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MerleFest 2015 Continues Popular Acoustic Kids Showcases

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2015 festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the April 1 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers, singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival.

Old Settler's Music Festival Announces 2015 Schedule

Old Settler's Music FestivalAustin, TX -- The Old Settler’s Music Festival, now in its 28th year, has finalized another outstanding schedule of roots, bluegrass and Americana artists for the four-day event. The festival takes place Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, in the Texas hill country south of Austin on FM 1826. Performers include the Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Sam Bush, JD McPherson, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro and the McCrary Sisters. (See full schedule below.)

Rounder Reissues "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers"

Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler BrothersNashville, TN - Five years after it was released as a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers is finally available to the general public. The album, which was originally released in 2010, was awarded Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

Ronnie Reno Celebrates 60 Years of Music with New Album

Ronnie Reno: Lower Than LonesomeNashville, TN -- Ronnie Reno, whose musical talents helped forge the sound and songs of so many legendary Bluegrass and Country Music entertainers, celebrates 60 years in entertainment with the release of his new album, Lessons Learned, due in stores on March 17, 2015. The first single release, “Lower Than Lonesome,” hits airwaves today.

Nathan Stanley Talks about "The Legacy Continues"

The Legacy ContinuesNathan Stanley's latest release, The Legacy Continues is being released tomorrow. The album features Dr. Ralph Stanley and Brad Paisley. A Track-by-Track where Nathan discusses this album is later down in this article.

Inaugural Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest March 27-28

Blue HighwayEarly Bird ticket deadline will be March 15, 2015 for the 1st Annual Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest. This is a new festival in Bristol VA at Holiday Inn & Convention Center @ Exit 7 off I-81. More information is available and tickets can be purchase online at www.BristolBluegrassSpringFest.com. Get your 2-Day Early Bird tickets for just $50 or a single day for just $25. Deadline is coming soon so act now. For discounted hotel rates, call 276-466-4100.

The Snyder Family CD Pre-Release Celebration March 10

 Wherever I WanderNashville, TN -- The fine folks at Mountain Home Music Company, along with 5X Grammy winner Adam Steffey, are hosting a CD Pre-Release celebration in Nashville for The Snyder Family and their album, Wherever I Wander (available 3/17/15).

Vail Bluegrass Announces 2015 Headliners

Vail Summer Bluegrass SeriesVail, CO -- The Vail Summer Bluegrass Series is back! Vail Bluegrass returns to the Arrabelle at Vail Square beginning Wednesday, July 1 and continues on July 15 and 29 and August 12. All shows will begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free to attend with the option to purchase tickets for preferred seating. Together with the Town of Vail, Lakeside Stride of Denver is proud to announce the lineup for 2015.

Ricky Skaggs, and Others Stop by Larry's Country Diner

Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- Larry’s Country Diner is serving up a star-studded menu of music in March with upcoming appearances by country and bluegrass greats Ricky Skaggs, Janie Price, John Conlee, Jeannie Seely, Billy Dean and Crystal Gayle. Tune in to RFD-TV this month to watch the hit variety show that promises great food, music and laughter from fan-favorite characters Larry Black, Keith Bilbrey, Nadine, Renae The Waitress and Sherriff Jimmy Capps, alongside their special diner guests – some of country music’s biggest stars and legends.

John Curtis Goad Announces Single "Regina" from New Album

 ReginaThe release of the first single from John Curtis Goad's upcoming debut solo album has been announced. "Regina" tells a classic bluegrass story - a man, wrongly accused of a crime, waits for the one he loves. Of course, as with all good bluegrass songs, there's just a little bit more to the story than first appears. "Regina" was originally recorded by Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass in the 1970s, but John has given the song a smooth, modern traditional update.

New Bluegrass Gospel from The Balos Family Coming April 7th

Balos Family: Built Upon the RockNashville, TN -- Musical virtuosity, faith, and that warm familial harmony. These are the hallmarks of The Balos Family, who have set April 7th for the release of their latest album, Built Upon The Rock. A love of music has always been part of the Balos family tradition. Mother of seven, Ramona Balos says, “On any given day in our home, you’ll always find someone singing, humming, playing an instrument or listening to a CD. Music seems to be as natural to us as breathing.”

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Still Climbing the Charts

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersJoe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers' latest Rebel Records CD, Another Day From Life, continues to hold the attention of radio programmers and fans across the world. This month, the album has climbed to #14 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart and is tied for the #10 spot on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart! "Now The Summer's Gone" spent two weeks at #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Songs chart and jumped up to #21 on BU's Top 30 Songs chart. Our latest single, "Another Day From Life" made its debut at #30 on the BU chart and is #7 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Tracks chart.

MerleFest 2015 Adds Willie Watson,The Steel Wheels to Lineup

Willie WatsonWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, has added Willie Watson and The Steel Wheels to its 2015 lineup. Additionally, The Steel Wheels will host the Midnight Jam. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”

The Hillbilly Gypsies at Historic Carter Fold Saturday

The Hillbilly GypsiesSaturday, March 7th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show.

CANCELLED: Kentucky Filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson to Screen Thomas Merton Documentary

Thomas Merton DocumentaryOwensboro, Ky., -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum will host a film screening and open discussion Wednesday, March 11, with Kentucky film maker Morgan Atkinson, for his latest project, The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton.

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