Sunday, July 12, 2009

Rural Rhythm Records Announces #1 Albums and Singles

Rural Rhythm Records Announces #1 Albums and Singles

Los Angeles, CA (7.8.09) Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce numerous #1 Albums and #1 Singles on various July 2009 charts. First up is the Lonesome River Band’s “NO TURNING BACK” remaining the #1 Album for the third consecutive month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s (BU) Top 15 Albums. The album also made a huge jump to #4 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 Albums and appears at #7 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 10 Album charts this month. Their single, “Them Blues” holds two #1 spots on both the BU Top 30 Singles and the BMP Top 30 Singles charts. Yet another song, “Like a Train Needs a Track,” is also charting as well, climbing to #19 on the BU Top 30 and at #13 on the BMP Top 30 charts.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out also have a #1 Album to celebrate as it DEBUTED at #1 on this month on the BMP Top 10 Bluegrass Albums and climbed to #5 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 Album chart for their new self-titled release. The band’s current single, “Hard Rock Prison (Til I Die)” debuted at #7 on BMP’s Top 30. This is the 15th career album for this award-winning band.

Audie Blaylock & Redline have not only been wowing audiences at their live shows, but their self-titled new album is having great chart success as well. This month the album climbed to #2 on the BMP Top 10, #8 spot on the BU Top 15, and #12 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 album charts. The band's current single, “Whispering Waters” holds the #3 spot on the BMP Top 30 Singles and made an impressive jump to #16 on the BU Top 30 Single charts.

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain reached #1 on May’s BU Top 30 Singles for “I Can Go Back Anytime,” and the song is still going strong appearing at #7 on the BU Top 30 and #17 on the BMP Top 30 single charts. The album, “CHHR2” is also having great chart success as well appearing at #11 on the BU Top 15 Albums and #13 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 Rockygrass Album Chart. Two other singles are currently making waves including the bluegrass song, “Faith & Hope” at #7 on Powersource Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs Chart and the gospel song, “Amazing Grace” at #12 on WBTX Radio’s Top 20 song chart for July.

Tommy Webb’s new Rural Rhythm album, “HEARTLAND” is also gaining a lot of attention with two chart singles this month: the title track, “Heartland” climbing to #8 on Powersource Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs and “Teardrop Inn” climbing to #12 on the BMP Top 30 Singles.

Melonie Cannon’s current album, “And The Wheels Turn” includes the first bluegrass single release, “I Call It Gone” now appearing at #11 on the BU Top 30, #28 on the BMP Top 30 and recently reaching #1 on the SIRIUS Radio’s Top 40 Songs. This incredible album was produced by Buddy Cannon and Ronnie Bowman with tracks appealing to such a wide range of music genres including: the second Bluegrass radio release, “Dark Shadows;” the Country radio release, “Back to Earth” that includes the VIDEO with Willie Nelson and Melonie, still in running for CMT’s Pure 12 Pack Countdown; plus, the emotionally charged, “Cactus in the Coffee Can” that is set for an Americana radio release later this month.

Mountain Heart also celebrates a #1 song this month for “Road That Never Ends” on the Powersource Magazine Top 10 Bluegrass Song chart. Click here to watch the "Road That Never Ends" VIDEO. Mountain Heart has been busy headlining concerts and also performing with other artists such as Tony Rice and also Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Cincinnati's own Tim Hensley wrote “What a Sight to Behold” that appears on his debut album "LONG MONDAY." He invited special guests Vince Gill and Sonya Isaacs to join him on the song which climbed this month to #5 on Powersource Magazine's Top 10 Bluegrass Song chart. Tim is currently on tour providing guitar and vocals for Kenny Chesney.

Last but most certainly not least are The Crowe Brothers at #25 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 Bluegrass Album Chart for their album, "Brothers-N-Harmony."

For more information on these artists and their music, please visit To book any of the artists at your next event, please see individual band sites for contact information.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Carrie Hassler on Reverb Nation

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Rural Rhythm Artists for your IBMA Voting Consideration

Rural Rhythm Artists for Your IBMA Voting Consideration ,
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The Rural Rhythm Records family would like to express our sincere appreciation for your support of our family of artists, especially over the last year. For those of you who are voting members of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), we asked for your consideration when filling out your 2nd ballot for the 2009 IBMA Awards. Below is a list of our artists that are candidates for nomination in these categories:

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Audie Blaylock & Redline
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Lonesome River Band
Russel Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Michael Martin Murphey
Mountain Heart

Audie Blaylock & Redline
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Lonesome River Band
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Mountain Heart
Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad

Audie Blaylock & Redline
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Lonesome River Band
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Mountain Heart
Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad

"Hard Rock Mountain Prison (Til' I Die)" - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
"I Call It Gone" - Melonie Cannon
"I Can Go Back Anytime" - Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
"Like a Train Needs a Track" - Lonesome River Band
"Them Blues" - Lonesome River Band
"Whispering Waters" - Audie Blaylock & Redline

"Audie Blaylock & Redline" - Audie Blaylock & Redline
"Buckaroo Blue Grass" - Michael Martin Murphey
"CHHR2" - Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
"No Turning Back" - Lonesome River Band
"Pickin', Praisin' & Singin' ..Hymns from the Mountain" - Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad

"Amazing Grace" - Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
"Darkness Wept" - Lonesome River Band
"Mary Magdaline (Why You Cryin')" - Melonie Cannon
"My Eyes Shall Be On Canaans Land" - Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad
"Who'll Sing for Me?" - Audie Blaylock & Redline

"Going Across the Sea" - Mashville Brigade
"Struttin' To Ferrum" - Lonesome River Band

"Back to Earth" - Melonie Cannon and Willie Nelson listen / View Video

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Gold Heart
Melonie Cannon
Tommy Webb

Andy Ball
Audie Blaylock
Tim Hensley
Russell Moore
Michael Martin Murphey
Lou Reid
Brandon Rickman
Rickey Wasson

Carrie Hassler
Jocelyn Amanda Gold
Melonie Cannon
Vanessa Nichols


Steve Dilling
Zach Gilmer
Sammy Shelor
Mike Sumner
Evan Ward

Travis Anderson
Mike Anglin

Monday, July 06, 2009

Richie Fields Gives Fans Free Dose of Inspiration

Richie Fields Gives Fans Free Dose Of Inspiration Via

Download New Single, "When You Love Someone That Much," July 6 -19

Nashville, TN (July 6, 2009) --- Country rocker Richie Fields gives his fans a free dose of inspiration in the July 13 issue of Country Weekly, when he offers up his latest emotionally-charged single, "When You Love Someone That Much" via the magazine's popular Listen Up! feature. The song is available for two weeks as a free download from the magazine's website( ) from July 6 through July 19. The track is the first release from Fields' upcoming CD, due out later this year.

"Folks are really responding to this song at radio and at our live shows," says the distinctive, baritone-voiced entertainer. "Everyone automatically thinks 'ballad' when they hear the title, but this song just drives from the very first note." Written by Chip Martin and Jan Linville, the track is an up-tempo tribute to love, faith and strength in the face of adversity, and was produced by veteran hit maker, J. Gary Smith (Lonestar, Andy Griggs) and associate producer, Clif Doyal.

In addition to writing and searching for songs for his upcoming CD, Fields' summer is a busy one, with tour dates stretching from the East Coast to the Colorado Rockies.

Richie was a "hit" at this year's CMA Music Fest, signing autographs for hundreds of fans at the Roughstock, VAULT, Digital Rodeo and Music City Zone booths, as well as filming interviews with the Pentagon Channel, Hit Country TV, Country Home, True Country GoTV Networks and Country Music Tattletale. Country Weekly readers were first introduced to Fields last month in the magazine's Who's New feature.

Fans can catch this rising star at or . For interviews, email or call Martha at 615-746-3994

(Photo Credit: Melinda Norris)

Aristovideo and Travis Television Productions Announce Downcast Service

AristoVideo and Travis Television Productions Announce DownCast Service

Companies Form Strategic Alliance to Offer Video Content Production and Distribution Service

(Nashville, TN - July 6, 2009) AristoVideo and Travis Television Productions have announced the formation of a strategic alliance that bundles the two companies' specialized video services into one consolidated package, named DownCast.

The arrangement integrates broadcast-quality video content with a distribution network that services an extensive list of radio, television, national and regional video programs, newspapers, trade publications, celebrity and entertainment shows, wire services, closed-circuit partners, global outlets and a full range of online destinations.

"This is a service that has been in development between AristoVideo and Travis Television since the beginning of the year," says AristoVideo Senior Vice President Craig Bann. "We feel like this alliance is a natural marriage between two companies that have a proven history of success in the entertainment industry. From download to broadcast, DownCast will provide clients with top-notch, professional video content that is created and then distributed in a format that is already prepared for streaming and broadcast use."

In addition to its video delivery mechanism, DownCast is designed to provide outlets with easily accessible tour press materials and a variety of content in advance of album releases. Outlets are notified electronically as new assets are uploaded. The system provides on-demand access to video content, digital photos, audio clips and press materials as needed on a secure, password-protected server.

"Thanks to our years of network television experience, we are extremely proud to offer entertaining and informative packages that can tell an artist's story in a matter of minutes," says TTV President Greg Travis. "It's truly amazing that we can reach millions of people with this new service, and it was important to us that we could offer artists the same broadcast-quality video we use for network television shows. DownCast is a great new way to personalize the introduction of a new album or tour, and the artists retain ownership of all the content."

AristoVideo, the veteran video promotion department of The AristoMedia Group, handles the distribution duties in the agreement. Travis Television Productions is responsible for creating and producing the content, which includes electronic and digital press kits, video news releases, video profiles and a diverse variety of Internet streaming material. The two Nashville-based companies have a combined 45 years of experience creating, promoting and distributing professional video content.

The DownCast service operates through a customized distribution application developed and managed by AristoWorks, The AristoMedia Group's new media marketing and development department. The service's extensive database is compiled from resources provided by the various departments within the company, including Aristo PR (publicity), AristoVideo and AristoVision (video promotion), AristoWorks (new media), Marco Promotions (secondary radio promotion) and Marco Club Connection (dance club promotion).

For more information, visit:

About AristoVideo:
A division of The AristoMedia Group, AristoVideo has built a 25-year history of marketing artists through visual mediums, including music videos, EPKs, liners and interview features, which are serviced to television, closed-circuit and Internet outlets across the globe. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Gatlin Brothers Debut new song on Huckabee

JUNE 23, 2009

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Return With "Johnny Cash is Dead (And His House Burned Down)" and Debut on Fox TV’s Huckabee This Weekend

(Nashville, TN) - “Johnny Cash Is Dead (And His House Burned Down)” is a rip-roaring hosanna to the Man in Black. This isn’t a song you can describe in a press release. This is a song you cue up, turn up and rip the knobs off and throw them out the window! And you do this TODAY, as this historic and controversial single goes to radio. For a TV taste of this tune, THIS Saturday June 27, 2009 on Fox TV, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers debut the track on Governor Mike Huckabee’s TV show, Huckabee at 8 PM EST.

After 17 years away from the bright lights of Nashville’s Music Row, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers return to radio with a blistering country single on Curb Records, “Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down.”

There have been many great voices in country music and one golden one: Larry Gatlin. His bell-like tones are works of art in themselves, quite apart from the lyrics they illuminate. Of course, Gatlin is equally distinguished as a songwriter. Of the 42 songs he charted between 1973 and 1990, including 17 Top 10s and the Grammy-winning "Broken Lady," he single-handedly wrote every one, an achievement unmatched by any other artist in popular music.

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Media Contact:

Jim Della Croce, Owner / Publicist
o. 615.750.5938
c. 615.419.9989
f. 615.810.9492

1009 16th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

Charlie Daniels to Appear on "Legends and Lyrics" Show

Charlie Daniels To Appear on "Legends & Lyrics" Show July 4

New Weekly Series Features Performances and Interviews with Hit Songwriters, Legendary Artists

(Nashville, TN - June 29, 2009) Charlie Daniels will appear on a new singer-songwriter series called "Legends & Lyrics," airing Saturday, July 4 at 10 p.m. on local Nashville public television channel WNPT.

The program, which debuted on May 9, pairs legendary songwriters and performers with promising new talent in an "in-the-round" writer's format that features performances and interviews with the artists.

Daniels' episode will also feature appearances from Phil Vassar and Jimmy Webb.

Daniels recently returned from his third international trip to visit military troops in Iraq and Kuwait and is currently touring the U.S. through the end of 2009.

The first season of "Legends & Lyrics" features acts including Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and John Hiatt, as well as rising artists The Laws, Stephanie Chapman, Corinne Chapman, Jonathan Singleton, Nathan Lee, Mike Musick, Will Hoge and more. Each episode will also include a one-on-one conversation with a featured guest, such Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Steve Cropper, Cowboy Jack Clement and others.

"Legends & Lyrics" is produced by Nashville-based production company Song-Writers In The Round, LLC. Season one episodes were filmed on location in 1080 high-definition in Nashville, Tenn. at the Masonic Lodge and Shreveport, La. at the Scottish Rite Theatre.

For more information, visit or

Country Thunder USA Festival


Neal McCoy and newcomers KingBilly and Gloriana added to the lineup this week; New festival ownership preparing the grounds for a completely retooled weekend country music party

(Nashville, TN) – The 17th Annual Country Thunder USA festival, held in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin July 15-18, 2009 will be showcased on Great American Country television network. GAC festival hostess SUZANNE ALEXANDER will be filming from the festival grounds - visiting with country music stars and their fans for GAC Nights and GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. (Actual airdates / times TBD)

Also announced today are three ‘new’ performers – superstar Neal McCoy will play for a full 90 minutes Friday night in the all-ages Howlin’ Coyote Dance Hall following Alan Jackson’s main stage performance. Newcomers Gloriana and GAC’s web series stars KingBilly will also entertain. KingBilly is scheduled for 10:30pm Wednesday, Gloriana at 10:30pm Thursday.

“We’re so excited to be partnered with such a great country television network. We couldn’t be happier – having GAC on-hand to celebrate the weekend with us… and with the great lineup. Adding Neal McCoy will make Friday night a huge party – and he puts on an incredible show. We’ve made a lot of changes this year – from traffic routing, to a less-cluttered festival ‘bowl’ area, more vendors, cheaper concessions and keeping the price low,” said festival Executive Producer Brian Andrews.

General Admission ticketholders will get closer access to the stage – as VIP and reserved seating areas have been reduced to allow for those who cannot afford those seats to get up, close and personal to their favorite performers with their four-day general admission pass.

Country Thunder USA information, tickets, campsites, directions and contact information available by visiting or by calling 877-999-8008

2009 Country Thunder USA Festival Lineup – Twin Lakes, WI

5:30pm - Colt Ford
7:15pm - The Lost Trailers
9:00pm - Tracy Lawrence

Howlin' Coyote Dance Hall (all-ages):
10:30pm - KingBilly

THURSDAY - JULY 16, 2009
1:00pm - Burns Poe
2:00pm - The Bellamy Brothers
3:30pm - Jack Ingram
5:00pm - Mark Chesnutt
6:15pm - Williams & Ree
7:00pm - Kellie Pickler
9:00pm - Taylor Swift

Howlin' Coyote Dance Hall (all-ages):
10:30pm - Gloriana
11:30pm - Chasin Mason

FRIDAY - JULY 17, 2009
1:00pm - Shawn Hammonds
2:00pm - Restless Heart
3:30pm - Heidi Newfield
5:00pm - Jake Owen
6:15pm - Williams & Ree
7:00pm - Phil Vassar
9:00pm - Alan Jackson

Howlin' Coyote Dance Hall (all-ages):
10:30pm - NealMcCoy
12:30am - TBD

SATURDAY - JULY 18, 2009
1:00pm - The Grascals
2:00pm - Joey & Rory
3:30pm - Terri Clark
5:00pm - Diamond Rio
6:15pm - Williams & Ree
7:00pm - Rodney Atkins
9:00pm - Tim McGraw

Howlin' Coyote Dance Hall (all-ages):
10:30pm - Jason Jones
11:45pm - Chasin Mason
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