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Steve Toth Releases New Book on the Dobro

DOBRO ROOTS - A Photo Tour of Prewar Wood Body DobrosSan Diego, CA -- Steve Toth, internationally known dobro player and author of several popular dobro instruction books, has announced the release of his new book DOBRO ROOTS - A Photo Tour of Prewar Wood Body Dobros with a Foreword by Jerry Douglas. It is a photo history of the Dobro Guitars produced from 1929 to 1941 that gave birth to the dobro/resonator guitars that are so popular in Bluegrass and many other forms of music today.

Donna Ulisse Authors Book About her Creative Process

Donna UlisseAt the request of her publisher, Hadley Music Group, singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse has authored a book about her personal creative process when writing songs. The book is titled The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process.

Exciting News from Dust-to-Digital

Michigan-I-OIn 1938 the Library of Congress dispatched Alan Lomax—already a seasoned field worker at age 23—to complete a folklife survey of the Great Lakes region. He set off in a 1935 Plymouth Deluxe 4-door sedan, toting a Presto instantaneous disc recorder, a still camera, and a moving image camera. He returned almost three months later, having driven thousands of miles on barely paved roads, with a cache of 250 discs and 8 reels of film. These materials documented the diversity of ethnicity—Irish, Finnish, Serbian, Polish, German, Croatian, Canadian French, Hungarian, and more—in Michigan, as well as cultural expression among loggers and lake sailors.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart - Exibit, Book

 The Photographs of MartyStuartAlthough known primarily as a country music star, Marty Stuart has been taking photographs of the people and places surrounding him since he first went on tour with bluegrass music performer Lester Flatt at age twelve. His inspirations to do this include his own mother, Hilda Stuart, whom he watched document their family's everyday life in Mississippi, bassist Milt Hinton's photographs of fellow jazz artists, and Edward Curtis's well-known images of Native Americans at the turn of the twentieth century. Stuart's work ranges from intimate and often candid behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians, to images that capture the eccentricities of characters from the back roads of America, to dignified portraits of members of the impoverished Lakota tribe in South Dakota, a people he was introduced to through his former father-in-law, Johnny Cash. Whatever the subject, Stuart is able to sensitively tease out something unexpected or hidden beneath the surface through a skillful awareness of timing and composition as well as a unique relationship with many of the subjects based on years of friendship and trust. The book cover includes a photograph of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe.

University of Illinois Press $2.99 Bluegrass Music Book Sale

Crowe on the BanjoTo coincide with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event September 24-28, 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina, The University of Illinois Press are offering eBook versions of three University of Illinois Press titles on sale for $2.99 each. The sale will run through September 30.

Southern Writer Sharyn McCrumb Presents New Novel “King’s Mountain”

King's MountainSharyn McCrumb, New York Times Best Selling Author, will be at the Abingdon Muster Grounds on September 22, 2013, from 2:30 – 5:00 pm, where she will read from her newest Ballad novel, King’s Mountain. While at the northern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Sharyn McCrumb, purchase the new novel, and have it autographed. Artists, musicians, and re-enactors will be a part of the event.

Josh Graves - Bluegrass Bluesman A Memoir Awarded

Bluegrass Bluesman - A Memoir by Josh GravesThe life and music of a bluegrass pioneer, in his own words... A pivotal member of the hugely successful bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Dobro pioneer Josh Graves (1927–2006) was a living link between bluegrass music and the blues, maintaining ties with black artists and comporting himself as a classic bluesman with a gold tooth and snappy headgear. In Bluegrass Bluesman, this influential performer shares the story of his lifelong career in music. The 176 page Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves was released, last September from the University of Illinois Press. Bluegrass Unlimited says, "Yet another must-read book from the University of Illinois Press." The volume has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Best Research in Recorded Country Music Category. The book was up for Best Historical Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or Country Music by the association . Last year, Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe by Marty Godbey won in the History category.

Ricky Skaggs "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music" Out August 13

Kentucky TravelerBluegrass and Country Music icon Ricky Skaggs will release his first-ever unprecedented piece of Bluegrass and Country Music literature, an autobiography, titled Kentucky Traveler on August 13, 2013. The book details the life of Skaggs and gives a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it. The bluegrass music legend has just about done it all over the course of his 50+ years in music. With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell. Now, for the first time, Skaggs is ready to tell the story of his life with the release of his personal autobiography, Kentucky Traveler (It Books).

Ricky Skaggs Readies First-Ever Autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler”

Kentucky TravelerNashville, TN -- Bluegrass and Country Music icon Ricky Skaggs has just about done it all over the course of his 50+ years in music. With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell. Now, for the first time, Skaggs is ready to tell the story of his life with the release of his personal autobiography, Kentucky Traveler (It Books). Skaggs will release this unprecedented piece of Bluegrass and Country Music literature on August 13, 2013.

John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain

 Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-PlainFirst Ever Book About John Hartford...In 1971, John Hartford, best known for his classic song “Gentle on My Mind,” and his TV appearances alongside the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell, turned his back on a thriving Hollywood career and returned to his bluegrass roots to make one the finest albums of the decade. Not only was Aereo-Plain a remarkable record in its own right, filled with great songs and astounding musicianship, but it stretched the boundaries of bluegrass and opened the doors to a new genre of country and folk music, Newgrass. The new book & live concert music CD are now available through

Story of the Women Who Built Gibson Guitars During WWII

Kalamazoo Gals"Kalamazoo Gals” by John Thomas is the forgotten story of the women who built Gibson’s “Banner” guitars during WWII. Please join us for an informal gathering and book signing in a unique setting: Retrofret Vintage Guitars. Located in the industrial Gowanus Canal section of Brooklyn, NY, Retrofret will honor Women’s History Month and the release of Mr. Thomas’ book on Sat. March 2, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM.

Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers Published

 The Lives and Music of the Stanley BrothersThe University Press of Mississippi has released David W. Johnson's first biography of two integral bluegrass music innovators and touchstones of old-time country music authenticity - Carter and Ralph Stanley. The 300 page volume includes multiple photographs of the brothers who contributed much to bluegrass and mountain music.

Kent Gustavson Offers Bluegrass Fans an Early Christmas Gift

Blind But Now I SeeKent Gustavson, PhD and author of Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson is offering bluegrass fans an early Christmas gift. Gustavson says, "if you haven't had a chance to read my biography of Doc Watson yet. You can download the Kindle version free from now until December 4th."


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