New Music by Lonesome River Band

After 35 years of releasing hit after hit, Lonesome River Band is back with yet another stellar project. Their new album Mayhayley’s House is out today on Mountain Home Music Company. It is available for purchase and streaming at many outlets including iTunes where it is a featured release on the Country music home page.

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Mayhayley’s House is dedicated to Mayhayley Lancaster, a self-proclaimed “Oracle of the Ages” who handed out “readings” and personal predictions at her home in southwest Georgia’s Heard County. She was a quintessential southern woman seer, a well-known lawyer, political activist, midwife and teacher until her death in 1955.  Folks would come to her house, pay her “a dollar and a dime” for a reading—to find lost items, predict the future, even to solve crimes. She would also dabble in local politics, lawyering, and farming. Most of all she represented the stout hardiness of independent backwoods folk that sustained traditions and distrusted the encroachment of modern ways. It was rumored, for instance, that what money she had was buried in multiple plots somewhere on her property.

Lonesome River Band, the bluegrass tinkers of tradition, dedicate this album to Mayhayley; to its fans; and, to people who understand that traditions once lost are rarely recovered.

Tracks and songwriters include:

  1. Wrong Road Again (Allen Reynolds)
  2. As Lonesome As I Am (Matt Lindsey, Shawn Camp)
  3. Mayhayley’s House (Adam Wright)
  4. Old Coyote Town (Larry E. Boone, Gene Nelson, Paul Nelson, Jr.)
  5. Blackbirds And Crows (Don Humphries)
  6. Ida Red (Arr. Lost and Found, PD)
  7. Diggin’ (Eli Johnston, Kevin McKinnon)
  8. As The Crow Flies (Melba Montgomery, Billy Wayne Yates)
  9. Lonesome Bone (Curtis Wright)
  10. Think I’m Gonna Be Alright (Robert J. Gateley)
  11. It Feels Real Good Goin’ Down (Shawn Camp)
  12. Hickory Hollow Times and County News (Matthew Lindsey, Herb McCullough)
  13. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (PD, arr. Mike Hartgrove, Jesse Smathers)

Lonesome River Band’s 35th Anniversary tour is in full swing with the band performing songs from this new Mountain Home Music Co. release.  Summer tour dates include:

  • June 23-24 – Hosting RudyFest in Grayson, KY
  • June 29 – Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival , Conway, MO
  • July 1 – Bon Aqua BluegrassFest, Bon Aqua, TN
  • July 8 – Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, Murfreesboro, TN
  • July 9 – Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, Chillicothe, OH
  • July 14 – Wayside Bluegrass Festival, Stuart, VA
  • July 19 – Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Lockbourne, OH
  • Aug 2 – Pickin’ in the Parsons, Parsons, WV
  • Aug 3 – Milan Bluegrass Festival, Milan, MI
  • Aug 5 – Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival, Hyden, KY
  • Aug 12 – Les Chateaux De Sable Des Iles, Magdalen Islands Canada
  • Aug 18 – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Gettysburg, PA

Sammy Shelor, a five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) Jesse Smathers (mandolin), and the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Instagram/LonesomeRiverBand, Twitter.com/LonesomeRiverB and Facebook.

New Single from Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing.  These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.

Ralph II has earned two Grammy nominations on previous albums including a Grammy Award on Lost in the Lonesome Pines along with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley for their collaboration with Jim Lauderdale. Ralph II has also proven to be an accomplished songwriter and has six solo albums, along with the highly-acclaimed duet album with his father titled Side by Side.

The Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys’ self-titled album will officially release on Friday, May 26, 2017 during Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 47th Annual Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival to be held Memorial Day weekend in Coeburn. For the past six years, Ralph II has successfully carried on his father’s legacy by running the event. This year will be no exception as it includes a stellar line-up with: Jim Lauderdale, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Dave Adkins Band, Flatt Lonesome, and a very special artist announcement coming soon.

 “Goin’ Round This World” was written by Ralph II, Alex Leach, and Joe Rose and will be serviced to radio stations today.  The song was released for sale March 30 on CDBaby  and available on  iTunes, Amazon and more digital outlets.

More on Ralph Stanley II

As one might expect for the son of a renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. At the ripe old age of three, Ralph (or simply “Two” as he is called by his family and friends), had his first lesson from the elder Stanley, learning a simple finger roll. It turned out, however, that he would not be following in his father’s footsteps, when it came to his choice of instrument. He soon fell under the spell of the undisputed king of boyhood musical desires, the guitar.

Despite his interest in the guitar, and the fact that he was occasionally traveling with the Clinch Mountain Boys on the road, he had not yet developed an ambition to play professionally. It took until age twelve and an old 1977 video of the late Keith Whitley during his tenure as lead singer for the Clinch Mountain Boys, to inspire him to become a professional musician. After seeing Whitley with the elder Stanley, he was hooked and spent hours in the family basement honing his skills, and weathering the comparisons to his late Uncle Carter. His persistence paid off, and he took the stage as lead singer with Ralph Sr. and the Clinch Mountain Boys in June of 1995. Since then, he has earned the respect of Stanley fans everywhere, and has garnered praise as a strong new artist in his own right.

Larry Cordle Releases New Gospel Album

Nashville, Tenn.  (March 30, 2017)  – Larry Cordle is very proud to announce his new gospel album Give Me Jesus is now released. A special first run edition, that includes a 12-page booklet with song lyrics and personal notes for each track, is available until supplies run out.  Physical copies can be purchased at larrycordle.com or CDBaby. The album is also available for digital purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and more outlets.  He has penned hits for some of Country music’s biggest stars and garnered awards for numerous Country and Bluegrass albums, so when he says this album is the highlight of his career, music fans will definitely want to check it out.

Cordle, AKA The Mighty Cord, rounded up some of his closest friends to bring the album to life.  He is joined by Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Val Storey, Don Rigsby, Bradley Walker, Lethal Jackson Angie La Primm and Gail Mayes on vocals.

“I’ve been working on this new gospel album for about a year and a half. I had to practically stop working on it while I was undergoing chemo for my leukemia, which by the grace of God is now in remission. I want to thank you all for the prayers sent up for me during and since my treatment” says Cord.

The liner notes were written by his good friend and songwriting buddy Larry “The Rev” Shell who wrote “The Lord, knowing that Larry is a songwriter, gave him the words and melodies to many of these songs. In fact, if you listen to this collection, you will literally hear Larry’s personal testimony of his strong and enduring faith.”  Cord and Shell wrote three songs on the album including one of the stand out tracks “The Old Thing’s Walkin’ About.” To read the unique and very funny story of how this song came about, you will certainly want to purchase one of the limited 12-page booklet copies.

Bluegrass radio programmers will certainly enjoy “The Lonesome Road” with lead vocals by Carl Jackson’s dad, Lethal Jackson and also “God Had A Hand In It,” written by Carl Jackson and Jerry Salley, featuring guest vocalists Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker and Chris Latham.

Tracks include:

  1. Two Coats (3:28) Trad arr. By Larry Cordle; Vocals: Larry Cordle and Don Rigsby
  2. Give Me Jesus (2:39) Trad arr. Larry Cordle; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Val Storey
  3. It’s A Lonesome Road (2:32) Carl Story; Lead Vocals by Lethal Jackson with Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Bradley Walker
  4. I’ll Meet You In the Morning (3:08) A.E. Brumley; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Val Storey, Bradley Walker
  5. The Old Thing’s Walkin’ About (3:37) L. Cordle, L. Shell; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Angie La Primm, Gail Mayes
  6. This Blood’s For You (3:44) – L. Cordle, L. Shell; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Chris Latham
  7. God Had A Hand In It (2:31) C. Jackson, J. Salley; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker
  8. Gone On Before (3:51) – L. Cordle, R. Bowman; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Val Storey
  9. Lost As A Ball In High Weeds (4:27) L. Cordle, L. Shell; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Val Storey, Carl Jackson, Bradley, Walker
  10. The Old Ship Of Zion (2:05) T. Dorsey; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Don Rigsby, Bradley Walker
  11. The First Step To Heaven (3:08) J. Rushing, E. Gordy, Jr.; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker
  12. Family Bible (3:32) W. Nelson; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson and Bradley Walker
  13. When You Pray, Will You Pray For Me (1:09) A. Mier (for Brother Herb): Vocals by: Larry Cordle, Val Storey, Carl Jackson, Bradley Walker

Radio programmers can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect or request a digital or physical copy.

Please visit www.larrycordle.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

More information on Larry Cordle

Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle is also a multi-award IBMA Award Winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and one of Nashville’s most revered Singer-Songwriters penning such hits as “Murder on Music Row” and “Highway 40 Blues.” His songs have been recorded by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. He tours and records with his band Lonesome Standard Time, performs with as a Trio with Carl Jackson and Jerry Salley, and performs every Monday night for New Monday at the Station Inn in Nashville with Val Storey, Carl Jackson and more friends.  In addition to his songwriting and role as a bandleader, Cordle is sometimes featured as a lead and/or background vocalist on some of Nashville’s most awarded and popular music. He’s provided harmony vocals for artists such as Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Bradley Walker, Billy Yates, Rebecca Lynn Howard and co-writing pal, Jerry Salley. His lead & harmony singing is featured on Livin, Lovin, Losin: A Tribute to the Louvin Brothers, which won a GRAMMY for Best Country Album in 2003 and the 2004 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award.  He’s also featured on two tracks of Moody Bluegrass, alongside artists such as Tim O’Brien, Alison Krauss, John Cowan, Harley Allen et al and again featured as lead vocalist on Moody Bluegrass II.

Soggy Bottom Boys Headlining The Blue, Brew & Que Festival

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The Soggy Bottom Boys are the Grammy Award winning super group of musicians assembled to perform the soundtrack for the major motion picture “O’ Brother Where Art Thou.” The Soggy Boys line-up is comprised of the genre’s top artists: Dan Tyminski, Stuart Duncan, Ron Block, Barry Bales, Pat Enright, and Mike Compton. The smash hit “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” was the chart topping hit that carried this album to one of the top selling soundtracks of all-time.

Dan Tyminski (lead on “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow”, and member of Alison Krauss & Union Station) along with songwriter Harley Allen, and Pat Enright (Nashville Bluegrass Band), won a CMA Award for Single of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, both for the song written by Dick Burnett.
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Other bands appearing at the Blue, Brew, & Que are: VW Boys, Trinity River Band, Lonesome River Band, and Russell Moore & lllrd Tyme Out.

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Lonesome River Band

The Blue, Brew, & Que Festival with feature some of the best Bluegrass Music, NC Craft Breweries, and Bar-B-Que around. Join us for this two day event. Friday, March 31st hours will be 5pm-9pm and feature music from local artist. Saturday, April 1st’s hours will 10-7pm. Tickets for The Blue, Brew & Que will be available online at http://www.ETix.com, beginning November 1st, or by phone at 910-275-0009, at the Event Center box office, or at the door. Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. For additional information call 910.275.0009.

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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

***Artists subject to change and No refunds

What: Blue, Brew, & Que Festival featuring the Soggy Bottom Boys

When: Friday, March 31st, 2017- Gates open at 5pm
Saturday, April 1st, 2017-Gates open at 10am

Where: Duplin County Events Center
195 Fairgrounds Dr.
Kenansville, North Carolina 28349

Tickets: On-Sale Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
$20.00 advance/$25.00 at the gate

Tickets may be purchased at the Duplin County Events Center box office (910) 275-0009 or purchased on-line at http://www.ETix.com.

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Duplin County Events Center
The Duplin County Events Center is a multi-use venue seating up to 4,400. The Duplin County Events Center hosts a wide variety of events including concerts, sporting events, festivals, conventions, banquets, trade shows, agricultural exhibitions, livestock shows and rodeos…just about anything that will fit through the doors!

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Baseball and Bluegrass with Lonesome River Band

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UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS PRESENTS
CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL’S BASEBALL AND BLUEGRASS WITH LONESOME RIVER BAND
DECEMBER 10TH AT 6:30PM

Uncle Dave Macon Days presents a new series — “Nights of Bluegrass” benefiting Central Magnet School’s baseball program on December 10th featuring the Lonesome River Band and in 2017, February 9th featuring Flatt Lonesome. Both concerts start at 6:30pm. Due to limited seating, book now!

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bluegrass-and-baseball-lonesome-river-band-tickets-28761798313?aff=es2

Let’s walk back across time into America’s past. You will find two identifiable features emerging in our culture that are uniquely American: Baseball and Bluegrass. In the hills and hollows of the rural South there were more musicians and athletic talent than you could “shake a stick “at. The rural roots of the South were primed for dual entertainment in the fairgrounds and fields. Out of this atmosphere in the 1930’s and 40’s, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys propelled their riveting new sound into popularity by introducing each concert with a baseball game –The Bluegrass All Stars—Howard Watts, Chubby Wise, Dave Akeman (Stringbean), and Clyde Moody.

This new musical style was inspired by several influences—European classical, African-American blues and gospel, hillbilly hoedown, and even jazz. With this imaginative promotional idea of playing a baseball game before a concert, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were able to propel their new genre popularizing and codifying their music from town to town region by region reshaping America’s musical story into a new creation of its own.

Americans became enamored by the new sound. Alan Lomax once stated this about Bluegrass music. It was, “Folk music in overdrive!” In the early days of the Grand Ole Opry, hoe down bands like Uncle Dave Macon had become an institution in the 1920’s through the 1930’s. Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass music were snatched into the limelight and brought the Opry’s listening audiences to a new level.

By the time that Bill Monroe stepped out onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1939, with his imaginative promotional scheme of featuring baseball games before a concert, the music had been accepted. A new chapter in America’s musical history had begun reshaping country music.

George D. Hay, founder of the Grand Ole Opry, once said, “Uncle Dave Macon with his chin whiskers and gold teeth brought the chuckles and applause. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys have now found a home on the Opry.”

grand-ole-opry-lonesome-river-bandBluegrass and its unusual sound were poised to affect mainstream American music into the popular culture for decades to come. Once again like in days of old, the blend of baseball and bluegrass are coming together for “Nights of Bluegrass” which will benefit the baseball program at Central Magnet School on December 10thand on February 9th at 6:30pm. The 2016 IBMA award nominee—Lonesome River Band will be featured on December 10th. Since its formation 34 years ago, the Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as
one of the most respected bands in Bluegrass.

In 2016 at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards, there were nominations for: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performer of the Year as well as Musicians of the Year in Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and Bass players of the year. The band seamlessly comes together performing their traditional sound that fans have continued to
embrace over the years. Banjo player, Sammy Shelor, has received more notoriety than any other banjo player in history including the Steve Martin prize for “Excellence in Bluegrass” and as 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. Their most recent album, Bridging the Tradition debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass charts.

So…..Mark your calendar Saturday evening, December 10th at 6:30pm at Central Middle School, the award winning Lonesome River Band will perform, building on the familiar Bluegrass sound while adding to its bold progressiveness.

Baseball and Bluegrass Nights presented by Uncle Dave Macon Days at Central Magnet will celebrate the thrilling sounds that are a perfect American original.

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Weep Little Willow by Larry Stephenson Band – Now Released!

weeplilwiw-frtcvr-hires-sq600Weep Little Willow  – A New Album by Larry Stephenson Band

Album Release Party in Garner, NC Postponed Due to Flooding As A Result of Hurricane Matthew

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October 14, 2016 – From the very first note, fans of traditional bluegrass music can identify the smooth tenor vocals of Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Larry Stephenson. Combine Stephenson’s award-winning voice with the talents of Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, Matt Wright on upright bass with guest Aubrey Haynie, and you’ve got an exciting new album release with Weep Little Willow.

The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and released today on Whysper Dream Music. The Larry Stephenson Band had scheduled a special album release party at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, N.C. this evening, but the event will have to be rescheduled due to the flooding in eastern N.C. as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

Weep Little Willow can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and more fine retail outlets.  For purchases made at www.larrystephensonband.com before midnight tonight,  Stephenson is offering a free download of the band’s 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award Winning album Pull Your Savior In.

Tracks include:

01  Yesterday’s Gone 2:28 (C. Stuart, W. Kidd)
02  It Almost Feels Like Love 2:25 (Randall Hylton)
03  Sweet Little Darling (Don’t You Cry) 2:55 (Billy Smith, Jon Weisberger)
04  Let Those Brown Eyes Smile At Me 3:16 (R. Nail)
05  Nail My Shoes To The Floor 2:27 (Bill Anderson)
06  Weep Little Willow, Weep 3:25 (Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley)
07  Before I Met You 2:35 (Charles L. Seitz, Joe Lewis, William J. Denny)
08  Kentucky Waltz 3:52 (Bill Monroe)
09 Ruby’s Purse 3:14 (Jerry Salley, Suzanne Mumpower Johnson)
10  Free Me From This Old Chain Gang 3:07 (Mac Wiseman)
11  Best Laid Plans 3:49 (Rick Lang, Troy Engle)
12  Midnight Train 2:34 (Alton Delmore)

On October 22, the Larry Stephenson Band will perform at the Flat-Iron Farm Bluegrass for Hospice event in MD., October 28 at the BooGrass Bluegrass Festival in VA,   November 11 at the Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival in FL, November 12 at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in GA, November 18 at the All American Indoor Bluegrass Festival in VA, and November 25 at the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in S.C.

For more tour dates and information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com.

Photography, Album Artwork & Design: Dreama Stephenson

MEDIA AND RADIO REQUEST – email penni@hoperiverentertainment.com

MORE ON LARRY STEPHENSON

Throughout his 25-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. In 1996, Stephenson was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association. Since that time, he has garnered numerous other awards including being named Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA.) In 2015, SPBGMA honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for the Larry Stephenson Band’s album, Pull Your Savior In. In 2008, the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year was awarded to the album, Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother, featuring Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs, Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May, Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship & Bill Wolfenbarger.

 

Adam Steffey’s New Solo Album HERE TO STAY is Now Released

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9-23-2016 – Mountain Home Music Company

HERE TO STAY, the new solo album by multi-Grammy award-winning artist Adam Steffey, is now released.  Recorded with a team of ultimate hardcore Bluegrass musicians, Ron Stewart on fiddle, Jason Davis on banjo, Barry Bales on bass and Aaron Ramsey on guitar, these well-known works are still true to the original. They are, however, refreshed with new energy that is led by Steffey’s unmistakable mandolin tone and attack.

Steffey’s impressive career includes a record-setting eleven International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Performer of the Year Awards – a nomination he received again this year. As a founding member and performer with the 3-time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award-Winning band, The Boxcars, HERE TO STAY proves Steffey is one of the most respected and accomplished artists in music today.

Music critics are loving HERE TO STAY saying…..

“To produce a CD of such high quality from start to finish with songs that are polar opposites in some ways speaks to Steffey’s artistic ability and effort toward perfection. Rather than opposites struggling and pulling the project apart, the whole thing hangs as one unit and the songs serve to show facets of the same gem. If I gave stars, this would receive the maximum- Excellent work.” – Flashpoint

“There’s no other way to describe the effect of Adam Steffey’s new album titled Here To Stay. He is a master of bluegrass who is clearly here to stay, and this is an album that lovers of the genre will hold in high regard.” – Parcbench

Here to Stay is a collection of new versions of some of his favorite songs over the past three decades. His very recognizable rich baritone flows over these songs with the effortless touch of a true master.” – Black Rose Acoustic Society

The opening track, “Mountain Man,” along with “Town That Never Sleeps” made their debut on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Bluegrass Chart today. To listen and purchase the entire album, visit iTunes, Amazon and more fine retail sites.

  1. Mountain Man
  2. Dear John
  3. The Space I’m In
  4. Town That Isn’t There
  5. Pitching Wedge
  6. Town That Never Sleeps
  7. Twister (Devil’s Dance)
  8. Little Liza Jane
  9. No Place To Hide
  10. Hello Among the Yearlings
  11. Cloudy Days
  12. Come Thou Fount

Radio Programmers can get the album at airplaydirect.com/music/heretostay/

Official IBMA Kick-Off Party With Lonesome River Band

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Lonesome River Band

The Official International Bluegrass Association’s World of Bluegrass Kick-Off Party, sponsored by Moonstruck Management, will feature Lonesome River Band who received four IBMA Award Nominations this year.  The party will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre located 126 E Cabarrus Street in Raleigh.  Music fans will be admitted with an IBMA Business Conference Badge, or a Bluegrass Ramble wristband.

Shuttle service will be offered for conference attendees from the Convention Center to the Lincoln Theatre immediately following the Keynote Address.  At 7:00 p.m., immediately following Lonesome River Band’s Kick-Off Party, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase will begin.

moonstruck-ibma-posterfinalcAt 10:00 p.m., bluegrass music fans are invited to remain at the Lincoln Theatre for the Moonstruck Management Showcase featuring performances by NewTown at 10:00 p.m., Lonesome River Band at 11:00 p.m., Trinity River Band at 12:00 a.m., followed by the Moonstruck Mash featuring the incredible talents of: Sammy Shelor, Dave Adkins, Brandon Rickman, Jesse Smathers, Kati Penn Williams, Jr. Williams, Sarah Harris, Joshua Harris, and Travis Anderson.  Dave Adkins, who had one of the most successful bluegrass albums of 2016, will also serve as Emcee for the night.

On Wednesday, September 28 at 2:30 pm, Lonesome River Band will be part of the Hangin’ & Sangin’ Facebook Live streams at World of Bluegrass located in the BGS Fishbowl located above the lobby of the Raleigh Convention Center.

mountainhomeshowcaseAt 3:30 p.m, they will perform at the Mountain Home Music Company’s Showcase being held from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room 305 A-B of the Raleigh Convention Center.  Later that evening, Sammy Shelor will also be part of the Virginia is for Lovers Music Ramble at The Architect Bar & Social House from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

vashowcase-architect-barLater that evening, Sammy Shelor will also be part of the Virginia is for Music Lovers Ramble at The Architect Bar & Social House from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.  The event features Jim Lauderdale and Friends Sammy Shelor, Wayne Henderson, Virginia Luthiers, Dani Flowers, The Church Sisters, and Hackensaw Boys.

Lonesome River Band’s four IBMA Award Nominations includes one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, features two IBMA Award Nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career.

ibma_awardsLonesome River Band will perform during the 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. This special event will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Band member Sammy Shelor will also present an award during the event. For more information on IBMA, please visit www.ibma.org.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit www.LonesomeRiverBand.com and join them on Twitter and Instagram.   #LonesomeRiverBand #LRB

Weep Little Willow – A New Album by Larry Stephenson Band Releasing Oct. 14, 2016

weeplilwiw-frtcvr-hires-sq600Whysper Dream Music is proud to announce the new album, WEEP LITTLE WILLOW by the Larry Stephenson Band, will be released on Friday, October 14, 2016. Pre-orders are available now at larrystephensonband.com and coming soon on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and more fine retail outlets.  Radio programmers are being serviced the first single, “Yesterday’s Gone” today.

The band is offering a special on their Facebook page for the first 25 fans who pre-order WEEP LITTLE WILLOW. They will receive a FREE autographed copy and a digital download for the Larry Stephenson Band’s last album – the award-winning PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN.

2016ibma-merlefest-showcaseToday, the Larry Stephenson Band will perform songs from WEEP LITTLE WILLOW at the Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana and Friday at the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival in Buena Vista, Virginia. Next week, the band heads to Raleigh, North Carolina for the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s highly attended World of Bluegrass where they will perform at the MerleFest Showcase on September 28 at 10:00 p.m. to be held at The Vintage Church at Longview Center located at 118 South Person Street. On September 30 at 2:45 p.m., be sure to catch their performance at the exciting IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival on the Davie Street Stage.

Mark your calendars for the WEEP LITTLE WILLOW Album Release Concert on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, N.C.

WEEP LITTLE WILLOW was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson. The album and band includes the talents multi-award winner Larry Stephenson on lead vocals and mandolin with Kenny Ingram on banjo and vocals, Kevin Richardson on guitar and vocals, and Matt Wright on upright bass and vocals.

For more information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com.

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Throughout his 25-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. In 1996, Stephenson was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association. Since that time, he has garnered numerous other awards including being named Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA.)

 

 

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Randy Woods Guitars Announces Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar Giveaway

LarriveeGuitarGiveAway_Flyer (2)Randy Woods Guitars is proud to announce they are giving away a brand new Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar valued at $1500.  To enter the contest, please visit randywoodmusic.com to fill out an entry form and catch the next live streaming concert from Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor on August 12 with at 8:00 pm Eastern with ClayBank.  Other upcoming live concerts include: August 27 – Alan Bibey & Grasstowne; September 9 – Tim & Myles Thompson; and September 16 – Roy Book Binder.  Entries will be accepted until midnight October 7. The drawing will take place during Trinity River Band’s concert on October 8, 2016 when the winner will be announced.

The Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar is made of solid Canadian Sitka Spruce; back & sides are solid African Khaya Mahogany; bridge & fingerboard are solid ebony; body binding is solid Canadian Maple, and bridge pins, sale & nut are solid bone. The guitar winner will also receive a Larrivee Hard Case.

Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor has been hosting live shows at the 100-seat concert hall for just over a decade. Beginning in 2013, Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor has delivered these concerts via live streaming to music fans around the world directly to fans on their laptop, tablet or smartphone. State-­of-­the-­art streaming is done “Live” in HD with amazing sound capture during the concerts direct from Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor by partnering with Cody Slatten, Saltymoss C.E.O. and Executive Producer. Cody brings over 15 years of film, television and music video experience to each and every production. He is well­ known for his Emmy™ award­-winning work.

Randy Wood has been producing top-quality instruments since the 1960s and performing his craft for everyone from Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bill Monroe and more.

Please visit www.randywoodsmusic.com for more information and don’t miss this opportunity to win this guitar!

 

 

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Here to Stay – A New Album by Adam Steffey

album-cover-adam-steffey-here-to-stay-600wWith a storied career that includes multiple Grammy awards, and a record-setting eleven International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Performer of the Year Awards, East Tennessee native Adam Steffey brings you new versions of his best known songs from his time with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Mountain Heart and others on his upcoming album. Here To Stay traces his musical journey from Bluegrass sideman to one of today’s best known voices.

From the undeniable power of the lead off track, “Mountain Man” to his re-recording of “Little Liza Jane” (original version appeared on the Alison Krauss & Union Station’s So Long, So Wrong album that won a Grammy for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year) – Here to Stay certainly features the signature style of Steffey’s music legacy to date.

Recorded with a team of ultimate hardcore Bluegrass musicians, Ron Stewart on fiddle, Jason Davis on banjo, Barry Bales on bass and Aaron Ramsey on guitar, these well-known works are still true to the original. They are, however, refreshed with new energy and led by Steffey’s unmistakable mandolin tone and attack.

The originality and haunting rich baritone of Steffey’s vocal is highlighted throughout with solo performances on “The Space I’m In,” written by Eric Gibson and the Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford penned “The Town That Isn’t There.”

This twelve song album makes clear the diversity of Steffey’s recorded history. It also traces the influence he has had as one of the most imitated Bluegrass mandolinists of the last 20+ years. Fans of his work will appreciate the revised “No Place to Hide” alongside previously unrecorded titles like the acoustic rendition of “Come Thou Fount” that features half a dozen layered mandolin parts.

As a founding member and performer with the 3-time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award-Winning band, The Boxcars, and this impressive fourth recording as a solo artist, Here to Stay proves Steffey is one of the most respected and accomplished artists in music today.

Here to Stay is out 9.23.16 from Mountain Home Music Company.  Pre-order your copy here.

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Contacts:

RADIO CONTACT
Ty Gilpin
Mountain Home Music Company
ty.gilpin@crossroadsmusic.com
828.684.3066 ext. 320

Booking Contact for The Boxcars
Roe Entertainment
Jim Roe
865-982-8885
jim@roeentertainment.com

Album Publicity:
Penni McDaniel, email
770-367-1480

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Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment Announce Merger

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Josh Trivett, Owner of Moonstruck Management, and Penni McDaniel, Owner of Hope River Entertainment are proud to announce they are merging the agencies under the Moonstruck Management name.  “I am so excited about the merger of Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment on so many levels. Penni McDaniel is a wonderful veteran of the industry in all aspects: Booking, PR, Album & Radio Promotions.  With the recent hire of Ben Wilson as Booking Agent, and now adding all of Hope River’s services under the Moonstruck umbrella, this fulfills my original vision. Moonstruck Management will be a full service agency that offers artists an entire gamut of services needed to build or advance their career,” said Trivett.

The agency’s award-winning combined talent roster now includes: Soggy Bottom Boys, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Dave Adkins, Volume Five, Hogslop String Band, Newtown, Sweetwater String Band, Trinity River Band, Bluegrass 45, and Jesse Kramer. Moonstruck Management will now be offering in-house publicity and other services to their clients that currently do not have those services provided by another agency.

Moonstruck Management is also the Talent Buyer for two prestigious festivals – the Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario, California and Uncle Dave Macon Days in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. This year’s Uncle Dave Macon Days included the attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Largest Square Dance, hosted by Marcia Campbell (Grand Ole Opry, WSM) with Hogslop String Band as the featured performer.  The attempt is currently in the review process by the Guinness Book of World Records.  Next year,  the festival will celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

“I’ve been working with Josh for many years in regards to our mutual clients, and more recently with Ben,” said McDaniel. “I am so impressed with their enthusiasm, business experience and professionalism. The three of us had the opportunity to work closely together at the Huck Finn Jubilee and Uncle Dave Macon Days, and we immediately clicked as a team. We felt like the merger was an obvious and natural next step in helping our clients achieve their own career goals. We are honored to be working with such talented artists and appreciate their excitement about this new venture.  I’m excited to help expand Moonstruck Management as we head into a very positive future with this new team.”

McDaniel will continue providing: Management for Dave Adkins and Donna Hughes; Public Relations services for Larry Cordle, Lonesome River Band, Volume Five, Trinity River Band and more; Festival Publicity for the Bill Monroe Music Park including the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival; Album Publicity and Radio Promotions for Trinity River Band’s Things We Do For Dreams, Lou Reid and Carolina’s Rollin’ On; and a new album coming soon on Mountain Home Music Company.

Agent, Ben Wilson says, “I have had the pleasure of working with Penni over the last few months. The best thing about working with Penni, is getting to know Penni. Her professionalism is second to none. The way in which she handles artists is like family. Personally, I am thrilled to get to learn from her on a daily basis. With her kindness and experience in the genre, Moonstruck Management is a stronger company today.”

Sammy Shelor, 5-Time IBMA Awarding Winning Banjo Performer of the Year and band leader of Lonesome River Band, sums it all up saying, “I’ve worked with both companies for many years who have both furthered the success of Lonesome River Band. I couldn’t be more excited over this merger and having everything under one roof.  It’s a real benefit with us all working closer together towards the common goal.”

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from Moonstruck Management. Join us at  MoonstruckManagement.com, Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Lonesome River Band Receives Four 2016 IBMA Nominations

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As announced during this morning’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) press conference held at the Sirius XM studios in Nashville, Lonesome River Band received four 2016 IBMA Award Nominations including one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, includes two nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

lrb_11.15-214One of the most talented and well-loved banjo players of our time, Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career.  Shelor is a member of the Virginia Country Music of Fame, winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and a multi-award winning SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year.  While not on his busy tour with Lonesome River Band, Shelor is in high demand as a guest artist. He has performed with the Zac Brown Band, toured and recorded with Alan Jackson promoting Jackson’s “The Bluegrass Album,” along with fellow LRB band member Mike Hartgrove, performed with actor and comedian Martin Short during the 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin in Hollywood.

Since its formation 34 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), combined with the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

The 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information on IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com and join them on Twitter and Instagram.   #LonesomeRiverBand #LRB

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Digital Release of “Things We Do For Dreams”

 

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Trinity River Band’s popular new bluegrass album, Things I Do For Dreams, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets including  iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more. The band released the physical album to their fans earlier this month on their website and at their label’s site, Orange Blossom Records.

BU - JULY 2016 - TRINITY RIVER BANDBe sure to check out this month’s issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine for a feature article on the band titled “Faith, Family, Music.”  The talented group includes: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar.

Bluegrass music fans and radio programmers are loving the fast-paced first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander. The song has been appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart and is currently #5 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Singles Chart.

Radio stations can access the album at AirPlayDirect.com (APD) or by request. Things We Do For Dreams hit #1 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart earlier this month and jumped to #6 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album chart.

Album-Cover_FINALTracks and songwriters include:

1.      Between Me and Jolene (3:27); Kim Fox, Brandon Rickman

2.     Time’s A Crooked Thing (3:17), Irene Kelley, Becky Buller

3.     The Promised Land (3:52), Fred Lehner, Andy Spooner

4.     Lover’s Leap (4:58), Sarah Harris

5.     The Mirror (3:54), Joie Scott, Bob Stewart

6.     Ten Miles To Deep Gap (3:15), Jack Lawrence

7.     The Things We Do For Dreams (3:42), Brink Brinkman, Tresa Jordan

8.     Silver and Gold (4:25), Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins, Stan Perkins

9.     Right Where She Left Him (3:44), Kim Fox, Craig Market

10.   My Own Worst Enemy (3:47), Sarah Harris

11.    Secrets (4:48), Sarah Harris

12.   Come Back Train (3:17), Jerry Salley, Cassidy Lynn Alexander (1st Single)

The group has been on an incredibly busy summer tour. For a complete tour schedule and more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Tune-In Alert: Dave Adkins

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On Wednesday, July 27, be sure to tune-in to Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction for the live broadcast of the IBMA Press Conference where the year’s official IBMA Award Nominees, Hall of Fame Inductees and  Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients will be announced.  Immediately following, Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction will re-broadcast the exciting Dave Adkins Track by Track with Host Kyle Cantrell. Dave’s self-titled album debuted earlier this year at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart, includes two #1 singles, along with an impressive list of other successes.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

To Book the Dave Adkins Band at your event, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 770-367-1480 or email penni@hoperiverentertainment.com.

New Single: “Sold” by Dave Adkins Hits #1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

da_cover_webDave Adkins has released another red hot second single, “Sold,” from his #1 Billboard Top Bluegrass Album. The impressive cover of the John Michael Montgomery 90’s hit, is currently #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.  “Adkins delivers [the song] with gusto with the banjo his constant companion,” said Lonesome Road Review.

This is the second single release from his self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records to top the charts. The first, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, was #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in May and hit #1 three times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart since the album was released late February. The song jumped to #9 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart with the album also at #9 on the Top 15 Album Chart.

The hits just keep coming from the Dave Adkins album. The lightning fast trucker song, “Turn and Burn” co-written by Dave Adkins, David Morris and Dawn Kenny, was the 2nd Place Award winner in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. The country flavored “Fool-o-sophy” written by Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle and Country superstar Chris Stapleton, has appeared on a fan voted Country music chart.

Parcbench Magazine exclaims, “Dave Adkins’ voice offers something real, something trustworthy and something thrilling to hold on to. It’s an exciting ride—this self-titled new album from Dave Adkins. Buy an extra copy; Adkins possesses the impressive kind of voice—full of personality and dimension, and instantly relatable—that you just want to share.

Dave Adkins made an impressive showing on this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) ballot appearing as candidates for nominations in these major categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Change Her Mind.” This year’s IBMA Nominees will be announced next month at the IBMA press conference in Nashville.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

 

New Album & Music Video (The Crooked Road) by Lou Reid and Carolina

LR&C_0079_edited-1Abingdon, VA: The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving route across Southwest Virginia where authentic American music traditions first took root in mountain communities like Big Stone Gap, Floyd and Galax. Thanks to Lou Reid and Carolina, that road now has an anthem every bit as memorable as the landscape through which it travels.

The band’s newest album, Rollin’ On, has just been released and features the brand new single, “The Crooked Road,” penned by songwriters Ellen Britton and Will Hopkins and certain to become a classic.  Ellen Britton’s co-writer Will Hopkins passed away in 2015.  “The song was Will’s idea and he grew up along The Crooked Road in Rocky Mount, Virginia,” said Britton.  “I loved the song from the start and thought the name itself was evocative.  It speaks to the contrast between our modern and somewhat hectic way of life and a slower way of living.  With that basic idea as the starting point, writing the song came easy.  That was a song that wanted to be written.”

“If we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and our annual Mountains of Music Homecoming event, they couldn’t have done better than the song on this record,” said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road. “To have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass pay homage to Virginia’s music heritage in a song of this caliber is truly special.”

“When you start an album, you never really know which songs are going to stand out until you’re done,” said Reid. “And Rollin’ On was no different.  When you listen to the record, ‘The Crooked Road’ has a sparkle to it that’s unmistakable. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.”

2016-rollin-on-album-cover-loureidandcarolinaThe record release by Lou Reid and Carolina coincided with the 2nd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, an extraordinary nine-day music and cultural showcase event that took place June 10-18 across Southwest Virginia’s Crooked Road Region.

The release of the new single is accompanied by a new music video, a cooperative effort between The Crooked Road organization and the band. The video is made possible through the generous support of David & Judie Reemsnyder, the Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Kornrich.

“The first song I ever learned on guitar was the “Wildwood Flower,” continued Reid.  I watched Mother Maybelle Carter sing that song and play it on guitar and autoharp on a black and white TV along with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in the early 60’s.  I didn’t realize until later how much the music from The Crooked Road region would influence my own music and life.  The Crooked Road WILL take you home again!”

Rollin’ On is now available for purchase at LouReidandCarolina.com, iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail outlets. Radio stations can access the new album at AirPlayDirect.com. The music video is viewable at LouReidandCarolina.com and YouTube.

About Lou Reid and Carolina and Rollin’ On

After stints with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs, and the Seldom Scene, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lou Reid formed his own band, Carolina in 1992. In 1994 the band received the IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award. In 1996, Reid re-joined the Seldom Scene and also continues to record with Carolina.

Rollin On,features Lou’s award-winning vocals and mandolin playing highlighted by band members Christy Reid (Bass and Vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals), and Marcus Smith (Guitar and Vocals).  Special guests on the album include Ron Stewart (fiddle), and Skip Cherryholmes (guitar and vocals).

Rollin’ On includes:

  1.  Hobo On A Train
  2. Lonesome Moon
  3. Roll On
  4. Ol’ Train
  5. Long Time Leavin’
  6. The Crooked Road
  7. Christmas in the Blue Ridge
  8. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  9. The Beginning of the End
  10. Train of Trouble

For more information about Lou Reid and Carolina, visit loureidandcarolina.com and Facebook.

What They’re Saying

“Lou Reid is a true bluegrass powerhouse with a voice that’s as sweet as honey but powerful as a steamboat whistle. I’m excited to dig into his new record with Carolina, Rollin’ On!”   –– Chris Eldridge, Punch Brothers

“Lou Reid is spot on with this song describing the wonderful musical heritage of the Crooked Road winding through beautiful Virginia. Great performance Lou!”  — Doyle Lawson

 

 

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Volume Five’s Drifter Debuts on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart

album-cover-volume-five-600Volume Five made its debut this week at #5 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart with their impressive new project Drifter.  The album is receiving rave reviews including Parcbench Magazine saying it “raises the bar on their already impressive reputation.”

The first single release, “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Ross, continues to garner radio chart success.  It is the current #1 song on the Bluegrass Today Top 20, #7 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks for June, and debuted this month on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Songs Chart.  Drifter is also crossing over to other formats; the track, “When I Go Away,” is today’s POWERPLAY song on Eagle Country Radio. Drifter is available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com.

“Volume Five can please a fan who just wants to hear a bluegrass beat with a pleasant melody, but the rhythmic interplay between the instruments can enthrall a more sophisticated listener after multiple hearings. It’s a special skill, and may ultimately be the one thing that eventually allows this talented quintet to rise to the top, a la Blue Highway,” said Bluegrass Today in a recent album review.

This impressive group is led by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals) who is joined by Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals).

Drifter is available at numerous digital outlets, VolumeFiveBG.com, mountainfever.com and more fine retail outlets.

_MG_0855For more information on Volume Five, please visit them at volumefivebg.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   #V5

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Drifter is Volume Five’s sixth album since 2008, on the Mountain Fever Records label.

In 2014, Volume Five garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.

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New Album By Trinity River Band Now Released

Things We Do For Dreams Trinity River BandOrange Blossom Records is very proud to announce the new album, Things I Do For Dreams, by Trinity River Band is available today for purchase at trinityriverband.com.  Music fans can also place their orders at iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail sites for delivery on July 22, 2016.

Things We Do For Dreams is also now available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com and is currently #1 on their Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart. The lightning fast first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander, made its debut today at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.

“We are so thankful for all the many songwriters that we have been blessed to get to know over these last few years of making music, and because of that, we had no shortage of amazing songs sent to us,” said Joshua Harris. There are spectacular such as:  “Time’s A Crooked Thing” by Irene Kelley and Becky Buller, “Between Me and Jolene” written by Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), “The Things We Do For Dreams” written by Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan, and three impressive originals from band member and two-time IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award Nominee, Sarah Harris.

Tracks and songwriters include: 

  1. Between Me and Jolene – 3:27 – Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman
  2. Time’s a Crooked Thing – 3:17 – Irene Kelley and Becky Buller
  3. The Promised Land – 3:51 – Fred Lehner and Andy Spooner
  4. Lover’s Leap – 4:58 – Sarah Harris
  5. The Mirror – 3:53 – Joie Scott and Bob Stewart
  6. Ten Miles to Deep Gap – 3:14 – Jack Lawrence
  7. The Things We Do for Dreams – 3:41 – Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan
  8. Silver and Gold – 4:25 – Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins and Stan Perkins
  9. Right Where She Left Him – 3:44 – Kim Fox and Craig Market
  10. My Own Worst Enemy – 3:46 – Sarah Harris
  11. Secrets – 4:47 – Sarah Harris
  12. Come Back Train – 3:16 – Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander

Group-Pic-2 (2)The album includes the talents of band members: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar. Things We Do For Dreams was recorded at the band’s Orange Blossom studio in Callahan, Fla.

Trinity River Band made an impressive showing on the second round ballots that will help determine the final International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations. The band’s fellow voting members placed them as candidates for nomination in these categories:  Vocal Group of the Year; Emerging Artist of the Year; Song of the Year – “How Blue”; Album of the YearHeartstrings; Female Vocalist of the Year – Sarah Harris; Recorded Event of the Year for “Fences” with special guest Marty Raybon written by Brink Brinkman and Dale Pyatt; and Gospel Recorded Event of the Year – “Give God the Power” written by Brink Brinkman.

For more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Newcomer Blues Artist Jesse Kramer Added to Uncle Dave Macon Days Kick-Off Concert

jesse-kramerUncle Dave Macon Days Music & Arts Festival is proud to announce they have added Blues artist Jesse Kramer to the Kick-Off Party on July 7, 2016. The event will take place at Main St. Music, 527 Main St. in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will headline the concert that will also include a performance by The Glade City Rounders. Tickets are $15 at the door.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:15 pm.

Jesse Kramer, the talented 19-year-old Indianapolis native, is quite the old soul. Unlike the millennials of his generation, Jesse has a deep affection for the Mississippi Delta sounds of the blues. Take that soulful sound and combine it with his influence from two of his modern day heroes, Amos Lee and Chris Stapleton, and fans are immediately drawn in. Not only is he a compelling vocalist, he is equally gifted as a songwriter with a unique ability to write songs far beyond his 19 years of experience in life. Unique in every aspect of his being, fans across the world will soon fall in love with the endless gifts of Jesse Kramer.

Jesse made his on-air live performance debut this week on WGNS Radio that immediately earned him the respect of host Scott Walker. “Man he has talent. I think we will see his name in lights soon!”

Before the Kick-Off concert gets underway July 7, an attempt of setting the Guinness Book of World Record for the World’s Largest Square Dance at 6:00 pm on the Public Square in Murfreesboro. The Hog Slop String Band and the America’s Square Dance Band will perform. Marcia Campbell from Grand Ole Opry Dancers and WSM 650 will also be in attendance.  The “square dance” is the official dance of the state of Tennessee and the event organizers hope to break the record previously set by the state of Illinois.  No registration fee is required and all skill levels are welcome. An instructional square dance video hosted by Marcia Campbell is available on Youtube. For more information, please visit uncledavemacondays.com/the-worlds-largest-squaredance.

banner-udmdUncle Dave Macon Days Music and Arts Festival will take place July 7-9, 2016 and include performances by Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Grascals, The Boxcars, The Church Sisters, Flatt Lonesome, and more. The event is also well-known for their national championships in old-time banjo, clogging and buck dancing along with an arts and crafts show, parade, historic demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite or at the gate. Prices are $10/day for Adults, free for children 12 and under and $5 for Seniors.  Free Parking is available in the City Garage, just a short walk from the grounds. Paid Parking will be available at Front St. and Hickerson. For more information, please visit uncledavemacondays.com.

 

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New Music from Volume Five – DRIFTER Now Released!

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Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce Drifter, the new album from Volume Five, is available to radio and consumers today! The album release comes on the heels of news that Volume Five and their first single, “I Am A Drifter” are among the candidates for nomination for this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards in multiple categories.

_MG_0855Founded by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals), Volume Five also includes the talents of Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals). These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. V5 has proven just that with their previous recordings on Mountain Fever Records. In 2014 they garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.
Drifter is a culmination of everything that makes up a great bluegrass record. The musicianship of each of Volume Five’s members is only eclipsed by the smooth, caramel-like lead vocals of Harrell who is one of modern bluegrass music’s most underrated vocalists. His vocal tone touches on lonesome, guttural and alluring all at the appropriate times. The band’s first single, “I Am A Drifter,” has already set the tone for the album, making appearances on this month’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs as well as the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks charts. With gems such as “Lonely Wind,” “Ranching Man,” “Tall Pines,” “Scarecrow,” and the consummate love song, “Because of You,” Drifter, is full of future hits for Volume Five.
Track List:
  1. I Am A Drifter (3:16), Donna Ulisse/Marc Ross
  2. Lonely Wind (4:17), Jeff Partin
  3. 95 Years (2:54), Carter Moore
  4. When I Go Away (4:16), Lawrence T. Campbell
  5. Ranching Man (3:03), Jesse Daniel
  6. Because of You (3:08), Ronnie Bowman, Jon Nite
  7. Lucky Seven (2:38), Colby Laney
  8. Tall Pines (2:44), Damon Black
  9. Scarecrow (3:31), Kevin Denny, Tom Botkin
  10. Alaskan Gold (2:32), Colby Laney
  11. Molly Dear (3:40), Jeff McClellan
  12. With My Gun (2:45), Jerry Cole
Drifter is available to radio programmers via AirPlayDirect.com or by emailing radio@mountainfever.com, and to consumers via various digital outlets and wherever great music is sold. 
For more information on Volume Five, please visit VolumeFiveBG.com.
For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com.

Lonesome River Band Returns to Host 16th Annual Rudy Fest

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RUDY FEST – June 22-25, 2016 in Grayson, Ky.

RudyFestSimplytheBestLonesome River Band continues their busy summer tour as they return to Host the 16th Annual Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival in Grayson, Kentucky this week. The event will be held at the Carter County Fair Grounds June 22-25, 2016 with a stellar line-up that includes: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Dave Adkins, The Steeldrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Volume Five, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and many more.  Lonesome River Band will hit the stage Friday, June 23 at 3:00pm and 6:30 and Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 pm.

Lonesome River Band’s Sammy Shelor is really looking forward to this weekend saying, “Rudy Fest is a beast of a bluegrass festival! Always an amazing crowd to play to and the support an artist needs to perform at their best. The crew there always makes patrons and bands both feel welcome and at home. Love that Gang!

Sammy & LRB have been with us a long time I got to catch a show couple weeks ago. They had it dialed in and were having a ball on stage. Their new material is top shelf,” says festival promoter Rudy Burchett. Tickets for Rudy Fest can be purchased at the gate for $100 (4-day weekend pass), or daily passes for $20 (Wed) or $40 (Thursday-Friday).  Kids 12 and under free. For more information, please visit rudyfest.com.

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will perform songs from their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart album, Bridging the Tradition, released on the Mountain Home Music Company label. The band’s first single, “Thunder & Lightning,” is currently #2 on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, and appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs, Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, and more single and album radio charts.

Last week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released the second of three IBMA Awards ballots.  Lonesome River Band are candidates for nomination in the following categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Thunder and Lightning, Adam Wright writer)
  • Album of the Year (Bridging the Tradition, Mountain Home Music Company)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Brandon Rickman)
  • Gospel Recorded Event of the Year (Rocking of the Cradle)
  • Banjo Player of the Year (Sammy Shelor)
  • Fiddle Player of the Year (Mike Hartgrove)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year (Jesse Smathers)
  • Bass Player of the Year (Barry Reed).

The official IBMA Award Nominees will be announced in August. For more information on joining IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

Lonesome River Band features Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.  For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Things We Do For Dreams by Trinity River Band

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Releasing July 1 on Orange Blossom Records

Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new album, Things We Do For Dreams, by Trinity River Band will release July 1st.  The album is now available for pre-orders at trinityriverband.com and for radio programmers at AirPlay.com.

Trinity River Band includes the talents of: Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; Lisa Harris – Bass, Harmony Vocals; Mike Harris – Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals; and Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin. Sarah also contributed three original songs to the album.  The band gathered songs from some of today’s hottest songwriters making for an impressive track list:

  1. Between Me and Jolene (3:27); Kim Fox, Brandon Rickman
  2. Time’s A Crooked Thing (3:17), Irene Kelley, Becky Buller
  3. The Promised Land (3:52), Fred Lehner, Andy Spooner
  4. Lover’s Leap (4:58), Sarah Harris
  5. The Mirror (3:54), Joie Scott, Bob Stewart
  6. Ten Miles To Deep Gap (3:15), Jack Lawrence
  7. The Things We Do For Dreams (3:42), Brink Brinkman, Tresa Jordan
  8. Silver and Gold (4:25), Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins, Stan Perkins
  9. Right Where She Left Him (3:44), Kim Fox, Craig Market
  10. My Own Worst Enemy (3:47), Sarah Harris
  11. Secrets (4:48), Sarah Harris
  12. Come Back Train (3:17), Jerry Salley, Cassidy Lynn Alexander

As announced last week, Trinity River Band are candidates for nomination on the second of three ballots for the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. Official nominees will be announced in August.  Trinity River Band made an impressive appearance in the following categories: Vocal Group of the Year; Song of the Year for “How Blue” written by John Moffait; Album of the Year for their previous album Heartstrings, Orange Blossom Records; Gospel Recorded Event of the Year for “Give God the Power” written by Brink Brinkman; Emerging Artist of the Year; Recorded Event of the Year for “Fences” with special guest Marty Raybon written by Brink Brinkman and Dale Pyatt; and a Female Vocalist of the Year nod for Sarah Harris.

For a full tour schedule, please visit trinityriveband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Lou Reid and Carolina are Rollin’ On with New Album

2016-rollin-on-album-cover-loureidandcarolinaThe award-winning Lou Reid and Carolina have announced their new album, ROLLIN’ ON, has been released to radio stations and is now available at AirPlayDirect.com with physical copies hitting stations next week.  The title cut, “Rollin’ On,” features Lou’s award-winning vocals and mandolin talents highlighted by band members Christy Reid (Bass and Vocals); Trevor Watson (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals); and Marcus Smith (Guitar and Vocals).  Special guests on the album include: Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Skip Cherryholmes (Guitar on “Lonesome Moon,”Train of Trouble” and Guitar and Baritone Vocals on “Christmas in the Blueridge.”

crookedroadAnother key track is the memorable “The Crooked Road,” the name of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail that covers over 300 miles of scenic terrain in southwest Virginia that connects 9 major heritage music venues and over 60 affiliated venues and festivals. This past weekend, Lou Reid and Carolina began filming an accompanying music video to be released this summer. On June 16, the band will perform on The Crooked Road Tour at the Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Va.

Jack Hinshelwood, Executive Director of The Crooked Road said, “If we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and the Mountains of Music Homecoming, they couldn’t have done better than the song on this recording. To have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass doing it, was a miraculous alignment of the planets!”

ROLLIN ON’ includes:

  1. Hobo On A Train
  2. Lonesome Moon
  3. Roll On
  4. Ol’ Train
  5. Long Time Leavin’
  6. The Crooked Road
  7. Christmas Tin the Blueridge
  8. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  9. The Beginning of the End
  10. Train of Trouble

Lou Reid and Carolina will have many new updates in the coming weeks including the album release date, so please visit  loureidandcarolina.com and Facebook.

Dave Adkins Continues to Reign On Top of the Bluegrass Radio Charts

da_cover_webDave Adkins self-titled album, that recently made its debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums chart for retail sales, is now garnering significant success on the bluegrass radio charts.  Adkins’ original song and first single release, “Change Her Mind,” is #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks with the album at #2 on the station’s Most Played Albums this month.

Change Her Mind” has also appeared on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Singles Chart for 11 weeks, recently earning the #1 spot, and appearing in the top 10 for four consecutive weeks. The publication hit the mark saying, “Adkins is entertaining, and truly has one of the most powerful voices in bluegrass today.”

The album and the red hot single continues to climb Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Songs and Top 15 Albums Chart and the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums and Singles charts.

Many other tracks from Dave Adkins have also been well received. The lightning fast “Turn and Burn,” co-written by Dave Adkins, David Morris and Dawn Kenny, was the 2nd Place Winner in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. The country flavored “Fool-o-sophy” written by Kentucky Hall of Famer Larry Cordle and Country superstar Chris Stapleton, has been appearing on a fan voted Country music chart. The impressive cover of John Michael Montgomery’s country hit “Sold” recently debuted on the Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly Song Chart.

dave-obxAdkins is now out on tour performing songs from his hit album. Music fans can witness his one of kind live performance in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia, before he heads out west.  For a full tour schedule, please visit daveadkinsmusic.com.

  • May 13 – Simply the Best in Grayson, Ky.
  • May 20 – Apple Blossom Festival, Elkhorn City, Ky.
  • May 21 – Laurel County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival, London, Ky.
  • May 27 – Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 45th Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival, Coeburn, Va.
  • June 2 – Collin Raye, Dave Adkins, Lonesome River Band, and more – Island Opry, Manteo, N.C.
  • June 3 – Sally Gap Bluegrass Festival, Williamsburg, Ky.
  • June 12 – 50th Anniversary Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, In.
  • June 18 – Rockahock Spring Bluegrass Festival, Lanexa, Va.
  • June 23 – RudyFest hosted by Lonesome River Band, Grayson, Ky.
  • June 25 – South Branch Bluegrass Festival, Romney, W.V.
  • June 30 – Concert in Downtown Martin, Martin, Ky.

For more information on Dave Adkins, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester Added To Huck Finn Jubliee Line-Up!

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Advance Sale_vProducers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, has announced the addition of Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester to the Friday, June 10 line up.  Hot off the stage at Stagecoach, The Earls of Leicester are a bluegrass group. Their self-titled debut album earned the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Leicester is pronounced as if it were spelled Lester. Some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names will be on stage for the 3-day event.  Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event  June 10 thru 12, 2016 when thousands of bluegrass fans arrive to experience a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional Bluegrass music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music. 

The line-up* of entertainment, featuring an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands, includes:

Friday, June 10: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Peter Rowan Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Balsam Range, The Special Consensus, and The Mountain Faith Band.  An ‘80’s Retro Late Night Party featuring Love Canon will conclude the first day.

Saturday, June 11: Soggy Bottom Boys, Leftover Salmon, The Cleverlys, Dan Tyminski Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Della Mae, The Boxcars, and The Church Sisters.  The Late night square dance will feature the Hogslop String Band.

Sunday, June 12: Punch Brothers, The Infamous  Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Mountain Heart, Dailey & Vincent, Sweetwater String Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

In addition to the musical performances every attention to detail to enhance the guest experience has been planned.  Kids’ music education classes, several workshops, and family fun activities will be available as part of the ticket price.  Guests are invited to bring their own instruments to participate in the workshops and of course impromptu jams amongst festival attendees are encouraged.

Tickets are available on line at huckfinn.com.   Children 12 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Individual Day tickets are $45 each.  Three Day tickets are $125 each.  Three Day tickets for the “Sivilized VIP Club”, ages 21 and over, including food, beverage, parking, elevated platform seating, and more amenities are $500 each.  Ticket prices will increase if purchased at the Box Office.

Reservations for hotels, camping or RV sites are available on line as well at huckfinn.com.   Huck Finn Jubilee is produced by The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau , the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally. 

*line-up of entertainment is subject to change

About HUCK FINN JUBILEE Bluegrass Music Festival

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a 3-day music festival, held on the second weekend of June annually, celebrating Bluegrass – America’s genuine roots music. Founded in 1975 by the Tucker Family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival continues to evolve and has become a premier 3-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass and Jam grass music. This family-friendly event is a community of music-driven campgrounds with endless pickin’ parties, music workshops and instrumental roots education for all ages, outdoor recreation plus Tom Sawyer Village dedicated to all day kid’s activities.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (a non-profit 501c 3), supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music while honoring its rich history. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike.  Huck Finn Jubilee is committed to presenting exceptional headlining musicians as well as emerging artists dedicated to creating sounds for the future while preserving the deeply imbedded roots of Bluegrass.  Bluegrass music tells a story and narrative of the lives of the everyday American people.  For more information visit http://www.huckfinn.com

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Huck Finn Jubilee Offers Music Education for Kids Program at No Charge!

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Musical Festival is dedicated to our youth!

 

 The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass  Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is committed to keeping traditional Bluegrass alive by passing it on to youth.  “This year we are proud to announce the partnership with the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California to provide the Music Education for Kids program during the 3-day event in June” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO.  “We are dedicated to connecting kids with bluegrass music and look forward to the progression that two days of music lessons can make.”   

The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Education for Kids is a free 2-day camp-style learning program held annually during Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival at Cucamonga – Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, California.  The program is open to children ages 8 – 16 offering instruction to play, sing and perform Bluegrass music. Each day contains sectional instruction with their instrumental teacher; and ensemble sessions with the entire group. The grand finale is a “Jubilee Jam” on Sunday afternoon.  Kids will have fun, learn a lot, grow in confidence and make friends that can last a lifetime.

The talented and experienced instructors are local and part of the music education programs at the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California.  Over 185 years of combined experience is amazing.

FIDDLE:   Diane Messenger  – 30 years performing and teaching (fiddle, violin, piano and voice)

BANJO:  Kent Besocke38 years performing and 25 teaching (banjo, guitar)

BASS:  Roy Durnal – 45 years performing and 15 years teaching (bass, drums, ukulele)

GUITAR:  Mike Kreivis – 24 years performing and 16 years teaching (guitar, dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, ukulele)

MANDOLIN:  David Millard – 50 years performing and 30 years (mandolin, guitar and bass)

Each class is made up of ten students each, which provides individual attention and develops comradery among the students.  All students should bring their own instruments, however a few instruments are on hand to borrow and should be reserved in advance.  Classes are scheduled on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 10:00am – 3:30pm daily.  Children 12 and under are free to attend the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival.

Registration is now available at HuckFinn.com.

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About HUCK FINN JUBILEE Bluegrass Music Festival

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a 3-day music festival, held on the second weekend of June annually, celebrating Bluegrass – America’s genuine roots music. Founded in 1975 by the Tucker Family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival continues to evolve and has become a premier 3-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass and Jam grass music. This family-friendly event is a community of music-driven campgrounds with endless pickin’ parties, music workshops and instrumental roots education for all ages, outdoor recreation and Tom Sawyer Island dedicated to all day kid’s activities.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (a non-profit 501c 3), supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music while honoring its rich history. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike.  Huck Finn Jubilee is committed to presenting exceptional headlining musicians as well as emerging artists dedicated to creating sounds for the future while preserving the deeply imbedded roots of Bluegrass.  Bluegrass music tells a story and narrative of the lives of the everyday American people.  For more information, visit www.huckfinn.com

“I Am A Drifter” – New Single from Volume Five

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Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce “I Am A Drifter,” a new single from Volume Five is available to radio and consumers today! Volume Five’s new album, Drifter, will be released June 24th.

VOLUME-FIVEFounded by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals), Volume Five also includes the talents of Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals, and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals). These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. V5 has proven just that with their previous recordings on Mountain Fever Records. In 2014 they garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To Fly. In 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man,” a song appearing on their Voices album.

I Am A Drifter” was penned by another well-known bluegrass artist, Donna Ulisse along with Marc Rossi. “When I got the demo of ‘I Am A Drifter,’ Jerry Salley was singing the vocal,” says Harrell. “The first thing that caught my ear was how Jerry began the song with just a guitar and I felt that was so different, and could make for a great lead off cut on an album. Once the melody and lyrics began to meld, I envisioned this as our first single immediately. It seems to have all the ingredients to stand alone as a solid song while also setting the tone for the entire album.”

“Drifter” is available to radio programmers via AirplayDirect or by emailing radio@mountainfever.com, and to consumers via iTunes and Amazon. The complete album, Drifter, will be available everywhere this June 24th. For more information on Volume Five, please visit volumefivebg.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com.

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Now Released! Lonesome River Band’s “Bridging the Tradition”

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will kick off today’s new album release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music) with three special performances this weekend.

Tonight, March 18, the band continues the tradition of debuting their new albums at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. On Saturday, March 19, Mountain Home Music Company will host a release celebration and concert at the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. On Sunday, March 20, Lonesome River Band will perform at The Barn at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA.

Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre. Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition.

“This album is different than anything we’ve ever done,” says multi-award winning banjo player, Sammy Shelor. “The songs are ones that we are really personally interested in doing. What we came up with has once again helped to recreate our sound. All the while, we are being true to ourselves as musicians.”

Lonesome River Band continues to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With Bridging the Tradition, the band once again delivers incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Dave Adkins Debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart

1-BILLBOARD-BLUEGRASSmarch19-2015Mountain Fever Records is very proud to announce the self-titled new album by Dave Adkins made its debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart today. The album was released February 26 and was produced by Adkins who also contributed six original songs to his groundbreaking new project.

da_cover_webAdkins is a consummate Singer-Songwriter as evidenced by his recent sold-out live concerts and hot selling new album. Bluegrass Today agrees saying, “Adkins is entertaining, and truly has one of the most powerful voices in bluegrass today.”

Dave Adkins continues his tour with an upcoming performance March 18 at the Branch House Theatre in Fall Branch, Tenn. along with a performance by the ETSU Band. For a complete tour schedule and more information on Dave Adkins, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

Huck Finn Jubilee 2016 Tickets Now on Sale

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Bluegrass Musical Festival returns to Ontario, California June 10-12, 2016

Producers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, have announced that advance tickets are now on sale. Some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names will be on stage for the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 10 thru 12, 2016 when thousands of bluegrass fans arrive to experience a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional Bluegrass music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

The line-up* of entertainment, featuring an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands, includes:

Friday, June 10: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Peter Rowan Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Balsam Range, The Special Consensus, and The Mountain Faith Band. An ‘80’s Retro Late Night Party featuring Love Canon will conclude the first day.

Saturday, June 11: Soggy Bottom Boys, Leftover Salmon, The Cleverlys, Dan Tyminski Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Della Mae, The Boxcars, and The Church Sisters. The Late night square dance will feature the Hogslop String Band.

Sunday, June 12: Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Mountain Heart, Dailey & Vincent, Sweetwater String Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

Advance Sale_v copyAdditional artists will be announced prior to the event. In addition to the musical performances several workshops will be available to attend. Guests are invited to bring their own instruments for these workshops and of course impromptu jams amongst festival attendees is encouraged.

Tickets are available now at huckfinn.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Individual Day tickets are $45 each. Three Day tickets are $125 each. Three Day tickets for the “Sivilized VIP Club”, ages 21 and over, including food, beverage, parking, elevated platform seating, and more amenities are $500 each.

Reservations for hotels, camping or RV sites are available on line as well at huckfinn.com. Huck Finn Jubilee is produced by The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally.

*line-up of entertainment is subject to change

Dave Adkins Heads to Nashville with New Album

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Dave Adkins Heads to Nashville with New Album

Appearances at WSM’s Coffee, Country, and Cody and a return to the Station Inn

Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins will kick off his self-titled new Mountain Fever Records album this Friday, February 26 on WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country and Cody show. Fans can tune in to 650 AM WSM, listen online at wsmonline.com or watch live at the Heartland TV Network. Friday evening, Adkins’ returns for his highly anticipated performance at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the 9:00 p.m. concert.

Known for his high energy live stage performances displaying his powerful vocals, Adkins will then take the show to his home state of Kentucky on Saturday, February 27 to perform at the Lady Lions Bluegrass Show in Vanceburg and later that evening at Simply the Best in Grayson.

Other release concerts include: Thursday, March 3 at the WDVX Radio’s Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center in Knoxville, Tenn.; Saturday, March 5 at Dixie Station in Elsmere, Ky.; and Friday, March 18 at the Branch House Theater in Fall Branch, Tenn.

Radio stations have been extremely supportive of the new Dave Adkins album. They are spinning numerous tracks including “Foolosophy” co-written by Larry Cordle and Chris Stapleton, his killer cover of “Sold” originally made famous by John Michael Montgomery, the Adkins’ original and first single release, “Change Her Mind,” and many more from this stellar album.

Fans can expect Adkins and his band to perform all tracks from the album which include:

1. Change Her Mind (2:22) David Ervin Adkins
2. Emmaline (2:43) Michael Huffman, Richard Williams, Alan Laney
3. Foolosophy (3:03) Larry Cordle, Chris Stapleton
4. A Whole Lot More To Tell (2:55) David Ervin Adkins
5. Russell Fork River (3:51) David Ervin Adkins, Dawn Kenny, David Morris
6. Sold (2:25) Rich Fagan, Rob Royer
7. You Don’t Have To Go To Be Gone (2:42) David Ervin Adkins, Paula Breedlove, Brink Brinkman
8. It’s Not Over (Til I Get Over You) (3:06) Terry Foust, Ray Edwards, Tom T. Hall
9. Turn and Burn (2:46) David Ervin Adkins, Dawn Kenny, David Morris
10. Angel Song (4:17) Corey Lee Barker, Chris Laffey
11. Wasting Away (2:10) Randall Hylton
12. One and Only (2:51) David Ervin Adkins

The Dave Adkins album officially releases this Friday, February 26. Pre-orders are now available at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, Dave Adkins’ website and more outlets.

For more information on Dave Adkins, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Lonesome River Band’s New Album Now Avail for Pre-Order

Lonesome River Band’s album, Bridging the Tradition releasing on Mountain Home Music Company in March, is now available for pre-orders at iTunes where you will immediately get the first single! For physical copy pre-orders, please visit lonesomeriverband.com.

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Huck Finn Jubilee 2016 Line-Up Announced

HuckFinn_FebOne_Lineup-01CProducers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names will be on stage for the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 10 thru 12, 2016 when thousands of bluegrass fans arrive to experience a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional Bluegrass music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

The line-up* of entertainment, featuring an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands, includes:

Friday, June 10: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Peter Rowan Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Balsam Range, The Special Consensus, and The Mountain Faith Band. An ‘80’s Retro Late Night Party featuring Love Canon will conclude the first day.

Saturday, June 11: Soggy Bottom Boys, Leftover Salmon, The Cleverlys, Dan Tyminski Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Della Mae, The Boxcars, and The Church Sisters. The Late night square dance will feature the Hogslop String Band.

Sunday, June 12: Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Mountain Heart, Dailey & Vincent, Sweetwater String Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

Additional artists will be announced prior to the event. In addition to the musical performances several workshops will be available to attend. Guests are invited to bring their own instruments for these workshops and of course impromptu jams amongst festival attendees is encouraged.

Tickets go on sale March 1 at 10am with several options to satisfy all attendees with prices starting at $45.00. Options to purchase VIP tickets, 3 day passes or reservations for hotels, camping or RV sites are available on line as well at http://www.huckfinn.com. Huck Finn Jubilee is produced by The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau , the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally.

*line-up of entertainment is subject to change

About HUCK FINN JUBILEE Bluegrass Music Festival
Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a 3-day music festival, held on the second weekend of June annually, celebrating Bluegrass – America’s genuine roots music. Founded in 1975 by the Tucker Family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival continues to evolve and has become a premier 3-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass and Jam grass music. This family-friendly event is a community of music-driven campgrounds with endless pickin’ parties, music workshops and instrumental roots education for all ages, outdoor recreation and Tom Sawyer Island dedicated to all day kid’s activities.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (a non-profit 501c 3), supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music while honoring its rich history. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike. Huck Finn Jubilee is committed to presenting exceptional headlining musicians as well as emerging artists dedicated to creating sounds for the future whhttp://www.huckfinn.comile preserving the deeply imbedded roots of Bluegrass. Bluegrass music tells a story and narrative of the lives of the everyday American people. For more information visit http://www.huckfinn.com

Line-Up Announced for 50th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

2016-beanblossom-flyer-revBluegrass music fans from around the world will flock to the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, located in southern Indiana’s Brown County, this June to celebrate the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. The event is the oldest continuously running bluegrass festival in the world and will take place June 11-18, 2016.

To help celebrate the 50th Annual festival, park owner, operator and event promoter, Dwight Dillman has brought together some of the finest performers in bluegrass music. The full-line-up includes the talents of:

Saturday, June 11: Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Dailey & Vincent, Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, Tommy Sells and Big Country Bluegrass, Ralph Stanley II, Nightflyer, Feller & Hill & Bluegrass Buckaroos, and the Bull Harman Band, and Volunteer State Band.

Sunday, June 12: Seldom Scene, Dave Adkins, Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Martha & Eddie Adcock, The Churchmen, Farm Hands, Balos Family, and Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle.

Monday, June 13: Dry Branch Fire Squad, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, David Davis and Warrior River Boys, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Wildfire, and Kevin Prater Band.

Tuesday, June 14: Del McCoury Band, Raymond Fairchild & Maggie Valley Boys, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Wildwood Valley Boys, Ernie Thacker & Route 23, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Blue Mafia, Randall Hibbetts & Appalachia, and Sideline.

Wednesday, June 15: Special Consensus, Blue Highway, Larry Stephenson Band, Crowe Brothers, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Band of Ruhks, Spinney Brothers, Edgar Loudermilk featuring Jeff Autry, and Larry Gillis & Swampgrass.

Thursday, June 16: Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Special Consensus, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Darrell Webb Band, Flatt Lonesome, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Punches Family, and Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers.

Friday, June 17: The Grascals, Blue Moon Rising, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Rickey Wasson Band, James King Band, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Becky Buller, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Nu-Blu, and Punches Family.

Saturday, June 18: Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dale Ann Bradley, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Rickey Wasson Band, James King Band, and Tommy Brown & County Line Grass.

Camping and Ticket Reservations can be made by calling 800-414-4677. Discounted festival tickets can be purchased online before June 1. They range from $20-$30 for daily tickets and only $165 for all 8 days. Juniors 13-16 years old save $5 off per day and Children 12 & under are Free.

The Bean Blossom Bluegrass Youth Boot Camp, now in its 11th year, is led by Sarah Wasson and is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bluegrass Association. When the students complete their 15 hours of instruction, they hit the Bean Blossom main stage for what is always a spectacular performance and certainly one of the highlights of the week. For more information on the camp or to become a sponsor, please contact Sarah Wasson 606-663-0600 or email her at youthbluegrassbootcamp@gmail.com.

Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction radio host Kyle Cantrell, the legendary Tommy Lamb, and the infamous Sam Jackson will serve as Emcees for the festival. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller & J&R Productions.

For more information, please visit BillMonroeMusicPark.com. Help us spread the word by using the hashtag #beanblossom50 on your social media posts.

New Music from Lonesome River Band

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Bridging The Tradition
A Groundbreaking New Release from Lonesome River Band

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre.

Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music Company).

The new album contains the familiar LRB groove but offers Grass versions of Country songs. The band covers the popular Waylon Jennings hit, “Rose In Paradise,” making the tune all its own. A progressive and spooky rendition of the Old Time ballad, “Boats Up The River,” is rendered with the familiar sound that LRB has perfected over the past quarter century, as is the working class anthem, “Real People.

Driving, in-the-pocket power Bluegrass is here as well. The Carter Stanley classic, “Rock Bottom,” lives alongside the commanding, “Swinging Bridge.” Both are examples of the finest Traditional Bluegrass being recorded today.

Bridging the Tradition is both familiar and progressive, with each track receiving just the right treatment. Some arrangements include the addition of masterful session drummer, Tony Creasman, who adds percussion in the most tasteful way to complement the rhythmic pulse that is a hallmark of the LRB sound.

“This album is different than anything we’ve ever done,” says multi-award winning banjo player, Sammy Shelor. “The songs are ones that we are really personally interested in doing. What we came up with has once again helped to recreate our sound. All the while, we are being true to ourselves as musicians.”

Lonesome River Band is continuing to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With Bridging the Tradition, the band once again delivers incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.

ABOUT LONESOME RIVER BAND
Since its formation 34 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), and the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

TRACK LIST
Anything To Make Her Mine
Rocking Of The Cradle
Boats Up The River
Rock Bottom
Rose In Paradise
Showing My Age
Old Swinging Bridge
Mirrors Never Lie
Thunder And Lightning
Waiting On My Heart To Break
Runnin’ From The Blues
Real People

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FOR LONESOME RIVER BAND
Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment
770.367.1480

RADIO CONTACT
Ty Gilpin
Mountain Home Music Co.
ty.gilpin@crossroadsmusic.com
828.684.3066 ext. 320

FOR MOUNTAIN HOME MUSIC COMPANY / CROSSROADS LABEL GROUP
Claire Ratliff
Laughing Penguin Publicity
claire@penguinpublicity.com
615.476.3200

Volume Five to Perform at Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. and Simply the Best in Grayson, Ky.

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stationinn-feb52016Bluegrass fans may want to arrive early for VOLUME FIVE’s concert at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, February 5 at 9:00 pm as their last two appearances at the world famous venue sold out quickly. The following day, the band heads to Simply the Best Sports Bar & Grill in Grayson, Ky. for another highly anticipated performance. At both events, VOLUME FIVE will debut their upcoming single, “I Am A Drifter” along with more songs from their Mountain Fever Records album releasing this spring.

The band is led by vocalist and fiddle player, Glen Harrell, who previously toured with Marty Raybon including numerous performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Glen formed VOLUME FIVE eight years ago and has certainly brought together an impressive group of talent with Colby Laney – guitar and vocals, Patton Wages – banjo and vocals, Chris Williamson – bass and vocals, and Harry Clark – mandolin and vocals. As a whole, their talents and personalities prove to be a perfect combination that results in highly entertaining show.

Last fall, VOLUME FIVE was honored with two separate industry nominations – one for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year, and another nomination for a GMA Dove Award for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring Rhonda Vincent, written by Dolly Parton and Dorothy Joe Owens.

album-cover-volume-five-voices400wBluegrass Unlimited Magazine called their current album VOICESone of their best albums to date.” The album was released this time last year and many tracks continue to chart on the Bluegrass Today 20 and Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs. The song Going Across the Mountain” is now #1 on the January 2016 Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks. They’ve hit that top spot several times before when “Dream Softly” reached #1 two months in a row last spring with the album landing at #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums last April.

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

Americana band BIG VIRGINIA SKY Heading to D.C. for Six Shows

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Americana folk band Big Virginia Sky will perform at a string of events in the Washington D.C. area beginning February 16, 2016. The band has been packing venues from Florida to Maryland promoting their self-titled new album that features numerous standout tracks like “Love Song” with guest Sierra Hull.

full-band-side-stage-by-michael-loftisBig Virginia Sky features the talents of guitar player James Adkins on vocals and award­-winning mandolinist and songwriter, Scott Slay. Brothers and award­-winning instrumentalists, Dale Lazar provide percussion, with Taylor Gerber on electric bass.

sammy-shelor-greenlightonbanjo-michael-loftisVirginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor appears on the album and will be performing with Big Virginia Sky at three of the six upcoming D.C. shows. Shelor is a 5-­time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award winner, recipient of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass award, and is the current band leader and banjoist for Lonesome River Band.

Tickets are now on sale for:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 8:30pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Taylor Gerber
Venue: Hill Country, 410 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 10:00pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Taylor Gerber
Venue: Madam’s Organ, 2461 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 9:00pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Taylor Gerber
Venue: Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, MD

Friday, February 19 – 10:15pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Steve Lazar, Sammy Shelor
Charm City Bluegrass Festival Presents Battle of the Bands Round 2
Venue: Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave., Baltimore, MD. Tickets $7. Purchase in advance here.

Saturday, Feb 20 – 6:00pm (doors open at 5:00pm); 21 and over
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Steve Lazar, Sammy Shelor
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Tickets $15. Purchase online here.

Saturday, Feb 20 – 10:30 pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Steve Lazar, Sammy Shelor
Venue: Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K Street NW, Washington, DC

Radio stations can download Big Virginia Sky at AirPlayDirect. Americana tracks include the popular “Love Song,” “Southbound,” “Pour One for Me,” and “Big Virginia Sky,” Bluegrass and Folk stations are currently spinning two instrumentals – “Sammy’s Breakdown” and “Bullfrog.”

For more information on Big Virginia Sky, please visit www.bigvirginiasky.com.

New Single on iTunes – Dave Adkins “Change Her Mind”

da_cover_webThe first single from the upcoming Dave Adkins album on Mountain Fever Records is available on iTunes today!  “Change Her Mind”  has already proven to be a hit with radio programmers and is just a sampling of what’s to come on the self-titled album due for release February 26th.
“Not only does Dave Adkins have a voice that is instantly recognizable, he knows how to sing a song. With the release of his latest single, ‘Change Her Mind,’ Dave expands his singer-songwriter arsenal with a well-penned tune revolving around the hope of saving a love that is ready to die.  With Dave’s unmistakable hard-driving vocals, and an outstanding line-up of musicians, ‘Change Her Mind’ is putting the bluegrass world on notice that Dave Adkins is ready for his time in the spotlight.”
Rita Small and Tim Strong, Bluegrass In The Valley, WOBO 88.7fm, Batavia, Ohio 
 
“The new single by David Adkins is rock solid with great harmony, great pickin’ and David’s lead sounds good as ever. I’m really looking forward to the release of his new project.”
Charlie Hall, The Bluegrass Express. 100.7fm WCYO
 
“Like a breath of fresh air on a cool mountain morning ‘Change Her Mind’ the latest single from Dave Adkins is clear, crisp and new. In a world where music often becomes formulaic, this is totally Dave Adkins!”
Judith Burnette, The Blue Ridge Backroads Show; WBRF; Galax, VA
 
“Kentucky singer/songwriter, Dave Adkins, has a hit on his hands with the first release from his upcoming self-titled solo project.  ‘Change Her Mind’ is a great uptempo song that will keep listeners from changing their radio station or forwarding their cd player.  In fact, it is a song you will want to hit the repeat button…several times.  Looking forward to seeing what other gems the Elkhorn City native has in store for us.  Great job, Dave!”
Mike Kelly, 96.7 Merle fm. WMYL
 
“David Adkins has done it again; He has written an instant classic. ‘Change Her Mind’ is a great song that will be a lead for another great album from this fresh singer-songwriter and friend of bluegrass.”
Ken Cartwright, Program Director of KYAC FM and Host of Ken Till Ten.
 
“Since the first time I heard ‘Pike County Jail,’ I’ve been hooked! The brand new single, ‘Change Her Mind,’ is everything I expected and it’s been on repeat all evening! From his powerful vocals and original material to his high energy live shows, Dave Adkins is the real deal! I can’t wait to see what’s next!”
Ira Crawford Twin Oaks Park, Hoboken Ga.

 

Change Her Mind” is now available for purchase via iTunes and the new album, Dave Adkins, is available for preview. For more about Dave Adkins, visit www.daveadkinsmusic.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.

Music & New Baby News from Shannon & Heather Slaughter

heather-and-jed-slaughterOne of bluegrass music’s favorite couples, Shannon and Heather Slaughter, are proud to announce the birth of a new son, Jedediah (Jed) Smith Slaughter. Their new baby joined the family on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala, much to the delight of his older sister Rae.

Heather will be coming off the road to spend more time with the couple’s two children, however she will be a guest on the new Shannon Slaughter & County Clare album releasing later this year. Heather will be lending her exquisite harmony vocals, singing lead on another track, and joining Shannon on a highly anticipated Porter & Dolly duet. The band will begin recording in March at Eastwood Studios in Virginia.

Bluegrass Today calls Shannon Slaughter “a rare bluegrass triple threat: a gifted and disciplined songwriter, a robust and evocative singer, and a substantial guitarist, on both rhythm and lead,” so fans will no doubt be anxious to hear his 10 original songs on the 14 track album.

albumcover-never-just-a-song-shannon-heather-slaughterShannon and Heather’s current album, Never Just A Song, garnered numerous #1s for both the album and singles in 2015. They achieved the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums, #1 on the AirPlayDirect Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums Chart, and spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart. The album also made an impressive showing garnering the #4 position on the Roots Music Report’s Top 180 Albums of 2015.

Two tracks from Never Just A Song, “That’s What’s Good in America” and “Moonshiner,” appeared on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2015. “That’s What’s Good in America” was also the #1 song last August on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 Songs last July.

For updates and more information on Shannon Slaughter & County Clare, please visit www.shannonslaughter.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Circa Blue Announces Inaugural Circa Blue Fest

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Circa Blue is proud to announce they will present and host the inaugural Circa Blue Fest, this May 6-8, 2016.

Circa Blue Fest is a three-day bluegrass festival featuring some of the hottest acts in bluegrass today. This year’s line-up includes; Blue Highway, Trinity River Band, Jim Hurst, Circa Blue, Lonesome Highway and more! This is an all-ages, family friendly event with kid activities, award-winning BBQ, instrument & songwriting workshops and plenty of campsite pickin’!

The festival is held at the beautiful 40 acre Moose Acres in Martinsburg West Virginia. Situated in the Eastern Panhandle, it is just a short drive from Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania. A rain or shine event, the venue features a stage covered by a 400 seat pavilion, surrounded by tree shaded seating. Rough camping and bath houses are available as well.

Ongoing updates and information can be found at www.circabluefest.com, Facebook, Twitter or email contact@circabluefest.com.

The event is a collaborative effort with the community, and benefits The Child Safe Center-CAC- “Promoting a Collaborative Response to Child Abuse.”

Circa Blue is a Martinsburg, West Virginia based group that includes the talents of Steve Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Malia Furtado (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Ashley Stewart (Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Garrett Wren (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals); and Matt Hickman (Banjo).

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New Single Release by Dave Adkins on Mountain Fever Records

da_cover_webMountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of new music by Dave Adkins. “Change Her Mind” is available to radio today and is the first single from Adkins’ self-titled album due for release in February 26th.

Dave Adkins is a powerhouse of talent. His vocals, songwriting, and excitable stage presence simply astounds audiences, drawing them in almost instantaneously within the first few moments of a live performance experience. New fans of his music soon learn that behind Adkins’ immeasurable talent is a heart of gold, sincere in his approach to his music and with his fans.

In February 2014, Mountain Fever Records released Adkins’ solo album, Nothing To Lose. Adkins contributed his songwriting talents with one co-write and three originals – one of which was the instant chart success “Pike County Jail.” Numerous other tracks dominated the bluegrass radio charts in 2014 including the title track reaching #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, several #1s on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20, and the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums charts in 2014 and Top 150 Albums of 2015.

Adkins’ second project on the label was the collaborative album Adkins & Loudermilk that helped garner the duo a nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association for the 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Award. The first single release, titled “Back Side of Losing,” was written by Dave Adkins and Mark “Brink” Brinkman and appeared on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 50 Songs of 2015. The album also appeared at #17 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 150 Albums of 2015.

Fans and radio are ready for more from Dave Adkins so with that in mind, Adkins began gathering material for his next solo project. With a killer track list of tunes written by some of the industry’s most talented songwriters, along with Adkins’ originals and co-writes, they will not be disappointed. The first single, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, is now available to radio programmers via AirPlay Direct and consumers may purchase the single via iTunes beginning January 18th.

For more about Dave Adkins, visit daveadkinsmusic.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com.

Volume Five Closes Out 2015 with Shows in Georgia and North Carolina

 

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VOLUME FIVE will close out 2015 with shows in Georgia and North Carolina this month. The band, known for their entertaining live performances, features the stellar lead vocals by fiddle player Glen Harrell and highlighted by the impressive instrumentals of Coby Laney (guitar, vocals), Patton Wages (banjo, vocals), Chris Williamson (bass) and Harry Clark (mandolin, vocals).

On Friday, December 18, VOLUME FIVE will headline the Burnsville Town Center Bluegrass Show in North Carolina before heading to Georgia for three shows. On Saturday, December 19, the band returns to the historic Everett Brothers Music Barn in Suwanee. This special Christmas show gets an earlier start with Joy Smith & Friends with Bluegrass & Christmas at 7:00 pm, the Everett Family Band at 8:00 and Volume Five at 9:00 pm. Proctor Farms in Rome, GA will host VOLUME FIVE’s concert on Sunday, December 20.

Make your plans now to ring in the new year with Volume Five at the Jekyll Island Bluegrass Festival on December 31. For more information and tickets for each of these events, please visit volumefivebg.com.

vf_2014_02_webEarlier this month, Mountain Fever Records re-released VOLUME FIVE’s Christmas single, “Getting Ready for Baby,” written by Jerry Salley. The song is available at iTunes and other retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the song at Airplay Direct.

It’s been quite a year for this popular bluegrass band as they were honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a Nomination for the Emerging Artist of the Year Award. They also received a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring Rhonda Vincent. The song is from their current release VOICES. The band heads back to the studio next month to record their highly anticipated new album for Mountain Fever Records set for a 2016 release.

To get updates on the band, view videos and more, please visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

WAVE 3 News: Oscar winner Jon Voight, Larry Cordle, Ricky Skaggs, Don Rigsby…

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(Source: WAVE 3 News)

Watch the VIDEO, see more pics and read more at WAVE 3 on the Bluegrass Festival celebrating Matt Bevin’s inauguration started off typically enough. Kentucky’s new governor greeted guests from the top of a staircase at the Kentucky Historical Society.

Volume Five’s “Getting Ready For Baby”

vf_2014_02_webVolume Five’s “Getting Ready For Baby,” written by Jerry Salley, is now available at iTunes and other retail sites. 

Radio programmers down download the song at AirPlay Direct.

See the band live on Dec 18 in Burnsville, NC and Dec 19 in Suwanee, GA.

For more information on Volume Five, please visit their website, Facebook and follow the on Twitter!

Yee Haw Bluegrass Festival January 21-23, 2016

poster-yee-haw-cEvans Media Source is proud to announce the Yee Haw Bluegrass Festival will take place January 21-23, 2016 and moves to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center located at 4601 FL-710 in Okeechobee, Florida.

Earlier this year, it was announced by Yee Haw Junction that the festival would be going away. Soon after, Ernie and Debi Evans of Evans Media Source were hired by the property owner, Beverly Zicheck to continue its almost 30 year legacy. Sadly, in August Beverly lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. “I want to everyone to know that it was her wish to continue the festival. She even wanted to have the pasture transformed into an RV Park,” said Ernie Evans. “Unfortunately, due to Beverly’s estate being tied up in legal issues, attorneys would not permit any liability on the property, so the festival would need to be moved to continue her legacy. We have diligently been searching for a new location and had almost given up until the City of Okeechobee embraced us and provided a new home for the Yee Haw Junction Bluegrass Festival.”

Yeehaw_2016The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is a covered pavilion that has the perfect location to host performances by Nothin’ Fancy, Gary Waldrep Band, Penny Creek Band, Blue Cypress Bluegrass, Jan Ladd Swinging Bridge, Highway 41 South, Greg Bird, and more artists to be announced soon. Jo Odum will serve as Emcee. Attendees will also enjoy the music workshops, raffles, and more fun things for the entire family.

Daily ticket prices are: $16 (Thursday); $26.75 (Friday Saturday), or a 3-Day Tickets for $58.00.

Camping is available and prices range from $11 – $32. Limited hook-ups are available, so attendees are encouraged to make their reservations soon.

Send ticket requests to: Ernie Evans, 6143 Sabre Drive, Jacksonville, FL, or call Ernie and Debi for further information at 904-866-8378, at EvansMediaSource.com and Facebook.

Big Virginia Sky Set for Album Release Concert at Vinyl Music Hall

vinyl-poster-400x600Bluegrass-inspired Americana folk band Big Virginia Sky will hold a release party for their self-titled debut album on December 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Vinyl Music Hall in Downtown Pensacola, Florida. Joining the band for the release show will be Gulf Coast musicians Tanya Gallagher and Brooks Hubbert. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Vinyl Music Hall and at the door.

Over the past several months, Big Virginia Sky has been touring from the Virginia Coast to the Ohio River Valley, honing the edges on the 11 tracks from the album. Brett Stewart, a well-respected music blogger, recently remarked, “The album is absolutely terrific – well performed, well written, and always fun. It’s an experience you need to immerse yourself in if you have any appreciation for country, bluegrass, blues, or Americana in general.”
The album has been released to radio stations at AirPlayDirect. Americana tracks include the popular “Love Song” featuring guest vocals by Sierra Hull, “Southbound,” “Pour One for Me” and the title track. Bluegrass and Folk stations are spinning two instrumentals – “Sammy’s Breakdown” and “Bull Frog.”

Big Virginia Sky showcases the talents of Gulf Coast native, guitar player James Adkins on vocals and award­winning mandolinist and songwriter, Scott Slay. Brothers and award­winning instrumentalists, Dale and Steve Lazar provide percussion and bass as a rhythm section frequently referenced as a “heartbeat” in the Americana scene. The band also features Sammy Shelor who is a 5­time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award winner, recipient of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo Award, and longtime band leader and banjoist for Lonesome River Band. The Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer has also recorded and toured with country super star Alan Jackson and performed with the Zac Brown Band. Acclaimed Nashville musician Brandon Bostic will guest on Dobro and electric guitar.

For more information on Big Virginia Sky, please visit BigVirginiaSky.com.

Bria Kelly (The Voice) Records and Films Powerful New Music Video for Anti-Dog Chaining Song “Why Me?”

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Bria Kelly, famous for top 10 finish on The Voice last year, and top 20 stint on America’s Got Talent, the year before, was the obvious choice to record the vocals for the new song “Why Me?” When asked what this song means to Bria, she replied, “I am humbled by the opportunity to support such an amazing cause. Written by Amy Havens Hines and Donna Hughes, this song should be an eye opening reality check to those who turn a blind eye to animal cruelty.”

Amy Hines reached out to Donna Hughes, an Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights activist. Hughes has recorded a series of anti-chaining songs including the first, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain,” that appears on her album From The Heart, and the follow-up “One Less Dog In The Cold.”

“When Amy Hines sent me her haunting lyrics, I immediately had a vision for the melody, and after reading her haunting lyrics, I knew the title had to be what all dogs on chains are thinking, ‘Why Me?’ Dog chaining is legal in my area, so after many sleepless nights, tossing and turning, worrying about all the dogs who live all around me on chains, I knew we had to get this song recorded by someone special! I am honored and sincerely grateful Amy chose me as her partner to complete this song. I have true admiration for her and all the happy hearts and helping hands at Dogs Deserve Better, as they rehabilitate dogs from a lifetime of suffering,” said Hughes.

The song “Why Me?” came together in one day. They then reached out to Bria Kelly to perform it knowing that her powerful vocals and huge fan following would certainly help bring global attention to this powerful tune.

The lyrics then traveled to Nashville where it was professionally recorded and mixed by musician Scott Vestal who also played acoustic guitar and bass on the recording. Vestal’s impressive career includes stints with Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Donny and Marie Osmond, Sam Bush, David Lee Roth, Ricky Skaggs, and many other high profile artists. He has also appeared on numerous national TV shows.

Other musicians on “Why Me?” include the amazing talents of: Jenee Fleenor, (currently performing with Blake Shelton) on Violin; Josh Shilling (lead vocalist with Mountain Heart) on Piano and Harmony; Chris Brown (Belmont University, Sam Bush, Linda Rondstadt) on Drums; and Bob Williams (has played Rhythm and Blues with the Peptonz, American folk music with Carey Creed, Bluegrass with the Grass Menagerie, and classic Rock and dance music with Scott Young and Steppin’ Out) on Guitar.

Cetre Peques (Music Video Director) and the entire Who’s Johnny Creative production team immediately jumped on board to produce the music video for “Why Me?” in hopes of raising awareness and showing the correlation between animal abuse and crimes against humanity. Dr. Sheri Bias, Liquid Talent Agency joined the team by providing over 50 professional actors.

On July 25, 2015, the actors, writers, producers, and Bria Kelly showed up on 1915 Moonlight Rd. in Smithfield, Virginia. Once the home of Michael Vick’s “Bad Newz” dog fighting compound, it is now home of Dogs Deserve Better that operates the Good Newz Rehabilitation Center for Chained & Penned Dogs. After what can only be described as a “surreal” experience, the 22 hours of filming took place on the very property where dozens of dogs had been fought and died. No one left without having a life altering experience.

The “Why Me?” video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/byoPuFK5wNE

The song can be purchased for download on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and all major distribution sites. A portion of every song will benefit the dogs at the Good Newz Rehabilitation Center for Chained & Penned Dogs (dogsdeservebetter.org).
More information about “Why Me?” can be found at whymemusic.com

Radio programmers worldwide can download “Why Me?” at Airplay Direct:
airplaydirect.com/music/unchaindogs/

More on Donna Hughes:
donna-hughes-400wDonna Hughes, an award-winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights activist, is using her voice to help un-chain dogs. She started a petition, which has now grown to 35k signatures, and has also set up a page a “Dogs Without Chains” Facebook page where she posts all the new tethering ordinances being passed around the nation.

She also set up a page called “Flying Hound Fences,” aptly named after her Publishing Company, (Flying Hound Publishing) to organize volunteers to build fences in her area, for those who need help.

Due to her efforts and many other organizations, more and more people have begun filing into their Local County Courtrooms, to argue a ban on chaining dogs. Both “One Less Dog In The Cold” and “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” have extremely sad videos on YouTube, difficult to watch, but necessary to educate. Both songs have been shared by celebrities such as Wynonna Judd, some of The Real Housewives in Hollywood, Broadway Stars, Pulitzer Prize Winners, and more.

Donna’s songs and efforts have been covered widely in the media in global publications and high profile social sites like “The Little Things,” with 3+ million fans.

For more information on Donna Hughes, please visit www.donnahughes.com.

WDBJ TV Interview with Sammy Shelor

Sammy Shelor is a five-time Internataional Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year.

Source: Lonesome River Band to tour in Rocky Mount

Five Chart Songs from Trinity River Band’s Heartstrings Album

HEARTSTRINGS-Album-Cover-FINAL_300x274Trinity River Band is celebrating their hit Heartstrings album that has earned sterling media reviews and global airplay since its release. Five impressive tracks have appeared on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 chart with the most recent “How Blue,” with lead vocals by two-time IBMA Momentum Vocalist Nominee Sarah Harris, and “Rusty Old American Dream” with sibling Joshua Harris singing the lead.

The Bluegrass Situation hosted the song premiere of the Reba cover “How Blue” back in May saying, “The band got groovy when recording ‘How Blue,’ anchored by the bluesy guitar stylings of Mike Harris. The sibling trio of Sarah, Joshua, and Brianna draw you in, but it’s the sassy lead vocals from Sarah which steal the show.”

How Blue” is currently appearing on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks chart, Bluegrass Today’s Weekly and Monthly Top 20 Songs charts and has spent the last five weeks in the top 5 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs chart.

Rusty Old American Dream,’ written by David Wilcox, just made its debut on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20. In a recent album review, Digital Rodeo calls the song “a rousing tune with classic bluegrass pickin’ and impeccable vocal harmony” with Bluegrass Today saying Joshua Harris “also provides some good lead singing” and “Mike’s guitar playing shines on this cut as well.”

BILLY-DEAN-TRBThe band has been on a busy tour performing across the country making lifelong memories along the way. They recently ran into country star Billy Dean and gave an impromptu performance of their version of his hit song “Only Here For A Little While” that also appears on Trinity River Band’s Heartstrings album. With numerous other album reviews, radio appearances such asNashville’s 650 AM WSM Radio, a podcast feature on The Bluegrass Byway, and more, the group has certainly broadened their reach and continues to grow their loyal fans base.

Heartstrings is now available for purchase at iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, and TrinityRiveBand.com and to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect.com. The album features band members Sarah Harris on Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin, and Irish Pennywhistle; Joshua Harris on Banjo, 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.  Special guests include the talented Marty Raybon and Mark Johnson. 

Fans are invited to follow Trinity River Band on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Circa Blue Releases New Christmas Single to Radio

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Circa Blue is proud to announce they have released a new Christmas single titled “Bells of Home” to radio. The song is the title track for their upcoming album releasing later this month. “Bells of Home” was written by David Morris and Dawn Kenny and is now available at AirPlay Direct or by request.

“Every year at National Media Services, we select one prestigious customer to record a Christmas album. For our tenth anniversary it was an easy choice to select Circa Blue. The band came in during the sweltering Summer months and made it Christmas in July in the Upper Room Studios at National Media Services. We couldn’t be happier with the result,” said the company.

Co-writer David Morris explains more about the original song, “At its heart, ‘Bells of Home’ gets at something most of us have felt at some point: Being homesick at the holidays. Once we identified a soldier as our narrator, the possibilities for images and contrasts came pouring out. The hardest part was finding a battle that fit our story line – a fierce firefight, in the snow, on Christmas Eve. We wanted historical accuracy because we knew some listeners would check us. We found what we needed in Belgium in 1944. With the factual frame and a bit of imagination, Dawn and I pulled Bells of Home together quickly. It’s a tribute to families, to traditions and to those who gave up their holidays – some temporarily, some permanently – simply because, as the song notes, “some things are worth fighting for.”

Danny Paisley, this year’s IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year says, “Bells of Home is a song of a soldiers yearning for home at Christmas time. Circa Blue and Steve Harris’ wonderful singing make this a Christmas classic.”

Bells of Home is that hardest thing to find in the musical firmament, a GREAT new Christmas song. While enjoying your freedom this December by the fireplace, as your Christmas tree is shining its lights, listen to the words and music, let them inside and then try, just try, not to shed a grateful tear. Songwriters David Morris and Dawn Kenney, along with Steve Harris and Circa Blue, have created a holiday masterpiece that will find a permanent place in your heart,” says Mike Harris of Trinity River Band.

Musicians on “Bells of Home” include Circa Blue band members Steve Harris – Lead Vocal & Guitar; Malia Furtado- Harmony Vocal & Fiddle; Ryan Mullins – Harmony Vocal & Mandolin; Matt Hickman – Banjo; Ashley Stewart – Bass; and special guest Dawn Kenney – Guitar.

Stay up-to-date on future announcements including the official album release by visiting www.circa-blue.com.