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Winners announced in 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting contest

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It may be a bit chilly at MerleFest this year, but the competition was hot for the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this afternoon at the festival. Three finalists in four categories performed their songs live on stage for the judges, who included Peter Rowan, […]

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Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy back to Pigeon Forge

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jack Hatfield reminded us yesterday that his Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy has moved back to Pigeon Forge, TN, and will be held in the barn adjacent to his business. The Academy grew out of the remnants of the Maryland Banjo Academy, which was run by the staff […]

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Brother John from The Steeldrivers

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Rounder Records has released a first single from The Muscle Shoals Recording by The Steeldrivers. It’s a new song from guitarist/vocalist Gary Nichols, Brother John, which includes an acoustic slide guitar solo from Jason Isbell, country rock singer/songwriter and Nichols’ childhood friend who co-produced the track. […]

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Andy Edmonds to South Carolina Broadcasters

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The South Carolina Broadcasters, a bluegrass and old time group from North Carolina, have announced the addition of Andy Edmonds to the band on fiddle. Edmonds, from Pilot Mountain, was raised in a family of traditional musicians, and learned the fine art of fiddle while […]

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Changes in NewTown for 2015

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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NewTown will have a new look the next time you catch them on stage. The Kentucky-based band, and Mountain Home recording artists fronted by Jr. Williams and Kati Penn-Williams, has a couple of changes to announce. They had been working with fill-in bass players for […]

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Mountain Girl from Sideline

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Sideline is one of those groups that bluegrass has seen many of in its short history. They started out as a special project band, getting together a few times each year as the members, many of whom were otherwise committed to full time groups, had […]

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Blended Blue from John Berry

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Country artist John Berry had a good run in the ’90s, enjoying a #1 hit with Your Love Amazes Me, and Top Ten status for She’s Taken a Shine and Standing on the Edge of Goodbye. When his string of hits subsided, John resettled near his childhood home in […]

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Ain’t That Crazy from Gold Heart

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Gold Heart has a first single out today from their upcoming Mountain Fever Album, Places I’ve Been. The band consists of the three Gold sisters from northern Virginia, with their dad, Trent, on bass. All three sing, with Tori on mandolin, Jocey on guitar, and […]

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Take It Easy coming soon from Monogram

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Monogram, the popular European bluegrass band based in Prague, is finishing up work on a new album, Take It Easy. Founding members Zdeněk Jahoda (mandolin) and Jaromír Jahoda (banjo), along with long time bassist Pavel Lžičař, have welcomed new bandmates Pepa Malina on fiddle, and Jindřich Vinkler as their lead vocalist, […]

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Bluefield West Virginia Blues from Big Country Bluegrass

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Rebel Records has released a single, Bluefield West Virginia Blues, from their upcoming album by Big Country Bluegrass. It’s a new song from Tom T. & Dixie Hall and Troy Engle, telling of a time when Tom T. encountered an exceptional banjo player who he didn’t have […]

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