Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road Celebrate 6 SPBGMA Award Nominations With Album Release Party

Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road Celebrate 6 SPBGMA Award Nominations With Album Release Party
2 Performances This Thursday, 5:00 & 7:00
North Carolina based bluegrass group, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road celebrate their 6 nominations for SPBGMA awards and their acclaimed new album, "Back to My Roots,” by performing at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s conference in Nashville, TN next week.

The 38th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards and National Convention starts up on Thursday, February 2 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.  The convention will continue on through the weekend, with the award show in the Grand Ballroom capping off the conference on Sunday night.  You have two great opportunities to catch Carolina Road perform live at this year's Convention.  They will be playing Thursday, February 2 at 5:00 p.m. in Suite 3094 to celebrate their new album, as well as a showcase Thursday night at 7:00 on the Main Stage at the Sheraton Music City Hotel.
Back to My Roots
Their latest album, "Back to My Roots" was released on 10/11/2011 and is the band's second release on Rural Rhythm Records.  Lorraine Jordan wrote “Back to My Roots” about going back home. “What it's saying is that we're going back to where Carolina Road started," says Jordan.  In fact, six out of the twelve songs are written by North Carolina natives.  

Carolina Road's new single, "A Light in the Window, Again" was written by the acclaimed songwriting duo, Dixie and Tom T. Hall.  The Halls' song is an epic story about Bill Monroe’s wanderings from and his return to his home, and was inspired by Kentucky Governor, Paul Patton's speech dedicating Bill Monroe's home in Rosine, KY.  
   
The album has already charted:
  • #4 WNCW Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011
  • #4 Bluegrass Today Weekly Charts 
  • #6 Bluegrass Music Profiles Top National Bluegrass Albums
  • #7 Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles, for "A Light in the Window, Again"
  • #25 Bluegrass Unlimited 
This record indicates that Carolina Road is still proud of their traditional music foundation, but the band’s character and persona are much deeper than solid presentations of a few old traditional numbers.  "They comfortably and successfully incorporate many elements of the traditional sound, capture the heart of the genre, and tap into its soul with their accomplished musicianship,” says blog critic Joe Ross.


Award Nominations
The band collectively is up for 6 awards at SPBGMA’s National Awards Ceremony.  
On her own, Lorraine has been nominated for:
  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
  • Bluegrass Promoter of the Year, for her company, Jordan Entertainment. 

Carolina Road are up for:
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional)

Band member Ben Greene has also been nominated for Banjo Performer of the Year.

About Carolina Road
Lorraine Jordan, also known as “Lady of Tradition” is the founder, mandolin player, and face of Carolina Road.  Her showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today. Carolina Road is fully dedicated to presenting that traditional sound, and their performance is energetic and hard driving, with invigorating instrumentals, like Lorraine's signature “Monroe-style mandolin” chop, and smooth blending vocals.  Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass, averaging 60 bluegrass festivals in the U.S. and Canada annually along with headlining the Bluegrass Cruise and hosting the Canadian Bluegrass Awards.   

Carolina Road features the talents of "Master Fiddler" Josh Goforth and Ben Greene on banjo, who have been with the group from the beginning, adding in Eddie Biggerstaff on bass, and Tommy Long, on guitar and lead vocals.  When Tommy Long joined last year, Lorraine says the final piece finally came together.  Lorraine's tenor vocals are a perfect blend with Tommy Long, creating richly textured harmonies.  Having fronted Carolina Road for over a decade, Lorraine continues to be the driving force behind Carolina Road's popularity and longevity as a consummate performer, songwriter, emcee and show organizer.

Proven Success
The band’s previous release, "Carolina Hurricane", also achieved commercial and critical success, appearing on WNCW Radio’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2010, Bluegrass Music Profiles TOP 30 SINGLES, and TOP 10 ALBUM Chart and reaching number #7 on Billboard’s 10 Bluegrass Albums.  

Lorraine has been a finalist in the IBMA Songwriting Showcase and was the 1st runner-up in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. 

Jordan has also been an advocate for women in bluegrass.  She organized and produced two "Daughters of Bluegrass" CDs, featuring a host of women who sing, write and perform the music.  Both albums have been honored with the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year trophy, in 2006 and 2009.  A third CD will be released toward the end of next year. 

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