20160720

The Cleverlys' Debut EP, CASH CROP, Coming August 12, 2016

Comedic-Bluegrass group, The Cleverlys, are back with new music on their six-song EP, Cash Crop, scheduled for release on Average Joes Entertainment, August 12, 1916. 
The four-piece faux-family band, self-described by band member/comedian, Digger Cleverly (Paul Harris), as "Bluegrass meets 'The Office'" is the perfect marriage of music and comedy. Produced by Noah Gordon, pre-order the EP on iTunes and instantly receive the new song, "Loser."

20160719

Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West)and Radio Submit Announce Partnership! V

Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) and Radio Submit have joined forces to advance the progression of Roots / Folk music across the globe. 

Radio Submit will be presenting music from FAR-West Official Showcase artists to radio stations via their digital online music distribution network. This network includes thousands of member radio stations that utilize the website to discover and download broadcast quality music tracks. 

The Earls of Leicester's "Outstanding" Sophomore Album Rattle & RoarIs Released; Grammy-Winning Sextet's Homage to the Legacy of Flatt & Scruggs Inspires Critical Praise! 

The Earls of Leicester, the award-winning, critically acclaimed sextet founded by 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas, has released its sophomore album Rattle & Roar.  The album follows the band's eponymous 2014 debut, which won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album and scored four International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance.

Osbornes Reunited On Stage!

More than a decade after their last hiperformance together, the Osborne Brothers, Sonny and Bobby, were musically reunited on state at the original home of the Grand 'Ol Opry, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

20160717

Go "West" to Get "East" - Robinson/Nunnaly's EAST To Be Released in California!

 In numerology, 5 is symbolic of dynamic change and energy. Think 5 genre-busting artists, releasing 5 new songs for $5 on Sunday, August 7th - 8:00 p.m. at the Back Room in Berkeley. The NRJN Band will release
"East" their second EP in a series of four.

20160625

Ricky Skaggs' Reaction To the Passing of Ralph Stanley

Left to Right: Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley
Ricky Skaggs, who was at one time, a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys bluegrass band, says Dr. Stanley was his hero!

Upon learning the news of the passing of the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley, Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs released the following statement:
"The end of an era, the passing of a King, a kind and humble King from the mountains.  He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where.  Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches.  He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager.  The Scriptures tell us 'God uses the simple things to confound the wise.'  He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses." -Ricky Skaggs
Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as Bluegrass, died Thursday following a battle with skin cancer.  He was 89.

20160624

Farewell Dr. Ralph

What a life! What a man! 

He defined the term "living legend".
Ralph Edmund Stanley (February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016)

Ralph Stanley, a 1st generation bluegrass pioneer has died at age 89 according to reports in the Tennessean newspaper.

Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia, because of difficulties from skin cancer, publicist Kirt Webster said.

20160614

Open Rail Wins Blazin’ Bluegrass Competition !

Open Rail Wins Blazin’ Bluegrass Competition !
During this past weekend’s Blazin’ Bluegrass Spring Festival in Whitley City Ky, Open Rail was named the winner of the band contest. 

The Gallipolis Ohio band features members, Roger Harrison on guitar and vocals, John Cardwell on mandolin and vocals, Don Titus on Banjo, Shane Lail on guitar and vocals , and Brian Ison on Upright Bass and vocals. 

20160609

Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming Opens Friday in SW Virginia

Crooked Road’s 2nd Mountains of Music Homecoming opens Friday, June 10
20+ Crooked Road Concerts, 100+ Cultural Events, One Unforgettable Experience

Folks in fifty Southwest Virginia communities are tuning up for The Crooked Road’s 2nd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming which opens with toe-tapping concerts on three stages in three different locations this Friday evening. 

Nathan Asks for Prayers for Dr. Ralph!

"I'm asking all of you prayer warriors to please keep my precious papaw/dad, Dr. Ralph Stanley, in your prayers.

He needs a healing touch from God right now, and I know he is more than able to do it.

I ask that you speak very positive about my papaw, because words are very powerful. That little guy (who is a Giant in my eyes) is my everything!

I thank you folks in advance. Nothing is impossible with God." ‪

#‎prayforpapaw‬

-Nathan Stanley

20160530

John McEwen Salutes the Troops!

This is my tribute to our men and women of service,
 to our brothers and sisters who have made the
ultimate sacrifice.  May your bravery
never be forgotten.  - John McEwen
John McEuen (the Grammy-winning national recording artist and founding member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, also known as the "String Wizard") visited Puerto Rico. 

While exploring the island of Vieques, he stepped into one of the old ordinance bunkers (in years past, the Navy used the island for target practice and bomb testing). 


20160529

BRANDED BLUEGRASS Joins Roster at Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions!

b86f07b5-78cc-459e-a522-8c77b1734b51Branded Bluegrass is a band from central Indiana with a catalog of music deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass and gospel, with a flair for some contemporary bluegrass, classic country and even a little bit of rock ‘n roll now and then.

The sophomore album from Branded Bluegrass, MOST WELCOME (produced by Grammy Award winner, Clay Hess), has just been released in May 2016.

20160526

Donna Ulisse to host Heartland TV's Bluegrass Ridge!

Donna Ulisse hosts four episodes of Bluegrass Ridge Bluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse was recently in the studio hosting four episodes of the popular Heartland TV bluegrass video music show, Bluegrass Ridge.

The show focuses on showing bluegrass videos but also includes artist interviews and some behind the scenes footage.

20160525

IBMA Wants Your Bluegrass Films For 3rd Annual Film Fest!


3RD ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FILM FESTIVAL AT IBMA'S WORLD OF BLUEGRASS
The IBMA is excited to present its
3rd Annual Bluegrass Film Festival
World of Bluegrass Week
September 27-October 1
Raleigh, North Carolina  

World of Bluegrass is the perfect place to showcase quality films produced around the music.

20160523

New DIGS for IBMA!

IBMA IS MAKING TRACKS and MOVING OUT!

The International Bluegrass Music Association (that's IBMA to the bluegrass community) is pulling up stakes and heading north - to northeast Nashville, that is. 

They've got a fancy new office building they're moving into, and therefore will be out of commission for a couple of days later this week. Here's what you need to know:

20160520

Bluegrass Storyteller, James King Passes!


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved singer and songwriter James King, who was affectionately known as "The Bluegrass Storyteller." He was 57 years old. King, a recovering alcoholic, suffered complications from a prolonged battle with cirrhosis of the liver. 

King died peacefully, surrounded by family and close friends, including his longtime girlfriend, Becky Rhodes; his brothers Andy and Jason, and sister-in-law Leticia; his aunts Debbie Moxley and Nadine Isley; and friends Junior and Susan Sisk, Dudley and Sally Connell, Harry and Louise Rhodes, and Charlie Snelling.
We’ll See You at the Bluegrass Festivals!


James King, "The Bluegrass Storyteller," 1958 - 2016 

20160513

New Town Set To Release "HARLAN ROAD" CD This Summer!

TRACK LISTING:

1.     All That I Can Take
2.     Can't Let Go
3.     Harlan Road
4.     The Heart You've Been Tending
5.     Hard Times
6.     The Feast Of The Gryphon
7.     The Crows And The Jakes
8.     Drifter Blues
9.     Wildfire
10. Castaway
11. Come Back To Me
Kentucky Bluegrassers NewTown bring hard-traveled backroad tales to life on their new CD, HARLAN ROAD (Mountain Home Music Company).   

Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Barry Bales, the 11-track outing, due in stores on July 8, combines fresh, down-to-earth songs, complex instrumentation and mesmerizing vocals that offer listeners a feast for the senses.  

Fans can pre-order the CD now on iTunes.

The Lexington-based band is fronted by award-winning fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, Jr. Williams, a respected banjo player.  The two split lead vocal duties and present powerful performances on this moving musical journey. 

20160429

Nightflyer’s Rick Hayes’ Father, Green Hayes, Passes

It is with great sadness that we share the news that following a brief illness, Rick Hayes’ father, Green Hayes, has passed at the age of 94.

Green was a well loved and admired figure in the Cincinnati, Ohio bluegrass community. Many national artists had the good fortune to meet him when playing the Hayes Brothers Concert Series in their Covington, KY theater in the early 2000’s. Green was always there to meet folks at the door with a big smile and hug.

Like many musicians, Green started young, influenced by his father who sang. His sister, Nanny, and he played Renfro valley on a few occasions, and played around McKee, Kentucky, where he was from. He never stopped playing bluegrass and passed his love of music down to his sons Rick and Ron. Rick recalls learning “Wildwood Flower” at an early age of about 7 or 8. Although bluegrass was Green’s first love, he was always open to listening to other styles of music and even learned the Beatles “Norwegian Wood” upon Rick’s request so he could show him how to play it.

Green fought in three major battles in World War II. He was honorably discharged after receiving injuries from a conflict where he and his division were held down in foxholes for almost 30 days in freezing weather. He nearly lost his feet in the process and spent over a year and a half in the hospital regaining his strength and ability to walk again. His signature cowboy boots – worn even when mowing the grass – helped relieve the pain received from the injuries. He was often bothered by the duties required of him as a combat soldier and wouldn’t speak of it for many years, but he was very proud that he served and helped to protect our country.

After the war, he returned home to marry Geneva Lainhart and raise a family in Cincinnati. Their anniversary this past January marked 70 years of marriage.  Rick and Ron provided them with 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The only thing he loved more than bluegrass, was spending time with his family.

After straying a bit in the 80’s and early 90’s, Rick credits his father for bringing him back to the bluegrass fold by giving him a copy of IIIrd Tyme Out’s album “Putting New Roots Down.” From there on, Rick and Green went to numerous bluegrass festivals and attended many jam sessions. Green recorded two albums at Rick’s recording studio and even filmed a video for “Rock of Ages” (aka Jacob’s Ladder) that can be viewed on YouTube.


Rick’s brother, Ron, started up the Covington theater in the early 2000’s hosting national bluegrass acts, as well as a weekly bluegrass jam. The bluegrass jam that started in Covington, was later moved and renamed the “Green Hayes Tuesday Night Bluegrass Farm Jam” in his honor.  As Green’s voice began to weaken just a bit, a microphone and amp were brought in to help his authentic Kentucky voice be heard. He was always proud of the fact that he was the only one with a microphone. Green even performed publicly a few times with the makeshift “Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jammers,” as recent as last year.

Green was revered by many. You only had to meet him once to become his friend and get a big hug. Not every bluegrass star graces the stage of the Opry, some stars shine just as bright in our hometown communities and in our hearts. If only the world were full of people like Green Hayes, we would be better off.






20160425

Guns N’ Roses’ Influence on Bluegrass Band Iron Horse

80s hard rock icons Guns N’ Roses have been tearing up concert tours and blowing the minds of fans since their much-awaited reunion early this year. There’s no question about the band’s indomitable relevance – spanning four decades from the 1980s rock show diehards to the current generation of Coachella festival goers. To say that Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan still have it is a huge understatement. In more than a million ways, it seems like they never missed a beat in the first place.