Sonny Ludlam Tribute Events Announced

Several tribute events have been announced for Fredericksburg, Virginia native Randolph P. “Sonny” Ludlam who passed away in May of last year. A committee consisting of Mark Newton, Mike Loving, Barry Surles and Warren Bauserman considered Sonny a dear friend and mentor organized a Golf Tournament and Special Tribute Concert taking place in May 2015.

2015_flier_sonny_golf-300Due to Sonny’s passion with helping young people, the Sonny Ludlam Memorial Golf Classic has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 and will benefit the Fredericksburg Elks 875 Summer Youth Camp. The tournament will be held at Lee’s Hill Golf Club located at 10200 Old Dominion Parkway in Fredericksburg. Check in begins at 8:00am with a 9:00am Tee Time. Music will be provided by Mark Newton & Friends, Sound by Poncho Honaker, Sponsored by Mr. B’s and MVP Awards. For information, please contact Mike Loving at 540-379-5510 or Barry Surles at 540-295-7720.

Golf Tournament participants will receive $15 off the ticket price of the Sonny Ludlam Tribute Concert scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015. This special concert will be held during the annual Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival located at Mr. B’s Bluegrass Park, 7243 Gatewood Rd in Woodford, Va. Tribute artists include: Carol Phillips, Patsy Godley, Diane Beverly, Mark Newton, Larry Stephenson, Rosemary Perticari, and more special guests.

2015_flier_sonny_350The Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival takes place April 30, and May 1-2. Tickets can be purchased by calling 804-449-6350 or visiting www.mrbspark.com. Three-day advance tickets are available through Wednesday, April 15 for $75. During the festival, music fans will enjoy performances by Newton & Thomas; Larry Stephenson Band; Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; The Country Gentleman Sound; Spoon Creek; Davis & Bradley; Clay Hess Band; Goldwing Express; Code Blue; Malpass Brothers; David Church; Cabin Hill; Mark Templeton & Pocket Change; Bluegrass Brothers; Sonrise; East of Monroe; Bob Goff, Jr. with Billie Sue & Mill Run; Leon Morris; and Sherry Honaker & Warren Bauserman.

Sonny Ludlam worked for many years in newspaper and radio as an Advertising Representative and Photographer for the Free Lance-Star as well as Sales Manager for WFLS Radio. He had a life-long love for and commitment to Bluegrass and Gospel Music and served as promoter of the bluegrass festival at Graves Mountain for 19 years. He was Host of the popular Stained Glass Reflections, a two-hour gospel radio program, which aired every Sunday morning on Thunder 104.5. He was also an accomplished songwriter during the late 70’s and early 80”s, penning a number of songs for the Knoxville Grass, Virginia Squires and The Forbes Family.

Mark Newton remembers Sonny’s impact within their community saying, “I was raised in Fredericksburg and met Sonny when I was in middle school. As time moved forward, I witnessed the importance of Sonny’s impact within our community of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. Sonny taught me so many lessons in life, from a young person and throughout my adult life, along with countless others in the community. It is our honor and pleasure to pay tribute to Sonny’s inspiring life.”

More on Sonny:

Born in Fredericksburg on January 3, 1935, to Gladys Blackley Ludlam and Howard Joseph Ludlam, Sonny lived most of his life in the Fredericksburg area. He graduated from Spotsylvania High School where he lettered in four sports: he then attended the University of Virginia.

Sonny was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 26 and served for two years, primarily on a 13-month tour of duty in Korea, and then he served the remainder of the time at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. Sonny attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class and was appointed as an official U.S. Army Correspondent, serving on the staff of the Bayonet and the Pacific edition of the Stars and Stripes.

He was devoted to his family, but also to his community. Sonny was a long-time member and past Exalted Ruler of the BPOE 875 Elks Lodge. He also worked diligently promoting the Fredericksburg Fair. Sonny was not only a charter member of the Fredericksburg Civil War Round Table, but also a charter member of the National Sportswriters-Sportscasters Association. Furthermore, he was founder of the Greater Fredericksburg Sports Club, and he co-founded the Spotsylvania Little League Football with Charlie Graves and Buddy Embrey. Sonny coached and refereed a variety of sports for the Fredericksburg area youth, including football and basketball. He was a larger-than-life person who lived life to the very fullest.

Adv Ticket Deadline Ends 4/30 for Graves Mountain Festival of Music

bu-ad-gravsmountain2014sSave $$ and get early bird discounted tickets by April 30 for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music taking place May 29-31, 2014. Advance tickets are only $75 for 3-Days. Order now by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30.

Beginning May 1, 2014, all 3-Day tickets will be $95 for 3-day tickets. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Download the Graves Mountain Festival of Music FREE mobile APP and have quick access on your phone to view the performance schedule, upload your festival pics and much more!. View the app online to send yourself a direct link to your smart phone OR just visit your APP STORE and download the free YAPP app and search for GravesMountain.

The incredible line-up of talent this year includes: Lonesome River Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russel l Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Newton & Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band “Country Current”, The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.

LISTEN to all of the artists that will be performing at the 2014 Graves Mountain Festival of Music by visiting our website!

Graves Mountain is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and was featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

Full Performance Line-up Announced for Next Year’s 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music

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The Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the full performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014. Joining the outstanding talents of Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more, are GRAMMY winning Canadian acoustic roots band The Duhks, the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year & GRAMMY nominated artist Claire Lynch, and the reigning IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Junior Sisk.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of Town Mountain who took home two 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards including Band of the Year and Vocalist of the Year for Robert Greer.

The exciting lineup includes: Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band “Country Current“, The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.

“Graves Mountain Festival of Music is one of the premier 3-day festivals in the country. 2014 will mark our 22nd year and we are so proud to continue to offer the diversified lineup of talent featuring the best in Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music. The music, fun activities and amenities are enhanced by the beautiful setting of Graves Mountain. This event certainly appeals to all ages and walks of life,” says performing artist Mark Newton.

ticketMusic fans are encouraged to purchase advance $75 3-Day Tickets by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30, 2014. Beginning May 1 all 3-Day tickets will be $95. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Graves Mountain is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

We are proud to announce the addition of our new sponsors: The Lucas Roasting Company and Pinecastle Records with more to be announced soon. For more information on Graves Mountain, please visit: www.gravesmountain.com, Facebook and Twitter.

22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music Announces Initial Line-Up for 2014

postcard-2014final-smallThe Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the initial performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014 including: Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Seldom Scene, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, The Steel Wheels, U.S. Navy Band County Current, Big Country Bluegrass, Town Mountain, The Church Sisters, and many more to be announced.

This fun family friendly event, held at Graves Mountain nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, was featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

Advance $75 3-Day Tickets can be purchased by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $30 (Thursday), $35 (Friday) and $40 for Saturday.

For more information on Graves Mountain, please visit: www.gravesmountain.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Carrie Hassler, Brand New Strings both kick off 2012 tour in York, PA January 14th

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association has announced the first concert of 2012 with acclaimed vocalist CARRIE HASSLER along with award-winning bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS performing Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Goodwill Fire Company in York, PA, located at 2318 S. Queen Street in the Spry area. The doors open at 5:30 pm. The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill Volunteer fire fighters and Auxiliary members. This is a family, smoke free and no alcohol event. The cost is $13.00 for SMBA members and $16.00 for non-members. Children under 12 are free.  Annual membership fee is $12.00 per family and can be paid at the show.  For more information, contact 717-938-4975 or 717-350-4791 or Sevenmountainsbluegrass.org.

CARRIE HASSLER is gearing up for her new album on Rural Rhythm Records set for release in 2012.  Her two previous albums on the label were extremely well received by press, radio and fans alike.  She topped the album charts with both projects along with a string of #1 hit singles appearing on a variety of charts including: SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and many more.  She even reached as high as #1 on the European radio charts with the hit “Country Strong.”

Carrie has also been busy with other projects since her last release including performing a duet with label-mate, and Grammy™ nominated artist, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY on a remake of his mega hit song, “Wildfire” that appears on his BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II album.

Both CARRIE HASSLER and BRAND NEW STRINGS were part of the hit album, THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN (Various artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Crowe Brothers, Lou Reid and Carolina) that reached as high as #10 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Chart (retail sales).  This exciting project received an incredible four award nominations in 2011 by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for:  Album of the Year, two nominations for Recorded Event of the Year, and one for Recorded Performance of the Year.

BRAND NEW STRINGS is part of the new album release LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM (Various Artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ronnie Reno, Bobby Osborne and many more) and the band’s own album, NO STRINGS ATTACHED both on the Rural Rhythm label.  BRAND NEW STRINGS includes the incredible instrumental and vocal talents of Randall Massengill, Mike Ramsey, Stuart Wyrick, and Preston Schmidt, who jumped on the scene in 2009 winning a multitude of band competitions including taking home the top prize at the 2009 SPBGMA Awards & Convention’s Band Competition.  In 2010, they were nominated for Bluegrass Band of the year by the French Country Music Awards organization.  The group is currently in the studio working a new album set for release in 2012.

MEDA INQUIRIES:

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association media contact:
Sue McKinsey, 717-244-4428

Carrie Hassler, and Brand New Strings media contact:
Hope River Entertainment

Rudy Fest Holiday Celebration

RUDY FEST is proud to announce the RUDY FEST HOLIDAY CELEBRATION taking place December 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky.  The holiday celebration will feature two award-winning bands – LONESOME RIVER BAND and RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased at the paramount Box Office, by calling (606) 324-3174 or online at www.paramountartscenter.com

The LONESOME RIVER BAND is celebrating two chart singles (“Record Time Machine” and “Jack Up the Jail)” from their current chart topping album, “STILL LEARNING” now available on Rural Rhythm Records.  The band has had a successful touring season this year including their most recent performances in Alaska as part of the American Masters tour. LRB is lead by the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year nominee, Sammy Shelor and joined by Brandon Rickman, Andy Ball, Mike Hartgrove, and Barry Reed.

Fellow label-mates, RUSSELL MOORE & IIRD TYME OUT have celebrated a tremendous year as well with Moore taking home the coveted 2010 IBMA MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD and the band receiving an amazing 6 IBMA nominations this year for:  Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.  RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT includes the talents of Russell Moore, Steve Dilling, Justen Haynes, Wayne Benson, and Edgar Loudermilk.

Both the LONESOME RIVER BAND and RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT can be heard on the new album, “THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN.”

For more information on the RUDY FEST HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, please visit their website and facebook.

For more information on the bands, please visit LONESOME RIVER BAND and RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT

CONTACTS:
Rudy Fest

Website: www.LonesomeRiverBand.com
Media: Hope River Entertainment
Booking: Roe Entertainment
Label: Rural Rhythm Records

RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT

Website: www.iiirdtymeout.com
Media: East Public Relations
Booking: IIIrd Tyme Out
Label: Rural Rhythm Records

“The All-Star Jam – Live at Grave Mountain” CD Released (Part I, video)

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new album release – “THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN.” This special project was recorded June 4, 2010 at the 18th Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia and showcases an All-Star ensemble featuring one-of-a-kind performances never before heard live or in the studio.

The day was filled with an incredible line-up of talent including: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock and Redline, and The Crowe Brothers; along with a few special guests: Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Brand New Strings, and marvelously emceed by popular Sirius-XM radio personality Kyle Cantrell. Mark Newton served as Producer and Production Coordinator with Rural Rhythm Records President, Sam Passamano, Jr. serving as Executive Producer.

The label is also proud to announce a new Video, Part 1 that includes interviews with Sam Passamano, Jr., Lou Reid, The Crowe Brothers and Sammy Shelor; plus powerful performance clips of “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” by Lonesome River Band with special guests Josh Crowe and Wayne Crowe; “Graves Mountain Memories” with the Rural Rhythm All-Stars; “Groundspeed” with the Rural Rhythm All-Stars ; “Lonesome River” with Lou Reid & Carolina with special guest, Russell Moore. Part II will be released next week featuring Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler and Audie Blaylock and will also include special video performance clips. The album and video certainly help to re-live those very special times throughout the day as you will see here:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8RJyX4faB8&hd=1

Audie Blaylock & Redline Score Another Hit Album

Audie Blaylock & Redline are celebrating numerous milestones this summer with their hot new album, “CRYIN’ HEART BLUES” that Terry Herd of Bluegrass Radio Network calls “without a doubt, his strongest album to date.”  The album hit #1 on Cashbox Magazine Top 20 Bluegrass Album Chart (Aug ’10) and climbed to #7 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine (BU) Top 15 Albums chart (Sept ’10).  The title track and first single release have made impressive strides as well moving up again to reach #16 on the BU Top 30 Songs chart (Sept ‘10) and #13 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Songs (Aug ’10).

“High energy that’s what I like and Audie puts on a great high energy show and it shows in his recording,” says Jerry Eicher of ‘Ol Hippe Bluegrass Hour radio show.  The band has been pleasing audiences around the country and Canada this year at major festivals and events.  Audie Blaylock & Redline will certainly do more of the same when they open for Pam Tillis at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana on September 4, 2010.

Audie can also be heard on Michael Martin Murphey’s current album “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: RIDING SONG” on the track, “Running Gun” that Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine says is “powered by some killer lead guitar by Audie Blaylock. 

Audie Blaylock & Redline can also be heard on the upcoming “ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN” album releasing this October on Rural Rhythm Records

For more information on Audie Blaylock & Redline, please visit www.audieblaylock.com