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A New Album by Larry Stephenson Band Now Released

Album Release Concert Postponed Due to North Carolina Flooding



Raleigh, N.C. (October 14, 2016) – From the very first note, fans of traditional bluegrass music can identify the smooth tenor vocals of Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Larry Stephenson. Combine Stephenson’s award-winning voice with the talents of Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, Matt Wright on upright bass with guest Aubrey Haynie, and you’ve got an exciting new album release with Weep Little Willow.

The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and released today on Whysper Dream Music. The Larry Stephenson Band had planned a special album release party at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, N.C.tonight, but it will be rescheduled due to the devastating flooding in Eastern N.C. as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

Weep Little Willow can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and more fine retail outlets. For purchases made at larrystephensonband.com before midnight tonight, Stephenson is offering a free download of the band’s 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award Winning album Pull Your Savior In.

Tracks on the new album include:

01 Yesterday’s Gone 2:28 (C. Stuart, W. Kidd)
02 It Almost Feels Like Love 2:25 (Randall Hylton)
03 Sweet Little Darling (Don’t You Cry) 2:55 (Billy Smith, Jon Weisberger)
04 Let Those Brown Eyes Smile At Me 3:16 (R. Nail)
05 Nail My Shoes To The Floor 2:27 (Bill Anderson)
06 Weep Little Willow, Weep 3:25 (Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley)
07 Before I Met You 2:35 (Charles L. Seitz, Joe Lewis, William J. Denny)
08 Kentucky Waltz 3:52 (Bill Monroe)
09 Ruby’s Purse 3:14 (Jerry Salley, Suzanne Mumpower Johnson)
10 Free Me From This Old Chain Gang 3:07 (Mac Wiseman)
11 Best Laid Plans 3:49 (Rick Lang, Troy Engle)
12 Midnight Train 2:34 (Alton Delmore)

On October 22, the Larry Stephenson Band will perform at the Flat-Iron Farm Bluegrass for Hospice event in MD., October 28 at the BooGrass Bluegrass Festival in VA, November 11 at the Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival in FL, November 12 at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in GA, November 18 at the All American Indoor Bluegrass Festival in VA, and November 25 at the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in S.C.

For more tour dates and information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com.


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Throughout his 25-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. In 1996, Stephenson was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association. Since that time, he has garnered numerous other awards including being named Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA.) In 2015, SPBGMA honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for the Larry Stephenson Band’s album, Pull Your Savior In.

In 2008, the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year was awarded to the album, Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother, featuring Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs, Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May, Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship & Bill Wolfenbarger.

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Larry Stephenson Band Announces
 New Members and Upcoming New Album



Nashville, TN (August 20, 2014) -- The award-winning Larry Stephenson Band is proud to announce new members, bass player Matt Wright and guitarist Kevin Richardson. They will join Larry Stephenson and Kenny Ingram in celebrating the band’s25th Anniversary this year and their upcoming new album release, PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN.  The first single is set for release later this month and will include special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.  

Matt Wright’s first show with The Larry Stephenson Band was during this year’s Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. Matt is currently a senior at ETSU in the music program and lives in Waynesville, N.C.  Matt said, “I'm very honored to be playing alongside of such legends, and such great people. And I hope to continue musical endeavors with the LSB for years to come.

Kevin Richardson, from Asheboro, N.C., previously toured with Larry for four years. He will rejoin the band beginning August 29 at the Petal Civic Center in Petal, MS. Kevin was part of The Larry Stephenson Band’s 20th Anniversary album on Whysper Dream Music that received the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award in 2010, and also part of the band’s latest album, WHAT REALLY MATTERS on Compass Records.  "I am pleased to return to Larry and the group. I have many memories with Larry and look forward to making many more with his great band - and making some good music," said Kevin.

Larry Stephenson is highly regarded as one of bluegrass music's finest high lead and tenor vocalist and has been headlining concerts and festivals for 25 years. He has received numerous awards and recognitions during his impressive career including the 2010 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for his album, GIVE THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR HEART – 20TH ANNIVERSARY. Larry is a 5-time winner of the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Award from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music.  He can also be heard singing baritone on Donna Ulisse’s 2014 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year Award Nominated song, “Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus.”  

Current member, Kenny Ingram has been with The Larry Stephenson Band since 2009. His first professional job was with James Monroe and The Midnight Ramblers, before joining Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys in 1972. Kenny later joined Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass which gained him world acclaim from their appearances each week day morning on The Martha White Show broadcast on WSM radio. Later, Kenny rejoined Jimmy Martin, before touring with Curly Seckler and also Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.


For more information on The Larry Stephenson Band and to view their entire schedule, please visit their websiteand join them on Facebook.




Aug. 16, 2014.   Nashville, TN.  Larry Stephenson and Whysper Dream Music announce new publicity company to work the groups latest release due out September 2014. Hope River Entertainment's, Penni McDaniel will now lead Whypser Dream Music in all publicity locally and abroad  on the all gospel project "Pull Your Savior In". This new album will be the latest to come out on Whysper Dream Music.  Larry and wife Dreama, owners of the company are pleased to sign with Hope River Entertainment and look forward to a great partnership.


Aug. 19, 2011.  Nashville, TN.  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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