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If An Army Marches on Its' Stomach, What Does a Band Play On?

James Reamsby James Reams
No goetta for me, please! I’ve really been trying to eat healthier this past year and have learned to actually like things such as smoothies, herb teas, and protein bars as I worked to get myself in better shape. But heading out to festivals has a way of setting me back as I succumb to roadside diner meals and the options that pass for food at some of these events.

Nathan Stanley Hits the Road in Support of Latest Album

The Legacy ContinuesNashville, TN -- Award-winning Bluegrass singer/songwriter and television personality, Nathan Stanley is hitting the road with the Clinch Mountain Boys to bring their signature mountain sound to audiences across North America. He will be bringing some very special guests at select shows, including his Grandfather, the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, plus Country chart-topper T. Graham Brown and Grand Ole Opry regular Bobby Osborne. There's always a treat for fans attending the shows, as every fan purchasing a Nathan Stanley cd will be eligible to win a signed guitar at each show.

Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Releases Four New Titles

Rural Rhythm Heritage CollectionNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce four 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.

Locust Ridge "Healed" Goes #1 On The Singing News Bluegrass Chart

HealedNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that “Healed” by Dove® Award Nominee Locust Ridge is #1 on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart in the May issue. “Healed” is written by group member Russell Allen and is the title track from Locust Ridge’s debut album on Rural Rhythm Christian released August 13, 2013.

Jeff & Sheri Easter Host 7th Annual Homecoming May 7-10

The IsaacsJeff & Sheri Easter are making final preparations for their 7th Annual Homecoming in Lincolnton, Ga. May 7-10, 2015. The duo are bringing world-class award-winning talent to help raise funds for the Lewis Family Homeplace Restoration Fund. They announced that they are excited to be bringing in Dailey and Vincent, the Bowling Family, the Isaacs, the Primitive Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, and the Browders for this year's event.

Lonesome River Band Headlines Loudoun Bluegrass Festival

Lonesome River BandLeesburg, VA -- Lonesome River Band will headline the 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival on May 9, 2015. The event will take place from 10am – 10pm at the Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds located at 17558 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg, Virginia. Tickets are available at www.bluegrassloudoun.com. Advance tickets are $20.00 Adults (14 and older) or $30 at the gate. Youth (7-13) tickets are $8 and children 6 and under are free.

Paul J. Schiminger Takes the Helm of the IBMA

Paul J. SchimingerNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Board of Directors announced that Paul J. Schiminger has been selected as the organization’s Executive Director. Schiminger’s expected start date is June 1, and he will be based at the IBMA’s office in Nashville, Tennessee. The IBMA is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music industry and the community it serves.

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited Out May 12

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions RevisitedBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music is pleased to announce that the Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited album will be released on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Celebrating the impact that the 1927 Bristol Sessions had on the country music industry, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited features re-creations of the original Bristol Sessions recordings by country music stars including, Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Corbin Hayslett, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Jesse McReynolds, Keb´ Mo´, Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, and Vince Gill. The recording project also includes narration of the 1927 Bristol Sessions history by famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs.

Bluegrass Museum Board of Trustees Appoints New Officers

 Mike Simpson, incoming Chairman, Dr. Peter Salovey, outgoing Chairman, Terry Woodward, Vice ChairmanOwensboro, KY -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum Board of Trustees named four new officers and celebrated six members completing their terms of service during the annual April board meeting held in Owensboro, Ky. Newly elected officers include Mike Simpson, Chairman; Terry Woodward, Vice-Chairman; Rosemary Conder, Secretary; and Chris Love, Treasurer. Six Board of Trustee members will rotate off of the board including current Chairman, Dr. Peter Salovey; Secretary, Terry Gold; Executive Committee member, Gill Holland and Trustees, Dr. Richard Brown, Larry Harrington and Jesse McReynolds.

Chuck Nation Band Performing at Carnegie Hall May 22nd

Chuck Nation BandThe Chuck Nation Band (www.chucknationband.com) from Gainesville, GA, will help bring Bluegrass music to the Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, May 22nd, in the New York premiere of Come Away to the Skies: A High, Lonesome Bluegrass Mass, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).

Blue Ridge Music Center 2015 Summer Concert Season

Della MaeGalax, VA -- Music will ring out from the foot of Fisher Peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway beginning May 23 as the 2015 Concert Season begins at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The Music Center will showcase the talents of great performers, including Della Mae, The Sherman Holmes Project with Phil Wiggins, Marty Raybon, The Jeff Little Trio, Alice Gerrard, Steep Canyon Rangers, Wayne Henderson with Helen White and Herb Key, De Temps Antan, Rebecca Frazier, The Steel Wheels, and many more.

"Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert" DVD Available at Cracker Barrel

 ALIVE! in ConcertLebanon, TN -- The first-ever live album from the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert, is now available exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ® locations and online at www.CrackerBarrel.com. Featuring 15 songs by the multi-GRAMMY Award nominated duo, Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert was recorded live during a performance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the Prince William campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia. This is the third Dailey & Vincent CD to be released exclusively with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, following up on the successful Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers and The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent projects.

John Bryan to Replace Jamie Johnson with The Grascals

John BryanIt was announced yesterday that Jamie Johnson, founding member of the Grascals, is departing the band after over 10 years and will be replaced by John Bryan. Jamie has been fighting depression for some years now and his departure will help him with that issue plus allowing him to spend more time with his family and son.

Joshua Palmer Defines Met-a-cog-ni-tion

 Met-a-cog-ni-tionThe most difficult quality to achieve in music these days is originality. Human endeavor has simply produced so many sounds, styles and approaches to music that is all but impossible to not sound influenced by something that has come before. However, Joshua Palmer manages to be unique. Joshua plays mandolin as if he picked it up and not only learned to play, but became proficient, without ever having heard one played before. As presented on his first album, Metacognition, Palmer has managed to develop a style that doesn't sound like the next branch of one of the great "mandolin trees," (Monroe, Bush, Thile, et al.) and yet remains thoroughly musical and satisfying throughout. With strong, clear notation and an keen sense of time, Palmer takes the same tools available to the rest of us mandolin players and builds with them something new.

MerleFest 2015 Commemorates Another Banner Year

MerleFest 2015Wilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, has wrapped up its 28th year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday, April 23, to its close on Sunday, April 26, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 78,000 participants, an increase from last year’s numbers. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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