Shannon Slaughter Tops the Charts with New Album Never Standing Still

Album Now Available on iTunes, Apple Music and more retail & streaming outlets

Shannon Slaughter has delivered yet another an outstanding album mixed with various styles, crossing numerous genres, and becoming an instant radio hit.  Never Standing Still hit #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; reached #1 for “Better Move It On Home” and #2 for “Trying to Be My Own Man” on the APD Top 50 COUNTRY SONGS; #15 for “Going Home” and #16 for “Dying to Live Again” on the APD Top 50 AMERICANA SONGS; #38 for “That Old County Road” and #46 for “Movin’ On” on the APD Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS charts in October.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” hit the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and is #6 on the November 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still is available for purchase and streaming at numerous sites including iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, ShannonSlaughter.com and many more sites.

Slaughter co-produced the album with Wes Easter and Randy Kohrs who gathered the impressive talents of: Ron Inscore on mandolin, harmony vocals; Cliff Bailey  on acoustic bass and harmony vocals; Trevor Watson on banjo; Tracy Burcham on bass; Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar and harmony vocals; Shawn Lane on fiddle and harmony vocals; Lou Reid on harmony vocals; Steve Gulley on harmony vocals; Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo; Tim Crouch on triple fiddles; Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar; Josh Shilling on piano on one tracks; Shannon Slaughter on guitar, lead & harmony vocals; his wife Heather Slaughter on lead & harmony vocals; and a special track with two of their children, Rae Carroll Slaughter on vocals and Jed Slaughter. The couple recently welcomed the birth of their third child, Call.

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Music Friday: Shannon Slaughter Releases New Single

APD SINGLEShannon Slaughter is proud to announce the first single release, “That Old County Road,” from his upcoming album Never Standing Still.  The song was written by Shannon Slaughter and Rusty Hendrix, guitar player from the country band Confederate Railroad, and takes a nostalgic look at growing up in the country and what young people did back then – with maybe a nod to the present as well.  The new single is available to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect or by request.

Never Standing Still is the fourth project and second solo effort from the award-winning singer-songwriter Shannon Slaughter and is set for release on Elite Circuit Records November 15, 2017. Slaughter contributed 9 original songs written or co-written with industry luminaries such as: Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Dale Felts, Terry Foust and Marla Cannon-Goodman, along with songs by Jake Landers and Roger Rasnake. The well-respected talents of numerous musicians and singers are also showcased on this recording with the talents of: Heather Slaughter, Lou Reid, Shawn Lane, Randy Kohrs, Ron Stewart, Steve Gulley, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, Tim Crouch, Doug Jernigan, Josh Shilling, and Tracy Burcham.

Slaughter is a proud alumnus of numerous leading bluegrass bands counting membership in The Lost & Found, Larry Stephenson Band, Melonie Cannon, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, and Grasstowne.  These bands and bandleaders helped shape the foundation of his band County Clare which he formed in 2010.  “I am really proud of the unique sound of County Clare that we have created over the last 7 years,” said Slaughter.

In 2012, Slaughter was the 1st Place Winner in the Country division of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for his original song, “I’ve Hit Everything In My Life (But My Knees)“ co-written by Dale Felts and Mark Byrd. He has written songs for Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid, Mike Bentley, Larry Stephenson, and more. In March 2013, Shannon & Heather Slaughter and County Clare released the album One More Road that included 3 radio chart hits including their killer cover of “If I Were A Carpenter.”  Shannon & Heather’s follow-up album Never Just A Song, released in February 2015, included their #1 chart radio hit “That’s What’s Good In America Today” co-written by Slaughter as well as other chart songs such as “Moonshiner,” “There Ain’t No Need To Be Lonely,” and “Ridin’ The Lightning, Ropin the Storm.”

Please visit shannonslaughter.com and Facebook for more upcoming announcements.

Weep Little Willow by Larry Stephenson Band – Now Released!

weeplilwiw-frtcvr-hires-sq600Weep Little Willow  – A New Album by Larry Stephenson Band

Album Release Party in Garner, NC Postponed Due to Flooding As A Result of Hurricane Matthew

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October 14, 2016 – From the very first note, fans of traditional bluegrass music can identify the smooth tenor vocals of Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Larry Stephenson. Combine Stephenson’s award-winning voice with the talents of Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, Matt Wright on upright bass with guest Aubrey Haynie, and you’ve got an exciting new album release with Weep Little Willow.

The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and released today on Whysper Dream Music. The Larry Stephenson Band had scheduled a special album release party at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, N.C. this evening, but the event will have to be rescheduled due to the flooding in eastern N.C. as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

Weep Little Willow can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and more fine retail outlets.  For purchases made at www.larrystephensonband.com before midnight tonight,  Stephenson is offering a free download of the band’s 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award Winning album Pull Your Savior In.

Tracks include:

01  Yesterday’s Gone 2:28 (C. Stuart, W. Kidd)
02  It Almost Feels Like Love 2:25 (Randall Hylton)
03  Sweet Little Darling (Don’t You Cry) 2:55 (Billy Smith, Jon Weisberger)
04  Let Those Brown Eyes Smile At Me 3:16 (R. Nail)
05  Nail My Shoes To The Floor 2:27 (Bill Anderson)
06  Weep Little Willow, Weep 3:25 (Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley)
07  Before I Met You 2:35 (Charles L. Seitz, Joe Lewis, William J. Denny)
08  Kentucky Waltz 3:52 (Bill Monroe)
09 Ruby’s Purse 3:14 (Jerry Salley, Suzanne Mumpower Johnson)
10  Free Me From This Old Chain Gang 3:07 (Mac Wiseman)
11  Best Laid Plans 3:49 (Rick Lang, Troy Engle)
12  Midnight Train 2:34 (Alton Delmore)

On October 22, the Larry Stephenson Band will perform at the Flat-Iron Farm Bluegrass for Hospice event in MD., October 28 at the BooGrass Bluegrass Festival in VA,   November 11 at the Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival in FL, November 12 at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in GA, November 18 at the All American Indoor Bluegrass Festival in VA, and November 25 at the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in S.C.

For more tour dates and information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com.

Photography, Album Artwork & Design: Dreama Stephenson

MEDIA AND RADIO REQUEST – email penni@hoperiverentertainment.com

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Throughout his 25-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. In 1996, Stephenson was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association. Since that time, he has garnered numerous other awards including being named Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA.) In 2015, SPBGMA honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for the Larry Stephenson Band’s album, Pull Your Savior In. In 2008, the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year was awarded to the album, Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother, featuring Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs, Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May, Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship & Bill Wolfenbarger.

 

Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival – The Band Perry, Newton & Thomas, JT Hodges

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stepupposter_FINALrev-smallVero Beach, Florida – The American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) announces a benefit concert featuring The Band Perry on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Historic Dodgertown Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. The lineup also includes Country music newcomer JT Hodges and the bluegrass group of Newton & Thomas. The festival gates will open at 3:00 PM with various activities and exhibits. According to ASCF Director of Operations Gary James, “The festival will raise funds for The US NAVY UDT/SEAL Trident House and the ASCF Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to the children of Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders.”

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, The Band Perry has skyrocketed into the mainstream. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Reid and Neil, the band has notched a string of hit singles from their platinum debut and their gold sophomore release, PIONEER, including: the quintuple-platinum No. 1 “If I Die Young,” the platinum “You Lie,” the No. 1 “All Your Life,” the platinum No. 1 “Better Dig Two,” and the gold No. 1 “DONE.” They’ve received major accolades including the 2014 ACM Award for “Vocal Group of the Year” and CMT’s 2014 “Group Video of the Year” award which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.

JT Hodges has spent the last year embracing his newfound growth in making music. After several months in the studio, he is most proud of never losing the honesty of himself or the music and where it has taken him. The sophomore album will undoubtedly be his best music to date, offering a more reflective take on the music and a different twist in the lyrics. It includes a diversity that suggests JT Hodges is creating a whole new kind of Country Pop Rock music.

Newton & Thomas are certainly no strangers to the music community. Both have achieved great success throughout their careers with a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards. The duo received significant chart success with their debut album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records. The project includes numerous Top 5 tracks like their first radio single release “Old McDonald Sold The Farm.” The timely and popular tune reached #1 four times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart.

Ticket prices are $35 General Admission; $55 Reserved (stands); $75 and $100 Premier Reserved Seating (field). General Admission Parking is $10 and VIP Parking is $15.

For Sponsorship Opportunities please call 1-772-388-2490 or info@ascfusa.org

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at10:00 AM and may be purchased by calling
1-800-514-3849 or by visiting the ASCF website: http://www.ascfusa.org.

The American Security Council Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.
Promoting the Strategy of Peace Through Strength

Mason Douglas performs for film cast party In attendance: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and more

Last Saturday night, February 26, 2011, Nashville country music artist, MASON DOUGLAS provided yet another stellar performance at The Alamo in Newnan, GA.  This time however, it was for a private cast party for the film “The Wettest County in the World.” Those in attendance included one of the film’s stars SHIA LABEOUF who loved Mason’s music and told him, “That’s some good s*&#!” Other attendees include: TOM HARDY (Inception); NICK CAVE (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds); the film’s Director JOHN HILLCOAT; Atlanta jazz blues singer, TONI BYRD; and many more.

MASON DOUGLAS has been receiving quite a bit of attention lately including his recent feature in the Country Music Association’s CMA Close-Up Magazine’s Debut Spotlight and numerous kudos for his new album, MY WILD HEART, released on L.A. based, Rural Rhythm Country.  The first single release has also received attention including ROBERT K OERMAN (Music Row) saying, “I don’t know when I have heard a more accomplished debut single. And he wrote it all by himself. Give that man a DisCovery Award. The CD is titled MY WILD HEART, and you can bet I’ll be playing the rest of it.”

MY WILD HEART was recently featured on CMT.com “20 New Tunes for Adventurous Music Fans” and includes 11 original songs by Mason Douglas. The album is available to radio via Play MPE, DMDS and Airplay Direct and available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon.com and many more major outlets.

“The Wettest County in the World,” a crime-drama centered on a family of Depression-era bootleggers in the American South, is due in theaters next year.

For more information on Mason Douglas, please visit www.masondouglasmusic.com.

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Media inquiries including high res photos and available at: HOPE RIVER

RECORD LABEL: Rural Rhythm Country
RADIO – AirplayDirect.com

BOOKING & MEDIA CONTACT: Hope River Entertainment.com

Photo Credit:  Mason Douglas photo at The Alamo by Mac McDavid of Alachua, FL

Benefit Raises Over $20,000 for Charlie Louvin


Photo by: Dan Harr, Music News Nashville
Left-Right: Camella Ramsey, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Charlie Louvin, Jerry Douglas, Viktor Krauss

Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin along with the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in Bell Buckle, Tenn., would like to thank everyone who came out for the benefit concert and auction on Saturday night, Oct. 30.  Over $20,000 was raised to help Louvin, who is battling pancreatic cancer, with his medical bills.

“I’m not surprised, not really,” said performer Valerie Smith, who helped host the event. “Everybody loves Charlie and everybody wants to be able to give back to someone who has given so much to country music.”

“It was such a pleasure to be able to help a dear friend in need,” said J. Gregory Heinike of the Bell Buckle Cafe and Banquet Hall.  “And it was so sweet of Alison Krauss to help a dear friend in need and I’m appreciative to everyone who supported this benefit so tremendously.”

“I’m thrilled with all the people that were here and I appreciate the folks who gave something to the auction,” said Louvin.

The star-studded evening included Patsy and Donna Stoneman of the legendary Stoneman Family; Valerie Smith & Becky Buller; Wildwood Valley Boys; Jon Weisberger; Mike Scott; Ray Wix, Michael Cleveland, Mike Allen; Bobby Powell; Jeff Berry; Jeff Haley, Wilford Ray; Billy Kitchen; Kristi Morris Band; Shane Blackwell; Kraig Smith and more.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was a set of five Louvin Brothers songs performed by Americana megastar Alison Krauss along with Union Station members Ron Block and Jerry Douglas, her brother Viktor Krauss and friend Carmella Ramsey.

“Being on the same stage as Alison Krauss was enough to keep the thrill going from here on out,” said Louvin.  “She blew my hat in the creek when she offered to perform, but when she said they’d do all Louvin Brothers songs, well, that just cinched it for me.”

Krauss had wonderful things to say about Mr. Louvin, the Louvin Brothers and their music as well.  Her comments can be seen in a very nice article by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette of Shelbyville, Tenn.  The full story can be viewed here.

David Boley of the Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’ in Webster’s Chapel, Ala., presented Louvin with a plaque commemorating the entertainer’s induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  Louvin, who now lives in Wartrace, Tenn., is a native of Henagar, Ala.

Thanks to Jerry Shelton, Johnny Foster and Tom Waynick from Shelton Auction & Realty of Shelbyville, Tenn., for conducting the live auction.

Special thanks to Rhonda Vincent, who could not join us for the event Saturday night.  Instead, Vincent put together a package including a signed Martin 000 guitar, which was auctioned on her website.  The winning bid of $1900 came from Linda Little of Virgie, Ky.  Thanks, Linda!


Please support those businesses who have shown their support of Mr. Louvin:

In Manchester, Tenn.: Jiffy Burger, The Manchester Police Department, Kilby’s Discount Furniture & Appliances , Russell Stover , Charles Glass Company, Foothills Crafts, Hoover’s Jewelers, Smoots Flowers & Gifts, Home Depot , Northside Clocks , KKs  , Crystal’s Past & Present  , Dixie Outfitters Southern Heritage Store, The Frame Shop, Toliver’s Pawn Shop, Starbuck’s Coffee , Family Music Center  
In Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Captain D’s 

In Nashville, Tenn.:Grand Ole Opry, 650 AM WSM , Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, International Bluegrass Music Association, ASCAP , BMI , Manuel , Charlie Daniels’ Museum, Big Joe’s Guitar Works, Tommy’s Tours, Bigtime Boots  

In Lynchburg, Tenn.: , Lynchburg Gifts & More, Nina’s Taste of Tennessee, Sully’s Gift & Cowboy Jacks,
The Knotty Eye, The Dry Country Sill General Store, Lynchburg Harley-Davidson, Iron Kettle Restaurant,
Lost and Found Relics, Lynchburg Drug, Bar-B-Que Caboose Cafe  

In Shelbyville, Tenn.: Victory Nissan South, Nature’s Health, New Covenant Christian Bookstore,
Badcock & More Home Furniture, Kincaid Service Company , Celebration Travel , Christopher Equipment , Shelbyville Record Shop , Barrs , Hoover Paint , Heritage Jewelers, First Community Bank, J. Jordan ,
Ole Grapevine Antiques, Antique Art & Collectibles, Haynes Brothers Lumber Co., Yoes Brothers, Pomegranate, Abundant Church, Tyson Foods, M & L Greenhouse, Dotson Produce, Shelbyville Pawn & Gun,

Lewisburg, Tenn.:Action Tents 

In Bell Buckle, Tenn.: Vera’s Pearls, Phillips General Store, Cat’s Meow, Bell Buckle Cafe , TC Bags, 82 Market, Designz By You , Countryside Home Decor 

Wartrace, Tenn.: Gallagher Guitars 

Thanks also to these individuals and bands for donating to the silent auction: Jimmy C. Newman, Monroe Crossing , Tennessee Backroads Heritage, John & Judy Osborne, Phillip & Teresa Odle, Mike & Linda Allen, Cypress Cowboy, Cedar Hill , Sabal Palm Old-Country & Bluegrass Festival , Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival , Maggie Britton Vaughn, Gretchen Wilson, Little Joe, Guy Gilchrist, Jason Galaz, LaFinn Management, W. Michael Bush , Alan Messer Photography

Services: T. J. Hall Photography, Music New Nashville, Dan Harr, Hope River Entertainment Publicity

Due to the large number of donations that came in during the benefit itself, we realize we may have inadvertently left someone off this list.  If so, we do apologize.  Thank you again to all who made this event possible and such a great success.

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CONTACT INFO:
High res pic of Charlie Louvin here

Becky Buller
Bell Buckle Banquet Hall
PO Box 142
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
(931) 639-1590 cell / (931) 389-0223 office / (931) 389-0224 fax
becky@beckybuller.com / BellBuckleBanquetHall.com

or

Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment
678.377.3298
Email: contact@hoperiverentertainment.com

 

Mason Douglas heads to Newnan, GA to The Alamo

One of Nashville’s favorite country music entertainers, MASON DOUGLAS is headed back to Newnan, Georgia on November 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm for a return performance at The Alamo.  Mason is celebrating his new national album release, “MY WILD HEART” on Rural Rhythm Country.

The reviews, critics and country radio have been very kind to welcome this talented entertainer and songwriter into the fold, especially with his new single,  “Anything Can Happen.”  Robert Oermann of Music Row Magazine stated, “I don’t know when I have heard a more accomplished debut single. And he wrote it all by himself. Give that man a DisCovery Award.”

“MY WILD HEART” is available at all major retail outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy and many more fine stores. 

For more information on Mason Douglas, please visit his website or Rural Rhythm Country.  Media request are handled through Hope River Entertainment located in the Atlanta area.

Mason Douglas set for “Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes”

Country music’s, MASON DOUGLAS is set for a performance at “The Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes” to be held at Centennial Park in Nashville, on Saturday, November, 6, 2010.  Other entertainment includes: Playing by Air, The Nashville Irish Step Dance Group, and Marta Leticia and her Mariachi Band.

The event also includes numerous family-friendly activities including:  the Kid’s Zone with multiple inflatables, face painting, balloon art, kid’s fingerprinting workshop; Health & Fitness Area; food and beverages; gluten free items; and tons of giveaways!   Bring your family, friends and even your leashed dogs and come join the fun.  For more information, please visit the event’s website.

For more information on Mason Douglas and his new Rural Rhythm Country album, “MY WILD HEART,” please visit www.MasonDouglasmusic.com , www.ruralrhythmcountry.com or www.hoperiverentertainment.com

Mason Douglas Nashville CD Release Party

Rural Rhythm Country is pleased to announce the CD Release Party for the new COUNTRY ALBUM, “MY WILD HEART” by country music entertainer and songwriter, MASON DOUGLAS. The party will take place at The Listening Room located at 209 10th Avenue South, Suite 200, Nashville, TN at 6:00 pm.

This incredible new country album features 11 original songs by Mason Douglas including the first single release “Anything Can Happen” that has been serviced to radio via Play MPE, DMDS and Airplay Direct.  Mason was recently featured in the Country Music Association’s CMA Close-Up Magazine’s Debut Spotlight and received rave reviews for this first national release.

Robert K. Oermann, Music Row recently wrote, “Who is Mason Douglas, and where has he been all my life? I don’t know when I have heard a more accomplished debut single. And he wrote it all by himself. Give that man a DisCovery Award.” —Wow. This guy’s wedding song takes off like a rocket ship and blazes across your brain with its jets firing wide open. Power and drive to spare. The CD is titled My Wild Heart, and you can bet I’ll be playing the rest of it.

“MY WILD HEART” encompasses a wide variety of songs including true fan favorite party songs from his powerful live performances, “Big Bad Wolf”, “Trabajo Manana (Fiesta Today)”,  “Getting’ Warmed Up”, “For the Girls”, to his mesmerizing and beautiful love songs like “Hesitate”, “People Fall In Love”, “Speak to Me”, and the heartfelt uplifting “That’s a Life” to name a few.  “MY WILD HEART” is now available for purchase now via iTunes, Amazon.com and many more major outlets.