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First Music Business Accelerator Launched in Nashville

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:48

Nashville, TN -- The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and CMA have teamed up to produce the first-ever, music business accelerator. The program leverages the EC's proven accelerator formula with the industry strengths of title partner CMA, for the development of the music industry.

The traditional music business model and the newer digital access model are both in transition. Most stakeholders agree that the current state of affairs in the music industry does not benefit its constituents, which leaves innovation as the key to the future of the industry.

"Nashville is the logical place to launch this program,” said Michael Burcham, CEO at the EC. "Music City is also the Entrepreneurial City and the ‘it’ city, where dreams become reality.”

The music business accelerator is a 14-week program that will develop six to eight startups into investable businesses for the music industry ecosystem in Nashville. Each startup will receive a $20,000 investment in exchange for equity.

“CMA was created to advance Country Music and provide a forum for new ideas that support our business interests across every segment of the industry,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This is an investment in the future of our business community and city.”

Startups from all over the world are invited to apply by submitting proposals for their new music business ideas. The global competition will culminate in four rounds to select the top six to eight ideas that will participate in the accelerator. After the global competition, the accelerator will commence at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

"Nashville is the place where the best possible mentors for music and technology intersect. Any of our future startups will have a dream team to help them realize their vision," said Joe Galante, master mentor at the EC and member of the CMA Board of Directors.

The accelerator will support the development of new business models for the music industry, seeking to help programmers, technology engineers, and music business entrepreneurs create a sustainable future for the industry.

For more information, or to get involved, please visit

The EC connects Entrepreneurs with Investors, Mentors and the Critical Resources they need to accelerate the launch of startup businesses.The EC fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by Turning Ideas Into Reality, helping to start businesses and create jobs. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Center is funded through sponsorships, partnerships, donations and grants. The EC relies on support from leading corporations, successful entrepreneurs and those who have a vested interest in the Center’s success. For more information, visit

Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021. For more information, visit

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A Tribute to William Smith Monroe 1911 - 1996

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:51

September 9, 1996 was a solemn day in the history of bluegrass music. The father of our music, Bill Monroe, who was loved and admired by all, passed on to the heavens to pick with those of his time. Bill created a unique American musical form which has become a standard of American genres. During the days after the great depression, Bill played in small clubs in the steel towns north of his Commonwealth of Kentucky home. Chicago is where the music was born but its roots were deep in the heart of his homeland on the south. The Big Mon, as he was affectionately known, will be missed by the entire world. Bill worked the oil refineries to sustain the family and the hard labor was something he felt would maintain his strength - both physical and spiritual.

Tributes rained in from around the world for this great man. Bill was not only loved by his followers and others in bluegrass but was also loved by artists in many other styles of music. Bill was 84 and just shy of his 85th birthday when the toils of age took him from us. Bill had heart surgery last year and earlier this year, suffered from a stroke which ended his public performances.

Messages flooded my mailbox from everywhere. Estonia, Belgium, Japan, Australia, and of course, the United States. Reader comments via Cybergrass were also overwhelming and kind. They were all appreciated greatly.

Friends of his visited him often in both the hospital and in the care home in Tennessee. Bill, sadly, did not die on his farm but in another place. His friends often wrote or called me to let me know how he was doing and until the last day, the words were always encouraging. Thus, his passing came as a shock and a surprise to us all.

Radio, television, print media and, yes, the Internet all carried tributes to Bill and the joy that he brought the world. There are some additional links at the end of this article bearing tributes on the web from others. Stars such as Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs, Jimmy Martin, and scores of others payed tribute and mourned the loss of this unique individual. Bill will be sadly missed by those of us who knew him. Many people wrote to say how much they were going to miss him and yet, they never had the opportunity to meet him or get to know him. They also payed tribute just the same.

WSM, home of the Grand Ole Opry, spent the better part of the past three days on Bill and what he has done for American heritage. Every major news network carried some information on him and his achievements. The newspapers were all paying tribute somewhere between their pages - many on the front page. Yes, this was a very popular individual even if many didn't know him by name. They knew of his achievements. Even the Station Inn honored this great father of bluegrass music as did many other large and small clubs across the country.

After all, a man isn't measured by who he is but rather by what he does and leaves behind. Bill did so much for so many that he will never be forgotten. The big things as an ambassador to Americana or the little things as when he gave quarters to children and others in need. What he gave to the communities in charity. What he gave to the world in his music. What he gave in dedication to the art. Yes, Bill will be hard for anybody to measure up to. His creative spirit is not to be found often and the ability to make it happen during the hardest of times, is a tribute to his spirit. Yes, Bill is a man and a great man. I am honored to have met and known him. I am also honored to have seen him play on many occasions.

Probably Bill's greatest gift was that of love. He brought people together. He played his music from the soul and drenched the souls of others. His love was as widespread as any on Earth. He gave more of himself than Presidents and many others of high stature. He gave this love for his entire life. Bill was active in his music until his stroke but his love continued on even then. Bill allowed others to enjoy his music and the music of other bluegrass and country artists. By doing this, he brought millions of people together so that they could know each other as well. Just another measure of his greatness. How many other people have given so much and asked for so little in return?

How Bill affected so many was brought to light in all the letters and messages from people who reflected upon their experiences with this man. How they met, what they did, and how he impacted their lives forever. All tributes from everyday people, the big music artists, and the fans around the world. Bill created a lifetime of memories for thousands of people whom he caressed the hearts of over the years. This strong but gentle man was true in spirit as he was in his music.

I remember the first time I went to a Bill Monroe concert and there was just no place to park as it was held in a small area of a congested town. The only place to park was directly behind Bill's bus but, if I did that, he couldn't get out. Bill came up and said to go ahead and park there and he'd find me when he had to leave. I graciously accepted his offer. During the intermission, we got the chance to talk for quite a while about the music. This was a real treat for me. After the long show, I bought some albums from him and had him autograph the disk labels. Bill waited as I carefully unwrapped the LPs and removed them from their jackets. Then, I purchased a second set which I could play and the autographed disks remain unplayed to this day.

Since that time, I've had the pleasure to meet him on several other occasions and over the years, he has pretty much remained the same sincere person he's always been to me. Our last meeting was in Owensboro last year (95) and I shall cherish that moment in memory for as long as I live. He was tired from giving autographs at the Gibson booth yet found the time to greet those in the room and give a firm handshake to everybody. He was tired but he kept on going.

I am going to miss his wonderful view on life and his professionalism towards the music. I am going to have to listen to every thing I have from him over and over again without any new material. But, this too shall pass as every time I listen to a Bill Monroe tune, I too will remember him and the times we shared. In this way, he will live on forever in my heart.

Originally posted in 1996 following his passing.

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Exclusive Cherryholmes Family Reunion Planned for 2015

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 22:56

The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival is planning an exclusive Cherryholmes family reunion at their 2015 festival. The annual festival will feature over 45 bands. The Roanoke Island, North Carolina festival always features top artists, acts and entertainment. Plans are already underway for next year's event.

Each year, fans are invited to come hear that old familiar twang, in the traditions of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and so many other legendary bluegrass performers. Come hear today's Bluegrass stars picking their mountain music by the sea. Join us for four fun filled days with the music of our roots, the music of our grandfathers, the music of America ....... Bluegrass!

The annual event always features jam sessions in the parking lot and the host hotel, The Elizabethan Inn, throughout the weekend. Another exciting part of the festival is "BoomGrass!" The big fireworks show held during the festivities from barges anchored behind the stage. The fireworks are choreographed to bluegrass music and is the largest fireworks display in North Carolina.

What has this award winning band been up to since their official disbanding? Well, according to their website, "Everyone is busy with their lives and careers. Jere is enjoying No Career! He rides his Harley, hunts and fishes, and enjoys taking his wife (me) to NASCAR races. We are big NASCAR fans. This year Jere's for Dale Jr. I'm a diehard Kyle Busch fan myself!

"We travel quite often and are heading for Ireland in May. I spend my time arranging and scoring music for our wonderful church, Union Hill Baptist. I also enjoy filming and editing video projects, especially when they have the kids in them. I teach guitar and piano and am completing my studies in Natural Healing and Herbology.

"Cia and her husband Stetson are performing under the name Songs of the Fall. They have some new music. Some great video footage from their concert at Authentic Coffee should be up on Youtube soon. (My latest video accomplishment) Keep up with them on

"B.J. is burning up the road with Dailey and Vincent. This summer will mark his 3rd anniversary playing with D&V. If you haven't seen them, you need to. Keep up with B.J. and D&V at

"Skip is performing in the new hot bluegrass band Sideline. Sideline is Skip, his father-in-law Steve Dilling, Jason Moore, and Daryl Webb. Skip is also performing with bluegrass icon Lou Reid and Carolina. Keep up with Sideline on Facebook. Also, check out

"Molly has a whole new style of Music going on. Not only is she writing, producing, and recording her new EDM on piano, but she is also performing with symphony orchestras on violin . Check out this link Keep up with Molly on Facebook.

"Our son Tyson missed the Cherryholmes experience. He was busy serving in the U.S. Air Force at the time. However, he is also an accomplished musician/singer/songwriter. If you enjoy Christian rock with a 70's and 80's flavor, you'll want to check out his band God Only Knows. Keep up with Tyson at"

Stay tuned as we bring you more about this festival and its lineup as it draws closer.

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Live and Local: Bluegrass on Hillsborough Street

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 22:54

Darin and Brooke Aldridge will headline a family-friendly day of bluegrass and gospel on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Hillsborough Street district. This free event will feature four stages nestled among the oak trees of our community with some of the best in local and national bluegrass and gospel acts from 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Logan Court Beer Garden will feature craft beers from North Carolina, including a special Bluegrass Pale Ale from Raleigh Brewing Company, an event sponsor. Meanwhile, the Kids Zone will feature bouncy houses and crafts for children of all ages. Bring your instrument so you can jump into a picking circle or a camping chair so you can sit and enjoy the joyful sounds. For venues and more information, visit:

Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge have carved out one of the fastest rising careers on the acoustic music scene today. Their talent has never been more apparent than with the release of their latest album, FLYING. The duo draws on the traditions of their native North Carolina, the savvy of a young gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the most mature release of their career.

The duo has placed at the Top of the Charts on Americana roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and Gospel charts. They have received multiple nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) (SPGBMA) and Inspirational Country Music (ICM). The music video "Wildflower" was added to the lineup in 2013 and is being featured on CMT and CMT Edge and GAC. Along with TV performance appearances on PBS ,Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, Presley’s Country Jubilee, RFD-TV, Rural-TV, Daystar Network, Blue Highways TV, Song of the Mountains and Music City Roots.

Having crafted one of today’s finest acoustic acts since forming in 2006, their talent has never been more apparent than with the release of their latest album, Flying. The duo draws on the traditions of their native North Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the most mature release of their career. If nothing else, the chance to hear Brooke Aldridge, truly one of the singular female voices in music, is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

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Pinecastle Records Founder Tom Riggs has Died

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 23:12

The staff at Pinecastle Records are saddened to announce that Pinecastle's former owner Thomas W. Riggs died on Saturday August 30th, 2014 at the age of 78. Tom left an indelible mark on the bluegrass music industry and will be remembered not only for the way he conducted business but for the many artists that he encouraged and helped establish. A private service will be held in his hometown of Louisville, KY.

Riggs got his taste of business with a Pizza Hut franchise. After the franchise, he set out on his own with his own business, Pinecastle Records. He tied the two together for a while as the Pizza Hut Challenge -- a bluegrass band competition with local, regional and national titles awarded. Many of those winners became Pinecastle recording artists on the label.

Riggs was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel. He backed and supported many non-profits and for contributing to the bluegrass music genre with the many artists his label hosted. Many popular bluegrass artists got their start with the help of Pinecastle. Artists like the Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen, Kristin Scott Benson, Josh Williams, New Coon Creek Girls, Wild & Blue, Kevin Williamson Band, Special Consensus, The Osborne Brothers, The Reno Brothers, Grasstown, Wildfire, Jim & Jesse, Phil Leadbetter, Butch Baldassari, Barry Barrier, Continental Divide and a host of others were all on the label at some time in their careers. Over 250 projects were released by Rigg's Pinecastle Records label.

In early February of 2010, the family devoted their energies to Riggs' health problems and closed the label due to all the events that were ongoing at the time. A friend of the Riggs' family, Dr. Lonnie Lassiter, purchased the label and it is still in operation today.

Riggs passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014 after years of declcining health issues. He left a legacy of talented artists, wonderful music and a passion that is rarely seen today. He will be missed by many.

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The Carter Fold Host The Local Honeys, Nott Brothers Sept 13

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 23:10

Hiltons, VA -- The Local Honeys are a vibrant, female trio specializing in old time music. The group met as students and faculty at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and are multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. They incorporate comedy and dance into their performances. Montana Hobbs, Stephanie Jeter, and Linda Jean Stokley are the Local Honeys. Montana plays the clawhammer style banjo. Stephanie plays autoharp and guitar, and Linda Jean plays the old time fiddle. All do beautiful harmony vocals. The group has appeared regionally as well as internationally. The Red Barn Radio Show, the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Wallace Station, and concert tours in China, Jamaica, and the Czech Republic are just a few examples of the venues they’ve played. These young ladies consider themselves ambassadors of traditional Appalachian music and are dedicated to the preservation of traditional songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and dance.

You may not be able to tell by their close harmonies or genuine on-stage personalities, but the Nott Brothers are not brothers. With guitar and banjo in hand, Thomas Albert and Tyler Mullins combine styles from bluegrass to classic country to swing into a form they call “roots music.” Thomas Albert, the suave, guitar-playing “brother” grew up in Morehead, Kentucky. Coming from a family of musicians and entertainers, he has spent much time learning the songs and styles of traditional country and old time music. His strong, emotion-filled singing captures sounds of the past and present. Wielding the five-string banjo, as well as many other instruments, “Tasteful” Tyler Mullins is a native to Sparta, Kentucky. Beginning his professional music career while in middle school, Tyler has performed across the world, including at the Grand Old Opry and tours in China and Japan.

Thomas and Tyler are both recent graduates from Morehead State University. They are the first in the world to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Traditional Music accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Whether singing the traditional bluegrass song “Shenandoah Waltz” or the 1950s hit “Witch Doctor,” this dynamic duo makes it their own. The Nott Brothers offer a roots music variety show that is sure to engage the audience, leaving you with a show you are not likely to forget.

The Local Honeys and the Nott Brothers have performed several times at the Carter Fold with Raymond McLain and the Morehead State Music Ambassadors. If you like your music old time or roots and you like your fiddling hot, don’t miss the Local Honeys and the Nott Brothers at the Carter Family Fold. Check them out on Facebook and You Tube on the web. Bring along all your family and friends and enjoy the music of the mountains at the foot of historic Clinch Mountain. Don’t miss this special show!

Saturday, September 13th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Local Honeys and the Nott Brothers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site 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 Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.

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20th Anniversary Mountain Heritage Festival Sept. 20

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 22:37
In celebration of our 20th anniversary of the Mountain Heritage Festival, this year, more bands will grace the stage. Four local bands and the Junior Appalachian Musicians will take the stage on September 20 beginning at 10am. Loose Strings, an all-female group, from Galax, VA is known for their tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms.

Band members Grace Wilson, Channing Russell, Lindsey Nale and Ashley Nale, create a unique style as they all play an instrument and sing. Loose Strings has won many contests, one of which allowed them to play at the little Nashville Palace in Nashville TN. They have also traveled to Ohio where they were recognized as the “best entertainment” of the entire travel expo in Columbus. They were also honored to play at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) this past year in Raleigh N.C. We are excited to have this group join the lineup this year and we hope you enjoy their music.

Sparta’s own group, 5Play, will also take the stage during the Mountain Heritage Festival. This band, led by Kerry Martin, will provide a mix of country and southern rock hits. Hard Cider, a Grayson County, VA, acoustic band will also take the stage. Band members, Jerry Lee Martin, Brett Morris Martin, Rodney Hodges, Tammy Sawyer, and Stanley Widener are known for their award winning old time string band. The Hard Cider sound showcases many songs written by band founders, Jerry Lee & Brett Martin (husband and wife). In addition to some classic cover songs, you can hear more than one musical influence in addition to the basic old time and bluegrass traditions, such as country rock and singer-songwriter “Americana.” Their music has something for everyone, from traditional string band dance music to murder ballads, love songs and a few jazz beats.

The Rise and Shine Band is the house band at the Alleghany Jubilee, located in the former Spartan Theater on Sparta’s Main Street, and is a regular on the Mountain Heritage Stage. They accompany the contestants on the famous Possum Queen Contest that closes out the festival. One of the area’s premier bluegrass bands, it draws talent from Sparta and the surrounding mountain communities. The band is led by Ernest Joines, mandolin, and includes: Billy Dancy, banjo; Wade Petty, fiddle; Kermit Pruitt, bass; Charlie Edwards, vocals and guitar; and Charlie Kinzer, guitar.

This year, the festival will add a new event, The Soap Box Derby. Drivers will race their cars down South Main Street from the Sparta Presbyterian Church to the Alleghany County office building. The competition will begin at 1p with registration starting at 11am. Each car will participate in at least three heats with the top three finishers receiving a prize. For those interested in participating, please review the rules and regulations and call or visit the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce for more information 800-372-5473.

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Foot Stompin' Friday with Wayne Henderson at Carter Fold

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 22:35

Hiltons, VA -- Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about twenty instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. Friday, September 12th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by both an old time band and a bluegrass band - Wayne Henderson and Friends with Big Country Bluegrass. This special concert is part of our Footstompin’ Friday concert series. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Some of Henderson's instruments are intricately decorated, but they are most respected for their volume, tone, and resonance. Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson “is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States.” There is a waiting list for Henderson's guitars made up of the “famous (and not-so-famous).” He built a custom guitar for Eric Clapton. Above and beyond his great talents as a musician and instrument maker, Wayne Henderson is known as a “friend to everyone” and shares his talents and knowledge unselfishly.

Rounding out Wayne’s group of friends accompanying him will be Helen White on fiddle and guitar, Greg Cornett on banjo and vocals, and Herb Key on bass. For one of the best nights of old time music you can imagine, don’t miss Wayne Henderson and Friends with Jeff Little. Be sure to bring along your dancing shoes – and your friends!

Big Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small, intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music.

All the band’s members live in and around the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge, and their music reflects much of the deep musical heritage found in this region which is at the heart of the Crooked Road Music Trail. Tommy Sells plays mandolin and handles most of the emcee work. Teresa Sells plays rhythm guitar and sings lead and high harmony vocals. Eddie Gill handles most of the distinctive lead vocals and also plays the guitar. Lynnwood Lunsford, a former member of both the Lost and Found and Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys, plays banjo and sings harmony for the group. Tony King plays upright bass for the group.

Big Country Bluegrass plays music that has become known to many as Galax or Mt. Airy style bluegrass. It is straight ahead, hard edged bluegrass with no frills. The rhythm and timing are solid, the instrumental work is clean and tasteful, and the vocals are from the heart.

The band has released over a dozen albums and CDs over the years. Their latest release, The Boys in Hats and Ties, has garnered the prestigious # 1 spot in both the Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and the Bluegrass Music Profiles’ radio air-play charts. Tom T. and Dixie Hall wrote the title track. For more information on the band, go to

Come out and join us for a special evening of bluegrass and old time music. The only thing better than seeing one band that’s a Carter Fold favorite is seeing two bands that are Carter Fold favorites. For a special, memorable evening of music and family fun, come out and join us for this special concert. Bring along your dancing shoes – and all your friends!

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

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site 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 – Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.

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Nightflyer’s “Rail River & Road” Now Available

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 22:45

Nightflyer announces the release of their sophomore recording “Rail River & Road.” The CD includes 13 cuts, eight of them brand new songs. After the success of the Paula Breedlove/Brad Davis original tunes the band recorded on their first CD, they went back to that well and found three more by this duo that they felt were a perfect fit for the Nightflyer sound. Rick Lang and Joe Richardson each contributed two songs, and the final original, “The Man I’ve Come To Know,” was written by Nightflyer lead singer and guitarist Richard Propps, honoring his late father. The cover tunes range from Hazel Dickens’ “Old River” to “Train, Train” made famous by the rock group Blackfoot, and later recorded by Dolly Parton.

Propps carries the lead vocal duties, switching off for tenor when Ronnie Stewart steps in to take the lead on three tunes. The two even switch back and forth on lead and tenor between the verses and choruses for one song. “Rail River & Road” features each of the three remaining members singing a lead, with Tony Kakaris delivering the majority of the baritone harmonies. The music is all played by band members Rick Hayes (mandolin), Tony Kakaris (bass), Ronnie Stewart (banjo), Tim Jackson (dobro) and Richard Propps who played the guitar for his father’s song, and guest guitarist Clay Hess (The Clay Hess Band) providing the rest of the rhythm guitar.

The band could not decide on one track to feature as the album name and when they discovered that they just happened to end up with three train songs, two road songs and “Old River,” it seemed a traveling theme was in order.

“Rail River & Road” was tracked, mixed and mastered in Rick Hayes’ studio Hayes Productions outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Hayes and Clay Hess co-produced and arranged the songs. Lyn Hayes, Rick’s wife and co-owner in Hayes Productions, provided the CD graphics. The CD is released on their indie label, Kang Records.

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YMSB Harvest Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup Schedule

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 22:43

With only six weeks to go before the ninth annual Harvest Music Festival, organizers just announced the daily music lineup schedule for the 2014 festival. Harvest Music Festival will take place on the majestic Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas on October 16-18, 2014 and will feature 4 stages, nearly 100 sets of music, workshops, outdoor activities including plentiful kid-friendly programs and much more.

Hosts, Yonder Mountain String Band will perform all three nights and are thrilled to be joined by Grammy award winner Jerry Douglas, mandolin player and member of Joy Kills Sorrow, Jake Jolliff, and the talented fiddle artist, Allie Kral.

On Thursday, the American alternative country rock band, The Jayhawks will grace the Main Stage followed by bluegrass pioneers, Trampled by Turtles. Yonder Mountain will then close out the evening with a special late-night show in the Harvest Tent. Friday night’s headlining acts on the Main Stage will feature Grammy-winning traditional African-American string band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and afterwards, hosts Yonder Mountain String Band. On Saturday, funk band Lettuce will tear up the Main Stage before Americana Bluegrass Band, Railroad Earth. Yonder Mountain will close out the festival on the Main Stage on Saturday evening.

Back for the 4th year is the Harvest Songwriting and Fiddlin’ & Pickin’ Contest on Friday, Oct 18 and Sat, Oct 18. The Songwriting Contest will allow acoustic performers to submit a short MP3 of their custom Harvest Festival song. Each contestant must mention two out of five predetermined subjects pertaining to the festival including Harvest Music Festival, Mulberry Mountain, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ozark Mountains or Harvest Moon. The Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Contest Contestants will be allowed to compete using the mandolin, fiddle, flatpicking guitar, or the banjo and will be judged on execution, rhythm, difficulty/uniqueness and expression. The lucky winner will have a chance to play with one of their favorite bands.

All ticket packages are still on sale for the 9th annual Harvest Music Festival, including the option to start your weekend early with an early arrival ticket for Wednesday, Oct. 15, which features early entry and music starting at 7pm. Craving an even more personalized festival experience? Treat yourself to a VIP pass, which boasts camping and parking in the secluded VIP section, meals, beverage service, showers, access to the VIP lounge and more!

For all information regarding tickets and exclusive packages please visit the official website at View full schedule at

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Scott Napier Joins Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Faculty

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 22:41

Scott Napier of Clay City and a Hazard native is the newest faculty member of HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) where he will provide instrumental instruction, primarily mandolin and guitar, as well as music composition.

Scott has an 18-year career as a professional bluegrass and traditional music musician. His performance career began in 1996 as a member of the famed Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers band. As a Lonesome Rambler, he experienced numerous highlights including a tour of Japan, July 4th Celebration at the Washington Monument, a Prairie Home Companion radio program, and a major motion picture soundtrack recording. His musical career includes several audio recordings and Grand Ole Opry appearances.

Dean Osborne, KSBTM director, noted, “I am extremely pleased that Scott Napier is joining our faculty. He is a true professional and has extensive experience on stage and in the studio, as well as the respect of his industry peers. That professional combination will give our students a tremendous resource toward being successful in the bluegrass industry.”

Napier is happy about the facility where he’ll be teaching. “The KSBTM is a state-of-the-art facility settled in the heart of where so much of this music has flourished. I see talent everywhere here.” While he will continue to perform professionally, he’s quite excited about the chance to teach. “After nearly 20 years of touring and recording and teaching along the way, I feel that it’s time to give back to the music industry, and further develop and advance bluegrass and traditional music in every way possible.”

Napier has recorded with various performers including Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and The Whites, including touring, recording and Grand Ole Opry dates with IBMA award winner Dale Ann Bradley and Grammy award winner Marty Raybon. He was also a member of the PBS Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour house band and participated in a bluegrass Caribbean cruise which included both performances and teaching mandolin workshop classes.

Napier has also toured Israel as a member of the Mike Scott Band, taking bluegrass and gospel music to that part of the world. He currently tours and performs with the Lost and Found, filling the role left vacant after the untimely passing of his mandolin hero, Dempsy Young.

Anyone interested in enrolling for KSBTM’s spring semester can call (606) 487-3499.

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Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Balsam Range, Tops the Charts

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 23:17

IBMA Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Balsam Range remains firmly at the top of the Bluegrass charts with "Moon Over Memphis." "Moon Over Memphis” is the Number One Bluegrass song on the charts again this week, marking two straight months for the upbeat and contagious tune at No. 1 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart, and three straight weeks on the weekly chart. “Moon Over Memphis” features the deft vocals of IBMA Male Vocalist nominee, Buddy Melton, and that always remarkable Balsam Range pickin’.

If you would like to own a print of the spectacular original cover art for Balsam Range's album, Five, which depicts the “Moon Over Memphis” it is available in the store section of "It [the original artwork] was painted by a great artist friend of ours, Nancy Hilliard Joyce. She is amazing! Get one for yourself to commemorate this great song," said Tim Surret.

It has been said that the loudest word in the world is your name, because it is who you are, it is how you have been identified to the world for the length of time you have had your name, and it is a huge part of your self-perception for your whole life. A lot of people who live in Western North Carolina claim the antiquated names of the peaks and valleys and the lakes and rivers of this beautiful part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as part of their language in ways that might equate to sharing a warm story with an old friend. Place-names can create strong mental images and add building blocks of self-identity that give way to a treasured sense of “where I’m from” or “who I really am.” These feelings of place to which we mountain folk cling help define a majestic home shared by those lucky enough to live here. And these mountain names often undergo a metamorphosis from the memories of “what I’ve experienced here” to virtually become extensions of ourselves.

Many of the names found on WNC maps are names of people or names taken from some early event that took place here...and some names on the map evoke images of strength and spirituality. These names of ridges and hollers...trout streams and ruby mines...and roads and trails define areas of culture and heritage meaningful to those who cling to treasured memories of time spent growing up or living here. These mountain places of beauty are reflected within us and have become part of who we are as a people.

Such is the name Balsam Range to a group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County, North Carolina. For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county...where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge...the Balsam Range.

Now meet the band...Balsam Range. To encapsulate, Tim Surrett delivers entertaining MC work as well as seasoned lead and harmony singing. Tim also plays bass most of the time, and he will occasionally move his talents to the resonator guitar. His presentations are spontaneous, polished and professional. Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today. His range and tones largely give Balsam Range its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band’s programs equally. Caleb Smith has been called “one of the top young guns of guitar.” His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing. Caleb also delivers ballads with a perfectly toned, believable tenderness. Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolins players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains. Darren’s studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds. Marc Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and compliment the influences in the band of jazz and and gospel...and swing and old-time. Marc adds a credible entertainment experience of over 40 years to this fresh, unique Southern band...Balsam Range.

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Historic Performances Found For Renfro Valley 75th Anniversasry

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 23:14

Nashville, TN -- On September 13th Reno’s Old-Time Music Show will devote an entire episode to celebrate and honor the important music history of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance over the past 75 years. In addition, a re-broadcast of the special episode will air on December 13th 2014. While working on the production of the 75th Anniversary show Ronnie Reno discovered a treasure trove of historic performances for the tribute to Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

One of the discovered video treasures is a wonderful performance by Old Joe Clark singing the classic “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss”. In 1967 a movie was produced of the Renfro Valley Barn dance and it contained all the greats on it along with John Lair telling the story of Renfro Valley. It was given to Ronnie Reno by Old Joe Clark’s son Terry, and included some great performances by his father.

Another video gem came from a clip of Sunday Morning in the Valley which Ronnie Reno received from Mac Wiseman from a show Mac recorded in 1971. It was the only time that Mr. Lair took the old pump organ out of the barn and performed at Mac Wiseman’s Bluegrass Festival on the grounds of Renfro Valley. “It is some of the greatest vintage footage that we have today and I am proud to pass it along to future generations”, said Ronnie Reno.

Other highlights on the tribute episode includes performances by Tasha Harris, The Renfro Valley All-Stars featuring Debbie Gulley, John Lair and the Renfro Valley Folks along with historic interviews with John Lair and Pete Stamper.

The tribute episode that will run on Reno’s Old Time Music TV show was produced by Ronnie Reno and includes historic video performances from the Renfro Valley Barn Dance throughout its 75 years. In addition, newly created video footage was recorded at Renfro Valley on August 1, 2014. The newly created video which was shot at a variety of locations throughout the Renfro Valley entertainment center contains intros and background stories by Ronnie Reno for the various historic performances throughout the TV show.

Reno’s Old Time MusicTV show airs on RFD-TV and has a Nielson rating viewership of 1.2 million households on a monthly basis.

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in beautiful Renfro Valley, KY, proudly known as "Kentucky's Country Music Capital”, is celebrating its 75th year anniversary. Inside the lusciously green walls of this Valley you will find a music tradition that started back in 1939 by the founder John Lair. Great classic country, southern gospel, and mountain bluegrass music rings from the rafters and is “Still Going Strong” at two theaters to this very day. Many artists began their career or called the Renfro Valley Barn Dance their home over the years such as Red Foley, John Lair, Coon Creek Girls, Old Joe Clark, Pete Stamper, Homer & Jethro, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) and more.

Rural Rhythm recording artist, Ronnie Reno, reigning 2013 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year and TV host of Reno’s Old-Time Music Show, has joined forces with Renfro Valley Entertainment Center and Rockcastle Tourism to help celebrate the 75 year musical history of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

“We love it here! Congratulations on 75 years Renfro Valley!”
  - Charlie Daniels

“We’ve been coming here for years and there is no place like Renfro Valley! It’s such a great audience! Congratulations on 75 years!”
  - Gene Watson

“I absolutely love Renfro Valley, It’s such a wonderful place! Congratulations on 75 great years and hoping for 75 more!”
  - Lynn Anderson

Below is a list of upcoming shows from the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center.

13th - Marty Stuart & Connie Smith
20th - Georgette Jones
26th - Jimmy Fortune & T. Graham Brown
27th - Gene Watson

2nd–4th - Appalachian Harvest Festival
3rd&4th - Don Williams
9th - Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press
10th - Old Friends: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, J.D. Crowe & Paul Williams
11th - Dailey & Vincent
18th - Bobby Bare
24th - Rhonda Vincent
25th - Ricky Skaggs

1st - Travis Tritt…Cruise in the Valley Car Show & 75th Anniversary Barn Dance
2nd - Renfro Valley’s 75th Birthday Celebration
8th - 75th Barn Dance Celebration Show

November 14th – December 20th - Christmas in the Valley

"Please join us in celebrating the 75th year of the world famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Come be a part of history as you enjoy one of the last Barn Dance shows in existence." - John & Julie Enneking, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center owners

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Performers, Presenters Announced for Bluegrass Music Awards

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:25

Nashville, TN -- Performers and presenters for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards, held on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST, have been announced. The Awards Show, held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium) will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars.

Performers include all five 2014 Entertainer of the Year nominees: Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, The Gibson Brothers and The Del McCoury Band. Also scheduled to perform is Female Vocalist/Song of the Year nominee Claire Lynch, Instrumental Group of the Year nominee Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, last year’s Emerging Artist recipient Della Mae, and The Boxcars, leading the pack in 2014 with ten nominations. Awards Show hosts Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas will also perform that evening.

Members of the original Seldom Scene - Ben Eldridge, Tom Gray and John Starling - will be part of a special Seldom Scene performance celebrating their induction into the Hall of Fame. Also, Emerging Artist of the Year nominee The Spinney Brothers will give tribute to this year’s other Hall of Fame inductee, bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg.

Tony Trischka, Dale Ann Bradley, Jens Kruger, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Doyle Lawson, Jason Carter, Kimber Ludiker, Missy Raines, Ben Surratt, Joe Mullins, Junior Sisk and Sierra Hull have been announced as presenters.

The Awards Show is the centerpiece of IBMA’s five-day World of Bluegrass event, to be held September 30-October 4 in Raleigh, NC. Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the IBMA, the trade association for the bluegrass music industry.

"The IBMA Awards have long been the annual celebration of the community surrounding our rich musical tradition. And this year is no exception,” said Amy Reitnouer, who is co-producing the Awards Show with Chris Stuart. “With a diverse range of presenters, performers and special guests, October 2nd's awards show is sure to surprise and delight, representing where bluegrass has come from, where it is now, and the places it's going."

“In one sense, this is the easiest show in the world to produce because we simply let some of the best bluegrass artists in the world do their thing,” said Stuart. “We have the two hosts, Jerry Douglas and Lee Ann Womack, performing as well as the five nominees for Entertainer of the Year - and so many more, including an unannounced surprise or two …. Throw them all on stage, sit back and enjoy.”

The IBMA Awards Show will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction), streamed live by Music City Roots and available at and, and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks, thanks to the sponsorship of Deering Banjos, John Pearse Strings, Compass Records, Mountain Home Music, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Yep Roc, and Music City Roots.

Those wishing to obtain Award Show tickets, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages) and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

A complete list of nominees, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, and the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award can be found at

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Carter Fold Hosts Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers Sat

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:23

Hiltons, VA -- The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities. Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Kilby grew up in a musical family. His parents are Thornton and Emily Spencer of the Whitetop Mountain Band – a band that has performed for over four decades. John Perry is well-known throughout our area for his guitar playing. Lots of people remember John for playing in the award-winning band the New River Ramblers. Donald Hill has been playing music his entire life. His father, Leon Hill, was a musician and singer as well. Don is the senior member of the band, and he was actually playing guitar with the Whitetop Mountain Band in 1982. In fact, he was playing at the 1982 World’s Fair while Kilby was being born. Karen Carr is a dream-come-true for any old time or bluegrass band. She loves to play music and sing. She and Don also handle comedy for the group. Karen is deeply rooted in the musical heritage of the region with relatives who played including Fred Cockerham and Wilson Ramey. Karen’s won the award for best old-time bass at Galax twice. Wayne Dye is a former member of the Russell County Boys – a band formed by the former sheriff of Russell County – Trigg Fields. Peco Watson is well-known throughout the region. He played with the award-winning New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters for many years. Kyle Creed taught him a great deal on the banjo.

Don’t miss Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes!

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

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site 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 Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.

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Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest Schedule Announced

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:21

Nashville, TN -- The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced. The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 3 and 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent.

The full schedule of artists and performance times for various stages at the free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest is listed below. For any schedule adjustments or additions, check

Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 30-October 4.

In addition to the free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the ticketed concerts for both days will take place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and the Raleigh Convention Center. As announced last week, tickets for Red Hat Amphitheater/RCC are limited, and expected to sell out before the performance dates. To purchase tickets for this portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, go to

“If you’ve ever wondered what ‘bluegrass heaven’ would be like, you need to come to Raleigh, North Carolina October 3-4,” said IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell. “You’ll hear some of the best bluegrass music from around the world, played by talented musicians of all ages. There will be banners in the street, barbecue wafting through the air, banjos on every corner, red-hot jamming and dancing, and a smile on every face. In the Raleigh Convention Center we’ll have a fantastic Bluegrass Expo Hall, a Masters Workshop, and celebrity jam sessions, plus all sorts of great music and fun outside at the StreetFest. Get your tickets now and make plans to enjoy every joyous part of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival!”

“PNC’s support of StreetFest provides the public with free access to this incredible line-up of bluegrass artists and variety of activities for all ages,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president, Eastern Carolinas. “We also look forward to hosting a special experience for festival-goers outside the PNC Plaza building on Fayetteville Street.”

The PNC-presented free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held in downtown Raleigh along Fayetteville Street, will feature more than 80 bands, four music stages, a dance tent, vendors, concessions and a special youth stage near the Convention Center that will feature performances and activities from the future stars of bluegrass - including programming set up by IBMA’s Youth Council. Additionally, StreetFest will contain a Bluegrass Expo Hall and a Masters Workshop Stage in the Raleigh Convention Center.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.

The Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest would not be possible without its generous supporters: PNC Bank, Bud Light, Lone Rider, Big Boss, Belk, Boone, Central Carolina Chevrolet Dealers, Ron and Nancy McFarlane, Rex Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Martin Guitar, Triangle Transit Authority, Red Hat, Pepsi, Covington Vodka, Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh, Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh Marriott City Center, Sheraton Raleigh, North Carolina Arts Council and Downtown Raleigh Alliance, as well as media sponsors WRAL, WTVD, WNCN, 94.7 QDR & RADIO 96.1 and 919 Magazine. The StreetFest is brought to you by collaboration among the City of Raleigh, Raleigh Convention Center, IBMA, PineCone, and Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Schedule for Artists and Performances
for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest
October 3-4, 2014
(all times/performers subject to change)

12:00-12:45 pm - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
1:15-2:00 pm - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2:30-3:15 pm - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
3:45-4:30 pm - Scythian
5:00-5:45 pm - Sierra Hull
6:15-7:15 pm - Adkins & Loudermilk
7:45-9:00 pm - The Gibson Brothers
9:30-11:00 pm - Chatham County Line

12:15-1:00 pm - Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion
1:30-2:15 pm - Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
2:45-3:30 pm - The Outliers
4:00-4:45 pm - The Grass Cats
5:15-6:00 pm - Missy Raines & The New Hip
6:30-7:30 pm - Compton & Newberry
8:00-9:15 pm - Carl Johnson & Jim Lloyd
9:45-11:00 pm - Steve Dilling & Sideline

12:30-1:15 pm - Nixon, Blevins & Gage
1:45-2:30 pm - Bill Evans
3:00-3:45 pm - The Bankesters
4:15-5:00 pm - The Barefoot Movement
5:30-6:15 pm - Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive
6:45-7:45 pm - Donna Ulisse
8:15-9:15 pm - The Boxcars
9:45-11:00 pm - Blue Highway

12:15-1:00 pm - Moore Brothers Band
1:30-2:15 pm - Foghorn Stringband
2:45-3:30 pm - New Country Rehab
4:00-4:45 pm - The Duhks
5:15-6:00 pm - I Draw Slow
6:30-7:30 pm - Floodwood
8:00-9:15 pm - Balsam Range
9:45-11:00 pm - The Deadly Gentlemen

12:00-12:45 pm - Cup O’Joe
1:00-1:45 pm - Maybe April
2:00-2:45 pm - The Burie Family
3:00-3:45 pm - Gold Heart
4:00-4:45 pm - Breaking Grass
5:00-5:45 pm - Kids on Bluegrass

12:00-1:15 pm - Square dance w/Southern String Band
1:30-2:30 pm - Cane Creek Cloggers w/Southern String Band
3:00-4:00 pm - Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
4:30-5:15 pm - Carolina Heartland Cloggers & Little River Cloggers, w/Patrick Walsh & Friends
6:00-7:00 pm - Square dance – Caller Aaron Ratcliffe w/Yer Crooked Cousins
7:30-9:00 pm - The Duhks
9:30-11:00 pm - Scythian

12:00-12:45 pm - Clay Hess Band
1:15-2:00 pm - Hubby Jenkins
2:30-3:15 pm - Special Consensus
3:45-4:30 pm - Kids on Bluegrass
5:00-5:45 pm - Billy Strings & Don Julin
6:15-7:15 pm - The Kruger Brothers
7:45-9:00 pm - Claire Lynch Band
9:30-11:00 pm - Jim Lauderdale

12:15-1:00 pm - Gravy Boys
1:30-2:15 pm - Mountain Faith
2:45-3:30 pm - Jeff Little Trio
4:00-4:45 pm - David Holt & Josh Goforth
5:15-6:00 pm - Bobby Hicks, Tony Williamson, Ron Shuffler and Friends
6:30-7:30 pm - Snyder Family Band
8:00-9:15 pm - Mark Johnson & Emory Lester
9:45-11:00 pm - Laney Jones

12:30-1:15 pm - Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
1:45-2:30 pm - Darin & Brooke Aldridge
3:00-3:45 pm - Donna Hughes
4:15-5:00 pm - Audie Blaylock & Redline
5:30-6:15 pm - Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins
6:45-7:45 pm - Dale Ann Bradley
8:15-9:15 pm - Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
9:45-11:00 pm - The Ramblin Rooks

12:15-1:00 pm - Malpass Brothers
1:30-2:15 pm - Kristy Cox
2:45-3:30 pm - Flatt Lonesome
4:00-4:45 pm - MIPSO
5:15-6:00 pm - Front Country
6:30-7:30 pm - Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
8:00-9:15 pm - Wood & Wire
9:45-11:00 pm - Della Mae

12:00-12:45 pm - tba
1:00-1:45 pm - Ash Breeze
2:00-2:45 pm - The Lindsey Family
3:00-3:45 pm - Meyerband
4:30-4:45 pm - The Willis Clan

12:00-2:00 pm - Family Square Dance - Connie Carringer w/Carolina Catbirds
2:30-3:30 pm - Green Grass Cloggers w/Epps Pepsteppers
4:00-5:30 pm - Swing Dance - Huzzah the Band with introductory swing lesson by Jason Sager
6:00-7:00 pm - The Stuart Brothers
7:30-9:00 pm - Front Country
9:30-11:00 pm - The Revelers

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Mountain Faith Releases Single from Upcoming Album "Blue"

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:48

Willis, VA -- Accomplished bluegrass group Mountain Faith, a highly popular and awarded band based in the mountains of Sylva, North Carolina, has joined the Mountain Fever family of artists and drop their first single, "Feelin' Blue" to radio today. The single is from their upcoming November album release, Blue The group has been singing, playing and performing together for 14 years.

Band members include Sam McMahan on bass, Luke Dotson on guitar along with lead and harmony vocals, new member Cory Piatt on mandolin, Summer McMahan on fiddle along with lead and harmony vocals, and Brayden McMahan on banjo and harmony vocals. Cory has performed with various artists recently including the latest Donna Hughes release and earlier with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys.

Mountain Faith has a unique style that offers a variety of different genres of music. Audiences applaud their ability to offer numerous styles. Listeners will get a great mix of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, classic and modern country, folk, acoustic and contemporary gospel and a little rhythm and blues, leaving a fresh, pure and upbeat impression on audiences of all ages.

Mountain Fever owner Mark Hodges says, "We're really proud to have Mountain Faith join our family of artists here at Mountain Fever. I've been a fan since the first time I heard them live. Summer McMahan fronts the group and is truly one of the greatest female singers in the business. My hope is that a broader audience will begin to recognize this band. They've been very successful on the gospel side of bluegrass and by expanding their repertoire I know they will soon be a household name in bluegrass in general."

Frequent performers at world renowned Dollywood, the band has become a crowd favorite over the years. They travel the bluegrass festival circuit, running alongside bluegrass’ top bands, all over the United States and Canada. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. Recent SPBGMA awards “raised eyebrows” and drew more recognition for the band as they were the only band to have all members, but one, nominated for instrumental awards.

As you get to know the members of Mountain Faith, their humbleness, kindness and love of people will be evident. They leave a lasting impression in both their relationships and music. For more information on Mountain Faith, visit

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Jim & Jesse and Mac Wiseman Titles Available Again

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:45

Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the release of two titles available again today, Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys “I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing” and Mac Wiseman – “Sings Old Time Country Favorites”.

“I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing” is the second release Rural Rhythm is making available to Jim & Jesse fans featuring many of the classic albums released by the Legendary artists from their master library including Old Dominion Records masters.

Requests for gospel songs have come to Jim & Jesse since day one of their careers.

“I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing” produced by Jim & Jesse is their fifth gospel album originally released in 1990. The album contains 12 gospel songs that they have enjoyed for many years and on this album, Jim & Jesse stay with the tradition of doing some of the old songs that people could sing along with.

Jim & Jesse’s signature sweet brother harmonies drive this powerful gospel album along with the wonderful performances of the Virginia Boys including Tom Ewing, Raymond McLain, Glen Duncan, Mike Drudge, Roy Husky and Mike Stevens. Released almost 25 years ago,“I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing” is an important gospel album in the great music legacy that Jim & Jesse have collected over the years and is now available again on Rural Rhythm Records.

Jim & Jesse are celebrating 50 Years as members of the Grand Ole Opry this year. The success of their 1960s radio shows prompted Martha White Flour to bring them to Nashville to star on their early morning show on W S M. In 1964 a life time dream came true for Jim & Jesse when they became regular members of the Grand Ole Opry.

Released in February of this year on Rural Rhythm, “Radio Shows” was recorded in 1962 and contains 24 songs many never before recorded songs by Jim And Jesse and The Virginia Boys, and were selected because of the heavy requests for them on their radio shows.

Also available now are two new titles in Rural Rhythm’s archival Heritage Collection series. The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series includes authentic Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Waltzes, Fiddle Tunes and Gospel music performed by many legends & pioneers.Titles are mastered from the original master tapes, with original cover artwork and include many albums never-before available on CD.

The first twelve titles in the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series were released last year and two titles earlier this year which included J.E. Mainer with Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups, Volume 3 originally released in 1968 and Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks – Stars of the W.W.V.A. Jamboree originally released in 1967. Neither of these titles were ever available on the CD album nor digital download formats.

Rural Rhythm is now releasing two more titles in the Heritage Collection Series in both the physical CD and digital formats by Mac Wiseman – “Sings Old Time Country Favorites” originally released in 1966 and Raymond Fairchild – “Gospel” originally released in 1976.

Nicknamed “voice with a heart”, Mac Wiseman recorded for Rural Rhythm in 1966 during the time period that he worked at the W.W.V.A. Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. Produced by Lee Sutton ”Sings Old Time Country Favorites” contains 21 songs some dating back to the dawn of country music in the 20’s. There are many lost but not forgotten songs on this rare and classic album that are preserved here and will be passed down to future generations to enjoy.

Mac Wiseman was a founding member of Flatt & Scruggs’ band and performed with Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys. He also played a major role in the creation of the Country Music Association. Mac has been inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame and in October he will be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Much has been written about the exciting banjo pickin’ of Raymond Fairchild. Innovative, fast, tasteful, one-of-a-kind and creative are just a few of the adjectives people use to describe this North Carolinian’s music. This classic gospel instrumental album by Raymond Fairchild was originally released in 1976 and captures the spirit and joy of the old hymnal favorites performed with Raymond’s signature style of banjo.

All three titles are currently available for D.J. download on AirPlay Direct: Jim & Jesse – “Im Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing”; Mac Wiseman – “Sing Old Time Country Favorites” and Raymond Fairchild – “Gospel”.

Upcoming titles for release this year in the Heritage Collection Series include:

  • Buck Ryan with Don Reno & Red Smiley – Fiddling Buck Ryan – Instrumental Album
  • Dale Potter with Shot Jackson & Jim Murphy– Hoe Down, Volume 1 – Instrumental Album

More reissue titles will be announced shortly

The Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series is available through eOne Distribution, and available wherever digital and physical CD music is sold.

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

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

Rural Rhythm’s Sound Traditions collection titles have helped keep the traditional Bluegrass flame burning for decades and will continue the steady flow of available Old-Time Country, Bluegrass & Gospel titles culled from the treasure trove of masters in the Rural Rhythm Records vault…IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC!

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Doyle Lawson to Perform Benefit Concert TODAY

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:37

Columbus, KS -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will perform a concert benefitting the First Christian Church African Scholarship Fund on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 7:00 pm CT. The concert will be held at Columbus High School Auditorium at 124 South High School Avenue in Columbus. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20 each and available locally at the Country Gardens Florist, or at the door the night of the show. Tickets and info are also available by calling either (620)762-0922 or (620)429-2779.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are currently reigning Diamond Awards Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year (2013). The band is also currently nominated for 2014 Diamond Awards Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year, as well as just receiving a prestigious Vocal Group of the Year nomination in the upcoming 25th Annual IBMA Awards.

The band is also in the Top 10 Nominees for Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year and Inspirational Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year.

DLQ have a brand new gospel album which released in July, "Open Carefully: Message Inside," which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart. Bluegrass Legend Doyle Lawson also has a new collaboration album called "Standing Tall and Tough" which just released on the Mountain Home label with his dear friends and fellow Hall of Fame members, J.D. Crowe and Paul Williams.

With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, IBMA, SPBGMA and ICM Award nominations, and are 7-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year. DLQ were named ICM Vocal Group of the Year in 2012, on the heels of Doyle Lawson being inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in September 2012 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Donna Ulisse Releases "Showin' My Roots" Official Video

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:04
Donna Ulisse has been very active recently with her new book, The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process and her radio appearance with Katy Daley on WAMU Bluegrass Country early last month. Yesterday, Bluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse released a video to the title track of her curent release, Showin' My Roots (see below). She co-wrote the song with her husband Rick Stanley, as a tribute to some of her musical heroes who influenced her own journey as a performer and songwriter.

The closing photograph at the end is a picture taken of Donna as a young girl, at the end of a Loretta Lynn show in the early 1970's. On Loretta Lynn's left is well known Nashville studio guitarist Pete Wade. The video was shot on the property of Tom T. and Dixie Hall.

The first thing you're likely to notice when you listen to Donna Ulisse - whether live or on a recording - is the voice. Variously described as "rapturous and angelic," strong, supple, warm, rich, companionable and crystalline, that voice commands your attention, adapting readily to whatever song she is singing, wrapping itself around the lyrics and imbuing them with just the right emotion needed to bring the song home.

Donna Ulisse is a two time nominee for IBMA Songwriter of the Year and has released seven bluegrass albums in the past seven years with impressive chart activity and stellar reviews. She tours with her band The Poor Mountain Boys playing festivals and concerts. She is also a sought after songwriting workshop teacher with her songs having been recorded by Claire Lynch, Diana Jones, Louise Mosrie, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nu-Blu, Natasha Borzilova & The Bankesters. She also had a song on the 2014 Grammy winning Del McCoury Band album, Streets of Baltimore.

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