The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the nominees for the Momentum Awards. Each artist was chosen by committees through a multi-stage process involving both musicians and music industry leaders.
Nominees include Ricky Skaggs, Mo Pitney, Jim Lauderdale and the Lil’ Smokies. Instituted in 2012, the Momentum Awards were created to recognize both musicians and bluegrass industry professionals who have contributed to the advancement bluegrass music.
“One of the distinctive features of the bluegrass world is that the peak years of careers are often measured in decades, even as we welcome an abundance of new artists and industry professionals into the ranks,” Jon Weisberger, IBMA board chair, explains. “So as our top artists and professionals continue to enjoy recognition from their peers through its annual awards, the IBMA’s Board of Directors saw a need to salute some of the best and brightest among those who are closer to the beginnings of their careers, and created the Momentum Awards — noteworthy for including not just singers, pickers and bands, but events or venues and professionals — as a vehicle for drawing attention to their achievements.
Noam Pikelny Nominated for “Album of the Year”Submitted by JP Cutler Media on Thu, 09/18/2014 – 14:45Noam PikelnyGRAMMY® Award-nominated banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny’s critically acclaimed album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, has been nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards, coming up in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. An extremely rare nod for an all-instrumental recording, Pikelny is also nominated for Banjo Player of the Year, and best liner notes. The International Bluegrass Music Awards recognize outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre as determined by professionals in the bluegrass music industry. Following a performance at IBMA’s “Wide Open Bluegrass” festival on Oct. 4, Pikelny hits the road for two separate tours with some of today’s brightest Americana stars: Stuart Duncan and Aoife O’Donovan. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.
Early Bird Weekend Price only $30 if purchased by November 2nd
15th Annual WinterFest
January 23, 24 & 25, 2015 at the QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now to make your reservations early!
Friday Night Shows – TBA and Open Mic in the lounge at the Quality Inn
Friday & Saturday Night – Tiki Bar and Jamming at the pool/atrium
Saturday – Full day of shows on 2 stages featuring:
Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Chasing Blue
Mama Corn, Chad Darou & Stealing Time
Hillbilly Water, Scott Eager & High Lonesome Sound, Heavy Traffic
Crop Circle Agents, Stained Grass Window, Mail Pouch Express,
Last Small Town, Mason-Dixon Bandits, Homespun Bluegrass
Plus… Children’s Programming with Peter Tawny at Monroe Co. Public Library
A Variety of Instrumental Workshops,
Master Luthier Frank Finnochio, Merchandise Vendors
Evening Bandamonium with Mama Corn
Sunday – Gospel Show followed by a full day of shows in the Lounge
starting with the Bandamonium Contest Winner, Dan Paisley,
Big Valley Bluegrass, The Lost Ramblers, Texas Rose, Without a Paddle
Weekend Early Bird Special $30 by Nov. 2, $35 by Jan. 4
At Door: Weekend – $40, Friday – $10, Saturday – $25, Sunday – $15
For more information, please visit our website at www.poconobluegrass.org.
or contact Pete at 570.856.2545, Neil at 570.994.7305 or John at 570.807-2023
For tickets send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Deb Frey,
Showtime: 8:30pm / Doors: 8:00pm
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Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade! Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, WV; The Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin’ n’ grinnin’ and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.
The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This “Old Timey” approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. It’ll sure make you want to get up and dance!
..and don’t let the flash of their lively stage performance and choreography fool ya, these folks are all highly skilled musicians and seasoned entertainers! Their lightning fast award-winning picking skills and musical arrangements mixed with natural comedic wit and high lonesome mountain vocal harmonies are sure to catch your ear right away. Combine that with a knack for original songwriting and a strong passion for old time and traditional music and this makes for an all-around authentic and exciting musical experience that you won’t soon forget. One listen and you’ll know that you are getting the real deal! The Gypsies are more than a band; they are a tight knit family, mindful of tradition but bold explorers of new and authentic styles of acoustic music and entertainment!
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Goldwing Express is made up of Three Native American brothers and their father. A segment of their performance is dedicated for their Indian Heritage. Each Brother wears his very own Native American Headdress which represents the Creek Indian Tribe from which their Mother is from. This family music show comes from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Now the family resides in Branson, Missouri producing their own music show along with many appearances throughout the United States and into Canada.
Bob Baldridge, the father plays mandolin and sings lead for the group. He also does a lot of the comedian work for Goldwing Express. His music career began early when he and his Brothers and Sister sang in the early 70’s and 80’s. The family would gather at Grandmothers house and have all day singing’s. Bob wanted to form his own family band shortly after.
Along came Paul, Steven, and Shawn. Paul is the eldest son. He sings high tenor and plays the guitar for Goldwing Express. Paul does more of the traditional bluegrass singing for the group. Paul has won several awards throughout his career.
Steven is the middle age son, who sings mostly baritone and plays the banjo. Steven loves to put Gospel music in the show and wows the crowd with his traditional sounds on the banjo. He is also responsible for the management of Goldwing Express.
Shawn is the youngest Brother, he plays the upright bass fiddle and sings all the low end notes. Crowds gather to here Shawn sing songs like “Hello Darlin”, “Lay you down”, and “Long Black Train”. He likes to spice things up a little bit by sounding off a long train whistle from his voice!
Their Mother was a full blood Native American Creek Indian from Oklahoma. Along with Bob, they both decided to buy instruments for the boy’s. Twenty five years later, they are headlining most Bluegrass Festivals and various styles of concerts around the United States.
The name Goldwing Express came from their Mother. We used to ride Honda Gold Wing’s in the late 80’s. That’s when Mom decided to name us the “Goldwing Express”.
The family also performs in Branson, Missouri throughout the year. This year we’ll average over 250 show dates across the country. We travel Nation Wide in a 2004 Entertainer Prevost Coach. Goldwing Express is all about entertaining folks. We love and strive to make folks happy when they come to see Goldwing Express in concert.
Tonight is the 2nd Thursday so come out to the Fountain House for some good Bluegrass. 6:30 at the Fountain House across from the fire station in Fredon, NJ on Rt. 94. Bring your instrument and a friend.
Idletymes offers a unique blend of hard driving, straight forward bluegrass music with tight, core harmonies and boasts an impressive portfolio of original songs. The band has been performing throughout the eastern US since 1985. Comprised of talented musicians with a strong foundation steeped in bluegrass roots, blended harmonies and soulful infulences creates an undeniable sound that will leave you wanting more. Diverse in style and range, Idletymes delivers with great musicianship and true emotion in their vocals. Traditional, New Grass and Gospel, there’s something for everyone! Chris Long: Idletymes’ primary lead singer, songwriter and guitar player has a long musical background that began at the age of nine. By 14, Chris joined his first bluegrass band which evolved into learning how to play the dobro, mandolin and guitar. Endorsed by Eddie Gray Guitars, Chris is known for his unique style of playing. Chris makes his home in Point Pleasant, WV with his wife Shannon; two daughters Ashlynn and Jessilynn; a son Philip (who also loves playing guitar); 3 gold fish; a cat (hardly worth mentioning); and of course, Darby, their miniature Schnauzer who has become the band’s mascot. Darby’s fans keep track of him onFacebook and at the festivals. Ronnie Seebaugh: Banjo playing extrordiaire, begain playing banjo at the age of 12, thanks to his musical parents who performed gospel for many years. Ronnie’s interest in music expanded into learning how to play the mandolin, the trumpet and bass, before Joining his first band at the age of 13. Ronnie became a full time member of Idletymes in 2007. Endorsed by Mitch Banjos, Ronnie teaches banjo, guitar and mandolin at Gallagher Music in Parkersburg, WV since 1995. Ronnie resides in Parkersburg, WV with his wife Connie, two sons, Daniel and Christopher. Gary “Craig” Jarvis: Bass player and tenor vocalist found his passion for playing the doghouse-bass in 1997 with the help of a long time friend and accomplished guitarist, the late, Greg Hart. Born into a family wtih a deep appreciation and musical awareness steeped in bluegrass and traditional roots music, this set the stage for a life long pursuit. In 2007, Craig became an official member of the Idletymes band. He and his wife, Ticia are the proud parents of their 3 children, Haylli, Collin and Kara and a very precocious granddaughter, Harper. Bruce Jones followed in his father, Everett’s shoes as a bluegrass musician. At the ripe old age of five, he began to play the mandolin and at 11, the banjo. It wasn’t long before Bruce earned the recognition as the 2002 Vandalia Banjo Champion, along with a number of awards throughout the Mountain State. Being a true multi-instrumentalist, Bruce acquired a dobro and is known best for his signatory guitar “licks” fans love on his custom built Eddie Gray Dobro. Bruce became an official member of the Idletymes band in February 2013. Musical affiliations include West Virginia bands such as the Bluegrass Travelers, Break Mountain, Whittaker Station and No One You Know, of which he recorded two albums with on Mountain Fever Records.
We are a family who absolutely loves Jesus and bluegrass music so when you put them together, you have a great way to serve God, bless people and enjoy being a family. We have been “Having the Best Time” of our lives since Jesus saved our souls. We love Jesus because He’s so much more than Our Savior. He’s our friend, our strength, our navigator, our all in all. We love bluegrass because it’s so much more than music. It’s friends that become family, people sharing life and blessing one another, our inheritance, our legacy and our way of bringing love and light into the world.
We are a family of six, with Daddy Chris Klein making it all possible by working so hard and supporting us in every way he can. The rest of us sing lead and harmony and play a variety of instruments. DeAnna Klein, 19, plays fiddle and guitar. Shawn Luke Klein, 16, plays banjo, Dobro® and guitar. Sylvia Klein, 12, plays mandolin and guitar. Clara Klein, 9, plays fiddle and guitar. Mama Liberty Klein plays upright bass. All of us began lessons with Rick Campbell in 2010, started playing with a young bluegrass musicians group in 201 land by 2012, we were playing as The Klein Family. We play a variety of bluegrass music at various venues and write and perform original material.
We really hope something that we’ve recorded on our CD blesses you and touches your heart. If something lifts you up, then we’ve done what we set out to do. We love meeting new people and hope to see you soon. Making new friends and keeping the old is one of our greatest blessings . God be with you, my friend.
We love everybody. You’re next!
“Show love in all that you do.”
1 Corinthians 16:14