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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).

Dolly Parton Stars in "A Country Christmas Story" Nov 9

Dolly Parton, Desiree RossLos Angeles, CA -- Grammy® Award winner Dolly Parton (Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias), to star along with Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), Brian McKnight (American Dreams), newcomer Desiree Ross (Crossing the River) in the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie A Country Christmas Story, Saturday, November 9, at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

29th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards

Joe Casey and West Wind. Photo by Dr. Tasha HeartSackville, NB, Canada -- As the season of summertime festivals closed, the Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society was pleased to present the 29th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards on October 19th, 2013 in Truro, NS. Bluegrass bands Bluegrass Tradition and Shadow River both were honored with multiple awards as was promoter Wayne Dugas.

2nd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza Nov 14-17

Tony Trischka, Sammy Shelor, Bill EvansBluegrass music banjo artist/instructor/composer Bill Evans wants to let you know about a series of four northern California concerts and an afternoon of workshops featuring banjo legends Tony Trischka, Sammy Shelor, Sharon Gilchrist, John Reischman, Chad Manning, Jim Nunally along with Bill that is happening November 14-17 in northern California.

Carter Fold Presents The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters Nov 9

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over twelve years. Saturday, November 9th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Country Music Traces Its Celtic Roots During Ireland Immersion Weekend

Ireland Immersion WeekendBrentwood, TN -- The non-profit organization, The Irish Gift, will kick off its celebratory Ireland Immersion Weekend Nov. 15, 16 & 17 at Mountview Mansion in Brentwod with a Friday night performance of “The Mockingbird Sings,” (see below) a musical in development, that traces the roots of country and bluegrass music through Scottish, Irish, Delta Blues and Gospel influences.

Donna Ulisse at Woodsongs Coffeehouse Christmas Concert

Donna UlisseDalton, GA -- You are invited to join Woodsongs Coffeehouse in Dalton, Ga for a great evening of music at the Historic Dalton Freight Depot on Saturday December 7th. The first Christmas performance will feature performances from Nashville songwriter and performing artist Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys. Also performing will be the Earl Brackin Band.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Named Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverPigeon Forge, TN -- Gospel harmonies were ringing in the Smoky Mountains as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were named Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year at the 22nd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center on Tuesday night in Pigeon Forge.

Raleigh's World of Bluegrass a Huge Success for IBMA

World of Bluegrass 2013The World of Bluegrass trade show, conference, awards show and Wide Open Bluegrass festival of the IBMA was held for the first time in Raleigh, North Carolina. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) reports that the event generated $10 million in direct visitor spending and and %4 million more in media value. In addition, the cumulative attendance for the week was around 150,000 including the 140,000 for the festival, 2,259 for the awards show and the 4,635 for the business conference. No matter how you cut it, this represents a huge success for the inaugural Raleigh event.

The Roys Make Grand Ole Opry Debut Tonight, November 1st

The RoysNashville, TN -- Bluegrass brother/sister duo The Roys will make their Grand Ole Opry debut tonight, November 1, when they join Little Big Town, Josh Turner, The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Sara Haze, Jeannie Seely, Jesse McReynolds, Jim Lauderdale and others for the Opry At The Ryman show. The Roys will appear on the 7:00 p.m. segment. More information can be found at www.opry.com. Out-of-area fans can enjoy the show via live broadcast at http://www.wsmonline.com/.

The Grascals on the Grand Ole Opry This Week, New Album

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- One of the most awarded bands in Bluegrass, The Grascals, will appear on the world famous Grand Ole Opry Saturday, November 2, when they join Terri Clark, Deana Carter, John Conlee, Jeannie Seely and others for the Opry At The Ryman show. The Grascals will appear on the 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. segments of the show. More information can be found at www.opry.com. Out-of-area fans can enjoy the show via live broadcast at www.wsmonline.com.

Hunter Berry & Friends, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at the Carter Fold

Hunter BerryHiltons, VA -- On November 24th, 2013 there is to be a special show at The Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia as Hunter Berry & Friends return to The Fold. November 2th the Carter Family Fold will feature Wayne Henderson and Friends with Jeff Little and on November 9th the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters take the stage. Catch even move bluegrass Carter Fold style on November 16 when Big Country Bluegrass will be performing. Keep watching Cybergrass for more information on these entertaining events.

“PBS Americana Music Weekend” November 22/23, 2014 Dates Set

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- Premieres of two Americana music specials, the performance-filled documentary “NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana” and “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013,” will anchor the “PBS Americana Music Weekend,” Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 2013.

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