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The Big Bang Of Country Music To Come Full Circle at HoustonFest

Orthophonic Joy CoverTourism and Music Industry representatives announced a special showcase to be presented at HoustonFest on May 1 & 2, 2015. HoustonFest will hold a special showcase of historic importance. The group recently announced the creation of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD project. Eleven of the 17 artists performing on this historic CD project will be appearing at HoustonFest 2015.

Memphis in May by Sugarlands Distilling to Feature Bluegrass and More

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnGatlinburg, TN -- Sugarlands Distilling Company, crafters of award winning Smoky Mountain moonshine, has partnered with the Memphis in May International Festival in 2015 to be the exclusive moonshine for the festival. For the second year in a row, Sugarlands Distilling Company will be offering signature Sugarlands Shine cocktails during Memphis in May events. The Beale Street Music Festival features all styles of music including bluegrass, Americana, roots, jazz, folk and more.

MerleFest 2015 to Feature Special Sets and Collaborations

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and taking place April 23-26, 2015, will boast a number of special collaborations and performances at this year’s festival. As regular attendees of the celebrated festival know, these “MerleFest Moments” – as they’re often called – are a frequent result of the artistic, collective spirit of this special yearly musical gathering.

Telluride Bluegrass Single-Day Lineup Artists Added

Sam Bush Go Pro - Photo credit Brett SchreckengostLyons, CO -- Less than 100 days til' Festivaaaaal! Yes, in just 99 days the annual pilgrimage of Festivarian Nation to Telluride culminates with the opening drone of bagpipes, the running of tarps, and the glorious reverberation of banjo and fiddle. For 4 days festivarians will dance, smile, listen and marvel at the great acoustic adventure of Telluride Bluegrass.

MerleFest 2015 Continues Popular Acoustic Kids Showcases

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2015 festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the April 1 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers, singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival.

Old Settler's Music Festival Announces 2015 Schedule

Old Settler's Music FestivalAustin, TX -- The Old Settler’s Music Festival, now in its 28th year, has finalized another outstanding schedule of roots, bluegrass and Americana artists for the four-day event. The festival takes place Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, in the Texas hill country south of Austin on FM 1826. Performers include the Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Sam Bush, JD McPherson, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro and the McCrary Sisters. (See full schedule below.)

MerleFest 2015 Adds Willie Watson,The Steel Wheels to Lineup

Willie WatsonWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, has added Willie Watson and The Steel Wheels to its 2015 lineup. Additionally, The Steel Wheels will host the Midnight Jam. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”

High Honors for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015Bristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (BRRR) music festival has been designated one of Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Top 20 Events. The best events across 12 southeastern states compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation.

Steep Canyon Rangers Join MerleFest Lineup

Steep Canyon RangersWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, has announced Dwight Yoakam, Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth as part of the music festival’s lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”

19th Dahlonega's Bear Festival Lineup Announced

Bear on the Square"I'm very excited about the bands performing on the Bear Main Stage this year. Our concerts will feature both the 2012 and 2013 Telluride Band Contest winners, as well as a number of new musicians and old favorites," said Glenda Pender, president of Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, which will take place in Dahlonega the weekend of April 18-19. Pender also does the booking for the Main Stage concerts at the yearly event.

Hot Rize to Headline 20th Annual 4 Corners Folk Fest

Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the TrailblazersPagosa Springs, CO -- It didn’t take long after Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and Charles Sawtelle first appeared onstage together in 1978 for the bluegrass music world to realize that the Colorado band, Hot Rize, was something special. By the time they bowed off the stage as a full-time act in 1990, they’d not only climbed to the top of that world as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, but their stature was recognized across the board, with a nomination for a then-new bluegrass Grammy, a four-star album review in Rolling Stone, tours across four continents, and a legion of up-and-coming, broad-minded young musicians learning their songs and singing their praises.

Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent Headline Inaugural Dinwiddie Music Festival

Ricky SkaggsFolks from all over the Country will be making their way to Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia on June 4, 5, & 6, 2015 for the Dinwiddie Music Festival. This festival will feature some of the best in Bluegrass and Americana music. Headliner bands like Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, the Lonesome River Band and many more will be here performing during the festival of music.

The Planet Announces 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Lineup

 Benko PhotographicsAs the sun sets on this Friday before the Winter Solstice, we wanted to share a glowing glimpse into the longest days of the year and the Summer Solstice gathering of Festivarian Nation at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 18-21, 2015). We can barely contain our excitement... We're honored to present the historic collaboration of legendary artists Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs -- a set we've dreamt about for the past 25 years. And making her Telluride debut is 2-time Grammy winner (Country Album of the Year and Country Song of the Year) Kacey Musgraves. Oh my, it's going to be a glorious weekend of music and Colorado sunshine at 8,750'...

The 2015 John Hartford Memorial Festival Lineup Announced

Hot Rize"Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Better, Then It Does" said John Hartford. That's the theme for the 5th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, to be held May 28-30, 2015, at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, Bean Blossom, IN. With a lineup that includes Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Split Lip Rayfield, Hackensaw Boys, The Larry Keel Experience, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Jamie Hartford and Friends, Bawn in the Mash, and many more to be announced, it really does get better and better and better.

The Crooked Road Sets Stage for First Ever Mountains of Music Homecoming

Mountains of Music HomecomingAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is pleased to announce the Mountains of Music Homecoming, a nine-day celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their heritage music, cultural assets and outdoor amenities. This inaugural event, covering 19 counties, four cities, and over 50 communities, will be held June 12 - 20, 2015 and features Crooked Road concerts in more than 30 communities, dozens of community cultural experiences, and over 70 existing traditional music-related concerts, jam sessions and festivals.

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