Big Country Bluegrass signs on
New Junior Sisk project to be released June 8th
Rebel Artists appearing on Bluegrass Junction's "Track-By-Track"
Brad Folk joins David Davis & The Warrior River Boys
Rebel Records is proud to announce the recent signing of traditional bluegrass masters Big Country Bluegrass. The band just finished recording their label debut which is expected to be released in early Fall.
Band leader Tommy Sells formed the group with his wife Teresa in the late 1980's in the area surrounding Galax, Virginia, long known as a hotbed for bluegrass and old-time music. In the ensuing decades they patiently worked their way from competition circuit to festival mainstages, releasing several albums along the way. Today Big Country Bluegrass maintains a reputation as one of the few bands that captures "the feel, spirit and sound of the originals in their prime" (Bluegrass Unlimited, Dec. 2007). The band's current lineup features Tommy on mandolin, Teresa on guitar and vocals, Lynnwood Lunsford on banjo and vocals, Johnny Williams on guitar and vocals, Alan Mastin on bass and Jeff Michael on fiddle and the majority of lead vocals.
The band has a busy schedule ahead of them this summer, performing at a number of major festivals across the eastern half of the U.S. including Bean Blossom, Gettysburg, Delaware Valley and the Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
For more information and tour dates, please visit http://www.bigcountrybluegrass.com/
After scoring big in 2009 with Blue Side of the Blue Ridge, a widely lauded album that announced the rebirth of his band Ramblers Choice, Junior Sisk's second Rebel Records release, Heartaches and Dreams, hits stores June 8th.
From the rattling Tom T. & Dixie Hall-penned opener (and first single) "Train Without A Track" to the closing remake of a Bill Monroe gospel classic, “Let The Light Shine Down,” Heartaches and Dreams rolls with some of the hardest-edged, most soulful bluegrass being made today. Nine of the CD's 12 songs are originals, with fresh compositions from both Junior and cousin Tim Massey as well as new contributions by fellow colleagues working in the same traditional vein like Bill Castle, Matt Jones and Daniel Salyer. The band also resurrects a gem from recent IBMA Hall of Famers the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers as well as one from the rich catalog of the McPeak Brothers.
Heartaches and Dreams was recorded at Wes Easter's Eastwood Studio in Cana, Virginia and marks the debut of Ramblers Choice's newest member - mandolin player Jason Tomlin. Jason also provides tenor vocals on many of the songs.
For more on Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, please visit http://www.juniorsiskandramblerschoice.com/
Several Rebel artists will be sitting down with Sirius-XM's Kyle Cantrell on his Track-By-Track program this Spring. First out of the gate is Joe Mullins, who will be discussing songs from his debut Rebel release Rambler's Call. The show will air on Bluegrass Junction (Sirius channel 65 or XM channel 14) on Wednesday, May 5th at 9:00am EST with rebroadcasts on Thursday, May 6th at 9:00pm EST and Sunday, May 9th at 11:00am EST.
Don Rigsby and Junior Sisk also have visits planned to discuss their new and upcoming projects, so stay tuned...
David Davis & The Warrior River Boys are excited to announce that Bradford Lee Folk has taken over the guitar duties in the band. Many bluegrass fans will remember Brad as the frontman for Open Road, one of the pioneering groups in the explosion of young string bands during the past decade. Brad retired from the stage for a few years, running a successful music club in Colorado while he was away. However, he soon caught the bluegrass bug again and jumped at the chance to play with David, one of his musical heroes.
"David's music really moves me, it always has. Trust me, when people get a listen to this group things are really gonna happen, there's no doubt in my mind!"
David is excited to have Brad in the fold as well: "I never got the chance to work with Open Road, but I certainly appreciated Brad and all of Open Road’s recorded music and their commitment to furthering real music to bluegrass audiences. Brad’s addition fits like a glove. He brings a ton of talent and positive energy, on and off stage! A kindred spirit!"
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