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Bluegrass Music Group Nu-Blu Sends Christmas Greetings

Nu-BluNu-Blu wants to take a moment and thank everyone for all the support and prayers while they were on tour this year. The group says, "We are currently in the studio recording our newest Bluegrass CD to be released this spring! We hope that each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

J.D. Crowe Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kentucky

J.D. Crowe Receiving Honorary DoctorateDr. Thomas Adler worked to get one of America's legendary banjo artists his due. Adler announced that the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has designated bluegrass music banjoist and bandleader J.D. Crowe as one of the recipients of an honorary doctorate. The Doctor of Arts degree was conferred at a Commencement ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 14th, 2012.

Elizabeth Mitchell Earns First Grammy Nomination With 'Little Seed' From Smithsonian Folkways

Little SeedSmithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Elizabeth Mitchell earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Album with Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie. Released in June 2012 as part of the Woody at 100 celebration, the album reflects Mitchell’s personal connection to Guthrie’s music and her adventurous approach to arranging and interpreting traditional songs. A chance discovery of a vinyl copy of Guthrie’s album Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child in a record store twenty years ago inspired Mitchell to embark on the path of making music for children. In Little Seed’s extensive liner notes she writes, “Woody Guthrie's songs for children are a gift to all of us. At this point in my life, they are a part of me, part of my family...these fragments of sweetness and mystery touch our souls. These songs have been part of my journey from being a teacher in New York City to singing concerts in the Redwood Forests of California....”

Pete Wernick Announces 2013 Banjo Camp Scholarship Winner

Jacob PanicThe Stelling Banjo Scholarship to Pete (“Dr. Banjo”) Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp has been awarded to 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist Jacob Panic, of Baltimore, Maryland. Already a talented banjo player, singer, and songwriter, Jacob aspires to a career in bluegrass music and has recorded an album of original songs on which he plays all the instruments. Reflecting on the award, Jacob says, "I'm humbled and grateful to Pete and Stelling. Pete Wernick is one of my banjo heroes."

The Roys Recap 2012 with Video Summary

The RoysNashville, TN -- The Roys' career exploded in 2012, thanks to a continuing blitz of TV appearances, impact at radio and performances at top-tier festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada and in Australia. The Roys brought Bluegrass to the small screen this year with a host of appearances on network and cable outlets.

Award Winning Bluegrass Artist Claire Lynch is Day 4 BRRR Band

Claire Lynch BandClaire Lynch is a two-time winner of the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy nominee. In the world of Bluegrass, she has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the genre. Most recently, Lynch was awarded one of the 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA). With only seven awards going to musicians this year, the 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields – including cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theatre arts, and visual arts.

20th Christmas Time's A Comin' featuring "In the Heat of the Night" Cast and Friends

Randall Franksby Randall Franks
Randall Franks has shared a video with you on YouTube, Christmas Time's A Comin' - In the Heat of the Night Cast and Bluegrass Friends. Tex Logan's Christmas Time's A Comin' became the mainstay bluegrass Christmas song after a recording performed by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys.

2012 Best St. Louis Bluegrass Band to Visit East Peoria

Elemental ShakedownPeoria, IL -- On Saturday, December 15th at 8:00 PM, CornStar Promotions of Pekin, IL and Meadows Ave Tap will host one of the hottest rising bluegrass groups on the Midwestern map. This no-cover charge show will be held at Meadows Ave Tap in East Peoria.

2013 NCBS Award Nominee Wendy Burch Steel Debuts New CD Jan 10, 2013

Wendy Burch SteelBerkeley, CA -- In early November Wendy Burch Steel was nominated by the Northern California Bluegrass Society for Best Female Vocalist! The winner will be announced at the NCBS Bluegrass on Broadway Festival that will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013. This is due to Wendy's stunning performance on her recently released debut CD "Open Wings" produced by Grammy winning Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis.

Life Finds A Way to Give The Grascals A Grammy Nomination

The GrascalsNashville, TN --- It was while performing with other songwriters at a Nashville benefit for Operation Troop Aid that Jamie Johnson, a founding member of The Grascals, learned that the band has been nominated in the 55th annual Grammy Awards.The Grascals

Actor/Entertainer Randall Franks Releases New Christmas Music Video

Randall FranksEntertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” is featured on a new video release from Autry-Franks Productions highlighting his vintage studio recording of “Let’s Live Every Day Like It Was Christmas” performed with Grand Ole Opry stars - the Whites, Jesse McReynolds and Jerry Douglas.

The Infamous Stringdusters Announce 2013 Ski Tour, Release Exclusive Video

The Infamous StringdustersThe Infamous Stringdusters have announced their 2013 Ski Tour – a run of shows that brings the band, and their fans, to the Rocky Mountains’ best U.S. ski towns this winter. The itinerary - which includes stops in Vail, Colorado, Park City, Utah, and Jackson, Wyoming, among others - promises a few days off to hit the slopes. Along for the ride are partners POW (Protect Our Winters), Icelantic Skis, Oskar Blues Brewery, and Mountain Khaki, who will host special events and giveaways along the tour. The full list of 2013 Ski Tour stops is included below.

Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Pedigree Shines on The Old School

Peter Rowan Old SchoolNashville, TN -- Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan is currently in the studio working on his upcoming Compass Records release The Old School. On the new album, Rowan delves further into his bluegrass history with an inter-generational cast of musicians that includes some of the first generation musicians who really know “the old school” as well as younger players considered to be the torchbearers for bluegrass music.

Tara Nevins and Friends Tour the Southeast This December

Tara Nevins: Wood and StoneAsheville, NC -- American roots traditionalist Tara Nevins will be touring this winter in the southeast for select shows, in between her other gigs with Donna the Buffalo. She will be performing songs from her latest solo release, Wood and Stone, on Sugar Hills Records which hit in the Top 20 on the Americana Music Chart in 2011.

Foundation for Bluegrass Music Announces Grant Recipents

Foundation for Bluegrass MusicNashville, TN -- Just in time to celebrate the announcement of four “Bluegrass Innovator” grants for 2013, the Foundation For Bluegrass Music has released a new video featuring some of the genre’s brightest stars. The foundation for Bluegrass Music joins Passion with People.

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