Lonesome River Band’s Outside Looking In carries themes steeped in Bluegrass tradition

Mountain Home Music Press Release:
Arden, North Carolina (April 23, 2019) — Lonesome River Band has been seminal in bridging the worlds of traditional and modern Bluegrass and bringing new fans to the music. As pioneering innovators, they have set a benchmark with their award-winning albums and have established an immediately recognizable sound that has influenced a generation of roots music musicians.

Lonesome River Band’s established legacy continues with their new release, Outside Looking In, with songs that reflect who and what this band is and the culture they come from. The album will be released May 24 from Mountain Home Music Company and is available for pre-order now.

Outside Looking In begins with “Curiosity Killed This Cat” with a flawless groove that personifies the “deep-pocket” timing of Lonesome River Band’s celebrated banjo master Sammy Shelor, five-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year award and 2011 winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Mandolinist and vocalist Jesse Smathers says when the band reached out to songwriter Daniel Salyer for material, this one stood out.

“Daniel is one of the finest songwriters in the business. He just knows how to compose a true bluegrass lyric and melody,” says Smathers. “When recording it, it seemed like it so quickly fell into place. Brandon’s soul, and Sammy and Barry’s iconic groove makes for a head-bobbin track.”

This groove is heard again in “New Ballards Branch,” a song about a place in Southwestern Virginia with a tone-setting intro by fiddler Mike Hartgrove, and in the title track, “Outside Looking In.”

“It’s a new twist on a murder ballad that screams Lonesome River Band,” says Brandon Rickman, guitarist and vocalist. “We love the way this turned out.”

Shelor’s mastery is seen again in “If I Had A Cheating Heart,” a song Smathers describes as one of the grooviest Mel Street songs of all time.

“When we went to record this, Sammy thought of doing it upbeat and he nailed it. It sure makes for a great driving bluegrass tune,” says Smathers.

These songs and others like “Cassidy’s Prayer Book,” a Civil War tune, and “Your Memory Wins Again,” an uptempo song by Skip Ewing that Shelor heard years ago, contain the heart of the band’s message of themes steeped in the genre’s tradition, presented in clever lyrics, instrumental prowess, and heartfelt vocals.

“I always thought ‘Your Memory Wins Again’ would make a great bluegrass song,” says Shelor. “We finally had the opportunity to do it on this album.”

 

Over the decades, the distinguished sound of Lonesome River Band’s vocalists have set the band apart. For the last 12 years, Rickman has held the role as lead singer. Rickman’s vocals on songs like “Wreck of My Heart” are a robust, Country style and a quintessential part of the band’s sound.

“It’s a great song with one of the coolest, catchiest melodies I’ve heard in a while,” says Rickman. “It’s just so different than anything we’ve done in a while, and those songs are hard to find.”

The voice of Smathers is classic in its higher register as he shares lead vocal duties when he’s not vaulting above Rickman with his impactful tenor. This is showcased in songs like “Little Magnolia” with its waltz meter and seamless brother-like harmonies.

“‘Little Magnolia’ is a favorite track of mine. It’s a song that sounds 80 years old. The feel of this song comes from a place of authenticity, something that we all strive for, and that made it so fun to record for all of us,” says Smathers.

Together with the baritone parts shared by Shelor and ace bassist Barry Reed, the album’s themes of love, betrayal, murder and prayer are portrayed with the shrewd mastery that only a band performing at the highest level can create.

Other tracks include “Going With The Flow,” “Circle Of Lies,” “Rough and Tumble Heart” and “Home Of The Red Fox,” an instrumental.

“That is a tune that I first heard from Bill Emerson back in the 1980s on an album titled Home Of The Red Fox, an instrumental album he did. It was just a melody that always stuck with me over the years, and I had sat and played it in practice hundreds of times over the last 30 years,” says Shelor. “We finally decided we wanted to cut the thing. It was an instrumental that hit Lonesome River Band’s feel really well.”

Shelor takes the first break, with the top-tier fiddling of Hartgrove coming next. Solos by Smathers and Rickman follow before the song comes to an end.

The album closes with Mark Knopfler ‘80s released, ‘50s nostalgia tune “Calling Elvis,” the first single released off the album. The spirit of the original is captured and transformed in a way that makes for a smooth, well-executed merging of two styles. LRB’s “jam” section included in this track shows a band who continues to break the traditional mold musically.

The themes of Outside Looking In are a time-honored part of the Bluegrass canon. They inform the very backbone of the music and Lonesome River Band has a way of framing them in modern terms moving the genre forward.

Pre-order Outside Looking In HERE.

About Lonesome River Band

Since its formation 37 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 Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace. LonesomeRiverBand.com

About Mountain Home Music Company:

Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premier Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Gina Furtado, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.

The Cleverlys at Climate City Expo — A Benefit for The Collider

One-of-a-kind music and comedy band to perform at 10-day celebration of Asheville’s creativity and commitment to climate change awareness and action

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Feb. 22, 2019 — On Thursday, April 4, The Cleverlys will take the stage at the Salvage Station as part of The Collider’s 2019 Climate City Expo. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Available online , tickets are $22 per person, with proceeds benefiting The Collider.

“We are excited to be a part of this event. For years we have tried to do our part as we have researched and developed a ‘methane muffler’ for all the farm animals at Cleverly Farm,” joked Digger Cleverly. “Looking forward to this event to raise awareness.”

While the “methane muffler” may still be a bit of a pipe dream, The Collider couldn’t be more thrilled to have this one-of-a-kind music and comedy band supporting our vision of a world prepared for climate change.

The Cleverlys
The Cleverlys are a one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend coming from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas. Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and Cub, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe — if the globe only consisted of the United States — performing at music venues and some of the nation’s largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Music Fest and even the Grand Ole Opry.

The New York Times wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.”

Don’t be fooled by this faux-family band — they are all accomplished musicians putting their unique bluegrass spin on cover songs from any genre. The Cleverlys’ set list includes genius arrangements of tunes like Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a medley of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Flo Rida’s “Low” that went viral on Facebook, with over 11 million views from a local TV appearance.

Climate City Expo
The Cleverlys’ show is part of the CCx: Arts track of The Collider’s Climate City Expo, which aims to showcase how artists are using craft, film, photography and fine art to bring attention to our changing climate and environment. The heart of the Expo is CCx: Business — a convening of global leaders and visionaries to discuss solutions to humanity’s biggest challenge. However, CCx 2019’s additional tracks of programming — including Luminaries, NextGen, Arts, Eats, Learn and Faith — are designed to showcase the many ways our communities are rising to the challenge of climate change.

About The Collider
The Collider is a nonprofit innovation ecosystem for climate entrepreneurship. We develop, train and fund next-generation entrepreneurs creating breakthrough solutions that enable humanity to adapt and thrive in a changing climate. Stay connected with us on FacebookInstagram , LinkedIn and Twitter.

Larry Stephenson Band Releases New Single “Two Ol’ Country Boys Like Us”

The Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce their new single “Two Ol’ Country Boys Like Us.” The song was written by Larry Stephenson and features guest and co-writer Ronnie Bowman.  The song is now available to radio via and to consumers for streaming and purchase.

The song appears on the band’s upcoming album “30” that celebrates The Larry Stephenson Band’s 30th Anniversary.   This award-winning group has been entertaining audiences for 30 years including their numerous performances on the Grand Ole Opry, RFD-TV and headlining festivals and concerts across the US and Canada. The group is led by Larry Stephenson who is a Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame member and 5-time Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Male Vocalist of the Year award winner. They also inducted Stephenson into their SPBGMA Hall of Greats in 2018. With numerous IBMA and SPBGMA nominations and awards, Larry records on his own label, Whysper Dream Music.

This past weekend The Larry Stephenson Band kicked off their “30 Tour” in Nashville, Tenn. with performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame for the ceremony of Doctor of Philosophy from Glenville State College in Glenville, WV for Bobby & Sonny Osborne, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and Mac Wiseman. They also had a fantastic show at the World Famous Station Inn and at the SPBGMA conventions.  Stephenson received a 2019 SPBGMA Nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year.  He and his wife, Dreama and their daughter were presenters at the Awards Show.

Stay tuned for more music and show announcements by visiting larrystephensonband.com and Facebook.

The Cleverlys Release Their New Single, “Baby”

From a remote thicket of Stone County, Arkansas, to national festival stages, The Cleverlys have returned! Now the band has teamed up with Mountain Home Music Company to bring their first single in over two years, “Baby.”

Well-known for a fun fusion of contemporary pop and traditional Bluegrass, The Cleverlys do not disappoint with their rendition of a tune made popular by one of the purveyors of classic American music, Justin Bieber.

Lead singer and guitar virtuoso Digger Cleverly, the bands patriarch says, “Large amount of anticipation on Cleverly Mountain amidst the release of ‘Baby,’ our first single with Mountain Home Music Company. We haven’t had this much excitement up here since Cub became the first recipient of a pig bicuspid transplant. You can’t even tell he has a pig tooth until he sings in his falsetto.”

Digger is joined by his immediate family and bandmates, a distilled group of rode-hard musicians known as Sock Cleverly, fiddle and vocals; Cub Cleverly, mandolin and vocals; DVD Cleverly, banjo and vocals; and Ricky Lloyd Cleverly, bass and vocals.
With additional songs to follow throughout the summer and fall, Digger goes onto say, “We are proud of this first single. It’s as grass as Axonopus and as American as the original artist, Justin Bieber. It showcases the groups personality and our love for Bluegrass music. The group is hitting on all 9 cylinders and we are pumped about our best collection of tunes yet. Hope you enjoy! There is more to come.”

To hear “Baby,” follow The Cleverlys’ on Spotify, Apple Music or other streaming platform of your choice.

“Baby” from The Cleverlys will be available everywhere July 20 from Mountain Home Music Company.

About The Cleverlys
The Cleverlys are a one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend coming from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas. Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and Cub, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe, if the globe only consisted of the United States, performing at music venues and some of the nation’s largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Music Fest and even the Grand Ole Opry. The New York Times wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.” Don’t be fooled by this faux-family band – they are all accomplished musicians putting their unique bluegrass spin on cover songs from any genre. The Cleverlys’ set list includes genius arrangements of tunes like Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a medley of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Flo Rida’s “Low” that recently went viral on Facebook, with over 11 million views from a local TV appearance. Rolling Stone Magazine says Digger’s “out-of-date eyeglasses are as thick as his hillbilly accent, but whose comic sensibilities are a hilariously off-kilter hybrid of Homer & Jethro and The Office.”

 

Lonesome River Band records catchy song, “Wreck Of My Heart”

Arden, North Carolina (July 20, 2018) — The legendary and award-winning Lonesome River Band has released their second single of 2018, “Wreck Of My Heart” on Mountain Home.

With an iconic driving Bluegrass sound that has kept the band at the forefront of the genre this latest single, “Wreck Of My Heart,” shows why the Lonesome River Band continues to grow a fan base in their 35-plus years as performers and recording artists.
This bouncy, three-part harmony, “leavin'” song embodies the band’s enduring, driving-grass sound. Lead vocals from guitarist Brandon Rickman alongside the iconic banjo and baritone of multi-awarded IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor; the mandolin and tenor of gifted Jesse Smathers; the pulsing bass of Barry Reed and sharp fiddle of celebrated player Mike Hartgrove make for a perfected Grass single. It’s traditional-based with a contemporary feel. It’s a new song with a classic sound.

“It’s a great song by a great Texas songwriter Roger Brown,” says Rickman. “The cool, catchy melody — it’s something different we haven’t heard before.”

Listen to “Wreck Of My Heart” HERE and check out a video for the single produced by Mountain Home Music Company, to premiere July 27 at The Bluegrass Situation.

About Lonesome River Band
Since its formation 35 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 Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

About Mountain Home Music Company:
Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Donna Ulisse, Gina Clowes, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Adam Steffey, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, John Bowman and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.

Larry Cordle Releases New AlbumTales From East Kentucky

Nashville, Tenn.  (July 6, 2018) –  Kentucky Music Hall of Famer, three-time Grammy Nominee and multi-IBMA award-winner LARRY CORDLE is back with another strong collection of original tunes titled TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY. The album is now available for purchase at major retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at AirPlay.com.

Cordle takes listeners down a Kentucky road as he co-wrote all tracks on the album including six songs with his good buddy Larry Shell. Other co-writers include: Donna Ulisse, Trey Hensley, Connie Leigh, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman, Jim Rushing, and Donnie Clark.

Musicians include Cordle’s band members from Lonesome Standard Time: Mike Anglin, Chris Davis, Kim Gardner and Jody King along with guests Ron Block, Mike Bub, Aubrey Haynie, Jenee Fleenor, Clay Hess, Chris Latham, Clay Hess, and Rob Ickes.  Guest vocalists include: Don Rigsby, Jerry Salley, Val Storey, Jenee Fleenor, Val Storey, Donna Ulisse, Angie Prim, Brandon Rickman, Josh Swift, and LST member Chris Davis.

TRACK LISTING

01 – Yardbird (2:52) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
02 – Where The Mountain Lilies Grow (3:31), Donna Ulisse, Larry Cordle
03 – Bluegrass Junction (2:15) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, Trey Hensley
04 – Lawrence County Seat (2:51) Connie. Leigh, Larry Cordle
05 – Old Men (2:48), Larry Shell, Larry Cordle
06 – We Blame The Devil (3:58) Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman
07 – A Large Detroit American Automobile (2:35) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
08 – Scared The Hell Out Of Me (4:10) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
09 – Back When (3:01) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
10 – Anything Worth Doing (3:02) Jim Rushing, Larry Cordle
11 – Bandit (3:31) Larry Cordle, Donnie Clark

The album was produced:   Larry Cordle for Wandachord Productions.  Please visit Larry Cordle at LarryCordle.com, facebook.com/LarryCordleFan, and twitter.com/larry_cordle.

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Radio programmers can download TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY at airplaydirect.com/music/talesfromeastkentucky/

California’s Huck Finn Jubilee Music Festival is back in 2018

West Coast’s Largest Bluegrass Festival Under New Ownership

Ontario, CA: For over 40 years, the annual three-day music festival in Southern California, Huck Finn Jubilee, delivered acts from a long list of luminaries such as Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss,
Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, and more. After a one-year hiatus, the festival will return to Ontario, CA on October 5, 6, and 7 in 2018 under new owners Nikki and Roger.

“It’s important that we honor the tradition of this festival because the community deserves it and we want to take you on the musical journey that we experienced” says Nikki and Roger. The couple, both executives at an experiential marketing firm in Los Angeles, attended the festival in 2016 and were impressed with the music, array of activities for people of all ages and overall positive vibe. When they heard the festival wasn’t going to return in 2017, they purchased the brand and built their dream team of industry experts in hopes of keeping the festival alive and maintaining the high-level of quality its fans and the community deserves.

Entering its 41st year, the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee will offer the entire festival experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass music, local food, craft beer, a unique array of
handcrafted arts and crafts, access to beautiful park amenities, camping, fishing and general family fun.

Festival tickets and lineup announcements coming soon. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!

Learn more about the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee at HuckFinn.com and in this four-part video series:

Experience 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee (30 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (60 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (Full-Length)

2018 Huck Finn Jubilee: Mini-Documentary

Three Chart Hits from Shannon Slaughter’s Album Never Standing Still

Shannon Slaughter’s “You Can’t Outrun The River,” written by Shannon Slaughter, Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford, made its debut on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart today. This is the third track from Slaughter’s album Never Standing Still to receive chart success on the Bluegrass Today charts.

The first single release, “That Old County Road,” reached #1 in October on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20, appeared numerous months on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20,  and was included in Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2017 even after the album’s late 2017 release.

The third chart hit, “He Moved A Mountain” was written by Shannon Slaughter and Dale Felts.” The song was honored with the #1 spot on the very first Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart that was launched last month.

Not only has Slaughter received recognition on the Bluegrass Today charts, but numerous tracks have crossed genres on AirPlayDirect’s charts.  Never Standing Still was #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; #1 for “Better Move It On Home” and #2 for “Trying to Be My Own Man” on the APD Top 50 COUNTRY SONGS; #15 for “Going Home” and #16 for “Dying to Live Again” on the APD Top 50 AMERICANA SONGS; #38 for “That Old County Road” and #46 for “Movin’ On” on the APD Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS charts in October.

Never Standing Still is available for purchase and streaming at numerous sites including iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, ShannonSlaughter.com and many more sites.

Slaughter co-produced the album with Wes Easter and Randy Kohrs who gathered the impressive talents of: Ron Inscore on mandolin, harmony vocals; Cliff Bailey  on acoustic bass and harmony vocals; Trevor Watson on banjo; Tracy Burcham on bass; Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar and harmony vocals; Shawn Lane on fiddle and harmony vocals; Lou Reid on harmony vocals; Steve Gulley on harmony vocals; Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo; Tim Crouch on triple fiddles; Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar; Josh Shilling on piano on one tracks; Shannon Slaughter on guitar, lead & harmony vocals; his wife Heather Slaughter on lead & harmony vocals; and a special track with two of their children, Rae Carroll Slaughter on vocals and Jed Slaughter. The couple recently welcomed the birth of their third child, Call.

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Shannon Slaughter Tops the Charts with New Album Never Standing Still

Album Now Available on iTunes, Apple Music and more retail & streaming outlets

Shannon Slaughter has delivered yet another an outstanding album mixed with various styles, crossing numerous genres, and becoming an instant radio hit.  Never Standing Still hit #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; reached #1 for “Better Move It On Home” and #2 for “Trying to Be My Own Man” on the APD Top 50 COUNTRY SONGS; #15 for “Going Home” and #16 for “Dying to Live Again” on the APD Top 50 AMERICANA SONGS; #38 for “That Old County Road” and #46 for “Movin’ On” on the APD Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS charts in October.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” hit the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and is #6 on the November 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still is available for purchase and streaming at numerous sites including iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, ShannonSlaughter.com and many more sites.

Slaughter co-produced the album with Wes Easter and Randy Kohrs who gathered the impressive talents of: Ron Inscore on mandolin, harmony vocals; Cliff Bailey  on acoustic bass and harmony vocals; Trevor Watson on banjo; Tracy Burcham on bass; Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar and harmony vocals; Shawn Lane on fiddle and harmony vocals; Lou Reid on harmony vocals; Steve Gulley on harmony vocals; Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo; Tim Crouch on triple fiddles; Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar; Josh Shilling on piano on one tracks; Shannon Slaughter on guitar, lead & harmony vocals; his wife Heather Slaughter on lead & harmony vocals; and a special track with two of their children, Rae Carroll Slaughter on vocals and Jed Slaughter. The couple recently welcomed the birth of their third child, Call.

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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