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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Announce New Album, December Tour

8 hours 12 min ago

Before The Sun Goes DownNashville, TN -- Compass Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Before The Sun Goes Down. The album pairs Rob Ickes, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of Year, with rising singer/guitarist Trey Hensley whom Ickes recently discovered while recording in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee.
After collaborating with Hensley on an album track from Blue Highway's current release, and inviting him to guest on some live shows, Ickes was inspired for the two musicians to record a studio project together. Before The Sun Goes Down is the result of that effort and it is a unique project in the way it seamlessly blends contemporary bluegrass and the spare studio stylings of classic '60s and '70s country music.

Hensley's voice is something of a miracle, a throwback to the great country singer icons of the genre's first golden era, at one moment evoking an early George Jones or Merle Haggard, and at another, Conway Twitty or Hank Snow. The fact that Hensley is still just in his early 20's makes the experience of listening to him even more astounding.

His talent has drawn the attention of more than his fair share of Music Row heavy weights including Marty Stuart who said: "Trey Hensley is the real deal – I'm one of his biggest fans." Dobro master Rob Ickes is the perfect musical foil to Hensley's prodigious talent, both as a musician and co-producer. His Dobro ornaments Hensley's vocal lines with perfect finesse one moment and with jaw-dropping fire the next, showing why he is one of the best to ever pick up the instrument.

On the production side of things, Ickes has a solid hand and deep musical understanding which enables him to draw the connections between bluegrass and early country to create a cohesive and highly successful end result.

The 13-track album includes a hard-driving cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s masterpiece “Georgia on A Fast Train,” which showcases Trey's acoustic guitar chops, “My Way Is The Highway,” an original by Trey that elicits a classic country vibe, as well as the album's title track, which is an elegantly played country shuffle that illustrates just how well Ickes and Hensley have absorbed the sounds of shared musical influences.

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be on tour in California and the Pacific Northwest in December:

  • 12/4/14 – Royal Room – Seattle, WA
  • 12/5/14 – Green Frog – Bellingham, WA
  • 12/6/14 – Treehouse – Leavenworth, CA
  • 12/7/14 – Little River Inn – Little River, CA
  • 12/9/14 – Tallman Hotel – Upper Lake, CA
  • 12/11/14 – Don Quixote's – Felton, CA
  • 12/12/14 – Boulevard Music – Culver City, CA
  • 12/13/14 – Powerhouse – Del Mar, CA

Before The Sun Goes Down Track Listing:

  1. "Before The Sun Goes Down"
  2. "Lightning"
  3. "I'd Rather Be Gone"
  4. "Georgia on a Fast Train"
  5. "My Way is the Highway"
  6. "Workin' Man Can't Get Nowhere Today"
  7. "When My Last Song is Sung"
  8. "Pride and Joy"
  9. "More Than Roses"
  10. "Raisin' the Dickens"
  11. "Misery"
  12. "Little Cabin on the Hill"
  13. "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang"
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IBMA Announces TV Broadcast of Bluegrass Music Awards

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:04am

Balsam Range IBMA Entertainer of the YearNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced plans to air an edited version of the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on U.S. television. The Awards show, filmed live on October 2, 2014 in the Memorial Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas, will be part of American Public Television’s “Music City Roots” series in 2015. The syndicated series aired in 71 PBS markets across the United States this past year. A one-hour edit of the Awards show is expected to air in late February or early March 2015.

"In many ways, we really raised the bar at this year's Bluegrass Music Awards,” said Amy Reitnouer, who co-produced the October 2 live show with Chris Stuart. “This broadcast will not only put bluegrass music and the IBMA on a national stage, but also set the standard for our Awards shows in years to come."

The Bluegrass Music Awards is part of IBMA’s five-day World of Bluegrass event, which took place September 30 – October 2 in Raleigh this year. Preliminary attendance figures for World of Bluegrass 2014 are estimated to be more than 180,000 people.

“It’s been an IBMA goal since our first Awards Show in 1990 to share this fabulous showcase of some of the year’s best talent with a wider television audience,” said Nancy Cardwell, Executive Director of IBMA. “I can’t tell you how excited we are—after 25 years of dreaming about this—to announce The International Bluegrass Music Awards, Presented by Music City Roots, in conjunction with senior producers Todd Mayo and John Walker of Heng Dai Media. The one-hour version of the 2014 Awards Show will air in national PBS markets where Music City Roots is already a favorite, and cities across the nation are welcome to contact their local PBS stations to request the show.”

“This special episode will air in our second season, and we are thrilled to give viewers nationwide a glimpse into that magical night of performance and celebration,” said Mayo. “We appreciate our partners - WNPT in Nashville and American Public Television - for distributing the Music City Roots series.”

Underwriting opportunities are still available for the television broadcast of the IBMA Awards Show for 2015. For more information, contact sponsorship consultant Susan Woelkers at 615-497-4801 or Nancy Cardwell at 615-256-3222. IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.

Categories: Music Industry

Blue Highway to Perform at 23rd Annual Diamond Awards

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:10am

Blue HighwayPigeon Forge, TN -- Dove and IBMA Award-winning powerhouse band Blue Highway will appear as special guests at the upcoming 23rd Annual Diamond Awards. The fan-voted Diamond Awards will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4, as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. The 2014 Diamond Awards are sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant all-digital source of Southern Gospel News and current #1-visited Southern Gospel website on the Internet.

The highly-esteemed Bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform as special guests on the Awards Show, which will be taped for a television special to air later this year on Atlanta’s WATC Channel 57 and be shown in syndication via various Christian media outlets in 2015.

“Blue Highway is honored to be invited to perform as special guests on the Diamond Awards,” said Tim Stafford, a founding member of the band who was just named IBMA Songwriter of the Year (2014). “Gospel music has always been a part of our lives as individuals, and at least one gospel song usually appears on even our Bluegrass releases. We’re excited to be a part of this great Southern Gospel event in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains!”

Gospel harmonies will definitely be ringing in the heart of the Smokies next week, as the Diamond Awards and Creekside Gospel Music Convention bring acclaimed gospel artists such as the Dixie Melody Boys and Exodus to Pigeon Forge’s Smoky Mountain Convention Center with events running from Monday, November 3, at 4:00 pm through Thursday, November 6 at 10:30 pm.

Tickets for the event are being made available FREE of charge, but must be reserved at: EventBrite.com.

“We are excited to have bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway performing at this year’s Diamond Awards,” said Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and Publisher of SGN Scoops Magazine. “Blue Highway is not only one of the top contemporary Bluegrass bands, but their gospel songs are incredible and multi-award winning.”

Blue Highway has won a combined 24 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards and five SPBGMA Awards. The high octane band is known for its powerhouse performances, but their gospel music roots run deep. The gospel song God Moves In a Windstorm from Blue Highway's Wind to the West album took home the IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year Award (1997). The band's All-Gospel release Wondrous Love skyrocketed up charts and won a Dove Award for Best Bluegrass Album (2004) and the IBMA Award for Gospel Recorded Event of the Year. The incredible 13-song Wondrous Love release also garnered a prestigious Grammy nomination for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.

Blue Highway is 20 years strong with all original members still intact with Jason Burleson on banjo, Rob Ickes on dobro, Shawn Lane on mandolin and fiddle, Tim Stafford on guitar, and Wayne Taylor on bass. Rob Ickes currently reigns as the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of IBMA, with an astounding 15 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year honors. The band was honored with 9 IBMA Award Nominations in 2014 including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Album and Song of the Year for The Game.

Blue Highway's current album The Game debuted at #4 on Billboard, and has been riding high at #1 for a staggering 5 months atop the Bluegrass Unlimited Monthly Album Chart (June-Oct 2014), while the title track The Game has been #1 for 3 months (August-Oct 2014) on the Bluegrass Unlimited Monthly Song Chart.

For more info on Blue Highway and its members, please go to www.BlueHighwayBand.com. For daily news and photos of Blue Highway, please go: https://www.facebook.com/BlueHighway and, for more details on SGN Scoops Magazine and the Diamond Awards, please go: www.sgnscoops.com

Categories: Music Industry

New Asheville Band Hits Kickstarter Goal In One Day

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:09am

Tellico BandAsheville, NC -- Tellico is the most recent product of Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound, and they are excited to be debuting an album in 2015. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Stig Stiglets (bass, vocals) with Aaron Ballance on dobro, as well as Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. After playing together late last year, three former members of the Asheville bands Dehlia Low (Anya, Aaron, and Stig) and Town Mountain (Jed) decided the combination of so much history together and the excitement of a new project was so compelling that they decided to form Tellico.

Well known for their rootsy, authentic singing and vocal harmony, as well as in the hard-edge nostalgic yet modern themes of their songwriting, the quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. In previous lineups, the band's members have performed at some of the nation's most prestigious festivals and venues including MerleFest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Mountain Song Festival, and the Freight and Salvage. Aaron also won the Rockygrass Dobro Competition in 2010. Anya, Stig and Aaron also recorded under the Rebel Records label in 2011 for Dehlia Low's Ravens and Crows album as well as three other independent releases with their previous band between 2007 and 2010.

Folks are excited to hear the new music and within the first 24 hours of launching a 33-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their debut album they had met their goal of $7500. By day nine, they had surpassed it to reach $10,000. The band is wowed by all of the support which will not only enable them to make the album, but also to expand their calendar and get their music out to more listeners across the country. Tellico has reached a beautiful milestone in this campaign and now has a bit over 100 backers! This campaign has always been about getting the music out there and growing a community around that effort and they still have more than halfway to go.

Seeing such a positive response from the community, the band would like to grow the Tellico family over the remainder of the campaign to double the amount of backers to 200 at any reward level! Getting involved before the CD is even made allows them to get as many CDs printed as they can, which will shipped out to backers before the album even releases to the public. In addition, becoming a backer means becoming a part of the project, and a feeling of investment in the album's recording and release, as well as helping to provide us more financial options than if you were to purchase the album after it is released. Backers become Tellico’s record label, the band digs it, wants you to join them in this and for you to bring your friends along for the ride too!

“Connecting with and hearing from their fans makes such a difference in the way they think about the "why" part of what they do. It's wonderful hearing from you,” says Anya Hinkle. One backer, LFW, wrote "Dehlia Low's music brought me through some of the most difficult times in my life as I coped with the illness/deaths of my parents…… and, of course, still inspires me today. I'm so thankful for that and feel like I owe these wonderful talented musicians. Looking forward to hearing the great/beautiful music they will produce. Can't wait for the CD!!!”

The songs that will be on the album reflects the sights, sounds, and feelings of living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina capturing the resonating and universal themes of love, disaster, cheatin', loss, busking, dreams, and change. The blend of Anya and Stig's committed, authentic vocals with Aaron's flowing and soaring dobro and Jed's textured and expressive mandolin bring to the songs their foundation, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with, but taken to somewhere unique.

Check out the video they made for the campaign and listen to a few demo cuts of three new songs at http://bit.ly/TellicoKickstarter. Please do help us spread the word with friends and family that may be interested!
By becoming a backer for our upcoming album, not only do you get an autographed copy of the disk mailed right to your door, but also other perks only available to backers, like personal thank-yous, limited edition hats, shirts, crafts and stickers, demos and pre-release tracks, photos from the studio and project updates. Most importantly though, you join us in the process creating this album. It's a big world but it becomes smaller when we connect with each other. And more fun.

Categories: Music Industry

Jason Barie Joins Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:07am

Jason BarieXenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are proud to welcome Jason Barie as their newest member. Jason will make his official debut during the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival held in Wilmington, OH November 7th and 8th. Jason will be filling the spot recently vacated by Evan McGregor. "We are very thankful for Evan and his years as a founding member of the Radio Ramblers," continues Mullins. "His precision on stage and in the studio, both as a player and engineer, really helped define our sound. His parents, Larry and Bev, have been constant supporters as well. We are grateful."

Jason started taking classical violin lessons in elementary school and after a couple of years, was mentored by Tom Henderson, owner of the Bluegrass Parlor in Tampa, Florida. Jason spent his teen years learning to play bluegrass and traditional music and filling in with local bands. Upon graduating high school in 1997, he performed four years with the Sand Mountain Boys, four years with Carolina Road, and two years with The Larry Stephenson Band.

Jason has spent the last six years traveling with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. After a little rest from the road, Jason Barie is back in action, taking on the full-time fiddle position with the Radio Ramblers. "We're so thankful to welcome Jason," says Joe Mullins. "He's a first class gentleman and a very tasteful player. He has a great approach to our bands' sound and some beautiful, original tunes!"

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers will officially debut their new lineup in Wilmington, Ohio on November 7th and 8th when they host their twice-annual Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival at the Roberts Center. The event draws thousands in the spring and fall and touts being the largest indoor music festival in Ohio. In addition to the Radio Ramblers, the lineup of talent includes Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ralph Stanley II, James Kind Band, Flatt Lonesome, Special Consensus, Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, The Boxcars, The Larry Stephenson Band, The Crowe Brothers, and Blake Williams as master of ceremonies.

For more information on the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, visit www.somusicfest.com. For more information on Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, visit www.radioramblers.com.

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Junior Sisk Injures Hand in Minor Hunting Accident

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:05am

Junior SiskJunior Sisk, who is well-known to his fans as an avid hunter, injured his hand this past Monday (10/27) in a minor hunting accident. Sisk suffered a deep cut to one of his fingers, which required stitches and a course of antibiotics. According to Sisk, the stitches will stay in for the next ten days, but he does have feeling in and can move his finger. He says that it's going to take a little time to heal, but he hopes to be back to playing this Saturday, when Ramblers Choice takes the stage at the Bluegrass, Barbecue, & Brew Festival in Brookneal, Virginia. Sisk would like to thank his friends and fans for their prayers and get-well wishes.

Junior gave thanks on the Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice FB page saying, "Junior would like to thank all of his friends and fans for their prayers and get-wishes concerning the injury to his hand yesterday. He cut one of his fingers in a minor hunting accident, but after five stitches, a tetanus shot, and antibiotics, is doing well. He hopes to be back playing this Saturday at the Bluegrass, Barbecue, and Brew Festival.

One of today’s top voices in bluegrass, Junior Sisk has won the acclaim of fans and critics alike for his hard-driving style and commitment to the traditional sound. His distinctive, lonesome vocals earned him the honor of being named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Hailing from southwest Virginia, the epicenter of traditional bluegrass music, Sisk and his talented band continue to lead the way in keeping those beloved sounds alive as evidenced by them recently being named SPBGMA’s 2014 Best Bluegrass Band Overall.

We all wish him a speedy recovery as the descriptions on the social media sites and the long wait for treatment had many fans concerned for quite a while.

Categories: Music Industry

Country Music Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:08am

 CMA CEO Sarah Trahern; Suzi Cochran, widow of Hank Cochran; Mac Wiseman; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young; and Ronnie Milsap.Nashville, TN -- Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran, and Ronnie Milsap each overcame extraordinarily difficult childhoods to put a distinctive footprint on American music history. Each now shares another accomplishment: they became the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 26, 2014.

In a star-studded Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the three legendary figures were feted with heartfelt testimonials and stirring performances in a two-hour celebration in the museum’s 800-seat CMA Theater. In words and songs, the inductees’ triumphs were heralded, their legacies honored, and their achievements enshrined for all time.

Calling the three men “great Americans who have made country music history,” museum director Kyle Young briefly described the unique artistry of Cochran, Milsap, and Wiseman while encapsulating their backgrounds and achievements. Video tributes on each artist, featuring vintage footage taken from interviews and performances stored in the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, helped convey the talent and personalities of each new Hall of Fame member and underline why they deserve the prestigious honor.

Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, Martina McBride,
R&B great Sam Moore, and Gene Watson among all-star cast paying tribute


Mac Wiseman PlaqueThe eighty-nine-year-old Wiseman—born in Crimora, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley—survived a debilitating bout of polio, contracted in his teens, to become a significant bluegrass and country artist who recorded more than eight hundred songs over a seven-decade career.

“Mac Wiseman has one of the great voices in American musical history,” Young said in discussing Wiseman’s career. “He is known as ‘the Voice with a Heart,’ and it’s hard to imagine a more accurate nickname.”

Young recounted how Wiseman’s mother, Neva, encouraged her son to develop his musical talent as a way to deal with the physical restrictions of polio. While in high school, Wiseman began performing on a local radio station. In his early twenties he was recruited to join the first band formed by Country Music Hall of Fame members Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and shortly afterward, as a guitarist and harmony singer with Bill Monroe as a member of his band, the Blue Grass Boys.

As a solo artist, Wiseman began recording with Dot Records in 1951, straddling bluegrass and country with songs that drew on folk, mountain, and pop influences. The influential singer was a founding member of the CMA in 1958 and served on its board for many years. “He actually did the work,” said Country Music Hall of Fame member Jo Walker-Meador, executive director of the CMA from 1962 to 1991. “He had ideas and suggestions that helped the organization become what it is today. He was such a great help to me.”

Performers celebrating the music of Wiseman were Jim Lauderdale, Charlie Daniels, and Vince Gill. “I’m so glad the CMA allowed me the chance to be here to honor this great man,” said Daniels, who performed “Jimmy Brown the Newsboy,” a nineteenth century song that Wiseman turned into a top country hit. “He’s been a hero of mine since I learned my first three chords.”

Lauderdale offered a spirited “Goin’ Like Wildfire,” and Gill sang a touching “’Tis Sweet to Be Remembered,” one of Wiseman’s signature hits. “It’s a great song,” Gill said, “by a great man.”

Wiseman accepted the award with characteristic humility. “I tried to be honest to myself and to the music,” he said. “I tried to give back as much as I could, but I could never give as much as the music business has given to me.”

Wiseman also noted the timeless quality of country music, saying that each generation returns to the same real-life themes that provide the foundation for what makes the genre special.

“They’re the same things that have been going on since the beginning of time,” Wiseman said. “Heartache. Disasters. Train wrecks and crashes of airplanes. Family. Home. People falling in love and falling out. It might sound trite, but I firmly believe people don’t change. We just get a new batch.”


Hank Cochran PlaqueTo induct Cochran, Young explained that the native of Isola, Mississippi, arrived in Nashville at the time that Music City’s songwriting community was still in its infancy. He teamed up with a generation of professional songwriters who comprised “a select group of non-conformists who audaciously altered the form and content of country music.”

Cochran’s hits include “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Make the World Go Away,” “Don’t Touch Me,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” “That’s All That Matters to Me,” “Set ’Em Joe,” “Ocean Front Property,” and “The Chair.”

As Young explained, Cochran was put in an orphanage at age nine after his parents divorced. He hitchhiked to New Mexico in his mid-teens to work on oil rigs, and eventually he landed in Los Angeles, where he began his songwriting career. He moved to Nashville in January 1960 at the invitation of Pamper Music, which had signed him to a songwriting contract while he still lived in California.

“Hank Cochran helped create the template for the professional Nashville songwriter,” Young said. “He set the standard for pithy lyrics that carry a world of meaning, many of which became the soundtrack for our lives.”

Alison Krauss and Gene Watson paid tribute to Cochran’s artistry by performing three of his best-loved songs. Krauss beautifully presented two sumptuous ballads, “Make the World Go Away” and “Don’t Touch Me.” Krauss recalled how she performed Cochran’s song “She’s Got You” at a 1995 celebration of the Grand Ole Opry at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Nervous about singing a song associated with the great Patsy Cline, Krauss was relieved and honored when a letter arrived from Cochran thanking her for singing his song and telling her how much he enjoyed her version.

“I couldn’t believe he’d take the time to write us and tell us we did a good job,” Krauss said. “It made me feel real good. I’m so happy to be here to help honor him.”

Watson pointed out that he admired Cochran’s recordings, which often get overlooked because of his impact as a songwriter. “He’s one of the greatest songwriters ever, but I don’t have to tell you that,” Watson said. “I loved him as an artist before I ever knew what a great songwriter he was.”

Whenever he recorded a Cochran song, Watson said he felt a special pressure to do it justice, because the songs were so well written. “I feel the same way tonight,” Watson said before performing “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me.” “I hope I can do it justice.”

Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare officially inducted his friend, saying he first met Hank Cochran in 1954 in Southern California. Bare joked about Cochran’s penchant for falling in love and getting married, but that the marriages never lasted long. That ended when he married Suzi Cochran in 1981, with whom he spent twenty-nine years.

Bare also heralded Cochran’s tenacity as a song-plugger. He had an uncanny knack for knowing when an artist was going to be successful, Bare said, and would go as far as moving in with the singer in order to get one of his songs recorded.

“Hank could feel things nobody else could feel,” Bare said. “He was a brave man, because he wasn’t afraid to fall in love … and when it all went south, he wasn’t afraid to throw it out there and tell people how it felt.”

Suzi Cochran, in accepting the award for her late husband, said, “It breaks my heart that it’s me standing here and not Hank.”

She thanked the CMA for making two of Cochran’s dreams come true. “One of course was to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame,” she said. “The other was to hear Alison Krauss sing one of his songs.”

Suzi also read a letter Cochran wrote to his first wife, Shirley, in 1960, when he despaired about a lack of success and how he was ready to give up. A year later, he had written a #1 song, “I Fall to Pieces,” for Patsy Cline. His advice to young songwriters, she said, was that if you believe in a song, never give up.


Ronnie Milsap PlaqueYoung, in introducing the segment of the program honoring Milsap, told of the hardships facing a young boy born into harsh poverty and nearly blind—he lost his eyesight completely after a beating by an instructor at a school for the blind. His parents had left him at the school in hopes he could be taught the skills to survive on his own. His induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame proved that he succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

“Although raised poor in Appalachia,” Young said, “Ronnie Milsap busted country stereotypes when he came to Nashville in 1972 with a musical background steeped in classical, pop, and rhythm-and-blues music.”

Despite having previously recorded R&B and pop, country music embraced his talents in ways other genres hadn’t. “Nashville proved to be the right place,” Young said, “for a singer and pianist possessed of a soulful tone and a broad vocal range.”

Having scored forty-nine Top Ten hits from the 1970s through the 1990s, Milsap “has been a country music superstar for decades now,” Young said. “Tonight, he takes his rightful place with other legends, for all time.”

For the musical tribute, soul legend Sam Moore, of the Memphis duo Sam & Dave, drew a thunderous crowd reaction when he came out to perform Milsap’s #1 hit “Lost in the Fifties (In the Still of the Night),” with Gill on harmony vocals.

Moore recounted a night in 1965, in Washington, D.C., when he first encountered the pianist and singer. Hearing him from the wings, he walked to the stage and was shocked to find that such a soulful artist was white. The two have been friends ever since, Moore said.

Contemporary country star Hunter Hayes followed Moore, citing the song he performed, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” as one of his longtime favorites. “There’s something about Ronnie Milsap music—there’s no part you don’t want to sing along with,” Hayes said. “I’ve sung this song a million times. I’m so nervous that I might miss it up, but I don’t care, it’s an honor to be able to sing it here for Ronnie.”

Martina McBride provided the final Milsap tribute, testifying how effortlessly Milsap can use his broad vocal range. For her song, she chose “(I’d Be) a Legend in My Time.”—“because I’ve known it my whole life,” she said, “and I feel like it’s part of my soul.”

Brenda Lee provided the rite of induction for Milsap, filling in at the last minute for Reba McEntire, whose father died Thursday. Lee proved an appropriate choice, as she told of getting an invitation to hear Milsap sing when he first arrived in Nashville in 1970. She recognized right away what a talent the blind artist was.

Although they have been friends for decades, Lee said, “I’ve never really had the opportunity to share with Ronnie what a true, true appreciation I have for his rise in this industry as a musician and artist.”

Lee also acknowledged the importance Milsap’s wife, Joyce, in his success, saying no tribute to the new Hall of Fame member “would be complete without honoring his wife.”

Milsap, in his acceptance speech, gratefully acknowledged how important family has been to him. “My wife was the one who, when we were living in Memphis, said, ‘We are going to move to Nashville.’ I said, ‘Why? We’re doing pretty good here in Memphis.’ She said, ‘You’re going to do a lot better.’”

He cited the importance of his manager Jack Johnson, music publisher and producer Tom Collins, RCA producer and label executive Jerry Bradley, producer Rob Galbraith, session musician Charlie McCoy, and fellow artist Charley Pride, all of whom helped him early in his career. “Thank you so much for having me in the Country Music Hall of Fame,” he concluded. “It’s a true honor.”


Considered country music’s most prestigious event, the Medallion Ceremony represents the official induction of new Hall of Fame members.

Sunday’s event started with a red-carpet arrival before a vocal crowd of more than a thousand fans, who snapped photos and gathered autographs on a sunny Sunday afternoon outside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The ceremony moved inside to the CMA Theater, the museum’s 800-seat theater. A private celebration, the Medallion guest list focuses on family members and colleagues of the inductees, allowing them to share this exalted occasion with those they love and those they worked most closely with in their careers.

The performers were backed by the Medallion All-Star Band, led by keyboardist John Hobbs. The band included drummer Eddie Bayers, pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin, electric guitarist Steve Gibson, bassist Michael Rhodes, fiddler and mandolinist Deanie Richardson, guitarist Biff Watson, fiddler and harmony singer Laura Weber Cash, and guitarist and harmony vocalist Jeff White. Saxophonist Mark Douthit joined the band for Milsap’s musical tribute.

The audience at the private celebration was packed with Hall of Fame members, who welcomed the new inductees to their exclusive club. Hall of Famers in attendance were Bill Anderson, Bobby Bare, Ralph Emery, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brenda Lee, Charlie McCoy, Jo Walker-Meador Randy Owen of Alabama, E.W. “Bud” Wendell, and Curtis Young and Ray Walker of the Jordanaires.

The audience also observed a moment of silence in memory of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers and Ray Price, two Hall of Fame members who had died since the last Medallion Ceremony.

Steve Turner, chairman of the museum’s board, noted that it was appropriate that the Hall of Fame induction ceremony take place in the CMA Theater—built thanks to a $10 million donation from the CMA—and inside the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “It is fitting that these rites of induction take place in this music museum,” Turner said, “where the bronze likenesses of Mac, Hank, and Ronnie will be forever enshrined, and where their stories and songs will be archived in perpetuity.”

Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer, noted that country music has changed over the fifty-three-year history of the Country Music Hall of Fame honor’s existence. However, she added, “ the foundational truths have remained untouched by time” and that entry into the Hall of Fame continues to be “forged by innovation, creativity, and a fearless commitment to excellence.”

The evening ended, as always, with a performance of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” led by Milsap on vocals and piano, and featuring Wiseman, the evening’s performers, and all of the Hall of Famers in attendance. For the first time, the singers were joined by the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, led by director Joe Smyth.

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Bluegrass and Beyond and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Nov 8th

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:05am

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnSaturday, November 8th, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will presenjt a special program -- Bluegrass and Beyond for three performances throughout the day. The family program of Bluegrass Basics will take place at the same time as the mid-day program. For a special treat, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will perform at the CMA Theater at 8 PM.

The museum presents a full day of bluegrass-inspired performances and workshops featuring top players. Presented by the Crump family and Cotten Music Center, Honoring George A. and Marjorie S. Crump. Takes place in the Museum’s Ford Theater. useum admission or Museum membership required for program admittance. Limited seating available. Program pass required.

Béla Fleck, a fifteen-time Grammy® winner, and Abigail Washburn presented their eponymous debut album as a duo on October 7th, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category Grammy® wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other.

The record reveals their astounding chemistry as collaborators, as the two seamlessly stitch together singular banjo sounds (through an assortment of seven banjos spanning the recording) in service to the stories that their songs tell, with no studio gimmickry needed. According to Béla, “finding a way to make every song have its own unique stamp, yet the whole project having a big cohesive sound – with only two people,” was at the core of their joint vision. Demonstrating seemingly unlimited rhythmic, tonal and melodic capabilities, Fleck and Washburn confirm the banjo’s versatility as the perfect backdrop to the rich lyrical component that Fleck and Washburn offer, “Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the banjo’s being able to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.”

With her earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, and his virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity fused with bluegrass roots— the music of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a different matter entirely. There’s no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities. Fleck and Washburn have collaborated in the past, most notably in their Sparrow Quartet, with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee. Until last fall, though, any performances they gave as a two-piece were decidedly informal: a pickin’ party here, a benefit show at Washburn’s grandmother’s Unitarian church there. It was inevitable and eagerly anticipated by fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum tells the story of one of the world’s most popular art forms. Here, the music and its makers speak through timeless art, the latest interactive exhibits and live performances. Visitors may also dine at Two Twenty-Two Grill & Catering™, located in the museum’s Curb Conservatory, which offers a snack bar and a hot food menu.

The museum is located at 222 Fifth Ave. S. in downtown Nashville (SoBro district), and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for ticketing and other programs.

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NCBS Announces Their 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:25am

Penny Godlis; photo courtesy www.scbs.orgThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. The January 24 ceremony & concert in Redwood City are part of the free weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Penny Godlis of Santa Cruz is the key longtime organizer of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, held since 1994 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. She is a bass player, guitarist, and banjoist who has performed with High Tide, The Birch Lake Ramblers, and her current band, Rogue River. She has served for most of the past two decades on the NCBS Board of Directors and the GOF Committee. She has also helped with other Society events and projects. Although she spent many years playing music in Southern California, she was drawn to Northern California by the Strawberry Music Festival and then became a mainstay of the NCBS.

Charlie Cran of Jamestown was one of the founders of the Strawberry Bluegrass Festival and has been the sole owner of Strawberry Music, Inc. since the early 1990s. Under his leadership, the renamed Strawberry Music Festival has been nationally-recognized as a prescient creative force in integrating bluegrass music into a broader, “big tent” environment that has led to widespread acceptance by legions of new fans while preserving vibrant performance opportunities for traditional bluegrass music. He most recently led the festival through the loss of its longtime beloved venue, Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park, a near-crippling blow. The rejuvenated twice-yearly festival is now looking forward to a bright future.

Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson of La Grange led the host band Fiddlestix for the first decade of the Strawberry Music Festival and have recently revived that unit while continuing to perform as Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower, and with Faux Renwah, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals, and other bands. The duo’s career has ranged from success on Chuck Barris’ Gong Show, to Nashville’s Opryland Music Park, to an appearance in the movie Back To The Future III, and as regulars at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. The duo organized the La Grange Fiddle & Banjo Contest for many years, and have volunteered with the uniquely-named Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest. The couple’s Camp Obey Bob is the unofficial keeper of the Strawberry festival spirit.

The NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and from other Redwood City area organizations, businesses, and individuals.

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Wayne Henderson & Friends at Carter Fold Nov 1st

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:22am

Wayne HendersonHiltons, VA -- Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about twenty instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin.

Saturday, November 1st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by an old time band - Wayne Henderson and Friends. Performing with Wayne will be Jeff Little, piano player extraordinaire. Concert admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Some of Henderson's instruments are intricately decorated, but they are most respected for their volume, tone, and resonance. Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson “is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States.” There is a waiting list for Henderson's guitars made up of the “famous (and not-so-famous).” He built a custom guitar for Eric Clapton. Above and beyond his great talents as a musician and instrument maker, Wayne Henderson is known as a “friend to everyone” and shares his talents and knowledge unselfishly.

Hotshot rockabilly pianist Jeff Little comes from Boone, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, where he grew up surrounded by music. Jeff began to play piano at age five. His family owned a music store, and musicians of all persuasions dropped by to play a few tunes with the kid, which helps account for Jeff's mastery of a range of styles.

But Jeff’s critical influence was Appalachian singer and guitarist Doc Watson, a neighbor and close family friend. His uncompromising approach helped shape Jeff's approach to music. Known as a keeper of deep Appalachian traditions, Watson was a rockabilly guitarist when he began visiting Little’s Music Store in Boone to play a few tunes with his young friend.

Today Jeff Little is still conversant with a range of music, but finds his greatest joy in performing two styles that were hot when he was growing up in the music store – rockabilly and traditional Appalachian music. An astounding performer in the rockabilly genre, he obviously owes some inspiration to Jerry Lee Lewis. “Oh sure, you had to know some Jerry Lee when I was coming up. His tunes would buy you a burger; you didn’t have to live on peanuts. But even back then I never did get to thinking I was Jerry Lee. I kept a lot of me in my music.”

Jeff Little’s approach to the music of his native Blue Ridge is based upon the traditional dance of the area and a regional piano style. Made famous by Al Hopkins of The Bucklebusters on 1920s Brunswik recordings, the piano style was also performed by Woodie Blevins and others. Hopkins lived at Gap Creek, between the ancestral homes of Doc’s and Jeff’s families. But there is also an echo of more contemporary mountain tradition in Jeff’s performance. His lead solos, much influenced by the flat-pick guitar tradition, are breathtaking in their speed, precision and clarity. They tell that he learned much from Doc Watson.

Rounding out Wayne’s group of friends accompanying him will be Helen White on fiddle and guitar, Greg Cornett on banjo and vocals, and Herb Key on bass. For one of the best nights of old time music you can imagine, don’t miss Wayne Henderson and Friends with Jeff Little. Be sure to bring along your dancing shoes – and your friends!

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.

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High Lonesome Below Sea Level

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:09am

High Lonesome Below Sea LevelCultural scholar Loes van Schaijk and photographer Marieke Odekerken have joined forces in making a book that will portray a very specific genre of music, which came into being in the United States of America in the 1940’s and found its way to the Netherlands about ten years later: bluegrass.

Over a period of four months, Loes and Marieke will visit people who have somehow been captivated by this style of acoustic music which distinguishes itself by the combination of stringed instruments, breakneck speed, virtuoso solos, harmony vocals and “high lonesome” singing.

Inspired by Jim McGuires iconic "Nashville Portraits", cultural researcher Loes van Schaijk has teamed up with photographer Marieke Odekerken for a special project. Over a period of 3 months, they will travel around the Netherlands to visit people who are, in one way or another, "faces of Dutch bluegrass music".

We aim to make a product which is equally interesting for people who have personal ties to the history of bluegrass music in the Netherlands as for an audience that is drawn to the aesthetics of black and white portraiture.

An advance on the costs will be made by Loes and Marieke. As soon as most of the photos have been made and the texts are written, Loes and Marieke will start a crowdfunding campaign and it will be possible to pre-order the book. The book will be released at a fitting occasion around June 2015.

The pictures and interviews will feature musicians, bookers and builders; amateurs and professionals; pioneers and rookies; wallflowers, hillbillies and hardrockers; traditionalists, purists and people who are always looking for the cross-over with other styles. Apart from their shared love of bluegrass music, the only thing these people have in common is their opinion that they don’t need to have anything in common. The book is a report of human individuality: fifty colorful characters in black and white.


  • From August till November 2014, Loes and Marieke will work on text and images.
  • From November 2014, presale and crowdfunding will start.

If funding turns out to be succesful, the book can be prepared for official release in June 2015.

Follow this exciting project at http://www.facebook.com/bluegrassportraits

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Athens Theater Presents Florida State Bluegrass Band Nov 8

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:08am

Florida State Bluegrass BandErnie Evans and The Florida State Bluegrass Band represent what fans expect from bluegrass music today-an ability to bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional styles. Known for their strong lead vocals, classic hits, and ability to entertain their audiences, The Florida State Bluegrass Band is rapidly gaining a widespread fan base across the United States.

Ernie Evans is a third-generation musician with the rare ability to play multiple instruments, sing lead and sing both low and high harmonies. His musical vocabulary includes Jazz, Pop, and Country, as well. This collective experience has made a major contribution to his ability to lead and orchestrate the now nationally touring band "Florida State Bluegrass Band".

Ernie toured recently as a member of Grammy® Nominee Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Grammy® Award Winner Vassar Clements, and Motown legends “The Platters". His music has taken him all over the world throughout his career, and when he is not on stage he can be found broadcasting in St. Augustine, FL at WFCF 88.5FM, as well as on World Wide Bluegrass with his co-host, wife, and band mate Debi Evans, on their own shows, airing weekly.

Athens Theatre, 124 N Florida Ave, DeLand, FL 32720. (386) 736-1500

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The Crowe Brothers Celebrate 40 Years with New Album

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:28am
The Crowe BrothersWillis, VA" - - After seven albums, over forty years of making music together and multiple appearances on the stage of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, The Crowe Brothers continue their tradition of providing beautifully blended harmonies with the release of Forty Years Old. This 12 song offering features new songs and old favorites from some top songwriters including Tom T. and Dixie Hall, Rory Bourke, Hank Locklin and more.

To their credit, they have received recognition from the SPBGMA association (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) with awards for Best Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar and Best Instrumental Band, and were nominated by IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) for Emerging Artist of the Year. In 2009, their recording of "Cindy Mae" (written by Cody Shuler), went number one on several bluegrass charts including SiriusXM. In 2011, "He Could Pick the Hound" (penned by Steve Watts), also reached the number one slot.

They were also part of The All-Star Jam" - Live at Graves Mountain, which received an impressive five IBMA nominations in 2011, including a nod for Album of the Year.

The Crowe Brothers deliver soulful lead vocals, harmonies, and expert pickin' on everything they do. Mountain Fever's owner Mark Hodges is a fan. "These guys are first class all the way. Traditional bluegrass is represented at its best by these guys. We are excited to add them to the roster as it solidifies our commitment to the music."

40 Years OldTrack list for Forty Years Old:

  1. "Lost Highway Leon Payne"
  2. "You Turned Forty Years Old"
  3. "Excuse me, I Think I've Got a Heartache"
  4. "Green Fields of Erin"
  5. "I've Got the Moon on My Side"
  6. "Someday My Ship Will Sail"
  7. "Don't Let Our Love Die"
  8. "Livin' in a Mobile Home"
  9. "Send Me the Pillow"
  10. "Where Will You Be-Wayne Crowe"
  11. "Angel Mother"
  12. "Two Feet on the Floor"

Visit www.crowebrothers.com and find out more about the Crowe Brothers and when you can catch them in your area.

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Charlie Daniels Christmas 4 Kids Concert Announces Lineup

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:24am

Charlie Daniels & Friends Annual Christmas 4 Kids ConcertNashville, Tenn. (October 24, 2014) - Today, this year's official talent lineup was announced for the annual Charlie Daniels & Friends Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert. The Charlie Daniels Band, Phil Vassar, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Jamie O'Neil, The Roys and Ryan Weaver are all scheduled to perform at this year's show to be held at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Monday, November 24 at 7 PM.

"It just feels good to get together with friends and do something worthwhile that brings so many smiles to faces that don't really have a lot to smile about," says Daniels.

"Christmas 4 Kids wants to extend a special 'thank you' to Charlie Daniels for headlining our concert for the 14th year," says Christmas 4 Kids President, Linda O'Connell. "He holds a special place in the hearts of this organization."

Tickets are $60 and $36.50 and are available for purchase now online at www.christmas4kids.org.

Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer's luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Hendersonville Expo Center. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee, Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend however they choose.

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The Seldom Scene at Bluegrass For Hospice TODAY

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:23am

The Seldom SceneThe Bluegrass for Hospice-2014, now in its 6th year, will be held TODAY, Saturday October 25th and will feature The Seldom Scene. The event will be held at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland. It is located on Flat Iron Road just 1.5 miles from MD Route 5. The event begins at Noon with gates opening at 11:00 am. All proceeds for the day go to support the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County.

Throughout the day, Bluegrass Music can be heard by local favorites: Charlie Thompson & Bottom County Bluegrass, Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek, Bluegrass Gospel Express, and David Norris. Added this year for the first time will be Recycled Bluegrass and the Smoke Creek Rounder’s. As always, Troy Jones will provide the sound for the day.

The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The band formed out of a fun weekly jam session that was held in the basement of banjo player Ben Eldridge. These sessions included John Starling on guitar and lead vocals, Mike Auldridge on Dobro and baritone vocals, and Tom Gray on bass. Then mandolinist John Duffey, who had previously played with the Country Gentlemen, was invited to the jam sessions at the time when Auldridge arranged for the group to play as a performing band.

Long Time...Seldom SceneIt’s been over 40 years since they began playing together and The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to Bluegrass music. Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band's popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera. The Seldom Scene has performed at the White House many times, and continues to tour year-round. The current lineup of Seldom Scene are founding member Ben Eldridge (banjo), Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals), and Fred Travers (dobro/vocals).

So what does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For the Seldom Scene, it's taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun.

The longtime pillars of the bluegrass world are back with their latest titled CD, Long Time...Seldom Scene. This is The Seldom Scene's first ever release with Smithsonian Folkways, and captures the identity and playfulness that have endeared the group to audiences around the world for so long. The newly recorded collection features fresh interpretations of the 16 most requested tunes and is the band's first studio album since the GRAMMY nominated album Scenechronized in 2007. It's a family reunion in all the best ways, featuring the current-and longest running- lineup, joined by founding members Tom Gray and John Starling and guests Chris Eldridge, Emmylou Harris, and Rickie Simpkins. They will have this CD available with them at the Bluegrass for Hospice.

Bluegrass for HosiceThroughout the day on October 25, there will be many vendors with an array of merchandise to sell 50/50 raffles throughout the day, a $500.00 money raffle, door prizes, and a silent auction with many fantastic items donated by the local community. There will be fine seafood and other specialty’s available for sale provided by the 3rd District Optimist Kruzin’ Kafe and alcohol is BYOB. The event is held inside at the closed and covered arena which is handicap accessible and portable bathroom facilities are located outside. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hollywood, MD.

Sponsors for Bluegrass for Hospice-2014 are: Ms. Christine R. Wray & Mr. John E. Felicitas; Hearing Professionals; Jan Barnes-Century 21 New Millennium; and many, many more. Cybergrass has been promoted Bluegrass for Hospice for many years.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance send a check or money order payable to “Hospice of St. Mary’s” along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 741, California, MD 20619. The deadline for advanced tickets to be mailed is October 15, 2013. You can also get them instantly online through Brown Paper Tickets by going to www.bluegrassforhospice.com/4. Children under 12 are admitted for free with a paying adult. For more information on this year’s Bluegrass for Hospice-2014, call 301-737-3004 or go online at www.bluegrassforhospice.com.

Since the beginning 5 years ago, Bluegrass for Hospice has turned over $97,000.00 to the Hospice of St. Mary’s, Hospice House.

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Donna Hughes Wins "Beyond the Song" AirPlay Direct Contest

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:44am

Donna Hughes 2 CDsCongratulations to Donna Hughes, the winner of the “Beyond The Song” contest. Donna has won a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250! The price includes a $750 10 hour Beyond the Song Consultation Package plus $1,500 AirPlay Direct "Marketing & Awareness" Campaign.

“I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business. I look forward to working with her.”
  - Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes has written over 500 songs during her impressive career. She has albums produced by Tony Rice (Gaining Wisdom) and J.D. Crowe (Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies) both on the Rounder Records label. Her songs have been recorded by numerous artists throughout the years including “My Poor Old Heart” recorded by Alison Krauss & Union Station and performed during the CMA Awards Show in 2005.

Numerous other artists have recorded Donna’s original songs such as: The Seldom Scene, (“Sad Old Train” from the album Scenechronized), Kati Penn, (“Never Gonna Change” from the album My Turn To Cry), Nu Blu (“Nights” from their album Nights), Darren Beachley (“Scattered To The Wind” from his album I Love You To The Moon & Back), and The Snyder Family Band (“Little Bluebird” from their Comin’ On Strong album).

“Whatever moves me, moves me to write,” she explains. For Hughes, songwriting is an all-consuming endeavor, encompassing all that goes on around her. “My songs are always about something I have seen, done, or felt – or something that I saw someone else do or go through. There is always truth to every song I write, even if it isn’t my truth.”

In 2014, Donna embarked on her biggest endeavor yet by producing and releasing not one, but two new albums in 2014. From the Heart is her bluegrass album and includes 19 original songs plus two cover songs. The album includes the talents of Scott Vestal (Banjo), Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Rob Ickes (Reso Guitar), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle), Cory Piatt (Fiddle), Zak McLamb (Bass) and Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar).

The second album, Fly, has certainly delighted Donna’s fans that love her piano music, with 8 original tunes, plus 4 cover songs. Donna is joined by Jenee Fleenor (Violin), John Catchings (Cello) and Mark Fain (Bass Violin).

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Hot Rize's 1st LP In 24 Years Debuts At #1 at Billboard

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:43am

 When I'm FreeDecades since its 80s reign as “one of the most important bluegrass bands ever,”(Chris Thile, Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) — Hot Rize is back on top, with its first studio album since 1990 going right to #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart in its first week. The impressive debut adds commercial heft to critical acclaim: "Classic" (The Wall Street Journal), “historic” (Music City Roots), “clearly measures up to the best the band had to offer in their heyday” (The Bluegrass Situation), with Garden & Gun praising the band for still “pushing boundaries.”

Between their inception in 1978 and their amicable dissolution at the height of their powers in 1990, Hot Rize were, in the words of Garrison Keillor, "the Lamborghini of bluegrass." Twenty-four years after the members parted ways to pursue acclaimed solo careers, the quartet returned to release 'When I'm Free' (Thirty Tigers) on September 30 and embark on their biggest tour since their heyday.

Featuring early members Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien and Pete Wernick plus Bryan Sutton, who replaced founding member Charles Sawtelle after his death in 1999, 'When I'm Free' is, in the words of Nick Forster, "a testament to this new formation of Hot Rize, to ongoing creativity, and to a contemporary approach that still sounds like us."

For the first time ever, the band recorded the album sitting in a circle - "the way people have always played music," Wernick says - ending up with more jointly-written songs than ever before, alongside two traditional tracks, a Los Lobos cover, and a new song given to them by Mark Knopfler. Original "Come Away" is vintage Hot Rize through and through, while "Blue Is Fallin'" swings with a bluesy swagger. And on Bryan Sutton's first Hot Rize writing contribution "I Am The Road," the four members blend in reverent gospel-style harmony.

Their admirers range across disciplines and generations. "Hot Rize is the great modern bluegrass band. They're the connective tissue that links the great founders of bluegrass with the modern tradition," says Steve Martin. Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers calls them "one of the most important bluegrass bands ever." And Dierks Bentley adds, "I've been in love with Hot Rize ever since I heard Tim O'Brien's mandolin kickoff to 'Blue Night.' Individually, Tim, Pete, Nick and Bryan are unique stylists and some of the best at their respective craft. Combined, they make up one of the greatest bands in any genre of music."

Hot Rize will promote "When I'm Free" with a full touring schedule well into 2015, including stops this fall at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium (10/17), City Wineries in New York and Chicago, Philadelphia's Keswick Theater, and The Hamilton in Washington DC.

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Yale to Host 'Exploring The Rise And Fall Of Paramount Records'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:41am

Exploring The Rise And Fall Of Paramount RecordsNext Tuesday October 28th, Yale University’s Dept. of African American Studies will host a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Exploring the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records,’ featuring Jack White, Greil Marcus, Dean Blackwood, Scott Blackwood, Adia Victoria, and Daphne Brooks. Together, they’ll unpack Paramount’s curious tale and celebrate the release of Volumes 1 & 2 of ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ an epic omnibus jointly released by White’s Third Man Records and Revenant Records.

The program will feature a dynamic conversation between roundtable participants and highlight a profound listening experience as each participant plays a selected song in its entirety and discusses its deeper implications and dimensions. This is a free event, and seating will be first come, first serve. More info attached.

America’s greatest label, Paramount put to wax some of the most important recordings from artists like Son House, Louis Armstrong, Charley Patton + hundreds more. Vol I of ‘The Rise & Fall’ came out last year and was hailed as "spectacular" (New York Times) and "unprecedented" (Rolling Stone). Vol II is out Nov 18th.

Roundtable discussion featuring:

  • Jack White (Third Man Records, 'Lazaretto')
  • Greil Marcus (Rolling Stone, The Believer, The History of Rock ‘n Roll in Ten Songs)
  • Dean Blackwood (Revenant Records)
  • Scott Blackwood (Revenant Records)
  • Adia Victoria (Oh Wow Dang Records)
  • Daphne Brooks (Professor, African American Studies & Theater, Yale University)
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Moonstruck Management Signs The HogSlop String Band

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:14am

The HogSlop String BandNashville, TN -- A multi-award-winning old-time band, The HogSlop String Band has signed with Moonstruck Management for management and booking. Headed by Josh Trivett, Moonstruck has an impressive client roster that includes notable and award-winning acts such as: Dr. Ralph Stanley, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, The Roys, Adkins & Loudermilk and former clients like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne and more. The Moonstruck team is focused on a deep appreciation for Bluegrass, folk and old-time string music.

The HogSlop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of six energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, California and North Carolina. Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabe Kelley on guitar, Daniel Allen Frazier Jr. on washboard and Casey McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus as they tip a hat to some great, historic sounds.

With their intentionally unkempt appearance and undeniable charm, the gifted fellas of HogSlop follow in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner. Their high energy, fast-pickin’ performances are appreciated by both young and old alike.

"I am so excited about adding The HogSlop String band to the Moonstruck family of artists,” Trivett says. “I have such a love for the old-time string band style of music. When I first saw HogSlop perform, I was blown away at the authenticity of the music they presented mixed with the energy and uniqueness in which they conduct and deliver their show. I am excited about the immediate impact these guys are going to have on the industry."

Formed as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The HogSlop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands playing today. Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals and other soirees.

Moonstruck Management focuses on country and bluegrass music and incorporates artist development, management, growth and booking into one controlled business. Josh Trivett brings to the music industry a unique sensibility with a background that includes 13 years in professional golf as a tour player, National Spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Tour Operations at two successful golf club companies. After his departure from the golf industry, Trivett stepped into the music business by managing and increasing the worldwide visibility of bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

For more on the band visit www.hogslopstringband.com

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Leftover Salmon Tour and New Album Announced

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:12am

High CountryLeftover Salmon’s 2015 Winter Tour will visit the Mountain West region, in the heart of the winter months. Highlights include: Big Sky Big Grass in beautiful Big Sky, MT, with a two night run in Victor, ID in between. Performances in Missoula (with guests Hot Buttered Rum), Boise, and Park City (with guests Hot Buttered Rum) precede another pair of two night runs in Colorado in Durango, Telluride. The tour closes out with an appearance at WinterWonderGrass in Avon, CO. Visit Leftover Salmon for ticketing and more information.

LoS Fan Club Ticketing is on sale now! The 2015 dates are being announced and you can get started on your Salmon Planning with this list of appearances:

  • Feb 05 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Big Grass
  • Feb 06 Victor, ID – Knotty Pine
  • Feb 07 Victor, ID – Knotty Pine
  • Feb 08 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Big Grass
  • Feb 11 Missoula, MT – The Top Hat *
  • Feb 13 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
  • Feb 14 Park City, UT – Park City Live *
  • Feb 17 Durango, CO – Animas City Theatre
  • Feb 18 Durango, CO – Animas City Theatre
  • Feb 19 Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
  • Feb 20 Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
  • Feb 21 Avon, CO – WinterWonderGrass
  • Feb 22 Avon, CO – WinterWonderGrass

* = with special guests: Hot Buttered Rum

We are looking forward to the release of our new album, High Country. The album is a Black Friday Release and will be available on November 28th, exclusively at participating Record Store Day retailers.

High Country features 10 orginal LoS tracks, including Thorn’s rollicking title track complete with requisite blistering banjo solo, Herman’s Cajun-flavored kick off, “Get Up And Go,” but also sporting 2 covers - a Payne/Robert Hunter tune called, “Bluegrass Pines” and a Lowell George/Keith Godchaux classic, “Six Feet Of Snow,” immortalized on Little Feat’s, Down On The Farm.

All in all, High Country slips seamlessly in and out of character, disposition and style offering the full palette of Leftover Salmon’s aesthetic, from lightening-powered pick n’ grin to thoughtful blues balladry and all in between...

To find a list of participating Record Store Day Retailers, click here.

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