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Hot Rize Celebrates 40 Years in 2018

Hot RizeHot Rize, one of bluegrass music's most beloved and influential bands, will kick off their 40th anniversary year-long celebration with a run of special SOLD OUT shows featuring special guests at the Boulder Theater. Since the Boulder Theater run sold out so quickly, they have decided to add a third date at the venue, tickets are on sale today. The three-night stand will be recorded for video and audio to be released throughout the year. The band takes to the road in January and February, touring the west coast and the northeast, and looks forward to a year of reaching new listeners as well as revisiting fans nationwide from its forty-year history.

Clay Hess Signs with Pinecastle

Clay Hess and Ethan BurkhardtClay Hess has signed with Pinecastle Records for an album to be released in 2018. The talented vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter won a Grammy award and was nominated for another during his time as a member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. He has since done stints with Mark Newton, Mountain Heart, and Sierra Hull. This upcoming album will be the second release with the Clay Hess Band lineup and Hess's first for Pinecastle.

Kristy Cox Releases “I Still Pray” in time for Christmas

Kristy Cox - I Still PrayWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce the release of I Still Pray from Kristy Cox. "I Still Pray" is a track from Kristy's upcoming album due for release in 2018 and is the perfect sentiment for this special time of year.

Initial Lineup and Midnight Jam Announced for MerleFest 2018

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 - 29. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2018 will be announced over the next few months. Today's lineup announcement includes legendary artist Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, "Mission Temple Fireworks Revival" featuring Paul Thorn & Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the McCrary Sisters, and many more. The 2018 Midnight Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation on Saturday, April 28th will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, with special hosts Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale. This very popular after-hours hootenanny gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history.

Cindy Baucom to Join Bell Buckle Radio Programming

Cindy BaucomBell Buckle Radio is very excited to announce that Cindy Baucom's, "Knee Deep in Bluegrass" has joined their program schedule at Bell Buckle Radio. Bell Buckle Radio is an online internet radio station broadcasting from historical Bell Buckle,TN. The station offers a large range of music in bluegrass, classic country, folk, gospel and Americana. Bell Buckle Radio believes in a unique and customized experience when listening to music.

Mountain Park Old Time Band Warms Carter Fold Nov 18th

Mountain Park Old-Time BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, November 18th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Mountain Park Old Time Band was formed ten years ago as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old time music got together to have a good time. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles.

The King James Boys Sign with Pinecastle for 2018 Album

The King James BoyGospel bluegrass band The King James Boys have signed with Pinecastle Records for an upcoming album to be released in 2018. The group began riding the circuit over 20 years ago and have recently had two songs on the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel Chart.

Upcoming Book of John's Original Fiddle Tunes, New CD Release

Headin' Down into the Mystery Below & Slumberin' On the CumberlandWhile going through John's archive, the family has discovered over 60 handwritten music journals he had been using to compose fiddle tunes since the early '80s. Katie Harford Hogue tell us, "There are hundreds of tunes in these journals; it's fascinating to look through them. Dad amassed a lot of research and he was a prolific creator. One of the interesting challenges we've had over the years is figuring out how to take his unfinished projects and ideas and develop them into 'new' material to continue his legacy. The fiddle book idea has been bouncing around ever since we discovered the journals."

Luthier's Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge

Luthier Wayne Henderson in his workshop in Mouth of Wilson, VABristol, VA (November 3, 2017) — Luthiers—skilled makers of stringed musical instruments—are both keepers of tradition and innovators. They carry on the old ways of working wood and string to create beautiful and functional instruments, while also bringing new creativity and technology to the fore in their pieces. The Luthier's Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge is a new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum that explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar, banjo, and dulcimer making in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The special exhibit is on display now through March 4, 2018.

Remington Ryde's “A Storyteller's Memory” Available

Remington Ryde - A Storyteller's MemoryRemington Ryde's Pinecastle Records debut A Storyteller's Memory is available now. The James King tribute album includes the band's take on some of the late singer's most beloved songs including "Thirty Years of Farmin'," "Bed by the Window," "A Few Old Memories," "Leavin'," and a song bandleader Ryan Frankhouser wrote and dedicated to King's memory titled "Mr. King." The album also includes a bonus track "It's a Cold Cold World" sung by King in 1989.

CMH Records Releases "Country Music Heritage" to Global Radio

Nashville, TN -- Toni Swann-Pardigno, CMH, Director of Sales announced, "We are so excited for the release of Country Music Heritage: The Legacy of CMH Records. This album is particularly special to us as it represents the amazing artists and rich bluegrass music that has become such an integral part of our history at the label."

Sideline's Brad Hudson Releases Solo Project “Next New Heartbreak”

Next New HeartbreakLongtime sideman Brad Hudson presents his first solo project Next New Heartbreak releasing this Friday, November 3rd on Pinecastle Records. In addition to showcasing Hudson's prolific vocal and instrumental talent, the album features a duet with The Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton.

IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Molly Tuttle on WoodSongs

WoodsongsMolly Tuttle is the first woman in the 27-year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to win Guitar Player of the Year. She’s a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest. She’s the newest artist to sign on to Compass Records roster and will be releasing her debut for the label sometime in 2018. www.MollyTuttleMusic.com

Tony Rice's “Guitar” Album Repackaged

Tony Rice - GuitarRebel Records offers Tony Rice's landmark 1973 debut recording Tony Rice - Guitar once again on CD complete with updated artwork, previously unpublished photos and new notes by bluegrass historian and J.D. Crowe biographer Frank Godbey.

Craig D. Ferguson on Tour with Sorensen Mandolins and Hot October

Craig D. FergusonLos Angeles, CA -- Craig D. Ferguson hits the road this week with his new Sorensen Sprite Two-Point Mandolin and the west coast bluegrass band Hot October for a string of performances including the honorable "Freight & Salvage" in Berkeley, CA. The band will also perform at Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., the Mateel Annual Humboldt Hills Hoedown, and make a few live appearances on local radio favorites KHUM and KMUD.

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