Thursday, March 26, 2009

Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain Welcome New Banjo Player


CARRIE HASSLER AND HARD RAIN are pleased to announce the new addition to the band, seventeen-year-old, Zach Gilmer. The Virginia native and extremely talented musician began playing the banjo at age 10, began formal lessons at 14, and the same year placed third in the Virginia Folk Music Association’s (VFMA) Junior Entertainer category. The following year he placed second in the Adult State Banjo category and in 2007 became the Adult State Banjo Champion. "We are very excited about the energy and freshness that Zach brings to the band. It is amazing the talent and maturity he has at such a young age,” said Hassler. CARRIE HASSLER & HARD RAIN are celebrating their current album, CHHR2 that includes 3 current chart songs. The track, “Devil’s Den” appears in the Sirius-XM Top 40 Bluegrass Songs; “I Can Go Back Anytime” climbs to the #4 position on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 singles chart (April); holds the #9 spot on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s Top 30 (March); and the powerful “Country Strong” is #9 in the United Kingdom (March). The album, “CHHR2” hit #1 on Cashbox Magazine’s Rockygrass Chart (February) and appears at #6 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 album chart (April). Rural Rhythm recently announced the second official single release, "Faith and Hope" from CHHR2," and also the new stand alone digital release, "Amazing Grace," now available on ITUNES, Amazon and other digital outlets. The song was produced and performed by CARRIE HASSLER and will also appear on the label’s new RURAL RHYTHM CHRISTIAN imprint label.Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain’s next appearance is the Early Bird Bluegrass Festival in Hugo, Ok this weekend and then onto the popular National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, TN in April. They have a very busy tour schedule this year including their first overseas tour (July) at the Country Rendez-Vous Festival and the International Bluegrass Festival in France, plus shows in Switzerland. For a complete tour schedule and more information, please visit:
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