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Zayn Malik Breaks Silence After Exiting One Direction

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:03am
Zayn Malik has broken his silence since announcing he was leaving One Direction. Speaking exclusively to British newspaper The Sun, the 22-year-old...
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Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard: 'I Couldn't Care Less If Our Music Is on Spotify'

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:00am
Eric Ryan Anderson Just four years ago, Brittany Howard, the 26-year-old singer and guitar ace for the soul-rock crew Alabama Shakes, was working 12...
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Billboard Cover: Hozier on Playing 'Big Mother' Coachella, Surprise Mainstream Stardom and Fainting Over James Brown

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:00am
Eric Ryan Anderson Andrew Hozier-Byrne, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter who goes simply by Hozier, remembers his first festival experience well;...
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Father John Misty: People Respond to My Live Shows 'As They Would a Pervert on the Bus'

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:00am
Eric Ryan Anderson Talking to Josh Tillman, who will perform as the subversive folk singer Father John Misty at this year's Coachella, is not like...
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Grammy Museum Opening Interactive Gallery in Nashville

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:58am
The Grammy Museum is opening up a gallery in Nashville this summer, promising to give visitors an immersive experience on the art and technology of...
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Loudr Launches New Service to Help Artists Monetize Cover Songs

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:30am
Artists now have another way to make money from their Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift cover songs. Loudr has launched Loudr Licensing, an easy-to-use...
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Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Debut New Album March 31st

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:42am
Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- The highly anticipated debut album from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle will be released on March 31st. Several months back the Bluegrass Situation called the debut album by Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle one of the most highly anticipated bluegrass albums for 2015.

The first single from the album “Leaving Crazytown” written by award winning songwriters Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley was released last September. The single has reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly AirPlay Chart five times which is a very rare occurrence and an incredible achievement for a new group noted by Terry Herd.

"We couldn't be happier about or more humbled by the overwhelming response to our debut single, “Leaving Crazytown". That, coupled with the enthusiasm and anticipation shown for our new project has been so extremely gratifying and inspiring. It's truly a special time for all the guys in New Pinnacle and we can't wait for you to hear all the new music we've created. A big "Thank You" to our bluegrass family for all the support!” – Steve Gulley

“Leaving Crazytown” displays the fine musicianship, passion and drive of Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle and firmly establishes their unique harmonies and a sound that is all their own. Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle includes; Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals), Bryan Turner (bass, vocals), Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin) and Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals). - See more at: http://www.cybergrass.com/node/4170#sthash.eStDh9M0.dpuf

On March 27th Bluegrass Junction, hosted by Kyle Cantrell on SiriusXM radio will broadcast a Live World Premier of the debut album. The Live World Premier will include performances by band members Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals), Bryan Turner (bass, vocals), Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin) and Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals) and special guests Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Amanda Smith (vocals on “Every Time You Leave Me”). Broadcast days and airtimes for the Live World Premier are as follows:

  • Friday, March 27th - 6 pm (EST)
  • Saturday, March 28th 1- 2 Noon (EST)
  • Sunday, March 29th - 5 pm (EST)
  • Tuesday, March 31st - 9 pm (EST)

Coming soon is the second video promo for the album featuring all the band members who discuss the development of the band and recording the album, as well as, some interesting back stories on several songs from the album.

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

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle includes; Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals), Bryan Turner (bass, vocals), Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin) and Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals).Steve Gulley certainly does not need any introduction to the Bluegrass community with accomplishments that include16 years as a featured performer, staff musician, music director, studio manager and producer at Renfro Valley, KY. From 1994-96 Steve was a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and a founding member of Mountain Heart ('98 - '06) and Grasstowne ('06 - '11). Steve is currently touring with Dale Ann Bradley through the end of 2014. Steve is a winner of 4 IBMA Awards including Co-writer of the 2008 Song Of The Year, "Through The Window Of A Train", by Blue Highway and SPBGMA Multi award winner including 2008 Album Of The Year, "The Road Headin' Home”, by Grasstowne.

In addition, Steve has produced many albums at his Curve Recording studio in Cumberland Gap, TN, including the Dove nominated album “Healed” for Locust Ridge, the critically acclaimed Civil War album project “God Didn’t Choose Sides”, and the Christmas CD/DVD and broadcast of “Christmas The Mountain Way”, which aired on RFD-TV’s FamilyNet and BlueHighways TV networks.

Steve has put together an impressive group of musicians to form New Pinnacle pulling some of the top talent in his Tennessee / Kentucky / Virginia border state community that he has called his home all his life.

Bryan Turner is a super talented musician with a strong pedigree in bluegrass, country and gospel music. His family contains many well-respected musicians including his dad, Bill, and his late uncle, Buster Turner, who wrote and performed so many wonderful songs that have been recorded by some of bluegrass and gospel music's most respected artists. However, Bryan doesn't stand on his family name alone. He has carved his own musical path filled with respect and accomplishments. He has performed and traveled with the groups Cumberland Gap Connection, Pine Mountain Railroad and The Dale Ann Bradley Band and worked with many other great names in the bluegrass world. Besides being a fine instrumentalist and vocalist, Bryan is also a great studio engineer and technician. He is co-owner, along with Steve Gulley and Mark Laws, of The Curve Recording Studio and has his name on a great number of nationally acclaimed recordings that have been created there. A native of New Tazewell, TN, Bryan plays bass and sings lead and harmony vocals in the band and is a welcome and valuable asset to New Pinnacle.

Gary Robinson, Jr. is a spectacular young multi-instrumentalist who hails from Lee County in the beautiful mountains of southwestern Virginia near the Cumberland Gap National Park where so much great bluegrass and old - time roots music has originated. Gary carries the banner of that music proudly and it shows in everything he does. Although only in his early twenties, Gary boasts a long tenure in the world of bluegrass music. He started playing guitar at age 8 and mandolin when he was only 9 years old. As his love for the music and his talent grew, he later made his way to the stages of Renfro Valley as part of its Young Country Showcase where he was exposed to a larger audience. Not long after, he joined the band Cumberland Gap Connection where he remained for several years, he then became a member of the hard driving, cutting edge bluegrass band, Cumberland River until 2014. Gary plays mandolin in New Pinnacle, but is also accomplished on several other instruments including guitar and banjo.

Matthew Cruby resides in the small town of Fort Blackmore, Virginia with his wife, Melinda, and their daughter, Matalie. Matt was introduced to bluegrass music at a young age and it has remained a big part of his life ever since. He began playing the guitar when he was only 5 years old. Then, at age 10, he took an interest in playing the banjo and soon became incredibly well versed on that instrument as well. Over the years since those early days, he has become well known in bluegrass circles for his impeccable musicianship as well as his passion for the music. Matt has performed and toured with the groups Appalachian Trail and Dave Adkins and Republik Steele. He plays banjo and sings harmony vocals with New Pinnacle.

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Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Into the Horror Movie Business With WWE

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:02am
Kiss's Gene Simmons is getting into the horror movie business, partnering with WWE Studios on a three-picture co-production deal under the banner...
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Charlie Hall, Longtime RCA Records Marketing Executive, Dead at 88

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:35pm
Charlie Hall, a 30-year veteran for RCA Records who retired in 1986, died on March 4, 2015 in his John Creeks, Ga. home. He was 88. A World War II...
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'American Idol' Behind the Scenes: 6 Things Fans Didn't See From Wednesday's Episode

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:51pm
A double elimination, a medley of '80s songs by the star of an '80s TV series and the return of Boy George and Salt-N-Pepa to prime time TV were the...
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Kendrick Lamar Has First the No. 1 Album With 'Pimp' In Its Title

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:50pm
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly album isn't just No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart -- it's also the first album with "pimp" in its title to lead...
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Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Hozier, Alabama Shakes & Father John Misty on Coachella Plans & Rebellious Secrets

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:45pm
With Drake and Jack White set to grab the headliner attention at Coachella 2015, Billboard's latest cover turns the spotlight onto a trio...
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Kendrick Lamar Heading for Second Week at No. 1

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:40pm
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly appears set for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rapper’s earlier-than-expected album...
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The Mavericks' Golden-Voiced Singer Raul Malo Shines at Los Angeles Tour Stop: Concert Review

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:21pm
Seven songs from the Mavericks' stellar new album Mono made their way into the Miami band's two-hour show Wednesday at Los Angeles' Fonda Theater,...
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Rihanna's New Single Co-Produced By Kanye West

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:57pm
About that new Rihanna track you've been listening to all day: That's a Kanye West beat.  Rihanna Is a Trap Queen on 'B—h Better Have My Money...
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Exclusive: AmEx Becomes Coachella's First Official Credit Card as Brands Prep Record Sponsorship Activity

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:49pm
Coachella may still gross more money than any other U.S. festival -- $78.3 million in 2014 alone, according to Billboard BoxScore -- but...
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Chris Janson's 'Boat' Launches on Hot Country Songs, With Pushes From Bobby Bones & Toby Keith

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:23pm
Independent singer/songwriter Chris Janson made a splash on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Buy Me a Boat" set sail at No. 33, thanks to a...
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ASCAP Announces New Board of Directors

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:05pm
The results are in and ASCAP members have voted to return nearly all of the performance-rights organization's board of directors. The board,...
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Does Kendrick Lamar Actually Sell Better in L.A.?

Billboard.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:00pm
On wax and in interviews, Kendrick Lamar -- who sits atop the Billboard 200 with To Pimp a Butterfly this week -- reps his hometown of...
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