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Rounder Records Readies Three Mark O'Connor Digital Reissues

Pickin’ in the WindNashville, TN -- Rounder Records is pleased to announce the digital re-release of the first three albums by acoustic multi-instrumentalist Mark O’Connor. O’Connor’s early recordings document not only the start of a career that would make its mark on the full range of American music, from bluegrass to classical to jazz, but also a portrait of a young virtuoso who could hold his own with many of the best musicians in bluegrass and old-time music. The three albums, which were never released on CD, are now available on all digital and streaming platforms.

The O’Connor Band Releases “Coming Home” Video

O’Connor Band Coming HomeThe O’Connor Band was number one again on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart again this past week. The O’Connor Band has just released a new video of the band performing “Coming Home” which features some skateboarding fiddle playing by Mark. Consisting of four master instrumentalists, The O'Connor Band is all family -- Grammy and CMA Award-winning Mark O'Connor (violin); Mark's wife, Maggie (violin); his son Forrest (mandolin); and Forrest's fiancé, Kate Lee (violin). 'Coming Home,' their 12-track debut album on Rounder Records, debuted at number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart last month. For all the instrumental virtuosity on display here, it is the songs - both Mark's instrumental compositions, and the vocal songs written by Forrest and Kate, the band's lead singers -- that are at the heart of this project. “Coming Home” is just one fine example presented on this album.

The O'Connor Band to Release "Coming Home" August 5th

The O'Connor Band - Coming HomeNashville, TN - The O'Connor Band, the family band led by acclaimed musician and composer Mark O'Connor, has announced they will release their debut album, Coming Home, August 5 on Rounder. Throughout the 12-song album, the O'Connor Band draws upon a deep well of talent and tradition to make music whose sonic and emotional appeal transcends time and genre, demonstrating an effortless rapport that underlines the group's family roots as well as its prestigious collective pedigree.

Four Steve Earle Albums Remastered for Vinyl out May 6

Copperhead RoadLos Angeles, CA -- Steve Earle's four MCA Records studio albums, Guitar Town, Exit 0, Copperhead Road, and The Hard Way, have been remastered from the original tapes by Robert Vosgien and cut for vinyl by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for LP release on May 6.

O'Connor Band, with Fiddler Mark O'Connor, Signs With Rounder

O'Connor BandNashville, TN - Rounder Records and Concord Music Group are pleased to announce the signing of the O'Connor Band. The band, which is already earning praise for their contemporary bluegrass and Americana sound, features Grammy and CMA Award-winning fiddle/violin virtuoso and composer Mark O'Connor, who is renowned for his musical versatility, and who recorded a series of albums - including his debut recording - for the label starting in 1974.

Mark O'Connor Expands Music Education with 4 New Camps

Mark O'ConnorGrammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s American school of string playing, the O’Connor Method, will continue to grow in 2015 further expanding its acclaimed mission for music education with camps at the Turtle Bay Music School (New York, NY), the South Shore Conservatory (South Boston, MA), Lee Summit High School (Kansas City, MO), and Southern Maine Community College (Portland, ME), with more expected to follow.

Mark O'Connor and Young Violin Stars Celebrate American Music On New Album

Mark O'ConnorOn June 10th, Grammy-winning violinist, composer, educator and former child prodigy Mark O’Connor will release his album MOC4, continuing his mission of bringing American music back to the forefront of string-playing. Now in his 40th year as a recording artist, O’Connor has collaborated with six acclaimed and previously mentored violinists on MOC4, including Bela Fleck & My Morning Jacket-collaborator Jeremy Kittel, Ahn Trio member Angella Ahn, the O’Connor String Quartet’s Kelly Hall-Tompkins, current Naumburg prize winner Tessa Lark, Jeff Daniels' fiddler and music producer Brad Phillips, and 2013 Downbeat Magazine “Rising Star” Sara Caswell.

Free Mark O’Connor Lecture-Demo At Belmont University, May 4th

Mark O'ConnorNashville, TN - On May 4th, Mark O’Connor will present a free lecture-demonstration to the public on his best-selling string teaching method, the O’Connor Method, at Harton Recital Hall in Massey Performing Arts Center, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. This is O’Connor’s first public appearance in Nashville since performing with the Nashville symphony in March 2007.

Strathmore Presents Storied Strings: The Violin in America

Natalie MacMasterNORTH BETHESDA, MD – In previous seasons Strathmore has explored the piano, the guitar and great American composers—in its mapping of the influences that have forged American music, the arts center turns next to the violin with Storied Strings: The Violin in America, a season-long survey of violin repertoire that celebrates the role of the instrument in the development of American musical tradition. The 11-concert series includes performances in the Music Center and Mansion, as well as education events to better acquaint audiences with this pivotal influence on American music. For additional information and tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org

CNN Spotlights Mark O'Connor's Revolutionary String Method

Mark O'ConnorMusician, composer, and educator Mark O'Connor is gaining followers among teachers and students every day with his revolutionary American school of string playing, the O'Connor Method, which the New Yorker calls "an American-grown rival to the Suzuki method." In an in-depth story about O'Connor's approach to music education, CNN featured the violinist and his innovative Method, which focuses on American musical history and vernacular as opposed to the study of European classical pieces emphasized in other programs.

Mark O'Connor Brings 'An Appalachian Christmas' To NPR's 'Here and Now.'

An Appalachian ChristmasMark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas rings in the holiday season with heaps of praise and, this week, hits #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart after last week's top 20 Billboard debuts on 3 charts (Bluegrass, Classical, Crossover). This week, he brought the multi-genre holiday collection to NPR's Here and Now, and will soon be heard on WNYC's Soundcheck, eTown, and Performance Today.

Mark O'Connor's NYC Christmas Jam And Revue Adds More Guest Artists

Mark O'ConnorMark O'Connor's Christmas Jam and Revue at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge Dec 21 will feature an ever-growing list of special and surprise guests including NOLA jazz pianist Jonathan Batiste and 'A Prairie Home Companion' regular Heather Masse. The informal jam will see guests joining O'Connor on stage in unique groupings for new interpretations of holiday standards. The entire concert will be streamed live on Concert Window here on December 21,2011: http://concertwindow.com/lpr

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.

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