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Diamond Creek Bluegrass Band is Straight Up Traditional Bluegrass

Diamond Creek Bluegrass BandDiamond Creek plays bluegrass -- traditional bluegrass -- from the music’s pioneers like Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, The Osborne Brothers and Mac Wiseman. Mixing in favorites from second generation greats like J.D. Crowe and Del McCoury plus a few originals, a Diamond Creek show starts fast and doesn’t let up till everyone has had a heapin’ helping of North Carolina flavored bluegrass.

Art Stevenson & High Water in the Twilight with New CD

TwilightArt Stevenson & High Water have released their seventh CD, Twilight. Twilight features 14 new songs by this very entertaining and musical group. The new project is available by mail order from our website at www.highwatermusic.com and also from CDBaby, offering MP3 download as a purchase option. Alternatively you can get Twilight and other CDs at Art Stevenson & High Water's upcoming festival appearances.

ArtistWorks Bluegrass Instructors Receive 2013 IBMA Award Nominations

Academy of BluegrassNapa, CA -- Leading social e-learning platform provider, ArtistWorks today announced that three instructors in their Online Academy of Bluegrass are nominated for International Bluegrass Music Awards. Banjo legend and online instructor Tony Trischka has been nominated for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for his contribution to the song "Foggy Mountain Rock" of the album Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs. Online Bass School instructor Missy Raines is nominated for Instrumental Performer of the Year for Bass and Online Flatpick Guitar instructor Bryan Sutton is nominated for Instrumental Performer of the Year for Guitar.

Steep Canyon Rangers Tell The Ones They Love with New CD Sept 10

Tell The Ones I LoveWrapping up a busy summer touring the country with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the Steep Canyon Rangers are getting ready to release a new album on Rounder Records September 10th, and host the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard. The new album, Tell The Ones I Love finds the Steep Canyon Rangers in a unique situation, and one they don’t take lightly: “It took a lot of work for us to nose our way into the bluegrass world and become a de facto representative,” Sharp acknowledges, “and we think it’s a real responsibility.” With this new record, “we can be a bridge between the bluegrass crowd and a wider audience that may not be die-hard bluegrass fans.” Yet.

Compass Records Artists Lead Bluegrass Awards Nominations

They Called It MusicNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, where Compass Records bluegrass bands and their respective members received the most nominations out of any label with 22 total nominations. Reigning Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers topped the list with a collective eight nominations, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen received five total nominations and Claire Lynch and her band garnered four. A full list of nominations can be read here./em

Guitar Master Tony Rice and Fiddler Paul Warren to be Inducted Into IBMA Hall of Fame

Tony RiceNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced yesterday that bandleader/singer/guitar innovator Tony Rice and fiddler Paul Warren will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at its Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

Bluegrass Music Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Announced

McClain Family BandNashville, TN -- Each year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honors five individuals for their pioneering contributions to bluegrass music. The IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented at a Special Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 26 during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events. This year’s recipients of IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards include:

The Del McCoury Band Releases “The Streets of Baltimore”

Streets of BaltimoreBloomington, IL -- “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!”

Cory Piatt Joins Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Band Lineup

Cory PiattThe young bluegrass band making headlines everywhere they go, The Sleep Man Banjo Boys, have announced that Cory Piatt will be joing the group as their permanent mandolin player. The band's announcement says, "He is an amazing addition to the band, and we’re so excited. Please give him a warm welcome!"

Randy Waller and Carolina Road to Perform on Song of the Mountains

Randy WallerMarion, VA- A very diversified lineup of musicians will take the stage at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, September 7th at 7:00 pm for another public television taping of the award winning “Song of the Mountains” concert series.

The Gibson Brothers Lead International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominations

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced today at a press conference at Nashville’s Loveless Barn, with The Gibson Brothers leading the pack with eight nominations for the band and their individual members. They’re followed by Balsam Range with seven nominations, and The Boxcars, Alison Krauss & Union Station and Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out with six nominations each. The full list of nominations is below.

Banjoist Noam Pikelny Reinterprets Classic Bluegrass Album

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill MonroeNashville, TN -- Widely known for his work in cutting-edge string band music as a founding member of Punch Brothers, Grammy-nominated Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Already praised as “a player of unlimited range and astonishing precision” by comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, Pikelny now presents his new concept album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe (October 1st), a unique interpretation of traditional Bluegrass through a bold, complete adaptation of one of the most influential instrumental bluegrass music records of all-time. Joining Pikelny on this tour de force project are the finest instrumentalists in bluegrass: Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), and Mike Bub (bass). Listen to the track "Big Sandy River" here.

Newton & Thomas to Headline Pickin’ in the Park

Mark Newton and Steve ThomasFredericksburg, VA -- Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will headline the Miller Lite Presents Celebrate Virginia Live Concert Series - Pickin’ in the Park on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The event will take place at the Pancho Villa Pavilion in Central Park in Fredericksburg, VA. Ticket prices begin at $15.00 for General Admission with several reserved seating options available. Advance tickets can be purchased now by phone at 1-800-514-3849 or in person at Legends Sports Grille at Cosner’s Corner located at 9969 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Fredericksburg.

Sideline Last Minute Addition to Gettysburg Lineup

SidelineGettysburg, PA -- The all-star band, Sideline was added to the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival lineup last week. Sideline, with Steve Dilling (banjo/vocals), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar/vocals), Darrell Webb (mandolin/vocals), Justen Haynes (fiddle) and Jason Moore (bass) will perform on Thursday, August 15, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

George Shuffler Set For Induction into Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame

George Shuffler Indianapolis, IN - The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.
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