First Slate of Artists Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass

Performers scheduled to perform at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater include Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Balsam Range, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Kruger Brothers (with special guests), The Claire Lynch Band, Flatt Lonesome, Band of Ruhks, and performances from the critically acclaimed Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited project. Additional Red Hat Amphitheater performers to be announced during a June 18 press conference at the Raleigh venue.

PineCone Bluegrass Songwriting Teacher Releases New Album of Children's Music

Seeds To Sow, the first album by musician-mom duo Little Root (Lynda Dawson & Sally Mullikin), is a children’s music record the whole family can enjoy. Guitar, fiddle, sister-like harmonies, and a cast of roots music characters dance and sing together on original and traditional songs that touch at the heart of childhood and family.

The Grass Cats Celebrate Two Milestones in One Concert

This Thursday, May 7, The Grass Cats will celebrate the release of  The Old School Road, their ninth CD for New Time Records, and the 11th anniversary of their “Mac's Tavern first Thursday of the month show” at a CD release show and party at Mac’s Tavern in Cary. PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show co-host Tim Woodall is a founding member of The Grass Cats.

Triangle Shape Note Singers Earn Outstanding Group Project Award from City of Raleigh

Last month, the Triangle Shape Note Singers were honored with an Outstanding Group Project Award for their participation in programs at Mordecai Historic Park and their efforts educating the community about shape note music.

IBMA Announces 2015 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Bands

Seven of the 30 bands selected for this year's Ramble Showcase series are from North Carolina: Ash Breeze Band (Fayetteville, NC); Donna Hughes (Trinity, NC); Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims (Raleigh, NC); Mipso (Chapel Hill, NC); Rex McGee (Winston Salem/Sauratown Mountain, NC); Ryan Cavanaugh; and Unspoken Tradition (Cherryville, NC). Additionally, Detour's Jeremy Darrow is originally from NC; David Pelta-Tiller of Taarka studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a teenager; and The Tyler Williams Band's Ashley Davis is originally from Fayetteville, NC (she grew up listening to the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show on 94.7 WQDR-FM!).

Free Irish Tin Whistle Classes at Tir na nOg

Beginning Monday, May 4, Alan Baker will be offering a free, hour-long tin whistle class (6-7 p.m.) in "The Cottage" at Tir na nOg.

Students' Experiences in PineCone Bluegrass Camps for Youth

Sisters Chloe & Jessica Lang wrote their impressions and memories of their experiences in PineCone's Bluegrass Camps for Youth. They will open for the Snyder Family Band on Sunday, April 19 at the first Midtown Bluegrass Series concert of 2015!

Nominations Open for NC Heritage Awards

The North Carolina Arts Council is accepting nominations of traditional North Carolina artists for the NC Heritage Award. The nomination deadline is May 1, 2015.

Bluegrass Camp Registration Now Open

Bluegrass Camp registration is now open, and camps are filling up quickly! In addition to guitar, fiddle, and songwriting camps in June, PineCone & the Town of Cary are offering a new Bluegrass Jam Camp in August!

Raleigh's Own The Lang Sisters to Showcase at SPBGMA in February

The Lang Sisters is a band formed in 2012 by Chloe and Jessica Lang. Chloe, 16, and Jessica, 12 , enjoy playing bluegrass, country, folk and gospel music. Next month, they will be among eight other bands performing at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Assocation's (SPBGMA) Youth Showcase in Nashville from February 5-7.

Raleigh-based duo will be among nine youth acts showcasing at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Assocation's (SPBGMA) Youth Showcase in Nashville from February 5-7.