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Nickel Creek to Headline Grey Fox Fest

Nickel CreekOak Hill, NY -- Any acoustic music fan would jump at the chance to see Nickel Creek, Del McCoury, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Gibson Brothers, and Tim O’Brien at one festival. The rest of the lineup could slack off after that. But Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival never slacks. Instead it brings a veritable Who’s Who of Bluegrass—plus its roots and branches—to New York’s Catskill Mountains every July. This year's award-winning four-day festival will run Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20 on the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, New York.

Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band Dates for New Album

Randy Cook & Commonwealth coverRandy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band is based in central Virginia. The band has been together since 2012, quickly building a fan base in central Virginia and beyond. In February, 2014 the band released its first well received self-titled album on CD. Playing together for many years and recording two CD's with the band James Bailey & Company, Randy Cook (Mandolin), and Malcolm Pulley (Banjo), have teamed up with bass player Lance Seal, fiddle player Wally Hughes, and guitarist Jason Owen, to form the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band.

The Student Loan Release New Album “Moonlit Toasters”

Student LoanPortland, OR -- Portland Oregon based The Student Loan is a progressive-acoustic newgrass project known for their fun and funky originals, quirky covers, and knack for getting a crowd moving on the dance floor. Moonlit Toasters is The Student Loan’s fourth independent release, recorded by prolific producer, engineer and session player Billy Oskay (Foghorn Stringband, Beppe Gambetta, Dan Crary) at his Big Red Studios in Corbett Oregon and produced under the auspices of revered Portland guitar extraordinaire Scott Law (Banjo Killers, Brokedown in Bakersfield, Darol Angers Republic of Strings). Moonlit Toasters is was released on June 26th, 2014.

After 87 Years, The Bristol Sessions are Reborn

Bristol Sessions LabelIn 1927, Ralph S. Peer went to Bristol, TN/VA with his recording gear. Little did he know what the impact of that journey would become. He captured the local artists on his recording equipment and then released them on records for radio and purchase. The Bristol Sessions, as they have become known, resulted in the biggest explosion of music that we call "The Big Bang of Country Music." It was a bang heard coast to coast through radio and, it was a hit. However, it didn't stop there. The following year, "The Johnson City Sessions" were recorded. Johnson City is just south west of Bristol. Now, a new piece is coming together.

Dave Evans Documentary in Search of Memorabilia

Dave EvansRed Line Studios has posted a request on BluegrassNation.org for memorabilia about "Last of the Breed" Dave Evans. The items are requested for Last of the Breed, a feature length documentary film about singer and songwriter Dave Evans of Eastern Kentucky. The producers are seeking your help.

ArtistWorks & Mandolin Cafe Present “Mando Magic with Mike”

ArtistWorks Mandolin Workship by Mandolin CafeNapa, CA -- ArtistWorks, the leading provider of interactive online music lessons, has teamed up with Mandolin Cafe to present a rare, live online workshop with world-renowned mandolin player, and ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass online teaching artist, Mike Marshall. Since 2011, Marshall has taught hundreds of mandolin enthusiasts online at this first-of-its-kind online music and art campus that provides members with personalized instruction via video interaction with world-acclaimed musicians and artists.

What is the Future of Broadcast Radio?

Listening to Old Time RadioI'm a lot like the many of the electronic generation today -- load up the MP3 player, CD Changer, and the Media Server and let MY music play MY way -- without any commercials and annoying talk. I also use the streaming services that abound everywhere like Pandora, Spotify Google's and Apple's editions and more. I also just tune into Internet sites that have what I enjoy. Lots of options to choose from.

Locust Honey String Band's Old Time Mountain Songs

Locust HoneyThere’s a rock hard spine that holds up the bones of American country music, both now and back to the distant past. That spine is the spirit of the women who have given their hearts and souls to the music–everyone from Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells to Sara Carter and Ola Belle Reed. It’s a spirit very much alive in the music of Asheville, North Carolina’s Locust Honey String Band.

Music Sales Down: What's the Plan? Is There a Plan?

trashed CDsMusic sales dropped 14% according to a recent Nielsen Report. This drop includes both physical and digital sales of songs and albums. Even iTunes dropped by more than 10% according to the report. The big hit was CD sales dropping by nearly 20%. Who then survived? Streaming and the LP came out on top. In the first six months, streaming was up a clear 50% followed by LP sales up 40%.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Release New EP

By My SideThe new EP is here. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys released By My Side EP featuring 'Same Same Stars' The boys note, "We are excited to announce the release of our brand new EP, marking the first time we've contributed vocals to our original songs."

Music City Roots Moves to The Factory

Music City Roots - The FactoryOne week to go! On July 9, Music City Roots will debut in our new home, Liberty Hall inside The Factory At Franklin. This larger venue will give us a chance to try new things and enlarge our community, while retaining the vibe and values we cultivated at The Loveless Cafe. We appreciate your support during this major transition. Here are a few things we want you to know about.

Buller, All-Bluegrass Boy Band Play Monroe’s “Southern Flavor”

Tween Earth and SkyNashville, TN -- Following on the heels of the "Southern Flavor" single release, DSR presents a video - telling the story of the lyrics, the song, and what made the session so special. "Southern Flavor" features Buller on fiddle and vocal with the help of former Bluegrass Boys: Michael Feagan (fiddle), Peter Rowan (guitar/vocal), Buddy Spicher (fiddle), Roland White (mandolin), and Blake Williams (banjo).

The Roys 4th Studio Album "The View" due September

 The ViewNashville, TN -- Award-winning brother/sister Bluegrass duo, The Roys, continue their creative momentum as they gear up for the September release of their fourth studio album, The View. The highly-anticipated project offers the truest representation of The Roys' unique sound to date, and builds upon the duo's success as songwriters, introducing 11 of their new compositions. The brand new album is fueled by the loving, upbeat first single, "No More Lonely," released to radio on June 10 and commercially to fans on June 24 via digital vendors including: iTunes, Amazon, Google plus, Rhapsody and eMusic. The View, a Rural Rhythm Records' release, gives listeners The Roys' most organic project yet, and features a fan-appealing mix of traditional Bluegrass, Country and Gospel.

Dave Adkins' Tops Charts with "Pike County Jail"

Dave AdkinsNashville, TN -- Dave Adkins has not only been gaining attention for his powerful live performances and one of a kind lead vocals, but he's also acheiving great chart success with numerous tracks from his Mountain Fever Records' album, Nothing To Lose. "Pike County Jail" was the biggest chart mover on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart climbing to #19 from its debut at #30 last month. The album moved up on the magazine’s Top 15 Album chart to #12 from its debut at #15 last month.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Score #1 Single

That's KentuckyNashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have reason to celebrate as their latest single "That's Kentucky," a song penned by Tom T. and Dixie Hall along with Troy Engle, tops the Bluegrass Unlimited national single charts for July 2014. This marks the second time that Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have reached the top spot on the national chart, their first being "A Light in the Window Again" which topped the chart in September of 2012.

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