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.
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The Charlie Sizemore Band is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Paul Kramer on fiddle. “We are thrilled,” Charlie reports. “Great fiddle players are hard to come by, and having a musician, singer, and writer of Paul’s caliber in the band is inspiring and exciting for all of us.”
A native Chicagoan, Paul began his career with Special Consensus before moving to Nashville in 1988. His impressive resume includes a songwriting deal with Mel Tillis’ publishing company as well as touring and recording with Lorrie Morgan, Gary Allan, Travis Tritt, and, most recently, Sammy Kershaw.
Charlie Sizemore is celebrating the #1 single on October’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart and #1 on October’s Power Source Magazine Top 35 Song chart for “No Lawyers in Heaven.” The song was written by Paul Craft and Billy Edd Wheeler and appears on Sizemore’s album, HEARTACHE LOOKING FOR A HOME (Rounder) currently in the #5 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album chart. The single and album have topped numerous other charts since its release.
Paul joins Charlie Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar), Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals), Charles Fields (bass), and Josh McMurray (banjo), to round out The Charlie Sizemore Band. For more information, please visit CharlieSizemoreBand.com
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.”
Burlington, MA – “Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies” is the fourth album from songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Donna Hughes. Due October 12 as an Amazon On Demand and digital release, the album was produced by the legendary J.D. Crowe and features Randy Kohrs and Blue Highway’s Rob Ickes on Dobro.
Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies includes 15 songs which take you through a whole series of balancing acts, making for some compelling musical moments. There is the contrast of Hughes’ singer/songwriter flair with the grounding of bluegrass; the blend of haunting original melodies with traditional forms like the waltz of “Last Thing I Need”; the interior focus of songs like “Nothing Easy” contrasting with the story-telling of “Black Beard” and “Jesse”; and the hard ‘grass drive of “Losing You” balanced with the country strains of “Mid-Life Crisis,” to name a few.
Having had her work recorded by all-stars such as Alison Krauss and the Seldom Scene, Hughes is no stranger to country & bluegrass but this album defies simple categorization. It is distinctively, uniquely hers.
Hughes has just signed with Regal Entertainment for festival and fair bookings and her 2011 tour will be announced soon.
Bluegrass singer-songwriter and band leader, Donna Hughes announced details of her performance at the Little John’s Mountain Music Festival. “I received a call this morning from our band members Brian and Maggie Stephens. Their daughter Lilly Kate was rushed to the hospital this morning and we are awaiting word on how this precious child is doing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them,” said Donna.
The Donna Hughes Band is set to perform at the Little John’s Mountain of Music Festival on Friday, September 3rd during the festival’s 3-day Labor Day weekend event. Joining Donna this weekend will be award-winning bass player and Alison Krauss & Union Station band member Barry Bales. Bales also provided his talents on Donna’s upcoming album, “Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies,” produced by J.D. Crowe, and is due out October 12, 2010 on Rounder Records. Also joining Donna will be Mountain Heart band member and fiddler, Aaron Ramsey;Nick Keen from The Josh Williams Band on mandolin, and on banjo, Trevor Watson member of Lou Reid and Carolina.
The Little John’s Mountain Music Festival includes a star-studded line-up of talent including performances by: Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Tony Rice Unit, Blue Highway, Josh Williams Band, The Boxcars, The Churchman, The Bluegrass Brothers, Snyder Family, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, and many more.
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.
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 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 Rainwill 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.
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!
At 12:50 AM, we are proud to have another official IBMA Showcase Artist, theDonna 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!
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!
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!
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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
Acclaimed songwriter and national touring artist, DONNA HUGHES has just received numerous honors and nominations by a variety of organizations in recent weeks including being nominated by The Carolina Music Awards for the Country Female Vocalist of the Year. Winners will be announced at the 2nd Annual Carolina Music Awards Show on August 15, 2009 at the Progress Energy Center in Downtown, Raleigh, NC. Fans can still cast their vote at the organization’s website at: CarolinaMusicAwards.com
Hughes’ current CD, GAINING WISDOM (Rounder Records), has also garnered 4 nominations by the Just Plain Folks Music Organization for Bluegrass Album of the Year, Country Song of the Year (“Hold On“), and Bluegrass Song of the Year (“Bottom of a Glass” and “What I’m Looking For.”) Just Plain Folks is a community of over 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals and host to the world’s largest independent music awards. The Awards Show will be held Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.
The International Bluegrass Music Association has chosen Donna Hughes as a 2009 IBMA Showcase Artist where she will perform with her band at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass held at the Nashville Convention Center in September.
Hughes has recently been in the studio recording a new bluegrass album with producer and bluegrass legend, J. D. Crowe. This will be her second Rounder Records release and comes on the heels of her acclaimed “Gaining Wisdom” album produced by legendary guitarist, Tony Rice. The CD featured many of Hughes’ original songs complimented with guest vocals by Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and more.