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New Bluegrass iTunes Podcast - The Bluegrass Byway

The Bluegrass BywayNashville, TN -- Podcasting is by no means a new medium or format. Ever since the release of iTunes version 4.9 back in June 2005, any amateur broadcaster with the desire to create content, or a show, which could potentially reach the millions of users on iTunes, could do so at very little to no cost. While the format is still in its infancy, the number of podcast subscribers has grown substantially in recent years due to the popularity of shows such as Serial, This American Life, Welcome to Night Vale, and The Moth Podcast.

Kentucky's Own Sam Bush Returns to ROMP Festival

Sam Bush at ROMP 2015Owensboro, KY -- Bowling Green KY native Sam Bush, the King of Newgrass, has been honored by the Americana Music Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award and by the International Bluegrass Music Association on any number of occasions. But honors are not what drives him. "I didn't get into music to win awards," he says. "I'm just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play, and the older I get, the more I love it."

Bluegrass Meets Cajun on WoodSongs June 15th

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio HourIt is going to ber a world class musical "salad!" as award winning bluegrass and Cajun Music come together on the same night, the same stage and with the same ticket on Michael Johnathon's WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour Monday, June 15 at 6:45 PM. General Public $10, Students $5, and WoodSongs Partners: Free

Grand Ole Opry Member Jim Ed Brown Has Died

Jim Ed BrownNashville, TN -- Jim Ed Brown, a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years and a newly elected member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Thursday, June 11th at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, TN after battling cancer.

Ireland's I Draw Slow, Returns to the Northeast US This July

I Draw SlowAsheville, NC -- Dublin roots band, I Draw Slow, has been garnering praise around the globe since the release of their 2012 album Redhills. Now their latest release, White Wave Chapel (2014), is all the buzz at home and overseas with their unique sound, bringing together Irish tradition with modern Americana while staying rooted in the old-time style of Appalachia. Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for these Irish/Americana songwriters. They are happy to return Stateside this summer for a handful of shows in mid-July including Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Virginia, Tellus 360 in Lancaster, PA; Creative Alliance in Baltimore; World Cafe Live Upstairs in Philadelphia, and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York.

Blue Highway to Headline Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's 20th Anniversary

Blue HighwayDestin, FL -- As part of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF)’s 20th Anniversary celebration, MKAF and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate will present the first annual Bluegrass at the Beach one-day music festival at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village — located in the scenic coastal town of Destin on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast — on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This family-friendly celebration of music and culture will feature seven award-winning bluegrass bands, youth crafts and music in the Kid’s Art Village with an interactive Pickin’ & Paintin’ area, and a diverse array of food and beverage offerings.

Dale Ann Bradley Releases “Pocket Full of Keys”

Dale Ann Bradley at Station InnNashville, TN -- Dale Ann Bradley releases her new album, Pocket Full of Keys. This is her first album after signing with Pinecastle Records last year.

Còig & Whitetop Mountain Band at Blue Ridge Music Center June 18

CòigGalax, VA -- Cape Breton-based, Celtic supergroup Còig will play the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The band will be joined by the beloved old-time ensemble Whitetop Mountain Band. The Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to host this performance as part of this premier festival that celebrates Virginia’s Crooked Road.

Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with Rural Rhythm Records

Tammy Jones Signs with Rural Rhythm RecordsNashville, TN -- In preparation for her second Bluegrass project, Tammy Jones Robinette has signed with powerhouse Bluegrass label, Rural Rhythm Records. The deal comes on the heels of Tammy's first Bluegrass release last year. Produced by Mark Fain (versatile bass player and longtime band member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder), Let it Shine was warmly embraced by both Bluegrass and Gospel critics, earning three entries for consideration in the initial nomination process by the IBMA.

Bid for a One of a Kind Banjo and Help Support a Good Cause

Mumford & SonsSpring Valley, CA -- Deering Banjo Company is delighted to announce that they are teaming up with Mumford & Sons once again on their highly anticipated Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows this summer 2015. Deering will be at each of the Stopovers with a selection of banjos for you to try, as well as enthusiastic Deering expert staff offering free banjo lessons, songs and a welcoming smile!

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Release "Country Grass" Tuesday

Country GrassThere has been a whole lot of excitement about the latest project by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road including some of the biggest country artists of all-time, including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, and John Conlee, and others. From an early video release to a sampling online, the comments and buzz surrounding this collaborative project has all been excellent. Lorraine was gracious enough to give Cybergrass her comments on the new Country Grass project.

Carter Fold to Ring with Traditional Bluegrass by Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 13th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Appalachian Trail. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free. Appalachian Trail is a union of seasoned and innovative singers, songwriters, and musicians who are breaking new ground in the bluegrass arena. Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Holland, and Switzerland are some of the countries that have hosted the talents of the individuals in this band, as well as coast-to-coast here at home. Formed in 1984, the band combines strong lead vocals, tight harmonies, and distinctive picking.

Legendary Dale Ann Bradley to Play Carroll County High School

Dale Ann BradleyHillsville, VA -- Bluegrass singer-songwriter Dale Ann Bradley will play Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Virginia on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. She will be joined by Willard Gayheart and Friends. Dale Ann Bradley embarked on her musical journey in the coalfields of southeast Kentucky. She joined the all-female bluegrass band The New Coon Creek Girls and played with them until 1997. Her first solo release propelled her onto the Billboard Charts and into national (and international) attention. Since then, she has played all over the world and earned the IMBA Female Vocalist of the Year award an impressive five times. Her newest recording “Pocket Full of Keys” will be released in June of 2015.

Communities Contribute to Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingRegion wide community involvement and strong support from sponsors are shaping up to make The Crooked Road’s very first Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 12-20, 2015, a truly memorable experience. The 9-day, regional event features Crooked Road concerts in 34 different communities in Southwest Virginia, as well as over 260 cultural experiences being presented by businesses and organizations throughout the region.

Sammy Shelor & Mike Hartgrove Honor Steve Martin at AFI Life Achievement Awards

Steve Martin AFI Life Achievement with Lonesome River BandHollywood, CA -- Lonesome River Band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed last night with actor Martin Short when Steve Martin was honored with the 43rd American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award - the highest honor for a career in film. The award was presented to Steve Martin during the gala tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. and will air June 13th on TBS at 10:00 p.m. The star-studded event included: Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Conan O’Brien, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Black, Steve Carell, and many more.

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