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First Day of Southern Gospel Weekend a blast!

Written by Staff on March 22, 2019 – 5:28 pm -

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightOxford, Ala. (March 22, 2019) – The first day of Southern Gospel Weekend was filled with numerous gospel artists and styles, from the Bluegrass sound of Eagle’s Wings to the Country gospel stylings of Tonja Rose and Jessica Horton. Fans began filling the auditorium at 5:00 p.m. and the excitement grew as the First Responders and Veterans began entering the hall, after a special private reception with the artists.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe Veterans Appreciation event began the evening with the presentation of the flags, followed by keynote speaker Ken Rollins, who honored the Veterans and First Responders for their service. Special music by Mark209 and Matthew Wilson of Eagles Wings.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe musical portion of the evening was very well received, with artists like Mercy Rain, the Williamsons, New Ground and ClearVision Quartet.

After the concert, many went to eat at Hubbard’s Off Main, where the Midnight Prayer portion was led by Tonja Rose.

We hope you enjoy the images we have captured for you.

Please note, for any that are in the Oxford, Ala., area:  All day Saturday there are events in the Civic Center. Most are free admission. Be sure to catch the Diamond Awards Top 10 big reveal.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightFor more information please call SGW 2019 ThursdayHubbard's Off Main.

SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

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Congrats to The SGNScoops Bluegrass Top 20 for April 2019

Written by scoopsnews on March 21, 2019 – 10:20 am -

Bluegrass top 20

Chigger Hill Boys and Terri

Chigger Hill Boys and Terri

2019 April SGNScoops Bluegrass Gospel Top 20

1. Songs Like Those (For Days Like These) – Chigger Hill Boys and Terri

2. We’ll Never Walk Alone – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

3. That’s Grace – The Primitive Quartet

4. Let My Life Be A Light – Balsam Range

5. Most Requested Prayer – Heaven’s Mountain Band

6. Thinkin’ Outside The Box – Dave Adkins

7. Who But God – Eagle’s Wings

8. I Start Each Day With The Lord – Britton Family and Friends

9. On The Sea Of Life – Jeff and Sheri Easter

10. His Eyes – The Rochesters

11. Little Black Train – Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb

12. On The Far Side – The Marksmen Quartet

13. Why Should I Worry – Canaan’s Crossing

14. Are You Ready To Go – Sally Berry

15. In A Whirlwind – The Little Roy and Lizzy Show

16. Wanna Be – Southern Raised

17. A Brighter Day – Primitive Quartet

18. Call On God – Tonja Rose

19. Was Nots – King James Boys

20. I Am The One – Walking By Faith

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Inner Views of Doyle Lawson: Saved by Grace

Written by Staff on February 21, 2019 – 11:27 am -

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver: Saved by Grace

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver: Saved by Grace

While every single interview I have conducted for Inner Views has been distinctive and personally memorable to me, I must tell you that the Inner Views I am sharing with you today will forever hold an extraordinarily special place in my heart. Doyle Lawson, a humble man of God, is a legendary giant in the world of bluegrass music and is one of my biggest musical heroes, hands down.


Cheryl Smith:  Could you share with us about your childhood?  What are some of your favorite memories to recall from your time growing up?
Doyle Lawson:  As far back as I can remember I have loved the sound of music. Radio was the vehicle of entertainment in those days and there was an abundance of local, regional and national programs to listen to. The ones I remember vividly are of course the Grand Ole Opry on WSM in Nashville and the Farm and Fun Time show heard daily on WCYB in Bristol, Tenn./Va.. In the early 1950’s, my dad and mother, along with one of his nephews, started singing in churches locally, and I loved to watch them work out the harmony parts, and I absorbed everything I heard them do.After hearing Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys on the Opry, I was knocked out by Bill’s voice and mandolin playing, and decided that I was gonna be a picker and singer…When I was 11 years old, we were living in Hancock County, Tenn., and Dad was singing lead with the Clinch River Quartet, and I discovered that one of the men in the quartet (Willis Byrd) had a mandolin. I asked Dad to ask Willis if I could borrow it to learn to play.

In 1958, I got to meet the man who became my first professional boss in music. Jimmy Martin was from Hancock County, Tenn. and had gone to work for Bill Monroe in 1949. He went on to front his own band, the Sunny Mountain Boys in 1954, first teaming up with the Osborne Brothers. On the 3rd day of Feb. 1963, I went to Nashville and auditioned for (Jimmy) to pick the banjo, and that started my 55 years and country music career.

 

Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson

Smith:  Were you raised in a Christian home?
Lawson:  Yes, I was brought up in a Christian home after my dad rededicated his life in 1950. He and Mom along with one of his nephews started singing in church as a trio and later added a bass singer. At the age of eight during a revival service, I realized that I was lost, and I went to the altar and accepted Jesus as my Savior…

The music business can be full of worldly trappings and it can be easy to lose your way. And I did for a good while. But on the 1st Sunday of May in 1985, I humbled myself and asked God to take control of my life because I had made a mess of it.

On the outside things looked – and were – going great, but inside me I was miserable. I didn’t have the one thing I needed most of all and that was God. He never ever left me, I left him, but he was there when I truly asked for forgiveness. That was the best decision I have ever made as an adult.


Smith:  Who has most influenced you, musically?
Lawson:  Bill Monroe was my first musical hero and then came the first generation of what was to become known as Bluegrass music: Flatt and Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, the Stanley Brothers, Reno and Smiley, and the Osborne Brothers and more.
Gospel music (influencers) would be: the Chuck Wagon Gang, the Statesmen Quartet, the Blackwood Brothers, the Masters Family, the Browns Ferry Four, and local and regional groups.

Doyle LawsonSmith:  Can you share with us about a special highlight in your career?
Lawson:  Oh my, there are many to draw from, but I suppose the first-time appearance at the Opry with Jimmy Martin was one of the standouts. I had always wanted to go see the Grand Ole Opry and as it turned out, the first time I saw it was from the stage. I was so nervous you could literally see my pants legs shaking. The National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship award is another treasured memory as well as being inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Congrats to The SGN SCOOPS BLUEGRASS TOP 20

Written by scoopsnews on February 19, 2019 – 12:24 pm -

MARCH 2019

  1. We’ll Never Walk Alone- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  2. Let My Life Be A Light- Balsam Range
  3. That’s Grace- Primitive Quartet
  4. Songs Like Those- Chigger Hill Boys & Terri
  5. When The Storm Is In My Path- Heaven’s Mountain Band
  6. Super Water- King James Boys
  7. Why Should I Worry- Canaan’s Crossing
  8. Wanna Be- Southern Raised
  9. On The Sea Of Life- Jeff & Sheri Easter
  10. Fill My Cup Lord- Stiff Family
  11. Who But God- Eagle’s Wings
  12. Thinkin’ Outside The Box- Dave Adkins
  13. Most Requested Prayer- Heaven’s Mountain Band
  14. Little Why Church By The Way- Rumfelt Family
  15. By The Marks In His Hands- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  16. Water Grace- Chosen Road
  17. Now I’m Here- Stevens Family Tradition
  18. Hide Me Behind The Cross- Tonja Rose
  19. Little Black Train- Barry Abernathy & Darrell Webb
  20. Glimpse Of The Kingdom- Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

 

 

 

 

Congrats Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver! NUMBER 1


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SGNScoops welcomes Les Butler

Written by Staff on December 3, 2018 – 1:26 pm -

Les Butler playing and singing at Hominy Valley

Les Butler playing and singing at Hominy Valley

Seattle, Washington  (Dec. 3, 2018) SGNScoops Magazine has built a solid core of readers since it’s inception as a digital magazine in 2009. During that time, artists from a broad spectrum of Christian music have been featured, including Balsam Range, Zach Williams and the Isaacs.

Butler with Isaccs at Larry's Diner

Butler with Isaccs at Larry’s Diner

Rob Patz, owner and publisher of SGNScoops Magazine, has brought on staff a strong voice in gospel music, to feature highlight the Bluegrass side of Christian music. Les Butler, of Butler Music Group, will begin writing for the magazine in 2019.

Midnight Jamboree: Les Butler and Jimmy Fortune

Midnight Jamboree: Les Butler and Jimmy Fortune

“Although I’m mostly known as a Southern gospel guy, my Bluegrass roots run deep; very deep,” says Butler. “I grew up on Flatt and Scruggs, Live from Carnegie Hall. Earl was the first to show me his three-finger banjo roll. I’ve played and toured with Dailey and Vincent.  I’ve been blessed to host a national award-winning syndicated Bluegrass Gospel show for over 20 years. Yes, I guess it’s safe to say that in addition to being a Southern Gospel guy, I am also a Bluegrass guy.”

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Les Butler at TNN

“We are thrilled to have Les Butler come on board SGNScoops,” says Patz. “Les and I have known each other for some time, and I’ve wanted to add his exceptional talent to the magazine for awhile. We both feel the time is now right for him to share this part of his life with us.”

Les Butler Interviewing Marty Raybon

Les Butler Interviewing Marty Raybon

Butler continues, “I’m pleased to announce that I will be writing a monthly Bluegrass gospel column, ‘Les Butler and Friends,’ for my friend Rob Patz starting in the January issue of SGNScoops Magazine.  I think you’re going to enjoy getting to know some of my Bluegrass buddies!”

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Les Butler and friends will be added to the SGNScoops Magazine’s regular features beginning next month. More information can be found at www.sgnscoops.com.


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Billy Blue Publishing to Serve Bluegrass and Americana

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 8, 2018 – 7:27 am -

Billy Blue Publishing to Serve Bluegrass and Americana

Billy Blue Publishing to Serve Bluegrass and Americana

Nashville TENN — Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records, and Jerry Salley, Creative and A&R Director for Billy Blue and Billy Jam Records, (imprints of Daywind), have announced the formation of a new publishing entity.

Billy Blue Publishing (BBP) will focus on all types of Bluegrass and Americana music; seeking to sign and represent the finest writers in the genres.

Nashville native, Joe Dan Cornett, will step into a new role leading Billy Blue Publishing.

Cornett currently works as Creative Director at Daywind Publishing, one of the most successful Gospel music publishing companies in existence, where his duties include song pitching and songwriter development. He is also experienced in the mainstream Country market. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Joe Dan has also worked in large market tour management and in film and television for Broadcast Music, Inc., (BMI).

The young executive has a passion for serving songwriters and creatives.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to expand into the Bluegrass market with Billy Blue Publishing,” Cornett says. “My family is from the hills of Kentucky and I grew up listening to Bluegrass. I look forward to working with Jerry Salley and Billy Blue Records to help provide artists with spectacular songs. Acoustic music is full of amazingly talented people and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.”

Billy Blue Publishing joins the recently formed Billy Blue Records (Bluegrass) and Billy Jam Records (Americana) among the newest players in the growing world of acoustic music. Billy Blue Records previously announced a forthcoming album featuring the songs of Rick Lang; the signing of the Band of Kelleys; and the signing of Appalachian Road Show, the new musical endeavor launched by Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb.

“There are so many great things on the horizon. The formation of Billy Blue Publishing with Joe Dan at the helm is another step toward the kind of creative excellence we’re striving for with Billy Blue and Billy Jam Records,” Jerry Salley says. “His fresh, forward thinking combined with his infectious enthusiasm and experience make him a natural leader for our latest endeavor. I am very excited about the future.”

Cornett has already begun considering writers for Billy Blue Publishing. He will attend World of Bluegrass in Raleigh with the Billy Blue Records team this week.

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Joe Dan Cornett
BILLY BLUE PUBLISHING
615.826.8101 ext. 6523
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Pine Ridge Boys host trip to Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Written by Staff on August 9, 2018 – 12:10 pm -

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet

Inman, South Carolina (August 9, 2018)– The popular Pine Ridge Boys Quartet from Inman, S.C., are hosting a tour to the 2018 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on October 28 – November 1. The group will be taking part in the event and are also in the top five nominees for the prestigious Diamond Awards, taking place during the convention.

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet host trip to Creekside 2018The Pine Ridge Boys have coordinated tours to other events, and the group is excited to be heading to Creekside. Spokesperson Anne Stewart says, “Creekside is an awesome event just by itself and since the Pine Ridge Boys Quartet have some awesome fans and supporters, we decided why not bring folks to this great event! Plus they also get to see and support their favorite quartet.” Anne is the wife of Larry Stewart, bass singer, owner and manager of the group. She has accompanied the quartet to the convention on prior occasions. The full brochure for the trip can be found here: Pine Ridge Boys Quartet host trip to Creekside 2018

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet host trip to Creekside 2018“We are thrilled that the Pine Ridge Boys are bringing all of their friends, family and fans to Creekside this year,” says Rob Patz, owner and host of Creekside Gospel Music Convention. “Pine Ridge has become a mainstay at the convention and I’m looking forward to welcoming all of their supporters in October. As the Boys are nominated for 2018 Diamond Award Quartet of the Year, the excitement in the auditorium during the Diamond Awards should be at an even higher level than usual. I hope to see everyone there!” Voting for the Diamond Awards continues until Sept. 15 here.

The Pine Ridge Boys have created a tour that also includes visiting some of Pigeon Forge’s favorite attractions and eateries, as outlined on their brochure. For more information on their trip, please call Anne at (864) 473-8535 or email anne@pineridgeboys.com.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Creekside Gospel Music Convention began in 2012 and has enjoyed increasing prominence in the world of Christian music. Celebrating Gospel, Bluegrass and Christian Country music, the event provides free tickets to the evening concerts, including the kick-off Sunday night, Dr. Jerry Goff Honors Arthur Rice on Monday night, the Diamond Awards on Tues. 30th and other special guests for Wed. and Thurs., to be announced. For more information, including lodging at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Ramada hotel, please call Rob Patz at 360-933-0741 or visit the Creekside website or Facebook page.


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RHONDA VINCENT & DOLLY PARTON’s “PLEASE” HEATING UP THE CHARTS!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 2, 2018 – 9:03 am -

photo: Chris Hollo © Grand Ole Opry

photo: Chris Hollo © Grand Ole Opry

NASHVILLE, Tenn  – Anyone who knows Rhonda Vincent knows one thing – she stays busy! And that’s exactly what she’s doing this summer. Between her extremely busy touring schedule, recording new music and working on a few more projects yet to be announced, Rhonda is heating up the radio charts and she’s doing it with a beloved friend.

Recently, Rhonda and dear friend, Dolly Parton, collaborated on the song “Please” for the project, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. That song is heating up the charts in the Bluegrass world and beyond – hitting the No. 1 spot on the Bluegrass Today chart just last week.
Rhonda debuted the live performance of the song on the Grand Ole Opry not long ago with her daughter, Sally Berry, taking the ‘Dolly parts’ and the crowd received the song with thunderous applause – clearly loving every single moment!
You can stream “Please” by Rhonda Vincent & Dolly Parton on all music services – Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music and others. To purchase the entire project, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, on Rhonda’s website at www.RhondaVincent.com.

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RICKY SKAGGS LUNCHES WITH COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM STAFF

Written by Staff on June 1, 2018 – 11:38 am -

Back row: Ben Hall, Director of Major Gifts; Nando Rodriguez, Senior Director of Events and Culinary; Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer; Mark DeLelys, Senior Director of Museum Sales and Retail; Carolyn Tate, SVP of Museum Services; Kyle Young, CEO; Warren Denney, Senior Creative Director; Brenda Colladay, VP of Museum Services; Nina Burghard, SVP Financial Services and Operations; Lisa Purcell, VP of Development, Education, and Community Outreach; Jay Orr, Executive Senior Director of Research, Editorial, and Content Seated: Sharon Brawner, SVP of Sales and Marketing; Charlotte Scott, RS Entertainment; Ricky Skaggs; Don Murry Grubbs, Absolute Publicity *Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum (high resolution photo available upon request)

Back row: Ben Hall, Director of Major Gifts; Nando Rodriguez, Senior Director of Events and Culinary; Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer; Mark DeLelys, Senior Director of Museum Sales and Retail; Carolyn Tate, SVP of Museum Services; Kyle Young, CEO; Warren Denney, Senior Creative Director; Brenda Colladay, VP of Museum Services; Nina Burghard, SVP Financial Services and Operations; Lisa Purcell, VP of Development, Education, and Community Outreach; Jay Orr, Executive Senior Director of Research, Editorial, and Content
Seated: Sharon Brawner, SVP of Sales and Marketing; Charlotte Scott, RS Entertainment; Ricky Skaggs;
Don Murry Grubbs, Absolute Publicity
*Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Country and Bluegrass Legend Gears Up for Busy CMA Fest Week in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) — Ricky Skaggs was recently invited to spend some quality time with Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum staffers at a private luncheon held in the CMA Theatre in Nashville. The event was organized by museum officials to celebrate Skaggs’ upcoming induction into the famed institution.
“It was so kind of the Hall of Fame to have a luncheon in my honor,” says Skaggs. “We had such a good time. I started telling them old Bill Monroe stories, one after the other, and they went for over an hour. I’m so honored to be the newest living inductee into this hallowed Hall. It’s a dream come true for me.”
Later this year, Skaggs will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside the late Dottie West and the late Johnny Gimble. In the meantime, the country and bluegrass legend is keeping the tour trail red hot. Next week, he’ll have a strong presence at CMA Fest in Nashville when he appears on the CMA Close Up Stage, as well as a full band performance at Nissan Stadium.
Ricky Skaggs CMA Fest Appearances:
• Thursday, June 7 / 12:15 – 1:15pm —  The Country Music Hall of Fame presents “An Interview with 2018 Inductee Ricky Skaggs,” hosted by Peter Cooper — CMA Close Up Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X (inside the Music City Center)
• Sunday, June 10 /  7:55 – 8:25pm — Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder — Nissan Stadium
Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs

About Ricky Skaggs

Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits and is due to be inducted into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this fall.

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Bluegrass Gospel artist Canaan’s Crossing welcomes new member

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 5, 2018 – 10:14 pm -

Bluegrass Gospel artist Canaan's Crossing welcomes new member

Bluegrass Gospel artist Canaan’s Crossing welcomes new member

(Arab,AL) Alabama based Bluegrass Gospel artist Canaan’s Crossing recently announced the resignation of long time Fiddle player and Vocalist, Tina Miller. The search for a replacement was short lived as Hannah Black, the sister of Canaan’s Crossing guitarist Joshua Black will be joining the band effective immediately. ” We all are sad to see Tina leave the band but she has a great opportunity that you will be hearing about in the days to come. We are just thankful that we were able to find her replacement in our hometown. In fact, Hannah studied fiddle and voice under Tina”, said Canaan’s Crossing spokesman Tim Maze.

Hannah Black is age 19 and a Freshmen in college. While in high school, she was a member of the Arab High School FFA string band which won a state championship. Also, as part of the FFA, she was an officer for all four years of high school and an Alabama state officer during her senior year. Hannah shared this on her Facebook page, “I am so excited and very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this group. I pray that the Lord uses this for His glory and His glory alone. Excited to begin this journey!


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