LMU & Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Present “God Didn’t Choose Sides”: A Special Musical Event

cw_2012_01-300wLincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on Friday, February 22.

The historic concert will celebrate the February 12 release of Rural Rhythm Records’ “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” album that coincides with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The concert and CD features some of today’s top artists including: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Rickey Wasson , Dwight McCall, Dave Adkins, and the Gap Creek Quartet. Supporting musicians include: Sierra Hull (mandolin), Jason Burleson (banjo), Brandon Godman (fiddle), Phil Leadbetter (dobro), Bryan Turner (bass) and Debbie Gulley (vocals). Mark “Brink” Brinkman will also provide a special songwriter segment.

The proceeds from the concert will benefit the ALLM and help fund a documentary on the project that is currently under development. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Two ticket options are available. A VIP experience includes a reception at the LMU President’s House before the concert, a copy of the CD, VIP seats at the show and a meet and greet with the musicians after the show. VIP tickets are available for $100. General admission tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at http://Alumni.lmunet.edu/concert.

The album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. Also included on the recording is the traditional song “There is a Fountain” performed by the Gap Creek Quartet. It’s a collection of songs that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war; people who displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood. All but one track, “Legend of Jennie Wade”, on album were recorded, at least in part, at Steve Gulley’s The Curve Studio in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.

Accompanying the music is an extensive 16-page booklet filled with historical notes, photographs and lyrics. LMU and ALLM archivist Michelle Ganz provided historical content supervision and materials from the ALLM collection. Additional assistance was provided by ALLM Program and Tourism Director Carol Campbell and the historical booklet notes were provided by Jamie Lynn Brinkman.

Rural Rhythm Records has set up a dedicated site for the album that includes interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians. Visit RuralRhythm.com for more information.

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.  Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

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.

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