Donna Hughes Tugs on the Heartstrings with her Original Song “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

See the Video and Lyrics below

donna-hughes-two-albumsDuring last year’s brutal winter months, North Carolina Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes penned the heart wrenching and powerful song, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” that has certainly pulled on the heartstrings. The song, and her YouTube video have been featured and shared on numerous popular sites including Talking-Dogs.com, LoveMyDogBlog, and the wide-reaching Dogs Deserve Better Facebook page to name a few. Donna has also started a new Facebook community page facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains hoping to bring awareness to animal cruelty.

Early next year, Donna will announce her 2015 tour that will include performance dates overseas and around the country. While she regularly performs and speaks at elementary schools, she will soon announce more public speaking engagements as an Animal Rights Advocate continuing her passionate mission to change tethering laws around the country.

Donna plans to publish the lyrics, in addition to a happy ending for the dog, in a children’s book, with sheet music to the song in the back of the book. She also has a couple of other dog songs that she feels will make great children’s books as well – helping to educate children to love and cherish their pets.

“Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” appears on both of Donna’s current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The dog song, along with three of her other originals (“Gone,” “The Red Oak Tree,” and “Where The Good Daddies Go”) have been nominated for Strictly Country’s 20th Annual Spirit Awards in the Song of the Year category.

Since the late summer release of these impressive albums, Donna continues to receive media support including recent album reviews in Power Source Magazine, coverage on Bluegrass Today and many other popular publications – both online and in print.

Radio success has been tremendous for Donna this year. The first single release, “The Way I Am” is currently #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart with “Dog On A 10’ Chain” at in the #2 spot for the second week in a row. “The Way I Am” is also on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks for November; Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Chart for December; Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass Songs for November; Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs for December to name a few.

From the Heart and Fly are available to radio stations worldwide on AirPlayDirect (APD) and as previously announced, was the first winner of the Beyond The Song Contest. She recently added her all of her albums to APD including: Gaining Wisdom produced by Tony Rice on Rounder Records; Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies produced by J.D. Crowe on Rounder Records; and her first two self-produced albums Somewhere in Time and Same Old Me on her label Running Dog Records.

She has received tremendous APD chart success for these projects with 5 albums appearing on: the APD Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums this month; From The Heart at #13 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Albums and at #46 on the APD Global Indicator Top 50 Albums All Genres for All Time; Fly at #7 on the APD Top 50 Americana Albums this month; 10 songs on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Singles this month; 4 songs on the APD Top 50 Americana Singles this month including two with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Rice; and 5 songs on the APD Top 50 Christian Gospel Singles this month.

Donna Hughes’ music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many more outlets. To view lyrics for “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” and her vast catalog of original music, please visit DonnaHughes.com. Fans are invited to join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, and many more sites.

Lyrics to “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

Nothing to look forward to
Watching cars go by all day
Nothing to play with, nothing to do
Shivering in the cold hard rain

They forget to bring me water
They forget that I am here
They don’t know how smart I am
They don’t even see my tears

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

Sometimes it’s hard to stay cool
On a blazing hot summer day
I dream of crossing the stream
And catching a fish as the sunlight fades

It’s hard to stay warm in the winter
Some nights it’s hard to be strong
I dream of chasing butterflies
And rabbits all day long

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

The world is big and beautiful
But I’ll never see it all
Maybe when I go to Heaven
Someone will love me and throw me a big red ball

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

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Mountain Fever Records Announces New Music from Volume Five, Voices, Available Jan. 20, 2015

album-cover-volume-five-voices400wMountain Fever Records announces the upcoming CD release of Voices from Volume Five, which will be available on Jan. 20, 2015.

Founded in early 2008 by vocalist and fiddle player Glen Harrell, Volume Five includes the talents of Harry Clark (Mandolin & Vocals), Chris Williamson (Bass & Vocals), Patton Wages (Banjo & Vocals,) and Colby Laney (Guitar & Vocals.) These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. “When I put this group together, I knew the style of music I wanted us to play and the goals I wanted to achieve,” stated Harrell. “It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry. I didn’t just want us to be another band that moves onto the scene and is gone in a few years, but one that would have a unique sound that players and listeners would remember for many years to come – one that sounded like no other band in the business.”

_MG_2458Volume Five’s touring schedule has afforded them the benefit of playing with numerous artists over the years, many of whom have become fans. Buddy Melton of Balsam Range says, “What defines a great band? Superior musicianship, impeccable singing, moving song selections…Volume Five has all the above and more…Extremely talented, yet humble and genuinely real people. Volume Five has a magical quality about them that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression in the world of acoustic music.”

Volume Five has had great success with their previous releases including their first, Down In a Cell and their second release,Children of the Mountains, which garnered the group their first #1 song, “Anywhere is Home Again.” With their third album, Run, they achieved significant Bluegrass Today chart success appearing almost every week of 2013. “Rich Man’s Daughter” was the first single from the album which went to #1 only three weeks after it was released. Several other songs from the album climbed as high as #2 and many weeks they have had as many as four songs from the album appearing on the chart at one time.

2014 also proved to be a stellar year for the band. On the heels of a their well-received southern-gospel CD release, The Day We Learn to Fly, the band earned two IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of the Year and IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for the album’s title cut.

Voices will be the band’s fifth album and features 12 tracks of carefully selected songs, showcasing the many facets of musical tastes that come from within the decidedly bluegrass ensemble—traditional, classic, and on-the-edge—this CD covers it all.

Track Listing:

“King of California”
“Going Across the Mountain”
“Dream Softly”
Crazy Night”
“Strangest Dreams”
“Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with Rhonda Vincent
“Satan’s Ridge”
“Colder and Colder”
“Sam’s Gap”
“Amanda”
“Soldier For the Lonely”
“Faithfully”

For more about Volume Five, visit www.volumefivebg.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.

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The John Boy & Billy Show to Feature Donna Hughes’ “Walmart Checkout Line”

Donna-Hughes-DSC_9819-red-porch-sit-slogo-johnboy&billyradionetworkDonna Hughes’ original song “Walmart Checkout Line” will be featured on the nationally syndicated morning radio program, The John Boy & Billy Big Show on Tuesday, December 9. The hilarious song video, that has received over 63,000 YouTube views so far, will be featured as the “Video of the Day” on the show’s website. The John Boy & Billy Big Show airs mornings from 6-10 Eastern across the country and is available via live stream. Listeners can view stations in their area here.

albumcover-donnahughes-fromtheheart2014“Walmart Checkout Line” appears on Donna’s From The Heart album that includes 18 other original songs on the 21 track project. Her songwriting talents certainly shine on the album with haunting tunes like “Red Oak Tree,” to the heartbreaking “Dog On A 10’ Chain”, to other funny tunes like “Facebook (Was Made In Hell).”

Donna’s impressive catalog of music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many more outlets.

All of Donna’s albums are now available to Radio Stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com. She recently hit the #1 spot on the site’s Global Indicator Chart and was also the first recipient of the Beyond the Song contest.

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

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Lonesome River Band #1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600wLonesome River Band’s first single, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” from their hot new album TURN ON A DIME on Mountain Home Music Company has hit #1 on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly and Weekly Top 20 Song Charts.

The band’s loyal fans will certainly want to check out the “Stage to Studio” video for “Her Love Won’t Turn On On A Dime” giving a glimpse into the recording process for this popular new song.

2014 has been this busiest touring year for Lonesome River Band in decades including a headlining performance for the European Bluegrass Summit  in Prague, the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC as part of the IBMA World of Bluegrass, and Sammy Shelor performing with the Zac Brown Band – just to name a few. They will close out this year with a performance at the Berryville Bluegrass Concert Series in Berryville, VA on December 13 at Clarke County High School.

Members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, and Randy Jones consistently prove why they remain one of the top bands in bluegrass music.

Please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com for upcoming announcements on the band’s first concept video and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Tune In Nov 30, 2014 – Larry Stephenson on Sirius XM

sirius-xm-gospeltrainTune-In to Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction’s “Gospel Train” show on Sunday, November 30 to hear Larry Stephenson and tracks from the Larry Stephenson Band’s new album, Pull Your Savior In.

Pull Your Savior In was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and includes the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart with special guests Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.

Pull Your Savior In was released on Whysper Dream Music and is available for digital sale at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby. Physical copies include a special Bonus Track and can be purchased at larrystephensonband.com. Radio station stations can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect.com or request a physical copy.

The Larry Stephenson Band stage shows include the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright. For a complete tour schedule and more information, please visit the band at their website or Facebook.

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Detour Continues Support of Homeless Veterans

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In the photo L-R – Jeff Rose (Detour band member and songwriter); John Bratten (Veteran, Recipient of Patriot Place Good Move Award 2014); and Kathleen Arndt (Patriot Place Program Director)

DETOUR is proud to announce they have presented additional funds to Goodwill’s Patriot Place Project from proceeds of the sale of their songs “Soldier’s Sorrow” and “Homeless of the Brave.” Yesterday, band member Jeff Rose presented Kathleen Arndt, Patriot Place Program Director, a check in the amount of $2,000. An additional $3,000 in matching funds will also be donated from Detour’s fans along with future donations from the band’s record label, Mountain Fever Records.

2014-detour-album-going-nowhere-fast-200w“Soldier’s Sorrow” appears on the DETOUR’s current album, GOING NOWHERE FAST on Mountain Fever. “We are honored to be able to be part of this effort to assist homeless Veterans. All of the friends of Detour have been so supportive of this effort and we thank them for buying our music to make these donations possible. You just can’t beat the Bluegrass Music family,” said Rose.

Mountain Fever Records President, Mark Hodges certainly agrees saying, “Bluegrass is the most personable genre of any music. It’s more like one big family and when you have such big hearted and humble people like Jeff Rose and Missy Armstrong along with the rest of Detour, it’s easy to see how their fans and friends are so willing to help out and get involved with this great cause that they have chosen to support. I’m proud to know them and honored to work with them.”

detour-albumcover200Several years ago, Rose wrote “Homeless of the Brave” (from their previous album A BETTER PLACE) as a direct response to a story that he heard on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans. He was stunned to learn that there are approximately 70,000 homeless veterans in this country and over 600 in northern Michigan alone. He then made the decision to donate proceeds of the sale of the song to Goodwill’s Patriot Place that is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans.

For more information on Goodwill’s Patriot Place, please visit their goodwillnmi.org/homeless-housing/patriot-place/.
For more information on DETOUR, please visit detourbluegrass.com and MountainFever.com.

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New Single Release – “Great American Heroes” by Newton & Thomas

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Newton & Thomas are proud to announce the new single release, “Great American Heroes,” that recently made its radio debut on Nashville’s WSM Radio 650 AM Coffee, Country and Cody show. This inspirational and patriotic new tune was written by the award-winning songwriter, Mark “Brink” Brinkman. All proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the American Security Council Foundationa non-profit organization promoting the Strategy of Peace Through Strength.

Pinecastle Records has made it available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.

“On behalf of myself, Steve Thomas, and Mark Brinkman, I can say we are all truly honored that the American Security Council Foundation will use this as their signature song to help raise awareness to their wonderful cause,” said Mark Newton.

Brinkman shared his thoughts on writing “Great American Heroes” saying, “As my son, Zac, was joining the USAF I began thinking about ‘heroes’ and the moral fabric of our nation today. I wanted to write a song to make a statement and honor the ‘real’ heroes in our lives. The dad that works double shifts so that his kids might go to college and have a better life than he did….the mom that keeps the family together, sacrifices personal gain for the benefits of her children…the teacher that can shape the life of a child and inspire them on to a lifetime of learning and contribution to society…and the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our freedom. These are the ‘real’ heroes that we need to be lifting up! I hope the song helps to redefine the word ‘hero’ and focus on the people with hero qualities – sacrifice, selfless, caring, courage, giving, love, fearless, etc.”

stepupposter_FINALrev-smallNewton & Thomas will perform “Great American Heroes” during the upcoming American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) benefit concert featuring The Band Perry, along with JT Hodges. This highly anticipated event will take place Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Historic Dodgertown Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. The festival gates will open at 3:00 PM with various activities and exhibits., “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,” said ASCF Director of Operations Gary James.

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. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-514-3849 or by visiting the ASCF website. For Sponsorship Opportunities please call 1-772-388-2490 or info@ascfusa.org.

For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit their website, join them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

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Trinity River Band Releases New Christmas Album – “On A Morning Like This”

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Just in time for the holiday season, Trinity River Band has released a new Christmas album, On A Morning Like This. Parents Mike and Lisa Harris, along with their three children Sarah, Joshua, and Brianna, certainly shine on the album – taking turns on lead vocals and contributing their instrumental talents on all tracks.

The album features eight classic Christmas songs, plus two originals with the exquisite vocal talents of Sarah Harris. The title track, written by Lisa, and the original “This Christmas” written by Sarah, could certainly both become holiday classics.

National Media Services in Front Royal, Virginia invited Trinity River Band to record On A Morning Like This as the company’s annual Christmas album. “The new album certainly highlights National Media Services’ ability to put forth outstanding projects from start to finish, all in house. We were delighted to be a part of this project and humbled that they chose us for this venture,” said Sarah. “A special thank you to Will Shenk for his incredible patience while working so hard on this album, and making it sound so wonderful!”

The album was launched during the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the week, Sarah Harris was honored with her second consecutive nomination for an IBMA Momentum Award in the Vocalist category.

On A Morning Like This is now available for digital purchase at iTunes, Rhapsody, AmazonMP3 and more outlets. Physical albums can be purchased at the band’s website at TrinityRiverBand.com.

After an extremely busy year of touring all across the country, Trinity River Band will perform numerous concerts in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for the remainder of the year. Fans are invited to join them on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and tour information.

Radio stations can download their music at AirPlaydirect.com/music/TRB-OnAMorningLikeThis/ and their Orange Blossom Records album, Better Than Blue at AirPlaydirect.com/music/BetterThanBlue/.

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Mississippi’s Volume Five Heads to Radio with Brand New Single “Crazy Night”

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Mississippi’s Volume Five Heads to Radio with Brand New Single “Crazy Night” TODAYSingle Sets Up January 2015 Release of VOICES

“Volume Five is one of the brightest young stars on the Bluegrass horizon.
They represent everything that’s good about a touring and recording band.
Wonderful new songs, great singing, and great music.”
– Darren Nicholson (Balsam Range)

Mississippi’s Volume Five heads to radio today with the release of “Crazy Night,” the first single from their upcoming Mountain Fever Records album VOICES, scheduled to hit the streets in January 2015. Volume Five is proving to be an exciting new band, blazing a red-hot trail on the bluegrass scene.

“Crazy Night” was written by former V5 member Jeff Partin and is released after what could be considered a stellar year for the band with two IBMA nominations for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “The Day We Learn To Fly” (album), Stacy Richardson and Leroy Drumm (writers), Volume Five (producers), Mountain Fever (label).

A group that started as a casual jam band in 2008, has now grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts. Their first gospel and 4th overall release on Mountain Fever Records was the well crafted Southern gospel flavored bluegrass album, The Day We Learn To Fly, from which their nominations stemmed.

The band is excited to welcome back Colby Laney to the roster, who returns after a stint with Larry Stephenson. While each member comes to the table with a strong pedigree, having served tenure nationally with such well-known artists as Marty Raybon and Full Circle, Randy Kohrs and The Lites, The Roys and Tony Rice, these five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power.

Volume Five features the talents of ring-leader Glen Harrell on fiddle; Harry Formby Clark on mandolin; Colby Laney on guitar, Patton Wages on banjo, and Chris Williamson on bass; and while Volume Five is considered a traditional band, their earthy, soulful singing, spot on harmonies, and precision picking set them apart from others.

V5’s touring schedule has afforded them the benefit of playing with numerous artists over the years, some of whom have become fans such as Buddy Melton of Balsam Range who says, “What defines a great band? Superior musicianship,impeccable singing, moving song selections…Volume Five has all the above and more…Extremely talented, yet humble and genuinely real people, Volume Five has a magical quality about them that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression in the world of acoustic music.”

One thing fans can count on with Volume Five is that they will never be let down with their live performances and that those live performances will transcend the live show and be just as impactful on their recorded music. Their level of quality musicianship is constant and is making an impact at radio.

For more information on Volume Five or to receive a copy for review, please contact radio@mountainfever.com or visit www.volumefivebg.com.

Click to “Crazy Nights” at airplaydirect.com/music/V5Voices.

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Donna Hughes Wins “Beyond the Song – APD” Contest

airplaydirectCongratulations to Donna Hughes, the winner of the “Beyond The Song” contest. Donna has won a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250…!

$750 Beyond the Song Consultation Package – 10 Hours
$1,500 APD “Marketing & Awareness” Campaign

albumcover-donnahughes-fromtheheart2014-300w“I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business. I look forward to working with her.” – Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song

Please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.

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Today’s New Album Release by Larry Stephenson Band

albumcover-larrystephenson-400wThe Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce today’s new release of Pull Your Savior In on Whysper Dream Music. The album is available for digital sale at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Physical copies include a special Bonus Track and can be purchased at larrystephensonband.com. In honor of the band’s 25th Anniversary, the first 25 fans to purchase the physical album, today, will receive a special gift.

“The title song, Pull Your Savior In, is distinctly Bluegrass with a gospel message. Fast and foot tapping arrangement with Mandolin and Banjo accents. A river of country influence runs in Come To Jesus Moment, asking for forgiveness and atonement, all self-inflicted. Overall the selections are traditional in feel and intention, a celebration marked by classic gospel blessings,” said Digital Journal in a recent album review.

PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and includes the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart with special guests Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.

Gospel, Bluegrass, and Country music fans will certainly enjoy the songs written by Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley, Larry Stephenson and more, plus traditional favorites by the Louvin Brothers, Earl Scruggs, Randall Hylton.

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

Radio station stations can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect.com or request a physical copy here.

lsb-outerbanks2014The Larry Stephenson Band stage shows include the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright. For more information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com and facebook.com/LSBand.

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Dave Adkins Continues to Dominate Charts with Nothing To Lose

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Dave Adkins continues to dominate the bluegrass charts with his Mountain Fever Records’ album Nothing To Lose. The title track reached the coveted #1 spot this month on Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks with the album at #4 on their Most Played Albums chart. The song is also #8 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart for October.

Adkins’ tremendous vocals certainly shine during his live performances and on this popular album that radio continues to spin. Nothing To Lose is #12 on the October Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Album Chart and hit #1 again last week on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart.

His original tune and first single release, “Pike County Jail,” is #6 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Song Chart for October. The song also spent most of this year on the Bluegrass Today (BT) Top 20 Weekly Chart reaching #1 three times and spending 15 weeks in the Top 10.

“Tennessee Twister,” “Nothing To Lose,” and “Pike County Jail” all appear on this week’s Root Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart. “Don’t Pray That Way” made its debut earlier this year at #9 on the Singing News Magazine chart.

Nothing To Lose is available sale on iTunes, Amazon, Mountain Fever Records, and also GooglePlay where it appears in the Top 200 Bluegrass Albums.

Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk, touring as Adkins & Loudermilk, are receiving well deserved attention for their high energy stage shows. They performed numerous times during the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass including their well-received show on the City Plaza Stage in downtown Raleigh. They continue their tour this weekend performing Friday and Saturday at the Mossy Oak Music Park in Guyton, GA before heading to the South Carolina State Fair on Sunday, October 19th.

Fans can view more tour dates for the remaining year, plus the newly announced shows for 2015 at AdkinsLoudermilk.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
Adkins & Loudermilk are sponsored by D’Addario, Peterson Strobe Tuners, Blue Chip Picks, Cedar Creek Custom Cases, Cotten Guitars, and Kentucky Sweet BBQ Sauce.

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New Album Release: Turn On A Dime by Lonesome River Band

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“Perhaps the best way to describe Turn on a Dime, their new effort from Mountain Home Music Company, is that from start to finish, it’s a Lonesome River Band album – just what fans have come to expect from one of the most consistent hitmakers in bluegrass music.” – BLUEGRASS TODAY

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Amanda Smith Wins IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award

Amanda_Smith_color-800RALEIGH, NC (October 3, 2014) – Bluegrass songstress Amanda Smith was awarded the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Award last night at the 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event was held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas.

amanda-smith-ibma-female-vocalist-of-the-year-csThis was the first win for Amanda in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. The mother-to-be accepted the award with a heartfelt acceptance speech that certainly thrilled the audience. Friends and fans were quick to hit Facebook congratulating Amanda on this award to which she responded, “I am so honored to have won the IBMA Female Vocalist award. Thanks so much to everyone who has been so kind to me and encouraged me. I’m truly speechless!”

Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my Mom and Dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss.
Amanda met husband Kenny Smith at a Lonesome River Band concert, and the couple began dating and playing music together almost immediately. In 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith band were awarded the prestigious IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award.

For more information, please visit www.kenny-amandasmith.com.

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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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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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2015-bmr-bismarkBlue 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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Detour on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction

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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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Donna Hughes Continues to Garner #1s from Two New Albums

donna-hughes-two-albumsSince the recent release of her two new albums, Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes continues to garner #1s on a variety of radio charts’. She has also received significant media attention including gracing the cover of Americana Rhythm Music Magazine.

donna-hughes-americana-rhythmIn the past two weeks, Donna reached the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart with two songs – “The Way I Am” and “Dog On A 10′ Chain.” Both songs appear on her album FROM THE HEART, and the heart wrenching “Dog On A 10′ Foot Chain” also appears on her piano album FLY.

Another impressive milestone was achieving the top spot on AirPlay Direct’s Global Indicator Top 50 Albums Charts several times with FROM THE HEART. The chart covers all genres of music. She is currently #15 on the site’s All-Time Top Bluegrass Albums Chart.

beyondthesongAs previously announced, Donna was the recipient of the first “Beyond The Song” contest winning a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250. “I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business,” said Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song.

“The Way I Am” has also consistently appeared on the Bluegrass Today (BT) Weekly Top 20 since its release, landing at #9 this week along with charting at #17 on the BT Monthly Top 20 for December. Donna recently sat down with John Lawless of Bluegrass Today to chat about both albums.  Fans can view the video here.

“The Way I Am” also appears at #20 on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Song Chart, at #18 on the NMW Country Internet Top 30 Indie Chart, .#19 on the NMW Top 85 Country Main Chart and more.

Please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.

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