Blue Moon Rising Reunion Concert Dates Announced

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2015-bmr-bismarkBlue Moon Rising has announced they will perform select tour dates with original band members Chris West (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Keith Garrett (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), plus current member Brandon Bostic (Dobro). Three Blue Moon Rising Reunion concert dates have been booked so far, including the kick-off on September 28 at the National Muscadine Festival in Sweetwater, TN.

Fans can ring in the New Year with the Blue Moon Rising Reunion tour when they return to Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota for the 10th Annual Blizzard Bluegrass Weekend January 2-3, 2015. Festival Promoter Jill Wiese recalls how she met the band. “Ten years ago, I got a phone call from Tim Tipton asking if Blue Moon Rising could play somewhere in around the Bismarck area in the winter time. I had never put on an event before, so I called Bismarck State College and the rest is history. We are thrilled beyond belief the BMR band is coming back as these guys played the first three years of this winter event. We are going to sell this one out for sure – blizzard or no blizzard,” said Wiese.

albumcover-on-the-rise-blue-moon-risingBlue Moon Rising had two self-released albums, RAISED ON PAIN and WHERE WOOD MEETS STEEL, prior to their successful ON THE RISE (Lonesome Day Records) album that garnered the national spotlight for this band configuration in 2005. The album certainly proved to be a symbolic title for them when it made its debut on the BILLBOARD Top Bluegrass Album Chart and received many “Best Albums of the Year” honors by numerous publications including CMT.com. It also received significant Radio chart success spending 10 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album Chart and the single, This Old Martin Box spending the entire 2006 calendar year in the Top 30 Singles. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) members honored the band with a 2006 Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year.

Blue Moon Rising has released three other albums since then including: ONE LONELY SHADOW (Lonesome Day Records), STRANGE NEW WORLD (Rural Rhythm Records), and their current self-released BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON.

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All of the original members contributed their songwriting talents to the group’s recordings over the years, but none more so than band leader, guitarist and lead vocalist, Chris West. His songs are part of the group’s signature sound with fan favorites such as: The Crime I’m Guilty Of, The Hanging Tree, The Old Time Preacher Man, Good Time for Going Home, Revival, He Arose, and so many more. Chris is the only remaining original member of the group.

Tim Tipton not only played Bass with the band, but also contributed original songs to their recordings. He wrote Papaw Taught Me that appeared on the album, ON THE RISE. The song was also featured on the Lonesome Day Records’ compilation project, “The Very Things You Treasure – 24 Bluegrass Songs of Faith & Family.” Tim’s outgoing personality was certainly an asset in getting this group off the ground, and he was an integral part of the band’s success.

Keith Garrett is now with The Boxcars who lead the Nominations for 2014 IBMA Awards with ten nominations for the band and their individual members. Keith received his first IBMA Song of the Year Nomination for his original It’s Just a Road. Keith contributed numerous songs to Blue Moon Rising over the years including Jeffrey’s Hell, Far Away From Home, Angeline, Moonshine Hard Times, and the instrumental Sling Blade he co-wrote with Justin Jenkins.

Banjo player, Justin Jenkins, now with Grasstowne, landed his first professional gig at age 12 when he was asked to become a regular member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He then made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2003 as a guest of Mike Snider. After high school, Justin hit the road with Mountain Heart to sell merchandise. Soon after, he joined Blue Moon Rising and appears on ONE LONELY SHADOW and ON THE RISE.

Randall Massengill toured nine years with the bluegrass gospel group, New Road, before joining Blue Moon Rising in 2005. He appears on the ON THE RISE album performing guitar, tenor vocalist and taking the lead vocals on Modern Day Outlaw. After Blue Moon Rising, Randall formed the band, Brand New Strings who recorded two albums together.

BrandonBosticCurrent member, Brandon Bostic has been an essential member of Blue Moon Rising for the past five years. His strong and soulful lead vocals, combined with his stellar musicianship on Guitar, Mandolin, and Dobro , are a true asset to the group. He has played professionally in the past with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike and now runs his own recording and production studio, Root Note Studio.

For more information including upcoming announcements for the BLUE MOON RISING REUNION TOUR and BLUE MOON RISING’s tour, please visit BlueMoonRisingBand.com.

For a Season Album By Matt Wallace Now Released on Pinecastle Records

CD Release Party Hosted by WDVX Radio in Knoxville Tonight

album-cover-matt-wallace-for-a-seasonPinecastle Records is proud to announce today’s new album release of For a Season by Matt Wallace. WDVX Radio will host a CD Release Party at Wild Wings Café in Knoxville, TN TONIGHT at 6:30 pm. This free event will be hosted by WDVX Radio’s Freddy Smith. Special guests will include Paul Brewster, Darrell Webb, and Jesse Gregory.

The first single release, “Old Man Winter” has certainly been receiving airplay from radio stations around the country and is such a timely tune for the harsh winter many have seen this year. The full album has been sent to radio stations and is also available to radio via AirPlayDirect.com.

Matt was joined on For a Season by Paul Brewster, Jesse Gregory, Wayne Taylor and Jerry Cole. sale at iTunes, Amazon, Pinecastlemusic.com, mattwallacemusic.com and more locations.

Matt Wallace grew up in Knoxville and still makes his home there. After playing collegiate baseball, he began pursuing his passion for music and has certainly had an impressive career making his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012 performing with the legendary Jesse McReynolds. Through the years, he has toured with some of the best in bluegrass including most recently Newton & Thomas and appearing on their current Pinecastle Records’ album, “Reborn.” He has also performed with David Parmley and Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad, and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Matt can be seen this year touring with Terry Baucom. He stays in high-demand as a fill-in and session bass player.

Matt is sponsored by Genz-Benz, TKL World Class Cases, NS Design, D’Addario Strings, Peterson Tuners, and Holmes Bass Violins.

For more information on Matt’s new album, please visit www.mattwallacemusic.com and www.pinecastlemusic.com.

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Blue Moon Rising Signs with Class Act Entertainment for Booking Services

bluemoonrising-presspic2014Blue Moon Rising is very proud to announce they have signed with Class Act Entertainment – a full service booking agency representing premier performing artists since 1993. The band is also proud to announce a brand new website at bluemoonrisingband.com designed by Harold Nixon.

Blue Moon Rising includes the talents of Chris West (Lead Vocals and Guitar); Brandon Bostic (Dobro & Guitar); David Mowell (Tenor Vocals and Mandolin), Rusty Ferrell (Banjo), and Travis Anderson (Bass.)

BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is the 6th album from this critically acclaimed bluegrass band. It is a self-produced and self-released project on their own Blue Moon Records label. It was recorded at Brandon Bostic’s Root Note Studio and includes BMR’s trademark sound fans have loved for many years. The album is available iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, County Sales and the band’s website. BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is available to radio stations worldwide at airplaydirect.com/music/bluemoonrisingbsotm.

Blue Moon Rising’s impressive career includes a long list of chart albums and hit singles that have reached #1 on a wide variety of radio charts and received many other honors throughout the years. They received a 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nomination and were chosen twice as an official IBMA Showcase performer.

Fans can follow Blue Moon Rising on Twitter, Facebook and youtube site for news and tour information. The band is sponsored by: Blue Chip Picks, Chota Outfitters, D’Addario, and Peterson Strobe Tuners.

Blue Moon Rising’s “Blue Side Of The Moon” Digital Album Release

albumcover-bmr-bluesideofthemoonBlue Moon Rising is proud to announce their new album BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is now available for digital sale on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon. Physical copies of this popular new album are available at County Sales and the band’s website at bluemoonrisingband.com.

BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON includes the first radio single release, “Colder December,” that made its debut at #4 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 just a few weeks after the album was released and is currently #16 on the chart. The album includes the talents of: Chris West, Brandon Bostic, Tony Mowell, David Mowell, and Rusty Ferrell. A mountain cabin in Stanley Valley, TN served as the recording studio with Bostic providing his engineering expertise and gear from his Root Note Studios.

Blue Moon Rising is led by the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Chris West whose impressive tunes have become a signature sound for the band. Chris will perform this Friday, August 2nd on WBIR’s Alive at Five at Four TV program in Knoxville, TN. Chris will be joined by his son, Aaron West who will be making his TV debut as they promote The Museum of Appalachia’s Fall Home Coming where Blue Moon Rising will perform later this year.

Blue Moon Rising’s impressive career includes a long list of chart albums and hit singles that have reached #1 on a wide variety of radio charts and received many other honors. The band received a 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nomination and has been chosen twice as an official IBMA Showcase performer.

Please visit the band’s official website at BlueMoonRisingBand.com or follow them on Twitter, Facebook and youtube site for news and tour information. The entire album is available to radio stations worldwide at airplaydirect.com/music/bluemoonrisingbsotm.

LMU & Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Present “God Didn’t Choose Sides”: A Special Musical Event

cw_2012_01-300wLincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on Friday, February 22.

The historic concert will celebrate the February 12 release of Rural Rhythm Records’ “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” album that coincides with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The concert and CD features some of today’s top artists including: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Rickey Wasson , Dwight McCall, Dave Adkins, and the Gap Creek Quartet. Supporting musicians include: Sierra Hull (mandolin), Jason Burleson (banjo), Brandon Godman (fiddle), Phil Leadbetter (dobro), Bryan Turner (bass) and Debbie Gulley (vocals). Mark “Brink” Brinkman will also provide a special songwriter segment.

The proceeds from the concert will benefit the ALLM and help fund a documentary on the project that is currently under development. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Two ticket options are available. A VIP experience includes a reception at the LMU President’s House before the concert, a copy of the CD, VIP seats at the show and a meet and greet with the musicians after the show. VIP tickets are available for $100. General admission tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at http://Alumni.lmunet.edu/concert.

The album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. Also included on the recording is the traditional song “There is a Fountain” performed by the Gap Creek Quartet. It’s a collection of songs that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war; people who displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood. All but one track, “Legend of Jennie Wade”, on album were recorded, at least in part, at Steve Gulley’s The Curve Studio in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.

Accompanying the music is an extensive 16-page booklet filled with historical notes, photographs and lyrics. LMU and ALLM archivist Michelle Ganz provided historical content supervision and materials from the ALLM collection. Additional assistance was provided by ALLM Program and Tourism Director Carol Campbell and the historical booklet notes were provided by Jamie Lynn Brinkman.

Rural Rhythm Records has set up a dedicated site for the album that includes interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians. Visit RuralRhythm.com for more information.

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.  Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

Carrie Hassler, Brand New Strings both kick off 2012 tour in York, PA January 14th

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association has announced the first concert of 2012 with acclaimed vocalist CARRIE HASSLER along with award-winning bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS performing Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Goodwill Fire Company in York, PA, located at 2318 S. Queen Street in the Spry area. The doors open at 5:30 pm. The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill Volunteer fire fighters and Auxiliary members. This is a family, smoke free and no alcohol event. The cost is $13.00 for SMBA members and $16.00 for non-members. Children under 12 are free.  Annual membership fee is $12.00 per family and can be paid at the show.  For more information, contact 717-938-4975 or 717-350-4791 or Sevenmountainsbluegrass.org.

CARRIE HASSLER is gearing up for her new album on Rural Rhythm Records set for release in 2012.  Her two previous albums on the label were extremely well received by press, radio and fans alike.  She topped the album charts with both projects along with a string of #1 hit singles appearing on a variety of charts including: SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and many more.  She even reached as high as #1 on the European radio charts with the hit “Country Strong.”

Carrie has also been busy with other projects since her last release including performing a duet with label-mate, and Grammy™ nominated artist, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY on a remake of his mega hit song, “Wildfire” that appears on his BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II album.

Both CARRIE HASSLER and BRAND NEW STRINGS were part of the hit album, THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN (Various artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Crowe Brothers, Lou Reid and Carolina) that reached as high as #10 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Chart (retail sales).  This exciting project received an incredible four award nominations in 2011 by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for:  Album of the Year, two nominations for Recorded Event of the Year, and one for Recorded Performance of the Year.

BRAND NEW STRINGS is part of the new album release LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM (Various Artists including Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ronnie Reno, Bobby Osborne and many more) and the band’s own album, NO STRINGS ATTACHED both on the Rural Rhythm label.  BRAND NEW STRINGS includes the incredible instrumental and vocal talents of Randall Massengill, Mike Ramsey, Stuart Wyrick, and Preston Schmidt, who jumped on the scene in 2009 winning a multitude of band competitions including taking home the top prize at the 2009 SPBGMA Awards & Convention’s Band Competition.  In 2010, they were nominated for Bluegrass Band of the year by the French Country Music Awards organization.  The group is currently in the studio working a new album set for release in 2012.

MEDA INQUIRIES:

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association media contact:
Sue McKinsey, 717-244-4428

Carrie Hassler, and Brand New Strings media contact:
Hope River Entertainment

Cumberland River welcomes Brad Gulley to the band

CUMBERLAND RIVER is proud to announce the addition of Brad Gulley on guitar and vocals to the band.  This hot new group continues to impress audiences with several strong lead vocalists including the talents of Dustin Middleton who provides lead vocals on his original song “Harlan Man” that debuted this month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles Chart.  James Dean provides lead on his original song and the band’s first single, “Cold & Withered Heart” along with a new video that is currently the #1 bluegrass video on Yallwire.com.  Both songs appear on the group’s new album THE LIFE WE LIVE on Rural Rhythm Records.

Brad Gulley was born and raised in the east Tennessee mountains.  His father, Steve Gulley (who also produced CUMBERLAND RIVER’S album THE LIFE WE LIVE) and grandfather, Don paved the way for Brad as he grew up in the shadow of the old barn in Renfro Valley, KY watching them perform. His early indoctrination into bluegrass music instilled a passion that burns brighter than ever today. Brad brings that passion, along with great singing, songwriting, and instrumental talents to the latest chapter in his musical career as he joins CUMBERLAND RIVER.  His soaring tenor and high lead vocals are sure to catch your attention and stir your emotions as well as help to define the signature sound for this cutting edge bluegrass band.  “I couldn’t be happier or more excited to be a part of such a great group of people and musicians,” said Gulley.

Cumberland River at their Official IBMA Showcase – Photo by AnthonySP.com

Last week, CUMBERLAND RIVER made quite an impression during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass held in Nashville, TN.  The band was chosen this year as an Official Showcase performer, and also performed numerous other times during the weeklong event including: Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Broadway, Rural Rhythm After Hours Showcase, the South Florida Bluegrass Association’s After Hours Showcase and more.  The band also held meet n’ greets at their booth in the Exhibit Hall of the Nashville Convention Center where they met with radio djs, talent buyers and fans.

Gulley joins band members:  James Dean (banjo, lead & harmony vocals); Dustin Middleton (mandolin, lead & harmony vocals); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro).  For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.

Blue Moon Rising topping radio charts and gearing up for their FILM DEBUT

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce BLUE MOON RISING’s single, “Time To Be Movin’ On,” from their hit album, STRANGE NEW WORLD is topping the charts againThe song hit #1 last month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles chart, and moves up to #5 this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s (BU) Top 30 Songs.  The album jumped up another notch this month on the BU Top 15 Album chart. This is not the first #1 for the band as they reached that top spot numerous times on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums and also on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Songs.

Not only is the group hitting the airwaves, but they can also be seen and heard in an upcoming short film titled, “Mad Dog” about a rabies epidemic in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1930’s.  Band members, Brandon Bostic and Tony Mowell make their film debut along with Blue Moon Rising providing the soundtrack for the flick.  The band will soon post updates on the film at their website.

Blue Moon Rising has been chosen as an official 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist and will perform during the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention to be held in Nashville this September.  The band appears on the 2nd round IBMA awards ballot as candidates for nomination as Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year and Album of the Year (STRANGE NEW WORLD) categories.  In 2006, Blue Moon Rising received a nomination as the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year.

The band just welcomed new member, Kris Rasnake on banjo.  Kris hails from southwestern Virginia and received his first professional banjo gig with one of his heroes, the legendary Larry Sparks. Later in 2001, Kris spent some time with Ernie Thacker and Rt. 23.

For information on BLUE MOON RISING, please visit www.bluemoonrisingband.com.

#1 Song for Blue Moon Rising

BLUE MOON RISING’s first single, “Time To Be Movin’ On,” is the #1 Song on the Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction’s Top 40 Most-Played Tracks, with the album, STRANGE NEW WORLD appearing at #5 on the Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most-Played Album charts this month.  “They are an exceptionally talented bunch of guys with a vision for great bluegrass making STRANGE NEW WORLD one of the best CDs I’ve heard all year,” said Kyle Cantrell, Sirius-XM Radio who recently featured the band on his popular Track by Track radio show.

Charlie Hall, WCYO FM radio has praises for the song as well, Time To Be Movin’ On, the first release from the STRANGE NEW WORLD CD by Blue Moon Rising really sets the tone for this great project and it is at the top of my list of Top 20 New Songs for 2010.” made an impressive debut at #10 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles (BMP) Top 30 Hot Singles chart for December with the album making the chart as well. STRANGE NEW WORLD hit #1 on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report (12/7/10); debuted at #9 on the BMP Top 20 Albums (Dec); remained at #5 album on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Albums for the second month in a row; and appeared this month on Orin Friesen’s Bluegrass Top 40 Bluegrass Albums.

“Time To Be Movin’ On”

Another track from the album, “Living Water” has also been receiving tremendous airplay from numerous radio stations including appearing on the WBTX Radio’s Top 20 Playlist this month.  “Living Water” is an original song by Blue Moon Rising member, Chris West.  It was also recorded by his good friends and label mates, Brand New Strings and appears on their “NO STRINGS ATTACHED” album also released this year. 

STRANGE NEW WORLD includes the talents of BLUE MOON RISING members: Chris West (vocals, guitar);  Brandon Bostic (mandolin, vocals); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Owen Piatt (banjo); with special guests, Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Randy Kohrs (Dobro).  The CD combines a very eclectic mix of new original material with West contributing 7 of the 13 tracks.  Other writers include:  Brandon Bostic, Mike Dekle, Kevin Denney, Becky Buller, Jon Weisberger/Jeremy Garrett and Clint Wilson.

The album is now available at stores including: iTunes, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and more fine outlets.  For information on the new album, tour schedule and more, please visit www.bluemoonrisingband.com.

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BOOKING CONTACTS:
Blue Moon Rising
Tony Mowell – Phone:  423-534-3044; Email: tonyrmowell@gmail.com
Chris West – Email: chris4163@bellsouth.net

RECORD LABEL:
Rural Rhythm Records
Radio Contact: Sammy Passamano, III Email

RADIO – AIRPLAY DIRECT :
Hope River Entertainment
Penni McDaniel, 678.377.3298, Email

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