Friday, April 18, 2014

Prescription Bluegrass Reviews MA CROW & THE LADY SLIPPERS - Memory Of A Mountain

“It's cool that the stars aligned and allowed these fine ladies to find one another and even cooler that they have the resources and sticktuitivness to actually produce recordings of their own brand of bluegrass music. ”

- Marty Warburton / PrescriptionBluegrass

"Nighthawk" - New Solo Project from Grascals' Danny Roberts!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  COVER ARTThe year is off to a great start for Grascals mandolin master Danny Roberts. He just won his fourth SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) Mandolin Performer of the Year award and now he is finishing up recording his second solo project.

Glen Campbell Moved to Care Facility for Alzheimer's

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  GLEN CAMPBELL  BIG BLUEGRASS SPECIALBillboard magazine is reporting that country superstar Glen Campbell has been moved from his home to a care facility.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mountain Heart Loses Jim Van Cleve!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  JIM VAN CLEVEThe "Official" statement from Mountain Heart co-founder Barry Abernathy on the departure announcement from Jim Van Cleve:

"Jim Van Cleve has been a wonderful friend and band mate for the last 16 years. .......

IBMA's Songwriter Showcase - Looking For Song Submissions!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  IBMA LOGOHave you written a new song that the bluegrass industry needs to hear?

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) will host another  Songwriter Showcase to feature the work. . . .

The Stevens Family Releases DOWN ON THE FARM!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  COVER ARTMountain Fever Records presents The Stevens Family.

"Honest bluegrass from one of the nicest families you'll ever want to meet. A family that lives their music and the life they sing about." says Mountain Fever's  Mark Hodges.

The album is being released to radio this week via download files.  

To Cover Tune, Or Not To Cover Tune? - Guest Editorial by Missy Armstrong!


"I believe  there is a PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  MISSY ARMSTRONGway to keep the integrity of the song alive and full of life even though it wasn’t birthed in Bluegrass."




To Cover Tune,


Not To Cover Tune?

I’ll never forget the moment my fate to become part of a bluegrass band was sealed. It happened in the hallway of a hotel lobby while jamming with members of a, new to me, Michigan bluegrass band by the name of Detour.

When asked to sing one I responded with one of my all-time favorite songs, “People Get Ready”. As the song progressed I figured out that not only did these guys know this song but THEY. ROCKED. IT. It wasn’t until much later that I learned my faux pas.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Churchmen Celebrate 25 Years!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  COVER ARTIt’s hard for Keith Clark to believe that  The Churchmen were formed 25 years ago when the band began singing in local churches. 

For Clark, a founding member of The Churchmen who plays bass and sings lead and harmony vocals, it has been one great ride.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Earns Mayors' Award of Distinction!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGEBirthplace of Country Music® is proud to announce Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion annual music festival has achieved the esteemed Mayors' Award of Distinction from the cities of Bristol.

Queen of Bluegrass Talks Bluegrass Business On Bloomberg TV!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  BLOOMBERG TV  PRIMM FOX  w RHONDA VINCENTOnce again, Rhonda Vincent  proves she' not afraid to take her bluegrass anywhere including some very unlikely places ....from the general assembly of the in 2011 and now to BLOOMBERG Business TV.

Rhonda discusses the difference between Country and Bluegrass Music and the business of Bluegrass with Bloomberg's anchor, Primm Fox.

Watch Video Here

Bluegrass Master Richard Bennett Readies New Album For May Release

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  RICHARD BENNETT COVER ARTRichard Bennett's newest work, In The Wind Somewhere will be available May 27 on Lonesome Day Records.

It's one thing for an artist to feel like his latest musical endeavor is his best, but when you're a music veteran with a mile-long resume, decades of recording and performing experience, critical acclaim, and more. . .

A Gift for George Shuffler Fans!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  BUDDY MELTONBuddy Melton and Milan Miller offer of
"The Boy From Valdese"

"We couldn't think of a better way to honor George Shuffler than through the music he loved and so greatly influenced,” Melton says. “That was our intention in releasing this tribute."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Raleigh Selects Public Artist for World of Bluegrass Week 2014

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  - RIVER IN REVERSE BY BLAND HOKE   USE PERMITTED  COPYRIGHT - Bland HokeThe City of Raleigh Arts Commission has approved artist Bland Hoke to create site-specific temporary public art for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Week 2014.

The event, an annual homecoming of the bluegrass music community, will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in Downtown Raleigh.

Owensboro Reverses Plans for New Bluegrass Museum!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  BLUEGRASS MUSEUM  PROPOSED DESIGNOwensboro, KY Mayor Ron Payne announced this week that the former State Office Building in the downtown area which has been planned to be renovated into a brand new Bluegrass Museum will now be razed.

The mayor is reversing the plans that have been underway by city officials, museum directors and architects for over a year.

We'll have further details here as soon as they are made available to us.

Long Time Bluegrass Radio Host & Promoter Dead!

Head,OtisHarmonica stylist and 60-year radio host Otis Head, age 94, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Heritage Health Care in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

He began his performance career competing on a talent show in “Doc” Chamberlain’s Medicine Show hosted by country legend Rambin’ Tommy Scott in the late 1930’s.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Red June Releases New Album Next Week!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  RED JUNE COVER ARTRed June, purveyors of original music created in a traditional style, will release its third album in April.
Ancient Dreams is set for release on Organic Records April 15.

A powerful acoustic trio from Asheville, North Carolina, Red June performs beautifully distilled original American music.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dailey & Vincent Give Away Nashville Experience Trip!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  DAILEY & VINCENTBluegrass superduo Daily & Vincent are making it a little easier this year for one lucky fan and a guest to make it to the stage where the Dailey & Vincent act was born, The Ryman Auditorium.

Their friends at Springer Mountain Farms are helping them give away an action packed weekend, including transportation to-and-from Nashville, a hotel room for four nights, two Music City Backstage Attraction passes (free access to museums, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, meet & greet passes to the Dailey & Vincent Ryman show, and MORE!).

Funeral Services for George Shuffler!

George ShufflerJust  four days short of his 89th birthday, George Shuffler died very peacefully at home of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Services for George S. Shuffler will be held at 4:00 P.M. Thursday April 10, 2014 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, with Rev. Paul Dula and Ron Thomason officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park.

Prescription Bluegrass Reviews - BLUEGRASS EXPRESS - In Our Own Words

The  feel and the beauty of acoustic instruments is excellent and was recorded with an ear for getting it right.

-W. J. Hallock


Monday, April 7, 2014

Bluegrass Innovator George Shuffler Gone!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  - GEORGE SHUFFLERPrescription Bluegrass has received verified information that George Shuffler an innovative bluegrass guitar player and an early practitioner of the crosspicking style who played with The Bailey Brothers, The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys has died.

Bluegrass Radio Announcer, Dennis Jones said he spoke with George's brother just after noon today, Eastern time, who informed him of the news.

Prescription Bluegrass verified the news with Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, NC.  A spokesperson there confirmed his passing and that he is now in their care.  Information about services and other details will most likely be forthcoming by tomorrow on the funeral home's website:  

Shuffler was a 2007 recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award and in 2011 was elected to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

He would have been 89 years old this coming Friday, April 11, 2014.

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