iDitty Announces Nu-Blu As Their First Totally Digital Client

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iDitty is proud to announce Nu-Blu as their first totally digital client with their new album TEN. “The idea behind iDitty is to offer the touring musician a physical product they can sell at shows, said Dan Huff, CEO of iDitty.  “With CD sales continuing to decline, and the number of music downloads continuing to increase, the market requires a product that meets the needs of the musician and the music consumer. “

“There is no other product on the market that works the way iDitty does,” continued Dan. “My wife Kim deserves credit for the idea to make our product easy to use with a smartphone and tablet and suggested using an app that would support both iPhone and Android operating systems. iDitty allows the musician and record labels to control the content of their card.  Its design offers their fans more for their money by way of adding video and pictures that are not generally available on a CD. iDitty is ideal for the musician signed to a label or the independent musician.  iDitty offers more content and costs much less to produce than a CD.”

“It’s really exciting to be the first band to use this new technology. The iDitty card allows us to still offer our fans a memento of the show, and capture the sales on the merchandise, all while using a digital format.  The coolest part is that they allow us to go back and add videos and extras to the card at no extra cost to our fans!  It’s the perfect bridge to the digital word,” said Nu-Blu.

Not only is Nu-Blu celebrating their 10th anniversary with the new album TEN on Rural Rhythm Records, but they are now on THE TEN TOUR performing across the country. With their heavy tour schedule and exposure to music buyers, they are a perfect fit for iDitty.

“When Dan Huff and I first started to discuss approaching record labels, I immediately thought of Rural Rhythm Records. I’ve known Sam Passamano and his son Sammy 3 for several years. I know they are visionaries and forward thinkers. They understand the music business is changing and in order to stay on top you have to adapt. Dan has been working with Daniel Routh of Nu-Blu to get their project ready for their fans.  I consider it an honor to have Nu-Blu as our first totally digital client,” said Keith Roberts, Executive VP Marketing iDitty.

Music fans can get more information on Nu-Blu at nu-blu.com, and follow them on Twitter (@nu-blu, #thetentour, #followlola) and like them on Facebook.

For label and indie artists interested in iDitty, please visit iditty.NET.

Nu-Blu Announces Sam Ash Appearances Have Been Added to the TEN TOUR

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Nu-Blu is proud to announce Sam Ash Music Store Appearances have been added to The Ten Tour. The band has partnered with Peterson Tuners, QSC, D’Addario, and Sennheiser, to host a series of meet and greet appearances, clinics and performances at Sam Ash stores around the country.

Sam Ash will be offering special discount on the partners’ merchandise at each Nu-Blu store appearance including percentages off product to BOGO deals. Peterson will be offering exclusive incentives available to those who purchase Peterson branded products during the in-store Nu-Blu appearances. Fans and customers can check the band’s Facebook and Twitter sites to view special offers in advance of each appearance.
“Peterson Tuners is very happy to be aligned with Nu-Blu and be a major sponsor for their Ten Tour. They’ve been advocates for the StroboClip tuner since its initial launch in 2010 and have turned on much of the bluegrass community to strobe tuning. Their continued support through the Sam Ash Music chain will help drive home the often overlooked message of “the importance of proper tuning” and showcase the StroboClip’s features”- Marshall Johns, Peterson Strobe Tuners

“Bluegrass music is in good hands with Nu-Blu: an open heart for the past and an open mind for the future.” -Tom Spaulding, Nashville Artist Relations, D’Addario and Company

“We at QSC are happy to be part of supporting emerging talent and this Sam Ash in store program! Our KFM initiative not only focus’ on vanguard groups such as Fleetwood Mac & Journey but we are always on the lookout for future music industry Hall of Famers such as Nu-Blu. Daniel, Carolyn and crew are driven, creative and appreciative of the quality of the products we put in to the K series lineup!” -Lou Vito, Artist Relations, QSC

“Sennheiser and Neumann are proud to partner with Nu-Blu in their efforts to bring quality cutting edge sound and production to their live events. Nu-Blu is a talented band that exhibits all the musicianship known for throughout the heritage of the Bluegrass tradition while being dedicated to bringing new musical and technical approaches to their music and performances. “ Sennheiser and Neumann.

Nu-Blu’s Sam Ash appearances announced so far include the following cities and more will be announced at the band’s website at www.nu-blu.com.

July 5 – King of Prussia, PA
July 5 – Philadelphia, PA
July 11 – Nashville, TN
August 4 – Edison, NJ
August 4 – Cherry Hill, NJ
August 4 – Springfield, NJ
August 5 – New York City, NY
August 5 – Huntington, NY
August 6 – White Plains, NY
August 11 – New Haven, CT
September 8 – Charlotte, NC
October 6 – Raleigh, NC
October 19 – Atlanta, GA

Nu-Blu is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with a brand new digital album, TEN, on Rural Rhythm Records with the physical copy releasing on July 16. The album will be available in the Sam Ash stores along with free “swag bag” giveaways. TEN is now available now iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital stores. The album is available for radio programmers and DJ’s on AirPlaydirect.com.

Nu-Blu can be heard tomorrow, Thursday, June 26 on WAMU Radio at 1:00 p.m. and will perform in Herdon, VA Friday, June 28 before heading to the Madrid Bluegrass Festival in New York this weekend. Fans can visit www.nu-blu.com, follow them on Twitter (@nu-blu, #thetentour, #followlola) and like them on Facebook.

Nu-Blu Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with New Digital Album Release

albumcover-10-nu-blu400wRural Rhythm Records announced the new digital album release of Ten by Nu-Blu. The digital album is available now iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital stores. The physical CD will be available on July 16th. The album is also available now for radio programmers and DJ’s on AirPlaydirect.com.

Nu-Blu was founded ten years ago by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Daniel Routh, who are joined by long time band members Levi Austin and Austin Koerner to comprise one of today’s most popular bluegrass groups. Through the years, and after numerous charted bluegrass and gospel titles, Nu-Blu has developed a solid fan base utilizing the strong lead vocal talents of Carolyn, Daniel and Levi along with their diverse selection of material including original songs, traditional favorites and songs from other genres of music.

Now with five albums to their credit, Nu-Blu has developed a unique sound which combines their love for bluegrass music and respect for its traditional roots, along with an edgy feel that gives their music a fresh energy and spirit.

Appropriately titled,Ten contains ten new songs performed in their unique and distinctive style with award winning special guest musicians Ron Stewart and Jim VanCleve. The up-tempo “That Road”, written by Honi Deaton, kicks of the album and is the first single from Ten.

TRACK LISTING
1.    That Road
2.    Without A Kiss
3.    Caught In The Middle
4.    Eddie’s Garage
5.    Train’s I Didn’t Take
6.    The Seed
7.    It’s A Good Day To Be With You
8.    All Americans
9.    Giant Squid
10.  Shadows Of The Night

“Ten celebrates our 10th anniversary with new songs that we feel pass through the full range of emotions. We explore life on the road, family devotion, tragic loss, the joys of love, patriotism, and no regrets. We’ve even included a brand new original instrumental that will leave you breathless. This is our best album to date and we can’t wait to share it with our fans,” says, Carolyn Routh.

Nu-Blu are now on tour, for more information on the album and tour dates, please visit Nu-Blu.com.

Nu-Blu Kicks Off The Ten Tour In the Midwest

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header-pr-nu-blu-2013Nu-Blu kicks off The Ten Tour in the Midwest this week with numerous performances in Kansas, then to Oklahoma and West Virginia before beginning their east coast leg of the tour. The band’s bus, Lola as known to their fans, includes a new bus wrap thanks to Peterson Tuners.  “We are thrilled to have our wonderful partners Peterson Tuners, D’Addario, QSC, and Norman Microphones this year. We are excited about touring the country and performing at many wonderful venues this year,” said Nu-Blu.

May – June 2013 performances include:

Tuesday, May 21 – Rodgers Ultimate House Concert Series, Condordia, KS
Thursday, May 23 – Mayberry’s Restaurant, Washington, KS
Friday, May 24 – The Blair Theater, Belleville, KS
Saturday, May 25 – Ad Astra Books and Coffee House, Salina, KS
Sunday, May 26 – Americana Music Academy, Lawrence, KS
Thursday, May 30 – Tallgrass Festival, Skiatook, OK
Sat-Sun, June 1-2 – 14th Annual Bluegrass and Gospel Festival, Hamlin, WV
Friday, June 7 – Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC
Saturday, June 8 – The Great American Music Reunion, Robersonville, NC
Tuesday, June 11 – Summer Concert Series at Ramsuer Lake, Ramseur, NC
Thursday, June 13 – Outer Banks Jubilee, Kitty Hawk, NC
Thursday, June 13 – Chilli Peppers OBX Tour, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Saturday, June 15 – Rivertown Bluegrass Society, Conway, SC
Sunday, June 16 – Outer Banks Fishing Pier Music Series, Nags Head, NC
Wednesday, June 19 – Chilli Peppers OBX Tour, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Friday, June 21 – Bluegrass @ Sugar Creek, Nags Head, NC
Saturday, June 22 – Banjo Island @ Bob Bates Bluegrass Theater, Frisco
Sunday, June 23 – MUSEP Concert, Greensboro, NC
Friday, June 28 – Mason District Park, Annandale, VA
Sat-Sun, June 29-30 – Madrid River Bluegrass Festival, Madrid, NY
Sunday, June 30 – Madrid River Bluegrass Festival

While still receiving chart success for their last album, NAIL BY NAIL, the band is poised to announce a brand new album next week. Fans can keep up to date on Nu-Blu news including band members  Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner, by checking out their brand new website, Facebook and following them on Twitter (@nu-blu, #thetentour, #nu_blu), and Instagram.

Three Grass In the Hall Concerts Announced for Charleston Music Hall

grass-in-the-hall-2-smallAwendaw Green is proud to announce the second in the Grass in the Hall concert series taking place June 7 at the Charleston Music Hall.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7:30 with performances by The Black Iron Gathering, The Bushels, and Nu Blu. Advanced tickets go on sale April 30 for $15 at Etix.com or can be purchased at the door for $20.

This event will support the Lowcountry Biodiversity Foundation and its mission to promote educational and scientific activities that support the value, awareness and conservation of the Lowcountry’s rich biological and ecological resources. For more information, please visit the Lowcountry Biodiversity Foundation website.

blackirongathering-smallThe Black Iron Gathering is a band categorized under the “Bluegrass/Punk/ Party Grass or Stomp-Grass” genre. The unit consists of singer-songwriter, guitarist, kazoo player, and mandolin player Billy Ray; singer-songwriter, guitarist Charles Funk; singer-songwriter and banjo player Charlie McClinden; upright bassist and vocalist Bill Stevens; fiddle player Kristen Harris; and accordion player Tim McManus. The Black Iron Gathering writes high energy bluegrass style power anthems, catchy ballads, and thick instrumental grooves that pulse for live show dancing and contagious sing-along. Visit youtube to watch.

bushels-copyThe Bushels are celebrating their third album, self-titled, THE BUSHELS. Recorded at Mantis Studios over the course of the winter of 2012, the sound is a natural evolvement from their past recordings. “We’ve added lots of musical color to this record; drums, piano, organ, pedal steel, violin and some great backing vocals. There are some new tunes and some older tunes reworked for this bigger band. All of those influences are in the mix. We are looking forward to getting it out there and having it heard,” says mandolin playing singer Mal Jones. “We get tagged as a bluegrass band due to the instruments, but we’re really an acoustic rock band with lots of dynamics…and that lets us go into different areas.” Visit youtube to watch a performance.

NuBlu-200Bluegrass band, Nu-Blu has worked hard to develop a group that would give the listener a diverse experience. By mixing their original songs along with traditional material, and even incorporating songs from other genres, they have certainly created a unique and driving blend of music that has crossed various genres. They have appeared on the Americana Music Chart, the International Americana Music Chart, numerous songs and albums on a variety of bluegrass music charts, plus received the Carolina Music Award as Country Band of the Year. Nu-Blu was founded by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Daniel Routh. Carolyn, on bass, provides her trademark lead vocals with impressive clarity and vocal range and Daniel, on guitar, brings his songwriting and vocal talents to the group. The two young guns, Levi Austin (banjo and vocals) and Austin Koener (mandolin) fill out the ranks providing the band with a solid and talented backbone. Visit youtube to watch their music video of their hit single, “Other Woman’s Blues.”

Two more Grass in the Hall concerts at the Charleston Music Hall have been announced including the July 12, 2013 show with Underhill Rose, The Barefoot Movement and Flatt City. On September 13, the series welcomes SC Broadcasters, Angel Snow, with another artist soon to be announced. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the shows begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information on the GRASS IN THE HALL concert, please visit the Charleston Music Hall and Facebook.

Nu-Blu Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Tour with A New Website And Chart Single

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Nu-Blu Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Tour with
A New Website And Chart Single

 “Martha and Mary” Appearing On Singing News Magazine and Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Charts

Nu-Blu kicks off their 10th Anniversary year with the launch of a brand new website and a national tour that will take them across the country performing at major festivals, concert halls, and more. The band will soon announce details of an upcoming album, but they are continuing the celebration of their latest album, NAIL BY NAIL.

“Martha and Mary,” written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell, is the first single release from NAIL BY NAIL. The song appears at #2 on this month’s Singing News Magazine Top Song Chart for the second month in a row, climbs higher on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Bluegrass Song Chart and previously debuted at #8 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20.

Nu-Blu is also proud to announce their lead vocalist and bassist, Carolyn Routh, graduated from the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass 2013. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. Leadership Bluegrass 2013 was hosted at BMI, and Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month.

For more information on Nu-Blu including tour dates, music and band members, Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner, please visit their new website at Nu-Blu.com.

“Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu Debuts On Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs Chart

2012-albumcover-NailByNail-Nu-Blu-200Nu-Blu’s thought provoking new single, “Martha and Mary” made its debut this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs chart.  The song was written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell and appears on Nu-Blu’s album, NAIL BY NAIL recently released on Pinecastle Records.

“One of the best tracks on the album is Martha and Mary, a powerful, banjo-driven tune written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell… It’s the kind of song that you can’t help listening to without nodding your head in agreement… in rhythm,” says PARCHBENCH in a recent review.  Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass certainly agrees saying, “The story of Martha and Mary is one of the great Gospel stories of the Bible.  Nu-Blu’s latest single, Martha and Mary reminds us that there is a little bit of Martha and a little bit of Mary in each of us. Talk about getting a listener – any listener – to relate to the song’s message, Nu-Blu has a sure-fire winner in this song, destined to be a favorite among fans and radio programmers alike.”

Nu-Blu sets sail on Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass 4-Day Cruise to the Bahamas on January 21, 2013.  This exciting trip will also include performances by The Roys, The Spinney Brothers, Dave Nichols and Spare Change, Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band, and more.

Band members Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner will celebrate the band’s 10 year anniversary this year.  For continued updates and tour information, please visit Nu-Blu.com, Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit PinecastleMusic.com.

Pinecastle Records Releases New Album by Nu-Blu

Nu-Blu has embraced the Gospel tradition of bluegrass with their first all-gospel album, Nail by Nail, now available on Pinecastle Records. This special new project includes the recently released first single, “Martha and Mary” that was written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell. The song debuted earlier this month at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20. The album was recorded and produced by Nu-Blu at Red Squared Audio, located in Siler City, NC.

Recently, Nu-Blu joined Dennis Jones for a special Track by Track episode that aired on WNCW Radio’s Goin’ Across The Mountain show.  The full album is available now to all radio stations at AirplayDirect.com along with their other music including albums THE BLU-DISC, NIGHTS and their previously released holiday single “Christmas in Dixie.”

Not only is radio welcoming NAIL BY NAIL, but critics agree is it an exceptional album saying:

“These kids play it straight and are more about sending positive lyric messages than amping up the hellfire that awaits. And they sing and play like angels that walk among us. This is a lovely, four star/thumbs up record… The religious/spiritual market wouldn’t be so marginalized if there was more music like this. Well done.”  Midwest Record Recap

“For fans of bluegrass and country, looking for some uplifting (and edifying) lyrics, Nail By Nail should certainly be a proper selection.  The lyrical content of the aforementioned songs, along with the rest of the album, are an inspiring and pointed reminder of the grace of God exposed in the life of His son Jesus.” Alpha Omega News

“Nu-Blu is a band that delivers good bluegrass.”  Keith Lawrence, Bluegrass Notes

“I am so thankful that God opened this door. Nu-Blu is a wonderful group with some wonderful songs in Nail by Nail. I hope you will check out this CD when it comes out publicly. I can see Hammer being sung in churches during the offering or as a special song.” Family Friendly Gaming

Nu-Blu includes the talents of Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner who have been extremely busy on the road this year performing over 70 dates at festivals and concerts throughout the USA and Canada.  The band recently sat down with John Lawless during the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention and talked about the album.

Next year Nu-Blu will celebrate their 10 year anniversary, so for updates and tour information, please visit www.Nu-Blu.com, Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit www.PinecastleMusic.com.

“Martha & Mary” by Nu-Blu Now Out to Radio

Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce today’s new single, “Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu. The song was written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell and appears on Nu-Blu’s first gospel album, NAIL BY NAIL set for release October 30, 2012. The single has been serviced to bluegrass radio stations and is also available at AirplayDirect.com.

“The story of Martha and Mary is one of the great Gospel stories of the Bible. Nu-Blu’s latest single, ‘Martha and Mary’ reminds us that there is a little bit of Martha and a little bit of Mary in each of us. Talk about getting a listener – any listener – to relate to the song’s message, Nu-Blu has a sure-fire winner in this song, destined to be a favorite among fans and radio programmers alike,” said Brian McNeal, Prescription Bluegrass.

Fans can listen to the new single “Martha and Mary” plus pre-order a copy of NAIL BY NAIL at pinecastlemusic.com/bluegrass-gospel/nail-by-nail  and get an instant download of the track, “Martha and Mary.”

The label released Nu-Blu’s THE BLU-DISC last year that included the impressive single “Other Woman’s Blues” that was also released as a music video. Pinecastle also released a holiday single, “Christmas in Dixie,” late last year as well. Just a few short weeks later, that holiday favorite reached the #1 spot on the Airplay Direct’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart.

This energetic bluegrass band, consisting of Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner, has certainly proven to have crossover success in a variety of genres.  They have been featured in numerous Bluegrass publications including the April 2012 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Their single, “Spin On A Red Brick Floorfrom their NIGHTS album debuted at #10 on the Euro Americana Chart and spent five weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart.  Nu-Blu were the winners of the Country Band of the Year Award by the Carolina Music Awards in 2010 and were nominated by the organization again last year as the Country/Bluegrass/Americana Group of the Year.

For more information on Nu-Blu and to receive upcoming announcements on NAIL BY NAIL, please www.Nu-Blu.com. For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit www.PinecastleMusic.com.