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BlueHighways TV To Be Featured on DISH

BlueHighways TVJoanne Dant informs us that a sampling of BlueHighways TV’s most popular shows featuring this nation’s great music, including bluegrass, folk, traditional country and western, will be aired on DISH Network’s Blockbuster Studio Channel #102 for two months from Sunday, November 17th through Sunday January 5th. BlueHighways TV celebrates America with original shows the entire family can sit down and enjoy, including plenty of music and fun as we travel the back roads exploring Americana crafts, culture and history.

Darren Beachley Band Special Lineup at Palace Nov 9

Darren Beachley BandThe Darren Beachley Band will be performing at Frostburg Palace Theater, Inc., located at 31 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD 21532 on Sat., Nov. 09, 2013. Show time will be from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. For more info, please contact the Frostburg Palace Theater, Inc., website: http://frostburgpalace.org for updates and ticketing.

Full Line-up Announced for 22nd Graves Mountain Festival of Music

Graves Mountain Festival of MusicSyria, VA -- The Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the full performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014. Joining the outstanding talents of Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more are Grammy winning Canadian acoustic roots band The Duhks, the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year & Grammy nominated artist Claire Lynch, and the reigning IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Junior Sisk.

Anni Beach Honored for Dedication to Students of Bluegrass

Anni Beach, James Reams, AlanBarnstormer Boost Award for Dedicated Music Teacher -- As the Grand Finale to the James Reams & The Barnstormers’ 20th anniversary coast-to-coast celebration tour, the band performed to a packed house at the Fiddler’s Dream concert hall in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, November 2nd. The standing room only event brought together this nationally-known bluegrass band, a Grammy-nominated fiddler, a 70-year-old music teacher, and an 11-year-old Hispanic guitar player for an evening of great music and good times.

Songwriter Irene Kelley Releases Bluegrass Collection

Pennsylvania CoalVeteran Nashville songwriter and small town Pennsylvania native, Irene Kelley, will release her first new collection of original songs in more than 10 years on February 11, 2014. The new bluegrass full-length album -- Pennsylvania Coal (Patio Records) -- is a tribute to her coal-mining grandfather and a recording Irene has had on her bucket-list for some time. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Mark Fain, the album features many contemporary roots and bluegrass music giants such as Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Trisha Yearwood and others.

Mandy Barnett Releases Single "Blue Blue Day" to Radio Featuring Alison Krauss

 I Can't Stop Loving You - The Songs of Don GibsonCracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Mandy Barnett announce the release of I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson, Barnett’s newest CD, which will be available on November 11 at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations, online at www.crackerbarrel.com and select digital retailers. The release, produced by Barnett, features 12 songs written by Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Don Gibson. The album’s debut coincides with the 10th anniversary of Gibson’s death on November 17, 2003, and fulfills a promise that Barnett made to the legendary singer/songwriter.

Russell Moore Reflects On 20 Years With Steve Dilling

Steve Dilling with Russell MooreRussell Moore wanted to reflect on the 20 years he and his band IIIrd Tyme Out have spent with banjo artist Steve Dilling. Here's what Moore wrote.

"By now, you've most likely heard the news that Steve Dilling has decided to bring his time as a member of IIIrd Tyme Out to a close by officially turning in his notice.

Darrell Webb Releases New Single with Rhonda Vincent

Darrell Webb and Rhonda VincentFranklin, TN -- The brand new single, "More Life," from 2013 Emerging Artist of the Year nominee Darrell Webb and Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, was released yesterday. Webb's upcoming 2014 release features an all-star lineup of some of the industry's biggest names including Vincent, Blue Highway, Daily & Vincent, The Grascals, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Lonesome River Band and Wild Fire and produced by ground-breaking musician and bluegrass producer Jim VanCleve, from Mountain Heart fame.

Steve Dilling's Next Bluegrass Chapter with Jordan Entertainment

Steve Dilling. Photo by Ted LehmannGarner, NC -- Accomplished banjoist and long-time emcee of IIIrd Tyme Out, Steve Dilling, has joined Jordan Entertainment. Dilling will serve as manager of Jordan Entertainment and agent for Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road. His main duties will include booking the band and hiring entertainment for Christmas in the Smokies and Bluegrass in Cherokee festivals as well as the company's latest venture, a coffeehouse / music venue that will host a bluegrass concert series on Thursday nights and national acts on the weekend. Personally, Dilling will also continue to play with the band Sideline and teach.

MerleFest 2014 Lineup Expanded to Over 130 Artists

Dr. Ralph StanleyWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. As in years past, the initial lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers that are the hallmark of the festival. Thursday night’s schedule includes the previously announced country music superstar Alan Jackson, who will showcase his newly released bluegrass album. Another legend - bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley - will perform on Saturday evening in the Dr. Ralph Stanley All-Star Jam hosted by Jim Lauderdale. Two of bluegrass music’s biggest names, Dailey & Vincent, will be joined by the Statler Brothers’ Jimmy Fortune to deliver a set of that hallowed band’s biggest hits, complete with the deep, rich harmonies for which all three performers are known.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road's "That's Kentucky" Tops Bluegrass Charts

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina RoadNashville, TN: "That's Kentucky", the latest single from Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road's self-titled album from Pinecastle Records, debuted at number one on Bluegrass Today's Monthly Airplay Chart. The tune logged 968 total spins in October. "That's Kentucky" has also been in the top spot for the last two weeks on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Airplay Chart.

So Much MOORE Media Celebrates 25th Year

Martha MooreNashville, TN -- Martha E. Moore is celebrating her 25th year as head of her independent, boutique public relations firm, so much MOORE media. Moore opened the doors of so much MOORE media in November 1988, and it's a name that Jo Walker-Meador (former Executive Director, CMA) believes fits her perfectly. Meador reflects, "I watched Martha fine tune her knowledge of both national and international press as she established her own company. It is apparent that Martha has always gone above and beyond in applying her knowledge and expertise for her clients."

ASCAP Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

ASCAP 100 AnniversaryASCAP hits its 100-year milestone on February 13th, 2014. For an entire century, the leading US performing rights organization has made it possible for American songwriters, composers and music publishers, who create the music the world loves, to thrive alongside the businesses that use their work. As it approaches its birthday, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is celebrating its 100-year history — and looking ahead to its future — by launching its 100 Years, 100 Days campaign and website today, on November 5th.

Steve Dilling Steps Down from IIIrd Tyme Out

Steve Dilling. Photo by Ted LehmannTed Lehmann, a popular bluegrass columnist and blogger announced that Steve Dilling is leaving IIIrd Tyme Out. Ted gives us permission to run his article here for our readers. Bluegrass fans are invited to visit Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms and read more of his interesting articles. His recent announcement follows...

November Bluegrass at “Larry’s Country Diner”

The RoysNashville, TN -- “Larry’s Country Diner,” the down-home variety program that draws over 1.4 million loyal viewers each month as one of RFD-TV’s most popular shows, continues to feed the appetites of traditional country music lovers. Fans are in for a veritable feast of talent with the November lineup, which includes performances by Grammy award-winning B.J. Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”), award-winning Bluegrass siblings The Roys (Gypsy Runaway Train), original outlaw Jim Glaser ("Lovin' Her Was Easier than Anything I'll Ever Do Again"), long-standing Country Music star Tracy Lawrence (Find Out Who Your Friends Are), and three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Dailey & Vincent (Brothers of the Highway) with special guest, former tenor of the famed Statler Brothers and Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Fortune (Elizabeth).

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