Newcomer Blues Artist Jesse Kramer Added to Uncle Dave Macon Days Kick-Off Concert

jesse-kramerUncle Dave Macon Days Music & Arts Festival is proud to announce they have added Blues artist Jesse Kramer to the Kick-Off Party on July 7, 2016. The event will take place at Main St. Music, 527 Main St. in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will headline the concert that will also include a performance by The Glade City Rounders. Tickets are $15 at the door.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:15 pm.

Jesse Kramer, the talented 19-year-old Indianapolis native, is quite the old soul. Unlike the millennials of his generation, Jesse has a deep affection for the Mississippi Delta sounds of the blues. Take that soulful sound and combine it with his influence from two of his modern day heroes, Amos Lee and Chris Stapleton, and fans are immediately drawn in. Not only is he a compelling vocalist, he is equally gifted as a songwriter with a unique ability to write songs far beyond his 19 years of experience in life. Unique in every aspect of his being, fans across the world will soon fall in love with the endless gifts of Jesse Kramer.

Jesse made his on-air live performance debut this week on WGNS Radio that immediately earned him the respect of host Scott Walker. “Man he has talent. I think we will see his name in lights soon!”

Before the Kick-Off concert gets underway July 7, an attempt of setting the Guinness Book of World Record for the World’s Largest Square Dance at 6:00 pm on the Public Square in Murfreesboro. The Hog Slop String Band and the America’s Square Dance Band will perform. Marcia Campbell from Grand Ole Opry Dancers and WSM 650 will also be in attendance.  The “square dance” is the official dance of the state of Tennessee and the event organizers hope to break the record previously set by the state of Illinois.  No registration fee is required and all skill levels are welcome. An instructional square dance video hosted by Marcia Campbell is available on Youtube. For more information, please visit

banner-udmdUncle Dave Macon Days Music and Arts Festival will take place July 7-9, 2016 and include performances by Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Grascals, The Boxcars, The Church Sisters, Flatt Lonesome, and more. The event is also well-known for their national championships in old-time banjo, clogging and buck dancing along with an arts and crafts show, parade, historic demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite or at the gate. Prices are $10/day for Adults, free for children 12 and under and $5 for Seniors.  Free Parking is available in the City Garage, just a short walk from the grounds. Paid Parking will be available at Front St. and Hickerson. For more information, please visit





DETOUR Releases New Single – “Too Blue To Have The Blues”

dj.qbihviqf.170x170-75“Guaranteed air-play right out of the box! Not too many songs can actually obtain that status but this one does for sure!” – Prescription Bluegrass Media
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detour-joeval-2014The tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies of Michigan bluegrass band Detour, are about to get a broader listening audience. Detour will release the first single off their upcoming Mountain Fever Records album TODAY. The single is titled “Too Blue To Have the Blues,” and was co-written by Detour’s own Jeff Rose and longtime bluegrass songwriter and radio DJ, Terry Herd. Their sound had taken listeners down a unique bluegrass road for years and this new venture is no different.

Detour bandleader Jeff Rose says, “Blues is a huge part of bluegrass. Most songs about the blues revel in swimming in the blues. This song is about being beyond the blues, so low that you have to look up to even see the blues. For Detour it shows a whole new level of grassiness.”

With bandmate Melissa “Missy” Armstrong on lead vocals, by the end of the second line of the first verse, there is no doubt that the blues are about to be crushed.

“Missy Armstrong is my favorite singer,” Rose says. Most people know of her from her mid-tempo bluegrass and ballads but she also has a blues side to her voice that is riveting. Our last CD “A Better Place” focused mostly on her sweet side. “Too Blue” is one of the songs on the new CD that really show off the blue side of Missy.”

Armstrong is a fan of the song too. “It’s always interesting to see a song from its beginning to its release. I remember hearing this song for the first time in an air conditioned tent behind the stage at a festival in Kentucky. The entire band took to it immediately. I love the way a song takes on a life of it’s own!” says Missy Armstrong.

“Songwriters are always waiting for that phrase that jumps out,” Rose observes. “While at a festival in Kentucky, I heard something that led to the idea that you could be so blue that you couldn’t even have the blues. I created the music and the lyrics. Then leaned on my friend Terry Herd to help me wrap the song with a third verse. Most of my songs have a positive message so this was a departure for me ,” he says with a chuckle.

The single and album was recorded at Frontier Recording,, engineer Scott Zylstra, production Jeff Rose/Scott Zylstra. Mastered by Brandon Hodges at Dead Oak Mastering. It’s the record they’ve wanted to make for some time.

“We are super excited about our first single from this album,” Rose says. “Too Blue To Have The Blues” showcases the blue side of Missy Armstrong and the inescapable fact that we love playing bluegrass.”

Band members include Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

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“Justified” music video by Cumberland River now released

“Justified” music video released by Cumberland River
Song was used on FX Network’s hit TV Drama JUSTIFIED

CUMBERLAND RIVER is proud to announce the new music video of their original song “Justified” from their Rural Rhythm Records album, THE LIFE WE LIVE.  The video was filmed on location in the band’s hometown of Harlan, Kentucky by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign who also served as Video Producer.  The song, “Justified,” along with five more original songs were featured on two episodes of the FX Network’s hit drama, JUSTIFIED (starring Timothy Olyphant) last season with more of their music set to be included in Season 3 premiering January 17.

THE LIFE WE LIVE has been honored in numerous year-end charts including: TOP 20 BEST OF BLUEGRASS – ENGINE 145; TOP 10 BLUGRASS ALBUMS OF 2011 (Keith Lawrence); and WNCW RADIO’S TOP 50 BLUEGRASS ALBUMS 2011.  “This is the sound that contemporary bluegrass has been missing.  Blue to the core and grass throughout.  This is what bluegrass music should sound like and Cumberland River is flowing quite well in this regard,” said Bob Cherry of Cybergrass.

The “Justified” video includes the talents of CUMBERLAND RIVER members Jamie Dean (lead and banjo); Dustin Middleton (lead vocals and mandolin), Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro) and guest Andy Buckner.  Since the filming, Brad Gulley has joined the band on guitar and lead & harmony vocals.  Rural Rhythm Records recently released another music video, “Cold & Withered Heart” by the group that reached #1 numerous weeks on Yallwire’s Top Bluegrass Videos.  It can be viewed the band’s official youtube channel,, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.

CUMBERLAND RIVER would like to thank numerous people for their contributions for the “Justified” music video including: the Harlan County Sherriff’s Department; Croley Forester (Marshall); Ben Cornett (walking on sidewalk); Jackie Cornett (being arrested); Deputy Bill Howard; Rex Coal for use of light plant and generators; and the City of Harlan, Kentucky.  Joey Jones stated, “I would like to give a special thanks to Anthony Ladd for the incredible video footage and production of this new video.  We are incredibly pleased with the end result.

For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at  Band representation is handled by Hope River Entertainment who also provided Creative Consulting services for both of the band’s video projects.

For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit

Blue Moon Rising’s “Strange New World”

Rural Rhythm Records just released the first radio single release, “Time To Be Movin’ On” from the highly anticipated new album, “STRANGE NEW WORLD” by BLUE MOON RISING.  The single was released to radio via the label’s “Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks, #8” and is also available now via AIRPLAY DIRECT. “Time To Be Movin’ On” was written by band leader and acclaimed songwriter, Chris West who describes the song as kicking off with a little Johnny Cash / Del Reeves and will surely please BMR fans once again.  Chris also contributes his powerful signature vocals and guitar, along with the exciting new line up of: Brandon Bostic (mandolin, vocals); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Owen Piatt (banjo); with special guests, Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Randy Kohrs (Dobro).

“STRANGE NEW WORLD” is Blue Moon Rising’s fifth career album and their first recording on Rural Rhythm Records.  The project combines a very eclectic mix of new original material with West contributing 7 of the 13 tracks.  Other writers include:  Mike Dekle, Kevin Denney, Becky Buller, Jon Weisberger/Jeremy Garrett and Clint Wilson.

The songs on “STRANGE NEW WORLD” certainly showcase Blue Moon Rising’s range, versatility and maturity as it continually shifts between hard-core traditional bluegrass, blues, gospel, country and singer-songwriter influenced music.  If one could paint a picture that captures the subjects and themes from songs like the peppy honky-tonk influenced kick-off track, “Time To Be Movin’ On,” the soulful blues influenced, “He’s All Around Us” and the haunting and beautiful Kevin Denney original, “My Sitting Window” the painting would represent a “STRANGE NEW WORLD” indeed! 

With that imagery in mind, Chris West enlisted the help of his artist friend, Jason Jones, who created the album artwork for the band’s previous album, “ONE LONELY SHADOW.”  Chris explains, “I asked Jason to create a very artsy vision of a strange new world where things aren’t quite right in comparison to the world we live in.  I wanted every single image on the CD to tie in directly with a song in some way.  I wrote a blues song about temptation and the struggle between good and evil on this project called ‘He’s All Around Us’, hence the transparent devil behind the tree on the cover.  There’s a love song on the CD called ‘Stone by Stone’ for a girl named Jenny where the lovelorn singer says ‘My Jenny belongs in an Ivory Tower.’ So Jason made the tower the centerpiece on the cover.  We also married several songs together within the art.  I wrote song on the CD called ‘Hard Luck Joe’ about a homeless man who used to have a much better life.  If you’ll notice the tree on the cover, there’s a heart carved in it that says ‘Joe -n- Jenny’ where we’ve married the songs ‘Hard Luck Joe’ and ‘Stone by Stone.’  When you give the CD a thorough listen, you’ll be able to go back and look at this great piece of art and know what every single image is about.”

BLUE MOON RISING is sponsored by GHS Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and Chota Outfitters.  For information on the new album, tour schedule and more, please visit


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