Larry Stephenson Band Releases New Single “Two Ol’ Country Boys Like Us”

The Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce their new single “Two Ol’ Country Boys Like Us.” The song was written by Larry Stephenson and features guest and co-writer Ronnie Bowman.  The song is now available to radio via and to consumers for streaming and purchase.

The song appears on the band’s upcoming album “30” that celebrates The Larry Stephenson Band’s 30th Anniversary.   This award-winning group has been entertaining audiences for 30 years including their numerous performances on the Grand Ole Opry, RFD-TV and headlining festivals and concerts across the US and Canada. The group is led by Larry Stephenson who is a Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame member and 5-time Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Male Vocalist of the Year award winner. They also inducted Stephenson into their SPBGMA Hall of Greats in 2018. With numerous IBMA and SPBGMA nominations and awards, Larry records on his own label, Whysper Dream Music.

This past weekend The Larry Stephenson Band kicked off their “30 Tour” in Nashville, Tenn. with performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame for the ceremony of Doctor of Philosophy from Glenville State College in Glenville, WV for Bobby & Sonny Osborne, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and Mac Wiseman. They also had a fantastic show at the World Famous Station Inn and at the SPBGMA conventions.  Stephenson received a 2019 SPBGMA Nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year.  He and his wife, Dreama and their daughter were presenters at the Awards Show.

Stay tuned for more music and show announcements by visiting larrystephensonband.com and Facebook.

Lonesome River Band records catchy song, “Wreck Of My Heart”

Arden, North Carolina (July 20, 2018) — The legendary and award-winning Lonesome River Band has released their second single of 2018, “Wreck Of My Heart” on Mountain Home.

With an iconic driving Bluegrass sound that has kept the band at the forefront of the genre this latest single, “Wreck Of My Heart,” shows why the Lonesome River Band continues to grow a fan base in their 35-plus years as performers and recording artists.
This bouncy, three-part harmony, “leavin'” song embodies the band’s enduring, driving-grass sound. Lead vocals from guitarist Brandon Rickman alongside the iconic banjo and baritone of multi-awarded IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor; the mandolin and tenor of gifted Jesse Smathers; the pulsing bass of Barry Reed and sharp fiddle of celebrated player Mike Hartgrove make for a perfected Grass single. It’s traditional-based with a contemporary feel. It’s a new song with a classic sound.

“It’s a great song by a great Texas songwriter Roger Brown,” says Rickman. “The cool, catchy melody — it’s something different we haven’t heard before.”

Listen to “Wreck Of My Heart” HERE and check out a video for the single produced by Mountain Home Music Company, to premiere July 27 at The Bluegrass Situation.

About Lonesome River Band
Since its formation 35 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

About Mountain Home Music Company:
Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Donna Ulisse, Gina Clowes, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Adam Steffey, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, John Bowman and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.

Larry Cordle Releases New AlbumTales From East Kentucky

Nashville, Tenn.  (July 6, 2018) –  Kentucky Music Hall of Famer, three-time Grammy Nominee and multi-IBMA award-winner LARRY CORDLE is back with another strong collection of original tunes titled TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY. The album is now available for purchase at major retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at AirPlay.com.

Cordle takes listeners down a Kentucky road as he co-wrote all tracks on the album including six songs with his good buddy Larry Shell. Other co-writers include: Donna Ulisse, Trey Hensley, Connie Leigh, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman, Jim Rushing, and Donnie Clark.

Musicians include Cordle’s band members from Lonesome Standard Time: Mike Anglin, Chris Davis, Kim Gardner and Jody King along with guests Ron Block, Mike Bub, Aubrey Haynie, Jenee Fleenor, Clay Hess, Chris Latham, Clay Hess, and Rob Ickes.  Guest vocalists include: Don Rigsby, Jerry Salley, Val Storey, Jenee Fleenor, Val Storey, Donna Ulisse, Angie Prim, Brandon Rickman, Josh Swift, and LST member Chris Davis.

TRACK LISTING

01 – Yardbird (2:52) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
02 – Where The Mountain Lilies Grow (3:31), Donna Ulisse, Larry Cordle
03 – Bluegrass Junction (2:15) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, Trey Hensley
04 – Lawrence County Seat (2:51) Connie. Leigh, Larry Cordle
05 – Old Men (2:48), Larry Shell, Larry Cordle
06 – We Blame The Devil (3:58) Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman
07 – A Large Detroit American Automobile (2:35) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
08 – Scared The Hell Out Of Me (4:10) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
09 – Back When (3:01) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
10 – Anything Worth Doing (3:02) Jim Rushing, Larry Cordle
11 – Bandit (3:31) Larry Cordle, Donnie Clark

The album was produced:   Larry Cordle for Wandachord Productions.  Please visit Larry Cordle at LarryCordle.com, facebook.com/LarryCordleFan, and twitter.com/larry_cordle.

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Radio programmers can download TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY at airplaydirect.com/music/talesfromeastkentucky/

California’s Huck Finn Jubilee Music Festival is back in 2018

West Coast’s Largest Bluegrass Festival Under New Ownership

Ontario, CA: For over 40 years, the annual three-day music festival in Southern California, Huck Finn Jubilee, delivered acts from a long list of luminaries such as Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss,
Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, and more. After a one-year hiatus, the festival will return to Ontario, CA on October 5, 6, and 7 in 2018 under new owners Nikki and Roger.

“It’s important that we honor the tradition of this festival because the community deserves it and we want to take you on the musical journey that we experienced” says Nikki and Roger. The couple, both executives at an experiential marketing firm in Los Angeles, attended the festival in 2016 and were impressed with the music, array of activities for people of all ages and overall positive vibe. When they heard the festival wasn’t going to return in 2017, they purchased the brand and built their dream team of industry experts in hopes of keeping the festival alive and maintaining the high-level of quality its fans and the community deserves.

Entering its 41st year, the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee will offer the entire festival experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass music, local food, craft beer, a unique array of
handcrafted arts and crafts, access to beautiful park amenities, camping, fishing and general family fun.

Festival tickets and lineup announcements coming soon. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!

Learn more about the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee at HuckFinn.com and in this four-part video series:

Experience 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee (30 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (60 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (Full-Length)

2018 Huck Finn Jubilee: Mini-Documentary

Three Chart Hits from Shannon Slaughter’s Album Never Standing Still

Shannon Slaughter’s “You Can’t Outrun The River,” written by Shannon Slaughter, Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford, made its debut on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart today. This is the third track from Slaughter’s album Never Standing Still to receive chart success on the Bluegrass Today charts.

The first single release, “That Old County Road,” reached #1 in October on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20, appeared numerous months on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20,  and was included in Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2017 even after the album’s late 2017 release.

The third chart hit, “He Moved A Mountain” was written by Shannon Slaughter and Dale Felts.” The song was honored with the #1 spot on the very first Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart that was launched last month.

Not only has Slaughter received recognition on the Bluegrass Today charts, but numerous tracks have crossed genres on AirPlayDirect’s charts.  Never Standing Still was #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; #1 for “Better Move It On Home” and #2 for “Trying to Be My Own Man” on the APD Top 50 COUNTRY SONGS; #15 for “Going Home” and #16 for “Dying to Live Again” on the APD Top 50 AMERICANA SONGS; #38 for “That Old County Road” and #46 for “Movin’ On” on the APD Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS charts in October.

Never Standing Still is available for purchase and streaming at numerous sites including iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, ShannonSlaughter.com and many more sites.

Slaughter co-produced the album with Wes Easter and Randy Kohrs who gathered the impressive talents of: Ron Inscore on mandolin, harmony vocals; Cliff Bailey  on acoustic bass and harmony vocals; Trevor Watson on banjo; Tracy Burcham on bass; Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar and harmony vocals; Shawn Lane on fiddle and harmony vocals; Lou Reid on harmony vocals; Steve Gulley on harmony vocals; Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo; Tim Crouch on triple fiddles; Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar; Josh Shilling on piano on one tracks; Shannon Slaughter on guitar, lead & harmony vocals; his wife Heather Slaughter on lead & harmony vocals; and a special track with two of their children, Rae Carroll Slaughter on vocals and Jed Slaughter. The couple recently welcomed the birth of their third child, Call.

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Shannon Slaughter Tops the Charts with New Album Never Standing Still

Album Now Available on iTunes, Apple Music and more retail & streaming outlets

Shannon Slaughter has delivered yet another an outstanding album mixed with various styles, crossing numerous genres, and becoming an instant radio hit.  Never Standing Still hit #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; reached #1 for “Better Move It On Home” and #2 for “Trying to Be My Own Man” on the APD Top 50 COUNTRY SONGS; #15 for “Going Home” and #16 for “Dying to Live Again” on the APD Top 50 AMERICANA SONGS; #38 for “That Old County Road” and #46 for “Movin’ On” on the APD Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS charts in October.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” hit the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and is #6 on the November 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still is available for purchase and streaming at numerous sites including iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, ShannonSlaughter.com and many more sites.

Slaughter co-produced the album with Wes Easter and Randy Kohrs who gathered the impressive talents of: Ron Inscore on mandolin, harmony vocals; Cliff Bailey  on acoustic bass and harmony vocals; Trevor Watson on banjo; Tracy Burcham on bass; Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar and harmony vocals; Shawn Lane on fiddle and harmony vocals; Lou Reid on harmony vocals; Steve Gulley on harmony vocals; Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo; Tim Crouch on triple fiddles; Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar; Josh Shilling on piano on one tracks; Shannon Slaughter on guitar, lead & harmony vocals; his wife Heather Slaughter on lead & harmony vocals; and a special track with two of their children, Rae Carroll Slaughter on vocals and Jed Slaughter. The couple recently welcomed the birth of their third child, Call.

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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#NewMusicFriday Shannon Slaughters Drops New Album to Radio

In a surprise move, Shannon Slaughter dropped his new album, Never Standing Still to radio stations today at airplaydirect.com.  Physical copies will hit radio stations next week.  The album’s official street date is Friday, October 27.  Music fans can pre-order the album now at  iTunes Amazon, CDBaby, ShannonSlaughter.com and more physical and digital sites.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” is already a radio hit appearing in the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and making its debut at #10 on the October 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still was Produced by Wes Easter, Randy Kohrs, and Shannon Slaughter. Rhythm Tracks were recorded at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA and engineered by Wes Easter.  Vocals were recorded at:  Slack Key Studio in Nashville, TN and engineered by Randy Kohrs. The album was mixed and mastered by Wes and Derek Easter at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA.  Tracks Include:

  1. You Can’t Outrun the River (3:41) – Shannon Slaughter, Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford — (Elite Circuit Music) / (Never Wanted Nothing More Music) / (Daniel House Music)
  2. Find Your Own Highway (3:05) – Shannon Slaughter, Dale Felts, Bob Minner – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Missouri Boy Music)
  3. Old Kentucky Home (2:43) – Greg Preece (Weaver of Words Music)
  4. That Old County Road (3:50) – Rusty Hendrix, Shannon Slaughter – (Sonic Hill Publishing) / (Elite Circuit Music)
  5. Love is a Cross and Three Nails (3:33) – Shannon Slaughter, Mark Brinkman – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Brinksongs Music)
  6. The Girl I Love (2:56) – Jake Landers – (Glad Music)
  7. Going Home (2:58) – Roger Rasnake – (Pathwalker Music)
  8. Lonely Trail of Tears (3:44) – Shannon Slaughter, Terry Foust – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Creekbed Music)
  9. Better Move it On Home ( 2:29) – Ray Griff (Blue Echo Music)
  10. He Moved a Mountain (3:27) – Dale Felts, Shannon Slaughter (Elite Circuit Music)
  11. Dying to Live Again (3:39) – Marla Cannon-Goodman, Shannon Slaughter, Dale Felts – (Spirit Music) / (Elite Circuit Music)
  12. I Was a Farmer (3:25) – Cliff Bailey, James Paul Bailey, Shannon Slaughter – (Elite Circuit Music)
  13. Trying to Be My Own Man (4:23) – Shannon Slaughter, Terry Foust – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Creekbed Music)
  14. Movin’ On (2:39) – Merle Haggard (Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
  15. Rae & Jed (1:44)

 

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit www.shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Volume Five Wins Two IBMA Awards

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.

Photo by Frank Baker, Bluegrass Today

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.

Photo by Mountain Fever Records

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.

For more information on Volume Five, please visit them at volumefivebg.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Check out Drifter at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and more retail and streaming outlets here.

New Music Friday: Shannon Slaughter Releases New Single

APD SINGLEShannon Slaughter is proud to announce the first single release, “That Old County Road,” from his upcoming album Never Standing Still.  The song was written by Shannon Slaughter and Rusty Hendrix, guitar player from the country band Confederate Railroad, and takes a nostalgic look at growing up in the country and what young people did back then – with maybe a nod to the present as well.  The new single is available to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect or by request.

Never Standing Still is the fourth project and second solo effort from the award-winning singer-songwriter Shannon Slaughter and is set for release on Elite Circuit Records November 15, 2017. Slaughter contributed 9 original songs written or co-written with industry luminaries such as: Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Dale Felts, Terry Foust and Marla Cannon-Goodman, along with songs by Jake Landers and Roger Rasnake. The well-respected talents of numerous musicians and singers are also showcased on this recording with the talents of: Heather Slaughter, Lou Reid, Shawn Lane, Randy Kohrs, Ron Stewart, Steve Gulley, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, Tim Crouch, Doug Jernigan, Josh Shilling, and Tracy Burcham.

Slaughter is a proud alumnus of numerous leading bluegrass bands counting membership in The Lost & Found, Larry Stephenson Band, Melonie Cannon, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, and Grasstowne.  These bands and bandleaders helped shape the foundation of his band County Clare which he formed in 2010.  “I am really proud of the unique sound of County Clare that we have created over the last 7 years,” said Slaughter.

In 2012, Slaughter was the 1st Place Winner in the Country division of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for his original song, “I’ve Hit Everything In My Life (But My Knees)“ co-written by Dale Felts and Mark Byrd. He has written songs for Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid, Mike Bentley, Larry Stephenson, and more. In March 2013, Shannon & Heather Slaughter and County Clare released the album One More Road that included 3 radio chart hits including their killer cover of “If I Were A Carpenter.”  Shannon & Heather’s follow-up album Never Just A Song, released in February 2015, included their #1 chart radio hit “That’s What’s Good In America Today” co-written by Slaughter as well as other chart songs such as “Moonshiner,” “There Ain’t No Need To Be Lonely,” and “Ridin’ The Lightning, Ropin the Storm.”

Please visit shannonslaughter.com and Facebook for more upcoming announcements.