Detour Debuts on Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart

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

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

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

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Adv Ticket Deadline Ends 4/30 for Graves Mountain Festival of Music

bu-ad-gravsmountain2014sSave $$ and get early bird discounted tickets by April 30 for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music taking place May 29-31, 2014. Advance tickets are only $75 for 3-Days. Order now by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30.

Beginning May 1, 2014, all 3-Day tickets will be $95 for 3-day tickets. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Download the Graves Mountain Festival of Music FREE mobile APP and have quick access on your phone to view the performance schedule, upload your festival pics and much more!. View the app online to send yourself a direct link to your smart phone OR just visit your APP STORE and download the free YAPP app and search for GravesMountain.

The incredible line-up of talent this year includes: Lonesome River Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russel l Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Newton & Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band “Country Current”, The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.

LISTEN to all of the artists that will be performing at the 2014 Graves Mountain Festival of Music by visiting our website!

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

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Trinity River Band Unveils New Album Artwork and Release Date

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

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

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

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

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Lonesome River Band Signs with Mountain Home Music Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Night for Tony Rice

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

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

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

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

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

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Orange Blossom Records Signs Trinity River Band and Releases New Single

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD Release Party Hosted by WDVX Radio in Knoxville Tonight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Moon Rising Signs with Class Act Entertainment for Booking Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming dates include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

dj.qbihviqf.170x170-75“Guaranteed air-play right out of the box! Not too many songs can actually obtain that status but this one does for sure!” – Prescription Bluegrass Media
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Get the single here:
CLICK HERE FOR “Too Blue To Have the Blues”
CLICK HERE for iTunes link for single

detour-joeval-2014The tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies of Michigan bluegrass band Detour, are about to get a broader listening audience. Detour will release the first single off their upcoming Mountain Fever Records album TODAY. The single is titled “Too Blue To Have the Blues,” and was co-written by Detour’s own Jeff Rose and longtime bluegrass songwriter and radio DJ, Terry Herd. Their sound had taken listeners down a unique bluegrass road for years and this new venture is no different.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert for Steve Thomas

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

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

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

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

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

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Shannon Slaughter Announces New County Clare Band Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope River Entertainment
Media Contact: Penni McDaniel, email

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Christmas in the Blue Ridge by Lou Reid & Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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New Single Release by Dave Adkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Album Release by Lou Reid & Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MATT WALLACE, “For A Season,” Pinecastle. 10 tracks.

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Matt Wallace isn’t a household name yet. But he’s on his way.

He currently plays bass for Mark Newton and Steve Thomas as well as Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive.

And he’s already made his mark with such bands as David Parmley & Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad and Paul Williams & the Victory Trio.

Now Wallace has released his first solo album, “For A Season.”

Although he has a fine voice and does sing lead on five tracks, Wallace brought in Jesse Gregory to cover Norah Jones’ “Creepin’ In” and Maybelle Carter‘s “Lonesome Homesick Blues”; Jerry Cole for “Got Leaving On Her Mind”; Paul Brewster for Neil Diamond’s “Long Gone”; and Wayne Taylor for “Have You Come To Say Goodbye.”

The album’s first single, “Old Man Winter,” is an uptempo song that asks Winter to thaw the frozen heart of the woman who…

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Album Review: Dave Adkins – ‘Nothing To Lose’

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New album review for Dave Adkins’ “Nothing to Lose” on Mountain Fever Records

Originally posted on My Kind of Country:

nothing to lose Bluegrass singer Dave Adkins has a powerful booming voice which grabs the listener’s attention from the first note and never lets go. This is his first solo album, and it is an impressive one which showcases the artist’s passionate vocals and his band’s excellent musicianship on some fine songs.  It was produced by the artist with Edgar Loudermilk and Mark Hodges, and they do a nice job providing pure bluegrass backings.

The soulful ‘Mistaken Heart’ has the protagonist awaking from past errors.  The upbeat ‘Put Some Grass In It’ modestly proclaims the joys of making bluegrass music, whether or not he’s a star. This one is highly entertaining.

The dramatically delivered and emotionally moving ballad ‘Don’t Pray That Way’ is a story song about a woman given a terminal diagnosis who unselfishly asks her husband not to pray for her, but for others:

Don’t ask for me to live one…

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