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Jason Burleson Recovering Well in France - Updated

Jason Burleson by Sherri GeorgeLe Puy, France -- Powerhouse Bluegrass group Blue Highway is currently in France for a two-week tour with stops at the Country Rendezvous Festival in Craponne and the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in La Roche. Following a high octane first night's performance by the band, reflecting their energized current #1 album "The Game," Blue Highway's heralded banjo player and vocalist Jason Burleson awoke ill this morning with what has been diagnosed by physicians in Le Puy as a stomach ulcer.

Corbin Hayslett Wins Orthophonic Joy Music Contest

Corbin Hayslett and Leah RossBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music surprised a student on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA Thursday when, in front of an auditorium filled with people, they announced the winner of the Orthophonic Joy Music Contest was seated among them. Corbin Hayslett, a student at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and an instructor at MECC's Mountain Music School, was attending the summer program's Master Musician's concert in the Goodloe Auditorium when BCM executive director Leah Ross called him to the stage. As Hayslett accepted his award, the room burst into applause.

Banjo Tribute Kicks Off 5th Annual Rhythm & Roots Run

4th Rhythm & Roots Run (2013)Banjo player? Musician? Runner? Join us for another great 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run as we celebrate our 5th year for this event and the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Runner’s World Says This is a Run NOT to Miss! Runner’s World listed the Rhythm & Roots Run as one of 18 5Ks that are “awesomely unique”. Join us to find out why!

"Standing Tall and Tough" by Crowe, Lawson & Williams Available

 Standing Tall and ToughA great new album is out from three top bluegrass artists - J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams. These friends have put together another album following their Old Friends Get Together release from four years ago.

Mike Barnett to Release Solo Album ‘One Song Romance’

One Song RomanceNashville, TN -- From a young age, Mike Barnett has made his mark on the bluegrass world as an extremely talented fiddler. He has toured as a member of Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, the David Grisman Sextet and the progressive bluegrass quintet, The Deadly Gentleman, which he co-founded. With the release of his debut solo project, One Song Romance, Barnett is poised to establish himself as a solo artist with a broad and engaging musical vision that reaches from bluegrass into acoustic jazz and beyond.

The Duhks Join FreshGrass Lineup, Daily Lineups Announced

The DuhksNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's annual bluegrass and roots festival, is famous for its lineup, its workshop programs in conjunction with The Berklee College of Music, its urban setting nestled in the bucolic Berkshire mountains - and infamous for its late-night, moonshine slushies-fueled parties that close out the first two nights of music. This year, Canadian fusion-folk stars The Duhks plan to raise the roof when they play the late show on opening night. The festival just released its day-by-day lineup for September 19-21, 2014.

Ralph Stanley Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville -- Trailblazing musician Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others.

Final Nominees For IBMA Awards to be Announced at Aug 13

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- Bluegrass fans all over the globe can watch live as the final nominees for the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards are announced on Wednesday, August 13 at 4:45 pm Central/5:45 pm Eastern; for the fourth year in a row, Music City Roots (MCR) will broadcast the nomination press conference live at, from Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Road) in Franklin, Tennessee.

James Reams & The Barnstormers Release Full Length Video

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers just released their first full length music video featuring the song “Almost Hear the Blues” which charted nationally. The video is a collaborative effort between James Reams and filmmaker, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films. According to James, “Stonewall Jackson wrote this song and sang it to me over the telephone. It conjured up such vivid pictures in my head that I knew one day I’d have to make it into a video.”

Town Mountain To Release a New Live Album

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- Town Mountain’s hard drivin’ bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the band’s trademark. They light up the stage with their honky tonk edge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidence that is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque groove. Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian on bass.

Which Way Did They Go? Bluegrass at the Crossroads

James ReamsBy Guest Columnist James Reams
It’s hard to watch the Country Music Awards and not wonder why the IBMA Awards are largely ignored by the music industry. What has country got that we haven’t? Our songs feature longing, lost love, hard work, history, and yes, even crying in your beer. Our musicians are just as talented, perhaps more so as I think of the lightning speed associated with fiddle, mandolin and banjo picking. I dare any country band to keep up with us! Our voices pitch into that high lonesome sound made popular by Bill Monroe, but that’s not all we can do. Bluegrass music is just as well rounded as country. So why aren’t we as popular?

Martina McBride & Doyle Lawson Join Mountain Stage Lineup

Martina McBride & Doyle LawsonBristol, TN/VA -- Birthplace of Country Music and Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce country music superstar Martina McBride will join the esteemed line-up of performers scheduled to appear Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol as part of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's Grand Opening Weekend of Events. McBride joins Carlene Carter, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and "Hello Stranger" featuring Dale Jett for this must-see concert celebrating Bristol's heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music.

Orthophonic "Fan Favorite" is Reagan Boggs

Reagan BoggsBristol, VA/TN (July 23, 2014) – Birthplace of Country Music is proud to announce beloved singer/songwriter and Pound, VA native Reagan Boggs has been selected Facebook "Fan Favorite" as part of the Orthophonic Joy Music Contest!

Back Step Old Time Band at Carter Fold Saturday

Back Step Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- Backstep performs old time stringband music in the “Round Peak style” native to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for its driving rhythms and prominent melodies, Round Peak music is just the thing to make you kick up your heels and dance. Back Step features Chester McMillian (a founding member of the band) on guitar and his son Nick McMillian on fiddle (he also plays banjo and bass). Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Back Step Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Steve Gulley's New Album Released, Video Track-By-Track Available Now

Steve Gulley: Family, Friends & FellowshipNashville, TN -- Steve Gulley’s first gospel album Family, Friends & Fellowship releases today on Rural Rhythm Christian. Joining Steve on his Family, Friends & Fellowship album is an incredible list of family and friend All-Star performers and musicians who were hand-picked to help make the songs and their message come to life in the most special way possible. Guest performers on this album include Doyle Lawson, Joe Mullins, Dale Ann Bradley, Rickey Wasson, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Les Butler, Don Gulley, Vic Graves, Debbie Gulley and Linda Gulley. They are backed by an impressive list of musicians including Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Ron Stewart, Mark Fain, Phil Leadbetter, Alan Bibey, Jason Burleson, Brandon Godman, Stuart Wyrick, Scott Powers, Bryan Turner, Gary Robinson, Jr.and Mark Laws.


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