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Dead Horses set to arrive in North Carolina for three shows Jan. 27-29

After I premiered the Dead Horses single “Ain’t Got Time”¬†off their album, “Cartoon Moon,” last summer on my Huffington Post blog, I couldn’t stop listening to the entire album. In fact, it’s still in my CD player. Yeah, yeah, I’m a dinosaur but I recognize talent when I hear it.

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MerleFest’s 2017 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest closes on Feb. 1

Just a reminder to all the songwriters out there, the deadline to enter MerleFest‘s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is Feb. 1, 2017. This contest has helped launched the careers of Gillian Welch, Abigail Washburn and Mipso’s Joseph Terrell, who just happens to be a judge this year.

Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form or by mailing entries to MerleFest/CASC, PO Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Submissions require a $30 fee per entry. To read more about the contest history, rules and prizes, visit http://merlefest.org/casc#tab-1.
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MerleFest is going on the road again to offer sneak peek to 30th reunion

MerleFest is going on the road again. After last year’s premiere of the festival’s preview road show, organizers have decided to give it another go.

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2017 Live at the Rives Concert Series kicks off season with The Big Payback on Saturday, Jan. 28

The 2017 Live at the Rives Concert Series will include the Saturday, Jan. 28, opening party + at least six more shows. The historic Rives Theatre is located at 215 E. Church St. in uptown Martinsville, Virginia.

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Luck Reunion returns to Willie Nelson’s ‘Luck, TX’ property for fifth year on March 16 during SXSW

From the good folks at Luck Productions:
Austin, TX — Jan. 20 — Luck Productions is proud to announce the 2017 Luck Reunion, a boutique music festival held on Willie Nelson’s “Luck, TX” property in the heart of the hill country. Featuring performances from a eclectic artist roster, the Luck Reunion also celebrates artisans and chefs, offering specialty pop-up shops and the best of Austin cuisine. Luck Reunion will take place on Thursday, March 16. Tickets will be released on a rolling basis, with the first on-sale date on Saturday, January 21. Ticket sale dates and special codes will be announced through Luck Reunion social media pages, e-mail lists, and at http://www.luckreunion.com.

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Corey Smith first headliner announced for 2017 Gears and Guitars

The organizers of the 2017 Gears and Guitars set for May 26-29 in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have announced Friday’s headliners.

Corey Smith with special guests Muscadine Bloodline and Eric Dodd will perform in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’s Bailey Park. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Feb. 13. Organizers say remaining acts and ticket information will be available soon.