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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Prescription Bluegrass CD REVIEW - Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper - ON DOWN THE LINE !

“...There's not much more a bluegrass fiddle is capable of than what you will hear on this CD, and it is presented with discretion, style and precision...” -

Marty Warburton / Prescription Bluegrass


The ROYS on TV This Week!

Image635489073589459399THE ROYS will debut on Young Country’s season premiere for BLUE HIGHWAYS TV NETWORK beginning Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. ET, with repeats October 18 and 19 at 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET, respectively.

Watch The Gibson Brothers on BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND Beginning This Week!

Image635488605548256525Word from Eric Gibson comes today with news that the brother's appearance on the PBS BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND program will begin airing in some markets this week.

Spinney Brothers Release TRIED AND TRUE Today!

Image635488577893704775Today's release of the Spinney Brothers' newest album, TRIED AND TRUE on Mountain Fever Records, bookends a year that by all accounts has been a very successful one for two of Canada's greatest exports.

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