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Blue Highway’s The Game Marks Band’s 20th Anniversary

The GameBlue Highway will release their new album, The Game, on January 21, 2014. This will mark their twentieth anniversary as a working bluegrass band. During their twenty years together, Blue Highway has maintained an unusually high level of excellence in their music, consistently turning out bluegrass that’s characteristically true to the principles of the genre while remaining both memorable and original. Amazingly, the original personnel from the band (which formed in 1994) remains intact, a remarkable achievement in itself, given the frequent mixing and matching of personnel that is more the norm.

Tony Trischka To Release "Great Big World" February 4

Tony Trischka Great Big WorldTony Trischka, widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, will release his 17th solo album, Great Big World, on February 4, 2014 (Rounder). Trischka's instrumental expertise and boundless imagination are as sharp as ever on Great Big World. One of the most ambitious and accomplished of the artist's career, the 13-track set is a deeply compelling showcase for his expansive instrumental talents, far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills, as well as his sterling taste in collaborators.

7th Annual Brooklyn John Hartford Tribute Jan 31

John HartfordBrooklyn, NY -- “Just when you thought it couldn’t get no better then it does …” The Seventh Annual Brooklyn John Hartford Tribute takes flight in all its steam-powered glory, featuring the Deadly Gentlemen, Tony Trischka, Michael Daves, Chris Eldridge, Kristin Andreassen and many, many more on their own and backed by the house band, the Electric Steam-Powered Water Taxi Boys.

Mandolinist Sierra Hull To Perform First Night Boston Concert

Sierra HullFirst Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and UMass Boston’s radio station, WUMB-FM 91.9 present bluegrass vocalist, mandolinist and songwriter Sierra Hull, a 2011 Berklee graduate, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival, and will be broadcast live on WUMB-FM, and webcast worldwide on wumb.org, live from Berklee.

The Inaugural Vail Summer Bluegrass Series

Vail Summer Bluegrass SeriesVail, CO -- Lakeside Stride of Denver, CO, together with the Town of Vail, will present the new inaugural Vail Summer Bluegrass Series (VSBS). Each show will take place at Vail Square adjacent to the Arrabelle Hotel beginning on Wednesday, July 2 and will feature national-level bluegrass artists.

Diane And Mildred With The GMA Band Release New Singles

Diane and MildredThe duo of bluegrass gospel music known as Diane and Mildred have released their latest music, a pair of singles titled “Someday Eternity Will Begin” and “But for the Manger,” both recorded with the GMA Band. Each of the songs is a contemporary instant classic, much like music previously released by Diane and Mildred with the GMA (Gospel Music Arts) Band. Fans of bluegrass and gospel – and especially fans of both – are certain to find a rare treasure in this traditional American music lovingly created for the glorification of the Christian God.

Grammy Nominees Dailey & Vincent Announce Carnegie Hall Debut

Dailey &VincentNew York, NY -- As bluegrass superstars Dailey & Vincent close the book on a stellar year, they look to 2014 with great anticipation. The duo just received their third Grammy nomination: their acclaimed 2013 release, Brothers of the Highway, has been nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category.
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NewTown's "Time Machine" Going Strong

NewTown Bluegrass BandNewTown features five artists demonstrating a vast array of acoustic music styling. Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, NewTown accurately cites their obvious local musical influences. The band is able to journey into a realm of their own while still maintaining the spirit of the legendary bluegrass and “Newgrass” sounds created within the walls of Lexington’s Red Slipper Lounge during the mid 70’s. The band's eagerly anticipated second album was released on November 5th. Time Machine is the band’s first release with Pisgah Ridge Records and features the dynamic band from Lexington, KY led by husband and wife team Kati Penn-Williams and Jr. Williams. Time Machine is a diverse project with song content that spans from strong originals by guitarist C.J. Cain to a fantastic cover of Guy Clark's “Dublin Blues.”

2nd Annual Marana Bluegrass Festival, April 12 & 13, 2014

Dan CraryMarana, AZ -- The 2014 Marana Bluegrass Festival will be held in down town Marana on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. Like the 2013 Festival, this festival will feature the bands of Arizona bands as well as National Headliner guitarist Dan Crary. Dan will be performing solo as the close out performance on Saturday, and will be joining his friends Greg Morton and Peter McLauglin for a Guitar Summit on both Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss these shows – three amigos, all championship level guitarists – flat picking at its best.

The Game is on with Blue Highway Jan 21,2014

The Game“The Game,” the title cut of Blue Highway’s new album, is the tale of a rollicking gambler, stylistically kin to songs like the venerable “Wild Bill Jones,” and other bad man ballads. It is rife with recklessness, immoral behavior, and gunplay. It is the kind of stuff that abounds in the earliest bluegrass, yet is a new original song. It was written by Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane and Alison Krauss’ bass player Barry Bales, and sung by Lane with all the fierceness in his wild tenor voice.

Songwriter Irene Kelley Celebrating Christmas with Bonus Track

Irene Kelley with Charles EstinNashville based, American roots songwriter and performer is offering up a MP3 Christmas bonus with her new song, "Happy Birthday, Little Baby Jesus", a co-write with Lisa Aschmann. Just reply to this email! She's getting ready to release her first collection in 10 years of new material, Pennsylvania CoalNashville based, American roots songwriter and performer is offering up a MP3 Christmas bonus with her new song, "Happy Birthday, Little Baby Jesus", a co-write with Lisa Aschmann. Just reply to this email! She's getting ready to release her first collection in 10 years of new material, Pennsylvania Coal

Doyle Lawson Celebrates Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day

Doyle LawsonPigeon Forge, TN -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver celebrated the 2nd Annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day on Thursday evening at the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The holiday was launched by social media guru and banjo player Lee Marcus in 2012 to raise awareness and appreciation of Bluegrass music.

Carter Family Fold Christmas Show Dec 21

Carter Family ChristmasHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 21st, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount $8 per person). Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $8 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, and cups, plates, or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, we’ll have music by the Town Branch Bluegrass Band. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show. The Fold’s toy drive for needy children will also continue to the 21st. If you would like to contribute, please bring an unwrapped toy.

Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs to Perform at National Press Club

Ricky SkaggsWashington, DC -- 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs will share memories from his 50-year bluegrass and country career at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, December 19. Skaggs has been playing the mandolin since he was five years old. He rose to the heights of country music stardom while remembering his bluegrass roots. During the luncheon, Skaggs will break out his guitar to perform some of his best known hits.

Dirk Powell to Release “Walking Through Clay” Feb 4

Walking Through ClayNashville, TN -- Considered one of the finest Americana musicians performing today, with a musical voice grown directly from roots in Appalachian and Louisiana soil, Dirk Powell is set to release his fourth solo album and Sugar Hill Records debut, Walking Through Clay, on February 4, 2014. The album finds Powell, whom Steve Earle calls “the greatest old-time banjo player alive,” uniting the hard-hitting drums of guests like Levon Helm with homegrown electric guitars, fiddles, amplified fretless banjos and Creole accordions. Barriers between styles are cooked off and what remains is a fearlessly emotional portrait of rural American music presented as only Powell could.

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