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Summergrass is Only a Month and a Half Away

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 22:45

San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is about month and a half away and happens August 19-20-21, 2016, at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. This unique venue housed within San Diego County harks back to the 19th and 20th century farm days and is just brimming with rural farm nostalgia from that era.

It's like going back to "The Farm", with steam and gas engines chugging away on historic tractors and farm equipment along with other relics, such as the Weaver's Barn, the Farmhouse, the Schoolhouse, the 1930's gas station replica (posted price "32 cents a gallon"), a model railroad, the Blacksmith shop and lots and lots of farm machinery to delight young and old. We think it's the perfect place to come on down to "The Farm" and step back, relax and enjoy Summergrass! Click here for information on Tickets, Schedule, Camping and more!

This year Summergrass is so thrilled this stellar lineup grace our stage: The Gibson Brothers, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass, Bluegrass Etc., Rocky Neck Bluegrass. Also appearing will be, Sweet Tidings, Virtual Strangers, Vintage Martins, Burning Hearts, This Just In, Gone Tomorrow, Old Town Road. This combination of national and regional bands is highlighted on our turn-of-the-19th century stage built by the museum folks just for the festival. It's constructed without nails using just dowels and pins to hold it together.

3 Days of Great Live Music from 12 national and local bands, and wonderful activities, such as Kids Camp, Meet the Bands, other music workshops and family-friendly things to do, spontaneous jam sessions, our ever-popular instrument raffles, tasty food, and a variety of vendors. Summergrass is enjoyable for the whole family! It?s a great, affordable family event?and not too far to drive!

All children ages 6 to 16 are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Early sign ups, up to June 5th, will receive the reduced tuition of $55. After June 5th, tuition will increase to $65 with registration closing July 29th 2016. Spaces will be going fast! Kids Camp is a real highlight of the festival. Our kids have a wonderful experience as they learn how to play bluegrass music, and end their camp experience with a mainstage show on Sunday! To enroll, go to and click on Kids Camp or call Gerry at (310) 261-5798. Some scholarships are available.

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IAMA's Bluegrass Saturday Night on Aug. 20th

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 22:43

The Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) prides itself on bringing great bands to their area and the lineup for August 20th is no exception! James Reams & The Barnstormers, the band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be headlining the IAMA's Buegrass Saturday Night event on Saturday August 20th at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.

Kick off your shoes, sit back and relax in Salt Lake's living room. The grassy amphitheater area is an oasis for downtowners and visitors alike. Unique art projects surround this urban park and great food is right at your fingertips! This is a FREE event so head on out and enjoy a nice cool summer day, make some new friends, and savor an evening of incredible bluegrass music.

Want to know more about James Reams? Music critic Jerry Paul (former editor of Acoustica) described lead singer James Reams: “James is such an inspiration to watch. He truly feels his music, and sings from his very soul. If James is ever within your area, he is a ‘must see’ bluegrass icon.” 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. Their entertaining performances of traditional bluegrass music (including original songs) are real crowd pleasers. Audiences are treated to brilliant fiddling matched by blazing banjo pickin' and smoking vocals from James that echo his heroes Lester Flatt, Carter Stanley, and Red Allen. These hardworking 'ambassadors of bluegrass', as one reviewer called them, deliver an edge missing from a lot of bluegrass today.

The band’s newest album, Rhyme & Season, was released in March, 2016 and has been receiving high acclaim, including charting on Roots Music Report's Top 50 Bluegrass Albums. Country Standard Time reported “Rhyme & Season is a mighty powerful return to the recording studio for one of bluegrass music's most independent and evocative visionaries.” California radio program host Al Shusterman raved, “It amazes me how [James Reams] can continually raise the bar with each project. The lyrics fit him like a glove and the instrumental portion of the project is superb!” Their previous CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists and had a single that charted nationally.

James Reams is a bluegrass veteran with over 20 years making music in this industry. Check out his website and learn why James Reams & The Barnstormers are considered “one of America’s top bluegrass units!”

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Town Mountain on Fire After Recent Opry & Ryman Debuts

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 22:38
Asheville, NC -- Raw and soulful, with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain, is on tour with their 5th studio album, Southern Crescent, which released to much acclaim on April 1, 2016 on LoHi Records. The band debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage in June. Just two weeks later they made their debut appearance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as part of a three day run of shows supporting Greensky Bluegrass. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and stayed for ten weeks on the Americana Music Association's radio chart’s top 40.

Town Mountain, based in Asheville, NC, continues their album relase tour mid-July with shows in Atlanta, Mississippi, and Arkansas before heading up to the northwest states in early August. They return to the south for a number of shows this summer and fall including opening for Yonder Mountain String Band at the Party in the Holler in New River Gorge, then traveling into Virginia and the Carolinas. The season includes notable appearances at Watermelon Park Fest, World of Bluegrass, and Suwannee Roots Revival.

No Depression’s Amos Perrine names Town Mountain as, “the most exciting bluegrass band to come along in a long time." This is echoed by Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst sentiments, “I’d put Town Mountain on my list of Five Bluegrass Bands You Must Know in 2016, because while the genre has forked and morphed in wonderful ways, these guys from Asheville have more Flatt & Scruggs and more Jimmy Martin in their sound than any young band I can think of. And when they do nod to other influences, they tend to be from parallels to the early bluegrass era, like Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins for example.”

Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, Jack Devereux on fiddle, and Adam Chaffins on bass. Please note Bobby Britt (fiddle) and Nick DiSebastian (bass) perform on Southern Crescent.

Produced and engineered by GRAMMY winner Dirk Powell, Southern Crescent was recorded in Powell’s studio The Cypress House in south-central Louisiana town of Breaux Bridge. It was mixed by Mixed by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground in Greenbrier, TN. The album was recorded in a decidedly old-school way, live, with minimal fixes and overdubs, with all the musicians in the same room and no noise-reducing baffling between them. Each of Town Mountain's members contributed songs to Southern Crescent, with Barker, Langlais, and Greer the chief writers in the band.

Raleigh News & Observer calls Southern Crescent “hard-charging, grits-and-gravy authentic, the kind of emotions on the strings of Bill Monroe and Flatts and Scruggs pioneered more than 60 years ago… Town Mountain honors the Ancients while bringing a collective and generational identity to their art.”

“Town Mountain holds its own against all comers when it comes to producing a powerhouse bluegrass drive grown from deep roots.” Bluegrass Unlimited goes on to write, “Much like Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boys show, the CD opens with a lickety-split fiddle number, ‘St. Augustine,’ then the band shifts gears and rolls into an up-tempo, bouncy ‘Ain’t Gonna Worry’ written and sung by the band’s mandolinist, Phil Barker.”

Town Mountain has been making it rounds at notable festivals this season having already appeared at ROMP and Festival of the Bluegrass in Kentucky, Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Denver Beer Co.’s Sundrenched Music Festival, Rooster Walk in Virginia, Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio, among others. Walter Tunis with Lexington Herald Ledger notes, “The ascension of Town Mountain as one of the festival’s [Festival of Bluegrass 2016] premiere acts was demonstrated in a set that emphasized the North Carolina’s quintet’s obvious strengths – specifically, a rugged ensemble charge (showcased at once during the show opening "Tick on a Dog"), ample stylistic dexterity (the honky tonk drive of "Whiskey With Tears") and individual firepower (Greer’s joyous vocals, Phil Barker’s quick-witted mandolin picking).”

The past echoes through Town Mountain, clear through to the future,” says Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone. “To bluegrass fans I'd say the genre is in good hands. But you will dig the rough edges too! They're a shot of 100 proof bluegrass with a honky-tonk chaser!" Carbone is part of the partnership of the new LoHi Records, of which Southern Crescent is the first album in their catalog. Based in Greensboro, NC, the label also includes Hard Working Americans’ Todd Snider (singer/songwriter and record producer ) and Chad Staehly (keyboardist who is also with Gold Mountain Entertainment in Nashville), as well as entrepreneur and marketing veteran Jim Brooks.

Town Mountain ‘Southern Crescent’ Tour 2016:

  • 7/20 Wed - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA (w/ Sam Lewis)
  • 7/21 Thu - Down On Main Concert Series - Tupelo MS
  • 7/22 Fri - Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
  • 7/23 Sat - Homegrown Music Festival - Ozark, AR
  • 8/3 Wed - Applegate Lodge - Jacksonville, OR
  • 8/4 Thu - The Old Stone - Bend, OR
  • 8/5 Fri - Pickathon - Happy Valley, OR
  • 8/6 Sat - Double Mountain Brewery - Hood River, OR
  • 8/7 Sun - Nectar’s - Seattle, WA
  • 8/12 Fri - The Twisted Pear - Forest City, NC
  • 8/19 Fri - Capital Ale House - Richmond, VA
  • 8/20 Sat - The Barns of Rose Hill - Berryville, VA
  • 8/21 Sun - Sanctuary Brewing Co - Hendersonville, NC
  • 8/25 Thu - Gottrocks - Greenville, SC
  • 8/27 Sat - The Pour House - Charleston, SC
  • 8/26 Fri - Ziggy’s by the Sea - Wilmington, NC
  • 9/3 Sat - Party in the Holler @ ACE Adventure Resort - New River Gorge (supporting Yonder Mountain String Band)
  • 9/9 Fri - Blue Bear Music Fest - Boone, NC
  • 9/10 Sat - Beericana - Holly Springs, NC
  • 9/22 Thu - Botanic Garden - Kernersville, NC
  • 9/24 Sat - Watermelon Park Fest - Berryville, VA
  • 9/30 Fri - World of Bluegrass - IBMA - Raleigh, NC
  • 10/13-14 Thu-Fri -Suwannee Roots Revival - Live Oak, FL
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IBMA is Seeking Submissions for 2016 Momentum Awards

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 22:35

Nashville, TN -- The IBMA Momentum Awards focus on artists and bluegrass business people who are in the early years of their careers in bluegrass music. The awards are split into two categories — performance awards and industry awards. Performance awards go to one band, one vocalist and three instrumentalists. Three Industry related Momentum Awards are given out each year as well, recognizing a Mentor, an Industry Achiever and a Festival/Venue/Event.

Regional and local associations are encouraged to identify serious emerging artists for consideration, but any IBMA member may suggest an artist or industry leader for consideration by by completing the online Momentum Awards Submission form

As noted above, there are five performance Momentum Awards - one Momentum band, one Momentum vocalist and three Momentum instrumentalists. There are three industry Momentum Awards, for Momentum Festival/Event/Venue, Momentum Industry Involvement and Momentum Mentor.

For more information about the IBMA Momentum Awards, and how you may self-nominate or recommend another deserving person or band for the honor(s), please check out our Awards page. Remember, you have until JULY 20, 5 p.m. Central time to submit your recommendations. Click here for more information and to make your recommendation or submission.

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New Single "Sold" By Dave Adkins

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 22:00

Dave Adkins has released another red hot second single, “Sold,” from his #1 Billboard Top Bluegrass Album. The impressive cover of the John Michael Montgomery 90’s hit, is currently #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart. “Adkins delivers [the song] with gusto with the banjo his constant companion,” said Lonesome Road Review.

This is the second single release from his self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records to top the charts. The first, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, was #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in May and hit #1 three times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart since the album was released late February. The song jumped to #9 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart with the album also at #9 on the Top 15 Album Chart.

The hits just keep coming from the Dave Adkins album. The lightning fast trucker song, “Turn and Burn” co-written by Dave Adkins, David Morris and Dawn Kenny, was the 2nd Place Award winner in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. The country flavored “Fool-o-sophy” written by Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle and Country superstar Chris Stapleton, has appeared on a fan voted Country music chart.

Parcbench Magazine exclaims, “Dave Adkins’ voice offers something real, something trustworthy and something thrilling to hold on to. It’s an exciting ride—this self-titled new album from Dave Adkins. Buy an extra copy; Adkins possesses the impressive kind of voice—full of personality and dimension, and instantly relatable—that you just want to share.

Dave Adkins made an impressive showing on this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) ballot appearing as candidates for nominations in these major categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Change Her Mind." This year’s IBMA Nominees will be announced next month at the IBMA press conference in Nashville.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records,, and many more fine retail outlets.

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Del McCoury and David Grisman go Underground

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 22:00
Del McCoury and David Grisman are both American music legends and Bluegrass Underground is excited to announce ticket sales are now open to see them together in one of the world's coolest, most intimate venues.

Del McCoury met David Grisman met at the first show Del ever played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They both celebrated the arrival of first-born sons, Monroe Grisman and Ronnie McCoury, within a month of each other.

Through the years they have shared the stage at venues and festivals across the country and in 2012 released Hardcore Bluegrass, a unique collection of bluegrass classics, made at two Dawg studio jam sessions in the 1990s, Del & Dawg celebrates the nearly 50-year bluegrass friendship that these two legendary musicians have shared.

This October 29th at 1PM, you can catch this dynamic duop at the Volcano Room in Cumberland Caverns, McMinnville, Tennessee. Cave doors open to general public: 12:00 pm. Featured artist performance time: 1:00-2:30 pm.

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Nu-Blu Sets Sail on the 2017 Bluegrass and Blue Water Cruise

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 22:00

Charleston, SC -- Fans of bluegrass band Nu-Blu are about to get an up-close and personal experience with the award winning band, as the date is set for the 2017 Bluegrass & Blue Water Cruise presented by Raymond's Reserve. The five day adventure will take place Jan. 5-10, 2017, departing from Charleston, S.C. on Carnival Cruise Lines to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. Other bands performing on the excursion include traditional favorites The Bluegrass Brothers and Unbridled Strings.

"There's nothing more fun than getting the chance to visit with our fans," says Nu-Blu lead singer Carolyn Routh. "And the opportunity to spend five full days jamming and sailing the ocean blue, makes it even better!"

"Bluegrass Borderline" host Michelle Lee will serve as the official MC and fun co-ordinator for the shows onboard the Caribbean escape. In addition to round-the-clock entertainment, including jams and workshops with the artists, Bluegrass & Blue Water Cruise sponsor Raymond's Reserve will be offering a special tasting event, where attendees will have the opportunity to taste up to six different flavors of moonshine.

Cruise pricing starts at just $500, with a limited number of cabins available. Reserve yours today by either booking online at or calling 336-736-7297. Also, just announced for the first year, the cruise will offer bus transportation for this year's journey with stops in Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Check out the videos below to see the bands that will be on board!


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Jerry Douglas, The Whites, and Alison Krauss Play Blue Ridge Music Center

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 22:27

Galax, VA -- Some of the biggest names in folk, bluegrass, and Americana, including the finest dobro player in contemporary acoustic music and the most highly decorated female musician of all time, will come together to honor the late Joe Wilson on Friday, September 2, 2016, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This one-day festival will include performances by Jerry Douglas, The Whites, and special guest Alison Krauss, as well as musical tributes from Wayne Henderson & Friends, The Jeff Little Trio, Linda & David Lay, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Phil Wiggins, The Barr Family & Tony Ellis, The Hurdle Brothers, and Frank Newsome.

The memorial showcase is presented by the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in collaboration with the Virginia Folklife Program and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, with support from the National Folk Festival and National Council for the Traditional Arts. The show is sponsored by WNCW 88.7.

The event replaces an originally scheduled concert on September 3.

A Show for Joe with Jerry Douglas, The Whites, special guest Alison Krauss, plus many more beloved mountain musicians to play tribute concert on Sept. 2 at the Blue Ridge Music Center

In 2015, the music community lost visionary Joe Wilson. From his brainstorming sessions with then Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt to create the Blue Ridge Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Wilson’s passion for the music of the Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable. He produced festivals, recordings, national and international tours, and helped create the Roots of American Music exhibit housed at the Music Center. A native of Tennessee, Wilson was instrumental in the development of The Blue Ridge Music Trails and The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trails. He was also the author of A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. Many a musician can attest to Wilson’s work in helping to guide them in the music world.

Virginia folklorist Jon Lohman recalls Wilson’s impact on artists and the music world. “It would not be an overstatement to say that Joe Wilson was one of the most productive and influential cultural figures of his generation. His tireless work on behalf of artists and the community-based folk traditions that they mastered transformed not only the lives of these artists but of countless communities and audiences he exposed to them,” Lohman said. “These artists include some who have gone on to gain global recognition. Joe famously brought a then-unknown teenage fiddler named Alison Krauss on an international tour of master fiddlers, and showcased the likes of Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, and Wayne Henderson early in their careers. These artists as well as many others who formed a close relationship with Joe over the years will join together to celebrate his life and legacy at the Blue Ridge Music Center, itself a place born of Joe's dreams and visions.”

Music legends come together for Joe Wilson Memorial Music Festival

The public is invited to attend a special preconcert tribute remembrance for Wilson led by Virginia folklorist Jon Lohman from 1 to 4 p.m. at the indoor theater. Seating is limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis. There will also be a "Jam for Joe" in conjunction with the Music Center's regular Friday afternoon Bluegrass Jam from noon to 4 p.m. The ticketed concert begins at 4 p.m.

During the one-day festival, the exhibit, Banjos: From Africa to the New World, will be on display in the Luthier Shop. Food vendors will also be on site.

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Grateful Ball Tour with Travelin' McCourys, Jeff Austin Band

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 22:25
The Travelin' McCourys are proud to announce " Tour" with Jeff Austin Band! After the success of the inaugural Grateful Ball in St. Louis, the bands decided to make a tour out of it! The ball consists of a full set from each band and then a set with both bands on stage together playing the songs of the Grateful Dead. The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.

They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.

Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”

It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you.

The work continues... These words have never rung more true for Jeff Austin. After almost twenty years of live creation and endless joy seeking Jeff has returned to the scene with a new found sense of passion. Sharing the stage each night with a band of like-minded adventurers he attacks each performance with a fire and desire to move and shake everyone in sight.

Each show stands as a statement. A statement of music... A statement of connection... A statement of just how joyful each moment can be. From note to note…song to song…these musical warriors set out to turn each ear in a way never heard before. The path is set. The energy is undeniable. Because with each new step The Jeff Austin Band takes... The work continues.

The Grateful Ball Tour dates include:

  • 10/20 - State Theatre - State College, PA
  • 10/21 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 10/22 - Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA
  • 10/23 - Flying Monkey Performance Center - Plymouth, NH
  • 10/24 - Rams Head on Stage - Annapolis, MD
  • 10/25 - Appalachian Brewing Company - Harrisburg, PA
  • 10/26 - The Hamilton Live - Washington, DC
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Wood Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan Headline "Celebrate Brooklyn!"

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 22:21

New York -- On July 16, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is pleased to present a night of sublime harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, headlined by “masters of soulful folk” (Paste) The Wood Brothers and featuring Aoife O’Donovan, whose latest record The Magic Hour “evokes the reverberant chamber pop obsessions of Grizzly Bear and the lush austerity of Alison Krauss”(The New York Times). The shape-shifting M.C. Taylor, a.k.a. Hiss Golden Messenger, a musician with a voice that’s “craggy and wounded, but it soars in his broken sort of way” (Stereogum), kicks it off with a solo set. The concert, which takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell (9thSt. & Prospect Park West) is free to the public (with a suggested $5 contribution at the gate) and begins at 7:00 P.M.

The Wood Brothers formed after Oliver’s band, King Johnson, opened for Chris’s band MMWin 2005. “He sat in with us during our set,” Chris remembers, “and it was a creepy experience, like watching myself. Part of it was influences; part of it was blood.” This brother band allowed the pair to explore the roots and influences that had been at the core of their musical lives, and they released their debut studio album, Ways Not To Lose, on Blue Note in 2006. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix as a permanent third member, the band’s latest release, Paradise captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band and family navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music. The Wood Brothers have refined a soulful blend of blues, folk, back-porch funk and other forms built largely on the foundation of Oliver’s guitar and lead vocals and Chris’s stand-up bass, harmonica and high lonesome harmonies.

Aoife O’Donovan’s sophomore release, In the Magic Hour(Yep Roc Records) is a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Written in the wake of O’Donovan’s grandfather’s death, In the Magic Hour is her most introspective effort yet, an aching exploration of memory and mortality. For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. In 2013 O’Donovan released her debut solo album, Fossils, a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The album garnered praise from The New York Times and Rolling Stone, while The Guardian deemed O’Donovan the “next Americana celebrity.”

Hiss Golden Messenger is the vehicle for North Carolina-based songwriter Michael (M.C.) Taylor and multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Scott Hirsh who lives in Brooklyn. This musical fusion of classic rock, folk-pop, and sparse blues as been described by David Bowie as "mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph.” The pair has been making music together for twenty years in various incarnations, including six records with the San Francisco band the Court and Spark. Their latest release, Lateness of Dancers(Merge Records) is the fifth full-length from Hiss Golden Messenger. Recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina last fall, this is an open, confident, immediate album which feels like a direct response to the darkness of their last record, 2013's Haw, or to the searching of 2010'sBad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP Taylor made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Series Title Sponsors include Bud Light and American Express. To help ease congestion and offer additional transportation solutions, first time co-sponsor Lyft will offer discounts on rides to and from the Festival. New users can get $20 off their first ride with the code BRIC16. Returning Co-Sponsors include IKEA Brooklyn, and World Stage. Returning long-time Season Media Partners are The Village Voice, WABC-7 and WNYC 93.9 FM/820 AM. Longtime Promotional partners on select performances include WBGO 88.3 FM and WFUV 90.7 FM.

Tickets are still available for upcoming benefit concerts by case/lang/veirs (July 26), a super group made up of avant-rock icon Neko Case, legendary musical nomad K.D. Lang and indie folk star Laura Veirs; Brooklyn-based indie rockers Beirut (August 2); and jazz icon Herbie Hancock (August 11), who brings with him his new band featuring Terrace Martin, Lionel Loueke, Trevor Lawrence, Jr. and James Genus, as well as performances by Robert Glasper Experiment and BADBADNOTGOOD.

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Sister Sadie At #4 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 22:16

Sister Sadie’s self-titled, debut album on Pinecastle Records moved to Number Four on the “Billboard” Bluegrass Album chart after entering at Number Nine for the last chart time period. Sister Sadie dedicated this debut album to one of their musical heroes, Lynn Morris. Morris and her husband, Marshall Wilborn, wrote the second cut on the CD, “Don’t Tell Me Stories.”

"I think I can speak on behalf of the girls in Sister Sadie when I say we are all thrilled, grateful and humbled of hearing the news that we have moved into the number four position in the ‘Billboard’ chart,” says group member Tina Adair. “We want to thank all the DJs for the spins and all of our friends and fans that have bought the new Sister Sadie record! We are excited to be sharing our music with you.”

"I am enjoying so much making music with this group and am glad it's being received well,” adds Beth Lawrence. “We appreciate all the deejay interaction and the chart activity. We have enjoyed this whole process.”

“Sister Sadie” has been at the top position on the Roots Music Report’s Bluegrass Top Ten Albums for three weeks. The group’s single, “Unholy Water,” moved up to number three on The Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart. The song was co-written by group member Deanie Richardson and Bill Tennyson.

The all-girl group has been receiving high praise from peers and reviewers after releasing the album in June.

“No Depression” describes the band’s set at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in Salem, New Jersey over Labor Day Weekend, 2015: “Very few people in the audience had seen the band, which was months away from releasing its first recording. But Sister Sadie hit the stage hard with commitment and energy. By midway through the set, the audience was cheering and there were tears in the eyes of many. They received a standing ovation and delivered three encores. By the time they left, Sister Sadie had been booked to return to Delaware Valley for the 2016 festival.”

Alison Krauss says this: “Sister Sadie is an inspiring musical collaboration bringing together some of the best women bluegrass music has ever claimed.”

“Sister Sadie music isn’t light and fluffy, feminine bluegrass. These ladies can consistently pull off a ‘hold on for dear life’ groove akin to a powerful steam engine barreling down the track…The new Sister Sadie album serves up moonshine, heaven, cheatin’, heartbreak, a couple of love songs, one about mama, and a killin’ song—all from a powerhouse group of women who have been around enough to know exactly what they’re doing, and still have an incredible amount of fun while doing it. Highly recommended!” – Nancy Cardwell, Bluegrass Now

Members of Sister Sadie:

  • Dale Ann Bradley - Five time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, on vocals and guitar. She tours with the Dale Ann Bradley Band.
  • Tina Adair - Talented and soulful vocalist and mandolinist who has been a female vocalist nominee and fronted her own touring band the Tina Adair Band for over 20 years.
  • Deanie Richardson - Charismatic fiddler who has performed with Bob Seger, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless.
  • Gena Britt - An in demand banjo player known for playing with several critically acclaimed bands over the years. Currently with Alan Bibey & Grasstowne.
  • Beth Lawrence - A well-known and respected acoustic bass player in demand as a session player. She is also the comedian of the stage show.
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Carter Family Fold Presents Dry Hill Draggers Saturday

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 22:14

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, July 16th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy.

Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. While jamming in the 1970s in the Dryhill and Ferrum area, some of the musicians were falling behind. Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the Dry Hill Draggers. That name has stuck now for the past 30 years.

The Ferrum, Virginia, area is home to most of those performing in the group today. They played at the 1982 World’s Fair, and they’re favorites at the Floyd Country Store and the Blue Ridge Music Center. Their knock-down driving beat is anything but “dragging.” In 2011, they placed second in the old time band category at Galax. Fold audiences who remember Larry Sigmon and Barbara Poole will love this old time band.

The group cut their first album in 1982. Over the next several years, the Draggers recorded and released eight albums and CDs. In 2011, they released an anniversary CD celebrating 30 years. They’re now working on their 10th release. Stacy Boyd plays the doghouse bass. Jamie Boyd plays claw-hammer banjo. Billy Woods and Chris Prillaman play both fiddle and guitar. Jason Hambrick plays guitar, and founder Jimmy Boyd still performs with them just as he has for the past 30 years.

If old time is what you like, the Dry Hill Draggers will deliver. Flat-footers and two-steppers are welcome to come out and shake a leg with the Draggers. A Carter Fold favorite, the group is known for their knock-down, hard-driving beat, and there will be lots of fiddle tunes and rare old time tunes that aren’t often heard commercially today. Bring along your dancing shoes, and get ready for some old time, mountain family fun! For more information on the Draggers, go to their web site –

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 Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

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. To speak to a volunteer Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676. If we don’t answer you right away, we’ll get back to you in 24 hours.

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IBMA Songwriting Committee Announces Podunk Workshops

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 22:49

Rick Lang is pleased to announce that he will be conducting a two-part songwriting workshop at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Hebron, Connecticut, this summer. Each workshop will be approximately 1-1/2 hours long. During both, I will address and answer any questions you may have, play examples of songs that tie into the workshop topics and offer a handout of songwriting tips I've accumulated over the years.

Whether you are a beginning songwriter or have been at it for a while, I know these workshops will be well worth your time. More info at:

Workshop One - Sat., August 13th at 6:45 p.m.
The fundamentals of good songwriting. Identifying elements of a good song. Developing good songwriting habits. Saving your ideas. Song concepts. Writing what you know and are familiar with. Song structure. Importance of a good melody. Creating an appropriate music setting for the story line. Infusing emotion into your song. Use of visual imagery. Importance of details in a song. Telling a good story...and more.
Workshop Two - Sun., August 14th at 11:00 a.m.
Taking your craft to the next level. Further improving and developing your songwriting skills. Who are you writing for? Discipline/quitting in a song too soon. Hard work & elbow grease. Importance of re-writing and re-working your songs. The value of co-writing. Writing beyond Bluegrass. Developing your own unique songwriting style. Song critique and evaluation. Song demos. Pitching songs. Goal-setting....and more.

Whether you are a beginning songwriter or have been at it for a while, I know these workshops will be well worth your time. More info at: Hope to see you there!

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Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Album “Aim High” Released

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 22:18

Nashville, TN -- “Aim High” the new album by Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle is available today on Rural Rhythm Records. “Aim High” is their highly anticipated follow up album and contains the #1 single “Aim High” from Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Airplay Chart.

“Aim High” features three Gulley co-written songs including two with his award winning co-songwriter Tim Stafford; “Deceitful Kind”, “Love Brings You Home” and “Short Life Full Of Trouble” co-written with Larry Shell and Kim Williams. In addition, Carl Jackson co-wrote three songs for the new album, in addition to great songwriters such as Larry Cordle, Jim Rushing, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Buller, Keith Sewell and more.

"With the success of our debut project, the guys and I knew the expectations would be even higher for our sophomore recording. With that in mind, we went about the business of writing and finding the very best songs we could with an even stronger intensity. We hand - picked songs from within the band and from some of the greatest songwriters our music has to offer. That being said, I couldn't be happier with the new music we've created on "Aim High". I am so proud of our debut album and see it as laying the foundation for our music and sound but, as is always the case, once you have a strong foundation; it's time to start building on that. I really feel like we've done that with the new recording, while staying true to our band's original sound. I'm so excited to share this, the next chapter, with everyone."
  - Steve Gulley

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle includes Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals) and Bryan Turner (bass, vocals), Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin), Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals) and special guest Tim Crouch (Fiddle). AIM HIGH builds on the band’s family heritage of strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel and at the same time provides a new and fresh sound that further accents the Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle signature sound.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle is now touring the US in support of their debut album. Go to the band’s web site at for a complete listing of tour dates. The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across generations with strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music. It starts with long time radio personality Don Gulley who was a founding member of the Bluegrass group the Pinnacle Mountain Boys. Don’s son, Steve Gulley, has carried on the family tradition performing for many years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, as a founding member of Bluegrass super groups Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, as a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and with Steve’s longtime friend and colleague Dale Ann Bradley.

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Saving Brown County Bluegrass Festival

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 22:16

Georgetown, OH -- The Brown County Bluegrass Festival in Georgetown, Ohio has been going on for 25 years and has become a welcome stop on the annual pilgrimage of festival followers nationwide. It has hosted the top names in bluegrass as well as popular regional bands. This past year, festival promoter, Don Morgan announced that the beloved event was shutting down and that the 25th Anniversary Festival had been it’s final year.

Though it was not what the Morgan Family wanted, they simply could no longer handle the heavy workload, financial burden and relentless details involved in successfully maintaining the festival alone. Bluegrassers everywhere were dissapointed to remove this festival favorite from their summer travels.

Enter Edgar Loudermilk. Edgar has played the Brown County Bluegrass Festival countless times and knows the Morgan Family well. After viewing the sad announcement, he called Don up to ask what he could do to help and the brainstorming immediately began. Before long, between the Morgan’s and Edgar Loudermilk Music Productions, a plan was devised in an effort to save the festival. A recent and most welcome addition to the team, Sam Jam Promotions, will also prove to be a great asset in moving forward to make the festival thrive once again.

The festival has been scheduled to go on as normal, the last week in August, and the line-up has already been put together. Joining the ranks at Brown County this year will be:

  • Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry
  • Hammertowne
  • Turning Ground
  • The Moron Brothers
  • NewTown
  • Wilson Banjo Co.
  • Higher Vision
  • Dave Adkins Band
  • Bobby Hamblin & The Lawless
  • Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers
  • Big Country Bluegrass
    • Please, if you have ever attended, know someone who has, or just love bluegrass festivals, SHARE anything and everything you see about Brown County Bluegrass and let’s make this one the biggest, best year ever!

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WAMU Seeks New Owner for Bluegrass Country

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 22:36

WAMU is offering "Bluegrass Country" radio. WAMU made the following announcement on their website yesterday afternoon explaining the situation, and offering the information necessary for potential buyers to use regarding the Request For Proposals and what the sale entails and includes. Here is the formal announcement from WAMU:

From 1967 through today, WAMU has been a proud supporter of bluegrass music and its culture, which has been part of the Washington region for many years. A large migration from Appalachia occurred during the 1940s, making Washington the capital of a blossoming bluegrass music scene. Bluegrass became a defining sound for many in the area and, by the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, was a hotbed for musicians such as Buzz Busby, Leon Morris, The Country Gentlemen, and later, the Seldom Scene and Johnson Mountain Boys.

Bluegrass music had a limited presence on commercial radio so hosts and ethnomusicologists Gary Henderson and Dick Spottswood approached WAMU with a proposal for a half-hour educational bluegrass show. Bluegrass Unlimited debuted on July 3, 1967.

In addition to Spottswood and Henderson, WAMU’s bluegrass hosts and producers over the years have included well-respected broadcasters, musicians, authors, and ethnomusicologists who specialize in bluegrass and roots music: Eddie Stubbs, Jerry Gray, Ray Davis, Katy Daley, and Lee Michael Demsey.

From 1967 through the 70s and 80s, generous support from the bluegrass community allowed WAMU to expand. Today, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is a 24/7 bluegrass music service broadcasting at 105.5 FM, HD on 88.5-2, and streaming on Bluegrass Country’s social media includes a YouTube channel with over 4.4 million views.

What’s Happening and Why?:
During the last 20 years, the Washington area has once again undergone tremendous demographic shifts attracting millions of new residents. WAMU has seen listenership to the main news station steadily increase, making it one of the most-listened-to radio stations in the Washington, D.C. market.

To clarify and further understand this shift in demographics, WAMU commissioned a study from an independent media strategic consulting company to develop a five-year strategic plan. This process made it clear that news and information is what the majority of listeners want and expect from WAMU. A similar independent public media consulting company analyzed WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, and concluded that we could not expect similar growth in listenership and financial support for this service over the next five years.

Next Steps:
As a result of these two studies, we’ve had to make a difficult business decision. In order to focus our financial resources and creative energy on news and information, we will have to part ways with our bluegrass service.

We’re proud of the bluegrass legacy WAMU helped build over the past 49 years and our first choice is to find a new owner for the service. We are consulting with WAMU’s Bluegrass Country morning host and managing producer Katy Daley, the Bluegrass Country team, key supporters, and other interested parties. A public search has been launched for a new group or individual willing and able to take over the service.

If we are unable to find a new owner, however, we will end the service December 31, 2016.

In the meantime, WAMU will celebrate the bluegrass legacy and continue our support for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.

As we move forward, we are committed to an open and transparent process for our listeners and members. Please visit this page for occasional updates. If you would like to share your thoughts and opinions with us, please email

For Members:
WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is no longer accepting new donations as it is seeking a new owner and plans to transfer the service or cease broadcast on December 31, 2016. Contributions previously made to Bluegrass Country will continue to support the service in the coming months. If you have a question about a donation, please contact us via email at

For Interested Owners:
If you are interested in becoming a new owner, please review the Request for Proposal (RFP).

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Lou Reid and Carolina Celebrate The Crooked Road

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 22:30
Abingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving route across Southwest Virginia where authentic American music traditions first took root in mountain communities like Big Stone Gap, Floyd and Galax. Thanks to Lou Reid and Carolina, that road now has an anthem every bit as memorable as the landscape through which it travels.

The band’s newest album, Rollin’ On, has just been released and features the brand new single, “The Crooked Road,” penned by songwriters Ellen Britton and Will Hopkins and certain to become a classic. Ellen Britton’s co-writer Will Hopkins passed away in 2015. “The song was Will’s idea and he grew up along The Crooked Road in Rocky Mount, Virginia,” said Britton. “I loved the song from the start and thought the name itself was evocative. It speaks to the contrast between our modern and somewhat hectic way of life and a slower way of living. With that basic idea as the starting point, writing the song came easy. That was a song that wanted to be written.”

“If we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and our annual Mountains of Music Homecoming event, they couldn’t have done better than the song on this record,” said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road. “To have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass pay homage to Virginia’s music heritage in a song of this caliber is truly special.”

“When you start an album, you never really know which songs are going to stand out until you’re done,” said Reid. “And “Rollin’ On”was no different. When you listen to the record, ‘The Crooked Road’ has a sparkle to it that’s unmistakable. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.”

The record release by Lou Reid and Carolina coincided with the 2nd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, an extraordinary nine-day music and cultural showcase event that took place June 10-18 across Southwest Virginia’s Crooked Road Region.

The release of the new single is accompanied by a new music video, a cooperative effort between The Crooked Road organization and the band. The video is made possible through the generous support of David & Judie Reemsnyder, the Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Kornrich.

“The first song I ever learned on guitar was the “Wildwood Flower,” continued Reid. I watched Mother Maybelle Carter sing that song and play it on guitar and autoharp on a black and white TV along with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in the early 60’s. I didn’t realize until later how much the music from The Crooked Road region would influence my own music and life. The Crooked Road WILL take you home again!”

Rollin’ On is now available for purchase at, iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail outlets. Radio stations can access the new album at The music video, above, is also viewable at

After stints with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs, and the Seldom Scene, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lou Reid formed his own band, Carolina in 1992. In 1994 the band received the IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award. In 1996, Reid re-joined the Seldom Scene and also continues to record with Carolina.

Rollin On, features Lou’s award-winning vocals and mandolin playing highlighted by band members Christy Reid (Bass and Vocals),Trevor Watson (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals), and Marcus Smith (Guitar and Vocals). Special guests on the album include Ron Stewart (fiddle), and Skip Cherryholmes (guitar and vocals).

Rollin’ On includes:

  1. "Hobo On A Train "
  2. "Lonesome Moon "
  3. "Roll On "
  4. "Ol’ Train "
  5. "Long Time Leavin’ "
  6. "The Crooked Road "
  7. "Christmas in the Blue Ridge "
  8. "Honky Tonk Night Time Man "
  9. "The Beginning of the End "
  10. "Train of Trouble"

For more information about Lou Reid and Carolina, visit and Facebook.

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Farm & Fun Time with Danny Paisley and Missy Raines

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 22:32

Bristol, VA/TN -- Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, on Thursday, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Radio Bristol’s Kris Truelsen, the show will feature performances by Missy Raines & The New Hip and Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass. Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, a recipe segment, and much more!

Tickets to be part of the studio audience are $20 with open seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Farm & Fun Time is made possible by support from Eastman Credit Union. Purchase tickets online by clicking here.

About Missy Raines & The New Hip
With a smokey and seductive alton, seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, heads up this quartet featuring mandolin, guitars, bass, and drums. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the center of the stage directing her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it. ICON Magazine said Raines is “a seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash.”

About Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
Deeply rooted in tradition, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass’ new album, The Room Over Mine, earned accolades and significant chart action. The song, “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year and the group has garnered several IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year. Touring nationally and internationally, the band’s list of notable festivals and events include Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more.

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Edgar Loudermilk's Georgia Maple Available Now

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 22:17

Edgar Loudermilk's debut album on Pinecastle Records, Georgia Maple, is available now! The first single from the album, "My Kentucky Home," has already been playing on radio across the country and has charted on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Airplay Chart several times reaching as high as the #2 spot. The album also reached #1 on AirPlay Direct's bluegrass radio chart.

Georgia Maple features eight out of twelve tunes written or co-written by Loudermilk, giving the album his own style and sound. Personnel featured on the album include Glen Crain on Dobro, Edgar Loudermilk on lead vocals and bass, Jeff Autry on Guitar and Harmony Vocals, Zack Autry on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Chris Wade on banjo.

"Take a one of a kind voice, a commanding stage presence, and a killer songwriter who can conjure up the long lonesome feeling of bluegrass music with a stealth and hearty vocal like no other."
- Bill Barnett, Saltymoss Media

"Georgia Maple, an Album with songs about real life & events we all can connect with, it's Bluegrass at it's Best"
- Big Al Weekley

The band is currently touring in support of the album as The Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry. Autry's solo album, Foothills, was released on Pinecastle in the 1990's and has been brought back in print to be available to fans at the band's shows.

Edgar Loudermilk is a veteran bluegrass vocalist, bass player, and songwriter who taught himself to play by rote, listening to the Bluegrass Album Band Volume 1 recording. He was heavily influenced by his father and grandfather as well as his well known relatives, The Louvin Brothers. Loudermilk played in his family’s band from age nine until the age of 20 when he joined the regionally popular group, Carolina Crossfire. It was during this time that he decided to pursue a professional career in music.

He went on to be a member of Rhonda Vincent’s band, then Marty Raybon’s Full Circle, and eventually a member of Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out by 2006. Loudermilk already has two highly acclaimed solo albums under his belt as well as a recent collaboration recording with Dave Adkins. With his upcoming release, he joins the Pinecastle Records family of artists.

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Hit Songwriter Billy Droze Releases Rural Rhythm Single

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 22:15

Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the first single “Columbus Stockade Blues” by hit songwriter Billy Droze. At only 29, Billy Droze has acquired the title of "hit songwriter" over the years co-writing such songs as; I Know Better" (#1 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) - The Grascals, "Her Memory Again" (#5 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) - Flatt Lonesome, “Bottle Was a Bible” – Junior Sisk, ”Big Pain” – Marty Raybon, "Free Again" – Shenandoah, “Sunday Clothes” – Randy Kohrs, “That’s Why I Run” - Billy Yates (#1 in Europe), “You Never Know” – Darryl Worley, "Like I Do" - Jamie O'Neil and more.

However for his first single, Droze puts his soulful mountain vocals on the classic “Columbus Stockade Blues” with the help of his friend Ronnie Bowman on harmony vocals and top bluegrass pickers Rob Ickes (Dobro)and Andy Leftwich (Fiddle). The single is produced by Billy Droze & Ronnie Bowman and includes performances by David Freeman (Mandolin), Gary Waldrep (Banjo), Jason Roller (Guitar) andKevin Grant (Bass)

“I first heard Columbus Stockade Blues as a teenager in Alabama. from a dear friend I called my Grandfather Jack Alexander. He would pick up his old Martin and sing it to me and quote these words jokingly with a grin "Bill if you had any sense you'd record this song and make it big" I'd laugh and shrug it off all the while knowing I would just for him if ever given the chance. Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records, and I talked about recording a classic traditional song and I immediately heard Jack in the back of my mind telling me to PICK ‘Columbus Stockade Blues’. So I did…When it came down to cutting the vocal I wanted to make sure the original melody was intact, so I immediately called longtime friend Ronnie Bowman. This song was a one taker with the band it just seem to flow out effortlessly. So in a way old seeds planted still grow and I’m sure glad they did. I do believe we all did it justice with a slight twist and I bet old Jack is smiling.”
– Billy Droze

“Columbus Stockade Blues” first made famous by the founding father of Bluegrass himself Mr. Bill Monroe but was written and recorded way back in the early 1920’s. Columbus Stockade was an actual place, a well-known jail and police station since as far back as the 1850's. The song speaks about a man who was incarcerated at the facility thinking of his love back home in Tennessee and knows if he ever made it out of prison it would only be in his dreams.

Click here to hear “Columbus Stockade Blues”. The single is available for DJ downloads on AirPlay Direct and included on the new Radio CD, Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks, No. 2 – 2016 available to D.J.’s now.

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, the 10th of 12 children, Billy Ryan Droze grew up in Alabama knowing that music was his life as far back as he can remember. “It’s as if I was inserted with a computer chip that made my life revolve around music.” But the reason is just as likely the influence of his father, Bob “Red” Droze, a dedicated country, gospel, and bluegrass musician, who in 1962 released an album on Rural Rhythm Records making father and son label mates.

Billy was on stage with his dad by the time he was 4 years old, and spent his childhood singing with him everywhere from churches to bluegrass festivals to honky-tonks, developing a passion for traditional country, gospel, and roots music that has influenced him ever since.

He learned to play guitar when he was 12, and as a teenager would perform anywhere, anytime, for anyone who would listen, sometimes walking miles down country roads, carrying his guitar, just for the chance to play a few songs.

By the time he was 16, Billy’s dad had moved on to Texas, so he followed him there and spent a year or so playing with his band. Then after rambling around Texas for a while, he decided it was time to move to Nashville, where he’s lived ever since. Continuing to play anywhere he could, and constantly honing his skills as a song smith and musician, Billy's ever-growing fan base, dramatically increased after several tours, opening for and singing lead for the Grammy-winning group Shenandoah (under the aka. name of Billy Ryan).

Billy Droze has been touring worldwide and making music non-stop for more than a decade. This truly unique artist and hit songwriter, has lyrics that dig deep into the heart of life, melodies and a guitar style that combine his traditional roots with a modern twist that’s all his own, and a voice so soulful, earthy and sincere that every song seems to draw you in to believe and enjoy his brand of American Music. More information is at or Facebook.

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