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CMA Songwriters Series Makes its Pittsburgh Debut

Rodney Atkins/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- The CMA Songwriters Series makes its Pittsburgh debut bringing some of Nashville’s best tunesmiths to Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8:00 PM show time, doors open at 7:00 PM). Rodney Atkins and Luke Laird will join host Bob DiPiero for a night of music and storytelling.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Calls For Bluegrass Related Documentary Films

Bluegrass on BroadwayThe Sixth Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) Film Festival will be held on January 27, 2013 in Redwood City. The film event is part of the 4-day Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. It is possible that the film festival may expand to two days in 2013, with the added session on January 20.

Americana Adds Sam Bush, Delta Rae, and More to Americana Music Festival Lineup

Sam BushAugust 7, 2012, Nashville, TN -- The list of showcase performers is growing for the 13thannual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 12 through September 15. In addition to previously announced participating artists Richard Thompson, Billy Joe Shaver, The Wallflowers and Delta Spirit, additional showcases are confirmed for what could be the most exciting Americana Music Festival yet. To see the current lineup click here.

Spots Still Available for Fall Smokin' Hit Songwriters Retreat/Seminar

Smokin' Hit Songwriters SeminarSmokin’ Hit Songwriters Seminar is an inspiring, fun and refreshing approach to living your music dreams. The Smokin’ Hit Songwriters Seminar will be September 7, 8 & 9, 2012 with Dave Gibson, Daisy Dern, John Wiggins, Alex Harvey & Marla Sitten at Jim Oliver’s Smoke House on Monteagle Mountain in TN (right off of I-24, exit 134, located 90 miles East of Nashville and 45 miles West of Chattanooga).

Russell County Performers to be Featured at Heartwood

Jeff Brown and the Still Lonesome BandThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Crooked Road Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome.

Nashville Music Seminar with Dick McVey Set for Beckley, West Virginia

Dick McVeyNashville, TN -- Former Beckley, West Virginia area native Dick McVey returns home to conduct a seminar on the music business on August 11, 2012 at the Old Federal Courthouse, RESA 1 at 400 Neville Street, Beckley, WV starting at 10 am. The six-hour seminar will run from 10 am to 5 pm with a one-hour break for lunch. McVey will cover subjects like how to book yourself or your band, how to present yourself to a major record label, how to get your song recorded, how to care for your voice and many other topics. A question and answer session will follow each segment. The subject matter will cover general and specific needs for Gospel, rock, country and bluegrass music.

Martin Taylor Fingerstyle Guitar School Debuts New Interactive Guided Arrangements

Fingerstyle Guitar SchoolNapa, CA -- ArtistWorks, the first collaborative online global learning community comprised of world-renowned teaching artists and ambitious amateurs, announced the availability of new Guided Arrangements in its Martin Taylor Fingerstyle Guitar School. Multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor developed these Guided Arrangements in response to his students' desire to take their fingerstyle guitar skills to the next level. Taylor provides video guidance detailing arrangement techniques and students then use these techniques to create their own personalized variations of the tunes.

New Frontiers Open for Paperless PR

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- by Jeff Walter
As the means for delivering and consuming music continue to grow more sophisticated (and more digital), so do the choices for promoting that music and the artists who create it. Such is the case with electronic press kits (EPKs) and video news releases (VNRs), tools that share the same basic goals of their non-digital predecessors: getting airplay, inspiring reviews and other media coverage, facilitating bookings and winning the attention of music consumers.

Key Industry Leaders To Participate in Americana Music Conference

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- In addition to showcasing iconic and innovative music, the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan (Sept. 12 - 15) provides a forum to advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. The conference hosts panels featuring industry innovators sharing knowledge on all facets of the evolving music business in an intimate setting.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Open “Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You”

Patsy Cline Exhibit - Crazy for Loving YouNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to one of country music’s most iconic artists, the inimitable Patsy Cline, with Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, a biographical exhibit opening Friday, August 24, 2012, for a 10-month run in the museum’s East Gallery. The exhibition will run through June 10, 2013.

Pete Wernick’s 29th Winter Banjo Camps set for January 2013

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickSince offering the original “banjo camp” in 1984, Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick has conducted nearly a hundred of them, hosting over 1,500 students from around the world. In January 2013 he will host his 29th annual winter camps at the Boulder Inn in Boulder, Colorado. The camp consists of three “full-immersion” weeks: Basic Skills, Intermediate, and Advanced. Complete information is found on www.DrBanjo.com.

Artists Benefit from the Kickstarter Revolution

John Hartford Kickstarter Program/CMA/ By Jeannie Naujeck
When Chuck Mead set out to make Back at the Quonset Hut, an album of classic Country songs, he wanted to kick the project up a notch.

Music Sparks Great Awakening for Elders With Dementia

Music & MemoryMusic & Memory, the non-profit "re-awakening" elders with dementia through the use of music and iPods, scored an unlikely video hit this spring that's been viewed more than six million times. It features Henry, an unresponsive 94-year-old suffering from dementia in an elder care facility who was given an iPod loaded with the music of his youth and was transformed into a seemingly different person, humming, singing, smiling, and beginning to interact with the people around him. The story of Music & Memory has spread and drawn attention from The New York Times, LA Times, CNN, NPR "Morning Edition," and more. Now, Music & Memory is embarking on an ambitious drive to encourage iPod donation drives nationwide and in the media in order to provide iPods to nursing homes.

Out of the Cloud, Into the Crowd - Academy of Bluegrass Live at Grey Fox

Artistworks Academy of BluegrassUtica, NY -- ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass superstar teaching artists including banjo master Tony Trischka, guitar whiz Bryan Sutton and fiddle icon Darol Anger step "Out of the Cloud and Into the Crowd" at the 2012 Grey Fox Festival July 19th - 22nd at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, New York. In addition to exciting live performances on the Gray Fox main stages, these legendary bluegrass players will treat festival-goers to a special, hands-on Bluegrass Workshop Saturday July 21st at 6:00 PM on the Creekside Stage, as well as appearing throughout the four-day festival at the ArtistWorks booth for autograph sessions, photo opportunities, contests, prizes and giveaways.

Banjos Direct to Sponsor Sore Fingers Bluegrass Music Summer School

Banjos DirectOnline banjo shop Banjos Direct has announced its sponsorship of the world-famous Sore Fingers Summer Schools, which provide world class tuition for all bluegrass instruments as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing.

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