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The group features Brandon Elkins on banjo, Bill Newman on mandolin, Peggy Ely on bass, Shirley Smith on vocals, and Jack and Wayne Bonham on guitar and vocals. For further information on the band, go to www.TownBranchBluegrass.com.
For a night of some of the best bluegrass music the region has to offer, don’t miss Town Branch Bluegrass band at the Carter Family Fold. Be sure to bring your friends along, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Town Branch Bluegrass Band has become a Carter Fold favorite, and their concert will be a night of family, down-home fun. Come on out and join us!
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday’s concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.
Since their last album, 2013’s When I Get My Pay, The Grascals have welcomed the very gifted John Bryan on vocals and guitar. John joins the tight-knit group that is comprised of Terry Smith, Danny Roberts, Kristin Scott Benson, Terry Eldredge, and Adam Haynes.
Songs like “Sweet Little Mountain Girl” and the Bill Monroe classic, “Highway of Sorrow,” bring to the album a traditional style and the return to an earlier Grascals sound. The original, “Autumn Glen” showcases the writing, arranging and performing abilities of The Grascals’ award-winning instrumentalists, Danny Roberts and Kristin Scott Benson, along with first-rate fiddler Adam Haynes.
Great songs from tried and true bluegrass writers such as “True Hearts,” co-written by Harley Allen and Billy Smith; “Delta Queen,” from Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson; and “A Place to Hang My Hat” from the co-writing team of Shawn Camp, Brice Long and Byron Hill; all combine to make and then there’s this…arguably the most exciting and traditional new release from this beloved and highly awarded band.
Lead vocal duties are primarily shared between Bryan and Eldredge, but the album includes sophisticated group harmony arrangements like those on “Warm Wind” and “Old Friend of Mine.”
With a well-earned reputation as one of the most formidable record labels in the genre, Mountain Home Music Company (an imprint of the Crossroads Label Group) touts some of the top artists in Bluegrass, and has been home to The Grascals since 2012. Label President, Mickey Gamble, shared his enthusiasm for this latest release from the band.
“Listening to a great song is very much like stepping into a room where good friends are having a great conversation, where each person in turn listens before speaking, and then adds something new and vital. The dialogue flows like a river – never pushed, but building and ebbing like a series of lazy waterfalls,” Gamble says. “Listening to a great album is to be immersed in such conversations with an interesting string of topics and welcome surprises. It is an experience to embrace because of this, oh and now that: a sense of ‘and then there’s this’ over and over again.”
With all The Grascals have accomplished over the last decade, the group would be perfectly justified in coasting on its many past successes. But not this group, because and then there’s this…
And Then There's This Track List:
The piece centers around the new version of the popular No. 1 hit, which also features original singer and Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee singing lead. The combination of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with Conlee brings new life to the tune, more than 30 years after the release with Rolling Stone noting "the group adds pristine multi-part vocal harmonies."
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road kicked off the year winning "Female Vocalist of the Year" and the prestigious "Song of the Year" at the 2015 SPBGMA Awards. Their summer release of Country Grass kept the momentum rolling. In addition to country star John Conlee, the star-studded project also features collaborations with some of Country music's top legends including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, and Marty Raybon in addition to the late Jim Ed Brown and Lynn Anderson.
LORRAINE JORDAN AND CAROLINA ROAD ON TOUR:
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, Jason Moore, much sought after bass player, will be touring with the band, and dobro player, Brad Hudson, who was a featured artist at the world famous Country Tonight's in Pigeon Forge, TN, and at the Legends Theater, in Halifax, NC.
Kentucky native and Grand Ole Opry member, John Conlee, has one of country music's most recognizable voices. Self-penned and signature hit "Rose Colored Glasses," was the first of over 30 hit singles, most of which charted in the Top 10 or better. Some of the songs from the John Conlee hit list include "Back Side of Thirty, " "Lady Lay Down," "Friday Night Blues," "Common Man," "I'm Only In It For The Love" and "Domestic Life." All of Conlee's hits have that unmistakable common thread - that unique voice. In 2015, Conlee hasn't slowed down and continues to cut songs with substance with the release of Classics 2 that includes a tribute to law enforcement titled "Walkin' Behind the Star."
To learn more about John Conlee and his latest project, Classics 2 or tour date specifics, visit www.JohnConlee.com.
By Any Other Name is the twelfth full-length release from Nothin' Fancy but their debut project for Mountain Fever Records. It features nine original songs written by Mike Andes, an original instrumental by Chris Sexton’s father “Buster” Sexton, as well as two well-loved classics; “Last Train From Poor Valley” and “Bluebirds Are Singing For Me” — the latter featuring the band's newest member, Caleb Cox on lead vocals. Produced by Aaron Ramsey and Mark Hodges, By Any Other Name promises to be a fresh approach to the music of Nothin’ Fancy while still delivering the tasteful vocal blend, dynamic instrumentation, and energetic presentation for which Nothin' Fancy has become known.
By Any Other Name by Nothin' Fancy is available to radio programmers via AirPlayDirect while consumers may purchase the album via iTunes and wherever great music is sold. For more about Nothin' Fancy, visit www.NothinFancyBluegrass.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.
From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Nothin' Fancy is comprised of founding members Mike Andes on mandolin, Mitchell Davis on banjo, Chris Sexton on fiddle, Tony Shorter on bass and newest member, Caleb Cox on guitar. Nothin' Fancy was formed in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition but upon discovering the undeniable camaraderie between its members, has continued working together ever since, growing in popularity, and gaining a large fan base of loyal followers. The band continues to perform at festivals all across the United States and Canada, and have also performed in Norway.
Nothin' Fancy is the six-time winner of SPBGMA's Entertaining Group of the Year, a fan voted award, and have successfully hosted the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival since 2001 in Buena Vista, Virginia, making it one of the most popular outdoor festivals in bluegrass. Earlier this year, each member of Nothin' Fancy was initiated as an honorary brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the world’s oldest and largest music fraternity, which has made it a mission to promote the best in music across America. This fall, the band was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, joining a prestigious list of previous inductees including Roy Clark, The Statler Brothers, Charlie Waller, and Dr. Ralph Stanley.
By Any Other Name Track Listing:
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John Carter Cash is the son of Johnny and June Carter Cash. He's been involved in music all his life, is an accomplished and award winning record producer. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.
Dale Jett is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. The son of Janette Carter, the grandson of A.P.and Sara Carter, his roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family's musical heritage. Growing up within The Carter Family, Dale has helped emcee and his trio performed at The Carter Family Fold for many years as he carries on The Carter Family tradition. http://www.dalejett.com/
Al, Alice & Ruth are a Berea KY-based Appalachian and bluegrass trio. They toured for years as part of The McLain Family Band, a world-renowned family bluegrass band and Kentucky musical treasure. http://alaliceandruth.com/
To give fans a preview of the upcoming album, CIRCA BLUE has released a new music video for the track, “Rain and Snow.” The video was filmed by Seven Bends Media on location in Virginia and West Virginia. It sets forth the torrid tale of love un-requited, and the compelling story is borne out through a combination of acting and the band's musical arrangement.
Once Upon A Time features 10 songs that include several co-writes with Steve Harris and songwriters David Morris and Dawn Kenney, an Award-Winning song by Brink Brinkman, a Dawn Kenney original, a collaborative effort between Canadian Star Matt Naveau, David Morris and Steve Harris, public domain standards, and a Juice Newton cover thrown in for good measure. The title cut “Once Upon A Time” was written by Steve Harris and Malia Furtado.
The Martinsburg, West Virginia based group includes the talents of Steve Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Malia Furtado (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Ashley Stewart (Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Garrett Wren (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals); and Matt Hickman (Banjo).
Once Upon A Time was recorded, mixed and mastered at National Media Services, Inc. in Front Royal Virginia, engineered by Will Shenk, and produced by Steve Harris. "We are excited and honored to be partnered with Orange Blossom Records LLC for our latest release. Our future grows brighter every day,” said Harris.
For more information on Circa Blue, please visit www.circa-blue.com/ and Facebook.
For more information on Orange Blossom Records, please visit orangeblossomrecords.com and Facebook.
In May of 2011, Craig Evans packed up his video equipment and headed out across the United States to capture the thoughts and methods of the modern-day individuals who build one of America's most iconic instruments: the banjo.
Conversations with North American Banjo Builders is a 4-volume, 12-DVD series that includes 38 interviews with open-back banjo builders, historians, and retailers. Each episode in the series devotes 20+ minutes to a single builder, and includes a personal statement, workshop tour, production information, and images of finished banjos. Many include sound tracks of the banjos being played by recognized old-time musicians and/or the builders themselves.
The series covers a wide range of building styles, including gourd, minstrel, traditional, and modern. Although construction techniques and philosophies may vary, the common thread uniting this series is the practice of banjo building as both art and craft. The four volumes, with three DVDs in each, are divided into builders east of the Mississippi (1), west of the Mississippi (2), historians/performers/teachers (3), and even more builders (4).
"I've always wanted to talk to banjo builders, not only to learn what makes a great banjo, but to understand what it is that makes these people so passionate about this instrument. As a 60th birthday present to myself, I decided to give myself permission to do just that. And therein lies my big adventure." - Craig Evans
"Fascinatingly personal." - No Depression
"It's a safe bet that this documentary will be talked about for a long time to come." - Banjo News
Playing in the Snow is a six-song collection of Christmas done Urban Monroes style. The band’s fourth album, it is preceded by three full-length CD’s and closely follows the release of a pair of summertime singles, “On My Way” and “William’s Still Alive.” The mix of traditional and original tracks spans a range from “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” to “Mr. Grinch” and packs a big side of Yuletide into a small package. Playing in the Snow is collection of a few of the band's Christmas favorites plus a couple of originals for the season. So shine up your jingle bells and watch out for reindeer crossings, Christmas-time's a'coming.
Playing in the Snow is now available for DJ’s to download at Airplay Direct with physical copies available from the band at www.UrbanMonroes.com. For anyone wishing to purchase the album, it is available for download through iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Listen for it on Pandora in the coming weeks.
We’ve all seen Christmas offerings crowding the aisles since before the big bags of fun sized candy bars made their first appearance, but the Urban Monroes wanted this year’s crop of ghouls and goblins to clear out before announcing the album’s release. After all, now that the trick or treating is done, it’s time to think about Playing in the Snow.
Fashioned from the heart of tradition and infused with adrenaline, the Urban Monroes’ bluegrass style combines the skills of some of the Pacific Northwest's finest talent. Fast-paced and highly energetic, the band performs both original and traditional bluegrass with a style and delivery uniquely its own.
“The Americana Honors & Awards showcases one of the biggest and brightest lineups of talent seen all year,” raves NPR. Recorded live at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in September, The Americana Music Association's 14th Annual Honors & Awards ceremony is a best in show reflecting the spirit of Americana: American roots music that incorporates elements of country, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues.
Hosted by Americana kingpin Jim Lauderdale, the show opens with steel guitar sensation Robert Randolph joining with two legendary gospel groups, The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters, for a rousing rendition of “Rock My Soul.” Highlights include show-stopping performances by the night’s Artist of the Year nominees: Rhiannon Giddens showcases her powerful vocals in a stunning performance of “Waterboy” from her Album of the Year-nominated Tomorrow Is My Turn. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who captured top honors at last year’s awards, offers the anthemic title track of his new album, Something More Than Free. Country queen Lee Ann Womack performs from her critically-acclaimed The Way I'm Livin', also nominated for Album of the Year.
Another of the night’s top nominees, Emerging Artist of the Year winner Shakey Graves, is joined by Esmé Patterson for a playful duet of his nominated single "Dearly Departed." Duo/group nominees The Lone Bellow, an indie-folk trio, make their first appearance, singing their standout “Then Came the Morning.”
In true Americana style, the broadcast is loaded with musical moments and collaborations from the music’s forebears, including ovation-worthy turns from musical legend Don Henley, awarded a Lifetime Achievement Honor, performing from his acclaimed new album Cass County, and veteran singer-songwriter and Song of the Year nominee John Hiatt. Bluegrass master Ricky Skaggs—the night’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree for Instrumentalist—performs with his wife and collaborator Sharon White alongside fellow legend Ry Cooder; and Americana icon Buddy Miller and celebrated guitarist and songwriter Marc Ribot present a stripped-down acoustic version of the Hank Williams classic “Cold, Cold Heart.”
Blues titan Keb’ Mo’ pays a heartfelt tribute to the night’s President’s Award Honoree B.B. King, with a soulful interpretation of one of the late legend’s signature songs, “How Blue Can You Get,” (alongside King’s beloved guitar Lucille). The night’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees for Performance, East L.A. stalwarts Los Lobos, validate their honor with a blistering, show-closing rendition of their classic “Will the Wolf Survive.”
Throughout the broadcast, performers are backed by an all-star house band—led by Buddy Miller—and featuring legendary musicians: Dominic Davis, Chad Cromwell, Fats Kaplin, Ian Fitchuk, the McCrary Sisters and Little Feat founding member Bill Payne.
“This event is a musical celebration that brings together the finest musicians in the world, with legendary acts and the next generation of stars,” says Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association, adding “it’s about great songs and the appreciation for the authentic sound of American roots music.”
The show was co-produced by High Five Entertainment and its President Martin Fischer and ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona.
The complete line-up for the full 14-week season of Austin City Limits, including seven new episodes to air beginning January 2016, will be announced shortly. Viewers can visit acltv.com for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and live stream updates.
Episode Setlist Robert Randolph f. The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters "Rock My Soul" Don Henley "Praying for Rain" Rhiannon Giddens f. Hubby Jenkins "Waterboy" Jason Isbell "Something More Than Free” Lee Ann Womack "Don't Listen to the Wind" Shakey Graves with Esmé Patterson "Dearly Departed" John Hiatt "Long Time Comin’" The Lone Bellow "Then Came the Morning" Keb’ Mo’ "How Blue Can You Get" Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White "Over in the Glory Land" Buddy Miller with Marc Ribot "Cold, Cold Heart" Los Lobos "Will the Wolf Survive"
Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine. It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year old east Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to dark themes in music – like that of the Louvin Brothers. The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as an old soul – noting Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy. While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, or members of the Carter Family.
Whether she’s performing on the Today show or the Grand Ole Opry – or taking the stage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium – she is fearless, confident, and firm in her musicial direction. As she says, she sings old time music, but it’s her own unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country – with a little bit of blues thrown in for good measure. Her talent is indescribable and quite inexplicable; but fortunately, it doesn’t have to be understood to be appreciated. What makes me want to do this is I just love it, she says. I just really, really love it. I wouldn’t trade anything not to do this. I love how I get to sing to people and make them happy, she says. I’m really blessed that I get to do this. It makes me feel amazing, like I’m touching somebody’s life.
Offstage, Emilie Sunshine Hamilton is a typical 10-year old girl who loves video games, pets, and colorful clothes. She’s had a normal upbringing in Madisonville, Tennessee, where her mother worked as a nurse and her father is a recording engineer. But when she begins singing, playing, or writing, something else takes over, a phenomenon that began before she could talk. Before she spoke, at around 10 months old, she began singing pure tones and humming melodies from Tom Petty songs. She harmonized with her grandmothers and great-grandmothers, continuing a musical heritage to a third generation. Great-grandmother Wanda Matthews sang on the Tennessee Barn Dance and gave Emi the same advide that June Carter Cash gave her – Don’t let anybody walk all over you, and don’t think nothin’ about what they say.
As soon as Emi was old enough to walk down the aisle, she began singing in church. She was too little to know the words, but you could hear her harmonies over the others’. At age four, she sang You are my Sunshine at her aunt’s wedding and learned how to sing the Dixie Chicks’Traveling Soldier. When she was three and four, her mother, who is a songwriter, created songs for her. By age five, she wrote her first song My Time to Fly. At age seven, she learned how to play the ukulele – the guitar was too big for her little hands – and used it to write Little Weeping Willow Tree. That was the same year she recorded her first two albums Strong as the Tall Pine and Wide River to Cross in her father’s studio. She learned how to play guitar and mandolin at age nine. The picks are still too large for her, and she has since picked up the xylophone. By age eight, she was stripping down Hush Little Baby and rearranging the melody to sing to the pigs.
Her parents filled the house with music by Buddy Miller, Johnny and June Carter Cash, and Emmylou Harris – and her musical tastes were formed. Those influences served as a foundation on which she built her own sound. It’s kind of what came out, she says of her sound. I always loved that music and I thought, that’s what I wanted to play. This is what I want to do. She performed in churches, festivals, theaters, and for a time in talent shows. One day I decided I didn’t want to do talent shows anymore because you could see the kids’s disappointment, and it didn’t make me happy, she says. She had no idea that someone captured her flea market performance of Jimmie Rodgers’ Blue Yodel No. 6 and posted it on YouTube in 2014. It went viral, she says. We started getting a bunch of likes, and we really didn’t know where it was coming from. Again, without the family’s knowledge, the Today show featured the video. We were really excited and surprised, she says. We didn’t know what to think. There was such a tremendous response to her performance that the show invited her on to perform live – a moment that changed her life because word of her talent immediately spread on Music Row. It led to performances on Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam at the Ryman during CMA Music Fest, and then to ongoing performances at the Grand Ole Opry.
She performs about 150 shows a year, and touring is a family affair. Her mother took a leap of faith and gave up her nursing career to travel. Father Randall Hamilton plays upright bass, her brother is on mandolin, her Uncle Bobby on drums, and her Aunt Kristal sells merchandise. It’s fun, like how I get to be with my family all the time. Emi, who has 350,000 likes on Facebook, remains unaware of much of the whirlwind and demand swirling around her. We’re in Oklahoma and people recognize her. She doesn’t get why they know her, says her mother Alisha Hamilton. When they come up and say My mama was dying, and you gave her the best four weeks of her life. You comforted her and me – she doesn’t understand that she has made that impact on people’s lives. I tell her some of it, but not all of it because it’s a heavy weight.
Emi Sunshine’s career moves will be dictated not by opportunities, but integrity. She knows who she is and what she wants her music to be, and her parents remain committed to ensuring that her wishes are not compromised in any way. After coming off a year where many of her dreams came true, Emi is quickly creating new dreams and plans. But her untimate goal remains the same. I just want everybody to know who I am.
For a show unlike any other, don’t miss Emi Sunshine at the Carter Family Fold. There will be family fun for all ages. Be prepared to have your heart stolen by little Emi. For more information on Emi Sunshine, go to http://theemisunshine.com/.
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of theCrooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site athttp://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676. One of our volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.
by The Remembering Miss Dixie Committee
For those of you who were not able to join us in person last Wednesday night, Nov. 18 at the 9th Annual Louise Scruggs Forum honoring Dixie Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, we have good news! The entire event was live-streamed and recorded, and you may view it at this link.
The Remembering Miss Dixie Committee would like to thank Peter Cooper, Abi Tapia, and everyone at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum involved in organizing this wonderful event that honored Miss Dixie’s music and her many contributions to the bluegrass music world. We especially appreciated the fine music presented by Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Tony & Heather Berry Mabe, Sierra Hull & Justin Moses, and Carl Jackson with Val Storey and Jerry Salley. We were honored by the presence of Ms. Rita Forrester, manager of the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, and also the granddaughter of AP and Sara Carter. Our gratitude is also extended to The Gibson Foundation, which underwrites the Louise Scruggs Forum each year.
Stay tuned for more news after the first of the year about a “Remembering Miss Dixie” tribute concert at Song of the Mountains May 7, 2016, at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia, which will feature a night of live music written by Dixie Hall and performed by some of her favorite bluegrass and old-time music artists. The program, hosted by Tim White, will be filmed and edited into two episodes for the popular PBS television series.
The following month in Owensboro, Kentucky, we’re proud to announce a new exhibit honoring Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall’s contributions to bluegrass music will be unveiled at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Make your plans now to attend ROMP, the museum’s annual fundraising festival celebrating the roots and branches of bluegrass music, on June 22-25, 2016, and also check out the new exhibit.
At this time of Thanksgiving we’re particularly thankful for the legacy of music and love Miss Dixie left for us to continue sharing. And we’re so thankful for each of you, in the bluegrass music family.
Wishing you the best, and may the circle be unbroken,
The Remembering Miss Dixie Committee,
Nancy Cardwell, Annette Kelley and Melissa Lawrence Buck
“My favorite song that I’ve ever written tells a true story from my childhood about a little coat that my mama made for me,” Parton said while introducing the clip. Parton’s mother initially sewed the the jacket as a blanket for her unborn baby, but she reworked the piece for her youngest daughter.
Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing, this once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. Over the years, many have attempted to bring this story to life, and now, finally, fans across America can experience the heartwarming tale of a courageous nine-year-old girl from Tennessee and the loving family that taught her the power of inner strength.
The upcoming primetime special, which showcases Jennifer Nettles in the role of Parton's mother, Avie, was inspired by a series of events Parton endured when she was 9 years old growing up in East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.
The family-oriented, faith-based movie profiles the loss of Parton’s unborn sibling, the family struggles to keep it together while grieving and the bullying the 9-year-old endured when other children criticized the quilted coated.
As one of the executive producers, Parton herself was very hands on in the making of the film – especially when it came to casting her family members.
"She told me, 'I loved your little eyes," says Lind of auditioning in front of Parton.
Jennifer Nettles plays Parton's mom, Avie Lee Parton, and Ricky Schroder plays her dad, Robert Lee Parton.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is the first in a series of television movies developed by Parton that are expected to be released through 2016. “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” airs Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Bristol, TN/VA -- Twenty-one years ago on December 31, 1994, five young men came together in Kingsport for a performance which launched one of the most respected and influential bands in modern Bluegrass. As Blue Highway gears up for a new album and an exciting new touring season, the powerhouse band will go forward without one founding member, Rob Ickes.
Blue Highway announced today the departure of their band brother and dobro player, Rob Ickes, who skyrocketed over 21 years into a celebrated dobro legend and the most awarded instrumentalist the IBMA has ever known.
Rob explained his departure and relayed a heartfelt good-bye to the band and fans:
In 1994, I had the tremendous good fortune of being invited to join Blue Highway as a founding member. I can't imagine a better opportunity for a young dobro player, and Blue Highway has been a stellar creative home for me for 21 years. So it is truly with a heart full of gratitude -- and more than a little sadness -- that I announce my departure from the band.
There are many reasons that have led me to this decision, but it all boils down to the fact that 21 years is a long time, and I'm ready to put my energy into other musical projects. In recent years, I have done some touring in smaller ensembles. Those experiences really made me recognize how much more difficult it is for a larger band to deal with the complexities of travel, scheduling, recording, etc. The music is great, but everything that has to happen to get to that moment of creating great music is more complex and consuming.
So I am taking this step to simplify things. It is just so much easier to travel and perform on stage with a smaller group, and that is where I'm planning to focus my energy for most of my upcoming live performances.
To the guys in Blue Highway, words can't express my gratitude, and how proud I am of the deep and rich repertoire of music we have created together. To our fans, I can only say that you made our 21+ years not only possible, but also immeasurably rewarding. I hope you will continue to support both Blue Highway and myself in the future.
The four remaining founding Blue Highway members wished Rob the best while expressing their excitement for the upcoming tour season and new studio album.
“Rob is my brother till the end of time,” said Shawn Lane. “Nothing can change that. I couldn't be prouder of the work we've been blessed to do together and what we've accomplished together. I wish him the very best in everything he does.”
“Rob is the most dedicated musician I know, and he will thrive in whatever musical path he chooses to take,” said Jason Burleson. “"I’ll miss his musicianship and the unique sound he brought to the band, but most of all, I'll miss him. Thanks Rob, for the all years of music, laughs and friendship.”
“While we’ll miss Rob, we wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward,” said Tim Stafford, “and we look forward to rolling on with Blue Highway!”
“We love Rob,” said Wayne Taylor. “We also love what we do, and we’re pumped to get in the studio and bring a new Blue Highway album to the fans! Bluegrass has the most dedicated fans in the world. Thanks to everyone who has supported this band through the years. You are the reason we’re still here, and that means everything!”
Blue Highway charted the most radio airplay of any bluegrass artist in 2014, and will head into the recording studio as the New Year dawns in 2016 to create another piece of Blue Highway magic.
Their most recent album The Game topped multiple charts at #1 including reigning at #1 for 7 consecutive months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart, and was named the #1 Bluegrass Album of the Year by critic Daniel Mullins in his end of the year Top 20 Albums of 2014 list in Bluegrass Today.
Blue Highway has been praised by fans, peers, and media alike, with one of the most powerful descriptions of the band being shared by Country Standard Time:
“Wayne Taylor sings with the emotion of a man who escaped the coal mines and ain't planning on going back. Tim Stafford continues to craft songs with depth .. The instrumentation is perfect. From the get go, Jason Burleson opens with the unique style that defines Blue Highway banjo.. Shawn Lane exemplifies modern mandolin, yet nods to the Monroe legacy. Three lead singers.. rich harmony .. songs of forgotten homeless veterans, fallen heroes, and heartbroken families. Blue Highway personifies modern acoustic music with respect for tradition. Highly recommended, highly respected."
With an announcement of a new fifth member to come in the weeks ahead, Blue Highway will roll on with a rich legacy carried on by three powerhouse songwriters and vocalists in Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane, whose harmonies soar over the dynamic and explosive banjo of Jason Burleson.
If you're a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven't heard of fiddler Becky Buller, there's a good chance you've heard some of her songs. Becky's compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent ("Fishers of Men"), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver ("Be Living"), Josh Williams ("You Love Me Today"), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out ("My Angeline" and "Rest My Weary Feet.").
Becky grew up in a very musical southern Minnesota family. The Bullers had a band called Prairie Grass with Gordy and Roxy Shultz for many years. Becky studied classical violin with both Patti Tryhus and Charles Gray and was in the Mankato Area Youth Symphony and even the Minnesota All-State Orchestra throughout high school. But her heart was always that of a fiddler.
After graduating in 2001 with a public relations degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where she took part in their Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program, Becky hit the road to fiddle for Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. Becky spent ten years touring internationally, writing for, and recording with the group, producing several of Val's most recent records. In 2011, she decided to pursue a performing career of her own.
Holste-Oldendorf, Germany -- Bear Family Records – the German-based independent record label that has served music fans around the world with some of the most comprehensive collections in all of music – is celebrating its’ 40th anniversary this fall. Known for their wonderful bluegrass collections including numerous boxed sets of Bill Monroe, Carl Story, Dave Macon, and Flatt & Scruggs and many other outstanding artists.
Founded by music historian Richard Weize, the company’s first release was 1975’s Going Back to Dixie by Bill Clifton. Since then, the company has issued multi-CD packages and box sets of a wide array of artists and genres, ranging from R&B acts like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Eartha Kitt to Pop legends Dean Martin and Doris Day to and Country icons, such as Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson has nothing but the utmost respect for the care that Bear Family puts into their work. The Grand Ole Opry star was the subject of a 2011 set issued by the label - Bill Anderson: The First Ten Years, and says he was thoroughly impressed with the attention paid to his music.
“They have the reputation of doing the best box sets of anyone in the business,” he said. “I had wanted a box set for the past few years, and wanted Bear Family to be the ones to do it. When I listened to the music, there was a lot of it that I hadn't heard in a long time."
Through the work of Bear Family Records, it is possible to secure the entire recorded catalog of iconic artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Snow, and Bill Monroe. Perhaps two of their most-extensive collections are In The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain – an incredible 12-CD collection of the complete recordings by the Original Carter Family, as well as The Honky Tonk Years, a 10-disc collection containing the complete recordings of Ray Price through 1966.
The label also has delved into the obscure with their collections. Perhaps one of the most interesting releases by the label was a four-CD collection of songs related to the legendary television favorite Bonanza – including Christmas On The Ponderosa, a rare 1963 Yuletide platter that features recordings from all four of the Cartwright family – Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, and Michael Landon. Bear Family has also released several single disc sets, focusing on hit recordings by acts such as Don Gibson or And the Answer Is – a collection of three single discs containing many of the greatest answer songs in Country Music history – including “He’ll Have To Stay” by Jeannie Black, and Jean Shepard’s rarity “The Only Mama That’ll Walk The Line.”
The label is also well-respected for their lavishly-researched books that go along with each of their box sets. Whether it be Barry Mazor’s explanation of the music and life of Connie Smith or Rich Kienzle’s in-depth account of Buck Owens and the Bakersfield Sound, music fans get not only an audio delight for the ears, but also get to learn about the history of the music. Each set also includes a detailed discography of the recordings involved, including the dates, the times, and the instrumentalists on each track. That’s worth the price of sets alone, says Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin, who has written articles on many of the individual packages the label has released.
“The music is the drawing power, of course, but when you read a Buck Owens discography, and see the name James Burton involved on several tracks – it gives you a unique spin on the history of the music, which is priceless,” he said.
And, from that first release four decades ago, the company’s inventory continues to grow, with the label’s catalog containing approximately 1,500 in-print releases including 300 CD boxed sets w/ comprehensive books (LP-size), a wide assortment of historical music DVDs, a selection of high-profile 180-gram vinyl LPs, and even several 45s to round things out.
Bear Family Records continues to plow new musical ground. For a detailed listing of all of their releases, go to www.bear-family.com
Bristol, VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum has recently been recognized with a variety of industry awards and commendations, including the Southeastern Museums Conference 2015 Technology Competition, the British Guild of Travel Writers 2015 Tourism Awards, and the American Alliance of Museums 2015 Museum Publications Design Competition.
In October – along with media partners Hillmann & Carr, Inc. – the museum received the 2015 Media Production: Gold Award for the Greasy Strings Theater, a film experience that explores the musical techniques and skills behind the music from the 1927 Bristol Sessions, and the 2015 Gallery Installations: Silver Award for the Making Music Gallery, an interactive space where visitors can listen to, remix and sing 1927 Bristol Sessions songs. Also in October, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum was Highly Commended in the category of Wider World Tourism Projects in the 2015 Tourism Awards hosted by the British Guild of Travel Writers.
“It is so rewarding to see the museum and tourism industries commending us, and our partners, for the hard work that went into making the museum a truly interactive experience and an international tourist destination,” said Dr. Jessica Turner, museum director and head curator.
The museum has also won First Prize in Posters (for institutions with budgets over $750,000) in the American Alliance of Museum’s 2015 Museum Publications Design Competition. The winning poster was for the museum’s Grand Opening in August 2014. Designed by Hound Dog Press, it combined bold typography with striking graphic design and color to create a piece that works as an effective piece of branding and also a beautiful work of art.
“Receiving first place in an American Alliance of Museums award is quite an honor because this is a national competition, and the judges consist of colleagues at peer museums,” said Turner. “Design is such an important element of sharing the museum’s mission – be it through our exhibitions, our programs, or our promotional materials – and so it is wonderful to have the Grand Opening poster recognized and celebrated.”
For the 2015 Museum Publications Design Competition, the jurors chose the best in graphic design in 12 different categories and from around 400 entries from across the United States and the world. For more than 26 years, the Alliance has recognized and encouraged excellence in the graphic design of museum publications through the Museum Publications Design Competition, the only national, juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission or special features. The panel of judges includes graphic designers, museum professionals and publishers.
The Southeastern Museums Conference is a networking organization that serves to foster professionalism, mutual support, and communication. A non-profit membership association, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities and improve the interchange of ideas, information, and cooperation. The organization focuses on the Southeastern United State including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.
The British Guild of Travel Writers is the UK’s leading organization of travel media professionals.
The American Alliance of Museums' mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. AAM (formerly the American Association of Museums) is the one organization that supports all museums. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community. The organization supports 30,000 museums, individuals and companies by developing standards and best practices; providing resources and career development; and advocating for museums to thrive.
Jacob Underwood took an early interest in music, after hearing his father and grandfather play. At the age of three, he learned his first mandolin chords and began singing on stage. He began taking piano lessons at age five, but soon returned his attention to mandolin and fiddle, eventually playing banjo and guitar as well. At age 11, he joined his father and grandfather as a full time member of Bluegrass Express, initially on mandolin and fiddle.
Jacob now handles the banjo duties for the band. In 2013, Jacob released his first solo CD "Grass Clippings" and played all the instruments on all the cuts. Jacob also appeared on the 2014 all original release from Bluegrass Express "In Our Own Words" as the band's banjo player, and penned three of the songs. He is a multiple contest winner, and has served as an instructor at the Bean Blossom Youth Bluegrass Camp in Bean Blossom, IN.
The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over nearly fifteen years. Saturday, November 21st, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters old time band.
Eddie Bond’s four great grandfathers were old time banjo players. He was raised by his grandmother who was a singer and guitar player. His family on both sides is packed with musicians who played the traditional music of the Blue Ridge. Eddie began performing at age 3 dancing for quarters. Through the years, he’s added guitar, autoharp, fiddle, and banjo to the list of instruments he plays. He grew up in Fries where some of the first old time music had its beginnings at the Washington Cotton Mill from 1923 to 1929. Fries is about six miles from Galax.
Dennis Hall is a grand nephew of Uncle Eck Dunford – the droll voiced fiddler and spokesman for the original Bogtrotters. Their dance band was recorded by Alan Lomax in the 1930’s. Lomax left a trove of important recordings by the Bogtrotters and others at the Library of Congress. Uncle Eck was very conscious of his Ulster Irish background and his name. The Bogtrotter heritage is closely tied to that of Eck Dunford. Dennis is noted among old time musicians for his unerring and rock-solid guitar time. In addition, he’s a master carpenter and home builder. Dennis is the keeper of a rich score of older, historic music.
Jesse Morris is a bassist and the son of a bassist. His timing is rock solid. Jesse comes from a musical family. His father, Dale Morris, has been a string band musician for many years, working in many Galax bands; he’s also a respected scholar of traditional music. When he isn’t playing music, Jesse teaches high school agriculture classes.
Josh Ellis was a Clapton-style rock and roll guitar player when he came to Galax, but all that changed when he picked up a banjo. Like the other Bogtrotters, Josh is very passionate about timing. The banjo and fiddle are the original string band created by Virginia slave musicians in the early colonial period. Keeping with that tradition, Josh works closely with Eddie to adhere to that ancient musical combination. Josh manages a business in Galax and has helped construct many beautiful homes in that area.
The group won the old-time band competition at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention on six different occasions. In addition, they have played their music at such regional and national festivals as the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Merlefest, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the University of Chicago Festival. Having performed many times at the Fold, they’re a favorite of Carter Fold audiences. This group covers it all – great fiddle and dance tunes, outstanding vocals and harmony, beautiful gospel numbers, waltz tunes, and some of the finest instrumentals you’ll ever hear. For more information, check out the Bogtrotters on Myspace, Facebook, and Youtube.
If you love old time music and dance, don’t miss the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters at the Carter Family Fold. Everyone loves the Bogtrotters, so get ready for an evening of old fashioned fun. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes – and your friends! Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo.
New York, NY -- AES (Booth #718) Avid® (Nasdaq:AVID) today announced that live sound company Sound on Stage and recording systems provider Diablo Digital turned to Avid Everywhere™ to help produce the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Avid Artist Suite live sound, mixing and recording solutions helped overcome the daunting logistical challenges of providing sound support for quick changeovers and recording every single note for more than 90 artists at the three-day music festival.
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Sound on Stage used Avid VENUE live sound systems to handle front of house (FOH) and monitor duties for most of the stages. These included a mix of VENUE | SC48 and VENUE | Profile systems, and the new VENUE | S6L system. Diablo Digital provided the recording systems for all six stages, which comprised VENUE | S3L-X and VENUE | S6L systems integrated with industry-standard Pro Tools.
“The use of Avid live sound solutions throughout Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival demonstrates the power, reliability and industry acceptance of VENUE systems,” said Kyle Kim-Hays, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Avid. “With seamless Pro Tools integration, Avid live systems deliver the most streamlined and economical workflows, making them the most requested touring systems in the world.”
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The singers plan to host a viewing party at the Tap Room Sports Bar & Grill at the Waynesville Golf Club to help raise money for “Song of the Mountains.” The show’s host, Tim White, will also be in attendance. White, who also hosts the nationally syndicated “Tim White Bluegrass Show” on radio, has been hosting “Song of the Mountains” since 2005. The TV show is taped most Saturdays at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia.
Baker has started to attract national attention, with the release of her songs “Burn” and “Coal Train,” the latter of which was included in the 2015 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ZinePak, a 2-CD compilation featuring songs by superstars and emerging artists. Her most recent project is a new version of the classic holiday song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Boggs’ 2014 album, Quicksand, emerged to 35 on the Americana Music Chart in its third week. Her songs have been likened to the writings of Darrell Scott, Dave Alvin and Buddy Miller. She has been referred to as a "Throwback Artist." Lee Zimmerman of No Depression compared her to such legendary singers as Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, describing her voice as "filtered through a mix of hard-wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.” Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote, "Reagan Boggs is exactly what modern country radio is missing."
The viewing party for the Baker/Boggs episode of “Song of the Mountains” will take place on Sunday, November 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the Tap Room Sports Bar & Grill, 176 Country Club Dr, Waynesville, NC 28786. A donation of $5 is suggested, with all proceeds going to “Song of the Mountains.” Food and beverages will be extra. Admission will be on a first-come basis, until the venue has reached its capacity.
Information about Kaitlyn Baker is available at www.KaitlynBaker.com. Information about Reagan Boggs is available at www.ReaganBoggs.com. Information about “Song of the Mountains” is available at www.SongOfTheMountains.org.