Monday, January 26, 2015

Country Music News International Newsletter January 26. 2015

Country Music News International Newsletter

January 26. 2015

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by, The Capital Hotel Downtown Nashville http://www.thecapitolhoteldowntownnashville.com , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com ,Mid South Music www.midsouthmusic.us , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info

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CD: TERRY JUHL - Spirit of America

TERRY JUHL
Spirit of America
Spirit of America - My Special Lady -Trinity - Take the 'X' Out of Christmas - God's Gift - Morning Prayer - Wishes, Hopes and Dreams - Calvary - Mothers - Please Don't Answer - A Veteran - Rough Around the Edges - Denny's Chain of Love - The Project
 
I've been waiting for awhile to get a new album coming out of World Famous Records, and here it is.  Terry Juhl lives up in Hampton, Iowa, and I'm sure a participant in the monthly 'jams' that take place at the local theater there. This very well done CD is all originals by Terry.  I've heard him sing and perform at various functions in the past few years, but did not know he was such a good songwriter.  He was fortunate to become a member of World Famous Records.  It was here that he obtained the incredibly gifted musical services of Sharon and Roger Kenaston, perhaps our very best musicians in the entire upper Midwest.   On this particular project, Sharon is doing some incredible harmony vocals, matching Terry's voice to a "T" and also adding rhythm guitar and of course upright bass.  Roger is playing guitar and Dobro, and by the time the final mix rolled around, we are able to hear an entire really good original traditional country music band performing Terry Juhl's original songs.  The first one out of the chute is a nice patriotic song, though a bit long at nearly five minutes.  I suspect the recording was made earlier than just recently because I've heard Terry doing some of these songs at his various appearances.  We are very sad we aren't part of the Hampton Music Festival anymore, it was there that we got to hear Terry sing 'live'  quite often.  He's a good volunteer (he worked in the kitchen at that festival), and he's always offering a helping hand to anyone who needs it.  He's working with a trio called "Two Juhls and a Gem" and it sounds like they are also putting forth some great classic and traditional country music which is where I would put this very well done CD. Terry's name has been placed in nomination for induction into 'America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame' however that process is done through someone already in the Hall of Fame.  I would like to send this CD along to the Rural Roots Music Commission and see what they think of 'traditional country music CD of the year.' In the meantime I will be looking forward to a CD from 'Two Juhls and a Gem' which I believe is in the process of being made right now. I think my favorite song on this one is "A Veteran" which is nicely written, down home, and easy to understand.  Keep at it Terry, we're looking for more.
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: MARTEKA AND WILLIAM - The Sounds of a Tradition

MARTEKA AND WILLIAM
The Sounds of a Tradition
Yonder Stands Little Maggie - Cripple Creek - I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome - Reuben - Sally Ann - Head Over Heels - John Henry - When The Angels Carry Me Home - Rambling Gambler - Sally Goodin - Johnson Ridge Special
 
Wow, what a waker-upper for some incredible gifted and well-played traditional bluegrass music.  Many of my own friends know how close I was to Jimmy Martin, and to hear this young brother-sister bringing their incredible vigor and West Virginia strength back to bluegrass music is absolutely stunning, to say the least.  Marteka is the sister, she's one hot 5-string banjo player.  William, the brother, is on the guitar and he's one hot picker and praise the Lord, a singer of mountain music the way it should be sung. This delightful and incredibly talented duo will find barriers getting their music played on radio.  Why?  Because they are 'real' the very 'realist' you can get, especially in bluegrass music.  There are already bluegrass 'snobs' in our midst, meaning the music has to be one specific style, smoother louder and faster.  No room for traditional nasal singers permitted.  That negative will probably not stand up to this wonderful brother-sister act from West Virginia.  Joining this amazing duo are two other incredibly gifted musicians, Corrina Rose Logston Stephens on one hot fiddle, and Bruce Jones for some simply amazing hot Dobro playing.  Charley Lake is on the acoustic upright bass.  If you will look at the names of the songs this incredibly good young group is playing, you will see the very epitome of where bluegrass music is and where it came from.  It's early in the year but this CD goes directly to the Rural Roots Music Commission with my high recommendation for "Traditional Bluegrass CD of the Year" award.  I'm also going to our own Board to see if our "Rising Legends" can get some notice, respect, and honor for this group.  This entire CD is traditional bluegrass, the very best of the genre when it was still young and still just for the 'folks' back home.  This young West Virginia group is certainly keeping that particular torch alive, and I certainly wish them the very best in their efforts at not only sharing their music, but also for their efforts in keeping the music in the genre it was created. Shelly Lake is the producer and engineer of this delightful CD.  She definitely knows what she is doing in the recording studio, I've not heard high-power acoustic instruments mixed quite so well before.  Five stars all the way around, and looking forward to more of the same.
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

Last week in Country Music

Last week in Country Music

Interesting new development in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  A large grocery store chain "Puckett's Grocery" with a large restaurant serving delicious home-grown style food, the specialty of the house being cherry wood smoked BBQ, and of all things, a stage where the unlimited fountain of singer-songwriters from Nashville play and sing. Created by Andy Marshall, who formerly owned a cluster of Piggly Wiggly supermarkets, he sold all of them to begin his "Puckett's Grocery."  Chattanooga is not the first one either.  In 2000 the Marshall family opened their first store, and the new one in Chattanooga brought the Marshall Family stores to be listed among the fastest growing companies in America.  What the family does is look for a large enough building, restaurants that are failing, or even another grocery selling out, buy them and convert them to the down-home facilities they have become. They do well by marketing to the locals, and they keep the music standards high by only inviting singer-songwriters that have had a least one country hit song.  What this does is take the rogue control of music away from a licensing agency like ASCAP and puts it back in the hands of those who create it.  At their grocery store in Nashville they are getting as many as 100 inquiries a week from singer-songwriters who control their own music.  The philosophy of the grocery store is, if it becomes a go-to place for the locals, the tourists aren't far behind.  They permit good local backing musicians to work behind the songwriters who control their own songs.  In the evening hours the restaurant dims the lights and diners feel like they're in a separate entity.  On Sundays it's gospel music, and the church goers come by the droves soon as church is out.  The owners wanted the entire grocery-restaurant-performance center to have a genial family atmosphere, away from the smoke and rowdiness of the Music City bar scene.  The formula seems to be working, they simply call it pork and jeans as far as food and clothing is concerned.  Wow, I would say Crackerbarrel, also a Tennessee based corporation, should raise it's shaggy head, and pay attention.  Many of you know we did a couple of years of old-time music on the front porch of the Council Bluffs Crackerbarrel Restaurant.  Didn't make a lot of money (neither do the singer-songwriters in Chattanooga).  It's amazing isn't it?  In Iowa we have a home-state employee-owned grocery called HyVee, who are already converting their sit-down quick-lunch space into up-scale restaurants, including alcoholic beverages no less.  The Puckett stores have declined the liquor in favor of more family-friendly atmosphere.  But the big question is??? WHY doesn't HyVee include an evening down-home old-time music staging area???
 
Many readers of this Sunday Bulletin are familiar with Curt Shoemaker, the outstanding steel player from Kansas.  He's the excellent steel sound behind Martina McBride, who is being singled out for her good works.  The Music Business Association will give McBride their Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at a luncheon in Nashville on May 14.  McBride is being recognized for her work against domestic violence and cancer.  She says in a statement her goal was never to be recognized for her charitable efforts, but his award is proof everyone and anyone can make a difference.
 
Big article in the Washington Post this past week: "Everyday Zen: On The Road With Willie Nelson at 81"  Willie is in Las Vegas for his 7th gig of the new year, and after this one he'll have a least 100 more concerts to go to the end of the year.  Once labeled the "Hillbillie Dala Lama" Willie feels his road in life is like a spiritual path, an asphalt Mobiums strip, the long way to enlightenment, or both.  His most devout fans (me among them) think of him as a messenger, or even a manifestation of God.  According to Willie, "It's not a responsibility that's mine. It's everybody's.  They all have the obligation to set an example.  Do unto others, "The Old Golden Rule."  It's an easy one to follow.  Sometimes, "People flock to Vegas to escape their own heads, however a Willie concert won't allow that.  Nelson's songs pull us deeper into ourselves.  With Willie singing about the weight of yesterday and the uncertainty of tomorrow it's the the easiness of right now.  His songs are essentially about time which makes them about life, which makes them about everything.  "It's been that way as long as I can remember," Nelson says of his multi-generational flock.  "When you go to church, it's young and old.  The audience, for me, is very similar to a congregation.  It's all ages out there." Willie believes that God speaks through all of us.  His sense of humor and his spirituality are inextricable.  Life is a joke.  The funniest one we'll ever know.  When Willie is writing songs, he writes the lyrics first, confident that good melodies are more plentiful than good words, and easier to locate too.  As for cutting his songs, he's quick.  He released two fine albums just last year, and when he presses a button on the tour-bus stereo, out jumps a zesty new duet he recorded with Merle Haggard a few weeks ago.  So, this never-ending odyssey that requires an increasingly fragile body to breathe melody 100 nights a year - this is actually the thing that keeps him alive???  "Oh Yeah," he says with a firm nod.  Then he smiles.  The idea makes him feel either deeply contented, a little frightened, or nothing at all.  This amazingly good story written by Chris Richards is an excellent journalist for the Washington Post.
 
A lot of stuff comes down the pike via the Internet to me, some of it even seems legitimate.  Planet Blue Pictures is a film company in Australia, and is currently looking for new songs for both film and TV.  What with the stupendously stupid moronisitic music coming out of Nashville these days, this is probably a good opportunity for good songwriters.  Check their website at www.plantetbluepictures.com
 
January 20 would be the birthday of Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, who passed away in 1949.  All of his works is still available at Smithsonian-Folkways, the same label Sheila and I work and record for.  The Smithsonian let me know that they will be celebrating Leadbelly's birthday with a new social media series, "Lead Belly: Song By Song," in anticipation of the February 24th release of "Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection."  Lead Belly was the 2nd black country artist (after Deford Bailey) into our America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
 
Ernie Ruth, one of our local promoters, singers, comedian, and whatever, reported that Junior Wittstruck, one of the better upright bass players in the upper Midwest, has been placed in a hospice with cancer.  Junior showed up at nearly all the local and regional gatherings of acoustic old-time music as well as the more classic country events. He had a great 60's & 70's band that played regular in the Starlite Ballroom in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Please send a prayer his way, he might need it.
 
Bob Dylan just kinds of stays in the news.  "Blowing in the Wind" creator has a solution for unemployment.  "Let the billionaires step up" is what he told the AARP.  "The government's not going to create jobs.  It doesn't have to. People have to create jobs, and those big billionaires are the ones who can do it."  But instead of doing that, he said, he sees inner cities festering with crime and people turning to alcohol and drugs.  "They could all have work created for them by all those hotshot billionaires.  For sure that would create a lot of happiness.  Now, I'm not saying they have to, I'm not talking about communism, but what do they do with all their money?"  He also told the AARP (of which he is old enough to be a member), if he wasn't a musician he would probably have been a teacher, preferably teaching Roman History or Theology.  Of course all of this media attention is about his new CD "Shadows in the Night," songs that Frank Sinatra recorded, and Dylan apparently trying to improve upon.  At least he is generous.  He's giving 50,000 elderly folks (readers of the AARP magazine) free copies of his new album.  Release date is expected to be February 3rd.
 
Short note just came out on Face-Book, Jim Ed Brown has been declared cancer free as of January 19th. Prayer works folks.  Jim Ed, a member of our Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, has a new album that just came out.  Check his website out, you'll like it!
 
A group has formed in the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, called GCMA meaning "Genuine Country Music Association."  It's amazing isn't it, how many hundreds of thousands, millions of people, disgusted with the so-called country music today coming out of Nashville.  Anyway, this new one in Missouri is a non-profit with a strong desire to keep the 'real thing' alive.  According to Jack Farrell, the president of the Association, "Traditional country music is nearly dead.  The Country Music Association and the Grand Ole Opry have lost their roots."  Membership in the organization is $25 a year (same as the NTCMA has been charging the past 40 years) and they meet once a month to play at Farrell's barn.  They are absolutely not going to allow some no-good modern country music maker entry, the barn is only open to close friends, relatives, and the members of the association.
 
Loretta Lynn is working hard on a new album with John Carter Cash producing.  Like Bobby Bare's latest album, Loretta is reaching back to her childhood to reintroduce her fans to songs like "Wreck On The Highway" and "Beautiful Brown Eyes" and "The Great Titanic" and a host of other old-time country songs.  She will also include some re-recordings of the songs she wrote for other artists.
 
Country music legend Alan Jackson took his 25th anniversary "Keeping' It Country" tour to Springfield, Missouri, recently.  The two-time Grammy winner with his band the Strayhorns, performed many of his country hits from a songbook spanning a quarter of a century.  It was a completely sold out SRO concert.
 
Sheila and I have been asked to open for LuLu Roman, you remember her as the large woman on Hee-Haw, and she was just at our LeMars Festival last year.  Also on the show we are opening for is Dion, remember him from the Belmonts who recorded "The Wanderer" and "A Teenager In Love" and "Runaround Sue." Dion's most successful recordings were in the 60's.  By 1988 he was deeply involved in Christian music which is what he records and performs today.  He is also involved with prison ministry and reaches out to men going through addiction recovery.  He currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida.  On June 24th we'll all gather for Gloria'sGloryFest, in Stewartville, Minnesota.
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Country Music News International Newsletter January 24. 2015

Country Music News International Newsletter

January 24. 2015

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by, The Capital Hotel Downtown Nashville http://www.thecapitolhoteldowntownnashville.com , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com ,Mid South Music www.midsouthmusic.us , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info

You can publish the Newsletter to your websites or forward to your friends. If you want to publish some of the interviews, please contact me.

Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages von Country Music News International Magazin http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.de . Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von The Capital Hotel Downtown Nashville http://www.thecapitolhoteldowntownnashville.com , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com , Mid South Music www.midsouthmusic.us , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info

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LADY OF TRADITION LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD START 2015 WITH 12 SPBGMA NOMINATIONS http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2015/01/lady-of-tradition-lorraine-jordan.html

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MISSISSIPPI MEN

CAPTAIN JOE KENT NARRATES THE HISTORY CHANNEL’S SERIES, ‘MISSISSIPPI MEN’

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Captain Joe Kent is the narrator voice for the History Channel’s new series, ‘Mississippi Men’ which premiers January 28, 2015 at 9 pm CST. The show is about the people who live and work on the mighty Mississippi River and her tributaries. Captain Kent was very tight lipped when it came to the details of the show. “Of course I know what is going to happen on the show,” he said with a twinkle in his eye, “I did the voice overs for the entire first season, but all I will tell you is to batten down the hatches, and hold on if you can. It’s gonna be one helluva a ride down the muddy Mississippi.”
Being a true captain, Joe Kent stuck to the number one golden rule on a towboat-what happens on the boat stays on the boat-and applied that same principle to any and all behind the scenes or inside information. He did tell us that it was a great experience, and a lot of fun to work with the directors and film crews that developed the show. “If I could find deckhands that worked like that, it would all be smooth sailing. I think the end result of their labor, and commitment will be a kick ass show that will keep the audience tuning in for more each week. I can’t wait to see it myself!”
The timing of the show couldn’t be more perfect for Captain Joe either. He has just finished writing a book of short stories about life on the water entitled, ‘Towboat Joe’. The book will be hitting shelves from Deadly Writes Publishing at about the same time the TV show airs. A great addition to the book is a digital album with 15 songs that Captain Joe has just released as a soundtrack for his new book. ‘Towboat Joe (The Soundtrack)’ is a compilation of new and previously released original songs by various artists including Towboat Joe and The Muddy River Band.
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It appears to be nothing but blue skies, and fair tides for the Mississippi River man on his latest literary and musical voyage. Tune in to the History Channel on January 28th to see if the calm seas are prevalent there as well or if the boat gets to rockin’. In the words of Captain Joe Kent, “It’s all smooth sailing until the ship hits the sand, but a calm sea never a skilled sailor made. Until then, earn your salt, keep it in the ditch, and I will see you on the one whistle.”Capt. Joe-3
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He’s a real-life towboat captain in Louisiana as well as a master storyteller and emerging country singer and songwriter, and Captain Joe Kent’s autobiographical debut Towboat Joe is fascinating, funny, at times scary, and always irresistible. “The river is my life,” Kent writes, and that life is unforgettably captured in these pages. The captain’s current boat, the M/V Ron Hull, is 90 feet long and 47 feet high. Towboats, he explains, push and don’t pull other boats, and only operate in canals and rivers. Ron Hull thought so much of Capt. Joe’s work that he invited him to christen the craft, a rare honor. Towboat Joe introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters, such as a river know-it-all nicknamed Towboat Jesus, a dubious pilot known as Patch the Pirate, a one-armed barber, and Joe’s remarkable wife Denise. “I ain’t your damn deckhand,” she reminds him, and his adventures trying to buy Denise a surprise gift from Victoria’s Secret provide one of the book’s treasures. We are also treated to photographs of Capt. Joe’s beloved boat, river, and ports of call, along with poems and country song lyrics his life and absolutely unique experiences have inspired. Towboat Joe concludes with real-world words of wisdom from his decades of command, including “look in the mirror before pointing a finger,” “build a crew that replaces itself,” and “keep an even keel.” So climb aboard for a one-of-a-kind literary voyage, and enjoy every page of Captain Joe Kent’s Towboat Joe.
- Phil Sweetland
Radio contributor, The New York Times
Publisher and editor, Country Insider, Nashville

Country fans have already known Captain Joe Kent as a fine traditional country singer and sonwriter, but the beginning of 2015 finds him adding even more areas of media to his bag of creative tricks: his first book, the autobiographical Towboat Joe, by Deadly Writes Publishing. The book is a rare glimpse inside the largely secret world of towboats and life on the river in the 21st century. It’s fascinating, funny, always irresistible, and at times downright frightening. As Captain Kent writes of the Mississippi, “the river is my life,” and he captures that unique life unforgettably in its pages.
-Nashville Music Guide
Knowing nothing of tug boats or towboats, my only inclination of matters of the water was a short course in sailing, and Christopher Cross’s mesmerizing tune of the same name. But Captain Joe’s book is the perfect combination of story and music to glimpse into the incredible life of musician and towboat man. Captain Joe’s tales, music, and poems are best appreciated as his own true ongoing installments in the tale of his true adventures-maybe a soon to be released serial on YouTube? Captain Joe writes strong narratives that are drawn from an endless supply of anecdotes that typically involve water, women, whiskey, and the absurdities of life. This book is a marvel, unleashing the talent of a towboat philosopher and a man dedicated to his craft. Absolutely loved it!
-Cher Valentino Editor, Our USA Magazine
Battle With The Bottle
Joe Kent writes like I think!
-Jimmy Miles, Southern Pride Band
(Joe Kent) The Waylon Jennings of Boat Trash!!
-Captain Billy Smith, Towboat Extraordinaire
You’ve heard these stories and never thought they could be true. Now you can see them in a book. If it’s in a book it has to be true.
-Captain Bernie Pena, Towboat Extraordinaire and Jeopardy Champion

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rhonda Vincent 2015 World Tour With Stops Throughout North America and Europe

RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE PICK UP 
FIVE SPBGMA NOMINATIONS

Vincent Announces 2015 World Tour With Stops Throughout North America and Europe

 
  

Nashville, Tenn.  (January 23, 2015) - The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America's (SPBGMA) reigning Entertainer of the Year, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have received five nominations for the upcoming SPBGMA convention, set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, during the weekend of February 5-8.  Vincent, who was just named one of the Digital Journal's "5 best female voices in bluegrass music," is no stranger to the SPBGMA awards, as she was inducted into their Hall of Greats in 2014.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are nominated for the following categories:
Entertainer of the Year: Rhonda Vincent
Bluegrass Band of the Year Overall: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary): Rhonda Vincent
Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary):  Josh Williams
Fiddle Player of the Year: Hunter Berry

Additional excitement is building as Only Me, Vincent's latest recording project, which contains 6 bluegrass tracks as well as 6 country tracks, is nominated for "Best Bluegrass Album" by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, better known as The Grammy Awards!

The Boot is asking fans who should take home the Grammy award for "Best Bluegrass Album." Fans can vote every 24 hours HERE. Voting ends on February 5th, and will be used to predict their winner predictions. The 57th Grammy Awards will air live February 8th on CBS.

"We're excited to begin our third consecutive record-setting year for Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in 2015. The Grammy Nomination makes it extra special" said an excited Rhonda Vincent.

Be sure to join Rhonda & The Rage as they travel aboard the Martha White Bluegrass Express across the USA, and beyond, when they visit Europe in the summer.

"We'll be traveling the world this year, visiting countries we've never appeared in. The most recent call brought news that our show in Prague, Czechoslovakia has sold out 6 months in advance. They are adding a 2nd show during our visit. Prague is said to be the 'Bluegrass Capitol' of Europe. Thank goodness we're flying in a day early to add more shows," Vincent states.

You can catch the 2015 Rhonda Vincent & The Rage World Tour in the following cities/venues:

1/23       Palmetto, FL - Manatee Fair
1/24       Yee Haw Junction, FL - Yee Haw Junction Bluegrass Festival
1/27       Naples, FL - Daniels Pavilion
1/31       Country/Bluegrass Cruise - Country's Family Reunion/Larry's Country Diner Cruise 
2/08       Nashville, TN - SPBGMA Convention & Awards Show
2/13       Framingham, MA - Joe Val Bluegrass Festival
2/19       Palatka, FL - Rodeheaver Boys Ranch
2/20       Asheville, NC - Bluegrass First Class
2/21       Kinston, NC - Neuse River Music Fest
2/26       Fayetteville, AR - Walton Arts Center
2/27       Bremen, GA - Mill Town Music Hall w/Gene Watson
2/28       Fulton, MS - Davis Event Center
3/05       Marion, IL - Marion Cultural and Civic Center
3/06       Keokuk, IA - Grand Theatre 
3/07       Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House
3/12       Berea, KY - Berea College
3/13       Louisburg, NC - Louisburg College
3/14       Mt. Airy, NC - Historic Earle Theatre
3/15       Appomattox, VA - Appomattox Bluegrass Series
3/20       West Palm Beach, FL - South Florida Fair
3/21       Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
3/27       Glasgow, KY
3/28       Oakgrove, LA - Northeast Louisiana Bluegrass Festival
4/09       Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre
4/10       Mamaroneack, NY - Emelin Theatre
4/11       Hamden, CT - Unitarian Society
4/17       Greensboro, NC - Carolina Theater
4/18       Oxford, AL - Oxford Performing Arts Center
4/24       Ashland, KY
4/25       Dublin, VA - Edwards Hall - New River Community College
4/26       South Pittsburg, TN - National Cornbread Festival
5/01       Lincolnton, GA - Little Roy and Lizzie Music Festival
5/07       Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/08       Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/09       Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/10       Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/15       Amelia, VA - Central VA Bluegrass Festival
5/16       Gettysburg, PA - Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
5/21       Curryville, MO - Back 40 Bluegrass Park
5/22       Coeburn, VA - Ralph Stanley Bluegrass Festival
5/23       Floyd, VA- Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival
5/30       Auburn, AL - Bluegrass on the Plains
6/05       Cherokee, NC - Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
6/06       Petersburg, VA - Dinwiddie Music Festival
6/25       Grayson, KY - Rudy Fest
6/26       Summersville, WV - Music in the Mountains
6/27       Romney, WV - South Branch Valley Bluegrass Festival
6/28       Highlands, NC
7/01       Kirksville, MO - Rhonda Vincent Fan Club Party
7/01       Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival
7/02       Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival
7/03       Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival
7/04       Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival
7/09       Jablonec nad Nisou, CZECH REPUBLIC - Eurocentrum Jablonec nad Nisou
7/11       Breim, NORWAY - Norsk Country Treff
7/14       AMSTERDAM - Paradiso
7/16       Bietigheim-Bissingen, GERMANY - Best of Music 2015 - Marktplatz
7/17       Laufen, SWITZERLAND
7/18       Laufen, SWITZERLAND
7/23       Hiawassee, GA - Georgia Mountain Fair
7/31       Stony Plain, Alberta CANADA- Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Society Festival
8/01       Stony Plain, Alberta CANADA- Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music   Society Festival
8/02       Stony Plain, Alberta CANADA- Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music   Society Festival
8/08       Milan, MI - Milan Bluegrass Festival
8/14       Marion, NC - NC State Bluegrass Festival
8/15       Greenwich, OH - Buckeye Bluegrass Festival
8/16       Havelock, Ontario CANADA - Havelock Country Jamboree
8/28       Litchfield, ME - Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival
8/29       Rogersville, New Brunswick, CANADA - Rogersville Bluegrass Festival
8/30       Rogersville, New Brunswick, CANADA - Rogersville Bluegrass Festival
9/03       New Richmond, Quebec, CANADA - New Richmond Bluegrass Festival
9/04       Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, CANADA - Stewiacke River Bluegrass Festival
9/12       Claremore, OK
9/18       Kodak, TN - Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
9/19       Conway, MO - Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival
9/23       Manteo, NC - Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
9/24       Manteo, NC - Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
9/26       Buena Vista, VA - Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival
10/09     Waldron, AR - Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
10/10     Leadwood, MO - Town Square Festival
10/11     Rio Grande, OH - Bob Evans Farm Festival
10/15     Shipshewana, IN - Blue Gate Theater
10/17     Lanexa, VA - Rock-A-Dome
10/24     York, PA
10/25     Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
10/31     Anderson, SC
11/05     Alma, AR - Alma Performing Arts Center
11/06     St. Louis, MO - Sheldon - (10th Anniversary of Ragin' Live DVD)
11/07     Elkins, WV - American Mountain Theater
11/12     Palatka, FL - Rodeheaver Boys Ranch
11/14     Wilmington, OH - The Roberts Centre
11/15     Tightwad, MO - Truman Lake Opry
11/20     Culpeper, VA - State Theatre of Culpeper
11/21     Federalsburg, MD - Andrew Auction Facility
11/22     Hanover, PA - Eichelberger

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