Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards that were presented during the 2017 IBMA Awards Show held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
The first award announced for the band was for Emerging Artist of the Year. The group features the extraordinary talents of lead vocalist, fiddle player and band leader, Glen Harrell who is joined by Colby Laney on guitar and vocals, Patton Wages on banjo and vocals, Chris Williamson on bass and vocals, and aspiring young talent, Jacob Burleson on mandolin and vocals.
Volume Five was also presented with the prestigious the Song of the Year Award for “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi. The crowd was delighted with Ulisse’s excitement while accepting the award with Glen Harrell and the band. The chart-topping tune appears on Volume Five’s album Drifter on Mountain Fever Records that debuted last year on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart.
“I would like to thank everyone for all the kind words to me and the V5 members. I also want to thank all the guys that have been with the band over the years and have contributed to our sound and success. I would like to thank Harry Formby Clark, Adam Duke, Jeff Partin, Mark Hodges, Casey Cullwell, Jesse Daniel, Shane Blackwell, and Aaron Ramsey. Thanks so much to Moonstruck Management as well. We just couldn’t do this without the entire team,” said Harrell.
The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is committed to keeping traditional Bluegrass alive by passing it on to youth. “This year we are proud to announce the partnership with the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California to provide the Music Education for Kids program during the 3-day event in June” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO. “We are dedicated to connecting kids with bluegrass music and look forward to the progression that two days of music lessons can make.”
The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Education for Kids is a free 2-day camp-style learning program held annually during Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival at Cucamonga – Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, California. The program is open to children ages 8 – 16 offering instruction to play, sing and perform Bluegrass music. Each day contains sectional instruction with their instrumental teacher; and ensemble sessions with the entire group. The grand finale is a “Jubilee Jam” on Sunday afternoon. Kids will have fun, learn a lot, grow in confidence and make friends that can last a lifetime.
The talented and experienced instructors are local and part of the music education programs at the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California. Over 185 years of combined experience is amazing.
FIDDLE: Diane Messenger – 30 years performing and teaching (fiddle, violin, piano and voice)
BANJO: Kent Besocke – 38 years performing and 25 teaching (banjo, guitar)
BASS: Roy Durnal – 45 years performing and 15 years teaching (bass, drums, ukulele)
GUITAR:Mike Kreivis –24 years performing and 16 years teaching (guitar, dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, ukulele)
MANDOLIN: David Millard – 50 years performing and 30 years (mandolin, guitar and bass)
Each class is made up of ten students each, which provides individual attention and develops comradery among the students. All students should bring their own instruments, however a few instruments are on hand to borrow and should be reserved in advance. Classes are scheduled on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 10:00am – 3:30pm daily. Children 12 and under are free to attend the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival.
Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a 3-day music festival, held on the second weekend of June annually, celebrating Bluegrass – America’s genuine roots music. Founded in 1975 by the Tucker Family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival continues to evolve and has become a premier 3-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass and Jam grass music. This family-friendly event is a community of music-driven campgrounds with endless pickin’ parties, music workshops and instrumental roots education for all ages, outdoor recreation and Tom Sawyer Island dedicated to all day kid’s activities.
Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (a non-profit 501c 3), supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music while honoring its rich history. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike. Huck Finn Jubilee is committed to presenting exceptional headlining musicians as well as emerging artists dedicated to creating sounds for the future while preserving the deeply imbedded roots of Bluegrass. Bluegrass music tells a story and narrative of the lives of the everyday American people. For more information, visit www.huckfinn.com
Lonesome River Band will kick off today’s new album release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music) with three special performances this weekend.
Tonight, March 18, the band continues the tradition of debuting their new albums at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. On Saturday, March 19, Mountain Home Music Company will host a release celebration and concert at the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. On Sunday, March 20, Lonesome River Band will perform at The Barn at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA.
Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.
Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre. Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition.
“This album is different than anything we’ve ever done,” says multi-award winning banjo player, Sammy Shelor. “The songs are ones that we are really personally interested in doing. What we came up with has once again helped to recreate our sound. All the while, we are being true to ourselves as musicians.”
Lonesome River Band continues to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With Bridging the Tradition, the band once again delivers incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.
After enthusiastic fan responses over the last week to their countdown for their new music video, Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the official release of “Lila Mae.” The video made its debut this morning on Mountain Music Company’s YouTube Channel and can also be viewed at LonesomeRiverBand.com and the band’s Facebook page. The song “Lila Mae,” written by Alex Kline, Kirk Sauers, and LRB band member Brandon Rickman, appears on their album Turn On A Dime that made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart last November.
This Civil War era video was shot on location at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, Tenn., was directed by Kim White at View Finders TV.com, and produced by Mountain Home Music Company. Lonesome River Band’s manager, Josh Trivett, owner of Moonstruck Management, along with Natalie Moore and Nathan Morrison, play the lead characters in the video. Lonesome River Band’s die-hard fans will also enjoy the performances by 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, fiddler Mike Hargrove, bassist Barry Reed, with guitarist Brandon Rickman on lead vocals, and mandolinist Randy Jones on harmony vocals.
The band can also be seen in another Mountain Home video production, “Lonesome River Band: Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime, From Studio to Stage” celebrating their first single release from Turn On A Dime. The song garnered the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart for seven weeks and reached as high as #2 on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most Played Tracks. This fan-favorite song continues its climb up the Bluegrass Unlimited (BU) National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song chart with the album appearing at #2 this month on the BU Top 15 Album Chart. Numerous other tracks continue to hit a variety of radio charts including “Lila Mae” climbing up the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart over the last three weeks.
Lonesome River Band has been touring internationally for over 30 years as they continue to be one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands of all time They made their national TV debut on the Late Show with David Letterman in honor of Sammy Shelor’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellent in Banjo and Bluegrass Award, frequently perform on the Grand Ole Opry, and headline and host high profile events.
Mountain Fever Records announces the release of “Backside of Losing,” the first single from the highly anticipated album from duo, Adkins & Loudermilk.
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. Adkins’ Nothing To Lose album included numerous singles that dominated the bluegrass radio charts in 2014 including reaching the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, several #1s on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 and the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums charts. The album also appeared on the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2014. Meanwhile, Loudermilk had written all 15 songs on his October 2013 Mountain Fever Records release, My Big Chance Tomorrow, an album that appeared on numerous radio charts and also hit the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2014 chart. Of the decision to join forces, Adkins states, “We just started writing together and while it wasn’t something that was premeditated, it just unfolded due to the chemistry we had. It all just happened kind of organically and on its own from getting together.”
Since the band’s formal beginning in 2013, the duo has been delighting audiences across the country and drew the attention of the Raleigh News & Observer who stated, “The powerful, George Jones-style vocals of Dave Adkins curled across City Plaza just about sundown as he and partner Edgar Loudermilk entertained a capacity crowd on Fayetteville Street… the relatively new act capably combined bluegrass and hard country.”
Lonesome River Band is set to debut their new album, TURN ON A DIME from Mountain Home Music, this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. The band will perform at their Pre-CD Release Party on Wednesday, October 1 at the Architect and Social House located at 108 ½ East Hargett St. beginning at 11:00 PM.
On Thursday, October 2, Lonesome River Band will appear at the Youth Council Band Drop-In at the Raleigh Convention Center. The youth will have an opportunity to ask the band about their careers and also jam with Lonesome River Band. Founded in 2012, the IBMA Youth Council (YC) is comprised of dedicated youth active in the bluegrass community. “The goal is to get kids interested and involved in the bluegrass community,” says council chairperson Andy Rigney. The YC strives to provide an outlet and direction for an up-and-coming generation of bluegrass and roots musicians and budding industry professionals.
Fans can see Lonesome River Band on the main stage of the Red Hat Amphitheater, Friday, October 3 at 2:15 PM. On Saturday, October 4, the band will hold a Meet N’ Greet also at the Red Hat Amphitheater. For information including tickets to the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.
Lonesome River Band is led by Sammy Shelor, a nominee for this year’s IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award who is a 5-time Award winner in that category. He is joined by the outstanding talents of Brandon Rickman (guitar & lead vocals), Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), Randy Jones (mandolin & lead vocals), and Barry Reed on Bass. Reed will participate in the IBMA Bass Workshop in the Convention Center at the Workshop Stage on Friday, October 3 at 4:00 PM.