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These days, many (if not most) consumers are likely to shop based on price and capability, rather than according to whether a certain model contains a mirror, or not. We think this is a good thing; with all the increased competition, cameras are improving more and at a faster rate than ever before. From the gear perspective, it's certainly an exciting time to be a photographer.
In this category, you'll find both mirrorless and DSLR cameras that are highly capable under a variety of shooting situations, offer built-in high-spec viewfinders - either optical and electronic - and an extensive array of external controls. The biggest differences in performance tend to come down to autofocus sophistication and video capability, but neither of those is dictated by the presence or lack of mirror.
The contenders are:
Most of the camera in this roundup are built around either Four Thirds or APS-C sensors. Sensor size plays a large part in determining the image quality a camera is ultimately capable of and, in general, the larger a camera's sensor, the better the image quality and the more control you have over depth-of-field. APS-C sensors are larger than Four Thirds chips, but the differences are rarely huge.
Of course, the sensor sizes and image quality of these cameras are not the only thing that varies; the feature sets and performance of each camera are also quite different across the board. Within this category you'll find weather-sealed cameras, cameras that can capture 4K video, cameras that can shoot bursts at incredibly high speeds with autofocus, and cameras that are simply well-balanced all-rounders. Which one should you buy? Read on to find out...
Charlottesville, VA -- —Rebel Records is thrilled to announce the signing of The Price Sisters to its roster of artists! In a relatively short amount of time, these twin sisters - Lauren (mandolin, harmony/lead vocals) and Leanna (fiddle, lead/harmony vocals) - have generated an exciting buzz within the traditional music community for presenting their own, unique interpretation of the "ancient tones" set forth by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys.
The Price Sisters' ability to grasp the complexities of Bill Monroe's music at such a young age has led to appearances at prestigious festivals such as Bean Blossom and Jerusalem Ridge (held in Monroe's hometown of Rosine, Kentucky) and has earned them praise and respect from a few of Monroe's ardent disciples, including Bobby Osborne, Byron Berline, Ronnie McCoury and Mike Compton (who recently selected Lauren, at just 21 years of age, to be one of the instructors at his prestigious Monroe Mandolin Camp this year).
Rebel Records owner David Freeman, a huge Monroe fan himself, first saw The Price Sisters perform an impromptu jam on the Expo Hall floor at the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh and came away awestruck:
"There was a lot going on in the exhibition hall at the time, but I was drawn to the sounds of someone picking the fire out of 'Get Up John,'" recalls Freeman. "Around a couple of turns I was thrilled and amazed to hear Leanna and Lauren Price playing and singing a bunch of Bill Monroe classics (as well as their own compositions)—and not just 'Uncle Pen' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky,' but the hard stuff like 'I Believed in You Darling,' 'Blue Night' and 'Sitting Alone in the Moonlight.' My initial feeling was that these girls were something special and deserved to be heard more. They come with high praise from some of the top musicians in bluegrass, and they are a great fit for our label."
Adds Freeman, "To find young musicians today who can not only play and sing beautifully, as Leanna and Lauren do, but also really appreciate the music they are playing, bodes very well for the future of the music that means so much to so many of us!"
The Price Sisters have performed at festivals from Michigan to Georgia and Colorado to Maine. They have also been guest performers on RFD-TV’s ‘Cumberland Highlanders Show’ and have participated in live performances for PBS’s 'Song of the Mountains,’ ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,’ WKYT-TV, Lexington, Kentucky, and the legendary ‘Wheeling Jamboree.’ They have graced the stage as guest performers with a number of national touring bands including The Lost & Found, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, The Spinney Brothers, Dale Ann Bradley and David Davis & The Warrior River Boys. They regularly perform at various shows and venues in Kentucky.
While maintaining their "Price Sisters" performance schedule, Lauren and Leanna are currently enrolled in the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) at Morehead State University, where they are both pursuing BA degrees in traditional music with a concentration in bluegrass, and business administration minors. They are active members of the University's Mountain Music Ambassadors Bluegrass Ensemble, traveling regularly with that group. They were also recently part of a group of six KCTM students who represented the United States and MSU during a ten-day tour of The Peoples’ Republic of China in May, 2015 spreading the gospel of bluegrass.
The sisters recently finished up recording their Rebel Records debut due out this summer with noted producer Bil VornDick behind the glass. Additional instrumentation and vocals were provided by special guests Mike Bub (bass), Dustin Benson (guitar), Charlie Cushman (banjo), Ronnie McCoury (guitar) and Alan Bartram (harmony vocals).
With a passion for keeping traditional bluegrass alive, twin sisters Lauren and Leanna Price are an excellent addition to Rebel's roster of outstanding traditional bluegrass musicians.
Nashville, TN -- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band made their first public appearance 50 years ago May 13, 1966 and now they’re marking that milestone with more airings of their star-studded televised PBS Pledge Special. Click here to find dates and times for when the PBS Pledge Special airs in your market.
"We never could've imagined being able to do this, a job we all love so much, for 50 Years! Our biggest thanks goes out to our amazing fans!!" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band said.
The PBS Pledge Special, made possible with support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, has reinvigorated the iconic group’s legion of fans. The show features guest artists, including John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas as well as former members, Jimmy Ibbotson (long-time member for decades) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and early NGDB member Jackson Browne.
There will be an accompanying CD and DVD that include extra songs and performances as well as concert tickets and meet and greets in select markets available exclusively through PBS member stations.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a full slate of dates to celebrate their Golden 50th anniversary planned to run through the end of 2017, with many additional dates to be announced.
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND ON TOUR:
May 13 - Stone Mountain Arts Center - Brownfield, Maine
May 14 - The Newton Theatre - Newton, N.J.
May 15 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, Conn.
May 18 - State Theatre - State College, Penn.
May 19 - The Hamilton Live - Washington, D.C.
May 20 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, Penn.
May 21 - The Colonial Theatre - Phoenixville, Penn.
June 02 - Stiefel Theatre - Salina, Kan.
June 03 - Shawnee River Festival - Eldon, Mo.
June 04 - Ameristar Casino Kansas City - Kansas City, Mo.
June 10 - America’s River Festival - Dubuque, Iowa
June 16 - Stafford Centre Performing Arts - Stafford, Texas
June 17 - Grand Casino Events Center - Shawnee, Okla.
June 18 - Southwind Casino - Braman, Okla.
June 22 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, Calif.
June 23 - Del Mar Fairgrounds - Paddock - Del Mar, Calif.
June 30 - Royal Gorge Bridge & Park - Canon City, Colo.
July 01 - Vilar Performing Arts Center - Beaver Creek, Colo.
July 02 - Fir Amphitheater - La Veta Pas - Alamosa, Colo.
July 03 - Fir Amphitheater - Alamosa, Colo.
July 07 - Country Concert at Hickory Hill - Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 08 - Hodag Festival - Rhinelander, Wis.
July 09 - Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley, Minn.
July 16 - Bob Evans Farm Festival - Bidwell, Ohio
July 17 - Jamboree In The Hills - Morristown, Ohio
July 24 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.
July 28 - Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, Wisc.
July 30 - Wayne County Fair - Wayne, Neb.
Aug 05 - Manitoulin Country Fest - Little Current, Canada
Aug 06 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 07 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 12 - Festival at Sandpoint - Sandpoint, Idaho
Aug 13 - Crook County Fair - Prineville, Ore.
Sept 02 - Honeywell Center - Wabash, Ind.
Sept 15 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, Ore.
Oct 04 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Nov 13 - MotorCity Casino Hotel - Detroit, Mich.
For more information, visit www.NittyGritty.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.