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5th West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Tim O'Brien AwardThe fifth ceremony coincides with West Virginia’s sesquicentennial and, throughout the year, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame (WVMHoF) will sponsor events leading up to the November ceremony. The induction ceremony will be broadcast live on WV-PBS, across the state. In addition to a notable cast of hosts, presenters and performers, this year’s event will feature more musical performances./Images/TimOBrienAward0513.jpg

James Reams at Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers, with special guest Blaine Sprouse on fiddle, will be performing at the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival on Saturday, June 15th along with Justin Townes Earle, The Devil Makes Three, and Pokey LaFarge. The Bluegrass and Roots Festival kicks off June 15th in Palisade, Colorado. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Details Revealed for IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2013 in Raleigh

IBMA LogoNashville, TN -- Further information about the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass 2013 event, which takes place September 24-28 in Raleigh, North Carolina, was revealed today at a noontime press conference at the Red Hat Amphitheater. IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell, joined by Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane, Rebecca Quinn-Wolf of PNC Bank, Deborah Johnson, president, North Carolina Pork Council, and IBMA Board members Cindy Baucom (“Knee Deep in Bluegrass”) and William Lewis (PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), gave additional details about all aspects of the yearly bluegrass industry event, held for the first time in Raleigh.

2012 IBMA Fan Fest on KET/PBS Public Television

Bobby Osborne on JubileeIn June 2013, two bluegrass music traditions – KET’s Jubilee and the International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest – come together in a groundbreaking collaboration: live performances from the IBMA Fan Fest are captured for the first time ever on the new season of Jubilee, recorded in Nashville in September 2012. A major event in the world of bluegrass music, this is the first time IBMA’s Fan Fest, which yearly features top bluegrass artists, has ever been recorded. The season premieres Tuesday, June 4 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Saturday, June 8 at 11/10 p.m. on KET2.

2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards Activity Begins

IBMA AwardsThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced their initial list of eligible recorded products which can be nominated for the 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards this year. To be eligible, the bluegrass music recording must have been released between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. As a result of the initial announcement, artists, producers, labels and others are making their respective projects known to the bluegrass music community with emphasis on the voting members of the IBMA. It's all about the music.The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced their initial list of eligible recorded products which can be nominated for the 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards this year. To be eligible, the bluegrass music recording must have been released between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. As a result of the initial announcement, artists, producers, labels and others are making their respective projects known to the bluegrass music community with emphasis on the voting members of the IBMA. It

The Expedition Show Release “Stormy Horizons”

Stormy HorizonsWillis, VA -- The unique and entertaining musical journey of The Expedition Show is at the forefront with the release of their new Mountain Fever Records album Stormy Horizons. The album’s first single, “Stormy Horizons” was released on February 19th to high acclaim. WAMU Bluegrass Country’s Gary Henderson said, “One of my all-time favorite Jim & Jesse tunes from the 1960's is "Stormy Horizons". The Expedition Show treatment with fiddle and walking bass lines, really add to your cover. Well Done!"

Bluegrass Artist Carrie Hassler Going The Distance with New Tour

Carrie Hasslerseveral years. She has received the Country Song of the Year Award by Strictly Country Magazine, two IBMA nominations for her work on “The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain”, received a SPBGMA Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and more. She garnered a #1 country single, “Country Strong” on European country radio and most recently hit the coveted #1 spot on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in October 2012 with her song, “Luxury Liner.” Now, Hassler is going the distance with a new tour.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Proudly Sponsors 20th Anniversary of "Smoke on the Mountain"

Smoke On The MountainLebanon, TN -- The Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tennessee is thought to hold the record, 20 years, for the longest continuous run of Smoke on the Mountain. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® became a sponsor of the Playhouse 30 years ago, so when Smoke on the Mountain was first performed there in 1993, the company became the sponsor of the play no one knew would remain a popular favorite with theater-goers for 20 years. This season, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will sponsor the play’s 22 performances, including the 20th Anniversary Special performance on June 29.

The Grascals, Wade Hayes Perform Cancer Benefit in Nashville Tuesday

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- As a recording artist, Wade Hayes enjoyed hit records including "Old Enough To Know Better" and "On a Good Night." He recorded 5 albums of his own and had a successful stint as a sideman as a member of longtime Alabama lead singer Randy Owen’s band. The charming Oklahoma native with the rich baritone was living his Country Music dream.

ICMC 2013 Presenting Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s & 1950s

ICMC 2013Time is flying and it is ever closer to ICMC 2013! The International Country Music Conference is pleased to announce that Dave Sichak of hillbilly-music.com fame will be presenting “The Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s and 1950s: Negatives That Positively Need To Tell A Story.” Sichak indicates that “a musician of the era with a photographic hobby wanted to document the entertainers of the era. He left behind a collection of negatives that positively need to have a story told.

The Travelin' McCourys Play Dedication Show for Bob Mavian

The Travelin' McCourysThe Emelin theatre in Mamaroneck, New York will feature the wonderful bluegrass music group The Travelin McCourys Friday, May 17 at 8 PM. This show is dedicated to the memory of Bob Mavian. Over the years, Bob and his wife Barbara graciously opened their home to a number of bands who played at the Emelin. Bob himself was well-known in the bluegrass community as an outstanding musician, especially on mandolin and banjo. He appeared with his band, Horse Country, at some of the very first bluegrass shows that Doug Tuchman and J.Jay Mautner produced at the Emelin, and thereafter was at the Emelin with several different bands including the Case Brothers and Big Apple'achia. Bob was exceptionally knowledgeable about vintage bluegrass instruments, and when he played, the four "T's," as bluegrass pickers like to say, were all there: touch, tone, timing and taste. He was a friend and mentor to countless bluegrass musicians, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. The Theatre is located at 153 Library Lane in Mamaroneck. Tickets are $15 Students; $44 Advanced; $47 Day of Show.

Song of the Mountains New Season to Start Airing June 15th Across the U.S.

Song of the MountainsMarion, VA -- Song of the Mountains, the award winning public television concert taped at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA announces their eighth season release to affiliates beginning on June 15th across America. Twenty Four new episodes will begin airing on 190 plus public television outlets across the United States and will feature notable bluegrass music entertainers and musicians including Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band, Roni Stoneman, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Janie Fricke, the Steeldrivers, Balsam Range, the VW Boys, Chuck Wagon Gang, Morehead State University Mountain Music Ambassadors, Lonesome River Band, Redhead Express and the Seldom Scene.

Caesar Creek Flea Market Bluegrass Festival 2013 June 8th & 9th

Caesar Creek BGFWilmington, OH -- The Management of Caesar Creek Flea Market is proud to announce “The Caesar Creek Flea Market Bluegrass Festival 2013”. This 2-Day special event sponsored by Yuengling®, benefitting the March of Dimes® will feature tons of fun activities, music, food and flea market shopping for all ages. This exciting event will be held on the 68-acre grounds of Caesar Creek Flea Market located on State Route 73 at I-71 (exit #45) in Wilmington. “It’s the perfect time for our customers to reacquaint themselves with the Flea Market shopping experience while enjoying our newly renovated Indoor Market consisting of 7 fully air-conditioned buildings”, said Greg Dove, President of Levin Service Company, parent company of Caesar Creek Flea Market.

Town Mountain Spring and Early Summer Tour Dates

Town Mountain Bluegrass BandAsheville, NC-- Bluegrass music group Town Mountain is ready and reelin’ to travel the country this spring and summer! They will have stops in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Washington and Oregon. Notable events include performance at the Leftover Salmon’s Bluegrass Throwdown, John Hartford Memorial Festival, ROMP, The Hampton Taphouse Festival, The Festival of Bluegrass, RapidGrass and much more!

The Time Jumpers Live on A Prairie Home Companion TONIGHT

The Time JumpersNashville, TN -- Nashville's all-star band The Time Jumpers will appear live on public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor." Broadcasting live from The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN the show airs on this evening Saturday, May 11 from 5pm - 7pm Central Time. The show can be heard internationally via public radio, live streaming and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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