Adv Ticket Deadline Ends 4/30 for Graves Mountain Festival of Music

bu-ad-gravsmountain2014sSave $$ and get early bird discounted tickets by April 30 for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music taking place May 29-31, 2014. Advance tickets are only $75 for 3-Days. Order now by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30.

Beginning May 1, 2014, all 3-Day tickets will be $95 for 3-day tickets. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Download the Graves Mountain Festival of Music FREE mobile APP and have quick access on your phone to view the performance schedule, upload your festival pics and much more!. View the app online to send yourself a direct link to your smart phone OR just visit your APP STORE and download the free YAPP app and search for GravesMountain.

The incredible line-up of talent this year includes: Lonesome River Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russel l Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Newton & Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band “Country Current”, The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.

LISTEN to all of the artists that will be performing at the 2014 Graves Mountain Festival of Music by visiting our website!

Graves Mountain is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and was featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

Additional Artists Join “Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert for Steve Thomas

sierrahullJesse McReynolds, Buck White, Sierra Hull and Kathy Chiavola have been added to the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for Steve Thomas & Family taking place Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:45 pm. Proceeds go to acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve.

Steve_Thomas_Benefit_Poster_SmallThe “Ashes of Love” concert will be hosted by Marcia Campbell of The WSM All Nighter radio show. Some of the top names in Bluegrass and Country music who will lend their talents with performances by:  Jesse McReynolds, Buck White, Del McCoury Band; The Grascals; Rambling Rooks; Bobby Osborne; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas; Claire Lynch; Marty Raybon; Sierra Hull, Sister Sadie (Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, Beth Lawrence, Tina Adair); Gary Ferguson, Larry Stephenson Band; Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley; Val Storey; Paul Brewster; Melonie Cannon; Kathy Chiavola; Phil Leadbetter; Aubrey Haynie; Randy Kohrs; Scott Vestal; Mike Bub; Ashby Frank; Clay Hess; and more.

A suggested minimum $20 donation can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Friends, family and fans of Steve Thomas can also make online donations via PayPal at Bluegrass Today. The publication recently featured an article with more details on Steve’s New Year’s Eve nightmare. Mailed donations can be made payable to Steve Thomas and mailed to PO Box 1016, Gallatin, TN. 37066.

The “Ashes of Love” benefit concert is sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist. Event photography will be provided by Dreama Stephenson of http://www.dreambeeartphotography.com.

More on Steve Thomas:
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country music. He began his impressive career at an early age growing up in the Roanoke, Virginia area and later formed the Lonesome River Band with Tim Austin. His impressive career includes performing with: Del McCoury; with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry; The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He is now performing with Mark Newton as “Newton & Thomas” and celebrating their hit bluegrass album, “Reborn” on Pinecastle Records. Newton & Thomas appear on the cover of the February 2014 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. When Steve is not touring, you can find him in the studio recording and producing music by The Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle, Jesse McReynolds and more talented artists.

Venue Info:
Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater
2416 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN. 37214
1-(615)-889-2474
Email: etrs@comcast.net
Website: http://www.etrecordshop.com

“Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert for Steve Thomas

steve-janet-thomas-borderOn New Year’s Eve, acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet, suffered extensive damage to their house due to chimney fire. The music community has graciously come together to present the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for them on Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert will take place from 6:45 pm to 9:50 pm.

The “Ashes of Love” concert will be hosted by Marcia Campbell of The WSM All Nighter radio show. Some of the top names in Bluegrass and Country music will lend their talents including: Del McCoury Band; The Grascals; Rambling Rooks; Bobby Osborne; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas; Claire Lynch; Marty Raybon; Sister Sadie (Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, Beth Lawrence, Tina Adair); Gary Ferguson, Larry Stephenson Band; Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley; Val Storey; Paul Brewster; Melonie Cannon; Steve Gulley & Phil Leadbetter; Aubrey Haynie; Randy Kohrs; Scott Vestal; Mike Bub; Ashby Frank; Clay Hess; and more.

ettheaterA suggested minimum $20 donation can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Friends, family and fans of Steve Thomas can also make online donations via PayPal at Bluegrass Today. The publication recently featured an article with more details on Steve’s New Year’s Eve nightmare. Mailed donations can be made payable to Steve Thomas and mailed to PO Box 1016, Gallatin, TN. 37066.

Steve_Thomas_Benefit_Poster_SmallThe “Ashes of Love” benefit concert is sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist. Event photography will be provided by Dreama Stephenson of dreambeecreations.com.

More on Steve Thomas:
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country music. He began his impressive career at an early age growing up in the Roanoke, Virginia area and later formed the Lonesome River Band with Tim Austin. His impressive career includes performing with: Del McCoury; with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry; The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He is now performing with Mark Newton as “Newton & Thomas” and celebrating their hit bluegrass album, “Reborn” on Pinecastle Records. When Steve is not touring, you can find him in the studio recording and producing music by The Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle, Jesse McReynolds and more talented artists.

Full Performance Line-up Announced for Next Year’s 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music

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The Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the full performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014. Joining the outstanding talents of Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more, are GRAMMY winning Canadian acoustic roots band The Duhks, the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year & GRAMMY nominated artist Claire Lynch, and the reigning IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Junior Sisk.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of Town Mountain who took home two 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards including Band of the Year and Vocalist of the Year for Robert Greer.

The exciting lineup includes: Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band “Country Current“, The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.

“Graves Mountain Festival of Music is one of the premier 3-day festivals in the country. 2014 will mark our 22nd year and we are so proud to continue to offer the diversified lineup of talent featuring the best in Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music. The music, fun activities and amenities are enhanced by the beautiful setting of Graves Mountain. This event certainly appeals to all ages and walks of life,” says performing artist Mark Newton.

ticketMusic fans are encouraged to purchase advance $75 3-Day Tickets by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30, 2014. Beginning May 1 all 3-Day tickets will be $95. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Graves Mountain is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

We are proud to announce the addition of our new sponsors: The Lucas Roasting Company and Pinecastle Records with more to be announced soon. For more information on Graves Mountain, please visit: www.gravesmountain.com, Facebook and Twitter.

The Bluegrass All-Star Jam Hits The Road This Weekend with Performances in Virginia and New York

The Bluegrass All-Star Jam will celebrate American roots music this weekend with performances in Troy, New York and Alexandria, Virginia.  This all-star event is truly a unique experience with the best and brightest in bluegrass music featuring the award-winning talents of:  Claire Lynch, Sammy Shelor, Michael Cleveland, Josh Williams, Kenny & Amanda Smith, and Missy Raines.

On Friday, February 10, 2012, the group will perform at the Troy Savings Band Music Hall located at 30 Second St., Troy, NY  12180 at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased at TroyMusicHall.org

This Sunday, February 12, 2012, they are set for a performance at The Birchmere, located at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305 at 8:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800)745-3000, and at The Birchmere Box Office from 5-9pm any night during shows.  For more information, please visit Birchmere.com or call (703) 549-7500.

Claire Lynch is a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year award winner – In 2010, in recognition of her current work with the Claire Lynch Band and in 1997, for her influential work with the Front Porch String Band, and her impressive career as a solo artist. Blazing her own trail in the mid 70’s when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the 80’s and 90’s into one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.  She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the nation ever since.

 

Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor is a 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award winner.  He is the leader of the super bluegrass group, Lonesome River Band who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary.  Last November, Sammy was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman followed with a performance by the Lonesome River Band with special guest Steve Martin.  Banjo pickers all over the world have studied Sammy’s tab books and instructional DVD.

Josh Williams is an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) multi-award winner including three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year (2008-2010) and The Josh Williams Band as the 2010 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year (2010).  He was nominated for the IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2011).  Not only is he a top vocalist and guitarist, Josh is adept on all bluegrass instruments.  He is currently on tour with his band also sits in with the Tony Rice Unit on mandolin.  In 2011, The Josh Williams Band was caught on camera performing at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival in NC where a fan captured a special moment on stage when a small bird lands on Josh’s guitar while he’s singing. The video is receiving international attention and can be viewed here.

Missy Raines is the most decorated bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association with 7 Bass Player of the Year Awards to her credit. A former member of the Grammy Nominated Claire Lynch Band, the acclaimed duo, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Missy is one of the most popular figures in the bluegrass community and a trailblazer in her field for as long as she’s been playing music. Her rich pedigree in the field reaches from legends such as Mac Wiseman, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Eddie and Martha Adcock, to contemporary artists like Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Dudley Connell and Don Rigsby. Missy also toured and recorded with the rootsy, edgy Brother Boys.

Michael Cleveland is an impressive 9-time IBMA Fiddler Player of the Year Award winner (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).  As a bandleader, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper won the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year Award (2002, 2004, 2006) and the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.)

Kenny & Amanda Smith –Kenny is widely considered one of the most impressive and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation.  He is a two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year Award winner (1998, 1999).  In 2001, Kenny left the Lonesome River Band to perform in as a duo with his wife Amanda who is an acclaimed vocalist. They met in 1995 at a Lonesome River Band concert and married soon thereafter. In 2003, Kenny and Amanda won the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award.

For more information on the BLUEGRASS ALL-STAR JAM, please visit bluegrassallstarjam.com

For media inquires, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 678.377.3298.

May Lyrics for Lyric Show to be a Star Studded Event

May Lyrics for Lyric Show to be a Star Studded Event Including Artists:
Marty Raybon, Claire Lynch, Carl Jackson, Cia Cherryholmes, Mark Newton, Missy Raines, Josh Shilling, Donna Ulisse, Mark Johnson, Carrie Hassler and Jennifer Strickland

Nashville based, Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell will proudly be in attendance as the  Nashville Music Guide Magazine and the Famed, Picks Nashville present the May 25th Lyrics for Lyric show, hosted by Award Winning, Stylist/ Musician, Mark Newton, featuring Marty Raybon, Claire Lynch, Carl Jackson, Cia Cherryholmes and Mark Newton himself to name a few.

May’s Lyrics for Lyric will be the seventh installment of the series of shows to offset costs incurred during a six month stay at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for two year old Lyric Alana Frizzell whom was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia at 10 months old. featuring such stars in the past as Jamie Johnson, Ken Mellons, Trent Tomlinson, Michael Peterson, Whitney Duncan and Billy Yates.

The show has become a monthly presentation presented by the Nashville Music Guide Magazine and the famed Picks Nashville, hosted by Mark Newton, IBMA Award winning Stylist/ Musician and one of today’s most respected interpreters of bluegrass music. As the show has grown, so has the talent level and support from companies such as TKL Cases, D’Addario Strings and Paige Capo sponsorship.

The May 25th show will also feature such great artists as Missy Raines, Donna Ulisse, Mark Johnson, Josh Shilling, Jennifer Strickland, Carrie Hassler, Chris Harris, Jenee Fleenor, Jon Weisberger, Lisa Shaffer, Matt Munsey, Becky Schlegel, Matt Wingate, Leah Needman, Greg Davis, Tommy Wright, Tommy Wurth and John Fountain.

Doors open at 5pm, show begins at 7pm with no cover at the famed Picks Nashville, 1407 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203. For those that can’t make the show in person, Nixa Country Radio will broadcast live over the internet at http://www.nixacountry.com.

For more information on Lyrics for Lyric, Corey & Lyric Frizzell, Mark Newton, Alane Anno Photography, the Nashville Music Guide Magazine, Picks Nashville, Nixa Country Radio, TKL Cases or D’Addario Strings, please visit the following websites; http://www.facebook.com/lyricsforlyrics  http://www.coreyfrizzell.com  http://www.lyricfrizzell.com  http://www.marknewtonband.com  http://www.alaneanno.com  http://www.nashvillemusicguide.com  http://www.picksnashville.com  http://www.nixacountry.com  http://www.tkl.com  http://www.daddario.com

New Album by Mike Scott Releasing Feb 22, 2011

Listen to a clip of “Since I Laid My Burdens Down”

Rural Rhythm Christian announced the upcoming February 22, 2011 album release, TAKE ME LORD AND USE ME by award-winning vocalist and banjoist, Mike Scott.  This very special studio gathering includes the amazing talents of: Sonya Isaacs, Carl Jackson, Shelton Feazell, Vince Gill, Claire Lynch, Jesse McReynolds, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Buck White.

One listen to the title track, “Take Me Lord and Use Me,” co-written by the husband and wife songwriting team, Mike and Brenda Scott, and listeners will immediately feel the outpouring of faith and passion Mike Scott has put into this album. 

Mike Scott, who Kyle Cantrell of SiriusXM Radio describes as “one of today’s great personalities in bluegrass,” has long been a part of the tradition of American acoustic music.  He has been on stage entertaining audiences since 1972 when he was only 10 years old and has since performed with Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass, led Mike Scott & The All-American Band, and helped define the tradition of Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys.  Since 2001, Mike has been a featured artist with frequent appearances on RFD’s Blue Highways TV show, Reno’s Old Time Music Festival (seen in over 25 million households) as part of Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition.

Les Butler, Host of the Front Porch Fellowship and Publisher of Singing News Magazine recently said, “Mike Scott’s exceptional playing and singing brought a fresh touch to the classic gospel tune, ‘Since I Laid My Burdens Down.’  The angelic harmony singing of Sonya Isaacs puts it over the top!”

Tracks Include:
01  Take Me Lord and Use Me (with Vince Gill)
02  Cross Your Heart (with Sonya Isaacs and Carl Jackson)
03  Is Not This the Land of Beulah (with Claire Lynch and Carl Jackson)
04  Jesus I’ll Never Forget (with Vince Gill)
05  I Love to Praise Him (with Sonya Isaacs, Carl Jackson, Shelton Feazell-Bass Vocal)
06  Sing, Sing, Sing (with Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Shelton Feazell-Bass Vocal)
07  Driving Nails (with Ricky Skaggs and Carl Jackson)
08  Just Like the Bible Says (with Claire Lynch and Carl Jackson)
09  I Can’t Make It Lord Without You (with Sonya Isaacs and Carl Jackson)
10 When the Angels Carry Me Home (with Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Shelton Feazell-Bass Vocal)
11  ‘Tis So  Sweet to Trust Jesus (with Claire Lynch and Carl Jackson; Jesse McReynolds, Buck White & John Maberry mandolin )
12  Since I Laid My Burdens Down (with Sonya Isaacs, Carl Jackson, Shelton Feazell-Bass Vocal)
13  When All Is Said and Done (with Vince Gill)

TAKE ME LORD AND USE ME will be available wherever Christian music and Country & Bluegrass music is sold.  The album will also be part of LIFEWAY’S Get2Know promotion February 21 – March 12, 2011.  Please visit Lifeway’s Store Locator to find a store near you!

For more information, please visit www.ruralrhythmchristian.com or www.ruralrhythm.com

Feb 28 – Bristol, TN – Bluegrass All-Stars

Claire Lynch, David Grier, Mike Compton, Michael Cleveland, Charlie Cushman, and Rob Ickes have been added to the lineup for the Bluegrass All-Star Jam on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at The Paramount Center for the Arts for two shows, an afternoon matinee at 2:30 PM and an evening performance at 7:30 PM. 

“We are very excited about these additions to the line-up,” noted Bill Hartley, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance.  Hartley commented that the additions compliment the other artists in the line-up.  “Adding Claire Lynch along with Kim Fox, Missy Raines, and Dale Ann Bradley, highlights some of the top female performers in bluegrass music.  Mike Compton, Michael Cleveland, David Grier, and Rob Ickes are all multiple IMBA Award winners, as are many of the other artists in the line-up.”   Hartley added that Ickes is the most awarded individual player in the history of the IBMA.

Due to inclimate weather, this concert has been re-scheduled from its original date of January 30, 2010.  Since the re-scheduling of the concert several of the artists originally billed will not be able to perform due to prior commitments; however, these artists have been replaced by others of equal ability and renown.  Artists who were originally scheduled but will not be attending include:  Kenny and Amanda Smith, Alan Bibey, and Sammy Shelor.  These artists have been replaced with Claire Lynch, David Grier, Michael Cleveland, Mike Compton, Charlie Cushman and Rob Ickes.  Those remaining on the roster include Terry Baucom, Dale Ann Bradley, Mike Bub, Kim Fox, Steve Gulley, Adam Haynes, Phil Leadbetter, Justin Moses, Missy Raines, Don Rigsby, and Tim StaffordCindy Baucom from the nationally syndicated “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass” and 2005 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year will emcee the show. 

Now in its fifth year and previously billed as “Pickin’ at the Paramount,” the Bluegrass All-Star Jam will feature some of the genre’s best artists.  This show is the second in the Birthplace of Country Music @ The Paramount Winter Concert Series.   This show is sponsored by Alpha Natural Resources, Bristol Virginia Utilities, City of Bristol Tennessee, Fox Tri-Cities, WETS, WOPI, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ticket prices are $25, ($15 students / $20 advance).  Show times for the Bluegrass All-Star Jam at 2:30 and 7:30.  Tickets must be purchased individually for each of the day’s performances and are available at The Paramount Center for the Arts box office at 423.274.8920 or visit www.theparamountcenter.com or www.etix.com   All tickets purchased for originally scheduled date of January 30, 2010 will be honored on the 28th of February. 

The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is a non‐profit organization dedicated to telling the story of the living musical heritage of the Appalachian mountains and the cultural traditions that sustain it. The BCMA is funded in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information, call (276) 645‐0111 or visit online at
www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org