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Hot Rize Releases 'Your Light Leads Me On' Video

Hot RizeHot Rize is releasing their new video for 'Your Light Leads Me On' filmed in the streets of New York City/Times Square with Mason Jar Music. Pete Wernick commented, "As the only native New York City boy in the group, very familiar with Times Square, it was wild and weird to be picking banjo there, plowing along through the curious onlookers, not to mention Batman, the Statue of Liberty, Disney characters, etc. The lights of the giant video billboards really contrast ironically with what the song is about... a lonesome driver saying to the moon, 'Your Light Leads Me On'."

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off June 25

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

15th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Lineup Announced

Steve EarlBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, revealed a stellar lineup of artists for the 15th annual festival. The 3-day music celebration honoring Bristol’s unique music history as the site of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions will be held September 18 — 20, 2015 in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia.

Hot Rize Releases New Video for "A Cowboy's Life"

Hot RizeBluegrass supergroup, Hot Rize recently reunited after 20 years off the road for an extensive tour schedule as well as the release of their new album "When I'm Free". On their last stop in New York, the band recruited Mason Jar Music to put visuals to the new sounds. The results are breathtaking. The first video, available for public viewing today, presents a clear juxtaposition between the city views of New York and the performance of a more traditional bluegrass group.

June 25 Kicks Off Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman!!!

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

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.

Bluegrass Underground Announces Season Five PBS Taping Lineup

Bluegrass Underground Season 5Every year, when we announce the new season of our Emmy-winning TV series Bluegrass Underground, there's a tendency to say, "This is the best one yet." But this year, not to take anything away from those first four incredible seasons, Season 5 really is the best one yet, a subterranean festival of global proportion. The biggest names in Bluegrass and Roots music are set For Bluegrass Underground season five PBS-TV filming, March 27-29.

Old Settler's Music Festival Announces Partial 2015 Lineup

Sam BushAustin, TX -- The Old Settler’s Music Festival has been a highlight of every Austin spring since 1987; the 2015 festival, held at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch from Thursday, April 16 to Sunday, April 19, is shaping up to be the most exciting one yet. Bluegrass, roots and alt-country are on the menu with some of the finest acts touring today.

Hot Rize's 1st LP In 24 Years Debuts At #1 at Billboard

 When I'm FreeDecades since its 80s reign as “one of the most important bluegrass bands ever,”(Chris Thile, Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) — Hot Rize is back on top, with its first studio album since 1990 going right to #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart in its first week. The impressive debut adds commercial heft to critical acclaim: "Classic" (The Wall Street Journal), “historic” (Music City Roots), “clearly measures up to the best the band had to offer in their heyday” (The Bluegrass Situation), with Garden & Gun praising the band for still “pushing boundaries.”

Hot Rize Rides Again with New Album, Fall Tour

Hot RizeHot Rize has not toured more than a few select festival dates and concerts since 1990. That all changes in September as they embark on their first major tour in almost 25 years in support of their new studio album (details to be announced soon), reclaiming their unique position where tradition and innovation collide.

Hot Rize Flood Benefit at CU Macky Auditorium Nov. 7

Hot RizeOn November 7th at the University of Colorado Macky Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, bluegrass artists Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers will be presenting a benefit concert to aid victims of the recent Colorado floods. In mid September, the rains came to Colorado and they just kept on coming. Much of the area north of Denver and around the Boulder region were flooded including Craig Ferguson's famed Planet Bluegrass that hosts the annual RockyGrass bluegrass festival. From Longmont to southern Colorado Springs, 100 miles away, flooding was evident as several inches of rain dropped every hour. Rivers were swollen and washed out roads, bridges and homes.

Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival Artists Being Announced

Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival/Planet Bluegrass/ Lyons, CO -- These days of darkness which we've known, will blow away with this new sun and bring unto us gentle tidings of joy, peace, and glimmers of the long summer days to come... For lurking among the Cottonwoods and river rock sculptures, we've begun to hear the faint whispers of St. Festivarius – tales of anniversaries and festivarian journeys, songs and stories, music and mountains, tarps and tickets, summer bliss and savored friendships, and lineups.

Short, Sweet and Very Cool Greetings from Grey Fox Bluegrass Music Festival

Del McCoury BandThe Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is a Who's Who of Bluegrass Music and it's no wonder that this festival is one of America's finest for the genre. The festivities begin in just a few days as the event runs from July 19-22. Four days, six stages and dozens of award winning bluegrass artists all in one fine place. In a serene setting at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, New York you'll find an awesome collection of mighty fine bluegrass talent to entertain you. Dry Branch Fire Squad traditionally hosts the four day event.

2012 Grey Fox Bluegrass Music Festival Lineup Announced

Gray FoxOnce again, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, on the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY, has outdone itself, having assembled an all-star lineup that underscores the event's reputation as a "Who's Who of Bluegrass" that draws thousands of fans from all parts of the globe. Two bluegrass icons who have each been named National Heritage Fellows and Grand Old Opry members will perform at this year's festival: Del McCoury, who is a perennial favorite at Grey Fox; and Jesse McReynolds (aka the Ironman of Bluegrass Mandolin) who began his professional career in 1947. McReynolds' latest recording project, Songs of the Grateful Dead, is a highly acclaimed tribute to the late, great Jerry Garcia.

'Jamming is Fun and Fundamental' - Dr. Banjo Getting Traction with The Wernick Method

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick's latest project can't be faulted for being not ambitious enough. His goal? "We want to change how bluegrass music is taught." Wernick, known for four decades as "Dr. Banjo", a driving force behind the legendary Hot Rize band, and the creator of bluegrass books and videos with sales over half a million, has taken on his share of challenges.

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