Charlie Sizemore Chosen as Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Charlie Sizemore Chosen as Distinguished Alumni of the Year by Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Sizemore Has Raised Over $70,000 to Fund Scholarships

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Prestonsburg, KY —  Acclaimed vocalist and guitarist, Charlie Sizemore has been recognized by Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky as a Distinguished Alumni for the year of 2012.   Sizemore attended the school (then Prestonsburg Community College) from 1986-88.  While there he was instrumental in forming the Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society of community and junior colleges and became its first president.  He also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges.

Over the past ten years, Sizemore has raised over $70,000.00 to fund scholarships allowing deserving students in Eastern Kentucky to attend his alma mater.

Sizemore holds dual careers –running a successful law practice in Kentucky and continuing his music career as one of the most respected vocalist in bluegrass music that began at the age of 16 when he replaced Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys.

After attending Prestonsburg Community College, Sizemore enrolled at the University of Kentucky, graduating with High Distinction in 1990.  The same year he moved to Nashville and later enrolled in Nashville School of Law, where he earned his law degree with honors.

Sizemore has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums including “Heartache Looking for a Home”  and “Good News” on Rounder Records along with a “The Story Is…The Songs of Tom T. Hall.”

The Charlie Sizemore Band is now on tour and is preparing to begin work on a recording for release next year.  For more information on Charlie Sizemore, please visit charliesizemoreband.com

Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 9 – 16, 2012

The Mecca of Bluegrass Includes 8 Big Days of Entertainment with Over 55 Bands

 

The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will be held June 9 – 16, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.  The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more.  Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: www.beanblossom.US

The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival includes performances by:

Saturday, June 9

Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley and Farm Country, Newfound Road, Jesse McReynolds and Virginia Boys, Larry Stephenson Band, Gene Watson, Larry Gillis and Swamp Grass, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Tommy Brown & County Line Grass.

Sunday, June 10

Marge Sullivan Family, Pastor Baggett, Cumberland River, Don Stanley and Middle Creek, Tommy Brown and County Line Grass, Volume Five, Chris Jones and Night Drivers, Grasstowne, Jr. Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, Darrell Webb Band

Monday, June 11

Bankester Family, Lonesome Highway, Common Strings, Moron Brothers, David Davis and Warrior River Boys, Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition, Lonesome River Band, The Boxcars, Hill Benders

Tuesday, June 12

Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Spinney Brothers, Jimmy Bowen and Santa Fe, Moron Brothers, Glen Bonham and Southern Tradition, Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Randy Waller and Country Gentlemen, The Expedition Show

Wednesday, June 13

Spinney Brothers, Wildwood Valley Boys, Goldwing Express, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Karl Shifflett & Big Country Show, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Grascals, Longview, Special Consensus, and a great performance by our Boot Camp attendees at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, June 14

Kyle Ramey Band, Larry Efaw and Mountaineers, James King Band, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Karl Shifflett, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Special Consensus

Friday, June 15

Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Dale Ann Bradley, Charlie Sizemore Band, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, JD Crowe & The New South, Ralph Stanley II, James King Band

Saturday, June 16

Magnolia Drive, Tommy Sells & Big Country Show, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Tony Rice Unit, JD Crowe and Former New South Reunion Show

The YOUTH BLUEGRASS BOOT CAMP takes place June 11-13, 2012.  The camp is open to ages 6-18 years and offers over 15 hours of professional instruction in all levels, beginner through advanced for Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Bass and Mandolin.  The event is sponsored by CIBA, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Martin Guitars, and the Bean Blossom Jamboree Foundation.  For anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or requesting more information on the camp, please contact Sarah Wasson via email swasson@setel.com

Last year, the Bill Monroe Music Park celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth with a live album recording by Rural Rhythm Records.  The album has been released, is available for sale at BeanBlossom.US and is also available for purchase at the park.  This incredible live performance tribute album was produced by Sammy Shelor (Lonesome River Band) and includes performances by: Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & III Tyme Out, Lou Reid & Carolina, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Carolina Road, and more.

Sam Jackson, George Riddle, and the legendary Tommy Lamb will emcee the event.  Sound will be provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions.

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

The 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by:
Dillman Furniture, Martin Guitars, and Hope River Entertainment.

Charlie Sizemore Featured on Cover of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Charlie Sizemore is featured on the cover of the February 2012 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine that includes a rare interview with the acclaimed, singer-songwriter.  Sizemore uncharacteristically opens up about his music, his career as a lawyer, his hit album HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME (Rounder Records), and single No Lawyers in Heaven.”

HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME reached #1 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Album Chart last summer, was chosen in Bluegrass Today’s Top 10 Albums of 2011, and spent numerous months on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart.  No Lawyers In Heaven,” spent two consecutive months at #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs chart (Oct-Nov ’11), #1 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s Top 30 Hot Singles chart (Jul ’11), and reached #1 on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Albums chart (Oct ’11).

CMT.com says Sizemore “possesses one of the finest, most unaffected bluegrass voices I’ve come across,” and his fans certainly agree.  There are numerous favorites on this hot album including the popular “Red Wicked Wine” with special guest, Ralph Stanley that certainly brings back memories of Sizemore’s days with the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Other fan choices include “Ashley Judd” along with title track, “Heartache Looking for a Home” that has spent numerous months on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks.

The Charlie Sizemore Band is now on tour and includes the talents of: Charlie Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar); Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals); Charles Fields (bass); Josh McMurray (banjo, vocals); and Paul Kramer (fiddle and vocals).

For more information on the Charlie Sizemore Band, please visit their website or check out NPR’s Mountain Stage to hear the band’s recent performance.

Please contact Hope River Entertainment for Bookings and Media Requests.

Charlie Sizemore welcomes Paul Kramer to the band

The Charlie Sizemore Band is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Paul Kramer on fiddle.  “We are thrilled,” Charlie reports. “Great fiddle players are hard to come by, and having a musician, singer, and writer of Paul’s caliber in the band is inspiring and exciting for all of us.”

A native Chicagoan, Paul began his career with Special Consensus before moving to Nashville in 1988.  His impressive resume includes a songwriting deal with Mel Tillis’ publishing company as well as touring and recording with Lorrie Morgan, Gary Allan, Travis Tritt, and, most recently, Sammy Kershaw.

Charlie Sizemore is celebrating the #1 single on October’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart and #1 on October’s Power Source Magazine Top 35 Song chart for “No Lawyers in Heaven.”  The song was written by Paul Craft and Billy Edd Wheeler and appears on Sizemore’s album, HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME (Rounder) currently in the #5 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album chart.  The single and album have topped numerous other charts since its release.

Paul joins Charlie Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar), Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals), Charles Fields (bass), and Josh McMurray (banjo), to round out The Charlie Sizemore Band.  For more information, please visit CharlieSizemoreBand.com

Charlie Sizemore returning to The Station Inn this weekend

Acclaimed bluegrass songwriter/vocalist Charlie Sizemore and his band are returning for another performance at the world-famous Station Inn located at 402 12 Ave. S, Nashville, TN this Saturday, September, September 17, 2011. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door.  Sizemore has a string of #1 singles and albums during his career including recent radio chart success with his current album, HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME (Rounder) and the single, “No Lawyers in Heaven.”

The single, “No Lawyers in Heaven” is #2 this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s (BU) Top 30 Songs; #3 on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Songs; and #5 on Bluegrass Music Profiles (BMP) Top 30 Hot Singles (#1 in July).  The album is #4 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Albums (#1 last month), #4 on the BU Top 15 Albums; and #9 BMP Top 10 Albums.

Sizemore will be performing other songs from HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME including fan favorites, “Ashley Judd”, “Down in the Quarter,”  “Red Wicked Wine,” “Walking the Floor Over Me,” and more.

Not only do fans love the new album, but critics agree Sizemore is at the top of this game:

“Sizemore’s voice is perfect for the material, straddling the line between a rich depth and that high, lonesome sound that defines the genre with relaxed ease. He never seems to be trying too hard, yet there’s simply no doubting his conviction – a man of few words who values economy of expression above all, he sings every line as though he’s lived it.’  Blog Critics

“Sizemore is very much the Vern Gosdin of the bluegrass world: a favorite of fellow singers and instrumentalists.” – Country Standard Time

“…he possesses one of the finest, most unaffected bluegrass voices I’ve come across.” – CMT.com

MORE ON CHARLIE SIZEMORE

A native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at age 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, with whom he stayed for nine years before leaving to start his own band and attend college.  He graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky, and now maintains a successful law practice in addition to his musical endeavors.  Over the past 23 years since leaving the employment of Ralph Stanley, Sizemore has garnered a devoted following among fans and performers alike.  He’s appeared on two Grammy® nominated albums (Ralph Stanley’s Saturday Night & Sunday Morning and The Stanley Tradition: Tribute to a Bluegrass Legacy) and received a Dove award nomination (for a track from 2002’s The Story Is…The Songs of Tom T. Hall).

The Charlie Sizemore Band is Charlie Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar), Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals), Charles Fields (bass), Josh McMurray (banjo), and Glenn Gibson (Dobro).  For more information on Charlie Sizemore’s impressive career, please visit http://www.CharlieSizemoreBand.com

“No Lawyers in Heaven” #1 song for Charlie Sizemore

Acclaimed bluegrass songwriter/vocalist Charlie Sizemore is celebrating  the #1 single this month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Hot Singles chart.  The song is from his current album,   HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME on Rounder Records that appears at #3 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine (BU) Top 15 Albums  with the single at #4 on the BU Top 30 Singles.

HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME includes 13 other songs including fan favorites like “Ashley Judd”, “Down in the Quarter,”  “Red Wicked Wine” and “Walking the Floor Over Me.”  Not only do fans love the new album, but critics agree Sizemore is at the top of this game:

“Sizemore’s voice is perfect for the material, straddling the line between a rich depth and that high, lonesome sound that defines the genre with relaxed ease. He never seems to be trying too hard, yet there’s simply no doubting his conviction – a man of few words who values economy of expression above all, he sings every line as though he’s lived it.’  Blog Critics

“Sizemore is very much the Vern Gosdin of the bluegrass world: a favorite of fellow singers and instrumentalists.” – Country Standard Time

“…he possesses one of the finest, most unaffected bluegrass voices I’ve come across.” – CMT.com

A native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at age 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, with whom he stayed for nine years before leaving to start his own band and attend college.  He graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky, and now maintains a successful law practice in addition to his musical endeavors.  Over the past 23 years since leaving the employment of Ralph Stanley, Sizemore has garnered a devoted following among fans and performers alike.  He’s appeared on two Grammy® nominated albums (Ralph Stanley’s Saturday Night & Sunday Morning and The Stanley Tradition: Tribute to a Bluegrass Legacy) and received a Dove award nomination (for a track from 2002’s The Story Is…The Songs of Tom T. Hall).

The Charlie Sizemore Band is Charlie Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar), Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals), Charles Fields (bass), Josh McMurray (banjo), and Glenn Gibson (Dobro).  For more information on Charlie Sizemore’s impressive career, please visit www.CharlieSizemoreBand.com

Two Rivers, Wisconsin concert series ends

I was very sad to hear of the closing of the B.K. Productions bluegrass concert series in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  I had the opportunity to travel to one of the concerts years ago when one of my clients, Blue Moon Rising performed (pictured above in a photo by Mike Morebeck —– L-R Justin Moses, Keith Garrett, Tim Tipton, Chris West, Justin Jenkins).  After working with producer, Brad Klabunde, over the phone for many years, it was very nice to finally meet him and his wife Janice.

Brad Klabunde

Over the years, Brad’s enthusiasm for bluegrass music certainly was evident in his successful concerts.   He was able to get some of top award-winning bands in bluegrass music at this series.  Most recently the event was held at the Two Rivers High School.

Unfortunately Brad has made the hard decision to cancel the concerts due to numerous reasons, the most obvious being the economy, cost of fuel for these national touring acts, but also a problem that other promoters around the country face – competing with local free shows.  At concert series like Brad’s, of course, promoters have to charge for tickets.  That is how these national touring bands get paid.

Just some of the artists that have made their way to Brad’s show were: Carrie Hassler, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Charlie Sizemore Band, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Blue Moon Rising, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Special Consensus, Newfound Road, Mark Newton Band, James King Band and so many more.

Congratulations to Brad, Janice, and all of their sponsors and volunteers for a job well done for so many years!

Roots Music Association Nominations Announced

Hope River Entertainment would like to congratulate our following clients for their respective 2008 Roots Music Association Nominations in the Bluegrass Category.  The ceremony will take place during the upcoming Roots Music Association’s Conference and Music Festival in San Marcos, Texas – November 14-16, 2008.  

Donna Hughes, Charlie Sizemore and Buddy Cannon in the Songwriter of the Year category
The Lonesome River Band in the
Bluegrass Artist of the Year category
– Rural Rhythm Records
and Blue Circle Records in the Bluegrass Record Label of the Year category

For more information, please visit http://www.rootsmusicassociation.org

Fairview Ruritan Club (Galax, VA) this Saturday

Charlie Sizemore

Donna HughesSaturday, October 25 at 7:30, The Fairview Ruritan Club in Galax, VA will host two Rounder recording artists – The Charlie Sizemore Band and The Donna Hughes Band in concert.

For more information call: 276-236-0121 or 276-236-0499 or visit:
http://www.fairviewruritan.com/

Yesterday Donna was a guest on WBRF Radio – Blue Ridge Country with host, Jay Allen.  Tomorrow Thursday, October 23, Jay will have Charlie on the show at 9:15 PM.  You can LISTEN ONLINE