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IBMA Announces TV Broadcast of Bluegrass Music Awards

Balsam Range IBMA Entertainer of the YearNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced plans to air an edited version of the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on U.S. television. The Awards show, filmed live on October 2, 2014 in the Memorial Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas, will be part of American Public Television’s “Music City Roots” series in 2015. The syndicated series aired in 71 PBS markets across the United States this past year. A one-hour edit of the Awards show is expected to air in late February or early March 2015.

Blue Highway to Perform at 23rd Annual Diamond Awards

Blue HighwayPigeon Forge, TN -- Dove and IBMA Award-winning powerhouse band Blue Highway will appear as special guests at the upcoming 23rd Annual Diamond Awards. The fan-voted Diamond Awards will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4, as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. The 2014 Diamond Awards are sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant all-digital source of Southern Gospel News and current #1-visited Southern Gospel website on the Internet.

New Asheville Band Hits Kickstarter Goal In One Day

Tellico BandAsheville, NC -- Tellico is the most recent product of Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound, and they are excited to be debuting an album in 2015. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Stig Stiglets (bass, vocals) with Aaron Ballance on dobro, as well as Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. After playing together late last year, three former members of the Asheville bands Dehlia Low (Anya, Aaron, and Stig) and Town Mountain (Jed) decided the combination of so much history together and the excitement of a new project was so compelling that they decided to form Tellico.

Jason Barie Joins Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Jason BarieXenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are proud to welcome Jason Barie as their newest member. Jason will make his official debut during the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival held in Wilmington, OH November 7th and 8th. Jason will be filling the spot recently vacated by Evan McGregor. "We are very thankful for Evan and his years as a founding member of the Radio Ramblers," continues Mullins. "His precision on stage and in the studio, both as a player and engineer, really helped define our sound. His parents, Larry and Bev, have been constant supporters as well. We are grateful."

Junior Sisk Injures Hand in Minor Hunting Accident

Junior SiskJunior Sisk, who is well-known to his fans as an avid hunter, injured his hand this past Monday (10/27) in a minor hunting accident. Sisk suffered a deep cut to one of his fingers, which required stitches and a course of antibiotics. According to Sisk, the stitches will stay in for the next ten days, but he does have feeling in and can move his finger. He says that it's going to take a little time to heal, but he hopes to be back to playing this Saturday, when Ramblers Choice takes the stage at the Bluegrass, Barbecue, & Brew Festival in Brookneal, Virginia. Sisk would like to thank his friends and fans for their prayers and get-well wishes.

Country Music Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees

 CMA CEO Sarah Trahern; Suzi Cochran, widow of Hank Cochran; Mac Wiseman; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young; and Ronnie Milsap.Nashville, TN -- Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran, and Ronnie Milsap each overcame extraordinarily difficult childhoods to put a distinctive footprint on American music history. Each now shares another accomplishment: they became the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 26, 2014.

Bluegrass and Beyond and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Nov 8th

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnSaturday, November 8th, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will presenjt a special program -- Bluegrass and Beyond for three performances throughout the day. The family program of Bluegrass Basics will take place at the same time as the mid-day program. For a special treat, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will perform at the CMA Theater at 8 PM.

NCBS Announces Their 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Penny Godlis; photo courtesy www.scbs.orgThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. The January 24 ceremony & concert in Redwood City are part of the free weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Wayne Henderson & Friends at Carter Fold Nov 1st

Wayne HendersonHiltons, VA -- 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.

High Lonesome Below Sea Level

High Lonesome Below Sea LevelCultural scholar Loes van Schaijk and photographer Marieke Odekerken have joined forces in making a book that will portray a very specific genre of music, which came into being in the United States of America in the 1940’s and found its way to the Netherlands about ten years later: bluegrass.

Athens Theater Presents Florida State Bluegrass Band Nov 8

Florida State Bluegrass BandErnie Evans and The Florida State Bluegrass Band represent what fans expect from bluegrass music today-an ability to bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional styles. Known for their strong lead vocals, classic hits, and ability to entertain their audiences, The Florida State Bluegrass Band is rapidly gaining a widespread fan base across the United States.

The Crowe Brothers Celebrate 40 Years with New Album

The Crowe BrothersWillis, VA -- After seven albums, over forty years of making music together and multiple appearances on the stage of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, The Crowe Brothers continue their tradition of providing beautifully blended harmonies with the release of Forty Years Old. This 12 song offering features new songs and old favorites from some top songwriters including Tom T. and Dixie Hall, Rory Bourke, Hank Locklin and more.

Charlie Daniels Christmas 4 Kids Concert Announces Lineup

Charlie Daniels & Friends Annual Christmas 4 Kids ConcertNashville, TN -- Today, this year's official talent lineup was announced for the annual Charlie Daniels & Friends Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert. The Charlie Daniels Band, Phil Vassar, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Jamie O'Neil, The Roys and Ryan Weaver are all scheduled to perform at this year's show to be held at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Monday, November 24 at 7 PM.

The Seldom Scene at Bluegrass For Hospice TODAY

The Seldom SceneThe Bluegrass for Hospice-2014, now in its 6th year, will be held TODAY, Saturday October 25th and will feature The Seldom Scene. The event will be held at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland. It is located on Flat Iron Road just 1.5 miles from MD Route 5. The event begins at Noon with gates opening at 11:00 am. All proceeds for the day go to support the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County.

Donna Hughes Wins "Beyond the Song" AirPlay Direct Contest

Donna Hughes 2 CDsCongratulations to Donna Hughes, the winner of the “Beyond The Song” contest. Donna has won a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250! The price includes a $750 10 hour Beyond the Song Consultation Package plus $1,500 AirPlay Direct "Marketing & Awareness" Campaign.

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