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The Johnny Cash Project, an online global collective art project and visual testament to the life and career of Johnny Cash, “The Man In Black,” celebrates its official launch today, with over 5,000 frames submitted to the dynamic website in the three weeks since the site’s soft launch.

The highly interactive website celebrates American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Johnny Cash’s final studio recording, produced by Rick Rubin. The Johnny Cash Project sets out to engage fans of the beloved musical icon from around the world in an unprecedented collaborative project: the creation of an ever-evolving music video for the title track of the album. (more…)

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Mac Rebennack, known to music aficionados as Dr. John, has long been known as “one of New Orleans’ most passionate ambassadors” (USA Today) who “carries the city’s lore in his fingers, his scratchy voice and his memory” (New York Times).

This year, “Big Easy icon” (Time Out New York) Dr. John will be honored at the 12th Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Gala, which will take place on Thursday, April 22, at 7 pm at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. The evening will feature a lifetime tribute to and performance by Dr. John. Proceeds from the Gala will support the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free after-school program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

On the evening of Friday, April 23, Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be one of the featured acts on the bill at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which is located at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard in New Orleans. On Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 pm, Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be the headliner at the House of Blues, 225 Deacatur Street, New Orleans.

Submitted by Shore Fire Media

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That fancy guitar of yours isn’t cheap and neither is that sparkly drum set your drummer uses. So…why don’t you have a case to protect that investment?  Gator Cases is ready to reward you for your insanity with its “Nation’s Messiest Band” Contest. One lucky band will be completely outfitted with Gator cases and bags for all of their precious gear up to a total retail value of $2500! (more…)

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Afropop Worldwide has released the Beta version of its media-rich new website to the public, a bold step towards expanding the non-profit organization’s mission of connecting Americans and the global on-line community to Africa and the world through new digital and social media. The website is dedicated to the humanities-themed series, Hip Deep that is part of the Afropop Worldwide weekly radio series hosted by Georges Collinet and distributed by Public Radio International to over 110 stations in the U.S. (more…)

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The Oxford American magazine’s 11th annual Southern Music edition — weighing in at 192 pages and accompanied by two CDs with 52 songs — hit bookstores and newsstands nationwide on Dec. 1.

“This is another blockbuster Oxford American Southern Music issue,” said Warwick Sabin, publisher of The Oxford American.  “Its 192 pages are packed with the best music writing in the country, and the CDs are another rich collection of songs that are interesting, soulful and fun.”

Also, beginning this year, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Southern Music issue will annually focus on the musical heritage of a particular Southern state, in addition to covering the breadth and depth of music from the entire region.  The first state to be the object of attention will be Arkansas.

“We are very pleased to inaugurate this new concept by focusing on Arkansas,” Sabin said.  “Besides being our home state, we also feel that Arkansas has never received the attention it deserves for its rich musical history and experience.  The Oxford American — with its outstanding reputation and credibility among music experts and music lovers worldwide — is in a unique position to place Arkansas among the vanguard of musical heritage sites.” (more…)

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The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 6, 2010.  Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the globe will have the chance to celebrate the best in Blues recording and performance from 2009.

Among those heading the list of honorees for the 31st Blues Music Awards Joe Louis Walker who garnered five nominations, including Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “I’m Tide” from his recent release Between a Rock and the Blues. Rick Estrin, Tommy Castro, Louisiana Red and Duke Robillard, each received four nominations. (Full nominees list below) (more…)

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When Mark O’Connor performs at Berklee College of Music on Dec. 10 with a group of faculty and students, he’ll be celebrating more than the end of his week-long residency.  He’ll introduce Berklee’s new American Roots Music Program, directed by Matt Glaser.
Reflecting violinist Glaser’s own eclectic tastes and journeys, the American Roots Music Program explores America’s musical and cultural heritage, and creates a focus on the styles from which all contemporary music originates. Students will delve into blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, Western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and other sounds.

Glaser will design the curriculum, promote nontraditional improvisation, develop faculty programs, and host visiting artists, concerts and symposiums. Top contemporary performers, writers, and producers who are carrying on the American roots traditions constitute the board of advisors to the Roots Music Program: Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, Charlie Haden, Edgar Meyer, David Grisman, Andy Statman, Don Rigsby, Lloyd Maines, Liz Carroll, John Blake, Geoff Muldaur, Bruce Molsky, Ted Gioia, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Darol Anger, Ray Benson, Doug Wamble, John Lawless, Fletcher BrightSara and Sean Watkins ,and Michael Doucet. (more…)

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The New York Songwriter’s Circle today announced the names of the 12 finalists for its fourth annual “Songwriting Contest” and the three finalists for its “Young Songwriters Award.”  The NYSC is also proud to announce that Ida Østergaard from Copenhagen, Denmark, is the 2009 recipient of its prestigious “International Writers Award.” The Grand Prize winner will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges at live performances on November 18 and the 19 (8 p.m.) at the legendary Bitter End in New York City.  Tickets for both performances can be obtained by going to: http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/shows/ny-songwriters-circle-contest-finals_161221/

The twelve Songwriting Contest finalists are: Barnaby Bright – “Gravity,” Kate Branagh – “Tether,” Caleb Hawley – “Other Side Of It All,” Clara Oman – “Song for Ruthie,” Janet Onyenucheya – “The Element,” Adrien Reju – “When The Curtain Falls,” Martin Rivas – “North,” Bobby Smith – “The Breakup Song,” Chloe Temtchine – “Four Letter Fever,” Justin Tracy – “Secrets,” The Sweet Remains — “Easy,” Reed Waddle – “Piece By Piece.” (more…)

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Musician Activists are invited to submit songs of social and political significance to the 5th biennial Music2Life Songwriting Contest. Winners will perform at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, be connected to relevant, nonprofit causes and qualify for stipends, receive a 1,000 CD package and $1500 donation to charity of choice.
New this year – the Music2Life Fellows program is a highly competitive award that offers select Musician Activitsts a stipend of up to $5,000 to apply their music to an issue of social concern.  Fellows and their projects are also filmed as part of our documentary series on how music makes change.  Apply through the Music2Life Songwriting Contest. (more…)

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The Grammy Awards have added FIELD 13

– American Roots Music Category –

The Roots Category encompasses the following that are to be awarded.

. Americana Album

. Bluegrass Album

. Traditional Blues Album

. Contemporary Blues Album

. Traditional Folk Album

. Contemporary Folk Album

. Hawaiian Music Album

. Native American Music Album

. Zydeco or Cajun Music Album

It has been several years of hard work promoting Roots Music as a musical format and its great to see the artists, labels, promotion folks and radio stations that support Roots Music getting additional truly deserved acknowledgment.

Submitted by Roots Music Group

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