Wednesday, June 6, 2018

 
ESTILL SPRINGS, TN
BEAUTIFUL DAY, BEAUTIFUL FAMILY
AND BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS  
June 4, 2011
 
Steering clear of the chance to talk too much, we will jump right into the photos of a fantastic day at Estill Springs, Tennessee. It was just seven years ago this past Monday. These folks were cornhole before cornhole was cool! Some may ask, "Where's the bluegrass music content?" We're ready for you: Pat Flynn! If you were into New Grass Revival, you'll recognize Pat Flynn!
 
Enjoy this ride down Memory Lane!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, May 26, 2018

 
GIVE ME A MOMENT!
 
MAY 26, 2018
 
 
I NEED A MOMENT to catch my breath from what is going on here in the world of bluegrass music.
 
Breathe in...breathe out. Repeat often.
 
OK. I'm good now!
Mark Schatz at Claire Lynch Band Record Table, Collins Theatre, Paragould, AR  2012

 
     Our friends legendary bluegrass bass player Mark Schatz and his wife Eileen could really use our help right now. Eileen is in the fight of her life! It's Stage III pancreatic cancer and treatment is very expensive. You can help these members of our bluegrass music family by going to their GoFundMe page and making a donation right now. Just Google 'Send Eileen Love's Healing Power' or just type in Mark Schatz GoFundMe page. Any donation, large or small, is appreciated. Please go there now, and thanks for your generosity!
 
     You might add Mark and Eileen Schatz to your prayer list, too! The power of prayer is undeniable!
 
Pick away!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

 
WE'VE UPDATED GIGS
FOR THE CLAIRE LYNCH BAND
VISIT THEM A FEW POSTS DOWN!
(OK...22 posts down)
 
Check their exciting schedule for 2018. They'll be in Tennessee and surrounding states quite often.
 


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DONNA ULISSE AND
THE POOR MOUNTAIN BOYS
"Bluegrass Monday" at Collins Theatre
Paragould, AR
February 26, 2018 
 
Collins Theatre, Home of Bluegrass Monday, Paragould, AR
     There we were, noses pressed against the window pane, patiently waiting for one of our favorite bluegrass bands to appear. Had it really been that long? What? Couple of years? Four years, actually, almost to the day! But the Collins Theatre schedule for 2018 was released, and there they were! DONNA ULISSE AND THE POOR MOUNTAIN BOYS were returning for a show. We marked our calendars! KASU 91.9 FM DJ Marty Scarbrough, who hosts the fourth Monday events called "Bluegrass Monday," knows how to pick 'em!
Host/DJ Marty Scarbrough introduces
Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain
Boys
L to R: Mason Nolen, Harry Clark (at rear)
Greg Davis, Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley
     A lot of really good things have happened for Donna and the Poor Mountain Boys. Donna Ulisse is the current "Songwriter of the Year" for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA). She took the same honor in 2016 for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). She writes for herself and the band. She writes for other headliners like Del McCoury, Claire Lynch, Doyle Lawson, Larry Stephenson, Volume Five, and many more.
     Things began to take off into the stratosphere in the early 1990's, when Donna released a country album on Atlantic Records. Edging toward bluegrass music all the while, she was making an impression on bluegrass fans. By 2007, she recorded her first bluegrass album. It's nine albums and many miles later, and there's no stopping this songwriter and her amazing band. Her current album, "Breakin' Easy" is a favorite of music writers and critics, who call the CD one of the best of 2017. "Breakin' Easy" is on the charts, in Bluegrass Today, and on SiriusXM's "Bluegrass Junction."
Donna Ulisse
Rick Stanley
 
You've met Donna on her vocals and guitar work. Here are the other very important folks who make up the Poor Mountain Boys: Rick Stanley, Donna's husband and leader of the band, on guitar and vocals--yes, he's a cousin to the legendary Ralph and Carter Stanley; Greg "Papaw" Davis, banjo and vocals; Mason "Smiley" Nolen, mandolin and vocals; and sitting in doing terrific bass work was Searcy, Arkansas' own Harry Clark.
Donna and Rick
Harry Clark (at rear) and Greg Davis
      A show doesn't drive itself. Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys know how to move a show along. There's a little talk, a little connecting to the next song or a favorite artist from a while back, and spot-on bluegrass vocals and
instrumentation. These are seasoned veterans that I would recommend to anyone who loves the real deal. They're the real deal and we love 'em!
Greg Davis
Mason Nolen
      Here's what we heard on that magical night with Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys:
Set 1
Ain't That a Pity, I'm Gonna Shine; I've Got That Back Home Feeling Again; Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On; Don't It Sound Like We Were Made for Each Other; John Hardy (by Papaw Davis); Fist City (honoring her legendary friend, Loretta Lynn); You Don't Have to Walk That Far No More; Black Snake (moonshine, slidin' down the mountainside); Down the Road (by "Smiley" Nolen); Whispering Pines (a Johnny Horton tune); and How Mountain Girls Can Love. Set 2 One-Way Rider; Me and Loretta ("Loretta lit a fire in me!"; (My Music Is) Showin' My Roots; I'm a Little Past Lonely; It Coulda Been the Mandolin; Hard-Cry Moon; Just Because (Rick); Where My Mind Can Find Some Rest; Diggy Liggy Li/Diggy Liggy Lo (a Doug Kershaw song); Here Comes My Baby Back Again (tribute to the late Dottie West, who won a Grammy for the song in 1965); Somehow Tonight (Mason); I'm Not Afraid to Say My Heart Belongs to Jesus; We Got This Love Thing Figured Out; and the encore was Whatever Winter Brings. Solid show by some of the best that bluegrass music has to offer!
 
DONNA ULISSE AND THE POOR MOUNTAIN BOYS
L to R: Mason Nolen, Harry Clark (at rear), Greg Davis, Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley
 
Donna Ulisse www.donnaulisse.com or Facebook @Donna.Ulisse.singer.songwriter
Order Donna's new CD, "Breakin' Easy."
 
For more information or booking:
Kathy Anderson kanderson@hadleymusicgroup.com  / 615.397.9840
 
The 2018-2019 Tour
Mar. 24, 2018  Campbell Co. Courthouse, Rustburg, VA
Mar. 25, 2018  American Legion Post 238, Hughesville, MD
Apr. 6, 2018    Pennyroyal Opera House, Fairview, OH
May 12, 2018  Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival, Denton, NC
May 19, 2018  The Strand Theater, Lewisburg, WV
Feb. 9, 2019  Everett's Barn, Suwanee, GA
Mar. 2, 2019  Luckett's Bluegrass Series, Leesburg, VA
Mar. 21, 2019  42nd Annual Sertoma Youth Bluegrass Festival, Brooksville, FL
Mar. 29, 2019  Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, Wilmington, OH
More to come in 2019 
 
Terry's CafĂ©, 201 S. Pruett, Paragould, serves a delicious catfish buffet starting at 4:30 PM CT on Bluegrass Monday nights!  
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

MONSTER MANDOLIN WEEKEND
COLLIERVILLE TN VFW POST 5066
February 24, 2018
 
     THE MANDOLIN WAS KING (OR QUEEN) for one monster weekend of demonstrating, teaching, a little lecturing, and practicing! All sorts of people showed up at Collierville VFW Post 5066 with all kinds of mandolins.
     The skilled artisans who pitched in to instruct were as follows:  DAVID PIERCE (organizer of the event), from the bands Tennessee Gentlemen, 2 Mule Plow, Tennessee Boltsmokers, and Tennessee Ripple; JAMES KEE, from the bands Hamilton County Ramblers and the Kati Penn Band; HARRY CLARK, from the bands Volume Five and the Jenni Lynn Band; and ANDY RATLIFF, from the creative Memphis duo of Eric Lewis and Andy Ratliff.
     We want to share some photos with you from that very special day!
     Look for more workshops soon! We want everyone to know their instruments better so that they can really enjoy playing bluegrass and old-time music!
     Special thanks to all participants who attended the workshop! Extra special thanks to the instructors who gave their time to help folks learn more about their mandolins.
L to R: David Pierce, James Kee, Harry Clark, Andy Ratliff
 
 
 
Posey Hedges
 
Harry Clark and Andy Ratliff
 
David Pierce and James Kee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Instructors' Jam at the end of the workshop
David Pierce, Andy Ratliff, James Kee, Harry Clark
 
David Pierce
 
Andy Ratliff
 
James Kee
 
Harry Clark
 
Instructors' Jam L to R: David Pierce, guitar; Andy Ratliff, old-time banjo;
James Kee, mandolin; Harry Clark, mandolin
 
David Pierce and Andy Ratliff
 
James Kee and Harry Clark