Shannon Slaughter Tops the Charts with New Album Never Standing Still

Album Now Available on iTunes, Apple Music and more retail & streaming outlets

Shannon Slaughter has delivered yet another an outstanding album mixed with various styles, crossing numerous genres, and becoming an instant radio hit.  Never Standing Still hit #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; reached #1 for “Better Move It On Home” and #2 for “Trying to Be My Own Man” on the APD Top 50 COUNTRY SONGS; #15 for “Going Home” and #16 for “Dying to Live Again” on the APD Top 50 AMERICANA SONGS; #38 for “That Old County Road” and #46 for “Movin’ On” on the APD Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS charts in October.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” hit the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and is #6 on the November 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still is available for purchase and streaming at numerous sites including iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, ShannonSlaughter.com and many more sites.

Slaughter co-produced the album with Wes Easter and Randy Kohrs who gathered the impressive talents of: Ron Inscore on mandolin, harmony vocals; Cliff Bailey  on acoustic bass and harmony vocals; Trevor Watson on banjo; Tracy Burcham on bass; Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar and harmony vocals; Shawn Lane on fiddle and harmony vocals; Lou Reid on harmony vocals; Steve Gulley on harmony vocals; Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo; Tim Crouch on triple fiddles; Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar; Josh Shilling on piano on one tracks; Shannon Slaughter on guitar, lead & harmony vocals; his wife Heather Slaughter on lead & harmony vocals; and a special track with two of their children, Rae Carroll Slaughter on vocals and Jed Slaughter. The couple recently welcomed the birth of their third child, Call.

For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Weep Little Willow by Larry Stephenson Band – Now Released!

weeplilwiw-frtcvr-hires-sq600Weep Little Willow  – A New Album by Larry Stephenson Band

Album Release Party in Garner, NC Postponed Due to Flooding As A Result of Hurricane Matthew

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October 14, 2016 – From the very first note, fans of traditional bluegrass music can identify the smooth tenor vocals of Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Larry Stephenson. Combine Stephenson’s award-winning voice with the talents of Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, Matt Wright on upright bass with guest Aubrey Haynie, and you’ve got an exciting new album release with Weep Little Willow.

The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and released today on Whysper Dream Music. The Larry Stephenson Band had scheduled a special album release party at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, N.C. this evening, but the event will have to be rescheduled due to the flooding in eastern N.C. as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

Weep Little Willow can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and more fine retail outlets.  For purchases made at www.larrystephensonband.com before midnight tonight,  Stephenson is offering a free download of the band’s 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award Winning album Pull Your Savior In.

Tracks include:

01  Yesterday’s Gone 2:28 (C. Stuart, W. Kidd)
02  It Almost Feels Like Love 2:25 (Randall Hylton)
03  Sweet Little Darling (Don’t You Cry) 2:55 (Billy Smith, Jon Weisberger)
04  Let Those Brown Eyes Smile At Me 3:16 (R. Nail)
05  Nail My Shoes To The Floor 2:27 (Bill Anderson)
06  Weep Little Willow, Weep 3:25 (Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley)
07  Before I Met You 2:35 (Charles L. Seitz, Joe Lewis, William J. Denny)
08  Kentucky Waltz 3:52 (Bill Monroe)
09 Ruby’s Purse 3:14 (Jerry Salley, Suzanne Mumpower Johnson)
10  Free Me From This Old Chain Gang 3:07 (Mac Wiseman)
11  Best Laid Plans 3:49 (Rick Lang, Troy Engle)
12  Midnight Train 2:34 (Alton Delmore)

On October 22, the Larry Stephenson Band will perform at the Flat-Iron Farm Bluegrass for Hospice event in MD., October 28 at the BooGrass Bluegrass Festival in VA,   November 11 at the Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival in FL, November 12 at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in GA, November 18 at the All American Indoor Bluegrass Festival in VA, and November 25 at the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in S.C.

For more tour dates and information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com.

Photography, Album Artwork & Design: Dreama Stephenson

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Throughout his 25-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. In 1996, Stephenson was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association. Since that time, he has garnered numerous other awards including being named Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA.) In 2015, SPBGMA honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for the Larry Stephenson Band’s album, Pull Your Savior In. In 2008, the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year was awarded to the album, Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother, featuring Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs, Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May, Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship & Bill Wolfenbarger.

 

New Single: “Sold” by Dave Adkins Hits #1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

da_cover_webDave Adkins has released another red hot second single, “Sold,” from his #1 Billboard Top Bluegrass Album. The impressive cover of the John Michael Montgomery 90’s hit, is currently #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.  “Adkins delivers [the song] with gusto with the banjo his constant companion,” said Lonesome Road Review.

This is the second single release from his self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records to top the charts. The first, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, was #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in May and hit #1 three times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart since the album was released late February. The song jumped to #9 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart with the album also at #9 on the Top 15 Album Chart.

The hits just keep coming from the Dave Adkins album. The lightning fast trucker song, “Turn and Burn” co-written by Dave Adkins, David Morris and Dawn Kenny, was the 2nd Place Award winner in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. The country flavored “Fool-o-sophy” written by Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle and Country superstar Chris Stapleton, has appeared on a fan voted Country music chart.

Parcbench Magazine exclaims, “Dave Adkins’ voice offers something real, something trustworthy and something thrilling to hold on to. It’s an exciting ride—this self-titled new album from Dave Adkins. Buy an extra copy; Adkins possesses the impressive kind of voice—full of personality and dimension, and instantly relatable—that you just want to share.

Dave Adkins made an impressive showing on this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) ballot appearing as candidates for nominations in these major categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Change Her Mind.” This year’s IBMA Nominees will be announced next month at the IBMA press conference in Nashville.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

 

Volume Five’s Drifter Debuts on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart

album-cover-volume-five-600Volume Five made its debut this week at #5 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart with their impressive new project Drifter.  The album is receiving rave reviews including Parcbench Magazine saying it “raises the bar on their already impressive reputation.”

The first single release, “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Ross, continues to garner radio chart success.  It is the current #1 song on the Bluegrass Today Top 20, #7 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks for June, and debuted this month on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Songs Chart.  Drifter is also crossing over to other formats; the track, “When I Go Away,” is today’s POWERPLAY song on Eagle Country Radio. Drifter is available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com.

“Volume Five can please a fan who just wants to hear a bluegrass beat with a pleasant melody, but the rhythmic interplay between the instruments can enthrall a more sophisticated listener after multiple hearings. It’s a special skill, and may ultimately be the one thing that eventually allows this talented quintet to rise to the top, a la Blue Highway,” said Bluegrass Today in a recent album review.

This impressive group is led by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals) who is joined by Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals).

Drifter is available at numerous digital outlets, VolumeFiveBG.com, mountainfever.com and more fine retail outlets.

_MG_0855For more information on Volume Five, please visit them at volumefivebg.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   #V5

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Drifter is Volume Five’s sixth album since 2008, on the Mountain Fever Records label.

In 2014, Volume Five garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.

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New Music from Volume Five – DRIFTER Now Released!

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Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce Drifter, the new album from Volume Five, is available to radio and consumers today! The album release comes on the heels of news that Volume Five and their first single, “I Am A Drifter” are among the candidates for nomination for this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards in multiple categories.

_MG_0855Founded by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals), Volume Five also includes the talents of Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals). These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. V5 has proven just that with their previous recordings on Mountain Fever Records. In 2014 they garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.
Drifter is a culmination of everything that makes up a great bluegrass record. The musicianship of each of Volume Five’s members is only eclipsed by the smooth, caramel-like lead vocals of Harrell who is one of modern bluegrass music’s most underrated vocalists. His vocal tone touches on lonesome, guttural and alluring all at the appropriate times. The band’s first single, “I Am A Drifter,” has already set the tone for the album, making appearances on this month’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs as well as the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks charts. With gems such as “Lonely Wind,” “Ranching Man,” “Tall Pines,” “Scarecrow,” and the consummate love song, “Because of You,” Drifter, is full of future hits for Volume Five.
Track List:
  1. I Am A Drifter (3:16), Donna Ulisse/Marc Ross
  2. Lonely Wind (4:17), Jeff Partin
  3. 95 Years (2:54), Carter Moore
  4. When I Go Away (4:16), Lawrence T. Campbell
  5. Ranching Man (3:03), Jesse Daniel
  6. Because of You (3:08), Ronnie Bowman, Jon Nite
  7. Lucky Seven (2:38), Colby Laney
  8. Tall Pines (2:44), Damon Black
  9. Scarecrow (3:31), Kevin Denny, Tom Botkin
  10. Alaskan Gold (2:32), Colby Laney
  11. Molly Dear (3:40), Jeff McClellan
  12. With My Gun (2:45), Jerry Cole
Drifter is available to radio programmers via AirPlayDirect.com or by emailing radio@mountainfever.com, and to consumers via various digital outlets and wherever great music is sold. 
For more information on Volume Five, please visit VolumeFiveBG.com.
For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com.

Lou Reid and Carolina are Rollin’ On with New Album

2016-rollin-on-album-cover-loureidandcarolinaThe award-winning Lou Reid and Carolina have announced their new album, ROLLIN’ ON, has been released to radio stations and is now available at AirPlayDirect.com with physical copies hitting stations next week.  The title cut, “Rollin’ On,” features Lou’s award-winning vocals and mandolin talents highlighted by band members Christy Reid (Bass and Vocals); Trevor Watson (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals); and Marcus Smith (Guitar and Vocals).  Special guests on the album include: Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Skip Cherryholmes (Guitar on “Lonesome Moon,”Train of Trouble” and Guitar and Baritone Vocals on “Christmas in the Blueridge.”

crookedroadAnother key track is the memorable “The Crooked Road,” the name of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail that covers over 300 miles of scenic terrain in southwest Virginia that connects 9 major heritage music venues and over 60 affiliated venues and festivals. This past weekend, Lou Reid and Carolina began filming an accompanying music video to be released this summer. On June 16, the band will perform on The Crooked Road Tour at the Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Va.

Jack Hinshelwood, Executive Director of The Crooked Road said, “If we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and the Mountains of Music Homecoming, they couldn’t have done better than the song on this recording. To have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass doing it, was a miraculous alignment of the planets!”

ROLLIN ON’ includes:

  1. Hobo On A Train
  2. Lonesome Moon
  3. Roll On
  4. Ol’ Train
  5. Long Time Leavin’
  6. The Crooked Road
  7. Christmas Tin the Blueridge
  8. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  9. The Beginning of the End
  10. Train of Trouble

Lou Reid and Carolina will have many new updates in the coming weeks including the album release date, so please visit  loureidandcarolina.com and Facebook.

Orange Blossom Records Signs Steve Harris

logo-orange-blossom-records-500Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Steve Harris to the label and will release his all gospel solo album, Sundown in April 2015.

Steve is the lead singer and guitarist with bluegrass band Circa Blue – a band he founded in 2010. His vocal and instrumental talents can be heard on Circa Blue’s self-titled debut album released in 2012 and their 2014 album, A Darker Blue. For more information on Steve Harris, please visit circa-blue.com.

steve-harrisOrange Blossom Records launched a year ago with the signing of award-winning Trinity River Band. Since that time, the band has received significant radio airplay, appeared on numerous TV shows, and continues their extensive tour around the country.

“In signing artists to Orange Blossom Records, my first priority is to find artists with integrity. My second is to signing artists who put their whole heart into their music. On both counts, I couldn’t have found a better person than Steve Harris,” said label President Joyce Harris. “Some might assume we are related, but we are not – although we are very proud to welcome Steve to the Orange Blossom Records family!”

For more information on Orange Blossom Records including future announcements on Steve Harris, please visit OrangeBlossomRecords.com.

Never Just A Song by Shannon and Heather Slaughter Now Released

albumcover-never-just-a-song-400The new album, Never Just A Song, featuring the smooth voices and ultra-tight harmonies by Shannon and Heather Slaughter is now available at iTunes, CD Baby, ShannonandHeatherSlaughter.com and more retail outlets.  The husband and wife duo focuses on fresh, original material and wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 14 tracks.

Shannon and Heather’s innovative arrangements and soulful instrumentation shine on cuts like their recently released single, “Moonshiner,” that debuted at #10 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 and at #20 on the Monthly Top 20 Song charts.

What folks are saying…

“This is truly one of the best recordings of 2015 in my opinion and hopefully will bring the Slaughters what they so richly deserve: a place at the forefront of bluegrass music.” – Tim Stafford (Blue Highway)

“Shannon and Heather have a great new record on their hands! Solid songs showcasing vocal chops that are powerful when they need be and an understated appropriateness that makes them sound like classics. I was thrilled to get to be a part of this project!” – Randy Kohrs

“I highly recommend this new album to anyone who loves good bluegrass music. I especially enjoyed the original material – congrats on another fine album!” – Aubrey Haynie

“I’ve been listening to Heather sing for several years and I’m dead serious when I say she is one of the finest female vocalists I’ve heard, period!! On ‘Whiskey Colored Dreams,’ I can honestly say it has totally blown me away how solid this track is!!! In my humble opinion it’s time for this young lady to get her well-deserved dues.” – Terry Foust – Co-Writer of “Whiskey Colored Dreams” with Shannon Slaughter

Never Just A Song includes the talents of: Shannon Slaughter (Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals), Heather Slaughter (Lead Vocals), Ron Inscore (Mandolin), Cliff Bailey (Bass & Vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo), Randy Kohrs (Resophonic Guitar and Vocals), Tracy Burcham (Bass), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), Melonie Cannon (Harmony Vocals), Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Tim Couch (Fiddle), and Doug Jernigan (Pedal Steel Guitar).

Shannon and Heather will be the featured artist on the Heartland Bluegrass today at 10:00am – noon (Eastern) at www.bluegrassmix.com.

 

Fans have certainly supported Shannon and Heather’s music as evidenced by their recent sold out show at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville where they celebrated the new album. To learn more about their music and view additional tour dates, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com and join them on Facebook.

 

Mountain Fever Records Announces Release of First Single from Upcoming Adkins & Loudermilk Album

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Mountain Fever Records announces the release of “Backside of Losing,” the first single from the highly anticipated album from duo, Adkins & Loudermilk.

Adkins & Loudermilk album cover 2015What started out as two impressive solo careers has morphed into what is already being described as a powerhouse team of vocals and songwriting. Dave Adkins has already had a successful career fronting his former band, Republik Steel, and Edgar Loudermilk has been known as one of the most solid bass-playing vocalists in bluegrass, having toured extensively with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrd Tyme Out. But when Adkins & Loudermilk met a couple years ago and began melding their talents of singing and songwriting together, it became clear to them that forming a new duo was much more musically exciting for them than going it alone.

Adkins & LoudermilkSo in 2013, the two officially launched their band and set out touring while still promoting successful solo projects on Mountain Fever Records. Adkins’ Nothing To Lose album included numerous singles that dominated the bluegrass radio charts in 2014 including reaching the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, several #1s on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 and the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums charts. The album also appeared on the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2014. Meanwhile, Loudermilk had written all 15 songs on his October 2013 Mountain Fever Records release, My Big Chance Tomorrow, an album that appeared on numerous radio charts and also hit the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2014 chart. Of the decision to join forces, Adkins states, “We just started writing together and while it wasn’t something that was premeditated, it just unfolded due to the chemistry we had. It all just happened kind of organically and on its own from getting together.”

Since the band’s formal beginning in 2013, the duo has been delighting audiences across the country and drew the attention of the Raleigh News & Observer who stated, “The powerful, George Jones-style vocals of Dave Adkins curled across City Plaza just about sundown as he and partner Edgar Loudermilk entertained a capacity crowd on Fayetteville Street… the relatively new act capably combined bluegrass and hard country.

Itunes-Button-click-here-to-buyMusic lovers can download “Backside of Losing” at iTunes and radio programmers may download the single via AirplayDirect. For more about Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.adkinsloudermilk.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.