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Spotlight On The Gaskills

Written by Lorraine Walker on March 11, 2014 – 1:57 pm -

tv photoIf you like Bluegrass, you have to hear The Gaskills. Four brothers from Oklahoma pick their instruments like seasoned professionals twice their age. Mom and Dad Gaskill look after travel and booking arrangements. Little sister Andrea is waiting in the wings for her chance to sing backup. But James, Peter, Timothy and Joshua currently front the group and will pick and play their way into your heart, even if you aren’t a Bluegrass lover.

The Gaskills originally traveled with all eight children, back in 2004, with parents Bob and Brenda looking after their schooling offstage and their real-life experiences onstage. Then Christy, John and Shelley left the road. Today’s Gaskill sound is tight and sweet with James, 22, playing the mandolin and singing lead and harmony; Peter, 20, playing banjo and guitar and singing lead/baritone; Timothy, 17, playing guitar and dobro and singing lead; and Joshua, 15, playing ‘double’ bass and singing tenor. Their most recent recording is Some Sweet Day, and as they play across the country they find that many of their songs touch their listeners the way only Gospel Bluegrass can pluck heartstrings. gaskills-four-300x267

These talented gentlemen not only perform all their own instrumentation and arrangements on their recordings, they also write many of the songs they perform. On Some Sweet Day, Timothy and Peter Gaskill wrote the “Battle of Amalek”, “Live Forever More” and “Some Sweet Day.” “Grassride” is an instrumental written by Peter. Three of these songs are sampled and available for listening on their website, listed below.

James Gaskill says his favorite song to perform is “Gone Away.” “It’s a song we played when we were very young and won the International Bluegrass Festival Competition in Guthrie, Oklahoma,” says James. “We pulled this song out again at Mom’s request. This song has a great grove and speaks to the audience of their position in Christ. The lyrics are: “Gone away, gone away, all the troubles in my soul are gone away. I was lost out in the night, but Praise God I saw the light, all the troubles in my soul are gone away.”1 This makes everyone get the right perspective on their troubles and gets them rejoicing in who they are in Christ.”

gaskills-three-300x122Peter enjoys performing the old Gospel standard, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.” “This is a really touching song,” Peter shares. “I can see it really reaches the people and speaks to their hearts. Our arrangement and instrumentation of the song is very unique, making it a blessing to all.”

“Daybreak in Dixie” is Timothy’s favorite, as he says the song “…is an exciting fast paced instrumental which really gets the crowd smiling and laughing. Read more »


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The Isaacs’ THE LIVING YEARS Tops Sales Charts/Group Garners Three GMA DOVE Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops on August 22, 2013 – 2:11 pm -

Nashville Tenn–August 22nd, 2013—Multi-award-winning family group The Isaacs are Isaacswebsite5celebrating the street week of their all-new recording, The Living Years, (Gaither Music Group) which landed at the #1 spot on the bluegrass chart, #1 on the southern gospel album chart and #9 on the contemporary Christian album sales report for this past week.  In addition the group’s newly released Up Close and Personal DVD took the #1 position on the Christian Music Video chart and the #3 position on the Billboard Music Video chart, surrounded by Carrie Underwood, One Direction and The Eagles.
“We are so thrilled to have these spots on the charts for our new releases,” stated Lily Isaacs.  “It’s a joy to see projects we poured ourselves into being received so warmly by the public, and what an honor to hold such prestigious chart positions alongside some of the music industry’s most respected artists!”
Produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither, the new release, recorded acoustically, captures the intricate family harmonies that have made this group a household name among Gospel music lovers and showcases the type of arrangements and musicality that have made them known for their “pedal-steel blend.”
The Isaacs garnered three Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE nominations for the 2013 awards show as announced at the press conference yesterday at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, TN.
The group’s title cut from their last recording, Why Can’t We, written by Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Jimmy Yeary, was nominated for Song of the Year as well asSouthern Gospel Performance of the Year.  In addition, group member Ben Isaacs, who received seven nominations in all, garnered a nod for Producer of the Year.
 
“It’s an honor to be nominated along with such great guys whom I have looked up to and respected,” stated Ben.  “I’ve been very blessed to work with some very talented artists who make my job a joy, and I am thankful for the opportunity day in and day out to serve them and to be recognized in this way.”
Ben co-produced the song “Glorious Freedom” and the albumPure and Simple, by the Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group), alongside Bill Gaither, Michael English and David Phelps.  The song was nominated in the Southern Gospel Performance of the Year category, and the album is up for Southern Gospel Album of the Year.  He also co-produced Country Album of the Year nominee Mercy, by Aaron & Amanda Crabb, (co-produced with Aaron Crabb) as well as Back Home Again, by the Oak Ridge Boys, also nominated for Country Album of the Year.
 
 In addition to his official nominations, Ben was also co-arranger of Bluegrass Song of the Year nominee “Standing in the Need Prayer,” by the Oak Ridge Boys.
The Isaacs’ creativity is further captured on their new release which features a new rendition of “The Living Years,” the pop hit from the 80s originally recorded by Mike + the Mechanics as well as a cover of The Judds’ “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days).”  It features the group’s unique version of the Dottie Rambo-penned classic “If That Isn’t Love,” an acapella rendition of “Walk Together Children” that features a signature “boom boom” bass part by Bill Gaither and the classic all-American tune “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive.”
The Up Close and Personal DVD contains an intimate time of conversation and performances around the piano with Bill [Gaither], numerous appearances from various Homecoming stages ranging from Alaska to Jerusalem and a moving tribute to Lily’s mother, a Holocaust survivor.
The Living Years CD and the Up Close and Personal DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are now available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
The releases are being featured on tv networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD is also featured onGaither TV (available on RokuGoogle and the Internet).
Today’s GMA DOVE nominations came on the heels of more good news for the Tennessee-based group following this week’s announcement that group member Sonya Isaacs Yeary has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, while Ben is currently nominated for Producer of the Year at this year’s National Quartet Convention (NQC) Awards to be held in Louisville, KY.
To connect with The Isaacs, visit www.theisaacs.com orwww.facebook.com/TheIsaacs.  For more information about the GMA, visit www.gospelmusic.org.

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, 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 as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.

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MUSIC ICON RICKY SKAGGS NOMINATED FOR IBMA AWARD

Written by SGN Scoops on August 19, 2013 – 10:40 am -

Nashville, Tenn. (August 19, 2013) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)  finalists were announced last week with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder securing a nomination in the “Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year” category for “New Jerusalem.”  The song is a brand new instrumental from the 2012 album Music To My Ears by Skaggs, who also wrote the tune.
“I am very grateful for the nomination,” says Skaggs upon learning of the IBMA Award nod.
The 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Skaggs has been honored with the following IBMA Awards:  “Album of the Year” (for Bluegrass Rules!) – 1998; “Instrumental Group of the Year” (with Kentucky Thunder) – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; “Recorded Event of the Year” (for Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) – 2000 and “Instrumental Album of the Year” (forBluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) – 2000.
About Ricky Skaggs
With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), 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. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.  Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Fami Records, in 1997and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums.
On August 13, Skaggs released his first autobiography, “KENTUCKY TRAVELER,” which details the life and times of the music icon and also the history of Bluegrass music.  In addition, Skaggs has again teamed with music legend BRUCE HORNSBY, this time for a live album titled, CLUCK OL’ HEN.  The album is scheduled for releasetomorrow (August 20).
For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

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TOP FIVE in the 2013 Diamond Awards Is Here

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 1, 2013 – 2:56 pm -

The countdown is ON! The results have been tabulated and YOU the fan have determined the TOP FIVE in the 2013 Diamond Awards. We need you to VOTE TODAY to determine the winner in each category. Please click on your favorite in each of the Diamond Award Categories by August 30, 2013. Awards will be presented on October 29, 2013 at the Diamond Award celebration, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge Tennessee. Make your plans today to be a part of the 2013 Diamond Awards in person. Vote here for your top Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel artist:

 

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RICKY SKAGGS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR “KENTUCKY TRAVELER”

Written by SGN Scoops on June 20, 2013 – 2:01 pm -

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2013) – Bluegrass and Country Music iconRICKY SKAGGS has just about done it all over the course of his 50+ years in music.  With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell.

Now, for the first time, Skaggs is ready to tell the story of his life with the release of his personal autobiography,

KENTUCKY TRAVELER

(It Books).  Skaggs will release

this unprecedented piece of Bluegrass

and Country Music literature on

August 132013.

“Kentucky Traveler” is an honest, deeply American story of the power of faith, family, and music from one of America’s most beloved Bluegrass and Country artists.

Unlike other farm boys growing up in the small town of Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old.  Sure, plenty of other mountain boys plucked guitars or fiddles, or learned the old songs their grandparents taught them.  But few tried and fewer still mastered the mandolin.  By the time he was six years old, Skaggs’ talent was clear enough that his daddy knew he had to get that boy onstage.  When Bluegrass master and mandolin virtuoso Bill Monroe rolled into a nearby small town, Ricky was there.  As the crowd cheered, “Let little Ricky sing one!” so began a storied life in music.

With Monroe as a mentor and with a family who supported him at every turn, Skaggs joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band and became a professional musician at age fifteen.  By twenty-one he was already considered a star in the Bluegrass world.  Skaggs would eventually move away from his roots into the world of mainstream country music—and in doing so, became a country legend and a household name.

Despite the hit singles, gold records, and successful tours, Skaggs knew there was more to his mission.  With a failed marriage and a sometimes strained relationship with his children, Skaggs had to make a choice.  He would follow God’s plan, and rededicate his life to Christ, to his family, and to the music that made him.  He would carry the torch lit by his musical heroes Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe and, most important, live the life and play the music that would make his mom and dad proud.  Telling the intimate stories of a successful career built on passion, drive, and faith, sharing tales of his influences, and fondly recalling the instruments that have shaped his sound over the years and the friendships that have shaped his life, Skaggs paints a unique insider look at the evolution of bluegrass.

In “Kentucky Traveler,” the music legend who revived modern Bluegrass music, Ricky Skaggs, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of decades in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Skaggs’ mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs’ most essential Gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes.  For readers of Johnny Cash’s autobiography, lovers of “O Brother Where Art Thou,” and fans of Country music and Bluegrass, “Kentucky Traveler” is a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it.

“Kentucky Traveler” is available for pre-order now at kentuckytravelerbook.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide upon its August 13 release.

 

About Ricky Skaggs

With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), 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. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.  Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums.

In 2013, Skaggs has again teamed with music legend BRUCE HORNSBY, this time for a live album titled, CLUCK OL’ HEN.  The album is currently scheduled for release on August 20.

For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.


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APA Nashville Signs Bluegrass Superstar Duo Dailey & Vincent

Written by SGN Scoops on May 21, 2013 – 6:39 am -

d&VNashville, TN (May 20, 2013) — APA Nashville has signed Bluegrass superstar duo Dailey & Vincent to their roster, it was announced today by APA’s Cass Scripps.  The duo, celebrating its five-year anniversary, has earned two Grammy nominations, three consecutive IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards for “Entertainer of the Year” and three awards for “Vocal Group of the Year,” respectively, and over 40 other awards and honors.  They have multiple #1′s and currently have two albums in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the award-winning and multi-talented Dailey & Vincent.  Adding them to our roster will open many exciting doors of opportunity in the future,” comments Scripps.

Dailey & Vincent’s current single, “Steel Drivin’ Man,” was the #1 most-played song on Bluegrass Today’s monthly chart in April and marked Jamie Dailey’s first #1 as a songwriter. The video premiered on CMT Pure and remains an ongoing top-trending clip.  Their new CD, BROTHERS OF THE HIGHWAY, is currently #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart.  In addition, THE GOSPEL SIDE OF DAILEY &  VINCENT is currently sitting at #7 in its 69th week of activity on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart.

Notes Dailey, “We are excited to be working with some of Nashville’s finest and hardest-working agents.”   While Vincent adds, “We are looking forward to a great future with a fantastic group of folks at APA Nashville.”

Dailey & Vincent are also represented by Zac Koffler / APEX Entertainment Management, attorney David Crow of Milom, Horsnell, Crow, Rose, Kelley, PLC. and Rounder Records.

Photo: From L to R: Zac Koffler (APEX Entertainment Management), Ray Shelide (APA), Jamie Dailey, Darrin Vincent, Cass Scripps (APA), Matt McGuire (APA), Michael Stevens (APA


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Dailey and Vincent to be in Concert at Bevill Center, Boaz, Alabama

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 18, 2013 – 8:43 am -

dailyandvincentcloseBoaz, Alabama, Marshall Technical School and the Marshall County Economic Development Council are proud to announce the acclaimed Bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent will be coming to Snead State Community College’s Bevill Center on June 1st. A jam session among local artists will begin at 3 p.m. to help kick off the event. The concert will follow at 7 p.m. Opening the concert will be award winning Canaan’s Crossing. Snead State Community College is located in Boaz, Alabama, making this event easily accessible to Bluegrass/Gospel fans from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Grammy nominated and Dove award winning Dailey & Vincent recently walked away with several top awards from the SPGBMA where they earned Bluegrass, Vocal Group and Gospel group of the year honors. They are also three time winners of the IBMA Entertainer and Vocal Group of the year awards. Group founders Jamie Dailey and Darren Vincent have won multiple awards through the years. They have performed with artists including Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, Emmylou Harris and many more. They have also been featured on Gaither Homecoming videos.Canaan’s Crossing is a recent recipient of the Group of the Year and Song of the Year awards from Front Porch Fellowship and The Singing News. Their song “Middle Man” was recently the number one bluegrass gospel song on the Singing News Bluegrass charts. Tim Maze of Canaan’s Crossing said, “We are proud to be a part of this exciting event in Boaz.

We have worked with Daily and Vincent several times and know its going to be a great night of bluegrass and Gospel music.” Canaan’s Crossing has recently been seen on national television programs Dugger Mountain Music Hall and Harmony Road.Tickets for this special night of music featuring 2 of the hottest acts in bluegrass are $15 if purchased in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Boaz, Albertville, and Guntersville Piggly Wiggly grocery store locations, Warehouse Discount Grocery in Arab
and Gadsden Music Center in Gadsden, Alabama. Tickets can also be purchased online at itickets.com. Proceeds from the event go improve programs at the Marshall Technical School and help buy materials for the different shops and programs offered students. All proceeds will go directly to the programs to help to students develop their trades to prepare them for the job market and assist in adding new classes at the school. For more information call 256-582-5629


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Front Porch Fellowship Features Brad Davis

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 14, 2013 – 3:19 pm -

BradAtSalem4Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment)– Popular Bluegrass Gospel radio host Les Butler will be featuring Brad Davis on an upcoming episode of Front Porch Fellowship. Brad’s guest appearance on the popular nationally syndicated show will air on Saturday and Sunday, May 18th & 19th, at 2 PM CST. The topic of discussions will cover Brad Davis’ debut BlueGrass Valley Record release of the, ‘Walk On Faith’ project, which will be available on May 21st,2013 via all major digital outlets nationwide. The debut radio single from the project, “Road To Emmaus”, is currently climbing Bluegrass charts across the country. Listeners can catch Front Porch Fellowship in almost 200 markets across the nation or tune in online at SolidGospel.com.

Brad Davis is a successful singer, songwriter, musician and GRAMMY winning producer. His career has covered several genre’s of music and his credits include work with Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Earl Scruggs, Emmy Lou Harris, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yokam, Travis Tritt, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Billy Bob Thornton and many others. Brad is also known for creating the guitar technique, ‘Double-Down-Up’, and his video demonstrations have garnered millions of YouTube views. For more information regarding Brad Davis or his new project, visit BlueGrassValleyRecords.com, MansionMusicOnline.com or BradDavisMusic.com.


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Michael Davis & Associates Announce Their New Bluegrass Booking Division, Blue Ridge Artist Agency

Written by SGN Scoops on May 2, 2013 – 11:35 am -

Waynesville, NC (May 2, 2013) – Michael Davis, founder and president of Michael Davis & Associates, an umbrella company kbku_MichaelDavissmaller_2representing several outstanding Christian music booking agencies, is pleased to announce the addition of a Bluegrass divison, Blue Ridge Artist Agency.
Blue Ridge Artist Agency is home to many of today’s TOP Bluegrass acts, some of which include, Southern Raised, Tim Surrett, Mountain Faith, and the Snyder Family Band.
Michael Davis, Owner and President of Michael Davis and Associates and founder of the Blue Ridge Artist Agency shares, “Bluegrass Music reflects a worldwide mix of music styles; from jazz, to contemporary country, to rock & roll, to “newgrass,” to Southern Gospel or any form of old time music. Bluegrass speaks to the souls of people everywhere.  I am excited to offer energetic, talented musicians and vocalists to the world through the Blue Ridge Artist Agency.  The music of our artists is presented with professionalism that stirs the heart of the listener.  Each artist has their own unique blend of vocalists and instrumentalists who will electrify your crowd with their exceptional presentation.  I am so grateful to finally be launching this arm of our company because the world needs to hear these artists!”
“Michael’s personal devotion and commitment to Jesus Christ made the decision to entrust him with our ministry an easy one,” expressed Rick Reith, a member of the successsful Bluegrass band Southern Raised. He continued, “by virtue of his dedication and desire to spread the Gospel through music, Southern Raised is excited to walk through the doors God will open with Michael Davis the Blue Ridge Artist Agency.”
To learn more about all of the outstanding Bluegrass artists associated with Blue Ridge Artist Agency, visit www.blueridgeartistagency.com.

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Appalachian entertainer/actor Randall Franks receives Independent Country Music Hall of Fame induction

Written by SGN Scoops on May 2, 2013 – 5:14 am -

Randall Franks and Razzy BaileyEntertainer and actor Randall Franks joins historic country music luminaries such as A.P. Carter of the Carter Family, Pop Stoneman of the Stoneman Family, Uncle Dave Macon and Fiddlin’ John Carson in the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame.

Franks was inducted alongside several industry friends including Leona Williams, Razzy Bailey, Jean Shepherd, Jimmy C. Newman, the late Billie Jo Spears, Glenn Douglas Tubb, Jerry and Helen Burke, Leslie Elliott, Jim Lusk, Phyllis Cole and the late Johnny Carson.

Franks accepted the induction on behalf of those who he said invested in his life and encouraged him along his path.

“I first thank God for the opportunities and talents He provided, my late parents Floyd and Pearl Franks, Cotton and Jane Carrier, John and Debbie Farley, Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Roy Acuff, Perry Harris, Carroll O’Connor, Alan Autry, Johnny Carson and Phyllis Cole, the producers, directors, engineers, songwriters, managers, agents, disc jockeys, and those of you who bought records and show tickets, listened on radio, and watched me on TV.”

Hall of Fame member Jerry Cramer presented Franks the award as he also expressed his appreciation to the nominating committee for his induction. Read more »


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