Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pinecastle Artists Eligible For IBMA Awards Nominations

Pinecastle Artists Eligible For IBMA Awards Nominations


Emerging Artist of the Year:
Town Mountain brings a unique energy with their mix of original bluegrass material mixed with slow country crooning and a honky-tonk edge. Born out of the all night jam sessions and fertile picking scene of western North Carolina, Town Mountain has emerged as one of the premier young American bluegrass bands. With superb original material about topics ranging from love lost and heartache, to the weariness of a midnight drive across America's heartland, to environmental commentary on mountainside development, Town Mountain's music is sincere, honest, and heartfelt. They've played national festival stages like Merlefest (where they shared the stage with Jim Lauderdale during his bluegrass set this year), Rockygrass, and Pickathon.
"One of the finest up-and-coming bluegrass bands on the scene, Town Mountain plays a brand of music whose rawness and grit is a driving force. Besides their impeccable instrumentalism, lead singer Robert Greer has a voice you won't soon forget." - Kim Ruehl, About.com
Everyone is about to hear what all the fuss is about. Nu-Blu's The Blu-Disc is beginning to be played by radio stations across the country. Their newest project is also their label debut with an August 9th street date. Husband and wife team Daniel and Carolyn Routh front the band, backed by the hard-hitting duo of Kendall Gales (mandolin) and Levi Austin (banjo). Nu-Blu creates a distinctive brand of bluegrass that draws from the band members' collective experience in several different genres.  The bluegrass drive is definitely a priority throughout all the diverse material they perform ranging from older bluegrass standards to selections ported from other genres.
"...If I could make a prediction, Nu-Blu will become a household name in the world of today's Bluegrass music industry!" - Michael L. Browns (Deep Cut Bluegrass, BluegrassMix.com)
Dobro Player of the Year:
Phil Leadbetter has recently been touring with The Whites as well as performing dates around the Knoxville, TN area with his family band, The Leadbetters. Since his recent diagnosis with Hodgkins Lymphoma several benefits have been set up. Last month's event at the Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park in Kodak, TN was well attended and featured some great music including The Whites, John Cowan, JD Crowe and The New South and a Wildfire reunion. Leadbetter was able to play several tunes with a few bands even though he had undergone a recent chemo treatment.
"He's a resophonic guitar trailblazer and not one who is merely content to slide the established groove. Why, he's even got Gibson "Phil Leadbetter Signature Dobro" named for him!" Joe Ross

TG SHEPPARD AND WAYNE MILLS “I LOVED ‘EM EVERYONE”

TG SHEPPARD AND WAYNE MILLS COLLABORATE TO REMAKE SHEPPARD’S HIT “I LOVED ‘EM EVERYONE”
 Country Music Legend T.G. Sheppard, Outlaw Country’s Wayne Mills, and a Line-up of All-Star Musicians Assemble to Remake Sheppard’s 1981 Hit to be Included on Mills New Album
Long Hard Road


Wayne Mills and country legend, TG Sheppard head into Ocean Way Studios along with famed producer Denny Diante to remake Sheppard’s 1981 hit “I Loved ‘Em Everyone” which will be featured on Mills highly anticipated new album Long Hard Road under Diesel Records. Other musicians rounding out this all-star cast include Johnny Neel on the keyboard, formerly with the Allman Brothers, Chris Powell on drums, “Cowboy” Eddie Long, Jason "Rowdy" Cope, all with Jamey Johnson’s band, Mickey Raphael on harmonica, from Willie Nelson’s band, Gary Craig on bass and Luke Davis on guitar, both from Mill's band, and seasoned studio musicians Brent Mason and Steve Rutledge on lead and rhythm guitars.

“I came into the studio to record with Wayne because I believe in him. I hope our collaboration on this song is as good to Wayne as it was for me when I began my career,” says Sheppard when asked about remaking his hit “I Loved ‘Em Everyone.”

“Working with a country music legend like TG Sheppard is an incredible honor on both a personal and professional level,” says Mills.  “I am humbled and grateful to have him on my record.  I am sure that all of our fans will enjoy the remake of ‘I Loved ‘Em Everyone,’” adds Mills.

Wayne Mills Band
Wayne Mills will soon release his 7th studio album Long Hard Road where he worked with powerhouse producer Denny Diante under new Nashville record label, Diesel Records. Wayne, a native of Arab, AL, pushes the boundaries of contemporary country with tracks including “I Need the Country, Whiskey Bent and Jail Bound” and the title track “Long Hard Road” which chronicles the lonesome tale of a man making bad decisions and working through the consequences. With more than fifteen years of touring experience, Wayne has proved himself the consummate performer with a huge following in the Southeast while gaining influence in other markets. This singer/songwriter’s traditional country style blended with an edgy rock sound will please new and old country music fans alike with Long Hard Road. His music is the soundtrack to his life: leaving no stone unturned when it comes to lyrics and his life.

BIG AND RICH......AND HEADING UP NORTH

BIG AND RICH......AND HEADING UP NORTH

It's been 3 years since one of Country's biggest acts have been on tour together, but beginning this week in Alberta, Canada,  Big And Rich are "coming to your city" and they are packin' a punch.  The talented duo consisting of John Rich, fresh off his big win on "Celebrity Apprentice", and Big Kenny, now back in good health following his neck surgery a few years back, are back  and it appears they are picking up right where they left off.

After spending the last few years working on solo projects, like John Rich's  masterful "Shuttin' Detroit Down" and his work on various TV shows like CMT's "Gone Country" and "Celebrity Apprentice" it appears the two legendary songwriters and performers are well rested and itchin' to get back out there in front of their army of fans.   According to their website, they will spend  the rest of the summer zig-zagging all over North America, with something like over 30 shows on the books right now and new ones still being added at the time of this writing.

It also appears that they are bringing some friends along for the ride, Muzik Mafia pals Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy and Two Foot Fred have signed on to make the shows more like something the duo has affectionately referred to as "the freak parade".  Big and Rich show are well-known to be  "a little more like a 3-ring circus than a rock concert", but fans love it!!   So if you are living in Canada or the U.S., there's a good chance the "Extreme Muzik Tour" (as they call it) will be "Here For The Party" at a festival or arena near you...very soon!!

To keep up on the latest info, you can click on     www.bigandrich.com    for all the latest updates

In interviews leading up to the tour, in the last few weeks, John and Kenny have suggested that we are in store for a lot more than just a summer tour.  In fact, new Big and Rich music is already on the horizon, with the new song "Fake ID", which the duo recorded for the new remake of the movie "Footloose", starring another big Country star, Julianne Hough, which is supposed to hit screens on or about October 14th.  So watch for that, as well!!

So needless to say, Big and Rich are here to stay and fans all over the world will be very glad about that.  I have no doubt that their name is quite appropriate, in fact it wouldn't surprise me if they, at some point, have to change their name to Bigger and Richer......and believe me, they deserve every bit of it.  They are great talents and amazing songwriters and I, for one, am very excited about their return.

                                                      Bob Palumbo

CJaye LeRose's "The Porch" Music Video

SiriusXM's The Highway Premieres CJaye LeRose's "The Porch" Music Video on Official Facebook Page


Video Debuts TODAY in Tandem with Date With The Tub Album Release;
LeRose Visits The Highway In-studio in Support of Premiere

FOX NEWS Reports LeRose’s Social Media Success

Nashville, Tenn. (July 12, 2011) – It’s not every day that an unsigned country artist garners major support from SiriusXM Satellite Radio, but social media starlet CJaye LeRose has managed to break the mold.

Today, July 12, at 10 AM CDT, SiriusXM's The Highway will premiere the music video to LeRose's single "The Porch."  This premiere marks a first-ever for the satellite radio channel, and coincides with the iTune's release of her debut album, Date With The Tub.  The Highway has been one of LeRose’s biggest supporters, recently adding the single to its rotation for national airplay.

“I can't tell you how much fun we had making this video,” notes LeRose.  "I'm used to filming my videos in my living room with my computer's little built-in camera.  But for this we had a full blown video shoot with eight camera guys which was totally new for me but a lot of fun!"
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LeRose will visit in-studio today with The Highway’s Buzz Brainard to give listeners the inside scoop on the witty music video.

With 2.5 million YouTube channel views / 35 thousand subscribers, more than 19 thousand Twitter followers and over 16 thousand Facebook ‘likes,’ LeRose's momentum and national presence continues to grow.  Last week, FOX NEWS caught on to Texas native’s growing popularity when the news giant reported: “How To Be A Country Star Without Leaving Your House: Meet CJaye LeRose.”  Read the full story HERE.

For more information on CJaye LeRose, visit www.cjayelerose.com.


SARAH DARLING JOINS UP WITH DANN HUFF ON NEW MUSIC


Nashville, TN...(July 12, 2011)...Rising country artist Sarah Darling is joining creative forces with award winning producer and musician Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Keith Urban) as she heads into the studio with Huff at the helm to produce her next album.
Darling, who released her second album "Angels and Devils" earlier this year on Black River Entertainment, has made multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.  Her most recent single, "Something to Do With Your Hands," celebrated a No. 2 rank on the Great American Country Top 20 Countdown.  The beautifully shot video also spent multiple weeks at #1 on CMT.com.  For more information on Sarah Darling, visit http://www.sarahdarling.com/.
PHOTO: Sarah Darling and Dann Huff
CREDIT: Sara Kauss Musicians

BlueHighways TV and Rural Rhythm Records Promote Roots Music

 
 
BlueHighways TV and
Rural Rhythm Records Form Partnership to Help Promote Roots Music
 
Hendersonville, TN - BlueHighways TV (BHTV) and Rural Rhythm Records announced today that they have formed a promotional partnership to bring the label’s artists to BHTV viewers through HD television specials, guest appearances and music video segments. As part of the new partnership, Rural Rhythm artists will also take to the festival stages to educate fans about BlueHighways TV. 
 
“It is satisfying when two companies in a companion industry can see the benefit of mutual promotion to reach a common goal,” said Stan Hitchcock, Chairman and CEO of BlueHighways TV.  “BHTV and Rural Rhythm are both linked to roots music fans throughout the nation, and with this new partnership, we can continue to spread the word about BlueHighways TV’s roots music programming, including the new features with Rural Rhythm artists.”   
 
‘For us, it is all about the music”, says Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records. “Television is one of the ways people are discovering and enjoying new music, and this partnership with BlueHighways TV strengthens another marketing path to our fans and customers.  We are extremely excited for some interesting collaborations over the next year.”  
 
Rural Rhythm dedicates itself to preserving the works of legendary bluegrass and old-time country music, and at the same time is committed to bringing fans closer to today’s acoustic music for the new generation of edgy but true-to-its roots artists: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Michael Martin Murphey, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, Grasstowne, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Blue Moon Rising, The Roys, Bobby Osborne, Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, and more. 
 
BlueHighways TV’s original programming features roots music, arts and culture presented as a colorful tapestry of American life and heritage.  Signature roots music programs include:  Reno’s Old Time Music Festival, Stan Hitchcock’s Heart to Heart, Woodsongs, Old Country Church, along with selected episodes of America’s Back Roads and the Sampler Series. 
 
About Rural Rhythm
Uncle Jim O’Neal started Rural Rhythm Records in 1955 and now over 56 years later, the label continues its dedication to preserving the works of bluegrass and old-time country music legends from the 50’s, 60’s & early 70’s in their Sound Tradition collection.  In 2005, Rural Rhythm launched their New Tradition series that includes some of the top artists in bluegrass music today.  These albums and songs have topped the Billboard and radio charts and garnered numerous Grammy, Dove and IBMA nominations as well.   In the last several years, they launched two new arms of the label, Rural Rhythm Christian with projects by Larry Sparks, Mike Scott, Lou Reid and Carolina, and more; plus Rural Rhythm Country with a new album by Nashville’s highly respected entertainer and songwriter, Mason Douglas.
 
About BlueHighways TV TM
BlueHighways TV is an independent satellite, cable and broadband delivered television network that grew out of the great interest that audiences have in exploring the folklore, music, traditions, destinations and artistry of America.   Conceived and created by Network Creative Group, LLC, BlueHighways TV captures that welcoming, down-home spirit that Americans are known for, delivered with a fresh and sincere voice.  BHTV is available as a high definition network, via VOD, and viewed online in over 190 countries. For more information, visit BlueHighways TV’s website at www.bluehighwaystv.com

Interview with Anne Marit of Katzenjammer

Interview with Anne Marit of Katzenjammer



Lamitschka: Music fans who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who never seen or heard you before.



Anne Marit: We´re an unpretentious, energetic band who twirls around on stage and rotate between around 15 instruments, cookie jars, metal bars, balalaika bass, ukulele, mandolin, banjo and the list goes on, divided between four girls. We´re inspired by folk music from every corner of the world. From bluegrass/blues in the west, balkan in the east, french folk music in the south, and traditional folk music from Scandinavia in addition to a pinch of rock, pop and circus. 



Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?



Anne Marit: Last year was one long tour all over the world. We played shows on both the west and east coast of the States, Canada, Australia, Europe - especially in Germany and Holland. We started our work with the new album, A kiss before you go, which is being released in September. It´s hard to choose just a few highlights from 2010 from all the fantastic memories we got from that year. But one very special moment was New Years Eve at the Woodford festival just outside Brisbane in Australia. The festival´s got a tradition that everybody lits a candlelight and are silent together for 3 minust before 12pm. There were thousands of people standing together each with a candlelight and everybody was thinking about the year that had gone and the year we were entering. After the 3 minutes past everybody exploded in a joyful scream and  they jumped happily around while we started our show. It was a magical moment we´ll never forget. 



Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?



Anne Marit: There´s several reasons why we chose the title "A kiss before you go". The record´s got a very maritime theme both visually and musically. And we were thinking that when the sailors are sailing away from their loved ones for a long time, "the kiss before they go" is a bitter sweet fare-the-well-moment. And sometimes we are the "sailors" when we´re off on a long tour away from family and friends.



In addition to that a lot people comes up to us after our concerts and tells us that the show and our music was somehow a positive and a wonderful flight from their sometimes quite difficult everyday lives. So it´s kind of a kiss from us to the audience before we go on on.



Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs on your album.



Anne Marit:
- A kiss before you go -  is about a crises where the only thing you can do is to go. When everything falls apart, you fall apart too. And you kiss the gun before you pull the trigger.
- Cherry Pie - A recipe for cherry pie, yammi!
- I will dance (when I walk away) - is about finally making the right choice and walk away from a bad relationship.
- Gypsy flee - starring Dweezil Zappa on electric guitar!
- Land of confusion - the only cover song on the album. This is one of the greatest songs ever, written by Genesis.
- Rock Paper Scissors - written in Nashville with Robert Ellis Orral. About all the choices you´ve got in life.
- Lady Marlene -  a ballade about humans fear of not being normal.
- Cocktails and Ruby slippers - a frantically Beach Boys inspired tune.
- Loathsome M - fuzz boxes and metal bars are keywords to describe the mood in this energetic rock song.
- Soviet trumpeter - about the fear of exposing yourself to the world.
- Shepherd song .  A love story between a princess and a shepherd.
- Gods great dust storm - A majestic acappella song recorded live in a church. One of our favourites.



Lamitschka: What's the difference between your last CD and the current one?



Anne Marit: If the the first album was more wood and countryside, the new album is more metal bars and urban. More rough edges and rock´n´roll.



Lamitschka: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is special about this song that makes people what to hear it?



Anne Marit: It´s got all the ingredients to be a great pop song. It´s got a good melody, a catchy hook linee, a harmonic chorus and straight forward lyrics that aren´t too hard toanalyse.. All this makes it easy for a radio listener to sing along and get hooked by it. It´s basically a great song written by our friend Mats Rybø!



Lamitschka: What's your favourite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?



Anne Marit: Rock Paper Scissors is my favourite song at the moment. We wrote it with a fantastic songwriter in Nashville. The song is about making your own choices in life and that you can become whatever you want to be. It´s all in your own hands. The song has a great hook line and is a feel-good-tune that puts you in a good mood.



Lamitschka: Who do you look up musically and how deep do your musical roots run?



Anne Marit: We´re very different when it comes to taste in music. But we´ve got some common references like Tom Waits and old Disney movies. The last record is both the musically and visually very much inspired by a French movie called "The City of the Lost Children". We´re also inspired by all sorts of folk music from all over the world.



Lamitschka: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?



Anne Marit: A lot of the music industry is based on how much money they can get, not necessarily based on musical talents. A lot of amazing musicians goes to waste because there´s no room for them. The radios play what the music industry tells them to play which means that they can control what a lot of people listens to. I wish there were several arenas where up and coming underground bands and artists could present their music to a broader audience.   



Lamitschka: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what's your favourite activity?



Anne Marit: The best part is of course standing on stage in front of an audience and playing music.



Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you into the music business?



Anne Marit: We´ve had several big breaks. Here in Norway we were nominated for a Norwegian Grammy-award, Spellemannsprisen, for our debut album "Le Pop". And that was one of the turning points in our carriers nationally. Internationally we did Eurosonic in Holland in 2009 and that led to more gigs and tours abroad.



Lamitschka: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?



Anne Marit: Our families has been very supportive all along. Given us good advices and driven us to every single rehearsal before we could drive ourselves.



Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?



Anne Marit: When you´ve first experienced to perform for a group of people and seen how that effects some of them you kind of get addicted to it. Music is universal and can communicate in some many more layers than just words. If you can move somebody or touch someone with your music you get richer than all the money in the world could ever make you.



Lamitschka: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?



Anne Marit: We´re four girls rotating and playing 15 instruments, our genres is unique because we mix our different personalities and references together in a big melting pot. We don´t have any limitations and everything is allowed as long as we think it sounds good.



Lamitschka: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you're proud of?



Anne Marit: There´s so many highlights that it is impossible to pick one. This summer we did the Liberation Festival in Holland and over a hundred thousand people showed up. At that moment I realized that we´ve accomplished so much with this band already, that if this ended tomorrow, we could still be proud of what we´ve done. I´m proud of every album we´ve recorded and of every new fan we reach. And we´re gone keep on playing as long as the audience wants us.




James Morrison meldet sich mit neuem Album zurück: "The Awakening" erscheint am 30. September

James Morrison meldet sich mit neuem Album zurück: "The Awakening" erscheint am 30. September
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meldet sich mit neuem Album zurück: „The Awakening“ erscheint am 30. September
PRODUZIERT WURDE SEIN DEBÜT FÜR ISLAND RECORDS VON BERNARD BUTLER +++ AUF DEM LONGPLAYER BEFINDET SICH AUCH EIN DUETT MIT JESSIE J +++ DIE ERSTE SINGLE I WON’T LET YOU GO ERSCHEINT AM 23. SEPTEMBER
 
Ab heute ist es offiziell: Das neue Album von James Morrison heißt The Awakening und erscheint am 30. September! Morrisons drittes Studioalbum, zugleich sein Debüt für Island Records, wurde größtenteils von Bernard Butler in den Londoner Konk Studios produziert. Die beiden Vorgänger hatten sich insgesamt über 4,5 Millionen Mal verkauft: Bereits sein Debütalbum Undiscovered, veröffentlicht im Jahr 2006, ging geradewegs auf Platz #1 der UK-Charts, während das zweite Album Songs For You, Truths For Me aus dem Jahr 2008 unter anderem den Megahit Broken Strings hervorbrachte – eine Kollaboration mit Nelly Furtado, die sich über 1,5 Millionen Mal verkaufte und hierzulande auf Anhieb Platz #1 der Media Control Charts eroberte.

Auch auf The Awakening befindet sich eine Kollaboration der Extraklasse: Dieses Mal war Morrison mit Jessie J im Studio, um den Song Up aufzunehmen, eines von zwei Stücken, die Mark Taylor produziert hat. Bei allen anderen Stücken saß Bernard Butler hinter den Reglern. Morrison dazu: „Die Arbeit mit Bernard Butler hat den Songs eine vollkommen neue Dimension verliehen. Ich glaube, dass es mir gelungen ist, auf dieser Platte zwei Dinge zu vereinen: meine Liebe zu klassischem Soul – sprich: Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding –, kombiniert mit einem Sound, der einfach nur absolut zeitgenössisch ist. Während der Arbeit an diesem Album gab es einschneidende Veränderungen in meinem Privatleben, und ich glaube, man erkennt sofort an der Musik, dass das hier nicht nur die Platte ist, die ich machen wollte, sondern genau diejenige Platte, die ich genau jetzt machen musste.“

Nachdem er mit seiner Tour zum letzten Album für ausverkaufte Stadien in UK gesorgt hat, wird James Morrison am 30. Juli im Rahmen des iTunes-Festivals im Londoner Roundhouse auftreten. Eine UK-Tour ist ebenfalls geplant, weitere Konzertdaten folgen in Kürze.

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Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike running up bluegrass charts with BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/07/valerie-smith-liberty-pike-running-up.html











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Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike running up bluegrass charts with BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike running up bluegrass charts withBLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS
Band included in award-winning new documentary COUNTRY ROADS
 
Bell Buckle Records is pleased to announce the award-winning VALERIE SMITH & LIBERTY PIKE are running up the national radio charts like wildfire!  The band just returned from a two month European tour, then headed straight to Canada for a performance at the TOMM Fest in Kingston, Ontario where they also hosted numerous “Introduction To Bluegrass” school programs throughout Kingston and the surrounding area.  After that, this high energy group returned to the U.S. for a rousing performance at the  popular ROMP Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky before returning home to Tenn. To find their new hit single, "Blame It On The Bluegrass" at #6 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs and #8 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s Top 30 Hot Singles chart. 
 
The album, BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS, is #8 on Powersource Magazine’s Top 35 Albums, climbs to #12 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Albums, appears on the Root Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums, and has been #5 for the last three months on the Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Albums chart.  This hot new album is a “six-pack project” and part of 12 songs recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.  The second volume of six songs is scheduled for release early next year. 
 
In other band news, COUNTRY ROADS, the travel documentary by German filmmaker Christopher Mosselman which prominently features the talents of Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, won the Viewer's Choice Award at the prestigious Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg's "Twilights" show.  In 2010 while still in production, the film picked up the school's Caligari prize.  The film is in the final stages of editing.  For continued updates and to find out when the film will be available for viewing and purchase, please stay tuned to ValerieSmithOnline.com.  In the meantime, click here to view the Country Roads trailer.  Note that the bed music, "Heaven Is Waiting," was written by Liberty Pike member, Becky Buller and performed by Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike on her album THAT’S WHAT LOVE CAN DO. 
 
Valerie Smith and Becky Buller will also be part of the “Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands, Volume III” CD featuring original music and arrangements from other artists including: Mark “Brink” Brinkman, The Hillbenders, Special Consensus, Donna Ulisse and many  more.  Organizer, Paul Byrum announced the Kick-starter Campaign for the album that will assist over 1600 children with special needs in Dalton and Whitfield County Georgia.  A project has already begun to build a special surfaced and equipped recreation facility to host baseball and similar recreational events but a tremendous amount of funding is required to see the park to completion.  The park when completed would serve the residence of North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  For more information, please visit www.bluegrassbandshelpinghands.com.
 
Buller continues to receive incredible accolades for her songwriting and fiddling talents, so she was thrilled to learn she will also be included in a new “Banjo Girl Calendar” being released by bluegrass radio personality and festival MC, Darwin Davidson.  Stay tuned for more information.
 
For more information on Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, please visit www.valeriesmithonline.com

CCMA NOMINATES GREG HANNA FOR RISING STAR AWARD

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
NOMINATES GREG HANNA FOR RISING STAR AWARD
Greg HannaNASHVILLE, TN -- (July 11, 2011) - The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) nominates country artist Greg Hanna for the Rising Star Award for the 2011 CCMA Awards, which takes place on September 12 in Ontario, Canada. The top ten contenders for the award are selected by Nielsen BDS spins and must not have previously received the award. Past Rising Star Award winners include such acts as k.d. lang and Emerson Drive.
A native-born Canadian, Hanna grew up in Eastern Ontario on a dairy farm where his passion for country music evolved.  Before making his debut in the U.S., he climbed the Canadian Charts with "Song In My Head",  "Love You For Life", and the summer anthem "Singin’ To The Radio".  His current single "Makin’ Love Real" from his self-titled album (Pheromone Records LLC / MRI / Sony Red) made the Billboard Indicator Chart in June. The video for the single is currently playing on GACTV.com, CMT Pure, The Country Network (TCN), CMT Canada, and streaming heavy rotation on all online video networks. Hanna’s past songs that climbed the U.S. radio and video charts include "It’s a Man’s Job" and "What Kind of Love Are You On". This summer, Greg has been busy on an extensive radio and press tour throughout North America. Recently, he performed on national television shows The Daily Buzz and Music Mix USA. He can be seen in the U.S. on Lifetime’s The Balancing Act on July 29. Fans in both the U.S. and Canada can see him live on the upcoming tour dates:
  • July 23: Country Thunder USA - Twin Lakes, WI
  • July 31: Camrose Big Valley Jamboree - Camrose, AB
  • August 6: New York State Fair - Paltz, NY
  • August 14-15: Missouri State Fair – Sedalia, MO
  • September 10: XTREME MUZIK The Tour with Big & Rich – Tucson, AZ
Each year, the country music stars of Canada come out to honor those that have impacted their industry. This year the awards will be held in Hamilton, Ontario and will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on September 12 on CBC Television and at 10 pm EST / PST on CMT. For more information on the awards, please visit ccma.org. Voters must have a CCMA membership in order to vote. Deadline for voting is July 22, 2011.
 

PRESTONSBURG BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL ARTIST LINE UP

PRESTONSBURG BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL ARTIST LINE UP 

Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival Releases Official Line-Up for the 5 Day Festival and the Addition of DSACK to List of Non-Profit Organizations that will Receive Donations from Concert to be held July 27th-31st

PRESTONSBURG, KY(Monday, July 11, 2011)
The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival released the official line-up for the 5 day event, adding Chris Knight to the already impressive roster of artists.  The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky will join the list of local non-profit organizations receiving five percent of all tickets sales that will be evenly distributed amongst the charities.  The Pikeville College Booth Scholar Program will also receive a percentage of the profits from the Miller/Coors Beer
 Garden sales.  An inflatable waterslide and obstacle course will be available for the kids at the event to be held July 27-31, 2011 at the Prestonsburg Equine Center at Stonecrest.



Below is the official artist line-up for the 2011 Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival:

Wednesday
Cecil Butcher
Chris Meade Band
Big Cedar Ramblers
Roger Dale
Wolf Creek Grass
Custom Made Bluegrass
Fast Lane
Appalachian Rain 

Thursday
Republik Steele
Black Powder express
Big Cedar Ramblers
Bluegrass Riot
East Kentucky Tyme
Custom Made Bluegrass
Appalachian Rain
Tyler Stephens
Josh Martin Band

Friday
Host Storme Warren
Cecil Butcher
Bluegrass Riot
Tyler Stephens
Dave Carrol & New River Line
Appalachian Rain
Cumberland River Band
Tommy Webb Band
Don Rigsby
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain 
Joe Diffie & New Found Road

Saturday
Republik Steele
Black Powder Express
Karen Waldrup
Josh Slone and Coaltown
Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
Bluegrass Mountaineers
Coaltown Dixie 
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
The Roys
Chris Knight
J.D. Crowe 

Sunday Mornin Service
Blue Moon Rising
Custom Made Bluegrass
Marty Raybon

Sunday Evening
CJ The DJ and East Kentucky Rain
Black Powder Express
Custom Made Bluegrass 
Vince Combs & Shade Tree Grass 
Blue Moon Rising
Dale Ann Bradley
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Dailey & Vincent

Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky
DSACK is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of families and professionals who are interested in bettering the lives of people with Down syndrome, and helping them to realize their life aspirations. DSACK’s ultimate goal is to provide support, resources, and opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their
families.  DSACK celebrates that ALL people are beautiful, capable, and loved! 

Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival
The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival is a five-day music festival that will be held July 27th-31st at the Prestonburg Equine Center at Stonecrest in Prestonburg, KY.  In its’ inception year, The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival will captivate the audience with an artist lineup that includes J.D. Crowe, Joe Diffie, Dailey & Vincent and many more famous names from the country/bluegrass industry.  This festival will prove to be your family’s new tradition with delicious food, corn hole and horse shoe tournaments. The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival’s all-star roster of pickers and grinners will have music echoing through the hills of Eastern Kentucky.  For more information please visit the Website: www.bluemoonmountain.com

Sponsors include Miller, Coors, Blue Moon, Pikeville RV, Coca-Cola, City of Prestonsburg, The Pikeville College Booth Scholars Program, Heritage House Inn, Law Offices of Moak & Nunnery PSC, Blue Highways TV, Shirt Gallery, Bud Light and Inter Mountain Cable. 

Local charities receiving donations from the festival include Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky, The Jordan Light Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Highlands Center for Autism, The Pikeville College Booth Scholars Program.

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