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Becky Buller Releases Latest Single "Calamity Jane" with Rhonda Vincent

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:00:02 +0000

(image) Nashville, TN -- New music is out to radio today from reigning IBMA Fiddler and Female Vocalist Of The Year Becky Buller with help from the Queen Of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent. "Calamity Jane", the second single from Buller's upcoming Dark Shadow Recording release, Crêpe Paper Heart, is a co-write by Buller and Blue Highway's Tim Stafford about the notorious American frontierswoman Martha Canary.

"I've been a Blue Highway fan since their very first album," said Buller. "Tim is a songwriting hero of mine; I learned to write, in part, by studying his songs. I'm stoked whenever we have a chance to write together and especially that I got to write an outlaw song with him. (He's kinda known for his outlaw songs.)"

"What fun it was to write this with Becky!" said Stafford. "Since I had written a song about Wild Bill Hickok ("Wild Bill"), I guess it was a logical collaboration. This one is wide open and I love how Becky captured that feeling of a wild horseback ride, chasing after Miss Canary down the plains...'Jane ain't even your name, Jane!'"

Loved singing with Becky! She's a performer who is powered by tremendous creativity and a uniqueness that is unmatched.
 ~ Rhonda Vincent

Past and present members of the Becky Buller Band provided instrumental support on this track as well as the bulk of the new album. They are: Daniel Hardin (bass); Prof. Dan Boner (mandolin); 2017 IBMA Momentum Award nominee Brandon Bostic (guitar); and 2017 IBMA Banjo Player Of The Year Award nominee Ned Luberecki (banjo) with Stephen Mougin as producer and engineer.

DJs can access "Calamity Jane" via AirPlayDirect. For press inquiries or for DJ access to the track via another delivery service, please contact Jana Mougin at

Dark Shadow Recording is a record label and full-service studio run by a musician for musicians in the Bluegrass, Americana and Folk genres. Stephen Mougin (2016 IBMA Mentor Of The Year) offers everything from song demos and tracking to producing/engineering and recording services. Visit DSR online at: http:/

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Release “Time Won't Wait”

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:19:30 +0000

Nashville, TN -- Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle have hit the ground running since its first album in 2015. Their two previous Rural Rhythm Records albums have produced multiple hit #1 radio charted songs, including "Leaving CrazyTown", "Aim High", "Not Now", and critically acclaimed album reviews. Produced by Steve Gulley, Time Won't Wait, releasing on October 20th,is the group's third album and features the up-tempo hard drivin' single "Drowned In Sorrow" written by Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford. Gulley wrote or co-wrote 5 of the songs including the first single, and the title cut, "Time Won't Wait", which was co-written with his chief writing partner, Tim Stafford of Blue Highway. Other key songs include the poignant ballad, "The Road Back To You", written by Grammy award winner, Carl Jackson and the straight-ahead, road song, "I'm Alright", written by Jon Weisberger and Swedish musician / songwriter Christoffer Olsson. Gulley revisits his traditional country roots with his version of the Ronnie Milsap classic, "I Can Almost See Houston From Here". Also included is an amazing break - neck paced instrumental, "G-Force", written by New Pinnacle mandolin player Gary Robinson, Jr. "This is our third recording project as a band and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. I think the songs complement each other perfectly and, in turn, show the diversity and maturity of the band itself. I feel this album shows how much we've grown as a group while still staying true to the things that help define our sound - emotion, drive and intensity. I can't wait for everyone to hear this new collection of music." – Steve Gulley Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle include Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals), Bryan Turner (bass, vocals), Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin), Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals) and special guest Tim Crouch (Fiddle). Time Won't Wait builds on the band's heritage of strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music and at the same time provides a new and fresh sound that further accents the Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle signature sound. Time Won't Wait Track List: “Drowned In Sorrow” (Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley) “Time Won't Wait” (Steve Gulley, Tim Stafford) “You'll Cry For Me” (Steve Gulley) “The Road Back To You” (Carl Jackson) “I'm Alright” (Christoffer Olsson, Jon Weisberger) “I Can Almost See Houston From Here” (Ray Willis) “Congratulations Anyway” (Jesse McReynolds, Jim McReynolds) “You Can't Help Who You Love” (Steve Gulley, Tim Stafford) “Leaving Sounds Pretty Good To Me” (Steve Gulley, Tim Stafford) “G – Force” (Gary Robinson, Jr.) “Safe In His Arms” (Gene Johnson, Val Johnson) “Hold Your Horses” (Carl Jackson, Pam Gadd) Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle are currently on tour. For more information go to Won't Wait is exclusively distributed by the Orchard and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and where ever Bluegrass music is sold. D.J.'s can download the album on AirPlay Direct. The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across generations with strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music. It starts with long time radio personality Don Gulley who was a founding member of the Bluegrass group the Pinnacle Mountain Boys. Don's son, Steve Gulley, has carried on the family tradition performing for many years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, as a founding member of Bluegrass super groups Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, as a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and with Steve's longtime friend and colleague Dale Ann Bradley. Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle includes; Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals), Bryan Turner (bass, vocals),Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin) and Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals). Steve Gulley certainly does not need any introduction to the Bluegrass community with accomplishments that include 16 years as a featured performer, staff musician, music director, studio manager and producer at Renfro Valley, KY. From 1994-96 Steve was a member of Doyle Lawson & Qui[...]

Stoney Creek Releases Single and Music Video from Double Live Album

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:39:29 +0000

Martinsburg, WV - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has released a new single and music video for "The Traveling Song". The track is the first single from the band's new double live album, Live On Location. "The Traveling Song" is available to radio broadcasters through AirPlay Direct. The music video, featuring West Virginia's mountain scenery and a touch of vaudeville humor, can be viewed on Stoney Creek's Website, Facebook and YouTube pages. Live On Location will be available from Calv'ry Music on Sept. 29. Stoney Creek will be premiering a live stream of the album as a Facebook Live Event on Sept. 24 at 4:00 p.m. (ET). The stream will be replayed on Oct. 1. The album contains five original compositions, including the instrumental "Antietam Turnaround" by banjo player Troy Stangle. Guitarist Kenton Catlett contributes four original songs. In addition to "The Traveling Song," Catlett also wrote "Thirty Years," "When the Sun Goes Down," and "Fast Train"(co-written with late country artist Gib Sage). The rest of the album is rounded out by traditional and gospel bluegrass staples from the band's live shows, such as mandolin player Brett Smeltzer's take on "I'm Working on a Building," "Are You Washed in the Blood?" and many more. width="512" height="288" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> "These CDs really turned out great," said Smeltzer. "I think this project will go over great with anyone who purchases or hears it on the air." Stoney Creek will be celebrating the release of Live On Location with performances at Orr's Farm Market's Fall Festival in Martinsburg, W.Va. on Sept. 23 and 24, and at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival in Manteo, N.C. on Oct. 4. Stoney Creek's live show and sound system have been entertaining audiences for years, prompting Around the Pandhandle magazine to name the band "West Virginia's classic bluegrass band." Stoney Creek features an updated and high energy approach to traditional bluegrass, which Bluegrass Unlimited praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best." The Live On Location concept developed in 2016. Stoney Creek had been recording two-track stereo mixes from the band's soundboard for several years, and band members expressed interest in making some of these available to fans. In late 2016 and early 2017, the band brought out a studio multi-track console to record a series of public and private shows, adding extra microphones to capture the audience as well. The double album features two complete sets from Stoney Creek's live performances. The project was recorded and mastered without compression, to preserve the full dynamic range of the performances. As a result, the album is a few decibels quieter than most recordings from the past few years (including Stoney Creek's previous albums), but the improved sound quality should be noticeable to careful listeners. Live On Location captures the band's long-standing commitment to bringing near-studio quality sound to live concert audiences. "It almost sounds like a studio album," said bassist and founder Libby Files upon hearing the playback. "It sounds live," said Catlett. "It is a live recording and I think it is just fine." Live On Location also captures a recent phenomenon at Stoney Creek shows - the dancers. This trend began occurring on a regular basis in 2017 and has been encouraged by the band. One goal for this album was to include the audience, and the double album is ultimately a tribute to the fans. "This might be the best Stoney Creek project yet," according to Stangle. Live On Location will be available through most online digital music services, and as a two CD set from retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target and CD Baby. The project will be available to retailers through Alliance Entertainment. The album can be purchased directly from the band's website,, which also features links to retailers and digital services. Track list for Live On Location:CD Disc 1“Ladies and G[...]

Wilson Pickins Promotions Adds Wildfire to Bluegrass Roster

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:50:05 +0000

(image) Wilson Pickins Promotions is proud to welcome Wildfire to it's distinguished stable of bluegrass bands. Wildfire is a powerful stage band and recording artist on the Pinecastle Records label that delivers music to please everyone from traditional bluegrass lovers to the contemporary fans of today. The current project out on Pinecastle Records, Rented Room on Broadway, has received stellar reviews from bluegrass radio and media, and the single "Bible and a Bus Ticket Home" recently went to number one on the Roots Music Report chart.

"Robert Hale's voice has an angst and flutter at times that makes it instantly recognizable and pulls you in. For that reason, along with the playing and arranging and good songs, this album deserves high praise." - Bluegrass Unlimited.

"Wildfire is a distinctive, contemporary bluegrass band, and they have an appealing approach to the music." - Country Standard Time

Wildfire was formed in 2000 and quickly became one of the most talked about groups in the bluegrass music industry. The band has many years of musical and performance experience, with Robert Hale on lead vocals and guitar, Curt Chapman on bass, and Johnny Lewis on banjo. Newest band member includes established dobro player, tenor and vocalist, Matt DeSpain along with accomplished fiddle player and vocalist, Greg Luck. By mixing their original songs and telling ballads, their complete dedication and love for their music, and their artistic spontaneity, Wildfire takes listeners on a journey that will spur emotion and excitement. They promise a powerful show that will please everyone from traditional bluegrass lovers to the contemporary young fans of today.

Wildfire is led by founding members Robert Hale on lead vocals and guitar and Curt Chapman on bass, and also includes stellar musicians Johnny Lewis on banjo, Chris Davis on Mandolin, Dobro player, tenor and vocalist, Matt DeSpain, and fiddle player and vocalist, Greg Luck. By mixing their original songs and telling ballads, their complete dedication and love for their music, and their artistic spontaneity, Wildfire takes listeners on a journey that will spur emotion and excitement.

Wilson Pickins Promotions is pleased to be working with Wildfire and proud to be a part of getting their music out globally both on stage and off.

Rhonda Vincent Returns to the USA

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:52:33 +0000

Nashville, TN -- September 14, 2017 - The International “Queen of Bluegrass” returns from a week of traveling abroad. Rhonda Vincent kept a jet-setting pace, flying from New York City to Dublin, Prague, and Zurich, before returning on Sunday. The All American Bluegrass Girl, along with the Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History, “The Rage” performed amongst the breathtaking beauty of Prague, Czech Republic and Gstaad, Switzerland. “The response was overwhelming,” Rhonda stated. “It is such an amazing feeling to know our music transcends beyond borders, languages, and cultures. Music is a universal language, and we certainly felt the love by the ovations received after every song. It was equivalent to a finale ending after every solo, and at the ending of each song. What an exhilarating experience to feel such response to our music!” The first performance of this International Tour was in Prague, Czech Republic at the historic Rudolfinum, it is the current home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are the first artists to perform bluegrass music at the Rudolfinum. Known for its excellent acoustics, this historic hall was the perfect setting for their pure form of acoustic music in tandem with the incredible architecture of Prague. On Friday and Saturday, Rhonda Vincent set another historic landmark, being one of the few who have made triple performances at the most prestigious country music festival in Switzerland “Country Night Gstaad.” The festival is an annual event, spanning over 20 years, and hosted by entrepreneur Marcel Bach in the beauty of the Swiss Alps. Rhonda first performed at the Country Night Gstaad in 1997 with a country music band; next in 2007 with The Rage; and her third appearance another 10 years later in 2017 along with country music newbie Mo Pitney and the multi-charting Mark Chesnutt. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage stole the night with their energetic performance. After an uproarious, demanding ovation, Rhonda returned to the stage with only her guitar to deliver what many felt was their favorite part of the night. She gave a solo performance of the title song, which she wrote from the #1 CD with Daryle Singletary, “American Grandstand.” In addition to their nightly performances, Rhonda & The Rage did a special meet and greet with fans who traveled from all parts of Europe, which included Slovakia, Italy, France, and Spain. On Saturday afternoon, they even hosted a special impromptu jam session at their sponsor booth D’addario. "We love getting involved in every aspect of a festival,” Rhonda explains. "It’s more than just coming to a concert. We love getting to visit with our friends, and meeting new friends. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, we can stay in touch well beyond the show. It’s important that I can shake each person’s hand, and look them in the eye to really make a connection you cannot make from the stage. They are lifelong friendships. We bring our heart and soul to every venue, and this is displayed in the amazing love we are shown in return.” Beyond their performances, they were treated to luxury accommodations at The Alpina Gstaad. The Alpina Hotel is on the registry as one of the Best Hotels in the World! A 5-star hotel, nestled in the mountains of Gstaad Switzerland, and its features are nothing short of exquisite! Every aspect has been carefully selected, from the room design to restaurants, pools, and spa. “Thank you Marcel and your entire staff for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” Rhonda shares. “We love Country Night Gstaad, and staying at The Alpina was a most amazing addition to this already awesome festival.” Although they are still soaring from their International experiences, this week finds Rhonda & The Rage at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Kodak, TN, Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival in Conway, MO, and Pickin’ In [...]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 17 Lineup Announced

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:25:24 +0000

Now in its 17th year, the free and large Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has announced the lineup for this year's event. The free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is a gathering featuring over 90 acts on 7 stages performing over 3 days. This year's event is to honor Patricia Christina “Chris” Hellman – artist, ballerina, philanthropist and wife of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman. Chris Hellman passed away on Saturday, February 4th of this year. Warren passed away December 18, 2011. This 17th year of the free festival is a great tribute to Warren Hellman who passed away two years ago. Hellman presented the festival to San Francisco as a gift of thanks to the community and as a way of giving back. This year's grand event will take place October 6, 7, & 8, 2017. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a family-friendly festival. Children and on-leash dogs are welcome but they should be comfortable with large crowds and loud music. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has announced the lineup for their 17th festival:FRIDAY OCT 6 (Noon - 7pm) Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, Brandi Carlile, Tracy Blackman, Conor Brings Friends for Friday featuring: Mega Bog, Jesse Harris, Big Thief, The Felice Brothers, First Aid Kit, Conor Oberst, Billy Bragg, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional , Foy Vance, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, T Bone Burnett, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines , The Bo-Keys featuring Don Bryant and Percy Wiggins, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands SATURDAY OCT 7 (11am - 7pm) Hardly Strictly Silent Disco featuring Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, Steve Fabus, Deejay Theory, Tom Thump, DJ Phleck, DJ Tobiwan, Motion Potion, U9lift, Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady, Justin Townes Earle, The Brothers Comatose, The Wood Brothers, Poncho Sanchez, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Dan Auerbach, Nancy & The Lambchops, Buddy Miller's Cavacade of Stars featuring Gurf Morlix, Bill Anderson, Lillie Mae, Dan Penn, Buddy Miller with The War and Treaty, Tyler Childers, Patty Griffin, Alison Brown & the Compass Bluegrass Allstars featuring Bobby Osborne, HSB Blues Revue featuring Sugar Ray Norcia, Annie Sampson, Chris Cain, Steve Freund, Austin deLone, Ruth Davies and Tony Braunagel, Sturgill Simpson, Willie Watson, Midnight North, Robert Earl Keen, Robyn Hitchcock, Ozomatli, Henry Rollins, Gillian Welch, The Go To Hell Man Clan, The Nth Power, Sam Outlaw, Moonalice, Tim O'Brien Band, Rising Appalachia, Blackfoot Gypsies, Colter Wall, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle & The Dukes SUNDAY OCT 8 (11am - 7pm) Ornette's Prime Time Band Reunion featuring Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Al MacDowell, Charlie Ellerbe, Badal Roy, Denardo Coleman with Special Guests David Murray, Wallace Roney & Marc Ribot , Lampedusa featuring Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, Norbert Putnam and Friends, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Randy Newman, Ciaran Lavery, Kane Welch Kaplin, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bob Mould Band, Weyes Blood, The Flatlanders, Sisters Morales, Hot Tuna Electric, Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls, Hardly Strictly Silent Disco featuring 4NR, Gordo Cabeza, DJ Alarm, Mophono, DJ Tyme, King Most, Motion Potion, Jello Biafra, Emmylou Harris, The Well Known Strangers, Marco & The Polos, Cheap Trick, The Secret Sisters, John Prine, The Brothers Gibb, Poor Man's Whiskey, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lila Blue, Jade Jackson, Tyler Childers, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice), Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Will Durst, The Sons Of The Soul Revivers, Lucinda Williams, Ghost of Paul Revere, Big Freedia, Junior Brown Visit for all the information about this outstanding festival. Tags: Hardly Strictly Bluegras[...]

Bluegrass Museum Announces Fall Concert Series Lineup

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:09:45 +0000

(image) Owensboro, KY – The International Bluegrass Music Museum announced the lineup for their Fall 2017 Benefit Concert series. The Museum will host six shows at their current location in downtown Owensboro beginning September 21 and running through December 1.

Kicking off the series on September 21 is the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band. Boasting two nominations for this year's International Bluegrass Music Association awards (Kenny: Guitar Player of the Year & Amanda: Female Vocalist of the Year), their instrumental talent is paired with strong vocals and thoughtfully written lyrics.

Two of the more progressive groups on the lineup will play the month of October: Nashville-based trio, The Stray Birds on October 5, and the high-spirited, old-time group, Bill and the Belles, on October 20.

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Donna Ulisse will play November 3, and the phenomenal guitarist and songwriter, Robbie Fulks is scheduled for November 16.

Rounding out the series on December 1 is the high-energy, traditional bluegrass sounds of The Po' Ramblin' Boys.

Series tickets are available for $120 each; passes include one ticket to each show in the series. Individual show tickets will be available for purchase if series tickets do not sell out. With a capacity of 120, these shows create an intimate atmosphere allowing audience members and artists to connect through the music.

All shows will begin at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Light food and a cash bar will be available.

Based on the Museum's transition to the new building next spring, this could be the last concert series at the current location.

IBMM's Fall Concert Series is proudly sponsored by the following community partners: Atmos Energy, Glenn Family Services, Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Republic Bank, and Gorman Recruiting

Money raised from this concert series helps the museum continue efforts to preserve and honor the legacy of bluegrass music including music educational programs, general museum operating expenses, the Video Oral History Project (VOHP) and artifact collection efforts.

For more information on artists, the museum or to purchase tickets, visit or call 270-926-7891.

Cybergrass Celebrates 25 Years on the Web

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:02:33 +0000

On Friday, September 9th, Cybergrass celebrated 25 years of promoting bluegrass music on the world wide web. What started out as a learning and research project has evolved into one of the most popular bluegrass web sites in the world. Cybergrass, the world's oldest music and bluegrass music web site, changed over to a new format a few years ago. The site continues to grow even with all the thousands of other bluegrass sites on the web. What a wonderful way to celebrate a quarter century of bluegrass information on the web! Bob Cherry, owner of Cybergrass, credits the site's popularity and growth because of the vision of the site. The site has a history of "firsts" on the web and certainly in bluegrass. He's actively been promoting bluegrass music for 25 years and that is a great achievement to Cybergrass and a wonderful service to the bluegrass community. Cybergrass has published over 45,000 articles on line, including reviews, artist profiles, events and other content since it was created. Cherry notes that it was interesting that the small little genre of bluegrass music would be the first music site and the fact that it was some time before another music site of any kind appeared on the web. Of course, back in those days, the only people on the web were researchers and people with access as it was still the Research Internet and not yet really a public utility as we see today. Bluegrass was popular in regions of research such as the San Francisco area, Colorado, California and even New York -- all places that Cherry lived and worked in. The site was one of the first 10 sites on the World Wide Web and has been in operation for a quarter century. Started on September 9, 1992 as a text only site, Cybergrass has matured over the years to an international award winning site. The site has had five major facelifts and many web addresses since it was created. Cherry also created the original IBMA and IBMM Web sites. As the web's growth was unfolding, He also helped many others get started on the web and many of those sites are still operating today. His site was first hosted on a Xerox research server that ran on a DEC Vax running BSD Unix. The first content was text only and consisted primarily of the Digital Tradition song files which he had stored on 8 inch floppy discs in text format. Today, Cybergrass is hosted on a service that provides connections to all major backbone internet providers and provides 24x7 support. In 25 years, his site has only been down a few times and never for more than a few hours. Cherry wanted to put music cuts online with his reviews. After many calls and conversations, he set out to get an Internet music license. ASCAP flat out refused him but BMI put him in touch with a VP in the New York office. Thus, he had the first limited music license on the web. After a bit of back and forth, Bob and Cybergrass received a BMI license for Internet music. He carried music on Cybergrass until DMCA was written and the terms of that license were not agreeable so all music was removed from his site. In a fluke of circumstances, while his site was as Infonet Services Corporation on a Sun server, another web pioneer was committed to running the Grammy Awardss online. At the last minute a snag happened and he called Bob. Bob had a spare server, an 1-800 rotary ISDN capability to handle 32 simultaneous inbound connections and high bandwith to the internet. Bob installed the software and ran that first awards show webcast on his backup server. The following year, he started carrying the IBMA Awards Show and was the only site to do so for almost a decade. Just a few of the accomplishments and achievements of the site are: The first music web site (September 9, 1992) The first bluegrass web site (September 9, 1992) The first web site to carry a music awards show (Grammys) The first web site to carry the IBMA a[...]

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Announce New LP “Echo in the Valley”

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:39:41 +0000

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are excited to announce Echo in the Valley (October 20 / Rounder), a deep exploration of the complexities of the banjo duet and the follow up to their acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned them the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. “The banjo is a great example of how the world can combine things and create surprising hybrids,” reflects Béla, a fifteen-time Grammy award winner who is often considered the world’s premier banjo player. “The story of this African instrument and its music coming to the Americas during slavery years, mixing with the other cultures that were here, constantly evolving through the centuries is absolutely fascinating! Without the banjo we wouldn’t have blues, jazz or bluegrass music, to name just a few.” Co-written by Fleck and Washburn with wild re-imaginings of Appalachian music, Echo in the Valley is a reflection of the times, from the emphatic mantra “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” to “Come All You Coal Miners,” written from the point of view of coal miner advocate Sarah Ogan Gunning. “That song came from a very emotional, mother-driven, daughter-driven, wife-driven place, and there are not many songs throughout history from that perspective, so I am incredibly moved by her,” says Washburn, a fluent Mandarin speaker and activist known for blending the ancient sounds of America and Far East cultures. Other highlights on Echo in the Valley include the rural blues “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” by Clarence Ashley and a version of Béla’s well-known piece, “Big Country,” framed by the traditional Appalachian tunes “Sally in the Garden” and “Molly Put the Kettle On.” As the story goes, Béla and Abigail met at a square dance, started a family and have been touring the world together since 2013. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, on top of the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a partnership unlike any other on the planet. The duo’s front-porch, minimalist aesthetic includes seven banjos between them, from Béla’s 1937 Gibson Mastertone to a banjo ukulele and a restored 1905 upright banjo bass. The intense, intimate collaboration on Echo in the Valley required “a spirit of staying strong,” says Abigail, “but also a willingness to release into the other’s ideas to create something new.” Béla Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with Bluegrass roots, and the distinction of being nominated in more categories than any other instrumentalist in Grammy history. He has brought the banjo to his standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing two banjo concerts (The Impostor and Juno Concerto), to exploring the banjo’s African roots with Throw Down Your Heart to duos with Chick Corea and Chris Thile. Abigail Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has also done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production Post-American Girl, performs in a duo with guzheng master, Wu Fei and is a member of Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. Tags: Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnCD ReleaseEcho in the Valley[...]

The Churchmen Release Latest Album “God Holds Tomorrow”

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 01:51:22 +0000

(image) Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce the release of God Holds Tomorrow, the latest album from beloved bluegrass gospel group, The Churchmen. The band's third project for Mountain Fever Records, God Holds Tomorrow, includes four songs written by band member Carroll Arnn, that sit nicely alongside those penned by well-known song-smiths such as Pete Goble, Rick Lang, Thomm Jutz, Donna Ulisse and others. When one looks at the list of writer credits on this project, it's made perfectly clear The Churchmen not only deliver a great song, but they know where to find them, too.

The Churchmen have made a career of performing bluegrass gospel music and have created their own niche since they formed in 1989 when they first began singing in local churches. Their southern gospel style, four part harmony, and bluegrass instrumentation, gives them a unique sound that has gained attention all across the country and abroad. The five-member group consists of Keith Clark (bass), Gerald Harbour (mandolin), Carroll Arnn (banjo), Avery Welter (guitar) and Daniel Greeson (fiddle) and all of them lend vocal talents. For fans of bluegrass gospel, The Churchmen keep it straight down the middle, giving reverence to God and spreading his message of salvation. God Holds Tomorrow firmly keeps the band's mission in tact.

Consumers may purchase God Holds Tomorrow from popular digital services such as iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, or Apple Music. Radio programmers may access the entire album via AirplayDirect or by emailing for a digital download. For more information on The Churchmen, please visit For more information on Mountain Fever Records, visit

God Holds Tomorrow Track List

  1. “God Holds Tomorrow”
  2. “It Works For Me”
  3. “The Good Samaritan”
  4. “Bad News For The Devil”
  5. “All Over Me”
  6. “Time To Give Our Community Back To God”
  7. “He Would Have Loved You Anyway”
  8. “Follow Me”
  9. “No Tears In Heaven”
  10. “Who You Need To Know”
  11. “Living Waters”