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ClayBank to Release “Playing Hard To Forget” September 30

Playing Hard To ForgetNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the debut album “Playing Hard To Forget” by ClayBank will be released on September 30th. The current single “Up On Claybank” from the debut album is being received enthusiastically by bluegrass radio. Written by band members Zack Arnold and Jacob Greer, “Up On Claybank” features the lead vocal of Zack Arnold and captures the culture and charm of growing up in this rural community.

Adam Steffey & the Boxcars at Historic Carter Fold Saturday

The BoxcarsHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 10th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Adam Steffey & the Boxcars. An east Tennessee native, Adam found a place in the Tennessee-Virginia border area’s thriving bluegrass scene in short order, serving early stints with the Lonesome River Band (Dan Tyminski was his replacement there) and then helping to found the near legendary group, Dusty Miller, along with Barry Bales and guitarist Tim Stafford. The three jumped to the big time together when Alison Krauss recruited them into Union Station; and for nearly seven years, Steffey lived the life of a high profile musician as the band earned Grammy awards and IBMA trophies, toured extensively, made national TV appearances, and recorded albums that reached far beyond the core bluegrass audience. Yet by 1998, the restless side of Steffey’s spirit made itself felt when he left the group and, after helping to lay plans for what later became Mountain Heart, joined the bluegrass gospel group The Isaccs – a setting in which he played a different role.

Bluegrass Outlaws Release Self-Titled Album

Bluegrass OutlawsThe self-titled debut album from the Bluegrass Outlaws is now available on AirPlay Direct for radio programmers and for order through the band’s website. Over the next several days multiple download sites will become available including CD Baby, ITunes, Google Play and Amazon, stay tuned for those announcements from Wilson Pickins Promotions.

American Bands Named for International Cultural Diplomacy Tours

Laura Cortese & the Dance CardsWashington, DC -- Nine American bands representing a diverse variety of American music have been selected to embark on 4-6 week international tours to collaborate and engage with global audiences. The tours are part of the American Music Abroad (AMA) program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with American Voices.

New Album From Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge

My Daddy's GrassCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is excited to announce today's release of My Daddy's Grass (REB-1856), the Rebel debut from Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge.

Ricky Skaggs to be Honored with ASCAP Founders Award

Ricky SkaggsASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present acclaimed bluegrass and country music songwriter-artist and Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs with its prestigious Founders Award at the 54thannual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs of 2015, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on October 31st.

Chevron Appalachia to Sponsor Donna Ulisse Workshop

Donna UlisseChevron Appalachia, LLC is sponsoring five time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee Donna Ulisse and her Songwriting Escape teaching team to teach a three hour workshop in Moundsville, West Virginia on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Vue Park Event Center at 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, WV. The focus of the workshop will be what Ulisse calls the "nuts and bolts of songwriting."

Reno's Hat Trick: Rhonda Vincent, Sierra Hull, Bluegrass Royalty

Sierra HullNashville, TN -- For nearly a quarter of a century, "Reno's Old Time Music" has always had the goal of bringing fans the best Bluegrass music on the planet. With this in mind, September's lineup is a hat trick of talent featuring Rhonda Vincent, Sierra Hull and Bluegrass royalty--three big scores for the fans!!

Billy Droze Releases “Kentucky Blue” on Rural Rhythm

Billy DrozeNashville, TN (September 1, 2016) – Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the release of “Kentucky Blue” by hit songwriter Billy Droze. At only 29, Billy Droze has acquired the title of "hit songwriter" over the years co-writing such songs as; I Know Better" (#1 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) - The Grascals, "Her Memory Again" (#5 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) - Flatt Lonesome, “Bottle Was a Bible” – Junior Sisk, ”Big Pain” – Marty Raybon, "Free Again" – Shenandoah, “Sunday Clothes” – Randy Kohrs, “That’s Why I Run” - Billy Yates (#1 in Europe), “You Never Know” – Darryl Worley, "Like I Do" - Jamie O'Neil and more.

Bluegrass Junction Hosts Kenny and Amanda Smith

Kenny and Amanda Smith with Kyle CantrellKyle Cantrell welcomes Kenny and Amanda Smith to Sirius XMs Bluegrass Junction for a first listen to their latest album, Unbound.

Rural Rhythm Releases Two More Hylo Brown Titles

Hylo Brown AlbumsNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce two new titles in its archival Heritage Collection series. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series will help keep traditional roots music alive and preserved for future generations. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series includes authentic Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Waltzes, Fiddle Tunes and Gospel music performed by many legends & pioneers. Titles are mastered from the original master tapes, with original cover artwork and include many albums never-before available on CD.

Randall Franks Honored at 42nd Annual A.S.E. Awards

Randall Franks and Georgia Mafia Bluegrass Band, J.Lynne PhotographyEntertainer Randall Franks, of Ringgold, was among the recent honorees at the 42nd annual Atlanta Society of Entertainers Awards receiving the Bluegrass Band of the Year Award with his Georgia Mafia Bluegrass Band. Franks, who is best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from the TV series “In the Heat of the Night,” starred in three TV series and 15 films. Musically, he is recognized as an International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend and Independent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Foundation for Bluegrass Hires Nancy Cardwell

Nancy CardwellNashville, TN -- The Foundation for Bluegrass Music hired Nancy Cardwell as their administrator in August, as they are gearing up for a full slate of events planned for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC, Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, 2016.

IBMA Announces Momentum Awards Finalists

Momentum AwardNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the finalists for the Momentum Awards which will be handed out at a luncheon at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference, Wednesday, September 28, at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The Momentum Awards focus on artists and industry people who are in the early stages of their bluegrass music careers. Performance awards go to one band, one vocalist and three instrumentalists, while three industry awards go to a Mentor, Industry Achiever and a Festival/Venue/Event.

Chris Thile & Béla Fleck in Concert at Lexington Opera House

Chris Thile & Béla FleckThe Troubadour Concert Series and Highbridge Spring Water is excited to present the multi-Grammy Award winners Béla Fleck and Chris Thile, together onstage, same night, same ticket! Two legendary artists together in one concert setting this September 11th at the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, Kentucky.


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