Cumberland River Receives 2013 IBMA Momentum Performance/Vocalist Award Nomination

_MG_2732CUMBERLAND RIVER has received a 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award Nomination in the Band Performance category. This hot band has certainly gained momentum and new fans since their debut as an IBMA Official Showcase Performer two years ago. Winners of this year’s Momentum Awards will be announced at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention during the Showcase Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Cumberland River will also perform during an “After Party” that week as well. For more information on the IBMA, please visit www.ibma.org.

MGR-Justified_iTunes_Art-250wCUMBERLAND RIVER hit the national spotlight and brought well deserved attention to bluegrass music when eight of their original songs were featured on the FX Network’s hit TV drama, Justified over the past couple of years. They also appear on the show’s new soundtrack album, “Justified: Music From The Original Television Series” released earlier this year on Madison Gate Records.

The band includes three outstanding lead vocalists with exceptional harmonies provided by Brad Gulley (bass), Dustin Middleton (mandolin) and James Dean (banjo) with the talents of Jamie Stewart on Dobro and Gary Robinson, Jr. on guitar. Fans have eagerly been awaiting a new album from this band, so they will be pleased to hear that a new single will soon be released giving a preview of this highly anticipated new album.

Cumberland River is currently on tour including the upcoming AU2 Rally in the Valley on Saturday, August 24 supporting the Huntington, WV chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. The event will be held at the home of the Appalachian Uprising festival on Eden Valley Farm in Scottown, Ohio and will also include performances by Bobby Cyrus, Rumpke Mountain Boys and more. On Thursday, September 19, the band will perform at the Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Morehead, KY before heading to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN on September 20.

For more information on Cumberland River and to stay up to date on the latest news, please visit the band’s Official Website at cumberland-river.com, along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

Cumberland River, Bobby Cyrus and More to Perform at AU2 Rally in the Valley Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House

_MG_2732Cumberland River is proud to announce will perform at the AU2 Rally in the Valley on Saturday, August 24 supporting the Huntington, West Virginia chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. The event will be held at the home of the Appalachian Uprising festival on Eden Valley Farm in Scottown, Ohio.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale now at appalachianuprising.net and available at the door. Gates open Friday, August 23 and music begins Saturday, August 24 at 3:00 pm with performances by: Cumberland River, Bobby Cyrus, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Genuine Junk Band, Billy Two Shoes, Knockin Spirits, Moonshine Crossing, and Chad Stanley.

All proceeds from Rally in the Valley will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities of The Tri State. The “house that love built” continues to provide a unique “home away from home” for families of ill children undergoing treatment in area hospitals and treatment centers. Support for the AUII and The Ronald McDonald House helps make it possible to provide inexpensive or free lodging to families facing medical crisis. Since September 1987, the Huntington Ronald House has provided the comforts of home for over 9,600 families from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, along with 32 additional states as well as 5 foreign countries.

Cumberland River is a national touring band based in Harlan, Kentucky. They have been gaining attention from their recent live performances and sold out shows impressing audiences with their three strong lead vocalists and tight instrumental talents.
This popular band gained national attention when eight of their original songs were featured on numerous episodes of the hit FX Network’s TV show, JUSTIFIED staring Timothy Olyphant. In 2013, the album JUSTIFIED: Music From the Original Television Series was released on Madison Gate Records that includes Cumberland River’s original song, “Justified.”

Cumberland River is currently in the studio recording a highly anticipated new album scheduled for release later this year that includes band members James Dean, Brad Gulley, Dustin Middleton, Jamie Stewart and Gary Robinson, Jr.

For more information, please visit the band’s official website at cumberland-river.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

Grass In The Hall Concert Announced At The Charleston Music Hall

Awendaw Green is proud to announce the March 1, 2013 Grass in the Hall concert with Town Mountain, Cumberland River and Barefoot Movement at Charleston Music Hall.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased at Etix.com.  This is a special kick-off event for the Sweet Grass Music Festival and The Charleston Bluegrass Festival that will take place this summer.  More details on those events will be announced soon.

TownMountainsmAsheville, North Carolina’s bluegrass band, Town Mountain, recently released their fourth album, Leave the Bottle.  The band finds themselves becoming one of the preeminent torchbearers of their craft, facing a promising future. “Centered around strong, soulful vocals, and poised to stay put,” says Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers, “Town Mountain are true to bluegrass in all the right ways and this new project keeps them firmly connected to the traditions of the genre, while also allowing them to reach out into the broad horizon of string band music. Leave the Bottle comes highly recommended.” Always contributing to the evolution of the bluegrass form, they toss influences as varied as surf-rock, gospel, and honky-tonk country into their field of play.

2013-cumberlandriver-waterHarlan, Kentucky based national touring act, Cumberland River is celebrating their original song, “Justified” being included on the new album, JUSTIFIED: Music From the Original Television Series” released yesterday on Madison Gate Records.  “Justified” appears on their first Rural Rhythm Records album, THE LIFE WE LIVE.  The band is currently in the studio recording their second album set for release on Rural Rhythm Records this summer.  Cumberland River’s roots have run deep in the Harlan County Kentucky hills for generations. Even with the band’s progressive sound, you can still hear the heritage of traditional bluegrass music in their songs. Watch FX Network’s TV show JUSTIFIED to hear their music.

barefootmovementThe Barefoot Movement is a quartet of immensely talented musicians from North & South Carolina and Tennessee whose music successfully melds Americana influences with the invigoration of acoustic modern rock and jazz. Their sound simultaneously captures the rustic beauty of old Southern front porch Bluegrass improvisation while being immediately accessible to the modern era.

For more information on the GRASS IN THE HALL concert, please visit the Charleston Music Hall or the Facebook Event Page.

“Justified: Music From The Original Television Series” Album Includes Cumberland River’s Justified”

MGR-Justified_iTunes_Art-250w“Justified: Music From The Original Television Series,” releasing January 8, 2013 on Madison Gate Records, features a collection of 13 hand-selected and fan-favorite songs from the Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions original series, JUSTIFIED.  The album includes the main title theme “Long Hard Times To Come,” an original recording of “Stand By Your Man” by Beverley Staunton, songs by Dave Alvin, Cumberland River’s (“Justified”) and more.  The digital album is available now for pre-order on iTunes.  Season 4 of this hit TV show starring Timothy Olyphant premieres on the FX Network on January 8, 2013 at 10pm PT/ET.

Cumberland River’s “Justified” music video can be viewed via a link from the TV show’s Official Production Blog which offers the latest news from the set of the show, together with interviews, recaps, behind-the-scenes stories, videos and more.  The video is also available for viewing at Cumberland-River.com,  YouTube, Yallwire, DailyMotion, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.  The video was filmed on location in Cumberland River’s hometown of Harlan, Kentucky by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign who also served as Video Producer.

JUSTIFIED THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON was released on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Cumberland River’s original song, “Antietam’s Hill” was featured in the Season 3 premiere episode.   The song was written by Cumberland River band member Dustin Middleton, who also provides lead vocals, along with James Dean, Jamie Stewart, and James Dean’s brother, Mickey Dean.  This Civil War themed tune appears on THE LIFE WE LIVE, on Rural Rhythm Records.

The FX Network’s official website for JUSTIFIED includes a handy Episode Music Guide where fans can learn which songs were used in specific episodes.  Included in this guide are more songs by Cumberland River including five featured in Season 2:  Episode 204 -“For Blood or Money featured an instrumental version of the band’s original song, “Justified;” and Episode 209 – “Brother’s Keeper featured four songs: “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” “My Dad,” and “Kentucky Mountain Home.”

headersmallCUMBERLAND RIVER includes the talents of James Dean (lead & harmony vocals, banjo); Brad Gulley (lead & harmony vocals, guitar); Joey Jones (bass); Dustin Middleton (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin); Jamie Stewart (Dobro); and Gary Robinson, Jr. (guitar).   For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com or contact Penni McDaniel at Hope River Entertainment for booking and media inquiries.    For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com.

About Madision Gate Records:  Madison Gate Records is the in-house, independent record label of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  The label was founded in 2010 to create, distribute and market music and related products from today’s top films and television programs.  For more information, go to Facebook.com/MadisionGateRecords.

Carrie Hassler To Kick Off New Album At CD Release Block Party In Pikeville, TN April 28, 2012

Award-winning female vocalist, CARRIE HASSLER will kick off her new album, THE DISTANCE at a CD Release Block Party on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in downtown Pikeville, TN at 4:00 pm.  The event will include performances by DALE ANN BRADLEY, STEVE GULLEY, Harlan, Kentucky based national touring act and fellow Rural Rhythm Records label-mate, CUMBERLAND RIVER, and many more special guests.  This free event will take place in downtown Pikeville adjacent to Carrie’s family owned restaurant, LITTLE MAGGIE’S.

THE DISTANCE releases April 24, 2012 and showcases Carrie’s tremendous vocal talent which to date has produced #1 songs and chart hits around the world.  The album includes the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (guitar); Ron Stewart (banjo); Justin Moses (fiddle); Alan Bibey (mandolin); Mark Fain (bass); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (harmony vocals), and the album’s producer Steve Gulley (harmony vocals).

The songs on this special new project were especially written for Carrie by some of today’s top songwriters including:  Carl Jackson, Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley, Mark Wheeler, Jennifer Strickland, Bobby K. Boyd and Ashley McBryde.  Tracks include: “Luxury Liner,” “All I Have To Do Is Breathe,” “Catch My Breath,” “Keep Your Memory Warm,” “Eugene & Diane,” “Give Me Love,” “Get Me Over You,” and “The Distance.”

Fans will no doubt be thrilled to hear her wide range of musical styles that represent her incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to a hard driving bluegrass song.

Carrie’s previous albums on Rural Rhythm Records earned her a string of #1s on a wide variety of radio charts including: “I Can Go Back Anytime,”  “Faith & Hope,” “Country Strong,”  “Leaving You Behind,”  “Second Chances,” “Least That I Can Do,” along with Top 10 hits and fan favorites such as “Seven Miles From Wichita” and “Going on the Next Train.”

Carrie Hassler is nationally sponsored by Chattanooga, TN based company MOON PIE.  For more information on Carrie, please visit CarrieHassler.com and RuralRhythm.com.  For media and booking requests, please contact HopeRiverEntertainment.com.

Cumberland River’s Original Song, “Antietam’s Hill,” Featured on FX Network’s JUSTIFIED Season 3 Premiere

January 16, 2012 (Nashville, TN) —  Tomorrow’s Season 3 premiere of the hit TV show, JUSTIFIED will feature another original song, “Antietam’s Hill, by Harlan, Kentucky band, Cumberland River.   The song was written by Cumberland River band members: Dustin Middleton, who also provides lead vocals; along with Jamie Dean, Jamie Stewart and Jamie Dean’s brother, Mickey Dean.  This Civil War themed tune appears on the band’s current album, THE LIFE WE LIVE on Rural Rhythm Records (lyrics shown below.)  JUSTIFIED airs on the FX Network at 10:00 PM.

The FX Network’s official website for JUSTIFIED includes a handy Episode Music Guide where fans can learn which songs were used in specific episodes.  Included in this guide are five songs from Cumberland River featured in Season 2:  Episode 204 -“For Blood or Money featured an instrumental version of the band’s original song, “Justified;” and Episode 209 – “Brother’s Keeper featured four songs: “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” “My Dad,” and “Kentucky Mountain Home.”

Just last week, Cumberland River released their new music video for their original song, “Justified” that can be viewed on the TV show’s official Production Blog that offers the latest news from the set of JUSTIFIED with interviews, recaps, behind-the-scenes stories, videos and more.  The band’s video is also available at their official website Cumberland-River.com, official youtube channel, Yallwire, DailyMotion, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.

CUMBERLAND RIVER includes the talents of Dustin Middleton (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin), Jamie Dean (lead & harmony vocals, banjo); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro); and Brad Gulley (lead & harmony vocals, guitar).   For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.  For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com

ANTIETAM’S HILL lyrics:

They sent a man to do the devil’s work
But the job is never done
I’ve got a mark for ever soul I’ve stolen with my gun
From the beginning man has had his hand on the trigger of a gun
It’s either be a slave or it’s in my grave and I’m not the only one

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I’m southern raise I believe all men are free
So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me
I’ve fought so long in Lincoln’s war for the peace God keep’s from me
I’ve wished so long to get back home to see my family
17 more miles to go till we reach that battlefield
Where men will die and loose there lives upon Antietam’s Hill

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I’m southern raised, I believe all men are free
So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I’m southern raised, I believe all men are free
So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me

So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me

“Justified” music video by Cumberland River now released

“Justified” music video released by Cumberland River
Song was used on FX Network’s hit TV Drama JUSTIFIED

CUMBERLAND RIVER is proud to announce the new music video of their original song “Justified” from their Rural Rhythm Records album, THE LIFE WE LIVE.  The video was filmed on location in the band’s hometown of Harlan, Kentucky by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign who also served as Video Producer.  The song, “Justified,” along with five more original songs were featured on two episodes of the FX Network’s hit drama, JUSTIFIED (starring Timothy Olyphant) last season with more of their music set to be included in Season 3 premiering January 17.

THE LIFE WE LIVE has been honored in numerous year-end charts including: TOP 20 BEST OF BLUEGRASS – ENGINE 145; TOP 10 BLUGRASS ALBUMS OF 2011 (Keith Lawrence); and WNCW RADIO’S TOP 50 BLUEGRASS ALBUMS 2011.  “This is the sound that contemporary bluegrass has been missing.  Blue to the core and grass throughout.  This is what bluegrass music should sound like and Cumberland River is flowing quite well in this regard,” said Bob Cherry of Cybergrass.

The “Justified” video includes the talents of CUMBERLAND RIVER members Jamie Dean (lead and banjo); Dustin Middleton (lead vocals and mandolin), Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro) and guest Andy Buckner.  Since the filming, Brad Gulley has joined the band on guitar and lead & harmony vocals.  Rural Rhythm Records recently released another music video, “Cold & Withered Heart” by the group that reached #1 numerous weeks on Yallwire’s Top Bluegrass Videos.  It can be viewed the band’s official youtube channel, Cumberland-River.com, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.

CUMBERLAND RIVER would like to thank numerous people for their contributions for the “Justified” music video including: the Harlan County Sherriff’s Department; Croley Forester (Marshall); Ben Cornett (walking on sidewalk); Jackie Cornett (being arrested); Deputy Bill Howard; Rex Coal for use of light plant and generators; and the City of Harlan, Kentucky.  Joey Jones stated, “I would like to give a special thanks to Anthony Ladd for the incredible video footage and production of this new video.  We are incredibly pleased with the end result.

For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.  Band representation is handled by Hope River Entertainment who also provided Creative Consulting services for both of the band’s video projects.

For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com

Cumberland River welcomes Brad Gulley to the band

CUMBERLAND RIVER is proud to announce the addition of Brad Gulley on guitar and vocals to the band.  This hot new group continues to impress audiences with several strong lead vocalists including the talents of Dustin Middleton who provides lead vocals on his original song “Harlan Man” that debuted this month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles Chart.  James Dean provides lead on his original song and the band’s first single, “Cold & Withered Heart” along with a new video that is currently the #1 bluegrass video on Yallwire.com.  Both songs appear on the group’s new album THE LIFE WE LIVE on Rural Rhythm Records.

Brad Gulley was born and raised in the east Tennessee mountains.  His father, Steve Gulley (who also produced CUMBERLAND RIVER’S album THE LIFE WE LIVE) and grandfather, Don paved the way for Brad as he grew up in the shadow of the old barn in Renfro Valley, KY watching them perform. His early indoctrination into bluegrass music instilled a passion that burns brighter than ever today. Brad brings that passion, along with great singing, songwriting, and instrumental talents to the latest chapter in his musical career as he joins CUMBERLAND RIVER.  His soaring tenor and high lead vocals are sure to catch your attention and stir your emotions as well as help to define the signature sound for this cutting edge bluegrass band.  “I couldn’t be happier or more excited to be a part of such a great group of people and musicians,” said Gulley.

Cumberland River at their Official IBMA Showcase – Photo by AnthonySP.com

Last week, CUMBERLAND RIVER made quite an impression during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass held in Nashville, TN.  The band was chosen this year as an Official Showcase performer, and also performed numerous other times during the weeklong event including: Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Broadway, Rural Rhythm After Hours Showcase, the South Florida Bluegrass Association’s After Hours Showcase and more.  The band also held meet n’ greets at their booth in the Exhibit Hall of the Nashville Convention Center where they met with radio djs, talent buyers and fans.

Gulley joins band members:  James Dean (banjo, lead & harmony vocals); Dustin Middleton (mandolin, lead & harmony vocals); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro).  For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.