Friday, January 23, 2015

Julia Mainer, Wife of Bluegrass Icon Wade Mainer, Passes!

Image635575831270054642Bluegrass lost another one of its most treasured pioneers this week.

Singer and guitarist Julia Mainer died on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at age 95.


A Regular Friday Feature
By: Rick Cornish

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dr. Stanley's Surgery Forces Show Cancellation in North Carolina!

Image635575472658673245Prescription Bluegrass has learned that The Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys concert scheduled for Feb. 1st  has been canceled.

Stanley is scheduled to have surgery and will be unable to tour for a few weeks. Refunds are available at points of purchase.

Slaughters Kick Off New Album in Nashville!

Image635575462916055999Shannon and Heather Slaughter will kick off their new album Never Just A Song at The Station Inn in Nashville January 24 at 9:00 pm.

They will be joined by special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more.

Phil Leadbetter Celebrates New Album and Kicking Cancer . . .Again!

For more information on Phil Leadbetter: http://www.unclephilonline.comIt’s early in the year, but already a championship season for Pinecastle Records artist, Phil Leadbetter.

Uncle Phil & friends prep for a very special concert event on January 31st

On the heels of his win as Dobro Player of the Year honor at the IBMA Awards, Phil has received a nomination in the annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awards, again for his instrumental prowess as Dobro Performer.

First Solo Album from Cody Shuler Coming!

Image635575198018074701Rural Rhythm Records and Cody Shuler have enjoyed a successful association since 2008 when the Dove nominated gospel album Pickin’, Praisin’ & Singin’ was released and debuted #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart.

Cody has written a strong group of original songs and the time is right for him to release these special songs on his first solo album self-titled “CODY SHULER”, releasing on February 3rd. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mountain Home Artists Get Numerous Nominations for SPBGMA Awards!

Image635574130225907122Mountain Home Music Company congratulates their label artists who received award nominations this week for the 41st annual Bluegrass Music Awards by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, (SPBGMA).

Cumberland River Returns!

Image635574123186664500It has been just about a year since the band's (then) leader Jamie Dean announced the end of the band and his relocation to Florida.

Now, the band says they've remembered why they're here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pinecastle Artists Get Loaded Up with SPBGMA Nominations!

Image635573754068172130Nominations are in for the 2015 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Awards and Pinecastle artists are well represented.

The Farm Hands with their upcoming Pinecastle debut Better than I Deserve are nominated in 13 categories.

First New All-Original Album From Norman Blake in 30 Years!

Image635573732816536606The new album from American Roots music legend Norman Blake was released today on Plectrafone Records. It's his first album of original songs in 30 years!

A living legend, Norman Blake has influenced multiple generations of roots musicians with his uncompromising vision of American roots music.

Judges Announced for Chris Austin Songwriting Contest!

Image635573258776370806MerleFest, which takes place April 23-26, 2015, has assembled a distinguished team of songwriters – critically-acclaimed Americana artist Jesse Bellamy, famed Texas singer-songwriter Bruce Robison and legendary bluegrass icon Peter Rowan– to judge the on-site final round of this year’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bluegrass Songwriter Dixie Hall Dies After Lengthy Illness!

Dixie HallA great friend to Bluegrass Music, Dixie Hall has passed away.  She was 80 years old.

Dixie Hall was a bluegrass patriot and music supporter long before she became the wife of Country Music legend, Tom T. Hall, to whom she was married for 46 years.

Friday, January 16, 2015

James King Still Needs Our Help!

Image635570291077855805Gary Reid is contacting bluegrass broadcasters to remind them that James King is still in need of help and asking the radio folks to remind listeners and fans of the need. Gary's own words:

Just a quick reminder that James King is still in need of assistance to help with his medical bills.  If you’re able to pass along the following information to your listeners, James will greatly appreciate it.

An account is set up with Wells Fargo bank for donations.  People can go to any Wells Fargo branch and ask to make a deposit to the "James King Medical Fund."  Or, they can mail it directly to:  "James King Medical Fund" c/o Deonia Jones, Wells Fargo, 201 S. Jefferson St, Roanoke VA  24011.

Thank you!

Gary Reid

Roanoke VA

Rhonda On The Weather Channel !

Rhonda Vincent with The Weather Channel's  Stephanie Abrams Don't miss Rhonda Vincent on The Weather Channel's Wake Up With Al this Monday during the 6AM/EST hour.

Tune in bright and early as the Queen of Bluegrass sits down with Stephanie Abrams and shares some of her most memorable weather stories, along with discussing her latest Grammy nominated album Only Me.


A Regular Friday Feature
By: Rick Cornish

Bluegrass Goes To The Idol!

Image635569788068285303American Idol fans are getting a taste of genuine bluegrass this season as Ellen Peterson from Branson, Missouri competes with her banjo.

Here's her audition in Kansas City.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rhonda Vincent Takes Bluegrass to the Business World on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart" !

Image635568295194666329"The New Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent, as dubbed by the Wall Street Journal is bringing her bluegrass/country sound to the Big Apple later this week.

The 2015 Grammy nominee will be featured LIVE on Bloomberg TV's Street Smart this Thursday, January 15th at 4PM/EST, where she will talk about her latest #1 Billboard album ONLY ME.

Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

Image635568146253927406The 10th annual Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff will take place Jan. 23-24 at Marion County High School in Lebanon, KY.

Vocal power houses will headline the 10th Anniversary of The Kickoff .

New Festival Planned For Eau Claire Wisconsin Area!

Image635568055326081187A brand new bluegrass festival, The Blue Ox Festival, is being planned for the Eau Claire Wisconsin area.

This inaugural festival will occur at Whispering Pines Campground at the Country Jam site west of Eau Claire in the town of Union and is being produced by Jim Bischel.

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