From Rounder Records and Sugar Hill

May 19, 2016 - Nashville, TN - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved singer and songwriter James King, who was affectionately known as "The Bluegrass Storyteller." He was 57 years old. King, a recovering alcoholic, suffered complications from a prolonged battle with cirrhosis of the liver.

King died peacefully, surrounded by family and close friends, including his longtime girlfriend, Becky Rhodes; his brothers Andy and Jason, and sister-in-law Leticia; his aunts Debbie Moxley and Nadine Isley; and friends Junior and Susan Sisk, Dudley and Sally Connell, Harry and Louise Rhodes, and Charlie Snelling.

Editor's Note: on May 16, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association was informed by Sony Music Entertainment (SME) that they would withdraw their objection to our use of two sound clips in our educational video on YouTube. We thank Sony for that decision and hope that they will reevaluate their position regarding non-profit educational videos and the fees charged.

We also thank the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for their help in solving this dispute and for the good work that they do for all of us.


Mitch Stoltz is an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a group dedicated to protecting our rights in the digital world.

When confronted with a demand from Sony that the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association pay $500 in "Administrative Fees" to them in order to have our Evolution of Bluegrass Classes available to everyone on the internet and free of ads, we contacted the EFF for help. Below is the blog that they posted on their website on May 11, 2016.

A series of bluegrass history lectures has become the latest victim of the bullying that is enabled by content filtering systems like YouTube’s Content ID.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbors protect websites like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and many others against runaway copyright lawsuits. They also protect people’s fair use rights when they post their own creations online, by ensuring that online platforms don’t have to assume the risk of a user’s fair use case going the wrong way. But automated filtering and takedown systems on platforms like YouTube—systems that the DMCA doesn’t require—flag obvious fair uses as potential infringement, including educational work around the history of music itself. That’s why it’s alarming that major entertainment companies want Congress to scrap the DMCA’s safe harbor and make automatic filtering the law.

When: Sunday, May 22 @ 3:30pm
Where: Unitarian Fellowship - 67 S. Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free

Mile Twelve is an exciting new voice in contemporary bluegrass music from Boston, MA. Combining a love for traditional bluegrass with songwriting skills honed at renowned music schools, they present a refined and powerful musical directive. With influences from folk, jazz, oldtime and bluegrass music, the band’s original songs are a timely continuation of the bluegrass string band tradition. Lead singer Evan Murphy has been singing his whole life, developing a distinctive vocal sound rooted in bluegrass music. In addition to providing original songs for the band, he anchors the rhythm section with his deft guitar playing. On fiddle, Bronwyn KeithHynes is a seasoned performer, having played with Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan and The Milk Carton Kids among others. She also won the 2014 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS. Catherine (BB) Bowness, a native New Zealander, brings driving and intricate banjo playing into the fold, along with tasteful jazz sensibilities honed at the New Zealand School of Music. Bass player and vocalist Nate Sabat is a Berklee College of Music graduate and one of the primary songwriters. Nate’s knowledge of bluegrass bass playing has already earned him an invitation to speak at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Convention.

Chris Brashear - Guitarist/Mandolinist/Fiddler

Wednesday, May 11 @ 7:30pm
42 Haggerty Hill Road, Rhinebeck NY
$12/Members - $15/Non-Members Tickets at The Door

Chris Brashear is a dynamic instrumentalist, a charismatic singer with a high, clear voice, and a songwriter who portrays contemporary life with old-time flavor. Chris currently performs with the bluegrass band Perfect Strangers. Chris worked as the fiddle and mandolin player with Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group for seven years and recorded with them on their last three Red House recordings, Stonewall Country, These Old Dark Hills and Back Forty.

Editor's Note: We asked Wayne Fugate to tell us what his first night's experience on Broadway's Bright Star was like. His email response is here for all to read.

So what’s it like subbing the mandolin and guitar on Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Broadway show “Bright Star”? In a word - AMAZING!! In three words - SO MUCH FUN!! In nine words - I CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT WEEK!!

What a thrill! After a month plus of really intensive practice at home and several trips into the theater just to watch the conductor and note his cues in the score, my first performance was on Tuesday. It was a bit like being part of the crew landing a space shuttle … everyone has their job to do and there is no room for mistakes! I don't think I've ever focused that hard, that consistently, all the way through every-single-note of a performance in my life!! How these guys do it for eight shows a week is mind-boggling.


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