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Crossroads Label Group Artists Top in IBMA Award Nominations

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- Truly the "mountain home" of Bluegrass music, Crossroads Label Group (Mountain Home Music Company), has become the premier label for Bluegrass music with some of the most highly-awarded and top performing artists in the industry. The 2015 IBMA award announcements garnered the label 22 nominations across 13 categories. Mountain Home Music Company congratulates all of its nominees on their hard work and perseverance and for sharing their passion for Bluegrass.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Welcomes John Thomas Fowler

John Thomas FowlerGreenville, SC -- Cultural enrichment is a priority for many Baby Boomers looking at South Carolina golf communities. It adds to the overall quality of life and gives folks the option of being entertained right “in their own backyards”. Real Estate Scorecard recognizes The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Western South Carolina in the Upstate for setting the standard for cultural events by offering one of the most impressive calendars of events for its residents with its “artist in residence” programs. Designed as a way to enhance lifelong learning and provide club members on-site lectures, art exhibits and musical performances, the “artist in residence” program took off at this award winning Lake Keowee real estate development.

Bluegrass Music Museum to Receive Distinguished Achievement Award

The International Bluegrass Music MuseumOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum has been announced as a recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award. The announcement was made during the nominee show for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction channel, hosted by radio personality and Bluegrass Museum trustee, Kyle Cantrell.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Talks 50th Anniversary Tour

The Nitty Gritty Dirt BandThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna sat down with Billboard's Chuck Dauphin last week to discuss the 2016 tour & sold-out Ryman Auditorium show on September 14. Read the article here.

Volume Five Receives Two Separate Industry Award Nominations

Volume FiveNashville, TN -- Volume Five is celebrating award nominations today from two separate organizations. As announced in a press conference by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Volume Five received an Award Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. At the same time, the 46th Annual GMA Dove Award Nominations were being announced live from Lipscomb University in Nashville where Volume Five was honored with a Nomination for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring Rhonda Vincent, written by Dolly Parton and Dorothy Joe Owens.

Bill Keith & Larry Sparks to be Inducted to IBMA Hall of Fame

Bill Keith & Larry SparksThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that Bill Keith and Larry Sparks will be newest members to be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the IBMA's annual Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 1st, 2015. Both Keith and Sparks have left a permanent impression in the music we call Bluegrass. Both are also still active in the music and bring a long tradition of their respective styles as they helped shape the sound of today. While each are significantly different in their contributions, there is no denying that without them much of what we listen today would have been shaped differently.

2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees Announced

2015 IBMA Award Nominations AnnouncedNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced in Nashville, Tennessee, with Balsam Range, Hot Rize, The Del McCoury Band, The Earls of Leicester, and The Gibson Brothers nominated for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award. Balsam Range, the reigning Entertainer of the Year, acquired eight nominations during the nominee announcement. They are again up for Entertainer of the Year as well as Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Recorded Performance, Song of the Year, Gospel Recorded Performance plus individual nominations for members of the band. Balsam Range has come a long way in a short time due to all the talent in the group. If you're looking for what today's bluegrass music sounds like, listen to this group.

Dale Ann Bradley's “Pocket Full of Keys” Tops Roots Music Report Chart

Pocket Full of KeysDale Ann Bradley’s album, “Pocket Full of Keys,” tops Roots Music Report’s Bluegrass Chart the week of August 6. It is her first album with Pinecastle Records after re-joining the label last year. Bradley is also the cover artist in this month’s “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine The story, written by Bill Conger, includes the singer talking about who inspired her to produce this album and writing and choosing songs for the CD. She also discusses her love for all genres of music, and the fact that she grew up in a church that didn’t allow music. That didn’t deter the Female Vocalist of the Year (for both the international Bluegrass Music Association and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music for America) from loving music and pursuing it as a career!

It's About Tyme for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out!

It's About TymeCumming, GA -- After nearly twenty-five years of consistently entertaining audiences in concert and on the airwaves, fans have come to expect nothing but the best from one of the our genre's most gifted vocalists, Russell Moore, and his always stellar band, IIIrd Tyme Out, featuring Wayne Benson (mandolin), Justen Haynes (fiddle), Keith McKinnon (banjo) and Blake Johnson (bass). The ensemble's newest album due for release September 4th, It's About Tyme, certainly lives up to expectation.

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Prepare to Run Away Tonight

Run Away TonightNashville, TN -- It's a busy month for Chris Jones & The Night Drivers as the band prepares for the release of its highly-anticipated new Mountain Home release Run Away Tonight. This years marks the 20th anniversary of Jones' 1995 founding of the band. This distinctive group features two of Sirius XM's bluegrass radio hosts with Jones and Luberecki, and also two of the genre's most prolific songwriters in Jones and Weisberger.

Joe Spann to Join International Bluegrass Music Association Staff

Joe SpannNashville, TN - The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) - the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community - announced that Joe Spann has joined the organization as Member Services Manager. Spann will be based at IBMA’s office in Nashville, Tennessee and will report to Executive Director Paul Schiminger. Joe’s duties will include maintaining direct communication with members regarding membership activation and renewal, identifying new programs to assist member career advancement, and coordinating the World of Bluegrass registration experience.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Anniversary Celebration Event

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- The dream began years ago and was realized one year ago when the Birthplace of Country Music's museum opened on August 1, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Referred to as the "big bang of country music," the 1927 Bristol Sessions changed the industry forever. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of Bristol's musical heritage and its impact on the world.

Bluegrass Underground Celebrates Birthday Aug 22

Stay Cool in the CaveThe Bluegrass Underground cave venue will celebrate their birthday August 22nd with the very first band to perform in the caverns, The Volunteer Stringband. "What a great place for a concert!" If you've been lucky enough to attend a show at Bluegrass Underground, those were likely your exact words when you turned the corner on the trail and saw, for the first time, the antique crystal chandelier hanging over the magnificent, underground amphitheater that is The Volcano Room. We've all said it, and lately, a lot of other folks have been making that same discovery.

Monroe Crossing Bringing Monroe's Music to Carter Family Fold

Monroe CrossingNamed in honor of Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass Music – Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Based in the twin cities of Minnesota, the group plays an average of 150 shows a year at intimate rooms, major venues, and festivals. This will be their second Carter Fold performance. Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Monroe Crossing. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Bluegrass Museum Announces Fall Concert Series

International Bluegrass Music Museum Announces Fall Concert SeriesOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum announced the schedule for their fall benefit concert series slated to begin August 26 and continuing through the month of December. The series will feature seven bluegrass and folk bands from across the United States starting with Mipso, a four-piece out of North Carolina on August 26.

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