JOE MULLINS & THE RADIO RAMBLERS SIGN WITH BILLY BLUE RECORDS
Billy Blue Records has signed the award-winning bluegrass group Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. The announcement was made live onstage at the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival in Wilmington and was also live streamed on social media.
Jerry Salley, Creative and A&R Director of Billy Blue Records commented, “I've known Joe for a lot of years, and the opportunity to sign and work with him and his band is an absolute honor."
AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE CREATE COFFEE JINGLE
Audie Blaylock and Redline has teamed up with Hemisphere Coffee Roasters for a good partnership.
It all started after Reed Jones of Redline, who calls himself a “coffee snob,” discovered a kindred spirit in his favorite barista with Paul Kurtz, owner of Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. That prompted Audie’s band to create a jingle for the coffee. It's now posted on Youtube.
AUDIO! APPALACHIAN ROAD SHOW TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM OCTOBER 26!
Appalachian Road Show will release an album on October 26. This marks the first act to be signed by Jerry Salley and Ed Leonard to the new label Billy Blue Records.
GoGo ShowPrep sat down with Barry Abernathy, Darrell Webb, and Jim VanCleve and got the stories behind each song they recorded. All edited into sound bites to use on your radio shows, podcasts, or for quotes for your written reviews. Check out audio on the new single "Dance, Dance, Dance" and then CLICK HERE to check out ALL the audio!
Here's a quick look at who you'll hear on the Cut X Cut Interview:
Barry Abernathy: Multiple IBMA recognitions, 1997's SPGMA Banjo Player of the Year. Known for his work with IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and a founding member of Mountain Heart.
Darrell Webb of The Darrell Webb Band : Multiple IBMA Awards nominations to his credit, played with bands such as Wildfire, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.
Jim VanCleve: A Grammy winning session musician and Grammy nominated solo artist with multiple IBMA recognitions. A member of Mountain Heart, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and has multiple producer credits.
BALSAM RANGE WINS 'IBMA' ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Balsam Range was named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year on Thursday (9-27) in Raleigh. The quintet took home two other IBMA Awards, as Buddy Melton was named Male Vocalist of the Year and Tim Surrett also won as top bassist. Balsam Range last won 'Entertainer of the Year' in 2014.
A few of the other winners include:
Album - “Rivers & Roads,” Special Consensus
Vocal Group – Doyle Lawson & Quicksliver
Song - “If I’d Have Wrote That Song” (written by Larry Cordle, Larry Shell and James Silvers)
Female Vocalist - Brooke Aldridge (Darin & Brooke Aldridge)
Male - Buddy Melton (Balsam Range)
Gospel Recorded Performance - Becky Buller - “Speakin’ to That Mountain”
AUDIO BECKY BULLER BAND PICKS UP 3 'IBMA' AWARDS
Becky Buller Band had a great showing at the IBMA Awards on Thursday night (9-27) with 3 wins.
Ned Luberecki won Banjo Player of the Year and Becky was awarded Gospel Recorded Performance for "Speakin' to That Mountain," a song that she co-wrote as well as sang. For her 3rd trophy, Becky, along with Missy Raines, Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, and Molly Tuttle won the Recorded Event of the Year with their collective work on "Swept Away. "
We talked to Becky before the awards and she told us how much fun all the women have - sharing a dressing room: AUDIO :28 Out Cue: "the guys I get to play with in my band."
CHAD DAROU & CIA CHERRYHOLMES TAKE "HEAVEN' FROM ROCK TO BLUEGRASS
When Bryan Adams first recorded the rock hit, "Heaven," 33 years ago, there was no way he could predict where that song would end up, but Chad Darou did. In an interview with Richard Thompson, appearing in Bluegrass Today, Chad said, “I heard a dance remix of this classic Bryan Adams ballad, and decided right then it was meant to be done ‘bluegrass.’ As soon as I started playing around with the arrangement I knew the only voice for this was Cia Cherryholmes. No one has heard from Cia in quite a while, making her an even better choice, and she did an amazing job. Great to hear this one come together.”
The combination of Chad's dobro and the vocals of Cia Cherryholmes debuted at #10.
TERRY BAUCOM'S DUKES OF DRIVE AT WORLD OF BLUEGRASS
Earlier this year Terry Baucom celebrated chart toppers on the Bluegrass Gospel chart and a few months later has claimed the same on the Bluegrass Today chart.
"They call me Trouble," is still in the top 5 and you're sure to hear it at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina this week. Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive will perform at WOB Street Fest on the Plaza Stage and at the California Bluegrass Association showcase on Saturday, September 29.
DAILEY & VINCENT TO TAPE CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR 'PBS'
Grand Ole Opry members, Dailey & Vincent are in the Christmas spirit a little early this year. They'll be taping a television show to air on PBS (Public Broadcast Service.) The show will feature CeCe Winans and Béla Fleck. Others will be announced soon. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent stated: "It's going to have a diverse talent lineup to represent what Christmas is all about."
The taping will take pace September 19, at the The Franklin Theatre, (just south of Nashville) and will air this Christmas season on PBS.
AUDIO!!! BECKY BULLER LEADS IBMA NOMINATIONS WITH 8
Becky Buller (and her band) are nominated for 8 IBMA Awards this year. The awards show will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 27. Here's a list of Bluegrass awards Becky is up for...
Song of the Year "Calamity Jane"
Gospel Performance of the Year "Speakin' to That Mountain"
Recorded Event of the Year (THREE different nominations) "Calamity Jane" - "The Rebel and the Rose" - "Swept Away"
Female Vocalist of the Year
Fiddle Player of the Year (only female in this category)
Becky Buller Band's Ned Luberecki - Banjo Player of the Year
RICKY SKAGGS TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE 'BLUEGRASS MUSIC HALL OF FAME'
Ricky Skaggs has been formally announced as an inductee for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Along with Paul Williams, Tom T. Hall and the late Dixie Hall. He will be officially inducted in Raleigh, North Carolina at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on September 27th. The awards show will be broadcast on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction (Ch. 62).
'BLUEGRASS MUSIC HALL OF FAME' GRAND OPENING IN OCTOBER
The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum has announced their first event in the new building set for October 18, featuring performances by current Hall of Fame members. The focus will be on the music of inductees Mike Seeger, Vassar Clements, Jake Tullock, Allen Shelton, and Joe Val. The event is invitation only. The following night, Sam Bush will headline the first public event there, the show is already sold out. The museum is located in Owensboro Kentucky.
DENNIS DUFF TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
Hit songwriter, Dennis Duff is releasing a new album called Songs From Lyon County. The first single, "When I Leave Kentucky" features Bradley Walker and Holly Pitney in a duet. Other special guests on the album include Josh Shilling, and Darin and Brooke Aldridge.
The collection of 9 songs is available now for pre-order and will be officially released on September 7.
MILE TWELVE LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT JAPAN TOUR
Atop the charts with their song, "Ace Of Hearts," Mile Twelve spent a week touring Japan earlier this year. They stated, "It was inspiring to see audience members mouthing the words to old Stanley Brothers tunes that we played at our performances, or to listen to eyewitness stories of bluegrass legends coming to tour Japan in years past." They said the caliber of local bluegrass musicians around the country was incredible. The band wants to go back, but says they hope to learn some of the language in time for the next trip.
NEW HOT RIZE RELEASE – 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE ALBUM
Hot Rize, has released a new record called Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash. It was recorded live at Boulder Theatre, over the course of three sold out shows in January of this year. The album runs more than an hour long.
Nick Forster on bass, Pete Wernick on banjo, Tim O’Brien on mandolin and fiddle, and Bryan Sutton on guitar were joined by longtime musical friends Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, and Sam Bush. About the shows, Nick commented… “We wanted to have a party. We wanted to have a full-out bash!”
On August 3rd, Hot Rize will be celebrating the anniversary of the band’s 40th year together.
Hot Rize On Tour
July 12 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
July 20 - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival - Oak Hill, NY
July 29 - Rockygrass - Lyons, CO
Aug. 31 - Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival - New Castle, DE
Sept. 1 - Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival - Brunswick, ME
Sept. 2 - Rhythm and Roots Festival - Charlestown, RI
Nov. 2 - The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries - St. Louis, MO
Nov. 9 - Peoples Bank Theatre - Marietta, OH
FATHER'S DAY AUDIO:
SAMMY SHELOR TALKS ABOUT BEING 'MR. MOM'
Lonesome River Band is in their 36th year together and as much as banjo player Sammy Shelor enjoys playing on stage, he also loves his time at home. He and his wife, Jordyn had a baby boy last year and little Samuel, who just turned one in April, is Sammy's first child. The award winning musician loves being a dad and tells us more:
AUDIO :32 OUT CUE: "hard to leave and go on the road though."
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DALE ANN BRADLEY OVERWHELMED BY 'KY MUSIC HALL OF FAME' INDUCTION
When Dale Ann Bradley got the call that she was going to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, she had to sit down and then she laughed and cried for the longest time. A proud Kentuckian, she said the induction ceremony itself was overwhelming. Born and raised in The Bluegrass State , Dale Ann has lived there off and on - her entire life. She tells us more about her connection to her home state: AUDIO: 23 OUT CUE: "a big part of who you are."
THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS ALBUM HAS STAR-STUDDED GUEST APPEARANCES
The new album from The Special Consensus, Rivers and Roads, produced by Alison Brown, has been out less than 2 months, but the band is already enjoying the ride on the chats. Some special musical guests showed up in the studio including Bobby Osborne, Molly Tuttle, 10 String Symphony, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, and Josh Williams. Their current single, "She Took The Tennessee River" was written by Becky Buller, and the new album marks the band's 20th recording.
VOLUME FIVE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AS A BAND
This year Volume Five celebrates 10 years of creating music. Looking back, founder Glen Harrell says, "It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry." And so they have. Last year they took home two IBMA Awards including - Emerging Artist of the Year. This week, Volume 5 climbed from 18 to 3 on the Bluegrass Today chart with "Tell Me You're Not Leaving.
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICANA AWARDS
The Americana Music Association® announced the nominees for its 17th annual Honors & Awards show.
The winners will be announced September 12, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The program is part of The Americana Music Festival & Conference. Here's the list of nominees:
Album of the Year:
“All American Made,” Margo Price, Produced by Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price and Matt Ross-Spang
“By The Way I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile, Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings
“The Nashville Sound,” Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb
“Rifles & Rosary Beads,” Mary Gauthier, Produced by Neilson Hubbard
Artist of the Year:
Duo/Group of the Year:
I’m With Her
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Emerging Act of the Year:
Courtney Marie Andrews
Song of the Year:
“A Little Pain,” Margo Price, Written by Margo Price
“All The Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack, Written by Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack and Adam
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Written by Jason Isbell
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
Instrumentalist of the Year:
RHONDA VINCENT WAS ASKED TO SING ON ELTON JOHN/BERNIE TAUPIN TRIBUTE ALBUM
Rhonda Vincent, joined by Dolly Parton, is featured on the new tribute album that honors Elton John and his co-writing partner Bernie Taupin. Restoration features some of the biggest stars in country music, from Willie Nelson to Vince Gill, all singing songs written by one of music history's most famous songwriting teams. Bernie, a fan and friend, personally asked Rhonda to be on the album.
She invited him to her studio in Nashville to talk about the album. Listen in as they discuss the song, "Please" and how Rhonda transformed it from Rock to Bluegrass: AUDIO :61 Out Cue: "Thank you for that. Oh, absolutely."
NU-BLU PUTS BLUEGRASS TWIST ON AN OLD COUNTRY SONG
Nu-Blu released "Gypsies on Parade" - the 2nd single from the album Vagabonds. If you listen to country music, you may remember it as a Sawyer Brown single from 1987. It's about life on the road, something the husband and wife duo knows well. Daniel and Carolyn Routh, Nu-Blu founders, tell us more:
AUDIO :41 OUT CUE: "…just one of those songs that I had to do."
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20 Things About Sideline...
Bluegrass Today has published a new installment of its 20 Things You Didn’t Know series featuring fun and interesting facts about some of your listeners’ favorite artists. Share these on air and then invite listeners to learn more online.
*Daniel Greeson, has a passion for old cars and old guitars?
*Skip Cherryholmes is a gourmet chef who loves spicy food. He often brings his own food on the road!
*Due to a rare disease, Steve Dilling is legally blind.
Sideline’s new CD, Front and Center, is out now on the Mountain Home label.
*Read more about Sideline at Bluegrass Today.
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BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW AUDIO FROM MERLEFEST!
BACKSTAGE WITH PETE WERNICK
From Backstage at MerleFest, listen to "Dr. Banjo" Pete Wernick as he shares memories of Doc Watson…
AUDIO :48 Out Cue: "is about the relationships."
BALSAM RANGE BACKSTAGE AT MERLEFEST…
Backstage at MerleFest, Tim Surrett talked about the new Balsam Range album, Mountain Overture - recorded with The Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble. Listen to what Tim had to say...
AUDIO :49 OUT CUE: "finally got a chance to make it happen."
JOHN COWAN BACKSTAGE AT MERLEFEST
We caught up with John Cowan at MerleFest this weekend. (4-27) Listen as he talks about his first appearance there... AUDIO :54 OUT CUE: "here at MerleFest."
BELA FLECK BACKSTAGE AT MERLEFEST
In a press conference backstage on Friday, (4-28) Bela Fleck talked about MerleFest...
AUDIO : 44 OUT CUE: "a lot of fun."
SAM BUSH, JERRY DOUGLAS, & DAVID GRIER FEATURED IN NEFESH MOUNTAIN VIDEO
The husband and wife duo, Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg that make up Nefesh Mountain, released a new song and video. "The Narrow Bridge," was recorded with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka and David Grier. All are featured in the video as well, which premiered via RollingStone.com last week.
About the song, Doni said, “The Narrow Bridge” reflects on an old saying...The whole world is like a narrow bridge, the important thing is to not be afraid.”
The couple, wrote, arranged, and co-produced all 11 songs on their new album, Beneath The Open Sky.
ALISON KRAUSS TO CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH WILLIE NELSON
Alison Krauss will kick off an extensive 50-date tour beginning May 16th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Several of the dates will include Willie Nelson as co-headliner. A few cities include Memphis, Toronto, Austin, & New Orleans. Some dates are already on sale.
'Bluegrass Today' Adds Fun New Feature...
20 Things You Didn’t Know… featuring fun and interesting facts about some of your listeners’ favorite artists. Share these on air and then invite listeners to learn more online.
Irene Kelley …
* Once got kicked out of a rock band for suggesting the group learn music by Dolly Parton.
* Saved the plastic lids from Pringles chip cans when she was a little girl because she thought they’d become collector’s items one day? She kept them until she was about 16 when her mother found the stash and threw them out.
* Absolutely hates coconut.
Sideline Celebrates #1 Song - Woke Up To The News On 'Facebook'
Sideline's new album, Front And Center, is due April 27, but has already proven to be successful. With "Thunder Dan" sitting at #1 on the Bluegrass Today weekly chart, the 6 band members sat on their bus and talked about how they heard the news. Co-founder and banjo player Steve Dilling says he read about it online through mandolin player Troy Boone and Skip Cherryholmes (co-founder and guitar.) Listen to Steve and Troy as they talk about - the support the song got from Troy's parents:
Click FREE to download Audio for your radio show AUDIO :40 Out Cue: "embarrassing, but flattering at the same time for me, so"…(laughter)
THE WOOKS - TOP 10 ON THE 'BLUEGRASS TODAY CHART' & READY FOR 'JOHN HARTFORD MEMORIAL FESTIVAL'
The Kentucky Rhythm and Bluegrass band, The Wooks are sitting inside the top 10 on the Bluegrass Today Chart with their hit "Me and The Stars." After only 4 years together they've racked up several awards and nominations, including placing first in the prestigious 2016 Rocky-Grass Band Competition and they were also nominated last year in two categories for IBMA Awards .
Look for The Wooks on the road this year, including a stop at the 8th annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, which features John McEuen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jeff Austin Band and more. The festival runs May 30 - June 2, in Bean Blossom Indiana, at the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground.
MORE SONG INTROS - AND AUDIO FROM SIDELINE...
Sideline's #1 song, "Thunder Dan" was written by Josh Manning from Ashland, Kentucky. One of the founding members, Steve Dilling talks about when the band first heard the song and how it became an "unlikely lullaby"… AUDIO :29 Out Cue: "we call Troy the baby whisperer"… (Laughter)
NOTE: The song has topped both Bluegrass Today's weekly AND monthly charts.
AND ONE MORE...
Everyone in Sideline has their own favorite song from the upcoming album. Newest member and fiddler player Daniel Greeson, whose been on the road with The Churchmen for the last 3 years, chooses one that's more gospel… AUDIO :16 Out Cue: "I really enjoy the song"
NOTE: Other members include: Co-founder and bass player Jason Moore & guitar player Bailey Coe, who joined Sideline late last year.
MerleFest Announces Midnight Jam Lineup
Grammy Award winner Jim Lauderdale and North Carolina’s own Town Mountain will host the Midnight Jam at this year's MerleFest. The Saturday night show will feature a Doc Watson Tribute and performances by Buddy Miller, Dirty Kitchen, John Cowan, Bryan Sutton, and others.
A separate ticket is required and available for purchase by Festival ticket holders. Merle Fest runs April 26-29 in at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
For more info...go to MerleFest.org
Sierra Hull's Album 'Weighted Mind' Prompted Her To Make Changes In Her Show
Sierra Hull started performing when she was 13 and three years later recorded her first album. She has pretty much been on the road ever since and coming up next month she has shows with Del McCoury as well as Steep Canyon Rangers. She tells us that her most recent album, Weighted Mind, prompted her to make some changes in her show: AUDIO :44 Out Cue: "People that you love what they do."
NEW ALBUM FROM DEL McCOURY BAND TO BE RELEASED MAY 25
Del McCoury's new song, "To Make Love Sweeter For You." is just a hint of what's to come. About the next album, Del said, “What I like in a record is variety of moods, of tempos. “I consider myself traditional at heart, but I don’t have any boundaries. I’m just a guy that likes to sing and play music. Whatever strikes me to do I’ll do it. Without wrecking things.”
In 1968 he released Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass and on May 25th he'll give a nod to his last 50 years in music by releasing a new album called, Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass.
ADAM STEFFEY'S NEW BAND TO RELEASE ALBUM IN MAY
The Highland Travelers made their first public concert appearance earlier this month. Members of The Boxcars and (Junior Sisk's sidemen) Ramblers Choice formed the new band late last year. The lineup consists of Adam Steffey, Keith Garrett, Jason Davis, Kameron Keller, and Gary Hultman. They're currently in the top 5 with their song, "The Little Tennessee" and have an album coming out May 11.
RHONDA VINCENT VISITS HER ALMA MATER
Rhonda Vincent recently did a show in Missouri at her Alma mater Truman State University. In a video she posted to her Facebook page she laughed about taking a college speech class and said she was basically afraid to talk back then. She was thrilled to see some her professors there. She played a show there for the Rotary Club of Kirksville of which she's an honorary member.
Rhonda and Becky Buller are currently on the charts with a song called "Calamity Jane."
MOLLY TUTTLE DIDN'T REALIZE UNTIL COLLEGE THAT BEING A FEMALE GUITAR PLAYER WAS UNIQUE
In 2017, Molly Tuttle made history when she became the first woman that IBMA voted as Guitar Player of the Year. For someone who grew up playing, she didn't realize how rare that was until she went away to college. Listen to what she told us: AUDIO :45 Out Cue: "More and more girls playing music." Click FREE to DOWNLOAD for Radio.
DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER WIN BIG AT SPBGMA AWARDS
At this year's Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Awards, better known as SPBGMA…Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver was the night's big winner. Winning both the Bluegrass Vocal Group of the Year AND Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year. The Bluegrass Hall of Famer posted to his fans: “I am grateful beyond words. And blessed beyond belief!”
His labelmate, Donna Ulisse won Songwriter of the Year . A few other winners included last year's Entertainers of the Year, The Farm Hands -who won Album and Song of The Year and Kristin Scott Benson of The Grascals picked up Banjo Performer of the Year.
The 2018 Awards took place on Sunday, (February 4) in Nashville.
>>>>For a full list of winners, check out Bluegrass Today.
BELA FLECK TO APPEAR IN MICHAEL CLEVELAND DOCUMENTARY
In a recent post to his Facebook page, Michael Cleveland mentioned an upcoming film called Flamekeeper – The Michael Cleveland Story. Along with a photo, he wrote: "Did that really happen? I still can’t believe it! I got to jam with Béla Fleck."
His Facebook page touts it as: "The story of the world's greatest fiddler and his determination to overcome disability." From an early age, Michael's talent overshadowed his blindness and he continues to rack up accolades. He and his Flamekeepers won Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2018 SPBGMA Awards and were also up for a Grammy earlier this year.
The documentary is expected to be released later this year.
TWO GRAMMY WINNERS FOR BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
The Grammy awards show that you see on Television is actually an extension of the presentation that starts earlier in the day, so not all winners make it on air... But had the award for Best Bluegrass Album been announced on air, it would have made for some great television. It was a tie between Laws Of Gravity by The Infamous Stringdusters and The Rage In Concert Volume One by Rhonda Vincent And The Rage.
Rhonda heard the news just as she was boarding a cruise ship for Larry's Country Diner while The Stringdusters were in New York City for the big event. During the Grammy Premier Ceremony they said, “Winning this award was made even better by sharing the honor with Rhonda Vincent.”
A Grammy tie is rare, but it happens. Dating back to 1959, this marks the 22nd tie in Grammy history.
SISTER SADIE IS BACK IN THE STUDIO
Fronted by 5-Time IBMA Female Vocalist of The Year - Dale Ann Bradley...Sister Sadie is back in the studio. They're hoping for a late spring or early summer release and in the meantime, have scheduled about 20 shows together. We caught up with mandolin player, Tina Adair in a studio in Nashville, and she says they haven't named the album yet, but they're having a great time recording it: AUDIO :55 Out Cue: "That's something that's just special for us."
HOW VOLUME 5 FIRST HEARD 'NOW THAT'S A SONG'
In 2016, Volume 5 released their debut album, and now they're ready for the next one. This week, they're sitting at #2 on the Bluegrass Today Chart with "Now That's A Song." That's founder Glen Harrell singing lead and playing fiddle along with his bandmates Patton Wages, Colby Laney, Chris Williamson, and Jacob Burleson.
When looking for songs to record, Glen had asked songwriter Bob Minner if he had anything fresh to send him and said, "This one caught my ear right away and I thought 'now that's a song.' A few moments later, after reaching the chorus, I realized that was actually the title of the song!"
Bob wrote it with Shawn Land and it's featured on the new album, Milestones, which will be released on February 9.
MILAN MILLER'S WORK IS EVERYWHERE
Milan Miller has played everywhere from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra. His music is everywhere too, he kicked off the New Year in the studio recording tracks with Buddy Melton. In the meantime, he just released a new EP where he teamed up with some great singers and musicians. Terry Baucom, Aubrey Haynie, Justin Moses, Darren Nicholson, Adam Wright, and Buddy Melton are all included. And while he's working his way up the chart with that, he also has a co-write on the new Steep Canyon Rangers album.
He told Facebook fans, "We've been fortunate to be in the top 10 of the Bluegrass charts the last few weeks and it's very much appreciated." Milan's new EP, Timepiece, is a collection of 6 new songs.
DOC WATSON 'LIVE AT CLUB 47' TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 9
Live at Club 47, a collection of 26 Doc Watson songs will be released next month. Following the success of that live show in 1963 and released his debut solo album the following year. The album features four previously unreleased songs from Doc’s early repertoire.
Live at Club 47 was recorded in 1963 at Club 47 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and will be released February 9. The 7-Time Grammy Award winner passed away in 2012 at age 89.
OPRY MEMBERS DAILEY & VINCENT TO RELEASE 'STRAIGHT-AHEAD COUNTRY' ALBUM
In the 10 years Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have been performing together, they've recorded several bluegrass albums, a gospel record, a live album, and a tribute to the Statler Brothers. Now it's time to change things up a bit. Dailey & Vincent's next album will be 'Straight-ahead country.' Darrin commented, "Doing a country record makes sense for us. It's something we haven't done and will be fun for us to do. And when our career is over we can say, 'Hey I was proud of everything we did and we did everything we wanted to do.'"
Their first paid gig as a duo was at the Grand Ole Opry, where they became members last year. Before that, Jamie was with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, while Darrin logged several years with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, as well as his famed sister, Rhonda Vincent.
BILLY DROZE SPENDS 3 WEEKS AT #1 ON 'BLUEGRASS TODAY' CHART
Billy Droze wrapped up 2017 at the very top of the Bluegrass Today chart and held that position into January, spending a total of 3 consecutive weeks at #1. "Haunted by the Wind" is a song Billy wrote with Guy Nix and Chris Myers. This marks his 4th song to top that chart.
Billy has a big month planned, as he's set to sail on a Caribbean Music Cruise beginning on the 23rd. Other artists included on the trip are Mitchell Brown, Greg Bird, and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome. If you missed your chance to cruise this year, plans for Carnival's 2019's Bluegrass Carnival Cruise are already in place, with entertainment by Mountain Faith, Kenny & Amanda Smith, as well as Nothin Fancy.
EARLS OF LEICESTER TO RECORD LIVE ALBUM IN NASHVILLE
The Earls of Leicester have scheduled two shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame and both will be recorded for an upcoming album.
Founding member, and 14-time Grammy award winner, Jerry Douglas says the sextet will be video taping as well and stated, "We will be debuting songs new to our repertoire and rolling out a few surprises as we videotape and record the culmination of five years of work in our mission to re-educate, and in many cases, reveal this body of work for the first time.”
The live recordings will take place in Nashville on February 24 and 25 and will be released later this year.
BECKY BULLER BAND HAS A NEW BASS PLAYER
Becky Buller, known on Twitter as FiddlerBeckyB, posted a farewell to her bassist Daniel “Hulk” Hardin. She stated: "It was becoming increasingly difficult for the dedicated husband, father of three young kids and full-time Jack Daniels Distillery master machine operator to juggle home and bluegrass tour life. He, Cortney and the kids are dear friends and I’m so grateful to them for making this work as long as was possible."
Dwayne Anderson, whose been playing with Darin and Brooke Aldridge for the past 5 years, has joined the band. .
And while Dwayne is settling in, this isn't the last you'll hear from Daniel. He plays on the new Becky Buller Band album that's coming out on February 14.
GINA CLOWES RECORDS FIRST SOLO ALBUM
Gina Clowes, (pronounced Close) who plays banjo with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, has recorded her first solo record, True Colors. Gina said she was thrilled at how the musicians sounded in the studio. She tells us more about that and talks about one of her favorite songs on it called “Puppet Show": AUDIO :34 OUT CUE: "exactly how I pictured it”
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BLUEGRASS GREAT, CURLY SECKLER PASSES AWAY AT 98
Bluegrass great, John Ray "Curly" Seckler passed away on December 27, two days after his 98th birthday. Seckler's mandolin talents played a major role in the sound of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. The North Carolina native was also known for his work with artists such as the Stanley Brothers, Mac Wiseman, and Jim and Jesse McReynolds. He was buried on January 1, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville, TN, just outside of Nashville.
SNYDER FAMILY BAND - WHETHER IT’S SOUTHERN ROCK, BLUEGRASS, OR 90’S COUNTRY, ZEB SNYDER IS INFLUENCED BY ‘GOOD’ MUSIC'
Snyder Family Band is based out of Lexington, North Carolina and includes Bud Snyder on upright bass, his wife Laine, who joins in for 3 part harmony, and their three children. Laine is also responsible for getting the kids into classical music lessons. Their daughter Samantha is an award-winning fiddle player as well as a singer/songwriter. Their youngest child is Owen, he sometimes takes the stage to play banjo. And their oldest, Zeb who recently graduated from college, plays several instruments, but you’re most likely to see him with a guitar. Zeb tells us about his wide range of musical influences: AUDIO :39 Out Cue: “and had some impact.”
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Tim Surrett of Balsam Range has been on the road playing music since before he was old enough to drive, so where else could we catch up with him, but on the road? About the only time he slows down is when he’s home with family, so we literally jumped in the car with him between the time he left a studio in Nashville and started to head back home to North Carolina. Check back for the full interview soon, and listen for them on 'An Earls of Leicester Christmas Special' (details on our SPECIAL PROGRAMS page)
TIM SURRETT ON NEW BALSAM RANGE EP ‘IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME’
The new 6-song EP from Balsam Range, It’s Christmas Time, features an array of music from hymns, traditional, and even a rock classic. They recorded songs like “Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree,” “The First Noel,” and “Jingle Bells.” Narrowing down 6 songs to record and deciding whose gonna sing lead - sounds like a tough decision, but not for Balsam Range. Bassist Tim Surrett says “It all fell in place naturally.” Here’s what he told us: AUDIO :44 Out Cue: “and that’s the case with this Christmas record.”
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JERRY DOUGLAS PERFORMS 'MAUI CHRISTMAS' INTRO
DONNA ULISSE Christmas Memory
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BALSAM RANGE - Tim Surrett Christmas
AMANDA COOK Loves Christmas Decorating
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DEER CREEK BOYS - Justin Tomlin Talks About Playing On New Year's Eve
LONESOME RIVER BAND’S SAMMY SHELOR ON BANDS THAT INSPIRED HIM
2017 was a monumental year for Lonesome River Band, they crossed the mark of 35 years as a band. When asked how they celebrated such a landmark, longtime member, and banjo player Sammy Shelor said, “we just keep working road dates.” When asked about the influence that Lonesome River Band has had on other artists, Sammy was quick to say who inspired him: AUDIO :39 - OUT CUE: “so we’re all looking for inspiration.”
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HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2017
We're proud to offer a FREE one-hour special featuring Christmas and holiday-themed music for 2017 ... co-hosted by Jerry Douglas and Shawn Camp of the Earls of Leicester (IBMA Entertainers of the Year), along with our own, Shannon McCombs. Recorded at Nashville's world famous STATION INN! Plenty of inventory for your local sales! For more information and a link to download, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN McEUEN LEAVES NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, SAYS 'ENOUGH IS ENOUGH'
John McEuen, one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has announced his immediate departure from the iconic group. Stating “enough is enough.” McEuen exits upon the conclusion of their 2017 tour marking the end of the band’s 50th year anniversary. Through his publicists, McEuen stated, “In assessing the situation surrounding our performances, business disagreements and ongoing difference of opinions, the timing is appropriate for my departure. As a catalyst to my decision, in December 2015, I received confirmation from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Inc. that I was an ‘employee’-- no longer a member of the corporation that I helped to build.”
McEuen, who was instrumental in the band's formation in 1966 went on to say, “It has been a great privilege to work alongside the others; together, we made history. After 50 years, the time has come for me to bid adieu to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stage,” said John McEuen. “I will move forward with great pride in my personal and musical contributions to NGDB and now can fully concentrate on my independent endeavors. I have much to do and many more creative ideas to pursue. Because of this relationship, I have more stories than you can shake a pick at. (…That will come later!)”
John McEuen has performed more than 9,500 concerts, covering more than three million miles globally with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and as a solo performer. He's recorded over 40 albums (six solo) --four Platinum and five Gold--garnering awards that include GRAMMYs, Emmy nominations, CMA and ACM awards and IBMA Record of the Year honors. John McEuen is a member of the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.
DEER CREEK BOYS RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘MIDNIGHT & DAWN’
During IBMA World of Bluegrass week in September, the Deer Creek Boys released their new album, Midnight & Dawn. The band consists of two brothers: Justin and Jason Tomlin, as well as Cason Ogden and Andy Lowe. They wrote 6 of the 12 songs. One was written by the late husband and wife bluegrass harmony duo, Benny and Vallie Cain. Justin tells us they have their banjo player to thank for finding the song:
AUDIO :39 OUT CUE: “it made sense for it to be the title track.”
AMANDA COOK TAKES NEW ALBUM TITLE 'DEEP WATER' LITERALLY
In July, Amanda Cook released “No Rhyme or Reason,” the first single from her new album Deep Water (to be released Nov. 3.) The 12 tracks include songs penned by other artists like Shawn Camp, Guy Clark, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and the late, Jimmy C. Newman. But even before you listen to the music, the album cover, which shows her lying in a pond, will catch your attention. A bit of a daredevil, Amanda says she literally went into deep water to get the shot:
AUDIO :37 - OUTCUE: “it was scary, but really am pleased with what we got.”
STEEP CANYON RANGERS INTO 'NORTH CAROLINA MUSIC HALL OF FAME'
The Steep Canyon Rangers have been inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. A big break came for the band in 2009 when Steve Martin asked them to perform with him for a benefit in LA, which was followed by a tour and recordings. Steep Canyon Rangers will be in their home area to play Asheville, North Carolina on January 27, where they'll be joined by River Whyless and members of the Asheville Symphony.
DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER’S NEW ALBUM ‘LIFE IS A STORY’
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s new album is called Life Is A Story. Doyle describes it as a mix of Bluegrass styles “from the middle of the road to the very traditional.” When it came to picking songs to record, he says it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to just 12. Doyle tells us more:
AUDIO :54 - OUT CUE: “And all that creates a big story.”
EARLS OF LEICESTER WIN 'IBMA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR' AWARD
LOUISA BRANSCOMB TALKS ABOUT HER SONG ‘STEEL RAILS’
Louisa Branscomb is working on a book, a new album, and continues to host songwriter retreats. She’s had songs recorded by artists such as Dale Ann Bradley and Claire Lynch. And her song “Steel Rails,” made famous by Alison Krauss, has also been recorded by Mel Tillis and John Denver. She tells us a story about how she happened to be in the audience when a band played it at a convention: :30 OUT CUE: “enjoyed the fact they were singing the song.”
AUDIO :30 - OUT CUE: “enjoyed the fact they were singing the song.”
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DARIN AND BROOKE ALDRIDGE JOIN COUNTRY, ROCK, AND GOSPEL ARTISTS TO HELP HURRICANE VICTIMS
IBMA Award winners Darin and Brooke Aldridge lent their voices in an effort to help Hurricane victims. The project, headed up by country singer John Berry, brought artists together from different genres of music to do what they do best...Sing. They recorded a song and shot a video to help raise money for Hurricane Relief. Having friends affected by the devastation, the couple tells us the song has personal meaning to them:
AUDIO :43 - OUT CUE: “It’s called All Come Together.”
DONNA ULISSE’S NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY DOYLE LAWSON
Donna Ulisse wrote and co-wrote 10 of the 12 songs on her new album, Breakin’ Easy, but when it came to producing, she left that to Doyle Lawson. She has always been a fan of his music and had this to say about her friend and producer…
AUDIO :23 - OUT CUE: "he makes a song his own, that’s for sure."
DALE ANN BRADLEY SINGS COVERS WITH RESPECT TO OTHER ARTISTS
Dale Ann Bradley’s new self-titled album showcases her as a singer, producer, musician, and writer. Though well-known for her own songwriting, Dale Ann says when she sings someone else's music, she does it with great respect: She tells us more...
AUDIO :42 - OUT CUE: "I mean much respect with it when I do."
JESSE McREYNOLDS STILL CREDITS ‘MARTHA WHITE’ FOR SUCCESS
In the early 60’s Jim & Jesse McReynolds traveled to Nashville to make their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and four years later they became members. Jesse still credits their sponsor for making it happen…
AUDIO :19 - OUT CUE: “we wouldn’t have been at the Opry, a lot of people wouldn’t have.”
BRADLEY WALKER RECALLS EXPERIENCE OF WINNING IBMA AWARD
IBMA award-winner, Bradley Walker, has recorded a new gospel album that features some very familiar voices. You’ll hear Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, and The Isaacs…In fact, Ben Isaacs produced the album. The singer of bluegrass, gospel, and country, Bradley is nominated for 3 Dove Awards this year. He talks about what it was like to win an IBMA Award...
AUDIO :23 - OUT CUE: "such a huge, humbling experience."
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