Blue Moon Rising’s “Strange New World”

Well this is an album we have been so excited about!  Today Rural Rhythm Records released “STRANGE NEW WORLD” by BLUE MOON RISING  produced by Randy Kohrs and Blue Moon Rising. Band leader, acclaimed songwriter and our good friend, Chris West (lead vocals, guitar) has put together an awesome young and very talented band including:  Brandon Bostic (mandolin, vocals); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Owen Piatt (banjo); with special guests, Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Randy Kohrs (Dobro). 

We have been a fan of Chris West’s songs since the BMR’s “On the Rise” album years ago and he definitely keeps that signature Blue Moon Rising sound on “STRANGE NEW WORLD.”   Of course Chris definitely had enough original material to fill up this album (7 of his songs included), but he called on some other talented songwriters including, Mike Dekle, Kevin Denney, Becky Buller (Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike), Jon Weisberger, Jeremy Garrett and Clint Wilson.

Make note to listen to Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction “Track by Track” show with host Kyle Cantrell late November that will feature songs from “Strange New World.”  

There is no shortage of retail outlets carring this album, so to get your copy – either digital or audio CD, check out: Walmart (click here for available Walmart locations for a store in your area ), Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, County Sales, Music Shed, Borders, and many more locations.

Oh and last but not least, make sure to watch the band’s video promos for each track of the album at the band’s YouTube page. For information on the new album, tour schedule and more, please visit

Rural Rhythm Records Signs Grasstowne

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce they have signed Grasstowne to the label and will release the band’s new album early 2011 with a new single coming later this year.  “Steve has been a friend of our family for many years, so we all feel like this is a dream come true homecoming for Rural Rhythm.  Steve and Alan have firmly established Grasstowne as a major Bluegrass band attaining many key awards, top charted songs and two critically acclaimed albums since their formation late in 2006.  With great anticipation, we look forward to being a part of Grasstowne’s rapidly growing success,” said Sam Passamano, Jr., President of Rural Rhythm Records.

Steve Gulley agreed saying, “I couldn’t be happier or more excited about being a part of the Rural Rhythm family. The company’s track record speaks for itself. It’s a truly artist friendly label that believes in providing its artists with the creative freedom and tools it takes to make great music and, at the same time, make sure their music is heard in as many places as possible. All the guys in Grasstowne are looking forward to being associated with the fine folks at Rural Rhythm for a long, long time to come.”

Grasstowne just announced their new line-up that includes: Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals); Alan Bibey (mandolin, vocals); Adam Haynes (fiddle, baritone & bass vocals); Justin Jenkins (Banjo and baritone vocals); and Kameron Keller (bass). 

“Steve and I as well as all the guys in Grasstowne are really pumped about being a part of the Rural Rhythm family.  We feel like our beliefs and outlook on music are the same and love the work ethic exhibited by this great label.  We look forward to what we think will be a wonder and prosperous venture for all of us,” said Alan Bibey.

Grasstowne will be performing May 6 at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival in Denton, NC and May 8 at the Bluegrass on the Waccamaw in Conway, SC.  Please visit for a complete tour schedule and other band information.  For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit

Brand New Strings announces…..

Brand New Strings announces…..
CD Release Party Details
SIRIUS-XM Track by Track Airdates

National touring bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS have announced details of their upcoming CD Release Party for their new Rural Rhythm Records album, NO STRINGS ATTACHED.  The Knoxville area event begins at 7:00 pm on April 23, 2010 at the Carter High School Auditorium, 210 North Carter School Road, Strawberry Plains, TN. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or the band’s website.  Proceeds will benefit the Carter Elementary P.T.O. The party will feature Brand New Strings members, Randall Massengill, Mike Ramsey, Tim Tipton, Stuart Wyrick, Matt Leadbetter and Preston Schmidt with special guests:  Steve Gulley (Grasstowne and the band’s CD producer); Keith Garrett (The Boxcars); Chris West and Brandon Bostic (Blue Moon Rising); Jim Millsaps (Knoxville Grass); Mike Bentley (Cumberland Gap Connection) and many more surprises throughout the evening.

“Brand New Strings plays hardcore bluegrass for the hardcore fan.  These are exciting, fresh, songs played and sung by superbly talented musicians and singers in a take-no-prisoners, no apologies, strictly bluegrass style.  This is bluegrass the way it ought to be!” says SIRIUS-XM Radio Host, Kyle Cantrell who will host the band on his upcoming Track by Track.  The show debuts April 14 at 11:00 AM EST with rebroadcasts on the April 15 (9:00 PM EST) and April 18 (11:00 AM EST).

The CD Release Party is sponsored by D’Addario, Ciderville Music, Lakota Leathers, On Board Research Corporation, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, Chota Outfitters with numerous door prizes being given away during the evening. The band is currently on tour promoting their new album including tonight’s sold out performance at Tennessee Shines:  Live from the Bijou in Knoxville, TN. 

For more information on BRAND NEW STRINGS, their new CD and tour information, please visit,  or

**Don’t miss the limited time only special packaging of this album.  The CD resembles a package of brand new strings – very unique design!  Order your copy at Amazon, and many more sites including the band’s site and Rural Rhythm Records.

Pikeville, TN Mayor to Proclaim Carrie Hassler Day

Nashville TN: Rural Rhythm recording artist, Carrie Hassler will be honored by her hometown of Pikeville, Tennessee when Mayor, Greg Johnson presents her with the Key to the City of Pikeville and proclaim CARRIE HASSLER DAY. The event takes place, December 5, 2008 with a reception from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Perfect Light Gallery located at 421 Spring Street, Pikeville, TN.

Carrie Hassler’s incredible vocals have garnered her much attention including this month’s cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s “Women in Bluegrass” issue. Last month, Hassler was a presenter, along with bluegrass artist, Josh Williams at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Award’s Show at the Ryman Auditorium and Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain performed at the well attended IBMA FAN FEST at the Nashville Convention Center.

Carrie Hassler and Josh Williams Presenting at the 2008 IBMA Awards Show It was only two years ago, this band jumped on the bluegrass scene when Rural Rhythm Records released the self-titled CD by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain that made its debut on Billboard Magazine’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart. The album and two singles *(Seven Miles From Wichita” and Going on the Next Train) were immediate chart hits appearing on: Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Albums and Top 30 Singles; Sirius Radio’s Top 40, XM Radio’s Top 40, Bluegrass Music Profiles, Roots Music Report and so many more.

CHHR2 2008On July 29, 2008, the label released the band’s new CD, CHHR2, again produced by Grammy nominated, Jim VanCleve.

The CD made its debut at #3 on Billboard Magazine’s Top 50 Bluegrass Chart, just debuted on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart, Roots Music Report, and many more.  The first single, “I Can Go Back Anytime,” is currently #1 on, #2 on Bluegrass Now Magazine’s FAN CHOICE Top 20, hit #3 last month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Single Chart, and hit #1 on Country radio in the United Kingdom.  Rural Rhythm is proud to announce the upcoming U.S. Country Radio single release of the band’s song, “Country Strong.”

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain band members include: Carrie Hassler, Keith McKinnon, Kevin McKinnon, Travis Anderson, Josh Miller and Jamie Harper. For a complete tour schedule and more information, please visit:
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