THE ROYS – “NO MORE LONELY” (3:12)-(Single)
Elaine Roy (Wings of a Butterfly Music-SESAC) Lee Roy (Mandolin Man Music-SESAC) Steve Dean (Bethar Music-BMI)
LEE ROY (Mandolin and Harmony Vocals); ELAINE ROY (Guitar and Leas Vocals); CLINT WHITE (Fiddle); ERIK ALVAR (Bass); DANIEL PATRICK (Banjo) Produced by The Roys
“No More Lonely” is the first single from the upcoming new album titled THE VIEW. Their fourth album for Rural Rhythm, THE VIEW features Elaine on lead vocals backed by THE ROYS touring band Clint White, Erik Alvar and Daniel Patrick.
From the upcoming album The View (RUR-1120)
Album Release Date: September 2, 2014
BILL EMERSON & SWEET DIXIE RELEASE “DANCIN’ ANNIE”
THE NEW SINGLE FROM THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM
Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie, Nashville (January 28, 2014) – Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new single from BILL EMERSON AND SWEET DIXIE. Written by SWEET DIXIE member and featured vocalist Chris Stifel, the single “Dancin’ Annie” is also the title track of the upcoming BILL EMERSON & SWEET DIXIE album scheduled for release on CD and digital formats on March 4th.
Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie Called a “Banjo Legend” by the Washington Post, BILL EMERSON is certainly one of the most influential musicians in Bluegrass music and certainly shines along with his SWEET DIXIE group on their new single “Dancin’ Annie”.
“Bill Emerson embodies the best of what bluegrass music is all about. “Dancin’ Annie” couples Bill’s precise, crisp banjo playing with soulful vocals to give the listener nearly three minutes of bluegrass perfection. It’s excellent!” – Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction
Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie Release “Dancin’ Annie”the single is now available to DJ’s on Airplay Direct.
DANCIN’ ANNIE is Bill’s fourth album for Rural Rhythm Records which also includes his solo album ECLIPSEfrom 2011. The album contains 12 songs featuring two new original songs by renowned Bluegrass and Country songwriter Pete Goble and Leroy Drumm; “Days When You Were Mine”, “This Heart You Have Broken”, Bill Emerson’s instrumental “State Line Ride”, “He Knows My Name” by Rob Mills, “Two Hands On The Wheel” by Nancy Pate, and two songs from SWEET DIXIEband members “Dancin’ Annie”, the first single, by Chris Stifel and “Whistle Stop” by Wayne Lanham.
DANCIN’ ANNIE is an acoustic blend of traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, classic Country, dynamic instrumentals and rich gospel songs featuring three distinct lead singers; Chris Stifel, Teri Chism and Wayne Lanham.
ABOUT BILL EMERSON:
Beginning in 1957, BILLEMERSON established himself as a banjo virtuoso and history maker alike! He was a founding member of the famed Bluegrass ensemble THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN; billed as a featured artist while with JIMMY MARTIN during the height of that Bluegrass legend’s career; the man who introduced the classic “Fox on the Run” to bluegrass; and was the founder and shaper of COUNTRY CURRENT, the world renowned Bluegrass ensemble of the United States Navy Band.
MULTIPLE ALBUMS STAY HOT FOR THE ENTERTAINER CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
Nashville, TN (October 14, 2013) – Rural Rhythm Recordsis proud to announce the music video for the title track of their “God Didn’t Choose Sides” album. Released on February 12th of this year,“God Didn’t Choose Sides” contains Civil War true stores about real people that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war and displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood to their fellow Americans.
“There have been hundreds of books, movies and songs created about the battles, presidents, generals & heroes as told in our history books about the Civil War. However, rarely do we hear the stories on a personal level of the unsung heroes who gave their lives or had their lives totally turned upside down or adversely changed during the War Between the States which has had such an important impact on our American culture and historical foundation”, commented album project executive producer, Sam Passamano, II.
The media has received this unique Civil War themed special recorded event album extremely well:
“This is truly an exceptional work about a poignant time in history. The songs and performances on this project paint a vivid and moving picture. It’s an artistic triumph.”–
”…God Didn’t Choose Sides reminds us of what my generation already knew and what future generations need to know…” –
Ronnie Reno, Reno’s Old Time Music, RFD-TV, 2013 IBMA “Broadcaster of the Year”
Marty Raybonis featured on the title track, written by Mark Brinkman and Paula Breedlove, which tells of an incident following a day long battle when the armies on both sides laid down their weapons to witness a baptism in the river that separated them.
On August 21st the music video was shot on location in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee in the beautiful mountain community of producer, songwriter and featured artist on the album, Steve Gulley. Re-enactors from both the Union and Confederate sides helped bring a movie feel in the telling of this story to the music video. Re-enactors from the East Tennessee Battery and the 79th New York organizations include; Bill White, Frank White, Jeremy Ray, Jimmy Heltom, Shane Miles, William Dewey Beard, R.L. Kelly and Ernie McStraw
“Since this story is so unique and compelling we wanted to bring the element of a short movie feeling to this music video. We were fortunate to use many of the same Civil War re-enactors from the 1st East Tennessee Battery and the 79th New York organizations that were present for the special God Didn’t Choose Sides concert event at Lincoln Memorial University back on February 22nd,”stated Sammy Passamano, III, music video director
A companion music video is currently being edited by Passamano, III and will be available shortly for the song from the album titled “There Is A Fountain”, performed by The Gap Creek Quartet (Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Don Gulley and Vic Graves). In the story of the title track, “There Is A Fountain”was the song that was sung by the soldiers during the baptism depicted in the music video “God Didn’t Choose Sides”.
This year marks Raybon’s 40th year as an Entertainer. Grammy, CMA, ACM Awards with Shenandoah have been a part of Raybon’s celebrated 40 years. The celebration just recently continued when Raybon won his first IBMA award, “Recorded Gospel Song of the Year” for “Beulah Land” during the 24th IBMA Awards Show which took place on September 26th in Raleigh, North Carolina. This song is off his “Southern Roots & Branches” album released in April 2012. It also contains his first #1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart, “Dirt Road Heartache”, which hit #1 in June this year.
In addition, his current album, released in March of this year, “The Back Forty”, contains the single“That Janie Baker” which moved up the Bluegrass Unlimited chart at #18 this month. The single also reached #3 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Most-Played Tracks in May and #3 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay Chart in June. Another song, “Slowly (I’m Falling)”, also from “The Back Forty” was #3 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Most-Played Tracks and the album was #6 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Most-Played Albums September charts.
Nashville, TN (October 7, 2013) – Rural Rhythm Recordsis proud to announce it has signed a long-term recording and production agreement with Steve Gulley. The first album will be a gospel album titled “Family,Friends & Fellowship”, and is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2014. Guest artists on the album include; Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Joe Mullins, Tim Surrett, Phil Leadbetter, Les Butler, Mark Wheeler, Don Gulley, Debbie Gulley, Brad Gulley and more.
Steve says, “ I have felt the need to record an all-gospel project for a long time now. I have always looked at my music as a ministry and an extension of my faith so I’m so excited to finally have the chance to see this come to fruition in the making of “Family, Friends, & Fellowship.”
Gulley is hard at work producing other new projects for Rural Rhythm including the second from Harlan County, KY based, Cumberland River. The group’s music has been featured in several episodes of the hit FX TV series JUSTIFIED. Cumberland River includes the talents of Jamie Dean, Dustin Middleton, Brad Gulley (Steve’s son), Jamie Stewart and Gary Robinson, Jr. Gulley is also finishing up the debut album by the bluegrass gospel group Crosspoint on Rural Rhythm Christian, scheduled for released in early 2014, and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album God Didn’t Choose Sides, also scheduled for a 2014 release.
Gulley has been a part of the Rural Rhythm family for many years. His friendship with the label goes back to Steve’s days with Mountain Heart and kicked off with the Rural Rhythm release of his collaborative album “Dogwood Winter” with Tim Stafford in 2010. The album contained two radio songs, “Just Along For The Ride” and “How Did That Turn Info My Problem”, both reaching high on the Bluegrass Unlimited song chart. In 2011 Rural Rhythm released Grasstowne’s third album,“Kickin’ Up Dust”, featuring Steve as a founding member of the group. The album produced two successful radio songs, the title track and “Blue Rocking Chair”. Both songs landed high on theBluegrass Unlimited song chart.
Gulley also produced and was a featured artist in the Holiday TV show “Christmas the Mountain Way” released last year on CD / DVD from Rural Rhythm Christian. The one hour Holiday TV show was broadcast nationally on BlueHighways TV and will air again on the cable network this season. Other featured performers on this Holiday TV show included; Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Audie Blaylock and host / performer Mike Scott.
Released on Lincoln’s birthday this year, Gulley produced, wrote and performed on the Civil War themed album “God Didn’t Choose Sides”which contained original songs about Civil War true life stories by top songwriters Mark Brinkman, Paula Breedlove, Mike Evans, Ray Edwards, Terry Foust and Tim Stafford. The recording featured vocal performances by Marty Raybon, Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Ronnie Bowman, Lonesome River Band, Bradley Walker, Rickey Wasson & Dwight McCall and musician performances by Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Justin Moses, and Mark Fain.
“Steve Gulley has been a big part of Rural Rhythm’s success over the past years contributing his talents on many important album projects for the label. It a been an absolute joy and privilege to be working side by side with Steve over the years to create a string of very successful album projects that I know music fans have enjoyed all over the world. We are very excited to be a part of Steve’s music family now and in the future and look forward to all the creative music this highly talented singer, songwriter and producer will grace us with over the years”, commented Sam Passamano, II – President / CEO of Rural Rhythm Records
“ I am so proud to have been a part of the Rural Rhythm family for sometime now so the signing of the long term recording and production agreement was an easy decision for me. I have such a great relationship with the Passamano family and all the folks at the label. They’ve always given me the trust and creative freedom needed to make the best possible music I can and their friendship is invaluable. I’m looking forward to being here with Rural Rhythm for years to come.”
Steve is currently on tour performing with Dale Ann Bradley. For more information on go to Stevegulley.com.
Nashville, TN (October 1, 2013) Photo Credit Dave Brainard – Marty Raybon can now add an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award to his prestigious list of awards including Grammy, CMA and AMC awards with the group Shenandoah to his successful 40 year career as an entertainer. Last Thursday night Raybon was presented with the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for “Beulah Land” during the 24th IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“It is a such an honor to win the IBMA Award for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. This the first of many I hope, I am overwhelmed with joy. I am truly proud of the steadfast job from a great record label Rural Rhythm Records, the lyric from a wonderful writer Squire Parsons. I am thankful and humbled at the favor the Lord has shown me”, commented Marty Raybon.
Raybon’s first IBMA award is not his only first this year as he celebrates his 40th year as an entertainer with his current album“The Back Forty”. The current single, “That Janie Baker”, is moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited chart at #18 . He can also add to his list of firsts in 2013 the #1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart for his hit song “Dirt Road Heartache” which hit #1 in June from his album “Southern Roots & Branches” released in April 2012.
In addition to this impressive list of first time career accomplishments now includes the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited. Raybon appears on the cover of the October 2013 issue ofBluegrass Unlimited with a feature story by Steve Morley. He also appeared on the cover of the May issue of
The Direct Buzz, AirPlay Direct’s monthly magazine. which was another first.
Raybon has been getting some strong media attention recently. Below is a list of recent media hits and future media:
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today’s new Bluegrass album, THE BACK FORTY, by Marty Raybon & Full Circle. Marty co-wrote five of the tracks including the first single, “That Janie Baker,” that is currently charting on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20. Fans will want to view the two recently released videos where the Grammy Award Winning artist talks about each song from the album and his 40th Anniversary as an Entertainer.
THE BACK FORTY includes the following tracks:
01 That Janie Baker – Marty Raybon, John Fountain
02 She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory – John Schweers
03 The Late Night Cry Of The Whippoorwill – Randall Hylton, Paul Craft, Brenda Harrington, Kermit Teague
04 Slowly (I’m Falling) – Webb Pierce, Tommy Hill
05 Look For Me (For I Will Be There Too) – Charles (Rusty) Goodman
06 The Big Burnsville Jail – Marty Raybon, Thom Case, and Michael Bonagura
07 A Little More Sawdust On The Floor – Marty Raybon, John Fountain
08 Only You, Only You – Marty Raybon, John Fountain
09 Hurt Me All The Time – Raymond Maynard, Nelson Terry Skinner,and Lee Larry Wallace
10 Mountain Love – Marty Raybon, Jerry Salley
THE BACK FORTY is now available at Amazon, iTunes, Rural Rhythm Records and more fine retail outlets. Radio can hear the entire album and download it April 1 at AirPlayDirect.com.
Marty is thrilled with the new bluegrass album release and gives credit for his musical style to his Dad who was a fiddle player who performed at bluegrass and country music festivals and events during Marty’s early years. Marty and his brothers actually began their careers as the American Bluegrass Express in the ‘70s.
Rural Rhythm Records is extremely proud to announce the new album “God Didn’t Choose Sides:Civil War True Stories About Real People” debuts at #6 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart. This special project has been all over Amazon Best Sellers charts over the last week – reaching #1 on the Folk/Traditional Folk numerous times and ranking as high as #115 in music for all genres.
Last week, Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction aired a Track by Track for the album. Host, Kyle Cantrell interviewed Sam Passamano (Executive Producer), Steve Gulley (Album producer) and Mark “Brink” Brinkman (Songwriter) where they discussed in detail the inspiration for the album, songs and artists that are part of this historic project.
“Feedback has been pouring in for weeks from listeners and music fans with congratulatory remarks about this meaningful album. So many people have poured their heart and soul into this project, so that means so much to all of us,” said Passamano.
Last month, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) presented a special benefit music event for the album that was held at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. This successful event included amazing and memorable performances by some of the top talents in bluegrass music.
The album, GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES includes performances by: Marty Raybon, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Carrie Hassler, Bradley Walker, Tim Stafford, Ronnie Bowman, Dave Adkins, Brad Gulley, and many more. Just some of the musicians on the album include: Ron Stewart, Adam Steffey, Justin Moses, Tim Stafford, Alan Bibey and Mark Fain. The talented songwriters include Paula Breedlove, Mark Brinkman, Brad Davis, Ray Edwards, Mike Evans, Terry Foust, Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford.
Please visit GodDidntChooseSides.com for additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians.
Award-Winning Bluegrass Duo THE ROYS Join Andy Ross of Krossroad Guitars For A Special Facebook Giveaway
Award-winning Bluegrass duo THE ROYS join Krossroad Guitars in offering fans a chance to win an autographed camouflaged guitar via a special Facebook contest sponsored by Andy Ross. The guitar’s designer, fellow musician, famed hunter, hunting bow designer and star of the Sportsman Channel’s TV show Maximum Archery, Ross is thrilled to offer the custom Krossroad guitar emblazoned with the ever-popular Realtree™ camouflage and signed by Lee and Elaine. “It’s always exciting to work with super-talented people like THE ROYS,” notes Ross. “Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway!”
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, all “lucky leprechauns” can enter for a chance to win from now until April 17. To enter the contest, Bluegrass and hunting fans simply LIKE the following three Facebook pages and SHARE THE PIC using the hyperlinks provided below:
The winner will be selected at random and notified by a Facebook message at the close of the contest.
THE ROYS aligned with TeamRealTree™ OutdoorEnergy last year for a strategic partnership that included tour sponsorship. Lee and Elaine travel to their shows in a strikingly-wrapped TeamRealTree™ OutdoorEnergy camouflage bus.
Known for their outstanding vocals, memorable songs and top-notch musicianship, THE ROYS are regarded as one of the fastest-rising successes in the music industry today. They have blazed a trail across the country spreading their distinctive brand of Bluegrass to longtime fans of the genre and “newbies” alike. Their sophomore disc for Rural Rhythm Records, NEW DAY DAWNING (2012), debuted at Number 2 on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later climbed to Number 1 on Amazon’s Bluegrass Best Sellers list.
The EP is currently on the BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE Top 15 Chart and is one of SiriusXM BLUEGRASS JUNCTION’s most played albums. Last October, Lee and Elaine were named Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year (2012). They were previously honored with that award in 2011 and dubbed the organization’s Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.
Fans can keep up with the red-hot duo online at THE ROYS and can look for Lee and Elaine’s next CD this summer.
Ross, famous for producing some of the world’s best hunting bows and for his television show, is also a skilled pro in the creation of quality musical equipment. In the 1960s, his father Bud Ross founded Kustom Electronics, at one time the world’s largest music equipment manufacturer. Kustom Amplifiers, easily identified by their tuck-and-roll cabinet, made the company famous. Because of his father’s success, Andy grew up surrounded not only by the manufacturing process but also by legendary artists of the day. He developed a personal love for music that is matched only by his passion for hunting.
About Krossroad Guitars™
A Krossroad guitar is a quality “full-size” guitar that performs perfectly with a solo acoustic artist in a small town band or on the big stage. Made of only the finest materials including a solid spruce top, rosewood fretboard, mahogany sides and back and Fishman ® Electronics pickup, Krossroad delivers quality, sound and performance with an outdoor edge. Krossroad Guitars™ are only available factory direct from Krossroad and offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee. For more information on Krossroad Guitars™, please visit Krossroad Guitars.
AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce their 8 year Anniversary Celebration on March 12 at the Hard Rock Café, Nashville. AirPlay Direct will also be announcing the re-launch of their magazine, the Direct Buzz, as well as their new partnership with the Hard Rock Café.
This will be a red carpet event and press conference. Doors will open to the press and industry at 5:30 pm CST. The press conference will run from 6:15 pm – 6:35 pm. Live entertainment will begin after the press conference, and the doors will open to the public for this “free” live concert event at 6:30 pm.
Featured performers for the evening will include sets by award winning artists: Marty Raybon, Darrell Webb Band, Colin Linden, Rich Mahan, Boo Ray, and Janiva Magness.
“AirPlay Direct is the one stop shop for any artist or label that wants to get their music to radio in the digital world we live in today,” said Sammy Passamano III of Rural Rhythm Records. “We have used their service for many years with great success. AirPlay Direct has certainly helped introduce bluegrass music to stations all over the world.”
2012 proved to be a fantastic year for AirPlay Direct’s continued growth and evolution, accelerating to over 8,000 radio station members globally and over 35,000 artist and record label members from 85 countries around the world. AirPlay Direct has now delivered over 1.7 million song downloads to radio.
Originated in March 2009, the Direct Buzz operates as the flagship of AirPlay Direct. Their magazine functions in harmony with AirPlay Direct as a direct portal between your music artistry to their readership of over 40,000 music industry professionals globally.
In AirPlay Direct’s new partnership with the Hard Rock Café, they will be announcing new touring opportunities for AirPlay Direct members throughout the Hard Rock Café properties. As well as an upcoming Hard Rock Café Radio Show.
Please RSVP for the press conference. Open to the public at 6:30 pm.
For more information on this event or to RSVP, please contact Lynda Weingartz, Executive VP of Operations – AirPlay Direct at lynda@AirPlayDirect.com