Lonesome River Band – Coming Back Home To You

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Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the release of a special compilation album of their earlier Mountain Home releases. Coming Back Home To You includes selections from Window Of Time, Head On Into Heartache and Road With No End albums.

Coming Back Home To You is now available in both physical and digital formats at stores, online, and at your next Lonesome River Band performance.

Each track was hand selected by Sammy Shelor and the band in response to fan requests for some titles that were no longer available in CD format. “The time between 2002 through 2006 were years of transition for Lonesome River Band. We feel this is a great representation of songs and personnel of those years of the three albums released by Mountain Home. We hope you enjoy,” said Shelor.

The tracks selected include performances by beloved LRB alumni Shannon Slaughter, Barry Barrier and Jeff Parker.

Coming Home To You includes tracks from these previous albums:

Window Of Time:
1. Down The Line
2. Missed It By A Mile
3. Weary Day
4. Tune Of A Twenty Dollar Bill

Head On Into Heartache:
5. Tears In My Tracks
6. Coming Home To You
7. Raleigh and Spencer
8. Little Birdie

The Road With No End:
9. Lonesome Won’t Get The Best Of Me
10. Won’t Be Over You
11. A Step Away
12. Hillbilly Cat Fight

The band’s other current Mountain Home Music album, Turn On A Dime, continues its success with three tracks garnering 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations for: “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” for Song of the Year, “Cumberland Gap” for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, and “Holding To The Right Hand” for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Shelor, a five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award Winner, received another nomination in that category.

LRB fans can pick up their autographed copy of Coming Back Home to You at one of their numerous live performances including September 4 at the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience (Louisville, Ky.), September 5 at their sold out show at Bluegrass Underground (McMinnville, Tenn.), September 6 at the Floyd Yoga Jam (Willis, Va.), and many other events.

The history of Lonesome River Band, along with more information on the award winning talents of Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, and Jesse Smathers, can be found at lonesomeriverband.com.

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Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time feat Garth Brooks

Fresh off in his induction in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Larry Cordle has received an Award Nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Recorded Event of the Year for “Against The Grain” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks. The song was produced by Cordle on his MightyCord Records label.

“Against the Grain” features Lead Vocals by Garth Brooks & Larry Cordle; Back Vocals – Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle; Banjo – Kristin Scott Benson; Bass – Mike Anglin; Dobro – Kim Gardner; Fiddle – Jenee Fleenor; Guitar – Bryan Sutton; and Mandolin – Chris Davis; and Songwriters – Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Bruce Bouton.

In the Track by Track video for “Against the Grain,” Cordle goes into great detail on how the song came to life and Garth Brooks recording it on his multi-million selling album, Ropin The Wind. Fans can watch the video in its entirety at www.larrycordle.com or YouTube.

“Against The Grain” appears on Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time’s ALL-STAR DUETS album that includes Nashville superstars: Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, Kevin Denny, Terri Clark, and Travis Tritt. ALL-STAR DUETS is available at iTunes, Amazon, and more fine retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at AirPlayDirect.com.

The 2015 IBMA Awards will be presented Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the IBMA Awards Show to be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For tickets on the Awards show and the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

Cordle has received numerous other IBMA Awards during his remarkable career including his 2000 IBMA Award for Song of the Year for “Murder On Music Row” with Lonesome Standard Time and written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell.

For more information on Larry Cordle, please visit www.larrycordle.com, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

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Adkins & Loudermilk Receive IBMA Award Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year

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One of bluegrass music’s most talked about new groups, Adkins & Loudermilk, has received an International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. The six piece band, led by Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, also includes the talents of Glen Crain, Jeff Autry, Zack Autry and Barry Crabtree who have been busy touring the country promoting the Adkins & Loudermilk album released earlier this year on Mountain Fever Records.

“I can’t thank the IBMA members enough for thinking of Edgar and myself when casting their ballots. That means the world to us. We’ve had an incredible time out on the road this year and we are still amazed at positive responses we get at shows from our friends (fans) and the support of radio stations around the world,” said Adkins.

The 2015 IBMA Awards will be presented Thursday, October 1 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For tickets and information on the full week of bluegrass events, please visit ibma.org.

Radio stations have also been supportive resulting in six tracks from Adkins & Loudermilk appearing on six different radio charts including Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly & Monthly Charts, SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs, Cashbox Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs, Power Source Magazine’s Top 30 Song charts. The first two single releases, “Backside of Losing” with lead vocals by Adkins and “Georgia Mountain Man,” with Loudermilk taking the reign, continue to climb the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Chart.

For a complete tour schedule, videos, photos and more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.adkinsloudermilk.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. In the meantime, check out this performance video from the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo, North Carolina from last year.  The festival received a 2015 IBMA Award Nomination this year for Festival/Event of the year.

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Lonesome River Band Receives Four IBMA Award Nominations

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cLonesome River Band’s enduring fans and peers have supported the group for over 30 years and have now honored them with four International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nominations. As announced this morning during a press conference that aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, three of the band’s nominations are for songs from their Billboard Bluegrass Chart album TURN ON A DIME released by Mountain Home Music Company last fall.

Lonesome River Band’s Award Nominations include: SONG OF THE YEAR for “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” written by Bart Butler, Timothy Johnson, Shane Minor and featuring the impressive lead vocals by LRB band member Brandon Rickman; GOSPEL RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR for “Holding To The Right Hand” written by Marvin Clark, also featuring lead vocals by Rickman; and INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR for “Cumberland Gap” arranged and produced by Sammy Shelor who also received a nomination for BANJO PERFORMER OF THE YEAR.

ibma_awardsThe winners will be announced at the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on October 1 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information including tickets, please visit www.ibma.org.

“Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” has been a true radio hit, garnering the #1 spot seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart; reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Chart, and currently holding #1 position on this month’s Cashbox Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs Chart.

“We are very appreciative of the support of the voting members of the IBMA. We had so much fun doing this record and thankful for the acceptance it has received,” said Shelor.
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 lonesomeriverband.com and join them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Sammy Shelor is 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 Performer 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.

In June 2015, Lonesome River Band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed 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 aired on TBS. 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.

 

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Volume Five Receives International Bluegrass Music Association and GMA Dove Award Nominations

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VOLUME FIVE is celebrating award nominations today from two separate organizations. As announced in a press conference by the International Bluegrass Music Association, VOLUME FIVE received an Award Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. At the same time, the 46th Annual GMA Dove Award Nominations were being announced live from Lipscomb University in Nashville where VOLUME FIVE was honored with a nomination for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring Rhonda Vincent written by Dolly Parton and Dorothy Jo Owens.

I am just overwhelmed and completely grateful to the members of these two organizations for honoring VOLUME FIVE with these award nominations,” said band leader, lead vocalist and fiddle player Glen Harrell.

Dove-ticketingDaddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” appears on the band’s chart topping album, VOICES, on Mountain Fever Records. Label President, Mark Hodges said, “I knew as soon as I heard this song that it was something special. It’s like Glen Harrell and Rhonda Vincent were born to sing together.” Winners of the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be announced October 13, 201 at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville. For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.doveawards.com.

ibma_awardsWinners of the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards will be announced at a red carpet event to be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, October 1, 2015. For tickets to the Awards show and the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit ibma.org.

Much to the delight of VOLUME FIVE’S loyal fans, SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction re-aired the group’s Track by Track with Host Kyle Cantrell earlier this month. In April, VOICES was the #1 Most Played Album and “Dream Softly” was the #1 Most Played Track on the program. “Dream Softly” along with four other songs (“King of California,” “Faithfully,” “Going Across the Mountain,” and “Colder & Colder”) have repeatedly charted on the popular Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart since the album’s release earlier this year. VOICES is also currently appearing on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart with “King of California” climbing again this month on the publication’s Top 30 Song Chart.

For more 2015 tour dates and additional information on Volume Five, please visit volumefivebg.com, and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Radio programmers can download the entire album at airplaydirect.com/music/V5Voices/.

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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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Adkins & Loudermilk to Host Inaugural Anderson County Halloween BooGrass Bash Festival October 29-31, 2015

boograss-headerAdkins & Loudermilk will host the inaugural Anderson County Halloween BooGrass Bash October 29-31, 2015. Feel free to wear your best Halloween costume for the BooGrass Bash Costume Party and enjoy the spooktacular performances by: Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Adkins & Loudermillk, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Flatt Lonesome, Sideline, Marksmen Quartet, and more.

The BooGrass Bash will be held at the Anderson County Civic Center located at 3027 Martin Luther King Blvd., Anderson, South Carolina. Tickets are $30 (daily), $75 (3-day pass) and can be purchased in advance at TicketMaster.com.

Adkins & Loudermilk are also proud to announce the BooGrass Bash Band Competition with over $3,000 in prizes. Bring the kids for the BooGrass Youth Camp, daily contest, great food and more activities.

Camping is available with 60 full hook up campsites and 120 self-contained campsites, along with many hotel options in Anderson. For tickets and camping, please call 864-260-4800.

DAILY BOOGRASS BASH LINE-UP

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Contest – 10:00am-3:00pm
Marksmen Quartet – 4:00pm-5:30pm
Sideline – 5:45pm-7:15pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 7:30pm-9:00pm
Balsam Range – 9:15pm-10:45pm

Friday, October 30, 2015
Contest – 10:00am-2:00pm
Lonesome River Band – 2:20-3:05pm, 5:05-5:50pm
Marty Raybon – 3:15-4:00pm, 6:00-6:45pm
Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice – 4:10-4:55pm, 6:55-7:40pm
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver – 7:50-9:20pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 9:30-11:00pm

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Workshops/Youth Camp Activities – 10:00am-2:00pm
Flatt Lonesome – 2:20pm-3:05pm, 5:05-5:50pm
The Boxcars – 3:15-4:00pm, 6:00-6:45pm
Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out – 4:10-4:55pm, 6:55-7:40pm
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage – 7:50-9:20pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 9:30pm-11:00pm
For more information on the Anderson County BooGrass Bash, please visit www.facebook.com/BoograssBash.

adkins-loudermilk-smallThe powerhouse band Adkins & Loudermilk just received an Award Nomination the International Bluegrass Music Association in the Emerging Artist of the Year category. To watch live performance videos and get more information , please visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Tonight in Raleigh – Pickin in the Plaza

pickintheplazaRaleigh, North Carolina area music fans are invited to the free Pickin’ in the Plaza concert at City Plaza downtown tonight. A Bluegrass Open Jam will be held from 5-6pm, a performance by Big Fat Gap from 7:15-8:15pm, followed by the multi-award winning Donna Hughes who will take the stage from 8:40-9:55pm.

Donna Hughes is a Trinity, North Carolina native and was chosen as one of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) official Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Artist. She will perform with her band next month during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. For more information, please visit www.ibma.org.

Before the big IBMA week next month, music fans can check out some of Donna’s other area shows that include:

• Saturday, August 15 – Linville Falls Winery, Linville Falls, NC
• Wednesday, August 19 – Steak Street, High Point, NC
• Wednesday, August 26 – Steak Street, High Point, NC
• Saturday, August 29 – Donna Hughes will be Judging the “Davidson’s Got Talent,” for the Davidson County Humane Society @ High Rock Outfitters, Lexington, NC

Please visit www.donnahughes.com for more information.

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Volume Five is turning up the heat!

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Bluegrass band VOLUME FIVE is turning up the heat this summer with their successful live performances and chart topping album VOICES on Mountain Fever Records.

album-cover-volume-five-voices250wSiriusXM Bluegrass Junction will re-air the VOLUME FIVE Track by Track with Host Kyle Cantrell tonight, August 6 at 9:00pm and Sunday, August 9 at 11:00am Eastern. VOICES was the #1 Most Played Album on the station in April.

Tomorrow evening, August 7  at 9:25am Central, VOLUME FIVE will make a stop in Nashville to appear on “Coffee, Country & Cody” airing on WSM 650 AM and streaming live online at www.wsmonline.com.

Later that evening, August 7, the band will perform at Bluegrass in the Park held at Audubon Mill Mark in Henderson, Kentucky and Saturday, August 8 at the Milan Bluegrass Festival in Milan, Michigan.

VOLUME FIVE will continue their busy tour and hit the LarryFest stage in LaFarge, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 15 and at the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Litchfield, Maine on August 29.

For more 2015 tour dates and additional information on VOLUME FIVE, please visit volumefivebg.com, and join them on Facebook and TwitterVOICES is available at iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more retail sites.

Radio programmers can download the entire album at airplaydirect.com/music/V5Voices/.

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