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Music City Roots: GrassRoots MP3 Music Compilation Available

RootsGrassMusic City Roots and Compass Records don't just love bluegrass; they believe in bluegrass. It’s where American folk traditions and cultivated musicianship meet. And over the 60 years since its founding fathers mixed old-time, swing and gospel with primal drive, bluegrass has been a dynamic, inclusive, democratic music. Our definition of bluegrass is broad, with Doyle Lawson’s scriptural traditional flavor on the same show as Frank Solivan’s funky cover of a 60s pop classic. Music City Roots: GrassRoots contains ten varied and magnificent artists performing songs that touch on coal mining, a country store, doing time and good corn liquor.

FreshGrass to Award $10,000 in Bluegrass Related Prizes!

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- Bluegrass Music is rich in tradition, including a storied history of flat-picking contests, fiddlers' conventions, and other participatory events that bring together musicians in spirited competition. The FreshGrass Award, new to this year's FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, seeks to add new octane to the competition circuit, with $10,000 in cash prizes, a Compass Records recording session in Nashville, mentoring with veteran musicians, and a performance spot at next year's FreshGrass festival. FreshGrass rewards fresh takes on bluegrass with cash, recording session & mentoring.

Bass Virtuoso Missy Raines Announces “New Frontier”

 New FrontierMulti-award-winning bass player Missy Raines has long been one of bluegrass music's most beloved musicians, but on New Frontier, set for release on August 27th, she explores the next step in her musical vision, redefining herself as a charismatic lead vocalist on a set of songs penned by Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind, Ed Snodderly, Zach Bevill and Raines herself. This Seven Time IBMA Bass Player of the Year artist finds her voice on these new tracks.

Award-winning Fiddler Michael Cleveland Signs to Compass Records

Michael ClevelandNashville, TN -- Compass Records is proud to welcome renowned fiddler Michael Cleveland to its roster of bluegrass artists. Says Michael of the signing, “I'm so excited to be working with everyone at Compass Records! I think this opportunity will help introduce our music to people that might not have heard us before, and also keep our long-time fan base coming back for more.” He and the band have plans to begin work on a new album this fall.

The Bankesters Working with Alison Brown on Fall 2013 Release

The BankestersNashville, TN -- Bluegrass band The Bankesters have started recording tracks for their fifth album, and their Compass Records debut, scheduled for release in the fall. The new album is being produced by Compass co-founder Alison Brown and, together with the band, they have completed several weeks of pre-production with a great set of new material. The songs will showcase their signature family harmonies and the distinctive lead voices of each of the Bankester daughters, including 2012 IBMA Momentum Award winner Emily Bankester.

Claire Lynch Announces New Album 'Dear Sister'

Claire Lynch - Dear SisterNashville, TN -- Acclaimed bluegrass singer-songwriter Claire Lynch presents her much-anticipated Compass Records debut album Dear Sister, arriving May 28th. By any measure, Claire Lynch is high on the roots music world’s A-list. Her accolades include two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Awards, 2 GRAMMY nominations for Best Bluegrass Album, songs recorded by such luminaries as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, the Whites and Stephanie Davis, and now the 2012 United States Artists $50,000 Walker Fellowship.

More Bluegrass on Compass Records Coming this May

Claire Lynch - Dear SisterNashville, TN -- Compass Records expands its bluegrass and Americana offerings with 3 CDs releasing on May 28th: Bluegrass/Americana singer and songwriter Claire Lynch's Compass debut Dear Sister, the long awaited solo debut When We Fall from bluegrass vocalist/guitarist Rebecca Frazier and the reissue of Looking Forward from rising bluegrassers The Bankesters.

Compass Records Signs Bluegrass Band The Bankesters

The BankestersNashville, TN -- Compass Records is excited to announce that The Bankesters have joined its roster of bluegrass artists. Phil and Dorene Bankester and their three daughters and son-in-law are known for some of the finest harmony singing in bluegrass music. They are currently at work gathering material for a new album to be produced by Alison Brown and tentatively slated for a fall 2013 release. In the meantime, Compass will be re-releasing the band’s latest album Looking Forward on May 28th for international distribution.

Compass Records Signs Darden Smith

Darden SmithNashville, TN -- Compass Records is proud to announce the signing of Americana singer-songwriter Darden Smith. His Compass debut Love Calling was co-produced by Gary Paczosa and John Randall and represents the culmination of his work as an artist and global philanthropist. It is slated for release on August 27th

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen On The Edge of New Album

On The EdgeFour years after leaving the US Navy's Country Current to lead his own powerful roots ensemble, Frank Solivan and his hot band Dirty Kitchen, have lots to celebrate, including 3 WAMMIE's, a nomination for IBMA's Emerging Artist of the Year, and a new record deal with Compass Records

Compass Records Announces New Bluegrass Releases for April

The Old SchoolNashville, TN -- Compass Records presents its new releases for April 30th, including new bluegrass music albums from the legendary Peter Rowan as well as Compass newcomers Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

Compass Records Signs Bluegrass Band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenNashville, TN -- Compass Records is proud to welcome Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen to its award-winning bluegrass roster. Fresh off their nomination for the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year Award, the band will release their Compass Records debut album On The Edge on April 30, 2013. Compass co-owner Garry West welcomes the new addition: “Frank and his excellent band have been making waves in the bluegrass world over the past few years – including their IBMA nomination for Emerging Artist last year - and we're delighted that they have chosen to align with Compass. They are clearly a band on the rise and we are really looking forward to working with them and achieving great things together.”

Bluegrass Duo The Gibson Brothers New Album - “They Called It Music”

They Called it MusicNashville, TN -- Just months after winning the most coveted honor in bluegrass last fall – the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award – The Gibson Brothers are preparing to release their new album They Called It Music on March 26th. On their latest effort, the brothers Eric and Leigh dig deeper into duet harmony than they ever have before. Longtime bandmates Mike Barber (bass), Clayton Campbell (fiddle) and Joe Walsh (mandolin) join in on a set of songs that feature some of the brothers' best originals coupled with a varied collection of creative covers of songs by Loretta Lynn, the Delmore Brothers, Joe Newberry and Shawn Camp.

The HillBenders are Down to Their Last Dollar January 29th

Down to My Last DollarNashville, TN -- The HillBenders recently signed with Compass Records Group and are getting ready to hit the streets with a reissue of their debut album, Down to My Last Dollar, on January 29th. On their debut album Down to My Last Dollar, the band established their hard-driving contemporary bluegrass sound reminiscent of New Grass Revival. This set of 11 originals and 2 covers was produced by Jeremy Chapman of The Chapmans and features guest appearances from Infamous Stringdusters’ Jeremy Garrett. Lead singer/mandolinist Nolan Lawrence together with band mates Jim Rea and Gary Rea on guitar and bass respectively, banjoist Mark Cassidy and Dobroist Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves channel the rawness and intensity in these well executed arrangements. See below for pre-ordering information.

Irish Songstress Heidi Talbot Announces “Angels Without Wings”

Angels Without WingsNashville, TN -- Acclaimed Irish songstress Heidi Talbot presents Angels Without Wings, a new collection of stunning original compositions, many co-written with long time collaborator with Boo Hewerdine, featuring some of the most notable players and singers from the worlds of folk, pop, rock and bluegrass music. The new album will be released by the Compass Records Group on January 29th.

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