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Banjoland by Tom Neal is a Banjo Paradise

BanjolandA couple of months ago, I heard of a new album coming out by Tom Neal titled Banjoland. I've learned over time that if a new and exciting release comes out and, it comes out on the Patuxent Music label, that it deserves a listen. This time, however, it became an addiction. I can't stop listening to this album. The variety of style, emotion and perfection. holds me.

Dailey & Vincent Up For Multiple Dove Awards

The Gospel Side of Dailey & VincentThe nominees for the 44th Gospel Music Association Dove Awards have been announced by The Gospel Music Association (GMA). Bluegrass favorites Dailey & Vincent find their name scattered throughout the various categories and even as participants on both the Song of the Year nomination and Country Song of the Year for "From My Rags To His Riches", Devin McGlamery featuring Dailey & Vincent. They come up again for the Bluegrass Album of the Year and twice for Bluegrass Song of the Year.

Half Moon Harvest Tour on the Horizon for The Hillbenders

The HillbendersRocky mountains, the Great Salt Lake, awe-inspiring Yosemite, Midwestern plains, and a deep, dark cave all mark a great journey ahead for Alt-Grass revolutionist, The Hillbenders. Embarking from their hometown of Springfield, MO, the rapidly emerging stars will travel half the country this Fall on their Half Moon Harvest Tour, reaching Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Tennessee. The Hillbenders are ready to rock a town near you.

Share America Foundation Selects Banjo Player-Vocalist for Scholarship

 Jonathan Barker (third from right) receives the 2013 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks (second from right). Others joining the presentation are (from left) James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary; Tom Morgan, entertainer; Joe Turner,  SAF chairman; and Tom Adkins, entertainer. (Share America photo)The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.

Lonesome River Band To Headline Northern Ireland Bluegrass Festival

Lonesome River BandNashville, TN (August 22, 2013) – Lonesome River Band, fresh off another performance at the Grand Ole Opry last weekend, will now head overseas to headline the 22nd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival in Omagh, Northern Ireland on August 31 and September 1, 2013. For more information on the festival including tickets, please visit Ulster American Folk Museum.

First Video Footage of The Shackleton Banjo Prototype Released

Shackleton BanjoNorwich, Norfolk, UK -- Norwich, UK business The Great British Banjo Company, has released the first video footage of the prototype of the new Shackleton banjo: the first large-scale production British-made banjo in 60 years. The short video features an informal performance by three Norwich musicians, shot outside the company's Norwich city-centre workshop. The prototype Shackleton banjo is played by Mike King from local band 'Hayley Moyses & The Bluegrass Forum', whilst the company's high-end Islander Ash Leaf banjo is played by local singer-songwriter Solomon Amos. The pair are accompanied by bluegrass band leader Hayley Moyses on fiddle.

The Bluegrass Situation "Midnight Windup," Added To Americana Festival Slate

The Bluegrass SituationWhat do Ed Helms, Mumford & Sons bassist Ben Lovett and legendary BBC personality "Whispering" Bob Harris have in common? They're all presenting premiere showcases during Americana Music Festival, Sept. 18-22 in Nashville, TN. The Bluegrass Situation -- the online hub for everything Americana, Bluegrass, Roots, and Folk -- and Ed Helms bring together a cavalcade of their closest friends, favorite artists and surprise guests for a post Honors & Awards, late night bash at midnight, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at ONE, One Cannery Row.

Elizabeth Mitchell Explores Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook

Elizabeth MitchellOn Oct. 15th, GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Elizabeth Mitchell releases The Sounding Joy, an exploration of Christmas and solstice songs from the American folk tradition. Drawn almost exclusively from the often overlooked but deeply influential songbook of revered composer and anthologist Ruth Crawford Seeger, these songs evoke an era before mass media and the commercialization of Christmas, when sacred song, dance, contemplation, and gathering were prized above all else during the holiday season. Mitchell’s fifth album for Smithsonian Folkways, The Sounding Joy features husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey, and special guests Peggy Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, Aoife O’Donovan, Gail Ann Dorsey, Larry Campbell, Dan Zanes, and John Sebastian, among many other family, friends, and neighbors. This gorgeously reverent 24-song collection attempts to save these traditional American holiday songs from an “unmarked grave,” as Merchant puts it in her essay included in the liner notes. The Sounding Joy is truly for listeners of all ages and is Smithsonian Folkways’ first holiday album in more than a decade.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2013 Artist Medley Going Now

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2013San Francisco, CA -- The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has announced the dates for their 2013 festival. This year's grand event will take place October 4, 5, & 6, 2013. This year, Hardly Strictly is doing a form of medley of the music to announce the performers who will take the stage.

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country to Broadcast Live from World of Bluegrass

WAMUWashington, DC -- WAMU’s Bluegrass Country will present its sixth annual live broadcast from the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Annual World of Bluegrass, taking place September 24-27 in Raleigh, N.C.

"Punkgrass" Duo Grace & Tony to Release Album in November

Grave & TonyLoretto,TN -- Loretto, Tennessee based Grace & Tony, the husband-and wife duo responsible for a new blend of Americana/bluegrass music dubbed “punkgrass,” are set to release their full-length debut album, November, on November 12, 2013 via Rock Ridge Music (with distribution through ADA). Working with Lloyd Aur Norman and Stephen D. Jones of Villain Place in Nashville, the pair was accompanied by a full band to fill out their unique sound. The release follows the 2011 EP Inside a 7-Track Mind, which introduced “punkgrass” to listeners.

Inspirational Bluegrass Music Artist Nominations Announced

Ricky SkaggsBluegrass music artists Bruce & Betsty Mullen, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and The Roys are all nominated for this year's Inspirational Bluegrass Artist in the Inspirational Country Music Association's Awards for 2013. Ricky Skaggs is also a finalist in the Musician along with super picker Vince Gill. The Roys are also up for a second category in the Vocal Duo area. Bluegrass and Gospel favorite Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are also nominated for the Vocal Group or Band award.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Frolick at Carter Fold Aug 24

Tennessee Mafia Jug BandFrom the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls, and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee - home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitely - and some living country music performers - comes the most entertaining blast from the past since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – five guys and a scrubboard with roots like wisdom teeth. Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, an old time and bluegrass style band. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Shannon & Heather Slaughter Hit Media with Latest Album

Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County ClareShannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare are celebrating great success with their new album One More Road that includes a new hit single. Today, music fans can learn more about the new project when Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Channel 61 hosted by Kyle Cantrell will feature a Track by Track with Shannon. The show debuts Wednesday, August 14 at 11 AM and will re-air Thursday (8/15) from 9-10 PM, Saturday (8/17) from 8-9 AM, and Sunday (8/18) from 11 AM - 12 PM (EDT).

Donna Ulisse Testifies: I Am A Child of God

I Am a child of GodGospel music followers are about to discover what aficionados of country and bluegrass music have known for years: Donna Ulisse can flat-out sing — and write — a gospel song. As her warm, pure voice caresses ten heartfelt songs reflecting her lifelong faith, she transports you to a welcoming, down-home church that you won’t want to leave (even if you’re getting hungry and thinking about Mama’s pot roast). It’s a voice brimming with joy, a voice that remains firmly grounded even as it soars heavenward.

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