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, 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


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 and join them on Facebook.


Shannon and Heather Slaughter Kick Off New Album Jan 24 in Nashville

albumcover-never-just-a-song-400Shannon and Heather Slaughter will kick off their new album Never Just A Song at The Station Inn in Nashville January 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm. They will be joined by special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more.

The band will perform more songs from Never Just A Song including the title track written by Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis.  Shannon and Heather take turn on lead vocals, perform beautiful duets and also contribute their songwriting talents to the album. They co-wrote “The Best Thing We Ever Did” and “Where Does the Love Go” and hit the mark with their vocal harmony on songs like “There Ain’t No Need to be Lonely” written by Shannon Slaughter and Bill Castle.

Never Just A Song includes:

1. Moonshiner (Traditional)
2. Never Just a Song / Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis
3. Back to Birmingham / Shannon Slaughter, Shawn Lane, Dale Felts, Gerald Ellenburg, Heather Slaughter
4. Company Town / Shannon Slaughter and David Carroll
5. Shadows in My Room / Nick Forster
6. That’s What’s Good in America / Shannon Slaughter and Gerald Ellenburg
7. Where Does the Love Go / Shannon Slaughter and Heather Slaughter
8. Feelin’ Better / Hank Williams Jr.
9. Go Sin No More / Cliff Bailey
10. Anything / Alex Hibbitts and Sarah Scott
11. There Ain’t No Need to be Lonely / Shannon Slaughter and Bill Castle
12. Whiskey Colored Dreams / Terry Foust and Shannon Slaughter
13. Ridin’ the Lightnin’, Ropin’ the Storm / Shannon Slaughter and Dale Felts
14. The Best Thing We Ever Did / Shannon Slaughter and Heather Slaughter

Never Just A Song officially releases February 1, 2015. “Moonshiner” is the first single release and is available to radio stations at and for digital purchase at CD Baby.

To learn more about Shannon and Heather, please visit and join them on Facebook.

New Single “Moonshiner” by Shannon & Heather Slaughter

single-moonshiner400x400Shannon and Heather Slaughter are proud to announce Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction debuted their new single, “Moonshiner,” on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The song is now available to radio stations worldwide at and available for digital purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and more digital sites.

“Moonshiner” is the first single release from Shannon and Heather’s new album, Never Just A Song releasing February 1, 2015. The husband and wife duo will launch this exciting new project at their Album Release Concert on January 24, 2015 at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville Tenn. Shannon & Heather will be joined by their special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more.

Never Just A Song includes an A-List line-up of talent with: 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). You might even hear Shannon and Heather’s sweet baby girl Rae Carroll cooing in the background.

Shannon and Heather’s last album, One More Road, by County Clare included three chart singles. Their outstanding bluegrass version of the Top 40 hit “If I Were A Carpenter” appeared on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2013 and garnered the #1 position on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in September of last year. The title track, “One More Road” and “The Lives of the Innocent” also charted appeared in Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 Song Chart.

To learn more about Shannon and Heather, please visit  and join them on Facebook.

Additional Artists Join “Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert for Steve Thomas

sierrahullJesse McReynolds, Buck White, Sierra Hull and Kathy Chiavola have been added to the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for Steve Thomas & Family taking place Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:45 pm. Proceeds go to acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve.

Steve_Thomas_Benefit_Poster_SmallThe “Ashes of Love” concert will be hosted by Marcia Campbell of The WSM All Nighter radio show. Some of the top names in Bluegrass and Country music who will lend their talents with performances by:  Jesse McReynolds, Buck White, Del McCoury Band; The Grascals; Rambling Rooks; Bobby Osborne; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas; Claire Lynch; Marty Raybon; Sierra Hull, Sister Sadie (Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, Beth Lawrence, Tina Adair); Gary Ferguson, Larry Stephenson Band; Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley; Val Storey; Paul Brewster; Melonie Cannon; Kathy Chiavola; Phil Leadbetter; Aubrey Haynie; Randy Kohrs; Scott Vestal; Mike Bub; Ashby Frank; Clay Hess; and more.

A suggested minimum $20 donation can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Friends, family and fans of Steve Thomas can also make online donations via PayPal at Bluegrass Today. The publication recently featured an article with more details on Steve’s New Year’s Eve nightmare. Mailed donations can be made payable to Steve Thomas and mailed to PO Box 1016, Gallatin, TN. 37066.

The “Ashes of Love” benefit concert is sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist. Event photography will be provided by Dreama Stephenson of

More on Steve Thomas:
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country music. He began his impressive career at an early age growing up in the Roanoke, Virginia area and later formed the Lonesome River Band with Tim Austin. His impressive career includes performing with: Del McCoury; with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry; The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He is now performing with Mark Newton as “Newton & Thomas” and celebrating their hit bluegrass album, “Reborn” on Pinecastle Records. Newton & Thomas appear on the cover of the February 2014 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. When Steve is not touring, you can find him in the studio recording and producing music by The Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle, Jesse McReynolds and more talented artists.

Venue Info:
Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater
2416 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN. 37214

New Christmas single released: “Little Did They Know”

Wonderful to hear two of our favorite female vocalists on a new Christmas song! 

Today Rural Rhythm Christian Records announced the new Christmas song, “Little Did They Know,” written by acclaimed songwriter, Rick Lang.  Arranged and produced by Stephen Mougin, “Little Did They Know” features the elegant vocals of Jana Mougin (lead vocalist from the popular Euro band Fragment) with Melonie Cannon and Stephen Mougin providing harmony vocals.  They are joined by a great cast of musicians including: Randy Kohrs (Resonator Guitar); Stephen Mougin (Acoustic Guitars); Todd Parks (Bass); and Chris Brown(Drums).

“Writing Christmas and Seasonal material has been a passion of mine for a very long time. It goes back to the influences and experiences I had as a child at Christmas in our New Hampshire home. There have been many great songs written about the birth of Jesus that we all long to hear at this time of the year.  That being said, there still needs to be new songs written and recorded that hopefully will appeal to future generations as well.  I want to be one of the writers that helps keeps the Nativity Story alive…. in people’s minds…and hearts,” explained Rick Lang.

This beautiful tune will certainly appeal to any radio program that plays Christmas music during this holiday season.  Radio programmers can download the song free at Airplay

“Little Did They Know” is available for purchase through all digital vendors including iTunes,, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc.

More on Jana Mougin

Jana joined the popular Euro band Fragment in 1992, originally as the lead singer, but has been the band’s bass player since 2000. She graduated from Comenius University, Bratislava with a degree in journalism. Before she became a full time musician she made documentaries in Slovak Television and hosted her own music show on Radio Forte in Trnava, Slovakia.

Jana was voted Slovak Bluegrass Music Association (SkBMA) Vocalist of the Year (1999, 2000) and Bluegrass Association of Czech Republic Vocalist of the Year (1997, 1998, 2000).

In 2005 she moved to Nashville, TN with her husband Stephen Mougin.  In the past few years she has recorded and performed with April Verch, Melonie Cannon, Thayer Washer, Pam Daley, Nedski and Mojo, and Cages Bend.  Jana plays Fender Mustang Bass with pickups made by Curtis Novak.

Donna Hughes heads to New York City with #1 Album

Multi-award winning songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Donna Hughes heads to New York City this weekend with the #1 album on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Top 40 Most Played Albums with her Rounder Records release, “Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies.”  Her original song, “Nothing Easy” appears in the Top 40 Most Played Songs.

Donna will perform at The Living Room, located at 154 Ludlow St., NYC, tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 6:00 pm.  On Saturday, Sept 17th, her band joins her for their performance at the inaugural Bluegrass in the Park studio series at Madison Square Park located Fifth & Madison Avenues.

madhatter-donmears-lyricspage.jpgThroughout the album, there are songs to dance to, songs to listen to and songs that set your toes tapping. It’s a very balanced, slickly produced effort. Not surprising as it was produced by JD Crowe,” says Country Standard Time.  “Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies” includes 15 songs written by Donna including the fan favorites: “Dr. Jekyl,” and “Mid-life Crisis”; the country flavored “Last Thing I Need”; and “If I Had You” that has become a popular wedding song.

The album features: Barry Bales, Adam Steffey, Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Jenee’ Fleenor, Randy Kohrs, Rob Ickes, Donna Hughes band members, Brian Stephens, Maggie Stephens, and more on this incredible project.

For more information on Donna Hughes, please visit

Melonie Cannon Opens Up About Addiction

Melonie Cannon

One of Nashville’s most beloved female vocalists, Melonie Cannon, has announced her recent battle with an addiction to prescription medications. Melonie describes the experience by revealing, “I was in a dark hole and I didn’t even know it.  I became isolated from family and friends. In just a couple of years, I went from being on prescribed medications to being addicted to prescription medications.  It felt like there was no way out because no one would understand what I was going through. Prescription drug addiction has become a huge problem in this country, and I’m not ashamed to talk about it.”

“But with the help of my Daddy, Mom and husband, I gathered the courage to check into a residential rehab facility,” she continued.  “I’ll never forget how alone I had been feeling for such a long time.  But to my complete surprise, I had 14 visitors on my first Sunday in treatment! Just when I thought I didn’t have anybody, I had EVERYBODY and they were all still pulling for me and loved me no matter what!”

Melonie Cannon "And The Wheels Turn"

Melonie was headed to the lowest point in her struggle around October 2008 – the same time as the release of her brand new Rural Rhythm Records album, AND THE WHEELS TURN. The first single, “I Call It Gone” was already having huge success on bluegrass radio, along with rave album and single reviews.  In January of this year, the label continued on track with the country radio release of Back to Earth, a duet with country legend Willie Nelson, plus the release of a beautiful music video filmed on Nelson’s Texas ranch.

Both songs were extremely successful, with “I Call It Gone” hitting #1 in the Sirius-XM Top 40 bluegrass song chart and spending 9 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Singles Chart.  “Back to Earth” garnered significant adds on Country Radio stations in the U.S. and Europe, with the video appearing on CMT’s Pure 12-Pack Countdown TV program.  The “Back to Earth” video is still on the program’s voting list at

“I realize I will always struggle with an addictive personality,” Melonie stated.  “Since I grew up the child of an addict/alcoholic, chaos was the only thing I knew! But instead of trying to point my finger at my Dad, he has now become my inspiration to live right each day.  He tried to help me for so long, but one day, he just stopped looking at me.  That was the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with.  But today I am working closely with him again and we are talking about our next record.  I was so scared we would never work together again! But God stepped in and I stepped up!”

With the announcement of her recent struggles, Melonie was thrilled that Rural Rhythm Records will issue a special free download of  Send A Little Love, another moving song from the album produced by Ronnie Bowman and her Dad, Buddy Cannon.  Bowman and John Scott Scherrill, two of her best friends in the music business, composed this heartfelt tune.  “I feel like singing those lyrics to everyone…..’and let it shine, just like the sun.  Let it pour on down on everyone.’ That is how I feel – like the sun is shining down again!  I love life and I’m so happy to be a part of each and every day,” said Melonie.

Rural Rhythm Records recently released a single, “Dark Shadows” to bluegrass radio via their Fresh Cuts and Key Tracks #5 radio sampler CD. Melonie is thrilled to be back focusing on her career – “I am looking forward to getting back to touring next year and supporting this album that is so dear to my heart.”

Rural Rhythm Records
Contact: Sammy Passamano, III

Hope River Entertainment
Penni McDaniel 678.377.3298

Key Artist Management
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May’s Bluegrass Unlimited Charts

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Congratulations to CARRIE HASSLER & HARD RAIN for having the #1 Single, “I Can Go Back Anytime” from their “CHHR2” album (Rural Rhythm Records)  on the May Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30!  It is not often a female reaches #1 on this chart.  This is the second song written by Jennifer Strickland for this band that has achieved chart success.  Jennifer also wrote “Going on the Next Train” that was on the band’s first Rural Rhythm CD and the song reached #11 last year. 

Lonesome River Band
Lonesome River Band

Also on the May Bluegrass Unlimited Chart is LONESOME RIVER BAND with the #1 ALBUM.  Congratulations and very deserving for their Rural Rhythm Records album,  “NO TURNING BACK.”   They also have TWO SINGLES on the Top 30 – “Them Blues” and “Like a Train Needs a Track.”  Wow – very impressive chart success!

Melonie Cannon
Melonie Cannon

MELONIE CANNON also rises up the chart, hitting #9 for her single, ‘I Call It Gone” from her Rural Rhythm CD, “AND THE WHEELS TURN”  that appears at #13 on the BU Top 15 Album Chart.  The CD was prouduced by Buddy Cannon and Ronnie Bowman.  Amazing songs and vocals.  There isn’t a bad song on the entire album – no fillers – just great music.  You can still vote for Melonie on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown for her video “Back to Earth” with Willie Nelson.  

Audie Blaylock & Redline
Audie Blaylock & Redline

AUDIE BLAYLOCK & REDLINE appear at #12  on the Top 15 Album chart for their self-titled new album on Rural Rhythm Records.  This is a fast appearance by the band, and also includes “Whispering Waters” at #25 on the BU Top 30 Singles.  This album is receiving rave reviews – if you love traditional bluegrass, you will love this album!  

Jeanette Williams
Jeanette Williams

And last but certainly not least, JEANETTE WILLIAMS with the #14 Single, “Bad Money” (written by the Lonesome River Band’s Brandon Rickman) and the #14 ALBUM, “Thank You for Caring.”  We love this CD and another favorite song from this CD is Dreamer!

Carrie Hassler on Sirius-XM 3/25

Carrie Hassler, Kyle Cantrell, Melonie Cannon during 08 IBMA week
Carrie Hassler, Kyle Cantrell, Melonie Cannon during 08 IBMA week

March 25 at 11:00 am ET, SIRIUS-XM’s Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14 will re-air Kyle Cantrell’s Track by Track with Carrie Hassler.  For more information, please visit: