Monday, May 31, 2010

Some Comments by attenders of Mountain Heart Concert at Sellersville

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"The keyboard playing of Josh Shilling was the highlight of the show for me; I could have listened to it all night."

"Having not heard Mountain Heart perform live in about 7 or 8 years, I was quite surprised by their changes in musicianship and style. Their early reputation was built on first-rate traditional bluegrass and gospel numbers, performed with a skill and emotion not often matched anywhere. Now the traditional bluegrass playing represents only a portion of their repertoire, with a balance consisting of southern rock standards and soulful rock and blues ballads. Along with acoustic rythm and lead guitar duties, Josh Shilling lends consummate keyboard playing and fiery vocals to the band, infusing Mountain Heart with a new style and life, while Barry Abernathy's traditional vocals, humor, and custom 5-string banjo help anchor the band. While I was surprised by their new direction, I must say it was a pleasant surprise. Those coming to a show expecting only a bluegrass concert would leave disappointed, but for those who want a little something extra, they will be more than satisfied. Mountain heart is obviously undergoing a musical transformation; I wish them the best of luck as they blaze their path into the future."

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mountain Heart - Live At Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, Pa.- A Review

Mountain Heart has been around quite a while as an excellent bluegrass band, they are in the process of changing into a country rock, Southern rock jam band, The newest member, Josh Schilling, has sang and played with several types of bands, and I read he has a separate project on the side, which would not surprise me. This is exciting, I thought I was going to a bluegrass show last and it turned into a jam session with several cover songs, some new songs for the new CD that they are working on, They are looking for a label, but their manager Brian says they are going on with or without a label, they can get some Distribution help and keep on Touring. They are already working on the CD. He gave me a three song demo CD, I can't let anyone hear it, but He said I can tease folk about. Here's a tease for ya, if your good, I will give you another tease at end of review, This CD has drums on it.

I got to Sellersville Theatre right after the first act was done (Fitzmaurice), heard they were good, from the nice couple behind me, This guy sent me some nice pics tonight,I had asked him if He would, and he did, will see if I can add a couple to the review, when it goes on CSO.

A little about Mountain Heart, in a big way ,this is a shame, I sampled some of their stuff, they have a real big discography. They have been a big bluegrass band, making lots of great songs. But on the other hand, When I talked to Jim Van Cleve He is excited about it. They know how great that Josh Schilling is, There is a great chemistry in the group, everyone plays together. Josh Schilling could take them places. He is a great singer, his vocals are so mature and strong, heard a youtube of him singing the national anthem with the rest of the group. He is an incredible keyboard player, reminds me of a young Chuck Leavell.(Who can sing and play guitar)

I really was not prepared for what I heard last night. I was expecting a show like the Ark,
but I got like a professional cover band. They started out playing an instrumental. It was good, one of the many short ones the group does. After that, the small crowd in the front started chanting, Louder!! Louder!! , Well, The Mountain Heart sound guy complied. From then on, it was real loud. The room right behind me, the rest of the Theatre that was empty
was loud, but the room had lots of noise, which made the signal midrangey.

Next, I heard a very familiar bass thump and the ride began as Jason Moore, on bass played the intro to "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers. They virtually nailed the song note for note, in an acoustic way. The hi guitar parts were played by Jim on fiddle. The difference is Josh slows it down in the middle and does some sct singing with it.He is on electric piano here. Aaron Ramsey , their new mandolin player really is a great player and adds alot to the show.

They did an accapello gospel number and I thought it was weird that 2 members went into the side stage.

The show was pretty much focused on the very talented Josh Shilling , who has a great voice, is a great guitarist and played a lot of electric piano this night. I'm listening to the Ark show as I write this, The group seemed more focused that night, tonight ,they are sort of p rowling the stage. I also miss Barry's ongoing dialog with the crowd at the Ark.

The band jams on and on, and for a while, they settle down and do a few really nice songs. All of which will be on the new CD. They do a real nice version of Bruce Hornsby's "That's Just the Way it Is" , That one really caught me off guard as it is just plain rock music.
Also, "Very Superstitous" with some wah, caught me off guard. I did notice some people leave during the show, as they were expecting bluegrass, I mean, we are in a small town, in rural, Pa. This is a country/bluegrass group venue where the group is playing mostly rock and jam oriented music. They ended with more jamming, and left the stage, I mean, you knew they were coming back. Pretty soon, Josh and the bass player Jason come back and and Josh sits at the keyboard for another Allman brothers song, a newer one "Soul Shine".

And that was it, that's just the way it goes. The group sticks around and sign some Cds and stuff, I talk to Brian and JIm, very nice, down to earth group. I'm looking forward to this new CD.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lynyrd Skynyrd To Release Live From Freedom Hall CD/DVD set



New York, NY: Lynyrd Skynyrd will release Live From Freedom Hall on June 22 as both a CD/DVD set and as a stand-alone DVD. Live From Freedom Hall not only captures the band in its most natural state – on stage- but is also one of the last concerts to be recorded with longtime members Billy Powell and Ean Evans, both of whom passed away last year. The release is a tribute to and a celebration of Skynyrd.

The track listing for Live From Freedom Hall is as follows:
“Travelin’ Man”
“What's Your Name?”
“That Smell”
“Simple Man”
“Down South Jukin’”
“The Needle and the Spoon”
“Ballad Of Curtis Loew”
“Gimme Back My Bullets”
“Tuesday’s Gone”
“Red White and Blue”
“Gimme Three Steps”
“Call Me The Breeze”
“Sweet Home Alabama”
“Free Bird”
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s latest, Gods & Guns, was released via Roadrunner/Loud & Proud, debuting on the Billboard Top 20 at #18, representing their highest debut since 1977. Throughout the past year, the band has been enjoying continued success and increased visibility, appearing on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, FOX News Channel’s Huckabee, Hannity, Fox & Friends, PBS Soundstage and more.
The band was recently inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their classic and beloved American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” has surpassed the two million mark in downloaded ringtones. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million, Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a major cultural icon that appeals to all generations.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will return to the road for the next several months, touring with Bret Michaels and 38 Special in June before embarking on the Hannity Freedom Concert Series in August.
Tour dates are as follows:
Gods & Guns Tour 2010
May 28 - Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO
May 29 - Harrah's Metropolis - Metropolis, IL
May 30 - Horseshoe Casino - Elizabeth, IN
Lynyrd Skynyrd w/Bret Michaels and 38 Special
June 10 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
June 13 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Spring, TX
June 17 - Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham - Pelham, AL
June 18 - Time Warner Pavillion @Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
June 19 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC
June 20 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Virginia Beach, VA
June 24 - DTE Energy Music Center - Clarkston, MI
June 25 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
June 26 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Maryland Heights, MO
June 27 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Noblesville, IN
July 1 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
July 2 - Comcast Theater - Hartford, CT
July 3 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
July 8 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 9 - DTE Energy Music Center - Clarkston, MI
July 10 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
July 11 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Wynonna Music and Retail Collection Arrives At Cracker Barrel


Purchase of any Cracker Barrel Wynonna product provides donation to Wounded Warrior Project

LEBANON, TENN (May 24, 2010) – As the nation appreciates American service men and women this Memorial Day weekend, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is honored to have five-time GRAMMY® Award winner Wynonna Judd share in its efforts to support Wounded Warrior Project. Wynonna’s new CD and exclusive line of retail products have arrived at Cracker Barrel, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each item will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project. Additionally, from now until May 31st, Cracker Barrel will double the portion of proceeds donation for every Wynonna and Wounded Warrior Project retail item sold, including the CD.

“For several years, Cracker Barrel has supported Wounded Warrior Project and the organization’s efforts to honor and empower injured service men and women who have returned to the United States,” said Peter Keiser, Vice President of Marketing at Cracker Barrel. “Given Wynonna’s long history of philanthropy, we were confident that she would share our commitment to support wounded warriors who are making the transition back to civilian life.”

On sale now at all Cracker Barrel locations, Wynonna’s new Love Heals CD features a collection of her top singles and three other tracks that had not been available for sale until now. One of the new tracks, Let Your Light Shine, is a song that Wynonna and her young daughter would sing every day before school, and it speaks to the importance of being true to oneself.

“Let Your Light Shine is a real affirmation song for men and women,” said Wynonna, a multi-platinum Curb Records recording artist and best-selling author. “So much of what we see in the world is not very life-giving. This is a very life-giving song. The message is be who you were meant to be.”

In addition to the Love Heals CD, Cracker Barrel has introduced a collection of retail products inspired by Wynonna’s creativity and spirit. Wynonna helped design the products that she believes will help women who balance the responsibilities of family, career and their own personal enrichment. The Wynonna retail products include shirts, mugs, writing journals, wallets and other accessories.

Cracker Barrel is also proud to feature a new collection of Wounded Warrior Project retail products including hats, bandanas, t-shirts and mugs. Similar to the Wynonna line of products, Cracker Barrel will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any of these items to Wounded Warrior Project. In fact, from now until May 31st, Cracker Barrel will double the portion of proceeds donation for every Wynonna and Wounded Warrior Project retail item sold, including the CD.

“Wounded Warrior Project is deeply grateful to Wynonna and Cracker Barrel for their ongoing support,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. “The funds raised through this partnership will support our injured warriors who have given so much for our country and help us ensure this generation of veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”

About Cracker Barrel
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 signature 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 594 company-owned locations in 41 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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Larry Gatlin Snags Imus Vacation Seat

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2010


NASHVILLE, TN – Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you know that country music legend Larry Gatlin is back in a big way… and it just got a lot bigger. This June, Gatlin will guest host the Fox Business Network’s Imus in the Morning, filling-in for vacationing broadcasting pioneer Don Imus.

“The I-man is the gold standard, which, according to Gordon Liddy, is worth more than ever and has never had a worth of zero” says Gatlin. “No one can ever replace my buddy, Don Imus. I am honored to hold his place until he returns from a well deserved vacation!”

Gatlin takes the reins for Imus June 14 – 18, and will broadcast live from the Fox Business Network studios in New York City. Gatlin plans to talk the day’s news with various political analysts and of course will invite some of his closest musical friends for in-studio performances.

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Tune In:

Fox Business Network
Imus in the Morning
June 14-18, 2010
6 - 9 AM EST

Media Contact:

Don Grubbs, Publicist / President
o. 615.275.8380

1009 16th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

Proudly Representing: Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Pam Tillis, Mickie James, Trent Tomlinson, Danielle Peck, Alabama's Jeff Cook, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Mishavonna (American Idol), Scott Lindsey, Tay Humphrey and Nash Street

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Album From Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford "Dogwood Winter"

Rural Rhythm Gearing Up for Steve Gulley-Tim Stafford Album
New Single Now Released
Click here for a clip of the new single, "Just Along for the Ride"

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the upcoming new album by Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford. “DOGWOOD WINTER” is comprised of all original songs by this award-winning songwriting team. The first single, “Just Along For the Ride” is being serviced to radio and available now via Airplay Direct.

Gulley and Stafford’s songs have been recorded by many artists over the years including “Through the Window of a Train,” winner of the 2008 IBMA Song of the Year, and recorded by Blue Highway. “While Steve and I have been fortunate to have quite a few songs cut by various artists over the years, this record began as a vehicle to get our songs out there that—with one exception--hadn’t been previously recorded. We picked 14 of our best tunes that we felt would be a good cross-section of our work, and the record, from the beginning was going to be all about the song. Since most were bluegrass, we decided to enlist our friends Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, and Justin Moses to help Steve and I lay down grass tracks that would highlight those songs. Our tastes are eclectic, and we ended up having two tunes that needed arrangements that featured percussion from Mark Laws and, in the case of Nebraska Sky, Michael Alvey’s great piano playing. Dale Ann Bradley added the heavenly harmonies where we needed a trio with a female,” said Stafford. Tim Stafford is a current and founding member of award-winning Blue Highway – a band continuing to celebrate significant success with all five original members in tact.

Gulley also explains the origin of “DOGWOOD WINTER” saying, “This recording project is, quite simply, two good friends and writing partners recording some of their songs in the way they heard them when they were originally written. It was truly a great experience to record and create a collection of music that was all original. Tim has been my primary writing partner for years - as well as a one of my best friends. Besides being a good friend and collaborator, Tim is one of best musicians on the planet, so it was really cool to finally get to work with him in the studio on our own project. I think this a singer-songwriter record in every sense of the word. There’s traditional bluegrass, country-flavored tunes, middle-of-the road ballads and stripped down arrangements with just guitar and vocal. It’s a wide variety of styles but has one underlying theme or focus – the songs themselves.” Gulley is a current and founding member of the award-winning band, Grasstowne who also have a new album releasing on Rural Rhythm later this year.

New updates on “DOGWOOD WINTER” will be posted soon on the Rural Rhythm website.


Steve Gulley’s career highlights include: being a longtime performer and former Music Director at the legendary Renfro Valley Shows in Kentucky; former member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and part of a Grammy nominated and IBMA award-winning album with the group; founding member of “Mountain Heart” where he was part of five albums and two IBMA award wins; founding and current member of the award-winning band, Grasstowne” where he has been a part of two chart-topping and award- winning albums including the 2008 SPBGMA Album of the Year “The Road Headin’ Home.”

Tim Stafford has an impressive career including: having nearly 200 songs recorded by various artists; serves on the IBMA Hall of Honor Panel of Electors (2006-present); former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station in the early 90’s; current and founding member the award-winning group, Blue Highway; recipient of over 15 IBMA Awards; recipient of a Dove Award; two Grammy nominations; produced two IBMA Award-winning records, Knee Deep in Bluegrass, which received the Instrumental Recording of the Year in 2001, and The Infamous Stringdusters’ Fork in the Road, which was named the co-album of the year in 2007; currently teaches guitar at East Tennessee State University’s famed Bluegrass and Country Music Program; and co-author (with Caroline Wright) of the book, Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story, released in 2010 by Word of Mouth Press.

RECORD LABEL: Rural Rhythm Records
Radio Contact: Sammy Passamano, III Email


MEDIA CONTACT: Hope River Entertainment
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Monday, May 17, 2010

GAC Three Hour Relief Concert for Nashville Flood

Search for lady antebellum This Three Hour televised concert from the Ryman Auditorium was a winner for me and I think that a lot of folks that hate Nashville Country music would at least like it, if they saw this side of country music. First off, it is a very stripped back affair, mostly acoustic and the full band songs were not as full of effects and the pageantry usually associated with a Country concert.

Brad Paisley's wife and actor James Denton were the hosts of the show. There were celebrities manning the phones and a lot of flood footage during songs, but the music ruled.
Brad came running out ,starting the show with "Welcome To The Future", you could tell that folk did not have their usual road bands so a lot sung solo or with the house band. The drummer on Paisley's first song was great, really keeping a groove, and it seemed that Brad was happy letting other guys play lead guitar some since he did not have his effects, just a Dr Z amp with what looked like one pedal on top. He usually has a full rack with several pedals which were all destroyed in the flood. Dierks Bentley played with him on another song "American Saturday Night" and Brad was having fun playing, talking to the audience.

Martina was there singing about 3 or 4 songs and sounded very good. The crowd seemed to get the most excited when Keith Urban came out and did 2 acoustic songs, The first,"The Beatles -Help", which came out well. Then He did an upbeat version of an original song. He got the crowd involved in the song.

A couple of Nascar drivers showed up with the Head of Nascar to show their Support. The artists were really good at picking their songs and usually picked one out of their repertoire intended for encouragement. Some artists just showed up to man the phones ,and not even do a song.

New Nashville native Kebmo was there with another guy playing banjitar with him. He played a very appropriate song and sounded quite good. Two Christian artists who make Nashville their home did a song, CeCe Winans and Jaci Velasquez. They both were very good.

Sheryl Crow came out and did one new song that she had written on piano by herself. She talked about how much Nashville felt like home to her.

Kellie Pickler showed up for a song and some phone time, You know, this young lady is really doing herself well, she just has a great way about her and a good attitude. She sang a song with a couple of acoustic guitarists which came off real well.

I have always kind not liked Lady Antebellum, I guess for their super slick productions or some dumb thing, but their live appearances really won me over, They really got a large crowd reaction during their performances. They harmonize so well even live and their lo key demeanor can really win you over. What a vocal performance!!

All in all, This was very well done, and I think it really showed the good parts of Nashville and what The volunteer state is all about. They raised 2 million dollars for the surrounding 52 counties that need help, just a dent, but a good dent. Go to GAC's website if you would like to make a donation, the money goes to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. It was hard to get thru on the phone lines, They showed the show back to back, and I got thru about a half hour into the second showing, and now I could kick myself, cause I talked to a nice sounding lady named Nicole, who was probably Nicole Kidman, because she was helping on the phones. Why couldn't I have at least asked?? A lot of people hung up om Brad Paisley who was on the phones alot.,,GAC_26058_98169,00.html

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Blue Chip Picks - A review of a very Different pick!!

Search for Guitar Picks I found out about Blue Chip Picks listening to a CD that I was reviewing this year by a Bluegrass group named "GoldHeart" , that consists of 3 young ladies. The self-titled Cd was excellent. I saw the endorsement for Blue Chip picks on the Cd liner. I checked out the website and what impressed me other than the $35 price per pick was the list of artists who swore by them, mostly Blue grass players, and mostly mandolin players.
Here is a list of some you might recognize, Chris Thile, Adam Steffey, Rhonda Vincent, Danny Roberts(Grascals), Charlie Cushman, and Doyle Lawson. Of course I considered they used instruments that ran in the thousands, but I was still curious, so I e-mailed the place in Knoxville, Tenn. where I grew up. Matt Goins got right back to me and offered to send me one to review if I sent him my address, so I did. Pretty soon, I got a Blue Chip TD 35, same shape as a Martin or Fender medium pick I would use, but a bit thicker, .89. That is not far off though seeing I use picks that are .75 . I was at my local guitar store today playing a D/ced Alvarez MD80 for 499, which is a bargain, but still out of my range, I have a 3 year old black RD20S which has also been D/ced, I am a big lover of Alvarez instruments, My plans are to keep my RD20S for awhile, it sounds good and is a very playable guitar with a Taylor like neck.
Hate to disappoint you, but this is going to be a short review, I did find some good build up though. What all can you say about a pick. Well, I will say that The Blue Chip Company is manned by 5 guys, who make all of the picks with CNC machines for tight tolerances, they are made for longevity and tone, they are a bargain for the crowd that still uses tortoise shell, and less maintenance too.
I decided to compare it to a Fender medium, because it was almost exactly the same size, I ran thru a song, playing some chords and a lead run and it sounded like always, good(well, to me). (BTW), have no idea what these picks are made of, they are a brown color, nothing Fancy.
I played the same song with the Blue Chip and stopped, There was a very noticeable difference, One thing, The Blue Chips are very tacky, so they stick to your finger, it took me a while to get used to this, I discovered , that I must adjust the pick alot unconsciously, to get different lengths and so on, no big deal. The other thing is the tone was noticeably a good bit better, btw, I had a set of polyweb elixirs on my guitar, that I always use, probably a no no for hardcore bluegrass pickers.
Once I decided they were better, I kept playing with the BC, finding it very useful, especially in playing rhythm guitar, it gave me a much better rhythm tone. I honestly struggled a bit with the lead playing because of the tacky part, I probably could do without that, because I have been playing for over 30 years and to go from non sticky to sticky for the first time is different, but apparently, its part of the composition of the material they use. This is a winner, If guys like Chris Thile love this and the others , plus it is noticeably better for me, I like it. I generally do not have trouble losing stuff, that is where problems for people come in, I do know this, for me, the right pick has always been a big deal, and amongst the different plastics, celluloid's , THe right pick has meant alot. These are only available from Matt's website, btw, if you do not like your pick, within thirty days, you can return it for a full refund.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Verizon Wireless Bamajam Music and Arts Festival Welcomes New Sponsors

Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival Welcomes New 2010 Sponsors

Dodge Ram Trucks, Kraft onboard with June 3-5 Event

Entertprise, AL - As the excitement continues to build for the 2010 Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival, so does the list of today hottest performers and the sponsors who will help to make the June 3-5 event the most thrill-filled festival to date.

Fans from around the globe, who flock to Alabama for the 3-day music extravaganza, will enjoy food, games, activities, prizes, giveaways and oodles of fun, thanks to the generosity of sponsors like Dodge Ram Trucks, and Kraft.

Dodge will display a variety of the all-new, biggest and baddest Ram Trucks, named the 2010 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

Kraft will feature two tents with artist meet-and-greets and tasty macaroni and cheese for the music-loving masses.

The Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival has become synonymous with the biggest names in music entertainment. The festival boasts dozens of Grammy award-winning, platinum selling artists; all in one place, all at one jam-packed 3-day event.

Single day and 3 day discounted tickets on sale now. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets, to charge by phone call 1-800-745-3000 or visit
3rd ArtistsFRIDAY, JUNE
5th Artists
Tyler Bryant
Dierks Bentley
Miss Willie Brown
Citizen Cope
The Cleverly’s
The Defibulators
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Danny Gokey
The Grascals
Chad Hall
Jim Beam Band 1
Jim Beam Band 2
Robert Earl Keen
Miranda Lambert
Led Zeppelin 2
LoCash Cowboys
Wes Lopez
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Rio Grand
Stuckey & Murray
Chris Young
The Wells
Zac Brown Band

Blackberry Smoke
Alexa Carter
The Cleverly’s
The Defibulators
The Disco Biscuits
Colt Ford
Bill Gentry
Brantley Gilbert
Randy Houser
Chris Hurt
Jim Beam Band 3
Jim Beam Band 4
Jamey Johnson
Rick Monroe
Sean Patrick McGraw
Spoonful James
Stuckey & Murray
Travis Tritt
Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
Universal Songwriters
Wayne Mills Band
Hank Williams Jr.

Gregg Allman & Friends
Rodney Atkins
Chris Carpenter
Kenny Chesney
Louis Copeland
The Defibulators
Larry Frick
Buddy Guy
Beth Hart
Houston County
Jim Beam Band 5
Jim Beam Band 6
Matt Kennon
Stoney LaRue
Rick Monroe
Sean Patrick McGraw
Jake Owen
Shane Owens
Duece Poppi
Joanna Smith
Stealing Angels
Stuckey & Murray
Gretchen Wilson
Edgar Winter

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wynonna Judd Adds Her Own Personal Touch To Product Line At Cracker Barrel


Lifestyle products include shirts, writing journals, cosmetic bag and wallets

LEBANON, TENN (May 10, 2010) - Multi-platinum Curb Records recording artist and best-selling author Wynonna Judd has found a new home for her creative talents: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. A special collection of retail products, personally selected by Wynonna, will be available at all Cracker Barrel locations starting May 24th. The products reflect the savvy and successful lifestyle of a woman who is recognized as one of country music’s most accomplished artists.

“I think that Cracker Barrel represents everything that the Judds stood for: family, food and fellowship. I love the rocking chairs and I feel really good when I go to Cracker Barrel,” said Wynonna. “When we talked about a Wynonna collection of retail products for Cracker Barrel, I wanted items that women would see as useful in their everyday lives. All of our selections are high-quality, too. It’s like my mother said, ‘do it right, or don’t do it at all’.”

Wynonna’s partnership with Cracker Barrel started as a discussion about an exclusive CD of her music, and the conversation quickly grew to include a collection of retail products that mirrors her personal tastes. Wynonna believes the products will be well-received by women who balance the responsibilities of family, careers and their own personal enrichment.

The Wynonna collection of retail items includes:

Shirts: a knit shirt with subtle sparkles and a jersey knit shirt with rhinestones
Mugs: a wonderful gift for Wynonna fans - perfect for coffee and conversations with friends
Journals/Notepads: beautiful keepsakes to capture heartfelt moments and quick thoughts
Clutch Wallets: a sleek and convenient option for carrying your essentials
Cosmetic Bag: a stylish and sturdy case for your make-up needs
Sunglasses: classic frames with rhinestone studs and lenses that offer 100% UV protection

“For years, Wynonna has shared her creativity and style through her songs and performances,” said Terry Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Retail at Cracker Barrel. “With this collection of retail products, Cracker Barrel has become a new stage for Wynonna’s incredible talents. We believe these items will resonate well with our guests who identify with Wynonna’s experiences as a mother and daughter.”

The arrival of Wynonna retail products coincides with the May 24th release of the Love Heals CD, an exclusive recording for Cracker Barrel which features many of Wynonna’s number one hits along with three tracks not previously offered for sale. Both Cracker Barrel and Wynonna are honored that the CD and other Wynonna retail products will support American service men and women who have been severely wounded in battle. Cracker Barrel will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of Wynonna-related products to Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to wounded service men and women.

Wynonna fans can now pre-order the Love Heals CD through the Cracker Barrel website ( They can also register to win A Weekend with Wynonna in Music City Sweepstakes. The grand prize package includes a trip to Nashville to meet Wynonna and see her perform at the Grand Ole Opry®. The lucky winner will also visit many of Nashville’s top attractions. Pre-order and contest information can be found on the Cracker Barrel website (

About Cracker Barrel
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 signature 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 594 company-owned locations in 41 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

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members, to help severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit

About Wynonna Judd
5-time GRAMMY Award winning artist, Wynonna Judd first gained fame as part of one of the most successful musical duos of all time, The Judds. On top of that amazing feat, she also holds multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA in excess of 30 million units sold for albums released throughout her illustrious 25-year career. In addition to her countless musical achievements, Wynonna became a New York Times best-selling author in 2005 with the release of her long-awaited autobiography, Coming Home to Myself, released in conjunction with her live CD and DVD: Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime.

Wynonna recently announced she plans to reunite with her mother, Naomi, for a final Judds tour in 2010. She is also presently touring in support of her critically acclaimed seventh solo studio album, Sing: Chapter 1, an eclectic assortment of standards paying homage to all the different genres and songs that have formed the soundtrack to her life.
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Grascals Appear On NPR'S Mountain Stage Show

The Grascals Go "Public:" Appear On NPR's Mountain Stage Show May 14 - 16
Episode Also Features Patty Loveless, Loudon Wainwright III And More

Nashville, TN (May 10, 2010) -- Two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, The Grascals, make their debut appearance on National Public Radio's two-hour Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, May 14-16. In an episode that was recorded live at the Creative Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia University March 21, The Grascals joined a lineup that included one of Country music's most beloved vocalists, Patty Loveless; songwriter and Grammy winner Loudon Wainwright III; West-coast country singer Leslie Stevens, and songwriter Pieta Brown.

The group's genre-bending blend of bluegrass and country was a natural fit for the show, which is in its 26th Season, and is the longest running public radio program of its kind. Mountain Stage is distributed to over 130 NPR stations nationwide and overseas on the Voice of America Satellite Service. Produced by WV Public Broadcasting (WVPB), station listings and air-times can be found at . The show will be posted at the following week, and archived for continued access.

Their performance for Mountain Stage included Happy Go Lucky; Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line; their current single, Last Train to Clarksville; Satan and Grandma; a medley of Hank Williams, Jr's hits (Born to Boogie/Women I Never Had/All My Rowdy Friends) and Sally Goodin'. The taping coincided with the release of their fourth CD, THE FAMOUS LEFTY FLYNN'S (Rounder Records). The 12-song disc is drawing stellar reviews, including:

"Plenty of bluegrass outfits shred as impressively as heavy metal groups ... The Grascals manage the feat on their fourth album." - BILLBOARD

"The Grascals make exceptional music sound easy. 'Lefty Flynn's' is packed with both the Grascals' signature close, affecting harmonies and memorable lead singing ... and the boundary between country and bluegrass is beautifully blurred." - THEBLUEGRASS SPECIAL.COM

"If praise from the 'old guard' is any indication of the future of this truly American genre of music, then The Grascals seem to have passed the generational test with flying colors."

Additional recent media coverage includes: The Grand Ole Opry; SiriusXM Radio's Track By Track with Kyle Cantrell and The Bluegrass Junction On Stage; RFD-TV'S Larry's Country Diner and CMT's Southern Fried Flicks.

Fans can get all the news on The Grascals @
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

"I Am What I Am" - Merle Haggard - A Review

Merle Haggard's newest CD in 5 years is a refreshing acoustic affair with a touch of pedal steel and some electric pickin'. I had to fight to get a finished copy, but it was well worth the fight. Haggard is a smart man sticking with what is tried and true. His band, The Strangers accompany him, in his studio, the California "Shade Tree Manor Studio". Reggie Young helps out on guitar, with Rob Ickes on Dobro.

Every song is a Hag written affair, except for one. Some of the songs have a swing/jazz feel to them. The whole vibe of the album is informal. Haggard sounds refreshed in this take. Reggie Youngs twangy guitar adds alot to the mix. Lots of great guitar including Haggard. Haggard's wife writes a very inspired piece in the small insert, plus adding some sweet vocals on the CD. "Live and Love Always" features husband and wife singing together, while Merle talks in the background.

What makes an album great, Great Musicians mostly. That is what we have here. Whether it's Haggard's great vocals or Ickes' Dobro in the background, this is a great album. You won't find a better recording, unless this was put in the SACD format. This is available on CD or vinyl, if you download stuff, you can probably do it that way too. I just love "How did you Find me Here?", great bluesy sounding song , Haggard has a great way of putting hooks in his songs and as a producer, he knows where to emphasize what, He really sounds like he is Having fun. By the Way, Merle is on a new Label, This is his first record for Vanguard Records.

In closing, this is a great find in today's market, a real icon, playing iconic music. He still has it. I love the artwork, Just a simple picture of The Hag with his Hat. OK, drum roll, my two favorite songs are the first song, "I've Seen It All Go Away" and the last song which is the title track "I Am what I am". The opener is a brilliant song about Hag's experience with life, a bit political, a it about his experience, just a great song. He really gets into it. Sometimes , He sounds a bit like The man in Black. Who better, to do it, but Merle Haggard. Well, enjoy, it turned out to be worth the wait!!!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Rural Rhythm Signs Grasstowne

Rural Rhythm Records Signs Grasstowne

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce they have signed Grasstowne to the label and will release the band’s new album early 2011 with a new single coming later this year. "Steve has been a friend of our family for many years, so we all feel like this is a dream come true homecoming for Rural Rhythm. Steve and Alan have firmly established Grasstowne as a major Bluegrass band attaining many key awards, top charted songs and two critically acclaimed albums since their formation late in 2006. With great anticipation, we look forward to being a part of Grasstowne's rapidly growing success," said Sam Passamano, Jr., President of Rural Rhythm Records.

Steve Gulley agreed saying, “I couldn’t be happier or more excited about being a part of the Rural Rhythm family. The company’s track record speaks for itself. It’s a truly artist friendly label that believes in providing its artists with the creative freedom and tools it takes to make great music and, at the same time, make sure their music is heard in as many places as possible. All the guys in Grasstowne are looking forward to being associated with the fine folks at Rural Rhythm for a long, long time to come.”

Grasstowne just announced their new line-up that includes: Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals); Alan Bibey (mandolin, vocals); Adam Haynes (fiddle, baritone & bass vocals); Justin Jenkins (Banjo and baritone vocals); and Kameron Keller (bass).

“Steve and I as well as all the guys in Grasstowne are really pumped about being a part of the Rural Rhythm family. We feel like our beliefs and outlook on music are the same and love the work ethic exhibited by this great label. We look forward to what we think will be a wonder and prosperous venture for all of us,” said Alan Bibey.

Grasstowne will be performing May 6 at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival in Denton, NC and May 8 at the Bluegrass on the Waccamaw in Conway, SC. Please visit for a complete tour schedule and other band information.

For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit

Grasstowne, Alan Bibey
Phone: 843-457-6662
Rural Rhythm Records
Radio Contact: Sammy Passamano, III

Monday, May 03, 2010

Rural Rhythm Releases "Look To The Light" songs by Rick Lang

Rural Rhythm Christian is proud to announce the May 4, 2010 album release of “LOOK TO THE LIGHT: Songs of Faith from the Pen of Rick Lang.” Christian songwriter, Rick Lang has had well over two dozen of his songs recorded and performed by a variety of top, well-known and award-winning bluegrass groups. Also serving as Executive Producer, Lang hand picked award-winning bluegrass artists to perform on the album including: Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker, Junior Sisk, and Barry Scott; with musicians, Michael Cleveland, Ron Stewart, John Miller, Jesse Brock and more.

The album, arranged and co-produced by John Miller and Jesse Brock, features newly written songs by Rick Lang and co-writing assistance on three tracks from Pete Goble, Ted DeMille and Justin Carbone. The first single release, “How Far Will I Fall,” includes the incredible lead vocals by Russell Moore who said, “This is a wonderful project and I'm very proud that Rick asked me to be a part of it. I hope that my vocal contributions have given justice to his heartfelt messages." The song is now available to radio via AirPlay Direct and will also be serviced to Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Country Gospel radio stations.

“LOOK TO THE LIGHT’ is more than a great gospel album, it’s a tour de force of bluegrass’ finest, coupled with heartfelt songs from the pen of preeminent bluegrass gospel songwriter Rick Lang. "A must have,” said Terry Herd, Bluegrass Radio Network.

Rick Lang is featured in the new issue of Bluegrass Music Profiles, Songwriter Profile and also in the current issue of Power Source Magazine, Bluegrass News section, New Release Spotlight. Rick explains his goal for “LOOK TO THE LIGHT ” saying, “To touch the heart and stir the soul of all who listen to these songs. Each was written from personal experiences and my own struggles with day-to-day life and my faith.”

Tracks include:
1. THIRST & HUNGER (Russell Moore & Dale Ann Bradley)
2. BEAUTIFUL HALL (Jeff Parker)
3. LOOK TO THE LIGHT (John Miller, Jesse Brock & Dale Ann Bradley)
4. ANGEL AT YOUR SIDE (Barry Scott & Dale Ann Bradley)
5. I’VE BEEN REDEEMED (Junior Sisk)
6. BAD NEWS FOR THE DEVIL (John Miller & Dale Ann Bradley)
7. HIS LOVING CARE (Junior Sisk)
8. HE’LL LEAD YOU UP (Jeff Parker)
9. HOW FAR WILL I FALL (Russell Moore & Dale Ann Bradley)
10. I LONG TO SEE HIS FACE (John Miller & Jesse Brock)
11. THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Jeff Parker)
12. MOMMA’S PRAYER BEADS (John Miller & Dale Ann Bradley)
13. HE UNDERSTANDS (Barry Scott & Dale Ann Bradley)
14. SAILING ON (Russell Moore & Dale Ann Bradley)

Les Butler, Syndicated Radio Host, Front Porch Fellowship / Singing News Magazine said, “Add simple Christian lyrics to some high powered singing and playing and you’ve got an equation for success!”

“LOOK TO THE LIGHT” will be available nationwide at top bluegrass locations including iTunes,, Ernest Tubb Record Shops, County Sales, Music Shed, Rural Rhythm Records and more.

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