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Lake City Faces Rocky Road to Rocky Top

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/03/16 - 12:13am
Lake City, Tennessee has a history of names which originated as Coal Creek, Tennessee. Last year, the town made a decision to change their name again to "Rocky Top, Tennessee" a ficticious town in the song "Rocky Top" and take advantage of the popularity of the song. The town was even going to create a "Rocky Top" theme park. Normally, a town name change is just a formality however, this time, there is an unusual twist.

A company, The House of Bryant, owns numerous trademarks and copyrights to the song. Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, the children of Rocky Top songwriters have filed a law suit to stop the name change. The complaint claims the name change would injure the reputation, good will and business value of House of Bryant’s Rocky Top trademarks. This may well turn into an interesting case. Trademarks are restricted to the industries specified in the mark registration. While the publishers may have trademark registrations in music and related business, they may not have protection under the use of the name of a town. The town, for example, could probably legally name a street "Rocky Top Drive" without any issue.

This one gets sticky because the town wants to profit from the name and image created in the song. While not copying the song or any of its lyrics, the House of Bryant issued a press release which states the city's name change would be 'an attempt to unfairly exploit the fame and goodwill of House of Bryant's intellectual property."

The song has been made famous in bluegrass and country music circles with The Osborne Brothers almost creating their identity by it. It had become so popular in bluegrass that fans were actually starting to request that it not be performed as they were getting tired of its constant playing. It wasn't that they didn't like the song but, for a while, it was getting too much play!

The song has been recorded over 100 times. It's popularity would be a boon to the little town which hopes to cash in on the novelty of the name.

Rocky top, you'll always be Home sweet home to me. Good ole rocky top, Rocky top tennessee, rocky top tennessee.

Tags: Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top ExpressThe Osborne BrothersRocky TopLegalSongwriters

Shweiki Media Printing Co. to Sponsor of Old Settler's Music Festival

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/03/16 - 12:10am

Austin, TX -- Shweiki Media Printing Company is pleased to announce that they will be serving as sponsors for the 27th annual Old Settler's Music Festival and showing their support by taking care of the printing needs for the four-day Texas Hill Country event.

Old Settler’s Music Festival presents bluegrass, folk and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days--an experience enhanced by a beautiful setting and camping in the Texas Hill Country. The yearly festival, which kicked off in 1987, has developed into a nationally recognized event and celebration of Americana and roots music--all of which is evidenced by past headliners: Patty Griffin, Joan Osborne, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, the Avett Brothers, Robert Earl Keen and more. This year's lineup is no exception to past years' excellence, with 30 bands scheduled to play over the four-day span, including Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and others.

Taking place April 10-13 at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas (right outside of Austin), the festival will also boast a market filled with unique crafts; family-friendly activities for children; and craft beer and food selections. Old Settler’s private-label wines will also return, with new red and white blends produced exclusively for the festival by the nearby Duchman Family Winery.

Shweiki is pleased to announce that they will be serving as a sponsor for the 27th annual Old Settler's Music Festival, and will show their support by taking care of the printing needs for the four-day Texas Hill Country event.

For those who haven't been to the festival, the atmosphere and experience can best be described by the following phrase from their site: "We’re more craft beer than light beer. We’d rather kick back than crowd-surf. And every year is full of surprises."

The 2014 Lineup features Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Del McCoury Band, Sarah Jarosz, Shovels & Rope, Bob Schneider, North Mississippi Allstars, Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys, The Devil Makes Three, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Lake Street Dive, Gaelic Storm, The Gibson Brothers, Elephant Revival, John Fullbright, Shinyribs, Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove, Donna the Buffalo, The Black Lillies, Della Mae, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, The Deadly Gentlemen, Wood & Wire, Parker Millsap, Lily & Madeleine, Humming House, Red Wine, Front Country, and the Youth Competition Winner – Katy Kirby

More information on the festival is available at oldsettlersmusicfest.org, and single-day wristbands, 3- and 4-day packages and the all-inclusive platinum pass can be purchased on the website or by calling 888.512.SHOW.

Shweiki is a big supporter of both the arts and the Austin community, and is proud to serve as a sponsor for this established event by doing what they do best: providing high-quality, hassle-free and on-time printing.

Shweiki Media's mission has always been to help publishers improve by providing the most profitable, hassle-free printing experience possible. This includes guaranteeing the highest quality product, exceptional customer service and on-time delivery--whether printing magazines, flyers, postcards or anything else.

As a printer and publisher, Shweiki Media also believes that this hassle-free experience includes making their clients better. Utilizing relationships with industry experts, Shweiki Media strives to educate clients and help them thrive in the exciting world of publishing--while having lots of fun along the way!

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Tags: Old Settler's Music FestivalPromotionBusinessEventBluegrass FestivalDel McCoury BandSarah JaroszDr. Ralph StanleyDella Mae

Blazin Bluegrass Spring Fest Memorial Day Weekend

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Fri, 2014/03/14 - 11:45pm

Blazin Bluegrass Spring Fest has stayed true to their family tradition of a clean, well controlled Bluegrass Events for the entire family going on 12 years now and continues to growing each year because of it. 2014 festival performers include some of bluegrass music's hottest artists like Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Marty Raybon, James King, Dale Ann Bradley, The Baker Family, Barbwire Bluegrass, Mavis Hughes and Shadow Ridge.

As you review the Blazin Bluegrass web site, you will find: While providing Some of the Best Bluegrass Singers & Groups in the nation the organization of all volunteers has managed to keep the prices down to the bare minimum. Their price for admission & Camping is almost unheard of in these days.

The Blazin Bluegrass Events are just like on Big Happy Bluegrass Family Reunion. Once you attend, you will find that they are the friendliest group of Bluegrass people you will ever meet coming together from all over the United States, Canada, England & Europe. You become part of the family and will want to come back for a family reunion year after year.

The Blazin Bluegrass Organization is constructed of all volunteers. There are no benefits, no pay for the year long day in and day out stress & trials of producing one of the finest bluegrass events in Kentucky. So if you see Freddie, Pam, Doris, Larry, Nina, Rita out and about give them a Big Bluegrass Hug for all they do out of the love for Bluegrass. You'll never find a better group of people.

Mark your calendars for the Spring Fest on May 23rd & 24th & The Blazin Bluegrass Festival Sept 18th, 19th & 20th. You won't want to miss either of these events. For more information visit their web site at http://www.blazinbluegrass.com/

Tags: Blazin' Bluegrass FestivalSpring FestBluegrass FestivalEvent

Ralph Stanley Adds Huck Finn to Farewell Tour

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Thu, 2014/03/13 - 11:45pm

Ontario, CA -- The Legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley will make what is right now his final West Coast performance at Huck Finn Jubilee as part of his “Man of Constant Sorrow: The Dr.’s Farewell” tour, event organizers announced today. His farewell performance will be accompanied by a spectacular lineup of performers which include The Gibson Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sam Bush, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Rhonda Vincent, The Boxcars, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and other top-name entertainment still to be announced for the June 13-15 jamboree, held at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, Calif.

Stanley’s unique and haunting voice won him a Grammy for his work in the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” At 87, he is a National Medal of Arts recipient, a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, and a Library of Congress Living Legend.

“We are extremely honored and humbled to be a part of Dr. Ralph Stanley’s farewell tour,” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, owners of Huck Finn Jubilee. “He’s an American legend, who has preserved many of the old traditions of mountain music and influenced some of the industry’s biggest stars today.”

Huck Finn Jubilee, held each Father’s Day weekend, is one of the West Coast’s largest bluegrass festivals of its kind, featuring headliner bluegrass and country-themed performances, old time activities and contests, a jammer’s campground, fishing, raft-building, a water playground, living history displays and more. RV and tent camping are available, as well as discounted hotel packages that include lodging and admission tickets. Order early online or by calling 888-718-4253. For information, visit http://www.huckfinn.com

The Greater Ontario Convention & 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 & Visitors Bureau will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit http://www.DiscoverOntarioCalifornia.org

Tags: Dr. Ralph StanleyHuck Finn JubileeLineupBluegrass FestivalEvent

The Spinney Brothers Tour Their Country, Canada

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Thu, 2014/03/13 - 11:43pm
It may not seem like a big deal that The Spinney Brothers, who live in Canada, are promoting a Canadian tour. But for a band that spends 75% of their lives touring the U.S., well, it really is a big deal to stay in their home country for a change! They'll be embarking on an 11-day trek that will take them through an extensive tour of the Province of Ontario as part of the winter concert series produced by the Northern Bluegrass Committee. The tour runs March 13th through 23rd.

Good news for those waiting on new music from The Spinney Brothers - the record is almost complete! All the tracks and vocals have been recorded and editing and mixing have begun. With Ron Stewart once again at the producing helm, the band plans to have the project in the hands of their record label by the end of May with an expected release in September! The yet-to-be-titled CD features a cross selection of new songs including 2 originals from within the band as well as a new song from noted writers Bill Castle and Steve Watts, titled "Got My Music From Bill." Be sure to stay tuned to the band's website at www.SpinneyBrothers.com for more news on the what will be the band's 3rd release for Mountain Fever Records!

The Spinney Brothers reunited with an original member of their band from over 25 years ago when Steve Jackson performed "Fox On The Run" with them at a recent concert in Florida. Steve's parents took Rick to his first bluegrass festival back in 1987, and Steve and Rick also performed this same song together at their high school graduation. Rick tells us, "Steve suffered a stroke in 1990 and although it changed the course of his life, it didn't change his great, positive attitude and outgoing personality." The reunion was captured on video and shared on the band's Facebook page. You can view it by following this link

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Grey Fox Announces Lineup & Early Bird Ticket Deadline

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Thu, 2014/03/13 - 11:41pm

Grey Fox bluegrass festival staff has been busy assembling their latest and greatest all-star lineup for the 2014 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival set for July 17-20 in Oak Hill, NY. This is one of America's finest bluegrass music festivals and it historically brings people from all over the world to enjoy the outstanding lineup of talent presented each year.

Once a year, like magic, a small tent city appears in a farmer's field in Oak Hill, NY, about 30 miles southwest of Albany, NY. For five days in July, it is home to thousands of bluegrass and roots music fans from 30 to 40 states and several countries, often including visitors from Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic, and as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Japan. About a quarter attendees are day visitors, but the bulk of Grey Fox fans come to camp, enjoy the summer weather, hear their favorite bands, discover new ones, meet new and old friends and when the time is right they tune up their guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles and basses and jam until they drop.

We hope you're as excited as we are about this year's star-studded roster of artists ranging in style from traditional bluegrass and old-time to contemporary bluegrass, newgrass, and music that defies labling.

This year attendees get to experience a wealth of bluegrass including Del McCoury’s 75th Birthday Celebration (2 big days with Del!), The Gibson Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, The Claire Lynch Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae, Jim Lauderdale, Keller Williams featuring The Travelin’ McCourys, Balsam Range, Deadly Gentlemen, The Hillbenders. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. Red Wine, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Steel Wheels, Town Mountain, Wood & Wire, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Barley Jacks, Gangstagrass, John Kirk, Trish Miller and Quickstep, Barefoot Movement, Mala & Fyrmoon & MORE. As always, hosted by Dry Branch Fire Squad

We love giving you a wide variety of music to make your heart sing, your feet dance and your face smile till it almost hurts.

We love bringing back perennial favorites and also presenting hot new discoveries that we know will become some of your favorites.

Don't forget: We still have more cats to let out of our bluegrass bag, so stay tuned (soon) for even more great news! So with a banjo roll that would make Earl proud, here you go!

Grey Fox Early Bird Ticket special ends on March 15th. Firstly, thanks to everyone who has already purchased your tickets. If you haven't nailed yours down yet, now is a great time to grab our Early Bird Special at $165. Kids 12 and under are free with ticketed adult.

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Rhonda Vincent to Continue Martha White Partnership

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/03/12 - 11:18pm

Nashville, TN -- Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the most awarded band in bluegrass music history, will be hitting the road in the newly wrapped Martha White Bluegrass Express tour bus. Rhonda, who has served as spokeswoman for the legendary flour company for 13 years, continues her partnership into 2014.

The home on wheels returns to its original blue and white colors and features delicious Martha White products, ranging from muffins to cornbread. In the background there are music notes, which represent the musical inspiration that Rhonda Vincent & the Rage bring to every city that they play in.

"I am so proud to represent Martha White,” says Rhonda Vincent. “They are so good to us. We've performed at over 32 military bases for our service men & women on behalf of Martha White. We are thankful and very grateful. Our Martha White Bluegrass Express provides all the comforts of home, and restful sleep so we are ready to sing and play when we arrive at a show. Thanks Martha White!"

The Martha White Bluegrass Express is set roll across North America in support of Vincent’s latest Billboard #1 album, Only Me, which was released in January.

Since her debut, Rhonda has met with increasing acclaim for her dynamic, infectious take on bluegrass. Her gift for balancing classic bluegrass sounds with subtle contemporary touches is featured throughout music. Gleaming with hope, resilience, and gratitude, Rhonda presents a set of songs that range from timelessly straight-ahead bluegrass to classic country. Joining her on the album is Willie Nelson on the title track, Daryle Singletary featured on “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds”, and members of Diamond Rio.

Tags: Rhonda Vincent & the RageMartha WhiteBusinessPromotion

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Play Virginia and Tennessee

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/03/12 - 11:17pm

This week Hall of Fame member, multi-award winning bluegrass and gospel legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will be performing two great shows -- one in Virginia and the next in Tennessee. Fans can catch Doyle and his band Friday, March 14, 7:30 pm at the Augusta Expo located at 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville, VA. Saturday, March 15, 7:00 pm the group will be performing at Morristown West High School, 1025 Sulphur Springs Rd., Morristown, TN 37814.

With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October 2012 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Legendary in the Bluegrass genre and called a “mandolin virtuoso” with “perfectly silken harmony” by The New York Times, Doyle Lawson broke new ground in 2011 with a benchmark Children’s Hospital and Arena Tour, the first tour of its kind in any genre, combining National Anthem performances at major sporting arenas with performances for boys and girls at Children’s Hospitals in the same cities or regions. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performed for nearly 108,000 people during six games in 2011 alone — not including Live broadcast audiences for the NBA and NCAA games — as well as for countless children, families, and staff in visits to children’s hospitals. DLQ sang their first NASCAR Anthem in 2012, kicking off Sprint All-Star Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s second largest track with 165,000 screaming fans, as they performed the National Anthem for NASCAR’s Education Lottery 200 in May, with other superstars on hand for the weekend including Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton. Pretty impressive numbers and company from the little boy from Kingsport, who grew up to be a legend. For more info on DLQ, please go to http://www.DoyleLawson.com and http://www.Facebook.com/DoyleLawsonOfficial

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Mountain Music Museum to Unveil Papa Joe Smiddy Exhibit

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Wed, 2014/03/12 - 11:15pm

Bristol, TN/VA -- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association’s Mountain Music Museum invites the public and the media to take part in the unveiling of the “Papa Joe Smiddy Exhibit” at the museum located at 626 State Street in Bristol, TN-VA. The unveiling will take place at 3:00 pm on Monday, March 17th and ninety-three year old Papa Joe Smiddy will be at the unveiling ceremony.

“We are honored to have several nice artifacts donated to our museum by Papa Joe”, says Suzy Gobble who has volunteered to put the exhibit in place. “This wonderful exhibit will be another chapter in the story our museum tells about the music from our region. We are very pleased to have this exhibit as part of the ACMA’s collection for people to see when they visit the Mountain Music Museum”.

Smiddy, chancellor emeritus at the University of Virginia at Wise is credited for building the four-year liberal-arts institution to what it is today. He has been retired from the University since 1985. Smiddy is also a veteran of World War II serving our country in the South Pacific. Another of his big contributions to mankind has been his music. He is a fantastic clawhammer banjo picker and his passion for his music shows. He has performed over the years on countless stages even sharing the limelight with Doc Boggs, Randall Hilton, Jeanette Carter, Ricky Skaggs and many others. Pappa Joe Smiddy has performed many years with his band the Reedy Creek Bluegrass Band which includes his son Dr. Joe Smiddy.

The ACMA honored Pappa Joe Smiddy a few years ago at their annual Leon Kiser Memorial-Tribute Concert which raises funds for the Benny Sims Scholarship and the ACMA’s Leon Kiser Memorial Scholarship at East Tennessee State University for their Bluegrass Old Time and Country Music Program.

Live music will be provided at the press conference on Monday as well as words from Papa Joe Smiddy himself. The ACMA is a non-profit, all volunteer organization promoting and preserving the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Region. For information visit www.mountainmusicmuseum.org

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J. S. Bach The Cello Suites for Mandolin

Mandolin Cafe - Wed, 2014/03/12 - 7:45am
J. S. Bach The Cello Suites for Mandolin is a new self-publication by author Daniel Sellman following up his recent J. S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Mandolin. The book contains the complete Suites for Unaccompanied Cello transposed and transcribed for mandolin in staff notation and tablature.

Dave Adkins' Solo Album "Nothing to Lose" Released

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Tue, 2014/03/11 - 11:19pm

Willis, VA -- Take a one of a kind voice, a commanding stage presence, and a killer songwriter who can conjur up the long lonesome feeling of bluegrass music with a stealth and hearty vocal like no other and you're quick to understand that Dave Akins is a rarity. He showcases these qualities and more with power on his new solo release Nothing to Lose, out on Mountain Fever. Produced by both Adkins and Adkins & Loudermilk partner Edgar Loudermilk, this is a strong album indeed.

Adkins voice is deeply soulful and ladened with multiple textures that present him as a standout among today's bluegrass vocalists. With a healthy amount of buzz amidst music fans as a result of his exciting live performances and powerhouse vocal chops, Adkins is quickly making a solo name for himself. Mostly recently with a nomination for SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year.

"It is an album with a stunning variety of bluegrass songs,all of them performed perfectly."

After years in groups and supporting or fronting others, Adkins is very proud of the results with Nothing to Lose. "Nothing to Lose is my first solo project and I couldn't be happier for it to include three songs I wrote and one that was co-written with Edgar Loudermilk," he says. The first single from the album, "Pike County Jail," rose into the Top 20 on Bluegrass Today's chart. "In talking about the song, Adkins elaborates, "When I was writing this song I wanted to keep it traditional and something you could really tap your toes to. Although it’s a prison song, it has a ray of hope for new beginnings and comes off as a happy tune,” he adds.

Those who have followed Adkins career know that he has a great deal of respect for those who buy his music and come to his shows. “I have always called them friends, not fans. My friends know that one of my frequent sayings is “Put Some Grass In It,” he says.

So, what better title for a song. “Through this song I get to share my favorite expression and give a nod to some of my Bluegrass heroes,” says Adkins. “It’s a song about not trying to imitate them but hopefully paying tribute to them with my own flavor and style. This song expresses my love of Bluegrass music and my desire to try to make the masters proud while keeping the genre alive.”

Other favorites on the album include “Don’t Pray That Way,” a song that was a true labor of love for Adkins. “This song is about faith and courage inspired by someone that I grew up with in my church. I hope that it serves as a tribute to her selflessness and love of others,” he says.

On “Pretty Little Liar,” Adkins teams up with new musical partner Edgar Loudermilk. “This song started as an idea I had and shared with Edgar,” he says. From there it took on a life all its own. It has a beautiful soothing melody with a sinister twist in the end.”

Adkins thoroughly enjoyed making this album. “I have had a blast making this CD and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professionals in the business. I am thankful for the experience of co-producing this project with Edgar Loudermilk and Mark Hodges,” he says.

Mountain Fever’s Hodges is equally excited. “Everyone pretty much knows what a great singer Dave is,” he says. “But it takes great songs to make a good record and we all put a lot of time into finding the right songs not only to highlight Dave’s powerful vocals but to create an album… an album like we used to buy on vinyl that had a purpose rather than just a pile of songs like so many artists are putting out today. This record doesn’t just sound good, it feels good.” For more information on Nothing to Lose visit www.MountainFfever.com.

Adkins is already out on tour with Adkins & Loudermilk, supporting their individual solo efforts on Mountain Fever, and they will begin production of their first duo CD in the near future. Loudermilk's solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews last October.

Adkins hit the road this week for a full docket of live in-studio radio interviews to support his solo release, including sitting with Judith Burnette's Blue Ridge Backroads on Blue Ridge Country Radio 98.1 at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 11th, to listen to the entire record.

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Bluegrass Bass Artist Matt Wallace Releases New Album

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Tue, 2014/03/11 - 11:16pm

Knoxvile, TN -- Pinecastle Records is proud to announce today’s new album release, For a Season, by Matt Wallace. The first single release, “Old Man Winter” has certainly been receiving airplay from radio stations around the country and is such a timely tune for the harsh winter many have seen this year. The full album has now been sent to radio stations and is also available to radio via www.AirPlayDirect.com.

Matt was joined on For a Season by Paul Brewster, Jesse Gregory, Wayne Taylor and Jerry Cole. The album is available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, www.Pinecastlemusic.com, www.mattwallacemusic.com and more locations.

Matt Wallace grew up in Knoxville and still makes his home there. After playing collegiate baseball, he began pursuing his passion for music and has certainly had an impressive career making his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012 performing with the legendary Jesse McReynolds. Through the years, he has toured with some of the best in bluegrass including most recently Newton & Thomas and appearing on their current Pinecastle Records’ album, “Reborn.” He has also performed with David Parmley and Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad, and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Matt can be seen this year touring with Terry Baucom. He stays in high-demand as a fill-in and session bass player.

Wallace is a young, up and coming musician in the bluegrass world. He is currently the bassist for Pinecastle artists Mark Newton and Steve Thomas, and is currently playing tour dates with Terry Baucom as well. He lives in his boyhood hometown of Knoxville, TN, where he started playing bass at the age of ten. After playing collegiate baseball, he began pursuing his passion for music. He has toured with some of the best in bluegrass including David Parmley and Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Pine Mountain Railroad, and Paul Williams and The Victory Trio. Wallace made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012 performing with the legendary Jesse McReynolds. When not on tour he stays in high demand as a fill-in and session bass player.

On For a Season, Matt Wallace shows off not only his bass playing and vocal talents but his producing skills as well. He sings lead on five tracks and brings in a few friends for the remainder of the tracks including Jesse Gregory, Jerry Cole, Paul Brewster, and Wayne Taylor. The first single released to radio from the album, “Old Man Winter,” has Matt Wallace as lead vocalist. Where style is concerned, Wallace sticks solidly within the bluegrass genre throughout the album while featuring Jesse Gregory on a cover of the Norah Jones/Dolly Parton hit, “Creepin’ In,” and Paul Brewster on a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Long Gone.” Writers of the remainder of the tracks are mostly from within the bluegrass community and Wallace even shows his gospel side singing the tune, “I Want to Know More About My Lord.” Wallace represents a bright and talented future for bluegrass and he proves himself with this album not only as a performer but a producer as well.

Matt is sponsored by Genz-Benz, TKL World Class Cases, NS Design, D’Addario Strings, Peterson Tuners, and Holmes Bass Violins. For more information on Matt’s new album, please visit www.mattwallacemusic.com and www.pinecastlemusic.com., Matt Wallace shows off not only his bass playing and vocal talents but his producing skills as well. He sings lead on five tracks and brings in a few friends for the remainder of the tracks including Jesse Gregory, Jerry Cole, Paul Brewster, and Wayne Taylor. The first single released to radio from the album, “Old Man Winter,” has Matt Wallace as lead vocalist. Where style is concerned, Wallace sticks solidly within the bluegrass genre throughout the album while featuring Jesse Gregory on a cover of the Norah Jones/Dolly Parton hit, “Creepin’ In,” and Paul Brewster on a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Long Gone.” Writers of the remainder of the tracks are mostly from within the bluegrass community and Wallace even shows his gospel side singing the tune, “I Want to Know More About My Lord.” Wallace represents a bright and talented future for bluegrass and he proves himself with this album not only as a performer but a producer as well.

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Stetson Family in Studios Recording New Album

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Tue, 2014/03/11 - 11:12pm

Australia's Bluegrass music group, The Stetson Family is reved up and excited to be back in the studio recording their next album. For this time around, the Stetson Family is working with the mighty Colin Wynne, the man with the cheekiest grin in music, at his wonderful Thirty Mill Studios.

The family group says, "It’s been a couple of years since the last album, but Stetson Family life has been like the third drawer down in my kitchen, in other words, full of a bit of everything, so we’re really excited to be back in a space where we can all get together and record again."

Last year was the band's formal introduction to the United States audiences. A year ago the family headed to Nashville for a whirlwind week to present O Winding River at the International Bluegrass Music Association songwriter showcase. They said, "We had an amazing time witnessing the 'tradition' of bluegrass in full flight, watching players who had grown up with the music coursing through their veins. We met great people and saw some of the most amazing pickers in the world! At the same time we got to observe the raging debate of 'what is bluegrass today?' This was interesting to us as we've never considered ourselves purely a bluegrass band. We just do what we do and respectfully tip our hats to the genre and hope people like our music."

O Winding River took flight and to the family's great surprise turned up at #5 on the Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums on the Global Radio Indicator Chart. The family discovered it had made the Alternate Roots Chart, making it’s way to #14. Then to our further amazement, we realised it had crossed the Atlantic to the UK and Europe and we were contacted by many stations there including two BBC stations telling us we were on their playlists. Go you good thing!"

With all the energy behind this band and their warm American welcome, this next project should be an exciting new addition to bluegrass music. They have the sound, the talent and the experience to put it all together.

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Orange Blossom Records Signs Trinity River Band

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Tue, 2014/03/11 - 11:10pm

Nashville, TN -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Trinity River Band to the label and are celebrating with a new single release today. “Better Than Blue” is now available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlay Direct and for digital purchase at iTunes, Amazon, Trinity River Band and more sites.

“Better Than Blue” was written by Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer. "Fantastic singing and playing from a band that I'm really loving. They really got the spirit of the song and I'm so proud of this cut of it! Remember their name folks because you're going to be hearing a lot more from them,” said Cordle. Many others agree this is a perfect song to launch Trinity River Band's highly anticipated new album set for release later this spring:

“Love the new single from the Trinity River Band. Sarah Harris is the real deal…she has become one of my favorite new singers. Written by two of my favorite people in Nashville, Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer, this song is a perfect fit for Sarah’s powerful voice. The future is extremely bright for the TRB, and I’m one of their biggest fans!”
  - Bradley Walker

“Better Than Blue showcases the bands tasteful musicianship and arrangements but the real standout on this track is Sarah Harris' lead vocal. She's poised to be a Female Vocalist of the Year nominee in the not too distant future with powerful and soulful chops on display here. I expect great things for this North Florida band in the year to come!” - Tim Shelton NewFound Road/10.26 Touring

"Trinity River Band has done it again. They have taken a song written by Larry Cordle and Lisa Shaffer and wrapped their lead vocalist Sarah Harris’ voice around it and made it a bona fide bluegrass hit if I have ever heard one. Better Than Blue is the title cut and new single from the family band from Florida. Sarah captures the emotion and sassiness of the song with a voice much more mature than her youth should allow. Backed up by the family with her dad Mike on the guitar, mom Lisa plays the bass, brother Josh with the banjo, and for the first time on record little sister Brianna handles all the fiddling duties. The instrumentals are tight and tasteful but it’s Sarah’s vocals that reach out and grab your ears and won’t let go. The rest of the CD will be released later this spring, but Trinity River Band has set the bar very high with this first song. I can’t wait to hear the rest. In the meantime, I will be listening to Better Than Blue over and over and over."
 - Gene Skinner - Great Stuff Radio Network

Trinity River Band has been very busy on their national tour performing at major events and festivals along with gaining coverage on TV, Radio and Media outlets throughout the country. The band includes the talents of Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Harmony Vocals).

Fans can learn more about Trinity River Band including their brand new Fan Club, music and tour dates at TrinityRiverBand.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Orange Blossom Records is an innovative, Florida based record label focused on Americana and Acoustic Roots Artists, Recording and Development. They are based in Callahan, Florida and are a full-service record label, providing recording, art design, publicity, and digital marketing. Although primarily intended to cater to Florida and Georgia artists due to geographical proximity, OBR can provide services nationwide for artists in any part of the country.

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Music City Roots to Host Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Mon, 2014/03/10 - 11:32pm

This Wednesday March 12th, at Music City Roots - Live from Loveless Cafe Barn, the featured artists will include Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Wild Ponies, Cabinet, Don duprie and Teea Goans. The program is hosted by Jim Lauderdale. The last time Rhonda Vincent played Roots, it was on her run of duo shows with the mighty-voiced legend Gene Watson. It was great. Soaring and blue. Deeply country. But it did leave me craving a set of her audaciously clear and powerful bluegrass music. She is, after all, a seven-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and one of the most beloved artists in the world of classic bluegrass. But this Wednesday, after years of waiting, we'll feature Rhonda and her band The Rage amid a diverse night at Roots. The season is winding down, but there's nothing wound down about Vincent's approach to roots music.

She was the quintessential family band kid, growing up in small town Missouri as a precocious singer and performer in The Sally Mountain Show, playing a variety of instruments and getting steeped in the life. Her solo career kicked off with a win on a TNN talent show and touring with Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown. Her first albums were in the bluegrass vein, but she got noticed by Music Row and she was able to release a couple of country discs in the mid 1990s. By 2000 she was, as her Rounder Records album debut declared, Back Home Again in bluegrass music, where she quickly became a leading artist, releasing a string of superb albums. Rhonda's voice is one of our music's treasures. It's translucent and illuminated and almost unnaturally strong. She turns a phrase with grace and emotion, whether its 'grass or torchy traditional country.

Vincent's new album nods in both directions at once with an interesting approach: two six-song CDs, comprising a country "side" and a bluegrass "side." We get to hear her crack band tackle some classic songs like "Once A Day," and there's a duet with Willie Nelson. The project, called Only Me, is the 18th album of her solo career. But even as a seasoned veteran, the hosannas keep rolling in. Just last month Rhonda Vincent and The Rage were named Entertainers of the Year at the other big bluegrass music awards, an outfit acronymed SPBGMA that is more keyed to the timeless and traditional strains of the music. A brand new, bright blue Martha White tour bus appears to be the latest news from Rhonda Land, marking a renewal of a sponsor relationship that elevated bluegrass in the 1950s between Martha White Flour and Flatt & Scruggs. We'll ask her about it.

Since her debut, Rhonda has met with increasing acclaim for her dynamic, infectious take on bluegrass. Her gift for balancing classic bluegrass sounds with subtle contemporary touches is featured throughout music. Gleaming with hope, resilience, and gratitude, Rhonda presents a set of songs that range from timelessly straight-ahead bluegrass to classic country.

Emerging singer Teea Goans has a similarly titled album (albeit her second, not her 18th) called That's Just Me and a similar story to Vincent's. Small town Missouri. Check. Singing from five years old. Check. Teea has followed her muse to every place that would let her sing, but classic country is her touchstone. She took a job a few years ago working with our beloved announcer Keith Bilbrey on the Opry warm-up show, which put her in a wonderland of musical heroes. She's channeled what she's heard and learned into a beautiful and timeless sound that swings, two-steps and sometimes settles into a more luxurious setting with background vocals and countrypolitan touches. Steel and fiddle are constant companions. Her voice is velvety and sweet. This should fit in with past Roots sets by Amber Digby and Connie Smith.

The rest of the night touches many bases. We're excited to hear the latest iteration in the career of Nashville's Doug and Telisha Williams, who've tooled up as a power trio with drummer Jake Winebrenner under the name The Wild Ponies. The duo's album Ghost of the Knoxville Girl won me over with its country/folk acoustic textures and lonesome archetypal characters. Now things have more wire and hum and buzz. The songs on their new album When Things Used To Shine are tough-minded and rocking. We get more of Doug's fine electric guitar playing and Telisha's voice has never sounded more confident or stirring.

Cabinet is an interesting band out of the Scranton, PA area that would fit on stages nicely with Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth or Keller Williams. And in fact this sextet has gigged with those very bands and more at festivals like Philly Folk and Floyd Fest. Their banjo and fiddle are prominent, giving them a grassy touch, but the swirling Dead-style freedom lets their music float and swirl. I'm looking forward to it. And we'll also feature Don "Doop" Duprie, who's been hailed as the finest songwriter going in Detroit. A laid off fire fighter who found his voice as an artist, he's got plenty of steel and grit in his approach to country music, whether under his own name or as part of his band The Inside Outlaws (why did nobody think of that name before?).

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Blue Moon Rising Signs with Class Act Entertainment for Bookings

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Mon, 2014/03/10 - 11:30pm

Knoxville, TN -- Blue Moon Rising is very proud to announce they have signed with Class Act Entertainment - a full service booking agency representing premier performing artists since 1993. The band is also proud to announce a brand new website at bluemoonrisingband.com - designed by Harold Nixon. Blue Moon Rising includes the talents of Chris West (Lead Vocals and Guitar); Brandon Bostic (Dobro & Guitar); David Mowell (Tenor Vocals and Mandolin), Rusty Ferrell (Banjo), and Travis Anderson (Bass).

Blue Side of the Moon is the 6th album from this critically acclaimed bluegrass band. It is a self-produced and self-released project on their own Blue Moon Records label. It was recorded at Brandon Bostic’s Root Note Studio and includes BMR’s trademark sound fans have loved for many years. The album is available iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, County Sales and the band’s website. Blue Side of the Moon is available to radio stations worldwide at airplaydirect.com/music/bluemoonrisingbsotm.

Blue Side of The Moon includes the first radio single release, “Colder December,” that made its debut at #4 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 Songs chart just a few weeks after the album's release and is currently #16 on the chart. The album includes the talents of: Chris West, Brandon Bostic, Tony Mowell, David Mowell, and Rusty Ferrell. A mountain cabin in Stanley Valley, TN served as the recording studio with Bostic providing his engineering expertise and gear from his Root Note Studios.

Blue Moon Rising’s impressive career includes a long list of chart albums and hit singles that have reached #1 on a wide variety of radio charts and received many other honors throughout the years. They received a 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nomination and were chosen twice as an official IBMA Showcase performer.

Fans can follow Blue Moon Rising on Twitter, Facebook and youtube site for news and tour information. The band is sponsored by: Blue Chip Picks, Chota Outfitters, D’Addario, and Peterson Strobe Tuners.

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Old Crow Medicine Show at ROMP 2014

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/03/09 - 11:52pm

Owensboro, KY -- After a performance at ROMP 2012 which left our biggest crowd ever begging for more, Old Crow Medicine Show spent 2013 entertaining audiences worldwide and gaining even more critical success. On September 17th, 2013 they received the honor of being inducted as the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights from the year included winning a Grammy for "Best Long Form Music Video" for the film Big Easy Express, and having their classic single, "Wagon Wheel," receive Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies. You're invited to join us on June 28th, 2014 when OCMS returns to ROMP to set the skies on fire.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum hosts their River of Music Party, affectionately known as "ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival," each year as a fundraising opportunity. The three day event takes place June 26-28, 2014 in Owensboro, Kentucky. This amazing bluegrass music festival will again feature some of the music's favorite entertainers and a lot of outstanding music. This year marks the eleventh episode of ROMP and they just keep getting better and better.

On September 17th, 2013 Old Crow Medicine Show received the great honor of being inducted as the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights from the year included winning the Grammy Award for "Best Long Form Music Video" for the film Big Easy Express, and having their classic single, "Wagon Wheel", receive the RIAA's Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.

The band got its' start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He immediately invited the band to play at his MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band relocated to Nashville for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows.

It's been nearly fifteen years since these humble beginnings, and the band has gone on to tour the world, sell over 800,000 albums, become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.

ROMP is a production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. All income from sponsorships and ticket sales benefits the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the history, artifacts, collections and recordings of bluegrass music internationally. Be sure to visit the museum while you are here for ROMP! All ROMP-goers are admitted to the museum free of charge during ROMP. There will be many performances, a film festival, and exhibits to view.

Other artists scheduled to appear during the three day event include Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, David Grisman, Folkjazz Trio, Railroad Earth, Wood Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Pokey LaFarge, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves & Smith, Foghorn String Band, The Boston Boys, Missy Raines, 23 String Band, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Alison Brown, Reunion Band, Bradford Lee Folk, Bawn in the Mash, The Danberrys, Vickie Vaugh and more yet to be announced.

ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival is held at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. Throughout the festival one can enjoy workshops, jamming, child activities, and all-night-after-parties. Arts and Crafts Artisans make the festival grounds visually beautiful with handmade clothing, jewelry, toys, instruments and artwork for sale. Owensboro's best chefs are routinely joined by other creative food vendors, providing a wide variety of culinary offerings. Festival attendees also receive free admission to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. ROMP is the largest annual fundraiser for the Bluegrass Museum.

ROMP is produced by the Board of Trustees and Staff of the International Bluegrass Music Museum and operates as the museum's largest annual fundraiser. Support your Bluegrass Museum by attending ROMP! For more information call (270) 926-7891 or Click on over to http://RompFest.com

For advance ticket discounts, camping & workshop info visit www.rompfest.com

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Pickin' with Town Branch Bluegrass at Carter Fold Saturday

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/03/09 - 11:50pm

Hiltons, VA -- As long as bluegrass music has echoed through the hills and valleys of the Appalachian region, musicians of all ages have gathered together to play and preserve their favorite style of music. This southwestern Virginia group showcases the traditional songs of yesterday, along with the driving sound of a modern style. The group began doing back porch picking and performing at local events seven years ago. Town Branch Bluegrass is now one of the region’s hottest new bands.

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The group features Brandon Elkins on banjo, Bill Newman on mandolin, Peggy Ely on bass, Shirley Smith on vocals, and Jack and Wayne Bonham on guitar and vocals. For further information on the band, go to http://townbranchbluegrass.com/

For a night of some of the best bluegrass music the region has to offer, don’t miss Town Branch Bluegrass band at the Carter Family Fold. Be sure to bring your friends along, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Town Branch Bluegrass Band has become a Carter Fold favorite, and their concert will be a night of family, down-home fun. Come on out and join us!

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.

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CMHoF&M Presents Two Bakersfield Sound Programs in March

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News - Sun, 2014/03/09 - 11:48pm

Nashville, TN -- This month, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special program and performance by musician and producer Pete Anderson (March 22) and a Merle Haggard film screening (March 30) in support of the exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country. The film screening is FREE, and the Anderson program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit CountryMusicHallOfFame.org for complete admission details.

On March 22, at 2:30 p.m., Anderson will sit for an interview in the Ford Theater with the museum’s curatorial director, Mick Buck. Pete Anderson: California Country’s Second Generation will feature a discussion of his career as a guitarist and producer. Anderson gained prominence in the 1980s for his guitar and production work with Dwight Yoakam. The pair generated over a dozen Top Ten singles and led a renewal of interest in the Bakersfield Sound. Anderson also produced records for Mark Chesnutt, Sara Evans, Roy Orbison and others. In addition to the interview, Anderson will perform songs from the Bakersfield repertoire and from his latest release, Bird Above Guitarland. The program will be streamed live at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org/streaming.

On March 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ford Theater, the museum will screen Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself (2010). This 90-minute installment of American Masters (PBS) by filmmaker Gandulf Hennig includes concert footage and interviews with Haggard, his family, friends and fellow artists. The film tracks Haggard’s life and career through growing up in Oildale, California, his incarceration at San Quentin and his successful career as a songwriter and singer. John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards and Don Was also appear in the film.

Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

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Common Ground on the Hill Mandolin Silent Auction

Mandolin Cafe - Sun, 2014/03/09 - 7:00pm
Common Ground on the Hill, hosts of some of the finest traditional music camps and workshops in the U.S. have announced a Mandolin Silent Auction to benefit their Veterans Initiative Scholarships. Walt Kuhlman of Gypsy's Music has donated one of his handcrafted Rosewood Octave Mandolins to be sold at silent auction to benefit the program.

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