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CMH Records to Rerelease Legacy Bluegrass Albums to Digital

by VVN Music News Feed

CMH Records (County. Music. Heritage.) maintains a rich history of classic bluegrass albums and is celebrating several of these legacy releases by remastering them all, while making them available in digital format for the first time ever.

Beginning today (Friday, May 25), Take A Little Time from Curly Seckler & The Nashville Grass (featuring special guest Johnny Cash and a young Marty Stuart), Smokin' Bluegrass from Bobby Smith & The Boys From Shiloh (With Special Guest Josh Graves), and the 30th Anniversary Album from Don Reno & The Tennessee Cut-Ups will be available via all digital retailers and streaming outlets.

First released in 1980, Curly Seckler & The Nashville Grass' Take A Little Time was the first release from the group following founder Lester Flatt's passing, and features vocals by Johnny Cash on "What's Good for You" and "Mother Maybelle," as well as performances from a young Marty Stuart. Seckler wasn't much for book learning, as folks used to say, but with his string tenor and his trademark flip at the end of a line, few ever lived with as thorough an understanding of how to sing this music. He started with Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass in '71 and stuck with Lester until his passing 8 years later. Seckler kept The Nashville Grass going for more than a decade, along with longtime member Marty Stuart, who later went on to win multiple Grammy and Country Music Awards as a solo artist. Seckler was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tennessee native Bobby Smith began singing and playing guitar by the time he was ten years old. His talents have been seasoned by years of professional work, both in other's groups (including a stint as lead singer for Bill Monroe) and as leader of The Boys From Shiloh. Their classic 1978 LP Smokin' Bluegrass is proof of this. Bobby tempers his solid bluegrass roots with versatility and an open mind, enabling him to perform material ranging from the classic "Fifteen Miles From Birmingham" to then-contemporary songs such as "Let Your Love Flow" and "Down On The Corner" with equal grace and ease. His lead vocals are well-supported by the solid picking and singing of The Boys From Shiloh. Additionally, Bobby's longtime friend Josh Graves adds his own spark to the album along with guest fiddler Vassar Clements.

Don Reno & The Tennessee Cut-Ups' 30th Anniversary Album marks their 60th album recorded together. Legendary banjo player Don Reno was best known for his partnerships with guitarist Red Smiley and later Bill Harrell, as well as recording the original "Feuding Banjos" with Arthur Smith (made famous in the movie Deliverance). Reno developed his own three finger "single-string" style that allowed him to play scales and complicated fiddle tunes note-for-note on the banjo. His style encompasses much more than just single-string picking; double-stops, double-time picking, triple-pull offs-all of these, and other techniques make Reno's playing recognizable and revered. He was posthumously inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1992.

All of CMH's bluegrass releases are being serviced by AirPlay Direct, a premier digital delivery platform that engages radio and airplay worldwide, with a following of over 11,000 radio station members. CMH President David Haerle was recently awarded the 2018 Iconic Innovator Award by AirPlay Direct and all three of these latest digital releases will be getting exclusive coverage and push by AirPlay Direct throughout the month of June, alongside more than half a dozen other CMH favorites. For more on CMH Records on AirPlay Direct please follow this link:

CMH Records was founded in 1975 by Martin Haerle and was dedicated to presenting the finest Bluegrass and roots music, making a home for classic artists and their material, as well as stellar recordings from then new voices. The label remains a proud family business, run by Martin's son David. Described recently by the Los Angeles Times as a "stubborn, curious Silver Lake music company," the label has been a strong proponent for honest music, and has found success with its classic catalogue and its ongoing "Pickin' On" series, which features bluegrass interpretations of contemporary artists, including recent hit albums dedicated to the music of Nirvana and Modest Mouse. The Times piece added that CMH "meets unsung needs in the music industry" and cited its "creative diversification."