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Folk Soul Revival Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 22:00

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 20th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Folk Soul Revival.. Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy and rootsy acoustic group from right here in the Appalachian Mountains. Their diversity, creativity, and passion are evident to anyone who’s ever seen them perform. With their distinct vocals, unique instrumentation, haunting four-part harmonies and sheer talent, the boys have garnered much success and have attracted a large following.

A Folk Soul Revival concert is consistently eventful and features strong songwriting, spot on vocals, earthy instrumentation, and an unreserved honesty. Band members of Folk Soul are: Daniel Davis – guitar and vocals; Brandon Sturgill – upright bass and vocals; Justin Venable – baritone guitar and vocals; Justin Louthian – drums, percussion and vocals; and Chad Light – guitar, banjo and pedal steel. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free

Based in Bristol, VA/TN, the birthplace of country music, Folk Soul Revival is one of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee’s most beloved and sought after acts. Performing original Americana, the quintet’s distinct, radio-ready sound and back-porch instrumentation have garnered success with high profile gigs opening for the likes of Travis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Justin Townes Earle, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and many more. Folk Soul Revival’s loyal fan base, referred to as “the congregation,” consistently packs sold out shows across the southeast while singing along with the band word for word. Folk Soul annually plays the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. They have also performed at Floydfest and are among the best-selling acts to perform at the lengendary Carter Family Fold and the Down Home.

Folk Soul’s frontman, Daniel Davis, achieved second place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2013 for the song Homesick. The band’s third album, Prompting the Dapperness, rose to number 12 on iTunes’ country chart and reached number 99 on the day of its’ release. The band also climbed to number 10 on Billboard Magazine’s Heatseekers chart (South Atlantic Division). Virginia Living readers also listed them among southwest Virginia’s top three bands in 2012. In 2011, Folk Soul was voted Virginia is for Lovers Band of the Year at Rhythm and Roots. Their second album, Words Off a Tongue, was listed among No Depression’s top 15.

The band has also been spotlighted on Music City Roots and Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country. While at first glance Folk Soul Revival may not seem like the typical band you would expect to see at the Carter Fold, they exemplify where the music of our region began and how it will always be the basis of other music that followed – bluegrass, country, and rock. Expect to see the family-oriented show the Fold is known for – no alcohol permitted. Folk Soul fans often attend shows that are standing room only. With seating for over 800, they won’t have that problem at the Fold. Both Fold regulars and Folk Soul Revival fans love to dance…and FSR’s uplifting energy and song selection will keep everyone dancing the night away! We have the largest dance floor in the Tri-Cities and can easily accommodate fans who love to dance to the music of Folk Soul.

Bring along your friends and celebrate all that makes our mountain region so unique, heartwarming, and unforgettable. Don’t miss Folk Soul Revival at one of our region’s most historic venues. Their first show in September of 2012 packed the house, and their subsequent performances at the Fold have been the same. The band performed at two Carter Family Festivals. The Carter Fold and Folk Soul Revival – it just doesn’t get any better than that! For more information on Folk Soul Revival, go to their web site - http://www.folksoulrevival.com/. You can also check them out on Myspace, Facebook and YouTube.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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Ray Cardwell Signs with Pinecastle Records for Upcoming Release

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 22:00

Songwriter, vocalist, and bass player, Ray Cardwell has joined Pinecastle Records to release his solo album, Tennessee Moon, in fall 2016. The album has a clear New Grass influence in producer Pat Flynn. However, with nine out of twelve tunes written by Cardwell, the album is his own take on that classic sound. Flynn also adds his talents on guitar and harmony vocals to the album along with fellow New Grass Revival alum John Cowan lending tenor and harmony vocals on many of the tracks (full personnel listing below). Cardwell has already built a touring band of incredible musicians to take his music on the road as Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon.

“One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, “...His vocals are very distinctive, as well as his bass playing; that sets the stage for us to do a lot of things acoustically with modern bluegrass as a base.”

“In addition to possessing an extremely powerful, John Cowan-like vocal prowess, Ray is also a talented songwriter.” – Bluegrass Today

Ray honed his musical chops playing in The Cardwell family bluegrass band in the late 1970’s. In the ‘80s he spent time playing rock and reggae before moving to Nashville in the ‘90s to be a member of the bluegrass band, the New Tradition. He returned to his home state of Missouri a few years later to raise a family while teaching vocal and instrumental ensembles. Along the way he has had experience with an eclectic mix of musical genres from bluegrass and Americana to musical theater and Motown. Now living in Nashville, TN Cardwell has returned to his musical roots while blending in his varied influences to create a style all his own.

"I feel my music is based upon the traditional style of bluegrass and old timey music my parents raised me on, and the collection of musical experiences I've had in my journey through life. My songwriting is a direct reflection of new ideas balanced with the traditions of the past.

"When Ethan Burkhardt called from Pinecastle Records, I knew it was a label with amazing artists and good 'street cred.' I had good experiences with them before when Special Consensus recorded a song Danny Roberts and I had written.

"I have been anticipating this moment since I was a young boy in Missouri. The project is finished and soon will be out--music from my bluegrass soul, from a dreamer in the Ozarks. I hope you enjoy it." - Ray Cardwell

Personnel on Tennessee Moon:

  • Ray Cardwell – bass, lead and harmony vocals
  • Pat Flynn – guitar, harmony vocals
  • Danny Roberts – mandolin
  • Jesse McReynolds – mandolin (“Tennessee Moon”)
  • Scott Vestal – banjo
  • Rob Ickes – resonator guitar
  • Andy Leftwich – fiddle, mandolin
  • Vocals: John Cowan, Claire Lynch, Ronnie Bowman, Scott Russell, Eric Morris, Brad Reside
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Experience Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival August 24-28

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 22:00

Litchfield, ME -- Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival location is at the Litchfield Fairgrounds (30 Plains Road, Litchfield, Maine). Directions are located on the flyers and on the Web site. The festival grounds have a big stage that was built in 2010, 18 women’s and 18 men’s indoor bathroom facilities, four free hot showers and numerous water hookups throughout the grounds, electrical hookups. The festival location has that ‘Welcome Home’ Country atmosphere. Everyone who attends loves our hard grounds. We also have a lot of Field picking through the whole time of the festival.

We have the Blistered Fingers Kids Academy which has a free, relaxed, informative three day music program for children for ages 6-18. The focus is how to play, sing and perform bluegrass music. Students will bring their own instruments and will commit to the three day program. The kids all get a Free T-Shirt and perform a couple of songs as a group on Main stage. We’re all so proud!!

The gates will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Weekend tickets for each festival will cover four days of great music and camping from Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday Morning Gospel Sing Along and Jam.

There will be several types of vendors located on the grounds.

Performers:

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Band Of Ruhks
  • Nothin Fancy
  • The Baker Family
  • Zink & Company
  • Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters
  • Phat Burger Deluxe
  • The Zolla Boys
  • Original Condition
  • Bluegrass Gospel Sing & Jam
  • And Your Host Band: Blistered Fingers

Prices per person - Tickets available at Gate:
Earl Bird Camping (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday before festival) $10/ day per camper
All four days with FREE camping- $85
Children 16 and under Free with Paying Adult
Wednesday & Thursday only- $15
Friday only- $30 after 5:00 p.m. - $20
Saturday only- $30 after 5:00 p.m. - $20
Sunday – FREE with Weekend pass
Dogs- $10
Power- $30 for your entire stay

For additional information, visit the Web site at BlisteredFingers.com or contact Sandy Cormier at blist-f@blisteredfingers.com, or (207) 873-6539.

About Blistered Fingers: Some of the greatest Bluegrass music can be heard at one of the largest family musical events in New England. Blistered Fingers is a fast- moving traditional Bluegrass Band from the central Maine area that travels extensively around the northeast and eastern Canada. Blistered Fingers' obvious love of bluegrass, their fans, and field picking makes Blistered Fingers a special group with their delightful mix of original material, soulful ballads and hard driving traditional bluegrass music with a little good humor thrown in. The Bluegrass Festival takes place twice every year and brings thousands of music lovers from all over the world to Litchfield, Maine, to hear banjos, fiddles, and high, lonesome harmonies. This event features many worldwide and local bands. This festival has something for all ages and has occurred every June and August since 1991.

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First Single from Bluegrass Outlaws Debut Album Released to Radio

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 22:00

Greenville, SC -- Wilson Pickins Promotions proudly welcomes the Bluegrass Outlaws to the agency. The Outlaws are the newest addition to Melanie Wilson’s worthy team of sought after bluegrass entertainment and she couldn’t be more pleased.

This alliance comes just in time for the highly anticipated release of the 2016 SPBGMA Band Competition Winner’s self-titled debut album, due out September 5th. Promoters, radio programmers and fans alike have been just waiting for this album after seeing the incredible performance put on this past year by the Bluegrass Outlaws in Nashville, TN. Not only did the band win the competition, but they made history, as they were there making their debut performance as a band on stage together for the first time. They were quickly informed that a band debuting at the competition had never won the whole thing before.

Today, the first single, “Upper Big Branch Mine” from the Bluegrass Outlaws album is released to radio via AirPlay Direct. The haunting tune penned by Becky Webb Monk, with help from her husband Chris Monk, and brother Darrell Webb, is sure to give you chills as the story is told through Becky’s unforgettable vocal backed by the music of her crisp, hard-driving band. Radio programmers can download the single today from AirPlay Direct.

You can learn more about the Bluegrass Outlaws on their website or facebook pages, we are sure you will be hearing a lot more from this stellar band of musicians.

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47th GMA Dove Awards Nominees Announced

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 22:00

ashville, TN -- The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the nominees in 44 categories for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Bluegrass artists nominated include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver who are frequently nominated, Flatt Lonesome with their first ever nomination, Jimmy Fortune, Joey+Rory and The Isaacs. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 16, reaching over 100 million viewers in the U.S., plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 23 through August 30.

Lauren Daigle leads artist nominations with six, followed by Hillsong UNITED and Chris Tomlin with five. Anthony Brown, Bill Gaither, Danny Gokey, Jonathan McReynolds, Kirk Franklin, Matthew West and Tasha Cobbs tally four nods each. Songwriter Jason Ingram scores seven nods, including “Song of the Year.” To see the full list of nominees, visit the Dove Awards website here.

GMA executive director Jackie Patillo, artists CeCe Winans and Jason Roy (Building 429) and radio personalities Wally from WAY-FM and Doug from the “Family Friendly Morning Show” participated in the nominee press conference from the campus of Lipscomb University.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s Dove Award nominees!” Patillo stated. “We celebrate the outstanding achievement, hard work and creative excellence you have poured into this life-changing music.”

Patillo continued, “Our theme this year is ‘Love. Amplified.,’ a phrase we believe encompasses the collective power & impact of our music. At a time when so much of the world is divided and hostility is in the air, we will turn up the volume of love and the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

TBN Chairman Matt Crouch said that the faith-and-family network is thrilled once again to serve as the exclusive broadcast partner for the GMA Dove Awards. “The Dove Awards set the standard for excellence in the field of Gospel and Christian music,” he said. “And as always, TBN is excited to share with our global audience this incredible evening honoring those who create the music that brings hope and changes lives.”

The bluegrass nominees were revealed at the press conference:

BLUEGRASS RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR – CAT 16
“He’s In Control” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, (writer) Steve Watts
“In The Heat of the Fire” – Flatt Lonesome , (writer) Kelsi Harrigill
“Life’s Railway to Heaven (with the Oak Ridge Boys)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writers) Eliza R. Snow, M.E. Abbey
“I’ll Fly Away” – Joey + Rory, (writer) Albert E. Brumley
“Leave It All on the Altar” – The Isaacs, (writers) Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Buddy Greene

Tags: Dove AwardsGospel Music AssociationDoyle Lawson & QuicksilverFlatt LonesomeJimmy Fortunethe IsaacsJoey and Rory

Randy Woods Guitars Announces Larrivee Guitar Giveaway

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 22:00

Bloomington, Ga. (August 12, 2016) -- Randy Woods Guitars is proud to announce they are giving away a brand new Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar valued at $1500. To enter the contest, please visit randywoodmusic.com to fill out an entry form and catch the next live streaming concert from Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor on August 12 with at 8:00 pm Eastern with ClayBank. Other upcoming live concerts include: August 27 - Alan Bibey & Grasstowne; September 9 - Tim & Myles Thompson; and September 16 - Roy Book Binder. Entries will be accepted until midnight October 7. The drawing will take place during Trinity River Band’s concert on October 8, 2016 when the winner will be announced.

The Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar is made of solid Canadian Sitka Spruce; back & sides are solid African Khaya Mahogany; bridge & fingerboard are solid ebony; body binding is solid Canadian Maple, and bridge pins, sale & nut are solid bone. The guitar winner will also receive a Larrivee Hard Case.

Winner Will Be Announced October 8, 2016 During the Trinity River Band Concert

Don’t miss this opportunity to win this gorgeous instrument. Please visit randywoodsmusic.com for more information.

Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor has been hosting live shows at the 100-seat concert hall for just over a decade. Beginning in 2013, Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor has delivered these concerts via live streaming to music fans around the world directly to fans on their laptop, tablet or smartphone. State-­of-­the-­art streaming is done “Live” in HD with amazing sound capture during the concerts direct from Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor by partnering with Cody Slatten, Saltymoss C.E.O. and Executive Producer. Cody brings over 15 years of film, television and music video experience to each and every production. He is well­known for his Emmy™ award­-winning work.

Randy Wood has been producing top-quality instruments since the 1960s and performing his craft for everyone from Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bill Monroe and more.

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Flatt Lonesome Receives Dove Award Nomination, Multiple IBMA Nominations

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 22:36
Nashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome has been overwhelmed from wide-spread industry recognition with the announcement of several awards nominations recently, including FIVE International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations and their FIRST EVER Dove Award nomination.

The IBMA Award nominees were announced last month during a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee and the band was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year for Runaway Train (Mountain Home Music), Song of the Year for "You're The One" and Gospel Recorded Performance for "In The Heat Of The Fire." The Gospel Music Association announced their Dove Award nominees earlier today and included "In The Heat Of The Fire" in the Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year category.

News of the Dove Award nomination was a welcome surprise for the band and especially for Kelsi Harrigill, who wrote "In The Heat Of The Fire" and performs with the band. "I am so thankful for this nomination alongside such great people whom I love and respect. God gave me this song during the most difficult time in my life and I owe all I have to Him. Thank you all!"

Watch Flatt Lonesome perform "In The Heat Of The Fire"

The IBMA Awards will take place on September 29th in Raleigh, North Carolina and the Dove Awards will take place on October 11th in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, please visit www.IBMA.org and www.DoveAwards.com.

Since their debut in 2011, Flatt Lonesome has enjoyed a nearly unprecedented journey that has placed them among bluegrass music's elite. Bluegrass Today calls Flatt Lonesome "the sort of band bluegrass needs right now" and says their brand of original bluegrass is "some of the freshest our genre has been offered in a while." Stellar picking and heartfelt songs centered around beautiful sibling harmony have made Flatt Lonesome a hit among bluegrass fans both young and old and their vibrant, youthful spirit, with careful respect toward tradition, has earned the praise of peers twice their age. Flatt Lonesome's whirlwind ride has included being awarded Emerging Artists of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 2014, a trio of successful albums producing chart topping songs, airplay on radio stations around the world, performances at some of the largest bluegrass events on the continent, and regular guest appearances on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

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333 Feet Down and 8 Years Old - That's Bluegrass Underground

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 22:34

Bluegrass Underground - 333 feet down and 8 years old this month. They say necessity is the mother of invention, but in our case, it was procrastination. Back in the summer of 2008, Bluegrass Underground was born after our founder Todd Mayo waited too long to rent a pontoon boat for his family's Memorial Day weekend on the Cumberland Plateau. By the time he got there, all the boats were gone, so Plan B was a tour of Cumberland Caverns. When they arrived in the Volcano Room, the lightbulb over Todd's head switched on, surprising his 1-year-old son, Jackson, who was riding his dad's shoulders. "Do you ever have concerts here?" Todd asked the guide. They didn't, but within three months Todd had started Bluegrass Underground.

Today, dozens of live shows and 5 seasons on PBS later, including a nationally televised prime-time special (Season VI premieres in September), Bluegrass Underground has become a destination for music lovers all over the world. And if you were at the Keller Williams show in July, you might have seen Jackson Mayo, now 9, with his Cub Scout troop, earning their cave concert merit badges. Time flies, even underground.

Along the way, we've been covered by NPR, NBC-TV news, Money Magazine and dozens of blogs and internet sites. With all that and lots of word-of-mouth, not surprisingly, BGU has become a very hot ticket. Still, we can only fit 600 or so folks in the Volcano Room, and being a cave, we can't really expand seating. So shows have been selling out really, really fast. Our anniversary concert, the Aug. 20 bluegrass production of the Who's rock opera Tommy, transformed into "A Bluegrass Opry" by the amazing Hillbenders, has been sold out for weeks. And our Oct. 29 double-bill of an afternoon concert by the legendary duo of Del McCoury and David Grisman, followed by an evening with The Grateful Ball, the national tour featuring the Travelin' McCourys and The Jeff Austin Band in tribute to The Grateful Dead, sold out in minutes. That's even faster than usual, but just about everything's been selling out.

So here's a hot tip... for now, you can still get tickets for our Sept. 10 co-headlining show with Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass and Wood & Wire. BGU seems to have good luck with guys named Chris. Our first official show on Aug. 16, 2008 featured the original lineup of the SteelDrivers, with a then-unknown Chris Stapleton on rhythm guitar and atomic-powered vocals. Chris Henry is an old friend of the show, having played BGU with the great Peter Rowan. I was there, and Chris' incendiary mandolin playing blew everyone away, including Rowan. Given that the two mandolinists most closely associated with Rowan are Bill Monroe and David Grisman, his mandolin bar is set pretty high.

Keeping that mandolin/Peter Rowan theme, Wood & Wire features another mando hotshot, Billy Bright, who with his then-wife Bryn on bass, toured with the Peter Rowan/Tony Rice duo. He's also regularly performed with banjo great Alan Munde, who made the iconic newgrass album Poor Richard's Almanac with a teenaged Sam Bush and later founded Country Gazette with fiddler Byron Berline, no slouch in the mandolin department himself. But Wood & Wire isn't just the Billy Bright show. Equally at home doing progressive or traditional 'grass, the quartet is one of the top roots bands in the hotly competitive music scene of Austin, Texas, So if you love real bluegrass and you've always wanted to see Bluegrass Underground in action, our Sept. 10 show with Chris Henry and Hardcore Grass and Wood & Wire is the perfect gateway drug. And like those folks at the first SteelDrivers show, in a few years you too may be saying, "Oh yeah, I saw them at Bluegrass Underground way back when." That show kicks off our busy and very eclectic fall 2016 season.

Oct. 8, traditional country great John Anderson comes to the VolcanoRoom for a very special intimate acoustic concert. Tickets here!

Oct. 20, it's Flatt Lonesome in their BGU debut, fresh from what looks to be a very successful run at the IBMA Awards. The up-and-coming young band The Way Down Wanderers open the 1 p.m. show. We've just got a handful of tickets left, so while procrastinating might have worked for Todd Mayo back in 2008, it won't work for you for Flatt Lonesome.Get em now.

Oct. 21, a Live From the Underground evening concert with singer-songwriter-raconteur Allen Stone. This one's selling quick, so don't hesitate. King Charles opens the 7 p.m. show. Tickets here.

Oct. 29, Del & Dawg at 1 p.m., The Grateful Ball at 8 p.m. Tickets for both are long gone.

Nov. 12, one of the most acclaimed bands in modern bluegrass, The Grascals, with the Hog Slop String Band opening. Get your dancing shoes and tickets!

Dec. 10, it's a Yo Ho Holiday show with Tom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers, so bring the kids for a cave tour and a concert and have a Blue Buccaneer Christmas at BGU. More holiday shows TBA....tickets here.

All shows start at 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. So plan a trip to. Fall is coming to the Cumberland Plateau, and it just may be the prettiest time of year here. Check out our Bucket List packages. You might even rent a pontoon boat over at Fall Creek Falls. Just be sure to call ahead, We'll see you Underground.

We want your group to experience the cave! Lot's of great group trip options to experience a Bluegrass Underground show 333' underground at Cumberland Caverns. For group info click here! Contact us to ASAP to get your group in the cave.

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Tony Rice Tribute Concert September 22nd

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 22:29

This year's Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival will host a special benefit concert for Bluegrass Music's favorite guitar picker, Tony Rice. The festival takesplace in Manteo, NC from September 20-24, 2016 and the special tribute event will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Tony has been having health issues from losing his voice some years back to today's arthritus condition which makes it impossible for him to play. With thanks to Cory Hemilright, Wes Lassiter and Deb Miller, the concept of this tribute concert was born as just one gesture to give back to the artist that has given us so much.

The Tribute Concert will include a wide array of artists including Wyatt Rice, Josh Williams, Don Rigsby, Doyle Lawson, Caleb Smith, Kevin Richardson, Skip Cherryholmes, Richard Bennet, Jason Moore, Kenny Smith, Steve Dilling, Aaron Ramsey and many other artists that have collaborated with Tony Rice. Many of these guitarists were influenced by Tony Rice who was heavily influenced by Clarence White.

The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival will be making a $5,000 donation to Tony and his family. In addition, proceeds from tribute T-shirt and poster sales will be added to the festival donation.

Tickets are still available for the festival by clicking here. The Tribute event is included in the admission for the 22nd. Also performing on Thursday will be Rhonda Vincent & The Ragem, Band of Ruhks, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Balsam Range and Steep Canyon Rangers.

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The Mountain Man is Here to Stay

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 22:27

Arden, NC -- With a storied career that includes multiple Grammy awards, and a record-setting eleven International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Performer of the Year Awards, East Tennessee native Adam Steffey brings you new versions of his best known songs from his time with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Mountain Heart and others on his upcoming album. Here to Stay traces his musical journey from Bluegrass sideman to one of today’s best known voices.

From the undeniable power of the lead off track, “Mountain Man” to his Grammy award-winning performance on “Little Liza Jane,” Here to Stay features the signature works of Steffey’s music legacy to date.

Recorded with a team of ultimate hardcore Bluegrass musicians, Ron Stewart on fiddle, Jason Davis on banjo, Barry Bales on bass and Aaron Ramsey on guitar, these well-known works are still true to the original. They are, however, refreshed with new energy and led by Steffey’s unmistakable mandolin tone and attack.

The originality and haunting rich baritone of Steffey’s vocal is highlighted throughout with solo performances on “The Space I’m In,” written by Eric Gibson and the Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford penned “The Town That Isn’t There.”

This twelve song album makes clear the diversity of Steffey’s recorded history. It also traces the influence he has had as one of the most imitated Bluegrass mandolinists of the last 20+ years. Fans of his work will appreciate the revised “No Place to Hide” alongside previously unrecorded titles like the acoustic rendition of “Come Thou Fount” that features half a dozen layered mandolin parts.

As a founding member and performer with the 3-time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award-Winning band, The Boxcars, and this impressive fourth recording as a solo artist, Here to Stay proves Steffey is one of the most respected and accomplished artists in music today.

Here to Stay is out September 23rd from Mountain Home Music Company.

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Original Traditional Blue Highway Album Due September

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 10:48

Nashville, TN - Beloved bluegrass veterans Blue Highway will release their 11th studio album, Original Traditional, September 9, 2016 on Rounder Records. The band, which is celebrating their 23rd year together, was recently voted "Favorite Bluegrass Band Of All Time"' by the readers of Bluegrass Today.

If any Blue Highway album perfectly exemplifies "the essence of bluegrass music," this is it, combining the spirit, themes, and topics of traditional bluegrass, but through a set of 12 all-new originals from the band and co-writers. Original Traditional may well be the record that everyone has been waiting for from Blue Highway. From callous killings to struggling with sobriety, to the majesty and magic of the mountains, the songs evoke the timeless quality of bluegrass past, but showcase the voices and instrumental prowess of Blue Highway present, capturing a contemporary group at its creative peak.

Blue Highway is fairly unique in being one of the very few bands that boasts three lead singers - Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford, and Wayne Taylor - who are also accomplished songwriters, each of whom brings his own distinctive voice and personality to each of the songs.

On Original Traditional, Shawn Lane's s contributions include "Don't Weep For Me," "What You Wanted," "A Long Row to Hoe," and "Top of the Ridge." "Don't Weep For Me" could well be an old-timey murder ballad, complete with retribution and hanging. "A Long Row to Hoe" is an ode to the farmer, and "Top of the Ridge," a song of redemption, "no need to worry about the things I miss/I'll see a whole lot better from the top of the ridge," lovely in its simplicity.

A veteran of both Doyle Lawson's and Ricky Skaggs's bands, prized for his voice as well as his mandolin and fiddle virtuosity, Lane has been a key component of the Blue Highway sound, and has contributed many outstanding original songs to the band's oeuvre.

Tim Stafford, the band's resident music historian, is admired for the depth and breadth of his knowledge, his amazingly fluid guitar style, and his prowess as a singer and songwriter. Stafford penned "She Ain't Worth It," "Wilkes County Clay," the bluesy, laid-back "If Lonesome Don't Kill Me," and the heartbreaking ballad "Last Time I'll Ever Leave This Town."

Wayne Taylor's resonant voice is one of the wonders of the bluegrass world, the perfect instrument for expressing his own songs. On this album, his directness and emotional power come through loud and clear on "Water From the Stone," and "The Story of My Life." As dependable and solid as ever, his strong bass playing nails the band's pulse in place.

Jason Burleson, who hails from rural North Carolina, rounds out Blue Highway with his powerful banjo playing, though he also is a noted multi-instrumentalist, not limited to bluegrass. His knowledge of string band jazz and other forms of music runs deep, and his musical sophistication is reflected in his original tunes in the band's repertoire, a wonderful example of which is the new instrumental, "Alexander's Run."

Blue Highway recently welcomed a new addition to their lineup: abundantly gifted Dobro player Gaven Largent, who has more than risen to the challenge, and has already won over many of the band's longtime admirers.

As music scribe Dan Mullins summed up in the album's liner notes, "With Original Traditional, Blue Highway chose to look ahead by looking back." In so doing, they have never sounded better.

Tags: Blue HighwayCD ReleaseOriginal TraditionalRounder Records

Moonstruck Management & Hope River Entertainment Announce Merger

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 22:51

Josh Trivett, Owner of Moonstruck Management, and Penni McDaniel, Owner of Hope River Entertainment are proud to announce they are merging the agencies under the Moonstruck Management name. “I am so excited about the merger of Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment on so many levels. Penni McDaniel is a wonderful veteran of the industry in all aspects: Booking, PR, Album & Radio Promotions. With the recent hire of Ben Wilson as Booking Agent, and now adding all of Hope River’s services under the Moonstruck umbrella, this fulfills my original vision. Moonstruck Management will be a full service agency that offers artists an entire gamut of services needed to build or advance their career,” said Trivett.

The agency’s award-winning combined talent roster now includes: Soggy Bottom Boys, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Dave Adkins, Volume Five, Hogslop String Band, Newtown, Sweetwater String Band, Trinity River Band, Bluegrass 45, and Jesse Kramer. Moonstruck Management will now be offering in-house publicity and other services to their clients that currently do not have those services provided by another agency.

Moonstruck Management is also the Talent Buyer for two prestigious festivals – the Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario, California and Uncle Dave Macon Days in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. This year’s Uncle Dave Macon Days included the attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Largest Square Dance, hosted by Marcia Campbell (Grand Ole Opry, WSM) with Hogslop String Band as the featured performer. The attempt is currently in the review process by the Guinness Book of World Records. Next year, the festival will celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

“I’ve been working with Josh for many years in regards to our mutual clients, and more recently with Ben,” said McDaniel. “I am so impressed with their enthusiasm, business experience and professionalism. The three of us had the opportunity to work closely together at the Huck Finn Jubilee and Uncle Dave Macon Days, and we immediately clicked as a team. We felt like the merger was an obvious and natural next step in helping our clients achieve their own career goals. We are honored to be working with such talented artists and appreciate their excitement about this new venture. I’m excited to help expand Moonstruck Management as we head into a very positive future with this new team.”

McDaniel will continue providing: Management for Dave Adkins and Donna Hughes; Public Relations services for Larry Cordle, Lonesome River Band, Volume Five, Trinity River Band and more; Festival Publicity for the Bill Monroe Music Park including the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival; Album Publicity and Radio Promotions for Trinity River Band’s Things We Do For Dreams, Lou Reid and Carolina’s Rollin’ On; and a new album coming soon on Mountain Home Music Company.

Agent, Ben Wilson says, “I have had the pleasure of working with Penni over the last few months. The best thing about working with Penni, is getting to know Penni. Her professionalism is second to none. The way in which she handles artists is like family. Personally, I am thrilled to get to learn from her on a daily basis. With her kindness and experience in the genre, Moonstruck Management is a stronger company today.”

Sammy Shelor, 5-Time IBMA Awarding Winning Banjo Performer of the Year and band leader of Lonesome River Band, sums it all up saying, “I’ve worked with both companies for many years who have both furthered the success of Lonesome River Band. I couldn’t be more excited over this merger and having everything under one roof. It’s a real benefit with us all working closer together towards the common goal.”

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from Moonstruck Management. Join us at MoonstruckManagement.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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Levi Austin Makes Major Moves In His Career

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:47

Nashville, TN -- Levi Austin is making some critical, evolutionary decisions in the direction and growth of his career. We are pleased to announce that he has made the decision to move to Nashville. Levi played his last show with his band Nu-Blu that he had been with for 10 years; it was not an easy decision for him. Levi wishes nothing but the best for his friends in their career. It was a sad moment in his life, but it is time for Levi to take advantage of the multiple career opportunities available to him at this time.

Levi recently signed a Career Development Deal with AirPlay Direct’s Collective Evolution. There are several exciting new "opportunities” and deals for Levi that we will be announcing soon…more to follow.

"Being with Nu-Blu for the last decade has been the experience of a lifetime. Growing up watching the band grow from a regional band to a national brand has given me a long list of memories I will cherish forever. I anticipate great things from Nu-Blu, and I am ecstatic to begin building upon my career with Collective Evolution."
 ~ Levi Austin, Independent Artist

“Levi is an ‘exceptional’ young man and a fantastic musician," says Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct. "We are proud to be working with him and look forward to the exciting new adventure he is embarking upon.”

AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide. AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.

AirPlay Direct currently has over 10,000 radio station members in 92 countries. AirPlay Direct also serves over 40,000 artist / label membersglobally on a daily basis. AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc. www.AirPlayDirect.com

Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

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ClayBank to Randy's Pickin' Parlor Stage August 12

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:44
ClayBank finished 3rd in The International Band Competition at SPBGMA in Nashville TN last February. The video below has the 3 songs ClayBank performed in the in the 3rd and Final Round. Their first song - "I Believe" was followed by "Stepping Stone" and their performance wrapped up with "Say You'll Stay in My Arms."

Formed in January, 2015, ClayBank is comprised of Gary Trivette on bass, Tyler Thompson on banjo, Jacob Greer on guitar, and Zack Arnold on mandolin. They are living proof that raw, young talent combined with a wealth of musical experience and expertise can prevail. This award winning, four-piece band combines dynamic instrumentation with powerful vocal abilities. From a hard-driving bluegrass song to an a‘Capella gospel ballad with impressive harmonies, there’s always something for every listener at a ClayBank show.

Zack learned to love bluegrass and sing harmony at a very young age. He took mandolin lessons as a child but fell in love with the guitar as he grew older. When ClayBank was forming, Zack moved back to the mandolin and began to astound audiences with his hard-hitting mandolin style. His powerful lead vocals have garnered much attention since the bands inception, as well as his strong harmonies.

Jacob learned to play electric guitar when he was eight years old. Just a couple of years later, he was introduced to bluegrass music and was completely captivated by it. Jacob knew he needed an acoustic guitar and soon began to take flatpicking lessons. He was also motivated by spending countless hours studying the techniques of guitar greats Tony Rice and Kenny Smith. Jacob is now recognized for his dynamic rhythm and impressive lead guitar picking with ClayBank. His broad vocal range also contributes to the bands articulate sound.

Tyler started taking banjo and guitar lessons when he was ten years old, and soon became very proficient, winning contests on both instruments. His main focus with ClayBank is the banjo and he is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best in the business for his hard-driving style. Tyler is also an accomplished song writer and singer, contributing both lead and harmony vocals for the band.

Gary began playing bass at eight years old. Growing up in the 60's and 70's, Gary was heavily influenced by artists like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene. He spent 17 years as banjo player for Southern Accent and later spent several years as a member of Carolina Crossing. He has become known for his rock-solid bass playing and wide vocal range as well as his song writing abilities, all of which are reflected with ClayBank.

Randy's Pickin' Parlor upcoming shows are posted at http://www.randywoodmusic.com/upcoming-shows.html so you can always find some good pickin' coming up at the parlor.

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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Schedule Released

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 22:26
Bristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has released the day schedule for it’s 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, to be held September 16-18, 2016. With the release of the schedule, single-day passes are also now available for purchase. Buy your tickets here.

“Fans have been waiting to purchase single-day passes to the festival until we release the schedule, but the weekend pass is still the best value,” said Leah Ross, BCM Executive Director. “We also want to remind everyone that the schedule is subject to change, but our headlining acts should remain as scheduled barring unforeseen circumstances beyond anyone’s control.”

Legendary country music superstar Loretta Lynn is slated to perform on the State Street Stage on festival Saturday at 8:15 p.m. and influential blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy will appear on Friday at the Piedmont Stage at 10:15 p.m. The Indigo Girls will also appear on Saturday and Houndmouth is scheduled for Friday.

Visitors can create their own lineup through the festival’s website or through the festival’s mobile app, coming soon. This year the website and the mobile app will sync up so any changes made to your custom schedule will appear on both the website and the app. Single-day passes to the festival are also available on the website; tickets for Friday and Sunday are $40, while Saturday passes are $45. weekend passes are available for $80 while supplies last.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is held on and around State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee and offers 20 stages of live music and more than 130 acts. Nearly 50,000 people attended the event last year and more than 800 volunteers are needed to help during the festival.

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New Gospel Single from Bluegrass Express

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 22:22
Elizabeth, IL -- Plum River Records is proud to announce the release of "Answer to My Prayer," the highly anticipated first single from an upcoming gospel album by Bluegrass Express. The single features Greg Underwood on bass and lead vocals, band patriarch Gary Underwood on guitar, third generation member Jacob Underwood, on banjo and tenor vocals, 18 year old musical prodigy Nate Burie on mandolin and baritone vocals, and special guest and former Grand Ole Opry staff musician, Tim Crouch, on fiddle.

"Answer to My Prayer," was penned by bassist and lead vocalist Greg Underwood, who spent about a year playing bass for Asylum recording artists, The Cox Family, and has sung tenor for the late Charlie Louvin of The Louvin Brothers. Greg has written many songs, including "Whisper in the Wind," which received significant airplay on bluegrass and country radio. Following the release of "Whisper in the Wind," Bluegrass Unlimited stated "'Whisper in the Wind' comes highly recommended for extensive airplay, and could be a prime candidate to become a modern bluegrass standard." Greg has written many of the band's other songs over the years, including eight of the twelve tracks on their 2014 release "In Our Own Words." "In Our Own Words" featured all original material, and received great reviews and significant airplay. As for the original material on "In Our Own Words," Bluegrass Unlimited had this to say. "The title alludes to the fact that all of the material here is original. It's an embarrassment of riches.

The songs cover quite a range of subjects and manage to be different enough to keep things interesting." "Answer to My Prayer" is certainly no exception. It's another fine song, with a great gospel message.

Look for an entire all gospel album to be released later this summer. Listeners can expect to hear the tight, family harmony, stellar picking, original material, and dynamic performances that Bluegrass Express has been delivering for over 35 years. In addition to Tim Crouch's fine fiddling, John R. Bowman and Justin Moses also made guest appearances on the project. Stay up to date by liking Bluegrass Express on Facebook, following them on Twitter, and visiting www.BluegrassExpressBand.com.

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The McLain Family Band Brings Appalachian Bluegrass to Carter Fold

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 22:17

Hiltons, VA -- On Saturday, August 13th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by a long time popular group at the Fold, the McLain Family Band. Direct from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing contemporary Appalachian bluegrass music. During the years 1968 – 1990, they performed in all 50 states and 62 countries during 14 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band played at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center and the Carter Fold. They were featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras.

Raymond K. McLain formed the McLain Family Band in 1968 with his son Raymond W. and daughters Ruth and Alice. Mr. McLain was a Carter Family Memorial Music Center board member from the day the center was created. Raymond W. now serves on the Music Center’s board of directors and assists as Artistic Director at the Fold. Raymond K. McLain served for many years as Executive Director of Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky. He studied folk music at Harvard and later at the University of North Carolina, then went on to develop and teach the first college courses in bluegrass and in Appalachian Music at Berea College in 1971. His mother, Beatrice “Bicky” McLain, was also a significant figure in American folk music, founding the Southern Regional Folk Life Center at the University of Alabama and serving as its’ first director.

For eleven years, The McLain Family Band hosted The McLain Family Band Festival which was featured on NPR’s Folk Festival USA and produced by Kentucky Educational TV for national distribution. Other television appearances include NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Morning News, Good Morning America, the Pearl Bailey ETV Special, the BBC, TNN’s Nashville Now and the Johnny Cash Christmas Special.

The McLain Family Band began performing at the Carter Music Center when Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974. The family band stopped touring on a full time basis in 1990, but continues give occasional concerts – many of them at the Fold.

Raymond’s 40 plus years of entertaining have taken him to performances in all 50 states and 62 foreign countries, including a tour as a musical ambassador of the U.S. State Department. For 21 years with the McLain Family Band, Raymond was featured internationally at thousands of festivals and concerts and as a soloist in appearances with over 230 orchestras. Raymond was with Jim & Jesse’s Virginia Boys for ten years. He currently performs with Canadian harmonica whiz, Mike Stevens. Through the years, the McLains have produced dozens of CDs and records.

For some of the best bluegrass music this side of Heaven – and some of the best dancing - don’t miss the McLain Family Band at the Carter Family Fold. Come on out and join us for one of the most memorable musical evenings you can imagine! Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. For more information on the McLains, go to www.McLains.com.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to www.CarterFamilyFold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at www.CarterFoldShow.com. Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at TheCrookedRoad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo.

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He's Back! Wayne Taylor Returns to Blue Highway

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 22:19

Bristol, VA/TN -- Wayne Taylor is primed to return to full-time touring with Blue Highway on Saturday, August 13, 2016, for the prestigious Mountain Stage concert and Live Performance Radio Program at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV.

Wayne is proverbially chomping at the bit to perform with the powerhouse band he co-founded for his first show after an almost three-month hiatus following successful quadruple bypass heart surgery. The beloved vocalist and bass player for multi-award winning Blue Highway has been working hard in post-surgery physical therapy, and has just been cleared by doctors to return to full-time touring.

“I couldn't be happier to get back on the road with the band and see all the fans,” said Taylor. “I could never thank everyone enough for their kind words and support while I was recovering, and I'm excited to see everyone back out on the road! Let me tell you, Saturday in Elkins can't come fast enough for me!"

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce and NPR Music present Saturday’s performance at the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium at Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV, as part of the Augusta Heritage Festival.

Blue Highway, Flatt Lonesome, Dori Freeman, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Davis & Elkins Appalachian Ensemble will appear on the Mountain Stage program on Saturday, August 13, as part of its 33rd season.

"Wayne Taylor is one of the best singers in all of bluegrass, and we’re thrilled to be part of his return," said Mountain Stage Web Producer Josh Saul.

The Mountain Stage performance recording on Saturday is tentatively scheduled for release to over 170 NPR stations in early October 2016.

Show time in Elkins on Saturday, August 13, is 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 304-637-1255, or online with links on various websites including Augusta Heritage Festival, Mountain Stage, and Blue Highway.

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BMI to Challenge 100% Licensing in Federal Court

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 22:34

New York, NY -- ASCAP and BMI, the country's two leading performing rights organizations (PROs) collectively representing more than one million songwriters, composers and music publishers, have joined forces to fight the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent interpretation of their respective consent decrees and to push for consent decree reform. United in their belief that the DOJ's decision to mandate 100% licensing will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace and place unfair financial burdens and creative constraints on songwriters and composers, the two organizations are pursuing a joint campaign: BMI through litigation and ASCAP through legislative reform.

BMI announced it is taking legal action and has initiated the process to challenge 100% licensing in Federal Court. Concurrently, ASCAP announced that it will take the lead for the two PROs in pursuing a legislative solution to ensure the continued availability of fractional licensing as well as other remedies to the outdated consent decree regulations that disadvantage songwriters and composers in the digital age. In its recent public statement, the DOJ itself called for potential legislative relief.

Mike O'Neill, President and CEO of BMI, said, "The DOJ's interpretation of our consent decree serves no one, not the marketplace, the music publishers, the music users, and most importantly, not our songwriters and composers who now have the government weighing in on their creative and financial decisions. Unlike the DOJ, we believe that our consent decree permits fractional licensing, a practice that encourages competition in our industry and fosters creativity and collaboration among music creators, a factor the DOJ completely dismissed. As a result, we have no recourse other than to fight the DOJ's interpretation in court. It won't be easy, and we know it will take time, but we believe that it is the right thing to do and in the best interest of the industry at large."

Elizabeth Matthews, ASCAP CEO, stated: "The DOJ decision puts the U.S. completely out of step with the entire global music marketplace, denies American music creators their rights, and potentially disrupts the flow of music without any benefit to the public. That is why ASCAP will work with our allies in Congress, BMI and leaders within the music industry to explore legislative solutions to challenge the DOJ's 100% licensing decision and enact the modifications that will protect songwriters, composers and the music we all love."

In a pre-motion letter to Federal Judge Louis Stanton, BMI advised him of a proposed motion to interpret and potentially modify its consent decree. Specifically, the letter requests the following relief:

  • Determination that BMI's consent decree allows for the long-standing industry practice of fractional licensing, or,
  • Alternatively, an order by the court modifying the decree to allow for fractional licensing;
  • A reasonable transaction period after a final ruling, if compliance with the DOJ's interpretation is required.
  • The full copy of BMI's pre-motion letter can be found HERE (PDF).

By way of background, in a disappointing conclusion of a more than two-and-a-half-year formal review process, the DOJ recently announced that it has declined to update the 75-year-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that regulate how the organizations operate. Instead, it decided to implement a new requirement mandating that each PRO license songs in their respective repertoires on a 100% basis -- upending the long-standing industry practice of fractional licensing and creating logistical and legal challenges that didn't previously exist for hundreds of thousands of music creators across the country.

Celebrating over 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public.

In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business -- from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more.

The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 585,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Deep Roots Mountain Revival Lineup and Activities

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 22:28
Masontown, WV) - Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival is proud to announce the daily performance schedule for its inaugural music and arts festival on September 15-18, 2016. Top-tier bluegrass, jam band, rock and country acts will convene on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, the original site for the All Good Festival.

Performing on Thursday, September 15th, is jam band pioneer Melvin Seals and the JGB and more. On Friday, September 16th the dynamic and genre-defying Greensky Bluegrass performs, along with outlaw country music and southern rocker Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws; Love and Theft; Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives; Cabinet and more. On Saturday, September 17th, slam grass virtuosos Leftover Salmon are joined by grassroots phenomenon Blackberry Smoke; The David Grisman Sextet; Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder; Rising Appalachia and more. Sunday, September 18th, features country music favorites Jamey Johnson; Corey Smith; The Marcus King Band and more. A full daily schedule can be found on the Deep Roots Mountain Revival website at www.MountainRevival.com.

Deep Roots offers a full schedule of community-building, family-friendly activities and events. Kids and their guardians are encouraged to visit the Family Activity Zone featuring scheduled events including yoga, hula hooping, instrument making, a t-shirt tie dye station, art and nature encounters. On Saturday, September 17th, shuttles will be available from the festival grounds to the Hovatter’s Zoo. Adults are also encouraged to play like kids with daily yoga sessions, paintball, a cornhole tournament, nature hikes and mountain bike tours. A schedule of activities can be found by visiting www.MountainRevival.com/kids-activities/.

The festival will donate $3 from all purchases of 3-day passes to the United Way of Southern West Virginia to support flood relief efforts. The recent flooding left many West Virginia communities in dire need of help. Deep Roots Mountain Revival in partnership with the United Way of Southern WV is committed to long term flood recovery. General Admission Tier One tickets are currently available for $150 for 3-day passes and $180 for Thursday early arrival tickets. On August 1st, GA tickets increase to Tier 2 prices, $165 and $195 respectively. VIP tickets are available for $570 per person. All VIP ticket packages include early entry; catered meals; access to premiere viewing areas at all stages with beer and wine; access to private bathrooms and showers; VIP camping sites; VIP lounge access; discounts on festival grounds beer; and a stainless steel souvenir mug. Tickets can be purchased at www.MountainRevival.com/tickets.

The United Way of Southern WV is committed to long term flood recovery, along with The United Way of Greenbrier Valley and The United Way of Central WV. 100% of proceeds donated to the flood relief effort will be used to help our communities repair their infrastructure, to return to normal life as quickly as possible, as well as provide long-term support to the region. Our sincere thanks to Deep Roots Mountain Revival for their generosity, their confidence, and their trust in our organizations. We promise to combine your gift with others to deliver long-term solutions for southern West Virginia's people in need. Thank you for investing in Southern West Virginia! More information can be found here www.MountainRevival.com/partners/united-way-flood-relief-campaign/

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Full Lineup:

  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Leftover Salmon
  • The David Grisman Sextet
  • Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
  • Corey Smith
  • Love and Theft
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  • Shooter Jennings with Waymore's Outlaws
  • Cabinet
  • Melvin Seals & JGB
  • Rising Appalachia
  • Fruition
  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
  • Rumpke Mountain Boys
  • Cris Jacobs Band
  • Zach Nugent's Deadset
  • The Black Lillies
  • Yarn
  • The Movement
  • Alvin "Youngblood" Hart's Muscle Theory
  • The Hip Abduction
  • Big Something
  • The Marcus King Band
  • Larry Keel Experience
  • Cornmeal
  • Girls, Guns & Glory
  • Spiritual Rez
  • The Woodshedders
  • The Trongone Band
  • Grand Ole Ditch
  • Megan Jean & The KFB
  • Hillbilly Gypsies
  • Fletcher's Grove
  • The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers
  • Poor Taters
  • Ginada Pinata
  • Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns
  • Hillbilly Carnival
  • The Company Store
  • I-Vibes
  • Low Seam
  • The Kind Thieves
  • Rus Reppert
  • The Greg Harrison Band
  • Corey Hager

For more information on the Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival, visit www.MountainRevival.com.

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