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Pandora Summer Crush Concert Features Fergie, 5 Seconds of Summer & Daya

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 5:00pm
Pandora brought together hundreds of fans at Los Angeles’ L.A. Live for a free, outdoor end-of-summer concert. The Pandora Summer Crush...
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'Suicide Squad' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:30pm
The all-star Suicide Squad soundtrack roars in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 182,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 11...
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Watch Drake Bring Out LeBron James at Columbus Concert

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 3:42pm
Drake had a big surprise for fans attending his Summer Sixteen tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday (Aug. 13). To assist him on “Pop Style...
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Kevin Hart Weds Longtime Girlfriend in California

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 2:57pm
Kevin Hart is a married man. The comedian and his longtime girlfriend, Eniko Parrish, said their vows in front of friends and family in a lavish...
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Adele Says She Declined Offer to Perform at 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show: Watch

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 1:33pm
It appears as though Adele won’t be performing at the 2017 Super Bowl after all. The British singer shut down the tabloid rumors during her...
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J-Pop Icons SMAP to Break Up

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 1:15pm
The on-again, off-again breakup of an all-male Japanese pop group with a strong following in much of Asia is back on: The five members of SMAP will...
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Justin Bieber Threatens to Make His Instagram Private Over Negative Comments About Sofia Richie

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 12:49pm
Justin Bieber isn’t pleased about how some of his fans are treating his rumored girlfriend Sofia Richie on social media. Listen to Justin...
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Watch Kenny Chesney Bring Kid Rock On Stage in Detroit

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 11:52am
Kid Rock isn't performing much this summer, at least not by his own road dog standards, but on Saturday (Aug. 13) he spent one of his nights with...
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Charges Filed in Drug Overdose of Ted Nugent's Land Manager

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 10:58am
Charges have been filed in the overdose death of Ted Nugent's property manager in southern Michigan. Melissa Mullins faces a court hearing...
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8 Albums You Didn't Know The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Produced

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 10:00am
Bluesy rocker Dan Auerbach appears most comfortable in the role of frontman, as he fronts both The Black Keys and his more recently formed project...
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What Is Your Favorite Song From the 'Suicide Squad' Soundtrack? Vote!

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 9:00am
Even if Suicide Squad wasn’t a hit with critics, its soundtrack was a hit with fans. The eclectic, collaboration-crazed album is set to debut...
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6 tips for better wildflower photos

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 8:00am

Tips for better wildflower photos

Shooting wildflowers can be an intimidating endeavor, especially if you're looking to capture grand scenes and vistas. Navigating the crowds, finding the perfect composition and nailing the shot can all be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be that way – in this article I'll help you navigate these challenges so you can enjoy the experience and make the most of peak wildflower season.

Choose the right gear for the job

This isn't a one-size-fits-all gear list as it really depends upon how much hiking you have to do to get to your desired location. That being said, I've highlighted some of the most important items from my kit in this list.

  • Tripod: A sturdy tripod is a must if you plan on focus stacking, it also comes in handy if you're shooting in conditions that require slightly longer shutter speeds.
  • Lenses: When I'm out shooting wildflowers I always try to cover a focal length of 16-300mm. The majority of my compositions fall in the 16-35mm range, but you never know when you may want to snap an abstract shot or try something new when you're out in the field.
  • Headlamp: You may not plan on staying out late, but losing track of time while shooting an amazing sunset is very easy to do.
  • CPL: The sky in your composition will benefit a great deal from using a circular polarizer and the vegetation's rich colors will be brought out as well.
  • Bug/Bear Spray: This may sound trivial but if you're shooting anywhere in the mountains this is a must. Watch out for ticks as well when you're out shooting. Bears aren't always an issue, but in certain areas they can be a problem so it's definitely best to check trip reports and stay well-informed.
  • Well stocked backpack: A camera backpack or your favorite hiking backpack with a first aid kit, water, extra batteries, wireless remote, cleaning cloths, tripod tools, extra layers (Gortex jacket etc.) and snacks is a must. Anytime you go hiking it's a great idea to be prepared for anything in the field.
  • Maps/GPS: I always bring a map or a guide book in addition to a GPS unit with me to areas that I'm not familiar with.

Check flower reports and scout locations

Before heading out into the field I make sure to scout out locations and check on the condition of the flowers I'm intending to photograph.

  • Check local wild flower reports online – hiking trip reports are great places to look for wild flower updates.
  • Aim to photograph the flowers when they are just starting to peak; this is where checking reports pays off. Staying slightly ahead of the curve will ensure that you will be able to photograph the flowers when they are looking their best.
  • Talking with other local photographers is a great way to network and to get an idea of what the flower shooting conditions are like in your area of interest.
  • Scout your location to determine what areas are best for sunrise, sunset and day/night time shooting. Figure out how many miles you'll be hiking and plan accordingly.
  • Remember to give yourself plenty of time to drive to your location, hike in, take photos and hike out.
  • Mark the areas that you're interested in shooting on a map or set waypoints on a GPS to give yourself a guide of sorts to roughly follow while you're out in the field.

Find your composition

Choosing your composition can feel like a tricky task – especially with the added element of flowers thrown into the mix. Here are some helpful tips that can make the process a bit less overwhelming.

  • Look for flowers just approaching the peak of their bloom: Once you have found a nice patch of flowers make sure that they can be incorporated into your composition effectively.
  • Add depth through layers: Flowers can add a really nice foreground element to your photo so try to fill the lower 1/3 to lower 1/2 of your frame with them to give your photo lots of foreground interest and depth. Focus stacking is one way to achieve this look.
  • Let the flowers be your leading line: Sometimes nature can provide you with nice patterns and colors to lead your eye through the frame to your focal point. Look for flowers that can provide that 'line' to your focal point or that offer depth through layers.
  • Don't let the conditions dictate whether or not you choose to go out and shoot: Shooting in foggy and challenging weather conditions can offer up some amazing and unique results!
  • Shoot in both landscape and portrait orientations: Don't get too set on one composition — move around and experiment! This is something that I have to continually remind myself to do.

Get creative: go abstract

When you find yourself surrounded by fields of gorgeous flowers it's very easy to become overwhelmed and bogged down by the seemingly endless photographic possibilities. Finding abstract compositions requires some work, but the results can be very rewarding.

  • Take a step back and look for subtle opportunities to photograph the flowers and vegetation themselves.
  • Look for different kinds of texture and layering in the vegetation.
  • Let the plants and flowers become your composition.
  • Look for natural leading lines, patterns, curves and turns in the plant life.
  • Pay attention to complementary colors and patterns as color can add a great deal of interest to your photo.


This isn't something that's discussed very often in landscape photography, but I think that it's especially applicable for this type of shooting.

  • Show up early and find your composition: One of the biggest issues that I see in the field is dealing with people fighting for compositions. If another photographer was there before you, then respect their space and look for different compositions. Remember that a wide-angle lens covers a lot of real estate, so keep that in mind when looking for alternative compositions. Get there first and you will be rewarded with lots of options for outstanding compositions.
  • Respect the Flowers: This almost goes without saying, but never pick the flowers and move them to improve your composition – this happens more often than you would care to believe. Also, take care not to sit on or trample the meadows when composing your shot(s).
  • Tread Lightly: Chances are that if you're shooting wildflowers you will find yourself off trail at some point. Follow game trails and stick to paths that have already been well traveled. Never create your own trail through a meadow unless you have no other options and always tread lightly. These areas have very fragile ecosystems and see a great deal of foot traffic, so it's important to practice sustainability.
  • Leave No Trace: Surprisingly this is still a huge issue. The bottom line is, if you pack it in, pack it out – don't leave anything behind.
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Ray Cardwell Signs with Pinecastle Records for Upcoming Release

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 12:00am

Rayt CardwellSongwriter, vocalist, and bass player, Ray Cardwell has joined Pinecastle Records to release his solo album, Tennessee Moon, in fall 2016. The album has a clear New Grass influence in producer Pat Flynn. However, with nine out of twelve tunes written by Cardwell, the album is his own take on that classic sound. Flynn also adds his talents on guitar and harmony vocals to the album along with fellow New Grass Revival alum John Cowan lending tenor and harmony vocals on many of the tracks (full personnel listing below). Cardwell has already built a touring band of incredible musicians to take his music on the road as Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon.

“One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, “...His vocals are very distinctive, as well as his bass playing; that sets the stage for us to do a lot of things acoustically with modern bluegrass as a base.”

“In addition to possessing an extremely powerful, John Cowan-like vocal prowess, Ray is also a talented songwriter.” – Bluegrass Today

Ray honed his musical chops playing in The Cardwell family bluegrass band in the late 1970’s. In the ‘80s he spent time playing rock and reggae before moving to Nashville in the ‘90s to be a member of the bluegrass band, the New Tradition. He returned to his home state of Missouri a few years later to raise a family while teaching vocal and instrumental ensembles. Along the way he has had experience with an eclectic mix of musical genres from bluegrass and Americana to musical theater and Motown. Now living in Nashville, TN Cardwell has returned to his musical roots while blending in his varied influences to create a style all his own.

"I feel my music is based upon the traditional style of bluegrass and old timey music my parents raised me on, and the collection of musical experiences I've had in my journey through life. My songwriting is a direct reflection of new ideas balanced with the traditions of the past.

"When Ethan Burkhardt called from Pinecastle Records, I knew it was a label with amazing artists and good 'street cred.' I had good experiences with them before when Special Consensus recorded a song Danny Roberts and I had written.

"I have been anticipating this moment since I was a young boy in Missouri. The project is finished and soon will be out--music from my bluegrass soul, from a dreamer in the Ozarks. I hope you enjoy it." - Ray Cardwell

Personnel on Tennessee Moon:

  • Ray Cardwell – bass, lead and harmony vocals
  • Pat Flynn – guitar, harmony vocals
  • Danny Roberts – mandolin
  • Jesse McReynolds – mandolin (“Tennessee Moon”)
  • Scott Vestal – banjo
  • Rob Ickes – resonator guitar
  • Andy Leftwich – fiddle, mandolin
  • Vocals: John Cowan, Claire Lynch, Ronnie Bowman, Scott Russell, Eric Morris, Brad Reside
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Experience Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival August 24-28

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 12:00am

Blistered FingersLitchfield, ME -- Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival location is at the Litchfield Fairgrounds (30 Plains Road, Litchfield, Maine). Directions are located on the flyers and on the Web site. The festival grounds have a big stage that was built in 2010, 18 women’s and 18 men’s indoor bathroom facilities, four free hot showers and numerous water hookups throughout the grounds, electrical hookups. The festival location has that ‘Welcome Home’ Country atmosphere. Everyone who attends loves our hard grounds. We also have a lot of Field picking through the whole time of the festival.

We have the Blistered Fingers Kids Academy which has a free, relaxed, informative three day music program for children for ages 6-18. The focus is how to play, sing and perform bluegrass music. Students will bring their own instruments and will commit to the three day program. The kids all get a Free T-Shirt and perform a couple of songs as a group on Main stage. We’re all so proud!!

The gates will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Weekend tickets for each festival will cover four days of great music and camping from Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday Morning Gospel Sing Along and Jam.

There will be several types of vendors located on the grounds.


  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Band Of Ruhks
  • Nothin Fancy
  • The Baker Family
  • Zink & Company
  • Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters
  • Phat Burger Deluxe
  • The Zolla Boys
  • Original Condition
  • Bluegrass Gospel Sing & Jam
  • And Your Host Band: Blistered Fingers

Prices per person - Tickets available at Gate:
Earl Bird Camping (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday before festival) $10/ day per camper
All four days with FREE camping- $85
Children 16 and under Free with Paying Adult
Wednesday & Thursday only- $15
Friday only- $30 after 5:00 p.m. - $20
Saturday only- $30 after 5:00 p.m. - $20
Sunday – FREE with Weekend pass
Dogs- $10
Power- $30 for your entire stay

For additional information, visit the Web site at BlisteredFingers.com or contact Sandy Cormier at blist-f@blisteredfingers.com, or (207) 873-6539.

About Blistered Fingers: Some of the greatest Bluegrass music can be heard at one of the largest family musical events in New England. Blistered Fingers is a fast- moving traditional Bluegrass Band from the central Maine area that travels extensively around the northeast and eastern Canada. Blistered Fingers' obvious love of bluegrass, their fans, and field picking makes Blistered Fingers a special group with their delightful mix of original material, soulful ballads and hard driving traditional bluegrass music with a little good humor thrown in. The Bluegrass Festival takes place twice every year and brings thousands of music lovers from all over the world to Litchfield, Maine, to hear banjos, fiddles, and high, lonesome harmonies. This event features many worldwide and local bands. This festival has something for all ages and has occurred every June and August since 1991.

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Matisyahu Brings His Ukulele-Playing Busker Fan On Stage In Los Angeles: Watch

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 10:45pm
Matisyahu made a Maui busker's day on Friday night (Aug. 12) at the Hollywood Palladium when he brought ukelele player and fan Clint "Kekoa...
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Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney & Hannah Billingsley Get Engaged

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:38pm
Congratulations are in order for Shay Mooney (of country duo Dan + Shay) and Hannah Billingsley, who are now engaged to be married. Mooney announced...
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Monica Puig Wins Gold at Rio Olympics 2016, Artists Celebrate

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:24pm
In a display of sheer guts, 22-year-old Monica Puig won gold at the Rio Olympics, beating world No. 2 Angelique Kerber in a roller coaster, three-set...
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Felix Cartal Debuts New Sound on 'Keep Up' Feat. Steph Jones: Listen

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 6:35pm
Felix Cartal has dropped his first single, “Keep Up” (feat. Steph Jones), for electronic label Physical Presents. "This is an...
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Barbara Gibb, Mother of the Bee Gees & Andy Gibb, Dies at 95

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:48pm
Barbara Gibb passed away at the age of 95 in Miami on Friday night (Aug. 12). She was the mother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb (who performed...
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Demi Lovato Apologizes for Joking About Zika Virus on Snapchat

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 3:28pm
Demi Lovato has apologized for posting a Snapchat video on Friday night (Aug. 12) containing a joke about people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, getting...
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