Nashville, TN: Carolina Road bandleader and Daughters of Bluegrass co-founder, Lorraine Jordan, has released a new song, "Nothin About Trains", with the 2012 SPBGMA Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, Jeanette Williams. The tune is featured on Pickin' Like a Girl, the latest Daughters of Bluegrass box set from Blue Circle Records.Written by Dixie Hall, the "Nothin' About Trains" compares one's love affair to the experience of riding a train.
"This track, created for the latest release from the Daughters of Blue Grass, is a fine traditional song with hard driving music," said Lorraine Jordan. "Jeanette and I sing a duet during the verses and Gena Britt joins us during the chorus."
"Nothin' About Trains" also has the talents of Gena Britt on banjo, Becky Buller on fiddle and Rebecca Long on guitar as well as Jordan on mandolin and Williams on bass.
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Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are versatile and talented musicians. Johnny Gentry plays guitar, dobro, and fiddle as well as doing vocals for the band. Nancy Gentry plays upright bass and sings. The only thing better than one fiddler, is two fiddlers. Roger Stamper also plays the fiddle. C. T. Janney plays the washboard – an “instrument” rarely played today. Dr. Mark Handy plays banjo and does vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices medicine in Abingdon, Virginia. Saturday, May 25th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.
The Mountain Park Old Time Band has played at the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Mountain Music Jamboree, and at Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Festival. They have also been featured on National Public Radio. The group has released two CDs – Fire on the Dance Floor and Dancing with Sally Goodin. Mountain Park recently performed at the annual Carter Family Festival.
Fans of groups like the Whitetop Mountain Band will love the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, and be ready for a night of down home fun. Nothing gets you out of your seat and on the dance floor faster than a rousing old time band. Don’t miss the Mountain Park Old Time Band at the Carter Family Fold! For more information on the group, go to: www.myspace.com/mtnparkoldetimeband.
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 – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.Tags: Mountain Park Old Time BandCarter Family FoldEvent
New York, NY -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the first four catalog titles to be released digitally in response to the enthusiasm of music fans voting online at LegacyRecordingsVault.com. The four LP titles now available for purchase as digital downloads mark the first of a monthly series of albums to be released digitally according to crowd sourced fan feedback.
Renowned engineer Vic Anesini went straight to the original source and master tapes to create sparkling new masters for these long-unheard gems. See Vic's video on the transfer process at Legacy Recordings on YouTube.
The LegacyRecordingsVault.com May 2013 titles--as voted on by fans online--are:
- Flatt & Scruggs with Doc Watson, Strictly Instrumental (Columbia, 1966)
- Bluegrass instrumentals from the strings of guitarist Doc Watson and his friends Flatt & Scruggs and their Foggy Mountain Boys. Strictly Instrumental is the result of a momentous session held in Columbia’s Nashville Studios on December 12, 1966: bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, along with the Foggy Mountain Boys, laid down 11 sizzling instrumentals with guest star Doc Watson. The deaths of both Scruggs and Watson in the early months of 2012 add poignancy to this remarkable document of American roots music.
- Waylon Jennings, Good Hearted Woman (RCA, 1972)
- Vintage outlaw country Waylon, featuring the classic title track along with Tony Joe White's "Willie & Laura Mae Jones" and Kris Kristofferson's "To Beat The Devil."
- Tammy Wynette, The Ways To Love A Man (Epic, 1970)
- The first lady of country music ushered in the 1970s with this outstanding long-player, containing the title smash along with the anthem "Singing My Song.
- Willie Nile, Willie Nile (Arista, 1980)
- Straight-ahead rock from the great Willie Nile, rootsy and modern at the same time.
Fans can expect another round of digital releases coming June 11, set to include albums by Johnny Otis, Jessi Colter, Graham Parker, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton and Libby Titus.
Each and every month, fans are encouraged to cast their votes at LegacyRecordingsVault.com for upcoming digital releases. Join in and help the Sony Music Archives unearth more lost treasures!
LegacyRecordingsVault.com formally launched in March 2013 as an online music fan forum seeking direct input on future digital releases from the world's foremost archive of commercial recordings. The website allows fans to vote on which rare or out-of-print recordings they'd like to see made available digitally, along with the opportunity to offer their own release suggestions and comments. The site draws on an unmatched collection of music dating back to the 1880s with artists and titles representing virtually every historical genre.
LegacyRecordingsVault.com formally launched in March 2013 as an online is spotlighting titles currently under consideration for digital release. Fans are encouraged to vote for the albums they'd most like to see made available as digital releases, and to make their own suggestions. With thousands of albums in the Legacy Recordings archives becoming potentially available for digital release, this crowdsourced service provides a valuable mechanism in the preservation of the original recordings while giving the online community a new way to request access to an unprecedented array of historically and culturally significant music.
Legacy Recordings is crowdsourcing its archives and no artist or project is too obscure for consideration. Visit LegacyRecordingsVault.com and share it on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.Tags: Lester Flatt & Earl ScruggsDoc WatsonLegacy RecordingsDigital Downloads
John Hartford won Grammy awards in three different decades, recorded a catalog of more than 30 albums, and wrote one of the most popular songs of all time, “Gentle On My Mind.” He was a regular guest and contributor on the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour and the Smothers Brothers Show. He added music and narration to Ken Burns’ landmark Civil War series, and was an integral part of the hugely popular “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack and Down From The Mountain concert tour. But that hardly explains John Hartford.
John Hartford was an American original. He was a musician, songwriter, steamboat pilot, author, artist, disc jockey, calligrapher, dancer, folklorist, father, and historian. John Hartford passed away on June 4, 2001, after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Lifelong friend, John Hotze, decided to take the plunge into the festival world by putting together a memorial festival to honor the late John Hartford. The first John Hartford Memorial Festival took place on the 10th anniversary of his passing in 2011. John Hartford’s immediate family were in attendance, as well as many extended family and longtime friends, and a small group of die-hard Hartford fans and musicians, who came together to remember and celebrate John’s life, music, and ideals. The great celebration had a line up to match that included Tim O’Brien, Great American Taxi, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, and of course Jamie Hartford & Friends, along with many other great artists and bands who continue to return to this great festival every year.
Hotze, an avid music lover and entrepreneur from St. Louis, is in his third year now for putting on this event. He says, “The mood I hope to achieve at the Hartford Festival is a party mood; a mood of having lots of fun. I think that’s what John would like. He would be all over the campground picking and jamming all night long. I would like to see the jammers get up and dance to the jam-grass and others to get up and flatfoot when some good fiddlin’ goes down. I’d like to hear lots of laughter. I never started this venture for money and I would be very happy to let it just sustain itself both to honor John and provide a venue for more performers.”
Headliners for this year’s festival include Jamie Hartford & Friends, Great American Taxi, Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, The Hillbenders, Town Mountain, Mike Compton, Billy Bright & Geoff Union, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and Bawn In The Mash, in addition to other great artists such as Branded Bluegrass featuring Dwight Dillman, park owner and former Bluegrass Boy, along with his son Derek Dillman who performed with Jimmy Martin, and The Henhouse Prowlers, The 23 String Band, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, Betse Ellis, Eric Lambert & Friends, and a host of regional and local string bands such as Ryan Spearman & Kelly Wells, The Whipstitch Sallies, Woodstove Flapjacks, The Indiana Boys, Leadfoot, and many, many more.
Hotze went on to say, “My vision is to narrow the scope of the festival to be Hartford centered, that is, book bands & entertainers that have been greatly influenced by John, ones who performed with and were good friends of John, also entertainers that cover John’s songs.” This statement is evident by the genre busting line-up featuring bluegrass, old-time string bands, and jam band music as well as singer/songwriters, not to mention the ticket prices. Kids 12 & under are free.
- Advance ticket prices:
- Single day - $40
- Full festival - 3 days $90
- Ticket prices at the gate:
- Single day - $45
- Full festival - 3 day $110
Nashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced nominees today for the 2013 Honors & Awards in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum®. The ceremony featured performances by now nominated artists Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Cook and The Milk Carton Kids. The program was broadcast live on AXS TV, who will present a special encore presentation of the event later this evening at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Shovels & Rope, with four nominations, followed by Emmylou Harris and Miller, with three each, lead the nominee slate while many other notable artists were recognized including: Rodney Crowell, John Fullbright, Lauderdale, The Lumineers, JD McPherson, the aforementioned Milk Carton Kids, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Richard Thompson, and Dwight Yoakam. Winners will be announced live at the annual Americana Honors and Awards, presented by Nissan, on September 18th live on AXS TV from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
The nominee announcement celebration in Los Angeles kicked off with an Americana tribute to George Jones featuring Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale leading their all-star band comprised of Fats Kaplin, Brian Owings and Jay Weaver. The music continued with performances by Lisa Marie Presley with special guest T Bone Burnett, Elizabeth Cook and the Milk Carton Kids.
Burnett, who produced Americana masterpieces ranging from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to the Americana and Grammy award winning “Raising Sand” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, spoke to the Clive Davis Theatre audience about the genre that honors the roots of American music that has grown to prominence in recent years.
This year the nominees reflect the diverse and artistic breadth of the genre, where legends and the next generation of stars share the stage.
2013 AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS NOMINEES:
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- Buddy & Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
- Cheater's Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
- From The Ground Up, John Fullbright
- O' Be Joyful, Shovels & Rope
- Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell
- SONG OF THE YEAR
- Birmingham - Shovels & Rope
- Good Things Happen to Bad People - Richard Thompson
- Ho Hey - The Lumineers
- North Side Gal - JD McPherson
- Buddy Miller
- Dwight Yoakam
- Emmylou Harris
- Richard Thompson
- EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- JD McPherson
- John Fullbright
- Milk Carton Kids
- Shovels & Rope
- DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
- Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
- Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
- Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
- Shovels & Rope
- INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
- Doug Lancio
- Larry Campbell
- Greg Leisz
- Jay Bellerose
- Mike Bub
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on September 18, 2013 (as part of the Americana Music Festival - September 18-22, 2013 at venues throughout Music City). The iconic Jim Lauderdale will once again host the Honors & Awards, while the phenomenal Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star Band. Described by Paste Magazine as “…the worlds best awards show…,” the Americana Honors & Awards have featured once-in-a-lifetime moments, unforgettable performances and legendary collaborations. Tickets for the Honors & Awards show come with the purchase of Americana Music Festival & Conference Registrations. /liTags: Americana Honors & AwardsAmericana Music AssociationAwardsHonors and Awards Show
This new Rural Roots Digital album archival download series will be available through Rural Rhythm’s digital distributor, eOne Distribution, and the releases will be available for purchase through all digital sources including iTunes-Red Smiley, iTunes-Curly Fox, Amazon-Red Smiley, Amazon-Curly Fox, Google Play-Red Smiley, Google Play-Curly Fox and others.
Available Now:Curly Fox - Champion Fiddler, Volume One Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups Released in 1972 - Original Cover Art Released in 1967 - Original Cover Art These two reissue titles by Red Smiley and Curly Fox are also avaialbe now on AirPlay Direct.
Rural Rhythm Records released a long line of Old-Time Country, Bluegrass & Gospel albums during the label's first two decades after Uncle Jim O'Neal started the label in 1955. Many of these vintage classic albums are still in Rural Rhythm's active catalog available on CD and digital formats. Many songs are still available in the various artist collection titles found in the Sound Traditions series. Many tracks were previously released only on records and will come back to life through Rural Roots Digital.
Many legends and pioneers released albums during this period including Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, Don Reno & Bill Harrell, Red Smiley, Jim Eanes, Vassar Clements, J.E. Mainer, Earl Taylor & Jim McCall, Raymond Fairchild and many more. Bringing the traditional “retro” vintage sounds from the past to the present in a convenient high-fidelity digital download format, Rural Roots Digital series preserves, protects, promotes and presents the ageless music of these artists for current and future generations to enjoy and appreciate using the technologies of the 21st Century. Now you can listen to these classics at home or on the go.
Bob Cherry of Cybergrass says, “Vintage music and systems are making a comeback as fans try and recapture the music experience created by the pioneers. This is a great opportunity for the fans and collectors, as well as educators and historians, to appreciate the music that started it all. Maintaining a level of 'permanence’ within the digital world is important. Rural Rhythm is doing a great service to our music with the new Rural Roots Digital series. Traditional roots music is in good caring hands and it’s out there to be heard and enjoyed.”
Rural Rhythm’s Sound Traditions collection titles have helped keep the traditional Bluegrass flame burning through the past several decades at the brick & mortar level. Now the new Rural Roots Digital series will continue the steady flow of available Old-Time Country, Bluegrass & Gospel titles culled from the treasure trove of masters in the Rural Rhythm Records vault.... For Rural Rhythm, It's all about the music. BORDER= The Blue Grass Cut-Ups - Red Smiley p ALT=permanence’ within the digital world is important. Rural Rhythm is doing a great service to our music with the new Rural Roots Digital series. Traditional roots music is in good caring hands and it’s out there to be heard and enjoyed.”Tags: Rural RhythmSound TraditionsRural Roots DigitalCurly FoxRed SmileyDigital Downloads
“Steve and I are extremely proud of our new video of our single Old McDonald Sold The Farm. It surpassed our expectations and we can’t wait for the world to see it and to listen to our new project Reborn. Great job Bell-Jarboe Films,” said Newton. “Steve and I want to also thank Chris Andrews for his generosity with our CD Release Party along with Pinecastle Records and Master-mind.com who sponsored our video."
The video was filmed in the Leipers Fork area at Boyd Mill Farms and Blazer Hill Farms in Franklin, Tenn. earlier this month. “Old McDonald Sold The Farm” was written by the talented Canadian songwriters Kenny Boudreau, Darryl Landry and Ryan Roberts.
Newton & Thomas have certainly emerged as one of the most talked about new acts entertaining audiences with their unique blend of music with both Mark and Steve providing lead and harmony vocals. They are now on tour including upcoming performances at the Graves Mountain Festival of Music, Dollywood and more.
Radio is certainly welcoming them as well with Reborn hitting mid-chart on AirPlayDirect.com’s Top 50 Albums in all genre’s and # 5 out of the Top 50 bluegrass albums.
Fans can hear an in-depth interview with Newton & Thomas on the Bluegrass Radio Network’s Into the Blue hosted by Terry Herd that continues airing through May 18 on the show’s 139 affiliated stations.
Reborn is available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Pinecastle Records and many more outlets. Stay up to date on Newton & Thomas by visiting their website or following them on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit www.pinecastlemusic.com.Tags: Newton & ThomasRebornOld McDonald Sold The FarmVideoCD Release
Arden, NC -- When Balsam Range member Tim Surrett was told by his niece, Paige, about two students at one school who are fighting cancer, he and his band mates heeded the call. A third grade teacher at Clyde Elementary School in Clyde, NC, Paige told Tim that the school was trying to find a way to help the two families, and the power of love and music was set in motion. A Sunday afternoon benefit was held at Haywood Community College with bluegrass artists Balsam Range providing the toe-tapping entertainment. All proceeds were donated to the families of young Carter Green and Howell Brown III. Carter was able to attend the event, but little Howell is currently hospitalized at Duke University.
“These two children and their families are having a really tough time,” Tim says. “One is a third-grader, the other is in kindergarten. Their stories are heartbreaking. We get so many requests to do benefits and charity functions and we care deeply about every cause that comes to our attention. We really try to contribute when we can.”
And “contribute” the band surely did, with the help of a caring community that came out to support the Brown and Green families. The event raised a whopping $10,000 to help the families with health and travel expenses. Clyde is clearly a small town with a big heart. Located in Haywood County, the town has a population of fewer than 1,500 people. The band would like to remind fans that the giving doesn’t have to end just because the benefit concert has passed. Donations may still be sent to help the two families at the address below.
Balsam Range Kids
c/o Pam Justice
4182 Old Clyde Rd.
Clyde, NC 28721
For Tim Surrett, there’s just one thought to add: “May God bless these precious children and their families, and may God bless our friends and fans for their kindness and generosity.”
Balsam Range’s current album, Papertown, is firmly seated at the Number One spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart for the 4th consecutive month. Several singles from the record have also gone to Number One in various charts, including Bluegrass Gospel. For more, please visit www.BalsamRange.com or www.BalsamNation.comTags: Balsam RangePapertownBenefitConcert
Venerable bluegrass music duo Dailey & Vincent’s newly-released Brothers of the Highway has captured the #2 spot on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart, while their Grammy-nominated The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent is also in the top ten, at #7.
“We are very humbled, excited, and thankful for the release of Brothers of the Highway,” said Jamie Dailey. “Dailey and Vincent fans are some of the finest people on this Earth, and we love them for being so loyal.”
Darrin Vincent adds “It is so exciting to have two albums in the top ten of Billboard’s chart at the same time! We have the greatest fans in the world, and it is such a pleasure to make this great music for you.”
Brothers of the Highway has received tremendous praise from reviewers. Influential radio station KDHX’s blog calls it “a delight from start to finish,” while Parcbench proclaims it “just about the best bluegrass picking, strumming and harmony around,” and Great American Country calls the 12-song set “blistering.”
In a recent feature, Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin observed “The bottom line is – they just love to sing – and if you've ever seen them live, it shows." Bluegrass Today notes that on this album, “Jamie and Darrin stay true to their roots, while still being innovative and fresh,” and CMT.com has dubbed the duo “the rock stars of bluegrass.”Tags: Dailey & VincentBrothers Of The HighwayBillboardChartsCD Release
Asheville, NC -- More energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career, roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo will debut their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18 via Sugar Hill Records. The follow up to 2008’s acclaimed Silverlined, which reached the Top 10 on the Americana charts, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday—the group’s 10th studio album—proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, their signature sound—traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country—an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such.
In creating the new album, founding members and songwriter-vocalists Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard)—joined by band members David McCracken (Hammond organ, clavinet), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums)—convened in a rustic church in Enfield, New York, along with co-producer and fellow upstate New Yorker, Robert Hunter (Branford Marsalis). The building overflowed with vibe, and the music poured out as the group recorded take after live take to old-school analog tape, with as few overdubs as possible. What resulted are the 14 organic and authentic tracks that make up Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday.
“We tried to do the record and keep in tact the things people love about us,” says Puryear. “We’re really excited to start sharing Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday,” adds Nevins, “because making this record was a very personal process that was also a lot of fun.”
The album will be worked at Americana and AAA radio this spring and summer, with the emphasis track being “I See How You Are,” a tune penned by Nevins. In addition, the band will be touring heavily throughout the remainder of the year to promote Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Festival dates include MerleFest, The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, Nashville’s Dancin’ In the District, Strangecreek Music Festival, Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival, The Great Blue Heron Festival, Red Ants Pants Festival, Targhee Bluegrass Fest, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and MagnoliaFest, among many others.
The follow up to 2008’s acclaimed Silverlined, which reached the Top 10 on the Americana charts, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, the group’s 10th studio album, proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, their signature sound—traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country—an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such.
Visit http://www.donnathebuffalo.com/ for news, tour information, and how to get a copy of the album for your own collection.Tags: Donna The BuffaloTonight Tomorrow and YesterdayTourCD Release
This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae's Rounder debut, shows that like The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, the five multitalented young women of Della Mae are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.
On May 28, Boston-based quintet Della Mae will release their debut for Rounder, This World Oft Can Be. The album, which was produced by Bryan Sutton and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Hole, Dinosaur Jr.) Della Mae recorded This World Oft Can Be at Cash Cabin Studio, Johnny Cash's former recording base, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. In addition to absorbing the studio's inspirational vibes, Courtney Hartman played June Carter Cash's vintage 1933 Gibson L5 Round Hole guitar on "Some Roads Lead On," while Ludiker had the honor of borrowing John Hartford's custom carved fiddle on "Letter From Down The Road."
"It's been a life-changing experience for us, individually and as a band," Ludiker says of the tour. "A cool thing about playing music in Central Asian countries is in the lack of distinction their audience places between musical genres. We found that if music is played with feeling, all people connected to it. They find themselves smiling and relating without even understanding the language."
Indeed, Della Mae demonstrates how effectively music builds bridges and transcends artificially constructed borders, whether they're national or genre-based.
This World Oft Can Be's 12 songs—including such engaging originals as "Empire," "Paper Prince," "Maybeline" and the feisty title track—showcase the fivesome's world-class instrumental abilities, lilting harmonies and subtly commanding lead vocals. Although the musicians' sublime skills have already won them numerous individual honors, the album's focus is squarely on the band's emotionally potent songs and spirited, effortlessly expressive performances.
“The identity that we've developed as a band is a melting pot of our different personalities and backgrounds," asserts founder Kimber Ludiker. After having the idea at a summer festival, Kimber hand picked musicians from all over the country: singer Celia Woodsmith comes from a blues/rock background, guitarist Courtney Hartman studied at Berklee College of Music, bassist Shelby Means played with various bands in Nashville, and mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner was schooled in traditional bluegrass. Della Mae's members hail from all over the United States, and the five women each bring impressive musical resumes amassed in their previous ventures.Tags: Della MaeThis World Oft Can BeCD ReleaseRounder Records
The fifth ceremony coincides with West Virginia’s sesquicentennial and, throughout the year, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame (WVMHoF) will sponsor events leading up to the November ceremony. The induction ceremony will be broadcast live on WV-PBS, across the state. In addition to a notable cast of hosts, presenters and performers, this year’s event will feature more musical performances.
The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Culture Center Theater in Charlston, West Virginia. General admission tickets are $60; Preferred tickets are $200 and include preferred seating and admittance to a private reception with the hosts and inductees before the event. Tickets are available through the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame web site.
The living inductees are: Melvin & Ray Goins, Peter Marshall, Wayne Moss, and Tim O’Brien. The deceased inductees are: The Swan Silvertones, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, and Eleanor Steber. The fifth class of inductees continues the Hall of Fame’s mission to recognize outstanding artists who were born in the Mountain State. Once again, choosing just seven inductees was not an easy task for the voting committees.
- Tim O’Brien, Born 1954, Wheeling (Ohio County)
- Grammy-winning bluegrass/country/folk artist Tim O’Brien is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. A Wheeling native, Tim is also a sought-after producer who co-founded the popular group Hot Rize. He has also played with Mark Knopfler and comedian Steve Martin. Wheeling native Tim O'Brien came to prominence with the Colorado-based bluegrass band Hot Rize, and its tongue-in-cheek country-Western alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. Since Hot Rize disbanded in 1992, O'Brien has recorded solo, with his group the O’Boys, with his sister Mollie, and Darrel Scott. His songs have been recorded by longtime friend Kathy Mattea. When his 2005 release, “Fiddler’s Green,” earned him a Grammy for “Best Traditional Folk Recording,” he became one of the most sought-after session players on the folk-country-progressive-bluegrass circuit and has appeared on dozens of releases. In addition to production and session work, O’Brien maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule. In 2010, he toured with Mark Knopfler and has recorded with comedian Steve Martin. A board member of the WV Music Hall of Fame, he has played a key role in a number of projects and the HoF’s four previous induction ceremonies.
- Melvin Goins & Ray Goins Melvin born 1933, Ray 1936-2007, Goodwill (Mercer County)
- Born on Sinai Mountain, near the coal mining community of Goodwill, Mercer County, Melvin and Ray Goins hold a significant place in the history of bluegrass music. Both together and separately, the brothers played in The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and The Shenandoah Playboys as well as The Goins Brothers Band. From the early ’50s, both have been involved in radio and TV, first on Bluefield radio station WHIS and later on stations in Prestonsburg, Hazard and Paintsville, KY. In 1994, when Ray stopped touring due to health problems, Melvin changed the band’s name to Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain. In 2005, The Goins brothers were included in the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s oral history project. Melvin was the first bluegrass musician to be featured on the cover of Smithsonian magazine and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame as a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in 2009 and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
- Wayne Moss Born 1938, South Charleston (Kanawha County)
- An accomplished bassist, guitarist and songwriter, Wayne Moss is a true legend among Nashville studio musicians. His credits include sessions for hundreds of country and rock artists as well as stints in storied Nashville groups, Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry. Along with fellow West Virginians Charlie McCoy and Russ Hicks, Moss was a member of the house band for the TV show “Hee Haw” band for 15 years and played on seminal Bob Dylan records including “Blonde on Blonde.” He also played on sessions for Tammy Wynette, Simon & Garfunkle, Nancy Sinatra, Charlie Daniels, Joan Baez and Michael Nesmith. Moss played the signature guitar line on Roy Orbison’s No. 1 hit “Oh, Pretty Woman,” the often-imitated guitar solo on Waylon Jennings’s “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” and on Tommy Roe’s No. 1 million seller “Sheila.” As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by artists including The Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, George Benson, and Willie Nelson. In 1960, Moss opened Cinderella Sound Recording Studio, currently the oldest continually operating studio in Nashville. Cinderella clients have included Linda Ronstadt, Charlie Daniels, The Steve Miller Band, Ricky Skaggs, Grand Funk, KISS, The Whites, and Little Jimmy Dickens. In the early ’60s, Faron Young hosted a syndicated radio show from Cinderella, which featured many Grand Ole Opry performers stopping by to sing their latest hits.
- Peter Marshal Born 1926, Wheeling (Ohio County)
- While Wheeling native Peter Marshall (born Pierre LaCock) is best-known for hosting more than 5,000 episodes of the five-time Emmy Award-winning game show, “Hollywood Squares,” he is also a gifted actor, singer and entertainer. After moving to New York in his teens, he formed a comedy team with Tommy Noonan and appeared in major night clubs, films, and theaters as well as appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” In London, Marshall starred with Chita Rivera in “Bye Bye Birdie,” while his first starring role on Broadway was in “Skyscraper” with Julie Harris. In later years, he appeared in musicals including “High Button Shoes,” “Anything Goes,” “Music Man,” “42nd Street,” and Neil Simon's “Rumors.” In the 1980s, Marshall performed his role as George in “La Cage Aux Folles” in more than 800 performances. Marshall also acted in films including “Ensign Pulver,” “Swinging Along,” and “The Cavern,” and as the radio crooner in “Annie.” In the mid-’60s, an audition to host the game show “Hollywood Squares” led to a 16-year run with the show. Marshall also appeared on television shows including “Love Boat,” “Lou Grant,” “WKRP In Cincinnati,” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” He also hosted the 12-show “Big Bands From Disneyland” series for the Disney Channel, and produced and toured in a number of big band shows. Marshall continues performing concerts and is heard nationally on “The "Music of Your Life" radio network. In 2000, he issued the CD “Boy Singer” which featured new arrangements of standards and a 36-piece orchestra.
- Eleanor Steber 1914-1990, Wheeling (Ohio County)
- Wheeling native Eleanor Steber is considered one of the most important U.S. sopranos of the 20th Century. With a rich voice noted for its versatility, the day she sang Desdemona in Verdi's “Otello” for a Met matinee is still legendary. But she is most famous for her creation of the title role in Samuel Barber's “Vanessa” and for commissioning his “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” After studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, Steber’s operatic debut was in a 1936 WPA production of Wagner's “The Flying Dutchman,” when she was 21. In 1940, she won the “Metropolitan Auditions of the Air” and made her Met debut later that year as Sophie in Strauss's “Der Rosenkavalier.” In addition to opera and recitals, she was a frequent guest on “The Voice of Firestone” television broadcasts. In the ’60s, Steber focused more on recitals and concerts. She and her husband started a record label and she made some Broadway appearances. Steber also gave one of the notorious bathhouse concerts in New York in 1973. She died in Pennsylvania in 1990.
- “Bricktop” 1894-1984, Alderson (Monroe County)
- Born Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith in Alderson, Bricktop was a dancer, singer, vaudevillian, and self-described saloon-keeper who owned the Paris nightclub Chez Bricktop. She has been described as “one of the most legendary and enduring figures of 20th Century American cultural history.” After working as a chorus girl in Chicago and Harlem, Bricktop moved to Paris around 1924 to escape the racial tension in the U.S. Soon, Cole Porter hired her to entertain at his parties. His song, “Miss Otis Regrets,” was written especially for her to perform, and Hot Jazz innovators Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli wrote a song titled “Bricktop.” Bricktop’s drew many celebrities including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck. Her proteges included Mabel Mercer and Josephine Baker, and she employed Langston Hughes as a busboy. Leaving Paris during WWII, she then opened nightclubs in Mexico City and Rome. In 1961, at age 67, she retired to the U.S. Bricktop made a cameo appearance in the 1974 film “Honeybaby, Honeybaby” and the 1983 Woody Allen film “Zelig.” She continued to perform as a Cabaret entertainer well into her 80s. In 1972, Bricktop made her only recording, "So Long Baby," with Cy Coleman.
- Claude Jeter & The Swan Silvertones Formed 1938, Bluefield (Mercer County)
- The Swan Silvertones were one of the greatest gospel quartets of the ’50s and ’60s. The group, originally called The Four Harmony Kings, and then the Silvertone Singers, was founded in 1938 by Claude Jeter, an Alabama native who moved to McDowell county to work in the mines. One of the original members was Solomon Womack whose nephew, Bobby Womack, became a star in soul and rock. Moving to Knoxville, TN, the group was hired by a local radio program that was sponsored by the local Swan Bakery and renamed the Swan Silvertones. The Swans were one of the first gospel groups to add instruments to its a capella sound. Jeter received many offers to perform R&B and rock ‘n’ roll but chose to honor a commitment he had made to his mother that he would always sing for the Lord. With an angelic falsetto, elements of Jeter’s style were picked up by later singers including Sam Cooke and Al Green. A line from the group’s 1961 song “Mary Don’t You Weep” – “I'll be a bridge over deep water if you trust in my name” – inspired Paul Simon to write his 1970 hit, “Bridge over Troubled Water.” Simon hired Jeter to sing on his 1973 LP, “There Goes Rhymin' Simon,” and gave Jeter $1,000 for inspiring “Bridge over Troubled Water.” In 1991, Jeter released his only solo recording “Yesterday and Today.” He died in 2009 at home for the elderly in the Bronx.
James Reams & The Barnstormers, with special guest Blaine Sprouse on fiddle, will be performing at the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival on Saturday, June 15th along with Justin Townes Earle, The Devil Makes Three, and Pokey LaFarge. The Bluegrass and Roots Festival kicks off June 15th in Palisade, Colorado. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”
Palisade is known as the Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado with the state’s greatest concentration of wineries, vineyards, and orchards making it an ideal location for a weekend music festival and getaway. The festival is held in Riverbend Park which is set among the stately cottonwoods along the banks of the Colorado River and situated against the backdrop of Mt. Garfield, the Bookcliffs, and the Grand Mesa. Featuring some of the best traditional and contemporary Americana musicians to the Grand Valley, you won’t want to miss this 3-day event.
Raised in eastern Kentucky but now living in Phoenix, James Reams puts a layer of desert grit over a solid base of traditional bluegrass music. His band treads the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and rockabilly meet in the night to swap stories. These are the sounds of the hills and hollers combined with the sounds of factories, railroad yards and honky tonks.
Here’s how the band is described by noted bluegrass authority Stephanie P. Ledgin in her book, Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass (Praeger Publishers, 2004): “A plentiful selection of younger, emerging artists continues to grow in both traditional as well as progressive bluegrass camps. James Reams & The Barnstormers rely on early country material and originals written in authentic style. The results are a virtual history of the music and its roots, played in a clean, heartfelt manner that is somewhere between Bill Monroe’s and the Stanley Brothers’.”
Their latest CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists and had a single that charted nationally. Here are some reviews of their most recent CD (One Foot in the Honky Tonk):
- Lonesome Road Review by Larry Stephens:
- "[James Reams & the Barnstormers] have been around almost two decades, playing their own style of music. James’ music is hardcore traditional bluegrass and acoustic music. There’s no indication that he feels bound to the Monroe tradition and you’ll hear some old-time sound in his music, but if he isn’t in the same vein of coal with Monroe he’s certainly in the same coal mine."
- Joe Ross, reviewer for Bluegrass Now and SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Music News:
- “James Reams and the Barnstormers have built a solid reputation for lively, spirited, soulful, no-frills-added bluegrass with a nice mix of traditional numbers, covers and originals. Fronted by his rustic and rural lead vocals, they dish up exciting bluegrass in a classic old-school style of yesteryear…this album has plenty of songs that belong on today's jukeboxes and ipods.”
- JP Tausig, Country Standard Time:
- "With a voice like Del McCoury's, Reams has captured the feel of old honky-tonk jukebox music. ‘I Can't Settle Down’ is a great example of what Reams and the Barnstormers can do. ‘Snake Eyes’ is an original Reams tune about bad luck and gambling, with clean instrumentals and surprising harmonies on the chorus… Reams' style turns even this topic into a song you might dance to on a Saturday night.”
In honor of the band’s 20th anniversary, their Barnstormin' album is now available as a FREE download from www.NoiseTrade.com/jamesreams. John Lupton, of Country Standard Time, wrote this about the album: “The music on this disc features elements reminiscent of the sophisticated stylings of fellow Kentuckian Bill Monroe mixed with the old time, deep-hollow sound of the Stanley Brothers...This is hard-core bluegrass from down home.” The band’s next album — James Reams, Walter Hensley & The Barons of Bluegrass — was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as a Recorded Event of the Year.
More information about the festival is available at www.palisademusic.com. All shows are General Admission lawn seating, so bring a chair, tarp or blanket to sit on. Palisade is just a short 5 to 15 minute drive from Grand Junction and Fruita. Riverbend Park is located at 451 Pendleton Street, Palisade, CO 81526. Directions: Take 36 ¼ Road, just south of Highway 6 and west of the Palisade High School. Maps available on the website under Contacts. Ticket prices vary depending on the package purchased. Pricing is listed on the website.James Reams & The BarnstormersPalisade Bluegrass FestivalEventBluegrass Festival
Nashville, TN -- Further information about the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass 2013 event, which takes place September 24-28 in Raleigh, North Carolina, was revealed today at a noontime press conference at the Red Hat Amphitheater. IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell, joined by Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane, Rebecca Quinn-Wolf of PNC Bank, Deborah Johnson, president, North Carolina Pork Council, and IBMA Board members Cindy Baucom (“Knee Deep in Bluegrass”) and William Lewis (PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), gave additional details about all aspects of the yearly bluegrass industry event, held for the first time in Raleigh.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s three-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.
Events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Greater Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.
PNC’s Quinn-Wolf was at the press conference to talk about the company’s involvement in the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Earlier, Paula Fryland, PNC regional president for Eastern Carolinas, also expressed her support: "PNC understands that a vibrant arts community is a significant driver of our economic success, providing employment, creating educational opportunities for our children, boosting tourism and making the region attractive for businesses, residents and visitors. As presenting sponsor, we look forward to the positive opportunities World of Bluegrass will bring to our region."
Details about the first Raleigh World of Bluegrass event included:
- An announcement of the star-studded line-up and PNC as the new presenting sponsor for IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival
- Details about the free Street Festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass
- The new multi-venue “Bluegrass Ramble” evening showcase series, and
- North Carolina’s own Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers as hosts for the 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards
IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013 event consists of three main parts: the Business Conference, which runs Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 24-26, the 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, Sept. 26, and the music festival – newly re-named Wide Open Bluegrass – which takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28.
The Wide Open Bluegrass music festival can be experienced in two ways: both as ticketed shows, which will take place at The Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center stages, and through the free Street Festival Stages. PNC, new in the Raleigh neighborhood this year, will be the presenting sponsor for both the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass and the free Street Festival.
The ticketed portion of the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival will feature performances from a Who’s Who list of bands from the wide world of bluegrass. In addition to previously announced performers Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, Punch Brothers and a highly anticipated, special collaboration between bluegrass giants Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Tony Rice and Mark Schatz, the following bands have been confirmed so far: The Gibson Brothers; The Seldom Scene; Dailey & Vincent featuring Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune; a collaboration between musicians Alan Bartram, Jason Carter, Bela Fleck, Ronnie McCoury, and Danny Paisley; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Balsam Range with The Boxcars; The Infamous Stringdusters; Dale Ann Bradley; The Claire Lynch Band; Blue Highway; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; Della Mae; The Krüger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet performing Appalachian Concerto; Druha Trava; Darin & Brooke Aldridge; The SteelDrivers; Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst; Audie Blaylock & Redline; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; Marty Raybon & Full Circle; Nu-Blu; Kickin' Grass Band; The Grass Cats; The Spinney Brothers; Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road; Greensky Bluegrass; and Detour.
The free Street Festival will include 50+ bands, three music stages, a dance tent, vendors, concessions, youth performances and activities - including programming set up by IBMA’s Youth Council, an Exhibit Hall and a Masters Workshop Stage in the Raleigh Convention Center. The full list of performers for the free Street Festival will be announced in the coming weeks.
“At Wide Open Bluegrass festival this year we’ll have the opportunity to hear a wide variety of bluegrass music, from traditional-edged performers to edgy bands that draw from old-time, progressive, classical music, jamgrass and international influences,” said IBMA’s Cardwell. “And I predict the set featuring Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck and Mark Schatz together will be the most photographed hour of music in the bluegrass world this year.”
Adding to the excitement of the free Street Festival is the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship—a weekend of bluegrass-flavored fun for the whole family. The Pork Council will make a contribution of up to $10,000 in barbecue sales income to IBMA.
The annual cooking championship is the culmination of the state qualifying series that includes 15 to 20 local barbecue competitions conducted as part of community events in Tar Heel cities and towns from April into September. At the Raleigh final event, as is the case in all the events throughout the season, the cooked barbecue is collected after judging, chopped and sold in plates to the general public.
Spectators will be able to watch the entire aromatic cooking process in the parking area between the Raleigh Convention Center and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Pork Council expects to sell plates of authentic North Carolina pork barbecue to around 4,000 bluegrass fans. It will be first-come, first-served in the outdoor, downtown setting.
The 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, is simply bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year. Reigning Bluegrass Album of the Year Grammy Award winners and the 2011 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, North Carolina’s own Steep Canyon Rangers, will co-host the show, which recognizes outstanding talent and achievements for the year, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.
The IBMA Business Conference portion of World of Bluegrass 2013, Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 24-26, will feature the best in bluegrass networking, showcasing and professional development, along with expanded showcase opportunities. New this year is “The Bluegrass Ramble” (named after a famous Bill Monroe instrumental), where convention attendees and local fans will be able to “ramble” around Raleigh for five nights, sampling great bluegrass music on seven stages. In addition to a stage at the Raleigh Convention Center sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Visitors & Convention Bureau, the following Raleigh venues will participate: The Lincoln Theatre, The Longview Center, The Pour House Music Hall, Tir Na Nog, Kings, and The Architect Bar and Social House.
“We’re thrilled to announce PNC as the presenting sponsor of Wide Open Bluegrass,” said Cardwell. “Additional sponsorships are still available for the IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival.”
For more details and to purchase tickets/register for World of Bluegrass 2013, IBMA Awards, Wide Open Bluegrass weekend festival and Bluegrass Ramble showcase passes, lodging and camping options, and more, visit www.ibma.org or call 1-888-GET-IBMA. Wide Open Bluegrass Festival tickets are available for $40-$70/day, based on seat location and IBMA membership. Tickets for children 14 and under are half price ($30 members, $35 non-members). IBMA members may purchase Wide Open Bluegrass festival tickets beginning May 15 at 1:15 p.m. Central Time, and ticket sales are open to the general public on May 29. To purchase festival tickets, go to ETix.com or call 8888-GET-IBMA.
Twitter: @IntlBluegrass, #IBMA, #WOB13 On the web at http://www.ibma.org/
Each of the season’s 20 episodes features performances from two to three national and regional artists from the 2012 Fan Fest, including many 2012 IBMA award winners. Additionally, some programs include interviews with the performers.
Abby Malik with Kentucky Educational Television (KET), the Kentucky PBS affiliate tells us that "June is the premier of their 17th season of Jubliee which comes from the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fan Fest that was held in Nashville, Tennessee." She notes, "What makes this season special is that it marks the first time the IBMA Fan Fest performances have ever been recorded.
Jubilee is a nationally distributed show – public television stations across the country can pick it up and air it. In addition, here is a behind-the-scenes/ preview video of the season, to give you a better sense of what the program is all about:
“We were thrilled to take our Jubilee production to the IBMA Fan Fest event last fall, and it was extra special being the first time those performances were recorded for broadcast,” says Nick Helton, Jubilee producer. “It was two amazing days filled with great music and will make one of the best Jubilee seasons we’ve ever had.”
Since its premiere in 1996, KET’s Jubilee series has presented an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, and other forms of distinctly American music. The producers film live performances from festivals, and we bring those performances into fans’ living rooms.
In addition, after each episode airs on Tuesdays, beginning June 4, they’ll then be available to watch online, for free – making the program available to anyone who loves Bluegrass. The season kicks off with bluegrass legends Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and The Del McCoury Band, and continues on with 19 more episodes that feature 2-3 artists each.
Osborne, who will be 82 this year, is one of the major contributors to bluegrass mandolin playing, pioneering a sound in the 1950s that remains popular today. He bridged the gap between bluegrass and mainstream country music, and Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press was the first bluegrass act to play at The White House, in 1971.
For the past 50 years, McCoury has been defining authenticity for hard-core bluegrass fans. He was influenced in the early 1950s by the music of Earl Scruggs to pick up a banjo, and he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963. In the early 1990s, he formed The Del McCoury Band with his sons, and they moved to Nashville. McCoury has influenced artists from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss to Phish and Steve Earle.
This season’s episodes also include:
- Episode #1102
- This episode includes performances by five-time IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Russell Moore and his group IIIrd Tyme Out plus bluegrass/gospel performer Larry Sparks and his group The Lonesome Ramblers.
- Episode #1103
- This episode includes performances by bluegrass Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson and his group Quicksilver plus The Rambling Rooks, featuring former Lonesome River Band members Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby, and Kenny Smith.
- Episode #1104
- This episode includes performances by IBMA 2012 Instrumental Group of the Year The Boxcars; rising stars The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet; and first-generation family group The Chapmans.
- Episode #1105
- This episode includes performances by North Carolina bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers plus the young picking stars Sleepy Man Banjo Boys.
- Episode #1106
- This episode includes performances by Boston-based alt-grassers Della Mae; five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley; and folk-bluegrass group Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.
- Episode #1107
- This episode includes performances by bluegrass legend J. D. Crowe and his group The New South plus award-winning vocalist and guitarist Audie Blaylock and his group Redline.
- Episode #1108
- This episode includes performances by brother and sister duo The Roys; “sweethearts of bluegrass” Darin & Brooke Aldridge; and up-and-coming stars The Bankesters.
- Episode #1109
- This episode includes performances by premier fiddler Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; 2012 Grand Master Fiddle Champion Jaclyn Sites; and the youthful performers of Kids on Bluegrass.
- Episode #1110
- This episode includes performances by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, who took home 2012 Song of the Year and Album of the Year trophies, plus IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Blue Highway.
- Episode #1111
- This episode includes performances by Nashville’s own The SteelDrivers plus Grammy award winning The Clay Hess Band.
- Episode #1112
- This episode includes performances by top vocalist Marty Raybon & Full Circle plus Lonesome River Band, who received the 2012 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for the song “Angeline The Baker.”
- Episode #1113
- This episode includes performances by bluegrass veteran Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time plus 2012 IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers.
- Episode #1114
- This episode includes performances by Nashville “A-list” songwriter Jim Lauderdale; perennial bluegrass favorite The Grascals; and Canadian acoustic group The Spinney Brothers.
- Episode #1115
- This episode includes performances by 2012 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominee Darrell Webb Band; Kentucky-based group Newtown; and bluegrass icon Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys Reunion.
- Episode #1116
- This episode includes performances by mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull plus North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range.
- Episode #1117
- This episode includes performances by bluegrass/country guitarist Josh Williams and his band plus acclaimed Kentucky vocalist/guitarist Charlie Sizemore and his band.
- Episode #1118
- This episode includes performances by the young, high-energy quintet The HillBenders plus “bluegrass poet” Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys.
- Episode #1119
- This episode features The Best of the 2012 IBMA Fan Fest (part 1): Veteran stars and rising young groups are featured in performances from the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.
- Episode #1120
- This episode features the Best of the 2012 IBMA Fan Fest (part 2): More performances of original songs from artists featured at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.
More information about Jubilee, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/jubilee. More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at ket.org.http://www.youtube.com/embed/9VldNuUqm80?list=UUWtu89uGn8KHtZSZQmTg61Q/dtTags: JubileeKentucky Educational TelevisionPBSIBMA Fan FestBroadcast
The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced their initial list of eligible recorded products which can be nominated for the 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards this year. To be eligible, the bluegrass music recording must have been released between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. As a result of the initial announcement, artists, producers, labels and others are making their respective projects known to the bluegrass music community with emphasis on the voting members of the IBMA. It's all about the music.
While the IBMA attempts to get their list as accurate as possible, it is important to note that the list may not necessarily contain 100% of the bluegrass recordings released during the eligibility period. The association also has established rules for which albums may be included in the process. Artists competing should already be aware of the rules for the awards program.
The International Bluegrass Music Awards are the highlight and culmination of the World of Bluegrass trade show and convention which will be held in Raleigh, NC this year. For the past several years, the show took place in Nashville, Tennessee.
Artists compete through a variety of public relations, press releases, and social media to get the word out about their recordings. Many were released early in the eligibility period so it is important for the artists to remind the voting membership about their projects. The awards are not only representative of achievement but also carry with them the potential for higher financial rewards to the artists.
Since the founding of IBMA in 1985, one of the fundamental purposes of the organization has been to honor outstanding achievements and pioneering efforts in the music. The first honors were the Distinguished Achievement Awards (then called the Certificate of Merit) first bestowed in 1986. Today, with almost two dozen annual awards, the IBMA represent the genre's most important honors. What makes them important and unique is that the awards are determined by the recipient's peers and colleagues in the bluegrass music industry.
Each year bluegrass artists, professionals and fans come together to celebrate the biggest night of the year during the annual Awards Show. The recording is the focus as this is where the music ultimately resides. Awards are based on song, album, artist, and aspects surrounding those three elements. Without the music, there would be no awards.
This year's World of Bluegrass will take place September 24-26, 2013 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina. Tickets are available through http://worldofbluegrass.org/Tags: International Bluegrass Music AssociationInternational Bluegrass Music AwardsIBMA AwardsWorld of BluegrassAwards Show
Willis, VA -- The unique and entertaining musical journey of The Expedition Show is at the forefront with the release of their new Mountain Fever Records album Stormy Horizons. The album’s first single, “Stormy Horizons” was released on February 19th to high acclaim. WAMU Bluegrass Country’s Gary Henderson said, “One of my all-time favorite Jim & Jesse tunes from the 1960's is "Stormy Horizons". The Expedition Show treatment with fiddle and walking bass lines, really add to your cover. Well Done!"
This CD release week starts with the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Track By Track with Kyle Cantrell on Wed. May 15th followed by a CD release concert in Rolla, MO at the Ozark Actors Theatre and Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th - CD Celebration Shows at Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ in The Playhouse.
Known for their tight blend of vocal harmonies, white-hot picking, and side-splitting humor, The Expedition Show performs a fast paced, non-stop, crowd-pleasing show via original songs and fresh sounds combined with old-school traditional spirit. The new album is no different.
The Expedition Show has been a fan and festival favorite since their beginning in early 2002, with their 2011 self-titled Mountain Fever Records release reaching #1 on Sirius XM’s Most Played Albums in October 2011. During the band's 11 year tenure, the group has been nominated twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Emerging Artist of the Year (2005 and 2007), Wayne Southards has won the International Acoustic Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year award (2009) and Blake Williams has been nominated three times for Entertainer of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (2007-2009).
Band member and banjo player, Blake Williams says, “We've always put great thought into providing a true listening experience with each project we've released through song selection and arrangements. Wayne, Alex and I all contributed original songs to this project but we've also reached back and recorded songs by Hank Williams, Sr. and Earl Scruggs. And the title cut was a song we'd heard Jim & Jesse do for years that was co-written by Ira Louvin. This is our 7th CD as a band and as with all of them, Tim Crouch adds some amazing fiddle and we were also honored to have our dear friend Phil Leadbetter play dobro of 3 tracks."Tags: The Expedition ShowStormy HorizonsMountain Fever RecordsCD Release
several years. She has received the Country Song of the Year Award by Strictly Country Magazine, two IBMA nominations for her work on “The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain”, received a SPBGMA Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and more. She garnered a #1 country single, “Country Strong” on European country radio and most recently hit the coveted #1 spot on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in October 2012 with her song, “Luxury Liner.” Now, Hassler is going the distance with a new tour.
“Luxury Liner” is from her latest project, The Distance and was the first single release from this long awaited new album. The song comes from Country Rock legend songwriter/artist Gram Parsons that Carrie beautifully transforms into a hard drivin’ bluegrass barn burner. Carrie is joined on this new single, by the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (Guitar); Ron Stewart (Banjo, Fiddle); Justin Moses (Dobro, Fiddle); Mark Fain (Bass); Alan Bibey (Mandolin); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (Harmony Vocals); and the album’s producer, Steve Gulley (Harmony Vocals).
Carrie is off on a new tour to support The Distance beginning Saturday, May 18. Dates coming up include:
- May 18, 2013 - Merrick Bellmore Concert, Bellmore, NY
- June 15, 2013 - Rockahock Bluegrass Festival, Lanexa, VA
- July 13, 2013 - Nine Mile Festival, Pikeville, TN
- July 16, 2013 - TBA, California
- July 18, 2013 - Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, Weaverville, CA
- July 20 – Sunday, July 21, 2013 - Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival, Etna, CA
The Distance includes a wide range of musical styles that represent Carrie’s incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to hard drivin’ Bluegrass hand-picked by Carrie herself.
Carrie jumped on the music scene late in 2006 with the release of the Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain album on Rural Rhythm Records. The album was produced by Jim Van Cleve of the band Mountain Heart and it received immediate success debuting at #11 on BillboardTop Bluegrass Top Album Chart (retail sales) and spending nine months in 2007 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart (airplay).
Just over a month after the initial album release, the single “Seven Miles From Wichita” hit the #1 spot on Sirius Radio’s Bluegrass Top 40 and went on to spend 10 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Single Chart and was also a crossover in country radio as well. While that single was still charting, another single, “Going on the Next Train,” hit the same chart and appeared until January 2008. Yet another track, the gospel bluegrass song “Least That I Can Do” spent a year on Bluegrass Now Magazine’s Gospel Truths Chart.Tags: Carrie HasslerThe DistanceTour
Lebanon, TN -- The Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tennessee is thought to hold the record, 20 years, for the longest continuous run of Smoke on the Mountain. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® became a sponsor of the Playhouse 30 years ago, so when Smoke on the Mountain was first performed there in 1993, the company became the sponsor of the play no one knew would remain a popular favorite with theater-goers for 20 years. This season, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will sponsor the play’s 22 performances, including the 20th Anniversary Special performance on June 29.
“Twenty years is a remarkable milestone and we are thrilled to help bring this special show to audiences of all ages,” said Cracker Barrel Vice President of Marketing Brad Wahl. “In an age where ‘interactive’ experiences are all the rage, this play has not only withstood the test of time, but also has become an interactive standout because the audience becomes the ‘congregation.’”
Congregate for Some of the Best Music This Side of Heaven at the Cumberland County Playhouse May 24 through August 2
The Cumberland County Playhouse is located at 221 Tennessee Avenue in Crossville, Tennessee. Over 130,000 people from all 95 counties in Tennessee, as well as Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina visit the Playhouse each year.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.Tags: Smoke On The MountainCumberland County PlayhouseCracker BarrelEvent
Nashville, TN -- As a recording artist, Wade Hayes enjoyed hit records including "Old Enough To Know Better" and "On a Good Night." He recorded 5 albums of his own and had a successful stint as a sideman as a member of longtime Alabama lead singer Randy Owen’s band. The charming Oklahoma native with the rich baritone was living his Country Music dream.
Then, in late 2011, Hayes received a diagnosis that stopped him in his tracks. Stage IV colon cancer had spread throughout his body. The initial prognosis was grim, but with surgery and aggressive treatment, Hayes is alive to tell his story and to use his talents to raise awareness and resources to fight cancer. "It was truly a miracle," he says. "I thank God every day that He saw fit to keep me around."
Hayes joins multi-award winning bluegrass band, The Grascals along with Phoenix Drive and Bobby Chitwood for a benefit concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) on Tuesday, May 14th at the Swingin’ Doors Saloon in downtown Nashville.
The Grascals are riding high on a year that has included national TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Marie Osmond’s Show and a Grammy nomination for their album LIFE FINDS A WAY. The band was also honored with the SPBGMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award. They are currently balancing touring with recording a new project for release later this year.
Bobby Chitwood is set to release his debut album GRAVITY on the day of the event (Mesa/Bluemoon Records) featuring the single, "I Won’t Give Up." Phoenix Drive is a gifted group of singer/songwriter/musicians produced by Nashville hit maker Joe West.
Doors open for the benefit concert at 6:30 pm with the star-studded show kicking off at 7 pm. A suggested minimum donation of $20 to LLS will be taken at the door. Hosted by radio personality Buzz Brainard, the event will include a silent auction, food and beverages. All proceeds go directly to cancer research through the Team In Training (TNT) running program that supports LLS. Since 1989, TNT has raised over $1 billion in the fight against blood cancers and have helped fund the research and development of over 37 crucial anti-cancer drugs.
Benefit Concert for LLS
The Grascals, Wade Hayes, Phoenix Drive & Bobby Chitwood
Tuesday, May 14
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Swingin’ Doors Saloon
111 4th Ave S Nashville, TN 37201