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Grammy Awards Nominees Named

Nominees in 83 categories have been named for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Of particular interest to readers of AcousticMusicScene.com are the nominees in the American Roots Music Field. [To continue reading this article and see the list of nominees in the American Roots Music Field, click on the headline.]
2014 Americana Top 100 Albums Chart Revealed

2014 Americana Top 100 Albums Chart Revealed

The River & the Thread, a collection of original songs that connect and re-connect Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash to the American South where she was born and from which her family hails, was the most-played album on Americana radio during 2014. That’s the word from the Americana Music Association, whose year-end Top 10 and Top 100 Albums of the Year are based on the records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of December 2, 2013 through December 1, 2014. [To view a listing of the top 100 albums of the year, click on the headline.]
50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary Airs on PBS

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary Airs on PBS

Peter, Paul and Mary’s music and social activism helped to shape a generation. Through the years, the seminal folk trio has touched the hearts and consciences of millions of people worldwide, won five Grammy Awards, received eight gold and five platinum records, had 13 top 40 hits, and been the subject of five PBS documentaries. A new one entitled 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary has begun airing on PBS television stations throughout the U.S. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Ensembles Sought for American Music Abroad Program

American bands and ensembles comprised of three to five members are invited to apply to participate in the American Music Abroad program for the 2015-2016 touring season. An international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to the global music scene through musical performances and educational outreach, American Music Abroad is a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Kerrville New Folk Winners Perform Live Online, Nov. 4

The 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners will perform live online on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. CST. The special Blue Rock Sessions Live broadcast will emanate from Billy and Dodee Crockett’s Blue Rock Studios near Wimberley, Texas. Tickets for the high-quality studio production and HD video webcast use the “pay what you want” model with fan tipping. [To continue reading the article and see the link for watching the live broadcast online, click on the headline.]
Balsam Range is IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Balsam Range is IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Entertainer of The Year, the top honor in the 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards – presented Oct. 2 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Arts – went to the Tar Heel State’s own Balsam Range. The acoustic quintet also was named Vocal Group of the Year, while member Buddy Melton was voted Male Vocalist of the Year. [To read the full article and see a listing of 2014 International Bluegrass Music Award winners, click on the headline.]

Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners Named

Five songwriters and a duo have been named as winners in the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Jesse Winchester, 1944-2014

Jesse Winchester, 1944-2014

Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester lost his battle with cancer on April 11, 2014, just over a month shy of his 70th birthday. He died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. A songwriter’s songwriter, Jesse Winchester was revered and widely covered by other artists. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Everything's Up to "Folk" in Kansas City

Everything’s Up to “Folk” in Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri may be better known for jazz, blues, barbecue chefs and the football Chiefs. However, more than 2,000 people are expected to converge on this midwestern U.S. metropolis Feb. 19-23, 2014, for the 26th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference and a new Winter Music Camp that will run concurrently with it. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Nickel Creek Reunites, Sets Spring Tour

Nickel Creek Reunites, Sets Spring Tour

Nickel Creek, the popular progressive acoustic trio that went on a self-described “indefinite hiatus” in 2007, is reuniting. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling band will embark on a U.S. tour this spring and summer and is at work on a new album. [To read the full article and view a video of Nickel Creek performing a song from its forthcoming album, click on the headline.]
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's 'Most Wanted' Emerging Artists Named

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s ‘Most Wanted’ Emerging Artists Named

The Boxcar Lilies, Darlingside, Connor Garvey and Roosevelt Dime have been invited to participate in the Most Wanted Song Swap at this summer’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. They were chosen in balloting by 2013 festival goers from among 24 artists/bands who performed in last year’s Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase. [To read the full article and view videos of the "Most Wanted" artists, click on the headline.]
Reflecting on Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

Reflecting on Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

Pete Seeger, the inspirational American folk music icon, political activist, environmentalist and humanitarian, whose songs helped provide a musical backdrop for many of the historical movements of the past 50-plus years, died on Jan.. 27. He was 94 and had been preceded in death last year by his wife and soulmate of nearly 70 years, Toshi. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]