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“Change Her Mind” from Dave Adkins Available on iTunes

Dave AdkinsWillis, VA -- The first single from the upcoming Dave Adkins album on Mountain Fever Records is available on iTunes today! "Change Her Mind" has already proven to be a hit with radio programmers and is just a sampling of what's to come on the self-titled album due for release February 26th.

Fast Train Making Steam for Carter Fold Sat, Jan 23rd

Fast TrainFast Train was organized over twelve years ago. Teddy Helton plays bass. He plays with the Appalachian Celtic Band Fire in the Kitchen as well. Howard Burchett plays guitar. Howard is from Washington County, Virginia. He played for many years with local musical favorite Bill McCall and has jammed with Conway Twitty. Randy Singleton is featured on vocals and plays the banjo and dobro. A musician for 40 years, Randy has played in several area bands including Crosscut and the Cumberland Mountain Boys. Glenn Harlow plays the mandolin and does vocals. Playing and singing since early childhood, he learned to sing gospel music from his mother and father. He is a studio musician and a veteran of many Mountain Empire bluegrass and acoustic groups. Kevin Jackson does the fiddling for the group. From Bristol, Kevin is well known to Carter Fold audiences. One of the area’s finest fiddlers, Kevin knows how to keep the audience on the dance floor. He’ll also be helping out on vocals.

MerleFest Adds More Artists to 2016 Lineup

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is proud to announce four more additions to the 2016 lineup: Brandi Carlile, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush Band and Jim Lauderdale. These artists join over 100 other artists already announced, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Wood Brothers, Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, Doug Seegers, Steep Canyon Rangers and more! The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. This homecoming of roots music artists and fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year.

Swift Enterprises, LLC to Sponsor Edgar Loudermilk Band Tour

Edgar Loudermilk BandSwift Enterprises, LLC, one of the largest privately owned contractor fleets in the United States, has just sponsored the tour for the Edgar Loudermilk Band, Featuring Jeff Autry.

Ben Eldridge Retires From The Seldom Scene, Rickie Simpkins Joins The Band

Ben EldridgeThe Seldom Scene announces that founding member Ben Eldridge has retired after nearly 45 years with the Grammy-nominated band. Eldridge is the last original member of the popular bluegrass quintet, but the band will continue to perform, with Rickie Simpkins on banjo and fiddle.

Travers Chandler and Steven Dowdy Making it Real

Steven Dowdy with Travers ChandlerBluegrass artist Travers Chandler announced the pairing for an exciting new band venture with his long time friend and fellow musician, Steven Dowdy. Travers announced, "Well many of you have been asking so I'd like to informally announce the new band venture to our friends. What started as an idea for a sideline project has morphed into a full time band partnership. Steven Dowdy and myself are joining forces to form Chandler and Dowdy."

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show sign with Patuxent Music

Karl Shiflett & Big CountryGroesbeck, TX -- The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show recently signed a recording contract with Patuxent Music out of Rockville, Maryland. The long established label is owned and operated by Bluegrass musician and sound engineer Tom Mindte. The band is excited about the label and the new recording. "It's a real pleasure to record and work with a top notch professional sound engineer like Tom Mindte. He has a real interest and passion for the music and the musicians and it's evident in every recording he produces."

John Hartford & Howdy Forrester Album Released

Spring Fed Records, the Grammy-winning documentary label operated by The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, announces the release of Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor, a set of home recordings made by John Hartford and fiddling legend Howdy Forrester. This recording preserves a repertoire of many rare, old tunes that Howdy had learned as a boy from his Great Uncle Bob Cates in Hickman County, Tennessee. Hartford plays banjo, Forrester fiddles, and the two share informal discussion about the tunes and their sources.

Music & New Baby News from Shannon & Heather Slaughter

Heather Slaughter and JedOne of bluegrass music’s favorite couples, Shannon and Heather Slaughter, are proud to announce the birth of a new son, Jedediah (Jed) Smith Slaughter. Their new baby joined the family on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala, much to the delight of his older sister Rae.

Tammy Jones Robinette Releases New Radio Single

To Be a Kid AgainNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records has announced the release of the second single, “I Think I’ll Let You Drive,” from the 12-track self-titled album Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive, to radio today. The mid-tempo song penned by Steve Gulley features the superb and refreshing alto of Robinette, with Gulley and Grammy-nominee Dale Ann Bradley on backing vocals. It also features a heavy fiddle intro and outro by Aubrey Haynie, as well as the mandolin-stylings of Sam Bush and resonator work of Grammy-nominee Rob Ickes. The single is available for download on ITUNES, AMAZON and in stores where fine Bluegrass and Gospel music is sold. The lyric video for the song will be available next week. For more information of Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive, please visit www.TammyJonesRobinetteandTheDrive.com.

John McEuen Celebrates 70th Birthday with a Few Hundred Friends

John McEuen 70th BirthdayJohn McEuen says he wanted to have a birthday party at a place where he didn’t have to clean up after it was over, so he brought his gang of musician friends together for a birthday jam on the highly popular show, “Music City Roots,” at The Factory in Franklin. The String Wizard was joined onstage by country and bluegrass icons Jesse McReynolds, Roland White, Jeff Hanna, David Amram, Rhonda Vincent, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Les Thompson, John Cable, Matt Cartsonis, Bernie Leadon and John Carter Cash.

Donna Ulisse sets Songwriting Escape 2016 Schedule

Songwriting EscapeFour time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee Donna Ulisse has set the initial 2016 schedule and locations for her Songwriting Escape instrument and songwriting workshops. She and her team will return to all three locations they taught in last year. The 2016 schedule is further down in this article.

31st Joe Val Festival February 12-14

Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalJoin the Boston Bluegrass Union and celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. The BBU has a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Our 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

The Americans & The Secret Sisters Start 2016 at Bluegrass Underground

The Secret SistersIt's the first Bluegrass Underground of 2016, but it's a show people will be talking about long after those New Year's resolutions have been forgotten. Both acts are headed to your TV this year, as part of one of the most highly-anticipated musical events on PBS - American Epic: http://www.pbs.org/americanepic/.

The Grascals “and then there’s this…” Available Now

And Then There's ThisThey’re three-time GRAMMY® nominated, and twice named IBMA Entertainer of the Year. They’ve made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, and nationally syndicated TV shows. They are The Grascals, now in their 11th year since those early days touring with Dolly Parton, with numerous number one songs and top-charting albums to their credit. And now, a highly-anticipated new release continues their legacy as one of the most powerful and groundbreaking bands in Bluegrass. and then there’s this… is set for release from Mountain Home Music Company on January 8, 2016.

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