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Nell Robinson Releases 'Nell Robinson on the Brooklyn Road'

Nell Robinson on the Brooklyn RoadBerkeley, CA -- Bluegrass singer-songwriter Nell Robinson proudly announces the upcoming release of her sophomore CD, On The Brooklyn Road on July 19, 2011. After her debut album Loango charted in bluegrass and Americana in 2010, Nell Robinson was named one of the most "utterly charming," "freshest voices" in roots music, and likened to early Emmylou Harris and Hazel Dickens. With On The Brooklyn Road, titled after the red clay dirt road that led to her family’s farm in rural Alabama, Nell returns with more of her original compositions.

Howard Levy Takes Online School On The Road with Flecktones Tour

Howard LevyHoward Levy, harmonica player and educator, has been taking his online harmonica school on the road as he rejoins Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten and Future Man on tour with the original Flecktones line-up. Howard, who launched his online school in 2009, has been filming video responses and providing new lessons to his students from over 35 countries as the Flecktones tour North America

Cumberland River Band -- New Music, New Artist, New Album

TheLife We LiveRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the upcoming July 26, 2011 album release The Life We Live by Cumberland River. The album contains all original music by this hot young new band so we hope you enjoy! All five band members contributed to this impressive first national release produced by Steve Gulley. The band includes the talents of: James Dean (banjo, lead & harmony vocals); Dustin Middleton (mandolin, lead & harmony vocals); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro); Andy Buckner (guitar, harmony vocals).

Shady Grove Band Performs Free Concert Featuring PineCone Students

PineCone—the Piedmont Council of Traditional MusicJoin PineCone and the Town of Cary for a special night of music on Friday, July 1 featuring The Shady Grove Band and students from the PineCone Bluegrass Music Camp. The camp included students ages 8-16 learning guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. Charles Pettee of Shady Grove taught the guitar and mandolin tracks, while John Currie instructed the students in the fiddle and banjo tracks. This concert is the culmination of the week-long camp, but may be just the beginning for this next generation of musicians!

Pickin' in the Panhandle - West Virginia's BBQ and Bluegrass Festival

Smoke N Grass FestivalMartinsburg, WV -- Get your fill of smoke and 'grass at Pickin' in the Panhandle, the WV State BBQ and Bluegrass Festival, September 9-11, 2011. The 5th annual festival will feature over 25 bands on three stages, the Kansas City Barbecue Society WV State BBQ Championship, and fun for the whole family.

James Burton to be Saluted as Nashville Cat July 23rd

Guitar Sounds of James BurtonNashville, TN -- Renowned guitarist James Burton will be saluted on Saturday, July 23, as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's popular series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians. The program, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Museum's Ford Theater, is included with Museum admission and free to Museum members. The program will be streamed live on www.CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.

Bluegrass Gospel Project Has Busy July Concert Schedule Planned

Bluegrass Gospel ProjectThe Bluegrass Gospel Project (BGP) will have a busy July concert run going. BGP comments about their upcoming concerts saying, "They're all good, and the one we're most excited about is July 22 & 23 near Woodstock, VT (see our calendar page for tickets, info, and links). SummerGrass 2011 is being put on by our good friends at Pentangle Arts and promises to be two music-filled days of notable bluegrass heavies including Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Infamous Stringdusters, Sierra Hull, and us. We'll be playing two sets each day and doing a workshop on Saturday.

Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands Going for the Big Leagues

Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands Vol 3There are over 1600 children with special needs in Dalton and Whitfield County Georgia. A project has already begun to build a special surfaced and equiped recreation facility to host baseball and similar recreational events but a tremendous amount of funding is required to see the park to completion. The park when completed would serve the residence of North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Paul Byrum and Tom Brown plan to help the fund raising and public awareness effort by creating a Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands Volume III CD - Big Leagues.

The Watkins Family Adds a New Musician

Daniel HoltBy Randall FranksThe Watkins Family of Toccoa, Ga. adds to its stage show by bringing another full-time musician to their ministry. The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her adult children - Todd and Lorie continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada since 1982.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival The Lineup That Never Stops

Grey Fox Bluegrass FestivalOak Hill, NY -- Grey Fox Bluegrass Music Festival's lineup has been refered to as "the lineup that never stops!" This apparently is true as the festival has now added Chris Thile & Michael Daves to this summer's already huge all-star cast. The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is a Who's Who of Bluegrass Music which resulted in the event being named the 2009 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year. This year's event will take place Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17, 2011 on the Walsh Farm near Oak Hill, New York. Advance tickets are still available through June 30th so hurry up.

Steve Martin Teaches Banjo Lessons Online

Steve MartinIt's not everyday that you have the opportunity to get banjo lessons from Renaissance man and award winning banjo player Steve Martin but one website has changed all that. The Tony Trischka School of Banjo has a series of online lessons from guest Steve Martin where he demonstrates and breaks down how to play 'Hide Behind A Rock', a track from his new album Rare Bird Alert. Students can even watch the videos in slow motion along with hundreds of other beginner, intermediate and advanced banjo lessons available on the site.

The Grayson Highlands Band Makes Carter Fold Appearance July 2nd

The Grayson Highlands BandThe Grayson Highlands Band, from the Jefferson, North Carolina area, plays a variety of old time music, ranging from rousing fiddle tunes to traditional songs and ballads. They are regulars at the Christmas in July Festival, the Albert Hash Festival, the Rugby Fall Festival, the Greater Lansing Area Festival, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. They have also been the guest band on the Gary Poe Live radio show several times, and have won numerous awards at regional fiddlers' conventions. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Grayson Highlands Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free

Summer Series Celebrates Bluegrass On The Stage Where It Was Born

Bluegrass Nights at the RymanSpringer Mountain Farms Presents Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman kicks off Thursday with An Evening with Vince Gill at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the show, The Howling Brothers will perform as part of the Pickin' On The Plaza series in front of the historic venue. The Plaza series is free to the public.

Cayce's Congaree Bluegrass Festival Date Set

Congaree Bluegrass FestivalCayce's 4th annual Congaree Bluegrass Festival will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Presented by the City of Cayce the daylong, family-oriented festival will bring some of the top bluegrass performers to Granby Gardens Park, located in the City Hall Complex at 1800 12th Street.

Country Music Hall of Fame Names New Trustee and Officers

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's quarterly board meeting today, BMI's Nashville Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations Jody Williams was elected to a first term as a trustee. Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz and Lee, Danner & Bass, Inc. Principal and Director Ernie Williams were re-elected to three-year terms as trustees.

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