Nu-Blu Making 'Cattle Tracks' Appearance in Scottsdale, Arizona !

Image635566871151055036Fronted by an award-winning vocalist, Nu-Blu has been sweeping the nation as their latest album, All the Way, continues its streak in the Top 10 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart.

R&R Productions along with the Arizona Bluegrass Association are proud to present this special concert at the Cattle Track Arts Compound Theatre in Scottsdale on Thursday, January 29th at 7 PM.

Considering themselves a bluegrass band, Nu-Blu features traditional bluegrass instruments and a frontwoman (Carolyn Routh) whose soaring soprano evokes memories of Alison Krauss, while demonstrating clear originality and emotional elegance. The band performs mostly originals, but has no problem going off the rails with Pat Benatar's "Shadows Of The Night" stripped down, with only two guitars and a mandolin. "We're comfortable in our own skin now," Routh says confidently, "able to step out of those boundaries, spread our wings and say, 'We love this bluegrass, but this is how we're feeling this song.' "

"With this new project (ALL THE WAY) we are going all the way by stepping outside of genre boundaries and letting our fusion of musical tastes and interpretations guide us like never before,” says  Routh.

To step out and decide to make a living in music takes a tremendous leap of personal and professional courage. For Daniel and Carolyn Routh, however, the husband-and-wife team that founded Nu-Blu, it became a necessity, the way to maintain the life-giving force of their music. Today, even as they continue to grow and reach loftier and bigger goals, they have reason to celebrate: the release of their new project,  released through Rural Rhythm Records. The album is fueled by the George Jones inspired song “Jesus and Jones,” which has gained attention and exposure nationally across multiple genres .

Nu-Blu, based in Siler City, NC, is comprised of lead singer Carolyn Routh, who also handles bass; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, on mandolin; and Daniel Routh as guitarist, vocalist, manager, and tour coordinator. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music landing them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in acoustic entertainment. Influences range from original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980's, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Image635566875580148365Discounted advance can be purchased online through . Reserved Gold Circle seating is available. Ticket prices at the door are $25 for Gold Circle and $20 for General seating. Doors open at 6:30 PM. More information about this event is provided through Brown Paper Tickets or call 718-374-1086.

The Cattle Track Arts Compound is a one-of-a-kind artist colony located on the historic Cattle Track property located in north Scottsdale. Headed up by owner and arts maven Janie Ellis, the colony offers art exhibitions, artists' studios and work spaces, a colonial antique gallery, Theater performances, as well as limited-edition fine art books beautifully crafted on an old-fashioned letter press. Come out and spend the day browsing and join us for the evening concert.

Downtown Scottsdale is famous for an estimated one hundred art galleries that line the streets and the Scottsdale ArtWalk, the longest running event of its kind in the United States. But if you want to see pieces of art in progress, venture over to Cattle Track Art Compound, just five miles from downtown. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, Cattle Track is a community that most locals don’t even know of and is where artists live and work among their art. This one-of-a-kind compound offers an artistic escape to visitors who walk through the preserved desert landscape amidst the authentic adobe houses lining the Arizona Canal.

The property is full of rich history that dates all the way back to the 1930s. During its illustrious past, famous artists such as Fritz Scholder, who is known for his Native American paintings, lived and worked here in unison with their artwork.

Cattle Track Arts Compound is an artists’ colony located on 13 acres of land in the middle of a Scottsdale residential community. Built in 1937 by local engineer George Ellis, this little-known enclave (many Scottsdale residents aren’t even aware it’s there) is where architects, printmakers, blacksmiths, jewelers and ceramicists come to work and display their art.

Cattle Track’s most famous artist-in-residence was Philip Curtis, a founding member of the Phoenix Art Museum who lived onsite from 1947 until his death in 2000. Three of Cattle Track’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the area is registered as a Scottsdale historic property. Currently, working inside the compound are architects, printmakers, photographers and craftsmen.

Today, visitors can see artists, blacksmiths and performers working just like their predecessors did decades before them. For aspiring artists, not only can you observe other artists perfect their craft, but you can take part as well. Cattle Track and SmokeTree Resort & Bungalows, just two minutes away, offer workshops for budding and veteran artists. Learn the art of Southwestern photography from famous cowboy photographer and Pulitzer Prize-nominated Jay Dusard as well as Arizona photographer Gary Johnson.

For further information about Nu-Blu visit their website at http://www.nu-blu.com. Music videos are available on their website as well. The Arizona Bluegrass Association (ABA) is dedicated to creating an awareness of and encouraging participation in the uniquely American musical forms of bluegrass, old-time music, gospel, and traditional instrumental and vocal music. The ABA provides jamming sessions, workshops and other educational opportunities for "pickers" of all skill levels. R&R Productions is promotion agency for bluegrass music events in Arizona and particularly in the Phoenix metro-area. To schedule an event call 718-374-1086 or email James Reams at mailto:james@jamesreams.com.

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