Broadcasters are invited to participate in the "Attracting and Keeping Sponsors and Underwriters" webinar, to be hosted by IBMA on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, from 4-5:30 p.m. Central Time, with Joe Mullins of WBZI (Xenia, Ohio) as our presenter.
Call 888-438-4262, 615-246-3222 or email nancyc@ibma to register!
Here's the course description: Join renowned bluegrass/classic country broadcaster and band leader Joe Mullins for a webinar for radio broadcasters interested in developing increased financial support for their shows. We’ll discuss how to target the best sponsors for bluegrass programming, how to pitch a deal to them, and how to design the perfect commercial for their business that guarantees results. Joe’s experience is in commercial radio, but members from the public, community, internet and syndicated radio worlds will also find useful information for attracting more underwriters for their programs.
Participants at IBMA webinars click a link on their computer screens to enter the virtual classroom and then dial into a conference call number or access audio through a computer headset. Questions will be taken throughout the training in a Q&A box located in the corner of each participant’s computer screen.
The fee is $40 for IBMA members or $50 for non-members. IBMA members are welcome to submit ideas for future webinars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IBMA member Lisa Jacobi had this to say about IBMA’s “Creating Strategic Alliances on Facebook" webinar presented November 15, 2010: “Last night [after the online session] I told my husband, Joe, that the first IBMA webinar was the best $40 I've ever spent, for the clear and directed information, and for the new friends I have made in the music industry.”
We hope to hear from several of you soon! There are only 25 spots open for this virtual workshop.
Nashville, Tenn. – Steep Canyon Rangers have played in front of more people than any other bluegrass band this year. When iconic comedian - and accomplished banjo player - Steve Martin handpicked SCR to tour with him across the country, they jumped at the chance. Yet, Martin shifts the spotlight: "I need them," Martin says. "They don’t need me."
In a year jam-packed with tour dates, including Carnegie Hall, along with Steve Martin the band landed appearances on "Austin City Limits," "The View," "Good Morning America" and "Late Show with David Letterman," introducing bluegrass to millions of viewers who may have been hearing it for the first time. And with Martin, they headlined venues such as Bonnaroo, Merlefest, New Orleans Jazzfest, Newport Folk Festival and played 90% of their tour shows to sold-out crowds, including the Royal Festival Hall in London.
As 2010 wraps up, SCR culminates a stellar year by signing with premier bluegrass record label Rounder Records, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary of great music this year. This new partnership further establishes Steep Canyon Rangers as an extraordinary presence on the bluegrass and roots music scene, joining the likes of other Rounder artists such as Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Robert Plant.
The horizon line of the future stretches out broad and wide as SCR plans a nationwide tour with Steve Martin in 2011 to support their collaborative project due in March. Guest artists featured on this recording include Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. The Rangers also plan their first Rounder release in 2011.
Bringing bluegrass music to new audiences, the Steep Canyon Rangers continue their meteoric rise as passionate ambassadors for the bluegrass music they love. For more information, please visit www.steepcanyon.com.
In today’s bluegrass world, brother duos are a dying breed, which makes the gifted, close harmony-singing Gibson Brothers—who came up in the ‘80s, not the olden days—a rarity. And a bluegrass group with two strong singer-songwriters in it is almost unheard of, which puts prolific Leigh and Eric Gibson in a class by themselves. Not that the brothers limit themselves to the style fathered by Bill Monroe. Folk, country, Americana and rock flavors show up both in their writing and their taste for Tom Petty, Tom T. Hall, Gordon Lightfoot and Kieran Kane covers. The Gibsons have a new album called Help My Brother on the way, and it’s well-stocked with originals and the kind of classic brother duets they cut their teeth on.
From the time you started making albums, you were already writing more than half your material. Were you singing and playing together before you were writing songs?
Eric: Yeah. Leigh and I grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. It was really a very rural area. I had never been anywhere, really, until I got out of high school. We just didn’t go places. We played baseball or I’d go to a local fiddle contest, things like that. But we were pretty sheltered. We had each other and we grew up playing together. But we’d been playing several years before we started trying to write songs. I think I started writing about my senior year of high school. Very little exists from those days. There weren’t very many keepers. But you have to start somewhere. I knew early on that I really enjoyed being able to sing something that I felt was mine. I really got a charge out of that, and my brother was the same way. By the time we had a band going in the early ‘90s, one of the guys who plays music with us—his name’s Junior Barber and he’s a great dobro player—he really encouraged us to write. He said, ‘That’s where you get your identity as a band, is doing your own songs.’ Even if some of our early efforts weren’t very good, they were at least ours.
It’s not that typical to have a group in bluegrass that writes, especially a group that has two songwriters.
Leigh: I have the most admiration for guys who write bluegrass songs that sound fresh and new...
Exclusive CD will feature guest artists joining in for some bluegrass fun
LEBANON, Tenn., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is pleased to let you know that the next CD in its exclusive music program will feature some of the biggest names in country music joining up with one of the most beloved bands on today's bluegrass scene, The Grascals. The album, The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, has 13 country music songs on it that you have probably heard before, but most likely not like this. The Grascals bring their own bluegrass style to the tunes and bring the different tracks to life with eight of their friends, including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Dolly Parton. The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin will be available on January 10th, 2011, exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations.
The bonus track, "I Am Strong," was written by Grascals band member Jamie Johnson and his wife Susanne Mumpower-Johnson along with Jenee Fleenor after The Grascals visited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® and were inspired by the stories and power of the children being treated there. "I Am Strong" is powerful in its message and artistic vision and brings together vocals from all of the artists who also appear separately with the Grascals on other tracks on this CD. In honor of the children and this song, Cracker Barrel is donating a percentage of the proceeds from this CD to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"The Grascals are steeped in bluegrass tradition and at the same time are in touch with their contemporary audiences, bringing authenticity as well as freshness to the music," said Chris Ciavarra, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cracker Barrel. "We are pleased to be able to offer our guests this unique CD as the latest album in our exclusive music program."
The Grascals are frequent guests at Cracker Barrel as it provides a welcome stop along the way when they are out touring, which is most of the year. Ask any of the six band members what they like to eat when they stop in and there is no hesitation in the responses: chicken n' dumplins, the Sunrise Sampler, turnip greens or pinto beans....the answers go on and on.
The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin will be the latest in Cracker Barrel's exclusive music program, which features numerous projects. In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson's Now & Then which features six of his current songs and live versions of six of his classics that were recorded last year. It debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart. September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which includes four #1 hits, and also released Mandy Barnett's Winter Wonderland, which offers up all the authentic sounds of the holiday traditions so many of us cherish. In July, the company released Craig Morgan's That's Why-Collector's Edition, and in May the release of Wynonna's Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February's release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions since its release on February 1st. Releases in 2009 included November's Songs of Love and Heartache by Alan Jackson, September's release of an exclusive new version of The Foundation by the Zac Brown Band, August's George Jones' release of A Collection Of My Best Recollection, May's release of Montgomery Gentry's For Our Heroes, which debuted at #5 on Billboard Magazine's Top Country Albums chart, and March's release of Dolly Parton's Collector's Edition of Backwoods Barbie, which debuted at #9 on that chart. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Bill Gaither, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.
Tracks on The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin:
1.Tiger By The Tail (with Brad Paisley)
2.Folsom Prison Blues (with Dierks Bentley)
3.Pain of Lovin' You (with Dolly Parton)
4.I Am Strong (with Dolly Parton)
5.Louisiana Saturday Night
6.The Year That Clayton Delaney Died (with Tom T. Hall)
7.White Lightning (with Darryl Worley)
8.The Devil Went Down To Georgia (with Charlie Daniels)
9.Leavin' Louisiana In Broad Daylight (with The Oak Ridge Boys)
10.Mr. Bojangles (with Joe Nichols)
11.Hank Williams Jr. Medley-Born To Boogie / All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight
12.Cracker Barrel Swing (Instrumental)
13.I Am Strong (Bonus Track) Featuring guest appearances by Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Charlie Daniels, Terri Clark, Randy Owen, Steven Seagal, Tom T. Hall, Joe Nichols and Ansley McLaurin
ROSINE, Ky. -- When William Smith Monroe was born on Sept. 13, 1911, few people other than the neighbors of James Buchanan "Buck" and Malissa Vandiver Monroe were aware of it.
After all, the baby, named for two of his uncles, was the eighth child born into the farm family on Ohio County's Jerusalem Ridge.
It was hardly news that Malissa Monroe was having another baby.
But the 100th anniversary of the birth of the man known as the "father of bluegrass music" will be a major event in Rosine, his hometown, and Owensboro, where an emergency appendectomy in 1921 saved Monroe's life.
"I think it's going to be very big for us," Karen Miller, executive director of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said recently. Full story here
Congratulations to Dailey & Vincent, who received their first Grammy
nomination, for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With
Vocals, for "Elizabeth" from "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler
To celebrate the season and their new Hymns From The Hills CD, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have scheduled a weekend of concerts, December 4th, 5th & 6th, and are also hoping to help those in need during the holidays.
The band is asking everyone to bring a non-perishable food donation to each of these concerts and in doing so, The Ramblers hope to gather a truckload of food to assist those less fortunate this holiday season. The concerts are as scheduled:
Friday, December 3 – Franklin, OH – Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers perform at Freedom Worship Center, 7 p.m. Freedom Worship Center is located at 90 Deardoff Road in Franklin. See www.freedomcog.com or call 937-704-9794.
Saturday, December 4 - Clifton, OH - Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers perform at the Clifton Opera House, 5 South Clay Street. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Historic Clifton is located just 7 miles south of Springfield on St. Rt. 72. See www.villageofclifton.com or www.cliftonoperahouse.com. Call 937-767-2343.
Sunday, December 5 – Springfield, OH – Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers perform at Middle Urbana Missionary Baptist Church, 5 p.m. Middle Urbana Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2605 Middle Urbana Road. See http://www.mumbchurch.org/
The Friday and Sunday church services are free of any admission other than the food donation, and the Saturday evening concert is only $10 at the door.
The church in Franklin, Ohio, is the home church of Adam McIntosh and his family. Adam is the band’s guitar player, a great vocalist and songwriter. The Springfield, Ohio, church is where Joe Mullins and his family have been active for many years.
Joe Mullins is a southwestern Ohio native who has been a recognizable banjo player, vocalist and radio broadcaster for 25 years. Mullins toured and recorded as a founding member of the band the Traditional Grass until 1995, when he purchased WBZI Radio in Xenia, Ohio. Mullins recorded and performed with the band Longview, earning Song of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the late 1990’s. Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers formed in 2006 and have been widely accepted the past few years, performing extensively in the US and Canada. The band’s personnel has not changed since they organized and includes Joe Mullins; banjo and vocals, Adam McIntosh; guitar and vocals, Mike Terry; mandolin and vocals, Evan McGregor; fiddle and vocals and Tim Kidd; bass.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers offer an entertaining and educational mix of quality bluegrass and gospel music. A professional yet relaxed and engaging presentation from the group features innovative banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar work, a good variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor. Joe Mullins' family history has helped shape his ability to offer an authentic bluegrass and Appalachian music experience to his listeners. His father, Paul Mullins, was an accomplished fiddler and bluegrass broadcaster who received an Ohio Heritage Fellowship in 2007 before his passing in 2008. Joe has presented bluegrass entertainment on hundreds of national stages (Merlefest, Telluride, the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, etc.) and at dozens of Ohio events recently with the Radio Ramblers.
To date, the band has recorded two CDs for Rebel Records. Rambler's Call was released earlier this year and the band's all -gospel project, Hymns From The Hills will be released February 1, 2011. Sirius XM will feature a World Premier of Hymns From The Hills during a "Track By Track" special that will air on Wednesday, December 29th at 11:00am EST with repeat performances on December 30th at 9:00pm EST, January 1st at 8:00am EST and January 2nd at 11:00am EST. The "Track By Track" special will include an interview with the band conducted by Kyle Cantrell and tracks from the CD in its entirety. For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, please visit http://www.radioramblers.com/.