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New Music from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Burden BearerNashville, TN -- Mountain Home Music Company has announced a July 8, 2016 release date for Burden Bearer from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson is well known for high standards in every aspect of his musical career. Burden Bearer is the latest example of the exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The album is reminiscent of a traditional “call to a camp meeting.” It is a special music event of Bluegrass Gospel and A Capella music celebrating the musical legacy of faith, hope, struggle and victory of the spirit. Old time renderings live alongside newly forged Gospel songs that pay tribute to the aged, but timeless Gospel convention music tradition.

Rhonda Vincent Announces New Bluegrass Single, "Mama Tried"

Mama TriedRhonda Vincent is pleased to announce her new single, "Mama Tried," released in tribute to the late great Merle Haggard. Rhonda presents the song with invigorating bluegrass instrumentation, and a sassy vocal, with a familiarity that has everyone singing along. The track is released via Upper Management Music and available NOW on iTunes, Amazon, and wherever music is sold.

Wide Open Bluegrass First Round Artists Announced

Wide Open BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released an initial list of performers for PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, which takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year’s lineup showcases an array of bluegrass styles, from traditional to progressive and from emerging artists to IBMA Hall of Famers. PNC returns as Wide Open Bluegrass' presenting sponsor for fourth consecutive year.

Surefire Bluegrass Band a Sure Hit at Carter Fold Saturday

Surefire Bluegrass BandHiltons, VA -- Officially formed around 10 years ago when friends Tom Isaacs, Robby Norris, and John Bryan decided to turn their collective passion for bluegrass music into a band, Surefire represents some of the best bluegrass the North Carolina High Country has to offer. The band quickly went on to win several local and regional competitions and awards. Over the next few years, the group performed regionally and made a couple of recordings. They continue to perform as a group and individually. Saturday, May 28th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Surefire Bluegrass Band.

New Banjo Album, "Red Grass" from Ilya Toshinskiy

Hadley Music Group proudly released an instrumental album of original banjo tunes composed and performed by Ilya Toshinskiy on May 20, 2016. Ilya Toshinskiy has always been a bluegrass lover. That fact was beautifully established in the opening scene of the 2003 documentary “The Ballad of Bering Strait,” which follows the brief but memorable trajectory of his former band. A teenage Ilya, in his final exam on banjo at an elite Russian music academy in Moscow, introduces his program — a Bela Fleck number followed by “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” to professors who are clearly unfamiliar with bluegrass music. By the end of the performance, they are believers.

Lau, Sierra Hull Lead Second Lineup Announcement for FreshGrass

Sierra HullNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival, announces additional bands for its annual September festival. UK experimental folk group Lau, mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, Texas blues and roots sensation Ruthie Foster, alt-folk, Northampton-based Parsonsfield, and Mexican bluegrasser Rana Santacruz join the festival lineup, which already brims with Americana favorites including Old Crow Medicine Show, Glen Hansard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rosanne Cash, The Devil Makes Three, a Saturday night hoedown featuring The Infamous Stringdusters, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Aoife O’Donovan, Alison Brown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Stephane Wrembel, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Mr. Sun, Mile Twelve, and last year’s FreshGrass Award winners Old Salt Union and Zoe & Cloyd.

Call for Submissions: IBMA's 2016 Bluegrass Film Festival

IBMA Film FestivalNashville, TN -- The IBMA is excited to present its 3rd Annual Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 27-October 1 Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass is the perfect place to showcase quality films produced around the music. The submission deadline for this year is June 15, 2016. Filmmakers who submitted films for consideration in 2014 and 2015, but were not selected, may have their films considered again this year without submitting a new application.

A Bluegrass Legend's Road from Cotton Fields to Nashville Grass

With his trademark mandolin style and unequaled tenor harmonies, Curly Seckler has carved out a seventy-seven—year career in bluegrass and country music. His foundational work in Flatt and Scruggs’s Foggy Mountain Boys secured him a place in bluegrass history. His role in The Nashville Grass made him an essential part of the music's triumphant 1970s revival.

Artists, Insurance and the Future

Nest EggHardly a week goes by that I don't read about an artist passing away, coming down with a serious medical condition, major property damage, instruments stolen, long term care becomes necessary, etc. This is always sad news. What is even more sad is that many didn't have insurance of any kind to handle these situations. The benefits begin to help our favorite artists with their immediate needs financially, professionally and socially. The needs are real.

James King, "The Bluegrass Storyteller," 1958 - 2016

James KingNashville, TN -- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved singer and songwriter James King, who was affectionately known as "The Bluegrass Storyteller." He was 57 years old. King, a recovering alcoholic, suffered complications from a prolonged battle with cirrhosis of the liver.

Susie's Cause Bluegrass-Folk Festival July 30th

Susie's Cause Bluegrass-Folk FestivalBaltimore, MD -- The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, Inc. (“Susie’s Cause”) is thrilled to present rising star singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz and old-time bluegrass stalwarts Seldom Scene at its Bluegrass-Folk Festival on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland. The legendary bluegrass superstar set to headline this second annual event will be announced on May 30. The Stray Birds, Mipso, Tim and Savannah Finch with the Eastman String Band, and the Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet round out the bill of this year’s festival, all proceeds of which will benefit Susie’s Cause, the Baltimore-based national nonprofit foundation dedicated to colon cancer prevention, treatment, and support services.

Mountain Heart Debuts on Opry and Billboard & Americana Charts

Blue SkiesNashville, TN -- Mountain Heart’s first new album in five years, Blue Skies, debuted at #2 on The Billboard Bluegrass Album chart and debuted at #37 on the Americana Airplay Chart. Blue Skies finds Mountain Heart completely reinventing themselves with a brand new lineup featuring frontman Josh Shilling, Molly Cherryholmes (of 5-time Grammy-nominees Cherryholmes), Jeff Partin, Aaron Ramsey, and Seth Taylor. The new album has been met with critical praise. Rolling Stone Country says it “feels like a long lost collision between the Allman Brothers and some expert bluegrass players.” Pop Matters stated, “...we are talking about great Southern music here, underpinned with virtuosic musicianship full of heart and soul” while No Depression said “...the prospects for widespread appeal are sunny indeed.”

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers - Celebrating 10 Years

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersJoe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary this year. The band commented, "We're excited to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year! It seems like this past decade has flown by and we are so grateful for all the friends and fans we've made along the way!! Thanks to each and every one of you for all of the support you have given us, all the miles you've traveled to see us, and all the love you've shown! Our hope is that we've returned it 10-fold!"

ClayBank Sings with Rural Rhythm - New Album Coming

ClaybankNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the signing of ClayBank. Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, an area that is steeped in the musical heritage of bluegrass, old-time and gospel music, the band is currently in the studio working on their debut album for Rural Rhythm Records scheduled for release in the fall. The album's first single is coming soon.

Rebekah Long is Here with “Here I Am”

Rebekah Long - Here I AmRebekah Long will be releasing her first project, Here I Am May 20th on LUK Records. Produced by singer, songwriter and producer, Donna Ulisse, the album contains 13 bluegrass tracks consisting of new material, some old classics done with a bluegrass twist. Long is joined by her producer, Donna Ulisse and her husband, Rick Stanley and many other award winning bluegrass artists.

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