20150521

Happy 90th Birthday Mac Wiseman!!!

You might say that Mac Wiseman, "The Voice with a Heart," has seen it all when it comes to Bluegrass and Country Music.  He has witnessed at least seven decades of music history firsthand.

Malcolm B. Wiseman,better known as Mac Wiseman, is an American bluegrass singer, nicknamed The Voice with a Heart. He is one of the cult figures of bluegrass.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_WisemanAt one time, as a member of The Blue Grass Boys, he was on hand as Hank Williams Sr. debuted  on the Grand Ole Opry - setting an Opry record to be the first ever to receive six ovations.

The Passing of Ben Freed - Guest Article by James Reams!

BEN FREED   http://www.banjoben.com/The sad news is Ben Freed passed away, a long time stalwart of the Northeast banjo, bluegrass scene, he influenced many banjo players. He played on the soundtrack for the Coen brothers feature film “Raising Arizona” Ben had a number of widely praised CD’s, Bluegrass Unlimited called Speed of Sound “ both infectious and very creative…” Dr. Banjo, Peter Wernick, called Ben’s CD Suite for Bluegrass Banjo “ one of the best banjo records ever.” Ben was an amazing individual, family man and community builder. He will be missed by that community. Banjo Ben

20150520

Visit Your Local Music Store - It Could Turn Into A Great Photo Op!

New York area Bluegrass musician Vincent Cross got a nice surprise recently when visiting his favorite music store.  Read Below to see what he has to say.

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First Slate of Artists Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass!

Image635677333842781363The IBMA released an initial list of performers for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival which takes place October 2-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and free stages. A portion of proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.

20150519

Bluegrass On AMERICA'S GOT TALENT!

Image635676248546554357America's Got Talent will have some Bluegrass beginning next week!

Congratulations to Mountain Faith of Sylva, NC on this big opportunity!

A message posted on the band's social media page simply says:

We auditioned!!! Be sure to watch this season of America's Got Talent! Tune in on Tuesdays starting May 26th !

  • SEASON 10 PREMIERE MAY 26
  • TUESDAYS 8/7c

20150518

New Single - "Truck Drivin'" - from Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection!

Union House Records  announces the first single release, Truck Drivin’, by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection from their newly formed label.  

JUKEBOX BLUEGRASS Album Due From Louie Setzer This Month!

LOUIE SETZERRIPSAW RECORDS and PATUXENT MUSIC, it will  issue a joint release with the LOUIE SETZER 14 song "JUKEBOX BLUEGRASS" album by the end of this month.

SETZER (with his "titanium tonsils") was RIPSAW's first recording artist. He is also RIPSAW's most recent artist, having recorded two tracks released in April 2014 on "The Best of Ripsaw Records, Volume 4".