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A Coal Miner’s Christmas to be Held in Pineville, KY December 15th

Coal Miners ChristmasThe Cumberland River Academy of Bluegrass and Appalachian Music are proud to present the third annual student fundraiser: A Coal Miner's Christmas. The event will be held at the Bell Theater located at 114 Kentucky Avenue, Pineville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm.

ACMA’s Mountain Music Museum and Pickin’ Porch to Relocate

ACMA LogoBristol, TN/VA- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association announced today at a press conference held at the Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street that they will be relocating their Mountain Music Museum and Pickin’ Porch to State Street in Bristol, Tennessee after the first of the year.

Local Appalachian Music Comes to the Blue Deer Center

Catskill Mountain BoysMargaretville, NY -- The Blue Deer Center will be presenting a wide variety of programs in the 2013 season, including yoga, community fires, Plant Spirit Medicine classes and much more. As it closes its 2012 season this fall, the BDC is proud to present this one-day music festival, featuring local talent from the Hudson Valley regional area.

Coty Hogue's New Live Album, When We Get To Shore

Coty Hogue with banjoWe're excited to be working again with Northwest songwriter and folk artist Coty Hogue. Based out of Bellingham, WA, Northwest songwriter and folk artist Coty Hogue's debut album, Going to the West, was so well received that we had high hopes for her follow-up. And she sure delivered!

The Crooked Road Holding Meetings on National Heritage Area Designation

The Crooked RoadSince its incorporation in 2005 The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail has worked with musicians, music venues, tourism agencies, Main Street programs, museums and others to promote economic development in Southwest Virginia. With the continuing support of local governments, The Crooked Road has been able to market and promote the unique musical and cultural heritage of the region - including the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum of Ferrum College - statewide, nationally, and internationally. As a result of these efforts, the nineteen counties, over 50 towns, and four cities of Southwest Virginia (as defined by the Commonwealth of Virginia) have become a major destination for visitors from throughout the nation and overseas.

Crooked Road National Heritage Area Proposal Explained

The Crooked RoadThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (TCR) has been working for over two years with federal officials on a proposal to designate The Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia (19 counties, four cities and over 50 towns) as a National Heritage Area.

41st Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree Features Appalachian Traditions

Smithville Fiddlers' JamboreeSmithville, Tennessee -- The 2012 Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival will be held on the square in downtown Smithville on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th commencing at 9:00 a.m. both days. This well-respected bluegrass festival, celebrating its 41st year, is committed to preserving Appalachian music, dance and craft – a mission that is apparently being accomplished judging from the thousands of spectators that come to the event from every state in the U.S. as well as many visitors from abroad. Over 150 craft booths filled with handmade creations, plus a variety of food vendors, will fill the streets surrounding the courthouse this year.

The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya

Mountain Music ProjectThe Mountain Music Project is proud to announce the new release of both their documentary film and their groundbreaking collaborative CD. The CD entitled The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya is a collaboration of the Nepali/Himalayan traditional music of the Gandharba, or musician caste, and the Bluegrass/Old Time musics of the Appalachian mountain region of the United States. Cybergrass wrote about The Mountain Music Project last November.

Kathy Mattea to Sugar Hill Records, Appalachian Album Coming

Kathy MatteaNashville, TN (April 5, 2012) – Kathy Mattea, the beloved Grammy-winning singer of such classics as "18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses" and "Where've You Been," has signed with Sugar Hill Records. The label has plans to release Calling Me Home, what Mattea describes as a love letter to her home state of West Virginia, later this year. alt=

Dan Perkins and Legacy - Songs and Videos about Appalachia

Dan PerkinsDan's latest CD, entitled Country/Folk includes his original song "When The Last Train Leaves Appalachia". Country singer/guitarist/songwriter, Dan Perkins, grew up near the coal mining town of Grundy, Virginia. Dan developed an early interest in music and began playing the guitar and singing around the age of ten. Music has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. He formed a band in high school, called "The Vindets" and after college formed a band called "Phoenix", which played throughout Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and even as far north as Michigan. One of the highlights of his time with "Phoenix" was performing for Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady and wife of President Lyndon Johnson.

Folks Are Talking About Garret Mathews' Latest Album

Folks Are Talking"Folks Are Talking" is a double CD that includes 28 oral histories of folks Garret Mathews interviewed as a young feature writer on the Bluefield, W. Va., Daily Telegraph between 1974 and 1979. The mountainous circulation area includes Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming, Monroe and Raleigh counties in West Virginia and Tazewell, Buchanan, Bland, Wythe, Russell and Giles counties in Virginia. It's rural America. No community in the two-state area has more than 20,000 residents. Some places visited for this collection – Bandy, Rhodell, Jenkinjones and Beeson – have fewer than 300 inhabitants. Music evocative of the region is included on the double CD.

Deep Dark Woods to Release 'The Place I Left Behind' October 18th

 The Place I Left BehindNashville, TN -- The Deep Dark Woods wake the ghosts of Appalachia with their prairie gothic pyre-side tales. On their new record, The Place I Left Behind, the band finds continuity in themes of temporal and geographic alienation, neglected inward trails, and the scars of abandoned intimacies. The Place I Left Behind will be released on Sugar Hill Records in the US and worldwide on October 18th.

Mark O'Connor to Release 'An Appalachian Christmas' Sept 20

 An Appalachian ChristmasGrammy winning composer, violin virtuoso and educator Mark O'Connor will release his first holiday album, An Appalachian Christmas, on September 20 via OMAC Records. A star-studded collection featuring James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Alison Krauss, Sharon Isbin, Jane Monheit, Chris Thile, Steve Wariner and more, An Appalachian Christmas features rare collaborations available for the first time in years as well as new recordings.

11th Annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Appalachian Festival of Plays and PlaywrightsAbingdon, VA -- The eleventh annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP) will be held July 26 – August 6, at Barter Stage II during the Virginia Highlands Festival. "Founded in 2001, the AFPP gives voice to the stories of our region, and the community is invited to take part in the development of brand new plays," said Nicholas Piper, director of the AFPP.


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