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On March 2nd, Rounder Records will release Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert, an album of the concert that celebrated the label’s 40 years in the music industry.  Recorded in October 2009 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the concert will also be presented as a PBS television special that will begin airing on the network in March, 2010 and released on DVD May 4th.

The event is a superb exhibition of Rounder’s diverse roster, and features Grammy® winning Rounder artists Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck, and Irma Thomas along with musical host Minnie Driver, and special guests Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas and Jazz/R&B pianist, Henry Butler. The CD will include performances by these artists as well as select performances from Steve Martin’s show at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s 2008 CMT “Crossroads” special, and from Madeleine Peyroux’s 2009 concert in Los Angeles.

The event was filmed in high definition by High Five Entertainment, and a portion of the ticket proceeds were donated to NARAS’ Grammy® in the Schools Programs to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Grammy® Foundation influences the lives of young people by opening the windows of opportunity that music can provide for their futures.

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Award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers are preparing to embark on a fall tour with Grammy® and Emmy® winning actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin, which will include performances on Late Show with David Letterman on October 5 and The View on October 6.

Martin, who is touring in support of his album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, met the Rangers through his wife, who is a friend of lead singer Woody Platt’s brother.  Martin and the Rangers played a few concerts together before performing on A Prairie Home Companion earlier this year.  During the program, Martin commented on the Rangers to host Garrison Keillor, saying, “They don’t need me.  I need them.” (more…)

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Nashville, TN- IBMA is proud to announce the nominees for the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, hosted by Grammy®-winning country artist Kathy Mattea and the legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize, on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Two decades after the very first IBMA Award Show–an intimate industry gathering at the Executive Inn’s Showroom Lounge in Owensboro, Kentucky, hosted by Vince Gill and the Dirt Band’s John McEuen–bluegrass music’s premier night continues to be the most anticipated evening of the year. Now a generation away from that first show, the bluegrass tradition of passing the music on from one generation to the next also continues, evidenced by the six bands nominated for Entertainer of the Year in 2009. All have gained valuable experience as journeymen musicians with established artists in the past, and have now become the band leaders and musical stylists who will inspire future generations. (more…)

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Acclaimed bluegrass quintet Steep Canyon Rangers will launch both a new tour and a new album this fall. In September they will embark on a 15-city tour with Grammy® and Emmy® winning actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin, who released The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo in May. The first date on the tour will be September 12, when Martin performs at the Rangers’ own Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, North Carolina, which has expanded this year to two days (Sept. 11-12).

The Rangers will release their fourth studio album for Rebel Records, Deep in the Shade, on October 6. That day they will perform with Martin at world-renowned Carnegie Hall and on ABC’s The View. (more…)

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Fresh off playing sold out shows together at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, The Steep Canyon Rangers have announced another performance with multi-talented entertainer Steve Martin – this time on public radio’s nationally syndicated A Prairie Home Companion.  The show airs this Saturday, the 27th and will feature the Rangers backing Martin on compositions off his recent bluegrass chart-topping release The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

Following the success of their New York and L.A. concerts, the combo is quickly gaining notice for their on-stage chemistry: “The rapport between Martin and his Rangers is startling, even though they’ve only been working together for a short spell,” writes Brooklyn Vegan reporter Martin Longley in a review of their Rubin Museum show.  The Rubin show was further augmented by a surprise appearance from banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka.

The Rangers will be maintaining a full tour schedule this summer (click here for dates).  Stay tuned as there’s a good chance they’ll be appearing again with Steve.

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Having recently finalized a new contract with Rebel Records, The Steep Canyon Rangers are set to begin recording their fourth album for the label next month. The new record – targeted for a late Summer/early Fall release – promises to continue the Rangers’ journey into the traditional yet innovative brand of acoustic music that has come to define them.

The band has high expectations for the upcoming project: “We are real excited about our growth since the last record. Being a recording artist is different than being a performing artist, and each time we go to the studio we learn a little more about what works and what doesn’t,” explains guitarist and lead singer Woody Platt.

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