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Series to Document the Songs and Stories of Country Music’s Family Acts

Nashville, TN (April 5, 2013) – When it comes to country music, it is hard to find a show that does a better job of documenting the songs and stories of country music than Country’s Family Reunion. “Kinfolk,” the show’s latest offering, brings together the family duos, trios and quartets of country music. RFD-TV will air a new episode of “Kinfolk” each week in April featuring appearances by the The Whites, The Roys, The Forester Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, Wilson Fairchild, The Gatlin Brothers, The Church Sisters, The Bellamy Brothers and more.

“For so many years, Country’s Family Reunion has documented the songs and stories of the legends, but we’ve never had the families of country music together to perform,” said Larry Black, creator of Country’s Family Reunion. “The ‘Kinfolk’ series is a special gathering of brothers, sisters, cousins, moms and dads sharing their country roots.”

Catch a new set of performances, each week in April on the RFD network.

Week of:
April 5: The Whites, The Roys, The Forester Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, Wilson Fairchild and The Gatlin Brothers

April 12: The Church Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, Rhonda, Darrin and Carolyn Vincent, The Forester Sisters and The Bellamy Brothers

April 19: The Gatlin Brothers, The Forester Sisters, Rhonda, Darrin and Carolyn Vincent, The Roys, The Bellamy Brothers and The Whites

April 26: The Lennon Sisters, The Forester Sisters, The Bellamy Brothers and The Gatlin Brothers

Air times for Country’s Family Reunion are Friday at 8 PM CT / 9 PM ET and Saturday at 6 AM CT / 7 AM ET. For more information on Country’s Family Reunion, “Kinfolk” or to purchase the entire series, please visit www.cfrvideos.com or call 1-800-820-5405.

Since 1996, Gabriel Communications has been bringing artists together into one room to reunite and reminisce about their careers, perform signature songs and share stories while the cameras roll. The result has been pure magic, leading to popular TV airings and successful DVD sales, leaving country fans clamouring for more.

Hailing from Darby, Fl., The Bellamy Brothers were one of the few country artists that found success in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976.  Consisting of siblings David and Howard Bellamy, the duo’s hits include the “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Sugar Daddy,” “I Need More of You” and “Kids of the Baby Boom.” The Bellamy Brothers’ commitment to country music is proven by their 2002 CMA “International Artist Achievement” nod, the 1980 Grammy nomination for “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me” and their record-setting duo nominations from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Relative newcomers on the country music scene, The Church Sisters consist of Sarah and Savannah Church and are supported by their brother Seth (guitar). The duo began their musical career in March of 2007 after winning WAKG’s “Rising Stars” talent competition. The Church Sisters have performed alongside Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson and Joey + Rory and have been featured on The Joey + Rory Show and Larry’s Country Diner. The sisters’ song “I Wandered by a Brookside” was recently featured on the album Mark Twain Words and Music, produced by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Carl Jackson.

Kathy, June, Kim and Christy Forester make up the The Forester Sisters. The sibling quartet found commercial success in the 1980s, charting fifteen Top Ten singles on the Billboard Hot Country Chart. In 1986, the group was named “Top Vocal Group” by the Academy of Country Music. Some of their most memorable hits include “I Fell in Love Again Last Night,” “Just in Case,” “Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes,” “Too Much is Not Enough” and “You Again.”

The close family harmonies of Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin gave the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY Award for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” two years later. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, also a talented songwriter who composed all of the group’s singles. To date, the brothers hold 36 Top 40 Hits to their credit.
Three siblings from a family of 12 children, The Lennon Sisters consist of Mimi, Janet and Kathy Lennon. The group has been active since 1955, achieving their first hit “Tonight, You Belong to Me” in 1956 and reaching No. 1 in 1961 with “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry).” The sibling trio has their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was recently inducted in to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The sisters continue to perform to standing room only crowds several times a year across the United States and host a successful series of Christmas shows at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, MO.

The Roys are a bluegrass duo and have twice won the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) “Bluegrass Artist of The Year” (2011 and 2012), been named two-time ICM “Duo of the Year” (2009 and 2010) and were awarded the Inspirational Country Music Single by Power Source Magazine (2012). The Roys consist of siblings Elaine (vocals, guitar) and Lee Roy (vocals, mandolin). The band’s sophomore album, New Day Dawning, topped its predecessor, Lonesome Whistle, by debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart and by achieving Top Ten album sales on Amazon.com in three categories.

One of Country music’s finest and most beloved family harmony groups, The Whites, have enjoyed a prolific music career which has spanned across the past four decades. Buck White (vocals, piano, mandolin), Sharon (vocals, guitar) and Cheryl (vocals, bass) officially comprise the group which originally started out at a Bluegrass group, but the family trio became well known for their string of Country hits in the 1980s culminating in their induction as Opry members in 1984. They were involved in the 2001 hit movie and soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and have gone on to win multiple awards, including GRAMMY, CMA and Dove Awards, among others.

Wilson Fairchild is a country music duo made up of Wil and Langdon Reid. The cousins hail from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and are highly acclaimed songwriters, writing songs for Ricky Skaggs’s Grammy nominated album MOSAIC, The Statler Brothers and Dailey & Vincent. Wilson Fairchild’s clever lyrics and their perfectly delivered ballads were inherited from their fathers, Harold Reid and Don Reid of Statler Brothers fame. Currently, the cousins are opening for George Jones on “The Grand Tour” and will be performing at “The Possum’s” final Nashville concert in November.

Started in 1996 as the idea of long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, Gabriel Communications specializes in “Reunion Videos.” The success of this television and DVD series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear, as well as a weekly format spin-off television show on RFD-TV called “Larry’s Country Diner.”  Gabrielle Communications has additionally applied the Reunion concept to sports and created videos involving the legends of stock car racing and collegiate football teams. For more information on Country’s Family Reunion products, please visit: www.cfrvideos.com.

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