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Junior Blankenship Band with Lonesome Will Mullins to Carter Fold August 18

Junior BlankenshipHiltons, VA -- Junior Blankenship was raised where mountain bluegrass music was a corner stone to the family culture. Junior’s father, the late Hillard Blankenship, drove the tour bus for bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley many years. Junior and his father formed a band called the Rocky Mountain Boys. Soon after that, Ralph Stanley called Junior and asked him to become a Clinch Mountain Boy after Keith Whitley left their group. Junior was only seventeen at the time. He stayed with Dr. Stanley until 1989. Since then he has played with such greats as Ralph Stanley II, Ernie Thacker and Route 23, and Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys. Junior’s unique style of cross picking earned him the privilege of recording with such greats as George Jones, Vince Gill, Emmy Lou Harris, Tom T. Hall, Dwight Yoakam, and Bill Monroe. Still playing the old traditional style music with a mix of more modern music, Junior has formed his own band – the Junior Blankenship Band./Images/JuniorBlankenship0812.jpg

Dailey and Vincent Playing and Pulling Together For Wilson County Fair

Dailey & VincentLebanon, TN -- Head on over to the Wilson County Fair for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store night on Tuesday, August 21, for a swingin’, swayin’, clappin’, toe tappin’ evening of entertainment by Dailey & Vincent. The Grammy-nominated Rounder Records recording duo will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. in the Wilson County Exhibition Center.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina and Skip Cherryholmes Quintet

Carolina RoadMain Street Entertainment is happy to announce the Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road and Skip Cherryholmes Quintet concert to be held at the Old Rock School, Valdese, NC on September 14, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

I Draw Slow Takes Aim on America with Fellow Irishman Niall Toner

I Draw SlowNashville, TN -- I Draw Slow and Niall Toner, both musical acts from Ireland, bring their music to America this Fall for a two week tour. Call it the “Irish Acoustic Music Invasion” if you would like to label it or simply call it good music from Ireland teaming up with some of the best bluegrass and acoustic artists in the United States. Each of the Irish acts bring their respective talents in songwriting and musicianship to a Fall Tour that will place them with many great artists in some of America’s top venues. The tour will extend over a several weeks outing that kicks off during the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass event. The Irish Acoustic Music Invasion culminates for each at different points with I Draw Slow wrapping up at a festival in South Carolina sharing the stage with some of the best in Americana.

Corey Frizzell Donates Bill Monroe Portrait to the Friends of Mark Newton Benefit

Bill Monroe by Corey FrizzellNashville, TN -- Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell, recently created a fine art portrait of the late Bluegrass legend, Bill Monroe, to be donated to the August 24th Friends of Mark Newton Benefit. The benefit will include a star studded golf outing, auction and live concert in Fredricksburg, Virginia. Frizzell will be on hand at the benefit for a meet and greet to sign event posters and the original Monroe portrait to the highest bidder.

Deering Banjos Joins Mumford and Sons On Tour

Mumford & SonsBy: Jamie Latty
Deering Banjo Company is delighted to announce that we will be teaming up with British folk rockers Mumford & Sons on three of their four highly anticipated Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows during August 2012. With a new album looming, Mumford & Sons have personally handpicked each location on the stopover creating a series of full day festivals, essentially turning the town into a celebration of local music, local food and of course the people who make it...and Deering will be with them every step of the way with a selection of banjos for you to try as well as enthusiastic Deering staff members offering lessons, tips, advice and a welcoming smile! border=0 height=200 width=256 /

Junior Blankenship Plays Mountain Bluegrass at Carter Fold

Junior BlankenshipHiltons, VA -- Junior Blankenship was raised where mountain bluegrass was a corner stone to the family culture. Junior’s father, the late Hillard Blankenship, drove the tour bus for Dr. Ralph Stanley many years. Junior and his father formed a band called the Rocky Mountain Boys. Soon after that, Ralph Stanley called Junior and asked him to become a Clinch Mountain Boy after Keith Whitley left their group. Junior was only seventeen at the time. He stayed with Dr. Stanley until 1989. Saturday, August 18th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Junior Blankenship Band with Lonesome Will Mullins. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Russell County Performers to be Featured at Heartwood

Jeff Brown and the Still Lonesome BandThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Crooked Road Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome.

Grammy Nominees Jeff and Sheri Easter to Appear on the Grand Ole Opry

Jeff & Sheri EasterTwo-time GRAMMY-nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning artists Jeff and Sheri Easter are scheduled to appear on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, August 4 for two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. These gospel music family group mainstays will be premiering songs from their upcoming release Eyes Wide Open (Spring Hill Music) which will hit streets on September 18. They will be performing with other artists, including Carrie Underwood, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, Jean Shepherd, Bill Anderson and many others.

Bill Knowlton Hosts his 40th Bluegrass Ramble Picnic August 5th

Bill KnowltonBill Knowlton's 40th annual "Bluegrass Ramble Picnic" takes place on Sunday, August 5th as usual at Dwyer Memorial Park, the home of the Cortland Repertory Theater, in Little York NY. Appearing for the first time will be Dyerswitch, known for decades of great bluegrass music in New York's Capitol District and, The Easy Ramblers, winners of the Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) as best country group! Slewfoot is another bluegrass group with top shelf Southern Tier pickers. As always, this should be a great show!

Trey Hensley Brings His Drivin' Force to Carter Fold Aug. 11

Trey HensleyHiltons, VA -- Trey Hensley has been performing since age seven. After picking up a guitar at the age of ten, he quickly took the bluegrass world by storm – even performing on the Grand Ole Opry when he was eleven. Three years ago, the now 19-year old, seasoned rtist followed his heart and interests into the world of country music.

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