AMERICAN DRIVE Debuts on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart and Band Welcomes New Member

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the new self-titled album by AMERICAN DRIVE made its debut on Billboard‘s Top Bluegrass Albums chart at #11 this week.  Band members Rickey Wasson, Dwight MCall, Matt DeSpain and Kyle Perkins are also celebrating the addition of their new banjo player, Josh Hymer.

Fans will certainly agree Josh Hymer’s banjo style, influenced by Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe, is a perfect fit to the high octane bluegrass style of AMERICAN DRIVE.  Josh has performed with several groups over the last several years including Ernie Thacker, New River Line, The Bartley Brothers, The Clay Hess Band, and most recently David Parmley and Continental Divide.

The band is scheduled to record a SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Track by Track with host Kyle Cantrell set to air the first of the year. “As you might expect from musicians of this caliber, this is a superb album.  The song selection is excellent, and vocals and musicianship is top notch.  Don’t miss this one,” said Cantrell.

AMERICAN DRIVE will soon be announcing their 2013 Tour Schedule along with other news, so fans are encouraged to sign up for newsletters at AmericanDriveBand.com where they can also purchase a copy of the new album.  The band also invites fans to also join them on Twitter and Facebook.

New Album Release by AMERICAN DRIVE

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today’s new self-titled album release by AMERICAN DRIVE. The band made their debut during their Official Showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass last month in Nashville.  This performance highlighted the group’s brand of high octane bluegrass and earned them a well deserved standing ovation. TERRY HERD, Host of Bluegrass Radio Network’s Into the Blue said, “Imagine, a band assembled, trained and led by the legendary JD Crowe. How could it possibly get any better?”

“I am very proud to see that all of the current members of The New South are going to continue on with their own group, American Drive. After listening to American Drive’s debut CD, I’m sure you will agree that Bluegrass Music will be well represented when being played by this band. This is a top notch recording,” said banjo legend J.D. CROWE this week.

Radio has definitely welcomed the band along with their first single release, Long Haul Trucking Man.  CHARLIE HALL WCYO Radio Host in Kentucky said, “Take a ride with American Drive, but make sure your seat belt is good and tight!”  The full album is now available to radio stations at AirplayDirect.com/AmericanDrive and is already the #7 most downloaded album on the Top 50 APD Bluegrass/Folk Album Chart for October.

The band includes the top talents of:  RICKEY WASSON (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Guitar), DWIGHT MCCALL (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Mandolin), MATT DESPAIN (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Resonator Guitar) and KYLE PERKINS (Bass).  AMERICAN DRIVE will soon be announcing their newest member, so fans are encouraged to sign up for newsletters at AmericanDriveBand.com where they can also purchase a copy of the new album.  The band invites fans to also join them on Twitter and Facebook.

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High Octane Bluegrass by AMERICAN DRIVE

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the formation of the new band AMERICAN DRIVE. This high octane bluegrass band includes group members of J.D. Crowe & The New South who are carrying on now that J.D. Crowe has announced his retirement. AMERICAN DRIVE includes the talents of: Rickey Wasson (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Guitar), Dwight McCall (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Mandolin), Matt DeSpain (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Resonator Guitar) and Kyle Perkins (Bass) from The New South, who are joined by Justin Jenkins (Banjo) formerly with the bands Grasstowne and Blue Moon Rising.

“We are so excited about being a part of the AMERICAN DRIVE team. Rickey, Dwight, Matt, Kyle and Justin are about to start a new chapter in their musical journey that will surely delight Bluegrass fans all over the world. THE NEW SOUTH had the absolute privilege of supporting one of our legends in Bluegrass for many years…and now the time has come for them to step into the spotlight and continue to create top notch Bluegrass for years to come,” said Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records.

Rural Rhythm is also proud to announce today’s new single release, Long Haul Trucking Man from AMERICAN DRIVE’s self-titled debut album scheduled for release on October 16, 2012. The song is now available to radio stations at AirplayDirect.com and the track is included on the label’s Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks disc mailed to radio today.

AMERICAN DRIVE will make their debut at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention during the band’s Official Showcase next month in Nashville, TN. For more information on the IBMA’s week-long Business Conference, Awards Show and Fanfest, please visit ibma.org.

The band is moving in high gear and will soon be launching a brand new website at AmericanDriveBand.com, but fans can check them out now at Facebook.  AMERICAN DRIVE is now accepting bookings for 2013. Interested parties should contact Rickey Wasson at 606-481-0240 or Dwight McCall at 513-616-0680. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding AMERICAN DRIVE.

For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com