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19th Bluegrass First Class Linup for 2014 Announced

Rhonda VincentMilton Harkey proudly announced the 19th annual Bluegrass First Class to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 14-16, 2014, in the Grand Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Resort. The Sunday Morning Gospel Show is free and open to all attendees from 9AM to 11AM at the Showcase Stage in the sunken lobby. In an intimate, up close and personal setting, this event features many nationally known bluegrass music performers including Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid & Carolina, Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Seldom Scene, Flatt Lonesome and many others. On Saturday, you'll want to be sure not to miss the local comedian Dillon!

22nd Graves Mountain Festival Announces Initial 2014 Line-Up

Doyle Lawson and QuicksilverSyria, VA -- The Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the initial performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014 including: Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Seldom Scene, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, The Steel Wheels, U.S. Navy Band County Current, Big Country Bluegrass, Town Mountain, The Church Sisters and many more to be announced.

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.

Dailey Vincent Fest in a Few Weeks - Advance Ticketing Ends Soon

Dailey Vincent Fest 2013Join award winning bluegrass artists Dailey & Vincent a their Dailey Vincent Fest in Denton, NC September 20 & 21. The fest is two days of laughter, great music and family memories at the beautiful Denton FarmPark in Denton, North Carolina. Hosts, Dailey & Vincent, will be joined by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Comedian James Gregory, Della Mae, The Seldom Scene, Comedian Aaron Wilburn, The Quebe Sisters, David Peterson & 1946, The Grass Cats and more.

Scene 35, a Documentary on the Seldom Scene Being Produced

The Seldom SceneG.T. Keplinger, from Towson, MD, is a full-time assistant professor at Stevenson University where he teaches narrative and documentary production and editing. He is working on Scene 35, a documentary about the Seldom Scene, Washington DC's own nationally-known bluegrass band. The Seldom Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The basement jam sessions at the home of Ben Eldridge started the whole thing. Who would have thought that 40 years later, this band would have become one of the single largest contributers to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded.

New Seldom Scene Album on Smithsonian Folkways

Seldom Scene by Michael G. StewartToday, Friday, June 28, The Seldom Scene, an influential D.C.-area bluegrass band that has played a significant role in popularizing the genre for over 40 years, will perform free at the 2013 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The concert is also a preview of Longtime...Seldom Scene, the group’s first album with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (available in 2014).

Song of the Mountains New Season to Start Airing June 15th Across the U.S.

Song of the MountainsMarion, VA -- Song of the Mountains, the award winning public television concert taped at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA announces their eighth season release to affiliates beginning on June 15th across America. Twenty Four new episodes will begin airing on 190 plus public television outlets across the United States and will feature notable bluegrass music entertainers and musicians including Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band, Roni Stoneman, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Janie Fricke, the Steeldrivers, Balsam Range, the VW Boys, Chuck Wagon Gang, Morehead State University Mountain Music Ambassadors, Lonesome River Band, Redhead Express and the Seldom Scene.

Statement from NEA on the Passing of National Heritage Fellow Mike Auldridge

Mike AuldridgeFrom the National Endowment of the Arts: "It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master Dobro musician Mike Auldridge. Over the course of his celebrated career, Auldridge innovated the use of the Dobro, influencing the development of contemporary bluegrass and country music and paving the way for other Dobro musicians such as Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. Auldridge performed as a member of such Maryland groups as the Seldom Scene and also as a solo artist. He recorded with musicians such as Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., and Bill Monroe. During the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert in October 2012, Rob Ickes described the influence of Auldridge on the development of the Dobro: 'You can draw a line at Mike Auldridge. The Dobro is played with a metal bar, metal finger picks, and metal strings. There is a lot of room for noise. This guy figured out how to get rid of the noise and just leave the music.' We join many others in the bluegrass community and beyond in mourning the loss of Mike Auldridge while celebrating his life and enormous musical contributions."

Dobro Artist Mike Auldridge has Died

Mike AuldridgeMike Auldridge, the legendary dobro player who co-founded the Seldom Scene and later, Chesapeake, died yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 73. He had been under hospice care until his passing. His expressive talent on the resophonic guitar had no bounds as he played bluegrass, country and even jazz with style and elegance. He performed primarily around his Maryland home but certainly performed across the nation and the globe.

Bluegrass Music Group Seldom Scene to Headline Song of the Mountains

Seldom SceneMarion, VA-.The legendary bluegrass music group Seldom Scene will headline the final Song of the Mountains concert for 2012 on Saturday, December 15th at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Also performing on the show will be the Redhead Express from Alaska, the old time music of the Wolfe Brothers from southwestern Virginia and Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome from Cedar Bluff, Virginia.

Bluegrass Dobro Player Mike Auldridge Awarded 2012 National Heritage Fellowship

Mike AuldridgeCalled by the Washington Post "one of maybe a handful of truly innovative Dobro players in the history of country and bluegrass music," Mike Auldridge's modern approach to the Dobro -- an acoustic resonator guitar played with a slide -- played an integral role in the development of contemporary bluegrass and country music.

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