Nazareth, PA -- C. F. Martin & Co. marked the 25th anniversary of its factory in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico with a celebration attended by the Board of Directors and the newly released Road Series DRSGT and 000RSGT models.
"The Navojoa factory has been an extraordinarily positive endeavor on all fronts," said Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin & Co. "It has allowed us to expand our product line and reach different customers without sacrificing our standard of quality or our domestic workforce, and being part of the community in Navojoa is extremely rewarding."
"The Navojoa factory has been a fantastic success not only in business terms, but also in the very warm relationship we have developed with our counterparts there," said Bill Hall, a 38-year veteran of Martin who oversees the Navojoa operations from Martin's headquarters in Nazareth, PA. "The craftspeople in Navojoa are very much part of the Martin family, and they produce instruments and strings of increasingly superb quality with each passing year."
The factory originally opened in 1989 to produce electronic accessories and a portion of Martin's guitar strings. Beginning in 1992, Navojoa began making Martin's Backpacker guitar. This project provided a foundation for developing woodworking and lutherie skills.
Since then, while becoming Martin's sole manufacturer for strings, the woodworking craftspeople have continued to evolve their skills with training from Martin, including training trips to the Nazareth factory, and now produce solid-wood models using the more demanding construction techniques associated with Martin's traditional, higher end models.
Announced in January at the 2014 Winter NAMM Trade Show in Anaheim, CA, the new DRSGT http://www.martinguitar.com/new/item/3457-drsgt.html and 000RSGT http://www.martinguitar.com/new/item/3454-000rsgt.html additions to Martin's affordable Road Series feature 14-fret neck to body construction with polished gloss Sitka spruce tops, which is a symbol of the factory's evolution in producing more sophisticated instruments over the past quarter century.
Both models feature solid sapele back and sides and necks carved from "sipo," a close relative of mahogany. These newly evolved models emulate the appearance, integrity and tone of the Martin Style 18 models. Each model also comes equipped with Fishman sonitone electronics with USB. The USB port allows for easy plug and play with today's computer based recording packages.
When it opened in 1989, only 12 people worked at Martin's Navojoa factory. Today it employs over 450 people, and the workforce has grown by 50% since 2010. Located about 375 miles south of Nogales, Arizona, the factory is among the larger employers in Navojoa, a city with a population of approximately 140,000 people.
Unlike many other U.S. companies that have opened manufacturing sites overseas, Martin has never laid off any of its U.S. workforce as a result of opening and expanding the Navojoa factory.
C.F Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 180 years. Martin continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.
The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line, the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line, which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better.
Martin guitars and Martin strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies, on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.Tags: C. F. Martin Guitar Company25th AnniversaryGuitar
Hal Boyd anchors the group’s rhythm with his double bass playing and provides the baritone harmony - as well as lead and bass vocals - on many of Duty Free’s tunes. Tim Laughlin, long noted in bluegrass circles for his musical talent, plays fiddle for the band.
Duty Free was formed a few years ago to provide music for a local restaurant. From that humble beginning, friendships and a bluegrass band resulted. Duty Free has opened for Seldom Scene, Barry Scott and Second Wind, the Warrior River Boys, and the John Cowan Band. They have performed at worship services throughout the Tri-Cities area, local festivals, Rhythm and Roots, and the Barter Theatre. Known for their traditional bluegrass style, they always include bluegrass gospel in their shows. They have also come to be known for their tight harmony and versatile style. For more information, check out the Duty Free Band on the internet.
If traditional bluegrass is your favorite, don’t miss Duty Free at the Carter Family Fold! Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes and get ready for an evening of fun-filled, family entertainment. The Fold is one of the few places where folks of every age group come together to celebrate our region’s musical heritage.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.Tags: Duty FreeCarter Family FoldConcertEvent
Nu-Blu one of bluegrass music’s rising groups, is hitting the road to bring their bluegrass/country tinged sound to audiences all across the United States while traveling in their Peterson Tuners sponsored touring vehicle. The band is beginning their eleventh year and are quite excited. Below is a short video, where the band is explaining their sound, along with the journey so far!
Daniel and Carolyn Routh, along with Austin Koerner and Levi Austin make up Nu-Blu - a band that projects a dynamic edge while still staying grounded in the traditions and fundamentals of bluegrass music. They have worked hard to develop a sound that gives the listener a diverse experience, while remaining within the realms of bluegrass. By mixing original and traditional material along with incorporating songs from other genres, Nu-Blu has created a unique and driving blend of music that keeps audiences coming back for more. They are a dedicated team that work together to reach their common goal of presenting great music every show.
Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, who plays mandolin; and Daniel, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in Americana entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds, create personal roots, and imagine music free from labels.Tags: Nu-BluTenDaniel RouthCarolyn RouthVideo
Veteran singer songwriter Irene Kelley recently celebrated the upcoming February 11th release of her first new collection of original songs, Pennsylvania Coal, with a singular show at The Bluebird Cafe. Joining her were some of the special guests on the new cd, (left to right), Jerry Salley, Claire Lynch, and Carl Jackson.
The new bluegrass full-length album Pennsylvania Coal (Patio Records) is a tribute to her coal-mining grandfather and a recording Irene has had on her bucket-list for some time. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Mark Fain, the album features many contemporary roots music giants such as Rhonda Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Trisha Yearwood and those that joined her at the Bluebird.
Listeners continue to discover Irene's music: an authentic mix of country and bluegrass with tinges of folk and Americana distinguished by her sweetly tempered voice, always backed by cracker-jack players. Earning her place in the Nashville pantheon, her songs have been recorded by prominent artists, including Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, Rhonda Vincent, 2013 IBMA Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch, and others.
Longtime music critic Michael McCall wrote her breakthrough CD, Simple Path, presented, "thoughtful songs with a grace that effectively conveys the tenderness of their message-filled material." No flash in the pan, no diva-belting - this is music that lasts - a warm, clear voice singing timeless new bluegrass classics. As one of the 12 tracks on the album notes, it gets even 'better with time.'Tags: Irene KelleyBluegrass CollectionPennsylvania CoalCD Release
Nashville, TN -- Music City Roots, Nashville’s nationally-syndicated weekly broadcast showcase for outstanding Americana and roots music, is heading overseas for the second time with a webcast production from the United Airlines 10th Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The show will stream on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm local time/1:30 pm central time. The event will be filmed for MCR’s second season on American Public Television.
Jim Lauderdale will host and perform in the show, which will take place at the Empire Music Hall. The musical lineup will also feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Donovan, American songwriting legend Chip Taylor and rising Belfast-raised songwriter Gareth Dunlop. The night’s emcee will be BBC Radio Ulster host Ralph McLean, an icon of roots music on the European airwaves. MCR’s regular co-host and journalist Craig Havighurst will be on hand to interview the artists and chronicle the journey.
MCR is traveling to Belfast at the invitation of festival organizers Colin McGee and Ann Coulter. The trip, made possible with the support of Tourism Ireland, follows on last year’s journey to the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia. Thus it marks the second special event with an official Nashville sister city in 14 months. The show has long welcomed international artists to its Nashville stage and it has sought to build alliances with tradition-minded musicians around the world. And in that spirit, MCR has planned a reciprocal night of Irish artistry in Nashville on March 19.
“As part of our global vision, we're very excited to be planting our first flag in the U.K.,” says Music City Roots co-founder and executive producer John Walker. “It's important to acknowledge the roots of our roots. Also, it's giving us the opportunity to interface with the BBC, something that we've wanted to do for quite some time.”
Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has embraced the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. It airs live on Hippie Radio in Nashville and in edited, syndicated form on more than 30 stations around the country. Its 13-week TV series reaches more than 80 markets via American Public Television. The show is made possible by generous support from Griffin Technology, Nissan USA, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Vietti Chili, Star 129 Diamond, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Kirkland's and The Nature Conservancy.Tags: Music City RootsEventBroadcastJim Lauderdale
Owensboro, KY -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced the lineup for this year's River of Music Party, affectionately known as "ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival." The three day event takes place June 26-28, 2014 in Owensboro, Kentucky. This amazine bluegrass music festival will again feature some of the music's favorite entertainers and a lot of outstanding music. This is the eleventh episode of ROMP and they just keep getting better and better.
An international event, ROMP features legendary, traditional bluegrass artists alongside the far-flung roots and branches of bluegrass music. Rather than being a strictly bluegrass festival, it is a festival held strictly in support of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Artists scheduled to appear during the three day event include Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, David Grisman, Folkjazz Trio, Railroad Earth, Wood Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Pokey LaFarge, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves & Smith, Foghorn String Band, The Boston Boys, Missy Raines, 23 String Band, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Alison Brown, Reunion Band, Bradford Lee Folk, Bawn in the Mash, The Danberrys, Vickie Vaugh and more yet to be announced.
ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival is a 3-day event is held at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. Throughout the festival one can enjoy workshops, jamming, child activities, and all-night-after-parties. Arts and Crafts Artisans make the festival grounds visually beautiful with handmade clothing, jewelry, toys, instruments and artwork for sale. Owensboro's best chefs are routinely joined by other creative food vendors, providing a wide variety of culinary offerings. Festival attendees also receive free admission to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. ROMP is the largest annual fundraiser for the Bluegrass Museum.
ROMP is produced by the Board of Trustees and Staff of the International Bluegrass Music Museum and operates as the museum's largest annual fundraiser. Support your Bluegrass Museum by attending ROMP! For more information call (270) 926-7891 or Click on over to http://RompFest.comTags: International Bluegrass Music MuseumROMPRiver of Music PartyBluegrass Roots & Branches FestivalBluegrass FestivalLineupEvent
Dalton, GA -- On February 22nd, a real treat is happening at the WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton Chapter in Dalton, Georgia. The WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton February 22nd concert will be featuring the New Coon Creek Girls and Beacon in the Valley.
The WoodSongs Coffeehouse Dalton Chapter will host the New Coon Creek Girls, a Kentucky based bluegrass band and Robinson Renard - "The Beacon in the Valley". The New Coon CreekGirls were formed in 1979 by Mr. John Lair the founder of Renfro Valley, with the intention of carrying on the traditional music that was played by the original "Coon Creek Girls" on his famous Barn Dance from 1930's - 1960's; but it didn't take long for Lair to see that the New Coon Creek Girls talents would take them far beyond the walls of Renfro Valley.
After leaving the Valley they traveled extensively playing and singing their own brand of Acoustic music throughout the United States and Abroad. For almost 20 years the NCCG's were a main stay at Bluegrass Festivals, Fairs, Concerts and College Venues. There have been several personnel changes over the years, but never has there been a combination of which found more popularity as a group, than that of which was together in the mid 80s.
It is that lineup of women that has come together after a 27 year hiatus; Pam Gadd on vocals, banjo & guitar, Wanda Barnett on vocals, guitar & fiddle, Vicki Simmons on vocals, bass & claw hammer banjo, and Pam Perry Combs on vocals, mandolin & guitar. Tom Brown, WoodSongs Dalton Director says of the upcoming concert, "The girls are playing just a few select dates this year, and I am thrilled that we were able to get them. They're seasoned performers who will bring a broad repertoire of songs and a whole lot of talent to the Freight Depot."
Opening for the New Coon Creek Girls will be singer songwriter Robinson Renard, who performs under the name "Beacon in the Valley". A southern transplant from the Northeast, the "beacon" gains fans wherever he performs with his unforgettable voice and soulful lyrics.
This regionally acclaimed concert series features emerging and established performers and will be held in the intimate and eclectic setting of the historic Dalton Freight Depot located at 305 S. Depot Street in down town Dalton Georgia. The concert series is sponsored in part by the Downtown Dalton Development Authority and the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau.Tags: New Coon Creek GirlsWoodsongs CoffeehouseDalton Freight DepotConcertEvent
AirPlay Direct, the global leader in digital delivery to radio, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynda Weingartz to the post of CEO of AirPlay Direct. Since Lynda came onboard in early 2011, she has been instrumental in helping to advance the marketplace position of AirPlay Direct, grow revenues and increase the financial stability of the company. Lynda has effectively negotiated and launched pivotal partnerships for AirPlay Direct with companies such as the Hard Rock Café, the IBMA and record labels / artists around the world.
“This is a very important evolution for the AirPlay Direct Executive Team. Lynda has always applied her creative talents, vision and extensive business experience to serve AirPlay Direct and our members at a superior level. I have nothing but the highest expectations for Lynda in this new role.” Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Founder - AirPlay Direct
Lynda has over 25 + years of experience in the music, entertainment and media industries. Her expertise includes the management and development of musical artists / modeling talent, and content development across a wide variety of mediums to include radio, print editorial and corporate videos for companies such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, UPS, Holiday Inn Worldwide and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Lynda has interviewed and worked with artists such as Waylon Jennings, Tracy Lawrence, Shenandoah, Mark Collie, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Shania Twain and many others.
"Lynda has been instrumental in growing the revenues of AirPlay Direct and her insight and experience working with our clients has been impeccable and a major reason for not only the current growth but also in solidifying the sales foundation for the future of AirPlay Direct.” Michael Harnett, President - AirPlay Direct
“I am very proud to have been a contributor to the accomplishments and growth of AirPlay Direct since joining the team. And I look forward to all of the on-going challenges we will face as a company, as well as to the successes I expect in the future.”
- Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct
AirPlay Direct is an artist marketing, promotion, and education platform that delivers premium digital services and is the leading secure digital file transfer system for the music industry. We are a centralized, professional eco-system that connects artists, labels, radio stations, as well as equipment and services. All of our subscribers are qualified music industry participants. We have a national and international reach of 8,800+ radio station members in over 90 countries. We give direct access to the primary target market of artists, musicians, labels, and radio stations of all musical genres. AirPlayDirect.comTags: AirPlay DirectLynda WeingartzBusinessPromotion
By: David Bandrowski
Deering recently celebrated the building of our 100,000th banjo at the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. The banjo was a Deering Sierra 5-string banjo and was souped-up a bit with chrome plating, highly figured curly maple, engraved hardware, and an engraved armrest that says”100,000.” The banjo was presented to Stan Werbin, owner of Elderly Instruments of Lansing MI, an authorized Deering dealer for over 38 years who came on board at one of the early NAMM shows held in Chicago, IL. The banjo was accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Janet and Greg Deering indicating it is the 100,000th banjo in the company’s 39 year history.
Because of modern technology and remarkable perseverance, the Deering Banjo Company has produced more banjos than any other single American manufacturer in the history of the instrument. Asked how they felt about this momentous milestone for the company, Janet and Greg said “When we set out on this journey nearly 40 years ago, our only goal was to do better today than we did yesterday and better tomorrow than we did today. If someone had told us that we will make over 100,000 banjos and become the largest banjo maker in America, we would have thought they were crazy! But here we are and we couldn’t be happier that we are able to share this milestone with our longest standing dealer, Elderly who we have been truly blessed to work with.”
For 25 of Deering’s 39 years, they were located in a suite of buildings in Lemon Grove, CA, just 5 miles from their newer Spring Valley location of today. In the early years, Greg and Janet Deering worked with a fledgling staff of no more than 2-4 employees. Today, there is a staff of 48 dedicated individuals in both the production and office personnel.
Chuck Neitzel, the only remaining employee of those early years, was asked “Did you ever think you would see Deering’s 100,000th banjo?” His response was, “Oh God no! We were lucky in the early years to make 400 per year. I never thought I would be here to see this! It is hard to explain how Deering got here. I think it is really the persistence of Janet and Greg Deering, their willingness to never give up throughout all the obstacles and challenges. They just wouldn’t quit! Much of the numbers we see have to do with the creation of the Goodtime banjos. Bringing in modern technology so we can create them in large numbers and pricing them where folks could afford them was pivotal in getting us to where we are today.”
Reprinted with permission of Deering Banjo Company. Visit them to see what the Deering Banjo line is all about.Tags: Deering BanjosBanjoDeering 100000th BanjoElderly Instruments
Nasvhville, TN -- The hardest part of any festival is continuing to not only march out strong lineups year after year, but marching out a lineup that the fans feel is the strongest yet. DelFest continues to rise to the challenge, and once again, organizers feel like they are on track to give the fans exactly what they want. DelFest takes place Memorial Day Weekend -- May 22 to 25, 2014 in Cumberland, Maryland.
The most notable new name on this year’s line up is The String Cheese Incident. Billy Nershi has been at almost every DelFest in one configuration or another, but rumors really started flying after the Del McCoury Band guested with String Cheese on New Year’s. The two bands have shared the bill several times and the mutual respect between the two camps led to this being a natural fit this year. The lineup also includes DelFest favorites Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, among others, along with everyone’s favorite emcee, Mr. Joe Craven.
DelFest 2014 will once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC). The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 7th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD served as the perfect location for DelFest--nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road.
Here’s a look at this year’s initial lineup (more acts will be announced in the coming months):
- The Del McCoury Band
- The String Cheese Incident (2 Sets)
- Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder
- Yonder Mountain String Band
- Railroad Earth
- Hot Rize feat. Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers
- Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
- The Travelin’ McCourys
- Greensky Bluegrass
- Carolina Chocolate Drops
- The Gibson Brothers
- Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
- Sierra Hull
- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
- Kruger Brothers
- The Duhks
- Joe Craven
- The Deadly Gentlemen
- Spirit Family Reunion
- The California Honeydrops
- The Unseen Strangers
In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late night indoor performances and picking sessions. Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys, where all levels of musicians can learn from some of the best pickers in the world (the Academy will take place May 19, 20, 21).
Four day festival tickets are currently on sale at www.delfest.com along with DELuxe tickets. All RV passes with hook ups are already sold out, and there are a limited number of “dry” RV passes still available.Tags: DelFestBluegrass FestivalLineupEvent
Highlighting Martin's unique blend of comedy and bluegrass, this extraordinary live performance was taped in stunning HD and recorded in crystal clear 5.1 audio at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013. The deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package also titled Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live will be released on Rounder Records on March 11.
The two-disc set contains two hours of comedy and music including four previously unreleased tracks: "Pretty Little One, " "Auden's Train," "The Dance at the Wedding," and "Katie Mae" as well as the song "Love Has Come For You," which Martin & Brickell won a Grammy for Best American Roots Song. Pre-orders are available on Amazon.com.
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, fresh off their 2014 GRAMMY win (Best American Roots Song) are set for their first-ever live concert television broadcast as PBS’ Great Performances premieres "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live" March 4th, 2014 on WNET. (Check local listings for airings in your area). In addition, on March 11th, 2014, Rounder Records will release a deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package documenting this special event. Highlighting Martin’s unique blend of comedy and bluegrass, this extraordinary live performance was taped in stunning HD and recorded in crystal clear 5.1 audio at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013.
With music supervision by the renowned Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor), the concert features material from Martin and Brickell's GRAMMY-winning collaborative album "Love Has Come For You" as well as songs from “Rare Bird,” Martin’s highly acclaimed GRAMMY-winning project with the Steep Canyon Rangers in addition to music from his GRAMMY-winning solo album “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.”
The deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package, also titled "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live," contains two hours of comedy and music including four previously unreleased tracks: “Pretty Little One, “ “Auden's Train,” “The Dance at the Wedding,” and “Katie Mae.”
Steve Martin is now in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comic, actor, musician, author and playwright. Recently honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Governor’s Award special Oscar, he is also a GRAMMY-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter.
Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late 1980s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that's solidified her reputation as a uniquely compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.
Although these new musical partners have already built widely respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural collaboration is a creative milestone. Martin and Brickell's recent GRAMMY win in the category of Best American Roots Song for "Love Has Come for You" marked Brickell's first GRAMMY Award and Martin's fifth, including his two wins in the comedy field.
Backed by the virtuoso playing of the GRAMMY Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers (Mike Ashworth, Mike Guggino, Charles R. Humphrey III, Woody Platt, Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp), the songs combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo playing with Brickell’s heart-tugging vocals to create a playful and accessible collection of songs.
Find out more about Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers.Tags: Steve MartinSteep Canon RangersEdie BrickellBroadcast PBSFundraiserCD Release
Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records recording artist Mike Scott will be hosting the WSM Midnite Jamboree on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Music Valley Drive in Nashville. The show is live at the Texas Troubadour Theatre and broadcast on WSM radio and WSMOnline.com. Scott and the Nashville Band which includes; Carl Jackson, Scott Napier, Heath VanWinkle , Kim Gardner and Steve Day will be performing along with special guests Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Val Story, as well as, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers.
Saturday night’s show is part of a series of shows celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the “Grand Ole Opry Star” Ernest Tubb. “I was honored to have known Ernest Tubb when I moved to Nashville to work for Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys at The Grand Ole Opry in 1983 and later attended his funeral with Jim & Jesse in 1984. This date also marks the "10th Memorial" of the loss of my Dad...Charles Virgil Scott (6/23/31 - 2/15/04).” – said Mike Scott.
Mike Scott is seen by millions of TV viewers each week during prime-time on RFD-TV, (72 million households), performing with Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition on Reno’s Old Time Music Show. He also is the host of the new music TV series BEHIND THE DREAM ™ currently airing on BlueHighways TV.
Mike Scott’s current album Home Sweet Home (Civil War Era Songs), released in 2013, will have two of the songs from the album performed in upcoming episodes for the new season of Reno’s Old Time Music Show airing this spring. Scott, producer & performer on Home Sweet Home, assembled an all-star group of musicians to pay tribute to the popular parlor songs, minstrel songs and marching songs from this era, which are now known as traditional standards. Joining Scott on this album are awarding winning players Adam Steffey, Rob Ickes, Bryan Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Tim Stafford, Mike Compton, Ben Isaacs, Jeff Taylor and Scott Miller.Tags: Mike ScottWSM Midnite JamboreeWSM OnlineBroadcast
Willis, VA -- One of bluegrass music's hottest duos, Adkins & Loudermilk, currenlty have three solo project songs in the Top 20 on the Bluegrass Today radio chart. Loudermilk holds the #9 spot with "That Little Girl of Mine in Carolina," from his recent solo project My Big Chance Tomorrow. Adkins shows up at #11 with "Pike County Jail," off his upcoming release of Nothing To Lose, and Loudermilk is present again at #17 with 'Blue Lonesome Blue." All three songs are written by the individual artists and pave the way for their highly anticipated duo release, coming out sometime in summer 2014.
Mountain Fever Records also had a strong chart presence, commanding 25% of the chart with the aforementioned songs by Adkins and Loudermilk, as well as The Spinney Brothers coming in at #13 with "Louisville Woman," written by Marshal Warnick (from January #1 bluegrass CD, No Borders /BU National Bluegrass Survey), and Grasstowne at #16 with "Cold Dark Ground," written by Mark Collie, Ronnie Bowman and Alan Bibey (from their yet to be released Grasstowne 4 out this spring.)
Adkins & Loudermilk have already begun touring together in support of their individual solo efforts on Mountain Fever, and will begin production of their first duo CD in the near future. Loudermilk's solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews last October. Guests included Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, John Cowan, Junior Sisk, Shawn Lane, Buddy Melton, Scott Vestal, and many more. Adkins completed the recording of his solo CD, Nothin' To Lose, and it releases on March 11th with Loudermilk as co-producer.
In support of this, the two will be playing Bluegrass On The Beach at Lake Havasu State Park in Havasu City, AZ on Friday, Feb. 28th. This show is billed as their CD release celebration kickoff event and will be followed with an open JAM WITH THE BAND party for all ticket holders who wish to participate.
Adkins hits the road the following week for a full docket of live in-studio radio interviews to support his solo release, including the following stations:
Monday March 10th:
- WDHR 93.1 - Pikeville, KY
- WXCC 96.5 - Williamson, WV
- WPKE 103.1 - Pikeville, KY
- WZLK 107.5 - Virgie, KY
Tuesday March 11th - Nothing To Lose Release Date
- Patriotic Radio Network with Duane Hess 8PM
Wednesday March 12th
- Buddy Michaels show (multiple channels) Hometown Festival Show
- WBAG 1150 am - Burlington, NC
- WKRX 96.7 - , NC
- WLHC/WLQC - Sanford, NC Life 1031
Country Boy features Special Consensus at the musical center of each track with a guest cast of Grammy-winning and International Bluegrass Music Association-winning vocalists and instrumentalists joining in. Produced by Compass Records co-founder Alison Brown, the album’s 10 tracks draw from across Denver’s hits and lesser-known songs.
Talking about the genesis for the idea, band founder Greg Cahill comments: “I’ve met so many people who were affected by John’s music and so many musicians who mention him as an inspiration. It felt like a bluegrass interpretation of his songs would be something really special and might also serve as a way to connect more people to bluegrass music.”
And there is no question that the album achieves some special musical moments – both vocal and instrumental. Special Consensus mandolinist Rick Faris and reigning International Bluegrass Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch share lead vocal duties on the album’s first track Wild Montana Skies, their vocal lines perfectly complemented by Rob Ickes’ Dobro. On Country Roads, Special Consensus guitarist Dustin Benson and the legendary John Cowan swap verses against a tapestry of banjo and fiddle provided by Greg Cahill and Del McCoury band fiddler Jason Carter. And, in a surprise twist, Special Consensus delivers an all instrumental version of Thank God I'm a Country Boy with the twin fiddles of label mate Michael Cleveland and session ace Buddy Spicher AND twin banjos (Greg Cahill and Alison Brown). The entire cast of featured guests includes Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Carter, Mike Cleveland, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Jim Lauderdale, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan, Buddy Spicher and Rhonda Vincent.
Be sure to catch the Track by Track on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction with Kyle Cantrell, airing March 19 at 11AM EST.
Special Consensus was founded in 1975 by banjoist Greg Cahill as a showcase for his urban traditionalist take on bluegrass which encompasses elements of Chicago blues, swing, newgrass, and country music. Over the past 37 years, the group has seen a myriad of personnel changes and has been the breeding ground for some of the best young stars in bluegrass today; Josh Williams, Chris Jones and Robbie Fulks are just a few names in a long list of former members who have gone on to build solo careers. Special Consensus maintains a busy year round touring schedule, reaching an eclectic demographic through appearances at festivals, listening rooms, bluegrass in the schools programs and symphony appearances. Their 2012 release Scratch Gravel Road achieved a Grammy-nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.Tags: Special ConsensusCountry Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John DenverCD Release
Brandon Lee Adams latest project, Hardest Kind of Memories highlights the artist's songwriting skills as he presents ten songs he wrote on the eleven track album. Scott Vestal, Randy Kohrs and Luke Bulla join Brandon and Tony Rice is honored on the song "I Long for Seventeen." Scheduled for a Valentine's Day release on FYE, Sam Goody, iTunes,and Amazon, you can pre-order the release now. DJs can access the album on AirPlay Direct.
Brandon's first foray into learning an instrument himself came when he started to play
the guitar at the age of eight when his grandfather Robert Adams put his old Martin D-28 in his grandson’s hands saying, “Learn G,C and D. You’re playing in church this weekend.”
At the age of seventeen, Brandon began to showcase his talents after winning a local talent contest which catapulted a milestone allowing him to perform at the Ryman Auditorium. Won or placed in guitar competitions from W. Va to Ky from 16 to 18. He participated in several songwriter rounds in Lexington Ky and part if the first Songwriter Showcase for IBMA in Nashville, Tennessee."When I listened to the song we recorded..... it was one of the few times that I missed my voice"
- Tony Rice
Brandon’s musical ambition began to grow, he got to meet and share the stage with such heroes as Tony, Rice, JD Crowe, Kitty Wells, Scott Vestal, Randy Kohrs, Don Rigsby, Art Stamper, Ernie Thacker, Dave Evans and many more. Brandon has recorded with for, Tony Rice, Scott Vestal, Jesse Cobb, Randy Kohrs, and Luke Bulla.
Brandon was on the IBMA award winning album “Celebration of Life” for Skaggs Family Records. He has performed at such venues as The Ryman Auditorium, Musicians against childhood cancer festival, Ohio Mountain Arts Center, University of Tennessee, Washington State Sacageweah bluegrass festival, Washington State Casmier blugrass festival, Minnesota Creek House, House Concert series St Paul, NYC Hotel Pennsylvania concert series to name a few. He has toured the USA, Canada and Ireland. Brandon not only likes to perform and write songs.
He has written articles for bluegrass music resources regarding his new album. Hardest Kind of Memories is coming out if February 2014. It was voted number one in Alt Country on Ourstage by fan vote. Brandon is the first acoustic and Bluegrass Artists to get his music played on Radio in South Africa.Tags: Brandon Lee AdamsHardest Kind of MemoriesCD ReleaseTony Rice
Marion, VA -- The SteelDrivers will bring their popular style of bluegrass music to the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, March 1st. The band will tape a one hour concert for the award winning public television concert series Song of the Mountains. This will be the SteelDrivers’ second appearance on the show and this promises to be another great season for the syndicated program which airs across the United States on over 190 public television outlets. The SteelDrivers will be joined at the Song of the Mountains taping by bluegrass artists Dale Ann Bradley, Loose Strings and Close Kin-Our Roots Run Deep.
“Our show skipped tapings for January and February this year”, said Tim White the show’s executive coordinator and host. “We have reorganized a bit over this cold winter and we are very excited about our upcoming year of concerts which will include a three day festival in Louisburg, North Carolina this coming May 1st through 3rd. The Song of the Mountains Festival includes a tremendous lineup of nationally touring bluegrass bands. “Even though we skipped tapings in January and February this year we will still have at least eight tapings plus the festival which will enable us to produce 24 one hour episodes in 2014”, said White. Information on the upcoming Song of the Mountains season can be found at www.songofthemountains.org and information on the Song of the Festival is found at www.sotmfest.com.
The SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”
Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie “Get Low”. The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The SteelDriversDrivers. In 2013 The SteelDrivers released their third album entitled “Hammer Down”. They spent the year performing throughout the USA and Canada. By the end of the year “Hammer Down” had been nominated for IBMA Album of the Year, finished #19 on the Americana Music Charts, was #13 in sales on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and was selected by GAC (Great American Country) as one of their Top 10 Albums of 2013.
Dale Ann Bradley is a 5-time IBMA "Female Vocalist Of The Year". She records for Compass Records and appears on many albums. She has charted many top 10 albums as a solo artist, and as a band leader. Known as one of the best female vocalists in any genre of music.
The Loose Strings Band (LSB) is an all girls band , four members ranging in age from sixteen to twenty years of age from Galax Virginia. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed thirteenth out of 178 registered bands in the adult competition at the world famous Galax Fiddlers Convention! The band has been together now for nine years, playing at bluegrass conventions, weddings, benefits, churches, reunions, festivals etc. They are known in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and beyond for their nice blend of tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms.
Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep a sequel to the popular and award winning Close Kin: A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old Time Music project features the blending of the bluegrass, old-time and American styles of music in one album. Featured artists range in ages from eleven to seventeen years of age who can hold their own with the very best musicians and vocalists today. Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep was produced by award winning songwriter/singer Johnny Williams and released on the Mountain Roads Recordings label features superb arrangements and vocal and instrumental combinations of 12 carefully selected familiar and not-so-familiar songs performed by the very best young entertainers from the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Highlands regions.
The Song of the Mountains concert on March 1st begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093.
April 5, 2014 Song of the Mountains will present Dr. Ralph Stanley with his grandson Nathan Stanley, the Jeff Little Trio, Michael & Jennifer McLain and the Banjocats and the Marshall Brothers & Highroad.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College with 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: Song of the MountainsThe SteelDriversBroadcast PBSDale Ann BradleyLoose StringsClose Kin: Our Roots Run Deep
Wilkesboro, NC -- As announced earlier today via Billboard.com, legendary country music artist Merle Haggard will perform for the first time at MerleFest as he closes MerleFest 2014 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Sunday, April 27. The festival also welcomes back MerleFest favorite Ricky Skaggs, whose Saturday, April 26, evening performance will mark the 12th time that the famed bluegrass musician has appeared in the lineup. MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans that takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College.
As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was one of the most important country artists to emerge in the 1960s, and he became a leading figure in the Bakersfield country scene in the '60s. While his music remained hardcore country, he pushed the boundaries of that music, drawing from all forms of traditional American music – country, jazz, blues and folk – and in the process, developed a distinctive style of his own. As a result, Haggard found his songs at the top of the charts on a regular basis. In addition to his 40 No. 1 country hits, Haggard charted scores of Top Ten songs. He has won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music.
Ricky Skaggs struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and by age 21 was already considered a master of one of America's most demanding art forms. Today, this 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music and remains one of the most respected and beloved bluegrass performers in the genre. With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label, the gifted Skaggs creates diverse and masterful tones that come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart. The all-star lineup of Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder includes Andy Leftwich (fiddle), Cody Kilby (lead guitar), Paul Brewster (tenor vocals, rhythm guitar), Eddie Faris (baritone vocals, guitar) and Scott Mulvahill (bass, bass vocals). Skaggs’ last appearance at MerleFest was in 2008.
The full MerleFest 2014 lineup is viewable at www.MerleFest.org/lineup; the daily stage schedules for the festival will be posted at the site on Wednesday, February 19.
Ticket purchases for MerleFest 2014 can be made on the web at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. With more than 130 acts performing on 13 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is an excellent entertainment value. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 10, 2014.
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts over 130 artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.leftTags: Ricky SkaggsMerle HaggardMerlefestLineup
Nashville, TN -- Friends, hunting buddies and bluegrass all-stars got together last month as “The Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band” for Bluegrass for Babies, in what’s becoming an annual tradition to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga.
"The Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band" was comprised of Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers on guitar; Rob McCoury from the Del McCoury Band on banjo; Jason Carter on fiddle, also from the Del McCoury Band; Barry Bales on bass, of Allison Krauss and Union Station and Daren Shumaker on mandolin, known for his performances with Blue Dogs and Ronnie Bowman. These pickers joined forces to present a first class evening of bluegrass music on January 15 at the Rivermill Event Centre.
This year’s event drew tremendous support and grossed over $63,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Columbus Regional Health which boasts the region’s only advanced maternity services and neonatal intensive care unit, dedicated pediatric service and pediatric intensive care unit, trauma center and highly regarded emergency services for children and adults.
The Columbus Regional Health Foundation expressed the following message of gratitude: “'The Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band' just blew us away! The band graciously volunteered to be the featured entertainment at a children’s hospital fundraising event for us, and their performance is still the talk around town. People who didn’t have a chance to attend have heard how amazing the band was and say they already can’t wait for next year. The band is a joy to work with and listen to. Our toes are still tapping and our lips are still humming their bluegrass tunes.”
Bluegrass for Babies was a tremendous opportunity for these musicians to join forces for such a great cause. Woody Platt expressed the following sentiment about the evening: "Playing with this group of musicians was so much fun! Being able to have the chance to perform with guys from other groups that you normally don't get to see and pick with was such a treat. Not only did we have a great time and a fabulous quail hunting trip in Columbus, Ga. — we were also able to join our forces and raise money for a great cause. it was such a 'win win' for everyone!"
For more information regarding the event and the "The Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band", click here.Tags: Bluegrass for BabiesKowike CreekWoody PlattRob McCouryJason CarterBarry BalesDaren ShumakerRonnie BowmanBenefitFundraiser
The siblings have recently added additional talent to their lineup. Cory Piatt joined the group as their permanent mandolin player and Blake Pitney on Bass which was also a welcome addition. The addition of the additional instruments completes the "bluegrass" style and rounds out the depth of the band's overall sound.
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, brothers Tommy, Robbie, and Jonny, have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the quickest rising acts in Roots music. That is no small accomplishment when you take into consideration the trio hails from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – not exactly a hotbed for instruments like banjos and fiddles. “New Jersey is not what you would call a Bluegrass state. That’s one of the interesting parts about our story,” said Tommy. “There are definitely Bluegrass fans here, but maybe we’re making a few new ones, which is kind of cool.”
When asked why the brothers became so enamored with the style of the music, Tommy says “Probably because it’s so unique. There’s really not any other kind of music that is similar to it. We also like the pureness of the acoustic sound – there’s no way to hide behind effects or distortion pedals so you have to be proficient on your instrument to play this music well.”
The Mizzone brothers were influenced by the masters, such as J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley, and Tony Rice. They also – just like countless others before them – became influenced by the revolutionary five-string banjo playing of Earl Scruggs. However, they weren’t listening to Grandpa’s 78 RPM collection. They picked up the music of Scruggs the way that many others their age are discovering the classics. “We discovered Earl Scruggs through YouTube and fell in love with the music,” said Tommy.Tags: Sleepy Man Banjo BoyssingleVideoRun