Carrie Hassler, Brand New Strings both kick off 2012 tour in York, PA January 14th

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association has announced the first concert of 2012 with acclaimed vocalist CARRIE HASSLER along with award-winning bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS performing Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Goodwill Fire Company in York, PA, located at 2318 S. Queen Street in the Spry area. The doors open at 5:30 pm. The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill Volunteer fire fighters and Auxiliary members. This is a family, smoke free and no alcohol event. The cost is $13.00 for SMBA members and $16.00 for non-members. Children under 12 are free.  Annual membership fee is $12.00 per family and can be paid at the show.  For more information, contact 717-938-4975 or 717-350-4791 or

CARRIE HASSLER is gearing up for her new album on Rural Rhythm Records set for release in 2012.  Her two previous albums on the label were extremely well received by press, radio and fans alike.  She topped the album charts with both projects along with a string of #1 hit singles appearing on a variety of charts including: SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and many more.  She even reached as high as #1 on the European radio charts with the hit “Country Strong.”

Carrie has also been busy with other projects since her last release including performing a duet with label-mate, and Grammy™ nominated artist, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY on a remake of his mega hit song, “Wildfire” that appears on his BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II album.

Both CARRIE HASSLER and BRAND NEW STRINGS were part of the hit album, THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN (Various artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Crowe Brothers, Lou Reid and Carolina) that reached as high as #10 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Chart (retail sales).  This exciting project received an incredible four award nominations in 2011 by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for:  Album of the Year, two nominations for Recorded Event of the Year, and one for Recorded Performance of the Year.

BRAND NEW STRINGS is part of the new album release LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM (Various Artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ronnie Reno, Bobby Osborne and many more) and the band’s own album, NO STRINGS ATTACHED both on the Rural Rhythm label.  BRAND NEW STRINGS includes the incredible instrumental and vocal talents of Randall Massengill, Mike Ramsey, Stuart Wyrick, and Preston Schmidt, who jumped on the scene in 2009 winning a multitude of band competitions including taking home the top prize at the 2009 SPBGMA Awards & Convention’s Band Competition.  In 2010, they were nominated for Bluegrass Band of the year by the French Country Music Awards organization.  The group is currently in the studio working a new album set for release in 2012.


Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association media contact:
Sue McKinsey, 717-244-4428

Carrie Hassler, and Brand New Strings media contact:
Hope River Entertainment

Two beautiful versions of the song, “Living Water”

Here is a quick little video so readers can check out the two beautiful versions of the song “Living Water” written by Chris West.  Chris had pitched the song to his good friends in the bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS who put their own unique style on the song.  It appeared on their 2010 album, “NO STRINGS ATTACHED” released in 2010 on Rural Rhythm Records.

Later in 2010, West added the tune to his band’s album, “STRANGE NEW WORLD” by Blue Moon Rising also released on the Rural Rhythm Records label in October 2010.

Check out the video and hear clips from both versions.  We would love to hear your comments on the song.

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.