New Single Release – “Great American Heroes” by Newton & Thomas

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Newton & Thomas are proud to announce the new single release, “Great American Heroes,” that recently made its radio debut on Nashville’s WSM Radio 650 AM Coffee, Country and Cody show. This inspirational and patriotic new tune was written by the award-winning songwriter, Mark “Brink” Brinkman. All proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the American Security Council Foundationa non-profit organization promoting the Strategy of Peace Through Strength.

Pinecastle Records has made it available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.

“On behalf of myself, Steve Thomas, and Mark Brinkman, I can say we are all truly honored that the American Security Council Foundation will use this as their signature song to help raise awareness to their wonderful cause,” said Mark Newton.

Brinkman shared his thoughts on writing “Great American Heroes” saying, “As my son, Zac, was joining the USAF I began thinking about ‘heroes’ and the moral fabric of our nation today. I wanted to write a song to make a statement and honor the ‘real’ heroes in our lives. The dad that works double shifts so that his kids might go to college and have a better life than he did….the mom that keeps the family together, sacrifices personal gain for the benefits of her children…the teacher that can shape the life of a child and inspire them on to a lifetime of learning and contribution to society…and the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our freedom. These are the ‘real’ heroes that we need to be lifting up! I hope the song helps to redefine the word ‘hero’ and focus on the people with hero qualities – sacrifice, selfless, caring, courage, giving, love, fearless, etc.”

stepupposter_FINALrev-smallNewton & Thomas will perform “Great American Heroes” during the upcoming American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) benefit concert featuring The Band Perry, along with JT Hodges. This highly anticipated event will take place Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Historic Dodgertown Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. The festival gates will open at 3:00 PM with various activities and exhibits., “The festival will raise funds for The US NAVY UDT/SEAL Trident House and the ASCF Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to the children of Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders,” said ASCF Director of Operations Gary James.

Ticket prices are $35 General Admission; $55 Reserved (stands); $75 and $100 Premier Reserved Seating (field). General Admission Parking is $10 and VIP Parking is $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-514-3849 or by visiting the ASCF website. For Sponsorship Opportunities please call 1-772-388-2490 or info@ascfusa.org.

For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit their website, join them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

Newton & Thomas to Host Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace

PickStomp350hNashville’s Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will host the new weekly Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace presented by Robert’s Western World. The first concert takes place Thursday, October 9 with opening act, Casey Campbell. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fun will continue until 11:00pm. Attendees will certainly enjoy the tasty food, great music, authentic barn dance and pickin’ party!

Newton & Thomas are pleased to welcome the following entertainment with more to be announced soon.

Thursday, October 16 – Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass Band, Greg Garing
Thursday, October 23 – Richard Smith, Thom Bresh
Thursday, October 30 – Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor
Thursday, November 6 – Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

“Steve and I are honored to host this new concert series and welcome fans of bluegrass and roots music. We think they will enjoy the laid back atmosphere and feel like they are part of the family. Pickers are welcome,” said Newton.

Pick & Stomp tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance or online at nashville-palace.com.

Newton and Thomas received significant chart success with their latest album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records. The project includes numerous Top 5 singles like “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” that reached #1 numerous times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart. The lively and popular tune was also released as a music video that can be viewed on YouTube. For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit NewtonandThomas.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival – The Band Perry, Newton & Thomas, JT Hodges

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Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival

stepupposter_FINALrev-smallVero Beach, Florida – The American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) announces a benefit concert featuring The Band Perry on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Historic Dodgertown Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. The lineup also includes Country music newcomer JT Hodges and the bluegrass group of Newton & Thomas. The festival gates will open at 3:00 PM with various activities and exhibits. According to ASCF Director of Operations Gary James, “The festival will raise funds for The US NAVY UDT/SEAL Trident House and the ASCF Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to the children of Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders.”

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, The Band Perry has skyrocketed into the mainstream. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Reid and Neil, the band has notched a string of hit singles from their platinum debut and their gold sophomore release, PIONEER, including: the quintuple-platinum No. 1 “If I Die Young,” the platinum “You Lie,” the No. 1 “All Your Life,” the platinum No. 1 “Better Dig Two,” and the gold No. 1 “DONE.” They’ve received major accolades including the 2014 ACM Award for “Vocal Group of the Year” and CMT’s 2014 “Group Video of the Year” award which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.

JT Hodges has spent the last year embracing his newfound growth in making music. After several months in the studio, he is most proud of never losing the honesty of himself or the music and where it has taken him. The sophomore album will undoubtedly be his best music to date, offering a more reflective take on the music and a different twist in the lyrics. It includes a diversity that suggests JT Hodges is creating a whole new kind of Country Pop Rock music.

Newton & Thomas are certainly no strangers to the music community. Both have achieved great success throughout their careers with a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards. The duo received significant chart success with their debut album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records. The project includes numerous Top 5 tracks like their first radio single release “Old McDonald Sold The Farm.” The timely and popular tune reached #1 four times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart.

Ticket prices are $35 General Admission; $55 Reserved (stands); $75 and $100 Premier Reserved Seating (field). General Admission Parking is $10 and VIP Parking is $15.

For Sponsorship Opportunities please call 1-772-388-2490 or info@ascfusa.org

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at10:00 AM and may be purchased by calling
1-800-514-3849 or by visiting the ASCF website: http://www.ascfusa.org.

The American Security Council Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.
Promoting the Strategy of Peace Through Strength

Newton and Thomas Appear in Numerous Categories on 2nd IBMA Awards Ballot

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Mark Newton & Steve Thomas have received significant chart success over the last year with their Pinecastle Records album REBORN and their single “Old McDonald Sold the Farm.” They are now receiving recognition by their fellow International Bluegrass Music Association voting members as they appear in numerous categories on the IBMA 2nd ballot.

– Instrumental Group of the Year. – Newton & Thomas
– Song of the Year for “Old McDonald Sold the Farm”
– Album of the Year for REBORN by Newton & Thomas
– Male Vocalist of the Year – Mark Newton
– Guitar Player of the Year – Mark Newton and Steve Thomas
– FiddlePlayer of the Year – Steve Thomas
– Mandolin of the Year – Steve Thomas

“Old McDonald Sold The Farm was all over several bluegrass radio charts last year reaching #1 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Charts several times. Pinecastle Records released a music video for the song. The video was filmed by Bell-Jarboe Films in the Leipers Fork area at Boyd Mill Farms and Blazer Hill Farms in Franklin, TN . This lively and timely tune was written by Kenny Boudreau, Darryl Landry, and Ryan Roberts.

Please visit NewtonandThomas.com and join them on Facebook

Jeff Brown Launches Still Blue Entertainment

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Jeff Brown is proud to introduce his new booking agency, Still Blue Entertainment. The agency will now represent Newton & Thomas, Ralph Stanley II, and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome for booking services.

Jeff will continue to serve as the director of the Traditional Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College; as Coordinator and Co-Chair for the Virginia Mountain Music Festival and the Mountain Music Jamboree; and serve on the musician’s board with The Crooked Road.

For more information on Newton & Thomas, Ralph Stanley II, and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, please visit StillBlueEntertainment.com or at the artists’ respective websites. Talent buyers can contact Jeff Brown at jeff@stillblueentertaiment.com or by calling 276-202-3639.

MORE ON THESE ARTISTS

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Newton & Thomas
Mark Newton and Steve Thomas are native Virginians who both struck out separately in the music business decades ago and had completely different experiences. Now that their paths have converged, they have blended their various musical flavors together to share with Americana, Bluegrass and Country music fans everywhere. Although the pair recently joined together to take their impressive live shows on the road and launch their first national album release, as Newton & Thomas, they are certainly no strangers to the music community. Both have achieved great success throughout their careers with a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards. Fans can check out their album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records, that includes the #1 radio chart hit and popular music video, “Old McDonald Sold The Farm” along with numerous other chart topping tracks from this successful album. Website: NewtonandThomas.com. Record Label: Pinecastle Records. Publicist: Hope River Entertainment.

Ralph Stanley II, better known in the industry and by his peers as “Two,” is the son of the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley. Ralph II started performing on stage beside his dad when he was only two years old. Destined to follow in his father and late Uncle Carter Stanley’s footsteps, he stepped forward to become the lead singer for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys in 1995. In 2002, he received a Grammy award with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale for their collaboration on “Lost in the Lonesome Pines”. In addition, he received two other Grammy nominations for “Carrying On” and “Stanley Blues”.

In 2008 Ralph II struck out on his solo career and since that time has accumulated countless hits and awards. Recently he performed on the world famous Grand Ole Opry stage, once again beside his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley singing tunes from the brand new Rebel Records release Side By Side. Listening to Ralph Stanley II, I can hear echoes of Carter Stanley once again, a generation removed, resounding off the Hills and down the hollers of Southwestern Virginia,” said Dwight Yoakam.

Ralph Stanley II as he nears his twentieth anniversary of touring and turning out more hit songs carrying on the Stanley tradition, the best is yet to come. For more information, please visit Ralph2.com.

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Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome

Jeff’s impressive music career includes working with the legendary Larry Sparks as bass player and tenor singer where he worked as Lonesome Rambler from 1993 to 1996. It was during that time while performing with Sparks at the Carter Fold in Hiltons Virginia, Jeff was ask to play bass for Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash. He also toured with The Charlie Sizemore Band and has filled in with Blue Highway, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and many more. During Jeff’s impressive career, he performed on many famous stages such as: the Grand Ole Opry at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee, along with the television shows Austin City Limits in Austin Texas and Song of the Mountains on PBS. In 2012, he formed Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome that includes Austin Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship and Josh Underwood. Website: jeffbrownandstilllonesome.com, Record Label www.MountainFever.com, Publicist HopeRiverEntertainment.com.

For a Season Album By Matt Wallace Now Released on Pinecastle Records

CD Release Party Hosted by WDVX Radio in Knoxville Tonight

album-cover-matt-wallace-for-a-seasonPinecastle Records is proud to announce today’s new album release of For a Season by Matt Wallace. WDVX Radio will host a CD Release Party at Wild Wings Café in Knoxville, TN TONIGHT at 6:30 pm. This free event will be hosted by WDVX Radio’s Freddy Smith. Special guests will include Paul Brewster, Darrell Webb, and Jesse Gregory.

The first single release, “Old Man Winter” has certainly been receiving airplay from radio stations around the country and is such a timely tune for the harsh winter many have seen this year. The full album has been sent to radio stations and is also available to radio via AirPlayDirect.com.

Matt was joined on For a Season by Paul Brewster, Jesse Gregory, Wayne Taylor and Jerry Cole. sale at iTunes, Amazon, Pinecastlemusic.com, mattwallacemusic.com and more locations.

Matt Wallace grew up in Knoxville and still makes his home there. After playing collegiate baseball, he began pursuing his passion for music and has certainly had an impressive career making his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012 performing with the legendary Jesse McReynolds. Through the years, he has toured with some of the best in bluegrass including most recently Newton & Thomas and appearing on their current Pinecastle Records’ album, “Reborn.” He has also performed with David Parmley and Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad, and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Matt can be seen this year touring with Terry Baucom. He stays in high-demand as a fill-in and session bass player.

Matt is sponsored by Genz-Benz, TKL World Class Cases, NS Design, D’Addario Strings, Peterson Tuners, and Holmes Bass Violins.

For more information on Matt’s new album, please visit www.mattwallacemusic.com and www.pinecastlemusic.com.

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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 http://www.dreambeeartphotography.com.

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
1-(615)-889-2474
Email: etrs@comcast.net
Website: http://www.etrecordshop.com

Newton & Thomas Scheduled for Numerous Performance in Raleigh for IBMA WOB

newton-thomasMark Newton & Steve Thomas have been entertaining audiences all year long and will now take their lively show to Raleigh, NC next week. They have numerous performances scheduled during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention including:

  • Monday, Sept. 23 – 11:30 am – On the Air with Host Mike Moore on WMYN Radio’s “Celebrate NC” on your dial or listen live on the web at http://www.rcrlive.com
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 – 1:00 pm – Live interview and performance WAMU Bluegrass Country live broadcast from the Raleigh Convention Center, Room 201 in front of a live audience.
  • Wednesday, Sept 25 – 11:00 pm – Bluegrass Ramble Showcase sponsored by MerleFest, Pinecastle Records, and The Mast Farm Inn to be held at the Longview Center.
  • Thursday, Sept 26 – 3:00 pm – Special Artist Presentation titled “Working with Pinecastle and Starting Our New Band” to be held at the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion located in the Exhibit Hall at the Raleigh Convention Center.
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 – 4:00 pm – North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion Stage in the Exhibit Hall of the Raleigh Convention Center.
  • Friday, Sept 27 – 3:45 pm performance on the City Plaza Stage at the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival to be held at the 400 block of Fayetteville St., in downtown Raleigh. For more information on tickets to all of these events, please visit http://www.ibma.org.

Earlier this year, Pinecastle Records released the album, REBORN by Newton & Thomas that includes the hit single, “Old McDonald Sold The Farm.” The song has spent all year topping the bluegrass radio charts including reaching #1 four times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart, climbed as high as #5 on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks, and continues to climb the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs chart. The album made its debut this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album chart as well.

“Old McDonald Sold The Farm” has also been released as a music video that has spent numerous weeks at #1 on Yallwire’s Top 10 Most Watched Bluegrass Music Videos and appeared earlier this month at #13 on Yallwire’s Top 100 Most Watched Videos in All Genres. The video can be viewed at on youtube, yallwire.com, the band’s website and many other locations.

For more information on Newton & Thomas including additional tour dates, please visit NewtonandThomas.com. For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit pinecastlemusic.com.

Pinecastle Records Releases New Album by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

2013-ljcr-cover-500Pinecastle Records is very proud to present today’s new self-titled album release by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The album features tunes by some of today’s top songwriters including: “That’s Kentucky” written by Troy Engle, Dixie Hall and Tom T. Hall; “All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye” written by Terry Foust and Ray Edwards; along with many tunes written and arranged by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road band members.  Tracks include:

  1. That’s Kentucky 2:52 – Dixie Hall/Tom T. Hall
  2. Living With The Shades Pulled Down 2:12 – Boudleaux Bryant/Felice Bryant/Merle R. Haggard
  3. Livin Like I’m Dying 2:18 – Lorraine Jordan/Terry Foust
  4. You Won’t Ever Forget Me 3:02 – Lois Snapp/Ernest Tubb
  5. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye 2:20 – Terry Foust/Ray Edwards
  6. Song of the French Broad 2:46 – Obray Ramsey – Traditional – (Chorus by Josh Goforth)
  7. I Heard You Call His Name Last Night 2:55 – Tommy Long
  8. The Bluegrass Barn 2:50 – Lorraine Jordan
  9. Hold Me One Last Time 2:24 – Terry Foust/Lorraine Jordan
  10. Suitcase of Your Heart 3:45 – Joshua Goforth
  11. I Saw The Golden Stairs 2:58 – Tommy Long/Joshua Goforth
  12. Liza Jane 1:50 – Traditional Instrumental (Arranged by Ben Greene)

“This is a wonderfully tasty romp that takes you back to when the music mattered and it had to be good music first before the machine could turn it into product. Hot stuff,” said Midwest Records Reviews.

raleigh_wob_ibma_webLorraine Jordan & Carolina Road will perform numerous times during the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass to be held in Raleigh later this month. On September 25, Pinecastle Records and Good Home Grown Music will host the band’s CD Release Party at Tir Na Nog located at 218 South Plum St. in Raleigh, NC from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am with special guests Dale Ann Bradley, James King and Steve Dilling & Sideline. Their complete scheduled for the week includes:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Live on WAMU (IBMA) – Raleigh Convention Center – 1PM
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Tir Na Nog sponsored by Bluegrass in Cherokee and Christmas in the Smokies – 10PM
  • Wed, Sept. 25 – CD Release Party, Tir Na Nog sponsored by Pinecastle Records and Good Home Grown Music – 9PM
  • Friday, Sept. 27 – Tir Na Nog performance sponsored by Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival – 10PM
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 – Lincoln Theater sponsored by Make Welcome Entertainment – 1AM
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 – “How To Run a Band Like a Business” Seminar by Lorraine Jordan, NC Bluegrass Pavilion – 3PM
  • Saturday, Sept. 28th – Tir Na Nog concert sponsored by MerleFest – 7PM

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road’s new album is set to continue the success from their last album that included a #1 Bluegrass Unlimited song. The band is comprised of Lorraine Jordan (mandolin and tenor vocals), Tommy Long (baritone vocals and guitar), Josh Goforth (fiddle), Ben Green (banjo), and John Bradley (bass). They have earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass, averaging 60 bluegrass festivals in the U.S. and Canada annually along with headlining the Bluegrass Cruise and hosting the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival and Bluegrass in Cherokee.

For more information Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road’s new album and to see a complete list of performance dates, please visit www.carolinaroadband.com.