Prescription Bluegrass Reviewer Proclaims "Meltdown" A Success!

From time to time, Prescription Bluegrass Reviewer, W. J. Hallock finds time to attend a festival and write about it for us.  Here is his report on the 21st Annual Durango MELTDOWN.

Image635654609356817838For three full days, Durango, Colorado was on fire with some of the best bluegrass, roots and Americana music in the country! Live music was present at, if I counted correctly, fourteen different down town music venues, on the street corners of Main Street and in the halls and doorways of the historic Strater Hotel, ground zero for the event.

Big name acts such as Special Consensus, Balsam Range, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run (with special guest fiddler Becky Buller!), Nashville ace song writer/entertainer, Shawn Camp, Finnders and Youngberg and The Railsplitters. Durango’s own Bar D Wrangler’s, The Badly Bent and The Blue Moon Ramblers, plus about a dozen other acts from every corner of the United States were all lighting up the stages at the 21st edition of this fine event.



A Regular Friday Feature

By: Rick Cornish



Laura Orshaw Fiddles a Fine Solo Project!

Image635653931913060271Laura Orshaw is an exciting voice on today’s acoustic music scene. Fast-becoming one of today’s celebrated emerging artists, she is a multi-instrumentalist and compelling singer.

Laura earns die-hard fans across the country with her energy and her earnest performance, playing and singing with joy and drive.

Songs of Lost Yesterdays is Laura’s brilliant solo project, available now.

John Berry Enters Bluegrass Arena!

Image635653868194495778John Berry had numerous Country Music hits in the 90's..."Kiss Me in the Car", "She's Taken a Shine", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", and, of course, the #1 smash "Your Love Amazes Me".

In addition, many fans consider his take on the Christmas standard "Oh Holy Night" to be the best version of that ever to be made.

Rural Rhythm's Sam Passamano Receives Iconic Innovators Award!

Sam Passamano II, President of Rural Rhythm Records, is a second-generation record executive whose experience includes stints at DECCA, UNI & MCA working with artists such as Elton John, Olivia Newton John, Steely Dan, Tom Petty, The Who, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Conway Twitty, The Oak Ridge Boys, and countless others. In 1987, Passamano purchased Rural Rhythm Records, a Bluegrass/Gospel label, where he continues to employ his years of experience and innovation.AirPlay Direct, the leading secure digital file transfer system for the music industry, is honoring Sam Passamano II of Rural Rhythm Records with the second annual "Iconic Innovators" Award

Presented each year, the award honors a member of AirPlay Direct who has openly embraced the vision and opportunities that digital innovation has and continues to create within the industry.


IBMA’s “Bluegrass Ramble” Showcase Artists Selected !

Image635652804390479669The first round of artists have been announced for the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases which will take place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, September 29 – Oct 3.

In addition to these “official” showcase performers, additional artists will be added to the Bluegrass Ramble via co-sponsored shows at the venues along with privately hosted “After Hours Showcases” (Tuesday – Friday) at the Marriott.


The Man Who Wrote "Christmas Time's A Comin'" Needs Our Get Well Cards!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE - Tex Logan"Christmas Time's A-Comin'
And I know I'm goin' home."

The song, first recorded by Bill Monroe in 1951 but later covered by countless scores of country, bluegrass, and pop artists was written by bluegrass fiddler Tex Logan.

Over the last several weeks, we've been posting updates from Tex's daughter Jody on his condition after an emergency trip to the hospital and then the subsequent transfer to a rehabilitation facility where he is undergoing physical therapy and medication monitoring.

South Carolina Broadcasters Band Welcomes Andy Edmonds!

Image635651117616313413David and Ivy Sheppard of the South Carolina Broadcasters Band are excited to announce that Andy Edmonds has joined the trio.

A resident of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Andy comes from a family of guitar and banjo players, and gospel singers. He met the late, great Benton Flippen when he was a young man, and played guitar and banjo for over a decade with Benton Flippen & The Smokey Valley Boys.