Ontario, CA -- Bluegrass traditionalists Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are the latest in an impressive lineup of performers to take the stage at the Huck Finn Jubilee this Father’s Day weekend, organizers announced today. Other big name performers confirmed for the June 13-15 festival include Grammy Award winner The Del McCoury Band and “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent, with more headliner announcements to come as the event draws near.
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, nominated for 16 awards for the 40th annual Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), is touted as one of the nation’s most authentic bluegrass groups. Sisk won male vocalist of the year in 2013 from both the International Bluegrass Music Awards and the International Bluegrass Music Awards.
“This is only the beginning,” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, which this year assumed ownership of the nonprofit event. “We fully expect to be announcing more outstanding headline performers in the weeks to come.”
Huck Finn’s Jubilee is an annual three-day celebration of old Americana, featuring bluegrass and country music, old time-themed activities and contests, a jammer’s campground, fishing, camping, frog-jumping, raft-building, living history displays and everything Huck Finn. Held every Father’s Day weekend in Ontario, California, it is billed as one of the largest bluegrass festivals west of the Mississippi, drawing visitors from throughout the United States. Tickets to the jubilee are scheduled to go on sale soon. For information, visit http://www.HuckFinn.com.
The Del McCoury Band took home his second Grammy Award this year for best bluegrass album with “Streets of Baltimore,” a tribute to the city where McCoury got his start working for a stint with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. It was McCoury’s 10th nomination.
Vincent, dubbed the “New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, this week released “Only Me” a two-disc combo of both bluegrass and country. Known for her progressive chord structures and multi-range vocals, she has worked closely with many in the industry, including Dolly Parton, and Alison Krauss.
The Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau provides groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Ideal for both leisure and business travel, the region boasts scenic mountains, deserts, vineyards and metropolitan areas that are both historic and cosmopolitan in character. For meeting needs of all sizes – from a conference room to a citywide convention utilizing the Ontario Convention Center – or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit http://www.discoverontariocalifornia.org.Tags: Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceHuck Finn JubileeBluegrass FestivalEventLineup
Nashville, TN -- Bluegrass Legends Jim & Jesse are celebrating 50 Years as members of the Grand Ole Opry this year. The success of their 60’s radio shows prompted Martha White Flour to bring them to Nashville to star on their early morning show on WSM. In 1964 a life time dream came true for Jim & Jesse when they became regular members of the Grand Ole Opry.
Originally released in 1978 as a 2 record set on the Old Dominion label, Radio Shows will be released on March 4th on Rural Rhythm Records. Radio Shows was recorded in 1962 and contained mainly songs never before recorded by Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys, and were selected because of the heavy requests for them on their radio shows.
Produced by Jesse McReynolds and Gordon Reid, Radio Shows contains 24 songs on one compact disc remastered from the original master tapes with performances by Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Allen Shelton, Jim Buchanan, Don McHan and David Southerland.
A special added value feature to the album includes online access to a Jesse McReynolds video interview reminiscing about the Radio Shows album and era, as well as, exclusive photos from his private collection during this wonderful period in the lives of Jim & Jesse.
Radio Shows is now available to D.J.'s on AirPlay Direct.
“Growing up in the mountains of southwest Virginia, radio was a big part of everyone’s lives, other than the live music that was played in their homes…When our oldest sister, Virginia, got married to Oakley Greear (a locally renowned fiddle player), they were the first ones in our mountain community of Carfax to have a radio.
And on Saturday nights, Virginia & Oakley would have plenty of company coming to their house to listen to the Grand Ole Opry. Listening to people like Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Uncle Dave Macon, and all those Opry stars really had an influence on our urge to want to play music.
After a lot of practice and help, and encouragement, from our brother-in-law Oakley, we finally got our first radio show on our local radio station WNVA, Norton, Virginia, in 1947. We soon learned that radio was the answer to getting people to hear your music.
I’m just happy that after 50 years you will get to hear how radio shows were done 50 years ago. During this time, we were doing (4) TV shows a week live, in addition to these radio shows. So we were staying pretty busy keeping up with all the new songs and playing a lot of personal appearances throughout the south.
So there are a lot of songs on this project that were never recorded by Jim & Jesse and many fan favorites… And our band, as always, top notch musicians: Allen Shelton (banjo), Jimmy Buchanan (fiddle), Don McHan (guitar), and Dave Southerland (bass)”. - Jesse McReynolds
Radio Shows Tracks:
- “Diesel Train”
- “Going Like Wildfire”
- “Snowflake Breakdown”
- “The Family Who Prays Together”
- “‘Til These Dreams Come True”
- “Everything She Touches Gets The Blues”
- “Sitting On Top Of The World”
- “Have You Lost Your Love For Me?”
- “Bluegrass Breakdown”
- “Press On O’ Pilgrim”
- “Bye Bye Blues”
- “Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky”
- “On The Mississippi Shore”
- “How Do You Talk To A Baby”
- “Beer Barrel Polka”
- “Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown”
- “I Cried Again”
- “I Can't Help Wondering”
- “There’s More Pretty Girls Than One”
- “On The Banks Of The Ohio”
- “Precious Memories”
- “Foggy Mountain Top”
- “Heartaches And Flowers”
- “So Long ‘Til Next Time”
Jim & Jesse recorded and released many albums on the Old Dominion label dating back to the early 70’s including “The Jim & Jesse Show”, “Superior Sounds Of Bluegrass”, “Jesus Is The Key”, “Jim & Jesse Show Live In Japan”, “Songs About Our Country”, “Palace Of Song”, “Songs of Inspiration” and more.
Rural Rhythm will be making these albums available for Jim & Jesse fans to enjoy again and bring their music to a whole new generation of Bluegrass & Country music fans.
Deep in the mountains of southwest Virginia still stands the white aging farmhouse Jim & Jesse first called home. Raised in the small community of Carfax, located near Coeburn, VA, the boys grew up in a family steeped in traditional mountain music. Their harmony was exceptional, a rarity some say only brothers can produce. Jim's enhanced high tenor combined with Jesse's deep lead and unique mandolin style set this duo apart in the world of traditional music, now termed Bluegrass.
Very early in their career, Jesse developed a "McReynolds style" technique on the mandolin, combining his invention of "crosspicking and split-string playing", which distinguished his picking from others. Many have imitated, but few have successfully mastered his unique style of fast execution of intricate melodic patterns.
In 1952, Jim & Jesse debuted on their first major label, Capitol Records. Since that time, they have recorded for various labels including: Columbia, Epic, again for Capitol, Opryland, CMH, Rounder, and their own, Old Dominion. In 1960, their first single for Columbia, "The Flame of Love" backed by "Gosh I Miss You All The Time" spent weeks climbing the top 100 national charts. "Cotton Mill Man", "Diesel On My Tail", "Are You Missing Me", and "Paradise" are a few songs regarded as Jim & Jesse classics.
They were backed by their band, The Virginia Boys, always top-notch musicians featuring various traditional acoustic instruments: guitar (Jim), mandolin (Jesse), five-string banjo, fiddle and bass. During their career they had toured all 50 states with the exception of Alaska, and have traveled worldwide including: Canada, Mexico, Japan, Europe, The British Isles, and Africa in 1985, for the U.S. State Department.
In the late '50's and early '60's, most of their live weekly radio and television shows throughout the southeast, were sponsored by Martha White Mills. Martha White also sponsored a portion of The Grand Ole Opry, and invited Jim & Jesse as guest hosts. This led to their membership on March 2, 1964 and their move to Gallatin, TN, near Nashville, in 1964.
Their numerous honors include induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame's "Walkway of Stars", the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA's Hall of Honor, and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Individually and collectively they garnered many Grammy nominations. They also received the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, presented by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jane Alexander at the The White House, September 23, 1997. This is our nation's most prestigious honor in folk and traditional arts.
The year 2002 was a difficult one for Jim and Jesse. Both brothers were diagnosed with different types of cancer. Jesse's battle was successful, Jim's was not. He passed away on December 31, 2002, ending the longest active professional brother duet in country music history - 55 years.
Jesse has carried on the Jim & Jesse tradition and has since gone on to play throughout the world with the Virginia Boys. And the beautiful music that originated from the brothers in the mountains of southwest Virginia back in 1947 is as timeless as ever.Tags: Jim & JesseRadio Shows. CD ReleaseRural RhythmSound TraditionsHeritage Collection
Bristol, TN/VA -– Exciting changes are coming to the Birthplace of Country Music®'s summer concert programming in Wise, Va. The RTE 23 Music Festival will be held on Aug. 30, 2014, on the campus of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.
“We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the town of Wise and UVA-Wise hosting this concert series over the past five years," says Leah Ross, BCM's executive director. "It's exciting to see the reach of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in our surrounding region – and RTE 23 is another great way to take this music beyond Bristol."
Four acts have been selected for RTE 23 including The David Mayfield Parade, Sol Driven Train, Jarekus Singleton and Derek Hoke.
"We really wanted some sonic diversity," says RTE 23 Festival Director David Stallard. "We were excited to confirm Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion alumni David Mayfield and Sol Driven Train very quickly. Then the job became rounding out the bill. Singleton is an amazing guitar player, in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters. Derek Hoke is another festival alum – the real deal when it comes to vintage rockabilly."
RTE 23 Music Festival will be free of charge and open to the public. Hours for the event have yet to be determined.
For more information about RTE 23 Music Festival, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org or call 423-573-1927.
Birthplace of Country Music® is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating Bristol, TN/VA as the Birthplace of Country Music. BCM inspires new generations with authentic music experiences that honor Bristol’s vital role in recorded music history – the home of the Bristol Sessions, whose music continues to inspire the artists of today.
- The David Mayfield Parade
- If you've seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion or Bonnaroo, then you've caught his charisma, heart, and comedy, and you're likely to come back for more. Conscious of being not just a musician, but also an entertainer, Mayfield certainly makes an impression live. The strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with his charm and personality, keep audiences coming back again and again.
- Sol Driven Train
- Sol Driven Train's music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band’s sonic schizophrenia reflects songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afro Caribbean rhythmic explorations and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss and long johns. The versatile five-piece band, based in Charleston, S.C., features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own port-town sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the burgeoning roots music scene.
- Jarekus Singleton
- 29-year-old Jackson, Miss., award-winning guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jarekus Singleton is one of the brightest, most exciting young stars on the blues scene today. His cutting-edge, streetwise music – melding contemporary and traditional blues with rock energy and hip-hop wordplay – turns audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his blazing guitar licks and strong, soulful voice, Singleton brings his up-to-the-minute take on the blues to every song he writes and performs.
- Derek Hoke
- Born in Brunswick, Ga., Derek Hoke is a self-taught guitarist, composer, singer and loner. Hoke's first love was the theatrics of KISS, but when his grandfather showed him country music’s roots, Hoke started down a different path. Hoke's music is not your dad's country or your granddad's country, but the REAL country. Touring for three years with Ricky Skaggs, Hoke is a musician whose experiences unfold in his music and come alive on the stage.
Nashville, TN -- Rebekah Long, a 2009 graduate of SAE Institute Nashville’s Audio Technology Program, has a full work schedule as the newest house engineer at CTM (Catch This Music) Studios in Nashville. Her high-profile job had its beginnings in a recording session at CTM when a producer needed a last minute replacement engineer. Long’s work was so impressive to CTM owner Eddie Robba that he decided to bring her on board as a full-time employee in 2013.
“Rebekah is a huge asset to the studio,” said Eddie Robba, owner and CEO of Catch This Music. “Some clients aren’t used to working with a female engineer, but when they hear how great she makes their projects sound, they quickly become her fans. SAE should be proud to count Rebekah among their star grads, and I’m proud that she’s part of the CTM team.”
Born in Lincolnton, GA, Long grew up listening to and loving the region’s rich bluegrass music heritage. In 2002, she earned a B.A. in Music Education and was the school’s first graduate of Glenville’s B.A. program in Bluegrass. After graduation, Long toured as the bass player and backup vocalist for some of bluegrass’s finest bands, including The Little Roy & Lizzy Show and the Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Band. Long also contributed bass and vocals to the CD “Bluegrass Bouquet” by the Daughters of Bluegrass on Blue Circle Records, which was awarded International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Recorded Event of the Year” award in 2009.
“After earning my degrees at Glenville State College, I saw there were opportunities to produce bluegrass bands, so I was looking to gain practical, hands-on knowledge about digital music production and professional studio techniques,” says Long. “I didn’t want to pursue another four-year degree, and SAE’s Audio Technology Program offered exactly what I needed. It helped to make me immediately hirable once I graduated in 2009.”
In 2013, Long worked as an engineer, musician, and songwriter for the Daughters of Bluegrass box set entitled “Pickin’ Like A Girl”, which consists of performances by 130 female bluegrass stars, including Stella Parton, Pam Tillis, Donna Ulisse, and Fayssoux Starling McLean. Currently, Long is engineering projects at CTM for Tanya Tucker, newcomer Jared Mitchell, songwriter Marcus Hummon, and an album with legendary gospel artist Ben Speer, which will feature contributions from Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Martins, and many other.
“For women who want to pursue careers in audio engineering or production, I’d definitely recommend SAE as a place to get your education, build your confidence, and give you an advantage in your job search,” says Long. “Learn everything you can every day, don’t be intimidated by the 'big dogs' in your classes and who you meet along the way, and work hard so you can slug it out with the boys and show 'em that you know your stuff.”Tags: Rebekah LongDaughters of BluegrassPickin' Like a GirlEngineer
JBy Special Guest Contributor, Bluegrass recording artist James Reams
Digging through political doublespeak on the Internet is worse than having a dentist digging around in my mouth. It was like trying to swim in quicksand. I kept getting sucked in…deeper and deeper with each click of the mouse. And the articles weren’t short ones either, many had clickable references to other pertinent articles and off I would go, down another rabbit hole leaving behind a whole trail of Internet cookie crumbs. Okay, I think I mixed up a whole batch of metaphors there, but you get the idea. To say I was confounded would be putting it mildly. But I thought that as a musician, I should be informed about potential legislation that could affect my bank statement.
Before you start writing a comment, I just want you to know that I’m not taking sides on this issue. To paraphrase a favorite TV character, I just plan to present the facts — short and sweet. And then maybe two of us will be aware of what’s going on about performance rights, free market royalties and radio airplay.
Legislation for Performance Rights Act H.R. 848 was first presented to Congress in 2009 and, though the bill died in committee, the issue has been heatedly debated in recent months with the February, 2013 introduction of the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res. 16). In September of 2013, HR 3219 the Free Market Royalty Act was introduced. Hotly contended in all this flurry of legislature is the core issue, should AM/FM radio stations in the US be required to pay performers for broadcasting their sound recordings over the air?
The National Association of Broadcasters is opposed to a performance fee that must be borne by radio stations citing that local radio stations provide valuable community services (emergency alerts, local news/weather, etc.) and already provide free advertising and promotion for the recording industry. Non-commercial stations that are supported by listeners and tax dollars as well as college stations were presented as being particularly at risk of shutting down because of increased fees.
It should be no surprise that the Future of Music Coalition, SAG-AFTRA, the American Federation of Musicians, the International Association of Independent Recording Artists and the Recording Academy all support the performance fee. These agencies point out that AM/FM radio is the only type of radio that doesn’t pay performers for playing their sound recordings (only songwriters and publishers get paid). Besides the US, very few countries do not compensate performers when their songs are played on the radio and local radio is alive and well in most industrialized countries despite any additional costs performance royalties may have imposed on them.
I found out that the now dead Performance Rights Act did take into consideration the plight of non-commercial and college radio stations by suggesting a cap on the amount those stations would pay out annually for unlimited use of recorded music ($500 to $1000). On the other hand, I also read that fewer artists are providing promo copies of their albums to radio stations, prompting radio broadcasters to feel like they would be required to pay for the music twice – once when they purchased the album and again whenever they played a recording.
Opposition to the performance fee also claim that AM/FM radio could be forced to adopt talk radio formats over music, a thought that sent shivers up my spine. As a performer I think it would be great to get paid any time one of my songs is played, and not just when I’m the songwriter. But I also want my songs to GET played and if the performance fee is going to affect play time for my music then I’ve just stabbed myself in the back.
Seems to me that there should be some sort of happy medium and maybe that’s what the Free Market Royalty Act will provide. Check out this site from Music First (pdf file) to find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this Act. Since it was introduced in September, 2013, there have been a number of articles/postings about this piece of potential legislation but it seems to me to be the same arguments pro/con that surrounded the Performance Rights Act.
I’m not an expert on these topics but I am a voter. And these resolutions may end up on a ballot someday, perhaps even in my lifetime. As musicians and music lovers, we owe it to ourselves to be educated about these issues, even if it leaves us in a coma.
Your thoughts? Contact James via his web site at www.jamesreams.com. Better yet…the National Association of Broadcasters has posted a list of House Representatives that are co-sponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act resolution. You may want to contact your representative and let them know your feelings on the subject.
Originally published on CBA Webzine – January 17, 2014. Printed with permission of the author.
James Reams has been the bandleader for James Reams & The Barnstormers for over 20 years. Nominated by IBMA in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year and Recording Event of the Year, this nationally-known band provides a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a sprout. Known as an “Ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community, James is involved in just about everything related to bluegrass. For the past 14 years, James has coordinated the Park Slope Bluegrass & Old Time Music Jamboree. And, in 2013, he released his second full-length DVD documentary, “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass” which he hosted and produced. More information is available on his website: www.jamesreams.com.Tags: James ReamsEditorialPerformance RightsBusiness
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice started 2014 off on a high note, being named "Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)" at the 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Awards, held Sunday, February 2 in Nashville, TN.
This award follows a successful 2013 for the band, including multiple award nominations for the group's The Story of the Day That I Died album, and Sisk's 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year award.
While in Nashville, the band took part in the Showcase of Bands at SPBGMA's 31st Annual National Convention, held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. They took the stage Friday night, January 31. On Saturday, February 1, the group played to a packed house at Nashville's famed Station Inn, closing out the show with 2 encores.
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice will back on the road starting next week, with a concert on February 15 at the Virginia Napurano Cultural Arts Center in Sergeantsville, NJ.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music's most honest voices in the genre's history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. His songwriting talents helped the Lonesome River Band make their ascent into bluegrass stardom in the early 1990's and then he became a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and ultimately Blueridge, again reaching new audiences that would eventually follow him on his own musical path. In 1998, Sisk formed Ramblers Choice and together they recorded and released their first solo project titled Sounds Of The Mountains and also contributed to the award winning, The Stanley Gospel Tradition.Tags: Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceSPBGMAAward
Nashville, TN -- Rhonda Vincent’s new album, Only Me, debuts at #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Album chart, ending a 4-month reign by Alan Jackson. In addition, the critically acclaimed album, debuts on four other Billboard charts including: #10 Heatseekers, #36 Top Current Country Albums, #55 Top Country Albums, #60 Indie Albums. “The New Queen of Bluegrass” as dubbed by the Wall Street Journal now takes her throne at the top of the weekly chart!
"It’s a dream come true!” says Rhonda Vincent. “I was hoping for a #1 CD with Only Me, but never expecting it after only 2 days of sales. This is unbelievable! "
Country Weekly exclaimed that her fans “appreciate the honest and true music Rhonda Vincent continues to crank out after all these years.” In addition to and endorsement by country superstar Dolly Parton, the media is calling this “the perfect mix of country and bluegrass” (ParcBench).
The album features duets with both Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary. Nelson said “Rhonda’s voice is beautiful. I am thankful for her letting me be a part of it all,” while Singletary said that he loves singing with Rhonda “cause she makes you bring your A game!!”Tags: Rhonda VincentOnly MeBillboardCharts
Cross Plains, TN -- The Cross Plains Community Chamber has announced that The Grascals will headline the 2nd Annual Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival, planned for April 25-26, 2014 at Kilgore Park in Cross Plains, TN. The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, its Instrumental Group of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013), the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007.
The festival will begin Friday, April 25, at 5:00pm with open-stage featuring area bluegrass bands and musicians. Saturday, April 26 at 11:00am the festival resumes with an impressive lineup of bluegrass groups:
- The Grascals
- The Ridgetop Ramblers
- Jackie Kincaid & Steppin’Out
- Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek with Thomas Maupin
- Sugar Ridge
- Volunteer Bluegrass
The Martha White Bluegrass Bus and Museum will be at the festival with an exhaustive collection of bluegrass memorabilia on display. Food and crafts vendors will be on site as well. In case of inclement weather, the festival will move to the East Robertson High School Auditorium.
Admission for both days of the festival is only $10 with children 12 and under admitted free. Discount advance tickets will be available at local merchants. Details on the festival are available at www.kilgorestation.comTags: The GrascalsKilgore Station Bluegrass FestivalLineupBluegrass FestivalEvent
Memphis, TN -- Flatt Lonesome, along with Darrel & Phyllis Adkins of the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival, visited St. Jude Children's Hospital on Monday Feb, 3rd. Every year the MACC presents a substantial check to the children's hospital from their festival. The band took a tour of the facilities with Suzanne Baker, PhD, Co-leader, Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program. Attached is a photo of the entire group at St. Jude during the visit. The MACC Festival is held every July near Columbus, OH and proceeds go to St. Jude. Musicians Against Childhood Cancer has donated over $750,000 to St. Jude since the year 2000.
Flatt Lonesome is a young, new group of pickers fresh to the scene. While deeply-rooted in bluegrass music’s historic classics, they also have an energetic flair for country sounds, progressive jams, and soul-stirring gospel music while never forsaking their traditional essence. If you love high lonesome harmony, soaring sibling vocals and powerful bluegrass music, then you will love Flatt Lonesome!
Flatt Lonesome was born from the Robertson family’s bluegrass gospel band, Sandy Creek Revival. Pastor Dolton Robertson, his wife Lisa, and their three children Kelsi, Buddy, and Charli began playing as a group just a few years ago because of their love of bluegrass and the desire to play music together as a family. This quickly grew into a passion for the Robertson children with a great longing to travel, write, and record. So, in January 2011, Kelsi, Charli and Buddy teamed up with friends Dominic Illingworth, Michael Stockton, and Paul Harrigill (who is now married to Kelsi as of September 21, 2012) and became Flatt Lonesome. In February of 2011, the band entered the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, TN and placed 3rd – not bad for the band’s very first time on stage! To commemorate the band’s first anniversary in 2012, they once again entered the SPBGMA Band Championship where they were awarded 1st place! What a way to celebrate!
Flatt Lonesome has performed at many exciting places during their short time together as a band. Some of those highlights include performances at: Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (Boston, MA), California Bluegrass Association Festival (Grass Valley, CA), Summergrass (San Diego, CA), IBMA FanFest, The Grand Ole Opry’s 87th Birthday Bash, The World Famous Station Inn, Red, White, and Bluegrass(NC), and The Lakes Festival(Minnesota). Also, while performing with their friend and mentor, Barry Waldrep, the band has played Music City Roots where they received a thunderous standing ovation and garnered many new fans as well as opening for Marty Stuart and having Zac Brown join them on stage while performing in Georgia.
Flatt Lonesome loves to mentor and teach kids and has done so while instructing at kid’s bluegrass camps at Summergrass (San Diego, CA), the Wabash River Bluegrass Camp (IL), and various workshops. The individual band members also give private lessons as well.
In August of 2012, Flatt Lonesome signed a recording contract with Pisgah Ridge Records (a division of Mountain Home Records) and with much excitement recorded their very first CD. The self-titled recording was released on January 29, 2013 and has been one of the highlight bluegrass recordings of the year, hitting the radio charts on more than one occasion. The group was also nominated for the 2013 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award in Raleigh, NC this past September.
Although, Flatt Lonesome is a young band (both age of the band and its members), you won’t find six people with more desire, dedication, and determination. When you add that to three incredible lead singers, magical harmony, and impeccable musicianship – well, you’ve got Flatt Lonesome!Tags: Flatt LonesomeSt. Jude Children's HospitalMusicians Against Childhood CancerMedical
The line-up of great bands and artists has been expanded for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, taking place May 29-31, 2014 at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the festival line-up this year will be Great American Taxi, The Freight Hoppers, Sam Grisman (performing with Colin O’Brien), Branded Bluegrass, Chicago Farmer, Jalan Crossland, o Bardo e o Banjo, Woodstove Flapjacks, John Till, Indiana Boys, and The Leadfoot Band.
Great American Taxi (GAT) will be returning to the John Hartford Memorial Festival for one special performance. The band has performed at every festival and have been big supporters from the beginning. “The first year Great American Taxi played the festival we were supposed to headline the last night on the main stage,” recalls Chad Staehly of GAT.
“As many will remember, that never happened as a vicious storm rolled in and forced us to move under the pavilion. We set up on a few tables and still played for everyone,” he said. “I think that was a defining moment in the trajectory of the festival and what it has become. The John Hartford Memorial Festival has formed a big giant family. The vibe is great and you get this feeling that we’re all in it together, honoring the great tradition of John’s music and his sense of community and family,” Chad shared.
Some things that set the John Hartford Memorial Festival apart from other festivals is the meaning, mission, living history, and sense of family at the event. “I see all these young pickers, more and more, showing up every year and that is encouraging both for John’s legacy and the state of roots/acoustic/bluegrass/Americana music,” said Chad. “John’s spirit, the festival grounds at Bean Blossom, the people and the bands that turn out every year for this gathering are my favorite things about being involved with this festival,” he said.
The John Hartford Memorial Festival is a 3-day, family-friendly music festival that takes place in scenic southern Indiana. The park offers cabin rentals, shaded camping, electric hook ups for RVs, hot showers, a fishing pond, playground, golf cart rentals and more, and is conveniently located near Brown County State Park. Campground and campfire acoustic pickin’ is encouraged and a usual sighting around the festival.
New to this year’s festival will be John Hartford Storytelling. John’s friends will share their memories and stories with the audience. While this informally happens every year, it will be an organized event held under the Boogie Tent at specific times. There will also be a Chompdown pitch-in breakfast with live music on Friday, May 30 from 10 am – Noon for all to participate in, and a Children’s Tent with planned activities. Pickers and players are encouraged to participate in the Old-Time Fiddling Contest and the John Hartford Songwriting Contest with cash prizes and more.
“This is an early summer event that’s not to be missed,” said Chad. “It will set you on a path of happiness for the rest of the season. The friends you will make there and the fun you will have will be unrivaled by anything else you do all summer! Show up early and stay late, you won’t regret it,” he concluded.
Tickets are on sale now for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival. Visit the website for further details and to purchase tickets. www.johnhartfordmemfest.com
2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Line-up Additions are:
- Great American Taxi
- The Freight Hoppers
- Sam Grisman (performing with Colin O’Brien)
- Branded Bluegrass
- Chicago Farmer
- Jalan Crossland
- o Bardo e o Banjo
- Woodstove Flapjacks
- John Till
- Indiana Boys
- The Leadfoot Band
Listen to NEW Great American Taxi music at http://www.soundcloud.com/greatamericantaxiTags: John Hartford Memorial FestivalLineupMusic FestivalGreat American TaxiThe Freight HoppersSam GrismanBranded Bluegrass
The 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising will be held April 11th and 12th at the Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville, VA. Thirty-three bluegrass, old time and Americana bands will be showcasing their talents on stage and there is a wide array of other events scheduled at the gathering. The Appalachian Cultural Music which is a non-profit organization presents the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising each year at the Wytheville Meeting Center which is adjacent to Wytheville Community College.
“In addition to the two days of band showcases there is also a trade show, musical instrument auction, jam sessions, dance contest, networking with musicians and other professionals in the music business, great food and a whole lot of fun,” states Johnny Williams the chairman of the event for the ACMA. “Musicians from all over the southern Appalachian and Blue Ridge region agree this is a great opportunity for bands to be seen and heard by not only the public but also music producers, record labels, booking agents and others who can help their careers”, says Williams.
The trade show will feature displays from regional organizations that promote this music. Also several instrument makers will be displaying their hand made wares and there will be venue displays from such organizations as Song of the Mountains from the Lincoln Theatre in nearby Marion, VA and displays from Galax Virginia Tourism and Smyth County Tourism, Wytheville Visitors and Convention Bureau and others. “There is something here for everyone who loves bluegrass, old time and Americana Music”, says Karl Cooler who serves on the Uprising committee and is owner of the Bristol, TN based Mountain Roads Recordings record label. “If a person wants to connect with business leaders in this music, the Uprising is the place to be”, says Cooler. “This is a fantastic gathering where fans, professional artists, jammers, dancers, and vendors can get together and network”.
Besides the thirty-three showcase bands there will also be an awards show on Saturday night. The awards ceremony will honor Wayne Henderson, the Whitetop Mountain Band and Willard Gayheart & Bobby Patterson. These musicians are scheduled to perform as well. Friday and Saturday evenings will also showcase a flatfoot dance contest which is always a favorite part of the event. Several regional radio stations will be broadcasting from the event and doing on air interviews with folks at the Uprising. Campers are welcome to stay on site but there are no hook-ups available. There is a wide selection of area motels available close by the venue.
Organizers urge anyone who loves to pick music and sing to be sure to attend and bring along their instruments for jam sessions. “Fans of this music are going to have a great time”, says Williams.
Information on the event and tickets is at www.acousticuprising.com or at 423-444-2893. Tickets are $ 10 per day advance thru March 31. After March 31 ticket pricing is $ 12 per day. Children under 12 years admitted free with paying adult. Proceeds from the event go back to the ACMA and the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising.Tags: Blue Ridge Acoustic UprisingAppalachian Cultural Music AssociationACMAEventFestival
Bands with the ETSU Bluegrass and Country Music Program have performed at the Fold since the beginning of the program at ETSU in 1982. Daniel Boner and Roy Andrade now serve as the program’s directors. The ETSU program has grown so popular that students travel from all over the world to study there. There are now nearly twenty different bands maintained by the program. ETSU’s bands have performed in Japan, Belgium, and Russia. Some of the finest students the Bluegrass and Country Music Program has to offer will be performing with the ETSU Bluegrass Band as well as several of the program’s professors. Saturday, February 8th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
If you like traditional bluegrass, don't miss the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Their instrumental work is outstanding, and their vocals are unbelievable. Don't forget your dancing shoes, either. There will be several fiddlers in the group. The ETSU Bluegrass Band puts tremendous energy and drive into every performance. For more information, go to www.dansmusiconline.com/ or www.etsu.edu/das/bluegrass.
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 – Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.Tags: ETSU Bluegrass BandEast Tennessee State UniversityCarter Family FoldConcertEvent
I've watched Chris and Nickel Creek since they were just kids performing the regional bluegrass festival circuit. It has been exciting to watch them grow, evolve and mature artistically. I have their LPs and pictures of them when they weren't even in their teens. They performed all the major festivals around California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah (the 4 corners regions). It has been extremely rewarding to have witnessed their growth musically and artistically. As they evolved, they started winning grammys and numerous other awards for their albums This Side in 2002 and later, in 2005 for Why Should the Fire Die?.
The band performed bluegrass however, they always stretched the boundaries as they sought out their own unique place in music. Always acoustic in the early years, their music strayed from the hard traditional bluegrass yet, it always maintained a solid footing there.
It has been seven long years since the band was together and a world of changes have occurred during that time. Their first performance as a band will take place at the world famous Ryman Auditorium April 18th with tickets going on sale today, February 4.
An album is in the works and a sneak peak of what you can expect is in this video, "Destination"...
It will be exciting to hear the new sound of Nickel Creek after their hiatus since they have all taken different life paths and experiemented with so many different styles of contemporary music. The group always had a special "magic" to their performances and I expect that there will be even more great energy from this outstanding trio.Tags: Nickel CreekChris ThileSara WatkinsSean WatkinsReunionTour
It is with great pleasure that Pinecastle can present the final release in a four-part series documenting the career of The Osborne Brothers from Hyden, Kentucky to The Grand Old Opry. After Sonny Osborne’s retirement in late 2007, it looked as though the series that started in 1998 would be incomplete. We think we’re wrapping it up with an extra special treat for you with these seven unreleased tracks recorded during the middle of The Osborne Brothers’ period in Nashville. Each part of this series has documented periods of time and places that were stepping stones that ultimately led to Brothers Bobby and Sonny moving to Nashville and becoming members of the Grand Ole Opry on August 8, 1964. Bobby, who still performs as a member of the Opry to this day, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a member during 2014.
1964 also marked Bobby and Sonny’s association with Decca Records. During the sixties they rose to prominence not only in the bluegrass world but also in country music as well, being named Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1971. During this period they began playing in package shows with country acts and, as a result, adopted an electric sound that offended some hardcore bluegrass fans. Sonny explained the change, “We were playing a lot of package shows in those days along with other Opry acts.
To be honest, at first we failed miserably. The reason being, after listening to three or four electric bands before we came on, the audience’s hearing had adjusted to that volume and they just couldn’t hear us. We were playing The Flame Club in Minneapolis and not selling to the crowd very well, so we went to a music store and bought pickups, cords, etc. We put a pickup on Bobby’s mandolin, Dale Sledd’s guitar, my Guitjo, and we were already using an electric bass. (The Guitjo was tuned and played the same as a banjo.) We used Ronnie Reno’s Bass amp, along with the house band’s steel and guitar amps. We started out with the volume rather low, but that did not work, so we adopted a policy of ‘peel the paint off the walls!’ and at least make them listen, hear, and pay attention.
We did, and they did. Using steel, piano, electric guitar, sometimes fiddle, and drums on recordings also got us airplay on a lot of country stations that would not play bluegrass.” Bobby commented, “Everybody did not like it, but in the long run it was good for us and good for bluegrass music.” Good enough to garner fame, 21 National charting records, and despite some opposition from bluegrass, still being chosen as Bluegrass Band of the Year for from 1970 to 1980 in the Music City News’ fan poll!
The Osbornes were working on a new record in 1973 when the Decca name was dropped in favor of MCA. The brothers had a falling out with members of the MCA staff and ended their association. As a part of the dissolve of the relationship, Bobby and Sonny were able to keep seven tracks of the planned album that they had already finished recording. The tracks were recorded at the famed Bradley’s Barn with the star-maker, Owen Bradley, producing. The cuts feature a who’s who of the Nashville studio scene at the time and clearly has the “electric” sound Bobby and Sonny adopted out of necessity to compete with the big country acts of the time.
The previous projects in this series feature a wealth of history and stories directly from Sonny’s and Bobby’s mouths, and you are encouraged to seek them out. We’ll leave it at this and let the music do the talking for itself. A special thanks to Bobby and Sonny for their cooperation, insight, and ultimately, the music. Thank you to Col. Tom Riggs who brought this project to Pinecastle and helped it come to fruition.
Pinecastle Records has been staying busy this winter and is excited to announce a busy 2014 release schedule full of great American roots music releases. New releases will include albums by The Osborne Brothers, The Farm Hands Quartet, Wildfire, The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, I Draw Slow, Phil Leadbetter, and Matt Wallace.
The Osborne Brothers album Nashville will be released, June 10th, on CD and for the first time in Pinecastle’s history, 12” vinyl. The release includes seven unreleased tracks from the mid-1970s recorded at the famed Bradley’s Barn in Nashville. This album will conclude the four part series began by Pinecastle in the 1990s to chronicle the Brother’s journey from Hyden, KY to the The Ryman.
Gospel artists, The Farm Hands Quartet are heading to the SPBGMA Convention this week with 14 nominations including Bluegrass Band of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Entertaining Group of the Year, and Traditional Gospel Group of the Year. Band members Daryl Mosley and Tim Graves are no strangers to Pinecastle. As a team, they released Remembering The Beacon Brothers and were members of the Osborne Brothers' band. Tim released several solo albums on Pinecastle and Daryl had several releases with the band, New Tradition.
Wildfire is putting the finishing touches on a new album that will mark their return to Pinecastle. The band’s first three releases were with Pinecastle along with lead vocalist Robert Hale’s solo debut in 2012, Pure & Simple. The band’s recent releases have been big radio hits with tracks reaching #1 on several charts.
The Gentlemen of Bluegrass provide traditional bluegrass sound similar to bands like The Country Gentlemen and Seldom Scene. They have a highly energetic live show with many entertaining twists and turns. Pinecastle saw them live at a festival and based on the crowd’s response, knew the Gentlemen had something special. Their project, Carolina Memories is set for release on June 10th.
I Draw Slow’s US debut, Red Hillswound up on many top 10 of 2012 lists. The Irish based roots group will release White Wave Chapel in North America on July 8th. Their popularity has spread quickly and they find themselves on two U.S. tours this year playing many prestigious festivals including Grey Fox, Merlefest, Rockygrass, Pickathon and more. Check out this live sneak preview recorded at last year’s Pickathon: "Bread and Butter"
After a fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011, a healthy Phil Leadbetter is back on the road performing with Dale Ann Bradley and actively working on the follow up to the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year Slide Effects. The album, titled The Next Move, is shaping up to be an exciting collaboration with Phil’s friends including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Kenny Smith, and many more.
“Old Man Winter,” the first single from Matt Wallace’s album For a Season, is starting to pop up on radio playlists across the country. Wallace is the bass player with Newton & Thomas, Audie Blaylock, and Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive. For a Season is set for an already announced March 11th release date.Tags: Osborne BrothersPinecastleNashvilleCD Release
Arden, NC --- Members of the award-winning band, Balsam Range, have been back in the studio, putting the finishing touches on the band’s fifth album on Mountain Home Music. Bass player and vocalist Tim Surrett calls the project the “strongest collection of songs” the band has ever recorded.
“We’ve been blessed to have the great material to work with on every project,” Surrett says, “but I think we all agree that this collection of songs is the strongest yet. We are all fired up about this album!” "We can’t wait to play them live. In fact, we snuck one into the program in Ithaca, NY last week!" says the band.
The new album promises mostly original tunes from some of the finest writers in the genre, including Milan Miller, who has provided tunes for Balsam Range in the past. The band’s own Buddy Melton has contributed at least one original tune to the mix and there may be some familiar standards as well. Fans can expect the new project this summer.
Balsam Range’s previous album, Papertown, was named Best Bluegrass Album of the Year in the 2013 IBMA Awards. Founded in 2007, Balsam Range consists of five friends with unique experiences and backgrounds that blend together effortlessly to form their distinctive sound. Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a definite mark in the Bluegrass and Acoustic music world.
Now meet the band...Balsam Range. To encapsulate, Tim Surrett delivers entertaining MC work as well as seasoned lead and harmony singing. Tim also plays bass most of the time, and he will occasionally move his talents to the resonator guitar. His presentations are spontaneous, polished and professional. Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today. His range and tones largely give Balsam Range its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band’s programs equally. Caleb Smith has been called “one of the top young guns of guitar.” His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing. Caleb also delivers ballads with a perfectly toned, believable tenderness. Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolins players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains. Darren’s studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds. Marc Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and compliment the influences in the band of jazz and bluegrass...country and gospel...and swing and old-time. Marc adds a credible entertainment experience of over 40 years to this fresh, unique Southern band...Balsam Range.
For more on the band, including upcoming tour dates, visit www.balsamrange.comTags: Balsam RangeCD ReleaseMountain Home Music
Featuring the tight harmony that can only be found in a family band along with the superbly proficient instrumentation, a live performance is certain to delight audiences of all ages.
Bluegrass Express includes band founder and patriarch Gary Underwood on guitar and vocals; Greg Underwood, whose credits include a stint with The Cox Family and a guest appearance with Charlie Louvin, on bass, guitar and vocals; multi-talented instrumentalist Jacob Underwood on banjo, mandolin, fiddle and vocals; and 2013 National Mandolin Champion and 2011 National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Andy Hatfield on mandolin and guitar.
Guests on the new project include super-fiddler Tim Crouch, mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, and up and coming vocalist Bethany Burie.
"'In Our Own Words' has something for everyone. You will find interesting songs, great picking and singing, and a devotion to their craft that sometimes only family bands can offer."
- Keith Garrett, guitarist and vocalist with “The Boxcars”
Bluegrass Express has performed from Michigan to Mississippi and all points in between. Featuring the tight harmony that can only be found in a family band along with the superbly proficient instrumentation, a live performance is certain to delight audiences of all ages.
Gary Underwood grew up in the tiny east central Illinois town of Custer Park. One of his earliest musical influences was the fiddle playing of a neighbor “Fiddy” Crater. Gary developed an interest in the fiddle at an early age and was hooked from then on. In the early stages of the band, Gary switched to guitar to handle a large portion of the vocals. He is still featured on occasion on the fiddle. Gary and his wife Sharon have three grown sons. Gary also repairs and restores old fiddles.
Greg Underwood is the product of a childhood filled with music. As did his father, Greg garnered an interest in music at an early age. By the time he was 12, he was playing the mandolin and singing. Early in his career, Greg received “Most Promising Mandolin” and “Most Promising Male Vocalist” from SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America). Greg now handles the bass chores for the group as well as lead and harmony vocals. He has written many of the songs performed by the band. Among his many credits, Greg has sang and performed with the late Charlie Louvin, and spent about two years touring with Asylum recording artists “The Cox Family” (O Brother Where Art Thou) playing bass with them. Greg and his wife Michelle have four children; Jacob, Katie, Emily, and Jared.
Jacob Underwood began singing on stage at age three, and soon took an interest in the mandolin. He began taking piano lessons at age five, but soon returned his focus to the mandolin and fiddle, winning his first fiddle contest at age ten. In 2007, at age 11, He became a full time member of the band, replacing Jeff Midkiff on mandolin and fiddle. He is a multiple contest winner, including The Sandwich Fair Fiddle Contest (2006 & 2011) and Woodstock’s Harvest Fest mandolin contest (2010). Most recently, he captured first place in the adult mandolin, fiddle, and banjo contests at Woodstock’s Harvest Fest in 2012. He won the adult guitar contest at Woodstock in 2013. In 2013, Jacob also released his first solo CD “Grass Clippings” on which, he played all the instruments on all the cuts. With the addition of Andy Hatfield, Jacob now handles most of the banjo chores, as well as playing fiddle.
Andy Hatfield is a creative musician and teacher from Peoria, IL. Andy’s unique approach to the guitar draws on 20 years of studying and playing bluegrass, jazz, and R&B. He is the 2013 National Mandolin Champion, as well as taking third place in the mandolin contest at the 2011 Walnut Valley Festival, and second place in 2012. He also won the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship at Walnut Valley in 2011. Andy has also been a guitar instructor at the Gold Award winning Kaufman Kamp. As a teacher, Andy is known for his creative teaching style, and for helping students to hone their individual gifts, and to sound good at any level. Andy is a full time teacher with 55-65 students a week on guitar, mandolin, and banjo.
Visit www.bluegrassexpressband.com for more informationTags: Bluegrass ExpressIn Our Own WordsCD ReleaseVideo
The Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarships to the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp. Dreadnoughts Unlimited makes this annual award to a promising musician who wishes to further his/her studies by participating in one of the week-long kamps in Maryville, TN.
This year we are able to award scholarships to either session of Kamp. June 8-14, 2014: Old Time Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, Flatpicking, Fingerpicking, Old Time Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer and Old Time Singing and Harmony; or June 15-21 2014: Flatpicking, Bluegrass Banjo, Mandolin, Bluegrass Fiddle, Songwriting, Bluegrass Vocals, Dobro (tm) and Bass.
Download application at the following address: http://www.flatpik.com/scholarships
Completed applications and letters of recommendation
should be received by the March 21st deadline. The selection panel
will evaluate the applications and the scholarships will be awarded by
April 10, 2014.
We raise funds for scholarships through donations and by raffles. This year we are raffling off a "Sparklecaster" guitar built by Steve Dikkers of Gutenberg , Iowa. You can get in on the drawing by donating 5.00 to the scholarship fund - We'll enter your name 6 times for a 25.00 donation. Donations accepted via PayPal to DreadnoughtsUnlimited@gmail.com, or you can donate at the Kamp store.
For more information and pictures, check Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreadnoughts-Unlimited-Scholarships/66745....
The drawing will be held during the second week of Kamp, and you do not have to be present to win. For several years, we have given away a custom built guitar from Seth Naugler of http://www.nauglerguitars.com/ - and you can get in on that drawing, too. Just specify which guitar you want when you make your donation.Tags: Steve Kaufman Acoustic KampsScholarshipEducation
Not everybody was watching the football game. In bluegrass music, the attention was on the the bluegrass music awards in Nashville. The Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent was inducted into the SPBGMA Preservation Hall of Greats durings Sunday's 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony. Vincent also captured Instrumental Group of the Year with her band, The Rage and the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.
The SPBGMA awards are important primarily because they are fan awards. Unlike the IBMA Awards, the SPBGMA awards are voted on by fans and artists alike. This more closely reflects who the listening audience feels are the best. Their choices gave Album of the Year honors to The Farm Hands for In a Country Town and Bluegrass Band of the Year honors were awarded to Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice. Nothin' Fancy took home the Entertaining Group of the Year award. Song of the Year awards went to "They Called it Music" by the Gibson Brothers.
This year's convention was a big hit in Nashville and bluegrass artists were participating, networking, jamming and having a good time throughout the event. Once again, Nashville bluegrass fans and artists came out in force to make 2014 a fun and exciting event. There was a record turnout this year and even parking was sold out early Friday.
The 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony wtook place during the society's 31st National Convention, January 30 through February 2, 2014, at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest start were there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.
SPBGMA serves to preserve the traditional spirit and art form of Bluegrass music. The organization also offers a management service for any community desiring to hold a Bluegrass festival and/or to organize and conduct Bluegrass Band competitions. In all SPBGMA sponsored events, instruments must be traditional acoustic instruments, no electrified instruments permitted. SPBGMA encourages professionalism in appearance and showmanship by the performers at SPBGMA events as well as encouraging the support of various Bluegrass publications and associations.
This event is always a favorite and includes the Showcase of Bands, Workshops, opportunities for promoters and talent buyers to view new and existing artists to see what's new. There are trade exhibits, record companies and more available for the artists and the fans. Of course, this is also an exciting time in bluegrass music where the fans and their favorite artists get to mingle and socialize as well. It is definitely and friendly, up close and personal experience for all involved.
Listed by Category, the unofficial 2014 Winners are:
- Bluegrass Promoter of the Year
- Bertie Sullivan
- Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year
- Sirius XM 061, Nashville, TN
- Bluegrass DJ of the Year
- Kyle Cantrell - Sirius XM 061, Nashville, TN
- Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year
- Tom T. Hall & Dixie Hall
- Bluegrass Album of the Year
- In A Country Town - by Farm Hands Quartet for Farm County Music
- Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year
- Mickey Harris
- Dobro Performer of the Year
- Tim Graves
- Guitar Performer of the Year
- Josh Williams
- Mandolin Performer of the Year
- Danny Roberts
- Banjo Performer of the Year
- Sammy Shelor
- Fiddle Performer of the Year
- Michael Cleveland
- Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
- Sonya Isaacs
- Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
- Dale Ann Bradley
- Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
- Jamie Dailey
- Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
- James King
- Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary)
- Dailey & Vincent
- Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional)
- Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
- Vocal Group of the Year
- Dailey & Vincent
- Instrumental Group of the Year
- Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
- Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)
- Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
- Entertaining Group of the Year
- Nothin' Fancy
- Entertainer of the Year
- Rhonda Vincent
- Song of the Year
- They Called It Music - by The Gibson Brothers for Compass Records
Raleigh, NC -- This year (2014) marks the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show's 25th anniversary - the show has been airing weekly on 94.7 WQDR since Jan. 29, 1989. The show’s co-hosts, Larry Nixon and Tim Woodall, started spinning bluegrass on QDR at the station’s request.
PineCone, a fledgling organization at the time, was becoming well known for its concert series at the Raleigh Little Theatre. "At that time, we were the only organization in the area promoting acoustic and traditional music,” Nixon said in an article published in Bluegrass Unlimited in 2001.
“WQDR had been getting requests for bluegrass but didn't know much about it, so their management came to us to see if we had any ideas. Bill Willis, who was then PineCone president, was in the band Patchwork with Tim Woodall. He knew of Tim's interest in radio and introduced us. I knew I wouldn't be able to do a show every week so Woodall and I talked it over and decided we could alternate. WQDR was and is the top country station in the market and we were very excited to have the opportunity to start a bluegrass program which would reach such a large audience."
A quarter-century later, Nixon and Woodall are still co-hosting the popular program, which has been #1 in its timeslot, according to ratings agency Arbitron, since its very early days. The first broadcast was on January 29, 1989, and the show quickly gained a loyal following. Soon, the show was expanded from two to three hours and claimed the top position in the ratings for its time slot. It has been there ever since.
Want to listen to the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show when it's NOT a Sunday night? PineCone has compiled a Spotify playlist from the most recent show. PLEASE NOTE: this playlist includes all the songs from Sunday's show that were available in the Spotify database when the playlist was created; unfortunately, not all the songs played on the show are available. If the album listed is not available on Spotify, but another version of the song by the same band is, it has been included. NOTE: If you do not have a Spotify account, you will need to sign up to listen, but it is a FREE service. We hope you enjoy the music! Playlists from other shows can be accessed by searching for PineCone's Spotify account: pineconenc. Type the following code into the Spotify search bar - spotify:user:pineconenc
The program is sponsored by the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, or PineCone. "I had been on the PineCone Board of Directors for about four years," announcer Larry Nixon says. "At that time, we were the only organization in the area promoting acoustic and traditional music and were starting to become pretty well known for our concert series at Raleigh Little Theater. WQDR had been getting requests for bluegrass but didn't know much about it, so their management came to us to see if we had any ideas. Bill Willis, who was then PineCone president, was in the band Patchwork with Tim Woodall. He knew of Tim's interest in radio and introduced us. I knew I wouldn't be able to do a show every week so Woodall and I talked it over and decided we could alternate. WQDR was and is the top country station in the market and we were very excited to have the opportunity to start a bluegrass program which would reach such a large audience."Tags: PineconePiedmont Council of Traditional MusicPineCone Bluegrass Radio25th Anniversary