39th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival Announces Line-Up and Hall of Fame Inductee, George Shuffler

The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.

George-ShufflerOn Saturday, September 21, George Shuffler will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. George grew up in Burke County, NC where he taught himself to play on a mail-order guitar. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17 performing with The Bailey Brothers. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. For more information on George Shuffler, please visit blueridgeheritage.com.

Another highlight of the festival will be a CD Release Party held by the James King Band on Saturday, 21 who will be providing free biscuits and gravy for the fans.

The complete line-up for the 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival includes the talents of:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
The Boxcars
Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain Boys
Spinney Brothers
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Darrell Webb Band
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
Spinney Brothers
The Grascals
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Fellerl & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

Friday, September 20, 2013
Wildwood Valley Boys
Cumberland Highlanders
Larry Stephenson Band
Tim Graves & Cherokee
American Drive
Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Ralph Stanley II

Saturday, September 21, 2013
George Shuffler
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Kenny & Amanda Smith
James King Band

Emcees for The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival are the Legendary Tommy Lamb and George Riddle. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller Sound.

Each festival ticket includes: admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin tour, plus all music and instrument workshops. There will be plenty of food concessions and merchants. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun. Shows take place rain or shine.

For more information including tickets, directions and complete schedule, please visit BeanBlossom.US. The 39th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Days is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Dillman Furniture, and Hope River Entertainment.

Rodney Dillard to be inducted into the Missouri Music Assoc. Hall of Fame

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce Rodney Dillard will be inducted into the Missouri Music Association’s new Hall of Fame when the organization honors its three premier inductees in the bluegrass genre:  The Dillards, John Hartford and Charlie Wolfe.  This new Hall of Fame will recognize Missouri talent from all genres of music and will collaborate with other music organizations within the state of Missouri, and elsewhere, to provide a central database of Missouri talent.  Initially, the Hall of Fame will include talent that has already been recognized by other Halls of Fame based on their individual music genre.  All three of these new inductees are currently members of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

The Dillards, Rodney Dillard (guitar) and Douglas Dillard (banjo), grew up playing music with their family and friends including a teenaged John Hartford, in Missouri. They performed on a St. Louis radio station as The Dillard Brothers in 1958, recording for a local label. The Dillards played their first show at Washington University in St. Louis and hit the road for Los Angeles in 1962. A DesiLu Studios rep saw an ad in Variety magazine about Elektra signing The Dillards, and within days they were called in to audition for the role of The Darlins on The Andy Griffith Show. Their original songs have become bluegrass standards like “The Old Home Place,” “Dooley,” “Doug’s Tune,” “Banjo in the Holler” and “There is a Time.”  The Dillards incorporated stand-up comedy into their stage show, and their talents as entertainers brought bluegrass to new audiences in urban clubs from L.A. to New York City, on college campuses, in movie scores, at folk festivals and on tour with mainstream rock bands and comedians. The band’s unique flair for songwriting and arrangement affected a broad range of important future musicians in the bluegrass and pop music world alike, and they are credited with helping set the stage for the “country rock” movement and the burgeoning progressive sounds of bluegrass. The Dillards were inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rodney Dillard now tours with “The Dillard Band” and the group is celebrating their Rural Rhythm album, I WISH LIFE WAS LIKE MAYBERRY.  The band is gearing up for their August 16th album, DON’T WAIT FOR THE HEARSE TO TAKE YOU TO CHURCH, featuring Beverly Dillard.  Rodney and Beverly Dillard also launched their new “Mayberry Values Ministry” and perform at churches and other organizations throughout the country inspiring families and individuals of all ages with their brand of humor, stories, testimonies and more.  For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit www.RodneyDillard.TV.

For more information on the Missouri Music Association including memberships available to industry professionals and the general public, please call 615-419-3417 or visit www.missourihalloffame.info

Sammy Shelor to be inducted into Virginia Music Hall of Fame


Sammy Shelor
Sammy Shelor

Sammy Shelor, member of the bluegrass group, LONESOME RIVER BAND will be inducted into the Virginia Music Hall of Fame during the Association’s 10th Annual Jumpin’ Bluegrass Festival held September 17-20, 2009 at the Chesterfield, Virginia County Fairgrounds.  Shelor joins a long list of previous Hall of Famers including: Roy Clark, Mother Mabelle, Mac Wiseman, Statler Brothers, Patsy Cline, Tony Rice, Bill Yates, Larry Stephenson and many other talented artists. “I’m honored to be recognized by the Virginia Music Hall of Fame and my home State of Virginia,” said Shelor.

Shelor will receive his Hall of Fame Honor on Friday, September 18th, plus take the stage with the Lonesome River Band for what is surely to be a memorable performance.  The band is celebrating a highly successful #1 album, “No Turning Back” (Rural Rhythm Records) that includes numerous current chart singles.  Also appearing on Friday are: Code Blue, Church Sisters, GCH-Wings of Love, Copper Ridge, plus the Special Recognition Award presented to Ray Pollard, Founder of Gospel Chicken House.

Other performers during the 4-day event include:  one of Virginia’s most beloved female vocalists and bands, Michelle & Nixon & Drive with special guest Nick Nixon, The James King Band, Borrowed Time, Thunder Creek, and many more.  On Saturday, the Heritage Music Youth Scholarships will be presented to three 13-year olds: Matt Henderson, TJ Honaker and Gaven Largent.  The Bluegrass Championship Contest will be held on Sunday, September 20th, emceed by Henry Fulcher with a $1,000 award presented to the 1st place band.  It will also include a performance by the 2008 Band Champion – Grit City Grass.

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Sammy Shelor is also receiving another special recognition as a nominee for the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Banjo Performer of the Year award.  The Lonesome River Band is nominated in two categories including the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (“Struttin to Ferrum”) and the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Darkness Wept”), tracks from “NO TURNING BACK.” Winners will be announced during the IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Ryman Auditorium. Please visit the band’s website for more info.

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Ticket prices for The Jumpin’ Bluegrass 09 are only $5 per day (4 day with parking pass $25); day parking $5 car; Full camping $25/day; Electric $10/day; Tent Camping $5/day.  For more information on the festival or the Virginia Folk Music Association, please visit: www.vafolkmusic.org or view Festival flyer in pdf.  For questions, please contact: Sigrid Williams, President of the VFMA at 804-347-2925 or via email

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