Posted by: Larry Royce | September 22, 2014


Hi Folks,

What a beautiful Fall weekend in PA and I hope you had a chance to enjoy it as much as I did.

This week’s program features a variety of traditional and contemporary bluegrass gospel.
Enjoy and thanks for listening.



New Day In Heaven Donna Ulisse
Journey To The Son Doyle Lawson
City That Lies Four Square Goins Brothers
One Step Closer To The Grave Gibson Brothers


How Far Will I Fall III’rd Tyme Out
Keep On Walkin’ Grascals
For Him Gary Waldrep
On A High High Mt Don Rigsby

Waiting At The Gate Ricky Skaggs
Your Long Journey Plant/Krauss
He’s Calling Out Your Name Rock Springs Reunion
Mother’s Bible Crowe Brothers

Brother John Seldom Scene
The Lord Came Unto Me Sam Bush

The Devil’s Old White Well Jr. Sisk
There’s An Answer Forbes Family

Prepare To Meet Thy God Steve Gully
Tell the Ones I Loved SCR
Will He Wait A Little Longer Stanley Gospel Tradition
I’m Not Alone Churchmen

Hold On Tim O’Brien
A Child Enter Life NBB

Living Water Mt Faith
Haven Of Rest Tim Surrett

The Little Old Church By The Road Monroe Crossing
The Little Old Church By The Road Dry Branch
Calling To That Other Shore Doyle Lawson
Marching W & C Expedition


Let The Church Roll On Doc Watson
I’m Justified Del McCoury
In The Hollow Of His Hand DeDe Wyland
Jericho Road Charlie Waller


Posted by: Larry Royce | September 15, 2014


Hi Folks,

This week I featured some of the groups that played at the Singing On The Farm concert in Manheim, PA. Saturday was a bit rainy, but I hope that they had a good turnout.

I met my first grandaughter this week (11 weeks old), plus my youngest daughter is getting married on Saturday. Quite an exciting and busy time.

Enjoy the music and thanks for listening.




Lord I’m Just A Little Branch Easter Brothers
I’ve Been Changed Cockman Family
This World Is Not My Home Pine Mt Railroad
There Is A God Doyle Lawson


Let The Hallelujahs Roll Easter Brothers
What A Day Damascus Ridge
He’s Already There D & B Aldridge
When I Leave This World Johnny Staats

Oak Grove Church Dry Branch
Roll Call Front Range
Lifting Up The Cross Grasstowne
Go Tell John Rarely Herd

That’s The Way I Want To Go Nick Chandler
Circuit Rider Nothin’ Fancy
Circuit Rider Country Gentlemen
Pressed Through The Crowd Sunnyside

Children Of Abraham Claire Lynch
Just Over Yonder Forbes Family
These Old Pictures James King
The Keys To The Kingdom Ralph Stanley
Workin’ In The Vineyard Sam Wilson

Mansion God s Building Jay Armsworthy
Will Your Name Be Called Jeannette Williams

Fields Of The Lord Jim Lauderdale
Get Behind Me Satin Reno & Smiley
Wings To Fly Valerie Smith

Where My Eyed Met His Born Again
Little Community Church Boone Creek
Victory In Jesus Bottomline
Just An Old Country Preacher Larry Sparks


Man On The Mule Joe Isaacs
Rock Of Ages Keep My Soul Joe Mullins

The Good Old Days Easter Brothers
Doxology Tony Rice


Posted by: Larry Royce | September 11, 2014

Eddie Adcock on his major award

From Bluegrass Today.

We caught up with Eddie Adcock today and he shared these reflections on being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Steve Martin prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. In addition to a lovely trophy, the prize includes a cash award of $50,000.

“What does it mean to me to receive the 2014 Steve Martin Prize? Well, it means recognition for what I’ve tried to do in music all my life and still try to do — be myself and find new paths. It means that hasn’t been forgotten; it’s a renewal.

Awards are wonderful to receive, all by themselves. They’re not something you consciously try to earn, but they do represent the respect and admiration that people have for what you’ve done; and you can’t buy that. Then sometimes you’ll joke to a friend and say, ‘That and fifty cents will get you a cup of coffee,’ but of course you don’t really mean that — it’s a joke — but with Steve’s prize you receive the award AND the fifty cents!

When you try to thank Steve Martin for what he’s been doing for bluegrass lately, when it comes to this prize he just says, ‘It’s for the artist.’ I can’t thank him enough, and his prize board too for their unanimous vote. I really appreciate the fact that there’s someone out there who knows the financial realities of bluegrass and the situation of so many of its musicians, and who’s done all he could from every angle, including for bands and individuals by his shows and TV appearances. It’s wonderful that there’s someone who’s in a position to help his fellow pickers and take up some of the slack. It must feel great to be Steve!

A lot of your readers and our fans know that we’ve been going through a little slump here lately, due to medical issues, the economy and whatnot, and they’ve really stepped forward and been generous with thoughts and prayers and donations that have been really important in keeping us going. We pray for all of them — a lot! The help we’ve gotten has kept a roof over our heads and kept us sane.

And three days a week I’ve been going to the Dayani Center gym at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for pulmonary rehabilitation physical therapy, prescribed by my pulmonologist, and it’s been great. It’s helped my physical condition and even my outlook. I believe it was a blessing in disguise that our summer touring was open enough for me to be able to go and do that.

The idea is that I want to keep picking and singing and playing for the fans, and being with them, as long as I can, and as long as they can stand it. We couldn’t and wouldn’t be on the road without them. I like to make people happy with my music, because it works that way for me. Next year’s bookings are looking better already, so we’re looking forward to being able to make it under our own steam! The Steve Martin Prize sort of puts it over the top in making it possible to be out there, and to keep writing and keep creating and spreading the big idea of music and how to do it yourself. Receiving this prize renews my purpose and makes me feel at least ten years younger!

I bless Steve and his prize for lightening the load and chasing the blues. I thank God, and I thank Steve Martin — there’s only one of each!”

Posted by: Larry Royce | September 9, 2014

Exclusive Cherryholmes Family Reunion Planned for 2015

Here’s some good news!!

The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival is planning an exclusive Cherryholmes family reunion at their 2015 festival. The annual festival will feature over 45 bands. The Roanoke Island, North Carolina festival always features top artists, acts and entertainment. Plans are already underway for next year’s event. – See more at:

Posted by: Larry Royce | September 9, 2014

Greg Corbett passes

From Bluegrass Today:

Greg Corbett, North Carolina banjo player, died yesterday (August 24). He was 41 years old, set to turn 42 this next week.

Not much information has been released about his passing. Greg died in his sleep Saturday morning, of a suspected heart attack.

In the 1990s, he was the banjo player for The Country Gentlemen, remaining with the band until the passing of founding member Charlie Waller in 2004. That final edition of the Gentlemen also included Darin Aldridge on mandolin and Ronnie Davis on bass.

After Charlie’s death, Corbett and Aldridge formed a band called The Circuit Riders, taken from the title of a classic Country Gentlemen song.

Greg was a big man, with a bigger heart, and was a friend to everyone he met. Though he had left active touring as his children were born, he is widely remembered in bluegrass both for his crisp playing and his outsized personality.

He leaves behind a wife, Amanda, and two young children, Calvin and Kensy.

R.I.P., Greg Corbett.

Posted by: Larry Royce | September 9, 2014

Tom Riggs passes

From Bluegrass Today

Note: Mr. Riggs was instrumental in helping me launch the syndicated version of Sanctuary in 1997.

Thomas W. Riggs, founder of Pinecastle Records and a long time bluegrass entrepreneur and impresario, died on Saturday (8/30) with his family by his side. He was 78 years of age, and had been in declining health this past four years.

Riggs came to the bluegrass business late in life, after a successful career in the pizza business. He and his wife operated a very lucrative Pizza Hut franchise in Orlando, FL with several partners, and was responsible for getting Pizza Hut involved with bluegrass when they were part of the Pepsi Cola company. Some of his earliest Pinecastle releases were for winners in the now defunct Pizza Hut Challenge band competition.

He enjoyed being addressed as Colonel, having been named an official Kentucky Colonel for his work with the Boy Scouts.

Born in Louisville, KY in 1934, Tom lived for many years in Orlando where he started his bluegrass work after selling the pizza business back to PepsiCo in 1990. At the time, they owned 65 profitable restaurants in the area, and the parent company was seeking to bring the more successful franchises back under their control. Tom and his partners had started the business in 1969, before the advent of Disney World, and it had grown to such a size that he had leverage with Pepsi to make support for bluegrass a part of his ultimate sales agreement.

Pinecastle Records was launched in Orlando, as was his syndicated bluegrass radio program, American Acoustic Country, and The Music Shed, a wholesale/retail distributor for bluegrass recordings. Before starting the label, he had taken over management of a successful bluegrass festival in Kissimmee. All came as a result of the Colonel finding himself a financially independent businessman at the age of 55 with nothing to do. Bluegrass is much the richer for his decisions.

In its hey day, American Acoustic Country ran on over 250 stations, with Riggs behind the microphone introducing new bluegrass to a large audience – at a time when the word “bluegrass” was viewed as a negative in the radio industry.

Over the years Pinecastle released albums by some of the most prominent artists in bluegrass: The Osborne Brothers, The Reno Brothers, Special Consensus, Dale Ann Bradley, Eddie & Martha Adcock, Grasstowne, Larry Stephenson, Bill Emerson, Wildfire, and many more. They also helped introduce a number of new artists like Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nothin’ Fancy and The Chapmans.

When Tom and his wife divorced in 2005, he moved everything to western North Carolina where he owned a vacation cabin. The charm of the area (south of Asheville) had already won his heart, and Pinecastle and The Music Shed both relocated to Columbus, NC. Riggs’ health began to fail in 2010, and Cort Riggs, Tom’s son, managed the closure of the distribution business and the sale of Pinecastle to Lonnie Lassiter who runs it to this day.

Riggs is remembered fondly by many business associates in the bluegrass world.

A small family funeral service is planned for next week in Louisville.

Rest in Peace, Tom Riggs.

Posted by: Larry Royce | September 9, 2014

Eddie Adcock receives the 2014 Steve Martin prize

From Bluegrass Today

The 2014 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music has been awarded to Eddie Adcock. The prize includes a cash payment of $50,000 and the opportunity to appear in public with Martin.

Since the early 1950s, Eddie has been playing the banjo in new and challenging ways that helped redefine its role in the bluegrass band. His first professional gigs were with Buzz Busby and Bill Monroe, but it was as a member of The Country Gentlemen that Adcock’s influence first began to leave a permanent impact. He toured and recorded with the Gentlemen from 1957 until 1970, showcasing his mix of a roll style that took much from the playing of Ralph Stanley, with elements of Don Reno’s guitaristic approach, and his own modified Travis or Atkins fingerpicking style for banjo.

After his time with The Country Gentlemen, Eddie took on the additional role of band leader and after a brief stint with a country rock outfit, Clinton Special, he formed the band II Generation. It was there that he met his future wife, Martha Hearon, who has been his musical and life partner this past 40 years. They also worked together in Talk Of The Town, with a young Missy Raines on bass, and perform now as Eddie & Martha Adcock.

Outside of the banjo world, Adcock had a brief career as a boxer during his youth, and a passion for auto racing which he pursued while building a life in music. He also worked as an auto mechanic during those early days.

Eddie also developed a reputation as one of the better audio engineers in acoustic music while operating a live sound reinforcement company, Adcock Audio, which he dissolved in 2006. He became a YouTube sensation in 2008 when video of his groundbreaking brain surgery to implant an electrode as an antidote against an essential hand tremor hit the Internet.

The Steve Martin Prize was established in 2010 to help promote worthy practitioners of the 5 string. Martin funds the honorarium himself, and has said that he is grateful for the opportunity to bring attention to such stellar musicians. Prior recipients include Noam Pikelny, Sammy Shelor, Mark Johnson, and Jens Kruger.

In past years, winners have been invited to accompany Steve for a visit to The Late Show on CBS television, though nothing has yet been announced for this year.

Congratulations to this most worthy honoree!

Posted by: Larry Royce | September 8, 2014

SANCTUARY 9/8/2014

Hi Folks,

This week’s program features some of the bands that will be performing at the 10th Annual “Singing On The Farm” concert Saturday September 13 in Manheim, PA. For more information call: 717-653-8834.

Ticket prices are only $15 per person, under age 15 free. The proceeds as always go to a local family in financial need. Let’s help to support this worthwhile event.

Thanks for listening,


When I’ve Traveled My Last Mile Dailey & Vincent
Little White Church Damascus Ridge
Just A Little Talk With Jesus Doyle Lawson
Far Above The Starry Sky Gary Brewer


The Finish Line Born Again
Way Beyond This Life Brad Davis
Changed In A Moment Cherryholmes
The Angels Rejoiced Joe Val

From The Inside Out Chigger Hill Boys
The Other Side Chris Hillman
The Darkest Hour Emmylou Harris
Me & Jesus Charlie Sizemore

It Won’t Be Long Flatt & Scruggs
More Than You See Franz Family
Land Of The Living Nick Chandler
The Tomb Is Empty New Road

Take Your Shoes Off Moses R & N Stanley
Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name NBB
My Lord Keeps Me Satisfied LRB
100 White Horses Churchmen

Take Time To Pray Damascus Ridge
I Know The Man Crosspoint

Where My Eyes Meet His Born Again
The Touch Balsam Range

I Pray My Way Out Of Trouble III’rd Tyme Out
Are You Afraid To Die Isaacs
John In The Jordan Jerry Salley
Gospel Medley Seldom Scene


Child Of The King Nick Chandler
I Find Jesus NGDB

Thirst & Hunger Moore & Bradley
The Lovely Rising Sun Marshall Family


Posted by: Larry Royce | September 2, 2014

Sanctuary 9/2/2014

Hi Folks,

I hope that you had a great Labor Day weekend and maybe even had a chance to hear some live music.

This week’s program features a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass gospel.

Thanks for listening,



Walking With The Angels Wayne Taylor
Power In The Blood Weary Hearts
I Never Shall Forget The Day Steve Gulley
Preachin” Up A Storm Rarely Herd
Why Did I Wait So Long Ricky Skaggs

Count Your Blessings Stoney Lonesome
Nobody’s Fault But Mine T & M O’Brien
There’s A Man Going “Round Tony Ellis
Come Unto Me Bishops

You’d Better Get Right Seldom Scene
Christ The Lord Shawn Lane
The Devil’s Old White Wall Jr Sisk
Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand Franz Family

Walking Through Bethlehem Daughters/Sonja
I Am The Man Thomas Soul Pickers
In Heaven We’ll Never Grow Old Stanley Brothers
In That Land Barry Scott

Solid Rock LRB
Sing An Old Fashioned Song Lost & Found
Angels Rock Me To Sleep Marty Raybon
The Reach Of His Hand Isaacs

Get In Line Brother Marty Stuart
Waiting For My Ship To Come In McPeak Brothers
Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side Melvin Goins
Life’s Railway To Heaven W & C Expedition
Step Into The Water Michelle Nixon
Gates Of Glory Mickey Harris
What Would You Give Monroe Brothers
One Of God’s Sheep Larry Stephenson
Look Up Rich In Tradition

Helping Hand Mt Faith
There’s A Better Way NBB
Jesus Can Do Anything New Tradition
Zion’s Hill Lonesome Road

Posted by: Larry Royce | August 25, 2014


Hi Folks,

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s beautiful weather in PA. It’s already beginning to feel like Fall is rapidly approaching.

Thanks for listening.



This World Is Not My Home Don Rigsby
Walk This Mt Down Donna Ulisse
Give Me Jesus Grascals
This Flight Is Leaving On Time Joe Isaacs

Climb The Ladder Hot Rize
He Said If I Be Lifted Up III’rd Tyme Out
Angels Around Her Irene Kelly
Hold Me Tight David Marshall


The Streets Of Gold Jay Armsworthy
Thank You For Caring Jeanette Williams
Anywhere Is Home Jeff Parker
What Do You Say About Your Brother Rock Springs Reunion

God Did It Salley/Sonja
Hear Jerusalem Calling J & T Sullivan
Truth On The Mt Jim & Jesse
I Found A Hiding Place Bill Monroe

I Can’t Sit Down K & A Smith
Great High Mt Larry Sparks
Will The Circle Be Unbroken Lester Flatt
He Took Your Place Bluegrass Band

Heaven Country Gentlemen Harbor Of Love Cumberland Highlanders
Farther Along Dailey & Vincent
The Wheel Cockman Family

I heard My Mother Danny Paisley
Moses D & B Aldridge
This Rock Newfound Road
In Your Arms Doyle Lawson

You Don’t Have To Move That Mt Nickel Creek
God’s Radio Phone N & N Blake

Soldier Of The Cross Northern Cross
Who will Sing For Me Ralph Stanley


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