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Shannon Slaughter Released “Never Standing Still” to Radio

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:43

In a surprise move, Shannon Slaughter dropped his new album, Never Standing Still to radio stations today at 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, and more physical and digital sites.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” is already a radio hit appearing in the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and making its debut at #10 on the October 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still was Produced by Wes Easter, Randy Kohrs, and Shannon Slaughter. Rhythm Tracks were recorded at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA and engineered by Wes Easter. Vocals were recorded at: Slack Key Studio in Nashville, TN and engineered by Randy Kohrs. The album was mixed and mastered by Wes and Derek Easter at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA.

Never Standing Still Tracks Include:

  1. “You Can’t Outrun the River”
  2. “Find Your Own Highway”
  3. “Old Kentucky Home”
  4. “That Old County Road”
  5. “Love is a Cross and Three Nails”
  6. “The Girl I Love”
  7. “Going Home”
  8. “Lonely Trail of Tears”
  9. “Better Move it On Home”
  10. “He Moved a Mountain”
  11. “Dying to Live Again”
  12. “I Was a Farmer”
  13. “Trying to Be My Own Man”
  14. “Movin’ On”
  15. “Rae & Jed”

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:51

Greensboro, 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.

Known as the "Voice of Newgrass," Cowan is a true innovator who applies his powerful voice to genres from country, bluegrass, and gospel to soul, jazz, and rock-and-roll, often within the span of a single concert. His ability to move fluidly through multiple styles and carry mesmerized audiences on the journey with him has set him apart as one of the most admired vocal artists of his generation. Over the last 35 years, Cowan's voice and bass playing skills have been in high demand, and he has been featured on some 140 recordings, including albums by Garth Brooks, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, and The Doobie Brothers.

Both highly acclaimed vocalists in their own right, Darin and Brooke combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music and they've surrounded themselves with a band of equally amazing pickers. The duo has earned high praise from country music luminary Vince Gill, who says "there's a lot about the new generation of bluegrass that sure is inspiring. And Darin and Brooke are two of my favorites of this great new generation." Darin spent six years as a member of the acclaimed Country Gentleman and is a sought-after multi-instrumentalist. Brooke has been lauded for having one of the most powerful voices in music and was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the recent International Bluegrass Music Association's (IMBA) 2017 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This concert is part of the Blue Ridge Music Center's off-season, off-site concert series in which the Music Center partners and collaborates with other arts organizations to present the best in Blue Ridge Mountain Music year round. The Blue Ridge Music Center, located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge parkway is open to visitors May-October.

The Van Dyke Performance Space is located in downtown Greensboro at 200 North Davie St. Greensboro, NC 27401. Tickets are $29.10 (including taxes & ticket fees) buy online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006

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Kristy Cox Releases “Ricochet” Single from Upcoming Album

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:53

Willis, 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.

Kristy's long-time producer, Jerry Salley calls her "Australia's greatest import to American bluegrass music" and is thrilled to also be co-writer (along with Alice Lankford and Jimbo Martin) on the title track and first single. "'Ricochet' is a hard-driving, up-tempo tune about a country girl who has her sights set on love," he says. Although the song may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, Kristy's delivery of "Ricochet" leaves the listener with no question as to where her heart for the music lies. Her powerful voice edges its way through the lyrics with tremendous strength and believability.

Radio programmers may download "Ricochet" via AirPlay Direct or request a digital download by emailing Consumers may pre-order Ricochet and receive the title track instantly. For more information on Kristy Cox, please visit and

From a young age, Kristy Cox captured plenty of attention with her distinct singing style and positive nature, resulting in opportunities to open shows for major acts and making regular festival and television appearances across Australia, Europe, and the US. In 2015 she was selected as an official showcase artist for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) where she began drawing the attention of music industry professionals.

With a string of #1 hits on radio and country music television in Australia, Kristy has also made headway on the US bluegrass charts in recent years. Her last two projects, produced by Grammy® winner Jerry Salley, were very well received, with the latest making strong appearances throughout 2016 on multiple album and songs charts. 2017 kicked into high gear when she won "Bluegrass Recording of the Year" from the Country Music Association of Australia, and she also made the IBMA Awards second ballot in several categories.

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Williamson Branch Signs with Pinecastle for 2018 Album

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:28
Pinecastle 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.

“We are very excited to partner with Pinecastle Recording Company,” said Kevin. “In the early 90’s my dad Jerry and I had the group Redwing. We were the first band to record for Pinecastle. When the time came for my solo project, Pinecastle worked hard to make Salt River Canyon their first song on the Bluegrass Unlimited Airplay chart. My wife Debbie and I also charted songs for Pinecastle with our group Shadow Ridge. Through the years Pinecastle has felt like family, and now we’re proud to continue that tradition with Williamson Branch.”

Bluegrass Unlimited said, “You never know what you’re getting with a family band. Either it is cuteness and corn pone or a family that takes the music seriously and truly brings something to the table. Thankfully, Williamson Branch represents the latter.”

The band’s instrumentation is handled by: Kevin Williamson on guitar, Debbie Williamson on mandolin, Melody Williamson on fiddle, Kadence Williamson on bass, and Caroline Williamson on fiddle.

“The Williamsons are a super-talented, hard-working family who have devoted their lives to music and entertaining,” said Ethan Burkhart of Pinecastle Records. “We are happy to continue Pinecastle’s longtime working relationship with Kevin by bringing the whole family on board. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

The family recently visited Pinecastle’s headquarters and recorded an impromptu a cappella video performance which clearly demonstrates the ease with which they perform.

Williamson Branch at Bonfire Studios from Pinecastle Records on Vimeo.

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

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:48
On 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.

“This album was a big learning process for me,” Molly says. “I knew Kai would know directions to take my songs that would push me a little outside of my box. I grew a lot more confident in the direction I am heading as an artist.”

2017's IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Molly Tuttle speaks softly. Her voice is both lilting and lucid, and when she says that she wants to create music that is truly original and unmistakably hers, her quietness shifts into a steely audacity that’s charming and almost funny––she’s only 24, after all. But then, you remember her songs. And it hits you: brash, beautiful originality is exactly what Molly is doing.

Rise further introduces Molly to a roots music audience who’s already enthusiastically embraced and elevated her. A Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist category rounded out her 2016, after she clinched first place in Merlefest’s prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Appearances at top-tier festivals including RockyGrass Festival and on programs such as A Prairie Home Companion have expanded her audience, along with almost nonstop touring. Press response has been glowing: a Flatpicking Guitar Magazine cover was followed by praise from The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression, American Songwriter and others.

Most recently, she’s grinning somewhat slyly on Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s April 2017 cover. And now, Molly is the first woman in the 27 year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to be nominated for and to win the trophy for Guitar Player of the Year, the only instrumental category that had not yet nominated a woman. Molly was also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

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Hogslop String Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:51

Hiltons, 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.

Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions, and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals, and soirees. Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by young and old alike. Despite an unkempt appearance, their undeniable charm is as certain to steal your heart as it will your daughter's.

"The Hogslop String Band is one of the most unique bands I have ever heard. Their music takes you back to a time when things were real and from the heart. These guys are very talented, and I recommend that you go see them. You will be thoroughly entertained." Reggie Young – guitarist for Elvis, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, & Dusty Springfield.

"Every member of the Hogslop String Band is individually talented and pretty much crazy. As a band, they're as authentic as it gets and an insanely good time." Neal Cappellino – Grammy Award winning engineer.

As Executive Director of the Carter Family Fold, I first met the Hogslop String Band when their manager, Josh Trivett, called me to set up an old time tintype photo shoot for the band at the Fold. Having enjoyed working with Josh many times through the years, fascinated by anything historic, and always looking for new groups to perform at the Fold, I immediately agreed. We set up the shoot for a Sunday, and I fell in love with the group the moment they got out of the van. Because tintype photography takes tremendous patience and time, we ended up spending the entire day together.

Getting to meet the group and witness the photo shoot and on-site development of the tintype photos by award-winning photographer Lisa Elmaleh captivated me. Never having met them, I immediately felt I had known the guys – and Lisa - all my life. It was one of the most fun-filled and entertaining days I ever spent. I couldn't recall having laughed so much or having so much fun with folks I had just met in my life. We made so much racket that traffic actually stopped to ask what was going on. Not wanting the day to end, I knew I couldn't wait for them to actually play the Fold. They've played the Fold several times now, and they've brought the house down both times. One of the best old time bands performing today, Hogslop and the Fold are a match made in Heaven.

If you love old time music and just plain fun, don't miss the Hogslop String Band. There are unlike any other group I have ever known. They told me that most places they played were places where people didn't know what slopping a hog was. Boy have they come home! Not only do we know what slopping a hog is, we know what the best old time music is. Bring your friends, your inlaws, your young'uns, and your dancing shoes and join us for a night of old time music unlike anything you have ever seen. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

For more information on the Hogslop String Band, go to their site on the web – Watch them on You Tube and check them out on the web.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. The center is a family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For further information, go to Previous shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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Rhiannon Giddens Awarded 2017 MacArthur Fellowship

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:53

Wednesday 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."

Giddens said of being awarded the Fellowship: "I am just thrilled! So many things I want to do - but the first thing is to thank whoever nominated and supported me for this grant - it means the world to me, and to the projects I have been longing to do", and added in an interview with her home town paper, North Carolina's News & Observer, "it's gonna let me live a little bit. I'll be able to pursue some things while not having to stay on the road so much to keep the lights on. This will let me tour a little less and work on larger projects I believe need to be done." More info about Giddens and her Fellowship, including downloadable photos and video, is available here.

Among this year's recipients, in addition to Giddens, are a painter, a psychologist, an immunologist, a computer scientist, a historian, a fiction writer, a designer and urban planner, a composer and musician, and a community leader. All Fellows were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future.

"From transforming conditions for low-wage workers to identifying internet security vulnerabilities, from celebrating the African American string band tradition to designing resilient urban habitats, these new MacArthur Fellows bring their exceptional creativity to diverse people, places, and social challenges," said Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program. "Their work gives us reason for optimism and inspires us all."

Ms. Giddens's glorious voice ... merges an opera singer's detail and a deep connection to Southern roots. She can summon the power of a field holler, Celtic quavers, girlish innocence, bluesy sensuality, gospel exaltation or the pain of slavery. She can sing velvety, long-breathed phrases or rasp and yip like a singer from the backwoods long ago. For all her technical control, her voice is a perpetually soulful marvel.
 ~ New York Times

Giddens is currently on a headlining tour in celebration of her highly praised, Americana Award–nominated second solo album Freedom Highway. The album, released earlier this year, includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured for her debut album, 2015's critically acclaimed Tomorrow Is My Turn, plus a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs—Richard Fariña's "Birmingham Sunday" and Staple Singers' well-known "Freedom Highway," from which the album takes its name. Tickets for this tour are on sale now and available here.

Freedom Highway is a departure from Tomorrow Is My Turn, which included one original song, with the rest being her interpretations of songs written or performed by a wide variety of female musicians. Giddens co-produced Freedom Highway with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, Louisiana studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War.

Rhiannon Giddens shows us that while America was never as innocent as some nostalgists want to believe, its young spirit still lives within, resistant to corruption, leading those who can hear its voice toward a better place down the road.
 ~ NPR Music

As producers, Giddens and Powell sought to release the stories already in the walls, allowing the space to be a voice in itself. This approach allowed for an emotional fearlessness and presence not always easy to achieve in the studio. Together they assembled the players, which included her superb touring band, local musicians from the bayou, a soulful horn section from New York, and talented family members. The principle recording was done over an intense eight-day period. The result is an album that is rawer and more personal than its predecessor.

Giddens has a recurring role in CMT's series Nashville, the new season of which begins in January. Her Grammy–nominated duet with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song "Kill a World" reached the top ten on country radio.

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Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest Deadline Approaching

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:17

Bluegrass 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.

The Mike Auldridge instrumental Composition Contest honors the life and musicianship of one of America’s greatest bluegrass players. His smooth and effortlessly tasteful Dobro guitar work borrowed from Josh Graves, but added swing, blues and horn influences to arrive at a uniquely new sound. By the time Mike co-founded the Seldom Scene in 1971, his musical touch was unmistakable – and over the next 40 years Auldridge became a pillar of Washington bluegrass history.

Mike Auldridge was born in 1938 in Washington, DC. He spent his life in the Maryland suburbs but his musical influence went far beyond the Beltway. Aside from his own solo recordings and those with the Seldom Scene, Mike was in heavy demand as a session player and appeared on recordings by Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Jonathan Edwards, and Ry Cooder, among many others. Auldridge received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship Award in 2012, the last year of his life.

Mike Auldridge, the legendary dobro player who co-founded the Seldom Scene and later, Chesapeake, died December 29, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He was 73. He had been under hospice care until his passing. His expressive talent on the resophonic guitar had no bounds as he played bluegrass, country and even jazz with style and elegance. He performed primarily around his Maryland home but certainly performed across the nation and the globe.

Visit for rules and application information.

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Mike Mitchell is teaming with Mark Schatz!

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 19:47

Floyd, 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.

This sophomore project follows Mike’s last album, Dead Center, which has enjoyed 6 months on the Airplay Direct charts, debuting at #1 in May 2017—staying in the top 40 downloaded albums as of Oct 5. About the new project, Mike says: “The material is all original stuff and I have been writing like crazy! Life is good and the songs are flowing. I can’t wait to share them with everyone!” Mike will also add a handful of fiddle tunes and at least one new instrumental.

Release date is Feb. 14, 2018, at Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO. In addition to the regional festivals that Mike regularly plays, he and The Bluegrass Trio will be traveling nationally to perform the new album.

For more information, visit our Facebook Page and website and the YouTube Channel for live performances.

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Thomm Jutz Releases “Crazy If You Let It”

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 17:58

Willis, 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.

Jutz's debut album for Mountain Fever Records is a quintessential compilation of everything that makes him a well-rounded, endearing musician. His songs and the delivery of them are real and simple, yet poignant. "I've always been in love with bluegrass music," stated Jutz in a recent interview for Country Music People. "I obviously didn't grow up in that culture but it's the kind of music that's really dear to my heart and everything I've done always has a very strong acoustic vibe to it."

Sonically, Crazy If You Let It is pleasing to the ears. Emotionally, it's touching to the heart. From the opening title track to the emotive "It Was You," Jutz takes the listener on a journey that finds one closing their eyes and getting lost in each and every note along the way. Imagine a train ride through the country side and finding yourself visiting Georgia, North Carolina, and Ireland, with a jump back in time to the Old Testament alongside Jeremiah the Prophet. All is accomplished within the 12 track makeup of Crazy If You Let It. For this particular project, Jutz called on his dearest friends for support. And with friends such as Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Andrea Zonn, Tammy Rogers, Mark Fain, Peter Cooper, and Eric Brace, Jutz couldn't possibly end up with anything other than a spectacular masterpiece of art in music form.

Crazy If You Let It Track Listing:

  1. "Crazy If You Let It" (with Andrea Zonn)
  2. "Crossing Over Black Mountain"
  3. "Confederate Jasmine"
  4. "Run With The Horses"
  5. "White Water Train"
  6. "Old Railroads" (with Tammy Rogers)
  7. "Sometimes What Glitters Is Gold"
  8. "The Coast Of Carolina"
  9. "The Road To Galway"
  10. "Lily Of The Day"
  11. "Atlanta" (Please Don't Let Me Down)
  12. "It Was You"

Crazy If You Let It is available today to radio programmers via AirplayDirect or by emailing for a digital download. Consumers may purchase the album through various music outlets. For more information on Thomm Jutz, please visit For more information on Mountain Fever Records, visit

In Nashville, there are countless tales of extraordinary creativity, talent, and determination unfolding everyday. But even in a city known for its creative, talented, and determined citizenry, Thomm Jutz is standing out.

He can’t help it. His name is right there, on the songwriting credits of four #1 bluegrass hits since April, 2016. And his name is on nine other top-20 bluegrass songs over the same period.

That name -- Thomm Jutz – is also right after the word “Producer,” on more than twenty albums over the past five years. Albums by Country Music Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman, folk legend Nanci Griffith, fabled country-punk Jason Ringenberg, Grammy-nominated duo Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Otis Gibbs and many more, all recorded at his own TJ Tunes Studio just outside Nashville.

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Carter Fold Bluegrass with Five Mile Mountain Road

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 20:04

Saturday, 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.

Named after one of Franklin County's signature rural byways, the group is one of the best up and coming bands around. All the members of Five Mile Mountain Road have had experience playing with other well-known bands. Five Mile Mountain Road has been featured on Song of the Mountains, at the Blueridge Music Center, at Ferrum College, and at the Floyd Country Store. These are just a few of the many venues the group has played.

This concert will mark the band's second performance at the Carter Family Fold, although several of the members have played the Fold previously with groups like Karl Shiflett and Big Country and the Bluegrass Brothers. Check out the group on Face Book and You Tube. Five Mile Mountain Road can hold their own with the best bands that ever graced the Carter Fold stage. They play with so much enthusiasm and energy that you won't be able to resist hitting the dance floor – if you can keep up with them.

Pack up your dancing shoes, relatives, and friends and come join us at the Fold for a night of some of the best music the Appalachian region has to offer. At the Carter Fold, you'll find an old time venue where people of all ages come from near and far to experience Appalachian music and culture at its' best. Don't miss Five Mile Mountain Road at the Carter Family Fold! Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $2, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. The center is a family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For further information, go to Previous shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a volunteer Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676. If we don't answer you right away, we'll get back to you in 24 hours.

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Infamous Stringdusters To Release Eclectic New Covers EP

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 20:22

Amid 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.

"Sometimes you hear a cover that comes from a completely different genre and it works, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes you just have to try," Jeremy Garrett of the band explains. "As an artist, this can be liberating."

The Grammy-nominated progressive bluegrass group--Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass)--continues to have a very active 2017 which began with the January 13 release of their acclaimed, #1 Billboard Bluegrass album Laws Of Gravity (Compass Records). Then on June 23 came the release of their live album Laws Of Gravity: LIVE!, recorded on the road between January and April at various venues along the band's hectic tour schedule and produced by band members Falco and Pandolfi.

The Infamous Stringdusters have performed over 110 shows so far this year and are booked through New Year's Eve with shows in Berkeley, CA and Aspen, CO. The band will perform two co-headlining shows at UC Berkeley: with Keller Williams and Grateful Grass December 28 and Leftover Salmon December 29. They'll then head to Aspen's Wheeler Opera House for a special "evening with" NYE performance to ring in 2018. Doors open at 7:45pm with an open bar (wine and beer) as well as light appetizers until the concert starts at 9:30pm and a midnight complimentary champagne toast during the ball drop. Ticket info for these and all other Stringdusters dates is available at

Track listing for Undercover Vol. 2 EP:

  1. "Just Like Heaven" - The Cure
  2. "Golden" - My Morning Jacket
  3. "Jessica" - The Allman Brothers Band
  4. "What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye
  5. "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk
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Coveted Brown Jug Award Goes to Legendary Fiddler Kenny Kosek

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:50

The 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.

This year the Jamboree is pleased to honor homegrown hero and legendary fiddler, Kenny Kosek for his extensive contributions to bluegrass. One of the most recorded fiddlers today, Kenny has been the feature soloist on countless albums, soundtracks, and jingles. He can be heard on recordings by James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, David Byrne, Chaka Kahn, Willie Nelson, John Denver and was a frequent guest player with the Late Night Band on Late Night with David Letterman. His original compositions have been used in everything from major documentaries to Broadway musicals, soap operas, and network TV kid's shows.

Wait...there's more! Kenny is dedicated to teaching others the intricacies of the fiddle and has produced an extensive collection of instructional DVDs that are a must have for any burgeoning bluegrass fiddler. He is much sought after as a guest instructor on the international festival scene and is a staff instructor at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York City.

But that's not all! In addition to his masterful talent as a musician, Kenny is an acclaimed actor as well. He has appeared in several big-screen movies including "They All Laughed" and "The Stepford Wives" as well as on and off-Broadway in productions like "Foxfire," "Big River" and "Footloose." He is currently appearing in "Loveless, Texas" at the Boomerang Theater in NYC.

And he doesn't stop there! As a writer and a humorist, Kenny has contributed to "The National Lampoon" and numerous radio programs. He continues to be in high demand as a writer of liner notes for many performing artists.

Not bad for a kid who was born and raised in The Bronx!! We'd be hard-pressed to find a more diversely talented and under-recognized candidate for our Brown Jug Award. So it is with great honor that we presented Kenny Kosek with the coveted Brown Jug Award at this year's Jamboree. We're sure that one day he will look back on this moment as the pinnacle event in his long and illustrious career!

Previous recipients of the Brown Jug include such notables as the legendary Bill Keith, radio and TV personality Carol Beaugard, the late singer-songwriter and musician John Herald, Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders, Bill Knowlton (who was named Broadcaster of the Year by the IBMA in 1997), Stephanie Ledgin (an award-winning folk and bluegrass music photo-journalist and author) and the late Doug Tuchman, a bluegrass promoter who was instrumental in bringing Bill Monroe and other bluegrass music greats to play venues in the city.

The Brown Jug Award is sponsored by the Folk Music Society of NY. Other sponsors of the Jamboree include The Old Stone House and Crown Finish Caves, who provided a terrific table of delicious cheeses at our Beer Garden this year.

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

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:03

Nashville, 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.

IBMA Photo: Willa SteinThousands gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina this week for the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Conference with the genre's biggest week of the year capped off with the prestigious industry voted awards on Thursday night at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center. Flatt Lonesome was thrilled to be nominated in two categories this year: Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, and very honored to repeat their win in the Vocal Group category. In addition, the band performed "Where Do You Go," a Glen Campbell classic, to an auditorium of peers who were hearing first-hand all the reasons this band is taking bluegrass music by storm.

Flatt Lonesome is celebrating their second year of IBMA accolades with the timely release of a new album, Silence In These Walls. The project touts 12 tracks of heartfelt songs showcasing the vocal talents of all three lead singers, siblings Kelsi Harrigill, Buddy Robertson, and Charli Robertson, while equally giving due credit to the musicianship of band members Paul Harrigill, Michael Stockton, and Dominic Illingworth. This is the fourth album for the ensemble that is showing significant musical maturity, masterfully making each and every song their own. Silence In These Walls has already produced a successful first single, "All My Life," (written by Paul Harrigill and Tim Stafford), that debuted on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart just this month.

IBMA nominated Broadcaster of the Year, Steve Martin says, "Silence In These Walls shows the continued development and maturity of an already stunning group of award-winning musicians. Flatt Lonesome is just getting started and their potential is limitless!"

Silence In These Walls is available to consumers via download from various digital outlets and also from the band's website at

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

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 19:02

Martinsburg, 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.

"I heard the song on Annette Grady's show ... I really wanted to play it on my show too," said Jeff Lipchick, host of Bluegrass From the Smokies on the Bluegrass Jamboree.

"This project had me mesmerized the entire time," said Al Shusterman of KUBU's Bluegrass Backroads. Shusterman noted that the album "featured great traditional songs, fine vocals and superb musicianship."

"The Traveling Song" is one of four original songs from Live On Location written by guitarist Kenton Catlett. The album also features an original instrumental titled "Antietam Turnaround" composed by banjo player Troy Stangle. The rest of the album includes traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel material that has increasingly drawn fans to the band's live concerts. Highlights include bassist Libby Files' take on "Those Memories of You" and mandolin player Brett Smeltzer's performance of "I'm Working on a Building."

The band cites bluegrass media outlets such as Cybergrass, as well as the social media popularity of "The Traveling Song" music video, for generating interest among broadcasters. Stoney Creek is hoping to schedule performances in areas where Live On Location is receiving radio airplay, as well as places where the band has developed a strong social media following.

AirPlay Direct is a leading platform for delivering broadcast music to radio stations worldwide. According to the company's website, "the Top 50 Albums chart displays releases/albums with the most song downloads by radio within a set period of time."

Track list for Live On Location:

  • CD Disc 1
    1. “Ladies and Gentlemen” (Introduction)
    2. “Those Memories of You”
    3. “The Traveling Song”
    4. “Cold Sheets of Rain”
    5. “Thirty Years”
    6. “Beyond Those Gates”
    7. “Why Don't You Tell Me So?”
    8. “Just Like You”
    9. “Are You Washed in the Blood?”
    10. “Little Cabin Home on the Hill”
    11. “Antietam Turnaround”
    12. “I'm Working on a Building”
  • CD Disc 2
    1. “I'm Lost and I'll Never Find the Way”
    2. “Kentucky Borderline”
    3. “Fast Train”
    4. “When the Sun Goes Down”
    5. “Shadows in My Room”
    6. “Crying Holy”
    7. “Just Someone I Used to Know”
    8. “Blue Ridge Cabin Home”
    9. “High Lonesome Sound”
    10. “Nashville Skyline Rag”
    11. “Freeborn Man”

Fans and broadcasters can find Live On Location though Stoney Creek's website,

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Feller and Hill's “Brothers And Heroes” Available Now

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:59

Nashville, TN (September 29, 2017) – Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce that the release of Brothers And Heroes by Feller and Hill is available today. Since the formation of Feller and Hill in 2010, Tom Feller and Chris Hill have established themselves among the top vocal groups in the bluegrass community. Combining their love for traditional bluegrass and classic country music, their music falls somewhere between Buck Owens and the Osborne Brothers. Hallmarked by tight harmonies and great songs, Feller and Hill have had some of the biggest bluegrass radio hits over the past few years with “Big Blue Roses” and “Government Blues.”

Produced by Feller and Hill, Brothers And Heroes includes 13 handpicked songs by Tom and Chris containing a strong mix of original and classic songs with guest performances from a strong list of top talent including Tony Holt, Aubrey Holt, Jerry Holt, Bobby Osborne, Larry Stephenson, Junior Sisk, Lizzy Long, Heather Berry-Mabe, Michael Cleveland, Glen Duncan, Steve Thomas and many more.

The first single “The Bugler” was written by Tom Holt, formerly of The Boys From Indiana, and features the lead and harmony vocals of Tom Feller and Chris Hill. “The Bugler” is a Civil War story about a bugle boy, who left home at a young age to join the Army as a bugler, in search of his father, who never returned from battle. Young Willie disappeared, himself, and never returned and his mother has searched endlessly to find him. They finally do reunite at a camp on one of the many battlegrounds his mother searched. The songwriter leaves it up to the listener as to whether Willie lived on...or his ghost still haunts the battlegrounds of the Great Smokey Mountains. The name “Willie” may have been inspired by a family member, Uncle Willie Gabbard, who served in the military during World War II. Tom indicated he wrote the song to sound like something very old, even though the song is brand-new and previously unrecorded.

Brothers And Heroes kicks off with the up-tempo “Hammer Down”, written by Gerald Evans, Jr., and never stops hard drivin' and cruisin' until crossing the finish line. Other songs featured on the album includes “Childish Love” written by Ira and Charlie Louvin; “Atlanta Is Burning” a popular Civil War song by The Boys From Indiana written by Aubrey Holt with vocals by Tom Feller, Chris Hill, Tony, Aubrey and Jerry Holt; two Felice and Boudleaux Bryant classics “Wake Up Little Susie” popularized by The Everly Brothers and “Tennessee Hound Dog” with guest vocals by Bobby Osborne; Patsy Cline classic “Back In Baby's Arms” written by Bob Montgomery; “Love Is A Stranger” written by Bill Harrell with guest vocals by Larry Stephenson; “Duncan And Brady” traditional murder ballad about the shooting of a policeman by a bartender with vocals by Junior Sisk and the Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed instrumental classic “Jerry's Breakdown” written by Jerry Reed.

Brothers And Heroes contains some of the best traditional bluegrass and classic country music from today and yesterday and combines the tight harmonies and strong lead vocals of Feller And Hill to create a fresh sounding album that will truly delight Bluegrass music lovers...It's Fresh Grass with a Traditional Blend and Strong Roots.

Brothers And Heroes Tracks:

  1. “Hammer Down”
  2. “Childish Love”
  3. “Atlanta Is Burning” (With Tony, Aubrey And Jerry Holt)
  4. “Rebecca Of New Orleans” (With Heather Berry-Mabe)
  5. “The Bugler”
  6. “Back In Baby's Arms”
  7. “Love Is A Stranger” (With Larry Stephenson)
  8. “Wake Up Little Susie”
  9. “Lord Help Me Decide” (With Lizzy Long)
  10. “Duncan And Brady” (With Junior Sisk)
  11. “Be A Good Girl”
  12. “Jerry's Breakdown”
  13. “Tennessee Hound Dog” (With Bobby Osborne)

The album is available for DJ downloads on AirPlay Direct. Brothers And Heroes is exclusively distributed by the Orchard and available on Amazon and where ever Bluegrass music is sold.

It is no secret that one of Feller and Hill's greatest influences is the music of The Boys from Indiana. A nationally touring act, The Boys from Indiana was the absolute kings of bluegrass in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana area, during the '70s and '80s. They were a hit at bluegrass festivals across the country, due to their robust stage presence and original songs. Their influence on Feller and Hill's music should come as no surprise, as 60% of the classic lineup of “The Boys” (Aubrey Holt, Jerry Holt, Harley Gabbard, Paul Mullins, and Noah Crase) are related to Tom Feller (Aubrey and Jerry Holt are Tom's uncles, and the late, Harley Gabbard was Tom's great uncle).

Feller and Hill's stage show is very reminiscent of the Boys From Indiana, which include that same robust stage presence, their dry brand of humor and a very fast-paced show that proves time and time again to be a crowd-favorite everywhere they go.

In addition to his family's musical heritage, Tom has worked with Jerry Williamson and Redwing, The Larry Stephenson Band, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Three Fox Drive, during his 30-year career. Chris has worked with The Wildwood Valley Boys, Gerald Evans and Paradise, The Karl Shifflet and Big Country Show, and The James King Band. In the past year, both Tom and Chris have made separate appearances on the Grand Ole Opry filling guest spots with Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top Express.

Feller and Hill will continue using their deep-rooted pedigrees in bluegrass and traditional music to grow their audience and deliver a high-energy show with rich vocals and smooth instrumentation at some of the largest festivals in the country. If you love traditional bluegrass, classic country, and southern bluegrass gospel music, then you'll love Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos.

Feller and Hill are currently on tour. For more information go to

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Bluegrass Music's Biggest Night Award Winners

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 20:29

Bluegrass Music's Biggest Night, the International Bluegrass Music Awards honored the genre's outstanding contributors and artists. The awards are voted upon by the professional membership of the association through a three ballot process. The 2017 awards took place Thursday night in Raleigh, NC. There were multiple categories of awards and, the formal induction for the Hall of Fame inductees. The main awards, special awards, momentum awards and Hall of Fame inductions comprises all of the IBMA award presentations.

The annual Momentum Awards are always a favorite showcasing up and coming talent to bluegrass music. This is always a favorite category even though it get background presence. This is an important category as it gives the industry a pointer of who to keep an eye on for the future of the music.

This years main awards opened up some and brought some new names and faces to the winner's circle. The IBMA Awards Show was streamed live by Radio Bristol on Facebook


The 2017 IBMA Award Recipiets Are:

    • The Earls of Leicester
    • Flatt Lonesome
    • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
    • “I Am a Drifter” - Volume Five (artist), Donna Ulisse/Marc Rossi (writers)
    • Mountain Voodoor - Balsam Range (artist), Balsam Range (producer), Mountain Home Records (label)
    • “I Found a Church Today” - The Gibson Brothers (artist), Eric Gibson/Leigh Gibson (writers), In the Ground (album), Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, and Mike Barber (producers), Rounder Records (label)
    • “Sacred Memories” - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs (artist), Dolly Parton (writer), Sacred Memories (album), Joe Mullins (producer), Rebel Records (label)
    • “Fiddler’s Dream” - Michael Cleveland (artist), Arthur Smith (writer), Fiddler’s Dream (album), Jeff White and Michael Cleveland (producers), Compass Records (label)
    • Volume Five
    • “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” - Bobby Osborne with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Todd Phillips, Kenny Malone, Claire Lynch, and Bryan McDowell (artists), Original (album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)
    • Shawn Camp
    • Brooke Aldridge
    • Noam Pikelny/li>
    • Alan Bartram
  • FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (6 candidates due to a tie vote)
    • Patrick McAvinue
    • Josh Swift
    • Molly Tuttle
    • Sierra Hull

The Special Awards recognize outstanding work in categories including Broadcaster of the Year, Bluegrass Event of the Year, Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project, Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project, Print/Media Person of the Year and Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year.

Nominees in each category are selected by a specially appointed committee made up of bluegrass music professionals who possess significant knowledge of that field. The recipient of each award is decided on by the Panel of Electors, an anonymous group of over 200 veteran bluegrass music professionals selected by the IBMA Board of Directors.

The 2017 IBMA Special Awards winners are:

Graphic Design
Casey Campbell and Gina Leslie
Casey Campbell – Mandolin Duets: Volume One (recorded project)
Independent (label)
Liner Notes
Bill Nowlin
J.D. Crowe and the New South 40th Anniversary Edition (recorded project)
Rounder (label)
Cindy Baucom (Knee-Deep in Bluegrass)
Print Media
John Lawless (Bluegrass Today)
Tim Stafford
Pickin’ in Parsons – Parsons, WV

The Momentum Awards recognize both musicians and bluegrass industry professionals who, while in the early stages of their careers, have contributed to, or had an influence on, bluegrass music. These contributions can be to bluegrass music in general, or be made in a specific part of the industry. The Mentor award, in contrast to the others, recognizes a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry. Starting with recommendations from the IBMA membership, nominees are chosen by committees through a multi-stage process involving respected musicians and industry leaders in the bluegrass world.

This year’s Momentum Award Winners Are:

Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival – Wilkesboro, NC
Industry Involvement
Ernie & Debi Evans (Evans Media Source Promoters)
Darin Aldridge (Artist – Darin & Brooke Aldridge)
Mile Twelve (Boston, MA)
Jesse Smathers (Lonesome River Band - NC)
Instrumentalist (three are chosen in this category)
  • Carley Arrowood (Fiddle - Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Union Mills, NC)
  • Casey Campbell (Mandolin - Bryan Sutton Band, Nashville, TN)
  • Tristan Scroggins (Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, Banjo - Jeff Scroggins & Colorado/Scroggins & Rose) (Greenwood Village, CO)

    IBMA Announced the 2017 Inductees to International Bluegrass Hall of Fame: Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard; Bobby Hicks; and Roland White  The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce three inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame: trailblazing bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, master fiddler Bobby Hicks, and Roland White, whose impressive career includes contributions to several seminal bands. They were inducted at the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, Thursday, September 28, 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
    From their first public appearance in 1962 at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention to their final shows together in 1976, pioneers Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard put women front and center in bluegrass at a time when bluegrass was widely perceived as a genre only men could perform. Hazel, from rural West Virginia, and West Coast native Alice were both drawn to the lively Baltimore-Washington area folk and bluegrass music scene, where they met. Of four albums together, their first in 1965 featured performances with a band that included Chubby Wise, David Grisman and Lamar Grier, demonstrating that hard-driving bluegrass could be created by women as well as men. Two later albums, ranging beyond the bluegrass style, featured their original compositions and addressed political issues, including social justice. Both Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard have had numerous awards and honors bestowed upon them. Hazel gained particular acclaim for her songwriting, and Alice has made many contributions in print, through her work at Bluegrass Unlimited and The Old Time Herald. Many of today’s leading women singers and socially conscious musicians acknowledge Hazel & Alice as an important inspiration. Hazel Dickens passed away in 2011. Alice Gerrard remains an active performer and makes her home in Durham, North Carolina.
    Bobby Hicks
    Born in 1933 in North Carolina, influential fiddler Bobby Hicks’ first professional job with Jim Eanes came while he was still a teenager. In 1954, Hicks landed a job playing fiddle for the legendary Bill Monroe and recorded the landmark early instrumentals, “Cheyenne”, “Wheel Hoss”, and “Roanoke”. In later years, he played on the original recordings of other signature Monroe instrumentals including “Panhandle Country” and “Scotland.”  Bobby also played on Monroe’s 1988 album, Southern Flavor, the first bluegrass GRAMMY winner.  During the 1980s, he recorded extensively with the consummate “super group,” the Bluegrass Album Band.  Beginning 1981, he also began working in Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder where he remained for 20 years before leaving to pursue a solo artist career. Today, Hicks continues to perform and makes his home near Asheville, North Carolina.
    Roland White
    Roland White has enjoyed one of the most eventful and enduring careers in bluegrass. Early in his career, brothers Roland, Eric and Clarence began performing extensively as The Country Boys, appearing on two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Changing their name to The Kentucky Colonels, they became one of the most popular West Coast bluegrass bands of the late-50s/early-60s. In 1967, Roland became a Blue Grass Boy, hired by Bill Monroe to play guitar, and he played on such seminal bluegrass recordings as “The Gold Rush,” “Sally Goodin,” and “Walls of Time.” After two years, he was hired to play mandolin with the newly formed Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass, where he remained until 1973. He reunited briefly with brothers Eric and Clarence as the New Kentucky Colonels, until Clarence’s untimely death. Roland joined Alan Munde in the Country Gazette, where he performed for thirteen years. During his tenure with The Nashville Bluegrass Band, beginning in 1987, the band earned numerous IBMA awards, along with two GRAMMY awards and six nominations. Residing in Nashville, Tennessee, he has fronted the GRAMMY nominated Roland White Band for the past sixteen years.

    IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, brought to you by Chiesi USA, is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming, encompassing four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 26-28; the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases taking place September 26-28 in downtown Raleigh; the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 28; and PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, September 29-30, a two-day festival. The ticketed Wide Open Main Stage features the best of the best in bluegrass today, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a charitable fund that helps bluegrass professionals in dire need. The free Wide Open StreetFest brings bluegrass into the community and introduces the music to thousands of new fans every year.
    As in years past, events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass event generated $11.5 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s activities estimated to be a record-breaking 217,225 people. Over 220 acts performed throughout the entire week of World of Bluegrass.

    IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year run in Raleigh is the product of their successful partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

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    Rhiannon Giddens Scores with "Community and Connection" Keynote Address

    Wed, 09/27/2017 - 19:37

    Nashville, TN – Rhiannon Giddens, Co-Founder of Carolina Chocolate Drops, 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo recipient and GRAMMY nominee, delivered the Keynote Address at this year’s Internatational Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass Business Conference, Tuesday, September 26, at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh. Her presentation at the annual IBMA event has received praises across the boards from attendees. Many in the media that were present have also voiced nothing but positive words regarding her presentation.

    Her address focused on diversity in Bluegrass, the music as a whole, community and the country by breakin down barriers, bringing more into the bluegrass community playing right into this year's theme of "Community and Connection." In actuality, her keynote was a brief history lesson on roots music and bluegrass in particular. Acknowledging the fact that race played a significant part in the roots music that evolved into bluegrass, the predominantly white genre should naturally have a more diverse range of artists and fans. The reserved audience opened up after not being sure how to handle some of her opening comments. By the time it was over, it was just one big family giving a solid round of applause to one of roots music's favorite artists. She not only captured the audience but, she held them in her hand during the entire address. This was one outstanding keynote address for the IBMA and is probably one of the finest keynote addresses in the association's history.

    From an IBMA press release, the association notes Giddens came to prominence with the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing banjo and fiddle. Giddens’ 2014 Grammy nominated solo debut, “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country, and showcases her dazzling vocal prowess. She performed at the Obama White House, and duets with country star Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism hit "Kill a Word." Giddens also has a recurring role on the recently revived television drama Nashville. Giddens’ album “Freedom Highway” was released earlier this year to critical acclaim, and last year she was awarded the BBC2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year.

    The impressive arc of Rhiannon Giddens’ old-time music career, her knowledge of and contributions to American roots music, and her ability to introduce new audiences to ancient tones place her in a unique position to offer insights into the music industry. She shares, as well, the archetypal path followed by so many in our community: she learned bluegrass from an early age from family members who were bluegrass musicians.

    IBMA executive director Paul Schiminger stated, “Rhiannon has embodied this year’s Business Conference theme of Community and Connection throughout her life and musical career. Having grown up in a household filled with bluegrass music and then trained in classical voice, she has drawn upon this early foundation to form a creative musical journey. Rhiannon has achieved both critical acclaim and great career success by merging elements of old-time, folk, jazz, country, and bluegrass to reach whole new audiences. Her passion for American roots music, along with her thoughtful and purposeful career, provides each of us a lens through which we can see beyond our own barriers.”

    The Keynote Address, a gathering that attracts a significant representation of the bluegrass industry’s professionals, is held the first night of IBMA’s 2017 World of Bluegrass Business Conference, and sets the tone for the week’s endeavors. This year’s conference theme, Community and Connection, holds particular relevance in bluegrass circles. Professionals and fans of bluegrass music have created a community reaching across great distances, generations, and other divides, real or imagined.

    Passion for a shared musical language connects old friends, new acquaintances, and strangers alike. Tunes and songs have flowed back and forth across the boundaries between genres—making clear the connections shared with folk, blues, old-time, rock and roll, and more. This constant stream has worn thin the barriers, simultaneously drawing bluegrass closer to its musical cousins while extending its reach. Across the campfire, the classroom, the boardroom, the stage, and even the globe, differences are dwarfed by the love of bluegrass music, and a dedication as artists and professionals to seeing it grow. When voices blend and work together, the bluegrass community is the force that moves the music forward artistically and powers the growth of the industry.

    IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, whose principal sponsor is Chiesi USA, is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 26-28; the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 26-28 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 28; and PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, September 29-30, a two-day festival. The ticketed Wide Open Main Stage features the best of the best in bluegrass today, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies. The free Wide Open StreetFest brings bluegrass into the community and introduces the music to thousands of new fans every year.

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    Molly Tuttle Signs to Compass Records

    Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:44

    Nashville, TN - Today marks the start of a history-making week for Molly Tuttle who is the newest signing to the Compass Records roster and first woman in the 27 year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to be nominated for Guitar Player of the Year, the only instrumental category that had not yet nominated a woman. Molly is also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

    Compass co-founder Alison Brown had this to say about the signing. "I've been a fan of Molly's since I heard her at IBMA's World of Bluegrass convention nearly a decade ago. Molly was still in high school but it was clear that she was a singular player and singer. Since then it's been wonderful to watch her mature into a great songwriter, guitarist and bandleader. The depth of her musicianship is extremely impressive and I'm really proud of her both for what she is bringing to contemporary bluegrass as well as the example she is setting for the next generation of female musicians. I couldn't be more excited to have Molly on the Compass roster and I'm looking forward to seeing where her music takes her next."

    Molly is equally as excited saying, "Alison and Garry have been so generous to me through the years, offering encouragement and support ever since I first met them when I was a just starting out performing as a teen. They are both heroes of mine as musicians and as people, and I am truly honored to join their wonderful team and sign on with Compass Records."

    On 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.

    Molly is currently working on a full length follow up album set to be released in 2018.

    If you are attending the World of Bluegrass this week in Raleigh, NC you can catch Molly at the following events:

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    Japan's Bluegrass 45 at Birthplace of Country Music Museum Oct 2

    Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:31

    Bristol, VA --— The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the international musicianship of Bluegrass 45 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. More than a band, these six friends from Kobe, Japan have shared 50 years of friendship, musicianship, and a passion for music that has promoted and championed bluegrass as a culture, genre, and lifestyle all over the world. This is a rare opportunity to see the group in an intimate concert performance.

    "Hosting Bluegrass 45 in Bristol at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is a historic occasion," said Leah Ross, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music, the parent organization of the museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol. "The band will be shooting a documentary film while they are here. They also plan to pay a visit to East Tennessee State University's Department of Old Time and Country Music Studies. It's important to note that the music of our region continues to influence artists around the world. In Japan there is a lot of interest in our culture and in traditional bluegrass. We often see visitors from Japan in the museum due to that influence."

    During the late 1800s, music of other countries was celebrated in Japan. Folk songs and dances from around the world were taught to school children and an interest in arts around the globe flourished. But this was before World Wars I and II. This was before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was before the second Sino Japanese War and the Nanking Massacre. The bomb blasts and violence of war resulted in a great cultural silence.

    The members of Bluegrass 45 were born into this silence.

    Their world was cut off from the imports available to musicians in other countries. Until adopting a more liberal constitution in 1948, American music was illegal in Japan. Despite this fact, Josh and Akira Otsuka grew up in a home with a few American LPs. Like the lyrics from “Red River Valley,” one of the first American songs the brothers heard, the war’s prohibition of many imports, including records from other countries, took “away all the sunshine” that had brightened the musical lives of many pre-war Japanese.

    Two main factors changed Japanese music in the 1950s: the influx of American G.I.s into the port city of Kobe and the Armed Forces Radio Network. Soldiers from all over the U.S., some who played traditional music, occupied Japan all the way through the 1950s and 1960s. Access to American pop music opened up a window into popular culture that had previously been closed.

    The members of Bluegrass 45 took the music they could now access and became devoted students. This devotion led them to the United States. Their first experiences were with bluegrass festivals and that eventually led to sharing the stage with bluegrass and country names from Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, and Dr. Ralph Stanley, to Roy Orbison, Merle Haggard, and Roger Miller.

    Upon their return to Japan, the members of the band were committed to spreading the message of bluegrass to their own country. Collectively, they are responsible for starting a bluegrass record label, print publication, festival, multiple college bluegrass clubs, and a business employing many musicians and enabling them to tour. The band has not only been playing bluegrass for nearly half a century, but its members are largely responsible for the primary documentation and development of Japanese bluegrass as a whole. A modern embodiment of the much valued sense of Japanese responsibility, each member of Bluegrass 45 has made it his life’s work to pass on a love for bluegrass to future generations of Japanese people in the same way bluegrass songs are passed down through generations of American musicians.

    Tickets to see Bluegrass 45 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum are $20 per person. Doors to the show will open at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets and for more information visit

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