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North Carolina's Tune Town Old Time Band at Carter Fold

Tune Town Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia.

Banjo Camp North, 15th Anniversary Celebration May 15-17, 2015

Banjo Camp North 2013If you enjoy banjo, then you need Banjo Camp North! Banjo Camp North is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. The 15th anniversary of the camp will be extra special next year.

The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza Nov 13

Bill Evans, Tony Furtado and Mark Johnson We're one week out from the 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Furtado, Mark Johnson, Bill Evans and their All-Star Band w/John Reischman, Chad Manning, Sharon Gilchrist and Jim Nunally. Four shows in Grass Valley (11/13), Winters (11/14), Berkeley (11/15) and Felton (11/16) with a Banjo Mini-Camp and Mandolin workshop in Berkeley on 11/15 in the afternoon. This is the banjo event of the year in Northern California.

Register Now for Pete Wernick's Boulder Bluegrass Camp

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampPete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, writes about an exciting new bluegrass camp. Pete says, "After 35 years of camp teaching I'm excited to present my idea of an "ideal bluegrass camp": For a full week this January, pickers from California to Carolina to Germany will converge on the hospitable Boulder Inn, and work on all their bluegrass skills: not just picking, but singing; not just soloing, but backup and group dynamics. With the help of some excellent Colorado musician/teachers, we'll combine classes with lots of jam time to work on new ideas, songs, and techniques."

Chris Thile Recognized as Murray State University Outstanding Alumnus

Chris ThileGrammy Award-winning musician Chris Thile won the 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts award from his alma mater, presented at the 6th Annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction at Murray State University on October 9, 2014. Thile, of Punch Brothers and Nickle Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. In a review of his latest release, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, London’s Independent called Thile “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world.” The MacArthur Foundation echoed that assessment when it named Thile one of its 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2012. In honoring Thile, the MacArthur Foundation noted that his “lyrical fusion of traditional bluegrass with elements from a range of other musical traditions is giving rise to a new genre of contemporary music.”

Mark O'Connor Expands Music Education with 4 New Camps

Mark O'ConnorGrammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s American school of string playing, the O’Connor Method, will continue to grow in 2015 further expanding its acclaimed mission for music education with camps at the Turtle Bay Music School (New York, NY), the South Shore Conservatory (South Boston, MA), Lee Summit High School (Kansas City, MO), and Southern Maine Community College (Portland, ME), with more expected to follow.

Rural Rhythm Releases Two New Heritage Collection Titles

Rural Rhythm Heritage CollectionNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce two new titles in its archival Heritage Collection series. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series will help keep traditional roots music alive and preserved for future generations. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series includes authentic Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Waltzes, Fiddle Tunes and Gospel music performed by many legends & pioneers. Titles are mastered from the original master tapes, with original cover artwork and include many albums never-before available on CD.

Blue Highway Presents Award to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Blue Highway with Eli by Sherri George. 2014 Diamond AwardsPigeon Forge, TN -- Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway appeared as special guests at Tuesday evening's 23rd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Single Debut's With "Leaving Crazytown"

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- The wait is over for music from the highly anticipated new group Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle. In September Rural Rhythm announced the new group formed by Bluegrass veteran Steve Gulley and today the debut single from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, “Leaving Crazytown”.

New Bill Monroe Song by No Grass Limit

 OriginalsNo Grass Limit has a new song, "Good Ole Days of Bill Monroe" out. The band says this about their newest song, "A little history on the song: This song has 20 Bill Monroe song titles that he had either written and/or recorded. The original version was written with 45 Bill Monroe songs titles. No Grass Limit needed a radio version so we cut it back from 9 minutes to 3:20. We are getting a great response on this song."

James Reams & The Barnstormers Special Benefit Concert

James Reams & The BarnstormersLitchfield Park, AZ -- James Reams & The Barnstormers featuring legendary fiddler, Blaine Sprouse, will be appearing at the Firecreek Coffee Co. in Flagstaff on Saturday, November 14th. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer... Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Mountain Faith Releases Debut Album Blue

Mountain FaithWillis, VA -- The pride of Sylva, North Carolina, bluegrass group Mountain Faith, releases Blue, their debut project on Mountain Fever Records. Their first single from the album, "Feelin' Blue," hit radio recently, showcasing the groups singing, playing and instrumental prowess to a national audience.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Launches This Weekend

Joe Mullins and the Radio RamblersXenia, OH -- The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival (SOIMF) will take place this weekend, November 7th & 8th, at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, and will celebrate the best in bluegrass music as well as a six-month long philanthropic effort by festival hosts, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.

Dolly Parton Nominated for People's Choice Award

Dolly PartonNashville, TN -- Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 People’s Choice Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on. Now in 2014, Dolly has just been nominated for a People’s Choice award in the Favorite Female Country Artist category.

First Set of Performers Announced for MerleFest 2015

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial 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. The star-packed grouping announced today includes:

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