Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Newsletter - March 2016
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March 2016 Newsletter
 
After several months off through the winter, with the beginning of spring Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are ready to hit the roads again! They kicked off 2016 with a show in February at the Joe Val Festival in Massachusetts, but they've really got going in March. So far this month, you might have seen them at the Fairview Ruritan in Galax, VA, the Pennyroyal Opera House in Ohio, or perhaps the Berryville Bluegrass Series or James River Bluegrass Association, also in Virginia. There are LOTS of great shows coming up throughout the rest of the spring and the summer... keep reading to learn more! We've also got some news about the new album and single, a short feature on the newest member of Ramblers Choice, and a few pictures from this month's shows.
Longneck Blues Debuts at Number One!

Longneck Blues, the first single from upcoming album Poor Boy's Pleasure, was released in late January to widespread acclaim! It debuted at NUMBER ONE on the Bluegrass Today weekly airplay charts, and then stayed in the top five for four straight weeks. It leaped back up this last week to number one again (for the chart released March 18)! 

A classic-sounding drinking and heartbreak song from the pen of Mike O'Reilly, the single is a duet featuring Sisk and his close friend, award-winning singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman. In addition to the regular members of Ramblers Choice, Aaron Ramsey also guests on guitar. The song is available for download now from iTunes or for radio programmers from Airplay Direct. If you pre-order the new album, you'll get the single immediately!
Bluegrass Broadcasters are Loving Longneck Blues!

"Once again, Junior delivers first rate traditional bluegrass. The texture of his voice combined with his unique delivery capture the essence of the “high and lonesome” sound. Mix in outstanding musical support from his talented band, “Ramblers Choice”, and you have another winner. On a five point scale of excellence, this project is a five." -- Bob Mitchell, WKWC-FM

"Junior Sisk's new single "Longneck Blues" is a hot potato. It has the familiar old school driving bluegrass sound with lyrics that are timeless. Like a new old shirt, very comfortable; It's #1 with us." -- Ken Cartwright, KYAC-FM

"Longneck Blues is one of those songs that can turn an artist into a legend overnight. It's the sound people want to hear today with a story many people live through one time or another. If one relates, they will love and remember songs like this." -- Rusty James, WDRT-FM
Download from iTunes
Download from Airplay Direct (Radio Broadcasters and Programmers)
Last year, we were very excited to announce our partnership with Chantilly Farm, a great events venue in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Floyd, VA, making their Bluegrass & BBQ Festival the band's home festival! The band will be appearing once again at the festival this year for two great days of music on May 27 and 28 (Memorial Day Weekend). This year, we'll also have something extra exciting... May 27 is the official release date of the new Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice album from Mountain Fever Records, Poor Boy's Pleasure! We will be celebrating the album's release all weekend!

Tickets for the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival are on sale now. Make sure to get yours before they sell out!
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We'd like to officially welcome Noah Brown to the band! He is the new bass player for Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. He made his debut earlier this month at the full band's first show of 2016 at the Fairview Ruritan Club in Galax, VA.

A native of southwest Virginia, Noah was born into a musical family. He began playing drums when he was about ten years old, but soon learned to play bass, as well. His first experience in a band was at age fourteen, playing electric bass with his father, banjo player Tony Brown, in the band The Bluegrass Kinsmen. About a year later, he and his father left the group to help originate the band Amber Collins & Turning Point. Most recently, he could be seen as the bass player for Ralph Stanley II, a position he has held over the past two years. In addition to bass and drums, Noah also plays guitar and mandolin. His musical influences include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Lonesome River Band, Ralph Stanley, Blue Highway, IIIrd Tyme Out, and Tony Rice, among others.

Welcome, Noah! We're glad you're here!
Here's where you can catch Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice over the next month...

March 26: Station Inn (Nashville, TN)
April 8: Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival (Leakesville, MS)
April 16: Jaemour Farms Bluegrass Festival (Alto, GA)
April 29: Merlefest (Wilkesboro, NC)
April 30: Willow Oak Bluegrass Festival (Roxboro, NC)
THIS SATURDAY...
Thanks to Noah Brown for sharing this photo of the full band's first performance of the year at the Fairview Ruritan Club in Galax, VA. 
Thanks to Tommy Mason for sharing this great photo on Facebook! We always appreciate when our fans post photos of our shows!
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