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Carrie Hassler’s amazing voice, highly entertaining performances, and numerous #1 albums and #1 singles have garnered great attention and helped her to cross many genres of music during her career.  She has received the Country Song of the Year Award by Strictly Country Magazine, two IBMA nominations for her work on “The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain”, a SPBGMA Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, and more. She garnered a #1 country single, “Country Strong” on European country radio and previously hit #1 on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks with her song, “Luxury Liner.”

“Luxury Liner” was the first single release from her album THE DISTANCE.  The song comes from Country Rock legend songwriter/artist Gram Parsons that Carrie beautifully transforms into a hard drivin’ bluegrass barn burner.  Carrie is joined on the song by the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (Guitar); Ron Stewart (Banjo, Fiddle); Justin Moses (Dobro, Fiddle); Mark Fain (Bass); Alan Bibey (Mandolin); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (Harmony Vocals); and the album’s producer, Steve Gulley (Harmony Vocals).

THE DISTANCE includes a wide range of musical styles that represent Carrie’s incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to hard drivin’ Bluegrass hand-picked by Carrie herself.

Carrie jumped on the music scene late in 2006 with the release of the CARRIE HASSLER AND HARD RAIN album on Rural Rhythm Records.  The album was produced by Jim Van Cleve of the band Mountain Heart and it received immediate success debuting at #11 on BILLBOARD Top Bluegrass Top Album Chart (retail sales) and spending nine months in 2007 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Top 15 Album Chart (airplay).

Just over a month after the initial album release, the single “Seven Miles From Wichita” hit the #1 spot on Sirius Radio’s Bluegrass Top 40 and went on to spend 10 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Single Chart and was also a crossover in country radio as well.  While that single was still charting, another single, “Going on the Next Train,” hit the same chart and appeared until January 2008.  Yet another track, the gospel bluegrass song “Least That I Can Do” spent a year on Bluegrass Now Magazine’s Gospel Truths Chart.

In 2008, Rural Rhythm Records released her second album, CHHR2 again produced by Jim Van Cleve.  The album made its debut at #5 on Billboard’s Top 50 Bluegrass Chart (retail sales)and climbed the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Album Chart along with many other charts.  The first single, “I Can Go Back Anytime” hit #1 on the May 2009 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 with the second single, “Faith & Hope” also hitting the #1 spot on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass Songs.

Carrie Hassler is sponsored by MOON PIE and has also been honored by her hometown of Pikeville, TN where the Mayor presented her with the Key to the City and proclaimed “Carrie Hassler Day.”

Carrie has been influenced by a wide range of talents including Sheri Easter, a gospel singer who tinged her music with some bluegrass sounds along with the gospel message; Etta James, Patsy Cline, Dale Ann Bradley and Alison Krauss.  “To this day, I remember the people I looked up to and I hope to make the same kind of mark in lives as these women did in mine,” said Carrie.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Corporate Sponsors:  Moon Pie and French’s Shoes & Boots

2013

  • March 2013 – Civil War album debuts at #6 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Chart. Carrie performs “Carrie’s Graveyard Book” on “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People.

2012

  • November 2012 DVD Release – ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN, Rural Rhythm Records
  • October 2012 – #1 Song, “Luxury Liner” on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks
  • September 2012 – The Featured Artist on Rural Rhythm Records’ TV production, BEHIND THE DREAM TV show airing on BlueHighways TV.
  • September 2012 – Appeared on the BLUEGRASS COMES TO THE VALLEY TV Special that aired on RFD-TV.
  • April 24, 2012 – Album release, THE DISTANCE by Carrie Hassler

2011

  • Two 2011 IBMA Award Nominations: 
    • ALBUM OF THE YEAR – “The All-Star Jam – Live at Graves Mountain featuring:   Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Carrie Hassler, Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Lou Reid & Carolina, Crowe Brothers, Brand New Strings.
    • RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR – “Graves Mountain Memories featuring:  Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Carrie Hassler, Russell Moore, Sammy Shelor, Audie Blaylock, Lou Reid.
  • On the bluegrass charts with the two singles from “The All-Star Jam – Live at Graves Mountain” album:  “Graves Mountain Memories” plus a the chart single, “Head Over Heels” with lead vocals by Carrie Hassler and Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band’s lead singer) with Brand New Strings

2010

  • Recorded and performed the “The All-Star Jam – Live at Graves Mountain” album that includes fellow label mates, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Lou Reid and Carolina, The Crowe Brothers, and Brand New Strings.
  • Numerous live videos from the album were released by Rural Rhythm Records.
  • Performed during the IBMA World of Bluegrass Convention at the Rural Rhythm Records VIP event.

2009

  • October 2009 – Single release:  Carrie Hassler and Michael Martin Murphey duet of his mega-hit song, “Wildfire.”
  • October 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association IBMA FAN FEST performer.
  • JULY 2009 – CHHR performed at two major festivals in FRANCE for crowds of over 14,000.
  • JULY 2009 – CHHR performed at the first-ever Moon Pie Store, Charleston, SC in July 2009.  The band is nationally sponsored by Moon Pie.
  • March 10, 2009 – Digital Single Release of “Amazing Grace” by Carrie Hassler.  This is the first release on the Rural Rhythm Christian label.
  • JANUARY 2009 – Carrie Hassler receives nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA).
  • Celebrated significant chart success for her Rural Rhythm Records album, CHH2 including but not limited to:

ALBUM CHART SUCCESS

  •  #3 Billboard Magazine’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart
  •  #1 Cashbox Magazine Top 25 Album Chart
  • The album spent  9 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Albums (Nov 08 – July 09) reaching as high as #5.

SINGLE CHART SUCCESS (4 songs)

  • Single, “I Can Go Back Anytime” from the album “CHHR” spent  11 months (Oct 08–Aug 09) on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Singles reaching the #1 spot in May 2009.
  • Sngle, “I Can Go Back Anytime” from the album, “CHHR” spent 11 months (Oct 08–Aug 09) on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Singles chart.
  • Second bluegrass single, “Faith and Hope” from the album “CHHR2,” reached #1 on the June 2009 Power Source Magazine Top 35 Bluegrass Songs  Chart.
  • U.K. single release of the song, “Country Strong” from the album “CHHR” reached #1 on the Hot Disc Country chart.
  • Another successful track, “Fickle Heart” charted consistently on the SIRIUS RADIO  Bluegrass Top 40 Songs in 2009.

2008

  • Carrie honored by her hometown of Pikeville, TN.  Mayor presented her with the Key to the City and proclaimed “Carrie Hassler Day.”
  • AWARD WINNER  – Carrie Hassler received the SPIRIT AWARD for COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR, by Strictly Country Magazine for the Alzheimer’s themed songs, “Stranger in His Mind” from the album, “CHHR2.”   The song was written by Mark Brinkman.  Other Spirit Award Winners include: Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Blake Shelton, Julianne Hough and Merle Haggard.
  • NOVEMBER /DECEMBER issue – Carrie Hassler featured on the COVER of the Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, issue featuring WOMEN IN BLUEGRASS.
  • I Can Go Back Anytime” named in the Lee Michael Demsey’s (WAMU) Top 40 Songs of 2008.
  • JULY 2008 – Rural Rhythm Records released the second album by Carrie Hassler titled, CHHR2

2007

  • NOVEMBER 2007 – Bluegrass Now Magazine’s Top Album Picks of 2007
  • JANUARY 2007 – Featured in Bluegrass Now Magazine’s Band to Watch column.
  • ON THE CHARTS (2007 into 2008)

 Album “Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

  • Spent 11 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album Chart
  •  Spent 5 months on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 Bluegrass Album Chart reaching as high as #5.

Singles

  • Seven Miles from Wichita” spent 10 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Singles Chart
  • Seven Miles from Wichitadebuted at #2 on the brand new Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Single Chart and spent 4 months on the chart until “Going on the Next Train” began to appear.
  • Going on the Next Trainspent  7 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Singles Chart (some of the months were during the same time that the album, plus the single, “Seven Miles From Wichita” were still charting!)Going on the Next Train” spent 3 months on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Single Chart
  • “Least That I Can Do” spent 7 months on the Bluegrass Now Magazine Gospel Truths Top Single Chart reaching as high as #6.

2006

  • DECEMBER 2006 – “Least that I Can Do” chosen by Strictly Country Magazine in  TOP COUNTRY SONGS OF 2006
  • DECEMBER 2006 – Album chosen on WNCW Radio’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2006
  • DECEMBER 2006 – Album chosen in the Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2006 by WGWG RadioDECEMBER 2006 – Album chosen in the Top Bluegrass Albums of 2006 KSON Radio
  • DECEMBER 2006 – Glide Magazine 4th Annual Best Albums of 2006DECEMBER 2006  – The song, “Sensabaugh Tunnel” named in the 25 BEST SONGS OF 2006” by the INDIE ACOUSTIC PROJECT
  • DECEMBER 2006 – Album chosen in Terry Herd’s Into the Blue syndicated radio program’s BEST OF THE BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUMS OF 2006.
  • November 2006 – Single, “Seven Miles From Wichita” reached #1 on XM RADIO’S TOP 40 Bluegrass Song Chart
  • OCTOBER 16, 2006  – “CARRIE HASSLER & HARD RAIN” album debuts at #11 on Billboard Magazine’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart
  • September 26, 2006 – Rural Rhythm Records releases debut self-titled album, “CARRIE HASSLER AND HARD RAIN.”
  • August 14, 2006 – Rural Rhythm Records Releases first single, “Seven Miles From Wichita” by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain.

Instrumentation

5 piece band

Discography

2012 – THE DISTANCE,  Carrie Hassler, Rural Rhythm Records
2010 – THE ALL STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN, Various Artists, Rural Rhythm Records
2010 – Single release:  “Wildfire” a duet with Michael Martin Murphey and Carrie Hassler seen on his album, BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II album on Rural Rhythm Records
2008 – CHHR2 by Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain, Rural Rhythm Records
2008 – Single release:  “Amazing Grace” by Carrie Hassler, Rural Rhythm Christian
2006 – CARRIE HASSLER & HARD RAIN , Rural Rhythm Records