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Austin’s Own Wood & Wire Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

Wood & WireAustin, TX -- Austin’s own Wood & Wire releases its self-titled debut album today. Recorded in Nashville and produced by award-winning engineer Erick Jaskowiack, Wood & Wire showcases more than a dozen original bluegrass and Americana compositions written by the group.

Singularity Record & Shows Come to Cali!

Casey DriessenThe Singularity record is finished! The other night at dinner, I was wishing that I had this record done for my first solo appearances on the west coast. And then it dawned on me - maybe I could! So, I burned the midnight oil, pulled out the remainder of my hair, and ordered up a scant 150 in simple packaging to meet me at the first show. If you or your family or friends live on the west coast, you may be in luck - come to think of it, I'll be the lucky one. For those that are not on the west coast, your time will come. The final'll be finished soon.

Doc Watson Family Milestones Kickstarter Announced

MilestonesIn April 2013, Open Records will release a multi-disc collection of 92 never-before-heard recordings from the Watson family archive, compiled and organized by Doc Watson’s daughter Nancy Watson. The collection features rare 1950s recordings of Doc Watson playing electric guitar and original songs by Doc and other members of the family. Also included are songs and stories from the family, recorded by the family themselves, that offer an intimate look into the musical life of this extraordinary family. A new Kickstarter program has been launched to help achieve a timely completion of the project.

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Present “God Didn’t Choose Sides”

 Civil War True Stories about Real PeopleHarrogate, TN -- Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on Friday, February 22.

Today is D-Day -- Designated Daughters Day

Pickin' Like a GirlFranklin, TN -- Daughters of Bluegrass around the world will be celebrating the global premier of their 69 song Pickin' Like A Girl box set when Kyle Cantrell lowers the needle launching 133 of the most talented ladies EVER out into orbit! Wed., Jan. 30th at 10 am (CST).

Flatt Lonesome Releases Cutting Edge Debut Album

Flatt LonesomeBrand-new bluegrass group Flatt Lonesome is proud to announce the release of their debut album on Pisgah Ridge Records, a division of Mountain Home Records. Winner of the 2012 SPBGMA Band Championship, Flatt Lonesome is comprised of siblings Kelsi, Charli, and Buddy Robertson along with Paul Harrigill, Kelsi’s husband, and friends Dominic Illingworth and Michael Stockton. The self titled album features a mix of driving bluegrass, gospel, and unexpected covers of country music favorites. From edgy originals like “One Foot in the Grave” to pleasant surprises like the Little Big Town hit “Boondocks,” Flatt Lonesome’s passion, energy and exceptional musicianship combine to make their debut release a true standout. With high lonesome harmony, soaring sibling vocals, and powerful bluegrass musicianship, the self titled album hit the streets Tuesday, January 29th.

It's Here! “Mike Compton & Joe Newberry Live”

Mike Compton & Joe Newberry LiveGrammy award winning mandolin master Mike Compton, and prize winning guitarist and songwriter Joe Newberry, just released a live album of 12 traditional, old-time, and bluegrass ballads and instrumental pieces on January 27, 2013. There is knowing bluegrass and then, there is Knowing bluegrass. This is true bluegrass by two artists that definitely know bluegrass music.

Aaron Ramsey Releases Solo Debut “Gathering”

GatheringAaron Ramsey (the mandolinist for bluegrass artists Mountain Heart) has a new solo release featuring a gathering of outstanding artists that include Tony Rice, Barry Abernathy, David Babb, Ron Block, Tim Crouch, Stuart Duncan, Randy Kohrs, Colby Laney, Jason Moore, Jeff Partin, Josh Shilling, Tim Stafford, Brian & Maggie Stephens, Josh Swift, Ricky Wasson, Patton Wages, and Jim VanCleve. Brian Rittenberry who just made it to Hollywood on American Idol is also on the album! The new release is appropriately titled Gathering.

Red Dog Ash CD Release Party Tonight!

Red Dog AshThin Red Line is the second album of all-original material from the Northern California Central Valley band, Red Dog Ash. The group's signature harmonies and hot licks are refined on this effort, supporting carefully crafted lyrics that image Californias histories, geographies, and people. From family demons to the beauty of the Sierra Nevada, from migrant workers to lost souls, from the strength of convictions to homespun gospel, the CD thematizes the turning points that reshape the landscapes of our lives. It also pays homage to the banjo greats of bluegrass music and showcases both the drive and sensitivity of bluegrass picking. Thin Red Line shows Red Dog Ash to be a strong, clear, and original sound on the contemporary bluegrass scene.

Alan Jeffries Debuts “Coffee ‘til Midnight“

Coffee 'til MidnightAfter years of supporting many great Canadian artists, Alan Jeffries’ debut album has finally arrived. Coffee ‘til Midnight is not the romantic pursuit of an urban folkie, it is the product of someone who has grown up on the sounds and traditions of bluegrass music.

The SteelDrivers Put The Hammer Down on Latest Release

The SteelDriversNashville, Tennessee is a nexus – a point where tradition and innovation intersect, where commerce collides with art. It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass music roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.” alt=

John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range Release ‘Daylight’

DaylightAsheville, NC -- John Driskell Hopkins has walked the musical path for the last 20 years. As a bass player, guitar player, singer and songwriter for several bands of the rock variety, Hopkins rooted himself in the Atlanta, GA music scene in 1995, producing records and touring with his band Brighter Shade and later becoming a founding member of the Zac Brown Band to this day. Now he has teamed up with North Carolina-based band and Mountain Home Recording artists, Balsam Range, to record and independently produce a new album, Daylight, which saw its national release on January 22nd.

Wood & Wire Releases Debut Self-Titled Album Feb. 5

Wood and WireAustin, TX -- Wood & Wire, Austin’s own four-piece bluegrass and Americana band, will release its debut self-titled studio album on Feb. 5, 2013. Wood & Wire is one of the most promising new bands on Austin’s bluegrass and acoustic music scene. Mixing in elements of Americana and swing, its healthy dose of original music and traditional bluegrass tunes keep audiences riveted. The three-man band keeps people on their toes, too, with a cappella ballads, funky acoustic jams and rippin’ fast instrumentals. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch them on a night when they have a banjo player.

SteelDrivers' Hammer Down Gets Great Reviews Prior to Feb 5 Release

Hammer DownThe three time Grammy nominated bluegrass-meets-soul band The SteelDrivers thread the roots of bluegrass music with the distinctive threads of their own design, bringing together country and soul to create their own unapologetic hybrid of new music with the old feeling. Hammer Down, their third release on Rounder Records, is set for release February 5, 2013.

The HillBenders are Down to Their Last Dollar January 29th

Down to My Last DollarNashville, TN -- The HillBenders recently signed with Compass Records Group and are getting ready to hit the streets with a reissue of their debut album, Down to My Last Dollar, on January 29th. On their debut album Down to My Last Dollar, the band established their hard-driving contemporary bluegrass sound reminiscent of New Grass Revival. This set of 11 originals and 2 covers was produced by Jeremy Chapman of The Chapmans and features guest appearances from Infamous Stringdusters’ Jeremy Garrett. Lead singer/mandolinist Nolan Lawrence together with band mates Jim Rea and Gary Rea on guitar and bass respectively, banjoist Mark Cassidy and Dobroist Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves channel the rawness and intensity in these well executed arrangements. See below for pre-ordering information.

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