Lonesome River Band Returns to Host 16th Annual Rudy Fest

Lonesome River Band
RUDY FEST – June 22-25, 2016 in Grayson, Ky.

RudyFestSimplytheBestLonesome River Band continues their busy summer tour as they return to Host the 16th Annual Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival in Grayson, Kentucky this week. The event will be held at the Carter County Fair Grounds June 22-25, 2016 with a stellar line-up that includes: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Dave Adkins, The Steeldrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Volume Five, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and many more.  Lonesome River Band will hit the stage Friday, June 23 at 3:00pm and 6:30 and Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 pm.

Lonesome River Band’s Sammy Shelor is really looking forward to this weekend saying, “Rudy Fest is a beast of a bluegrass festival! Always an amazing crowd to play to and the support an artist needs to perform at their best. The crew there always makes patrons and bands both feel welcome and at home. Love that Gang!

Sammy & LRB have been with us a long time I got to catch a show couple weeks ago. They had it dialed in and were having a ball on stage. Their new material is top shelf,” says festival promoter Rudy Burchett. Tickets for Rudy Fest can be purchased at the gate for $100 (4-day weekend pass), or daily passes for $20 (Wed) or $40 (Thursday-Friday).  Kids 12 and under free. For more information, please visit rudyfest.com.

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will perform songs from their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart album, Bridging the Tradition, released on the Mountain Home Music Company label. The band’s first single, “Thunder & Lightning,” is currently #2 on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, and appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs, Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, and more single and album radio charts.

Last week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released the second of three IBMA Awards ballots.  Lonesome River Band are candidates for nomination in the following categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Thunder and Lightning, Adam Wright writer)
  • Album of the Year (Bridging the Tradition, Mountain Home Music Company)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Brandon Rickman)
  • Gospel Recorded Event of the Year (Rocking of the Cradle)
  • Banjo Player of the Year (Sammy Shelor)
  • Fiddle Player of the Year (Mike Hartgrove)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year (Jesse Smathers)
  • Bass Player of the Year (Barry Reed).

The official IBMA Award Nominees will be announced in August. For more information on joining IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

Lonesome River Band features Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.  For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



Music & New Baby News from Shannon & Heather Slaughter

heather-and-jed-slaughterOne of bluegrass music’s favorite couples, Shannon and Heather Slaughter, are proud to announce the birth of a new son, Jedediah (Jed) Smith Slaughter. Their new baby joined the family on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala, much to the delight of his older sister Rae.

Heather will be coming off the road to spend more time with the couple’s two children, however she will be a guest on the new Shannon Slaughter & County Clare album releasing later this year. Heather will be lending her exquisite harmony vocals, singing lead on another track, and joining Shannon on a highly anticipated Porter & Dolly duet. The band will begin recording in March at Eastwood Studios in Virginia.

Bluegrass Today calls Shannon Slaughter “a rare bluegrass triple threat: a gifted and disciplined songwriter, a robust and evocative singer, and a substantial guitarist, on both rhythm and lead,” so fans will no doubt be anxious to hear his 10 original songs on the 14 track album.

albumcover-never-just-a-song-shannon-heather-slaughterShannon and Heather’s current album, Never Just A Song, garnered numerous #1s for both the album and singles in 2015. They achieved the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums, #1 on the AirPlayDirect Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums Chart, and spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart. The album also made an impressive showing garnering the #4 position on the Roots Music Report’s Top 180 Albums of 2015.

Two tracks from Never Just A Song, “That’s What’s Good in America” and “Moonshiner,” appeared on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2015. “That’s What’s Good in America” was also the #1 song last August on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 Songs last July.

For updates and more information on Shannon Slaughter & County Clare, please visit www.shannonslaughter.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Volume Five’s Voices Album Reaches New Heights

Volume Five - Voices - albumIn just a few short months, Volume Five’s album, Voices on Mountain Fever Records, has soared to new heights on the radio charts. Voices is currently #1 on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart, made its debut on the April Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart, and is #3 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums this week.

Voices is the group’s fifth album and features 12 tracks – five of which are now appearing on a variety of bluegrass radio charts. “Dream Softly” is the #1 song on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks this month, #6 on Bluegrass Today’s (BT) Top 20 chart, and #13 on the Roots Music Report this week, along with “Sam’s Gap” at #29. Two other songs appear on this week’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 including “Going Across the Mountain” at #5 and “King of California” at #20 with “Faithfully” making its debut last month. “King of California” also moved up five spots this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart as well.

Media has also raved about the album with recent reviews stating:

“Volume Five has been releasing some of the best new modern traditional bluegrass around for the past several years.” – Bluegrass Today

“Voices — the fifth album the group has released under the Mountain Fever Records label — showcases a blend of bluegrass styles, from traditional to contemporary. The album’s shift from an introspective tune at one moment, to a rousing and robust song the next, is done with incredible finesse. Volume Five can do it all, and with Voices, they do so with the reliability of a train that still, somewhere, comes down Main Street on a regular basis.” – Parchbench

“Voices is bluegrass at full strength. From the opener, an inspired reading of Dave Alvin’s folk ballad ‘King of California’ to the closer, the ironically titled ‘Faithfully,’ Volume Five shows its affinity for hard-hitting storytelling songs, while numbers like Amanda’ and ‘Colder and Colder’ resound with bedrock emotional truth. A 21st-century band in the best sense, Volume Five yet remains firmly rooted in tradition, in a fusion of old and new that brings to mind, without imitating, the early Country Gentlemen. Voices fits my definition of a great bluegrass album: one that reminds me why I fell in love with the music all those years ago. If they keep at it at this level, these guys are surely bound for glory.” – Rambles.Net

“With endorsements from Rhonda Vincent (who supplied guest vocals on one track) and Balsam Range vocalist Buddy Melton, this band has some enthusiastic admirers. I’m now one of them.” – Black Rose Acoustic

Volume Five includes the talents of Glen Harrell (Lead Vocals & Fiddle), Harry Clark (Mandolin & Vocals), Chris Williamson (Bass & Vocals), Patton Wages (Banjo & Vocals), and Colby Laney (Guitar & Vocals) who earned two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations last year – one for Emerging Artist of the Year and the other for “The Day We Learn to Fly” in the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year category.

Music fans can purchase Voices at iTunes and in digital or CD formats at Amazon, Mountain Fever Records and Volume Five’s website at volumefivebg.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com. Radio programmers can download the entire album at airplaydirect.com/music/V5Voices/.

Donna Hughes Tugs on the Heartstrings with her Original Song “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

See the Video and Lyrics below

donna-hughes-two-albumsDuring last year’s brutal winter months, North Carolina Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes penned the heart wrenching and powerful song, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” that has certainly pulled on the heartstrings. The song, and her YouTube video have been featured and shared on numerous popular sites including Talking-Dogs.com, LoveMyDogBlog, and the wide-reaching Dogs Deserve Better Facebook page to name a few. Donna has also started a new Facebook community page facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains hoping to bring awareness to animal cruelty.

Early next year, Donna will announce her 2015 tour that will include performance dates overseas and around the country. While she regularly performs and speaks at elementary schools, she will soon announce more public speaking engagements as an Animal Rights Advocate continuing her passionate mission to change tethering laws around the country.

Donna plans to publish the lyrics, in addition to a happy ending for the dog, in a children’s book, with sheet music to the song in the back of the book. She also has a couple of other dog songs that she feels will make great children’s books as well – helping to educate children to love and cherish their pets.

“Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” appears on both of Donna’s current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The dog song, along with three of her other originals (“Gone,” “The Red Oak Tree,” and “Where The Good Daddies Go”) have been nominated for Strictly Country’s 20th Annual Spirit Awards in the Song of the Year category.

Since the late summer release of these impressive albums, Donna continues to receive media support including recent album reviews in Power Source Magazine, coverage on Bluegrass Today and many other popular publications – both online and in print.

Radio success has been tremendous for Donna this year. The first single release, “The Way I Am” is currently #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart with “Dog On A 10’ Chain” at in the #2 spot for the second week in a row. “The Way I Am” is also on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks for November; Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Chart for December; Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass Songs for November; Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs for December to name a few.

From the Heart and Fly are available to radio stations worldwide on AirPlayDirect (APD) and as previously announced, was the first winner of the Beyond The Song Contest. She recently added her all of her albums to APD including: Gaining Wisdom produced by Tony Rice on Rounder Records; Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies produced by J.D. Crowe on Rounder Records; and her first two self-produced albums Somewhere in Time and Same Old Me on her label Running Dog Records.

She has received tremendous APD chart success for these projects with 5 albums appearing on: the APD Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums this month; From The Heart at #13 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Albums and at #46 on the APD Global Indicator Top 50 Albums All Genres for All Time; Fly at #7 on the APD Top 50 Americana Albums this month; 10 songs on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Singles this month; 4 songs on the APD Top 50 Americana Singles this month including two with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Rice; and 5 songs on the APD Top 50 Christian Gospel Singles this month.

Donna Hughes’ music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many more outlets. To view lyrics for “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” and her vast catalog of original music, please visit DonnaHughes.com. Fans are invited to join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, and many more sites.

Lyrics to “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

Nothing to look forward to
Watching cars go by all day
Nothing to play with, nothing to do
Shivering in the cold hard rain

They forget to bring me water
They forget that I am here
They don’t know how smart I am
They don’t even see my tears

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

Sometimes it’s hard to stay cool
On a blazing hot summer day
I dream of crossing the stream
And catching a fish as the sunlight fades

It’s hard to stay warm in the winter
Some nights it’s hard to be strong
I dream of chasing butterflies
And rabbits all day long

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

The world is big and beautiful
But I’ll never see it all
Maybe when I go to Heaven
Someone will love me and throw me a big red ball

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

Donna Hughes Continues to Garner #1s from Two New Albums

donna-hughes-two-albumsSince the recent release of her two new albums, Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes continues to garner #1s on a variety of radio charts’. She has also received significant media attention including gracing the cover of Americana Rhythm Music Magazine.

donna-hughes-americana-rhythmIn the past two weeks, Donna reached the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart with two songs – “The Way I Am” and “Dog On A 10′ Chain.” Both songs appear on her album FROM THE HEART, and the heart wrenching “Dog On A 10′ Foot Chain” also appears on her piano album FLY.

Another impressive milestone was achieving the top spot on AirPlay Direct’s Global Indicator Top 50 Albums Charts several times with FROM THE HEART. The chart covers all genres of music. She is currently #15 on the site’s All-Time Top Bluegrass Albums Chart.

beyondthesongAs previously announced, Donna was the recipient of the first “Beyond The Song” contest winning a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250. “I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business,” said Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song.

“The Way I Am” has also consistently appeared on the Bluegrass Today (BT) Weekly Top 20 since its release, landing at #9 this week along with charting at #17 on the BT Monthly Top 20 for December. Donna recently sat down with John Lawless of Bluegrass Today to chat about both albums.  Fans can view the video here.

“The Way I Am” also appears at #20 on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Song Chart, at #18 on the NMW Country Internet Top 30 Indie Chart, .#19 on the NMW Top 85 Country Main Chart and more.

Please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.

Dave Adkins Continues to Dominate Charts with Nothing To Lose

Photo by Judith Burnette

Dave Adkins continues to dominate the bluegrass charts with his Mountain Fever Records’ album Nothing To Lose. The title track reached the coveted #1 spot this month on Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks with the album at #4 on their Most Played Albums chart. The song is also #8 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart for October.

Adkins’ tremendous vocals certainly shine during his live performances and on this popular album that radio continues to spin. Nothing To Lose is #12 on the October Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Album Chart and hit #1 again last week on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart.

His original tune and first single release, “Pike County Jail,” is #6 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Song Chart for October. The song also spent most of this year on the Bluegrass Today (BT) Top 20 Weekly Chart reaching #1 three times and spending 15 weeks in the Top 10.

“Tennessee Twister,” “Nothing To Lose,” and “Pike County Jail” all appear on this week’s Root Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart. “Don’t Pray That Way” made its debut earlier this year at #9 on the Singing News Magazine chart.

Nothing To Lose is available sale on iTunes, Amazon, Mountain Fever Records, and also GooglePlay where it appears in the Top 200 Bluegrass Albums.

Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk, touring as Adkins & Loudermilk, are receiving well deserved attention for their high energy stage shows. They performed numerous times during the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass including their well-received show on the City Plaza Stage in downtown Raleigh. They continue their tour this weekend performing Friday and Saturday at the Mossy Oak Music Park in Guyton, GA before heading to the South Carolina State Fair on Sunday, October 19th.

Fans can view more tour dates for the remaining year, plus the newly announced shows for 2015 at AdkinsLoudermilk.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
Adkins & Loudermilk are sponsored by D’Addario, Peterson Strobe Tuners, Blue Chip Picks, Cedar Creek Custom Cases, Cotten Guitars, and Kentucky Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Dave Adkins Continues to Top Charts with “Pike County Jail” and More Tracks

dave adkins stage-smallDave Adkins has not only been gaining attention for his powerful live performances and one of a kind lead vocals, but he’s also achieving great chart success with numerous tracks from his Mountain Fever Records’ album, NOTHING TO LOSE. His original song, “Pike County Jail,” is #1 again on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart where it has landed in the top spot three times this year and appeared on the chart for 13 consecutive weeks. The popular tune is #2 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 for July.

“Pike County Jail” was the biggest chart mover on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart climbing to #19 from its debut at #30 last month. The album moved up on the magazine’s Top 15 Album chart to #12 from its debut at #15 last month.

NOTHING TO LOSE also appears this week at #3 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart with two songs appearing on the RMR Top 50 Song Chart – “Tennessee Twister” at #3 and “Nothing To Lose” at #5.

The bluegrass gospel track, “Don’t’ Pray That Way” just made its debut at #9 on the Singing News Magazine Gospel Chart.

Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk are currently on tour including this weekend’s huge Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival held at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Thousands gather every year for this free July 4th celebration. This year’s artists line-up includes the headliner Lonestar, along with Adkins & Loudermilk, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Tim Kellar Band, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors.

Adkins & Loudermilk’s busy summer tour continues with more July performances: July 12 at the Grant Street Music Room in Clarkesville, Georgia; July 17 at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival in Columbus, Ohio; July 19 at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, WV; July 20 at the Southern Cove Bluegrass Festival in New Enterprise, PA; and July 31 at the Pickin’ in the Parsons Festival in Parsons, WV.

For a complete tour schedule for Adkins & Loudermilk, visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com, like them on Facebook , follow them on Twitter and download the SONGKICK app to your phone.

It’s “A Better Place” for Detour Bluegrass Band Band Continues to Top the Radio Charts

banner-detourPowerhouse bluegrass band, DETOUR, begins the new year with a bang as chart success for their album, A BETTER PLACE continues to pour in. This stellar project is currently: #10 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart; appears on Bluegrass Today’s Top Favorite Albums of 2012 by David Morris; is #3 on WYCO Radio’s The Bluegrass Express Top 20 Songs for 2012; and one of Prescription Bluegrass’ Top 15 CDS of 2012.  “Frankly, this band just blew us away,” said Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass.

Detour band member and songwriter Jeff Rose said, “We believe that deejays are truly unsung heroes of the bluegrass music world and we are deeply grateful for the support that we have received from them over the past year.”

Jeff penned “Quarterline Road” that has been all over numerous charts since the album’s release last year.  It hit #1 twice on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 Song chart, is currently at #10 on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs Chart, and has appeared numerous times on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks chart with the album now appearing on the Most Played Albums chart.

Another hot single, “Lovin’ Liza Jane” written by band member Missy Armstrong, is #10 on this month’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs Chart and appeared near the top of SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks last month. David Morris of Bluegrass Today recalled, “Last August, walking from the parking lot toward the stage at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, I heard a voice that stopped me in my tracks. It belonged to Missy Armstrong, who I think is destined to start showing up among the nominees for IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year. I picked up their album, A BETTER PLACE, that day in the merchandise tent and it’s been in regular rotation ever since. Jeff Rose is a talented songwriter, the band is tight and the project is top-shelf.”

DETOUR is donating proceeds from the sales of its song “Homeless Of The Brave” to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project. Patriot Place is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans.  Detour recently presented Goodwill with a check for $1,000 which is the first of what they hope will be many installments.  Radio stations can download the PSA’s, plus the entire album at AirplayDirect.

A BETTER PLACE is available for purchase online at iTunes, Amazon, Elderly.com, Countysales.com and CDBaby.com.

DETOUR is currently on tour and will soon announce another exciting new single release that includes new on an upcoming new music video. Fans are encouraged to visit the band online at their website, Facebook and Twitter for more news and videos.

Irish Singer Songwriter, Niall Toner music news and Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Irish songwriter and performing artist, Niall Toner is #1 on the Airplay Direct Global Indicator Charts hitting the all-time record of most radio downloads on the Bluegrass/Folk chart.

Niall is also pleased to announce a Free CD giveaway for his upcoming album ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, releasing this Fall on Pinecastle Records. Ten autographed copies of Niall Toner’s new single “Tomorrow” will be given to randomly selected fans who fill out the contact form at Niall’s website. Simply visit www.nialltonerband.com, click on “contact” at the bottom, fill out t! he form and click send. The offer is open to fans beginning March 17th 2012 at 12:00am and ends April 13th 2012 at 11:59pm. Fans are already excited to hear the first single, “Tomorrow,” recently released on Pinecastle Records.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS is being produced by Keith Sewell (producer and touring artist with Lyle Lovett). Niall will be in Nashville putting the final touches on the album, recording at Masterfonics Studio this spring. This exciting new album will include all original material.



Niall is also proud to announce two Niall Toner Radio Shows now available for download by Radio Stations exclusively on Airplay Direct.

In both shows, Niall talks about his musical influences, songwriting, plays examples of his heroes and recordings of some of his songs covered by his own favorite artists.

The Playlist for these two shows are as follows:

Show Number One

  1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky/Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys/Live
  2. Sing Song Kitty/ Doc Watson and John Herald/Live/Vangaurd Records
  3. The Promise/Barry and Holly Tashian/Rock-A-Lot Records
  4. Josie’s Reel/Keith Sewell/Rubber Dog Records
  5. Better Way/Nashville Bluegrass Band/Sugar Hill Records
  6. Working On Love/Albert Lee/Sugar Hill Records
  7. Slaney River Run/Inst/Niall Toner Band/Avalon Records

Show Number Two

  1. Mood Swing/Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings/Ripple Records
  2. The Master’s Resting Place/Niall Toner Band/Avalon Records
  3. Bill Monroe’s Mandolin/Niall Toner Band/Avalon Records
  4. Way Of A Wanderer/Keith Sewell/Rubber Dog Records
  5. William Smith Monroe/Niall Toner Band/Avalon Records

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

USA Representation for Management and Booking: Mountain Music Entertainment
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For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit PinecastleMusic.com