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  • Justin Harrison Joins Nu-Blu as Band's Newest Member
    by BMNN on January 18, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Nashville, TN -- With 2018 already in full swing, Nu-Blu is happy to announce the addition of Justin Harrison to the band. The 24-year-old Morehead State University graduate from the Traditional Music Program will serve as the group's new mandolin player. Harrison will join other band members, including lead singer / bass player Carolyn Routh, lead guitarist Daniel Routh and banjo player TJ Honaker. "The move to join Nu-Blu was an easy choice to make. They are poised to make big moves in the next several years, and the band structure and marketing is set up like none that I've ever seen," says Harrison. "I am looking forward to all the music and memories to come." Harrison has a rich history as a musician, with the performer's father also playing mandolin. The instrumentalist has experience performing for Bluegrass fans already, after a recent tenure with The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show. The North Carolina native also has experience touring stateside and internationally, including a tour in China with the Morehead State University Mountain Music Ambassadors Band. "Timing is everything, and that's definitely evident with the way things have worked out to bring Justin into Nu-Blu," said Daniel Routh. "With the opportunities we have on the horizon and the direction we are going, he's the perfect fit for the band." Fans can learn more about Nu-Blu's upcoming tour dates by visiting the band's official website, Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu's heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn's caramel-coated soprano is one of the band's defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group's backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet's warm, layered, American roots sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can't be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road. Tags: Nu-BlueJustin HarrisonBand Announcement […]

  • Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express at Carter Family Fold
    by BMNN on January 17, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express. Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Jonah is 18, and Grayson is 13. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for several years. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church three times a week. Because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band – Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express. Jonah's brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. He has been playing guitar for several years. From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. Jonah and Grayson credit the Lord for their playing and singing talent. Their dad, Benjie Riddle, plays the upright bass. Jonah and Grayson have had the privilege of picking on stage with many great artists – Doyle Lawson, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley II, Nu Blue, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, and Kody Norris – just to name a few. They have performed many concerts all across the U.S. The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, Woodsongs, the Lyric Theatre in Kentucky, at Houstonfest, the Orchard at Altapass, the North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, at Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, North Carolina, the Earl Scruggs Center, the Pickin' Porch, and the Museum of Appalachia are just a few of the events and venues they have played. Members of Tomorrow's Bluegrass Start, they have performed at IBMA Kids on Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have won several awards during the time they have been performing such as Best of Show and individual awards for playing their instruments. Admission is $10 for adults, $2 children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free. Tickets are sold at the door. The boys have played multiple times at the Carter Fold. They kindly donated their time to present our 2015 Christmas Show concert. Talented beyond their young age, this group will go far. Check them out on Facebook and the web. You'll be impressed by their showmanship and professionalism. Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., is a nonprofit, rural arts organization that was established in 1979 to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. Saturday concerts have been held since 1974. The center is family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For information, go to Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. For recorded show information on the upcoming Saturday show at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. Tags: Jonah Riddle and Carolina ExpressCarter Family FoldConcertEvent […]

  • Rebel Announces Focus Track from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
    by BMNN on January 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Xenia, OH—Known for authentic, ground-breaking bluegrass music, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are riding high on the success of their most recent Rebel Records album, The Story We Tell. Thanks to radio programmers, the album has produced several charting songs including the first single, "Long Gone Out West Blues," "In The Short Rows Now," and "When God's In It." With the consistent attention the album has received, Rebel Records is announcing the latest focus track, "If I'd Have Wrote That Song," and requesting radio programmers add it to their regular playlists beginning Friday, January 12th. Written by hit songwriters Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, and James Silvers, "If I'd Have Wrote That Song" has been a favorite with audiences at Radio Ramblers' live performances and a top pick among reviewers, as well. David Morris of Bluegrass Today says, "My favorite cut on the record is If I'd Have Wrote That Song. Working stiffs everywhere, not just songwriters, can identify with the frustrated dreams brought to life when Duane Sparks sings, 'I wouldn't be driving this truck if I'd have wrote that song. This old baloney sandwich would be filet mignon.'" Read the album release announcement here. "If I'd Have Wrote That Song" and The Story We Tell are available to radio programmers via AirplayDirect. For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including upcoming performances, please visit With an intense schedule already in place for the new year, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (JMRR) will find themselves on nearly 100 stages across the country in 2018, delivering first class entertainment and being deemed one of the busiest bands in bluegrass. They've consistently delivered authentic, chart-topping and crowd-pleasing music, as evidenced by multiple International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards and Grand Ole Opry appearances on their resume, and enjoyed a feature in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine in September 2017. Fronted by the IBMA's 2016 Broadcaster of the Year, Joe Mullins "could be termed a double-threat in the music business," writes Chuck Dauphin for Billboard magazine. "Musically, he is one of the top bluegrass acts in the business along with his band, but he also is one of the top radio personalities in the genre. Spend any amount of time with him, and you'll be in amazement at his vocal chops -- whether singing or announcing." And with personalities that match their music, the entire band is beloved by long-time fans and those just learning of the group's music. "Mullins and the Radio Ramblers do not rollick to a style that mimics first generation bluegrassers from Bill Monroe to the Stanley Brothers," stated journalist Tom Netherland in a recent concert review. "Mullins forges his own musical way. He found a theater full of believers in Bristol. His music brought them in, nailed them to their seats and prompted thunders of applause from song to song. So goes the music of substance." Tags: Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersRebel RecordsIf I'd Have Wrote That SongThe Story We T […]

  • Urban Monroes are in “Bits and Pieces”
    by BMNN on January 15, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Fashioned from the heart of tradition and infused with adrenaline, the Urban Monroes’ bluegrass style combines the skills of some of the Pacific Northwest's finest talent. Fast-paced and highly energetic, the band performs both original and traditional bluegrass with a style and delivery uniquely its own. As individuals the Urban Monroes have earned songwriting awards, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and bluegrass instrument championships. They have been featured on the Emmy award winning PBS series Art Beat and their musical experiences have taken them around the world. Their songs and albums have appeared on Bluegrass radio charts nationally and internationally. As a band they have excited audiences from some of bluegrass’ biggest venues with a fully charged stage presence and an intricate delivery. Bits and Pieces is a 15 song anthology of the band’s 4 prior CD releases. It rolls down a backwoods super highway on a tour of bluegrass’s rural roots and modern skylines, a stretch of road where old Joe Clark and Secret Agent Man merge from the same onramp. Their adroit arranging ability is fortified with a divine pairing of sublime voices and power picking. With a panoramic view through inspiring originals and a driving rootsy style unrelentingly their own, Bits and Pieces is a joy ride down the Appalachian Trail’s fast lane. The Urban Monroes put an added twist in every mile of the excursion, taking the most scenic route at every opportunity and seeking the adventure in every song. Bits and Pieces Track List: “Sink or Swim” – Pavement and Pathways “Little Maggie” – One Fret Makes A Difference “Old Joe Clark” – One Fret Makes A Difference “Secret Agent Man” – Pavement and Pathways “How Mountain Girls Can Love” – One Fret Makes A Difference “When the Aspens” – Pavement and Pathways “Fireball Mail” – One Fret Makes A Difference “Hole in My Heart” – Appaloosa Daydream “On My Way” – Upcoming Album “Time of Your Life” – Pavement and Pathways “Never My Love” – Appaloosa Daydream “White River” – One Fret Makes A Difference “William’s Still Alive” – Upcoming Album “Do You Hear What I Hear” – Playing in the Snow “Mr. Grinch” – Playing in the Snow Tags: Urban MonroesCD ReleaseBits and Pieces […]

  • “Doc Watson, Live At Club 47” Out February 9
    by BMNN on January 12, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Yep Roc Records and the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries announce the release of Doc Watson, Live at Club 47, set for a February 9 release on CD and digital, nearly 55 years to the date of the original recording. The LP release will follow April 27. The album is now available for pre-order. Recorded live February 10, 1963 at Club 47 in Cambridge, MA, today known as Club Passim, this never-before-heard album features four previously unreleased songs from Doc’s early repertoire, in addition to performances of Doc’s favorite songs of the Carter Family, Frank Hutchison, Charlie Poole, and Merle Travis. Doc is accompanied by John Herald and Ralph Rinzler of The Greenbrier Boys on five of the album’s tracks. In celebration of the release, Club Passim, the UNC Libraries’ Southern Folklife Collection and Yep Roc Records present an evening with songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and IBMA guitarist of the year Molly Tuttle February 13. Tickets are on sale and available here. “This recording documents a pivotal moment in virtuoso Doc Watson’s early solo career,” notes Steven Weiss, director of the Southern Folklife Collection. “This is Doc, paying his dues and playing his heart out, performing two sets of classic, old-time country songs he learned as a child from his family and from old 78 RPM records. “ Never-Before-Heard Live Album Features Four Previously Unreleased Tracks Following the success of the Club 47 show, Doc was booked at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival and released his debut solo album on Vanguard Records in 1964. He went on to become America’s premier folk guitarist earning seven Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and in 1997 was presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House by then-President Bill Clinton, who introduced him saying, “There may not be a serious, committed baby boomer alive who didn’t spend at least some of his or her youth trying to learn to pick guitar like Doc Watson.” Doc Watson, Live at Club 47 Track listing: “Wabash Cannonball” – A.P. Carter “The House Carpenter” -- Traditional “I Wish I Was Single Again”** – Traditional “Little Darling Pal of Mine” – A.P. Carter “Train That Carried My Girl from Town” – Doc Watson “The Worried Blues” –Traditional “Old Dan Tucker”** – Traditional “Sweet Heaven When I Die” – Claude Grant “The Talking Blues” – Chris Bouchillon “Little Margare”t** -- Traditional “Sitting on Top of the World” – Lonnie Carter and Walter Jacobs “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down” – Doc Watson “Blue Smoke” – Merle Travis “Deep River Blues” – Doc Watson “Way Down Town” (with Ralph Rinzler and John Herald) – Doc Watson “Somebody Touched Me” (with Ralph Rinzler and John Herald) – Doc Watson “Billy in the Low Ground” (with John Herald) – Traditional “Boil Them Cabbage Down” – Traditional “Everyday Dirt” – David McCarn “I Am a Pilgrim” – Merle Travis “No Telephone in Heaven” – A.P. Carter “Hop High Ladies the Cake’s All Dough”** –Traditional “Little Sadie” – Doc Watson “Black Mountain Rag” (with John Herald) – Doc Watson “Blackberry Rag” (with John Herald) – Doc Watson “Days of My Childhood Plays” – Alfred G. Karnes Doc Watson” (vocal, guitar, harmonica, autoharp, and banjo) John Herald” (guitar and harmony vocals). Tracks 15, 16 (second guitar) 17, 24, 25. Ralph Rinzler” (mandolin and harmony vocals). Tracks 15, 16. **previously unreleased tracks. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina. The Southern Folklife Collection is part of the Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. It is an archival resource dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating traditional and vernacular music, art, and culture related to the American South. We do this to advance the study and public recognition of these art forms, and support the educational, research and service missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tags: Doc WatsonCD ReleaseDoc Watson Live At Club 47 […]

  • Luthiers Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson BCM Museum Jan. 26
    by BMNN on January 11, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Bristol, VA/TN -- Friday, January 26 at 7pm the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host an evening of stories and music with luthiers Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson. Jayne will give a talk on her road to becoming a luthier, learning from her father Wayne, and the innovations in eco-sustainability she is bringing to the craft. She will also present a brief demonstration showing some of the tools, woods, and techniques she uses. After the talk and demo, Wayne will give a short performance playing some of Jayne’s instruments for the audience. This program is inspired by the current special exhibit The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge. Both Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson are featured in this exhibit. An Evening with Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson is free and open to the public, though there is a suggested donation of $5. Seating is limited so we are asking that people RSVP for the event. Tags: Wayne HendersonJayne HendersonLuthierEventBirthplace of Country Music Museum […]

  • Justen Haynes Departs Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
    by BMNN on January 10, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Cumming, GA -- One of bluegrass music's most formidable bands, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, is announcing the departure of one of their long-time members, Justen Haynes, who has been the fiddle player for over 12 years. Regarding the new year and what it holds for IIIrd Tyme Out, Russell says, "As for the band, we're in the process of re-grouping and gearing up for our 2018 touring season which, by all accounts, looks to be a very good year with many show dates, and we look forward to seeing and performing for all our friends and fans!!" Russell Moore, the band's founder and leader states, "Over the holidays, Justen and his family came to the conclusion that it was time for him to stay home more and concentrate on their new business, requiring that he leave his position with IIIrd Tyme Out. As a result, his last show with the band was this past Saturday (1/6/2018) at The Fairview Ruritan Club in Galax, VA. It was a fun night of joking and carrying on with each other, as we always do, and catching up on our personal lives since we had just returned to performing after a six-week holiday vacation for the band. For me, and I think for all of us, it was a very enjoyable evening of performing and reminiscing about the last 12+ years that Justen has held the fiddle playing position in the band. Although we hate to see him leave the band, we understand and support his decision and wish him and his family all the best in this new venture and chapter in their lives, and we know that we'll see them from time-to-time in our travels." Upon his departure, Justen offered much gratitude to his fellow bandmates and the many friends he has made over the years. "It has been an amazing ride over the last 12 years. Russell and the band gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and I will be forever grateful. I have gained lifelong friends near and far and want to thank each one of you for the impact, support and encouragement you gave me while I was on the road. My kids have expressed their desire for me to come off of the road. Therefore, I will be working from home as I continue to pursue one of my other passions in dog training. We recently opened a dog boarding and training facility ("Haus Luc K9") that will allow our family opportunities and adventures in the region. We are excited about this new venture and what it brings for our family, but sad to see the music chapter end. I may not be playing music, but I would still love to hear from you so don't be strangers! Thank you again for your support, memories and life changing experiences." Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will resume their 2018 tour later this month with appearances at the Shepherdsville Country Music Barn (Kentucky) on January 19th and The DeKalb Theatre in Fort Payne, Alabama on January 27th. "And speaking of Alabama," says Russell, "Even though I live in Georgia, I should be able to have recovered from the loss of the National Championship in time to hug the necks of all you Crimson Tide fans. See y'all at the show!" The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (5-time career), Russell Moore, is truly at the top of his game. Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are celebrating 27 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. They have recorded 18 albums including Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed, released exclusively in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and listed among Billboard's Top 5 Selling Albums of 2013. They reached a new career milestone with their latest self-produced album, It's About Tyme, which has been the fastest charting album in the band's history, making its debut on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 15 Albums at #2 then climbing to #1 where it remained for an unprecedented SIX consecutive months! All that success resulted in an IBMA Awards Nomination for Album of the Year. Most recently, the band enjoyed an appearance on national television as part of Bluegrass Underground's series for PBS. As journalist Jon Weisberger recently stated, "'s more than just longevity that gets Russell Moore's name out front. The man is, to put it simply, one of the finest singers you'll ever hear, and he makes it seem positively effortless." Tags: Justen HaynesRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutBand Announcement […]

  • Rare Stanley Brothers Live Recording Among Virginia's Most Endangered Artifacts
    by BMNN on January 9, 2018 at 2:51 am

    Bristol, TN/VA -- A rare transcription disc containing a live broadcast performance of The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys on the former WCYB Radio Farm and Fun Time show has been listed among the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. Over time, the degradation of the fragile, lacquer disc recording has made it unplayable and its content unaccessible. A public vote will determine if the rare recording can be restored through grant funds from VAM, so the museum is asking for your help in securing enough votes to help them win $5,000 to preserve this valuable piece of American music history. "We are so excited that this Farm and Fun Time radio transcription disc from our museum collection has been chosen as one of the Virginia Association of Museum's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts," says Rene Rodgers, Head Curator of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. "This object's vulnerable condition means that its content is in real danger of being lost forever. This honor from the VAM gives us the chance to receive much-needed funds to save an important piece of American music and radio history. Even better, preserving it means that we will be able to make this recording accessible to others—it's not every day that you get a chance to hear live Clinch Mountain Boys tracks that have likely not been heard in over 60 years!" The fact that an original live recording of the Clinch Mountain Boys from Farm and Fun Time still exists is a rarity, because discs used to record radio broadcasts in the mid-20th century are highly unstable. Back then, these recordings were made on laquer discs with an aluminum core. Over time, the lacquer flakes off and the disc can no longer be played with a stylus. The transcription disc was donated to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in early 2017 by local musician and WZAP Christian radio program director Glen Harlow. Rare Stanley Brothers Live Recording from WCYB Radio Farm and Fun Time Show Listed Among Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Your Votes Could Help Secure Preservation Grant Thanks to a generous donation from the Blandford Rees Foundation, the VAM's renowned program will for the first time be able to provide conservation awards totaling nearly $19,000 to the honorees, which will be granted by the Selection Committee or by outcome of an online public voting competition. The pubic is invited to help bestow $9,000 of these conservation awards by voting for their favorite endangered artifact. The two artifacts garnering the most votes will be recognized as the People's Choice Awards and will receive $5,000 and $4,000 respectfully to conserve their artifacts and care for its continued preservation. “We're grateful for the opportunity to take our program to the next level during our milestone 50th Anniversary year and further our mission of helping the museum community succeed," says Jennifer Thomas, VAM's Executive Director. "This year’s selected artifacts exemplify the scope and impact of history found across the Commonwealth of Virginia. From an excavated 18th-century merchant ship to a rare radio recording by Ralph and Carter Stanley, some items shed light on the resilience and grace of the human spirit, while others remind us that issues such as women’s rights and voter disenfranchisement are not new. In whole, the artifacts bring history to life. And we are proud that our Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program showcases the important work that collecting institutions undertake every day to care for our collective treasures.” Ten unique artifacts from across the state and spanning Virginia's extensive history from the 1700s to the 20th century were chosen following a thorough review process by an independent selection committee of collections professionals from partner organizations Library of Virginia, Preservation Virginia, Virginia Conservation Association, and Virginia Department of Historic Resources. To view the entire list of artifacts and to vote in the People's Choice Awards, please visit Voting starts on January 15 and ends January 24, 2018 at midnight. The People’s Choice Awards recipients and remaining honorees will be recognized during a special reception at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia, on February 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. following Virginia Museums Advocacy Day at the General Assembly. They will additionally be acknowledged at VAM’s Statewide Annual Conference on March 12, 2018 during an awards luncheon to be held at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, Virginia. Over the past six years, the Virginia Association of Museums has successfully promoted awareness of collections care and the efforts of museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites across the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia to care for their cultural and historical treasures, which is an expensive and time-consuming effort. In fact, over 150 organizations have benefited from participating and the spotlight that the program has provided has generated extensive publicity, new supporters and volunteers, and access to funding to conserve and preserve their artifacts. Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of the Virginia Association of Museums and was originally funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant. Due to its success, the program has been replicated in other states and recognized as one of the most successful outcomes of the Connecting to Collections grant program. Information about past participating organizations can be found online. Images available upon request and from individual honorees. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world. The 24,000 square foot museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way (corner of Moore & Cumberland Streets) in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia. Through multiple theater experiences, film and sound, and interactive, technology-infused displays—along with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community events—the exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive. Rotating exhibitions from guest curators and other institutions, including the Smithsonian, will be featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum is also home to an extensive digital archive. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and most major holidays; call ahead for clarification at 423-573-1927. Admission is $13.65 for adults, $11.55 for seniors, students, military, children ages 6—17, and groups of 20 or more. Children 5 and under are free. Admission prices include Virginia admission tax. Tags: Stanley BrothersLiveBirthplace of Country Music MuseumArtifacts […]

  • Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny at Carter Fold
    by BMNN on January 8, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, January 13th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia will present a concert of old time music by Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny. Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny is a seven-piece, old-time string band from Rover, Tennessee, with musical influences by the Carter Family, Gid Tanner, Uncle Dave Macon, the Coon Creek Girls and many other old-time bands from year's past. Band members emanate from the Williams and Derryberry Families. Uncle Shuffelo (Keith Williams) plays banjo. Austin Derryberry, age 19, plays fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar, and harmonica. Brian Derryberry plays upright bass. Conner Derryberry, age 11, plays the banjo, bones and spoons. Emma Jean Williams plays autoharp and jug. Megan Williams, age 22, plays washboard and kazoo. Courtney Williams, age 20, plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and tuba. Uncle Shuffelo and the Hootenanny have won many accolades including old-time band championships at the State of Tennessee Old –Time Fiddlers Convention, Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention and the Uncle Dave Macon Old-Time Music Festival. Their individual championships include Austin on old-time fiddle, banjo, autoharp and old-time singing; Connor as the 2016 Double Fellowship Award recipient at the Uncle Dave Macon Old-Time Music Festival and Megan and Courtney for old-time singing. The distinctions for this band are too many to list. Please visit their website or their Facebook page for more information. The Hootenanny plays old-time hillbilly music for the soul. Everyone in the family will enjoy a night of dancing and laughter. Bring your dancing shoes and all your friends and family for a carefree night in the place country music got its' start – at the foot of the beautiful Clinch Mountains. The Carter Family Fold focuses on fun for the whole family. This concert will be the group's fifth performance at the Fold. Their first one nearly brought the house down. The Hootenanny often attend services at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Hiltons following their concerts at the Fold. Check the group's FaceBook page and the site for the church to be sure if you are interested in attending. In addition to being some of the finest old time musicians around, they're also some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet. Don't miss them at the Carter Family Fold! Concert admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., is a nonprofit, rural arts organization that was established in 1979 to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. Saturday concerts have been held since 1974. The center is family-friendly, and an alcohol and drug free facility. For information, go to or Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. For recorded show information on the upcoming Saturday show at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. Tags: Uncle Shuffelo & his Haint Hollow HootenannyCarter Family FoldEventConcert […]

  • Tommy Emmanuel Features Jerry Douglas on New Duets Album
    by BMNN on January 8, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Nashville, TN -- Jerry Douglas is rockin' with Tommy Emmanuel on an "un-real" acoustic version of Tommy's new single "Purple Haze"... seriously! This is another fine example of the various complexities that produce beautiful art when you work with an artist the caliber of Jerry Douglas. "This recording is one take and totally spontaneous. I'm still not sure if I followed him or if he followed me, but we both ended up in the same place - and then laughed about it," said Tommy Emmanuel, Award Winning Artist. "Jerry, to me, is a genius and has a beautiful attitude towards making music and I'm very grateful to have him as a friend." "Making music with Tommy Emmanuel is pure joy. He is one of the easiest people to play with. This song was just us being us in one take," says Jerry Douglas, Rounder Records Recording Artist – AirPlay Direct Artist Endorsee. AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide. AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc. AirPlay Direct currently has 11,000 radio station members in over 90 countries and serves over 42,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis. AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc. Tags: Jerry DouglasTommy EmmanuelCD ReleaseDuet […]