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Marteka & William Lake are Making Pure Bluegrass

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:32pm
Pure BluegrassMarteka N William Lake are siblings with a taste of Flatt & Scruggs. Marteka has studied the Scruggs style on banjo and is well versed in the method. Her younger brother, William, also caught on to the Flatt & Scruggs sound when he learning guitar and chose to follow Flatt’s thumb and finger style. While most in bluegrass today only follow the flat pick method of playing, this is not how Lester Flatt played. The two have a unique style in bluegrass that truly follows tradition and the sound of the genre’s most popular pioneer duo.

As they embark on their musical journey, the two have released their latest album, “PURE” Bluegrass. “PURE” Bluegrass is just that – pure bluegrass done in the bluegrass style that helped push the style of music to the forefront of the folk revolution of the early ‘60s. Marteka and William are continuing the traditional sound with a fresh young and energetic style. It is no wonder they have been all over social media and their videos are spread far and wide.

“PURE” Bluegrass is an exciting new project for them. Its pure bluegrass done in a pure way and consists of eleven tracks of traditional bluegrass songs. From the opening track of “Your Love is Like a Flower” the album wanders through old favorites like “Pike County Breakdown” to the last track, “Shortenin’ Bread” that just leaves you wanting more tracks. Each of the tracks fully showcases Marteka’s talent on the 5-string banjo and William’s Flatt style picking and vocals. Even his vocals even have that soft southern Flatt drawl that people grew to love about that sound. “PURE” Bluegrass is Flatt & Scruggs reincarnated.

The musicianship on “PURE” Bluegrass is what traditional bluegrass should sound like. Their music retains the soul of the genre without much of today’s spit & polish making much of today’s music almost sterile. Marteka and William kept the pure soul in the music on “PURE” Bluegrass.

Every song has been arranged to give it that pure Flatt & Scruggs feeling not really heard since the mid ‘60s. This is an exciting addition to bluegrass music’s roots and today’s sound all in one. This is their fifth release and shows a marked improvement since their debut. This is the future of bluegrass and as long as the young pick it up and advance it as Marteka and William are doing, the future of bluegrass is in good hands.

Pick up a copy of “PURE” Bluegrass and see why everybody is talking about these two young artists.

Categories: Music Industry

Blue Highway Blazes New Trails Announcing Justin Moses as Newest Member

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:08am

Justin Moses by Russ Carson PhotographyBristol, VA/TN -- Blue Highway announced today the addition of heralded multi-instrumentalist JUSTIN MOSES to the 24-year strong supergroup. Moses will step up to the plate at Dobro, replacing departing Gaven Largent, who married his sweetheart over the weekend and will embark on new musical trails, including opening his own woodworking and resophonic guitar crafting shop in Virginia.

"Justin Moses is arguably the most versatile and talented bluegrass musician working in the business today," said Blue Highway co-founder and GRAMMY winner Tim Stafford. "He can sing all parts, and is an accomplished instrumentalist on mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and bass, as well as Dobro."

Justin's resume sparkles with superstars and legends. Moses has lived a musician's dream, sharing the stage with icons such as Clint Black, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Diffie, Jerry Douglas, Peter Frampton, and Barry Gibb. Justin appeared on the 2009 GRAMMY Nominated and IBMA Album of the Year winning release "Wheels" by Dan Tyminski, as well as "Music to My Ears" by Ricky Skaggs, among other prominent releases. Justin has toured with bands like Blue Moon Rising, NewFound Road, Band of Ruhks, The Dan Tyminski Band, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. He has appeared on prominent television shows such as The Today Show, Conan, The Marty Stuart Show, and The Grand Ole Opry.

Moses married the beautiful, multi-talented sweetheart of bluegrass, Sierra Hull, in 2017, merging two powerhouse musical talents. Sierra is a well-loved, accomplished mandolin player and vocalist, and GRAMMY Nominee. Justin and Sierra have several duo shows on schedule in 2018.

Moses is excited to continue his musical journey as the newest member of three-time GRAMMY Nominee and 27-time IBMA Award winning powerhouse Blue Highway. "I've had the good fortune to play with many of my heroes in the music business, but I'm truly beyond excited to have the opportunity to play with Blue Highway," said Justin Moses. "Blue Highway has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard them play!" The enthusiasm is shared among the members of Blue Highway, who can't wait to begin touring with Moses.

"Justin is an absolute beast on any instrument you put in his hands!" said Jason Burleson, Blue Highway's force on the five. "He's also a great singer, and a really nice guy. I'm really looking forward to working with him!"

"Justin is the dream band member: great guy, super talented on every instrument and vocal part, and dedicated," said Tim Stafford. "To say we're stoked to have him in the band is an understatement!"

"Justin is one of the most talented musicians in the music biz today," said Shawn Lane. "I've played music with him before, and enjoyed every second of it! I really look forward to making more music with him."

Shawn Lane and Justin Moses recently appeared together in Dan Tyminski's band on CBS-TV on The Late Show in support of Tyminski's new album "Southern Gothic."

The new team of Stafford, Taylor, Lane, Burleson, and Moses will debut on Saturday, June 2, at the iconic Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Blue Highway will play three shows at Dollywood's Celebrity Theater at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm. The band is revving up for their new team's debut -- five celebrated musicians coming together for an explosive Summer of touring, and the creation of a new Blue Highway album in studio. Blue Highway albums have rocked charts and stood the test of time, from their debut release of "It's a Long, Long Road" rising to earn IBMA Album of the Year honors in 1996, to their latest release "Original Traditional" on Rounder Records earning a 2017 GRAMMY Nomination.

"I've been a fan of Justin's for a long time, so getting to work side by side with him will be very exciting," said Hall of Famer Wayne Taylor. "Looking forward to what the future holds!"

"I've been around Blue Highway at events through the years, and have seen what great guys Shawn, Tim, Wayne, and Jason are," said Moses. "I really can't wait to get started!"

From the stage to the studio, Blue Highway's engines are stoked and ready to entertain loyal excited fans. Blue Highway's new turbo-charged musical engine will race starting on June 2 at Dollywood, followed by June 9 at HoustonFest, June 12 at Bean Blossom, and June 16 at Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Maine.

Categories: Music Industry