Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bluegrass Plays Huge Part in San Diego's First Music Film Festival!

Image635495518997600722The Point Music Film Festival is a new San Diego-based, music only film festival set to debut on November 8th, 2014. The festival was created to celebrate the world of music and documentary films.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Short Mountain Brothers Band Has Job Opening for Fiddle Player!

Image635494839723958492The fiddle is one of the key ingredients to The Short Mountain Brothers sound, without it there is a huge void.

The group, based out of West Virginia, is currently looking to add a new fiddle player - someone who is willing to travel around the east coast, has plenty of stage experience, at least 2 years of playing experience, harmony vocalist is a plus, but not a requirement, and must be willing to perform 2-3 nights a week.

World of Bluegrass Attendance Exceeds 180K, & Generated 10.8M Dollars!

Image635494832939090420The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4, continued its successful run in Raleigh, North Carolina.

As detailed in a release today from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, preliminary attendance figures for the entire week, which include both local and out-of-town attendees, is estimated to be more than 180,000 people.

The release also states that direct visitor spending is estimated at $10.8 million for the entire World of Bluegrass event.

Monday, October 20, 2014


"I have every expectation that this CD will be in the running for Bluegrass Album of the year from both the Grammy Nominating Committee and the IBMA!  As exceptional as this project turned out to be, I can only hope there’s another one in the planning stage."

W.J. Hallock, Prescription Bluegrass

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Successful Bluegrass Songwriter and Former Sunny Mountain Boy, Paul Craft, Is Gone!

Paul Craft at the 2014 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions.(Photo: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame)USA TODAY is reporting the death of one of Country Music's most successful songwriters. According to the publication, Paul Craft died Saturday morning at age 76.

His song "Keep Me From Blowing Away" was originally recorded by the The Seldom Scene on their 1973 album Act II and was then recorded by Linda Ronstadt on her 1974 album "Heart Like a Wheel", and has since been recorded by Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson. His song "Midnight Flyer" was recorded by the Eagles. His song "Dropkick Me, Jesus" was a number 17 country hit for Bobby Bare in 1976.

Friday, October 17, 2014


A Regular Friday Feature

By: Rick Cornish

Share America Foundation chooses fiddler/bassist for scholarship!

Wil Markham (second from left) receives the 2014 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks (third from left). Others joining the presentation are (from left) Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary. (Share America photo by Jane Scroggins)The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga.

The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship.

Lester Flatt Honored with Historical Marker in Hometown!

Image635491168760213307Bluegrass and Country music legend, Lester Flatt, was honored in his hometown of Sparta, Tennessee recently when city and county officials joined forces to unveil an historical marker in his honor during Sparta's annual event, Liberty Square: A Lester Flatt Celebration.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Effect of Awards on the Business of the Business‏!

Beyond the Recognition: The Effect of Awards on Music Careers

A Label Exec, Artist and Agent Weigh In

Pictured: Mickey Gamble (left), president of Crossroads/Mountain Home Music Company of Arden NC, and Tim Surrett of the multi-award winning band Balsam Range. Surrett is the original founder of the Mountain Home label. Nashville, TN --- Artists on the Mountain Home Music Company label garnered the greatest number of nominations of any record label in the recent 2014 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards. When the awards were handed out, Mountain Home artists walked away with six impressive honors.

Grand Master Fiddler Championship Crowns 2014 Master!

Katrina Nicolayeff    (Photo: Randall Franks)The Grand Master Champion for 2014 is Katrina Nicolayeff of Boise, Idaho.

Nicolayeff joins Mark O'Connor, Matthew Hartz, and Danita Rast Gardner as three-time champions. Jesse Maw of Kalispell, Montana placed second.

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