Bluegrass Grammy Nominations for 2017

imageBest bluegrass album

    • “Original Traditional” — Blue Highway
    • “Burden Bearer” — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • “The Hazel and Alice Sessions” — Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
    • “North By South” — Claire Lynch
    • “Coming Home” — O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor

Laurie Lewis & Right Hands Nominated for Grammy!

imageBig news today as bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis picked up a Grammy Nomination for her tribute album to the great bluegrass pioneers Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard.

THE HAZEL AND ALICE SESSIONS was released on January 21, 2016 and gathered critical acclaim from Acoustic Guitar, The Telegraph, The Bluegrass Situation, Saving Country Music, and more.

New CD from Blue Mafia Coming This Week!

imagePinecastle Records has announced December 9, 2016 as the release date for HANGING TREE, the laest project from Blue Mafia, the spirited group that has been called "unabashedly bluegrass."

HANGING TREE is the band's second release on the North Carolina record label.

Ray Cardwell to Wilson Pickins Promotions

imagePickins Promotions is pleased to announce the addition of Pinecastle Records artist, Ray Cardwell to thher diverse team of artists.

Cardwell brings a progressive “newgrass” style, featuring his powerful vocals, accomplished bass playing and remarkable songwriting skills.


Cleverlys Sign With Moonstruck!

Moonstruck Management has announced they have signed The Cleverlys to the agency. 

Their one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend can only be described as a “GrassHipPop Fushion” with hilarious covers from “Gangnam Style” to Beck's "Loser" taking them to some of the hottest stages around the country.


New CD from Darin and Brooke Aldridge Coming In February!

imageMountain Home Music Company announces new music from acclaimed husband/wife Bluegrass duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge. 

Highlights Include Special Guest: VINCE GILL

FASTER AND FARTHER, their sixth CD for the label, is due in stores on February 10. 

Christmas In The Smokies Festival Will Go On As Scheduled! Funds to Help Fire Victims!

imageThe annual Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival will go on with no interruption to the musical program or accommodations due to the wildfires. 

However, the festival (held December 7-10 ) has also has been blessed with the opportunity to help local residents who have been impacted by the devastating fire that has ravaged the area.


Celebration of Life Held for Al Batten Today!

image Alton Tharse Batten, age 68, of Selma, NC, died November, 20th 2016Alton Tharse Batten, age 68, of Selma, NC, died November, 20th 2016, after an extended illness. Better known in the bluegrass world as Al Batten, he was a founding member of the bluegrass band, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion.

Performing was his passion, with a stage show as memorable for comedy as it was for music. For over forty years, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion toured much of the eastern United States and visited Ireland twice to perform for the International Bluegrass and Folk Festival in Omagh.


Bluegrass For Hospice has Banner Year!

[Ed. Note:  Bluegrass for Hospice Coordinator, Jay Armsworthy sent us the following note.  We’re pleased to publish it and congratulations on a most successful event!]

This year’s Bluegrass for Hospice raised $38,298.91!  In 8 years, it’s the best yet, with a total raised of $192,000.00.  On Saturday October 22, around 450 attendees enjoyed live Bluegrass music while raising money for our local Hospice of St. Mary’s, Hospice House.  Bluegrass for Hospice-2016 was held at Bubby Knott’s Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, MD.

Bluegrass Tribute to Elvis from Holly Norman!

imageHolly Norman is back with her second bluegrass album.


Holly’s sophomore album is a 'grassed up collection of 12 Elvis songs and 1 original written by Holly.

McLains To Release New Album Early Next Month

Husband and wife duo, Michael and Jennifer McLain, have announced the release of their new album, Hit the Road and Go, (November 4, 2016).

The McLain’s are joined by Grand Masters Championship fiddler, Dan Kelly, who has played and toured with the likes of Roy Acuff, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and many more.