Detour Joins Sam Bush, Balsam Range, Becky Buller at Music City Roots August 13, 2014

Music-City-Roots-620Detour bluegrass band is proud to announce they will perform Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Music City Roots – Nashville’s acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale. This live concert event, featuring Sam Bush, Detour, Balsam Range and Becky Buller, will be webcast nationwide at or via the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

Detour Bluegrass 12This highly anticipated concert will follow the International Bluegrass Music Association’s press conference where the 2014 IBMA Award Nominees will be announced.

Detour has celebrated significant chart success with their Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST that includes the #1 Bluegrass Today chart single (July 2014) “Too Blue To Have The Blues.” The song, written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, is currently #2 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart and #5 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20.

Music City Roots fans will certainly be impressed by the outstanding talents of Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).
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Music City Roots is held at The Factory at Franklin Liberty Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin TN 37064. Please visit them at, Facebook, and Twitter.

NO PART OF NOTHIN’ Album by Alan Tompkins Releasing June 5, 2012

Includes: Sam Bush, Randy Kohrs, Ron Stewart, Kenny & Amanda Smith & more!

Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, ALAN TOMPKINS is proud to announce the June 5, 2012 album release, NO PART OF NOTHIN.  The album features a lineup of incredibly talented musicians and singers, many of whom are Grammy® or IBMA award winners or nominees.  The list includes Sam Bush, Deryl Dodd, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Ron Stewart, Stephen Mougin, Gerald Jones, Greg Cahill, Ned Luberecki, Mike Bub, Randy Kohrs, Brad Davis, Nate Lee, Bobby Davis, and Steve Rhian.

“Amanda and I had a great time working on this project with Alan and all the great players, and we are really pleased with how it turned out,” said Kenny Smith.

The first single release, “This World Is Not My Home,” includes Alan on vocals with Deryl Dodd singing harmony, as well as Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar, Ned Luberecki on banjo, Stephen Mougin on guitar, Gerald Jones on mandolin, and Mike Bub slapping the upright bass.

BLUEGRASS TODAY calls Alan Tompkins “a true Renaissance man” and the title certainly fits.  A native of the farming and coal mining country of western Kentucky, Alan grew up steeped in the sounds of classic country, gospel, and bluegrass music.  He performed in several bands in his home town of Madisonville, Kentucky before moving to Texas in 1983, where he would earn MBA and law degrees at SMU.  Alan is the founder and President of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, a non-profit charitable organiza­tion dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in America.  The Foundation produced and distributed Fanning the Fire, an award-winning short documentary film that has screened in more than 20 film festivals across the United States, in 2011.

Please visit where you can purchase the new single available as a digital download or order your copy of the album NO PART OF NOTHIN’ releasing June 5, 2012.  The album is now available free to radio at

For more information about the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Fanning the Fire is available at

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Michael Martin Murphey’s TALL GRASS & COOL WATER

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY and his Buckaroo Bluegrass friends ride again with his new album release – TALL GRASS & COOL WATER that continues the connection between Cowboy and Bluegrass music.  This all began with his Grammy® nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS album and continued with BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II.  The third of the series, TALL GRASS & COOL WATER is a collection of songs that are cowboy in theme yet played in a style that is compatible with the sterling bluegrass musicians he’s brought together including Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Hall, Andy Leftwich, Troy Engle, Mike Bubb and Craig Nelson.

The album is now available at: Best Buy, f.y.e. entertainment,, iTunes, eMusic, Ernest Tubb Record Shops and many, many more retail outlets.

TALL GRASS & COOL WATER features the JAMES GANG TRILOGY with the songs: “The Ballad of Jesse James,” “The Ballad of Cole Younger,” and “Frank James Farewell.”  Produced and arranged by Ryan Murphey, this new project is heavily driven by Michael Martin Murphey’s own lifestyle as a rancher who has enjoyed decades of raising horses and cattle on the wide-open prairies and mountains of the Southwest and Mid-West.

Those who listen to TALL GRASS & COOL WATER will be transported in imagination and emotion to America’s vast prairies and mountains, connect with nature, and feel the passion of the personal relationships that develop among the people of the American mountains and prairies.

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY’S mission is clear on TALL GRASS & COOL WATER:  He wants people to fall in love with the American landscape and culture that defines what America is all about including the heritage of bluegrass and cowboy music.


1.      Texas Cowboy
2.      Cool Water
3.      Santa Fe Trail
4.      Way Out There
5.      The Railroad Corral
6.      Partner to the Wind
7.      Trusty Lariat
8.      The Ballad of Cole Younger
9.      The Ballad of Jesse James
10.     Frank James Farewell
11.     Blue Prairie
12.     Springtime in the Rockies

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit his official website.  For more information on all three BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS albums, please visit

Michael Martin Murphey’s Follow-Up to Grammy Nominated Album

Michael Martin Murphey's "Buckaroo Blue Grass II"
Michael Martin Murphey's "Buckaroo Blue Grass II"


Michael Martin Murphey and his Buckaroo Blue Grass friends ride again on the February 9, 2010 album release of BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II.  The album expands on his passions of his Grammy nominated album, “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS,” creating fully acoustic bluegrass versions of songs about the region to which Murphey has been deeply connected for a lifetime – the American Southwest.

The high lonesome sound in bluegrass music has always appealed to the cowboy soul. Somehow the acoustic instruments used in bluegrass have a drive, energy and expansive quality – an almost mystical “wide open country” sort of feeling that seems built into the design. You can hear and feel it on Rob Ickes‘ country sound in the new version of “Wildfire. It seems the American West has produced “running-wide-open” acoustic musicians like Pat Flynn, Sam Bush, Rob Ickes and Ryan Murphey who have been key in developing the Buckaroo Blue Grass sound as they blaze a trail connecting Cowboy and Western music to Bluegrass by exploring Wild West sonic spaces.

Michael Martin Murphey and Carrie Hassler
Michael Martin Murphey and Carrie Hassler in the studio

Murphey has utilized his label’s strong roster of top bluegrass artists to help further define his Buckaroo Blue Grass sound. Included on the new album is a powerful duet performance with bluegrass veteran Audie Blaylock covering the classic Marty Robbins hit “Running Gun.” Also, included is a stunning duet version of his mega hit, “Wildfire” with # 1 hit artist, Carrie Hassler. “It doesn’t surprise me that the new duet version of Wildfire is having an overwhelming response from radio listeners when they first hear it and if this is any indication of what to expect from the forthcoming BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II album, then I suspect the excitement level on that will be high as well,” said Today’s Country Magazine’s Jeff Kurtis.

“In the past two decades, no musical artist has done more to chronicle, preserve and further the cowboy culture than Michael Martin Murphey,” wrote David McGee for “(His music) overflows with life, enough for many of us. To saddle up with Murph is to come in closer touch with enduring truths.”

Michael Martin Murphey’s songs have been recorded by Bluegrass Artists such as Flatt and Scruggs, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Seldom Scene, Country Gentlemen, Bluegrass Cardinals, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many others. BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II reprises many of his songs covered by Bluegrass bands, performed with a stellar cast of bluegrass players and singers that includes; Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock, Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Andy Hall, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Leftwich and more.

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey and his Grammy nominated album, BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS, and next week’s BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II, please visit his site or Rural Rhythm Records.


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Grammy Nomination for Michael Martin Murphey

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce Michael Martin Murpheys GRAMMY® nomination for BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM, BUCKAROO BLUE GRASSreleased last February.  “We are so happy for Murph on his Grammy® Album Nomination!  He has worked so hard to get his bluegrass album done right in a way that honors, respects and maintains the integrity of bluegrass music and at the same time presents his classic songs in a new and fresh Buckaroo Blue Grass style.  Certainly having some of today’s top bluegrass artists performing on the album has helped accomplish Murph’s vision for the Buckaroo Blue Grass album,” said Rural Rhythm Records President, Sam Passamano, Jr.

This Billboard™ TOP 50 BLUEGRASS chart album (retail sales) album has received other impressive attention this year including holding the #1 spot on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report (airplay) for three weeks in a row last month. recently posted a feature article “Michael Martin Murphey Embraced by Bluegrass”, plus named the album in their Top 10 Independent Releases Worth Checking Out article earlier this year.
“BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS” includes numerous fan favorites including, “Carolina in the Pines,” “Lone Cowboy,” and many more.  Another track from the album, “Close to the Land (America’s Heartland),” is now in its fourth year as the theme song for the national hit television show America’s Heartland, and also includes a VIDEO RELEASE.  This music video includes images from Paul Mobley’s book, THE AMERICAN FARMER – a recent winner of the Book of the Year Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Murphey was extremely grateful for the nomination and said, “It’s wonderful to be mentioned as a Grammy® nominee in the company of people like Steve Martin who has done so much for the bluegrass genre this year.  I am so thankful to the Producer, my son, Ryan Murphey and Patt Flynn who organized the players (Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Charlie Cushman, Andy Leftwich, Ronnie McCoury, Ryan Murphey, Craig Nelson, Pat Flynn, Tim Stidolph, Clay Riness, Matt Wilkes, David Davidson), Keith Compton (Engineer), and Rhonda Vincent who provided vocals and is also a Grammy® nominee in the same category.”

“I’m very grateful to all of the bluegrass bands that have recorded my songs over the years. I’m so blessed to have the support of my real family including my wife Karen, plus my new adopted family, Rural Rhythm Records that includes all the Passamano family and Penni McDaniel. I’m thankful for my Agent, Mike Drudge who introduced me to the Rural Rhythm family. He keeps us very busy on the road and I appreciate the support from PLA Media as well,” he continued.

Murphey’s performances were extremely well received during the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention held in Nashville.  Fans were thrilled when he appeared on stage with #1 bluegrass artist, Carrie Hassler, to perform a duet of “WILDFIRE,” and also “RUNNING GUN” with bluegrass veteran, Audie Blaylock & Redline.  Both of these new single releases will appear on “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II (Riding Song) set for a February 9, 2010 release.

Many fans have been curious about the spelling of “BLUE GRASS” on the CD instead of “bluegrass” so record label President, Sam Passamano previously explained, “When Murph and I were developing the cover art for ‘BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS, I mentioned that it would be cool if we used the old school alternative spelling for Blue Grass that can be found on many classic albums by our Bluegrass Legends and many of our Rural Rhythm titles released in the 60’s that almost always used this ‘Blue Grass alternative spelling.  Murph thought that this would be a nice touch to connect something from the genres past to the present as he delivers his own Bluegrass style to many of the well known and loved, Michael Martin Murphey classic songs.”

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey and his Grammy nominated album, BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS,” please visit his site or Rural Rhythm.