Tuesday, October 30, 2012


If you haven't noticed lately, Country Music is everywhere on ABC! The new hit show "Nashville," starring CMA Awards presenters Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, is airing it's fourth episode this Wednesday at 10|9c. Then, Friday night, the night after the "The 46th Annual CMA Awards," at 8:30|7:30c, Reba is back with a new sitcom, "Malibu Country."
And, in case you missed it, ABC had a special, "All Access Nashville with Katie Couric," last week where Country fans we were given an inside look at Music City's leading ladies including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Reba. Click here to watch the special online!


The performers are currently warming up Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with their jaw-dropping performances. Check out CMA's YouTube Playlist where artists take you behind the scenes during their rehearsals.


These people have what the nominees want— the CMA Award trophy! Presenting the winners with their awards are actor/comedian Tim Allen (star of ABC’s “Last Man Standing”), actress Connie Britton (star of ABC’s new hit series “Nashville”), Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Country Music singer/actress Jana Kramer (“One Tree Hill”), Country star Jake Owen, Hayden Panettiere (star of ABC’s new hit series “Nashville”), recording artist Lisa Maria Presley, multimedia superstar Reba (star of ABC’s new “Malibu Country”), CMA Awards nominee Darius Rucker, and actress/director/producer Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
See all the stars coming out for Country Music's Biggest Night™ at CMAawards.com.

Angie Johnson Signs with Sony Music Nashville

Angie Johnson Signs with Sony Music Nashville

Nashville, TN – Missouri Air National Guard Tech Sergeant Angie Johnson signs a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville. The YouTube sensation was discovered after a video of her performing for troops in Afghanistan went viral.
A native of St. Louis, Johnson spent six years in the Air Force, first as an intelligence analyst then as a featured performer in the famed Air Force Tops In Blue Band. After being honorably discharged, she transitioned to the Air National Guard and the band Sidewinder and moved to Nashville to pursue her dreams of becoming a country artist. Josh Leo (Love and Theft) has signed on as her producer.
Pictured L-R: Gary Overton (Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville), Johnson, Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Sr. Director A&R, Sony Music Nashville).

Lisa Matassa's Somebody's Baby

AOL's The Boot Premieres Lisa Matassa's "Somebody's Baby" Video Today

Lisa M pub blue shot  Single Debuts on New & Active Billboard/BDS Indicator Chart

Nashville, TN (October 30, 2012) -- Lisa Matassa's dynamic and visually-enticing new video, "Somebody's Baby," premieres on AOL's The Boot today, as the single debuts on the New & Active Billboard/BDS Indicator Chart.  Hotshot Traci Goudie (Hunter Hayes, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) directed the video, which perfectly reflects Matassa's artistry.  Lisa's soulful, powerhouse vocals reign supreme; the track is high-energy and bright.  Captured on a Watertown, TN farm, the scenes vary from crisp and clean to soft and subdued.  Interspersed archival family footage shows Matassa from childhood through marriage to motherhood, and the legitimacy these images create is undeniable.  Fans can enjoy the video and feel the excitement surrounding Lisa's newest release by clicking here.

"It's a song about connections," Lisa states. "It immediately resonated with me. As a mom of two teenagers who are college-bound, I know that regardless of their age or where they go in life, they will always be my 'babies.'  I hope that when folks hear this song it makes them think of their special 'baby.'"

"Somebody's Baby" was released to radio last month (It Is What It Is Records / Nine North Records), and Lisa's 500,000-plus social media connections are thrilled with the driving new single.  Written by Kelly Archer, Casey Koesel and Justin Weaver, the edgy rocker is the first release from Matassa's upcoming EP of the same name.

With over 2.6 million previous YouTube video views and two #1 videos on CMT.com (including "Me Time"), Lisa is no stranger to Country audiences.  She has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Lee Brice and Ronnie Dunn.

Operatically trained as a child and with a resonantly powerful pop voice, Lisa recorded two Top-10 Dance singles before she was 20.  The songs were hits in the U.S. and abroad, earning her slots on the marquee with acts Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr, TKA and others.  Born on Long Island but raised in South Florida, Lisa loved singing along to records by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and she realized more and more that Country music was her calling.  Capitalizing on today's more Rock-tinged arrangements, Lisa found she could blend the natural heartfelt soul of the genre with her own stylized brand of New York edginess.

For all the latest LISA news, fans can go to www.lisamatassa.com.

Performance Review Mike Chism & the Hollow Point Band

Performance Review Mike Chism & the Hollow Point Band

Golden Light Cantina
Amarillo, TX

Wow, Mike Chism & the Hollow Point Band really knows how to put on a show and get a crowd going! He and his band were phenomenal. They were really energetic, with Mike barely stopping for breath the whole concert! He really wanted to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves and getting into the music. They played a long set featuring most of his singles which went down like a storm with the audience. The finale set of grass roots red dirt music was out of this world, the whole crowd was totally bouncing off the ceiling.

The only negatives for me were that we had to stand the whole time and I couldn't see because we were side on to the stage. I was very grateful for the big charity recognition from the band. Also, I think the average age of the audience was around 28 so at 48 I felt ancient surrounded by a load of kids but still had a blast!

Great sound and a first class performance, Mike Chism is an entertainer and knows how to get the crowd going. Overall, if you are a Mike Chism & the Hollow Point Band fan I would definitely recommend going to see him as despite the negatives above, it was a fantastic show and I would go to see him again. I'd have given 5 stars if he could BBQ as good as me.

Favorite moment: The place was just bouncing!

Opening act(s): We didn't see these as we turned up around 10:30pm.

Richie Herman

Pete Kennedy Releases His Debut Music Video for “I Am The One”

Pete Kennedy Releases His Debut Music Video for “I Am The One”
(NASHVILLE, TN) Irish singer-songwriter Pete Kennedy takes to the streets and bars of Nashville’s Lower Broadway in the new music video for his hit single, “I Am The One”. The song comes from Pete’s award-winning album, The Nashville Sessions Volume 1, and the video can be found online here.
The video, directed by Kevin Scott Page, features Kennedy playing at the Whiskey Bent Saloon and walking along Nashville’s legendary Broadway Avenue. Celebrity fashion line, Corello (Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Ne-Yo) styled Pete for the shoot with a one-of-a-kind eel skin cuff and fitted logo tee. Pete also contributed footage from his small hometown in Ireland, where the inspiration for “I Am The One” originated. “My father passed tragically when I was a young boy,” said Pete. “This song is my way of encompassing what I would say to my father if he was here now.”

Pete Kennedy is currently on a 3-month tour of the UK, playing 10 shows with the great pop singer/pianist/composer Neil Sedaka,and then switching gears as he opens for Philadelphia soul group, The Stylistics throughout November and December. He is excited to share a stage with these legendary acts as he brings his music to new audiences around the world.

Pete Kennedy is the walking, talking, singing embodiment of how the world sees the people of Ireland—repeatedly bouncing back from tragedy and finding inspiration in music. After a lifetime of working solely to support his family, Pete was finally able to pursue his love of music in 2008. Forging his path by playing local pubs in Germany and the UK, Pete began to make a name for himself in the world of country music. His entrepreneurial style resulted in the formation of his own label, KEMC Records and his first EP. From there, he caught the eye of CMR Nashville’s Lee Williams, who brought Pete to Nashville to play his first show at Cadillac Ranch as a representative of Ireland for the International Artist Showcase prior to the 2011 CMA Awards. He has since released his first album, The Nashville Sessions Volume 1, which has received critical acclaim and was named UK Album of the Year at the 2012 British Country Music Awards.
To stay updated on Pete Kennedy, please visit www.petekennedy.net.

Fans Can Plug In To LiveWire's New Album - LIVIN' - Now

Fans Can Plug In To LiveWire's New Album - LIVIN' - Now

LiveWire LIVIN' CD cover
Available TODAY At iTunes, Amazon & Other National Retailers

Nashville, TN (October 30, 2012) -- Fans can plug in to LiveWire's much-anticipated new album, LIVIN'  (Way Out West Records) today.  The 10-song project is available for purchase now at iTunes, Amazon and other national retailers.  The group's current single, "Lies,"  has been one of MusicRow's Top 20 "Most Added" songs for two weeks in a row and is currently moving up the chart. The song will go for adds on 11/5 at Activator/Indicator reporting stations across the country.  Members of LiveWire will undertake a radio promo tour in the coming weeks. 

LIVIN'  was produced by Justin Woods and features lead vocalist/acoustic rhythm guitarist Andy Eutsler, lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, fiddle player Cory Shultz, rhythm guitarist Danny Bell, bassist Landon Rolfe and drummer Adam Hagerman.  Fans have enjoyed clips from the disc on the band's website and Facebook page, and the response to the new music has been overwhelmingly positive.

The principal songwriters of LiveWire are very pleased with the new album.  Eutsler notes, "The songs, the arrangements, top notch players-I couldn't be happier.  I'm very proud of the finished product."  Bell adds, "This album has opened my eyes to a bigger world.  The reviews so far have been amazing.  It's truly humbling."

LiveWire's unique take on Country and Southern Rock themes as filtered through their Ozark Mountains upbringing is winning strong early reviews for the album.  Tastemakers are hailing LIVIN' as a turning point for the band:

"LIVIN' has such a strong heart about it that it's safe to say this band is going to be hard to stop." - David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

"Some aim low and hit the target; this bunch is exactly the opposite.  They get the blood surging in a wholly organic way, but the rush is undeniable.  Hot stuff." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review

"On LIVIN' I hear exceptional musicianship with tight harmonies, considerable chops, poignant Country righteousness and just enough high-voltage Southern Rock to keep the party moving at a good clip." - Joe Ross, Amazon

"LiveWire continues to impress." - Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow

"For their follow-up to their well-received debut EP, LiveWire has assembled an even stronger collection.  Filled with a mixture of up-tempo songs with catchy melodies to heartfelt ballads that will bring you to your knees, LIVIN' has the band poised for a run on the fast track to success." - Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

About LiveWire
Since forming in the mid-'90s, LiveWire has forged a reputation as one of the top-draw live acts in the Midwest by regularly packing venues in the band's home state of Missouri and in the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.  Along the way, this homegrown talent has taken the members of the sextet across America opening for Country superstars including Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio and Kix Brooks.  The group experienced a brush with the "big time" as finalists in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown.  LiveWire released a self-titled EP in 2011 which included the group's debut radio single,
"Tater Fed," a stirring backwoods rocker that quickly became the band's anthem. After signing with Way Out West Records in late 2011, LiveWire released a video for "Tater Fed" and a benefit single and video of "Miracle Of The Human Spirit," which benefitted the group's tornado-ravaged hometown of Joplin, MO.  LiveWire's music has found success at Country radio, both in the U.S. and in Europe, and its videos have received airplay on CMT Pure, The Country Network, Yallwire and other outlets.

For more information about LiveWire, click on LiveWireCountry.com.
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Follow LiveWire on Twitter: Twitter.com/LiveWireCountry

About Way Out West Records
Way Out West Records Nashville is an independent label founded on the principles of nurturing creativity and artistry through long-term development and marketing strategies.  The label was co-founded by flagship artist Shawna Russell in 2008.

Niall Toner Onwards and Upwards

Niall Toner, Onwards and Upwards, Now Available on Pinecastle Records
Irish bluegrass songsmith, Niall (Neil) Toner, has released his first U.S. album, Onwards and Upwards, on Pinecastle Records. Growing up in Ireland, a childhood friend of Toner's introduced him to the music of Bill Monroe, and from then on he was hooked on bluegrass music. Through the years he has befriended, and written songs  for bluegrass musicians who have visited Ireland in addition to being Ireland's bluegrass ambassador. He even has his own radio show, Roots Freeway, which is broadcast on Ireland's national radio station, RTE Radio One. With Toner being a lifelong songwriter, Onwards and Upwards is full of stories from his masterful pen. In preparation for the album, Toner wrote or co-wrote each tune on the album. He collaborated with Keith Sewell on four tunes with Sewell also producing the album. The deluxe booklet included with the CD version includes Toner's own accounts of writing each song as well as photographs from the studio sessions.
"We cut nine new songs of mine, including a tribute to the late Earl Scruggs, called 'The Pride and Joy of Shelby', and an instrumental I composed called 'Burren Backstep'. Other new titles include 'Million Dollar Bill', 'Judge and Jury', and 'Bling', and the project was produced by Keith Sewell (Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs). We also recut 'William Smith Monroe' and 'Tomorrow', which will be included.

Keith also played guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and piano; Ashby Frank played mandolin, Viktor Krauss played upright bass, and Rob Ickes played Dobro and Weissenborn guitar. I sang lead and played mandolin, and Wendy Buckner, Fiaz Farrelly, and Keith sang harmonies. The sessions were engineered by legendary Nashville whizz-kid (and old-time clawhammer player) Jake Burns. Thank you, guys, for all your talent." Niall Toner, The Bluegrass Ireland Blog
Niall Toner recently spent nearly a month touring the Southeastern United States beginning with several performances at the International Bluegrass Music Associations' World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN. During the tour he interviewed with Jim Lauderdale on WSM radio in Nashville, TN, taped a performance for the "Song of the Mountains" TV show, performed on WDVX's "Blue Plate Special," and performed on WCYB-TV in Bristol, VA. As well as numerous other tour dates in the Southeast.
For months Toner's AirPlay Direct profile occupied the #1 spot on the service's all-time bluegrass album chart and is currently #3.
Niall Toner's composition credits include songs recorded by artists like Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family and more. In 2003 Toner was nominated for a Global Artist Award by the CMA. His composition, “Nuns Island Reel” was included in one of the bestselling video games of all time, "Grand Theft Auto IV." To date, Toner and his Band have recorded and released three CD albums, and they perform their original songs and tunes on a regular basis at Festivals and Venues in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA.
(Photo above L-R: Jake Burns - Engineer, Keith Sewell - Producer, Niall Toner, Rob Ickes - Dobro, Ashby Frank - Mandolin, Victor Grass - Bass.)

New CDs From Marty Robbins and Red Sovine

New CDs From Marty Robbins and Red Sovine

Among the newest releases from Bear Family Records are cds from veteran country music entertainers Marty Robbins and Red Sovine, both presenting styles different from what they’re best remembered. The former, arguably best known for hardcode country and gunfighter ballads, is heard here in a more rocking mood while the latter, the master of the sentimental narration, shows off his country roots.

MARTY ROBBINS  Rocks (Bear Family BCD 17245 AR)
Jeannie and Johnnie; Grown-Up Tears; Ruby Ann; It’s Driving me Crazy; Maybelline; Baby’s Gone; Ain’t Life A Crying Shame; You’ve Been So Busy Baby; Sometimes I’m Tempted; Teenager’s Dad; Long Tall Sally; Respectfully Miss Brooks; Long Gone Lonesome Blues; Pain And Misery; That’s All Right; Tennessee Toddy; I’ll Know You’re Gone (& LEE EMERSON); Knee Deep In The Blues; You Don’t Owe Me A Thing; Mean Mama Blues; Mister Teardrop; Pretty Mama; I Can’t Quit (I’ve Gone Too Far); Baby, I Need You (Like I Need You); Footprints In The Snow; Just Married; Teen-Ager Dream; Stairway Of Love; She Was Only Seventeen (And He Was One Year More)

Of course Marty Robbins, besides being a highly original entertainer, was also a master of many musical moods with his recording taking in pop standards and Hawaiian songs besides a mass of instantly familiar country hits and gunfighter ballads. Back in his early recording days, at a time when rock ‘n’ roll dominated the charts, he also enjoyed several hits in that genre – among them That’s All Right, Maybelline, Tennessee Toddy and Long Tall Sally, though they couldn’t really be described as hardcore rock ‘n’ roll alongside the likes of Elvis, Haley or Holly – rather, more rockabilly.  Randy Fox, who wrote the notes in the accompanying 32 page booklet, opinions that Singing The Blues (this set includes the follow-up, Knee Deep In The Blues) effectively finished Robbins’ career as rockabilly singer and he moved on to wider musical endeavours.  Nevertheless he made further impact in the rockabilly market by writing Sugareee, a song that received several covers and only recorded by Robbins as a live version (and the concluding track in this collection).

In spite of moving on from rockabilly – and breaking through to wider audiences with such as Ruby Ann, Ain’t Life A Crying Shame and a cover of Bill Monroe’s Footprints In The Snow - Marty Robbins still kept the the new, young generation of record buyers in mind with such material as She Was Only Seventeen, Jeanie and Johnny, Just Married and Teenager’s Dad during his early days on Columbia Records. Complimenting the music, this period of this iconic entertainer’s career is covered in the accompanying booklet that also includes photographs and discography.

RED SOVINE  Juke Joint Johnny (Bear Family BCD 17268 AH)
Okey Dokey; When I Get Rich; Sundown Sue; You're Barking Up The Wrong Tree Now; I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key); The Intoxicated Rat (My Little Rat (1); I'll Worry You Out Of My Mind; Billy Goat Boogie; Don't Worry; Till Today; It’d Surprise You; Farewell, So Long, Goodbye; Sixteen Tons; Juke Joint Johnny; I Hope You Don't Care; My Little Rat (2); No Thanks, Bartender; You're Calling Me Sweetheart; Why Baby Why (& WEBB PIERCE); Wild Beating Heart; You Used To Be My Baby; Don't Drop It; How Do You Think I Feel; Down On The Corner Of Love; Poor Man's Riches; Are You Mine; Courtin' Time In Tennessee; Hold Everything (Till I Get Home); Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So); Four Arms; The Cajun Queen
The latest release in Bear Family’s “Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” series spotlights Red Sovine, an artist probably best-known for his chart-topping narrations Giddyup Go and the CB radio tear-jerker Teddy Bear, both also giving him pop crossover success. But there was much more to this Charleston, West Virginia born artist and the 31 tracks selected here, culled from the MGM and Decca catalogues, reveals him as a genuine hillbilly singer of the grand order. He did briefly make waves in the rockabilly market with Juke Joint Johnny, and the similar styled I Hope You Don’t Care, but these recordings owed much more to country music than mainstream rock ‘n’ roll. Otherwise Sovine kept to straight, hardcore country routes – the kind of music that boasted steel guitar and fiddles. Unfortunately his MGM recordings (which included novelties like The Intoxicated Rat and Billy Goat Boogie) failed to make any impression and he wasn’t until Decca, and a pairing with Goldie Hill on Are You Mine (originally the flipside of Ko Ko Mo) that he made his chart debut, next came a number one as he teamed with Webb Pierce on Why Baby Why.
Presenting a wide range of material that includes covers of Sixteen Tons, Down On The Corner Of Love and You Used To Be My Baby, the selection concludes with the nearest to a narration – the semi-sung The Cajun Queen. Besides being well representative of Red Sovine’s early career (before becoming one of the chief hitmakers on Starday Records), the music is backed up with detailed biography information provided by Randy Fox in the accompanying 45 page booklet, moving from his childhood years and initial struggles to his close friendship with Hank Williams that helped to open up the doorways. There’s also photographs and a discography.



McGraw To Debut Brand New Single “One Of Those Nights” LIVE On The CMA Awards This Thurs.
Nashville, TN - Oct. 30, 2012 – Country music icon Tim McGraw announced today that his first album on Big Machine Records TWO LANES OF FREEDOM will be released Feb. 5, 2013.  The new single "One Of Those Nights" will make its national television debut on ABC's live broadcast of the 2012 CMA Awards this Thurs. night, as it will simultaneously be delivered to country radio. 

"I always go into the studio to make the best record I can possibly make, and this one is no different.  But 'Freedom' is a powerful word," said McGraw.  "To come into a situation where there's some weight lifted, some refreshment going on, you can feel that in the music.  I think you can feel the horses gallop on this record, and where I might go and what I might do when my engines are revving."

For twenty years, McGraw has been providing a powerful connection with his audience. With TWO LANES OF FREEDOM, the singer returns as co-producer with long-time friend Byron Gallimore. The album covers his broadest emotional range yet, with a set of songs that looks forward and back, gets deep and gets loose, and reveals that even the biggest stars can continue to grow with consistency and maturity.
"I feel like we really found some great songs for this record, and 'One Of Those Nights' perfectly sets the tone for the project," explained McGraw.  "It's about reflecting on old times with a sense of nostalgia, but it's also about creating new memories and living in the moment and looking towards the future.  I am doing that in my own life and career now, and I can't wait for my fans to hear the single and album.  It's an unbelievably exciting time for me!"
Fans will have the first chance to preview the upcoming album’s carefree new single “One Of Those Nights” today when McGraw appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  He'll also surprise some unsuspecting fans in Las Vegas and chat with Ellen about the new album (check local listings). 
In his record-shattering career, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as The Blind SideCountry Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre.  McGraw has never been afraid of breaking new ground; over the years, he has collaborated with musicians from Nelly to Tony Bennett to Def Leppard.

For more information on the new album and single, visit www.timmcgraw.com.

Marty Raybon, Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley, and Cumberland River with new Christmas Songs

New Christmas Songs by Marty Raybon,
Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley, and Cumberland River
Now Available to Radio Stations Worldwide
Songs Appear on CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY CD / DVD Releasing November 13, 2012
Nashville, TN (October 30, 2012)  Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce three new Christmas songs are now out to radio.  Christmas the Mountain Way by Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley, There’s  A Way In The Manger by Marty Raybon,” and Christmas In the Mountains by Cumberland River, along with the full album, CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY, are available now at AirplayDirect.com.  This special CD / DVD is releasing worldwide on November 13, 2012.  The concert will also air on BlueHighways TV in November and December.
Two of these beautiful new songs were written and performed especially for CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY including “Christmas The Mountain Way” by Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley and “Christmas in the Mountains” written and performed by Cumberland River.   “There’s A Way In The Manger,” performed by Marty Raybon, was written by Marty Raybon, Michael A. Curtis, Mark Narmore.
CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY was hosted by Mike Scott and filmed earlier this year at the Bell Theater in Pineville, Kentucky showcasing Christmas and its traditions in the Appalachian Mountains.  This special CD/DVD includes performances by 2012 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley; Marty Raybon; 2012 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee, Audie Blaylock; Cumberland River; Common Strings; Students of the Cumberland River Academy; Mike and Brenda Scott; Brad Gulley; Debbie Gulley; Don Gulley and more.
This 15 song CD plus the 60+ minute DVD with extra features including bonus performances, artist’s interviews and photo gallery will be available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes, Rural Rhythm Records, and the artists’ websites.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Debut at #3 on Billboard’s

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Debut at
#3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Chart with New Album, The Farthest Horizon

Videos Top Over 12 Million Youtube Views
Nashville, TN (October 30, 2012)  - Fresh off the sacred stage of the Ryman Auditorium where they kicked off a stirring tribute to the late Earl Scruggs with actor Steve Martin, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are pleased to announce the release of their new album, The Farthest HorizonThe album debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart last week and is now available at iTunes, Amazon, SleepyManBanjoBoys.com and more outlets.
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a bluegrass trio of brothers, became an overnight sensation in 2011 after practice recordings for their grandparents went viral on YouTube.  These videos have now collectively topped over 12 million YouTube views.  Tommy (Guitar), age 15, Robbie (Fiddle), age 13 and Jonny (Banjo) age 10, were encouraged by their parents to learn an instrument and first discovered their love for Bluegrass music by watching Earl Scruggs pick his five string on YouTube. Since then, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have developed a style and sound that is uniquely their own and as a result of their viral, virtually overnight success, their talent has been showcased on national television shows, including CBS’s The Late Night with David Letterman Show, NBC’s The Today Show and Fox’s Huckabee.
The Farthest Horizon is poised to follow the success of their debut album America’s Music, with 11 fresh tracks, seven of which were penned by the boys themselves. Two of the songs on the new album also feature the beautiful and authentic voice of 13-year-old Ashley Lily, granddaughter of the late bluegrass legend Everett Lily.
In support of the album, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys will be traveling coast to coast visiting with the media, radio broadcasters and fans. Their next performance will be on the grand stage of Carnegie Hall for a special performance for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation benefiting autism research.
Radio stations worldwide have welcomed The Farthest Horizon sending it to #4 this month on AirplayDirect’s Global Radio Indicator Top 50 APD Bluegrass/Folk Albums Chart.
The Farthest Horizon is a six panel digipak and includes descriptions of the songs and some fun behind-the-scenes album facts.  For more information, song titles and to sample tracks from the new album, visit Sleepymanbanjoboys.com.

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AMERICAN DRIVE Debuts on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart

Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart
Band Welcomes New Member, Josh Hymer
Nashville, TN (October 29, 2012) Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the new self-titled album by AMERICAN DRIVE made its debut on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart at #11 this week.  Band members Rickey Wasson, Dwight MCall, Matt DeSpain and Kyle Perkins are also celebrating the addition of their new banjo player, Josh Hymer.
Fans will certainly agree Josh Hymer’s banjo style, influenced by Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe, is a perfect fit to the high octane bluegrass style of AMERICAN DRIVE.  Josh has performed with several groups over the last several years including Ernie Thacker, New River Line, The Bartley Brothers, The Clay Hess Band, and most recently David Parmley and Continental Divide.
The band is scheduled to record a SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Track by Track with host Kyle Cantrell set to air the first of the year. “As you might expect from musicians of this caliber, this is a superb album.  The song selection is excellent, and vocals and musicianship is top notch.  Don’t miss this one,” said Cantrell.
AMERICAN DRIVE will soon be announcing their 2013 Tour Schedule along with other news, so fans are encouraged to sign up for newsletters at AmericanDriveBand.com where they can also purchase a copy of the new album.  The band also invites fans to also join them on Twitter and Facebook.

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