Fri, 08/19/2016 - 2:10 pm

After their successful video release of "Reuben's Train", HOGSLOP STRING BAND is back with a brand new video, "John Henry."

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of five energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, California and North Carolina.  Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hogslop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands. Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals and soirees.

Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike. Despite an unkempt appearance, their undeniable charm is as certain to steal your heart as it will your daughters.

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 6:11 am
Kentucky’s own NewTown will perform numerous times during the upcoming Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kick-Off along with hosting a Bluegrass in the Schools Program and conducting workshops.  The event takes place February 27 and 28 at the Marion County High School in Lebanon, Ky.  
On Friday, February 27, NewTown’s Bluegrass in the Schools Program will take place at 1:00 pm. Later that evening the band will perform at 9:00 pm followed by a Jam with 4-time National Banjo Player of the Year “Biscuit Davis.” On Saturday, February 28, band members Hayes Griffin and Mitchell Cannon will be hosting workshops, at 1:00 pm Travis Anderson will judge the Youth Competition, 2:00 pm Jr. Williams and Kati Penn-Williams will judge the Songwriting competition, and at 8:15 pm NewTown will perform. All events will take place on the AG Credit Music Stage.
NewTown is celebrating their critically acclaimed album, Harlan Road that also continues to receive tremendous radio support.  The album was produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Barry Bales and was released on the Mountain Home Music Company label. The Lexington-based band is fronted by award-winning fiddler Kati Penn Williams and her husband, Jr. Williams, a respected banjo player – both outstanding vocalists.  They are joined by Travis Anderson on bass, Mitchell Cannon on mandolin, and Hayes Griffin on guitar. 
Various ticket options for the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kick-Off are available including multi-day passes, dinner show and more choices.  Ticket information can be found at
Fri, 04/07/2017 - 6:32 am
Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his late father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing. These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.
Ralph II has earned two Grammy nominations on previous albums including a Grammy Award on Lost in the Lonesome Pines along with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley for their collaboration with Jim Lauderdale. Ralph II has also proven to be an accomplished songwriter and has six solo albums, along with the highly-acclaimed duet album with his father titled Side by Side.
The new Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys self-titled album will officially release on Friday, May 26, 2017 during Dr. Ralph Stanley's 47th Annual Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival to be held Memorial Day weekend in Coeburn. For the past six years, Ralph II has successfully carried on his father’s legacy by running the event. This year will be no exception as it includes a stellar line-up with: Jim Lauderdale, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Dave Adkins Band, Flatt Lonesome, and a very special artist announcement coming soon.
“Goin’ Round This World” was written by Ralph II, Alex Leach, and Joe Rose and will be serviced to radio stations today.  The song was released for sale March 30 on CDBaby and next week on  iTunes, Amazon and more digital outlets.
More on Ralph Stanley II
As one might expect for the son of a renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. At the ripe old age of three, Ralph (or simply "Two" as he is called by his family and friends), had his first lesson from the elder Stanley, learning a simple finger roll. It turned out, however, that he would not be following in his father’s footsteps, when it came to his choice of instrument. He soon fell under the spell of the undisputed king of boyhood musical desires, the guitar. Despite his interest in the guitar, and the fact that he was occasionally traveling with the Clinch Mountain Boys on the road, he had not yet developed an ambition to play professionally. It took until age twelve and an old 1977 video of the late Keith Whitley during his tenure as lead singer for the Clinch Mountain Boys, to inspire him to become a professional musician. After seeing Whitley with the elder Stanley, he was hooked and spent hours in the family basement honing his skills, and weathering the comparisons to his late Uncle Carter. His persistence paid off, and he took the stage as lead singer with Ralph Sr. and the Clinch Mountain Boys in June of 1995. Since then, he has earned the respect of Stanley fans everywhere, and has garnered praise as a strong new artist in his own right.
Previous Clinch Mountain Boys included the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks, Mayor Jack Cooke, Roy Lee Centers, Steve Sparkman, Melvin Goins, Danny Davis, James Allen Shelton, Leslie Keith, Art Stamper, George Shuffler, Curly Ray Cline, Pee Wee Lambert and many other.
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:05 am
The trails and celebrations of American life over the last three centuries are chronicled in various strains of acoustic music. From Appalachian music, the Piedmont Blues to American Folk, these various styles and musical instruments come together to convey the sentiment that embodies the heart of America. 
In the early middle of the 20th century, when the modern world began to encroach into the valleys and “hollers” of Appalachia, a new strain of Appalachian music began to come together that brought renewal in the norms and values of the region as it also brought a sadness – a bluer element to the equation that could help convey a culture under duress.  This became known as Bluegrass music.  It was and is the stalwart expression of the region – the fiddle and the mandolin integrated with the banjo. 
Lonesome River Band did not invent Bluegrass, but it does represent today’s most renowned manifestation of what Bluegrass embodies.  Fronted by the multi-awarded banjo player, Sammy Shelor, the members of this band live the life, talk the talk, walk the walk, and write and perform the music of Bluegrass culture as no other band does. Sammy is a descendant of The Shelor Family (AKA the Dad Blackard’s Moonshiners), an American folk music group formed in Meadows of Dan, Virginia in the 1920s. Their music was recorded during the Bristol sessions in 1927 and had a profound impact on country and bluegrass music.
Mayhayley’s House, the new album by Lonesome River Band is a very special tribute to the sentiments of these cultural worlds.  This release is dedicated to Mayhayley Lancaster, a self-proclaimed “Oracle of the Ages” who handed out “readings” and personal predictions at her home in southwest Georgia’s Heard County. She was a quintessential southern woman seer, a well-known lawyer, political activist, midwife and teacher until her death in 1955. 
The material essence of the music performed for this album does something different.  It’s not the standard re-hash of bluegrass songs and music.  Titles like “Wrong Road Again,” “Diggin’,” “As The Crow Flies,” “Lonesome Bone,” and “I Think I’m Gonna Be Alright,” are just vessels containing sips of an elixir that “Feels Real Good Goin’ Down.”  The surrounding instrumental performances of Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Brandon Rickman on guitar, Jesse Smathers on mandolin, Barry Reed on Bass, with Sammy Shelor’s groovin’ banjo provide the underlining, the italics, and the exclamation points to the lyrical content.
Everything works together to make a statement – this album means something.  If you’re part of the culture, you’ll know exactly what it means.  If you are not, you will at least get a good sense of what it feels like to live the Appalachian and southern life. Mayhayley’s House will release June 23, 2017 when Lonesome River Band again hosts RudyFest in Grayson, Kentucky.
LRB fans can get an immediate download of the first single, “Wrong Road Again” when they pre-order the album now at iTunes. Pre-orders are also available at Amazon and GooglePlay.  The full track list includes:

  1. Wrong Road Again
  2. As Lonesome As I Am
  3. Mayhayley’s House
  4. Old Coyote Tow
  5. Blackbirds And Crows
  6. Ida Red
  7. Diggin’
  8. As The Crow Flies
  9. Lonesome Bone
  10. Think I’m Gonna Be Alright
  11. Feels Real Good Goin’ Down
  12. Hickory Hollow Times and County News
  13. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Tue, 06/06/2017 - 9:55 am
Stanley Family Records is proud to announce the new self-titled album by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys made its debut at #10 on Billboard’s Top 15 Bluegrass Album Chart.  This is the first album release from the band since Ralph II took over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year per the wishes of his late father Dr. Ralph Stanley.  The band includes Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph Stanley II on the guitar.
The album cover photo was shot on the original stage at the Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival in McClure, Virginia. Not only did some of the most historic band members perform on this stage, but Dr. Ralph Stanley, Curly Ray Cline along with Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and their dads helped build it. The stage, just like the band members and legacy of the Clinch Mountain Boys, have stood throughout the years. The photo and album artwork was provided by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign.
Ralph II has earned two Grammy nominations on previous albums including a Grammy Award on Lost in the Lonesome Pines along with his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley for their collaboration with Jim Lauderdale. Ralph II has also proven to be an accomplished songwriter and has six solo albums, along with the highly-acclaimed duet album with his father titled Side by Side.
Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys debuted their new album May 26 during the Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival. The band also performed several songs with Country music star Patty Loveless. Ralph Stanley II later presented her with the inaugural Dr. Ralph Stanley Mountain Music Memorial Legacy Award much to the crowd’s delight.
The band is busy on tour and will perform Saturday, June 10 at Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, IN.  Later this weekend, they will perform with Larry Sparks and Ricky Skaggs at the Mountain Music Legends: The Stanley Brothers Legacy. This special concert event is part of the Crooked Road’s Mountain of Music Homecoming and will take place June 11 in Blacksburg, VA and June 12 in Norton, VA.
For a complete tour schedule, please visit Music fans can purchase Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys album at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and more retail outlets.
Radio programmers can download the album for their station at AirplayDirect where it is currently the #2 album on APD’s Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Chart.
Sat, 01/27/2018 - 6:25 pm

The Bill Monroe Music Park is proud to announce details for the 52nd Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival taking place June 9-16, 2018. This year’s incredible line-up will feature performances by Ricky Skaggs, Asleep at the Wheel and numerous Bean Blossom favorites performing during the 8-day event.

The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the oldest continuously running bluegrass festival in the world. Every year, music fans from around the globe travel to Brown County, Indiana and enjoy performances by the top artists in bluegrass music.  This year’s full line-up includes:

Saturday, June 9: The Grascals, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Dale Ann Bradley, Darrell Webb Band, Remington Ryde, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

Sunday, June 10: Seldom Scene, The Churchmen, Flatt Lonesome, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, The Malpass Brothers, Brother John Bowman

Monday, June 11: Audie Blaylock & Redline, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, David Davis & Warrior River Boys, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Cumberland Gap Connection, ClayBank

Tuesday, June 12: Blue Highway, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Sideline, The Moron Brothers, Farm Hands, Feller & Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos. Free traditional bean supper!

Wednesday, June 13: Special Consensus, Larry Stephenson Band, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Trinity River Band, Hammertowne, The McLain Family Band, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Thursday, June 14 - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Special Consensus, Dave Adkins Band, Band of Ruhks, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Kevin Prater Band, Blue Mafia

Friday, June 15: Asleep At The Wheel, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Rickey Wasson Band, Flashback (J.D. Crowe Tribute Band), Kenny & Amanda Smith, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers. Free mater sandwiches in memory of James King.

Saturday, June 16: Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Paul Williams & Victory Trio, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive, Rickey Wasson Band

Camping and Ticket Reservations can be made by calling 800-414-4677. Discounted festival tickets can be purchased online before June 1. Advance tickets are $20-$35 daily, $100 for 3-day combo; $200 for 8-day combo. Juniors 13-16 years old save $5 off per day and Children 12 & under are Free. Admission includes: Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Museum & Uncle Pen cabin Tour, Traditional Bean Supper on Tuesday, daily instrument and vocal workshops, and Mater Sandwiches by Junior Sisk on Friday.

The 52nd Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bluegrass Association, Miss Dixie Hall’s Foundation, and media by Moonstruck Management. The legendary Tommy Lamb and Jamie Johnson will serve as Emcees for the festival. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller & GBS Productions.

The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the proud winner of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Event of the Year Award. For more information on the numerous festivals taking place at the park this year, please visit,, and Twitter.

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:41 am

The Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame is pleased to announce Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall as their 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees. The award ceremony will be Saturday, September 22, in Bean Blossom, Indiana at the 44th Annual Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Bluegrass Festival.

Hall of Fame selection is based on making substantial and enduring contributions to bluegrass music, and the Halls have contributed in a variety of ways for a half century.

Songwriting has been their most public contribution, dating back to 50 years ago when Miss Dixie co-wrote songs with Hall of Fame member Maybelle Carter and Tom T. was writing for Hall of Famers Flatt & Scruggs. In 1999 Miss Dixie and Tom T. began writing songs together. Since then, 3,000 have been recorded. Miss Dixie, the most prolific female bluegrass song writer of all time, has had over 500 of her own songs recorded.

The Halls were so successful together, they won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) “Bluegrass Songwriters of the Year Award” for 10 consecutive years. At that time they were awarded the Grand Masters Gold and had “their jerseys retired” from the category. In a 10 year period, the Halls averaged over 2.4 songs a month on the Bluegrass Unlimited top 30 song chart. Eleven of the Hall’s songs went to #1, and some months they had as many as five songs at the same time on the chart! In 2004 they were awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) “Distinguished Achievement Award” for their lifetime contributions to bluegrass music.

Besides songwriting, the Halls have had a positive influence on the genre by helping young and struggling artists. They started their own publishing company (Good Home Grown Music) and their own record label and studio (Blue Circle Records) at home at Fox Hollow, near Franklin, TN. Often the Halls provided rooms in their home, meals and free studio time to young, up-and-coming artists. They also gave personal encouragement. Miss Dixie felt the bluegrass community was her family, and she treated artists in that way—helping build careers and increasing the number of successful new bands along the way.  

Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall as their 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Helping bluegrass was not new to Miss Dixie. As far back as the ‘60s, she started promoting bluegrass groups in the UK and then moved to the States where she promoted groups like The Stanley Brothers, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Bill Clifton for Starday Records.

Tom T. has recorded a number of significant bluegrass recordings: The Magnificent Music Machine, The Storyteller and the Banjo Man, and Tom T. Sings Miss Dixie. Because Tom T. was one of the biggest country music stars of his generation, these recordings not only brought good music to the bluegrass community, they also brought bluegrass into the homes of country music fans not familiar with the genre.  

Although Miss Dixie left us too soon on January 16, 2015, the Halls’ contributions to bluegrass music continue to be felt. Their bluegrass songs still top charts and the artists they encouraged are still flourishing, three years after her passing.

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Wed, 03/07/2018 - 1:21 pm

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys are proud to announce their new radio single “Raining In My Heart” written by Ralph Stanley II, Alex Leach and Joe Rose. The song is from the band’s self-titled album that has appeared on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart numerous times since its release. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine refers to the tune as one of the “softer, gentle country sounds” from the album. Radio programmers can download the song at AirPlayDirect or request the file.

The album has already generated a #1 hit on Bluegrass Today's Top 20 Song Charts with “Don’t Point Your Finger” and recently appeared on the publication’s Top 20 Monthly Chart. “The new record has the potential of being one of the best traditional bluegrass records of the year,” said Bluegrass Today.

Music fans can purchase the Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys album at iTunes, Amazon, and more outlets.

Ralph II leads the band on vocals and guitar. He is joined by Clinch Mountain Boys John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, and Noah Brown on the upright bass. Be sure to check out a live performance by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. Upcoming dates include:

·        March 10 – Clay City, KY

·        March 11 – Fairborn, OH

·        March 24 – Bristol, VA

·        April 12 – Bristol, VA

·        April 13 – Waco, GA

·        April 14 – Folkston, GA

·        April 15 – Zephyrhills, FL

To book Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, please contact Moonstruck Management and visit for additional tour dates. For more information on the upcoming Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival, visit for information on the Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival.

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 5:04 pm

For over 40 years, the annual three-day music festival in Southern California, Huck Finn Jubilee, delivered acts from a long list of luminaries such as Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, and more. After a one-year hiatus, the festival will return to Ontario, CA on October 5, 6, and 7 in 2018 under new owners Nikki and Roger.

“It’s important that we honor the tradition of this festival because the community deserves it and we want to take you on the musical journey that we experienced” says Nikki and Roger. The couple, both executives at an experiential marketing firm in Los Angeles, attended the festival in 2016 and were impressed with the music, array of activities for people of all ages and overall positive vibe. When they heard the festival wasn’t going to return in 2017, they purchased the brand and built their dream team of industry experts in hopes of keeping the festival alive and maintaining the high-level of quality its fans and the community deserves.

Entering its 41st year, the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee will offer the entire festival experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass music, local food, craft beer, a unique array of handcrafted arts and crafts, access to beautiful park amenities, camping, fishing and general family fun.

Festival tickets and lineup announcements coming soon.

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Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:22 am

Balsam Range was honored with the “Entertainer of the Year” Award at the 29th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards held in Raleigh last week. The western North Carolina-based group previously won this award in 2014. Band member Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals) took home the 2018 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award and Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone & lead vocals) won the Bass Player of the Year Award. The award-winning group also features Darren Nicholson (mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead & baritone vocals).

Last week, Balsam Range performed as part of "The TRUST" set at The Red Hat Amphitheater which coincided with the new album titled Come See About Me: A Benefit for the IBMA Trust Fund, a collection of songs chosen specifically for this project.

Balsam Range has received over a dozen other International Bluegrass Music Association Awards including the 2017 IBMA Album of the Year Award for Mountain Voodoo released on the Mountain Home Music Company label.

Earlier this year the label released the band’s latest album Mountain Overture that transforms Balsam Range’s most-loved songs from their first decade of recordings and features the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble. The band also has two new singles: “Hobo Blues” and “The Girl That Invented The Wheel” that includes an entertaining music video.

Balsam Range leaves audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues and appearing multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry. Remaining 2018 tour dates include:

·        Oct 5 – Huck Finn Jubilee, Ontario, CA

·        Oct 11 - Music on the Town, Dandridge, TN

·        Oct 21 – Festival of Mountain Music, Kiawah Island, SC

·        Nov 3 – Roy Chapman and Joe Byers Memorial Bluegrass Bash, Rosman, NC

·        Nov 17 – Historic Earle Theater, Mount Airy, NC

·        Nov 30 – Balsam Range Art of Music Festival, Lake Junaluska, NC

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:02 pm

The International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Balsam Range’s ninth album Aeonic debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart, further showing why they’re one of the most vital artists in the roots genre. The album also debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, #26 on the Americana/Folk Chart and #33 on the Current Country Chart.

With arresting songs full of humanity, dynamic performances graced with subtleties, and material that is both personal and profound, Aeonic features music that would be powerful in any genre, but is made all the more compelling through this Western North Carolina band’s acoustic music mastery.

"What an incredible honor to see Aeonic debut on the Billboard chart at #1!" says Buddy Melton, Balsam Range vocalist and fiddle player. "I could not be more proud of the project or of the individuals that worked so hard to make this project come to life. And most importantly, a big thanks to all the supporters! What an awesome way to start off the new year."

Scott Wagner, senior vice president of Crossroads Label Group adds, “We’re very excited for this #1 album debut. In today’s market, they’re not easy to come by. We’re proud of Balsam Range for putting in the time and effort to create music that resonates so powerfully with their audience.”