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New Service Launches for Bluegrass Radio

GoGo Show PrepNashville, TN -- Shannon McCombs has earned her broadcast stripes with more than 6,000 interviews and thousands of hours of radio specials; getting the latest news and inside scoop from artists in Country, Rock, Americana, Bluegrass and all areas of entertainment. She has produced, hosted or contributed to syndicated content for the Grand Ole Opry, CMT, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNN, GAC, Access Hollywood, and satellite radio. Now, Shannon turns her attention specifically to Bluegrass with a new service called GoGo Show Prep.

Béla Fleck Presents Inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp

Blue Ridge Banjo CampBrevard, NC -- Béla Fleck presents the inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp to be held at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC on August 15-19, 2018. The camp will feature 3 days and 4 four nights of diverse banjo instruction by Béla himself alongside a cast of world class banjo players/instructors. The week will culminate with a finale concert held in the beautiful Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. The instructional focus will be on the three distinct styles of three-finger banjo playing: Scruggs, melodic, and single string. The Blue Ridge Banjo Camp will provide banjo players with the tools to improve their playing and aims to contribute to the overall growth of the fine art of the 5-String banjo.

IBMA and Foundation Complete Merger

International Bluegrass Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association, Inc. and the IBMA Foundation (formerly the Foundation for Bluegrass Music Inc.) have officially merged into a single organization. The merger recognizes and formalizes the historic relationship between the two organizations and will help to strengthen coordination of their fundraising and operations.

Award Winning Bluegrass Returns To The Emerald Valley Opry

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix RisingIt's Oregon's own Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising's annual trip to their beloved Emerald Valley Opry! This time around this award winning group will be performing a combination holiday show and showcase of songs off their 2017 release 40 Years of Lonesome - just in time for your holiday shopping!

Bluegrass Band Nightflyer Signs with Pinecastle Records

NightflyerBluegrass band Nightflyer has signed with Pinecastle Records for a 2018 album. It will be the band's third album and debut for Pinecastle. To celebrate, the band is releasing a Christmas song "Oh Holy Night" as a free download on their website.

Richard Bennett Releases Trribute Single “Wichita Lineman”

Richard Bennett - Wichita LinemanRichard Bennett has released "Wichita Lineman," a new single on Pinecastle Records. The song is a tribute to country music star Glen Campbell who passed away this year in August. Bennett's version is his first release on Pinecastle. In addition to Bennett on guitar and vocals, personnel on the recording include Ronnie Stewart on fiddle, Mark Johnson on banjo, and Todd Phillips on bass.

The Seldom Scene Signs With Rounder

The Seldom Scene Signs With RounderNashville, TN -- The Seldom Scene, widely regarded as one of the most enduring, influential, and acclaimed bands in bluegrass since its formation in the early 1970s, has signed with Rounder Records. Throughout the band's storied 46-year history, they've earned accolades for stellar musicianship and their innovative approach to their repertoire, choosing material from the bluegrass canon as well as from the worlds of country, rock, and pop music, and employing unconventional arrangements and instrumentation on their recordings and in live performances.

New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters at Carter Fold Dec 9th

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 9th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present an old time music concert by the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters. The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters took their group's name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall actually lives on Ballard's Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler's Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country's finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Eddie Bond on fiddle, Josh Ellis on banjo, Caroline Noel Beverley on mandolin, and Bonnie Bond on bass. The Bogtrotters have been a group for over sixteen years.

Larry Cordle Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album

Give Me JesusNashville, Tenn. (November 28, 2017) – As announced by The Recording Academy this morning, Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album for Give Me Jesus

60th Grammy Award Nominations Announced

Best Bluegrass Album NominationsThe award nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. In the Best Bluegrass Album category we have five albums spreading the breadth of the style realm in the genre. In addition to the bluegrass category, we find our friend Larry Cordle up for Best Roots Gospel Album for Give Me Jesus, Alison Krauss is up for Best American Roots Performance for "I Never Cared For You" and Best Country Solo Performance for "Losing You", and "Cumberland Gap", David Rawlings & Gillian Welch, songwriters, is up for Best American Roots Song. Many other of our favorite artists are scattered throughout the nominees list

Doc Watson Tribute Featuring Ricky Skaggs Closing-in on a Sell-Out

Ricky SkaggsAnn Arbor, MI -- Acoustic Routes Concerts said today that Docabilly! – a celebration of the music of Arthel "Doc" Watson on what would have been his 95th birthday – is on track to sell out with fewer than 100 tickets remaining. The concert, featuring 15-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, will be March 3, 2018 at The Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets are available at The Ark box office and through the Michigan Union Ticket Office by clicking here or calling 734-663-TKTS.

The Carl Towns Band Merges with Barefoot Nellie & Co.

Barefoot Nellie & Co.Barefoot Nellie & Co. is proud to announce that they, and the Carl Towns band are merging. The husband and wife team of August and Eric Bruce will be joined by Carl Towns on Mandolin, Elliot Varner on Guitar and Brett Martin on Banjo. August plays Fiddle and Eric is on bass.

Balsam Range Makes Holiday Magic with “It's Christmas Time”

It's Christmas TimeNashville, TN -- World-renowned Bluegrass quintet Balsam Range makes magic with their newest EP, It's Christmas Time. The six-track outing spreads seasonal joy with a mix of contemporary and traditional tunes and features the beloved band in an unusual pairing with the Nashville Recording Orchestra. Radio can ensure that It's Christmas Time makes their holiday playlist by downloading from AirPlay Direct. Fans can listen to a live stream now or purchase as the perfect Christmas gift HERE.

C.F. Martin Sponsors VH1 Save The Music's “Thank a Music Teacher” Program

C.F. Martin Sponsors Save The Music FoundationNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co.® (Martin Guitar) continues to support music education by sponsoring the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. As part of a year-long celebration of 100 years of ukulele manufacturing, Martin Guitar has made a monetary donation and provided the Foundation with ten ukuleles to be used by music educators in schools throughout the country as part of VH1 Save The Music's "Thank a Music Teacher" program.

The Hillbilly Gypsies Heat up Carter Fold Dec. 2

Hillbilly GypsiesSaturday, December 2nd, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies – an old time band. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin' and grinnin' and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

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