Facebook Page Revived In Memory of James King!

imageWith the promise of keeping James' musical legacy alive,  Julie Lillard-King has decided to reactivate the “Official” James King face book page in his memory.

She'll be adding videos, pictures, and clips of the time they spent on the road together.  You are welcome to share this address, and be sure and set your notifications to recieve posts from this site.



Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest Open for Entries!

imageThe DC Bluegrass Union is accepting entries for the Hazel Dickens Song Contest from now until Jan. 5.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners with the top prize being $500.  A 3-judge panel of bluegrass/songwriting industry leaders will judge the entries.

Season’s First New Christmas Song From Circa Blue!

imageWith just 67 more shopping days until Christmas, West Virginia’s Circa Blue has delivered the first new Christmas song of the season.

"Bells of Home"  – A New Christmas Single from Circa Blue 
is out now and can be heard on your favorite Bluegrass Radio program.

A full brand new Christmas album from the group is expected to be released at the end of the month.


Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries!

imageMerleFest, has begun accepting entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this month and will continue until February 2017.

The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is one of the most acclaimed songwriting contests in roots and Americana music and has a reputation for launching careers and discovering important new talent.

Bluegrass’ Annual Convention Doing Well in Raleigh!

imageIn figures released today by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB), this year’s World of Bluegrass week was record-breaking with 217,225 people attending the events associated with World of Bluegrass and generating $11.5 million in direct visitor spending.

International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Celebrates Fourth Year with Record-Breaking Attendance and Economic Impact Figures

Figures reported by Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau 

The week-long World of Bluegrass, brought to you by Chiesi USA, was held in Raleigh from Sept. 27-Oct. 1 and included: the three-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, Bluegrass Ramble, and the two-day PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, as well as the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship.


Becky Buller Makes Historic Win at IBMA!

imageThe last week of September was the annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) business conference, festival, trade show, and bluegrass homecoming.

A resounding CONGRATULATIONS to Becky Buller for winning both Female Vocalist of the Year AND  Fiddle Player of the Year!

This is the first time in the 27-year history of IBMA Awards that an individual has won an instrumental award AND a vocalist award ever. WOW! Kudos to Becky for that unbelievable win!


Blue Highway’s Wayne Taylor - Newest Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame Member!

Blue Highway’s beloved bass player, songwriter, and vocalist Wayne Taylor was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on Saturday, October 8, in Chesterfield, VA.

One artist or band who has significantly contributed to country or bluegrass music is chosen annually by a board sanctioned by the Governor of Virginia, with past inductees including legends like Patsy Cline, the Statler Brothers, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Dean, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Roy Clark.


JD HutchisonYou and the World OutsideTo Be Released End of This Month!

JD Hutchison
You and the World Outside
Release date – October 28, 2016

Produced by Tim O'Brien, John Edwards, and Realbilly Jive .


Ratings Warrant Extension of D & V Show!

Dailey & VincentDue to its popularity and strong ratings, “The Dailey & Vincent Show,” on RFD-TV,  has been extended throughout the remainder of 2016.

Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music fans have plenty to look forward to on upcoming episodes of the national variety series, set to air in 63 million households across all 50 states.

S’More Bluegrass–Who’d a Thunk It?

imageThere is nothing new about marshmellows and chocolate sandwiched between two Graham Crackers. And there is nothing new about bluegrass music.  But put the two together and you may just have an unbeatable combination.  Leave it to the creative mind of Valerie Smith to thunk it up!

If you like bluegrass music, homemade S’mores with marshmallows toasted over an open fire, holiday shopping and authentic Tennessee barbecue, make plans now to attend the first annual S’More Bluegrass Festival in historic Bell Buckle, TN

“The Banjo World of Steve Martin” Exhibit Receives Oklahoma Museum Association Award!

imageThe American Banjo Museum’s exhibit, “The Banjo World of Steve Martin” was among several Oklahoma museum exhibits honored by the Oklahoma Museum Association (OMA) during their annual conference on Sept. 21-23.