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Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile Create Organized Chaos in a Beautiful 'Goat Rodeo'

The Goat Rodeo SessionsNew York, NY -- Thanks to a fortuitous "goat rodeo," Sony Masterworks is releasing The Goat Rodeo Sessions , a landmark album project by four of the great instrumentalists in music today, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The album uniquely showcases cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Chris Thile and fiddler Stuart Duncan. While each musician is a renowned superstar in his own music sphere, they have come together now as a unified ensemble on a most remarkable and organic cross-genre project stemming from their friendship, and the title concept. The album also includes two vocal tracks featuring Thile and guest artist Aoife O'Donovan, the lead vocalist and writer for progressive bluegrass group Crooked Still.

The Guitar Festival Wraps Another Successful Year

ELLNORA - The Guitar FestivalChampaign/Urbana, IL --- ELLNORA - The Guitar Festival held at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus September 8-10 celebrated its fourth incarnation this past weekend. With nearly 30 performances -- including 17 free shows and 10 ticketed events -- the biennial event hosted a truly international cast of players in the micro-urban city of Champaign-Urbana, IL and welcomed more than 11,500 music fans throughout the weekend.

Free Bluegrass Music Concert September 27 to Celebrate Bill Monroe Centennial

Bill MonroeNashville, TN -- 2011 Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Del McCoury and Friends to perform on the grounds of Ryman Auditorium; the performance also serves as a kickoff to
IBMA's "World of Bluegrass" week.

American Singer-Banjo Player Wade Mainer, 104, Passed Away

Wade MainerBluegrass music pioneer Wade Mainer passed away yesterday. He was 104 years old. Mainer's health took a sudden down turn about a week ago and he passed away Monday, September 12, 2011. He was probably best known for his work with the Sons of the Mountaineers which bridged the gap between old-time music and bluegrass. While his banjo technique was a two-finger style, rather than the Scruggs three-finger bluegrass rolls, his style was definitely an influence on Earl Scrugg's three finger technique.

IBMA 2011 World of Bluegrass Showcase Artists and Songwriters Announced

World of BluegrassIBMA/ Nashville, TN -- IBMA is proud to announce the following acts have been invited to perform in featured showcases for their colleagues in the bluegrass industry during the organization's 2011 Business Conference. The purpose of these presentations is to introduce the group's talent and material to event producers, broadcasters, labels, media and other prominent industry professionals attending the events. An additional six acts will be invited to showcase, in a separate selection process, from recommendations received from nationally distributed record labels.

Grammy Winner Jim Lauderdale to be Featured on Mark Newton's Sept. 20th Lyrics for Lyric Benefit

Jim LauderdaleThe Mark Newton's Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show is proud to announce the addition of featured Country/Bluegrass Star, Jim Lauderdale to Tuesday nights September 20th Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show at Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse.

Lifetime Achievement Recipients to be Honored at 10th Americana Honors and Awards Show

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association will honor the jaw dropping accomplishments of Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Jerry Douglas, Rick Hall, and Bob Harris by presenting them with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Association's Honors & Awards show Thursday, October 13, 2011, at Nashville's historically cool Ryman Auditorium.

FMC Launches Survey for Musicians and Composers, Asking 'How Do You Make Money From Music?'

Future of Music Coalition SurveyWashington, D.C. -- National non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, launched the next phase of its ambitious Artist Revenue Streams project today, September 6, 2011, with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers.

Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe

Crowe on the BanjoOn September 26, the University of Illinois Press will publish the late Marty Godbey's book "Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe." The book charts the life and career of this celebrated banjoist and Bluegrass innovator from Lexington, KY. The book ordering information is now on the University of Illinois Press catalog web page. The volume is 272 pages including 25 black & white photographs. The book is "A musical biography of one of bluegrass's true pioneers." This is just another addition to the University's Music in American Life series which has included works on the National Barn Dance, Bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens, Bluegrass Odyssey, Bill Monroe, WSM and others who were either a part of bluegrass, influenced by bluegrass or the roots of the genre.

Sharpen your Bluegrass Skills over Winter at ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass

Artistworks Academy of BluegrassIt's been a great summer of Bluegrass with festivals all over the country, and now it's time to sharpen your skills for next year's festivals and jams with the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass. The Academy of Bluegrass is the newest way to learn online from an All-Star Group of teachers: Tony Trischka (Banjo), Bryan Sutton (Guitar), Missy Raines (Bass), Mike Marshall (Mandolin), and Darol Anger (Fiddle). ArtistWorks' Video Exchange Technology allows students from all over the world to learn directly from these master teachers. Join now for as little as $20 a month!

Johnny Butten and Telegraph Road Return to the UK for Tour

Johnny Butten and Telegraph RoadJohnny Butten and Telegraph Road are touring the United Kingdom. This will be Johnny's first time back on homeland soil since moving to the United States. The stage is set for a great show at venues across the UK and Scotland with his United States band.

September Marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Incorporation of the Lyric Frizzell Foundation

Lyrics for LyricNashville, TN -- Corey Frizzell and Mark Newton, Co-Producers of the Nashville based Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show, are proud to announce the official incorporation of the Lyric Frizzell Foundation, which benefits from the monthly show and serves to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

Frank Wakefield Releases A Tribute to Bill Monroe

A Tribute to Bill MonroePatuxent Music has releaed another Bill Monroe Centennial tribute album, A Tribute to Bill Monroe. On the 4th of July in 1961, Bill Monroe commented to Frank saying, "Well, you can pick as good as me-- or nearly as good-- so now you've got to go out and get your own sound." And, with his hero's blessing, Frank Wakefield set out to do just that. Frank Wakefield performs on the mandolin and vocals, Audie Blaylock contributes vocals, Michael Cleveland on fiddle, Mark Delaney handles the banjo, Tom Ewing plays guitar and adds vocals, Marshall Wilborn played bass with Tom Mindte & Taylor Baker.

Ethan Hughes is Searching For a Home

Searching For a HomeBluegrass dobro player Ethan Hughes has a new album out on Patuxent Music. Searching For a Home contains 12 tracks that are delightful and entertaining. David Bromberg says, "Ethan Hughes can't remember a time when bluegrass music wasn't being played around his house. Aside from the radio and the record player, his mom and dad had a bluegrass band called Fretloose.

Tony and Pam Rice Invite Memorial Donations to Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's 'Play It Forward!' Project

Tony Rice & Chris ScottAfter losing their son, John Christian Scott, in a mid-August accident, pioneering bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice and his wife, Pamela, have asked for memorial contributions to be made to a very special cause.


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