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Acoustic Rainbow Radio Vol 1The Acoustic Rainbow has released their Radio Volume 1 professional album sampler and music director's service. The debut release contains 16 singles by 16 artists from 16 new albums. What makes this exciting as the release coincides with the Bill Monroe Centennial 2011.

This is an exciting new addition to bluegrass radio. These samplers are a valuable aid to getting exposure and recognition of new works into the hands of the DJs that play them. No single CD could ever hope to capture all the new material so having multiple outlets is a big asset. The 16 tracks on this album are no exception.

Some of these are familiar and some may not be. One thing is for certain, this is a fantastic group of bluegrass songs that are definitely ready for prime time. Acoustic Rainbow has done their homework for the DJ already and there isn't a bad cut in the lot.

Radio should have already received this release. The Acoustic Rainbow Radio Samplers are a service of Poetman Records. In the debut release we get what every DJ needs. Song, Album, Artist, Tempo, Time, Intro, End, Contact info, and, a brief description too. This is a quality product that aims to not only promote new material but to do it in a way that's friendly, informative and easy to use too.

Here's what the first volume has to offer. We certainly look forward to many more of this caliber.

Artist: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Song: "Jubilation Day" - CD: Rare Bird Alert
From the follow-up to the Grammy® winning CD The Crow, Steve delivers a fun, upbeat, dynamic and brilliant banjo extravaganza with this single from his next album, Red Bird Alert. This cut is one of 13 new Martin-penned tracks and features Steve's trademark wit and hot banjo playing. Call or email today for a copy of the full release produced by John McEuen. This is a great album!

Artist: Rhonda Vincent featuring Next Best Thing
Song: "When The Bloom Is Off The Rose" - CD: Taken
The Grammy winning artist is joined by her daughters to blend a sound only family can create. The sweetness of the the triple fiddles by Hunter Berry and classic Dobro trills by Brent Burke, along with the The Rage make this an instant radio classic. The song is from Rhonda's #1 Billboard CD.

Artist: Art Gomperz Band
Song: "Beg Steal Or Borrow" - CD: A Different Story To Tell
This uptempo bluegrass track takes off like a rocket with the hot clean instrumental chops of the Dobro and flat-picked acoustic. It then goes out of this world with the sweet vocals from Jenna Mammina. The band has an inspiring story to tell on the making of this CD. Please contact them or go to their website for more info.

Artist: Michael Johnathon
Song: "Apology Song" - CD: Ravenwood
Michael stands banjo-to-banjo with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen on this humorous but timely track. It has a relaxed front porch feel, like an Appalachian hootenanny. Another album feature is the Beatle-esque arrangement of the traditional song Darlin Corey.

Artist: Larry Stephenson
Song: "My Old Kentucky and You" - CD: 20th Anniversary
Larry celebrated his 20th Anniversary as bandleader with this IBMA award winning CD. Let's continue the celebration into 2011, as Larry tackles this Monroe classic with special guest Ricky Skaggs. The CD is one of the deepest releases that we've heard in a long time and deserves another listen. It's that good!

Artist: Urban Monroes
Song: "You Don't Have to Move That Mountain " - CD: Pavement and Pathways
It's tradition infused with adrenaline on this track that combines the skills of some of the Pacific Northwest's finest talent. Fast-paced and highly energetic, the band performs both traditional and original bluegrass with a style and delivery uniquely its own. Call or email today for a copy the CD.

Artist: The Grascals with Dolly Parton
Song: "I Am Strong" - CD: The Grascals & Friends
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today's bluegrass scene. This song was written after the band visited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® and were inspired by the stories and power of the children being treated there. With help from Dolly Parton, it's powerful in its message and artistic vision.

Artist: Kathy Kallick Band
Song: "Where Is My Little Cabin Home " - CD: Between The Hollow & The High Rise
On this traditional bluegrass original, Kathy longs to find a little cabin home in this fast paced modern world. She is backed here with her world class band whose instrumental talents and harmony vocals rank right up there with the best of them. Their latest CD is full of hot bluegrass and cool originals.
Contact: Live Oak Records, PO Box 21344, Oakland, CA 94620

Artist: Si Kahn
Song: "On This Old Farm" - CD: Courage
Si is a genuine songwriting legeng, he wrote the bluegrass classic “Aragon Mill” and his songs have been recorded by artists such as Kathy Mattea, Hazel Dickens, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Mollie O'Brien, Laurie Lewis and more. On this ballad of a struggling farmer, Si is joined by Kathy Mattea on vocal and Jens Krüger, who produced this CD, on banjo.

Artist: Trisha Gagnon
Song: "A Parent's Prayer " - CD: A Story About You and Me
This song conveys all the joys children bring into our lives. It's one of the best compositions we've heard on the topic. It's from the debut CD from this Canadian songwriter and world-class upright bass player that has made a name for herself playing in several acclaimed bluegrass bands.

Artist: BlueBilly Grit
Song: "Mill Grinder's Blues" - CD: Mill Grinder's Blues
This track takes you back to a simpler time and place, with its traditional bluegrass sound and the story of an old grist mill that still operates in these modern times. This grist mill just happens to be a favorite jammin' spot of the group, and the miller just happens to be the father of the composer of this song.

Artist: Will White
Song: "Mournin' Dove" - CD: Rise Above
Will returns to his childhood in Virginia and eastern North Carolina, on this mountain-soul original. His clawhammer banjo, added with the fiddle and a bowed upright bass, gives the track a spine tingling quality. The full CD (included in this mailing) mixes bluegrass, Appalachian, old-time, and old school country.

Artist: Donna Durand
Song: "Hard Times" - CD: The Road Back
An original prairie girl, this Canadian songwriter re-imagines this Stephen Foster classic . Listen for the interplay between the banjo and Dobro and how another Stephen Foster song is masterfully woven into this front porch arrangement. Donna's CD is full of her authentic prairie roots songs and is highly recommended.

Artist: Rick Lang
Song: "His Loving Care" - CD: Look To The Light
Put on your Sunday's best on this beautiful waltz featuring Junior Sisk on lead vocals. Rick has assembled some of the top names in bluegrass on his new release of original gospel songs. Other artists on this Rural Rhythm release include Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Barry Scott, Jeff Parker, and more.

Artist: Palmer Divide
Song: "Voices of Home" - CD: Shenandoah Train
This band from the Rockies unique yet hauntingly familiar sound pulls from their deep respect of traditional bluegrass music and well as their desire to create a modern acoustic sound that is all their own. This is a touching ballad of home and family shows the band in a more traditional grass setting.

Artist: Rigney Family Bluegrass
Song: "Why Did You Wander" - CD: Never Just Once
This family band has an appealing blend of family vocal harmonies and innovative bluegrass instrumentation on this Bill Monroe classic. Dad plays banjo and Mom plays bass while the two young sons create the center of attention switching between mandolin, guitar and fiddle with double-barrel talents.

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