Sammy Shelor & Mike Hartgrove Perform with Martin Short at 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Show in Hollywood Honoring Steve Martin

Photo by Josh Trivett

Photo by Josh Trivett

Lonesome River Band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed last night with actor Martin Short when Steve Martin was honored with the 43rd American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film. The award was presented to Steve Martin during the gala tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. and will air June 13th on TBS at 10:00 p.m. The star-studded event included: Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Conan O’Brien, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Black, Kevin Nealon, Steve Carell, and many more.

While Steve Martin was made aware of the guests that would be appearing on stage during the event, Sammy Shelor was his one surprise guest. Martin had previously awarded Shelor with the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. In honor of that award, the Lonesome River Band performed with Steve Martin on the Late Night with David Letterman and they also sat down with the talk show host for an entertaining interview.

Sammy Shelor and Martin Short during rehearsal for their performance during 43rd AFI Life Achievement Show honoring Steve Martin

Sammy Shelor and Martin Short during rehearsal for their performance during 43rd AFI Life Achievement Show honoring Steve Martin

Sammy Shelor is undoubtedly one of the most influential and most in-demand banjo players of our time. His extraordinary talents and magnetic personality are certainly key to his success as he leads the multi-award winning Lonesome River Band. Shelor is a member of the Virginia Music Hall of Fame, a 5-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Award, and 3-time winner of the SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year Award. Shelor recorded and performed with country super star Alan Jackson and returned to the Late Show with David Letterman to perform “Blacktop” from Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album. In between Lonesome River Band’s busy tour dates, Shelor is in high demand as a guest artist and has performed on stage with Zac Brown, and more high profile artists.

Mike “Grove” Hartgrove is among the most experienced fiddlers in bluegrass music, having performed with the likes of George Jones, Moe Bandy, The Bluegrass Cardinals, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. He was a founding IIIrd Tyme Out with whom he toured and recorded with for 11 years before joining Lonesome River Band.

Conan O'Brien and Sammy Shelor at the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Show honoring Steve Martin Photo Credit: Josh Trivett

Conan O’Brien and Sammy Shelor at the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Show honoring Steve Martin
Photo Credit: Josh Trivett

Earlier this week, Lonesome River Band made several announcements including the addition of a new band member, Jesse Smathers, their #1 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Song Chart hit single, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” from their Billboard Bluegrass Top 10 Album, Turn On A Dime (Mountain Home Music), and the TV debut of their music video “Lila Mae.”

The Lonesome River Band’s full line-up includes Sammy Shelor on Banjo & Vocals, Brandon Rickman on Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals; Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass, and Jesse Smathers on Mandolin and Lead & Harmony Vocals. For more information and a complete tour schedule, please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com and join them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

 

Sammy Shelor and Martin Short during rehearsal for their performance during 43rd AFI Life Achievement Show honoring Steve Martin

Sammy Shelor and Martin Short during rehearsal for their performance during 43rd AFI Life Achievement Show honoring Steve Martin

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Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove at 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin Photo Credit Josh Trivett

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Martin Short and Sammy Shelor reheard for 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin Photo Credit Josh Trivett

 

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Lonesome River Band Announces New Band Member, #1 Song, and Lila Mae TV Debut

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Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer, including their new band member, Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

jesse-smathers-300Award-winning musician, Jesse Smathers now joins Lonesome River Band on mandolin and lead & harmony vocals, replacing Randy Jones who has taken a full-time job outside the music business. Jesse lives in Eden, North Carolina and previously toured with the James King Band, High Voltage and most recently Nothin’ Fancy. Last year, Jesse was inducted in Phi Alpha Mu, a music fraternity, as a Sinfonian, joining such greats as John Phillip Sousa, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, and Andy Griffith. Jesse comes from a long line of musicians. His grandfather, Harold Smathers, and grand Uncle Luke Smathers, recorded for June Appal and were awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1993 for their contributions to North Carolina Folk Music.

Lonesome River Band is currently celebrating a #1 hit song, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” from their Mountain Home Music Company album, Turn On A Dime. This fan favorite tune hit the top spot this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart with the album at #8 on the Top 15 Album Chart. “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” previously garnered the #1 position seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart and has appeared on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Singles charts as well.

Lonesome River Band is also celebrating another hit song, “Lila Mae” that made its debut #5 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 Song Chart for June and continues to chart on the publication’s Weekly Top 20.

“Lila Mae” was released as the band’s first concept music video that has been a big hit with LRB’s loyal fans. The video will make its TV debut when it airs in the U.S. the weeks of June 29 and July 20 on Bluegrass Ridge – a thirty-minute, weekly TV show featuring some of the best names in bluegrass music. The show airs on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, Angel Two / Dish TV, Blue Highways TV, and AMG TV. Each episode is hosted by an artist in the genre, and recent hosts include award-winning vocalist Carrie Hassler, Jamie Johnson of the Grascals, Doyle Lawson, and many more.

Lonesome River Band continues their busy tour with performances at the Dinwiddie Music Fest at the Virginia Motorsports Park this Friday, June 5 and then on to the Sally Gap Bluegrass Music Festival in Williamsburg, Kentucky on Saturday. Next week, they will perform at the Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 11, before heading to California for the Huck Finn Jubilee on June 13 and headlining the Laguna Beach Live Bluegrass & BBQ at the Ranch at Laguna Beach on June 14. On June 16, Lonesome River Band will perform at the Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming in Bristol, Tenn.

Jesse’s first show with Lonesome River Band will be Thursday, June 25 at the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vermont. Lonesome River Band will again headline the popular Rudy Fest in Grayson, Kentucky June 26-27 with members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, Jesse Smathers, along with Randy Jones’ last performance with the group.

For more information and a complete tour schedule, please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com.

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New Single Release: Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection

Union House Records is proud to announce the first single release from their newly formed label. Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection is now available for purchase at CDBaby and appearing soon at iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and more  fine retail outlets. The song was written by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens and appears on the band’s upcoming self-titled album releasing in July.

The band includes the talents Mike Bentley (Lead Vocal and Guitar), Rod Smith (Harmony Vocal & Banjo), Josh Brown (Harmony Vocal & Lead Guitar), Matt Hiser (Mandolin), Jeff Smith (Bass), and guest Adam Haynes (Fiddle). With members hailing from Kentucky and West Virginia, they have spent years developing their unique sound as evidenced by their last album, Another Song, which resulted in three radio charts hits.

Truck Drivin is available now to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com and radio hosts are already singing their praises…

“Love the new single Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection. It’s been fun watching this band grow over the years, and I think the new project will take them to the top of all the bluegrass charts! Good job guys!” – Big D Dwayne Amburgey (bigdradio.net)

“The guys in Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection just keep rolling. Truck Drivin’ tells the driver’s tale with Mike Bentley’s outstanding lead vocals, some hard-driving banjo, and solid harmony vocals. This one’s GOOD! Now I can’t wait to hear the rest of the project!” – Tim “Doc” Carter – The Saturday Morning Bluegrass Show on WMTN, Morristown, TN

“Fast, hard-driving bluegrass. That’s what you want in a bluegrass song and this one has it. The latest single Truck Drivin’ from Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection is one to get you up and moving. Many will relate to the story this one has to tell!” – Annette Grady – The Bluegrass Jamboree

Union_House_logoThe band is currently in the studio this month finishing up their album, but will hit the road again in June for multiple days at the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada and the Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival in Summersville, West Virginia.

For a complete tour schedule and more information on the band, please visit CumberlandGapConnection.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter.com/CGCbluegrass for updates.

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New Album Release: “Heartstrings” by Trinity River Band

HEARTSTRINGS-Album-Cover-FINAL_300x274Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce today’s new album release by Trinity River Band. Heartstrings is now available for purchase at iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, and TrinityRiverBand.com and to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect.com.

Band members include Sarah Harris a two-time nominee for the IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award on Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin, and Irish Pennywhistle; Joshua Harris on Banjo and Resophonic Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals; Brianna Harris on Fiddle and Lead & Harmony Vocals; Mike Harris on Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals; and Lisa Harris on Upright Bass and Harmony Vocals. They are joined by special guests Marty Raybon and Mark Johnson.

Heartstrings is the culmination of all of our different musical backgrounds and influences. This is the truest representation of who we are, more so than any other album we’ve ever done,” said Sarah in her recent interview with Daniel Mullins for Bluegrass Today.

Heartstrings was recorded at National Media Services in Virginia with Executive Producer Mike Harris and Producers Will Shenk, Sarah Harris, and Joshua Harris. Tracks and songwriters include:

1. You Can’t Walk All Over Me (Sarah Harris, Mike Harris)
2. Heartstrings (Mike Harris)
3. Rusty Old American Dream (David Wilcox)
4. Going Down Hard (Larry Cordle, Leslie Satcher, and Don Poythress)
5. Tell Me Darlin’ (Ann & Pete Sibley)
6. Mindbender (Joshua Harris)
7. Fences (Mark “Brink” Brinkman and Dale Pyatt – Guest Vocals by Marty Raybon
8. How Blue (John Moffat)
9. Give God The Power (Mark “Brink” Brinkman)
10. Where Are You Tonight, I Wonder (Traditional Irish Ballad)
11. Blue Mandolin (Leroy Drumm, Stacy Richardson & Andy Richardson)
12. Only Here For A Little While (Waylon Holyfield and Richard Leigh)

Trinity River Band is now on their busy 2015 tour. To view their entire tour schedule and order your copy of Heartstrings, please visit www.trinityriverband.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Single Release: “That’s What’s Good In America” by Shannon & Heather Slaughter

newsingle-america-shannon-heatherShannon and Heather Slaughter, both well known for their powerful vocals and ultra-tight harmony, have just released a new single “That’s What’s Good In America” just in time for Memorial Day. Fans can preview and purchase the song at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play, and ShannonandHeatherslaughter.com. Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana and all radio programmers can download the song at AirPlayDirect.com.

“That’s What’s Good in America” is from Shannon and Heather’s successful chart album, Never Just A Song. “At a time when politics are really dividing this country, America is still a great place to live! I got this idea driving to work one day when I saw a man working in his (very large) garden. I finished the song with the help of Gerald Ellenburg at his cabin in South Carolina. It’s about all the things I am involved with in my life – coaching football, being a husband, and a new father. The last verse is my favorite on the whole record,” said Shannon.

Never Just A Song has spent the last four weeks in the top five on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums. The album also includes their chart hit “Moonshiner” that is currently appearing on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks for May. The song just spent eight consecutive weeks on the Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly chart along with two months on the Bluegrass Top 20 Monthly chart.

Shannon and Heather are now on tour including their upcoming performance May 22-23 at the Back 40 Bluegrass Festival in Curryville, Missouri. For a complete tour schedule and more information, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com and join them on Facebook and twitter.com/The_Slaughters.

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New Music Video By Lonesome River Band

After enthusiastic fan responses over the last week to their countdown for their new music video, Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the official release of “Lila Mae.” The video made its debut this morning on Mountain Music Company’s YouTube Channel and can also be viewed at LonesomeRiverBand.com and the band’s Facebook page. The song “Lila Mae,” written by Alex Kline, Kirk Sauers, and LRB band member Brandon Rickman, appears on their album Turn On A Dime that made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart last November.

This Civil War era video was shot on location at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, Tenn., was directed by Kim White at View Finders TV.com, and produced by Mountain Home Music Company. Lonesome River Band’s manager, Josh Trivett, owner of Moonstruck Management, along with Natalie Moore and Nathan Morrison, play the lead characters in the video. Lonesome River Band’s die-hard fans will also enjoy the performances by 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, fiddler Mike Hargrove, bassist Barry Reed, with guitarist Brandon Rickman on lead vocals, and mandolinist Randy Jones on harmony vocals.

The band can also be seen in another Mountain Home video production, “Lonesome River Band: Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime, From Studio to Stage” celebrating their first single release from Turn On A Dime. The song garnered the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart for seven weeks and reached as high as #2 on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most Played Tracks. This fan-favorite song continues its climb up the Bluegrass Unlimited (BU) National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song chart with the album appearing at #2 this month on the BU Top 15 Album Chart. Numerous other tracks continue to hit a variety of radio charts including “Lila Mae” climbing up the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart over the last three weeks.

Lonesome River Band has been touring internationally for over 30 years as they continue to be one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands of all time They made their national TV debut on the Late Show with David Letterman in honor of Sammy Shelor’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellent in Banjo and Bluegrass Award, frequently perform on the Grand Ole Opry, and headline and host high profile events.

For a full tour schedule and to view the new “Lila Mae” music video, please visit lonesomeriverband.com. For more information on Mountain Home, please visit their website at mountainhomemusiccompany.com.

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Volume Five’s Voices Album Reaches New Heights

Volume Five - Voices - albumIn just a few short months, Volume Five’s album, Voices on Mountain Fever Records, has soared to new heights on the radio charts. Voices is currently #1 on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart, made its debut on the April Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart, and is #3 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums this week.

Voices is the group’s fifth album and features 12 tracks – five of which are now appearing on a variety of bluegrass radio charts. “Dream Softly” is the #1 song on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks this month, #6 on Bluegrass Today’s (BT) Top 20 chart, and #13 on the Roots Music Report this week, along with “Sam’s Gap” at #29. Two other songs appear on this week’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 including “Going Across the Mountain” at #5 and “King of California” at #20 with “Faithfully” making its debut last month. “King of California” also moved up five spots this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart as well.

Media has also raved about the album with recent reviews stating:

“Volume Five has been releasing some of the best new modern traditional bluegrass around for the past several years.” – Bluegrass Today

“Voices — the fifth album the group has released under the Mountain Fever Records label — showcases a blend of bluegrass styles, from traditional to contemporary. The album’s shift from an introspective tune at one moment, to a rousing and robust song the next, is done with incredible finesse. Volume Five can do it all, and with Voices, they do so with the reliability of a train that still, somewhere, comes down Main Street on a regular basis.” – Parchbench

“Voices is bluegrass at full strength. From the opener, an inspired reading of Dave Alvin’s folk ballad ‘King of California’ to the closer, the ironically titled ‘Faithfully,’ Volume Five shows its affinity for hard-hitting storytelling songs, while numbers like Amanda’ and ‘Colder and Colder’ resound with bedrock emotional truth. A 21st-century band in the best sense, Volume Five yet remains firmly rooted in tradition, in a fusion of old and new that brings to mind, without imitating, the early Country Gentlemen. Voices fits my definition of a great bluegrass album: one that reminds me why I fell in love with the music all those years ago. If they keep at it at this level, these guys are surely bound for glory.” – Rambles.Net

“With endorsements from Rhonda Vincent (who supplied guest vocals on one track) and Balsam Range vocalist Buddy Melton, this band has some enthusiastic admirers. I’m now one of them.” – Black Rose Acoustic

Volume Five includes the talents of Glen Harrell (Lead Vocals & Fiddle), Harry Clark (Mandolin & Vocals), Chris Williamson (Bass & Vocals), Patton Wages (Banjo & Vocals), and Colby Laney (Guitar & Vocals) who earned two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations last year – one for Emerging Artist of the Year and the other for “The Day We Learn to Fly” in the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year category.

Music fans can purchase Voices at iTunes and in digital or CD formats at Amazon, Mountain Fever Records and Volume Five’s website at volumefivebg.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com. Radio programmers can download the entire album at airplaydirect.com/music/V5Voices/.

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Four Music Veterans Announce Launch of New Record Label – Union House Records

Union_House_logoMike Bentley, Jeff Brown, Shannon Slaughter, and Dale Felts are proud to announce the formation of a new record label, Union House Records focusing on bluegrass and acoustic music releases. The label will kick off with a soon to be released new single by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection with the full album hitting stores later this year followed by a new album by Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome.

“Forming a label is a huge task, but I feel it’s the right thing for me at this point in my career. Being with a group of guys that have the same vision is both comforting and exciting. My hope for the future of Union House Records is to be a label that can bring this great music to folks for years to come,” said Brown.

Shannon Slaughter is already celebrating a successful album release. Never Just a Song by Shannon and Heather Slaughter includes the current #5 Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 hit “Moonshiner.” “I’m real excited to be a part of Union House Records! Each of the assembled owners brings a little different perspective to the label and that’s great. The guys involved here are really bright, hard-working folks and we all have a focused vision for Union House Records. We came together in a supportive coalition to provide an artist driven label to bluegrass music. Union House Records – By Artists, For Artists,” said Shannon. With a sensitive ear for timing, taste, and tone – Shannon, in addition to the other artist members of the label, will play a huge part in critiquing the material released from all current and future Union House Records artists.

Mike Bentley also has a keen ear and will be depended on, along with the other artist members, to help the label’s current roster put out great music and make sure Union House Records is extremely selective in additions to the label. Dale Felts will handle the copyrighting, publishing, royalty distribution and music licensing aspects for the company.
For full contact information, bios, and more information on Union House Records, please visit their new website at www.unionhouserecords.com. The new partners also invite music fans to follow the label on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with upcoming announcements.

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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Release New Single: “Brown County Red”

IIIrd_Tyme_Out_2014_EAF_302Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are proud to announce the long awaited release of new music on their newly formed label, Break-A-String. “Brown County Red,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album, The Test of Tyme, is now available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com or by request.  Read the entire press release at East Public Relations.

View the video “The Making of Brown County Red” below!

Contacts for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Publicity and Radio Requests
East Public Relations, Kimberly Williams
931-808-8083
info@eastpublicrelations.com

Management & Booking
Moonstruck Management, Josh Trivett
626-893-5216
josh@moonstruckmanagement.com

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#1 Song on Singing News Magazine Top 10 Bluegrass Chart

albumcover-larrystephenson-400wThe Larry Stephenson Band’s single, “Pull Your Savior In” is #1 on this month’s Singing News Magazine Top 10 Bluegrass Song Chart. The song was written by Stephenson and is the title track of the group’s all-gospel album that was recently honored with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

the-rec-room-studio-pic-sBluegrass, gospel and country music fans have certainly enjoyed the wonderful selection of tunes on the album with standout tracks like “Amazing Grace” with special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley & Dale Perry; “Come To Jesus Moment” written by Rick Stanley & Donna Ulisse; “Morningtime Always” written by Bill Castle and Levon McCall; and more. “If You Want To Live Forever,” written by Randall Hilton, has appeared numerous months on Powergrass Radio’s Top 10 Gospel Chart. The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and also includes Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart, and Aubrey Haynie.

LSB_SPBGMA20151641webLarry Stephenson, a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, is also a 5-time winner of the SPBGMA Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Award, winner of the 2012 SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year Award, and a 2-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year Award.

larry-stephensonband-bycandidpixThe Larry Stephenson Band is now on tour with members Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright. This month’s performances include the Arcadia Bluegrass Festival in Upperco, MD on April 18, the Community Center in Nanjemoy, MD on April 19, and their debut performance at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC on April 23. Also, Larry Stephenson and Marty Raybon were just announced as headliners of the Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival in Crossplains, TN on April 25.

For more information on the Larry Stephenson Band, please visit their website or Facebook. Fans can purchase their music at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Physical copies of Pull Your Savior In that includes a special Bonus Track, can be purchased at larrystephensonband.com.

airplaydirectRadio programmers can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect.com or request a physical copy.

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Orange Blossom Records Announces Upcoming New Album by Trinity River Band

HEARTSTRINGS-Album-Cover-FINAL_300x274Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the upcoming album, Heartstrings by Trinity River Band, will be released on May 12, 2015. The album was recently recorded at National Media Services in Virginia with Executive Producer Mike Harris and Producers Will Shenk, Sarah Harris, and Joshua Harris. Trinity River Band members, Mike, Lisa, Sarah, Joshua and Brianna Harris are joined by special guests Marty Raybon on the song “Fences” written by Mark “Brink” Brinkman and Dale Pyatt, along with the talents of Mark Johnson on the song “Tell Me Darlin’ written by Anne and Pete Sibley.

Fans can expect the first single and title track “Heartstrings”to hit radio mid-April. The song, written by Mike Harris, is certainly highlighted by the tight family harmony featuring daughter, Sarah Harris on lead vocals. Sarah has received two consecutive nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association for the Momentum Award in the Performance, Vocalist category.

Trinity River Band has received chart success and media attention for their previous albums: Better Than Blue, Today Don’t Look Like Rain, Time To Move, and their latest Christmas album, On A Morning Like This.

Heartstrings tracks include:

1. You Can’t Walk All Over Me
2. Heartstrings
3. Rusty Old American Dream
4. Going Down Hard
5. Tell Me Darlin’
6. Mindbender
7. Fences
8. How Blue
9. Give God The Power
10. Where Are You Tonight, I Wonder
11. Blue Mandolin
12. Only Here For A Little While

Heartstrings pre-orders are now available at trinityriverband.com. Fans are also invited to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mountain Fever Records Releases Debut, Self-titled Album from Adkins & Loudermilk

Adkins & Loudermilk album cover 2015Mountain Fever Records announces the release of the debut, self-titled album from Adkins & Loudermilk. This highly anticipated project has already produced a chart-making first single with “Backside of Losing.”

What started out as two impressive solo careers has morphed into what is already being described as a powerhouse team of vocals and songwriting. Dave Adkins has already had a successful career fronting his former band, Republik Steel, and Edgar Loudermilk has been known as one of the most solid bass-playing vocalists in bluegrass, having toured extensively with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrd Tyme Out. But when Adkins & Loudermilk met a couple years ago and began melding their talents of singing and songwriting together, it became clear to them that forming a new duo was much more musically exciting for them than going it alone. So in 2013, the two officially launched their band and set out touring while still promoting successful solo projects on Mountain Fever Records. Since the band’s formal beginning, the duo has been delighting audiences across the country gaining faithful fans who have patiently waited two years for the release of their debut album, appropriately titled Adkins & Loudermilk.

This new album features 12 songs that, by design, give equal due to both men as individual artists, while still shining a spotlight on their collective talents. The balance of Adkins’ growling, rock-tinged vocals combined with the bluegrass tenor vocal chops of Loudermilk, will offer listeners ample opportunity to enjoy all aspects of Adkins & Loudermilk. The album kicks off with back to back, decidedly bluegrass numbers, “Georgia Mountain Man,” sung by Loudermilk, and “Cut The Rope” featuring Adkins. With writing credits going to both men throughout, the album also features strong contributions from other writers of note including David Morris, Mark Brinkman and Hoyt Axton, among others. “Backside of Losing,” the first single from the album written by Adkins and Mark Brinkman, has already been a hit with radio programmers and fans, making its debut on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart. One of the strongest songs and performances from the project is “Weeds,” written by David Morris and Chris Dockins, and a winner in this year’s “Hazel Dickens Song Contest.” From bluegrass to blues, up-tempos to ballads, Adkins & Loudermilk have come out of the gate full force with their debut, self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records.

Adkins & Loudermilk is now available via digital download at iTunes and wherever great music is sold. For more about Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.adkinsloudermilk.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.

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Contacts:
For Mountain Fever Records:
Mark Hodges
540-267-5978
mark@mountainfever.com

For Adkins & Loudermilk
Publicity
Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment
770-367-1480
penni@hoperiverentertainment.com

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Lonesome River Band to Headline 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival May 9, 2015

Festival to Benefit Kids & College Students in Loudoun County

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cLonesome River Band will headline the 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival on May 9, 2015. The event will take place from 10am – 10pm at the Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds located at 17558 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg, Virginia. Tickets are available at http://www.bluegrassloudoun.com. Advance tickets are $20.00 Adults (14 and older); $30 at the gate. $8 for Youth (7-13) and children 6 and under are free.

All profits from the event will go to helping pay tuition for deserving local students who otherwise could not afford college, to Cops for Kids that brings Christmas to children in Loudoun County, and to other charities of the Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport.
Sign-up is now open for the Pickin’ Contest with Cash prizes for Band Competition, Banjo, Fiddle, Flatpicking, and Mandolin. Pre-register for contests at www.bluegrassloudoun.com. Bring your favorite lawn chair, but no outside food or drink is allowed.

This family friendly festival will take place rain or shine with plenty of indoor and outdoor pickin’ areas, workshops (Vocal, Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, and Clogging.) Join us for a Barn Dance, Bluegrass, Old-time, Swing & Irish Jams. Great food, BBQ and local wineries will be present.

Lonesome River Band will be performing songs from their exciting new album, Turn On A Dime recently released on Mountain Home Music. the label just release a brand new video “Lila Mae” that can be viewed at .lonesomeriverband.com. The multi-award winning band includes native Virginian, Sammy Shelor who is a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, is a 5-Time Winner of the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award, and recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo in Bluegrass. He is joined by the incredible talents of Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals), and Barry Reed (Bass) who perform LRB’s trademark sound that fans, media and radio continue to praise.

The Loudoun County Bluegrass Festival will also include performances by: Circa Blue, The Bumper Jacksons, Blue Rhythm Boys, East of Monroe, and the Plankstompers. For more information on the festival, including the Main Stage and Workshop Schedules, please visit www.bluegrassloudoun.com.

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