The Association of Bluegrass Disc Jockeys recognizes the importance of celebrating bluegrass music every day, but on this special Bluegrass Music Appreciation day they want to make sure the entire world knows how wonderful, invigorating and infectious it is.
Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day began last year as a way to mark a once in 1000 year event – the only occurrence of the digits 12-12-12 on the calendar. Worldwide enthusiasm spread and the celebration took on a life of its own.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Henhouse Prowlers, currently on Tour with The U.S. State Dept.'s Music Abroad Program are guest-blogging and journaling their adventures with us. This column was written by Ben and edited by Dan.
Chances are you've never heard of or thought much about Mauritania. We honestly hadn't either when we heard that it was going to be the third country on this incredible tour. That mentality allowed it to sweep us off our feet and resonate deeply with the whole band.
It will be released Feb. 18. Co-produced by the younger Stanley and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley’s fabled Clinch Mountain Boys band, Side By Side is a compelling collection of 14 new and traditional songs.
14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs will share memories from his 50-year bluegrass and country career at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 19.During the luncheon, Skaggs will break out his guitar to perform some of his best known hits.
Banjo master, Butch Robins, (formerly of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Newgrass Revival, Leon Russell Band, Charlie Moore and more....) has just released two new singles for the holiday season.
The first, "Holiday Toast" is an original composition written and played by Butch on banjo and treats listeners to a rare solo vocal performance by him as well!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The two disc ONLY ME CD, set for release on January 28th of next year, is equally divided between the two styles.
Darren & his friends worked on the album this past summer and have been anxiously awaiting the release. Finally, it’s here, "Just in time for the holiday season if you’re looking for a unique gift idea," said Darren.
Monday, December 9, 2013
"We've gotten a really positive response about the first single off the album, and we're excited to release the full CD just in time for Christmas," said Jim Gabehart.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
After 10 previous CDs the band says, "We are proud to add 'A Nothin' Fancy Christmas' to our discography of 10 other bluegrass CDs." This will be the first CD release from the band since 2008's "Lord Bless This House"
Karel has completed his doctoral work and will be returning to the Czech Republic on December 21, 2013. The band says they will miss him and his exciting brand of bluegrass, but his family is thrilled about his return.
These nominations are for recordings released during the eligibility year October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Available in early December, Acoustic Guitar 101 represents the most comprehensive free guitar lesson resource available online today, according to the company's press release.
What will you be doing next week on December 12th to celebrate the worldwide recognition of bluegrass music?
Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day (BMAD) began last year as just an idea by a very inventive young man in order for everyone; musicians, professional people, fans and friends to have a special bluegrass holiday at least one day every year.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Singer songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys will be performing songs from her landmark Christmas album All The Way To Bethlehem on WSMV TV's More at Midday Show on Friday, December 6, 2013.
The show airs in the Nashville market from 12 noon to 1 p.m. central time. But for those who are not in the Nashville area, tune into the live stream link. http://www.wsmv.com/category/213709/news-live-stream
The group, who were voted Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, will be making their Opry Debut along side country stars Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts in the ladies' final show of 2013.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The song, first recorded by Bill Monroe in 1951 but later covered by countless scores of country, bluegrass, and pop artists was written by bluegrass fiddler Tex Logan.
The Bluegrass Jamboree Internet Radio Station in conjunction with Bluegrass Life are adding to the appreciation by dedicating their airtime on that day to benefit injured veterans who require a specially adapted home due to injuries sustained while defending our country.
RE: Monetizing Your Music Seminar
On behalf of the Association of Bluegrass Disc Jockeys numbering nearly 100 members, it is with some concern that I read your comments on Facebook today regarding the upcoming seminar with Arial Hyatt ...specifically your comments about “NO RADIO.”
We realize that these may be catch phrases used by Arial and only parroted by you in your post. But we must request that you think deeper before publishing such as this and possibly even before committing to promoting a seminar of this kind.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
[Ed. Note:] Bear Acker, an original member of the bluegrass band BILLINGS GAP, writes this guest-blogger article. It has no actual connection to bluegrass music with the exception of the writer and the fact that the cause can affect any man including those of us who enjoy bluegrass music. Bear has written guest articles for us in the past so we invited him to share his recent experiences with "Noshember"
By Alton “Bear” Acker
It’s October of 1966, I’m rotating stateside to be discharged from the U.S. Air Force after completion of my four-year enlistment. It’s been a long four years that started out with my first assignment at Westover AFB in Massachusetts, Headquarters 8th Air Force SAC. Daily life here is all “spit and polish” as a headquarters installation. Top this off with being in the medical corps and having to close shave a least once a day, and sometimes twice. Reflecting on that time I remember how much I had tired of scraping my face that close, and that often.
Tom Kopp of Asheville, NC, has been selected to be the first Executive Director of the Foundation for Bluegrass, as announced by Kitsy Kuykendall, Board Chair. He will begin serving on January 1, 2014.
Kuykendall expressed that Kopp will be a fine asset to the Foundation. “We are very proud to be able to have such a dedicated person as Tom Kopp agree to serve as our first Executive Director,” she said. “The board firmly believes that this is the next big step for the Foundation.”