New Music from Lonesome River Band

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Bridging The Tradition
A Groundbreaking New Release from Lonesome River Band

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome 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 (Mountain Home Music Company).

The new album contains the familiar LRB groove but offers Grass versions of Country songs. The band covers the popular Waylon Jennings hit, “Rose In Paradise,” making the tune all its own. A progressive and spooky rendition of the Old Time ballad, “Boats Up The River,” is rendered with the familiar sound that LRB has perfected over the past quarter century, as is the working class anthem, “Real People.

Driving, in-the-pocket power Bluegrass is here as well. The Carter Stanley classic, “Rock Bottom,” lives alongside the commanding, “Swinging Bridge.” Both are examples of the finest Traditional Bluegrass being recorded today.

Bridging the Tradition is both familiar and progressive, with each track receiving just the right treatment. Some arrangements include the addition of masterful session drummer, Tony Creasman, who adds percussion in the most tasteful way to complement the rhythmic pulse that is a hallmark of the LRB sound.

“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 is continuing 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.

ABOUT LONESOME RIVER BAND
Since its formation 34 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, 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), and 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.

TRACK LIST
Anything To Make Her Mine
Rocking Of The Cradle
Boats Up The River
Rock Bottom
Rose In Paradise
Showing My Age
Old Swinging Bridge
Mirrors Never Lie
Thunder And Lightning
Waiting On My Heart To Break
Runnin’ From The Blues
Real People

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FOR LONESOME RIVER BAND
Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment
770.367.1480

RADIO CONTACT
Ty Gilpin
Mountain Home Music Co.
ty.gilpin@crossroadsmusic.com
828.684.3066 ext. 320

FOR MOUNTAIN HOME MUSIC COMPANY / CROSSROADS LABEL GROUP
Claire Ratliff
Laughing Penguin Publicity
claire@penguinpublicity.com
615.476.3200

Volume Five to Perform at Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. and Simply the Best in Grayson, Ky.

VOLUME-FIVE

stationinn-feb52016Bluegrass fans may want to arrive early for VOLUME FIVE’s concert at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, February 5 at 9:00 pm as their last two appearances at the world famous venue sold out quickly. The following day, the band heads to Simply the Best Sports Bar & Grill in Grayson, Ky. for another highly anticipated performance. At both events, VOLUME FIVE will debut their upcoming single, “I Am A Drifter” along with more songs from their Mountain Fever Records album releasing this spring.

The band is led by vocalist and fiddle player, Glen Harrell, who previously toured with Marty Raybon including numerous performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Glen formed VOLUME FIVE eight years ago and has certainly brought together an impressive group of talent with Colby Laney – guitar and vocals, Patton Wages – banjo and vocals, Chris Williamson – bass and vocals, and Harry Clark – mandolin and vocals. As a whole, their talents and personalities prove to be a perfect combination that results in highly entertaining show.

Last fall, VOLUME FIVE was honored with two separate industry nominations – one for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year, and another nomination for a GMA Dove Award for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring Rhonda Vincent, written by Dolly Parton and Dorothy Joe Owens.

album-cover-volume-five-voices400wBluegrass Unlimited Magazine called their current album VOICESone of their best albums to date.” The album was released this time last year and many tracks continue to chart on the Bluegrass Today 20 and Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs. The song Going Across the Mountain” is now #1 on the January 2016 Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks. They’ve hit that top spot several times before when “Dream Softly” reached #1 two months in a row last spring with the album landing at #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums last April.

For more tour dates and additional information on Volume Five, please visit volumefivebg.com, and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Michael Martin Murphey’s TALL GRASS & COOL WATER

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY and his Buckaroo Bluegrass friends ride again with his new album release – TALL GRASS & COOL WATER that continues the connection between Cowboy and Bluegrass music.  This all began with his Grammy® nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS album and continued with BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II.  The third of the series, TALL GRASS & COOL WATER is a collection of songs that are cowboy in theme yet played in a style that is compatible with the sterling bluegrass musicians he’s brought together including Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Hall, Andy Leftwich, Troy Engle, Mike Bubb and Craig Nelson.

The album is now available at: Best Buy, f.y.e. entertainment, Amazon.com, iTunes, eMusic, Ernest Tubb Record Shops and many, many more retail outlets.

TALL GRASS & COOL WATER features the JAMES GANG TRILOGY with the songs: “The Ballad of Jesse James,” “The Ballad of Cole Younger,” and “Frank James Farewell.”  Produced and arranged by Ryan Murphey, this new project is heavily driven by Michael Martin Murphey’s own lifestyle as a rancher who has enjoyed decades of raising horses and cattle on the wide-open prairies and mountains of the Southwest and Mid-West.

Those who listen to TALL GRASS & COOL WATER will be transported in imagination and emotion to America’s vast prairies and mountains, connect with nature, and feel the passion of the personal relationships that develop among the people of the American mountains and prairies.

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY’S mission is clear on TALL GRASS & COOL WATER:  He wants people to fall in love with the American landscape and culture that defines what America is all about including the heritage of bluegrass and cowboy music.

TRACKS:

1.      Texas Cowboy
2.      Cool Water
3.      Santa Fe Trail
4.      Way Out There
5.      The Railroad Corral
6.      Partner to the Wind
7.      Trusty Lariat
8.      The Ballad of Cole Younger
9.      The Ballad of Jesse James
10.     Frank James Farewell
11.     Blue Prairie
12.     Springtime in the Rockies

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit his official website.  For more information on all three BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS albums, please visit RuralRhythm.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

 

Mason Douglas set for “Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes”

Country music’s, MASON DOUGLAS is set for a performance at “The Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes” to be held at Centennial Park in Nashville, on Saturday, November, 6, 2010.  Other entertainment includes: Playing by Air, The Nashville Irish Step Dance Group, and Marta Leticia and her Mariachi Band.

The event also includes numerous family-friendly activities including:  the Kid’s Zone with multiple inflatables, face painting, balloon art, kid’s fingerprinting workshop; Health & Fitness Area; food and beverages; gluten free items; and tons of giveaways!   Bring your family, friends and even your leashed dogs and come join the fun.  For more information, please visit the event’s website.

For more information on Mason Douglas and his new Rural Rhythm Country album, “MY WILD HEART,” please visit www.MasonDouglasmusic.com , www.ruralrhythmcountry.com or www.hoperiverentertainment.com

Donna Hughes Returns With”Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies” Oct. 12

By Rounder Records

Burlington, MA – “Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies” is the fourth album from songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Donna Hughes. Due October 12 as an Amazon On Demand and digital release, the album was produced by the legendary J.D. Crowe and features Randy Kohrs and Blue Highway’s Rob Ickes on Dobro.

Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies includes 15 songs which take you through a whole series of balancing acts, making for some compelling musical moments. There is the contrast of Hughes’ singer/songwriter flair with the grounding of bluegrass; the blend of haunting original melodies with traditional forms like the waltz of “Last Thing I Need”; the interior focus of songs like “Nothing Easy” contrasting with the story-telling of “Black Beard” and “Jesse”; and the hard ‘grass drive of “Losing You” balanced with the country strains of “Mid-Life Crisis,” to name a few.

Having had her work recorded by all-stars such as Alison Krauss and the Seldom Scene, Hughes is no stranger to country & bluegrass but this album defies simple categorization. It is distinctively, uniquely hers.

Hughes has just signed with Regal Entertainment for festival and fair bookings and her 2011 tour will be announced soon.

Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies” Track Listing

  1. Cut Your Losses
  2. Nothing Easy
  3. Saying Hello
  4. Dr. Jekyl
  5. Butterfly
  6. Jesse
  7. Last Thing I Need
  8. Losing You
  9. God Don’t Make Mistakes
  10. Mid-life Crisis
  11. Autumn Leaves
  12. If I Had You
  13. Blackbeard
  14. Longing For You
  15. Better Apart

Nu-Blu “Nights” CD Release Party

Nu-Blu is celebrating today’s new album release, “NIGHTS,” by announcing details on their upcoming CD Release Party scheduled for May 22, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in downtown Siler City, NC (Courtyard Stage).  The event is sponsored by the NC Arts Incubator and co-sponsored by Welford Harris Ford and Courtyard Coffee and will be held in conjunction with the “Weekend in Downtown Siler City” event that includes a Third Friday Arts Walk, food vendors, and after hours by local art galleries.

 “NIGHTS” is now available at Amazon.com, iTunes, Music Shed, CD Baby, Wal-Mart and via the band’s website at www.nu-blu.com.  The first single release, “Spin on a Red Brick Floor” among numerous other tracks on the album have received an overwhelming positive response from radio including, but not limited to:

This extraordinary CD just takes your breath away. It starts off strong and continues that way until the last note of NIGHTS. The vocals by Carolyn are crystal clear and they take you into her special place. The harmony vocals by the other band members fit in perfectly with the total sound. I just loved the instrumental Red Haired Boy and thought another traditional instrumental would fit in very well. This band has a hard driving sound that resonates well with bluegrass audiences. My listeners loved it!!!! A sure fire winner.” Al Shusterman (KCBL)

“Really solid – great arrangements, singing and playing.  I’m a Nanci Griffith fan and love your version of Spin on a Red Brick Floor and really like Lonesome Mountain.  Good originals too!  Thanks again and good luck with your new band (cool name)!!
Jerry Mills (KOLT)

“The instrumentation and vocals are great.” Charlie Hall (WCYO)

“Recieved your new CD and it’s great!!  Thanks!!” Freddy Smith (WDVX)

“I REALLY like this CD!  Congratulations on a fine project!” Joe Wills (WBZC)

Nu-Blu includes the talents of Daniel Routh, Carolyn Routh, Kendall Gales and Levi Austin.  For more information including a complete tour schedule, please visit www.nu-blu.com

More information on “Nights”

Daniel and Carolyn Routh co-wrote two original songs on the album, “In and Out of Love,” and “How Do I Move On,” with Daniel also co-writing “My Sweet Carolyn” with Nu-Blu band member Levi Austin.  “Nights”, the title track was penned by award-winning singer-songwriter, longtime friend of the band, Donna Hughes (Rounder).  Other featured tracks include: “Lonesome Mountain” and “Try to Catch the Wind” (written by Mark ‘Brink’ Brinkman); “Old Black Suit” (written by Larry Shell and Kim Williams); “I Won’t Be Around” (written by Greg Luck); “River of Love” (written by Otha Young and Juice Newton); plus many more that will certainly become fan favorites.

“NIGHTS” includes 12 tracks by Nu-Blu band members: Daniel Routh on guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Carolyn Routh on bass, and lead vocals on 7 of the tracks including the new single release, “Spin on a Red Brick Floor”; Kendall Gales on mandolin; Levi Austin on banjo; with special guest, Greg Luck.  The CD was produced by Carolyn Routh and Greg Luck and recorded at Red Squared Audio (Siler City, NC) with additional tracks at Riverside Audio (Mt. Gilead, NC).  “NIGHTS” was mastered by Daniel Routh, Red Squared Audio and engineered by Daniel Routh and Levi Austin.

Sammy Shelor to be inducted into Virginia Music Hall of Fame

 

Sammy Shelor
Sammy Shelor

Sammy Shelor, member of the bluegrass group, LONESOME RIVER BAND will be inducted into the Virginia Music Hall of Fame during the Association’s 10th Annual Jumpin’ Bluegrass Festival held September 17-20, 2009 at the Chesterfield, Virginia County Fairgrounds.  Shelor joins a long list of previous Hall of Famers including: Roy Clark, Mother Mabelle, Mac Wiseman, Statler Brothers, Patsy Cline, Tony Rice, Bill Yates, Larry Stephenson and many other talented artists. “I’m honored to be recognized by the Virginia Music Hall of Fame and my home State of Virginia,” said Shelor.

Shelor will receive his Hall of Fame Honor on Friday, September 18th, plus take the stage with the Lonesome River Band for what is surely to be a memorable performance.  The band is celebrating a highly successful #1 album, “No Turning Back” (Rural Rhythm Records) that includes numerous current chart singles.  Also appearing on Friday are: Code Blue, Church Sisters, GCH-Wings of Love, Copper Ridge, plus the Special Recognition Award presented to Ray Pollard, Founder of Gospel Chicken House.

Other performers during the 4-day event include:  one of Virginia’s most beloved female vocalists and bands, Michelle & Nixon & Drive with special guest Nick Nixon, The James King Band, Borrowed Time, Thunder Creek, and many more.  On Saturday, the Heritage Music Youth Scholarships will be presented to three 13-year olds: Matt Henderson, TJ Honaker and Gaven Largent.  The Bluegrass Championship Contest will be held on Sunday, September 20th, emceed by Henry Fulcher with a $1,000 award presented to the 1st place band.  It will also include a performance by the 2008 Band Champion – Grit City Grass.

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Sammy Shelor is also receiving another special recognition as a nominee for the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Banjo Performer of the Year award.  The Lonesome River Band is nominated in two categories including the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (“Struttin to Ferrum”) and the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Darkness Wept”), tracks from “NO TURNING BACK.” Winners will be announced during the IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Ryman Auditorium. Please visit the band’s website for more info.

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Ticket prices for The Jumpin’ Bluegrass 09 are only $5 per day (4 day with parking pass $25); day parking $5 car; Full camping $25/day; Electric $10/day; Tent Camping $5/day.  For more information on the festival or the Virginia Folk Music Association, please visit: www.vafolkmusic.org or view Festival flyer in pdf.  For questions, please contact: Sigrid Williams, President of the VFMA at 804-347-2925 or via email

Media Contact for Sammy Shelor and The Lonesome River Band:
Hope River Entertainmentemail

Booking Contact for Lonesome River Band:
Roe Entertainment email

First-ever MOON PIE Store in Charleston, SC

After ten weeks of non-stop action hammering nails, designing new logoed merchandise and folk art, painting vintage signs, capturing the magic of mass production on video, and creating out-of-this-world MoonPie-themed ice creams and desserts, the first-ever “MoonPie General Store” in Charleston, SC is ready to welcome America inside at 48 N. Market Street, adjacent to the popular open-air City Market and in the heart of Charleston’s shopping district.

After a soft opening in late May, a Grand Opening celebration is set for Saturday, June 6th from 10 AM – 10 PM. Customers will be treated to 50¢ hot dogs, 50¢ cans of RC Cola, and free MoonPies while supplies last, as well as a variety of opening day specials including $1 ice cream cones. In the photo area, families can create a special “MoonPie Memory” posing together on an 8’ tall “Mr. MoonPie” – all 5×7 photos will be specially-priced at $7.50 during the event.

At 1PM, the World’s Largest MoonPie will be unveiled for photo ops, followed by a ceremonial “pie-cutting” at 2PM. Weighing 55 lbs., measuring 40” in diameter and 6” in height and boasting 14 lbs. of marshmallow, 6 lbs. of chocolate and 45,000 calories, the World’s Largest MoonPie will then be served to all in attendance, as long as it lasts.

“We’re excited to finally open,” said Tom Coker, partner of General Store Ventures, LLC, the licensee and operator of the store. “Ever since we put the first sign in the window announcing a MoonPie store is coming, the interest has been amazing. In fact, we’ve had to politely ask several folks to wrap up their favorite MoonPie memory so the painters could get back to work! It’s a brand with a storied past and many happy memories attached to it. We hope it will be a fun addition to Market Street.” 

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Over the July 4th weekend, the MoonPie General Store welcomes Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain (CHHR; http://www.carriehasslerandhard rain.com) to Market Street. CHHR is a fast-rising, contemporary bluegrass band currently sitting atop Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Bluegrass Survey Chart with its #1 single, “I Can Go Back Anytime.” CHHR will perform on Friday night, July 3rd at 7 PM outside the store during the weekly City Market art exhibit. On Saturday, July 4th from 10 AM – 2 PM, award-winning author David Magee will be signing copies of his non-fiction book, MoonPie: Biography of an Out-Of-This-World Snack, a critically-acclaimed insider’s look at the humble beginnings of Chattanooga Bakery’s 102nd product that eventually grew into what’s now the company’s single brand.

In addition to factory-fresh MoonPies and icy-cold RC Colas, MoonPie General Store will offer a variety of unique gifts and authentic “general store” experiences – newly-created logoed merchandise including t-shirts, hats and accessories, Carolina gourmet foods, classic and new toys, MoonPie-themed folk art, an old-fashioned soda fountain serving hot dogs, ice cream, sundaes, floats and vintage soda pops, in addition to widescreen TV’s with news stories and up-close footage from the MoonPie factory, and a fun-filled digital photo booth where customers can create their own collectible MoonPie carton with their picture featured on the front panel.  

Chattanooga Bakery was founded in 1902 as a subsidiary of the Mountain City Flour Mill. A fourth generation, family-owned business, the company made nearly 100 snack cake and cookie items under the Lookout™  trademark, named after the popular residential and tourist community near Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain. In 1917, after a brainstorming conversation between a bakery salesman and some Appalachian coal miners, the MoonPie was born, and by the late 1930’s was the bakery’s #1 seller, a spot it still occupies today.

MoonPies are available in three sizes (Original, Double-Decker® and Mini) and six flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana, Lemon, Orange & Strawberry). Distribution is national, with particular strength in the Southeast and Southwest. The brand can be found in Grocery, Mass, Club, Drug, Convenience, Vending, Foodservice and a number of specialty retail outlets.

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain are sponsored by MoonPie.  For more information on the band, please contact us.

Visit www.carriehasslerandhardrain.com and www.moonpie.com