Saturday, August 20, 2011

Larry Stephenson signs to Compass Records


The Compass Records Group is pleased to announce that Larry Stephenson, one of bluegrass music's preeminent high lead vocalists and bandleaders, has signed to Compass Records.  Stephenson will begin work at Compass Sound Studio this fall on a new project with a targeted release date of early 2012.  He will be sharing the production duties with engineer/co-producer Ben Surratt.
 
The signing follows on the heels of the Larry Stephenson Band's win for Recorded Event of the Year at the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Awards for his most recent effort "20th Anniversary".  Stephenson, formerly signed to Pinecastle Records, is a native of Virginia.  He began his professional career as a member of Bill Harrell & The Virginians and went on to tour with the Bluegrass Cardinals before relocating to Nashville in the 90's and forming the Larry Stephenson Band.
 
Since that time, Stephenson has received many awards and accolades from the bluegrass community including multiple IBMA awards and 5 Contemporary Male Vocalist of the year awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music.  He is considered by many to be one of the premiere torchbearers for the traditional bluegrass sound created by first generation legends Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse, The Osborne Brothers and others.
 
The Compass Records Group is an internationally recognized roots music company with a diverse roster of artists including leaders in the bluegrass, Celtic, singer/songwriter and adult pop genres.

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