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Michael Cleveland goes Viral "Fiddler's Dream" Video

Fiddler's DreamNashville, TN -- Compass Records writes, "We could not have been happier when the team here at Compass headquarters learned that Michael Cleveland had gone 'viral', racking up over 6M views in a matter of days for a backstage video shot with a stranger's phone. A precious example of the truly deserving finding its place in the landscape of cat videos, pratfalls and teenagers talking about themselves that dominate the internet."

2016 IBMA Momentum Award Winners Announced

Lil’ SmokiesNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the for the 2016 Momentum Awards which were handed out at a luncheon at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference, Wednesday, September 28, at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The Momentum Awards focus on artists and industry people who are in the early stages of their bluegrass music careers. Performance awards go to one band, one vocalist and three instrumentalists, while three industry awards go to a Mentor, Industry Achiever and a Festival/Venue/Event.

Exceptional Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is an Event to Relish

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunin 2016Bristol, VA/TN -- The 2016 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has come to a close. The start of the region's premier festival was some mighty fine weather and a kick off with some outstanding music. The thing about this festival is that with so many stages operating at the same time, one needs to set up their schedule in advance. The producers of this festival understand that and provide a web site where you can customize your schedule and, they have a mobile app that you can download to manage it while you take in all the other activities. The new Birthplace of Country Music Museum is a must see while you're here -- or really anytime you in the area!!!

John McEuen to Introduce Hi-Def Solo Album

John McEuen Made in BrooklynNashville, TN – Grammy-award winning producer, songwriter and musician John McEuen (one of the founding members of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) steps up the pace in preparation for the release of his new solo album titled Made In Brooklyn.* Scheduled to drop Friday, September 30, 2016 on Chesky Records, the project will be available via all major digital retail outlets (Amazon, iTunes, HD Tracks, etc.).

Carter Fold Presents Whitetop Mountain Band Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandSaturday, October 1st, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Official IBMA Kick-Off Party with Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River BandRaleigh, NC -- The Official International Bluegrass Association’s World of Bluegrass Kick-Off Party, sponsored by Moonstruck Management, will feature Lonesome River Band who are nominated for four IBMA Awards this year. The party will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre located 126 E Cabarrus Street in Raleigh.

Nothin' Fancy Releases "Where I Came From"

Where I Came FromWillis VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of brand new music from Nothin' Fancy. "Where I Came From" is available to radio today and is the title track of a new album due for release October 7th.

Larry Stephenson Band to Release “Weep Little Willow”

Weep Little WillowNashville, TN -- Whysper Dream Music is proud to announce the new album, Weep Little Willow by the Larry Stephenson Band, will be released on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Wayne Henderson and Friends at Carter Fold Saturday

Wayne HendersonHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 24th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band - Wayne Henderson and Friends. Wayne Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about twenty instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin.

Introducing the New RebelRecords.com

Rebel RecordsCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is excited to announce the roll out of its new and improved website. The site, www.rebelrecords.com, highlights Rebel's outstanding roster of current talent while also reflecting on the significant impact the label has had in shaping bluegrass music for the last half century.

Bluegrass Fiddler Michael Cleveland Announces New Album

Fiddler's DreamNashville, TN -- Michael Cleveland is one of bluegrass music's great treasures: a 10-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year winner and 2016 nominee, Cleveland captured the attention of the bluegrass community as a child prodigy who performed on the Grand Ole Opry with Alison Krauss when he was only 13 years old. But he became a viral video sensation this summer with a virtuosic impromptu performance of "Jerusalem Ridge" that racked up over 6 million views in just a few days. Now mainstream music fans are discovering what the bluegrass community has known for years—that Michael Cleveland is one of the most important fiddle players of his generation.

Wayne Taylor to be Inducted into Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame

Wayne TaylorBristol, VA/TN – Blue Highway's highly respected bass player, songwriter, and vocalist Wayne Taylor will be honored as the 2016 Inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield, VA, on Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 pm.

Rounder Records Readies Three Mark O'Connor Digital Reissues

Pickin’ in the WindNashville, TN -- Rounder Records is pleased to announce the digital re-release of the first three albums by acoustic multi-instrumentalist Mark O’Connor. O’Connor’s early recordings document not only the start of a career that would make its mark on the full range of American music, from bluegrass to classical to jazz, but also a portrait of a young virtuoso who could hold his own with many of the best musicians in bluegrass and old-time music. The three albums, which were never released on CD, are now available on all digital and streaming platforms.

New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters at Carter Fold

New Ballard’s Branch BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 17th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Rhiannon Giddens Wins Steve Martin Prize For Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

Los Angeles, CA -- Critically acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the recipient of the seventh annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described by T Bone Burnett as one of the “most profound musicians active today,” Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she sang and played banjo and fiddle. That group has long investigated and promoted the foundational role African-American performers and songwriters have played in folk-music history, while making recordings that are vital, contemporary, and exuberant.

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