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Amazing DelFest just Weeks Away - Open Submission Winners

DelFest 2014DelFest 2014 will once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC). The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 7th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD served as the perfect location for DelFest--nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road.

MerleFest Congratulates 2014 Chris Austin Songwriter Winners

Chris Austin Songwriters Judges and WinnersWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest 2014 congratulates the winners of the 22nd Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Writers of the following twelve songs were selected from 567 entries and competed on the Austin Stage at MerleFest on Friday, April 25. MerleFest performer Keller Williams served as emcee for the contest. Distinguished songwriters Darrell Scott, Charles Humphrey III (Steep Canyon Rangers) and Niall Toner served as this year’s onsite judges that determine this year’s winners.

Dailey & Vincent Launch Ryman Auditorium Sweepstakes

Dailey & Vincent"The Rock Stars of Bluegrass," Dailey & Vincent, in partnership with Springer Mountain Farms and the Ryman Auditorium (http://ryman.com/bluegrass), announce the launch of a special fan-engaging sweepstakes in conjunction with the duo's performance July 17, 2014 during Bluegrass Nights at the famed Ryman Auditorium. The sweepstakes officially launched April 8, 2014 at 3 p.m. CDT and offers an exclusive Nashville experience prize pack to one lucky winner and a guest, compliments of Springer Mountain Farms.

Top BBQ Pitmasters Compete at BBQ & Blue Grass Bash

Adam Steffey and The BoxcarsVenice, FL -- On April 19th thousands will descend on Venice Municipal Airport for the 5th Annual Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash. The highly anticipated event is proud to host this year’s Florida Barbecue State Championship and will attract 60 world renowned BBQ Competitors to compete for a $15,000 purse and automatic inclusion to the Food Network’s World Food Championship in Las Vegas, NV. The event also hosts a nationally recognized chili cook-off that the winner also receives a cash prize and entry to the World Food Championship. “We’re honored to host the FBA State Barbecue Championship this year and also to be one of only a few events in the country where both our BBQ and Chili winners get automatic entry to the World Food Championship,” says Don Fisher, founder and organizer of the event.

Chance to Win Dailey & Vincent Nashville Experience Package

Dailey & Vincent Nashville ExperienceNashville, TN -- Calling all Dailey & Vincent Fans -- The bluegrass duo is making it a little easier this year for one lucky winner and a guest to make it to the stage that Dailey & Vincent was born, The Ryman Auditorium. Our friends at Springer Mountain Farms are helping us give away an action packed weekend, including transportation to-and-from Nashville, a hotel room for four nights, two Music City Backstage Attraction passes (free access to museums, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, meet & greet passes to the Dailey & Vincent Ryman show, and more!). As always, Dailey and Vincent are excited to be playing at the Ryman Auditorium, but they're even more excited to be able to be a part of giving someone and a guest this once in a lifetime experience! CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

Epiphone Announces March Bluegrass Giveaway

Epiphone March Bluegrass GiveawayNashville, TN -- Epiphone, home to the world’s best professional affordable instruments, continues its 2014 monthly giveaways with an unprecedented opportunity for fans to take home everything they need to start an entire Bluegrass Band – just in time for spring!

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Need Photo Caption

Joe Mullins & Junior SiskJoe Mullins and Junior Sisk had a pile of fun at the photo shoot for the Hall Of Fame Bluegrass! CD. The location was the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Festival in Denton, NC and the photographer was Bill Lusk. Bill has a great blog and shared some behind the scenes photos and also a short video titled "How To Have Fun At Work." One of the photos is in need of a caption and there's a contest to see who comes up with the winner.

Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet offer Opportunigy for New Songwriters

Farm Hands Bluegrass QuartetThe Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet is rich in songwriting talent. Bass player Daryl Mosley, banjo player Bennie Boling and guitarist Kevin Williamson have each had successful careers writing songs recorded by numerous bluegrass, country, and Christian artists. Now, the band is offering an exciting opportunity for an up-and-coming songwriter to have a song recorded and released nationally on the next Farm Hands CD.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Recap IBMA, Announce Contest

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out spent several days last week taking in all that Raleigh, NC had to offer with the recent International Bluegrass Music Association's World Of Bluegrass Conference.

Georgia State Bluegrass Championships this October

Georgia State Bluegrass Championships/Georgia Marble FestivalThe Georgia Marble Festival is proud to be the Home of the Georgia State Bluegrass Competition. A variety of competitions including Fiddle, Flat-Pickin' Guitar, Bluegrass Banjo, Mandolin and a Bluegrass Band Competition. The competitions will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the Georgia Marble Festival. A $15 fee per competition entry, and a fee of $10 per person for Band Entries. Cash prizes for all categories, and $1000 winner take all cash prize for the Bluegrass Band competition.

2013 Walnut Valley Festival Competition Winners Announced

Walnut Valley 2013Winfield, KS -- The 2013 Walnut Valley Festival is over. The flags and tents are coming down. Affectionately known as just "Winfield" by many of the annual attendees, this festival and the national music instrument finals are a highlight of the season. The various instrument competitions are finally over and the winners have been announced. Walnut Valley Festival offers attendees great entertainment and artists but, its probably the most famous for its various national and international instrument championships. Many of those competitions focus on the very instruments found in bluegrass music. Banjo, Flat Pick Guitar, Mandolin, Old-Time Fiddle and more attract musicians from around the globe to compete for the various awards.

Laura Waters Crowned 2013 Grand Master Fiddler Champion

Grand Master Fiddler)Nashville, TN -- The Grand Master Fiddler Champion for 2013 is Laura Waters of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Jesse Maw of Kalispell, Montana placed second. The two-day 42nd annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship is the nation’s championship event held at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Launch "Locks For Likes" Facebook Contest

Nathan Livers Hair CutFlamekeeper's mandolin player, Nathan Livers has been growing his hair for quite some time and it's starting to get in the way of his pickin'! In fact, Michael says if Nathan doesn't get his hair cut soon, Mike's gonna make him wear it in pigtails on stage! So in an effort to get this man a haircut, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are launching a fun Facebook Contest, awarding one lucky winner a Prize Package while also making a donation to a very worthy cause!

FreshGrass Award Finalists Compete for $10,000 in Prizes

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's fall festival of bluegrass and roots music, chooses six finalists in its inaugural bluegrass and roots band contest, The FreshGrass Award. The finalists compete for $10,000 cash prizes as well as a Nashville recording session in Compass Records studios with mentoring from FreshGrass performer Alison Brown. Bands were selected by a panel of industry insiders and performers, and bands will perform for that same jury during FreshGrass bluegrass music festival, held September 20-22 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass.

World's Oldest and Largest Old Fiddlers' Convention Aug 5-10

Old Fiddlers' ConventionThe 78th Annual Old Fiddlers' Convention takes place in Galax, Virginia this weekend, August 5-10, 2013. Before the second weekend in August each year, lovers of country, bluegrass, old-time and mountain music leave their homes in time to be in Galax, VA for the Annual Old Fiddler's Convention. For some this means hundreds of miles of travel, while for others it will be a short trip from their nearby homes. Most of these people don't play music, and come just for the listening and renewing old acquaintances.

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