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Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration - A Classic Bluegrass Tribute

Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration - A Classic Bluegrass TributeBill Monroe was both the father of bluegrass music and one of the genre’s most prolific writers, with a legacy that remains a touchstone for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Monroe’s birth, Rounder presents this 2-disc 28-track set, with performances by an all-star roster of Rounder’s top bluegrass artists, including Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Dailey & Vincent, and The Bluegrass Album Band.

Mountain Stage Returns to Bristol's Paramount Center Aug. 20th

Vince GillThe Birthplace of Country Music Alliance brings Mountain Stage with Larry Groce back to Bristol's Paramount Center for the Arts for another sold out event on Sunday, August 21st at 7pm. Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill will be featured in this edition of Mountain Stage in Bristol.

Birthplace of Country Music Rallies Friends for Cultural Heritage Center

/BCMA/ Bristol VA/TN -- Fiddles, hill-folk soul, bluegrass, gospel, six-strings and the 1927 recording sessions all led to what is now known as the Birthplace of Country Music (BC

Music On The Mountaintop Announces 2011 Festival Lineup

Music On The Mountain Top 2011Boone, NC -- Music On the Mountaintop has confirmed the list of performers slated for the fourth annual two-day music festival outside Boone, North Carolina this August 26-27, 2011. The performer lineup at the camping festival includes: Sam Bush; Railroad Earth; Greensky Bluegrass; Acoustic Syndicate; Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band; Frontier Ruckus; Town Mountain; Do It To Julia; Naked Gods; the Mantras; the New Familiars; the Lazybirds; the Native Sway; Bafoodus; Simplified; Uncle Mountain and Secret B-Sides. The newest artists joining the performer lineup at the camping festival includes: 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann and Papa Mali; Infamous Stringdusters; Possum Jenkins; Simplified; Major Sevens; Strange Lady and Grand Funktier.

Charlie Daniels Band Celebrates 10th Christmas 4 Kids Concert at The Ryman

Charlie Daniels Band Christmas 4 KidsNashville, TN -- For the 10th Anniversary of the Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Concert to benefit Christmas 4 Kids (a division of Christmas For Kids, Inc.), Grand Ole Opry member and country music legend Charlie Daniels has announced that Phil Vassar and Sawyer Brown will join him on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Ryman Auditorium.

'Fanning The Fire' Bluegrass Documentary Earns Film Festival Award

Fanning The FireFanning The Fire is a vibrant documentary short that features a young Texas teen that followed his dreams from being a fan of bluegrass music all the way to opening for some of the greatest entertainers in the business – in less than three years. Along the way, the documentary explores why people young and old get hooked on playing this music and enjoying companionship at festivals around the world. Viewers also enjoy behind-the-scenes visits with master musicians from across the USA and Europe who explain how they came to appreciate this uniquely American form of music and why it has broad appeal to beginning players and professionals alike. The film captured, in a tie vote, the award for Best Documentary - Music/Culture at the 2011 Film Festival of Colorado awards.

Alison Krauss Website Offers 'Paper Airplane' Songwriter Series

Alison Krauss and Union StationThe Songwriter Series on AlisonKrauss.com was created to provide an intimate glimpse into some of the songs recorded by Alison Krauss & Union Station. New entries will be added over the coming weeks, so please continue to check back for updates. Each entry has a short video with the highlighted songwriter which adds personality to the page and a personal touch with the respective songwriter.

Banjo Player Ryan Cavanaugh Wants to Fuse Bluegrass and Jazz

Banjo Newsletter Aug 2011Chilmark, MA -- Ranked by many as one the most technically proficient banjo players in the world, Ryan Cavanaugh plays jazz flavored by bluegrass, and bluegrass tinged with jazz. Cavanaugh entered the jazz world in 2006 with the help of jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin, who introduced him to acclaimed jazz saxophonist (and Miles Davis alumni) Bill Evans. Cavanaugh spent the next five years touring with Evans's jazz group around the world. Prior to that, Cavanaugh was a bluegrass banjo champion at the Merlefest, Rockygrass, and Renofest banjo contests. Ryan is interviewed in the August issue of the Banjo Newsletter by banjo player, teacher, and on-air personality Ned Luberecki.

Bluegrass Icon Jesse McReynolds' Tribute to the Grateful Dead Aug 4th

Jesse McReynolds Greatful DeadThe music made famous by the legendary Grateful Dead will be heard at the World Famous Station Inn on Thursday, August 4th. Grand Ole Opry star and bluegrass luminary Jesse McReynolds will mark the Nashville debut of music from his newest album Songs of the Grateful Dead: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter in a special concert. This is Jesse's most ambitious project to date combining the unique music of the iconic rock band with his signature bluegrass style. Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally says, "If Jerry [Garcia] had managed to live to 80 and been from the South, he'd sound like Jesse McReynolds. It's one of the great American voices singing great American songs."

CMHoF Launches Campaign to Raise $75 Million for Expansion

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHoF) has launched a $75 million capital campaign that will finance the museum's 200,000-square-foot expansion. With the new addition, the museum will double in size, from 140,000 square feet, to more than 350,000 square feet, tripling the existing exhibit space and adding additional archival storage, an 800-seat theater and a new educational center. Steve Turner, chairman of the museum's Board of Officers and Trustees, announced the kickoff of the public phase of the campaign this morning at a ceremony in the museum's Ford Theater.

Americana Honors and Awards Returns to the Ryman Oct 13

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- Americana Music Association's annual Honors & Awards program returns to the Ryman Oct. 13. Among the artists slated to appear are: Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Gregg Allman, Hayes Carll, The Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Secret Sisters & more. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. and are available by clicking here.

Hazzard Homecoming Shaping Up as Something Special

Hazzard HomecomingIf you are driving into the Shenandoah National Park on the weekend of August 13th and 14th and you see about a hundred "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Chargers rolling through the Blue Ridge Mountains, don't panic. According to Ben Jones, that is simply "Hazzard Nation" heading to Sperryville, Virginia.

Randy Waller Carries On Country Gentlemen Tradition

Randy Waller & the Country GentlemenHiltons, VA -- Since their formation in 1957, the Country Gentlemen have always been at the forefront of innovation and popularity in bluegrass. Trend setters from the word go, their snappy arrangements were the first to break from the established mold of the 40s and 50s. Their music was the first to be marketed to non-rural audiences in Washington, D.C., on college campuses, and in urban coffee houses during the 1960s. Through the years, the Country Gentlemen have been one of the most imitated and emulated groups around, and they have served as a source of inspiration for many bands. Saturday, August 27th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

Doc Watson Statue Unveiling Held in Boon, North Carolina

Doc Watson StatueCoinciding with the installation and unveiling of a life sized bronze statue of legendary bluegrass and folk artist Doc Watson in Boone, NC, Blooming Twig Books is reissuing Blind But Now I See. The statue was unveiled on Friday, June 24th as part of the Downtown Boone Development project. The statue was sculpted by artist Alex Hallmark.

IBMA Fan Fest Celebrates Bill Monroe and Bluegrass Music

World of Bluegrass 2011/IBMA/ Nashville, TN -- Bluegrass music's premier indoor festival is just around the corner, and this year's event celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, will definitely be one you don't want to miss! Reserve your tickets now for IBMA's Bluegrass Fan Fest, scheduled for Sept. 30 – October 2, 2011, at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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