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Random Record – Lester Flatt – Country Boy

I bought this record a long, long time ago – over 20 years ago at my favorite Nashville record store, The Great Escape.

I like all kinds of music, but at the time I bought this I was head over heels for a fella named Marty Stuart. This is one of the first records Marty played on, released in 1973. He played 2nd fiddle on this record.

Track List:
“The Country Boy”
“Feudin’ Banjos”
“I’d Like to Have Papa Show Me Around”
“No Place to Pillow My Head”
“One Bad Case of the Blues”
“Don’t Get Above Your Raisin'”
“Nashville Grass Breakdown”
“My Little Girl’s Little Girl”
“My Arms Will Make You Forget”
“Her Sweet Love’s Callin’ Me”

Lester Flatt - Country Boy

THE ROYS Named Top Bluegrass Artist at 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards

Source: Webster PR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2014) – THE ROYS, award-winning brother/sister duo, were named Top Bluegrass Artist at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) on Wednesday. The IAMA promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry, acoustic artists in various genres.

“Another Minute,” a song penned by Lee Roy in fond remembrance of his grandfather and released on THE ROYS’ recent hit-album Gypsy Runaway Train, competed against thousands of entries from all over the world, including (but not limited to) Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, USA, and South Africa. Winners were chosen by a Blue Ribbon Judging Committee comprised of music industry professionals including A&R managers from record labels, publishers and producers and judged equally on music performance, production, originality, lyrics, melody and composition.

“What an honor it is to be recognized internationally for this song!” says an elated Lee Roy. “My grandfather was such an incredible person, and the time I had with him was so precious!  Looking back, I realized how much he helped to shape my life and I set out to write a song about it. Fans just immediately connected with it, so we included it on our latest album. It’s really cool to win this award but even better that my grandfather helped me to win it!”

“When Lee brought me this song, it brought tears to my eyes,” says Elaine Roy. “Pepere [French for grandfather] would be humbled by it all, but so proud that his grandson was able to write something that would resonate with fans all over the world.  We couldn’t be more thrilled!”

IAMA is sponsored by SiriusXM Radio, D’Addario Strings, Acoustic Café Radio Show,  SongU.com, New Music Weekly, Broadjam,  Sonicbids.com , Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, NoisyPlanet.net,  and Kari Estrin Management & Consulting.

The Roys On Tour:
Feb 19-23 Folk Alliance International Conference — Kansas City, MO
Mar 13      WSM Station Inn Sessions — Nashville, TN
Mar 20 5   Star Theatre — Hot Springs, AR
Mar 21-22 Lions Club Concert Series/Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center — Lebanon, MO
Mar 25      Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center — Borrego Springs, CA
Mar 28      Ocotillo Performing Arts Center — Artesia, NM
Apr 3-4      Florida State Bluegrass Festival — Perry, FL
Apr 6         Historic Washington City Schools Auditorium — Washington Court House, OH
Apr 25       The Norris Community Center — Naples, FL
May 3        Song of the Mountains Festival — Louisburg, NC
May 26      Victory Weekend — Harrisonburg, VA
May 31      Nepa Bluegrass Festival — Tunkhannock, PA
– Jun 1
Jun 5-8      CMA Music Fest–Nashville, TN
Jun 13       Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival — Morgantown, IN
Jun 15       Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center — Stowe, VT
Jun 18       Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival — Waterville, ME
Jun 21       Rockahock Bluegrass Festival/Rockahock Campgrounds — Lanexa, VA
Jun 28       Lewis Clark Bluegrass Festival — Lewiston, ID
Jul 24-27   Country Thunder — Twin Lakes, WI
Aug 7-8     Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival — Richmond, MN
Aug 20      Bluegrass in the Park — Staunton, VA
Aug 22-23 Rogersville Bluegrass Festival — Rogersville, Canada
Aug 28-29 New Richmond Bluegrass Festival — New Richmond, Canada
Sep 20      Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival — Morehead, KY
Sep 21      31st Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival — Bowers, PA
Sep 27      Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival — Manteo, NC
Oct 1-4      IBMA Convention — Raleigh, NC
Oct 10       Bob Evans Farm Festival — Rio Grande, OH
Oct 19       Orange Park Fall Festival — Orange Park, FL

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Source: Webster PR


RV_ADreamComeTrue_cvr_600pxNASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 29, 2013) – In a recent Huffington Post poll, the “new queen of bluegrass” as named by the Wall Street Journal, Rhonda Vincent joins some of the biggest names in music for having the “BEST ALBUM” of all-time with the “WORST ALBUM ART.”

As quoted by The Huffington Post, “Hey, look! Your Sunday School teacher made an album! Hailed today as one of the best bluegrass records of the past 30 years, Rhonda Vincent’s first album may also have one of the all-time dweebiest covers. The hair. The sequins. The font. The blush. The lavender. The hair. Everything about this screams the early ‘80s (which is all the dorkier considering that the record came out in the early ‘90s). But if you are able to unsee that awkwardness, the performances on this extraordinary debut are all utterly thrilling.”

Check it out here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/14/best-albums-worst-album-art_n_4257759.html

“To have my music recognized 20 years after its release as one of the best albums of all-time, is a cool thing and pretty amazing,” says the award-winning Rhonda Vincent. “Back then I was recording for an independent label and now, today, I continue to make the BEST music possible, and meet the challenge of creating the artwork for my own label.  I’ve learned so much since this CD, and now I have the tools and knowledge to make a better album cover!! But, regardless of the album art, I am thrilled to be among some of the best recording artists, and listed in the top 10 albums of all-time! Wait till you see my next album cover, to be released in January!

Top 10 Best Albums, Worst Album Art:
1.    The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
2.    Blind Faith – Blind Faith
3.    Rhonda Vincent – A Dream Come True
4.    David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
5.    Iron Maiden – Iron of the Beast
6.    The Beatles – Yesterday and Today
7.    Neil Young – Zuma
8.    Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
9.    Waylon Jennings – Ladies Love Outlaws
10. The Rolling Stones – Get Your Ya Yas Out

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THE ROYS Make Grand Ole Opry Debut On Friday, November 1

Source: Webster PR

2013 ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year Top SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Albums List


TheRoys_2013_publicity_lrgNashville, Tenn. (October 31, 2013) – Bluegrass brother/sister duo THE ROYSwill make their Grand Ole Opry debut tomorrow, November 1, when they join Little Big TownJosh Turner, The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris JansonSara HazeJeannie SeelyJesse McReynoldsJim Lauderdale and others for the Opry At The Ryman show.  THE ROYS will appear on the 7:00 p.m. segment.  More information can be found at www.opry.com.  Out-of-area fans can enjoy the show via live broadcast at www.wsmonline.com.

For Lee and Elaine, the night will be a dream come true.  “It has been a lifelong dream to perform on the Grand Ole Opry and I’m still in excited shock that we will be living it tomorrow night,” exclaims Lee.  For his sister Elaine, “holding it together” best describes her reaction to the invitation.  “My whole being went numb.  This is just an incredible opportunity and an honor,” she adds.  “And I thank God for answering my prayers in His own way and in His own time.”

THE ROYS’ current Rural Rhythm Records CD, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN, continues to top SiriusXM’s Most-Played Albums list for October.  The disc is #15 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 15 Bluegrass Albums chart and their single, “Gypsy Runaway Train,” is #19 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Top 30 Singles chart (November).  The duo is still “reeling” from winning last week’s Inspirational Country Music Award for Bluegrass Artist of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Previously honored with the five additional ICM awards (2012 No. 1 Inspirational Country Single, 2012 & 2011 Bluegrass Artist of the Year and the 2010 & 2009Duo of the Year), THE ROYS continue to bring the best of Bluegrass to audiences near and far.  They have toured across the U.S. and performed in Europe and in Australia and shared the stage with Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Blake Shelton, Doyle Lawson, Janie Fricke, Collin Raye, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Evans, Rhonda Vincent and others.  Lee and Elaine have enjoyed high-profile TV gigs, including performances on Fox & FriendsDaytimeThe Daily Buzz, ABC’s What’s The Buzz, GAC’s Headline Country, RFD’s Campfire Café and Larry’s Country Diner and more. THE ROYS were featured in the PBS television special Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler.

Stay social with Lee and Elaine at theroysonline.comFacebook and Twitter.

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Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS Host Midnite Jamboree September 14; Talk Tracks On SiriusXM Beginning September 18

Source: So Much Moore Media

Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS Host Midnite Jamboree September 14; Talk Tracks On SiriusXM Beginning September 18

ICM Nominees Make National Radio Rounds and Will Present at IBMA Awards

TheRoys_2013_publicity_lrgNashville, TN (September 9, 2013) – Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS return to host the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, one of the longest-running radio shows in the U.S., on September 14. They will bring along Country newcomers Branch & Dean (“The Dash”) as their special guests. Fans can listen to the world-famous show live online at 650AMwsm.com.

Beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, September 18, audiences can hear the duo talk tracks on SiriusXM / Bluegrass Junction’s Track-By-Track program. Hosted by Kyle Cantrell, the feature shines the spotlight on the duo’s current CD GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN (Rural Rhythm Records) and repeats (all times Eastern) Thursday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

THE ROYS will be presenters for the first time at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards Show in Raleigh, NC on September 26. They are nominated for two 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards (Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year) and winners will be announced in Nashville on October 24. THE ROYS were previously honored with these ICM Awards: 2012 Bluegrass Artist of the Year, No. 1 Inspirational Country Single (“I Wonder What God’s Thinking”), 2011 Bluegrass Artist of the Year and the 2009 & 2010 Duo of the Year.

The duo is currently on tour and upcoming dates include:

Sep 14 – Midnite Jamboree – Nashville, TN
Sep 20 – Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Morehead, KY
Sep 21 – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – Kodak, TN
Sep 24 – IBMA Raleigh, NC – Moonstruck Showcase
Sep 25 – IBMA Raleigh, NC
Sep 26 – IBMA Raleigh, NC – Awards Show
Sep 27 – IBMA Raleigh, NC
Sep 28 – Willies Locally Known – Lexington, KY
Sep 29 – Washington County High School – Sandersville, GA
Oct 04 – Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival – Manteo, NC
Oct 09 – Song of the Mountains – Blountville, TN
Oct 18 – The Listening Room – Nashville, TN
Oct 19 – Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, FL
Oct 20 – Orange Park Fall Festival – Orange Park, FL
Oct 22 – ICM Conference
Oct 23 – ICM Conference
Oct 24 – The 5 Star Theater – Hot Springs, AR
Nov 22 – George Jones Tribute Concert at Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

Stay social with Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline,Facebook and Twitter.

THE STETSON FAMILY Delivers Bluegrass “Australian Style”

Source: So Much Moore Media Press Release





New CD, O WINDING RIVER, Available Now

Nashville, TN (August 26, 2013) – THE STETSON FAMILY brings Australia’s best new Bluegrass to the States with the release of their newest disc, O WINDING RIVER.  The 12 original story-driven songs, range from ballads to up-tempos.  Infused with the lush harmonies that are in keeping with the roots of Bluegrass, the tracks feature fresh, progressive instrumentation and free-wheeling lyrics that resonate with subject matter both new and timeless.  The CD, available now online, is a collection of the most-popular songs sourced from the band’s two previous Australian releases distributed by Vitamin RecordsHEY SISTER MARY (2009) and THE DEVIL IN HISSUNDAY BEST (2011).


O WINDING RIVER, the CD, is a journey of discovery – an exploration of the brightest – and darkest corners of the heart; the weakness and triumph of man, and the celebration of joy in our lives and in music.  From the opening notes of the banjo to the haunting vocal of Nadine Budge, the title track cues the listener that this is one metaphorical river best navigated with eyes wide open.


“O Winding River where do you lead me

Through mountains and hollers to I don’t know where

I float on my back and pray that you’ll hold me

Deliver me safely till the morning is here”

(N. Budge, B. Hartley, T. McNeil, L. Sinclair)


Highlights abound, but the poignant “Traces Of You” is a lullaby for the heart worn, recalling bridges burned and embers of a love that are nothing more than ashes now.  “Brother Harlan” recounts a tale reminiscent of darkest “Gothic” Appalachia featuring snake-bit lovers, a runaway woman and scarring family jealousies.  The dark theme continues with the mid-tempo “Hey Sister Mary, Where’d You Get That Gun” and “Dark Side Of Town,” two more tunes that Budge handles with an easy vocal confidence.  The group’s strong male lead vocalist, John Bartholomeusz, takes over on “Every Dusty Road,” a foot-stomping throw-down to all-nighters and good times “gone wrong.” “Hell Hath No Fury” is a searing reminder of the power of a woman scorned – be it Mother Nature or someone a little closer to home.


stetson familicyThe quintet, comprised ofNadine Budge (Vocals, Guitar, Dobro), John Bartholomeusz (Vocals, Guitar), Andrew Carswell (Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Colin Swan (Banjo, Backing Vocals) and Luke Richardson (Double Bass, Backing Vocals) has earned a stellar reputation and a sizeable following Down Under.  In 2012 Budge was invited to Nashville for theIBMA World of Bluegrasssongwriter showcase for her song (and the disc’s title track), “O Winding River.”  For Budge, that appearance was just the “nudge” she needed to bring the group’s music stateside.  “We’ve played some big festivals and events in our country,” notes the outgoing singer/songwriter.  “But we’d never actively pursued a U.S. fan base.  Silly when you think on it, especially since this style of music crosses so many boundaries.”
The band performs regularly on the Australian national touring circuit, playing major festivals and cultural events including: Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Jamgrass, Mullumbimby Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Moomba Melbourne, Apollo Bay Music Festival, The Brisbane Festival, and many more.


If THE STETSON FAMILY’S Australian success is any indicator, the group can look for instant acceptance in the U.S. and beyond.  Their album HEY SISTER MARY was voted #1 Best Roots/Alt-Country Albumon Mystery Train (Bay FM), while THE DEVIL IN HIS SUNDAY BEST was described as “A landmark Australian roots album” by the prestigiousRhythms Magazine.  The group has been nominated for Best Song andBest Group by the Victorian & National Country Music Awards (2012) and “O Winding River” was included on Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC Favorites of 2012 compilation disc.  Two of the band’s songs were chosen for inclusion in the national television documentary, LAST CHANCE SALOON (Renegade Productions).


“O WINDING RIVER allows us to show a bit of stretch material-wise, I think,” comments Budge, the group’s spokesperson.  “Like any artist, we develop over time and this project is a nice mix of where we’ve been and where we’re going.”


Click HERE to get social with The Stetson Family, or find them onFacebookTwitter and SoundCloud.



“O Winding River”
“Fool’s Gold”
“That’s How Much I Miss Your Love”
“Traces of You”
“Brother Harlan”
“Crooked Highway
“Hey Sister Mary, Where’d You Get That Gun”

“Dark Side of Town”  “Smokey Valley”
“Every Dusty Road”
“Hell Hath No Fury”
“Old Black Canoe”


THE ROYS Draw New Fans To Country Thunder As Two Of Their Albums “Thunder” Up The BILLBOARD Bluegrass Chart At #2 and # 3 Respectively

SOURCE: So Much Moore Media

THE ROYS Draw New Fans To Country Thunder As Two Of Their Albums “Thunder” Up The BILLBOARD Bluegrass Chart At #2 and # 3 Respectively

Duo Host Inaugural THE ROYS’ Pickin’ Porch Stage During 2013 Wisconsin Country Thunder

The Roys GRT PR (c)shot EAnderson

“What a thrill it was to be able to play and watch people who may have never heard Bluegrass before start to get into it and really enjoy it.” 

– Lee Roy

Nashville, TN (August 5, 2013) – Award-winning Bluegrass duo THE ROYS brought their high-lonesome sound, drew new fans to the genre and inspired a new performance area at the 2013 Wisconsin Country Thunder festival July 19 – 21.  Over 30,000 Country music lovers were introduced to the traditional and contemporary sounds of Bluegrass.  Festival organizers tapped Lee and Elaine Roy as Bluegrass “ambassadors” and had invited the talented brother/sister duo to host the inaugural The ROYS’ Pickin’ Porch stage.


The Roys Gypsy Runaway Train CD coverWith the advent of the new performance area, THE ROYS are spearheading a movement that results not only in new fans, but boosts album sales as well.  The duo has two albums thundering up the BILLBOARDBluegrass Albums Chart this week: their newest CD, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN at #2, and the August 2012 release, NEW DAY DAWNING, re-entering the chart at #3.  Additionally, the GRT music video is in solid rotation on ZUUS Country’s Americana Currents.


THE ROYS are always looking for new ways to expand the audience for Bluegrass music. They have discovered the best way is to listen to their fans.  “At every Country festival we hear the same thing at our autograph table from the fans,” says Elaine. “Wow. I’m a Country music fan.  I didn’t know I liked Bluegrass until I heard your music.  So now I am a Bluegrass fan.”  Lee adds with big smile, “Turns out Country music lovers are Bluegrass music lovers, and we love it!”


For four days, THE ROYS’ Pickin’ Porch entertainers treated Country music fans to spectacular performances.  The duo, Trinity River Band, The High 48’s, Truman’s Ridge and The Henhouse Ramblers easily won over the crowd. Country Thunder Executive Producer Troy Vollhoffer notes, “We are always looking to add additional value to the festival, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the addition of the Pickin’ Porchto this year’s Country Thunder Wisconsin.  Bluegrass music is an entertaining blend of Country, Jazz, Roots and Americana music, and The Roys are incredible ambassadors of this genre of music.  We are proud to offer this option of entertainment to our fans.”


In addition to their hosting duties, Lee and Elaine also shared the festival’s main stage with some of Country’s hottest acts, including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Chris Young and more.  This is the third consecutive year that THE ROYS have performed on the main stage at WCT.  Last year, the duo introduced Country fans to their signature Bluegrass sound at Arizona Country Thunder.


The siblings were recently featured on PBS’ Jubilee series (which includes performances from their previous two Top 5 BILLBOARDBluegrass Albums Chart projects, LONESOME WHISTLE and NEW DAY DAWNING.  If you missed the program, click HERE to view.


August/September Tour Dates

August 07 – York Golf and Tennis Club – York, ME

August 09 – La Tavarne A Joe – Bouctouche NB Canada

August 10 – Clare Bluegrass Festival – Digby NS Canada

August 11 – Clare Bluegrass Festival – Digby NS Canada

August 14 – Taffy’s – Eaton, OH

August 17 – Nelson’s Music City – Farmington, MO

August 23 – Outer Banks Jubilee – Kitty Hawk, NC

August 24 – Ribz 4 Kidz – Lewisburg, PA

August 25 – Craig Civic Center – Kingwood, WV

August 28 – Bluegrass in the Park – Staunton, VA

September 07 – Renfrew Fair – Renfrew, Canada

September 14 – Midnite Jamboree – Nashville, TN

September 20 – Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Morehead, KY

September 21 – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – Kodak, TN

September 28 – Willies Locally Known – Lexington, KY

September 29 – Washington County High School – Sandersville, GA


Stay social with Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline, Facebook andTwitter.


Sources Webster PR, So Much Moore Media

Disc Driving Up Three Charts

Nashville, TN (June 24, 2013) – THE ROYS’ new CD, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN, continues to build steam as the disc is driving up three charts.  The disc is currently #5 on BILLBOARD’S Bluegrass Albums Chart, #5 on the international Hotdisc Chart and #1 on AirPlay Direct’s  APD Global Radio Indicator Charts.

Radio is on board THE GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN.  Robert Weingartz, Chairman & CEO of AirPlay Direct considers THE ROYS “a true force of nature.  Beautiful music, strong songs and ultimately inspiring.”  Lee Michael Demsey of WAMU Radio and Bluegrass Unlimited loves THE ROYS’ singing, pickin’ and selection of material.  He says, “They get to the heart of a song like few others.”  Gracie Muldoon of WorldWideBluegrass calls GRT “freakin’ awesome,” and adds “CHOO CHOO, babies, CHOO CHOO!!”  Kingstown (UK) Radio’s Tom Robinson notes,”THE ROYS have come up with another delightful winning – top-rated – performance.  Great traditional feel, sounding so fresh and youthful for the younger listeners.”

The media is intrigued as well:
“GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN, a stone-cold winner for THE ROYS, in which ample evidence is presented to prove them still on an upward arc as singers and songwriters.” – David McGee, Deep Roots

“With their latest the duo only deepens longstanding flawless writing and playing assets, backed as always by solid session-eers.” – Mark S. Tucker, FAME

“THE ROYS further refine their special brand of Bluegrass.   Led by their perfectly in-synch dual lead vocals, sophisticated arrangements and well-constructed original songs, they have a smoother and more urbane edge to their music than most “traditional” bluegrass bands.” – Stephen Stone, Audiophile Review

“The entire album is a showcase for the clear-as-crystal harmonies of Elaine and Lee Roy that will leave you wanting more.  Ever since their debut album, THE ROYS have been on the right track.  It’s nice to see that at this point, they are going full steam ahead.” – Greg Victor, ParkBench.com

“Their new single is Bluegrass at its best, fast and furious. THE ROYS come out of the blocks in a hurry, and with some dazzling picking and fine lead vocals they produce the goods.” – Maurice Hope, R2 ROCK’n’REEL, UK

In case you missed these recent features on the duo, click Billboard.comDreamwest and Deep Roots. Also, ZUUS Country’s Americana Program hosted the video’s world premiere last week. To view, click HERE.

GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN is the third successful CD release for the siblings on Rural Rhythm Records.  In keeping with the theme that “good things come in threes,” the label has launched “The Rule of 3’s Contest.”  Fans who purchase the album at www.theroysonline.com in the next three weeks (beginning Monday, June 24 and ending on Sunday, July 14) will automatically be entered to win $300 worth of select music from the RRR catalog.  Limit one entry per person; winners will be notified via email.


Get social with Lee and Elaine on Facebook and Twitter.

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THE ROYS Launch GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN With Media Already On Board

Source: So Much Moore Media


Nashville, TN (June 3, 2013) — The launch for THE ROYS’ newest CD, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN, is underway with a flurry of radio, television, live performances and reviews.  The duo celebrates the June 4 release by bringing their signature sibling sound to CMA Music Festival again this year with multiple shows scheduled.

The quality and diversity of the music on GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN proves THE ROYS deserve their success.  Hot vocals, steamin’ pickin’ and unbridled enthusiasm make this 13-track wonder a celebration of the Bluegrass/Roots genre.  Their third CD for Rural Rhythm Records vibrates with positive thoughts and up-tempo energy on “You Can Count On My Love,” “Born With A Hammer In My Hand,” “Ramblin’ Fever” and the title track.   A stellar arrangement featuring the siblings’ exquisite harmonies makes “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” a modern classic, while Elaine’s heart-wrenching vocals and moving lyrics offer a poignant look at her divorce on “Half Of Me.”

Fans of the duo will have ample opportunity to catch up with Lee and Elaine and hear the new music this week during CMA Music Festival.  All listed times are Central Daylight Time:

Tuesday, June 4 – MOBY In The Morning syndicated radio show interview 6-7 a.m.

Tuesday, June 4 – 650 AM WSM – Coffee, Country & Cody Showperformance with full band – 8-9 a.m.

Wednesday, June 5 – JOHNNY CASH Stamp Unveiling and Show – at The RYMAN – performance during the 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. program

Wednesday, June 5 – CMR Nashville’s 3rd Annual International Show – Whiskey Bent Saloon – performance by duo – 3:20- 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5 – RURAL TV Behind The Scene with Kenny and Friends– re-broadcast online  http://www.ihigh.com/behindthescene

Wednesday, June 5 – INSIDE MUSIC ROW TV Show – check local listings at www.insidemusicrow.com  

Thursday, June 6 – FOX 17 Tennessee Mornings – full-band performance/ interview – 8 – 9 a.m.

Thursday, June 6 – Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Stage – full-band performance – 12 – 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 6 – 650 AM WSM/Durango Stage – full-band performance 2:30 – 3 p.m.

Thursday, June 6 – GRT CD release party – The Silver Dollar Saloon –4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the appearances listed above, music lovers can catch the Huffington Post’s exclusive feature online HERE and see an acoustic performance via Scandinavian Satellite Radio’s website.

Upcoming media includes: MusicRow, No Depression, Jim’s Country Reviews, L.A. Weekly, Folk + Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME), Milwaukee Journal, Bluegrass Today, Prescription Bluegrass, Stacy’s Music Row, Today’s Country, The Alternate Root Magazine, Nashville Country Club, Maverick Magazine, No Fences Magazine,Country Music People Magazine, and Country Times Magazine.

Exclusive video footage features can be found online: Country Weekly, RedCowHills, TheCountrySite, Bluegrass NationCybergrassBluegrass TodayPrescription BluegrassCountryMusicTattleTale, HighwayFM TV, Deep Roots, ParcBench and Focusonthe615.

GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN is available for purchase at Amazon and other retailers.  Preview GRT at THEROYSONLINE.COM and keep up with this award-winning duo via Facebook and Twitter.

Bluegrass, Bows & Bold Guitars

Bluegrass, Bows & Bold Guitars

 Award-Winning Bluegrass Duo THE ROYS Join Andy Ross of Krossroad Guitars For A Special Facebook Giveaway 

Roys Krossroad GTR contest

Nashville, TN (March 11, 2013) — Award-winning Bluegrass duo THE ROYS join Krossroad Guitars in offering fans a chance to win an autographed camouflaged guitar via a special Facebook contest sponsored by Andy Ross. The guitar’s designer, fellow musician, famed hunter, hunting bow designer and star of the Sportsman Channel’s TV show Maximum Archery, Ross is thrilled to offer the custom Krossroad guitar emblazoned with the ever-popular Realtree™camouflage and signed by Lee and Elaine. “It’s always exciting to work with super-talented people like THE ROYS,” notes Ross. “Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway!”

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, all “lucky leprechauns” can enter for a chance to win from now until April 17.  To enter the contest, Bluegrass and hunting fans simply LIKE the following three Facebook pages and SHARE THE PIC using the hyperlinks provided below:

Andy Ross Official

Krossroad Guitars

The Roys


The winner will be selected at random and notified by a Facebook message at the close of the contest.

ROYS TROE bus wrapTHE ROYS aligned with Team RealTree Outdoor Energy last year for a strategic partnership that included tour sponsorship. Lee and Elaine travel to their shows in a strikingly-wrapped Team RealTree Outdoor Energy camouflage bus.
Known for their outstanding vocals, memorable songs and top-notch musicianship, THE ROYS are regarded as one of the fastest-rising successes in the music industry today. They have blazed a trail across the country spreading their distinctive brand of Bluegrass to longtime fans of the genre and “newbies” alike. Their sophomore disc for Rural Rhythm Records, NEW DAY DAWNING (2012), debuted at Number 2 on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later climbed to Number 1 on Amazon’s Bluegrass Best Sellerslist.


The EP is currently on the BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE Top 15 Chart and is one of SiriusXM BLUEGRASS JUNCTION’s most played albums. Last October, Lee and Elaine were named Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year (2012). They were previously honored with that award in 2011 and dubbed the organization’s Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.


Fans can keep up with the red-hot duo online at THE ROYS and can look for Lee and Elaine’s next CD this summer.

Ross, famous for producing some of the world’s best hunting bows and for his television show, is also a skilled pro in the creation of quality musical equipment. In the 1960s, his father Bud Ross founded Kustom Electronics, at one time the world’s largest music equipment manufacturer. Kustom Amplifiers, easily identified by their tuck-and-roll cabinet, made the company famous. Because of his father’s success, Andy grew up surrounded not only by the manufacturing process but also by legendary artists of the day. He developed a personal love for music that is matched only by his passion for hunting.


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