Miranda Lambert leads all nominees at the 51st CMA Awards with five nominations. NBC/NBCUniversal

“Nominations for the 51st CMA Awards were announced this morning, with one of country music’s most celebrated entertainers leading the pack. Miranda Lambert, whose double album The Weight of These Wingswas released shortly after the CMA Awards in 2016, scored the most nominations with five, including nods for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year…”

“Tin Man” written by Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, & Jack Ingram is up for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.


 SYDNEY SMITH • JULY 21, 2017 – 6:22 AM

Dierks Bentley is hitting the big screen! Well, his voice is, at least.

Bentley is contributing a track (co-written with Jon Randall) to the upcoming film, Only the Brave.

Only the Brave is a movie based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The fire crew, based out of the Prescott Fire Department in Prescott, Arizona, was sent to battle the devastating Yarnell Hill wildfire in 2013.


Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin;
Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush tribute to The Country Gentlemenfeaturing Jon Randall, Mark Schatz and Charlie Cushman;
The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet;
Chatham County Line; and Molly Tuttle will perform
September 29-30 at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater

Live collaboration will be Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Martin’s
only performance this year in support of their brand new album
“The Long-Awaited Album.”

Tickets now on sale at IBMA.org

Nashville, TN (July 12, 2017) — Organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrassbrought to you by Chiesi USA and taking place September 26-30 in Raleigh, North Carolina, announced the final lineup of performers for PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass. Wide Open Bluegrass is the weekend festival that takes place during the five-day World of Bluegrass event.

Today’s announcement of performers at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater on the ticketed Wide Open Main StageSeptember 29-30 include Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve MartinJerry Douglas and Sam Bush tribute to The Country Gentlemen featuring Jon RandallMark Schatz and Charlie CushmanThe Kruger Brothers with Kontras QuartetChatham County Line; and Molly Tuttle.

Steve Martin’s musical career is an extension of the storytelling impulse that drove his work as a comedian, an actor, a screenwriter, a playwright, an essayist, and a novelist. The Long-Awaited Album, his newest collaboration with the Grammy-winning North Carolina – based band the Steep Canyon Rangers, is full of stories that mix humor and melancholy, whimsy and realism, rich characters and concrete details. And lots of banjos.

Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers’ performance at IBMA will be the only live collaboration this year in support of their brand new tunes and is exclusive to IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass. The Long-Awaited Album, available September 22 on Rounder Records, shows Martin & SCR continuing to nudge the boundaries of the genre, respectfully but irreverently, which has established them as some of the most popular—and, in fact, among the finest—bluegrass musicians working today. Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Martin are thrilled to host their album release celebration on Saturday Sept 30 2017 at Wide Open Bluegrass – in the state where it all began for them! The Long-Awaited Album available for preorder now: click here for LP, or here for CD.

These performers join previously announced artists The Infamous Stringdusters present the Wide Open JamBela Fleck & Abigail Washburn; Hot Rize; The Travelin’ McCourys; 2017 Grammy winner The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’ConnorDoyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Balsam Range; Lonesome River Band (celebrating their 35th anniversary as a band); Sierra Hull; Sister Sadie; Flatt Lonesome; and the 50th Anniversary of Japanese band Bluegrass 45, featuring the band’s original lineup.  Artists and schedules are subject to change.

Wide Open Bluegrass is the principal fundraiser for the Bluegrass Trust Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to bluegrass artists and other industry professionals in times of emergency need.

“It seems crazy we can announce the addition of these incredible performers to an already-stellar lineup on the Main Stage of IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, but we are! This Main Stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater will have performances that bluegrass fans cannot see anywhere else,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association. “Furthermore, this is an important way for fans to help the bluegrass community.  Up to 50% of the net proceeds from ticket sales goes to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a vital 501 (c)(3) organization that provides emergency financial assistance to bluegrass professionals when they need it most.  What can be better than enjoying a truly unique weekend of music while helping those who work so hard to make that music?”

The daily lineup for the Wide Open Main Stage

Friday, September 29

12:00 pm         Molly Tuttle
1:15 pm           The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet
3:00 pm           Flatt Lonesome
4:00 pm           Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
5:00 pm           The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor
6:30 pm           Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
8:30 pm           Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush tribute to The Country Gentlemen featuring Jon Randall, Mark Schatz and Charlie Cushman
9:30 pm           The Infamous Stringdusters present the Wide Open Jam

Saturday, September 30

12:00 pm         Sister Sadie
1:00 pm           Chatham County Line
2:00 pm           Bluegrass 45
3:00 pm           Sierra Hull
4:00 pm           Lonesome River Band
5:00 pm           Balsam Range
6:30 pm           The Travelin’ McCourys
8:00 pm           Hot Rize
9:45 pm           Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin

Schedule is subject to change.

“Each day at Red Hat Amphitheater, fans will be treated to exclusive live show experiences,” said William Lewis, executive director of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and producer of the festival. “The Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Martin will unite one night only to perform brand new music. Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush are cooking up a very special show, just for IBMA, paying homage to the originators of progressive bluegrass – The Country Gentlemen. With other bands marking important anniversaries, showcasing new material, and inviting guests to sit in and jam, these unique live music experiences help create indelible memories for all involved, both in the audience and on stage.”

The schedule for the free Wide Open StreetFest performances will be announced later in the summer.

For the third year, Chiesi USA, Inc. – the Cary, North Carolina-based specialty pharmaceutical company – is the principal sponsor of the World of Bluegrass event.

Additionally, PNC Bank returns for the fifth year as the presenting sponsor for the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

Single day general admission for performances at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $60 for the general public and $50 for IBMA members. Additional details and pricing information – including member discounts – for Red Hat Amphitheater performances, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations are available at IBMA’s website, ibma.org.

More info about World of Bluegrass and the Wide Open Festival

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, whose principal sponsor is Chiesi USA, is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 26-28; the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 26-28 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 28; and PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, September 29-30, a two-day festival. The ticketed Wide Open Main Stage features the best of the best in bluegrass today, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Trust Fund. The free Wide Open StreetFest brings bluegrass into the community and introduces the music to thousands of new fans every year.

As in years past, events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass events generated $11.5 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s activities estimated to be a record-breaking 217,225 people. Over 220 acts performed throughout the entire week of World of Bluegrass.

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

Chiesi USA, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company committed to research, development, and commercialization of innovative products in the areas of cardiovascular, neonatology, respiratory, rare disease and special care therapeutics. Our primary focus is on people: the people we serve in the healthcare community; the people whose lives are touched by our products and services; and the people who work at Chiesi USA, as they strive to build their company, their family and their community. Chiesi USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year run in Raleigh is the product of their successful partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors BureauThe Raleigh Convention CenterPineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Musicthe City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

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Country Music Nation: Miranda Lambert Singing ‘Tin Man’ On The Bathroom Floor Will Break Your Heart

Anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak knows that the bathroom is a good place to be alone with your emotions, and some who is no stranger to heartbreak is Miranda Lambert. Alone with nothing but her acoustic guitar and her emotions, the country singer sat on the floor of her bathroom for an intimate performance of one of her saddest songs ever recorded, “Tin Man.”

The video, shot entirely in black and white, features Lambert wearing a destroyed white T-shirt leaning up against a cold tiled wall singing the heart-wrenching lyrics. The natural acoustics of the bathroom paired with the singer’s stunning vocals make for an overall perfect performance.

Pulling inspiration from the 1939 American film, The Wizard of Oz, which features a man made of tin longing for a heart, Lambert tells the story of a woman explaining to the “Tin Man” that if he was to know what it’s like to feel your heart break, he would no longer want one.

“Hey there Mr. Tin Man/You don’t know how lucky you are,” sings Miranda. “By the way there Mr. Tin Man/If you don’t mind the scars/You give me your armor/And you can have my heart.”

“Tin Man” is featured off the award-winning album The Weight of These Wings and was co-written by Lambert along with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. READ MORE


The Tennessean: Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers return to the Ryman

When Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers recorded their live album “At the Ryman,” the small audience wasn’t permitted to sit in or under the then-dilapidated venue’s balcony due to safety concerns.

Tuesday night, things were a little different.

Harris and the Ramblers (Sam Bush, Jon Randall, Al Perkins, Larry Atamanuik and Byron House) returned to a full and fully-restored Mother Church of Country Music to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “At the Ryman,” a project that found the top-notch acoustic band covering a collection of American music that ranged from Stephen Foster to Bruce Springsteen.

The concert, in which the band performed the album in its entirety, was filmed, and is slated to air on PBS stations beginning Aug. 5…


Rolling Stone: Emmylou Harris to Mark Ryman Auditorium Anniversary With Special Show

Emmylou Harris is set to kick off a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium with a special show there on May 2nd.

The Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member will reunite with the members of the Nash Ramblers, the acoustic/bluegrass band she formed in the early Nineties, with whom she recorded At the Ryman, a live album recorded on the hallowed stage in 1991. Among the members of that group were guitarist Jon Randall and mandolin player Sam Bush ­– bass player Roy Huskey Jr., passed away in 1997…


Music Row: Track Listing, Songwriters Revealed For Miranda Lambert Double Album

RCA Nashville artist Miranda Lambert has revealed the song titles, writers and sequence of her forthcoming 24 track double album, The Weight Of These Wings.

Lambert enlisted writers including Gwen Sebastian, Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Shake Russell, Lucie Silvas, Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere, Liz Rose, Nicolle Galyon… READ MORE

Music Row: Still Working Music’s Newest Writer

Still Working Music and BMG Nashville have signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Jon Randall. Randall’s hit songs include Brad Paisley’s “Whiskey Lullaby,” Dierks Bentley’s “Am I The Only One,” Blake Shelton’s “Drink On It,” and other songs recorded by Gary Allan, Scotty McCreery, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, Guy Clark, and others. Randall has recorded solo albums for RCA, Epic, Asylum and other labels, and produced Bentley’s album Up On The Ridge. He has toured with Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris (with whom he earned a Grammy as a Nash Rambler).


Music Row: ASCAP Country Award Winners

(L-R): ASCAP’s Randy Grimmett, Jon Randall, Sam Bush, Creative Voice Award honoree Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Tony Brown

ASCAP’s Country Awards were presented Monday night (10/29) in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Here’s a brief recap. See Bobby Karl’s in-depth coverage for MusicRowmembers here.

Songwriter of the Year: Ben Hayslip, who penned four of the most performed songs of the past year: “Honey Bee” (Blake Shelton), “I Don’t Want This Night To End” (Luke Bryan), “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Martina McBride) and “This Ole Boy” (Craig Morgan)

Country Music Song of the Year: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” written by Eric Paslay and Terry Sawchuk; published by Cal IV Entertainment

Country Music Song of the Year: “Honey Bee,” written by Ben Hayslip; published by Warner/Chappell and This Music

Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year: Brad Paisley. It was his third win thanks to hits including “Camouflage,” “Old Alabama” and “Remind Me.”

Country Publisher of the Year: Sony/ATV/EMI, who had nine award-winning songs: “Bait A Hook,” “Camouflage, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “I Got You,” “I Won’t Let Go,” “Remind Me,” “Tomorrow,” “You” and “You Gonna Fly”

Golden Note Award: Bob McDill. ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams, and ASCAP Publisher Board member Dean Kay presented the award, and a special musical tribute included performances by Ronnie Dunn; Chris and Morgane Stapleton (“Amanda”); Josh Kelley (“Good Ole Boys Like Me”); and Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall, backed by their band 18 South (“Don’t Close Your Eyes”).

Creative Voice Award: Lyle Lovett. ASCAP Executive Vice President of Membership Randy Grimmett presented the award, and a musical tribute to Lovett featured Guy Clark (“The Waltzing Fool”); Robert Earl Keen (“The Front Porch Song”); and Sam Bush and Jon Randall (“If I Had A Boat”).