Baseball and Bluegrass with Lonesome River Band

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UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS PRESENTS
CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL’S BASEBALL AND BLUEGRASS WITH LONESOME RIVER BAND
DECEMBER 10TH AT 6:30PM

Uncle Dave Macon Days presents a new series — “Nights of Bluegrass” benefiting Central Magnet School’s baseball program on December 10th featuring the Lonesome River Band and in 2017, February 9th featuring Flatt Lonesome. Both concerts start at 6:30pm. Due to limited seating, book now!

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bluegrass-and-baseball-lonesome-river-band-tickets-28761798313?aff=es2

Let’s walk back across time into America’s past. You will find two identifiable features emerging in our culture that are uniquely American: Baseball and Bluegrass. In the hills and hollows of the rural South there were more musicians and athletic talent than you could “shake a stick “at. The rural roots of the South were primed for dual entertainment in the fairgrounds and fields. Out of this atmosphere in the 1930’s and 40’s, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys propelled their riveting new sound into popularity by introducing each concert with a baseball game –The Bluegrass All Stars—Howard Watts, Chubby Wise, Dave Akeman (Stringbean), and Clyde Moody.

This new musical style was inspired by several influences—European classical, African-American blues and gospel, hillbilly hoedown, and even jazz. With this imaginative promotional idea of playing a baseball game before a concert, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were able to propel their new genre popularizing and codifying their music from town to town region by region reshaping America’s musical story into a new creation of its own.

Americans became enamored by the new sound. Alan Lomax once stated this about Bluegrass music. It was, “Folk music in overdrive!” In the early days of the Grand Ole Opry, hoe down bands like Uncle Dave Macon had become an institution in the 1920’s through the 1930’s. Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass music were snatched into the limelight and brought the Opry’s listening audiences to a new level.

By the time that Bill Monroe stepped out onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1939, with his imaginative promotional scheme of featuring baseball games before a concert, the music had been accepted. A new chapter in America’s musical history had begun reshaping country music.

George D. Hay, founder of the Grand Ole Opry, once said, “Uncle Dave Macon with his chin whiskers and gold teeth brought the chuckles and applause. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys have now found a home on the Opry.”

grand-ole-opry-lonesome-river-bandBluegrass and its unusual sound were poised to affect mainstream American music into the popular culture for decades to come. Once again like in days of old, the blend of baseball and bluegrass are coming together for “Nights of Bluegrass” which will benefit the baseball program at Central Magnet School on December 10thand on February 9th at 6:30pm. The 2016 IBMA award nominee—Lonesome River Band will be featured on December 10th. Since its formation 34 years ago, the Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as
one of the most respected bands in Bluegrass.

In 2016 at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards, there were nominations for: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performer of the Year as well as Musicians of the Year in Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and Bass players of the year. The band seamlessly comes together performing their traditional sound that fans have continued to
embrace over the years. Banjo player, Sammy Shelor, has received more notoriety than any other banjo player in history including the Steve Martin prize for “Excellence in Bluegrass” and as 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. Their most recent album, Bridging the Tradition debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass charts.

So…..Mark your calendar Saturday evening, December 10th at 6:30pm at Central Middle School, the award winning Lonesome River Band will perform, building on the familiar Bluegrass sound while adding to its bold progressiveness.

Baseball and Bluegrass Nights presented by Uncle Dave Macon Days at Central Magnet will celebrate the thrilling sounds that are a perfect American original.

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Americana band BIG VIRGINIA SKY Heading to D.C. for Six Shows

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Americana folk band Big Virginia Sky will perform at a string of events in the Washington D.C. area beginning February 16, 2016. The band has been packing venues from Florida to Maryland promoting their self-titled new album that features numerous standout tracks like “Love Song” with guest Sierra Hull.

full-band-side-stage-by-michael-loftisBig Virginia Sky features the talents of guitar player James Adkins on vocals and award­-winning mandolinist and songwriter, Scott Slay. Brothers and award­-winning instrumentalists, Dale Lazar provide percussion, with Taylor Gerber on electric bass.

sammy-shelor-greenlightonbanjo-michael-loftisVirginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor appears on the album and will be performing with Big Virginia Sky at three of the six upcoming D.C. shows. Shelor is a 5-­time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award winner, recipient of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass award, and is the current band leader and banjoist for Lonesome River Band.

Tickets are now on sale for:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 8:30pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Taylor Gerber
Venue: Hill Country, 410 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 10:00pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Taylor Gerber
Venue: Madam’s Organ, 2461 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 9:00pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Taylor Gerber
Venue: Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, MD

Friday, February 19 – 10:15pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Steve Lazar, Sammy Shelor
Charm City Bluegrass Festival Presents Battle of the Bands Round 2
Venue: Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave., Baltimore, MD. Tickets $7. Purchase in advance here.

Saturday, Feb 20 – 6:00pm (doors open at 5:00pm); 21 and over
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Steve Lazar, Sammy Shelor
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Tickets $15. Purchase online here.

Saturday, Feb 20 – 10:30 pm
Big Virginia Sky – James Adkins, Scott Slay, Dale Lazar, Steve Lazar, Sammy Shelor
Venue: Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K Street NW, Washington, DC

Radio stations can download Big Virginia Sky at AirPlayDirect. Americana tracks include the popular “Love Song,” “Southbound,” “Pour One for Me,” and “Big Virginia Sky,” Bluegrass and Folk stations are currently spinning two instrumentals – “Sammy’s Breakdown” and “Bullfrog.”

For more information on Big Virginia Sky, please visit www.bigvirginiasky.com.

Big Virginia Sky Set for Album Release Concert at Vinyl Music Hall

vinyl-poster-400x600Bluegrass-inspired Americana folk band Big Virginia Sky will hold a release party for their self-titled debut album on December 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Vinyl Music Hall in Downtown Pensacola, Florida. Joining the band for the release show will be Gulf Coast musicians Tanya Gallagher and Brooks Hubbert. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Vinyl Music Hall and at the door.

Over the past several months, Big Virginia Sky has been touring from the Virginia Coast to the Ohio River Valley, honing the edges on the 11 tracks from the album. Brett Stewart, a well-respected music blogger, recently remarked, “The album is absolutely terrific – well performed, well written, and always fun. It’s an experience you need to immerse yourself in if you have any appreciation for country, bluegrass, blues, or Americana in general.”
The album has been released to radio stations at AirPlayDirect. Americana tracks include the popular “Love Song” featuring guest vocals by Sierra Hull, “Southbound,” “Pour One for Me” and the title track. Bluegrass and Folk stations are spinning two instrumentals – “Sammy’s Breakdown” and “Bull Frog.”

Big Virginia Sky showcases the talents of Gulf Coast native, guitar player James Adkins on vocals and award­winning mandolinist and songwriter, Scott Slay. Brothers and award­winning instrumentalists, Dale and Steve Lazar provide percussion and bass as a rhythm section frequently referenced as a “heartbeat” in the Americana scene. The band also features Sammy Shelor who is a 5­time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award winner, recipient of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo Award, and longtime band leader and banjoist for Lonesome River Band. The Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer has also recorded and toured with country super star Alan Jackson and performed with the Zac Brown Band. Acclaimed Nashville musician Brandon Bostic will guest on Dobro and electric guitar.

For more information on Big Virginia Sky, please visit BigVirginiaSky.com.

Adkins & Loudermilk to Host Inaugural Anderson County Halloween BooGrass Bash Festival October 29-31, 2015

boograss-headerAdkins & Loudermilk will host the inaugural Anderson County Halloween BooGrass Bash October 29-31, 2015. Feel free to wear your best Halloween costume for the BooGrass Bash Costume Party and enjoy the spooktacular performances by: Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Adkins & Loudermillk, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Flatt Lonesome, Sideline, Marksmen Quartet, and more.

The BooGrass Bash will be held at the Anderson County Civic Center located at 3027 Martin Luther King Blvd., Anderson, South Carolina. Tickets are $30 (daily), $75 (3-day pass) and can be purchased in advance at TicketMaster.com.

Adkins & Loudermilk are also proud to announce the BooGrass Bash Band Competition with over $3,000 in prizes. Bring the kids for the BooGrass Youth Camp, daily contest, great food and more activities.

Camping is available with 60 full hook up campsites and 120 self-contained campsites, along with many hotel options in Anderson. For tickets and camping, please call 864-260-4800.

DAILY BOOGRASS BASH LINE-UP

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Contest – 10:00am-3:00pm
Marksmen Quartet – 4:00pm-5:30pm
Sideline – 5:45pm-7:15pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 7:30pm-9:00pm
Balsam Range – 9:15pm-10:45pm

Friday, October 30, 2015
Contest – 10:00am-2:00pm
Lonesome River Band – 2:20-3:05pm, 5:05-5:50pm
Marty Raybon – 3:15-4:00pm, 6:00-6:45pm
Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice – 4:10-4:55pm, 6:55-7:40pm
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver – 7:50-9:20pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 9:30-11:00pm

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Workshops/Youth Camp Activities – 10:00am-2:00pm
Flatt Lonesome – 2:20pm-3:05pm, 5:05-5:50pm
The Boxcars – 3:15-4:00pm, 6:00-6:45pm
Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out – 4:10-4:55pm, 6:55-7:40pm
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage – 7:50-9:20pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 9:30pm-11:00pm
For more information on the Anderson County BooGrass Bash, please visit www.facebook.com/BoograssBash.

adkins-loudermilk-smallThe powerhouse band Adkins & Loudermilk just received an Award Nomination the International Bluegrass Music Association in the Emerging Artist of the Year category. To watch live performance videos and get more information , please visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Lonesome River Band Heads West with Performances in California and Arizona

Lonesome River BandLONESOME RIVER BAND heads west this weekend with performances in California and Arizona over the next several weeks. Their first performance of the tour will be held at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA on Friday followed by “A Night at the Grange” concert in Morgan Hill, CA on Saturday.  On Sunday, the band will be live in the studio with ‘Sleepy John” on KPIG Radio 107.5 FM, and then to Durham, CA on Tuesday, February 26.

On Thursday, February 28, LONESOME RIVER BAND returns to the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, CA followed a performance at Boulevard Music in Culver City, CA on March 1.  On March 2 and 3, fans can see the band in Lake Havasu City, AZ at the Bluegrass on the Beach Festival. For more details and ticket information for each event, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com.

Rural Rhythm Records recently released CHRONOLOGY VOLUMES ONE – THREE album series celebrating LONESOME RIVER BAND’S 30th Anniversary. The band also has a song, “The Legend of Jennie Wade” on the new album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People.

LONESOME RIVER BAND received several 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association awards including the IBMA “Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for their song “Angeline the Baker” and band leader, Sammy Shelor won his fifth award as the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year.  Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Shelor is also a previous winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Fans will want to check out this month’s debut issue of the new music magazine, LargoUmbra, where LONESOME RIVER BAND credits their loyal fans with their continued success. “I am constantly amazed and humbled by the support of the LRB fans. Not only have new fans jumped on board, but we’ve had people supporting us for thirty years.  We are truly grateful and extremely appreciative,” said Shelor in the interview.

LONESOME RIVER BAND includes the incredible talents of Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals); Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Barry Reed (Bass, Harmony Vocals); and Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals).  For more information on the Lonesome River Band, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com, Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Booking for Lonesome River Band provided by Moonstruck Management with Publicity services by Hope River Entertainment.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band Gearing Up for Huge Anniversary Celebration

Moonstruck Management is proud to present an Anniversary Evening celebrating Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s 20th Anniversary and Lonesome River Band’s 30th Anniversary.  This once in a lifetime event includes numerous announcements and surprises by both artists.  The event takes place September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville located at 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN  37201.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are excited to be celebrating their 20th Year with the recent release of their HIT CD, PRIME TYME on Rural Rhythm Records and a total of NINE nominations for this year’s IBMA Awards including nods for Album, Song, Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year! They’ll be rolling into Nashville in high style with their new Prevost Bus and will announce the winner of the NAME THAT BUS! contest during their performance at the Anniversary Evening concert.

Lonesome River Band’s landmark 30th Anniversary includes three album releases this year – CHRONOLOGY Volumes One – Three on Rural Rhythm Records.  The band received several 2012 IBMA nominations including one for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Angeline the Baker” from their CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE album, plus another nomination for Banjo Player of the Year by 4-time winner Sammy Shelor.  During the Anniversary Evening concert, the Lonesome River Band will reveal the results of their recent Fan Choice Poll where fans chose the songs that appear on VOLUME THREE scheduled for release October 16, 2012.

Commonly referred to as one of the funniest and most entertaining men in bluegrass, Blake Williams will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies. After spending the better part of his life as a professional bluegrass musician himself, he’s been given ample opportunity to share the stage and the road with both Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band, where he has witnessed firsthand the incredible impact that these two bands have had on bluegrass music.

For more information, please visit www.MoonstruckManagement.com, www.iiirdtymeout.com, and www.lonesomeriverband.com.

Anniversary Evening Celebrating Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band

Moonstruck Management is proud to present an ANNIVERSARY EVENING celebrating Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s 20th Anniversary and Lonesome River Band’s 30th Anniversary.  This once in a lifetime event will be held September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville located at 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN  37201.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early as the show is expected to sell out fast.  Tickets are $15 (seated) and $10 (standing) and can be purchased at MoonstruckManagement.com, LonesomeRiverBand.com and IIIrdTymeOut.com.  Food and two cash bars will be available during the event.

The multi-award winning Lonesome River Band is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with three album releases this year – CHRONOLOGY Volumes One – Three on Rural Rhythm Records.  This mega group certainly continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor is a 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award Winner, recipient of the 2011 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass and numerous other awards and recognitions during his impressive career.  Sammy has put together a wealth of talent that includes: Brandon Rickman (Guitar); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Barry Reed (Bass); and Randy Jones (Mandolin) all performing the distinctive LRB sound fans continue to love and support.

Fresh off the win of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Male Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive year (4-time career), Russell Moore is truly at the top of his game. Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating 20 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years. IIIrd Tyme Out includes the talents of:  Steve Dilling (Banjo); Wayne Benson (Mandolin); Justen Haynes (Fiddle); and Edgar Loudermilk (Bass).   To commemorate the band’s 20-year milestone together, Rural Rhythm Records released Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s PRIME TYME last fall.  This incredible project continues to break records with four songs from the CD appearing on multiple bluegrass radio charts simultaneously.

For more information and tickets for the ANNIVERSARY EVENING, please visit MoonstruckManagement.com.

Nashville CD Release Event Announced – Brand New Strings

http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=&msgid=0&act=11111&c=994604&destination=http://www.amazon.com/Stay-Tuned/dp/B007IHJLJE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331561983&sr=8-1Multi-award winning bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS announced details of their CD Release Party for their new album STAY TUNED releasing on Nashville’s Rural Rhythm Records later this month.  The event will take place Friday, March 23, 2012 at Margaritaville located at 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 at 8:00 pm on the Second Floor Stage.  Admission is $5.00.  Valet parking is recommended with a special CD Release event price of $8.00.  For more information on Margaritaville, please call (615) 208-9080.

Rural Rhythm Records recently released the first radio single, “Other Side of Lonesome” via their Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks radio compliation CD and the track is also available at AirplayDirect.com.  STAY TUNED is set for release March 27, 2012 and includes the talents of: Randall Massengill (lead & harmony vocals, guitar, metal body guitar); Mike Ramsey (lead & harmomy vocals, mandolin); Stuart Wyrick (banjo); Preston Schmidt (fiddle); Tony Mowell (upright bass); and guest musicians Corey Meuchel (percussion); Brandon Bostic (resonator guitar); and Paul Niehaus (steel guitar).

Brand New Strings has a previous band album on the label titled, NO STRINGS ATTACHED and were also part of two other Rural Rhythm albums THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN and the BILL MONROE 100TH YEAR CELEBRATION – LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM.

Brand New Strings formed in 2008 and immediately received numerous awards and recognitions including, but not limited to: 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist; 2010 nomination for Bluegrass Band of the Year by the French Country Music Awards; Winner of the 2009 International Band Championship by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA); Winner of the 2008 Band Championship by the Smoky Mountain Fiddler’s Convention; and Winner of the 2008 Band Championship by the Cumberland River Bluegrass Festival.

For more information on Brand New Strings, please visit BrandNewStringsBand.com.  For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com

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Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band in St. Louis Nov 6, 2011

The Sheldon Theater located at 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, will present Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band in concert Saturday, November 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased at TheSheldon.org or by calling 314.533.9900.

Rodney Dillard’s long and illustrious career has resulted in two GRAMMY® Nominations, induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Missouri Hall of Fame, a well-known acting stint on The Andy Griffith Show, and worldwide acclaim for over 50 years of recording both traditional bluegrass and his own brand of DillardGrass.

Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band have two current albums on Rural Rhythm Records including “I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry” and their brand new release, “Don’t Wait for the Hearse to Take You to Church” featuring Beverly Dillard.  Rodney is saluted by many top musicians including John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band saying, “His music and voice reach into people’s lives in a way that makes him a part of theirs,” with Don Henley of THE EAGLES saying, “I think The Dillards are probably the finest vocal group in the world.  We were influenced by them.”

For more information on Rodney Dillard & The Dillard, please visit RodneyDillard.TV