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World Wide Bluegrass Internet Radio Fundraiser Now On

WorldWideBluegrass.comLes Sears, an announcer with World Wide Bluegrass has announced to us that the annual fall fundraiser for WWB is on and will continue through October 1, 2011. He reminds us that listeners can always donate throughout the year but, now is the important period.

Ryman's Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Celebrated Monroe's Centennial

Birth of BluegrassNashville, TN -- /The Ryman/ Earlier this summer, the famed Ryman Auditorium celebrated Bill Monroe's 100th birthday celebration with their special edition of Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman which featured bluegrass artists Doyle Lawson, Bobby Osborne, Sierra Hull and more. The date was in December 1945 that Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys consisting of Earl Scruggs on Banjo, Lester Flatt on Guitar, Chubby Wise on Fiddle and Howard 'Cedric' Rainwater on bass took to the Ryman stage and the sound of Bluegrass Music was heard. A genre was born.

Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band set for Sept 22 Performance in Tallahassee

Rodney DillardScott Carswell presents the upcoming concert aston martin by Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band featuring The Traveling Acoustic Ensemble. This highly anticipated event takes place Thursday, September 22, 2011 at The Moon, 1105 E. Lafayette Street, Tallahassee Florida. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Advance General Admission and student $10; others $15; and reserved seating $25. More information please visit MoonEvents.com or call (850) 878-6900.

'The Makings of a Master' Opens with Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration

Bill MonroeFrankfort, KY -- The new exhibition "The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships" will open Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. The opening day of the exhibition will feature a concert in celebration of Bill Monroe's 100th birthday. "Bluegrass Masters: A Celebration of the Bill Monroe Centennial," featuring master bluegrass musician Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at 100 W. Broadway in Frankfort. Two more concerts are scheduled: "Kentucky Women in Old-Time Music," featuring the Reel World String Band and Carla Gover, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20; and "East Meets West: Fiddling and Thumbpicking Guitar in Kentucky," featuring Eddie Pennington, Steve Rector, Roger Cooper, John Harrod and Alonzo Pennington, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Documenting Folklife Event

Birthplace of Country Music AllianceBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA) and Virginia Intermont College are pleased to welcome Jeff Place, Archivist for the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, the kick-off event of this year's Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. On Friday, September, 16th at 2pm in the Cameo Theater he will share his experience working as an archivist and writer with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Folkways Recordings, in a talk geared toward those who work with arts organizations, cultural non-profits and academic institutions. The event is free and open to the public.

Muddy Roots Festival of Traditional American Music Offers Free Downloads

Muddy Roots FestivalThe Alternate Root is providing free downlaod of music from The Muddy Roots Festival, the annual celebration of vintage American music which is slated for September 3 & 4, 2011 in Cookeville, TN. The annual event draws fans of traditional American roots music from around the globe and draws some of the top talent in the genre. Muddy Roots promotes every blend of Americana, Country, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Blues, Folk and Rock music. This year's festival features headliners Wanda Jackson, Wayne Hancock, The Legendary Shack Shakers, O'Death plus dozens of other great American Roots music artists. For information visit: muddyrootsmusic.com.

Music Icon Ricky Skaggs Nominated For Five ICM Awards, Including Entertainer and Legend/Pioneer Award

Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- The Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Faith, Family & Country Awards Top 5 finalists were announced yesterday, and Ricky Skaggs secured nominations in five categories: Legend/Pioneer Award, Entertainer, Inspirational Country Song ("Someday Soon"), Musician and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist. For Skaggs, who has previously won several ICM Awards, this year's nominations are particularly sweet. "I'm very grateful to the ICM for all the nominations," says Skaggs. "When I started playin' and singin', they didn't have award shows like they do now, so I've never been driven to win them. I just love the music and I love the fact that God uses music to speak to people's hearts. That's what I'm in it for, to be a messenger of His Love." The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be held on Friday, October 28 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The Roys In Running For Three Inspirational Country Music Awards

The RoysNashville, TN -- The reigning Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year, The Roys, are in the running for three more ICM awards this year: Vocal Duo of The Year, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist and Inspirational Country Song ("I Wonder What God's Thinking"). Winners will be announced during the 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show, held in Nashville on Friday, October 28 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

73rd National Folk Festival this Labor Day Weekend

National Folk FestivalA Great American festival comes to America's "Music City." The National Folk Festival is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend Sep 2 – 4 and we hope you can join us. "The National" is the oldest festival of its kind in the United States and features a musically diverse programming that will knock your socks off. And it's FREE.

Donna Ulisse to Make First Appearance at Redbone Willy's

Donna UlisseSinger songwriter Donna Ulisse will be appearing with her band The Poor Mountain Boys at Redbone Willy's Bluegrass Festival in Lawndale, North Carolina on Saturday, September 3, 2011. The one day annual event is nestled in the foothills of North Carolina's South Mountains and the lineup includes Balsam Range, Grasstowne, Nu-Blu, Twilite Broadcasters and many more.

White Horse Black Mountain Announces Fall Lineup for 'Where The Hills Are Blue' Concert Series

Mark NewtonBlack Mountain, NC -- White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain, NC kicks off the fall schedule for it's Where The Hills Are Blue concert series on Friday September 2nd with Mark Newton's Stillhouse Band and The Moore Brothers. The concert series continues on Friday October 7th with Niall Toner (from Ireland) and Asheville North Carolina area band Bobby and the Bluegrass Tradition. On October 15th, the series presents Grasstowne and Cumberland River. The fall series concludes on November 19th with Brandon Rickman of the Lonesome River Band. All Shows Begin at 8pm.

The 23 String Band CD Release Party at Headliners in Louisville

23 String BandLouisville, Ky -- The 23 String Band will celebrate the release of their second album Catch 23 with a CD Release Party at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY, on Sept. 16 at 9PM (doors at 8). Admission is $10. Call 502-584-8088 or click www.HeadlinersLouisville.com for more information.

Ireland's Bluegrass Singer/Songwriter Niall Toner's Single 'William Smith Monroe' at #1 on AirPlay Direct

Niall TonerNashville, TN -- 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, 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 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.

Bela Fleck's World Premiere of 'Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra' Sept 22 - 24

Bela FleckNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck will present the world premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra — one of the first ever written for the instrument — with the Nashville Symphony on September 22-24 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To be performed by Fleck on his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone banjo, the Concerto marks a significant new departure for Fleck, who calls the piece "a liberating experience for my efforts as a composer and hopefully for the banjo as well." Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra will be the centerpiece of the orchestra’s opening concerts in the 2011/12 SunTrust Classical Series.

Bluegrass Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration This Month

Bill MonroeBy Garian VigilSpeaking of the Bill Monroe Centennial, don't forget that 15 members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame will perform with their respective bands during the International Bluegrass Music Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration, September 12, 13 & 14, 2011! The 3-day celebration takes place at the Bluegrass Museum and RiverPark Center's Cannon Hall, next door to the Museum in Owensboro, Ky. There are a ton of events, exhibits and special presentations planned, so be sure to check out the Museum's web site at www.bluegrassmuseum.org . And if you're on Facebook, there is a special event page for the Centennial at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178586178821244 in addition to the Museum's official FB page at www.facebook.com/BluegrassMuseum (please "like" it if you haven't yet!). Read on for more info on all of the exciting plans for the Centennial.

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