Shannon Slaughter Tops the Charts with New Album Never Standing Still

Album Now Available on iTunes, Apple Music and more retail & streaming outlets

Shannon Slaughter has delivered yet another an outstanding album mixed with various styles, crossing numerous genres, and becoming an instant radio hit.  Never Standing Still hit #1 on AirPlay Direct’s (APD) Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK ALBUMS; reached #1 for “Better Move It On Home” and #2 for “Trying to Be My Own Man” on the APD Top 50 COUNTRY SONGS; #15 for “Going Home” and #16 for “Dying to Live Again” on the APD Top 50 AMERICANA SONGS; #38 for “That Old County Road” and #46 for “Movin’ On” on the APD Top 50 BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS charts in October.

The first single, “That Old County Road,” hit the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart and is #6 on the November 2017 Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart.

Never Standing Still is available for purchase and streaming at numerous sites including iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, ShannonSlaughter.com and many more sites.

Slaughter co-produced the album with Wes Easter and Randy Kohrs who gathered the impressive talents of: Ron Inscore on mandolin, harmony vocals; Cliff Bailey  on acoustic bass and harmony vocals; Trevor Watson on banjo; Tracy Burcham on bass; Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar and harmony vocals; Shawn Lane on fiddle and harmony vocals; Lou Reid on harmony vocals; Steve Gulley on harmony vocals; Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo; Tim Crouch on triple fiddles; Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar; Josh Shilling on piano on one tracks; Shannon Slaughter on guitar, lead & harmony vocals; his wife Heather Slaughter on lead & harmony vocals; and a special track with two of their children, Rae Carroll Slaughter on vocals and Jed Slaughter. The couple recently welcomed the birth of their third child, Call.

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

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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.

Never Just A Song by Shannon and Heather Slaughter Now Released

albumcover-never-just-a-song-400The new album, Never Just A Song, featuring the smooth voices and ultra-tight harmonies by Shannon and Heather Slaughter is now available at iTunes, CD Baby, ShannonandHeatherSlaughter.com and more retail outlets.  The husband and wife duo focuses on fresh, original material and wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 14 tracks.

Shannon and Heather’s innovative arrangements and soulful instrumentation shine on cuts like their recently released single, “Moonshiner,” that debuted at #10 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 and at #20 on the Monthly Top 20 Song charts.

What folks are saying…

“This is truly one of the best recordings of 2015 in my opinion and hopefully will bring the Slaughters what they so richly deserve: a place at the forefront of bluegrass music.” – Tim Stafford (Blue Highway)

“Shannon and Heather have a great new record on their hands! Solid songs showcasing vocal chops that are powerful when they need be and an understated appropriateness that makes them sound like classics. I was thrilled to get to be a part of this project!” – Randy Kohrs

“I highly recommend this new album to anyone who loves good bluegrass music. I especially enjoyed the original material – congrats on another fine album!” – Aubrey Haynie

“I’ve been listening to Heather sing for several years and I’m dead serious when I say she is one of the finest female vocalists I’ve heard, period!! On ‘Whiskey Colored Dreams,’ I can honestly say it has totally blown me away how solid this track is!!! In my humble opinion it’s time for this young lady to get her well-deserved dues.” – Terry Foust – Co-Writer of “Whiskey Colored Dreams” with Shannon Slaughter

Never Just A Song includes the talents of: 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).

Shannon and Heather will be the featured artist on the Heartland Bluegrass today at 10:00am – noon (Eastern) at www.bluegrassmix.com.

 

Fans have certainly supported Shannon and Heather’s music as evidenced by their recent sold out show at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville where they celebrated the new album. To learn more about their music and view additional tour dates, please visit shannonandheatherslaughter.com and join them on Facebook.

 

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.

Christmas in the Blue Ridge by Lou Reid & Carolina

blue-white-christmassingleLou Reid & Carolina are celebrating the holiday season with a new digital single release of Christmas in the Blue Ridge. The song is available for purchase at LouReidandCarolina.com and available to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect.com.

Christmas in the Blue Ridge was written by Lou and Terry Foust. The song is performed by band members Lou Reid (lead vocal, mandolin), Christy Reid (vocal, bass); Skip Cherryholmes (guitar, vocal); Trevor Watson (banjo) with guest Ron Stewart (fiddle).

dvd-coverThe band has another brand new project, the “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” album recently released on KMA Records. The album is available at Amazon, Kmart, County Sales, CD Universe, and more retail outlets and available to radio programmers at AirPlaydirect.com.

The 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home is also available in DVD format at the band’s website. This special concert event was filmed by Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC during an exciting live concert event held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

For more information on Lou Reid & Carolina, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com or Facebook.

New Album Release by Lou Reid & Carolina

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Lou Reid & Carolina are proud to announce today’s new album release – the “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” on KMA Records. The album is now available for sale at Amazon, Kmart, County Sales, CD Universe, and more retail outlets. Music journalist, Keith Lawrence says, “It’s one of the best bluegrass albums you’ll hear this year. Fans of Lou Reid & Carolina will definitely want this album in their collection.”

dvd-coverThis special performance is also available in DVD format and for sale on the band’s website at loureidandcarolina.com. This project was filmed by Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC during an exciting live concert event held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

Lou Reid, Christy Reid, Trevor Watson and Skip Cherryholmes have been busy on tour including last week’s performance at the IBMA Street Festival in Raleigh, NC and upcoming performances like: October 5 at the Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival, Oak Grove, LA; October 19 at the Home Creek Farms Festival, Pinnacle, NC; October 25 at the Howmet Playhouse Theater, Whitehall, MI; October 26 in McGregor, Ontario Canada;  and November 16 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX.

For more information on the band, the new album and a complete tour schedule, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com. It is available to all radio programmers at airplaydirect.com.

Lou Reid & Carolina Gearing Up for CD and DVD Release of 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home

dvd-coverLou Reid and Carolina are proud to announce the CD and DVD release of their “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” on KMA Records. The album is set for release October 1, 2013 and is available for pre-order at Amazon, County Sales, CD Universe, plus more retail outlets. The DVD is available for sale now on the band’s website at loudreidandcarolina.com.

The band has released a preview video including a performance of their new single, “Mountain Girl” available for viewing on youtube and Facebook. Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC filmed the band during the exciting live concert event recently held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

“The “20th Anniversary Concert” album recently made its debut on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction hosted by Kyle Cantrell. The album is available to all radio programmers at airplaydirect.com/music/loureidandcarolina20thAnniversaryConcert.

Lou Reid and Carolina have been busy on tour with upcoming performances at:

  • September 27, 2013 – Raleigh, NC – IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival – Martin Street Stage 8:15 PM
  • September 28, 2013 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Pavilion Stage Sponsored by MerleFest and Mast Farm Inn – 1-1:45pm for a workshop then a 2 pm performance
  • October 19, 2013 – Home Creek Farms Festival, Pinnacle, NC
  • October 25, 2013 – Howmet Playhouse Theater, Whitehall, MI
  • October 26, 2013 – McGregor, Ontario Canada
  • November 5, 2013 – Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival, Oak Grove, LA
  • November 16, 2013 – McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX
  • February 14, 2014 – Bluegrass First Class, Asheville, NC
  • June 12, 2014 – Bluegrass in Cherokee, Cherokee, NC
  • June 19, 2014 – Rockahock Bluegrass Festival, Lanexa, VA
  • June 21, 2014- Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, MI

Lou Reid and Carolina includes the fine talents of Lou Reid, Christy Reid, Trevor Watson and Skip Cherryholmes. For more information on the band and the new CD & DVD, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com.

Two GMA Dove Nominations!

We are proud to announce the following two nominations for the 42nd Annual GMA DOVE AWARDS for BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LOOK TO THE LIGHT:  Songs of Faith from the Pen of Rick Lang – Various Artists, produced by Rick Lang, John Millerand Jesse Brock on Rural Rhythm Christian; and SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN TO ME by Lou Reid and Carolina, produced by Lou Reid also on Rural Rhythm Christian.

“I am humbled and feel very blessed that our new label, Rural Rhythm Christian is represented by 2 of the 6 nominations in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category.  Congratulations to Lou Reid and Carolina, Rick Lang and all the wonderful artists on the LOOK TO THE LIGHT album for this special honor and acknowledgement for their music ministry.  We are also very grateful to all those important GMA members who voted for our artists for these nominations,” said Sam Passamano, Jr., President of Rural Rhythm.

LOOK TO THE LIGHT:  Songs of Faith from the Pen of Rick Lang
includes over two dozen songs by Christian songwriter, Rick Lang.  The album features performances by a variety of top, well-known award-winning bluegrass artists including: Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker, Junior Sisk, and Barry Scott; with musicians, Michael Cleveland, Ron Stewart, John Miller, Jesse Brock and more. “On behalf of all who played a part in the making of LOOK TO THE LIGHT, I am deeply honored. I am extremely thankful to Sam, Pam and all the wonderful folks at Rural Rhythm and Rural Rhythm Christian for believing in me and for their their strong support of my newest creative work. This is truly a blessing,” said Rick Lang.

SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN TO ME, by Lou Reid and Carolina is the first bluegrass gospel album by the band.   Lou was thrilled to hear the news today saying, “Now this really Sounds Like Heaven To Me! After waiting almost my whole lifetime to record a gospel album and then hearing it received a Dove Award nomination, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that!”

Lou of course provides his trademark lead vocals and mandolin talents and is joined by Christy Reid on bass and vocals, Shannon Slaughter on guitar and vocals, Trevor Watson on banjo, with special guest. Ron Stewart on fiddle.  The album also includes the beautiful a capella song, “It’s So Hard to Stumble (When You’re Down on Your Knees)” co-written by Lou Reid. This song garnered a nomination for the 2009 IBMA Gospel Song of the Year Award, and was nominated for the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year.  Lou Reid and Carolina fans received a preview of the group’s bluegrass gospel roots as “It’s So Hard to Stumble” was also featured on the band’s current award winning mainstream bluegrass album, MY OWN SET OF RULES.

Rural Rhythm Records has received numerous GMA Dove nominations of the past several years in the BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR category including:  GOD’S MASTERPIECE by The Marksmen Quartet in 2008 and PICKIN, PRAISIN’ & SINGIN’ by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad in 2009.  Late in 2009, the label launched their new Christian arm of the label, RURAL RHYTHM CHRISTIAN with two projects, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU LORD by Larry Sparks and BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MEMORIESby The Marksmen Quartet – both of which received 2010 GMA DOVE NOMINATIONS.

The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Show will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia at 8:00 p.m. EST. The awards will be broadcast on GMC, America’s on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

LABEL AND RADIO CONTACT

Rural Rhythm RecordsRural Rhythm Christian Rural Rhythm Country
Sammy Passamano III, email
1.800.776.8742

MEDIA CONTACT:
Hope River Entertainment
http://www.HopeRiverEntertainment.com