My heart if broken this morning learning of the passing of dear friend, Tim Hensley. What an incredible talent. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and his wife Carla. Here is one of my favorite pics of Tim who performed songs from his solo album on the Grand Ole Opry. It was one of those magical performances that stays in your mind and heart forever. He was an extraordinary talented musician and performed with Kenny Chesney’s band for over 10 years. May he rest in peace. I will miss you Timmy.
Hope River Entertainment is proud to announce the line-up for our After Hours Showcase held during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass. The concert will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, 2nd floor, Fisk Rooms 1 & 2 on Tuesday, September 29th from 11:15 PM – 2:00 AM. This late night concert includes performances by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), Audie Blaylock & Redline, Donna Hughes Band, Brand New Strings, Tim Hensley, and Jett’s Creek.
Starting off this late night at 11:15 PM – Jett’s Creek, an Ohio based national touring act. The band will debut songs from their upcoming album, including their new song, Please. Jett’s Creek band members include: Adam McIntosh, Angie Young, Jon McIntosh, Johnny Wax, Wayne Haddix and Jeff Bird. Jett’s Creek made their IBMA debut last year during our After Hours and we are proud to welcome them back.
Brand New Strings will take the stage at 11:35 pm with members: Mike Ramsey (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Stuart Wyrick (Banjo), Matt Leadbetter (Dobro) and special guest, Preston Schmidt (Fiddle.) Massengill and Ramsey each contribute original material to the group and you don’t want to miss this show! “Combine great songs with strong vocals and some hard driving bluegrass and you’ve got Brand New Strings,” said Mike Kelly (WDVX). The group just completed their upcoming new album with producer, Steve Gulley.
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rainwill welcome the midnight hour with their high-energy performance that will keep you going all night! Hard Rain includes: Keith McKinnon, Kevin McKinnon, Jamie Harper, Travis Anderson and Zach Gilmer. The group is celebrating their highly successful chart album, CHHR2 on Rural Rhythm Records. Their hit single, “‘I Can Go Back Anytime” reached #1 on the May 2009 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 single chart. Check out their latest single, “Faith & Hope” along with Carrie’s latest gospel single release, “Amazing Grace.” CHHR will also be performing at this year’s IBMA FanFest, Friday, October 3, at 2:15 pm.
At 12:25 AM, we welcome 2009 IBMA Showcase artist, Audie Blaylock & Redline. The band is nominated for the 2009 IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year award for “Who’ll Sing For Me?” from their current self-titled new album on Rural Rhythm Records. You can catch the band at their booth in the Exhibit Hall during the convention; plus their performances at the IBMA Showcase Brunch on Wednesday, September 30 and IBMA FanFest on Friday, October 2, at 2:45 pm. Audie has been packing our After Hours Showcases since the World of Bluegrass was held in Louisville, KY, and we are glad to have them back!
At 12:50 AM, we are proud to have another official IBMA Showcase Artist, theDonna Hughes Band. Don’t miss their official showcase performance on Wednesday, September 30, at 8:30 pm and at the IBMA FanFest on the Master’s Workshop Stage on Friday, October 2, at 4:40 pm. Donna just finished recording her upcoming new Rounder Records album produced by bluegrass legend, JD Crowe. Convention attendees will get to take home the first cut, “Dr. Jekyl,” as it will appear on the 2009 IBMA Showcase compilation CD!
Hitting the stage at 1:10 AM, is Tim Hensley who is finishing up a mega tour as gutarist and vocalist with Kenny Chesney. Tim and guests will perform songs from his current Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair Records bluegrass album, Long Monday. The CD was produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon. One of the tracks from the album, “Shady Grove” appears this week at #21 on Sirius-XM Radio’s Top 40 Song chart.
During this time slot, we’ll also have a special surprise for someone, so you don’t want to miss it!
From 1:40 am, we welcome Brandon Rickman with special guests to celebrate his critically acclaimed debut solo album, “YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL“ on Rural Rhythm Records. The album appears this month at #5 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 Albums and TWO SINGLES on their Top 30: “Here Comes That Feeling” at #20 and “Always Have, Always Will” at #28. Brandon is, of course guitarist and lead singer for the ever-popular Lonesome Rver Band. The band is celebrating a #1 album, “No Turning Back” (3 months in a row this year) and a #1 single, “Them Blues.” We also invite you to their IBMA FanFest performance Friday, October 3, at 9:30 pm. The Lonesome River Band is nominated for two 2009 IBMA Awards including Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for their song, “Struttin’ to Ferrum” and for the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “Darkness Wept.” The Lonesome River Band will perform at the IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, Oct 1 at the Ryman Auditorium.
So please join us, mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!
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Photos courtesy of:
Tim Hensley: Photo by Glen Rose Photography
Brandon Rickman – Photo by Anthony Ladd of Kneelin Design
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain – Photo by Anthony Ladd of Kneelin Design
Brand New Strings – Photo by: Dean Hoffmeyer
Jett’s Creek – Photo by: Only You Photography
Our Favorite DUETS (or special album guests) of 2008
BACK TO EARTHbyMelonie Cannon and Willie Nelson from her new CD, “And The Wheels Turn, Rural Rhythm Records.The new music video comes out next month!Don’t forget to request this video on CMT and GAC!Songwriter:Willie Nelson.
DREAMER by Jeanette Williams and Keith Garrettharmonizing beautifully with Tony Rice on guitar.You don’t get much better than that!The song is from Jeanette’s new CD, “Thank You For Caring on Blue Circle Records is absolutely one of the BEST BLUEGRASS SONGS OF THE YEAR.Songwriter: Shannon Slaughter.
I FORGOT MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOWby Jeanette Williams (Thank You for Caring,Blue Circle Records).Another track by Jeanette ……. because we can’t overlook a perfect duet with two of Virginia’s favorite bluegrass vocalists, Jeanette Williamsand Michelle Nixon blending perfectly together as usual. Songwriter:Cecil A. Null.
PROUD TO BE A DAUGHTER OF BLUEGRASS by The Daughters of Bluegrass (Bluegrass Bouquet, Blue Circle Records).The Daughters of Bluegrass received the 2006 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for their previous CD, Back to the Well.We’d love to see these ladies win again in 2009 for this project, so for you IBMA voters out there, please remember to write them in your first ballot!Songwriter:Dixie Hall.Vocals:Dale Ann Bradley, Heather Berry, Lisa Martin, Gloria Belle, Sierra Hull, Lisa Ray, Rhonda Vincent, Linda Lay, Sally Jones, Carol Lee Cooper, Jeanie Stanley, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Michelle Nixon, Jeanette Williams, Sophie Haislip, Louise Tomberlain, Mindy Rakestraw, Lizzy Long, Frances Mooney, Lorraine Jordan,Annette Kelley, Lily Lieux.Shouters:Dixie Hall, Judi Marshall, Melissa Lawrence, Beth Lawrence.
THANK YOU FOR CARING by Jeanette Williams (Thank You for Caring,Blue Circle Records).Ok there you have it – Jeanette makes three spots in this category.The title track, a duet with Jeanette Williams and the legendary George Jones, was previously released, but since the CD came out in 2008, we of course want to include it!It is a perfect classic country sounding song.Songwriters:Dixie and Tom T. Hall.
TURN THE PAGE by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (CHHR2, Rural Rhythm Records). Perfect vocal pairing with Carrie Hassler and Josh Shilling. Still waiting to see these two perform this song live!Songwriter: Bob Seger.
TWO COATSby Tim Hensley with guest vocals by Patty Loveless from Tim’s CD, “Long Monday,” Rural Rhythm Records.
WHAT A SIGHT TO BEHOLD by Tim Hensley (Long Monday, Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair).Songwriter, Tim Hensley and guest vocals by Vince Gill and Sonya Isaacs.
·ALONE by Jeanette Williams (Thank You For Caring, Blue Circle Records).Songwriter:Ryan Roberts.Lyric sample:“There’s a lonesome feeling at my door, and an emptiness that fills my home, but if you can’t love me anymore, well I’m sure I’ll be better on my own.Are you sure that you’d rather be alone?”
·CATCUS IN A COFFEE CAN by Melonie Cannon (And The Wheels Turn, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriters: Allen Shamblin andSteve Seskin.Lyric Sample:“My momma was a tortured soul, I still love her even though she gave me away on the day I was born.”
·I DON’T WANT TO WAKE UP ANYMOREby Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain(CHHR2, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriter: Josh Miller and Josh Swift.Lyric Sample:“I don’t want to fight for life without you.There’d be no reason left worth fighting for.If I can’t wake up knowing that you’d be here, then I just don’t want to wake up anymore.”
·EVERYTHING’S BLUE a duet with Jeanette Williams and Keith Garrett (Thank You for Caring by Jeanette Williams on Blue Circle Records.Songwriter:Marcie Horne. Lyric Sample:“You’re too young and it won’t work, that’s what the old folks say.” “How could a love that seem so right prove to be untrue? How could a promise meant forever fade like the morning dew?
·FLOWERSby The Lonesome River Band (No Turning Back, Rural Rhythm).Songwriter: Billy Yates and Monty Criswell.Lyric Sample: “You won’t believe how much I’ve changed since you’ve left.It took losing you for me to find myself.”
·IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (CHHR2, Rural Rhythm Records).Songwriter:Josh Miller.Lyric Sample:“And the people screamed, and the people danced, and they try to conjure up some sweet romance.And they tell lies and make believe they’ve got more on earth to live for than the bar down the street.So look around and you will find that if these walls could talk I’d know they cry.”
·SUPPOSED TO BE by Jett’s Creek (Supposed to Be, Indie).Songwriter:Angie Young.Lyric Sample:“Did it ever cross your mind just how it felt that night you left me standing all alone watching you go?Your words cut like a knife, and they broke everything inside. That wasn’t how it was supposed to be, but then you left me.”
·LONESOME DOVEby Tim Hensley (Long Monday, Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair).Songwriter:Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson.Lyric Sample:“Lonesome dove we’re not that different, you sing a sad song, but you are not alone.You’ve been forever forsaken by the one that you love and I know you feel lonesome dove.”
Now we want to hear you favorite tearjerker songs of 2008. Leave us a comment!