1

What Matters Most to Balsam Range is Still a Song

What Matters Most to Balsam Range is Still a Song

Even with all the awards and the #1 hits throughout more than a decade of steady success, for two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Balsam Range what matters most is still a song, a message, a distinctive sound and a compelling performance. And though the western North Carolina quintet is known as a bluegrass band par excellence, they’ve always escaped easy categorization; just when you think you’ve got them pegged, they’ll surprise you once again. Such is the case with Moxie and Mettle, their new album  from Mountain Home Music Company

The album includes the band’s four most recent singles, each of which topped the bluegrass charts, and a new focus track for radio, rounded out by a collection of songs that reveal a group at the height of its powers — and one intent on speaking to the broad range of human experience.  


“Highway Side,” the new emphasis track, underlines the point in typical Balsam Range fashion, marrying a Rashomon-like glimpse of a driver passing a hitchhiker to a propulsive bluegrass beat that delivers the song’s empathetic message — “I wonder how did he get there…Something tells me he and I are the same” —through strong harmonies, deft picking and an irresistible sing-along chorus.  

In “Richest Man,” the same observation of shared humanity is revealed through a contrast between material wealth and other kinds of abundance. The group’s first single since their chart-topping Aeonic album, it asserts what we all have in common, especially at a moment when our universal humanity has never been more apparent. “Rivers, Rains and Runaway Trains,” on the other hand, offers a more narrowly drawn portrait from the pen of IBMA Songwriter of the Year, Milan Miller, and frequent co-writer Beth Husband; its depiction of a man long habituated to careful planning who finds his world turned upside down by a whirlwind romance is at once powerful and intimate. Similarly, “Santa Barbara,” another #1, places the spotlight on a lone individual — here a man who’s too self-aware to deny the gap between the life he lives and the one he wants, or to deny his own responsibility for the difference.  

Standing at the center of the project is the fourth advance single to go to #1, and the source of the album’s title. An emotional meditation on meeting hard times with perseverance and spiritual courage — “one part moxie [and] another part mettle”— “Grit and Grace” is a continuation of the tradition of reflecting genuine trials and the qualities it takes to overcome them, a heartfelt response to life’s struggles that gains its strength from the sense of community and values shared by both the band and their fans.

Keith Barnacastle
The Bluegrass Standard Magazine
Turnberry Records and Management
12168 Turnberry Dr
Rancho Mirage, Ca. 92270
760-883-8160




Bluegrass Powerhouse Sideline’s Album, Ups, Downs and No Name Towns Reaches New Heights

Bluegrass Powerhouse Sideline’s Album, Ups, Downs and No Name Towns Reaches New Heights

Bluegrass powerhouse Sideline’s newest full length album, Ups, Downs and No Name Towns, finds the celebrated sextet — recipients of 2019’s International Bluegrass Music Association Song Of the Year award for their hit song, “Thunder Dan” and a group known for their distinctively stylish and explosive bluegrass that has netted them chart-topping singles and well-received albums — reaching new heights with a set that includes the kind of hard-hitting arrangements of classics that brought them acclaim in the first place, yet focuses on new material, chosen and delivered by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say.

The album’s title, drawn from “Old Guitar Case,” not only describes the band’s journey, but also acknowledges the recent struggle of the music industry — and especially its professional touring musicians — to cope with a months-long, pandemic-driven shutdown.  Through the song’s depiction of the details of a road musician’s life, it reveals profound truths about journeys of hardship and triumphs, victories and defeats — all undertaken with the aim of reaching new heights as the music and the community it builds continue to grow.

“In the musical slump caused by the shutdowns of 2020, Sideline decided to pull together and start on a new project. We had time, we had each other, and we decided to put it all to work in a way we had never done before,” says Skip Cherryholmes. “The inspiration and variety that make up this project really relate directly to the ‘Ups and Downs’ we were dealing with in real time. Working together to find ways to survive and remain relevant, while receiving dozens of calls day after day for canceled work — this became a whole new full-time, emotionally exhausting job. I truly feel that all of these experiences played the biggest part in the development of the music for this project. It affected every bit of attention and care to capture each performance exactly how we felt it, all the way down to the cover concept. In so many ways this tattered old guitar case represents the beating our band and career took through the pandemic. The fact that it still stands symbolizes our resilience and ability to persevere. Ups, Downs, and No Name Towns is by far the most musically developed project we’ve recorded to date, but it is also the most connected and inspired effort we’ve ever experienced, personally or musically.”

Keith Barnacastle
The Bluegrass Standard Magazine
Turnberry Records and Management
12168 Turnberry Dr
Rancho Mirage, Ca. 92270
760-883-8160




“Slowly Getting out of Your Way”: Full Album Slated for Release in Early 2022

“Slowly Getting out of Your Way”: Full Album Slated for Release in Early 2022

Pinecastle Records is excited to announce the addition of critically-acclaimed Bluegrass group Nick Chandler and Delivered to its roster. To celebrate the newly inked deal, the North Carolina based band just released their brand new single, “Slowly Getting You Out Of The Way,” which is available for download and streaming today.

“I am so excited about the new partnership with Pinecastle Records. To share a label with the biggest names in Bluegrass is such an honor,” says Nick Chandler. “I am really looking forward to working with Lonnie Lassiter, Ethan Burkhardt and the whole Pinecastle team. Pinecastle Records is a great fit for Nick Chandler and Delivered.”

“Slowly Getting You Out Of The Way” is a hard-driving tune that stays true to the group’s signature sound which has catapulted them over the years. The lyrics focus on heartbreak and most importantly, moving on. The song was written by the late Randall Hylton, who has penned songs for Bluegrass legends like Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson and the Lewis Family. The breakup anthem has become a Bluegrass staple over the years, being covered by multiple artists.

“We’re very excited to help grow the momentum that Nick Chandler and Delivered have created,” says Pinecastle Records CEO Ethan Burkhardt. “They will be a perfect fit on our Pinecastle roster, and we’re all very excited to get their music out there, and help build their brand! The upcoming music they’re working on is something that stays true to their sound and we really believe people will love.”

Stay tuned for more information about Nick Chandler and Delivered’s upcoming project, set for release in early 2022. 

Keith Barnacastle
The Bluegrass Standard Magazine
Turnberry Records and Management
12168 Turnberry Dr
Rancho Mirage, Ca. 92270
760-883-8160




Renaissance Crosses Multiple Genres While Staying True to the Valerie Smith Sound

Renaissance Crosses Multiple Genres While Staying True to the Valerie Smith Sound

Renaissance crosses through multiple musical genres while still staying true to the Valerie Smith sound that encompasses an acoustic flair with a touch of bluegrass and all with exceptional musicianship. The album was meticulously crafted and features her long-time band Liberty Pike and esteemed guests, including Andy Leftwich, Rob Ickes, Donna Ulisse, Jerry Salley. There’s even a stirring number featuring Gospel greats, The McCrary Sisters.  The advanced single “I Found” debuted at #5 on the Roots Music Report chart, #7 on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart, and #8 on the FAI Folk DJ Chart for June 2021.

The album is called Renaissance because in looking at the world and herself, Smith has been reborn. With themes including self-worth and acceptance and songs about love, finding love, acceptance, and regret, the project signifies the journey Smith has made in her life with optimism to which others can relate. The album includes upbeat, happy songs that encourage the listener to move to the groove and lush ballads with meaningful lyrics and melodies that grab the soul. Two songs were written by Smith, and the remaining selections were carefully chosen from the works of other seasoned writers to best express what she wanted to say.

Originally from Missouri and now based in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, Valerie Smith is an American roots artist and songwriter with a unique style and sound. She has rocked the bluegrass world for almost two decades with a string of national and international tours, critically acclaimed recordings, Grammy, IBMA, and Dove Award nominations. When you listen to Smith’s unique and expressive voice, you can hear influences from bluegrass, blues, gospel music, and even Broadway show tunes. Her range is expansive, and she conveys a fantastic array of emotions.

Smith has been touring and recording with her band Liberty Pike for 30 years, and she has 18 albums to her credit. She has appeared on various television shows, including Ronnie Reno’s, the Bluegrass Underground, Song of the Mountains, PBS, and more. Smith’s hit single, “Red Clay Halo” (Gillian Welch and David Rawlings), climbed the Bluegrass Unlimited, Country Music, and Americana reporting charts, receiving heavy radio airplay for five years. BU included the song in their list of the top 60 songs of the decade. Her 2020 single “From A Distance” (Julie Gold), featuring Claire Lynch and Irene Kelly, hit #1 in July of 2020 and spent an entire year on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana Chart as well as hitting # 2 for 2 months on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ Chart.

In addition to producing Renaissance during the pandemic, Smith has also written and recorded Maggie’s Journal,  a Bluegrass-Folk opera based on her great-grandmother’s diary (release to be announced). In addition to many upcoming tour dates, Valerie continues to create music released by Bell Buckle Records. Bell Buckle Records, Media, and Radio houses various talented artists, radio shows and creates video productions.

Keith Barnacastle
The Bluegrass Standard Magazine
Turnberry Records and Management
12168 Turnberry
Dr Rancho Mirage, Ca. 92270
760-883-8160




Fast rising singer and songwriter Jaelee Roberts releases video of her latest single, “Think Again.”

Fast rising singer and songwriter Jaelee Roberts releases video of her latest single, “Think Again.”

The song, penned by a couple of veteran Music Row hitmakers, Marla Cannon-Goodman and Shane Stockton, is a well-crafted excursion into the country side of bluegrass that suggests once again that Roberts has a rare degree of interpretive conviction and depth for a singer just emerging from her teens.

Produced by Balsam Range’s award-winning bassist, Tim Surrett, the ballad features a top-shelf group of musicians—IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Alan Bibey, Steve Martin Prize-winning banjo player Kristin Scott Benson, veteran country and bluegrass fiddler Jimmy Mattingly and guitarist Tony Wray, plus Surrett himself — who provide subtle, sympathetic backing. Still, it’s Roberts herself whose emotionally complex performance stands front and center, as she reels off a series of warnings to a newly minted ex, starting with the song’s devastating opening lines: “If you’re thinkin’ that the lights that you’re seein’ down the road comin’ ’round the bend / Belong to me, better think again”

“I heard ‘Think Again’ for the first time a couple of years ago and I knew immediately that I had to record it! I love how the songwriters (Marla Cannon-Goodman and Shane Stockton) told such a vivid story… songs that you can ‘see’ and ‘feel’ are my favorite!” Roberts told The Bluegrass Situation. “I had so much fun during the filming (I really loved driving the convertible and the drone was awesome) and I am SO excited to be able to bring this song to life in my very first music video. There are a couple of lines in the lyrics where the video and the song really connected: ‘If you’re standin’ at the screen door, heart laid open out in your hand’ and ‘I’m gonna find a spot to pull off on the shoulder’ — watch for those scenes in the video. I’m just really thankful I got to record ‘Think Again’ and I sure hope everyone enjoys the video for it!”

Keith Barnacastle
The Bluegrass Standard Magazine
Turnberry Records and Management
12168 Turnberry Dr
Rancho Mirage, Ca. 92270
760-883-8160

 




NAMM Nashville Combined with Anaheim for 2022

NAMM Nashville Combined with Anaheim for 2022

Transformation Awaits: The NAMM Show Announces Return to Anaheim in June 2022

– Global industry homecoming to present three days of transformative business opportunities, know-how and connections at once-in-a-lifetime gathering –

Today, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) announced that The NAMM Show, the annual “family reunion” of the global music, sound, and entertainment technology industry, will reconvene in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 3–5, 2022. Previously scheduled for January 20–23, the new dates will offer global industry leaders, buyers, sellers, music educators, artists, media, and music makers the opportunity to reconnect and renew their businesses while taking greater advantage of reimagined indoor and outdoor events, activations, professional development sessions, an expanded digital reach, and more at the crossroads of business opportunity.

Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO, says, “The industry has not stopped evolving and innovating during the pandemic, and The NAMM Show is evolving, as well. As the health and safety of our members remains top of mind, and after carefully listening to companies here in the U.S. and around the world, the new dates will help members maximize their opportunities and accelerate what has arguably been a transformative time both in new products and in how they come to market. I imagine this gathering will have the kind of impact of a Beatles moment or the introduction of MIDI—definitely one you will not want to miss.”

The news of the return of the Show and the change in dates addresses ongoing concerns about pandemic activity, new product development and launches, available in-store inventory, and current travel restrictions. The announcement was met with support and enthusiasm from business leaders across the industry.

“The NAMM Show is the best opportunity of the year for Yamaha to reach our dealers, end-user customers, and the music industry as a whole. It’s the one place where the new products from across our brands meet the global industry, and we can’t wait to get together in June,” shares Tom Sumner, President of Yamaha Corporation of America.

“No matter when NAMM happens, Shure is excited about the industry finally getting together to engage with each other at this important event,” comments Abby Kaplan, Vice President of Global Retail Sales for Shure Incorporated. Mark Terry, CEO, Exertis/JAM US Music Group, shares the same sentiment: “[NAMM] has made a great decision on moving the show to June. This move ensures that it will be a very successful show for vendors and dealers. We certainly plan on being there!”

“At Taylor Guitars, we applaud innovative ideas as we all attempt to navigate these unusual times,” affirms Barbara Wight, CFO of Taylor Guitars. “Since its days in the ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel, The NAMM Show has always been an invaluable platform for us to launch new products and deepen our connections with our treasured retailers, suppliers and fans. We see this change to June as a smart opportunity to try something new, and we’re looking forward to being back together with our industry family.”

“Global travel restrictions continue to be unpredictable and challenging for our industry. Rescheduling the NAMM Show to June is absolutely the right call,” comments David Via, Zoom North America Vice President of Marketing.

John Hopkins, President and CEO of Sweetwater, shares, “One of our priorities here at Sweetwater is creating content and providing information to our customers about new products — we want them to have immediate, up-to-the-minute news about the latest gear and innovations. The NAMM Show brings us all together and provides an ideal platform for this each year. And this year, we’re excited that there will be even better synergy between the new NAMM Show dates and our own annual GearFest event. It’s a big win for our customers.”

Jamie Deering, CEO of Deering Banjos, notes, “The NAMM Show has been an integral part of our family business’s growth since our founding in 1975. All the work they have done to help our industry has been immensely appreciated. I commend the care they are giving to do all they can in making next year’s show safe and inclusive, and we are excited to be a part of this new, reimagined launch. It’s a chance to not only reconnect with our industry and music friends in a place and event that we love but to take a fresh look at the global market and to move forward together.”

“We fully support NAMM’s decision to move the 2022 NAMM Show to June,” says Larry Morton, CEO of Hal Leonard. “Not only does this make sense from a public safety standpoint, but the June timing gives the entire music products industry an opportunity to put the pandemic behind us. Hal Leonard will work hard to transform and elevate The 2022 NAMM Show experience for our customers.”

Chair and Founder of Bandit Lites, Michael Strickland, echoes the sentiment: “The one certain fact about COVID is the uncertainty. I applaud Joe Lamond and the great people at NAMM for making the decision to pause the show, as in the long run, it works to provide a better, more robust NAMM 2022. The importance of The NAMM Show can never be diminished, and we must deliver the complete show and not some muted version. Thank you, NAMM.”

Sammy Ash, President of Sam Ash Music, shares that “I, for one, am glad they moved the show to June. With a little luck, Covid will be better contained worldwide, so we can have all the exhibitors present. Personally, I like L.A. in the winter—I’m from New York—but the pandemic has created opportunities for change in everything we do. I think this is a prudent move, and we’ll be there in force!”

The largest NAMM Show in the history of the organization took place in January 2020, when the Show welcomed 115,888 members and industry professionals and more than 7,000 brands. The show also hosted 350 professional development sessions, numerous live events, networking opportunities and concerts each evening on the Grand Plaza, as presented by Yamaha.

With the move of The 2022 NAMM Show to June, the organization has decided not to hold Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2022 year, effectively combining the two shows.

Keith Barnacastle
The Bluegrass Standard Magazine
Turnberry Records and Management
12168 Turnberry Dr
Rancho Mirage, Ca. 92270
760-883-8160




Kim Robins Releases New Album: Leave The Porch Light On

Kim Robins Releases New Album ‘Leave The Porch Light On’ Today Featuring Special Guests

The wait is finally over, as Kim Robins releases her long-awaited album Leave The Porch Light On. Available today, the project includes 13 new recordings, all centered around the Indiana native’s one-of-a-kind voice. The collection also consists of a star-studded lineup of guests including Clay Hess, Tim Crouch, Kyle Estep, Josh Woods, Duane Estep and Brennan Hess.

“I have so many emotions ahead of this CD release. The last couple of years have been rough on us all,” says Kim Robins. “I’m thrilled, relieved and sad at the same time. It will be the first project my parents and brother didn’t get to hear. I hope and pray you all will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you to Clay Hess and Pinecastle Records for giving me the opportunity to live my dream!”

Bluegrass enthusiasts were treated to the latest single in the form of “Hurricane,” which was released in early August. The song was written by Alan Johnston and features Clay Hess and Tim Crouch. It’s an upbeat Bluegrass anthem that is filled with creative lyrics and metaphors. Robins’ powerful vocals on the track are a quick reminder of why the singer/songwriter was nominated on two different occasions for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) “Momentum Vocalist of the Year” award.

Recorded during the COVID era, Leave The Porch Light On took a slight turn. Originally it was slated to be much different, but by adapting to the times, Robins was able to pull together several big names to accompany her on the album. It’s very obvious when listening through the record, listeners can hear various influences that stay true to the Hoosier’s unique sound. There’s also no shortage of hit songwriters on the collection, including tracks penned by Paula Breedlove, Mark Brinkman, Rick Lang, Alan Johnston, and more. Also on display are the musicians from Robins’ band 40 Years Late, including Kyle Estep, Duane Estep, and Josh Woods.

Other standout cuts on the project include the must-hear ballad “Memories of an Angel,” which tells a full-circle story about growing old and losing loved ones, plus the upbeat title track. Another highlight is the edgy “Seven Devils Ridge,” which describes a tragic story about forbidden love with a twist. The album concludes with the touching Gospel recording “I Won’t Have a Prayer.”

To learn more about Kim Robins, check latest news stories, purchase music and more, visit www.kimrobins.com.




Recording King Professional Guitars and Banjos Based on Historic Designs

Recording King Professional Guitars and Banjos Based on Historic Designs

September 1, 2021, Rancho Mirage, Calif. Recording King is very excited to share the newest member of the Dirty 30s Resonator family, the Minnie Bucker!

How could we make the D30s resonators any cooler? With a mini-humbucker of course!

The all-new Minnie Bucker starts with our hand-spun European cone (always spun, never stamped) for classic throaty resonator tone.

Then we add a great-sounding mini-humbucker for that extra drive and grit.

Wrap that up in mojo-packed finishes like ultra-swampy Black Matte, super cool Wabash Blue, or classic Brownburst, and you have a cool-sounding AND cool-looking guitar that will add some edge to your playing.

Recording King Introduces the “Minnie Bucker” Resonator with Mini Humbucking Pickup

The all new Minnie Bucker resonator is packed with down-low, dirty, swampy tone, thanks to the hand-spun European resonator cone and great sounding mini-humbucker in the neck.

Recording King proudly introduces the Minnie Bucker — a mini-humbucker equipped, single 0 size wood body resonator — to the best-selling Dirty 30s lineup.

If you’re looking to add a bit of grit to your playing, the Minnie Bucker’s mini humbucker can go from just a swampy touch of dirt, to crazy blues crunch. The responsive pickup helps tone freaks like you dial in the perfect tone using only your hands.

Adding a pickup would mean nothing if these guitars didn’t start with the most fundamental building blocks of great resonator tone. The top-shelf Recording King hand-spun European resonator cone delivers classic throaty, honky resonator goodness. (Always check your cones, make sure your next resonator has a spun cone, never stamped! –Travis Atz, RK Director of Product)

Likewise, the small body design pairs perfectly with the pedestal soundwell and 12-fret neck joint for a guitar that’s lively, loud and resonant, but small enough to take anywhere.

It sounds great acoustically too, thanks to a spruce soundboard and a biscuit bridge, so you’ll have all the classic reso sound on tap whether you plug in or not.

Experience a new sound for all your Bluegrass songs and the dirty 30’s style (The Bluegrass Standard)

It wouldn’t be a Dirty 30s guitar without the classic RK design mojo, and the Minnie Bucker is no exception. Available in ultra-swampy Black Matte, super cool Wabash Blue (both with checkerboard purfling) and classic Brownburst.

Spruce Top, 0 Size Body

Recording King Hand-Spun European Resonator Cone

Mini Humbucker Pickup

Pedestal Soundwell Design

Maple/Ebony Biscuit Bridge

Matching Headstock Overlay

Learn more about the Minnie Bucker Resonator guitar : Here

The Minnie Bucker Resonator is available now, at a $399.99 street price.




Dom Flemons to headline Bourbon & Bluegrass 2021 from President Lincoln’s Cottage

Contact: Rebecca Kilborne                                      For Immediate Release: May 12, 2021   
240-997-6223

rkilborne@lincolncottage.org  

Washington, D.C. – On June 13th, 2021 from 4-7pm President Lincoln’s Cottage, a national monument in Washington, DC, will be hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year: Bourbon and Bluegrass.  This virtual event will be livestreamed from the Cottage porch, to the veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, the campus where President Lincoln’s Cottage is located.

This year’s event will be held virtually to ensure safety and reach wider audiences, while simultaneously providing the retired veterans an exciting event.  As Jason Molihan, the Director of Development at President Lincoln’s Cottage explained, “As we celebrate the vaccinations of the veterans and the horizon of reopening; we want to give the veterans an activity they deserve.” The veterans have been previously sequestered for most of the COVID-19 pandemic, including most visits from family and friends out of an abundance of caution.

The veterans, and members of our virtual audience, will take part in a great program that incorporates music, history, and Bourbon.  The event will be headlined by Dom Flemons, “The American Songster,” a Grammy winning artist with a historically-minded approach to music.  Flemons, who was a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, has devoted much research to the African American contributions to bluegrass music. Flemons plays the banjo, guitar, jug, harmonica, percussion, quills and rhythm bones.  “With our virtual event, we thought it was important to bring in national talent and highlight diversity of the bluegrass genre,” said Molihan. “Dom is an accomplished musician having won a Grammy award and headlined the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, so we are honored to have him preform for us.”  Flemons will be joined by two local bands that are returning favorites to Bourbon & Bluegrass, Hollertown and Moose Jaw.

Beam Suntroy is providing Bourbon for the event, with VIP ticketing options that provides Maker’s Mark or Basil Hayden’s custom cocktail kits delivered directly to homes. The event will also feature custom cocktail videos from the Mixtress of DC, Gina Chersevani.

All proceeds from the event will support the continuing preservation of President Lincoln’s beloved summer home, the birthplace of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Between the sets, the virtual audience will have a chance to learn about the Cottage from Senior Preservationist, Jeff Larry.  “President Lincoln’s Cottage is the only National Monument not to receive federal operating support and we rely on support from donors. Bourbon and Bluegrass is our biggest annual fundraiser and the funds go directly to the preservation and upkeep of our historic site – to keep it open, safe, and accessible for visitors from all over the world who look toward Lincoln for inspiration and change,” said Molihan.




Bluegrass Duet Starlett and Big John Signs with Turnberry Records

Bluegrass Duet Starlett and Big John Signs with Turnberry Records

February 2, 2021–Rancho Mirage, Calif.–It is with delight that Turnberry Records and Management announces acquisition of new talent to be added to its roster of quality recording artists. Bluegrass duet Starlett and Big John have been signed to a 2-CD deal at the burgeoning label.

The duo is comprised of 38-year music veteran and Virginian, Big John Talley, who has performed with various outfits including New Dominion Bluegrass, and whose performance resume includes many appearances with Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys–including at the Grand Ole Opry–as well as with Jackie Phelps (Hee Haw), Tater Tate and Jodi Rainwater. Guitarist Talley is joined by the talented Starlett Boswell Austin, a singer since childhood recognized as bassist and vocalist with Lawson Creek Grass.

This relatively new pairing of two lifelong musicians to form the duo represents a somewhat new direction, and goes hand-in-hand with their new partnership entered into with Turnberry.

“We’re super excited to be on the Turnberry label,” Big John said. “We think this will be a great relationship between a great label and ourselves.”

“This is definitely a dream come true,” Starlett said. “I’m excited for the music that we’re making.”

That music includes the record “Till the End of the Road,” the duo’s initial release via Turnberry. The first single from the record is expected to drop on February 8. When released, the full 12-track album will include three originals penned solo by Starlett; two co-written by her and Big John; and a song each by experienced songwriters Keith Driver and Barney Rogers. Also included are Starlett and Big John renditions of older tunes by Earl Taylor, Bill Monroe and more.

“We’re excited about the album, which is already recorded,” Big John said. “We’ve got some heavy hitters. The guys we played with are our dream band.”

Those “dream band” musicians also appearing on the upcoming record include: Jonathan Dillion (mandolin), David Carroll (banjo) and Ron Stewart (fiddle).

Stewart–bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and winner of IBMA “Player of the Year” awards for both fiddle and banjo–created the liner notes for the record and wrote of the CD: “Great original material, a couple of deep catalogue classics, some newer gems, great singing, great picking, good production, it’s all there.” He said he was “thrilled” to be asked to provide fiddle for the record.

Turnberry Records and Management looks forward to bringing new music to the world. Located in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the label is a division of The Bluegrass Standard Magazine, which provides in-depth interviews with both the stars–and the up-and-coming new artists–in the worlds of bluegrass, country, Americana and folk. For more information about Starlett and Big John, or about the label and magazine, visit www.turnberryrecords.com or www.thebluegrassstandard.com