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Banjo Greats Gather at Grey Fox for Keith-Style Banjo Summit July 17

Bill Keith with Jonny CodySurely a highlight of this year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival will be a very special Keith-Style Banjo Summit hosted by Béla Fleck and Tony Trischka. Joining them to honor the music and enormous influence of Bill Keith will be a “Who’s Who of Banjo” including Noam Pikelny, Mike Munford, Eric Weissberg, Marc Horowitz, Mike Kropp, and Ryan Cavanaugh, along with Bill Keith himself. The 90-minute Keith-style banjo gathering will be on Friday, July 17 beginning at 7:00pm at the Creekside Stage.

Banjoist extraordinaire Bill Keith (beaconbanjo.com) is one of just a handful of musicians to have a whole style named after him.

Dollar Brothers Bring High Energy Bluegrass to Carter Fold Saturday

Dollar BrothersSaturday, July 11th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Dollar Brothers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. The Dollar Brothers provide a high energy, family-oriented bluegrass show. A traditional bluegrass band, they are from Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina. Darrell Dollar, lead singer and older brother to Barry and Wade, plays mandolin and has written several songs for the group. Barry Dollar plays fiddle and banjo and sings lead and baritone. Wade Dollar, youngest of the three brothers, sings tenor and lead and also plays guitar, claw hammer banjo. and dobro. Tim Norris, banjo player, is a cousin to the Dollars. Tim also sings, and he plays guitar and piano. Newest band member, J. M. Trivette, plays bass and helps out on vocals.

Molly Cherryholmes Officially Joins Mountain Heart

Mountain HeartMountain Heart is excited and honored to announce that Molly Cherryholmes, five-time Grammy nominee and former member of the award-winning band Cherryholmes, is the newest member of Mountain Heart. Molly’s musical talent has always been undeniable, and we are all thrilled to bring her on board as a full-time member.

Banjo Backstory: Bob Thornburg to Talk Banjo History July 11

Banjos - From Africa to the New WorldGalax, VA -- California-based instrument maker Bob Thornburg will give a FREE lecture and presentation about the construction of replica banjos and the intriguing history of the instrument on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The talk coincides with Thornburg’s exhibit, Banjos: From Africa to the New World, which features two dozen reproduction/replica banjos representing the instrument’s roots in Africa, the New World and its evolution in the pre-Civil War, Minstrel, and pre-factory eras. The exhibit closes Monday, July 13, so this is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about Thornburg’s work and a beloved instrument in Appalachian music.

Martin Guitar Introduces Two New D-35 Models at 2015 Summer NAMM

Martin HD-35 CFM IV 60tNazareth, PA -- NAMM, Booth 902 -- C. F. Martin & Co. continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Martin D-35 model with two commemorative limited-edition D-35 models at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The limited edition D12-35 50th Anniversary model and the HD-35 FM IV 60th will be among six other models showcased.

“Country Grass” Debuts at #6 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

Country GrassLorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart with their latest Pinecastle Records release, Country Grass. In addition, their single, "Runnin' Water," has debuted on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Survey at #25. For Country Grass the bluegrass chart-toppers have teamed with some of the biggest country artists of all-time, including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, and John Conlee, to give country classics a new, unique, bluegrass twist. In addition, joining the impressive line-up is country singers Kelly Lang and Jesse Keith Whitley, along with bluegrass favorites Marty Raybon and Ronnie Reno.

National Folk Festival Presents Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Joe Mullins & the Radio RamblersCedarville, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have been selected to represent Bluegrass music at the 75th National Folk Festival to be held in Greensboro, NC in September. The National Folk Festival announced last week that for its 75th anniversary, the Festival will feature 300 artists on seven stages in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The three-day Festival is FREE to the public with an expected attendance of over 100,000. First presented in 1934, the National Folk Festival is the nation’s oldest and longest-running multicultural traditional arts festival and has been produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), since the beginning. The National Folk Festival is a traveling event hosted by a community for three years before moving to a new location. The National’s stay has seeded legacy festivals (all free) in many former host communities including: the Lowell Folk Festival, the Great Lakes Folk Festival (E. Lansing, MI), the American Folk Festival (Bangor, ME), the Richmond Folk Festival, the Montana Folk Festival (Butte), and more.

Recording King & Gruhn Guitars Present an Evening With Banjo Designer Greg Rich

Meet & Greet with Greg RichNashville, TN -- Recording King and Gruhn Guitars are teaming up for a special acoustic event featuring Recording King banjo designer Greg Rich on July 8, Summer NAMM's Eve. Upstairs at the legendary Gruhn Guitars, players can meet renowned banjo designer Greg Rich and check out the latest from Recording King's Banjo Custom Shop as well as the entire line of Recording King USA Banjos. Mr. Rich will answer any and all banjo-related questions and attendees can win a Recording King Elite “Hearts & Flowers” banjo (retail: $2133)!

Outlaw Country to Air Performance of The HillBenders’ “Tommy” July 4-5

 TommyThe HillBenders’ live performance of Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry has been winning praise from both critics and fans throughout the world. Now Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel will make it possible for subscribers to hear this bluegrass re-telling of The Who’s iconic rock opera during the July 4th weekend, airing the band’s full performance of Tommy on Saturday, July 4 at 9am and 5pm ET, and Sunday, July 5 at 12noon and 9pm ET.

Rumor Has it - Chris Thile to Become Host of A Prairie Home Companion

Chris ThileThe social media scene on the Internet has been buzzing with articles indicating that mandolinist Chris Thile will be assuming the host role on A Prairie Home Companion. Garrison Keillor has been the host since he created the program. Keillor has hinted multiple times in the past that he was considering retirement from the program. We contacted both Thile's management and A Prairie Home Companion for any confirmation but after a couple of days, we have heard nothing from either so cannot confirm this 100%.

Dailey & Vincent Return to Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman Thursday, July 16

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- As the multi-GRAMMY nominated duo's first live album, "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert," remains at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for the seventh consecutive week, while the live DVD remains in the top 25 on the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart across all genres after debuting at #2 following the Foo Fighters,the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” return to the famed Ryman Auditorium with their critically acclaimed signature sound to part take in Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, July 16. Dailey & Vincent, who first debuted their music as a duo at the Birthplace of Bluegrass in 2007, and have sold out the show for two consecutive years, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Steep Canyon Rangers Announce Release Date for "Radio"

RadioAward winning bluegrass artists Steep Canyon Rangers are happy to announce that their new album, RADIO, produced by Jerry Douglas, will be released on Friday, August 28th! It will be available tomorrow for pre-order digitally at iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers. The title track will be available as an instant download with all digital pre-orders.

BlueHighways TV to Launch on DISH Network

BlueHighways TVFranklin, TN -- BlueHighways TV, an independent network offering original programs that explore the people, stories, traditions and music of America, announced today that it will launch on DISH on July 1, 2015. BlueHighways TV will be available on DISH Channel 73 to all DISH customers.

Star-Studded Benefit for Aubrey Holt

Aubrey HoltNashville, TN -- A benefit show for Aubrey Holt, formerly of the Boys From Indiana and the Wildwood Valley Boys, has been planned for Sunday, August 9, 2015. The benefit show will take place at Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Rd, Florence, KY 41015. The show will feature a star-studded line-up, including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, The Grascals, Feller and Hill, The Wildwood Valley Boys, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

Carter Family Fold to Celebrate July 4th with Fiddlin' Carson Peters

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersSaturday, July 4th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. Nine-year old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region. Carson lives with his parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” at the ripe old age of two on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him.

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