Latest Headlines from Cybergrass

Subscribe to Latest Headlines from Cybergrass feed
Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News
Updated: 2 hours 58 min ago

Dailey & Vincent Inducted into Grand Ole Opry

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 21:01

Nashville, TN -- Multi-GRAMMY® nominees and three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent were formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last night by Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show and Jeannie Seely. The duo had been invited to join the Opry by Marty Stuart during their 100th Opry appearance in December.

Seely, who will celebrate 50 years of Opry membership later this year, presented an Opry Member Award to Jamie Dailey, while Old Crow lead singer Ketch Secor did the same for Darrin Vincent.

“I had the honor of introducing Dailey & Vincent for their first Opry appearance,” Seely began. “I thought to myself that night, ‘I hope one day I get to see them become members of the Opry one day because they epitomize everything the Opry is on stage and off.’”

“They honor the traditions and respect their elders, but most of all they entertain,” Secor said. “Tonight they join the ranks of country music’s greatest entertainers. … Welcome Dailey & Vincent to the first family of country music.”

“We love the Grand Ole Opry. It’s in our DNA,” Dailey said as he and Vincent recognized family, friends, their band, and members of their organization who’d helped make the night possible. The duo closed their Opry segment with “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You,” a hit by one of their musical heroes, The Statler Brothers.

“We are very excited to welcome Dailey & Vincent into the fold,” said Opry General Manager Sally Williams. “Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have been proclaimed the best in their field across the board, winning awards and media acclaim for their songs, their musicianship, and their one-of-a-kind live performances. Over the past 10 years and more than 100 Opry visits, they’ve brought crowds to their feet both with country, bluegrass, and gospel standards as well as their brand new material. We look forward to Dailey & Vincent being active, beloved Opry members as the Opry looks toward the century mark and beyond.”

Among artists scheduled to play the Opry later this month are Opry members Charlie Daniels Band, Del McCoury Band, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood, along with special guests Brandy Clark, Chris Janson, The Mavericks, and Scotty McCreery. Opry Country Classics continues throughout the spring at the Ryman Auditorium with upcoming Spotlight Artist appearances by Brenda Lee, Lorrie Morgan, Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker, and more.

Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. The concoction of the fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Dailey & Vincent has garnered world-wide attention with their first national, top-rated television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show,” on RFD TV and over 500 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE - In Concert.” Their most recent CD, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks. For more information, visit daileyandvincent.com.

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, and Tuesday Night Opry shows will return February 14, 2017. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Marking more than nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at www.opry.com and www.wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit www.opry.com.

Tags: Dailey & VincentGrand Ole OpryInduction

Nu-Blu to Release “Vagabonds” April 28th

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:38

Nashville, TN -- Bluegrass/Americana breakout stars Nu-Blu are gearing up for the release of their upcoming project, Vagabonds. The album will serve as the award winning band’s sixth studio album, and is set for release on April 28. The album is fueled by the latest lead single, “Still Small Voice” featuring Country Music Hall of Fame Statler Brothers member Jimmy Fortune. The project will be released via Voxhall Records, and made available on iTunes, Amazon and wherever music is sold.

Vagabonds has been an emotional endeavor from the beginning. For seven years now, having spent over 200 days each on tour, the road has become our home,” says Nu-Blu’s Carolyn Routh. “We have seen a lot, done a lot, and embraced life not only through our own experiences, but also through the lives of those we have met. This project reflects the collective heart and soul of them, and of ourselves along the way."

Vagabonds first single is “Still Small Voice,” featuring Jimmy Fortune, who also co-wrote the song alongside Tony Lopacinski and Devin Belle. Accompanying lead singer Carolyn Routh and Fortune on harmonies is Dove Award winning singer Ben Isaacs. The song has already begun to generate traction since being released earlier this year, recently climbing its way to No. 3 this week on Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Bluegrass Song Chart, which counts down the top songs in the genre.

Standout songs on the album include the feel-good track, “A Lot More Love,” which has universal appeal with its inspiring sing-along message. Key lyrics on the song include the line, “we could all use a little less hate, and a lot more love,” with other lines through the song tackling the problems of the world. The song “Gypsies on Parade” is the inspiration behind the album title, which touches on the struggles of being on the road touring. Like previous albums, powerhouse lead-vocalist Carolyn Routh hits the high notes on ballads like the heartbreaking “640 Battlefield Drive” and the warm “Surround Me With Love.”

Nu-Blu also takes on some of country and rock music’s biggest hits, with a new approach. The rock anthem “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” was remade with a fresh, bluegrass approach. The song was originally released by Bob Dylan in 1973, while also being re-recorded by singers like Eric Clapton and Guns N’ Roses. The band also recorded a version of “Good Hearted Woman,” a record made famous by country music icons Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, where it hit the top of the charts in 1976.

Vagabonds Track Listing:

  1. The Bridges That You’ve Burned
  2. A Lot More Love
  3. Still Small Voice (featuring Jimmy Fortune & Ben Isaacs)
  4. 640 Battlefield Drive
  5. How Many Rivers
  6. Troublemaker
  7. Gypsies on Parade
  8. A Fool and Her Heart
  9. Surround Me With Love
  10. Good Hearted Woman
  11. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

You can learn more at www.nu-blu.com

Tags: Nu-BluCD ReleaseVagabonds

Dave Adkins Trio Releases Single from New Album

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:32

Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is happy to announce the release of new music from Dave Adkins. Adkins' latest offering is an all-gospel trio release with the first single, "House Of Gold" available to radio and consumers today. Turn To Jesus will be available April 7th.

If you've ever met Dave Adkins, you might find yourself surprised to find the larger-than-life persona on stage is exactly that off stage, as well. He's a powerhouse of talent and his vocals, songwriting, and excitable stage presence simply astound audiences, drawing them in almost instantaneously within the first few moments of a live performance experience. New fans of his music soon learn that behind Adkins' immeasurable talent is a heart of gold, sincere in his approach to his music and with his fans.

Since signing with Mountain Fever Records, Adkins has released three projects, including two solo records, all achieving much success with fans, reviewers, and radio programmers. His latest self-titled album produced four charting singles including "Change Her Mind" which has been on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 30 Songs for over 10 months.

Last year, Adkins partnered with two close friends, Richie Rose and David Taylor to sing in a small local church. The result was something even Adkins could not have predicted. A cell-phone video of the stripped-down, guitar and vocals-only performance, was posted on social media and captured the attention and hearts of so many, that the demand for more suddenly became very apparent. And thus, the Dave Adkins Trio was born.

The trio's first album, Turn To Jesus, will release April 7th. The first single, and the song that was the catalyst for it all, "House of Gold," is available to radio and consumers today. Radio programmers may download the single via AirPlay Direct or a digital download by emailing a request to radio@MountainFever.com. Consumers may pre-order the album now and will receive an instant download of "House Of Gold." For more information on Dave Adkins and the Dave Adkins Trio, visit www.DaveAdkinsMusic.com. For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit www.MountainFever.com.

Tags: Dave AdkinsDave Adkins TrioCD ReleaseTurn to JesusSingleHouse of Gold

Ken Irwin Honored with "Iconic Innovator" Award

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 20:47

Nashville, TN -- AirPlay Direct is honored to announce that Ken Irwin, Co-Founder of Rounder Records, has been honored with AirPlay Direct's "Iconic Innovators" Award - 2017. AirPlay Direct's "Iconic Innovators" Award honors the visionaries who have openly embraced digital innovation in the music industry. The AirPlay Direct "Iconic Innovators" Award is presented annually to the member of AirPlay Direct that has proven vision and best executes upon the opportunities that digital innovation in the music industry has and continues to create.

"Ken is a very unique combination of savvy business man and artist; a true music impresario'," stated Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct. "His accomplishments and awards speak for themselves; and the man that Ken is. We look forward with great anticipation to our continued successes and creative future with Ken and Rounder Records."

As an integral component to the "Iconic Innovators" Award, AirPlay Direct is honoring Mr. Irwin with a $50,000 AirPlay Direct "Marketing & Awareness" Campaign to accelerate his on-going brand development and global radio distribution footprint for Rounder Records new releases and catalog.

"It is truly an honor to be receiving this recognition from AirPlay Direct. I've recently enjoyed working with Lynda and Robert on two of their showcases and always appreciated their love and respect for catalog titles," stated Ken Irwin. "Receiving this prestigious award will enable and encourage me to go back through our catalog of over 4000 albums, and select some of my personal favorites, which might not have received attention from radio when they came out or which might be new to those in radio today."

Irwin further adds, "I've always enjoyed sharing quality music with others and this is a great opportunity to do so on a large scale. I' m looking forward to working with Lynda and Robert over the next year and hopefully introducing some music to radio and beyond which will touch people in the way that these artists and their music have touched me."

About Ken Irwin: In 1970, Irwin, Bill Nowlin, and Marian Leighton Levy started Rounder Records, with the simultaneous release of albums by old-time banjo player George Pegram and young old-timey Cambridge stringband the Spark Gap Wonder Boys. With such modest beginnings and equally humble goals, Rounder started to build up its catalogue, documenting what one reviewer of that period referred to as "roots music and its contemporary offshoots."

Irwin was actively involved in signing and discovering new artists. He was responsible for signing previously unsung talents as Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck, Mark O'Connor, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs, George Thorogood, Buckwheat Zydeco, and, more recently, The SteelDrivers, Sierra Hull, JD McPherson, the Time Jumpers and the Lonely Heartstring Band among others.

Although he has produced and facilitated recordings by artists ranging from Cajun legend D.L. Menard to rockabilly human jukebox Sleepy LaBeef, Irwin works most often with bluegrass artists, in pre-production, recording, and mastering -- or some combination thereof. Among the bluegrass and old-time artists he has worked with are Hazel Dickens, James King, Del McCoury, IIIrd Tyme Out, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Longview and many more.

He also helped to raise awareness of bluegrass's first generation, producing and licensing a series of crucial reissues by some of the music's legendary early figures, including Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Flatt & Scruggs, and others -- keeping this essential music in print when few other labels did so. Irwin has also created many illuminating and best-selling compilations drawn from Rounder's archive of over 3,000 albums, among them the remarkable O, Sister: A Women's Bluegrass Collection (which doubled as a document of Rounder's extensive efforts to promote female bluegrass musicians), Blue Trail of Sorrow, and Bluegrass #1s. Outside of bluegrass, Irwin has been involved with producing a string of Grammy-winning polka records with bandleader Jimmy Sturr.

AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide. AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.

AirPlay Direct currently has over 10,000 radio station members in 92 countries. AirPlay Direct also serves over 40,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis. AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc.

Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

Tags: Ken IrwinAirPlay DirectAwardIconic Innovators Award

Noam Pikelny's "Universal Favorite" Released

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 19:03

Nashville, TN -- Universal Favorite, the fourth solo album by renowned Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny, was released today. While Pikelny, a seven-time Grammy nominee best known for his work as a founding member of Punch Brothers, has three previous solo efforts, Universal Favorite is truly his solo debut.

The new release features only the man himself, recorded live in the studio without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of a variety of instruments, and for the very first time, he also sings, revealing a resonant baritone that conveys humor and melancholy in equal measure.

Noam announced the release of his new project commenting,

Noam, here, with some news that will surely change your life.
 
I'm thrilled to announce that my new album, Universal Favorite, is no longer available for pre-order! Translation: My record has finally been released. It is now available for purchase at large corporate retailers such as The Official Noam Pikelny web store but it can also be found at your favorite mom-and-pop streaming services.
 
I kicked off the tour last night in Bellingham, WA and will be stopping in 27 other non-Bellingham cities over the next five weeks. Next week, I’m in Colorado with special guest Courtney Hartman opening the shows in Denver, Beaver Creek and Aspen. I'm tickled to finally return to the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis and the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Alas, there are just too many shows to call out individually. Can we agree that the concert listed below that is closest to you is by far the most important and deserves your most immediate action?
 
Rather than continuing on with more of my life story, I’m going to keep this email brief and instead point you to a short film I made that essentially tells my Entire life story and offers some insight into the record making process behind Universal Favorite:

Pikelny, the recipient of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, calls Universal Favorite "my musical manifesto. It's the most personal statement I've put forward. The setting couldn't be more stark, and I think it lays bare my musical core. At times it's autobiographical, as these songs I gathered illuminate the path I've traveled so far. Most importantly, it's an incredibly honest solo album, in that there are honestly no other people on this record other than me."

Universal Favorite also marks Pikelny's debut as a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to his 1941 Gibson Banjo, Pikelny plays a carefully chosen assortment of vintage and exotic instruments that includes a four-string resophonic guitar from 1928, a 1953 Telecaster, and a 1938 Kalamazoo flat-top guitar. An obsessive collector of vintage instruments, Pikelny is fascinated by the insights they provide into bygone days-the way these objects connect the present with the past.

The album is receiving great review from across the acoustical music spectrum.

"In a genre filled with top-notch pickers, Pikelny is a truly stunning instrumentalist. This isn't your grandpa's banjo album...the track list reaches far beyond the old-school roots of bluegrass and folk." Andrew Leahey, Rolling Stone Country

"A purely solo/unaccompanied work that stands firmly on the stunning abilities and eclectic tastes of one of the undisputed contemporary masters of the banjo." Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter

"The heart of the album, though, is its original tunes, on which Pikelny's delicate fingerwork generates gorgeous webs of sound that are sometimes brittle, sometimes glowing...the performances feel more fragile, heartfelt, and honest than anything he's previously done on his own." Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

"Pikelny's new album delivers true banjo artistry, a big canvas with colors from a broad palette, executed by a master." John McEuen, founding member, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, writing in Elmore Magazine

"Pikelny's distinctive baritone and varied instrumentation allow each track, including the album's four cover songs, to take on a vulnerable, deeply personal quality. His voice is particularly haunting on the rendition of Josh Ritter's "Folk Bloodbath," a gothic tale of three folk singers' ends." Dacey Orr, Garden & Gun

"Listening to Noam Pikelny's new album, Universal Favorite, is almost a cinematic experience. The notes that float and fly out of Mr. Pikelny's instrument seem to catch and reflect light as they move past, making way for the next series of notes, while ultimately gathering to form unforgettable aural landscapes." Gregory Victor, Parcbench

Tags: Noam PikelnyCD ReleaseUniversal Favorite

Béla Fleck’s Classical Album “Juno Concerto” Released

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 18:57

Juno Concerto] will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about the traditionally bluegrass instrument,” writes No Depression, which is streaming Béla Fleck’s new album in honor of its release.

"This is my favorite [album of mine]," says Fleck, who wrote Juno Concerto for his son. "This was a piece that was written from the point of view of a new father. Everything was different, new things were important to me, and I was inspired. I also wanted to give my son Juno something expressly for him."

Juno Concerto (Rounder Records) is a piece for banjo and orchestra, recorded in March, 2016 with the Colorado Symphony, conducted by Jose Luiz Gomez. The album also features two pieces for banjo and string quartet, performed with Brooklyn Rider. Co-commissioned by the Canton, Colorado, South Carolina, and Louisville Symphony Orchestras, Juno Concerto was composed in 2015.

Juno Concerto is available everywhere now, with the vinyl release set for March 31 (available exclusively from Barnes & Noble).

Béla Fleck is often considered the world’s premier banjo player. The 15-time Grammy winner has earned awards in Jazz, World Music, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Pop Instrumental, Gospel and more, and has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history.

Béla made the classical connection in 2001 with Perpetual Motion, his critically acclaimed, two-time Grammy winning recording with John Williams, Joshua Bell, Evelyn Glennie, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and others. In 2003, Fleck and Meyer debuted a double concerto for the Nashville Symphony which featured banjo and bass, which they co-wrote. The dynamic pair collaborated again with the Nashville Symphony in 2006 on The Melody of Rhythm, a triple concerto for banjo, bass, and tabla, this time with Indian consummate tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain. All of this built up to Béla’s first stand-alone banjo concerto, The Impostor, a commission by the National Symphony which premiered in 2011, followed by the companion documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concerto.

Tags: Bela FleckCD ReleaseJuno ConcertoClassical

Dailey & Vincent to be Inducted into Grand Ole Opry March 11th

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 18:25

Nashville, TN -- Three-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year and multi-Grammy®-nominated super duo Dailey & Vincent are secheduled to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Saturday, March 11th. The duo are celebrating their tenth year together and they have made over 100 Opry appearances.

During a special half-hour Dailey & Vincent set last December, the two were joined by a series of guests including Opry members Marty Stuart and Connie Smith as well as John Carter Cash and his wife Ana Cristina in addition to Dailey’s father JB Dailey and Vincent’s mother Carolyn Vincent. After a performance with the duo, Stuart gave Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent the surprise of their lives, inviting the duo to officially join the Opry. “Country music needs you. Country music loves you. And the Grand Ole Opry welcomes you,” Stuart said.

“This is one of the most special things that has ever happened to us,” a shocked Dailey said after a few seconds of stunned silence. “We’re so thankful.”

Before closing out the December show along with their guests on the gospel favorite “This Old House,” and equally surprised Vincent shared, “I have no words. I’m so honored. The Lord is so faithful to us.”

“Dailey & Vincent have thoroughly entertained thousands of fans on the Opry stage over the past decade,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent embody so much about what fans love about the Opry. They have a tremendous respect for tradition, and they’re also innovators committed to the future of the music they love. We’re excited to welcome them as official members of the family in March.”

Five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. The concoction of the fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies, has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Dailey & Vincent has garnered world-wide attention with their first national, top-rated television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show,” on RFD TV and over 500 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE - In Concert.” Their most recent CD, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks.

Tags: Dailey & VincentGrand Ole OpryInduction

Grand Ole Opry Recognizes Travis Tritt's 25 Year Membership Anniversary

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 19:23

Nashville, TN -- Travis Tritt celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member Tuesday night, February 28th. During Tritt's 30-minute set, the legendary John Conlee presented Tritt with a commemorative plaque congratulating the singer for his long-lived relationship with the Opry.

While standing inside the famous six-foot circle on stage, Tritt expressed his feelings about the night, telling the crowd that being a member of the Opry is the "biggest honor of my life." Backstage, prior to his 25th anniversary performance, Opry executives surprised Tritt with a cake to further celebrate the historic night.

For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website www.TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

More than 25 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of "The Class of '89," which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early '90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde," "Here's A Quarter" and "It's A Great Day To Be Alive." Over the course of his career, he has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt released a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre.

Tags: Travis TrittGrand Ole Opry25th Anniversary

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Teams Up With Lee Greenwood

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 18:49
Nashville, TN -- It's been 32 years since Lee Greenwood hit the top of the country charts with his smash single, "Dixie Road," and the hit maker is continuing to turn heads with a new, recreated bluegrass version of the song. The singer/songwriter recently teamed up with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road for a remake of the classic song, with a more prominent banjo and bluegrass vibe. The video for "Dixie Road" made its premiere yesterday on Country Rebel and is shown below.

The new version of the song has already seen success internationally, when it was released as a single. The track finished in Hotdisc Countdown's 30 Most Popular Songs of 2015, securing the No. 18 spot. The countdown highlights the top country songs across Europe, and is recognized and published in Country Music People, Country Music & Dance, and Southern Country magazines. The dynamic pairing looks to capitalize on that momentum with the latest official video for the song.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road has been busy promoting their latest album, Country Grass, released via Pinecastle Records. In addition to the cut featuring Lee Greenwood, the star-studded project also features collaborations with Crystal Gayle, John Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, John Conlee, Eddy Raven and T.G. Sheppard, Marty Raybon, in addition to the late Jim Ed Brown and Lynn Anderson. The critically-acclaimed project has propelled the chart-topping band to new heights, securing features in top music outlets like Rolling Stone, The Boot, and Country Rebel, while also establishing a presence on their key genre websites like Cybergrass, The Bluegrass Situation, Bluegrass Today and many more.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road on Tour 2017:

  • Mar. 11-16 Song of the Mountain Cruise
  • Mar. 25 Bristol, VA - Holiday Inn Hotel
  • Mar. 31 Kenansville, NC - Blue, Brew and Que Festival
  • Apr. 8 Marion, VA - Song of the Mountains PBS Series (with Eddy Raven)
  • Apr. 22 Guyton, GA - Daughters of Bluegrass Festival
  • May 5 Selma, NC - Ice House Theater
  • May 6 Liberty, NC - Liberty Showcase Theater
  • May 20 Sevierville, TN - Bloomin' BBQ Bluegrass Festival
  • May 26 Snow Camp, NC - Little John's Mountain Music Festival
  • Jun. 2-3 Thousand Island Bluegrass Festival
  • Jun. 10 Cherokee, NC - Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
  • Jun. 15-17 Roxboro, NC - Willow Oak Bluegrass Festival
  • Jun. 21 Summerville, WV - Music in the Mountains
  • Jun. 22 Big Island, VA - Sedalia Bluegrass Festival
  • Jul. 7 Centre Hall, PA - Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival
  • Jul. 12-16 Ireland Tour
  • Jul. 21-22 Ontario, Canada - Minden Hill Bluegrass Festival
  • Aug. 12 Leonardtown, MD - Lil Margarets Bluegrass Festival
  • Aug. 25-26 Lodi, NY - Pickin in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival
  • Aug. 31 New Richmond (Quebec) - The New Richmond Bluegrass Festival
  • Sep. 15 Garner, NC - Lorraine's Coffee house & Music
  • Sep. 16 Gloucester, VA - Bluegrass by the Bay
  • Sep. 22-23 Arcada, MD
  • Sep. 24-30 Raleigh, NC - IBMA
  • Oct. 14-21 First Quality Bluegrass Cruise
  • Dec. 6-9 Pigeon Forge, TN - Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

About Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road:
Hard work has paid off for this award winning bluegrass band. Having a dynamic show has earned them over 100 performances each year throughout North America at more than 60 major festivals. Carolina Road plays worldwide and hosts a national bluegrass festival, Christmas in the Smokies. They have hosted the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, toured Europe, and played 15 bluegrass cruises. Carolina Road's performance is a traditional sound with a fresh approach, which includes invigorating instrumentals, smooth blending vocals, and all the energy that you can stand!

Lorraine likes to think of the band as a family, and her band members have longevity in the band. Ben Greene (banjo/vocals) "2015 Banjo Player of the Year" has been with Carolina Road for 11 years. Josh Goforth (fiddle/guitar/vocals), has also been with them for 11 years, and is a Master Fiddle Player Extraordinaire! He was a 2009 Grammy award finalist for the CD Cuttin Loose. Tommy Long (guitar/lead vocals) has been with the band for 4 years. His outstanding lead vocals and driving rhythm guitar playing helps propel the band. Also touring with the band is much sought after bass player, Alan Hicks, along with dobro player Joe Pessolano. Learn more at www.CarolinaRoadBand.com

About Lee Greenwood:
Throughout his expansive career, international country music icon Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a Grammy® for Top Male Vocal Performance on "I.O.U," in 1985, and a multitude of other prestigious award nominations. His discography includes twenty-two studio albums, seven compilation albums, seven No. 1 hits and thirty-eight singles including songs like "It Turns Me Inside Out," "Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands," "She's Lyin," "I don't Mind the Thorns if You're the Rose," "Dixie Road," "Somebody's Gonna Love You," "Going Going Gone," "You Got A Good Love Comin," among others.

His stand-out hit "God Bless the U.S.A." has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11. Known for his stand-out patriotism and support of the U.S. Military, Greenwood has been honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's National Patriot's Award, and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours. His latest book release is a children's book called "Proud To Be An American," which is currently available in stores, on Amazon and www.LeeGreenwood.com.

Tags: Lorraine Jordan & Carolina RoadLee GreenwoodVideoDixie RoadCountry Grass

The Infamous Stringdusters Added To Jam In The Trees

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:59

Asheville, NC -- The 2nd Annual Jam In The Trees is thrilled to announce the addition of The Infamous Stringdusters to the lineup which includes some incredible acts that have already been annonced: Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O'Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Underhill Rose, and Ken Tizzard. The 2017 event takes place Friday and Saturday, August 25-26th, 2017 at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. More artists are being added as the event approaches.

Bluegrass virtuosos The Infamous Stringdusters are no stranger to WNC and are excited to return with their new album Laws of Gravity, which debuted at #3 on iTunes Country Chart and #1 on the Amazon Bluegrass Chart. As first revealed on Rolling Stone Country, the new album marks a return to form for the Grammy-nominated acoustic five-piece. Laws of Gravity is all new original Dusters music--perhaps the most "Infamous" record they've done in their decade together.

Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O'Brien, Jim Lauderdale,Underhill Rose, Ken Tizzard

Jam in the Trees has also announced the Friday schedule which starts with Ken Tizzard, followed by Underhill Rose, then Larry Keel. Doors at 7, show starts at 8pm, all on the indoor stage.

Gates open Saturday at 12pm, with music starting at 1pm throughout the day until 11pm on the beautiful Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage, followed by an "After Hours Jam" on the indoor stage.

Early Bird Tickets available while supplies last. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include Meet & Greets with the bands, a guided brewery tour and tasting, preferred parking, a commemorative event poster and more! Hotel and shuttle information coming soon. Stay tuned to the festival's new website www.jaminthetrees.com for more information and updates.

JITT is a benefit for Wild Forests & Fauna (WildFF) and last year's inaugural event raised $5000 to protect, restore and support threatened forests and wildlife in Western North Carolina. Relive some of the wonderful moments of 2016 through photos of the event by David Simchock Photography at www.frontrowfocus.com.

"At WildFF, our Big Tree Project that leverages outreach education and reforestation to protect forests in Western North Carolina and around the globe," WildFF's Executive Director Benjamin Colvin says, "Since JITT, the Big Tree Project has grown and has even sparked a relationship with ABTech and local company ArborZen to restore a razed site with over 500 native trees. We are thrilled to be a part of this and can not wait for Jam in the Trees 2017!"

JITT is now accepting art vendor applications for Jam In The Trees 2017. JITT is booking non-food vendors only; if you are a food vendor interested in being a part of JITT, please contact Pisgah Brewing directly. Here is the link to the Art Vendor Application: http://bit.ly/JITT_ArtVendorApp_2017.

Lifelong resident of Asheville and President of Jam In The Trees, LLC, Laurel York, continues, "We hope the 'jamsters' will come out again in 2017 for an even better event than last year and show their support for their great cause!"

Tags: The Infamous StringdustersJam In The TreesJamEventLineup

Poor Mountain Records Signed Carolina Blue

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 20:22

From, Brevard North Carolina, to a recording contract. We are very happy to bring Carolina Blue into the Poor Mountain Records Family! "We are very excited about working with Rick Dollar and Jonathan Buckner from Poor Mountain Records on our current and future projects!" commented Bobby Powell and Timmy Jones, founding members of Carolina Blue.

With 3 Albums under their belt, Bobby and Timmy are no amateurs when it comes to putting together that great sound that is always recognizable as Carolina Blue! The Brevard, NC based bluegrass band is comprised of Bobby Powell-guitar, Tim Jones-mandolin, Reese Combs-upright bass, James McDowell-banjo & Merl Johnson- fiddle.

Carolina Blue is working hard on their next project scheduled for a June release. The band is mixing road time and appearances with rehearsals and studio time. It is keeping the band busy, to say the least.

Carolina Blue's roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. In 2016 Carolina Blue recorded a set on Song Of The Mountains in Marion, VA. The band was formed in 2007 after the release of the album Nothing So Blue by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones.

Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at RenoFest in 2011. The band's repertoire consists of original songs; including Tim Jones' "Spring Will Bring Flowers", which was recorded by 2014 IBMA entertainers of the year Balsam Range, many bluegrass favorites, and gospel too, all done in the traditional style.

Tags: Carolina BluePoor Mountain RecordsLabel NewsBand AnnouncementBusiness

Carter Fold Presents Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 22:44

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, March 4th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny. Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny is a seven-piece, old-time string band from Rover, Tennessee with musical influences by the Carter Family, Gid Tanner, Uncle Dave Macon, the Coon Creek Girls and many other old-time bands of the past.

Band members emanate from the Williams and Derryberry Families. Uncle Shuffelo (Keith Williams) plays banjo. Austin Derryberry, age 19 plays fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar, and harmonica. Brian Derryberry plays upright bass. Conner Derryberry, age 11 plays banjo, bones and spoons. Emma Jean Williams plays autoharp and jug. Megan Williams, age 22 plays washboard and kazoo. Courtney Williams, age 20 plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and tuba.

This band has won many accolades including old-time band championships at the State of Tennessee Old –Time Fiddlers Convention, Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention and the Uncle Dave Macon Old-Time Music Festival. Individual championships include Austin on old-time fiddle, banjo, autoharp and old-time singing, Connor as the 2016 Doubler Fellowship Award recipient at the Uncle Dave Macon Old-Time Music Festival and Megan and Courtney for old-time singing. The distinctions for this band are too many to list. Please visit their website https://www.uncleshuffeo.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Shuffelo/ for more information.

Concert admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Hootenanny plays old-time hillbilly music for the soul. Everyone in the family will enjoy a night of dancing and laughter. Bring your dancing shoes and all your friends and family for a carefree night in the place country music got its' start – at the foot of the beautiful Clinch Mountains. The Carter Family Fold is an alcohol and drug free facility, and we emphasize fun for the whole family.

Tags: Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow HootenannyCarter Family FoldConcertEvent

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn; O'Connor Band Added to FolkWest Lineup

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 19:29
Pagosa Springs, CO -- Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck—she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots— it's a different matter entirely.

There's no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities. Fleck and Washburn have collaborated in the past, most visibly in their Sparrow Quartet with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee. Until recently, though, any performances they gave as a two-piece were decidedly informal, a pickin' party here, a benefit show at Washburn's grandmother's Unitarian church there. It was inevitable and eagerly anticipated by fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together.

Now that Fleck, a 15-time GRAMMY winner, has devoted time away from his standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo's African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea, while Washburn has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force and become quite a live draw in her own right, the two of them decided they were ready to craft their debut album as a duo, Béla Fleck & Abigail.

Fresh off their Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for Coming Home, the O'Connor Band has confirmed their spot on this year's Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass lineup, headlining the show on Saturday, June 9.

Family bands obviously have significant historical precedent, especially in bluegrass and country music (The Carter Family, The Stonemans, The Whites, The Band Perry, and so on), but it's rare to find one with such diversity and versatility.

Mark O'Connor himself has the name that fans of many different musical styles will immediately recognize. A former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, Mark has won his share of Grammys and CMA Awards, and he has collaborated with a dizzying array of iconic artists, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has performed his numerous original violin concertos with hundreds of major symphony orchestras around the world. In addition to his career as a performer, he is the author of a groundbreaking and now best-selling instructional method for strings, The O'Connor Method.

The all-star band is rounded out by O'Connor's son, Forrest on mandolin; Katie Lee on fiddle and vocals; Mark's wife Maggie also on fiddle and vocals; Joe Smart on guitar and Geoff Saunders on bass. All six musicians possess impressive multi-instrumental abilities that allow the group to explore a wide range of musical configurations. The three-violin lineup is unique amongst contemporary ensembles. The songs on Coming Home hold their own with anything you'll hear on a Friday or Saturday night at The Bluebird Café in Nashville. Indeed, the record may be one of the most impressive debut albums released by any bluegrass band in a long time; its recent Grammy win is a testament to that.

Visit www.folkwest.com for complete lineup information, ticketing, the bluegrass camp and more.

Tags: Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnO'Connor BandFolkWestMusic FestivalEvent

Nu-Blu: Giving Back in a Big Way

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 20:47

With a jam packed tour schedule that keeps them on the road over 200 days each year, Nu-Blu still takes time to give back and use their talents to further the music they love. Working with several partners, including Peterson Tuners, Saga Instruments, Daddario Strings, and The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, they are taking bluegrass music into the schools everywhere they can... and it's not just introducing kids to the music!

They have developed a system that not only allows them to get bluegrass in front of kids, but also gives back in a major way by working hand-in-hand with the schools to provide fundraising for those music programs. In some schools they have been able to help raise the funding to start a music program where none existed.

"It's all about community," says Daniel Routh, guitarist of Nu-Blu. "When you can get kids excited about the music, and then provide the needed funding, along with involving the community, you create something that going to continue year after year. That's our goal with our school programs."

The most recent of these programs just wrapped up in the Evergreen School district in northern California. Last week Nu-Blu visited 3 schools in the district, performing for over 1500 students in the elementary and middle schools. They ended the week on Thursday night with a fundraising concert held right at Evergreen Elementary School. Music Director Abbie Ehorn says, "We never thought that we would get a national band on the level of Nu-Blu to come into our schools! They were so gracious and so easy to work with, and they really connected with the students. Not only did they introduce bluegrass to our community, but there was enough money raised to purchase 22 ukeleles for the music program!"

Want to have Nu-Blu in your school? Contact them at nu-blu@nu-blu.com

Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn Routh, who handles bass and vocals; Clint White, on mandolin and fiddle; T.G. Honaker on banjo & vocals and Daniel Routh, who is the band's Renaissance Man - guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in acoustic entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980's, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Carolyn's soprano vocal approach might be described as similar to Ms. Krauss, except she carries a phrasing and emotional elegance that shows a clear originality. Daniel and T.J. provide inventive singing to fill out the vocal sound, while all four members present instrumental prowess to impress.

Stay Social with Nu-Blu:

Tags: Nu-BluBluegrass in the SchoolsPromotionBusinessEducation

Balsam Range’s Music Video of “Eldorado Blue”

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 20:27
Asheville, NC -- Balsam Range is currently touring in support of Mountain Voodoo, their sixth studio album, on Mountain Home Music Company. With it, they are offering something that is sure to continue to mesmerise fans of bluegrass and beyond with elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music that are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band. It's five distinct personalities creating one remarkable musical experience.

Mountain Voodoo, released last November, is like the book of life "Chapter Six" for Balsam Range; 13-tracks filled with songs of journey, home, sense of place, hardcore drive, and longing. There are fiery instrumental parts alternating with heavy, deep ballads overlaid by the vocal harmonies the group has become known for.

Balsam Range is Buddy Melton (Fiddle, Lead and Tenor Vocals), Darren Nicholson (Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Lead Vocals, Baritone and Low Tenor Vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (Banjo), Tim Surrett (Bass, Dobro, Baritone and Lead Vocals), and Caleb Smith (Guitar, Lead & Baritone Vocals). The five original members, who are celebrating their 10th year together this March, are all acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina. They thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.

"Fans who grew up in a small town will find plenty to relate to in 'Eldorado Blue,' a song that explores the dilemma of whether or not you even want to spread your wings and leave home. Balsam Range describe the song as 'a story of finding oneself and recognizing contentment in life is something we can all stand to do.'"
 --Amy McCarthy for The Boot's World Premiere of the Music Video for "Eldorado Blue"

"Already accomplished musicians, in a decade they've won ten IBMA awards (International Bluegrass Music Association) released five albums, toured nationally, made multiple Grand Ole Opry stops and, in general, have become icons in the world of professional bluegrass. The fellas can both sing and pick."
--Asheville Citizen Times, Carol Rifkin

For all tour dates for the Mountain Voodoo and other stops, visit the Balsam Range website as the most current and accurate list of dates.

Tags: Balsam RangeVideo PremiereMountain VoodooEldorado BlueThe Boot

Ray Cardwell’s “Tennessee Moon” Making an Early Splash

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:31

Nashville, TN - Ray Cardwell is having a big impact in the bluegrass world in the first weeks after the release of his debut Pinecastle Records album Tennessee Moon. The first single from the album, title track “Tennessee Moon,” is on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Airplay Chart for January. Cardwell and his band along with Curtis Burch and producer Pat Flynn recently visited local television station WBKO in Bowling Green, KY for a live interview and performance which, can be viewed here.

Other examples of chart action include the title cut “Tennessee Moon” currently at #2 on the Roots Music Report’s Bluegrass Chart. Three other songs that have also charted are “Stop, Look and Listen,” “Think About Me,” and "His Will." The album has consistently been on the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart for Roots Music Report. The album has ranked repeatedly within the top ten of Airplay Direct’s current Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk albums.

“Ray Cardwell is a man after my own heart, an extremely gifted soulful singer, a wicked bass player…and a hard working songwriter who understands not only the tradition of bluegrass music but the importance of having his own unique voice in the Amen Corner.”
  ~ John Cowan

"We have a bluegrass foundation, but we're able to pull off everything from straight ahead bluegrass and a cappella gospel quartets to blues and even a reggae song. I like the fact that Ray is able to embrace a lot of different styles, and pull them all off.”
  ~ Pat Flynn, producer

Notable press interviews within the bluegrass industry include: WSM, live with the legendary Bill Cody; Big Al Weekley on WMMT (Whitesburg, KY); Jeff Miller, host of the Flashpoint Bluegrass Radio Show on WorldWideBluegrass.com; and Bob Webster's Bluegrass for Lunch on WLOE, with a simulcast on Bluegrass Country on 105.5 FM, WAMU 88.5 HD 2 and streaming at bluegrasscountry.org. Also, Nashville Lifestyle magazine showcased Cardwell in a full-page Spotlight section.

Cardwell is encouraged with the response from bluegrass, Americana, roots music and gospel audiences. "This has exceeded my expectations. Many different styles of music have influenced my life and writing style, and I am so pleased that people are responding,” Cardwell said, adding, “Each musical path I have taken over the years has added an interesting layer to what we now brand as 'Bluegrass Soul' – with me returning full circle to the music I played growing up in a Missouri Ozarks family bluegrass band.”

Tennessee Moon features Cardwell on lead and baritone vocals plus bass. Cuts from the album combine the sound of contemporary bluegrass with hints of blues and soul all elevated by Cardwell’s charismatic command of performance. Nine of twelve songs on the album are Ray Cardwell originals or co-written. Tennessee Moon was produced by famed guitarist/New Grass Revival member Pat Flynn who gathered a band of bluegrass elite to include: Scott Vestal (Sam Bush Band); Danny Roberts (The Grascals); Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder) and Rob Ickes (Blue Highway). Bluegrass Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry star Jesse McReynolds plays mandolin on the title cut, and contributing harmony vocals are Ronnie Bowman, Claire Lynch and John Cowan, the former New Grass Revival lead singer/bassist who sings harmony on nine of Cardwell’s tracks.

Tags: Ray CardwellTennessee MoonDebutCD Release

Carter Family Fold hosts Cabin Creek Boys Saturday

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:50

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, February 25th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Cabin Creek Boys. The Cabin Creek Boys play old time hillbilly music from the mountains of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina, performing at area festivals, fiddlers' conventions, square dances, and other community events.

The Cabin Creek Boys are led by multi-instrumentalist husband and wife duo Chris and Erika Testerman of Lansing, North Carolina, the band also includes Jackson Cunningham of Grant, Virginia, on guitar; Trish Kilby Fore of Galax, Virginia, on clawhammer banjo; and Jerry Steinberg of Salem, Virginia, on upright bass.

Chris Testerman was raised in the Whitetop section of Grayson County, Virginia. While attending Mount Rogers Combined School, he became interested in fiddle playing and was a member of the Mount Rogers School String Band. After a lot of hard work, determination, and guidance from mentors Thornton and Emily Spencer, Chris has now become a strong Whitetop-style fiddler. Chris toured Canada in 2013 and the United Kingdom in 2014 with the Whitetop Mountain Band. Following in the footsteps of another legendary Whitetop fiddler, Albert Hash, Chris also builds fiddles. He learned much of his craft from Audrey Hash Ham and Archie Elmer Powers. Chris also sings harmony for the Cabin Creek Boys in the style of the early Stanley Brothers recordings.

Erika Testerman, originally from Mount Airy, North Carolina, grew up in a musical community and was taught and influenced by well-known Surry County musicians Chester McMillian and Mac and Steve Snow. Erika and Chris teach in the Sparta School's Junior Appalachian Musicians program and feel it is important to pass on the area's musical traditions to the younger generation. Many times during the Cabin Creek Boys performances, Erika will lay down her guitar, pick up a fiddle, and join Chris on a few toe-tapping tunes. Erika also brings a real talent for singing to the Cabin Creek Boys.

Jackson Cunningham, from southern Oregon, is no stranger to old time and bluegrass. He grew up around music and has been playing guitar and singing most of his life. He has toured in many different states and abroad, including both England and Australia. Like Chris, Jackson is a luthier and specializes in building guitars and fiddles. He learned most of his techniques from Wayne Henderson, Herb Key, and Audrey Hash Ham. Jackson does most of the lead singing for the Cabin Creek Boys and will happily pull out his mandolin for a tune on occasion.

Born and raised in the Lansing community of Ashe County, Trish Kilby Fore began playing the clawhammer banjo after suffering a knee injury playing softball. Trish was fortunate to be around many good musicians growing up and attended jam sessions and dances with her grandparents. Trish's banjo playing style was influenced by Emily Spencer, Enoch Rutherford, Harold B. Hausenfluck, and Larry Pennington. In 1997, Trish had the opportunity to tour Germany and France with the old time band Farmer's Daughters. Married to banjo player and maker Kevin Fore, Trish often plays a Round Peak banjo with a formica checkerboard design neck he made for her. Trish also sings a few songs with the Cabin Creek Boys.

Although Jerry Steinberg was not born in Virginia, he got here as quickly as he could, and he has made his home in Salem, Virginia, for most of his life. Jerry learned to play the bass in his mid-thirties and was lucky to get his start in old time with Kyle Creed and in bluegrass with Ted Lundy. Jerry's timing is the foundation for the Cabin Creek Boys' hard-driving, high-energy and danceable beat. Jerry can walk, slap, and chime the bass. A walking encyclopedia of old time, bluegrass and hillbilly music, Jerry is often sought out by fellow musicians, academics, and the Bluegrass Unlimited magazine to answer those "hard-to-answer" type questions.

The Cabin Creek Boys have fun entertaining audiences with their style of traditional music that includes old time hoedown instrumentals, bluegrass songs, two-step numbers and waltzes. They love to make people happy with their music. Go to FB at https://www.facebook.com/The-Cabin-Creek-Boys-549757691876035/ to check out the band. Come on out and join us for the group's debut performance at the Fold.

Fans of the Whitetop Mountain Band will love the Cabin Creek Boys. Bring your dancing shoes and all your friends and family for a carefree night in the place country music got its' start – at the foot of the beautiful Clinch Mountains. The Carter Family Fold is an alcohol and drug free facility, and we emphasize fun for the whole family. Concert admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Tags: Cabin Creek BoysCarter Family FoldConcertEventOld-Time

East of Monroe Releases New Single

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 18:18
Up and coming, Virginia and Maryland-based Americana/bluegrass band, East Of Monroe is releasing a new single from their record By The River's Edge. The new single, "Say What You Mean", written by the band's guitar player and also one of the lead vocalists, Gary Alan Ferguson, was the winner of the 2015 DCBU Hazel Dickens Songwriting contest.

East Of Monroe records and plays mostly original tunes along with a few covers of some diverse favorites. The deeply experienced band members all have different influences and backgrounds that account for the many styles of music the group plays. This all creates a melting pot of pleasant and enjoyable music for the listener as it comes together in a unique and entertaining way. Their new release, By The River's Edge, has placed them in a position to be a force on the acoustic scene.

"While reviewing some new CDs and music for The Grass You Love, I happened upon East of Monroe. Before I realized it I had listened to the entire project! Great album! Above all else, a great listening album! Highly recommended!"
  ~ Kenneth Berrier, "The Grass You Love" on WEHC Emory, Virginia & WOPI Bristol, Tennessee

East Of Monroe showcases the talents of Billy Budd on bass, Gary Alan Ferguson on lead guitar, mandolin and vocals, Jackie Frost on guitar and vocals, Lisa Kay Howard Hughes on mandolin and vocals, Wally Hughes on fiddle, resonator guitar and vocals, and Terry Wittenberg on banjo and vocals.

East Of Monroe has a rescheduled CD Release party (due to a snow storm earlier in the year) on March 16th at The Kenmore Inn in Fredericksburg, VA. where you can hear this and the many of the other tracks from this terrific new acoustic record live and in person.

By The River's Edge, with new single "Say What You Mean", is available for radio programmers on AirPlay Direct and publicly on popular download sites or the band website.

Tags: East of MonroeCD ReleaseBy The River's EdgeSingleSay What You Mean

Eddie Adcock to Return for Neurological Update

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 18:55
Bluegrass banjo fans will remember that in 2008, Eddie Adcock went in for his first brain surgery to correct a condition that was impacting his playing. Since that time, he has gone in for additional surgeries to maintain his deep brain stimulation surgery. A battery powered device was installed and it is possible that the battery needs attention.

Martha Adcock announced that Eddie is going in again for some needed evaluation and procedures. Eddie will be visiting with his neurosurgeons next week to get things functioning properly again. Their upcoming event has been cancelled as a result of this new concern.

Due to the sudden onset of electronic difficulty with his DBS brain implant unit, Eddie Adcock must go "into the shop" to have it corrected!
 
It's likely the unit's main battery has run down, as we were told it eventually would. So he'll see his wonderful neurosurgeon early next week for evaluation, and we'll get things set right a.s.a.p.
 
Many will remember that Eddie's ground-breaking brain surgery is what has been enabling him to play for the last few years despite having a right-hand tremor. And if you're not familiar with Eddie's "bionic" status, you can even Google the information online. It's really something! Just search 'Eddie Adcock Brain'.

We'd been looking forward to seeing all of you, and we'll be looking forward to the next time we do! Thanks so much for all your support, and be sure to go have fun at the Shepherdsville Music Barn whenever you can. Your hosts Gary Brewer and all the folks there will take good care of you!
 
We appreciate your prayers in this --and always-- and we'll hope to see you there soon, so keep watch for a new date for Eddie & Martha Adcock at the Shepherdsville Music Barn!!
 
Your pals, Martha & Eddie Tags: Eddie AdcockMedicalBanjo

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Release Single from New Album

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:56

Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is excited to announce the release of new music from Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. "What Goes Around Comes Around" is the first single from the new album and is available to radio today. The Mountains Are Calling Me Home, Sisk's second album for Mountain Fever Records, will be released March 24th.

By now, every diehard bluegrass fan, and even those that are just now discovering America's music, has become enamored with the vocal talents of the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year, Junior Sisk. The native Virginian has become a staple among bluegrass festivals across the country and his latest recordings have been unbelievably well received by radio. Sisk's 2011 album, Heart Of A Song, led by the highly successful single, "A Far Cry From Lester And Earl," became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and received the IBMA's 2012 Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Further, Sisk won IBMA's 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year and he and Ramblers Choice were named the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America's (SPBGMA) 2014 Bluegrass Band of the Year. The string of successful ventures has continued with the band signing to Mountain Fever Records and releasing Poor Boy's Pleasure which delivered the IBMA's 2016 Recorded Event of the Year for "Longneck Blues." And earlier this month, Sisk won SPBGMA's Male Vocalist of the Year.

Music fans have come to expect nothing but the best from Sisk and his ensemble, and he has consistently delivered, this time with his new album, The Mountains Are Calling Me Home, due for release March 24th. The first single, "What Goes Around" is a fine example of Sisk's knack for finding great music. Penned by award winning songwriter Daniel Salyer, Sisk says, "'What Goes Around Comes Around' has never been recorded before. It's a saying that I have heard all my life and it rings true most of the time."

"What Goes Around Comes Around" is now available to radio via AirPlay Direct or a direct digital download by emailing a request to radio@mountainfever.com. The Mountains Are Calling Me Home will be released March 24th but consumers may pre-order the album now via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play and will receive an instant download of "What Goes Around." For more information on the Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, visit www.JuniorSisk.us.

Tags: Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceSingleWhat Goes Around Comes Around

Pages