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Steve Martin, Pete Seeger Among 2015 Banjo Hall of Fame Honorees

American Banjo Museum Hall of FameThe American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City is pleased to announce the 2015 inductees into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Steve Martin, the late Pete Seeger, Eddy Davis, Tim Allan and Albert Grover. The National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor jazz age four-string banjo pioneers as well as the contemporary artists, educators, manufacturers and promoters who carried on the traditions of their predecessors. The American Banjo Museum was, in its infancy, an extension of that Hall of Fame. In the years preceding 2014, the Hall of Fame honored 71 individuals and entities in the four-string banjo world whose career accomplishments might have otherwise gone unrecognized. As the museum grew and evolved to embrace all types of banjos and playing styles, it became clear that the Hall of Fame should evolve as well.

Traditional Christmas Carols by Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger sings Traditional Christmas CarolsSmithsonian Folkways has a great offering for the holiday season. Released in 1989, Traditional Christmas Carols by Pete Seeger is a sure hit for the banjo, folk or bluegrass fan. Long a seasonal favorite, this collection of 13 charming Christmas carols from French, English, Italian, and African American traditions captures the Christmas spirit with wonderful universality. These international holiday favorites include Twelve Gates to the City, Mary Had a Baby, and The First Noel.

Woody Guthrie Prize Recipient Pete Seeger to be Honored by Banjoist Tony Trischka

Pete SeegerOn February 22 at Symphony Space in New York City, Pete Seeger will become the first recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award given annually to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life’s work of Woody Guthrie, and serves as a positive force for social change in America. Seeger was awarded the prize before his passing on January 27.

Tony Trischka on Pete Seeger

Pete SeegerAward winning banjo artist, instructor and historian Tony Trischka shared his tribute on Pete Seeger. We've been granted permission to carry that tribute here on Cybergrass. Tony writes...

I grew up with Pete’s banjo ringing in my ears. My parents were on the left side of things in the fifties and we listened to Weavers albums, Pete’s children’s records on Folkways, and Talking Union by the Almanac Singers.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Pete Seeger Passes at 94

Pete Seeger, Photo by Anthony PepitoneOne of America's strongest folk heroes, Pete Seeger, passed away at New York Presbyterian Hospital while in his sleep last night at age 94. The often controversial activist, songwriter and performer shared his vision and professed his ideas of social change through the many folk songs and performances through decades of his life.

“The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice” at ICMC 2014

Diane Diekman, shown with James Akenson and Don CusicNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is gearing up for their 2014 event. Each year, the ICMC presents topics of interest on bluegrass and traditional country music. The ICMC will do the ‘Big Reveal’ for the ICMC 2014 Thursday evening 22 May keynote event. Of course, the preceding social hour—with some great food—will feature socializing and informal picking. We are very pleased to announce that long term ICMC friend Ron Cohen of Indiana University Northwest and internationally known singer songwriter, activist Si Kahn will be presenting “The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice.” Ron Cohen has numerous books on the Folk Revival such as “Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970” and related topics and has frequently presented at ICMC. Cybergrass regularly covers the ICMC which frequently has quality bluegrass subject matter.

Toshi Seeger, Pete Seeger's Wife has Died at 91

Toshi SeegerToshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, folk singer Pete Seeger's wife of 70 years has died at the age of 91. She was always a close partner in his social and activist roles. She was always with him sharing in his life through every turn and passage.

“Pete Seeger: The Storm King” Audio Collection Published

 The Storm KingNew York, NY -- Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced that it has published a truly unique audiobook—Pete Seeger: The Storm King. The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger’s captivating spoken words in new recordings as he tells his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—all set to new music produced by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, Native American Music, and World Beat. “This music brings out things in my words that I never knew before,” says Seeger, who will celebrate his ninety-fourth birthday May 3, 2013.

Pete Seeger Releases Two New Albums and Remembers Woody Guthrie

Pete Seeger Remembers WoodyFolk/Activist icon Pete Seeger, 93, surveys past, present and future on two new CDs. Pete Remembers Woody is a two-CD set that celebrates the centennial birth year of Pete’s friend, quasi-mentor and sometime musical partner, the late Woody Guthrie, through Pete’s spoken, firsthand reminiscences as one of the last contemporaries of our country’s first great topical songwriter. Interspersed are renditions of Woody’s songs by Pete with Woody’s son Arlo, other Guthrie-influenced performers, and Woody himself (from a vintage recording). A More Perfect Union, which includes guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Dar Williams, contains 14 fresh songs that present Pete's and longtime friend and fellow songwriter Lorre Wyatt's responses to recent political, economic and environmental issues alongside gentler appreciations of life’s good moments, meditations on the future, and exhortations to individual action.

Appleseed Recordings Releases 2 Albums from Pete Seeger via AirPlay Direct

Pete Seeger Remembers WoodyFolk/Activist icon Pete Seeger, 93, surveys past, present and future on two new CDs. A More Perfect Union, which includes guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Dar Williams, contains 14 fresh songs that present Pete's and longtime friend and fellow songwriter Lorre Wyatt's responses to recent political, economic and environmental issues alongside gentler appreciations of life’s good moments, meditations on the future, and exhortations to individual action.

Pete Seeger's 1960 Bowdoin College Concert Blacklist-Era Album Out April 17

 The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960After being blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1950s, folk song revivalist, civil rights advocate, and social activist Pete Seeger began performing unannounced "community concerts" at schools, camps and community centers. Seeger considers these performances to be some of his most important work. On April 17, 2012, Smithsonian Folkways will release The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960, recorded live on campus at the Brunswick, ME, school in 1960.

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