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Bluegrass Artist Carrie Hassler Going The Distance with New Tour

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Carrie Hasslerseveral years. She has received the Country Song of the Year Award by Strictly Country Magazine, two IBMA nominations for her work on “The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain”, received a SPBGMA Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and more. She garnered a #1 country single, “Country Strong” on European country radio and most recently hit the coveted #1 spot on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in October 2012 with her song, “Luxury Liner.” Now, Hassler is going the distance with a new tour.

“Luxury Liner” is from her latest project, The Distance and was the first single release from this long awaited new album. The song comes from Country Rock legend songwriter/artist Gram Parsons that Carrie beautifully transforms into a hard drivin’ bluegrass barn burner. Carrie is joined on this new single, by the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (Guitar); Ron Stewart (Banjo, Fiddle); Justin Moses (Dobro, Fiddle); Mark Fain (Bass); Alan Bibey (Mandolin); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (Harmony Vocals); and the album’s producer, Steve Gulley (Harmony Vocals).

Carrie is off on a new tour to support The Distance beginning Saturday, May 18. Dates coming up include:

  • May 18, 2013 - Merrick Bellmore Concert, Bellmore, NY
  • June 15, 2013 - Rockahock Bluegrass Festival, Lanexa, VA
  • July 13, 2013 - Nine Mile Festival, Pikeville, TN
  • July 16, 2013 - TBA, California
  • July 18, 2013 - Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, Weaverville, CA
  • July 20 – Sunday, July 21, 2013 - Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival, Etna, CA

The Distance includes a wide range of musical styles that represent Carrie’s incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to hard drivin’ Bluegrass hand-picked by Carrie herself.

Carrie jumped on the music scene late in 2006 with the release of the Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain album on Rural Rhythm Records. The album was produced by Jim Van Cleve of the band Mountain Heart and it received immediate success debuting at #11 on BillboardTop Bluegrass Top Album Chart (retail sales) and spending nine months in 2007 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart (airplay).

Just over a month after the initial album release, the single “Seven Miles From Wichita” hit the #1 spot on Sirius Radio’s Bluegrass Top 40 and went on to spend 10 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Single Chart and was also a crossover in country radio as well. While that single was still charting, another single, “Going on the Next Train,” hit the same chart and appeared until January 2008. Yet another track, the gospel bluegrass song “Least That I Can Do” spent a year on Bluegrass Now Magazine’s Gospel Truths Chart.

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