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Shannon Slaughter Released “Never Standing Still” to Radio

Never Standing StillIn a surprise move, Shannon Slaughter dropped his new album, Never Standing Still to radio stations today at airplaydirect.com. Physical copies will hit radio stations next week. The album’s official street date is Friday, October 27. Music fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes Amazon, CDBaby, ShannonSlaughter.com and more physical and digital sites.

John Cowan, Darin & Brooke Aldridge at Van Dyke Performance Space

Darin & Brooke AldridgeGreensboro, NC -- The Blue Ridge Music Center is pleased to partner with ArtsGreensboro to present a performance by progressive bluegrass vocalist and bass player John Cowan and husband and wife traditional bluegrass duo starring Darin and Brooke Aldridge along with members of their band at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7. The show will be hosted at the recently renovated Van Dyke Performance Space at the Cultural Center in Downtown Greensboro.

Kristy Cox Releases “Ricochet” Single from Upcoming Album

Kristy Cox - RicochetWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce today's release of new music from international artist Kristy Cox to radio. "Ricochet" is the title track and first single from the album due for release January 19, 2018.

Williamson Branch Signs with Pinecastle for 2018 Album

Williamson BranchPinecastle Records is happy to announce the signing of bluegrass family band Williamson Branch for an album to come in 2018. Husband and wife Kevin and Debbie Williamson are Pinecastle alumni from the company’s earliest days. Since then, the pair have raised their own family band with their three girls: teenagers Melody and Kadence, and eight-year-old Caroline. The group features the tight harmony singing that many family bands are known for, along with fun personalities and clogging.

IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Molly Tuttle Releases “Rise” EP

Molly Tuttle - RiseOn her debut solo EP Rise, Molly reveals the scope of her diverse influences. Produced by Kai Welch (Abigail Washburn, Bobby Bare, Jr., the Greencards), the seven-song collection relies on a rock-solid bluegrass foundation as Molly breaks free without breaking ties, singing and exploring what her six-string acoustic guitar can do. She is literally the poster child for what Spotify considers "Indie Bluegrass" as the dominant streaming platform chose to feature her on their popular playlist of the same name. Her song "Lightning in a Jar" has over 1 million plays on the platform.

Hogslop String Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Hogslop String BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 14th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Hogslop String Band. The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia and Tennessee. Featuring Kevin Martin on the fiddle, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, Daniel Binkley on banjo, and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus. Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, the Hogslop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands of the Tennessee Valley area.

Rhiannon Giddens Awarded 2017 MacArthur Fellowship

Rhiannon GiddensWednesday morning, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has been named a MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as a "genius grant," offers an unrestricted $625,000 grant, distributed over five years, to, in the Foundation's words, "individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future."

Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest Deadline Approaching

Mike AuldridgeBluegrass musicians, could your tune be the next "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"? Let the world know! In honor of dobro master Mike Auldridge, the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest seeks to bring attention to the best original instrumentals in bluegrass and related styles. Entries accepted through October 15, 2017. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Prizes are awarded jointly to all co-authors. 1st place prize is $500 and the winner gets to perform his/her winning tune at the 2018 DC Bluegrass Festival, and also receives two full-festival passes.

Mike Mitchell is teaming with Mark Schatz!

Mark Schatz and Mike MitchellFloyd, VA -- From the Floyd Music School Studio, in the historic Pix Theater Building, downtown Floyd, VA, Mike Mitchell is teaming with Mark Schatz! Mike is excited to announce the recording of a new bluegrass album project, Small Town. With Mark Schatz producing and bass-ing, the players include Mike’s bandmate, from The Bluegrass Trio, Tommy Morse on banjo and Mark’s bandmate, from the Claire Lynch Band, Jarod Walker on mandolin and guitar. The recording will be tracked and mixed at Blackwater recording Studio, in Wirtz, VA.

Thomm Jutz Releases “Crazy If You Let It”

Thomm Jutz - Crazy If You Let ItWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is elated to announce the release of Crazy If You Let It, the new album from singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist Thomm Jutz. The album has already received generous airplay on radio worldwide and is available to consumers everywhere today.

Carter Fold Bluegrass with Five Mile Mountain Road

Five Mile Mountain RoadSaturday, October 21st, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Five Mile Mountain Road. Five Mile Mountain Road is a Franklin County, Virginia-based bluegrass, old time, and classic country band with an emphasis on music for dancing. With front man Billy Hurt sawing the fiddle, Five Mile Mountain Road is known throughout the region for superb dance tunes and world-class instrumentation. Seth Boyd (banjo & guitar), Brennen Ernst (guitar & banjo), and Steven Dowdy (upright bass) round out the group's lineup.

Infamous Stringdusters To Release Eclectic New Covers EP

The Infamous Stringdusters Undercover Vol. 2Amid a non-stop touring schedule, The Infamous Stringdusters are announcing the release of their second covers EP; Undercover Vol. 2, an eclectic 5-track collection, will drop Friday, October 27 via Lumenhouse Recordings. The project pays homage to some of the band's favorite artists, including The Allman Brothers Band ("Jessica"), My Morning Jacket ("Golden"), Daft Punk ("Get Lucky"), Marvin Gaye ("What's Going On") and The Cure ("Just Like Heaven"), and continues in the spirit of honoring the music that has influenced them. Their 2015 Undercover EP included tracks from Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd and Jimmy Webb.

Coveted Brown Jug Award Goes to Legendary Fiddler Kenny Kosek

Kenny KosekThe Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree's Brown Jug Award is the brainchild of James Reams, a bluegrass musician and bandleader for over 20 years, who conceived of it as a way to recognize people in the Northeast whose impact on the music deserved to be honored but who might be less likely to be recognized by national organizations since for some of them, their impact was regional in nature.

IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, Flatt Lonesome, Release New Album

Flatt LoneesomeNashville, TN -- One of bluegrass music's hottest young bands, Flatt Lonesome has a lot to celebrate this week! The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) just awarded the band Vocal Group of the Year for the second consecutive year after the sextet delivered a jaw-dropping performance of new music from their latest project on Mountain Home Records, Silence In These Walls.

Stoney Creek has No. 1 Album on AirPlay Direct for September

Stoney Creek - Live On LocationMartinsburg, WV -- Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band is honored to announce that its new double album Live On Location was No. 1 on AirPlay Direct's Top 50 Albums chart for September. The album's chart position was partly driven by its lead single, "The Traveling Song," which debuted at No. 1 on the Top 50 Singles chart on Sept. 18.

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