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Mountain Song at Sea Announces Official Schedule for Inaugural Bluegrass Festival

Mountain Song At SeaNashville, TN -- Mountain Song is calling “all aboard” the cruise ship making bluegrass waves from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Feb. 1-4, 2013. In addition to the Steep Canyon Rangers, the lineup also boasts the Punch Brothers, David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Tim O'Brien & Bryan Sutton, Shannon Whitworth, Deadly Gentlemen, The Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Della Mae, Town Mountain, Mandolin Orange and more.

Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle to Perform at RNC

Larry CordleNashville, TN -- For the past few years, Music Row veteran songwriters/artists Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Jerry Salley have been donating their talents in the form of a Christmas concert to benefit the restoration of the historic Strand Theatre in Louisville, MS, Jackson's hometown. Having performed as "The Trio" for over twenty years, it was in recent years at this particular show the powerhouse group attracted the attention of Republican Congressman Gregg Harper. Recently, the Congressman invited them to perform during the Republican National Convention on August 28th for the Mississippi Delegation power lunch.

BMI Announces Excellent Austin City Limits Festival Lineup

Punch BrothersNashville, TN -- At this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival—October 12-14 in Austin, Texas—the work that leading performing right organization BMI does on behalf of songwriters will be represented with 15 musically diverse performances by an eclectic collection of artists. From 11:00 to 7:30 each day of the festival, in a shady corner of Zilker Park, ACL attendees will be able to beat the heat and experience a lineup of bands from across the United States and England, spanning rock and roll, honky tonk, country, indie rock, Americana and acoustic singer-songwriters.

The Kruger Brothers Premiere “Spirit Of The Rockies”

Kruger BrothersNashville, TN -- The Kruger Brothers will premiere Jens Kruger’s The Spirit of the Rockies August 25 at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The band, comprised of Jens Kruger, Uwe Kruger and Joel Landsburg, has become celebrated worldwide for its seamless fusions of jazz, classical, folk and bluegrass.

Bluegrass Pioneer Melvin Goins and Balsam Range on Song of the Mountains

Melvin GoinsMarion, VA -- The legendary bluegrass music artist Melvin Goins and his band Windy Mountain will be part of the fantastic lineup of talent for Song of the Mountains on September 1st at the Lincoln Theatre. Joining Melvin Goins on the show will be Balsam Range who will be making their second appearance on the award winning public television series which is currently in their eighth year of tapings.

Mountain Park Old Time Band at Carter Fold September 1st

Blazin' Bluegrass Festival Kicks Off September 17th

James KingWhitley City, KY -- The Blazin' Bluegrass Festival kicks of on Monday Sept 17th with early free events and Local Attraction events leading up to the Bluegrass Fest starting on Thursday September 20th. Early events include Camping, Camp Fire Jams Corn Hole Competitions and Pot Luck Dinners. Local Attractions are offering discounted Fun Adventures like the Big South Fork Scenic Train Ride, White Water Rafting Trips, Canoe Trips, Wagon Rides and Horse Back Riding. Plenty to do all week long for everyone.

High Energy Family Bluegrass Music by The Dollar Brothers

The Dollar BrothersThe 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. Newest band member, J. M. Trivette, plays bass and helps out on vocals.

Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice To Kick Off IBMA Awards Press Conference

Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceThe International Bluegrass Music Association has announced their Awards Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, August 15th. Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are honored to have been invited to kick off the event with a performance of several songs from their latest CD, The Heart Of A Song. The press conference is to announce the final nominees for this year's IBMA Awards and will take place at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, Tennessee. The press conference begins at 5:00pm CST and will be broadcast live on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Juntion. You may also view in it online through our Facebook page on LiveStream. The nominees will be announced by Sonya Isaacs and Bradley Walker.

Happy Trails for All During the Roy Rogers Centennial

Roy Rogers courtesy Wikipedia/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Eileen Sisk
Few entertainers have become as much a tour de force in popular culture and Country Music as Roy Rogers. Last year, he was honored at several centennial celebrations. On screen, Rogers was a “Mr. Nice Guy” who outsmarted villains, treated ladies well and kissed his horse but never his girl. Onstage, he dressed sharp and put his music first. Offstage, he valued his fans, faith and family while triumphing over adversity and tragedy.

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.

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