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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.

Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways Available Feb 26

Smithsonian Folkways Classic SeriesFew genres carry such a rich and deep history as Celtic music, which reflects centuries of culture of the British Isles and Ireland as well as their North American inheritors. On February 26, Smithsonian Folkways will release the 20th compilation in its Classic series, Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways. Compiled by music historian and folklorist Richard Carlin, Classic Celtic Music delves into this diverse world of musical traditions, and is sure to delight both longtime fans of the genre and newcomers alike.

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell Collaborate on “Love Has Come For You”

Steve Martin & Edie BrickellRounder Records will release Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s inaugural duo effort Love Has Come For You on April 23. The remarkable new collaboration offers 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell’s distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. Love Has Come For You is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists.

Rural Rhythm to Release First of Special Series on The Civil War Feb 12

 Civil War True Stories about Real PeopleNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to present a special event album God Didn't Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People, Volume 1. The album release date is February 12, 2013 on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The album's cover art is a painting by Hongmin Zou titled "Resurrection Morn".

It’s “A Better Place” for Detour Bluegrass Band

A Better PlaceTraverse City, MI -- Powerhouse bluegrass band, Detour, begins the new year with a bang as chart success for their album, A Better Place continues to pour in. This stellar project is currently: #10 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart; appears on Bluegrass Today’s Top Favorite Albums of 2012 by David Morris; is #3 on WYCO Radio’s The Bluegrass Express Top 20 Songs for 2012; and one of Prescription Bluegrass’ Top 15 CDS of 2012. "Frankly, this band just blew us away,” said Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass.

New Bluegrass Music Single by Marty Raybon and Full Circle

Marty RaybonRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new Bluegrass single, “That Janie Baker” by Marty Raybon & Full Circle released this week to radio via the label’s Fresh Cut & Key Tracks CD and at AirplayDirect.com.The song appears on Marty’s straight-up new Bluegrass album, The Back Forty, releasing in March celebrating his 40 years entertaining audiences around the world.

First Single, “Run Secretariat Run" By Dale Pyatt Released To Radio

Dale PyattNashville, TN -- Award-winning singer-songwriter, Dale Pyatt has released the first single, “Run Secretariat Run” to radio. The song was written by Dale Pyatt and Charlie Hall and is now available to radio stations at AirplayDirect.com. Dale Pyatt, the album, is now available for digital purchase at CD Baby and the physical version is set for release on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Mark Newton and Steve Thomas Sign with Pinecastle Records

RebornColumbus, NC -- Pinecastle Records is proud to announce that it has signed Mark Newton and Steve Thomas to its roster. Their debut album is titled Reborn and will be released on April 9, 2013. With the two banded together, the "sideman" becomes a "frontman," and the "frontman" becomes a "partner." Both men are native Virginians who both struck out seperately in the music business decades ago, with both having completely different experiences. Now that both of their paths have converged, they are eager to blend their various musical flavors together to share with bluegrass and Americana fans everywhere. They are joined by bass player Matt Wallace who rounds out the trio that will be touring the country.

Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band Bring Bluegrass Sound to “White Swan”

Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band“Fate gave the word...” Stories of tragedy and transcendence ~ the overpowering confrontation with one’s destiny ~ the sweet pathos in finding love and growing older ~ this is the human condition that gave rise to the urge to create folk songs from the earliest ages of human history. Susie Glaze comments, "This is the most truly collaborative work I’ve ever released. The fine players of the Hilonesome Band and I have created these songs together and on this album you hear their voices alongside my own." The new album, White Swan, has an anticipated release date of March 19, 2013.

Cumberland River’s “Justified" on New Album

JustifiedNashville, TN -- Justified: Music From The Original Television Series, releasing January 8, 2013 on Madison Gate Records, features a collection of 13 hand-selected and fan-favorite songs from the Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions original series, Justified. The album includes the main title theme “Long Hard Times To Come,” an original recording of “Stand By Your Man” by Beverley Staunton, songs by Dave Alvin, Rural Rhythm Records' artist Cumberland River’s (“Justified”) and more. The digital album is available now for pre-order on iTunes. Season 4 of this hit TV show starring Timothy Olyphant premieres on the FX Network on January 8, 2013 at 10pm PT/ET.

Bo Isaac and Rounders Latest Album “Dollar” Out

DollarNashville, TN -- Bluegrass vocalist and guitarist Bo Isaac released his new album, Dollar, last November. Joined on Dollar by his band of Rounders, Bo has created an album inspired by the combination of traditional Bluegrass instrumentation and overcoming emotional hardships we grapple with daily. align=

Volume Five Due to Release New Album, "Run," Next Month

Volume Five"Rich Man's Daughter", the brand new single from the upcoming project by Mississippi-based Volume Five, was released to radio programmers last October. The new CD titled Run is the band's third on the Mountain Fever Records label and is expected for release this February. Visit the band's website to hear what this exciting bluegrass band has to offer.

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