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Bill Monroe: A Centennial Celebration

Bill Monroe/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Robert K. OermannkSept. 13, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the father of bluegrass music and one of his longtime friends has honored him with a musical tribute. Banjo player and producer Mike Scott often played, dined and shared stories with CMA's Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Monroe. Scott was never a member of the master's famed Blue Grass Boys band, but he was closer to him than many musicians who were.

Mountain Fever Records Releases New Michelle Nixon and Drive CD

 A Place I BelongWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is very proud to announce the release of a brand new CD by Michelle Nixon & Drive. A Place I Belong has been shipped to radio programmers and is available worldwide now. Michelle Nixon is no stranger to the stage when it comes to soulful singing. In fact, she and her band have been a household name among bluegrass enthisiasts for nearly a decade. The Virginia native won Female Vocalist of the Year from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) in 2006 and later that year was honored to be part of the Daughters of Bluegrass album, Back To The Well which won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Recorded Event of the Year. In 2009, The Daughters of Bluegrass took home the award again for the song, "Proud To Be A Daughter" from their follow-up album, Bluegrass Bouquet.

Blue Highway to Release 'Sounds of Home' August 23rd

Sounds of HomeBurlington, MA – Rounder Records is pleased to announce the release of Blue Highway's Sounds Of Home on August 23. The album arrives one long decade after Still Climbing Mountains, the band's first all-original collection. Blue Highway has always been known for their ability to create striking original music that resounds with timeless bluegrass, but Sounds Of Home is especially rich in the variety of directions that it reaches.

BlueHighways TV, Rural Rhythm Partner to Help Promote Roots Music

BlueHighways TV and Rural Rhythm RecordsHendersonville, TN - BlueHighways TV (BHTV) and Rural Rhythm Records announced today that they have formed a promotional partnership to bring the label's artists to BHTV viewers through HD television specials, guest appearances and music video segments. As part of the new partnership, Rural Rhythm artists will also take to the festival stages to educate fans about BlueHighways TV.

New Digital Re-issues from Pinecastle Records

New Pinecastle RecordsColumbus, NC -- Long out of print, these classic WEBCO and Pinecastle recordings are now available for download at your favorite online retailer including Amazon MP3 and iTunes. Pinecastle Records purchased WEBCO Records of Virginia in 1993 which marked the beginning of fruitful relationships with artists like Larry Stephenson and The Reno Brothers. Six of Larry Stephenson's WEBCO releases have been added. The Rarely Herd albums below add to the ones already available digitally. Also added are four additional albums from The Reno Brothers.

The Roys Pledge Support To Compassion International

The Roys and Respond BusNashville, TN (July 11, 2011) -- The reigning two-time Inspirational Country Music's Duo of the Year, The Roys, "Respond with Compassion" as they support Compassion International's newest campaign. The Respond with Compassion effort encourages people everywhere to sponsor a child - now.

Blame It On The Bluegrass Running Up The Charts

Blame It On The BluegrassBell Buckle, TN -- Bell Buckle Records is pleased to announce the award-winning Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike are running up the national radio charts like wildfire. The band just returned from a two month European tour, then headed straight to Canada for a performance at the TOMM Fest in Kingston, Ontario where they also hosted numerous "Introduction To Bluegrass" school programs throughout Kingston and the surrounding area. After that, this high energy group returned to the U.S. for a rousing performance at the popular ROMP Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky before returning home to Tenn. To find their new hit single, Blame It On The Bluegrass at #6 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 30 Songs and #8 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine's Top 30 Hot Singles chart.

Wolf Creek Grass to Host 7th Annual Hazard Kentucky Bluegrass Festival

Wolf Creek GrassJoin us for the 7th annual Hazard Bluegrass Festival at the beautiful Perry County Park in Hazard, Kentucky, on Saturday, July 16. Enjoy traditional bluegrass music in the heart of the majestic mountains of Southeast Kentucky. Performances will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the last band taking the stage at 9:10 p.m. The festival will begin with an open jam Friday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. All festival activities are FREE to the public.

Rural Rhythm Records Relocating to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Rural RhythmRural Rhythm Records announced that the label is relocating from their Los Angeles, California area to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. This will bring the label closer to many of their artists as well as the region where much the music was born. During the next week, the office phone lines will be down, but staff will be able to be reached on their cell phones. There will be limited email access during the transition. The label's current PO Box in California will be kept open until the new mailing address is announced at a later time.

Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival Announces Official Artist Line-Up

Blue Moon Bluegrass Festival 2011Prestonsburg, KY -- The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival released the official line-up for the 5 day event, adding Chris Knight to the already impressive roster of artists. The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky will join the list of local non-profit organizations receiving five percent of all tickets sales that will be evenly distributed amongst the charities. The Pikeville College Booth Scholar Program will also receive a percentage of the profits from the Miller/Coors Beer Garden sales. An inflatable waterslide and obstacle course will be available for the kids at the event to be held July 27-31, 2011 at the Prestonsburg Equine Center at Stonecrest.

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.


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