Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy. The Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, Della Mae, James King and the Del McCoury Band lead off for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award nominations. This is always an exciting time for bluegrass bands and probably even more exciting for the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year Della Mae. Della Mae has had an outstanding year getting recognized, nominated and awarded for top awards in music. The Grammy nomination adding to their year.
This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae's Rounder debut, shows that like The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, the five multitalented young women of Della Mae are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.
When The Boxcars released It's Just A Road in April 2013, members of the band fielded the usual interview questions about song selections, style, process creative decisions and more. Both eloquently and quite simply, Adam Steffey summed up the process, the project and the band philosophy in general with characteristic aplomb, saying “What’s wrong with just playing good bluegrass?” Good bluegrass indeed. The album has garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards (which will be broadcast from Los Angeles on 1/26/14). It’s Just A Road is the 3rd album from The Boxcars.
Acclaimed bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent released their sixth studio album, Brothers Of The Highway, on May 7, 2013. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-nominated The Gospel Side of 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.
“I am extremely passionate about this album. It is a reflection of my heart, my soul, and my love for great music,” said Dailey. “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!"
"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."
From the earliest days of his performing career, James King has been an advocate for and exponent of the traditional sound in bluegrass. King continues to be a bluegrass favored artist who's always a top draw. His heartfelt lead vocals and robust delivery demonstrate both his familiarity with and love for traditional "old school" bluegrass, country, and gospel music. He loves strong, honest lyrics, and is a master of finding what engineer Steve Chandler has referred to as "the James spot:" that stark, exposed nerve, where the emotional truth of the song lives. When it happens -- and it happens often on Three Chords and the Truth -- it is an amazing thing to hear.
It’s a long way from his apprenticeship in those Baltimore honky tonks in the late 1950s to his stature as the ultimate bluegrass ambassador today, but Del McCoury’s negotiated the path with enough perseverance, humility, good humor, adventurousness—not to mention talent and enthusiasm—to last a lifetime. Along the way, he’s earned not just the applause, but the passionate devotion of fans ranging from old-timers who remember those early days to country aficionados drawn in by his collaborations with Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Vince Gill to tie-dye-clad youngsters who’ve just learned about him from hearing artists like Phish and the Yonder Mountain String Band rave about—and perform—his music. McCoury brings it together on The Streets of Baltimore in pure Del fashion.
A young Sarah Jarosz find her name in a couple of categories including Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song for Build Me Up From Bones. Bluegrass friends Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, Steve martin, Jim Lauderdale and others also received nominations for their work.
Nominations of interest include:
- Best Bluegrass Album
- It's Just A Road - The Boxcars
- Brothers Of The Highway - Dailey & Vincent
- This World Oft Can Be - Della Mae
- Three Chords And The Truth - James King
- The Streets Of Baltimore - Del Mccoury Band
- Best American Roots Song
- "Build Me Up From Bones", Sarah Jarosz, Songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
- "Invisible", Steve Earle, Songwriter (Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses))
- "Keep Your Dirty Lights On", Tim O'brien & Darrell Scott, Songwriters (Tim O'brien And Darrell Scott)
- "Love Has Come For You", Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, Songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
- "Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed", Allen Toussaint, Songwriter (Allen Toussaint)
- Best Americana Album
- Old Yellow Moon - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
- Love Has Come For You - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
- Buddy And Jim - Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
- One True Vine - Mavis Staples
- Songbook - Allen Toussaint
- Best Folk Album
- My Favorite Picture Of You - Guy Clark
- Sweetheart Of The Sun - The Greencards
- Build Me Up From Bones - Sarah Jarosz
- The Ash & Clay - The Milk Carton Kids
- They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration - (Various Artists) Chris Strachwitz, Producer
Congratulations to all the nominees!/ddTags: GrammyNominationThe Recording AcademyThe BoxcarsDailey & VincentDella MaeJames KingThe Del McCoury Band
McMinnville, TN -- The fourth season of PBS' Emmy-winning Bluegrass Underground series - the best looking and sounding music on television - will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass, Americana, roots-rock and the cutting edges of acoustic music. But you don't have to wait for it to come to your TV. Expanded to four days, the marathon video shoot is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014, in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tenn., with tickets going on sale soon at www.bluegrassunderground.com.
For bluegrass fans, the year's two most acclaimed bands will be there. The Steep Canyon Rangers won the GRAMMY for best bluegrass album back in February for the North Carolina band's Nobody Knows You. In September, the IBMA's 2011 IBMA Entertainers of the Year hosted the first IBMA Awards held in their home state.
The Gibson Brothers took the top prize that night, Entertainer of the Year, as well as Vocal Group and Song of the Year honors for the title track of their Compass CD They Called It Music.
For those who like to stretch the boundaries of bluegrass, David Grisman, one of the founders of newgrass and new acoustic music, will make his Bluegrass Underground debut on March 9 with his David Grisman Folk/Jazz Trio. Eclectic guitar virtuoso Keller Williams will perform that same day, backed by the stellar Traveling McCourys. Led by Del's sons Ronnie and Rob, the group is fast becoming the house band for bluegrass, while at the same time breaking new ground with groups like the sacred steel band The Lee Boys. Incidentally, Traveling McCoury Jason Carer took IBMA Fiddle Player of the year in those September wards, unseating nine-time winner Michael Cleveland, another BGU favorite.
The biggest Americana name on the bill is Lucinda Williams, one of the true architects of that blend of country, blues, folk, literary singer-songwriting and straight-out rock 'n' roll that would become known as Americana. Mainstream Nashville knows her as the writer of Mary Chapin Carpenter's hit "Passionate Kisses, but this is a woman who can - and does - do it all.
As usual, the next season of Bluegrass Underground will be a mix of veterans, newbies and today's brightest stars. Two of our finest singer-songwriters will be on hand. Veteran singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey ("Wildfire" "Geronimo's Cadillac") makes his BGU debut on March 7. Singer/songwriter/master raconteur Chip Taylor ("Wild Thing" "Angel of the Morning") returns to the cave on Saturday, March 8.
Two of today's best young Americana singer-songwriters will appear in The Volcano Room for the first time. Jason Isbell, Americana Music Award Winner, will perform March 7, while his fellow AMA winner Hayes Carll goes before the cameras March 9.
Making their BGU debut March 8 is Shovels & Rope, the duo that stole the show at this year's Americana Music Awards, where Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent won Emerging Artist honors, as well as Song of the Year ("Birmingham"). And as usual with BGU, some of the next season's best moments may well come from artists who are new to you.
March 7, it's showstopping MCR veteran Davina & The Vagabonds swinging through multiple generations and genres of New Orleans grooves, powered by its frontwoman's mega-watt personality.
The breakout performer of the weekend could well be the amazing Dave Eggar, a virtuoso cellist who earlier played our sister show Music City Roots at the Loveless Barn. March 8, he'll make his BGU debut, bringing along the wonderful singer Amy Lee of Evanescence fame, Chuck Palmer. Percussionist and, in a first for Bluegrass Underground, a dance troupe - Hammerstep, an innovative group that mixes traditional Irish step dancing with hip hop, tap and other influences.
So make it easy on yourself. Instead of just choosing one day, why not plan a Bluegrass Underground vacation for March 7-9? Get a room or a cabin nearby and come to stay. You'll be glad you did.
The full taping schedule for Bluegrass Underground - Season 4 :
- Friday, March 7
- Steep Canyon Rangers
- Michael Martin Murphey
- Jason Isbell
- Davina & The Vagabonds
- Saturday, March 8
- Lucinda Williams
- Chip Taylor
- Shovels & Rope
- Dave Eggar with Amy Lee and Hammerstep
- Sunday, March 9
- David Grisman Folk/Jazz Trio
- Keller Williams with the Traveling McCourys
- The Gibson Brothers
- Hayes Carll
Abingdon, VA -- For the second year, the Town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to kick off the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience with the January Jams concert series. This series will include 7 total concerts, starting January 9, and run every Friday and Saturday during January. “We are excited to expand the number of shows offered from 4 to 7 this year after the overwhelmingly positive response last year,” explains Sara Cardinale, Special Events Coordinator for the ACVB.
Sara continues saying, “The lineup this year has generated quite the buzz, and highlights Abingdon as an up-and-coming music destination.” The schedule that will showcase nationally recognized artists is as follows:
- Thursday, January 9th- St. Paul and The Broken Bones with The Broadcast
- Hailing from Asheville, The Broadcast is hard-edged, soulful rock music bursting-at-the-seams. Drawing much of their ambiance from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section. Their infections energy and authentic approach match them well with headlining band, St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Based out of Alabama, St. Paul and The Broken Bones deliver soul mixed with grit, elemental rhythm, fabulous brass section and a performance that electrifies the crowd. Lead singer, Paul Janeway has an extroverted performing style that enraptures his audience. “I’m going to be dancing, getting in the aisles,” he says. “That’s just the way we do it. It really takes me back to church. There’s not a lot of difference. When I get on stage, it’s, ‘All right, it’s time to pour it on.’”
- Friday, January 10th – Jim Lauderdale with Cruz Contreras
- Cruz Contreras is the front man for the Americana band, The Black Lillies, from Knoxville. His song-writing skills were recognized as they won the Independent Music Award for Best Song-Story in 2012. Contreras has collaborated in the past with Jim Lauderdale, who is the headlining act for the night. Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
- Saturday, January 11th – Iris Dement with Beth Snapp
- Beth Snapp, from Northeast Tennessee opens for Iris Dement. Snapp’s vocals, lyrics, and melodies blend together beautifully into a distinctive acoustic experience. She delivers a unique singer songwriter feel that is not only crisp and flowing, but unpredictable and truly a testament to her talent. Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Iris Dement headlines the show. Her style is often described as roots-folk as well as country, but no one denies that her songs speak to the heart. She just recently released a new album of original material for the first time in 16 years, Song of the Delta.
- Friday, January 17th – John Cowan with Mountain Heart
- Mountain Heart is a Grammy award winning band which combines elements of rock, jam band, country, blues, jazz, folk and bluegrass music into a high-energy sound. Critics now describe the band using terms such as “acoustic overdrive”, “Folk rock on steroids”, and “slam grass”. John Cowan, also known as the Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his heart out for thirty-five years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. Together with Mountain Heart, they’ve been described as bringing a new, edgier, more rock-inflected sound.
- Saturday, January 18th – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River Cavemen
- The Lost River Cavemen have been touring nationally and pumping life back into Roots music since 2005. The Cavemen spin their music into an aural web that is catchy, profound and playful. Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star and charismatic force of nature. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville – his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives.
- Friday, January 24th – Jason Isbell with Holly Williams
- Holly Williams-Hank Williams Sr.’s grand-daughter, opens the show. She’s described as a powerful singer-songwriter whose newest album has been met with huge, critical acclaim. Jason Isbell was once one of Drive-By Truckers’ great songwriting weapons. The Alabama singer-songwriter just released the powerful and profound Southeastern, which candidly addresses his hard fall and hopeful rise. Not easily labeled, you could call Isbell a master of Americana Rock.
- Saturday, January 25th – Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott with special guest Amythyst Kiah
- Local tour-de-force, Amythyst Kiah is a singer/songwriter that has an eclectic array of musical influences. She has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions. Grammy-winning folk & bluegrass musician, Tim O’Brien, teams up with award-winning country singer/songwriter, Darrell Scott, to perform as the headliner at this show. Back in 2000, the two kindred spirits had joined forces to record the deep and scintillating Real Time, which was widely acclaimed on release and has since become recognized as a towering achievement in Americana annals.
Doors open at 7:15 and the shows will start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices will vary for each show, and weekend passes are a new addition to the tickets this year. For more information and tickets call Barter Theatre Box Office at 276-628-3991 or go online at http://www.bartertheatre.com A complete lineup of the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience series can be found online at http://www.abingdonmusicexperience.com The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River CavemenTags: AbingdonJanuary Jams ConcertJamConcertMountain HeartJohn CowanMarty StuartHolly Williams
Asheville, NC -- Mandolinist, vocalist and songwriter Jeff Austin is joining forces with The Here and Now, featuring banjoist Danny Barnes and Larry & Jenny Keel on guitar and bass for several shows in the MidWest in early March 2014.
The tour kicks off at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, before heading over to Milwaukee to the Miramar and then along to Chicago’s City Winery. The final show of the run lands them at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6th, 2014 at 12 pm CST.
Mandolinist, vocalist and songwriter Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion. While not on the road with Yonder Mountain String Band, Austin is joining forces with The Here and Now and other special projects.
Please visit JeffAustin.com for more information and to download a free EP of Jeff Austin & The Here and Now. You can also keep up to date with Jeff on https://facebook.com/JeffAustinOfficial and https://twitter.com/Jeffreyaustin10
Jeff Austin & The Here and Now on Tour
- Wed 3/5/14 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
- Thu 3/6/14 - Miramar Theater - Milwaukee, WI*
- Fri 3/7/14 - City Winery - Chicago, IL* (early and late show)
- Sat 3/8/14 - Bell's Brewery - Kalamazoo, MI*
*with Horseshoes and Hand Grenades supportingTags: Jeff AustinMandolinThe Here and NowTour
Cumming, GA -- The International Bluegrass Music Association's 5-Time Male Vocalist of the Year, Russell Moore, is proud to announce the addition of two new members to his illustrious band, IIIrd Tyme Out; Keith McKinnon on banjo and Blake Johnson on bass. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will be unveiling their new band lineup when they perform in Galax, VA on January 4, 2014, for the Fairview Ruritan Club. Other dates in January include Grayson, KY, Clay City, KY and Fort Payne, AL. For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, including a complete list of 2014 tour dates, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.
McKinnon, a native of Marion, Virginia, first received critical acclaim as a member of Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain. After several years of performing with Hassler, Keith and his twin brother, Kevin, hit the road in 2010 with their own band Still-House. It was at that point that Keith discovered a true love for audio engineering and soon secured a job behind the controls for lauded bluegrass band, Lonesome River Band, where he's spent the last 2 years. Although, he was thrilled to be working with such a revered band, McKinnon longed for his first true love of playing music. When he heard of the potential opening for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, he was thrilled to be invited to audition and ultimately be offered the role as the band's new banjo player and harmony vocalist.
Originally from Roxboro, NC, Blake Johnson has been singing and playing gospel and bluegrass music since he was a young child with his family. Eventually, his bass playing and distinctive vocal style landed him his first professional job with Jay Kaczor and The Bluegrass Connection. Soon after, he helped launch The Hagar's Mountain Boys who performed for seven years together and recorded four albums. Perhaps his most notable performances, though, have been over the last year as guitarist and lead singer for Grasstowne. Johnson will return to his preferred role of playing bass and singing harmony as a new member of IIIrd Tyme Out.
"I am very excited about playing with a band who have been some of my favorites for a long time," states Keith McKinnon. "The guys are all world class musicians and Russell is one of the greatest vocalists to ever grace a stage." "I consider it a real honor to be joining Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out," adds Blake Johnson. "I've always looked up to them as singers and musicians and I'm really looking forward to playing with these guys for a long time to come."
"When you work and travel with people in a touring band for years, not only is it a creative effort on a professional level, but you become friends with these people as well," explains Russell Moore. "Even though we are sad to see old friends depart, we are excited about the fresh, new talent, creative energy and new relationships we'll develop, both professionally and personally, with the new members. As a band, it's sometimes important to reinvent yourselves, your music and your show, to keep things exciting and fans engaged. Quite often a band member change can be the spark that lights that creative fire. I know the feel and excitement of being a new member of an established band, dating back to my days when I joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Although they are not 'new' to the bluegrass music scene, it is great to see and feel that same excitement from Keith and Blake. IIIrd Tyme Out's past has been nothing but wonderful, but have no doubt, we're even more excited about what the future holds."
The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (five-time) Russell Moore is truly at the top of his game. Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating 20 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years.
Their a cappella renditions of many songs can rarely be matched and their superb instrumentation provides even more quality sound to their rich vocal blend featuring one of the most respected lead vocalists of all time. All this along with a heavy touring schedule, including many performances on the Grand Ole Opry as well as GAC and RFD channel programs, over 16 recordings to date, and a desire to present their fans with the best music possible, makes this "supergroup" one of bluegrass music's most recognized and in-demand bands. For more information, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.Tags: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutKeith McKinnonBlake JohnsonBand Announcement
The sixth annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention is just around the corner! The convention takes place Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. This is an all day event. The Fiddlers Convention is free to the public, though there is an entry fee for the competitions. Registration begins at 10:00am, check the 2014 Competition Schedule for contest times. The 2014 Convention registration for competing is $5, admission is FREE to all. The event features luthiers gathering, jamming, workshops, and competitions for adult and youth.
There will be 7 categories of competition in both youth and adult age groups. Going on during the competitions, the Hand Made Market will be taking place where convention goers can purchase a wide variety of handmade goods.
Interested in making your own instruments? Take a peek into the Luthiers Gathering to see what goes into making your very own instrument. There will also be various workshops throughout the day, such as banjo and clogging. Bring your own instrument for the jamming that takes place throughout the event.
After all of the events during the day are over, head over to the post Fiddlers Convention concert featuring the Sons of Bluegrass and Crazy Water Crystals! Doors open at 7:30pm, Show 8:00pm. Admission is ASU Students $10adv./$12door, Public $12adv./$15 door, Kids $10. It is going to be a weekend of music and fun! Get more information at http://fiddle.apps.appstate.edu/Tags: ASU Old Time Fiddlers ConventionFiddleFiddlers ConventionSons of BluegrassCrazy Water CrystalsEventCompetition
Banjo player announced, "I thought I'd write a little note about the circumstances of my leaving The Clay Hess Band, since a good deal of my friends have been asking, and for some reason, people always seem to assume the worst." The change isn't due to anything wrong -- quite the contrary. The band has announced on Facebook that Zach Gilmer has joined the Clay Hess Band on banjo.
John says, "The truth is, it was a completely mutual decision. I am wanting to focus more on playing music with my family in the long run, and both groups have multiple dates next year that would've conflicted with each other. Clay knew this, and had enough respect for Meyer Bluegrass Band to not want to see us split up, either. So that was cool."
John continued saying, "I hate to disappoint anybody by not having a heart wrenching story of some bluegrass drama...but there just ain't any here."
John really enjoyed performing with the Clay Hess Band as long as he did, and he looks forward to seeing them at different venues down the road!
The Meyer Bluegrass Band is made up of four siblings from Bolivar, MO. They are the winners of the 2013 SPBGMA International Band Contest. The band consists of John Meyer: Banjo, Lead Vocals & Harmony; David Meyer: Fiddle, Guitar, Lead Vocals & Harmony; Mary Meyer: Mandolin & Harmony; and
Jimmy Meyer: Bass & Harmony. Obviously, you can't disturb a 4 sibling lineup like that!
John joined the Clay Hess Band in July 2012 at the age of 19. While with the band, he also had his family band. There were just too many conflicts to manage performing with both.
Zach Gilmer, 21, plays both guitar and banjo and has performed with with Sierra Hull and Highway 111, Carrie Hassler and others. He will be a welcome addition to the Clay Hess Band.Tags: John MeyerClay Hess BandZach GilmerBand AnnouncementBanjo
Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a The Crooked Road Youth Music Series at Heartwood concert on Thursday, December 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the up and coming youth groups Gravel Road and Pike City.
Gravel Road is a bluegrass band hailing from the Floyd/New River Valley area of Southwest Virginia. Since their formation in January of 2013, this talented group of 10 to 13 year-olds has developed into a powerful vocal and instrumental ensemble whose reputation and demand continues to grow throughout the region. Firmly rooted in tradition, with a fresh style appealing to audiences of today, Gravel Road is proud to help represent the face and future of bluegrass, gospel, and traditional string band music.
From the heart of the Blue Ridge, Pike City performs a variety of music from bluegrass to new grass, to gospel. This dynamic group consists of four exceptional musicians - Becca Miller, 16 (fiddle and vocals); Zeb Hicks, 17 (banjo and vocals); Tony Hicks,15 (guitar and vocals); and Karissa Hayden,17 (bass and vocals). Pike City has performed at venues and festivals throughout the region, and the group and its members have won numerous contests and competitions. Pike City recently released their debut CD, titled "Ready to Go”.
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 Crooked RoadYouth Music SeriesThe Crooked Road Music SeriesGravel RoadPike City
Marion, VA -- Nine year old Carson Peters recently appeared on the Jay Leno Show. This young man from Piney Flats, Tennessee amazes audiences wherever he performs including Leno and the national television audience a few weeks ago. In 2008, Carson and his parents began attending Old-time and Bluegrass festivals where Carson could hear and jam with some very talented musicians as well as compete in youth fiddle competitions. His most noteworthy contest wins have taken place at the Bluegrass and Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention in Mt. Airy, NC where he has received first place in the Youth Old-time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle and Youth Folk Song categories. He has also received the most promising young talent award at this festival in multiple years. Carson was also named Tennessee State Peewee Fiddle Champion for 2010 in Clarksville, Tennessee and has also won first place in the Youth Old-Time and the Youth Bluegrass Fiddle category at the famous Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Virginia.
Carson says winning trophies and getting your name in the newspaper is “really cool” but that is not the main reason he works so hard at his music. “It’s all about using the talent GOD gave me to make people smile,” he says. Carson truly loves to entertain people! At nine years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, and a live broadcast on WDVX in Knoxville to list a few.
Steve and Ruth Smith, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, return for their second appearance on Song of the Mountains. Steve and Ruth’s music is a unique blend of Appalachian heritage music with Celtic roots, featuring hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar, and banjo. Ohio Magazine says Steve and Ruth’s music has "the soul of mountain music and the gentle grace of mountain air." Their music combines the richness of centuries old Appalachian and Celtic musical traditions along with their original music about mountain life and rural Appalachian values.
Additional bluegrass music on Song of the Mountains will be provided by the Gentlemen of Bluegrass with their traditional music including familiar standards as well as original tunes. Volume Five will also treat the audience to their hard driving bluegrass sounds and high energy show.
Dennis Cash will also perform many Carter Family style tunes on Song of the Mountains on December 14th. Dennis recently released his new CD “Sing Me a Carter Family Song”. He will provide lots of this music for Song of the Mountains.
This Song of the Mountains concert on Saturday, December 14th begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, The Appalachian Cultural Music Association and the Mountain Music Museum in Bristol, TN, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion, Morehead State University, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN. Special support from the Town of Marion, VA. Also Song of the Mountains appreciates all the support received from their faithful supporters who contribute dollars to keep this concert series funded and on public television across America.
Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series. Donations are accepted at the website as well. Underwriting opportunities are available by contacting Song of the Mountains through our website. Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.Tags: Carson PetersFiddleSong of the MountainsBroadcast PBSGentlemen of BluegrassDennis Cash