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The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage

The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passageperformer, James Reams, takes the viewer through a series of life-changing events that contributed to his longevity and success as a bluegrass band leader. One near death experience, a brief but powerful time being homeless, and a career-threatening surgery combined to make James what he is today…an example of what courage, determination, and optimism – mixed with a whole lot of faith – can accomplish.

Twin Fiddle Album: The Savage Hearts Launch Kickstarter

Annie Savage and The Savage Hearts bandNashville, TN -- Fiddle fanciers will delight in the opportunity to support great music and education with an online crowdsourcing campaign launched by Annie Savage and The Savage Hearts band. Interested supporters can check out the Kickstarter campaign here. Those who support the campaign can earn rewards including Annie’s Savage Fiddler Method Book, educational opportunities, CDs and more.

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon Preparing Debut Album

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee MoonAfter several months in the studio with guitar legend/producer Pat Flynn, Ray’s debut solo album,Tennessee Moon, is ALMOST done and ready to be mastered. To help wrap things up, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign. For info on the project and a list of fabulous perks for supporters, please visit the “Help Ray Finish His CD” page here. There are only eight days remaining in the campaign!

Help Fund the Return of Bluegrass Music to Burning Man 2015

Burning Man BluegrassOnce again, our bluegrass artist and friend, Andy Owens, is on a quest to once again bring Bluegrass Music to the huge Burning Man Arts Festival held in the Nevada desert. This event is huge, 75,000 people but very little live music and even less, if any, Bluegrass music. One of the things Bill Monroe told Andy to do is take Bluegrass to places where its not, so he has follow those directionss. Andy has played in over fifty countries but Burning Man is the toughest one of all. The Bluegrass to Burning Man Kickstarter Campaign is just ramping up. This is a marvelous concept to introduce a very large crowd to bluegrass music in a unique way.

“In the Hills and Hollows” Documentary Kickstarter Campaign Launched

In the Hills and HollowsShepherdstown, WV -- Filmmaker Keely Kernan has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance a feature film, based in West Virginia, that documents the impact of the fossil fuel industries. West Virginia has fueled America since the early 19th century when the coal industry began dominating the state. In the southern part of the state, the counties that produce the most coal are some of the poorest counties in the United States. Now there is another fossil fuel industry operating on some of the oldest mountains on earth – fracking for natural gas.

New Album from James Reams & The Barnstormers Coming Soon!

Rhyme & SeasonAs James pulled together the material for the new album, he knew that this project needed to focus on something other than songs about the hills and hollers or honky tonks. It needed to be personal and meaningful on a whole new level. He felt compelled to describe a journey that had no rhyme or reason, one that reflected the many seasons of life. “Rhyme & Season” touches on topics that affect so many in this great country – those who have chosen the nomadic life and others who were left with no choice.

New Asheville Band Hits Kickstarter Goal In One Day

Tellico BandAsheville, NC -- Tellico is the most recent product of Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound, and they are excited to be debuting an album in 2015. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Stig Stiglets (bass, vocals) with Aaron Ballance on dobro, as well as Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. After playing together late last year, three former members of the Asheville bands Dehlia Low (Anya, Aaron, and Stig) and Town Mountain (Jed) decided the combination of so much history together and the excitement of a new project was so compelling that they decided to form Tellico.

The Big Push for Bluegrass at Burning Man

Burning Man BluegrassOur bluegrass artist and friend, Andy Owens is on a quest to introduce Bluegrass Music to the Burning Man Arts Festival. Time is short and so is their funding. The Bluegrass Invasion to Burning Man Kickstarter Campaign is still short about $900 and needs to catch up quickly or they can lose all funding collected so far. This is a marvelous concept to introduce the crowd to bluegrass music in a unique way.
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Bluegrass Music to Invade Burning Man

Burning Man BluegrassAndy Owens announced, "We are doing a Bluegrass mission to Burning Man, and I was wondering if any of you knew any pickers that were going to that event, we will have a camp dedicated to Bluegrass and BBQ and I need more pickers. If you or anyone you know might want to go, it might could be arranged, we have room and a possible ticket. It is an incredible event with NO Bluegrass so we are takin it to the MAN!!!"

Kickstart Carter Family Fold 40th Anniversary TV Special

Carter Family Fold 40th AnniversaryOn Monday July 28, 2014, a new Kickstarter crowdsource funding campaign will launch to fund the production of a half-hour television special celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Carter Fold located in Hiltons, VA - a rural non-profit music venue created to honor the musical heritage of the Carter Family - widely recognized as the First Family of Country Music. The campaign ends Tuesday August 26, 2014. The Kickstarter campaing needs fan support to get going.

Martin Guitar Company Pledges $6,000 for WoodSongs

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio HourImagine you standing on the stage of the Lyric Theatre alongside Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs crew during an actual WoodSongs broadcast and having upwards of two million people in over 175 nations hear your voice on radio and see you on TV. It can happen - that's just one of the many premiums they are offering for your kindness in helping WoodSongs upgrade to HD TV. The Martin Guitar Company has just pledged $6,000 towards the WoodSongs HD Kickstarter Program.

The High 48s Kickstarting Bluegrass Train Songs Project

The High 48sFormed in Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN in 2006, The High 48s were thrust onto the national scene in 2008 after winning the prestigious RockyGrass Bluegrass Band Competition in Lyons, CO. With members who honed their craft touring with acts such as Special Consensus and the James King Band, the group combines a healthy respect for tradition with a desire to create original music, true to their upper-Midwestern roots. Now, The High 48s are heading to Nashville to record an album of train songs with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Randy Kohrs.

Shackleton British Banjo Campaign a Top 5% Kickstarter Project

Shackleton BanjoNorfolk-based business The Great British Banjo Company has raised £43,000 on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, to fund development of the first affordable British banjo for more than 60 years. The company, headed by brand expert and author Simon Middleton and award-winning company chairman Nigel Cushion, has attracted support from more than 200 enthusiasts all over the world, who have all pledged money to the project.

First Video Footage of The Shackleton Banjo Prototype Released

Shackleton BanjoNorwich, Norfolk, UK -- Norwich, UK business The Great British Banjo Company, has released the first video footage of the prototype of the new Shackleton banjo: the first large-scale production British-made banjo in 60 years. The short video features an informal performance by three Norwich musicians, shot outside the company's Norwich city-centre workshop. The prototype Shackleton banjo is played by Mike King from local band 'Hayley Moyses & The Bluegrass Forum', whilst the company's high-end Islander Ash Leaf banjo is played by local singer-songwriter Solomon Amos. The pair are accompanied by bluegrass band leader Hayley Moyses on fiddle.

Chelsea McBee Kickstarting New Bluegrass Album

Chelsea McBee & The Random AssortmentShepherdstown, WV -- West Virginia bluegrass musicians Chelsea McBee & The Random Assortment are launching a Kickstarter campaign to help raise over $3,000 in funds to complete their latest work, The Whiskey Album.

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