California’s Huck Finn Jubilee Music Festival is back in 2018

West Coast’s Largest Bluegrass Festival Under New Ownership

Ontario, CA: For over 40 years, the annual three-day music festival in Southern California, Huck Finn Jubilee, delivered acts from a long list of luminaries such as Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss,
Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, and more. After a one-year hiatus, the festival will return to Ontario, CA on October 5, 6, and 7 in 2018 under new owners Nikki and Roger.

“It’s important that we honor the tradition of this festival because the community deserves it and we want to take you on the musical journey that we experienced” says Nikki and Roger. The couple, both executives at an experiential marketing firm in Los Angeles, attended the festival in 2016 and were impressed with the music, array of activities for people of all ages and overall positive vibe. When they heard the festival wasn’t going to return in 2017, they purchased the brand and built their dream team of industry experts in hopes of keeping the festival alive and maintaining the high-level of quality its fans and the community deserves.

Entering its 41st year, the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee will offer the entire festival experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass music, local food, craft beer, a unique array of
handcrafted arts and crafts, access to beautiful park amenities, camping, fishing and general family fun.

Festival tickets and lineup announcements coming soon. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!

Learn more about the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee at HuckFinn.com and in this four-part video series:

Experience 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee (30 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (60 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (Full-Length)

2018 Huck Finn Jubilee: Mini-Documentary

New Single from Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing.  These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.

Ralph II has earned two Grammy nominations on previous albums including a Grammy Award on Lost in the Lonesome Pines along with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley for their collaboration with Jim Lauderdale. Ralph II has also proven to be an accomplished songwriter and has six solo albums, along with the highly-acclaimed duet album with his father titled Side by Side.

The Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys’ self-titled album will officially release on Friday, May 26, 2017 during Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 47th Annual Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival to be held Memorial Day weekend in Coeburn. For the past six years, Ralph II has successfully carried on his father’s legacy by running the event. This year will be no exception as it includes a stellar line-up with: Jim Lauderdale, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Dave Adkins Band, Flatt Lonesome, and a very special artist announcement coming soon.

 “Goin’ Round This World” was written by Ralph II, Alex Leach, and Joe Rose and will be serviced to radio stations today.  The song was released for sale March 30 on CDBaby  and available on  iTunes, Amazon and more digital outlets.

More on Ralph Stanley II

As one might expect for the son of a renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. At the ripe old age of three, Ralph (or simply “Two” as he is called by his family and friends), had his first lesson from the elder Stanley, learning a simple finger roll. It turned out, however, that he would not be following in his father’s footsteps, when it came to his choice of instrument. He soon fell under the spell of the undisputed king of boyhood musical desires, the guitar.

Despite his interest in the guitar, and the fact that he was occasionally traveling with the Clinch Mountain Boys on the road, he had not yet developed an ambition to play professionally. It took until age twelve and an old 1977 video of the late Keith Whitley during his tenure as lead singer for the Clinch Mountain Boys, to inspire him to become a professional musician. After seeing Whitley with the elder Stanley, he was hooked and spent hours in the family basement honing his skills, and weathering the comparisons to his late Uncle Carter. His persistence paid off, and he took the stage as lead singer with Ralph Sr. and the Clinch Mountain Boys in June of 1995. Since then, he has earned the respect of Stanley fans everywhere, and has garnered praise as a strong new artist in his own right.

Charlie Sizemore Chosen as Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Charlie Sizemore Chosen as Distinguished Alumni of the Year by Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Sizemore Has Raised Over $70,000 to Fund Scholarships

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Prestonsburg, KY —  Acclaimed vocalist and guitarist, Charlie Sizemore has been recognized by Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky as a Distinguished Alumni for the year of 2012.   Sizemore attended the school (then Prestonsburg Community College) from 1986-88.  While there he was instrumental in forming the Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society of community and junior colleges and became its first president.  He also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges.

Over the past ten years, Sizemore has raised over $70,000.00 to fund scholarships allowing deserving students in Eastern Kentucky to attend his alma mater.

Sizemore holds dual careers –running a successful law practice in Kentucky and continuing his music career as one of the most respected vocalist in bluegrass music that began at the age of 16 when he replaced Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys.

After attending Prestonsburg Community College, Sizemore enrolled at the University of Kentucky, graduating with High Distinction in 1990.  The same year he moved to Nashville and later enrolled in Nashville School of Law, where he earned his law degree with honors.

Sizemore has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums including “Heartache Looking for a Home”  and “Good News” on Rounder Records along with a “The Story Is…The Songs of Tom T. Hall.”

The Charlie Sizemore Band is now on tour and is preparing to begin work on a recording for release next year.  For more information on Charlie Sizemore, please visit charliesizemoreband.com

Charlie Sizemore Featured on Cover of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Charlie Sizemore is featured on the cover of the February 2012 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine that includes a rare interview with the acclaimed, singer-songwriter.  Sizemore uncharacteristically opens up about his music, his career as a lawyer, his hit album HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME (Rounder Records), and single No Lawyers in Heaven.”

HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME reached #1 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Album Chart last summer, was chosen in Bluegrass Today’s Top 10 Albums of 2011, and spent numerous months on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart.  No Lawyers In Heaven,” spent two consecutive months at #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs chart (Oct-Nov ’11), #1 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s Top 30 Hot Singles chart (Jul ’11), and reached #1 on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Albums chart (Oct ’11).

CMT.com says Sizemore “possesses one of the finest, most unaffected bluegrass voices I’ve come across,” and his fans certainly agree.  There are numerous favorites on this hot album including the popular “Red Wicked Wine” with special guest, Ralph Stanley that certainly brings back memories of Sizemore’s days with the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Other fan choices include “Ashley Judd” along with title track, “Heartache Looking for a Home” that has spent numerous months on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks.

The Charlie Sizemore Band is now on tour and includes the talents of: Charlie Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar); Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals); Charles Fields (bass); Josh McMurray (banjo, vocals); and Paul Kramer (fiddle and vocals).

For more information on the Charlie Sizemore Band, please visit their website or check out NPR’s Mountain Stage to hear the band’s recent performance.

Please contact Hope River Entertainment for Bookings and Media Requests.

“No Lawyers in Heaven” #1 song for Charlie Sizemore

Acclaimed bluegrass songwriter/vocalist Charlie Sizemore is celebrating  the #1 single this month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Hot Singles chart.  The song is from his current album,   HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME on Rounder Records that appears at #3 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine (BU) Top 15 Albums  with the single at #4 on the BU Top 30 Singles.

HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME includes 13 other songs including fan favorites like “Ashley Judd”, “Down in the Quarter,”  “Red Wicked Wine” and “Walking the Floor Over Me.”  Not only do fans love the new album, but critics agree Sizemore is at the top of this game:

“Sizemore’s voice is perfect for the material, straddling the line between a rich depth and that high, lonesome sound that defines the genre with relaxed ease. He never seems to be trying too hard, yet there’s simply no doubting his conviction – a man of few words who values economy of expression above all, he sings every line as though he’s lived it.’  Blog Critics

“Sizemore is very much the Vern Gosdin of the bluegrass world: a favorite of fellow singers and instrumentalists.” – Country Standard Time

“…he possesses one of the finest, most unaffected bluegrass voices I’ve come across.” – CMT.com

A native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at age 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, with whom he stayed for nine years before leaving to start his own band and attend college.  He graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky, and now maintains a successful law practice in addition to his musical endeavors.  Over the past 23 years since leaving the employment of Ralph Stanley, Sizemore has garnered a devoted following among fans and performers alike.  He’s appeared on two Grammy® nominated albums (Ralph Stanley’s Saturday Night & Sunday Morning and The Stanley Tradition: Tribute to a Bluegrass Legacy) and received a Dove award nomination (for a track from 2002’s The Story Is…The Songs of Tom T. Hall).

The Charlie Sizemore Band is Charlie Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar), Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals), Charles Fields (bass), Josh McMurray (banjo), and Glenn Gibson (Dobro).  For more information on Charlie Sizemore’s impressive career, please visit www.CharlieSizemoreBand.com

Rounder to Release Charlie Sizemore’s Newest Album February 15

Rounder Records press release:

Rounder Records is pleased to announce the February 15 release of Charlie Sizemore’s Heartache Looking for a Home. It is the follow-up to his outstanding 2007 Rounder debut, Good News. A native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at age 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, with whom he stayed for nine years before leaving to start his own band and to attend college.

Sizemore graduated with honors, and now maintains a successful law practice in addition to his musical endeavors. Sizemore is highly regarded as a vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist and bandleader, his songs have been recorded by Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Doyle Lawson and Dry Branch Fire Squad to name a few.

While Sizemore didn’t write any of the 14 songs on the new album, there’s a common thread of restlessness, of yearning, in the material chosen so carefully. The people in these songs are all seeking comfort, some momentary peace, in a lover’s arms in “Down in the Quarter,” in a glass of “Red Wicked Wine” or in fantasies of unobtainable women — in the movies (“Ashley Judd”) or the apartment upstairs (“Walking the Floor Over Me.”). And while this isn’t a concept album, our restless soul finds peace at last, closing with “Crossing Over Into the Valley,” a love song of homecoming to the Shenandoah Valley: “Sweet sanctuary, welcome me in.”

Charlie is joined on this album by the four like-minded musicians in The Charlie Sizemore Band — banjo player Josh McMurray, resonator guitarist Matt DeSpain, mandolinist Danny Barnes and bassist John Pennell. There’s no flash-for-flash-sake. All play with the same restrained soulfulness that’s a Sizemore trademark. Even as he reaches beyond bluegrass for material, his Charlie Sizemore Band remains firmly rooted in the sound he was raised on. “It could be my years with Ralph, but I’ve never thought of us as anything but a traditional bluegrass band.”

Heartache covers lots of ground, musically and geographically, which suits Charlie just fine. “I don’t want to make the record I made previously. I just try to keep it interesting for me.”

Track listing for Heartache Looking for a Home:

  1. Down in the Quarter 2:14
  2. Red Wicked Wine 2:38
  3. No Lawyers in Heaven 3:01
  4. Heartache Looking for a Home 1:58
  5. Feelin’ Like El Paso 2:58
  6. Slow Goin’ 2:36
  7. Walking The Floor Over Me 2:22
  8. I Don’t Remember Loving You 3:39
  9. Poor Rambler 3:01
  10. Ashley Judd 2:06
  11. Fords of Pittman 2:48
  12. Pay No Attention to Alice 3:16
  13. Going to Georgia 2:03
  14. Crossing Over Into the Valley 2:47

Rural Rhythm Announces Upcoming CD Releases

Rural Rhythm Records announces some great new CD releases for early 2010.  More to be announced soon!

January 12, 2010  – Randy Kohrs – “Quicksand”

January 12, 2010 – Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie “Southern”

February 9, 2010 – Michael Martin Murphey “Buckaroo Blue Grass 2″

February 9, 2010 – Brand New Strings – “No Strings Attached

March 16, 2010 – Reno & Smiley with Carter and Ralph Stanley “Bluegrass 1963”

March 16, 2010 – Mac Wiseman with Lester Flatt & Chubby Wise “Bluegrass 1971”

March 30, 2010 – Audie Blaylock & Redline – title tba