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The Roys Pledge Support To Compassion International

The Roys and Respond BusNashville, TN (July 11, 2011) -- The reigning two-time Inspirational Country Music's Duo of the Year, The Roys, "Respond with Compassion" as they support Compassion International's newest campaign. The Respond with Compassion effort encourages people everywhere to sponsor a child - now.

Blame It On The Bluegrass Running Up The Charts

Blame It On The BluegrassBell Buckle, TN -- Bell Buckle Records is pleased to announce the award-winning Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike are running up the national radio charts like wildfire. The band just returned from a two month European tour, then headed straight to Canada for a performance at the TOMM Fest in Kingston, Ontario where they also hosted numerous "Introduction To Bluegrass" school programs throughout Kingston and the surrounding area. After that, this high energy group returned to the U.S. for a rousing performance at the popular ROMP Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky before returning home to Tenn. To find their new hit single, Blame It On The Bluegrass at #6 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 30 Songs and #8 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine's Top 30 Hot Singles chart.

Wolf Creek Grass to Host 7th Annual Hazard Kentucky Bluegrass Festival

Wolf Creek GrassJoin us for the 7th annual Hazard Bluegrass Festival at the beautiful Perry County Park in Hazard, Kentucky, on Saturday, July 16. Enjoy traditional bluegrass music in the heart of the majestic mountains of Southeast Kentucky. Performances will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the last band taking the stage at 9:10 p.m. The festival will begin with an open jam Friday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. All festival activities are FREE to the public.

Rural Rhythm Records Relocating to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Rural RhythmRural Rhythm Records announced that the label is relocating from their Los Angeles, California area to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. This will bring the label closer to many of their artists as well as the region where much the music was born. During the next week, the office phone lines will be down, but staff will be able to be reached on their cell phones. There will be limited email access during the transition. The label's current PO Box in California will be kept open until the new mailing address is announced at a later time.

Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival Announces Official Artist Line-Up

Blue Moon Bluegrass Festival 2011Prestonsburg, KY -- The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival released the official line-up for the 5 day event, adding Chris Knight to the already impressive roster of artists. The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky will join the list of local non-profit organizations receiving five percent of all tickets sales that will be evenly distributed amongst the charities. The Pikeville College Booth Scholar Program will also receive a percentage of the profits from the Miller/Coors Beer Garden sales. An inflatable waterslide and obstacle course will be available for the kids at the event to be held July 27-31, 2011 at the Prestonsburg Equine Center at Stonecrest.

Ken Mellons Joins the July 26th 'Lyrics for Lyric Show'

Ken Mellons: Rural RouteNashville, TN -- Mark Newton, Lyrics for Lyric show host, is proud to announce the addition of Country Music great Ken Mellons, affectionately known to fans as the Jukebox Junkie, to the July 26th Lyrics for Lyric show. Born in Kingsport, TN, Ken Mellons' parents Rita and Charles unknowingly groomed their son to have an appreciation for soulful harmonies and raw acoustic sounds, the same sounds that could only be found on his dad's Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs bluegrass music records. Ken signed his first record deal in 1992 with Sony Music and sold over 500,000 copies of his debut album, which boasted the radio hits "Jukebox Junkie," and "I Can Bring Her Back." Mellons parted Epic after a second album and then signed to Curb. In 2004, he offered the album Sweet on a small label, with guest spots from George Jones, Vince Gill, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Earl Scruggs.

Artist, Marty Raybon Hits #1 on 2 National Radio Charts

Marty RaybonPerry Edge, President of Double E Promotions, is proud to announce that Grammy winner Marty Raybon has claimed the top spot on two national radio charts for July of 2011 with his new single "All In The Hands Of Jesus", reaching #1 on the Christian Country Cashbox Top 20 and #1 on the National Christian Voice Country Gospel Top 100.

Thinking Bee and Kathy Mattea Join Forces for Cancer Screening PSAs

Kathy MatteaNashville, TN -- Nashville-based Thinking Bee Productions in conjunction with Mountains of Hope (West Virginia's Comprehensive Cancer Coalition), has produced a series of Public Service Announcements featuring Country and Bluegrass Music star Kathy Mattea. The PSAs were created to raise awareness of the importance of Colorectal Cancer Screenings. Although death from colorectal cancer is highly preventable, it remains the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The incidence for colorectal cancer (1993-2003, per 100,000 population) for men and women in West Virginia was 70.9 and 51.9, respectively. For these reasons, colorectal cancer is one of the Coalition's top priority areas.

Grammy Winner Marty Stuart Kicks off Bluegrass in the Park Festival

Marty StuartHenderson, KY -- The Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival is proud to announce this year's Thursday night headliner: Five time Grammy Award winner, Marty Stuart. From his toe-tappin' honky tonk to his grassroots gospel, Marty Stuart is truly country music's renaissance man. For over four decades, Stuart's songs have topped the charts and earned international acclaim. Stuart will perform Thursday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. The festival will continue with two days of free bluegrass music and activities in Audubon Mill Park.

Darrell Webb Band Video for 'Miner's Hell'

Darrell Webb BandIn early spring 2011, The Darrell Webb Band went on location to a privately owned cabin in Bland, VA, to film their first music video. The featured song, "Miner's Hell" can be found on DWB's first release, Bloodline, which has made it through to round 2 of the IBMA Award voting process for Album of the Year.

CMHoF to Open 'Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player' August 12

 Certified Guitar PlayerNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to one of country music's most versatile and visionary artists, Chet Atkins, with Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, a biographical exhibit opening Friday, August 12, 2011, for a 10-month run in the Museum's East Gallery. The exhibition, which is made possible through the generous support of the Gretsch Company with additional support provided by Great American Country Television Network, will run through June 11, 2012.

Legendary Bluegrass Fiddler Kenny Baker has Died

Kenny BakerLegendary bluegrass pioneer fiddler Kenneth Clayton Baker (Kenny Baker) died yesterday at age 85. Baker was one of the finest fiddlers in bluegrass and performed with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, for a quarter century as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.

37th Carter Family Memorial Festival August 5th

The Carter FamilyHiltons, VA -- In the early 1970s, the only place you heard old time or bluegrass music in southwest Virginia was at a festival. With the exception of a monument on State Street in Bristol, Tennessee, there was no area recognition of our region's rich musical heritage. So in 1974, Janette Carter decided to present a festival dedicated to her father, A.P. Carter. Before he died in November, 1960, he asked his daughter to do all she could to see that the Carter Family's music was never forgotten. She told him Daddy I will try. She did just that, and the Carter Family Memorial Music Center now stands as a tribute to the love and devotion she felt for her father and the music he created. The stage for that first festival was the flatbed of an 18-wheel truck on loan from the National Guard. Sara Carter came from California, and Maybelle Carter came from her home in Nashville. Very small by today's standards, that first festival was truly a labor of love.

Sam Bush to Host 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards Show

Sam BushNashville, TN -- Award-winning artist, band leader, songwriter and mandolin monster Sam Bush will host the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Bush commented saying, "It is my pleasure to return as the host for the 2011 IBMA Awards. As a bluegrass fan and fellow Kentuckian, it's especially important to me in the 100th year anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth. I look forward to spending the evening with the nominees and the winners, as this is their special night."

Comedian and Banjo Player Steve Martin Turns Music Journalist

Steve MartinSteve Martin, who has garnered worldwide acclaim as a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician, recently added music journalist to his resume. Martin interviews banjo player and composer Tony Ellis in the July issue of The Banjo Newsletter. In a wide-ranging conversation, Martin queries the Ohio-based banjo player about his influences, and how his style has evolved from the early 1960s, when he spent two years with the legendary Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys. Martin also talks with Ellis about how his music has inspired Martin's own banjo playing, particularly Martin's composition "The Crow", featured on his 2009 Grammy-winning album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.


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