Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 22, 2011 Digital Album Release, ECLIPSE by Banjo Legend, Bill Emerson

March 22, 2011 Digital Album Release,
ECLIPSE by Banjo Legend, Bill Emerson

Rural Rhythm is proud to announce the March 22, 2011 digital album release, ECLIPSE, by BILL EMERSON.  Called a “Banjo Legend” by the Washington Post, BILL EMERSON is certainly one of the most influential musicians in bluegrass music and he certainly shines on this new instrumental project.  The physical album will be released April 5, 2011.

ECLIPSE is Bill’s seventh solo album and fourth Banjo Instrumental Album release.  On this new project, Bill is joined by other bluegrass masters and friends including: Tom Adams, Marshall Wilborn, Lynn Morris, Jimmy Gaudreau, and Janet Davis.

The first single release, "Poor Rebel Soldier" includes guest vocals by Tom Adams. Two additional vocal standout tracks include: “Jesse James” (Marshall Wilborn on lead vocals with harmony vocals by Lynn Morris); and “Don’t Come Back Around” (Jenny Leigh Obert, lead vocals.)  An instrumental track, “New San Juan” will be featured on the Bluegrass Radio Network’s nationally syndicated program, INTO THE BLUE from March 20th through March 26, 2011.

Last year Bill Emerson was honored by the DC Bluegrass Union when he was presented the first Washington Monument Award in recognition of his influential 50 year career in bluegrass music, and twice Awarded “Banjo Player of the Year” by Muleskinner News Bluegrass Magazine. Bill tours with his band, SWEET DIXIE and as a founding member of The Country Gentleman and the U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current, he has left his mark on the contemporary bluegrass scene - pushing country music’s most conservative genre in fresh directions.

SOUTHERN, Bill’s first album release on Rural Rhythm, was very popular with bluegrass radio as evidenced by reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine (BMP) Top Album Chart, along with the single, “I Don’t Care Anymore” reaching #1 on the BMP Top 30 Hot Singles and as high as #5 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Singles.

ECLIPSE will be available March 22, 2011 in digital formats on:  iTunes, Rhapsody,, and many more digital outlets.

More information on Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie including their 2011 tour schedule and new album, please visit

Bellamy Brothers Vow to Aid New Zealand Earthquake Victims

Bellamy Brothers Vow to Aid New Zealand Earthquake Victims

  Country Duo Teams with New Zealand Red Cross
Nashville, Tenn - (March 16, 2011) -  In the midst of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami coverage, most of the attention has been deferred from the February 22nd earthquake in New Zealand.  And while the devastation in Japan weighs heavy on the hearts and minds of the world, the second-largest city in New Zealand is left in ruins with many lives lost and others left without homes. The 6.3 magnitude tremor was the second major earthquake to hit the city of Christchurch, New Zealand in five months.

Country music's brotherly duo the Bellamy Brothers have teamed with the New Zealand Red Cross and Judy Seale International to raise support for earthquake victims through donations for a live auction, to be held from May 1st through May 10th on .  A smaller auction will be held on eBay.  All proceeds go to the New Zealand Red Cross.  Any contribution, large or small, will help accomodate quake victims.

“We are excited to help get the word out about the celebrity auction for the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake victims," says David Bellamy.  "Our hearts also go out to the folks in Japan and we hope to assemble a similar benefit for them in the very near future."

Please address all charitable donations to:

Greg Skokandich
417 Cypress Street
Teague, TX 75860



 “The Love of God” is also at #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart

LEBANON, Tenn.  (March 16, 2011) – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and American music icon Kenny Rogers are pleased to celebrate the #8 debut of  the CD The Love of God on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart (issue date March 26).  It is also at #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart and at #31 on the overall Billboard 200. This CD is available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations.

“It’s great to see such a positive response to an album that I’m so proud of,” said Rogers of the new CD, which is the culmination of an idea he has been thinking about for years but never had the opportunity to bring to life until now. “Cracker Barrel has almost 600 points of purchase. It’s an ingenious marketing concept they’ve developed. Everybody wins,” he added.

“Working with Kenny Rogers is a pleasure,” said Chris Ciavarra, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cracker Barrel. “We are very pleased that this second project with him is proving to be so popular with our guests. Such a strong debut speaks well of his ability to speak to his fans and also speaks to the strength of the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program,” Ciavarra added.

The Love of God” is an inspirational collection of classic songs that Rogers remembers from his childhood along with new recordings of contemporary songs.  Two of the classics feature other artists: The Whites and Winfield’s Locket and the group Point of Grace is featured on one of the album’s contemporary recordings. Rogers is the first artist to release a second album through Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.

Kenny Rogers’ “The Love of God” is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program, which features numerous projects. In January of this year, Cracker Barrel released “The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin” which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s “Now & Then” which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD. September saw the release of the self-titled “Rodney Atkins,” which includes four #1 hits, and also the release of Mandy Barnett’s “Winter Wonderland,” which offers up all the authentic sounds of the  holiday traditions so many of us cherish. In July, the company released Craig Morgan’s “That’s Why-Collector’s Edition,”and in May the release of Wynonna’s “Love Heals” debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February’s release of “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions. One of the songs was nominated for a GRAMMY award. Releases in 2009 included November’s “Songs of Love and Heartache” by Alan Jackson, September’s release of an exclusive new version of “The Foundation” by the Zac Brown Band, August’s George Jones’ release of “A Collection Of My Best Recollection,” May’s release of Montgomery Gentry’s “For Our Heroes,” which debuted at #5 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Country Albums chart, and March’s release of Dolly Parton’s “Collector’s Edition of Backwoods Barbie,” which debuted at #9 on that chart. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants.  Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 598 company-owned locations in 42 states.  Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.  For more information, visit


Grammy-winning, Country Music Icon Releases First New Music Since 2009
Nashville, Tennessee (March 15, 2011) – Country Music Superstar Martina McBride, mother of three daughters ranging from 5 to 16, is putting her girls to work – figuratively speaking that is. There are no plans for sixteen-year-old Delaney to join the band and while Emma (who will be 13 this month) and Ava (5) are natural entertainers, becoming a recording artist isn’t in their near future. But it’s the autobiographical content of McBride’s new single off her upcoming Republic Nashville debut album release that has her girls front and center.
McBride’s “Teenage Daughters” (co-written by McBride and The Warren Brothers) has a universal theme of children coming of age and parents trying to survive their offspring’s transformation into adulthood while reflecting back to their own lost adolescence. While every adult has experienced these tumultuous teenage years – either from the teenager’s perspective, parent’s or both – this topic, told from both a mom and dad’s perspective, is a surprisingly unique and fresh angle for country music.
“There are a lot of country songs about having baby daughters—almost always sung by a tender daddy,” writes Chris Willman in a recent Yahoo! Music blog. “And there are a fair share of country tunes about seeing your adult daughter leave home or get married—again, usually performed by a guy in touch with his sensitive side. But the difficult, in-between years that can drive a parent to drink? Those don't get written about.”
“Almost everybody goes through it,” says McBride. “So I’m not surprised when people tell me how much they relate to this song…even the dads who were ‘Prince Charming’ in their little girl’s world until she discovered boys. They all get it. This is every day life and it’s why I love country music – It touches us right at the heart of what we are feeling or dealing with on a daily basis.”
The inspiration for the song came naturally. "The Warrens and I were catching up on our lives before we started writing. I was telling them how interesting it is to have a teenager and how it goes from you being the center of their universe, to their life being more about their friends and gaining independence,” says McBride. “The little girl who thought you were so cool and always wanted to hold your hand or would dance with you in the kitchen, suddenly is a little embarrassed by those things.  It's just inevitable as they grow up. It's their job to become more independent and our job to walk the balance between keeping them close and letting them go a little at a time.  No matter how much you think you are prepared for it, it still takes you by surprise.”
“Another thing about the song that is relatable,” McBride continues, “is the fact that we used to be the ones breaking the rules and taking risks while our teenagers can't even imagine us that way. It's hard to reconcile the image we have of ourselves as wild and crazy, fun people with their image of us as just "Mom and Dad".  It's not until they get older that they realize how much we have been through and how much wisdom we have to offer. And how fun we really are! " McBride says with a laugh.
She adds, "I love the fact that ‘Teenage Daughters’ blends humor, sass and sweetness. It shows a very real side of my personality that I'm not sure I've shown in a song before. It's definitely a very personal song and, to me, it just feels like an honest conversation between mothers and fathers of teenage daughters everywhere.“
"Teenage Daughters" is Martina's best song in years!  It's hip and modern, just like Martina herself!" says Johnny Chiang, Program Director of Houston’s KKBQ-FM.
As for the McBride’s teenage daughters, they agree and relate to the single as well. "John and I are very fortunate in that we have a great, close relationship with both Delaney and Emma as teenagers. We have an affectionate, sweet relationship based on honesty and respect,” assures McBride. “But we both recognize there is a big difference in the way our 5 year old views us and the way our 16 year old views us! The good news is, Delaney and her friends relate to the song as well...and they approve!"
McBride has co-written seven more tracks for her new album (due out this fall). After 18 million album sales, the CD will be a first in many ways - first on a new label, first working with her co-producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw) and first to have written the majority of the material herself. 
“I finally made the time to write more and it's made this album so much more personal,” acknowledges McBride. “I won't sing a song unless I can tell the story or relate to the lyric and I don't believe you have to write the lyric to relate to it. But this album shows so many sides of my personality and the fact that I wrote most of it will make it interesting and fun for my fans.”
One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, Martina McBride is a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and GRAMMY winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales and 24 Top 10 singles, including six that hit #1. The breadth of her talents – as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer – has made her an in-demand performer and personality, appearing on countless national TV shows, prime-time specials, award shows and prestigious events across the country.
The superstar’s fiery, passionate vocals have created such signature hits as "Independence Day," "Wild Angels," "A Broken Wing," "Blessed" and "This One’s for the Girls."  These songs along with hits such as "Concrete Angel," "Love's The Only House,” "God's Will" and “Anyway” not only underscored her incredible popularity as one of music's preeminent female vocalists but have become memorable musical statements and resounding social commentaries as well.

McBride has lent her name, her music and her time to many domestic violence and child abuse organizations including ChildHelp USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, YWCA of Middle Tennessee, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline.

Celebrated for her dedication to these causes, along with her talent, beauty, sense of fashion and her “everywoman” perspective in life and music, Martina has graced the covers of numerous national publications including Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, People Magazine, Shape and Country Weekly.
Martina recently signed with Big Machine Label Group’s Republic Nashville imprint and is in the studio currently completing her 2011 release. The first single, “Teenage Daughters” on Republic Nashville just hit radio.
McBride will perform as part of the "Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country" which will air April 22 on CBS at 8:00 pm eastern. Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country is a special tribute concert featuring an A-list lineup of performers paying respect to today’s most incredible country music female artists, all of whom will be honored with unique accolades from the Academy for special achievements in their careers. Martina will be recognized by ACM Lifting Lives for her dedication to raising social consciousness through songs such as “Independence Day” and “Concrete Angel,” which raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage female empowerment.
ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Records Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville – in May 2009. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President with Borchetta serving as CEO. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine Records and Universal Republic Records. Big Machine and Universal Republic first joined forces in 2007 to propel country Superstar Taylor Swift to Top 40 radio and beyond, with Taylor becoming the best-selling all-genre artist in 2008. Republic Nashville's artist roster includes Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride; Grammy-nominated, Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney.

Interview with David Allen Burns

Interview with David Allen Burns

CL: I’m Christian Lamitschka and today I present you David Allen Burns. David, welcome to the show.

DAB: Thanks for having me.

CL: David, you’re well known here in the US, but maybe Europe might be hearing of you for the first time; please introduce yourself and the music you’re playing to them.

DAB: Yes, I’m David Allen Burns, I grew up in a small town called Sherwood, Arkansas. My folks took me to see George Straight when I was three years old. Some reason, right then and there, I said that’s what I want to do. I started playing at nursing homes and anything I could in my hometown shows. Went on a high school bands and clubs. I pretty much grew in honky tonks, I guess at 16. I made a venture to Nashville back in 2007, signed my record deal, now we’re pushing my first single in country radio.

CL: You have a bran new album called “Premium Country”. It’s an unbelievable great album. There are no numbers on the back, so how many songs are there?

DAB: There’s 14 songs on. My first record was a box set, apparently.

CL: Tell us something about the songs please.

DAB: I wrote 10 out of the 14. The first one is called “Sweet Distraction”. Josh Thompson, I’m sure you heard of him, wrote it. It’s the kinda country I grew up on. I was a 90s baby and I grew up with Mark Chestnut, Keith Whitley, and George Straight. It’s just kind of my version on a lot of that kind of stuff. If I was going to buy a record, that’s the kind of stuff I want to hear.

CL: Of all these songs, which is your favorite?

DAB: Actually my favorite on it (CD) is called “More Afraid To Live”.

CL: What’s the story behind it?

CAB: One of my great friends and one of my great song writing mentor, Rick Tiger wrote it. I just like that crying steel guitar, crying. That slow stuff, I’m sucker for it. It’s just a powerful song It’s very well written, it’s just a guy going thru a break-up and that really really down point, and the more afraid to live than dying. If you ever been there, you know what it’s talking about.

CL: By the experience you made with all the major stars in the past, is there a story you can share?

DAB: As far as the record you Mean.

CL: Yes.

DAB: There is one called “Any Other Way”, I co-wrote and when you live in Nashville, you write every day with these big guys, you kind of held to a standard of writing. You try to find clever lines, or some markability thing. So like I said, I grew up in a small town, kinda old school raised with a real close family. So went to writing and one day, I just want to write something for me. One line in there is ‘we don’t call a truck a truck, unless it’s four wheel drive; food ain’t food if it ain’t fried’. That’s pretty much how was raised in Arkansas. That song really hits home to me.

Christian Lamitschka ( )

The Grascals Kick It Up On RFD TV's Larry's Country Diner This Saturday, March 19

The Grascals Kick It Up On RFD TV's Larry's Country Diner This Saturday, March 19
Special Guest Darryl Worley Joins Group For Fiery Rendition of "White Lightning"

Grascals perform on Larry's Cty Diner ( credit J. Westby)
Larry's Country Diner Cast poses with The Grascals.
Renae Johnson, Jimmy Capps, Jamie Johnson, Terry Smith, Keith Bilbrey, Kristin Scott Benson, Larry Black, Terry Eldredge, Danny Roberts, Jeremy Abshire, Nadine and Dee Ann Grand
(Credit: Jeremy Westby)
Nashville, TN (March 15, 2011) The Grascals ( kicked it up on RFD-TV's Larry's Country Diner and the episode airs Saturday, March 19 at 11 p.m. Eastern / 10 p.m. Central.  The Grascals' rousing set included a fiery performance with special guest Darryl Worley on "White Lightning," his duet from the group's current number #1 Billboard Bluegrass Album, The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel /BluGrascal Records).  The sextet also performed their current single, "I Am Strong," and "Louisiana Saturday Night," both from the disc. Rounding out their performance were the classics "Up This Hill and Down," "Red Apple Rag" and "Dooley." Check Larry's Country Diner and local listings for specific channel information.

Grascals + Darryl Worley on LCD (credit: J. Westby)
"White Lightning" performance.
Jimmy Capps, Jamie Johnson, Terry Smith, Jeremy Abshire, Darryl Worley, Danny Roberts, Terry Eldredge and (hidden) Kristin Scott Benson. (Credit: Jeremy Westby)

"It's always great fun," says The Grascals' co-founder Terry Eldredge of taping the popular show. "You never know what's going to happen, and this time, Larry surprised us with classic TV footage of The Osborne Brothers' performance of 'Up This Hill' on the set's jukebox - and then we performed it ourselves ...Very cool."


About The Grascals
The multi-award winning and Grammy-nominated Bluegrass icons, The Grascals, recently marked their 101st performance on The Grand Ole Opry; made the rounds on Fox & Friends; Better TV; Access Hollywood; Daytime; The Daily Buzz and CMT's Southern Fried Flicks with Hazel Smith.  Their music video, "I Am Strong" featuring Dolly Parton, rode GAC's Top 20 Countdown for multiple weeks.  The group kicked off 2011 with three SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards, including: Instrumental Group of the Year, Danny Roberts, Mandolin Performer of the Year and Kristin Scott Benson, Banjo Performer of the Year.  The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and online at  Cracker Barrel is donating a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

About Darryl Worley
The platinum-selling country star has sold more than two million records worldwide and charted 19 singles, including three number one singles, "I Miss My Friend," "Awful Beautiful Life," and "Have You Forgotten." With seven studio album releases and numerous music industry awards, Worley is entering the second decade of his career as one of the industry's most compelling artists.



MTB Set to Release The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits on April 5

Nashville, Tenn (March 15, 2011) - Forty years ago the Marshall Tucker Band roared out of Spartanburg, South Carolina, at the dawn of the '70s, spurred on by camaraderie and a hunger for adventure. They began forging a musical legacy that quickly turned into a legend. Their ability to blend rock, country, jazz and blues won them a fervent following and changed perceptions of what American pop music could be.  On April 5, 2011, marking its 40th Anniversary, the Marshall Tucker Band releases The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits (Shout Factory).  The 14-track album features original recordings of the songs that made the MTB a household name. 

The Marshall Tucker Band was brilliant at improvising onstage and, appropriately enough, they followed their career path with the same freewheeling spirit. Early on, the band established a presence on radio that grew with each new album. This greatest hits collection gathers together Marshall Tucker’s best-known singles, along with several key album tracks. Collectively, they document a band dealing lyrically with good times and bad, making great music all the while. Lead singer Doug Gray says, “looking back, it was very difficult to choose which songs to include in this album.”

MTB traces its beginnings to the late 1960s, when lead guitarist Toy Caldwell and rhythm and blues singer Doug Gray formed the Toy Factory after the two of them returned from military service in Vietnam. In 1971 Toy and Doug assembled a new group, the MTB, with bassist Tommy Caldwell (Toy’s brother), rhythm guitarist George McCorkle, drummer Paul Riddle and reed player Jerry Eubanks. Naming their group after a local piano tuner, Marshall Tucker, they began playing Spartanburg area clubs, sharing the stage with the Allman Brothers and other Southern rock peers.

It didn’t take long for MTB’s reputation for electrifying live shows to spread across the South and beyond. At the center of the group’s sound was Doug Gray’s amazing vocals with nearly limitless range and the ability to handle ballads, country honky tonk, pop, jazz, blues, and roaring rock songs with ease. George McCorkle’s constantly consistent rhythm guitar work, Paul Riddle’s Buddy Rich style drumming, Jerry Eubank’s flute and saxophone and Toy Caldwell’s impassioned songwriting, with astonishing thumb-picked guitar work, encompassed blazing solo flights and sensitive introspective passages. “I still wonder how you could get all that emotion out of one man,” says Gray. “Most people who never knew Toy thought he must’ve been this very tough guy. But the soft side of him came out in his music. And he was as gentle as a lamb to anyone who ever had the chance to shake his hand.”

Signing with Capricorn Records, the Marshall Tucker Band released a self-titled debut album in 1973; it contained such enduring Toy Caldwell originals as “Take the Highway,” “Ramblin’” and “Can’t You See.” Touring relentlessly, the band followed up with 1974’s A New Life, an album that yielded the road anthem “24 Hours at A Time,” the country-accented “Blue Ridge Mountain Sky” and the bluesy “Too Stubborn.” A year later came Where We All Belong, a two-disc set combining live tracks with such new studio recordings as “This Ol’ Cowboy” (sung by Toy) and featuring touring guest Charlie Daniels on fiddle, and the country ballad “In My Own Way.”

By the time Searchin’ for a Rainbow appeared in 1975, the band was beginning to craft more Top 40 radio-friendly tunes. The McCorkle-penned “Fire on the Mountain” and Toy Caldwell’s title song cracked the Billboard Top 40 charts and delved into the sorts of Western story themes that became a Marshall Tucker trademark. Long Hard Ride (1976) continued the band’s momentum with strong tunes such as the hard-charging instrumental title track that won them a Grammy nomination that year. Next MTB scored a big breakthrough creatively and commercially with 1977’s platinum-certified Carolina Dreams. This album showcased the band’s buoyant Top 10 Billboard hit, “Heard It in a Love Song,” as well as such worthy numbers as “I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You” and the jazzy “Desert Skies.”

The band finished their contract with Capricorn Records in 1978 and Capricorn released an eight song Greatest Hits package which was discontinued in 1999. The band signed with Warner Brothers and recorded six artistically satisfying albums from 1979 to 1983. Sadly, the band suffered a tragic loss when Tommy Caldwell died on April 28, 1980, following an automobile accident. The band soldiered on but the rigors of the road and Tommy’s death weighed heavily on Toy especially and he, McCorkle and Riddle decided to take an extended break from touring and recording and turned the band over to Gray and Eubanks, with their blessings. In 1996, Eubanks retired leaving Gray as the only original member of the Marshall Tucker Band. Today the band still plays over one hundred shows per year and continues to issue albums of new material. Toy Caldwell died in 1994 from natural causes and George McCorkle succumbed to cancer in 2003.

The Marshall Tucker Band built its lasting success on raw talent, inspired live shows and innovative, heartfelt songs. The release of this updated Greatest Hits album and continuing to tour regularly will keep adding to their legendary status as one of Southern Rocks greatest, innovative, and longest lasting bands. 

In addition to releasing Greatest Hits on April 5, Doug Gray unveils his lost R&B solo album, Soul Of The South (Shout Factory), on the same date.  The unreleased 30-year-old recordings, featuring the MTB, showcases Gray's vocal affinity for Soul and Blues.

For additional information on the Marshall Tucker Band, visit

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Available March 15; Produced by Tony Trischka, 
Recorded and Mixed by Grammy Winner Gary Paczosa
Features Special Guests Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks 

Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Will Bring Bluegrass to Mainstream Audiences with a
 Sold-out Tour and Appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, 
The View and The Colbert Report This Month

Nashville, Tenn.The Steep Canyon Rangers (SCR), have joined iconic comedian, Steve Martin on his sophomore album entitled Rare Bird Alert to be released TODAYMarch 15, 2011. Bringing bluegrass music to new audiences, SCR continue their meteoric rise as passionate ambassadors for the bluegrass music they love. With Martin, SCR played for more people than any other bluegrass band in 2010.  This year will be even bigger, as the group prepares a nationwide tour with Martin to support their collaborative project.  The Rare Bird Tour will kick off in New York City with three sold-out performances at the famed Joe’s Pub March 15-17 as well as a return appearances to the Late Show with David Letterman on March 16 and The View on March 17.
When Martin, an accomplished banjo player and songwriter, handpicked SCR to tour and record with him last year, they jumped at the chance.  “Serendipity has made a better match than any bluegrass computer dating service,” jokes Martin. With Rare Bird Alert, Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers have created an album filled with the traditional bluegrass sound, bursting at the seams with banjo, fiddle and lyrics that are both fun and reflective. 

The title track “Rare Bird Alert” perfectly scores the lonely ache and melancholy of bird watching. Paul McCartney guests on “Best Love” a foot-stomper about love and the little things.  On “Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back” SCR’s lead singer, Woody Platt, tells the story of love, breakup and reunion while “Jubilation Day” bounces with the delight and renewed vigor that can come from a breakup. The Dixie Chicks lend their considerable talent to “You” the saddest un-sad song about a past love with no regret. The closing tracks on the record showcase Martin’s comedy roots.  On “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” Martin and SCR create a gospel song for those without one while “King Tut” allows Steep Canyon Rangers to put their bluegrass-spin on an old Martin favorite.

After a year jam-packed with tour dates, including Carnegie Hall, and headlining festivals such as Bonnaroo, Merlefest, New Orleans Jazzfest, Newport Folk Festival, Martin helped SCR introduce bluegrass to millions of who may have been hearing it for the first time and SCR show no sign of stopping. For more information, please visit

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