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Artists Added to “Ashes of Love” Steve Thomas Benefit

Sierra HullNashville, TN -- Sierra Hull and Kathy Chiavola have been added to the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for Steve Thomas & Family taking place Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:45 pm. Proceeds go to acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve.

Judges Announced for Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Niall TonerWilkesboro, NC -- Songwriters Charles Humphrey III, Darrell Scott and Niall Toner will be among the judges that determine the winners of MerleFest 2014’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Ash Breeze Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

Ash BreezeWillis, VA -- Bluegrass and Americana influenced, North Carolina natives Ash Breeze (formerly known as The Smith Family) release their self-titled debut album on Mountain Fever Records. The first single from the album, "Without Love," produced by Aaron Ramsey (Mountain Heart) was released to radio in the fall to a positive reception. Watch the "Without Love" video below.

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band to Record First Studio Collaboration

John Jorgenson Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist — having collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and more. Regularly featured on acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, clarinet, the saxophone, pedal steel, and vocals, Jorgenson has garnered recognition for contributing to numerous platinum-selling and GRAMMY Award-winning albums.

Fold Bluegrass with Kody Norris & the Watauga Mountain Boys

Kody NorrisKody Norris is young, confident, and bluegrass proud. He’s been fronting his own band now for over nine years, but he’s been playing bluegrass music for much longer. Kody grew up in Mountain City, Tennessee. According to Norris, playing bluegrass in the traditional style is the only way he knows how to play it – or wants to play it. Saturday February 15th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

Jeanette Williams Working on New Solo Project

Jeanette WilliamsJeanette Williams announced that she's really excited to be planning a new project, and said "I hope you will join me as we head down this musical road! I've loved music since I was a child and used to practice singing in front of the mirror using my hairbrush for a microphone. We always had music playing around the house so I was exposed to many different styles and genres."

Leftover Salmon Digitally Releases 2004 Album

Leftover Salmon 2004Asheville, NC -- Leftover Salmon is thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 their 2004 album, Leftover Salmon, will be available digitally for the first time on all major digital outlets. "The self-titled work was a collaboration with producer-friend Bill Payne of Little Feat. Mature yet playful, graceful yet dirty, it became apparent that Leftover Salmon was poised for out-and-out domination" writes Scott Caffrey (2005).

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Larry Keel Power Trio in North Georgia Saturday Feb 22nd

Larry KeelClarkesville, GA -- Larry Keel a musical icon and makes a rare tour stop in North Georgia this February. He has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map.

Australia's Kristy Cox to Release Debut US Bluegrass Album

Kristy CoxNashville, TN --- The “Land Down Under” has given more to the world than just a fine actor named Hugh Jackman. It was Aussie car company that fitted the first radio into a car in 1924. And now, the ride will be even sweeter with the lovely strains of another Aussie pouring warmly through the speakers.

James Reams Offers Valentine's Day Heart Warmers

James Reams ValentineHow about the Mike Dowling tune, “I Caught A Keeper” from James Reams, Walter Hensley and the Barons of Bluegrass album "Wild Card?" This tune has a delightful bounce as it blends fishing into a love song. James Reams' version of the song features the masterful picking of Walter Hensley "one of the underrated greats of the 5-string" according to author and music historian Richard Smith. James says he fell for this song hook, line and sinker. Hopefully your audiences will fall for it as well!

Bryan Sutton Reveals New Depth with “Into My Own”

Bryan Sutton - Into My OwnNashville, TN -- Bryan Sutton returns to Sugar Hill Records with his fourth solo release, Into My Own, available April 29, 2014. “The goal,” Bryan Sutton says, “was to try to make a record that only I could make.” Indeed, even a cursory listen is enough to establish that Into My Own, his fourth album for Sugar Hill Records, fulfills that goal—and does so in a way that reflects not only the instrumental virtuosity that his admirers have come to expect, but also the spirit and sensibilities of a musician intent on challenging himself to continuously grow in every way.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Joins Lineup for Huck Finn Jubilee

Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceOntario, CA -- Bluegrass traditionalists Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are the latest in an impressive lineup of performers to take the stage at the Huck Finn Jubilee this Father’s Day weekend, organizers announced today. Other big name performers confirmed for the June 13-15 festival include Grammy Award winner The Del McCoury Band and “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent, with more headliner announcements to come as the event draws near.

Jim & Jesse Radio Shows On Rural Rhythm

Jim & Jesse Radio ShowsNashville, TN -- Bluegrass Legends Jim & Jesse are celebrating 50 Years as members of the Grand Ole Opry this year. The success of their 60’s radio shows prompted Martha White Flour to bring them to Nashville to star on their early morning show on WSM. In 1964 a life time dream came true for Jim & Jesse when they became regular members of the Grand Ole Opry.

Exciting Changes Coming for BCM's Wise, VA, Music Programming

RTE 23Bristol, TN/VA -– Exciting changes are coming to the Birthplace of Country Music®'s summer concert programming in Wise, Va. The RTE 23 Music Festival will be held on Aug. 30, 2014, on the campus of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.

Rebekah Long Stays Busy as CTM Studios’ Newest House Engineer

Rebekah LongNashville, TN -- Rebekah Long, a 2009 graduate of SAE Institute Nashville’s Audio Technology Program, has a full work schedule as the newest house engineer at CTM (Catch This Music) Studios in Nashville. Her high-profile job had its beginnings in a recording session at CTM when a producer needed a last minute replacement engineer. Long’s work was so impressive to CTM owner Eddie Robba that he decided to bring her on board as a full-time employee in 2013.

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