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5th “Reunion of the Bluegrass Bands” to Feature Leon Morris & The Associates

Leon MorrisThe fifth in the series of six “Reunion of the Bluegrass Bands Concerts Series” will feature Leon Morris & The Associates at the Milking Parlour Concerts located at Rob’s Barn, located at 1037 Pinch Valley Road, Westminster, MD 21158 (but for GPS directions you will want to use the address of 805 View West Drive, Westminster, MD 21158 – the venue is located up the hill a little and on your right after you enter View West Drive) on Sat., Sept. 28, 2013. There is a requested donation of $10.00/person at the door (with more requested if possible as to help cover additional 2013 concert expenses incurred). The show time will be from 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM with a half hour intermission. There’s a possibility that there may be some before-show jamming outside the barn earlier if you want to come early and bring along your ‘axe’.

Béla Fleck to Perform Banjo Concerto with North Carolina Symphony

Bela FleckRaleigh, NC -- Banjo master Béla Fleck will perform his Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra with the North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, in a special concert Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. The concert coincides with the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in Raleigh, which takes place Sept. 24-28.

Casey Driessen CD Release Shows Turned Colorado Flood Relief

The S1ngularity CoverCasey Driessen says in his latest newsletter, "Normally I'd just send this knewsletter to my Rocky Mountain peoples, but due to the nature of the disaster, I'm attempting to reach everyone on my email list. Most know about the flooding devastation on the front range of the Rockies in Colorado, but may not realize the extent. From videos I've seen and friends I've spoken with, it's serious."

Dry Hill Draggers Share Tradition at Carter Fold Saturday

Dry Hill DraggersThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. While jamming in the 1970s in the Dryhill and Ferrum area, some of the musicians were falling behind. Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the Dry Hill Draggers. That name has stuck now for the past 30 years. Saturday, September 21st, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Seldom Scene to be Scene at Gordon Center for the Performing Arts Nov 2

The Seldom SceneOwings Mills, MD -- Who would have thought that 40 years after its inception, Bluegrass would reach a second peak in popularity in the early 1970s, and the progressive bluegrass style played by The Scene was particularly popular. Original Seldom Scene mandolin player John Duffey's stratospheric tenor anchored the group, but the vocal blend of The Scene set a new standard that attracted new audiences to what had been niche music. Their weekly shows included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band's popularity soon required them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken Concert Event in Bristol

Circle Album concertThe Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) proudly announces an exclusive event on September 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre Bristol: Will The Circle Be Unbroken. The evening is a tribute to The Carter Family and will be hosted by John McEuen and feature John Carter Cash and family. The Will The Circle Be Unbroken concert event takes place September 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Theatre Bristol in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. There are only a few days left to reserve your tickets.Circle Album concert

Fold Hosts Nathan Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys with Ralph Stanley

Nathan and Ralph StanleyHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 7th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Special guest will be Dr. Ralph Stanley. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, age 11 and under $5, and under 6 free. A large tour group from Ireland will be attending the show. They try to make an annual visit to the U.S., and they always visit the Fold when they do. Nathan Stanley is the oldest grandson of Ralph Stanley. He picked up the spoons at six years old, playing on stage with the Clinch Mountain Boys, and became a crowd favorite. He has spent several years playing mandolin for the group. More recently, Nathan has begun to sing lead and play rhythm guitar. He has released four CDs, two of which are gospel.

Blue Grass Boys Reunion at Old Town School of Folk Music

Blue Grass Boys ReunionThe classic bluegrass of Bill Monroe is the primary focus of this band of musicians. Bob Black, Tom Ewing and Mark Hembree, all tenured and historical contributors to the vision of Bill Monroe, bring you back to the origins of bluegrass music. Blue Grass Boys Reunion showcases all the finest elements of this exciting and driving music. Through the classic songs with that "high lonesome sound", personal stories and anecdotes from those who knew and played with Mr. Monroe, along with his distinctive instrumentals, they convey the emotive music the Father of Bluegrass created.

Alan Jackson Brings Bluegrass to Carnegie Hall - October 28

Alan JacksonNew York, NY -- Country music singer-songwriter Alan Jackson will perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York on October 28 at 8:00pm. The historic venue has hosted a diverse span of artists over its 122 years, and its tradition of excellence has made Carnegie Hall the world’s most famous concert hall.

Lonesome Will Mullins & The Virginia Playboys at Carter Fold Saturday

Lonesome Will Mullins BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 31st, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. Lonesome Will Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Virginia, in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time, and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Frolick at Carter Fold Aug 24

Tennessee Mafia Jug BandFrom the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls, and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee - home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitely - and some living country music performers - comes the most entertaining blast from the past since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – five guys and a scrubboard with roots like wisdom teeth. Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, an old time and bluegrass style band. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Randy Waller and Carolina Road to Perform on Song of the Mountains

Randy WallerMarion, VA- A very diversified lineup of musicians will take the stage at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, September 7th at 7:00 pm for another public television taping of the award winning “Song of the Mountains” concert series.

Jimmy Jam Benefit Tonight on Music City Roots Live-Stream

Jim VanCleveBluegrass music artist Jim VanCleve, founding member of Mountain Heart (fiddle), contracted Dengue Fever from mosquito bites he got from a recent trip to St. Croix back in March. The near fatal experience resulted in Jim being hospitalized for days. Now, he is suffering from the huge medical expenses as a result of that infection. Tonight, Music City Roots will live-stream Jimmy Jam, a live benefit to help Jim and his family with those expenses.

The Tune Town Old Time Band Treat The Carter Fold Saturday

Tune Town Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia. Saturday, August 10th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Handy. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Alan Jackson to Perform at Nashville's Station Inn - August 27

Alan JacksonNashville, TN -- Country music singer-songwriter Alan Jackson will perform at Nashville’s Station Inn on August 27 at 8:30pm. The show will feature the players from Jackson’s upcoming The Bluegrass Album, set for release September 24. Jackson wrote eight of the fourteen songs on The Bluegrass Album, which will be released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson’s nephew, Adam Wright. A review of the album by Bob Cherry and is creating a great deal of excitement and a lot of anticipation for the new project.


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