Official IBMA Kick-Off Party With Lonesome River Band

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The Official International Bluegrass Association’s World of Bluegrass Kick-Off Party, sponsored by Moonstruck Management, will feature Lonesome River Band who received four IBMA Award Nominations this year.  The party will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre located 126 E Cabarrus Street in Raleigh.  Music fans will be admitted with an IBMA Business Conference Badge, or a Bluegrass Ramble wristband.

Shuttle service will be offered for conference attendees from the Convention Center to the Lincoln Theatre immediately following the Keynote Address.  At 7:00 p.m., immediately following Lonesome River Band’s Kick-Off Party, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase will begin.

moonstruck-ibma-posterfinalcAt 10:00 p.m., bluegrass music fans are invited to remain at the Lincoln Theatre for the Moonstruck Management Showcase featuring performances by NewTown at 10:00 p.m., Lonesome River Band at 11:00 p.m., Trinity River Band at 12:00 a.m., followed by the Moonstruck Mash featuring the incredible talents of: Sammy Shelor, Dave Adkins, Brandon Rickman, Jesse Smathers, Kati Penn Williams, Jr. Williams, Sarah Harris, Joshua Harris, and Travis Anderson.  Dave Adkins, who had one of the most successful bluegrass albums of 2016, will also serve as Emcee for the night.

On Wednesday, September 28 at 2:30 pm, Lonesome River Band will be part of the Hangin’ & Sangin’ Facebook Live streams at World of Bluegrass located in the BGS Fishbowl located above the lobby of the Raleigh Convention Center.

mountainhomeshowcaseAt 3:30 p.m, they will perform at the Mountain Home Music Company’s Showcase being held from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room 305 A-B of the Raleigh Convention Center.  Later that evening, Sammy Shelor will also be part of the Virginia is for Lovers Music Ramble at The Architect Bar & Social House from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

vashowcase-architect-barLater that evening, Sammy Shelor will also be part of the Virginia is for Music Lovers Ramble at The Architect Bar & Social House from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.  The event features Jim Lauderdale and Friends Sammy Shelor, Wayne Henderson, Virginia Luthiers, Dani Flowers, The Church Sisters, and Hackensaw Boys.

Lonesome River Band’s four IBMA Award Nominations includes one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, features two IBMA Award Nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career.

ibma_awardsLonesome River Band will perform during the 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. This special event will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Band member Sammy Shelor will also present an award during the event. For more information on IBMA, please visit www.ibma.org.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit www.LonesomeRiverBand.com and join them on Twitter and Instagram.   #LonesomeRiverBand #LRB

Weep Little Willow – A New Album by Larry Stephenson Band Releasing Oct. 14, 2016

weeplilwiw-frtcvr-hires-sq600Whysper Dream Music is proud to announce the new album, WEEP LITTLE WILLOW by the Larry Stephenson Band, will be released on Friday, October 14, 2016. Pre-orders are available now at larrystephensonband.com and coming soon on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and more fine retail outlets.  Radio programmers are being serviced the first single, “Yesterday’s Gone” today.

The band is offering a special on their Facebook page for the first 25 fans who pre-order WEEP LITTLE WILLOW. They will receive a FREE autographed copy and a digital download for the Larry Stephenson Band’s last album – the award-winning PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN.

2016ibma-merlefest-showcaseToday, the Larry Stephenson Band will perform songs from WEEP LITTLE WILLOW at the Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana and Friday at the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival in Buena Vista, Virginia. Next week, the band heads to Raleigh, North Carolina for the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s highly attended World of Bluegrass where they will perform at the MerleFest Showcase on September 28 at 10:00 p.m. to be held at The Vintage Church at Longview Center located at 118 South Person Street. On September 30 at 2:45 p.m., be sure to catch their performance at the exciting IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival on the Davie Street Stage.

Mark your calendars for the WEEP LITTLE WILLOW Album Release Concert on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, N.C.

WEEP LITTLE WILLOW was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson. The album and band includes the talents multi-award winner Larry Stephenson on lead vocals and mandolin with Kenny Ingram on banjo and vocals, Kevin Richardson on guitar and vocals, and Matt Wright on upright bass and vocals.

For more information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com.

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Throughout his 25-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. In 1996, Stephenson was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association. Since that time, he has garnered numerous other awards including being named Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA.)

 

 

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Tune-In Alert: Dave Adkins

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On Wednesday, July 27, be sure to tune-in to Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction for the live broadcast of the IBMA Press Conference where the year’s official IBMA Award Nominees, Hall of Fame Inductees and  Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients will be announced.  Immediately following, Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction will re-broadcast the exciting Dave Adkins Track by Track with Host Kyle Cantrell. Dave’s self-titled album debuted earlier this year at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart, includes two #1 singles, along with an impressive list of other successes.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

To Book the Dave Adkins Band at your event, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 770-367-1480 or email penni@hoperiverentertainment.com.

New Single: “Sold” by Dave Adkins Hits #1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

da_cover_webDave Adkins has released another red hot second single, “Sold,” from his #1 Billboard Top Bluegrass Album. The impressive cover of the John Michael Montgomery 90’s hit, is currently #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.  “Adkins delivers [the song] with gusto with the banjo his constant companion,” said Lonesome Road Review.

This is the second single release from his self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records to top the charts. The first, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, was #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in May and hit #1 three times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart since the album was released late February. The song jumped to #9 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart with the album also at #9 on the Top 15 Album Chart.

The hits just keep coming from the Dave Adkins album. The lightning fast trucker song, “Turn and Burn” co-written by Dave Adkins, David Morris and Dawn Kenny, was the 2nd Place Award winner in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. The country flavored “Fool-o-sophy” written by Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle and Country superstar Chris Stapleton, has appeared on a fan voted Country music chart.

Parcbench Magazine exclaims, “Dave Adkins’ voice offers something real, something trustworthy and something thrilling to hold on to. It’s an exciting ride—this self-titled new album from Dave Adkins. Buy an extra copy; Adkins possesses the impressive kind of voice—full of personality and dimension, and instantly relatable—that you just want to share.

Dave Adkins made an impressive showing on this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) ballot appearing as candidates for nominations in these major categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Change Her Mind.” This year’s IBMA Nominees will be announced next month at the IBMA press conference in Nashville.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

 

Volume Five’s Drifter Debuts on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart

album-cover-volume-five-600Volume Five made its debut this week at #5 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart with their impressive new project Drifter.  The album is receiving rave reviews including Parcbench Magazine saying it “raises the bar on their already impressive reputation.”

The first single release, “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Ross, continues to garner radio chart success.  It is the current #1 song on the Bluegrass Today Top 20, #7 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks for June, and debuted this month on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Songs Chart.  Drifter is also crossing over to other formats; the track, “When I Go Away,” is today’s POWERPLAY song on Eagle Country Radio. Drifter is available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com.

“Volume Five can please a fan who just wants to hear a bluegrass beat with a pleasant melody, but the rhythmic interplay between the instruments can enthrall a more sophisticated listener after multiple hearings. It’s a special skill, and may ultimately be the one thing that eventually allows this talented quintet to rise to the top, a la Blue Highway,” said Bluegrass Today in a recent album review.

This impressive group is led by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals) who is joined by Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals).

Drifter is available at numerous digital outlets, VolumeFiveBG.com, mountainfever.com and more fine retail outlets.

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Drifter is Volume Five’s sixth album since 2008, on the Mountain Fever Records label.

In 2014, Volume Five garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.

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New Album By Trinity River Band Now Released

Things We Do For Dreams Trinity River BandOrange Blossom Records is very proud to announce the new album, Things I Do For Dreams, by Trinity River Band is available today for purchase at trinityriverband.com.  Music fans can also place their orders at iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail sites for delivery on July 22, 2016.

Things We Do For Dreams is also now available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com and is currently #1 on their Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart. The lightning fast first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander, made its debut today at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.

“We are so thankful for all the many songwriters that we have been blessed to get to know over these last few years of making music, and because of that, we had no shortage of amazing songs sent to us,” said Joshua Harris. There are spectacular such as:  “Time’s A Crooked Thing” by Irene Kelley and Becky Buller, “Between Me and Jolene” written by Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), “The Things We Do For Dreams” written by Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan, and three impressive originals from band member and two-time IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award Nominee, Sarah Harris.

Tracks and songwriters include: 

  1. Between Me and Jolene – 3:27 – Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman
  2. Time’s a Crooked Thing – 3:17 – Irene Kelley and Becky Buller
  3. The Promised Land – 3:51 – Fred Lehner and Andy Spooner
  4. Lover’s Leap – 4:58 – Sarah Harris
  5. The Mirror – 3:53 – Joie Scott and Bob Stewart
  6. Ten Miles to Deep Gap – 3:14 – Jack Lawrence
  7. The Things We Do for Dreams – 3:41 – Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan
  8. Silver and Gold – 4:25 – Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins and Stan Perkins
  9. Right Where She Left Him – 3:44 – Kim Fox and Craig Market
  10. My Own Worst Enemy – 3:46 – Sarah Harris
  11. Secrets – 4:47 – Sarah Harris
  12. Come Back Train – 3:16 – Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander

Group-Pic-2 (2)The album includes the talents of band members: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar. Things We Do For Dreams was recorded at the band’s Orange Blossom studio in Callahan, Fla.

Trinity River Band made an impressive showing on the second round ballots that will help determine the final International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations. The band’s fellow voting members placed them as candidates for nomination in these categories:  Vocal Group of the Year; Emerging Artist of the Year; Song of the Year – “How Blue”; Album of the YearHeartstrings; Female Vocalist of the Year – Sarah Harris; Recorded Event of the Year for “Fences” with special guest Marty Raybon written by Brink Brinkman and Dale Pyatt; and Gospel Recorded Event of the Year – “Give God the Power” written by Brink Brinkman.

For more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

New Music from Volume Five – DRIFTER Now Released!

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Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce Drifter, the new album from Volume Five, is available to radio and consumers today! The album release comes on the heels of news that Volume Five and their first single, “I Am A Drifter” are among the candidates for nomination for this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards in multiple categories.

_MG_0855Founded by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals), Volume Five also includes the talents of Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals). These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. V5 has proven just that with their previous recordings on Mountain Fever Records. In 2014 they garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.
Drifter is a culmination of everything that makes up a great bluegrass record. The musicianship of each of Volume Five’s members is only eclipsed by the smooth, caramel-like lead vocals of Harrell who is one of modern bluegrass music’s most underrated vocalists. His vocal tone touches on lonesome, guttural and alluring all at the appropriate times. The band’s first single, “I Am A Drifter,” has already set the tone for the album, making appearances on this month’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs as well as the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks charts. With gems such as “Lonely Wind,” “Ranching Man,” “Tall Pines,” “Scarecrow,” and the consummate love song, “Because of You,” Drifter, is full of future hits for Volume Five.
Track List:
  1. I Am A Drifter (3:16), Donna Ulisse/Marc Ross
  2. Lonely Wind (4:17), Jeff Partin
  3. 95 Years (2:54), Carter Moore
  4. When I Go Away (4:16), Lawrence T. Campbell
  5. Ranching Man (3:03), Jesse Daniel
  6. Because of You (3:08), Ronnie Bowman, Jon Nite
  7. Lucky Seven (2:38), Colby Laney
  8. Tall Pines (2:44), Damon Black
  9. Scarecrow (3:31), Kevin Denny, Tom Botkin
  10. Alaskan Gold (2:32), Colby Laney
  11. Molly Dear (3:40), Jeff McClellan
  12. With My Gun (2:45), Jerry Cole
Drifter is available to radio programmers via AirPlayDirect.com or by emailing radio@mountainfever.com, and to consumers via various digital outlets and wherever great music is sold. 
For more information on Volume Five, please visit VolumeFiveBG.com.
For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com.

Lonesome River Band Returns to Host 16th Annual Rudy Fest

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RUDY FEST – June 22-25, 2016 in Grayson, Ky.

RudyFestSimplytheBestLonesome River Band continues their busy summer tour as they return to Host the 16th Annual Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival in Grayson, Kentucky this week. The event will be held at the Carter County Fair Grounds June 22-25, 2016 with a stellar line-up that includes: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Dave Adkins, The Steeldrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Volume Five, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and many more.  Lonesome River Band will hit the stage Friday, June 23 at 3:00pm and 6:30 and Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 pm.

Lonesome River Band’s Sammy Shelor is really looking forward to this weekend saying, “Rudy Fest is a beast of a bluegrass festival! Always an amazing crowd to play to and the support an artist needs to perform at their best. The crew there always makes patrons and bands both feel welcome and at home. Love that Gang!

Sammy & LRB have been with us a long time I got to catch a show couple weeks ago. They had it dialed in and were having a ball on stage. Their new material is top shelf,” says festival promoter Rudy Burchett. Tickets for Rudy Fest can be purchased at the gate for $100 (4-day weekend pass), or daily passes for $20 (Wed) or $40 (Thursday-Friday).  Kids 12 and under free. For more information, please visit rudyfest.com.

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will perform songs from their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart album, Bridging the Tradition, released on the Mountain Home Music Company label. The band’s first single, “Thunder & Lightning,” is currently #2 on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, and appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs, Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, and more single and album radio charts.

Last week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released the second of three IBMA Awards ballots.  Lonesome River Band are candidates for nomination in the following categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Thunder and Lightning, Adam Wright writer)
  • Album of the Year (Bridging the Tradition, Mountain Home Music Company)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Brandon Rickman)
  • Gospel Recorded Event of the Year (Rocking of the Cradle)
  • Banjo Player of the Year (Sammy Shelor)
  • Fiddle Player of the Year (Mike Hartgrove)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year (Jesse Smathers)
  • Bass Player of the Year (Barry Reed).

The official IBMA Award Nominees will be announced in August. For more information on joining IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

Lonesome River Band features Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and 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.  For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Things We Do For Dreams by Trinity River Band

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Releasing July 1 on Orange Blossom Records

Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new album, Things We Do For Dreams, by Trinity River Band will release July 1st.  The album is now available for pre-orders at trinityriverband.com and for radio programmers at AirPlay.com.

Trinity River Band includes the talents of: Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; Lisa Harris – Bass, Harmony Vocals; Mike Harris – Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals; and Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin. Sarah also contributed three original songs to the album.  The band gathered songs from some of today’s hottest songwriters making for an impressive track list:

  1. Between Me and Jolene (3:27); Kim Fox, Brandon Rickman
  2. Time’s A Crooked Thing (3:17), Irene Kelley, Becky Buller
  3. The Promised Land (3:52), Fred Lehner, Andy Spooner
  4. Lover’s Leap (4:58), Sarah Harris
  5. The Mirror (3:54), Joie Scott, Bob Stewart
  6. Ten Miles To Deep Gap (3:15), Jack Lawrence
  7. The Things We Do For Dreams (3:42), Brink Brinkman, Tresa Jordan
  8. Silver and Gold (4:25), Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins, Stan Perkins
  9. Right Where She Left Him (3:44), Kim Fox, Craig Market
  10. My Own Worst Enemy (3:47), Sarah Harris
  11. Secrets (4:48), Sarah Harris
  12. Come Back Train (3:17), Jerry Salley, Cassidy Lynn Alexander

As announced last week, Trinity River Band are candidates for nomination on the second of three ballots for the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. Official nominees will be announced in August.  Trinity River Band made an impressive appearance in the following categories: Vocal Group of the Year; Song of the Year for “How Blue” written by John Moffait; Album of the Year for their previous album Heartstrings, Orange Blossom Records; Gospel Recorded Event of the Year for “Give God the Power” written by Brink Brinkman; Emerging Artist of the Year; Recorded Event of the Year for “Fences” with special guest Marty Raybon written by Brink Brinkman and Dale Pyatt; and a Female Vocalist of the Year nod for Sarah Harris.

For a full tour schedule, please visit trinityriveband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

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