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Transylvania County's Mountain Music Mash October 26th

Mountain Music MashBrevcard County, North Carolina takes halloween seriously as they are in Transylvania County after all! This is a truly family friendly festival with a costume contest, bouncy houses, and a pumpkin roll down Courthouse Hill. Last years’ event had some fun surprises including a flash mob dancing to Micheal Jackson’s Thriller. Surely, there will be some creative surprises this year as well.

Alison Krauss Unable to Perform at Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Alison KraussNashville, TN -- Performer Alison Krauss will be unable to perform, as previously announced, as part of the “epic collaboration” set planned for Friday, September 27 during IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, at Red Hat Amphitheater. As per the artist’s representative: “Alison Krauss was recently diagnosed with a vocal condition called dysphonia. Alison has been advised to have vocal rest, and therefore will not be performing at Wide Open Bluegrass next weekend. We anticipate a smooth, quick recovery given proper treatment and adequate rest.”

The Bakersfield Sound Continues Through December 2014

The Bakersfield SoundNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's major exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country will be held over through December 2014, Director Kyle Young announced today. The popular and acclaimed installation, which opened on March 23, 2012, was originally scheduled to close at the end of this year.

Ralph Stanley Farewell Tour 80+ Date Event Begins Oct. 16

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- Now 86 years old and still in superb voice, the revered country and bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley will commence his final tour Oct. 16, 2013. It will run through December 2014. The event, which is projected to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers, is being billed as Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell. (The title “Dr.” comes from the fact that Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University and has worn that title since it was awarded in 1976.)

Old Crow Medicine Show Inducted Into Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show to Grand Ole OpryNashville, TN -- / Popular modern-day string band Old Crow Medicine Show was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by Opry members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart. Among the award-winning group’s first performances in Nashville were on the sidewalks outside the Opry House in Summer 2000, playing for fans entering and exiting Opry performances. The band graduated to the Opry stage for its official Opry debut on January 13, 2001, quickly became a fan favorite during dozens of Opry performances since, and was invited by Stuart to join the Opry on August 16 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Béla Fleck to Perform Banjo Concerto with North Carolina Symphony

Bela FleckRaleigh, NC -- Banjo master Béla Fleck will perform his Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra with the North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, in a special concert Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. The concert coincides with the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in Raleigh, which takes place Sept. 24-28.

Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival Raises Over $50,000

Steep Canyon RangersThis past weekend, the Steep Canyon Rangers presided over their 8th annual Mountain Song festival in Brevard, North Carolina. The festival, which the group founded in 2006, is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, NC. This year’s event, which took place over September 13th and 14th, boasted a lineup that included some of the finest musicians on the contemporary bluegrass and acoustic music scene, including Balsam Range, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shawn Camp, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The O’Brien Three featuring Tim & Mollie O’Brien with Rich Moore, Shannon Whitworth, and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Banjo Camp North Sept 27-29 in Charlton, MA

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North Fall Edition (BCN-FE) is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in bluegrass, old time and folk styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. We always invite top flight fiddlers and guitarists to teach about playing with other instruments and jamming, and to be on hand to help make those all-night jams something special, plus we will emphasize banjo and fiddle duet playing.

Casey Driessen CD Release Shows Turned Colorado Flood Relief

The S1ngularity CoverCasey Driessen says in his latest newsletter, "Normally I'd just send this knewsletter to my Rocky Mountain peoples, but due to the nature of the disaster, I'm attempting to reach everyone on my email list. Most know about the flooding devastation on the front range of the Rockies in Colorado, but may not realize the extent. From videos I've seen and friends I've spoken with, it's serious."

Rural Rhythm to Exclusively Distribute Jim & Jesse Old Dominion Masters

Jim & Jesse McReynoldsNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that it will be the exclusive distributor of the Old Dominion masters which are owned by Bluegrass legends Jim & Jesse McReynolds. Rural Rhythm will have both physical and digital rights.

Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins Combine Talent for Hall of Fame Bluegrass

Joe Mullins and Junior SiskCharlottesville, VA -- Though Joe Mullins hails from Southwest Ohio and Junior Sisk grew up hundreds of miles away in Southwest Virginia, their mutual love of classic bluegrass music and its creators connects them like long lost brothers. It is only fitting that these two men should join together to honor the mentors whose work and sacrifices paved the way for their own rise to the top. They do just that, and more, with Hall of Fame Bluegrass! – a tribute to members of the IBMA Hall of Fame.

Lou Reid & Carolina 20th Anniversary Concert Live at the Down Home

Lou Reid & CarolinaLou Reid & Carolina are proud to announce the CD and DVD release of their “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” on KMA Records. The album is set for release October 1, 2013 and available for pre-order at Amazon, County Sales, CD Universe, plus more retail outlets. The DVD is available for sale now on the band’s website at

Mike Scott Keeping Busy with Civil War Performances, International Ambassador

Mike Scott Civil War SongsNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm bluegrass recording artist Mike Scott has added several performance dates in Japan to his already busy schedule in 2013. Recently, Scott and his band performed for a Civil War Antiques and Relics event in Pigeon Forge, TN in August in support of his new CD album Home Sweet Home (Civil War Era Songs) released on May 21st of this year. Plans are in the works for many more performances at key historic Civil War sites over the next two years, throughout the remainder of the 150th year anniversary of the American Civil War.

Missy Werner Releases New Single, "I Always Do"

Missy WernerAs she works toward the release of her next album, singer, mandolinist and bandleader Missy Werner is offering the public a sneak peek with “I Always Do,” a new single drawn from the project. The song follows on the heels of her last album, Three Kinds of Lonesome.

A Musical “Mississippi Moon” Shines for Two American Actors

Mississippi MoonTwo American television stars from the South are back but this time sharing their talents on CD. Alan Autry and Randall Franks, best known as “Bubba Skinner” and “Officer Randy Goode” from the Mississippi set NBC and CBS series “In the Heat of the Night” (1988-1994), join forces for the Americana CD Mississippi Moon - Country Traditions.


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