So excited to share this review from Bluegrass Today of our debut High Fidelity record!!! Click the link to read the review. Big thanks to John Lawless for the review we could have only dreamed of!!!
Traditional bluegrass band High Fidelity has just released their debut album. The self-titled release features 13 tracks of straight-ahead traditional bluegrass. The record for the most part showcases the band in four-piece fashion, with Jeremy Stephens on guitar and vocals, Corrina Rose Logston on fiddle and vocals, Kurt Stephenson on banjo and vocals, and Vickie Vaughn on bass. Mandolinist Daniel Amick contributes on a handful of selections. All songs were cut live in one room with minimal isolation, similar to how recording was done by the first generation bluegrass pioneers whom the band draws its inspiration from.
High Fidelity formed in 2014 and won the 2014 SPBGMA International Band Championship. They are performing a select number of dates in 2016. For purchasing information on their new album, contact High Fidelity at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit High Fidelity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/highfidelitybluegrass and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/highfidelitybg.
Marteka & William Lake, a young duo from West Virginia, have just released their latest record entitled Keepin’ It Real, featuring Corrina Rose Logston on fiddle. The record is bluegrass in the Flatt & Scruggs style and features covers of their classic tunes as well as some of Lester and Earl’s material that had previously been recorded in their folk years without fiddle, leaving Corrina to interpret a Paul Warren, Benny Martin, Benny Sims, or combination style fiddle break for several compositions. The Lakes also included their very first original song, “The Ballad of Lester & Earl.” If you are interested in the latest up and coming young traditionalists and you like Flatt & Scruggs style bluegrass, this is sure to be a record you will enjoy. Visit Marteka & William’s website for more information and to order: http://www.marteka-n-williamlakebluegrass.com/order-cds-shirts-pics-etc
Playing the Opry is quite possibly one of the most sought-after goals for any musician who grew up steeped in bluegrass. All of our heros played it. And there’s just something legendary about a show that has never missed a broadcast since its beginnings in 1925. Combine that aspect with the performance itself being with someone who has been one of your heros since you were 3 years old — there are simply no words for this type of thing!!!!!!!
As I drove up to the backstage of the Grand Ole Opry house on Saturday, February 20, 2016, about 7 pm CST, I heard the Opry broadcast commence on the radio. I’ve listened many times, but this time it was different. I realized I was going to be on there, and with Jesse McReynolds. Several friends — all men — had inquired point-blank after I’d been asked to play the Opry, “Did you cry?” I hadn’t up to that point, but big tears started welling up when I heard that announcement and fiddle intro — the show had begun!
The evening itself was nothing short of magical. As I walked up to the entrance, Buddy Griffin opened the door and greeted me by saying, “Welcome to the Grand Ole Opry!” When I checked in, I discovered I’d been sent beautiful flowers — from Jesse, Joy, and all the Virginia Boys! Jesse was so gracious and awesome; he is not only a living legend but a true gentleman to work with.
For the performance, Buddy Griffin and I played twin fiddles (I played lead and Buddy played harmony)” on Jesse’s original fiddle tune, “Dixie Hoedown,” a bluegrass classic that comes to us from the Starday era of Jim & Jesse (highly recommended listening). The original cut of “Dixie Hoedown” was recorded with Vassar Clements and Jesse McReynolds on twin fiddles. When Buddy and I played it, it felt like I was almost in the record! When it finally came time to perform onstage, Jesse offered a very special introduction and announced “Dixie Hoedown,” and we took off! It was exhilarating!
There are really no words to sum up such an event. It’s pretty much the stuff that dreams are made of, a blessing of enormous proportions. I thank the Lord for such an opportunity, a real dream-come-true!
Just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone!!!!!!! It has been an intense past week of happenings, and the interest and support shown has absolutely blown me away and touched my heart. I have not taken any comment or message lightly and so appreciate the expressions I’ve received. Thank you so much for the outpouring of support, friendship, and love!!!!!!! I have been very blessed; I truly believe God has been at work, and I want to give Him all the glory for it. I couldn’t contain myself in words so I had to do this little doodle!!! I love you all!!!!!!!
Bluegrass Today is one of my very favorite blogs — I have been a reader ever since it was known as The Bluegrass Blog — and John Lawless is simply a master journalist. Click the link above to check out this lovely article John wrote on me and some of my latest musical pursuits! Thanks, John and Bluegrass Today!!!
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