Debut at #6 on Billboard’s Top 10 Album Chart – God Didn’t Choose Sides

album-cover-gdcs-200wRural Rhythm Records is extremely proud to announce the new album “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People” debuts at #6 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart. This special project has been all over Amazon Best Sellers charts over the last week – reaching #1 on the Folk/Traditional Folk numerous times and ranking as high as #115 in music for all genres.

Last week, Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction aired a Track by Track for the album. Host, Kyle Cantrell interviewed Sam Passamano (Executive Producer), Steve Gulley (Album producer) and Mark “Brink” Brinkman (Songwriter) where they discussed in detail the inspiration for the album, songs and artists that are part of this historic project.

“Feedback has been pouring in for weeks from listeners and music fans with congratulatory remarks about this meaningful album. So many people have poured their heart and soul into this project, so that means so much to all of us,” said Passamano.

Last month, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) presented a special benefit music event for the album that was held at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. This successful event included amazing and memorable performances by some of the top talents in bluegrass music.

The album, GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES includes performances by: Marty Raybon, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Carrie Hassler, Bradley Walker, Tim Stafford, Ronnie Bowman, Dave Adkins, Brad Gulley, and many more. Just some of the musicians on the album include: Ron Stewart, Adam Steffey, Justin Moses, Tim Stafford, Alan Bibey and Mark Fain. The talented songwriters include Paula Breedlove, Mark Brinkman, Brad Davis, Ray Edwards, Mike Evans, Terry Foust, Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford.

Please visit GodDidntChooseSides.com for additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians.

LMU & Abraham Lincoln Library Special Musical Event a Success

GROUP-500wOn February 22 Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) presented a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. The historic concert celebrated the new Rural Rhythm Records’ album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” with extraordinary performances by some of the top talents in bluegrass music.

Those in attendance could certainly feel the compassion of the songwriters while experiencing incredible performances by: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Dave Adkins, and the Gap Creek Quartet, Sierra Hull, Jason Burleson, Brandon Godman, Phil Leadbetter, Bryan Turner and Debbie Gulley.

albumcover-gdcs-400wGary Burchett, LMU Trustee exclaimed, “What a wonderful event! I was instantly taken by the title God Didn’t Choose Sides early in the planning process. Then it all came together when the awesome talent performed flawlessly. I am excited about the next in what I hope will be a long series of get-togethers.”

The album’s producer, Steve Gulley, also performed and served as host of the evening. “On the evening of February 22, the clock was turned back to the 1860’s for a special night of music and folklore, said Gulley. “Inside Mars Performing Arts Center at Duke Hall the music, laughter and tears flowed through the enthusiastic crowd as they enjoyed the music and stories from, God Didn’t Choose Sides. What a truly special night for me and everyone involved in the making of the music and planning of the event. It’s a night I will never forget and a memory I will always cherish.”

daleann-carrieThe album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. “The LMU live performance event at the Duke Hall of God Didn’t Choose Sides truly brought alive the stories behind the songs and people whose lives were impacted by the Civil War. These true stories about Amos Humiston, Jennie Wade, Carrie McGavock, John Burns and others should not be lost or forgotten and preserved for future generations” said Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records.

Not only was the live concert event a success, but radio stations have certainly welcomed this new album. Cindy Baucom, host of the popular Knee Deep in Bluegrass weekly syndicated radio program, recently featured numerous tracks from God Didn’t Choose Sides. For more information on the album, please visit

GodDidntChooseSides.com for interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians.

More Information The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
Located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the university houses one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world. The Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

Lincoln Memorial University & Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum Present “God Didn’t Choose Sides” A Special Musical Event

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on Friday, February 22.

The historic concert will celebrate the February 12 release of Rural Rhythm Records’ “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” album that coincides with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The concert and CD features some of today’s top artists including: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Rickey Wasson , Dwight McCall, Dave Adkins, and the Gap Creek Quartet. Supporting musicians include: Sierra Hull (mandolin), Jason Burleson (banjo), Brandon Godman (fiddle), Phil Leadbetter (dobro), Bryan Turner (bass) and Debbie Gulley (vocals). Mark “Brink” Brinkman will also provide a special songwriter segment.

The proceeds from the concert will benefit the ALLM and help fund a documentary on the project that is currently under development. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Two ticket options are available. A VIP experience includes a reception at the LMU President’s House before the concert, a copy of the CD, VIP seats at the show and a meet and greet with the musicians after the show. VIP tickets are available for $100. General admission tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at http://Alumni.lmunet.edu/concert.

album-cover-gdcs-200wThe album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. Also included on the recording is the traditional song “There is a Fountain” performed by the Gap Creek Quartet. It’s a collection of songs that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war; people who displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood. All but one track, “Legend of Jennie Wade”, on album were recorded, at least in part, at Steve Gulley’s The Curve Studio in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.

Accompanying the music is an extensive 16-page booklet filled with historical notes, photographs and lyrics. LMU and ALLM archivist Michelle Ganz provided historical content supervision and materials from the ALLM collection. Additional assistance was provided by ALLM Program and Tourism Director Carol Campbell and the historical booklet notes were provided by Jamie Lynn Brinkman.

Rural Rhythm Records has set up a dedicated site for the album that includes interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians.

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES: Civil War True Stories about Real People

cw_2012_01-300wRural Rhythm Records is proud to present a special event album GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES: Civil War True Stories about Real People.  The album release date is February 12, 2013 on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

There have been hundreds of books, movies and songs created about the battles, presidents, generals & heroes as told in our history books about the Civil War. However, rarely do we hear the stories on a personal level of the unsung heroes who gave their lives or had their lives totally turned upside down during the War Between the States, which has had such an important impact on our American culture and historical foundation.  Such people like Carrie McGavock, “Tod” Carter, John P. Parker, Jennie Wade, Amos Humiston, Nancy Hart, John Burns, Andrew Jackson Andrews and more.

GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES is the first release from a new series of albums that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war and displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood to their fellow Americans.

Project creator Sam Passamano, II explains; Even as a young child I have always been drawn to the events and people during the Civil War, probably because of the importance these years had on our American history and culture.  Being a second generation record executive and the president of Rural Rhythm Records I have had a dream for a long time to do a different type of Civil War album project.  There are many songs available about the popular military commanders, battles and the politics, but I wanted to focus on real stories about the common soldiers, citizens, slaves and immigrants whose lives, and the lives of those around them, were changed forever because of the Civil War…these true stories and people should not be forgotten or lost through the years”.

This new music series combines today’s top artists with new original songs written by some of today’s top songwriters, bringing to life real stories about important people, places and events during the Civil War.  Produced by Steve Gulley, GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES contains songs written by top Country, Bluegrass & Roots music songwriters; Paula Breedlove, Mark Brinkman, Brad Davis, Ray Edwards, Mike Evans, Terry Foust, Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford with performances by #1 hit artists including Marty Raybon, Russell Moore, Ronnie Bowman, Lonesome River Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Carrie Hassler, Bradley Walker, Tim Stafford, and more.  In addition, a who’s who list of award winning musicians were chosen to accompany these top vocalists including; Ron Stewart, Adam Steffey, Justin Moses, Tim Stafford, Alan Bibey and Mark Fain.

“God Didn’t Choose Sides has been a labor of love having taken over two years to create songs that would be worthy of the project. The songs not only had to be historically accurate, but would have to bring the soul, heart and emotion of these incredible people and times to life through music. All of the songwriters cared deeply about the songs and I can tell you we laughed, cried, felt humbled and had many bouts with chill bumps creating them. When you add many of the best vocalists on the planet and an incredible cast of musicians, the result is a magical, emotional and extremely powerful!” – Mark “Brink” Brinkman

Accompanying the 13 song album is an extensive 16 page booklet filled with historical notes, photographs and lyrics on the songs.  The historical content supervision and photographs for the album project was provided by the Carol Campbell and Michelle Ganz at Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum of Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN and the historical booklet notes were provided by Jamie Lynn Brinkman.

“I’m Almost Home” was written by Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford and performed by Steve Gulley.  The song has been sent to radio stations and is available now on AirPlay Direct.  The song is about Theodrick “Tod” Carter who grew up in the quiet village of Franklin, Tennessee.  In the Spring of 1861, Tod left a promising law career to follow his older brother into the Confederate Army.  In 1864, Tod found himself only a few miles from home.  Energized by the thought of seeing his family, Carter volunteered to lead the 20th Tennessee Infantry in a charge toward the Union lines entrenched just south of Franklin, shouting “follow me boys, I’m almost home!”  Tod was mortally wounded in the battle yards from his doorstep.  His father found him, and after three years away from home, he died in his front parlor surrounded by his family.

“This project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my musical career. It really serves as a group of portraits based on real-life events that help to define a unique, ironic, divisive time in American history. What I love about the music and group of songs is the fact that they are documented, real stories about real people, their struggles, faith and triumphs. Collectively, they form a snapshot of true Americana that allows you to not only hear, but see and feel every emotion in every song. I’m so proud to have helped create this great historical work of music.” – Steve Gulley, Album Producer/Featured Performer

This story and eleven other true stories about real people during the Civil War is what comprise GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES.  Rural Rhythm has set up a dedicated page for GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES which includes interviews about the album and additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians.

Rural Rhythm Records & BlueHighways TV Announce Showcase at Ernest Tubb Record Shop

Rural Rhythm Records and BlueHighways TV are proud to announce a live concert Showcase at Ernest Tubb Record Shop located at 417 Broadway, Nashville, TN.  The event takes place Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and admission is free.  This special concert is a selection of featured artists from the BEHIND THE DREAM™ Season 1 TV Show currently airing on BlueHighways TV.  The concert includes performances by:

7:00 pm – Darrell Webb Band

7:30 pm – Carrie Hassler

8:00 pm – Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press

8:30 pm – Marty Raybon

9:00 pm – Audie Blaylock & Redline

9:30 pm – The Roys

This Showcase event is just one of many special events and performances taking place next week during the popular International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention.  The week-long event includes the IBMA Business Conference and FanFest held at the Nashville Convention Center, plus the IBMA Awards Show held at the Ryman Auditorium. Music fans are encouraged to visit www.ibma.org for ticket and more information.

 

Renfro Valley Barn Dance Bluegrass Comes to the Valley Premieres on RFD-TV September 15

Ronnie Reno Renos Old Time Music
Ronnie Reno Renos Old Time Music
Ronnie Reno Renos Old Time Music

Renfro Valley Barn Dance

 

Renfro Valley Barn Dance Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the premiere of BLUEGRASS COMES TO THE VALLEY on RFD-TV  as part of Reno’s Old Time Music.  Ronnie takes a trip up to the Valley with some great music and history of Renfro Valley, Kentucky.  This two part show includes performances by: Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, and the Darrell Webb Band.

Part I premieres this weekend, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm Central / 7:00 pm Eastern.  Part II premieres Saturday, September 22 at 6:00 pm Central / 7:00 pm.  For more information including times in your area, please visit RFD-TV’s Program Schedule.

BLUEGRASS COMES TO THE VALLEY was produced by Lost Echoes Productions, LLC.  The event was supported by the Mt. Vernon-RockCastle County Tourist Commission and the City of Mt. Vernon.

For more information on Reno’s Old Time Music Festival and RFD-TV, please visit RFD.com.

 

Carrie Hassler’s Behind The Dream™ Show Airing Now on BlueHighways TV

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new episode of BEHIND THE DREAM™ with featured artist CARRIE HASSLER is now airing on BlueHighways TV.  Host Mike Scott interviews Carrie regarding her new album, THE DISTANCE.  This TV special also includes live performance video from Carrie’s recent CD Release Concert held in Pikeville, Tennessee.  For a complete programming schedule, please visit BlueHighwaysTV.com.

During the BEHIND THE DREAM™ special Carrie discusses the tracks that make up the album written by some of today’s top songwriters including: Carl Jackson, Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley, Mark Wheeler, Jennifer Strickland, Bobby K. Boyd and Ashley McBryde.  Tracks include: “Luxury Liner,” “All I Have To Do Is Breathe,” “Catch My Breath,” “Keep Your Memory Warm,” “Eugene & Diane,” “Give Me Love,” “Get Me Over You,” and “The Distance.”

“Great musicianship, great songs and a great voice make this album one to hear” is how Power Source Magazine describes THE DISTANCE. The album includes the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (guitar); Ron Stewart (banjo); Justin Moses (fiddle); Alan Bibey (mandolin); Mark Fain (bass); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (harmony vocals), and the album’s producer Steve Gulley (harmony vocals).

Carrie can also be seen on the upcoming Bluegrass Comes to the Valley TV Special.  The show is a part of Reno’s Old Time Music Festival and is scheduled to air in September on RFD-TV.

For more information on please visit CarrieHassler.com and RuralRhythm.  For media and booking request for Carrie Hassler, please contact HopeRiverEntertainment.com.

Carrie Hassler To Kick Off New Album At CD Release Block Party In Pikeville, TN April 28, 2012

Award-winning female vocalist, CARRIE HASSLER will kick off her new album, THE DISTANCE at a CD Release Block Party on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in downtown Pikeville, TN at 4:00 pm.  The event will include performances by DALE ANN BRADLEY, STEVE GULLEY, Harlan, Kentucky based national touring act and fellow Rural Rhythm Records label-mate, CUMBERLAND RIVER, and many more special guests.  This free event will take place in downtown Pikeville adjacent to Carrie’s family owned restaurant, LITTLE MAGGIE’S.

THE DISTANCE releases April 24, 2012 and showcases Carrie’s tremendous vocal talent which to date has produced #1 songs and chart hits around the world.  The album includes the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (guitar); Ron Stewart (banjo); Justin Moses (fiddle); Alan Bibey (mandolin); Mark Fain (bass); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (harmony vocals), and the album’s producer Steve Gulley (harmony vocals).

The songs on this special new project were especially written for Carrie by some of today’s top songwriters including:  Carl Jackson, Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley, Mark Wheeler, Jennifer Strickland, Bobby K. Boyd and Ashley McBryde.  Tracks include: “Luxury Liner,” “All I Have To Do Is Breathe,” “Catch My Breath,” “Keep Your Memory Warm,” “Eugene & Diane,” “Give Me Love,” “Get Me Over You,” and “The Distance.”

Fans will no doubt be thrilled to hear her wide range of musical styles that represent her incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to a hard driving bluegrass song.

Carrie’s previous albums on Rural Rhythm Records earned her a string of #1s on a wide variety of radio charts including: “I Can Go Back Anytime,”  “Faith & Hope,” “Country Strong,”  “Leaving You Behind,”  “Second Chances,” “Least That I Can Do,” along with Top 10 hits and fan favorites such as “Seven Miles From Wichita” and “Going on the Next Train.”

Carrie Hassler is nationally sponsored by Chattanooga, TN based company MOON PIE.  For more information on Carrie, please visit CarrieHassler.com and RuralRhythm.com.  For media and booking requests, please contact HopeRiverEntertainment.com.

“Luxury Liner” by Carrie Hassler now available to radio

Award-winning female vocalist, CARRIE HASSLER is gearing up for her upcoming album release, THE DISTANCE, by launching the first radio single, “Luxury Liner,” Tuesday March 6, 2012 via AirplayDirect.com.  “Luxury Liner” comes from Country Rock legend songwriter/artist Gram Parsons that Carrie beautifully transforms into a hard drivin’ bluegrass barn burner.

“Wow! Luxury Liner is a fantastic performance by Carrie Hassler. It’s great to receive new music by Carrie and hear her beautiful voice on such fresh and engaging material,” said Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Radio.

Carrie is joined on “Luxury Liner” by the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (Guitar); Ron Stewart (Banjo, Fiddle); Justin Moses (Dobro, Fiddle); Mark Fain (Bass); Alan Bibey (Mandolin); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (Harmony Vocals); and the album’s producer, Steve Gulley (Harmony Vocals).

THE DISTANCE includes a wide range of musical styles that represent Carrie’s incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to hard drivin’ Bluegrass hand-picked by Carrie herself.

Carrie’s previous albums on Rural Rhythm Records earned her a string of #1s plus a long list of numerous awards and recognitions.  Her hit singles include: “I Can Go Back Anytime” (#1 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, #1 UK Hot Disc); “Faith & Hope (#1 Power Source Magazine); “Country Strong” (#1 UK Hot Disc); “Leaving You Behind” (#1 SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Top 40); “Second Chances (Bluegrass Radio Network’s Top Picks of the Year); “Least That I Can Do” (Strictly Country Top Country Songs); along with Top 10 hits and fan favorites such as “Seven Miles From Wichita” and “Going on the Next Train.”

Please visit CarrieHassler.com for more information and upcoming album and video announcements.

Words & Music #II Video Released

Rural Rhythm Records unveiled the Word & Music Video, Part II featuring interviews conducted by Mark Newton with Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler and Audie Blaylock, and performance clips of: Russell Moore, Lou Reid and Audie Blaylock performing “Once More“; Carrie Hassler with Brand New Strings with special guest, Brandon Rickman performing “Head Over Heels“; Lonesome River Band and Audie BlaylockHold Whatcha Got“; and the Rural Rhythm All-Stars with “Graves Mountin Memories“. These special scenes were filmed June 4, 2010 during the Graves Mountain Festival of Music where the “THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN” was recorded.