All-Star Players Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk Announce Formation of Adkins & Loudermilk Duo Set to Hit the Road with Full Tour Schedule Starting January 2014
Willis, VA (November 21, 2014) -- Two of bluegrass music's most admired players, Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, have a fresh contemporary take on their music with the official formation of the new duo, Adkins & Loudermilk. The two will begin touring immediately in support of their solo efforts on Mountain Fever Records, with a duo record scheduled for release sometime in summer 2014.
Loudermilk's solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews in October 2013. Guests included Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, John Cowan, Junior Sisk, Shawn Lane, Buddy Melton, Scott Vestal, and many more.
Adkins is just wrapping up recording his upcoming solo effort, Nothin' To Lose, that will release in early 2014 with Loudermilk as co-producer. The first single from the album, Pike County Jail just dropped to radio this week.
"Me and Dave are both writers and best friends and decided to come together and join forces and go after music things as a collaboration," Loudermilk says. "In playing together, we've discovered a chemistry in the sound and the harmony structures that has us feeling like we have something magical and something we can now put in front of everybody," he adds.
After years supporting some of bluegrass music's most highly lauded artists, including Loudermilk's time spent with Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Adkins deep well of contribution from time spent playing bluegrass at Dollywood to most recently heading his own group, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, they are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.
"We've known each other a long time," Adkins says. "We've been writing for the last 7 to 8 months together, after knowing each other for while. We were both fans of each others music. We just started writing and while it wasn’t something that was premeditated, it just unfolded due to the chemistry we had. It all just happened kind of organically and on its own from getting together."
Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour 80+ Date Event Will Begin Oct. 16, 2013
Nashville, TN (June 26, 2013)--For Immediate Release--Now 86 years old and still in superb voice, the revered country and bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley will commence his final tour Oct. 16, 2013. It will run through December 2014. The event, which is projected to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers, is being billed as Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell. (The title “Dr.” comes from the fact that Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University and has worn that title since it was awarded in 1976.)
Accompanying the multiple Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star will be his band, the fabled Clinch Mountain Boys. Various country and bluegrass artists will appear as supporting acts. The start of the tour coincides with Dr. Stanley’s 67th anniversary as a professional performer. He began his career in 1946 with his older brother Carter, touring and recording as the Stanley Brothers. Carter died in 1966, after which Ralph moved to center stage as a solo artist.
“What an honor it is to be a part of a musical legend and to work with my all-time hero’s final musical journey,” says Josh Trivett, Stanley’s co-manager. “Dr. Ralph is an American and an international musical icon who has influenced so many modern stars with his trademark mountain sound. Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.'s Farewell will be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph, the mountain music he’s made famous and his legacy that will endure through the course of time.” (Photo by Will McIntire)
Over his historic career, Dr. Stanley has won virtually every honor America has to bestow on its master musicians. He has three Grammy awards, one as best male country vocalist, a category in which he competed with Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett. His was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack album. He was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century. Dr. Stanley is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.
As a bandleader, Dr. Stanley mentored the careers of Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore, among others.
The following dates for the opening weekend of the Man of Constant SorrowTour: The Dr.'s Farewell are:
Oct. 18 The Dunn Center - Rocky Mount, NC
Oct. 19 Morehead Center - Morehead, NC
Oct. 20 The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
Oct. 21 The Arts Center - Carrborro, NC
For more information about Dr. Ralph Stanley, go to www.drralphstanleymusic.com .
February 26, 2013 - Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce today’s exciting new album release, THAT’S JUST THE WAY I ROLL, by Dave Adkins & Republik Steele. “Snazzy stuff for real people that still want some music they can feel and believe in. Well done,” said Midwest Record in a new review for the album.
Dave Adkins & Republik Steele will celebrate THAT’S JUST THE WAY I ROLL with several performances this week including: February 27 at the ACT Theatre in Elkhorn City, Kentucky; March 1 at the VFW Club in Grayson, Kentucky; and March 2 at the Bluegrass
Opry Barn in Oakwood, Ohio. The album is now available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes, and many other retail outlets.
Dave Adkins not only impresses listeners with his powerful lead vocals, but he contributed three original songs on the album including “Heartstrings”, “Get ‘Em Up” and the impressive “Rio.” Other songs include: the title cut “That’s Just the Way I Roll” by Terry Herd, Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford; “Laura Mae” by Mark “Brink” Brinkman; “Don’t They Know He’s Watching” by Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford;“Chasin’ A Dream” by Mark “Brink” Brinkman & Dale Pyatt; and “The Storm” by Steve Gulley. Fans will also enjoy the popular “Please Come To Boston” by David Loggins and “Rose Colored Glasses” written by John Conlee and George Baber. Radio stations can download the entire album at AirPlayDirect.com.
Dave Adkins can be heard on another new album, GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES: CIVIL WAR TRUE STORIES ABOUT REAL PEOPLE released earlier this month. He performs the song, “The River Man,” that some are calling one of the standout tracks on this historic album. In a new review Parcbench wrote, "If you are ready to hear
what just might be the next bluegrass artist that you can say you discovered before all your friends did, check out track 11 (The River Man, sung by Dave Adkins). The song spins the tale of a freed slave who ran a secret freedom train by dark of night to help escaped slaves find the freedom that was so central to the struggle."
David Akins is joined by the talents of Kenny O’Quinn, Danny Ray Stiltner, Wesley Wolfe and Matt Cruby. Be sure to check out their website RepublikSteele.com and catch a live show in your area. Fans can also find the band at Facebook and Twitter.
NASHVILLE, TN -- February 13, 2013 -- Grand Ole Opry star and multiple Grammy-winner Ralph Stanley has signed to Moonstruck Management for management and booking.
Headed by Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser, Moonstruck has a client roster that also includes Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, among other award-winning groups.
“Peter and I are honored to work with the great Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys,” says Trivett. “I grew up on Dr. Ralph’s music and have been a huge fan since I was a young boy in Bristol, Tennessee. There was just something magical about the sound and style of his banjo playing and his lonesome mountain vocals that captivated my heart and still lives in me today. His music has been revered for over 65 years, and we have several exciting plans to honor and celebrate the great music and life of this international music legend."
Moonstruck Management focuses on country and bluegrass music and incorporates artist development, management, growth and booking into one controlled business. Peter Keiser comes from a successful and forward-thinking background as Vice President of Marketing for the Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores restaurant chain. During his tenure there, Keiser developed a thriving music program that showcased artists through co-branded products that were marketed and sold only at Cracker Barrel.
Josh Trivett comes from outside the music industry with a background of 13 years in professional golf as a tour player, National Spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Tour Operations at two successful golf club companies. After his departure from the golf industry, Trivett stepped into the music business by managing and increasing the worldwide visibility of bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Starting out in 1946 with his older brother Carter, Ralph Stanley imparted the high, forlorn mountain sound to the Stanley Brothers’ repertoire. After Carter’s death in 1966, Stanley carried on both the name and tradition, enlisting into the Clinch Mountain Boys such future bluegrass and country stars as Larry Sparks, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and Charlie Sizemore.
As a consequence of recording more than 200 albums and performing tens of thousands of shows around the world, Stanley was already an icon when the Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett spotlighted him in the O Brother, Where Art Thou? movie and soundtrack album—an album that has now sold more than seven million copies. His crucial part in the album earned him Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Album of the Year Grammys. He subsequently shared a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy with the Clinch Mountain Boys and Jim Lauderdale. Stanley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000, the first new member of the 21st Century.
He holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University.
Dave Adkins and Republik Steele Receive Two SPGBMA Nominations "That's Just The Way I Roll" Debuts at #8 on Bluegrass Today's Top 20 Chart
Nashville, Tenn. (January 31, 2013 - posted February 6, 2013) – DAVE ADKINS & REPUBLIK STEELE, who are celebrating a new bluegrass chart single, head to Nashville this weekend for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) 39th Annual Bluegrass Awards and 30th National Convention. The band picked up two nominations including a nod to Dave Adkins for Male Vocalist of The Year (Contemporary) and the band for Entertaining Group of The Year.
"That's Just The Way I Roll," written by Terry Herd, Tim Stafford, and Steve Gulley made its debut at #8 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Chart last week and is the title cut from the group’s February 26 album release. Fans can pre-order the album at the band’s new website or visit Amazon, Rural Rhythm Records and other fine retail outlets to place an order for this highly anticipated new album.
Dave Adkins can also be heard on another exciting upcoming release. He performs the song, “The River Man,” on the Rural Rhythm Records’ album, “God Didn't Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” releasing February 12 on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
David Akins & Republik Steele also includes the fine talents of Kenny O’Quinn, Danny Ray Stiltner, Wesley Wolfe and Matt Cruby. For information including upcoming tour dates, please visit RepublikSteele.com.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Hold firm at #1 Spot on Billboard
Nashville, Tenn. (February 1, 2013) – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are proud to announce their latest CD, Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed, is #1 for the third week in a row on the Billboard Top Current Bluegrass Albums chart. The CD was released nationwide on January 7 through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program.
"We're absolutely thrilled that Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed has not only debuted at #1 on Billboard, but has held that spot for a third week," says Russell Moore. "Our entire team has worked really hard on this project and to see it achieve this kind of success is something that makes us really proud."
The album, made up of classic country hits re-recorded in the band’s signature bluegrass style, gives a modern flare to the popular music originally recorded by Elvis, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, The Platters, and John Denver, among others. The classic CD is available at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations as well as crackerbarrel.com, iTunes and Amazon.com.
For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, visit www.iiirdtymeout.com. For more information on Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, visit crackerbarrel.com.
Dave Adkins and Republik Steele Join Rural Rhythm Records & Moonstruck Management
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce they have signed DAVE ADKINS & REPUBLIK STEELE to the label. A new single, “That’s Just The Way I Roll,” written by Terry Herd, Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley will be released to radio later this month. The song is the title track of their upcoming new album scheduled for release early 2013. The band also recently signed with Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser of Moonstruck Management for exclusive booking and management representation.
The buzz about Dave Adkins’ vocals and anticipation for the Republik Steele debut album, from this new emerging group, has been tremendous for some time now…And now the wait is over.
Their music is going to reach down deep and touch your soul because it is real. Being from Elkhorn City, KY these boys have lived it….and you can tell. So, if you have the chance to hear Republik Steele strap yourself in and buckle your chinstrap. This is the “real deal”!!!! – Brink Brinkman – Brinksongs, Songwriter / Publisher
David Akins is joined by: mandolin player and baritone singer, Kenny O’Quinn; bass player Danny Ray Stiltner; sixteen year old Wesley Wolfe on guitar; and banjo player and tenor singer, Matt Cruby. Their hard driving sound along with David’s soulful lead vocals offers a fresh twist on traditional bluegrass music that will delight music fans. The band was started in southeastern Kentucky and includes members from Virginia and Tennessee. The name Republik Steele serves as a tribute to the hardworking coal miners of the area. The fathers and grandfathers of three of the members worked for the same large mining company by the name of Republic Steel. For more information, please visit www.republiksteele.com.
December 20, 2012:
THE ROYS' 2012 Explosion TV Blitz, Radio Impact & Top-Tier Performances Boost Bluegrass Duo's Profile
Nashville, TN (December 18, 2012) -- THE ROYS' career exploded in 2012, thanks to a continuing blitz of TV appearances, impact at radio and performances at top-tier festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada and in Australia.
THE ROYS Bring Bluegrass To The Small Screen
THE ROYS brought Bluegrass to the small screen this year with a host of appearances on network and cable outlets.
The Roys Year End 2012 Video
In case you missed their performances, you can view them via the links provided.
Additionally, the siblings appeared on the PBS programs Pa's Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler and Song of the Mountains; RFD-TV's Reno's Old Time Music Festival; CMC Australia/Sky TV-U.K. Bluegrass Mountains TV Show and the Dr. Steve Show.
Camouflage The Bluegrass Way
The duo aligned with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink for a strategic partnership that includes tour sponsorship. THE ROYS travel to their shows in a distinctly-wrapped RealTree™ camouflage bus, which was named for their critically-acclaimed 2011 CD, LONESOME WHISTLE.
THE ROYS Thrilled Crowds; Sign Exclusive New Booking Agreement
Lee and Elaine travel the road with their band, a talented group of pickers comprised of Harry Clark (Guitar), Matt Downing (Banjo), Clint White (Fiddle) and Royal Masat (Bass). Together, the cohesive unit has thrilled crowds at impressive Bluegrass fairs, festivals and special events throughout the year, including:
Uperco, MD - Arcadia BGF
Brooksville, FL - Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival
Waldo, FL - Dixieland Spring Bluegrass Festival
Memphis, TN - 2012 Folk Alliance Convention (four showcases)
Hesston, KS - Prairie Window Concert Series - Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
Pigeon Forge, TN - Dollywood's Show Street Theatre
Stony Plain, AB CAN - Blueberry BGF
Branson, MO - BG & BBQ Festival - Silver Dollar City - Riverfront Theater
Denton, NC - Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival - Denton Farm Park
Gettysburg, PA - Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Perry, FL - Florida State Bluegrass Festival
Lexington, KY - Festival of the Bluegrass - Kentucky Horse Park Campground
Lanexa, VA - Rockahock Bluegrass Festival - Rockahock Campground
Morganton, NC - Red, White & Bluegrass - Catawba Meadows Park
Nashville, TN - Bluegrass Night at the Ryman - Ryman Auditorium
Hartford, CT - Podunk BGF
Rogersville, NB CAN - Rogersville BGF
New Richmond, QC CAN - New Richmond BGF
Marion, NC - NC State Bluegrass
Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
The trend-setting siblings also signed an exclusive global booking agreement with prestige agency Moonstruck Management. Dates for 2013 are filling in now.
THE ROYS Impact Bluegrass Radio
Lee and Elaine's sophomore disc for Rural Rhythm Records, NEW DAY DAWNING, was released in August and immediately found a home at radio and on the charts. The EP debuted at Number 2 on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later climbed toNumber 1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best Sellers list. Additionally, the week of September 21, all of the songs from the EP owned positions on the Bluegrass Today Chart, making THE ROYS the first-ever act to hold that honor. Currently, NDD holds the Number 34 spot on the current Roots Music Report - TOP 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart.
The first single release from the new record, "Still Standing," continues to impact the charts, sitting at Number 19 on BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED Magazine's TOP 30 Songs Chart and holding the Number 15 spot on BLUEGRASS TODAY's - WEEKLY TOP 20 Chart.
Radio programmers continue to embrace the energetic duo, describing their unique and vibrant Bluegrass style, powerful songwriting and pleasing personalities:
"Elaine and Lee have such a gift for finding great songs and they sing wonderfully. They are fun to talk to as well. We had such a good time chatting with them about their new release, NEW DAY DAWNING." - Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Radio
"THE ROYS embody all the qualities necessary to take Bluegrass music to new heights, but most importantly, a deep respect and passion for the music."
- Terry Herd, Bluegrass Radio Network
"Lee and Elaine have crafted the perfect follow-up to LONESOME WHISTLE with NEW DAY DAWNING. The minute I heard 'Still Standing' I knew it had to be on our playlist ASAP; we LOVE it! The melody and chorus just stick to ya, and I gotta believe that it's THE breakout hit for them." - Joe Limardi, 650 AM WSM
"THE ROYS are compassionate people who have found a unique way to use their music to spread a positive message and inspire those with whom they come in contact. Their latest release continues this tradition through both their writing and performance."
- Cindy Baucom, Knee-Deep In Bluegrass
The "explosion" that was 2012 is nearly over for THE ROYS. The holidays are upon us and it's time for family and friends. Fans can keep up with the latest on Lee and Elaine at TheRoysOnline.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Timeless Hits from the Past Bluegrassed Cracker Barrel's first time out with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out makes for a good time for All
Exclusive New Album, Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed, Available in Stores and at CrackerBarrel.com, Amazon and iTunes in January
LEBANON, Tenn. – (October 26, 2012) – Experience the classics at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® this January with savory home-style cooking and the popular concept’s latest exclusive CD release, Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed, by the honored and admired bluegrass band Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. The 12-track album features newly recorded classic hits performed bluegrass style by the seven-consecutive-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year and five-time IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year (Russell Moore), along with guest vocalists Pam Tillis and Sonya Isaacs. This exciting new album will be available at all Cracker Barrel® locations, CrackerBarrel.com, Amazon and iTunes, beginning Monday, January 7, 2013.
Having released over 17 albums throughout more than 20 years together, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out stay true to their roots on Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed, recording classic songs that have placed an indelible mark on their career and shaped their musical style. These songs, which they’ve re-recorded with their own bluegrass flare, were originally recorded by George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, The Osborne Brothers, Glen Campbell, Elvis, Merle Haggard, John Denver, Don Williams, JD Crowe & The New South, Travis Tritt and Gene Watson. Moreover, guest vocalists Sonya Isaacs (on “Golden Ring”) and Pam Tillis (on “John & Mary”) perfectly complement the group’s award-winning rich vocal blends and crowd-pleasing instrumentation.
“We are thrilled to celebrate 20 years in the music industry with a new project with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store,” said Russell Moore. “We can't think of a better way to do this than by sharing the music that has influenced us with our friends and fans, while reaching new audiences at the same time through this amazing collaboration! We love Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and when we're on tour and looking for a little piece of home, Cracker Barrel's front porches, friendly faces and home-style cooking are always a welcome sight!”
“We think Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed is a really terrific album from a remarkable band,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “We’re thrilled to offer these classics done up bluegrass style to our Cracker Barrel guests. To be able to have all of these songs from one of the most acclaimed bands in the genre all on one disc is a rare thing and we hope this will become a true musical staple that people will treasure for years to come.”
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will debut the new record for fans worldwide in an exclusive World Premiere on Sirius XM this December. For airdates, stay tuned to www.CrackerBarrel.com.
Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed Track Listing:
“Gentle On My Mind” (previously released by Glen Campbell, Elvis)
“Modern Day Bonnie And Clyde” (previously released by Travis Tritt)
“Golden Ring” (previously released by George Jones and Tammy Wynette) featuring Sonya Isaacs
“The Old Home Place” (previously released by JD Crowe & The New South)
“Only You” (previously released by The Platters)
“Take Me Home Country Roads” (previously released by John Denver)
“My Window Faces The South” (previously released by Willie Nelson)
“Farewell Party” (previously released by Gene Watson)
“Big Spike Hammer” (previously released by the Osborne Brothers)
“Tulsa Time” (previously released by Don Williams)
“Mama Tried” (previously released by Merle Haggard)
“John and Mary” (previously released in a different version by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out) featuring Pam Tillis
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home- style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage...all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe.
The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 620 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.
About Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) 5-time Male Vocalist of the Year 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 is celebrating 20 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years. Their a cappella renditions of many songs can rarely be matched and their superb instrumentation provides even more quality sound to their rich vocal blend featuring one of the most respected lead vocalists of all time. All this along with a heavy touring schedule, including many performances on the Grand Ole Opry as well as GAC and RFD channel programs, over 16 recordings to date, and a desire to present their fans with the best music possible, makes this "supergroup" one of bluegrass music's most recognized and in- demand bands. For more information, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.
Lonesome River Band Wins
2012 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award
As They Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Band Leader Sammy Shelor Wins His Fifth Award as
IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year
Nashville, TN (October 4, 2012) -- LONESOME RIVER BAND’s landmark 30th Anniversary was cause for even greater celebration last week when the band won the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR AWARD during the IBMA Awards Show held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Band leader Sammy Shelor was already on stage as a Presenter with bluegrass artist, Junior Sisk where the pair announced the winner. Lonesome River Band’s members, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed and Randy Jones joined Shelor on stage to accept the honor.
Sammy and Brandon have released an additional “thank you video” that can be viewed at www.LonesomeRiverBand.com and on their YouTube Channel.
Sammy Shelor took home his fifth award as the IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year. He also participated in an incredible all-star finale, led by last year’s Entertainer of the Year recipient Steve Martin. Shelor, who won last year’s Steve Martin’s Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, joined some of the top banjo players in a tribute to the late Earl Scruggs. This memorable tribute included the all-star line-up of: Tom Adams, Eddie Adcock, Jessie Baker, Terry Baucom, Sam Bush, Kristin Scott Benson, Alison Brown, Jason Burleson, Greg Cahill, Jason Carter, J.D.Crowe, Jason Davis, Joe Dean, Steve Dilling, Glenn Gibson, Eric Gibson, Mark Johnson, Doyle Lawson, Laurie Lewis, Del McCoury, Rob McCoury, Lynn Morris, Joe Mullins, Mike Munford, Chris Pandolfi, Graham Sharp, Sammy Shelor, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (Jonny, Robbie & Tommy Mizzone), Ron Stewart, Mike Sumner, Tony Trischka, Scott Vestal, Pete Wernick, and Roland White.
L-R Tony Spinosa, Sammy Shelor, Sam Passamano, Pam Passamano
Last week, Lonesome River Band made numerous Nashville appearances to the delight of their fans. They appeared on WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country & Cody Radio Show, a live performance on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Live from IBMA show, and the sold out Anniversary Evening concert with label mates Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out who were celebrating their 20th Anniversary. During the Anniversary Evening concert, Rural Rhythm Records President, Sam Passamano presented Shelor with a plaque featuring Lonesome River Band’s three 2012 albums - CHRONOLOGY VOLUMES ONE – THREE.
LONESOME RIVER BAND was very proud to display their new 3-CD Commemorative Box Set last week that will be available when CHRONOLOGY VOLUME THREE releases on October 16, 2012. Pre-orders are now available at LonesomeRiverBand.com along with additional information on the band. Fans can also check them out at Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
IIIrd Tyme Out Celebrates 20 Years With Sold-Out Margaritaville Concert, Appearances on SiriusXM, WSM at the Grand Ole Opry and Celebrity Jam
Nashville, TN (October 1, 2012) — The International Bluegrass Music Association presented IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore with his FIFTHMale Vocalist of the Year award from the historic Ryman Auditorium last Thursday night during the association's annual awards ceremony. Upon receiving a standing ovation when his name was called, an emotional and excited Moore thanked his parents, wife and sons, and the IBMA membership. "I want to thank each of you for entrusting me to represent the IBMA as your Male Vocalist of the Year for another 12 months," said Moore. "I'll do my best to make you proud!" Moore, who won the award in 1994 and 1997, has also received the honor the last three consecutive years, and was up against some serious competition this year with fellow nominees including Dan Tyminski of Allison Krauss and Union Station and country music icon Vince Gill. This year's honor makes Moore the most awarded recipient in the IBMA's Male Vocalist category. Later during the ceremony, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out performed their #1 song "If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again" from their recent Rural Rhythm Records CD, PRIME TYME, which was also up for Album of the Year.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out spent most of last week in Nashville, TN for the IBMA's World of Bluegrass Conference and participated in several activities in celebration of their 20th anniversary including a sold-out performance at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on Wednesday night. The concert, produced by Moonstruck Management and billed as "An Anniversary Evening", saw many fellow colleagues in attendance in support of the band's accomplishments. During the evening, the band announced the winner of their "Name That Bus!" contest as Rosie Conway from California who was the first to submit the winning name of "Tyme Machine" for the beautiful burnt orange and cream Prevost bus the band recently acquired. The band also presented limited edition concert posters to five lucky ticket holders and helped present one lucky winner a brand new autographed guitar to commemorate the event. After the concert, Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records presented Russell Moore with a special commemorative plaque honoring the band's 20th anniversary and specifically their latest award-winning CDs, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and PRIME TYME, both of which have been released on the label.
During the week, the band performed for SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction "Live From IBMA" before a live studio audience which was the first show of it's kind for the satellite radio station, and taped an hour-long "Studio Special with Kyle Cantrell" which will air in early 2013.
Fresh off the Male Vocalist of the Year win, Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out visited with Bill Cody of WSM 650AM live from the Grand Ole Opry on Friday morning and performed several songs they have become most popular for over the years.
Then the band headed for the Nashville Convention Center to host a "Celebrity Jam" which afforded fans of all ages the opportunity to meet and greet with the band and play some great music together.
This week, the band will board the Tyme Machine and continue their tour in support of PRIME TYME while continuing to celebrate their 20th year milestone as one of the most influential bands in bluegrass music. For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out including more photos from last week's events and a complete tour schedule, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com. ;
Photos from Top to Bottom: Russell Moore accepts award with presenters Della Mae looking on (Photo credit: Alane Anno), Moore with Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser of Moonstruck Management and Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm, with Kyle Cantrell of SiriusXM, with Bill Cody of WSM 650AM, with fans during the Celebrity Jam (Photos courtesy of East Public Relations)
Lonesome River Band: Best Instrumental of the Year: "Angeline the Baker"
September 10, 2012:
The Roys Form Strategic Partnership With Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink
Nashville, TN (September 10, 2012) -- Award-winning brother/sister duo THE ROYS have aligned with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink for a strategic partnership. THE ROYS will travel to their upcoming shows in a newly-wrapped bus with design and camouflage graphics courtesy of RealTree. "It looks amazing," says Lee Roy. "Very earthy," Elaine adds with a wink. Other marketing efforts will be announced soon.
Team RealTree Outdoor Energy Drinks are available in several flavors. White Buck delivers a traditional energy drink flavor profile, but with a crisp, clean finish you've come to expect from Team RealTree Outdoor Energy. Blaze Orange's crisp, refreshing flavor is paired with the perfect drinkability without being too sugary; easy to drink with the right amount of energy kick makes any hunt one to remember. AP Citrus is cool and refreshing; carbonated with a hint of lime, the smooth and light flavor gives every outdoorsman a boost of energy to stay focused and alert. Low-Carb Cream Soda is a new take on a classic; delivering all the flavor of a traditional cream soda with an extra energy boost--the only thing you sacrifice is calories.
"We're truly excited about our partnership with THE ROYS," says Jamey Grosser, Managing Partner of Team RealTree Outdoor Energy Drink. "Lee and Elaine are hard-working, energetic and talented. They are in touch with Middle America and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty and enjoy the great outdoors."
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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Continue String of #1s with PRIME TYME Band Received Nominations in Nine categories to Lead 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT continue their string of #1s on the radio charts with their 2012 IBMA Nominated Album of the Year, PRIME TYME. The band hit the #1 spot for the fourth time this year on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album Chart for February, April, May & September.
PRIME TYME also appeared as the #1 Album on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 CD chart four times (Dec. 2011 and January, March, April 2012) and hit #1 on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums (January and February).
The band’s hit song, “Pretty Little Girl From Galax” was #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song Chart in July and August of this year, garnered the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top Song Weekly and Monthly Song Chart, and SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks as well. The song was also recently released as a music video that has proved to be a sure fire hit with their fans.
RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT made headlines earlier this month when the band and individual members received nominations in NINE categories to lead the field at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Their nominations appeared in the top categories including: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR, INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (“Carroll County Blues“), SONG OF THE YEAR (“Pretty Little Girl From Galax” written by Milan Miller), and ALBUM OF THE YEAR (PRIME TYME). Four-time IBMA MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR, Russell Moore received another nomination in that category along with Wayne Benson for MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Moore also received a nod for GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR and RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR for “Beyond the Sunset” – a song he recorded live with Doyle Lawson, Jamie Dailey and Josh Swift that is part of the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer album LIFE GOES ON (Rural Rhythm).
To continue the celebration of RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT’s 20th Anniversary, Moonstruck Management will present an ANNIVERSARY EVENING celebration concert along with fellow label mate, LONESOME RIVER BAND who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary. This once in a lifetime event will be held September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville located at 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201. Tickets can be purchased at IIIrdTymeOut.com. Food and two cash bars will be available during the event.
For more information on RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT including updated tour information, news and more, please visit IIIrdTymeOut.com.
July 19, 2012:
Anniversary Evening Special event featuring Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme out and Lonesome River Band:
Nashville, TN (July 19, 2012) Moonstruck Management is proud to present an ANNIVERSARY EVENING celebrating Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s 20th Anniversary and Lonesome River Band’s 30th Anniversary. This once in a lifetime event will be held September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville located at 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201.
The multi-award winning Lonesome River Band is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with three album releases this year - CHRONOLOGY Volumes One – Three on Rural Rhythm Records. This mega group certainly continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor is a 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award Winner, recipient of the 2011 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass and numerous other awards and recognitions during his impressive career. Sammy has put together a wealth of talent that includes: Brandon Rickman (Guitar); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Barry Reed (Bass); and Randy Jones (Mandolin) all performing the distinctive LRB sound fans continue to love and support.
Fresh off the win of the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Male Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive year (4-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 is celebrating 20 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years. IIIrd Tyme Out includes the talents of: Steve Dilling (Banjo); Wayne Benson (Mandolin); Justen Haynes (Fiddle); and Edgar Loudermilk (Bass). To commemorate the band's 20-year milestone together, Rural Rhythm Records released Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’sPRIME TYME last fall. This incredible project continues to break records with four songs from the CD appearing on multiple bluegrass radio charts simultaneously.
Bobby Osborne Signs with Moonstruck Management Band Celebrating New Album:
NEW BLUEGRASS & OLD HEARTACHES
Nashville, TN (June 28, 2012) -- Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser with Moonstruck Management are proud to announce they have signed Grand Ole Opry star, BOBBY OSBORNE for exclusive booking and management representation. "What an honor it was receiving news that the legendary Bobby Osborne was interested in working with us at Moonstruck! Bobby has been one of the great legends over the last several decades in the country and bluegrass worlds. His tenor singing is one of the most recognizable voices in the history of the music. We were thrilled to accept this opportunity to work with a Grand Ole Opry member and a legend,” said Josh Trivett. Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business, incorporating artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business.
BOBBY OSBORNE recorded his first hit in 1949 and received his membership in The Grand Ole Opry in 1964. There is no doubt Bobby has been one of the most influential singers and mandolin players in the history of Bluegrass and Country music. He was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002, inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame (Lonesome Pine Fiddlers) in 2009, and has recorded two State songs - “Rocky Top (Tennessee)” and “Kentucky” (Kentucky).
BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS are celebrating their current Rural Rhythm Records’ album, I’M GOING BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN that includes the talents of: Bobby Osborne (Lead Vocal, Mandolin); Bobby Osborne, Jr. (Baritone Vocal, Acoustic Bass); Glen Duncan (Low Tenor Vocal, Fiddle); Michael Toppins (6-Sring Banjo); Joe Miller (Guitar) and produced by Bobby Osborne, Glen Duncan, and Bobby Osborne, Jr.
“He was the first person to craft a style not based on Monroe style mandolin playing. Bobby’s mandolin style reflected his love of the fiddle, and electric guitar playing of Hank Garland and Grady Martin. So what we see with Bobby Osborne, is a singer and instrumentalist who always saw himself as part of the County Music business. There was no separation between the styles, Bluegrass hadn’t yet become a genre onto itself, it was all just part of Country Music,” wrote Glen Duncan from the liner notes of the BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCK TOP X-PRESS album MEMORIES: Celebrating Bobby’s 60th Anniversary as a Professional Entertainer on Rural Rhythm Records.
BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCK TOP X-PRESS are currently on tour including performances at: July 13-14 at the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival in Westcliff, CO July 13-14; Grand Ole Opry on July 20; Rogersville Bluegrass Festival in Rogersville, AL on July 21; Rockygrass in Lyons, CO on July 28 and many more. For a complete tour schedule and more information onBOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS, please visit bobbyosborne.com
February 28, 2012:
New Album, Chronology, Volume One by Lonesome River Band
First of Three Albums Commemorating Band’s 30th Anniversary
February 28, 2012 (Nashville, TN) -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today's new album release, CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE by the award-winning LONESOME RIVER BAND. The album is the first of three 8 song EPS releasing this year commemorating the band’s thirty year milestone. “Lonesome River Band has donewhat few bands have done, continuously reinvented itself through the years, staying both popular and relevant,” sai d Keith Lawrence (Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer and Bluegrass Notes Reviewer).
The CHRONOLOGY series features updated versions of many of the Lonesome River Band’s most popular songs during each decade with the talents of Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and four-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor (Banjo); Brandon Rickman (Harmony Vocal, Guitar); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Barry Reed (Harmony Vocal, Bass); and Randy Jones (Lead Vocal, Mandolin). CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE was produced by Lonesome River Band and includes the tracks:
1. Close the Door Lightly When You Go (E. Anderson) – first single release
2. The Old Man In the Shanty (John Michael Green)
3. Laura Jean (Jim Burns)
4. The Game Is Over (David Carroll)
5. Mary Ann (Johnny Stills, Lonnie Treat)
6. I’m Afraid To Love You Anymore (Jimmie Skinner)
7. Hobo Blues (Billy Smith)
8. Angeline The Baker (instrumental)
Fans can tune into WSM Radio today at 9:00 AM (Central) when host Bill Cody welcomes Sammy Shelor and Brandon Rickman to the show. On Wednesday Shelor will be appear on WorldwideBluegrass.com with host Terry Poirier at 10:30 AM (Eastern) and later in the day with live in-studio interview with hosts Jay Allen and Sherry Boyd on WBRF Radio in Galax, Virginia at 8:00 PM.
Lonesome River Band has two previous #1 albums on Rural Rhythm, STILL LEARNING and NO TURNING BACK, that topped album and single charts such as Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, Cashbox Magazine, Power Source Magazine, Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass, SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks and Most Played Artists, and many more. They were also involved in two live album projects for the label including: the recently released A BILL MONROE 100TH YEAR CELEBRATION – LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM, produced by Sammy Shelor; plus THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN, produced by Mark Newton, that received four 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award nominations including one for ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
In November 2011, the Lonesome River Band with special guest, Steve Martin performed on The Late Show with David Letterman in celebration of Sammy Shelor’s award for The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Martin and Shelor sat down with the late night host who proudly displayed the award followed by an incredible performance of “Molly” (NO TURNING BACK) by band members, Brandon Rickman (lead vocals and guitar), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle), Barry Reed (bass and harmony vocals), Randy Jones (mandolin and harmony vocals) along with Steve Martin and Sammy Shelor on banjo.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding CHRONOLOGY Volumes Two and Three including details on a big event celebration scheduled for later this year. For more information on the Lonesome River Band including upcoming tour dates, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com.
January 30, 2012:
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Top FOUR Charts at #1
NASHVILLE, TN (January 30, 2012) -- The hit album Prime Tyme by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out continues to garner further acclaim, securing the #1 spot on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 15 Album Chart in the February 2012 issue. The power group has also soared to #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 30 Songs Chart with their single, "If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again," with another song "Pretty Little Girl From Galax" beginning its climb on the chart at #30.
Give Russell's pretty girl from Galax some room to fly, as she's already topped Bluegrass Today's weekly National Airplay Chart at #1. The single "Pretty Little Girl from Galax" reigned at #1 for the week of Jan 20, 2012, with the group's "Whippoorwill" only a fast two-step behind at #4.
This success follows the momentum gained in December, as Prime Tyme topped the Top 10 Album Chart of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine at #1. Four singles from the group's Rural Rhythm Records release also charted on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles Chart, marking the first time 4 singles by one group ever soared to grace the chart simultaneously.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are making waves on radio even in the nation's capitol, as the band and their Prime Tyme album were a hot topic on Washington, D.C.'s WAMU Radio on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Russell Moore was interviewed by radio show host Lee Michael Demsey on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown, a show making its splashing debut on April 25, 2009, and since airing on the last Saturday of each month on WAMU Bluegrass Country, American University Radio's HD Channel 88.5-2.
Radio hosts in high places aren't the only ones heralding the group, as the group's label Rural Rhythm Records shared on January 26:
"Not only are fans and radio hosts singing the praises of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, but critics certainly agree. Jerome Clark of Rambles.net raved, 'These guys do not disappoint, really, on any level. They're pros, they play marvelously, and they know good songs when they hear them,' with Jack Bernhardt of Raleigh's News & Observer saying, 'Moore and the band are in prime form throughout, a testament to the years and the miles of near-constant touring, recording and performing before legions of the most loyal fans in 'grass.”
With a 20th Anniversary Celebration of IIIrd Tyme Out in the works for June 2 at the acclaimed "Bluegrass Underground" in McMinnville, TN, the most loyal fans in 'grass have a banner year to look forward to in 2012 from Russell, Steve, Justen, Edgar, Donnie and Wayne. Warmest congratulations to Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out on their sterling success in real Prime Tyme!