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Mountain Heart Debuts on Opry and Billboard & Americana Charts

Blue SkiesNashville, TN -- Mountain Heart’s first new album in five years, Blue Skies, debuted at #2 on The Billboard Bluegrass Album chart and debuted at #37 on the Americana Airplay Chart. Blue Skies finds Mountain Heart completely reinventing themselves with a brand new lineup featuring frontman Josh Shilling, Molly Cherryholmes (of 5-time Grammy-nominees Cherryholmes), Jeff Partin, Aaron Ramsey, and Seth Taylor. The new album has been met with critical praise. Rolling Stone Country says it “feels like a long lost collision between the Allman Brothers and some expert bluegrass players.” Pop Matters stated, “...we are talking about great Southern music here, underpinned with virtuosic musicianship full of heart and soul” while No Depression said “...the prospects for widespread appeal are sunny indeed.”

New Grammy Category for Americana Roots Music

Grammy AwardThe Americana Music Association applauds the Recording Academy® for adding a new category - Best American Roots Music Performance, an artist’s award - to the American Roots Music Field for the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards. The new category will give Americana, and other roots music artists, a home for the recognition of their work. The new category compliments previously created categories including Best American Roots Music Song, Best Americana Album, Best Bluegrass Album, Best Blues Album, Best Folk Album and Best Regional Roots Album.

The Duhks Return with Beyond The Blue, Out June 24

Beyond the BlueNashville, TN -- The Duhks are back and set to release their long- awaited new studio album Beyond the Blue on June 24. The album shows the band in the best form of its 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project.

Big Year Ahead for Eric Lambert & Friends

Eric Lambert & FriendsWith a new record in their pockets and tighter group of musicians, Eric Lambert & Friends have refined their approach and taken off on a year of sharing their original rockin’ Americana music with a wider audience of fine-pickin’ music lovers. Expanded touring, new material, live show streaming, more recording, and fresh music videos are some of the things fans can anticipate for 2014. They also promise a newer, exciting listening and visual show experience.

Old Buck's Appalachian Roots

Old Buck coverA collaboration of four red-hot players, Old Buck makes its home at the convergence of Southern old time and bluegrass traditions, making music that “just feels right.” With the talents of Riley Baugus, Debra Clifford, Sabra Guzmán, and Emily Schaad, this all-star stringband combines a love of old time traditions with a fresh new take – plenty of singing, layered arrangements, and influences from punk to vintage Americana to gospel. While the players overlapped in their interests and projects prior to forming Old Buck, the band itself was born as one of those edge-of-your-seat, time-of-your-life jam sessions that take flight and never quite come back down. Now the band has poured all that passion and enthusiasm into their debut self-titled album. With each member an acclaimed artist in their own right, it’s no exaggeration to say that Old Buck is a supergroup of Southern roots musicians.

New eZine on Folk, Bluegrass and Americana Music

Folk WeeklyPortland, OR -- A new online magazine has been launched by NewFolkRadio.com, Portland, Oregon's only full-time folk and bluegrass music station. The new online magazine, titled FolkWeekly, will be published every Saturday with features articles, profiles, album reviews, artist news, and other news about Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass artists.

Country Cooperative Initiative Recognizes Deering Banjos

Deering BanjosCountry Cooperative Initiative is recognizing Deering Banjos in their Americana Music category this week. They comment saying, "In all walks of life you'll find people content to rest on past accomplishments, fame or glory. Two years ago or twenty, they remind you incessantly of what they did. Ask them what they've done lately, though, and you find yourself facing a blank stare. Then there are those who are never satisfied; who are continually perfecting and innovating, experimenting with new ideas and trying to improve on the old. So it is with the folks at Deering Banjo Company in Lemon Grove, Cal."

Dave Sharp Releases CD - Americana Bluegrass Style

Rural RootsSilver Spring, MD -- Local singer/songwriter/recording artist Dave Sharp has released a new CD, Rural Roots, on Odessa Records. The genre is best classified as “Americana” in the tradition of The Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, and the early Eagles. Songs on the album are a combination of bluegrass, country, rockabilly, 60s rock, and blues. Sharp is joined on five tracks by renowned fiddle/mandolin player, Rickie Simpkins, who tours and records with Emmylou Harris, the Tony Rice Unit, and several other bluegrass bands. Simpkins also helped a great deal with final mixing of the bluegrass tunes. Additional musical support is provided by keyboardist/singer, Jon Carroll, founding member of the Starland Vocal Band in the 70s, who currently tours and records with Mary Chapin Carpenter and other nationally known artists. The album contains two originals and 12 covers. Sharp plays all guitars, organ/keyboards, and harmonica on the CD.

Pop-Bluegrass Duo, Madison Violet, Announce 'The Good in Goodbye' and U.S. Tour

Madison VioletFinding the good in goodbye is always bittersweet. JUNO nominated roots duo Madison Violet (Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac) can attest to that with their latest release, The Good in Goodbye. An album born from their growth, both together and apart, The Good in Goodbye is an open diary of their personal and professional experiences together as friends and musicians, two very unique relationships that affect each other in profound ways.

Country Cooperative Recognizing Lou Reid and Carolina

Lou Reid and CarolinaLou Reid and Carolina are based out of Union Grove, North Carolina. The band began in 1992, with it's sound largely based in traditional bluegrass music roots with emphasis on dynamic vocals. The current band is no exception. The Americana Music area is currently featuring Lou Reid & Carolina. Country-Cooperative is a set of companion sites designed specifically to service Indie musicians in the country, gospel, folk and bluegrass music genres. Country Cooperative offers self-managed listings and present our members to a 24/7, U.S. television audience of 4.2 million households.

Syndicated News Features Americana Music Show with John McEuen

SyndicatedNews.netSyndicatedNews.net is a new site featuring a one-stop site for Americana Music, books, entertainment, and more. The Americana Music Show is a highlight for those interested in roots music including bluegrass. John McEuen has been very active and instrumental in getting this chapter up and running. This new site is growing and expanding so stop in frequently and see what's new in the world.

Look It Up - 'Americana Music' Now in Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam-WebsterNashville, TN -- Merriam-Webster announced today, as reported by the Associated Press, the inclusion of the musical definition of the word Americana to its Collegiate Dictionary. Americana joins Tweet, m-commerce and around 100 other words whose use is now widely recognized enough to be a part of today's lexicon. According to the dictionary's editors Americana's third definition is "a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music".

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