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Cybergrass Celebrates 24 Years of Bluegrass on the Net

CybergrassOn Friday, September 9th, Cybergrass - The Internet's Bluegrass Music News Magazine will celebrate 24 years of promoting bluegrass music on the world wide web. What started out as a learning and research project has evolved into one of the most popular bluegrass web sites in the world. Cybergrass, the world's oldest and highly respected bluegrass music web site, changed over to a new format a few years ago. The site continues to grow even with all the thousands of other bluegrass sites on the web. What a wonderful way to celebrate almost a quarter century of bluegrass information on the web!

333 Feet Down and 8 Years Old - That's Bluegrass Underground

Bluegrass Underground 8th AnniversaryBluegrass Underground - 333 feet down and 8 years old this month. They say necessity is the mother of invention, but in our case, it was procrastination. Back in the summer of 2008, Bluegrass Underground was born after our founder Todd Mayo waited too long to rent a pontoon boat for his family's Memorial Day weekend on the Cumberland Plateau. By the time he got there, all the boats were gone, so Plan B was a tour of Cumberland Caverns. When they arrived in the Volcano Room, the lightbulb over Todd's head switched on, surprising his 1-year-old son, Jackson, who was riding his dad's shoulders. "Do you ever have concerts here?" Todd asked the guide. They didn't, but within three months Todd had started Bluegrass Underground.

Dailey & Vincent Celebrate 90th Grand Ole Opry Performance

Dailey & Vincent with Dierks BentleyNashville, TN -- Last week was a special evening as the "Rockstars of Bluegrass" (dubbed by CMT), Dailey & Vincent, as they celebrated their 90th performance at The Grand Ole Opry during the Opry’s 90th Birthday Celebration. In light of such milestones, Dailey & Vincent took the stage with Country music mainstay Dierks Bentley, who was celebrating his 10th anniversary as an Opry member. They shared their love for Bluegrass with a collaborative performance of "Rovin' Gambler."

Music Legend Ralph Stanley Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Concert

Dr. Ralph StanleyManassas, VA -- In 1945, a young Ralph Stanley joined his brother, the late Carter Stanley to form The Stanley Brothers, a pair that would go on to become one of the most influential music duos of all-time. They got their start calling into a local radio station in Norton, Va, where they would sing songs over the phone. After 7 decades, three Grammy awards and an induction into the Grand Ole Opry, Dr. Ralph Stanley has no intention on slowing down as he hits the 70-year milestone. To commemorate this accomplishment, he is playing a special show in Manassas, Va. on October 9 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. He will be joined by his Grandson, Dove-award winner Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys for this momentous occasion.

23 Years of Bluegrass on the Web - Some Observations

Cybergrass 23 Years on the WebI've been posting bluegrass articles on the web longer than anybody and in the 23 years of doing so (we went online September 9, 1992), I've seen some interesting trends. Over the years, this site has carried profiles, events, news, obituaries and editorial content on a very broad array of topics. In over 10,000 articles run, there have been some interesting readership results. I track article readership, links, and such with a Business Intelligence tool that allows me to perform various analytical analysis and it is always a fun exercise to see what lies in the data.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Anniversary Celebration Event

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- The dream began years ago and was realized one year ago when the Birthplace of Country Music's museum opened on August 1, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Referred to as the "big bang of country music," the 1927 Bristol Sessions changed the industry forever. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of Bristol's musical heritage and its impact on the world.

Bluegrass Underground Celebrates Birthday Aug 22

Stay Cool in the CaveThe Bluegrass Underground cave venue will celebrate their birthday August 22nd with the very first band to perform in the caverns, The Volunteer Stringband. "What a great place for a concert!" If you've been lucky enough to attend a show at Bluegrass Underground, those were likely your exact words when you turned the corner on the trail and saw, for the first time, the antique crystal chandelier hanging over the magnificent, underground amphitheater that is The Volcano Room. We've all said it, and lately, a lot of other folks have been making that same discovery.

Ronnie Reno Celebrates 60 Years of Music with New Album

Ronnie Reno: Lower Than LonesomeNashville, TN -- Ronnie Reno, whose musical talents helped forge the sound and songs of so many legendary Bluegrass and Country Music entertainers, celebrates 60 years in entertainment with the release of his new album, Lessons Learned, due in stores on March 17, 2015. The first single release, “Lower Than Lonesome,” hits airwaves today.

Celebrate Past, Present and Future at the Earl Scruggs Center

Cleveland County CourthouseCelebrate the past, present and future with the Earl Scruggs Center as they approach their first anniversary on January 11, 2015. The center reflects on the many firsts of this past year - a grand opening celebration weekend that wowed all involved, two specal exhibits, numerous programs, amazing volunteers, national media coverage, star studded performers, a supportive community, educational programming for school kids, statewide partnerships, becoming a hub for the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC, building a strong membership, visitors from 41 states and 9 foreign countries and so much more! All of these things have made for a successful launch and brought the Earl Scruggs Center to where it is today!

Cybergrass Celebrates 22 Years on the Web September 9th

Cybergrass 22 YearsCybergrass is celebrating another year of bluegrass music on the Internet. Wow! What a ride its been. We have gone through five iterations, four domain names and we're still here. What started out as just a research project almost a quarter century ago has evolved into the world's oldest bluegrass music web site which, is also the world's oldest music site of any genre. Cybergrass was born 22 years ago when the web was in its fetal infancy. There were no tools and everything was alpha release source code. The web was dark and void and the Internet was still just a research project -- the Research Internet. Bob Cherry, working with electronic documentation at Xerox got his hands on some very early code and managed to put it together with minimal documentation. On September 9, 1992, he posted about 50 songs from the Digital Tradition files on a Xerox PARC web server with a simple HTML index. HTML was all coded by hand in those days. That was the beginning of what has evolved into a premier bluegrass music site on the web.

The Steep Canyon Rangers Celebrate America

Steep Canyon RangersThe Steep Canyon Rangers stepped out from their usual routines to help celebrate the 200th Anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner” and to help bring awareness of the great work of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with a video to celebrate the Graveyard Fields trail and the song it inspired. Hope you enjoy!

Leftover Salmon – “The Nashville Sessions” 15th Anniversary Sept 15

Leftover Salmon - The Nashville SessionsLeftover Salmon will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of "The Nashville Sessions" at the Ryman Auditorium on September 15th, kicking off what will be a memorable Americanafest 2014. Other artists festured will include Sam Bush, John Cowan, Sally Van Meter, Bill Payne, Randy Scruggs and more.

American Drive Releases a New Spin on Abe Lincoln Favorite

American DriveNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the May 6 release of American Drive’s new single “For The Dear Old Flag, I Die”. This song has a timely element surrounding its release due to the multitude of American Civil War 150 Year Anniversary events that have been going on over the past several years which will culminate in 2015.

Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame Celebrates 15 Years

Bronze plaques of the members of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame highlight the careers of around 150 legendsThe Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum marks its 15th anniversary this April at Dollywood. “The museum currently houses more than 3,000 artifacts and honors 155 members of the Southern Gospel music community,” said Southern Gospel Music Association President Arthur Rice. “The museum continues to grow.” The Southern Gospel Music Association is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, for the historic preservation of the accomplishments of the music and its people.

Spring Mountain Festival Celebrates 22 Years of Tradition

Maysville ExpressPetersburg, WV -- A new venue means a new range of opportunities, says The Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Typically hosted at Petersburg City Park, the 22nd Annual Spring Mountain Festival will be held at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Petersburg, W.Va. this year, announced the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. The festival takes place April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 and features bands, artisans, crafters, food, and various other vendors.

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