Last fall, thousands of fans and industry peers filled the LeConte Centre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee during the National Quartet Convention to celebrate The McKameys’ more than 60 years of singing, after the legacy Southern Gospel Group announced they’d no longer be touring full time. Now, fans of the group can relive that special afternoon with LIVE Like No Other, a CD and DVD featuring live music as well as behind the scenes interviews with The McKameys — a group that’s released 54 albums over the course of their career and has the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history.
“We are excited about the release of LIVE Like No Other, which was recorded at The National Quartet Convention in September of 2019 during our Farewell Tour,” say The McKameys. “What a great day, being with so many great friends, praising the Lord in song, and feeling the spirit in a special way! We can’t wait for everyone to experience the excitement and emotions that were present that day.”
Throughout the one-and-a-half-hour concert, The McKameys performed many of their #1 hits, like “God On The Mountain,” “Roll That Burden On Me,” “Unspoken Request” and “Do You Know How It Feels,” and crowd favorites like “Trophy Of Grace,” “There Is Jesus” and “For The Record” in a joyful celebration of a career many don’t get to enjoy.
The album release also marks the first time The McKameys’ rendition of “God On The Mountain” — which was #1 on the Singing News charts for five months in 1988-89 and became their most requested song of all time — will be released on streaming services. The DVD includes videos of The McKameys sharing personal stories from their careers and a special moment when Horizon Records and the National Quartet Convention honored the group for its dedication to spreading God’s word over the years. With both parts of LIVE Like No Other, fans of The McKameys will always be able to enjoy the group’s heartfelt performance and message, though they’re no longer touring.
With their latest Organic Records single, Zoe & Cloyd reveal once again their unique ability to blend mountain music with the klezmer music legacy of Natalya Zoe Weinstein’s family on “Hoffman’s Hora/David’s Frailach.”
Incorporating two klezmer tunes — the first from a 1923 recording by xylophonist Jacob Hoffman, the second from sheet music in the handwriting of Weinstein’s grandfather — the medley marks a further refinement of the synthesis Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller have been exploring since the formation of Zoe & Cloyd, including “Berditchever Sher” and “Zisa Meydele” on 2019’s I Am Your Neighbor. Woven together with their authentic renditions of Appalachian old-time, folk and bluegrass songs, as well as their roots-inspired originals, it’s an integral part of the duo’s musical identity.
“These two klezmer instrumentals were in my grandfather, David Weinstein‘s, repertoire,” says Natalya. “He was a professional musician who emigrated from Russia (what is now Ukraine) in 1923, and made his living here in America playing music for weddings, functions, and events.”
“Horas and frailachs were dance tunes, and often were unnamed. This version of ‘Hoffman’s Hora’ was named for an early recording of Jacob Hoffman and Kandel’s Orchestra. I couldn’t find another version of the frailach, except my grandfather’s handwritten one, so we named it ‘David’s Frailach.’”
Weinstein’s violin and Miller’s guitar echo the sparse arrangement of their 1923 source on the opening “Hoffman’s Hora” before upright bass and bluegrass banjo — supplied by band members Kevin Kehrberg and Bennett Sullivan — join in to provide propulsive rhythm and melodic embroidery to the strains of “David’s Frailach.”
“I think that bluegrass and klezmer blend together well because of their folk history and sensibilities,” Weinstein notes. “It’s a beautiful fusion!”
Becky Buller is a 2-time GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter, 8-time IBMA Award Winner, and 2020 SPBGMA Fiddle Player of the Year Award-nominee. She made bluegrass music history in 2016 by becoming the first artist ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories, as well as the first female to win Fiddle Player of the Year by the IBMA. The Fairfield Four are 3x GRAMMY recipients, have two Lifetime Achievement Awards, and were 1999 Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees—over their 100+ year history, they’re best known for their appearance in the O Brother Where Art Thou movie and soundtrack.
Travianna Records is proud to announce Tara Dente‘s third album Truth in the Mud is available today! A true rising star, Asbury Park, New Jersey’s own Tara Dente is poised to take your heart by storm with this intimate record, quite possibly becoming your new favorite artist. She has included a fine group of fellow musicians for this release whom she lovingly calls “The Blind Pilots” when they join her on stage. Here, they have helped Tara bring her original crafted songs on Truth in the Mud all the way home.
Dente: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar, Piano: (“Enough,” “What a Mess”); Chris Dubrow: Upright & Electric Bass; Chris Colon: Electric & Slide Guitar; Santo Rizzolo: Drums & Percussion; Nicole Scorsone: Violin (“Ain’t No Time,” “Let a Good One Go,” “Open Seas”); Andy Keenan: Pedal Steel (“Hill So Steep”); George Mason: Violin (Hill So Steep)
“This crew came from Asbury Park to record in Virginia and they sound much more like roots rockers than Springsteen. With a heartland attitude and outlook, Dente and her gang come in with some meaty, juicy Americana that hits you between the eyes with it’s authenticity and power. With no affectation, she goes right for the heart and the jugular, hitting her targets with ease. Solid folk-flavored stuff throughout.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record