Nashville Benefit Concert for The Little Pantry That Could

littlepantrythatcouldBenefit Concert for The Little Pantry That Could
Sunday, October 13, 2013
3 – 6 pm.

West End Community Church
235 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209

Award winning bluegrass songwriters and performers Johnny and Jeanette Williams present the second annual benefit concert to raise funds for Nashville area food pantry, The Little Pantry That Could.

2013-jeanettejohnnyThere will be a variety of musical styles presented at the benefit. Johnny and Jeanette will be performing bluegrass, Nick Distefano & Bruce Dees present vintage pop hits, Kira Small brings R&B variety, John Finney performs Contemporary Christian, Doug Seegers brings his original works to the stage, KP & Danai present Christian Rap, Jme Medina performs Christian Pop, and award winning Nashville songwriters Scott Neubert, Ellen Britton & Bill Maiers round out the line up.

The Little Pantry That Could provides food and various other assistance to approximately 100 families a week in West Nashville. The non-profit organization is headed by Stacy Downey, who devotes all of her free time, and a lot of her own resources to help those in need. A $10 donation is requested at the door. New or gently worn coats are much appreciated as well.

For concert info call Stacy Downey 615-260-5769, or Johnny Williams 434-489-8080

For more info on The Little Pantry please visit or The Little Pantry That Could on facebook.

May’s Bluegrass Unlimited Charts

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Congratulations to CARRIE HASSLER & HARD RAIN for having the #1 Single, “I Can Go Back Anytime” from their “CHHR2” album (Rural Rhythm Records)  on the May Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30!  It is not often a female reaches #1 on this chart.  This is the second song written by Jennifer Strickland for this band that has achieved chart success.  Jennifer also wrote “Going on the Next Train” that was on the band’s first Rural Rhythm CD and the song reached #11 last year. 

Lonesome River Band
Lonesome River Band

Also on the May Bluegrass Unlimited Chart is LONESOME RIVER BAND with the #1 ALBUM.  Congratulations and very deserving for their Rural Rhythm Records album,  “NO TURNING BACK.”   They also have TWO SINGLES on the Top 30 – “Them Blues” and “Like a Train Needs a Track.”  Wow – very impressive chart success!

Melonie Cannon
Melonie Cannon

MELONIE CANNON also rises up the chart, hitting #9 for her single, ‘I Call It Gone” from her Rural Rhythm CD, “AND THE WHEELS TURN”  that appears at #13 on the BU Top 15 Album Chart.  The CD was prouduced by Buddy Cannon and Ronnie Bowman.  Amazing songs and vocals.  There isn’t a bad song on the entire album – no fillers – just great music.  You can still vote for Melonie on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown for her video “Back to Earth” with Willie Nelson.  

Audie Blaylock & Redline
Audie Blaylock & Redline

AUDIE BLAYLOCK & REDLINE appear at #12  on the Top 15 Album chart for their self-titled new album on Rural Rhythm Records.  This is a fast appearance by the band, and also includes “Whispering Waters” at #25 on the BU Top 30 Singles.  This album is receiving rave reviews – if you love traditional bluegrass, you will love this album!  

Jeanette Williams
Jeanette Williams

And last but certainly not least, JEANETTE WILLIAMS with the #14 Single, “Bad Money” (written by the Lonesome River Band’s Brandon Rickman) and the #14 ALBUM, “Thank You for Caring.”  We love this CD and another favorite song from this CD is Dreamer!

New Radio Single Releases – Dale Ann Bradley providing lead vocals

Daughters of Bluegrass - "Bluegrass Bouquet"
Daughters of Bluegrass - "Bluegrass Bouquet"

The award-winning group, The Daughters of Bluegrass are proud to announce two brand new single releases, 

“Leaving Here for Nashville” and I Don’t Think I’m Going Back to Harlanfrom their current Blue Circle Records CD, BLUEGRASS BOUQUET.  The songs will appear on the PRIME CUTS OF BLUEGRASS, Volume #99 releasing to radio on May 15, 2009.  The album was produced by Dixie Hall, Paula Wolak and Frances Mooney.

Dale Ann Bradley
Dale Ann Bradley

Two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner, Dale Ann Bradley provides the lead vocals and rhythm guitar on “

I Don’t Think I’m Going Back to Harlan.”  She is joined by Vicki Simmons (harmony vocals, clawhammer banjo); Gena Britt (harmony vocal); Beth Lawrence (bass); Sierra Hull (mandolin); and Becky Buller (fiddle); and 2009 SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) Award Winner Jeanette Williams (harmony vocals).


The second single, “Leaving Here for Nashville” includes an incredible line-up with 8 of the daughters taking turns on lead vocals.  Musicians include: Dale Ann Bradley (lead vocals, rhythm guitar); Rebecca Frazier (guitar break); Becky Buller (lead vocals and fiddle break); Lorraine Jordan (lead vocals, mandolin break); Tina Adair (lead vocals, mandolin break) Gena Britt (lead vocal and banjo); Stacy York (lead vocals); Frances Mooney (lead vocal and bass break); Lizzy Long (lead vocals); and Beth Lawrence (bass). 


The Daughters of Bluegrass as a whole are the proud winners of the 2006 IBMA RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD for their album, “BACK TO THE WELL.” Individually, the Daughters have won a multitude of awards throughout the years along with numerous 2009 SPBGMA AWARDS including: Blue Circle Records owners Tom T. and Dixie Hall winning the 2009 SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year Award; Rhonda Vincent, the 2009 SPBGMA Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year; Jeanette Williams the 2009 SPBGMA Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year; and Kristin Scott Benson the SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year.


BLUEGRASS BOUQUET features 17 songs and 50 daughters: Dale Ann Bradley, Dixie Hall, Frances Mooney, Lorraine Jordan, Jeanette Williams, Janet McGarry, Michelle Nixon, Valerie Smith, Becky Buller, Rhonda Vincent, Sierra Hull, Stacy York, Dara Wray, Alecia Nugent, Jennifer Strickland, Heather Berry, Lisa Martin, Gloria Belle, Lisa Ray, Linda Lay, Sally Jones, Carol Lee Cooper, Jeanie Stanley, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Sophie Haislip, Louise Tomberlain, Mindy Rakestraw, Lizzy Long, Annette Kelly, Lily Lieux, Donica Christensen, Judi Marshall, Beth Lawrence, Melissa Lawrence, Rebecca Frazier, Jenni Lyn Gardner, Lizzy Long, Lisa Manning, Gena Britt, Vicki Simmons, Megan McCormick, Tina Adair, Kristin Scott Benson, Rebekah Long, Jenee Fleenor, Jeana Martin, Janice Martin, Larita Martin, Martha Adcock, Amber Burks, Beth Stevens, and more.


Jeanette Williams Wins SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award


Jeanette Williams
Jeanette Williams

Multi-award winning vocalist and songwriter, also one of the most respected female voices in bluegrass music, JEANETTE WILLIAMS was honored Sunday with the 2009 SPBGMA FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD (Traditional category) during the 35th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.

Dixie Hall was in attendance for the awards ceremony and was thrilled with the announcement saying, “Tom T. and I are so very proud of Jeanette’s Traditional Female Vocalist win at SPBGMA.  We have loved her and Johnny for years.  The sweetness tripled with the realization that she is on our Blue Circle Records with her successful THANK YOU FOR CARING project and is “Proud To Be A Daughter of Bluegrass” on the new BLUEGRASS BOUQUET. One of the most touching moments I have experienced was when, as Jeanette stood holding her award, Dale Ann Bradley came flying through the lobby, arms outstretched, to grab and hug her fellow Daughter, tears of joy streaming down both faces…a genuine expression of love!”

Jeanette is receiving critical acclaim and chart success for her new Blue Circle Records album, THANK YOU FOR CARING, an album many are calling her best career album to date.   The CD is currently #5 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 Rockygrass Chart, consistently appearing on the weekly Roots Music Bluegrass Report; the current single, “Bad Money,” climbing the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Single Chart; and the track “Your Memory Wins Again” being named one of Bluegrass Radio Network’s Top Picks of 2008.

strong>Lee Michael Demsey, morning Host at and WAMU Radio in Washington DC and the  Proprietor of the Charts at Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine enthusiastically stated, “Wow, great news that Jeanette Williams took home SPBGMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award!  There are a lot of good vocalists out there right now, male, female, traditional, contemporary, but I can’t think of anybody more deserving, at this moment in their career, than Jeanette.  Those crystalline, soulful vocals of hers really hit home, especially on her new CD, Thank You For Caring – the best of her career, and one of my five favorite CDs of the year!  Congratulations!”

This award adds to Jeanette’s numerous Awards and Honors including her original song “Enough of You,” which received the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Award in the bluegrass division at Merlefest; the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for her work on Back to the Well by the Daughters of Bluegrass; and numerous awards and recognitions from the Virginia Folk Music Association.

Jeanette Williams currently tours with The Jeanette Williams Band. More information can be found at including her full tour schedule.

Our Favorite SONGS FOR A CAUSE in 2008

Our Favorite SONGS FOR A CAUSE in 2008
BREAK THE CHAIN by Jeanette Williams (Thank You For Caring, Blue Circle Records). The song deals with breaking the chain of child abuse and with an amazing songwriting team of Tim Stafford, Kim Williams and Larry Shell, you know it will move you.
I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE is an original song by Jimbo Whaley. Even though Whaley is well known for his exceptional bluegrass songwriting, this is NOT a bluegrass song. It is a very powerful inspirational song about the death of a newborn child from the parent’s perspective. I Know Where You Are is an absolutely beautiful song. There is also a full orchestra instrumental track available. Visit for more information.
an written and performed by Country music artist, Mason Douglas. This previously self released single is available on the new CD, “Words & Music Nashville” available now available at The album also includes songs by Vince Melamed (“Walkaway Joe”), Craig Monday (“Heaven Is A Small Town”) and other Nashville songwriters. Mason announced he will be donating his portion of the proceeds from this recording to the ALS Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to increase public awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Adroit Records announced they will match Mason’s contribution to help strike out ALS.
STRANGER IN HIS MIND by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (CHHR2, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriter: Mark “Brink” Brinkman. Very emotional song about the devastating Alzheimer’s disease. Hassler’s breathtaking lead vocals tell this tender story which in our opinion, is one of the best original songs by Brinkman. We all have received so many messages from people around the world telling us how they have been moved by this very emotional song and many using the song at Alzheimer’s events around the country. Download the song/album at Itunes or visit for more information.
THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD by Jeanette Williams (Thank You For Caring, Blue Circle Records). Songwriter: John Finney, David Walton. “I want to see the world through the eyes of child.” If you haven’t gotten your copy of Jeanette’s new album, you are really missing out. This is by far the best project in her well respected career. Visit

Our Favorite DUETS (or special guests) of 2008

Willie Nelson and Melonie Cannon
Willie Nelson and Melonie Cannon
Our Favorite DUETS (or special album guests) of 2008

  • BACK TO EARTH by Melonie Cannon and Willie Nelson from her new CD, “And The Wheels Turn, Rural Rhythm Records.  The new music video comes out next month!  Don’t forget to request this video on CMT and GAC!  Songwriter:  Willie Nelson.
  • DREAMER by Jeanette Williams and Keith Garrett harmonizing beautifully with Tony Rice on guitar.  You don’t get much better than that!  The song is from Jeanette’s new CD, “Thank You For Caring on Blue Circle Records is absolutely one of the BEST BLUEGRASS SONGS OF THE YEAR.   Songwriter: Shannon Slaughter.  
  •  I FORGOT MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW by Jeanette Williams (Thank You for Caring, Blue Circle Records).  Another track by Jeanette  ……. because we can’t overlook a perfect duet with two of Virginia’s favorite bluegrass vocalists, Jeanette Williams and Michelle Nixon blending perfectly together as usual.   Songwriter:  Cecil A. Null.
  • PROUD TO BE A DAUGHTER OF BLUEGRASS by The Daughters of Bluegrass (Bluegrass Bouquet, Blue Circle Records).  The Daughters of Bluegrass received the 2006 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for their previous CD, Back to the Well.  We’d love to see these ladies win again in 2009 for this project, so for you IBMA voters out there, please remember to write them in your first ballot!  Songwriter:  Dixie Hall.  Vocals: Dale Ann Bradley, Heather Berry, Lisa Martin, Gloria Belle, Sierra Hull, Lisa Ray, Rhonda Vincent, Linda Lay, Sally Jones, Carol Lee Cooper, Jeanie Stanley, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Michelle Nixon, Jeanette Williams, Sophie Haislip, Louise Tomberlain, Mindy Rakestraw, Lizzy Long, Frances Mooney, Lorraine Jordan,  Annette Kelley, Lily Lieux.  Shouters: Dixie Hall, Judi Marshall, Melissa Lawrence, Beth Lawrence. 
  • THANK YOU FOR CARING by Jeanette Williams (Thank You for Caring, Blue Circle Records).  Ok there you have it – Jeanette makes three spots in this category.  The title track, a duet with Jeanette Williams and the legendary George Jones, was previously released, but since the CD came out in 2008, we of course want to include it!  It is a perfect classic country sounding song.  Songwriters:  Dixie and Tom T. Hall.
  • TURN THE PAGE by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (CHHR2, Rural Rhythm Records).  Perfect vocal pairing with Carrie Hassler and Josh Shilling.  Still waiting to see these two perform this song live!  SongwriterBob Seger. 
  • TWO COATS by Tim Hensley with guest vocals by Patty Loveless from Tim’s CD, “Long Monday,” Rural Rhythm Records.
  • WHAT A SIGHT TO BEHOLD by Tim Hensley (Long Monday, Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair).  Songwriter, Tim Hensley and guest vocals by Vince Gill and Sonya Isaacs.

Our Favorite Tearjerker Songs of 2008

Our Favorite TEARJERKER SONGS of 2008

· ALONE by Jeanette Williams (Thank You For Caring, Blue Circle Records). Songwriter: Ryan Roberts. Lyric sample: “There’s a lonesome feeling at my door, and an emptiness that fills my home, but if you can’t love me anymore, well I’m sure I’ll be better on my own. Are you sure that you’d rather be alone?

· CATCUS IN A COFFEE CAN by Melonie Cannon (And The Wheels Turn, Rural Rhythm Records).  Songwriters: Allen Shamblin and Steve Seskin. Lyric Sample: My momma was a tortured soul, I still love her even though she gave me away on the day I was born.”

· I DON’T WANT TO WAKE UP ANYMORE by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (CHHR2, Rural Rhythm Records).  Songwriter:  Josh Miller and Josh Swift. Lyric Sample: I don’t want to fight for life without you. There’d be no reason left worth fighting for. If I can’t wake up knowing that you’d be here, then I just don’t want to wake up anymore.

· EVERYTHING’S BLUE a duet with Jeanette Williams and Keith Garrett (Thank You for Caring by Jeanette Williams on Blue Circle Records. Songwriter: Marcie Horne. Lyric Sample: You’re too young and it won’t work, that’s what the old folks say.” “How could a love that seem so right prove to be untrue? How could a promise meant forever fade like the morning dew?

· FLOWERS by The Lonesome River Band (No Turning Back, Rural Rhythm). Songwriter: Billy Yates and Monty Criswell. Lyric Sample:You won’t believe how much I’ve changed since you’ve left. It took losing you for me to find myself.”

· IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (CHHR2, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriter: Josh Miller. Lyric Sample: And the people screamed, and the people danced, and they try to conjure up some sweet romance. And they tell lies and make believe they’ve got more on earth to live for than the bar down the street. So look around and you will find that if these walls could talk I’d know they cry.

· SUPPOSED TO BE by Jett’s Creek (Supposed to Be, Indie). Songwriter: Angie Young. Lyric Sample: “Did it ever cross your mind just how it felt that night you left me standing all alone watching you go? Your words cut like a knife, and they broke everything inside. That wasn’t how it was supposed to be, but then you left me.”

· LONESOME DOVE by Tim Hensley (Long Monday, Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair). Songwriter: Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson. Lyric Sample: “Lonesome dove we’re not that different, you sing a sad song, but you are not alone. You’ve been forever forsaken by the one that you love and I know you feel lonesome dove.”

Now we want to hear you favorite tearjerker songs of 2008.  Leave us a comment!

Women in Bluegrass Attract National Attention

Women in Bluegrass Attract International Attention
Features by WAMU Radio and Bluegrass Music Profiles

Years ago, anyone would be hard pressed to find so many talented women in bluegrass garnering so much attention, but Mike Kear of Pacific Bluegrass Network in Australia had plenty of music to choose from when planning a feature radio show dedicated to WOMEN IN BLUEGRASS. This special radio program will air on WAMU Radio beginning tomorrow, Saturday, October 18, 2008 and will be rebroadcast five more times next week and has their complete schedule at the WAMU website. The three hour show will include either all-female or female-lead music and also feature the brand new CD, “Bluegrass Bouquet,” the third album by the Daughters of Bluegrass, produced by Dixie, Hall, Frances Mooney and Paula Wolak..

Bluegrass Bouquet”, includes over 50 women in bluegrass featuring the 2007 and 2008 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award winner, Dale Ann Bradley along with Frances Mooney, Lorraine Jordan, Jeanette Williams, Rhonda Vincent, Michelle Nixon, Dixie Hall, Gena Britt, Beth Stephens, Valerie Smith, Becky Buller, Beth Lawrence, Mindy Rakestraw, Lizzy Long, Sonya Isaacs, Heather Berry, Gloria Bell, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Stacy York, Sierra Hull, Jeanie Stanley (the daughter of the great Carter Stanley) and so many more. For more information on the Daughters of Bluegrass, please visit

The November/December 2008 Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine is pleased to announce their third annual Women in Bluegrass issue will feature Carrie Hassler, one of bluegrass music’s most gifted female vocalist. Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain jumped on the scene several years ago with their Billboard Bluegrass Chart debut album on Rural Rhythm Records and the label just released the groups new CD, CHHR2 that that just made its debut at #3 on Billboard Bluegrass Top 50 Album Chart.

Also included in BMP Magazine is the extremely talented singer and songwriter, Jeanette Williams who is also enjoying high praises for her brand new CD, Thank You for Caring (Blue Circle Records). Jeanette is currently featured on the WAMU website’s Musicians Tips section this month.  Nashville journalist Jon Weisberger said, It’s always a pleasure to hear new music from Jeanette Williams, but this latest batch is outstanding.  Whether it’s traditional-sounding or contemporary, she’s got a great ear for a great song and the voice to really make each one come alive.”

Other magazine features include: Sierra Hull; Next Best Thing featuring Rhonda Vincent’s daughters Sally and Tensel Sandker; Shop Talk with Casey Henry; Bluegrass Favorites with Molly Kate Cherryholmes and Beth Stevens; Promoter Profile with Chris Palmer; Songwriter Profile with Donna Ulisse; and DJ Profile with Andrea Bradstreet. For more information on this special Women in Bluegrass issue, please visit:

Links you might want to check out:

Hope River Entertainment
Daughters of Bluegrass
Blue Circle Records

Jeanette Williams is Back with Brand New CD

Jeanette Williams - Thank You For Caring
Jeanette Williams - Thank You For Caring

Jeanette Williams is Back with Brand New CD – “Thank You for Caring” Now Released

Blue Circle Records is proud to announce the brand new album, “Thank You For Caring” by award-winning bluegrass artist, Jeanette Williams is now released. “If an artist is playing traditional bluegrass or modern contemporary bluegrass it is their ability to combine the two styles perfectly to create an album that older and newer fans alike will love that is going to gain them attention from the industry. Jeanette Williams has just accomplished this feat with her third solo project Thank You For Caring. There is no denying talent when you hear it and this album is full of talent in every aspect of the word,” said Today’s Country Magazine this week.

This 14- track CD includes songs by bluegrass music’s most talented songwriters including: Tim Stafford (Blue Highway), Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), Paul Williams, Laurie Lewis, Shannon Slaughter, Marcie Horne, Tom T. and Dixie Hall and Jeanette Williams. Dixie and Tom T. Hall wrote the title track, “Thank You For Caring,” a duet with Jeanette and the legendary George Jones. The song was inspired by a young girl whom songwriter Dixie Hall met during a mission to gather relief items for victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The child had unselfishly donated her personal hope chest with words of appreciation “Thank you for caring.” Ben Isaacs produced the song and also provided harmony vocals. Williams is donating a portion of the album sales to the Red Cross for disaster relief.

Jeanette’s original song and the brand new single, “Enough of You,” garnered the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest award in the bluegrass division at Merlefest in 2007. “It’s always a pleasure to hear new music from Jeanette Williams, but this latest batch is outstanding.  Whether it’s traditional-sounding or contemporary, she’s got a great ear for a great song and the voice to really make each one come alive,” said Jon Weisberger. Thank You For Caring> includes guests: George Jones, Tony Rice, Tim Stafford, Johnny Williams, Michelle Nixon, Heather Berry, Jacob Eller, Jesse Finney, Stephen Fraleigh, Keith Garrett, Aubrey Haynie, Ronald Inscore, Ben Isaacs, Chase Johner, Jody King, Randy Kohrs, Tony Mabe and Josh Pickett.

Jeanette has become one of the most respected female vocalists in bluegrass music.  She has recorded 11 projects during her career, including the critically acclaimed chart album, Cherry Blossoms In The Springtime. She was also part of the 2006 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year album, Back to the Well by the Daughters of Bluegrass. How’s It Feel,” another Hall composition and Jeanette’s featured cut on the same album, also graced the chart tops for many months. In 2008, again a forerunner of the pack, Jeanette shines with “Keep On Walking” on the Blue Circle Records new Daughters of Bluegrass extravaganza, Bluegrass Bouquet.

Jeanette Williams currently tours with The Jeanette Williams Band. More information can be found at including her full tour schedule.