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BMI Celebrates Tom T. Hall's Career with Icon Award

Tom T. HallBMI will celebrate the incredible songwriting career of Tom T. Hall by naming him a BMI Icon at the company’s 60th annual Country Awards. The private ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at BMI’s Music Row building in Nashville. The BMI Icon award is given to songwriters who have had a “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” An all-star musical tribute will pay homage to Hall, who joins a list of past honorees that includes Billy Sherrill, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Isaac Hayes, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, the Bee Gees, Bobby Braddock, Ray Davies, James Brown and more. Tom T. Hall has been recognized for his contributions to bluegrass music as well as other genres.

It's Festival Time in Bristol - The Rhythm and Roots Reunion Kind

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2012 PosterBristol, TN/VA -- The schedule is up, plans are set, and The Birthplace of Country Music is in full-on festival mode. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is just weeks away. This year Bristol Rhythm & Roots has added stages, bringing the total up to 24. With more than 160 live acts, you can look forward to seeing music at the new Machiavelli's Outdoor Tent, located just across the street from the eatery. CityMug @CityMac, Shelbee's Vintage Cafe and The Cradle Stage inside the former Ruth King Antiques building are new venues for music fans to gather and enjoy the music.

Marty Raybon Wins International Country Gospel Music Award

Southern Roots & Branches (Yesterday & Today)Nashville, TN -- The International Country Gospel Music Association (ICGMA) held their 56th Annual Convention and Gold Cross Awards Show this past weekend in historic West Plains, Missouri where it was announced Marty Raybon is the recipient of the 2012 ICGMA Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award. The bluegrass category included an impressive list of nominees including: Doyle Lawson, State of Grace, Eddie Gordon and Marty’s label-mate, brother-sister duo The Roys. The ICGMA is the oldest Country Gospel Music Organization in America.

“Walk With Me” by the Kickin Grass Band is Recommended for Bluegrass Programming

Kickin Grass BandRaleigh, NC based bluegrass and Americana group, The Kickin Grass Band, has made its mark on the roots music scene with strong voices, engaging musicianship and original songs that ride the edge of tradition. The Raleigh-based Kickin Grass Band is known for their unique bluegrass style—equal parts vintage and nouveau. On their newest release, Walk With Me, the band delightfully stretches and builds each song beyond their firm footing in bluegrass, appealing to a broad roots music audience. To the joy of listeners and benefit of the songs, the Kickin Grass Band is not afraid to follow their muse down the complementary paths of Old-time, Americana and folk.

Corey Frizzell, Receives Award Nomination from Artists Music Guild 2012 Heritage Awards

Corey FrizzellNashville, TN -- Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell, received a top ten award nomination from the prestigious Artists Music Guild in the Freelance Visual Artist category. The award winners will be announced during the Artist Music Guild’s 2012 AMG Heritage Awards ceremony November 10th at the Heritage USA, formally known as PTL, in Fort Mill, SC. This year’s show will be a star studded event, taped and aired on PBS.

BlueBilly Grit Capture Top Prize in 2012 Telluride Band Competition

Bluebilly GritNorth Georgia band BlueBilly Grit took first place in the nationally renowned Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition located in southwestern Colorado this year. Competing against eight other bands in the preliminary round and then moving onto the final round, the band played on the main stage for several thousand festival attendees and emerged as the winner.

Bluegrass Dobro Player Mike Auldridge Awarded 2012 National Heritage Fellowship

Mike AuldridgeCalled by the Washington Post "one of maybe a handful of truly innovative Dobro players in the history of country and bluegrass music," Mike Auldridge's modern approach to the Dobro -- an acoustic resonator guitar played with a slide -- played an integral role in the development of contemporary bluegrass and country music.

Cybergrass Receives 2012 Best of Colorado Springs Award

Cybergrass AwardNew York, NY -- Cybergrass has been selected for the 2012 Best of Colorado Springs Award in the Books, Periodicals & Newspapers category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). Cybergrass first received this award in 2009 and also received it in 2010, 2011 and again this year.

Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray Receive 2012 Washington Monument Award

Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom GrayEddie Adcock and Tom Gray are this year's winners of the Washington Monument Award from the D.C. Bluegrass Union, honoring them for their trailblazing days with the Country Gentlemen in the 1960s and their continuing influence and excellence. "[They] have made enormous contributions to bluegrass as we know it today," said DCBU President Randy Barrett.

Ryman Auditorium Named Theatre of the Year by Pollstar Magazine

Ryman Auditorium/ Nashville, TN -- On February 3, at the 23rd Annual Pollstar Awards held in Los Angeles, California, the Ryman Auditorium was named Theatre of the Year for the second year in a row. The award was voted on by peers and is widely regarded as the most prestigious in the concert industry. The Ryman was nominated along with only five other theatres in the nation: Beacon Theatre in New York City, Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Radio City Music Hall in New York City and Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Josh Slone and CoalTown - Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year

Josh Slone and CoalTownBob Everhart, President of The Rural Roots Music Commission announced that Josh Slone & CoalTown have been selected to receive the Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year award for their self-titled new album released earlier this year on Rural Rhythm Records. This honor will be presented to Josh on Wednesday, August 31, at 11:30am at the 36th Annual Oldtime Country Bluegrass Festival held at The Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.


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