“Old & In the Way”…Could not be more “New or relevant”!

boarding-house-342For a group or recording to be considered as a “benchmark” on any musical genre, you would be hard-pressed to find one more influential than the original Old & In the Way. With its members, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan and John Kahn, O&ITW carried bluegrass and traditional music to the masses… literally.

With the 40th anniversary of the band’s live shows at The Boarding House in San Francisco this past October 2013, these influential recordings are more relevant than ever. David “Dawg” Grisman and Acoustic Disc have re-mastered these legendary live shows on a four CD collection with both the 10/1/73 & 10/8/73 shows… includes both sets. If that wasn’t exciting enough, Dawg has included 14 previously unissued performances with this collection as well.

This is a timeless recording that brought a group of amazing musicians, each in their own right, together with an unrivaled chemistry. It is hard to imagine that Old & In the Way was together such a short period of time but managed to leave such a lasting mark on not only bluegrass but music in general.

You can download this monumental recording directly from Dawg on the Acoustic Oasis web site at the following address:  http://www.acousticdisc.com/acd_html/acd81a.html.  It will also be available on Amazon.com come February 18, 2014. Click here to pre-order.

I am proud to say that I had the privilege to design the packaging for this CD collection. I am confident you will enjoy this music as much as I have. Enjoy!

Originally posted 2013-12-31 11:06:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Down Side Up – Old Man Markley

Down Side Up - Old Man MarkleyIf you are looking to put a smile on your face today, sit back and give a good look and listen to Old Man Markley’s YouTube video that details their adventures from their winter of 2013 tour with the Dropkick Murphys. They were on tour to promote their second album “Down Side Up” which is a must own for fans of great music.

The vocals are truly impressive. Their sound has been described as a galloping rhythm, laced with lightning fast instrumentation of banjo, violin, and whatever other instruments they can get their hands on. I saw the washboard in use but I suspect they can grab an ashtray and bang a table with the best of them. This band is having fun and it shows.

I am a fan of Weird Al Yankovic and his amazing band. This band reminds me so much of them. If you are going to have fun with your music you need to master your music. It is a great compliment to praise their musicianship. Speaking of Weird Al, give this band a good listen and tell me if you don’t hear what I hear.

Old Man Markley is Johnny Carey (vocals, guitar), Annie DeTemple (autoharp, vocals), Joey Garibaldi (bass, vocals), Jeff Fuller (drums), Ryan Markley (washboard), John Rosen (banjo, vocals) and Katie Weed (fiddle, vocals). Critics would likely classify this band as “newgrass” because they are not easily defined as a bluegrass band. I don’t care what you call it, this is great music.

The band is easy to follow. You can preview and purchase their music through our preferred music partner, Amazon.com.

Website at Fat Wreck Records: http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/99

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldmanmarkley

Twitter: http://twitter.com/oldmanmarkley

Please enjoy the aforementioned YouTube video below. Love it!

Originally posted 2013-07-02 08:32:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Best of Bluegrass – Steve Ivey

Best of Bluegrass - Steve IveySteve Ivey is a man of many talents. He has worked with the biggest names in the music business and has amassed a huge following of fans and devotees of gospel and bluegrass music. He has graced us with an amazing collection of bluegrass gems where he can show off his vocal abilities and virtuoso skills as a musician. As a performer, he has released several successful albums focused on Celtic renditions of well-known hymns and more traditional gospel music. With “Best of Bluegrass”, Ivey has ventured into a deep vein of Americana and bluegrass steeped songs. He brings his own style and the songs are well known to enthusiasts but appreciated by all as Steve adds his own spin to these tunes.

Steve is a well-known and highly sought after songwriter and producer of country Christian artists. He can boast over 250 original songs that have been recorded making him one of the more prolific music talents in the industry today. “Best of Bluegrass” is a must have for any serious collector as Steve has made sure the album title delivers on its title.

You can learn more about Steve Ivey at his company’s website. You can pick up “Best of Bluegrass” from our online music partner, Amazon.com. You can also enjoy his rendition of “Man of Constant Sorrow” on YouTube. I’ve included the video below.

Website: http://www.imimusic.com/

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/steveivey

Originally posted 2013-06-25 16:24:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Wide Awake – Joy Kills Sorrow

Wide Awake - Joy Kills Sorrow“Wide Awake” is the exciting new release from Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow. It is tearing up Billboard’s bluegrass music chart and for good reason. This is excellent music. Not just for bluegrass fans but for music lovers everywhere. There’s enough string and Americana sound for the bluegrass loyalist but there’s also enough pop hooks and great storytelling for anyone who just enjoys good music.

Emma Beaton fronts this Beantown quintet. Her voice is pure heaven. The band is equally talented and features Matthew Arcara on guitar, Wes Corbett on banjo, Jacob Jolliff on mandolin and Zoe Guigueno on bass. And, yeah, I have a thing for women playing bass. Zoe brings it, for sure.

I have no doubt that you will want to add “Wide Awake” to your playlist. We recommend you do so through our music partner, Amazon.com. You can learn more about this great band by visiting their website, following them on Twitter or Facebook, or check them out live. They play throughout the country so check their schedule and catch them live. You’ll be “Wide Awake” whenever they take the stage. Count on it!

Website: http://www.joykillssorrow.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joykillssorrow

Twitter: http://twitter.com/joykillssorrow

Here is the video for “Wide Awake”. Check it out. You will love it!

Originally posted 2013-06-21 14:30:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Take a Journey…Bluegrass Style!

Bluegrass JourneyIf you are reading this article, there’s a very good chance you’ve been to a bluegrass festival at one time or another…but if there is that slim chance you haven’t, read on…

Back in 2004, filmmakers Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer gave us a rare view of a very typical bluegrass festival held in the hills of upstate New York. Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is much celebrated and attended by thousands every year. (Note: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival organizers have since relocated the festival since the filming of this documentary)

The location was and is a beautiful setting with nothing but top performers playing day & night. Ruth and Rob give you a glimpse of what it means to really immerse oneself in a festival. They literally have you pulling into the festival grounds, setting up camp and rekindling old friendships from years past. The sense of community shared between bluegrass fans comes through in this documentary. It is very family oriented. On a personal note, it wasn’t until many years later that I would not only meet but have the same name (first and last) as the flat picker playing in Devil’s Dream. As a result, we have become very good friends and have actually played a couple of gigs together.

This film features performances and interviews from some of the most celebrated musicians around. Performances by such bluegrass legends as the Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Rhonda Vincent, Nickel Creek, and many more. You will get a glimpse of how a bluegrass festival is operated from behind the scenes. It is amazing to see what goes into running as wonderful an event such as Grey Fox.

One of the highlights for me is Tony Rice’s solo “Shenandoah/Danny Boy” medley.  This is just one of the samples of beautiful music you will experience with this DVD.

It is worth every penny and it will be a film you will watch over and over again…we have!

Originally posted 2013-06-20 07:53:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Brothers of The Highway

Brothers of The Highway - Dailey & VincentJamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are the real deal, y’all. With the release and subsequent success of “Brothers of The Highway”, I think it is fair to say that Dailey & Vincent have given bluegrass fans around the world a reason to rejoice. The songs are as Americana as any bluegrass fan could want but the hooks and musicianship are so astounding, any fan of great music could easily add these songs to their contemporary playlist. It is just a solid album.

Along with front men Dailey and Vincent, you will be quite pleased with the talents of Jeff Parker, Christian Davis, B.J. Cherryholmes, and Jessie Baker. Unless I miss my guess, you are watching the early to middle stages of performer’s careers that are destined to become future Hall of Famers. Keep in touch with this exciting bluegrass band at any of the links below.

Website: http://daileyandvincent.bombplates.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaileyVincent

Twitter @DaileyVincent

We highly recommend you add this album to your bluegrass collection if you haven’t already done so. You can download it from our partner, Amazon.com. You can also listen to “Brothers of The Highway” in its entirety by clicking on the YouTube link above. Enjoy!

Originally posted 2013-06-19 09:07:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Carry Me Back – Old Crow Medicine Show

Carry Me Back - Old Crow Medicine Show15 years later the Old Crow Medicine Show is an overnight sensation! Their latest album, “Carry Me Back” is a triumph of traditional Americana roots music that pushes the boundaries of bluegrass and invites a more mainstream audience to give a listen and consider adding O.C.M.S. to their new favorite playlist. One listen to the new album and it’s easy to see how the band’s journey has taken them from humble beginnings to travelling and performing  with Grammy-winning Mumford and Sons.

Make no mistake, this self-described rambling string band is still evolving. “Carry Me Back” is but a stop on their musical walkabout. You’ll want to give it a good listen and decide for yourself just where they fit in the world of bluegrass. I think they defy classification as they challenge traditional roots music and push forwards into an aural area where the masses can easily embrace them.

Get in touch with this band through their website, Facebook, or Twitter. You can download “Carry Me Back” and their other albums from our music partner, Amazon.com.

Website: http://www.crowmedicine.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldCrowMedicineShow

Twitter: @crowmedicine

I’ve included their excellent video for “Carry Me Back to Virginia” for your enjoyment.

Originally posted 2013-06-20 08:05:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Deep Roots by Steven Curtis Chapman

Deep Roots - Steven Curtis ChapmanCan you grow up in Paducah, Kentucky and NOT love bluegrass music? I suppose it’s possible but that sure wasn’t the case for Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven has become a household name in Christian music circles over the years and while this album is certainly more bluegrass and roots, as the album title would explain, he stays close to the music that he loves. There is no surprise that the album cover photo is shot in a church. If you are already a fan of Steven, this album will feel like a warm hug. For the uninitiated, Steven asks you to follow him on his musical journey and explore your own spirituality and musical deep roots. Join him, won’t you?

Learn more about Steven Curtis Chapman at his website, Facebook, or Twitter. You can download his music from our music partner, Amazon.com.

Website: http://stevencurtischapman.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevencurtischapman

Twitter: @StevenCurtis

I’ve included the video for Steven’s song “Hiding Place” from the “Deep Roots” album. I strongly suggest you give it a listen when you need your own Hiding Place from this hectic and chaotic world. Enjoy!


Originally posted 2013-06-19 12:56:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Thanks, Uncle Bill! Bill Monroe, “an equal opportunity employer”

billmonroeIt has been written that more than 150 musicians have played in the Blue Grass Boys behind the great Bill Monroe! Considering that many of these folks have become legends in their own right, Bill did more than just employ some talented folks along his musical journey over that 60+ year career.

Bill recruited very young and upcoming musicians for a shot at stardom with the Blue Grass Boys. He surrounded himself with some of the greatest musicians around. It has become a regular who’s who of talent to say the least. The list consists of such greats as Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Mac Wiseman, Don Reno, Sonny Osborne, Vassar Clements, Byron Berline…you get the idea. Many folks were certainly influenced by the man and his style of music. Ricky Skaggs was only six when he first performed with Bill Monroe and we all know how that turned out.

Bill Monroe had a vision and did not deviate from that vision. Once he and his brother, Charlie, parted ways there was no turning back…he is not referred to as the Father of Bluegrass for nothing.

David Grisman tells a story on his compilation of great mandolin players called “Mandolin Extravaganza”. In this particular story he tells how a young woman wanted to take a photo of Bill and asked him to stand back…to which he replied, “No, you stand back!” That sums it up right there. You couldn’t tell Bill Monroe much and get away with it. As a matter of fact, David intros the tune, “No, You Stand Back” with this story.

If you were one of the fortunate to actually get to see Bill Monroe perform in his heyday, consider yourself blessed! If you ever got to perform with him…well you died and went to heaven! There will never be another like him.

Originally posted 2013-06-19 15:36:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Love Has Come For You

Steve Martin - Love Has Come For YouWhat happens when you partner a former Wild and Crazy Guy with a New Bohemian? You’ll have to give “Love Has Come For You” a listen to truly appreciate the results but I can assure you it is a bluegrass treat you will treasure forever.  Steve Martin & Edie Brickell have long been respected for their musical talents. Steve Martin is no stranger to bluegrass fans as he has been delighting audiences with his banjo playing skills for years. However, Edie Brickell is best known for her work as lead singer for Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, a decidedly pop band in the second half of the 1980s. She has previously collaborated with Paul Simon and had a successful solo career in the 1990s and 2000s. Bluegrass fans will no doubt enjoy her lead vocals on this album as her smoky and sultry voice blends well with Martin’s virtuoso banjo playing.

“Love Has Come For You” is an easy recommendation for bluegrass fans. The single and album are sitting at the top of the bluegrass charts as I write this and I have no doubt you will enjoy it as much as I have. Here’s the video for you to watch.


Originally posted 2013-06-18 15:12:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter