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Singer/Songwriter Niall Toner Tells the Story of Bill Monroe

Niall TonerNashville, TN -- Niall Toner tells his story of Bill Monroe in a new YouTube video. The leader of the Niall Toner Band from Ireland is still celebrating his music reaching the number one download spot on the bluegrass and folk charts for AirPlay Direct during the month of March, an extraordinary achievement for a songwriter based in Ireland. As a result, Niall Toner Band has been enjoying an ever-increasing amount of air play on American Radio. Niall's songs about the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, Bill Monroe's Mandolin and The Master's Resting Place, are proving most popular with Radio DJs and listeners in this year of Monroe's Centenary.

Darin and Brooke Aldridge 'So Much In Between' Released

So Much In BetweenArden, NC -- Darin & Brooke Aldridge, America's "Bluegrass Sweethearts", are proud to announce the release of their new CD, So Much In Between. The sophomore project on Mountain Home Records, a division of Crossroads Music, is being released nationwide today. Produced by critically acclaimed veteran producer/songwriter Jerry Salley, So Much In Between is a collection of songs sure to tug at the heartstrings of listeners of varied musical tastes. Including a classic cut of Tom T. Hall's "Our Little World", a grassy version of Patsy Montana's "Cowboy Sweetheart", and a compelling mix of songs covering topics of love, life, and friendship, this project really does echo its title's sentiment.

Local Teen Musicians Give Live Radio Broadcast

Bill Wright's Guitar TeensSparta, NJ -- Local teens gave a live radio broadcast at WNTI 91.9 radio station in Hackettstown, NJ during the stations live Bob Dylan program. Five students from Bill Wright's Guitar Studio in Sparta, NJ performed live on air at WNTI radio station early Friday morning on July 29th. They played so well that they were asked to warm up for Commander Cody at the August 12th WNTI/Kennedy Events Summer Concert.

Yonder Mountain String Band's 2001 Harvest Music Festival

Harvest Music FestivalLocated at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas the Yonder Mountain String Band's 2012 Harvest Music Festival will take place October 13-16 providing 4 days of exciting music. The music is bluegrass by its roots but the tree evolves into rich braches including acoustic, Americana, progressive, newgrass and more. Tickets are already selling quickly so if you're going and haven't already received your tickets, you better get going!

The Mast Farm Inn Emerging Artists Series at IBMA's World of Bluegrass

The Mast Farm InnThe Mast Farm Inn, in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, presents a 5 day, 24 concert, jam and open mic series, entitled "The Mast Farm Inn's Emerging Artist Concert Series at The International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass 2011, in Nashville TN. These 5 Events will feature 24 bands and take place from Monday September 26th, 2011 to Saturday October 1st, 2011 on site at the Nashville Convention Center attached to The Renaissance Hotel.

Chet Atkins Family Bestows Final C.G.P. Honor on Paul Yandell

Paul Yandell CGPNashville, TN -- During his lifetime, the legendary Chet Atkins bestowed the title "C.G.P.," for "Certified Guitar Player," on only four guitar pickers: Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, the late Jerry Reed, and Steve Wariner. At a program Saturday marking the opening of the new Chet Atkins exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum®, Atkins' daughter Merle asked Steve Wariner to help her continue the tradition and read a proclamation that officially conferred the last and final "C.G.P." title on Paul Yandell, the master guitarist who had been Atkins' bandleader and confidant for over 30 years.

Singer/Songwriter Brent Byrd, 'Peaceful Rebel Man' On The Move

Time To StartLivin'St. Augustine, FL -- Performer Brent Byrd, aptly titled "The Peaceful Rebel Man" is on the move with the release of his 2011 CD release Time To Start Livin'. Recently returned from a highly successful Southeast/Midwestern tour in support of his new CD release, Brent Byrd is quickly becoming known as an explosive live performer. In order to fully express himself as a solo artist, he incorporates loops and multiple instruments to create powerful acoustic jams. Brent has been compared to artists like Jack Johnson, Donavan Frankenreiter, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne and vocal similarity to the great Joe Cocker.

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Vince Gill Celebrates 20th Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry Member

Vince GillNashville, TN -- The Grand Ole Opry presented by Humana honored one of country music's most accomplished singers, songwriters and musicians, Vince Gill, tonight on his 20th anniversary as an Opry member. Among those joining Gill on stage throughout the night were his wife Amy Grant, daughter Jenny Gill, Jimmy Dickens, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, and The Time Jumpers.

Banjo Piranha - Collect as Many Banjos as You Can

Banjo PiranhaLondon - Sauce Digital announces Banjo Piranha, their latest game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The game will launch in early September at a price of $0.99. Banjo Piranha is a physics arcade game that puts the player in control of Banjo, the vegetarian piranha with a fondness for, well, banjos.

Gettysburg August Bluegrass Festival Lineup Announced

Gettysburg Bluegrass FestivalThe August Gettysburg Bluegrass Music Festival is right around the corner and the final lineup has been announced. We already knew it would be a great lineup with some of America's favorite bluegrass artists. Now, we know who will be performing and when. The festival occupies two stages and spans four wonderful days of music, workshops, jams, kids academy and more. The festival takes place as the Granite Hill Camping Resort located at 3340 Fairfield Road in beautiful and historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Carter Family Fold Hosts Dale Ann Bradley Band September 10th

Dale Ann BradleyHiltons, VA -- Dale Ann Bradley has been hailed by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs as one of the greatest vocalists in country and bluegrass music today. She won IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2007 and 2008. A former Coon Creek Girl and mainstay at Kentucky's Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Bradley commands a list of awards as long as Highway 40. Extraordinarily gifted and talented, she's also very down to earth. Saturday, September 10th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Dale Ann Bradley Band. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

Pickin' in the Pasture Brings Finger Lakes Region Alive with Bluegrass

Pickin' in the PastureEvery year, bluegrass music fans come from miles around to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Come and experience four days of fun and world-class bluegrass music in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes area. Pickin' In The Pasture hosts some of the finest professional bluegrass entertainment in the country. The event features legendary performers as well as exciting new artists. Pickin' In The Pasture is known as "the destination" for traditional bluegrass music in NY State by the many fans that return year after year. We appreciate the strong support that bluegrass enthusiasts have given the event as we continue to make upgrades and improvements. Pickin' In The Pasture is large enough to be able to feature a professional quality stage show yet small enough to maintain a friendly family atmosphere. Festival goers comment that the event offers the best value for the admission price in the northeast.

Blue Highway's 10th Album 'Sounds of Home' August 23rd

Sounds of HomeBurlington, MA – Rounder Records is pleased to announce the release of Blue Highway's tenth album, Sounds Of Home, on August 23. The album arrives one long decade after Still Climbing Mountains, the band's first all-original collection. Blue Highway has always been known for their ability to create striking original music that resounds with timeless bluegrass, but Sounds Of Home is especially rich in the variety of directions that it reaches.

'The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance' Contest

 The Story of the National Barn DanceSan Francisco, CA -- Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance tells the story of a changing America through the lens of one of the nation's most popular country music radio shows during the 1930s and '40s: The National Barn Dance. The one-hour documentary weaves rare performance footage, home movies, and candid photographs with firsthand accounts from fans and performers. Interviews with historians, folklorists, and media experts reveal historical and cultural perspectives of this unique period in America's history. Produced and directed by Stephen Parry with supervisory producer Bob Hercules, The Hayloft Gang will premiere on PBS nationwide beginning September 1, 2011 (check local listings).

Bluegrass Museum Benefit Concert with Ernie Evans Aug. 17

Ernie Evans and the Florida Bluegrass BandAre you ready for the third season of the International Bluegrass Music Museum's benefit concert series? We hope you are, because the first performance of the season features none other than Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band!

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