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Sharon Cort
New River Ranch


Contact: Sharon Cort
c/o Rose records
P.O. Box 50662
Nashville, TN 37205

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Sharon Cort
As a child of Southern California, it was perhaps inevitable that Sharon Cort's foray into the music world would take the form of bluegrass/folk neo-traditionalism. Sharon began performing in clubs such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Venice's Sidewalk Cafe, The Palomino, and The Breakaway, sharing the stage with acts such as Laurie Lewis & Grant Street, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Bill Keith, and Richard Greene's Grass is Greener. She's quickly expanding to national recognition with her vocal and songwriting talents and her first CD, "Highway To Here." She was featured in American Songwriter and New Country Magazine and after successfully touring Europe, Sharon is finally getting the U. S. recognition she deserves.

Bill Keith
After getting his start with local bands in the Boston area, Bill moved to Washington, D.C. in 1962 to play with Red Alien, Frank Wakefield and the Kentuckians. The following year he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he played on the Grand Ole Opry, toured and recorded with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and coauthored the Earl Scruggs banjo instruction book and record. In addition to maintaining a busy teaching schedule and playing with the band "Upstate Bluegrass," he also owns and operates the Beacon Banjo Company which manufactures banjo tuning machines of his design. He plays in many genre's besides bluegrass and is the father of melodic style banjo.

Butch Baldassari
Butch Baldassari (Bald-a-sorry) is one of America's most ardent and best-known champions of mandolin music. Baldassari Is a dedicated musician who decided once he made the move to Nashville, he was never going to do a job he didn't like. "I decided that I was going to be in music and I was going to figure out whatever it took to make it in music." He experimented with classical tunes as well as a variety of new tunes and, after attending the Classical Mandolin society of America in 1990, formed the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, which includes among its instruments the mandola, mandocello, guitar and bass.

Ernie Sykes
Ernie Sykes is a second generation bluegrass musician who was born into the music. His father, Ernie Sr., played guitar, banjo and did a little singing. By the age of ten, the younger Sykes was playing bass and singing with his father and sister Wendy in church as the Sykes boys. In 1978, Ernie joined the Bluegrass Cardinals, with whom he worked for nearly two years. His highest honor was bestowed in 1996, when he was the last of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys to be hired. Besides being a member of New River Ranch, he performs with Mandy Barnett and recorded on a "Tribute to Tradition" with Earl Scruggs, Marty Stuart and Glen Duncan.


"A stellar new CD, full of nuance in the vocal delivery (from sweet to tough) superb backup and interesting song selections."
Dave Higgs.- "Bluegrass Breakdown"
-WPLN-FM, Nashville

"One of the finest female singers I've heard in years"
Jim Marshall- BBC Radio Sussex
- Pres., British Country Music Assn.

"Sharon is the new Kathy Mattea and is a superb singer"
Sean Brady- Ireland

"Writing and performing bluegrass in the 90's has produced a handful of writer/performers who are above the rest. Sharon is one of these"
Frank Javorsek- KCSN, Northridge, CA

"Not only can Sharon Cort standards sound like her own, but she's written some wonderful original songs that could well become standards in their own right"
Ben Elder- KPFK, Los Angeles

" Her singing style is powerful & emotional. Her writing style is equally original, combining modern elements within a traditional framework. (In Highway to Here) Sharon provides the listener with an album which marks her identity now while keeping an eye on the future. Expect great things from her"
--Bluegrass Now Magazine

" If you're looking for interesting songs sung by a strong voice and appreciate variety in you bluegrass diet, you may want to sample Sharon Cort."
Bluegrass Unlimited

From Sharon
"I hope you'll say you like our music because it's good, not because it's necessarily what you expect to hear: We have a deep reverence for tradition, and I hope it's evident behind the lyrics. Certainly you'll know that we've arrived at a place because we've enjoyed the journey. I hope you will too."

Tour U.K., France

Hourglass Entertainment
For immediate release - January 9, 1999

Sharon Cort and her band, New River Ranch will return to England and France this March for a three week tour. Performing with Cort are Bill Keith on banjo, Walden Dahl on bass and Tom Corbett on mandolin. The tour begins in Cherbourg, France on the 12th of March, and ends on the 27th. This will be an encore performance in France, and will mark the association Americaen's first tour under its recent reformation. The U.K. tour will include most of the same appearances they did last time, plus an additional week of dates, totalling 12 in a 19 day period.

Tour dates:

  • March 12 Cherbourg,France
  • 13 Coutances
  • 16 Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 17 Nottingham, UK
  • 19 Birmingham
  • 20 East Anglia
  • 22 Wadhurst
  • 24 Milton Keynes
  • 25 Leeds
  • 26 Coventry
  • 27 Liverpool

Highlights of the tour for Sharon will include a trip to Liverpool and the Beatles Museum, which was planned last trip, but remained elusive due to their van's breakdown en route.

Sharon is recognized for her original songs and personal vocal stylings. While the band is relatively unfamiliar to the American bluegrass festival circuit, New River Ranch are creating a good deal of excitement overseas, due to their appearances in the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland.

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    "Highway to Here"
  • Willoughby
  • Many Mansions
  • Stranded
  • Roses On My Street
  • Old Love Letters .ra 198k
  • Don't Forget Your way Home
  • Morristown
  • Cry Cry Darlin
  • Home Again .ra 199k
  • Maiden On the Bow
"Highway to Here"

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