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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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.

Christmas in the Blue Ridge by Lou Reid & Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

New Album Release by Lou Reid & Carolina

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

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

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

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

Lou Reid & Carolina Gearing Up for CD and DVD Release of 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home

dvd-coverLou Reid and Carolina are proud to announce the CD and DVD release of their “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” on KMA Records. The album is set for release October 1, 2013 and is available for pre-order at Amazon, County Sales, CD Universe, plus more retail outlets. The DVD is available for sale now on the band’s website at loudreidandcarolina.com.

The band has released a preview video including a performance of their new single, “Mountain Girl” available for viewing on youtube and Facebook. Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC filmed the band during the exciting live concert event recently held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

“The “20th Anniversary Concert” album recently made its debut on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction hosted by Kyle Cantrell. The album is available to all radio programmers at airplaydirect.com/music/loureidandcarolina20thAnniversaryConcert.

Lou Reid and Carolina have been busy on tour with upcoming performances at:

  • September 27, 2013 – Raleigh, NC – IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival – Martin Street Stage 8:15 PM
  • September 28, 2013 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Pavilion Stage Sponsored by MerleFest and Mast Farm Inn – 1-1:45pm for a workshop then a 2 pm performance
  • October 19, 2013 – Home Creek Farms Festival, Pinnacle, NC
  • October 25, 2013 – Howmet Playhouse Theater, Whitehall, MI
  • October 26, 2013 – McGregor, Ontario Canada
  • November 5, 2013 – Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival, Oak Grove, LA
  • November 16, 2013 – McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX
  • February 14, 2014 – Bluegrass First Class, Asheville, NC
  • June 12, 2014 – Bluegrass in Cherokee, Cherokee, NC
  • June 19, 2014 – Rockahock Bluegrass Festival, Lanexa, VA
  • June 21, 2014- Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, MI

Lou Reid and Carolina includes the fine talents of Lou Reid, Christy Reid, Trevor Watson and Skip Cherryholmes. For more information on the band and the new CD & DVD, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com.