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Island in the Mountains Fest on Monday, August 1st

Island in the Mountains FestivalIsland in the Mountains Fest will be held on Monday August 1st on Blannahassett Island in Marshall, NC in celebration of Jerry Garcia's birthday. Gates open at 10:00 am and the music starts at Noon featuring bluegrass/acoustic group, The Tony Rice Unit, The New Riders of the Purple Sage with special guest Donna Jean Godchaux, Bobby Hicks, Phuncle Sam, Jamie Thomas, Joe Penland, The Harris Brothers, El Hub, Sarah Tucker and many more. Tickets are $50 and are available on IslandInTheMountainsFest.com as well as at the Madison County Arts Council and Good Stuff and in downtown Marshall.

King of Newgrass at Celebrity Showroom July 9th

Sam BushKnown as the King of Newgrass, Sam Bush, has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending “New Grass Revival” which infused bluegrass with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. Bush is an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. "In the acoustic world, I've been pretty lucky to play with almost every one of my heroes. I've gotten to play with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, I've been to the mountain," says Bush with a smile.

Josh Slone and CoalTown - Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year

Josh Slone and CoalTownBob Everhart, President of The Rural Roots Music Commission announced that Josh Slone & CoalTown have been selected to receive the Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year award for their self-titled new album released earlier this year on Rural Rhythm Records. This honor will be presented to Josh on Wednesday, August 31, at 11:30am at the 36th Annual Oldtime Country Bluegrass Festival held at The Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.

The Fold Brings Out The Dry Hill Draggers July 23rd

Dry Hill DraggersThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. Saturday, July 23rd, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers Continue Tour

Rare Bird AlertBurlington, MA - Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers continue their "Evening of Bluegrass and Comedy" tour in support of their #1 bluegrass release Rare Bird Alert. On July 4th, they will be performing on A Capitol Fourth, the live PBS broadcast of America's favorite Independence Day tradition. Inspired by that upcoming performance and from facts learned from David Hackett Fischers' book, "Paul Revere's Ride," Steve wrote and recorded a new single, "Me And Paul Revere." Martin crafted a wonderful story about this historical ride from the perspective of Revere's horse.

'Last Chance' by Russ Carson is Great First Chance

Last ChanceRuss Carson has released Last Chance which highlights this young artists abilities and qualities. He's somebody who has a solid foundation of what is bluegrass and puts forth his own style and creativity. This recent Patuxent album is another fine addition to bluegrass libraries and Russ Carries the bluegrass torch proudly.

Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers are Award Nominees

Joe Mullins and The Radio RamblersJoe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have been included among the nominees for the 2011 Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Awards in two categories; New Artist of the Year and Favorite Song for "Worth It All" from their latest release, Hymns From The Hills on Rebel Records.

Michael Martin Murphey's 'Tall Grass and Cool Water'

Tall Grass & Cool WaterMichael Martin Murphey and his Buckaroo Bluegrass friends ride again with his new album release – Tall Grass & Cool Water that continues the connection between Cowboy and Bluegrass music. This all began with his Grammy nominated Buckaroo Blue Grass album and continued with Buckaroo Blue Grass II. The third of the series, Tall Grass & Cool Water is a collection of songs that are cowboy in theme yet played in a style that is compatible with the sterling bluegrass musicians he's brought together including Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Hall, Andy Leftwich, Troy Engle, Mike Bubb and Craig Nelson.

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.

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