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Pickin' at Carter Fold with Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass Mountaineers

Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass MountaineersThe spark the Bluegrass Mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire (fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition) is one of the world’s most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style. The fourth generation of the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Chris Wilcox is eager to learn the instruments at the young age of eight years old. In a quest to carry on the traditional bluegrass sound, the Bluegrass Mountaineers combine old time claw hammering, classic country yodeling, and twin fiddles to showcase their unique style. All members of the Bluegrass Mountaineers take turns demonstrating their vocal and instrumental abilities. Their love for the traditional, genuine bluegrass sound is evident every time they take the stage. Saturday, August 16th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014 Sept. 25-28

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014Abdingdon, VA -- It's coming and its coming as fast as it can down Virginia's Crooked Road and, its headed for Heartwood in Abdingdon, Virginia. Scheduled for September 25 through 28, 2014, the Abingdon Crooked Road Music Festival will come to life for four days of great bluegrass, old-time and gospel music.

Music City Roots Hosts IBMA Nominations Show

Sam BushPerhaps you followed the drama that surrounded the International Bluegrass Music Association moving its annual World Of Bluegrass convention from Nashville to Raleigh, NC last year. The group, which supports the art and business of bluegrass worldwide, wrestled with declining attendance and many complicated pros and cons of Nashville. We were courted by officials from Raleigh who proved beyond a doubt that they wanted World of Bluegrass to be part of their Fall calendar and culture. And long story short, we made a very tough decision to head to a new city and it went better than any of us dared to hope. Even the IBMA Awards show was a hit, despite the painful sacrifice of moving out of the Ryman Auditorium.

The Roys Celebrate Their Latest Release on Bluegrass Junction

 The ViewNashville, TN -- The Roys wrap the long Labor Day weekend with SiriusXM as the media giant hosts a special-format release party on its Bluegrass Junction channel for the duo's new CD, The View. The celebration, which will air Monday, September 1 at 6 p.m. ET, will feature The Roys performing their full album for an audience at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre. The CD hits stores on Tuesday, September 2; fans in a hurry for the award-winning Bluegrass/Country duo's new music can pre-order The View now from Amazon.

Donna Hughes Release Party for 2 New Albums, Video Premiere

Donna Hughes 2 CDsAward-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes will celebrate two new albums, From the Heart and Fly, and the music video premiere for the song, “The Red Oak Tree” on August 23, 2014. This highly anticipated event will take place at the Sunset Theatre located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, NC beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for Adults and free for children 10 & under.

Jason "Sweet Tater" Tomlin Departs Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Jason TomlinJunior Sisk writes, "for the past several years fans of Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice have noticed the tight comradery within the band, especially during their live performances. While the band members maintain a very close friendship, we would like to announce bassist Jason "Sweet Tater" Tomlin's departure from the group."

43rd Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival Aug. 20-23

Blistered FingersGot Calluses? Get Blistered? That's what its all about at the 43rd Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival going on August 20-23, 2014 at the Litchfield Fairgrounds in Litchfield, Maine. Some of the Greatest Bluegrass music you can see and hear at one of the largest family musical events in New England! This Bluegrass Festival takes place twice every year bringing thousands of Music lovers from all over the World converging in Litchfield, Maine to hear banjos, fiddles, and those high, lonesome harmonies.

Barry Mitterhoff: Mandolin - Bluegrass and Beyond

Barry MitterhoffBarry Mitterhoff is hosting a workshop on Mandolin: Bluegrass and Beyond (Level 3) which is a great opportunity to learn from a masterful player and teacher. This workshop will provide technical and academic instruction in a variety of styles associated with the mandolin, especially the legacy of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. In addition, it will tie its impact on Swing, Jazz and Blues genres.

Huck Finn Jubilee Fan Site Launched for Longtime Fans

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- A new Huck Finn Jubilee fan site has been launched called Huck Finn Jubilee Jam. Huck Finn Jubilee is a 3 day bluegrass festival held in Ontario, California over Father's Day weekend. This iconic bluegrass festival has been in existence for over 35 years. It has been host to some of the legends of bluegrass like Dr. Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury and more. Country masters have also graced the stage of Huck Finn Jubilee like The Oak Ridge Boys, Mel and Pam Tillis, and more.

Blue Circle Records Artist Constant Change: Evolving

Constant ChangeConstant Change was formed in January of 2002 by a group of North Carolina musicians in their twenties with a passion for bluegrass music. For the first several years the band lived up to its name, as various hot young pickers came and went. But once Brian Aldridge (banjo) and his brother Daniel (mandolin) stepped in to join founding member Clifton Preddy (fiddle), the nucleus of a special band was in place. With Greg Luck and Zak McLamb now in the band, they are surely a “band to watch”.

Documentary A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers

The Osborne BrothersBobby and Sonny Osborne — better known as The Osborne Brothers — have forged a musical legacy that has made them superstars across both the bluegrass and country genres. Their well-loved 1967 anthem "Rocky Top" brought the pair worldwide fame and cemented their place in musical history. A new documentary by independent filmmaker Russ Farmer documents the storied careers of the Osbornes, who grew up in Hyden, Ky., and went on to become the first bluegrass band to perform in the White House. A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers premiered last Tuesday on KET. Watch your local listings for rebroadcast dates.

Lonesome River Band Added to Pickin' in the Pasture Line-Up

Lonesome River BandLonesome River Band was recently added to the Pickin' In The Pasture line-up and will perform at the Lodi, New York festival on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Festival promoter Andy Alexander said, “Sammy Shelor's group has been one of the biggest draws in bluegrass music for decades. Their unique sound has spawned a generation of new bluegrass fans. Lonesome River Band certainly brings a high level of excitement to the stage and we are really looking forward to them joining us.”

IBMM's 9th annual Mandolin Camp! Nov. 14-16, 2014

Mike ComptonOwensboro, KY -- Returning for his 9th consecutive year as camp director is bluegrass music legend, Mike Compton. Known for his mastery of Monroe-style playing, Mike is a preservationist who continues teaching the music that Bill Monroe innovated and which set the standard for generations of bluegrass mandolin players to come. The International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) 9th Annual Mandolin Camp will take place November 14 through 16 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Sam Moore and Nu-Blu to Perform Sept 20th on Fox News' Huckabee

Nu-Blu and Sam MooreNashville, Tenn. - The legendary "Soul Man" Sam Moore, and the fastest rising act in bluegrass, Nu-Blu continue to generate buzz, as they gear up to perform their brand new George Jones inspired single, "Jesus and Jones" on Fox News' Huckabee show on September 20th. This must-see performance will be both soulful and bluegrass-flavored. "Jesus and Jones" is the first offering from Nu-Blu's upcoming album All The Way, which is set for release on September 16. The song was written by Cheri Hefner and Rick Tiger and is available now at iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus, Rhapsody and eMusic.

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising Up for 3 IMEA Awards

Kathy Boyd and Phoenix RisingBluegrass artists Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising were beyond surprised and delighted the other day to hear from Colt Chambers, the President of the International Music & Entertainers Association (IMEA), that they had been nominated for awards in three categories for their annual IMEA Awards this year.

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