#1 Song on Singing News Magazine Top 10 Bluegrass Chart

albumcover-larrystephenson-400wThe Larry Stephenson Band’s single, “Pull Your Savior In” is #1 on this month’s Singing News Magazine Top 10 Bluegrass Song Chart. The song was written by Stephenson and is the title track of the group’s all-gospel album that was recently honored with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

the-rec-room-studio-pic-sBluegrass, gospel and country music fans have certainly enjoyed the wonderful selection of tunes on the album with standout tracks like “Amazing Grace” with special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley & Dale Perry; “Come To Jesus Moment” written by Rick Stanley & Donna Ulisse; “Morningtime Always” written by Bill Castle and Levon McCall; and more. “If You Want To Live Forever,” written by Randall Hilton, has appeared numerous months on Powergrass Radio’s Top 10 Gospel Chart. The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and also includes Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart, and Aubrey Haynie.

LSB_SPBGMA20151641webLarry Stephenson, a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, is also a 5-time winner of the SPBGMA Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Award, winner of the 2012 SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year Award, and a 2-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year Award.

larry-stephensonband-bycandidpixThe Larry Stephenson Band is now on tour with members Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright. This month’s performances include the Arcadia Bluegrass Festival in Upperco, MD on April 18, the Community Center in Nanjemoy, MD on April 19, and their debut performance at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC on April 23. Also, Larry Stephenson and Marty Raybon were just announced as headliners of the Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival in Crossplains, TN on April 25.

For more information on the Larry Stephenson Band, please visit their website or Facebook. Fans can purchase their music at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Physical copies of Pull Your Savior In that includes a special Bonus Track, can be purchased at larrystephensonband.com.

airplaydirectRadio programmers can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect.com or request a physical copy.

Never Just A Song by Shannon and Heather Slaughter Now Released

albumcover-never-just-a-song-400The new album, Never Just A Song, featuring the smooth voices and ultra-tight harmonies by Shannon and Heather Slaughter is now available at iTunes, CD Baby, ShannonandHeatherSlaughter.com and more retail outlets.  The husband and wife duo focuses on fresh, original material and wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 14 tracks.

Shannon and Heather’s innovative arrangements and soulful instrumentation shine on cuts like their recently released single, “Moonshiner,” that debuted at #10 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 and at #20 on the Monthly Top 20 Song charts.

What folks are saying…

“This is truly one of the best recordings of 2015 in my opinion and hopefully will bring the Slaughters what they so richly deserve: a place at the forefront of bluegrass music.” – Tim Stafford (Blue Highway)

“Shannon and Heather have a great new record on their hands! Solid songs showcasing vocal chops that are powerful when they need be and an understated appropriateness that makes them sound like classics. I was thrilled to get to be a part of this project!” – Randy Kohrs

“I highly recommend this new album to anyone who loves good bluegrass music. I especially enjoyed the original material – congrats on another fine album!” – Aubrey Haynie

“I’ve been listening to Heather sing for several years and I’m dead serious when I say she is one of the finest female vocalists I’ve heard, period!! On ‘Whiskey Colored Dreams,’ I can honestly say it has totally blown me away how solid this track is!!! In my humble opinion it’s time for this young lady to get her well-deserved dues.” – Terry Foust – Co-Writer of “Whiskey Colored Dreams” with Shannon Slaughter

Never Just A Song includes the talents of: Shannon Slaughter (Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals), Heather Slaughter (Lead Vocals), Ron Inscore (Mandolin), Cliff Bailey (Bass & Vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo), Randy Kohrs (Resophonic Guitar and Vocals), Tracy Burcham (Bass), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), Melonie Cannon (Harmony Vocals), Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Tim Couch (Fiddle), and Doug Jernigan (Pedal Steel Guitar).

Shannon and Heather will be the featured artist on the Heartland Bluegrass today at 10:00am – noon (Eastern) at www.bluegrassmix.com.

 

Fans have certainly supported Shannon and Heather’s music as evidenced by their recent sold out show at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville where they celebrated the new album. To learn more about their music and view additional tour dates, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com and join them on Facebook.

 

Larry Stephenson to Host the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree February 7, 2015

The Larry Stephenson Band Receives Four SPBGMA Award Nominations including Album of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year

logo-ernest-tubb-midnite-jamboreeLarry Stephenson is proud to announce he will host the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree held at the Texas Troubadour Theatre located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, February 7. The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree is the second longest running radio show in history and is broadcast live on AM 650 WSM Radio. Music fans can be a part of the live audience this Saturday night at 12 Midnight. Admission is free. Stephenson will welcome special guest The Gentlemen of Bluegrass.

larry-stephenson-150wThe Larry Stephenson Band received four 2015 SPBGMA Award Nominations including Bluegrass Album of the Year for Pull Your Savior In, Vocal Group of the Year; Song of the Year for “Come To Jesus Moment” written by Donna Ulisse; with Stephenson receiving a nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year. The 41st Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards and 32nd National Convention will take place February 5-8 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.

The Larry Stephenson Band, that includes members Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright, will perform on the main stage at the SPBGMA convention Friday, February 6 at 7:30 pm and again Saturday, February 7 at 8:55 pm. On Sunday evening, Larry and his wife Dreama will be award presenters of the 2015 SPBGMA Awards Show.

albumcover-larrystephenson-400wThe album, Pull Your Savior In, celebrates the Larry Stephenson Band’s 25th Anniversary. This impressive project includes numerous chart singles including the title track currently at #9 on the February Singing News Magazine Bluegrass Chart and at #2 on Powergrass Radio’s Gospel Chart, with another single “If You Want To Live Forever” at #6. “Pull Your Savior In” has also appeared on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Bluegrass Songs chart as well. The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and includes the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart with special guests Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.

For more information on the Larry Stephenson Band, please visit their website or Facebook. Fans can purchase their digital music at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Physical copies that include a special Bonus Track, can be purchased at larrystephensonband.com. Radio programmers can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect.com or request a physical copy.

Shannon and Heather Slaughter Kick Off New Album Jan 24 in Nashville

albumcover-never-just-a-song-400Shannon and Heather Slaughter will kick off their new album Never Just A Song at The Station Inn in Nashville January 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm. They will be joined by special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more.

The band will perform more songs from Never Just A Song including the title track written by Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis.  Shannon and Heather take turn on lead vocals, perform beautiful duets and also contribute their songwriting talents to the album. They co-wrote “The Best Thing We Ever Did” and “Where Does the Love Go” and hit the mark with their vocal harmony on songs like “There Ain’t No Need to be Lonely” written by Shannon Slaughter and Bill Castle.

Never Just A Song includes:

1. Moonshiner (Traditional)
2. Never Just a Song / Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis
3. Back to Birmingham / Shannon Slaughter, Shawn Lane, Dale Felts, Gerald Ellenburg, Heather Slaughter
4. Company Town / Shannon Slaughter and David Carroll
5. Shadows in My Room / Nick Forster
6. That’s What’s Good in America / Shannon Slaughter and Gerald Ellenburg
7. Where Does the Love Go / Shannon Slaughter and Heather Slaughter
8. Feelin’ Better / Hank Williams Jr.
9. Go Sin No More / Cliff Bailey
10. Anything / Alex Hibbitts and Sarah Scott
11. There Ain’t No Need to be Lonely / Shannon Slaughter and Bill Castle
12. Whiskey Colored Dreams / Terry Foust and Shannon Slaughter
13. Ridin’ the Lightnin’, Ropin’ the Storm / Shannon Slaughter and Dale Felts
14. The Best Thing We Ever Did / Shannon Slaughter and Heather Slaughter

Never Just A Song officially releases February 1, 2015. “Moonshiner” is the first single release and is available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com and for digital purchase at CD Baby.

To learn more about Shannon and Heather, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com and join them on Facebook.

New Single “Moonshiner” by Shannon & Heather Slaughter

single-moonshiner400x400Shannon and Heather Slaughter are proud to announce Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction debuted their new single, “Moonshiner,” on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The song is now available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com and available for digital purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and more digital sites.

“Moonshiner” is the first single release from Shannon and Heather’s new album, Never Just A Song releasing February 1, 2015. The husband and wife duo will launch this exciting new project at their Album Release Concert on January 24, 2015 at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville Tenn. Shannon & Heather will be joined by their special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more.

Never Just A Song includes an A-List line-up of talent with: Shannon Slaughter (Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals), Heather Slaughter (Lead Vocals), Ron Inscore (Mandolin), Cliff Bailey (Bass & Vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo), Randy Kohrs (Resophonic Guitar and Vocals), Tracy Burcham (Bass), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), Melonie Cannon (Harmony Vocals), Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Tim Couch (Fiddle), and Doug Jernigan (Pedal Steel Guitar). You might even hear Shannon and Heather’s sweet baby girl Rae Carroll cooing in the background.

Shannon and Heather’s last album, One More Road, by County Clare included three chart singles. Their outstanding bluegrass version of the Top 40 hit “If I Were A Carpenter” appeared on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2013 and garnered the #1 position on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in September of last year. The title track, “One More Road” and “The Lives of the Innocent” also charted appeared in Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 Song Chart.

To learn more about Shannon and Heather, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com  and join them on Facebook.

Tune In Nov 30, 2014 – Larry Stephenson on Sirius XM

sirius-xm-gospeltrainTune-In to Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction’s “Gospel Train” show on Sunday, November 30 to hear Larry Stephenson and tracks from the Larry Stephenson Band’s new album, Pull Your Savior In.

Pull Your Savior In was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and includes the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart with special guests Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.

Pull Your Savior In was released on Whysper Dream Music and is available for digital sale at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby. Physical copies include a special Bonus Track and can be purchased at larrystephensonband.com. Radio station stations can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect.com or request a physical copy.

The Larry Stephenson Band stage shows include the talents of Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright. For a complete tour schedule and more information, please visit the band at their website or Facebook.

Additional Artists Join “Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert for Steve Thomas

sierrahullJesse McReynolds, Buck White, Sierra Hull and Kathy Chiavola have been added to the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for Steve Thomas & Family taking place Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:45 pm. Proceeds go to acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve.

Steve_Thomas_Benefit_Poster_SmallThe “Ashes of Love” concert will be hosted by Marcia Campbell of The WSM All Nighter radio show. Some of the top names in Bluegrass and Country music who will lend their talents with performances by:  Jesse McReynolds, Buck White, Del McCoury Band; The Grascals; Rambling Rooks; Bobby Osborne; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas; Claire Lynch; Marty Raybon; Sierra Hull, Sister Sadie (Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, Beth Lawrence, Tina Adair); Gary Ferguson, Larry Stephenson Band; Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley; Val Storey; Paul Brewster; Melonie Cannon; Kathy Chiavola; Phil Leadbetter; Aubrey Haynie; Randy Kohrs; Scott Vestal; Mike Bub; Ashby Frank; Clay Hess; and more.

A suggested minimum $20 donation can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Friends, family and fans of Steve Thomas can also make online donations via PayPal at Bluegrass Today. The publication recently featured an article with more details on Steve’s New Year’s Eve nightmare. Mailed donations can be made payable to Steve Thomas and mailed to PO Box 1016, Gallatin, TN. 37066.

The “Ashes of Love” benefit concert is sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist. Event photography will be provided by Dreama Stephenson of http://www.dreambeeartphotography.com.

More on Steve Thomas:
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country music. He began his impressive career at an early age growing up in the Roanoke, Virginia area and later formed the Lonesome River Band with Tim Austin. His impressive career includes performing with: Del McCoury; with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry; The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He is now performing with Mark Newton as “Newton & Thomas” and celebrating their hit bluegrass album, “Reborn” on Pinecastle Records. Newton & Thomas appear on the cover of the February 2014 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. When Steve is not touring, you can find him in the studio recording and producing music by The Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle, Jesse McReynolds and more talented artists.

Venue Info:
Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater
2416 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN. 37214
1-(615)-889-2474
Email: etrs@comcast.net
Website: http://www.etrecordshop.com