Tonight in Raleigh!


This week KGB’s hometown of Raleigh, NC is hosting the Internationl Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass! Yesterday was only day one of the week-long events, and the band has had a blast so far welcoming friends from around the world to Raleigh, playing two official showcases, catching some wonderful seminars on the music business and seeing lots of amazing music in the downtown clubs. The trend will continue tonight with a 7:00pm performance at The Pour House Music Hall! If you live in the Triangle area or are visiting for the first time we invite you to come catch our show and stay for a wonderful night of music. There are 8 stellar bands on the Wednesday night lineup, music starts at 6pm and goes until 2am and it’s only $10 at The Pour House door if you don’t already have a Bluegrss Ramble wristband or conference registration.

We hope to see you in Raleigh this week! Check ut our Tour page for a list of all of our shows!

2013, New Shows and IBMA!

Happy New Year to you all! The Kickin Grass Band is proud to announce new shows for the 2013 season. Take a look below to view our calendar. We are excited about the touring season and are looking forward to seeing you on the road.

In other news, The International Bluegrass Music Association annual conference, World of Bluegrass, will be held this fall in our hometown of Raleigh, NC! We hope that you will support this wonderful event and visit our fantastic city for any or all of the conference, awards show and festival…there’s something for everyone at this awesome week of bluegrass! Feel free to contact the band if you have any questions about the Wold of Bluegrass in Raleigh or visit the IBMA website at https://ibma.org/

And here’s a great video montage of the Kickin Grass Band and Nu-Blu performing at WinterFest 2012 and welcoming the IBMA World of Bluegrass Events to Raleigh next year: Kickin Grass Band and Nu-Blu at Winterfest, 2012

Thanks again for all you do to keep American music alive and well!

MerleFest, Again!!!


We are thrilled to announce that The Kickin Grass Band will be performing for the second year in a row at MerleFest, one of the largest music festivals in North America located in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The band will perform on Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th, 2013. Lynda was also asked to judge the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. This is a wonderful festival and we are so excited to return! Thanks again to our fans and to the MerleFest staff!

For Immediate Release: New Album Propels Kickin Grass Band Beyond Bluegrass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Label Contact:Katrina Lamberto, Superfan Records
Phone: (919) 272.8309
E-Mail: kgb@superfanrecords.com

Walk With Me Propels The Kickin Grass Band Beyond Bluegrass Boundaries New Album Released July 24, 2012 on Superfan Records; Features Stellar Lineup

RALEIGH,NC (June 20, 2012) – Superfan Records today announced the release of the Kickin Grass Band’s newest album, Walk With Me. This is the band’s first full-length album since 2008 and the first to feature the current lineup. The album tells a nuanced musical story of grief, exploration, hard-won acceptance and understanding as only a close-knit veteran ensemble can. Walk With Me is scheduled for release on July 24, 2012.

The Raleigh-based Kickin Grass Band is known for their unique bluegrass style—equal parts vintage and nouveau. On Walk With Me, the group delightfully stretches and builds each song beyond the edges of their firm footing in bluegrass. By following their muse down complementary paths of Old-time, Americana and folk, the Kickin Grass Band has created an album that will appeal to abroad roots music audience.

Half of the songs were penned by signature vocalist and main songwriter Lynda Dawson, with assists from newest members fiddle player Pattie Hopkins and banjo player Hank Smith. The remaining coversongs were chosen to spotlight the personalities of the individual band members, but also to play on their strength as a cohesive unit. Vocals are passed back and forth between Dawson’s soaring lead on five of the tracks, Hopkins’s bluesy sound on two, bass player Patrick Walsh’s ethereal tenor on two, and mandolin player Jamie Dawson’s retro-tinted lead on one, with tasteful harmonic seasoning throughout. Even with shifts in instrumentation, arrangement, narration and guest players, there remains a distinctive Kickin Grass Band sound that threads the tunes together, creating a colorful, mosaic tapestry of an album, and an expertly-crafted package of rootsy Americana-style bluegrass.

The band deliberately approached this project as a full-length record. Walk With Me presents an exploration of life’s passages, a close-to-home chronicle of heartbreaking loss and hopeful beginnings. Band members endured 3 years of ups and downs that started with the loss of Walsh’s wife to an excruciating battle with ovarian cancer, crested with the birth of beautiful daughter to the Dawsons, and then took another plummet with the sudden and unexpected death of Jamie Dawson’s brother.

“These were life-altering events for all of us, both individually and as bandmates and close friends,” explains Lynda Dawson. “We felt strongly that we needed to capture and express the emotional journey we had endured through our music, especially now that we’re on the other side looking back.”

To take in the album as a singular experience is to travel with the group from a questioning uncertainty to an understanding acceptance. The message: the big answers may be beyond our grasp, but our communal search for them binds us together. If you look hard enough you may just find an answer — and a comfort — in the people who walk with you.

Walk With Me was recorded and co-produced by Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, with artwork and design by Gamil. The album will be released by Superfan Records on July 24, 2012, at iTunes, Amazon MP3, Amazon Marketplace, CD Baby, and brick and mortar stores serviced through the Super D Distribution network.

Hi-res press photos, album art and additional information at www.superfanrecords.com/kickingrass

For full review copies, more information and interviews contact:
Katrina Lamberto
Superfan Records
(919)272-8309 |kgb@superfanrecords.com
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Upcoming Kickin Grass Band shows:

06/29/2012 | Cary,NC | Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden Featuring PineCone Bluegrass Music Camp Students
07/01/2012 | Wilmington, NC | Poplar Grove Plantation Festival
07/08/2012 | Durham, NC | Festival for the Eno
07/22/2012 | Williamston, NC | Martin County Auditorium
07/26/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Quail Ridge Books & Music *CD Release In-Store Performance & Signing*
07/27/2012 | NewBern, NC | Bear Town Market & Beer Garden *Eastern NC CD Release Show
07/28/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Pour House Music Hall *CD Release Party*
07/29/2012 | Saxapahaw, NC | Haw River Ballroom *CD Release Show*
08/03/2012 | WindGap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest BeckyBuller
08/04/2012 | WindGap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest BeckyBuller
08/06/2012 | Thomas, WV | The Purple Fiddle w/special guest Becky Buller
08/07/2012 | Broadway, VA | Plan B w/special guest Becky Buller
08/08/2012 | Asheville, NC | The Grey Eagle w/special guest Becky Buller
08/11/2012 | Robbinsville,NC | Stecoah Valley Performing Arts Center w/special guest Becky Buller

Additional tour details at www.kickingrass.com/tour

2013 IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC

From The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music:
The International Bluegrass Music Association announced its plans today to move its World of Bluegrass events to Raleigh, North Carolina for the next three years, 2013-2015. World of Bluegrass Week includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. The annual industry summit/bluegrass family reunion draws over 16,000 fans, artists, and music industry professionals from around the world for the week-long event, with an estimated 8,000-10,000 coming from outside the region. World of Bluegrass provides opportunities for showcasing, professional development, and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.
The following World of Bluegrass dates have been announced, with the option for a five- or seven-day event each year:

September 23 – 29, 2013
September 29 – October 5, 2014
September 28 – October 4, 2015

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Image, from left to right: Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane; IBMA interim Executive Director Nancy Cardwell; IBMA Board of Directors Vice Chair Jon Weisberger; NC Banjo Player Terry Baucom; IBMA Board Member & Knee Deep in Bluegrass Radio Host Cindy Baucom; IBMA Board Member & PineCone Executive Director William Lewis; Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Denny Edwards. Photo credit: Jamie Dawson, Kickin Grass Band

Reverbnation and Merlefest!

The Kickin Grass Band is proud to announce that we have been chosen as featured artists of Reverbnation, yippee!! Reverbnation is the platform that we use to stay in touch with you, our fans, and industry professionals as well as other amazing musicians. If you are a musician, fan or in the biz you should check out www.reverbnation.com and become a member. Best of all, it’s Free! of course, while you are there, be sure to become a fan of the band!

In more exciting news….only 9 days till Merlefest 2012 and The Kickin Grass Band is playing! We have been working towards this opportunity for 10 years and are extremely excited! We will be welcoming festival goers at the ‘welcome stage’ next to the festival entrance area on Thursday at 1:30pm, Friday at 8:30am and 11:30am, Saturday at 9:15am and 1:00pm and Sunday at 10:00am and will also play on the Plaza stage on Sunday at 1:45pm. Check out www.merlefest.org for ticket information and details, see ya there!

In Music,

The Kickin Grass Band
www.kickingrass.com

Earl Scruggs, Wilmington, Merlefest


The Kickin Grass Band is saddened by the passing of Earl Scruggs and thankful for his life and work. He was an inspiration to every member of our band and family. His pioneering musical art form lead to a progressive style of banjo playing that has encouraged countless others to play American Roots music. Because of this we need not worry about the future of this musical genre. Here’s to keeping bluegrass moving forward while celebrating the history and the traditioins of the music for we believe this is what Earl would want! We will miss you.

The Kickin Grass band will be playing a show tonight, Friday 3/30/12, at The Soapbox in Wilmington, NC with our great friends The Morning After. Tickets are only $7 and the show starts at 10pm with The Kickin Grass band taking the stage. Come on out! http://www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com

Only 27 Days left till Merlefest! The Kickin Grass Band will be playing all four days at the festival and we can not wait! We hope to see you all there, it will be an event not to miss! Visit http://www.merlefest.org  for tickets and information.

Look out for an email from the band in the next few days announcing the launch of our iPhone App that will be free to fans!

Keep on picking and we will see ya soon!

The Kickin Grass Band
http://www.kickingrass.com

Oh Canada!

The Kickin Grass Band is heading North again this weekend, waaaayyyyyy North! We are happy to headline the 1st Annual Calgary Bluegrass Festival in Alberta, Canada. It should be a great time had by all! We are sad to miss the fun and excitement of earthquakes, hurricanes and 100 degree heat here in North Carolina but are sure it will all be waiting for us when we return!
Also, we have been busy booking more shows to wrap up the ’11 season! Take a look at our schedule tour page, we have added new dates in Newport News, Va and Baltimore! Just a reminder…don’t forget our 10 Year Anniversary Gala Event on January 14th in Durham, NC, more details to follow. We will be posting new shows on our website www.kickingrass.com on a regular basis so stay tuned! If you would like to book The KGB, contact Jamie Dawson at band@kickingrass.com