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Submission Deadline is February 18, 2010

WILKESBORO, N.C. (November 2, 2009)­ MerleFest 2010, presented by Lowe’s, is proud once again to host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.  Now in its 18th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

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MerleFest 2010, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 29 -May 2, is proud to announce the line up for the event’s 23rd year.  The following artists will join host Doc Watson on the campus of Wilkes Community College for a celebration of “traditional-plus” music­a term Doc coined to describe the unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, “plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play.” (more…)

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Buddy Miller Pulls Near-Sweep Of Major Categories

Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller; photo: Erika Goldring

Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller; photo: Erika Goldring

(September 17, 2009) – Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Buddy Miller was the biggest winner at the 8th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show Thursday night at the Ryman Auditorium, taking home trophies in almost every category for which he was nominated.

Performing in celebration of lifetime achievement awards were John Fogerty, Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel, and Sam Bush. John Prine and Nanci Griffith sang a duet in honor of recipient Jim Rooney. The AMA’s annual awards show, hosted by Jim Lauderdale, was also a showcase for both established artists and the next generation of stars, all contributing fresh material to the Americana music scene. Performers included Rodney Crowell, The Gourds, Raul Malo, The Flatlanders, Reckless Kelly.

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WILKESBORO, N.C.  (April 28, 2009)–The 17th annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, held during MerleFest 2009 presented by Lowe’s, is proud to announce this year’s winners.  The following six writers have now joined an elite group of previous winners which also includes Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Michael Reno Harrell, Adrienne Young, Martha Scanlan, David Via and Johnny Williams.
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Live Oak Music FestivalFundraiser to Support KCBX Public Radio

San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara – It’s the 21st Annual Live Oak Music Festival, a three day concert and camping event held every year on Father’s Day weekend in the beautiful and peaceful hills off Hwy 154, above Santa Barbara, California. This year’s festival will be held on June 19, 20, and 21, 2009. 100% of Live Oak proceeds go to support San Luis Obispo’s KCBX Public Radio, a non-profit organization!

Musical artists are booked and confirmed! Grammy Winning Rodney Crowell, Anonymous 4 with Darol Anger and Scott Nygaard, Grammy Winning Americana the subdudes, 2008 Grammy winning bluegrass album of the year – Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, Old Blind Dogs, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Girlyman, Masanga Marimba Ensemble Music of Zimbabwe & Latin America… and more to come!

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photo by James O'Mara

photo by James O'Mara

Elvis Costello‘s New Album Secret, Profane and Sugarcane Out June 2nd on Hear Music

The record was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded by Mike Piersante during a three-day session at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio.

Joining Costello were Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion) and Dennis Crouch (double bass), some of the most highly regarded recording artists and musicians in traditional American country music, Bluegrass and beyond.

Several of these songs, including “Down Among The Wines and Spirits”, were given their first public performances during Costello’s acclaimed solo appearances as part of “The Bob Dylan Show” in late 2007.

The album includes ten previously unrecorded songs. “Sulphur to Sugarcane” and “The Crooked Line”, were co-written with T Bone Burnett while, “I Felt The Chill” marks Costello’s second recorded songwriting collaboration with Loretta Lynn.

Costello revisits two songs from his catalogue in string band style. Both songs were originally written for Johnny Cash. “Hidden Shame” was indeed included on Cash’s album, Boom Chicka Boom.

The album title makes reference to “The Secret Songs”, Costello’s unfinished commission for the Royal Danish Opera about the life of Hans Christian Andersen.

Seeking a new connection from the author to the Anglophone world, Costello wrote about the Andersen’s relationship with the world famous singer, Jenny Lind in “She Handed Me A Mirror” and “How Deep Is The Red”.

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What: Spring Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance
When: Thursday, April 16 through Sunday April 19, 2009
Where: 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Silk Hope, North Carolina. Just down the road from Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Raleigh, Durham, and Greensboro.
For more info: Schedule and info at www.shakorihills.org or by calling (919) 542-8142. Information is always being updated.

Stages: The festival will feature more than 40 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large Dance Tent, and an intimate Cabaret Tent.

Featured performers: Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale , Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band, Rachid Taha, The Old Ceremony, Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, Todd Snider, The Horse Flies, and Justin Townes Earle

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Tickets are now on sale for the 2009 Roots and Music Festival at The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. The Festival will celebrate the heritage and traditional music of our mountains as well as contemporary acts in the Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana genres. Tickets are $18 on Friday, $27 on Saturday and $40 for a 2-Day pass. Advance 2-Day tickets are $36 until May 15th. The Festival also provides an informal Picking Pavilion throughout the weekend.

The Festival line-up includes top local, regional and national acts. On Friday, June 5th at 6 PM catch Buck and Nelson, Irons In The Fire, 2007 and 2008 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley and legendary Progressive Bluegrass pioneers The Seldom Scene.
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WILKESBORO, NC (January 15, 2009)–MerleFest 2009, presented by Lowe’s, is proud once again to host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Now in its 17th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

The contest recognizes winners in four categories–country, bluegrass, gospel and general. First place winners in each category receive: a performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest 2009 (April 23-26), an acoustic guitar, a check for $300, two boxes of D’Addario strings and a one-year subscription to Acoustic Guitar magazine. Second and third place winners in each category receive performance slots on the Friday night Songwriters Coffeehouse, as well as cash prizes, D’Addario strings and Acoustic Guitar subscriptions.

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