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Bluegrass Master Doyle Lawson’s Class is "In Session"

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 22:46

Nashville, TN -- Mountain Home Music Company has announced a January 20, 2015 release date for In Session from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson is well known for high standards in every aspect of his musical career. For exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s live shows and recorded projects are unmatched.

Some of the most accomplished and respected names in Bluegrass honed their craft under the tutelage of Lawson’s mastery. Now, the ‘School of Bluegrass’ is back In Session, with a masterful collection that promises to educate, once again, just how Bluegrass is done.

In Session begins with “Roll Big River,” a driving banjo tune that sets the course for the outstanding Bluegrass for which Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have become renowned. Up next is a lesson in history with the old-fashioned courting number, “Wilma Walker” and the sentimental Southern ballad, “Calling All Her Children Home.” In Session also explores a grassy update of the 1950’s hit song, “You, You, You” as well as a rendition of Bill Monroe’s classic instrumental “Evening Prayer Blues.” The album wraps with pleasingly contemporary version of Moe Bandy’s “Americana,” completing the course of “reading, ‘riting, and rhythm.”

Not only is each song spectacular, but In Session is a perfect example of Lawson’s knack for the progression of tunes on an album. It is not just a collection, but a satisfying experience from its energetic opener to mellow ballads and the final, nostalgic closing number. The flow from song to song takes the listener through a path of music-inspired emotion.

Lawson’s current lineup is stronger than ever with lead vocals handled by Dustin Pyrtle, Eli Johnston and Lawson himself. The harmony work on In Session makes it clear why the group has won multiple IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards. A noted mandolin master, Lawson always surrounds himself with top-flight players. In Session also boasts the phenomenal Dobro playing and vocals of Josh Swift, the impeccable Joe Dean on banjo and vocals and newcomer Stephen Burwell on fiddle.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have nearly forty albums to their credit, are seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, with enough Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA, and SPBGMA nominations and awards to fill a chalkboard. Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

In Session is set for release on January 20, 2015. It’s Bluegrass Cum Laude!

Tags: Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverDoyle LawsonCD ReleaseIn Session

IBMM Mandolin Camp AllStar Faculty Concert Tonight

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 22:45

Owensboro, KY -- This Saturday night's International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) AllStar Mandolin Faculty Concert will feature the finest in mandolin stylists, playing both individually and in various ensembles to create a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event. International Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds, jazz master Don Stiernberg, this year's IBMA Emerging Mandolinist of the Year Dominick Leslie, Sierra Hull, Mark Royal and Mike Compton.

The concert is part of the annual IBMM Bluegrass Mandolin Camp. Hosted at the Museum - 117 Daviess Street. Doors open at 7:00 pm; Tickets are $20. Purchase online or by calling the Museum - 270-926-7891 Joining the IBMM three day program are some of Bluegrass music's most talented musicians and teachers who will be participating in the faculty performances:

Mike Compton
Many know Mike from the Nashville Bluegrass Band, John Hartford Stringband, or as the featured mandolin player on "O Brother, Where Art Thou". Mike returns as Director of the IBMM Mandolin Camp - his 9th straight year imparting Monroe-style knowledge to mando campers.
 
Jesse McReynolds
One of the greatest mandolinists of all time, a Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, and constant trend-setter in Bluegrass Music, Jesse joins the IBMM staff to teach his unique style of cross-picking, and provide insights into historical mandolin techniques from a life-time career in music.
 
Don Stiernberg
While still in his teens, Don learned to play the mandolin from the innovative virtuoso Jethro Burns, who guided him into a lifelong career in music. A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style and band leader of the Don Stiernberg Trio, Don has eight personal recordings, and appears on others by a variety of artists in all styles.
 
Sierra Hull
Band leader Sierra Hull attended Berklee College where she refined the skills she now teaches to others. Sierra has traditional bluegrass sensibility and skill that defies her age. Already having presented numerous mandolin workshops alone and with other mandolin virtuosos, Sierra brings a youthful slant to bluegrass mandolin applauded by veterans as well.
 
Dominick Leslie
Whether writing a new piece, learning a tune or performing with his confreres, Dominick has an infectious love of music that inspires others to excel with the same passion.
Dominick has performed the last three years at ROMP and given mandolin workshops each year that have been highly regarded by all attendees.
 
Will Kimble
Born in 1969, luthier Will Kimble fell in love with mandolins in 1997, and began building in 2000. His father, Fred Kimble, taught Will how to build and still works with him to this day. A favorite at IBMM camp, Will continues to provide mandolin repair, advice, and construction and care sessions at mando camp.
 
Tags: International Bluegrass Music MuseumMonroe-Style Mandolin CampFaculty ConcertConcertEventMike ComptonJesse McReynoldsDon StiernbergSierra HullDominick LeslieWill Kimble

Old Friends Get Together for Christmas in the Smokies Dec 12th

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:23

Pigeon Forge, TN -- Three legendary Bluegrass Hall of Famers will peform tracks from their latest CD, Standing Tall and Tough at the 2014 Christmas in the Smokies Festival, Friday, December 12th. Banjo master J.D. Crowe, multi-award winning trailblazer Doyle Lawson, and Bluegrass Gospel legend Paul Williams have joined forces for a second time to produce and deliver an amazingly powerful selection of songs on Standing Tall and Tough.

Capturing the traditional drive, emotion and feel of 1950's and 60's Bluegrass, the trio presents songs that they themselves helped make classic.

In a world where everyone is searching for the next new thing, it's significant to be able to have three men who shaped a style of music with us and still makinging it great! It proves that even after the years of success, memories and miles, Crowe, Lawson and Williams are still Standing Tall and Tough! Come and see Bluegrass history in the making live at the 2014 Christmas in the Smokies Festival, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Christmas in the Smokies is filled with other outstanding performances including Nu-Blu, The Roys, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, The James King Band, The VW Boys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, and many others spread out over four days.

Tags: Christmas in the SmokiesDoyle LawsonJ.D. CrowePaul WilliamsStanding Tall and Tough

Old Settler's Music Festival Announces Partial 2015 Lineup

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:21

Austin, TX -- The Old Settler’s Music Festival has been a highlight of every Austin spring since 1987; the 2015 festival, held at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch from Thursday, April 16 to Sunday, April 19, is shaping up to be the most exciting one yet. Bluegrass, roots and alt-country are on the menu with some of the finest acts touring today.

Over the course of four days, about thirty Americana music acts will perform on the festival’s four stages. Grammy-winning, country-steeped garage band The Mavericks top the bill with their infectious, feel good energy. The festival is known for its wide variety of roots music acts, this year ranging from soul-stirring gospel group The McCrary Sisters to returning ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Both traditional and progressive bluegrass take center stage thanks to living legend Sam Bush, supergroup Hot Rize (touring behind its first studio album in more than 20 years), award-winning traditionalists Dailey & Vincent, and genre-bending The Infamous Stringdusters.

Alt-country sweethearts Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, country rock crooners Green River Ordinance, Jack White fave Pokey LaFarge, and critically acclaimed folk artist Israel Nash are slated to perform, too. Old Settler’s favorites Shinyribs, Jitterbug Vipers and MilkDrive return in 2015, much to the delight of campers and festivalgoers. Langhorne Slim, who wowed the festival audience in 2011, returns as well. Newcomers The Defibulators, Lauren Shera, Rising Appalachia and Darlingside round out this partial lineup. More acts will be announced in the near future.

Discounted early-bird packages go on sale beginning November 15 at 10 am. Camping packages have sold out completely for the last three years and the festival plans to offer fewer camping tickets this year. Purchasing early assures access to the popular Ben McCulloch grounds, the site of one stage and countless impromptu jam sessions.

A four-day camping wristband starts at $220, nearly 20% less than the gate price. Three-day camping passes (Friday-Sunday) are $205, while a three-day non-camping package is only $140. Only a limited number of discounted early bird passes will be available. After that, a set quantity of advance passes will be available at an increased price.

A platinum package ($480) provides a unique VIP experience. The all-access pass includes a four-day camping wristband, a campground electrical permit, complimentary meals Friday and Saturday backstage at the Salt Lick Pavilion, free snacks and drinks served during Salt Lick concerts, a special festival poster and tee-shirt, and a chance to meet and mingle with the impressive lineup of performers.

Also, RV/trailer passes ($100 with hookups) come with both a campground electrical permit and parking for one car included. The festival has a limited number of RV/Trailer passes in 2015. In order to make the campground more comfortable for festivalgoers, a car camping fee of $60 per vehicle has been implemented. There is no charge to leave cars in the festival’s satellite lot. Transportation to and from the satellite lot will be provided via a convenient shuttle. Storage lockups will also be available at Camp Ben for any festivalgoers who wish to store their valuables in a secure location.

Old Settler’s Music Festival offers bluegrass, folk and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days, along with camping in the beautiful Texas hill country. Many music fans return annually for amazing performances by award-winning artists such as Richard Thompson, The Del McCoury Band, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Yonder Mountain String Band, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck and favorite locals such as Patty Griffin, Bob Schneider and Sarah Jarosz. For more information, visit OldSettlersMusicFest.org.

Tags: Old Settler's Music FestivalLineupSam BushHot RizeDailey & VincentInfamous Stringdusters

The Making of Danny Roberts’ Nighthawk

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:09
Mandolin master Danny Roberts, of the multi-award winning group The Grascals gives you a look behind the scenes of the making of his new solo album Nighthawk with exclusive studio footage, pictures and an interview with Danny.

Danny was joined on this album by some of his close friends that make up a who's-who of players in the Bluegrass world including Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Compton, Aubrey Haynie, Jimmy Mattingly, Kristin Scott Benson, Tony Wray, Tim Surrett, Adam Haynes, Paul Harrigill, Dominic Illingworth, and his wife Andrea and daughter Jaelee Roberts.

Mandolin master Danny Roberts is no stranger to hard work and well-deserved accolades. The founding member of the award-winning Grascals has won sev­eral awards both on his own and as a member of that 3-time Grammy®-nominated group. Recognition, however, has never been Roberts' goal. He is a true artist who continually strives for excellence and seeks new discover­ies. His second solo project, Nighthawk, Released May 20th, 2014, spot­lights a seasoned and innovative player in his prime.

The recording is a eclectic mix of sophisticated acoustic stylings from Bluegrass to Swing to New Grass and includes some of Danny's Grascals bandmates as well as "musical idols, friends and family."

"It was so much recording tunes that I have written accompanied by such outstanding musicians. I'm very excited about the special guests that came in to record with me and I am truly honored to have them be part of this."
 - Danny Roberts Tags: Danny RobertsNighthawkMandolinGrascalsVideo

Special Janette Carter Memorial Gospel Concert Nov 16th

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:07

Sunday, November 16th, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Tim White and the VW Boys & Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder. 2014 marks the seventh annual gospel event in honor of Janette Carter. This year’s concert will also pay tribute to the late Larry McPeak who passed away earlier this year. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. Tickets will be available only at the door on the day of the concert. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

This show is being presented as a tribute to Janette Carter – founder of the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. Janette began presenting shows of old time and bluegrass music in 1974 in tribute to the Original Carter Family. She started the shows as a result of a promise she made to her dying father – A.P. Carter. A.P. asked her to keep his music alive, and she promised him she would try. The Carter Family Fold, the Carter Family Museum, and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin stand today as a lasting tribute to the culmination of that promise. Despite the fact that Janette didn’t finish high school, she founded one of the first rural arts organizations in the U.S., established a museum, and preserved the musical legacy of the Carter Family – the first family of country music – for generations to come. A steadfast, life-long Christian, Janette was an inspiration to everyone she met. Any tribute to her would naturally pay homage to her strong faith.

Larry McPeak was a founding member of the VW boys back in 1997. Even though he continued to play dates with the famous McPeak Brothers, he was committed to Tim White and Dave Vaught as a VW Boy performing music, magic and comedy. Larry was a tremendous songwriter for the McPeaks as well and the VW boys. Larry truly loved bluegrass music and the people who surrounded it. Larry received a liver transplant in 2001 after a long struggle with health issues. Fans of Larry’s pooled their resources over a one year period from year 2000 until 2021 and raised over $ 90,000 to put Larry and two others on the transplant list to receive transplants. Larry’s transplant was very successful. Larry lived a good ten years with his “new liver” but living with the anti-rejection medicines his kidneys eventually failed. He left the VW Boys in 2010 after collapsing on stage at a performance. Larry eventually went on dialysis three days a week and oxygen 24/7. He fought a brave battle because he loved life and the people in bluegrass music. Larry passed away in September 2014.

The VW Boys is an idea shared by Tim White and Dave Vaught. Veterans of the entertainment world, Tim and Dave have combined their talents along with another friend, Larry McPeak and eventually, Fat Albert Blackburn, to put together a show that appeals to all age groups. Children, teenagers, young and middle age adults, as well as senior adults, love the VW Boys.

The VW Boys’ home is located in the Bristol, VA/TN region. They have traveled all over the east coast spreading their music. They boast seven recordings to this point – with many original compositions. The VW Boys performed as regulars at Dollywood. They’ve opened for Jerry Clower, Don Knotts, and George “Goober” Lindsey. They’ve worked with bluegrass artists like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse, Allison Krauss, Tom T. Hall, and many others.

The VW Boys performed in Washington, D. C., at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at the Kennedy Center in our nation’s capital. They recently performed at the Ford Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame. They also released their 8th recording titled Listen to the Music which included guest appearances by Lou Reid, Hunter Berry, Travis Houch, and Leon Frost. The VW Boys are proud to be recording on the Mountain Roads Recordings label. Mountain Roads website is www.mountainroadsrecordings.com. Many people across America also recognize Tim White of the VW Boys as the host of Song of the Moutains – the nationally syndicated concert series seen on PBS each week. “We love our music and share it everywhere we can,” states Tim. For additional information, go to www.vwboys.com.

Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder will also perform. Adam, 17-year old mandolin player, has headed up his own band since the age of 13, in 2009. He didn’t have to look beyond the blue ridge mountains of home for the sound he was searching for - the rich blend of harmonies from his dad, Mike McPeak. Steve Chrisley lends his deep rich baritone and picking on the five string banjo. Marlon Dean saws out the fiddle breaks and plays twin and harmony fiddle with Nikki Wright as she is putting out the rich and powerful vocals on both lead and harmony. David Chrisley holds them all together on the bass fiddle.

Adam McPeak & his band Mountain Thunder have won multiple SPBGMA awards. In addition, they have won awards at the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Union Grove Fiddlers Convention, and in the Crooked Road Regional Band Competition. They have also won numerous other band and individual awards. For more information on the group, go to www.adammcpeak.com

For some of the most beautiful gospel music this side of Heaven, make plans to join us for this special tribute concert. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Janette Carter Memorial Endowment Fund and the Carter Music Center. Established in 2007 by the Center’s board of directors and attorney, the fund was set up to insure that Janette’s vision of preserving old time mountain music will continue for generations to come.

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: Janette Carter Memorial Gospel ConcertCarter Family FoldConcertEventAdam McPeak & Mountain ThunderVW BoysTim White

Introducing a New Depot for Bluegrass Music

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:05

Bluegrass music is no longer under-represented in the Phoenix metro area! In 2014, R&R Productions was formed by two long-time bluegrass devotees, James Reams and Ned Robbins, to promote all things bluegrass in the central desert. “It was heartbreaking to see opportunities like concerts, films, and other events bypass Arizona completely on their way to or from the west coast,” lamented James Reams. “Ned and I put our heads together and pooled our resources with the goal of making Phoenix an oasis for bluegrass artists and a leader in innovative opportunities for bluegrass-related events.”

R&R Productions works with agents and/or directly with artists to coordinate, promote, and manage events. Everything is taken care of from locating an appropriate venue to press releases to ticket sales - even sound can be provided! It couldn't be simpler to bring a bluegrass event to town. So Book NOW for your 2015 event! Contact James Reams.

In 2014, R&R Productions played host to the 1st Annual Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival. The festival was so well received, that plans are already underway for next year’s festival. In October, the organization was pleased to bring Grammy-award nominee, Audie Blaylock & Redline to the metroplex. This sold-out event garnered praise from the performers and attendees alike. In fact, R&R Productions has already been contacted by another top name bluegrass band for a concert in early 2015. Future projects hope to further showcase the diversity of this musical genre and it’s appeal to audiences of all ages, ethnicities, social backgrounds.

Both Ned and James are on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Bluegrass Association, an organization that is dedicated to promoting and encouraging the uniquely American musical forms of bluegrass, old-time, gospel and traditional instrumental/vocal music. James Reams is also the bandleader for the nationally known James Reams & The Barnstormers (over 20 years now!) and is known as an “Ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community. For further information about James Reams & The Barnstormers visit their website at www.jamesreams.com or http://cdbaby.com/Artist/jamesReams. Music videos are available on http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjamesreams.

Tags: R&R ProductionsPromotionBusinessEventJames ReamsNed Robbins

Rhonda Vincent Takes Top Two Spots on National Bluegrass Chart

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:45
Nashville, TN -- Rhonda Vincent, who the Wall Street Journal named "The New Queen of Bluegrass," has reason to celebrate as she takes the top 2 spots on the November Bluegrass Unlimited chart. "Busy City" takes over as the brand new #1 song on the national monthly survey. In addition to holding the top spot, Rhonda also moves up to #2 with "Only Me" featuring Willie Nelson.

"Busy City" is an up-tempo bluegrass track, which speaks about living a busy lifestyle, and constantly being on the go. The Jesse Daniel penned track was originally cut by Rhonda's two daughters who make up the bluegrass duo Next Best Thing. Rhonda liked the track so much that she decided to record it, along with releasing it as a single.

Both tracks come from Rhonda's latest album, Only Me, which debuted at the top of the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart earlier this year. The special 2-disc album features a collection of half country and half bluegrass songs. The Rage assist on the bluegrass side of the album, while the 6 country songs feature "ACM Steel Player of the Year" Mike Johnson on the steel guitar, Tim Crouch on the Fiddle, in addition to many more world class musicians.

"Busy City" Hits Number One, While"Only Me" Featuring Willie Nelson Moves To Number Two

Tags: Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent & the RageChartsBusy Citysingle

Newton & Thomas Release Single “Great American Heroes”

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:43

Nashville, TN -- Newton & Thomas are proud to announce the new single release, “Great American Heroes” that recently made its radio debut on Nashville’s WSM Radio 650 AM Coffee, Country and Cody show. This inspirational and patriotic new tune was written by the award-winning songwriter, Mark “Brink” Brinkman. All proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the American Security Council Foundation - a non-profit organization promoting the Strategy of Peace Through Strength.

Pinecastle Records has made it available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.

“On behalf of myself, Steve Thomas, and Mark Brinkman, I can say we are all truly honored that the American Security Council Foundation will use this as their signature song to help raise awareness to their wonderful cause,” said Mark Newton.

Brinkman shared his thoughts on writing “Great American Heroes” saying, “As my son, Zac, was joining the USAF I began thinking about ‘heroes’ and the moral fabric of our nation today. I wanted to write a song to make a statement and honor the ‘real’ heroes in our lives. The dad that works double shifts so that his kids might go to college and have a better life than he did…the mom that keeps the family together, sacrifices personal gain for the benefits of her children…the teacher that can shape the life of a child and inspire them on to a lifetime of learning and contribution to society…and the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our freedom. These are the ‘real’ heroes that we need to be lifting up! I hope the song helps to redefine the word ‘hero’ and focus on the people with hero qualities - sacrifice, selfless, caring, courage, giving, love, fearless, etc.”

Newton & Thomas will perform “Great American Heroes” during the upcoming American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) benefit concert featuring The Band Perry, along with JT Hodges. This highly anticipated event will take place Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Historic Dodgertown Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. The festival gates will open at 3:00 PM with various activities and exhibits. The festival will raise funds for The US NAVY UDT/SEAL Trident House and the ASCF Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to the children of Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders,” said ASCF Director of Operations Gary James.

Ticket prices are $35 General Admission; $55 Reserved (stands); $75 and $100 Premier Reserved Seating (field). General Admission Parking is $10 and VIP Parking is $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-514-3849 or by visiting the ASCF event website. For Sponsorship Opportunities please call 1-772-388-2490 or info@ascfusa.org.

For more information on Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, please visit their website, join them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

Tags: Mark Newton & Steve ThomasNewton & ThomassingleGreat American Heroes

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers Present Donations at Festival

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 22:26
Wilmington, OH -- Award-winning bluegrass group Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers made two charitable donations this past weekend to veterans-related organizations during their twice-annual Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington.

During their Saturday afternoon appearance, the band performed "The Last Parade," a powerful song written by Steve Bonafel in honor of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes of Dayton, Kentucky, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Immediately following, Mullins introduced Robert Woods, the Ohio State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders™, a support group of motorcycle riders accessible in all 50 states, available at a family’s request, to honor and ensure dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans. The band presented him with a check for $3,000. The contribution was made possible through proceeds from the digital downloads of "The Last Parade" along with sales of a commemorative t-shirt donated by Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson located in Xenia, OH.

“Our sincere thanks go to ALL who have contributed to our efforts assisting the Patriot Guard Riders," states Joe Mullins. "Each time we have performed 'The Last Parade' for audiences this year, we have dedicated the song to the fallen heroes who have given all to serve our country and communities. The Patriot Guard Riders assist hundreds of families each week, nationwide, with such passion and dignity. And it was very moving to find out that Captain Bob Woods, who accepted the donation, actually assisted in the procession the song is about, for Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes – powerful.”


Pictured above: Robbie Boone, Janet Davis Acoustic Music; Joe Mullins; Richard Hutchinson, Chapter Coordinator of the Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter of Guitars for Vets; Dave Thompson and Andrew Thompson, Janet Davis Acoustic Music. (Photo credit: Bill Warren, CandidPix)

Later in the evening, Mullins introduced Dave Thompson, Andrew Thompson, and Robbie Boone of Janet Davis Acoustic Music, the band's official supply sponsor, who together with Mullins, presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to Richard Hutchinson, Chapter Coordinator of the Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter of Guitars for Vets (G4V), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of injured and ailing veterans through the healing power of music with free guitars and lessons to vets in a structured program staffed by volunteers. This contribution was made possible through the donation of a Martin guitar by Janet Davis Acoustic Music and a patriotic-themed handmade quilt donated by Wilma Miller. A $5 donation per prize allowed festival attendees to enter a drawing to win either item with all proceeds given to G4V. As a special surprise, Hutchinson was also presented a Martin guitar by Janet Davis Acoustic Music for use in the G4V program.

“The healing power of music is well known in the bluegrass community," explains Mullins. "For our fans to contribute several hundred dollars to Guitars for Vets confirms this and I know funds will provide opportunity for lives and hearts to be restored from the traumas of the battlefield. What could be better? And we are very grateful for the generosity of our friend Wilma Miller and Janet Davis Acoustic Music. The Thompson family of JDAM eagerly supports our charitable efforts at the festival each November. What a blessing.”

For more information on Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers and their philanthropic efforts for the Patriot Guard Riders™ and Guitars for Vets, please visit www.radioramblers.com. For more on the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, visit www.somusicfest.com.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have an energetic mix of quality bluegrass and gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a wide variety of vocal arrangements including a cappella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor. Their professionalism and successful, heavily played recordings have kept them in demand with a national audience. They are the IBMA's 2012 Emerging Artist of the Year and are regular guests on the Grand Ole Opry. In addition, Mullins has earned 5 IBMA Awards and 3 SPBGMA Awards over the past two decades. Their previous album, They're Playing My Song reached the Billboard Bluegrass and Bluegrass Unlimited Top Ten. A contributing factor to JMRR’s success is their active marketing capabilities, due to Mullins’ network of radio stations in the Midwest, including a 24/7 webcast.

The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is held twice annually in March and November and features nationally known acoustic music groups, including pioneers of bluegrass music, as well as a sampling of up and coming bands. Our goal is to feature bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music, combined with family fun and educational opportunities in an entertaining, smoke and alcohol-free environment.

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The Roys Bring Holidays Home with "Bluegrass Kinda Christmas"

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 22:18

Nashville, TN -- The Roys bring the holidays home with their newest CD, Bluegrass Kinda Christmas (Rural Rhythm Records), available now to radio programmers via AirPlay Direct, and to fans by pre-order at Walmart, Amazon and iTunes. The disc will be in stores November 18. The Roys' much-heralded sibling harmonies, spot-on lead vocals and agile musicianship shine a light on Christmas songs both new and old, creating a festive holiday ambience that's apropos for any seasonal celebration.

Recorded during a hot Tennessee summer, Bluegrass Kinda Christmas features Elaine Roy (Guitar), Lee Roy (Mandolin, Mandocello, Mandola), Clint White (Fiddle), Daniel Patrick (Banjo, Dobro), Erik Alvar (Bass), and Josh Swift (Dobro), and was recorded at The Roys' own studio in Hendersonville.

"My memories of Christmas are so vivid," observes Elaine. "But most importantly, I think, was the complete sense of being loved that I felt at those family gatherings." For her brother Lee, the holidays were a time filled with music, family and fun - and this album presents those emotions as well. "The title track is actually the first Christmas song Elaine and I've written," he notes. "We wrote it with our buddy Steve Dean, and it's full of the energy and excitement I remember from being a kid."

The 10-song collection hums with a warm and companionable feel that sets the stage for lively fiddle runs and the bell-like sounds of the mandolin. Crisp, clear notes resonate throughout, sparkling like the sun on snow. Each track is compelling, but Elaine's angelic vocal on "O Holy Night" is a standout: soft as candlelight, she brings an instant sense of peace - and images of Holy places to mind. Lee's stirring interpretation of "There's A New Kid In Town" (Curly Putnam/Keith Whitley/Don Cook) is another highlight; filled with mature gravitas and nuance. The pair never shies away from fun and they excel on the upbeat classics "Santa Looked Like A Lot Like Daddy" (Buck Owens/Don Rich) and "Christmas Times A Comin' " (Tex Logan).

The busy Bluegrassers are already feeling the spirit of the season; on November 24, they'll make their first appearance at Country icon Charlie Daniels' annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium. They'll wrap the 2014 touring season - appropriately - with a performance at the Christmas In The Smokies concert in Pigeon Forge, TN on December 13.

Bluegrass Kinda Christmas Track Listing:

  1. "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy"
  2. "Santa Train"
  3. "With Bells On"
  4. "If We Make It Through December"
  5. "Christmas Times A Comin'"
  6. "Bluegrass Kinda Christmas"
  7. "There's A New Kid In Town" *
  8. "Winter Wonderland"
  9. "O Holy Night"
  10. "Santa And The Kids"

* Josh Swift on Dobro

Tags: The RoysCD ReleaseChristmasBluegrass Kinda ChristmasChristmas 4 Kids

Trinity River Band Releases New Christmas Album, "On A Morning Like This"

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 22:16

Nashville, TN -- Just in time for the holiday season, Trinity River Band has released a new Christmas album, On A Morning Like This. Parents Mike and Lisa Harris, along with their three children Sarah, Joshua, and Brianna, certainly shine on the album - taking turns on lead vocals and contributing their instrumental talents on all tracks.

The album features eight classic Christmas songs, plus two originals with the exquisite vocal talents of Sarah Harris. The title track, written by Lisa, and the original “This Christmas” written by Sarah, could certainly both become holiday classics.

National Media Services in Front Royal, Virginia invited Trinity River Band to record On A Morning Like This as the company’s annual Christmas album. “The new album certainly highlights National Media Services’ ability to put forth outstanding projects from start to finish, all in house. We were delighted to be a part of this project and humbled that they chose us for this venture,” said Sarah. “A special thank you to Will Shenk for his incredible patience while working so hard on this album, and making it sound so wonderful!”

The album was launched during the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the week, Sarah Harris was honored with her second consecutive nomination for an IBMA Momentum Award in the Vocalist category.

On A Morning Like This is now available for digital purchase at iTunes, Rhapsody, AmazonMP3 and more outlets. Physical albums can be purchased at the band’s website at TrinityRiverBand.com.

After an extremely busy year of touring all across the country, Trinity River Band will perform numerous concerts in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for the remainder of the year. Fans are invited to join them on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and tour information.

Radio stations can download their music at AirPlaydirect.com/music/TRB-OnAMorningLikeThis/ and their Orange Blossom Records album, Better Than Blue at AirPlaydirect.com/music/BetterThanBlue/.  

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Donna Ulisse to Saunch Songwriting Escape Venture

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 22:13

Three time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee, recording artist and author Donna Ulisse has decided to turn her passion into teaching and sharing what she does in the process of constructing a song, into a traveling workshop called Songwriting Escape. The three day workshops will be taught with a dynamic team she has already tested the waters with and they have developed a carefully thought out curriculum that will accomodate writers of all levels.

The first workshop will be held from January 22-25, 2015 in Flagler Beach, Florida. Thursday the 22nd will be an optional day of instrument and vocal harmony workshops for $150.00 for the day per each workshop. Instruments offered will be mandolin taught by Jon Martin, bass (electric & upright) taught by Bill Baldock, banjo taught by Greg Davis, guitar taught by Brad Davis and vocal harmonies taught by Donna Ulisse. The songwriting workshop will begin on Friday morning, January 23, 2015 taught by Donna Ulisse, Brad Davis, Greg Davis and Rick Stanley. However, those interested may still take mandolin and bass workshops on Friday and Saturday. Cost for the songwriting workshop weekend is $695.00 but for those who register by December 15, 2014, the cost will be only $500.00.

The goal in creating these workshops is to share the teaching team's combined musical experiences in an effort to help attendees create the songs that they want to write. The team has experience and expertise in the elements that build a song and they plan to share as much information on songwriting as the hours will allow. They will set the stage for a three day escape into the imagination where students will be exposed to lyric and melody theory and methods that they embrace in their own songwriting. There will also be an opportunity for all registrants to present and perform songs that they want help dissecting, honing or just for the teachers and class to enjoy. The class members will meet and bond with fellow songwriters where they can also learn the very enjoyable and healthy exercise of co-writing.

Ulisse has had songs recorded by Claire Lynch, The Larry Stephenson Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nu-Blu, The Bankesters, Diana Jones, Louise Mosrie, Natasha Borzilova, Rusty Nail Crossing and a song on the 2014 Grammy winning album by The Del McCoury Band as well as the many chart topping songs off her own album releases over the past seven year. She also published her first book in 2014 about writing songs titled The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process.

Brad Davis has had songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Tommy Shaw, Phil Leadbetter, Billy Bob Thornton, The Box Masters, Nightflyer, The Bankesters, Lonesome River Band, Tony Trischka and Jo-el Sonnier to name a few. He has also had his songs in several movies including the soundtracks for Jayne Mansfield's Car, the documentary about Willie Nelson, King of Luck and the Steven Seagal film, Fire Down Below. Davis is also a recording artist in his own right and as a guitarist, he is known for his amazing "Double-Down-Up" guitar technique and has played with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Earl Scruggs, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and many more.

Rick Stanley is the writer of the bluegrass standard "Home in the Mountains" which has been recorded by numerous bluegrass artists including Ralph Stanley, Charlie Sizemore, Keith Whitley and Don Rigsby. He has also had songs recorded by the Larry Stephenson Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Donna Ulisse.

Greg Davis' love for melody turned into a gift for writing them. He and his brother Brad Davis have partnered up to create many timeless tunes through the years. He has written many instructional banjo books and is a natural teacher who brings his gift to workshops across the country.

During the weekend there will also be a full performance by Donna Ulisse, Brad Davis and Ulisse's Poor Mountain Boys which will be included in the fee for attendees. The performance will be open to the public for a ticketed price.

For more information about Songwriting Escape, please visit www.songwritingescape.com

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North Carolina's Tune Town Old Time Band at Carter Fold

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 22:52

Hiltons, VA -- The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years. Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo. Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Virginia.

Fans of groups like the Mountain Park Old Time Band will love Tune Town. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, and be ready for a night of down home fun. With twin fiddles, you can be sure there will be lots of tunes to keep the dancers happy and on the floor. Nothing gets you out of your seat and on the dance floor faster than a rousing old time band. Don’t miss the Tune Town Old Time Band at the Carter Family Fold! For more information on the group, check them out on Face Book.

Saturday, November 15th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Handy. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

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 – @carterfoldinfo.

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Banjo Camp North, 15th Anniversary Celebration May 15-17, 2015

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 22:50

If you enjoy banjo, then you need Banjo Camp North! Banjo Camp North is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. The 15th anniversary of the camp will be extra special next year.

The camp has invited several top flight fiddlers and guitarists to teach about playing with other instruments and jamming, and to be on hand to help make those all-night jams something special. Plus we will emphasize banjo and fiddle duet playing. Other areas of study include singing, solo and group.

Banjo Camp North features the best instructors and musicians in Old Time and Bluegrass Music. Learn from some of the best including Tom Adams, Bob Carlin, John Herrmann, Casey Henry, Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Adam Hurt, Brad Leftwich, Howie Bursen, Michael Miles, Lukas Poole, Marc Horowitz, Tim Rowell, Ryan Cavanaugh, and more to come!

The camp is filled with numerous classes and coaching sessions plus, you will also have dedicated workshops, faculty concerts, various jam sessions, vendors and treats. All put together to make your experience all it can be.

In preparation for the anniversary celebration, the camp is in the process of building an all new website which will host the information, registration and more. We will bring you more news about this camp as it becomes available.

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The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza Nov 13

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:25

We're one week out from the 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Furtado, Mark Johnson, Bill Evans and their All-Star Band w/John Reischman, Chad Manning, Sharon Gilchrist and Jim Nunally. Four shows in Grass Valley (11/13), Winters (11/14), Berkeley (11/15) and Felton (11/16) with a Banjo Mini-Camp and Mandolin workshop in Berkeley on 11/15 in the afternoon. This is the banjo event of the year in Northern California.

The 3nd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza lifts off with five-string favorite Bill Evans bringing in Tony Furtado and Mark Johnson, along with a band of bluegrass all-stars. The band includes John Reischman on mandolin, Chad Manning on fiddle (David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience), Jim Nunally on guitar (David’s band also) and Sharon Gilchrist on bass (Peter Rowan/Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, among others).

Mark Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Mark has revolutionized the art of clawhammer banjo by adapting its techniques and rhythms to the demands of playing in a bluegrass ensemble. Calling his style Clawgrass, Mark has appeared with Martin and Kevin Nealon, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and has performed with Tony Rice, among others. His CD Acoustic Rising with Emory Lester was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for Instrumental Album of the Year. An engaging performer, this is Mark’s first California tour.\

Northern California native Tony Furtado’s entrance onto the national stage came with him winning two National Banjo Championships while still a teenager and performing with Laurie Lewis’ band. Three subsequent solo CDs on Rounder Records paired him with such artists as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Kelly Joe Phelps. Tony’s recording of the Beatles’ favorite “I Will” with Alison has sold millions of copies. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and shared the concert stage with such names as Greg Allman, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth. Tony’s banjo work fuses traditional and progressive elements, touching on Irish, blues and New Acoustic sounds. Tony is also an astounding slide guitarist and singer-songwriter and all of his talents will be on display on this California Banjo Extravaganza tour.

San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans is an internationally recognized banjo life force, acclaimed for his playing, teaching and writing. The author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo instructional book in the world, Bill’s 2012 CD In Good Company features 26 guest artists, including Tim O’Brien and the Infamous Stringdusters, and topped both folk and bluegrass charts. Recent appearances include A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, the San Francisco Symphony and a U. S. State Department tour of Russia.

The Center for the Arts presents The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza Thursday, November 13, 7:30PM. Tickets are $22 members or $25 Non-Member (Does not include applicable fees). Tickets are available online.

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Register Now for Pete Wernick's Boulder Bluegrass Camp

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:23

Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, writes about an exciting new bluegrass camp. Pete says, "After 35 years of camp teaching I'm excited to present my idea of an "ideal bluegrass camp": For a full week this January, pickers from California to Carolina to Germany will converge on the hospitable Boulder Inn, and work on all their bluegrass skills: not just picking, but singing; not just soloing, but backup and group dynamics. With the help of some excellent Colorado musician/teachers, we'll combine classes with lots of jam time to work on new ideas, songs, and techniques."

There's never been a bluegrass camp quite like what we've planned. See below for a quick outline. Or learn more at bgJAM.com.

We have 25 spots still available. Preference and group discounts will be given to groups signing up together. Check out the tiered pricing by clicking here. Bass players and fiddlers are especially welcome. To play good bluegrass takes a balance of instruments, so we're going for that at our camp. As usual, the two goals are Fun and Results.

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Chris Thile Recognized as Murray State University Outstanding Alumnus

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 22:59

Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Thile won the 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts award from his alma mater, presented at the 6th Annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction at Murray State University on October 9, 2014. Thile, of Punch Brothers and Nickle Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. In a review of his latest release, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, London’s Independent called Thile “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world.” The MacArthur Foundation echoed that assessment when it named Thile one of its 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2012. In honoring Thile, the MacArthur Foundation noted that his “lyrical fusion of traditional bluegrass with elements from a range of other musical traditions is giving rise to a new genre of contemporary music.”

A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek. Thile also won a 2012 Grammy for Best Folk Album for The Goat Rodeo Sessions, recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Stuart Duncan, and bassist Edgar Meyer. As a soloist, Thile has released five albums, including his most recent solo recording released in 2013, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1.

“He is a model of artistry, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Pamela Wurgler, chair of the Department of Music. “As a musician and composer, Chris is ‘hot’ right now. Everyone wants to hear him perform; they want to hear his compositions too. He is an inspiring model for our students.”

Thile’s parents, Scott and Kathy Thile, of Murray, accepted the award on behalf of their son. In a taped acceptance speech, Thile credited Murray State with influencing his identity as a musician. He praised the Department of Music as an environment that fostered and encouraged curiosity, and he noted the faculty’s open-mindedness, mentioning specifically his time with Dr. Stephen Brown. Thile described this award as incredible and emotional because of how much his time at Murray State means to him. Thile is working with the University to coordinate a visit to campus in 2015.

The Outstanding Alumni in the Fine Arts Award is presented annually at A Taste of the Arts Auction and Dinner Event. An inspiring evening for arts enthusiasts, this event is a unique and entertaining auction gala showcasing performances by Murray State’s most talented students in music and theatre with fine dining as well as silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit Murray State University scholarships in art, music, and theatre. The 2014 event was held on Thursday, October 9 on the campus of Murray State University, where over $23,000 was raised in support of arts scholarships.

“The Taste of the Arts event is a wonderful means of scholarship support for our fine arts students,” said Ted Brown, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. “There is fierce competition for these talented young people, and scholarship aid is critical not only in bringing them to MSU, but also in allowing these gifted students to focus on developing their abilities rather than on working just to survive. We are very grateful for all the ongoing efforts and gifts that make this vital financial lifeline available to fine arts students at MSU.”

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Mark O'Connor Expands Music Education with 4 New Camps

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 22:57

Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s American school of string playing, the O’Connor Method, will continue to grow in 2015 further expanding its acclaimed mission for music education with camps at the Turtle Bay Music School (New York, NY), the South Shore Conservatory (South Boston, MA), Lee Summit High School (Kansas City, MO), and Southern Maine Community College (Portland, ME), with more expected to follow.

With the help of trained Method instructors and his series of lesson books (the fourth of which was released this past summer for more advanced students), O’Connor’s camps now teach a wide spectrum of proficiency levels, instilling an appreciation and understanding of American musical literature, diversity, creativity and improvisation in solo, band and orchestral settings as opposed to the rote study of mostly all European Baroque pieces emphasized in alternative programs.

“The O'Connor Method has a special way of inspiring students to be creative at all levels of playing ability,” said Amanda Smith Roberts, Co-Director of the forthcoming O'Connor Method Camp at the South Shore Conservatory. “Students can easily build a community through this music.”

“Music is such a critical component of enriching the lives of our children and Mr. O’Connor’s Method encompasses all the aspects of a well-rounded string education,” said April Liberty, Director of the highly anticipated O'Connor Method Camp Maine and President of the Liberty Family Foundation.

“As the O’Connor Method for violin and strings gain in popularity, we are seeing an increasing interest in music teachers wishing to host regional summer string camps using my books for the core curriculum.” O’Connor says.

The four new camps are scheduled as:

  • June 28th-July 3rd: South Shore Conservatory (One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, MA)
  • July 6th-July 10th: Southern Maine Community College (2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106), hosted by the Liberty Family Foundation
  • July 13th-17th: Lee Summit High School (400 SE Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO)
  • August 3rd-7th: Turtle Bay Music School (244 E 52nd St, New York, NY)

The NYC camp at Turtle Bay Music School is especially notable to O’Connor, as it marks his return to the Big Apple directing a camp for the first time in five years. “I wanted to throw my hat into the ring and personally direct the summer camp here in my hometown of New York City for next summer,” O’Connor said. “We are nurturing the joy and spirit of children becoming musical artists as the focus for us in New York City as well as all of the O’Connor Method Camps springing up around the country.”

The O’Connor Method Camps in NYC, Boston, Kansas City, and Portland will precede the fifth annual camp in Charleston July 26th-31st, initially started in 2011 in historic downtown SC.

The impact of O’Connor’s camps is echoed by Dr. David Wallace, Chair of the String Department at Berklee College of Music, who collaborated with O’Connor during four annual summer camps at Berklee. “Mark O'Connor deeply enriched Berklee's summer programs by bringing dozens of world-class artists, producing outstanding concerts, and sharing revolutionary approaches to string pedagogy. The positive impact of Mark's camps and method will be felt, seen, and heard for decades to come.”

The fourth and final annual O’Connor Method Camp at Berklee was held this past June.

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Rural Rhythm Releases Two New Heritage Collection Titles

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:13

Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce two new titles in its archival Heritage Collection series. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series will help keep traditional roots music alive and preserved for future generations. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series includes authentic Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Waltzes, Fiddle Tunes and Gospel music performed by many legends & pioneers. Titles are mastered from the original master tapes, with original cover artwork and include many albums never-before available on CD.

Since the initial release in late 2013, thirteen titles have been released to date in the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series including titles by Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown & The Timberliners, Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups, J.E. Mainer & The Mountaineers, Curly Fox, Lee Moore, raymond Fairchild and Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks.

Rural Rhythm is now releasing two more titles in the Heritage Collection Series in both the physical CD and digital formats by Dale Potter with Shot Jackson & Jim Murphy – Hoe Down, Volume 1 originally released in 1967 and Buck Ryan with Don Reno & Red Smiley – Fiddling Buck Ryan originally released in 1971.

Dale Potter was once called “the greatest fiddle player who ever lived”. His Nashville studio work tended to prove that: He was one of the most-demanded studio fiddlers during the 1940’s,1950’s and 1960’s. His recording work included dozens of top country artists including Hank Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chet Atkins, Jimmy Dean and Webb Pierce. His special skill in country-jazz fiddle set a standard which was seldom matched by any other fiddler.

Recorded in 1967and produced by Lee Sutton, Hoe Down! Volume 1 is part of a ten album series that Uncle Jim O’Neal created featuring some of the best fiddle players around in the 60’s such as Vassar Clements, Buck Ryan, Clarence “Tater” Tate, Mutt Poston, DeWayne Wear and of course, Dale Potter. In addition to fiddle master Dale Potter, Hoe Down, Volume 1 features Shot Jackson on Dobro guitar and Jim Murphy on steel guitar.

Buck Ryan was playing fiddle with Don Reno, Red Smiley and Bill Harrell and The Tennessee Cut-Ups at the time of this recording, so we are fortunate to hear one of those rare recordings where Reno & Smiley and Harrell are serving as a backup band. Fiddling Buck Ryan was produced by Dick Unteed and recorded at the Rome Recording studios and contains some of the best Bluegrass & Country instrumental music recorded by this fine group of Bluegrass legends and pioneers.

Dale Potter – Hoe Down, Volume 1 (RUR-179) and Buck Ryan - Fiddling Buck Ryan (RUR-244) are available to DJ's on AirPlay Direct, as well as, the other thirteen titles currently released in the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection series.

Both titles are now available on iTunes Dale Potter – Hoe Down, Volume 1 and Buck Ryan - Fiddling Buck Ryan and Amazon Dale Potter - Hoe Down, Volume 1 and Buck Ryan - Fiddling Buck Ryan and wherever digital and physical CD music is sold.

Upcoming titles to the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series:

  • Hylo Brown – Folk Songs of Rural America
  • Hylo Brown – Legends & Tall Tales
  • Jim Eanes with Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups
  • Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers – Travelin’ Blues – Instrumental Album
  • Vassar Clements, Dale Potter, Clarence “Tater” Tate, Buck Ryan – Country Fiddlers: Hoe Down! Volume 10

More reissue titles will be announced shortly

Rural Rhythm Records released a long line of Old-Time Country; Bluegrass & Gospel albums during the label's first two decades after Uncle Jim O'Neal started the label in 1955. Many of these vintage classic albums are still in Rural Rhythm's active catalog available on CD and digital formats. Many songs are still available in the various artist collection titles found in the Sound Traditions Series. Many tracks were previously released only on vinyl records and will come back to life through the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series.

Many legends and pioneers released albums during this period including Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, Don Reno & Bill Harrell, Red Smiley, Jim Eanes, Vassar Clements, J.E. Mainer, Earl Taylor & Jim McCall, Raymond Fairchild and many more. Bringing the traditional “retro” vintage sounds from the past preserves, protects, promotes and presents the ageless music of these artists for current and future generations to enjoy and appreciate using the technologies of the 21st Century.

Rural Rhythm’s Sound Traditions collection titles have helped keep the traditional Bluegrass flame burning for decades and will continue the steady flow of available Old-Time Country, Bluegrass & Gospel titles culled from the treasure trove of masters in the Rural Rhythm Records vault...It's All About the Music!

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