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Old Settler's Music Festival Announces Festival Schedule

27th Old Settlers Music FestivalAustin, TX -- The schedule has been set for the 27th Old Settler’s Music Festival, and it’s packed full with some of the world’s finest roots, bluegrass and Americana artists. This year’s hotly anticipated acts include Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the Del McCoury Band, Sarah Jarosz, Lake Street Dive, Donna the Buffalo, John Fullbright, Bob Schneider and Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys.

Nu-Blu Video "Without a Kiss" Exclusive World Premiere

Without a KissBluegrass band Nu-Blu is still in full celebration mode as they celebrate eleven sweet years of sweet bluegrass music. Cybergrass is happy to debut their latest video, "Without a Kiss" today. Cybergrass is presenting the world premiere of Nu-Blu's just released music video for their song, "Without a Kiss." The song is featured on Nu-Blu's latest album TEN. You can watch the video below! The song is featured on Nu-Blu The song is featured on Nu-Blu

Tim White & The VW Boys with Friends at the Carter Fold

The VW BoysTim White is the banjo picker, guitar picker, and baritone singer for the VW Boys. He knew Dave Vaught for several years prior to both of these gentlemen forming the VW Boys band which features bluegrass music, magic, and comedy in one self-contained variety show. Fat Albert Blackburn is the third leg of the VW Boys and plays upright bass and sings lead. Dave Vaught is an excellent entertainer and magician who brings his talents to the group as well as playing guitar and singing lead and harmony parts. The VW Boys will provide plenty of dance music for the cloggers and flatfoot dancers at the Fold by having Kevin Jackson accompany them on fiddle. Glen Harlow will also sit in as the group’s mandolin player. Saturday, March 29th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Tim White and the VW Boys and Friends. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers Close American Legion Bluegrass

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersThe Sons of the American Legion and Jay Armsworthy prepare for the final American Legion Bluegrass concert of the winter season with Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers. The show takes place on Sunday April 13, 2014 at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD with Charlie Thompson & Bottom County Bluegrass opening the show.

Congratulations to Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2014

Leadership Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

Chapel Hill Marathon Jam Raises $18,000

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I am VERY proud to announce the Chapel Hill 2014 Marathon Jam has raised $18,000 for the Ft Bragg Fisher House. One of the reasons our total is so high this year is because we have money coming to us from the Naples, Florida Marathon Jam (many thanks to Team Leaders Jim Bova and Kathy Bova) and the Monrovia, Liberia, Africa, Marathon Jam (Team Leader Vincent Yznaga.)

Podunk Bluegrass is Back for Their 18th Year

Podunk Bluegrass Festival 2014Connecticut's Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival will celebrate its 18th year with one of its most outstanding line-ups to date. The festival will run from Thursday, August 7th through Saturday, August 9th. The initial lineup is outstanding and more acts are being booked.

Country Artists Invest in Custom Guitar Straps

Instrument Straps/CMA/ By Jeff Walter
A guitar strap is more than a means to support a piece of musical equipment. It’s also a canvas for personal expression and for helping audiences see exactly who you are.

Kathy Kallick Cuts to the Chase with New Album

Kathy Kallick: Cut to the ChaseKathy Kallick has been among the elite of contemporary songwriters and singers since co-founding the seminal band, Good Ol’ Persons. Along the way, she has won a Grammy and two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, had five albums each spend a year at the top of the national bluegrass charts, appeared on three high-profile Rounder Records collections of bluegrass songs by women, received Lifetime Membership awards, and performed and recorded with the country’s top acoustic musicians.

Bill Jenkins & Virginia Mountain Boys to Play 50th Anniversary Show

Bill Jenkins & the Virginia Mountain BoysWashington, DC -- Fifty years ago Bill Jenkins played his unique brand of mountain music at the historic National Press Club. Then just a young teenager, Jenkins played with a band that included the Cottingham Brothers (Robert and Russell) who were also teens. Now on Friday, March 28 Jenkins is returning to play a 50th Anniversary Concert at the Press Club. His band the Virginia Mountain Boys will be joined by special guest Robert Cottingham.

Blue Ridge Music Center Welcomes Director

Richard EmmettAsheville, NC -- The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announces the appointment of Richard Emmett as Director of Music Programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a major attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Music Center works with both the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail - The Crooked Road as it sits on the states’ boundary line and shares a mission with both organizations to boost travel tourism around traditional music. Open late May through October, the Music Center welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year to traditional music concerts, The Roots of American Music Museum, and lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the non-profit partner of the National Park Service that oversees programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a former role of the National Council for Traditional Arts.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Unveil New Video

That's KentuckyLorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have just released a new video for their #1 hit, "That's Kentucky." The song was penned by Tom T. Hall, Dixie Hall, and Troy Engle, and spent 5-weeks consecutively and two months at #1 on the Bluegrass Today charts! The song comes off of their latest self-titled album released by Pinecastle Records. The song is traditional bluegrass, but has a very fresh approach!

The Roys are Featured Guests on "Simply Bluegrass"

The RoysNashville, TN -- Award-winning bluegrass artists, THE ROYS will be featured this weekend on "Country's Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass" which will air on RFD-TV.* They will be performing their song, "He Took Your Place"from on their latest album, Gypsy Runaway Train. The episode will premiere this Friday, March 21 at 7PM/CDT and re-air on Saturday, March 22nd at 11PM/CDT. (*Check local listings for exact time. All schedules are subject to change.)

Performing Arts Showcase to Debut at MerleFest 2014

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- A new performance series, the Doc and Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase, will debut this year at MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014. The series will join such performances as the “Memories of Doc and Merle” set, as well as the fan-favorite Hillside Album Hour, as part of the four-day festival, held annually on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

"Long Time...Seldom Scene" due April 22, 2014

Long Time...Seldom SceneWashington, DC -- Smithsonian Folkways will be releasing a collection by bluegrass music favorites, the Seldom Scene this April. The album, Long Time...Seldom Scene contains some of the band's most popular arrangements. For more than four decades, profoundly influential bluegrass band The Seldom Scene has shared its undeniable talent, progressive repertoire, and creative spirit both in the studio and on stage. The Seldom Scene dedicates this album to the memory of founding members John Duffey (1934-1996) and Mike Auldridge (1938-2012).


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