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The Patuxent Banjo Project

The Patuxent Banjo ProjectPatuxent Records never ceases to present new and unique quality projects. The label never disappoints and this latest The Patuxent Banjo Project is certainly at the top of their offerings. This 2-CD collection of 40 banjo performances by as many performers of the 5-string instrument certainly will capture the interest of any banjo or bluegrass fan. The enclosed 44 page booklet offers a cursory overview of each of the artists included in this project.

IBMA Film Festival to Launch During WOB 2014

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- Eight film projects – including two spotlighted feature films – have been selected to kick off the inaugural IBMA Film Festival, which will take place during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event, Sept. 30 – October 4, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers "Live At The Old Feed Store"

Chris Jones & the Night DriversAsheville, NC -- With success of 2013’s Lonely Comes Easy, their first all-new collection since 2009’s Cloud Of Dust, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers are thrilled to announce a new live album, Live At The Old Feed Store, to be independently released October 7, 2014.

Bill Knowlton's 42nd Bluegrass Ramble Aug 3

Bill KnowltonLittle York, NY -- Bill Knowlton's 42nd annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic is this Sunday, August 3rd, as usual at Dwyer Memorial Park, the home of the Cortland Repertory Theater, in Little York NY The Picnic is the longest-running bluegrass and acoustic oldtime country music event in New York State, starting in August 1973.

Found: The Story Behind the Song

The Bankesters: FoundThis Able Veteran is a program that provides service dogs to our veterans in need. Primarily PTSD service dog training and then providing the dogs as needed. This Able Veteran program is the focus on the song "Found" by The Bankesters. In the video below, the band talks about the program and the song.

Kickstart Carter Family Fold 40th Anniversary TV Special

Carter Family Fold 40th AnniversaryOn Monday July 28, 2014, a new Kickstarter crowdsource funding campaign will launch to fund the production of a half-hour television special celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Carter Fold located in Hiltons, VA - a rural non-profit music venue created to honor the musical heritage of the Carter Family - widely recognized as the First Family of Country Music. The campaign ends Tuesday August 26, 2014. The Kickstarter campaing needs fan support to get going.

Who is in Charge of Your Band's PR?

No U-TurnWe have a band, also referred to as the artist, their management, the record label and the press/media agent and maybe some others. All send Public Relations (PR) and promotional material to various organizations for publication or broadcast. It is great to have all these people working to promote the artist. But, what happens if they get out of sync? What happens if they don't communicate with each other? What happens when it all goes wrong?

Australia's The Stetson Family Working on New Album

The Stetson FamilyYou may have noticed that The Stetson Family have been a bit thin on the ground around Melbourne-town these last couple of months. It’s not that they are finally sick of each other and hung up their boots after six years together – quite the opposite – the band has been busy writing and recording album number three so they can get back out there and hit the road again together with some new toons.

Nathan Stanley Releases New CD Every Mile

Every MileNashville, TN -- Nathan Stanley, the grandson to Dr. Ralph Stanley, is considered to be the "Prince Of Bluegrass" and releases his latest music endeavor Every Mile. His heart is golden, his voice is pure and his soul has deep roots in the lonesome sod of bluegrass music.

FreshGrass Award Announces All-Star Jury for 2014

Alison BrownNorth Adams, MA -- Storied bluegrass and roots performers Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, Leigh and Eric Gibson of The Gibson Brothers, and longtime FreshGrass co-conspirator Alison Brown select the best new acts in banjo, duo, and band competitions as the FreshGrass Award jury during the eponymous festival, September 19-21, 2014, at MASS MoCA.

MTSU Center for Popular Music Acquires Spring Fed Records

Spring Fed RecordsThe Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University has acquired the renowned Spring Fed Records from the Arts Center of Cannon County. The Arts Center has donated the Grammy-winning label’s name and rights and sold its existing inventory to MTSU, said Dr. Greg Reish, the Center for Popular Music’s new director. Founded in 2002, Spring Fed Records is devoted to issuing unique and historically significant recordings of traditional Southern music, including old-time country, blues and gospel. Among its featured titles are music by Uncle Dave Macon, Sam and Kirk McGee, The Fairfield Four, Frazier Moss and Mississippi John Hurt.

Jason Burleson Recovering Well in France

Jason Burleson by Sherri GeorgeLe Puy, France -- Powerhouse Bluegrass group Blue Highway is currently in France for a two-week tour with stops at the Country Rendezvous Festival in Craponne and the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in La Roche. Following a high octane first night's performance by the band, reflecting their energized current #1 album "The Game," Blue Highway's heralded banjo player and vocalist Jason Burleson awoke ill this morning with what has been diagnosed by physicians in Le Puy as a stomach ulcer.

Corbin Hayslett Wins Orthophonic Joy Music Contest

Corbin Hayslett and Leah RossBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music surprised a student on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA Thursday when, in front of an auditorium filled with people, they announced the winner of the Orthophonic Joy Music Contest was seated among them. Corbin Hayslett, a student at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and an instructor at MECC's Mountain Music School, was attending the summer program's Master Musician's concert in the Goodloe Auditorium when BCM executive director Leah Ross called him to the stage. As Hayslett accepted his award, the room burst into applause.

Banjo Tribute Kicks Off 5th Annual Rhythm & Roots Run

4th Rhythm & Roots Run (2013)Banjo player? Musician? Runner? Join us for another great 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run as we celebrate our 5th year for this event and the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Runner’s World Says This is a Run NOT to Miss! Runner’s World listed the Rhythm & Roots Run as one of 18 5Ks that are “awesomely unique”. Join us to find out why!

"Standing Tall and Tough" by Crowe, Lawson & Williams Available

 Standing Tall and ToughA great new album is out from three top bluegrass artists - J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams. These friends have put together another album following their Old Friends Get Together release from four years ago.

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