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Moonstruck Management Signs The HogSlop String Band

The HogSlop String BandNashville, TN -- A multi-award-winning old-time band, The HogSlop String Band has signed with Moonstruck Management for management and booking. Headed by Josh Trivett, Moonstruck has an impressive client roster that includes notable and award-winning acts such as: Dr. Ralph Stanley, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, The Roys, Adkins & Loudermilk and former clients like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne and more. The Moonstruck team is focused on a deep appreciation for Bluegrass, folk and old-time string music.

Leftover Salmon Tour and New Album Announced

High CountryLeftover Salmon’s 2015 Winter Tour will visit the Mountain West region, in the heart of the winter months. Highlights include: Big Sky Big Grass in beautiful Big Sky, MT, with a two night run in Victor, ID in between. Performances in Missoula (with guests Hot Buttered Rum), Boise, and Park City (with guests Hot Buttered Rum) precede another pair of two night runs in Colorado in Durango, Telluride. The tour closes out with an appearance at WinterWonderGrass in Avon, CO. Visit Leftover Salmon for ticketing and more information.

Steve Wariner Joins Phil Leadbetter on “Hole in the Earth” Debut

Steve WarinerNashville, TN -- Country music legend Steve Wariner made his debut on the weekly airplay charts last week (Oct. 17) when dobro virtuoso Phil Leadbetter’s new single, “Hole in the Earth” (featuring Wariner on lead vocals) entered chart at No. 10. The song, written by Wariner and Shane Keister, is featured on Leadbetter’s new album The Next Move, which was released last week. Leadbetter is the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s Dobro Player of the Year.

IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2014 Attendance Figure Exceeds 180,000

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4, continued its successful run in Raleigh, North Carolina. As detailed in a release today from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, preliminary attendance figures for the entire week, which include both local and out-of-town attendees, is estimated to be more than 180,000 people. The release also states that direct visitor spending is estimated at $10.8 million for the entire World of Bluegrass event.

Larry Stephenson Band Releases New Album

Pull Your Savior InThe Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce their new release of Pull Your Savior In on Whysper Dream Music. The album is available for digital sale at iTunes, Amazon,and CD Baby. Physical copies include a special Bonus Track and can be purchased at larrystephensonband.com.

Too Late Press Releases are Becoming Common

 YesterdayI don't know if this is a new trend in promotion and publicity or not but, in the past couple of months, I've received over a dozen press releases for events occurring in just a few hours. In one case, the event was a three day event that began two days earlier. I can't believe that just in the past couple of months that nobody knows their client artists are going to be on television until five minutes before showtime. I can't believe nobody knows their client artist will be performing at a festival until they have already been on stage and are already headed for their next gig. This, however, seems to be the latest fad in PR.

Bluegrass Students Highlight Song of the Mountains Nov. 1st

East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride BandMarion, VA -- Two top notch Universities will send their best bluegrass students to perform on the nationally syndicated public television concert series Song of the Mountains on Saturday, November 1st at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. From Kentucky, Morehead State University’s Mountain Music Ambassadors under the direction of Raymond McLain will perform on the November 1st concert taping as will the East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass Pride Band under the direction of Dan Boner.

Jo Walker-Meador to be Honored in Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

Jo Walker-MeadorNashville, TN -- To honor the memory of a Bluegrass Hall of Fame icon, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present an interview with longtime CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador in the eighth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Ford Theater. A reception will follow the program.

Start the Holiday Season Early with Claire Lynch Album

Claire Lynch Holiday AlbumNashville, TN -- 2014 IBMA Song of the Year Winner ("Dear Sister") and 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch, is excited to announce a very special release for the holidays on her own Thrill Hill Records. Holiday! is Claire’s first seasonal album and is available now at her live shows and through the Claire Lynch website.

Hope Harvest Festival in Chandler, AZ, Oct 24th

Hope Harvest FestivalJames Reams & The Barnstormers, the band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be performing at the Hope Harvest Festival on Friday, October 24th. The festival runs from 6:00 to 8:30 PM and is held at the Hope Covenant Church located at 1770 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286. This is a FREE event.

Big Country Bluegrass at Carter Family Fold Sat. Oct 25th

Big Country BluegrassBig Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small, intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music. Saturday, October 25th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Big Country Bluegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Bluegrass First Class 2015 Initial Lineup Announced

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutAsheville, NC is one of the most exciting small cities you’ll ever be privileged to visit. It is a trendy haven for musicians, artists and craftspeople from all over the world. Arrive early and enjoy the red carpet VIP treatment you will receive at the regal Crowne Plaza Resort, your festival location, and take a little extra time to enjoy the local year-round sights and attractions this eclectic and charming area has to offer. Nestled deep in the heart of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Bluegrass First Class 2015 will be held on the Third Weekend of February (20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2015).

Halloween Bluegrass Songs by No Grass Limit

 OriginalsNo Grass Limit is a 5-piece band ranging from bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional music. In Jan of 2014, No Grass Limit recorded their first all original album in Nashville with Grammy Award Winner Randy Korhs. Featuring Dustin Benson from Special Consensus, Sally Berry (Rhonda Vincent's daughter) and Randy Korhs. Now being played on radio stations all around the world their success has led them into the hearts of millions.

Mountain Faith on "Larry's Country Diner" This Weekend

Mountain FaithWillis, VA -- Dollywood favorites and North Carolina natives, Mountain Faith, will take their music to a broader audience this weekend when they make an appearance on RFDTV's “Larry’s Country Diner.” The show has become a favorite for audiences nationwide who are craving comprehensive traditional country and bluegrass programming, offering viewers a wholesome, down-home, nationally-broadcasted variety show known for its spontaneity, impromptu dialogue and live-to-tape performances by the best country music artists of yesterday and today.

Fiddler Wil Markham Receives Share America Scholarship

Wil Markham, second from left, receives the 2014 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks, third from left, . Others joining the presentation are, from left, Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary., Share America photo by Jane ScrogginsThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Wil Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2014 winners. Markham is the son of Skip and Harriet Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. He is the grandson of Wilbourne and Delores Markham and Phil and the late Stuart Wilkerson.

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