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WBCM - 103.5 FM Launches in Bristol This Summer!
The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) announced today the launch of a new radio station, WBCM – Radio Bristol (103.5 FM).

Debuting this summer, the new station will broadcast from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and will focus primarily on American roots music, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, and country music.


Scott Tackett's solo project "Looking Back"

Image635681285689062034Kindred Records has released the CD "Looking Back" by Olive Hill, Ky artist Scott Tackett. 

The studio project that brought together the popular bluegrass group Hammertowne in 2011 has over half the 12 tracks written by Scott or co-written with Dave Carroll.


Stolen Guitar Back Home in Tucson!

Image635679494863642134This is the second such story we've been privileged to report about a stolen instrument getting back to it's owner.     ()

This is the story of National Flatpicking Champion Peter McLaughlin's stolen Martin guitar in Peter's own words.


New Focus for Claire Lynch!

Image635679207010747537Claire Lynch is a multi-award winning performer/songwriter and a “singer’s singer” whose work has been heralded by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and many music journalists, all of whom have written about her with favor.

She paved the way for other women in a musical world that traditionally belonged to men – the world of bluegrass – and managed to set the bar a little higher for everyone who followed. 


Happy 90th Birthday Mac Wiseman!!!

You might say that Mac Wiseman, "The Voice with a Heart," has seen it all when it comes to Bluegrass and Country Music.  He has witnessed at least seven decades of music history firsthand.

Malcolm B. Wiseman,better known as Mac Wiseman, is an American bluegrass singer, nicknamed The Voice with a Heart. He is one of the cult figures of bluegrass.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_WisemanAt one time, as a member of The Blue Grass Boys, he was on hand as Hank Williams Sr. debuted  on the Grand Ole Opry - setting an Opry record to be the first ever to receive six ovations.

The Passing of Ben Freed - Guest Article by James Reams!

BEN FREED   http://www.banjoben.com/The sad news is Ben Freed passed away, a long time stalwart of the Northeast banjo, bluegrass scene, he influenced many banjo players. He played on the soundtrack for the Coen brothers feature film “Raising Arizona” Ben had a number of widely praised CD’s, Bluegrass Unlimited called Speed of Sound “ both infectious and very creative…” Dr. Banjo, Peter Wernick, called Ben’s CD Suite for Bluegrass Banjo “ one of the best banjo records ever.” Ben was an amazing individual, family man and community builder. He will be missed by that community. Banjo Ben


Visit Your Local Music Store - It Could Turn Into A Great Photo Op!

New York area Bluegrass musician Vincent Cross got a nice surprise recently when visiting his favorite music store.  Read Below to see what he has to say.


First Slate of Artists Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass!

Image635677333842781363The IBMA released an initial list of performers for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival which takes place October 2-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and free stages. A portion of proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.