Nu-Blu Announces Sam Ash Appearances Have Been Added to the TEN TOUR


Nu-Blu is proud to announce Sam Ash Music Store Appearances have been added to The Ten Tour. The band has partnered with Peterson Tuners, QSC, D’Addario, and Sennheiser, to host a series of meet and greet appearances, clinics and performances at Sam Ash stores around the country.

Sam Ash will be offering special discount on the partners’ merchandise at each Nu-Blu store appearance including percentages off product to BOGO deals. Peterson will be offering exclusive incentives available to those who purchase Peterson branded products during the in-store Nu-Blu appearances. Fans and customers can check the band’s Facebook and Twitter sites to view special offers in advance of each appearance.
“Peterson Tuners is very happy to be aligned with Nu-Blu and be a major sponsor for their Ten Tour. They’ve been advocates for the StroboClip tuner since its initial launch in 2010 and have turned on much of the bluegrass community to strobe tuning. Their continued support through the Sam Ash Music chain will help drive home the often overlooked message of “the importance of proper tuning” and showcase the StroboClip’s features”- Marshall Johns, Peterson Strobe Tuners

“Bluegrass music is in good hands with Nu-Blu: an open heart for the past and an open mind for the future.” -Tom Spaulding, Nashville Artist Relations, D’Addario and Company

“We at QSC are happy to be part of supporting emerging talent and this Sam Ash in store program! Our KFM initiative not only focus’ on vanguard groups such as Fleetwood Mac & Journey but we are always on the lookout for future music industry Hall of Famers such as Nu-Blu. Daniel, Carolyn and crew are driven, creative and appreciative of the quality of the products we put in to the K series lineup!” -Lou Vito, Artist Relations, QSC

“Sennheiser and Neumann are proud to partner with Nu-Blu in their efforts to bring quality cutting edge sound and production to their live events. Nu-Blu is a talented band that exhibits all the musicianship known for throughout the heritage of the Bluegrass tradition while being dedicated to bringing new musical and technical approaches to their music and performances. “ Sennheiser and Neumann.

Nu-Blu’s Sam Ash appearances announced so far include the following cities and more will be announced at the band’s website at

July 5 – King of Prussia, PA
July 5 – Philadelphia, PA
July 11 – Nashville, TN
August 4 – Edison, NJ
August 4 – Cherry Hill, NJ
August 4 – Springfield, NJ
August 5 – New York City, NY
August 5 – Huntington, NY
August 6 – White Plains, NY
August 11 – New Haven, CT
September 8 – Charlotte, NC
October 6 – Raleigh, NC
October 19 – Atlanta, GA

Nu-Blu is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with a brand new digital album, TEN, on Rural Rhythm Records with the physical copy releasing on July 16. The album will be available in the Sam Ash stores along with free “swag bag” giveaways. TEN is now available now iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital stores. The album is available for radio programmers and DJ’s on

Nu-Blu can be heard tomorrow, Thursday, June 26 on WAMU Radio at 1:00 p.m. and will perform in Herdon, VA Friday, June 28 before heading to the Madrid Bluegrass Festival in New York this weekend. Fans can visit, follow them on Twitter (@nu-blu, #thetentour, #followlola) and like them on Facebook.

Lonesome River Band Gets Head Start on Busy Summer Tour

_MG_1777-300Lonesome River Band gets a head start on their busy summer tour with numerous June performances including this week’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville and returning as Host of the  popular Rudy Fest in Grayson, Kentucky. Fans can see Lonesome River Band live at the following shows this month and visit for a complete tour schedule:

June 6 – Festival of the Bluegrass – Lexington, KY
June 7 – Blacksburg, VA
June 8 – Niswonger Performing Arts Center – Greeneville, TN
June 9 – CMA Music Festival – Nashville, TN
June 10 – Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, IN
June 14 – Shenandoah River Music Festival – Berryville, VA
June 15 – Rockahock Bluegrass Festival – Lanexa, VA
June 19 – 33rd Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival – Summersville, WV
June 21 – Rudy Fest Hosted by Lonesome River Band – Grayson KY
June 22 – Rudy Fest Hosted by Lonesome River Band – Grayson, KY
June 28 – Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival – Tunbridge, VT
June 29 – Cure The Coast Concert – Saint-Anne-De-Kent, New Brunswick, CAN

Fresh off their 30th Anniversary celebration, the band continues with radio airplay and sales for their three albums, Chronology Volumes One – Three on Rural Rhythm Records. Numerous songs from all three albums have hit a variety of radio charts including “Stray Dogs and Alley Cats” from Chronology, Volume Three currently appearing at #9 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Chart. Another fan favorite, “Perfume, Powder & Lead” from Chronology, Volume Two recently received the 2013 Spirit Award for Song of the Year presented by Strictly Country Magazine and “Angeline The Baker” from Chronology Volume One won the 2012 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award.

Lonesome River Band also appears on the album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides” Civil War True Stories About Real People” performing “The Legend of Jennie Wade.” The album includes a variety of artists including Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler, Marty Raybon, Dave Adkins, Brad Gulley and many more.

Reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award Winner, Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals) is joined by Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), Barry Reed (Bass, Harmony Vocals), and Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals). For more information on the Lonesome River Band, please visit, youtube, Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

LMU & Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Present “God Didn’t Choose Sides”: A Special Musical Event

cw_2012_01-300wLincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on Friday, February 22.

The historic concert will celebrate the February 12 release of Rural Rhythm Records’ “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” album that coincides with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The concert and CD features some of today’s top artists including: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Rickey Wasson , Dwight McCall, Dave Adkins, and the Gap Creek Quartet. Supporting musicians include: Sierra Hull (mandolin), Jason Burleson (banjo), Brandon Godman (fiddle), Phil Leadbetter (dobro), Bryan Turner (bass) and Debbie Gulley (vocals). Mark “Brink” Brinkman will also provide a special songwriter segment.

The proceeds from the concert will benefit the ALLM and help fund a documentary on the project that is currently under development. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Two ticket options are available. A VIP experience includes a reception at the LMU President’s House before the concert, a copy of the CD, VIP seats at the show and a meet and greet with the musicians after the show. VIP tickets are available for $100. General admission tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at

The album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. Also included on the recording is the traditional song “There is a Fountain” performed by the Gap Creek Quartet. It’s a collection of songs that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war; people who displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood. All but one track, “Legend of Jennie Wade”, on album were recorded, at least in part, at Steve Gulley’s The Curve Studio in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.

Accompanying the music is an extensive 16-page booklet filled with historical notes, photographs and lyrics. LMU and ALLM archivist Michelle Ganz provided historical content supervision and materials from the ALLM collection. Additional assistance was provided by ALLM Program and Tourism Director Carol Campbell and the historical booklet notes were provided by Jamie Lynn Brinkman.

Rural Rhythm Records has set up a dedicated site for the album that includes interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians. Visit for more information.

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.  Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

Lonesome River Band’s Chronology, Volume 3 Now Released

Today, Rural Rhythm Records released the new album, CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME THREE by the award-winning LONESOME RIVER BAND.   A commemorative 3 CD Collector’s Edition of the CHRONOLOGY VOLUMES ONE – THREE is now available exclusively at the band’s live shows and on their website at   The CHRONOLOGY VOLUMES ONE – THREE albums are now available separately worldwide at Amazon, iTunes, and more retail sites.

Lonesome River Band held a fan choice poll this year that determined which songs would appear on CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME THREE.  The stand out fan favorites that appear on the album include:   Long Gone, Carolyn The Teenage Queen, Am I A Fool, Whoop and Ride, Money In The Bank, Stray Dogs And Alley Cats, Who Needs You, Harvest Time, Sorry County Blues, and Sittin’ On Top Of The World arranged By Lonesome River Band.

The band’s landmark three-album finale fell during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention held last month in Nashville, TN where LONESOME RIVER BAND took home the 2012 IBMA for INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR AWARD for their song “Angeline The Baker” from CHRONOLOGY VOLUME ONE along with band leader, SAMMY SHELOR winning his fifth IBMA BANJO PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD.  SHELOR also served as an Award Presenter and performed in an all-star banjo tribute to the late Earl Scruggs.

LONESOME RIVER BAND recently debuted their new Lifetime VIP Backstage Pass available now at their live shows and also available at their website. The band is also offering a special package bundle that includes:  the VIP pass, 3-CD Set of the CHRONOLOGY album series plus a 30th Anniversary T-Shirt.

LONESOME RIVER BAND is lead by Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, SAMMY SHELOR (Banjo, Harmony Vocals) who is joined by: BRANDON RICKMAN (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); MIKE HARTGROVE (Fiddle); BARRY REED (Bass, Harmony Vocals); and RANDY JONES (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals). For more information on the Lonesome River Band including upcoming tour dates, please visit

Bobby Osborne Signs with Moonstruck Management

Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser with Moonstruck Management are proud to announce they have signed Grand Ole Opry star, BOBBY OSBORNE for exclusive booking and management representation.  “What an honor it was receiving news that the legendary Bobby Osborne was interested in working with us at Moonstruck! Bobby has been one of the great legends over the last several decades in the country and bluegrass worlds. His tenor singing is one of the most recognizable voices in the history of the music. We were thrilled to accept this opportunity to work with a Grand Ole Opry member and a legend,” said Josh Trivett.  Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business, incorporating artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business.

BOBBY OSBORNE recorded his first hit in 1949 and received his membership in The Grand Ole Opry in 1964.  There is no doubt Bobby has been one of the most influential singers and mandolin players in the history of Bluegrass and Country music.  He was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002, inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame (Lonesome Pine Fiddlers) in 2009, and has recorded two State songs – “Rocky Top (Tennessee)” and “Kentucky” (Kentucky).

BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS are celebrating their current Rural Rhythm Records’ album, I’M GOING BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN that includes the talents of: Bobby Osborne (Lead Vocal, Mandolin); Bobby Osborne, Jr. (Baritone Vocal, Acoustic Bass); Glen Duncan (Low Tenor Vocal, Fiddle); Michael Toppins (6-Sring Banjo); Joe Miller (Guitar) and produced by Bobby Osborne, Glen Duncan, and Bobby Osborne, Jr.

“He was the first person to craft a style not based on Monroe style mandolin playing. Bobby’s mandolin style reflected his love of the fiddle, and electric guitar playing of Hank Garland and Grady Martin. So what we see with Bobby Osborne, is a singer and instrumentalist who always saw himself as part of the County Music business. There was no separation between the styles, Bluegrass hadn’t yet become a genre onto itself, it was all just part of Country Music,” wrote Glen Duncan from the liner notes of the BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCK TOP X-PRESS album MEMORIES: Celebrating Bobby’s 60th Anniversary as a Professional Entertainer on Rural Rhythm Records

BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCK TOP X-PRESS are currently on tour including performances at:  July 13-14 at the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival in Westcliff, CO July 13-14; Grand Ole Opry on July 20; Rogersville Bluegrass Festival in Rogersville, AL on July 21; Rockygrass in Lyons, CO on July 28 and many more.  For a complete tour schedule and more information on BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS, please visit

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

For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit

New Radio Single Release by Carrie Hassler

Listen to a clip of “Luxury Liner”

Award-winning female vocalist, CARRIE HASSLER is gearing up for her upcoming album release, THE DISTANCE, by launching the first radio single, “Luxury Liner,” Tuesday March 6, 2012 via  “Luxury Liner” comes from Country Rock legend songwriter/artist Gram Parsons that Carrie beautifully transforms into a hard drivin’ bluegrass barn burner.

“Wow! Luxury Liner is a fantastic performance by Carrie Hassler. It’s great to receive new music by Carrie and hear her beautiful voice on such fresh and engaging material,” said Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Radio.

Carrie is joined on “Luxury Liner” by the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (Guitar); Ron Stewart (Banjo, Fiddle); Justin Moses (Dobro, Fiddle); Mark Fain (Bass); Alan Bibey (Mandolin); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (Harmony Vocals); and the album’s producer, Steve Gulley (Harmony Vocals).

THE DISTANCE includes a wide range of musical styles that represent Carrie’s incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to hard drivin’ Bluegrass hand-picked by Carrie herself.

Carrie’s previous albums on Rural Rhythm Records earned her a string of #1s plus a long list of numerous awards and recognitions.  Her hit singles include: “I Can Go Back Anytime” (#1 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, #1 UK Hot Disc); “Faith & Hope” (#1 Power Source Magazine); “Country Strong” (#1 UK Hot Disc); “Leaving You Behind” (#1 SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Top 40); “Second Chances” (Bluegrass Radio Network’s Top Picks of the Year); “Least That I Can Do” (Strictly Country Top Country Songs); along with Top 10 hits and fan favorites such as “Seven Miles From Wichita” and “Going on the Next Train.”

Please visit for more information and upcoming album and video announcements.  For additional questions, please contact

Examiner pop-culture series features Rodney Dillard

The Dillards pose above their names in an old abandoned bus, 1967 Credits: Photography by Henry Diltz / Corbis

Jeremy Roberts, pop-culture writer with the Examiner, has posted a series of articles based on an extensive interview with Rodney Dillard. I hope you all will check out if you have a few minutes. Very interesting reading including The Dillards 1972 album “Roots and Branches”, meeting Steve McQueen in Hollywood, The Andy Griffith show and much more. At the end of each article, there is a link to the next. Links are also posted on Rodney’s news page.

“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

For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit  For media request, please contact Hope River Entertainment.