41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

Uncle Pen Days 2015 1000wThe Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground is proud to announce details for the 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival taking place from September 23-26, 2015. A stellar line-up of bands has been announced and a detailed performance schedule has been posted at billmonroemusicpark.com. One of the highlights of the event will certainly be Raymond Fairchild’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26.

Raymond Fairchild is a legendary banjoist and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry since 1977. He has appeared on numerous television specials for the Nashville Network and other network stations. He recently fairchildcompleted a two-hour documentary special for Japan Broadcasting, focusing on the evolution of music from Ireland to the United States. Raymond has recorded over twenty albums and videos during his impressive career and scored two Gold Records for having sold over two million copies of his banjo instrumentals. In 1982, “The Appalachian Journey,” a documentary produced by renowned author and folklorist Allen Lomax in conjunction with Columbia University, was filmed so Raymond’s music would be preserved for generations to come. It is stored in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Raymond’s hometown has honored him by placing a sign at each end of the valley, which simply reads, “Welcome to Maggie Valley Home of Raymond Fairchild.”

The 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days will include performances by:

Wednesday, September 23 – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Stephenson Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, Feller & Hill and Bluegrass Buckaroos, The Spinney Brothers, Kody Norris Show, and Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

Thursday, September 24 – Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Grascals, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Wildwood Valley Boys, Tim Graves & The Farm Hands, and Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers

Friday, September 25 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Mountain Faith, Darrell Webb Band, and Kevin Prater Band.

Saturday, September 26 – Dr. Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Audie Blaylock & Redline, James King Band, Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Rickey Wasson Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

The event will also include music and instrument workshops, food concessions and vendors will be on site. Admission includes the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Museum & Uncle Pen’s Cabin Tour. Emcees will be the legendary Tommy Lamb & the infamous Sam Jackson. Sound provided by Tom Feller & J&R Productions.

Camping and Ticket Reservations can be made by calling 800-414-4677. Advanced festival tickets can be purchased online . For more information, please visit billmonroemusicpark.com or beanblossom.US.

Adkins & Loudermilk to Host Inaugural Anderson County Halloween BooGrass Bash Festival October 29-31, 2015

boograss-headerAdkins & Loudermilk will host the inaugural Anderson County Halloween BooGrass Bash October 29-31, 2015. Feel free to wear your best Halloween costume for the BooGrass Bash Costume Party and enjoy the spooktacular performances by: Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Adkins & Loudermillk, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Flatt Lonesome, Sideline, Marksmen Quartet, and more.

The BooGrass Bash will be held at the Anderson County Civic Center located at 3027 Martin Luther King Blvd., Anderson, South Carolina. Tickets are $30 (daily), $75 (3-day pass) and can be purchased in advance at TicketMaster.com.

Adkins & Loudermilk are also proud to announce the BooGrass Bash Band Competition with over $3,000 in prizes. Bring the kids for the BooGrass Youth Camp, daily contest, great food and more activities.

Camping is available with 60 full hook up campsites and 120 self-contained campsites, along with many hotel options in Anderson. For tickets and camping, please call 864-260-4800.


Thursday, October 29, 2015
Contest – 10:00am-3:00pm
Marksmen Quartet – 4:00pm-5:30pm
Sideline – 5:45pm-7:15pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 7:30pm-9:00pm
Balsam Range – 9:15pm-10:45pm

Friday, October 30, 2015
Contest – 10:00am-2:00pm
Lonesome River Band – 2:20-3:05pm, 5:05-5:50pm
Marty Raybon – 3:15-4:00pm, 6:00-6:45pm
Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice – 4:10-4:55pm, 6:55-7:40pm
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver – 7:50-9:20pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 9:30-11:00pm

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Workshops/Youth Camp Activities – 10:00am-2:00pm
Flatt Lonesome – 2:20pm-3:05pm, 5:05-5:50pm
The Boxcars – 3:15-4:00pm, 6:00-6:45pm
Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out – 4:10-4:55pm, 6:55-7:40pm
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage – 7:50-9:20pm
Adkins & Loudermilk – 9:30pm-11:00pm
For more information on the Anderson County BooGrass Bash, please visit www.facebook.com/BoograssBash.

adkins-loudermilk-smallThe powerhouse band Adkins & Loudermilk just received an Award Nomination the International Bluegrass Music Association in the Emerging Artist of the Year category. To watch live performance videos and get more information , please visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Sonny Ludlam Tribute Events Announced

Several tribute events have been announced for Fredericksburg, Virginia native Randolph P. “Sonny” Ludlam who passed away in May of last year. A committee consisting of Mark Newton, Mike Loving, Barry Surles and Warren Bauserman considered Sonny a dear friend and mentor organized a Golf Tournament and Special Tribute Concert taking place in May 2015.

2015_flier_sonny_golf-300Due to Sonny’s passion with helping young people, the Sonny Ludlam Memorial Golf Classic has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 and will benefit the Fredericksburg Elks 875 Summer Youth Camp. The tournament will be held at Lee’s Hill Golf Club located at 10200 Old Dominion Parkway in Fredericksburg. Check in begins at 8:00am with a 9:00am Tee Time. Music will be provided by Mark Newton & Friends, Sound by Poncho Honaker, Sponsored by Mr. B’s and MVP Awards. For information, please contact Mike Loving at 540-379-5510 or Barry Surles at 540-295-7720.

Golf Tournament participants will receive $15 off the ticket price of the Sonny Ludlam Tribute Concert scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015. This special concert will be held during the annual Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival located at Mr. B’s Bluegrass Park, 7243 Gatewood Rd in Woodford, Va. Tribute artists include: Carol Phillips, Patsy Godley, Diane Beverly, Mark Newton, Larry Stephenson, Rosemary Perticari, and more special guests.

2015_flier_sonny_350The Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival takes place April 30, and May 1-2. Tickets can be purchased by calling 804-449-6350 or visiting www.mrbspark.com. Three-day advance tickets are available through Wednesday, April 15 for $75. During the festival, music fans will enjoy performances by Newton & Thomas; Larry Stephenson Band; Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; The Country Gentleman Sound; Spoon Creek; Davis & Bradley; Clay Hess Band; Goldwing Express; Code Blue; Malpass Brothers; David Church; Cabin Hill; Mark Templeton & Pocket Change; Bluegrass Brothers; Sonrise; East of Monroe; Bob Goff, Jr. with Billie Sue & Mill Run; Leon Morris; and Sherry Honaker & Warren Bauserman.

Sonny Ludlam worked for many years in newspaper and radio as an Advertising Representative and Photographer for the Free Lance-Star as well as Sales Manager for WFLS Radio. He had a life-long love for and commitment to Bluegrass and Gospel Music and served as promoter of the bluegrass festival at Graves Mountain for 19 years. He was Host of the popular Stained Glass Reflections, a two-hour gospel radio program, which aired every Sunday morning on Thunder 104.5. He was also an accomplished songwriter during the late 70’s and early 80”s, penning a number of songs for the Knoxville Grass, Virginia Squires and The Forbes Family.

Mark Newton remembers Sonny’s impact within their community saying, “I was raised in Fredericksburg and met Sonny when I was in middle school. As time moved forward, I witnessed the importance of Sonny’s impact within our community of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. Sonny taught me so many lessons in life, from a young person and throughout my adult life, along with countless others in the community. It is our honor and pleasure to pay tribute to Sonny’s inspiring life.”

More on Sonny:

Born in Fredericksburg on January 3, 1935, to Gladys Blackley Ludlam and Howard Joseph Ludlam, Sonny lived most of his life in the Fredericksburg area. He graduated from Spotsylvania High School where he lettered in four sports: he then attended the University of Virginia.

Sonny was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 26 and served for two years, primarily on a 13-month tour of duty in Korea, and then he served the remainder of the time at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. Sonny attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class and was appointed as an official U.S. Army Correspondent, serving on the staff of the Bayonet and the Pacific edition of the Stars and Stripes.

He was devoted to his family, but also to his community. Sonny was a long-time member and past Exalted Ruler of the BPOE 875 Elks Lodge. He also worked diligently promoting the Fredericksburg Fair. Sonny was not only a charter member of the Fredericksburg Civil War Round Table, but also a charter member of the National Sportswriters-Sportscasters Association. Furthermore, he was founder of the Greater Fredericksburg Sports Club, and he co-founded the Spotsylvania Little League Football with Charlie Graves and Buddy Embrey. Sonny coached and refereed a variety of sports for the Fredericksburg area youth, including football and basketball. He was a larger-than-life person who lived life to the very fullest.

Lonesome River Band Added to Pickin’ In The Pasture Line-Up

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cLonesome River Band was recently added to the Pickin’ In The Pasture line-up and will perform at the Lodi, New York festival on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Festival promoter Andy Alexander said, “Sammy Shelor’s group has been one of the biggest draws in bluegrass music for decades. Their unique sound has spawned a generation of new bluegrass fans. Lonesome River Band certainly brings a high level of excitement to the stage and we are really looking forward to them joining us.”

Pickin’ In The Pasture is held at 2515 Covert Rd, Lodi, NY. The gates will open to campers by noon on Wednesday, August 20. Performances begin at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 21, 11:00 am on Friday August 22, 11:00 am on Saturday August 23. There will be a Church service and a gospel show Sunday, August 24 beginning at 10:00 am. Tickets are $80 for the weekend and include free camping or $30 for the day. For more information, please visit www.pickininthepasture.com/Tickets.cfm.

Other great bands appearing at Pickin’ In The Pasture include The Spinney Brothers, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, Goldwing Express, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Larry Efaw and The Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Gentlemen Of Bluegrass, and more.

There will be Instructional workshops throughout the weekend including the Friday, August 22 workshops hosted by Lonesome River Band members Brandon Rickman (Guitar) and Randy Jones (Mandolin.) Attendees can also expect a lot of jam sessions for all levels of abilities throughout the weekend in the campground. For more information visit, please visit www.pickininthepasture.com.

Fans are eagerly waiting a new album by Lonesome River Band releasing soon on Mountain Home Music Company. The band includes the exceptional talents of Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals), Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), and Barry Reed (Bass).

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Two GMA Dove Nominations!

We are proud to announce the following two nominations for the 42nd Annual GMA DOVE AWARDS for BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LOOK TO THE LIGHT:  Songs of Faith from the Pen of Rick Lang – Various Artists, produced by Rick Lang, John Millerand Jesse Brock on Rural Rhythm Christian; and SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN TO ME by Lou Reid and Carolina, produced by Lou Reid also on Rural Rhythm Christian.

“I am humbled and feel very blessed that our new label, Rural Rhythm Christian is represented by 2 of the 6 nominations in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category.  Congratulations to Lou Reid and Carolina, Rick Lang and all the wonderful artists on the LOOK TO THE LIGHT album for this special honor and acknowledgement for their music ministry.  We are also very grateful to all those important GMA members who voted for our artists for these nominations,” said Sam Passamano, Jr., President of Rural Rhythm.

LOOK TO THE LIGHT:  Songs of Faith from the Pen of Rick Lang
includes over two dozen songs by Christian songwriter, Rick Lang.  The album features performances by a variety of top, well-known award-winning bluegrass artists including: Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker, Junior Sisk, and Barry Scott; with musicians, Michael Cleveland, Ron Stewart, John Miller, Jesse Brock and more. “On behalf of all who played a part in the making of LOOK TO THE LIGHT, I am deeply honored. I am extremely thankful to Sam, Pam and all the wonderful folks at Rural Rhythm and Rural Rhythm Christian for believing in me and for their their strong support of my newest creative work. This is truly a blessing,” said Rick Lang.

SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN TO ME, by Lou Reid and Carolina is the first bluegrass gospel album by the band.   Lou was thrilled to hear the news today saying, “Now this really Sounds Like Heaven To Me! After waiting almost my whole lifetime to record a gospel album and then hearing it received a Dove Award nomination, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that!”

Lou of course provides his trademark lead vocals and mandolin talents and is joined by Christy Reid on bass and vocals, Shannon Slaughter on guitar and vocals, Trevor Watson on banjo, with special guest. Ron Stewart on fiddle.  The album also includes the beautiful a capella song, “It’s So Hard to Stumble (When You’re Down on Your Knees)” co-written by Lou Reid. This song garnered a nomination for the 2009 IBMA Gospel Song of the Year Award, and was nominated for the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year.  Lou Reid and Carolina fans received a preview of the group’s bluegrass gospel roots as “It’s So Hard to Stumble” was also featured on the band’s current award winning mainstream bluegrass album, MY OWN SET OF RULES.

Rural Rhythm Records has received numerous GMA Dove nominations of the past several years in the BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR category including:  GOD’S MASTERPIECE by The Marksmen Quartet in 2008 and PICKIN, PRAISIN’ & SINGIN’ by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad in 2009.  Late in 2009, the label launched their new Christian arm of the label, RURAL RHYTHM CHRISTIAN with two projects, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU LORD by Larry Sparks and BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MEMORIESby The Marksmen Quartet – both of which received 2010 GMA DOVE NOMINATIONS.

The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Show will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia at 8:00 p.m. EST. The awards will be broadcast on GMC, America’s on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. EST.


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Homecoming Bluegrass Festival in Burlington, NC

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road will host the Homecoming Bluegrass Festival on November 5-6, 2010 at the Ramada Inn in Burlington, NC.  Other performers include: Lou Reid & Carolina, Nu-Blu, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Al Batten & Bluegrass Union, Lost & Found, Bluegrass Brothers, Carolina Sonshine, Hard Ryde, Remington Ryde, Cabin Fever Band, C&J Bluegrass, and Nixon-Blevins-Gage.

There are two restaurants onsite serving lunch and dinner for $6.95.  There is more information including Ticket, lodging and area attractions via the www.carolinaroadband.com website.