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

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time feat Garth Brooks

Fresh off in his induction in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Larry Cordle has received an Award Nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Recorded Event of the Year for “Against The Grain” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks. The song was produced by Cordle on his MightyCord Records label.

“Against the Grain” features Lead Vocals by Garth Brooks & Larry Cordle; Back Vocals – Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle; Banjo – Kristin Scott Benson; Bass – Mike Anglin; Dobro – Kim Gardner; Fiddle – Jenee Fleenor; Guitar – Bryan Sutton; and Mandolin – Chris Davis; and Songwriters – Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Bruce Bouton.

In the Track by Track video for “Against the Grain,” Cordle goes into great detail on how the song came to life and Garth Brooks recording it on his multi-million selling album, Ropin The Wind. Fans can watch the video in its entirety at www.larrycordle.com or YouTube.

“Against The Grain” appears on Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time’s ALL-STAR DUETS album that includes Nashville superstars: Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, Kevin Denny, Terri Clark, and Travis Tritt. ALL-STAR DUETS is available at iTunes, Amazon, and more fine retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at AirPlayDirect.com.

The 2015 IBMA Awards will be presented Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the IBMA Awards Show to be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For tickets on the Awards show and the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

Cordle has received numerous other IBMA Awards during his remarkable career including his 2000 IBMA Award for Song of the Year for “Murder On Music Row” with Lonesome Standard Time and written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell.

For more information on Larry Cordle, please visit www.larrycordle.com, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Amanda Smith Wins IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award

Amanda_Smith_color-800RALEIGH, NC (October 3, 2014) – Bluegrass songstress Amanda Smith was awarded the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Award last night at the 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event was held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas.

amanda-smith-ibma-female-vocalist-of-the-year-csThis was the first win for Amanda in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. The mother-to-be accepted the award with a heartfelt acceptance speech that certainly thrilled the audience. Friends and fans were quick to hit Facebook congratulating Amanda on this award to which she responded, “I am so honored to have won the IBMA Female Vocalist award. Thanks so much to everyone who has been so kind to me and encouraged me. I’m truly speechless!”

Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my Mom and Dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss.
Amanda met husband Kenny Smith at a Lonesome River Band concert, and the couple began dating and playing music together almost immediately. In 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith band were awarded the prestigious IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award.

For more information, please visit www.kenny-amandasmith.com.

Benefit Raises Over $20,000 for Charlie Louvin


Photo by: Dan Harr, Music News Nashville
Left-Right: Camella Ramsey, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Charlie Louvin, Jerry Douglas, Viktor Krauss

Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin along with the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in Bell Buckle, Tenn., would like to thank everyone who came out for the benefit concert and auction on Saturday night, Oct. 30.  Over $20,000 was raised to help Louvin, who is battling pancreatic cancer, with his medical bills.

“I’m not surprised, not really,” said performer Valerie Smith, who helped host the event. “Everybody loves Charlie and everybody wants to be able to give back to someone who has given so much to country music.”

“It was such a pleasure to be able to help a dear friend in need,” said J. Gregory Heinike of the Bell Buckle Cafe and Banquet Hall.  “And it was so sweet of Alison Krauss to help a dear friend in need and I’m appreciative to everyone who supported this benefit so tremendously.”

“I’m thrilled with all the people that were here and I appreciate the folks who gave something to the auction,” said Louvin.

The star-studded evening included Patsy and Donna Stoneman of the legendary Stoneman Family; Valerie Smith & Becky Buller; Wildwood Valley Boys; Jon Weisberger; Mike Scott; Ray Wix, Michael Cleveland, Mike Allen; Bobby Powell; Jeff Berry; Jeff Haley, Wilford Ray; Billy Kitchen; Kristi Morris Band; Shane Blackwell; Kraig Smith and more.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was a set of five Louvin Brothers songs performed by Americana megastar Alison Krauss along with Union Station members Ron Block and Jerry Douglas, her brother Viktor Krauss and friend Carmella Ramsey.

“Being on the same stage as Alison Krauss was enough to keep the thrill going from here on out,” said Louvin.  “She blew my hat in the creek when she offered to perform, but when she said they’d do all Louvin Brothers songs, well, that just cinched it for me.”

Krauss had wonderful things to say about Mr. Louvin, the Louvin Brothers and their music as well.  Her comments can be seen in a very nice article by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette of Shelbyville, Tenn.  The full story can be viewed here.

David Boley of the Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’ in Webster’s Chapel, Ala., presented Louvin with a plaque commemorating the entertainer’s induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  Louvin, who now lives in Wartrace, Tenn., is a native of Henagar, Ala.

Thanks to Jerry Shelton, Johnny Foster and Tom Waynick from Shelton Auction & Realty of Shelbyville, Tenn., for conducting the live auction.

Special thanks to Rhonda Vincent, who could not join us for the event Saturday night.  Instead, Vincent put together a package including a signed Martin 000 guitar, which was auctioned on her website.  The winning bid of $1900 came from Linda Little of Virgie, Ky.  Thanks, Linda!


Please support those businesses who have shown their support of Mr. Louvin:

In Manchester, Tenn.: Jiffy Burger, The Manchester Police Department, Kilby’s Discount Furniture & Appliances , Russell Stover , Charles Glass Company, Foothills Crafts, Hoover’s Jewelers, Smoots Flowers & Gifts, Home Depot , Northside Clocks , KKs  , Crystal’s Past & Present  , Dixie Outfitters Southern Heritage Store, The Frame Shop, Toliver’s Pawn Shop, Starbuck’s Coffee , Family Music Center  
In Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Captain D’s 

In Nashville, Tenn.:Grand Ole Opry, 650 AM WSM , Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, International Bluegrass Music Association, ASCAP , BMI , Manuel , Charlie Daniels’ Museum, Big Joe’s Guitar Works, Tommy’s Tours, Bigtime Boots  

In Lynchburg, Tenn.: , Lynchburg Gifts & More, Nina’s Taste of Tennessee, Sully’s Gift & Cowboy Jacks,
The Knotty Eye, The Dry Country Sill General Store, Lynchburg Harley-Davidson, Iron Kettle Restaurant,
Lost and Found Relics, Lynchburg Drug, Bar-B-Que Caboose Cafe  

In Shelbyville, Tenn.: Victory Nissan South, Nature’s Health, New Covenant Christian Bookstore,
Badcock & More Home Furniture, Kincaid Service Company , Celebration Travel , Christopher Equipment , Shelbyville Record Shop , Barrs , Hoover Paint , Heritage Jewelers, First Community Bank, J. Jordan ,
Ole Grapevine Antiques, Antique Art & Collectibles, Haynes Brothers Lumber Co., Yoes Brothers, Pomegranate, Abundant Church, Tyson Foods, M & L Greenhouse, Dotson Produce, Shelbyville Pawn & Gun,

Lewisburg, Tenn.:Action Tents 

In Bell Buckle, Tenn.: Vera’s Pearls, Phillips General Store, Cat’s Meow, Bell Buckle Cafe , TC Bags, 82 Market, Designz By You , Countryside Home Decor 

Wartrace, Tenn.: Gallagher Guitars 

Thanks also to these individuals and bands for donating to the silent auction: Jimmy C. Newman, Monroe Crossing , Tennessee Backroads Heritage, John & Judy Osborne, Phillip & Teresa Odle, Mike & Linda Allen, Cypress Cowboy, Cedar Hill , Sabal Palm Old-Country & Bluegrass Festival , Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival , Maggie Britton Vaughn, Gretchen Wilson, Little Joe, Guy Gilchrist, Jason Galaz, LaFinn Management, W. Michael Bush , Alan Messer Photography

Services: T. J. Hall Photography, Music New Nashville, Dan Harr, Hope River Entertainment Publicity

Due to the large number of donations that came in during the benefit itself, we realize we may have inadvertently left someone off this list.  If so, we do apologize.  Thank you again to all who made this event possible and such a great success.

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CONTACT INFO:
High res pic of Charlie Louvin here

Becky Buller
Bell Buckle Banquet Hall
PO Box 142
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
(931) 639-1590 cell / (931) 389-0223 office / (931) 389-0224 fax
becky@beckybuller.com / BellBuckleBanquetHall.com

or

Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment
678.377.3298
Email: contact@hoperiverentertainment.com

 

Donna Hughes Receives Multiple Honors from Various Organizations

Donna Hughes
Donna Hughes

Acclaimed songwriter and national touring artist, DONNA HUGHES has just received numerous honors and nominations by a variety of organizations in recent weeks including being nominated by The Carolina Music Awards for the Country Female Vocalist of the Year. Winners will be announced at the 2nd Annual Carolina Music Awards Show on August 15, 2009 at the Progress Energy Center in Downtown, Raleigh, NC.  Fans can still cast their vote at the organization’s website at: CarolinaMusicAwards.com

Hughes’ current CD, GAINING WISDOM (Rounder Records), has also garnered 4 nominations by the Just Plain Folks Music Organization for Bluegrass Album of the Year, Country Song of the Year (“Hold On“), and Bluegrass Song of the Year (“Bottom of a Glass” and “What I’m Looking For.”) Just Plain Folks is a community of over 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals and host to the world’s largest independent music awards.  The Awards Show will be held Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has chosen Donna Hughes as a 2009 IBMA Showcase Artist where she will perform with her band at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass held at the Nashville Convention Center in September.

Hughes has recently been in the studio recording a new bluegrass album with producer and bluegrass legend, J. D. Crowe.  This will be her second Rounder Records release and comes on the heels of her acclaimed “Gaining Wisdom” album produced by legendary guitarist, Tony Rice.  The CD featured many of Hughes’ original songs complimented with guest vocals by Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and more. 

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