Ireland's First Bluegrass Festival Celebrates "Silver Anniversary!"

Image635633114933015293The Emerald Isle's first and longest running bluegrass festival, The 25th Athy Bluegrass Festival, will be held on 10-12 July 2015 at the GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare, with perennial favorites 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) at the top of the bill. (See Video below)

Sharing that position with them will be Tom Mindte (mandolin), John Brunschwyler (banjo), and all the Patuxent Partners .



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By: Rick Cornish

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers Celebrate 50 Years!

Image635630419970689804One of the largest active Oldtime Fiddle Music associations in the USA with over 1300 total members, the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers Assoc. (OOTFA) has marked half a century of promoting, preserving and perpetuating the art of Old -Time Fiddling.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers’ are gearing up for their Annual State Convention to be held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall Oregon.

Trinity River Band Readies New HEARTSTRINGS Album for Release!

Image635630148723865373Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new album, HEARTSTRINGS, by Trinity River Band will be released on May 12, 2015.

The album was recently recorded at National Media Services in Virginia with Executive Producer Mike Harris and Producers Will Shenk, Sarah Harris, and Joshua Harris. 

March 31st is the BIG DAY for Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle - Debut Album Release Day!

Image635630137581018039The highly anticipated debut album from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle will be released on March 31st. 

Several months back the Bluegrass Situation called the album "one of the most highly anticipated bluegrass albums for 2015."


Dry Branch Fire Squad Joins Quicksilver's Cavalcade of Stars!

DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD:  L to R: Dan Russell, Brian Aldridge, Tom Boyd, Ron Thomason Quicksilver Productions is thrilled to add seminal bluegrass stars Dry Branch Fire Squad to their artist roster, known in-house and marketed outside as the Quicksilver Cavalcade of Stars

The band joins Quicksilver just in time to celebrate their upcoming 40th Anniversary and associated touring in 2016.  Their 40th anniversary tour will be christened: Capturing the Soul of American Music!

Moron Brothers Getting Huge Attention From "Bologna Video"

The Moron Brothers, known for their humorous and folksy style songs have scored some new fans and a lot of new "Facebook Friends" thanks to their song and accompanying video about their favorite lunchmeat - Bologna.

Every Friday on their , they have a running dialog with fans about the attributes of bologna.

We asked why they think they've hit a nerve with bologna lovers of the world and banjoist, Lardo, explained. "Bologna was something special growing up," he said, "most everything we ate we either had to kill or grow ourselves but bologna came from the store and that was a treat."

New Book - First to Chronicle Bluegrass in Baltimore!

Image635628618256353849Due to an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 50s, Baltimore found itself the recipient of an extraordinarily talented crop of musicians and for a brief time was the center of the bluegrass world.

Based upon interviews with many of the legendary players from this golden-age of bluegrass in Baltimore, who had moved to the city in hopes of a better future and found it in music, Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and Its Legacy, is the first book to take an in-depth look into how the music that was played in Baltimore came to wield influence across a broad musical landscape.



New Single & New Distribution for Brad Davis!

Image635627780561835136Brad Davis and Bluegrass Valley Records initially teamed up for an independent release of A BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO GEORGE JONES and wound up turning a lot of heads with the project.  So much so that Mansion Entertainment has picked the project up and will be reissuing the release through Sony RED today.

In conjunction with the reissue of the project through Sony RED, the new single  "We're Gonna Hold On" has also been released to Bluegrass radio.

HillBenders’ Live Performance of Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry Earns High Praise from Music Critics!

As The HillBenders bluegrass version of The Who’s iconic rock opera readies for release, their live performance at South by Southwest becomes one of the festival’s most talked-about events.

Image635627751564866605A capacity crowd at legendary Austin, TX venue Threadgill’s this past Saturday braved the chilly spring rain to see The HillBenders perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, an all-acoustic rendition of The Who’s classic album performed in its entirety.

As evidenced by the coverage in Rolling Stone, Billboard and Raleigh, NC’s News & Observer, the critically acclaimed bluegrass band’s performance at South by Southwest has been noted as one of the stand-out events at this year’s festival.


New "Goodtime" Banjo Uke from Deering!

Image635624411703092042Unless your band is doing a bluegrass cover of Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" you may not have need for a ukulele.  But you still might like to know the popularity of the instrument is surging.

According to the Deering Banjo company, the last five years have seen significant growth in the playing of both the banjo and the ukulele.

The banjo/ukulele combination is not new, they've been around since the 1920's.


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By: Rick Cornish

Balsam Range Gives Back!

Image635624306323374667IBMA award-winning bluegrass group, Balsam Range, will be hosting their final Winter Series concert on Saturday, April 4th at the Historic Colonial Theatre in Canton, NC.

Balsam Range has graciously selected the Haywood County Foster Care program to raise support and awareness for foster children in Haywood County.


Miss Dixie, Tom T. & Me - New CD from Cedar Hill coming Next Week!

Image635623769571654225Cedar Hill is pleased to announce the release of their long awaited new CD on March 23, 2015.

It is comprised completely of brand new Dixie Hall and Tom T. Hall songs and will be on the Hall's Blue Circle Records label.

Tom T. Hall wrote:

"This is a project Miss Dixie wanted to do for a long time. She wanted to find someone she and I could work with to collaborate on an album called Miss Dixie, Tom T. and Me. Frank Ray turned out to be the perfect person. After working with Frank on several different little projects, Miss Dixie fell in love with him, his knowledge of music, his love of music and their mutual love of tradition. We have had hours and hours of fun sitting around the kitchen table working on this project and Miss Dixie and I couldn't be happier with it."

Darin & Brooke Talk About SNAPSHOTS - Their Newest Album!

Image635623646593500277Darin and Brooke Aldridge share some inside thoughts, stories and photos with us on the making of their latest album, SNAPSHOTS released on Mountain Home Music last month.


Your "BOOTS" in Roys' Video!

Image635622769870326305Back in November we told you about the Roys' plans for including as many of their fans' boots in their upcoming video to accompany their song: "Those Boots" from their latest album, THE VIEW.

Well now, it's finally here.



Trout Steak Revival's BRIGHTER EVERY DAY to be Released Next Week!


Historically, mountain ranges have been formidable barriers for civilization.

But for the first settlers who passed through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, those features gave way to a unique sense of independence and became insulators form the rest of civilization, with collaboration, rather than competition, as the prime virtue.

Dailey & Vincent to Return to Carnegie Hall !

Image635622749168402223D & V Fans can anticipate a memorable start to 2016 as the "Rockstars of Bluegrass" announce their  return to the legendary Carnegie Hall.

Dailey & Vincent and Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) are inviting choirs to audition for an opportunity to perform Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum (Carol Barnett, Composer; Marisha Chamberlain, Librettist; with musical collaboration by Dailey & Vincent) with them on January 25, 2016 at the legendary Carnegie Hall.

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