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Additional Performers Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass

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Additional artists have been announced for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, which takes place October 3-4 in Raleigh, North Carolina; the list includes Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chatham County Line, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Della Mae, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Special Consensus, Town Mountain, The Deadly Gentlemen, James King Band, Larry Stephenson Band, Mustered Courage, The Roys and The Davidson Brothers. Of special note in the WOB lineup are two legendary bluegrass artists: Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds, from Virginia, and North Carolina’s own Bobby Hicks, a ten time Grammy award winning fiddler who recently received the prestigious North Carolina Heritage Award from the North Carolina Arts Council. For his set, Hicks will be joined by musicians Tony Williamson, Ron Shuffler and other special guests.

These artists will join the previously announced Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby, Del McCoury Band with special guests, Hot Rize (with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers), Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet’s world premiere of new concerto “Lucid Dreamer” and the Wide Open Jam, featuring the superstar lineup of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan as the performers for the ticketed portion of the two-day music festival.

Performers for the free Street Festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass will be announced in the coming months.

Wide Open Bluegrass is part of International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Those wishing to obtain tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages), Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, ibma.org. Single day general admission for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50, with a three-day Bluegrass Ramble pass available for $75. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

Ryman’s Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off This Week

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To celebrate the annual Bluegrass Nights series, the Ryman has released a special episode of Backstage at the Ryman on their YouTube channel featuring Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale and more!

The 2014 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman runs Thursday nights from June 26 through July 31. Join us early each week during the season for Pickin’ on the Plaza.

June 26 Vince Gill
July 3 Yonder Mountain String Band with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral
July 10 Steep Canyon Rangers and Jim Lauderdale
July 17 Dailey & Vincent
July 24 Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Tim O’Brien with Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys
July 31 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

The Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2014 concert series kicks off on June 26 with twenty-time Grammy® award winner singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. The annual Red, White and Bluegrass show on July 3 will see progressive Bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band make their Ryman headlining debut with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral. On July 10, Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy® winners for Best Bluegrass Album (Nobody Knows You), and two-time Grammy award winner and hit songwriter Jim Lauderdale will co-headline the show. Rounder Records recording artists and three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners Dailey & Vincent will take the stage on July 17. On July 24, dobro master Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, a bluegrass supergroup performing the music of Flatt & Scruggs from 1954-1965 comprised of Douglas, Grammy-award-winning producer Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys Band, acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales of Alison Krauss + Union Station fame, and A-list sideman Tim O’Brien on mandolin. Perennial favorite and fourteen-time Grammy® award winner Ricky Skaggs and his eight-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Kentucky Thunder close out the series on July 31. CMA Air Personality of the Year award winner Eddie Stubbs will once again host each show of the series.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by 650 AM WSM’s Pickin’ on the Plaza featuring regional bluegrass bands from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The free showcases take place in the Ryman parking lot. Puckett’s “Trolley Parton” will be on site during Pickin’ on the Plaza.

Come early to Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman for our Pickin’ on the Plaza showcase for your chance to become Chicken Rich! Each week, a top regional bluegrass band will perform on the Ryman plaza starting at 6:00 p.m. where you can register to win a “Chicken Rich” prize pack including a tee-shirt, Hatch poster and a cooler of delicious Springer Mountain Farms chicken delivered to your door! The winner’s name will be called from the stage that night by a Springer Mountain Farms representative and legendary 650 AM WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs!

Pickin’ on the Plaza

June 26 Dana Romanello
July 3 Flatt Lonesome
July 10 Westbound Rangers
July 17 A Step Ahead
July 24 Freshwater Creek
July 31 Lonnie Jones & Hard Drive

Ricky Skaggs Jams with The Marshall Tucker Band at CMA Music Festival

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Thousands of fans in attendance at last week’s 2014 CMA Music Festival Kick-off Concert in Nashville, Tennessee were in for a special treat during The Marshall Tucker Band’s (MTB) hour-long Riverfront set. The legendary Southern Rock group performed on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, awing fans as they ripped through many of their hit songs before introducing their surprise guest, former CMA Entertainer of the Year, Ricky Skaggs.

The worlds of Southern Rock and Bluegrass collided head-on when Skaggs, a 14X GRAMMY® Award winner, met MTB lead singer and founding member DOUG GRAY at center stage. With mandolin in hand, Skaggs joined the MTB on the sunny banks of Nashville’s Cumberland River, effortlessly shredding through two of the group’s biggest hit songs, “Fire On The Mountain,” and “Can’t You See.” Though Skaggs had only planned to sit-in and pick with the band, Gray couldn’t resist handing over the mic.

“Hearing Ricky’s trademark tenor voice pierce through the air on ‘Can’t You See’ gave me goosebumps,” says Gray. “Even though our styles are a little different, Ricky fit right in with us. There was a natural chemistry up there on-stage and the whole thing seems almost surreal. Big thanks to the CMA for allowing us to be part of this magic movement. It was a great day and the highlight of our year.”

On performing with the MTB, Skaggs notes,

“It was a great honor to play with The Marshall Tucker Band. I remember many years ago while listening to their first LP, I looked at the cover and asked someone, ‘Which one is Marshall Tucker?’ It was great to get to play some of those same songs with the band.”

For more information on The Marshall Tucker Band, visit www.marshalltucker.com or www.facebook.com/themarshalltuckerband

Why You Should Visit the Newly Expanded Country Music Hall of Fame

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated a major milestone this week as it unveiled its 210,000-square-foot expansion, more than doubling the size of its iconic home in downtown Nashville.

The grand opening ceremony, made possible with support from Ford Motor Company and the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers, took place in the museum’s Event Hall overlooking the Nashville skyline. Roof-raising performances by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, the McCrary Sisters, Ricky Skaggs, the Valentines and Lee Ann Womack, accompanied by the Grand Opening All-Star Band, under the direction of Buddy Miller, served as soul-stirring reminders of the diverse musical family the museum exists to exalt, while Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Museum Director Kyle Young and museum board Chairman Steve Turner each delivered inspiring commemorative remarks. The event drew hundreds of today’s music industry, government and community leaders, as well as original, longtime museum visionaries such as Country Music Hall of Fame member and board Chairman Emeritus Bud Wendell and enthusiastic members of the general public.

The celebration marked the final phase of the museum’s expansion—10,000 square feet of new gallery space—joining recently opened additions including the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new home for the legendary and thriving letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and the Event Hall. The expansion also includes much-needed archival and library storage, allowing for even more robust cultivation of the museum’s treasured collection.

One of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s new exhibits lets you sing a song in a mini recording studio. Take a look at Big D & Bubba’s Executive Producer Patrick singing along to Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”   Seriously, watch it…it will make your day!

Ricky Skaggs, Larry Gatlin & Mike Huckabee Discuss Israel


Last Saturday, country legends Ricky Skaggs, Larry Gatlin and former Arkansas Governor Mke Huckabee, appeared on the Fox News Channel’s America’s News HQ to discuss their recent trip to Israel. Click HERE to view.

Last month, Skaggs and Gatlin ventured to the Holy Land, traveling alongside Governor Huckabee for a weeklong tour of the region. Governor Huckabee travels to Israel each year to guide a tour of the region and provide historical commentary. The two country legends accompanied him as personal friends and to perform in many historic locations along the way.

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