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

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

IBMA and New Shows!

Hello friends in music,
The Kickin Grass Band is back in the good ol’USof A! We had an unbelievable experience in Canada, check out our Facebook Page for photos!

We have been hard at work on our upcoming album and have cut 10 songs so far with more to do. Jerry Brown at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC has been great to work with, as always! We are trying out our new material at upcoming shows so be sure to come out and let us know what you think!
Take a look at our schedule for all of our upcoming dates, here’s a few coming soon!

Thursday September 22nd, Baltimore Civic Center 

Saturday September 24th, Aiken Bluegrass Festival, Aiken, SC

Sunday September 25th, Pawley’s Island Festival of Art and Music, Pawley’s Island, SC

September 26-28th, IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, Nashville, TN

Also, we have been busy booking more shows to wrap up the ’11 season. Take a look at our Tour Page, we have added new dates in Newport News, Va and will be playing at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival on Friday October 7th!

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 on a regular basis so stay tuned!

If you would like to book The KGB, contact Jamie Dawson at band@kickingrass.com
Keep on picking!
The Kickin Grass Band

Saturday May 8th in Flat Rock, NC


The KGB will be playing and singing this Saturday night in western North Carolina at The Flat Rock Wine Shoppe’s ‘Back Room’. This is a stellar venue in Flat Rock, NC that hosts a great variety of music throughout the year. Show your support for this great venue and home grown music this Saturday night! Show starts at 9:00pm. See ya there!

We’re in Durham, NC this Saturday!

That’s right folks, we are playing at the 2nd Annual Festival for Wildlife at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, NC. It’s a wonderful event for a great cause, we will hit the stage at 2:30pm for a 1 hour set. Tickets are only $10 for Adults and kids 12 and under are free! Old 86, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, John Howie Jr. and Cyril Lance Band will also be performing. Come on out!

Find out all about the festival HERE!