#NewMusicFriday Shannon Slaughters Drops New Album to Radio

In a surprise move, Shannon Slaughter dropped his new album, Never Standing Still to radio stations today at airplaydirect.com.  Physical copies will hit radio stations next week.  The album’s official street date is Friday, October 27.  Music fans can pre-order the album now at  iTunes Amazon, CDBaby, ShannonSlaughter.com and more physical and digital sites.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” is already a radio hit appearing in the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and making its debut at #10 on the October 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still was Produced by Wes Easter, Randy Kohrs, and Shannon Slaughter. Rhythm Tracks were recorded at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA and engineered by Wes Easter.  Vocals were recorded at:  Slack Key Studio in Nashville, TN and engineered by Randy Kohrs. The album was mixed and mastered by Wes and Derek Easter at Eastwood Studio in Cana, VA.  Tracks Include:

  1. You Can’t Outrun the River (3:41) – Shannon Slaughter, Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford — (Elite Circuit Music) / (Never Wanted Nothing More Music) / (Daniel House Music)
  2. Find Your Own Highway (3:05) – Shannon Slaughter, Dale Felts, Bob Minner – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Missouri Boy Music)
  3. Old Kentucky Home (2:43) – Greg Preece (Weaver of Words Music)
  4. That Old County Road (3:50) – Rusty Hendrix, Shannon Slaughter – (Sonic Hill Publishing) / (Elite Circuit Music)
  5. Love is a Cross and Three Nails (3:33) – Shannon Slaughter, Mark Brinkman – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Brinksongs Music)
  6. The Girl I Love (2:56) – Jake Landers – (Glad Music)
  7. Going Home (2:58) – Roger Rasnake – (Pathwalker Music)
  8. Lonely Trail of Tears (3:44) – Shannon Slaughter, Terry Foust – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Creekbed Music)
  9. Better Move it On Home ( 2:29) – Ray Griff (Blue Echo Music)
  10. He Moved a Mountain (3:27) – Dale Felts, Shannon Slaughter (Elite Circuit Music)
  11. Dying to Live Again (3:39) – Marla Cannon-Goodman, Shannon Slaughter, Dale Felts – (Spirit Music) / (Elite Circuit Music)
  12. I Was a Farmer (3:25) – Cliff Bailey, James Paul Bailey, Shannon Slaughter – (Elite Circuit Music)
  13. Trying to Be My Own Man (4:23) – Shannon Slaughter, Terry Foust – (Elite Circuit Music) / (Creekbed Music)
  14. Movin’ On (2:39) – Merle Haggard (Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
  15. Rae & Jed (1:44)


For more information Shannon Slaughter, please visit www.shannonslaughter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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New Music Friday: Shannon Slaughter Releases New Single

APD SINGLEShannon Slaughter is proud to announce the first single release, “That Old County Road,” from his upcoming album Never Standing Still.  The song was written by Shannon Slaughter and Rusty Hendrix, guitar player from the country band Confederate Railroad, and takes a nostalgic look at growing up in the country and what young people did back then – with maybe a nod to the present as well.  The new single is available to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect or by request.

Never Standing Still is the fourth project and second solo effort from the award-winning singer-songwriter Shannon Slaughter and is set for release on Elite Circuit Records November 15, 2017. Slaughter contributed 9 original songs written or co-written with industry luminaries such as: Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Dale Felts, Terry Foust and Marla Cannon-Goodman, along with songs by Jake Landers and Roger Rasnake. The well-respected talents of numerous musicians and singers are also showcased on this recording with the talents of: Heather Slaughter, Lou Reid, Shawn Lane, Randy Kohrs, Ron Stewart, Steve Gulley, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, Tim Crouch, Doug Jernigan, Josh Shilling, and Tracy Burcham.

Slaughter is a proud alumnus of numerous leading bluegrass bands counting membership in The Lost & Found, Larry Stephenson Band, Melonie Cannon, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, and Grasstowne.  These bands and bandleaders helped shape the foundation of his band County Clare which he formed in 2010.  “I am really proud of the unique sound of County Clare that we have created over the last 7 years,” said Slaughter.

In 2012, Slaughter was the 1st Place Winner in the Country division of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for his original song, “I’ve Hit Everything In My Life (But My Knees)“ co-written by Dale Felts and Mark Byrd. He has written songs for Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid, Mike Bentley, Larry Stephenson, and more. In March 2013, Shannon & Heather Slaughter and County Clare released the album One More Road that included 3 radio chart hits including their killer cover of “If I Were A Carpenter.”  Shannon & Heather’s follow-up album Never Just A Song, released in February 2015, included their #1 chart radio hit “That’s What’s Good In America Today” co-written by Slaughter as well as other chart songs such as “Moonshiner,” “There Ain’t No Need To Be Lonely,” and “Ridin’ The Lightning, Ropin the Storm.”

Please visit shannonslaughter.com and Facebook for more upcoming announcements.

Music & New Baby News from Shannon & Heather Slaughter

heather-and-jed-slaughterOne of bluegrass music’s favorite couples, Shannon and Heather Slaughter, are proud to announce the birth of a new son, Jedediah (Jed) Smith Slaughter. Their new baby joined the family on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala, much to the delight of his older sister Rae.

Heather will be coming off the road to spend more time with the couple’s two children, however she will be a guest on the new Shannon Slaughter & County Clare album releasing later this year. Heather will be lending her exquisite harmony vocals, singing lead on another track, and joining Shannon on a highly anticipated Porter & Dolly duet. The band will begin recording in March at Eastwood Studios in Virginia.

Bluegrass Today calls Shannon Slaughter “a rare bluegrass triple threat: a gifted and disciplined songwriter, a robust and evocative singer, and a substantial guitarist, on both rhythm and lead,” so fans will no doubt be anxious to hear his 10 original songs on the 14 track album.

albumcover-never-just-a-song-shannon-heather-slaughterShannon and Heather’s current album, Never Just A Song, garnered numerous #1s for both the album and singles in 2015. They achieved the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums, #1 on the AirPlayDirect Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums Chart, and spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart. The album also made an impressive showing garnering the #4 position on the Roots Music Report’s Top 180 Albums of 2015.

Two tracks from Never Just A Song, “That’s What’s Good in America” and “Moonshiner,” appeared on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2015. “That’s What’s Good in America” was also the #1 song last August on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 Songs last July.

For updates and more information on Shannon Slaughter & County Clare, please visit www.shannonslaughter.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Lonesome River Band – Coming Back Home To You

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Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the release of a special compilation album of their earlier Mountain Home releases. Coming Back Home To You includes selections from Window Of Time, Head On Into Heartache and Road With No End albums.

Coming Back Home To You is now available in both physical and digital formats at stores, online, and at your next Lonesome River Band performance.

Each track was hand selected by Sammy Shelor and the band in response to fan requests for some titles that were no longer available in CD format. “The time between 2002 through 2006 were years of transition for Lonesome River Band. We feel this is a great representation of songs and personnel of those years of the three albums released by Mountain Home. We hope you enjoy,” said Shelor.

The tracks selected include performances by beloved LRB alumni Shannon Slaughter, Barry Barrier and Jeff Parker.

Coming Home To You includes tracks from these previous albums:

Window Of Time:
1. Down The Line
2. Missed It By A Mile
3. Weary Day
4. Tune Of A Twenty Dollar Bill

Head On Into Heartache:
5. Tears In My Tracks
6. Coming Home To You
7. Raleigh and Spencer
8. Little Birdie

The Road With No End:
9. Lonesome Won’t Get The Best Of Me
10. Won’t Be Over You
11. A Step Away
12. Hillbilly Cat Fight

The band’s other current Mountain Home Music album, Turn On A Dime, continues its success with three tracks garnering 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations for: “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” for Song of the Year, “Cumberland Gap” for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, and “Holding To The Right Hand” for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Shelor, a five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award Winner, received another nomination in that category.

LRB fans can pick up their autographed copy of Coming Back Home to You at one of their numerous live performances including September 4 at the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience (Louisville, Ky.), September 5 at their sold out show at Bluegrass Underground (McMinnville, Tenn.), September 6 at the Floyd Yoga Jam (Willis, Va.), and many other events.

The history of Lonesome River Band, along with more information on the award winning talents of Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, and Jesse Smathers, can be found at lonesomeriverband.com.


New Single Release: Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection

Union House Records is proud to announce the first single release from their newly formed label. Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection is now available for purchase at CDBaby and appearing soon at iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and more  fine retail outlets. The song was written by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens and appears on the band’s upcoming self-titled album releasing in July.

The band includes the talents Mike Bentley (Lead Vocal and Guitar), Rod Smith (Harmony Vocal & Banjo), Josh Brown (Harmony Vocal & Lead Guitar), Matt Hiser (Mandolin), Jeff Smith (Bass), and guest Adam Haynes (Fiddle). With members hailing from Kentucky and West Virginia, they have spent years developing their unique sound as evidenced by their last album, Another Song, which resulted in three radio charts hits.

Truck Drivin is available now to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com and radio hosts are already singing their praises…

“Love the new single Truck Drivin’ by Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection. It’s been fun watching this band grow over the years, and I think the new project will take them to the top of all the bluegrass charts! Good job guys!” – Big D Dwayne Amburgey (bigdradio.net)

“The guys in Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection just keep rolling. Truck Drivin’ tells the driver’s tale with Mike Bentley’s outstanding lead vocals, some hard-driving banjo, and solid harmony vocals. This one’s GOOD! Now I can’t wait to hear the rest of the project!” – Tim “Doc” Carter – The Saturday Morning Bluegrass Show on WMTN, Morristown, TN

“Fast, hard-driving bluegrass. That’s what you want in a bluegrass song and this one has it. The latest single Truck Drivin’ from Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection is one to get you up and moving. Many will relate to the story this one has to tell!” – Annette Grady – The Bluegrass Jamboree

Union_House_logoThe band is currently in the studio this month finishing up their album, but will hit the road again in June for multiple days at the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada and the Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival in Summersville, West Virginia.

For a complete tour schedule and more information on the band, please visit CumberlandGapConnection.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter.com/CGCbluegrass for updates.

Shannon and Heather Slaughter Kick Off New Album Jan 24 in Nashville

albumcover-never-just-a-song-400Shannon and Heather Slaughter will kick off their new album Never Just A Song at The Station Inn in Nashville January 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm. They will be joined by special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more.

The band will perform more songs from Never Just A Song including the title track written by Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis.  Shannon and Heather take turn on lead vocals, perform beautiful duets and also contribute their songwriting talents to the album. They co-wrote “The Best Thing We Ever Did” and “Where Does the Love Go” and hit the mark with their vocal harmony on songs like “There Ain’t No Need to be Lonely” written by Shannon Slaughter and Bill Castle.

Never Just A Song includes:

1. Moonshiner (Traditional)
2. Never Just a Song / Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis
3. Back to Birmingham / Shannon Slaughter, Shawn Lane, Dale Felts, Gerald Ellenburg, Heather Slaughter
4. Company Town / Shannon Slaughter and David Carroll
5. Shadows in My Room / Nick Forster
6. That’s What’s Good in America / Shannon Slaughter and Gerald Ellenburg
7. Where Does the Love Go / Shannon Slaughter and Heather Slaughter
8. Feelin’ Better / Hank Williams Jr.
9. Go Sin No More / Cliff Bailey
10. Anything / Alex Hibbitts and Sarah Scott
11. There Ain’t No Need to be Lonely / Shannon Slaughter and Bill Castle
12. Whiskey Colored Dreams / Terry Foust and Shannon Slaughter
13. Ridin’ the Lightnin’, Ropin’ the Storm / Shannon Slaughter and Dale Felts
14. The Best Thing We Ever Did / Shannon Slaughter and Heather Slaughter

Never Just A Song officially releases February 1, 2015. “Moonshiner” is the first single release and is available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com and for digital purchase at CD Baby.

To learn more about Shannon and Heather, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com and join them on Facebook.

New Single “Moonshiner” by Shannon & Heather Slaughter

single-moonshiner400x400Shannon and Heather Slaughter are proud to announce Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction debuted their new single, “Moonshiner,” on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The song is now available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com and available for digital purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and more digital sites.

“Moonshiner” is the first single release from Shannon and Heather’s new album, Never Just A Song releasing February 1, 2015. The husband and wife duo will launch this exciting new project at their Album Release Concert on January 24, 2015 at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville Tenn. Shannon & Heather will be joined by their special guests Randy Kohrs, Melonie Cannon, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Inscore, Trevor Watson, Cliff Bailey, and more.

Never Just A Song includes an A-List line-up of talent with: Shannon Slaughter (Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals), Heather Slaughter (Lead Vocals), Ron Inscore (Mandolin), Cliff Bailey (Bass & Vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo), Randy Kohrs (Resophonic Guitar and Vocals), Tracy Burcham (Bass), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), Melonie Cannon (Harmony Vocals), Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Tim Couch (Fiddle), and Doug Jernigan (Pedal Steel Guitar). You might even hear Shannon and Heather’s sweet baby girl Rae Carroll cooing in the background.

Shannon and Heather’s last album, One More Road, by County Clare included three chart singles. Their outstanding bluegrass version of the Top 40 hit “If I Were A Carpenter” appeared on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2013 and garnered the #1 position on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in September of last year. The title track, “One More Road” and “The Lives of the Innocent” also charted appeared in Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 Song Chart.

To learn more about Shannon and Heather, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com  and join them on Facebook.

Shannon & Heather Slaughter on Behind The Scenes With Kenny Dean

kennydean-heather-shannon-slaughterCounty Clare is featured on Behind the Scene with Kenny Dean #BTS this Saturday (and next Friday)! (National schedule on Family Network and RURAL TV)

Shannon & Heather Slaughter of County Clare, a husband and wife #Bluegrass duo (with sweet little daughter, Rae) from #Alabama that provide us with sweet harmony and entertainment!

Tune in every Saturday in over 25 million televised households across the nation! 1:30pm (central time), and replays on Fridays at 12:30pm (central time) on RURAL TV and Family Network. Check local listings for channel number on satellite and cable providers.

* Remember, if you have missed past episodes, you can now go to their website to watch them in full screen!

Shannon Slaughter Announces New County Clare Band Members

Shannon Slaughter is proud to announce new band members and updates for the bluegrass band COUNTY CLARE. Shannon and his wife Heather recently welcomed the addition of a new baby girl to their family. “While Heather will be scaling back some on performing with COUNTY CLARE and enjoying time with our new little girl, she will still be a part of the band. We are extremely dedicated to being the best parents we can be with Rae. We want her raised around family, friends, and the bluegrass music community because we believe they are the best fans in the world,” says Shannon.

New members Jesse Daniel (Mandolin, Dobro and Vocals), Casey Foster (Banjo, Guitar), Cliff Bailey (Bass/Vocals), and Stephen Burwell (fiddle) will join Shannon and Heather in the studio this summer to record a new album. Shannon said, “We are really excited about these new musicians and people and believe County Clare will have even greater success in 2014.”

The band is still celebrating success from their album, ONE MORE ROAD with two chart singles. Their outstanding bluegrass version of the Top 40 hit “If I Were A Carpenter” appears on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Songs of 2013 and hit #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in September. The title track from the album is currently #16 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20.

One-More-Road-Cover-200COUNTY CLARE had a very successful 2013 appearing on Radio and TV shows including Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Track by Track with Kyle Cantrell, the popular TV show Absolutely Alabama, and much more.

To keep up to date on COUNTY CLARE, learn more about each new band member, and view their upcoming tour dates, please visit www.countyclareband.com and join them on Facebook.