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ROMP Fest Announces Additions to 2018 Lineup

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:34:52 +0000

(image) Owensboro, KY -- ROMP Fest, produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, is pleased to release lineup additions for its 15th annual festival, including Leftover Salmon, The Travelin' McCourys, the Jeff Austin Band, and Michael Daves featuring Tony Trischka. The four-day music, camping, and art festival will take place June 27-30, 2018 in Owensboro's Yellow Creek Park.

The twelve artists added will join the previously announced acts including: Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, Rhiannon Giddens, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Billy Strings, and We Banjo 3. The announced lineup additions include:

  • Leftover Salmon
  • The Travelin' McCourys
  • Jeff Austin Band
  • Michael Daves featuring Tony Trischka
  • Parker Millsap
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • Robbie Fulks
  • Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
  • Fireside Collective
  • Sheriff Scott & the Deputies
  • Mile Twelve
  • Love Canon

General Admission, VIP, tent and RV camping passes are now available at Advanced ticket prices will increase Monday, February 19.

Individuals interested in volunteer or vendor opportunities can apply for open positions at

News on daily schedules, after party performances, artist-led workshops and children's activities will be announced in the coming months. To stay up-to-date with ROMP fest, music fans can visit, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum is a 501c3 non-profit located in Owensboro, Kentucky focused on gathering, preserving, exhibiting and disseminating the artifacts, history, collection and performance art of the global history of bluegrass music through an educational experience.

Formed in 1991, the IBMM is currently constructing a new building in downtown Owensboro, KY along the Ohio River. Just three blocks west of the current location, this new facility will double the museum's exhibit space and incorporate a 450 seat theater, an outdoor performance area, expanded research library, rooftop restaurant and much more.

New Clay Hess Band Single “Cold and Lonely” Released

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:02:50 +0000

(image) “Cold and Lonely”, the brand new single from the Clay Hess Band, fronted by Grammy Award winning super picker, Clay Hess, is available now on AirPlay Direct for DJ's and radio programmers. This awesome track will be turning the volume up all over the world and pleasing traditional, contemporary and progressive bluegrass fans alike! It's a must listen! Check it out and request it from your favorite station Today!

Clay Hess, leader of The Clay Hess Band is from Athens, Ohio. Clay's first introduction to many was as the lead guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, winning a Grammy Award during his tenure there. After departing Skaggs, Hess toured and recorded with several of the top bands in the genre. With the help of longtime friend and musical comrade Randy Kohrs, Clay recorded his critically acclaimed solo album "Rain" with the title track going to #1 on the Bluegrass Today chart. The success of the project directly led to the formation of The Clay Hess Band in 2012.

"Growing up in a musical family, it wasn't hard to find an instrument lying around to plunk on. Pair that with having a desire to learn, a passion for music, and a wealth of people to learn from and you get a musician. Having a family of talented players and singers is an advantage if you can keep your ears open and your mouth shut. I should have done more of both."
--Clay Hess

Known for his syncopated sense of timing, Hess always tries to keep you guessing what is coming next. Today with The Clay Hess Band you can hear the result of all the jam sessions, bar gigs, bluegrass festivals, and hours learning from relatives/musicians/recordings.

Additional personnel in the Clay Hess Band include Irl Hees on bass, Brennan Hess on guitar, Dustin Frame on mandolin and Brady Wallen on banjo. All members contribute to vocals.

The full album release is scheduled by Pinecastle Records on or about the 1st week of May and we are on pins and needles for more after hearing this smashing first single. Fans can purchase, stream and download the new single here.

The Cabin Creek Boys at Carter Family Fold Feb 24th

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:58:49 +0000

Saturday, February 24th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Cabin Creek Boys. The Cabin Creek Boys play old time hillbilly music from the mountains of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina, performing at area festivals, fiddlers' conventions, square dances, and other community events. Led by multi-instrumentalist husband and wife duo Chris and Erika Testerman of Lansing, North Carolina, the band also includes Jackson Cunningham of Grant, Virginia, on guitar; Trish Kilby Fore of Galax, Virginia, on clawhammer banjo; and Jerry Steinberg of Salem,Virginia, on the upright bass. Chris Testerman was raised in the Whitetop section of Grayson County, Virginia. While attending Mount Rogers Combined School, he became interested in fiddle playing and was a member of the Mount Rogers School String Band. After a lot of hard work, determination, and guidance from mentors Thornton and Emily Spencer, Chris has now become a strong Whitetop-style fiddler. Chris toured Canada in 2013 and the United Kingdom in 2014 with the Whitetop Mountain Band. Following in the footsteps of another legendary Whitetop fiddler, Albert Hash, Chris also builds fiddles. He learned much of his craft from Audrey Hash Ham and Archie Elmer Powers. Chris also sings harmony for the Cabin Creek Boys in the style of the early Stanley Brothers recordings. Erika Testerman, originally from Mount Airy, North Carolina, grew up in a musical community and was taught and influenced by several well-known Surry County musicians Chester McMillian and Mac and Steve Snow. Erika and Chris teach in the Sparta School's Junior Appalachian Musicians program and feel it is important to pass on the area's musical traditions to the younger generation. Many times during the Cabin Creek Boys performances, Erika will lay down her guitar, pick up a fiddle, and join Chris on a few toe-tapping tunes. Erika also brings a real talent for singing to the Cabin Creek Boys. Jackson Cunningham, who's from southern Oregon, is no stranger to old time and bluegrass. He grew up around music and has been playing guitar and singing most of his life. He has toured in many different states and abroad, including both England and Australia. Like Chris, Jackson is a luthier and specializes in building guitars and fiddles. He learned most of his musical techniques from Wayne Henderson, Herb Key, and Audrey Hash Ham. Jackson does most of the lead singing for the Cabin Creek Boys and will happily pull out his mandolin for a tune on occasion. Born and raised in the Lansing community of Ashe County, Trish Kilby Fore began playing the clawhammer banjo after suffering a knee injury playing softball. Trish was fortunate to be around many good musicians growing up and attended jam sessions and dances with her grandparents. Trish's banjo playing style was influenced by Emily Spencer, Enoch Rutherford, Harold B. Hausenfluck, and Larry Pennington. In 1997, Trish had the opportunity to tour Germany and France with the old time band Farmer's Daughters. Married to banjo player and maker Kevin Fore, Trish often plays a Round Peak banjo with a formica checkerboard design neck he made for her. Trish also sings a few songs with the Cabin Creek Boys. Although Jerry Steinberg was not born in Virginia, he got here as quickly as he could, and he has made his home in Salem, Virginia, for most of his life. Jerry learned to play the bass in his mid-thirties and was lucky to get his start in old time with Kyle Creed and in bluegrass with Ted Lundy. Jerry's timing is the foundation for the Cabin Creek Boys' hard-driving, high-energy and danceable beat. Jerry can walk, slap, and chime the bass. A walking encyclopedia of old time, bluegrass and hillbilly music, Jerry is often sought out by fellow musicians, academics, and the Bluegrass Unlimited magazine to answer those "hard-to-answer" type questions. The Cabin Creek Boys have fun entertaining audiences with their unique style of traditional music [...]

Michael Johnathon's Childrens Tale “Mousie HiWay” Out May 2018

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:34:27 +0000

(image) Folksinger and banjo picker and former Knott County resident, Michael Johnathon, has produced a musical kids project that will introduce K-7th grade kids to the banjo, bluegrass music and the instruments that play it.

The 32-page full color illustrated book Mousie Hiway: The Adventures of Banjo Mouse in the Appalachian Mountains is a 6½ minute acoustic hip-hop Appalachian bluegrass song that tells the story of of Banjo Mouse traveling the Appalachian mountains and forming a bluegrass band, complete with illustrations that Michael drew himself. You can hear the full audiobook there that Michael Johnathon recorded with the McLain family band and Rob Ickes at the Mousie Hiway link below.

The reason for this approach is to get kids who might not be familiar with bluegrass music to "want" to find out more. It also celebrates the Appalachian “front porch” heritage so dear to many in the mountain communities.

In that goal, Johnathon chose a very unexpected approach:

Included with the book is a CD of the audio book version, recorded as an acoustic Appalachian hip-hop bluegrass spokenword composition. The recording features Kentucky bluegrass legends the McLain Family Band and multi-award winner and IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes. The 32-page full color book includes Lesson Plans for classrooms and a CD of the audio book version as well.

Johnathon, the creator and host of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, actually lived in Mousie, KY for nearly three years in the late 80’s. A prolific songwriter and instrumentalist, he is releasing a 23-song album of all banjo songs to coincide with the release of the Mousie Hiway, both due in May 2018.

You can order autographed (optional) advancee copies now by clicking here. Pre-orders include a Free Copy of the 23-song Moonfire banjo album if you order before May 1st. Call 859-255-5700 with a credit card, send a check for $18.95 plus 2.75 shipping (21.70 total) to PoetMan Records PO Box 200, Lexington, KY 40588, or order via PayPal for $18.95 plus $2.75 shipping to

Becky Buller Delivers “Crêpe Paper Heart”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:40:24 +0000

(image) Nashville, TN -- Dark Shadow Recording delivers a singing bluegrass Valentine with the release of Crêpe Paper Heart, the label's second solo album from 2016 IBMA Fiddler and Female Vocalist Of The Year, Becky Buller. This collection features new songs from the pen of Buller (2015 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year) and her co-writers, performed by past and present members of her ridiculously talented road band, along with an award-winning line-up of guests, including Grammy and IBMA award winners Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, The Fairfield Four, Rob Ickes and more.

"It wasn't supposed to take this long," said Buller, alluding to the four years lapsed since her DSR debut recording, 'Tween Earth And Sky.

"But so much good life got in our way!" she continued. "And I'm glad we took our time rather than rushing just to get something out. This album completely changed in character from what we originally planned it to be: we leaned more heavily on my road band; we were able to connect with The Fairfield Four and our other wishlist of special guests.... I'm so proud of it. I sincerely hope you enjoy the new tunes."

"Becky Buller is a force of nature and her road band is built of serious musicians, all chomping at her heels," said producer and DSR label head Stephen Mougin.

"On this project, we really wanted to showcase the sound that the audience gets to hear, while maintaining a platform for Becky to collaborate with heroes and friends. In digging through Becky's phenomenal songwriting catalog, we paired down a substantial list into a collection that represents the flavor of her touring group and highlights her powerful fiddle and vocal prowess. Becky always strives for perfection and class, driving those around her to do the same. The new album shows that in spades! Dark Shadow Recording is proud of Becky and her accomplishments and proud to be a part of Crêpe Paper Heart."

DelFest Announces Additions to 2018 Lineup

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:49:44 +0000

Nashville, TN -- DelFest, produced by McCoury Music & High Sierra Music, is pleased to announce the following lineup additions to the 11th annual DelFest, which takes place May 24-27 at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. The thirteen acts announced today, paired with the festival’s initial lineup, solidify DelFest as the premier live music event for fans whose musical tastes span the width of bluegrass, Americana, and improvisation-- fitting considering its namesake, Del McCoury, is the patriarch of the modern day string band. The new additions annnounced include: Greensky Bluegrass The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Danny Barnes, Sam Grisman Richard Thompson The Infamous Stringdusters Rhiannon Giddens Mandolin Orange The Gibson Brothers The California Honeydrops Horseshoes & Hand Grenades The New Orleans Suspects The Broomestix The Grass is Dead Justin Moses & Cody Kilby Previously announced acts include: The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Bluegrass Congress (The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan), Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Wood Brothers, Fruition, Sierra Hull, Rising Appalachia, Bryan Sutton Band, Billy Strings, The Kruger Brothers, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, The Lil Smokies, Cris Jacobs, Dustbowl Revival, The Brothers Comatose, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Birds of Chicago, Jon Stickley Trio, Twisted Pine, and Dré & The Gospel Collective-- emceed by Joe Craven. Unique to this year’s festival, Del McCoury created The Bluegrass Congress, for which he sent hand rolled parchment paper invites to Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan. Representing the best at what they do in the field of Bluegrass, these musicians will convene on Saturday evening (May 26th), joining the Del McCoury Band for a picking party like none other in festival history. DelFest 2018 will take place from May 24-27, 2018, and once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C.) serves as the perfect location for DelFest, nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains. The fairgrounds are conveniently located near four major airports and can be easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland, MD, is a welcoming host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown, and great amenities that include biking, a steam train engine and museum, and top-notch dining. In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can once again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, and late night indoor performances and picking sessions. DelFest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day music academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and friends. DelFest Academy, which takes place May 21-23, provides all levels of musicians an opportunity to learn from some of the best pickers in the world. Four-day advance passes, Academy passes, and a variety of parking options are currently on sale at Please visit the DelFest website and for updates and more information. Tags: DelFestMusic FestivalEventLineup[...]

Tom T. and Dixie Hall are 2018 Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:11:26 +0000

The Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame is pleased to announce Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall as their 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees. The award ceremony will be Saturday, September 22, in Bean Blossom, Indiana at the 44th Annual Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Bluegrass Festival. Hall of Fame selection is based on making substantial and enduring contributions to bluegrass music, and the Halls have contributed in a variety of ways for a half century. Songwriting has been their most public contribution, dating back to 50 years ago when Miss Dixie co-wrote songs with Hall of Fame member Maybelle Carter and Tom T. was writing for Hall of Famers Flatt & Scruggs. In 1999 Miss Dixie and Tom T. began writing songs together. Since then, 3,000 have been recorded. Miss Dixie, the most prolific female bluegrass song writer of all time, has had over 500 of her own songs recorded. The Halls were so successful together, they won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) “Bluegrass Songwriters of the Year Award” for 10 consecutive years. At that time they were awarded the Grand Masters Gold and had “their jerseys retired” from the category. In a 10 year period, the Halls averaged over 2.4 songs a month on the Bluegrass Unlimited top 30 song chart. Eleven of the Hall’s songs went to #1, and some months they had as many as five songs at the same time on the chart! In 2004 they were awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) “Distinguished Achievement Award” for their lifetime contributions to bluegrass music. Besides songwriting, the Halls have had a positive influence on the genre by helping young and struggling artists. They started their own publishing company (Good Home Grown Music) and their own record label and studio (Blue Circle Records) at home at Fox Hollow, near Franklin, TN. Often the Halls provided rooms in their home, meals and free studio time to young, up-and-coming artists. They also gave personal encouragement. Miss Dixie felt the bluegrass community was her family, and she treated artists in that way—helping build careers and increasing the number of successful new bands along the way. Helping bluegrass was not new to Miss Dixie. As far back as the ‘60s, she started promoting bluegrass groups in the UK and then moved to the States where she promoted groups like The Stanley Brothers, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Bill Clifton for Starday Records. Tom T. has recorded a number of significant bluegrass recordings: The Magnificent Music Machine, The Storyteller and the Banjo Man, and Tom T. Sings Miss Dixie. Because Tom T. was one of the biggest country music stars of his generation, these recordings not only brought good music to the bluegrass community, they also brought bluegrass into the homes of country music fans not familiar with the genre. Although Miss Dixie left us too soon on January 16, 2015, the Halls’ contributions to bluegrass music continue to be felt. Their bluegrass songs still top charts and the artists they encouraged are still flourishing, three years after her passing. For more information on the event, please visit Tags: Bill Monroe Hall of FameTom T. and Dixie HallHall of FameInductee[...]

Jam Camp Coming to Bluegrass Museum this March

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:18:14 +0000

(image) Owensboro, KY -- Here's your chance to play music in a fun environment, connect with other musicians, and receive top-notch jamming tips from an experienced teacher. Join us March 16-18, 2018 for the Wernick Method Jam Camp hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Led by Dave Howard of 23 String Band & the Louisville Folk School, this 3-day camp will take place at the Museum's current location in downtown Owensboro.

You'll learn about the ground rules and etiquette of typical jams, how to find melodies and fake solos, how to follow new songs, and so much more all in a low-pressure, time-tested teaching environment.

Pete Wernick's inventive teaching method focuses on the student's desire to play music in a social setting. The emphasis is to address the general lack of this type of learning situation, and these camps have been launching beginning jammers everywhere! We will show you how to be in a bluegrass jam session, fitting in at your own ability level. You will be jamming the first morning!

Check out the video from instructor, Dave Howard, and visit our website for more information and to register. width="512" height="288" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="">

Dave Howard has enjoyed years of singing and playing mandolin throughout the U.S. with The 23 String Band - winners of the Rockygrass Bluegrass Band Competition and Louisville Music Awards Bluegrass Artist of the Year - and has over a decade of experience on-stage with Louisville based Relic Bluegrass band.

Dave serves as Director of Louisville Folk School, a traditional music education community he founded in 2015, and sits on the board of Bluegrass Anonymous - Louisville's Bluegrass Music Association.

Dave moved from his childhood home of Owensboro, KY to study Art History at University of Louisville, and recently apprenticed as a fiddler through a Kentucky Arts Council Masters Apprenticeship Grant for Folk Arts. When he isn't busy performing around the country, he can often be found running joyfully through the woods near his home in the historic Clifton neighborhood.

Award Winning Volume Five Releases “Milestones”

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 04:33:23 +0000

Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is happy to announce the release of the newest album from the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year, Volume Five. Milestones is available to radio and consumers today! Nashville is known as a "10 year town" — indicating it takes a full 10 years to achieve any real success in the music business. And while fans have long been hot on the trail of Volume Five (V5), it's easily said the industry is finally catching on and wising up. After a full decade of playing thousands of shows and making some of the best records in bluegrass, V5 has hit their stride. In 2017, the IBMA honored V5 with Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Drifter," arguably one of the most played tracks of the decade, thus far. Aptly named, Milestones is the seventh album for V5 on Mountain Fever Records, and is further proof the band knows how to find and record top-notch material. Fellow bluegrasser Jerry Cole gets writer credits for the bookend tracks, "Just Beyond the Window" and "Stoney Hill," both exemplary in setting the tone for the record while closing with the proverbial exclamation point. "Looks Like Losing Love" is written by Ronnie Bowman and Billy Droze, both considered among the elite in their craft. Of the 12 cuts, it's no coincidence the three ballads are co-written by Craig Market who clearly has a knack for weaving words that tug at the heartstrings when teaming up with writers such as Josh Miller, Becky Buller, and Tim Stafford. The albums first single, "Now That's A Song" was written by Bob Minner and Shawn Lane, and has already taken a well-deserved ride on the song charts including multiple weeks on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Songs chart and coming in at #4 on February's Top 20. No doubt, Milestones is a very well-written album, matched perfectly with a band who performs the music the way it was intended. In the liner notes, Stafford eloquently summarizes V5 and Milestones: "Volume Five has a very distinct sound that begins with Glen Harrell's pitch-perfect, rich baritone voice. He has a great emotional range in his singing that allows the band to do a wide variety of songs effectively. The fact that Colby Laney and Jacob Burleson often switch guitar and mandolin seamlessly to create different tones and sounds testifies that Volume Five is one of the top instrumental bands on the circuit. Patton Wages is a groove machine on banjo, and bassist Chris Williamson provides a propulsive, rock-solid foundation. Glen's fiddling is icing on the cake, as is guest Gaven Largent's (Dobro) tasteful fills and leads. Jacob already has one of the best mandolin chops in bluegrass, and Colby is an inventive and powerful lead and rhythm guitarist. But this is a vocal band first, even beyond Glen's powerhouse singing—the harmonies are exquisite as well, wrapping themselves around his lush lead vocals. This is one great bluegrass record." Radio programmers may download Milestones via AirPlay Direct or request a digital download by emailing Consumers may purchase Milestones today wherever great music is sold. For more information on Volume Five, visit For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit Tags: Volume FiveCD ReleaseMilestonesMountain Fever Records[...]

IBMA Foundation Announces $11,600 in Grants to be Awarded in 2018

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 04:27:42 +0000

Nashville, TN -- The IBMA Foundation, based in Nashville, TN, recently awarded $11,600 in grants to the nine recipients listed below. “We’re proud to announce the largest amount of annual grants in the history of the Foundation, to the highest number of annual recipients,” said IBMA Foundation board chair, Peter D’Addario. “Our recent merger with the International Bluegrass Music Association has been very positive, and we’re very grateful for the support from our donors this year.” Last year, The International Bluegrass Music Association, Inc. and the IBMA Foundation (formerly the Foundation for Bluegrass Music Inc.) officially merged into a single organization. The merger recognizes and formalizes the historic relationship between the two organizations and will help to strengthen coordination of their fundraising and operations. The IBMA Foundation Grant Recipients for 2018 are: Black Swamp Arts Council, Tri State Youth Bluegrass Initiative (Archbold, Ohio) Bluegrass Ambassadors with the Hanna Miners, Silver Sound Foundation (Carbon County, Wyoming) Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival (Fayetteville, West Virginia) Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Fairbanks, Alaska) Grey Fox Educational Fund, Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids (Oak Hill, New York) Makers Guild of Maine, Vacationland Bluegrass Camp (Searsport, Maine) Nashville School of Traditional Country Music (Nashville, Tennessee) San Diego Folk Heritage, Julian Family Fiddle Camp (San Diego, California) The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, Professional Development Seminar for Musicians (Abingdon, Virginia) Created in 2007, the IBMA Foundation (previously The Foundation for Bluegrass Music) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that supports bluegrass music-related educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities. The Black Swamp Arts Council’s Tri-State Youth Bluegrass Initiative in Archbold, Ohio will make it possible for interested elementary and middle school students to attend 10 hours of free, after-school group lessons and weekend mini-camps, taught by local veteran bluegrass musicians. Local sponsors will step in to fund additional lessons, youth bands will be formed, and the young musicians will get the chance to perform for their families and area bluegrass fans at a local venue. Youth in northwestern Ohio, northeastern Indiana and southeastern Michigan will benefit from this program. The Bluegrass Ambassadors with the Hanna Miners, hosted by the Silver Sound Foundation, will bring two full days of bluegrass music instruction to three small elementary schools in Carbon County, Wyoming on April 9-10, 2018. Instruction will be provided by Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers. Assemblies and classroom workshops will cover bluegrass music and its roots, as well as why music has been important to mining communities like Carbon County since the western expansion of the U.S. There will be square dancing, and the Henhouse Prowlers will also perform with school bands at a concert for parents. The Coda Mountain Academy’s Summer Music Festival, held near Fayetteville, West Virginia, is a two-week, residential music camp which focuses on providing high-caliber musical opportunities and training for students regardless of their socio-economic status. Coda offers tracks in bluegrass and classical music during its Summer Music Festival, and the faculty are graduates of top music schools and conservatories throughout the U.S. Musical exposure to unfamiliar styles of music on a daily basis is beneficial to both students and instructors, who often perform together in recitals and public concerts. Far beyond mere tolerance for each other’s differences, this kind of collaboration demonstrates diversity, versatility, and inclusiveness to the students, while encouraging explorat[...]