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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Ticket Special Dec 1-31

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014Here's a great holiday gift idea. Discount Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 will be offered for $40, December 1-31, 2013, just in time for holiday gift giving. Festival dates will be September 19-21, 2014.

Valerie Smith in Studio for New 2014 Release

Aubrey Haynie, Valerie Smith and Mike ScottValerie Smith to remain in studio for a 2014 CD release. The project has 6 tracks recorded and producer, Mike Scott, is awaiting to finish Valerie's vocals and to include surprise artists and instrumentalists to join in on this project. The CD may be a 10 song release by the time we are finished.

Remembering “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”

Lester Flatt and Earl ScruggsShelby, N.C. – Fifty-one years ago on November 26, 1962, Columbia Records released “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” a bluegrass number performed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs that would become the hallmark sound of The Beverly Hillbillies.

Dalton WoodSongs Coffeehouse Gets New Director

Paul Byrum Paul Byrum, the director of the WoodSongs Dalton Chapter since 2009 has announed that he will be leaving. During his time there, the Dalton WoodSongs Coffeehouse has been a major force in charitable bluegrass activity. From the ever popular Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands program and albums to support those impacted by the economic down turn to the concert series benefitting the Providence Ministries Rescue Mission and more, Paul has taken the Dalton WoodSongs Coffeehouse to new and greater heights. Tom Brown will assume the director responsibilities beginning in January 2014.

Murphy And Casey Play And Sing Bluegrass Songs For You

Murphy And Casey Play And Sing Bluegrass Songs For YouThe request usually goes something like this: "I'd like to watch you and Casey pick some songs just for fun. Think you'll ever do a DVD like that?". The answer is "Yes!" Murphy And Casey Play And Sing Bluegrass Songs For You.

Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy Merges with Five-String Festival

Five-String FestivalWhen Five-String Fest announced that they would be having one of the largest banjo gatherings in the country on May 1st -4th of 2014, they were informed that one of the best banjo academies was the same weekend. What started has an overlook in schedule has turned out to be the best thing that could have possibly happen. Five-String Fest was trying to find a perfect time to have their festival, and settled on the first week in May, hoping to keep some of the Merlefest attendees to stay an extra week in the North Carolina area. The conflict in schedule was brought to attention by Jack Hatfield, SMBA director, when he contacted John Lockaby, FSF Operations Director. The Five-String Fest was making plans on having workshops, so the contact turned out to be exactly what was needed for the FSF. The negotiations started between the two organizations and a plan has been set in place.

Extreme Version of The Shackleton Banjo to be Played at South Pole

Shackleton BanjoNorwich, Norfolk, UK -- A special version of the British-made Shackleton banjo named after Edwardian explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is to become the first banjo to be played at the South Pole. The specially designed ultra-light instrument, called the Shackleton E100, will be designed and built by The Great British Banjo Company. The banjo will be trekked 1800 miles across Antarctica starting in November next year by a team following the route planned for Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition of 1914. Cybergrass covered the announcement of the Shackleton banjo in August.

Balsam Range Announces Winter Concert Series

 Balsam Range’s Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Tim Surrett, Marc Pruett, Caleb Smith Nashville, TN -- Balsam Range has announced the incredible lineup for its 4th annual Winter Concert Series. The award-winning band brings five concerts to the historic Colonial Theatre in Canton, NC, in the heart of Haywood County, which is home to the members of Balsam Range. Fans of great acoustic music will have five opportunities to enjoy the award-winning Balsam Range, and several very special musical guests.

Deering, Avett Brothers, Cheerwine Team Up for Charity

The Avett Brothers with Jamie Deering and Legendary Giveback II Deering BanjoThe Avett Brothers teamed up with Cheerwine, again this year to present the Legendary Giveback II, a one-night-only charity benefit concert at North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. This took place last Thursday night and I was honored to attend and present 2013’s Legendary Giveback II Deering Banjo! It was personally signed by The Avett Brothers the night of the concert and is now up for auction until November 25th.

Lonesome Will Mullins at Carter Family Fold Nov 30

Lonesome Will Mullins BandLonesome Will Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Virginia, in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time, and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement. Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. At 7:00 p.m., there will be a special set of Carter Family music with special guest Ronnie Williams. In addition, the music center and the Virginia Playboys will be collecting toys for local, needy children at Christmas that night. Anyone attending the concert wishing to participate in the toy drive should bring an unwrapped toy.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Announces 2014 Line-Up

Peter RowanThe John Hartford Memorial Festival has released another line up for the 2014 festival, happening May 29-31 at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the initial line up of Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge, and Pert Near Sandstone will be Jamie Hartford & Friends, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Mike Compton, The HillBenders, Leroy Troy, Bawn in the Mash, Rumpke Mountain Boys and many more. New to the festival will be Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, The Haunted Windchimes, Scenic Roots, Julia Belle Swain Band, Old Salt Union, The Crunchy Western Boys, Sloppy Joe, The Downtown County Band, andMaria Carrelli.

Ricky Skaggs to Appear on Fox News Channel, The Better Show

Kentucky TravelerNashville, TN -- Country music and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs is set for several national television appearances in support of his new autobiography, Kentucky Traveler, and his most recent CD, Cluck Ol' Hen, a collaborative live album with pop artist Bruce Hornsby.

PBS Americana Music Weekend Kicks Off

Richard ThompsonNashville, TN -- The 2012 Americana Music Honors & Awards program was honored last night with a regional Emmy Award nomination in the Special Event Program category by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards show was filmed live at the historic Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012. This unique night of music and celebration honored multiple generations of artists ranging from legends such as Booker T. Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson and Guy Clark, favorites Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and up-and-comers Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell and The Civil Wars.

Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk Form Adkins & Loudermilk

My Big Chance TomorrowWillis, VA -- Two of bluegrass music's most admired players, Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, have a fresh contemporary take on their music with the official formation of the new duo, Adkins & Loudermilk. The two will begin touring immediately in support of their solo efforts on Mountain Fever Records, with a duo record scheduled for release sometime in summer 2014.

12th Annual March Mandolin Festival set for 2014

David SuretteConcord, N.H. — The 12th Annual March Mandolin Festival will be held March 7-9, 2014, at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, New Hampshire. The 2014 festival will feature Joe Walsh, Marla Fibish, Eric McDonald, and David Surette, with special guest Susie Burke.

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