Soggy Bottom Boys Headlining The Blue, Brew & Que Festival


The Soggy Bottom Boys are the Grammy Award winning super group of musicians assembled to perform the soundtrack for the major motion picture “O’ Brother Where Art Thou.” The Soggy Boys line-up is comprised of the genre’s top artists: Dan Tyminski, Stuart Duncan, Ron Block, Barry Bales, Pat Enright, and Mike Compton. The smash hit “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” was the chart topping hit that carried this album to one of the top selling soundtracks of all-time.

Dan Tyminski (lead on “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow”, and member of Alison Krauss & Union Station) along with songwriter Harley Allen, and Pat Enright (Nashville Bluegrass Band), won a CMA Award for Single of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, both for the song written by Dick Burnett.

Other bands appearing at the Blue, Brew, & Que are: VW Boys, Trinity River Band, Lonesome River Band, and Russell Moore & lllrd Tyme Out.

Lonesome River Band
Lonesome River Band

The Blue, Brew, & Que Festival with feature some of the best Bluegrass Music, NC Craft Breweries, and Bar-B-Que around. Join us for this two day event. Friday, March 31st hours will be 5pm-9pm and feature music from local artist. Saturday, April 1st’s hours will 10-7pm. Tickets for The Blue, Brew & Que will be available online at, beginning November 1st, or by phone at 910-275-0009, at the Event Center box office, or at the door. Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. For additional information call 910.275.0009.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

***Artists subject to change and No refunds

What: Blue, Brew, & Que Festival featuring the Soggy Bottom Boys

When: Friday, March 31st, 2017- Gates open at 5pm
Saturday, April 1st, 2017-Gates open at 10am

Where: Duplin County Events Center
195 Fairgrounds Dr.
Kenansville, North Carolina 28349

Tickets: On-Sale Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
$20.00 advance/$25.00 at the gate

Tickets may be purchased at the Duplin County Events Center box office (910) 275-0009 or purchased on-line at

VW Boys

Duplin County Events Center
The Duplin County Events Center is a multi-use venue seating up to 4,400. The Duplin County Events Center hosts a wide variety of events including concerts, sporting events, festivals, conventions, banquets, trade shows, agricultural exhibitions, livestock shows and rodeos…just about anything that will fit through the doors!


New Album & Music Video (The Crooked Road) by Lou Reid and Carolina

LR&C_0079_edited-1Abingdon, VA: The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving route across Southwest Virginia where authentic American music traditions first took root in mountain communities like Big Stone Gap, Floyd and Galax. Thanks to Lou Reid and Carolina, that road now has an anthem every bit as memorable as the landscape through which it travels.

The band’s newest album, Rollin’ On, has just been released and features the brand new single, “The Crooked Road,” penned by songwriters Ellen Britton and Will Hopkins and certain to become a classic.  Ellen Britton’s co-writer Will Hopkins passed away in 2015.  “The song was Will’s idea and he grew up along The Crooked Road in Rocky Mount, Virginia,” said Britton.  “I loved the song from the start and thought the name itself was evocative.  It speaks to the contrast between our modern and somewhat hectic way of life and a slower way of living.  With that basic idea as the starting point, writing the song came easy.  That was a song that wanted to be written.”

“If we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and our annual Mountains of Music Homecoming event, they couldn’t have done better than the song on this record,” said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road. “To have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass pay homage to Virginia’s music heritage in a song of this caliber is truly special.”

“When you start an album, you never really know which songs are going to stand out until you’re done,” said Reid. “And Rollin’ On was no different.  When you listen to the record, ‘The Crooked Road’ has a sparkle to it that’s unmistakable. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.”

2016-rollin-on-album-cover-loureidandcarolinaThe record release by Lou Reid and Carolina coincided with the 2nd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, an extraordinary nine-day music and cultural showcase event that took place June 10-18 across Southwest Virginia’s Crooked Road Region.

The release of the new single is accompanied by a new music video, a cooperative effort between The Crooked Road organization and the band. The video is made possible through the generous support of David & Judie Reemsnyder, the Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Kornrich.

“The first song I ever learned on guitar was the “Wildwood Flower,” continued Reid.  I watched Mother Maybelle Carter sing that song and play it on guitar and autoharp on a black and white TV along with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in the early 60’s.  I didn’t realize until later how much the music from The Crooked Road region would influence my own music and life.  The Crooked Road WILL take you home again!”

Rollin’ On is now available for purchase at, iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail outlets. Radio stations can access the new album at The music video is viewable at and YouTube.

About Lou Reid and Carolina and Rollin’ On

After stints with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs, and the Seldom Scene, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lou Reid formed his own band, Carolina in 1992. In 1994 the band received the IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award. In 1996, Reid re-joined the Seldom Scene and also continues to record with Carolina.

Rollin On,features Lou’s award-winning vocals and mandolin playing 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), and Skip Cherryholmes (guitar and vocals).

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 in the Blue Ridge
  8. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  9. The Beginning of the End
  10. Train of Trouble

For more information about Lou Reid and Carolina, visit and Facebook.

What They’re Saying

“Lou Reid is a true bluegrass powerhouse with a voice that’s as sweet as honey but powerful as a steamboat whistle. I’m excited to dig into his new record with Carolina, Rollin’ On!”   –– Chris Eldridge, Punch Brothers

“Lou Reid is spot on with this song describing the wonderful musical heritage of the Crooked Road winding through beautiful Virginia. Great performance Lou!”  — Doyle Lawson






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 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 and Facebook.

Volume Five Closes Out 2015 with Shows in Georgia and North Carolina


Volume Five

VOLUME FIVE will close out 2015 with shows in Georgia and North Carolina this month. The band, known for their entertaining live performances, features the stellar lead vocals by fiddle player Glen Harrell and highlighted by the impressive instrumentals of Coby Laney (guitar, vocals), Patton Wages (banjo, vocals), Chris Williamson (bass) and Harry Clark (mandolin, vocals).

On Friday, December 18, VOLUME FIVE will headline the Burnsville Town Center Bluegrass Show in North Carolina before heading to Georgia for three shows. On Saturday, December 19, the band returns to the historic Everett Brothers Music Barn in Suwanee. This special Christmas show gets an earlier start with Joy Smith & Friends with Bluegrass & Christmas at 7:00 pm, the Everett Family Band at 8:00 and Volume Five at 9:00 pm. Proctor Farms in Rome, GA will host VOLUME FIVE’s concert on Sunday, December 20.

Make your plans now to ring in the new year with Volume Five at the Jekyll Island Bluegrass Festival on December 31. For more information and tickets for each of these events, please visit

vf_2014_02_webEarlier this month, Mountain Fever Records re-released VOLUME FIVE’s Christmas single, “Getting Ready for Baby,” written by Jerry Salley. The song is available at iTunes and other retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the song at Airplay Direct.

It’s been quite a year for this popular bluegrass band as they were honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a Nomination for the Emerging Artist of the Year Award. They also received a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring Rhonda Vincent. The song is from their current release VOICES. The band heads back to the studio next month to record their highly anticipated new album for Mountain Fever Records set for a 2016 release.

To get updates on the band, view videos and more, please visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

Uncle Pen Days 2015 1000wThe Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground is proud to announce details for the 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival taking place from September 23-26, 2015. A stellar line-up of bands has been announced and a detailed performance schedule has been posted at One of the highlights of the event will certainly be Raymond Fairchild’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26.

Raymond Fairchild is a legendary banjoist and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry since 1977. He has appeared on numerous television specials for the Nashville Network and other network stations. He recently fairchildcompleted a two-hour documentary special for Japan Broadcasting, focusing on the evolution of music from Ireland to the United States. Raymond has recorded over twenty albums and videos during his impressive career and scored two Gold Records for having sold over two million copies of his banjo instrumentals. In 1982, “The Appalachian Journey,” a documentary produced by renowned author and folklorist Allen Lomax in conjunction with Columbia University, was filmed so Raymond’s music would be preserved for generations to come. It is stored in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Raymond’s hometown has honored him by placing a sign at each end of the valley, which simply reads, “Welcome to Maggie Valley Home of Raymond Fairchild.”

The 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days will include performances by:

Wednesday, September 23 – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Stephenson Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, Feller & Hill and Bluegrass Buckaroos, The Spinney Brothers, Kody Norris Show, and Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

Thursday, September 24 – Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Grascals, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Wildwood Valley Boys, Tim Graves & The Farm Hands, and Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers

Friday, September 25 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Mountain Faith, Darrell Webb Band, and Kevin Prater Band.

Saturday, September 26 – Dr. Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Audie Blaylock & Redline, James King Band, Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Rickey Wasson Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

The event will also include music and instrument workshops, food concessions and vendors will be on site. Admission includes the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Museum & Uncle Pen’s Cabin Tour. Emcees will be the legendary Tommy Lamb & the infamous Sam Jackson. Sound provided by Tom Feller & J&R Productions.

Camping and Ticket Reservations can be made by calling 800-414-4677. Advanced festival tickets can be purchased online . For more information, please visit or beanblossom.US.

Lonesome River Band Announces New Band Member, #1 Song, and Lila Mae TV Debut


Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer, including their new band member, Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

jesse-smathers-300Award-winning musician, Jesse Smathers now joins Lonesome River Band on mandolin and lead & harmony vocals, replacing Randy Jones who has taken a full-time job outside the music business. Jesse lives in Eden, North Carolina and previously toured with the James King Band, High Voltage and most recently Nothin’ Fancy. Last year, Jesse was inducted in Phi Alpha Mu, a music fraternity, as a Sinfonian, joining such greats as John Phillip Sousa, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, and Andy Griffith. Jesse comes from a long line of musicians. His grandfather, Harold Smathers, and grand Uncle Luke Smathers, recorded for June Appal and were awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1993 for their contributions to North Carolina Folk Music.

Lonesome River Band is currently celebrating a #1 hit song, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” from their Mountain Home Music Company album, Turn On A Dime. This fan favorite tune hit the top spot this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart with the album at #8 on the Top 15 Album Chart. “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” previously garnered the #1 position seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart and has appeared on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Singles charts as well.

Lonesome River Band is also celebrating another hit song, “Lila Mae” that made its debut #5 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 Song Chart for June and continues to chart on the publication’s Weekly Top 20.

“Lila Mae” was released as the band’s first concept music video that has been a big hit with LRB’s loyal fans. The video will make its TV debut when it airs in the U.S. the weeks of June 29 and July 20 on Bluegrass Ridge – a thirty-minute, weekly TV show featuring some of the best names in bluegrass music. The show airs on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, Angel Two / Dish TV, Blue Highways TV, and AMG TV. Each episode is hosted by an artist in the genre, and recent hosts include award-winning vocalist Carrie Hassler, Jamie Johnson of the Grascals, Doyle Lawson, and many more.

Lonesome River Band continues their busy tour with performances at the Dinwiddie Music Fest at the Virginia Motorsports Park this Friday, June 5 and then on to the Sally Gap Bluegrass Music Festival in Williamsburg, Kentucky on Saturday. Next week, they will perform at the Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 11, before heading to California for the Huck Finn Jubilee on June 13 and headlining the Laguna Beach Live Bluegrass & BBQ at the Ranch at Laguna Beach on June 14. On June 16, Lonesome River Band will perform at the Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming in Bristol, Tenn.

Jesse’s first show with Lonesome River Band will be Thursday, June 25 at the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vermont. Lonesome River Band will again headline the popular Rudy Fest in Grayson, Kentucky June 26-27 with members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, Jesse Smathers, along with Randy Jones’ last performance with the group.

For more information and a complete tour schedule, please visit

Donna Hughes Wins 2015 Canine Freedom Musician Award from Dogs Deserve Better


cfawardslogo-winners2015Multi-award winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights Activist, Donna Hughes has won the 2015 Canine Freedom Award in the Musician category from Dogs Deserve Better – a nonprofit organization that has been freeing chained dogs since 2002. For a complete list of winners of the 2015 Canine Freedom Awards, please visit

Dogs Deserve Better announced, “Each year, more laws are made limiting or banning chaining, and more groups get involved in making a difference for chained dogs. These formerly forgotten dogs’ plights are written about, their rescues applauded. While we spend so much time focusing on the negative and harsh realities involved in the fight to free Man’s Best Friends from chains, we realized we need to take a moment to CELEBRATE the good, too. There are so many people who HAVE stepped up to make a difference on behalf of chained dogs, who have come together to fight for them and say “No More.”

Donna Hughes’ original song, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” has certainly caught the attention of people around the world as she brings important awareness to dogs being kept on chains and living a life of suffering. The heart-wrenching tune appears in different two versions on her current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The song has received significant airplay, charting on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs and on AirPlay Direct’s Global Radio Indicator Chart’s Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Singles. Due to the heart-wrenching lyrics and video for “Dog On A 10’ Chain”, Hughes has since penned a happy follow up song, “One Less Dog In the Cold” that can be viewed on YouTube.

The Animal Rights Advocate continues her passionate mission to change tethering laws around the country. Hughes recently launched a petition to change tethering laws around the country and in her home state of North Carolina. Her grassroots efforts through social media have also made an impact and caught the attention of high profile celebrities, especially on Twitter, who are now lending their support.

Donna Hughes, along with the award-winning talents of Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor, will be judging a new Songwriting Contest hosted by Dogs Deserve Better. For more information including prizes to be award, please visit The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015.

For more information on Donna Hughes’ impressive catalog of music including lyrics, please visit

NC’s Donna Hughes Heads to Raleigh with #1 Album


Trinity, North Carolina native Donna Hughes will perform this week during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Her performance takes place during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, October 4 at 3:00 pm on the Martin Street Stage. The event is free to the public.

Donna will perform songs from her new Bluegrass album FROM THE HEART. The award-winning Songwriter wrote an amazing 19 of the 21 tracks that appear on this exciting new  album. Radio has certainly welcomed her music once again as it was #1 on AirPlayDirect’s Global Indicator Top 50 Album Chart across all genres of music. The album currently appears on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart along with two songs, “The Way I Am” and “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” appearing on the publication’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs Chart. “The Way I Am” is currently on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 Song Chart and the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Singles Chart as well.

During her recent red carpet Album Release event, Mayor Protem Jessie Hill of Trinity presented Donna with the Key to the City and proclaimed August 23 as Donna Hughes Day. Donna not only celebrated the release of FROM THE HEART that evening, but she also released a piano album, FLY, on the same day. That album includes 8 of original tunes on the 12 track project. Both albums are available in physical format at CD Baby, and for available for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and many more online outlets.

The busy songstress has also released several music videos that can be viewed on YouTube including the official video for “The Red Oak Tree” that was filmed on location in Asheboro, NC. Donna put together three other must-watch videos including the hilarious “Walmart Checkout Line” (over 40,000+ plus YouTube views) and “Facebook.” She takes a serious turn with the heart-wrenching “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” that certainly helps bring attention to the serious issue of pet abuse.

For news, lyrics, tour dates and more information on Donna Hughes, please visit and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.

Donna Hughes Receives Key to the City of Trinity at Red Carpet Event


keytocity-jessiehill-300wSinger-Songwriter Donna Hughes is proud to announce today’s two new album releases, FROM THE HEART and FLY, plus the music video for her song “Red Oak Tree.” During last Saturday’s red carpet release event, Mayor Protem Jessie Hill of Trinity, NC (Donna’s hometown) presented her with the Key to the City and proclaimed August 23rd as Donna Hughes Day.

Itunes-Button-click-here-to-buyBoth albums are available in physical format at CD Baby, and for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and many more online outlets.

Radio has certainly supported these long awaited new albums as Donna is #1 this month on AirPlayDirect’s Global Indicator Top 50 Albums Chart that covers all genres of music.

Her first single release, ‘The Way I Am,” made its debut on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 song chart for September 2014.

The new music video for her original song “Red Oak Tree” premiered during the release party held at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro, NC last Saturday. The video can be viewed on YouTube, and other online outlets. “Red Oak Tree” appears on both albums providing her fans with both an acoustic and piano version of this haunting tune.

Red Oak Tree” was filmed and directed by Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign of Pikeville, TN. Donna Hughes coordinated costumes and production schedules which was a huge task. The video begins in modern day times and spans several hundred years and included over 100 of her friends and family that participated during the 3-day video shoot. It was filmed exclusively in North Carolina. Locations include: Asheboro City Cemetery (Asheboro), the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the “John Hughes” home); Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. Donna has set up a special page on her website thanking everyone involved for their participation especially to video financier, Charles Finch, the Heritage Carriage Company, Denton Farm Park, and the High Point Theatre Company who provided additional props.

Please visit Donna’s YouTube channel to view the new music video “Red Oak Tree” and also her hilarious “Walmart Checkout Line” video.

For lyrics and more information on Donna Hughes, please visit and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.