preordering the full album on iTunes.
Hailing from Sardis, Ohio, The Price Sisters—twin sisters Lauren (mandolin and vocals) and Leanna (fiddle and vocals)—have been playing bluegrass music for much of their 21 years of life. "What Does the Deep Sea Say" is a great introduction to this talented pair. Their version is a rousing rendition of this old, traditional ballad that has been performed by many artists over the years, most notably Doc Watson. "What Does the Deep Sea Say" showcases Lauren and Leanna's sweet sisterly harmonies as well as their dynamic mandolin playing and innovative fiddling.
The Price Sisters have quickly made a name for themselves in the traditional bluegrass world. They have been greatly influenced and inspired by the sounds of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and strive to carry that sound forward, both vocally and instrumentally. Their ability to grasp the complexities of Monroe's music at such a young age has led to appearances at prestigious festivals such as Bean Blossom and Jerusalem Ridge and has earned them praise and respect from a number of Monroe's ardent disciples, including Bobby Osborne, Byron Berline, Ronnie McCoury and Mike Compton. In fact, Mike Compton has invited Lauren to serve as a guest instructor at his popular Monroe Mandolin Camp this Fall, a tremendous honor for someone so young.
When not teaching at camps or performing at concerts and festivals throughout the country, Lauren and Leanna continue to hone their craft as students in the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) program at Morehead State University. They are pursuing BA degrees in traditional music with a concentration in bluegrass, and business administration minors, and will soon complete their bachelor’s degrees.
The Price Sisters' debut was produced by Bil VornDick and features support from several A-list Nashville musicians, including Mike Bub (bass), Dustin Benson (guitar), Charlie Cushman (banjo), Ronnie McCoury (guitar) and Alan Bartram (harmony vocals).
Bristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families through Labor Day 2016. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.
“Our active duty families give so much in support of communities across the U.S., and it is important for heritage sites and museums to show appreciation and support of active duty personnel,” said Dr. Jessica Turner, Director of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. “We welcome these families into the museum and hope they visit Bristol for a meaningful experience.”
“The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”
“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.
Fall Branch, TN -- For the second year in a row, East Tennessee Mountain Gospel artist, The Knight Family will receive Vintage Gospel CD of the Year honors. The group was informed this week that the Rural Roots Music Commission will bestow the honor in LeMars, IA in September at the National Traditional Country Music Association Convention.
Group manager Adam Knight responded, “We are very proud of this album that was 13 years in the making.” The album, released on AOK Records, features both original and standard material. Hallelujah Kinda Day: The Bluegrass album features an accomplished Bluegrass band including Knight, Tim Surrett, John Bowman and Ben Isaacs.
This is the group’s second such award. Last year, “Armed and Ready” was honored. The Knight Family will perform on August 30th and September 1st at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, IA as part of the convention.
The Knight Family Ministries was founded in 1985. The group at the time consisted of Ralph & Linda Knight, and their son Adam. For many years the group traveled in that configuration. Their younger son Aaron began singing with the group in 1998. During the 1990's while in the full time ministry, the group charted 7 songs in the Singing News chart. These included the most well known, My Life Has No Meaning Without Jesus, There is A Refuge In Jesus and Live In Me.
The group has traveled coast to coast in concerts, revivals, campmeetings, benefits, and once did a Wal-Mart tour. The Knight Family appeared in Singing News, U.S. Gospel News, Gospel Voice and Hallelujah Times magazines. The family has shared the stage with many well known artists such as Jeff & Sheri Easter, Ralph Stanley, Rascal Flatts, Shenandoah, The Primitive Qt., The Bowling Family, The Perry's, The Singing Cookes, The Nelons, LuLu Roman, Dale Ann Bradley, The Kingsmen, Inspirations, Kevin Spencer, The Spencers, Barbara Fairchild, The Greene's, George Hamilton IV and many more. National speakers such as Franklin Graham, Zig Ziglar and Bobby Allison were all on programs with the group.
The family left the road from full time ministry in 2003, but in the Summer of 2013, a new and retooled Knight Family emerged. The group is made up of family matriarch Linda Knight, singer/musician/minister Adam Knight, his wife Angel who sings with the group, Kyle Stacy on bass. Angel is the daughter of Dove Award winning songwriter Homer Jackson, and grew up playing Bluegrass Gospel music.
The Knight Family's comeback album, Burning Bush Moments was released in May of 2014 with the title track being released to radio stations nationally. The song Hometown In The Sky off the album reached the #1 position out of 8,242 songs on the Soundclick Christian internet charts in the Summer of 2014 and #1 out of 65, 000 on the Country chart. The group's latest single, "I Believe, Help My Unbelief" has charted on the Singing News Top 80, Christian Voice Top 100, and the SGN Scoops Top 100.
In September of 2016, the family will travel to LeMars, Iowa to receive the "Vintage Recorded Gospel Album of the Year" from the National Roots Commission, their second year in a row they have been blessed with the honor.
The family now maintains a schedule with close to 170 concerts per year.
Gold Tone was awarded their first ever best in show award for their new $199 AC-1 Composite Banjo. Gold Tone commented, "We discovered that a composite banjo (like composite ovation-style guitars) reflects the energy of a plucked string and produces a bright penetrating tone." The AC-1 will be available in late August 2016.
Gold Tone Banjos, located in Titusville, Florida was founded by Wayne and Robyn Rogers in 1993. Active folk musicians in the 70's and 80's, they opened Strings N' Things Music Center in 1978. In 1993 Wayne designed the original TB-100 Travel Banjo and began manufacturing and distributing the "Traveler" mail order. After a wonderful review by Banjo Newsletter, the TB-100 became very much in demand. As the company grew, new innovations were combined with proven vintage designs. Dealers and customers continued to request quality banjos in a reasonable price range and soon Gold Tone's collection included 5 strings, 6 strings, Banjitars, Mando Banjos, 4 strings, Weissenborns, metal bodies, resonator guitars and mandolins.
At Gold Tone, we are committed to providing you with a quality instrument at an affordable price. That means quality parts, professional design, tight fitting assembly, and an expert set up by real musicians. Wayne continually strives for "More Bang for the Buck" in every design and all price points. Every instrument receives our 12 point set-up, before shipment and verifies Gold Tone's commitment to great tone, superb playability, and your musical satisfaction! Compare and you'll find out why thousands of musicians are playing Gold Tone.
Galax, VA -- Two stellar groups that do their regions proud take the stage on Saturday, July 30, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The South Carolina Broadcasters open the performance at 7 p.m., followed by Bill and the Belles.
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles, hailing from Johnson City, Tennessee, breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, the group continues to further music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to fiddle breakdowns, the group’s shows are a celebration of country music’s former diversity.
Stars of the Lowe Vintage Radio Show on WPAQ and masters of primitive bluegrass, the South Carolina Broadcasters bring Southern music at its finest to the stage. Featuring former members of The Smokey Valley Boys and Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, the trio comprised of David and Ivy Sheppard and Andy Edmonds puts its own spin on the music of the foothills, whether performing new songs or rare tunes from the archives of music.
Concertgoers are invited to arrive early for a performance presentation by Bob Carlin titled, History of the Banjo in Song, from 2 to 4 p.m. Carlin is well-known in the music world as a talented clawhammer style banjo player, producer, teacher, and author. His latest book, Banjo: An Illustrated History, explores the instrument’s role in music history. Visitors can also check out the exhibit Banjos: From Africa to the New World from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit features two dozen reproduction/replica banjos representing the instrument’s roots in Africa and the New World, and its evolution in the pre-Civil War, Minstrel, and pre-factory eras. The banjos, crafted by expert instrument maker Bob Thornburg, will be on display July 25 through September 5.
The concert is sponsored by The Old-Time Herald. During the show, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and desserts.