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The Spinney Brothers Celebrate #1 with "My Music Comes From Bill!"

The Spinney BrothersAugust 28, 2015 (Nova Scotia, Canada)—The Spinney Brothers, Canada's International Bluegrass band, are thrilled to announce their latest single, "My Music Comes from Bill," has reached #1 on the National Survey's Top 30 Songs Chart for September. Their single, "My Music Comes From Bill" is very special to them. "We fell in love with it the first time we heard it and are so fortunate that its songwriters, Bill Castle and Steve Watts allowed us to record it! The song has been a real favorite for everyone."

Full Wide Open Bluegrass Free StreetFest Schedule Released

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced. The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 2 and 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent. Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 29-October 3. The PNC-presented free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held in downtown Raleigh along Fayetteville Street, will feature more than 80 bands, five music stages, a dance tent, vendors and concessions.

Lonesome River Band Announced Special Album “Coming Back Home To You”

Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the release of a special compilation album of their earlier Mountain Home releases. Coming Back Home To You includes selections from Window Of Time, Head On Into Heartache and Road With No End albums.

Urban Monroes New Single “William’s Still Alive” Honors Civil War Relative

William F. Perdu Discharge PapersFor the past four years the U.S. has been involved in the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, remembering both the heroic and the horrible of the country’s deadliest conflict. The 150th anniversary rightly spawned numerous books, movies, documentaries, podcasts, and songs. It was an age worn piece of paper from a different, but related anniversary however, that inspired the Urban Monroes’ latest single release.

FreshGrass Presents FreshScores - Original Music Set to Silent Films

FreshGrass FreshScoresNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, a three-day festival dedicated to preserving, supporting, and creating innovative grassroots music and the artists who make it, begins a new commissioning project with FreshScores: original scores by contemporary artists performed live to classic silent films. Alison Brown, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and 2013 FreshGrass artist Mamie Minch perform four FreshScores on Friday and Saturday of the FreshGrass festival, held on September 18-20, 2015, in North Adams, Mass.

Folk Revival Festival Returns to Long Beach, CA Sept. 19

Long Beach Folk Revival FestivalLong Beach, CA – Save the date for the third annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival September 19, 2015 from 11am to 10pm returning to Rainbow Lagoon Park. Just across from Shoreline Village and the Marina in Downtown Long Beach, CA, this beautiful ocean front location sets the perfect stage for showcasing the best in Folk, Roots, Americana, & Bluegrass music acts. There's also a banjo contest so now is the time to get entered for that event too.

Mountain Faith to America's Got Talent Semi-Finals

Mountain Faith BandThe bluegrass music community has been watching in anticipation as a family band from Sylva, NC has been progressing through America's Got Talent competition. From their first appearance, this band has shown America's households what bluegrass music can be. The band's high energy level, great professional presentation, happy and cheerful attitude and a wonderful sense of presence has helped propel them into the semi-finals of the competition.

Gibson Brothers Set #1 On Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart Record

 BrotherhoodNashville, TN -- Beloved bluegrass group the Gibson Brothers is celebrating a previously unprecedented feat: with the ascent of their album Brotherhood to the number one spot on Bluegrass Unlimited’s album chart, they become the first band in the chart’s history to reach the top spot over eight consecutive albums.

Dry Hill Draggers Play Carter Family Fold Aug 29th

Dry Hill DraggesThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. While jamming in the 1970s in the Dryhill and Ferrum area, some of the musicians were falling behind. Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the Dry Hill Draggers. That name has stuck now for the past 30 years. The Ferrum, Virginia, area is home to most of those performing in the group today. They played at the 1982 World’s Fair, and they’re favorites at the Floyd Country Store and the Blue Ridge Music Center. Their knock-down driving beat is anything but “dragging.” In 2011, they placed second in the old time band category at Galax. Fold audiences who remember Larry Sigmon and Barbara Poole will love this old time band.

AirPlay Direct's Industry Panel Presentation At IBMA

AirPlay Direct and IBMANashville, TN -- This year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large. This panel will feature Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Creator – AirPlay Direct, Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct and 2 “Featured Guest Panelists”.

Bluegrass Music Across the Great Urban-Rural Divide

Bluegrass Music Across the Great Urban-Rural DivideBluegrass Music is facing a unique challenge. Here is a genre that was spawned in the Appalachian Mountains of poor immigrants who worked the mines, mills, factories and fields of the region. People existing through the Great Depression. The primary form of entertainment was entertaining themselves with music played on the front porches of the cabins in the hills and hollows. Stringed instruments comprising guitars, banjos an occasional mandolin and such. This is the true roots of bluegrass and old-time music. Based on hard work, family, church and rural living.

Public Television and Marty Stuart Present Chuck Wagon Gang

Chuck Wagon GangTheir first audience was made up of fellow farmhands. Their first album was recorded out of a rented room at San Antonio's Gunter Hotel in 1935, yet the Carter family's Chuck Wagon Gang - America's beloved gospel group - have gone on to sell forty million records over their eight decade career, and haven't stopped touring and recording. "America's Gospel Singers - The Legacy Lives On," a documentary executively produced by Marty Stuart and airing on Public Television stations this fall, chronicles the 75-year history of the Chuck Wagon Gang, sharing their stories through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings and live performances.

Inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach Festival

Blue HighwayDestin, FL -- From seasoned Bluegrass veteran bands to contemporary twists on Bluegrass sound to sensational rising stars, the inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach produced by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will be an art-filled family-friendly musical showcase that appeals to all ages. Presented with support from ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate as part of MKAF’s 20th anniversary celebration, the daylong Bluegrass at the Beach music festival will be presented at the Cultural Arts Village — located in the scenic coastal town of Destin on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast — on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sierra Hull Headlines Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival

Sierra HullMocksville, NC -- The Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival takes place September 12 in Mocksville, NC (1988 Jericho Church Rd.) Mandolin prodigy, composer and vocalist Sierra Hull is headlining America’s only bluegrass festival that promotes Bible study, camping and wholesome recreation. The line-up also includes the Snyder Family Band, luthier Wayne Henderson and flatpicker Clay Lunsford, and Tim White and Troublesome Hollow from the PBS program Song of the Mountains.  The festival includes an exhibit of Ford Model A's and other classic cars, as well as a Pickers' Place jam tent, and multiple free activities for kids.

FreshGrass Award Finalists Confirmed

FreshGrassNorth Adams, MA -- Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) FreshGrass celebrates the freshest talent on the bluegrass stage with 19 finalists participating in the 2015 FreshGrass Award Contest. Finalists in the band, duo, banjo, and fiddle categories perform for a panel led by Grammy Award-winner and master banjoist Alison Brown on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with winners announced on Sunday afternoon. Open for all festival-goers, the contests showcase the future of bluegrass and roots music when the bands play original and traditional tunes. With cash and prizes totaling $25,000, winners receive a performance spot at next year’s festival, recording sessions at Compass Records, and hand-crafted instruments from Deering and Eastman. FreshGrass hosts three days of music, with almost 50 acts taking the stage in North Adams on September 18-20, 2015.

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