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Darrell Webb Band Records Bluegrass at Carter Fold

Darrel Webb BandHiltons, VA -- Darrell Webb is one of bluegrass music's favorite entertainers, and he has been an icon in bluegrass music for over 20 years. Many of his fans recognize his powerful tenor, lead vocals, and mandolin playing. Webb first hit the bluegrass circuit with the Lonesome River Band. He later toured with J.D. Crowe and Rhonda Vincent. Darrell served as the lead vocalist and front man for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. He has appeared on two releases with Dolly Parton as a singer and musician. In addition, he is a successful songwriter having songs recorded by the Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid and Carolina, and Wildfire. Darrell's first solo album Webbsite, released in 1998, received critical acclaim. His second album entitled Behind the Scenes, released in 2005, includes four songs he wrote/co-wrote. Special guests include two-time IBMA fiddle player of the year Michael Cleveland, IBMA dobro player of the year Phil Leadbetter, and Dolly Parton.

Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band Have Gospel Project

Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute BandBill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band are planning to work up some gospel tunes and will be recording some that were never done by the Country Gentlemen. They plan to be working on this project this winter.

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers are IBMA's Entertainers of the Year

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon RangersNashville, TN -- On the strength of a busy touring schedule, a string of national television appearances and the release of a new album, Rare Bird Alert on Rounder Records, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers took home the Entertainer of the Year award at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Thursday night, September 29 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Martin, who always included banjo picking in his early stand-up comedy routines, has become more serious about recording and performing bluegrass music during the past two years, with the release of two albums of original music.

Marc Pruett in Banjo Newsletter

BNL CoverAnnapolis, MD -- Marc Pruett is featured in the October issue of the Banjo Newsletter. Marc plays banjo with Balsam Range, the critically-acclaimed band from Western North Carolina which is nominated for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Emerging Artist at this year's IBMA. (As Marc wrote on the band's website, "I can understand 'song' and 'album'…but Shootfirebuddy, I feel like I've been emerging now since 1962!!!") Balsam Range just won the IBMA International Bluegrass Music Award for Song of the Year for "Trains I Missed."

Sarah Jarosz Makes College First Priority + Releases Video For Run Away

Sarah JaroszNashville, TN – Sugar Hill recording artist Sarah Jarosz began her third year at the New England Conservatory this month where she is pursuing a degree in contemporary improvisation. Unlike most students her age, Sarah spent her summer vacation touring in promotion of her current release Follow Me Down, including two trips abroad, ten festival appearances and her first hard-ticket sale tour. MSN Music calls her "one of the fastest-rising stars in the roots music scene" and Sarah has also graced the covers of Austin Woman and Acoustic Guitar magazines in the last six months. In the upcoming Americana Music Awards (October 13th) Sarah is nominated in their Instrumentalist category – quite an honor considering past winners include Jerry Douglas, Buddy Miller and Sonny Landreth.

Marty Godbey's 'Crowe on the Banjo: The Music LIfe of J.D. Crowe'

Crowe on the BanjoA Review -- I just completed a mighty fine read - Crowe on the Banjo: The Music LIfe of J.D. Crowe written by the late Marty Godbey. The first thought that comes to mind is "What an enjoyable book to read." This book is surperbly written and once you start, you just can't put it down. From beginning to end, author Marty Godbey takes you inside the inner circles of bluegrass from its early beginnings through today as she carefully takes you on a journey of the legendary artist, J.D. Crowe.

22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards Winners

IBMA AwardsNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Awards were held Thursday evening, September 29th at the famed Ryman Auditium in Nashville Tennessee. The program is the annual highlight of the bluegrass music community and celebrates outstanding performances and works by professionals within bluegrass music. The final list of Award Nominees was announced in August. The final tally has been made, the awards have been given and the evening festivities continued through the night.

The Roys are Riding High During IBMA Bluegrass Music Week

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys are riding high during IBMA 2011 World of Bluegrass Week (September 26 - October 2) with a slew of live performances, special showcases and high-profile media events on tap. Lee and Elaine credit Rural Rhythm Records for their continued chart success, and hail their fans and the media for the overwhelming response to their current CD, Lonesome Whistle. The disc will enjoy chain-wide "feature" status in Lifeway stores beginning today. This new promotion will run through October 28.

Recording King Introduces the RP-06 '0-Style' body with a Non-Vintage Price Tag

RP-06 GuitarHayward, CA -- Recording King introduces the RP-06, the world's most high-value 0-style guitar. From the same series and built with the same appointments as the best-selling RD-06, the RP-06 sports a solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides. The 12-fret neck joint and corresponding bridge positioning give the RP-06 the warm, mellow, full-bodied tone guitarists look for in a classic 12-fret model. With a 1-3/4" nut, the RP-06 is comfortable for either finger-picking or strumming. The vintage-style 0-style body is great for travel, stage or couch, and thanks to the 25.4" scale, still has the same volume and projection as a full size instrument.

Syndicated News Features Americana Music Show with John McEuen is a new site featuring a one-stop site for Americana Music, books, entertainment, and more. The Americana Music Show is a highlight for those interested in roots music including bluegrass. John McEuen has been very active and instrumental in getting this chapter up and running. This new site is growing and expanding so stop in frequently and see what's new in the world.

Andy Hall joins ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass on Dobro

Andy HallDobro players around the world will soon be able to learn the instrument online directly from multi-award winning dobroist Andy Hall (Dolly Parton, Wynona, Emmylou Harris). The School of Dobro with Andy Hall will be part of the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass, which has quickly become the world's leading site for those wanting to learn bluegrass banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass. Andy Hall will join the Academy's existing online faculty which includes Tony Trischka (banjo), Mike Marshall (mandolin), Darol Anger (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar) and Missy Raines (bass), all offering personalized instruction online using innovative Video Exchanges.

Barefoot Releases 'American Story' on Compass Records

 American StoryAmerican Story is an album that pays homage to old-timey string bands but not without youthful abandon and pop undertones. For fans of the Wailin' Jennys and Dixie Chicks, it is historical and autobiographical and it is profoundly fun – showcasing the new incarnation of the group with singers Nora Jane Struthers and Todd Grebe at the helm. Founding members Angela Oudean (fiddle) and Jason Norris (mandolin) added a new multi-talented rhythm player, the bassist-drummer (and sometimes banjo-picking) PJ George.

This Coming Weekend - Steel String Session

Steel String SessionThe next time you see the name Steel String Session listed on a festival line-up or as the live music of choice at a music venue - be there! Their next session is Friday, September 30th at Doyles in Murphy, NC. The band is on a musical-mission to get you moving to the tapestry of energized and original "Retro Blues Billy Grass" music.

46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Special Recognition Honors

ACM Special HonorsNashville, TN -- /ACM/ Country music fans, Music City talent and industry elite turned out in force tonight for the Academy of Country Music's 5th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The sold-out event, hosted by Joe Nichols for the first time, was held in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium—itself a winner for Venue of the Year.

Three Tall Pines Gives You All That's Left October 15th

Three Tall PinesThree Tall Pines, the Boston based award winning bluegrass quartet with ties to the old and leaning towards the new is excited to be releasing their new record October 15, 2011. All That's Left is a compilation of new original songs that the band has been developing over the last couple years.


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