Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 9 – 16, 2012

The Mecca of Bluegrass Includes 8 Big Days of Entertainment with Over 55 Bands


The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will be held June 9 – 16, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.  The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more.  Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: www.beanblossom.US

The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival includes performances by:

Saturday, June 9

Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley and Farm Country, Newfound Road, Jesse McReynolds and Virginia Boys, Larry Stephenson Band, Gene Watson, Larry Gillis and Swamp Grass, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Tommy Brown & County Line Grass.

Sunday, June 10

Marge Sullivan Family, Pastor Baggett, Cumberland River, Don Stanley and Middle Creek, Tommy Brown and County Line Grass, Volume Five, Chris Jones and Night Drivers, Grasstowne, Jr. Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, Darrell Webb Band

Monday, June 11

Bankester Family, Lonesome Highway, Common Strings, Moron Brothers, David Davis and Warrior River Boys, Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition, Lonesome River Band, The Boxcars, Hill Benders

Tuesday, June 12

Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Spinney Brothers, Jimmy Bowen and Santa Fe, Moron Brothers, Glen Bonham and Southern Tradition, Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Randy Waller and Country Gentlemen, The Expedition Show

Wednesday, June 13

Spinney Brothers, Wildwood Valley Boys, Goldwing Express, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Karl Shifflett & Big Country Show, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Grascals, Longview, Special Consensus, and a great performance by our Boot Camp attendees at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, June 14

Kyle Ramey Band, Larry Efaw and Mountaineers, James King Band, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Karl Shifflett, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Special Consensus

Friday, June 15

Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Dale Ann Bradley, Charlie Sizemore Band, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, JD Crowe & The New South, Ralph Stanley II, James King Band

Saturday, June 16

Magnolia Drive, Tommy Sells & Big Country Show, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Tony Rice Unit, JD Crowe and Former New South Reunion Show

The YOUTH BLUEGRASS BOOT CAMP takes place June 11-13, 2012.  The camp is open to ages 6-18 years and offers over 15 hours of professional instruction in all levels, beginner through advanced for Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Bass and Mandolin.  The event is sponsored by CIBA, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Martin Guitars, and the Bean Blossom Jamboree Foundation.  For anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or requesting more information on the camp, please contact Sarah Wasson via email

Last year, the Bill Monroe Music Park celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth with a live album recording by Rural Rhythm Records.  The album has been released, is available for sale at BeanBlossom.US and is also available for purchase at the park.  This incredible live performance tribute album was produced by Sammy Shelor (Lonesome River Band) and includes performances by: Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & III Tyme Out, Lou Reid & Carolina, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Carolina Road, and more.

Sam Jackson, George Riddle, and the legendary Tommy Lamb will emcee the event.  Sound will be provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions.

The Bill Monroe Music Park is located at 5163 SR 135N, Bean Blossom, Indiana  46160.  For  more information including purchasing tickets, directions, complete schedule, and more, please visit:  or www.beanblossom.US

The 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by:
Dillman Furniture, Martin Guitars, and Hope River Entertainment.

Carrie Hassler, Brand New Strings both kick off 2012 tour in York, PA January 14th

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association has announced the first concert of 2012 with acclaimed vocalist CARRIE HASSLER along with award-winning bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS performing Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Goodwill Fire Company in York, PA, located at 2318 S. Queen Street in the Spry area. The doors open at 5:30 pm. The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill Volunteer fire fighters and Auxiliary members. This is a family, smoke free and no alcohol event. The cost is $13.00 for SMBA members and $16.00 for non-members. Children under 12 are free.  Annual membership fee is $12.00 per family and can be paid at the show.  For more information, contact 717-938-4975 or 717-350-4791 or

CARRIE HASSLER is gearing up for her new album on Rural Rhythm Records set for release in 2012.  Her two previous albums on the label were extremely well received by press, radio and fans alike.  She topped the album charts with both projects along with a string of #1 hit singles appearing on a variety of charts including: SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and many more.  She even reached as high as #1 on the European radio charts with the hit “Country Strong.”

Carrie has also been busy with other projects since her last release including performing a duet with label-mate, and Grammy™ nominated artist, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY on a remake of his mega hit song, “Wildfire” that appears on his BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II album.

Both CARRIE HASSLER and BRAND NEW STRINGS were part of the hit album, THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN (Various artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Crowe Brothers, Lou Reid and Carolina) that reached as high as #10 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Chart (retail sales).  This exciting project received an incredible four award nominations in 2011 by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for:  Album of the Year, two nominations for Recorded Event of the Year, and one for Recorded Performance of the Year.

BRAND NEW STRINGS is part of the new album release LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM (Various Artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ronnie Reno, Bobby Osborne and many more) and the band’s own album, NO STRINGS ATTACHED both on the Rural Rhythm label.  BRAND NEW STRINGS includes the incredible instrumental and vocal talents of Randall Massengill, Mike Ramsey, Stuart Wyrick, and Preston Schmidt, who jumped on the scene in 2009 winning a multitude of band competitions including taking home the top prize at the 2009 SPBGMA Awards & Convention’s Band Competition.  In 2010, they were nominated for Bluegrass Band of the year by the French Country Music Awards organization.  The group is currently in the studio working a new album set for release in 2012.


Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association media contact:
Sue McKinsey, 717-244-4428

Carrie Hassler, and Brand New Strings media contact:
Hope River Entertainment

Today’s new album release: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM

Today, Rural Rhythm Records released the highly anticipated new album, BILL MONROE 100th YEAR CELEBRATION: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM that was recorded this past June at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana during the 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Last Sunday, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Renfro Valley, KY hosted a special CD Release celebration for this exciting new commemorative album.

Robert Lawson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum opened the event with introductions of the KHOF Board Members and other special guests. VIPs in attendance included radio personalities Charlie Hall, Larry Carter, Zeke Buttons; along with Jim Gabehart (Bluegrass Today); Frank Goodbey (Founder of the Bluegrass-L); Thomas Adler who wrote the liner notes and is author of the 2011 publication of Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass; Vic Gabanny famed sound engineer at Bradley’s Barn where Bill Monroe recorded; Ronnie Reno; James and Valerie Gabehart; and many more.

Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records thanked the numerous people involved in the making of the album including a very special thanks to Dwight Dillman, owner of the Bill Monroe Music Park for hosting this live album recording and making this album possible. He also thanked Robert Lawson with the KHOF and their Board of Directors for hosting the event in their fabulous facility.  Many thanks went to Sammy Shelor, (album producer) along with all of the participating artists: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Wasson & McCall, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Carolina Road and the Bartley Brothers; on-site production staff Tom Feller and Dale Perry; Anthony Ladd (Kneelindesign) for the fabulous artwork; Sammy Passamano III (videographer) along with the rest of the Rural Rhythm Records team.  “But most of all we need to thank the Father of Bluegrass, Mr. Bill Monroe,” he said.

Brand New Strings, who appear on this tribute album and have a previous Rural Rhythm release, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, opened the performance portion of the event with a fantastic set that highlighted the band’s incredible instrumental talents and vocal harmonies.

A stellar group of musicians who participated on the tribute album, plus more Rural Rhythm family of artists and friends, delighted the crowd with spectacular performances.  This All-Star BILL MONROE TRIBUTE BAND included the talents of Sammy Shelor, Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock, Preston Schmidt (Brand New Strings); and Tony Mowell (Blue Moon Rising).  Sammy Shelor fresh off a recent performance on The Late Show with David Letterman (Lonesome River Band and special guest, Steve Martin) performed “Goldrush.”  Four-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley sang “In Despair,” Carrie Hassler gave an amazing performance of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Audie Blaylock wowed the audience with “Cry, Cry Darling; ” and Steve Gulley, impressed all with his vocal talents on “ Used to Be.”

Kentucky Hall of Fame member and bluegrass supergroup, J.D. Crowe & The New South closed out the show in grand fashion with more Monroe tunes like “Molly & Tenbrooks,” and “Where you Gonna Hide?” – a song Dwight McCall’s Dad recorded as Earl Taylor & Jim McCall on the Rural Rhythm label many years ago.  They also performed songs from Rickey Wasson’s solo album, plus numerous J. D. Crowe & The New South tunes.

Paul Berstein from Lexscape Productions, who handles all of the video work for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, was on hand filming this special event that will be released at a later time.

BILL MONROE 100TH YEAR CELEBRATION:  LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM is now available at fine retail outlets including:  Walmart, f.y.e. entertainment, Amazon, iTunes, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, County Sales, Music Shed, Rural Rhythm’s website, and wherever Bluegrass music is sold.


Folk Alley’s TOP Albums of 2010

Folk Alley released multiple TOP ALBUMS of 2010 lists.

Lonesome River Band’s “Still Learning”
(Rural Rhythm Records)
#9 on the Folk Alley Listener Poll of Top Albums of 2010
Pick up your copy at iTunes, Rural Rhythm and many more retail outlets.

“The All-Star Jam – Live At Graves Mountain”
Celebrating Rural Rhythm Records’ 55th Anniversary
Chosen on Barb Heller’s Top Albums of 2010 list
This special recorded event includes performances by:
Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Audie Blaylock & Redline, Carrie Hassler, Lou Reid & Carolina
Crowe Brothers, Brand New Strings
Carl Jackson and Mark Newton
Pick up your copy at Amazon, iTunes, and Rural Rhythm Records just to name a few of the many retail outlets.

Michael Martin Murphey’s “Buckaroo Blue Grass II: Riding Song”
Chosen on Barb Heller’s Top Albums of 2010 list
Pick up your copy at iTunes, Michael Martin Murphey’s website, Rural Rhythm Records and many more retail outlets.

The Redline Model TW Guitar

Rural Rhythm recording artist, Audie Blaylock is the proud new owner of his signature “Redline Model TW Guitar.”  It all started with a jam session during the annual SPBGMA convention held in Nashville, when a fan asked Audie Blyalock to sing Send Me Your Address From Heaven .   Teddy Workman owner of TW Guitars, lent Audie one of his guitars to play.  Fast forward several months later when Teddy called Audie saying he’d like to get his guitar is the hands of some professionals, and wanted to custom build a guitar for Audie.

Audie was certainly excited and intrigued by the idea. Since he’s never been interested in flashy guitars, they designed the guitar with a sleek red line down the peg head and fret board, an idea that Audie had always envisioned. Teddy went on to craft the Redline Model TW Guitar.

Ask Audie and he’ll tell you that the guitar “sounds fabulous” and “is absolutely beautiful”“It exceeded my expectations and I love playing it!” He describes Ted Workman as “one of the best people you would ever want to meet, a genuine sincere guy.”

Teddy builds one or two guitars at a time to assure quality is not sacrificed and each instrument gets his full attention. Each guitar is built with great attention to detail, both inside the instrument and out, resulting in excellent construction and a cosmetically appealing guitar.  All TW Guitars are built using traditional hide glue, hand split Adirondack bracing and nitrocellulose lacquer, all add to the volume and tone qualities found with TW Guitars.

TW Guitars
Teddy Workman
108 Spruce Street
Elkview, WV 25071

For more information on Audie Blaylock & Redline, please visit

Acoustic Christmas Carols by Michael Martin Murphey

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift?  Award-winning entertainer and songwriter, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY has a new Christmas album out now titled,  “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II.”   He will also head out later this month for his 17th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball Tour™ on November 26, 2010 in Benton, Texas with stops in at least 15 cities before Christmas.  A complete itinerary can be found at his website.

Murphey provides lead and harmony vocals, guitar, and tambourine on ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II and is joined by Ryan Murphey (guitar), Laura Murphey (vocals), Brennan Murphey (guitar), Bea McTye (pipe organ), Paul Sadler (hammer dulcimer), John McEuen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, tambourine, Indian drum), Tony Laupheimer (percussion), Joey Miskulin (accordion), and produced by Joey Miskulin and Michael Martin Murphey.

The album is now available to radio via Airplay Direct and available for sale at iTunes, Amazon, Rural Rhythm Records,, and many other retail outlets.

01 Home, Sweet Home
02 O Little Town of Bethlehem
03 The First Noël
04 In the Bleak Midwinter
05 ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
06 Away in a Manger
07 Joy to the World
08 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
09 We Three Kings
10 Go Tell It on the Mountain
11 Silent Night
12 What Child Is This?
13 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
14 Home, Sweet Home (Reprise)

The arrangements are reflective of the sounds of a solitary minstrel, or a small group of friends and family singing in a tiny chapel or around the fireside,“ explained Murphey. The cover art for “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II” was provided by award-winning Utah artist and cowboy, Pete Plastow

Rural Rhythm Records has released two previous CDs by Murphey including: the Grammy™ nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS; and this year’s BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: Riding Song that includes two power country vocal collaborations – “Wildfirewith Carrie Hassler and Running Gunwith Audie Blaylock.

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit or  Booking services for Murphey are handled by and album PR by Hope River Entertainment.

“The All-Star Jam – Live at Grave Mountain” CD Released (Part I, video)

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new album release – “THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN.” This special project was recorded June 4, 2010 at the 18th Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia and showcases an All-Star ensemble featuring one-of-a-kind performances never before heard live or in the studio.

The day was filled with an incredible line-up of talent including: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock and Redline, and The Crowe Brothers; along with a few special guests: Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Brand New Strings, and marvelously emceed by popular Sirius-XM radio personality Kyle Cantrell. Mark Newton served as Producer and Production Coordinator with Rural Rhythm Records President, Sam Passamano, Jr. serving as Executive Producer.

The label is also proud to announce a new Video, Part 1 that includes interviews with Sam Passamano, Jr., Lou Reid, The Crowe Brothers and Sammy Shelor; plus powerful performance clips of “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” by Lonesome River Band with special guests Josh Crowe and Wayne Crowe; “Graves Mountain Memories” with the Rural Rhythm All-Stars; “Groundspeed” with the Rural Rhythm All-Stars ; “Lonesome River” with Lou Reid & Carolina with special guest, Russell Moore. Part II will be released next week featuring Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler and Audie Blaylock and will also include special video performance clips. The album and video certainly help to re-live those very special times throughout the day as you will see here:

Stellar Performances for Live CD Recording

Rural Rhythm Records Live Recording Includes Stellar Performances
Graves Mountain Festival of Music’s Historic Event


On June 4, 2010, some of bluegrass music’s favorite artists took part in Rural Rhythm Records 55th Anniversary Celebration at the Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia.  The day-long event was emceed by Sirius-XM Radio Host, Kyle Cantrell who said, “I don’t know when I’ve had a better time or heard better music!  In this picturesque, out-of-the-way place in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the top stars in bluegrass shared songs with adoring crowds that had come from all over, and on that stage you could feel the love of both musician and fan.  It was truly a great experience that you had to hear to believe.”

This historic live event was recorded for a special album titled, “GRAVES MOUNTAIN JAM – RECORDED LIVE (Rural Rhythm’s 55 Year Celebration)”scheduled for release on October 26, 2010.  Sirius-XM will broadcast highlights of the show on Labor Day holiday weekend 2010.

The tremendous task of sound engineering was handled by Gene Daniell who has over 30 years experience in the Audio Arts specializing in Bluegrass and Acoustic performances. Gene Daniell and Mark Newton will begin the mixing and mastering process in a few weeks at Gene’s Studio in Marietta, Georgia.

Sam Passamano, Jr., President of Rural Rhythm Records said, “The Graves Mountain Festival of Music is a wonderful place to enjoy Bluegrass Music and the Graves Family are the finest people you will ever meet.  We are so grateful to the Graves Family who totally embraced our Rural Rhythm 55 Year Celebration event along with thousands of bluegrass fans.  I would especially like to thank Kyle Cantrell, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Gene Daniells and all our Rural Rhythm artists who made this a very special historic event.”

The show was produced by bluegrass artist, Mark Newton and Rural Rhythm Record’s President, Sam Passamano, Jr. This live recording done at such a wonderful venue and established festival like Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music will be a Landmark project and one for the history books that fans will enjoy for years to come.  It doesn’t get any better then the talent on stage like The Crowe Brothers, Carrie Hassler, Brand New Strings, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Lou Reid & Carolina, The Lonesome River Band and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. You add Carl Jackson and myself along with the talent above on the original song that Carl wrote ‘Graves Mountain Memories,’ and it makes for a memorable special gathering that will stand the test of time and represents this music at its best” said Newton.  

 The song, Graves Mountain Memories,” was performed by:  Lou Reid (Vocal), Russell Moore (Vocal), Audie Blaylock (Vocal), Carrie Hassler (Vocal), Carl Jackson (Vocal & Guitar), Mark Newton (Vocal & Guitar) with Sammy Shelor (Banjo); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Wayne Benson (Mandolin), and Mike Anglin (Bass).  Other magical and once of a lifetime special performances included:

  • When I Stop Dreaming”, “More Pretty Girls Than OneThe Crowe Brothers with special guests: Russell Moore, Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove 
  • Grandma’s Boardside Cabin The Crowe Brothers (New song written by Josh Crowe)
  • Head Over Heels” – Carrie Hassler with Brand New Strings and special guest Brandon Rickman
  • When You Say Nothing At All”, “Crazy”, “I Surrender AllCarrie Hassler with Brand New Strings
  • High On A Hilltop”, “Sunny Side Of The Mountain – Audie Blaylock and Redline
  • “Old DangerfieldAudie Blaylock and Redline with special guest Wayne Benson 
  • “Once More” Audie Blaylock and Redline with special guests Russell Moore and Lou Reid
  • Get In Line Brother” – Audie Blaylock and Redline with special guests: Russell Moore and Carrie Hassler
  • Lonesome River” Lou Reid & Carolina with special guest Russell Moore
  • Oh, Lord Have Mercy On My Soul” Lou Reid & Carolina (a capella)
  • “Time”, “When It Rains”, “Amanda Lynn” (Hits) – Lou Reid & Carolina
  • Hold What’cha Got – Lonesome River Band with special guest Audie Blaylock
  • Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”, “Cabin Home On The Hill” Lonesome River Band with special guest The Crowe Brothers
  • “Carolyn The Teenage Queen”, “Long Gone”, “Them Blues” (Hits) – Lonesome River Band
  • “Wade In The Water” – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (a capella)
  • “John & Mary”, “Erase The Miles”, “Grandpa’s Mandolin”, “Hard Rock Mountain Prison” (Hits) Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • “I’ve Waited As Long As I Can” – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out with special guest: Mike Hartgrove
  • “Ground Speed”, “Home Sweet Home” ALL-STAR JAM featuring Carl Jackson and Sammy Shelor – Twin Banjos

More about Graves Mountain:
The Graves Mountain Festival of Music has been a tradition for 18 years. Graves Mountain is east of Charlottesville, VA located 38 miles at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Graves Mountain Lodge has been in existence close to 400 years which has been passed down from one generation to the next.

It’s a family operation that is owned by Jimmy and Rachel Graves with their sons Lucky and Lynn.  Part of the tradition is their apples, jams and jelly’s which they distribute in the southeast.  Over the years, the festival has developed into one of the largest in the State of Virginia – and for that matter, some folks say one of the best in the U.S.  Historically, it is arguably one of the hottest markets for bluegrass music.  The fans in the area very educated in bluegrass music which has been passed down from one generation to the next.  

View a Flickr SLIDESHOW of more photos from Graves Mountain Festival of Music


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