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EmiSunshine's Newest Album “Ragged Dreams” Due August 25th

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:02

Nashville, TN -- EmiSunshine, the extraordinary talent who burst into stardom four short years ago as a nine-year-old via viral video, is set to release her new album, Ragged Dreams (her fourth studio recording), on August 25, 2017/(Pre-Order: July 29, 2017). The little girl with a big voice, who recently celebrated her 13th birthday, has made her mark shattering preconceived notions of youthful imagery that embraces gleeful innocence and optimism;

Ragged Dreams* is no exception. Fearlessly penning topics far beyond her youth, the 15 tracks (written/co-written by Sunshine) touch on Autism, close-to-home tragedies (the Gatlinburg fires and TN floods) and tell tall tales that portray colorful stories illuminating murder, deceit, vengeful spirits and incarceration—all uniquely enhanced by the unbridled imagination of adolescence. Each musical composition is painted with deep textures, poignant lyrics, dramatic and often dark storylines that are authentically "EmiSunshine."

"I'm pretty sure that most folks expect me to write and sing about rainbows, butterflies and unicorns, but that's just not me," beams EmiSunshine with an ironic innocent smile. "I like to write about things that are real and life just isn't pretty sometimes...that's just the way it is. I also get my song ideas from scary movies (I love scary movies!); I love the 'shock factor;' it's just plain fun to see the 'surprise' on people's faces!"

Produced by Sunshine and backed by her family-band, The Rain (father, Randall Hamilton-bass; brother, John Hamilton-mandolin; uncle, Bobby Hill-drums), the album spotlights cameo performances by notables Randy Kohrs (resonator guitar), Tim Crouch (Mandolin/Fiddle/Guitar), Justin Moses (Fiddle/Guitar/Dobro/Banjo), Hitoshi Yamaguchi (cello), Ben Probus (fiddle) and others.

Ragged Dreams presale begins July 29, 2017 (Amazon/iTunes). Music enthusiasts who take advantage of the pre-order will receive an instant gratification track (titled "Ninety Miles"-- that brings to life Emi's perspective on Autism). Ed Gertler (Digital Delivery Services) will spearhead the global digital retail campaign.

Best described as a youthful Janis Joplin meets Carter's Fold, EmiSunshine is natural-born singer, musician and songwriter with exceptional and inexplicable talents. Influenced by legendary trendsetters (Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Emmy Lou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, The Louvin Brothers, Porter Wagoner and Patty Loveless), Emi's signature style encompasses her own unique blend of roots music that embodies Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, Country and Blues intertwined and steeped in Appalachian influence. EmiSunshine has cemented her place as a career artist.

She has appeared on some of the most prestigious stages including the "Today" show, The Grand Ole Opry (on more than a dozen occasions), at the Ryman Auditorium, Stagecoach Festival and Merlefest. EmiSunshine has amassed over 14 million views on YouTube, a half-million FaceBook followers and nearly 25,000 Instagram fans.

The teen has become a sought-after song crafter for film, television and books. Most recently, "Danny Ray," (Ragged Dreams), was featured in Eugene Jarecki's "Promised Land." The documentary screened at the world-renowned Festival de Cannes (May 2017). Emi wrote "I Am Able" and "Little Blackbird" as spotlighted in the "More Than Words" film (produced by Grammy Winner and Founder of the Documentary Channel, Suzanne Homes); "I Am Able" also appears in the Amazon/Barnes & Noble Bestseller "The Ables." Emi plays more than 150 dates per year.

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bring A Little More “Life To My Days”

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 21:45
Nashville, TN -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bring a little more "Life To My Days" with the first radio release from their upcoming Mountain Home Music Company project, Life is a Story, due out August 25. Popular online destination The Boot will premiere the song today; fans can pre-order the digital album release HERE and receive "Life To My Days" as an instant "grat-track." Radio can access the single now via AirPlay Direct.

The uplifting message and rolling melody combine to showcase the timeless style of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The band's nuanced ability and versatility is legendary, and Eli Johnston takes the lead vocal on "Life"- and owns it. Three top tunesmiths wrote the compelling song: Jerry Salley (2003 SESAC Songwriter of the Year and writer behind hits for Reba, Brad Paisley, Rhonda Vincent and more), Lee Black (prominent Southern Gospel writer and multiple Dove Award nominee) and Devin McGlamery (Dove Award Winner, successful singer/songwriter and lead vocalist for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound).

Doyle chats about single...

The song resonates with positivity as the protagonist vows to dedicate himself to giving more to each day instead of focusing on the limitations of life:

So if I'm one of those travelers whose journey gets cut short
And leave the ones I leave behind, wishing I had more time
All I can say is I can't add more days to my life
So I'll add more life to my days (Salley, Lee, McGlamery)

The tune's message immediately grabbed Doyle's attention. "I reached out to Jerry as soon as we started looking for songs for this project," Lawson notes. "He's been a favorite writer of mine for years, and a good friend. When I heard this, it really hit home for me. It's certainly good advice for us all."

For writer Salley, having DLQ record the song meant a lot. "As soon as we finished this song, my first thought was about how my friend, Doyle, is always moving ahead, never slowing down, adding 'life' to every single day," he recalls. "He was the first artist to hear the song, and he loved it. As writers, we couldn't have asked for a better interpretation of the song," Jerry adds. "It almost sounds like it was written for Eli's voice ... he sings it perfectly."

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver features patriarch Doyle's signature Lead and Baritone vocals, Mandolin and Mandola, DLQ includes Josh Swift (Resophonic Guitar, Acoustic Lead Guitar and Percussion); Joe Dean (Banjo and Guitar); Dustin Pyrtle (Lead and Tenor vocals, Guitar); Eli Johnston (Lead and Baritone vocals, Bass) and Stephen Burwell (Fiddles). With nearly 40 albums to their credit, the group has won numerous major awards, including seven International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group of the Year honors. For his contributions to cultural heritage as a musical trailblazer, Doyle received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award in 2006, and was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012. DLQ is an influential force in today's Bluegrass world, and their last two releases (In Session, Burden Bearer) received back-to-back Grammy nominations in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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Feller and Hill Release New Single “The Bugler”

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 21:29

Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the release of “The Bugler” the debut single by Feller and Hill for the label. “The Bugler” is a Civil War story about a bugle boy, who left home at a young age to join the Army as a bugler, in search of his father, who never returned from battle. Young Willie disappeared, himself, and never returned and his mother has searched endlessly to find him. They finally do reunite at a camp on one of the many battlegrounds his mother searched. The songwriter leaves it up to the listener as to whether Willie lived on...or his ghost still haunts the battlegrounds of the Great Smokey Mountains.

“The Bugler” was written by Tom Holt of the Wildwood Valley Boys and features the lead and harmony vocals of Tom Feller and Chris Hill. The name "Willie" may have been inspired by a family member, Uncle Willie Gabbard, who served in the military during World War II. Tom indicated he wrote the song to sound like something very old, even though the song is brand-new and previously unrecorded.

Produced by Feller and Hill, “The Bugler” contains performances by Tom Feller (Guitar, Mandolin and Bass) and Chris Hill (Banjo) with special guest Glen Duncan on fiddle.

The single “The Bugler” is available for DJ downloads on AirPlay Direct. In addition, “The Bugler” will be included on the new Rural Rhythm Fresh Cut's & Key Tracks No. 1 -2017 radio CD going to D.J.'s this week.

Heartfelt Story Touching the Lives of a Family during the Civil War

“The Bugler” is included on the duos debut album for Rural Rhythm Records titled Brothers and Heroes scheduled for release this fall.

It is no secret that one of Feller and Hill's greatest influences is the music of The Boys from Indiana. A nationally touring act, The Boys from Indiana were the absolute kings of bluegrass in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana area, during the '70s and '80s. They were a hit at bluegrass festivals across the country, due to their robust stage presence and original songs. Their influence on Feller and Hill's music should come as no surprise, as 60% of the classic lineup of "The Boys" (Aubrey Holt, Jerry Holt, Harley Gabbard, Paul Mullins, and Noah Crase) are related to Tom Feller (Aubrey and Jerry Holt are Tom's uncles, and the late, Harley Gabbard was Tom's great uncle).

Feller and Hill's stage show is very reminiscent of the Boys From Indiana, which include that same robust stage presence, their dry brand of humor and a very fast-paced show that proves time and time again to be a crowd-favorite everywhere they go.

In addition to his family's musical heritage, Tom has worked with Jerry Williamson and Redwing, The Larry Stephenson Band, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Three Fox Drive, during his 30-year career. Chris has worked with The Wildwood Valley Boys, Gerald Evans and Paradise, The Karl Shifflet and Big Country Show, and The James King Band. In the past year, both Tom and Chris have made separate appearances on the Grand Ole Opry filling guest spots with Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top Express.

Feller and Hill will continue using their deep-rooted pedigrees in bluegrass and traditional music to grow their audience and deliver a high-energy show with rich vocals and smooth instrumentation at some of the largest festivals in the country. If you love traditional bluegrass, classic country, and southern bluegrass gospel music, then you'll love Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos.

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The Farm Hands Release “Colors” on Friday July 21st

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:01
Award winning bluegrass quartet The Farm Hands are set to release Colors, their third Pinecastle Records album, on Friday, July 21st. The Farm Hands are one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass. Their tour schedule easily tops 100 dates each year. They are also one of the winningest bands at the annual SPBGMA conference where they are the reigning Entertainer's of the Year.

Band member and 2017's Songwriter of the Year, Daryl Mosley wrote the single "Rural Route," which has already hit #1 on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Airplay Chart. The song was the fourth most played single on Sirius/XM's Bluegrass Junction for the month of June. Mosley also wrote the bluegrass gospel song "The Bible in the Drawer." Another band member written tune, "The Old 109," was penned by Keith Tew. Evident throughout the album are the quartet's exquisite harmonies and tight instrumental talent. They are joined on the album by special guest Kimberly Bibb on fiddle.

Daryl Mosley said about the album, "We try to write songs and find songs that we believe our fans deeply relate to. As with previous Farm Hands albums, we rely heavily on the subjects of faith, family, history, patriotism, and small-town life. We're especially excited about this album because we've been performing many of the songs live and this collection of songs seem to resonate with our audience in a powerful way."

Dick Deno, WWIS Radio - "I love the Farm Hands and this CD is absolutely tremendous."

Joe Wills, WBZC - "The Farm Hands [The] OLD 109 blew me away!"

In April, The Farm Hands performed for the Tennessee State Senate following a proclamation by Tennessee State Senator Kerry Roberts. The statement, read during an official session, honored the band for their contribution to the bluegrass music genre and as musical ambassadors for the state of Tennessee. In addition, the city of West Liberty, KY recently presented The Farm Hands with a key to the city commemorating their appearance as headliners of of the Old Mill Park Bluegrass Festival.

#1 single - Rural Route - The Farm Hands from Pinecastle Records on Vimeo.

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Kim Robins Debuts on Pinecastle with “Raining in Baltimore”

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:26
Pinecastle Records is excited to announce Kim Robins's label debut recording Raining in Baltimore. The album will be available this Friday July 21st, 2017. Robins shows off her songwriting on the album with three out of the twelve tracks to her credit including the title track. She will be a featured songwriter at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass this fall. Robins enlisted some big time help on Raining in Baltimore with Ron Stewart and Rickey Wasson co-producing and performing on the album. Other personnel on the album include Adam Steffey, Harold Nixon, Alicia Wasson, and Shannon Slaughter.

Shannon Slaughter remarked on his involvement with the project saying, "Kim has really delivered the goods with her latest project! I'm so proud to be a part of it. A-plus singing and A-list picking make this a record you'll want to add to your collection for 2017. It'll definitely be in mine!"

Raining In Baltimore - Kim Robins from Pinecastle Records on Vimeo.

John Lawless from Bluegrass Today said, "Raining in Baltimore is a strong statement that Kim Robins deserves to be taken seriously as a vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader in bluegrass music."

Robins started performing at an early age and was an original member of the Little Nashville Opry in Nashville, IN. At 19 her musical career took a backseat to raising her daughter and earning two college degrees. However, her love for music never left her and decades later she restarted her musical career with the release of 40 Years Late. The album got the attention of many in the bluegrass genre, even garnering her a nomination for the IBMA Momentum Vocalist award.

In June, IBMA announced its selections for the 2017 Songwriter Showcase, to be held at this year's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kim Robins was selected this year from 115 submissions to showcase the title track "Raining In Baltimore" at the Raleigh Convention Center's Master Workshop Stage at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

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O’Connor Band Headlining Susie’s Cause Benefit Concert

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 21:20

Susie’s Cause and Stages Music Arts to Present 2017 Grammy Award-Winning O’Connor Band at 3rd Annual Bluegrass-Folk-Classical Summer Benefit Concert The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, together with Stages Music Arts, is proud to present three-time Grammy Award-winner Mark O’Connor featuring the O’Connor Band as the headliner of the Bluegrass-Folk-Classical Festival: A Musical Fusion Gathering, to be held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md.

Joining them on the lineup at Oregon Ridge Park will be 2017 Best Folk Album Grammy Award nominee Sierra Hull, John Sebastian, The Stray Birds, Tim and Savannah Finch with The Eastman String Band, and the Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet.

Mark O’Connor is renowned for melding various genres of music—country, bluegrass, jazz, classical—into his own style, while collaborating with a diversity of musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, James Taylor, and Alison Krauss. Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recorded his “Americana Symphony” in 2010.

Featuring O’Connor and members of his family, the O’Connor Band won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for its debut album, Coming Home.

Proceeds of the rain-or-shine festival benefit the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation (“Susie’s Cause), a 501(c)(3) charity headquartered in Lutherville, Md., and dedicated to colon cancer prevention, education, and research funding. Gates for the festival will open at 11 a.m., with entertainment starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m.

Located in Cockeysville, Stages Music Arts is a state-of-the-art, world-class audio and video production, distribution, and music education facility.

More information and tickets are available at www.SusiesBluegrassFest.com.

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Mountain Park Old Time Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 21:13

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Mountain Park Old Time Band was formed ten years ago as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old time music got together to have a good time. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles.

The group has five members, all of whom are very versatile and talented musicians. Nancy and Johnny Gentry played for years with the Whitetop Mountain Band. Johnny plays guitar, dobro, and fiddle as well as doing vocals for the band. Nancy drives the rhythm with her excellent bass playing. She and Johnny both teach music. Johnny also makes beautiful banjos. He made and donated a unique Carter Fold banjo that was given away at our 42nd annual festival in August to help raise funds for the Fold. It was truly a piece of art. A lucky gentleman in Austin, Texas won the banjo.

Due to illness, Nancy and Johnny are unable to help with this show. Taking their place will be Ted Ash on guitar and Lynn Worth on doghouse bass. Roger Stamper handles the fiddling for the group and he plays guitar and bass as well. C. T. Janney plays the washboard – an "instrument" rarely played today. C.T. also cuts a mean rug when he dances. Dr. Mark Handy plays banjo and does vocals – he's also a champion clogger. When he's not playing old time music, Dr. Handy practices medicine in Abingdon, Virginia, and helps to run his family's farm.

The Mountain Park Old Time Band has played at the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Alleghany Jubilee, the Rex Theater, and at Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Festival. They have also been featured on National Public Radio. The group has released two CDs – Fire on the Dance Floor and Dancing with Sally Goodin. Mountain Park Old Time has performed at many Carter Family Fold shows and at our annual festival. Their group has become a Carter Fold favorite. Dr. Handy now serves on the Board of Directors of the Carter Music Center. We are fortunate to have his help and support and appreciate all he does for us and for old time music.

Fans of groups like the Whiteop Mountain Band will love the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, and be ready for a night of down home fun. Nothing gets you out of your seat and on the dance floor faster than a rousing old time band. Don't miss the Mountain Park Old Time Band at the Carter Family Fold! For more information on the group, go to: http://www.mountainparkoldtimeband.com/. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $2, under age 6 free. Tickets are available at the door. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. The center is family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For further information, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org or our second site – http://www.carterfamilyfold.com/. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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Netherlands ETSU Dobroist Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarship

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 21:19
Ringgold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2017 scholarship winner recently at Ringgold's Patriot Hall in Ringgold, Ga. The scholarship honors students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Dobroist Owen Schinkel of Johnson City, Tennessee was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship winner receiving a $1,250 scholarship from the organization for continuing his music studies. While in Ringgold, he also appeared both at Sacred Sounds Fridays at Ringgold's Patriot Hall, on the long-running Ringgold Opry at the Ringgold Depot and toured the region's historical sites meeting many locals and tourists.

"I greatly appreciate the opportunity that Share America and all those who support its efforts have given to me," Schinkel said. Schinkel is a freshman musician at East Tennessee State University as part of the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program in the Appalachian studies department. He is an international student from The Netherlands in Meppen. He came to the U.S. in January 2017.

"I've got two main education goals for the time I am in the United States. One is to become a master on my Instrument by playing with a lot of people in a lot of different situations," he said. "ETSU is actually making this possible. Before I was never able to play serious bluegrass music with people from my age. While here, I'm jamming almost every day. I'm thinking about missing this when I move back to Holland again."

He said his second goal is to build up a network of friends/musicians/promoters to increase the popularity of bluegrass, old time and country music overseas. He is already participated in three school bands and an outside band.

"I fell in love with mountain music when I was 16 years old, it changed my life," he said. "I stumbled over a video from Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski playing the song 'The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn' on the Transatlantic Sessions.

"After doing some research I found out that Jerry was playing a Dobro, I immediately fell I love with the sound of the Dobro and knew I wanted to play that instrument," he said. "I purchased a Dobro and started my journey. Several years of practice brought me where I am now: The United States of America. A part of the study at East Tennessee State is the participation in student (Bluegrass) bands."

"Being part of four bands since my arrival is a lot of fun. I feel my playing progress every day since my arrival in the United States," he said." My heart & mind are telling me to pursue my dreams, and that is what I am doing right here, right now."

The events help fund the organization's Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of American film and TV actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." Franks is an International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend and multiple music hall of fame inductee (www.randallfranks.com). In his latest film "Broken," the Appalachian fiddler plays an investigator trying to get actor Soren Fulton's character back from kidnappers.

"The call of Appalachia reaches around the world," Franks said. "Our latest scholar is the perfect example of how someone from Holland found their way to Appalachia to study and change the direction of their life."

"The focus is preserving the Appalachian traditions and culture and of course its music," he said. "Moving to East Tennessee and studying Bluegrass, Old Time and Country music is a big step in my career learning and understanding this Appalachian music and its culture.

"Encouraging the future of youth is the focus of what we do and our name Share America has never been more appropriate as we help a young man bring Appalachia with him when he completes his education and returns to Europe," said Share America Chairman Gary Knowles.

The next Sacred Sounds Fridays is November 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Hullender Family and Testimony Quartet at the Ringgold's Patriot Hall. Admission is a $10 donation. Franks will host the event.

Share America Foundation Board members include Franks, Knowles, Jimmy Terrell, vice chairman; James Pelt, secretary; and Jerry Robinson, Sr., vice president. For more information about the organization and its programs, contact Share America, P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or visit www.shareamericafoundation.org.

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Bluegrass Stars Support Musicians Against Childhood Cancer July 19-22

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 19:53
The 34th Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival featuring four big days of prime bluegrass music takes place July 19 through July 22 outside Columbus, Ohio. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, Hammertowne, Blue Highway, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Steel Drivers, Balsam Range, Grascals, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standarrd Time, and many more will be appearing.

Proceeds from this festival will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated over $935,447.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 18th Year for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer.

Classic performances this year include a Tribute to The Trio (Dolly Parton * Emmylou Harris * Lindas Ronstadt) featuring The MACC Trio consisting of Charli Robertson, Dani Flowers and Lona Heins. A tribute to Jim & Jesse McReynolds will feature Luke & Garrett McReynols with Caerl Jackson. The Tribute to the Stanley Brothers will feature Junior Sisk, Don Rigsby, D Sparks, Dewy Brown and Steve Sparkmab.

As many of our readers know, the producers Darrel & Phyllis Adkins have been promoting high quality concerts and festivals since 1980. These concerts formerly held at Frontier Ranch, and more recently Hoover Y-Park in Columbus, Ohio have drawn thousands of fans from all over the world. We plan to continue the tradition of quality family entertainment but with one major change, the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tickets are available at www.MusiciansAgainstChildhoodCancer.com If you cannot attend and wish to make a donation, please make checks payable to:

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer®
1434 S. 3B's & K Rd.
Galena, OH 43021

Since the year 2000, MACC and you have donated nearly one million dollars to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., helping children around the world. This year will be the 17th Year for the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer benefit festival. For more information, please visit www.MusiciansAgainstChildhoodCancer.com

The purpose of MACC, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, is "to assist the victims of Childhood Cancer, their families, treating physicians and research facilities in the diagnosis, treatment and eradication of childhood cancer to provide financial assistance to the victims, their families and physicians and research facilities outlined above for the purposes consistent with the goal of the organization and to provide such service or services free of charge.

Headliner musicians donate their time and talent for the MACC annual benefit music festival. As authorized by the non-profit laws of Ohio, MACC does pay expenses to cover facility leases, insurance, musician travel and lodging expenses, base compensation for some musicians and other expenses directly related to the production of the MACC event. Adkins Productions, Inc., Darrel Adkins, and members of the Board of Trustees of MACC have received no salary, compensation or remuneration of any kind from MACC.

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Bonfire Records Signs First Artist Wilson Banjo Co.

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 21:55
Bonfire Records has signed Upstate South Carolina bluegrass band Wilson Banjo Co. Their first full-length album Spirits in the Hills will be released in October. Bonfire's mission is to develop American roots music artists and artists local to the Greenville, SC area.

Wilson Banjo Co. is a hard driving Bluegrass band from South Carolina, founded by Steve Wilson, Banjo picker & Master Luthier. Steve not only picks the banjo but builds custom Wilson banjo's, performs vintage guitar repairs and restoration, is part of the team at Wilson Pickins Promotions, and is an engineer at Bonfire Recording Studio. The band was initially formed to promote Steve's custom banjos but has since expanded well beyond that role when their debut EP attracted a surprising amount of attention after its initial release to radio.

Personnel in Wilson Banjo Co. include Steve Wilson on banjo, Joey Newton on guitar, Sarah Logan on fiddle, Brandon Couch on Mandolin, Dylan Armour on Dobro, and Rob Walker on bass with each member contributing on vocals. As a performing band, they endeavor to deliver an energetic display of traditional bluegrass music, backed by the notorious drive that Wilson Banjo Co. fans have come to know and love. Their humor and entertaining banter on stage reflects a level of cohesiveness and professionalism not easily attained by young bands. The release of Spirits in the Hills will be a fantastic introduction for a new band and record label.

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Mathan Holt Announces No 2018 Bluegrass on the Plains

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 21:31

Auburn, AL -- By now, the entire bluegrass community and beyond has either met Mathan Holt or knows his reputation of being one of the most successful festival producers and broad-thinkers in our genre of music. Mathan launched Bluegrass On The Plains in 2011 at his large and first-class campground, University Station RV Resort, a venue he originally built to accommodate fans of Auburn University's Tigers Football program.

In just three years time, Bluegrass On The Plains had substantial growth, maxing out the 600 plus campsites and showcasing the talents of everyone from the Young Bluegrass All-Stars to Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Gene Watson and The Earls of Leicester. The event gained such notoriety, that it was honored with the International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Award for Event of the Year in 2013.

What many may not know, is that Mathan is a very successful business man outside of bluegrass music. He served as a county commissioner for many years and is the owner of several businesses. Recently, Mathan launched another business in his community that is going to be quit time consuming for he and his staff.

Mathan has had to make a very difficult decision for 2018. "Due to the magnitude of my newest business venture, I am going to need to take 2018 off from the festival production business," says Mathan. "It takes a lot of people, hard work, and time to produce Bluegrass On The Plains and I've tried to present the very best that bluegrass has to offer. I want to thank everyone—the fans, musicians, vendors, and staff—for the unwavering support. But please be assured, this is not the end of Bluegrass On The Plains. We'll be back in 2019, bigger and better than ever!"

Be sure to keep your eye on the event's website for further updates: www.BluegrassOnThePlains.com.

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Big Country Bluegrass at Carter Family Fold July 15th

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 22:01

Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, July 15th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Big Country Bluegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

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. John Treadway, the group's newest member, plays banjo and sings harmony. Tony King plays upright bass for the group. Bluegrass veteran Tim Laughlin of Bristol, Tennessee, plays fiddle and sings harmony with the band.

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. The recent success of Big Country Bluegrass on the bluegrass charts has helped spread the word about their traditional sound. Their last Rebel recording, Memories of the Past, and its' title cut "I'm Putting on My Leaving Shoes" (written by Tom T. & Dixie Hall), garnered the prestigious # 1 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited air-play chart.

The band's latest Rebel Records release Country Livin' is now available. The lead cut "The Bluefield West Virginia Blues" has also made the same # 1 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited air-play chart. Big Country has recorded a CD celebrating 30 years as a bluegrass band, and it is due for release in January of 2017. For more information on Big Country, go to their web site - www.BigCountryBluegrass.com

If you love to dance or if you prefer just listening, Big Country Bluegrass won't disappoint. In fact, the band has become a favorite of Fold audiences. For some of the best traditional bluegrass music the region has to offer, don't miss them at the Carter Family Fold!

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. The center is family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For further information, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org or our second site – http://www.carterfamilyfold.com/. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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Steep Canyon Rangers to NC Music Hall of Fame

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 22:10

Not only do the Steep Canyon Rangers have a new album coming, they are also being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced this year’s eight inductees. The Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Kannapolis, NC. This red carpet event is open to the public. VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale now.

The Steep Canyon Rangers from Brevard, NC, at their core, are a bluegrass group, but they have had no problems effortlessly walking the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. This mixture of upscale instrumentation and country charisma has garnered them 9 studio albums and a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album since they formed in college at UNC Chapel Hill.

The band made the announcement saying, "We are so honored to announce that we will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame this year! The official induction ceremony will take place on October 19, 2017 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center in North Carolina and will be open to the public." Click here for tickets or get them in person at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum. Ticketsare available online and at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum, 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. Contact the Hall of Fame Museum for more details: www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org, (704) 934-2320.

The Rangers have also been in the studio all week working on a new album! They can't wait to share the new music with you all. If you follow them on Facebook, you might just catch a sneak peek.

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The Grascals' “Before Breakfast” A Fresh Brew Of Bluegrass Perfection

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 21:27

Nashville, TN -- The Grascals' newest album, Before Breakfast, offers fans a hot shot of diversity with a freshly brewed mix of Bluegrass perfection. The 12-song collection will be available September 1. Fans who pre-order HERE now will receive "Sleepin' With The Reaper" as a "grat track."

Before Breakfast finds the award-winning group at a career high point vocally and musically, and the record's energy is palpable. A more relaxed pre-production approach led to "easy" song choices. The band chases demons, finds salvation and dances their way through what will surely become essential listening for lovers of the Bluegrass art form.

This is the second album for this configuration of The Grascals. The current group features founders Terry Eldredge (lead vocals, guitar), Terry Smith (lead vocals, bass) and Danny Roberts (mandolin), plus longtime banjo ace Kristin Scott Benson, fiddler Adam Haynes and John Bryan (lead vocals/guitar). As Smith notes, the group continues to evolve organically. "We're even breathing together vocally," he explains. "The Osborne Brothers always said that when you get to that point, it was right - and they were on to something." This cohesiveness allows the band to navigate the diverse material, which ranges from traditional to contemporary Bluegrass, and includes Inspirational tunes as well.

The album kicks off with "Sleepin' With The Reaper," which Benson calls "a departure for the group but a good fit nonetheless." John Bryan's haunting vocal brings a sense of menace and urgency to the song, which sets the stage for the next dynamic track. Vocalist Terry Eldredge believes the best songs are about life and truth, and that lyrically, there is nothing but the truth in "Demons." El's vocal versatility is obvious on "Clear Corn Liquor," a steamin' hot, fiddle-filled ode that he delivers with sass. "Delia features John on a band first," says Danny Roberts. "His clawhammer banjo is unique for us and gives a great old-timey sound to the song." Terry Smith is in fine form on the melancholy, universally-themed ballad "Lonesome," which he co-wrote with his brother Billy. John brings glorious gratitude to the Gospel jewel, "I've Been Redeemed."

Before Breakfast Track Listing:

  1. “Sleepin' With The Reaper” (B. Buller/G. Williams)
  2. “Demons” (B. Anderson/J. Randall)
  3. “Delia” (J. Weisberger/C. Chamberlain/C. Humphrey III)
  4. “I've Been Redeemed” (M. Dylan/R. Edwards)
  5. “Lonesome” (B. Smith/T. Smith)
  6. “Beer Tree” (H. Allen/R. E. Orrall)
  7. “Pathway Of Teardrops” (W. P. Walker/W. Pierce/J. Hazlewood)
  8. “Lynchburg Chicken Run” (D. Roberts/A. Haynes)
  9. “He Took Your Place” (L. Flatt/E. Scruggs)
  10. “Lost And Lonesome” (P. Overstreet/ B. Smith)
  11. “There Is You” (K. Harrigill)
  12. “Clear Corn Liquor” (T. Stafford/B.Starnes)

Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, while acknowledging the traditional values that birthed the genre. Their cutting-edge modern Bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music's founding fathers. It's a unique sound that has earned the group three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude other acts entrenched in niche genres. High-profile appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS' The Talk. The bastions of Country and Bluegrass continue to welcome them, as evidenced by 150-plus performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Additional honors include President Barack Obama's Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian and two performances for President George W. Bush.

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Live Album “A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk” Due September 15

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 19:59

Nashville, TN -- One of America's most beloved songwriters will be honored September 15 with the release of the Vector Recordings album A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk. Among the more than two dozen musicians memorializing the composer of "Tobacco Road," "Abilene," "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," "Waterloo," "Indian Reservation," and "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" are Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and renowned guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and John Jorgenson. The evening was hosted by songwriter and music historian Peter Cooper.

A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk was recorded live March 24, 2016 during a concert at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, near Nashville. Although ailing at the time, Loudermilk was on hand to witness this outpouring of love and respect. He died September 21 at the age of 82.

A film of the concert will be released as a PBS special.

Grammy-winning John Jorgenson produced the album and was musical director for the concert. Dixie Gamble, who organized the concert, is co-producer of the album and is overseeing production of the PBS special. A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk will be distributed by BFD in association with Sony/Red Distribution.

Loudermilk found inspiration for his songs in the raw material most people overlook—a lovesick teenager's peace offering, the magnetic pull of birthplace, the inevitability of personal failure.

In addition to hosting the live event, Peter Cooper was also tapped to write the liner notes for the project. "In life and love and song, Loudermilk hated moderation," writes Cooper. "He wasn't just a seeker of truth and beauty, he was a finder. He found it, he learned it, he kept it, and then he shared it with us seekers."

Equally adept at writing rock, pop and country hits, Loudermilk had songs recorded by the Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, Jefferson Airplane, the Animals, Johnny Winter, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Casinos, the Everly Brothers, Petula Clark, Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Sammy Davis Jr., the Box Tops, Rick Nelson, Stonewall Jackson, Ernie Ashworth, Eddy Arnold, George Hamilton IV, Skeeter Davis, the Browns, Connie Smith, Webb Pierce, Barbara Mandrell, George Jones, Bobbie Gentry, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Doc Watson, Sonny James, Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Jay Z and Kanye West.

Here is the album sequence for A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk:

  1. “Everybody Knows” - Harry Stinson
  2. “Tobacco Road” - Rodney Crowell
  3. “Where Have They Gone” - Emmylou Harris
  4. “Blue Train” - Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
  5. “Windy and Warm” - Tommy Emmanuel
  6. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - Rosanne Cash
  7. “Midnight Bus” - John Jorgenson
  8. “Heaven Fell Last Night” - The Whites with Ricky Skaggs
  9. “It's My Time” - Herb Pedersen
  10. “Ebony Eyes” - Cory Chisel and Adriel Danae
  11. “Bad News” - Jimmy Hall
  12. “Abilene” - Mike Loudermilk
  13. “Waterloo” - Ricky Skaggs with The Whites
  14. “Sad Movies” - Deborah Allen
  15. “Language of Love” - Beth Nielsen Chapman
  16. “Mr. Jones” - Lee Roy Parnell
  17. “Break My Mind” - Bobby Braddock
  18. “Big Daddy's Alabama Bound – Buddy Greene
  19. “Indian Reservation” - John McFee
  20. “Turn Me On” - Beth Hooker
  21. “Talk Back Trembling Lips” - Becky Hobbs
  22. “Sunglasses” - Claudia Church
  23. “The Great Snowman” - Norro Wilson
  24. “I Wanna Live” - John Cowan

John Jorgenson's consummate musicianship, unerring instincts, and flawless technique on a number of different instruments combine to place him among the most accomplished instrumentalists active today. Jorgenson tours regularly in the U.S. and Europe with three distinct ensembles. The John Jorgenson Quintet, J2B2 (the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band), and the John Jorgenson Electric Band.

Dixie Gamble was a fixture in the Nashville music business from 1975-1990 as a manager, producer and president of Elektra Asylum Music publishing working with diverse artists such as Pam Tillis, Reba McEntire and The Whites. Since officially leaving the music business she has become an acclaimed filmmaker, author and activist.

BFD was formed in 2013 as the distribution arm of BFE (Bob Frank Entertainment). BFD is a boutique audio and audio–visual distributor with sub-distribution arrangements with Sony / RED Distribution in North America, Essential Music in Europe and The Orchard throughout the world. BFD currently distributes over 30 companies with thousands of masters including Magna Carta, Blixstreet, Tesla, DPTV, Big Deal Records, Synergy Records, Virtual Label Group, A-Train Entertainment, The Atlantic Screen Group (Filmtrax), REMT, UFO as well as artist owned labels and catalogs such as Dale Watson, Dave Davies, Renaissance and Charlie Daniels.

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Hammertowne Releases Newest Album “Hillbilly Heroes”

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 19:57

Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is excited to announce the release of Hillbilly Heroes from Hammertowne. The band's third album for Mountain Fever is also available wherever great music is sold beginning today!

Fans of Hammertowne have come to expect a certain amount of tradition with their bluegrass and the band never disappoints. Each member of the group has their musical and personal roots planted firmly in none other than Kentucky, an area of the country known for good-hearted, honest people who are serious about their families, work, tradition, and bluegrass music. With Hillbilly Heroes, Hammertowne pays their respect not only to their musical lineage, but also to their ancestors' way of life touching on subjects of coal-mining, moonshining, family, and love. Pulled together, the project is a beautiful representation of the heart and soul of the "bluegrass state."

Hammertowne presents something very unique in today's current lineup of talent—four very strong lead vocalists in one single ensemble. The album kicks off with a punch on "Don't Ever Cross A Moonshine Man," sung with great conviction by Bryan Russell who sings four of the 12 cuts and also plays bass for the band. Scott Tacket also delivers lead vocals on four songs including the title track - an effective tribute to the forefathers of bluegrass capped off with a driving reprise of "Randy Lynn Rag" written by Earl Scruggs and delivered to perfection here by Hammertowne's banjoist, Brent Pack.

The hit songwriter of the group (he penned half the cuts on this album), Dave Carroll, delivers smooth-as-glass vocals on two tracks including "Scorcher Carroll's Farm" while holding down the rhythm with his solid guitar playing. Rounding out the album and the band is mandolinist Chaston Carroll who absolutely delights with his picking, and also sings lead on one track. The band is an all-encompassing package of bluegrass perfection on their own but they took it a step further on Hillbilly Heroes and brought in the additional talents of Gaven Largent on Dobro and Ron Stewart on Fiddle. Hillbilly Heroes is a must-have album of bluegrass music delivered with grit and drive from people who have lived and breathed it their entire lives.

Radio programmers may download Hillbilly Heroes via AirPlay Direct or request a digital download by emailing radio@mountainfever.com. Consumers may order the album now through multiple avenues including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. For more information on Hammertowne, visit www.HammertowneBand.com. For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.

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American Banjo Museum Receives Grant from Oklahoma Humanities

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 22:30

Oklahoma City, OK -- The American Banjo Museum in partnership with the Oklahoma History Center, was recently awarded a grant for $5,000 from Oklahoma Humanities to host two education seminars titled "Back to Our Roots: And Exploration of Roots Music".

"We're truly honored, not only to receive this generous grant from Oklahoma Humanities, but also, to partner with the Oklahoma History Center," said Johnny Baier, executive director, American Banjo Museum. "To have the support and involvement of two organizations of this caliber is more than any museum could hope for."

"Back to Our Roots: An Exploration of Roots Music" will be a historical discussion on the intersections of jazz, blues and roots music as well as the influence of race, emancipation and desegregation on the evolution of this music both in America and Oklahoma. Woven throughout the discussions will be live musical examples of Roots Music. The seminars are scheduled for November 1, 2017. Details will be released formally in August.

Oklahoma Humanities strengthens communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. The humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, ethics, and philosophy—offer a deeper understanding of ourselves and others by confronting us with the questions, values, and meanings of the human experience.

As the nonprofit, state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities brings people together to explore these ideas through programming and community grants that support book groups, exhibits, film festivals, teacher institutes, and more. Oklahoma Humanities engages people in their own communities, providing forums for education, critical thinking, and productive civil discourse. For more information, visit www.okhumanities.org.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

At the American Banjo Museum, the artistry that goes into crafting highly ornate instruments and the skill and talent that goes into playing them is on full display. The American Banjo Museum brings history and art together in a song hundreds of years in the making. For more information on upcoming events, or to become a member of the American Banjo Museum, visit americanbanjomuseum.com or call at (405) 604-2793.

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The Garrett Newton Band to Wilson Pickins

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 22:48
Garrett Newton, at all of 17 years old fronts this up and coming band with his on point Scruggs style banjo picking that has earned high praise from many of his industry peers. At his young age, he has already played onstage with national artists such as Marty Raybon, Kenny Ingram, Ben Greene, Steve Dilling, and James King. Now, with the assistance of the bands bass player and well known industry professional, Lorraine Jordan, Newton is backed by some of the finest pickers around.

The Garrett Newton Band has a current project out on Pinecastle Records, Young Heart, Old Soul, that reflects the young banjo player perfectly with his broad knowledge of bluegrass history and extensive skills. The album has been making an appearance on the bluegrass charts and has garnered vast bluegrass radio airplay. The band and it's members have just been recognized with six second ballot nominations for the 2017 IBMA Awards as well, solidifying their place among up and coming new bands in the industry. Check out the video below for the nominated "Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year", Old Camp Meeting Time, recorded at Lorraine's Coffee House and Music in Garner, NC.

Garrett Newton may not have a lot of years under his belt but he is one heck of a talent and the Garrett Newton Band highlights the best bluegrass has to offer. His latest album, “Young Heart, Old Soul” on Pinecastle Records showcases how raw talent paired with veteran bluegrass musicians, offers a new sound that is sweet music to the genre.

Garrett Newton is an exceptional banjo player, plays the Earl Scruggs style. Not only can he play banjo, he can talk banjo with the best. He is presently touring with Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road in their “Country Grass” tour featuring his banjo playing. Garrett fronts his own band, the Garrett Newton Band. He has played on stage with national artists such as Marty Raybon, Kenny Ingram, Ben Greene, Steve Dilling, and Joe Mullins.

Garrett endorses and is supported by Yates Banjos and Mitch banjo GHS Strings, Peterson Tuners and Blue Chip Picks. He has his own banjo project entitled “Young Heart, Old Soul,” on Pinecastle Records, includes several bluegrass standard instrumentals, and original song written by Garrett.

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BCM Celebrates 90 Years of Legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 22:23

The Birthplace of Country Music Celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. This summer the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) celebrates the 90th anniversary of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings with an exciting series of panels, performances, premieres, and promotions showcasing the deep impact of the Sessions. Kicking off on July 15 with a symposium featuring Ralph Peer II, Barry Mazor, and the producers of the PBS documentary American Epic, the celebration continues through the award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival September 15-17, 2017.

Arguably the most influential country music recordings in history, the 1927 Bristol Sessions were produced by Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company and included the first recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, among others. The 1927 Bristol Sessions ushered in a new era for the music industry due to their commercial success and the state-of-the-art technology used to record them.

Here's a quick overview of events honoring the 1927 Bristol Sessions 90th anniversary:

90th Anniversary Symposium with Ralph Peer II
Saturday, July 15: 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. ET
The 90th Anniversary Symposium will delve into the technology, impact, and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. Following a screening of portions of the PBS documentary American Epic and discussion with producers Allison McGourty and Bernard MacMahon, esteemed music journalist and author Barry Mazor will explore the impact of the Bristol Sessions. Ralph Peer II, CEO of Peermusic, and his wife Liz Peer will provide the keynote.
Friends of 1927 Concert
Saturday, July 29, 2017: 6:30 p.m. ET
This intimate concert experience features the respected talents of musician and Grammy Award-winnng producer Carl Jackson, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame inductee Larry Cordle, and SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year Jerry Salley. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are included.
Born in Bristol Film Premiere
Public screening dates: August 4—6, 2017
In 1927 musicians came from all over the region to make music in Bristol; they ended up making history. Don't miss the highly-anticipated premiere of Born in Bristol, a film highlighting this history and featuring some of country music's most respected artists, including Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Marty Stuart, Vince Gill, Doyle Lawson, and many more. Public screenings will take place at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and the film is included with a museum admission ticket.
90th Anniversary Promotional Admission
Museum admission is only 90 cents: July 25-30, 2017
In honor of the 90th anniversary, patrons can visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to explore the history and music of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and experience the amazing impact of those recordings with a special admission price of only 90 cents from July 25 to July 30!
Bristol Rhythm Tribute to the 90th
September 15-17, 2017
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will pay tribute to the 90th anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions with a once-in-a-lifetime special showcase featuring an array of festival artists yet to be announced. The tribute will take place on the final day of the festival. Weekend passes to Bristol Rhythm are on sale now; headlining talent at this year's event includes Dwight Yoakam, Judah and the Lion, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Son Volt, Rodney Crowell, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and many, many more. Visit www.BristolRhythm.com for the complete lineup and to purchase tickets.

Visit 1927BristolSessions.org to learn more and to purchase tickets for events.

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“Life Is A Story” Sweetly Sung On New Doyle Lawson & Quicksliver Album

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 23:28

Nashville, TN (June 26, 2017) - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bring unparalleled storytelling to fans on August 25 with the 12-track wonder Life Is A Story. Described by Lawson as a mix of Bluegrass styles "from the middle of the road to the very traditional," the album never strays from the heart of the genre. "So much of what makes good Bluegrass and Country music compelling comes down to great songwriters - and the stories told in their songs," Lawson observes. "Life itself is really a continuous story that embraces the beginning, the middle and inevitable ending." Life Is A Story, and here it is sweetly sung. Fans can pre-order the digital release HERE.

Produced by Lawson and recorded in Sparta, Tennessee for Mountain Home Music Company, the new album features patriarch Doyle's signature Lead and Baritone vocals, Mandolin and Mandola, and includes members: Josh Swift (Resophonic Guitar, Acoustic Lead Guitar and Percussion); Joe Dean (Banjo and Guitar); Dustin Pyrtle (Lead and Tenor vocals, Guitar); Eli Johnston (Lead and Baritone vocals, Bass) and Stephen Burwell (Fiddles). It is a massive array of talent that forms a powerful - and immediately identifiable musical force.

The circular nature of life is highlighted in the lead off track, "Kids These Days," which Dustin Pyrtle sings in a nuanced tone that reflects on innocence, lyrically invoking the perfect memories of childhood. "Little Girl," a #1 Country hit for John Michael Montgomery written by the late Harley Allen, was a crew favorite that made the project because Doyle heard it sung so often at sound check. "They love that song," recalls Lawson. "And the more I listened, the more I loved it too." The inspiring "Life To My Days," the offering's first "grat-track," was written by friend and fellow hit songwriter Jerry Salley.

Band members Joe Dean, Eli Johnston and Dustin Pyrtle co-wrote "Life Of A Hardworking Man" while the group was in the studio recording the new project. "We already had the album title," Lawson notes. "The guys wanted to create a character within the narrative - and so they crafted this hammer-banging, big machine thumping tale of a typical working man." No life story would be considered complete without a bit of heartache, so Doyle and frequent co-writer Paul Humphrey sat down to write a song acknowledging that reality. The result is the fiddle-laced traditional Bluegrass "I See A Heartbreak Comin'."

Life Is A Story Track Listing:

  1. “Kids These Days” (Alex Dooley, Tom Botkin, Kevin Denny)
  2. “Little Girl” (Harley Lee Allen)
  3. “Life Of A Hard Workin' Man” (Joe Dean, Eli Johnston, Dustin Pyrtle)
  4. “Life To My Days” (Jerry Salley, Lee Black, Devin McGlamery)
  5. “I See A Heartbreak Comin'” (Doyle Lawson, Paul M. Humphrey)
  6. “Guitar Case” (Donna Ulisse, Marc Rossi)
  7. “What Am I Living For” (Fred Jay, Art Harris)
  8. “Bluegrass Blues” (Kieran Francis Kane, James Paul O'Hara)
  9. “Derailed” (Paula Breedlove, Brad Davis)
  10. “Love Lives Again” (George Richey, Carmol Taylor, Norris D. Wilson)
  11. “Cry Across Kansas” (Dale Pyatt, Mike Evans)
  12. “Drivin' It Home” (Jerry Salley, Kerry Kurt Phillips)

With nearly 40 albums to their credit, the group has won numerous major awards, including seven International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group of the Year honors. For his contributions to cultural heritage as a musical trailblazer, Doyle received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award in 2006, and was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012. DLQ is an influential force in today's Bluegrass world, and their last two releases (In Session, Burden Bearer) received back-to-back Grammy nominations in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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