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Lee Ann Womack Premieres “Live @ CMT” December 9
With The Way I’m Livin’ Getting a GRAMMY® Nomination, See Womack’s New Music Live + Unadorned at CMT.com

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Nashville, TN (December 8, 2014): Lee Ann Womack knows how to make music that scrapes people’s emotions down to the bone. With The Way I’m Livin’ earning a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Album, fans of stripped back, full-tilt country and roots music can see four of the songs from the 6-time CMA winner’s first Top 10 Americana album on CMT.com’s “Live @CMT,” starting Tuesday, December 9.

“One of the greatest things about ‘Live @CMT’ is they keep the focus on the music, the songs and the players,” Womack explains. “It is completely stripped down, and all about what’s inside the songs. As a singer and someone who is in awe of the accomplished musicians I get to work with, I love the fact they work so hard to capture those things. To me, that’s the heart of what makes people care in the first place.”

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Nashville, Tenn. (December 5, 2014)Sugar Hill Records is thrilled to announce that Lee Ann Womack and Bryan Sutton have each been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award, Womack for Best Country Album and Sutton for Best Bluegrass Album. Awards will be given out at the 57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015.

Today is a historical day for Sugar Hill Records having earned its first GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Album for the renowned roots label. The Way I’m Livin’ – marks the end of a seven year silence from the CMA Female Vocalist. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), The Way I’m Livin’ features the songs of Chris Knight, Mindy Smith, Julie Miller, Mando Saenz, Hayes Carll, Neil Young, Bruce Robison and one cagey cover lifted from Roger Miller. The Way I’m Livin’, Womack’s debut album on Sugar Hill has received unanimous praise from the press with The New York Times proclaiming, “Ms. Womack is an exceptional singer with a plangent voice designed for lingering on the notes and words, especially plaintive ones… when Ms. Womack is allowed to luxuriate in her anguish, she is entrancing,” while The Wall Street Journal – who debuted The Way I’m Livin’ – raved, “She digs in like she’s making up for lost time…” Released on September 23rd, the album is currently enjoying a top spot on the Americana radio charts.

Chuck Ainlay, engineer and Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer are also also honored with a GRAMMY® nomination for Engineered Album Non-Classical category for The Way I’m Livin’.

Into My Own, Bryan Sutton’s fourth solo release on Sugar Hill Records, marks the culmination of a remarkable musical growth spurt—rich, varied, and, just as he says, a record that only he could make. For what Into My Own does for the first time is present Sutton, called a ‘bluegrass badass’ by Engine 145, not so much on his own (though there’s a bit of that too), but as an artist who’s worked his way into a musical place that’s all his own, and not just as a phenomenal guitarist, but as a singer and songwriter. “It is also worth noting that Sutton was able to leverage his all-star Rolodex to gather a cadre of top bluegrass talent in order to record this album,” says Country Standard Time, ‘their deft contributions are felt throughout, but they never overshadow the fact that this is Sutton’s unique musical vision.” Featured alongside Sutton are some of the best pickers in the genre, also true friends and collaborators; Bill Frisell joins in for “Frissell’s Rag” while Noam Pikelny, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Stuart Duncan and more stop in to play a few. Sutton takes center stage on “Run Away” and “Been All Around This World,” demonstrating even further how each track bursts with its own energy. Profiled in Bluegrass Today, Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Unlimited, CMT Edge, Bluegrass Situation and more, Popmatters says of the record, “His music, and the music he plays, has been all around the world – with its roots and branches – and he brings it together on a glorious, joyous album for all of the world to enjoy.”

Cliff O’Sullivan, Sugar Hill’s GM/SVP says, “Incredible musicianship has always been Sugar Hill’s hallmark. Lee Ann Womack isn’t just one of the best singers in country music, she’s one of the best singers in any genre. And anyone who has ever heard Bryan Sutton play can attest to his guitar virtuosity. We’re so proud to be associated with both Lee Ann and Bryan and are thrilled to celebrate their GRAMMY® nominations.”

About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

For more information:

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782



Kickstarter Created Album Slated for March 2015

Pictured (from l-r): Megan McNair - Sugar Hill Director of Marketing and Media Relations, Liz Longley, Cliff O’Sullivan - Sugar Hill General Manager and Senior Vice President, Gary Paczosa - Sugar Hill Vice President of A&R, Ashley Moyer - Sugar Hill Manager of Artist and Media Relations

Nashville, Tenn. (December 2, 2014) – Sugar Hill Records announces it has signed singer-songwriter Liz Longley. The artist’s eagerly anticipated release is slated for digital distribution in March 2015.

“It felt like a dream come true and worth every second of the wait,” says Longley regarding her offer from Sugar Hill, “I am so excited about working with this group. It has become very important to me over the past few years to build a team that is trustworthy and hardworking, and they are just that. I can’t wait to see this album reach its full potential.”

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Lee Ann Womack Gears Up For A BIG Week
Wall Street Journal To 1st Listen The Way I’m Livin’ 9/17
Tapes CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend 9/17 for 9/26 Debut
USA Weekend 9/14; NPR “World Café” 9/17 + AMA Showcases 9/19 + 21

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(Nashville, TN) —September 15, 2014 — It may have been seven years since Lee Ann Womack put out a record, but she’s – as The Wall Street Journal noted when they debuted “The Way I’m Livin’” earlier this summer – “making up for lost time.” Having world premiered a provocative video that’s attracted much conversation on CMT – with a sneak peek at RollingStone.com – the new week is picking up momentum at a staggering pace.

Wednesday, September 17, The Wall Street Journal will again take the lead in bringing the Grammy-winner’s decidedly hardcore music to the public, streaming The Way I’m Livin’ in its entirety. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Chris Knight, Pistol Annies), the roots writer collection takes life at its most unvarnished and splintered – attracting those who lament the passage of the ‘tough stuff’ from the genre.

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For Immediate Release
4 September 2014

Lee Ann Womack Gears Up for a Big Fall
Releases THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Sept. 23
CMT “Crossroads” Airing 9/26; Co-Hosts IBMA Awards Oct. 2;
Texas Monthly, Garden & Gun, PEOPLE, Esquire + NPR


Nashville, TN: As the Sept. 23 release for The Way I’m Livin’ draws close, Lee Ann Womack is cutting a wide path through American music. With CMT: Country Music Television’s “Crossroads,” featuring a collaboration with John Legend, airing on Sept. 26 and her upcoming International Bluegrass Music Awards co-hosting duties October 2 in Raleigh, it’s looking like a busy fall.

“When I said I was ready to get back to work,” laughs the Grammy-winning progressive traditionalist, “I knew they were going to throw it at me, but this has been a whole lot more than I could’ve dreamed. It’s kind of exciting to see how far I can take this music – or rather the songs of the writer/artists I cut.”

Early response to The Way I’m Livin’ has been strong. The Wall Street Journal debuted the title track, writing, “she digs in like she’s making up for lost time” and USA Today wrote the CD is “irresistibly teasing.” Look for spreads in Garden + Gun, Texas Monthly, People, Cowboys & Indians, Lone Star Music, Esquire’s Playlist, various daily papers, NoDepression.com and NPR’s Weekend Edition.

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Nickel Creek Presented With Platinum
Acoustic Trio Surprised With Plaques At Austin Show


(Pictured: Cliff O’Sullivan, John Kunz, Terry Lickona, Sara Watkins, Chris Thile, Sean Watkins and Gary Paczosa)

(Austin, TX) — August 27, 2014 —On Saturday, Nickel Creek was presented with the band’s first platinum record for its Sugar Hill Records debut, Nickel Creek. Following their sound check at Austin City Limits Live At The Moody Theater, the trio was surprised with special plaques to commemorate the accomplishment.

On hand to present Nickel Creek with their platinum were Sugar Hill General Manager Cliff O’Sullivan and Sugar Hill Vice President of A&R Gary Paczosa (who also engineered Nickel Creek.) Members of Austin’s musical elite, Terry Lickona, producer of Austin City Limits, and John Kunz, owner of Waterloo Records, also joined in on the impromptu ceremony.

“We wanted to be able to share in this moment with Chris, Sean and Sara and where better than this beautiful theater!” Cliff O’Sullivan shares. “Selling a million albums is a tremendous achievement and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate it with Nickel Creek and applaud the enduring success of the album, which is a cornerstone of Sugar Hill’s musical legacy.”

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Sugar Hill Records Celebrates IBMA Nominations
Preeminent Bluegrass Label Garners Nods For Musicianship And Liners

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(Nashville, TN) — August 14, 2014 — Sugar Hill Records is excited to share the label’s 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) nominees. A wide breadth of talent was highlighted in the acoustic music genre and Sugar Hill’s roster and catalog earned nods for instrumentalists and liners, as well as a special upcoming International Bluegrass Hall of Fame induction.

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Joins Jenny Lewis, Audra McDonald, Karen Elson, Q-Tip in Music Issue

(Photo by John Scarpati)

(New York, NY) - July 29, 2014 - With The Wall Street Journal debuting the title track to The Way I’m Livin’ and USA Today building a ‘Listen Up’ playlist of the scorching Adam Wright song about consumption and surrender, Lee Ann Womack’s first album in almost seven years is attracting attention from some very intriguing places. Today, Tory Burch features Womack and her upcoming album as part of her online “Music Issue.”

“When we got the inquiry, I was puzzled,” Womack admits, “because while I like clothes, I don’t necessarily think of someone like Tory Burch and my kind of music. Then I heard some of the other artists she was doing, and I was pretty fired up.”

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Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, along with Alex Hargreaves, Paul Kowert and Nathaniel Smith will offer a very special evening of collaborative performance in front of one microphone at some of the country’s finest acoustic music venues.

Following their meeting at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids have pursued a collaboration with a depth and identity all its own. Their initial performances (on Austin City Limits and at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series) have been widely heralded for the seamless harmony of the three singers, the unassailable virtuosity of the players, and the obvious if uncommon chemistry the young artists have found with one another. This Fall, they are presenting it, fully realized for the first time, in a limited tour of some of the country’s finest performing arts centers and symphony halls.

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moe. Celebrates No Guts, No Glory With Highest Career Chart Debut


(Nashville, TN) — June 9, 2014 — moe.’s official video for its single “Blond Hair and Blue Eyes” premieres today at Conan O’Brien’s online site, TeamCoco.com. The video finds the band standing up for the song’s namesake, a little girl with blond hair and blue eyes on a tear through the town. Using more than a little bit of muscle, the Jay Blakesberg directed video highlights performance and strong arming from the band in a very tongue in cheek take on the track. The video stars moe., bassist Rob Derhak’s daughter Emma, whom the song is about, and Derhak’s sons Eddie and Zach, and their friends.

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New Album Fortune Out Now

“Black Prairie is rewriting ’50s bluegrass and country, itinerant Southern blues and ’70s New Wave into a whole new language of American pop music.” - Relix


Black Prairie has confirmed US tour dates throughout September in support of their acclaimed third album Fortune, produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Red Fang).

The Portland band features Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee and John Moen of The Decemberists with front-woman Annalisa Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld. Fortune proves that Black Prairie has outgrown its roots as a casual side-project, solidifying into a primary, creative focus for its members - a band with its own internal momentum, genuine character and style. “Making this record was the most collaborative and magical thing,” says Chris Funk.

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Lee Ann Womack Releases THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Sept. 23
Produced by Award-Winning Frank Liddell, First New Music in Over 6 Years

Title Track Bows at WSJ.com 5/22, Arrives at Radio Next Week


Nashville, Tenn. (May 19, 2014) – Lee Ann Womack never intended to go almost seven years between records, but she knew when she released new music, she wanted it to be very special. For the Grammy-winner who’s one of the rare women to win the prestigious Country Music Association’s Album of the Year, she wanted an album made purely for the sake of the songs and the spark of the musical performances.

That album – the eagerly anticipated The Way I’m Livin’ – arrives Sept. 23 on noted roots label Sugar Hill. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), it features the songs of Chris Knight, Mindy Smith, Buddy Miller, Mando Saenz, Hayes Carll, Neil Young, Bruce Robison and one cagey cover lifted from Roger Miller.

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