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Planet Bluegrass Announces 2015 RockyGrass Lineup

The Earls of LeicesterA week ago Planet Bluegrass finished up their biggest week of ticket sales ever. Thanks to Festivarians around the world for your patience and persistence through what can be a stressful time. During the peak Planet Bluegrass received more than 40 orders per second (!!), as Festivarians from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries secured their tickets for the 2015 Planet Bluegrass season.

Dawn Sears has Lost her Battle with Cancer - Updated

Dawn SearsNashville, TN -- Dawn Sears, 53, stellar vocalist and member of Rounder Record’s 4-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers, died Thursday night, December 11. Diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2012, Sears fought the disease ferociously and championed efforts for lung cancer research. In addition to having been a Time Jumper, she was also a long-time member of Vince Gill’s touring band. She is survived by her husband, the fiddler and fellow Time Jumper Kenny Sears and daughter Tess. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Crooked Road Sets Stage for First Ever Mountains of Music Homecoming

Mountains of Music HomecomingAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is pleased to announce the Mountains of Music Homecoming, a nine-day celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their heritage music, cultural assets and outdoor amenities. This inaugural event, covering 19 counties, four cities, and over 50 communities, will be held June 12 - 20, 2015 and features Crooked Road concerts in more than 30 communities, dozens of community cultural experiences, and over 70 existing traditional music-related concerts, jam sessions and festivals.

Tennessee Bluegrass Comes to Southern Maryland

Kody NorrisKody Norris & the Watauga Mountain Boys will be at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, Maryland on Sunday January 11, 2015. Presented by Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion, the American Legion Bluegrass concert series is still the best Bluegrass bargain in town at $15.00 per person. The show will begin at 2 pm with show host, Jay Armsworthy & Woody Norris. Doors open at Noon.

First Norris Creek Pig Pickin' Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Announced

Balsam RangeThe 1st Annual Norris Creek Pig Pickin' Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is coming this July 4th weekend! Come hear that old familiar twang, in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and so many other legendary performers. Come hear today’s Bluegrass stars, such as Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson picking away at beautiful Norris Creek Entertainment Complex in Louisburg, NC. Enjoy many local and regional BBQ vendors and sample BBQ during our competition. Join us for three fun filled days with the music of our roots, the music of our grandfathers, the music of America... Bluegrass!

Traditional Christmas Carols by Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger sings Traditional Christmas CarolsSmithsonian Folkways has a great offering for the holiday season. Released in 1989, Traditional Christmas Carols by Pete Seeger is a sure hit for the banjo, folk or bluegrass fan. Long a seasonal favorite, this collection of 13 charming Christmas carols from French, English, Italian, and African American traditions captures the Christmas spirit with wonderful universality. These international holiday favorites include Twelve Gates to the City, Mary Had a Baby, and The First Noel.

Holiday Music EP from John Reischman & The Jaybirds

On A Winter’s NightTo celebrate the deepening of winter and the coming of the holiday season, all-star West Coast bluegrass/roots ensemble John Reischman & The Jaybirds are releasing their new EP, On A Winter’s Night. It’s a lovely romp through the snowy backwoods of American roots music, inspired in part by the classic American Folk Songs for Christmas by composer Ruth Crawford Seeger (stepmom to Pete Seeger).

Bluegrass on "It's a Harmony Road Christmas" this Weekend

Canaan's CrossingSignal Mountain, TN -- Harmony Road TV’s original production “It’s a Harmony Road Christmas” will begin airing this weekend and continue through Christmas. Produced in a log cabin at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee, the program features exclusive performances by some of Gospel and Bluegrass music’s finest artists. Host Les Butler also provides a special reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke.

Cracker Barrel Announces Exclusive Ralph Stanley CD

 Man of Constant SorrowLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and three-time Grammy®Award winner and International Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductee Dr. Ralph Stanley announce the upcoming CD release of Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow, which will be available on Jan. 19, 2015, exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com.

John Prine to Play ROMP, 4-Day Pass Discounts Coming

John PrineSome four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," his extensive catalog has been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon and others. Recently honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Prine's been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures.

The John Boy & Billy Show to Feature Donna Hughes’ “Walmart Checkout Line” Today

Donna HughesNashville, TN -- Donna Hughes’ original song "Walmart Checkout Line” will be featured on the popular nationally syndicated morning radio program, The John Boy & Billy Big Show on Today, Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The hilarious song video, that has received over 63,000 YouTube views so far, will be featured as the “Video of the Day” on the show’s website. The John Boy & Billy Big Show airs mornings from 6-10 Eastern all across the country and is available via live stream. Listeners can view stations in their area here.

Fiddlin' at the Carter Fold Saturday with 9-Year Old Carson Peters

Carson PetersHiltons, VA -- Nine-year old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region. Carson lives with his parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” at the ripe opld age of two on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him. Saturday, December 13th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Lineup Announced for 2015 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival

Joe Mullins & the Radio RamblersMusic will ring out across the Wet Mountain Valley at the 13th annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival this July in the heart of the Rockies. Join us as Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Lou Reid and Carolina, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Darol Anger and the Furies, The Hillbenders, Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, and Bill Evans, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, The Price Sisters, Art Stevenson and High Water and many other top-notch bluegrass performers converge on Westcliffe, Colorado, for four days of music benefitting non-profit organizations in our community. Come enjoy stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the youth music program, the camaraderie of on-site camping and pickin’, in addition to the full roster of exciting bluegrass performers. The 13th annual festival dates are Thursday through Sunday, July 9 - 12, 2015.

Dr. Banjo's Four 2015 Camps

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampJam Camp or Bluegrass Camp? The two are not the same! Bluegrass Camps concentrate on small group playing and overall ear skills (as in our jam camps), but add daily classes by-instrument and on Bluegrass trio harmony singing. Additional sessions cover songwriting, bluegrass history, practice routines, "band lab", and more. With good use of expert staff and space, we gladly welcome everyone from novice jammers to performing bands.

The Music of the Stanley Brothers Book due Next Month

The Music of the Stanley BrothersThe premier guide to the lives and work of bluegrass icons Ralph and Carter Stanley will be released this January by the University of Illinois Press as part of their Music in American Life series. The 312 page book will by Gary Reid will include a foreward by Neil v. Rosenbert. Included will be a full discography and 51 black & white photographs.

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