New Album & Music Video (The Crooked Road) by Lou Reid and Carolina

LR&C_0079_edited-1Abingdon, VA: The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving route across Southwest Virginia where authentic American music traditions first took root in mountain communities like Big Stone Gap, Floyd and Galax. Thanks to Lou Reid and Carolina, that road now has an anthem every bit as memorable as the landscape through which it travels.

The band’s newest album, Rollin’ On, has just been released and features the brand new single, “The Crooked Road,” penned by songwriters Ellen Britton and Will Hopkins and certain to become a classic.  Ellen Britton’s co-writer Will Hopkins passed away in 2015.  “The song was Will’s idea and he grew up along The Crooked Road in Rocky Mount, Virginia,” said Britton.  “I loved the song from the start and thought the name itself was evocative.  It speaks to the contrast between our modern and somewhat hectic way of life and a slower way of living.  With that basic idea as the starting point, writing the song came easy.  That was a song that wanted to be written.”

“If we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and our annual Mountains of Music Homecoming event, they couldn’t have done better than the song on this record,” said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road. “To have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass pay homage to Virginia’s music heritage in a song of this caliber is truly special.”

“When you start an album, you never really know which songs are going to stand out until you’re done,” said Reid. “And Rollin’ On was no different.  When you listen to the record, ‘The Crooked Road’ has a sparkle to it that’s unmistakable. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.”

2016-rollin-on-album-cover-loureidandcarolinaThe record release by Lou Reid and Carolina coincided with the 2nd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, an extraordinary nine-day music and cultural showcase event that took place June 10-18 across Southwest Virginia’s Crooked Road Region.

The release of the new single is accompanied by a new music video, a cooperative effort between The Crooked Road organization and the band. The video is made possible through the generous support of David & Judie Reemsnyder, the Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Kornrich.

“The first song I ever learned on guitar was the “Wildwood Flower,” continued Reid.  I watched Mother Maybelle Carter sing that song and play it on guitar and autoharp on a black and white TV along with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in the early 60’s.  I didn’t realize until later how much the music from The Crooked Road region would influence my own music and life.  The Crooked Road WILL take you home again!”

Rollin’ On is now available for purchase at LouReidandCarolina.com, iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail outlets. Radio stations can access the new album at AirPlayDirect.com. The music video is viewable at LouReidandCarolina.com and YouTube.

About Lou Reid and Carolina and Rollin’ On

After stints with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs, and the Seldom Scene, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lou Reid formed his own band, Carolina in 1992. In 1994 the band received the IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award. In 1996, Reid re-joined the Seldom Scene and also continues to record with Carolina.

Rollin On,features Lou’s award-winning vocals and mandolin playing highlighted by band members Christy Reid (Bass and Vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals), and Marcus Smith (Guitar and Vocals).  Special guests on the album include Ron Stewart (fiddle), and Skip Cherryholmes (guitar and vocals).

Rollin’ On includes:

  1.  Hobo On A Train
  2. Lonesome Moon
  3. Roll On
  4. Ol’ Train
  5. Long Time Leavin’
  6. The Crooked Road
  7. Christmas in the Blue Ridge
  8. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  9. The Beginning of the End
  10. Train of Trouble

For more information about Lou Reid and Carolina, visit loureidandcarolina.com and Facebook.

What They’re Saying

“Lou Reid is a true bluegrass powerhouse with a voice that’s as sweet as honey but powerful as a steamboat whistle. I’m excited to dig into his new record with Carolina, Rollin’ On!”   –– Chris Eldridge, Punch Brothers

“Lou Reid is spot on with this song describing the wonderful musical heritage of the Crooked Road winding through beautiful Virginia. Great performance Lou!”  — Doyle Lawson

 

 

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Lou Reid and Carolina are Rollin’ On with New Album

2016-rollin-on-album-cover-loureidandcarolinaThe award-winning Lou Reid and Carolina have announced their new album, ROLLIN’ ON, has been released to radio stations and is now available at AirPlayDirect.com with physical copies hitting stations next week.  The title cut, “Rollin’ On,” features Lou’s award-winning vocals and mandolin talents highlighted by band members Christy Reid (Bass and Vocals); Trevor Watson (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals); and Marcus Smith (Guitar and Vocals).  Special guests on the album include: Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Skip Cherryholmes (Guitar on “Lonesome Moon,”Train of Trouble” and Guitar and Baritone Vocals on “Christmas in the Blueridge.”

crookedroadAnother key track is the memorable “The Crooked Road,” the name of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail that covers over 300 miles of scenic terrain in southwest Virginia that connects 9 major heritage music venues and over 60 affiliated venues and festivals. This past weekend, Lou Reid and Carolina began filming an accompanying music video to be released this summer. On June 16, the band will perform on The Crooked Road Tour at the Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Va.

Jack Hinshelwood, Executive Director of The Crooked Road said, “If we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and the Mountains of Music Homecoming, they couldn’t have done better than the song on this recording. To have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass doing it, was a miraculous alignment of the planets!”

ROLLIN ON’ includes:

  1. Hobo On A Train
  2. Lonesome Moon
  3. Roll On
  4. Ol’ Train
  5. Long Time Leavin’
  6. The Crooked Road
  7. Christmas Tin the Blueridge
  8. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  9. The Beginning of the End
  10. Train of Trouble

Lou Reid and Carolina will have many new updates in the coming weeks including the album release date, so please visit  loureidandcarolina.com and Facebook.

Jeff Brown Launches Still Blue Entertainment

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Jeff Brown is proud to introduce his new booking agency, Still Blue Entertainment. The agency will now represent Newton & Thomas, Ralph Stanley II, and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome for booking services.

Jeff will continue to serve as the director of the Traditional Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College; as Coordinator and Co-Chair for the Virginia Mountain Music Festival and the Mountain Music Jamboree; and serve on the musician’s board with The Crooked Road.

For more information on Newton & Thomas, Ralph Stanley II, and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, please visit StillBlueEntertainment.com or at the artists’ respective websites. Talent buyers can contact Jeff Brown at jeff@stillblueentertaiment.com or by calling 276-202-3639.

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Newton & Thomas
Mark Newton and Steve Thomas are native Virginians who both struck out separately in the music business decades ago and had completely different experiences. Now that their paths have converged, they have blended their various musical flavors together to share with Americana, Bluegrass and Country music fans everywhere. Although the pair 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. Fans can check out their album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records, that includes the #1 radio chart hit and popular music video, “Old McDonald Sold The Farm” along with numerous other chart topping tracks from this successful album. Website: NewtonandThomas.com. Record Label: Pinecastle Records. Publicist: Hope River Entertainment.

Ralph Stanley II, better known in the industry and by his peers as “Two,” is the son of the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley. Ralph II started performing on stage beside his dad when he was only two years old. Destined to follow in his father and late Uncle Carter Stanley’s footsteps, he stepped forward to become the lead singer for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys in 1995. In 2002, he received a Grammy award with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale for their collaboration on “Lost in the Lonesome Pines”. In addition, he received two other Grammy nominations for “Carrying On” and “Stanley Blues”.

In 2008 Ralph II struck out on his solo career and since that time has accumulated countless hits and awards. Recently he performed on the world famous Grand Ole Opry stage, once again beside his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley singing tunes from the brand new Rebel Records release Side By Side. Listening to Ralph Stanley II, I can hear echoes of Carter Stanley once again, a generation removed, resounding off the Hills and down the hollers of Southwestern Virginia,” said Dwight Yoakam.

Ralph Stanley II as he nears his twentieth anniversary of touring and turning out more hit songs carrying on the Stanley tradition, the best is yet to come. For more information, please visit Ralph2.com.

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Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome

Jeff’s impressive music career includes working with the legendary Larry Sparks as bass player and tenor singer where he worked as Lonesome Rambler from 1993 to 1996. It was during that time while performing with Sparks at the Carter Fold in Hiltons Virginia, Jeff was ask to play bass for Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash. He also toured with The Charlie Sizemore Band and has filled in with Blue Highway, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and many more. During Jeff’s impressive career, he performed on many famous stages such as: the Grand Ole Opry at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee, along with the television shows Austin City Limits in Austin Texas and Song of the Mountains on PBS. In 2012, he formed Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome that includes Austin Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship and Josh Underwood. Website: jeffbrownandstilllonesome.com, Record Label www.MountainFever.com, Publicist HopeRiverEntertainment.com.