Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time feat Garth Brooks

Fresh off in his induction in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Larry Cordle has received an Award Nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Recorded Event of the Year for “Against The Grain” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks. The song was produced by Cordle on his MightyCord Records label.

“Against the Grain” features Lead Vocals by Garth Brooks & Larry Cordle; Back Vocals – Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle; Banjo – Kristin Scott Benson; Bass – Mike Anglin; Dobro – Kim Gardner; Fiddle – Jenee Fleenor; Guitar – Bryan Sutton; and Mandolin – Chris Davis; and Songwriters – Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Bruce Bouton.

In the Track by Track video for “Against the Grain,” Cordle goes into great detail on how the song came to life and Garth Brooks recording it on his multi-million selling album, Ropin The Wind. Fans can watch the video in its entirety at or YouTube.

“Against The Grain” appears on Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time’s ALL-STAR DUETS album that includes Nashville superstars: Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, Kevin Denny, Terri Clark, and Travis Tritt. ALL-STAR DUETS is available at iTunes, Amazon, and more fine retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at

The 2015 IBMA Awards will be presented Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the IBMA Awards Show to be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For tickets on the Awards show and the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit

Cordle has received numerous other IBMA Awards during his remarkable career including his 2000 IBMA Award for Song of the Year for “Murder On Music Row” with Lonesome Standard Time and written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell.

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Donna Hughes Announces Release Party for Two New Albums and Music Video Premiere


Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes will celebrate two new albums, FROM THE HEART and FLY, and the premiere of the music video for the song, “The Red Oak Tree” on August 23, 2014. This highly anticipated event will take place at the Sunset Theatre located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, NC beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for Adults and free for children 10 & under.

Hughes certainly showcases her tremendous songwriting talents on both projects with an amazing 21 tracks (19 original songs plus 2 covers) on her Bluegrass album, FROM THE HEART and 12 tracks (8 original songs plus 4 covers) on the piano album, FLY.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting some amazing musicians together to interpret brand new songs from my heart. I find there is no greater high than watching them assemble the notes together for the first time. I so admire and respect their patience with the long sessions. It’s rather addictive, and as long as I am alive there is someone willing to listen, I’ll continue to write more and seek the hands that bring the songs to life,” said Donna.

Musicians joining Donna on FROM THE HEART include: Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Scott Vestal (Banjo), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle & Harmony Vocals), Cory Piatt (Mandolin), Zak McLamb (Bass), Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar), and special guest Andy Kearns as Auctioneer on her original song “Gone.” The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler & John Nicholson. Tracks 3, 7 & 10 were recorded at Riverside Audio, Mount Gilead, NC with Engineer Greg Luck.

On FLY, musicians include: Donna Hughes (Lead Vocals & Piano), Jenee Fleenor (Violin & Harmony Vocals), John Catchings (Cello), Mark Fain (Bass Violin), Andy Kearns (Auctioneer on “Gone”), and Melody Williamson (Harmony Vocals on “All You Need Is A Dream”). The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler and John Nicholson.

The Red Oak Tree” song appears on both albums providing listeners with both an acoustic and a piano version of the haunting tune. The music video will premiere at the release party on August 23rd. The three day video shoot was filmed last month by Videographer, Anthony Ladd of Pikeville, TN. Over 100 of Donna’s friends and family appear in the video shot at the Asheboro City Cemetery. Other locations include the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the “John Hughes” home), Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. More details on the video will be announced following the premiere.
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“Battlecry” Music Video by Delnora Reed Now Released


Delnora Reed is proud to announce today’s new music video release for the song “Battlecry” written by Delnora Reed and Ashley Wells. The catchy tune appears on her new album, MY SONG that was released with the help of Delnora’s loyal and growing fan base with a successful Kickstarter campaign. The music video is a Kneelindesign production and was filmed and produced by Anthony Ladd.

The “Battlecry” music video was shot on location in Jackson County, Tennessee. The lyrics “you don’t have to be alone to fight” is represented by Delnora and featuring Jim Whitaker (homeless man), Tracy McCoy (cancer patient), and Emma Dykes (little girl).

Delnora has been performing her signature blend of Roots, Country and Folk music across the country since she was a teenager; continuing a long and distinguished family tradition in music. Her first album, entitled Delnora received airplay on Country Radio both U.S. as well as the United Kingdom. While in college, Delnora was named one of the ten “Best College Entertainers in America”.

As the great-granddaughter of the legendary Henry Reed, a master fiddler and a living archive of old time music, Delnora could not help but be drawn to melodies as ancient as the Celts. Throughout her career she has shared the stage with the likes of Craig Morgan, Carl Jackson, Paul Thorn, Larry Cordle, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leonard Ahlstrom (Newsong), Jason Deere (Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband/She-Daisy), Roy Clark, Jr. Buck Moore & Gary Duffey (Paint Me a Birmingham), Tommy Barnes (Indian Outlaw), and many more including comedian Jeff Dunham. Her gift is in bringing those melodies forward, into music that is at once thoroughly modern and hauntingly traditional.

Fans can stay in touch with Delnora on her website, facebook, twitter, and more. The album, MY SONG is available for purchase at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and other retail sites.


Newton & Thomas at #1 and #2 with 5 Songs on Bluegrass Today Top 20

gravesmtn-newton-thomas250Pinecastle Records is proud to announce Mark Newton & Steve Thomas hold the #1 and #2 spots on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 chart with “Old McDonald Sold The Farm” and “The Key,” respectively. Three other songs from their new album REBORN also appear including #12 “Nobody’s Business,” #16 “Painted Lady,” and #18 “Far Far Cry.” “Old McDonald Sold The Farm” also made its debut at #8 on the June Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20.

Newton & Thomas and Pinecastle Records recently released their popular new music video of Old McDonald Sold The Farm that has certainly appealed to a wide range of viewers. The video is now available on the band’s youtube channel in a TV ready format and coming soon to many other outlets.

Newton & Thomas continue entertaining audiences at live shows performing their unique blend of music and alternating on lead vocals. This Thursday, they will appear at an autograph signing during the CMA Music Festival at Wheeling Jamboree Booth in the Nashville Convention Center at noon, a performance at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn on Broadway at 1:50 pm, and at Kimbro’s Café in Franklin that evening. Later that night, 12:00 midnight, they will appear on WSM Radio’s All Nighter with Marcia Campbell. On Friday, catch Newton & Thomas at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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REBORN album by Newton & Thomas Now Released

albumcover-newton-thomasREBORN-400wPinecastle Records is proud to announce today’s new 12 track album release of REBORN by Newton & Thomas. The first single, “Old McDonald Sold the Farm,” written by Kenny Boudrea, Darryl Landry, and Ryan Roberts, debuted last week on Bluegrass Today’s Top Song chart. “Great tune, great lyrics, great theme! Everything is there to take this single to the top of the charts and possibly become an anthem for the farmers and ranchers throughout this country,” said Digital Rodeo in a recent review of the single. A music video for the song is being filmed this weekend in Franklin, Tenn.

In addition to the single, other songs are a mix of new takes on classics and originals. The group turns the old favorite, “If it Ain’t Love,” into a showcase for their instrumental and vocal talents, while Ricky Skaggs lends his talents on claw hammer banjo on “The Girl I left in Sunny Tennessee,” and the gospel song “The Key” offers a message of hope in a difficult world. Scott Vestal’s banjo sound also graces five out of the twelve tracks. Fans will certainly want to stay up late Wednesday night (actually May 2 at midnight) and tune in to hear Newton & Thomas on Late night with Marcia Campbell on WSM 650 AM.

Conceived in mutual admiration for one another and born from a lifetime’s love and pursuit of great music, Mark and Steve have given life to a fabulous collaborative work with REBORN. This album is a must have,” said Terry Herd (Bluegrass Radio Network, Bluegrass Today). The pair recently sat down with Terry for a full length interview for Into the Blue that will air May 12 – 18 on the 139 affiliated stations of the Bluegrass Radio Network and on WSM 650 AM Radio on Sunday, May 12 from 9pm – Midnight.

Reviews from Media and Radio have been pouring in including:

“Reborn is every bit as good as I thought it would be from the moment I heard that Mark and Steve were making it. It’s obvious how much fun these guys are having as they work together, and the results are as unique–and as satisfying–as anything each has done on his own. I love that they’ve recast a couple of old Knoxville Grass favorites, I love their charmingly relaxed version of The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee, I love the way they trade off harmonies and leads, and I’ve got to give a special shout-out, too, to Matt Wallace and his outstanding bass work. Nice stuff, fellas!” – Jon Weisberger

“As usual, because this is a Pinecastle product, the engineering values are flawless and bring out every last ray of sunshine in the venture. If you don’t feel like moseying on down to the Grand Ole Opry after listening to this truly fine CD, then, Lord, I don’t know what’s wrong with ya.” – FAME – Folk Acoustic Music Exchange

“Got the CD, and it’s a HIT start to finish!” – Joe Wills, WBZC

“These well-seasoned pros have a wonderful contemporary bluegrass set on their hands for their recording debut as a duo but Old McDonald Sold the Farm deserves to be a staple on Internet and satellite radio and give these guys their spot in any appropriate hall of fame. An amazing 2:30 look at the changing face and character of rural America, somebody not making ‘fringe’ music on an indie label could ride this to the top of the charts. The rest of the set isn’t chicken feed either. This could kick start a whole new bluegrass era.” – Midwest Record Reviews

Fans can order REBORN at Pinecastle Records Amazon, iTunes and more locations. Mark Newton and Steve Thomas will perform at Kimbros Café in Franklin, TN this Thursday, May 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 615-599-2946 or by visiting Kimbros Café Stay up to date on Newton & Thomas by visiting and joining them on Facebook.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Debut at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Chart as they Reach Over 12 Million YouTube Views

Fresh off the sacred stage of the Ryman Auditorium where they kicked off a stirring tribute to the late Earl Scruggs with actor Steve Martin, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are pleased to announce the release of their new album, The Farthest Horizon.  The album debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart last week and is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and more outlets.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a bluegrass trio of brothers, became an overnight sensation in 2011 after practice recordings for their grandparents went viral on YouTube.  These videos have now collectively topped over 12 million views.  Tommy (Guitar), age 15, Robbie (Fiddle), age 13 and Jonny (Banjo) age 10, were encouraged by their parents to learn an instrument and first discovered their love for Bluegrass music by watching Earl Scruggs pick his five string on YouTube. Since then, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have developed a style and sound that is uniquely their own and as a result of their viral, virtually overnight success, their talent has been showcased on national television shows, including CBS’s The Late Night with David Letterman Show, NBC’s The Today Show and Fox’s Huckabee.

The Farthest Horizon is poised to follow the success of their debut album America’s Music, with 11 fresh tracks, seven of which were penned by the boys themselves. Two of the songs on the new album also feature the beautiful and authentic voice of 13-year-old Ashley Lilly, granddaughter of the late bluegrass legend Everett Lilly.

In support of the album, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys will be traveling coast to coast visiting with the media, radio broadcasters and fans. Their next performance will be on the grand stage of Carnegie Hall for a special performance for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation benefiting autism research.

Radio stations worldwide have welcomed The Farthest Horizon sending it to #4 this month on AirplayDirect’s Global Radio Indicator Top 50 APD Bluegrass/Folk Albums Chart.

The Farthest Horizon is a six panel digipak and includes descriptions of the songs and some fun behind-the-scenes album facts.  For more information, song titles and to sample tracks from the new album, visit

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New Music Video and Single Release – “Trailblazer” by The Roys

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new music video and radio single release of “Trailblazer” by bluegrass duo, THE ROYS.  The song is currently on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart and appears on their album, LONESOME WHISTLE which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart.

The “Trailblazer” video was shot on location in Hermitage, TN just outside of Nashville with additional scenes filmed at Percy Priest Lake, and features  Elaine Roy, Lee Roy (Mandolin), Clint White (Fiddle), Zac Hardin (Bass), Sterling Masat (Banjo, Dobro), and Harry Clark (guitar).  It debuted this morning on Cybergrass and is now available for viewing on numerous other sites including: The Roys’ official website, youtube and Rural Rhythm Records.  The video was filmed and directed by Sammy Passamano III with Anthony Passamano serving as Assistant Director.

The Roys, who were just named in Roughstock’s 2011 In Review: The Best New Talent of the Year list, have kicked off what plans to be their biggest year yet. They taped an upcoming PBS Special that celebrates the music of Laura Ingalls Wilder last week, and will embark on their first tour of Australia next week.  The Roys recently announced joining Vietti Foods to extend the Vietti Vinyl campaign, with the duo’s image appearing on 500,000 cans of the brand’s Family Style Beef Stew available at Family Dollar stores in 25 states through 2012.  The duo has also signed a new production deal with ValCom Studios for a 13-episode weekly, music-driven variety show called “Roots And Music With The Roys.”

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