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Knoxville, TN -- Blue Moon Rising has announced they will perform select tour dates with original band members Chris West (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Keith Garrett (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), plus current member Brandon Bostic (Dobro). Three Blue Moon Rising Reunion concert dates have been booked so far, including the kick-off on September 28 at the National Muscadine Festival in Sweetwater, TN.
Fans can ring in the New Year with the Blue Moon Rising Reunion Tour when they return to Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota for the 10th Annual Blizzard Bluegrass Weekend January 2-3, 2015. Festival Promoter Jill Wiese recalls how she met the band. “Ten years ago, I got a phone call from Tim Tipton asking if Blue Moon Rising could play somewhere in around the Bismarck area in the winter time. I had never put on an event before, so I called Bismarck State College and the rest is history. We are thrilled beyond belief the BMR band is coming back as these guys played the first three years of this winter event. We are going to sell this one out for sure - blizzard or no blizzard,” said Wiese.
Blue Moon Rising had two self-released albums, Raised on Pain and Where Wood Meets Steel, prior to their successful On The Rise (Lonesome Day Records) album that garnered the national spotlight for this band configuration in 2005. The album certainly proved to be a symbolic title for them when it made its debut on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Album Chart and received many “Best Albums of the Year” honors by numerous publications including CMT.com. It also received significant Radio chart success spending 10 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album Chart and the single, This Old Martin Box spending the entire 2006 calendar year in the Top 30 Singles. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) members honored the band with a 2006 Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year.
Blue Moon Rising has released three other albums since then including: One Lonely Shadow (Lonesome Day Records), Strange New World (Rural Rhythm Records), and their current self-released Blue Side of the Moon.
All of the original members contributed their songwriting talents to the group’s recordings over the years, but none more so than band leader, guitarist and lead vocalist, Chris West. His songs are part of the group’s signature sound with fan favorites such as: The Crime I’m Guilty Of, The Hanging Tree, The Old Time Preacher Man, Good Time for Going Home, Revival, He Arose, and so many more. Chris is the only remaining original member of the group.
Tim Tipton not only played Bass with the band, but also contributed original songs to their recordings. He wrote Papaw Taught Me that appeared on the album, On The Rise. The song was also featured on the Lonesome Day Records’ compilation project, “The Very Things You Treasure – 24 Bluegrass Songs of Faith & Family.” Tim’s outgoing personality was certainly an asset in getting this group off the ground, and he was an integral part of the band’s success.
Keith Garrett is now with The Boxcars who lead the Nominations for 2014 IBMA Awards with ten nominations for the band and their individual members. Keith received his first IBMA Song of the Year Nomination for his original It’s Just a Road. He contributed numerous songs to Blue Moon Rising over the years including Jeffrey’s Hell, Far Away From Home, Angeline, Moonshine Hard Times, and the instrumental Sling Blade he co-wrote with Justin Jenkins.
Banjo player, Justin Jenkins, now with Grasstowne, landed his first professional gig at age 12 when he was asked to become a regular member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He then made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2003 as a guest of Mike Snider. After high school, Justin hit the road with Mountain Heart to sell merchandise. Soon after, he joined Blue Moon Rising and appears on One Lonely Shadow and On The Rise.
Randall Massengill toured nine years with the bluegrass gospel group, New Road, before joining Blue Moon Rising in 2005. He appears on the On The Rise album performing guitar, tenor vocalist and taking the lead vocals on Modern Day Outlaw. After Blue Moon Rising, Randall formed the band, Brand New Strings who recorded two albums together.
Current member, Brandon Bostic has been an essential member of Blue Moon Rising for the past five years. His strong and soulful lead vocals, combined with his stellar musicianship on Guitar, Mandolin, and Dobro, are a true asset to the group. He has played professionally in the past with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike and now runs his own recording and production studio, Root Note Studio.
For more information including upcoming announcements for the Blue Moon Rising Reunion Tour and Blue Moon Rising’s tour, please visit BlueMoonRisingBand.com.
This New Year’s Eve, marks 25 years for Leftover Salmon! We are thrilled to announce we will be celebrating it with Keller Williams in Chicago, IL on December 30th and 31st! Leftover Salmon will kick off the two night celebration on the 30th and we’ll be ringing in the New Year with 2 sets on New Year’s Eve! Bill Payne of Little Feat will be joining us both nights! Keller Williams will perform with his band “More Than a Little” for a closing set on December 30th and Solo on the 31st, to get the night started. LoS Fan Club tickets went on sale Wednesday August, 20th.
It all started 25 years ago in the mountain town of Crested Butte, CO at The Eldorado Cafe. We are grateful and deeply honored to reach this milestone and we look forward to sharing it with all of you this New Year’s in Chicago! Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder, CO in 1989 the group was one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre.
Though the band members are reticent to accept the weight of their influence, Leftover Salmon co-founder, singer, guitarist, fiddle and mandolin player Drew Emmitt does reflect fondly on the band’s early days. “We knew we were doing something special” he says. “At that point in the early-90's, it was the birth of the jam band movement, Phish was starting out, Widespread Panic was starting out, and they were a little ahead of us, obviously, but we were one of the first bands to get out there with bluegrass and just get on the road and try to make something happen without a record deal. We were just following in the footsteps of New Grass Revival, Hot Rize and Little Feat, but by doing that I think we inspired some other bands too.”
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Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Christian recording group Locust Ridge has been nominated for “Bluegrass Album of the Year” at the 45th Annual (GMA) Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Deep in the mountains of East Tennessee, you will find the small rural community of Locust Ridge. You will also find a very popular mountain gospel group in this area appropriately named after the community Locust Ridge.
If you were to visit this area, there is a good chance if you stopped to talk with anyone, their last name would be Allen. The center of the community is a small church, Evan’s Chapel Baptist Church. It is more than just a white building on top of a hill; it is the place where the lives of Russell, Josh, Larry and Andy were molded and their desire to serve the Lord was fostered. Russell, Josh and Larry are all brothers and Andy is a longtime friend that is as close as family who make up Locust Ridge.
"When we began work on the "Healed" project, our only goal was to make music that would bring honor to the Lord, encourage our fellow Christians, and tell the lost of the wondrous love of our Lord. We feel that we accomplished that. Now, for it to be recognized as a nominee for a DOVE award is such an honor, and we are so very grateful." - Russell Allen, Locust Ridge
Acclaimed artist and producer Steve Gulley discovered the group Locust Ridge and produced “Healed” their debut album for Rural Rhythm Christian.
"When the fine men who make up Locust Ridge first came to my studio a few years back to discuss the possibility of us working together, I instantly knew that they were the kind of folks with whom I would be happy to help create music. They were warm, Christian guys with a lot of talent. However, and much more importantly, I felt the presence of The Lord when they walked into the room. They couldn't help but let their light shine in everything they did. That light shines brighter than ever today in their music and ministry. I am so humbled by the nomination of the album, "Healed", for Bluegrass Album Of The Year.
Locust Ridge and their album “Healed” have certainly caught the attention of many important industry people. Country Legend Dolly Parton who commented, "I am so very proud of my Locust Ridge neighbors. They are so talented and such wonderful people. I am very excited about their project "Healed"... Go Gang!"
“Locust Ridge ('dem Allen boys) were meticulous in their song search, vocal preparation and musical presentation. That meticulous effort has manifested itself in this stellar Bluegrass Gospel release! "HEALED..." - Les Butler, Publisher Singing News Magazine, Solid Gospel and Front Porch Fellowship: Radio Host
“These guys are going to be a big force in Bluegrass Gospel Music” – Dennis Jones, WNCW - The Gospel Truth TM
"With a gospel song like, "Silver And Gold", the lyrics are well crafted and the spirit and inspiration are guiding this up and coming gospel group, Locust Ridge...". – Gary Henderson, WAMU-FM's BluegrassCountry, Washington, D. C.
The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will air the awards show on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the U.S.
"Healed" is available now on AirPlay Direct for radio programmers and DJ’s. Locust Ridge is currently on tour in support of "Healed". Visit their web site at Locustridge.org for a list of their tour dates.
The award-winning Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce new members, bass player Matt Wright and guitarist Kevin Richardson. They will join Larry Stephenson and Kenny Ingram in celebrating the band’s 25th Anniversary this year and their upcoming new album release, PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN. The first single is set for release later this month and will include special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.
Matt Wright’s first show with The Larry Stephenson Band was during this year’s Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. Matt is currently a senior at ETSU in the music program and lives in Waynesville, N.C. Matt said, “I'm very honored to be playing alongside of such legends, and such great people. And I hope to continue musical endeavors with the LSB for years to come.
Kevin Richardson, from Asheboro, N.C., previously toured with Larry for four years. He will rejoin the band beginning August 29 at the Petal Civic Center in Petal, MS. Kevin was part of The Larry Stephenson Band’s 20th Anniversary album on Whysper Dream Music that received the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award in 2010, and also part of the band’s latest album, WHAT REALLY MATTERS on Compass Records. "I am pleased to return to Larry and the group. I have many memories with Larry and look forward to making many more with his great band - and making some good music," said Kevin.
Larry Stephenson is highly regarded as one of bluegrass music's finest high lead and tenor vocalist and has been headlining concerts and festivals for 25 years. He has received numerous awards and recognitions during his impressive career including the 2010 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for his album, GIVE THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR HEART – 20TH ANNIVERSARY. Larry is a 5-time winner of the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Award from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music. He can also be heard singing baritone on Donna Ulisee’s 2014 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year Award Nominated song, “Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus.”
Current member, Kenny Ingram has been with The Larry Stephenson Band since 2009. His first professional job was with James Monroe and The Midnight Ramblers, before joining Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys in 1972. Kenny later joined Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass which gained him world acclaim from their appearances each week day morning on The Martha White Show broadcast on WSM radio. Later, Kenny rejoined Jimmy Martin, before touring with Curly Seckler and also Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.
[by Colleen Wainwright]
Searching for the thing that has significantly changed my work life, I was surprised to find that it was not a tip or a tool or a tip on finding a tool, but a slow-acting, time-consuming, complete game-changer: sitting meditation. I started out using a guided meditation; then, two years ago, I got instruction in a meditation practice developed for civilians—i.e., folks with jobs and families, not “holy people”.
While meditating has made me neither rich nor famous, it has made me okay with not being either. I’m able to enjoy myself despite external circumstances in work life or life in general—both of which, if you haven’t noticed, can get pretty crazy these days!
Got a few minutes to spare? You've got enough time on your hands to help a group of researchers tackle a massive problem. Cities at Night is a project aiming to recruit help from ordinary citizens in classifying images of Earth at night taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. An effort of Universidad Complutense de Madrid staff and students, their main goal is to better understand and reduce light pollution. See how you can help