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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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Tex Logan quite ill

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Through his daughter, Jody, we have learned that renowned fiddler and bluegrass personality, Tex Logan, is in very poor health. He has been hospitalized for much of April with a variety of issues, but has just recently suffered a heart attack and is experiencing kidney […]

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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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Photos from Old Settler’s 2015

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The organizers of the 2015 Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, TX shared a number of stage photos taken by John Grubbs. This was the 28th annual event in the Texas Hill Country.

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Sam Passamano receives Airplay Direct award

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Airplay Direct, the file-sharing system that serves artists, music labels and radio programmers, has announced Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records as the recipient of their second annual Iconic Innovators Award. In addition to the honor, this award comes with a free Airplay Direct marketing campaign […]

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Mind Over Matter film from G2

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When Swedish grassers G2 made the trip to Nashville in the Spring of 2014 to record their current CD, Mind Over Matter, they came with filmmaker David Elfgren in tow. He was on hand to capture the process, from the first meeting between the band and […]

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A chat with Tim Surrett, IBMA Board Vice Chair

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We caught up yesterday with Tim Surrett, bassist with Balsam Range, producer and worker bee at Mountain Home Music, and the new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the IBMA. He’s also a dedicated husband and father, and when we spoke on Tuesday, […]

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Memories for Melvin Goins

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On April 3, Melvin Goins brought his band, Windy Mountain, to the Kentuckians of Michigan in Romulus, MI. The crowd enjoyed an evening of Melvin’s great bluegrass music. During a set break Melvin was presented a memories cane carved by our own Chopper, who makes carved […]

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