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Doyle Lawson's "Pick With the Band" on Family of Friends

New Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverNashville, TN -- Doyle Lawson's newest feature Family of Friends allows subscribers a new special feature -- "Pick With the Band." Lawson's introduces a new way to deliver music and rewards directly to the many fans of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver by establishing the Family of Friends, a community for music lovers. By supporting the renowned bluegrass band, fans have a unique opportunity to enjoy benefits and to connect with the artist like never before. One of those benefits is "Pick With the Band."

ArtistWorks, Banjo Hangout Present Free Online Workshop “Tony Trischka Live”

Tony Trischka LiveNapa, CA – ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, and Banjo Hangout present a free online workshop featuring world-renowned banjo master Tony Trischka. Tony Trischka plays live, teaches, and answers questions for banjo lovers in this hour long live workshop. The workshop takes place online June 25th at 6PM Pacific Daylight Time.

Call For Films For 7th NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival

Bluegrass on BroadwayThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has issued it’s annual Call For Independent Films for the nation’s only festival devoted to new bluegrass-related documentary films. The Seventh Annual NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival will be held on January 26, 2014 in Redwood City. The film festival is part of the weekend’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

First-Ever All-Europe Jam Camp in Prague a Success In Any Language

All-Europe Jam CampPete Wernick introduced his Bluegrass Jam Camp to Europe March 22-24, with twenty-four pickers from seven countries converging for three days on the Hotel Svornost in Prague, Czech Republic. Having taught camps throughout the U.S. since 1980, Wernick saw this first Jam Camp in Europe as a forward step for bluegrass teaching.

ICMC 2013 Presenting Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s & 1950s

ICMC 2013Time is flying and it is ever closer to ICMC 2013! The International Country Music Conference is pleased to announce that Dave Sichak of hillbilly-music.com fame will be presenting “The Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s and 1950s: Negatives That Positively Need To Tell A Story.” Sichak indicates that “a musician of the era with a photographic hobby wanted to document the entertainers of the era. He left behind a collection of negatives that positively need to have a story told.

Layne Publications Releases New Bluegrass Music Tabs

Layne PublicationsGreenville, SC -- Layne Publications has just enhanced the collection of bluegrass tabs in their website with the addition of a series of new tabs for bluegrass guitar. This popular website is the number one online destination for aspiring musicians looking to learn how to play with a bluegrass band. The website has an incredible collection of tabs for guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

Banjo Camp North Spring Edition Coming May 17

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North Spring Edition 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. This year's Banjo Camp North will take place at the Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA from May 17 through May 19, 2013.

Free Online Workshop by Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall

Banjo Meets MandolinThere are two free online music workshops happening next week. The first is "Banjo Meets Mandolin" with Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall on Tuesday at 6 PM PDT. It will feature Tony and Mike playing, teching and talking about their careers and how the two instruments fit together in the bluegrass context and beyond. This will be especially interesting for bluegrass musicians.

Bluegrass Jam Class coming to Palisade Bluegrass Festival

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickDo you bring your instrument to a festival but feel shy about taking it out and actually playing with other people? You are not alone, even if it sometimes feels that way! For years I've been helping closet pickers start jamming, playing real bluegrass at slow speeds, and learning the ear skills and ensemble skills that are hard to pick up on your own. My approach has worked for so many, I am now certifying Wernick Method instructors to teach bluegrass jamming in communities nationwide.

Students to Perform at Annual Words & Music Night

Words and MusicNashville, TN -- Young songwriters will fill the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Ford Theater with songs about chicken noodle soup, the love of autumn, American presidents and more on Tuesday, April 30, during the museum’s annual Words & Music Night. Grammy award-winning artist Gretchen Wilson will host the program. The Words & Music program is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music. Nashville-area students will perform their original songs accompanied by volunteer professional songwriters during the event. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to performing students and their families.

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America

Joel Sweeney and the BanjoAppomattox is the birthplace of Joel Sweeney and the rest of his banjo playing kith and kin. The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, along with a newly created friends group, without which this could not happen, and Mark Weems of the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, are planning a celebration of Sweeney, the Africans he learned from and the banjo. The Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America Festival is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday May 10-11th 2013.

Banjo Meets Mandolin with Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall

Banjo Meets MandolinNapa, CA /Mandolin Cafe/ -- ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, in conjunction with Mandolin Cafe is proud to present a free online workshop featuring Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall. The workshop takes place online April 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time and will be moderated by Mandolin Cafe Founder Scott Tichenor. On hand will be twice Grammy-nominated Banjo player Tony Trischka and fellow Grammy nominee, mandolin teacher and performer extraordinaire, Mike Marshall.

The Blackberries Featured at Heartwood Today

The BlackberriesAbingdon, Virginia -- he Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Youth Music Performance Series concert on Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The special concert, co-hosted by WVTF Radio as part of Public Radio Music Month and the Town of Abingdon, will feature the Blackberries.

Award Winning Fiddler Michael Cleveland Offers Fiddle Lessons

Michael ClevelandMichael Cleveland, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 9-Time Fiddle Player of the Year, is embarking on a new venture and is now offering fiddle lessons for intermediate and advanced players. The master musician will be teaching via Skype which is a free video calling application.

Young Scholarship Winners to Wernick's MerleFest Jam Camp

Pete Leading Cabin Stage CampersPete Wernick announces two youngsters from western North Carolina as scholarship winners for his Bluegrass Jam Camp in Boomer, NC: Liam Purcell, 10, of Deep Gap and Kinsey Green, 14, of Boone are both multi-instrumentalists, immersed in bluegrass through families who value this tradition. Pete says, “It's good to see local kids learning the local music, and we're very glad to be able offer them this additional opportunity.”

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