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Mountain Faith Band to Headline Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Mountain Faith BandSevierville, TN -- Back again for its twelfth year, Sevierville’s 12th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival (May 20 & 21, 2016) has released its entertainment lineup, including a headline performance from Mountain Faith Band, 2015 finalist from NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

MerleFest 2016 Comes to a Triumphant Close

Sam BushWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, has wrapped up its 29th year. Early estimates show that from its start on Thursday, April 28, to its close on Sunday, May 1, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days was approximately 74,500 participants. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

Ralph Stanley II at Carter Fold Saturday May 7th

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- Saturday, May 7th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Carter Family friend Ronnie Williams will also be on hand to do some Carter Family tunes.

David Davis And Warrior River Boys Play Bluegrass May 6

Bluegrass performers David Davis and the Warrior River Boys will perform at the 26th Annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Grand Theater, Raccoon Mountain Campground and RV Park at 319 West Hills Dr. on Friday, May 6. Music begins at noon. Among the Warrior River Boys are Marty Hays playing bass, Robert Montgomery on banjo, Stan Wilemon on guitar and Ben Sanders on fiddle. The three-day event begins Thursday, May 5 and features Davis and 22 other acts.

The Travelin' McCourys Play with Everyone in Colorado

The Travelin' McCourys are known for their branding of the term 'Bluegrass Ball'. If ever there was a group of shows that defined this term, it was this past weekend on the Front Range of Colorado. The Bluegrass Ball shows, Thursday in Ft. Collins at The Aggie and Friday & Saturday in Denver at Cervante's, were slated to include Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass at all three shows with special guest, Del McCoury on Saturday.

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Announces Initial Artist Lineup

Deep Roots Mountain RevivalMasontown, WV -- Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival is proud to announce the 2016 lineup for its inaugural music and arts festival happening September 15-18, 2016. Headliners Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon and The David Grisman Sextet will be joined by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws, Melvin Seals & JGB, Cabinet, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Black Lillies, The Hip Abduction and many more. The festival takes place on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, the original site for the All Good Music & Arts Festival. Top-tier bluegrass, jam band, rock and country acts will convene in the picturesque mountains, effectively bringing West Virginia back to the forefront of the festival scene. A confirmed listing of the initial lineup is below. More artists including additional headliners will be announced soon.

DIY Musicians Get a Lifeclass In Music Law at BCMM

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- As the saying goes, "you can't swing a banjo on State Street without hitting a musician." Now the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is offering a lifeclass for area musicians who are interested in learning more about the legal side of their careers. On Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the BCM will present "Music Law for Musicians," a seminar for musicians, music business professionals, or anyone interested in the legalities of the music business.

Kentucky School of Bluegrass Ensemble at Carter Fold April 30th

Kentucky School of Bluegrass EnsembleSaturday, April 30th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and the Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music Ensemble. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music Ensemble is under the direction of J.P. Mathes. J.P. has been performing at the Carter Fold since the age of 16 – first as a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band and later as the Ensemble’s Director of Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM).

Loretta Lynn To Perform At Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Loretta LynnBristol, VA/TN -- Country music legend Loretta Lynn is among the headlining artists to appear at the 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival this September; the announcement was made during a special "super fan" event held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday.

IBMA World of Bluegrass Tickets Now On Sale to the Public

World of Bluegrass DatesNashville, TN -- Tickets are now on sale for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event, held September 27 – October 1, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Carter Fold Presents Hogslop String Band April 23

Hogslop String BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 23rd 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Hogslop String Band. The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of five energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, California, and North Carolina. Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, and Casey “Pickle” McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Blue Ridge Music Center Announces 2016 Summer Concert Series

Steep Canyon RangersGalax, VA -- Beginning May 28, the Blue Ridge Music Center will welcome a stellar lineup of musicians to the venue at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the 2016 Roots of American Music Concert Series. The season continues most Saturdays through September, and includes two fall heritage performances in October.

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer July 20-23, 2016

MACC 2015Galena, OH -- This year, Darrel Adkins and The Bluegrass Classic present the Annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) in memory of Mandy Adkins. The event will take place at Hoover Y-Park in Columbus, Ohio July 20 through 23, 2016. This annual bluegrass music festival benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Musicians Against Childhood Cancer assists the victims of Childhood Cancer, their families, treating physicians and research facilities in the diagnosis, treatment and eradication of childhood cancer to provide financial assistance to the victims, their families and physicians and research facilities and to provide such service or services free of charge.

Not Your Daddy's Bluegrass at Bluegrass Underground April 16

The Becky Buller BandThe cameras, cables and 73-person PBS crew from our marathon, multi-genre taping weekend are packed up and gone and it's back to bluegrass as usual this Saturday. But The Becky Buller Band and Off The Wagon aren't your usual bluegrass, they're two of the best young bands on the scene today.

Jeff Little Trio Entertains Carter Family Fold April 16

Jeff Little TrioHiltons, VA -- On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the historic Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band – the Jeff Little Trio. Hotshot rockabilly pianist Jeff Little comes from Boone, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, where he grew up surrounded by music. Jeff began to play piano at age five. His family owned a music store, and musicians of all persuasions dropped by to play a few tunes with the kid, which helps account for Jeff's mastery of a range of styles.

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