NC’s Donna Hughes Heads to Raleigh with #1 Album

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Trinity, North Carolina native Donna Hughes will perform this week during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Her performance takes place during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, October 4 at 3:00 pm on the Martin Street Stage. The event is free to the public.

Donna will perform songs from her new Bluegrass album FROM THE HEART. The award-winning Songwriter wrote an amazing 19 of the 21 tracks that appear on this exciting new  album. Radio has certainly welcomed her music once again as it was #1 on AirPlayDirect’s Global Indicator Top 50 Album Chart across all genres of music. The album currently appears on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart along with two songs, “The Way I Am” and “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” appearing on the publication’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs Chart. “The Way I Am” is currently on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 Song Chart and the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Singles Chart as well.

During her recent red carpet Album Release event, Mayor Protem Jessie Hill of Trinity presented Donna with the Key to the City and proclaimed August 23 as Donna Hughes Day. Donna not only celebrated the release of FROM THE HEART that evening, but she also released a piano album, FLY, on the same day. That album includes 8 of original tunes on the 12 track project. Both albums are available in physical format at CD Baby, DonnaHughes.com and for available for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and many more online outlets.

The busy songstress has also released several music videos that can be viewed on YouTube including the official video for “The Red Oak Tree” that was filmed on location in Asheboro, NC. Donna put together three other must-watch videos including the hilarious “Walmart Checkout Line” (over 40,000+ plus YouTube views) and “Facebook.” She takes a serious turn with the heart-wrenching “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” that certainly helps bring attention to the serious issue of pet abuse.

For news, lyrics, tour dates and more information on Donna Hughes, please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.

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Lonesome River Band To Debut New Album at IBMA World of Bluegrass

ibma-lrb-poster-dates2Lonesome River Band is set to debut their new album, TURN ON A DIME from Mountain Home Music, this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. The band will perform at their Pre-CD Release Party on Wednesday, October 1 at the Architect and Social House located at 108 ½ East Hargett St. beginning at 11:00 PM.

On Thursday, October 2, Lonesome River Band will appear at the Youth Council Band Drop-In at the Raleigh Convention Center. The youth will have an opportunity to ask the band about their careers and also jam with Lonesome River Band. Founded in 2012, the IBMA Youth Council (YC) is comprised of dedicated youth active in the bluegrass community. “The goal is to get kids interested and involved in the bluegrass community,” says council chairperson Andy Rigney. The YC strives to provide an outlet and direction for an up-and-coming generation of bluegrass and roots musicians and budding industry professionals.

Fans can see Lonesome River Band on the main stage of the Red Hat Amphitheater, Friday, October 3 at 2:15 PM. On Saturday, October 4, the band will hold a Meet N’ Greet also at the Red Hat Amphitheater. For information including tickets to the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

Lonesome River Band is led by Sammy Shelor, a nominee for this year’s IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award who is a 5-time Award winner in that category. He is joined by the outstanding talents of Brandon Rickman (guitar & lead vocals), Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), Randy Jones (mandolin & lead vocals), and Barry Reed on Bass. Reed will participate in the IBMA Bass Workshop in the Convention Center at the Workshop Stage on Friday, October 3 at 4:00 PM.

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600wFor more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. To order Turn on a Dime, please visit iTunes or AmazonMP3.

For more information on Mountain Home Music visit: www.mountainhomemusiccompany.com.

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Sarah Harris Receives Nomination for IBMA Momentum Award – Vocalist

Sarah closeupSarah Harris, lead vocalist for Trinity River Band, has received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award Nomination in the Performance, Vocalist category. Nominees were announced today through the bluegrass organization’s social media sites. The winners of the 2014 Momentum Awards will be presented with their awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4.

Sarah’s impeccable vocals and charming personality have certainly gained her well-deserved attention in the bluegrass community. She can be heard on the band’s current album, BETTER THAN BLUE, where she also contributed her songwriting talents, penning “My Heart Will Find Its Way to You” and “Pure Poison.”

Trinity River Band is now on tour including their upcoming September 22 headlining performance at Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 with The Reactors and a special appearance by Willie Robertson. On September 25, they will perform at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival before heading to the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh. Fans can catch up with Sarah and the band at in the Raleigh Convention Center at the Orange Blossom Records and National Media Services booths during the convention.

Trinity River Band members include: Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals) and Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin).

2014-trinityriverband-cd-200wPlease visit TrinityRiverBand.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can purchase BETTER THAN BLUE at iTunes, Amazon, and more retail sites. Radio stations can download the music at AirPlaydirect.com.

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The Momentum Awards were instituted in 2012 to recognize both musicians and bluegrass industry professionals who, while in the early stages of their careers, have contributed to, or had an influence on, bluegrass music. These contributions can be to bluegrass music in general, or done in a specific part of the industry.

“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,” said Jon Weisberger, IBMA Board chair. “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.”

The 2014 Momentum Awards are sponsored by AirPlay Direct, the Boston Bluegrass Union and the California Bluegrass Association.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.

Official hashtags: #WOB, #IBMA, #Raleigh #sarahharris #trinityriverband

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New Single Release by the Larry Stephenson Band

albumcover-larrystephenson-400wThe Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce the title track, “Pull Your Savior In,” as their first single release from their upcoming new album releasing October 21, 2014 on Whysper Dream Music. The song was written by Larry Stephenson and will certainly have your toes tapping.

The band has also released a special featured track, “Amazing Grace” that features special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry. Both songs are now available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com.

“Pull Your Savior In” will be available for digital purchase September 23rd on iTunes, Amazon and other retail sites. Fans can pre-order a physical copy of the album now at larrystephensonband.com.

the-rec-room-studio-pic-sThe album, Pull Your Savior In, was recorded at The Rec Room in Nashville TN this past summer. It was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and features the 5-string banjo talents of Kenny Ingram.

“This is only our fifth all gospel CD, but gospel songs have always been a big part of our stage show. I hope you will enjoy the album as much as we did recording it,” said Stephenson.

For album updates and a complete tour schedule for The Larry Stephenson Band, please visit larrystephensonband.com and join them on facebook.com/LSBand.

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Pre-Order Lonesome River Band’s New Album!

Pre-Order Lonesome River Band’s new album now at iTunes and Amazon

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Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction to Re-Air Track by Track with Dave Adkins

dave-siriusxmtbt-re-airBluegrass music fans will get a special treat this week as Sirius XM radio’s Bluegrass Junction will re-air Dave Adkins’ entertaining Track by Track interview with host Kyle Cantrell. Fans can tune in Wednesday, September 10 at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 11 at 9:00 PM, Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 AM; and Sunday, September 14 at 12:00 PM (Eastern). The program will feature songs from Dave’s album Nothing to Lose on Mountain Fever Records.

Nothing To Lose and the title track both appear on Bluegrass Junction Most Played Albums and Most Played Tracks chart for August 2014. The album was produced by Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk who are on tour as ADKINS & LOUDERMILK. Their busy tour schedule includes the following performances. For a complete tour schedule, please visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com.

• Sept. 17, 2014 – Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Morehead, KY
• Sept. 18, 2014 – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, Kodak, TN
• Sept. 19-20, 2014 – Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills, Plymouth, CA
• Sept. 27, 2014 – Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, Manteo, NC
• Oct. 1, 2014 – EIBMA Showcase, Marriott, Raleigh, NC
• Oct. 3, 2014 – Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival, Raleigh, NC
• Oct 4, 2014 – Bluegrass at the Caves and Pig Road, Olive Hill, KY

For more information on Dave Adkins’ Nothing To Lose and Edgar Loudermilk’s solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, please visit mountainfever.com or AdkinsLoudermilk.com.

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Donna Hughes Receives Key to the City of Trinity at Red Carpet Event

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keytocity-jessiehill-300wSinger-Songwriter Donna Hughes is proud to announce today’s two new album releases, FROM THE HEART and FLY, plus the music video for her song “Red Oak Tree.” During last Saturday’s red carpet release event, Mayor Protem Jessie Hill of Trinity, NC (Donna’s hometown) presented her with the Key to the City and proclaimed August 23rd as Donna Hughes Day.

Itunes-Button-click-here-to-buyBoth albums are available in physical format at CD Baby, DonnaHughes.com and for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and many more online outlets.

Radio has certainly supported these long awaited new albums as Donna is #1 this month on AirPlayDirect’s Global Indicator Top 50 Albums Chart that covers all genres of music.

Her first single release, ‘The Way I Am,” made its debut on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 song chart for September 2014.

The new music video for her original song “Red Oak Tree” premiered during the release party held at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro, NC last Saturday. The video can be viewed on YouTube, and other online outlets. “Red Oak Tree” appears on both albums providing her fans with both an acoustic and piano version of this haunting tune.

Red Oak Tree” was filmed and directed by Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign of Pikeville, TN. Donna Hughes coordinated costumes and production schedules which was a huge task. The video begins in modern day times and spans several hundred years and included over 100 of her friends and family that participated during the 3-day video shoot. It was filmed exclusively in North Carolina. Locations include: Asheboro City Cemetery (Asheboro), the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the “John Hughes” home); Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. Donna has set up a special page on her website thanking everyone involved for their participation especially to video financier, Charles Finch, the Heritage Carriage Company, Denton Farm Park, and the High Point Theatre Company who provided additional props.

Please visit Donna’s YouTube channel to view the new music video “Red Oak Tree” and also her hilarious “Walmart Checkout Line” video.

For lyrics and more information on Donna Hughes, please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.

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Larry Stephenson Band Announces New Band Members

The award-winning Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce new members, bass player Matt Wright and guitarist Kevin Richardson. They will join Larry Stephenson and Kenny Ingram in celebrating the band’s 25th Anniversary this year and their upcoming new album release, PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN. The first single is set for release later this month and will include special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.

MattWright-150wMatt Wright’s first show with The Larry Stephenson Band was during this year’s Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. Matt is currently a senior at ETSU in the music program and lives in Waynesville, N.C. Matt said, “I’m very honored to be playing alongside of such legends, and such great people. And I hope to continue musical endeavors with the LSB for years to come.

KevinRichardson-150wKevin Richardson, from Asheboro, N.C., previously toured with Larry for four years. He will rejoin the band beginning August 29 at the Petal Civic Center in Petal, MS. Kevin was part of The Larry Stephenson Band’s 20th Anniversary album on Whysper Dream Music that received the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award in 2010, and also part of the band’s latest album, WHAT REALLY MATTERS on Compass Records. “I am pleased to return to Larry and the group. I have many memories with Larry and look forward to making many more with his great band – and making some good music,” said Kevin.

larry-stephenson-150wLarry Stephenson is highly regarded as one of bluegrass music’s finest high lead and tenor vocalist and has been headlining concerts and festivals for 25 years. He has received numerous awards and recognitions during his impressive career including the 2010 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for his album, GIVE THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR HEART – 20TH ANNIVERSARY. Larry is a 5-time winner of the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Award from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music. He can also be heard singing baritone on Donna Ulisee’s 2014 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year Award Nominated song, “Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus.

kenny-ingram-150wCurrent member, Kenny Ingram has been with the band since 2009. His first professional job was with James Monroe and The Midnight Ramblers, before joining Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys in 1972. Kenny later joined Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass which gained him world acclaim from their appearances each week day morning on The Martha White Show broadcast on WSM radio. Later, Kenny rejoined Jimmy Martin, before touring with Curly Seckler and also Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.

The Larry Stephenson Band is now on tour with the following upcoming performances. For a complete tour schedule, please visit larrystephensonband.com and join them on facebook.com/LSBand.

Upcoming Tour Dates include:

  • 9/20 Herndon, VA Holy Cross Lutheran Church
  • 9/21 Lanexa, VA Rockahock Campground / Gospel Concert
  • 9/24 Bean Blossom, IN 40th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival
  • 9/25 Buena Vista, VA 14th Annual Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival
  • 9/27 Berlin, MD Bluegrass by the Bay at Castaways RV Resort
  • 9/28 Manteo, NC Bluegrass Island Festival
  • 9/30 Raleigh, NC IBMA World of Bluegrass – CBA Suite
  • 10/1 Raleigh, NC IBMA World of Bluegrass – Hadley Music Group Showcase Room
  • 10/2 Raleigh, NC IBMA World of Bluegrass
  • 10/3 Raleigh, NC IBMA World of Bluegrass
  • 10/4 Raleigh, NC IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass in Convention Center
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Blue Moon Rising Reunion Concert Dates Announced

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Blue Moon Rising has announced they will perform select tour dates with original band members Chris West (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Keith Garrett (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), plus current member Brandon Bostic (Dobro). Three Blue Moon Rising Reunion concert dates have been booked so far, including the kick-off on September 28 at the National Muscadine Festival in Sweetwater, TN.

Fans can ring in the New Year with the Blue Moon Rising Reunion tour when they return to Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota for the 10th Annual Blizzard Bluegrass Weekend January 2-3, 2015. Festival Promoter Jill Wiese recalls how she met the band. “Ten years ago, I got a phone call from Tim Tipton asking if Blue Moon Rising could play somewhere in around the Bismarck area in the winter time. I had never put on an event before, so I called Bismarck State College and the rest is history. We are thrilled beyond belief the BMR band is coming back as these guys played the first three years of this winter event. We are going to sell this one out for sure – blizzard or no blizzard,” said Wiese.

albumcover-on-the-rise-blue-moon-risingBlue Moon Rising had two self-released albums, RAISED ON PAIN and WHERE WOOD MEETS STEEL, prior to their successful ON THE RISE (Lonesome Day Records) album that garnered the national spotlight for this band configuration in 2005. The album certainly proved to be a symbolic title for them when it made its debut on the BILLBOARD Top Bluegrass Album Chart and received many “Best Albums of the Year” honors by numerous publications including CMT.com. It also received significant Radio chart success spending 10 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album Chart and the single, This Old Martin Box spending the entire 2006 calendar year in the Top 30 Singles. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) members honored the band with a 2006 Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year.

Blue Moon Rising has released three other albums since then including: ONE LONELY SHADOW (Lonesome Day Records), STRANGE NEW WORLD (Rural Rhythm Records), and their current self-released BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON.

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All of the original members contributed their songwriting talents to the group’s recordings over the years, but none more so than band leader, guitarist and lead vocalist, Chris West. His songs are part of the group’s signature sound with fan favorites such as: The Crime I’m Guilty Of, The Hanging Tree, The Old Time Preacher Man, Good Time for Going Home, Revival, He Arose, and so many more. Chris is the only remaining original member of the group.

Tim Tipton not only played Bass with the band, but also contributed original songs to their recordings. He wrote Papaw Taught Me that appeared on the album, ON THE RISE. The song was also featured on the Lonesome Day Records’ compilation project, “The Very Things You Treasure – 24 Bluegrass Songs of Faith & Family.” Tim’s outgoing personality was certainly an asset in getting this group off the ground, and he was an integral part of the band’s success.

Keith Garrett is now with The Boxcars who lead the Nominations for 2014 IBMA Awards with ten nominations for the band and their individual members. Keith received his first IBMA Song of the Year Nomination for his original It’s Just a Road. Keith contributed numerous songs to Blue Moon Rising over the years including Jeffrey’s Hell, Far Away From Home, Angeline, Moonshine Hard Times, and the instrumental Sling Blade he co-wrote with Justin Jenkins.

Banjo player, Justin Jenkins, now with Grasstowne, landed his first professional gig at age 12 when he was asked to become a regular member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He then made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2003 as a guest of Mike Snider. After high school, Justin hit the road with Mountain Heart to sell merchandise. Soon after, he joined Blue Moon Rising and appears on ONE LONELY SHADOW and ON THE RISE.

Randall Massengill toured nine years with the bluegrass gospel group, New Road, before joining Blue Moon Rising in 2005. He appears on the ON THE RISE album performing guitar, tenor vocalist and taking the lead vocals on Modern Day Outlaw. After Blue Moon Rising, Randall formed the band, Brand New Strings who recorded two albums together.

BrandonBosticCurrent member, Brandon Bostic has been an essential member of Blue Moon Rising for the past five years. His strong and soulful lead vocals, combined with his stellar musicianship on Guitar, Mandolin, and Dobro , are a true asset to the group. He has played professionally in the past with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike and now runs his own recording and production studio, Root Note Studio.

For more information including upcoming announcements for the BLUE MOON RISING REUNION TOUR and BLUE MOON RISING’s tour, please visit BlueMoonRisingBand.com.

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Kenny & Amanda Smith Thank IBMA Voters

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For your IBMA Voting Consideration:
Female Vocalist of the Year – Amanda Smith
Guitar Player of the Year – Kenny Smith

“I am so humbled to be in the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award category. I just want to thank everyone who has always believed in our music and has been so good to us through the years. I’m so blessed.” ~ Amanda Smith

“I’m so proud to be nominated for IBMA Guitar player of the year! I’m very blessed to be in this category with such great talent!” ~ Kenny Smith

Also, be sure to check out the feature article “Slowly But Surely: Kenny & Amanda Smith’s Bluegrass Love Story” at Engine145.com

For more information and music samples for Kenny & Amanda, please visit http://www.Kenny-AmandaSmith.com

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Detour Receives IBMA Award Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year

Detour Bluegrass 11Detour bluegrass band featuring the talents of Missy Armstrong, Jeff Rose, Peter Knupfer, Scott Zystra, Lloyd Douglas, and Jeremy Darrow, received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. Final nominees for the 2014 IBMA Awards were announced today during a press conference held at The Factory in Franklin, TN hosted by Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale.

IBMA Award winners will be announced Thursday, October 2 beginning at 7:30 PM Eastern in the Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC. Grammy-winning country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and Grammy-winning musician Jerry Douglas will serve as host of the Awards Show. The show is part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass taking place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh.

Bluegrass fans heard DETOUR featured this morning on Sirius XM Radio and their show will be rebroadcast: August 14 at 9:00 PM EDT, August 16 at 8:00 AM EDT and August 17 at Noon EDT, and also available On Demand.

This evening, beginning at 7:00 PM Central, Music City Roots (Nashville’s acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale) will feature performances by Detour, Sam Bush, Balsam Range and Becky Buller. The show is available for viewing via webcast nationwide at http://www.musiccityroots.com or at the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville.

Detour certainly made their mark on the bluegrass scene over the last year with significant chart success for their Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST. This popular album includes the #1 Bluegrass Today chart single (July 2014) “Too Blue To Have The Blues” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd and is currently #2 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart and #5 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20.

For more information on the band, please visit www.detourbluegrass.com.

For more information on IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

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Trinity River Band to Headline Willie’s Duck Jam 2014

trinityriverband2014Trinity River Band to Headline Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 on September 22

Music Event to Be Held at Willie’s Duck Diner in West Monroe, LA

Trinity River Band will headline the first Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 on September 22. This special outdoor concert kicks off at 6:30pm at Willie’s Duck Diner, located at 125 Constitution Dr., West Monroe, LA. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. The event is being produced by Bucky Newell who is partners with Willie Robertson in Willie’s Duck Diner. Bucky’s 50’s-70’s rock band, the Reactors, will open the concert. Willie Robertson, Executive Producer of Duck Dynasty, will be joining both bands on stage during this highly anticipated live concert event.

trinityriverband-willie-robertsonTrinity River Band is currently on tour with over 120 performance dates this year alone. After wowing crowds during recent performances at Willie’s Duck Diner and Duck Commander, the band was immediately invited back, and the idea for Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 was born.

“Better Than Blue,” the title track of the group’s current Orange Blossom Records’ album, was written by Larry Cordle & Lisa Shaffer. The song appeared five weeks on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart – peaking at #4. “Trinity River has an incredibly close and beautiful family harmony. Miss Sarah Harris is a fantastically gifted and emotional singer,” said Cordle.

To learn more about Trinity River Band, please visit TrinityRiverBand.com  and join them on Facebook and Twitter. The band includes the talents of Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Lead & Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals).

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Detour on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction

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Donna Hughes Announces Release Party for Two New Albums and Music Video Premiere

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Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes will celebrate two new albums, FROM THE HEART and FLY, and the premiere of the music video for the song, “The Red Oak Tree” on August 23, 2014. This highly anticipated event will take place at the Sunset Theatre located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, NC beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for Adults and free for children 10 & under.

Hughes certainly showcases her tremendous songwriting talents on both projects with an amazing 21 tracks (19 original songs plus 2 covers) on her Bluegrass album, FROM THE HEART and 12 tracks (8 original songs plus 4 covers) on the piano album, FLY.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting some amazing musicians together to interpret brand new songs from my heart. I find there is no greater high than watching them assemble the notes together for the first time. I so admire and respect their patience with the long sessions. It’s rather addictive, and as long as I am alive there is someone willing to listen, I’ll continue to write more and seek the hands that bring the songs to life,” said Donna.

Musicians joining Donna on FROM THE HEART include: Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Scott Vestal (Banjo), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle & Harmony Vocals), Cory Piatt (Mandolin), Zak McLamb (Bass), Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar), and special guest Andy Kearns as Auctioneer on her original song “Gone.” The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler & John Nicholson. Tracks 3, 7 & 10 were recorded at Riverside Audio, Mount Gilead, NC with Engineer Greg Luck.

On FLY, musicians include: Donna Hughes (Lead Vocals & Piano), Jenee Fleenor (Violin & Harmony Vocals), John Catchings (Cello), Mark Fain (Bass Violin), Andy Kearns (Auctioneer on “Gone”), and Melody Williamson (Harmony Vocals on “All You Need Is A Dream”). The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler and John Nicholson.

The Red Oak Tree” song appears on both albums providing listeners with both an acoustic and a piano version of the haunting tune. The music video will premiere at the release party on August 23rd. The three day video shoot was filmed last month by Videographer, Anthony Ladd of Pikeville, TN. Over 100 of Donna’s friends and family appear in the video shot at the Asheboro City Cemetery. Other locations include the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the “John Hughes” home), Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. More details on the video will be announced following the premiere.
Please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.

 

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Lonesome River Band Added to Pickin’ In The Pasture Line-Up

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cLonesome River Band was recently added to the Pickin’ In The Pasture line-up and will perform at the Lodi, New York festival on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Festival promoter Andy Alexander said, “Sammy Shelor’s group has been one of the biggest draws in bluegrass music for decades. Their unique sound has spawned a generation of new bluegrass fans. Lonesome River Band certainly brings a high level of excitement to the stage and we are really looking forward to them joining us.”

Pickin’ In The Pasture is held at 2515 Covert Rd, Lodi, NY. The gates will open to campers by noon on Wednesday, August 20. Performances begin at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 21, 11:00 am on Friday August 22, 11:00 am on Saturday August 23. There will be a Church service and a gospel show Sunday, August 24 beginning at 10:00 am. Tickets are $80 for the weekend and include free camping or $30 for the day. For more information, please visit www.pickininthepasture.com/Tickets.cfm.

Other great bands appearing at Pickin’ In The Pasture include The Spinney Brothers, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, Goldwing Express, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Larry Efaw and The Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Gentlemen Of Bluegrass, and more.

There will be Instructional workshops throughout the weekend including the Friday, August 22 workshops hosted by Lonesome River Band members Brandon Rickman (Guitar) and Randy Jones (Mandolin.) Attendees can also expect a lot of jam sessions for all levels of abilities throughout the weekend in the campground. For more information visit, please visit www.pickininthepasture.com.

Fans are eagerly waiting a new album by Lonesome River Band releasing soon on Mountain Home Music Company. The band includes the exceptional talents of Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals), Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), and Barry Reed (Bass).

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Detour Joins Sam Bush, Balsam Range, Becky Buller at Music City Roots August 13, 2014

Music-City-Roots-620Detour bluegrass band is proud to announce they will perform Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Music City Roots – Nashville’s acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale. This live concert event, featuring Sam Bush, Detour, Balsam Range and Becky Buller, will be webcast nationwide at musiccityroots.com or via the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at MusicCityRoots.com.

Detour Bluegrass 12This highly anticipated concert will follow the International Bluegrass Music Association’s press conference where the 2014 IBMA Award Nominees will be announced.

Detour has celebrated significant chart success with their Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST that includes the #1 Bluegrass Today chart single (July 2014) “Too Blue To Have The Blues.” The song, written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, is currently #2 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart and #5 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20.

Music City Roots fans will certainly be impressed by the outstanding talents of Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).
For more information on DETOUR, please visit detourbluegrass.com, and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Music City Roots is held at The Factory at Franklin Liberty Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin TN 37064. Please visit them at www.MusicCityRoots.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Detour Celebrates #1 Single “Too Blue To Have The Blues”

20140711-161107-58267965.jpgThe buzz surrounding the bluegrass band DETOUR continues as they kick off July with the #1 song on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Top 20 Song Chart. “Too Blue to Have the Blues,” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, appears on the band’s Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST.

“Too Blue To Have The Blues” and GOING NOWHERE FAST made it in the Song of the Year and Album of the Year categories on the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2nd round award ballot. Results of that ballot will determine the final award nominees for 2014 IBMA Awards. DETOUR has a very strong presence as they also appear in the Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Emerging Artist categories, along with a well deserved nod for Melissa (Missy) Armstrong in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

GOING NO WHERE FAST also includes many other notable tracks including the moving “Soldier’s Sorrow” – a song that has certainly touched the hearts of their fans. As DETOUR continues to support homeless veterans from sales of the song, they were honored that three of their fans have joined Mountain Fever Records by generously matching dollar for dollar in donations. For several years, the band has also been donating proceeds from another song, “Homeless of the Brave” from their previous album A BETTER PLACE.

DETOUR is now on tour with the outstanding talents of Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

Fans can see them live tonight at the Homecoming Arts Explosion at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI and tomorrow at Aten Place in Byne Falls, MI. This top notch band will also be performing at numerous other festivals and events this year including the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in Woodstown, NJ, the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS and many more. For a complete tour schedule, please visit http://www.detourbluegrass.com/, and join them on Facebook and Twitter @detourbluegrass, #detourbluegrass.

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Dave Adkins Continues to Top Charts with “Pike County Jail” and More Tracks

dave adkins stage-smallDave Adkins has not only been gaining attention for his powerful live performances and one of a kind lead vocals, but he’s also achieving great chart success with numerous tracks from his Mountain Fever Records’ album, NOTHING TO LOSE. His original song, “Pike County Jail,” is #1 again on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart where it has landed in the top spot three times this year and appeared on the chart for 13 consecutive weeks. The popular tune is #2 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 for July.

“Pike County Jail” was the biggest chart mover on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart climbing to #19 from its debut at #30 last month. The album moved up on the magazine’s Top 15 Album chart to #12 from its debut at #15 last month.

NOTHING TO LOSE also appears this week at #3 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart with two songs appearing on the RMR Top 50 Song Chart – “Tennessee Twister” at #3 and “Nothing To Lose” at #5.

The bluegrass gospel track, “Don’t’ Pray That Way” just made its debut at #9 on the Singing News Magazine Gospel Chart.

Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk are currently on tour including this weekend’s huge Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival held at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Thousands gather every year for this free July 4th celebration. This year’s artists line-up includes the headliner Lonestar, along with Adkins & Loudermilk, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Tim Kellar Band, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors.

Adkins & Loudermilk’s busy summer tour continues with more July performances: July 12 at the Grant Street Music Room in Clarkesville, Georgia; July 17 at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival in Columbus, Ohio; July 19 at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, WV; July 20 at the Southern Cove Bluegrass Festival in New Enterprise, PA; and July 31 at the Pickin’ in the Parsons Festival in Parsons, WV.

For a complete tour schedule for Adkins & Loudermilk, visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com, like them on Facebook , follow them on Twitter and download the SONGKICK app to your phone.

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Sneak Peek at the New Lonesome River Band Album

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Trinity River Band Heads to Missouri to Celebrate New Album

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Trinity River Band will kick off the Missouri leg of their busy 2014 tour this Wednesday, May 14 at 3:00 pm on the popular K Kountry95 Radio’s “Redbone Show” (KAMS 95.1) reaching a large audience in the areas of Thayer, MO, Mammoth Springs, AR, plus streaming online for listeners worldwide.

On Friday, May 16, the band will perform a concert at the Winona Assembly of God in Winona, MO at 7:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18 at the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival at the Iron County Courthouse Square on Main Street in Ironton, MO; and Sunday, May 18 at the First Baptist Church of Ellington, MO. The Florida based band’s 2014 tour will take them all around the country with numerous performances from Georgia, Tennessee, the Carolinas – to Virginia, Maryland – and west to Montana and Idaho. Fans can visit trinityriverband.com for a complete tour schedule.

2014-trinityriverband-cd-200wThe title track and first single release, “Better Than Blue” was written by Larry Cordle & Lisa Shaffer and recently appeared at #4 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart. This exciting new project has certainly satisfied music fans in a variety of genres. There are many stand out tracks from the touching Brink Brinkman and Paula Breedlove gospel tune, “A Sinner’s Prayer,” the beautiful “I’ll Love You Just The Same” written by Sarah Pirkle, to the Americana flavored “Steel and Blood” written by band member Mike Harris. Lead singer and mandolinist, Sarah Harris not only lends her impeccable lead vocals to the album, but also contributed two original songs, “My Heart Will Find Its Way To You” and “Pure Poison.”

Radio stations worldwide can download the entire album at AirPlaydirect.com/music/BetterThanBlue/. Fans can purchase BETTER THAN BLUE at iTunes, Amazon, TrinityRiverBand.com and more retail sites.

To learn more about Trinity River Band, please visit TrinityRiverBand.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter. The band includes the talents of Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Lead & Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals).

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Detour Debuts on Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart

2014-detour-album-going-nowhere-fastThe powerful and talented bluegrass band, DETOUR, made their debut this morning at #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart with their popular new single “Too Blue To Have The Blues.” The song was written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd. Missy Armstrong, one of the most talked about new female vocalist in acoustic music, lends her beautiful lead vocals to the song that is highlighted by the tremendous talents of Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

“We are incredibly blessed to work with the best DJ’s in music. We can’t thank them enough for the long hours and tireless work they put into getting bluegrass to all the music loving ears. We are so excited and humbled they’ve given our song a spot on their playlists,” said Missy.

Mountain Fever Records recently released the digital version of Going Nowhere Fast available on iTunes, Amazon.com and dozens of other outlets with the physical album releasing soon. For direct digital download including the covers and inserts, contact Mountain Fever at radio@mountainfever.com and visit mountainfever.com.
Fans can learn more about Detour including upcoming tour dates, please visit detourbluegrass.com and join them on Facebook, Twitter.

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Trinity River Band Unveils New Album Artwork and Release Date

cd_artwork_trb_00_webTrinity River Band is proud to unveil the new cover art for their highly anticipated new album titled BETTER THAN BLUE releasing April 22, 2014. The artwork was designed by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign who named the image “faire demi-tour” from the French word meaning “turn around.”

The group features band members Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Harmony Vocals).

Trinity River Band recently signed with Orange Blossom Records who recently released the group’s new single “Better Than Blue” written by Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer. The song is available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlaydirect.com/music/BetterThanBlue/and for digital purchase at iTunes, Amazon, TrinityRiverBand.com and more sites.

The band is busy on their national tour performing at over 100 major events and festivals this year. Fans can get a complete tour schedule and learn more about their brand new Fan Club TrinityRiverBand.com, Facebook and Twitter.

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Lonesome River Band Signs with Mountain Home Music Company

2014-signing-mountain-home-music-companyCarrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse the Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company.

The band’s multi-award-winning banjo player Sammy Shelor comments: “Lonesome River Band is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of The Mountain Home/Crossroads Music Family. We look forward to recording this next project and having the support of such a great team. Thanks to Mickey Gamble and the rest of the team for making this a reality.”

The Lonesome River Band is a staple in Bluegrass and has remained a headlining act at major Bluegrass and Roots Music festivals for years. They continue their heavy presence as a sought-after live band as they begin work on this new album.

Mountain Home, based in Arden, NC, near Asheville, is home to some of the top bands in Bluegrass including Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Grascals, and more.

The group begins recording in April with the new release planned for this summer.

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Digital Only Release of New Detour Album “Going Nowhere Fast” Now Available

“Frankly, this band just blew us away.” ~ Prescription Bluegrass

“Detour is poised to put Michigan on the bluegrass map. Watch for this band to break the speed limit!” ~ Bluegrass Breakdown, California Bluegrass Association

2014-detour-album-going-nowhere-fastMountain Fever Records will soon release the brand new, highly anticipated album Going Nowhere Fast by Michigan’s popular bluegrass band, DETOUR. With an almost magical buzz surrounding this band for the past 2 years as a special to fans, Mountain Fever is releasing a full album digital download starting today. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and dozens of other outlets.

The band is well-known for their tight, focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies that take listeners down a unique bluegrass road. The band’s first single, “Too Blue To Have the Blues,” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, hit radio in February.

Band members include Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

For direct digital download including the covers and inserts, contact Mountain Fever at radio@mountainfever.com

For more information on Detour, visit www.detourbluegrass.com or www.mountainfever.com

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A Night for Tony Rice

tony-riceMark Newton & Steve Thomas are proud to announce they will perform at A NIGHT FOR TONY RICE to be held at 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill, 818 3rd Ave. S. in Nashville on Tuesday, March 25. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance. This can’t miss event will feature Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder & Friends, Newton & Thomas, Rambling Rooks, Dailey & Vincent, Ry & Joachim Cooder, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan, Luke Bulla Trio, Forest O’Conner.

Richard King, Sr. and his son Richard, Jr. are promoting the concert and all of the artists are donating their talent to their longtime hero. The owner of 3rd & Lindsley is donating the space and all proceeds will go to Tony Rice.

Jeff and Terry Pinkham who started the Tony Rice Foundation are raising money to help with Tony’s living expenses. He has been trying to recover his voice and is also receiving treatment for arthritis. Anyone wishing to donate can visit Bluegrass Today to pay via PayPal or send a check or money order made out to directly to “Tony Rice”, P. O. Box 914, Odessa, FL 33556. Additional information can be found at the Tony Rice Foundation’s facebook page.

“Tony Rice is not only a good friend and inspiration to mine and Steve’s music, but he is someone who has inspired so many people – not only in the bluegrass community, but also crossing so many other genres. We want to recognize and pay tribute to his tremendous talent. Tony has truly influenced us with his acoustic guitar and his musical boundaries are unlimited. After all the artists that have come down the pike, he is the first guitarist in my opinion, to truly inspire and move the music forward. If you think of guitar – you think of Tony Rice. He has been a true visionary and took the instrument to heights that no one had ever thought of,” explained Mark Newton.

For more information on 3rd & Lindsley and to purchase advance tickets, please visit 3rdandlindsley.com/mar.html or call 615-259-9891.

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Orange Blossom Records Signs Trinity River Band and Releases New Single

Banner-trinity-river-band-2014“Better Than Blue” – Written by Larry Cordle & Linda Shaffer and Now Out to Radio & Available for Digital Purchase

Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Trinity River Band to the label and are celebrating with a new single release today. “Better Than Blue” is now available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlaydirect.com/music/BetterThanBlue/and for digital purchase at iTunes, Amazon, TrinityRiverBand.com and more sites.

single-betterthanblue-trinityriverband250w“Better Than Blue” was written by Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer. “Fantastic singing and playing from a band that I’m really loving. They really got the spirit of the song and I’m so proud of this cut of it! Remember their name folks because you’re going to be hearing a lot more from them,” said Cordle.

Many others agree this is a perfect song to launch Trinity River Band’s highly anticipated new album:

“Love the new single from the Trinity River Band. Sarah Harris is the real deal…she has become one of my favorite new singers. Written by two of my favorite people in Nashville, Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer, this song is a perfect fit for Sarah’s powerful voice. The future is extremely bright for the TRB, and I’m one of their biggest fans!” – Bradley Walker

“Better Than Blue showcases the bands tasteful musicianship and arrangements but the real standout on this track is Sarah Harris’ lead vocal. She’s poised to be a Female Vocalist of the Year nominee in the not too distant future with powerful and soulful chops on display here. I expect great things for this North Florida band in the year to come!” – Tim Shelton NewFound Road/10.26 Touring

Trinity River Band has been very busy on their national tour performing at major events and festivals along with gaining coverage on TV, Radio and media outlets throughout the country. The band includes the talents of Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Harmony Vocals).

Fans can learn more about Trinity River Band including their brand new Fan Club, music and tour dates at TrinityRiverBand.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Orange Blossom Records is an innovative, Florida based record label focused on Americana and Acoustic Roots Artists, Recording and Development. They are based in Callahan, Florida and are a full-service record label, providing recording, art design, publicity, and digital marketing. Although primarily intended to cater to Florida and Georgia artists due to geographical proximity, OBR can provide services nationwide for artists in any part of the country.

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For a Season Album By Matt Wallace Now Released on Pinecastle Records

CD Release Party Hosted by WDVX Radio in Knoxville Tonight

album-cover-matt-wallace-for-a-seasonPinecastle Records is proud to announce today’s new album release of For a Season by Matt Wallace. WDVX Radio will host a CD Release Party at Wild Wings Café in Knoxville, TN TONIGHT at 6:30 pm. This free event will be hosted by WDVX Radio’s Freddy Smith. Special guests will include Paul Brewster, Darrell Webb, and Jesse Gregory.

The first single release, “Old Man Winter” has certainly been receiving airplay from radio stations around the country and is such a timely tune for the harsh winter many have seen this year. The full album has been sent to radio stations and is also available to radio via AirPlayDirect.com.

Matt was joined on For a Season by Paul Brewster, Jesse Gregory, Wayne Taylor and Jerry Cole. sale at iTunes, Amazon, Pinecastlemusic.com, mattwallacemusic.com and more locations.

Matt Wallace grew up in Knoxville and still makes his home there. After playing collegiate baseball, he began pursuing his passion for music and has certainly had an impressive career making his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012 performing with the legendary Jesse McReynolds. Through the years, he has toured with some of the best in bluegrass including most recently Newton & Thomas and appearing on their current Pinecastle Records’ album, “Reborn.” He has also performed with David Parmley and Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad, and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Matt can be seen this year touring with Terry Baucom. He stays in high-demand as a fill-in and session bass player.

Matt is sponsored by Genz-Benz, TKL World Class Cases, NS Design, D’Addario Strings, Peterson Tuners, and Holmes Bass Violins.

For more information on Matt’s new album, please visit www.mattwallacemusic.com and www.pinecastlemusic.com.

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Long Awaited Dave Adkins’ Solo Album “Nothing To Lose” Releases on Mountain Fever Today

Dave_Adkins_DSC_1730-Edit-smallTake a one of a kind voice, a commanding stage presence, and a killer songwriter who can conjur up the long lonesome feeling of bluegrass music with a stealth and hearty vocal like no other and you’re quick to understand that Dave Akins is a rarity. He showcases these qualities and more with power on his new solo release Nothing to Lose, out TODAY on Mountain Fever. Produced by both Adkins and ADKINS & LOUDERMILK partner Edgar Loudermilk, this is a strong album indeed.

Adkins voice is deeply soulful and ladened with multiple textures that present him as a standout among today’s bluegrass vocalists. With a healthy amount of buzz amidst music fans as a result of his exciting live performances and powerhouse vocal chops, Adkins is quickly making a solo name for himself. Mostly recently with a nomination for SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year.

After years in groups and supporting or fronting others, Adkins is very proud of the results with Nothing to Lose. “Nothing to Lose is my first solo project and I couldn’t be happier for it to include three songs I wrote and one that was co-written with Edgar Loudermilk,” he says. The first single from the album, “Pike County Jail,” rose into the Top 20 on Bluegrass Today’s chart. “In talking about the song, Adkins elaborates, “When I was writing this song I wanted to keep it traditional and something you could really tap your toes to. Although it’s a prison song, it has a ray of hope for new beginnings and comes off as a happy tune,” he adds.

Those who have followed Adkins career know that he has a great deal of respect for those who buy his music and come to his shows. “I have always called them friends, not fans. My friends know that one of my frequent sayings is Put Some Grass In It,” he says.

So, what better title for a song. “Through this song I get to share my favorite expression and give a nod to some of my Bluegrass heroes,” says Adkins. “It’s a song about not trying to imitate them but hopefully paying tribute to them with my own flavor and style. This song expresses my love of Bluegrass music and my desire to try to make the masters proud while keeping the genre alive.”

Other favorites on the album include “Don’t Pray That Way,” a song that was a true labor of love for Adkins. “This song is about faith and courage inspired by someone that I grew up with in my church. I hope that it serves as a tribute to her selflessness and love of others,” he says.

On “Pretty Little Liar,” Adkins teams up with new musical partner Edgar Loudermilk. “This song started as an idea I had and shared with Edgar,” he says. From there it took on a life all its own. It has a beautiful soothing melody with a sinister twist in the end.”

Adkins thoroughly enjoyed making this album. “I have had a blast making this CD and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professionals in the business. I am thankful for the experience of co-producing this project with Edgar Loudermilk and Mark Hodges,” he says.

Mountain Fever’s Hodges is equally excited. “Everyone pretty much knows what a great singer Dave is,” he says. “But it takes great songs to make a good record and we all put a lot of time into finding the right songs not only to highlight Dave’s powerful vocals but to create an album… an album like we used to buy on vinyl that had a purpose rather than just a pile of songs like so many artists are putting out today. This record doesn’t just sound good, it feels good.” For more information on Nothing to Lose visit www.mountainfever.com.

Adkins is already out on tour with Adkins & Loudermilk, supporting their individual solo efforts on Mountain Fever, and they will begin production of their first duo CD in the near future. Loudermilk’s solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews last October.

dave-adkins-nothingtolose250wAdkins hit the road this week for a full docket of live in-studio radio interviews to support his solo release, including sitting with Judith Burnette’s Blue Ridge Backroads on Blue Ridge Country Radio 98.1 at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 11th, to listen to the entire record. Other stations this week include:

Monday March 10th:
WDHR 93.1 – Pikeville, KY
WXCC 96.5 – Williamson, WV
WPKE 103.1 – Pikeville, KY
WZLK 107.5 – Virgie, KY

Wednesday March 12th
Buddy Michaels Show (multiple channels) Hometown Festival Show
WBAG 1150 am – Burlington, NC
WKRX 96.7 – , NC
WLHC/WLQC – Sanford, NC Life 1031

Tuesday March 18th
Patriotic Radio Network with Duane Hess 8PM

For more information on Dave Adkins, visit facebook.com/DaveAdkinsMusic. For more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.AdkinsLoudermilk.com or www.mountainfever.com. News and info about their solo projects can be found online and via Facebook.

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Blue Moon Rising Signs with Class Act Entertainment for Booking Services

bluemoonrising-presspic2014Blue Moon Rising is very proud to announce they have signed with Class Act Entertainment – a full service booking agency representing premier performing artists since 1993. The band is also proud to announce a brand new website at bluemoonrisingband.com designed by Harold Nixon.

Blue Moon Rising includes the talents of Chris West (Lead Vocals and Guitar); Brandon Bostic (Dobro & Guitar); David Mowell (Tenor Vocals and Mandolin), Rusty Ferrell (Banjo), and Travis Anderson (Bass.)

BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is the 6th album from this critically acclaimed bluegrass band. It is a self-produced and self-released project on their own Blue Moon Records label. It was recorded at Brandon Bostic’s Root Note Studio and includes BMR’s trademark sound fans have loved for many years. The album is available iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, County Sales and the band’s website. BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is available to radio stations worldwide at airplaydirect.com/music/bluemoonrisingbsotm.

Blue Moon Rising’s impressive career includes a long list of chart albums and hit singles that have reached #1 on a wide variety of radio charts and received many other honors throughout the years. They received a 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nomination and were chosen twice as an official IBMA Showcase performer.

Fans can follow Blue Moon Rising on Twitter, Facebook and youtube site for news and tour information. The band is sponsored by: Blue Chip Picks, Chota Outfitters, D’Addario, and Peterson Strobe Tuners.

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Newton & Thomas Kick Off Early Spring Tour with Numerous TV, Radio and Concert Dates

Newton & ThomasNewton & Thomas are taking their highly entertaining live performances to TV, radio and concert venues this spring hitting Johnson City (TN), Bristol (VA), Washington DC, Fredericksburg (VA), and Valdese (NC). The group led by Mark Newton and Steve Thomas continue the celebration of their hit album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records with numerous Top 5 singles along with a successful music video for “Old McDonald Sold The Farm.”

Upcoming dates include:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
• 10:00 am – Live on WJHL TV (CBS) Daytime Tri-Cities with host Morgan King – Johnson City, TN
• 12:50 pm – Live on WCYB TV News 5 at Noon – Bristol, VA
• 4:00 pm – WETS Radio – Americana Express ETSU – Johnson City, TN
• 8:00 pm – The Down Home – Johnson City, TN (click for ticket info)

Thursday, March 20, 2014
• 3:00 pm – On the air at WAMU Radio with Lee Michael Demsey – Washington, DC
• 7:00 pm – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington DC (click for tickets)

Friday, March 21, 2014
• 8:00 pm – Mr. B’s Restaurant – Fredericksburg, VA (click for info)

Friday, March 28, 2014
• 7:00 pm – Old Rock School – Valdese, NC (click for info). Advanced tickets are available by calling 828-879-2129 to pay via credit card or at any of the following outlets: Larry’s Musical Madness (Hickory), Old Rock School, Goldmine (Hudson), and Music Center (Lenoir)

Saturday, April 26, 2014
• 9:30 am (Hillside Stage) and 11:00 am (Americana Stage) – MerleFest – Wilkesboro, NC (click for tickets)

For a complete tour schedule, please visit NewtonandThomas.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit pinecastlemusic.com.

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DETOUR Releases New Single – “Too Blue To Have The Blues”

dj.qbihviqf.170x170-75“Guaranteed air-play right out of the box! Not too many songs can actually obtain that status but this one does for sure!” – Prescription Bluegrass Media
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detour-joeval-2014The tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies of Michigan bluegrass band Detour, are about to get a broader listening audience. Detour will release the first single off their upcoming Mountain Fever Records album TODAY. The single is titled “Too Blue To Have the Blues,” and was co-written by Detour’s own Jeff Rose and longtime bluegrass songwriter and radio DJ, Terry Herd. Their sound had taken listeners down a unique bluegrass road for years and this new venture is no different.

Detour bandleader Jeff Rose says, “Blues is a huge part of bluegrass. Most songs about the blues revel in swimming in the blues. This song is about being beyond the blues, so low that you have to look up to even see the blues. For Detour it shows a whole new level of grassiness.”

With bandmate Melissa “Missy” Armstrong on lead vocals, by the end of the second line of the first verse, there is no doubt that the blues are about to be crushed.

“Missy Armstrong is my favorite singer,” Rose says. Most people know of her from her mid-tempo bluegrass and ballads but she also has a blues side to her voice that is riveting. Our last CD “A Better Place” focused mostly on her sweet side. “Too Blue” is one of the songs on the new CD that really show off the blue side of Missy.”

Armstrong is a fan of the song too. “It’s always interesting to see a song from its beginning to its release. I remember hearing this song for the first time in an air conditioned tent behind the stage at a festival in Kentucky. The entire band took to it immediately. I love the way a song takes on a life of it’s own!” says Missy Armstrong.

“Songwriters are always waiting for that phrase that jumps out,” Rose observes. “While at a festival in Kentucky, I heard something that led to the idea that you could be so blue that you couldn’t even have the blues. I created the music and the lyrics. Then leaned on my friend Terry Herd to help me wrap the song with a third verse. Most of my songs have a positive message so this was a departure for me ,” he says with a chuckle.

The single and album was recorded at Frontier Recording, frontierrecording.com, engineer Scott Zylstra, production Jeff Rose/Scott Zylstra. Mastered by Brandon Hodges at Dead Oak Mastering. It’s the record they’ve wanted to make for some time.

“We are super excited about our first single from this album,” Rose says. “Too Blue To Have The Blues” showcases the blue side of Missy Armstrong and the inescapable fact that we love playing bluegrass.”

Band members include Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

For more information on Detour, visit www.detourbluegrass.com or www.mountainfever.com

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Additional Artists Join “Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert for Steve Thomas

sierrahullJesse McReynolds, Buck White, Sierra Hull and Kathy Chiavola have been added to the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for Steve Thomas & Family taking place Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:45 pm. Proceeds go to acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve.

Steve_Thomas_Benefit_Poster_SmallThe “Ashes of Love” concert will be hosted by Marcia Campbell of The WSM All Nighter radio show. Some of the top names in Bluegrass and Country music who will lend their talents with performances by:  Jesse McReynolds, Buck White, Del McCoury Band; The Grascals; Rambling Rooks; Bobby Osborne; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas; Claire Lynch; Marty Raybon; Sierra Hull, Sister Sadie (Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, Beth Lawrence, Tina Adair); Gary Ferguson, Larry Stephenson Band; Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley; Val Storey; Paul Brewster; Melonie Cannon; Kathy Chiavola; Steve Gulley & Phil Leadbetter; Aubrey Haynie; Randy Kohrs; Scott Vestal; Mike Bub; Ashby Frank; Clay Hess; and more.

A suggested minimum $20 donation can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Friends, family and fans of Steve Thomas can also make online donations via PayPal at Bluegrass Today. The publication recently featured an article with more details on Steve’s New Year’s Eve nightmare. Mailed donations can be made payable to Steve Thomas and mailed to PO Box 1016, Gallatin, TN. 37066.

The “Ashes of Love” benefit concert is sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist. Event photography will be provided by Dreama Stephenson of http://www.dreambeeartphotography.com.

More on Steve Thomas:
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country music. He began his impressive career at an early age growing up in the Roanoke, Virginia area and later formed the Lonesome River Band with Tim Austin. His impressive career includes performing with: Del McCoury; with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry; The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He is now performing with Mark Newton as “Newton & Thomas” and celebrating their hit bluegrass album, “Reborn” on Pinecastle Records. Newton & Thomas appear on the cover of the February 2014 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. When Steve is not touring, you can find him in the studio recording and producing music by The Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle, Jesse McReynolds and more talented artists.

Venue Info:
Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater
2416 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN. 37214
1-(615)-889-2474
Email: etrs@comcast.net
Website: http://www.etrecordshop.com

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“Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert for Steve Thomas

steve-janet-thomas-borderOn New Year’s Eve, acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet, suffered extensive damage to their house due to chimney fire. The music community has graciously come together to present the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for them on Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert will take place from 6:45 pm to 9:50 pm.

The “Ashes of Love” concert will be hosted by Marcia Campbell of The WSM All Nighter radio show. Some of the top names in Bluegrass and Country music will lend their talents including: Del McCoury Band; The Grascals; Rambling Rooks; Bobby Osborne; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas; Claire Lynch; Marty Raybon; Sister Sadie (Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, Beth Lawrence, Tina Adair); Gary Ferguson, Larry Stephenson Band; Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley; Val Storey; Paul Brewster; Melonie Cannon; Steve Gulley & Phil Leadbetter; Aubrey Haynie; Randy Kohrs; Scott Vestal; Mike Bub; Ashby Frank; Clay Hess; and more.

ettheaterA suggested minimum $20 donation can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Friends, family and fans of Steve Thomas can also make online donations via PayPal at Bluegrass Today. The publication recently featured an article with more details on Steve’s New Year’s Eve nightmare. Mailed donations can be made payable to Steve Thomas and mailed to PO Box 1016, Gallatin, TN. 37066.

Steve_Thomas_Benefit_Poster_SmallThe “Ashes of Love” benefit concert is sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist. Event photography will be provided by Dreama Stephenson of dreambeecreations.com.

More on Steve Thomas:
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country music. He began his impressive career at an early age growing up in the Roanoke, Virginia area and later formed the Lonesome River Band with Tim Austin. His impressive career includes performing with: Del McCoury; with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry; The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He is now performing with Mark Newton as “Newton & Thomas” and celebrating their hit bluegrass album, “Reborn” on Pinecastle Records. When Steve is not touring, you can find him in the studio recording and producing music by The Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle, Jesse McReynolds and more talented artists.

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Shannon Slaughter Announces New County Clare Band Members

Shannon Slaughter is proud to announce new band members and updates for the bluegrass band COUNTY CLARE. Shannon and his wife Heather recently welcomed the addition of a new baby girl to their family. “While Heather will be scaling back some on performing with COUNTY CLARE and enjoying time with our new little girl, she will still be a part of the band. We are extremely dedicated to being the best parents we can be with Rae. We want her raised around family, friends, and the bluegrass music community because we believe they are the best fans in the world,” says Shannon.

New members Jesse Daniel (Mandolin, Dobro and Vocals), Casey Foster (Banjo, Guitar), Cliff Bailey (Bass/Vocals), and Stephen Burwell (fiddle) will join Shannon and Heather in the studio this summer to record a new album. Shannon said, “We are really excited about these new musicians and people and believe County Clare will have even greater success in 2014.”

The band is still celebrating success from their album, ONE MORE ROAD with two chart singles. Their outstanding bluegrass version of the Top 40 hit “If I Were A Carpenter” appears on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2013 and hit #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in September. The title track from the album is currently #16 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20.

One-More-Road-Cover-200COUNTY CLARE had a very successful 2013 appearing on Radio and TV shows including Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Track by Track with Kyle Cantrell, the popular TV show Absolutely Alabama, and much more.

To keep up to date on COUNTY CLARE, learn more about each new band member, and view their upcoming tour dates, please visit www.countyclareband.com and join them on Facebook.

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All-Star Players Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk Announce Formation of Adkins & Loudermilk

featured_02Two of bluegrass music’s most admired players, Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, have a fresh contemporary take on their music with the official formation of the new duo, Adkins & Loudermilk. The two will begin touring immediately in support of their solo efforts on Mountain Fever Records, with a duo record scheduled for release sometime in summer 2014.

edgar-loudermilk-mybigchancetomorrowLoudermilk’s solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews in October 2013. Guests included Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, John Cowan, Junior Sisk, Shawn Lane, Buddy Melton, Scott Vestal, and many more.

Adkins is just wrapping up recording his upcoming solo effort, Nothin’ To Lose, that will release in early 2014 with Loudermilk as co-producer. The first single from the album, “Pike County Jail” just dropped to radio this week.

“Me and Dave are both writers and best friends and decided to come together and join forces and go after music things as a collaboration,” Loudermilk says. “In playing together, we’ve discovered a chemistry in the sound and the harmony structures that has us feeling like we have something magical and something we can now put in front of everybody,” he adds.

After years supporting some of bluegrass music’s most highly lauded artists, including Loudermilk’s time spent with Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrdTymeOut, and Adkins deep well of contribution from time spent playing bluegrass at Dollywood to most recently heading his own group, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, they are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.

daveadkins-by-anthonyladd-s“We’ve known each other a long time,” Adkins says. “We’ve been writing for the last 7 to 8 months together, after knowing each other for while. We were both fans of each others music. We just started writing and while it wasn’t something that was premeditated, it just unfolded due to the chemistry we had. It all just happened kind of organically and on its own from getting together.”

For more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com or visit mountainfever.com. News and info about their solo projects can be found online and via Facebook:

Dave Adkins – facebook.com/DaveAdkinsMusic
Edgar Loudermilk – www.edgarloudermilk.com

Mountain Fever Records
Mark Hodges – email, 540-789-7403

Moonstruck Management
Management: Josh Trivett, email
Booking for Dave Adkins: Laura Ford email

Hope River Entertainment
Media Contact: Penni McDaniel, email

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Christmas in the Blue Ridge by Lou Reid & Carolina

blue-white-christmassingleLou Reid & Carolina are celebrating the holiday season with a new digital single release of Christmas in the Blue Ridge. The song is available for purchase at LouReidandCarolina.com and available to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect.com.

Christmas in the Blue Ridge was written by Lou and Terry Foust. The song is performed by band members Lou Reid (lead vocal, mandolin), Christy Reid (vocal, bass); Skip Cherryholmes (guitar, vocal); Trevor Watson (banjo) with guest Ron Stewart (fiddle).

dvd-coverThe band has another brand new project, the “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” album recently released on KMA Records. The album is available at Amazon, Kmart, County Sales, CD Universe, and more retail outlets and available to radio programmers at AirPlaydirect.com.

The 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home is also available in DVD format at the band’s website. This special concert event was filmed by Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC during an exciting live concert event held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

For more information on Lou Reid & Carolina, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com or Facebook.

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New Single Release by Dave Adkins

daveadkins300wMountain Fever Records is proud to announce the new bluegrass single release, “Pike County Jail” written and performed by Dave Adkins. The song is now available for purchase at iTunes and to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect.com.

“Pike County Jail” will appear on Adkins’ new solo album, NOTHIN TO LOSE scheduled for release early 2014.

“Dave Adkins and the folks at Mountain Fever have overdone themselves with Pike County Jail!!! The pickers are top shelf and the song (written by Dave) has excellent lyrics, perfect timing, gut wrenching vocals, and something a lot of ‘prison songs’ don’t have – optimism.  If there is such a category, it would be a happy jail song.  Can’t wait for the unleashing of this killer tune! Bluegrass fans, get ready!!!!!!” – Buddy Michaels host of Hometown Festival Radio, @WBAG/WKRX/WLHC/WLQC and buddymichaels.com

“What a breath of fresh air!  Dave Adkins brings a fresh soulful sound and attitude to the bluegrass world.  “Pike County Jail” the new single reflects that perfectly.  He brings it with total effort and I can’t wait to see what the future brings with Dave Adkins!  I promise this is GREAT STUFF!” – Gene Skinner, Great Stuff Radio

“The new single from Dave Adkins on Mountain Fever Records delivers a good dose of traditional bluegrass. Pike County Jail has all the elements of a great bluegrass song….prison, moonshine, redemption, love, babies and new beginnings. Dave Adkins steps out with this one proving he can sing traditional bluegrass with the best of them.” – Judith Burnette, The Blue Ridge Backroads Show, WBRF, Galax, VA

Dave Adkins has been receiving tremendous buzz among music fans due to his exciting live performances highlighted by his powerful vocals – even garnering him a nomination as SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year earlier this year. Fans will certainly want to stay tuned later this week for an official announcement and a new website that will include a 2014 tour schedule.

Pike County Jail” was co-produced by Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, mixed by Mountain Fever Studios, and mastered by Brandon Hodges of Dead Oak Mastering.  For more information on Adkins’ new single and upcoming solo album, please visit .

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Full Performance Line-up Announced for Next Year’s 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music

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The Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the full performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014. Joining the outstanding talents of Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more, are GRAMMY winning Canadian acoustic roots band The Duhks, the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year & GRAMMY nominated artist Claire Lynch, and the reigning IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Junior Sisk.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of Town Mountain who took home two 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards including Band of the Year and Vocalist of the Year for Robert Greer.

The exciting lineup includes: Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band “Country Current“, The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.

“Graves Mountain Festival of Music is one of the premier 3-day festivals in the country. 2014 will mark our 22nd year and we are so proud to continue to offer the diversified lineup of talent featuring the best in Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music. The music, fun activities and amenities are enhanced by the beautiful setting of Graves Mountain. This event certainly appeals to all ages and walks of life,” says performing artist Mark Newton.

ticketMusic fans are encouraged to purchase advance $75 3-Day Tickets by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30, 2014. Beginning May 1 all 3-Day tickets will be $95. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Graves Mountain is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

We are proud to announce the addition of our new sponsors: The Lucas Roasting Company and Pinecastle Records with more to be announced soon. For more information on Graves Mountain, please visit: www.gravesmountain.com, Facebook and Twitter.

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Everett’s Music Barn Announces 50th Anniversary Benefit Celebration April 11-12, 2014

EverettNewLgEverett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Georgia is proud to celebrate its 50 year tradition of providing the best in bluegrass and gospel music in the Southeast by announcing a two day fundraiser event with live music, food and family fun. The 50th Anniversary Benefit Celebration will take place April 11-12, 2014 from 5pm–Midnight on Friday and 1pm-Midnight on Saturday.

Everett’s Music Barn is dedicated to continuing the tradition of great music in a family friendly environment for 50 more years and needs the help of sponsors along with donations for concessions, raffle and a silent auction.

Local Atlanta area bands, along with national touring acts, will be performing and donating their time for the Fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards needed repairs to Everett’s Music Barn. For anyone wanting to donate items or perform at the event, please contact Tommy Everett by phone or email at 770-722-1276 or everetts3@hotmail.com.

HISTORY OF THE BARN
Almost 50 year ago, on April 17th, 1964, one of the most heinous crimes in Georgia police force history took place. Three Gwinnett County police officers were ambushed and executed in Duluth, Ga. One of those officers was Jerry Everett.

Long before the tragedy of Jerry Everett’s death, the Everett home was always a place that family and friends gathered to pick, sing and share their love of bluegrass and gospel music. However, during the 14 month murder investigation, the gatherings in the Everett home grew in number every weekend as friends gathered to support the Everetts in their grief. The little farmhouse could no longer accommodate the crowds that gathered, so in 1968 an addition with a stage was built onto the back of the house.

As word traveled, the crowds continued to increase until Pa Everett declared that a barn needed to be built. As they say, ‘the rest is history’. With scavenged wood from an abandoned apartment building in Norcross, the barn was built in 1971.

Born of a tragedy, Everett’s Music Barn has brought joy, friendship and outstanding music (every Saturday night except Christmas) to generations of music lovers….. all the while honoring Ma Everett’s decrees of “No Drinking” and “Act Responsibly”!

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22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music Announces Initial Line-Up for 2014

postcard-2014final-smallThe Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the initial performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014 including: Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Seldom Scene, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, The Steel Wheels, U.S. Navy Band County Current, Big Country Bluegrass, Town Mountain, The Church Sisters, and many more to be announced.

This fun family friendly event, held at Graves Mountain nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, was featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

Advance $75 3-Day Tickets can be purchased by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $30 (Thursday), $35 (Friday) and $40 for Saturday.

For more information on Graves Mountain, please visit: www.gravesmountain.com, Facebook and Twitter.

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New Album Release by Lou Reid & Carolina

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Lou Reid & Carolina are proud to announce today’s new album release – the “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” on KMA Records. The album is now available for sale at Amazon, Kmart, County Sales, CD Universe, and more retail outlets. Music journalist, Keith Lawrence says, “It’s one of the best bluegrass albums you’ll hear this year. Fans of Lou Reid & Carolina will definitely want this album in their collection.”

dvd-coverThis special performance is also available in DVD format and for sale on the band’s website at loureidandcarolina.com. This project was filmed by Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC during an exciting live concert event held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

Lou Reid, Christy Reid, Trevor Watson and Skip Cherryholmes have been busy on tour including last week’s performance at the IBMA Street Festival in Raleigh, NC and upcoming performances like: October 5 at the Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival, Oak Grove, LA; October 19 at the Home Creek Farms Festival, Pinnacle, NC; October 25 at the Howmet Playhouse Theater, Whitehall, MI; October 26 in McGregor, Ontario Canada;  and November 16 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX.

For more information on the band, the new album and a complete tour schedule, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com. It is available to all radio programmers at airplaydirect.com.

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Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival Wins the 2013 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award

ibma-awards-logoThe Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground is proud to announce the 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the recipient of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Event of the Year Award. The winners of this year’s IBMA awards were announced last week during the association’s World of Bluegrass held in Raleigh, NC. Park owner and festival producer, Dwight Dillman said, “I just want to say that I appreciate all of you for supporting Bean Blossom. Thanks to all the staff, the festival goers, the bands, sponsors and IBMA. See you next year.”

The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is now established as the oldest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world. Throughout the years, the festival has received other honors including: recipient of the 2000 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award; recognized as a Local Legacy for the State of Indiana by the Library of Congress in May 2001 and becoming a permanent display; featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great Places To Go To Bluegrass Festivals” and more.

The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival was held last June was sponsored by Dillman Furniture and Hope River Entertainment. The annual 8-day event included over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more.

The 48th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will take place June 12-21, 2014. Next year, the park will also host: the 2nd Annual Simply Mushroom-Morel Festival April 18-21; the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival May 29-31; the 5th Annual Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee July 10-12; the 16th Annual Bean Blossom Gospel Jubilee July 24-26; the 16th Annual Bean Blossom Blues Festival August 21-23; the Quafftober Fest September 19-20; 40th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival September 24-27; and the 8th Cedar Rock Haunted Trail every weekend in October 2014.

More on Bean Blossom
While performing on the road in October 1951, Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe traveled to a small town in Indiana called Bean Blossom to perform at the Brown County Jamboree. He immediately fell in love with the area and in December of 1951 decided to purchase the property making it his home away from home.

In June, 1967, at the insistence of promoter Carlton Haney, Bill Monroe held his first two-day bluegrass festival which he called a Blue Grass Celebration at Bean Blossom. He brought his musician friends together to play the high lonesome sound he had pioneered. This first festival was held in the Brown County Jamboree Barn and was so well attended that Bill decided to have it annually and to build an outdoor stage to accommodate a bigger audience. In June of 1968, people from all over the country came to hear the Father of Bluegrass and his legendary Blue Grass Boys perform, as well as other top name bluegrass artists and Grand Ole Opry stars. The artists performed on a newly-constructed stage that sat at the bottom of a wooded amphitheater surrounded by loyal bluegrass fans. Festival patrons gathered in the fields, in the woods, at campsites, just about anywhere they felt like, so they could pick and sing the music they loved so much.

Over the years the festival has grown and the grounds have been improved. The sounds of bluegrass still echo through the hills and trees, with the spirit of Bill Monroe. Despite his death in 1996, the history and tradition at Bean Blossom continues.
For more information on the numerous festivals that take place at the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground , please visit BeanBlossom.US.

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Larry Stephenson Band Debuting New Music in Raleigh, NC This Week

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Larry Stephenson Band Performing last weekend at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

The Larry Stephenson Band will debut new music this week in Raleigh, NC during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass. The songs appear on their upcoming new album, “Pull Your Savior In,” that is now available for digital purchase at iTunes.

ibma-schedulepic-lsbThe band, comprised of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright, will be perform several times this week including:

  • Tues., Sept 30, 2014 – 8:30 PM – California Bluegrass Association Suite – Marriott, 3rd Floor
  • Wed., Oct 1, 2014 – 12:00 AM (early Thu morning) – Chancellor Room – Convention Center
  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 11:20 AM – Wide Open Bluegrass – Convention Center

The album, PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN, includes Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart with special guests Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley, and Dale Perry. “Pull Your Savior In” and “Amazing Grace” are both available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com.

To get more information and to view upcoming Tour Dates, please visit larrystephensonband.com and join them on Facebook.com/LSBand.

For more information on the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit http://www.ibma.org.

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WSM Tune-In Alert for Sept 30 – Newton & Thomas

coffee_country_cody485x210Mark Newton and Steve Thomas will appear on WSM radio’s “Coffee, County and Cody” Tuesday, September 30 at 9:15 am CST.  They will be talking about their new Pick & Stomp concert series at the new Nashville Palace, presented by Robert’s Western World.

Newton & Thomas will also be debuting a new song, “Great American Heroes” and talk about their upcoming appearance with THE BAND PERRY on DEC., 6th in Florida.

Listen to Nashville’s WSM 650 AM or online at wsmonline.com.

For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit newtonandthomas.com.

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“Pull Your Savior In” By Larry Stephenson Band Now Available on iTunes

albumcover-larrystephenson-400wThe Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce the title track, “Pull Your Savior In,” is now available for digital purchase at iTunes. The song is the title track of the band’s new album releasing October 21, 2014 on Whysper Dream Music.

The album includes Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart with special guests Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley, and Dale Perry. Music fans can pre-order the entire album at larrystephensonband.com. Tracks include:

01 – Amazing Grace 3:33 featuring Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley & Dale Perry
02 – Pull Your Savior In 2:35
03 – Come To Jesus Moment 4:04
04 – If You Want To Live Forever 2:60
05 – Great Speckled Bird 3:34
06 – Born Again 2:22
07 – How Great Thou Art 4:07
08 – Thank God I’m On My Way 3:05
09 – Let The Lower Lights Be Burning 3:18
10 – Morningtime Always 2:29
11 – Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming 3:17
12 – Will You Meet Me Over Yonder 2:41

“Pull Your Savior In” and “Amazing Grace” (featuring Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry) are both available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com.

The Larry Stephenson Band stage shows include the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright. The group will perform tomorrow, September 24 at the 40th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival in Bean Blossom, IN and on Thursday, Sept 25 at the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival in Buena Vista, VA. From September 30 – October 4, the band will be at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Fans can see them perform on the Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stage at 11:20 AM on October 4, 2014.

To get more information and to view their complete tour schedule, please visit larrystephensonband.com and facebook.com/LSBand.

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Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival – The Band Perry, Newton & Thomas, JT Hodges

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Contact: Claire Armbruster; 615-509-9797
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Gary James; 772-388-2490
gjames@ascfusa.org

Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival

stepupposter_FINALrev-smallVero Beach, Florida – The American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) announces a benefit concert featuring The Band Perry on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Historic Dodgertown Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. The lineup also includes Country music newcomer JT Hodges and the bluegrass group of Newton & Thomas. The festival gates will open at 3:00 PM with various activities and exhibits. According to ASCF Director of Operations Gary James, “The festival will raise funds for The US NAVY UDT/SEAL Trident House and the ASCF Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to the children of Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders.”

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, The Band Perry has skyrocketed into the mainstream. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Reid and Neil, the band has notched a string of hit singles from their platinum debut and their gold sophomore release, PIONEER, including: the quintuple-platinum No. 1 “If I Die Young,” the platinum “You Lie,” the No. 1 “All Your Life,” the platinum No. 1 “Better Dig Two,” and the gold No. 1 “DONE.” They’ve received major accolades including the 2014 ACM Award for “Vocal Group of the Year” and CMT’s 2014 “Group Video of the Year” award which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.

JT Hodges has spent the last year embracing his newfound growth in making music. After several months in the studio, he is most proud of never losing the honesty of himself or the music and where it has taken him. The sophomore album will undoubtedly be his best music to date, offering a more reflective take on the music and a different twist in the lyrics. It includes a diversity that suggests JT Hodges is creating a whole new kind of Country Pop Rock music.

Newton & Thomas are certainly no strangers to the music community. Both have achieved great success throughout their careers with a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards. The duo received significant chart success with their debut album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records. The project includes numerous Top 5 tracks like their first radio single release “Old McDonald Sold The Farm.” The timely and popular tune reached #1 four times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart.

Ticket prices are $35 General Admission; $55 Reserved (stands); $75 and $100 Premier Reserved Seating (field). General Admission Parking is $10 and VIP Parking is $15.

For Sponsorship Opportunities please call 1-772-388-2490 or info@ascfusa.org

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at10:00 AM and may be purchased by calling
1-800-514-3849 or by visiting the ASCF website: http://www.ascfusa.org.

The American Security Council Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.
Promoting the Strategy of Peace Through Strength

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