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

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 and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Trinity River Band to Headline Willie’s Duck Jam 2014

trinityriverband2014Trinity River Band to Headline Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 on September 22

Music Event to Be Held at Willie’s Duck Diner in West Monroe, LA

Trinity River Band will headline the first Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 on September 22. This special outdoor concert kicks off at 6:30pm at Willie’s Duck Diner, located at 125 Constitution Dr., West Monroe, LA. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. The event is being produced by Bucky Newell who is partners with Willie Robertson in Willie’s Duck Diner. Bucky’s 50’s-70’s rock band, the Reactors, will open the concert. Willie Robertson, Executive Producer of Duck Dynasty, will be joining both bands on stage during this highly anticipated live concert event.

trinityriverband-willie-robertsonTrinity River Band is currently on tour with over 120 performance dates this year alone. After wowing crowds during recent performances at Willie’s Duck Diner and Duck Commander, the band was immediately invited back, and the idea for Willie’s Duck Jam 2014 was born.

“Better Than Blue,” the title track of the group’s current Orange Blossom Records’ album, was written by Larry Cordle & Lisa Shaffer. The song appeared five weeks on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart – peaking at #4. “Trinity River has an incredibly close and beautiful family harmony. Miss Sarah Harris is a fantastically gifted and emotional singer,” said Cordle.

To learn more about Trinity River Band, please visit  and join them on Facebook and Twitter. The band includes the talents of Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Lead & Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals).

Adv Ticket Deadline Ends 4/30 for Graves Mountain Festival of Music

bu-ad-gravsmountain2014sSave $$ and get early bird discounted tickets by April 30 for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music taking place May 29-31, 2014. Advance tickets are only $75 for 3-Days. Order now by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30.

Beginning May 1, 2014, all 3-Day tickets will be $95 for 3-day tickets. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Download the Graves Mountain Festival of Music FREE mobile APP and have quick access on your phone to view the performance schedule, upload your festival pics and much more!. View the app online to send yourself a direct link to your smart phone OR just visit your APP STORE and download the free YAPP app and search for GravesMountain.

The incredible line-up of talent this year includes: Lonesome River Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russel l Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Newton & Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band “Country Current”, The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.

LISTEN to all of the artists that will be performing at the 2014 Graves Mountain Festival of Music by visiting our website!

Graves Mountain is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and was featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.

All-Star Players Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk Announce Formation of Adkins & Loudermilk

featured_02Two of bluegrass music’s most admired players, Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, have a fresh contemporary take on their music with the official formation of the new duo, Adkins & Loudermilk. The two will begin touring immediately in support of their solo efforts on Mountain Fever Records, with a duo record scheduled for release sometime in summer 2014.

edgar-loudermilk-mybigchancetomorrowLoudermilk’s solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews in October 2013. Guests included Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, John Cowan, Junior Sisk, Shawn Lane, Buddy Melton, Scott Vestal, and many more.

Adkins is just wrapping up recording his upcoming solo effort, Nothin’ To Lose, that will release in early 2014 with Loudermilk as co-producer. The first single from the album, “Pike County Jail” just dropped to radio this week.

“Me and Dave are both writers and best friends and decided to come together and join forces and go after music things as a collaboration,” Loudermilk says. “In playing together, we’ve discovered a chemistry in the sound and the harmony structures that has us feeling like we have something magical and something we can now put in front of everybody,” he adds.

After years supporting some of bluegrass music’s most highly lauded artists, including Loudermilk’s time spent with Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrdTymeOut, and Adkins deep well of contribution from time spent playing bluegrass at Dollywood to most recently heading his own group, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, they are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.

daveadkins-by-anthonyladd-s“We’ve known each other a long time,” Adkins says. “We’ve been writing for the last 7 to 8 months together, after knowing each other for while. We were both fans of each others music. We just started writing and while it wasn’t something that was premeditated, it just unfolded due to the chemistry we had. It all just happened kind of organically and on its own from getting together.”

For more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit or visit News and info about their solo projects can be found online and via Facebook:

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“Battlecry” Music Video by Delnora Reed Now Released


Delnora Reed is proud to announce today’s new music video release for the song “Battlecry” written by Delnora Reed and Ashley Wells. The catchy tune appears on her new album, MY SONG that was released with the help of Delnora’s loyal and growing fan base with a successful Kickstarter campaign. The music video is a Kneelindesign production and was filmed and produced by Anthony Ladd.

The “Battlecry” music video was shot on location in Jackson County, Tennessee. The lyrics “you don’t have to be alone to fight” is represented by Delnora and featuring Jim Whitaker (homeless man), Tracy McCoy (cancer patient), and Emma Dykes (little girl).

Delnora has been performing her signature blend of Roots, Country and Folk music across the country since she was a teenager; continuing a long and distinguished family tradition in music. Her first album, entitled Delnora received airplay on Country Radio both U.S. as well as the United Kingdom. While in college, Delnora was named one of the ten “Best College Entertainers in America”.

As the great-granddaughter of the legendary Henry Reed, a master fiddler and a living archive of old time music, Delnora could not help but be drawn to melodies as ancient as the Celts. Throughout her career she has shared the stage with the likes of Craig Morgan, Carl Jackson, Paul Thorn, Larry Cordle, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leonard Ahlstrom (Newsong), Jason Deere (Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband/She-Daisy), Roy Clark, Jr. Buck Moore & Gary Duffey (Paint Me a Birmingham), Tommy Barnes (Indian Outlaw), and many more including comedian Jeff Dunham. Her gift is in bringing those melodies forward, into music that is at once thoroughly modern and hauntingly traditional.

Fans can stay in touch with Delnora on her website, facebook, twitter, and more. The album, MY SONG is available for purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and other retail sites.


REBORN album by Newton & Thomas Now Released

albumcover-newton-thomasREBORN-400wPinecastle Records is proud to announce today’s new 12 track album release of REBORN by Newton & Thomas. The first single, “Old McDonald Sold the Farm,” written by Kenny Boudrea, Darryl Landry, and Ryan Roberts, debuted last week on Bluegrass Today’s Top Song chart. “Great tune, great lyrics, great theme! Everything is there to take this single to the top of the charts and possibly become an anthem for the farmers and ranchers throughout this country,” said Digital Rodeo in a recent review of the single. A music video for the song is being filmed this weekend in Franklin, Tenn.

In addition to the single, other songs are a mix of new takes on classics and originals. The group turns the old favorite, “If it Ain’t Love,” into a showcase for their instrumental and vocal talents, while Ricky Skaggs lends his talents on claw hammer banjo on “The Girl I left in Sunny Tennessee,” and the gospel song “The Key” offers a message of hope in a difficult world. Scott Vestal’s banjo sound also graces five out of the twelve tracks. Fans will certainly want to stay up late Wednesday night (actually May 2 at midnight) and tune in to hear Newton & Thomas on Late night with Marcia Campbell on WSM 650 AM.

Conceived in mutual admiration for one another and born from a lifetime’s love and pursuit of great music, Mark and Steve have given life to a fabulous collaborative work with REBORN. This album is a must have,” said Terry Herd (Bluegrass Radio Network, Bluegrass Today). The pair recently sat down with Terry for a full length interview for Into the Blue that will air May 12 – 18 on the 139 affiliated stations of the Bluegrass Radio Network and on WSM 650 AM Radio on Sunday, May 12 from 9pm – Midnight.

Reviews from Media and Radio have been pouring in including:

“Reborn is every bit as good as I thought it would be from the moment I heard that Mark and Steve were making it. It’s obvious how much fun these guys are having as they work together, and the results are as unique–and as satisfying–as anything each has done on his own. I love that they’ve recast a couple of old Knoxville Grass favorites, I love their charmingly relaxed version of The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee, I love the way they trade off harmonies and leads, and I’ve got to give a special shout-out, too, to Matt Wallace and his outstanding bass work. Nice stuff, fellas!” – Jon Weisberger

“As usual, because this is a Pinecastle product, the engineering values are flawless and bring out every last ray of sunshine in the venture. If you don’t feel like moseying on down to the Grand Ole Opry after listening to this truly fine CD, then, Lord, I don’t know what’s wrong with ya.” – FAME – Folk Acoustic Music Exchange

“Got the CD, and it’s a HIT start to finish!” – Joe Wills, WBZC

“These well-seasoned pros have a wonderful contemporary bluegrass set on their hands for their recording debut as a duo but Old McDonald Sold the Farm deserves to be a staple on Internet and satellite radio and give these guys their spot in any appropriate hall of fame. An amazing 2:30 look at the changing face and character of rural America, somebody not making ‘fringe’ music on an indie label could ride this to the top of the charts. The rest of the set isn’t chicken feed either. This could kick start a whole new bluegrass era.” – Midwest Record Reviews

Fans can order REBORN at Pinecastle Records Amazon, iTunes and more locations. Mark Newton and Steve Thomas will perform at Kimbros Café in Franklin, TN this Thursday, May 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 615-599-2946 or by visiting Kimbros Café Stay up to date on Newton & Thomas by visiting and joining them on Facebook.

New Single: “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” by Newton & Thomas

albumcover-newton-thomasREBORN-400wPinecastle Records has released the first single, “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” from the upcoming album, “Reborn” by Newton & Thomas releasing April 30. The lively song was written by Kenny Boudrea, Darryl Landry, and Ryan Roberts and will certainly to appeal to a wide range of listeners with its timely subject regarding the struggles of farm and ranch owners.

“I LOVE the new single Old McDonald Sold the Farm. The first time I played it, I said to myself this is a #1 song and that is how I introduced it on show Saturday. It has been a while since I received something that wowed me this much,” said Mike Wuerstle, Bluegrass Crossroads on WXLV, The Bluegrass Horizon on WDVR / WPNJ / W220AG.

Although Mark Newton and Steve Thomas 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.

“Reborn” is a great mix of music that will certainly appeal to a wide range of audiences. Fans can pre-order the album now at Pinecastle Records and receive an instant download of the new single, plus a digital and physical copy of “Reborn” on the release date. Pre-orders are also available at Amazon, iTunes and more.

For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit and join them on their new Facebook page.

Grass In The Hall Concert Announced At The Charleston Music Hall

Awendaw Green is proud to announce the March 1, 2013 Grass in the Hall concert with Town Mountain, Cumberland River and Barefoot Movement at Charleston Music Hall.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased at  This is a special kick-off event for the Sweet Grass Music Festival and The Charleston Bluegrass Festival that will take place this summer.  More details on those events will be announced soon.

TownMountainsmAsheville, North Carolina’s bluegrass band, Town Mountain, recently released their fourth album, Leave the Bottle.  The band finds themselves becoming one of the preeminent torchbearers of their craft, facing a promising future. “Centered around strong, soulful vocals, and poised to stay put,” says Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers, “Town Mountain are true to bluegrass in all the right ways and this new project keeps them firmly connected to the traditions of the genre, while also allowing them to reach out into the broad horizon of string band music. Leave the Bottle comes highly recommended.” Always contributing to the evolution of the bluegrass form, they toss influences as varied as surf-rock, gospel, and honky-tonk country into their field of play.

2013-cumberlandriver-waterHarlan, Kentucky based national touring act, Cumberland River is celebrating their original song, “Justified” being included on the new album, JUSTIFIED: Music From the Original Television Series” released yesterday on Madison Gate Records.  “Justified” appears on their first Rural Rhythm Records album, THE LIFE WE LIVE.  The band is currently in the studio recording their second album set for release on Rural Rhythm Records this summer.  Cumberland River’s roots have run deep in the Harlan County Kentucky hills for generations. Even with the band’s progressive sound, you can still hear the heritage of traditional bluegrass music in their songs. Watch FX Network’s TV show JUSTIFIED to hear their music.

barefootmovementThe Barefoot Movement is a quartet of immensely talented musicians from North & South Carolina and Tennessee whose music successfully melds Americana influences with the invigoration of acoustic modern rock and jazz. Their sound simultaneously captures the rustic beauty of old Southern front porch Bluegrass improvisation while being immediately accessible to the modern era.

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

“Run Secretariat Run” By Dale Pyatt Now Out To Radio

cd_artwork_dp_2012-200pxwAward-winning singer-songwriter, Dale Pyatt has released the first single, “Run Secretariat Run” to radio. The song was written by Dale Pyatt and Charlie Hall and is now available to radio stations at  DALE PYATT, the album, is now available for digital purchase at CD Baby with the physical version releasing Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Dale Pyatt, who is longtime supporter of the Secretariat Foundation, performed “Run Secretariat Run” during the 2011 Secretariat Festival.  Due to overwhelming response from the festival attendees, this original toe-tapping tune honoring the Big Red champion is also available for purchase at

The new album, DALE PYATT features original Americana, Bluegrass and Country music by Dale Pyatt who collaborates with several acclaimed songwriters including Bill Castle, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, and Steve Thomas.  Dale is joined on the album by the talents of:  Jenee Fleenor, Steve Thomas, Aaron McDaris, Randy Kohrs, Tommy White, Shaun Apple, Randy Brown, Nathan Thomas, and Daniel Grindstaff.

Dale Pyatt and Steve Thomas are the writers of the song, “Life Goes On” winner of the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR award.  The song appears on the LIFE GOES ON album by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer released last year on Rural Rhythm Records. This beautiful song was also released as a music video that includes the talents of Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Randy Kohrs, Rickey Wasson and more. It can be viewed at youtube, and many more sites. Proceeds of the album benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. For more information on the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, please visit

Dale Pyatt and The Chicken Grease Band are now on tour and are set for a performance at the Woodsongs Music Coffeehouse hosted by Kentucky Green Art Studio, 5751 Lexington Rd (US68), on January 19 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door but reservations are encouraged by calling 859-265-0445. The concert will be family friendly.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

For more information on Dale Pyatt, please visit and facebook.