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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MTSU Theatre is ‘Walking in Sunlight’ with new bio-musical of Uncle Dave Macon

uncledave_wsm_sp8x10_01a-2Rambunctious country music pioneer uncle Dave Macon is most often associated with stage lights, but a new MTSU-produced play shows that the bowler-wearing banjoist much preferred “Walking in Sunlight.”

Taking its name from one of the Middle Tennessee native’s favorite gospel songs, “Walking in Sunlight: The Legacy of Uncle Dave Macon” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 27, in MTSU’s Tucker Theatre and runs through Frlday, Sept. 30.

Curtain times are 7 p.m., and tickets are $8.50 general admission and $4 for seniors over age 60 and K-12 students and available at https://www.showclix.com/event/Walkinginsunlight. MTSU students with valid IDs will be admitted free.

The family-friendly MTSU Arts play follows eight young characters as they discover a book about the “Dixie Dew Drop,” as Macon styled himself during his nearly three-decade Grand Ole Opry heyday. Guided by a character called “The Muse,” they’re magically able to step inside to observe his life’s joys and sorrows and return with a new appreciation for more than his music.

“We wanted this show to be about resilience and the struggles that he (Macon) faced, within and without, and to create a show that young people could learn from,” explains MTSU theatre professor Jette Halladay, the director of “Walking in Sunlight.”

Macon’s jovial, raucous stage persona helped to disguise a life peppered with personal tragedy, including his father’s murder outside the family’s Nashville hotel, the loss of his mule-drawn freight company after gas-powered competitors came to town, and his long struggle with emotional issues. He chose to joke and sing with customers, neighbors and audiences instead of succumbing to sadness, becoming a polished entertainer who proudly carried his instrument case with “Uncle Dave Macon, the World’s Greatest Banjo Player” on the side.

In fact, Macon was an established performer and recording artist before he joined the WSM Barn Dance — the Opry’s original name — in 1926. Born in 1870, he first performed professionally in 1921 for a church benefit in Morrison, Tennessee. Within three years, vaudeville companies were clamoring for contracts, and he was touring with fiddle player Sid Harkreader and cutting records in New York City.

By December 1925, he’d made his first appearance on the Opry. He gradually expanded the duo into a quartet, the Fruit Jar Drinkers, and became the Opry’s first superstar, bringing old-time music, gospel songs, comedy and preaching to all his performances until his death in 1952.

Students DeVante Williams, Ren Creasy and Robbie Ramirez and MTSU English professor and playwright Claudia Barnett penned the new MTSU play after Gloria Shacklett Christy, longtime director of Murfreesboro’s Uncle Dave Macon Days annual music festival, approached Halladay with the idea in the summer of 2015.

“We began researching and gathering information and started writing the play this past January,” Halladay recalled. “Gloria (Christy) and Mike (Doubler, Macon’s great-grandson) were a great help to us. I think they were probably thinking about a musical, but our research showed us that his life was so much more.”

“His life is a legacy of hope, the pursuit of joy for himself and others, and an indomitable spirit,” Christy said. “Uncle Dave was resilient, overcoming life’s unexpected and often painful hurdles, to live his dream and bring dreams to others.”

The cast of “Walking in Sunlight: The Legacy of Uncle Dave Macon” includes actor/musicians Austin Derryberry, James Alex May, Justin Dixon, Tera Alexander, Delaney Keith, Dominic Gillette, Ontario McGregor and Nicholas Emerton. Creasy and Ramirez also are cast members. A complete list of cast and crew is available at http://w1.mtsu.edu/theatre/Program.php.

You can get a little preview of Macon’s music with the Fruit Jar Drinkers, plus his preaching, with the audio of “Walking in Sunlight,” also known as “Heavenly Sunlight,” at https://youtu.be/ccXI3JyRebk. Macon also will be featured in filmmaker Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary about the Grand Ole Opry, festival organizers said this summer.

Area schools also will be able to see the play this fall and next spring by making arrangements with the MTSU Department of Theatre and Dance. An information packet for educators is available now at http://www.mtsu.edu/theatre/docs/UDMedpack.pdf.

Tickets also will be available at the Tucker Theatre box office one hour before curtain times.

For more information, visit http://mtsuarts.com.

 

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Tim Hensley

My heart if broken this morning learning of the passing of dear friend, Tim Hensley. What an incredible talent. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and his wife Carla. Here is one of my favorite pics of Tim who performed songs from his solo album on the Grand Ole Opry. It was one of those magical performances that stays in your mind and heart forever. He was an extraordinary talented musician and performed with Kenny Chesney’s band for over 10 years.  May he rest in peace.  I will miss you Timmy.

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Wyatt Rice, Kenny Chesney, Buddy Cannon and Tim Hensley at the Grand Ole Opry
Photo by Glenn Rose

 

 

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Sign with Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management is proud to announce they have signed Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for exclusive booking and management representation.  Brothers Jonny, Robbie, and Tommy Mizzone became a viral sensation last winter sparking a whirlwind year that included performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Today Show, The Grand Ole Opry and many more.

“We are so excited to be able to add the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys to the Moonstruck Management roster.  It is a wonderful scenario to be able to sign and work with a group that you were fans of before. The excitement surrounding the boys and their talent has garnered such great media attention and a broad fan base in a very short time. With our progressive vision at Moonstruck, and the SMBB possibilities, it just seemed like a natural and exciting combination. We are thrilled,” said Josh Trivett, Moonstruck Management.

Earlier this year, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys independently released and distributed their album, America’s Music that debuted at #8 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart.  The album garnered strong digital sales, national radio spins, and a flourishing audience of over 10 million youtube videos hits.

Fans have certainly rallied around the group again by helping them reach their Kickstarter Campaign goal two days ago that will help fund their upcoming album, “The Farthest Horizon” set for release later this year.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are now on tour with upcoming performances at the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival on September 1, IBMA FanFest in Nashville on September 29, Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival on October. 6, and at the “Tim Janis The American Christmas Carol” concert at Carnegie Hall on November 30 benefiting Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation.

For more information on the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, please visit sleepymanbanjoboys.com.

More on Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business, incorporating artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business. Peter Keiser comes from a very successful and forward-thinking background as Vice President of Marketing for the famed restaurant chain Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. During his tenure there, Keiser grew an extremely creative and thriving music program, showcasing artists through co-branded products that were marketed and sold only at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Josh Trivett comes from outside the music industry with a background of 13 years in professional golf as a Tour player, National Spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Tour Operations at two different successful golf club companies. After his departure from the golf industry, Trivett stepped into the music business by managing famed bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, resulting in increased visibility of bluegrass music to audiences worldwide.

Management:  Moonstruck Management

Josh Trivett, 626-893-5216, email

Peter Keiser, 615-483-7458, email

HIGH RES PHOTO here.

Bobby Osborne Signs with Moonstruck Management

Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser with Moonstruck Management are proud to announce they have signed Grand Ole Opry star, BOBBY OSBORNE for exclusive booking and management representation.  “What an honor it was receiving news that the legendary Bobby Osborne was interested in working with us at Moonstruck! Bobby has been one of the great legends over the last several decades in the country and bluegrass worlds. His tenor singing is one of the most recognizable voices in the history of the music. We were thrilled to accept this opportunity to work with a Grand Ole Opry member and a legend,” said Josh Trivett.  Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business, incorporating artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business.

BOBBY OSBORNE recorded his first hit in 1949 and received his membership in The Grand Ole Opry in 1964.  There is no doubt Bobby has been one of the most influential singers and mandolin players in the history of Bluegrass and Country music.  He was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002, inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame (Lonesome Pine Fiddlers) in 2009, and has recorded two State songs – “Rocky Top (Tennessee)” and “Kentucky” (Kentucky).

BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS are celebrating their current Rural Rhythm Records’ album, I’M GOING BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN that includes the talents of: Bobby Osborne (Lead Vocal, Mandolin); Bobby Osborne, Jr. (Baritone Vocal, Acoustic Bass); Glen Duncan (Low Tenor Vocal, Fiddle); Michael Toppins (6-Sring Banjo); Joe Miller (Guitar) and produced by Bobby Osborne, Glen Duncan, and Bobby Osborne, Jr.

“He was the first person to craft a style not based on Monroe style mandolin playing. Bobby’s mandolin style reflected his love of the fiddle, and electric guitar playing of Hank Garland and Grady Martin. So what we see with Bobby Osborne, is a singer and instrumentalist who always saw himself as part of the County Music business. There was no separation between the styles, Bluegrass hadn’t yet become a genre onto itself, it was all just part of Country Music,” wrote Glen Duncan from the liner notes of the BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCK TOP X-PRESS album MEMORIES: Celebrating Bobby’s 60th Anniversary as a Professional Entertainer on Rural Rhythm Records

BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCK TOP X-PRESS are currently on tour including performances at:  July 13-14 at the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival in Westcliff, CO July 13-14; Grand Ole Opry on July 20; Rogersville Bluegrass Festival in Rogersville, AL on July 21; Rockygrass in Lyons, CO on July 28 and many more.  For a complete tour schedule and more information on BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS, please visit bobbyosborne.com

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

 

Charlie Louvin Benefit Announced

Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin of the legendary Louvin Brothers is fighting pancreatic cancer. In an effort to help defray Louvin’s astronomical medical costs, the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in historic Bell Buckle, Tenn., is hosting a benefit concert and auction Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 from noon to 9 p.m. The event will be hosted by Louvin and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike.

“Charlie Louvin is a significant treasure to American music and a dear friend,” said Smith. “His music has brightened the lives of so many of us. It’s an honor to be able to give something back.”

Confirmed performers include: Ed Bruce, writer of the hit song “Mama’s, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” and the actor who played the sheriff on the popular TV program Maverick; and Indiana bluegrass music legends the Wildwood Valley Boys. The complete schedule will be announced soon at BellBuckleBanquetHall.com.

The auction will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and will be conducted by Jerry Shelton, Johnny Foster and Tom Waynick from Shelton Auction & Realty of Shelbyville, Tenn. Louvin has donated a guitar and autographed posters to the auction.

Thanks to the following businesses for donating items to the auction: From Shelbyville: Kincaid’s; Celebration Travel; Christopher Equipment; Discount Arts and Frames; Shelbyville Record Shop; Barr’s; Hoover Paint; Smith Country Ham; New Covenant Bookstore; Badcock’s; Victory Nissan; Heritage Jewelers; J. Jordan Boutique; Haynes Lumber; and First Community Bank. From Wartrace, Tenn.: Gallagher Guitars. From Manchester, Tenn.: Hoover’s Jewelers; Smoots Flowers & Gifts; Home Depot; Russell Stover Candies and Foothills Crafts. From Bell Buckle, Tenn.: Vera’s Pearls; The Cat’s Meow; and Phillips General Store.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Dan Hays and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) of Nashville, Tenn., for donating two VIP packages to next year’s IBMA awards show at the Ryman Auditorium and two VIP passes to the IBMA FanFest, which is held annually at the Nashville Convention Center.

More items are being added to the auction daily. To donate, call Martha Akers of the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall at (931) 389-0223.

Tickets are $10 and available at the world-famous Bell Buckle Cafe in Bell Buckle, Tenn., or by calling the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall at (931) 389-0223.

Food will be available for sale from the the world-famous Bell Buckle Cafe in downtown Bell Buckle, Tenn., with all proceeds going to the Louvin family.

Seven-time IBMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” Rhonda Vincent is hosting a silent auction on her website, RhondaVincent.com, with all proceeds going to the Louvin family. Items include a Martin guitar signed by Vincent as well as autographed posters and Martha White memorabilia as well as an autographed copy of Vincent’s brand new album Taken.

The Louvin Brothers (Charlie and Ira) had a string of country hits throughout the 1950s and early ’60s including “When I Stop Dreamin’, “I Don’t Believe You Met My Baby,” and “My Baby’s Gone.” Their music heavily influenced such groups as the Everly Brothers, the Byrds and even the Beatles.

After Ira’s tragic death in an auto accident, Charlie Louvin continued on in his solo career until the present day, regularly hosting the Grand Ole Opry and the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on WSM 650 AM as well as touring throughout the country and around the world.

The Louvin Brothers are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

CONTACT INFO:

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

New Music From Melonie Cannon

Melonie Cannon
Melonie Cannon

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the first single radio release by MELONIE CANNON titled I Call It Gone.” The song is from Melonie’s highly anticipated upcoming new album titled, “AND THE WHEELS TURN” set for release on October 7, 2008. “Melonie is an amazingly gifted and talented individual and we are thrilled to have Melonie as part of our growing Rural Rhythm Records family.”

AND THE WHEELS TURN is the perfect vehicle for Melonie’s pure and powerful voice to shine as she moves through a variety of hand picked songs that showcase her soulful down home vocal style including the up-tempo, fun and liberating first single, “I Call It Gone.” Other album highlights include the passionate and reflective “Cactus In A Coffee Can”, “I’ve Seen Enough of What’s Behind Me” written by Ronnie Bowman and Tammy Rogers King, and “Mary Magdalene (Why You Cryin’), co-written by Ronnie Bowman, Melonie Cannon, Marla Cannon-Goodman and Buddy Cannon.

Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Willie Nelson
Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Willie Nelson

Also included is “Back to Earth” the beautiful duet performed with and written by country legend Willie Nelson. “Melonie Cannon is one of the best singers I know. Her new bluegrass album is fantastic. I love her voice anyway, but singing with a great bluegrass band was a good idea. They blend well together. The fact that I got to sing with her on a song I wrote makes it even better. Go Melonie,” said Willie.

The album is backed by an impressive list of musicians that reads like a “Who’s Who” from the Bluegrass & Acoustic music world including: Dan Tyminski, Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Randy Kohrs, Aubrey Haynie, Wyatt Rice, Jody King, Barry Bales, Deanie Richardson, and background vocals by Ronnie Bowman, Garnet Imes Bowman, Sonya Isaacs and more. Dan Tyminski stated, “Melonie Cannon’s heartfelt vocals will make you want to listen to her songs again and again.

Raised in the wings of the Grand Ole Opry, Melonie mingled as a young girl with the royalty of country music. She knew them through her father, songwriter and producer Buddy Cannon, a giant himself in Nashville, “Melonie’s voice is a gift, not just to her but to everyone who hears her sing. There are those who are great technical singers and then there are those whose voices transport a listener from where they are into the heart of the song. Melonie’s voice lives there. She was just fourteen when she sang on her first recording session and since then has appeared on many major artist albums including: Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Sammy Kershaw, John Michael Montgomery, and many more.Melonie’s impressive debut solo album in 2004 received a very warm welcome by the media, radio, her peers and especially bluegrass and country music fans. AND THE WHEELS TURN again for Melonie as she clearly establishes herself as new important emerging artist out from the shadows of those major artists that have known what some are now just discovering – MELONIE CANNON has arrived!