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Rising Appalachia

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The beautiful thing about Americana music is that it’s this huge umbrella where a tremendous amount of sounds can hang out. Everything from traditional string, old-time, and bluegrass, to the more progressive sounds of new-grass, folk-rock, jam band, and mountain soul; and really everything in between. There is so much room for creative interpretation with stringed instruments in the Americana ...

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How Blue

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By Greg Tutwiler I can’t think of many genre’s of music where the entire family can be in the band all at the same time. One of the neat things about bluegrass/string music is that it affords those families who choose to pursue music as a shared passion, the opportunity to share the stage and life style together. Currently, there ...

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Sideline Success

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By Greg Tutwiler According to Webster’s dictionary, one meaning for the word sideline is “a job that is done in addition to your main job.” For the guys in the band Sideline, that’s exactly what it meant, at least in the beginning. But now, for Steve Dilling, Jason Moore, Skip Cherryholmes, and brothers Brian and Nathan Aldridge, it’s sideline no ...

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Della Mae

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By Greg Tutwiler Not many years ago, an all-girl bluegrass act was a rarity. The 70s gave us what some say was the first all-female act of the new-grass movement, The Buffalo Gal’s; but nevertheless, it was a heavily male dominated industry. That, of course, has changed in recent years, and not only have the ladies began taking center stage ...

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Robert Earl Keen

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By Greg Tutwiler Texas singer-songwriter, Robert Earl Keen began his professional recording career in 1984 with his debut album, No Kinda Dancer. Since then, he has recorded 18 full-length albums and written songs that have been covered by vaious artists from the country, folk and Texas country music scenes including George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks, ...

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Volume Five

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At the influence of his father, northern Mississippi’s Glen Harrell started playing guitar when he was nine years old, and picked up the fiddle when he was just 14. Just last year, the part-time insurance salesman, along with his band, Mountain Fever Recording artists, Volume Five earned two IBMA nominations – a long way from hometown, childhood fiddle and guitar ...

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Flatt Lonesome

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Few bands ever get to enjoy the kind of attention the kids from Flatt Lonesome have received in the past few years. Since their debut in 2011, they have released two CDs (working on a third); won the SPBGMA band competition (2012); won Merlefest’s Chris Austin songwriting contest; and was awarded the Emerging Artists of the Year Award this past ...

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