Marty Raybon Shines in “God Didn’t Choose Sides” Civil War Music Video

MULTIPLE ALBUMS STAY HOT FOR THE ENTERTAINER CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

Nashville, TN (October 14, 2013) – Rural Rhythm Records is 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.”

Kyle Cantrell (Bluegrass Junction, Sirius XM Radio)

”…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 Raybon is 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.

For more information on Marty Raybon and his tour dates please visit Marty Raybon.com.  For more information on God Didn’t Choose Sides please visit God Didn’t Choose Sides.com.

MARTY RAYBON WINS HIS FIRST IBMA AWARD

MARTY RAYBON WINS HIS FIRST IBMA AWARD

ALSO APPEARS ON THE COVER OF BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED

 

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:

Billboard

The Mike Huckabee Show

The Boot  

Music News Nashville 

Digital Journal

Tennessean

Bluegrass Unlimited October issue – cover and feature article

GAC Daily Countdown – air date: 9-23-2013

Country Reunion Show on RFD-TV (November 13th & 14th)

New Bluegrass Album by Marty Raybon & Full Circle

2013-albumcover-martyraybonfullcircle-thebackforty-200wRural 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.

Marty Raybon & Full Circle are now on tour, so for more information on the album and tour dates, please visit  MartyRaybon.com, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Debut at #6 on Billboard’s Top 10 Album Chart – God Didn’t Choose Sides

album-cover-gdcs-200wRural 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.

AirPlayDirect Celebrates 8 Year Anniversary

Airplay directAirPlay 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.

2013-albumcover-martyraybonfullcircle-thebackforty-200wFeatured 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.

2012-albumcover-DarrellWebbBand-BreakingDown200wOriginated 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

 

LMU & Abraham Lincoln Library Special Musical Event a Success

GROUP-500wOn February 22 Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) presented a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. The historic concert celebrated the new Rural Rhythm Records’ album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” with extraordinary performances by some of the top talents in bluegrass music.

Those in attendance could certainly feel the compassion of the songwriters while experiencing incredible performances by: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Dave Adkins, and the Gap Creek Quartet, Sierra Hull, Jason Burleson, Brandon Godman, Phil Leadbetter, Bryan Turner and Debbie Gulley.

albumcover-gdcs-400wGary Burchett, LMU Trustee exclaimed, “What a wonderful event! I was instantly taken by the title God Didn’t Choose Sides early in the planning process. Then it all came together when the awesome talent performed flawlessly. I am excited about the next in what I hope will be a long series of get-togethers.”

The album’s producer, Steve Gulley, also performed and served as host of the evening. “On the evening of February 22, the clock was turned back to the 1860’s for a special night of music and folklore, said Gulley. “Inside Mars Performing Arts Center at Duke Hall the music, laughter and tears flowed through the enthusiastic crowd as they enjoyed the music and stories from, God Didn’t Choose Sides. What a truly special night for me and everyone involved in the making of the music and planning of the event. It’s a night I will never forget and a memory I will always cherish.”

daleann-carrieThe album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. “The LMU live performance event at the Duke Hall of God Didn’t Choose Sides truly brought alive the stories behind the songs and people whose lives were impacted by the Civil War. These true stories about Amos Humiston, Jennie Wade, Carrie McGavock, John Burns and others should not be lost or forgotten and preserved for future generations” said Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records.

Not only was the live concert event a success, but radio stations have certainly welcomed this new album. Cindy Baucom, host of the popular Knee Deep in Bluegrass weekly syndicated radio program, recently featured numerous tracks from God Didn’t Choose Sides. For more information on the album, please visit

GodDidntChooseSides.com for interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians.

More Information The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
Located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the university houses one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world. The Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

New Bluegrass Single by Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon by AnthonySPRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new Bluegrass single, “That Janie Baker” by Marty Raybon & Full Circle released this week to radio via the label’s Fresh Cut & Key Tracks CD and available at AirplayDirect.com. The song appears on Marty’s straight-up new Bluegrass album, THE BACK FORTY, releasing in March 2013 celebrating his 40 years entertaining audiences around the world.

Radio stations will certainly be excited to hear the first single release from the album.  Terry Herd of Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Radio Network just heard the tune and commented, “That Janie Baker’ is one of those songs you find yourself singing along with, even before you know the words.”

“My love for hard driving Bluegrass Music was fired up in the early 70’s when my Dad put in an old 8-track tape of Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys on. The excitement in the music seemed to leap out of the speakers,” said Marty.  “While writing ‘That Janie Baker,’ John Fountain and I were not trying to reinvent the wheel; we were trying to recreate the excitement I felt over 40 years ago. ‘That Janie Baker’ is really something else.”

This new album comes on the heels of Marty’s two previous albums releases on the label including SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES that includes the bluegrass chart single, “Dirt Road Heartache.” The song hit #1 on both the Bluegrass Today weekly chart and the Bluegrass Today Monthly chart last year and is the #3 song on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 of 2012.  “Dirt Road Heartache” is also at #8 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs chart.  Marty’s HAND TO THE PLOW (Rural Rhythm Christian) debuted at #16 last year on Billboard’s Country Christian Album Chart, and hit numerous Country, Southern Gospel, Christian and Bluegrass Charts on New Music Weekly, Christian Voice Magazine, Power Source Magazine, Cashbox Magazine, Christian Music Weekly, and many more.

Marty has certainly crossed so many genres of music in his 40 year career as evidenced by him leading the way with seven CGM Fan Award nominations by Christian Voice Magazine.  His categories include: Favorite Soloist, Favorite Male Vocalist, Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Musician, Favorite Song (I’ve Seen What He Can Do), Favorite Album (HAND TO THE PLOW), and Living Legend.  Fans can view the complete list of top ten nominees and CAST THEIR VOTE at ChristianVoiceMagazine.com.

For more information on Marty Raybon & Full Circle, please visit www.martyraybon.com

Marty Raybon Leads CGM Nominations Appearing in Seven Categories

Marty Raybon - Hand To The PlowRural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce Marty Raybon leads with the most nominations in the CGM Fan Awards appearing in seven categories including: Favorite Solist, Favorite Male Vocalist, Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Musician, Favorite Song (I’ve Seen What He Can Do), Favorite Album (HAND TO THE PLOW), and Living Legend.  Mark Carman, producer of Hand To The Plow album, also received a CGM Fan Award Nomination for Favorite Producer.  Marty picked up yet another album nod receiving a SGM Fan Award nomination for Favorite Album for HAND TO THE PLOW.

Christian Voice Magazine presents two fan-based awards programs annually to honor artists and industry professionals in both Country Gospel and Southern Gospel genres.  Fans can view the complete list of top ten nominees and CAST THEIR VOTE at Christian Voice Magazine. The third and final ballots listing the top five finalists in each category will be published in March 2013. Awards will be given as winners are announced at the 2013 CGM Fan Awards and SGM Fan Awards in Pigeon Forge, TN this spring. The CGM Fan Awards will be held April 27, 2013 during the week of CGM FanFest and the SGM Fan Awards will be held May 2, 2013 during the week of SGM FanFair. For more information about these events, visit www.cgmfanfest.com  and www.sgmfanfair.com.

 “I’ve Seen What He Can Do” appears on Marty Raybon’s Rural Rhythm Christian album, HAND TO THE PLOW.  The song was also released as a music video and can be viewed at numerous sites including, but not limited to: YouTube, MartyRaybon.com, Rural Rhythm.com, Daily Motion, Yallwire, Vimeo, Heartfirst, Godtube.

Marty Raybon & Full Circle hit the road this month with performances in Kentucky, Florida and Alabama.  For a complete tour schedule and more, please visit www.MartyRaybon.com.

For more information on Marty’s Rural Rhythm Records albums, please visit www.ruralrhythm.com.

BlueHighways TV to Air CHRISTIMAS: The Mountain Way in November-December 2012

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce CHRISTMAS: THE MOUNTAIN WAY CD/DVD  will begin airing on BlueHighways TV:

Nov. 28th @ 10 PM (EST)
Nov. 29th @ 12 PM (EST)
Dec. 1st @ 8 PM (EST)
Dec. 19th @ 7 PM (EST)
Dec. 19th @ 10 PM (EST)
Dec. 20th @ 12 PM (EST)
Dec. 22th @ 8 PM (EST)
Dec. 25th – TBA

CHRISTMAS: THE MOUNTAIN WAY releases November 13 and is a 15 song CD plus a 60+ minute DVD with extra features including bonus performances.  This live performance musical show was filmed earlier this year at the Bell Theater in Pineville, Kentucky showcasing Christmas and its traditions in the Appalachian Mountains.

The event was hosted by Mike Scott and includes performances by:  2012 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley; Steve Gulley; Grammy winning artist, Marty Raybon; 2012 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee, Audie Blaylock; Cumberland River, Common Strings, Students of the Cumberland River Academy, Mike Scott, Brenda Scott, Brad Gulley, Debbie Gulley, Don Gulley and more.

Steve Gulley and Dale Ann Bradley will be taping SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Track By Track with Kyle Cantrell this week that is scheduled to air on December 5, 2012.

Tony Spinosa and Sam Passamano II served as Executive Producers on CHRISTMAS: THE MOUNTAIN WAY.  The CD was produced by Steve Gulley and the DVD was produced by Sammy Passamano III.  Stage musicians included:  Jason Burleson (Banjo/Guitar); Clint Hurd (Mandolin); Brandon Godman (Fiddle); Vic Graves (Dobro); Bryan Turner (Bass); and John Bradley (Bass).

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

CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY CD/DVD Releasing November 13, 2012

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the November 13, 2012 CD/DVD release of CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAYThis live performance musical show, hosted by Mike Scott, was filmed earlier this year at the Bell Theater in Pineville, Kentucky showcasing Christmas and its traditions in the Appalachian Mountains.  This special CD/DVD features performances by:  2012 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley; Steve Gulley; Grammy winning artist, Marty Raybon; 2012 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee, Audie Blaylock; Cumberland River, Common Strings, Students of the Cumberland River Academy, Mike Scott, Brenda Scott, Brad Gulley, Debbie Gulley, Don Gulley and more.

This 15 song CD plus the 60+ minute DVD with extra features including bonus performances, artist’s interviews and photo gallery will be available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes, Rural Rhythm Records, and the artists’ websites.

The program Includes two original Christmas songs written especially for the show:  “Christmas The Mountain Way” written and performed by Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley, and “Christmas in the Mountains” performed by Cumberland River and written by their band members:  Brad Gulley, Joseph Jones, Dustin Middleton, along with Mickey Dean, brother of Cumberland River band member James Dean.

CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY will air on the national cable network BlueHighways TV in November and December 2012. “BlueHighways TV is proud to be able to offer this star filled Christmas music special from this picturesque location, the Bell Theater in Pineville, KY”, says Stan Hitchcock, Chairman and CEO of the nationally distributed cable network.  “This will be a wonderful gift for our viewers who love bluegrass and mountain music.  We thank Rural Rhythm Records and their artists for making it available to us.”

Tony Spinosa and Sam Passamano II served as Executive Producers on this special production.  The CD was produced by Steve Gulley and the DVD was produced by Sammy Passamano III.  Stage musicians included:  Jason Burleson (Banjo/Guitar); Clint Hurd (Mandolin); Brandon Godman (Fiddle); Vic Graves (Dobro); Bryan Turner (Bass); and John Bradley (Bass).

Rural Rhythm wishes to thank so many people who were instrumental in the making of CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY including, but not limited to: Alan McLaughlin, Stan and Denise Hitchcock (BlueHighwaysTV); Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley (Music Directors); Darron Nichols (Bell Theater Sound & Operations Manager); Don Carr (CD Video Director); Larry Carter (Stage Manager); Lincoln Memorial University (Technical Assistance); Set Design by Brenda Scott with assistance by Vanessa Nichols, Pam Passamano, Penni McDaniel; and Event Photos by Hope River Entertainment.

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

For more information on BlueHighways TV, please visit BlueHighwaysTV.com.