New CD Release by Jett’s Creek

Bluegrass band, JETT’S CREEK is proud to announce their second album, GUILTY set for release on May 5, 2010.  The album was produced by band member Angie Young who contributed two original songs to the project: “Please” and “One Small Problem.”  Her brother and fellow band member, Adam McIntosh also provided his original tune, “He Loves Me.”

The album, “GUILTY” and the first single, Gun Powder and Lead” (Miranda Lambert and Heather Little) are available now to radio stations via and stations will also be serviced with a physical copy this week. (WWB) is one of many stations that have added the single and other tracks from “Guilty” to their playlist.  “Guilty Pleasures is what the name of the new CD by Jett’s Creek should be!  I’ve been listening to it OVER AND OVER AGAIN!  Enjoyable? Jett’s Creek has been found ‘guilty!” said WWB Host Gracie Muldoon.

Special Guests on the album include:  Terry Baucom, Evan McGregor, Rob Baker and Garrett Bryant. “GUILTY” was recorded at Oscar Fish Studio in Brookville, Ohio and engineered, mixed and mastered by Evan McGregorread more

Hope River Entertainment Announces After Hours Showcase Line-Up

Hope River Entertainment is proud to announce the line-up for our After Hours Showcase held during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass.  The concert will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, 2nd floor, Fisk Rooms 1 & 2 on Tuesday, September 29th from 11:15 PM – 2:00 AM. This late night concert includes performances by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), Audie Blaylock & Redline, Donna Hughes Band, Brand New Strings, Tim Hensley, and Jett’s Creek.

Jett's Creek

Starting off this late night at 11:15 PM – Jett’s Creek, an Ohio based national touring act.  The band will debut songs from their upcoming album, including their new song, Please.  Jett’s Creek band members include: Adam McIntosh, Angie Young, Jon McIntosh, Johnny Wax, Wayne Haddix and Jeff Bird. Jett’s Creek made their IBMA debut last year during our After Hours and we are proud to welcome them back.

Brand New Strings

Brand New Strings will take the stage at 11:35 pm with members: Mike Ramsey (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Stuart Wyrick (Banjo), Matt Leadbetter (Dobro) and special guest, Preston Schmidt (Fiddle.) Massengill and Ramsey each contribute original material to the group and you don’t want to miss this show! “Combine great songs with strong vocals and some hard driving bluegrass and you’ve got Brand New Strings,” said Mike Kelly (WDVX). The group just completed their upcoming new album with producer, Steve Gulley.


Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain will welcome the midnight hour with their high-energy performance that will keep you going all night! Hard Rain includes: Keith McKinnon, Kevin McKinnon, Jamie Harper, Travis Anderson and Zach Gilmer. The group is celebrating their highly successful chart album, CHHR2 on Rural Rhythm Records. Their hit single, “‘I Can Go Back Anytime” reached #1 on the May 2009 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 single chart. Check out their latest single, “Faith & Hope” along with Carrie’s latest gospel single release, “Amazing Grace.” CHHR will also be performing at this year’s IBMA FanFest, Friday, October 3, at 2:15 pm.

Audie Blaylock

At 12:25 AM, we welcome 2009 IBMA Showcase artist, Audie Blaylock & Redline. The band is nominated for the 2009 IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year award for “Who’ll Sing For Me?” from their current self-titled new album on Rural Rhythm Records. You can catch the band at their booth in the Exhibit Hall during the convention; plus their performances at the IBMA Showcase Brunch on Wednesday, September 30 and IBMA FanFest on Friday, October 2, at 2:45 pm. Audie has been packing our After Hours Showcases since the World of Bluegrass was held in Louisville, KY, and we are glad to have them back!

donna6smallAt 12:50 AM, we are proud to have another official IBMA Showcase Artist, the Donna Hughes Band. Don’t miss their official showcase performance on Wednesday, September 30, at 8:30 pm and at the IBMA FanFest on the Master’s Workshop Stage on Friday, October 2, at 4:40 pm. Donna just finished recording her upcoming new Rounder Records album produced by bluegrass legend, JD Crowe. Convention attendees will get to take home the first cut, “Dr. Jekyl,” as it will appear on the 2009 IBMA Showcase compilation CD!

Tim Hensley

Hitting the stage at 1:10 AM, is Tim Hensley who is finishing up a mega tour as gutarist and vocalist with Kenny Chesney. Tim and guests will perform songs from his current Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair Records bluegrass album, Long Monday. The CD was produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon. One of the tracks from the album, “Shady Grove” appears this week at #21 on Sirius-XM Radio’s Top 40 Song chart.

During this time slot, we’ll also have a special surprise for someone, so you don’t want to miss it!

Brandon Rickman

From 1:40 am, we welcome Brandon Rickman with special guests to celebrate his critically acclaimed debut solo album, YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL on Rural Rhythm Records. The album appears this month at #5 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 Albums and TWO SINGLES on their Top 30: “Here Comes That Feeling” at #20 and “Always Have, Always Will” at #28. Brandon is, of course guitarist and lead singer for the ever-popular Lonesome Rver Band. The band is celebrating a #1 album, “No Turning Back” (3 months in a row this year) and a #1 single, “Them Blues.”  We also invite you to their IBMA FanFest performance Friday, October 3, at 9:30 pm. The Lonesome River Band is nominated for two 2009 IBMA Awards including Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for their song, “Struttin’ to Ferrum” and for the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “Darkness Wept.” The Lonesome River Band will perform at the IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, Oct 1 at the Ryman Auditorium.

So please join us, mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!

11:15  pm – Jett’s Creek
11:35 pm – Brand New Strings
12:00 midnight – Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
12:25 am – Audie Blaylock & Redline
12:50 am – Donna Hughes Band
1:10 am – Tim Hensley
1:40 am – Brandon Rickman

For Interview Requests, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 678.377.3298 or via email.


Photos courtesy of:
Tim Hensley: Photo by Glen Rose Photography
Brandon Rickman – Photo by Anthony Ladd of Kneelin Design
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain – Photo by Anthony Ladd of Kneelin Design
Brand New Strings – Photo by: Dean Hoffmeyer
Jett’s Creek – Photo by: Only You Photography


Upcoming CD Releases and In the Studio

Here are some key album release dates to make note of:
June 30, 2009
Brandon Rickman “Young Man, Old Soul” (Rural Rhythm)
July 28, 2009
Lou Reid and Carolina – “My Own Set of Rules” (Rural Rhythm)
August 28, 2009
Gold Heart – “Sister” – (Rural Rhythm)
September 15, 1009
Randy Kohrs  – (Rural Rhythm)

Donna Hughes with Producer, J. D. Crowe
Brand New Strings with Producer, Steve Gulley (new single release, “Law of the Land”
Jett’s Creek (new single release “Please”)

Our Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Songs of 2008

Continuing with numerous categories for Best Songs of 2008, we offer our staff pics for Our Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Songs of 2008.


Greenbrier's CD "The Back of the Book"
Greenbrier's CD "The Back of the Book"

BARABBAS by Greenbrier (The Back of the Book, Indie). Songwriter: Russell Allen. Listening to Barabbas makes you feel like you are sitting in the front pew of a small town mountain church.  If you ever want to see this band live, a great opportunity is the Annual Jimbo Whaley and Friends Concert held every March.  Visit for concert information or to order your copy of “The Back of the Book.”

Lonesome River Band ("No Turning Back")
Lonesome River Band ("No Turning Back")

DARKNESS WEPT by Lonesome River Band (No Turning Back, Rural Rhythm). Songwriters: Dee Gaskin and Rebecca Bowman. Classic LRB harmony and Andy Ball’s lead vocals will give you chills.  LRB’s album is now available at the label’s site,, Amazon, Wal-Mart and many other stores along with the band’s site at:

Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad
Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad

I BOWED ON MY KNEES AND CRIED HOLY by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad (Pickin’, Praisin’ and Singin’…. Hymns from the Mountains (Rural Rhythm Records, public domain). It is great to see CS&PMR’s arrangement of familiar gospel classics on this album. It is no wonder this song and many more from this CD, have received huge radio and chart success this year – excellent harmony.  If you would like to purchase the album it is available at numerous sites online including, Amazon, Wal-Mart, the band’s website, and Rural Rhythm Records to name just a few.

Melonie Cannon ("And The Wheels Turn")
Melonie Cannon ("And The Wheels Turn")

MARY MAGDALINE (Why You Cryin’) by Melonie Cannon (And The Wheels Turn, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriters: Melonie Cannon, Marla Cannon-Goodman, Ronnie Bowman and Buddy Cannon. One of our favorite tracks of 2008….. in any category.   You can purchase the CD numerous places including AMAZON, Wal-Mart, Melonie’s site and Rural Rhythm Records to name a few.

RUN ON by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad (Pickin’, Praisin’ and Singin’…. Hymns from the Mountains, Rural Rhythm Records, public domain). Pine Mountain Railroad has long been known for their outstanding harmony and this song is no exception. The five-part harmony on Run On is not often seen in bluegrass and this song is exceptional!

THE BACK OF THE BOOK by Greenbrier (The Back of the Book, Indie). Songwriters are Greenbrier band members, Jimbo Whaley and Roger Helton. This song just makes you smile and the harmony is fantastic. We love it and this is another one of our favorite songs in any category!

Jett's Creek "Supposed to Be"
Jett's Creek "Supposed to Be"

THE PRAYER by Jett’s Creek (Supposed to Be, Indie). Written by band member, Angie Young who also wrote the title track. You just can’t match that family harmony. If you are ever having a bad day or just need to be touched by a song – play it. Angie Young is a vocalist and a songwriter you will want to pay close attention to.  Visit

Rickey Wasson "Losin' in Las Vegas"
Rickey Wasson "Losin' in Las Vegas"

TOUCHED BY THE MASTERS HAND by Rickey Wasson (Losin’ in Las Vegas, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriter: Rickey Wasson. The guest vocals by Sonya Isaacs and Ben Isaacs are just beautiful. It is worth the price of the CD to read Rickey’s comments about how this song came about.  Rickey’s CD is available at Amazon, Wal-Mart, Rural Rhythm Records and many other stores.

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!

IBMA Hope River Showcase


Saturday, October 4 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Renaissance Hotel, 2nd Floor, Fisk Rooms 1 & 2
Nashville, TN

12:00 midnight – BRAND NEW STRINGS
1:30 am – JETT’S CREEK

Jett’s Creek

Supposed to Be by JETT'S CREEK
Supposed to Be by JETT

Bluegrass band, JETT’S CREEK is proud to announce the release of their debut album, “Supposed to Be,” produced by Angie Young and Adam McIntosh.  

“Wow! I was not prepared for the sparkling new voice of Angie Young. This girl can sing! Supposed To Be is a very strong first effort by a young Bluegrass band, Jett’s Creek. I suspect this band name will become one we will hear often in the years to come,” said Gary Robertson with Bluegrass Virginia.

This CD provides a fresh new perspective for bluegrass lovers including, Angie Young’s two original songs, “Supposed to Be” and the captivating a cappella song, “The Prayer.” Jon McIntosh also contributed two original tunes including, “Now I’m Thru With You” and “Two Ships. Other tracks include their fan favorite “Highway 40 Blues” written by Larry Cordle; “I’ll Be Back” written by Marla Cannon-Goodman, Ronnie Bowman and Buddy Cannon; Rodney’s Crowell’s “A Song for Life” and many more.

Musicians on the album include: Angie Young providing her crystalline lead vocals; Adam McIntosh (banjo, guitar and lead and harmony vocals); Jon McIntosh (guitar and lead & harmony vocals); and Pearl Bradley (mandolin). Guest musicians on the CD include Evan McGregor (fiddle) and Tim Kidd (bass). Just after the album was recorded, the band welcomed their newest band member – bass player, Gary Selby. Young said, “We are thrilled to have Gary on board as he brings a new dimension to our performances and our group as a whole.”

The group has been entertaining Bluegrass and Gospel music lovers in Ohio for the last four years, but due to recent fan and promoter requests, they are now accepting national tour dates. Previous performances include the Bellbrook Jamboree, Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival and more.  Jett’s Creek will be showcasing at the Hope River Entertainment After Hours Showcase at the Renaissance Hotel, Nashville, TN on October 4, 2008 at 1:30 AM during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass.
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