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Locust Honey String Band Announce February/March UK & Ireland Tour

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There’s a rock hard spine that holds up the bones of American country music, both now and back to the distant past. That spine is the spirit of the women who have given their hearts and souls to the music – everyone from Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells to Sara Carter and Ola Belle Reed. It’s a spirit very much alive in the music of Asheville, North Carolina-formed, now Nashville-based Locust Honey String Band. Born in Georgia, singer and fiddler Chloe Edmonstone channels generations of women in her original songs, writing odes to jilted lovers, hard drinkers, and independent souls that can walk hand in hand with the old-time mountain songs that have been carefully selected for their new album, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind. Showcasing the dynamic partnership of Edmonstone and renowned old-time musician guitarist/singer Meredith Watson, the core of Locust Honey String Band, the two carefully crafted the arrangements and harmonies and sing so closely together they could be siblings. The album also features banjo player Hilary Hawke of popular New York duo Dubl Handi.

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Cavendish Beach Music Festival Adds Further Artists To Line-Up

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The eighth annual LOTTO MAX presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival adds to their star studded line up with an announcement of eleven more artists set to perform at this summer’s festival. Dean Brody, Emerson Drive, The Road Hammers, Tebey, Cold Creek County, Bobby Wills, Jason Benoit, Petric, JoJo MasonBlackjack Billy and The Washboard Union will join previously announced performers Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion and The Band Perry during the three-day event taking place July 8th – July 10th, 2016 in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

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Rayland Baxter Releases ‘Soho’ EP; Covers My Morning Jacket

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Nashville’s Rayland Baxter released his raw, stripped down ‘Soho EP’ today, available for purchase HERE.

With today’s release, Baxter’s gorgeous cover of My Morning Jacket’s “Bermuda Highway” has been revealed. The EP also contains four intimate versions of the tracks “Mr. Rodriguez”, “Yellow Eyes”, “Oh My Captain” and “Freakin Me Out”, all of which previously appeared on Baxter’s 2015 release Imaginary Man.

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Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors DVD Available May 3

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed film Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors on DVD for the first time on May 3, 2016. Experience the magic and warmth of the television movie event that is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee.

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Acme Feed & Seed To Launch Acme Radio On February 10

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Acme Feed & Seed, in partnership with TuneIn, is pleased to announce the launch of Acme Radio. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, listeners worldwide will be able to experience the variety and excellence of all things Nashville thanks to TuneIn’s unique platform – an app that provides listeners access to more than four million radio stations streaming from every continent. Tom Morales, owner of Acme Feed & Seed, reopened the doors of the historic, century-old building to bring locals back to downtown Nashville. He succeeded by renovating a building rich with local history and by inviting Nashville’s best players to the stage.

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Chris Lane To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Photo Credit: Chuck Arlund

Big Loud Records’ fast-rising recording artist Chris Lane will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this month on Saturday, February 20th. On the legendary stage, Lane will perform his addictive single “Fix” that launched into the Top 30 at Country radio in only six weeks. Breaking records out of the gate, “Fix” accumulated the most first week single adds from a debut male artist in Country Aircheck history and has notched over 3,484,292 streams on Spotify.

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Maverick Festival Announces First Names For 2016 Line-Up

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FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED: FRIDAY 1ST, 2ND & 3RD JULY

*ROBYN HITCHCOCK, LUKE WINSLOW KING, WIZZ JONES*

‘Maverick is a Wild Western village in East Anglia where last year I was able to see many of the musicians that I usually see here in Nashville. And as Nashville residents, Emma Swift and I are now both qualified to play Maverick; it’s twangy, and, amazingly – it’s British. Plus it features goats, a vintage bus, and proper toilets: yaysville!’ ROBYN HITCHCOCK

The Maverick Festival showcases the best in Americana / Roots music, from both sides of the Atlantic, across five stages, situated in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

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Under The Apple Tree Sessions Return For C2C 2016

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Bob Harris’ UNDER THE APPLE TREE SESSIONS, which were a huge success at C2C 2015, will return this year to a much larger venue within The O2.  Building Six, located close to the Town Square, will host artists on Saturday and Sunday during the festival.

Bob Harris said: “We are excited to be hosting Under The Apple Tree Sessions at C2C again this year. We are honoured to have been invited back after hosting the stage for the first time last year. Building Six will become our new venue, where we will be putting on 12 of our absolute favourite artists across the Saturday and Sundayof the festival.”

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MerleFest Adds Three Powerful New Names To Line-Up

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MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is proud to announce three powerful new additions to the 2016 lineup: breakout Americana star Jason Isbell, legendary Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and inspiring gospel songster Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Revue. These three new artists join over 100 other artists already announced, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush,Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Doug Seegers and more! The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. This homecoming of roots music artists and fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year.

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Charles Kelley ‘The Driver’ – Album Review

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Most of us know Charles Kelley as the founding member and one-third of country music trio Lady Antebellum, who formed in 2006 and are signed to Capitol Nashville. Kelley, along with Hilary Scott and Dave Hayward, rose to fame with hit songs “Need You Now”, “American Honey”, and “Love Don’t Live Here”, and became a fan favorite in country music. In 2015, it was announced that the band would be taking a break. Shortly after that, Kelley announced that he would be taking that time to work on a solo project. But have no fear Lady Antebellum fans, Kelley assures us that the band is his priority. On September 28, 2015, he released his debut solo single “The Driver” which features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. “The Driver” received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for this year’s Grammy Awards. The single is a breath of fresh air in a genre that seems to have gone stale with generic mediocrity, and a perfect lead single. Kelley’s solo debut studio album The Driver was released last Friday (February 5, 2016).

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