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The Spinney Brothers Working on New Album

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 11:59pm

The Spinney Brothers have been hard at work finishing up their new CD for Mountain Fever Records and of course that means as they are completing the recording process, new photos and a new website become the next focus. The photo above should serve as a sneak peek into what the new CD packaging will look like as well as an updated look on their website to be revealed later this year.

The brothers say, "Don't we look all slicked up and citified? Never fear, our hearts are still firmly planted in tradition and we hope that it shows with our new music. We've got songs written by Bill Castle, Pete Goble, Ed Hamilton, Edgar Loudermilk, Paula Breedlove and even a couple from us! We can't wait to share it with you and expect to have our first single hitting the airwaves on July 8th!

From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers are comprised of Allan Spinney , Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Darryl Hebb. Brothers Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for it’s energetic and distinctive sound.

The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

The Spinney Brothers believe in freshness and excitement of traditional bluegrass music. Brother duet singing, backed by supportive and complimentary instrumentation, is the foundation of their tasteful and recognizable sound. Give a listen, and you are sure to be entertained.

Tags: The Spinney BrothersCD ReleaseMountain Fever Records

New Album Coming from Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 11:57pm
Nashville, TN -- Since the band got together in 2006, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have made their mark in the bluegrass world. Their newest album, On Down the Line, is set for release on July 22, 2014. Led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland, the group's virtuoisic style and traditional bluegrass sound has never been better represented.

The album's fourteen tracks showcase Flamekeeper's rich instrumental blend and tight three-part vocal harmonies, with tunes that span from straight-ahead bluegrass (“Fiddlin’ Joe," "Orange Blossom Special") to melodic, heart-felt songs such as "Just Call Me Crazy" and the imaginative reworking of the traditional "Jack O'Diamonds" as a solo fiddle tour de force.

There is also a suprise twist with a hard-driving bluegrass take on the Julian Lennon song "Too Late For Goodbyes," which is propelled by instrumental trades between banjo player Glenn Gibson and Cleveland. Grounding the driving forces of Gibson, Cleveland, and Nathan Livers on the mandolin, are bassist Tyler Griffith and guitarist Josh Richards, who contributed several originals to the project, including the neo-grass original, "Johnny Thompson."

Compass Records has released new music from Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper today! "Fiddlin' Joe", written by Mark Brinkman is one of 14 tracks from the band's upcoming CD, On Down the Line, due for release on July 22nd. Enjoy this performance video of "Fiddlin' Joe!"

Award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leave the audience talking. A nine-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Mike's dry wit and the band's sense of fun.

Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley.

After high school Mike toured with Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in 2000. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Performer of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. In 2002 Mike rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band. That year he won the Fiddle Performer of the Year award and again in 2004. Since 2006 Mike has swept the Fiddle Performer of the Year award, and now has nine.

Tags: Michael Cleveland & FlamekeeperCD ReleaseOn Down the Line

Jam with the Legendary Pioneers of Bluegrass

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 11:55pm

ROMP Bluegrass Music Festival will hold their Legends Jamp with the pioneers of bluegrass from 4PM - 7PM on Wednesday, June 25th at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. Bring your instrumentsand join in the fun of this epic jam with 20 of bluegrass music's best pioneers.

ROMP is proud to welcome the following Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame members Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Eddie Adcock, Paul Williams, Pete Kuykendall and Tom Gray. Joining the members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame for the Legends Jam will be David Reed, Jimmy Maynard, Alvin Bressler, Carl Pagter, Martha Adcock, John Murphy, Gloria Belle, Tom Morgan, Guy Stevenson, Ralph Lewis, Wade Macey, Jim Smoak, and Ward Eller.

Old Crow Medicine Show, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Sarah Jarosz, and 23 String Band are among the dozens of talented acts set to perform at Owensboro's ROMP Festival, June 25-28. ROMP Festival is a four-day music and camping festival hosted at both the museum, in downtown Owensboro, and at Yellow Creek Park, a gorgeous 150-acre facility that is a perfect setting for a music festival. ROMP features traditional and legendary bluegrass artists alongside old time and progressive bluegrass musicians who expand the boundaries to the far-flung roots and branches of bluegrass.

Entering its 11th year, ROMP is the main fundraising event for the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Thousands of people from around the world will gather for this unique, award-winning festival which includes music performances by 29 stellar bands, organized kids’ activities including a water spray park and playground, healthy food concessions, original arts and crafts, artist workshops, a film festival, new exhibits, and the infamous after parties.

A festival like no other, ROMP encourages attendees to bring their instruments and participate in jam sessions which are held throughout the park at all hours of the day and night. At Yellow Creek Park, the music on the Main Stage is just part of the attraction. A huge array of artist workshops are also going on throughout the day, giving musicians the chance to interact and teach fans and players of all ages and skill levels. Other workshops and special treats include songwriting, dance, yoga, and nature trails. ROMP after parties are set in Yellow Creek Park's Pioneer Village and keep the live music streaming and attendees dancing until the early morning hours.

Tags: ROMPInternational Bluegrass Music MuseumBluegrass Pioneer JamEvent

Rocky Creek Bluegrass Takes 1st at Charlie Poole Bluegrass Festival

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 11:53pm

Rocky Creek Bluegrass wins 1st place at the Charlie Poole Festival in Eden, North Carolina. Three members of Rocky Creek Bluegrass from Forest City traveled to Eden NC over the weekend to compete in the Charlie Poole Music Festival Bluegrass competition.

Only half the band was able to go, but the participating members took FIRST PLACE in the competition. Trey Hodge of Rocky Creek also took 3rd place in the Banjo competition and Jamie Renfro(18) of Rocky Creek placed 3rd in the Mandolin competition and 5th in the guitar event. Singer Dylan Lewis(18) led the band during the competition.

Also in tow was guitarist Jordan Nanny who took 1st place in the Guitar competition and backed Rocky Creek during their showing. Members that were unable to attend are Brannan Henson of Six Points, Joshua Bridges of Forest City and Travis Tucker of Pacolet SC.

Check out their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/rockycreekbluegrass.

The festival celebrates the life and music of Charlie Poole and his bandmates, The North Carolina Ramblers. Poole was a pioneer in music and an early entertainer in the country and bluegrass music genres. Poole and the band went to New York City in 1925, auditioned for Columbia Records, and recorded four tracks for the label. Poole played banjo and performed songs that are creeping back into notice such as "White House Blues."

In 1931, Poole was supposed to write and record music for a film, but died of heart failure before he could make the trip to Hollywood. His legacy is carried forward through the music of the new North Carolina Ramblers and their leader, Kinney Rorrer. The band makes use of the sounds of the original band, including banjo and other stringed instruments popular in the 1920’s. Rorrer and his brother, Doug, are nephews of Poole. The group continues to focus on old-time music. Don't miss it - visit www.charlie-poole.com for more info about this wonderful music festival.

Through the years, this event has featured many of the legends in Americana music – Mike Seeger, Norman & Nancy Blake, Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, the Osborne Brothers, Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka, and Bryan Bowers – as well as some of the brightest stars of today – The Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Wiyos, and Uncle Earl – all in honor of a true icon in American music – Charlie Poole.

Tags: Rocky CreekCharlie Poole Music FestivalAwardEvent

The Bob Dylan Mandolin Chord Songbook

Mandolin Cafe - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 9:30am
Music America Sales, a division of Hal Leonard Corporation has announced the publication of The Bob Dylan Mandolin Chord Songbook, a collection of some of his greatest hits complete with lyrics and easy-to-read chord diagrams.

Balsam Range Latest Project "Five" Released

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 12:12am

Nashville, TN --- IBMA Album of the Year winner, Balsam Range, returns with the band’s appropriately-titled fifth album. Five was released yesterday, June 17th. Five exemplifies Balsam Range as one of the most remarkable bands in Acoustic music. If the goal was to elevate the level of songs, performance, production value, and excitement, then Five surely marks the successful achievement of that goal.

From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge come the gifted men of Balsam Range, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. Mountain Home Recording artists founded in 2007, Balsam Range is five friends with unique experiences and backgrounds blending 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.

The band's 2010 release Trains I Missed brought in a #1 hit and Bluegrass Song of the Year award for its title track. Papertown (2012) built on that momentum with five consecutive months as the #1 album on Bluegrass radio, and won the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year award.

In the wake of Papertown’s success, expectations have been high.

"Papertown was received so well that we were a little anxious about what we could do next," said Tim Surrett, vocalist and bass player for the band. "How do we follow an Album of the Year? We finally just went in there and made the best record we could and had some fun."

The band has a consistent knack for conveying emotion with power. The result is a heartfelt delivery of tributes to working class heroes, an original Gospel a cappella song, a driving instrumental, and even a John Denver classic. The group draws from diverse influences and original sources while giving each track the Balsam Range treatment.

The band has also just announced its revamped fan benefit site, www.balsamnation.com which offers free music, discounts and exclusive merchandise to its growing population of dedicated fans. Information on Balsam Nation is available through the band web site. Additionally, Balsam Range has posted a fun video on the making of the tune, “Moon Over Memphis.”

Tags: Balsam RangeBalsam NationCD ReleaseFive

James King Medical Fund Setup for the Storyteller

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 12:08am

As most readers know, James King was in the hospital for three weeks and has just recently been released. James posted yesterday, I have spent 20+ days in the Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri and Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA. I've had issues with and have been treated for kidney stones, an infected gall bladder, blood clots and a few other minor complications from the surgeries. I'm on the mend now and recuperating comfortably at my new home in Oak Level, VA. I intend to be back on the road and singing again as soon as the good Lord allows. Hopefully within the next couple weeks I'll be back on stage. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for all of the support, get well cards and monetary contributions. It sure means the world to me and has really helped in the healing process."

A James King Medical Fund has been established by Chip Covington on GoFundMe.com to assist James with his medical expenses and to help with the loss of income while he was hospitalized and while he continues to recover. James is friend of all bluegrass fans around the world. You may have seen him in concert, listened to one of his Rounder CDs, or heard of his recent Grammy nomination. Maybe you've enjoyed his genuine humor, stories, or heartfelt voice. Now he needs your help! Donate to fit your heart, minimum is $5.00!

All money donated via this a target="_blank" href="http://www.gofundme.com/afvnis">GoFundMe.com page will go to the official James King Donation Fund account at the Sun Trust Bank, per the below....

"As you knew they would, James’ friends have established a medical relief fund to help with the many expenses surrounding his hospitalization and transport, and the loss of income from missing several week’s work. Funds for this account can be accepted at any SunTrust Bank, and checks can be sent by mail.

Here is the official announcement:

A special bank account has been established at SunTrust Bank to help our Grammy-nominated friend James King, The Bluegrass Storyteller. This account has been set up to help James with expenses incurred because of his illness and to help with his loss of wages during his extended hospital stay. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. All friends and fans are encouraged to help James.

He needs to focus all of his time and energy on getting better and not have to worry about extra expenses and everyday bills at this time. Here are the details about the account if anyone wants to deposit directly into the account at any SunTrust Bank:

C/O Brenda A. Young/ James L. McMillan
James King Donation Fund
3774 Oak Level Rd.
Bassett, VA 24055

Ask for the deposit receipt and forward to the above address for a written acknowledgement and thank you card, please.

Donations may also be mailed to that same address and an acknowledgement and thank you card will be sent to each contributor. If anyone makes a donation by mail they can feel free to include any well wishes or words of cheer for James.

Let’s help get the Storyteller back on his feet so he can use his God-given singing talent again.

Over the years, James has been the first to donate his time and support to those in need. Your Prayers and Support for James are needed and greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support.

If you’ve enjoyed James King’s music over the years, here’s a fine way to show your appreciation."

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Rob McCoury to Release his First Solo Album

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Tue, 2014/06/17 - 11:47pm

McCoury Music is proud to announce the August 19th release of Rob McCoury's solo album - The 5-String Flamethrower. Strike up a conversation with Rob McCoury, and it won’t take long for you to realize that you’ve met one of the most easygoing musicians around—a guy who’s happy to chat with just about anyone on just about anything, or to just quietly watch and enjoy what’s going on around him. When he puts on his banjo picks, though, it’s another story. “My first love will always be traditional bluegrass,” he says with a smile. “When it’s right, there’s just nothing better. I love the simplicity of being able to take four or five guys, get ‘em out, tune ‘em up and play.” And when that happens, watch out, because in Rob McCoury’s hands, the banjo becomes just what the title of his album says: a five-string flamethrower.

Though The 5-String Flamethrower is McCoury’s first solo album, he’s hardly a newcomer. Indeed, there are only a few banjo players today who have been heard by as many audiences. As a member of the award-winning Del McCoury Band and its second-generation alter ego, the Travelin’ McCourys, he’s a gold-plated member of bluegrass music’s royalty. But while he cheerfully confesses that he’d been thinking about it for years—and laughingly adds that it took almost two years from start to finish—Rob was in no hurry to get the job done. And when he did, he made an album that seems likely to put an end to his status as the most under-appreciated yet highly visible banjo players around—and to do it, characteristically, by paying tribute to his banjo heroes, including his own father.

The tribute—though not the record itself—begins, logically enough, with Earl Scruggs, the player who started it all. McCoury blisters his “Foggy Mountain Chimes,” but also nods in his direction again by dishing up a relaxed version of “John Henry” that, like Scruggs’, is played out of the rarely-used D tuning. “Foggy Mountain Banjo is arguably the greatest banjo record ever made,” he says, “and Earl had a variety of stuff on there—‘Home Sweet Home’ in C tuning, and ‘John Henry’ in D. It’s one of the things that made him so great.”

Others to make the cut include Don Reno, who turns out to be one of the best-represented of the bunch with “Charlotte Breakdown,” “Banjo Riff” and, perhaps most memorably, “Feudin’ Banjos.” “When I started writing down all these tunes,” Rob says, “I kind of surprised myself. I looked the list over, and I spotted a lot of Don Reno tunes. Well, when you’re playing stuff a lot, you don’t always pay attention to where you might have learned it from, but I looked at that list and thought, I’m putting some Don Reno tunes on here. As a kid, it was Earl all the way, but as I got a little older and I started hearing these great Reno & Smiley records, I thought, some of that is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.”

The legendary Sonny Osborne shows up, too, both figuratively and literally, as Rob both recorded his “Siempre” (with brother Bobby Osborne on hand) along with the previously unrecorded “Jericho,” and momentarily enticed Sonny out of retirement to lay down the opening to “We Could.” So do recent Hall of Fame entrant J. D. Crowe (“Blackjack”), banjo buddy Larry Perkins (“Northwest Passage”) and another under-appreciated giant, Walter Hensley (“Sugar Creek”).

But while The 5-String Flamethrower puts Rob’s banjo front and center, it doesn’t neglect the other side of the banjo’s role in a bluegrass band—accompanying the vocals that lie at the music’s heart. Here, too, McCoury looks to his heroes—and again, his dad makes the list. Del’s rendition of “I’ve Lost You” serves to highlight Rob’s understanding of the lessons Scruggs taught in this regard, while “We Could,” sung by Bobby Osborne, not only drives home his mastery of them, but features his own vocal contribution, and does it on a song that’s near to his heart—the one played at his wedding to wife Lisa years ago.

“It’s crazy to have so many of my heroes in my address book,” Rob says, but while he may have gotten his introduction to them through his dad, his attitude—a unique combination of respect, friendliness and eagerness to learn—has turned the introductions into lasting friendships that give him a unique perspective. Indeed, whether he’s having a cup of coffee with Sonny or hanging out backstage with the likes of the guys in Leftover Salmon, the String Cheese Incident or with Keller Williams, Rob’s the same guy, one of just a handful equally at home in the center of bluegrass or out on its edges.

“I used every cut we recorded on this album,” Rob McCoury notes, and while that’s a little unusual—artists frequently “over-cut,” then pare down to the best of the bunch for the final selection—it’s typical of his no-nonsense approach, and emblematic of the justified confidence he has in his ability, and in the ability of his colleagues in the Del McCoury Band, to deliver. There are a lot of banjo players out there these days, but there’s only one Rob McCoury, and when he calls his banjo The 5-String Flamethrower, well, it lets you know exactly what you’re going to get.

Tags: Rob McCouryCD ReleaseSoloThe 5-String Flamethrower

ChordBuddy to Sponsor Knee-Deep in Bluegrass

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Tue, 2014/06/17 - 11:43pm

Dothan, AL -- ChordBuddy LLC, makers of the popular ChordBuddyTM Guitar Learning System and the ChordBuddy Jr. kids guitar, today announced that it will be the presenting sponsor for “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” a weekly two-hour syndicated radio show hosted by Cindy Baucom.

With more than 80 radio stations and seven Internet outlets from coast to coast and growing, Baucom brings Bluegrass listeners the roots, joy and artistry of true American bluegrass music. Baucom, who also writes and produces the program, is well known in the bluegrass community and was the IBMA Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year in 2005.

“It is exciting to have the opportunity to introduce the amazing ChordBuddy to listeners of the show,” said Baucom. “I have seen time and time again how learning to play music can be life changing and ChordBuddy makes playing easy and fun!”

ChordBuddy already has some support in the bluegrass community from renowned artist Tim Stafford.

“I believe ChordBuddy has the potential to be the best instructional device invented for all those who want to learn to play guitar, but especially young children,” said Stafford. “It's the product that could hook kids on the SOUND of playing guitar, and the realization that it is possible to learn how resulting in millions of new guitarists and live music enthusiasts.”

ChordBuddy’s patented learning system attaches to the neck of the guitar and allows students to play songs instantly by pushing a button. As they progress, the tabs are removed, like training wheels on a bike, and the students are able to play the chords. ChordBuddy comes with a lesson guide, DVD and book with over 100 songs for under $50. The company also produces ChordBuddy Jr., the first kids guitar that children 4-10 years of age can and will actually play. Please visit www.chordbuddy.com for more information.

Tags: Knee Deep in BluegrassCindy BaucomChordBuddySponsorEducation

Larry Cordle to be Inducted to Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 11:40pm

One of bluegrass music's favorite songwriters and performers, Larry Cordle, is scheduled to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky, Larry has written for a wide variety of artists from country to bluegrass and most styles in between. His song, "Murder on Music Row" won the CMA Song of the Year in 2000 and was recorded by Country music's George Strait. Known in bluegrass circles with his band Lonesome Standard Time, the Grammy nominated group has performed for almost a quarter century. His latest album, Pud Marcum's Hangin' has received rave reviews.

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame honors Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters comedians and other music professionals who have made significant contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world.

Music is as much a part of Kentucky as horse farms and highlands, as varied as Kentucky’s scenic landscapes are the genres of song – folk, gospel, bluegrass, pop, blues, jazz, opera and country.

Cordle's web site biography says this of the famed songwriter, ...
While a young child he was introduced to bluegrass, country, and gospel music, by his great grandfather Harry Bryant, an old time claw hammer banjo stylist, fiddle player and dancer. He recounts, “mom said I could sing “I’ll Fly Away”, all the way through when I was two!” Cordle fondly remembers this early influence by pointing out, “we lived so far away from everything, that we had to make our own entertainment. Papaw would get the fiddle out in the evenings sometimes and play and dance for us. Just as soon as I was old enough to try to learn to play I did so & kinda seconded after him on the guitar. He ran an old country store and I spent many happy hours in there with him playing, talking about and listening to music. It was our escape into another world, something we grew up with and looked so forward to. I was always happiest when we were in a jam session”.

After graduating from high school, Larry spent four years in the Navy and after being honorably discharged, attended Morehead State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting. “I just didn’t see how I could ever make a living doing only music,” he explains, so, I worked for a CPA firm during the day and played in clubs at night”. All the while, Larry desperately wanted to devote all of his time to music, but his commitments would remain divided, until writing a song, that changed everything for the aspiring young singer/songwriter.

East Kentucky was not only home for Larry, but also for his childhood friend and neighbor, musical prodigy, Ricky Skaggs. Upon hearing Larry’s new song, “Highway 40 Blues”, Ricky promised that he would one day record it. In the summer of 1983, it was the number one song in the nation, helping to launch Larry’s songwriting career and skyrocketing Skaggs’ already solid country music career.

In 1985, at Ricky’s urging, Larry, by now out of the accounting business and back playing nightclubs again, gave up the security of a full time gig to move to Nashville and become a staff songwriter for Ricky’s new company, Amanda-Lin Music, with whom he (Ricky) had wisely partnered, with Lawrence Welk’s mega successful publishing company, Welk Music. “$200 bucks a week Cord laughs, that wouldn’t go far these days but I made myself a promise that if I ever got a chance, one foot inside the door, that I was gonna work my behind off, as hard as I could to stay inside of it. I met people there at Welk… Jim Rushing, Carl Jackson, Lionel Delmore, Johnny Russell, Dickey Lee, Bob McDill, countless others, and learned what it was gonna take to be a ‘real’ songwriter from them. They taught me the ropes and I had the talent God gave me, some incredible luck and much love, help and encouragement from my peers and my family.

At last count, Cordle’s songs had appeared on projects that had to date sold a combined total of more than 55 million records, by artists such as Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others.

Though songwriting took Larry to Nashville, his desire to perform never waned. With his band, Lonesome Standard Time, Cordle has the perfect platform to share his music with fans everywhere. The band has been awarded song of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association on two separate occasions, garnered two Grammy nominations for best bluegrass album, received nominations for vocal group and instrumental group, landed #1 slots on the Bluegrass and Americana charts and gained the respect of their peers and had many accolades during their existence.

Lonesome Standard Time is comprised of seasoned, esteemed musicians in their own right, providing Larry with an outlet to feature his original material, trademark singing and his engaging personality, immediately connecting fans to his music.

In addition to his songwriting and role as a bandleader, Cordle is sometimes featured as a lead and/or background vocalist on some of Nashville’s most awarded and popular music. He’s provided harmony vocals for artists such as Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Bradley Walker, Billy Yates, Rebecca Lynn Howard and co-writing pal, Jerry Salley. His lead & harmony singing is featured on Livin, Lovin, Losin: A Tribute to the Louvin Brothers, which won a GRAMMY for Best Country Album in 2003 and was named recorded event of the year by IBMA in 2004. He’s also featured on two tracks of Moody Bluegrass, alongside artists such as Tim O’Brien, Alison Krauss, John Cowan, Harley Allen et al and is recently featured as lead vocalist again on Moody Bluegrass II.

Cord remains extremely active in all facets of his career. He regularly records, and tours in the US and occasionally abroad with Lonesome Standard Time. Larry is also still first and foremost a songwriter, now writing independently for his own company, Wandachord Music, BMI.

Tags: Larry CordleKentucky Music Hall of Fame and MuseumHall of FameSongwriterAward

Dailey & Vincent Announce LIVE CD, DVD, TV Concert Special

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 11:38pm

Award winning bluegrass artists Dailey & Vincent made an exciting announcement today. They are preparing to put together a live show which will be available in audio and video formats and, as a part of this project, the show will be a Public Television Concert Special.

Here is their announcement:

For a while now, you have been asking us for our live show on DVD. We're excited to announce that we will be taping our first ever LIVE CD/DVD/Public Television concert special this coming September 13, at the Hylton Center in Manassas, VA! We want all of you to come be a part of it with us. To all of our fans online, we're offering you an exclusive presale from June 27-30. Tickets go an sale to the general public July 1. More details will be announced soon on our Facebook page, so stay tuned! Mark your calendars, we want you to be with us! We will be debuting a few new songs, along with fan favorites, and we're working on a special performance to honor our heroes. We hope to see you there!
  - Jamie & Darrin (Dailey & Vincent)

Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, 4 award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike.

Dailey & Vincent has been recognized as 3-time IBMA Entertainer of The Year, 3-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, 2-time Grammy nominee, and Dove Award winners. Equally at home with material from any of the aforementioned genres, Jamie and Darrin continue to expand on the possibilities of what kinds of music can become “Dailey & Vincent" music.

The band has also become a perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit: they play over 115 shows per year to sold out crowds in the United States and have developed a strong international following.

Young but seasoned veterans of bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel groups themselves, Dailey and Vincent have built on the experience and knowledge gained from working with Doyle Lawson (Dailey) and John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs (Vincent) to forge their own distinct career path. Darrin Vincent began his career onstage at age two with his family band, The Sally Mountain Show (and has been singing with his sister Rhonda for most of his life). Jamie Dailey also comes from a musical family: his father, guitarist J.B. Dailey, was a founding member of The Four J's, a regional gospel quartet. Jamie started singing when he was just three years old. By the time he was nine, he was learning to play bass and guitar, and within a few years, he added banjo to his repertoire.

The duo’s two most recent albums, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers and The Gospel Side of Dailey and Vincent, both garnered Grammy nominations, but each had a very specific focus. With Brothers Of The Highway, Dailey & Vincent made a conscious attempt to take stock of their careers so far, a sort of look “Back To The Future,” heeding the admonition of their friend and mentor Ricky Skaggs, who advised them “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”

While Dailey and Vincent continue to draw on the lessons they learned over the years about respect for musical integrity and the importance of tradition, they have certainly planted their own flag deeply and permanently into the soil of American music.

In the world of acoustic traditional music, “sibling harmony” is special. It’s no accident that the best harmonies in bluegrass, dating back to its earliest days, have been by siblings: the Monroe Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and Dailey & Vincent’s contemporaries the Gibson Brothers. In traditional country music, the Delmore Brothers and the Louvin Brothers both left their unique mark.

Although Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent aren’t related by blood, the instinctive vocal blend they have achieved rivals that of any singing siblings: it’s no accident that they titled an earlier album Brothers From Different Mothers, and with Brothers Of The Highway, the ties they’ve forged grow ever stronger.

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New Message from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on July 15th

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 11:36pm

Nashville, TN -- On the heels of his recent win at the 22nd Annual Diamond Awards as Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year, Doyle Lawson is releasing his latest album Open Carefully, Message Inside. The all-Gospel release includes Lawson’s talented line up of players and singers that collectively are known as Quicksilver.

Since forming his own band thirty-five years ago, Open Carefully, Message Inside will be the 36th album Lawson has released. It is also his 20th Gospel record, reaffirming his deep passion and love for Gospel music and the messages found in its songs.

“The idea for the title came to me while driving from Bristol, Tennessee to Asheville, North Carolina for the CD cover photo shoot. I have always believed that the songs must have a message - something to say and not just rhyme - and I really feel that these eleven songs do just that. More than anything, I hope they touch your heart in a way that won’t ever leave you in your walk through life. May the Lord bless you all now and forever.”
  — Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are incontestably some of the most impressive vocalists and instrumentalists in the business. From eloquently delivered A Cappella songs like “I Sailed Back” and “He’s in Control” to classic driving Bluegrass numbers like “Will You Go,” Open Carefully, Message Inside is full of the power and sentiment that has trademarked every DL&Q release over the last three and a half decades.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have nearly forty albums to their credit, are seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, and have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA, and SPBGMA Award nominations. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in September 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium. Lawson’s band were 2012 ICM Vocal Group of the Year, and are just coming off a recent prestigious Dove nomination and two Inspirational Country Music Association nominations.

Track Listing

  1. "Coming Soon"
  2. "It’s Done"
  3. "Thank You Dear God"
  4. "Get On Board"
  5. "He Made The Tree"
  6. "Lead Me To That Fountain"
  7. "He’s In Control"
  8. "Will You Go?"
  9. "O Far Country"
  10. "Climbing Upward"
  11. "I Sailed Back"

For more information about Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, please visit: www.doylelawson.com
Open Carefully, Message Inside

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The Boxcars Welcome New Member Gary Hultman to Group

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 11:33pm

Nashville, TN --- Highly acclaimed and often awarded, The Boxcars have announced the addition of a new member to their musical team. Gary Hultman is just 20 years old and is currently studying at East Tennessee State University, where he became acquainted with The Boxcars’ Adam Steffey. The Birchdale, MN native began playing the resonator guitar when he was very young and like many musicians, spent his youth traveling and performing with a family band. He chose ETSU for college and made his way to Tennessee. Hultman is majoring in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music and expects to graduate in 2016, already a member of one of the genre’s most honored bands.

“Although he is young in age, Gary has talent beyond his years,” Steffey says. “He has the great ability to play what each song needs; never overplaying or showboating, always sensitive to the song and the dynamics that it requires. This is a rare quality in a young player but it seems to come quite naturally to Gary.”

The addition of the dobro to the band gives new musical dimension to The Boxcars already stellar --- and award-winning --- sound. Along with the playing that impressed his new band mates, Gary will share his fine harmony and lead vocals as well.

With the recent announcement of John Bowman’s departure to further pursue music ministry, the band was initially unsure of how to search for a replacement.

“John’s work here as a Boxcar speaks for itself. He is one of the highest caliber musicians and singers in our business and will certainly be missed,” Steffey says. “We all love and respect John for his decision in answering God’s call and we know he’ll continue to be a blessing to a lot of people.”

The band members acknowledged that Bowman’s talents could not be duplicated, so their hope was to find someone that was dedicated and driven to make The Boxcars as good as possible. In Hultman, they feel they’ve found that artist.

Ron Stewart added his nod to the newest member of the band, saying, “We are all very excited about having Gary come on board as the newest member of The Boxcars.”

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RUNA to Touch the Bluegrass in Their June 20th Release

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 11:31pm
The Celtic Roots group RUNA is wildly excited to celebrate the release of their 4th album Current Affairs on June 20th at the Sellersville Theatre at 24 West Temple Ave, Sellersville PA. Current Affairs guest features three of their dear friends, Grammy award-winning artists, Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Jeff Taylor (Paul Simon, Elvis Costello), and Buddy Greene (Kentucky Thunder).

Celtic music is similar to bluegrass and with this release, RUNA's Irish music on this release gets closer to the bluegrass style as their traditional music shows some of the kin genre's style. While this is definitely the band's Celtic roots music, complete with a percussion sound, there are a lot of qualities that bluegrass and old-time fans will enjoy.

RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, Chessboxer) on fiddle, Matt Mancuso (Cathie Ryan Band) on fiddle, and Isaac Alderson (The Yanks, Comas) on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles. www.RUNAmusic.com

Tags: RUNACelticCD ReleaseCurrent AffairsCD Release PartyEvent

11th Annual ROMP Festival, June 25-28, 2014

Mandolin Cafe - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 10:00pm
Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Railroad Earth, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Sarah Jarosz, and The Wood Brothers are among the dozens of talented acts set to perform at Owensboro Kentucky's ROMP Festival, June 25-28.

Historical Marker to Recognize Bill Monroe's Connection to Asheville, NC

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/06/15 - 11:41pm

Asheville, NC -- WNCmusic.Org has launched an Indiegogo fundraiser to gather funds to commemorate "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe's time in Asheville, North Carolina and is seeking to raise $6000 to cover the cost of a brass marker to be placed outside of the historic Flat Iron Building where Monroe played his first radio show at WWNC.

According to historian Wayne Erbsen, in 1938, Bill Monroe and Cleo Davis pulled a camper trailer from Atlanta to Asheville to take over the 15 minute radio show called "Mountain Music Time" at WWNC in the Flat Iron Building in Downtown Asheville. He then named the group "Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys," coining the term "Bluegrass" after his native Kentucky's famed blue grass.

Unfortunately, the state of North Carolina only considers applications for historical markers 25 years after the honoree has passed, which would be 2021 for Bill Monroe. WNCmusic.Org believes his legacy should be honored now and that it would have a positive effect on music tourism in Asheville, which would in return highlight the impact individual musicians and the music industry have historically had on the economy of Asheville and Western North Carolina.

Last year, WNCmusic.Org was tasked to research "Father of Country Music" Jimmie Rodgers' days in Asheville, and as a result, a state historical marker was placed and unveiled on his birthday, September 8th. This year, the goal is to celebrate Bill Monroe at the Flat Iron Building on his birthday, September 13th. The hope is to have the week between September 8th and September 13th to be henceforth considered "Asheville Music Appreciation Week" and celebrated throughout the city.

The campaign ends July 11th, 2014. Incentives for donors to the Indiegogo campaign include prints and an original Bill Monroe painting by local artist and musician Brad Pope, following his successful show of musical figures at PULP in the Orange Peel. In addition to the marker, WNCmusic.Org plans a small display of WWNC's many musicians inside the Flat Iron Building.

To donate to or share the Indiegogo campaign, please click here.

For more on the legacy of Cleo Davis and those early days of Asheville Music check out Wayne Erbsen's interview with Cleo here: www.nativeground.com/cleo-davis-the-original-bluegrass-boy/

WNCmusic.Org is a local organization devoted to unifying, advocating for, and promoting the Western North Carolina music industry across all genres. It is our mission to recognize and support the many talented musicians in our community. Bill Monroe Day is an opportunity to highlight the legacy of the hard-working musicians in Western North Carolina, what they add to the culture, and the role they play in the economy.

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Spencer Branch Makes Carter Fold Appearance

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/06/15 - 11:39pm

Hiltons, VA -- Spencer Branch is a relatively new old time band that sprang from the famous Spencer family of the Whitetop Mountain Band. Saturday, June 28th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Spencer Branch, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Kilby and Martha Spencer are the son and daughter of Thornton and Emily Spencer. Martha plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band, and Kilby often does as well. Kilby has his own old time band – the Crooked Road Ramblers. Martha often travels overseas as a duet with Jackson Cunningham who also plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band.

Kelley Breiding adds her vocal talent to the group. A native of North Carolina, Kelley’s known as “the girl with the big voice.” She grew up playing the piano and guitar, and later became a champion banjo player. Formerly with the old time band Back Step, she helped formed the group Kelley and the Cowboys in 2005. She’s performed with many industry greats, and has a bright future in music.

Another member of the group – Jeff Michaels – is well-known to Fold audiences from his time with a bluegrass group favorite – Big Country Bluegrass. Jeff is no longer with Big Country, but he’s working with Spencer Branch and others. Jeff and Kelly’s vocals will “bring down the house.” Jeff is a champion fiddler to boot.

There will be some other musicians with the group – most likely Jackson Cunningham (another fine fiddler, mandolin player, and vocalist).

Kilby and Martha grew up surrounded by music. Their parents’ band – the Whitetop Mountain Band – has performed for over four decades. Kilby literally learned to fiddle at the feet of the master – his dad Thornton – and he’s one of the finest old time fiddlers around. Martha plays guitar, fiddle, and bass – and has one of the most beautiful voices in old time music. She cuts a mean rug when she does old time dance, and she captivates an audience. Add the talent of Kelley Breiding and Jeff Michaels, and you have an old time band that fits the Carter Fold and our audience like a saddle on a horse.

Don’t miss Spencer Branch at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment and rollicking fun. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes! You can check out Spencer Branch on You Tube.

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: Spencer BranchWhitetop Mountain BandConcertEventCarter Family Fold

Steve Toth Releases New Book on the Dobro

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/06/15 - 11:33pm

San Diego, CA -- Steve Toth, internationally known dobro player and author of several popular dobro instruction books, has announced the release of his new book DOBRO ROOTS - A Photo Tour of Prewar Wood Body Dobros with a Foreword by Jerry Douglas. It is a photo history of the Dobro Guitars produced from 1929 to 1941 that gave birth to the dobro/resonator guitars that are so popular in Bluegrass and many other forms of music today.

This is the first and most definitive book of its kind devoted solely to the history and the instruments of the initial period of Dobro production by the Dopyera Brothers. It is a full color, hard cover book with over 200 pages and includes a CD with 15 tunes played on 15 different prewar Dobros. It includes high quality, original photos of actual instruments representing almost every model made in that period and they are presented in approximate chronological order. The book is published by Centerstream/Hal Leonard Publishing and is available at Elderly instruments, Amazon.com and other music and book retailers throughout the world.

Here are some comments on the book by some experts in the music industry:

Jerry Douglas
“Steve has been faithful to the Dopyeras at every turn and so, to us as lovers of this wonderful instrument. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. This is the Dobro wish book! Dobro Roots will undoubtedly be the go-to book for everyone interested in these amazing instruments for many years to come.”
George Gruhn
"Steve Toth has assembled the finest selection of photos and most extensive and systematic presentation of information regarding historically interesting pre World War II wood body Dobro brand instruments I have encountered. I strongly urge anyone who is interested in these important and unique sounding instruments to get a copy of this book."
Tut Taylor
"Hi Steve……… I was surprised and pleased when you sent the Dobro photos and draft of your book. At first I just thought “well just another book about Dobros”. Man was I mistaken! The photos were very good especially the details. Having collected Dobros for 50 years I was amazed. I have owned at one time most of the models. This is a great book and I am glad that you had the energy to do it. It will add much to the ongoing love of this very wonderful instrument. Thank you Steve for your untiring efforts.”
Paul Beard
"I highly recommend this pictorial reference to anyone who has ever heard the beautifully complex voice of
the resonator guitar. This is a must have for the collector, player, builder or enthusiast."
Tags: Steve TothBookDobro history

Masters of Fiddle Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy 6/22

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/06/15 - 11:31pm

Cleveland Heights, OH -- Almost fifteen years after her first performance at Cain Park in 2000, Grammy-nominated fiddler Natalie MacMaster will be returning to Cleveland Heights for a concert on June 22, 2014 in the Evans Amphitheater. But this time, she will be accompanied by her husband, Donnell Leahy, who is a renowned fiddler as well, in The Masters of Fiddle.

Tickets for this event, which begins at 7pm, are $32 and $29.50 reserved, $22 lawn in advance and $35/32.50/25 the day of the show. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) or the Cain Park Ticket Office (216-371-3000). Cain Park is located at Lee Road and Superior Road in Cleveland Heights.

A free parking shuttle service is available for this concert made possible by Motorcars Honda/Toyota/Scion. The shuttle runs one hour before showtime (it will not run once the concert begins) and up to one hour after the concert ends. Those interested should park at Cleveland Heights City Hall (40 Severance Circle, 44118). Shuttle pick-up is in front of Cleveland Heights City Hall.

Although Natalie MacMaster began playing the fiddle when she was nine years old, her musical career didn’t begin until 1989, when she debuted her first recorded album, Four on the Floor, at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has released eleven albums across her three-decade career, including her most recent CD, Cape Brenton Girl (2011). MacMaster has done collaborations with numerous artists, the most notable being her recording with Yo-Yo Ma, which won a Grammy Award.

Donnell Leahy is, according to Adds record executive Geoff Kulawick, “quite likely the greatest fiddle player in the world right now.” In addition to touring with wife Natalie MacMaster, he is the head of the Leahy family band, an eight-piece band that has earned multiple JUNO Awards, including Best New Group and Best Instrumental Album. The Leahy band also opened for Shania Twain’s "Come On Over" world tour in 1998. Leahy married MacMaster in 2002, and has been collaborating with her ever since.

A pre-concert beer tasting, in partnership with The BottleHouse Brewery, will be available to ticket holders for an additional $10, and will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 on June 22. In order to purchase tickets for this event, call 216-371-3000 or buy online.

This concert is supported by WKSU. Cain Park 2014 season sponsors include Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Ohio Arts Council, Severance Town Center, Intercontinental Hotels – Cleveland, and Motorcars Honda/Toyota/Scion. A free parking shuttle service will be provided at this event.

Cain Park, a municipally owned and operated summer arts park and one of the nation’s oldest landmark outdoor theatres entering its 76th season, is produced by the City of Cleveland Heights and is located on Superior Road between Lee and South Taylor roads.

Tags: FiddleNatalie MacMasterDonnell LeahyThe Masters of FiddleEventConcert

Phil Leadbetter - The Cancer Fight Continues

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sat, 2014/06/14 - 11:43pm

A lot of bluegrass fans and artists have been watching posts on Phil Leadbetter's social media site ever since a routine checkup found enlarged lymph nodes in him. Phil had fought off the monster a while ago however, his Hodgkins Lymphoma has returned.

Phil had a rough go the first time around until a stem cell procedure looked like it was going to finally give him the chance he needed for recovery. Soon, the Dobro artist was back on the road and feeling good. Then, his last week, he announced the dreaded news that we all hoped would not be there...

"Just heard from my doctor on yesterday's biopsy. My Hodgkins Lymphoma has returned. I have already contacted Vanderbilt, and will be visiting there next week with my oncologist to see what options that I have to get well. This cancer has been very difficult to fight. As usual.....I have NO PLANS in giving up, and will fight this just as hard as ever. I can't take calls or texts right now because I need to focus my time on trying to beat this. I will keep you guys posted as to what all is going on. It is just a lot easier mentally for me to update you here. Continue to send up prayers for me and my family. Love to each one of you from me and my family."

Phil Leadbetter, who is a musician, former nurse, a husband, a parent and a grandparent first suffered flu like symptoms that wouldn't go away over 13 years ago. Upon going to the doctor and having follow up visits with more doctors was diagonosed with Hodgin's Lymphomia in February 2001.

Phil is no stranger to cancer as he has lost a dad and a brother to the disease. He knows the fight and what he has to go through. The stem cell therapy that he used a few years back looked like a real win until this latest announcement.

He is now only focused on fighting the disease so that his life can once again return to normal. We wish him the best all the way.

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