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Marteka & William Lake are Making Pure Bluegrass

May 18, 2018 - 8:32am
Marteka N William Lake are siblings with a taste of Flatt & Scruggs. Marteka has studied the Scruggs style on banjo and is well versed in the method. Her younger brother, William, also caught on to the Flatt & Scruggs sound when he learning guitar and chose to follow Flatt’s thumb and finger style. While most in bluegrass today only follow the flat pick method of playing, this is not how Lester Flatt played. The two have a unique style in bluegrass that truly follows tradition and the sound of the genre’s most popular pioneer duo.

As they embark on their musical journey, the two have released their latest album, “PURE” Bluegrass. “PURE” Bluegrass is just that – pure bluegrass done in the bluegrass style that helped push the style of music to the forefront of the folk revolution of the early ‘60s. Marteka and William are continuing the traditional sound with a fresh young and energetic style. It is no wonder they have been all over social media and their videos are spread far and wide.

“PURE” Bluegrass is an exciting new project for them. Its pure bluegrass done in a pure way and consists of eleven tracks of traditional bluegrass songs. From the opening track of “Your Love is Like a Flower” the album wanders through old favorites like “Pike County Breakdown” to the last track, “Shortenin’ Bread” that just leaves you wanting more tracks. Each of the tracks fully showcases Marteka’s talent on the 5-string banjo and William’s Flatt style picking and vocals. Even his vocals even have that soft southern Flatt drawl that people grew to love about that sound. “PURE” Bluegrass is Flatt & Scruggs reincarnated.

The musicianship on “PURE” Bluegrass is what traditional bluegrass should sound like. Their music retains the soul of the genre without much of today’s spit & polish making much of today’s music almost sterile. Marteka and William kept the pure soul in the music on “PURE” Bluegrass.

Every song has been arranged to give it that pure Flatt & Scruggs feeling not really heard since the mid ‘60s. This is an exciting addition to bluegrass music’s roots and today’s sound all in one. This is their fifth release and shows a marked improvement since their debut. This is the future of bluegrass and as long as the young pick it up and advance it as Marteka and William are doing, the future of bluegrass is in good hands.

Pick up a copy of “PURE” Bluegrass and see why everybody is talking about these two young artists.

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Blue Highway Blazes New Trails Announcing Justin Moses as Newest Member

May 14, 2018 - 8:08pm

Bristol, VA/TN -- Blue Highway announced today the addition of heralded multi-instrumentalist JUSTIN MOSES to the 24-year strong supergroup. Moses will step up to the plate at Dobro, replacing departing Gaven Largent, who married his sweetheart over the weekend and will embark on new musical trails, including opening his own woodworking and resophonic guitar crafting shop in Virginia.

"Justin Moses is arguably the most versatile and talented bluegrass musician working in the business today," said Blue Highway co-founder and GRAMMY winner Tim Stafford. "He can sing all parts, and is an accomplished instrumentalist on mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and bass, as well as Dobro."

Justin's resume sparkles with superstars and legends. Moses has lived a musician's dream, sharing the stage with icons such as Clint Black, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Diffie, Jerry Douglas, Peter Frampton, and Barry Gibb. Justin appeared on the 2009 GRAMMY Nominated and IBMA Album of the Year winning release "Wheels" by Dan Tyminski, as well as "Music to My Ears" by Ricky Skaggs, among other prominent releases. Justin has toured with bands like Blue Moon Rising, NewFound Road, Band of Ruhks, The Dan Tyminski Band, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. He has appeared on prominent television shows such as The Today Show, Conan, The Marty Stuart Show, and The Grand Ole Opry.

Moses married the beautiful, multi-talented sweetheart of bluegrass, Sierra Hull, in 2017, merging two powerhouse musical talents. Sierra is a well-loved, accomplished mandolin player and vocalist, and GRAMMY Nominee. Justin and Sierra have several duo shows on schedule in 2018.

Moses is excited to continue his musical journey as the newest member of three-time GRAMMY Nominee and 27-time IBMA Award winning powerhouse Blue Highway. "I've had the good fortune to play with many of my heroes in the music business, but I'm truly beyond excited to have the opportunity to play with Blue Highway," said Justin Moses. "Blue Highway has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard them play!" The enthusiasm is shared among the members of Blue Highway, who can't wait to begin touring with Moses.

"Justin is an absolute beast on any instrument you put in his hands!" said Jason Burleson, Blue Highway's force on the five. "He's also a great singer, and a really nice guy. I'm really looking forward to working with him!"

"Justin is the dream band member: great guy, super talented on every instrument and vocal part, and dedicated," said Tim Stafford. "To say we're stoked to have him in the band is an understatement!"

"Justin is one of the most talented musicians in the music biz today," said Shawn Lane. "I've played music with him before, and enjoyed every second of it! I really look forward to making more music with him."

Shawn Lane and Justin Moses recently appeared together in Dan Tyminski's band on CBS-TV on The Late Show in support of Tyminski's new album "Southern Gothic."

The new team of Stafford, Taylor, Lane, Burleson, and Moses will debut on Saturday, June 2, at the iconic Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Blue Highway will play three shows at Dollywood's Celebrity Theater at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm. The band is revving up for their new team's debut -- five celebrated musicians coming together for an explosive Summer of touring, and the creation of a new Blue Highway album in studio. Blue Highway albums have rocked charts and stood the test of time, from their debut release of "It's a Long, Long Road" rising to earn IBMA Album of the Year honors in 1996, to their latest release "Original Traditional" on Rounder Records earning a 2017 GRAMMY Nomination.

"I've been a fan of Justin's for a long time, so getting to work side by side with him will be very exciting," said Hall of Famer Wayne Taylor. "Looking forward to what the future holds!"

"I've been around Blue Highway at events through the years, and have seen what great guys Shawn, Tim, Wayne, and Jason are," said Moses. "I really can't wait to get started!"

From the stage to the studio, Blue Highway's engines are stoked and ready to entertain loyal excited fans. Blue Highway's new turbo-charged musical engine will race starting on June 2 at Dollywood, followed by June 9 at HoustonFest, June 12 at Bean Blossom, and June 16 at Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Maine.

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Junior Sisk Releases Single “The Whiskey & The Guitar” from Upcoming Album

March 28, 2018 - 6:56pm

Willis, VA -- Junior Sisk is back at it with new music, available today on Mountain Fever Records. "The Whiskey & The Guitar" is the first single from an upcoming solo album due June 8th. The single drops to radio and is available to consumers today.

Crowned the International Bluegrass Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year in 2013, Junior Sisk has been consistently championing traditional bluegrass his entire career. With an armload of songs he's been collecting for some time, he went back into the studio to work on his first ever solo record, this time in Nashville, TN with producer Thomm Jutz and Mark Hodges at the helm.

"When I first started performing professionally, my goal was always to present traditional bluegrass," says Junior Sisk. "With the loss of so many great, traditional Bluegrass artists of late—Ralph Stanley, James King, Dave Evans, and Melvin Goins—I really want to make a strong effort to keep their sound alive, as well." That opportunity presented itself organically when Junior's long-time band, Rambler's Choice, had a change in personnel at the end of 2017. "When Jason Davis and Kameron Keller moved on to create a new band, I really felt like it was the perfect opportunity to regroup and put more focus on my original goal."

With Junior's vocals at the forefront, the solo album includes musicians Ashby Frank, Mark Fain, Justin Moses, Jason Carter, and Thomm, while incorporating more brother-style duet harmony on the majority of the material. To accomplish the goal, special guest vocalists include Tim Massey, Del McCoury, Marty Raybon, Tim Raybon, Daniel Salyer, as well as an appearance by bluegrass songbird Heather Mabe.

Written by Marc Rossi and Jeff Walter, the first single, "The Whiskey & The Guitar" is presented from the perspective of the two inanimate objects arguing over which the singer loves most. It's a battle of clever lyrics underscored by a peppy melody that masks the deeper sadness the listener will feel when they realize the song indicates the singer has no human connection with anyone.

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Ricky Skaggs Announced as 2018 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee

March 27, 2018 - 6:25pm

Nashville, TN -- This fall, a bronze plaque depicting 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and musician Ricky Skaggs will be added to the Rotunda wall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville. At a CMA-hosted press conference held this morning at the famed institution, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood announced Skaggs as one of three inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Later this year, Skaggs will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, along with the late Dottie West in the "Veterans Era Artist" category and the late Johnny Gimble in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" category.

"I was totally shocked, and I burst into tears when I heard that I was gonna be the newest inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame," says Skaggs. "When I came to Nashville in 1980, I came to play music and hopefully get a record deal. All of that happened, but I never dreamed that I'd ever be a member of this hallowed Hall. Why me, and why now was going through my mind."

Formal induction ceremonies for Skaggs, West, and Gimble will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater in the fall. Since 2007, the Museum's Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.

CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country music's highest honor.

"There are so many others that have inspired me, encouraged me, ones that I've truly learned from, and ones that have made such great contributions to Country and Bluegrass music," notes Skaggs. "I'm humbled and very grateful to soon be listed among my many heroes in this great Country Music Hall of Fame. What an incredible honor. Thank you Jesus, and thank you CMA."

Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler." The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, "Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder." Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits. For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit rickyskaggs.com.

The Country Music Association hosted a press conference in the famed Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Rotunda earlier today to announce the 2018 class of Country Music Hall of Fame inductees. Ricky Skaggs and the families of Johnny Gimble and Dottie West were on hand to accept the honor. Watch the livestream at CMA's YouTube Channel.

Gimble will be inducted in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the "Songwriter" and "Non-Performer" categories. Skaggs will join the "Modern Era Artist" category, while West will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category, bringing the total of members to 136.

Skaggs was present for the announcement. Gimble, who died in 2015, was remembered by his daughter Cyndy Gimble, son Dick Gimble, and granddaughter Emily Gimble, the latter two of which paid tribute with a performance of "Under the X in Texas." West, who died in 1991, was remembered by son Kerry West, granddaughter Tess Frizzell Bishop and longtime friend and Country Music legend Jeannie Seely.

Country Music Hall of Fame member, 13-time CMA Awards winner and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks, as well as three-time CMA Awards winner Trisha Yearwood hosted the press conference. Hall of Fame members Bobby Bare, Don Schlitz and The Oak Ridge Boys attended.

A formal induction ceremony for Gimble, Skaggs and West will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year. Since 2007, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.

CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music's highest honor.

Following the press conference, CMA hosted its 15th Annual Artist Luncheon. CMA Artist members in attendance were treated to a conversation between Skaggs and WSM Radio's Bill Cody, along with a special Q&A session moderated by Cody.

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1st Tuesday Music Night

 

Music Nights are free, and open to members and the general public. We offer live bluegrass and folk music beginning at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month.  Our opening spot gives upcoming bands the opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience. And, at 8:00 we feature one of our many talented San Diego and SoCal bands.   Come join us for an great evening of music.

 

Questions - contact us at info@northcountybluegrass.org

 

We meet at Round Table Pizza in Escondido, on the corner of Ash & Washington Streets. 1161 E. Washington Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (760)489-0191