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Ron Block’s "Hogan’s House of Music" Debuts at #2 on Bluegrass Sales Charts

Ron Block - Hogan's House of MusicNashville, TN -- It’s been a good week for banjo and guitar aficionado Ron Block. Hogan’s House of Music, his first solo instrumental LP, debuted in the #2 slot on the bluegrass sales chart, missing the top spot by just four units.

Jason Burleson to Unveil Signature Banjo at IBMA WOB

Jason Burleson and Pruscha BanjoNewland, NC -- Jason Burleson, heralded banjo player of award-winning band Blue Highway, is honored to announce the introduction of the Jason Burleson Signature Banjo by Prucha Bluegrass Instruments. The Jason Burleson Signature Banjo is part of the Spirit Line of the Czech Republic-based Pruscha Bluegrass Instruments, joining Alison Brown and Brandon Green as bluegrass artists with banjos in the exquisitely crafted signature Spirit Line.

Greg Blake's Mountain Bluegrass Vocals Debut on “Songs of Heart and Home”

Greg Blake CDYou’ll hear it in his voice immediately, the original strain of Appalachian mountain music that lies at the heart of all great modern bluegrass and country. Greg Blake grew up in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a rich twang and the kind of eerily powerful cry that first inspired the ‘high, lonesome sound.’

The SteelDrivers’ “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” Debuts at #1

 The Music Shoals RecordingsNashville, TN -- Three-time Grammy nominees The SteelDrivers have cause to celebrate: their new album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, which was released to great acclaim on June 16 via Rounder Records, has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart. The album, which landed at #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart, and #125 on the Top Current Albums Chart, achieved the highest first-week sales in the band’s history.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Make CMA Music Fest Debut

Darin & Brooke Aldridge at CMA Music FestNashville, TN -- Thousands of music fans from all over the world descended on Nashville for the annual CMA Music Festival and the Darin and Brooke Aldridge were among the artists who performed on the Durango Music Spot to the delight of those fans. The Durango Music Spot, sponsored by Durango Boots, is presented each year by WSM Radio which airs live performances from the festival.

Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River BandNashville, TN -- Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer including their new band member Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

Darin & Brooke's "Snapshots" Debuts in Billboard Top 10

SnapshotsNashville, TN -- In spite of the worst snow and ice storm the southern states have seen in decades, Darin and Brooke Aldridge have debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart with their sixth new release, Snapshots. A flurry of promotional activity had been planned for release week, but instead a flurry of ice and snow found the Aldridge's and their band stranded somewhere between Nashville and Asheville on I-40 when the storm hit. They were forced to cancel a number of appearances and events, including the world renowned Station Inn and WSM Radio.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Single Debut's With "Leaving Crazytown"

Steve Gulley & New PinnacleNashville, TN -- The wait is over for music from the highly anticipated new group Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle. In September Rural Rhythm announced the new group formed by Bluegrass veteran Steve Gulley and today the debut single from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, “Leaving Crazytown”.

Hot Rize's 1st LP In 24 Years Debuts At #1 at Billboard

 When I'm FreeDecades since its 80s reign as “one of the most important bluegrass bands ever,”(Chris Thile, Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) — Hot Rize is back on top, with its first studio album since 1990 going right to #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart in its first week. The impressive debut adds commercial heft to critical acclaim: "Classic" (The Wall Street Journal), “historic” (Music City Roots), “clearly measures up to the best the band had to offer in their heyday” (The Bluegrass Situation), with Garden & Gun praising the band for still “pushing boundaries.”

Lonesome River Band To Debut New Album at World of Bluegrass

Turn on a DimeRaleigh, NC -- Lonesome River Band is set to debut their new album, Turn On A Dime from Mountain Home Music Company, this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. The band will perform at their Pre-CD Release Party on Wednesday, October 1 at the Architect and Social House located at 108 ½ East Hargett St. beginning at 11:00 PM.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Present Debut Album Oct. 7

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other.

Kruger Brothers To Debut New Concerto at IBMA's WOB

Kruger BrothersNashville, TN (June 10, 2014) — World-renowned trio The Kruger Brothers will debut a new concerto, “Lucid Dreamer,” during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC this fall. The new piece, commissioned by the Kontras Quartet through Chamber Music America, will be performed by the Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet on Saturday, October 4, at 1:20 pm in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Music City Roots Debuts at The Factory on July 9

Music City Roots - The FactoryCountry music icons Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will inaugurate a new chapter in the life of Music City Roots (MCR) with performances at Liberty Hall in The Factory At Franklin, on July 9, 2014. The show will be a benefit for Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue, the nonprofit set up in 2004 by Emmylou Harris. Rounding out the lineup on this gala night will be songwriter Verlon Thompson and Nashville band Humming House.

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