New Single from Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing.  These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.

Ralph II has earned two Grammy nominations on previous albums including a Grammy Award on Lost in the Lonesome Pines along with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley for their collaboration with Jim Lauderdale. Ralph II has also proven to be an accomplished songwriter and has six solo albums, along with the highly-acclaimed duet album with his father titled Side by Side.

The Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys’ self-titled album will officially release on Friday, May 26, 2017 during Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 47th Annual Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival to be held Memorial Day weekend in Coeburn. For the past six years, Ralph II has successfully carried on his father’s legacy by running the event. This year will be no exception as it includes a stellar line-up with: Jim Lauderdale, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Dave Adkins Band, Flatt Lonesome, and a very special artist announcement coming soon.

 “Goin’ Round This World” was written by Ralph II, Alex Leach, and Joe Rose and will be serviced to radio stations today.  The song was released for sale March 30 on CDBaby  and available on  iTunes, Amazon and more digital outlets.

More on Ralph Stanley II

As one might expect for the son of a renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. At the ripe old age of three, Ralph (or simply “Two” as he is called by his family and friends), had his first lesson from the elder Stanley, learning a simple finger roll. It turned out, however, that he would not be following in his father’s footsteps, when it came to his choice of instrument. He soon fell under the spell of the undisputed king of boyhood musical desires, the guitar.

Despite his interest in the guitar, and the fact that he was occasionally traveling with the Clinch Mountain Boys on the road, he had not yet developed an ambition to play professionally. It took until age twelve and an old 1977 video of the late Keith Whitley during his tenure as lead singer for the Clinch Mountain Boys, to inspire him to become a professional musician. After seeing Whitley with the elder Stanley, he was hooked and spent hours in the family basement honing his skills, and weathering the comparisons to his late Uncle Carter. His persistence paid off, and he took the stage as lead singer with Ralph Sr. and the Clinch Mountain Boys in June of 1995. Since then, he has earned the respect of Stanley fans everywhere, and has garnered praise as a strong new artist in his own right.

Detour Receives IBMA Award Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year

Detour Bluegrass 11Detour bluegrass band featuring the talents of Missy Armstrong, Jeff Rose, Peter Knupfer, Scott Zystra, Lloyd Douglas, and Jeremy Darrow, received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. Final nominees for the 2014 IBMA Awards were announced today during a press conference held at The Factory in Franklin, TN hosted by Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale.

IBMA Award winners will be announced Thursday, October 2 beginning at 7:30 PM Eastern in the Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC. Grammy-winning country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and Grammy-winning musician Jerry Douglas will serve as host of the Awards Show. The show is part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass taking place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh.

Bluegrass fans heard DETOUR featured this morning on Sirius XM Radio and their show will be rebroadcast: August 14 at 9:00 PM EDT, August 16 at 8:00 AM EDT and August 17 at Noon EDT, and also available On Demand.

This evening, beginning at 7:00 PM Central, Music City Roots (Nashville’s acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale) will feature performances by Detour, Sam Bush, Balsam Range and Becky Buller. The show is available for viewing via webcast nationwide at http://www.musiccityroots.com or at the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville.

Detour certainly made their mark on the bluegrass scene over the last year with significant chart success for their Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST. This popular album includes the #1 Bluegrass Today chart single (July 2014) “Too Blue To Have The Blues” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd and is currently #2 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart and #5 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20.

For more information on the band, please visit www.detourbluegrass.com.

For more information on IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

Jeff Brown Launches Still Blue Entertainment

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Jeff Brown is proud to introduce his new booking agency, Still Blue Entertainment. The agency will now represent Newton & Thomas, Ralph Stanley II, and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome for booking services.

Jeff will continue to serve as the director of the Traditional Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College; as Coordinator and Co-Chair for the Virginia Mountain Music Festival and the Mountain Music Jamboree; and serve on the musician’s board with The Crooked Road.

For more information on Newton & Thomas, Ralph Stanley II, and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, please visit StillBlueEntertainment.com or at the artists’ respective websites. Talent buyers can contact Jeff Brown at jeff@stillblueentertaiment.com or by calling 276-202-3639.

MORE ON THESE ARTISTS

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Newton & Thomas
Mark Newton and Steve Thomas are native Virginians who both struck out separately in the music business decades ago and had completely different experiences. Now that their paths have converged, they have blended their various musical flavors together to share with Americana, Bluegrass and Country music fans everywhere. Although the pair recently joined together to take their impressive live shows on the road and launch their first national album release, as Newton & Thomas, they are certainly no strangers to the music community. Both have achieved great success throughout their careers with a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards. Fans can check out their album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records, that includes the #1 radio chart hit and popular music video, “Old McDonald Sold The Farm” along with numerous other chart topping tracks from this successful album. Website: NewtonandThomas.com. Record Label: Pinecastle Records. Publicist: Hope River Entertainment.

Ralph Stanley II, better known in the industry and by his peers as “Two,” is the son of the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley. Ralph II started performing on stage beside his dad when he was only two years old. Destined to follow in his father and late Uncle Carter Stanley’s footsteps, he stepped forward to become the lead singer for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys in 1995. In 2002, he received a Grammy award with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale for their collaboration on “Lost in the Lonesome Pines”. In addition, he received two other Grammy nominations for “Carrying On” and “Stanley Blues”.

In 2008 Ralph II struck out on his solo career and since that time has accumulated countless hits and awards. Recently he performed on the world famous Grand Ole Opry stage, once again beside his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley singing tunes from the brand new Rebel Records release Side By Side. Listening to Ralph Stanley II, I can hear echoes of Carter Stanley once again, a generation removed, resounding off the Hills and down the hollers of Southwestern Virginia,” said Dwight Yoakam.

Ralph Stanley II as he nears his twentieth anniversary of touring and turning out more hit songs carrying on the Stanley tradition, the best is yet to come. For more information, please visit Ralph2.com.

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Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome

Jeff’s impressive music career includes working with the legendary Larry Sparks as bass player and tenor singer where he worked as Lonesome Rambler from 1993 to 1996. It was during that time while performing with Sparks at the Carter Fold in Hiltons Virginia, Jeff was ask to play bass for Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash. He also toured with The Charlie Sizemore Band and has filled in with Blue Highway, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and many more. During Jeff’s impressive career, he performed on many famous stages such as: the Grand Ole Opry at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee, along with the television shows Austin City Limits in Austin Texas and Song of the Mountains on PBS. In 2012, he formed Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome that includes Austin Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship and Josh Underwood. Website: jeffbrownandstilllonesome.com, Record Label www.MountainFever.com, Publicist HopeRiverEntertainment.com.

Charleston Bluegrass Festival Announces Line-up

TownMountainsmAwendaw Green, The Southern Bar and Grill and  Sewee Outpost are proud to announce the line-up for the 2013 Charleston Bluegrass Festival – a showcase of traditional Bluegrass music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Awendaw Community Outreach Center. The festival takes place Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at Sewee Outpost located at 4853 U.S. 17 in Awendaw, SC 29429.

jimlauderdale2Tickets are $20 per day in advance for Friday and Saturday or $25 day of show. Two day tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance or $35 day of show.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at etix.com.  Doors open at 11:00 am daily.

The line-up includes scheduled performances by:
Town Mountain with Jim Lauderdale
Blue Billy Grit
The Corduroy Road
The Bushels
Packway Handle Band
Underhill Rose
Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band
The Empty Bottle String Band
Cranford and Sons
Seven Handle Circus
Between sets Justin Johnson
Island Girls

For more information including videos by scheduled artists, please visit www.CharlestonBluegrassFestival.com.