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ICMC Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel Announced

Charles K. WolfeThe Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel at the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) should be very intriguing as always. The Wolfe Panel for ICMC 2015 is titled “A Retrospective: The 45th Anniversary of Paul Hemphill’s “Nashville Sound, Bright Lights, and Country Music.” It will be masterfully chaired by Dr. Patrick Huber (Missouri University of Science and Technology) and include recording artist Bill Anderson, Dr. David Anderson (Louisiana Tech), Dr. Don Cusic (Belmont University), Dr. Tim Dodge (Special Collections of the Hemphill papers at Auburn University), and Ms. Sharon Thomason of Dahlonega, Georgia. The Hemphill book is being reissued by the University of Georgia Press in recognition of its significance in the history of country music scholarship.

Bluegrass Master Doyle Lawson: Class is In Session Jan 20

Doyle LawsonNashville, TN --- The release date for In Session from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is January 20, and pre-orders are available now. Mountain Home Music Company will release In Session from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in a few days but pre-orders are available now at iTunes and Amazon. For exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s live shows and recorded projects are unmatched.

Foundation for Bluegrass Music Announces Grant Recipients

Foundation for Bluegrass MusicNashville, TN -- The Foundation for Bluegrass Music announced the four programs that will receive funding grants from the Foundation in 2015.

Martin To Unveil Limited Edition D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Guitar

Martin Limited Edition D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary GuitarNazareth, PA -- C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) is celebrating 50 years of their legendary D-35 Dreadnought with a very special model to debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show – D-35 Brazilian 50thAnniversary Limited Edition. The innovative D-35 was first created by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1965 and has gone on to be one of the most popular and replicated models of our time. With no more than 100 created, the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model is constructed with Madagascar rosewood sides and back wings, a Brazilian rosewood back center wedge and headplate, FSC certified European spruce top, ¼" non- scalloped X bracing, and ivoroid bindings.

Ripsaw Partners with Patuxent for Louie Setzer Bluegrass Album

Louie SetzerRipsaw Records announces that it has partnered with Patuxent Music to produce a Louie Setzer bluegrass album to be released in the early spring of 2015. Setzer, aka "The Duke of Bluegrass" with his "titanium tonsils," was Ripsaw's first recording artist (Ripsaw 209; 1976). He is also Ripsaw's most recent artist, having recorded two tracks released in April 2014 on The Best of Ripsaw Records, Volume 4.

Tyler Williams Band at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Tyler WilliamsHiltons, VA -- Tyler Williams grew up in Ohio and moved to Johnson City, Tennessee, to study bluegrass music. Ashley Davis is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. When the two of them met at the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention in 2007 it wasn’t long before they teamed up to form a band. Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tyler Williams Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Country Stars React to Passing of Little Jimmy Dickens

Little Jimmy DickensNashville, TN -- The country music industry is in mourning following the death of the iconic and beloved James Cecil Dickens known as "Little Jimmy Dicken"s or just "Tater". Dickens passed away Friday, January 2nd at the age of 94. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Carter Family Project Concert with Fran Leadon & Leigh Anderson

The Carter Family ProjectFran Leadon and Leigh Anderson are a husband-wife team who have been recording the entire Carter family catalogue, and putting them online, all from their living room in Brooklyn, NY. They've been doing it for years and have created a community around the projects, where other young parents and pickers stop in to help with the recordings. Over the course of the project their apartment has become a gathering place for New York's old-time and bluegrass community.

Bluegrass Artists Make New Year’s Resolutions

Bluegrass ArtistsNashville, TN --- It’s that time again. It’s a new year. Everyone has that “clean slate” feeling about the year ahead. Ranging from poignant to lighthearted, several artists share their own New Year’s Resolutions.

California Bluegrass Association Youth Academy Registration Open

CBA Youth AcademyThe California Bluegrass Association's 3rd Annual CBA Youth Academy is now open. The sign-up link is live, and they expect 2015 to sell out soon. They have raised enrollment to 49 students this year, but sold out both previous Academies and encourage you to register early to ensure a space. Please note: You'll first register on the CBA website, then receive instructions from Darby on registering through Bluegrass Camp for Kids.

30th Joe Val Bluegrass Music Festival Feb 13-15

Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalJoin the Boston Bluegrass Union as they celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. They have a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Their 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. 2015 is the 30th Anniversary of this wonderful event.

WoodSongs Dalton Announces 2015 Concert Series

Becky Buller. Photo by Glenn SweitzerThe WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton Chapter announces the return of their annual winter concert series to benefit Providence Ministries. The first concert will feature the award winning singer/songwriter, fiddler, clawhammer banjo picking Becky Buller with a bunch of hot shot pickers from the Nashville area and the highly acclaimed dulcimer virtuoso Butch Ross on Saturday January 31st, 2015.

Bluegrass Pioneer Curly Seckler Celebrates 95th Birthday

Curly Seckler 95th BirthdayBluegrass pioneer Curly Seckler celebrated his 95th birthday on December 25, 2014. Seckler was born on Christmas day in 1919, in China Grove, North Carolina. He began his musical career in 1935, in a band with his brothers, Marvin on guitar, George on fiddle, and Duard ("Lucky") on guitar. Curly played the tenor banjo. They called themselves the Yodeling Rangers (later changed to the Trail Riders). In 1939, they landed a daily radio show on the new station in Salisbury, WSTP. Later that year, Curly was recruited by Charlie Monroe to be the tenor singer for his new group, the Kentucky Partners. They appeared on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, WV and on WHAS in Louisville, KY.

Balsam Range Kicks Off the New Year in Chart Topping Fashion

FiveNashville, TN -- It’s been an incredible 2014 for Balsam Range, with several IBMA Awards including the coveted Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year honors, sold out shows across the country, and the chart topping album, Five. Entering into new year, Balsam Range has both the #1 song, "Moon Over Memphis" and #1 album, Five, on The Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Chart for January 2015.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Opens Jan 1

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting ContestAt midnight Jan, 1st, the John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest will begin accepting submissions for their songwriting contest. Send them your best John Hartford inspired song and win tickets, trophies, digital publication and video exposure on their dynamic website, and participate in their top 7 Songwriter’s Showcase on the Main Stage! Don’t drag your pen and pick on this contest. They are only accepting the first 25 entries.

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