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Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Pedigree Shines on The Old School

Peter Rowan Old SchoolNashville, TN -- Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan is currently in the studio working on his upcoming Compass Records release The Old School. On the new album, Rowan delves further into his bluegrass history with an inter-generational cast of musicians that includes some of the first generation musicians who really know “the old school” as well as younger players considered to be the torchbearers for bluegrass music.

American Legion Bluegrass Starts the Music at Post 238

Larry StephensonHughesville, MD -- The Sons of the American Legion and Jay Armsworthy are gearing up for the next season of Bluegrass music. The music starts back up at the American Legion Post #238 in Hughesville, Maryland. The first show will take place on Sunday November 11, 2012 with the 2012 SPBGMA "Mandolin Player of the Year", Larry Stephenson and his band. The Award Winning, Compass Records recording artist, Larry Stephenson is regarded as one of Bluegrass music’s finest high lead and tenor vocalist.

Compass Records to Distribute Jim Lauderdale’s Latest Bluegrass Album

 Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim LauderdaleNashville, TN -- The Compass Records Group is proud to announce another dynamic partnership; the Nashville-based roots music company is handling distribution of Jim Lauderdale’s new bluegrass album Carolina Moonrise: Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale through Lauderdale’s personal label Sky Crunch Records. The pairing represents the fruition of a long friendship between Compass co-founders Garry West and Alison Brown with Lauderdale and Compass’ growing reputation as an independent haven for the artist ownership-licensing model. The new album, available as of Sept 25th, is the natural next progression from the Grammy-nominated 2011 Hunter-Lauderdale bluegrass collaboration Reason and Rhyme and features a phenomenal band of Nashville super-pickers produced and engineered by Dobro master Randy Kohrs.

Bluegrass Quintet The HillBenders Prepare Compass Debut Release due Sept 25th

Can You Hear Me?“This is awesome – Ladies and gentlemen, once again, The HillBenders!” The shouts and cheers of the 2012 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival attendees fill the tent as the band tunes up for their encore. The guitarist, sporting a headband and John Lennon sunglasses, approaches the microphone. “Folks, we apologize in advance if one of us falls into your tent...we plan on playing all night tonight!” The supercharged crowd roars in response.

Bluegrass Music Artist Claire Lynch Signs With Compass Records

Clair Lynch Signing at Compass RecordsNashville, TN August 27, 2012 – Compass Records is proud to announce the addition of award-winning singer, songwriter and bluegrass all-star Claire Lynch to their reputable roster of artists. Claire joins fellow International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, as well as labelmates Colin Hay, The Gibson Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Stephenson, Special Consensus among others. Claire will release her as yet untitled Compass debut in early 2013 and will commence recording in the fall with her band, guitarist Matt Wingate, bassist Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell on mandolin, along with a hand-picked selection of special guests.

Bluegrass Quintet The HillBenders Sign With The Compass Records Group

The HillBendersNashville, TN -- The Compass Records Group is thrilled to announce that The HillBenders, one of the most exciting new bands on the bluegrass and roots music scenes, had signed to Compass Records. The HillBenders will release their new album Can You Hear Me? Produced by Bil VornDick, on September 25th, 2012.

PBS Special “Pa’s Fiddle: The Music of America” - In Stores Now

 The Music of AmericaNashville, TN -- Live concert DVD release featuring Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Committed, Natalie Grant, Ashton Shepherd and The Roys singing the music of the Little House on the Prairie available in stores today, including iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Hastings and via

Special Offer From Compass Records and Larry Stephenson

 What Really MattersCompass Records and Larry Stephenson are making a special offer for his latest album, What Really Matters due out later this month -- May 29th. You can now pre-order the album, get free shipping and, the first 100 pre-orders will receive an autographed copy.

Larry Stephenson Album 'What Really Matters' Available May 29th

 What Really MattersHighly regarded as one of bluegrass music's finest high lead and tenor vocalists, Larry Stephenson has been a torchbearer for the traditional sound for over twenty years and now, for his first album with Compass Records, Stephenson presents What Really Matters, available May 29th. The album is a fitting follow-up to the Larry Stephenson Band's win at the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Awards, his bluegrass star-studded previous effort, 20th Anniversary that took the prize for Recorded Event of the Year.

Larry Stephenson Announces What Really Matters

 What Really MattersInternational Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award winner Larry Stephenson delivers one of the finest albums of his career on his Compass Records debut What Really Matters. The album comes on the heels of the Larry Stephenson Band’s win for Recorded Event of the Year at the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Awards for his bluegrass star-studded previous effort, 20th Anniversary, Stephenson again teaming up with co-producer Ben Surratt.

Alison Brown Encourages Support of The Porchlight Sessions

The Porchlight SessionsAlison Brown tells our readers, "I wanted to make you aware of a great new documentary about bluegrass. It's called The Porchlight Sessions and it's being produced by a very talented young filmmaker named Anna Schwaber. She recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to complete the film." Check out a trailer below.

Bluegrass Music Group Special Consensus Announces Scratch Gravel Road

Scratch Gravel RoadAn impressive 37 years into the band's history, Special Consensus has a reputation as a band with a strong yet invisible hand in the national and international bluegrass scene, offering a springboard for the solo careers of many of the genre's finest performers. Lead man and banjoist Greg Cahill has developed a formula for cultivating successful, road-worthy groups and his bandleader acumen has never been stronger. On Scratch Gravel Road, Special Consensus delivers what is arguably the finest album in its nearly 4-decade career, featuring a set of new material both driving and deep. The album is scheduled for release on March 27.

Music City Roots Celebrates 'Roots Moments, Season 1'

Roots Moments, Season 1Nashville, TN -- Yesterday, February 28, 2012, Music City Roots celebrated the release of Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One, a selection of 11 outstanding performances from the inaugural season of Nashville's celebrated weekly broadcast. The album, distributed by Compass Records, is a souvenir of and a calling card for a show that has earned the deep respect of artists and the praise of Nashville music fans and critics.

Noam Pikelny presents 'Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail' on Compass Records

Beat The Devil and Carry a RailThe long awaited second album from Punch Brothers' banjoist and winner of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Album features: Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan, Tim O'Brien, Steve Martin, Bryan Sutton and Chris Thile. Free Download of "Jim Thompson's Horse" Available on


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