Bluegrass & Beyond

FreshGrass Returns to MASS MoCA, Sept. 19-21

FreshGrass, a family-friendly bluegrass and roots music festival in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts, is slated for Sept. 19-21, 2014. For three days and nights, the indoor galleries and outdoor courtyards and meadows of the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams will be filled with the sounds of banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and voices of traditionalists and trailblazers alike. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Showcase Artists Chosen for 2014 Bluegrass Ramble

Thirty artists and bands have been selected to participate in the Bluegrass Ramble series of showcases slated to take place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2014, Sept. 30-Oct. 4. [To continue reading this article and see the list of Bluegrass Ramble showcase artists, click on the headline.]

Entries Sought for 2014 FreshGrass Awards

Up-and-coming bluegrass artists who offer a fresh take on the genre are invited to compete for the 2014 FreshGrass Award, a highlight of the eponymous three-day bluegrass and roots festival held each fall at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Finalists Named in 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Finalists have been named in the 22nd annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014, the popular roots-oriented music festival that takes place April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. [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.]
Winners Named in 40th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards

Winners Named in 40th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) presented its 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards on February 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Winners in 23 categories were honored during an awards show that capped the nonprofit organization’s national convention. [To read the full article and see the list of winners, click on the headline.]

Presenting Bluegrass is Panel’s Focus at 2014 APAP Conference

“Presenting Bluegrass: Engaging a New Audience” was the topic of a special interest professional development session during the 57th Annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference held in New York City, Jan. 10-14, 2014. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
IBMA Presents Awards for 2013

IBMA Presents Awards for 2013

The Gibson Brothers were named Entertainer of the Year during the 24th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards show on Thursday night, Sept. 26, at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was the second straight year that the quintet from upstate New York received the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s top honor. [To read the entire article and see who else received awards and honors, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of August 2013 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of August 2013 (FOLKDJ-L)

Alice Gerrard's Bittersweet, the first recording of all original songs by one of the pioneering women in bluegrass and old-time music, was the most-played album on folk radio during August 2013, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. Closely following it were the debut album by The Barn Birds (the singer-songwriter duo of Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh)and Si Kahn's Bristol Bay, which was July's most-played album. [The Top Albums and Songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them, click on the headline.]
Nominees Named for 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards

Nominees Named for 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards

The Gibson Brothers top the list of nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards that were announced during an August 14 news conference at Nashville’s Loveless Barn. The reigning Entertainers of the Year, who hail from upstate New York, garnered a collective eight nominations. Following them were Balsam Range with seven nominations and The Boxcars, Alison Kraus & Union Station and Russell Moore & 111rd Tyme Out with six nods each. Winners will be announced during the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sept. 26. [To read the full article and see the entire list of nominees, click on the headline.]
Old Settler's Music Festival Set for April 18-21

Old Settler’s Music Festival Set for April 18-21

The roots, bluegrass and Americana-oriented Old Settler’s Music Festival returns to the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas, April 18-21. Now in its 26th year, the festival is not as well-known outside the state as some others in the Austin area – and that’s part of its allure. Old Settler’s Music Festival also takes place during what’s usually the height of Texas Hill Country’s bluebonnet and wildflower season. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Registration Now Open for World of Bluegrass 2013

Registration Now Open for World of Bluegrass 2013

Bluegrass music’s annual industry gathering and family reunion is uprooting from its Nashville base and headed for Raleigh, North Carolina, Sept. 24-28. Registration is now open for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2013 events. [To read the article in its entirety, click on the headline.]