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Kody Norris for Rural Roots Music Commission Bluegrass CD of the Year Award

Kody NorrisThe Rural Roots Music Commission was formed a number of years ago, in Iowa, to find a way to honor excelling recording artists who deal with traditional old-time music, and many other traditional rural musical art forms. Since most traditional music genre's have now been locked out of participation at the national level in America, the Rural Roots folks found a way to honor these gifted musicians, vocalists, songwriters, recording artists and small production companies, by honoring them with 'CD of the Year' awards. One of the participants in this rather large 'gathering' of musical genres is Kody Norris of Mountain City, Tennessee.

DC Bluegrass Union Launches the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest

Mike Auldridge Instrumental ContestThe DC Bluegrass Union has launched the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest to honor the life and musicianship of one of America's greatest players. The competition will spotlight the best original compositions from bluegrass, old-time and related musicians around the world. Auldridge's effortlessly tasteful Dobro guitar work borrowed from Josh Graves, but added swing, blues and horn influences to arrive at a uniquely new sound.

Flatt Lonesome to Release Their New Album at IBMA WOB

Silence In These WallsNashville, TN -- From the moment of their brilliant self-titled debut in 2013, it's been clear that Flatt Lonesome is, as the title of its 3rd album, a Runaway Train. Multiple IBMA, SPBGMA and Dove nominations and awards, top charting songs, Billboard charting albums, countless media appearances (including becoming familiar faces on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage), and a demanding tour schedule all combine in testimony to the phenomenon that is Flatt Lonesome.

The Grascals Explore Dark Side Of Love

The GrascalsTN -- The Grascals explore the dark side of love with their newest radio release, "Sleepin' With The Reaper." The track, the first single from their upcoming September 1 album, Before Breakfast (Mountain Home Music Company), premieres today on Roughstock. Radio can access the tune via AirPlay Direct, and fans who pre-order the music here will receive "Sleepin' With The Reaper" as an instant "grat track." Nashville area concert-goers can catch the award-winning band at the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night.

Scott Vestal Receives 2017 Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass Award

Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo & BluegrassSteve Martin Announced that Scott Vestal is this year's winning recipient of the Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass trophy and prize. The award is presennted by Martin each year and includes the bronze trophy along with a $50,000 cash award. The award was presented Saturday during the RockyGrass Blluegrass Music Festival held in Lyons, Colorado.

Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny at Fold Aug 5th

Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow HootenannyHiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia will present a concert of old time music by Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny. This weekend would normally be our annual Carter Family Memorial Festival, but it has been moved to the first weekend of November in honor of the release of the first Carter Family 78 record on the 4th of November in 1927. Our annual festivals in the future will take place the first weekend of November as well.

Rural Rhythm Signs Steve Gulley to New Long-Term Deal

Steve GulleyNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce it has signed another long-term recording agreement with Steve Gulley. The first release from this new long-term recording agreement is a new single by Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle available in early August. Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle are now in the studio laying down tracks and vocals for their upcoming third Rural Rhythm Records album. The new album will contain the upcoming new single and is titled Time Won't Wait scheduled for release this fall.

With Eight Each, Earls & Balsam Range Lead IBMA Award Nominations

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced today at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee, with Balsam Range and the Earls of Leicester leading the pack with eight nominations each. Balsam Range received six nominations for the band and two for their individual members, while the Earls pulled in five nominations, plus three for individual members. Close behind are the Gibson Brothers, with seven nominations (band and individuals), and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, with five nominations (band and individuals). (A full list of nominations appears below.)

EmiSunshine's Newest Album “Ragged Dreams” Due August 25th

Ragged DreamsNashville, TN -- EmiSunshine, the extraordinary talent who burst into stardom four short years ago as a nine-year-old via viral video, is set to release her new album, Ragged Dreams (her fourth studio recording), on August 25, 2017/(Pre-Order: July 29, 2017). The little girl with a big voice, who recently celebrated her 13th birthday, has made her mark shattering preconceived notions of youthful imagery that embraces gleeful innocence and optimism;

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bring A Little More “Life To My Days”

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilve by Carson WaughNashville, TN -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bring a little more "Life To My Days" with the first radio release from their upcoming Mountain Home Music Company project, Life is a Story, due out August 25. Popular online destination The Boot will premiere the song today; fans can pre-order the digital album release HERE and receive "Life To My Days" as an instant "grat-track." Radio can access the single now via AirPlay Direct.

Feller and Hill Release New Single “The Bugler”

The BuglerNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the release of “The Bugler” the debut single by Feller and Hill for the label. “The Bugler” is a Civil War story about a bugle boy, who left home at a young age to join the Army as a bugler, in search of his father, who never returned from battle. Young Willie disappeared, himself, and never returned and his mother has searched endlessly to find him. They finally do reunite at a camp on one of the many battlegrounds his mother searched. The songwriter leaves it up to the listener as to whether Willie lived on...or his ghost still haunts the battlegrounds of the Great Smokey Mountains.

The Farm Hands Release “Colors” on Friday July 21st

The Farm Hands ColorsAward winning bluegrass quartet The Farm Hands are set to release Colors, their third Pinecastle Records album, on Friday, July 21st. The Farm Hands are one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass. Their tour schedule easily tops 100 dates each year. They are also one of the winningest bands at the annual SPBGMA conference where they are the reigning Entertainer's of the Year.

Kim Robins Debuts on Pinecastle with “Raining in Baltimore”

Raining in BaltimorePinecastle Records is excited to announce Kim Robins's label debut recording Raining in Baltimore. The album will be available this Friday July 21st, 2017. Robins shows off her songwriting on the album with three out of the twelve tracks to her credit including the title track. She will be a featured songwriter at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass this fall. Robins enlisted some big time help on Raining in Baltimore with Ron Stewart and Rickey Wasson co-producing and performing on the album. Other personnel on the album include Adam Steffey, Harold Nixon, Alicia Wasson, and Shannon Slaughter.

O’Connor Band Headlining Susie’s Cause Benefit Concert

Mark O’Connor featuring the O’Connor BandSusie’s Cause and Stages Music Arts to Present 2017 Grammy Award-Winning O’Connor Band at 3rd Annual Bluegrass-Folk-Classical Summer Benefit Concert The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, together with Stages Music Arts, is proud to present three-time Grammy Award-winner Mark O’Connor featuring the O’Connor Band as the headliner of the Bluegrass-Folk-Classical Festival: A Musical Fusion Gathering, to be held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md.

Mountain Park Old Time Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Mountain Park Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, July 22nd, 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.

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