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


Volume Five

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.

Adkins & Loudermilk Receive IBMA Award Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year


One of bluegrass music’s most talked about new groups, Adkins & Loudermilk, has received an International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. The six piece band, led by Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, also includes the talents of Glen Crain, Jeff Autry, Zack Autry and Barry Crabtree who have been busy touring the country promoting the Adkins & Loudermilk album released earlier this year on Mountain Fever Records.

“I can’t thank the IBMA members enough for thinking of Edgar and myself when casting their ballots. That means the world to us. We’ve had an incredible time out on the road this year and we are still amazed at positive responses we get at shows from our friends (fans) and the support of radio stations around the world,” said Adkins.

The 2015 IBMA Awards will be presented Thursday, October 1 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For tickets and information on the full week of bluegrass events, please visit ibma.org.

Radio stations have also been supportive resulting in six tracks from Adkins & Loudermilk appearing on six different radio charts including Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly & Monthly Charts, SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs, Cashbox Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs, Power Source Magazine’s Top 30 Song charts. The first two single releases, “Backside of Losing” with lead vocals by Adkins and “Georgia Mountain Man,” with Loudermilk taking the reign, continue to climb the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Chart.

For a complete tour schedule, videos, photos and more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.adkinsloudermilk.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. In the meantime, check out this performance video from the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo, North Carolina from last year.  The festival received a 2015 IBMA Award Nomination this year for Festival/Event of the year.

Mountain Fever Records Releases Debut, Self-titled Album from Adkins & Loudermilk

Adkins & Loudermilk album cover 2015Mountain Fever Records announces the release of the debut, self-titled album from Adkins & Loudermilk. This highly anticipated project has already produced a chart-making first single with “Backside of Losing.”

What started out as two impressive solo careers has morphed into what is already being described as a powerhouse team of vocals and songwriting. Dave Adkins has already had a successful career fronting his former band, Republik Steel, and Edgar Loudermilk has been known as one of the most solid bass-playing vocalists in bluegrass, having toured extensively with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrd Tyme Out. But when Adkins & Loudermilk met a couple years ago and began melding their talents of singing and songwriting together, it became clear to them that forming a new duo was much more musically exciting for them than going it alone. So in 2013, the two officially launched their band and set out touring while still promoting successful solo projects on Mountain Fever Records. Since the band’s formal beginning, the duo has been delighting audiences across the country gaining faithful fans who have patiently waited two years for the release of their debut album, appropriately titled Adkins & Loudermilk.

This new album features 12 songs that, by design, give equal due to both men as individual artists, while still shining a spotlight on their collective talents. The balance of Adkins’ growling, rock-tinged vocals combined with the bluegrass tenor vocal chops of Loudermilk, will offer listeners ample opportunity to enjoy all aspects of Adkins & Loudermilk. The album kicks off with back to back, decidedly bluegrass numbers, “Georgia Mountain Man,” sung by Loudermilk, and “Cut The Rope” featuring Adkins. With writing credits going to both men throughout, the album also features strong contributions from other writers of note including David Morris, Mark Brinkman and Hoyt Axton, among others. “Backside of Losing,” the first single from the album written by Adkins and Mark Brinkman, has already been a hit with radio programmers and fans, making its debut on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart. One of the strongest songs and performances from the project is “Weeds,” written by David Morris and Chris Dockins, and a winner in this year’s “Hazel Dickens Song Contest.” From bluegrass to blues, up-tempos to ballads, Adkins & Loudermilk have come out of the gate full force with their debut, self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records.

Adkins & Loudermilk is now available via digital download at iTunes and wherever great music is sold. For more about Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.adkinsloudermilk.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.

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For Mountain Fever Records:
Mark Hodges

For Adkins & Loudermilk
Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment

Everett’s Music Barn Announces 50th Anniversary Benefit Celebration April 11-12, 2014

EverettNewLgEverett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Georgia is proud to celebrate its 50 year tradition of providing the best in bluegrass and gospel music in the Southeast by announcing a two day fundraiser event with live music, food and family fun. The 50th Anniversary Benefit Celebration will take place April 11-12, 2014 from 5pm–Midnight on Friday and 1pm-Midnight on Saturday.

Everett’s Music Barn is dedicated to continuing the tradition of great music in a family friendly environment for 50 more years and needs the help of sponsors along with donations for concessions, raffle and a silent auction.

Local Atlanta area bands, along with national touring acts, will be performing and donating their time for the Fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards needed repairs to Everett’s Music Barn. For anyone wanting to donate items or perform at the event, please contact Tommy Everett by phone or email at 770-722-1276 or everetts3@hotmail.com.

Almost 50 year ago, on April 17th, 1964, one of the most heinous crimes in Georgia police force history took place. Three Gwinnett County police officers were ambushed and executed in Duluth, Ga. One of those officers was Jerry Everett.

Long before the tragedy of Jerry Everett’s death, the Everett home was always a place that family and friends gathered to pick, sing and share their love of bluegrass and gospel music. However, during the 14 month murder investigation, the gatherings in the Everett home grew in number every weekend as friends gathered to support the Everetts in their grief. The little farmhouse could no longer accommodate the crowds that gathered, so in 1968 an addition with a stage was built onto the back of the house.

As word traveled, the crowds continued to increase until Pa Everett declared that a barn needed to be built. As they say, ‘the rest is history’. With scavenged wood from an abandoned apartment building in Norcross, the barn was built in 1971.

Born of a tragedy, Everett’s Music Barn has brought joy, friendship and outstanding music (every Saturday night except Christmas) to generations of music lovers….. all the while honoring Ma Everett’s decrees of “No Drinking” and “Act Responsibly”!

Brandon Rickman heads to Atlanta, Asheville & East Tenn after Late Show with David Letterman appearance

Singer/Songwriter Brandon Rickman Kicks off Tour in Atlanta:

The Voice for the Lonesome River Band in solo concerts following appearance on Late Night with David Letterman with the Lonesome River Band and Steve Martin

In addition to his performances as the lead singer and guitarist with the Lonesome River Band,  Brandon Rickman will be performing solo shows at singer/songwriter events in Atlanta, GA, Kingsport, TN and Black Mountain, NC. His upcoming 3-day Fall Tour kicks off at the Red Light Cafe in Atlanta and wraps up near Asheville, North Carolina.  On November 11th, Brandon will be performing with the Lonesome River Band and Steve Martin on the TV show Late Night with David Letterman.

Brandon Rickman hails from the farming community of Purdy, Missouri. A product of a musical family, Rickman grew up playing guitar though he picked up the upright bass just hours before playing his first show as a member of the esteemed bluegrass gospel group, New Tradition. Prior to joining the Lonesome River Band, he spent 2001 appearing with award-winning bluegrass singer and songwriter Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time.  These great musical experiences have provided Rickman with a wide range of material. The songs he will perform in his solo shows will draw heavily on his original material ranging from lighthearted songs like “I Bought Her a Dog” to powerful gospel and deep and soulful cover tunes like “Rain and Snow”.

Rickman’s shows include a stop at the Red Light Café in Atlanta, Georgia on November 17th, The Bus Pit in Kingsport, Tennessee on November 18th, and The White Horse Black Mountain on November 19th. Other dates are planned for December 2011 and solo performances are confirmed for 2012 including the Historic Jonesborough (TN) Bluegrass Series. Additional details are available at www.brandonrickman.com

In 2009 Rural Rhythm Records released Brandon’s solo album, YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL. This successful album appeared in WNCW Radio’s Top 50 CDs of the Year (2010) and received numerous other honors. Two singles, “Always Have Always Will” and “I Bought Her a Dog” appeared on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart; and the track, “Wearin Her Knees Out Over Me” won the Strictly Country Magazine’s Song of the Year in 2010.

“I look forward taking my solo show to many listening rooms and venues around the country. It will be different from the shows I currently do with the Lonesome River Band as for the most part it will just be me and a guitar.” said Rickman.  “I’m excited about the upcoming solo tour and visiting East Tennessee and the Asheville area.  I’m also looking forward to the work I’ll be doing with the Lonesome River Band in 2012. 2012 is going to be a great year!”

Additional details on Brandon Rickman are available at www.brandonrickman.com or www.mountainmusicentertainment.com

Carrie Hassler and SEBA launch membership drive

Bluegrass artist, Carrie Hassler along with the Southeastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA) are proud to announce a SEBA Membership Drive to be held Friday, July 22, 2011 during Carrie’s concert at the Matilda’s Under Pines concert series held at Matilda’s Cottage, 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30004.  The concert begins at 8:30 pm and tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door.

SEBA is a non-profit organization of fans, musicians, promoters, vendors, and friends of BLUEGRASS music, joined together to preserve, promote, and publicize bluegrass music, performers, and activities, and to serve as an information source through their award-winning newsletter, The SEBA BREAKDOWN and the SEBA website.  They offer four levels of membership including: E-Members, Regular, Family and Professional.  During Friday’s concert they will offer $5 off any membership level.

SEBA now has multiple chapters serving Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee with extensive membership lists in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina which include such distinguished members as Doc WatsonThe Station Inn and many more.

Carrie Hassler can be heard on the new hit album, THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN album that includes two chart singles: “Graves Mountain Memories” (with Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Russell Moore, Lou Reid, Sammy Shelor, Audie Blaylock and more); and “Head Over Heels” with Lonesome River Band’s Brandon Rickman and bluegrass group, Brand New Strings.  Rural Rhythm Records will soon announce details on Carrie’s highly anticipated new studio album.   Her two previous albums on the label were extremely well received by press, radio and fans.  These projects included numerous #1 hit songs including: “I Can Go Back Anytime,”Seven Miles from Wichita,” “Country Strong” and more.  Carrie also performed a duet with label-mate, Michael Martin Murphey on a remake of his mega hit song, “Wildfire” that appears on his “Buckaroo Blue Grass II” album.

For more information Carrie Hassler, please visit CarrieHassler.com.  For more information the Southeastern Bluegrass Association, please visit: SEBAbluegrass.org


“Head Over Heels”
“Graves Mountain Memories”

Mason Douglas performs for film cast party In attendance: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and more

Last Saturday night, February 26, 2011, Nashville country music artist, MASON DOUGLAS provided yet another stellar performance at The Alamo in Newnan, GA.  This time however, it was for a private cast party for the film “The Wettest County in the World.” Those in attendance included one of the film’s stars SHIA LABEOUF who loved Mason’s music and told him, “That’s some good s*&#!” Other attendees include: TOM HARDY (Inception); NICK CAVE (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds); the film’s Director JOHN HILLCOAT; Atlanta jazz blues singer, TONI BYRD; and many more.

MASON DOUGLAS has been receiving quite a bit of attention lately including his recent feature in the Country Music Association’s CMA Close-Up Magazine’s Debut Spotlight and numerous kudos for his new album, MY WILD HEART, released on L.A. based, Rural Rhythm Country.  The first single release has also received attention including ROBERT K OERMAN (Music Row) saying, “I don’t know when I have heard a more accomplished debut single. And he wrote it all by himself. Give that man a DisCovery Award. The CD is titled MY WILD HEART, and you can bet I’ll be playing the rest of it.”

MY WILD HEART was recently featured on CMT.com “20 New Tunes for Adventurous Music Fans” and includes 11 original songs by Mason Douglas. The album is available to radio via Play MPE, DMDS and Airplay Direct and available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon.com and many more major outlets.

“The Wettest County in the World,” a crime-drama centered on a family of Depression-era bootleggers in the American South, is due in theaters next year.

For more information on Mason Douglas, please visit www.masondouglasmusic.com.


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Photo Credit:  Mason Douglas photo at The Alamo by Mac McDavid of Alachua, FL