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It's Here: Bean Blossom Bluegrass Music Festival June 9 – 16

Bill MonroeIndianapolis, IN -- The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will be held June 9 – 16, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana. The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park's website: www.beanblossom.US. Bean Blossom is the definition of a bluegrass music festival. This is what it is all about.

The Grascals' Jamie Johnson Waits Tables Supporting Make-A-Wish Foundation

Kevin Carter, Jamie Johnson, Jay DeMarcusNashville, TN --- Former Tennessee Titan Kevin Carter, along with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, hosted the 11th annual Waiting for Wishes celebrity waiters dinner at The Palm Restaurant in Nashville. Celebrity waiters, including Jamie Johnson of The Grascals, donned waiters jackets to serve diners, sign autographs and accept donations.

Thoughts on the Passing of Earl Scruggs from Kristin Scott Benson 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year

Kristin Scott BensonLike everyone else that loves bluegrass music and the banjo, I was saddened to hear the news of Earl Scruggs' passing. Terry Smith, bass player with The Grascals, called me at my parents' house in South Carolina to give me the news. Though I didn't know him well, I immediately felt a void because his life has had so much impact on mine. In fact, anyone that plays traditional 3-finger, bluegrass banjo (which is almost every banjo player in the world) owes their craft to Earl Scruggs. Even the players that unfortunately haven't listened to him first-hand, should understand that their primary influence is still Earl Scruggs.

2 Cups. 4 Cups. 6 Cups, a Winner - The Grascals Make 115th Opry Appearance

Kristin, Danny, Jeremy, Terry E., Terry S. and JamieNashville, TN --- Two time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year award winners, The Grascals, delighted fans with an appearance at The Opry Shop. Band members signed copies of their new CD, Life Finds a Way, just before making their 115th appearance on The Grand Ole Opry March 24. The Grascals toast six cheers to the Grand Ole Opry as they celebrate 115 Opry appearances ... and the bluegrass music group's latest CD, Life Finds a Way.

Life Finds a Way with The Grascals

Life Finds a WayLife Finds a Way implies a journey. From multiple IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards to multiple Grammy® nominations, the Grascals have had an epic one. Now they are back with the highly anticipated signature release that will remind fans why they love this group. From the classic "Sweet Baby James," to the instrumental "Eleven Eleven," and the inspirational "The Road to Surrender," Life Finds a Way is a selection of familiar and new songs with significantly deeper themes.

Cracker Barrel Congratulates Their SPBGMA Award Winners

The Gospel Side of Dailey & VincentLebanon, TN -- Rounder Records recording group Dailey & Vincent were honored with multiple awards during the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) awards show on February 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn. Together they won Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary), Vocal Group of the Year, and Overall Bluegrass Band of the Year. Separately, Jamie Dailey earned Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Male Vocalist, and Darrin Vincent earned Bass Performer of the Year. In addition, acclaimed bluegrass group The Grascals was named Instrumental Group of the Year at the 39th Annual SPBGMA Awards.

VIDEO: Grascals Sign With Mountain Home

The GrascalsOne of the top performing bluegrass music artists today, The Grascals, have signed with Mountain Home Records of North Carolina. The Grascals have a string of hits, awards and releases and this is a further step forward for the band. The band was named the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainers of the Year, the associations top award, in both 2006 and 2007.

Grascals Slated to Headline Poke Salat Bluegrass Music Festival

The GrascalsArab, AL -- Arab will host its annual Poke Salat Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2012 in downtown Arab. The festival is free and offers family fun including a kid's D.J. and dance area, inflatables and kid's arts and crafts. The Poke Salat Bluegrass Festival has been a part of the Poke Salat community for more than 20 years. Visitors can stop in downtown in the morning for handmade arts and crafts, food and a little pickin' and grinnin' provided by local bluegrass musicians.

Cracker Barrel Albums Rank High in Billboard Top 50 Bluegrass Albums

The GrascalsLebanon, TN -- Hundreds of thousands of people across the country stopped by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store during 2011 for some good country cookin' and thousands of them also bought some good bluegrass music. Billboard.com recently ranked the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 based on sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan and two Cracker Barrel exclusive music program CDs earned spots on the list.

32nd Annual Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival Performers Announced

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverOne of America's favorite and talented bluegrass music festivals is scheduled for May 10 through 12, 2012. It is time for the 32nd Annual Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival which will be held from 12Noon-11pm at the Denton Farm Park, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton, NC. The 2012 festival will, as usual, feature some of the hottest bluegrass artists performing today.

CMT Looking for Top 30 Videos - Vote Bluegrass

Sierra HullCountry Music Television, better known as CMT is currently running an election for the Top 30 Videos of 2011 and Bluegrass Music is there. Voters can select from Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sierra Hull (many choices), Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Dale Ann Bradley, Bearfoot, The Grascals with Dolly Parton and other favorites like Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton are on the ballot.

The Grascals Featured In GACTV.com's 12 Days of Country Cookies (and Treats)

The GrascalsThe Grascals head in to the holiday season full of good cheer and, well, pie. "We're just full of it," laughs the group co-founder Jamie Johnson. "El's wife, Catherine Lundy-Eldredge, makes a mean Upside Down Apple Pie, and we've been doing some serious taste-testing!" The dish is so delightful that GACTV.com is including the recipe in their 12 Days of Country Cookies (& Treats) feature, and fans can grab the recipe for this down-home dessert here or from Grascals.com.

Hear The Grascals at La-Z-Boy Center November 19

The GrascalsMonroe, MI -- The Grascals, an award-winning and chart-topping six-member band that blends bluegrass and country music, will take the stage at Monroe County Community College's La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The La-Z-Boy Center is located on MCCC's Main Campus, located at 1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI 48161.

Cracker Barrell Congratulates The Grascals on IBMA Nomination From Their Joint Venture

The Grascals & FriendsLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is pleased to congratulate The Grascals for their multiple nominations announced recently by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The acclaimed group has received four nominations, including "Entertainer of the Year," which they have won twice previously, and band member Kristin Scott Benson is up for her fourth Instrumental Performer of the Year (Banjo) award.

The Grascals Nail Down Four IBMA Nominations

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards Ballot for 2011 is official. The Grascals' head into the final voting with a total of four nominations: Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year and band member Kristin Scott Benson, reigning three-time Instrumental Performer of the Year (Banjo), is in the running for that honor again this year. Winners will be announced at the organization's 22nd annual awards show, scheduled for September 29, 2011 (7:30 p.m. CDT), at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction.

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