D.C. Foundation Formed to Save Bluegrass Country!

Randy Barrett

[Guest Article by:

Randy Barrett  Vice President Communications 340B Health    first pbblished on LinkedIn.com]


bluegrass country foundationThe Bluegrass Country Foundation has formed to become the new home for the longest operating bluegrass radio station in America.

For almost 50 years, Bluegrass Country 105.5FM has broadcast the best in contemporary and traditional bluegrass and old-time music in the nation’s capital.


New Deering John McEuen Signature Banjo Line to Be Unveiled at IBMA!

Grammy-award winning producer, songwriter and musician John McEuen (one of the founding members of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) steps up the pace in preparation for the release of his new solo album titled MADE IN BROOKLYN.


Balsam Range’s Sixth Album, MOUNTAIN VOODOO, Due for Release on November 11

IBMA Entertainer, Vocal Group, and Vocalist of the Year  2016, Balsam Range, is offering something that is sure  to mesmerize fans of Bluegrass and beyond with their new release MOUNTAIN VOODOO, due out November 11 on Mountain Home.

MOUNTAIN VOODOO is like the book of life “Chapter Six” for Balsam Range; 13-tracks filled with songs of journey, home, sense of place, hardcore stomping drive, and longing.

25 Fans to Get Free Larry Stephenson Album w/ pre-Order of Newest Recording!

Whysper Dream Music has announced the new album, WEEP LITTLE WILLOW  by the Larry Stephenson Band, will be released on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Pre-orders are available now at larrystephensonband.com and coming soon on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and more fine retail outlets.


Blue Highway's Wayne Taylor - 2016‏Hall of Fame Inductee!

Click for OptionsBlue Highway’s highly respected bass player, songwriter, and vocalist Wayne Taylor will be honored as the 2016 Inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield, VA

Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 pm.


Congratulations to New International Champions!

2016 National Guitar Flat Pick Champion Steve LewisHeld annually each year on the 3rd weekend in September, the Walnut Valley Festival is the home of the International Autoharp Championship, the International Fingerstyle Guitar, the National Mountain Dulcimer, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship, the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship.

2016 National Guitar Flat Pick Championships

1st Place Winner:  Steve Lewis  --   Jefferson, NC 


Rebecca Frazier's "40 BLUES" Video Debuts Today

It's not too often we see a professional video produced for an instrumental song. But Rebecca Frazier and Videographer Alison Goedde have done it up right.   Watch the Video BELOW.

The "40 BLUES" official video—shot in a 1972 Ford Truck along Interstate 40 and in Baxter, Tennessee—evokes the story of a guitar picker emerging from a bus graveyard hoping to hitch her way down I-40 on a hazy summer evening, and the mysterious character she meets along the way. 

Michael Cleveland Announces New Album: FIDDLER’S DREAM!

Michael Cleveland is one of bluegrass music’s great treasures: a 10-time IBMA fiddle player of the year and 2016 nominee, and 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year winner, Cleveland captured the attention of the bluegrass community as a child prodigy who performed on the Grand Ole Opry with Alison Krauss when he was only 13 years old. But he became a viral video sensation this summer with a virtuosic impromptu performance of “Jerusalem Ridge” that racked up over 6 million views in just a few days.  


Winfield Festival Continues–Shuttle Bus Transportation Provided To Help Flood Evacuees Back To Stages!

(Winfield, KS)  Shuttle buses will be provided to ease transportation needs to and from the Winfield Fairgrounds for campers to attend the Walnut Valley Festival.   This, after severe flooding caused the evacuation of advance campers last week.

Overland Charter will be working with the Walnut Valley Association to provide bus rides beginning at 8:00 am Thursday morning and continuing until 1:00 am after the stages close at the festival.

Actor Randal Franks to Return To Director’s Chair at IBMA Awards!

Randal FranksActor & Musician, Randall Franks will direct a segment of the annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Show featuring the Distinguished Achievement Awards according to a press release sent out to media on Wednesday this week.

“Bluegrass music is one of my greatest loves,”  Franks said. “Playing a part in honoring the greats of our industry for their lifetime of commitment, as well as those we recognize for their special industry awards is an outstanding honor.”


CD Review - NewTown / HARLAN ROAD

"Kati has become one of my new favorite fiddlers! Her intonation, her tone and the dissonance that she can bring to a phrase are just plain cool."
-W.J. Hallock, Prescription Bluegrass


Walnut Valley Festival Still On!

From the Walnut Valley Association Ticket Trailer -

Sales of camping spaces will continue with campers being able to camp at the Winfield City Lake (North east of Winfield, KS; located at 10348 141st Road) for no additional fee.

The City of Winfield will honor Walnut Valley Festival Camping Credentials.


"Common Man's Train of Thought" - Good Song for 2016 Elections!

Labor Day is known as the kick-off for the U.S. Presidential Election and Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle’s “Common Man’s Train of Thought”* speaks very strongly from the common man’s viewpoint for the election.

The chorus clearly defines the direct message in the song to all the politicians in “Common Man’s Train of Thought”: 

Terry Baucom Signs with Roe Entertainment!

Roe Entertainment welcomes Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive to their roster of artists for exclusive booking representation. 

A native of Monroe, North Carolina, Terry Baucom has enjoyed a career in music that started in 1970 with Charlie Moore and continued over the years as a founding member of ground breaking bands like Boone Creek (with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out and more.

Rhonda Vincent to Perform at Historic Lincoln Center!

Rhonda Vincent, whom the Wall Street Journal dubbed "The New Queen of Bluegrass," performs with her band The Rage at the Lincoln Center on September 26.

The performance will be during the inaugural Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award Ceremony to honor T.C. Boyle for his novel, The Harder They Come.


Skaggs Collects Two More Musical Honors!

The musical honors just keep pouring in for country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs

Last week, Skaggs learned he would receive this year's prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and today it was announced that the 14-time GRAMMY® winner will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame
Rural Rhythm Records announces the debut album  PLAYING HARD TO FORGET by ClayBank will be released on September 30th.

The current single “Up On Claybank” from the debut album was #13 on last week’s Bluegrass Airplay Chart and is being received enthusiastically by bluegrass radio.

Cannan's Crossing Welcomes Former Member Back Into the Band!

Canaan’s Crossing welcomes a familiar face back to it’s lineup.

Drew Long played with the band from 2010-2014 and will step back into his former role recently vacated by Collins Miller.


Bluegrass Outlaws Release Debut Album!

The self-titled debut album from the Bluegrass Outlaws is now available for order through the band’s website.

Over the next several days multiple download sites will become available including CD Baby, ITunes, Google Play and Amazon, stay tuned for those announcements from Wilson Pickins Promotions.


NewTown To Help Launch New "Nashville Insider" TV Show!

Popular Kentucky Bluegrass band NewTown will join Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Brett Eldredge and more for the September 5 launch of a new, 30-minute television entertainment series dubbed NASHVILLE INSIDER.

The show caught up with NewTown's lead vocalists Kati Penn and Jr Williams at a recent HARLAN ROAD CD release party at Nashville's legendary Station Inn.