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World of Bluegrass, Sept 30-Oct 4 – Raleigh, NC

The week features four separate events and hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and music fan! If bluegrass music moves you, come to the conference that moves bluegrass music. ————————————————————————————– Wide Open Bluegrass features the best in our traditional and acoustic music community on three stages in beautiful downtown Raleigh! Proceeds support the Bluegrass Trust Fund. • The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show is the biggest night on the bluegrass Calendar, recognizing outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre. • Official Showcase Performances at the IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference form the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community. • The IBMA is excited to present its first annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 30-October 4 in Raleigh, NC! • The IBMA Youth Council is scheduling a series of events geared geared for youth, including a youth stage during Wide Open Bluegrass! • The Bluegrass Expo, Exhibit Hall is the central gathering place to browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network.

Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

Dancin’ Annie, New Single from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

New Single from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie John Lawless | January 31, 2014 Rural Rhythm has released a debut single from the upcoming Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie album, due March 4. It’s the title track, Dancin’ Annie, written and sung by Sweet Dixie guitarist Chris Stifel. The new record contains 12 new tracks, including State Line Ride, a new instrumental from banjo legend Emerson, who has the distinction of serving as the original banjo man with The Country Gentlemen in 1957. He left after a year and worked separately with with Jimmy Martin, Red Allen and Cliff Waldron over the next twelve years. Bill returned to the Gentlemen in 1970 and recorded the classic Award Winning Country Gentlemen album along with Doyle Lawson, Bill Yates, Ricky Skaggs and sole remaining founding member, Charlie Waller. Emerson also served in the US Navy band for twenty years (’73-’93), during which time he continued to record on his own. After leaving the Navy he retired for a few years, but the bluegrass bug bit again and he was back with Sweet Dixie in 2007. Emerson and Stifel are joined in the band by Wayne Lanham on guitar and Terri Chism on bass. All save Bill are featured as lead vocalists. Here’s a listen to a piece of the title cut… Radio programmers can download the single now from Airplay Direct http://bluegrasstoday.com/new-single-from-bill-emerson-sweet-dixie/