The goal with the hit TV shows Bluegrass Ridge and Country Fix has always been to bring the bluegrass and Country genres to the largest audience possible, and carry on the tradition which started with bluegrass founding father Bill Monroe. The programs are now taking it one step further, by adding the music-driven shows into rotation on 85 new TV stations throughout the United States alone. These include top markets like New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Tampa and all the way to Honolulu, while also airing on affiliates in Bluegrass stronghold cities like Nashville, Lexington, and Norfolk and beyond. You can find Bluegrass Ridge in your area by visiting bluegrassridgetv.com.
In addition to the new broadcast areas, the show, and its sister TV show Country Fix, will continue to air nationwide on satellite/cable affiliates Heartland, The Family Channel, RightNow TV, YTA TV, Stryk TV, Fox 8, and Country Roads TV. Each program offers a special insight into the latest trends and music in the evolving world of Bluegrass. With new 30-minute episodes airing weekly hosted by Nu-Blu, viewers can always count on something new and exciting as the band presents new episodes worldwide, with upcoming episodes taped on location throughout the USA and Ireland.
Bluegrass Ridge co-hosts Daniel and Carolyn Routh of Nu-Blu.
“We are so excited to be able to take bluegrass music into even more homes here in the USA. Even though it has its roots in countries all over the world, this music serves as a 'melting pot' for many cultures. It's a true history of the United States and continues to tell the tales of those that live and love this music."
After releasing four Top Ten Billboard albums, North Carolina based Nu-Blu has quickly established themselves as one of the top Acoustic acts in the music industry, delivering a set of songs that range from the melancholy to the exuberant. At every step they prove they’ve got a knack for finding their way into the deeper parts of you.
Over the years, they’ve turned many heads, garnering major headlines with their George Jones inspired tribute single "Jesus and Jones" featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer 'Soul Man' Sam Moore (of the iconic duo Sam and Dave). The award-winning band has also made appearances on Fox News in the past, while also having their music featured on CBS "Sunday Morning."
Hailing from Siler City, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, other times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist who also handles band management. Austin Hefflefinger on banjo, and Justin Harrison on mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, Appalachian sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.
The band got their start in September of 2003, the end result of several of Carolyn and Daniel’s previous projects. From the beginning, they’ve embodied the American working band, pushing through challenges that would bring most of us to our knees. Just a few months after their formation, their original record label folded, and Carolyn suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak, let alone sing. But barreling past those early trials toughened them, and the muscle and calluses that came with them have led Nu-Blu to ever-new heights, with multiple runs on the radio charts from their 2014 release, All The Way. It featured the chart-topping Rhonda Vincent collaboration “That’s What Makes the Bluegrass Blue,” along with “Jesus and Jones.”
Nu-Blu is poised to make 2023 one of their biggest years yet. With new music on the horizon, they’re looking to carry on that momentum after recently partnering with Turnberry Records on an upcoming 20th anniversary release. Needless to say, Nu-Blu is more focused and determined than ever to bring their music to more and more fans throughout the world. Who knows, they might even have a major surprise or two that’s announced unexpectedly.