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About That Banjo

By Edward Tutwiler – All God’s creations have voice. The mountain speaks in silent grander, the flower in radiant beauty, and folks sing and shout. Stringed musical instruments have voice as well. The fiddle cries, the mandolin rings, and the guitar hums with soul. But the banjo, oh the banjo—he is so filled with joy he can’t help but laugh. ...

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IBMA Award Winners and Recap

Bridgewater, VA – For the forth year in a row, Raleigh, NC played host to 2016 installment of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s business conference and Wide Open Bluegrass festival. After a move from Nashville, TN in 2013, musicians and fans alike seem to feel quite at home in the host city. Each year the association takes the opportunity to ...

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AMA’s 15th Annual Conference and Awards

Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton lead the list of honorees at the 15th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show September 21st at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Stapleton was awarded Artist of the Year honors for his 2015 solo debut Traveller CD, while Isbell was awarded two trophies, one for Album of the Year for his 2015 release, Something More ...

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Vinyl In Perspective

When Peter Allen released “Everything Old is New Again” in 1974, he had no idea that the title would offer a prescient view of the vinyl on which his song was originally released. Vinyl has long competed with other formats such as cassettes and even the relatively short lived 8-track tape. However, it wasn’t until the 80’s that LP’s nearly ...

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National Media Services

Did you ever play a house concert that was so well received, that folks wanted to take some of your music home? Who you gonna call? Did your band kill it on stage last night, and the sound man handed you a board-recorded CD with the comment that you should copy this? Who you gonna call? Do you have a ...

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Lift Your Voice

Here’s you chance to be featured among the best of the international folk music community at Folk Alliance International’s 29th Conference (February 15-19, 2017). Applications are open to perform for hundreds of festivals, venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry reps that attend the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry. 200 jury-selected nightly concerts feature emerging artists and ...

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A Different Kind Of Grass

As the genre’ of string music continues to morph and evolve, musicians will continue to find new ways to craft sounds that are distinct and original. One such group is the California based band Front Country. A chance encounter with this touring ensemble at the Red Wing Roots Festival (a rich and diverse musical experience held each July in Virginia) ...

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Wide Open In Raleigh

Ricky Skaggs (Eleven-time IBMA award winner) and his band Kentucky Thunder will be one of the featured performers for this years Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for downtown Raleigh, NC, Friday September 30th – Saturday October 1st. Wide Open Bluegrass is just a part of the IBMA’s conference which gets under way on Tuesday, September 27th. The street fest is ...

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Americana Rhythm Heads South

The staff of Americana Rhythm will be heading to Nashville this week to the Americana Music Association’s conference. We’ll make a stop at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, and head over to Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s conference, and Wide Open Bluegrass. Whew! It’s gonna be a blast, and you can tag along – at least in pictures ...

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Virginia’s Jam Fish 2016

Mount Sidney, VA – You gotta love the fall weather in the air, and at least here on the East Coast, summer is finally packing it’s bags for the season. And it’s just in time for another chill festival here in Virginia. The second annual Jam Fish Festival drew guests and acts from several states this Labor Day weekend including the Coteries ...

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