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Deering Banjos Launches the New Goodtime Banjo Ukulele

Goodtime UkuleleSpring Valley, CA -- Following resurging interest in banjo and ukulele playing over the last 5 years, Deering Banjo Company has introduced the new Goodtime Banjo Ukulele, ($499 MSRP) available now at authorized Deering banjo dealers. Alongside the Aquila® Super Nylgut strings, patented bridge plate and renaissance head, players will instantly notice that the Goodtime banjo ukulele boasts a genuine concert ukulele scale and a full size 11” rim, instead of the smaller, more common 8” rim of other banjo ukuleles over the last 70 years. The larger rim allows for a fuller, warmer tone and noticeably bigger ukulele sound while retaining the familiar banjo ‘snap’.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Debut New Album March 31st

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- The highly anticipated debut album from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle will be released on March 31st. Several months back the Bluegrass Situation called the debut album by Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle one of the most highly anticipated bluegrass albums for 2015.

Trinity River Band Announces Upcoming "Heartstrings" Album

 HeartstringsCallahan, FL -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new album, Heartstrings, by Trinity River Band will be released on May 12, 2015. The album was recently recorded at National Media Services in Virginia with Executive Producer Mike Harris and Producers Will Shenk, Sarah Harris, and Joshua Harris. Trinity River Band members, Mike, Lisa, Sarah, Joshua and Brianna Harris are joined by special guests Marty Raybon on the song “Fences” written by Mark “Brink” Brinkman and Dale Pyatt, along with the talents of Mark Johnson (on the song “Tell Me Darlin’ written by Anne and Pete Sibley.

The Del McCoury Band Leads 2nd Wave of 2015 FreshGrass Lineup

The Del McCoury BandNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival announced the second round of bands set to play its annual September festival. Festival favorites The Del McCoury Band, Indiana alt-country rockers Houndmouth, Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vieux Farka Touré, Boston-based trio The Ballroom Thieves, and acoustic roots band Cat and The Moon join an already-robust lineup, featuring headliner the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, festival favorite Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, and 2014 FreshGrass Award winners Twisted Pine and Quiles & Cloud. FreshGrass, to be held on September 18-20, 2015, features bluegrass traditionalists and trailblazers on four stages and throughout every nook and cranny of MASS MoCA’s 28-building, 16-acre campus.

10th Anniversary Bluegrass at The Pavilion Concert April 11th

Balsam RangeThe Flagler Museum will host its 10th annual Bluegrass in The Pavilion Concert on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Balsam Range and The Grascals will perform at this National Historic Landmark. Tickets are $35 and all proceeds benefit the South Arts' emergency planning for Gulf Coast cultural institutions. The Pavilion concerts continue to bring the best Bluegrass musicians to South Florida. Past artists have included Audie Blaylock and Redline and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Critics Praise The HillBenders’ Performance of "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry"

The HillBenders: TommyA capacity crowd at legendary Austin venue Threadgill’s this past Saturday braved the chilly spring rain to see The HillBenders perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, an all-acoustic rendition of The Who’s classic album performed in its entirety. As evidenced by the coverage in Rolling Stone, Billboard and Raleigh, NC’s News & Observer, the critically acclaimed bluegrass band’s performance at South by Southwest has been noted as one of the stand-out events at this year’s festival.

European Bluegrass Music Association Announces New Board

 Martino Coppo & Chris KeenanThe European Bluegrass Music Association announced changes to their board in an EBMA blog article of the March 6th regarding the EBMA AGM, Angelika Torrie, Rienk Janssen, Petr Brandejs and Christopher Howard-Williams announced their decision to step back from the EBMA Board subsequently, Dagfinn Pederson also announced his resignation at short notice. Following the Board Meeting and the EBMA AGM held during the Munich Bluegrass Festival three new board members were elected.

Bluegrass In Baltimore to be Released May 2015

Bluegrass In Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound & Its LegacyBaltimore, MD -- Due to an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 50s, Baltimore found itself the recipient of an extraordinarily talented crop of musicians and for a brief time was the center of the bluegrass world.

Flatt Lonesome Headline Burnet Bluegrass Fest & Fiddlers Contest

Flatt Lonesome2014 Emerging Artist of the Year Flatt Lonesome will be the featured entertainment at this year's City of Burnet Bluegrass Festival. Named one of the “Five Rising Roots Acts to Watch in 2015” by CMT Edge, Flatt Lonesome made their Texas debut last year at Haley Nelson Park. Also entertaining will be the Sieker Band and Dueling Hearts.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Capture Eight Wammie Awards

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiAustin, TX -- Rising bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen added to their collection of recent accolades with eight wins at the Washington Area Music Association’s 29th annual Wammie Awards, presented Sunday, March 15, at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Va. In addition to Artist and Album of the Year honors (for their 2014 album Cold Spell), the band took home Song of the Year for “Cold Spell,” Musician, Songwriter and Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year for Solivan, and Bluegrass Recording and Bluegrass Duo/Group for the band.

Art Stevenson to Headline River Falls Roots & Bluegrass Music Festival

Art Stevenson and High Water bandThe River Falls Roots & Bluegrass Music Festival held April 9 – 12 in River Falls, Wisconsin, has announced the entertainment lineup for its fifth annual event with headlining performances from famed-bluegrass groups—Art Stevenson & High Water, the Barley Jacks, and Dead Horses. This indoor music weekend features over 50 hours of foot stompin’ Bluegrass, Cajun and Roots music from regional and local artists where visitors young and old can stroll historic Main Street and find bluegrass music on every corner!

Cedar Hill Releases Long Awaited Dixie & Tom T. Hall Album

Cedar Hill - Miss Dixie, Tom T, and MeCedar Hill has just released a project of songs by Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall on the Hall's Blue Circle Records. With the recent passing of Miss Dixie and Tom T's current health issues, this is a timely release to showcase the talent of the Halls songwring ability. Frank Ray spoke with the Halls for two years and the band's result is Miss Dixie, Tom T, and Me released today.

JD Crowe & New South Reunion to Highlight Tennessee Fall Homecoming

JD Crowe and The New SouthEast Tennessee may be anxious for the first signs of spring, but in the spirit of promoting the musical heritage of the region, the Museum of Appalachia is excited to announce this autumn’s stellar lineup for its 36th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming.

Bobby Osborne to Headline Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival

Bobby OsborneRocky Top, TN -- Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top X-Press will headline the First Annual Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, April 24th from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, April 25th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the George Templin Memorial Athletic Field located at 214 North Main Street, Rocky Top, Tennessee.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to Jam?

Annie SavageRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen. No, it's not a new music book or DVD (though we do offer those) ... it's an opportunity to come together with others like yourself, in your area -- people with the same goals -- and start making music together.

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