Larry Cordle Releases New AlbumTales From East Kentucky

Nashville, Tenn.  (July 6, 2018) –  Kentucky Music Hall of Famer, three-time Grammy Nominee and multi-IBMA award-winner LARRY CORDLE is back with another strong collection of original tunes titled TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY. The album is now available for purchase at major retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at

Cordle takes listeners down a Kentucky road as he co-wrote all tracks on the album including six songs with his good buddy Larry Shell. Other co-writers include: Donna Ulisse, Trey Hensley, Connie Leigh, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman, Jim Rushing, and Donnie Clark.

Musicians include Cordle’s band members from Lonesome Standard Time: Mike Anglin, Chris Davis, Kim Gardner and Jody King along with guests Ron Block, Mike Bub, Aubrey Haynie, Jenee Fleenor, Clay Hess, Chris Latham, Clay Hess, and Rob Ickes.  Guest vocalists include: Don Rigsby, Jerry Salley, Val Storey, Jenee Fleenor, Val Storey, Donna Ulisse, Angie Prim, Brandon Rickman, Josh Swift, and LST member Chris Davis.


01 – Yardbird (2:52) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
02 – Where The Mountain Lilies Grow (3:31), Donna Ulisse, Larry Cordle
03 – Bluegrass Junction (2:15) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, Trey Hensley
04 – Lawrence County Seat (2:51) Connie. Leigh, Larry Cordle
05 – Old Men (2:48), Larry Shell, Larry Cordle
06 – We Blame The Devil (3:58) Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman
07 – A Large Detroit American Automobile (2:35) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
08 – Scared The Hell Out Of Me (4:10) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
09 – Back When (3:01) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
10 – Anything Worth Doing (3:02) Jim Rushing, Larry Cordle
11 – Bandit (3:31) Larry Cordle, Donnie Clark

The album was produced:   Larry Cordle for Wandachord Productions.  Please visit Larry Cordle at,, and


Radio programmers can download TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY at

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Release New Single: “Brown County Red”

IIIrd_Tyme_Out_2014_EAF_302Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are proud to announce the long awaited release of new music on their newly formed label, Break-A-String. “Brown County Red,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album, The Test of Tyme, is now available to radio stations at or by request.  Read the entire press release at East Public Relations.

View the video “The Making of Brown County Red” below!

Contacts for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Publicity and Radio Requests
East Public Relations, Kimberly Williams

Management & Booking
Moonstruck Management, Josh Trivett

Acoustic Christmas Carols by Michael Martin Murphey

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift?  Award-winning entertainer and songwriter, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY has a new Christmas album out now titled,  “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II.”   He will also head out later this month for his 17th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball Tour™ on November 26, 2010 in Benton, Texas with stops in at least 15 cities before Christmas.  A complete itinerary can be found at his website.

Murphey provides lead and harmony vocals, guitar, and tambourine on ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II and is joined by Ryan Murphey (guitar), Laura Murphey (vocals), Brennan Murphey (guitar), Bea McTye (pipe organ), Paul Sadler (hammer dulcimer), John McEuen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, tambourine, Indian drum), Tony Laupheimer (percussion), Joey Miskulin (accordion), and produced by Joey Miskulin and Michael Martin Murphey.

The album is now available to radio via Airplay Direct and available for sale at iTunes, Amazon, Rural Rhythm Records,, and many other retail outlets.

01 Home, Sweet Home
02 O Little Town of Bethlehem
03 The First Noël
04 In the Bleak Midwinter
05 ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
06 Away in a Manger
07 Joy to the World
08 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
09 We Three Kings
10 Go Tell It on the Mountain
11 Silent Night
12 What Child Is This?
13 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
14 Home, Sweet Home (Reprise)

The arrangements are reflective of the sounds of a solitary minstrel, or a small group of friends and family singing in a tiny chapel or around the fireside,“ explained Murphey. The cover art for “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II” was provided by award-winning Utah artist and cowboy, Pete Plastow

Rural Rhythm Records has released two previous CDs by Murphey including: the Grammy™ nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS; and this year’s BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: Riding Song that includes two power country vocal collaborations – “Wildfirewith Carrie Hassler and Running Gunwith Audie Blaylock.

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit or  Booking services for Murphey are handled by and album PR by Hope River Entertainment.

“NIGHTS” by NU-BLU Hits the Charts

Nu-Blu is celebrating significant chart success for their debut album, “NIGHTS” including this week’s debut at #37 on the Americana Music Charts, #10 on the Euro Americana Chart, and #22 on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report Top 50 Album chart.

Their new album has certainly appealed to numerous genres of music as evidenced by their recent win as “Country Band of the Year” by the Carolina Music Awards and inclusion in the Mast Farm Inn’s Emerging Artist Concerts to be held during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass this Fall. That will be the band’s exclusive performance during the week long event that begins September 27, 2010 and held at the Nashville Convention Center.

Nu-Blu has recently been featured in: Bluegrass Music Profile Magazine and The Alternate Root, with impressive support from radio stations around the globe. Remo Ricaldone (Radio Host in Italy) says Nu-Blu “plays some of the most genuine, honest and delightful roots music around,” with Tom Henderson (WMNF, Tampa, FL) describing the album as, “Impeccable pickin’ and singing.”

Nu-Blu includes the talents of:  Daniel Routh on guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Carolyn Routh on bass, and lead and harmony  vocals including the new single release, “Spin on a Red Brick Floor”; Kendall Gales on mandolin; Levi Austin on banjo and vocals; with special guest, Greg Luck.  The album was produced by Carolyn Routh and Greg Luck and recorded at Red Squared Audio (Siler City, NC) with additional tracks at Riverside Audio (Mt. Gilead, NC).  “NIGHTS” was mastered by Daniel Routh, Red Squared Audio, and engineered by Daniel Routh and Levi Austin

“NIGHTS” is now available at, iTunes, Music Shed, CD Baby, Wal-Mart, the band’s website and more outlets.  The album is available to radio via For more information on Nu-Blu including a complete tour schedule, Booking and Media contacts, please visit

Nu-Blu “Nights” CD Release Party

Nu-Blu is celebrating today’s new album release, “NIGHTS,” by announcing details on their upcoming CD Release Party scheduled for May 22, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in downtown Siler City, NC (Courtyard Stage).  The event is sponsored by the NC Arts Incubator and co-sponsored by Welford Harris Ford and Courtyard Coffee and will be held in conjunction with the “Weekend in Downtown Siler City” event that includes a Third Friday Arts Walk, food vendors, and after hours by local art galleries.

 “NIGHTS” is now available at, iTunes, Music Shed, CD Baby, Wal-Mart and via the band’s website at  The first single release, “Spin on a Red Brick Floor” among numerous other tracks on the album have received an overwhelming positive response from radio including, but not limited to:

This extraordinary CD just takes your breath away. It starts off strong and continues that way until the last note of NIGHTS. The vocals by Carolyn are crystal clear and they take you into her special place. The harmony vocals by the other band members fit in perfectly with the total sound. I just loved the instrumental Red Haired Boy and thought another traditional instrumental would fit in very well. This band has a hard driving sound that resonates well with bluegrass audiences. My listeners loved it!!!! A sure fire winner.” Al Shusterman (KCBL)

“Really solid – great arrangements, singing and playing.  I’m a Nanci Griffith fan and love your version of Spin on a Red Brick Floor and really like Lonesome Mountain.  Good originals too!  Thanks again and good luck with your new band (cool name)!!
Jerry Mills (KOLT)

“The instrumentation and vocals are great.” Charlie Hall (WCYO)

“Recieved your new CD and it’s great!!  Thanks!!” Freddy Smith (WDVX)

“I REALLY like this CD!  Congratulations on a fine project!” Joe Wills (WBZC)

Nu-Blu includes the talents of Daniel Routh, Carolyn Routh, Kendall Gales and Levi Austin.  For more information including a complete tour schedule, please visit

More information on “Nights”

Daniel and Carolyn Routh co-wrote two original songs on the album, “In and Out of Love,” and “How Do I Move On,” with Daniel also co-writing “My Sweet Carolyn” with Nu-Blu band member Levi Austin.  “Nights”, the title track was penned by award-winning singer-songwriter, longtime friend of the band, Donna Hughes (Rounder).  Other featured tracks include: “Lonesome Mountain” and “Try to Catch the Wind” (written by Mark ‘Brink’ Brinkman); “Old Black Suit” (written by Larry Shell and Kim Williams); “I Won’t Be Around” (written by Greg Luck); “River of Love” (written by Otha Young and Juice Newton); plus many more that will certainly become fan favorites.

“NIGHTS” includes 12 tracks by Nu-Blu band members: Daniel Routh on guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Carolyn Routh on bass, and lead vocals on 7 of the tracks including the new single release, “Spin on a Red Brick Floor”; Kendall Gales on mandolin; Levi Austin on banjo; with special guest, Greg Luck.  The CD was produced by Carolyn Routh and Greg Luck and recorded at Red Squared Audio (Siler City, NC) with additional tracks at Riverside Audio (Mt. Gilead, NC).  “NIGHTS” was mastered by Daniel Routh, Red Squared Audio and engineered by Daniel Routh and Levi Austin.

Hope River Entertainment Announces After Hours Showcase Line-Up

Hope River Entertainment is proud to announce the line-up for our After Hours Showcase held during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass.  The concert will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, 2nd floor, Fisk Rooms 1 & 2 on Tuesday, September 29th from 11:15 PM – 2:00 AM. This late night concert includes performances by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), Audie Blaylock & Redline, Donna Hughes Band, Brand New Strings, Tim Hensley, and Jett’s Creek.

Jett's Creek

Starting off this late night at 11:15 PM – Jett’s Creek, an Ohio based national touring act.  The band will debut songs from their upcoming album, including their new song, Please.  Jett’s Creek band members include: Adam McIntosh, Angie Young, Jon McIntosh, Johnny Wax, Wayne Haddix and Jeff Bird. Jett’s Creek made their IBMA debut last year during our After Hours and we are proud to welcome them back.

Brand New Strings

Brand New Strings will take the stage at 11:35 pm with members: Mike Ramsey (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Stuart Wyrick (Banjo), Matt Leadbetter (Dobro) and special guest, Preston Schmidt (Fiddle.) Massengill and Ramsey each contribute original material to the group and you don’t want to miss this show! “Combine great songs with strong vocals and some hard driving bluegrass and you’ve got Brand New Strings,” said Mike Kelly (WDVX). The group just completed their upcoming new album with producer, Steve Gulley.


Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain will welcome the midnight hour with their high-energy performance that will keep you going all night! Hard Rain includes: Keith McKinnon, Kevin McKinnon, Jamie Harper, Travis Anderson and Zach Gilmer. The group is celebrating their highly successful chart album, CHHR2 on Rural Rhythm Records. Their hit single, “‘I Can Go Back Anytime” reached #1 on the May 2009 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 single chart. Check out their latest single, “Faith & Hope” along with Carrie’s latest gospel single release, “Amazing Grace.” CHHR will also be performing at this year’s IBMA FanFest, Friday, October 3, at 2:15 pm.

Audie Blaylock

At 12:25 AM, we welcome 2009 IBMA Showcase artist, Audie Blaylock & Redline. The band is nominated for the 2009 IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year award for “Who’ll Sing For Me?” from their current self-titled new album on Rural Rhythm Records. You can catch the band at their booth in the Exhibit Hall during the convention; plus their performances at the IBMA Showcase Brunch on Wednesday, September 30 and IBMA FanFest on Friday, October 2, at 2:45 pm. Audie has been packing our After Hours Showcases since the World of Bluegrass was held in Louisville, KY, and we are glad to have them back!

donna6smallAt 12:50 AM, we are proud to have another official IBMA Showcase Artist, the Donna Hughes Band. Don’t miss their official showcase performance on Wednesday, September 30, at 8:30 pm and at the IBMA FanFest on the Master’s Workshop Stage on Friday, October 2, at 4:40 pm. Donna just finished recording her upcoming new Rounder Records album produced by bluegrass legend, JD Crowe. Convention attendees will get to take home the first cut, “Dr. Jekyl,” as it will appear on the 2009 IBMA Showcase compilation CD!

Tim Hensley

Hitting the stage at 1:10 AM, is Tim Hensley who is finishing up a mega tour as gutarist and vocalist with Kenny Chesney. Tim and guests will perform songs from his current Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair Records bluegrass album, Long Monday. The CD was produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon. One of the tracks from the album, “Shady Grove” appears this week at #21 on Sirius-XM Radio’s Top 40 Song chart.

During this time slot, we’ll also have a special surprise for someone, so you don’t want to miss it!

Brandon Rickman

From 1:40 am, we welcome Brandon Rickman with special guests to celebrate his critically acclaimed debut solo album, YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL on Rural Rhythm Records. The album appears this month at #5 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 Albums and TWO SINGLES on their Top 30: “Here Comes That Feeling” at #20 and “Always Have, Always Will” at #28. Brandon is, of course guitarist and lead singer for the ever-popular Lonesome Rver Band. The band is celebrating a #1 album, “No Turning Back” (3 months in a row this year) and a #1 single, “Them Blues.”  We also invite you to their IBMA FanFest performance Friday, October 3, at 9:30 pm. The Lonesome River Band is nominated for two 2009 IBMA Awards including Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for their song, “Struttin’ to Ferrum” and for the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “Darkness Wept.” The Lonesome River Band will perform at the IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, Oct 1 at the Ryman Auditorium.

So please join us, mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!

11:15  pm – Jett’s Creek
11:35 pm – Brand New Strings
12:00 midnight – Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
12:25 am – Audie Blaylock & Redline
12:50 am – Donna Hughes Band
1:10 am – Tim Hensley
1:40 am – Brandon Rickman

For Interview Requests, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 678.377.3298 or via email.


Photos courtesy of:
Tim Hensley: Photo by Glen Rose Photography
Brandon Rickman – Photo by Anthony Ladd of Kneelin Design
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain – Photo by Anthony Ladd of Kneelin Design
Brand New Strings – Photo by: Dean Hoffmeyer
Jett’s Creek – Photo by: Only You Photography


New single release, “Sister” by GOLD HEART

Gold Heart's new album "My Sisters and Me"
Gold Heart's new album "My Sisters and Me"

Rural Rhythm Records has released the single, “Sister” by the award-winning bluegrass band, GOLD HEART. The song is from the band’s upcoming August 25, 2009 album release, “MY SISTERS AND ME,” produced by Justin Carbone.

Songwriter, Nora Jane Struthers’ tune fits perfectly with the stunning harmony provided by the Gold sisters that creates their unmistakable sound. Band members include: Analise, Jocelyn and Shelby, along with their Dad, Trent Gold and Russ Carson.

GOLD HEART has been chosen by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as an official 2009 IBMA Showcase Artist at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass that takes place September 28 – October 4, 2009.  The group will perform on September 25 at 8:30 pm in the Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee during the Business Conference portion of the week.

The group is currently on tour, including this weekend’s performance in Henderson, Kentucky at the Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival.  For a complete tour schedule and more information on “MY SISTERS AND ME,”, please visit

Brandon Rickman CD Released Today

albumcover-BrandonRickman150“YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL” now released!  Includes the new single, “Always Have, Always Will.”s

“He takes a singer-songwriter approach and has created a great collection of acoustic based, Americana branded, tunes that allow him to showcase his voice and incredible songwriting. “ Today’s Country Magazine

“Lonesome River Band lead vocalist’s superb solo debut. Rickman’s a compelling singer, and framing himself in stripped down arrangements not only differentiates these tracks from those of the Lonesome River Band, but truly highlights the qualities of his voice as an individual.” Hyperbolium

#1 Album, #1 single for Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band
Lonesome River Band

Wow – well deserved recognition for the Lonesome River Band.  They have the #1 ALBUM (“NO TURNING BACK“) on  July’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine (BU) Top 15 album chart marking the third consecutive month holding the #1 spot!  The band is also celebrating the #1 SINGLE, “Them Blues” on the July Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine  Top 30 Singles Chart.  Yet another single, Like a Train Needs a Trackclimbs again reaching #19 on the same chart. 

We can’t agree more with The Bluegrass Special who recently said, “In its 25-year history of making memorable music the Lonesome River Band has arguably never been stronger than it is on NO TURNING BACK.  If this album doesn’t earn a place on a lot of year-end Best Of lists, something’s amiss, because few other albums in any genre boast finer singing, songwriting, playing or more conviction than this gem.”  We hope that this year brings lots of International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards for this band!  We know we are voting for LRB!!

With all of this good news, there is more!  Next week Rural Rhythm Records will release the debut solo album by  Brandon Rickman titled YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL” on June 30th.   The first single, “Always Have, Always Will is already receiving incredible feedback from radio, media and fans and is already a top song on our iTunes! 

Many congrats to: Sammy Shelor , Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Andy Ball and Mike Anglin!