On January 8th, Rural Rhythm Records announced the new bluegrass single “That Janie Baker” from his latest album, The Back Forty was released to radio stations. AirPlay Direct is featuring the track as their Focus Track. Terry Herd of Bluegrass Radio Network, after hearing the track, commented “That Janie Baker’ is one of those songs you find yourself singing along with, even before you know the words.”
The album contains five new songs co-written by Marty including the new barn burner single “That Janie Baker” by Marty Raybon and John Fountain which has received rave reviews. Terry Herd of Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Radio Network says, "That Janie Baker" is one of those songs you find yourself singing along with, even before you know the words.”
The exciting new project also helps celebrate Marty's 40 Years of Entertaining fans worldwide. The Back Forty takes us back to Marty’s Bluegrass music roots with his signature vocals and tight harmonies provided by his band Full Circle: Tim Raybon, Chris Wade, Zach Rambo, with special guests Tim Crouch, Daniel Grindstaff, John Bradley, Aaron Ramsey, Scott Napier and Tim Laughlin.
Marty is thrilled with the new bluegrass album release and gives credit for his musical style to his Dad who was a fiddle player who performed at bluegrass and country music festivals and events during Marty’s early years. Marty and his brothers actually began their careers as the American Bluegrass Express in the ‘70s.
Marty has received Grammy, CMA, ACM, IBMA and numerous other Awards during his impressive 40 year career. Please visit his website at MartyRaybon.com or visit www.RuralRhythm.com to learn more about his previous Rural Rhythm albums Southern Roots & Branches and Hand to the Plow.Tags: Marty Raybon & Full CircleThe Back FortyAirPlay DirectFocus TrackCD Release
James Reams & The Barnstormers will be appearing at the Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 4th at 2:45 PM and 5 PM. 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.”
The Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival is held on site at Arcosanti, the world-renowned architectural experiment in urban planning that is the brainchild of the late Paolo Soleri. Arcosanti is located just a short drive north of Phoenix off of Highway 17 at exit 262 near Cordes Junction. The Colly Soleri Music Center amphitheater provides the perfect acoustical setting for bluegrass music, combining nature and function seamlessly. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Contact the AZ Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce or call 928-632-4355.
This is a great opportunity to see this nationally known iconic bluegrass band while enjoying a rare “open house” at Arcosanti, described by Newsweek Magazine as “the most important urban experiment undertaken in our lifetimes.” Not only will you get to hear top-notch bluegrass music, but you will also have the opportunity to tour the grounds and purchase their world famous bronze and ceramic Soleri windbells.
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’.”
In honor of the band’s 20th anniversary, their Barnstormin' album is now available as a FREE download from http://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.Tags: Hi-Country Bluegrass FestivalJames Reams & The BarnstormersStephanie P. LedginBluegrass FestivalEvent
Bristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, April 5, Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee was abuzz with sounds and sights of the past. Local residents, media and organizations gathered to celebrate the Birthplace of Country Music®’s musical sibling: the 1928 Johnson City Sessions. BCM President John Rainero spoke to the Sessions' impact--one still being felt as partnerships are formed today.
“Johnson City has long been an important stop for the musicians of our region and beyond. East Tennessee State University is growing artists who will carry on the music tradition of our region,” said Rainero. He added, “BCM sees a wealth of opportunity in working with ETSU on future projects.”
BCM and ETSU will work together during the Johnson City Sessions Weekend, to be held October 18-20. That Sunday, BCM will bring West Virginia Public Broadcasting's "Mountain Stage with Larry Groce" to ETSU's DP Culp Center. The line-up includes the singer-songwriter and instrumental duo of Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott and bluegrass phenom, Sarah Jarosz.
In addition to this announcement, Dr. Ted Olson, BCM Content Team Member and Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, unveiled the artwork for the Johnson City Sessions Box Set, whose release is slated for early October on Germany’s Bear Family Records. This effort follows the success of 2011’s Bristol Sessions Box Set, also released by Bear Family. Olson, who served as co-producer and co-writer on both sets, played an instrumental part in making them a reality.
“While many people around the world have heard of the Bristol Sessions, very few people – even locally – have heard of the Johnson City Sessions. Yet the recordings from Johnson City are wonderful in their own right,” said Olson.
The celebration concluded with the unveiling of the Johnson City Sessions' historic marker. The ETSU Old Time Pride Band, which features BCM Content Team Member Amythyst Kiah, provided a smooth soundtrack to the event.
For more information on the Johnson City Sessions, please visit the Session's Facebook page.Tags: Johnson City SessionsBirthplace of Country MusicBCMEast Tennessee State UniversityETSUBristol Sessions
Appomattox is the birthplace of Joel Sweeney and the rest of his banjo playing kith and kin. The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, along with a newly created friends group, without which this could not happen, and Mark Weems of the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, are planning a celebration of Sweeney, the Africans he learned from and the banjo. The Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America Festival is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday May 10-11th 2013.
Join musician/historians Joe Ayers, Eddie and Martha Adcock, Sule Greg Wilson and The Mackenzies for an evening of music and banjo history in celebration of the life of Appomattox born Joel Walker Sweeney. Only 400 tickets. Get your tickets at Baines Books in Appomattox or Scottsville, at the National Park or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Here are the plans for this event so far. The two-day festival is looking robust. Activities are scheduled to include the following:
- A "Joel Sweeney Day" declaration from the Governor's office.
- Screening of two banjo films: Marc Fields "Give Me the Banjo!" and Jim Carrier's "The Librarian and the Banjo."
- Luthier demonstrations and discussions by Jim Hartel, Jack Gellerstadt and hopefully Pete Ross,
- Presentations on banjo history by Greg Adams
- Discussion of the geographic influence of Joel Sweeney's touring by Lucas Bowman
- Presentations on Sweeney history by David Wooldridge
- Tours of Sweeney sites within Appomattox C.H. NHP led by Park Staff,
- Sweeney era banjo music throughout the day
- An evening concert exhibiting the evolution of the banjo and it's music (this is the fundraising portion of the program. this is a ticketed event to feature artists from the pre-minstrel to the bluegrass eras of banjo playing.)
Proceeds from this concert are intended to aid in the restoration of the Charles Sweeney Cabin and the creation of an interpretive trail focusing on Sweeney and banjo related sites within the park.
This is a fundraising event so that we may work towards a trail that would connect the Charles Sweeney (another musical cousin) cabin to the Joel Sweeney gravesite and interpretive signage that would tell the story of the banjo. Check Facebook for more information.Tags: Joel SweeneyBanjoFundraiserEducationEventFestivalEddie & Martha Adcock
2013 marks Trampled by Turtles 10 year anniversary as a band. To celebrate, the group is hitting the road this month and next in their home state of Minnesota -- the place where it all began. When Trampled by Turtles was created, all the musicians wanted to do was play music with acoustic instruments as a break from their rock bands. The members learned old fiddle songs, traditional folk songs, bluegrass songs, and what few original songs they had, followed those formulas. As it happened however, the first year of existence of this band was also the last year of existence for their other bands. Ten years later, the music community is happy that the group went in the direction that they did.
Trampled by Turtles says, "To celebrate, we’re hitting the road in April and May in our great home state of Minnesota, where it all began. TBT presale ticketing goes on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:00CT – get a discount in service fees through this presale, just go here to find the presale ticket link. You can also purchase a TBT webstore exclusive, limited edition 10th Anniversary t-shirt with your ticket here.
The tour includes:
- April 17 – First Avenue+ – Minneapolis - Buy Tickets
- April 18 – First Avenue+ – Minneapolis - Buy Tickets
- April 19 – First Avenue+ – Minneapolis - Buy Tickets
- May 7 – Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall – Rochester - Buy Tickets
- May 8 – Reif Cente*r – Grand Rapids - Buy Tickets
- May 9 – Arrowhead Lodge – Brainerd - Buy Tickets
- May 10 – Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater – Morehead - Buy Tickets
*reserved seating, so get your tickets early for best seats
+ Trampled By Turtles have recruited some of their friends to help celebrate. Over the course of the three night stand at First Avenue, special guests The Pines, Erik Koskinen, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Real Bulls, Actual Wolf, Fever Dream, The Sans Souci Quartet, Corpse Reviver and more will be sharing the stage.
The band is happy to announce that "we’ll be continuing our partnership with WhyHunger for our April & May Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester, Baxter, and Moorhead dates for our Minnesota tour. We’ll be auctioning off a pair of tickets, a signed screen-printed MN tour poster designed by Lonnie Unitas and access to attend soundcheck. You can bid on the package here, and bidding ends on March 28th. Proceeds from the auction go to benefit WhyHunger, a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty worldwide. You can read more about WhyHunger and their mission here."Tags: Trampled by TurtlesAnniversary10th AnniversaryTour
Hiltons, VA -- Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s. Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
The Whitetop Mountain Band is one of the most popular dance bands of the Appalachian Mountains. They have a great following at square dances all over Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky at venues like the Carter Fold. The group has performed throughout the U.S. at festivals, concerts, competitions, and colleges. The Smithsonian Folklike Festival, National Folklife Festival, World Music Institute in New York City, the Carter Family Festival, the Dock Boggs Festival, the World’s Fair, the Virginia Arts Festival, Floydfest, Ola Belle Reed Festival, and Merlefest are a few of the many festivals that have featured the band. The group has toured in England, Wales, Ireland, and Australia. They have taught at workshops and classes all over the U.S. Arhoolie, the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities, JuneAppal, Heritage, and Rounder Records are a few of the labels they have recorded for. In addition, they have been featured in many magazines, TV shows, and radio programs.
The band originated with Albert Hash in the 1940s. Albert was a well-known and beloved fiddler and luthier. As a teenager, Albert played with Henry Whitter of Grayson & Whitter. Grayson & Whitter recorded in the 1920s. The tune “Hangman’s Reel” that Albert recorded is the same version played by so many old time musicians today. He taught Wayne Henderson, Audrey Ham, and many others to build instruments.
In the 1970s, Albert’s brother-in-law, Thornton Spencer, and his wife Emily joined Albert in the Whitetop Mountain Band. The three also started an old time music program at Mt. Rogers School, a small K-12 public school in Whitetop. The students learn fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and dancing. Emily Spencer has carried on the program, and it has received a lot of regional and national attention for its’ uniqueness – including Grammy and CMT nominations.
The Whitetop Mountain Band is still carried on today by Thornton Spencer on fiddle and Emily Spencer on banjo and vocals. Their daughter, Martha Spencer plays with the band as well. She is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, fiddle, and bass) and fine vocalist and dancer. She has taken part in many master flatfoot dancing workshops and performances. Jackson Cunningham plays mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo, and harmonica; and he does vocals for the group. Jackson is originally from Oregon, and he’s played music since early childhood. He grew up in a musical family as well and has performed in several bluegrass and old time groups from the west coast to the east coast. Jackson has performed with duet and trio groups and recorded on the VFH label. Debbie Bramer moved from Michigan to Fancy Gap, Virginia. She plays bass in the band and dances. Debbie has been a member of several clogging teams and has been active in many dance workshops and competitions.
The fast-paced mountain music of the Whitetop Mountain Band of Grayson County is definitely a family affair. Be sure to check out the Spencers and their family band at the Fold. Lots of people play old time music, but no one plays it with as much fierce intensity – or absolute fun – as the Whitetop Mountain Band! For more information on the group, go to http://whitetopmountainband.tripod.com/
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.Tags: Whitetop Mountain BandCarter Family FoldConcertEvent
Actor/entertainer Randall Franks will return to GMC TV in his latest film “Lukewarm” on April 21. Franks appeared as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” and he stars with fellow CBS alumnus John Schneider in the film “Lukewarm” which is already available on DVD. Franks portrays John Keebley who is both a pastor and surrogate father to the main character Luke Rogers, portrayed by actor Jeremy Jones. The film is from Slingshot Pictures, All Entertainment and Image Entertainment.
“This is such a wonderful film and cast and I am happy to return once again to GMC TV for another project,” Franks said. “I have starred in several GMC shows since returning to acting and am honored to be among their family of featured performers. Recently, GMC added a Randall Franks page on their website (http://www.watchgmctv.com/tv/actor/randall-franks) that folks can visit and like to show support for my work on the channel.”
According to Franks, Luke Rogers became estranged from his father Bill (Schneider) as a youth and as a young adult, Luke faces challenges offered from characters portrayed by “October Baby” actor Jason Burkey, and former “Blossom” cast member Jenna von Oy as he trys to find his future with Jessie played by Nicole Gale Anderson.
“This is an engaging story of a young couple - Luke and Jessie finding their way in a world pulling them in all different directions except towards one another,” he said. “One of the most amazing aspects of doing this film was working opposite one of the most talented veteran actors in the business - Bill Cobbs. He portrays ‘Brother Thomas’."
The International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend’s musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. His musical career boasts 17 album releases, 17 singles, and over 200 recordings with various artists from various genres. The award-winning fiddler’s best selling release, "Handshakes and Smiles" was a top twenty Christian music seller. Many of his albums are among the top 30-bluegrass recordings of their release year.
In addition to his solo career that includes 13 years of guest starring for the Grand Ole Opry ®, Franks is a former member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Jim and Jesse's Virginia Boys and has performed with Jeff and Sheri Easter, the Lewis Family, the Marksmen Quartet, the Watkins Family, Elaine and Shorty, “Doc” Tommy Scott’s Last Real Old Time Medicine Show and Doodle and the Golden River Grass.
The movie will air on GMC TV Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m. E.S.T. Check local cable listings to find gmc TV or find it on Dish Network channel 188, DIRECTV channel 338, and Verizon FiOS channel 224.
Franks latest book is A Mountain Pearl: Appalachian Reminiscing and Recipes from Peach Picked Publishing and his latest musical DVD A Mountain Pearl: Concert of Celebration is from www.ShareAmericaFoundation.org. For more information, visit http://RandallFranks.com/.Tags: Randall FranksLukewarm
Since they burst onto the scene in 2007, Dailey & Vincent have amassed an impressive array of honors including three consecutive IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, respectively; two Grammy nominations, and the 2011 Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year. The band, dubbed the “rock stars of bluegrass” by CMT.com, has also become a perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit: they play over 115 shows per year to sold out crowds in the United States and have developed a strong international following.
"I am extremely passionate about this album. It is a reflection of my heart, my soul, and my love for great music! When it was time to record this album, Darrin and I knew exactly what we wanted it to be. We both agreed that it was time to record a straight ahead Bluegrass record consisting of a blend of original songs and songs from the past that we absolutely love. We know where we came from and we know where we want to go. We feel this record is in step with our musical dreams and we are excited for people to hear it!"
- Jamie Dailey
"Brothers Of The Highway" has been a labor of love for us! We wanted to make an album about the joys of a simple way of life and tell stories through descriptive lyrics about friends, family, and love. I am so proud of this album. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy these songs as much as we enjoyed performing them for you."
- Darrin Vincent
A number of stellar guests lent their talents to this album, including Johnny Beller (dobro), Molly Cherryholmes (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Joe Dean (banjo), Jimmy Fortune (voice), Andy Leftwich (fiddle, mandolin, mandocello), and Bryan Sutton (guitar).
"Brothers Of The Highway" has been a labor of love for us,” adds Vincent. “We wanted to make an album about the joys of a simple way of life and tell stories through descriptive lyrics about friends, family, and love. I am so proud of this album. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy these songs as much as we enjoyed performing them for you."Tags: Dailey & VincentBrothers Of The HighwayCD ReleaseVideo
Nashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has received a $280,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, museum officials announced today. The grant will fund the digitization of rare and fragile components of the museum's collection. The grant's title is Preservation and Access: Digitizing Rare and Fragile Components of the Country Music.
The grant was awarded in the NEH's Humanities Collections and Reference Resources category, which allows institutions to preserve and provide access to collections essential to scholarship, education and public programming in the humanities. The preservation and provision of intellectual access to three collections documenting the history of country music in America: 1) Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection, 2) Moving Image Collection: Bobby Bare and Friends, and 3) Photo Collection: Fabry Still Image Collection.
The funds will enable Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum curators to digitize rare and fragile artifacts in its recorded sound, moving image and photography collections, including acetate transcription discs of WSM-originated network radio shows such as the Grand Ole Opry and Magnolia Blossoms, the latter featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville's Fisk University.
Also destined for digital duplication would be tapes of the 1983-88 television series Bobby Bare and Friends, which showcases American musicians and songwriters in a guitar pull format and is among the museum's most requested collections.
The Walden S. Fabry photography collection, which contains nearly 8,500 negatives and prints of 1940s - 1960s era artists including Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams and many others are also be candidates for duplication.
“With these grants, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its support of some of the most imaginative humanities research of our day,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach. “From efforts to use new technologies to shed light on ancient history to undergraduate courses that help new generations grapple with the enduring questions of humankind, the projects receiving funding today will expand the boundaries of human knowledge and deepen our connection to our past.”Tags: National Endowment for the HumanitiesCountry Music Hall of Fame and MuseumGrant
Nashville, TN -- Compass Records is proud to announce the signing of Americana singer-songwriter Darden Smith. His Compass debut Love Calling was co-produced by Gary Paczosa and John Randall and represents the culmination of his work as an artist and global philanthropist. It is slated for release on August 27th
Darden Smith has come a long way from his Americana roots as a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Over the course of his 25-year career he has recorded a dozen critically acclaimed albums known for weaving together rock, pop, country, folk and Americana influences with the musical roots of his home state. Darden is also notable for his efforts to use his songwriting skills to help others.
A decade ago, he founded The Be An Artist Program and his seminars to encourage students to explore creativity through songwriting have reached more than 15,000 students across the United States and Western Europe. His SongwritingWith: collaborations find him teaming with, among others, U.S. soldiers transitioning to civilian life after combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeless youth in New Jersey and HIV-affected villagers in Africa. In advance of the album release for Love Calling, Darden will be on tour with Kim Richey (dates below):
ON TOUR w/ Kim Richey (click here for full show details)
- 4/13 - Acoustic Cafe Series - Indianapolis, IN
- 4/14 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
- 4/15 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
- 4/18 - Billy's Tavern - Thomaston, ME
- 4/19 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
- 4/20 - The Loft/Union County PAC - Rahway, NJ
Billboard Magazine has described Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to over 500 releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records imprints with a roster that boasts a variety of artists including Colin Hay, Victor Wooten, Claire Lynch, Altan, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, BeauSoleil, Catie Curtis and label co-founder Alison Brown.Tags: Darden SmithCompass RecordsBusinessPromotion
Napa, CA /Mandolin Cafe/ -- ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, in conjunction with Mandolin Cafe is proud to present a free online workshop featuring Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall. The workshop takes place online April 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time and will be moderated by Mandolin Cafe Founder Scott Tichenor. On hand will be twice Grammy-nominated Banjo player Tony Trischka and fellow Grammy nominee, mandolin teacher and performer extraordinaire, Mike Marshall.
Viewers will be treated to a celebration of the banjo and the mandolin with some playing, some teaching and some discussion with two masters at the peak of their abilities.
The event is hosted through Google Plus and Google Hangouts. All viewers need to do is show up at any one of the two locations provided above to view the live workshop. They don't have to sign in or log in or anything. It'll simply be there. A few minutes after the workshop concludes a full video of the event will be available on YouTube.
Tony Trischka made 15 solo albums in his storied career. In addition to his solo work, he has played with artists such as Peter Rowan, The Zac Brown Band, The Allman Brothers, David Grisman and countless others. He’s received multiple IBMA awards and a Grammy nomination. He produced Steve Martin's highly acclaimed Rare Bird Alert, which was nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year. Trischka was the musical director for the documentary "Give Me the Banjo," which aired on PBS in 2011.
Mike Marshall started out with the Dave Grisman Quintet, played with everyone from Stephane Grapelli to Jerry Douglas to Bela Fleck and his frequent collaborator Darol Anger. He has done stints with the group Montreux and his current experimental bluegrass group, Psychograss with fellow Academy of Bluegrass teachers Darol Anger and Tony Trischka.
Trischka teaches banjo at the ArtistWorks Online Academy of Bluegrass where Marshall teaches mandolin.
At the Academy of Bluegrass, students can learn from dozens of pre-recorded online video lessons, tabs and backing tracks. They can use ArtistWorks Video Exchange Feedback Platform to submit practice videos and get personalized video responses from their teachers with feedback and additional exercises.
These Video Exchanges are paired together, combined with the lessons and made available for all students to see and learn from.
Optional: sign up for the event and receive an event reminder.
Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler and former financial executive Patricia Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc. is the leader in a new generation of online learning platforms. Their revolutionary global learning community of world-renowned teaching artists and enthusiastic amateurs is dedicated to unleashing the music that lies within all of us. This “next generation” Video Exchange Feedback Platform enables virtuoso musicians to "teach the world" by presenting their musical legacy in the form of HD video lessons to subscribing students. Utilizing simple web cams, smartphones, tablets or video cameras, students are able to submit practice videos and get individualized video feedback and guidance from their teaching artists - creating a constantly evolving two-way, online learning experience.
ArtistWorks currently offers schools from such world-class artists as: Paul Gilbert (rock guitar lessons), Martin Taylor (fingerstyle guitar lessons), Jason Vieaux (classical guitar lessons), Andreas Oberg (jazz guitar lessons), Jeannie Deva (singing lessons), Nathan Cole (violin lessons), Jeffrey Khaner (flute lessons), William Caballero (French horn lessons), David Bilger (trumpet lessons), Ricardo Morales (clarinet lessons), Nathan East (electric bass lessons), John Patitucci (jazz bass lessons), Howard Levy (harmonica lessons), DJ Qbert (DJ lessons), Christie Peery (piano lessons), Billy Cobham (jazz and fusion drum lessons), Luis Conte (percussion lessons), as well as the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with Tony Trischka (banjo lessons), Missy Raines (double bass lessons), Bryan Sutton (flatpick guitar lessons), Andy Hall (Dobro lessons), Mike Marshall (mandolin lessons), and Darol Anger (fiddle lessons). For more information, visit ArtistWorks.com.
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San Diego, CA -- Summergrass San Diego is pleased to announce their 2013 festival, marking their 11th year! Mark your calendar: August 16-18, 2013 for 3 days of stellar bluegrass music at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Rd., in Vista, California. You won't want to miss it!
Click here 2013 Tickets Now On Sale, Schedule, Camping and more! Summergrass San Diego is Southern California's most exciting bluegrass music festival. In addition to 3 days of live music from national, regional and local bands, there will be music workshops presented by their performing artists, as well as a variety of special family & kid-oriented music activities, lots of spontaneous live jam sessions, instrument raffles, tasty food and a variety of vendors. Enjoyable whether you're 6 or 60. It's a great, affordable, family event ... and it's not far to drive!
Summergrass All-Star Picks: NewFound Road, Sierra Hull, Flatt Lonesome, Bluegrass Etc, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. They're bringing back some favorites and proudly presenting some fantastic "first timers" to Summergrass.
NewFound Road returns in 2013! With NewFound Road, what you hear is what you get. The fire and intensity of this band's performance are made possible through their immense gifts as instrumentalists, songwriters and vocalists. A well received, big crowd favorite in 2009, NewFound Road's impressive assurance and sincerity make them among the most dynamic bluegrass bands on today's scene. From the Ohio and Kentucky area, make sure you see NewFound Road's return appearance! Visit the band at myspace newfound road and find out what makes this band so popular.
Summergrass is very proud to present Sierra Hull in 2013. A recent alumni of Berklee School of Music in Boston, this young lady is at the cutting-edge of the future of bluegrass. Sierra has already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA's voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years. As a player, a singer and a songwriter, she also has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she's done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the National Prayer Breakfast. Matt Glaser-head of Berklee's American Roots Music Program-put it this way: "She has no limitations as a musician." Sierra Hull - a must see show! See more of Sierra at http://www.sierrahull.com
Flatt Lonesome is a young, new group of pickers hailing from Florida who are deeply-rooted in bluegrass music's historic classics. They also have an energetic flair for country sounds, progressive jams, and soul-stirring gospel music while never forsaking their traditional essence.
Flatt Lonesome was born from the Robertson family's bluegrass gospel band, Sandy Creek Revival. Pastor Dolton Robertson, his wife Lisa, and their three children Kelsi, Buddy, and Charli began playing as a group just a few years ago because of their love of bluegrass and the desire to play music together as a family. This quickly grew into a passion for the Robertson children with a great longing to travel, write, and record. So, in January 2011, Kelsi, Charli and Buddy teamed up with friends Dominic Illingworth, Michael Stockton, and Brian Andrews and became Flatt Lonesome. In February of 2011, the band entered the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, TN and placed 3rd. Not bad for the band's very first time on stage!
Bluegrass Etc. is back! This San Diego blockbuster band will return to its roots in Vista to the delight of their throngs of fans. This dynamic trio is comprised of stunning pickers and will dazzle and delight their hometown fans once again. Bluegrass Etc. performs a hard-hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours more than eighteen countries per year, performing more than 200 shows annually at festivals and in concert. Bluegrass Etc. consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals), and Bill Bryson (bass, vocals).
Summergrass is proud to debut Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen in 2013. With Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen you hear power. You hear volume. You hear crispness, clarity, timing, and taste. All this combined with passion and drive creates this band that has a powerful life force that's raw, natural and pure. Frank Solivan on mandolin and fiddle, Mike Mumford on banjo, Danny Booth on bass, and Chris Luquette on guitar "play the fire" out of their respective instruments and will impress you with an energy force that will have you up out of your chair. Welcome Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen! Check out this band at www.dirtykitchenband.com
Our beloved Summergrass Kids Camp is returning again this year and the faculty will be Flatt Lonesome. All children ages 6 to 16 are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Early sign ups, up to June 12th, will receive the reduced tuition of $55. After June 12th, tuition will increase to $65 with registration closing July 30th. Spaces will be going fast! Kids Camp is a real highlight of the festival. Our kids have a wonderful experience as they learn how to play bluegrass music, and end their camp experience with a mainstage show on Sunday! To enroll, go to www.summergrass.net and click on Kids Camp or call Jeff at 951-302-1503. Some scholarships are available.
This year they are pleased to announce the Martin Guitar Company has again generously donated a HD-28E and the Deering Banjo Company has also stepped up to the plate and generously donated a "Good Time" banjo, with gig bag. they will again be raffling off a Loar Mandolin, LM-600 with case.Tags: SummergrassNewFound RoadSierra HullFlatt LonesomeBluegrass EtcFrank Solivan & Dirty KitchenBluegrass FestivalEvent
The project film makers are thrilled to announce that HTGAB is coming to DVD, BluRay and online Digital formats. This week launched a campaign on Kickstarter to make a DVD and BluRay of How To Grow A Band. If this campaign reaches its goal, your pledge will fund the creation of a limited-edition, two-disc set packed with bonus features not available anywhere else.
Other cool items like movie posters, T-shirts, signed memorabilia and even filmmaker-hosted screenings will also be available at various reward levels.
The way Kickstarter works is that if we don’t reach our goal of $32,000, your pledge will be returned. But if we do reach or exceed our goal, we will be able to start creating these special DVD/BluRay packages right away. Please consider sharing, liking, tweeting, tumbling, pinning, mountaintop shouting or engaging in any other activity that will politely and exuberantly spread the word. With your support, we hope to be firing up the DVD presses soon!
Starting April 23, HTGAB will become available on iTunes in the US/UK/Canada/Australia and on several other transactional digital platforms (like Amazon, Playstation, Xbox, Google Play/Youtube, Vudu). Subscription based platforms like Netflix and Hulu will follow a little later in the year.
The film makers Mark Meatto & Mike Bohlmann say, "We're excited to be bringing HTGAB to the wider world, and are forever grateful for your support!"
How To Grow A Band is an independently produced, feature-length documentary about Punch Brothers—a group of jaw-dropping musicians who set out to do something pretty daring and very awesome. Our documumentary is an intimately rendered, observational film about the early days of one of the most talented young bands on the planet. HTGAB has been completed, mixed and mastered. It has been distributed theatrically and received critical praise along the way—like being named a New York Magazine Critics’ Pick and one of Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Music Documentaries of 2012.
We have been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have written us requesting a DVD or BluRay. So our concept is to create a high-end, limited-edition two-disc set loaded with bonus features, extras and goodies that won't be available anywhere else, all in a package so beautiful you could introduce it to mom and dad. Even if our campaign to make these DVDs/BluRays does not succeed, most of you will still have the opportunity to watch HTGAB. Beginning on April 23, the movie will roll out across digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon, Netflix and others) in the US/UK/Canada/Australia, followed by worldwide later in the year.
So why support this campaign if you can spend less to see the movie sooner online? Well, these DVDs/BluRays are for folks who:
- want to go even deeper behind the scenes than the 89 minute movie will take them.
- want an object to hold and to treasure and to come back to over time.
- want to see their names in this package's liner notes or show their affection for this movie and this band by putting a poster on their wall, a sticker on their instrument case, a shirt on their back.
- live outside of the US, UK, Canada or Australia and prefer not to wait for global distribution.
- have a special someone for whom these rewards would make a perfect gift.
If that sounds like you or someone you know, check out the backer rewards on the right side of the web pageand consider joining the campaign.Tags: How To Grow a BandChris ThileKickstarterCD ReleaseVideo
Knoxville based, one-man-band graphic design firm Status Serigraph was chosen to produce Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's 13th annual poster. Each individual poster is screen-printed by hand and is inked with a metallic sheen.
"This is a very special poster, and only 750 will be sold. The first 100 are numbered and signed by the artist," says BCM Executive Director Leah Ross.
Status Serigraph is well-known in the music industry for producing one-of-a-kind artwork for acts such as The Dave Matthews Band, the Avett Brothers, Phish and The Black Keys. Owner/designer Justin Helton was on hand at the poster's unveilling.
"The acoustic guitar is an icon for this town and for country music in general," Helton says of the motif. "So came the idea of this gigantic guitar growing out of the hills. The plane is really a show of scale, but it made sense to showcase it as the Birthplace of Country Music®."
The annual festival poster is on sale now at the festival office. Limited edition signed and numbered prints are $25, and unsigned, they are $15. Call 423-573-4898 for more information.
The Birthplace of Country Music® is truly "writing the next verse" with a Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion line-up of some of the best songwriters and artists performing today...and at least one headlining mystery act yet to be announced.
The 13th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion happens September 20-22, 2013 on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. Still the best bargain on the festival circuit, Weekend Passes are avaible online at BristolRhythm.com for $45 through May 31st.
Birthplace of Country Music® announced the line-up for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 at a press conference held March 28, 2013, at their office located at 416 State Street, Suite A, in Bristol, TN. The announcement, previously scheduled to take place in Cumberland Square Park, was changed due to the weather.
Singer/songwriter Amythyst Kiah provided live music before and after the press conference. The 2013 festival poster artist and artwork was also introduced.
In September 2012 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's drew a crowd of more than 50,000+ people over the course of the three-day music festival, making it the event's most successful show to date. Celebrating it's lucky 13th year in 2013, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is always the third weekend of September (Sept. 20-22, 2013).Tags: Bristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionBristolPromotionPosterMusic Festival
Abingdon, Virginia -- he Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Youth Music Performance Series concert on Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The special concert, co-hosted by WVTF Radio as part of Public Radio Music Month and the Town of Abingdon, will feature the Blackberries.
The Blackberries are a youth bluegrass band from the Floyd Music School in Floyd, Virginia. The band members range in age from 10–16 years of age and include Aila Wildman on fiddle, Eli Wildman on mandolin, Sam Mackian on guitar, and Laurel Brooke on bass. Their name is influenced by the well known fiddle tune, “Blackberry Blossom”, which was one of the first tunes the band played together. They have been featured at Heartwood several times, as well as at the Chantilly Festival in Floyd and at many regional church and community events. This dynamic group, under the direction of Mike Mitchell, features players that are highly skilled in both classical and bluegrass genres and will explore cross-genre elements in this unique performance.
The Crooked Road Music Series features youth music performers, as well as showcasing venues of the Crooked Road region. These events along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month are hosted at Heartwood. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at www.thecrookedroad.org or at www.heartwoodvirginia.org. The music series is sponsored by The Crooked Road, Heartwood, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Virginia and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for The Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).Tags: The BlackberriesHeartwoodThe Crooked RoadEducationEvent
Nashville, TN -- Sugar Hill Records is pleased to announce that it will unveil three new, exclusive releases for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. The varied offerings include a live-performance EP CD from Sarah Jarosz, a vinyl re-issue of the debut album from husband-wife duo Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicolson, and a a never before available vinyl edition of the “Crazy” demo recordings from the legendary Willie Nelson. Record Store Day limited releases are frequently collector's items.
Sarah Jarosz will feature her live EP release Live At The Troubadour recorded August 2012. This will be a Record Store Day first release. The Grammy-nominated acoustic wunderkind is in pristine form and this marks Jarosz' debut live recording. consisting of 5 tracks including "Tell Me True", "Kathy's Song", "Mansineedof", "Shankill Butchers", and "Broussard's Lament".
A vinyl re-issue and Record Store Day exclusive release of the debut album Rattlin Bones from husband-wife duo Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicolson will also be released in 12 inch vinyl. A staple of the Americana genre, this release marks the first collaboration for these Australian husband-and-wife superstars. This will be Kasey and Shane's first time on vinyl.
The third Record Store Day exclusive release on Sugar Hill will be a never before available 12 inch vinyl edition of the “Crazy” demo recordings from the legendary Willie Nelson. When Willie first got to Nashville he cut some demos for Ray Price and Hal Smith's publishing company, Pamper Music. Though these cuts were used to pitch songs to artists (including 'Crazy' for Patsy Cline) and producers, many weren't released. These 1960-1966 tracks are raw, real and really good, clearly the work of an artist/songwriter headed for stardom.
Find out more about Record Store Day at the RSD Website and be sure to support your local record store April 20, 2013Tags: Record Store DaySarah JaroszSugar Hill RecordsEvent
NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Bare, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, and Kenny Rogers will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Rogers will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while Bare will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Clement will be inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980," and “Songwriter” categories. Bare, Clement, and Rogers will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 118 to 121 members.
“The highest musical honor achievable for a Country Music artist or industry leader is to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and these are all outstanding and highly deserving individuals,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “'Cowboy’ has been responsible for producing many of the iconic songs in Country Music. Bobby pioneered the Country concept album and was one of the first artists to take the format to Europe. And Kenny’s crossover success throughout a lengthy career introduced Country Music to a much wider audience.”
“This is big – an honor and the validation of a dream, totally unexpected,” said Bare. “Now I’ll be famous forever. Thanks to all of my supporters and thank you CMA.”
“I’ve been chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame? I thought I was already in the Hall of Fame,” said Clement. “I could have gotten in there any time I wanted. Kyle [Young] gave me a key.”
“When I was young, my dad said, ‘Son, you have to think big to accomplish small’ and the Country Music Hall of Fame was as big as it gets,” said Rogers. “He wanted that for me. So every record I’ve ever made, every concert I’ve performed, and every song I’ve written was done for the single purpose of achieving that goal.
“I’m sure you can imagine how special it is and how exciting it was when Steve Moore called me with the news of my acceptance. It’s not the end of my journey, but it is certainly the high point, no matter what else I accomplish. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the members who voted for me and all the friends who encouraged and believed in me, and my dad, for his vision of success.”
Induction ceremonies for Bare, Clement, and Rogers will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the new CMA Theater later this year. Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.
“The announcement of new Hall of Fame members is always a cause for celebration,” said Kyle Young, Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “I find it remarkable that all three 2013 honorees were born in the 1930s during the worldwide Great Depression and commercial Country Music’s formative years. They were present for the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, the '60s folk revival, the ascent of hard Country, and the rise of sophisticated pop Country with a global impact. Cowboy Jack, Bobby, and Kenny are unique personalities whose contributions to the canon of American popular music are inerasable.”
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor.
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,000 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.Tags: Country Music Hall of FameBobby BareJack ClementKenny RogersHall of Fame
Willis, VA — Mountain Fever Records is proud to release the debut of Hammertowne’s new self-titled album today. Hammertowne is a five man group that originates in the “cradle of bluegrass music” of the Eastern Kentucky foothills. This inaugural effort features original band tunes, two originals by talented young songwriter, Kyle Burnett and three traditional songs. The track list includes “ I’m Thinking You Don’t Love Me Anymore”, “Cherokee Maiden,” “Movin',” “This Old Martin Box,” “Iver Johnson is My Name” and more.
While relatively new as a unit, this is a well-seasoned and talented group of performers who can lay claim to performing with some of the finest talent in bluegrass music throughout their careers. Band members include Scott Tackett on guitar/vocals, Brent Pack on banjo, Chaston Carroll on mandolin/vocals, Doug Burchett on bass/vocals and Dave Carroll on guitar/vocals. Carroll is widely admired for his songwriting prowess within the group and with others. He has new cuts on albums by Grasstowne (Featuring Ronnie Bowman), Junior Sisk and the Ramblers, Russell Moore& IIIrd Tyme Out and more.
From its inception, the group’s identity has been defined by a hard-driving style of bluegrass that combines unique instrumentation with a distinctive knack for weaving vocal harmonies. Hammertowne creates their hard driving sound with one foot in the traditional arena to honor those who paved the way before them, and the other in the progressive arena as reflected in their many original songs they write and perform.
One of bluegrass music’s most prolific songwriters, Larry Cordle says, “Upon hearing Hammertowne for the first time I thought holy cow! These guys ain’t kiddin’ around….Sometimes a combination comes together and something magical happens when they render together…that is what is happening here. The sky’s the limit for these boys…It’s fresh and new… but fits like your favorite old shoes. These boys can hammer down.”
In most cases, much forethought, planning, and sometimes recruiting, goes into forming a musical unit, but not in the case of Hammertowne. This group of musicians gathered in a studio as session players on a solo effort, and something special transpired. After the stop button had been hit on the first take of the first song, several seconds of complete silence filled the room, until finally from the control room came…”WOW!” The energy and musical compatibility was so strong, that the musicians decided they wanted to continue. Thus, Hammertowne was born. With this group of musicians, it is simply about the music, and having more fun on stage than should be legal. Their love of playing and entertaining emanates from the stage as well as studio.
For more information on Hammertowne, check out their website at http://www.Hammertowne.com//Images/HammertownCvr0413.jpgTags: HammertowneMountain Fever RecordsCD Release
Acclaimed bluegrass music duo Dailey & Vincent have released “Steel Drivin’ Man,” the first single off their highly anticipated new album Brothers Of The Highway (Release Date: May 7 on Rounder Records). The video for “Steel Drivin’ Man” premiered on CMT’s Pure Country channel this week. This 6th studio album by Dailey & Vincent features a pair of original Jamie Dailey compositions as well as ten stirring and evocative new interpretations of songs made famous by the likes of Vince Gill, the Louvin Brothers, Kathy Mattea, Bill Monroe, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, George Strait, and Porter Wagoner.
"Steel Drivin' Man" is one of two original Jamie Dailey compositions that appear on the album. Brothers Of The Highway also features ten stirring and evocative new interpretations of songs made famous by the likes of Vince Gill, the Louvin Brothers, Kathy Mattea, Bill Monroe, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, George Strait, and Porter Wagoner.
Since they first came onto the scene in 2007, Dailey & Vincent have amassed an impressive array of honors, including three consecutive IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, respectively; two Grammy nominations, and the 2011 Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year.
The band, dubbed “masters of harmony singing” (No Depression) has also become a perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit: they play over 115 shows per year to sold out crowds in the United States and have developed a strong international following.
Since they burst onto the scene in 2007, Dailey & Vincent have amassed an impressive array of honors including three consecutive IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, respectively; two Grammy nominations, and the 2011 Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year. The band, dubbed the “rock stars of bluegrass” by CMT.com, has also become a perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit: they play over 115 shows per year to sold out crowds in the United States and have developed a strong international following.
Dailey & Vincent will be on tour in support of Brothers Of The Highway throughout 2013 and beyond. Catch up with this outstanding duo at the Dailey & Vincent web site and see when they'll be touring near you.Tags: Dailey & VincentBrothers Of The HighwayVideoCMTCMT Pure Country
Xenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are proud to announce the single release of "Some Kind Of War" from their highly successful project They're Playing My Song on Rebel Records. In addition, the band featured the song in a performance with Alternative Strings, a youth orchestra from Centerville, Ohio, and are releasing the performance video simultaneously through their YouTube and Vimeo channels.
Written just over a year ago by Country Music Hall Of Fame member Bill Anderson, "Some Kind of War" speaks of the very relative topic that everyone is fighting some kind of personal battle. During their performances, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers began to see that this particular song was effecting people in a very positive way and together with Mark Freeman of Rebel Records, decided it should be the next single from They're Playing My Song.
Soon after, Doug Eyink, the director of Alternative Strings, asked Mullins and the band to perform for the program's annual fundraiser and suggested they come up with a song for the youth orchestra to perform with the band. "Some Kind Of War" was a natural fit, turning an already poignant song into a beautiful work of art by combining bluegrass instrumentation and vocals with the 45-piece youth orchestra. During the video production, Joe Mullins sat down with Eyink to discuss the process of song selection and arrangement of "Some Kind Of War."
"It is so exciting to see audiences respond to 'Some Kind of War,'" states Joe Mullins. "Bill Anderson's memorable lyrics allow the listener to get inside the song, immediately. We are grateful that his words and our music remind us all to remember the Golden Rule. And what a thrill to have such a talented orchestra of young people present an arrangement that takes this song where it needs to go - right to the heart! The positive energy in the auditorium when we performed with Alternative Strings was surreal. It's our hope the Some Kind of War video of our performance will hit home for everyone."
"Some Kind Of War" is being released to radio programmers today via AirplayDirect and is the second single from They're Playing My Song. The CD has already reached #1 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart (3/13) and is currently #7 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart. For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including upcoming performances, visit www.radioramblers.com.
Voted the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year in 2012, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers offer quality bluegrass and gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a good variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets, and tasteful, down-home humor. Their professionalism and successful, heavily played recordings have kept them in demand with national audiences resulting in a heavy touring schedule that includes perfomances at such national events as the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, Red White & Bluegrass, Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman, and the IBMA’s Fan Fest.
A contributing factor to the band's success is their active marketing capabilities, due to Mullins’ network of radio stations in the Midwest, including a 24/7 webcast available at www.MyClassicCountry.com and the new “Classic Country Radio” app for Android and iPhone.Tags: Joe MullinsRadio RamblersThey're Playing My SongSome Kind of WarRebel RecordsCD Release