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Ken Mellons Joins the July 26th 'Lyrics for Lyric Show'

Ken Mellons: Rural RouteNashville, TN -- Mark Newton, Lyrics for Lyric show host, is proud to announce the addition of Country Music great Ken Mellons, affectionately known to fans as the Jukebox Junkie, to the July 26th Lyrics for Lyric show. Born in Kingsport, TN, Ken Mellons' parents Rita and Charles unknowingly groomed their son to have an appreciation for soulful harmonies and raw acoustic sounds, the same sounds that could only be found on his dad's Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs bluegrass music records. Ken signed his first record deal in 1992 with Sony Music and sold over 500,000 copies of his debut album, which boasted the radio hits "Jukebox Junkie," and "I Can Bring Her Back." Mellons parted Epic after a second album and then signed to Curb. In 2004, he offered the album Sweet on a small label, with guest spots from George Jones, Vince Gill, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Earl Scruggs.

Artist, Marty Raybon Hits #1 on 2 National Radio Charts

Marty RaybonPerry Edge, President of Double E Promotions, is proud to announce that Grammy winner Marty Raybon has claimed the top spot on two national radio charts for July of 2011 with his new single "All In The Hands Of Jesus", reaching #1 on the Christian Country Cashbox Top 20 and #1 on the National Christian Voice Country Gospel Top 100.

Thinking Bee and Kathy Mattea Join Forces for Cancer Screening PSAs

Kathy MatteaNashville, TN -- Nashville-based Thinking Bee Productions in conjunction with Mountains of Hope (West Virginia's Comprehensive Cancer Coalition), has produced a series of Public Service Announcements featuring Country and Bluegrass Music star Kathy Mattea. The PSAs were created to raise awareness of the importance of Colorectal Cancer Screenings. Although death from colorectal cancer is highly preventable, it remains the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The incidence for colorectal cancer (1993-2003, per 100,000 population) for men and women in West Virginia was 70.9 and 51.9, respectively. For these reasons, colorectal cancer is one of the Coalition's top priority areas.

Grammy Winner Marty Stuart Kicks off Bluegrass in the Park Festival

Marty StuartHenderson, KY -- The Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival is proud to announce this year's Thursday night headliner: Five time Grammy Award winner, Marty Stuart. From his toe-tappin' honky tonk to his grassroots gospel, Marty Stuart is truly country music's renaissance man. For over four decades, Stuart's songs have topped the charts and earned international acclaim. Stuart will perform Thursday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. The festival will continue with two days of free bluegrass music and activities in Audubon Mill Park.

Darrell Webb Band Video for 'Miner's Hell'

Darrell Webb BandIn early spring 2011, The Darrell Webb Band went on location to a privately owned cabin in Bland, VA, to film their first music video. The featured song, "Miner's Hell" can be found on DWB's first release, Bloodline, which has made it through to round 2 of the IBMA Award voting process for Album of the Year.

CMHoF to Open 'Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player' August 12

 Certified Guitar PlayerNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to one of country music's most versatile and visionary artists, Chet Atkins, with Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, a biographical exhibit opening Friday, August 12, 2011, for a 10-month run in the Museum's East Gallery. The exhibition, which is made possible through the generous support of the Gretsch Company with additional support provided by Great American Country Television Network, will run through June 11, 2012.

Legendary Bluegrass Fiddler Kenny Baker has Died

Kenny BakerLegendary bluegrass pioneer fiddler Kenneth Clayton Baker (Kenny Baker) died yesterday at age 85. Baker was one of the finest fiddlers in bluegrass and performed with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, for a quarter century as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.

37th Carter Family Memorial Festival August 5th

The Carter FamilyHiltons, VA -- In the early 1970s, the only place you heard old time or bluegrass music in southwest Virginia was at a festival. With the exception of a monument on State Street in Bristol, Tennessee, there was no area recognition of our region's rich musical heritage. So in 1974, Janette Carter decided to present a festival dedicated to her father, A.P. Carter. Before he died in November, 1960, he asked his daughter to do all she could to see that the Carter Family's music was never forgotten. She told him Daddy I will try. She did just that, and the Carter Family Memorial Music Center now stands as a tribute to the love and devotion she felt for her father and the music he created. The stage for that first festival was the flatbed of an 18-wheel truck on loan from the National Guard. Sara Carter came from California, and Maybelle Carter came from her home in Nashville. Very small by today's standards, that first festival was truly a labor of love.

Sam Bush to Host 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards Show

Sam BushNashville, TN -- Award-winning artist, band leader, songwriter and mandolin monster Sam Bush will host the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Bush commented saying, "It is my pleasure to return as the host for the 2011 IBMA Awards. As a bluegrass fan and fellow Kentuckian, it's especially important to me in the 100th year anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth. I look forward to spending the evening with the nominees and the winners, as this is their special night."

Comedian and Banjo Player Steve Martin Turns Music Journalist

Steve MartinSteve Martin, who has garnered worldwide acclaim as a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician, recently added music journalist to his resume. Martin interviews banjo player and composer Tony Ellis in the July issue of The Banjo Newsletter. In a wide-ranging conversation, Martin queries the Ohio-based banjo player about his influences, and how his style has evolved from the early 1960s, when he spent two years with the legendary Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys. Martin also talks with Ellis about how his music has inspired Martin's own banjo playing, particularly Martin's composition "The Crow", featured on his 2009 Grammy-winning album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

The Expedition Show signs with Mountain Music Entertainment

The Expedition ShowNashville, TN -- Mountain Music Entertainment proudly announces exclusive representation of Mountain Fever Records artists, The Expedition Show. Mountain Music Entertainment will provide full artist representation for The Expedition Show under the new agreement. The representation will begin immediately.

Amazon Announces Cloud Music Storage and Player Services

Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced three enhancements to Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player: storage plans that include unlimited space for music, free storage for all Amazon MP3 purchases and Cloud Player for Web, now on iPad.

54th Grammy Categories Reduced to 78 Fields for 2012

Grammy AwardSanta Monica, CA -- /NARAS/In an effort to continuously evolve its GRAMMY Awards process, The Recording Academy has announced that it has restructured the GRAMMY Categories across all genres and Fields, bringing the total number of Categories to be recognized at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012, to 78 (down from 109). All Fields remain the same. The announcement was made at The Academy's headquarters by President/CEO Neil Portnow, Academy Board Chair Emeritus and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, and Vice President of Awards Bill Freimuth. Additionally, a minimum of 40 distinct artist entries will be required in each Category (up from 25). Detailed information on these and other recent changes may be found at

Rural Rhythm Releases First Single from Cumberland River

TheLife We LiveRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new single release, "Cold & Withered Heart" by Cumberland River from their upcoming new album, The Life We Live. This hot new project releases July 26, 2011 and was the #1 most downloaded bluegrass/folk album on Airplay last week. The Life We Live certainly showcases the songwriting talents of this young group with all five band members contributing to this impressive first national release.

Stoney Creek 'Take the Blame' on New Single, Live Album

Live in ConcertHedgesville, WV -- Calv'ry Booking and Management will release Live In Concert, the new album from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band, on Tuesday, July 26th. The debut single, a newly crafted version of the Stanley Brothers' "I'll Take the Blame", has been released through AirPlay Direct and is being serviced to bluegrass radio.


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