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Bond Brothers Beer to host 4th Annual Mid-Town Square Spring Fest

Bond Brothers Beer will host the 4th Annual Mid-Town Square Spring Fest from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in downtown Cary, North Carolina.

Come and celebrate with an afternoon of supporting local artists, vendors, a variety of delicious food trucks, and lots of beer!

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MerleFest 2019 announces lineup for Late Night Jam hosted by Chatham County Line

This just in from the good folks over at MerleFest:
MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the 2019 lineup for their beloved Late Night Jam.  Sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation and hosted by Raleigh’s own Chatham County Line, this year’s Late Night Jam will feature Molly Tuttle, Jim Lauderdale, The Brother Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Presley Barker, Ana Egge, Steve Poltz, and more.

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ROMP single-day tickets on sale

From the good folks over at ROMP fest set for June 26-29 in Owensboro, Kentucky:
“We’re thrilled to release the daily lineup!  Single day tickets are on sale now, and discounted prices last until Sunday night.
“Headliners Trampled by Turtles, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and Billy Strings kick off the main stage Thursday night, followed by The Del McCoury Band, The Wood Brothers, and The Jeff Austin Band and The Travelin’ McCourys perform the Grateful Ball on Friday.  The party rolls into Saturday with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with special guest Patty Loveless, Sam Bush, and Steve Earle & The Dukes and many more.
“The Jagoe Homes After Party Stage gets started Wednesday night with the Glade City Rounders and Relic.  The Rumpke Mountain Boys and Wood & Wire follow up on Thursday night, with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Songs from the Road Band rocking the After Party stage on Friday, and Dustbowl Revival closes out ROMP Festival on Saturday night.
“Make your plans and snag single day tickets at a discounted rate through Sunday night, when prices increase.  Tickets available at:  rompfest.com!”


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Gravy Boys release newest CD ‘Bring it Down’ on March 16 at The Kraken Bar

This just in from the Gravy Boys:

Their newest CD, “Bring it Down,” features “11 fantastic songs, which we proudly share with you, so be sure to run right out to your favorite record store, or digital retailer, and get you a copy,” the band writes in an email to fans.

“Bring it Down” is available through all of the usual distribution outlets, such as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and CD Baby, and a few more.

“And for all of you who live in the general vicinity of the Triangle region of North Carolina, be sure to come and see us at our CD Release Party and Performance on Saturday, March 16, at The Kraken Bar in Chapel Hill. Music starts at 8. (The Kraken does not sell tickets or charge a cover, but they do pass the tip jar!)

“For more info about this and other upcoming shows, please visit the Gravy Boys website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.”


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Listen Up: Annabelle’s Curse releases new video, heading back to studio

Annabelle’s Curse, one of my favorite music festival discoveries at FloydFest and Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, has released a new single/video, “You and Me Forever,” that was recorded during the 2018 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion at Classic Recording Studio in the heart of the festival. They even invited some friends to stop by and record backing vocals. Continue reading


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Rooster Walk 11 band lineup completed with additions of Sam Bush, Steep Canyon Rangers, many more

This just in from the good folks over at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival:

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA — Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull and Ghost Light are among the final list of bands announced for the 11th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival. Other new additions include:  The Steel Wheels, The Black Lillies, ‘Yarn Morrison’ (Yarn’s tribute to Van Morrison), Runaway Gin, The Trongone Band, Sanctum Sully, Disco Risqué, Kate Rhudy, Adar, The Folly, Chamomile & Whiskey, Prosperity’s Folly, The Drove, and MHC Praise Band.

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Zoe & Cloyd sign with Organic Records, begin working on third album

I’m excited to announce that one of my favorite Americana acts — Zoe & Cloyd — is joining some of my other favorites, Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters, Front Country and Tellico, among others, at Organic Records.

The following press release comes from the good folks over at Organic Records:

ARDEN, NORTH CAROLINA — With music that combines folk, country, old-time and bluegrass, Asheville, North Carolina-based Zoe & Cloyd have created music with deep roots, but a modern message. The duo has now signed with Organic Records and is bringing their spirited songwriting to their third album, due out later this year. Continue reading