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When we spoke with IIIrd Tyme Out bassist/vocalist Edgar Loudermilk during World of Bluegrass last month, he shared some information about his new CD, My Big Chance Tomorrow, which is released today on Mountain Fever Records.   All ...
When we spoke with IIIrd Tyme Out bassist/vocalist Edgar Loudermilk during World of Bluegrass last month, he shared some information about his new CD, My Big Chance Tomorrow, which is released today on Mountain Fever Records.   All 15 tracks are available now to radio […]
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Well, if you’ve followed Bluegrass Today at all in the last week, you know there really is something more newsworthy and controversial than a government shutdown. It turns out to be the fact that a bluegrass artist decided to stop perfor...
Well, if you’ve followed Bluegrass Today at all in the last week, you know there really is something more newsworthy and controversial than a government shutdown. It turns out to be the fact that a bluegrass artist decided to stop performing a song. As much […]
about 6 hours ago
Tommy Scott, who worked to the self-applied motif as America’s Last Real Medicine Show, passed away on Monday, September 30th of complications following injuries sustained in an automobile accident on August 10th.  He was 96 years old. B...
Tommy Scott, who worked to the self-applied motif as America’s Last Real Medicine Show, passed away on Monday, September 30th of complications following injuries sustained in an automobile accident on August 10th.  He was 96 years old. Born in Stephens County, in the Blue Ridge […]
about 7 hours ago
Alan Jackson has released the music video for Blacktop from his new bluegrass project, The Bluegrass Album. It was filmed at The Station Inn back in August when the album was officially debuted, with the same all-star band that cut the r...
Alan Jackson has released the music video for Blacktop from his new bluegrass project, The Bluegrass Album. It was filmed at The Station Inn back in August when the album was officially debuted, with the same all-star band that cut the record with him. If you keep […]
about 7 hours ago
Paul Robeson: A Watched Man by Jordan Goodman (Verso, 320 Pages, $29.95) presents the trials and tribulations of one of the most controversial and divisive people of the mid-twentieth century. Robeson's career, now nearly forgotten e...
Paul Robeson: A Watched Man by Jordan Goodman (Verso, 320 Pages, $29.95) presents the trials and tribulations of one of the most controversial and divisive people of the mid-twentieth century. Robeson's career, now nearly forgotten except by those who were caught by either his music and acting or either attracted or repulsed by his radical politics in a period where America was deeply
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From the Music Contact agency:Dear friends of Bluegrass/ Folk/ Americana,The 5th Bluegrass Jamboree! - Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music on tour presents 19 shows in 19 days in November and December:THE FOGGY HOGTOWN BOYS Norther...
From the Music Contact agency:Dear friends of Bluegrass/ Folk/ Americana,The 5th Bluegrass Jamboree! - Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music on tour presents 19 shows in 19 days in November and December:THE FOGGY HOGTOWN BOYS Northern BluegrassTHE CARPER FAMILY (USA) Western SwingRED TAIL RING Neo-Traditional Folk Roots + Festival Finale SessionThis package tour, with three acts plus a grand finale with everybody on stage, invented a new format in Europe. A large coach bus is chartered and tours 15 people with a strict daily travel routine to about every region in Germany, with a stop over in Prague (Praha), Czech Republic. A production and investment of enthusiastic bluegrass impressario Rainer Zellner (head of Music Contact agency in Germany) that is unheard of in Europe so far. Since its debut in 2009 it has raised the visibility of bluegrass and related roots-music styles in Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic drastically.The tour venues include theatres and high-profile art centers which are observed and covered very well by the art scene media. So far all editions have been presented and documented in length by high-profile radio stations, as well as print media. The Bluegrass Jamboree is well known and loved for opening doors to great acts as the Steep Canyon Rangers, Michael Cleveland, Della Mae, the Deadly Gentlemen, or Audie Blaylock & Redline. Legendary Bear Family Records label is among the many supporters as well as the European Bluegrass Music Association and many others. The festival tour will be available to most countries in Europe beginning 2014 (November-December). Booking has started already.Please check and promote the tour dates below in as many ways as possible.A video preview can be seen here.27.11.2013 77654 Offenburg Salmen 20:0028.11.2013 72762 Reutlingen franz k 20:0029.11.2013 63303 Dreieich Bürgerhaus Sprendlingen 20:0030.11.2013 88212 Ravensburg Zehntscheuer 20:0001.12.2013 81675 München Amerikahaus 20:0002.12.2013 86199 Augsburg ParkTheater Göggingen 19:3003.12.2013 84478 Waldkraiburg Haus der Kultur 20:0004.12.2013 88471 Laupheim Schloss Großlaupheim 20:0005.12.2013 44137 Dortmund Domicil 20:0006.12.2013 28816 Stuhr Gutsscheune Varrel 20:0007.12.2013 31134 Hildesheim Bischofsmühle 20:0008.12.2013 01097 Dresden Dreikönigskirche 20:0009.12.2013 CZ-Praha Hotel Pyramida 19:3010.12.2013 34127 Kassel Schlachthof 20:0011.12.2013 53121 Bonn Harmonie 19:3012.12.2013 10961 Berlin Passionskirche Kreuzberg 20:0013.12.2013 06295 Lutherstadt Eisleben Landesbühne 19:3014.12.2013 95233 Helmbrechts Bürgersaal 20:0015.12.2013 91154 Roth Kulturfabrik 20:00PlanningTHE TOY HEARTS (UK) January 2014FOGHORN STRING BAND (USA) May 2014DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER (USA) May 2015More Music Contact information and contact details are on the EBB post of 1 Oct. 2013.
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As most bluegrass and Alan Jackson fans are aware, Jackson ventured into the Bluegrass Music arena with his latest project, The Bluegrass Album. This is the first Country to Bluegrass artist to hit the mark and hit it dead center. Jacks...
As most bluegrass and Alan Jackson fans are aware, Jackson ventured into the Bluegrass Music arena with his latest project, The Bluegrass Album. This is the first Country to Bluegrass artist to hit the mark and hit it dead center. Jackson is also quite the bluegrass songwriter! His songs on the album are what makes this project so unique. Jackson literally nailed it with this release. One of the songs that reflects the essence of this project is "Blueridge Mountain Song." Jackson has released the first of two planned videos featuring this song. His daughter, Ali, stars in this first video. CMT Edge summarizes this new release saying, "In the brand new music video for 'Blue Ridge Mountain Song,' Jackson sets up the story of a young and promising love affair. But this being a bluegrass tune, well … you can probably guess what happens to the fair maiden." "Appalachian Mountain Girl" is a Jackson original that confirms he can not only write a great song but, he can play solid bluegrass music as well. Jackson's originals have the heart and soul of bluegrass deep to the core. "Blue Ridge Mountain Song" is a fine example of the storyline ballad style accompanied by solid instrumentation. By bringing a host of top bluegrass musicians into the mix, Jackson achieved a bluegrass sound. From Adam Steffey's mandolin to Rob Ickes Dobro and Sammy Shelor's banjo the combination rings true to a genre that often is intolerant of deviations. On The Bluegrass Album, the boundaries are definitely stretched but, in a way that even hard-core bluegrass fans will enjoy. As country music turns into rock music, Jackson successfully returns the music back to its roots with The Bluegrass Album and this song is about as rootsy as it gets. Jackson is familiar riding the top of the country charts with songs like "The Angels Cried" and "Like Red on a Rose" with Grammy award winner Alison Krauss. He handles hard core country with the same simplicity as touching ballads and stories of small town life. Bluegrass is totally comfortable territory as it holds the same roots and values found in most of Jackson's repertoire. He proves it with The Bluegrass Album. This is a touching video, a wonderful song, and an even better album. We look forward to the second video when it is released.Tags: Alan JacksonThe Bluegrass AlbumVideoBlueridge Mountain GirlCD Release
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Nashville, TN --- Multi-award-winning Australian Bluegrass artist Kristy Cox adds two new honors to her already multi-award winning career with recent wins at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards. Known as The Southern Stars, ...
Nashville, TN --- Multi-award-winning Australian Bluegrass artist Kristy Cox adds two new honors to her already multi-award winning career with recent wins at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards. Known as The Southern Stars, the prestigious awards are held annually in Mildura, Australia and play a major role in fostering Australian music talent. Kristy received the 2013 Capital News Australian Independent Female Vocalist of the Year Award, for the current single “I Hate That I Still Love You’ from the album, Miles and Timezones. Kristy also received the evening’s biggest award with the coveted Australian Independent Artist of the Year Award. Cox has planted new roots in Nashville and recently signed with Pisgah Ridge, an imprint of Mountain Home Music of Arden, NC. She also inked an exclusive songwriting contract with Asheville Forest Music (SESAC). Kristy has been performing in the U.S., Europe and her Australian homeland for years, resulting in #1 hits on Australian radio charts as well as winning several Victorian & National Country Music Awards. With the support of her new Pisgah Ridge family, she is focusing on the U.S. with plans for a new album and an upcoming new tour. Fans at the recent 2013 International Bluegrass Music conference got a taste of the excitement when Kristy showcased at the Raleigh, NC event. The young singer/songwriter already has five Victorian & National Country Music Awards to her credit, including Victorian Entertainer of the Year. She has also been a Tamworth Starmaker finalist and APRA Professional Development Awards finalist for Country Songwriter in 2011. Kristy Cox is currently at the Crossroads studios in Arden, NC working on her forthcoming project with producer Jerry Salley. The album is set for early 2014 release on the Pisgah Ridge label. For more on this exciting artist, visit www.kristycox.com Tags: Kristy CoxAwardAwardsAustraliaAustralian Independent Country Music AwardsPisgah Ridge
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Napa, CA -- ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, announced today the release of even more exclusive content for the Online Banjo School with Tony Trischka. Trischka’s importance as a banjo player is w...
Napa, CA -- ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, announced today the release of even more exclusive content for the Online Banjo School with Tony Trischka. Trischka’s importance as a banjo player is widely acknowledged. As a teacher, he can claim players like Bela Fleck as star students. As a historian, Trischka has contributed as musical director for PBS’ “Give Me The Banjo.” In the four years since its launch, The Online Banjo School with Tony Trischka has evolved into an important banjo resource that reflects all facets of Trischka’s significant contributions to the banjo community. ArtistWorks’ Online Banjo School with Tony Trischka combines hundreds of Tony’s high-definition video lessons with a thriving community of banjo players who have the ability to submit practice videos and get personalized video feedback from Trischka himself. These video interactions are visible to the entire community, and all members can learn from every Video Exchange that takes place on the site. The Video Exchanges each become a new lesson unto themselves, forming a constantly growing and evolving curriculum reflecting the interests of the community. Together ArtistWorks and Tony Trischka Build One of THE Most Historically Significant Banjo Resources Available. Newly added lessons and exclusive content add to Tony Trischka's devotedly-curated library of lessons, guest interviews, performances, and guest lessons. In addition to the already robust content base of exclusive lessons, interviews and performances, ArtistWorks and Trischka just released: Eleven (11) exclusive new beginner and intermediate banjo lessons Five (5) inspiring guest performances/lessons with mandolin master Mike Marshall Six (6) fantastic songs from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers from their 2011 Rockygrass performance Thanks to these newly released additions, Trischka’s comprehensive online banjo community now features: Over 200 pre-recorded lessons from Tony Trischka Over 3,500 Video Exchange™ teaching interactions between Tony and his students Over 34 special guest performances and interviews, including guest players and teachers like Mike Marshall, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, J.D. Crowe, Steve Martin, Noam Pikelny, Snuffy Jenkins, Jens Kruger and many more. Remarkable live performances including the new live performance by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and special live performances by Trischka, J.D Crowe and others. The Online Banjo School with Tony Trischka provides unlimited access to Tony’s bottomless well of banjo knowledge through on-one-one video exchanges, his lessons and the vast library of Video Exchanges and exclusive guest content for an affordable $90 for three months of unlimited access, $150 for six months and $240 for 12 months. For more information, visit TonyBanjo.com Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler and former financial executive Patricia Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc. is the leader in a new generation of online learning platforms. Their revolutionary global learning community of world-renowned teaching artists and enthusiastic amateurs is dedicated to unleashing the music that lies within all of us. This “next generation” Video Exchange Feedback Platform enables virtuoso artists and musicians to "teach the world" by presenting their creative legacy in the form of HD video lessons to subscribing students. Utilizing simple web cams, smartphones, tablets or video cameras, students are able to submit practice videos and get individualized video feedback and guidance from their teaching artists - creating a constantly evolving two-way, online learning experience. ArtistWorks currently offers schools from such world-class artists as: Paul Gilbert (rock guitar lessons), Martin Taylor (fingerstyle guitar lessons), Jason Vieaux (classical guitar lessons), Andreas Oberg (jazz guitar lessons), Jeannie Deva (singing lessons), Nathan Cole (violin lessons),
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Bristol, TN/VA, October 8, 2013 - East Tennesee State University and Birthplace of Country Music ® present Johnson City Sessions Weekend, October 17-20, 2013, an event-packed weekend celebrating the release of Johnson City Sessions 1928-...
Bristol, TN/VA, October 8, 2013 - East Tennesee State University and Birthplace of Country Music ® present Johnson City Sessions Weekend, October 17-20, 2013, an event-packed weekend celebrating the release of Johnson City Sessions 1928- 1929: Can you Sing or Play Old-Time Music? CD Box Set, re-mastered by Germany's Bear Family Records. "The release of the Johnson City Sessions has the potential to do for Johnson City what the Bristol Sessions did for us," states Birthplace of Country Music® Executive Director Leah Ross."It is our sincerest hope that Johnson City Sessions Weekend will showcase all the valuable programming ETSU has to offer." "Many folks recognize Ralph Peer's work with the Bristol Sessions as the 'Big Bang' of country music, " says Ross, "the continuation of that work by Frank B. Walker in Johnson City is just as significant to our Appalachian music heritage." The Johnson City Sessions, conducted by Columbia Records producer Frank B. Walker in October 1928 and October 1929 in Johnson City, Tennessee, are generally viewed as the second-most important field recording sessions ever conducted in Appalachia (the most influential being the Bristol Sessions of July-August 1927). Collectively, the 1928 and 1929 Johnson City Sessions recordings for Columbia Records are deemed by today's scholars and record collectors as constituting a strong, distinctive, cross-section of old-time Appalachian music at the cusp of the Great Depression. "The legacy of the music that came from the surrounding area is an important part of our regional heritage," says Anita DeAngelis, Director of East Tennessee State University's Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. "ETSU's programs in Appalachian Studies and in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies play an important role in the continuation of that heritage. We are pleased to be part of the celebration of the Johnson City Sessions and the performance with Mountain Stage." The forthcoming Bear Family Records box set marks the first time that the 1928 and 1929 Johnson City Sessions recordings have been compiled in any form. Naturally East Tennessee State University, home of the center for Appalachian Studies, and originator of the leading Bachelor of Arts degree program in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies, should be called upon to celebrate this historic occasion. A weekend-long celebration of events is planned during Johnson City Sessions Weekend, October 17-20, at a number of locations in Johnson City. A Johnson City Sessions Box Set producer's reception will be held on the campus of ETSU at the Carroll Reece Museum October 17, with a presentation by box set co-producer Tony Russell. A Johnson City Sessions Box Set Release Party will take place at The Down Home October 19 with family members of the original Johnson City Sessions in attendance. October 20, The Boots, Blues, & BBQ VIP Gala will be held prior to a recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. The Gala takes place inside Venue at the King Centre, with food, drink and premium seating at Mountain Stage included in a packaged ticket price. Tickets to Mountain Stage at ETSU can be purchased separately, students recieve a discount. Mountain Stage, the two-hour radio program heard on NPR stations across the country and overseas on the Voice of America, is no stranger to the Tri-state region, having first brought the program "on the road" from its base in West Virginia to Bristol in 2006. "Audiences always come to see Mountain Stage anxious to see one guest in particular, "says Mountain Stage with Larry Groce Executive Producer Adam Harris."Inevitably, we'll turn them on to an artist that they'll become fans of for life. It's one of the perks of going to Mountain Stage, listeners always hear something new." The October 20th Mountain Stage appearance at ETSU is the 12th recording sponsored by Birthplace of Country Music®, the first ever in Johnson City. Mou
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