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Mt. Airy, GA -- Springer Mountain Farms, a Georgia-based poultry producer known for its flavorful chicken raised without antibiotics, and multi-Grammy nominated Bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent (D&V) present their first Water Fest Bluegrass Sweepstakes. One lucky winner and a guest will have the chance to win a Valentine's cruise in the Western Caribbean, Feb. 14 until Feb. 19, 2015.
The prize package includes round-trip airfare for two, a five-night cruise on the Royal Caribbean's "Liberty of the Seas," nightly performances from D&V and more. The cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and stops in Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico.
"Springer Mountain Farms and D&V value the importance of bringing loved ones together with delicious food, entertaining music from the most talented in the industry and a memorable getaway during a special time of year," said Gus Arrendale, president of Springer Mountain Farms.
D&V and their world-class band will perform a new show nightly featuring original and traditional Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music along with other famed acts such as Don Rigsby and the Country music duo Wilson Fairchild. Nightly themes include Valentine's Day love songs, President's Day with "Songs of America," gospel night, a tribute to the legendary Statler Brothers and a "Bluegrass Karaoke" night.
Until Nov. 30, 2014 fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting Dailey and Vincent's website or www.chicken4life.com. Please review official rules prior to entering the sweepstakes. The winner will be notified via telephone, mail and/or email. *Eligible winners must reside in the contiguous United States.
Dubbed by CMT as "The Rock Stars of Bluegrass," the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America. They have won numerous awards for their unique music, including: 13 IBMA Awards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as three-time "Entertainer of the Year," three-time "Vocal Group of the Year" and "Album of the Year;" three Grammy Award nominations, including a nomination for the 2014 "Bluegrass Album of the Year" and two Dove Awards for "Bluegrass Album of the Year." Formed in 2007, the duo performs more than 120 shows per year with an 85 percent sell-out rate in the U.S. and holds at No. 34 on Pollstar's "Concert Pulse." For more information, visit www.DaileyAndVincent.com.
Formed in 2007, the duo performs more than 120 shows per year with an 85 percent sell-out rate in the U.S. and holds at No. 34 on Pollstar
Cybergrass is celebrating another year of bluegrass music on the Internet. Wow! What a ride its been. We have gone through five iterations, four domain names and we're still here. What started out as just a research project almost a quarter century ago has evolved into the world's oldest bluegrass music web site which, is also the world's oldest music site of any genre. Cybergrass was born 22 years ago when the web was in its fetal infancy. There were no tools and everything was alpha release source code. The web was dark and void and the Internet was still just a research project -- the Research Internet. Bob Cherry, working with electronic documentation at Xerox got his hands on some very early code and managed to put it together with minimal documentation. On September 9, 1992, he posted about 50 songs from the Digital Tradition files on a Xerox PARC web server with a simple HTML index. HTML was all coded by hand in those days. That was the beginning of what has evolved into a premier bluegrass music site on the web.
During the past 22 years, Cherry's bluegrass site has seen a great deal in the evolution of the web. He has also achieved a great many first achievements. Cybergrass became a model bluegrass web site that many other sites evolved from. Cherry also helped many get their start on the web and he's happy that most sites he help get started are still operating today. In 1995, Cherry bought the domain IBMA.org and created the first web site for the IBMA (click for old site), and a year later he created the first web site for the International Bluegrass Music Museum (click for old site). He also created the first web pages for many of today's artists include the first web pages for Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss, Blue Highway, Claire Lynch, Chris Thile, Del McCoury, John McEuen, Fragment, Front Range and many others. He even started the first Martha White web page which ran until 1994 when Pilsbury bought the company. As organizations and artists started to create their own sites and when they required more attention, Cherry graciously turned the sites over to their rightful owners.
The award winning Cybergrass was the first bluegrass music site on the Internet and, as near as early web pioneers know, it was also the world's 7th web site -- the same as the Xerox PARC site.
Cybergrass carried the first data driven bluegrass events calendar that offered search and updates. The technology was also applied to their library of literature about bluegrass music. Over time, the site became a portal offering news, reviews, event calendar, music samples, artist profiles, references and more. In 1997, Cherry and his site negotiated and acquired the first BMI music license (other than BMI themselves) through an agreement Cherry initiated with BMI's New York office.
As the marriage of music and technology evolved, carrying music was a natural for Cybergrass. Cybergrass servers carried the Grammy Awards on the Internet in 1995. Two years later, the site carried the first International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on the net. It has been the only site to carry them every year since 1997. After getting licensing established, Cybergrass carried promotional music online. Record labels and artists enjoyed the huge response and increased sales during this time. The RIAA's Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) was drafted some time later and all promotion ceased. The music was history. With DMCA, Cybergrass went silent but history had already been made. Cherry's site was doing in the '90s what other sites are just starting to do today.
Content on the bluegrass web site changed many times over the years as did it's hosting. What started at Xerox, Cybergrass moved to Infonet Services Corporation's Info.Net service where Cherry created the domain Banjo.com for his site. The name Cybergrass also was attributed to the web site in the mid 90's and a few years later, Cherry sold the Banjo.com domain and moved to his own Cybergrass.com where the site resides today.
The site continues to be an important part of bluegrass music information. The site contains fresh and relevant information seven days a week. With the implementation of the Internet's new RSS syndication, the site now finds it's content more other resources. News aggregators can access the news, reviews and calendar information directly. In the last quarter of 2004, Cybergrass rolled out their Bluegrass Music News Network (BMNN) that is modeled similar to other online press release organizations. BMNN will be tailored to bluegrass music and will be another first for bluegrass.
If you're interested in bluegrass music, you should definitely be interested in Cybergrass. Cybergrass has already made history and is now looking to make the future even better for bluegrass music on the Internet. Help us celebrate by liking us on Facebook, twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Pinterest, as well as other social media.
While it's easy to get swept up in the stream of product announcements at this time of year, it's also a good idea to remember why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Black and White Photography forum to submit their favorite shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. As usual, the photos submitted were of a very high quality. See gallery
Back Roads Music Festival incorporation with a Visit Wise County Tourism Production; is pleased to announce the outdoor music event of this year Back Roads Music Festival. Friday and Saturday September 5th & 6th 2014. Location for the event will be the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, VA. Weekend pass including free camping with your car! (no pets, no glass bottles).
Featured will be over 21 local, regional, and national bands including: Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Scott Miller w/ Rayna Gellert and Bryn Davies, Nick Stump, Bone Pony, Ras Alan & the Lions, Brett Ratliff & the Giant Roster Side Show, Mike, Brandon Maggard, Corbin Hayslett, Foddershock, Craigs Street Ramblers, Parts Department, Katie Did-it, Nobody Famous, Ron Short, Gene Cole, The Tadcaster, Neal Spears and Unit 31, and T-Bone.
Master of Ceremonies is the world renowned poet and radio personality Wiley Quixote (aka) Jim Webb!
Cost is $50.00 if purchased before Sept 1 st. If purchased at gate $60.00. Both prices include parking and camping. For all weekend. Limited RV access for additional cost.
Larry Cordle was born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky. Cordle fondly remembers this early influence by pointing out, “we lived so far away from everything, that we had to make our own entertainment. Papaw would get the fiddle out in the evenings sometimes and play and dance for us.” After graduating from high school, Larry spent four years in the Navy and after being honorably discharged, attended Morehead State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
At last count, Cordle’s songs had appeared on projects that had to date sold a combined total of more than 55 million records, by artists such as Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. Cordle has the perfect platform to share his music with fans everywhere.
Mike Williams is a country music singer, songwriter and record producer. Founded the B.F. Deal record label in Austin, TX in the mid-seventies, which released Nanci Griffith's debut album in 1978. Mike Williams also produced albums for Allen Damron, Austin TX musician and Kerrville Folk Festival aficionado.
Larry Cordle and Mike Williams will also be conducting a singers/songwriters workshop Saturday morning.
Appalachian folksinger Ras Alan mixes old-time and bluegrass music with reggae! Equal parts Doc Watson and Bob Marley, The Carter Family and Burning Spear, Ras Alan has been blending old time Appalachian music with reggae rhythms and Rastafari spirit for over 15 years. His self-styled “reggabilly” has won Alan wide acclaim; he has toured Jamaica numerous times with his band, The Lions, has been profiled on programs on both CMT and PBS, was a featured performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during their Year of Appalachia in 2003, and three of his albums are now permanently housed in the Smithsonian Archives.
Scott Miller once said “Growing up, my family was isolated just by mere location. Turns out that doesn’t insulate you from any of the troubles all of us have…” Steve Earle has declared Miller a "world class" songwriter - signing him and his former band The V-Roys to his record label E-Squared and producing their two bedrock Americana albums. BIG BIG WORLD is the third release on Miller's record label F.A.Y. Recordings. "I really was ahead of the curve by starting my own label years ago" said Scott.
For more information on the Back roads Music Festival, and/or to purchase tickets & sign-up for workshops and see the complete line-up including videos of the bands please visit us at one of the following sites:www.backroadsmusicfestival.com, and find us on Facebook, VIP Tickets. For questions or more information. Please contact Marlena Doka (606) 237-4482 / (304) 687-5563
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On site catering will be provided by The Oaks BBQ. A portion of proceeds from this event will go towards reprinting the 2 CD set of coal mining music including 68 pages of liner notes entitled THE MUSIC OF COAL ( www.musicofcoal.com ).
The Fretboard Journal – the boutique magazine for guitar, mandolin, and stringed instrument players – joins Suavé Guitars founder Steve Suavé and a stellar group of artisans for demonstrations and discussions of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, open-back banjo, and guitar.
FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The festival offers a multitude of opportunities to learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music. FreshGrass takes place September 19-21, 2014, on MASS MoCA's campus.
You’ll meet Nick Lenski of Brier Road Guitars, Adam Buchwald of Circle Strings, Joel Eckhaus and Matt Arcara of Earnest Instruments (and yes, that is Matt from Joy Kills Sorrow), Steve Kovacik of Kovacik Guitars, Frank Marachitto of A Violin Shop, Jason Verlinde of Fretboard, and a few other special guests, including our friends from Deering Banjos and Banjo Studio who will be on hand all weekend long. These activities will be spontaneous, so sign-up is not required.
FreshGrass also has a multitude of other fine workshops scheduled for this year's big event. One of the more popular will be the Banjo Mega Jam. Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso (and four-time FreshGrass featured artist) Alison Brown leads this year’s workshop. With a deep lineup of FreshGrass artists on campus, you never know who will show up to share secrets of bluegrass’ most storied instrument. Last year’s event was an epic collaboration of festival favorites such as Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters and Nick Hornbuckle of The Jaybirds.
Workshops cover a variety of topics from bluegrass improvisation, roots music listening, the Berklee mandolin workshop, No Depression site information and fingerpicking. There are others too so you will want to check out the 2014 session lineup.