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Upcoming Book of John's Original Fiddle Tunes, New CD Release

Headin' Down into the Mystery Below & Slumberin' On the CumberlandWhile going through John's archive, the family has discovered over 60 handwritten music journals he had been using to compose fiddle tunes since the early '80s. Katie Harford Hogue tell us, "There are hundreds of tunes in these journals; it's fascinating to look through them. Dad amassed a lot of research and he was a prolific creator. One of the interesting challenges we've had over the years is figuring out how to take his unfinished projects and ideas and develop them into 'new' material to continue his legacy. The fiddle book idea has been bouncing around ever since we discovered the journals."

John Hartford & Howdy Forrester Album Released

Spring Fed Records, the Grammy-winning documentary label operated by The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, announces the release of Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor, a set of home recordings made by John Hartford and fiddling legend Howdy Forrester. This recording preserves a repertoire of many rare, old tunes that Howdy had learned as a boy from his Great Uncle Bob Cates in Hickman County, Tennessee. Hartford plays banjo, Forrester fiddles, and the two share informal discussion about the tunes and their sources.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Opens Jan 1

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting ContestAt midnight Jan, 1st, the John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest will begin accepting submissions for their songwriting contest. Send them your best John Hartford inspired song and win tickets, trophies, digital publication and video exposure on their dynamic website, and participate in their top 7 Songwriter’s Showcase on the Main Stage! Don’t drag your pen and pick on this contest. They are only accepting the first 25 entries.

The 2015 John Hartford Memorial Festival Lineup Announced

Hot Rize"Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Better, Then It Does" said John Hartford. That's the theme for the 5th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, to be held May 28-30, 2015, at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, Bean Blossom, IN. With a lineup that includes Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Split Lip Rayfield, Hackensaw Boys, The Larry Keel Experience, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Jamie Hartford and Friends, Bawn in the Mash, and many more to be announced, it really does get better and better and better.

Colin O'Brien & Friends in Concert: A Tribute to John Hartford

Colin O'BrienShake the snow off your boots. Bring back the summer, steamboats, and dance boards. Celebrate the music and dance of John Hartford at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, located on the banks of the Ohio River he traversed so often and loved so well. Colin O'Brien & Friends: A Tribute to John Hartford will feature Mike Compton, Sam Grisman and Matt Combs at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

7th Annual Brooklyn John Hartford Tribute Jan 31

John HartfordBrooklyn, NY -- “Just when you thought it couldn’t get no better then it does …” The Seventh Annual Brooklyn John Hartford Tribute takes flight in all its steam-powered glory, featuring the Deadly Gentlemen, Tony Trischka, Michael Daves, Chris Eldridge, Kristin Andreassen and many, many more on their own and backed by the house band, the Electric Steam-Powered Water Taxi Boys.

John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain

 Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-PlainFirst Ever Book About John Hartford...In 1971, John Hartford, best known for his classic song “Gentle on My Mind,” and his TV appearances alongside the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell, turned his back on a thriving Hollywood career and returned to his bluegrass roots to make one the finest albums of the decade. Not only was Aereo-Plain a remarkable record in its own right, filled with great songs and astounding musicianship, but it stretched the boundaries of bluegrass and opened the doors to a new genre of country and folk music, Newgrass. The new book & live concert music CD are now available through

3rd John Hartford Memorial Festival Brings Life to an American Music Icon

John Hartford Memorial Festival 2013Preparations are underway for the 3rd Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival being held in the hills of southern Indiana at the Official Bean Blossom & Bill Monroe Music Park in beautiful Brown County, May 30–June 1. This is the third of what the festival’s creator, John Hotze, and co-promoter, Dan Dillman, hope to see as an event to preserve the legacy and music of the late John Hartford, one of America’s most beloved songwriter/performers and musicians.

John Hartford: Aereo-Plain/Morning Bugle—the Complete Warner Bros. Recordings

John Hartford New CD Two of the finest and most significant country /folk albums of the ‘70s, John Hartford’s Aereo-Plain and Morning Bugle are being re-issued by Real Gone Music with a new collection, Aereo-Plain/Morning Bugle—the Complete Warner Bros. Recordings.

Entertainer and Banjo Player Doug Dillard, 75, Dies

Doug DillardThe eldest of the Dillard brothers, Doug Dillard passed away Wednesday night, May 16, 2012. He and his brother Rodney performed during the rise of the folk, bluegrass and acoustic scene of the '60s and '70s. The Dillards became household names as "The Darlings" on the Andy Griffith Show. Doug had been of ill health and passed away at a Nashville hospital Wednesday of a lung infection.

Classic Digital Releases: Producer David Bromberg Reflects On Aereo-Plain

Aereo-Plain/ The classic early-1970s albums Aereo-Plain and Morning Bugle were recently re-released in digital form. Aereo-Plain was a groundbreaking album that connected traditional bluegrass with the music of that era. Sam Bush has said the record inspired his and other artists' work in newgrass. John was joined on the record by Vasser Clements, Norman Blake, Tut Taylor and Ricky Scruggs.

John Hartford Album Pair is Great Holiday Duo

Hartford, Rice & ClementsTo celebrate the release of the 10th-Anniversary, Deluxe Edition of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, is making a very special offer available. You may visit their website and order the Oh Brother Where Art Thou Special Edition soundtrack for only $22 or, for an even better deal order a combination of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the Hartford, Rice and Clements album for only $28.

Oh Yeah, the John Hartford Movie Needs Your Help

 Oh, YeahJohn Hartford's 30 year long career was nothing short of fascinating. He has performed with legends such as Chet Atkins. He has had his songs covered by the likes Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. He has been nominated for and won several Grammy Awards. He has written movie scores and written for the likes of Glen Campbell. His music has taken him across the country from St. Louis to Nashville to Los Angeles and beyond. And in "Gentle On My Mind" he penned one of the most popular songs of all time.

John Hartford: Oh Yeah! Kickstarter Program Announced

John Hartford Oh YeahThe Aereotwang Musical Preservation Project, a non-profit organization, would like to announce that our Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete our film, "John Hartford 'Oh, Yeah'" is in full swing! Have a look at the trailer, consider making a pledge, and pass it on to all your friends. The campaign is running now through November 15th. The project covers the life and the music of one of America's symbols - John Hartford. Fiddler, Banjo Player, Songwriter, Riverboat Captain, and more. John Hartford was a legend and a significant influence on America's Roots music of today.

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