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New Rhonda Vincent Video from "Christmas Time"

Rhonda VincentThe six-time Grammy® nominated artist, Rhonda Vincent, is set to reveal Christmas Time via Upper Management Music. Among the tunes, you will find the "Twelve Days of Christmas," like you've never heard before! Rhonda calls upon some of her most famous Country music friends to join her in the celebration; including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys and more.

Tony Trischka Announces 'Of a Winter's Night' Holiday Shows

Tony TrischkaOf A Winter’s Night is banjo master Tony Trischka’s celebration of the season, where he turns his considerable melodic inventiveness loose on Bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays. Tony will be performing two hometown shows, December 22 at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ and December 24 at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Tickets are on sale now.

Jacob Burleson Joins Volume Five

Jacob BurlesonVolume Five has announced that multi-instrumentalist Jacob Burleson, one of the most aspiring young talents in bluegrass music today, has joined the band. Jacob will make his debut performance with Volume Five at Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

"Something About A Train" Debuts at #1 on Roots Music Report

Small Town HeroesValerie Smith and Liberty Pike score two in the top 10 at Roots Music Contemporary Bluegrass Chart. Valerie writes, "One day I was teaching at school and received a call from songwriters Dawn Kenney and Dave Morris letting me know that the song they wrote and I recorded with my band, Liberty Pike, "Something About A Train" had debuted at #1 on the Roots Music Contemporary Bluegrass Chart. I am so very excited and thrilled!"

Steve Gulley Receives “Honorary Doctor of Music Degree”

Steve GulleyNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records recording artist Steve Gulley received Lincoln Memorial University's most prestigious award, an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree for Gulley's many accomplishments in the music industry , as well as, his support and encouragement of new talent. The degree was presented by LMU President B. James Dawson to Gulley during the Fall Commencement ceremony held at Lincoln Memorial University in the Tex Turner Arena on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Dailey & Vincent Celebrate 10th Anniversary On Grand Ole Opry

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN – Critically-acclaimed bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent are set to kick off their highly anticipated 10-year celebration in true superstar fashion. They are one of the most decorated acts in the history of the genre, consisting of 6-time “Male Vocalist of the Year” winner Jamie Dailey and 5-time Grammy® winner Darrin Vincent. They will be commemorating the special occasion with a series of events that will start their year off with a bang.

43rd SPBGMA Nominations Announced

SPBGMA LogoThe Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Award nominees have been announced. The 43rd Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards will take place during the 34th National SPBGMA Convention to be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee February 2-5, 2017. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest stars will be there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.

Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive Release Single from New Project

Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive“Fourth and Goal”, the new radio single by Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive is also the title of their forthcoming album on the John Boy & Billy label, slated for official release, February 3, 2017.

Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Helps Disaster Relief Efforts

Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass FestivalPigeon Forge, TN -- The annual Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival will be held December 7-10 at the Ramada Inn & Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the festival brings together many traditional bluegrass and gospel bands for an early Christmas celebration. This year, the festival will go on with no interruption to the musical program or accommodations due to the wildfires. However, the festival has also has been blessed with the opportunity to help local residents who have been impacted by the devastating fire that has ravaged the area.

Annie Savage and Savage Hearts are Playing it Forward

Playing It ForwardNashville, TN -- Fiddle instructor and performer Annie Savage, along with her band, The Savage Hearts, are making musical waves with their new CD Playing It Forward, which was released in late October.

Dolly Announces “My People” Fund for Great Smoky Mountain Fire Victims

Dolly PartonPigeon Forge, TN -- In a video message released this evening, Dolly Parton announced a new effort by The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The new My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.

Where Do You Put Bluegrass?

Where does Bluegrass Fit?It is generally accepted that around 1938 was to be the beginning of Bluegrass. Although this form of music may have been called Kentucky or Kentuckian had it not been for the fact that Bill Monroe didn't like the name. His first band was called the Kentuckians. The Kentuckians had a jug player instead of a bass player. It was in 1938 that Monroe made his first recording which was to become his trademark song, The Mule Skinner Blues which was recorded on October 7th. It is interesting to note that Monroe played a guiter on this first recording. It wasn't until 1940 that Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys actually cut their first disc. Early members of the Blue Grass Boys included a female accordian player and Dave (Stringbean) Akeman on the banjo. Soon after, Monroe changed the makeup of the band. He added a singer, Lester Flatt and a Banjo player, Earl Scruggs, who had mastered the 3-finger style of Banjo which got its foundations from Snuffy Jenkens.

Hillbilly Gypsies Entertain Carter Family Fold Saturday

Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin’ and grinnin’ and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

Bluegrass and the Younger Generation

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersGo to a Bluegrass festival today and observe the audience. It is comprised of people from all walks of life. It is also comprised of people of all age groups. This is encouraging and is probably the result of the new young talent which keeps the Bluegrass blood flowing. This generation of Bluegrass musicians are bringing with them a new generation of listeners.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Nominated for Midsouth Regional EMMY

The Nitty Gritty Dirt BandNashville, TN -- For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American roots music. With one foot planted in the traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends - Fifty Years, Circlin' Back! PBS special, which was nominated for a Midsouth Regional EMMY® for Special Event Coverage on Friday. Produced for PBS by Todd Squared, Todd Jarrell, Todd Mayo, Steve Schweidel, and directed by James Yockey, Circlin' Back ran nationwide in conjunction with a PBS pledge drive in March 2016. Circlin' Back is also available as a cd/dvd combo with bonus songs and interviews, released Sept. 30 via Warner Music Nashville.

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