Churchmen Welcome Avery Welter!

Avery Welter 2017The 28-Year Bluegrass Gospel group, The Churchmen, welcome Avery Welter to the band.


Avery Welter comes to the group from Watauga, Tennessee.


He grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he started playing fiddle at age six and soon learned guitar, mandolin, and banjo from his dad, Jim.

“Old” Is New Again at Martin Guitars!


C.F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar) continues to draw inspiration from their historic legacy with their newest innovative technology process, AGED, which will be unveiled with a new custom shop guitar series at Winter NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA from January 19-21, 2017.

The new process "ages" a new guitar to replicate the appearance of a classic Martin vintage model.


John Hartford Memorial Fest Band Contest and Songwriters Challenge Entries Accepted!

imageHow can your band  join the lineup at “The Most Laid Back Festival in America”?   How can you get your John Hartford Inspired Original Song entered into the Songwriter’s Contest?

Enter the JHMF  band contest or the JHMF Songwriter’s Contest ….or both. Registration for the inaugural John Hartford Memorial Band Contest is now open.


IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Accepting Entries!

IBMA’s 2017 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 26 - 28. 
Once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC during IBMA's World of Bluegrass selected bands will showcase their talent.
All emerging bands plus established bands with new music or new personnel are encouraged to apply. The application process opens Tuesday, January 17th at 10 AM Central.

          JAN  17 - FEB  28, 2017

Cheryl McClellan Joins Still Blue Entertainment!

Still Blue Entertainment (SBE)  has  announced the addition of Cheryl McClellan who will be primarily handling booking  duties for Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome. 

Sherry stated, “We have been waiting for the right time and right person. I think that Cheryl is a great asset and will do a wonderful job as part of the JBSL team.  We are so glad to have her joining us!”

Cheryl McClellan


Ray Cardwell's Debut Album Tennessee Moon Available Friday January 13th.

imagePinecastle Records has announced,  Ray Cardwell's debut album Tennessee Moon will be available this Friday, January 13th.

Nine of twelve songs on Tennessee Moon are Ray Cardwell originals or co-writes, and he is backed on the recording by a virtual who’s who of bluegrass elite including John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Scott Vestal, Andy Leftwich, Danny Roberts, Claire Lynch, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie Bowman as well as album producer Pat Flynn.


Danny Clark Returns to Bluegrass Museum In New Role!

The International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM), home of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, announced that Danny Clark has been imagehired as the Membership and Special Events Manager.

This role was created to grow membership, foster engagement from the bluegrass community, and develop special events at the Museum.


Skaggs & Hornsby Preparing for Limited 2017 Concert Dates

"The level of virtuosity required to play bluegrass music with the freaks of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder requires a good deal of practice; imageI always have to prepare a good deal, practicing with the metronome at break-neck speed, crazy tempos, to be able to hang with those guys."

-Bruce Hornsby on upcoming dates with Ricky Skaggs.


Big Country Bluegrass Celebrates 3 Decades with New Album in March!

Rebel Records has announced the  upcoming release of the 30th anniversary album by BIG COUNTRY BLUEGRASS.

The album, LET THEM KNOW I’M FROM VIRGINIA is to be released in March but you might actually start hearing some of it on the radio immediatly and more by late Feburary.

Bluegrass Hope Concert Series Announced to Aid Tennessee Fire Victims!

imageThe Bluegrass Jamboree and Wilson Pickins Promotions, in partnership with several others have announced plans for the BLUEGRASS HOPE CONCERT SERIES.

The  series will benefit the victims of the recent Gatlinburg, TN wildfires being cared for through the Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless , a nonprofit organization.


Vermont's Best Country CD of the Year - Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing!

imageThis year, the Best Country Album goes to Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing for their album BODY & SOUL.

Amos and company is a bluegrass band with exceptional singing and instrumental prowess.