|Nothin' Fancy Signs to Mountain Fever Records!||7.27.15|
|WILLIS, Va. (July 27, 2015) – Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed one of bluegrass music's most entertaining bands, Nothin' Fancy to their label. The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August.
From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Nothin' Fancy is comprised of founding members Mike Andes on mandolin, Mitchell Davis on banjo, Chris Sexton on fiddle, Tony Shorter on bass and newest member, Caleb Cox on guitar. Nothin' Fancy was formed in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition but upon discovering the undeniable camaraderie between its members, has continued working together ever since, growing in popularity, and gaining a large fan base of loyal followers. The band has released 11 full length albums, and continues to perform at festivals all across the United States and Canada, and have also performed in Norway. Nothin' Fancy is the 6-time winner of SPBGMA's Entertaining Group of the Year, a fan voted award, and have successfully hosted the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival since 2001 in Buena Vista, Virginia, making it one of the most popular outdoor festivals in bluegrass. Earlier this year, each member of Nothin' Fancy was initiated as an honorary brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the world’s oldest and largest music fraternity, which has made it a mission to promote the best in music across America. This fall, the band will be inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, joining a prestigious list of previous inductees including Roy Clark, The Statler Brothers, Charlie Waller, and Dr. Ralph Stanley.
"Nothin' Fancy has been a near staple of the bluegrass business in the U.S. for over 20 years but they are much more than a bluegrass band," stated Mark Hodges, president of Mountain Fever Records. "These guys entertain and command your attention every moment they are on stage and their music and comedy combine to make every show an event. We're thrilled to add them to the Mountain Fever roster of great talent!"
"We are excited and honored to be in the ranks of the great bands that Mark has brought together under the Mountain Fever banner," says Chris Sexton. "We know that Mountain Fever has a great reputation with very accomplished bands and we are looking forward to the collaborations to come with our new Mountain Fever family!" "I am very excited for Nothin' Fancy to be on the Mountain Fever label," adds Mike Andes. "This is where we need to be and I look forward to reaching the new goals that lie ahead."
Nothin' Fancy will begin recording their debut album for Mountain Fever Records next month with Aaron Ramsey slated to co-produce with Mark Hodges. Radio programmers can expect a single later this summer. For more about Nothin' Fancy, visit [www.nothinfancybluegrass.com]. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit [www.mountainfever.com].
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[Nothin' Fancy High Resolution Photo] - Photo Credit: Gentry Photography
For Mountain Fever Records:
Publicity - [East Public Relations]
Marketing - [From The Top Communications]
For Nothin' Fancy:
Booking - [The Graham Talent Agency]
|2016 Bluegrass Cruise!||5.6.15|
Come cruise with Nothin' Fancy to the Bahamas - January 11 - 15, 2016 on Danny Stewart's Bluegrass Cruise - here's the link: http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com/ Make sure you put Nothin' Fancy as "Who recommended you for this cruise" or "How did you find out about this cruise" so we get credit for your attendance! We are looking forward to having you join us and many other bands for some fun in the sun. Download and print the flyer registration HERE or visit the website for more details.
|Nothin’ Fancy to be Initiated as Honorary Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha||2.9.15|
|Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the world’s oldest and largest music fraternity, has made it a mission to promote the best in music across America. Founded on October 6 in 1898, Phi Mu Alpha has dedicated itself to “the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit, the musical welfare and brotherhood of musical students, an advancement of music in America, and a loyalty to the Alma Mater,” according to the mission statement (referred to as the Object by brothers). In a 116-year history, it has been a major proponent of music education, research, performance, and composition. The list of famous Sinfonians reads like a who’s-who of influential musicians, educators, and entertainers of the 20th century: Aaron Copland, Arnold Schoenberg, “Duke” Ellington, Luciano Pavarotti, Pablo Casals, “Count” Basie, Van Cliburn, Fred Rogers, Burl Ives, and Andy Griffith were all Sinfonians (as brothers of Phi Mu Alpha refer to themselves), as were several notable public figures like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Dewey, Henry Steinway, George Eastman, and Fiorello LaGuardia. Three founding members of the rock band Chicago, Chuck Mangione, Ruben Studdard, Vic Firth, Col. John Bourgeois (ret.), Branford Marsalis, Leonard Slatkin, “Doc” Severinsen, Jamey Aebersold, and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart are among the notable Sinfonians still living.
In a boldly new initiative of outreach towards uniquely American musical forms, the fraternity took a bold step in hiring a bluegrass band to play as part of opening festivities at their annual Leadership Institute in July of 2014. They hired Nothin’ Fancy, whose fiddle player, Chris Sexton, is a Sinfonian initiated at Shenandoah University’s Nu Psi chapter. Chris negotiated the terms of the performance with the national officials, and the performance was a huge hit with the fraternity brothers assembled at the Institute. Sinfonian string players joined with the band on the tune “Once Upon a Road,” and a musical union began.
Since that concert, Chris and the national leadership of the fraternity have made plans to bring forth a new era of outreach towards bringing musicians from more American genres of music together. On April 10, 2015, the men of Nothin’ Fancy will be initiated as honorary brothers of Phi Mu Alpha with all rights and privileges of brotherhood by the Gamma Alpha chapter at James Madison University with the blessings of the national leadership of the fraternity.
Said Sexton of the upcoming initiation, “My bandmates are very excited about the prospects of being brothers…For years I have considered Mike, Mitchell, and Tony my brothers, and Jesse has proven himself worthy of all traits that I look for in a brother of Phi Mu Alpha. I am filled with the joy of knowing that soon I can really count them as my family, and I will rejoice on the day that I can greet them with the truest of fraternal greetings, for two families will become one family. We will then go and represent Sinfonia the best way we know how: by bringing the power of our music and our entertainment to fans everywhere.”
Congratulations to Mike, Mitchell, Tony, and Jesse as they prepare for a new experience as brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia!