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Brand New Music Video from James Reams

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 22:00
James Reams & The Barnstormers has released another full length music video featuring the title song from the CD One Foot in the Honky Tonk which made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. Once again James Reams teamed up with filmmaker, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films to create this video. According to James, “Bluegrass music has had one foot in the honky tonk for a long time - Red Allen, Jimmy Martin, Earl Taylor, Charlie Moore, Reno and Smiley, Carter Stanley - well the list just goes on and on. Speaking for myself, it's may be a great place to visit...but I wouldn't want to live there!”

The short film picks up on the ride of his life as James portrays a hard livin' musician on the road to destruction. One day he wakes up to find that he has “one foot in the honky tonk and the other in the grave.” He may hate the life he's living but it sure beats the alternative. Keep a watchful eye out for the devil, he shows up in many guises!

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about this CD: “A wonderful bluegrass album that is just waiting for more of us to discover. As he has consistently done, within this new volume James Reams’ life experiences and those of his ancestors permeate the songs — whether he wrote them or not — not just lending them authenticity but ensuring they are authentic. There are few bluegrass singers who match the lithe and masculine timbre Reams brings to the songs he is called to perform. With One Foot in the Honky Tonk, James Reams further defines his bluegrass, blending the varied elements of the roadhouse with sounds from the hills of Kentucky and her neighbors. One foot in the honky-tonk indeed, but the rest of the Barnstormers’ bodies and their souls are deep in the bluegrass.”

A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

Raised in eastern Kentucky but now living in Phoenix, James Reams puts a layer of desert grit over a solid base of traditional bluegrass music. His band treads the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and rockabilly meet in the night to swap stories. These are the sounds of the hills and hollers combined with the sounds of factories, railroad yards and honky tonks.

James is currently working on a new album, Rhyme & Season, scheduled for release in the fall of 2015. This album features band members from both coasts and a few special guests. It celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and acknowledges the many different paths our lives take as we journey through this life. The band celebrated 20 years of playing bluegrass music in 2013 with a coast-to-coast tour from New York to California. Plus 2013 saw the release of the DVD documentary “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass Music” hosted by James Reams. Known as an unofficial “Ambassador of Bluegrass,” James is devoted to promoting bluegrass music worldwide.

For further information about James Reams & The Barnstormers visit their website. Additional videos are available on YouTube.

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Jeff Little Trio & New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters at Blue Ridge Music Center July 4

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 22:00

Galax, VA -- To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, the Blue Ridge Music Center is welcoming The Jeff Little Trio and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m., for a Holiday Dance Party. A special banjo exhibit will be featured daily. During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and desserts.

Like Doc Watson, who famously adapted traditional fiddle tunes to the guitar, Jeff Little has adapted those tunes to the upright piano. “His distinctive style, much influenced by the flat-picking guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity,” according to the National Council for the Traditional Arts. The trio also features two-time national banjo champion and flat-picking aficionado Steve Lewis. He has traveled across much of the United States performing and winning contests at RenoFest, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, MerleFest, and the Walnut Valley Festival. He currently holds the title of Walnut Valley National Bluegrass Banjo Champion, and placed second in the guitar competition. Upright bass master Josh Scott rounds out the group.

About 25 years ago, a group of talented musicians from the Galax, Virginia, area formed the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, taking their name, in part, from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930s. The original group won the first fiddlers convention in Galax, setting a high standard for musicians to come. The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters play in the traditional Appalachian string-band style, often performing at square dances across the region. Today, the band comprised of Eddie Bond (fiddle & vocals), Dennis Hall (guitar), Jesse Morris (bass), Leon Frost (mandolin & vocals), and Josh Ellis (banjo) remains a driving force in carrying on the traditional music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Jeff Little Trio + New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters takes place Saturday, July 4, 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center, 700 Foothills Road, Galax, Virginia; Milepost 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway. Admission is just $10 and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available through www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org or by calling the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation office at (866) 308-2773, ext. 245. Purchase in person at The Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax Visitors Center, and Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax, Virginia.

The Music Center will also be featuring an exhibit, Banjos: From Africa to the New World, is on display in the Luthier’s Shop at the Music Center through July 13. This collection of 23 instruments, mostly reproductions crafted by Bob Thornburg, illustrates much of the history of this intriguing instrument. The exhibit is open daily from 12 to 4 p.m. and Thornburg is on-hand to offer insight on his work and the instrument’s history.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is one of the major attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway and includes a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any other region and serves as the epicenter of many of America’s living music traditions. The Music Center is operated by the National Park Service, and the programming is coordinated through a partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The Blue Ridge Music Center is a major venue of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail and a partner venue of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org

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Chase & Melissa Johner Band - Bluegrass with a Strong Drive and Emotional Depth

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 22:00

Muddy Creek Music Hall presents Bluegrass Showcase with Jody King featuring the Chase & Melissa Johner Band June 27th at 8 p.m. Formally known as Melissa King, leader of Melissa King and Phatgrass, Melissa toured heavily in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Her voice quickly caught the attention of many promoters and by age 16 she released 2 albums and was touring full time. Chase and Melissa met at the "International Bluegrass Music Awards" in 2006. They were married in 2009, combining the beauty of smooth vocals and beautiful instrumental stylings.

Guitarist Brandon Davis, who has performed with many bands including Second Circle, the Stacy Grubb Band, and Jeanette Williams, will join them. Jody King, who currently tours playing banjo with Grammy nominated and CMA award winning Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, hosts the Muddy Creek Music Hall's monthly Bluegrass concert series. With the long awaited announcement of the "Chase and Melissa Johner Band," this band is an absolute must see.

Please join them Saturday, June 27th at 8 p.m. at the Muddy Creek Music Hall located at 5455 Bethania Road in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the cover charge is just $8. All ages are welcome.

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Blue Ridge Music Center Hosts Joe Wilson Memorial Celebration June 25

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 22:35

Galax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center will host a Memorial Celebration and tribute to the life, work, and legacy of Joe Wilson, one of the visionaries behind the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thursday, June 25. From his brainstorming sessions with former Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt on the Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA),Wilson’s passion for the music of Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable.

Wilson was also instrumental in the development of The Blue Ridge Music Trails and The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trails. He was the author of A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. He dedicated that book to: “The musicians of southwestern Virginia, present, and past, in honor of their joyful keeping of a portion of America's musical tradition and their unfailing hospitality and generosity. Among the lessons they teach is that an art form that is freely given and always shared can be kept forever.”

Wilson served as director of the NCTA from 1976 to 2004, earning a National Heritage Fellowship and a Living Legend award from the Library of Congress. In 1983, he transitioned the National Folk Festival from an event held in Washington, D.C., to a traveling show.

The Memorial Celebration will allow Joe's many friends, colleagues, family, and fellow music lovers to say a few words about the incredible and vibrant legacy of traditional and roots music he has left by recounting a time with Wilson and/or playing a song or two in his honor.

So bring your instruments and dancing shoes and come join in to the life and legacy of Wilson, champion and advocate for Blue Ridge Mountain music. The Joe Wilson Memorial Celebration takes place Thursday, June 25, begins at 2 p.m. with a Jam for Joe in the breezeway of the Music Center and then moves to the amphitheater at 4 p.m. The event takes place at the Blue Ridge Music Center, 700 Foothills Road, Galax, Virginia; Milepost 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway. Admission is free.

In lieu of flowers, it is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Wilson be made to the NCTA to support programs that promote and benefit the Blue Ridge Music Center and the artists of the Blue Ridge region. Send to: NCTA, 8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 450, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is one of the major attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway and includes a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any other region and serves as the epicenter of many of America’s living music traditions. The Music Center is operated by the National Park Service, and the programming is coordinated through a partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The Blue Ridge Music Center is a major venue of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trails and a partner venue of the Blue Ridge MusicTrails of North Carolina.www.blueridgemusiccenter.org

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Tim & Debbie Yates Family Band, Acoustic Heritage, at Fold June 27

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 22:32

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 27th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Acoustic Heritage – the Tim and Debbie Yates Family Band. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free. Tim and Debbie Grim Yates have combined their lives, amazing talents, and deep musical roots to forge one of the country’s most accomplished and entertaining music groups on the scene today. Both performing over 35 years, Tim began playing with his family band, John Yates and the Yates Brothers. Debbie started out playing with the Konnarock Critters. Together they formed Acoustic Heritage – the Yates Family Band.

The Yates Family Band is the culmination of several generations of talented singers and musicians who performed old time and bluegrass music while passing on the love of the unique Appalachian Mountain sound to the generations that now follow after them. Their two daughters, Molly and Sadie Yates, have been performing since they could stand and hold an instrument on stage. The most powerful presence of the siblings is their breathtaking harmonies. The two sisters possess both positive and good-hearted stagemanship. They continue to learn as they grow.

Molly plays mostly mandolin, guitar, and sometimes throws in some old time banjo. Sadie plays bass fiddle and dojo (half dulcimer/half banjo). The Yates Family live in Konnarock, Virginia. They are sometimes accompanied by friends or family filling in at shows. Bruce Waters, also from Konnarock, plays various instruments to accompany the musical diversity of the band. He has been playing with the Yates Family Band for many years, and he, too, has observed the girls’ growth in music. Jordan Yates, nephew to Tim, also fills in at various times. He is an accomplished drummer in a rock band, and plays various acoustic instruments with the Yates Family.

For some of the best old time music you’ll ever hear, don’t miss Acoustic Heritage at the Carter Family Fold! For additional information on the group, check out their web site – http://www.acousticheritage.com/. The Konnarock Critters played many times at the Carter Fold through the years, and it will be a pleasure to welcome Debbie back along with her family. The Fold is steeped in musical family heritage, and the Yates and Grim families are part of that tradition.

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.

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Cornmeal Releases First Studio Album in Nine Years

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 22:02
Cornmeal just released their first studio album in 9 years. The album release date was May 29th. While the lineup has changed, Cornmeal remains the one of the premier progressive bluegrass and Americana bands and is looking forward to reconnecting with fans on the road in 2015. The new lineup brings a fresh energetic take on the classic Cornmeal sound which is influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance.

2014 was a year of change for jamgrass favorites Cornmeal. With a strong lineup including Scott Tipping guitar (Backyard Tire Fire), Phil Roach on fiddle (Giving Tree Band), and Drew Littel on drums, along with 15 year veteran original members Chris Gangi on bass, and Wavy Dave Burlingame on banjo Cornmeal is ready to again take their place at the healm of progressive Americana.

2015 is starting out strong with the celebration of 15 years of Cornmeal! Also after many false starts the long awaiting studio album, Slow Street, is set to be released May 29th, 2015. Available online and in stores, the new record features 10 original tracks and a host of guest musicians. Recorded in Chicago the album clocks in at over 60 minutes of acoustic/electric landscapes and improvised jams. Balancing the energy and feel of their one of a kind live shows with the articulation and precision of studio production, Slow Street, is an album that was worth the wait!

With songs like Rise Above and All Things Must Change, the album pays homage to the last few years of change with a complex maturity well beyond anything we have seen from the band since their last studio release, Feet First, back in 2006. With masterful musicianship, a deep understanding of melody and time, and a more focused sound, Slow Street runs the gamut of the Americana sound with everything from light and delicate to gritty, deep and psychedelic.

While playing a blend of high profile venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands nationally, Cornmeal has been a main stage act at some of the most renowned festivals in the country. These festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and many others. They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape itself into an energetic one of a kind experience.

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Huck Finn Jubilee Tops Attendance & Economic Impacts

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 22:18

Ontario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to release the results of the annual event. “This year was a milestone in the Bluegrass Festival industry when we booked 23 bands for a three day weekend” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The line-up of entertainment, along with the music education and workshops provided at Huck Finn Jubilee has the attention of the music industry. The benefit to our local community is fantastic and it is rewarding to hear the rave reviews from the fans and families that attended.”

The planning for the next Huck Finn Jubilee has already begun with a recap of the 2015 event. Next steps will be a review of information gathered at the event; the survey results and recommendations from our guests. Keeping the festival traditions but adding new experiences will keep it fresh and appealing to a wide range of audience and fulfill the original vision of providing a bluegrass music experience to Southern California. Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is considered the Premier Bluegrass Festival on the West Coast!

June 12 – 14, 2015 Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival Recap

  • Attendance number for the 3 day event 38,280
  • Impact to the local economy $7.1 million
  • Number of hotel room nights booked 2,257
  • 156 Articles were printed about the event with potential viewer ship of 550,989,129 valued at over $5 million
  • 14 Radio stations promoted and spread the word to 84,368,800 listeners
  • Los Angeles based television broadcast news reached over 4,406,353 viewers
  • Social media reached over 2 million people daily

Fun Facts

  • Over 4,000 pounds of ice was sold to tent and RV campers
  • Over 2,000 Ole Smoky Moonshines were sold
  • The social reach of #HuckYeah was 483,000 people
  • Sponsor Eastman Guitars on site instruments sales were up 50% over last year.
  • Eight kids won tuition to the Kids Bluegrass Academy with essays or photos
  • Best overheard saying as guests left the Festival “I’m tired, tanned, and so happy!”

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival will celebrate a 40th anniversary event June 10-12, 2016. More information will be available on line at www.HuckFinn.com. Huck Finn Jubilee is produced by The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau , the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally.

Established in 1975 at the hands of a homegrown, Southern California family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a three-day gathering of true bluegrass and jamgrass music lovers. It is a genuine embodiment of endless pickin’ parties, instrumental roots education, and bands performing to fans that believe in the core value that bluegrass is about more than just the music. It is a community- one that delivers the nostalgia of music-driven campgrounds, bare feet, laughter, dancing, instrument exploration, and the development of new friendships.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike. Huck Finn is dedicated in delivering exceptional headlining musicians as well as up and coming talent who will continue to fight for the deep-bedded roots of bluegrass while creating sounds for the future. Bluegrass tunes can largely be described as narratives on the everyday lives of the people whence the music came. The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is held annually on the second weekend of June. For more information visit www.HuckFinn.com

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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Monday

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 22:00

Nashville, TN -- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are set to appear on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour on Monday, June 22 during the 7 pm (ET) hour with special guest Eddy Raven. In addition to performing Raven's #1 hit, "I Got Mexico," Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road will also perform songs from their brand new album, Country Grass. Fans who cannot make it to The Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Ken., can stream the show LIVE online at woodsongs.com. In addition to the live stream, the show will also air on over 500 radio stations at a later date.

"We're so excited to be part of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour," said an excited Lorraine Jordan. "Eddy Raven will be joining us, and performing alongside our band. Get ready, because this is going to be something really special!"

The nominees for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards have been announced, and Lorraine Jordan received a nod for top Americana/Bluegrass artist. The North Carolina native is no stranger to the area, as her roots are planted in Garner, which is just outside Raleigh. The awards are set to take place in downtown Raleigh on July 18 at the Duke Energy Center.

In addition to winning "Female Vocalist of the Year" and the prestigious "Song of the Year" at the 2015 SPBGMA Awards, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have kept the momentum rolling, with the June 9 release of their latest album Country Grass. The star-studded project features collaborations with some of Country music's top legends including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, John Conlee, Marty Raybon and the late Jim Ed Brown.

Country Grass Track Listing:

  1. "Runnin' Water" (with The Kentucky Headhunters)
  • "I Got Mexico" (with Eddy Raven)
  • "Darned if I Don't, Danged if I Do" (with Marty Raybon)
  • "Common Man" (with John Conlee)
  • "Ready for the Times to Get Better" (with Crystal Gayle)
  • "Dixie Road" (with Lee Greenwood)
  • "You Can Have Her" (with Jim Ed Brown)
  • "Boogie Grass Band" (with various guests)
  • "Diggin' up Bones"
  • "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven?" (with T.G. Sheppard)
  • "Don't Close Your Eyes" (with Jesse Keith Whitley)
  • "Rose Garden" (with Lynn Anderson)
  • "Last Date"
  • Tags: Lorraine Jordan & Carolina RoadCountry GrassWoodSongs Old-Time Radio HourEddie RavenConcert Event

    Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Video Competition

    Fri, 06/19/2015 - 22:00

    Nashville, TN -- Announcing the Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Annual Video Scholarship Competition. Mon Man Camp is looking or fun, creative videos of candidates performing a Bill Monroe composition, and telling us why this music is important to them! The winning candidate will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, meals, and t-shirt to the September 9 - 13, 2015, "Mon Man Camp" being held in Kingston Springs, TN (just outside of Nashville).

    Using Bill Monroe's mandolin style as the guide for the camp and their belief that there are like-minded souls who desire the sound of hard-edged and emotionally-charged traditional bluegrass, they created the Monroe Mandolin Camp. The camp found there is a vibrant and committed community of players of all ages and backgrounds who are willing to go to the ends of the earth to find "that sound." They believe that this music is still one of the most vibrant and valid mandolin languages in the world and in the words of Mr. Bill, "...it's powerful".

    The mission of the MonManCamp is simply to further the legacy left by the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe. Our goals for camp are to:

    • Present a curriculum that helps players understand the culture that created this music, and the techniques needed to apply this knowledge to their own musical endeavors.
    • Educate contemporary mandolin enthusiasts about the stylistic elements and backbone of this art form
    • Preserve the music created and recorded by Bill Monroe

    All entries will be judged on Authenticity, Execution, Originality & Creativity, Difficulty, and Technique. Candidates must also answer:

    • Why is this camp, and the study of Bill Monroe's music, and traditional bluegrass mandolin music important?
    • Why does the candidate want to come to Mon Man Camp?
    • What doe the candidate expect to take away from the camp?

    For full details about the camp, visit http://monroemandolincamp.com

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    Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off June 25

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 22:00

    Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre.

    The Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015 concert series kicks off on June 25 with Grammy® award artist, singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. The annual Red, White and Bluegrass show on July 2 will see the Del McCoury Band with Sierra Hull. Hot Rize and the Gibson Brothers fire up the stage on July 9th followed by bluegrass favorites Dailey & Vincent July 16th. Robert Earl Keen with The SteelDrivers entertain on July 23rd with the Grand Finale July 30th with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

    The annual series has taken place for more than two decades, featuring the very best in bluegrass. CMA Air Personality of the Year award winner Eddie Stubbs will once again host each shows in this year's series.

    Especially important to the history of the Ryman is its significant role in the history of bluegrass music. Although Bill Monroe had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1939, it wasn't until a Saturday night in December of 1945 when bluegrass music as we know it today was born when a twenty-one year old young man by the name of Earl Scruggs stepped up to the WSM microphone on the Ryman stage playing the five-string banjo with a three-finger roll. This was the final ingredient in what we now know as bluegrass music.

    The inaugural Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series took place in 1994 at the then newly renovated Ryman Auditorium. The first show featured the father \of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe, and the angelic Alison Krauss. Over the last twenty plus years, the series has become a Nashville summertime tradition as it regularly presents the biggest names in bluegrass on the very stage where the genre was born back in 1945.

    Each program takes place on Thursday nights at 7:30 PM at the world famous Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets are just $28.50 per concert and available at http://ryman.com/bluegrass

    Tags: Bluegrass Nights at the RymanDel McCoury BandSierra HullHot RizeThe Gibson BrothersSteeldriversRicky Skaggs & Kentucky ThunderEventRyman Auditorium

    IBMA Announces Artists for Wide Open Bluegrass

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 22:00

    Nashville, TN (June 18, 2015) — At today’s 12:00 noon press conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass announced additional details about the five-day event, which will take place September 29 – October 3. One of the highlights of the press conference was the announcement that Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, The Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway, and O’Connor Family Band will round out the list of performers at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass, the weekend festival that takes place as part of the World of Bluegrass event.

    Performers previously announced for Red Hat Amphitheater at this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, include Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Balsam Range, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Kruger Brothers (with special guests), The Claire Lynch Band, Flatt Lonesome, Band of Ruhks, and performances from the critically acclaimed Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited project. The full Wide Open Bluegrass lineup at Red Hat Amphitheater can be found at www.ibma.org.

    Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and the free Street Festival. Up to half of the net proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.

    The free Street Festival will include 80+ bands, five music stages, a dance tent, vendors, an arts market, concessions, youth performances and activities - including programming set up by IBMA’s Youth Council, and programs in the Raleigh Convention Center, including free access to the Exhibit Hall, a Masters Workshop Stage, and more. The full list of performers for the Street Festival will be announced in the coming months; once announced, the free Street Festival lineup will be available at www.wideopenbluegrass.com.

    Wide Open Bluegrass is part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass also includes the IBMA Business Conference, September 29 – October 1; the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 1, and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 29 – October 1.

    The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass event generated $10.8 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s activities estimated to be over 180,000. Over 100 unique sets were performed in just two days during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and more than 80 individual acts performed in showcases, the IBMA Awards Show, and festival throughout the entire World of Bluegrass week combined.

    Speakers at the World of Bluegrass press conference were Paul Schiminger, new Executive Director of IBMA; Denny Edwards, President & CEO of Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau; Ann Edmondson, Director of Communications and Marketing, North Carolina Pork Council; William Lewis, director of PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music and Wide Open Bluegrass producer; Josh Franklin, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Chiesi USA, Inc.; Jim Hansen, Regional President, PNC Bank, and IBMA Board chair Jon Weisberger.

    Also announced at the press conference was the naming of Chiesi USA, Inc. as the presenting sponsor of the World of Bluegrass event. The Cary, North Carolina-based specialty pharmaceutical company is the first presenting sponsor for the five-day event.

    “As a growing global company with deep local roots, Chiesi USA is proud to join IBMA in sponsoring World of Bluegrass in our hometown,” said Josh Franklin, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development.

    “An ongoing commitment to our local community is of paramount importance to Chiesi,” Franklin said. “It’s part of our corporate culture worldwide, and it’s one of the promises we make to our employees -- to enhance the community in which we live and work. This is a great way for us to live up to that promise, and the entire community benefits.”

    “We’re particularly proud to be working with our partners at the IBMA in this endeavor. When you join two world-class organizations together in pursuit of an extraordinary event, great things are going happen. The world is coming to our home for this exciting event, and the Chiesi family will be here to help them celebrate.”

    As noted earlier, PNC returns, for the third year, as the presenting sponsor for the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival; at the press conference it was announced that the financial services company has committed to sponsoring this festival for three more years.

    "We are excited to continue our involvement with IBMA and Wide Open Bluegrass for three more years, bringing unique arts and cultural experiences and economic development opportunities for our region," said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president, Eastern Carolinas.

    The North Carolina Pork Council announced that the Whole Hog Barbecue Championship –a weekend of bluegrass-flavored fun for the whole family – will be part of the World of Bluegrass festivities for a third year. The annual cooking championship is the culmination of a series of 20 to 25 local barbecue competitions. These qualifying cook-offs are conducted as part of community events in cities and towns across North Carolina from March to October. Spectators will be able to watch the entire aromatic cooking process in the parking area between the Raleigh Convention Center and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Pork Council will once again donate the authentic, championship North Carolina pork barbecue to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle who will sell it in sandwiches to around 4,000 bluegrass fans. It will be first-come, first-served in the outdoor, downtown setting.

    "The interest in bluegrass is soaring across the country, as is underscored by the extraordinary success of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh,” said IBMA’s Schiminger. “This year, the IBMA and the City of Raleigh are preparing another ‘can’t miss’ experience, with an entire week of activities, events and performances celebrating and highlighting this important art form. For the business conference, we’ve added more band showcases, along with more educational and networking content for professionals to enhance their careers. We have another sparkling Awards Show planned to present the top talent in bluegrass as recognized by their peers. And finally, this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival at the end of the week celebrates our music by offering fans another incredible line-up of performers, including Alison Krauss & Union Station.

    “We want to thank the Local Organizing Committee in Raleigh and the entire state of North Carolina for its hospitality and energy,” Schiminger added. “IBMA deeply values our important partnership. And, we are so grateful for the support of our sponsors, including Chiesi USA, PNC, and the North Carolina Pork Council.”

    “The 2015 IBMA World of Bluegrass will be an event like no other. I invite you to join us for the fun!” said Schiminger.

    “The City of Raleigh is delighted to host the IBMA World of Bluegrass again this fall,” said Raleigh Mayor Pro Tem John Odom. “This event showcases Raleigh’s strengths and growing reputation as a world-class venue for festivals, conferences, and other special events revealing why we are one of the best places in the country not only to live and work but play! Thanks to the continued support from one of Raleigh’s most engaged corporate citizens – PNC – Wide Open Bluegrass will continue to be a highlight on the City’s festival calendar as it attracts thousands of local residents and visitors to downtown Raleigh.”

    As last year, events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Greater Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.

    Single day general admission for performances at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50 for the general public and $40 for IBMA members. Additional details and pricing information - including member discounts – for Red Hat Amphitheater performances, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations are available at IBMA’s website, www.ibma.org.

    IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

    Tags: Wide Open BluegrassWorld of BluegrassInternational Bluegrass Music AssociationIBMAAlison Krauss & Union StationJerry DouglasSam Bush BandEarls of LeicesterThe Gibson BrothersBlue HighwayEvent

    Del McCoury Band Added to Magnolia Fest 2015 Lineup

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 22:00

    Asheville, NC -- Magnolia Fest celebrates its 19th year at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on October 15-18, 2015 and is thrilled to announce a handful of additions to this Fall’s lineup including The Del McCoury Band, Jeff Austin Band featuring Danny Barnes, Ross Martin & Eric Thorin, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Jerry Joseph & The Jack Mormons, New Orleans Suspects, The Congress, Band of Heathens, Nikki Talley and more!

    They will be joining the already stacked lineup which includes Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, Keller Williams Grateful Gospel, Lake Street Dive, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Col Bruce Hampton, Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Lee Boys, and many others! Tickets are on sale in advance and at the gate. - www.magnoliafest.com/tickets/

    Festivalgoers enjoy four days of camping and live music, arts and crafts, and a selection of great foods. Magnolia Fest consistently features some of the world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and other forms of American Roots music.

    This energetic and family friendly musical celebration is a gem of a festival with a great lineup, beautiful fall weather and a stunning natural setting. The Live Oak Music And Arts Foundation (LOMAF) will have a booth with raffles to raise money for the local music and art programs in the area.

    Get your tickets early and save! Tickets for Magnolia Fest are on sale now in advance for $175 through July 19th; $185 until August 20th; $200 until October 14th; and $210 at gate. All weekend tickets are inclusive of all taxes and fees, and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Fans can also upgrade their experience with VIP tickets for $350 through 8/30 ($400 after that) which includes dinner, discounts, VIP Lounge, festival poster, & other perks. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683. For further information and tickets, please visit www.MagnoliaFest.com.

    Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, located just north of Live Oak, FL, is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier 500+ acre campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. Along with the camping, there are nearly 12 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature exploring. Bring along a fishing pole and wet a line from the dock on Rees Lake. Canoe and bike rentals are available at the on-site canoe outpost. Or take a dip in the nearby Suwannee Springs. SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. Please visit the park's web site at www.musicliveshere.com or call them at 386-364-1683 for more information.

    Magnolia Fest 2015 Full Lineup
    Tedeschi Trucks Band
    The Avett Brothers
    The Del McCoury Band
    Keller Williams Grateful Gospel
    Lake Street Dive
    Jeff Austin Band featuring Danny Barnes, Ross Martin & Eric Thorin
    Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier Band
    Steep Canyon Rangers
    Rebirth Brass Band
    New Orleans Suspects
    Donna the Buffalo
    Jim Lauderdale
    Col. Bruce Hampton
    Jerry Joseph & The Jack Mormons
    Lost Bayou Ramblers
    The Lee Boys
    The Congress
    Band of Heathens
    Nikki Talley
    The Applebutter Express
    Whetherman
    Grits & Soul
    Sloppy Joe
    Quartermoon
    Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
    The Corbitt Brothers
    Quebe Sisters
    Big Cosmo
    Berry Oakley’s Skylab
    Habanero Honeys
    Flagship Romance
    This Frontier Needs Heroes
    JacksonVegas
    Bryce Alastair Band
    Back From The Brink
    Bonnie Blue
    Mojo Gurus

    Tags: Magnolia FestDel McCoury BandLineupMusic FestivalEvent

    Helen Highwater Stringband Joins Roe Entertainment Roster

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 22:00

    Maryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to welcome Helen Highwater Stringband to his roster of artists for exclusive booking representation. Shad Cobb, Mike Compton, David Grier and Missy Raines, all whom have forged a musical path as individuals for several decades each, have joined forces to form Helen Highwater Stringband.

    Shad Cobb is a powerful and nuanced fiddler who draws from deep traditions and has played for the Osborne Brothers, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Marty Raybon, Mike Snider, and the John Cowan Band. Mike Compton is known as the Monroe-style mandolin player and has played with John Hartford and the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and he has received Grammy awards for his work on the movie O Brother Where Art Thou. David Grier was named an Artist of the Decade in 2000 by Guitar Player magazine, has received the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Guitar Player of the Year award three times, and has played on four Grammy award-winning albums. Missy Raines is a 7-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year winner, a former member of the Claire Lynch and Eddie & Martha Adcock bands and also performed as a duo with Jim Hurst. If there ever was a true "supergroup," Helen Highwater Stringband is it.

    Journalist, Craig Havighurst sums the band up perfectly stating, "Cobb, Compton, Grier and Raines. Musicians who play with precision and exquisite synchronization. Singing around one microphone, their music is immaculately quantized, yet incredibly human, like a heart. Everything about stringband timing wrapped up in that relaxed, tick-tock, rock-steady beat and there's nobody better in the world than these veterans."

    "It's not very often that a new band with an incredible line up like this comes around," states Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment. "I was extremely excited when we first started talking about working together. When I first heard them I was amazed at Shad Cobb's vocals and songwriting since I didn't realize he had that talent. But with this band, all four are vocalists and some of the best pickers on their respective instruments you will ever see and hear. What really excites me, is that this band is willing to play as many dates as we can find them."

    "We are thrilled and grateful to be represented by Jim Roe and Roe Entertainment," states Mike Compton. "Jim has a great reputation in the industry and we are looking forward to a fruitful relationship with him. We'll be expecting to hit the circuit with as many performances as possible with Roe Entertainment on our team!"

    Helen Highwater Stringband will be represented exclusively by Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment and is currently accepting offers for 2015 and beyond. For more information, please visit www.RoeEntertainment.com. To learn more about Helen Highwater Stringband, visit www.helenhighwaterstringband.com.

    Tags: Helen Highwater String BandDavid GrierShad CobbMissy RainesMike ComptonPromotionBusinessBand Announcement

    Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on the Road to ROMP Stage June 25

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 22:35

    Repeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre's finest players. The 12th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music festival known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 24-27, 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

    Lead vocalist/mandolinist/fiddler Solivan and bassist Dan Booth have known one another since they were teens in Alaska. They're joined by banjoist Mike Munford, winner of IBMA's 2013 Banjo Player of The Year Award, and guitarist Chris Luquette, who won IBMA's 2013 Instrumentalist of The Year Momentum Award. Noted for individual virtuosity, well-executed interplay and close harmonies, they expertly deliver precise, intricate compositions without ever stepping on one another's musical toes. And though they use traditional instruments, they refuse to be bound by tradition; they much prefer to travel wherever the music takes them. Which, by the way, is practically everywhere.

    Hot off the press! Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen was honored January 25 at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Gala by taking the Overall Grand Prize for best song, “Cold Spell,” the title track on their latest CD, also nominated for a Grammy. Repeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre’s finest players.

    Lead vocalist/mandolinist/fiddler Solivan and bassist Dan Booth have known one another since they were teens in Alaska. They’re joined by banjoist Mike Munford, winner of IBMA’s 2013 Banjo Player of The Year Award, and guitarist Chris Luquette, who won IBMA’s 2013 Instrumentalist of The Year Momentum Award. Noted for individual virtuosity, well-executed interplay and close harmonies, they expertly deliver precise, intricate compositions without ever stepping on one another’s musical toes. And though they use traditional instruments, they refuse to be bound by tradition; they much prefer to travel wherever the music takes them. Which, by the way, is practically everywhere.

    Fisherman, songwriter, and gourmet chef (who evidently lets the dishes pile up while cooking), Frank Solivan has put together a band for the ages with this group. In their hands, the instruments of bluegrass take on a life of their own. You hear power, volume, and soaring vocals that rise mountain high. You hear crispness, clarity, timing and taste. You experience their passion through their poetry. You sense what it was like to grow up in Alaska. And then you feel the love.

    Full line-up: John Prine, Punch Brothers, Del McCoury and David Grisman as “Del & Dawg,” Sam Bush Band, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, Balsam Range, The Lone Bellow, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Haas Kowert & Tice, Billy Strings & Don Julin, The Brotet, Phoebe Hunt, Caribou Mountain Collective, The Giving Tree Band, Sierra Hull, Lonely Heartstring Band, The Brothers Comatose, Vickie Vaughn Band, Dismembered Tennesseans, 10 String Symphony, Dunderhead, Luke Bulla Trio, Christopher Gold, KY BlueGrass AllStars.

    Tags: Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenROMPMusic FestivalEvent

    “Tried & True” Music puts The Spinney Brothers on the Charts!

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 22:33

    The Spinney Brothers have been overwhelmed by the support from all the radio programmers and fans of their latest music on Mountain Fever Records, Tried & True! The album comes in at #3 on BU's Top 15 Albums chart and continues to be on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart coming in this month at #13. And we couldn't be more excited to have TWO songs on BU's Top 30 Songs chart; "My Music Comes From Bill" at #7 and "Gonna Catch A Train" at #8!

    As great a ride as they are having with Tried & True, the Brothers are already looking forward to their next album, which we will begin recording in November. They currently collecting songs so if you have one you think they need to hear, send the demo in an mp3 format along with a lyric sheet to our publicist at info@EastPublicRelations.com.

    Their single, "My Music Comes From Bill" is very special to them. "We fell in love with it the first time we heard it and are so fortunate that its songwriters, Bill Castle and Steve Watts allowed us to record it! The song has been a real favorite for everyone."

    If fans remember, they performed "My Music Comes From Bill" at last year's IBMA Awards with special guests Michael Cleveland, Jason Carter, and Ron Stewart. Their performance was included in a one-hour highlight show of the Music City Roots series on PBS in early April 2015 on PBS television stations across the United States.

    Tags: The Spinney BrothersTried & TrueCharts

    Marty Raybon Plays Blue Ridge Music Center Saturday, June 27

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 22:24

    Galax, VA -- Award-winning country music artist Marty Raybon brings his signature voice and talented band, Full Circle, to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m. For 12 years, Raybon was the lead singer of popular country band Shenandoah and also has multiple solo albums. Gary LeVox, lead vocalist of Rascal Flatts, has called Raybon "the greatest singer on the planet to this day."

    He has a remarkable list of career accomplishments, including multiple number one singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA, and Grammy awards, along with scores of other accolades. Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed thousands of concerts across the world. www.martyraybon.com

    Opening the evening is Travis Frye & Blue Mountain, a multigenerational bluegrass band that honors the Appalachian roots of the music while adding a modern twist. With members from both the Carolinas, the band incorporates spirited fiddle and banjo tunes along with modern selections from country, bluegrass, and gospel traditions, as well as original material. The band has performed on historic radio and television shows such as The Merry-Go-Round in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Blue Ridge Backroads in Galax, Virginia, and PBS's Song of the Mountains in Marion, Virginia. www.travisfryebluemountain.com

    During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and dessert.

    Marty Raybon & Full Circle + Travis Frye & Blue Mountain perform Saturday, June 27, 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center, 700 Foothills Road, Galax, Virginia; Milepost 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway. Admission is $15, free for children 12 and younger Tickets are available at www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org or by calling the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation office at (866) 308-2773, ext. 245. In person at The Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax Visitors Center, and Barr's Fiddle Shop in Galax, Virginia.

    The Blue Ridge Music Center is one of the major attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway and includes a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any other region and serves as the epicenter of many of America’s living music traditions. The Music Center is operated by the National Park Service, and the programming is coordinated through a partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The Blue Ridge Music Center is a major venue of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trails and a partner venue of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org

    Tags: Marty RaybonBlue Ridge Music CenterEventConcert

    Steep Canyon Rangers to Release "Radio" August 28th

    Tue, 06/16/2015 - 22:40

    Do you remember the first time you fell in love with the music on the radio? Do you still remember every word to a song you haven’t heard in years? If so, you will understand where this album is coming from. Radio tunes in to what makes the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers a string band unlike any other, fusing a wide array of influences into their own, unmistakable voice. The Ranger's lastest album, Radio is schedule to be release August 28th on Rounder Records. The album was produced by Jerry Douglas.

    Radio will be the ninth album by the award winning band and follows Tell The Ones I Love which was released in 2013. The album contains a dozen all-original material which continue the band's tradition of tight instrumentals with outstanding balanced harmonies.

    From Asheville, NC, Steep Canyon Rangers are an acoustic Bluegrass group. In 2013 the band's 8th record Nobody Knows You won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Before embarking on a world tour backing comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, the Rangers were also nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards including Album of the Year Lovin' Pretty Women (2007). Steep Canyon Rangers were also named 'Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The group performs heavily in the Bluegrass and Americana music world at festivals like MerleFest, Telluride, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass. Abroad, Steep Canyon Rangers have performed in Sweden, Ireland, England, Germany, Switzerland and Canada.

    Radio track list includes:

    1. "Radio"
    2. "Diamonds In The Dust"
    3. "Simple Is Me"
    4. "Blow Me Away"
    5. "Blue Velvet Rain"
    6. "Looking Glass"
    7. "Down That Road Again"
    8. "Break"
    9. "Wasted"
    10. "Long Summer"
    11. "When The Well Runs Dry"
    12. "Monumental Fool"
    Tags: Steep Canyon RangersCD ReleaseRadioRounder Records

    Respecting Dad

    Tue, 06/16/2015 - 22:38

    By James Reams
    "Bailing Again" from James Reams & The Barnstormers' album One Foot in the Honky Tonk reminds us that a father's wisdom may not be appreciated until he's gone. Recorded after losing his own dad, James' voice reflects a genuine longing for those special moments they once shared. This poignant song expresses the longing of many who miss those special talks with dad or wish they had taken the time to have those talks when dad was still around. Wonderfully rendered by James Reams, this song is one of those rare gems that puts that catch in our throat and hopefully will encourage folks lucky enough to still have Dad with them to give him a call.

    One Foot in the Honky Tonk was released in 2011 and made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. The entire album, including "Bailing Again", is available for DJs to download from AirPlay Direct.

    Here's what one reviewer had to say about this album:

    There are few bluegrass singers who match the lithe and masculine timbre Reams brings to the songs he is called to perform. With One Foot in the Honky Tonk, James Reams further defines his bluegrass, blending the varied elements of the roadhouse with sounds from the hills of Kentucky and her neighbors. One foot in the honky-tonk indeed, but the rest of the Barnstormers’ bodies and their souls are deep in the bluegrass.
      ~ Donald Teplyske, Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, 2011 Top Ten CDs.

    Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James Reams has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. There were traditional singers on both sides of his family, and his father played in a string band. James migrated north in his mid-teens when his family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he stayed until he moved to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1980s. In 1982 James arrived at New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, carrying two cardboard boxes and two pairs of work shoes...looking for a better life, having left behind a dead-end job in an agricultural supply store in Wisconsin. At first, in his scramble to survive, he didn't play much music. But when he did, those who heard his authentic Kentucky mountain sound encouraged him to play more.

    A new CD, Rhyme & Season, is in production with an anticipated release date of November, 2015. This new album celebrates the perpetual pilgrim that lives within all of us with the goal of raising awareness about those who live on the razor-sharp edge of homelessness. According to James, "My intention is to embrace a wide range of human emotion from happiness and love to loss and sorrow, and over it all to express the hope I feel about the future. As I listened to some old gems, I was once again amazed at the depth that bluegrass music brings to understanding the human character. These songs inspired me to add my own contribution to the album in the form of original material that touches on similar issues affecting our world today." The release date is targeted for just prior to Thanksgiving to coincide with the National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week. Songs included on Rhyme & Season pay special homage to the resilience of the human spirit and hopefully will encourage all who hear it to reach out to those in need, whoever they might be.

    Darin & Brooke Aldridge Make CMA Music Fest Debut

    Mon, 06/15/2015 - 22:00

    Nashville, TN -- Thousands of music fans from all over the world descended on Nashville for the annual CMA Music Festival and the Darin and Brooke Aldridge were among the artists who performed on the Durango Music Spot to the delight of those fans. The Durango Music Spot, sponsored by Durango Boots, is presented each year by WSM Radio which airs live performances from the festival.

    Darin and Brooke were among the top-name artists, hit-makers and legends who appeared on the stage this year, including Grammy Award winner David Ball, Lynn Anderson, T. Graham Brown, Mickey Gilley, Ken Mellons and more.

    It was a long day for the couple and their band, who not only performed, but participated in a full slate of media interviews, as well as a meet & greet with fans, and an autograph signing session at the Digital Rodeo booth.

    “We were so excited to be a part of CMA Fest and to represent bluegrass and traditional music to the fans,” Brooke says. “We also got to be fans ourselves and meet some of the artists we admire.”

    Indeed, backstage was a veritable fan fest all its own, with artists meeting and reconnecting with one another. Darin and Brooke were photographed with T. Graham Brown (more than 20 Billboard charting singles) and Lynn Anderson (12 No.1 hits, and more than 50 Top-40 hits, including “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”), and they chatted with Grammy award winner, David Ball.

    Darin and Brooke shared songs from their latest album, Snapshots (Mountain Home Music Company), including “Tennessee Flat Top Box.” The Johnny Cash tune, later also recorded by his daughter Rosanne Cash, was especially well-received by the huge audience of country music fans.

    Boasting four days of music from hundreds of artists including live concerts, meet & greets, autograph signings, celebrity sporting events, and more, the annual CMA Music Festival is produced by the Country Music Association.

    For more on the band, visit www.darinandbrookealdridge.com

    Tags: Darin & Brooke AldridgeCMA FestDebutEvent

    Clinch Mountain Music Fest 10th Anniversary June 20th

    Mon, 06/15/2015 - 22:00

    Clinch Mountain Music Fest is gearing up for its 10th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Festivities this year will begin in Gate City, Virginia, and end at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. All crafts and outside vendors will be set up in Gate City. Gate City’s festivities will close by 5:30 to allow everyone time to get to the closing concert at the Fold. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music.

    This year’s festival is once again dedicated to Jay Dixon who chaired the festival for five years and passed away in January of 2012. Featured artists in Gate City beginning at 11 a.m. are Left Lane, the Tyler Williams Band, Reagan Boggs, North Fork, and Matt Hurd and Company. Headlining the festival and featured at the Carter Family Fold at 7:30 p.m. is Trey Hensley and Drivin’ Force. Expect a day of traditional Appalachian style music and fun!

    Trey Hensley, despite his young age, has already forged his own style. What started over twelve years ago as a kid singing traditional bluegrass has become the mature sound of a 22-year old country performer and vocalist who has already found his voice. While you’ll hear some of his idols and influences around the edges, more than anything, you’ll hear Trey Hensley.

    With a guitar in his hands, his talent expands beyond his young age. This young guitar aficionado will blow your mind. His own style of picking – whether on his Telecaster or acoustic – bears the influence of some of his guitar heroes. You’ll hear traces of James Burton, Marty Stuart, Buck Owens, Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, and Tony Rice.

    Friends with Johnny Cash and Earl Scruggs, he’s picked with Tom T. Hall, the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, and many others. He first stepped into the Grand Ole Opry’s spotlight in 2002, performing on the hallowed Ryman stage at the age of only eleven years old. Before that, he appeared onstage at the Carter Fold – mountain music’s Grand Ole Opry.

    Hensley’s first country project, Looking at my Future, finds him with guitars firmly in hand and surrounded by some of the finest studio musicians in Nashville. Covering material done by Johnny Rodriguez, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Reed - his easy vocal styling and hot licks on the release are amazing. With his second country CD, It is What it Is, the Jonesborough, Tennessee, native is heading out playing his own brand of traditional honky-tonk music. Trey’s new CD is a combination of radio-friendly and contemporary songs as well as songs with the classic sound of some of his heroes. It features songs done by Elton John, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Dickens, and many other music industry greats as well as special guests who contributed their time and talent to the release.

    Several years ago, Trey hit the road with his four-piece band for a tour that carried him from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, Nebraska to North Carolina, and beyond. During the tour, his group opened for Steve Wariner, Randy Owen, and Marty Stuart. While he continues to travel throughout the

    U.S. and Canada, Trey is always mindful of the roots of the music he loves. He never lets country fans forget where it all began. Trey’s talent and stage presence are indicative of a performer far beyond his age. His tremendous talent and his down home humility impress everyone he meets. Marty Stuart calls him a “bona fide hillbilly rock star.” You won’t hear better guitar picking anywhere, and his vocals are every bit as spell-binding as his playing. If you aren’t a fan of Trey’s already, you will be when you hear him.

    For a night of some of the best bluegrass and traditional country music you can imagine, don’t miss Trey Hensley and Drivin’ Force at the Carter Family Fold! Trey grew up playing on the Carter Fold stage, and it feels like part of our family is coming home when he performs there. The Fold takes

    such tremendous pride in bringing him back to our stage for our 10th annual Clinch Mountain Music Fest. For more information on Trey, go to http://treyhensley.com/.

    Clinch Mountain Music Fest 2015 is presented by the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., in conjunction with the Gate City Arts & Music Initiative and the Town of Gate City, Virginia. All performances at the Carter Music Center are family-oriented, and therefore are alcohol and drug free. Donations to support the continuation of our Appalachian music heritage are welcome and may be mailed to Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., P.O. Box 111, Hiltons, Virginia, 24258, or given to our volunteer staff at the event.

    Thank you to our sponsors the Scott County Virginia Star, Bryant Label Company, the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. For information on Clinch Mountain Music Fest 2015, go to the Carter Music Center web site or the Clinch Mountain Music Fest web site: www.clinchfest.net.

    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 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: Clinch Mountain Music FestivalCarter Family Memorial Music CenterMusic FestivalEventTrey Hensley & Driving Force

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