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I've Been Mostly Awake to Benefit the IBMA

I've Been Mostly AwakeBluegrass musician, writer and producer Jon Weisberger has a new album coming out on 9/30, called I've Been Mostly Awake. Jon says, "If the title seems familiar, it's because it's from the old WoB-related joke about what IBMA stands for - and that's because the project is, among other things, a fundraiser; profits from the sale of the music will be donated to the IBMA."

The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies

 Lives & LegaciesBristol, TN/VA -- Today, Tuesday, September 16, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will present its first special exhibit, The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies. The exhibit will open that evening with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The reception will be held in the foyer of the museum and is open to the public; admission prices apply.

MerleFest to Sponsor Showcases During World of Bluegrass

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Wilkesboro, NC -- North Carolina's MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, will sponsor a diverse collection of artists showcasing their music as part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)'s World of Bluegrass multi-day event in Raleigh, N.C., this fall.

Audie Blaylock and Redline Heating Up Scottsdale Oct 16

Audie Blaylock & RedlineScottsdale, AZ -- Award-winning vocalist/guitarist and Grammy Award nominee, Audie Blaylock is certainly one of the hottest Bluegrass artists today. Along with his band, Redline, they are celebrating a boat load of #1 singles from numerous albums and thrilling audiences with their incredible musicianship, impeccable harmony and highly entertaining stage shows. R&R Productions along with the Arizona Bluegrass Association are proud to present this special One Night Only live performance at the Cattle Track Arts Compound Theatre in Scottsdale on Thursday, October 16th at 7 PM.

Bluegrass at Carter Fold with Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass Sep 20

Michael Feagan photo - Mike MorbeckHiltons, VA -- Michael Feagan has played with some of bluegrass music’s finest – Bill Monroe and Larry Sparks to name a few. He’s also worked with David Peterson & 1946 as well as country singer and guitarist Jerry Reed. Most recently, Michael accompanied Kody Norris on fiddle at his last show at the Fold. Michael will be backed by Fiddlegrass – some of bluegrass music’s finest musicians. Saturday, September 20th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Driven: Bluegrass Without Mercy at World of Bluegrass

 You'll Be Lonely, I'll Be GoneAre you looking for new bluegrass music? Check out the new band called Driven. This powerful group will make its debut at the 2014 World of Bluegrass as an official showcase artist of the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble. Walking a fine line between traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Driven will leave enthusiasts begging for more with their creative music, dynamic personality and high-energy shows!

More Guests Added for The Nashville Sessions

Leftover Salmon - The Nashville SessionsIt is only a few days away from celebrating 15 Years of The Nashville Sessions at the historic Ryman Auditorium! We are thrilled to announce some special additions to the lineup: Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, Darrell Scott, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Elizabeth Cook. This will be an exciting and wonderful night! Here is an interview with Vince about the special evening ahead.

The Roys' New CD, "The View", Makes Strong Debut

 The ViewNashville, TN (September 12, 2014) – The Roys’ celebrate strong debuts on multiple charts with their fourth Rural Rhythm Records’ CD release, The View. The disc will enter the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums chart next week at #2, and currently holds the #7 spot on AirPlay Direct’s Bluegrass/Folk chart. The View entered Amazon’s Bluegrass Bestsellers list at #10 last week, and rises to #18 on today’s Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. The news of the disc’s early success follows closely on the heels of the announcement of final-round ICM nominations for The Roys in the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year categories. Winners will be announced at the Awards’ 20th anniversary spectacular in Nashville on November 13.

Song To Stage Songwriter Workshop Series Announced

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- The Song To Stage collaborative announces the launch of a new songwriter development program, guided by Grammy winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb, along with the award winning bluegrass-Americana group Nu-Blu. Song To Stage is a first of its kind, an innovative songwriter-artist-production workshop designed to advance the personal and professional needs of the songwriter from all angles of the creative and business process.

Chatham County Line Touring for Tightrope

Chatham County LineAsheville, NC -- Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation, on the fittingly titled Tightrope, released May 20, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. The sixth studio album from the Raleigh-based four-piece follows 2010's winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound, which was released in 2012. "With anything you've done for a while," Wilson explains, "a period of reflection helps you identify your strengths. Doing the live album did that, and in a way, we do that every night with the songs we choose to play at a live show. We usually don't use set lists, we just play the songs that come to mind. That really helped us prepare for this record."

Marty Stuart Salutes Jimmie Rodgers During Honors & Awards

Jimmie Rodgers - The Singing BrakemanNashville TN: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 17-21, is spotlighting “The Music of Mississippi” this year with multiple programming events exploring the history and traditions of American Roots Music in Mississippi.

'Breaking Grass' Hits #4 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

 Just As StrongWillis, VA -- Mississippi's popular and well seasoned bluegrass band, Breaking Grass, hit #4 today on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart with their new Mountain Fever Records album, Just As Strong. The album hit #7 on the Heetseekers chart. The album released August 5th and showcased the release of the first single, "Raining in Virginia," written by guitarist Cody Farrar.

"Ralph Peer: Record Man" at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Ralph PeerNashville, TN -- Ralph Peer: Record Man, an intimate exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, will be unveiled today, September 12. He hailed from Independence, Missouri, but the mark Ralph S. Peer left on popular music spread across the globe. He was a pioneer in recording, music publishing and artist management. He was, in all capacities, a record man.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Live in the CMA Theater

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnNashville, TN -- Nashville-based banjo duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn celebrate their eponymous first duo record live in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 8, in conjunction with their record release on Tuesday, October 7.

New Single Release by Larry Stephenson Band

Pull Your Savior InNashville, TN -- The Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce the title track, “Pull Your Savior In,” as their first single release from their upcoming new album releasing October 21, 2014 on Whysper Dream Music. The song was written by Larry Stephenson and will certainly have your toes tapping.

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