Bluegrass Music Industry News, August 2013

For the Record

Country music superstar Alan Jackson will release his long anticipated first bluegrass album titled The Bluegrass Album on September 24. Artists who played on the album include Sammy Shelor on banjo, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Tim Crouch on fiddle, Tim Dishman on bass, Rob Ickes on reso-guitar, and Scott Coney on guitar. Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby were on hand to provide harmony vocals, with Keith Stegall and Adam Wright producing.

Bernie Leadon, founding member of The Eagles, has been announced as the newest endorsing artist with Huber Banjos. He is currently out with them again as part of the History of the Eagles world tour, which began in July.

Lonesome Day Records has announced the signing of Jeff Clair to the label, with a new project scheduled for next year.

Pinecastle Records is proud to announce they have signed Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road to their roster and a new single, “All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye."

The Rigneys will release their debut album, Double or Nothin’ on Dark Shadow Records, the brand new label started by Sam Bush Band guitarist/vocalist, Stephen Mougin.

The Seldom Scene is in the studio working on a new CD. Longtime…Seldom Scene will be released in 2014 on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label. 

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby have reunited for a live album, titled Cluck Ol' Hen on Skaggs Family Records, which will be released on August 20. In addition to releasing the live album, Skaggs and Hornsby hit the road this fall.

The Steep Canyon Rangers announced their next album, Tell The Ones I Love will be released on September 10 on Rounder Records.

The Stevens Family signed a deal at Mountain Fever Records and started work on a new album.Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder Tour.

Beer and jam grass are coming together this fall through collaboration between Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Leftover Salmon. The band will release four original songs from July to October all of which will be pre-released exclusively through Breckenridge Brewery’s 12-pack sampler packs. 

Warm welcomes

C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that chairman and CEO Chris Martin IV has been named incoming secretary of the NAMM executive committee through 2015.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have announced Tyler Collins as their new banjo player. Becky Buller recently joined on fiddle and vocals. Darin & Brooke Aldridge have also been named semi-finalists for Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year for the19th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Faith, Family & Country Awards.

Mandolinist and tenor vocalist Chris Davis has been announced as the newest member of Wildfire, a selected band for the Bluegrass Ramble Showcase during the World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, September 24 through 28. 

Mountain Faith have brought Jesse Gregory into the band playing guitar.

The Roys have welcomed Joey Jones into the band playing bass. 

Associations’ assertions

The 11th Annual San Diego Bluegrass Festival, or Summergrass, will kick off August 16 and go through the 18thin San Diego, California. There will be vendors, bluegrass jams, onsite camping, raffles, fun for the kids, and of course, some great bluegrass music from musicians like NewFound Road, Sierra Hull, Bluegrass Etc., Flatt Lonesome, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, and more! Visit www.summergrass.net for more information.

Fiddlin’ Around, the 34th Annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival takes place August 8 through 11 in El Rancho Manana, Minnesota. Talent workshops, contests, crafts, and family games, plus camping, food, and music will be plentiful. The headliners include The Gibson Brothers. Visit www.minnesotabluegrass.org for more details.

The 18th Annual Fallfest & Bluegrass Jam, a West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association event, will take place September 20-21 at Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, Michigan. There will be a band scramble, workshops, a potluck dinner, prize drawings, and plenty of jamming. Kati Penn & NewTown, Lonesome Meadow, Patchwork Band, and more are all on the bill. Visit www.wmbma.org for more information.

Standing ‘O’!

The Grand Ole Opry honored Alison Krauss on her 20th anniversary as an Opry member in July 3rd with performances by Alison Krauss and Union Station, bluegrass great Larry Sparks, multi-award-winner Jamey Johnson, and more. Krauss was inducted as an Opry member on July 3, 1993.

Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White were honored with the 2013 Heritage Award at Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in July. The award is given each year in recognition of artists who spend their life preserving old-time music.

Several bluegrass artists were announced as nominees for the Inspirational Country Music Association’s Faith, Family and Country Awards, set for October 24 in Nashville. Nominees include: The Roys, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Mike Snider, Ricky SkaggsDoyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Red Roots, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Bruce & Betsy Mullen, Dailey & Vincent, Isaacs, Nathan Stanley, and Rhonda Vincent.

Bluegrass Roots Music:  Claire Lynch’s “Dear Sister” co-written with Louisa Branscomb is #1 on the charts for Report Chart, reigning in the top 5 for four weeks in a row.

Billboard: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s Love Has Come For You has stayed at Number 1 since its release 14 weeks ago. Steven Curtis Chapman’s Deep Roots is at Number 2, and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Carry Me Back is at Number 3.

Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay Chart: Big Country Bluegrass “I’m Puttin’ On My Leaving Shoes” at Number 1, Terry Baucom “What’ll I Do” at Number 2, and Mark Newton and Steve Thomas “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” at Number 3.

Bluegrass Unlimited Songs: Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice “The Story Of The Day That I Died” at Number 1, The Gibson Brothers “They Called It Music” at Number 2, Balsam Range “Any Old Road (Will Take You There)” Number 3.

Bluegrass Unlimited Albums: The Gibson Brothers They Called It Music at Number 1, Dailey & Vincent’s Brothers of the Highway at Number 2,The Story Of The Day That I Died by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice at Number 3. 

In Remembrance

Harry Lane, noted boutique banjo builder and artisan craftsman, passed away July 2, at the age of 71. 

Dwight Moody, noted fiddler, music businessman, and pastor, passed away July 12 at the age of 83.

Barb Plempel-LeBrun, heavily involved in bluegrass and volunteering at festivals Winterhawk and Gettysburg passed away July 3.

Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, folk singer Pete Seeger's wife of 70 years passed away at the age of 91.