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Whitetop Mountain Band at Carter Family Fold Saturday Dec 6

Whitetop Mountain BandWhitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s. Saturday, December 6th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Carter Fold Hosts Folk Soul Revival Foot Stompin' Friday Dec 5

Folk Soul RevivalFriday, December 5th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Folk Soul Revival as part of our Footstompin’ Friday concert series. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free. Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy and rootsy acoustic group from right here in the Appalachian Mountains. Their diversity, creativity, and passion are evident to anyone who’s ever seen them perform. With their distinct vocal approaches, back-porch instrumentation, haunting four-part harmonies, and sheer talent, the boys have garnered much success and have attracted a large following. With strong songwriting, spot on vocals, earthy instrumentation, and an unreserved honesty, a Folk Soul Revival concert is consistently eventful.

Vector Management Adds Nathan Stanley to Roster

Nathan StanleyNashville, TN -- Rising bluegrass prodigy Nathan Stanley has recently joined the Ken Levitan co-founded Vector Management roster for representation. Following his "Bluegrass Album of the Year" win at the 2014 Dove Awards, Nathan Stanley is gearing up for an exciting New Year. At just 22 years old, the Virginia native now joins his Grandfather, Dr. Ralph Stanley as the newest member of the Vector Management roster.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Films Recognized at Peer Awards

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumTwo films featured in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum achieved honors during the Television, Internet and Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC) Peer Awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on November 8.

Sibling Rivalry Between Bluegrass and Old-Time is Just Part of Being Family

James ReamsBy Guest Columnist James Reams
Thanksgiving ? it’s not a lukewarm kind of holiday. You either look forward to it or you dread it. For me, I love the food…and especially the pies! I remember Dad was always in charge of the turkey and he had this special electric porcelain oven that he used solely for the purpose of putting out the best tasting bird in the county. And, not to be outdone, Mom would spend days making pumpkin pies from REAL pumpkins. Most kids nowadays probably never had the pleasure of scooping out the soft, creamy pumpkin innards that are then magically transformed into that traditional delight for young and old. Oh man, I’m drooling just at the thought of it!

Musical Heritage Mural Dedication Dec 13

Musical Heritage MuralMarion, VA - The Town of Marion is celebrating another great project. Tim White, perhaps best known as the host of Marion's nationally-syndicated television series "Song of the Mountains", has just completed a giant mural telling the community's story in paint instead of tunes on the side of Southwest Virginia's first legal moonshiner's downtown distillery and mercantile store.

Bluegrass Singer-Songwriter Cindy G Offers Single to Radio

Cindy G: The RoadNashville, TN -- Bluegrass Singer-Songwriter Cindy G has made the single “444 Chicken Bone Road” from her critically acclaimed album The Road available for the first time to radio and is now seeking bluegrass adds. Currently working on her upcoming 2015 release Train of Thought with producer Jim Van Cleve and all-star bluegrass band Rob Ickes, Bryan Sutton, Aaron Ramsey, Scott Vestal and Todd Phillips, she also offers her Christmas song “Raise Your Voices,” a secret track from the upcoming album.

Tyler Williams Band Announces New Release and New Band Member

Heart Over MindJohnson City, TN -- Tyler Williams, an amazing and recognizable voice in the industry, has announced the upcoming release of his sophomore album. His debut album, released in 2006 was a wellreceived effort, which garnered him lots of recognition all over the US.

Carter Family Fold Hosts Dry Hill Draggers Saturday

Dry Hill DraggesThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a generational, traditional, old time string band. Saturday, November 29th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Robert Earl Keen Added to MerleFest 2015 Lineup

Robert Earl KeenWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, 2015, has added Robert Earl Keen to the music festival’s lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Statement to Members from the IBMA Board of Directors

IBMAMonday, November 24, 2014, the IBMA Board of Directors sent a statement to the members of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The statement follows:
Over the weeks since the Board meeting that began another great World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, our Board has spent a lot of time struggling over how to deal with serious matters of leadership and direction, management and governance. The very growth and success of the World of Bluegrass, and the expanded scale, scope, complexity, partnerships and budgets that have come along with them have created not only opportunities, but have put some of our structures and ways of doing work to the test.

Darin and Brooke Aldridge Welcome their New Fiddler

Carley ArrowoodCarley Arrowood is the newest addition to the Darin and Brooke Aldridge band. The 18 year old college freshman from Union Mills, North Carolina plays fiddle and sings harmony. She spent three years with the IBMA Kids On Bluegrass program and has won multiple First Place awards, including the North Carolina Mountain State Fair and the 2013 Ellenboro Fiddlers Convention. At the 2014 Union Grove Fiddler’s Convention she won First Place in the adult bluegrass fiddle and in the adult female vocals competitions. Carley also placed 6th in adult bluegrass fiddle at this year’s Galax Old Fiddlers Convention.

Tune-In Alert: Larry Stephenson on Sirius XM Nov 30

Larry Stephenson Tune In AlertNasville TN -- Tune-In to Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction’s “Gospel Train” show on Sunday, November 30 to hear Larry Stephenson and tracks from the Larry Stephenson Band’s new album, Pull Your Savior In.

IBMA Desires Change for the Future...

Change and DirectionFor as long as I was a member of IBMA and for the many years since, people have always been asking for change. They want a change. The board needs to change. This or that needs to change. Change. Change. Change. What is it they want changed? What direction do they want association to go in? What is it they want? These questions are rarely asked and, when I ask members, I receive as many different opinions as I do people I ask. There doesn't seem to be any consensus.

Thoughts & Observations of the IBMA Board

Board of DirectorsFirst of all, this is an opinion piece -- not a news story. I've been reading comments through social media, the web, emails sent to me and comments on Cybergrass. There are certainly a lot of upset people and a lot of frustrated people. There are also many members that don't know what their own association is doing. Only a small percentage of members are really active in the IBMA. As one member said, "What is going on? I am a voting member, but do not know anything about the board." Another said, "Apathy is strong within the IBMA." Others have voiced similar thoughts. This indicates many card carrying members just carry the card. IBMA has never been an association to do something for you. It is an organization that members contribute to. For the decade that I was a member, I contributed constantly for various programs, regional rep program, created their first web site, worked on several Bluegrass in the Schools activities, spoke on sessions, mentored others and more. My hands were always involved in something the association was working towards. That is the true nature of IBMA. It really hasn't changed over the years.

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