Uncle Dave Macon Days to Present Award To TN Mafia Jug Band

tnmjbUncle Dave Macon Days (July 11-13, 2014)

Cannonsburgh Village
312 S. Front Street, Murfreesboro, TN


Festival Gates Open: 8:00 a.m.

Awards: 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 11 (Main Stage)
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Roland White will play from the conclusion of the awards ‘til 7p.m.

Shameless purveyors of old time music (and equally old time humor), The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band(www.tennesseemafiajugband.com) is one of the three recipients of the TRAILBLAZER AWARD at Uncle Dave Macon Days.

The jug band has toured the world and played the Grand Ole Opry, Music City Roots and other prestigious stages. They are frequent guests on Marty Stuart’s RFD-TV show. The award is bestowed on artists for contributions to old-time music and in recognition of performance and preservation efforts. Also being honored as TRAILBLAZER AWARD winners are bluegrass mandolin master,Roland White, and a member of the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, banjo player and humorist, Leroy Troy.


Additionally, Uncle Dave Macon Days organizers are expected to announce the reinstatement of the jug band competition, which was discontinued several years ago. This competition will return the annual old time music festival in 2015 and will be named for Lester A. Armistead, founding member of the Tennessee Mafia Jug band, who passed away this Spring after a short battle with cancer. Armistead was well known among Bluegrass, Acoustic and Americana artists.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band CREDITS:

  • Four (4) albums
  • Soundtrack of Faye Dunaway’s movie “Yellowbird”
  • Provided entertainment for the society wedding of Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie
  • Historic Ryman Auditorium New Year’s Eve Bash
  • Bean Blossom, Indiana
  • The famous Carter Family Fold in Hiltons Virginia
  • Toured Europe
  • Performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC
  • Grand Ole Opry


Music for Seniors

Pictured (from left) Craig Duncan, Kathy Chiavola and Mark Barnett perform their “Red, White & Bluegrass” tribute at FiftyForward J.L. Turner Center for July’s monthly FREE Concert event.

Established music program becomes an  independent non-profit arts organization

Nashville, TN — Middle Tennessee has a new “old friend” in the arts.

Music for Seniors launched July 1, 2007 as a program affiliate of FiftyForward, (a long-standing Nashville-based nonprofit providing innovative services for adults 50+). Together, FiftyForward Executive Director, Janet Jernigan, Music for Seniors founder and Executive Director, Sarah Martin McConnell, have announced that the unique music program will begin operations as an independent non-profit arts organization effective July 1, 2014.

In its seven year history, Music for Seniors has evolved from a start-up program with just a handful of musicians delivering monthly performances to two senior centers, into a robust arts organization serving and entertaining seniors at 50 Middle Tennessee locations.  The organization currently schedules and delivers an average 57 performances to over 1,200 seniors monthly.


As a program affiliate of FiftyForward, Music for Seniors was recognized (in 2012) as a finalist for the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence Award. With that strong foundation, Music for Seniors is now ready to stand on its own as a 501c3 arts organization.


“Music for Seniors will forever be grateful to Janet Jernigan, FiftyForward’s Executive Director, and to the entire staff of this fine agency,” says McConnell. “Believing in our vision, FiftyForward has offered Music for Seniors a solid foundation of nonprofit management skills, fiscal oversight and wise counsel, while also providing us immeasurable opportunities for wide-spread community exposure, funding and recognition.”


Janet Jernigan adds her thoughts on the transition of Music for Seniors from a program of FiftyForward to an independent non-profit arts organization.


“Music for Seniors has been an important part of FiftyForward. Since Sarah Martin McConnell initiated the grassroots effort seven years ago, it has brought notes of sunshine and excitement into the lives of thousands of older adults in the Middle Tennessee area.”


Participating musicians, songwriters and performers are trained through an orientation program and paid for their performances. Music for Seniors produces a public FREE Daytime Concert Series in addition to its many monthly outreach performances to senior groups at centers, nursing homes and residence communities.


As an independent agency, Music for Seniors has a goal to extend its mission throughout the state and, ultimately, to other parts of the country as well.


“I would love to share this concept with other cities and senior organizations,” McConnell says. “Music truly is the universal language.  Its power to heal and restore, and to connect older adults with caregivers, loved ones and memories cannot be overstated.”


For more on Music for Seniors, visit www.musicforseniors.org


Award-Winning Duo THE ROYS Gear Up For September Release Of Fourth Studio Album, THE VIEW

The Roys_The ViewAward-winning brother/sister Bluegrass duo, THE ROYS, continue their creative momentum as they gear up for the September release of their fourth studio album, THE VIEW.   The highly-anticipated project offers the truest representation of THE ROYS’ unique sound to date, and builds upon the duo’s success as songwriters, introducing 11 of their new compositions.  The brand new album is fueled by the loving, upbeat first single, “No More Lonely,” released to radio on June 10 and commercially to fans on June 24 via digital vendors including:  iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus, Rhapsody and eMusic.  THE VIEW, a Rural Rhythm Records’ release, gives listeners THE ROYS’ most organic project yet, and features a fan-appealing mix of traditional Bluegrass, Country and Gospel.

The duo’s previous RRR release, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN (2013), helped to secure Lee and Elaine’s place on the global Bluegrass stage.  In addition to earning the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Album Chart for the month of October 2013, the album jumped back up to the chart’s #2 spot last month.  The reigning three-time Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Bluegrass Artist of the Year award winners proved their radio-friendly consistency with GYPSY, and look to further expand their appeal with THE VIEW.

In collaboration with some of today’s hottest songwriters, including Steve Dean, Larry Alderman, Jenee Fleenor and Keesy Timmer, as well as Country star Josh Thompson, THE ROYS are once again poised to take their listeners on an amazing musical journey.  Exploring a vast array of human emotions, THE VIEW resonates with diversity as it traverses the highs and lows of life.  From the inspirationally-celebratory Mended Wings” to the heartbreak of goodbye found in “Heaven Needed Her More,” to the powerfully poignant look at the life of an Alzheimer’s patient found in“Sometimes,” the duo tackles uncommon topics with grace, compassion and insight.  Throughout the album, they are ably backed by band members Clint White (fiddle), Daniel Patrick (banjo) and Erik Alvar (bass).

The siblings teamed up with Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry icon “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson to compose the disc’s title track.  The song eulogizes Lee and Elaine’s grandparents’ final resting place at Saint Mary’s in New Brunswick, Canada.  The lyrics and melody paint images of the small church overlooking the river so masterfully that one might ask if it is the view God sees while looking out his own window.

“Elaine and I poured our souls into this project,” Lee admits as he climbs aboard the bus for another whirlwind festival season.  “We focused hard on writing what was in our hearts, used our band throughout, and recorded and produced it in our studio.  It’s a bit unnerving to throw so much of ourselves out there, but we wanted this album to tell THE ROYS’ story,” he explains.

For Elaine, this project was a natural evolution.  “For years, our fans have been telling us they really love the songs we write,” she notes.  “We really wanted to explore that.  Creatively involving the band in recording the album has helped us gel as performers and broadened a foundation we can continue to build upon.  This album, more than anything we’ve done so far, has our signature on it – from beginning to end.  We are very proud and excited for our fans to hear it,” Elaine adds enthusiastically.

Track listing:

1.  “No More Lonely”

2.  “Those Boots”

3.  “Heaven Needed Her More”

4.  “Sometimes”

5.  “Live The Life You Love”

6.  “The View”

7.  “No More Tears Left To Cry”

8.  “Northern Skies”

9.  “Black Gold”

10. “Mended Wings”

11. “Mandolin Man”

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You can catch The Roys at the following locations/venues:

Jul 15 Mineral Wells, WV – West Virginia Interstate Fair & Expo

Jul 24-27 Twin Lakes, WI – Country Thunder

Aug 03 Athens, OH – Athens County Fair

Aug 07-08 Richmond, MN – Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival

Aug 09 Anita, IA – Oak Tree Opry

Aug 16 Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Aug 20 Staunton, VA – Bluegrass in the Park

Aug 22-23 Rogersville, NB, Canada – Rogersville Bluegrass Festival

Aug 25-26 New Richmond, Quebec, Canada – New Richmond Bluegrass Festival

Aug 28-29 New Richmond, Quebec, Canada – New Richmond Bluegrass Festival

Sep 20 Morehead, KY – Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Sep 27 Manteo, NC – Outer Banks Island Bluegrass Festival

Oct 01-04 Raleigh, NC – IBMA Convention

Oct 10 Rio Grande, OH – Bob Evans Bluegrass Festival

Oct 19 Orange Park, FL – Orange Park Fall Festival

Nov 01 McKinney Performing Arts Center – McKinney, TX

Nov 14 Crystal River, FL – St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Nov 22 Dunnellon, FL – Withlacoochee River BGF

Dec 13 Pigeon Forge, TN – Christmas in the Smokies

Jan 08-12, 2015 - Tampa, FL – Danny Stewart Bluegrass Cruise

Jan 18 Ft Lauderdale, FL – The Country Music Cruise


Singer/Songwriter @KurtThomasBand Steps Onto The National Stage With Country Single

Rising Country Star Debuts with “Kick Back (with a bottle of Jack)” July 1

Kurt Thomas BandNashville, TN  — Georgia native, Kurt Thomas, purchased his first guitar for $80 from his friend, musician Zac Brown. The two used to play local gigs together in their home state, before Brown went on to form his multi-award winning band. Recently, Kurt Thomas opened for his old pal at Atlanta’s Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood.

“I’ve had the honor of opening for Zac’s band before, but it’s always a thrill,” Thomas says. “I just admire that guy so much. His band is amazing and they’ve earned every accolade that’s come their way.”


Kurt has been garnering accolades of his own. His 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest gave him the opportunity for many of those opening appearances. Kurt later won CMT’s Music City Madness, a nationwide contest that lead to Kurt’s performance on CMT’s Unplugged Studio 330 as well as a mentorship with Grammy-award winner, Randy Travis.


Now, the small town troubadour, signed to Radar Live, is set to release his debut national single, the rockin’ Country tune, “Kick Back (with a bottle of Jack)” on July 1st through Syntax Creative.


The small town life that Kurt enjoyed growing up in Dahlonega weaves its way into his music with themes of hard work, faith, love and appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. After buying that first guitar, Kurt went on to record four CD’s and has opened for some of the biggest names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Darius Rucker, as well as the Zac Brown Band. He’s also appeared on the nationally syndicated Music City Roots Show.

Whether performing old favorites or his own original tunes, (many of which have been co-written with Nashville’s elite songwriters), Kurt has the unique ability to captivate an audience with his rich and resonant voice. It is a voice that Country fans are bound to hear – and love – more and more.

For more on Kurt, visit www.kurtthomasmusic.com

Italian Artist Andrea Remondini Releases “Non Sequitur”

Andrea Remondini courtesy of Independent Music Promotions

Andrea Remondini courtesy of Independent Music Promotions

Classical music and instrumental compositions have always been some of my all time favorites. I believe this young man can be placed among the greats.

His inspiring gifts wrap you warmly in the melodies and take you on magical journeys through the mystical lyrics of life.

If you wanted to put him in a category or a genre you might say he is “progressive instrumental synth pop.” I say he’s amazing. Continue reading