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MerleFest 2013 Announces Winners of Instrument Contests

Michael Ballard and Steven MooreWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest 2013, presented by Lowe’s, held the Doc Watson Guitar Championship and the Merle Watson Bluegrass Banjo Contest on Friday, April 26. This year's award winning artists were Michael Ballard on guitar and Steven Moore on banjo. Each received an array of prizes. Place winners were also recognized for second and third positions. The Instrument Contests are always an exciting part of the MerleFest experience.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Feb 19 Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- One of the annual highlights of MerleFest is the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC). Applications have been open since August and the final February 19 Deadline is rapidly approaching. There are two ways to enter the contest. Songwriters may submit their applications via U.S. Mail (P.O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212). Entries may also be submitted through Sonicbids (www.sonicbids.com/chrisaustinsongwritingcontest). Now in its 21th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries Now

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, is proud once again to host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC). The contest will accept applications from aspiring songwriters beginning November 1 via U.S. Mail (P.O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212). Entries may also be submitted through Sonicbids (www.sonicbids.com/chrisaustinsongwritingcontest). The deadline for submissions is February 19, 2013. Now in its 21th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest takes place from April 25-28, 2013./Images/ChrisAustin.jpg

Deering Banjos Wants You to Help Celebrate Their Sweet 16 Anniversary

Deering BanjoThe Deering Banjo Company is celebrating the 16th Anniversary of the Goodtime banjo which made its debut to the world in 1996. To kick off the campaign in July, we are offering our loyal customers and fans the opportunity to create the logo design for the Goodtime "Sweet 16" celebrations.

City Goes Country In San Francisco Battle Of Bluegrass & Old-Time Bands

Nobody From NashvilleThe San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival is an all-volunteer, non-profit festival bringing great music to venues across the Bay Area since 1999. Headlining acts hail from across the US, and California's own bluegrass and old-time traditions are supported through local showcases, musicians' workshops and the Bay Area battle of the bands. The Festival is sponsored by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, and underwritten by generous donations from Bay Area music fans. To participate and contribute, visit http://www.sfbluegrass.org

D'Addario, Swing House Studios Announce 'Play Your Way to Austin' Contest

Play Your Way to AustinFarmingdale, NY -- Calling all Bands! D'Addario & Swing House Studios want you to enter for the chance to win the "Play Your Way to Austin" contest to perform at the showcase during Austin's top music festival! D'Addario and Swing House are offering bands and acoustic acts this opportunity to enter exclusively through the D'Addario & Planet Waves Facebook Page from January 9th through February 9th, 2012.

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