|Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Hometown: Crossville, TN
Web site: http://www.carriehasslerandhardrain.com
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Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain have been called "top-notch...an Alison Krauss on high octane gas!" by the Monterey Herald. The group is led by one of the top female vocalist in acoustic music. That, along with their highly entertaining performances and two mega chart topping albums have made them one of the most requested bands in acoustic music.
The group jumped on the scene late in 2006 with the release of their self-titled album on Rural Rhythm Records produced by Grammy nominated, Jim VanCleve of the band Mountain Heart. The CD was an 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. But it doesn’t stop there! Yet another track, the gospel bluegrass song “Least That I Can Do” has spent the last year on Bluegrass Now Magazine’s Gospel Truths Chart and continued until 2008.
Rural Rhythm Records released the band’s new CD on July 29, 2008 that DEBUTED at No. 3 on BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Album Chart. The first single, “I Can Go Back Anytime” has been released to Bluegrass radio and the song, "Country Strong" is receiving airplay on Country radio stations. The moving Alzheimer's related song "Stranger in His Mind", written by Brink Brinkman has made a tremendous as well.
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