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Eric Lambert to Host Guitar Workshop at John Hartford Festival

Eric Lambert and FarmerThe John Hartford Memorial Festival is quickly approaching, taking place May 29-31 at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in scenic Bean Blossom, IN. Heading into its fourth year, the festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians.

Summergrass Festival 2014

Summergrass 2012San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is Southern California's most exciting bluegrass music festival! Held at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA, a fascinating 40 acre outdoor museum, you won't want to miss it! 2014 Headliner lineup will be featuring: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Della Mae, Special Consensus, Bluegrass Etc, Sonoran Dogs (Sunday Only), and Front Country. Also appearing will be: Sweet Tidings, Virtual Strangers, Shirt House Band, Molly Tuttle & John Mailander, Rusty Gait, and Prairie Sky.

John McCutcheon to Keynote The Southeast Regional Folk Alliance

Highlander CenterAsheville, NC -- The Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA), is set to hold their seventh annual conference, with this being their fourth to be held at The Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina May 14-18, 2014. The Highlander Research and Education Center to be honored during event. SERFA, one of five smaller regional conferences of the Folk Alliance International based in Kansas City, MO, is a gathering of roughly 200 + artists, venues and music industry people who come together for showcasing, education and special events in a community-based atmosphere.

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.

How to Thwart Music Equipment Theft

Guitar/CMA/ By Randy Rudder
From rock stars to up-and-comers towing U-Haul trailers, too many artists and musi­cians have been victims of equipment theft. Whether it’s Tom Petty and the Heart­breakers losing five vintage guitars during a soundcheck to a sticky-fingered security guard, or Country newcomer JJ Lawhorn being ripped off for $4,000 worth of gear from his band’s van while checking into a hotel in Valdosta, Ga., no one is immune. But everyone can more effectively deal with and prevent equipment loss.

Berklee Hosts Its First American Roots Weekend June 20-22

Berklee Roots StudentsBerklee College of Music hosts its first American Roots Weekend, June 20-22, for acoustic musicians who perform bluegrass, blues, folk, country, acoustic jazz, and swing on instruments such as violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar, and harp. Berklee string instructor Joe Walsh, a mandolin player who has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck and others, will lead the weekend.

Acoustic Music Camp 2014 Set for August 7-9

Acoustic Music CampArlington TX -- Acoustic Music Camp is three days of fun and learning in a friendly, supportive environment. The camp offers classes in banjo, flatpicking guitar, mandolin, bluegrass and Texas fiddling, vocals, songwriting, bass, and fingerstyle guitar. They have a world-class faculty who, along with being great musicians and teachers, are great people. Instructors include Alison Brown, Bill Evans, Gerald Jones, Brad Davis, Dix Bruce, Texas Shorty, Dale Morris Jr., Dale Morris Sr., Keith Yoder, David Hamburger Alan Tompkins, Dix Bruce and more.

Banjo Camp North May 16-18

Banjo Camp North 2013Banjo Camp North is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. We have invited several top flight fiddlers and guitarists to teach about playing with other instruments and jamming, and to be on hand to help make those all-night jams something special. Plus we will emphasize banjo and fiddle duet playing. Another area of study is singing, solo and group.

Artist Promotion and the Email Spam Filters

No SpamToday, it is essential to have a SPAM filter for email. After many years of using the same email address that is associated with my business, probably 80% of what comes to the server is junk email. The other 20% is what I want to read. It used to be easy to filter the good from the bad. The good came from a business email address - not a freebie account from some other service. Everything after the @ sign indicated who the email was from and you could easily say to accept all email from businessname.com. Today a lot of new folks are trying to get into the biz using gmail, yahoo, hotmail or other anonymous email domains instead of a more professional domain name.

Congratulations to Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2014

Leadership Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

Grammy Win Means Music Lab Upgrades for Students & Community

Music LabRoanoke, VA -- Thanks to a historic Grammy win, Jefferson Center Foundation's Music Lab program continues to receive positive attention and forward momentum from around the world and right here at home. In March 2013, Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway made Roanoke history by recording a live performance on Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall stage, leading to a Grammy win for Best R&B Performance. The performance was just one of nearly a dozen incredible songs found on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Volume 1 album, filmed and recorded live at Jefferson Center and benefitting the Foundation's Music Lab program with every purchase made. Music Lab is welcoming a new staff member in sound engineer Nick Corrigan. Corrigan will serve as the go to sound engineer in Music Lab's Roanoke location, joining Music Lab Floyd's sound engineer Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnette.

2014 Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Moves to Nashville

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2014The Annual Monroe Style Mandolin Camp which has been hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky is moving to Nashville, Tennessee this year. The camp, scheduled for September 4-7, 2014 will be held at Camp Marymount at 1318 Fairview Blvd. The Monroe Mandolin Camp (Nashville) is a specialized mandolin camp playing and learning the songs and instrumentals of Bill Monroe. The mission of this camp is brilliantly simple: Provide world-class musicians chooled in the music written, recorded, and created by the Father of Blue Grass music-Bill Monroe. This niche genre within the world of bluegrass is important to preserve and keep alive. It is the roots and base for an entire subculture of music within the folk/country/roots/bluegrass scene.

Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Steve Kaufman Acoustic KampThe Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarships to the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp. Dreadnoughts Unlimited makes this annual award to a promising musician who wishes to further his/her studies by participating in one of the week-long kamps in Maryville, TN.

IBMA Announces 2014 Leadership Bluegrass Class

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

CMA Supports Music Education with 5th “Keep The Music Playing” Concert

Keep The Music PlayingNashville, TN -- Music City’s finest student musicians will once again take the stage during CMA’s Fifth Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert on Tuesday, Jan. 28 (6:00 PM/CT). Taking place for the first time at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this year’s concert will be hosted by EMI Nashville recording artist and CMA Awards nominee Eric Paslay.

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