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New CD Available For Pre-Order & Radio NOW, In Stores Nov 18
Nashville, TN (November 10, 2014) - THE ROYS bring the holidays home with their newest CD, BLUEGRASS KINDA CHRISTMAS (Rural Rhythm Records), available now to radio programmers via AirPlay Direct, and to fans by pre-order at Walmart, Amazonand iTunes.
The disc will be in stores November 18. THE ROYS' much-heralded
sibling harmonies, spot-on lead vocals and agile musicianship shine a
light on Christmas songs both new and old, creating a festive holiday
ambience that's apropos for any seasonal celebration.
Recorded during a hot Tennessee summer, BLUEGRASS KINDA CHRISTMAS features Elaine
Roy (Guitar), Lee Roy (Mandolin, Mandocello, Mandola), Clint White
(Fiddle), Daniel Patrick (Banjo, Dobro), Erik Alvar (Bass), and Josh
Swift (Dobro*), and was recorded at THE ROYS' own studio in
memories of Christmas are so vivid," observes Elaine. "But most
importantly, I think, was the complete sense of being loved that I felt
at those family gatherings." For her brother Lee, the holidays were a
time filled with music, family and fun - and this album presents those
emotions as well. "The title track is actually the first Christmas song
Elaine and I've written," he notes. "We wrote it with our buddy Steve
Dean, and it's full of the energy and excitement I remember from being a
10-song collection hums with a warm and companionable feel that sets
the stage for lively fiddle runs and the bell-like sounds of the
mandolin. Crisp, clear notes resonate throughout, sparkling like the
sun on snow. Each track is compelling, but Elaine's angelic vocal on "O Holy Night"
is a standout: soft as candlelight, she brings an instant sense of
peace - and images of Holy places to mind. Lee's stirring
interpretation of "There's A New Kid In Town" (Curly Putnam/Keith Whitley/Don Cook) is another highlight; filled with mature gravitas and nuance. The pair never shies away from fun and they excel on the upbeat classics "Santa Looked Like A Lot Like Daddy" (Buck Owens/Don Rich) and "Christmas Times A Comin' " (Tex Logan).
busy Bluegrassers are already feeling the spirit of the season; on
November 24, they'll make their first appearance at Country icon Charlie
Daniels' annual Christmas 4 Kids
benefit concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium. They'll wrap the
2014 touring season - appropriately - with a performance at the Christmas In The Smokies concert in Pigeon Forge, TN on December 13.