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Larry Sparks to Perform at the Cameo in Bristol October 25th

Larry SparksThe legendary Larry Sparks & his Lonesome Ramblers will perform at the Cameo Theatre in Bristol, Virginia on Friday, October 25th at 7:30 pm. Sparks is celebrating his 50th year in bluegrass music and this concert will be part of his 50th Anniversary Tour.

Larry Sparks & Junior Sisk Headline 5th Bluegrass for Hospice

Larry SparksGreat Mills, MD -- Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 will be held on Saturday October 26. Not only is the event celebrating its 5th year, but headliner, Larry Sparks is celebrating his 50th year in Bluegrass music. Bluegrass for Hospice-2013 will be held at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland. It is located on Flat Iron Road just 1.5 miles from MD Route 5. The event begins at Noon with gates opening at 11:00 am. All proceeds for the day go to support the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County.

Leftover Salmon Welcomes New Member Alwyn Robinson, Release “Two Highways”

Leftover SalmonAsheville, NC -- Jose' Martinez, our beloved drummer of the past 12+ years and dear friend, has decided to retire from the road and is currently living and performing in Seattle, WA. We wish Jose' all the best with his future. With that, the band is happy to welcome the young and talented drummer, Alwyn Robinson, into the Leftover Salmon family. Alwyn has been playing with the band for the past few months and the fit couldn’t be better; it’s time to make it official. "Alwyn not only fills Jose’ Martinez's shoes but his incredible chops and ears are going to propel the next era of Salmon’s growth.” says Vince Herman, “Look out."

Ragged Union Bluegrass at Front Range BBQ

Ragged UnionRagged Union is Geoff Union’s traditional-minded bluegrass band, where “powerful drive meets outsider songwriting”. Centered around Union’s highflying flatpicking, singing and songwriting, this project represents his take on the colorful bluegrass tradition, and displays in unique fashion his incorporation of influences such as the singing of Danny Paisley, the songwriting of John Hartford, the sensibility and style of Norman Blake, and the intensity of 1980s Tony Rice Band.

The Wait is Over for Latest Jett's Creek Album

 The Wait is OverWillis, VA -- The wait is finally over as the tight family harmonies and original material of the 6-piece bluegrass unit known as Jett's Creek comes to the forefront with their Mountain Fever Records release of The Wait Is Over, the band's first release on the Virginia based label. The band and label are offering the album for download (see below).

Initial Line up Announced for 4th John Hartford Memorial Festival

Peter RowanCheers erupted from the crowd as the first line up announcement was made for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival (JHMF), during the morning Chompdown at their annual Fall Festival & Pickin’ Party that recently occurred. For those who may not know, Chompdown is a pot luck-style gathering where volunteers cook up fresh food and goodies for all to enjoy, adding a community feel to a public event.

MerleFest Lineup Features IBMA Award-Winning Artists

Steep Canyon RangersWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, introduced a sneak peek to its lineup at International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, and many of the artists on the sneak peek lineup brought home IBMA awards. MerleFest was a sponsor for the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion at this year's World of Bluegrass. MerleFest, a four-day event that is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Marty Raybon Shines in “God Didn't Choose Sides” Video

Marty RaybonNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the music video for the title track of their "God Didn't Choose Sides" album. Released on February 12th of this year, God Didn't Choose Sides contains Civil War true stores about real people that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war and displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood to their fellow Americans.

Estonian Bluegrass Band RobiRohi on American Tour

RobiRohiThe City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Bays Mountain are please to present RobiRohi in concert at the Bays Mountain Amphitheater on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2 PM. The concert is free; park admission is $4 per car. RobiRohi is in the United states and has performed in the eastern United States on their tour. They will be performing in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia as they continue through November.

Donna Ulisse Shows Her Roots on WSM This Morning

Showin' My RootsDonna Ulisse will be celebrating the release of her new CD Showin' My Roots with a visit to the WSM studios this morning, October 15, at 9:15 a.m. for the Coffee, Country & Show. Along with Donna will be her band The Poor Mountain Boys to perform some of the songs off of the CD. Bill Cody will also be playing some tracks off the album and interviewing Donna. Tune in online at

Americana Jams with Bluegrass

The Lonesome Trio. Photo by Deborah Wilbrinkby guest contributor Deborah Wilbrink
Nashville, TN -- The Steep Canyon Rangers, a favorite of bluegrass fans, stopped off in Nashville on their way to host the IBMA Awards show this year. Larry Campbell, producer of the Rangers’ new release, Tell the Ones I Love, was accepting his own award, and they helped to celebrate at the Midnight Windup jam held after the Americana Music Associations Honors and Awards Show, hosted by Jim Lauderdale.

Donna Ulisse Celebrates CD Release Date in WSM Studios!

Donna UlisseDonna Ulisse will be celebrating the street date of her new CD Showin' My Roots with a visit to the WSM studios on Tuesday morning, October 15, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. for the Coffee, Country and Cody show. Along with Donna will be her band The Poor Mountain Boys to perform some of the songs on the CD. Bill Cody will also be playing tracks from the album and interviewing Donna. The show can be heard at 650 AM on the radio dial in the Nashville area or online at

Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott on Mountain Stage Oct 20th

Tim O'Brien and Darrel ScottTim O’Brien & Darrell Scott - These two stellar musicians - and longtime friends - have covered an incredible amount of ground and become mainstays of the country, American and bluegrass scene. Tim O’Brien is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. The Wheeling, WV, native came to prominence with the Colorado-based bluegrass band Hot Rize, and its country-Western alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.

Kilby Spencer & Crooked Road Ramblers at Carter Fold Oct 26

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities.

The Barns at Wolf Trap Welcomes Sam Bush, Jesse Winchester, and Magpie

Sam BushVienna, VA -- Often called the “King of Newgrass,” Sam Bush is distinguished for his artful mandolin skills and Grammy-winning fusion of bluegrass and rock. Once a child prodigy on the fiddle, he grew to become one of the originators of the newgrass genre–an offshoot of bluegrass that combines jazz, rock, and reggae influences, as well as jam band-style improvisations.


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