CMT Edge Presents Video For My Way Is The Highway From Rob Ickes & Trey Hensleys New Album

January 15, 2015

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley on CMTRob Ickes & Trey Hensley perform "My Way Is the Highway" LIVE at CMT Edge from NEW album Before The Sun Goes Down.

“Listening to Trey Hensley play guitar, I realized I haven’t heard guitar-playing this exciting since Clarence White. Wow!” –Gene Parsons, The Byrds

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The Jeremy Kittel Band On Tour

January 13, 2015

Jeremy Kittel

White House Art Collective (Clarkston) 2/10 at 7:15
NMU Northern Lights Series - Forest Roberts Theater (Marquette) 2/13 at 7:30pm
The Bay Theater (Suttons Bay) 2/14 at 7:30pm
The Ark (Ann Arbor) 2/15 at 7:30pm

“Jeremy Kittel has already established himself as a world class fiddler.” —SingOut!

Jeremy Kittel is at the forefront of a new breed of fiddlers and violinists who easily navigate between musical styles and traditions. His mastery of the instrument has earnd him a 2015 GRAMMY nomination in the category of "Best Classical Compendium" for his work with Turtle Island Quartet. Kittel breaks exciting new ground and is helping to redefine the role of his instrument.

Currently touring with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band, he leads audiences into fresh musical territory. Jeremy and his band are eager  to play four dates in his home state of Michigan.

GRAMMY nominated, six-time Detroit Music Award winner, and Scottish Fiddle Champion, Jeremy Kittel is known for his captivating fusion of Celtic fiddling with the spontaneity of jazz, the soul of bluegrass, the rhythms of Africa and Latin America, the layered melodies of Eastern Europe, and the intricacies of chamber music. Kittel has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured with Abigail Washburn, spent over five years as a member of the GRAMMY Award-winning jazz improv group Turtle Island Quartet, and arranged and performed the strings parts for My Morning Jacket’s most recent studio  album, Circuital.

Sample his latest album Chasing Sparks.

Alison Brown Brings Americana Holiday Pops Program to Chattanooga

December 12, 2014

Grammy winning banjoist Alison Brown is bringing her Americana Holiday Pops program to Chattanooga for two performances at The Tivoli Theater with the Chattanooga Symphony on December 20th and 21st.

The program, which Brown debuted with the San Diego Symphony last December, was touted as one of the freshest and most fun holiday concerts of the season.  Highlights of the show include Brown's imaginative reworking of themes from The Nutcracker. Titled The Five String Nutcracker (In five Minutes More or Less), it's the first time Tchaikovsky's masterpiece has been adapted for the banjo and is a bona fide crowd pleaser.

Joining Brown and her band on the show will be legendary Chattanooga fiddler (and founder of the Dismembered Tennesseans) Fletcher Bright.  Cloggers, Irish dancers and a surprise guest or two will round out a performance that you won't want to miss!

Tickets are available online for Saturday and Sunday's performances or by calling 1-800-514-3849. Tickets can also be purchasd at the Theater box office located at 3999 McCallie Avenue. For more information, visit


Compass Records Artists Receive Three Grammy Award Nominations

December 08, 2014

Compass Records recording artists received three GRAMMY nominations in the categories of Best Roots Gospel Album of the Year and Best Bluegrass Album of the Year during today's nominee announcement by The Recording Academy for the 57th Annual GRAMMY awards. Albums nominated include banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny’s solo album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, newgrass revivalists Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen's razor sharp album Cold Spell, and the powerfully evocative Mike Farris' much-anticipated album Shine For All The People. The awards will be held on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live at 8/7c on CBS.
Noam Pikelny
has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. His solo project Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe is the first banjo adaptation of the seminal 1976 bluegrass album Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe and won Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association award ceremony earlier this fall, the first instrumental album in the 25 year history of the organization to capture this award. The project has been praised by The New York Times as “an absolute boon for him: at once a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion.” The inaugural winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Banjo and Bluegrass, Pikelny is a founding member of Chris Thile’s dynamic string ensemble Punch Brothers. His last album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, was also nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album in 2012.

Riding on a 2014 IBMA award win for Instrumental Band of the Year, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen have taken their brand of progressive bluegrass to another level with Cold Spell. Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen.Touted as "highly original and dexterous" by PopMatters, Dirty Kitchen is made up of banjoist Mike Munford (2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth.

On Shine For All The People, Mike Farris’ musical vision coalesces into a sound that harkens back to early soul records and yet emerges completely fresh. The album pushes beyond his 2007 critically acclaimed album, Salvation in Lights, into a realm that holds to hope admist the failures and sufferings of the present. The new album includes both original material and Farris' trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans. Folk titan Mary Gauthier says of Mike: "He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone, and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they're not...that's magic.”

Emmy Award Winning A Southern Celtic Christmas Out on DVD

November 05, 2014

A Southern Celtic ChristmasEmmy Award-Winning A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS out on DVD - As seen on American Public Television

“A rollicking yet reverent time.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Compass Records and W.B Yeats Foundation are thrilled to release today, A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS, a unique holiday program that brings together some of the leading lights in Irish and traditional Appalachian music to create a heart warming celebration of the season. From toe-tapping jigs and reels to haunting fiddle tunes to exquisite prayer poems dating back to Medieval times, engaging performances capture the mystical beauty, heartfelt warmth and sheer humanity that is the best of the holiday season.

The program, as seen on American Public Television, grew out of 20 year holiday concert tradition at Emory University, the brainchild of Yeats scholar James Flannery. Unique among holiday programs, A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS delves into the spiritual meaning of the season across time and across continents as it explores the similarities and differences in ancient Celtic traditions and more recent Appalachian traditions. What is revealed is the common thread of humanity’s celebration of the bounty of life at the darkest time of the year.

With appearances by Moya Brennan Band with Cormac DeBarra, Alison Brown Trio with Joe Craven, John Doyle, Rising Appalachia, Buddy O’Reilly Band, Rosin Sisters, Kelly Stewart Brzozowski, Atlanta Irish Dance Troupe and more.

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