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Richard Bennett Releases Trribute Single “Wichita Lineman”

Richard Bennett - Wichita LinemanRichard Bennett has released "Wichita Lineman," a new single on Pinecastle Records. The song is a tribute to country music star Glen Campbell who passed away this year in August. Bennett's version is his first release on Pinecastle. In addition to Bennett on guitar and vocals, personnel on the recording include Ronnie Stewart on fiddle, Mark Johnson on banjo, and Todd Phillips on bass.

The Seldom Scene Signs With Rounder

The Seldom Scene Signs With RounderNashville, TN -- The Seldom Scene, widely regarded as one of the most enduring, influential, and acclaimed bands in bluegrass since its formation in the early 1970s, has signed with Rounder Records. Throughout the band's storied 46-year history, they've earned accolades for stellar musicianship and their innovative approach to their repertoire, choosing material from the bluegrass canon as well as from the worlds of country, rock, and pop music, and employing unconventional arrangements and instrumentation on their recordings and in live performances.

New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters at Carter Fold Dec 9th

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 9th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present an old time music concert by the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters. The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters took their group's name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall actually lives on Ballard's Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler's Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country's finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Eddie Bond on fiddle, Josh Ellis on banjo, Caroline Noel Beverley on mandolin, and Bonnie Bond on bass. The Bogtrotters have been a group for over sixteen years.

Larry Cordle Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album

Give Me JesusNashville, Tenn. (November 28, 2017) – As announced by The Recording Academy this morning, Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album for Give Me Jesus

60th Grammy Award Nominations Announced

Best Bluegrass Album NominationsThe award nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. In the Best Bluegrass Album category we have five albums spreading the breadth of the style realm in the genre. In addition to the bluegrass category, we find our friend Larry Cordle up for Best Roots Gospel Album for Give Me Jesus, Alison Krauss is up for Best American Roots Performance for "I Never Cared For You" and Best Country Solo Performance for "Losing You", and "Cumberland Gap", David Rawlings & Gillian Welch, songwriters, is up for Best American Roots Song. Many other of our favorite artists are scattered throughout the nominees list

Doc Watson Tribute Featuring Ricky Skaggs Closing-in on a Sell-Out

Ricky SkaggsAnn Arbor, MI -- Acoustic Routes Concerts said today that Docabilly! – a celebration of the music of Arthel "Doc" Watson on what would have been his 95th birthday – is on track to sell out with fewer than 100 tickets remaining. The concert, featuring 15-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, will be March 3, 2018 at The Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets are available at The Ark box office and through the Michigan Union Ticket Office by clicking here or calling 734-663-TKTS.

The Carl Towns Band Merges with Barefoot Nellie & Co.

Barefoot Nellie & Co.Barefoot Nellie & Co. is proud to announce that they, and the Carl Towns band are merging. The husband and wife team of August and Eric Bruce will be joined by Carl Towns on Mandolin, Elliot Varner on Guitar and Brett Martin on Banjo. August plays Fiddle and Eric is on bass.

Balsam Range Makes Holiday Magic with “It's Christmas Time”

It's Christmas TimeNashville, TN -- World-renowned Bluegrass quintet Balsam Range makes magic with their newest EP, It's Christmas Time. The six-track outing spreads seasonal joy with a mix of contemporary and traditional tunes and features the beloved band in an unusual pairing with the Nashville Recording Orchestra. Radio can ensure that It's Christmas Time makes their holiday playlist by downloading from AirPlay Direct. Fans can listen to a live stream now or purchase as the perfect Christmas gift HERE.

C.F. Martin Sponsors VH1 Save The Music's “Thank a Music Teacher” Program

C.F. Martin Sponsors Save The Music FoundationNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co.® (Martin Guitar) continues to support music education by sponsoring the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. As part of a year-long celebration of 100 years of ukulele manufacturing, Martin Guitar has made a monetary donation and provided the Foundation with ten ukuleles to be used by music educators in schools throughout the country as part of VH1 Save The Music's "Thank a Music Teacher" program.

The Hillbilly Gypsies Heat up Carter Fold Dec. 2

Hillbilly GypsiesSaturday, December 2nd, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies – an old time band. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin' and grinnin' and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

New Christmas EP “Shine” Available from Nu-Blu

Nu-Blu ShineChristmas is our favorite time of the year! This year is extra special because we have the opportunity to share a few of our favorite Christmas songs, both sacred and secular on our first ever Christmas CD. Recording this project was an exciting, unique, and very emotional experience. The birth of our Savior is not only a time for quiet reflection, but also for great joy and celebration. That's what we have strived to convey for this wonderful season.

Hot Rize Celebrates 40 Years in 2018

Hot RizeHot Rize, one of bluegrass music's most beloved and influential bands, will kick off their 40th anniversary year-long celebration with a run of special SOLD OUT shows featuring special guests at the Boulder Theater. Since the Boulder Theater run sold out so quickly, they have decided to add a third date at the venue, tickets are on sale today. The three-night stand will be recorded for video and audio to be released throughout the year. The band takes to the road in January and February, touring the west coast and the northeast, and looks forward to a year of reaching new listeners as well as revisiting fans nationwide from its forty-year history.

Clay Hess Signs with Pinecastle

Clay Hess and Ethan BurkhardtClay Hess has signed with Pinecastle Records for an album to be released in 2018. The talented vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter won a Grammy award and was nominated for another during his time as a member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. He has since done stints with Mark Newton, Mountain Heart, and Sierra Hull. This upcoming album will be the second release with the Clay Hess Band lineup and Hess's first for Pinecastle.

Kristy Cox Releases “I Still Pray” in time for Christmas

Kristy Cox - I Still PrayWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce the release of I Still Pray from Kristy Cox. "I Still Pray" is a track from Kristy's upcoming album due for release in 2018 and is the perfect sentiment for this special time of year.

Initial Lineup and Midnight Jam Announced for MerleFest 2018

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 - 29. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2018 will be announced over the next few months. Today's lineup announcement includes legendary artist Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, "Mission Temple Fireworks Revival" featuring Paul Thorn & Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the McCrary Sisters, and many more. The 2018 Midnight Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation on Saturday, April 28th will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, with special hosts Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale. This very popular after-hours hootenanny gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history.

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