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The Watkins Family Adds a New Musician

Daniel HoltBy Randall FranksThe Watkins Family of Toccoa, Ga. adds to its stage show by bringing another full-time musician to their ministry. The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her adult children - Todd and Lorie continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada since 1982.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival The Lineup That Never Stops

Grey Fox Bluegrass FestivalOak Hill, NY -- Grey Fox Bluegrass Music Festival's lineup has been refered to as "the lineup that never stops!" This apparently is true as the festival has now added Chris Thile & Michael Daves to this summer's already huge all-star cast. The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is a Who's Who of Bluegrass Music which resulted in the event being named the 2009 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year. This year's event will take place Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17, 2011 on the Walsh Farm near Oak Hill, New York. Advance tickets are still available through June 30th so hurry up.

Steve Martin Teaches Banjo Lessons Online

Steve MartinIt's not everyday that you have the opportunity to get banjo lessons from Renaissance man and award winning banjo player Steve Martin but one website has changed all that. The Tony Trischka School of Banjo has a series of online lessons from guest Steve Martin where he demonstrates and breaks down how to play 'Hide Behind A Rock', a track from his new album Rare Bird Alert. Students can even watch the videos in slow motion along with hundreds of other beginner, intermediate and advanced banjo lessons available on the site.

The Grayson Highlands Band Makes Carter Fold Appearance July 2nd

The Grayson Highlands BandThe Grayson Highlands Band, from the Jefferson, North Carolina area, plays a variety of old time music, ranging from rousing fiddle tunes to traditional songs and ballads. They are regulars at the Christmas in July Festival, the Albert Hash Festival, the Rugby Fall Festival, the Greater Lansing Area Festival, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. They have also been the guest band on the Gary Poe Live radio show several times, and have won numerous awards at regional fiddlers' conventions. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Grayson Highlands Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free

Summer Series Celebrates Bluegrass On The Stage Where It Was Born

Bluegrass Nights at the RymanSpringer Mountain Farms Presents Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman kicks off Thursday with An Evening with Vince Gill at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the show, The Howling Brothers will perform as part of the Pickin' On The Plaza series in front of the historic venue. The Plaza series is free to the public.

Cayce's Congaree Bluegrass Festival Date Set

Congaree Bluegrass FestivalCayce's 4th annual Congaree Bluegrass Festival will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Presented by the City of Cayce the daylong, family-oriented festival will bring some of the top bluegrass performers to Granby Gardens Park, located in the City Hall Complex at 1800 12th Street.

Country Music Hall of Fame Names New Trustee and Officers

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's quarterly board meeting today, BMI's Nashville Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations Jody Williams was elected to a first term as a trustee. Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz and Lee, Danner & Bass, Inc. Principal and Director Ernie Williams were re-elected to three-year terms as trustees.

Moody Bluegrass Two...Much Love is Available Now

Moody Bluegrass Two -- Much LoveNashville, Tenn. – Following 2004's critically and commercially acclaimed tribute to the legendary Moody Blues, the Grammy nominated Moody Bluegrass, along with the highly successful Moody Bluegrass Live, Nashville's finest have come together again to honor the Moody Blues with Moody Bluegrass Two...Much Love released nationwide this week! The new all-star bluegrass music tribute to the Moody Blues is available now.

B.J. and Skip Cherryholmes are the Cherryholmes Brothers Band

Cherryholmes Brothers Skip and B.J.So it IS official- For anyone that is curious- B.J. and Skip Cherryholmes have formed their own band and will be performing at the James Garner Center in Troy, North Carolina January 21st 2010. While this is quite a ways off, the exciting part is that the Cherryholmes brothers will be carrying the family torch and continuing the music. Their sister Cia is still performing also.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Welcome New Band Members

Michael ClevelandOne of America's favorite bluegrass music groups, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, is proud to announce the addition of three new members to their band; Charlie Lawson on guitar and vocals, Ashby Frank on mandolin and vocals, and Blake Bowen on bass and vocals. On June 17th, Cybergrass announced that Michael would introduce the new band at the Jenny Broook Bluegrass Festival in Turnbridge Vermont. Yesterday, the formal band lineup was announced.

Jim Lauderdale Releases Reason and Rhyme Bluegrass Project

Reason & Rhyme coverNashville, TN -- Can there be too much of a good thing? If the question's about collaboration between American roots music hero Jim Lauderdale and legendary lyricist Robert Hunter, the answer's an emphatic "no!" Marking the former's debut on the respected Sugar Hill records label, Reason And Rhyme makes a compelling case for the continued vitality of the Lauderdale—Hunter partnership—and for Lauderdale's unique and deeply satisfying approach to bluegrass.

Helping Harmony Foundation

Heather TwiggAs most of you know, on May 1, 2011 Heather Twigg past fiddler with the bluegrass band Ed Schaeffer & Rattlesnake Hill and her boyfriend Cory Wharton were struck by a car in Johnson City, TN when they were crossing the street to pass out fliers for DelFest. They are both home and healing up from severe injuries, but are now facing substantial amounts of medical bills. Heather does not have health insurance since she is unemployed and was cut off from her unemployment benefits due to separation from being hospitalized. Cory was unable to start his summer job that he got hired for while studying at ETSU and they cannot play gigs just yet until the doctor gives them permission. They would both like to thank everyone for the cards, gifts, prayers, visitors and phone calls. It means a lot to them.

The Dollar Brothers' High Energy Traditional Bluegrass July 17

The Dollar Brothers BandHiltons, VA -- The Dollar Brothers provide a high energy, family-oriented bluegrass show. A traditional bluegrass band, they are from Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina. Darrell Dollar, lead singer and older brother to Barry and Wade, plays mandolin and has written several songs for the group. Barry Dollar plays fiddle and banjo and sings lead and baritone. Wade Dollar, youngest of the three brothers, sings tenor and lead and also plays claw hammer banjo and dobro. Tim Norris, banjo player, is a cousin to the Dollars. Tim also sings, and he plays guitar and piano. From Ashe County, Kevin Miller plays bass and guitar for the band and helps out on vocals.

Johnny Butten and Recording King Renew Endorsements Again

Johnny ButtenOn June 15th, Johnny Butten became a second term endorsee for Recording King Banjos. The first term was for just 1 year where he joined fellow banjo player and Recording King endorsee Kenny Ingram. This time, Johnny and Recording King have agreed on a 3 year contract.

#10 on Billboard for All-Star Jam - Live at Graves Mountain

Graves Mountain All Star JamThe All Star Jam - Live at Graves Mountain, a special recorded event album, hit #10 this week on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. Mark Newton, the album's Producer and Production Coordinator said, "The Bluegrass fans that attended this years Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia were really excited about getting the CD we recorded last year. A good number of these attendees were at the recording a year ago. It was their opportunity for them to take home a piece of history and have the Rural Rhythm CD as part of their collection which captures the spirit of what Bluegrass festivals are all about.

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