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Willis, VA -- Take a one of a kind voice, a commanding stage presence, and a killer songwriter who can conjur up the long lonesome feeling of bluegrass music with a stealth and hearty vocal like no other and you're quick to understand that Dave Akins is a rarity. He showcases these qualities and more with power on his new solo release Nothing to Lose, out on Mountain Fever. Produced by both Adkins and Adkins & Loudermilk partner Edgar Loudermilk, this is a strong album indeed.
Adkins voice is deeply soulful and ladened with multiple textures that present him as a standout among today's bluegrass vocalists. With a healthy amount of buzz amidst music fans as a result of his exciting live performances and powerhouse vocal chops, Adkins is quickly making a solo name for himself. Mostly recently with a nomination for SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year.
"It is an album with a stunning variety of bluegrass songs,all of them performed perfectly."
After years in groups and supporting or fronting others, Adkins is very proud of the results with Nothing to Lose. "Nothing to Lose is my first solo project and I couldn't be happier for it to include three songs I wrote and one that was co-written with Edgar Loudermilk," he says. The first single from the album, "Pike County Jail," rose into the Top 20 on Bluegrass Today's chart. "In talking about the song, Adkins elaborates, "When I was writing this song I wanted to keep it traditional and something you could really tap your toes to. Although it’s a prison song, it has a ray of hope for new beginnings and comes off as a happy tune,” he adds.
Those who have followed Adkins career know that he has a great deal of respect for those who buy his music and come to his shows. “I have always called them friends, not fans. My friends know that one of my frequent sayings is “Put Some Grass In It,” he says.
So, what better title for a song. “Through this song I get to share my favorite expression and give a nod to some of my Bluegrass heroes,” says Adkins. “It’s a song about not trying to imitate them but hopefully paying tribute to them with my own flavor and style. This song expresses my love of Bluegrass music and my desire to try to make the masters proud while keeping the genre alive.”
Other favorites on the album include “Don’t Pray That Way,” a song that was a true labor of love for Adkins. “This song is about faith and courage inspired by someone that I grew up with in my church. I hope that it serves as a tribute to her selflessness and love of others,” he says.
On “Pretty Little Liar,” Adkins teams up with new musical partner Edgar Loudermilk. “This song started as an idea I had and shared with Edgar,” he says. From there it took on a life all its own. It has a beautiful soothing melody with a sinister twist in the end.”
Adkins thoroughly enjoyed making this album. “I have had a blast making this CD and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professionals in the business. I am thankful for the experience of co-producing this project with Edgar Loudermilk and Mark Hodges,” he says.
Mountain Fever’s Hodges is equally excited. “Everyone pretty much knows what a great singer Dave is,” he says. “But it takes great songs to make a good record and we all put a lot of time into finding the right songs not only to highlight Dave’s powerful vocals but to create an album… an album like we used to buy on vinyl that had a purpose rather than just a pile of songs like so many artists are putting out today. This record doesn’t just sound good, it feels good.” For more information on Nothing to Lose visit www.MountainFfever.com.
Adkins is already out on tour with Adkins & Loudermilk, supporting their individual solo efforts on Mountain Fever, and they will begin production of their first duo CD in the near future. Loudermilk's solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews last October.
Adkins hit the road this week for a full docket of live in-studio radio interviews to support his solo release, including sitting with Judith Burnette's Blue Ridge Backroads on Blue Ridge Country Radio 98.1 at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 11th, to listen to the entire record.Tags: Dave AdkinsNothing to LoseCD ReleaseAdkins & Loudermilk
Knoxvile, TN -- Pinecastle Records is proud to announce today’s new album release, For a Season, by Matt Wallace. The first single release, “Old Man Winter” has certainly been receiving airplay from radio stations around the country and is such a timely tune for the harsh winter many have seen this year. The full album has now been sent to radio stations and is also available to radio via www.AirPlayDirect.com.
Matt was joined on For a Season by Paul Brewster, Jesse Gregory, Wayne Taylor and Jerry Cole. The album is available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, www.Pinecastlemusic.com, www.mattwallacemusic.com and more locations.
Matt Wallace grew up in Knoxville and still makes his home there. After playing collegiate baseball, he began pursuing his passion for music and has certainly had an impressive career making his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012 performing with the legendary Jesse McReynolds. Through the years, he has toured with some of the best in bluegrass including most recently Newton & Thomas and appearing on their current Pinecastle Records’ album, “Reborn.” He has also performed with David Parmley and Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad, and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Matt can be seen this year touring with Terry Baucom. He stays in high-demand as a fill-in and session bass player.
Wallace is a young, up and coming musician in the bluegrass world. He is currently the bassist for Pinecastle artists Mark Newton and Steve Thomas, and is currently playing tour dates with Terry Baucom as well. He lives in his boyhood hometown of Knoxville, TN, where he started playing bass at the age of ten. After playing collegiate baseball, he began pursuing his passion for music. He has toured with some of the best in bluegrass including David Parmley and Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad, and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Wallace made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012 performing with the legendary Jesse McReynolds. When not on tour he stays in high demand as a fill-in and session bass player.
On For a Season, Matt Wallace shows off not only his bass playing and vocal talents but his producing skills as well. He sings lead on five tracks and brings in a few friends for the remainder of the tracks including Jesse Gregory, Jerry Cole, Paul Brewster, and Wayne Taylor. The first single released to radio from the album, “Old Man Winter,” has Matt Wallace as lead vocalist. Where style is concerned, Wallace sticks solidly within the bluegrass genre throughout the album while featuring Jesse Gregory on a cover of the Norah Jones/Dolly Parton hit, “Creepin’ In,” and Paul Brewster on a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Long Gone.” Writers of the remainder of the tracks are mostly from within the bluegrass community and Wallace even shows his gospel side singing the tune, “I Want to Know More About My Lord.” Wallace represents a bright and talented future for bluegrass and he proves himself with this album not only as a performer but a producer as well.
Matt is sponsored by Genz-Benz, TKL World Class Cases, NS Design, D’Addario Strings, Peterson Tuners, and Holmes Bass Violins. For more information on Matt’s new album, please visit www.mattwallacemusic.com and www.pinecastlemusic.com., Matt Wallace shows off not only his bass playing and vocal talents but his producing skills as well. He sings lead on five tracks and brings in a few friends for the remainder of the tracks including Jesse Gregory, Jerry Cole, Paul Brewster, and Wayne Taylor. The first single released to radio from the album, “Old Man Winter,” has Matt Wallace as lead vocalist. Where style is concerned, Wallace sticks solidly within the bluegrass genre throughout the album while featuring Jesse Gregory on a cover of the Norah Jones/Dolly Parton hit, “Creepin’ In,” and Paul Brewster on a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Long Gone.” Writers of the remainder of the tracks are mostly from within the bluegrass community and Wallace even shows his gospel side singing the tune, “I Want to Know More About My Lord.” Wallace represents a bright and talented future for bluegrass and he proves himself with this album not only as a performer but a producer as well.Tags: Matt WallacePinecastleFor a SeasonBassCD Release
Australia's Bluegrass music group, The Stetson Family is reved up and excited to be back in the studio recording their next album. For this time around, the Stetson Family is working with the mighty Colin Wynne, the man with the cheekiest grin in music, at his wonderful Thirty Mill Studios.
The family group says, "It’s been a couple of years since the last album, but Stetson Family life has been like the third drawer down in my kitchen, in other words, full of a bit of everything, so we’re really excited to be back in a space where we can all get together and record again."
Last year was the band's formal introduction to the United States audiences. A year ago the family headed to Nashville for a whirlwind week to present O Winding River at the International Bluegrass Music Association songwriter showcase. They said, "We had an amazing time witnessing the 'tradition' of bluegrass in full flight, watching players who had grown up with the music coursing through their veins. We met great people and saw some of the most amazing pickers in the world! At the same time we got to observe the raging debate of 'what is bluegrass today?' This was interesting to us as we've never considered ourselves purely a bluegrass band. We just do what we do and respectfully tip our hats to the genre and hope people like our music."
O Winding River took flight and to the family's great surprise turned up at #5 on the Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums on the Global Radio Indicator Chart. The family discovered it had made the Alternate Roots Chart, making it’s way to #14. Then to our further amazement, we realised it had crossed the Atlantic to the UK and Europe and we were contacted by many stations there including two BBC stations telling us we were on their playlists. Go you good thing!"
With all the energy behind this band and their warm American welcome, this next project should be an exciting new addition to bluegrass music. They have the sound, the talent and the experience to put it all together.Tags: The Stetson FamilyStudioAustraliaO Winding River
Nashville, TN -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Trinity River Band to the label and are celebrating with a new single release today. “Better Than Blue” is now available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlay Direct and for digital purchase at iTunes, Amazon, Trinity River Band and more sites.
“Better Than Blue” was written by Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer. "Fantastic singing and playing from a band that I'm really loving. They really got the spirit of the song and I'm so proud of this cut of it! Remember their name folks because you're going to be hearing a lot more from them,” said Cordle. Many others agree this is a perfect song to launch Trinity River Band's highly anticipated new album set for release later this spring:
“Love the new single from the Trinity River Band. Sarah Harris is the real deal…she has become one of my favorite new singers. Written by two of my favorite people in Nashville, Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer, this song is a perfect fit for Sarah’s powerful voice. The future is extremely bright for the TRB, and I’m one of their biggest fans!”
- Bradley Walker
“Better Than Blue showcases the bands tasteful musicianship and arrangements but the real standout on this track is Sarah Harris' lead vocal. She's poised to be a Female Vocalist of the Year nominee in the not too distant future with powerful and soulful chops on display here. I expect great things for this North Florida band in the year to come!” - Tim Shelton NewFound Road/10.26 Touring
"Trinity River Band has done it again. They have taken a song written by Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer and wrapped their lead vocalist Sarah Harris’ voice around it and made it a bona fide bluegrass hit if I have ever heard one. Better Than Blue is the title cut and new single from the family band from Florida. Sarah captures the emotion and sassiness of the song with a voice much more mature than her youth should allow. Backed up by the family with her dad Mike on the guitar, mom Lisa plays the bass, brother Josh with the banjo, and for the first time on record little sister Brianna handles all the fiddling duties. The instrumentals are tight and tasteful but it’s Sarah’s vocals that reach out and grab your ears and won’t let go. The rest of the CD will be released later this spring, but Trinity River Band has set the bar very high with this first song. I can’t wait to hear the rest. In the meantime, I will be listening to Better Than Blue over and over and over."
- Gene Skinner - Great Stuff Radio Network
Trinity River Band has been very busy on their national tour performing at major events and festivals along with gaining coverage on TV, Radio and Media outlets throughout the country. The band includes the talents of Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Harmony Vocals).
Fans can learn more about Trinity River Band including their brand new Fan Club, music and tour dates at TrinityRiverBand.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.
Orange Blossom Records is an innovative, Florida based record label focused on Americana and Acoustic Roots Artists, Recording and Development. They are based in Callahan, Florida and are a full-service record label, providing recording, art design, publicity, and digital marketing. Although primarily intended to cater to Florida and Georgia artists due to geographical proximity, OBR can provide services nationwide for artists in any part of the country.Tags: Trinity River BandOrange Blossom RecordsBusinessCD Release
This Wednesday March 12th, at Music City Roots - Live from Loveless Cafe Barn, the featured artists will include Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Wild Ponies, Cabinet, Don duprie and Teea Goans. The program is hosted by Jim Lauderdale. The last time Rhonda Vincent played Roots, it was on her run of duo shows with the mighty-voiced legend Gene Watson. It was great. Soaring and blue. Deeply country. But it did leave me craving a set of her audaciously clear and powerful bluegrass music. She is, after all, a seven-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and one of the most beloved artists in the world of classic bluegrass. But this Wednesday, after years of waiting, we'll feature Rhonda and her band The Rage amid a diverse night at Roots. The season is winding down, but there's nothing wound down about Vincent's approach to roots music.
She was the quintessential family band kid, growing up in small town Missouri as a precocious singer and performer in The Sally Mountain Show, playing a variety of instruments and getting steeped in the life. Her solo career kicked off with a win on a TNN talent show and touring with Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown. Her first albums were in the bluegrass vein, but she got noticed by Music Row and she was able to release a couple of country discs in the mid 1990s. By 2000 she was, as her Rounder Records album debut declared, Back Home Again in bluegrass music, where she quickly became a leading artist, releasing a string of superb albums. Rhonda's voice is one of our music's treasures. It's translucent and illuminated and almost unnaturally strong. She turns a phrase with grace and emotion, whether its 'grass or torchy traditional country.
Vincent's new album nods in both directions at once with an interesting approach: two six-song CDs, comprising a country "side" and a bluegrass "side." We get to hear her crack band tackle some classic songs like "Once A Day," and there's a duet with Willie Nelson. The project, called Only Me, is the 18th album of her solo career. But even as a seasoned veteran, the hosannas keep rolling in. Just last month Rhonda Vincent and The Rage were named Entertainers of the Year at the other big bluegrass music awards, an outfit acronymed SPBGMA that is more keyed to the timeless and traditional strains of the music. A brand new, bright blue Martha White tour bus appears to be the latest news from Rhonda Land, marking a renewal of a sponsor relationship that elevated bluegrass in the 1950s between Martha White Flour and Flatt & Scruggs. We'll ask her about it.
Since her debut, Rhonda has met with increasing acclaim for her dynamic, infectious take on bluegrass. Her gift for balancing classic bluegrass sounds with subtle contemporary touches is featured throughout music. Gleaming with hope, resilience, and gratitude, Rhonda presents a set of songs that range from timelessly straight-ahead bluegrass to classic country.
Emerging singer Teea Goans has a similarly titled album (albeit her second, not her 18th) called That's Just Me and a similar story to Vincent's. Small town Missouri. Check. Singing from five years old. Check. Teea has followed her muse to every place that would let her sing, but classic country is her touchstone. She took a job a few years ago working with our beloved announcer Keith Bilbrey on the Opry warm-up show, which put her in a wonderland of musical heroes. She's channeled what she's heard and learned into a beautiful and timeless sound that swings, two-steps and sometimes settles into a more luxurious setting with background vocals and countrypolitan touches. Steel and fiddle are constant companions. Her voice is velvety and sweet. This should fit in with past Roots sets by Amber Digby and Connie Smith.
The rest of the night touches many bases. We're excited to hear the latest iteration in the career of Nashville's Doug and Telisha Williams, who've tooled up as a power trio with drummer Jake Winebrenner under the name The Wild Ponies. The duo's album Ghost of the Knoxville Girl won me over with its country/folk acoustic textures and lonesome archetypal characters. Now things have more wire and hum and buzz. The songs on their new album When Things Used To Shine are tough-minded and rocking. We get more of Doug's fine electric guitar playing and Telisha's voice has never sounded more confident or stirring.
Cabinet is an interesting band out of the Scranton, PA area that would fit on stages nicely with Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth or Keller Williams. And in fact this sextet has gigged with those very bands and more at festivals like Philly Folk and Floyd Fest. Their banjo and fiddle are prominent, giving them a grassy touch, but the swirling Dead-style freedom lets their music float and swirl. I'm looking forward to it. And we'll also feature Don "Doop" Duprie, who's been hailed as the finest songwriter going in Detroit. A laid off fire fighter who found his voice as an artist, he's got plenty of steel and grit in his approach to country music, whether under his own name or as part of his band The Inside Outlaws (why did nobody think of that name before?).Tags: Rhonda Vincent & the RageRhonda VincentMusic City RootsEventBroadcast
Knoxville, TN -- Blue Moon Rising is very proud to announce they have signed with Class Act Entertainment - a full service booking agency representing premier performing artists since 1993. The band is also proud to announce a brand new website at bluemoonrisingband.com - designed by Harold Nixon. Blue Moon Rising includes the talents of Chris West (Lead Vocals and Guitar); Brandon Bostic (Dobro & Guitar); David Mowell (Tenor Vocals and Mandolin), Rusty Ferrell (Banjo), and Travis Anderson (Bass).
Blue Side of the Moon is the 6th album from this critically acclaimed bluegrass band. It is a self-produced and self-released project on their own Blue Moon Records label. It was recorded at Brandon Bostic’s Root Note Studio and includes BMR’s trademark sound fans have loved for many years. The album is available iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, County Sales and the band’s website. Blue Side of the Moon is available to radio stations worldwide at airplaydirect.com/music/bluemoonrisingbsotm.
Blue Side of The Moon includes the first radio single release, “Colder December,” that made its debut at #4 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 Songs chart just a few weeks after the album's release and is currently #16 on the chart. The album includes the talents of: Chris West, Brandon Bostic, Tony Mowell, David Mowell, and Rusty Ferrell. A mountain cabin in Stanley Valley, TN served as the recording studio with Bostic providing his engineering expertise and gear from his Root Note Studios.
Blue Moon Rising’s impressive career includes a long list of chart albums and hit singles that have reached #1 on a wide variety of radio charts and received many other honors throughout the years. They received a 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nomination and were chosen twice as an official IBMA Showcase performer.
Fans can follow Blue Moon Rising on Twitter, Facebook and youtube site for news and tour information. The band is sponsored by: Blue Chip Picks, Chota Outfitters, D’Addario, and Peterson Strobe Tuners.Tags: Blue Moon RisingClass Act EntertainmmentBusiness
Owensboro, KY -- After a performance at ROMP 2012 which left our biggest crowd ever begging for more, Old Crow Medicine Show spent 2013 entertaining audiences worldwide and gaining even more critical success. On September 17th, 2013 they received the honor of being inducted as the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights from the year included winning a Grammy for "Best Long Form Music Video" for the film Big Easy Express, and having their classic single, "Wagon Wheel," receive Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies. You're invited to join us on June 28th, 2014 when OCMS returns to ROMP to set the skies on fire.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum hosts their River of Music Party, affectionately known as "ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival," each year as a fundraising opportunity. The three day event takes place June 26-28, 2014 in Owensboro, Kentucky. This amazing bluegrass music festival will again feature some of the music's favorite entertainers and a lot of outstanding music. This year marks the eleventh episode of ROMP and they just keep getting better and better.
On September 17th, 2013 Old Crow Medicine Show received the great honor of being inducted as the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights from the year included winning the Grammy Award for "Best Long Form Music Video" for the film Big Easy Express, and having their classic single, "Wagon Wheel", receive the RIAA's Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.
The band got its' start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He immediately invited the band to play at his MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band relocated to Nashville for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows.
It's been nearly fifteen years since these humble beginnings, and the band has gone on to tour the world, sell over 800,000 albums, become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.
ROMP is a production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. All income from sponsorships and ticket sales benefits the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the history, artifacts, collections and recordings of bluegrass music internationally. Be sure to visit the museum while you are here for ROMP! All ROMP-goers are admitted to the museum free of charge during ROMP. There will be many performances, a film festival, and exhibits to view.
Other artists scheduled to appear during the three day event include Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, David Grisman, Folkjazz Trio, Railroad Earth, Wood Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Pokey LaFarge, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves & Smith, Foghorn String Band, The Boston Boys, Missy Raines, 23 String Band, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Alison Brown, Reunion Band, Bradford Lee Folk, Bawn in the Mash, The Danberrys, Vickie Vaugh and more yet to be announced.
ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival is held at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. Throughout the festival one can enjoy workshops, jamming, child activities, and all-night-after-parties. Arts and Crafts Artisans make the festival grounds visually beautiful with handmade clothing, jewelry, toys, instruments and artwork for sale. Owensboro's best chefs are routinely joined by other creative food vendors, providing a wide variety of culinary offerings. Festival attendees also receive free admission to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. ROMP is the largest annual fundraiser for the Bluegrass Museum.
ROMP is produced by the Board of Trustees and Staff of the International Bluegrass Music Museum and operates as the museum's largest annual fundraiser. Support your Bluegrass Museum by attending ROMP! For more information call (270) 926-7891 or Click on over to http://RompFest.com
For advance ticket discounts, camping & workshop info visit www.rompfest.comTags: ROMPRoots and Branches FestivalOld Crow Medicine ShowBluegrass FestivalEvent
Hiltons, VA -- As long as bluegrass music has echoed through the hills and valleys of the Appalachian region, musicians of all ages have gathered together to play and preserve their favorite style of music. This southwestern Virginia group showcases the traditional songs of yesterday, along with the driving sound of a modern style. The group began doing back porch picking and performing at local events seven years ago. Town Branch Bluegrass is now one of the region’s hottest new bands.
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The group features Brandon Elkins on banjo, Bill Newman on mandolin, Peggy Ely on bass, Shirley Smith on vocals, and Jack and Wayne Bonham on guitar and vocals. For further information on the band, go to http://townbranchbluegrass.com/
For a night of some of the best bluegrass music the region has to offer, don’t miss Town Branch Bluegrass band at the Carter Family Fold. Be sure to bring your friends along, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Town Branch Bluegrass Band has become a Carter Fold favorite, and their concert will be a night of family, down-home fun. Come on out and join us!
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org/ Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com/
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org/ Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.Tags: Town Branch Bluegrass BandCarter Family FoldConcertEvent
Nashville, TN -- This month, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special program and performance by musician and producer Pete Anderson (March 22) and a Merle Haggard film screening (March 30) in support of the exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country. The film screening is FREE, and the Anderson program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit CountryMusicHallOfFame.org for complete admission details.
On March 22, at 2:30 p.m., Anderson will sit for an interview in the Ford Theater with the museum’s curatorial director, Mick Buck. Pete Anderson: California Country’s Second Generation will feature a discussion of his career as a guitarist and producer. Anderson gained prominence in the 1980s for his guitar and production work with Dwight Yoakam. The pair generated over a dozen Top Ten singles and led a renewal of interest in the Bakersfield Sound. Anderson also produced records for Mark Chesnutt, Sara Evans, Roy Orbison and others. In addition to the interview, Anderson will perform songs from the Bakersfield repertoire and from his latest release, Bird Above Guitarland. The program will be streamed live at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org/streaming.
On March 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ford Theater, the museum will screen Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself (2010). This 90-minute installment of American Masters (PBS) by filmmaker Gandulf Hennig includes concert footage and interviews with Haggard, his family, friends and fellow artists. The film tracks Haggard’s life and career through growing up in Oildale, California, his incarceration at San Quentin and his successful career as a songwriter and singer. John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards and Don Was also appear in the film.
Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.Tags: Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumBakersfield SoundMerle HaggardBuck OwensEvent
Nashville, TN -- Dolly Parton, the most honored female country performer of all time, has topped the New Zealand all-genre album chart with the release of her latest album Blue Smoke. In addition, the musical masterpiece topped the Australian Country album chart for four consecutive weeks and hit #7 on the overall all genre album chart. Blue Smoke will be released in the United States on May 13, 2014.
After returning from a busy schedule in New Zealand and Australia, where Dolly performed to capacity crowds, Dolly announced she will make an appearance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival while touring Europe this summer.
Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, Dolly has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years.
All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on.
Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Straight Talk, and Joyful Noise. Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for Travelin’ Thru from the film Transamerica.Tags: Dolly PartonCD ReleaseBlue SmokeChartsAustralia
Hiltons, VA -- Friday, March 14th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present the first of a special concert series of down-home, mountain music to be held the second Friday of each month from March through October, 2014. Kicking off this brand new concert series is a special young man who grew up performing at the Fold and has been part of the Fold and Carter/Cash families from the time he started performing as a child – Trey Hensley. Backing Trey will his bluegrass band Drivin’ Force. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Trey Hensley, despite his young age, has already forged his own style. What started twelve years ago as a kid singing traditional bluegrass has become the mature sound of a 22-year old country performer and vocalist who has already found his voice. While you’ll hear some of his idols and influences around the edges, more than anything, you’ll hear Trey Hensley.
With a guitar in his hands, his talent expands beyond his young age. This guitar aficionado will blow your mind. His own style of picking – whether on his Telecaster or acoustic – bears the influence of some of his guitar heroes. You’ll hear traces of James Burton, Marty Stuart, Buck Owens, Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, and Tony Rice.
Friends with Johnny Cash and Earl Scruggs, he’s picked with Tom T. Hall, the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, and many others. He first stepped into the Grand Ole Opry’s spotlight in 2002, performing on the hallowed Ryman stage at the age of only eleven years old. Before that, he appeared onstage at the Carter Fold – the birthplace of country music.
Hensley’s first country project, Looking at my Future, finds him with guitars firmly in hand and surrounded by some of the finest studio musicians in Nashville. Covering material done by Johnny Rodriguez, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Reed - his easy vocal styling and hot licks on the release are amazing. With his second country CD, It
is What it Is, the Jonesborough, Tennessee, native is heading out playing his own brand of traditional honky-tonk music. Trey’s new CD is a combination of radio-friendly and contemporary songs as well as songs with the classic sound of some of his heroes. It features songs done by Elton John, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Dickens, and many other music industry greats as well as special guests who contributed their time and talent to the release.
Several years ago, Trey hit the road with his four-piece band for a tour that carried him from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, Nebraska to North Carolina, and beyond. During the tour, his group opened for Steve Wariner, Randy Owen, and Marty Stuart. While he continues to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada, Trey is always mindful of the roots of the music he loves. He never lets country fans forget where it all began.
Trey’s talent and stage presence are indicative of a performer far beyond his age. His tremendous talent and his down home humility impress everyone he meets. Marty Stuart calls him a “bona fide hillbilly rock star.” You won’t hear better guitar picking anywhere, and his vocals are every bit as spell-binding as his playing. If you aren’t a fan of Trey’s already, you will be when you hear him.
For a night of some of the best bluegrass and traditional country music you can imagine, don’t miss Trey Hensley and Drivin’ Force at the Carter Family Fold! Trey grew up playing on the Carter Fold stage, and it feels like part of our family is coming home when he performs there. Trey truly is family, and the Fold is honored and proud to feature him as the first performer of our new concert series. For more information on Trey, go to http://treyhensley.com/
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo.Tags: Trey HensleyCarter Family FoldFoot Stompin' FridayConcertEvent
Fort Myers, FL -- The Heights Center presents Nashville Songwriters on Stage Tuesday, March 25 at the Center, 15570 Hagie Drive in Fort Myers. Three highly accomplished hit songwriters will perform their popular compositions and tell the stories behind them. The evening will feature the famous Gordon Kennedy (Change the World), Danny Flowers (Tulsa Time) and Grammy award-winning Randy Thomas (Butterfly Kisses). General admission tickets are $75 and VIP tickets that include a reception with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and meet & greet with the songwriters are $150. VIP reception starts at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Showtime from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Heights Center, a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment. The Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
About the Artists:
- Danny Flowers
- Danny Flowers may be best known for having penned classic hits for other artists, but also as a solo artist his bluesy blend of raw emotion, combined with a heartfelt yearning, will speak to your very soul.
Flower’s writing credits span several genres and his flexibility as a guitarist and wordsmith is well-known. He penned “Tulsa Time” for Eric Clapton, which Don Williams also cut. Williams then had hits with “Back in My Younger Days,” “Senorita,” and “To Be Your Man.” Emmylou Harris recorded “Before Believing” and “Gulf Coast Highway” was recorded by Emmylou and Willie Nelson as well as by Nanci Griffith and Evangeline. The list goes on.
Flowers still manages to maintain the poise and humility of a Zen master while tossing off riffs with incredible taste and feeling reminiscent of Ry Cooder’s gospel-like grooves with a slide guitar virtuosity and delicate upper-register vocal vibratos of David Lindley.
- Gordon Kennedy
- Gordon Kennedy is a multi-Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, world-class guitarist and visionary at the forefront of Nashville’s music community. Kennedy’s name became nationally recognized when he won Song of the Year at the 1997 Grammys for Eric Clapton’s No. 1 hit, “Change the World,” which he co-wrote with Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims.
In addition to his work with Clapton, Kennedy has had his songs cut by musical greats, including Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Bruce Hornsby, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, Peter Frampton, George Strait, Martina McBride, Joan Osborne, Wynonna, Jerry Reed and, most recently, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs.
Some of his most notable cuts include his Bonnie Raitt singles, “I Can’t Help You Now” and “I Will Not Be Broken,” his Garth Brooks single, “You Move Me,” which reached No. 2 on the country charts, and his Alison Krauss cut, “Maybe.”
- Randy Thomas
- Randy Thomas has received numerous awards for his work in the pop, country, and Christian genres. These include the Grammy, Dove, ASCAP, NSAI, and Nashville Music awards. His pop/country smash “Butterfly Kisses” has been performed and recorded by numerous artists. “Butterfly Kisses” was the crossover hit of ‘97. Written with Bob Carlisle, it was #1 for seven weeks on Adult Contemporary radio, won a Grammy for country song of the year, and sold 3 million CDs.
Randy is currently worship director for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers Florida, and is still very active writing and producing and recording.
The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.Tags: SongwriterNashville Songwriters on Stage
Nashville, TN -- Rounder Records, a division of leading independent music company Concord Music Group, today announced the completion of the company's relocation from its longtime base of Boston, Massachusetts to its new home in Nashville, Tennessee. The region's vibrant creative community and dynamic business environment offer Rounder an enormous opportunity to build on its legacy as one of America's most revered music labels. Located in The Gulch, Nashville's popular shopping and entertainment district, Rounder's new headquarters (1209 Pine Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203) is centered in the heart of the city's thriving metropolitan core.
A major force in a broad range of musical genres including Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, rock, Cajun/Zydeco and children's music, Rounder Records has helped shape American roots music for over 40 years. Its outstanding artist roster includes Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, RUSH, Gregg Allman, Raffi, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Carlene Carter, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tony Trischka and rising stars such as J.D. McPherson, Della Mae and others.
Concord Music Group and Rounder are additionally delighted about the effort to broaden their presence in children's entertainment, anchored by the recent acquisition of the beloved record label Music For Little People. The company will operate as an imprint under Rounder, which shares a long and complementary history in children's music. A premiere children's music showcase for 25+ years, Music For Little People releases have featured artists such as Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Laurie Berkner, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Pete Seeger and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to name but a few. Music For Little People founder Leib Ostrow will continue to be an essential contributor to the label going forward. A slate of new projects is scheduled for release in 2014 and beyond.
Headed by President John Virant, Rounder's Nashville team includes Vice President of A&R Scott Billington, newly appointed Vice President of A&R Tracy Gershon and Director of Project Management Eliza Levy. Rounder will continue to be supported by Concord's integrated national sales and marketing services.
Rounder Records founders, Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton Levy remain in the Boston area and continue to be actively engaged in the company, producing and consulting on various Rounder projects.
"Rounder has always been driven by the music, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute and be part of the Music City community," said Rounder President John Virant.
"In many ways, the move to Nashville feels like a natural transition," stated Concord Music Group President and CEO Glen Barros. "The region's deeply rooted, artist friendly culture and its surrounding business community make it the ideal home for Rounder. Additionally, Music For Little People is a great label that will strengthen Rounder's commitment to quality entertainment for children. We couldn't be more excited about this next chapter in the company's incredible story."
Rounder has been at the center of American roots music the last 40 years. The self-titled 1975 record by J.D. Crowe and the New South (featuring future stars Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice and Jerry Douglas) revitalized bluegrass and inspired such modern superstars as Rounder's own Alison Krauss, who is the most decorated female artist in the history of the GRAMMY® Awards and has also sold over eight million albums and DVDs. Her collaboration with Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant on the album Raising Sand emerged as one of 2007's major critical and word-of-mouth sales success stories. The album was RIAA-certified platinum in early 2008 and won five GRAMMY® Awards including Album and Record of the Year in 2009. An unequaled leader in the preservation and re-release of precious historic recordings, Rounder has brought the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Mississippi John Hurt back to vibrant life. In addition, their dazzling work on the epic anthologies from the Library of Congress and the Alan Lomax Collection has been universally respected and admired.
Based in Beverly Hills, CA privately held Concord Music Group, is one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world and owner of a rich and historically significant catalog of recordings. A small sampling of the company's active roster includes such renowned artists as Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Chick Corea, James Taylor, Booker T. Jones, George Benson, Steve Martin, Valerie June, Christian Scott, Gregg Allman, Elbow, Ben Harper and Esperanza Spalding. Concord's stellar catalog includes legends such as John Coltrane, John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Thelonious Monk, Isaac Hayes, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett, among many others. The company's celebrated family of labels includes Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Hear Music, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Heads Up, Prestige and famed American roots label Rounder Records.
The group's artists and music have won over 200 GRAMMY® Awards, an affirmation of the company's mission to enrich lives by providing enduring music in creative and innovative ways. Concord Music Group's releases are distributed throughout the world by Universal Music Group and are regularly licensed for use in major motion pictures, television and advertising.
In March of 2013, Wood Creek Capital Management, LLC acquired Concord Music Group in partnership with an individual investor group that includes members of Concord's senior management. As an investment manager at the forefront of intellectual property investing, the investment in Concord underscores Wood Creek's belief in the lasting and appreciating value of great music content around the globe.Tags: Rounder RecordsCompass RecordsBusiness
Tim White writes, "I'm excited to be part of the first Song of the Mountains Bluegrass Festival as Master of Ceremonies," said Tim White. "It will bring together some old friends and fan favorites from the show and is sure to be a good time! Please visit www.sotmfest.com for more details on how to be part of this wonderful, musical fundraiser." This will be a good show as Song of the Mountains always combines an entertaining mix of talent for broadcast programs.
The outstanding lineup for this festival includes some of the hottest names in bluegrass. Join the Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, The Roys, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Lou Reid & Carolina, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Bass Mountain Boys, Wildfire, The Crowe Brothers, Gentlemen of Bluegrass and many more for three days of outstanding bluegrass entertainment.
This festival and fundraiser for Song of the Mountains which needs your help with funding 24 episodes for their next season. Many national bands have stepped up and discounted their fee to bring their show to Louisburg, NC in May. If you are a True-Blue-Grass-Fan, dedicated to helping us preserve and support our efforts, we invite you to please purchase a ticket and or make a donation today!
Song of the Mountains shown on PBS currently airs over 180 public television outlets across the USA showcasing the best talents in bluegrass and old-time music from the heart of the region where it all began! This wonderful series is dedicated to preserving our musical mountain heritage to facilitating a public platform for the talented bluegrass artists and loyal fans who support it. Funding for this amazing series comes only from generous donations and sponsors.
Informmation on camping, updates and ticketing is all available at SOTMFest.com.Tags: Song of the MountainsSong of the Mountains FestivalTim WhiteLonesome River BandThe GrascalsThe RoysAudie Blaylock & RedlineLou Reid & CarolinaBluegrass FestivalEvent
Iranian-born, Canadian actor and singer, Ramin is a musical force unlike any other. Recognized as the favourite leading man to perform in London's West End Musical Theatre by whatsonstage.com. He has just opened on Broadway as Jean ValJean in Les Misérables in the brand new production. Ramin is now releasing the ultimate Country/Broadgrass EP ‘The Road To Find Out’ – an amalgamation between Broadway and Bluegrass music, out on 7 April via Big Hand Recordings. Ramin is the first artist to fall under the ‘Broadgrass’ genre, which has evolved since his first album was released on Sony in 2011/2012.
‘East’ is the first of four EPs from ‘The Road To Find Out’ release series, with ‘North’, ‘South’ and ‘West’ to follow. In the world of theatrical performers, Ramin is known as one of the most formidable talents in the industry and for his leading roles in international theatre productions such as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and Raoul and Phantom in the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera.
The tracks on ‘East’ include “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma, a brand new song called “Losing” which Ramin wrote with Hadley Fraser (an English stage actor, who played Javert in Les Misérables), "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Miserables, and “Broken”, another original track co-written with Hadley.
Ramin was hand picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the lead role in his sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber's ‘Love Never Dies’. He originated the role of Phantom in this sequel, a role that won him the prestigious Theatregoer’s Choice Award and the Broadwayworld.com award for Best Actor in a musical.
He was also nominated and won the award for the Best Actor category for the prestigious Viewers' Choice Theatre Awards at Whatsonstage.com in 2011, as well as nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Ramin’s songs all tell stories, regardless of its origin. ‘As a music lover and a writer, I love songs that tell stories. Musical diaries. Bluegrass, folk and country speak to my heart. We kissed some Bluegrass into our Broadway selections and breathed some theatre into my bluegrass/folks songs.’Tags: Ramin KarimlooBroadgrassThe Road To Find OutCD Release
Bluetrain has announced that they will be performing at the Dean Sapp Benefit for Burl Kilby located at the Knights of Columbus located at 302 W Pulaski Hwy, Elkton, MD 21921, on Sat., March 08, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Door admission will be $20.00 and there will be light food, drinks and baked goods from a local church available on premises. For more info visit Dean's Website. Bluetrain will also be performing at Jumbo Jimmy's Crab Shack located 1065 Bainbridge Rd., Port Deposit, MD 21904 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Sun., Feb, 09, 2014. Drinks and a food menu are available on premises. For more info please contact the Doreen at Ph: 410-378-0045.
Bluetrain is a relatively new configuration with seasoned bluegrass musicians. Each member has a history of working with some of the best bluegrass musicians in the DC, VA, MD, PA area. The core of the ensemble had previously performed together for an extended amount of time in a different configuration which did aid in their gelling as a unit more quickly. Along with this fact, and the fact that the band draws on the strengths of the members within the band, they have already filled up their performance schedule from the past year into 2014 and beyond. Bluetrain will be appearing at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Elkton, MD, Sat., 03/08/14 AND at Jumbo Jimmy's Crab Shack, Port Deposit, MD on Sun., 03/09/14.
When you hear the names involved in this band, you may then understand why the formula has become successful: David Propst, featured on mandolin & vocals, has previously performed before East Coast audiences for years alongside multiple higher profiled bluegrass bands such as Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band, Norman Wright, Kevin Church & The Travelers, Darren Beachley & the Maryland Line and currently still touring out with Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band.
Tom Reeves, featured on bass & vocals, was exposed to bluegrass, old-time, country & gospel music at a very early age, initially being greatly influenced by his own family's musical talent. His appreciation for many types of music is reflected in the versatility of his bass playing, even though his first love is bluegrass. Tom has previously performed with multiple area bluegrass (& country) bands throughout the years to include Excalibur, The Satyr Hill Band and The Darren Beachley Band
George Osing, featured on banjo, has developed a blended style by combining them all to create his own unique style. While performing, George always strives to enhance the performance of his other band members. His fast paced, complicated array of licks stays true to the melody of the song and is never just another mechanical rendition. George has previously performed out with such bands as Dean Sapp & the Harford Express, The Satyr Hill Band and The Darren Beachley Band
Tommy Lyons, featured on fiddle, brings forth a plethora of musical experience on the fiddle as he presents a smooth silkiness to the slower, soulful tunes, while tearing up a fast paced tune where one cannot help themselves but tap their toe. Tommy has previously performed out with multiple bands around the DC, VA, MD & PA area, to include The Dixie Cannonballs, John O'Dell & Windy Ridge, The Harold Tipton Band and Dee Gunter & the Dukes of Bluegrass, just to name a few.
Lastly, Rick Miller, featured on guitar & vocals, rounds out this array of musical talent by bringing his different renditions and views of the music that he grew up with to the table, providing experience from other different genres of music, thusly flavoring the music in such a way as to aide in making the Bluetrain sound it's own. Ricks still does contribute his talents with the band, Gamber Station, on occasion when he's not performing out with Bluetrain.
So come see for yourself how the future of bluegrass music is still in capable hands. Come have a great time in sharing the camaraderie and enjoying the music provided by Bluetrain …. time to grab your ticket and catch the ride. Please come checkout their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Blutrainbluegrass./strongTags: BlueTrainConcertEventDavid PropstTom ReevesGeorge OsingTommy LyonsRick Miller
Hidden in plain sight, the Fletcher Supply Company (aka the Feed & Seed) has sat on the main road of Fletcher, NC for over ninety-four years. Originally built in 1919, the Fletcher Supply Company served the surrounding area for many years until it was edged out of business by large corporate retailers. Spotting the vacant building, Pastor Phillip Trees approached owner Harry Thomas, Sr. with the idea of using the building to house his congregation and hosting bluegrass venues in 2007. Pastor Phillip, along with his wife, Amy, their family and the congregation, restored the building through their hard work and donations from the community.
It was in this latest incarnation that April Janow discovered the Feed & Seed, while working in Asheville, NC. In her daily commute to the office, she admired the architecture of the building, and on weekends, the crowds and music that were going on inside. A year later, April was able to actually go to a Saturday night show, and enjoyed seeing the fun that was being had by everyone. She met Pastor Trees that night, and the next day, asked if he was interested in participating in a documentary about the Feed & Seed. Two weeks later, filming began and both April and Dax Cuesta of (sic) Films, LLC, started filming.
Both April and Dax felt that the ambiance of the Feed & Seed was reminiscent of years gone by. Here is a community that would come together to listen to music, dance, see friends and enjoy a night out. The setting of the Feed & Seed is so special that it's almost as if time has stood still.
At The Feed & Seed covers some of the lively history of the Fletcher Supply Company, a typical Saturday night with bluegrass music and clogging, and the Feed & Seed church services on a Sunday morning.
Lonesome Will Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Virginia, in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time, and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement.
Today, Lonesome Will is one of the most accomplished singers and musicians around. Also influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, he mixes traditional bluegrass music with a breathtakingly energetic stage show. Backed by the Virginia Playboys, the show will be jam-packed with hard driving bluegrass, old time clawhammer banjo, and gospel music. When Lonesome Will takes the stage, audiences are swept away by his range, talent, and showmanship.
The Virginia Playboys will be backing Lonesome Will. The Burrows brothers – Adam and Jake – and Dorse Sears are the Virginia Playboys. From the mountains of North Carolina, Jake and Adam Burrows have a history of bluegrass in their family. The McPherson Brothers Band, who played on the Grand Ole Opry and shows with the great Jim and Jesse McReynolds in the ‘60s are their uncles. Their love of bluegrass began there, and they’ve learned well. Jake and Adam can play pretty much any instrument they pick up. Dorse Sears grew up in West Virginia and developed a love of bluegrass music as a young man. Captivated by the music of Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley, he began his career playing fiddle. When he picked up the mandolin, however, he simply couldn’t put it down. His playing is heavily influenced by Bill Monroe and Ronnie McCoury.Tags: Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia PlayboysAt the Feed & SeedDocumentaryVideo
Abingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents a Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, March 13th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the Albert Hash Memorial Band Program from Grayson County Public Schools.
The Albert Hash Memorial Band Program, directed by Emily Spencer, is an in-school traditional music program at Grayson County High School and Grayson Highlands School in Southwest Virginia. This unique music program has its roots in the mountain music program that was started at Mt. Rogers Combined School in Whitetop, Virginia in 1982. Albert Hash was a well-known fiddler and fiddle maker, and he and his daughter, Audrey, along with his brother and sister-in-law, Thornton and Emily Spencer, were instructors. After his passing in 1983, the band was named in his honor.
Close to 60 students are involved in the string band program this year, and 220 students are served through music classes. Students learn to play guitar, fiddle, bluegrass and old time banjo, mandolin, bass and dulcimer, as well as learning about traditional singing and dance.
The Crooked Road Music Series features youth music performers and showcases venues of the Crooked Road region. These events, along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month, are hosted at Heartwood. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at www.thecrookedroad.org and at www.heartwoodvirginia.org. The music series is sponsored by The Crooked Road, Heartwood, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Virginia and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for The Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).
For more information on The Crooked Road Music Series call (276) 492-2409 or email: email@example.comTags: Albert Hash FestivalAlbert Hash Memorial BandThe Crooked Road Music SeriesYouth Music SeriesHeartwood
Asheville, NC -- Suwannee Springfest celebrates its 18th year at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on March 20-23rd. Festivalgoers can enjoy four days of camping and live music, arts and crafts, and a selection of great foods. Suwannee Springfest consistently features some of the world’s finest performers in Roots Rock, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and other forms of American Roots music. Tickets are on sale in advance and at the gate.
Suwannee Springfest is excited to welcome to the 2014 stages The Avett Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush Band, Jason Isbell, Southern Soul Assembly (JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson and Marc Broussard), Travelin McCoury Jam, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna The Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Greensky Bluegrass, Floodwood, Town Mountain, Willie Sugarcapps, The Duhks, Aoife O'Donovan, The Honeycutters, David Gans, Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Whiskey Gentry, Henhouse Prowlers and many more. The full schedule of events is now available online at suwanneespringfest.com/lineup/schedule.
This energetic and family friendly musical celebration is a gem of a festival with a great lineup, spring weather and a stunning natural setting. Tickets for Suwannee Springfest are on sale in advance for $170 ($190 at the gate) inclusive of all taxes and fees, and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Fans can also upgrade their experience with VIP tickets for $300. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683. For further information and tickets, please visit www.suwaneespringfest.com.
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, located just north of Live Oak, FL, is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier 500+ acre campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. SOSMP hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wannee, Magnolia Festival, Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Aura Music Festival, The Purple Hatters Ball, The Zach Deputy Disc Jam and more. In addition to these events, the park offers live music during the week in the Music Hall and a natural amphitheater for outdoor music festivals.
Along with the camping, there are nearly 12 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature exploring. Bring along a fishing pole and wet a line from the dock on Rees Lake. Canoe and bike rentals are available at the on-site canoe outpost. Or take a dip in the nearby Suwannee Springs. SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. Please visit the park's web site at www.musicliveshere.com or call them at 386-364-1683 for more information.Tags: Suwanee SpringfestLineup'Music FestivalEventThe Avett BrothersDel McCoury BandPunch BrothersSam Bush Band
Nashville, TN -- Feller and Hill are proud to announce the release date of their second album, coming March 25th, on the Blue Circle Record Label, titled Here Comes Feller and Hill....Again!!!. Following the success of their debut album, "Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos", the new album promises to have the same focus on vintage harmonies, instrumentation, and quality songwriting that this dynamic duo is becoming known for, in the bluegrass community and beyond.
The first single from the new album, "The Government Blues", written by Tom T. and Dixie Hall, which was released on November 26, 2013, has already been working its way up the charts and has been featured on Sirius XM radio's Bluegrass Junction show, in recent weeks. The song is a light-hearted look at real situations, dating back to the Depression Era, but some that still ring true today.
However, the new album doesn't stop there. Repeat songwriting performances by Tom T. and Dixie Hall, Judy Feller, and a bluegrass songwriting debut for Tom Feller will ensure the quality of this album to continue setting standards, for years to come. In addition, songwriters Aubrey Holt and Mark Rader have contributed some of their best original and previously unreleased material to the boys, for this project.
As strong as the songwriting on this project will prove to be, performances by special guests Rhonda Vincent and Heather Berry-Mabe are sure to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, when these two harmonize with Tom Feller and Chris Hill. Special guest bass vocalist Cody Jones is back to provide those speaker-rumbling low notes, while perhaps even setting a new record for the hitting the lowest note ever recorded in bluegrass, when he joins Feller and Hill for a quartet. Guest musicians Michael Cleveland and Steve Thomas are back on fiddles, as well as Glenn Gibson on dobro, helping to create brand new music that sounds like it could be fifty or sixty years old.
The new album Here Comes Feller and Hill....Again!!! will be available at www.fellerandhill.com, ITunes, and Amazon on March 25, 2014. Feller and Hill will enjoy a heavy touring schedule this year, while promoting their new album, and hope to see everyone at the next show.Tags: Feller and HillHere Comes Feller and Hill...AgainCD ReleasesingleGovernment Blues