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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Volume Five Wins Two IBMA Awards

Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards that were presented during the 2017 IBMA Awards Show held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

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The first award announced for the band was for Emerging Artist of the Year.  The group features the extraordinary talents of lead vocalist, fiddle player and band leader, Glen Harrell who is joined by Colby Laney on guitar and vocals, Patton Wages on banjo and vocals, Chris Williamson on bass and vocals, and aspiring young talent, Jacob Burleson on mandolin and vocals.

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Volume Five was also presented with the prestigious the Song of the Year Award for “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi. The crowd was delighted with Ulisse’s excitement while accepting the award with Glen Harrell and the band. The chart-topping tune appears on Volume Five’s album Drifter on Mountain Fever Records that debuted last year on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart.

“I would like to thank everyone for all the kind words to me and the V5 members. I also want to thank all the guys that have been with the band over the years and have contributed to our sound and success. I would like to thank Harry Formby Clark, Adam Duke, Jeff Partin, Mark Hodges, Casey Cullwell, Jesse Daniel, Shane Blackwell, and Aaron Ramsey. Thanks so much to Moonstruck Management as well. We just couldn’t do this without the entire team,” said Harrell.

For more information on Volume Five, please visit them at volumefivebg.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Check out Drifter at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and more retail and streaming outlets here.

Randy Woods Guitars Announces Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar Giveaway

LarriveeGuitarGiveAway_Flyer (2)Randy Woods Guitars is proud to announce they are giving away a brand new Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar valued at $1500.  To enter the contest, please visit randywoodmusic.com to fill out an entry form and catch the next live streaming concert from Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor on August 12 with at 8:00 pm Eastern with ClayBank.  Other upcoming live concerts include: August 27 – Alan Bibey & Grasstowne; September 9 – Tim & Myles Thompson; and September 16 – Roy Book Binder.  Entries will be accepted until midnight October 7. The drawing will take place during Trinity River Band’s concert on October 8, 2016 when the winner will be announced.

The Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar is made of solid Canadian Sitka Spruce; back & sides are solid African Khaya Mahogany; bridge & fingerboard are solid ebony; body binding is solid Canadian Maple, and bridge pins, sale & nut are solid bone. The guitar winner will also receive a Larrivee Hard Case.

Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor has been hosting live shows at the 100-seat concert hall for just over a decade. Beginning in 2013, Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor has delivered these concerts via live streaming to music fans around the world directly to fans on their laptop, tablet or smartphone. State-­of-­the-­art streaming is done “Live” in HD with amazing sound capture during the concerts direct from Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor by partnering with Cody Slatten, Saltymoss C.E.O. and Executive Producer. Cody brings over 15 years of film, television and music video experience to each and every production. He is well­ known for his Emmy™ award­-winning work.

Randy Wood has been producing top-quality instruments since the 1960s and performing his craft for everyone from Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bill Monroe and more.

Please visit www.randywoodsmusic.com for more information and don’t miss this opportunity to win this guitar!

 

 

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Huck Finn Jubilee Offers Music Education for Kids Program at No Charge!

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Musical Festival is dedicated to our youth!

 

 The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass  Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is committed to keeping traditional Bluegrass alive by passing it on to youth.  “This year we are proud to announce the partnership with the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California to provide the Music Education for Kids program during the 3-day event in June” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO.  “We are dedicated to connecting kids with bluegrass music and look forward to the progression that two days of music lessons can make.”   

The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Education for Kids is a free 2-day camp-style learning program held annually during Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival at Cucamonga – Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, California.  The program is open to children ages 8 – 16 offering instruction to play, sing and perform Bluegrass music. Each day contains sectional instruction with their instrumental teacher; and ensemble sessions with the entire group. The grand finale is a “Jubilee Jam” on Sunday afternoon.  Kids will have fun, learn a lot, grow in confidence and make friends that can last a lifetime.

The talented and experienced instructors are local and part of the music education programs at the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California.  Over 185 years of combined experience is amazing.

FIDDLE:   Diane Messenger  – 30 years performing and teaching (fiddle, violin, piano and voice)

BANJO:  Kent Besocke38 years performing and 25 teaching (banjo, guitar)

BASS:  Roy Durnal – 45 years performing and 15 years teaching (bass, drums, ukulele)

GUITAR:  Mike Kreivis – 24 years performing and 16 years teaching (guitar, dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, ukulele)

MANDOLIN:  David Millard – 50 years performing and 30 years (mandolin, guitar and bass)

Each class is made up of ten students each, which provides individual attention and develops comradery among the students.  All students should bring their own instruments, however a few instruments are on hand to borrow and should be reserved in advance.  Classes are scheduled on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 10:00am – 3:30pm daily.  Children 12 and under are free to attend the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival.

Registration is now available at HuckFinn.com.

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About HUCK FINN JUBILEE Bluegrass Music Festival

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a 3-day music festival, held on the second weekend of June annually, celebrating Bluegrass – America’s genuine roots music. Founded in 1975 by the Tucker Family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival continues to evolve and has become a premier 3-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass and Jam grass music. This family-friendly event is a community of music-driven campgrounds with endless pickin’ parties, music workshops and instrumental roots education for all ages, outdoor recreation and Tom Sawyer Island dedicated to all day kid’s activities.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (a non-profit 501c 3), supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music while honoring its rich history. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike.  Huck Finn Jubilee is committed to presenting exceptional headlining musicians as well as emerging artists dedicated to creating sounds for the future while preserving the deeply imbedded roots of Bluegrass.  Bluegrass music tells a story and narrative of the lives of the everyday American people.  For more information, visit www.huckfinn.com

Now Released! Lonesome River Band’s “Bridging the Tradition”

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will kick off today’s new album release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music) with three special performances this weekend.

Tonight, March 18, the band continues the tradition of debuting their new albums at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. On Saturday, March 19, Mountain Home Music Company will host a release celebration and concert at the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. On Sunday, March 20, Lonesome River Band will perform at The Barn at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA.

Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre. Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition.

“This album is different than anything we’ve ever done,” says multi-award winning banjo player, Sammy Shelor. “The songs are ones that we are really personally interested in doing. What we came up with has once again helped to recreate our sound. All the while, we are being true to ourselves as musicians.”

Lonesome River Band continues to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With Bridging the Tradition, the band once again delivers incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Eastman Guitars Announces Endorsement of Dave Adkins

eastman-logo-200Eastman Handcrafted Guitars and Mandolins is proud to announce their endorsement of Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins. “We are thrilled to welcome Dave Adkins into the Eastman family,” said Artist Relations Manager Tim Finch. “We couldn’t be happier to have him on board and are very excited about his upcoming album release and tour.”

“I have always been a fan of Eastman Guitars and I am thrilled that such a reputable guitar company believes in my music. I look forward to the new album releasing and hitting the road with my new Eastman Guitar,” said Adkins.

da_cover_webIn in the coming weeks, Eastman will present Dave with a custom made Eastman E20D Dreadnought guitar. Built with the methods and materials of the “Golden Era” of the 30’s & 40’s Solid Adirondack spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides. The full-bodied tone and room-filling volume will be a perfect fit for Adkins’ powerful live performances at both indoor and outdoor venues.

Mountain Fever Records recently announced the release of the first single, “Change Her Mind” from the self-titled new album by Dave Adkins releasing February 26. The album is now available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon, DaveAdkinsMusic.com and other sites. In February, Dave sets off on a busy radio tour and will perform at several album release concerts promoting the album’s release. For more information, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com.

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When Qian Ni, an accomplished flute player from Beijing, founded Eastman Strings in 1992, he never imagined that over the course of 20 years, the company would grow from a small business operated out of the back of his car into a global music supplier. Committed to a high standard of quality, Eastman Guitars use of premium tone woods and fine appointments, alongside the talent and accomplishment of its designers, craftsmen, and company philosophy continues one of the most fascinating musical traditions the world has known. For more information, please visit www.eastmanguitars.com.

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New Music Video By Lonesome River Band

After enthusiastic fan responses over the last week to their countdown for their new music video, Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the official release of “Lila Mae.” The video made its debut this morning on Mountain Music Company’s YouTube Channel and can also be viewed at LonesomeRiverBand.com and the band’s Facebook page. The song “Lila Mae,” written by Alex Kline, Kirk Sauers, and LRB band member Brandon Rickman, appears on their album Turn On A Dime that made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart last November.

This Civil War era video was shot on location at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, Tenn., was directed by Kim White at View Finders TV.com, and produced by Mountain Home Music Company. Lonesome River Band’s manager, Josh Trivett, owner of Moonstruck Management, along with Natalie Moore and Nathan Morrison, play the lead characters in the video. Lonesome River Band’s die-hard fans will also enjoy the performances by 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, fiddler Mike Hargrove, bassist Barry Reed, with guitarist Brandon Rickman on lead vocals, and mandolinist Randy Jones on harmony vocals.

The band can also be seen in another Mountain Home video production, “Lonesome River Band: Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime, From Studio to Stage” celebrating their first single release from Turn On A Dime. The song garnered the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart for seven weeks and reached as high as #2 on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most Played Tracks. This fan-favorite song continues its climb up the Bluegrass Unlimited (BU) National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song chart with the album appearing at #2 this month on the BU Top 15 Album Chart. Numerous other tracks continue to hit a variety of radio charts including “Lila Mae” climbing up the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart over the last three weeks.

Lonesome River Band has been touring internationally for over 30 years as they continue to be one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands of all time They made their national TV debut on the Late Show with David Letterman in honor of Sammy Shelor’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellent in Banjo and Bluegrass Award, frequently perform on the Grand Ole Opry, and headline and host high profile events.

For a full tour schedule and to view the new “Lila Mae” music video, please visit lonesomeriverband.com. For more information on Mountain Home, please visit their website at mountainhomemusiccompany.com.

New Songwriting Contest Announced

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Judges Include Award-Winning Songwriters:
Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman and Jenee Fleenor

The popular Dogs Deserve Better organization has launched a new songwriting contest on behalf of chained dogs. Songwriters who believe that dogs deserve a better life other than living at the end of a chain, are encouraged to submit their original tunes at DogsDeserveBetter.org before June 30, 2015.

An estimated 4-5 million dogs are still living outside 24/7/365 on chains and in pens all across the nation. In most areas of the country chaining is not banned or even limited.
The contest will be judged by some definite music and shakers in the music biz including the award-winning and chart topping writers Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor.  Applicants should inspire with their songs about freedom from chains, love for your best friend, or how a dog can change the world.

More on the Judges:

• Carl Jackson, Grammy-winning Producer & Songwriter of many hits in Nashville
• Jenee Fleenor, band member of the Blake Shelton band, (co-writer of Blake’s latest single “Bringing Back the Sunshine) formerly with Martina McBride, and & played on recordings by Rascal Flatts, & many other superstars.
• Brink Brinkman, writer of countless Bluegrass hits.
• Donna Hughes, writer of “My Poor Old Heart” by Alison Krauss & Union Station, a song from her Grammy-winning album “Lonely Runs Both Ways,” a song she performed at the CMA Awards. Donna’s songs have also been recorded by artists around the world, including Grammy nominated Seldom Scene. She currently has written over 500 songs, with 189 of them on iTunes.
• Larry Cordle, most famous for his song “Murder on Music Row”, which was recorded by George Strait and Alan Jackson and received the CMA Award for Song of the Year in 2000. He has written songs for Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, and many other giants in Country & Bluegrass.

Confirmed Prizes (more to come):
• Celeb-Signed Guitar
• Guitar Lover’s Gift Box: Includes Guitar Strings, Picks, Guitar Strap, Tuner
• Winning Song will be uploaded to Airplay Direct for global distribution to Radio Programmers.
• Photo shoot with Steve Routh Photography or Rashell Wright Photography, if willing to travel to, or near the NC area.
• $25 Gift Card to Musicians’ Friend
• Autographed copy of Donna Hughes latest CD, and Free Songwriting Consultation
• Free Consultation with Brink Brinkman
• Dogs Deserve Better swag
For more information on Dogs Deserve Better and the Freedom Songwriting Contest, please visit dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html.

Mountain Fever Records Announces Release of First Single from Upcoming Adkins & Loudermilk Album

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Mountain Fever Records announces the release of “Backside of Losing,” the first single from the highly anticipated album from duo, Adkins & Loudermilk.

Adkins & Loudermilk album cover 2015What started out as two impressive solo careers has morphed into what is already being described as a powerhouse team of vocals and songwriting. Dave Adkins has already had a successful career fronting his former band, Republik Steel, and Edgar Loudermilk has been known as one of the most solid bass-playing vocalists in bluegrass, having toured extensively with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrd Tyme Out. But when Adkins & Loudermilk met a couple years ago and began melding their talents of singing and songwriting together, it became clear to them that forming a new duo was much more musically exciting for them than going it alone.

Adkins & LoudermilkSo in 2013, the two officially launched their band and set out touring while still promoting successful solo projects on Mountain Fever Records. Adkins’ Nothing To Lose album included numerous singles that dominated the bluegrass radio charts in 2014 including reaching the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, several #1s on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 and the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums charts. The album also appeared on the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2014. Meanwhile, Loudermilk had written all 15 songs on his October 2013 Mountain Fever Records release, My Big Chance Tomorrow, an album that appeared on numerous radio charts and also hit the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2014 chart. Of the decision to join forces, Adkins states, “We just started writing together and while it wasn’t something that was premeditated, it just unfolded due to the chemistry we had. It all just happened kind of organically and on its own from getting together.”

Since the band’s formal beginning in 2013, the duo has been delighting audiences across the country and drew the attention of the Raleigh News & Observer who stated, “The powerful, George Jones-style vocals of Dave Adkins curled across City Plaza just about sundown as he and partner Edgar Loudermilk entertained a capacity crowd on Fayetteville Street… the relatively new act capably combined bluegrass and hard country.

Itunes-Button-click-here-to-buyMusic lovers can download “Backside of Losing” at iTunes and radio programmers may download the single via AirplayDirect. For more about Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.adkinsloudermilk.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.