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Nashville, TN -- Due to September’s highly successful N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) received a gift of $10,000 from the N.C. Pork Council (NCPC), the state’s pork industry association.
In a presentation today attended by Raleigh city officials, the N.C. Pork Council (NCPC) announced the gift of $10,000 to the IBMA. The NCPC sponsors and sanctions the state championship cook-off and is headquartered in Raleigh, where it supports the state’s pork-producing industry.
The state championship cook-off was held in downtown Raleigh in conjunction with the IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on September 28, 2013. The festival, part of IBMA’s five day World of Bluegrass event and held in Raleigh for the first time, drew an estimated 140,000 visitors to Raleigh’s city center and is believed to have contributed as much as $10 million into cash registers around the Triangle.
The NCPC estimates that thousands witnessed the state’s best hog cooking teams compete for the state title and awaited the chance on the afternoon of Sept. 28 to sample the results. More than 4,000 servings of chopped pork barbecue were sold.
Nancy Cardwell, executive director of IBMA, participated in the presentation announcement. "Our experience in Raleigh was spectacular and we are grateful to all the organizations and individuals who supported us so well,” Cardwell said. “The pork barbecue cooking championship was a valuable addition, and the generous donation from the state’s pork industry will be put to good use by our organization.”
The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) is the statewide organization chartered in 1962 to support producers and allied industry partners within the North Carolina pork industry. Today, the pork industry in the state includes more than 2,300 farms, about 46,000 full-time jobs and adds $9 billion to North Carolina’s economy.
Deborah Johnson, chief executive officer of the NCPC, said, “We were very pleased that our state championship added to the excitement and success of the IBMA’s bluegrass festival. The donation helps preserve the bluegrass tradition and is an investment we are proud to make.”
Johnson added, “Our donation to the IBMA was offered in the spirit of thanks and a reward for the group’s decision to bring its annual meeting and celebration to North Carolina, home of the nation’s best pork barbecue.”
Ann Edmondson, director of communications & marketing for the NCPC, said, “Being part of the IBMA’s first festival in Raleigh gave the pork industry a big role in a great weekend. We had excellent teams cooking their hogs and the fabulous music was a fine complement to the barbecue.”
The IBMA is a non-profit organization that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The group, consisting of 2,700 members in all 50 states and 30 countries around the world, works together for the future of bluegrass music, providing professional development, leadership, showcase and leadership opportunities, as well as promoting the bluegrass genre.
The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival brought more than 60 of the nation’s leading bluegrass acts to perform in downtown Raleigh at the Convention Center, Red Hat Amphitheater, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts and on various stages scattered throughout downtown.
IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event will return to Raleigh September 30-October 4, 2014, and again in 2015Tags: IBMAInternational Bluegrass Music AssociationDonation
Arab, AL -- Bluegrass Gospel artist Canaan’s Crossing will be the featured artist on this week’s Duggar Mountain Music Hall aired each Sunday at 10AM Central Time on Heartland TV (formerly known as TNN). Group member Tim Maze stated “We had so much fun filming this TV show. The live audience and relaxed setting made for a great experience for all of us”.
"A lonely girl that really needs a friend". That's a line in a verse of our new song "Somebody's Blessing". It seems at Christmas there are so many that are hurting and really need a friend. Take some time during this most blessed season to be that friend. Be Somebody's Blessing and from all of Canaan's Crossing, Merry Christmas.
Canaan's Crossing is excited to announce the release of our new CD for the Song Garden label titled Words featuring our new single written by renowned songwriter Kenna West. The project also debuts the songwriting efforts of our own members, Josh Palmer and Drew Long plus established writers like The Easter Brothers, Tommy Swindle and Ashley Welborn
Heartland officially launched on October 9, 2013 with programming comprised of syndicated and first run shows. The program lineup includes The Rick and Bubba Show, Gaither Gospel Hour, Harmony Road, Larry’s Country Diner and classic episodes of Crook and Chase. For a complete list of programs, visit www.watchheartlandtv.com and visit www.canaanscrossing.com to find out more about this exciting group and their upcoming performances.Tags: Canaan's CrossingGospelHeartland TVBroadcast
Lonesome Pine RFD Bluegrass DJ, Carol Beaugard, has been keeping us posted on Tex Logan. At this time of the year, he probably needs a bit of cheering up. Christmas Carol says, "Beloved legendary bluegrass fiddler Tex Logan who composed the classic 'Christmas Time's a Coming' is in a rehabilitation center. He will be coming home after Christmas. Let's give Tex the gift of love this holiday - will you write him a Christmas card? the address is noted in this message from his daughter Jody. Wouldn't it be great if he could receive 1,000 cards before Christmas?! Please share this and let's make this the most magical time of the year for one of our best."
Tex was initially admitted to the hospital earlier this year. Then, in April, we heard he was in a rehab for physical therapy. Tex has been in and out of the hospital for a few years now and he may be able to return home for a day for Christmas with family but, he is expected to have to remain under doctors care a while longer.
Tex' daughter, Jody invites all bluegrass fans to help make this year a little happier and a bit special...
Tex Logan update....Thanks for all your well wishes. It has meant so much to us. "CHRISTMAS TIME'S A COMING AND I WON'T BE COMIN HOME....."
The social worker called me at work today. Dad is doing better but still needs balance work, real OT for coming home, and medication monitoring and stability. His anticipated discharge date is Dec. 26th. He can come home Christmas or Christmas Eve on a day pass. I think he is relieved since we all know that if you get ill on Dec 22nd (Friday) you are out of luck until the 26th. he feels better to be in a rehab facility until then.
Anyway....I know Christmas cards are a thing of the past (although Dad religiously toils over writing individual cards each year), however, I thought if his friends, mine fans, felt like sending a card for the holidays it would cheer him up. If you are so inclined...
Tex (Benjamin) Logan.
c/o Morris Hills Center.
77 Madison Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
ATTENTION: ROOM 423
Keep those prayers and positive thoughts coming...Jody Logan
As was his father Frank, Logan is a fiddler. He played with Mike Seeger in the late 1950s, with The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover and Bill Monroe in the 1960s, and with Peter Rowan in the 1980s. He performed on several records and international tours, and had minor roles in movies as well. Logan wrote "Christmas Time's A-Coming", a song made popular by Bill Monroe that has been recorded by many performers, including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Sammy Kershaw, Rhonda Vincent, and Patty Loveless, among others; and "Diamond Joe" recorded by Bob Dylan. In 1969, Logan played fiddle on the Bee Gees' 1969 song "Give Your Best", released on the band's sixth album Odessa
Christmas Time's a Coming and we can all pitch in to make one of our own bluegrass pioneers feel right at home even though he may be in a rehab several miles away.Tags: Tex LoganFiddleCarol BeaugardHealthMedicalChristmas
Nashville, TN -- The ancient and the modern converge to create the timeless in Side By Side, the new Rebel Records album from vocal titan Ralph Stanley and his gifted son and musical heir apparent, Ralph Stanley II. Co-produced by the younger Stanley and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley’s fabled Clinch Mountain Boys band, Side By Side is a compelling collection of 14 new and traditional songs.
Side by Side will be released Feb. 18 by Rebel Records. Among the highlights are classics from the pens of A. P. Carter, Charlie Monroe, Albert Brumley and Ernest Tubb and two Ralph Stanley originals—as well as samples of Stanley’s a cappella and clawhammer banjo stylings. Two of the musicians who back the Stanleys on the album—fiddler and mandolinist John Rigsby and banjoist Steve Sparkman—are from the 2002 Grammy-winning edition of the Clinch Mountain Boys.
The younger Stanley—who’s familiarly known as “Two”—began performing (on spoons) with his famous dad when he was just three years old. He went on to become rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist in the Clinch Mountain Boys. In that capacity, he recorded often with his father. But this is the first time the two men have released music as artists of equal billing and creative input.
“I’d just been a Clinch Mountain Boy, a band member with Dad,” Two explains, “and I was very proud to be that, but we’d never actually done a duet record like this. Playing with Dad, who’s so much of a legend, could be intimidating—and he’s had such a great long line of lead singers I needed to live up to—Carter Stanley in the Stanley Brothers days, then Larry Sparks, Keith Whitley and Roy Lee Centers.
“But I’ve been on my own as a solo artist for about five years now and recorded three albums that way. I’m more experienced and more relaxed today and ready to show people what I can do with the master himself. So I felt that this would be a good time for us to team back up. I asked Dad if he’d be interested in doing something like this with me, and he said yes, he’d love to.”
A three-time Grammy winner, Ralph Stanley will turn 87 a week after Side By Side is released. He continues to tour and to perform as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II - Side By Side:
- “Wild Bill Jones” (Traditional)
- “Carolina Mountain Home” (E. Scarborough, L. Wright)
- “Dirty Black Coal” (Ralph Stanley, Earl Sykes)
- “Walking With You In My Dreams” (Charlie Monroe)
- “Don’t Step Over An Old Love” (Fred Stryker)
- “Battle Ax” (Arranged by Ralph Stanley)
- “Are You Waiting Just For Me” (Ernest Tubb)
- “White & Pink Flowers” (Gerald Ellenburg, Shawn Lane)
- “A Little At A Time” (Ralph Stanley, M. H. Malone)
- “Darling Little Joe” (A. P. Carter)
- “Don’t Weep For Me” (Buddy Brock, Gerald Ellenburg, Shawn Lane)
- “Six Months Ain’t Long” (Public Domain)
- “Nobody Answered Me” (Albert Brumley)
- “I’ve Still Got 99” (Public Domain, Arranged by Ledford)
Ronnie Reno's Old Time Music Festival featuring guest Doyle Lawson, Claire Lynch, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Sparks, and Stan Hitchcock. This week, BlueHighways TV programming featured on DISH will feature Reno's Old Time Music Festival "A Christmas Celebration". The special performance will host our favorite bluegrass artists along with historic footage of Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Reno & Smiley and Jimmy Martin.
Also featured will be Stan Hitchcock's "Holiday Heart to Heart Classics." Stan Hitchcock's Holiday Heart to Heart Classics you'll enjoy musical selections from The Jerry Sullivan Family with Connie Smith, Jerry Jeff Walker, Skip Ewing, Michael Johnson and the late Sammi Smith. Make sure you tune in or set your DVR to record BlueHighways TV on Blockbuster Studio ch. 102, Sunday at 1:30pm ET.
Bluegrass music is at its best with host Ronnie Reno as each episode contains stunning performances, subtle vocal harmonies, historical footage, in-depth interviews and a deep respect for the heritage of Bluegrass music. The only Bluegrass music show on television where the legends are showcased alongside the hottest current bands and where you get to join in the discovery of the next generation.
To watch Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition is to witness living traditional and bluegrass history. Ronnie has had one of the most colorful, diverse and distinguished careers in the music industry. On the country side, he has toured as an opening act and band member for Merle Haggard, toured with Mel Tillis, done studio work for Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty and Willie Nelson, and written hits for both Haggard and Twitty. On the bluegrass side, he spent several years providing part of the trademark harmonies of the Osborne Brothers.
Bookending those personal milestones is a career based in family that has provided modern music with some of its most noteworthy moments. As a boy, Ronnie became part of bluegrass greatness when he picked up the mandolin and joined his father’s band. His dad, Don Reno, happened to be one-half of Hall of Famers Reno and Smiley, and young Ronnie was part of many of the act’s great recordings in the ‘50s and ‘60s. These days, Ronnie heads the Reno Tradition, an act that encapsulates some of the greatest sounds and moments of traditional bluegrass music.
Ronnie was born into the world bluegrass, a uniquely American music spawned in the hills of Kentucky by Bill Monroe and a close band of like-minded musicians. His father replaced Earl Scruggs in Monroe’s seminal band, the Bluegrass Boys, and popularized the three-fingered roll on the five-string banjo. Ronnie was just a boy when he picked up a mandolin and began playing with Reno and Smiley, often standing on a milk carton just to reach the microphone. He also sang and played mandolin and guitar for the Don Reno Band before joining the Osbornes, with whom he worked for five years and five albums.Tags: Reno's Old Time Music FestivalRonnie RenoReno's Christmas CelebrationBlueHighwaysBroadcast
Join The Earl Scruggs Center Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7PM, as they celebrate the Grand Opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South. Sam Bush will be performing for The Earl Scruggs Center Grand Opening event in Shelby, NC. 'Remembering Earl: Music & Stories' will feature performances by Sam Bush alongside Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Rob Ickes, Jim Mills, Gary Scruggs and Randy Scruggs. Enjoy a bluegrass "Jingle Bells" below, featuring Sam, Earl and more!
Daytime activities include programs, music and a ribbon cutting commemorating the Grand Opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South. Check back, follow us on Facebook or join our e-mail list to stay updated on new details as they are released.
On Saturday evening, Remembering Earl: Music & Stories—a sellout event—will feature a range of nationally-recognized artists as they share their memories of Earl through song and story. Special thanks to our sponsors, which include: Grand Opening Weekend sponsor, The Bank of the Ozarks; and Remembering Earl: Music & Stories event sponsors, Duke Energy, Cleveland County, City of Shelby, Gardner Webb University and the Town of Boiling Springs.
The Earl Scruggs Center combines the life story of legendary five-string banjo master and Cleveland County native, Earl Scruggs, with the unique and engaging story of the history and cultural traditions of the region in which Mr. Scruggs was born and raised. It was in the nearby Flint Hill community where Mr. Scruggs learned to play banjo and began the three-finger playing style that has come to be known around the world as “Scruggs Style.”
The Center will explore Mr. Scruggs’ innovative career and the community that gave it shape while celebrating how he crossed musical boundaries and defined the voice of the banjo to the world. Mr. Scruggs embraced tradition while also adapting to the changing times and looking toward the future—themes which resonate throughout the Center. Engaging exhibits, special event space and rich programming provide a uniquely rich experience for visitors.
Earl Scruggs made his mark with the birth of bluegrass music as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and later with partner Lester Flatt when they performed with their band the Foggy Mountain Boys. Scruggs is credited with creating the 3-finger style of picking the 5-string banjo now called "Scruggs Style." It is that sound that has popularized bluegrass music and gives it a unique sound. Scruggs played with many other styles of music but continued to drive his banjo using the Scruggs Style.
Scruggs is in the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of fame. He was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship, National Medal of the Arts and numerous other awards. He earned multiple Grammy awards for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Few artists have made such a lasting mark on America's music and Scruggs' banjo style is certainly at the top of the list.
The Center will explore Mr. Scruggs’ innovative career and the community that gave it shape while celebrating how he crossed musical boundaries and defined the voice of the banjo to the world. The center celebrates the tradition and innovation of renowned banjo player, Earl Scruggs. His development of a unique 3-finger playing style continues to influence music around the world.
Drawing on the region's rich history and music the Scruggs Center will enlighten, educate and celebrate the people, traditions and values of Cleveland County and the region and honor native son and music legend Earl Scruggs. Exhibits will portray the area's history using existing artifacts, showcase the life of music legend Earl Scruggs and offer rotating displays of local history and regional music
The center will refurbish old courtroom as a community gathering place and create public areas for music, storytelling, and more. The facilities will also install new bathroom facilities, an elevator, new lighting system, administrative offices and gift shop. Visit www.EarlScruggsCenter.org to hear about more events, exhibits and performances at the center.
Notes for Ticket-holders: Tickets can be picked up at the Don Gibson Theatre located at 118 South Washington Street, Shelby, NC. The Malcolm Brown Auditorium is located on the campus of Shelby High School at 230 East Dixon Blvd. Shelby, NC (Shelby High School does not permit alcohol or tobacco products on campus). Additional ticketing questions should be directed to the Don Gibson Theatre at 704-487-8114.Tags: Earl ScruggsEarl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American SouthEventGrand OpeningSam Bush
Nashville, TN (December 9, 2013) – That Nashville Sound’s Top Albums of 2013 rankings came out this week, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s Roads Well Traveled is at #12, ahead of the likes of LeAnn Rimes at #17 and The Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert) at #19. Other Bluegrassers on the list include former Quicksilver member Jamie Dailey with his group Dailey & Vincent at #22. Congratulations to Doyle and the band on a huge accomplishment! Let them know you’re proud of them, folks!
Bob Cherry of Cybergrass wrote, "Award winning hall of famer and bluegrass music legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksliver has released another outstanding album, Roads Well Traveled. What I love about this album is the fullness of the music. The music doesn't come across as lacking anything. This album not only has that full Doyle Lawson sound, it also has a great collection of songs. This is why Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have such a huge following."
Roads Well Traveled fittingly kicks off with "Dixie Road" and follows with stories of life, love and more. Whether it is the loss of a loved one after 60 years, remembering an old friend, the gift of life, or one's heritage, this album has it all bundled together with that rich Lawson sound.
There is also original material on the album that rounds it out well. “By The Waters of the Clinch” and “It’s Hard to Be Forgotten” highlight the band's superb songwriting ability. The band's innovations in the realm of bluegrass and gospel music are broad and wide and cover the genre with a fine brush. Roads Well Traveled is obviously a rainbow that evolved from this outstanding artist.
The band has been around for ages and has gone through many iterations and Roads Well Traveled shows how this is obviously one of the best combinations Doyle has put together. This compilation of 11 outstanding tracks proves how Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver just keep getting better and better. Make no mistake, Doyle Lawson and his band are well tuned and exhibit pure precision in their execution.
Congratulations to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver for a job well done and for this recognition from That Nashville Sound.Tags: Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverRoads Well TraveledThat Nashville SoundAward
Nashville, TN -- Five-time Grammy nominee Rhonda Vincent, the New Queen of Bluegrass as deemed by the Wall Street Journal, is clearing the lane for her upcoming 2-Disc combination release that includes six-songs each of Bluegrass and Country. The project, appropriately titled Only Me, serves as a reminder why Rhonda Vincent & The Rage is the most awarded band in bluegrass music. Only Me will be released on Upper Management Music, and available where all music is sold on January 28, 2014.
Sticking with her musical roots, Rhonda is joined by Daryle Singletary on “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds,” while Willie Nelson adds vocals and a guitar solo to the title track.
“The Bluegrass pickers on this song are some of the best that I have ever heard. When I think of Bluegrass, this is the sound that I hear,” says Willie Nelson. “Rhonda’s voice is beautiful. I am thankful for her letting me be a part of it all.”2-Disc set Features Mixture of Bluegrass & CountryFeatures songs with Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary
- Busy City
- I’d Rather Hear I Don’t Love You (Than Nothing At All)
- Only Me (Featuring Willie Nelson)
- I Need Somebody Bad Tonight
- We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds (Featuring Daryle Singletary)
- It’s Never Too Late
- Hunter Berry - fiddles
- Brent Burke - resophonic guitar
- Mickey Harris - upright bass
- Aaron McDaris - banjo
- Rhonda Vincent - mandolin
- Josh Williams - acoustic guitar
- Teardrops Over You
- Once A Day
- Beneath Still Waters
- Bright Lights & Country Music
- When The Grass Grows Over Me
- Drivin’ Nails
- Tim Crouch - fiddles
- Kevin Grantt - upright bass
- Carl Jackson - acoustic guitar
- Mike Johnson - steel guitar
- Catherine Marx - piano (all songs except Drivin' Nails)
- James Mitchell - electric guitar
- Michael Rojas - piano (Drivin' Nails)
- Lonnie Wilson - drums
This project answers the question of whether Rhonda’s voice is bluegrass or country; by confirming, “it’s in the perception of the listener.” Titled Only Me to further make the statement that either way, bluegrass or country, it’s Rhonda!
The Dalton WoodSongs Coffee House Concert will kick off the 2014 series on January 25th with the Rigneys a family bluegrass band. Based near Nasvhille, TN, this established band plays over 70 shows annually entertaining fans in a variety of venues from Bluegrass Underground to Festivals, TV shows, a host of other acoustic music venues, and private parties. Opening for the Rigneys will be Chattanooga's own Lon Eldridge.
An award-winning band, the Rigneys play their own blend of originals and traditional arrangements with tight family harmonies and innovative instrumentation. The Rigneys are a high energy bluegrass band that offers an appealing blend of tight family vocal harmonies and innovative bluegrass instrumentation. The Rigney's have a great sense of balancing the traditional with fresh new sounds that exhilarates your soul with energy, laughter, and emotion. The Rigneys, a family band, are comprised of award-winning brothers, Andrew (guitar, vocals) and Grant (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), and their parents Mark (banjo, vocals) and Melissa (bass).
Fronted by flatpicking champ Andy Rigney and his brother Grant, a champion fiddler and member of the 2013 IBMA Youth All Star band, he group has performed at numerous venues throughout the United States, France, and Spain. "The adjectives used to describe The Rigneys include 'phenomenal' and 'blown away.' They're all true! This family gets it done." Terri Holloway, Prescription Bluegrass Blog.
Opening for the Rigneys will be Chattanoogan Lon Eldridge. His warm and infectious style is sure keep you tuned in throughout his performance, coupling intricate fingerstyle guitar work with clever and thought-provoking lyrics. Lon has toured the USA and Europe, taking his unique blend of traditional blues, ragtime, and jazz to whole new audiences. This is a show you definitely don't want to miss!Tags: Woodsongs CoffeehouseDalton Freight DepotDaltonThe RigneysLon EldridgeEventConcert
The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased that Marian Leighton-Levy of Rounder Records will once again be participating at ICMC. Previoulsy she supported Ken Irwin in the ICMC 2010 keynote dealing with the history of Rounder Records. Marian Lwevy’s presentation will have a tighter focus as she will be dealing with “Radcal Politics, The Counter Culture, And The Beginning Of Rounder Records.” Marian’s presentation will be particularly interesting in context of Ron Cohen’s and Si Kahn’s keynote presentation dealing the folk revivial, country music, and social justice. In addition, the Friday evening Studio B event will also fit nicely into such a context. Watch for an announcement of the Studio B event after the first of the year!
The ICMC has announced another ‘reveal’ that will add to your ICMC 2014 experience. It will be a fascinating session indeed when Erika Brady and Nolan Porterfield present a remarkable discovery of WLS National Barn Dance touring package show photographs from 1937-1940 that include Gene Autry and many other significant performers.
The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is gearing up for their 2014 event. Each year, the ICMC presents topics of interest on bluegrass and traditional country music. The ICMC will do the ‘Big Reveal’ for the ICMC 2014 Thursday evening 22 May keynote event. Of course, the preceding social hour—with some great food—will feature socializing and informal picking. We are very pleased to announce that long term ICMC friend Ron Cohen of Indiana University Northwest and internationally known singer songwriter, activist Si Kahn will be presenting “The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice.” Ron Cohen has numerous books on the Folk Revival such as “Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970” and related topics and has frequently presented at ICMC. Cybergrass regularly covers the ICMC which frequently has quality bluegrass subject matter.
Woodsongs Michael Johnathon posted on Si Kahn’s significance stating “very few artists have the legacy, commitment, honesty and consistent heart to step into the shadow of the likes of Pete Seeger. ... using music for a reason, not to sell things ... writing song for the heart, not some chart ... performing for an intent more honorable than for just selling a ticket. Very few artists think in those terms anymore. If he chose to, Si could be one of the ones to step into the footprints of Pete, Woody and others.
James Akenson says, "I'm glad that his bluegrass album with the Looping Brothers scored well on FolkDJ and other places, he deserves it. Si certainly isn't done, his creative juices still churn and he has a long road of good work ahead of him. His new one woman play with Sue Massek is just a foregleam of what lies ahead.” Combined with other related presentations for ICMC 2014 the diversity of ICMC should be clearly evident."
Pickers don’t forget that there will be informal picking Thursday evening prior to the keynote event and Friday evening at Studio B prior to the special soon to be announced presentation. It would also be great if pickers want to start their collaboration prior to the Thursday noon luncheon. Please contact Nate Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Greg Reish (email@example.com), or Karen Raizor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information. We are still working on a special opportunity to do some additional picking as a pre conference event Wednesday evening 21 May at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt.
The Holiday Inn Vanderbilt will be again the official ICMC hotel of choice. The $115 single-quad rate is minimally $50 below the current rates available! Plesae call for reservations at 877.327.4707 and identify that you are with the International Country Music Conference. All reservations should be made by Sunday 20 April 2014 after which availability and the rate cannot be guaranteed. There may be some special new ICMC feature that takes place Wednesday evening, 21 May 2014 at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt.
The ICMC web site (www.internationalcountrymusic.org) has been updated to reflect ICMC 2013 events with a variety of photos and awards information a well as ICMC 2014 due dates for registration. ICMC 2014 will have to revert to The Board Room of The Massey Center where ICMC was housed in previous years. Co Chair Don Cusic was not pleased by the bureaucratic bungle that made the Frist Lecture Hall unavailable. We look forward to ICMC 2015 being housed once again in The Frist Lecture Hall.Tags: International Country Music ConferenceMarian Leighton-LevyKen IrwinRounder RecordsConferenceEvent
Hamlin, WV -- Jim & Valerie Gabehart are proud to announce the release of their latest project, I Was Raised in a Railroad Town. Recorded at Eagle Canyon Music in Nashville, the album was produced and engineered by Steve Thomas and features Valerie Gabehart on guitar and lead vocals, Jim Gabehart on banjo and vocals, Brandon Shuping on mandolin and vocals, and John "Buckwheat" Green on bass and vocals. Guests Steve Thomas and Randy Kohrs join in on fiddle and resophonic guitar. The album's title cut hit the airwaves in October.
"We've gotten a really positive response about the first single off the album, and we're excited to release the full CD just in time for Christmas," said Jim Gabehart.
I Was Raised in a Railroad Town features six original tunes from Jim Gabehart and Buckwheat Green, as well as a bonus track featuring Jim & Valerie's daughter Amy Taylor, singing one of her own compositions. Fans used to Jim and Valerie's playful banter will enjoy the humorous "Marital Bliss" and "Can't Live With Him (Can't Live Without Him)".
Jim & Valerie Gabehart have been husband and wife, and musical partners, for 29 years. After staying close to home in the hills of West Virginia while raising their family, their children have grown and gone and Jim & Valerie last CD was titled "It's My Turn".
Jim & Valerie are well known to bluegrass audiences in their home state of West Virginia, as well as surrounding states. Jim is a five-time West Virginia State Banjo Champion who has performed on stage with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Mac Wiseman, Larry Sparks, John Hartford, and Ray Charles, to name a few. Valerie is a vocalist that Bluegrass Unlimited called "a gutty, dynamic singer (with) major league talent." For more information on Jim and Valerie Gabehart, visit www.JimAndValerieGabehart.com.
After finding the right combination of musicians, working on new material, updating promotional materials, recording, and entry into the wonderful world of the internet with this website, Jim & Valerie are ready to hit the stage with enthusiasm and excitement! While firmly rooted in traditional bluegrass music, Jim & Valerie have composed original songs and arrangements and are not just a "cover" band. They have played hundreds of every imaginable type of venue and event and offer not only great music, but also experience and professionalism. Whether you’re looking for a group for an upcoming event or you’re a bluegrass music fan, listen to the music samples, explore this website and check back often for news, photos, and schedule updates.
Songs from the album are available for download at AirplayDirect.com. The album is also available for purchase at www.JimAndValerieGabehart.com.Tags: Jim & Valerie GabehartI Was Raised In A Railroad TownCD Release
The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards will honor four long-time bluegrass music teachers — Bill Evans, Steve Palazzo, Jack Tuttle, and Lee Anne Welch. The awards will be presented on January 25, 2014 as part of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theater in Redwood City.
All of the honorees have made many contributions to bluegrass music beyond teaching. Bill Evans of Richmond is a performer and bandleader, music historian, author, workshop leader, and recording and video artist. He is the former assistant director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Steve Palazzo is a concert organizer, performer and bandleader in Santa Cruz.
Jack Tuttle of Palo Alto is a bandleader and performer, workshop leader, recording artist, and bluegrass dad. Saratoga’s Lee Anne Welch is a performer, recording artist, contradance performer and bandleader. All have labored for decades teaching thousands of aspiring Northern California bluegrass music students.
The theater is a new location for the awards show. The address is 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061. The Awards will be preceded by a day-long concert.
The Awards are part of the January 19 & 24-26 NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival held at various Redwood City venues. The 7th Annual FREE event is made possible by principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Affairs, and John Dabney.Tags: Northern California Bluegrass SocietyLifetime Achievement AwardBill EvansSteve PalazzoJack TuttleLee Anne Welch
Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys played their final 2013 tour date of her Christmas show in Dalton, Georgia on December 7th with a sold out performance of All The Way To Bethlehem, her 2012 critically acclaimed original Christmas album which tells the story of the birth of Christ from the perspective of all of the characters who were there. The show is the full performance of the album with the addition of band members sharing the scriptures which inspired the songs and Donna offering explanations of how each scripture affected her approach to the writing of each song.
Ulisse decided it would be a nice gesture to offer the show to fans who were not in the areas they played by bringing it to them in a live online streaming situation via the Stageit platform.
The show will be on Tuesday evening, December 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Stageit has made the show one of their "Staff Picks". All viewers require is a high speed internet connection to tune in from the comfort of their own homes after the set up an account on Stageit through a quick and easy process.
The show will be streamed with three high-definition cameras by Music City Streaming from CatchThis Music Studios on Music Row in Nashville, offering a high quality experience from a visual and audio standpoint.
This is a "pay what you can" show, with tickets going for as little as ten cents each after viewers log into Stageit and buy their first 50 "notes" which equals $5.00. Only 60 tickets will be offered. Viewers have the ability to chat with other viewers and tip the artist. There are gifts being offered for high tippers.Donna UlisseAll the Way to BethlehemChristmasStageItConcertEvent
The 7th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held January 19 & 24-26, 2014. The event is FREE and will include the Northern California Bluegrass Awards and the NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival. Concerts and jams will fill the weekend.
Bluegrass on Broadway brings bluegrass music to downtown Redwood City. In addition to live performances, it also includes a bluegrass film festival, and the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. Admission is free to all Bluegrass on Broadway events!
The NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, and other Redwood City organizations and businesses. The film festival is part of the weekend’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.
The film festival director, Michael Hall, each year produces this outstanding program dedicated to the preservation of bluegrass music and its heritage. The Northern California Bluegrass Awards are also presented during Bluegrass on Broadway festival and celebration.
Visit the Northern California bluegrass Society for more information.Tags: Northern California Bluegrass SocietyNorthern California Bluegrass AwardsBluegrass On Broadway
Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy. The Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, Della Mae, James King and the Del McCoury Band lead off for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award nominations. This is always an exciting time for bluegrass bands and probably even more exciting for the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year Della Mae. Della Mae has had an outstanding year getting recognized, nominated and awarded for top awards in music. The Grammy nomination adding to their year.
This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae's Rounder debut, shows that like The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, the five multitalented young women of Della Mae are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.
When The Boxcars released It's Just A Road in April 2013, members of the band fielded the usual interview questions about song selections, style, process creative decisions and more. Both eloquently and quite simply, Adam Steffey summed up the process, the project and the band philosophy in general with characteristic aplomb, saying “What’s wrong with just playing good bluegrass?” Good bluegrass indeed. The album has garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards (which will be broadcast from Los Angeles on 1/26/14). It’s Just A Road is the 3rd album from The Boxcars.
Acclaimed bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent released their sixth studio album, Brothers Of The Highway, on May 7, 2013. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-nominated The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent features a pair of original Jamie Dailey compositions as well as ten stirring and evocative new interpretations of songs made famous by the likes of Vince Gill, the Louvin Brothers, Kathy Mattea, Bill Monroe, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, George Strait, and Porter Wagoner.
“I am extremely passionate about this album. It is a reflection of my heart, my soul, and my love for great music,” said Dailey. “When it was time to record this album, Darrin and I knew exactly what we wanted it to be. We both agreed that it was time to record a straight-ahead Bluegrass record consisting of a blend of original songs and songs from the past that we absolutely love. We know where we came from, and we know where we want to go. We feel this record is in step with our musical dreams, and we are excited for people to hear it!"
"Brothers Of The Highway" has been a labor of love for us,” adds Vincent. “We wanted to make an album about the joys of a simple way of life and tell stories through descriptive lyrics about friends, family, and love. I am so proud of this album. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy these songs as much as we enjoyed performing them for you."
From the earliest days of his performing career, James King has been an advocate for and exponent of the traditional sound in bluegrass. King continues to be a bluegrass favored artist who's always a top draw. His heartfelt lead vocals and robust delivery demonstrate both his familiarity with and love for traditional "old school" bluegrass, country, and gospel music. He loves strong, honest lyrics, and is a master of finding what engineer Steve Chandler has referred to as "the James spot:" that stark, exposed nerve, where the emotional truth of the song lives. When it happens -- and it happens often on Three Chords and the Truth -- it is an amazing thing to hear.
It’s a long way from his apprenticeship in those Baltimore honky tonks in the late 1950s to his stature as the ultimate bluegrass ambassador today, but Del McCoury’s negotiated the path with enough perseverance, humility, good humor, adventurousness—not to mention talent and enthusiasm—to last a lifetime. Along the way, he’s earned not just the applause, but the passionate devotion of fans ranging from old-timers who remember those early days to country aficionados drawn in by his collaborations with Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Vince Gill to tie-dye-clad youngsters who’ve just learned about him from hearing artists like Phish and the Yonder Mountain String Band rave about—and perform—his music. McCoury brings it together on The Streets of Baltimore in pure Del fashion.
A young Sarah Jarosz find her name in a couple of categories including Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song for Build Me Up From Bones. Bluegrass friends Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, Steve martin, Jim Lauderdale and others also received nominations for their work.
Nominations of interest include:
- Best Bluegrass Album
- It's Just A Road - The Boxcars
- Brothers Of The Highway - Dailey & Vincent
- This World Oft Can Be - Della Mae
- Three Chords And The Truth - James King
- The Streets Of Baltimore - Del Mccoury Band
- Best American Roots Song
- "Build Me Up From Bones", Sarah Jarosz, Songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
- "Invisible", Steve Earle, Songwriter (Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses))
- "Keep Your Dirty Lights On", Tim O'brien & Darrell Scott, Songwriters (Tim O'brien And Darrell Scott)
- "Love Has Come For You", Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, Songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
- "Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed", Allen Toussaint, Songwriter (Allen Toussaint)
- Best Americana Album
- Old Yellow Moon - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
- Love Has Come For You - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
- Buddy And Jim - Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
- One True Vine - Mavis Staples
- Songbook - Allen Toussaint
- Best Folk Album
- My Favorite Picture Of You - Guy Clark
- Sweetheart Of The Sun - The Greencards
- Build Me Up From Bones - Sarah Jarosz
- The Ash & Clay - The Milk Carton Kids
- They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration - (Various Artists) Chris Strachwitz, Producer
Congratulations to all the nominees!/ddTags: GrammyNominationThe Recording AcademyThe BoxcarsDailey & VincentDella MaeJames KingThe Del McCoury Band
McMinnville, TN -- The fourth season of PBS' Emmy-winning Bluegrass Underground series - the best looking and sounding music on television - will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass, Americana, roots-rock and the cutting edges of acoustic music. But you don't have to wait for it to come to your TV. Expanded to four days, the marathon video shoot is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014, in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tenn., with tickets going on sale soon at www.bluegrassunderground.com.
For bluegrass fans, the year's two most acclaimed bands will be there. The Steep Canyon Rangers won the GRAMMY for best bluegrass album back in February for the North Carolina band's Nobody Knows You. In September, the IBMA's 2011 IBMA Entertainers of the Year hosted the first IBMA Awards held in their home state.
The Gibson Brothers took the top prize that night, Entertainer of the Year, as well as Vocal Group and Song of the Year honors for the title track of their Compass CD They Called It Music.
For those who like to stretch the boundaries of bluegrass, David Grisman, one of the founders of newgrass and new acoustic music, will make his Bluegrass Underground debut on March 9 with his David Grisman Folk/Jazz Trio. Eclectic guitar virtuoso Keller Williams will perform that same day, backed by the stellar Traveling McCourys. Led by Del's sons Ronnie and Rob, the group is fast becoming the house band for bluegrass, while at the same time breaking new ground with groups like the sacred steel band The Lee Boys. Incidentally, Traveling McCoury Jason Carer took IBMA Fiddle Player of the year in those September wards, unseating nine-time winner Michael Cleveland, another BGU favorite.
The biggest Americana name on the bill is Lucinda Williams, one of the true architects of that blend of country, blues, folk, literary singer-songwriting and straight-out rock 'n' roll that would become known as Americana. Mainstream Nashville knows her as the writer of Mary Chapin Carpenter's hit "Passionate Kisses, but this is a woman who can - and does - do it all.
As usual, the next season of Bluegrass Underground will be a mix of veterans, newbies and today's brightest stars. Two of our finest singer-songwriters will be on hand. Veteran singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey ("Wildfire" "Geronimo's Cadillac") makes his BGU debut on March 7. Singer/songwriter/master raconteur Chip Taylor ("Wild Thing" "Angel of the Morning") returns to the cave on Saturday, March 8.
Two of today's best young Americana singer-songwriters will appear in The Volcano Room for the first time. Jason Isbell, Americana Music Award Winner, will perform March 7, while his fellow AMA winner Hayes Carll goes before the cameras March 9.
Making their BGU debut March 8 is Shovels & Rope, the duo that stole the show at this year's Americana Music Awards, where Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent won Emerging Artist honors, as well as Song of the Year ("Birmingham"). And as usual with BGU, some of the next season's best moments may well come from artists who are new to you.
March 7, it's showstopping MCR veteran Davina & The Vagabonds swinging through multiple generations and genres of New Orleans grooves, powered by its frontwoman's mega-watt personality.
The breakout performer of the weekend could well be the amazing Dave Eggar, a virtuoso cellist who earlier played our sister show Music City Roots at the Loveless Barn. March 8, he'll make his BGU debut, bringing along the wonderful singer Amy Lee of Evanescence fame, Chuck Palmer. Percussionist and, in a first for Bluegrass Underground, a dance troupe - Hammerstep, an innovative group that mixes traditional Irish step dancing with hip hop, tap and other influences.
So make it easy on yourself. Instead of just choosing one day, why not plan a Bluegrass Underground vacation for March 7-9? Get a room or a cabin nearby and come to stay. You'll be glad you did.
The full taping schedule for Bluegrass Underground - Season 4 :
- Friday, March 7
- Steep Canyon Rangers
- Michael Martin Murphey
- Jason Isbell
- Davina & The Vagabonds
- Saturday, March 8
- Lucinda Williams
- Chip Taylor
- Shovels & Rope
- Dave Eggar with Amy Lee and Hammerstep
- Sunday, March 9
- David Grisman Folk/Jazz Trio
- Keller Williams with the Traveling McCourys
- The Gibson Brothers
- Hayes Carll
Abingdon, VA -- For the second year, the Town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to kick off the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience with the January Jams concert series. This series will include 7 total concerts, starting January 9, and run every Friday and Saturday during January. “We are excited to expand the number of shows offered from 4 to 7 this year after the overwhelmingly positive response last year,” explains Sara Cardinale, Special Events Coordinator for the ACVB.
Sara continues saying, “The lineup this year has generated quite the buzz, and highlights Abingdon as an up-and-coming music destination.” The schedule that will showcase nationally recognized artists is as follows:
- Thursday, January 9th- St. Paul and The Broken Bones with The Broadcast
- Hailing from Asheville, The Broadcast is hard-edged, soulful rock music bursting-at-the-seams. Drawing much of their ambiance from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section. Their infections energy and authentic approach match them well with headlining band, St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Based out of Alabama, St. Paul and The Broken Bones deliver soul mixed with grit, elemental rhythm, fabulous brass section and a performance that electrifies the crowd. Lead singer, Paul Janeway has an extroverted performing style that enraptures his audience. “I’m going to be dancing, getting in the aisles,” he says. “That’s just the way we do it. It really takes me back to church. There’s not a lot of difference. When I get on stage, it’s, ‘All right, it’s time to pour it on.’”
- Friday, January 10th – Jim Lauderdale with Cruz Contreras
- Cruz Contreras is the front man for the Americana band, The Black Lillies, from Knoxville. His song-writing skills were recognized as they won the Independent Music Award for Best Song-Story in 2012. Contreras has collaborated in the past with Jim Lauderdale, who is the headlining act for the night. Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
- Saturday, January 11th – Iris Dement with Beth Snapp
- Beth Snapp, from Northeast Tennessee opens for Iris Dement. Snapp’s vocals, lyrics, and melodies blend together beautifully into a distinctive acoustic experience. She delivers a unique singer songwriter feel that is not only crisp and flowing, but unpredictable and truly a testament to her talent. Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Iris Dement headlines the show. Her style is often described as roots-folk as well as country, but no one denies that her songs speak to the heart. She just recently released a new album of original material for the first time in 16 years, Song of the Delta.
- Friday, January 17th – John Cowan with Mountain Heart
- Mountain Heart is a Grammy award winning band which combines elements of rock, jam band, country, blues, jazz, folk and bluegrass music into a high-energy sound. Critics now describe the band using terms such as “acoustic overdrive”, “Folk rock on steroids”, and “slam grass”. John Cowan, also known as the Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his heart out for thirty-five years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. Together with Mountain Heart, they’ve been described as bringing a new, edgier, more rock-inflected sound.
- Saturday, January 18th – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River Cavemen
- The Lost River Cavemen have been touring nationally and pumping life back into Roots music since 2005. The Cavemen spin their music into an aural web that is catchy, profound and playful. Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star and charismatic force of nature. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville – his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives.
- Friday, January 24th – Jason Isbell with Holly Williams
- Holly Williams-Hank Williams Sr.’s grand-daughter, opens the show. She’s described as a powerful singer-songwriter whose newest album has been met with huge, critical acclaim. Jason Isbell was once one of Drive-By Truckers’ great songwriting weapons. The Alabama singer-songwriter just released the powerful and profound Southeastern, which candidly addresses his hard fall and hopeful rise. Not easily labeled, you could call Isbell a master of Americana Rock.
- Saturday, January 25th – Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott with special guest Amythyst Kiah
- Local tour-de-force, Amythyst Kiah is a singer/songwriter that has an eclectic array of musical influences. She has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions. Grammy-winning folk & bluegrass musician, Tim O’Brien, teams up with award-winning country singer/songwriter, Darrell Scott, to perform as the headliner at this show. Back in 2000, the two kindred spirits had joined forces to record the deep and scintillating Real Time, which was widely acclaimed on release and has since become recognized as a towering achievement in Americana annals.
Doors open at 7:15 and the shows will start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices will vary for each show, and weekend passes are a new addition to the tickets this year. For more information and tickets call Barter Theatre Box Office at 276-628-3991 or go online at http://www.bartertheatre.com A complete lineup of the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience series can be found online at http://www.abingdonmusicexperience.com The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River CavemenTags: AbingdonJanuary Jams ConcertJamConcertMountain HeartJohn CowanMarty StuartHolly Williams
Asheville, NC -- Mandolinist, vocalist and songwriter Jeff Austin is joining forces with The Here and Now, featuring banjoist Danny Barnes and Larry & Jenny Keel on guitar and bass for several shows in the MidWest in early March 2014.
The tour kicks off at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, before heading over to Milwaukee to the Miramar and then along to Chicago’s City Winery. The final show of the run lands them at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6th, 2014 at 12 pm CST.
Mandolinist, vocalist and songwriter Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion. While not on the road with Yonder Mountain String Band, Austin is joining forces with The Here and Now and other special projects.
Please visit JeffAustin.com for more information and to download a free EP of Jeff Austin & The Here and Now. You can also keep up to date with Jeff on https://facebook.com/JeffAustinOfficial and https://twitter.com/Jeffreyaustin10
Jeff Austin & The Here and Now on Tour
- Wed 3/5/14 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
- Thu 3/6/14 - Miramar Theater - Milwaukee, WI*
- Fri 3/7/14 - City Winery - Chicago, IL* (early and late show)
- Sat 3/8/14 - Bell's Brewery - Kalamazoo, MI*
*with Horseshoes and Hand Grenades supportingTags: Jeff AustinMandolinThe Here and NowTour
Cumming, GA -- The International Bluegrass Music Association's 5-Time Male Vocalist of the Year, Russell Moore, is proud to announce the addition of two new members to his illustrious band, IIIrd Tyme Out; Keith McKinnon on banjo and Blake Johnson on bass. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will be unveiling their new band lineup when they perform in Galax, VA on January 4, 2014, for the Fairview Ruritan Club. Other dates in January include Grayson, KY, Clay City, KY and Fort Payne, AL. For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, including a complete list of 2014 tour dates, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.
McKinnon, a native of Marion, Virginia, first received critical acclaim as a member of Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain. After several years of performing with Hassler, Keith and his twin brother, Kevin, hit the road in 2010 with their own band Still-House. It was at that point that Keith discovered a true love for audio engineering and soon secured a job behind the controls for lauded bluegrass band, Lonesome River Band, where he's spent the last 2 years. Although, he was thrilled to be working with such a revered band, McKinnon longed for his first true love of playing music. When he heard of the potential opening for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, he was thrilled to be invited to audition and ultimately be offered the role as the band's new banjo player and harmony vocalist.
Originally from Roxboro, NC, Blake Johnson has been singing and playing gospel and bluegrass music since he was a young child with his family. Eventually, his bass playing and distinctive vocal style landed him his first professional job with Jay Kaczor and The Bluegrass Connection. Soon after, he helped launch The Hagar's Mountain Boys who performed for seven years together and recorded four albums. Perhaps his most notable performances, though, have been over the last year as guitarist and lead singer for Grasstowne. Johnson will return to his preferred role of playing bass and singing harmony as a new member of IIIrd Tyme Out.
"I am very excited about playing with a band who have been some of my favorites for a long time," states Keith McKinnon. "The guys are all world class musicians and Russell is one of the greatest vocalists to ever grace a stage." "I consider it a real honor to be joining Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out," adds Blake Johnson. "I've always looked up to them as singers and musicians and I'm really looking forward to playing with these guys for a long time to come."
"When you work and travel with people in a touring band for years, not only is it a creative effort on a professional level, but you become friends with these people as well," explains Russell Moore. "Even though we are sad to see old friends depart, we are excited about the fresh, new talent, creative energy and new relationships we'll develop, both professionally and personally, with the new members. As a band, it's sometimes important to reinvent yourselves, your music and your show, to keep things exciting and fans engaged. Quite often a band member change can be the spark that lights that creative fire. I know the feel and excitement of being a new member of an established band, dating back to my days when I joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Although they are not 'new' to the bluegrass music scene, it is great to see and feel that same excitement from Keith and Blake. IIIrd Tyme Out's past has been nothing but wonderful, but have no doubt, we're even more excited about what the future holds."
The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (five-time) Russell Moore is truly at the top of his game. Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating 20 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years.
Their a cappella renditions of many songs can rarely be matched and their superb instrumentation provides even more quality sound to their rich vocal blend featuring one of the most respected lead vocalists of all time. All this along with a heavy touring schedule, including many performances on the Grand Ole Opry as well as GAC and RFD channel programs, over 16 recordings to date, and a desire to present their fans with the best music possible, makes this "supergroup" one of bluegrass music's most recognized and in-demand bands. For more information, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.Tags: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutKeith McKinnonBlake JohnsonBand Announcement
The sixth annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention is just around the corner! The convention takes place Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. This is an all day event. The Fiddlers Convention is free to the public, though there is an entry fee for the competitions. Registration begins at 10:00am, check the 2014 Competition Schedule for contest times. The 2014 Convention registration for competing is $5, admission is FREE to all. The event features luthiers gathering, jamming, workshops, and competitions for adult and youth.
There will be 7 categories of competition in both youth and adult age groups. Going on during the competitions, the Hand Made Market will be taking place where convention goers can purchase a wide variety of handmade goods.
Interested in making your own instruments? Take a peek into the Luthiers Gathering to see what goes into making your very own instrument. There will also be various workshops throughout the day, such as banjo and clogging. Bring your own instrument for the jamming that takes place throughout the event.
After all of the events during the day are over, head over to the post Fiddlers Convention concert featuring the Sons of Bluegrass and Crazy Water Crystals! Doors open at 7:30pm, Show 8:00pm. Admission is ASU Students $10adv./$12door, Public $12adv./$15 door, Kids $10. It is going to be a weekend of music and fun! Get more information at http://fiddle.apps.appstate.edu/Tags: ASU Old Time Fiddlers ConventionFiddleFiddlers ConventionSons of BluegrassCrazy Water CrystalsEventCompetition