• Randall Massengill injured on the job

    We have just learned that Randal Massengill, guitarist with Brand New Strings, was injured earlier today at work. Randall is a Tennessee State Trooper, in charge of accident scene investigations. Both he and his partner were struck by a moving vehicle

  • Stay Tuned – Brand New Strings

    With a recent party at Margaritaville in Nashville, TN, Brand New Strings released their latest project on Rural Rhythm Records. Their sophomore release, appropriately titled Stay Tuned, features more great material from band members Mike Ramsey, Stuart Wyrick, Randall Massengill, Preston Schmidt, and

  • Brand New Strings CD release party

    Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville in Nashville, TN was the location for a CD release party for Rural Rhythm recording artists Brand New Strings on Friday evening, March 23rd. Fiddler Preston Schmidt, who is employed at Margaritaville as a sound engineer, arranged

  • Other Side Of Lonesome from Brand New Strings

    Rural Rhythm has released a new single to radio from the upcoming Brand New Strings CD, Stay Tuned. The song is Other Side Of Lonesome, a contribution from guitarist/vocalist Randall Massengil. He is joined by Stuart Wyrick on banjo, Tony Mowell on

  • Live recording at Bean Blossom

    Rural Rhythm Records is doing their part in celebrating 2011 as the centennial of Bill Monroe's birth with a live album to be recorded starting this weekend at the Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. Like their popular

  • Brand New Strings: Firmly in the Tradition

    This post is a contribution from Mike Reed, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. See his profile here. The Monday night IBMA Artist Showcase featured Brand New Strings, a relatively new band (2008) who had their first release, "No Strings Attached,"

  • Big doin’s at Graves Mountain

    The Graves Mountain Festival of Music has been a staple event on the bluegrass calendar each year since they held their first event 18 years ago. Held annually on or near the Memorial Day weekend, Graves has had a traditional

  • Brand new member of Brand New Strings?

    It looks like there will be shortly, as resonator guitarist Matt Leadbetter has informed the band that he would no longer be able to perform with them owing to work and family obligations. Tim Tipton sent along this statement from Brand