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The Del McCoury Band Releases Anticipated "The Streets of Baltimore"

Streets of Baltimore“The picture on the cover, that’s Broadway in Baltimore, maybe back around the time I started playing in the clubs,” Del McCoury says with a smile. Then he adds, just before breaking into his signature, eyebrow-wiggling laugh, “Back then, you could get anything you needed down there—and a lot of things you didn’t need, too!”

Multiple IBMA and Grammy Award Winner Carl Jackson Received 3 Nominations

Carl JacksonNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced recently at a press conference at Nashville’s Loveless Barn, with Multiple IBMA and Grammy Award winner Carl Jackson received three award nominations. Jackson has won five previous International Bluegrass Music Awards including Song of the Year in in 1990 for "Little Mountain Church", Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Jim Rushing & Carl Jackson (songwriters).

Jett’s Creek Releases Single from “The Wait Is Over” Due October 15th

The Wait Is OverBluegrass band Jett’s Creek shines with the release this week of their second single, “Marry Me,” from the upcoming October 15th release of The Wait Is Over. The traditional bluegrass tunes, tight family harmony and solid original material by this 6-piece bluegrass band, have garnered attention since their first national release in 2008, Supposed to Be. The first single from the album, “Back Home Again,” was released in October of last year.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 Connects with BVU & BTES

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 13th PosterBristol, TN/VA Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion announced a special partnership with BVU Authority (Bristol, VA Utilities) and BTES (Bristol, TN Esseutial Services) at today’s press conference. This partnership includes providing improved digital connectivity for 2013 festival goers. BVU and BTES have volunteered to connect a total of eight stages, split between the two states, for live public video streaming by ETSU Online and Heritage TV during the three-day event. Some live footage will be recorded by Heritage TV, BVU’s local access channel, and will also be aired after the festival on OptiNet channel 3.

American Drive Welcomes Artie Werner as New Booking Rep

American DriveSeasoned bluegrass music artists American Drive are proud to announce that Artie Werner will take over as the new booking and promotional representative for the group. the band includes group members of J.D. Crowe & The New South who are carrying on now that J.D. Crowe has announced his retirement. The band includes the talents of: Rickey Wasson (Lead/harmony Vocals, Guitar), Dwight McCall (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Mandolin), Matt DeSpain (Resonator Guitar) and Kyle Perkins (Bass) all from The New South who are joined by Josh Hymer (Banjo).

Primitive Quartet, Trey Hensley Headline Song of the Mountains Oct 5

Trey HensleyMarion, VA -- Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 pm, Song of the Mountains at the beautiful Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia invites you to see and hear the Primitive Quartet, Trey Hensley, Jimmy Bowen and Santa Fe, the Gravy Boys and Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run. This concert will be taped for national distribution across America. Song of the Mountains is in their ninth season of tapings and reaches millions of households every week on public television.

Virginia’s Musical Heritage Spread Over 4 Day Festival Oct 3rd-6th

Loose StringsAbingdon, VA- The Crooked Road, in partnership with the Town of Abingdon, will hold the 2nd annual music festival devoted to telling the story of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. On October 3rd-6th, 2013, Abingdon will be filled with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia.

Workshops Announced for FreshGrass Sept 20-22 Bluegrass Festival

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) has one of the best line-ups in bluegrass and now they have a workshop line-up to match. During the weekend you will be able rest your dancin' feet, and take part in our lively workshop offerings which range from theory classes to instrument-specific playing techniques. All workshops are free with admission. Space is limited so register on the day of the event when you arrive at the festival -- first come, first serve. Workshops will be held throughout the FreshGrass festival weekend, September 20-22, on the campus of MASS MoCA.

The Dirty River Ramblers Ramble On with Debut Album

Ramble OnThe Dirty Riber Ramblers are a string band located in and near Omaha, Nebraska. Build like a bluegrass band, the Ramblers cover a wide range of genres from old-time to jam-rock. The band combines their own unique improvisational solowing with their tight vocal harmonies. Their debut album, Ramble On is a collection of original music. The band is now on a mission to share their music far and wide.

Planet Bluegrass Flooded in Lyons, Colorado

RockyGrass at Planet Bluegrass RanchThe rains came and they kept on coming. Lyons, Colorado is home to Craig Ferguson's Planet Bluegrass that hosts the annual RockyGrass bluegrass music festival, as well as Telluride and many others. The beautiful Planet Bluegrass Ranch is situated along side the rock cliffs and the St. Vrain River. The recent 100 year flood that has stricken the front range of Colorado has left much of Lyons and the surrounding areas under water.

University of Illinois Press $2.99 Bluegrass Music Book Sale

Crowe on the BanjoTo coincide with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event September 24-28, 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina, The University of Illinois Press are offering eBook versions of three University of Illinois Press titles on sale for $2.99 each. The sale will run through September 30.

IBMA Kicks Off “Practice Random Acts of Bluegrass” Campaign

Practice Random Acts of BluegrassNashville, Tenn. (September 11, 2013) — For those looking to show their love of bluegrass music in connection with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC, September 24-28, the answer is simple: practice random acts of bluegrass, document it, and share it with the world. Then, maybe brag about it a little with a specially-created sticker (shown).

Additional Performers and Presenters Announced for IBMA Awards

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky ThunderNashville, Tenn. (Sept 13, 2013) — Additional performers and presenters have been announced for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards, held on Thursday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Awards Show, held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium), will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars, some of the genre’s future stars with the 2013 Bluegrass Youth All-Stars performance, and special live collaborations guaranteed to make this year’s Awards Show a can’t miss event.

Sam Bush Receives Nomination for CMA Musician of the Year

Sam BushFor the third consecutive year, Sam has been nominated for Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association. The Musician of the Year category mirrors 2012 with Sam Bush (mandolin), who was nominated in the category for the first time in 2011; along with Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Dan Huff (guitar); Brent Mason (guitar); and the current title holder Mac McAnally (guitar).

Americana Music Assoc & The CMHoF and Museum Salute Buddy Emmons

Buddy Emmons SaluteThe Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum and The Americana Music Association continue their partnership this year, once again presenting stellar events in the Ford Theater during the Americana Music Festival & Conference September 18-22, 2013. All programs are included with museum admission and free to museum members and to AMA conference registrants with badge. Program passes are required for each program and can be obtained at the museum two hours prior to the start of the program. Programs will be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

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