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The Earls of Leicester Added to Huck Finn Jubilee Lineup

Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of LeicesterProducers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, has announced the addition of Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester to the Friday, June 10 line up. Hot off the stage at Stagecoach, The Earls of Leicester are a bluegrass group. Their self-titled debut album earned the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Leicester is pronounced as if it were spelled Lester. Some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names will be on stage for the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 10 through 12, 2016 when thousands of bluegrass fans arrive to experience a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional Bluegrass music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

Mikaya Taylor Tackles the Best on “Small Town Big Heart”

Mikaya TaylorEleven year old Mikaya Taylor has just recorded her first CD called Small Town Big Heart. She was honored to have Curt Chapman play Bass from the band Flashback, Danny Barnes on Mandolin from the band Blind Ricky, Frank Kemper on Guitar previously from Kentucky Blue and Kevin Chilton on Banjo with Kentucky Spirit. Her album was recorded at Old Time Recording Studio by Danny Barnes and Randall Conn.

Mountain Faith Band to Headline Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Mountain Faith BandSevierville, TN -- Back again for its twelfth year, Sevierville’s 12th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival (May 20 & 21, 2016) has released its entertainment lineup, including a headline performance from Mountain Faith Band, 2015 finalist from NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

MerleFest 2016 Comes to a Triumphant Close

Sam BushWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, has wrapped up its 29th year. Early estimates show that from its start on Thursday, April 28, to its close on Sunday, May 1, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days was approximately 74,500 participants. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

Ralph Stanley II at Carter Fold Saturday May 7th

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- Saturday, May 7th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Carter Family friend Ronnie Williams will also be on hand to do some Carter Family tunes.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Album is Industrial Strength Bluegrass

Poor Boy's PleasureIf you know Junior Sisk and his outstanding group Ramblers Choice, then you know there is something here you want to listen to. These guys don't stop! Their reputation for being the real deal is no joke, as Daniel Mullins proclaims for their latest album Poor Boy's Pleasure "WARNING — this album contains industrial strength bluegrass.” No dilution, Poor Boy's Pleasure cuts to the core of this genre, giving us all what we want out of a bluegrass album. Junior Sisk has been honored with |BMA’s male vocalist of the year award, and he and his band were SPGBMA’s choice for Bluegrass Band of the year in 2015.

David Davis And Warrior River Boys Play Bluegrass May 6

Bluegrass performers David Davis and the Warrior River Boys will perform at the 26th Annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Grand Theater, Raccoon Mountain Campground and RV Park at 319 West Hills Dr. on Friday, May 6. Music begins at noon. Among the Warrior River Boys are Marty Hays playing bass, Robert Montgomery on banjo, Stan Wilemon on guitar and Ben Sanders on fiddle. The three-day event begins Thursday, May 5 and features Davis and 22 other acts.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Celebrate Half-Dozen #1's In A Row

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutCumming, GA -- Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, one of bluegrass music's most iconic, ground-breaking bands in recent decades, are celebrating another career milestone with the news their latest, self-produced album, It's About Tyme, will remain at #1 for an unprecedented SIXTH month in a row on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 15 Albums chart (December-May). Released September 4th on Moore's independent label, Break A String, It's About Tyme hit #1 in December 2015 and has held tight for a half-dozen months in a row! Additionally, the Moore-penned single, "I'm Leaving You And Fort Worth Too" is #1 for the second consecutive month (April & May) on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 30 Songs chart!

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners Announced

MerleFest 2016 congratulates the winners of the 24th Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Here the finalists are pictured with Jim Lauderdale and the judges of the contest. Photo by Jim Thompson.Wilkesboro, NC -- The Austin Stage was packed for MerleFest 2016’s 24th Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC). The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is a unique opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson Jim Lauderdale. Judging is based on a song’s originality, lyrics, melody and overall commercial potential.

Del & Woody - A Review

Del and WoodyDel McCoury has put together an exciting new project, Del & Woody, comprising a dozen original lyrics of legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie that are set to music by bluegrass artist Del McCoury. The project, a brainchild of Nora Guthrie, Woody's daugher, came to completion earlier this year. Del has worked on varied and diverse projects and this would a good fit as the music has similar roots.

Infamous Stringdusters "Ladies & Gentlemen" in 140 Gram Vinyl

Ladies & GentlemenNashville, TN -- Standing at the crossroads of modern bluegrass and newgrass, The Infamous Stringdusters are a band that is “stretching [bluegrass] from within” (New York Times). For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them. The list of featured guests includes some of the most dynamic and innovative artists from across the roots music, Americana and country worlds: Nicki Bluhm, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jennifer Hartswick, Sarah Jarosz, Claire Lynch, Aoife O’Donovan, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack and Celia Woodsmith. Each artist guested on a different original song or tune written by the members of the band specifically for this project.

The Travelin' McCourys Play with Everyone in Colorado

The Travelin' McCourys are known for their branding of the term 'Bluegrass Ball'. If ever there was a group of shows that defined this term, it was this past weekend on the Front Range of Colorado. The Bluegrass Ball shows, Thursday in Ft. Collins at The Aggie and Friday & Saturday in Denver at Cervante's, were slated to include Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass at all three shows with special guest, Del McCoury on Saturday.

Eastman Credit Union Commits $100,000 To Radio Bristol

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Eastman Credit Union (ECU) that will help fund the Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time show over the next five years.

IBMA Announces World of Bluegrass Official Showcase Artists

IBMA Bluegrass RambleNASHVILLE, Tennessee – April 27, 2016 – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announces its Official Showcase Artists, a group of 30 committee-selected acts that will be a part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 27-29, 2016.

Woody Guthrie Reaches Top Of Sales Chart For First Time Ever

Del and WoodyNashville, TN -- Del McCoury Band’s Del & Woody, a collection of lyrics left behind by Woody Guthrie and put to music by McCoury, reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. As best we can tell (with help from the Woody Guthrie Center), a few songs of Woody’s have charted on radio before, but no project that included only his songs has ever risen to the top of the Billboard album chart. McCoury—who at 77 is no stranger to the top of the charts himself—says he is proud that it was his unique collaboration with the world-acclaimed folk bard of the depression that pulled Woody to the top.

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