Carrie Hassler Announces California Tour Dates


Multi-award winning vocalist Carrie Hassler takes off for a mini tour in Northern California next week. Her scheduled performances include the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley on July 17, the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville on July 18, and the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna on July 20-22. Before heading to California, fans can see her perform this weekend at the Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department’s Festival in Pikeville, Tenn. More details on each event including ticket information can be found at

As announced yesterday, Carrie appears in the Female Vocalist of the Year category on the second round International Bluegrass Music Association Awards ballot. Results from this ballot determine the final nominees for the 2013 IBMA Awards that are voted on by peers and colleagues in the bluegrass music industry. Winners will be announced at the organization’s convention in Raleigh, North Carolina this September. More information can be found at

Carrie’s impressive career includes three chart topping albums and numerous awards and recognitions in both Country and Bluegrass music. She has also recorded several very special duets – one with Michael Martin Murphey on a remake of his mega hit song, “Wildfire” from his “Buckaroo Blue Grass II” album along with the popular cover of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” with guest Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart) that appeared on her CHHR2 album.

During her California tour, Carrie will perform songs from her latest album, THE DISTANCE (Rural Rhythm) along with her numerous #1 hit songs. Several tracks from THE DISTANCE have topped the radio charts including the high energy version of “Luxury Liner” that recently reached #1 on the Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks chart, spent numerous weeks on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart and Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass Songs chart.

Carrie has appeared on two recent TV programs including the RFD-TV special, Bluegrass Comes to the Valley, part of Reno’s Old Time Music. She was also a Featured Artist on Rural Rhythm Records’ TV production, BEHIND THE DREAM™ on BlueHighways TV.

CARRIE HASSLER is sponsored by Moon Pie™ and French’s Shoes and Boots. For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Michael Martin Murphey – “Shake It Off”

Michael Martin MurpheyRed River Entertainment is proud to announce the new bluegrass radio single release, “Shake It Off by Michael Martin Murphey from the upcoming July 9 album Red River Drifter. The duet was written by Murphey who is joined by Pauline Reese on vocals. Musicians on the track include: Ryan Murphey, Pat Flynn, Jason Mowry, Troy Engle, and Matt Pierson.

In recent years Murphey has been exploring the similarities between Bluegrass and American Cowboy music. But for Red River Drifter, he brought in some very eclectic and unexpected elements to the writing process. “I wrote songs that drew from what is inspiring me at this point in my life,” he says. “Every style was fair game. We intentionally did not follow formulas or rules.”

“I’m just the right age to have had Michael Martin Murphy a part of my musical life since 1973. Wildfire was a hit during my senior year of high school and I was captivated by the banjo on the track. Finding him fully involved in bluegrass these days is a real treat,” said John Lawless of Bluegrass Today. “Michael’s new single, Shake It Off, shows the blues influence that has always been integral to the bluegrass sound, something that Bill Monroe insisted on from the very start. The sound may be more polished, but it traces right back to the well.”

Murphey has received multiple Grammy nominations during his incredible career including one for Best Bluegrass Album for his Buckaroo Blue Grass album in 2009. He has also earned six gold albums and performs more than 150 shows per year. As a songwriter, his work has been covered by John Denver, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Lee, Kenny Rogers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and a host of other recording artists.

In 1972, Rolling Stone Magazine called Murphey “one of the best songwriters in America.” Since that time, he has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape, crafting and recording such iconic hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines”, “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy Logic,” “Cherokee Fiddle”, “Boy From The Country” and more. In the process, he has topped the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western Music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations.

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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

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.


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

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

Michael Martin Murphey Set To Appear on GAC’s Headline Country with Storme Warren

Michael Martin Murphey will be appear on Great American Country’s Headline Country with Storme Warren Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 p.m. CST.  The show will repeat on Oct. 7 at 1:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. CST.

Headline Country host Warren joined Murphey in September on The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa, Colorado.
The Railroad, which boasts a 100 year old steam engine (used in the film Indiana Jones) as well as the “City of New Orleans” club car,carries guests high atop LaVeta Pass to a one-of-a-kind amphitheater in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

Murphey, who has been part of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad summer concert series for five years, visited with guests aboard the train and later performed some of his hit songs with his Rio Grande Band, featuring guitar wizard Pat Flynn.

BlueHighways TV and Rural Rhythm Records Form Partnership to Help Promote Roots Music

BlueHighways TV (BHTV) and Rural Rhythm Records announced today that they have formed a promotional partnership to bring the label’s artists to BHTV viewers through HD television specials, guest appearances and music video segments. As part of the new partnership, Rural Rhythm artists will also take to the festival stages to educate fans about BlueHighways TV.

“It is satisfying when two companies in a companion industry can see the benefit of mutual promotion to reach a common goal,” said Stan Hitchcock, Chairman and CEO of BlueHighways TV.  “BHTV and Rural Rhythm are both linked to roots music fans throughout the nation, and with this new partnership, we can continue to spread the word about BlueHighways TV’s roots music programming, including the new features with Rural Rhythm artists.”

‘For us, it is all about the music”, says Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records. “Television is one of the ways people are discovering and enjoying new music, and this partnership with BlueHighways TV strengthens another marketing path to our fans and customers.  We are extremely excited for some interesting collaborations over the next year.”

Rural Rhythm dedicates itself to preserving the works of legendary bluegrass and old-time country music, and at the same time is committed to bringing fans closer to today’s acoustic music for the new generation of edgy but true-to-its roots artists: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Michael Martin Murphey, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, Grasstowne, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Blue Moon Rising, The Roys, Bobby Osborne, Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, and more.

BlueHighways TV’s original programming features roots music, arts and culture presented as a colorful tapestry of American life and heritage.  Signature roots music programs include:  Reno’s Old Time Music Festival, Stan Hitchcock’s Heart to Heart, Woodsongs, Old Country Church, along with selected episodes of America’s Back Roads and the Sampler Series.

About Rural Rhythm

Uncle Jim O’Neal started Rural Rhythm Records in 1955 and now over 56 years later, the label continues its dedication to preserving the works of bluegrass and old-time country music legends from the 50’s, 60’s & early 70’s in their Sound Tradition collection.  In 2005, Rural Rhythm launched their New Tradition series that includes some of the top artists in bluegrass music today.  These albums and songs have topped the Billboard and radio charts and garnered numerous Grammy, Dove and IBMA nominations as well.   In the last several years, they launched two new arms of the label, Rural Rhythm Christian with projects by Larry Sparks, Mike Scott, Lou Reid and Carolina, and more; plus Rural Rhythm Country with a new album by Nashville’s highly respected entertainer and songwriter, Mason Douglas.

About BlueHighways TV TM

BlueHighways TV is an independent satellite, cable and broadband delivered television network that grew out of the great interest that audiences have in exploring the folklore, music, traditions, destinations and artistry of America.   Conceived and created by Network Creative Group, LLC, BlueHighways TV captures that welcoming, down-home spirit that Americans are known for, delivered with a fresh and sincere voice.  BHTV is available as a high definition network, via VOD, and viewed online in over 190 countries. For more information, visit BlueHighways TV’s website at

Michael Martin Murphey’s TALL GRASS & COOL WATER

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY and his Buckaroo Bluegrass friends ride again with his new album release – TALL GRASS & COOL WATER that continues the connection between Cowboy and Bluegrass music.  This all began with his Grammy® nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS album and continued with BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II.  The third of the series, TALL GRASS & COOL WATER is a collection of songs that are cowboy in theme yet played in a style that is compatible with the sterling bluegrass musicians he’s brought together including Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Hall, Andy Leftwich, Troy Engle, Mike Bubb and Craig Nelson.

The album is now available at: Best Buy, f.y.e. entertainment,, iTunes, eMusic, Ernest Tubb Record Shops and many, many more retail outlets.

TALL GRASS & COOL WATER features the JAMES GANG TRILOGY with the songs: “The Ballad of Jesse James,” “The Ballad of Cole Younger,” and “Frank James Farewell.”  Produced and arranged by Ryan Murphey, this new project is heavily driven by Michael Martin Murphey’s own lifestyle as a rancher who has enjoyed decades of raising horses and cattle on the wide-open prairies and mountains of the Southwest and Mid-West.

Those who listen to TALL GRASS & COOL WATER will be transported in imagination and emotion to America’s vast prairies and mountains, connect with nature, and feel the passion of the personal relationships that develop among the people of the American mountains and prairies.

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY’S mission is clear on TALL GRASS & COOL WATER:  He wants people to fall in love with the American landscape and culture that defines what America is all about including the heritage of bluegrass and cowboy music.


1.      Texas Cowboy
2.      Cool Water
3.      Santa Fe Trail
4.      Way Out There
5.      The Railroad Corral
6.      Partner to the Wind
7.      Trusty Lariat
8.      The Ballad of Cole Younger
9.      The Ballad of Jesse James
10.     Frank James Farewell
11.     Blue Prairie
12.     Springtime in the Rockies

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit his official website.  For more information on all three BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS albums, please visit

Acoustic Christmas Carols by Michael Martin Murphey

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift?  Award-winning entertainer and songwriter, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY has a new Christmas album out now titled,  “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II.”   He will also head out later this month for his 17th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball Tour™ on November 26, 2010 in Benton, Texas with stops in at least 15 cities before Christmas.  A complete itinerary can be found at his website.

Murphey provides lead and harmony vocals, guitar, and tambourine on ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II and is joined by Ryan Murphey (guitar), Laura Murphey (vocals), Brennan Murphey (guitar), Bea McTye (pipe organ), Paul Sadler (hammer dulcimer), John McEuen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, tambourine, Indian drum), Tony Laupheimer (percussion), Joey Miskulin (accordion), and produced by Joey Miskulin and Michael Martin Murphey.

The album is now available to radio via Airplay Direct and available for sale at iTunes, Amazon, Rural Rhythm Records,, and many other retail outlets.

01 Home, Sweet Home
02 O Little Town of Bethlehem
03 The First Noël
04 In the Bleak Midwinter
05 ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
06 Away in a Manger
07 Joy to the World
08 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
09 We Three Kings
10 Go Tell It on the Mountain
11 Silent Night
12 What Child Is This?
13 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
14 Home, Sweet Home (Reprise)

The arrangements are reflective of the sounds of a solitary minstrel, or a small group of friends and family singing in a tiny chapel or around the fireside,“ explained Murphey. The cover art for “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II” was provided by award-winning Utah artist and cowboy, Pete Plastow

Rural Rhythm Records has released two previous CDs by Murphey including: the Grammy™ nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS; and this year’s BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: Riding Song that includes two power country vocal collaborations – “Wildfirewith Carrie Hassler and Running Gunwith Audie Blaylock.

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit or  Booking services for Murphey are handled by and album PR by Hope River Entertainment.

Audie Blaylock & Redline Score Another Hit Album

Audie Blaylock & Redline are celebrating numerous milestones this summer with their hot new album, “CRYIN’ HEART BLUES” that Terry Herd of Bluegrass Radio Network calls “without a doubt, his strongest album to date.”  The album hit #1 on Cashbox Magazine Top 20 Bluegrass Album Chart (Aug ’10) and climbed to #7 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine (BU) Top 15 Albums chart (Sept ’10).  The title track and first single release have made impressive strides as well moving up again to reach #16 on the BU Top 30 Songs chart (Sept ‘10) and #13 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Songs (Aug ’10).

“High energy that’s what I like and Audie puts on a great high energy show and it shows in his recording,” says Jerry Eicher of ‘Ol Hippe Bluegrass Hour radio show.  The band has been pleasing audiences around the country and Canada this year at major festivals and events.  Audie Blaylock & Redline will certainly do more of the same when they open for Pam Tillis at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana on September 4, 2010.

Audie can also be heard on Michael Martin Murphey’s current album “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: RIDING SONG” on the track, “Running Gun” that Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine says is “powered by some killer lead guitar by Audie Blaylock. 

Audie Blaylock & Redline can also be heard on the upcoming “ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN” album releasing this October on Rural Rhythm Records

For more information on Audie Blaylock & Redline, please visit

Michael Martin Murphey – 2 CDs on Billboard Top 50

Michael Martin Murphey Hits Billboard Top 50 Bluegrass Chart with Two Albums 

Murphey and Son Nominated for Texas Music Awards

Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce Michael Martin Murphey lands in two spots today on Billboard Magazine’s™ TOP 50 Bluegrass Chart:  #15 “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II – RIDING SONG” released February 9th; and #22 the Grammy nominated “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS” that also appears in the #1 spot on the ROOTS MUSIC BLUEGRASS REPORT.

Both Michael Martin Murphey and his son, Ryan Murphey, certainly set the tone with the original “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS” with its appeal to a wide range of music fans – blending bluegrass, country, cowboy, roots and Americana music with the drive and energy Murphey has become known for. “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II – RIDING SONG,” continues the journey.  “Even the well-trod Wildfire, with its echoes of ‘70s soft rock, gets a fresh garland of twang and a powerful duet vocal from Carrie Hassler,” said Hyperbolium and No Depression. 

The label is also proud to announce that Michael Martin Murphey, the 2009 Texas Music Award’s Entertainer of the Year, has just been nominated for that honor again, along with Ryan Murphey receiving the nomination for Producer of the Year for “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS.”  Winners will be announced at the 8th Annual Texas Music Awards show on May 15, 2010 in Marshall, hosted by B. J. Thomas.

Michael and Ryan will be featured performers with Leroy Parnell during an evening live broadcast and internet stream on KGSR- 93.3 ( March 5th, 2010 from the legendary “Saxon Pub” in Austin, Texas (where Michael got his start) during the Texas Heritage Songwriter Awards Weekend, March 5-7th. The Texas Heritage Songwriter Awards Hall of Fame Inductee Reception will be held March 6th at the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History, and the Texas Heritage Songwriter Hall of Fame Induction is on Sunday, March 7th at the Paramount Theater (Michael Martin Murphey was inducted into the Texas Songwriter Hall of Fame with Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and Alan Shamblin in 2009.)

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey and his Grammy nominated album, BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS, and BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: Riding Song : please visit his site or Rural Rhythm Records.