Volume Five’s Drifter Debuts on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart

album-cover-volume-five-600Volume Five made its debut this week at #5 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart with their impressive new project Drifter.  The album is receiving rave reviews including Parcbench Magazine saying it “raises the bar on their already impressive reputation.”

The first single release, “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Ross, continues to garner radio chart success.  It is the current #1 song on the Bluegrass Today Top 20, #7 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks for June, and debuted this month on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Songs Chart.  Drifter is also crossing over to other formats; the track, “When I Go Away,” is today’s POWERPLAY song on Eagle Country Radio. Drifter is available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com.

“Volume Five can please a fan who just wants to hear a bluegrass beat with a pleasant melody, but the rhythmic interplay between the instruments can enthrall a more sophisticated listener after multiple hearings. It’s a special skill, and may ultimately be the one thing that eventually allows this talented quintet to rise to the top, a la Blue Highway,” said Bluegrass Today in a recent album review.

This impressive group is led by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals) who is joined by Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals).

Drifter is available at numerous digital outlets, VolumeFiveBG.com, mountainfever.com and more fine retail outlets.

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Drifter is Volume Five’s sixth album since 2008, on the Mountain Fever Records label.

In 2014, Volume Five garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.



Dave Adkins & Republik Steele Debut at #7 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart

cd_artwork_dars_2012-200wRural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce Dave Adkins & Republik Steele make their debut at #7 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart with THAT’S JUST THE WAY I ROLL. Media has certainly welcomed this album with Cybergrass exclaiming, “This release isn’t HOT – it’s EXTREMELY HOT! Wow this is one of the finest new sounds I’ve heard in quite a while” and PARCBENCH stating Adkins “voice finds just the right nuance for each song, treating each as a unique musical portrait. His trustworthy vocals frame each with warmth and authenticity.”

THAT’S JUST THE WAY I ROLL has also received international Radio support with numerous tracks receiving airplay including the title track and first single release, “That’s Just The Way I Roll” along with other popular tracks like “Heartstrings,” “Rio,” “Get Em Up, “ and “Please Come To Boston.”

“I’m looking for my rubber stamp that says HIT and as soon as I find it I’m going to rubber stamp this album with HIT all over it. The song itself is just about the best introduction to the rest of the album you could find. Bluegrass to the Bone! Followed by Dave’s rendition of John Conlee’s Top-Ten country hit from 1978 which may be even better than the original, right on down to the last song on the album, The Storm, Dave Adkins’ name needs to be placed right up next to all of the great vocalists in the hall of honor,”  said Brian McNeal, Prescription Bluegrass Media.

slider-band-1Dave Adkins & Republik Steele has certainly emerged as one of the most talked about and exciting new acts in bluegrass music. The band received a 2013 SPBGMA award nomination as Entertaining Group of the Year along with Dave garnering his first nomination as the SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Their highly entertaining live performances have garnered them a heavy tour schedule and loyal fan base. Attendees of the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh this September will get a chance to see their exciting stage show as the band has been chosen as an Official WOB Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Artist.

Numerous promotional appearances including interviews on WSM Radio, Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction, Bobcat Country Radio, Blue Ridge Country, WSIP and events such as Dave’s performance of the National Anthem for the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship – Nashville Regional at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field have helped gain the band even more fans.

For more info on Dave Adkins & Republik Steele, please go to: RepublikSteele.com.

For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Debut at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Chart as they Reach Over 12 Million YouTube Views

Fresh off the sacred stage of the Ryman Auditorium where they kicked off a stirring tribute to the late Earl Scruggs with actor Steve Martin, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are pleased to announce the release of their new album, The Farthest Horizon.  The album debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart last week and is now available at iTunes, Amazon, www.sleepymanbanjoboys.com and more outlets.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a bluegrass trio of brothers, became an overnight sensation in 2011 after practice recordings for their grandparents went viral on YouTube.  These videos have now collectively topped over 12 million views.  Tommy (Guitar), age 15, Robbie (Fiddle), age 13 and Jonny (Banjo) age 10, were encouraged by their parents to learn an instrument and first discovered their love for Bluegrass music by watching Earl Scruggs pick his five string on YouTube. Since then, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have developed a style and sound that is uniquely their own and as a result of their viral, virtually overnight success, their talent has been showcased on national television shows, including CBS’s The Late Night with David Letterman Show, NBC’s The Today Show and Fox’s Huckabee.

The Farthest Horizon is poised to follow the success of their debut album America’s Music, with 11 fresh tracks, seven of which were penned by the boys themselves. Two of the songs on the new album also feature the beautiful and authentic voice of 13-year-old Ashley Lilly, granddaughter of the late bluegrass legend Everett Lilly.

In support of the album, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys will be traveling coast to coast visiting with the media, radio broadcasters and fans. Their next performance will be on the grand stage of Carnegie Hall for a special performance for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation benefiting autism research.

Radio stations worldwide have welcomed The Farthest Horizon sending it to #4 this month on AirplayDirect’s Global Radio Indicator Top 50 APD Bluegrass/Folk Albums Chart.

The Farthest Horizon is a six panel digipak and includes descriptions of the songs and some fun behind-the-scenes album facts.  For more information, song titles and to sample tracks from the new album, visit http://www.sleepymanbanjoboys.com.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out on Billboard Top 50 Bluegrass

Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the self-titled album by award-winning, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out hit this week’s Billboard Magazine Top 50 Bluegrass Chart (retail sales.)  The album and single, “Hard Rock Mountain Prison (‘Til I Die)” have become extremely popular radio hits as well.  The single reached #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Singles chart in (December 2009) and celebrated multiple visits to the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine charts late last summer.  This album is still going strong with very impressive positions on the February 2010 charts:

#2 single – Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs
#3 album – SIRIUS-XM Radio’s Most Played Albums, Bluegrass Junction
#4 single – SIRIUS-XM Radio’s Most Played Tracks, Bluegrass Junction
#4 single – Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Songs
#6 album – Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 10 Albums
#7 album – Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 Albums
#7 album – Cashbox Magazine’s TOP 20 Album Chart
#7 album – Roots Music Report, Bluegrass Top 50 (last week’s album chart)

Rural Rhythm Records will soon announce details of an exciting contest coinciding with the release of the band’s new single, “My Angeline.”  The album is currently available at iTunes, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, f.y.e. and numerous other retail sites with track samples available on most sites.

Russell Moore, Steve Dilling, Justen Haynes, Wayne Benson, and Edgar Loudermilk make up this award-winning band.  Their tour schedule for the next 6 weeks will take them to North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and Indiana.  For a complete listing of upcoming performances, please check out their website at: www.iiirdtymeout.com.

CHHR2 #8 on Billboard Bluegrass Top 50


The good news just keeps pouring in for Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain!  Their new album, CHHR2 charts again on Billboard Magazine’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart, this week at #8.

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain just got back from a very successful show in Plymouth, California this past weekend and have a busy tour schedule throughout the end of the year including dates in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illnoise and more.  For a complete tour schedule, please visit www.carriehasslerandhardrain.com

Lonesome River Band Charts on Billboard

No Turning Back by the Lonesome River Band
No Turning Back by the Lonesome River Band

On September 9, 2008, Rural Rhythm Records released the brand new album, “NO TURNING BACK“ by the LONESOME RIVER BAND.  The CD is #11 this week on Billboard’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart.  This is the band’s 12 album and the first on the label. This award-winning band comprised of Sammy Shelor (banjo, vocals), Brandon Rickman (guitar, vocals), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle), Andy Ball (mandolin, vocals), and Mike Anglin (bass, vocals).

Lonesome River Band was chosen this year as an IBMA Showcase performer during the International Bluegrass Music Associaton’s World of Bluegrass that takes place September 29-October 5, 2008 at the Nashville Convention Center.  They will also be performing at the IBMA FanFest on Saturday, October 4th along with numerous other appearances during the week.

The first single, “Them Blues” was released in July on the Rural Rhythm “Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks” Radio CD. Terry Herd of the Bluegrass Radio Network said, “Sammy Shelor once told me he only wanted to make CDs his fans would be proud of. With the release of No Turning Back, I just say wholeheartedly Mission Accomplished.

Please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com or www.ruralrhythm.com  for more information!