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Hammertown Releases Title Track from Upcoming “Hillbilly Heroes”

Hillbilly HeroesWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is announcing the release of new music from Hammertowne. "Hillbilly Heroes," the title track from the band's upcoming album, is available to radio and consumers today. The album, Hillbilly Heroes, will be released June 2nd. Dave Carrol commented, "'Hillbilly Heroes' pays homage to many of our Bluegrass influences, both past and present. Its maybe my personal favorite of anything that I've been a part of, and I really believe folks that enjoy straight ahead bluegrass music with a meaningful lyric will enjoy it."

Ole Smoky Distillery Announces 2017 Summer of ‘Shine Entertainment Series

Ole Smoky Summer of ShineGatlinburg, TN -- Ole Smoky Distillery LLC, the world’s most visited distillery, announced the launch of their 2017 entertainment series, Summer of ‘Shine. From music performances to family bonding activities, there will be a little something for everyone. Ole Smoky is kicking off this fun-filled season with the announcement of three major musical acts: Boxmasters, Survivorman and The Soggy Bottom Boys.

The Infamous Stringdusters Debut New Music Video for “Gravity”

GravityNashville, TN -- Bluegrass virtuosos The Infamous Stringdusters released their latest album Laws of Gravity on January, 13th 2017 on Compass Records. The 13-track collection debuted at #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums chart and celebrates a return to form for the Grammy-nominated acoustic quintet. The video for their latest single "Gravity" premiered today on CMT and is now in rotation. The video features a compelling, emotive portrait of the energy and passion of young love.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Artist John Starling to Play Historic Mt. Airy

John StarlingWarsaw, VA -- The inaugural Bluegrass Under The Stars to benefit Friends of the Rappahannock will be held Friday night, June 30th 2017 starting at 7pm at historic Mount Airy on the outskirts of Warsaw, Va. with with music by the legendary John Starling & Clearwater. Tickets are now available online for $35. Only 300 tickets will be sold.

ASCAP & LANDR to Offer Free, Unlimited Mastering to ASCAP Members

ASCAP LogoMonreal, QC, New York, NY -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, and LANDR, the world’s #1 automated mastering platform, announced today that it will provide ASCAP members with access to unlimited automated mastering. This marks the beginning of ASCAP’s larger initiative to offer its 600,000 members an integrated member benefits experience with preeminent organizations, such as LANDR, that deliver services to music professionals. ASCAP will provide easy access to these services as it adds new exclusive benefits that align with member needs.

New Bobby Osborne Video, “I've Gotta Get a Message to You”

Bobby OsborneThe Tennessean premiered the video for the pop-grass cover of the 1970s Bee Gees hit, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" -- Bobby Osborne's first video! This premiere video featurs Rob Ickes, Claire Lynch, Sierra Hull, Trey Hensley, Stuart Duncan, producer/banjoist Compass co-founder Alison Brown, and the man himself. Alison put together this cast of bluegrass music's finest players and singers for the Original project, all of whom were all excited and honored to be recording with a living legend. The album's 10 tracks feature interesting and unexpected musical pairings.

Molly Tuttle Rises Up With New Solo EP

Molly Tuttle - RiseNashville, TN -- Award-winning songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist Molly Tuttle turns a new corner with Rise, her debut as a solo artist. Produced by Kai Welch, the seven-song EP will be independently released on June 2nd. Already a familiar face in bluegrass circles and folk festivals, where she's been performing since the age of eleven, Tuttle widens her reach with Rise. "I wanted to push outside the box," she says of the EP, whose songs mix the fiery fretwork of her acoustic guitar with banjo, fiddle, drums, pump organ, electric guitar, and other flourishes. "It was a good step to finding my own sound, and not staying tied to the traditional bluegrass sound. I grew up playing bluegrass and I still love it, but I'm influenced by other styles of music, too. I really wanted to create something original."

Nu-Blu Unveils “Vagabonds” with CD Release Concert

VagabondsJoin Nu-Blu at the Earl Scruggs Center to celebrate the release of Nu-Blu's latest project Vagabonds. The album will serve as the award winning band’s sixth studio album, and is set for release on April 28. The album is fueled by the latest lead single, “Still Small Voice” featuring Country Music Hall of Fame Statler Brothers member Jimmy Fortune. The CD Release event takes place Saturdasy, April 22nd from 4 to 7 pm at the Earl Scruggs Center located at 103 S. Lafayette St. in Shelby, North Carolina. Ticckets are just $15 for General Admission. Exhibits open for Nu-Blu Release guests at 4 pm and will be followed by a 4:30 Meet & Greet with CD signing by the band. A concert follows the signing. This event will be a great chance to get up close and personal with the band as they perform and give retrospect of some of their fan favorites as well as new songs on the new album. While at the meet and greet, check out the 1944 Martin D-28 Dreadnought guitar owned and used in performance and recordings by Lester Flatt and Keith Whitley and hear it played by Nu-Blu during their performance! More information is available by clicking here.

American Banjo Museum Presents "America's Super Picker: Roy Clark"

America's Super Picker - Roy ClarkOklahoma City, OK -- American Banjo Museum's newest exhibit, America's Super Picker: Roy Clark, focuses on Oklahoma's own country music and entertainment legend. The exhibit, which features stage costumes and an instrument from Clark's private collection, opens April 7th at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City's historic Bricktown district.

The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage

The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passageperformer, James Reams, takes the viewer through a series of life-changing events that contributed to his longevity and success as a bluegrass band leader. One near death experience, a brief but powerful time being homeless, and a career-threatening surgery combined to make James what he is today…an example of what courage, determination, and optimism – mixed with a whole lot of faith – can accomplish.

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain Empire at Carter Fold

J.P. Mathes, Fiddling Leona & The Mountain EmpireSaturday, April 15th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and Fiddling Leona and their group The Mountain Empire. Also featured on the show will be students from the Hazard Community and Technical Colleges Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music and their Program Director Dean Osborne, Jr.

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys Release Single

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain BoysCoeburn, VA -- Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his late father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing. These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.

Dave Adkins Trio Releases "Turn to Jesus"

Turn to JesusWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records announces the release of Turn to Jesus, the latest album from Dave Adkins and the first from the Dave Adkins Trio. Last year, Adkins, who has released three chart-topping albums for Mountain Fever Records, partnered with two close friends, Richie Rose and David Taylor, to sing in a small local church. The result was something even Adkins could not have predicted. A cellphone video of the stripped-down, guitar and vocals-only performance was posted on social media and captured the attention and hearts of so many, that the demand for more suddenly became very apparent. And thus, the Dave Adkins Trio was born.

Ray Cardwell’s Bluegrass Soul Tops Roots and Folk Music Charts

Tennessee MoonNashville, TN -- With initial reviews citing bluegrass soul artist/bassist Ray Cardwell’s soaring, four-octave vocals and infallible groove, radio airplay charts are reflecting his impact in folk and roots music, as well as the bluegrass world. The much-anticipated January release for the Pinecastle Records recording artist’s Tennessee Moon landed in the Top 20 CDs for the month of January by Bluegrass Today National Radio Airplay. At press time the album had charted in the top 10 (peaking at #3) during the past 11 weeks in the Roots Music Report bluegrass chart, which tracks airplay from more than 150 DJs who play roots-based music worldwide. During the month of March, Tennessee Moon was the #8 album on the Folk DJ chart and Cardwell was the 12th most played artist.

Jeff Little Trio Concert at Carter Family Fold Saturday

Jeff Little TrioHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 8th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band – the Jeff Little Trio. Hotshot rockabilly pianist Jeff Little comes from Boone, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, where he grew up surrounded by music. Jeff began to play piano at age five. His family owned a music store, and musicians of all persuasions dropped by to play a few tunes with the kid, which helps account for Jeff's mastery of a range of styles.

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