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IBMA’s Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, Tenders Resignation

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:12

Nashville, TN -- Nancy Cardwell, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), has tendered her resignation with the organization, effective December 31, 2014. Cardwell has held the position of executive director at IBMA for the past two and a half years, and has worked at the organization for 20 years.

In a letter to members of the organization, Cardwell said, “When I agreed to take the interim ED position March 5, 2012—and later in August 2012 when I was asked to take on the fulltime position, I let the IBMA Board of Directors know I intended to stay three to five years, to help the organization get through what I perceived as a crucially important transitional process following the tenure of longtime director Dan Hays… Bluegrass music is about passing tunes from one generation to another, and it’s also about passing leadership roles along to the next person on the industry side. Twenty years is a long time to do anything, and I know 2015 is the right time for me to pass the torch to the next executive director of IBMA.”

During her tenure as executive director, Cardwell oversaw the successful move of IBMA’s signature event, World of Bluegrass, from Nashville to Raleigh, North Carolina. Additionally, over the past two and a half years, the IBMA has seen a rise in membership, the establishment of the Nashville office in its current location in Berry Hill, the hiring/training of three full-time IBMA employees, the launch of a new website and an increase in the organization’s online presence.

“Twenty years is a long time to do anything, and I know 2015 is the right time for me to pass the torch to the next executive director of IBMA.”
   - Nancy Cardwell

"When the Board began its search for an Executive Director to replace Dan Hays, we knew it was important to find one who was both familiar with and familiar to our members and our industry, as we moved forward in our efforts to build an IBMA capable of playing a leadership role in the industry for many years to come,” said Jon Weisberger, IBMA Board chair. “During Nancy's tenure, we have made significant strides in doing so, and her devotion to the IBMA, to its members, to bluegrass music and to the bluegrass community have been indispensible assets. I am confident that the Board will find a successor capable of meeting the challenges that still lie before us, but I am equally confident that the value of the contribution she has made will be felt for many years to come. We wish her success in whatever she chooses to do next, and on a personal note, I hope that I can continue to count on her counsel and knowledge for as long as I serve as Chair of the Board of Directors."

Cardwell added in her letter: “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve IBMA for 20 years, and to get to know and appreciate so many of you. I’m proud of what the organization has accomplished so far, and I’m excited about the future of both IBMA and bluegrass music. I appreciate what I’ve learned from each of you, the music and the stories, and most of all, your friendship.”

The organization will begin its search for a new executive director in the coming weeks. IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.

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Nancy Cardwell Resigns as IBMA Executive Director

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 22:49

Long time IBMA staff and Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Nancy Cardwell, has resigned her position during the World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC. Cardwell will serve through the end of the year and hopes to help make the transition easy on the association.

Cardwell has been a hallmark of the association for nearly two decades. She was the focal point for communications during my membership and long after. Cardwell served on staff for over a decade. When Dan Hays left the organization, she was selected as the interim Executive Director and, later, she was selected as the full time Executive Director by the board.

The bluegrass community welcomed her with open arms as the Executive Director for many reasons including here knowledge of the association and how it managed its many functions, her positive image and, her open willing attitude to help the music and the association in any way possible. Her selection as the Executive Director was seen as a breath of fresh air by members and fans everywhere. Many joined or renewed their memberships with the IBMA because of her becoming Executive Director.

The move to Raleigh and the big successes there are directly attributable to Cardwell. The broadening of the bluegrass arena can also be linked to her leadership. For those on the outside of the association, her leadership was what the association needed to jump start it and get it headed in the right direction. This was a sign that the association was embracing much needed change.

Yesterday, Nancy sent this letter to the association's membership:

Dear members of IBMA:
 
After 20 years serving on the staff of the International Bluegrass Music Association, I made the decision last month to resign as executive director, effective Dec. 31, 2014.
 
When I agreed to take the interim ED position March 5, 2012—and later in August 2012 when I was asked to take on the fulltime position, I let the IBMA Board of Directors know I intended to stay three to five years, to help the organization get through what I perceived as a crucially important transitional process following the tenure of longtime director Dan Hays—who I credit with building the organization from the ground, with the help of many of you early members.
 
My goals were to work with current and new staff, the board, and our new partners in Raleigh to rebuild membership numbers; to increase attendance, value, and the overall vibe at World of Bluegrass events; and to start the process of re-building our finances. We’ve also updated our website and our entire online presence during the past two and a half years. And the IBMA Youth Council, Membership Recruitment Committee, Leadership Bluegrass, and the international “I” in IBMA are strong and moving forward.
 
Bluegrass music is about passing tunes from one generation to another, and it’s also about passing leadership roles along to the next person on the industry side. Twenty years is a long time to do anything, and I know 2015 is the right time for me to pass the torch to the next executive director of IBMA. The IBMA team and I have accomplished what we set out to do during the past three years, and I have a passionate, talented staff with over a year’s experience under their belts in place with Taylor Coughlin, Eddie Huffman and Joe Lurgio, working hard for the future of bluegrass music.
 
I’m not sure what I’ll be doing next, but I have a couple of interesting leads—both inside and outside the bluegrass music world. I’ll let you know the details as soon as I can, and I would truly appreciate your support as I move forward in another role.
 
I grew up in a bluegrass family band in the Missouri Ozarks—hitting the stage and radio airwaves for the first time at age seven, and I’ve been writing professionally about bluegrass music in magazines since I was in college. I’m not leaving the music. My dedication and personal support of bluegrass music and its international trade association will continue.
 
It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve IBMA for 20 years, and to get to know and appreciate so many of you. I’m proud of what the organization has accomplished so far, and I’m excited about the future of both IBMA and bluegrass music. I appreciate what I’ve learned from each of you, the music and the stories, and most of all, your friendship.
 
Sincerely,
Nancy Cardwell

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Bluegrass Wins Big at IMEA Awards

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 22:48

It was a big night for bluegrass at the International Music & Entertainment Awards in Ashland, Kentucky on Saturday, October 4th as Ned Crisp and Bottomline walked away with the first ever Bluegrass Group of the Year award. In a multi-genre category, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising took home the award for Holiday Song of the Year.

As Ned Crisp so enthusiastically stated, “A win in a multi-genre category is a win for the entire bluegrass family!”

Kathy said, "Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising
In the craziness of a world that never seems to pause, the members of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising want to take a moment to stop and thank each and every person who has ever supported us in any way, shape or form over this past decade. We are completely humbled by the fact that the songs in our hearts have given us the opportunity to connect with so many people in such meaningful way."

Based out of Ashland, Kentucky, Ned Crisp & Bottomline have been winning fans over all over the United States and Canada with their traditional sound and gospel sensibilities. You can find out more about them at http://www.nedcrisp.com/

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising are based out of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Their last three CD’s have done extremely well on radio airplay charts worldwide and they continue to expand their performance area as they draw the attention of event promoters with their original music, high energy entertainment style and audience interactions. You can find out more about them at http://www.phoenixrisingband.org

The International Music and Entertainment Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and serving as an advocate to individuals and organizations within the performing arts and entertainment industries. While supporting the arts, IMEA is one of the fastest growing organizations in the industry. For more information about the IMEA please visit http://www.imeaonline.com/

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Katrina Nicolayeff Crowned Grand Master Fiddler Champion

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 22:13

Grand Master Fiddler Championship crowns the 2014 master. 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. Nicolayeff took home $1,200 in cash, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Maw received $1,100 and a plaque.

The two-day 43rd annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship is the nation’s championship event held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 27 and 28, 2014.

“What an amazing group of fiddlers from around the country that gave their best efforts to compete for the various titles we awarded this year,” said Howard Harris, GMFC president. “We had even a larger group of attendees this year who cheered on the competitors as they continue the legacy of fiddling in this historic contest.”

The Grand Master Fiddler Championship, Inc. is a Tennessee non-profit and a U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. Fiddlers compete for over $10,000 in prizes.

Competitors showed their talents amongst some of the leading performers in acoustic music including the Grascals, Texas Lace, and Crystal Plohman’s Fiddle Frenzy Youth Fiddlers. In honor of its founder, the organization presented the Dr. Perry F. Harris Award to Charlie Daniels for his work in support of the traditional art of fiddling. “The traditional category showed great strides of this year as did the youth category,” Franks said. “The future of fiddling certainly looks bright based on the talents I have seen in this competition.”

The other top-10 winners included in descending order: Jesse Maw of Kalispell, Montana, Justin Branum of Nashville, Tennessee, Luke Price of Portland, Oregon; Eli Bishop of Nashville, Tennessee, Aynsley Porchak of Ontario, Canada; Harrison Schumann of San Antonio, Texas; Aarun Carter of Portland, Oregon; Doug Fleener of Leitchfield, Kentucky; Tyler Andal of Nashville, Tennessee;

Contestants placing 11 through 20 are Katie Crawford of Burleson, Texas; Billy Contreras of Nashville, Tennessee; Jacob Johnson of Lincoln, Alabama; Tallon Sandoval of Janesville, California; Aria Stiles of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Carl Hopkins of Porter, Texas; Faith Nugent of Burleson, Texas; Samantha Cunningham of Versailles, Kentucky; Katherine Messer of Nashville, Tennessee

Carl Hopkins received the Charlie Bush Traditional Fiddler Performance Award from the GMFC presented in honor of late director Charlie Bush.

The Grand Master Traditional Champion is Megan Lynch Chowning of Goodlettsville, Tennessee who won $300. Other winners in descending order are Rachel Baiman of Tennessee; Shannon Hunt of Texas; Mikaela Langley of Tennessee; Deena Bistodeau of Tennessee; Saralyn Miller of Kentucky; and Leo Hickman of Indiana.

The Grand Master Youth Champion is Matthew Lin of Lexington, Kentucky. He won $300 and a plaque. Other winners in descending order are River Lee of Texas; Ivy Phillips of Tennessee; Benjamin Lin of Kentucky; Cara DiGiovanni of Tennessee; Noelle Nugent of Texas; Allie Hagan of Kentucky, Beth Davis of Illinois, Jessica Sell of Texas; and Antonio Dodson of Tennessee.

Winning guitar accompanists are Anthony Mature of Huntsville, Texas; Hyatt Hopkins of Texas; Paul Kramer of Tennessee; Jonathan Trawick of Oregon; Jim Reina of Texas. Mature, who took first, won $200 and a certificate.

Actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” and Marcia Campbell of WSM served as celebrity co- hosts for the event. Other organizers include Grand Master Fiddler Championship vice president Ed Carnes, directors Lisa LaFortune, Crystal Plohman, Gayla Tanaka-Bollinger, Alva T. "Trey" McClain, Charlie Smith, and Bobby Taylor. Contest judges were Brian Christianson, Laura Waters, Mark Ralph, Bob Forrester and Bobby Taylor.

Among the sponsors were Fletcher Bright Company, 66 West Productions, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Lockstep Technology.

For more information, visit www.grandmasterfiddler.com.

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The Stetson Family's New 'Double-Single'

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 22:11

Since their last release, The Devil in His Sunday Bestt (described by Rhythms Magazine as “a landmark Australian roots album”), The Stetson Family haven’t been resting on their laurels - far from it! In 2013 they released a compilation, O Winding River, in the USA which achieved chart success (even spending a day at #1 as the most downloaded album across nearly 900 US radio stations) and gained international recognition in the UK and Europe.

Now they are excited to release a ‘double-single’, Haunted Hills and Travellin’ Man from their upcoming album (due early 2015). To celebrate, The Stetson Family will be playing a month of Sunday arvos from 4-6pm at The Yarra Hotel - every punter and Melbourne muso‘s favourite live music venue!

"Haunted Hills" - set in the spooky Gippsland hills where there’s strange disappearances and no-one knows why the cattle stampede on the east side of the hill...

"Travellin’ Man" - based on a true story of a man whose lived his lonely life along the banks of the Murray with only the sky as his blanket and the moon as his light...

Melbourne, Australia’s band of knockabouts, The Stetson Family, are at the forefront of Australia’s progressive bluegrass scene. Their songs dig deep into the roots of bluegrass, folk and alt-country to deliver a fresh twist on a timeless sound.

Mel
The Stetson’s first release, 2008’s Hey Sister Mary Where’d You Get That Gun gained recognition by being included in some of the year’s ‘Best of Lists’ including #1 Best Roots/ Alt-Country Album on BayFm’s Mystery Train. Some of their music was also picked up by SBS/Renegade Productions and used in the documentary ‘Last Chance Saloon’. Their follow-up album, The Devil in His Sunday Best was described by Rhythms Magazine as “A landmark Australian roots album for 2011.”

Mel In 2012, they were invited by the International Bluegrass Music Association to take part in World of Bluegrass 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee, with their song ‘O’ Winding River’ being chosen as one of 10 songs to be showcased. The song was also included on the ABC’s Favourites of 2012. The band were finalists in two categories, Best Group and Best Bluegrass Song at the 2012 Victorian & National Country Music Awards.

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San Diego's Only Music Film Festival November 8th

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 22:21

San Diego, CA -- Billed as San Diego’s first music only film festival, the Point Music Film Festival will feature 10 films, including bluegrass favorites such as “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass,” “The Tao of Bluegrass,” and “Mandolin in B: The Herschel Sizemore Story” plus country music’s “Heartworn Highways” as well as the highly acclaimed documentary about John Lennon, “Rubber Soul” and more. Festival goers will be treated to performances from 6 musical groups including headliner James Reams & The Barnstormers featuring legendary fiddler, Blaine Sprouse.

The Point Music Film Festival was created to celebrate the world of music and documentary films providing a venue to support today’s best independent filmmakers, while enhancing the diversity of San Diego’s cultural landscape. The festival will be held at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center located at 930 Tenth Ave. in downtown San Diego. This event is set to coincide with the city’s Beer Week, providing an intimate gathering for film buffs and music lovers.

So come on out for a great weekend of music, history and fun. Further information is available on the festival website. Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

James Reams & The Barnstormers will be the featured performer at the Point Music Film Festival on Saturday, November 8th. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Music critic Jerry Paul (former editor of Acoustica) described lead singer James Reams: “James is such an inspiration to watch. He truly feels his music, and sings from her very soul. If James is ever within your area, he is a ‘must see’ bluegrass icon.” Raised in eastern Kentucky but now living in Phoenix, James Reams puts a layer of desert grit over a solid base of traditional bluegrass music. His band treads the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and rockabilly meet in the night to swap stories.

Check out their most recent music video, "Almost Hear the Blues" released in July, 2014 featuring a song that charted nationally from their latest CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, which made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. The band celebrated 20 years of playing bluegrass music in 2013 with a coast-to-coast tour from New York to California.

Book NOW for 2015! For further information about James Reams & The Barnstormers visit their website at www.jamesreams.com or http://cdbaby.com/Artist/jamesReams. Music videos are available on http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjamesreams.

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Winter Heats Up with Larry's Country Diner Caribbean Cruise

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 22:17

Nashville, TN -- Gabriel Communications announces its highly successful television shows, “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion” will, once again, take to the high-seas for a seven-day “down-home” Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Fans can climb aboard the Celebrity Cruise Celebrity Reflection cruise liner January 31st – February 7, 2015, and enjoy entertainment featuring Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, TG Sheppard & Kelly Lang, Mo Pitney, Johnny Lee, Mark Wills, Teea Goans and the cast of Larry’s Country Diner.

In just five short years, “Larry’s Country Diner,” has become one of country music consumers’ favorite “eateries.” One of the top-rated shows on the RFD-TV network, this “down home” variety show serves up a heapin’ helpin’ of spontaneous country music performances by the stars of yesterday and today, with a generous portion of laughs. Set in a rural, small-town diner, the show’s spontaneity and impromptu nature only add to its charm and unique appeal, pulling an estimated audience 1.4 million people each and every month to the network. During the cruise, fans will get to be a part of the “Larry’s Country Diner” studio audience, get up close and personal with their favorite diner cast members and enjoy stellar performance by iconic country artists. On dry land, fans would have to wait over a year to get a seat at the diner given the current waiting list.

Passengers will also enjoy special shows from “Country’s Family Reunion.” Since 1997, Gabriel Communications has been reuniting artists from the country music “family” to reminisce about their careers, perform signature songs and share stories while the cameras roll. The result has been pure magic, leading to the highly-popular show airings on the RFD-TV network and successful DVD sales. For more information on these shows, please visit LarrysCountryDiner.com and CFRVideos.com.

Those interested in joining in on the cruise fun can resource more information here: CFRCruise.com.

Larry’s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting. The show features regular characters including Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, waitress Renae and avid church lady Nadine, along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today. Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, Larry’s Country Diner has produced nearly 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD-TV, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly. For more information, please visit LarrysCountryDiner.com.

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Nu-Blu to Join The Roys at Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 22:11

Nashville, TN -- Nu-Blu, the bluegrass breakout act that has been sweeping the nation, has been added as the The Roys' special guest for this weekend's world-famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. It's a night of solid bluegrass music that is sure to have fans on their feet cheering along! The special event is hosted by 650-WSM on Saturday, October 11. You can stream the show online by clicking HERE during the program.

"It's an honor to join our good friends Lee and Elaine (The Roys) for this historic show," says Nu-Blu's Carolyn Routh. Nu-Blu has reason to celebrate as their latest album, All The Way spends its third consecutive week in the Top 10 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart. The album includes the single "Jesus and Jones," which features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore. The dynamic pairing has been hard at work promoting the single and album, performing on Huckabee, Imus in the Morning, and more. You can order a copy of the album by clicking HERE.

The Roys’ celebrate strong debuts on multiple charts with their fourth Rural Rhythm Records’ CD release, The View. The disc will enter the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums chart next week at #2, and currently holds the #7 spot on AirPlay Direct’s Bluegrass/Folk chart. The View entered Amazon’s Bluegrass Bestsellers list at #10 last week, and rises to #18 on today’s Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. The news of the disc’s early success follows closely on the heels of the announcement of final-round ICM nominations for The Roys in the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year categories. Winners will be announced at the Awards’ 20th anniversary spectacular in Nashville on November 13.

The new album is driven by "No More Lonely," the upbeat first single released to radio in June. The track continues to gain momentum; now featured on the Bluegrass Radio Network’s Into The Blue syndicated radio show, it is tied at #6 on this week’s Bluegrass Junction Most-Played Tracks/SiriusXM Radio Chart. “No More Lonely” holds the #16 slot on active Roots Music Report’s Weekly Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart and moves to #6 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart today.

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American Academy of Arts & Sciences to Honor Dr. Ralph Stanley

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 22:08

Nashville, TN -- Trailblazing musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow in the humanities and arts category of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others. Dr. Stanley will be honored in a ceremony taking place Saturday, October 11, 2014.

In May, Stanley was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Yale University. It was his second such distinction, the first having been conferred in 1976 by Lincoln Memorial University.

This week, Stanley will be inducted formally into the Academy at its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Oct. 11. The Academy was founded in 1780 to recognize America's foremost "thinkers and doers." Among its past members are George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr. Current members include more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize-winners.

Recognized as the leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding father of bluegrass, Stanley has spread his sound around the world during his 68 years of touring and recording. He began his career in 1946 as the younger half of the Stanley Brothers, a group then headed by singer-songwriter Carter Stanley. The Stanley Brothers performed, recorded and appeared on television together until Carter's death in 1966.

In the years following, Stanley built and led a band that at various times featured such rising talents as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore. So significant was the Stanley sound in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? that rocketed Ralph from icon to superstar. He was profiled by novelist David Gates in The New Yorker and went on to earn a Grammy as Top Male Country Vocalist, edging out Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Lyle Lovett. To date, he has won three Grammy awards.

Stanley's high, forlorn vocals are featured in the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. In addition, he was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century. He is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

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Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music -- Corrected

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 22:05

Does Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected sound interesting to you? It should! Barry Mazor, always informative and well versed, will be dealing with the remarkable career of Ralph Peer in his presentation. No doubt it will include Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and a whole lot more. Mazor’s writings often appear in the Wall Street Journal and he recently interviewed Ry Cooder for a public event at the Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum. His latest book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music will be the definitive work on Peer. No doubt his Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected presentation to International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will be fascinating. And…watch for Mazor at the Wednesday 5.20.2015 5:00-8:00pm Vanderbilt Holiday Inn social hour, picking, book launch, and picking.

The ICMC always includes a portion of their program dedicated to bluegrass music and ICMC 2105 will be not different. ICMC is pleased to share that long time ICMC friend Lee Bidgood of East Tennessee State University will further extend the ICMC Bluegrass presence. Bidgood will be dealing with “Broken Circle vs the Louvat Brothers: Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?” Most of us probably know nothing about the Bluegrass scene in Belgium. As always, Bidgood will be well prepared, expand our horizons, plus contribute mightily to our enjoyment with his picking prowess!

Another bluegrass topic at ICMC will by by Rick Stern of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Stern's topic will be dealing with ‘Home Is Where...” Stern Indicates that Bluegrass “contains two spheres (secular and sacred) each of which employs the concept of ‘home’...with the first sphere described as longing and the second as hopeful.” Stern will deal with ‘several variations’ of home songs and deal with state and region songs as well. Stern is always thoroughly prepared and his banjo adds a great deal to all of the ICMC picking sessions!

ICMC long term friend Dan Simberloff shared a link dealing with the question of preservation on Music Row. Preservation of music row is related to the important questions of ‘critical infrastructure,’ authenticity, public memory, iconography as well as private property issues. ICMC has not taken a formal stand on such issues, but numerous sessions and panels have dealt with authenticity. It may well be that an ICMC panel on historic preservation and all its complexities as it relates to country music would be a great feature for a future ICMC.

Pickers don’t forget that there will be the usual informal picking Thursday evening prior to the 7:00pm keynote event and Friday evening at Studio It would also be great if pickers want to start their collaboration prior to the Thursday noon luncheon. Please contact Nate Gibson (nathandgibson@gmail.com) or Greg Reish (Gregory.Reish@mtsu.edu) for additional information. This includes the Wednesday 5.20.2015 pre conference picking component at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. Once again ICMC has been alloted the 9-10pm slot for ICMC pickers to perform at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt’s Wednesday evening singer-songwriter nite. Original material is required. Nate Gibson coordinates the singer songwriter time slot. Please contact Nate and/or James Akenson if you wish to participate.

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Flatt Lonesome Celebrating as Emerging Artist of the Year

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 22:04

Nashville, TN -- Flatt Lonesome has been named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The announcement was made last Thursday, October 2 at the 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show. The awards show was held in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and was hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas.

"We are so excited that we just can’t put it in to words," says the band's Kelsi Robertson Harrigill. "It was a huge surprise for us and it is such an honor to receive this award! Being on that stage and looking out into the audience filled with our heroes - the people that inspire us - was incredible!" Kelsi continues, “we love bluegrass music and we do not take this Emerging Artist title lightly. We are going to continue to work hard for all of the wonderful folks that support us and it’s our desire to represent our genre of music well.”

Siblings, Kelsi Robertson Harrigill (mandolin), Buddy Robertson (guitar), and Charli Robertson (fiddle) founded Flatt Lonesome in 2011 along with neighbor, Dominic Illingworth (bass) and longtime friend, Michael Stockton (dobro). Paul Harrigill (banjo) joined in early 2012. The band is known for their soaring sibling vocals and top-notch musicianship along with a heaping dose of youthful spirit.

Too, Flatt Lonesome's sophomore release (Mountain Home Records), debuted at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart; two of the album's songs, "So Far" and "Dangerous Dan" have reached the Top 5 on Bluegrass Today’s single’s chart; and the first single “So Far” is rapidly climbing Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey.

Being named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year was the highlight of a busy week for Flatt Lonesome at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. As Official Showcase Artists for World of Bluegrass, the band played an impressive seven shows in five days in and around Raleigh.

Flatt Lonesome's complete tour schedule and contact information can be found at flattlonesome.com.

IBMA Awards are decided by a vote of the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Awards Show was broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction), and streamed for viewing by Music City Roots. Additional information on the International Bluegrass Music Association as well as a complete list of award winners can be found at IBMA.org.

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Larry Cordle Releases “All-Star Duets” to Radio

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:16

Nashville, TN – The long-awaited, highly-anticipated new album by award-winning singer/songwriter, Larry Cordle, All-Star Duets, has now been made available to radio via AirPlay Direct. Duet partners include Garth Brooks (Against the Grain”), Alison Krauss & Union Station (Two Highways), Trisha Yearwood (“Lonesome Dove”), Del McCoury (“The Bigger the Fool”), Diamond Rio (“Mama, Don’t Forget to Pray for Me”), Dierks Bentley (“You Can’t Take it with You When You Go”), Ricky Skaggs (“Highway 40 Blues”), Terri Clark (“Cure for the Common Heartache”), Travis Tritt (“Rough Around the Edges”), Kenny Chesney (“Fields of Home”), Daryl Singletary & Kevin Denney (“Murder on Music Row”), and Kathy Mattea (“Lonesome Standard Time”). The release date is scheduled for early November 2014.

The idea of All-Star Duets, to record an acoustic album with many of Nashville’s superstars who have recorded his songs, was conceived over ten years ago as a dream project of Cordle’s. The artists eagerly signed on and it was brought to life, slowly but surely, as busy schedules allowed. The result is undoubtedly the culminating pinnacle of his 30-plus year career as one of Nashville’s most renowned songwriters.

Several notable recording studios on and off music row are credited, from Starstruck to Station West. All of Cordle’s parts, as well as several of his guests and some instrumental tracks, were recorded at Randy Kohrs’ Slack Key Studio, where Cordle recorded his previous two albums.

Track List for All-Star Duets:

  • "Against the Grain" Featuring Garth Brooks
  • "Mama Don't Forget to Pray for Me" Featuring Diamond Rio
  • "Highway 40 Blues" Featuring Ricky Skaggs
  • "Lonesome Dove" Featuring Trisha Yearwood
  • "The Bigger the Fool" Featuring Del McCoury
  • "The Fields of Home" Featuring Kenny Chesney
  • "Lonesome Standard Time" Featuring Kathy Mattea
  • "Murder on Music Row" Featuring Daryle Singletary/Kevin Denney
  • "You Can't Take it With You When You Go" Featuring Dierks Bentley
  • "Cure for the Common Heartache" Featuring Terri Clark
  • "Rough Around the Edges" Featuring Travis Tritt
  • "Two Highways" Featuring Alison Krauss
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Nathan Stanley Wins "Bluegrass Album of the Year" Dove Award

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:13

Nashville, TN -- And the winner is...Nathan Stanley!!! Last night at the prestigious Gospel Music Association's annual Dove awards, Nathan Stanley was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" for his 2014 release Every Mile. Every Mile, produced by Terry Thompson, features collaborations with Vince Gill on "Hand in Hand with Jesus," a duet with his legendary grandfather Dr. Ralph Stanley, along with Sonya Isaacs Yeary & Becky Isaacs Bowman, Jeff & Sheri Easter, T. Graham Brown & Judy Marshall, Jeff Bates, Wes Hampton, and Adam Crabb.

"I am truly honored!," says Nathan Stanley. "This was my first Dove nomination. I cannot express how thrilled I am to have won this award, not just for me, but for my papaw. He has paved the way for so many including me. Having him on this album was special enough, but to now share a Dove award with him takes it to another place. I want to thank everyone who played a part in making this happen. Most of all, I give all of the praise and glory to my lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without him, this would not have been possible."

Individual God given gifts run deep within this family legacy. Nathan Stanley grandson of the Icon and Grammy Award Winning artist Dr. Ralph Stanley is no exception to the family tradition. A unique individual and a rare find. Nathan Stanley is considered to be the heir to the Stanley Music Royalty. His heart is golden, his voice is pure and his soul has deep roots in Gospel and Bluegrass music. Singer, Songwriter Nathan Stanley is the real deal and the complete package. His distinctive good looks and charismatic personality add the finishing touches to make him one of the most sought after artist of the decade. Nathan has traveled over 200 dates per year since he was two years old. From the humble beginnings of playing the spoons to the lead singer for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.

In his voice you can hear traces of an old soul. His songs seem to come from a life lived before this one! As he possesses maturity beyond his years, it puts Nathan Stanley front and center. A new album which boasts a collaboration of Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, & Country is planned for release April 15th, 2014 on Willow Creek Records Nashville. The song sequence is a collection of great favorites old and new. Nathan will be joined by some of his long-time friends like Jeff & Sheri Easter "Heart That Will Never Break Again", Wes Hampton "Every Mile", Vince Gill "Hand In Hand With Jesus", Jeff Bates & Judy Marshall "Green Pastures," Isaacs " I Know Jesus Will See Me Through", Adam Crabb, "Would You Be Ready", T Graham Brown & Judy Marshall "Baptism of Jesse Taylor."

Nathan will still travel with Dr. Ralph but will also perform solo at certain venues.
To know Nathan is to love him! He has lived a full life in his short 21 years. Good times, bad times, happy and sad times, but if you ask him if he would do it all over again he'd say Yes! If you ask him where he is going from here he would tell you by the Grace of God forward! Music is his passion! Singers are born and legends are made! Nathan Stanley is all that!

To learn more about Nathan Stanley visit: www.nathanstanleymusic.com/

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Newton & Thomas to Host Pick & Stomp Concert Series

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:10

Nashville, TN -- Nashville’s Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will host the new weekly Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace presented by Robert’s Western World. The first concert takes place Thursday, October 9 with opening act, Casey Campbell. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fun will continue until 11:00pm. Attendees will certainly enjoy the tasty food, great music, authentic barn dance and pickin’ party!

“Steve and I are honored to host this new concert series and welcome fans of bluegrass and roots music. We think they will enjoy the laid back atmosphere and we certainly want them to feel like part of the family. Pickers are welcome,” said Newton.

Newton and Thomas received significant chart success with their latest album, Reborn on the Pinecastle Records label. The project includes numerous Top 5 singles like “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” that reached #1 numerous times on Bluegrass Today's Top 20 Song Chart. The lively and popular tune was also released as a music video that can be viewed on YouTube. For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit NewtonandThomas.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Pick & Stomp tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance or online at nashville-palace.com. Newton & Thomas are pleased to welcome the following entertainment with more to be announced soon.

  • Thursday, October 16 - Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass Band, Greg Garing
  • Thursday, October 23 – Richard Smith, Thom Bresh
  • Thursday, October 30 – Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor
  • Thursday, November 6 – Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
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Fiddler Stuart Duncan Named Next Nashville Cat

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:33

Nashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns Saturday, November 1, with fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan. The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.

Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include an in-depth, one-on-one interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Seating for the program is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. Immediately following, Duncan will sign limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print posters in the Museum Store. (Visit the museum’s website for complete admission and signing details.)

A multi-instrumentalist best known for his fiddling, Stuart Duncan has performed live and played on sessions for the likes of Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, John Prine, Robert Plant, George Strait, Barbra Streisand and many, many others. He is also a longtime member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band.

Duncan was born April 14, 1964, in Quantico, Virginia, and raised in Southern California. He grew up in a military family and spent most of his childhood on Camp Pendleton. The music bug bit Duncan early in life—both of his parents were folk musicians, and he often went with his father when the older Duncan ran the sound system for a local folk club.

In the early 1970s, after hearing the Dillards and the Earl Scruggs Revue, Duncan knew he had found his calling. In 1974, he won a radio contest and the chance to perform on the Grand Ole Opry with the Pendleton Pickers -- a group of his peers from the military base.

In 1985, Duncan moved to Nashville and joined the Nashville Bluegrass Band—playing fiddle, but also contributing vocals, mandolin, guitar and banjo. The band won Grammy awards in 1993 and 1995, for Best Bluegrass Album, for Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go and Unleashed, respectively. Duncan began playing recording sessions and quickly earned a reputation for his stellar musicianship. In 1992, he released a self-titled album that featured Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, David Grier and Victor Wooten. In 2001, he played on the Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

In 2011, Duncan, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, and mandolinist Chris Thile collaborated on the album The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won the 2012 Grammy for Best Folk Album. Duncan has won many awards for his musicianship—including multiple International Bluegrass Music Association awards and multiple Academy of Country Music instrumental awards. He lives in Nashville and continues to record.

Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and under agreements with the State of Tennessee and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Kameron Keller Joins Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:31

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice would like to announce the addition of Kameron Keller to the band. Keller, a native of east Tennessee, is a strong bass player who has spent the past several years with acclaimed group Grasstowne. Although he is just in his early twenties, he has already become known in the bluegrass world for his solid, driving style. Welcome to the group, Kameron!

Keller will replace longtime Ramblers Choice bassist Jason Tomlin, who is leaving the band to work for Tru-Ball Archery and focus on playing with The Deer Creek Boys, a group he and his brother started several years ago. Junior and the rest of the band would like to thank Jason for his contributions to the group, and wish him lots of success!

Kameron Keller or “C” as he is also known, is a tremendous young musician playing bass. His strong drive, timing and tone are that of a player well beyond his young age of 23. He has played in several regional bands and most recently spent two years with the Gospel band “Strong Ties”. Kameron is already a seasoned player and has the potential to be one of the best bassists in bluegrass and acoustic music.

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The Hillbilly Gypsies Return to Carter Fold Saturday

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:30

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 11th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show. The Gypsies perform in the old fashioned style, around a single microphone. Their show has the feel of a barn dance, and it transports you back in time. One thing’s for sure – you’ll want to get up and dance. They’ve been a group for over ten years, and they have played at many national festivals, concert halls, and theaters.

Formed from a chance meeting in 2001 in Morgantown, West Virginia, they have been pickin’ and grinnin’ ever since. Trae Buckner and Jamie Lynn Buckner, Jason Teel, Ty Jaquay, and Dave Asti are the members of the group. Trae is featured on guitar and vocals. Jamie Lynn does both lead and harmony vocals. Jason does the bass fiddling for the group. Dave Asti plays banjo, and Ty does the fiddling. The Hillbilly Gypsies truly are a close knit family, mindful of tradition but boldly exploring new styles of acoustic music.

For an evening of unforgettable old time, bluegrass, and traditional music; come out and see the Hillbilly Gypsies at the Carter Family Fold. Don’t forget to bring along your dancing shoes. Their gospel tunes are reminiscent of the old time tent meetings, and there will be music to suit everyone’s taste. Be prepared for an evening of high-energy, no holes barred family fun! To learn more about the Hillbilly Gypsies, go to their site at: http://thehillbillygypsies.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 http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://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 http://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 – @carterfoldinfo.

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Malpass Brothers Sign with Organic Records

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:28

Nashville, TN -- The Malpass Brothers, a traditional country duo from Goldsboro, NC, have signed an exclusive recording contract with Asheville-based record label Organic Records. The Malpass Brothers are currently in the studio recording a planned 2015 release. The album is being produced by Bluegrass legend and Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson. It is expected to be a mix of originals and some of the brothers favorite covers.

“My brother Taylor and I do the type of music we do because this music speaks to us, and speaks to the souls of its listeners,” said Chris Malpass. “For us, traditional country music is the ‘real deal.’”

Still in their mid-twenties, the two have already toured with country legend Merle Haggard and have shared billing with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more.

“It is so refreshing to hear these two men who may be young in years but have a deep love and understanding for the heart and soul of true country music,” said Doyle Lawson. “The Past is the Future.”

For more on The Malpass Brothers, visit http://TheMalpassBrothers.com/ or http://organic-records.com/

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Johnny Vincent Passed Away Sunday, October 5th

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:10

Johnny Lee Vincent of The Sally Mountain Show, promoter of the Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival in Queen City, MO and father of bluegrass music artists Rhonda, Darrin, and Brian Vincent passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Rhonda Vincent shared his obituary. Johnny Vincent's Sally Mountain Show has been a significant influence on the music over the years. Here is the official obituary as presented today.

On May 29, 1961, he married Carolyn Christine Thompson. They lived in Greentop, MO. Their first child was born on Friday, July 13, 1962. A daughter they named Rhonda Lea Vincent. On October 6, 1964, Johnny was critically injured in a car accident near Worthington, MO, which left him paralyzed. He regained partial mobility, and walked with a cane until recent years. Music became even more of a focus after his wreck. There was a music party almost every night at the Greentop residence with many musicians. The family performed each week on KTVO TV and KIRX 1450 AM Radio, calling themselves The Sally Mountain Show. They played local shows, and the band consisted of Johnny, Carolyn, 5 year-old Rhonda, father Bill Vincent, brother Pearl Vincent and his wife Kathryn, and their sons Ricky and Joe, along with friends.

On December 27, 1969, a son was born, Darrin Lee Vincent.

Johnny spent most days with his father; hunting, fishing, and making music. His father passed away on April 18, 1972, changing the face of The Sally Mountain Show - the band became his immediate family: Carolyn and Rhonda. They performed as The Sally Mountain Trio until Darrin was old enough to join the band. Darrin quickly became proficient on many instruments, and learned the signature harmony vocals his father is known for.

On January 25, 1974, another son was born, Brian Alan Vincent.

Brian quickly learned to sing and play and joined the family band. His incredible voice was reminiscent of Bobby Osborne; the group Johnny patterned the family style from. After attending several bluegrass festivals, Johnny discovered that he could make a living performing with his family, keeping his family close.

The Sally Mountain Show grew in popularity, gaining national attention in 1981 when they were picked up by The Lancer Agency out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Johnny and his family toured the world, performing their special brand of bluegrass music. He was known for his unique banjo style, along with his smooth vocals.

In 1986, Johnny bought 63 acres in Queen City, Missouri and made one of his greatest dreams come true by hosting his very own bluegrass festival at Sally Mountain Park. The festival has continued for 28 years, and lovers of the music travel from around the world to experience the down-home hospitality of the family festival.

As a young boy, he enjoyed playing baseball. He loved the outdoors, hunting, shooting, fishing, checkers, and talking to his CB Buddies. In recent years Johnny and Carolyn enjoyed their eight grandchildren. He had very special friends that volunteered their time to help at the festival, keeping him company when he was unable to get out and about.

Johnny is survived by his wife Carolyn Vincent, daughter Rhonda Vincent Sandker and husband Herb; son Darrin & Julie Vincent, son Brian & Hilary Vincent, sister Irene Armstrong, brothers, Forrest (Skinny) Vincent , Pearl Vincent, and sister-in-law Charlene Lawson, along with several nieces and nephews. Eight Grandchildren: Sally Berry, Tensel Burke, Zachary, Victoria, Chandler Vincent, Lily, Kaitlyn, Harrison Vincent.

Preceded in death by his parents Bill & Erma Vincent, granddaughter Brooke Sandker, sister-in-law Faye Thompson, in-laws Charlie & Helen Thompson.

Service: 10am on 10/8/2014 Sally Mountain Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation www.bluegrassheritage.org

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BBU Presents The Dry Branch Fire Squad, Sat. Oct. 25th

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:07

Boston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union’s 39th concert season kicks off on Saturday, October 25th with a performance by longtime Boston area favorites The Dry Branch Fire Squad, along with Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA.

In thirty-five years of music making, the Dry Branch Fire Squad has become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by a fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old time and southern gospel music, Dry Branch Fire Squad is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason. Unlike most bluegrass groups, Dry Branch Fire Squad sells neither itself, its members, nor even particular bluegrass songs. What it markets are the emotions which stimulated the creation of bluegrass and mountain music as well as a taste of the culture in which this music evolved.

A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. To date, the band has recorded over twenty-three projects and performed at the most prestigious acoustic music venues and festivals in North America. Most bluegrass observers agree that Dry Branch’s current line-up is one of its strongest ever: in addition to Ron Thomason on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; other group members are Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals; Tom Boyd on banjo, Dobro and harmony vocals; and Danny Russell on bass and harmony vocals. http://www.drybranchfiresquad.com

Songwriter and folk singer turned bluegrasser, Jim Gaudet and his band the Railroad Boys have been burning up the concert and festival scene in and around Albany, New York since 2006, and we’re thrilled to have them open this show. Joining him is Bobby Ristau on bass, Sten Isachsen on mandolin, guitar and dobro, and Mat Kane on fiddle. http://www.jimgaudet.com/

Tickets are $25 (BBU Members $23) and can be purchased online at www.bbu.org or by mailing a check (payable to the BBU) with self-addressed stamped envelope to Boston Bluegrass Union, PO Box 650061, West Newton, MA 02465. The National Heritage Museum is located at 33 Marrett Rd. (Route 2A), Lexington, MA 02421. If available, Student Rush tickets are $15 each with Student ID at the door beginning the night of the show at 6:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30pm and concert begins at 7:30pm. Directions can be found at www.monh.org or call (781) 861-6559.

The Boston Bluegrass Union presents the Dry Branch Fire Squad along with Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road/RT 2A, Lexington, MA 02473 Telephone 617-782-2251. Saturday October 25, 2014, 7:30 PM. Tickets $25 (BBU Members $23). Handicapped accessible. www.bbu.org

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