Prescription Bluegrass is proud to announce the addition of award winning bluegrass veteran, Marty Warburton to the talent line-up writing the CD Reviews for the Prescription Bluegrass Blog.

Marty Warburton is a lover of all things Bluegrass, from the music itself, to the instruments used to play it, to the people who play and sing it.

For more than 40 years, Marty has kept his finger on the pulse of Bluegrass music in the Southwestern United States as well as nationally. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, The Marty Warburton Band has recorded for Pinecastle Records and are past recipients of the prestigious State of Nevada's Governor’s Folk Arts Award. He and his family made bluegrass world headlines in the late 90's when they won The International Bluegrass Showdown which culminated at the IBMA convention held in Owensboro, Kentucky.

As evidence of his passion for the genre, Marty has volunteered countless hours of his personal time through serving as President of The Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society and organizing and promoting Southern Nevada's Logandale Bluegrass Festival. Of particular joy was his ability to produce and be a live, on-air announcer for National Public Radio affiliate station KNPR. The Bluegrass Express Show ran for several years and exposed many listeners to Bluegrass Music for the first time.

Marty laments that “the word 'bluegrass' is being thrown around quite a bit these days. Just because there is a mandolin, banjo or stand up bass in a band does not, by default, qualify the music being played as bluegrass. There is so much more that goes into rendering the true bluegrass vibe.”

Marty now resides in Southern Utah and continues to perform and enjoys collecting fine, vintage, acoustic instruments.

Prescription Bluegrass radio host and blog editor Brian McNeal says, "It's a thrill for us to have Marty join our team. He brings a truckload of various talents to the review process and we're proud to have him associated with Prescription Bluegrass!"

Marty's first review for Prescription Bluegrass is on Nashville Veteran Songwriter, Irene Kelley's first new recording in ten years, "Pennsylvania Coal" and can be read on the Prescription Bluegrass CD Review Page:

The Prescription Bluegrass Blog is part of the Prescription Bluegrass Media family which includes the syndicated radio show by the same name heard world-wide.

Artists or record labels wishing to contact Marty about future reviews may do so at:
Prescription Bluegrass CD Reviews
5579 West 300 South
Cedar City, Utah 84720


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Prescription Bluegrass Radio Adds Johannesburg, South Africa Radio Station to Family of Affiliates.

Prescription Bluegrass Radio host, Brian McNeal, announces the addition of Fame Music Radio broadcasting from Johannesburg, South Africa as the newest radio station to offer their listeners 100% PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS.
The Auditory Therapy provided by Prescription Bluegrass for those who suffer from Bluegrass Fever is free and listeners need only tune into the station each Sunday morning from 08:00 to 09:00 Central Africa Time. That would be 1:00 am -2:00 am Eastern Time in the United States (07:00-08:00 GMT). The program will also stream on the stations CLOUD service at anytime during the following week.



AUGUST 5, 2013

Irish Songwriter/Broadcaster Niall Toner Joins Prescription Bluegrass CD REVIEW TEAM 

Prescription Bluegrass is excited to make the announcement that Niall Toner of Ireland will be joining the Prescription Bluegrass CD REVIEW TEAM!

Not only is he a renowned performer and songwriter, but Niall Toner is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading experts on Bluegrass and American Country Music.  When he's not on stage performing with The Niall Toner Band, you can find him on the air in Ireland with his radio show, ROOTS FREEWAY which is broadcast on Ireland's National Radio Station, RTE Radio One.
Niall will be putting his expertise to work for Prescription Bluegrass with critiques of European Bluegrass CD Releases for the Prescription Bluegrass CD Review Team.  First up, Niall will review the Italian bluegrass band, RED WINE's latest effort – RED.
You can read his first review on The Prescription Bluegrass Blog CD Review Page

Brian McNeal, chief editor for the Prescription Bluegrass Blog where the reviews are published said he has long recognized the need for better coverage of the European Bluegrass community.  “When we were ready to branch out and begin serving the European bluegrass fans and musicians,  I couldn't think of anyone other than Niall Toner to do the job.  I have the utmost respect for him and couldn't be more thrilled that he agreed to join us.  Being a songwriter, performing and recording musician and radio announcer makes him triple-qualified  to critique others' work.”

European Bluegrass artists, bands and their management should send recently released CDs for review consideration directly to Niall at the following address:

Niall Toner, Presenter,
Roots Freeway,
RTE Radio One,
Donnybrook, Dublin 4


Niall was born in Dublin, Ireland and nurtured an early interest in music by tuning in to Radio Luxemburg and the AFN radio service from Germany. The Saturday night re-broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville was his first exposure to Country music, and when a local school-friend showed up with a collection that included the music of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers, Niall's musical fate was sealed.  

Niall’s composition credits include songs recorded by artists like Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family and more. In 2003 Toner was nominated for a Global Artist Award by the CMA.

His latest album, ONWARDS and UPWARDS on Pinecastle Records received unprecedented chart action, reaching number one on Airplay Directs' ALL GENRES download chart in February of this year.   In March he received the first-ever European Bluegrass Music Association's Personality of the Year Award to recognize his influence in to establish or popularize Bluegrass in the European Community.  And just Spring Niall launched the release of his first book – a how-to Songwriting Book, THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF SONGWRITING.

Niall and the Niall Toner Band  perform their original songs and tunes on a regular basis at Festivals and Venues in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. 


The Prescription Bluegrass Blog reviews Acoustic Bluegrass CDs that have been released within the previous 12 month period.  Recording artists do not need to be on major labels for review consideration.   Niall Toner is the contact for all European Bluegrass artists. Other artists should contact Brian McNeal at: for submission and mailing instructions. 

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For Immediate Release

April 30, 2013




Prescription Bluegrass welcomes Mark Raborn as our newest CD Reviewer. 

Mark is a noted banjo player in multiple genres and a very diversified writer.  From his experiences on stage with Bill Monroe to his writing for “Banjo After Dark,” Mark brings a philosophy of respect for artistic differences.  With so many things like timing, tuning, originality, fidelity, harmony, appeal and flow happening in one recording, Mark says, “It often takes more than one spin to evaluate so many things in a production.”

Prescription Bluegrass Blog editor and radio program host Brian McNeal said, “I'm extremely pleased to bring Mark on board with us just a week after announcing Rita Small's inclusion on the writers' list. More reviewers means more opinions, more diversity and a better service to both the artists and the bluegrass community.”

Mark's banjo fascination began as an 11-year-old when a friend showed him how to play “Boil Them Cabbage Down” in a three-finger style and he's been hooked ever since.
In 1994 he began playing banjo with James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers. James, being the son of Bill Monroe, gave Mark a connection with and opportunities to perform on stage with Bill Monroe.

Based upon advice he received from the Father of Bluegrass (Bill Monroe), Mark started up a booking agency and during that portion of his musical career, booked such well known acts as James Monroe, Carl Story, Josh Graves and Kenny Baker and the Sullivan Family. 

As a songwriter he has more than 160 original pieces to his credit and his first book was published in 2006. (Journal of the Angelic – available from Amazon ).

Mark's first CD Review for Prescription Bluegrass will be for Compass Records' Rebecca Frazier and her latestest CD “When We Fall” due to be available to retail markets at the end of May.  His review will be published in Mid-May on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog.

Artists and record labels wishing to contact Mark about possible CD reviews should do so at:

Mark A. Raborn

705 Sour Spring Trail

Sullivan, Mo. 63080

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