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Bluegrass Music Across the Great Urban-Rural Divide

Bluegrass Music Across the Great Urban-Rural DivideBluegrass Music is facing a unique challenge. Here is a genre that was spawned in the Appalachian Mountains of poor immigrants who worked the mines, mills, factories and fields of the region. People existing through the Great Depression. The primary form of entertainment was entertaining themselves with music played on the front porches of the cabins in the hills and hollows. Stringed instruments comprising guitars, banjos an occasional mandolin and such. This is the true roots of bluegrass and old-time music. Based on hard work, family, church and rural living.

We've Lost that Loving Feeling: What Happened to the Music?

Mountain MusicEmmylou Harris pointed out years ago that the soul is lost in today's music. We've lost that front porch or livingroom essence of the music. Today, it is polished, spit-shined, buffed and massaged into what the band/producer perceives as perfection. In the process, we've lost the soul. Why do Charlie Poole, Hylo Brown, Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers, Appalachian and Hillbilly bands endure today more so than many of the top bands in the last 20 years? Because they have that extra piece that isn't comprised of notes or recording techniques. Some of the finest music didn't have the luxury of fancy recording studios, expensive microphones, exotic digital "effects" systems, etc. What they did have is a dimension that has been lost as artists strive for the perfection. They don't realize that their perfection is what hurts their sound.

Flower Hill String Band Welcomes Face of America with Bluegrass Music

Flower Hill String BandFrederick, MD -- The pleasing melodies of live bluegrass music will greet participants of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride as they arrive in Frederick, Maryland the afternoon of April 25. Gaithersburg’s Flower Hill String Band will present a free concert for riders who will be completing a 55 mile journey from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

The Big Push for Bluegrass at Burning Man

Burning Man BluegrassOur bluegrass artist and friend, Andy Owens is on a quest to introduce Bluegrass Music to the Burning Man Arts Festival. Time is short and so is their funding. The Bluegrass Invasion to Burning Man Kickstarter Campaign is still short about $900 and needs to catch up quickly or they can lose all funding collected so far. This is a marvelous concept to introduce the crowd to bluegrass music in a unique way.

“The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice” at ICMC 2014

Diane Diekman, shown with James Akenson and Don CusicNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is gearing up for their 2014 event. Each year, the ICMC presents topics of interest on bluegrass and traditional country music. The ICMC will do the ‘Big Reveal’ for the ICMC 2014 Thursday evening 22 May keynote event. Of course, the preceding social hour—with some great food—will feature socializing and informal picking. We are very pleased to announce that long term ICMC friend Ron Cohen of Indiana University Northwest and internationally known singer songwriter, activist Si Kahn will be presenting “The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice.” Ron Cohen has numerous books on the Folk Revival such as “Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970” and related topics and has frequently presented at ICMC. Cybergrass regularly covers the ICMC which frequently has quality bluegrass subject matter.

Kentucky Monthly Features Bluegrass Music in June/July Issue

Kentucky Monthly June/July 2013 coverKentucky Monthly magazine has collaborated with internationally recognized artist Aaron Kizer of Owensboro to create its June/July 2013 issue cover. The ink and watered-down Valspar wall paint piece depicts a stylized portrait of bluegrass icon Bill Monroe and corresponds to a story about the International Bluegrass Music Museum. A feature story about Kizer also appears in the issue, which will be available on newsstands by June 4.

Farm Festival, Pig Pickin & Bluegrass Music June 1st

Vandele Farms Pig Pickin & BluegrassLake Lure, NC -- Local farm, Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek announces today that it will host a family oriented “Farm Festival, Pig Pickin & Bluegrass Music” event on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The Pig Pickin will begin around 4pm as Vandele Farms begins serving up their own Pit cooked Pastured pork BBQ complete with all the trimmings. Folks are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs & blankets, eat BBQ and settle in for the event’s main attraction, the Bluegrass music.

Roots Music Report Announces Top 100 Bluegrass Albums

Roots Music Report Bluegrass 100Roots Music Report (RMR) collects data from radio stations and syndicated radio programs around the globe that play all forms of roots music. RMR then tabulates airplay spin totals which then are used to generate the charts. The charts are posted each week so that music makers, radio professionals and the general public can see which artists are being played the most by reporting stations around the planet. At the end of the year, RMR posts their compilation of the top 100 albums in each of several categories on their web site at

Allen Hicks Jam at The Crooked Road's Heartwood

Allen Hicks JamThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail music series at Heartwood in Abingdon showcases communities of the region through their traditional music venues and their youth music. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 the Allen Hicks Jam from Nickelsville, Virginia will be the featured Venue Showcase at Heartwood. Instrument makers’ shops are a popular hangout for local musicians and a natural place for jamming.

A Special Bluegrass Music Showcase Comes to Life at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Milwaukee Irish FestMilwaukee, WI -- Milwaukee Irish Fest 2012 promises to deliver all the fan- favorites and traditional fun that guests have come to expect. But what are some of the new and exciting things visitors can expect to see and experience at this year’s festival? Let’s take an inside look at what’s new and ‘must-do’ for 2012.

IBMA Fan Fest Celebrates Bill Monroe and Bluegrass Music

World of Bluegrass 2011/IBMA/ Nashville, TN -- Bluegrass music's premier indoor festival is just around the corner, and this year's event celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, will definitely be one you don't want to miss! Reserve your tickets now for IBMA's Bluegrass Fan Fest, scheduled for Sept. 30 – October 2, 2011, at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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