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Old-Time Bluegrass Festival Features Entertainment, Workshops and More

Laurie Lewis & The Right HandsLake County, CA -- The sixth-annual Old Time Bluegrass Festival will be held at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park in Lower Lake on Saturday, September 10, 2011. This annual event brings together local and regional musicians for performances on two stages, as well as a full schedule of musician workshops led by pros Laurie Lewis, Steve Werner, Pat Icker, Jim Williams, Andy Skelton, Don Coffin, and others throughout the day on such topics as banjo, fiddle, and flat-picking techniques for guitar. Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments for workshops and informal jam sessions behind the ranch house.

Cracker Barrell Congratulates The Grascals on IBMA Nomination From Their Joint Venture

The Grascals & FriendsLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is pleased to congratulate The Grascals for their multiple nominations announced recently by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The acclaimed group has received four nominations, including "Entertainer of the Year," which they have won twice previously, and band member Kristin Scott Benson is up for her fourth Instrumental Performer of the Year (Banjo) award.

Look It Up - 'Americana Music' Now in Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam-WebsterNashville, TN -- Merriam-Webster announced today, as reported by the Associated Press, the inclusion of the musical definition of the word Americana to its Collegiate Dictionary. Americana joins Tweet, m-commerce and around 100 other words whose use is now widely recognized enough to be a part of today's lexicon. According to the dictionary's editors Americana's third definition is "a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music".

A Comment on the International Bluegrass Music Association

Bob CherryRecently, Chris Pandolfi, a professional member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and who performs with Infamous Stringdusters, wrote an illuminating article on his blog titled, Bluegrass Awards?. His piece reflects the views of many members and non-members alike. While this blog entry focuses on the association's International Bluegrass Music Awards, the roots of the problems are deeper than that.

Boston Bluegrass Union Joe Val T-Shirt Art Contest

Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalThe Boston Bluegrass Union which holds the annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival is holding a contest to design the artwork for the T-Shirts for the 27 event to be held February 17-19, 2012. The winner receives $150, a free weekend ticket to the festival, festival t-shirt with graphic, and recognition in the program book and elsewhere. Deadline is October 31, 2011.

Banjo Camp North Fall Edition Kicks Off September 16

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North Fall Edition (BCN-FE) is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up the full-time and "adjunct" faculties. The camp has invited several top flight fiddlers and guitarists to teach about playing with other instruments and jamming, and to be on hand to help make those all-night jams something special. In response to previous attendees requests, this year we are adding a Fiddle Track for both Bluegrass and Old Time, plus we will emphasize banjo and fiddle duet playing. Another area of study is singing, solo and group. The camp kicks off September 16 so now is the time to sign up if you're planning on attending.

Government of Canada Grants $82,951 to Promote New Richmond Bluegrass Festival

New Richmond Bluegrass FestivalThe Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces the awarding of $82,951 in non-repayable funding, spread over three years, to the Gaspesian British Heritage Village to promote the New Richmond Bluegrass Festival outside Quebec.

The Del McCoury Band Brings Bluegrass to Flights and Sounds Summer Festival

Del McCoury BandIrvine, CA -- /PRNewswire/ The Great Park's Flights & Sounds Summer Festival launches the fourth weekend of summer dance parties and concerts with rich mix of harmonic soul, R&B and bluegrass music. On Saturday night, August 27, come hear a living legend, Grammy winner Del McCoury and his band, masters of traditional bluegrass music. There are few musical styles so innately American as bluegrass, and there is no musician today so deeply identified with bluegrass as Del McCoury. McCoury got his start in Bill Monroe's iconic bluegrass band in the 1960s, and today is regarded as both the keeper of the bluegrass flame and as one of its greatest innovators.

Close Kin, A Reunion of Bluegrass and Old-Time Music

 A Reunion of Old-Time and Bluegrass MusicOpen your mind to a whole new musical experience and sound...Whether you're a fan of bluegrass or old-time music, 29 artists from both sides of the aisle have come together to create a truly unique recording that combines these two musical genres and their bold styles. The Appalachian Highlands region of Northeast Tennessee, Northwestern North Carolina, Southwestern Virginia and Eastern Kentucky is home to the origins of both bluegrass and old-time string band music. This music has been enjoyed for generations in kitchens and back porches, school auditoriums and music festivals and venues. Many times bluegrass and old-time artists can be heard jamming off stage at festivals before or after shows or even late into the night after the crowds have gone home. Amazing sounds are created when these styles are blended together as their heritage intended and rarely heard by the fans. Close Kin brings these sounds to the fans.

Bluegrass Bands and Helping Hands to Release Third Benefit CD in September

Big LeaguesJoin the Bluegrass Bands and Helping Hands September 24 at the historic Dalton Freight Depot for the CD release party of Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands Volume Three: Big Leagues. The party will feature live performances by Earl Brackin, The Dixie Bee-Liners, Jubal's Kin, and The Lone Mountain Band, and yes the new CD Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands Volume Three Big Leagues will be available for purchase at the party.

Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice New Band Member, Chris Davis

Chris DavisJunior Sisk and Ramblers Choice welcome Chris Davis to the group. Chris was born in Xenia, Ohio on October 9, 1979 to Danny Lee and Susie Davis. He was born into a family of musicians. His Grandfather Elzie Davis played the fiddle, his Father Danny Lee Davis plays the banjo and sings and traveled with Ralph Stanley playing bass and singing harmony. His brother Wes Davis played the guitar and sang as well. The Davis's created the "Davis Brothers Band" and began playing bluegrass music as a family.

A Classic Bluegrass Tribute to Bill Monroe Released by Rounder

Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration - A Classic Bluegrass Tribute/Rounder/Burlington, MA - Bill Monroe was both the father of bluegrass music and one of the genre's most prolific writers, with a legacy that remains a benchmark for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Monroe created a distinctive music, a genre of its own that proved itself compelling and enduring. Over 60 years after its birth, bluegrass is as healthy as it's ever been, with 500 festivals each year around the United States, and bands in more than two dozen other countries.

The String Cheese Incident Announces Fall Incidents

Roots Run Deep TourThe String Cheese Incident announced their first multi-city run in four years. "Roots Run Deep" 2011 begins Thanksgiving weekend and travels through southern and eastern U.S. historic venues including Atlanta's legendary Fox Theatre, a return to the newly re-opened Georgia Theatre, Nashville's landmark Ryman Auditorium (with a special acoustic first set), and a two-night stand at New York City's magnificent United Palace. The full list of tour dates is included below, and tickets go on sale beginning August 25 at www.StringCheeseIncident.com.

'The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain' Receives 4 IBMA Nominations

All Star Jam - Live at Graves MountainRural Rhythm Records is extremely proud to announce The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain has received four International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award nominations including Album of the Year. This special event album includes the extraordinary talents of: Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, The Crowe Brothers, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, and Brand New Strings. The album was produced by Mark Newton and recorded & mixed by Gene Daniell. A documentary on the event begins airing in October on BlueHighways TV.

The Roys To Host Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree Saturday, September 17

The RoysNashville, TN -- The up-and-coming Bluegrass brother/sister duo, The Roys, are set to host the world-famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree on Saturday, September 17. The live broadcast kicks off at 12:00 Midnight and streams on www.wsmonline.com. David McCormick, CEO of Ernest Tubb Record Shops, is excited to be bringing some new talent to the venue. "It's been a long time since we've had anyone like The Roys on our stage," he says. "I think they're going to do very well. Lee and Elaine deserve everything I know that will come their way." For The Roys, who grew up listening to the Jamboree, hosting the show is a dream come true.

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