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New eZine on Folk, Bluegrass and Americana Music

Folk WeeklyPortland, OR -- A new online magazine has been launched by, Portland, Oregon's only full-time folk and bluegrass music station. The new online magazine, titled FolkWeekly, will be published every Saturday with features articles, profiles, album reviews, artist news, and other news about Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass artists.

Layne Publications Releases New Bluegrass Music Tabs

Layne PublicationsGreenville, SC -- Layne Publications has just enhanced the collection of bluegrass tabs in their website with the addition of a series of new tabs for bluegrass guitar. This popular website is the number one online destination for aspiring musicians looking to learn how to play with a bluegrass band. The website has an incredible collection of tabs for guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

Moonshiners Plum Hollow Festival May 23rd through May 25th

Plum Hollow FestivalThe 2013 Plum Hollow Festival will be held on Thursday May 23rd through Saturday May 25th (always the LAST weekend in May every year!) Since the transition of claw hammer to the finger picks, bluegrass has gone through many exciting changes. The Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival is dedicated to the innovations made by creative artists breaking new ground with an old music.

Katy Leonard on 5th Generation of Bluegrass Music

ICMC 2013Nashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference, (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. Previously, we announced that Lance Kinney would tackle the always vexing WIBA (What Is Bluegrass Anyway) question and be followed by Katy Leonard of Birmingham Southern. Leonard’s presentation is not designed as a formal rebuttal to Kinney, but it will certainly provide fascinating thoughts about Bill Monroe and the nature of innovation, continuity, and change in Bluegrass.

Bluegrass Artist Conor Mulroy Adds More Shows to His Winter Schedule

Conor MulroyHarpswell, ME -- Composer, multi-instrumentalist and modern bluegrass artist Conor Mulroy announces more shows for his winter schedule in the southern and midwestern regions. He continues to take music to the masses. He’s touring in support of his fourth independent release Foxfire. Foxfire is currently the #1 ranking college radio album at WERU - FM in East Orland, Maine.

There's That "Bluegrass" Word Again

Bluegrass WordsI was wading through the various announcements, promotions and press releases I get sent and noticed that probably a third of them have absolutely nothing to do with bluegrass music. It seems that everybody wants to be a part of our little community so, when they send out their press releases, they are sure to mention "bluegrass" as well as some other styles. I've also seen numerous links come up when searching for "bluegrass music" in the various search engines that have absolutely nothing to do with bluegrass and some don't even have anything to do with music either.

Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe Partners With Putumayo for Bluegrass Music Show

BluegrassNashville, TN -- Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, Nashville’s acclaimed weekly Americana music broadcast series, will host a special edition on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 featuring artists included on the new anthology Putumayo Presents Bluegrass. Slated to perform are bluegrass music artists the Sam Bush Band, Town Mountain, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen and a duo featuring banjoist Alison Brown and fiddler Andrea Zonn. Bluegrass is the first collection Putumayo has devoted to one of America’s greatest musical genres, and its wide ranging survey of styles fits comfortably with Music City Roots’ eclectic programming philosophy.

Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention Offers Prizes and More

Alleghany County Fiddlers ConventionThe Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention will be held Friday, July 2th and Saturday, July 21st at the Higgins Agricultural Fairgrounds in Sparta, North Carolina. The convention features competitions in Old-Time and Bluegrass music and has both adult and youth categories. In addition to fiddling, there are also a dance contest and other instrumental competitions. All in all, ribbons and $2,850 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Conor Mulroy Adventures Into Song Form with Bluegrass Blend of Music

Conor MulroyHarpswell, ME -- Foxfire; Conor Mulroy’s fourth independent release, is a sweet blend of bluegrass and classical music as interpreted through a progressive jazz lens. Imagine music that blends together elements from each of these styles, but still cannot be categorized into any one of these genres. The title is an homage to a specific type of algae that glows a bio-luminescent blue at night and can only be found in certain areas of Appalachia.

'Bluegrass' A Collection of Today's Bluegrass Music Stars Comes May 22nd

BluegrassA new album simply titled Bluegrass will be released May 22nd on Putumayo Records. The album will feature a broad sampling of some of the finest bluegrass artists including Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, Andrea Zonn with Alison Brown, Frank Solivan, Peter Rowan, James Alan Shelton, Crooked Still, The Seldom Scene, Uncle Earl, and Town Mountain. This will be the label's first venture into the world of bluegrass music. Bluegrass would make a fine introductory sampler for those seeking to hear what the genre is all about.img src=

Putumayo Presents 'Bluegrass' A Collection of Today's Bluegrass Stars

BluegrassNashville, TN -- Putumayo announces the May 22nd release of Bluegrass, an engaging collection featuring many of the genre's most renowned artists along with exciting new discoveries. The album is Putumayo's first venture into the world of bluegrass music and includes Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, Andrea Zonn with Alison Brown, Frank Solivan, Peter Rowan, James Alan Shelton, Crooked Still, The Seldom Scene, Uncle Earl, and Town Mountain.

Tornadoes Strike Bluegrass Music Country

Tornadoes 3-2-2012Devistating tornadoes tore through Kentucky and Tennessee and also touched down in parts of Ohio, Indiana and Alabama Friday. The areas hit are where a significant number of bluegrass artists live and call home. We have not heard from some of our regular contacts and we hope they are well. They are probably cleaning up their own area and assisting others in the region. Various areas where hit hard including central Tennessee and areas around Chattanooga. Two separate waves of severe weather hit central and east Tennessee. Almost 300 tornado warnings were issued that night.

Bluegrass Music Grows in Popularity with Exposure and Awareness

Bob CherryThe popularity of bluegrass music is growing and growing. The Internet, artists traveling further and further from their home, services for promotion such as AirPlay Direct and more all contribute to both an increased presence as well as the ability to introduce new people to the genre. New methods and exposure channels that are evolving are helping bluegrass to gain a wider audience and appreciation.

San Francisco Arts Commission Requests Grammys Bring Back 31 Categories

San Francisco Arts CommissionSan Francisco, CA -- On Monday, November 7th, 2011 at the San Francisco Executive Arts Commission Meeting the resolution, spearheaded by Commissioner John Calloway was proposed to the board commissioners asking them to issue a formal request to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to immediately reinstate the 31 categories of music genres that were dropped from GRAMMY consideration on April 6, 2011. Members of the community who attended and spoke were musician and previous NARAS governor Sandy Cressman, Recording Artist and 2x GRAMMY Nominee Mark Levine, KPFA Radio Producer Clayton Leander and producer and writer Stephanie Dalton, who presented the public petition that now has over 5,400 signatures.

Jim Avett to Headline Bluegrass, Blues and BBQ Music Festival at Fiddler's Grove

3b Music FestivalNorth Carolina recording artist, Jim Avett is set to headline the Bluegrass, Blues and BBQ event on October 1, 2011. Jim's life was built around music – something he passed along to his sons, Seth and Scott, The Avett Brothers.


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