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The Steel Wheels to release newest album, ‘Wild As We Came Here,’ at MerleFest 2017

For The Steel Wheels, playing at MerleFest for the fourth time might just be a charm.

That’s because this four-piece Virginia-based string band is releasing its newest album, “Wild As We Came Here,” exclusively at the 30th anniversary of the Americana festival honoring the late, great Doc Watson, and his son Merle. The album will be officially released on May 5.

“There is no place better than MerleFest to release a brand-new album,” says Trent Wagler, who plays guitar and banjo in the band and writes most of its material. “It’s great to release a record in the spring time. It makes a lot of sense … you get something out right at the beginning of the touring year.”

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On Huffington Post: Five things you don’t know about Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale

The following story was also posted on The Huffington Post blog here.

Jim Lauderdale broke out in 2016. An overnight success? Hardly. It’s taken nearly three  decades and about as many albums to receive the recognition that the Americana icon cleary deserves. Continue reading


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Welcome 2016 with music instead of overhyped NYE party

I ran across this meme the other day compliments of a friend, who shared it on social media:

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Admit it, we’ve all done it. This year, however, will be different. If you choose to go out, you’ll welcome the new year by listening to one of your favorite bands with like-minded fans — instead of attending some overpriced and ultimately disappointing party.

The Avett Brothers were trailblazers 10 years ago with a NYE show at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre. Now, everyone seems to be getting in on the idea.

Following is just a smattering of the NYE concert options happening in the Southeast and beyond. If you know of a show worth noting I failed to mention, please add to the comments. Enjoy and be safe out there! This also ran on The Huffington Post here. Continue reading

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Rooster Walk 7 adds five more bands to lineup including Donna the Buffalo, PBR

Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival has added five more bands to its already impressive lineup for Rooster Walk 7 set for May 21-14 at Pop’s Farm in Axton, Va.  The acts are MerleFest and FloydFest favorites Donna the Buffalo as well as the People’s Blues of Richmond, Stop Light Observations, The Congress and Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos.  Continue reading


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Rooster Walk 7 adds Mountain Heart to Memorial Day weekend lineup, ticket prices go up March 15

Mountain Heart, the cutting-edge bluegrass band that’s been redefining the genre for more than a decade, has been officially added to the Rooster Walk 7 lineup, which also includes Lake Street Dive, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Yarn, Dangermuffin, The Mantras, BIG Something and many more! Find the current band lineup for the Memorial Day Weekend festival May 21-24 on Pop’s Farm in Axton, Va., HERE. Continue reading


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Seven questions with bluegrass master Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize, Earls of Leicester fame

Tim O’Brien has been called a lot of things throughout his musical career, which spans more than four decades: newgrass, bluegrass, singer, songwriter, mandolin aficionado.

He has been called a lot of things because, well, he does a lot of things. Continue reading