Blue Moon Rising is an east
Tennessee based band with a
unique and exciting sound, true
to traditional bluegrass, yet fresh
with new, original material.
Their name is derived from the
title of a newspaper article
commemorating the life of “The
Father of Bluegrass Music”
Since forming in the Fall of 2000,
they have performed at
numerous prestigious venues
including the world famous Station Inn in Nashville, TN. Recently, the band performed alongside Alison Krauss & Union Station at the Fredericksburg Summerfest in Virginia. Haymaker Productions, who presented that show says Blue Moon Rising is “a rare and hot commodity in the bluegrass world - fantastic young musicians who do justice to the roots of the genre … They play with an energy and spirit that indicates their relative youth, but their harmonies and songwriting belie their age.”
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Ducktown Station appeals to all ages with its own engaging twist on the original tunes of Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Sara & Maybelle Carter, Hazel Dickens The Dillards, Roy Acuff ...whew... as well as current New-Grass icons. They even try to improve on Ludwig van Beethoven.
The band consists of Tim Graves (dobro and lead vocal), Bennie Boling (bass and bass vocal), Brian Blaylock (banjo and baritone vocal), and Joe Miller (guitar and tenor vocal).
Graves was awarded as SPBGMA's Dobro Player of the Year 2004-2006. This is one of the best bluegrass
groups in the country
today. When you watch
this group, you will be
"...the Chapmans have arrived. They
deserve to be mentioned from now on
with all the 'first tier' bands in bluegrass,
if they aren't already."
Tim Stafford ~ Blue Highway
The Chapmans have taken their place
among the best and brightest in a new
century of American bluegrass by
balancing a demanding touring schedule
with an award-winning recording career.
Brothers Jeremy, Jason and John, together
with their father Bill, have taken their efforts
in the studio to new heights of emotion, story telling and musicianship with “Simple Man,” the band’s third album for Pinecastle Records,(released in early 2005). “Simple Man” fulfills the promise of 1999’s “Notes From Home” and 2001’s “Follow Me,” which established the Chapmans as rising
stars in the genre and earned them the Emerging Artist of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Michelle Nixon & Drive, an energetic group based out of the Virginia's capitol region, incorporates the classic sound of yesterday's country with the contemporary sound of today's bluegrass. Their classy styling along with their innate talents places this group into a league of their own.
Lou Reid has had a very impressive career including being one of the founding members of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and also a former member of Ricky Skaggs band. Today you can safely say he is one of the hardest working musicians in the business performing in three critically acclaimed bands, the Seldom Scene, award-winning band Longview and of course, Lou Reid and Carolina .
Since 2002, Cherryholmes has been
taking the bluegrass world by storm.
This incredible family (dad, mom, and
four children ages 13-21) travel
throughout the country, approximately
300 days a year, singing, dancing, and
playing the music with their trademark
drive and energy.They have continued
to receive many industry nominations
and awards, including SPBGMA’s
“Entertaining Group of the Year, 2005"
and “Banjo Player of the Year, 2005"
(Cia Leigh). They are now signed with
Skaggs Family Records with a new CD produced by Ben Issacs of the Issacs Family.
Success for IIIrd Tyme Out was nearly
an overnight occurrence for this group
after its forming in 1991. Founding
members Ray Deaton (bass) and
Russell Moore (guitar), along with
everyone else in the group, created
a new tradition in modern bluegrass
music. Rounding out IIIrd Tyme Out
are Steve Dilling (banjo),
Alan Perdue (mandolin),
Justen Haynes (fiddle) and their
excellent sound technician,
As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding”, and what more proof
of the band’s niche as a top bluegrass group in the world than its seven consecutive IBMA awards as its Vocal Group of the Year - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997,1998,1999 and most recently 2000. Acapella renditions of many songs can rarely be matched. Its superb instrumentation provides even more quality sound to the rich vocal blends.
Anita Fisher grew up in rural West Virginia,
with her mom Linda, and dad Charles and
siblings singing old fashion gospel music.
This was the early beginnings of what
would become Fisher and Company.
Being the daughter of a preacher, gospel
music was always around for the kids to
listen to. After struggling with music,
Anita and her siblings went to one of the
biggest names in the Bluegrass music
industry, Ray Deaton. With Ray, and Lamon Recording label in their corner Fisher and Company began to record their first project. The project by any scale was a success, being nominated for a Grammy. The stresses of the road took its toll on Fisher and Company leading Anita to form her own band to continue making great bluegrass music.
Anita Fisher Band with Ray Deaton
The Rarely Herd is known around the
globe as one of the premier groups in
Bluegrass music. In addition to
receiving over 120 National,
International and Regional awards
and nominations, The Herd was
named one of Europe's
"Top 3 Best New Bands" and have
been featured on CMT, TNN and
Japan's network giant NHK-TV.
In 2003, The Rarely Herd received the
Grand Masters Gold Award at the
National Bluegrass Music Awards
in Nashville, Tennessee. This was
given to The Herd in honor of their 10
consecutive wins as "Entertaining
Band of the Year" a feat unequaled
in the history of these awards.
"Formed in 2003, Cumberland Gap Connection brings together five players with deep bluegrass roots in Tennessee and Kentucky and strong interpersonal ties through family and past band connections... Deeply rooted in the traditional sounds and styles of bluegrass, this is a band that pays attention to the nuance and texture of bluegrass to produce a sound that bears up to repeated listening."
Common Strings will be headed to the studio in June of 2008 to record at Wyatt Rice Recording Studio in Damascuss Va.
Acoustic Music Straight From The Mountains
May 16, 2009