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Cindy Baucom to MC Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor LIVE Bluegrass Event

Cindy BaucomClermont, FL -- Cindy Baucom, award-winning broadcast personality, producer, musician, singer, writer and lifelong promoter of Bluegrass Music will serve as Master of Ceremonies for Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor LIVE! Scheduled for October 24, 2015, the bluegrass festival is part of the inaugural season of Clermont Performing Arts Center, located 22 miles from Disney World.

Town Mountain New Recording Project of Two Grateful Dead Tunes

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- Town Mountain is heading into the studio for an impromptu recording session during the summer of 2015. For this impromptu summer project, Town Mountain will be cutting two songs to pay tribute to The Grateful Dead. The Dead has had a huge influence on Town Mountain as a whole and each of its members. Banjoist Jesse Langlais says, “We want to honor their 50 year mark tour with Town Mountain renditions of two of our favorite Grateful Dead songs.” Look for these two new tunes this festival season.

Louie Setzer's "Jukebox Bluegrass" Blasts Out of the Starting Gate

Louie Setzer - Jukebox BluegrassRipsaw Records announces that Louie Setzer's "Jukebox Bluegrass" album, which it released in partnership with Patuxent Music, has taken off in its first few weeks on the scene garnering positive plaudits from respected reviewers and placing highly on AirPlay Direct's Bluegrass/Folk June album chart.

Bluegrass Museum Concert Series Continues

Darin & Brooke AldridgeOwensboro, KY -- Highly acclaimed Bluegrass duo, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, are set to play at the International Bluegrass Music Museum Sunday, July 26th as part of the Museum's benefit concert series. Both well decorated vocalists in their own right, Darin and Brooke combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music.

The Stetson Family Heads True North with Newest Album

The Stetson Family - True NorthNashville, TN -- Australia's Americana favorites, The Stetson Family, will release their newest project on August 7. True North will be available in stores across Australia and New Zealand (distributed by MGM), online through the band's website and via e-tailers iTunes and Amazon. The disc will be serviced to radio through AirPlay Direct.

Ola Belle Reed - Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line Due Aug 21

Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon LineDust-to-Digital is excited to present the first in-depth look at the life of Ola Belle Reed, a groundbreaking artist who is one of the all-time greatest performers of authentic, old-time music. Ola Belle Reed’s 1960s recordings, some of the earliest she ever made and available here for the very first time, are counter-balanced by a disc of modern-day field recordings of her descendants and those within her Appalachian community that she inspired. This deluxe edition highlights Ola Belle’s deep repertoire – folk ballads, minstrel songs, country standards, and originals – and traces the impact her music made and is still making today with 58 newly-remastered recordings and texts by Henry Glassie and Cliff Murphy.

Jeanette and Johnny Williams at Blue Ridge Music Center July 18

Jeanette and Johnny WilliamsGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to welcome award-winners Jeanette and Johnny Williams and Strictly Strings to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Jeanette and Johnny Williams from Danville, Virginia, bring together their individual talents as singers, songwriters, and musicians to create a dynamic bluegrass duo.

The Churchmen Release New Gospel Bluegrass Album Crown of Thorns

The Churchmen - Crown of ThornsWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of the new album from The Churchmen. Crown of Thorns is available today! The Churchmen based in Collinsville, Virginia, formed in 1989 when they began singing in local churches. Keith Clark (bass), Gerald Harbour (mandolin), David Guthrie (guitar), and Carroll Arnn (banjo), present their music in a four-part, southern gospel style accompanied by bluegrass instruments that give them a unique sound.

Twilight Years are Highlight Years -- Ronnie Reno Scores Top-Ten at Billboard

 Lower Than LonesomeNashville, TN -- At age 67, "Bluegrass Music's Youngest Old-Timer," Ronnie Reno, has turned his twilight years into highlight years. Lessons Learned (his first release in over a decade and his debut album with Rural Rhythm Records) sits at #10 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart this week. This is not Reno's only appearance in this week's top ten. He also lent his talent to two additional albums, Country Grass by ?Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road and Brotherhood by the Gibson Brothers.

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival July 22-25

MACC 2015The 31st Annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Bluegrass Classic and Music Festival at Hoover Y-Park, Columbus, Ohio takes place July 22 - 25, 2015. Proceeds from this annual festival benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated $809,690.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 16th Year for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer.

Banjo Greats Gather at Grey Fox for Keith-Style Banjo Summit July 17

Bill Keith with Jonny CodySurely a highlight of this year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival will be a very special Keith-Style Banjo Summit hosted by Béla Fleck and Tony Trischka. Joining them to honor the music and enormous influence of Bill Keith will be a “Who’s Who of Banjo” including Noam Pikelny, Mike Munford, Eric Weissberg, Marc Horowitz, Mike Kropp, and Ryan Cavanaugh, along with Bill Keith himself. The 90-minute Keith-style banjo gathering will be on Friday, July 17 beginning at 7:00pm at the Creekside Stage.

Banjoist extraordinaire Bill Keith (beaconbanjo.com) is one of just a handful of musicians to have a whole style named after him.

Dollar Brothers Bring High Energy Bluegrass to Carter Fold Saturday

Dollar BrothersSaturday, July 11th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Dollar Brothers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. The Dollar Brothers provide a high energy, family-oriented bluegrass show. A traditional bluegrass band, they are from Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina. Darrell Dollar, lead singer and older brother to Barry and Wade, plays mandolin and has written several songs for the group. Barry Dollar plays fiddle and banjo and sings lead and baritone. Wade Dollar, youngest of the three brothers, sings tenor and lead and also plays guitar, claw hammer banjo. and dobro. Tim Norris, banjo player, is a cousin to the Dollars. Tim also sings, and he plays guitar and piano. Newest band member, J. M. Trivette, plays bass and helps out on vocals.

Molly Cherryholmes Officially Joins Mountain Heart

Mountain HeartMountain Heart is excited and honored to announce that Molly Cherryholmes, five-time Grammy nominee and former member of the award-winning band Cherryholmes, is the newest member of Mountain Heart. Molly’s musical talent has always been undeniable, and we are all thrilled to bring her on board as a full-time member.

Banjo Backstory: Bob Thornburg to Talk Banjo History July 11

Banjos - From Africa to the New WorldGalax, VA -- California-based instrument maker Bob Thornburg will give a FREE lecture and presentation about the construction of replica banjos and the intriguing history of the instrument on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The talk coincides with Thornburg’s exhibit, Banjos: From Africa to the New World, which features two dozen reproduction/replica banjos representing the instrument’s roots in Africa, the New World and its evolution in the pre-Civil War, Minstrel, and pre-factory eras. The exhibit closes Monday, July 13, so this is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about Thornburg’s work and a beloved instrument in Appalachian music.

Martin Guitar Introduces Two New D-35 Models at 2015 Summer NAMM

Martin HD-35 CFM IV 60tNazareth, PA -- NAMM, Booth 902 -- C. F. Martin & Co. continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Martin D-35 model with two commemorative limited-edition D-35 models at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The limited edition D12-35 50th Anniversary model and the HD-35 FM IV 60th will be among six other models showcased.

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