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Detour Set For Joe Val Bluegrass Festival Performance

DetourMichigan based national touring bluegrass music band Detour is set for a highly anticipated performance at the Joe Val Bluegrass on February 16, 2014. The Boston Bluegrass Union will celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days (Feb 14-16) of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. The event includes a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. More information, including ticket prices can be found at bbu.org/events/joe-val-festival.

Paul Williams Started Retirement December 31st

Paul Williams and the Victory TrioPaul Williams of Paul Williams & The Victory Trio has announced that he has officially retired fromthe road as of December 31st,2013. Paul has performed bluegrass, gospel and bluegrass gospel for years and has contributed to the lives of many fans and followers. Paul's love for music and the Lord began at the early age of nine when his father bought him an “A” model Gibson mandolin to play in prayer meetings and church services. The love and dedication continue today with Paul and his great band traveling all over the country spreading the good news at churches, festivals and benefits.

Ashes Of Love Benefit for Steve and Janet Thomas

Steve & Janet Thomas Nashville, TN (January 21, 2014) On New Year’s Eve, acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet, suffered extensive damage to their house due to chimney fire. The music community has graciously come together to present the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for them on Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert will take place from 6:45 pm to 11:00 pm.

Help One of Our Own - Kip Martin Benefit Concert Jan 26

Kip MartinOne of our own bluegrassers, Kip Martin is a life-long lover of music! He has been a practicing musician for 40+ years, mostly devoted to bluegrass. Kip is very sick with liver disease. His kidneys are now failing, though he is comfortable and in palliative care. His wonderful friends are putting on the KIP Martin Benefit concert to help with his medical expenses, shots for Birdie the basset hound, outstanding living expenses and aftercare expenses. Kip has given so much to bluegrass beyond just the music. He's authored history, editorial commentary and opinions on his life with the music and has certainly helped others get started or given a helping hand whenever he could.

The Ryde and Gypsies Headed for American Legion Bluegrass

The Hillbilly GypsiesHughesville, MD -- The American Legion Bluegrass concert series starts off the New Year with the next Bluegrass show on Sunday January 26 at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD. This will be a full show, double header with 2 bands: The Hillbilly Gypsies and Remington Ryde. This show is bound to be full of high energy bluegrass music with lots of comedy.

MerleFest Adds Old Crow Medicine Show to the 2014 Lineup

Old Crow Medicine ShowWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, announces the addition of Old Crow Medicine Show to the festival’s Friday evening 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 previously announced via social media to the festival’s fan base, singer-songwriter Holly Williams will also perform at MerleFest 2014.

A Great Project from Frank Wakefield, Taylor Baker & Friends

Frank Wakefield, Taylor Baker & FriendsAnother wonderful release from the lable that never ceases to amaze me. Patuxent Music has a few new albums out and Frank Wakefield, Taylor Baker & Friends is a jewel. This wonderful mandolin album features Frank Wakefield on first mandolin, Taylor Baker on second mandolin and solo mandolin, Brennen Ernst on guitar, Tom Mindte on third mandolin and accordion and Stefan Custodi on bass. Released last year, this album features 16 tracks showcasing the many styles of Frank, Taylor and Tom on the mandolin.

Americana Music Association Presents Everly Brothers Tribute Jan 25

Everly Brothers TributeNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association is pleased to announce it will remember Phil Everly with a tribute to the Everly Brothers during a celebration of American Roots Music. The event will take place at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Saturday, January 25.

Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome at Carter Fold Jan 25

Jeff Brown and Still LonesomeAs a member of Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Jeff Brown has performed on many famous stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, the Ryman Auditorium, and Song of the Mountains – just to name a few. Jeff also toured with the Charlie Sizemore Band and has done fill in duties with Blue Highway, Rhonda Vincent, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and many more. The Still Lonesome Band is made up of Austin Brown, Noah Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship, and Josh Underwood. Saturday, January 25th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Bluegrass Band Cumberland River Announces They Are Disbanding

Cumberland RiverJamie Dean, band leader of the popular bluegrass music band Cumberland River, yesterday announced that the music group would be disbanding effective immediately. Harlan, Kentucky native Dean and his family recently relocated to Florida due to his new full time non-music job and he has plans to release a solo album in the near future. Band members Dustin Middleton and Jamie Stewart, also from Harlan, along with Brad Gulley and Gary Robinson Jr. will go their separate ways in their music careers, but will certainly always remain lifelong friends.

Ithaca, NY Winter Village Bluegrass Festival Jan 24-26

Claire Lynch BandIthaca, NY -- This year, our headliner artists, the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range, are among the best bands in Bluegrass and Americana music. Claire Lynch is the 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Balsam Range has the 2013 IBMA Recording of the Year.

Bluegrass Museum Presents The Vickie Vaughn Band Jan 24

The Vickie Vaughn BandOwensboro, KY -- Come on out to the International Bluegrass Music Museum for another fabulous evening of music, featuring the Vickie Vaughn Band. Now making her living as a full-time musician in Nashville, TN, Vickie originally hailed from Paducah, KY, where the young adult acoustic music scene is jumping. She and her stellar bandmates are performing 25 concerts in the Bluegrass Museum's "Bluegrass in the Schools" program in January, 2014. Centered on powerful vocals and poignant songwriting, the Vickie Vaughn Band blends tradition with youthful funk and energy.

Doyle Lawson Honored by Mountain Home Music

  Fiddle player Jason Barie, Doyle Lawson, and band leader/dobro player Josh SwiftArden, NC -- Bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson was honored by his record label Mountain Home Music, as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were presented with a glistening engraved plaque last week commemorating their song “Dixie Road” topping the prestigious Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Monthly Song chart at #1 for December 2013. The #1 song “Dixie Road” is from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s 2013 release “Roads Well Traveled” on Mountain Home Music label, a division of Crossroads Entertainment.

Darrell Webb Band Welcomes Brandon Green on Banjo

Brandon Green2012 MerleFest Instrumental Champion Brandon Green (Banjo) from Johnson City, Tennessee, who is a lecturer on the faculty of the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at ETSU will be joining the Darrell Webb Band.

Stevens Family Releases 1st Single "Down on the Farm" on Mountain Fever Records

The Stevens FamilyWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce today's release of the first single by West Virginia bluegrass music group, The Stevens Family, titled “Down on the Farm,” from their upcoming debut album of the same name. “Down on the Farm” was written and arranged by band member Sissy Stevens. The song is a true portrayal of actual events in Stevens life and expresses her love for her Grandfather ‘Kentucky Ken,” and other family members.

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