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.

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#NewMusicFriday Shannon Slaughters Drops New Album to Radio

In a surprise move, Shannon Slaughter dropped his new album, Never Standing Still to radio stations today at  Physical copies will hit radio stations next week.  The album’s official street date is Friday, October 27.  Music fans can pre-order the album now at  iTunes Amazon, CDBaby, and more physical and digital sites.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” is already a radio hit appearing in the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and making its debut at #10 on the October 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still was Produced by Wes Easter, Randy Kohrs, and Shannon Slaughter. Rhythm Tracks were recorded at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA and engineered by Wes Easter.  Vocals were recorded at:  Slack Key Studio in Nashville, TN and engineered by Randy Kohrs. The album was mixed and mastered by Wes and Derek Easter at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA.  Tracks Include:

  1. You Can’t Outrun the River (3:41) – Shannon Slaughter, Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford — (Elite Circuit Music) / (Never Wanted Nothing More Music) / (Daniel House Music)
  2. Find Your Own Highway (3:05) – Shannon Slaughter, Dale Felts, Bob Minner – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Missouri Boy Music)
  3. Old Kentucky Home (2:43) – Greg Preece (Weaver of Words Music)
  4. That Old County Road (3:50) – Rusty Hendrix, Shannon Slaughter – (Sonic Hill Publishing) / (Elite Circuit Music)
  5. Love is a Cross and Three Nails (3:33) – Shannon Slaughter, Mark Brinkman – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Brinksongs Music)
  6. The Girl I Love (2:56) – Jake Landers – (Glad Music)
  7. Going Home (2:58) – Roger Rasnake – (Pathwalker Music)
  8. Lonely Trail of Tears (3:44) – Shannon Slaughter, Terry Foust – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Creekbed Music)
  9. Better Move it On Home ( 2:29) – Ray Griff (Blue Echo Music)
  10. He Moved a Mountain (3:27) – Dale Felts, Shannon Slaughter (Elite Circuit Music)
  11. Dying to Live Again (3:39) – Marla Cannon-Goodman, Shannon Slaughter, Dale Felts – (Spirit Music) / (Elite Circuit Music)
  12. I Was a Farmer (3:25) – Cliff Bailey, James Paul Bailey, Shannon Slaughter – (Elite Circuit Music)
  13. Trying to Be My Own Man (4:23) – Shannon Slaughter, Terry Foust – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Creekbed Music)
  14. Movin’ On (2:39) – Merle Haggard (Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
  15. Rae & Jed (1:44)


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Larry Cordle Releases New Gospel Album

Nashville, Tenn.  (March 30, 2017)  – Larry Cordle is very proud to announce his new gospel album Give Me Jesus is now released. A special first run edition, that includes a 12-page booklet with song lyrics and personal notes for each track, is available until supplies run out.  Physical copies can be purchased at or CDBaby. The album is also available for digital purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and more outlets.  He has penned hits for some of Country music’s biggest stars and garnered awards for numerous Country and Bluegrass albums, so when he says this album is the highlight of his career, music fans will definitely want to check it out.

Cordle, AKA The Mighty Cord, rounded up some of his closest friends to bring the album to life.  He is joined by Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Val Storey, Don Rigsby, Bradley Walker, Lethal Jackson Angie La Primm and Gail Mayes on vocals.

“I’ve been working on this new gospel album for about a year and a half. I had to practically stop working on it while I was undergoing chemo for my leukemia, which by the grace of God is now in remission. I want to thank you all for the prayers sent up for me during and since my treatment” says Cord.

The liner notes were written by his good friend and songwriting buddy Larry “The Rev” Shell who wrote “The Lord, knowing that Larry is a songwriter, gave him the words and melodies to many of these songs. In fact, if you listen to this collection, you will literally hear Larry’s personal testimony of his strong and enduring faith.”  Cord and Shell wrote three songs on the album including one of the stand out tracks “The Old Thing’s Walkin’ About.” To read the unique and very funny story of how this song came about, you will certainly want to purchase one of the limited 12-page booklet copies.

Bluegrass radio programmers will certainly enjoy “The Lonesome Road” with lead vocals by Carl Jackson’s dad, Lethal Jackson and also “God Had A Hand In It,” written by Carl Jackson and Jerry Salley, featuring guest vocalists Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker and Chris Latham.

Tracks include:

  1. Two Coats (3:28) Trad arr. By Larry Cordle; Vocals: Larry Cordle and Don Rigsby
  2. Give Me Jesus (2:39) Trad arr. Larry Cordle; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Val Storey
  3. It’s A Lonesome Road (2:32) Carl Story; Lead Vocals by Lethal Jackson with Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Bradley Walker
  4. I’ll Meet You In the Morning (3:08) A.E. Brumley; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Val Storey, Bradley Walker
  5. The Old Thing’s Walkin’ About (3:37) L. Cordle, L. Shell; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Angie La Primm, Gail Mayes
  6. This Blood’s For You (3:44) – L. Cordle, L. Shell; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Chris Latham
  7. God Had A Hand In It (2:31) C. Jackson, J. Salley; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker
  8. Gone On Before (3:51) – L. Cordle, R. Bowman; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Val Storey
  9. Lost As A Ball In High Weeds (4:27) L. Cordle, L. Shell; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Val Storey, Carl Jackson, Bradley, Walker
  10. The Old Ship Of Zion (2:05) T. Dorsey; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Don Rigsby, Bradley Walker
  11. The First Step To Heaven (3:08) J. Rushing, E. Gordy, Jr.; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker
  12. Family Bible (3:32) W. Nelson; Vocals: Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson and Bradley Walker
  13. When You Pray, Will You Pray For Me (1:09) A. Mier (for Brother Herb): Vocals by: Larry Cordle, Val Storey, Carl Jackson, Bradley Walker

Radio programmers can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect or request a digital or physical copy.

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More information on Larry Cordle

Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle is also a multi-award IBMA Award Winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and one of Nashville’s most revered Singer-Songwriters penning such hits as “Murder on Music Row” and “Highway 40 Blues.” His songs have been recorded by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. He tours and records with his band Lonesome Standard Time, performs with as a Trio with Carl Jackson and Jerry Salley, and performs every Monday night for New Monday at the Station Inn in Nashville with Val Storey, Carl Jackson and more friends.  In addition to his songwriting and role as a bandleader, Cordle is sometimes featured as a lead and/or background vocalist on some of Nashville’s most awarded and popular music. He’s provided harmony vocals for artists such as Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Bradley Walker, Billy Yates, Rebecca Lynn Howard and co-writing pal, Jerry Salley. His lead & harmony singing is featured on Livin, Lovin, Losin: A Tribute to the Louvin Brothers, which won a GRAMMY for Best Country Album in 2003 and the 2004 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award.  He’s also featured on two tracks of Moody Bluegrass, alongside artists such as Tim O’Brien, Alison Krauss, John Cowan, Harley Allen et al and again featured as lead vocalist on Moody Bluegrass II.

New Music from Volume Five – DRIFTER Now Released!



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 or by emailing, and to consumers via various digital outlets and wherever great music is sold. 
For more information on Volume Five, please visit
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LIFE GOES ON album by Musicians Against Childhood Cancer® Now Released

Rural Rhythm Records has now released the highly anticipated new album release, LIFE GOES ON by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer®.  This new 2 CD set is now available for purchase at, County Sales, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer website, Rural Rhythm Records, directly through the participating artists and many more locations.  The LIFE GOES ON album was recorded live during the annual MACC festivals from 2006 – 2011 with the exception of the new single “Life Goes On” that was recorded at Randy Kohrs’ Slack Key Studio in Nashville, TN.

The all-star line-up on the LIFE GOES ON 2-CD Set includes the following tracks:


Disc 1

01      GOODBYE TO THE BLUES – Johnson Mountain Boys

02      BEYOND THE SUNSET– Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore, Jamie Dailey, Josh Swift

03      RAGGED MAN – Gibson Brothers

04      I GOT A WOMAN – Pine Mountain Railroad

05      PLEASE COME TO BOSTON – New Found Road

06      SIX FEET UNDER THE GROUND – Michael Cleveland and Fame Keeper

07      IN THE TIME THAT YOU GAVE ME – Shawn Camp

08      GOIN’ ACROSS THE SEA – J. D. Crow & The New South

09      HIGHWAY OF SORROW – Junior Sisk

10      FRAULEIN – Lost and Found

11      RAIN AND SNOW – Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band)

12      REVELATION – Bradley Walker

13      PANHANDLE COUNTRY – Clay Hess & Friends

14      ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE – Josh Williams Band

15      FORTY YEARS – David Parmley & Continental Divide

16      THE WATER IS WIDE – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

17      HARD TIMES – The Grascals

18      PAUL’S MINISTRY – Paul Williams

19      STRUTTIN’ TO FERRUM – Lonesome River Band

20      BLUE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN – The SteelDrivers



01      MANZANITA – Tony Rice


03      PRECIOUS MEMORIES – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

04      LITTLE JOHN I AM – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

05      TENNESSEE WHISKEY – Chris Stapleton, Morgane Hayes, Bradley Walker

06      SMASHVILLE – Sierra Hull & Highway 111

07      GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE – Sally Connell, Dudley Connell

08      WHERE THE NEVER DIES  – Don Rigsby & Josh Williams

09      NOTHING BUT A WHIPPORWILL – Blue Highway

10      THE WATER SO COLD – Marty Raybon and Full Circle

11      THE TURKEY BUZZARD – Joe Mullins & Aubry Hayine

12      HE DIED A ROUNDER AT 21 – Junior Sisk, Randy Kohrs, Josh Williams

13      THE LIKES OF ME – Randy Kohrs Band

14      SHOUTING TIME IN HEAVEN – Kenny & Amanda Smith

15      AT THE END OF THE A LONG LONELY – Danny Paisley & Southern Grass

16      MEMORIES OF MOTHER – James King

17      I SHOULD’VE CALLED – Larry Stephenson

18      OLD VIOLIN – Larry Cordle, Michael Cleveland

19      LIFE GOES ON – Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Ronnie Bowman, Rickey Wasson, Larry Cordle

Rural Rhythm Records will soon release a new music video of the first single, “Life Goes On.” The song is currently #8 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart.  The VIDEO was filmed at Liberty Church in Gallatin, TN during the week of the 2012 SPBGMA convention and features Ronnie Bowman, Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Rickey Wasson, and directed by brothers, Sammy Passamano III and Anthony Passamano.  Although the video is still in production, the label has released a short preview that can be found on their website.  Family memory photos are courtesy of the musicians involved in this project and Darrel Adkins who founded Musicians Against Childhood Cancer along with his wife Phyllis Adkins in honor of their daughter, Mandy who lost her battle with cancer on November 25, 2000.  Proceeds from the annual festival benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

For more information on Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, please visit their website at

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“Life Goes On” by Musicians Against Childhood Cancer®

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Rural Rhythm Records just released the beautiful new song, “Life Goes On” by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer® to radio.  (listen to a clip here).  The title track surely speaks to the heart and soul and gives us a glimpse of the all-star power contained on this exciting new 2 CD Set releasing March 27, 2012.  This beautiful song was written by Dale Pyatt and Steve Thomas and includes lead vocals by Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Rickey Wasson, Larry Cordle, and Ronnie Bowman.  It was recently released on the label’s Fresh Cuts & Key tracks radio compilation CD and is now available at

“Life Goes On” also includes the talents of: Ron Stewart (Fiddle); Jim VanCleve (Fiddle); Alan Bibey (Mandolin); Clay Hess (Guitar);  Randy Kohrs (Harmony vocal, Dobro); Jay Weaver (Bass); and Garnet Bowman, Ashley Kohrs, D.A. Adkins, Len Butler, Gary Payne, Dale “Chicken Grease” Pyatt (Harmony Vocals).

The LIFE GOES ON album was recorded live during the annual MACC festivals from 2006 – 2011 with the exception of the new single “Life Goes On” that was recorded at Randy Kohrs’ Slack Key Studio in Nashville , TN.

Proceeds from the festival benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  Performers at the festival generously donate their time and talent to this cause.  MACC was founded by Darrel & Phyllis Adkins in honor of their daughter, Mandy who lost her battle with cancer on November 25, 2000.  LIFE GOES ON is the next chapter for this important music project and once again the Bluegrass music community has stepped up and supported the project with open arms and a big heart.

For more information on Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, please visit their website at

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Melonie Cannon Opens Up About Addiction

Melonie Cannon

One of Nashville’s most beloved female vocalists, Melonie Cannon, has announced her recent battle with an addiction to prescription medications. Melonie describes the experience by revealing, “I was in a dark hole and I didn’t even know it.  I became isolated from family and friends. In just a couple of years, I went from being on prescribed medications to being addicted to prescription medications.  It felt like there was no way out because no one would understand what I was going through. Prescription drug addiction has become a huge problem in this country, and I’m not ashamed to talk about it.”

“But with the help of my Daddy, Mom and husband, I gathered the courage to check into a residential rehab facility,” she continued.  “I’ll never forget how alone I had been feeling for such a long time.  But to my complete surprise, I had 14 visitors on my first Sunday in treatment! Just when I thought I didn’t have anybody, I had EVERYBODY and they were all still pulling for me and loved me no matter what!”

Melonie Cannon "And The Wheels Turn"

Melonie was headed to the lowest point in her struggle around October 2008 – the same time as the release of her brand new Rural Rhythm Records album, AND THE WHEELS TURN. The first single, “I Call It Gone” was already having huge success on bluegrass radio, along with rave album and single reviews.  In January of this year, the label continued on track with the country radio release of Back to Earth, a duet with country legend Willie Nelson, plus the release of a beautiful music video filmed on Nelson’s Texas ranch.

Both songs were extremely successful, with “I Call It Gone” hitting #1 in the Sirius-XM Top 40 bluegrass song chart and spending 9 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Singles Chart.  “Back to Earth” garnered significant adds on Country Radio stations in the U.S. and Europe, with the video appearing on CMT’s Pure 12-Pack Countdown TV program.  The “Back to Earth” video is still on the program’s voting list at

“I realize I will always struggle with an addictive personality,” Melonie stated.  “Since I grew up the child of an addict/alcoholic, chaos was the only thing I knew! But instead of trying to point my finger at my Dad, he has now become my inspiration to live right each day.  He tried to help me for so long, but one day, he just stopped looking at me.  That was the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with.  But today I am working closely with him again and we are talking about our next record.  I was so scared we would never work together again! But God stepped in and I stepped up!”

With the announcement of her recent struggles, Melonie was thrilled that Rural Rhythm Records will issue a special free download of  Send A Little Love, another moving song from the album produced by Ronnie Bowman and her Dad, Buddy Cannon.  Bowman and John Scott Scherrill, two of her best friends in the music business, composed this heartfelt tune.  “I feel like singing those lyrics to everyone…..’and let it shine, just like the sun.  Let it pour on down on everyone.’ That is how I feel – like the sun is shining down again!  I love life and I’m so happy to be a part of each and every day,” said Melonie.

Rural Rhythm Records recently released a single, “Dark Shadows” to bluegrass radio via their Fresh Cuts and Key Tracks #5 radio sampler CD. Melonie is thrilled to be back focusing on her career – “I am looking forward to getting back to touring next year and supporting this album that is so dear to my heart.”

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May’s Bluegrass Unlimited Charts

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Congratulations to CARRIE HASSLER & HARD RAIN for having the #1 Single, “I Can Go Back Anytime” from their “CHHR2” album (Rural Rhythm Records)  on the May Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30!  It is not often a female reaches #1 on this chart.  This is the second song written by Jennifer Strickland for this band that has achieved chart success.  Jennifer also wrote “Going on the Next Train” that was on the band’s first Rural Rhythm CD and the song reached #11 last year. 

Lonesome River Band
Lonesome River Band

Also on the May Bluegrass Unlimited Chart is LONESOME RIVER BAND with the #1 ALBUM.  Congratulations and very deserving for their Rural Rhythm Records album,  “NO TURNING BACK.”   They also have TWO SINGLES on the Top 30 – “Them Blues” and “Like a Train Needs a Track.”  Wow – very impressive chart success!

Melonie Cannon
Melonie Cannon

MELONIE CANNON also rises up the chart, hitting #9 for her single, ‘I Call It Gone” from her Rural Rhythm CD, “AND THE WHEELS TURN”  that appears at #13 on the BU Top 15 Album Chart.  The CD was prouduced by Buddy Cannon and Ronnie Bowman.  Amazing songs and vocals.  There isn’t a bad song on the entire album – no fillers – just great music.  You can still vote for Melonie on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown for her video “Back to Earth” with Willie Nelson.  

Audie Blaylock & Redline
Audie Blaylock & Redline

AUDIE BLAYLOCK & REDLINE appear at #12  on the Top 15 Album chart for their self-titled new album on Rural Rhythm Records.  This is a fast appearance by the band, and also includes “Whispering Waters” at #25 on the BU Top 30 Singles.  This album is receiving rave reviews – if you love traditional bluegrass, you will love this album!  

Jeanette Williams
Jeanette Williams

And last but certainly not least, JEANETTE WILLIAMS with the #14 Single, “Bad Money” (written by the Lonesome River Band’s Brandon Rickman) and the #14 ALBUM, “Thank You for Caring.”  We love this CD and another favorite song from this CD is Dreamer!

Our Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Songs of 2008

Continuing with numerous categories for Best Songs of 2008, we offer our staff pics for Our Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Songs of 2008.


Greenbrier's CD "The Back of the Book"
Greenbrier's CD "The Back of the Book"

BARABBAS by Greenbrier (The Back of the Book, Indie). Songwriter: Russell Allen. Listening to Barabbas makes you feel like you are sitting in the front pew of a small town mountain church.  If you ever want to see this band live, a great opportunity is the Annual Jimbo Whaley and Friends Concert held every March.  Visit for concert information or to order your copy of “The Back of the Book.”

Lonesome River Band ("No Turning Back")
Lonesome River Band ("No Turning Back")

DARKNESS WEPT by Lonesome River Band (No Turning Back, Rural Rhythm). Songwriters: Dee Gaskin and Rebecca Bowman. Classic LRB harmony and Andy Ball’s lead vocals will give you chills.  LRB’s album is now available at the label’s site,, Amazon, Wal-Mart and many other stores along with the band’s site at:

Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad
Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad

I BOWED ON MY KNEES AND CRIED HOLY by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad (Pickin’, Praisin’ and Singin’…. Hymns from the Mountains (Rural Rhythm Records, public domain). It is great to see CS&PMR’s arrangement of familiar gospel classics on this album. It is no wonder this song and many more from this CD, have received huge radio and chart success this year – excellent harmony.  If you would like to purchase the album it is available at numerous sites online including, Amazon, Wal-Mart, the band’s website, and Rural Rhythm Records to name just a few.

Melonie Cannon ("And The Wheels Turn")
Melonie Cannon ("And The Wheels Turn")

MARY MAGDALINE (Why You Cryin’) by Melonie Cannon (And The Wheels Turn, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriters: Melonie Cannon, Marla Cannon-Goodman, Ronnie Bowman and Buddy Cannon. One of our favorite tracks of 2008….. in any category.   You can purchase the CD numerous places including AMAZON, Wal-Mart, Melonie’s site and Rural Rhythm Records to name a few.

RUN ON by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad (Pickin’, Praisin’ and Singin’…. Hymns from the Mountains, Rural Rhythm Records, public domain). Pine Mountain Railroad has long been known for their outstanding harmony and this song is no exception. The five-part harmony on Run On is not often seen in bluegrass and this song is exceptional!

THE BACK OF THE BOOK by Greenbrier (The Back of the Book, Indie). Songwriters are Greenbrier band members, Jimbo Whaley and Roger Helton. This song just makes you smile and the harmony is fantastic. We love it and this is another one of our favorite songs in any category!

Jett's Creek "Supposed to Be"
Jett's Creek "Supposed to Be"

THE PRAYER by Jett’s Creek (Supposed to Be, Indie). Written by band member, Angie Young who also wrote the title track. You just can’t match that family harmony. If you are ever having a bad day or just need to be touched by a song – play it. Angie Young is a vocalist and a songwriter you will want to pay close attention to.  Visit

Rickey Wasson "Losin' in Las Vegas"
Rickey Wasson "Losin' in Las Vegas"

TOUCHED BY THE MASTERS HAND by Rickey Wasson (Losin’ in Las Vegas, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriter: Rickey Wasson. The guest vocals by Sonya Isaacs and Ben Isaacs are just beautiful. It is worth the price of the CD to read Rickey’s comments about how this song came about.  Rickey’s CD is available at Amazon, Wal-Mart, Rural Rhythm Records and many other stores.