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Trinity River Band Unveils New Album Artwork and Release Date

Better Than Blue Nashville, TN -- Trinity River Band is proud to unveil the new cover art for their highly anticipated new album titled Better Than Blue releasing April 22, 2014. The artwork was designed by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign who named the image “faire demi-tour” from the French meaning “turn around.” The group features band members Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Harmony Vocals).

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Putting Together a New Project

Doyle LawsonDoyle Lawson announced that he's been in the studio putting a wrap on the next Crowe, Lawson and Williams CD. They had a bit of final tweaking to do and now, the project is good to go. There isn't a release date established yet but stay tuned as Crossroads will announce it soon.

Don Rigsby & David Thom Recording New Duet Project

The David Thom BandDon Rigsby and David Thom are currently in the studio working on a duet recording that will feature some very different material for both of these musicans. "I'm excited about it," says Rigsby. "David and I come from very different schools, yet when we explore what we both consider 'new territory' there seems to be a lot of common ground. And that's where we got the title, New Territory, from."

Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame Celebrates 15 Years

Bronze plaques of the members of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame highlight the careers of around 150 legendsThe Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum marks its 15th anniversary this April at Dollywood. “The museum currently houses more than 3,000 artifacts and honors 155 members of the Southern Gospel music community,” said Southern Gospel Music Association President Arthur Rice. “The museum continues to grow.” The Southern Gospel Music Association is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, for the historic preservation of the accomplishments of the music and its people.

Backstep Old Time Band Entertains Carter Family Fold

Backstep Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- Backstep performs old time stringband music in the “Round Peak style” native to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for its driving rhythms and prominent melodies,Round Peak music is just the thing to make you kick up your heels and dance. Back Step features Chester McMillian (a founding member of the band) on guitar and his son Nick McMillian on fiddle (he also plays banjo and bass). Saturday, April 12th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Backstep Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Ash Breeze in Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Top 3

Ash BreezeWillis, VA -- North Carolina's Ash Breeze is off to a solid start with the word that their song "Without Love" has made it into the finals of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for Merlesfest 2014. The song is 1 of 3 finalists in the Inspirational/Gospel category.

Volume Five Riding High With Release of The Day We Learn To Fly

Day We Learn To FlyVolume Five, the Mississippi group that started as a casual jam band in 2008, has grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts. March 25th marks their first gospel and 4th overall release on Mountain Fever Records with the well crafted Southern gospel tinged bluegrass album, The Day We Learn To Fly.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Tickets On Sale Now

John Hartford Memorial FestivalBean Blossom, IN -- Come join the genre busting, musical celebration of the life, music and legacy of John Hartford, one of America's most beloved musician/songwriters, at the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, “The Most Laid Back Festival in America”. The festival schedule is ready for your planning with Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge, Jamie Hartford, The HillBenders,The Freight Hoppers, Haunted Windchimes, Pert Near Sandstone, Bawn in the Mash, The Keels, Betse Ellis and many more! 50 bands in all!

Chris Austin Songwriting Finalists Announced

Josh CrewsWilkesboro, NC -- Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest 2014 takes place from April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Lonesome River Band Joins Mountain Home Music

LRB with Mountain HomeCarrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse The Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company.

Huck Finn Jubilee Lineup adds The String Cheese Incident

The String Cheese IncidentOntario, CA -- The String Cheese Incident, a popular independent band that brings a mix of bluegrass, Latin fusion and psychedelic sounds to its highly attended performances, will be playing this June at Southern California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, organizers announced today.

IBMA, American Steamboat Present Bourbon & Bluegrass Riverboat Cruise

Bourbon & Bluegrass CruiseThe American Steamboat Company and IBMA have teamed up to produce two nine-day “Bourbon & Bluegrass” riverboat cruises on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, from St Louis to Cincinnati Aug. 29-Sept. 6, and then back from Cincinnati to St. Louis from Sept. 5-13 (guests spend one night in a hotel before embarking on the American Queen).

Spring Mountain Festival Celebrates 22 Years of Tradition

Maysville ExpressPetersburg, WV -- A new venue means a new range of opportunities, says The Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Typically hosted at Petersburg City Park, the 22nd Annual Spring Mountain Festival will be held at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Petersburg, W.Va. this year, announced the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. The festival takes place April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 and features bands, artisans, crafters, food, and various other vendors.

Simply Put, Simply Bluegrass is Simply Marvelous

 Simply BluegrassCountry Family Reunion has put together a special bluegrass music collection titled, Simply Bluegrass. The collection is a series of programs spread out over 4 DVDs plus a backstage presentation DVD. The series does an excellent job of raising awareness of today's bluegrass music and the artists that drive it. Simply put, Simply Bluegrass is Simply Marvelous.

Jeff Austin Announces 2014 Spring Tour with Friends

Jeff AustinAsheville, NC -- Jeff Austin is on tour this spring with Danny Barnes (banjo and vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals), and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals). They will be touring together throughout the year and also have been in the studio with a number of other friends, heroes and mentors to record an album.

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