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LIVIN’ THE DREAM, Solo Project Releases for Dale Perry

IMG_3426A milestone is passed and dream fulfilled for master banjo picker and renowned bluegrass musician, Dale Perry, today on April 19th, as he releases his first and long awaited solo project, LIVIN’ THE DREAM for sale to the public and full download access on AirPlay Direct to radio programmers worldwide.
When asked how Dale was feeling about the release and the thoughts he was having about the support of the project so far, he said:
“I am very humbled and blessed beyond measure. I have and always will play bluegrass because I love it. Not for fame or glitz. Just because I love the music. I’m grateful that I get to share just a small part of that music. I can only imagine what it was like for our pioneers to hear their music and songs on the radio for the first time. The ones that paved the way for us all. They had no blueprints or roadmaps to go by. Bluegrass in its purest form.”
 

Wilson Pickins Promotions is proud to help Dale release this labor of love and thanks you in advance for helping us spread the word about this one of a kind, unique traditional project.

 

 

Dale Perry was born in Crum, West Virginia and by age 11 was playing several instruments. His first professional gig was with the band Redwing. In 1985, he joined The Bluegrass Cardinals, lending his impressive bass playing and bass vocal skills to the band. Perry later went on to The Lonesome River Band and then spent 11 years with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, first as the bass player and then moving on to banjo. In 2003, Dale was reunited with David Parmley, joining the Continental Divide and is currently with David now as a member of the revived Cardinal Tradition band.

Dale is also the co-owner of Lakeside Recording Studio with David Parmley, located near his home in Gallatin, TN, and has produced a multitude of projects throughout his bluegrass career.

Radio programmers can now download the full album, LIVIN’ THE DREAM, at AirPlay Direct and the public can download it at all popular retail distributors.

Dale Perry endorses Wilson Custom Banjos and D’Addario Strings, both of which were used to record this new project.

Nightflyer Soars

April 8, 2017

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Star City Brewing Company, Miamisburg, OH
Reviewed by Devin Adams, COUNTRY STANDARD TIME

Despite the stage being a touch small for a five-piece band, the highly entertaining and extremely talented Nightflyer delivered with that hard-driving, high-energy country bluegrass sound fans have come to expect.

Joking that their contract only allowed them to play songs about trains, prison, whiskey, mama and Jesus, Nightflyer’s diversity still shined through in their presentation.

Vocally, the band was second to none. Handling most of the lead work were either guitarist Richard Propps with his gritty, yet sweet voice or the polished sound of banjo picker Ronnie Stewart. However, everyone in the band took command of the mic at some point.

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Propps drew applause early and often when hitting high notes throughout, unexpected from such a physically imposing man. Propps simply awed with perfect control on “99 Years and One Dark Day.” Mandolin picker, Rick Hayes, was always quick with a joke between songs and had plenty of stories to tell that kept the crowd laughing and engaged. Rounding out the band was Tim Jackson on Dobro, who is probably considered the band’s honorary drummer thanks to his dance like foot tapping, and last but not least, Tony Kakaris, the official timekeeper on upright bass. Collectively, their vocal harmonies were nothing short of amazing. Hayes would light up like a Christmas tree admiring his band mate’s talent each time they sang together.

SC_logo_150Honoring their “contract,” the band played two sets full of train, prison, whiskey, mama and Jesus songs, kicking off their first set with a blazing version of “Train, Train.” Gospel songs, an expectation from any self-respecting bluegrass band, were common throughout the night, and tunes like “Gospel News” and “You Don’t Have to Go Home” filled the requirement perfectly. “Coos County Jail” “Mama Like Mine” and “White Lightning Blues” rounded out the “contract” requirements.

Following a 20-minute break, more hard-driving bluegrass and top-notch harmonies were in store. At the end of the second set, the standing ovation they received demanded one more song and the band met the demands not just once, but three times over. Then finally, having exhausted themselves, the crowd parted and allowed Nightflyer to say thank you and goodnight.

View article here: Country Standard Time Concert Review

Radio Single Drops for Dale Perry’s First Solo Project

IMG_3426Wilson Pickins Promotions proudly announces the first single available to radio from the solo instrumental project recorded by veteran banjo player and renowned bluegrass musician, Dale Perry.

Shortnin’ Bread, from the album entitled, LIVIN’ THE DREAM, is one of many traditional tunes, hand-picked by Perry to showcase his love and respect for bluegrass, and more specifically, banjo music. This project is very special to Dale and has been on his mind for a long time.

“People have been asking me for years why I haven’t ever released a banjo CD, so I decided it was high time that I did. Besides it being a new project for me to record at our newly reopened Lakeside Recording,  I wanted to make something that would live on past me. A legacy to leave for my children and grandchildren to cherish in the future. It was important for me to play good old fashioned tunes which everyone knows, but no one plays anymore. Most everyone will recognize all of the songs on the project, except for one which I wrote, “Shady Cove”. 

LIVIN’ THE DREAM seemed like a very natural title for this project. I’ve been blessed beyond measure to be able to play music for a living and have had the opportunity to, and still do, play with some of the best musicians and singers in the business; do some fishing when I can; spend time out on the lake; and truly experience living my dream each day.

Thank you for your support and encouragement through the years. I hope that this CD is one that bluegrass fans will tap their toes to and reminisce with for years to come. ”   -Dale Perry

Dale Perry was born in Crum, West Virginia and by age 11 was playing several instruments. His first professional gig was with the band Redwing. In 1985, he joined The Bluegrass Cardinals, lending his impressive bass playing and bass vocal skills to the band. Perry later went on to The Lonesome River Band and then spent 11 years with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, first as the bass player and then moving on to banjo. In 2003, Dale was reunited with David Parmley, joining the Continental Divide and is currently with David now as a member of the revived Cardinal Tradition band.

Dale is also the co-owner of Lakeside Recording Studio with David Parmley, located near his home in Gallatin, TN, and has produced a multitude of projects throughout his bluegrass career.

Radio programmers can now download the new single, Shortnin’ Bread, from LIVIN’ THE DREAM, at AirPlay Direct. The official CD release date is scheduled for April 19th and will be available wherever David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition are performing as well as for download from CD Baby and Itunes.

Dale Perry endorses Wilson Custom Banjos and D’Addario Strings, both of which were used to record this new project.

Sun-Herald Reviews THE LITTLE END OF SOMETHING BIG

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‘The Little End of Something Big,’ The King James Boys (Son Sound West Records, )

Most bluegrass bands play at least a couple of gospel songs, The King James Boys play all bluegrass-gospel songs. The band has been active since 1994, and this offering features new young members for the first time joining founding members Randy Spencer (vocals/guitar) and “Yank” Dover (vocals). They are Randy’s son Cole (vocals/bass), Jesse Owens on banjo and Jacob Jackson on mandolin (who wasn’t present at the show I recently saw). Dobro player Collin Willis and guitarist Chris Payne also appear.little_end

I enjoyed these songs most: “No Power in the Water,” “He’ll Make a Way Out of No Way,” two traditional ones, “Come and Dine” and “Meeting in the Air” plus a new version of the Louvin Brothers’ “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.”

Fans of bluegrass gospel should obtain this recording ASAP.

Ricky Flake, a former punk rocker and current music fan, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at flakericky@gmail.com.

New Band for Kristi Stanley

DSC_0260On the brink of releasing her debut album with Union House Records, Kristi Stanley is proud to introduce the new band, RUNNING BLIND, that will be backing her on tour. Compiled from years of experience, high skill levels, and polished stage presence, there is no doubt that this group will do a fine job supporting Kristi’s powerful vocals.

Guitarist, as well as Kristi’s band-leader, Randy Blevins of Kingsport, TN is a self- taught musician, coming from a musical family learning to play bass and guitar at an early age, he performed with his family in church and with several local bands. Randy is no stranger to the bluegrass circle, he has received awards in NC, VA, and TN, individually as a guitarist and in band competitions.

Mandolinist, Tommy Austin, played guitar and sang with his mother in church growing up in Fall Branch, TN. Tommy has played and recorded with several bands including; The Horsecreek Mountain Boys, Clear Creek, The Rising Wind, Limited Edition, Tennessee Skyline, and The Hopsons. The past several years, Tommy has played with his wife, Vickie, in Appalachian Trail. Tommy has traveled across the United States, as well as done tours in Ireland, Scotland, and England playing bluegrass. Also, contributing songwriting talents, Tommy has had songs recorded by artists such as Mark Newton, Josh Williams, and the Daughters of Bluegrass. Tommy’s song, “A Christmas Tear” was chosen in the top three in the Chris Austin songwriting competition at Merlefest.

Bass Player, Vickie Austin began singing at an early age with her dad in church. At age 13, her parents bought her an upright piano for her birthday. She sang and recorded two gospel music projects with her sister and won several talent competitions throughout her teenage years, including Kingsport Idol, where she continued to help judge for many years following her first place win. In time, Vickie joined and recorded a bluegrass album with the Twin Springs Bluegrass Band, singing lead and playing upright bass. She and her husband, Tommy, have performed and recorded with the band Appalachian Trail for the past twelve years. Vickie has also recorded vocals and bass on some commercials, and has been a musical extra in the upcoming biographical movie about the original 1927 Carter Family recordings, “Born in Bristol”. Along with vocals and bass, Vickie is also an accomplished songwriter and has had one of her songs reach the top ten in the International Bluegrass Music Awards songwriting competition.

Fiddle player, Ashley Davis is originally from Fayetteville, NC. Her parents encouraged her to pursue music, teaching her piano and guitar as a small child. Ashley enjoyed listening to Bluegrass on WQDR FM every Sunday night where she first heard Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. At age 13, Ashley taught herself fiddle and was mentored by Mr. Leslie Sandy, a former member of Bill Monroe’s band, The Bluegrass Boys. By the time Ashley was 15 she was performing with the local bluegrass band in Fayetteville, Bill Jordan and Southern Bluegrass. Ashley has been a member of The Parsons band, Sweet Potato Pie, and the Tyler Williams Band. In 2007, Ashley recorded her first solo album, “Fiddlin’ with Les,” which is titled in honor of her musical mentor. She is currently studying for her Marketing degree at East Tennessee State University.

Resonator guitar player, Travis Houck began his musical journey as a young teenager in Chilhowie, Virginia when he first started performing with his family’s gospel band. He attended East Tennessee State University to join their Bluegrass program where he toured with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. He also began touring with Barry Scott and Second Wind prior to graduating. In 2010, Travis was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on the band’s debut record, In God’s Time. Travis was founding member of Monroeville for which he received the Horizon Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Travis currently resides in Sevierville Tennessee with his wife Amanda.

Banjo player, Chad Love is a third generation musician from East Tennessee and like many, he grew up playing music with his family. Chad is no stranger to holding down the banjo duties in a band having shared the stage with The Holston Mountain Boys, Darrell Webb, Wildfire, Broke Mountain Bluegrass, Hit & Run, Long Road Home, and The Duty Free Band.

The band, in it’s entirety, can be enjoyed for the first time out tomorrow at the Bristol Spring Bluegrass Festival in Bristol VA. You don’t want to miss this event! Promoters can reach out to Melanie Wilson at Wilson Pickins Promotions to book this amazing up and coming band.

Wilson Pickins Welcomes Nightflyer

11146551_1134219736604175_6533825637793652381_nWilson Pickins Promotions proudly announces that they have just added Ohio-based Nightflyer to their diverse team of bluegrass bands.

Nightflyer brings to the table an incredible sound infused with soul, traditional bluegrass drive and an ability to truly stir your emotions. These highly skilled musicians offer decades of experience between them and a respect and love for their craft that exudes each time they take the stage with their electrifying performance.

The band’s lead singer and guitarist Richard Propps consistently receives rave reviews on his powerful and often awe-inspiring vocals and excellent guitar playing. Superb mandolinist and occasional lead vocalist Rick Hayes spent four years touring nationally with the Gibson Brothers, and received a coveted Highlight Review from Bluegrass Unlimited on his solo CD, FLY BY NIGHT. Tony Kakaris is the rock solid heartbeat of Nightflyer on the standup bass, lending baritone as well as lead vocals to the group. Tim Jackson adds spice to the mix with his fiery dobro performances, and an occasional lead and baritone. Rounding out the sound is Ronnie Stewart, contributing killer banjo, and sweet lyrical tenor and lead vocals. Each individual is outstanding on their own, but this is truly a band that is greater than the sum of its parts.

“Flyer” fans everywhere will want to be on alert as there is a new project taking shape to follow the widely successful, RAIL RIVER & ROAD. The guys are in the studio and working on choosing the perfect mix of new material. Nightflyer performs all over the United States and Canada and can be found this year on festival stages like the Bean Blossom Festival in Indiana, Mandolin Farms Bluegrass Festival in Kentucky, Back Forty Bluegrass Festival in Missouri, and the Miami Valley Bluegrass Heritage Festival in Ohio, just to name a few.

Please contact Wilson Pickins Promotions to book Nightflyer for your festival stage or venue at 864-359-7999 or by email at wilsonpickins@gmail.com.

Gil Benson to Branded Bluegrass

GilNot long ago, Gil Benson, an outstanding fiddle player from the Cincinnati, OH area, took part in a very successful project he recorded with the popular Indiana-based band, Branded Bluegrass. MOST WELCOME, was released in 2016 and has not only received escalated bluegrass radio airplay, a boost in their band following and bookings, but also a series of nine SPBGMA nominations that stemmed from it, for both the album and it’s participating members, including Gil.

Until just recently, Gil had been playing locally with a band close to home and filling in with Branded and some other bands as often as he could. Benson has now made the decision to join on as an official band member with Branded Bluegrass.

“I’ve been filling in on fiddle with Branded Bluegrass for nearly two years for gigs that Albert Swain couldn’t make. When Larry asked me to step in full time this past February at SPBGMA, I thought it was the right time to commit to their group. They’re (Larry, Jesse, Mike, Tristen) a fun group of fellas that bring a lot of energy and laughs every time we get together. I look forward to playing music with these guys each and every time out.” -Gil Benson

Branded Bluegrass couldn’t be happier than to have Gil on board with the band and looks forward to touring with him and recording their upcoming project.

Folks can find Branded Bluegrass this weekend at the Mississippi Bluegrass Reunion in Purvis, MS, and promoters can book the band with Wilson Pickins Promotions at 864-359-7999, http://www.wilsonpickins.com.