20150730

New Album from Blackberry Bushes Stringband!

Image635738380771074690From Austin, Texas, the Blackberry Bushes Stringband pairs a love for traditional genius with a distinct ability to innovate.

Both come across beautifully in the modern string band’s new album, THREE RED FEATHERS, set for release on August 28, 2015.

20150729

50 Years of Dirt Helps Launch Americana Fest!

Image635737473122330151The iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will help kick off Americana Fest 2015 while simultaneously celebrating the band's 50th anniversary!

Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famers John Prine and Rodney Crowell, legendary gypsy troubadour Jerry Jeff Walker, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne, and master musicians Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Byron House will join the Grammy-winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Ryman Auditorium on September 14, for a concert celebrating the Dirt Band’s fifty years of making vital American roots music and the beginning of Americana Fest 2015.

Cumberland River Has New Agency!

CUMBERLAND RIVER  2015Cumberland River has announced that they have signed with LoweRider Entertainment, a full service talent agency from Nashville, TN. 

After having a successful run through 2013,  Cumberland River  decided to take some time away from the road. 

20150727

John Hickman Has A New Roof!

California Banjo man John Hickman and his wife Susie have a new roof thanks to the generous support and financial donations of fans and friends.

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Nothin Fancy Signs with Mountain Fever Records!

Image635735751447017624Mountain Fever Records has announced they have signed one of bluegrass music's most entertaining bands, Nothin' Fancy, to their label.

The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August.

20150726

Book Review - HIGH LONESOME BELOW SEA LEVEL

Faces and Stories of Bluegrass Music in the Netherlands.

Loes Van Schaijk and Marieke Odekerken

Image635734896958027299This is my first ever book review, and let me say straight away, it's a pleasure and an honour to be asked to review a work of such high quality. The title, HIGH LONESOME BELOW SEA LEVEL, is a wonderful reference to the high lonesome sound of Bluegrass Music, and the fact that in this case, it refers to the genre as played by a dedicated band of folks who for the most part, live and work below sea level, in the lowlands of Holland.

This is what we might refer to in these parts, as a coffee table Book of the highest quality, and I'm tempted to make favourable comparisons with other high-quality Publications such as the FRETBOARD JOURNAL, and/or THE MUSIC OF BILL MONROE, by Neil Rosenberg and Charles K.Wolfe.

20150725

All-Bluegrass Show Highlights Award Nominations Day!

Image635734045465101427Top-tier bluegrass performers The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Travelin’ McCourys and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will play a special all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots (at the Factory in Franklin) on Wednesday night, August 12 at 7p.m. CDT.

The all-bluegrass show will follow a day of award nomination announcements for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, which take place Thursday, October 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina during World of Bluegrass week.