Kim Robins and 40 Years Late Release Brand New Single

Bluegrass mainstays Kim Robins and 40 Years Late are going all-in with their brand new single, “I’ll Always Be A Gambler.” Released via Pinecastle Records, the upbeat track serves as the lead single from the group’s upcoming LP, slated for release later this year. Robins is teaming with Grammy award-winning Pinecastle Records’ recording artist Clay Hess, who is producing and engineering the new single and upcoming project. Fans can purchase and stream the track HERE.

“Having the opportunity to release a single as a band has been a goal of mine for many years. I am so proud of the work the guys have down in order to make this song and upcoming album a success,” says Kim Robins. “I am thrilled to spotlight Kyle Estep on this first single. He is one of the smoothest singers in bluegrass music and I love singing back up to him. 40 Years Late banjo player, Josh Woods shows off his songwriting skills in fine fashion as well. We hope you will enjoy this song and will be on the lookout for our upcoming album release on Pinecastle Records, coming this fall.”

The upcoming collection serves as the follow-up to Robins’ previous solo project, Raining In Baltimore, which propelled the 2019 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass graduate to new heights. “I’ll Always Be A Gambler” was written by band member Josh Woods, and is filled with clever puns and lyrics. The song features both Kyle Estep and Robins providing vocals, while 40 Years Late members Chris Martin, Duane Estep, Josh Woods, plus Kyle Estep put their musicianship on full display throughout the song. The track serves as a taste of what fans can expect from the full project, which will showcase not only Robins, but the full world-class band.

Kim Robins and 40 Years Late Quick Facts:

  • Second project released by Kim Robins on Pinecastle Records
  • “I’ll Always Be A Gambler” serves as the first single recorded by 40 Years Late member Kyle Estep singing lead
  • Upcoming project produced and engineered by Clay Hess
  • Kim Robins has opened shows for Country legends like Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell and The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Also shared the stage with notable bluegrass artists such as Ralph Stanley, Bobby Osborne and Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice

Music enthusiasts can keep up with all things Kim Robins and 40 Years Late by visiting their official website HERE. Once there, fans will be able to check upcoming tour dates, latest news stories and more.

Larry Stephenson Band Releases New Single “Two Ol’ Country Boys Like Us”

The Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce their new single “Two Ol’ Country Boys Like Us.” The song was written by Larry Stephenson and features guest and co-writer Ronnie Bowman.  The song is now available to radio via and to consumers for streaming and purchase.

The song appears on the band’s upcoming album “30” that celebrates The Larry Stephenson Band’s 30th Anniversary.   This award-winning group has been entertaining audiences for 30 years including their numerous performances on the Grand Ole Opry, RFD-TV and headlining festivals and concerts across the US and Canada. The group is led by Larry Stephenson who is a Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame member and 5-time Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Male Vocalist of the Year award winner. They also inducted Stephenson into their SPBGMA Hall of Greats in 2018. With numerous IBMA and SPBGMA nominations and awards, Larry records on his own label, Whysper Dream Music.

This past weekend The Larry Stephenson Band kicked off their “30 Tour” in Nashville, Tenn. with performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame for the ceremony of Doctor of Philosophy from Glenville State College in Glenville, WV for Bobby & Sonny Osborne, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and Mac Wiseman. They also had a fantastic show at the World Famous Station Inn and at the SPBGMA conventions.  Stephenson received a 2019 SPBGMA Nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year.  He and his wife, Dreama and their daughter were presenters at the Awards Show.

Stay tuned for more music and show announcements by visiting larrystephensonband.com and Facebook.

Lonesome River Band records catchy song, “Wreck Of My Heart”

Arden, North Carolina (July 20, 2018) — The legendary and award-winning Lonesome River Band has released their second single of 2018, “Wreck Of My Heart” on Mountain Home.

With an iconic driving Bluegrass sound that has kept the band at the forefront of the genre this latest single, “Wreck Of My Heart,” shows why the Lonesome River Band continues to grow a fan base in their 35-plus years as performers and recording artists.
This bouncy, three-part harmony, “leavin'” song embodies the band’s enduring, driving-grass sound. Lead vocals from guitarist Brandon Rickman alongside the iconic banjo and baritone of multi-awarded IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor; the mandolin and tenor of gifted Jesse Smathers; the pulsing bass of Barry Reed and sharp fiddle of celebrated player Mike Hartgrove make for a perfected Grass single. It’s traditional-based with a contemporary feel. It’s a new song with a classic sound.

“It’s a great song by a great Texas songwriter Roger Brown,” says Rickman. “The cool, catchy melody — it’s something different we haven’t heard before.”

Listen to “Wreck Of My Heart” HERE and check out a video for the single produced by Mountain Home Music Company, to premiere July 27 at The Bluegrass Situation.

About Lonesome River Band
Since its formation 35 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

About Mountain Home Music Company:
Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Donna Ulisse, Gina Clowes, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Adam Steffey, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, John Bowman and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.

Three Chart Hits from Shannon Slaughter’s Album Never Standing Still

Shannon Slaughter’s “You Can’t Outrun The River,” written by Shannon Slaughter, Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford, made its debut on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart today. This is the third track from Slaughter’s album Never Standing Still to receive chart success on the Bluegrass Today charts.

The first single release, “That Old County Road,” reached #1 in October on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20, appeared numerous months on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20,  and was included in Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2017 even after the album’s late 2017 release.

The third chart hit, “He Moved A Mountain” was written by Shannon Slaughter and Dale Felts.” The song was honored with the #1 spot on the very first Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart that was launched last month.

Not only has Slaughter received recognition on the Bluegrass Today charts, but numerous tracks have crossed genres on AirPlayDirect’s charts.  Never Standing Still was #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; #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.

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.

Here to Stay – A New Album by Adam Steffey

album-cover-adam-steffey-here-to-stay-600wWith a storied career that includes multiple Grammy awards, and a record-setting eleven International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Performer of the Year Awards, East Tennessee native Adam Steffey brings you new versions of his best known songs from his time with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Mountain Heart and others on his upcoming album. Here To Stay traces his musical journey from Bluegrass sideman to one of today’s best known voices.

From the undeniable power of the lead off track, “Mountain Man” to his re-recording of “Little Liza Jane” (original version appeared on the Alison Krauss & Union Station’s So Long, So Wrong album that won a Grammy for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year) – Here to Stay certainly features the signature style of Steffey’s music legacy to date.

Recorded with a team of ultimate hardcore Bluegrass musicians, Ron Stewart on fiddle, Jason Davis on banjo, Barry Bales on bass and Aaron Ramsey on guitar, these well-known works are still true to the original. They are, however, refreshed with new energy and led by Steffey’s unmistakable mandolin tone and attack.

The originality and haunting rich baritone of Steffey’s vocal is highlighted throughout with solo performances on “The Space I’m In,” written by Eric Gibson and the Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford penned “The Town That Isn’t There.”

This twelve song album makes clear the diversity of Steffey’s recorded history. It also traces the influence he has had as one of the most imitated Bluegrass mandolinists of the last 20+ years. Fans of his work will appreciate the revised “No Place to Hide” alongside previously unrecorded titles like the acoustic rendition of “Come Thou Fount” that features half a dozen layered mandolin parts.

As a founding member and performer with the 3-time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award-Winning band, The Boxcars, and this impressive fourth recording as a solo artist, Here to Stay proves Steffey is one of the most respected and accomplished artists in music today.

Here to Stay is out 9.23.16 from Mountain Home Music Company.  Pre-order your copy here.

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Contacts:

RADIO CONTACT
Ty Gilpin
Mountain Home Music Company
ty.gilpin@crossroadsmusic.com
828.684.3066 ext. 320

Booking Contact for The Boxcars
Roe Entertainment
Jim Roe
865-982-8885
jim@roeentertainment.com

Album Publicity:
Penni McDaniel, email
770-367-1480

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Digital Release of “Things We Do For Dreams”

 

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Trinity River Band’s popular new bluegrass album, Things I Do For Dreams, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets including  iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more. The band released the physical album to their fans earlier this month on their website and at their label’s site, Orange Blossom Records.

BU - JULY 2016 - TRINITY RIVER BANDBe sure to check out this month’s issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine for a feature article on the band titled “Faith, Family, Music.”  The talented group includes: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar.

Bluegrass music fans and radio programmers are loving the fast-paced first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander. The song has been appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart and is currently #5 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Singles Chart.

Radio stations can access the album at AirPlayDirect.com (APD) or by request. Things We Do For Dreams hit #1 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart earlier this month and jumped to #6 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album chart.

Album-Cover_FINALTracks and songwriters include:

1.      Between Me and Jolene (3:27); Kim Fox, Brandon Rickman

2.     Time’s A Crooked Thing (3:17), Irene Kelley, Becky Buller

3.     The Promised Land (3:52), Fred Lehner, Andy Spooner

4.     Lover’s Leap (4:58), Sarah Harris

5.     The Mirror (3:54), Joie Scott, Bob Stewart

6.     Ten Miles To Deep Gap (3:15), Jack Lawrence

7.     The Things We Do For Dreams (3:42), Brink Brinkman, Tresa Jordan

8.     Silver and Gold (4:25), Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins, Stan Perkins

9.     Right Where She Left Him (3:44), Kim Fox, Craig Market

10.   My Own Worst Enemy (3:47), Sarah Harris

11.    Secrets (4:48), Sarah Harris

12.   Come Back Train (3:17), Jerry Salley, Cassidy Lynn Alexander (1st Single)

The group has been on an incredibly busy summer tour. For a complete tour schedule and more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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

More info on Volume Five:

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 Album By Trinity River Band Now Released

Things We Do For Dreams Trinity River BandOrange Blossom Records is very proud to announce the new album, Things I Do For Dreams, by Trinity River Band is available today for purchase at trinityriverband.com.  Music fans can also place their orders at iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail sites for delivery on July 22, 2016.

Things We Do For Dreams is also now available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com and is currently #1 on their Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart. The lightning fast first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander, made its debut today at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.

“We are so thankful for all the many songwriters that we have been blessed to get to know over these last few years of making music, and because of that, we had no shortage of amazing songs sent to us,” said Joshua Harris. There are spectacular such as:  “Time’s A Crooked Thing” by Irene Kelley and Becky Buller, “Between Me and Jolene” written by Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), “The Things We Do For Dreams” written by Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan, and three impressive originals from band member and two-time IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award Nominee, Sarah Harris.

Tracks and songwriters include: 

  1. Between Me and Jolene – 3:27 – Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman
  2. Time’s a Crooked Thing – 3:17 – Irene Kelley and Becky Buller
  3. The Promised Land – 3:51 – Fred Lehner and Andy Spooner
  4. Lover’s Leap – 4:58 – Sarah Harris
  5. The Mirror – 3:53 – Joie Scott and Bob Stewart
  6. Ten Miles to Deep Gap – 3:14 – Jack Lawrence
  7. The Things We Do for Dreams – 3:41 – Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan
  8. Silver and Gold – 4:25 – Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins and Stan Perkins
  9. Right Where She Left Him – 3:44 – Kim Fox and Craig Market
  10. My Own Worst Enemy – 3:46 – Sarah Harris
  11. Secrets – 4:47 – Sarah Harris
  12. Come Back Train – 3:16 – Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander

Group-Pic-2 (2)The album includes the talents of band members: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar. Things We Do For Dreams was recorded at the band’s Orange Blossom studio in Callahan, Fla.

Trinity River Band made an impressive showing on the second round ballots that will help determine the final International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations. The band’s fellow voting members placed them as candidates for nomination in these categories:  Vocal Group of the Year; Emerging Artist of the Year; Song of the Year – “How Blue”; Album of the YearHeartstrings; Female Vocalist of the Year – Sarah Harris; Recorded Event of the Year for “Fences” with special guest Marty Raybon written by Brink Brinkman and Dale Pyatt; and Gospel Recorded Event of the Year – “Give God the Power” written by Brink Brinkman.

For more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.