Baseball and Bluegrass with Lonesome River Band

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UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS PRESENTS
CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL’S BASEBALL AND BLUEGRASS WITH LONESOME RIVER BAND
DECEMBER 10TH AT 6:30PM

Uncle Dave Macon Days presents a new series — “Nights of Bluegrass” benefiting Central Magnet School’s baseball program on December 10th featuring the Lonesome River Band and in 2017, February 9th featuring Flatt Lonesome. Both concerts start at 6:30pm. Due to limited seating, book now!

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bluegrass-and-baseball-lonesome-river-band-tickets-28761798313?aff=es2

Let’s walk back across time into America’s past. You will find two identifiable features emerging in our culture that are uniquely American: Baseball and Bluegrass. In the hills and hollows of the rural South there were more musicians and athletic talent than you could “shake a stick “at. The rural roots of the South were primed for dual entertainment in the fairgrounds and fields. Out of this atmosphere in the 1930’s and 40’s, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys propelled their riveting new sound into popularity by introducing each concert with a baseball game –The Bluegrass All Stars—Howard Watts, Chubby Wise, Dave Akeman (Stringbean), and Clyde Moody.

This new musical style was inspired by several influences—European classical, African-American blues and gospel, hillbilly hoedown, and even jazz. With this imaginative promotional idea of playing a baseball game before a concert, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were able to propel their new genre popularizing and codifying their music from town to town region by region reshaping America’s musical story into a new creation of its own.

Americans became enamored by the new sound. Alan Lomax once stated this about Bluegrass music. It was, “Folk music in overdrive!” In the early days of the Grand Ole Opry, hoe down bands like Uncle Dave Macon had become an institution in the 1920’s through the 1930’s. Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass music were snatched into the limelight and brought the Opry’s listening audiences to a new level.

By the time that Bill Monroe stepped out onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1939, with his imaginative promotional scheme of featuring baseball games before a concert, the music had been accepted. A new chapter in America’s musical history had begun reshaping country music.

George D. Hay, founder of the Grand Ole Opry, once said, “Uncle Dave Macon with his chin whiskers and gold teeth brought the chuckles and applause. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys have now found a home on the Opry.”

grand-ole-opry-lonesome-river-bandBluegrass and its unusual sound were poised to affect mainstream American music into the popular culture for decades to come. Once again like in days of old, the blend of baseball and bluegrass are coming together for “Nights of Bluegrass” which will benefit the baseball program at Central Magnet School on December 10thand on February 9th at 6:30pm. The 2016 IBMA award nominee—Lonesome River Band will be featured on December 10th. Since its formation 34 years ago, the Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as
one of the most respected bands in Bluegrass.

In 2016 at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards, there were nominations for: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performer of the Year as well as Musicians of the Year in Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and Bass players of the year. The band seamlessly comes together performing their traditional sound that fans have continued to
embrace over the years. Banjo player, Sammy Shelor, has received more notoriety than any other banjo player in history including the Steve Martin prize for “Excellence in Bluegrass” and as 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. Their most recent album, Bridging the Tradition debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass charts.

So…..Mark your calendar Saturday evening, December 10th at 6:30pm at Central Middle School, the award winning Lonesome River Band will perform, building on the familiar Bluegrass sound while adding to its bold progressiveness.

Baseball and Bluegrass Nights presented by Uncle Dave Macon Days at Central Magnet will celebrate the thrilling sounds that are a perfect American original.

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48th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 12-21, 2014

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Over 75 Bands Set to Take the Stage During 10 Day Festival

Click to view flyers and detailed performance schedule

The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, winner of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award, will hold their 48th annual festival June 12-21, 2014. This world famous event, known as the longest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world, will take place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.

The 10-day festival includes a stellar line-up of the top names in bluegrass music. During the festival, over 75 bluegrass bands will take the stage along with the participants of the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp. Music fans can also take part in instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions and enjoy camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com.

The 48h Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival line-up includes:

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Dailey & Vincent, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Chris Jones & The Nightdrivers, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Feller and Hill & The Bluegrass Buckaroos, Flatt Lonesome, and the Price Sisters.

Friday, June 13, 2014
Rambling Rooks, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Roys, Grasstowne, Larry Gills & Swampgrass, and the Hart Brothers.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Bill Yates, County Clare, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Larry Stephenson Band, Darrell Webb, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, and Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass.

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Travelin’ McCourys, The Whites, Detour, Blue River, Remington Ryde, Lonesome Meadow, Breaking Grass, Kody Norris & Watuaga Mountain Boys, Balos Family, and Pastor Baggett.

Monday, June 16, 2014
Nightflyer, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, David Davis & Warrior River Boys, Glenville State College, Raymond Fairchild & Maggie Valley Boys, Farm Hands, Kody Norris & Watuaga Mountain Boys, and Remington Ryde.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – TRADITIONAL BEAN SUPPER
The Boxcars, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Town Mountain, Randy Waller & Country Gentlemen, Jesse Gregory & Faultline, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Moron Brother, Phillip Stemetz, and a special performance by the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Lonesome River Band, Special Consensus, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, Wildwood Valley Boys, Gentlemen of Bluegrass, Martha & Eddie Adcock, Lost and Found, and the Reno & Smiley Tribute Show.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Grascals, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Crowe Brothers, Special Consensus, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Adkins & Loudermilk, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers, and Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers.

Friday, June 20, 2014 – TRADITIONAL SUNSET JAM
Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Ralph Stanley II, Paul Williams & Victory Trio, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, James King Band, American Drive, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, and Spinney Brothers.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, James King Band, Cumberland Highlanders, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, American Drive, Stars of Tomorrow, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, Volume Five, and Primitive Quartet.

Sam Jackson and the legendary Tommy Lamb will emcee the event. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions. Electrical Engineering will be provided by Pete Peters.

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

The 48th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Dillman Furniture and Hope River Entertainment.

 

39th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival Announces Line-Up and Hall of Fame Inductee, George Shuffler

The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.

George-ShufflerOn Saturday, September 21, George Shuffler will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. George grew up in Burke County, NC where he taught himself to play on a mail-order guitar. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17 performing with The Bailey Brothers. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. For more information on George Shuffler, please visit blueridgeheritage.com.

Another highlight of the festival will be a CD Release Party held by the James King Band on Saturday, 21 who will be providing free biscuits and gravy for the fans.

The complete line-up for the 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival includes the talents of:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
The Boxcars
Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain Boys
Spinney Brothers
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Darrell Webb Band
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Grasstowne
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
Spinney Brothers
The Grascals
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Fellerl & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

Friday, September 20, 2013
Wildwood Valley Boys
Cumberland Highlanders
Larry Stephenson Band
Tim Graves & Cherokee
American Drive
Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Ralph Stanley II

Saturday, September 21, 2013
George Shuffler
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Kenny & Amanda Smith
James King Band

Emcees for The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival are the Legendary Tommy Lamb and George Riddle. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller Sound.

Each festival ticket includes: admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin tour, plus all music and instrument workshops. There will be plenty of food concessions and merchants. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun. Shows take place rain or shine.

For more information including tickets, directions and complete schedule, please visit BeanBlossom.US. The 39th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Days is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Dillman Furniture, and Hope River Entertainment.

Irish Songwriter and Bluegrass Artist, Niall Toner releases new single “Tomorrow”

Award-winning Irish songwriter and bluegrass artist, Niall Toner, is pleased to announce the new single, “Tomorrow,” is now available to radio stations on Airplay Direct.  The song is from his upcoming album, ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, set for release on Pinecastle Records in the fall of 2012 in conjunction with The Niall Toner Band’s U.S. tour.

“I admire the way Niall’s deep affinity for bluegrass and American country music blends seamlessly with his Irish sensibilities. It makes him a uniquely appealing artist, and Pinecastle is lucky to have him,” said Pete Wernick (Dr. Banjo).

The Niall Toner Band is an acoustic Irish bluegrass band with Celtic influences that have three albums to their credit.  They perform at festivals and venues in Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.  Their diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary up-tempo songs, to inspirational gospel-style numbers, as well as tributes to Bill Monroe like “The Master’s Resting Place” and “Bill Monroe’s Mandolin.”

Niall’s most recent U.S. album release was THE SOUNDS OF THE BLACKSTAIRS MOUNTAINS, features his tribute song to the Father of Bluegrass, “William Smith Monroe,” that is still receiving extensive airplay on bluegrass radio.

Niall’s composition credits include songs recorded by artists like Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family and more. In 2003, Niall was nominated for a Global Artist Award by the Country Music Association.

For more information on The Niall Toner Band please visit NiallTonerBand.com.

For U.S. bookings during September-October 2012, please contact Mountain Music 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.

VIEW MANY MORE PHOTOS FROM THE CD RELEASE PARTY HERE.

From Rock-N-Roll To Bill Monroe

In celebration of Bill Monroe’s 100th birthday, Tommy Webb is proud to announce his new single release, “From Rock-n-Roll to Bill Monroe” available to radio now via New Cuts of Bluegrass and Airplay Direct.  This catchy up-tempo beat will have you tapping your toes and singing along with its catchy lyrics that describe singing rock-n-roll to playing bluegrass like the legendary Bill Monroewhose songs are as well known today as they were 50 years ago.

The album was recorded at the Sleepy Valley Barn in Russell Springs, Kentucky and is set for release September 6, 2011.   The album includes the talents of The Tommy Webb band members:  Tommy Webb, Chris Goble, Josh Huff, and Jared Doss.  They are joined by special guests and three members of the hot new group, The Boxcars: Adam Steffey, Harold Nixon, and Ron Stewart who also produced this exciting new project.

“Not only is Tommy Webb a great singer, he is a singer that has the soulful quality that defines the truly gifted and separates the great ones from all the others,” said Adam Steffey. 

Last year, Tommy Webb’s hit single “Teardrop Inn” reached as high as #10 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song chart.  The song was from his hit album, HEARTLAND (Rural Rhythm) that appeared on Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Album and Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 Album charts.   The CD also appeared on WNCW Radio’s Top 50 Bluegrass CDs of 2009, with “Teardrop Inn” being chosen on WCYO Radio’s Bluegrass Express Top Songs of 2009.

For more information on the album, radio requests, and to view a complete tour schedule for The Tommy Webb Band, please visit TheTommyWebbBand.com

Bean Blossom Kicks off with Brand New Strings

The 44th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival kicks off today with great bands including the hot new group, Brand New Strings!   The band is celebrating a successful new album, “NO STRINGS ATTACHED” now available on Rural Rhythm Records. 

Also performing today –   Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Hard Ryde, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Larry Stephenson Band and  Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition. 

Check out the line-up and more information at: http://www.beanblossom.us/festival-june-memorial2010.html

P.S.  The old .com website for Bean Blossom is not affiliated with the Bill Monroe Music Park .