Fresh off in his induction in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Larry Cordle has received an Award Nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Recorded Event of the Year for “Against The Grain” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks. The song was produced by Cordle on his MightyCord Records label.
“Against the Grain” features Lead Vocals by Garth Brooks & Larry Cordle; Back Vocals – Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle; Banjo – Kristin Scott Benson; Bass – Mike Anglin; Dobro – Kim Gardner; Fiddle – Jenee Fleenor; Guitar – Bryan Sutton; and Mandolin – Chris Davis; and Songwriters – Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Bruce Bouton.
In the Track by Track video for “Against the Grain,” Cordle goes into great detail on how the song came to life and Garth Brooks recording it on his multi-million selling album, Ropin The Wind. Fans can watch the video in its entirety at www.larrycordle.com or YouTube.
“Against The Grain” appears on Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time’s ALL-STAR DUETS album that includes Nashville superstars: Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, Kevin Denny, Terri Clark, and Travis Tritt. ALL-STAR DUETS is available at iTunes, Amazon, and more fine retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at AirPlayDirect.com.
The 2015 IBMA Awards will be presented Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the IBMA Awards Show to be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For tickets on the Awards show and the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.
Cordle has received numerous other IBMA Awards during his remarkable career including his 2000 IBMA Award for Song of the Year for “Murder On Music Row” with Lonesome Standard Time and written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell.
My heart if broken this morning learning of the passing of dear friend, Tim Hensley. What an incredible talent. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and his wife Carla. Here is one of my favorite pics of Tim who performed songs from his solo album on the Grand Ole Opry. It was one of those magical performances that stays in your mind and heart forever. He was an extraordinary talented musician and performed with Kenny Chesney’s band for over 10 years. May he rest in peace. I will miss you Timmy.
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.
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 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 Rainwill 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.
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!
At 12:50 AM, we are proud to have another official IBMA Showcase Artist, theDonna 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!
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!
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!
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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
Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the first single radio release by MELONIE CANNON titled “I Call It Gone.” The song is from Melonie’s highly anticipated upcoming new album titled, “AND THE WHEELS TURN” set for release on October 7, 2008. “Melonie is an amazingly gifted and talented individual and we are thrilled to have Melonie as part of our growing Rural Rhythm Records family.”
AND THE WHEELS TURN is the perfect vehicle for Melonie’s pure and powerful voice to shine as she moves through a variety of hand picked songs that showcase her soulful down home vocal style including the up-tempo, fun andliberating first single, “I Call It Gone.” Other album highlights include the passionate and reflective “Cactus In A Coffee Can”, “I’ve Seen Enough of What’s Behind Me” written by Ronnie Bowman and Tammy Rogers King, and “Mary Magdalene (Why You Cryin’), co-written by Ronnie Bowman, Melonie Cannon, Marla Cannon-Goodman and Buddy Cannon.
Also included is “Back to Earth” the beautiful duet performed with and written by country legend Willie Nelson. “Melonie Cannon is one of the best singers I know. Her new bluegrass album is fantastic. I love her voice anyway, but singing with a great bluegrass band was a good idea. They blend well together. The fact that I got to sing with her on a song I wrote makes it even better. Go Melonie,” said Willie.
The album is backed by an impressive list of musicians that reads like a “Who’s Who” from the Bluegrass & Acoustic music world including: Dan Tyminski, Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Randy Kohrs, Aubrey Haynie, Wyatt Rice, Jody King, Barry Bales, Deanie Richardson, and background vocals by Ronnie Bowman, Garnet Imes Bowman, Sonya Isaacs and more. Dan Tyminski stated, “Melonie Cannon’s heartfelt vocals will make you want to listen to her songs again and again.
Raised in the wings of the Grand Ole Opry, Melonie mingled as a young girl with the royalty of country music. She knew them through her father, songwriter and producer Buddy Cannon, a giant himself in Nashville, “Melonie’s voice is a gift, not just to her but to everyone who hears her sing. There are those who are great technical singers and then there are those whose voices transport a listener from where they are into the heart of the song. Melonie’s voice lives there. She was just fourteen when she sang on her first recording session and since then has appeared on many major artist albums including: Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Sammy Kershaw, John Michael Montgomery, and many more.Melonie’s impressive debut solo album in 2004 received a very warm welcome by the media, radio, her peers and especially bluegrass and country music fans. AND THE WHEELS TURN again for Melonie as she clearly establishes herself as new important emerging artist out from the shadows of those major artists that have known what some are now just discovering – MELONIE CANNON has arrived!