Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
“Playing music is the easy part,” says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh as he looks back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do. “By the time we put this band together”—he’s talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over twenty-five years now—“I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go. Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces. So I didn’t have a preconceived notion that someday I’d be celebrating twenty-five years with IIIrd Tyme Out—but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life.”
As it turns out, while many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured. In the process, they’ve managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice—winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the three more years. Along the way, they’ve made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past… BLUEGRASSED by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and their latest self-produced album, It’s About Time, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever.
Fast Track is a band that formed following the retirement announcement of long time Cardinal Tradition band leader, David Parmley. Three of the four members decided to form the band and sought out to fill the remaining spots, mandolin and guitar, seeking instrumentalists who were also strong vocalists. Wow, did that ever work in their favor.
The five members of Fast Track are not only all highly decorated in awards from the IBMA and SPBGMA organizations, but are also veteran players on the Grand Ole Opry stage, across the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. Between all of the gentlemen, they have performed with, recorded on and participated in countless projects with bluegrass and country music royalty throughout their most impressive careers.
The Fast Track members are: Dale Perry (banjo, bass vocals), Steve Day (fiddle, vocals), Ron Spears (bass, vocals), Jesse Brock (mandolin, vocals), and Duane Sparks (guitar, vocals). The band has already compiled their list of music from favorite songwriters, as well as original music they have written, that they will be choosing from for a project set to begin recording immediately, with an EP to be released after the first of the year. That highly anticipated release can not come to soon according to the overwhelming support and encouragement the band has already received from their fans in the bluegrass community.
Alecia Nugent grew up surrounded by traditional bluegrass music, but later created her sound combining it with a traditional country style. Her father started the Southland Bluegrass Band the year Nugent was born, and by the time she was in her teens, became the groups lead singer. By the end of the '90s she had built a loyal following in and around her home state of Louisiana and one of them – Mississippi bluegrass promoter Johnny Stringer – eventually offered to bankroll a solo album that would spotlight her interpretive genius. Given free rein in choosing a producer, she chose grammy winning producer Carl Jackson. With Jackson onboard as producer, a recording deal with Rounder Records and an A-Team of bluegrass musicians backing her up, Nugent made top notch albums including Alecia Nugent (2004) A Little Girl, A Big Four Lane (2006) and Hillbilly Goddess (2009). By the time 2010 rolled around, however, Nugent had left the scene. Family life and more had changed her plans. It was time to go home.
A decade later, Nugent is awaiting the release of her new project with grammy winning producer and songwriter Keith Stegall titled “The Old Side of Town” including the bluegrass single “They Don’t Make ‘em Like My Daddy”. New producer, new project, and new single can only mean one thing...Nugent will be touring again in hopes that the Bluegrass and Americana fans will welcome her back with open arms.
Eddie Sanders is a world-class Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist from McAlester, Oklahoma. Eddie was born into southwest bluegrass royalty, and his father is legendary bluegrass festival and concert promoter, Freddie Sanders. The Sanders Family Bluegrass Festival in McAlester was one of the biggest and best bluegrass festivals west of the Mississippi, and one of the favorite venues for bluegrass acts Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers, Lewis Family, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley and nearly every major bluegrass act of the last 40 years. The McAlester festivals were shaped and guided by his major bluegrass influences: Mac Wiseman, Larry Sparks and The Osborne Brothers. He also developed the professionalism that he learned from the best acts in the business, and also learned the power of a song and a love for original material. Eddie was also strongly influenced by Merle Haggard and Gene Watson and soon started writing his own songs.
For many years Eddie Sanders was guitarist and lead vocalist with the widely-acclaimed band, “Signal Mountain”. Eddie’s fellow bandmates included: Shawn Camp (IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Earls of Leicester); Dennis Crouch (Elton John, Elvis Costello); Billy Joe Foster (Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs); Tim Crouch (The Whites, Mike Snider); and southwest bluegrass luminaries Donny Catron; Don McAfee; and The Bonham Brothers, Virgil and Glen! One of the finest bluegrass bands of that era to be sure!
Eddie’s songwriting skills increasingly brought him to Nashville for songwriting sessions with Shawn Camp, Ronnie Bowman, Dennis & Tim Crouch, Glen Duncan and Adam Engelhardt. Eddie wrote The Del McCoury Band’s hit single, “You Could Be Me”. Kix Brooks & Wayne Toups recorded a duet “Down Where The River Ends”, penned by Eddie and Shawn Camp.
Eddie’s work, both as a singer and a songwriter, combines the best elements of the old and the new. With a family tradition steeped in the history of bluegrass music, and influenced by the best of what has come along since, Eddie Sanders’ new recorded songs are a powerful statement of what the best bluegrass music has always been, and what the best bluegrass music will be in years to come.
APPALACHIAN ROAD SHOW
Appalachian Road Show combines the award-winning talents of lead singer and banjoist Barry Abernathy, tenor singer and mandolinist-extraordinaire Darrell Webb, grammy award winning fiddler and producer Jim VanCleve, and legendary upright bassist, Todd Phillips. on guitar is Zeb Snyder, a young phenom who has taken acoustic guitar circles by storm.
The group seeks to honor the music, traditions and history of the great Appalachian people and regions, as much as it does to forge its own fresh musical and entertainment trails – each endeavor infused with an authenticity and vitality borne of their Appalachian roots. Come join us for a spell.
Tim Crouch and Dennis Crouch
"The Arkansas brothers are veteran grassers of many years, Tim on the fiddle and Dennis on bass. Between the two of them, the Crouch brothers have worked for just about everyone who has passed through Nashville. Tim got his start fiddling with Jim & Jesse as a Virginia Boy when he was just 19 years old, and has since added his bow work to country and bluegrass records for everyone from Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss to Dierks Bentley and Charlie Pride.
Dennis quickly made a mark when he moved to Nashville by co-founding the side project group, The Time Jumpers, who continue to crank out high quality country and western swing music in Music City. He’s also played with most every bluegrass outfit in town, and has recorded with Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash, and Ralph Stanley among many others including Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Dale Ann Bradley, and Darrell Scott." -Bluegrass Today
Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express
Whenever you hear a bluegrass mandolin player today, you are likely listening to someone influenced by Bobby Osborne’s groundbreaking work. Flowing fiddle tunes, cascades of fiddle-oriented notes, chicken-picking guitar-influenced licks, a right-hand technique based on fiddle bowings no one else has even gotten close to, and above all, Bobby’s own ingenious innovations all melded into a style that fans the world over can now recognize as pure Bobby Osborne.
"Bobby Osborne is an American Legend still at the top of his game. He is an International Bluegrass Music Association Hall Of Fame member still producing some of the greatest music of his long-storied career. His is a voice that changed the course of bluegrass and country music. He is, above all, an artist who still lives by his creed of preparation, innovation, and determination." - Glen Duncan
Bobby named his current band, The Rocky Top Express, in honor of the hit that launched him into the big time. One of the five biggest bluegrass hits of all time, and designated an official state song for Tennessee, “Rocky Top” remains required material in the repertoire of any amateur country and bluegrass band. Forty years after its initial chart success, “Rocky Top” remains a bluegrass classic and a true country standard.
Joe Hott & The Short Mountain Boys
In 2012, Joseph founded a trio called “The Short Mountain Brothers” consisting of Guitar, Banjo, and a Bass. The Short Mountain Brothers were an inspirational group bringing back the old time Gospel favorites, along with other old time traditional bluegrass tunes. After recording 3 albums, the trio changed its direction and added new Banjo and Mandolin players. At this time, the also changed their name to what it is now. They continue to keep inspirational music alive in a traditional Bluegrass style. You’ll hear many old time favorites as they bring back to life the old original Bluegrass songs that many of you still love to hear. The name of the group comes from where Joseph was born and raised. A mountain that’s geographically “short” sits just behind his home and is very well known by the locals as ‘Short Mountain.’ Joseph’s home is the same place where his great Grandfather first settled in the early 1920’s when he moved from Virginia. The house they moved into still stands today. It was built sometime in the mid 1700’s long before West Virginia was a state. The history and love of the primitive way of life is what gives Joseph his unique sound. He hopes to be able to share his unique sound and history through old time music.
Singer/Songwriters of bluegrass and country music. They have traveled the eastern states, Canada and Germany They have recorded many tunes they have written on over 35 records. Their newest CD is titled '45 Years' marking the number of years they have been in bluegrass music.
Virgil and Glen started as young boys in southeastern Oklahoma by joining the band their father was in. Over the years they have traveled to Canada and Germany between them. Banjoist Mickey Flatt, one of the finest and learning from the greats, Sonny Osborne and placing the bluegrass banjo sound that is needed and adding baritone vocals. Bassist Clifford Parrett, gives the solid driving sound and adding tenor vocals. A former member of a National Dixieland Jazz band performing on David Letterman.