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IBMA announces nominees for 2019 Momentum, Industry awards

From the good folks at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA):

NASHVILLE — The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced the nominees for this year’s Industry Awards and Momentum Awards, which will be presented during the IBMA Business Conference, as part of the organization’s World of Bluegrass event, brought to you by Chiesi USA, Sept. 24-28 in Raleigh.

The recipients of the 2019 Momentum Awards will be presented with their awards at a conference luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and the recipients of the 2019 Industry Awards will be presented with their awards at a conference luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 26. Thursday’s Awards Luncheon will also include a segment honoring the recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Registration for the IBMA Business Conference is required to attend; registration, tickets and information for all World of Bluegrass events can be found at

“The virtuosity of bluegrass musicians is recognized worldwide. With the Industry Awards, we recognize that same quality, found in our industry professionals who make vital contributions felt by everyone,” says IBMA’s Executive Director Paul Schiminger. “The Momentum Awards celebrate both the incredible achievements of the rising stars in our music, and the generosity of those who mentor them.  Congratulations to each and every nominee for being recognized by your peers!”

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NCMA hosts first solo exhibition of Scott Avett’s visual art

From the good folks over at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA):

Raleigh, N.C. — This fall, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) hosts the first solo museum exhibition of the visual art of Scott Avett, founding member of the Grammy-nominated Avett Brothers band. Open October 12,2019,through February 2, 2020, Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E will include large-scale portraits, prints, and paintings. Until now Avett’s work with The Avett Brothers has taken center stage. The NCMA exhibition shines a lighton his art making, thereby demonstrating the richness and diversity of his practice.“I’m not anything first—not painter, musician, writer, printmaker, performer—before I am an artist,” said Avett, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University and lives in Concord, N.C. Continue reading

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NCMA announces 2019 Summer Concert Series

From the good folks over at the North Carolina Museum of Art:

Summer concerts and movies have been an NCMA tradition for two decades, and we’re excited to launch another season of great music and entertainment. Our venue—the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park—is situated in the heart of the Museum campus amid gardens, meadows, woodlands, and sculpture.

Member tickets go on sale March 5, while nonmembers can purchase tickets beginning March 6 for shows by Dawes, Steep Canyon Rangers, Chatham Rabbits, Trampled By Turtles, Deer Tick, Mipso and many more to come:


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Chatham County Line is ‘Sharing The Covers’ with new album release March 8 on Yep Roc Records

Chatham County Line, one of my favorite music festival discoveries in recent years, will release the band’s eighth studio album, “Sharing The Covers,” on March 8 via Yep Roc Records.
The record pays homage to some of the quartet’s musical influences with covers of classics by Wilco, Tom Petty, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, The Louvin Brothers, Beck, and more, according to the good folks over at Yep Rock.
Watch the official video for “I Got You,” premiered by The Bluegrass Situation here.

“Sharing The Covers” is available for pre-order now. Every Yep Roc pre-order comes with a free Chatham County Line enamel pin.

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival announces full lineup for Fall 2018

It’s not too late to get tickets to the fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance featuring Lettuce, Donna the Buffalo, Yarn, Caleb Caudle, Urban Soil and Shiloh Hill, just to mention a few. Visit



Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance has announced the fall lineup for the event happening Oct. 4 – 7, 2018, on 72 acres outside of Pittsboro, North Carolina, just outside the Triangle. Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine ranks Shakori Hills as one of the best festivals of 2018.

Lettuce will make a rare North Carolina festival appearance as will the Grammy-nominated Latin group Locos Por Juana.

Festival founders Donna the Buffalo will perform a headlining set Friday night and sets during the weekend with Zydeco elder statesman Preston Frank on accordion. Ryan Montbleau will treat the crowds to a solo set while Consider the Source will play hybrid acoustic.

Meanwhile, Durham-native G Yamazawa, a rapper and poet whose song “North Cack” rose to No. 3 on Spotify’s “Viral 50” chart last year, will make his first visit to Shakori Hills, as will rising Americana star Sierra Ferrell. 

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The Kruger Brothers’ Carolina in the Fall 2018 announces expanded lineup

It’s looking like a beautiful weekend for The Kruger Brothers’ festival, Carolina in the Fall, featuring a fabulous lineup of some of my personal favorites — Jim Lauderdale, Front Country, Humming House, The Kruger Brothers, The Steel Wheels, Fireside Collective, Hank, Pattie and the Current and Will Easter — so make sure you get on out there and check it out!


This just in from the good folks over at Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival:

The fourth annual Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival set for Sept. 21-22, 2018, in downtown Wilkesboro, North Carolina, has expanded its powerful lineup of entertainment to include The Secret SistersJim LauderdaleFront Country and Humming House, among others. These artists will join festival hosts The Kruger Brothers and The Steel WheelsThe RooseveltsFireside CollectiveThe ContendersSnyder Family BandThe Arcadian WildNikki Talley and more than 100 other musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region.

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