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New Brad Davis Concept Video To Debut On Nashville Country Revival

Written by Staff on November 7, 2013 – 10:26 am -

brad davisThe new concept video and current single “Never Give The Devil A Ride” by Brad Davis was made available Tuesday afternoon, October 22nd, via social media and will make its television debut on the popular show, Nashville Country Revival, airing weekly on several national networks including Daystar and TNN.
Nashville Country Revival has become a hit among viewers with his concept video oriented presentation of Country and Bluegrass flavored songs ranging from Gospel, Country and Bluegrass artists. The episode featuring “Never Give The Devil A Ride” will air on the Daystar Television NetworkSaturday October, 26th at 3:30pm CST. Daystar will air the episode again the following Friday.

“Never Give The Devil A Ride” is set to debut on a Nashville Country Revival episode airing on The Nashville Network (TNN) in approximately 3 weeks. NCR airs every Sunday morning at 7:30am CSTon TNN. For more information about Nashville Country Revival and air times visit NashvilleCountryRevival.com.
“Never Give The Devil A Ride” by Brad Davis was shot on location near Lewisburg, TN featuring a rare, historic 1948 Diamond T truck and cameo appearances by ordinary everyday people giving their endorsement to the theme of the song. The song is currently charting across multiple genres and formats including Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Country including airplay on The Legendary WSM 650 in Nashville. The video can be viewed on YouTube at: Brad Davis – “Never Give The Devil A Ride” – Official Video For Current Single

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New Leaf Publishing Group and Lily Isaacs Strike Publishing Deal

Written by Staff on November 1, 2013 – 1:54 pm -


Nashville, TN – (October 31, 2013) In early October, New Leaf Publishing Group (Green Forest, AR) and Lily Isaacs (matriarch of the popular Dove award-winning gospel group The Isaacs) agreed to a publishing contract. Lily’s autobiography, You Don’t Cry Out Loud, will be available May of 2014 and offers an extremely personal look at her life including: growing up in a Jewish family, surviving breast cancer, and overcoming relationship struggles.

A talented daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lily Isaacs is a woman who has felt pain, loss, and the incomparable joy of a life with Jesus Christ. Co-founder and current member of The Isaacs whose 35-year career includes performances at the Grand Ole Opry, Gaither Homecoming Concerts, and more- Lily has experienced incredible highs and very deep lows.

Above all, Lily’s steady refrain has been one of God’s constant love, comfort, and strength. New Leaf Publishing Group is honored to partner with such an influential Christian voice. Her story is sure to touch lives and encourage anyone who may be experiencing their own valleys.

Best-selling author and speaker Andy Andrews is authoring the foreword to the book, which makes for an exciting addition and stellar combination. Since 1975 New Leaf Publishing Group has been dedicated to ink on paper touching eternity. You Don’t Cry Out Loud will be a beautiful addition to the company’s mission and goal- reaching the lost for Christ.

For more information about Lily or the Isaacs go to http://www.theisaacs.com orhttps://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .

For Booking contact The Harper Agency at info@harperagency – 615-851-4500 .

For more information about New Leaf Publishing Group contact katie@newleafpress.net .


About The Isaacs
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN . The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal’s football game, several Nashville Predators Hockey games, an Astros/ Braves pre-season baseball game as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.

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Share America Foundation chooses banjo player/vocalist for scholarship

Written by SGN Scoops on August 27, 2013 – 5:19 am -

ShareJonathanBarkerAwardThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga.

The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.

Banjo player Jonathan Barker, 19, of Copper Hill, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2013 winners. He is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville studying to be an emergency room physician. He is graduate of Copper Basin High School in Polk County.

“It is a distinct pleasure to be honored by Share America and receive this scholarship,” he said. “I know what a privilege it is to have the support of so many great people who help to make it possible.”

Barker has played banjo for 11 years and also plays guitar and sings lead and harmony parts. He performs regularly with his older brother Jeremy Barker, his parents Scott and Angie and fiddler Westley Harris as The Barker Brothers.

He is the younger brother of 2007 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholar Jeremy Barker. Read more »

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Doyle Lawson Named SPBGMA Mandolin Performer of the Year

Written by SGN Scoops on February 5, 2013 – 12:10 pm -

doyleicmNASHVILLE, TN (February 5, 2013) –  Doyle Lawson was named Mandolin Performer of the Year by the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) at the 39th Annual SPBMA Bluegrass Music Awards held on Sunday evening at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.

Lawson received a total of four (4) SPBGMA Award Nominations including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) with his band Quicksilver.

Also celebrating his 50th anniversary in music on Sunday, the ride for Doyle Lawson seems to be only gathering momentum, as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are reigning Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, and Lawson is still basking in the glow of his induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in September at Nashville’s world famous Ryman Auditorium.

“Doyle is legendary in both bluegrass and gospel genres,” said Bob Cherry of Cybergrass, “and he frequently mixes them to deliver something special.  He has given so much for so long to the music we all love, and he’s never let us down.  Who wouldn’t be proud of Doyle? The bluegrass and gospel community definitely loves this man and his music!”

Lawson was honored by the Governor and State of Tennessee in 2012 for his contributions to the state and nation through his music, was heralded by journalist Craig Havighurst as “one of music’s lions,”  and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver appeared on Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon’s recent album “So Beautiful or So What.”  DLQ also appeared on the acclaimed “Mark Twain: Words and Music” with such heavy-hitters as Jimmy Buffet, Clint Eastwood, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, and Emmylou Harris.  DLQ’s album “Drive Time” spent several weeks atop the Alternate Roots Top 66 International Bluegrass Chart at #1 and was proclaimed an Essential Album of the Year by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, while the single “Precious Memories” spent an impressive five months at #1 atop the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel Chart.  “I Saw Him Walk Out of the Sky” from the most recent gospel album “Sing Me a Song About Jesus” spent two months atop the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel Chart at #1 and was nominated as IBMA’s Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

Sounds like Lawson and his band are just getting warmed up!  Attorney and fellow musician Charlie Sizemore echoed the sentiment, saying recently, “I would not be the least bit surprised if the best music from Doyle Lawson is yet to come.”

In a statement written just before the SPBGMA Award was announced on Sunday, and in reflecting on his career in music, Lawson said:  “From the depths of my heart, I thank everyone who ever stood on stage with me, those who work behind the scenes, all of the people who have shown your support by coming to the concerts and buying the recordings, and most of all almighty God and His only begotten Son Jesus for watching over me and guiding my footsteps when I may have taken the wrong road of life. God bless you all, and stay with me! It’s a great ride!”

 To read Lawson’s full quote on his career, please go to:

For a full listing of SPBGMA Award Winners, please go to:

To view all SPBGMA Nominees, please go to:

Photo by Kim Hornsby

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Doyle Lawson Leads Bristol Christmas Parade as Grand Marshal

Written by SGN Scoops on December 7, 2012 – 2:24 pm -

BRISTOL, TN (December 7, 2012) — Doyle Lawson was surrounded by twinklinglights, candy canes, shiny brass banisters and tinsel Christmas trees on the float leading the 31st Annual Bristol Christmas parade down State Streetin historic downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia on Thursday evening.

Doyle led the parade as official Grand Marshal, with a host of glistening floats, marching bands, and swirling lights on shiny red firetrucks cascading behind him. The caravan of holiday magic led by Lawson also ushered in Santa Claus on a float carrying his glimmering sleigh and famous host of reindeer.

The Grand Marshal honor marks a series of firsts for Lawson this year, as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver received their first Inspirational Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year Award in October, on the heels of Lawson being inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in September.

Doyle and Santa are both pretty well thought of, as  Joy BellamySmith shared of her adorable four-year old daughter this week, “Rylee is more excited about seeing Doyle than she is about Santa!

While awards are appreciated, it’s the individuals his music touches who matter the most to Lawson.  He carefully tucked a drawing little Rylee made for him in his pocket at the Paramount Center show last Saturday, and he treasures comments he receives such as that of a mother whose child wanted to know if she could sing with Doyle Lawson for Jesus when she got to heaven.   Lawson’s music touches hearts, and the hearts it touches give backa hundred-fold with sentiments such as those from some of the same children who lined the streets of Bristol for the parade, excited for a glimpse of two of their favorite fellas, Doyle Lawson and Santa Claus.

Of his evening serving as Grand Marshal, Doyle said:

“Folks, we had the best time at the Christmas Parade in Bristol last night.  My daughter Kristi and grandson Spencer rode with me, and we had so much fun on the lead float coming down State Street.  It was great seeing old friends lining the streets to wave hello, and I sure appreciated the honor of serving as the parade’s Grand Marshal.  It was a first for me, and something I’ll never forget. I’m grateful to have shared that moment with my grandson especially. Priceless memories. And that’s what I wish everyone this holiday season, many great memories with your families. Merry Christmas everyone!”

Doyle was back on the road this morning toward Nashville, where he and his band members Josh Swift and Mike Rogers are in studio mixing Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s newest album. Dobro player Josh Swift’s Cowbell Fever Studios is hosting the mixing and mastering of this project, while both Cowbell Fever and lead singer Mike Roger’s 2013 Studio were utilized in tracking.  The band‘s new album is due out in early 2013.

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Doyle Lawson Elected President of Bluegrass

Written by SGN Scoops on November 12, 2012 – 8:00 am -

BRISTOL, TN  — Doyle Lawson has been voted the President of Bluegrass Music this week in a poll sponsored by Bluegrass Today Magazine.  The poll numbers stayed neck-and-neck between Doyle and Del McCoury, with no one else in close contention for the top spot in the first-ever race for President of Bluegrass. The final numbers reflected 37% of votes for Doyle Lawson and 30% for McCoury. 

Lawson’s website praised McCoury for running a strong race and Bluegrass Today for sponsoring the good-spirited election whose other nominees included such artists as the Grammy-winning Allison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent.

Of the honor, Lawson wrote:
“Well folks, I am just about speechless (and that’s not good for a President) but I want to thank everyone for this extinguished – I mean distinguished honor. And now I must be about my duties as your President, for there is much to be done, and I have quite a mess on my hands.  My intentions are to make all roads lead to Bluegrass music venues, all hit recordings be by a Bluegrass artist, all awards be won by Bluegrass artists, and mainstream Airplay across the board to be BLUEGRASS! That should keep me busy for the first term, and by the end of it I should have a new platform to stump with, should I decide to run for re-election.  And finally, look on the bright side, I am taking no salary for any of this!  Thank you again, my fellow bluegrass music lovers, and Long Live this Music from the Heart!”
Doyle Lawson
President of Bluegrass Music

Lawson’s acceptance speech was tongue-in-cheek for a fun victory in an election-week themed poll, but his influential reach in helping to build Bluegrass music is very real. Testaments of his devotion and success in Bluegrass range from being a founding member of the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) to helping build the genre with a style embraced for nearly 50 years and almost 40 albums.  The trailblazing Lawson was recently inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in September, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were crowned the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year in October at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

For daily photos and updates on Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, please visit their new official Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/doylelawsonofficial?ref=hl

Photo by Sherri George:  President-elect Doyle Lawson with Mr. Commodore at Vanderbilt Stadium, following Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s recent National Anthem performance at the Vanderbilt Football Homecoming Game with Massachusetts in Nashville. (Children’s Hospital & Arena Tour performance)

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TV Alert — Tune In To The Roys on Crook & Chase! Nov 3 and 4

Written by SGN Scoops on November 3, 2012 – 5:58 am -

Nashville, TN (November 1, 2012) – THE ROYS will make their first appearance on the popular, nationally-syndicated television show CROOK & CHASE! this Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4.  Lorianne, Charlie, Elaine and Lee discussed the award-winning duo’s EP NEW DAY DAWNING (Rural Rhythm Records); stories from the road; the joys and challenges of family working together, and THE ROYS’ new partnership with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy DrinkCROOK & CHASE! broadcasts in more than 130 markets and airs on multiple networks, including: RFD-TV, My Family TV, Sky Angel and Pegasus TV.  Nashvillians can watch the show Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT on WNAB (Channel 58); out-of-area viewers can find local coverage options by clicking on Crook & Chase TV.

In other news, THE ROYS’ current single, “Still Standing,” just made its debut at Number 25 on the November 2012 Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs Chart.  In addition, the track continues its two-month run on the International Hotdisc Chart where it peaked at Number 2.  Lee and Elaine have been sharing their new music with fans via a sweep of appearances on both national television and syndicated radio.  Prior to their visit on CROOK & CHASE!, the siblings were featured guests on THE DAILY BUZZ, CBS THIS MORNING, DAYTIME, FOX & FRIENDS, MOBY IN THE MORNING and SiriusXM.


Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised across the border in New Brunswick, Canada, THE ROYS come from a unique musical family.  Surrounded by song from their earliest memories, Lee and Elaine are now hailed for their superb sibling harmonies, “Rootsy” sound and compelling original tunes.  A vibrant and progressive instrumental attitude complements THE ROYS’ vocal style, and their music has enchanted fans since the duo’s first release.  With over 150 dates booked so far this year, they have shared the stage with George Jones, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Ricky Skaggs, John Rich, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young.  Their debut CD for Rural Rhythm, LONESOME WHISTLE, earned them a spot on BILLBOARD’S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart and gave them two hit singles: “Coal Minin’ Man” and “Trailblazer.”  In October they were named Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year (2012).  THE ROYS were previously honored with that award in 2011 and dubbed the organization’s Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.  They are currently aligned with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink for a strategic partnership.


Fans can follow Lee and Elaine online at THEROYSonlineFACEBOOK and on Twitter@theroysonline.


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Written by SGN Scoops on July 30, 2012 – 1:27 pm -

July 30, 2012 ( Nashville, TN) – Grammy® nominated and multi-award winning Bluegrass Queen Rhonda Vincent will join Twitter Queen Jessica Northey as a guest on the very popular Country Music Chat (#CMchat) tonight, Monday, July 30, 2012 from 8:00-9:00 PM CST. The chat, hosted by Jessica Northey, will offer Twitter followers a rare personal glimpse into the woman that is Rhonda Vincent.

Country Music Chat, founded by Jessica Northey, has generated more than 500 million impressions and reached an audience of over 30 million people. The forum is Twitter’s first and only registered live country music chat.

“I am very excited to be joining Jessica on Twitter for this very special chat! I can’t wait to have a fun time tweeting with everyone!” said Rhonda Vincent.

Northey says, “I am a huge Rhonda Vincent fan and I am beyond ecstatic to welcome her to #CMChat.” said Jessica Northey. “This is going to be an extra-special treat for all of us at #CMChat.”

To join the Twitter #CMchat on Monday, July 30, 2012 visit: www.cmchat.net

About #CMchat
Since it’s beginning in May 2011 on Twitter, Country Music Chat (aka #CMchat) has generated over 500 million impressions on Twitter. It is the only registered chat devoted to country music on Twitter. Past guests have included The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Trent Tomlinson, Billboard Magazine, All Access, and more. #CMchat goes live every Monday at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST.

About Rhonda Vincent
Famously crowned as “the new queen of bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Her latest project Taken features special guests Dolly Parton, Richard Marx and more. With over eighty awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most celebrated band in bluegrass.

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Ringgold’s 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddle Convention highlights talent of all ages

Written by SGN Scoops on May 29, 2012 – 3:42 am -

Fiddlers, guitarists, mandolinists, bands and cloggers from states across the south descended on Ringgold, Ga. May 26, 2012 to compete in the 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

Fiddlers of all ages rosined up their bows and cloggers kicked up their heels to win nearly $7,000 in prize money on the Northwest Georgia Bank stage at the historic Catoosa County Courthouse.

“Each year it is amazing to see all the new contestants that travel to be part of this event,” said contest organizer Lewis Taylor. “Our volunteers work hard to make this event an enjoyable one for contestants and attendees alike. I am sure that is one of the reasons we see it grow every year.”

Taylor is a champion harmonica player winning titles in several states and numerous contests.

Johnny Ray Watts of Lineville, Ala. won the Randall Franks Trophy at the 1890s Day Jamboree for the third time.

Watts also won the 22-50-age category for the chance to compete for the trophy.

In the fiddle off, he faced Doug Fleener of Leitchfield, Ky., from 16-21 age category, who placed second, and Mack Snoderly of Clyde, N.C., winner of the 51 and up category, who placed third.

The top prize is named in honor of Appalachian Ambassador of the Fiddle Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” He cheered the top three competitors on in their bid to win the Randall Franks Trophy and the $500 prize. He presented the winners on the main stage with Taylor and emcee Kevin Mudd.

Once holding the title of Georgia State Bluegrass Champion, the International Bluegrass Music Museum Bluegrass Legend and Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame inductee is a former member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Jim and Jesse’s Virginia Boys and numerous other groups who as a guest star often shared his talents for the Grand Ole Opry. Franks co-hosts the Grand Master Fiddler Championship in Nashville each year. For more information, visit randallfranks.com.

“What a wonderful day of Appalachian fiddle and dance traditions performed from all ages,” he said. “We had an amazing explosion in contestants for the 10 and under fiddle category this year, which was exciting to see.”

Main Stage Fusion won the team dance competition, Center Stage took second place and Mainstream won third and Main Stage Old Timers received fourth. All the groups were from Springfield, Tenn.

In the bluegrass band competition A Step Ahead of Greenbrier, Tenn. won first place with Cadillac Creek of LaGrange, Ga. taking second, Outta the Blue of Lenoir City, Tenn. took third, Cedar Ridge of Chattanooga, Tenn. earned fourth and Junction Grass of Ringgold, Ga. received fifth.

Joel Whittinghill of Bowling Green, Ky. won both the guitar and mandolin contests.

The next 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be Memorial Day weekend Saturday 2013 in Ringgold, Ga. For more information, visit www.cityofringgold.comRead more »

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver to Perform Anthem for SEC Baseball

Written by SGN Scoops on May 16, 2012 – 9:42 am -

NASHVILLE (May 16, 2012) — Bluegrass Legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will be performing our National Anthem in Nashville on Thursday night, May 17, at the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss Baseball Game at Hawkins Field at 6:30 pm CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU, Radio 560 AM, and @ www.espn.com. Tickets are available at   http://www.vucommodores.com/tickets/vand-tickets.html.
The Children’s Hospital & Arena tour rocks on with DLQ appearing at both SEC and NASCAR events this week…
Come on out and enjoy a relaxing Summer evening of baseball in Music City!!

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