Nashville, TN (April 17, 2013) – THE ROYS latest full-length release, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN, puts the award- winning sibling duo on the fast track. Due in stores on June 4, their third outing for Rural Rhythm Records contains six Roys’ originals and some of their all-time favorite Bluegrass and Country classics. Hot vocals, steamin’ pickin’, unbridled enthusiasm and passion make this 13-track wonder a celebration of the Roots genre. Says Elaine Roy, “There was a real sense of freedom surrounding this whole project. The album strips away all pretenses and gives the listener a glimpse of both the highs and lows of life.”
Recorded following the death of Lee’s beloved father-in-law and during Elaine’s painful divorce, the songs indeed address a broad spectrum of emotion. For Lee, the entire process was cathartic. “I wrote ‘Another Minute’ about my Grandpa,” he notes. “But it makes you think about all kinds of loss. Putting those feelings out there in a song makes it easier to live with them.”
Bluegrass wouldn’t be Bluegrass without plenty of raw emotion, and Elaine delves deep on the extremely personal “Half Of Me,” written about her recent divorce. Heart-wrenching vocals and moving lyrics offer a poignant look at the separation. Lee shines on the Gospel song “He Took Your Place,” a tune he’s been performing live for most of his professional career.
GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN isn’t just about pain. The disc vibrates with positive thoughts and up-tempo energy on “You Can Count On My Love,” ”Born With A Hammer In My Hand,” the Haggard classic “Ramblin’ Fever,” as well as the title track which celebrates THE ROYS’ fans and the road. The twosome brings exquisite harmonies to bear on a uniquely-arranged rendition of “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” that will surely leave Mr. Bill Monroe smiling.
1. You Can Count On My Love
2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
3. Another Minute
4. I Was Born With A Hammer In My Hand
5. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
6. He Took Your Place
7. I'm Working On It
8. Enough For Me
9. Ramblin' Fever
10. What Gives You The Right
11. Those Memories
12. Half Of Me
13. Gypsy Runaway Train
After bursting onto the Bluegrass scene in 2011 with the Top 10 debut albumLONESOME WHISTLE (RRR), THE ROYS followed with their sophomore projectNEW DAY DAWNING in 2012. That landmark EP debuted at #2 on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart, reached #1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best-Sellers list, and remains on BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE's Top 15Albums chart. Additionally, songs from the EP continue to dominate the weekly and monthly Top 20 BLUEGRASS TODAY charts.
For Sam Passamano II, President of Rural Rhythm Records, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN is right on track. “It really showcases Lee and Elaine's vocals and their signature sibling harmonies. The quality, fine selection and diversity of the songs also help make this such an important and powerful album for them. The fact that THE ROYS used their touring band on the cover tracks also speaks to a commitment to bring their fans a stronger connection between the music on disc and their live shows.”
Fans can connect with THE ROYS at www.theroysonline.com, Facebook andTwitter.
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TV Blitz, Radio Impact & Top-Tier Performances Boost Bluegrass Duo's Profile
Nashville, TN (December 18, 2012) -- THE ROYS' career exploded in 2012, thanks to a continuing blitz of TV appearances, impact at radio and performances at top-tier festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada and in Australia.
THE ROYS Bring Bluegrass To The Small Screen
THE ROYS brought Bluegrass to the small screen this year with a host of appearances on network and cable outlets.
In case you missed their performances, you can view them via the links provided.
CBS THIS MORNING
FOX & FRIENDS
THE BETTER SHOW
Additionally, the siblings appeared on the PBS programs Pa's Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddlerand Song of the Mountains; RFD-TV's Reno's Old Time Music Festival; CMC Australia/Sky TV-U.K.Bluegrass Mountains TV Show and the Dr. Steve Show.
THE ROYS Thrilled Crowds; Sign Exclusive New Booking Agreement
Lee and Elaine travel the road with their band, a talented group of pickers comprised of Harry Clark (Guitar),Matt Downing (Banjo), Clint White (Fiddle) and Royal Masat (Bass). Together, the cohesive unit has thrilled crowds at impressive Bluegrass fairs, festivals and special events throughout the year, including:
Uperco, MD - Arcadia BGF
Brooksville, FL - Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival
Waldo, FL - Dixieland Spring Bluegrass Festival
Memphis, TN - 2012 Folk Alliance Convention (four showcases)
Hesston, KS - Prairie Window Concert Series - Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
Pigeon Forge, TN - Dollywood's Show Street Theatre
Stony Plain, AB CAN - Blueberry BGF
Branson, MO - BG & BBQ Festival - Silver Dollar City - Riverfront Theater
Denton, NC - Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival - Denton Farm Park
Gettysburg, PA - Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Perry, FL - Florida State Bluegrass Festival
Lexington, KY - Festival of the Bluegrass - Kentucky Horse Park Campground
Lanexa, VA - Rockahock Bluegrass Festival - Rockahock Campground
Morganton, NC - Red, White & Bluegrass - Catawba Meadows Park
Nashville, TN - Bluegrass Night at the Ryman - Ryman Auditorium
Hartford, CT - Podunk BGF
Rogersville, NB CAN - Rogersville BGF
New Richmond, QC CAN - New Richmond BGF
Marion, NC - NC State Bluegrass
Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
The trend-setting siblings also signed an exclusive global booking agreement with prestige agencyMoonstruck Management. Dates for 2013 are filling in now.
THE ROYS Impact Bluegrass Radio
Lee and Elaine's sophomore disc for Rural Rhythm Records, NEW DAY DAWNING, was released in August and immediately found a home at radio and on the charts. The EP debuted at Number 2 on theBILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later climbed toNumber 1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best Sellers list. Additionally, the week of September 21, all of the songs from the EP owned positions on theBluegrass Today Chart, making THE ROYS the first-ever act to hold that honor. Currently, NDD holds the Number 34 spot on the current Roots Music Report - TOP 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart.
The first single release from the new record, "Still Standing," continues to impact the charts, sitting at Number 19 on BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED Magazine's TOP 30 Songs Chart and holding the Number 15 spot on BLUEGRASS TODAY's - WEEKLY TOP 20 Chart.
Radio programmers continue to embrace the energetic duo, describing their unique and vibrant Bluegrass style, powerful songwriting and pleasing personalities:
"Elaine and Lee have such a gift for finding great songs and they sing wonderfully. They are fun to talk to as well. We had such a good time chatting with them about their new release, NEW DAY DAWNING." -Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Radio
"THE ROYS embody all the qualities necessary to take Bluegrass music to new heights, but most importantly, a deep respect and passion for the music."
- Terry Herd, Bluegrass Radio Network
"Lee and Elaine have crafted the perfect follow-up to LONESOME WHISTLE with NEW DAY DAWNING. The minute I heard 'Still Standing' I knew it had to be on our playlist ASAP; we LOVE it! The melody and chorus just stick to ya, and I gotta believe that it's THEbreakout hit for them." - Joe Limardi, 650 AM WSM
"THE ROYS are compassionate people who have found a unique way to use their music to spread a positive message and inspire those with whom they come in contact. Their latest release continues this tradition through both their writing and performance."
- Cindy Baucom, Knee-Deep In Bluegrass
The "explosion" that was 2012 is nearly over for THE ROYS. The holidays are upon us and it's time for family and friends. Fans can keep up with the latest on Lee and Elaine at TheRoysOnline.com, Facebook andTwitter.
THE ROYS Bring Bluegrass To Marie!
Siblings Connect With Insights & Uplifting Music OnHallmark Channel™ Show Thursday, December 13
Nashville, TN (December 11, 2012) -- THE ROYS recently connected with entertainment icon Marie Osmond for an episode of her popular new Hallmark Channel TV show, Marie! Lee and Elaine share insights unique to performing siblings with Marie and discuss their new CD and career goals. The award-winning duo is honored to be the first Bluegrass artist to appear on the show, and they perform their current Top 20 single "Still Standing." The song is an uplifting tale of triumph over adversity that features Elaine's passionate lead vocal and Lee's poetic harmony; the track is from THE ROYS' most-recent discNEW DAY DAWNING (Rural Rhythm Records). The episode airs Thursday, December 13 at 12 Noon ET on cable stations and at 9 a.m. ET on DirecTV. Click HERE for more information on the show.
"You hear people say they feel immediate connections with some folks," notes Elaine Roy. "But I have to say that we actually felt like we'd known Marie forever." Her brother Lee notes, "I have never met anyone more warm and welcoming. It was an exciting experience to bring Bluegrass to such a unique platform."
Marie's successes continue to grow, and the new show proves her appeal is everlasting. Marie! embraces the "variety" format; other recent guests include Betty White, Florence Henderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristi Yamaguchi, Dean Cain, Windell Middlebrooks and, of course, Donnie Osmond.
AOL Listening Party, #CMChat, SiriusXM, Fox News, Huffington Post,
Bluegrass Radio Network & More Help Duo Celebrate Launch Week
- AOL Listening Party (August 27 - September 3) / AOL Music with cross-promotion on AOL's Country site, The Boot.
- SiriusXM Freewheelin’ (Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel, Sirius 147 and XM 171) / The duo will perform live in studio today from 1 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
- Fox News “Edge” / Lee and Elaine will tape an interview and performance segment today for airing on 160 station affiliates and on foxnewsEDGE tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28.
- Country Music Chat (#CMChat with Jessica Northey) / The siblings log on to Twitter Tuesday, August 28 and begin their chat at 5 p.m. Eastern.
- Bluegrass Radio Network's Into The Blue with Terry Herd is airing an album profile/interview now through September 1.
- GAC-TV's “On The Streets” gives a nod to the duo and the new EP tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28. Check local listings for show times.
- Exclusive video content was created especially for the following online destinations: Huffington Post, Billboard, Maverick, ParcBench, Roughstock, HighwayFM, Focusonthe615, TheAlternateRoot and BluegrassNation.
The seven-song EP (a first for a Bluegrass artist) finds the duo breaking new ground, focusing the spotlight on the siblings' impressive traditional-style vocals, while progressive instrumental attitudes are keeping their sound fresh. Their current single "Still Standing" has been dubbed "Their strongest outing yet,” byMusic Row's Robert K. Oermann. Other disc highlights abound and include the touching "Daddy To Me," the moving "Windin' Roads," the visually descriptive and heartbreaking "Grandpa's Barn" and the "hooky" "Fast As We Roll."
THE ROYS' first Rural Rhythm Records' CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, earned them a spot on BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart and gave them two hit singles: "Coal Minin' Man" and "Trailblazer." The duo was named 2011 Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year and was previously honored with the ICM's Duo of the Year award in 2010 and 2009.
In case you missed Lee and Elaine's most-recent interviews, click on Inside Music Row and Urban Country News.
ABOUT THE ROYS
With over 150 dates booked so far this year, Lee and Elaine have shared the stage with George Jones, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Ricky Skaggs, John Rich, Darryl Worley, Doyle Lawson, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rhonda Vincent and Chris Young. They have enjoyed high-profile TV gigs, including performances on Fox & Friends, Daytime, The Daily Buzz, ABC's What's The Buzz, GAC's Headline Country, RFD's Campfire Café and Larry's Country Diner and more. Lee and Elaine were recently featured in the PBS television special Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler and have hosted seven episodes of theBluegrass Mountains television show.
Copies of NEW DAY DAWNING are available at retail outlets Wal-Mart, Music Millennium, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Disc Exchange, Ernest Tubb Record Shops and online at AMAZON and iTunes.
13 Episodes To Be Taped Early Next Year
Nashville, TN (December 19, 2011) -- Bluegrass dynamos, The Roys, have signed a production deal with ValCom Studios for a new, weekly music-driven variety show. Lee and Elaine Roy will appear and perform on the 30-minute show titled, Roots And Music With The Roys, with the inaugural 13 episodes to be taped in Nashville early next year. The show has already been picked up by over 120 stations nationwide, landing The Roys a potential 40 million cable and broadcast household viewers. Vince Vellardita, CEO-President of ValCom Studios says, "Elaine and Lee are incredibly talented. There are no shows on the air like this one, and it's the perfect vehicle to expand The Roys’ career.”
"Our mission has been to spread the 'joy' of Bluegrass, and this
show will certainly help us bring this iconic American musical
style to many new listeners," says Lee. The duo has enjoyed
enormous success at radio and at retail, and Elaine calls the new
show "an incredible opportunity."
The episodes will be presented in true "variety" format, with each show including a performance by The Roys, humanitarian features, a festival event highlight segment, plus a guest musical artist, interview, and a closing jam session. Roots And Music With The Roys will focus on Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots formats.
The Roys are uniquely qualified to act as ambassadors for their
genre; the duo was recently named 2011Inspirational
Bluegrass Artist of the Year at the ICM Faith, Family &
Country Awards show, and were previously honored with the
ICM's Duo of
the Year Award in 2010 and 2009. Their recent
hit, "Coal Minin'
Man" rocketed up the Bluegrass
charts, landing at #1 on Power Source's Bluegrass Top 35
Chart, #1 on
HotDiscInternational Top 40 Chart, #3 on Bluegrass
Unlimited’s National Bluegrass
Survey and #4
Profiles’ Top 30 Singles
The Roys start 2012 with their first-ever shows in Australia:
01/25/2012 Tamworth, Australia / Tamworth City Council Outdoor Show
01/26/2012 Tamworth, Australia / The Family Inn
01/27/2012 Tamworth, Australia / Tamworth Country Music Festival, Toyota Stage
01/29/2012 Tamworth, Australia / Tamworth City Council Outdoor Show
Following their return from Australia, The Roys will launch a busy U.S. touring season, which includes festivals and fairs and co-hosting duties at the Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament with Tennessee Titans’ Rob Bironas in April.
Fans can learn more about Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline.com.
ABOUT ValCom, Inc. (Ticker Symbol: VLCO)
Formed in 1983 and based in Clearwater, Florida, ValCom, Inc. is a diversified, fully-integrated, independent entertainment company. Through its operating divisions and subsidiaries, ValCom, Inc. creates and operates full-service facilities that accommodate film, television and commercial productions. The company's four divisions comprise television and film production, broadcasting (My Family TV Network), distribution, and live theatre. ValCom's client list consists of major industry players such as MGM, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Disney, CBS, Sony, NBC, Phantom of the Opera, HSN and more.
Helmed by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vince Vellardita, ValCom, Inc. has acquired property and studios in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs. Vellardita has been instrumental in acquiring over 10,000 titles of Film and Television series, and ownership of television station KVPS (Palm Springs). ValCom, Inc. maintains long-term relationships with Paramount Pictures, CBS television’s “JAG” and “NCIS” series, andWalt Disney’s Sabans “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”Vellardita began his career as a fast-paced music producer and promoter of over 200 live events and concertswith some of the biggest acts in the world. He has also produced a Special White House Presidential Campaign, the Super Bowl 2006 Motown Rap Show, The Beach Boys 40th Anniversary Special, an MGM Grand Special, and the 50th Anniversary of Michel Legrand and Friends show.
THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, THE MCCLYMONTS AND THE ROYS BRING A VARIETY OF SOUNDS TO TOOTSIE’S BIRTHDAY BASH STREET PARTY ON NOVEMBy My Country Space
|The Kentucky Headhunters|
“Last year having Kris Kristofferson, Terri Clark, Randy Houser and Mel Tillis was the beginning of what has become an annual event – The Tootsie’s Birthday Bash!," says Tootsie’s owner Steve Smith. “Knowing how Kid Rock has agreed to partner with Tootsie’s and co-brand his Ryman show as part of our Birthday Bash is just proof of what we are creating here.”
“Every time I end up at Tootsie's its a good night, and I don’t expect this night to be any different. It's cool to be celebrating their birthday party with them; I like parties and seem to excel in that type of atmosphere,” commented Kid Rock on the event.
"We are so honored to be performing at Tootsie's 51st Birthday Bash. We are looking forward to playing in front of our adopted hometown audience and rocking out with such a great group of artists! It doesn't get much cooler than this!," adds Sam McClymont of The McClymonts.
Tootsie’s is known to have been used as a “green room” to some of
the greatest Opry stars including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and
Ernest Tubb. “Tootsies is where the stars would come to wet their
whistles and pick their guitars,” adds Smith.
Entertainment will be on both stages of Tootsies, the roof-top of Rippy’s and a stage in the street on Broadway. After the Kid Rock show, Tootsie’s will continue the celebration into the night!
Tickets to Kid Rock's show at the Ryman Auditorium are SOLD OUT!
About Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge:
Today, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a must-see Music City destination for tourists and is frequented by locals, including some of the biggest names in country music, who often drop in and surprise patrons with impromptu performances. Kenny Chesney with classic rock icon Steve Miller, Kix Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr. are among the artists who have recently performed there. For additional information, visit www.tootsies.net.
The Roys Named Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year At 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country AwardsBy My Country Space
Dynamic Live Performance With Ricky Skaggs & The
Whites An Event Highlight
Nashville, TN (October 28, 2011) -- The Roys were named Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year during tonight's 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show. Siblings Lee and Elaine performed "That's What Makes It Love," with special guests Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, before a sold-out crowd. The song is from The Roys' current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, which was recorded at Skaggs Place Studio and released in March on Rural Rhythm Records. The Awards show was held at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and co-hosted by GAC-TV's Storme Warren and Inside Edition's Megan Alexander.
"We are absolutely honored," says Elaine Roy of the duo's win. "We were raised on Bluegrass," adds her brother, Lee. "Faith and music are our life's touchstones." The two enjoyed a busy ICM week, entertaining crowds at a showcase with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and at Power Source Magazine's #1 Inspirational Country Singles Party. These dynamic Bluegrassers continue a busy touring schedule through year's end, opening tomorrow night for John Rich and Darryl Worley at the Fall Festival at BamaJam Farms in Enterprise, Alabama. Additional dates include shows in Minnesota, Kentucky and Florida. The duo kicks off 2012 with their first-ever shows in Australia at the acclaimed Tamworth Festival.
The Roys have taken their signature sound to a host of Bluegrass gatherings this year, including: Turkey Tracks Bluegrass Festival; Tennessee Fall Homecoming; Rocky River Fall Bluegrass Festival; Niles, MI Bluegrass Festival, and Eastern Music Festival's Bluegrass Night. The duo has also introduced countless Country fans to the Bluegrass genre, performing at numerous high-profile events this Summer, kicking off Country Thunder Festival USA (where they opened for Lady Antebellum), Dollywood, Dogwood Park Concert Series and more. They've appeared on several Fox Television Network shows, Daily Buzz, ABC-TV's What's The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, RFD-TV and numerous other popular programs and networks.
The Roys' recent hit, "Coal Minin' Man" rocketed up the Bluegrass charts, landing at #1 on Power Source's Bluegrass Top 35 Chart, #1 on HotDisc International Top 40 Chart, #3 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Bluegrass Survey and #4 on Bluegrass Music Profiles' Top 30 Singles Chart.
The Roys were previously honored with the ICM's Duo of the Year Award in 2010 and 2009, and fans can learn more about Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline.com.
Nashville, TN (July 14, 2011) - On
October 28th, The Schermerhorn Symphony Center will host the 17th
Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards, and taking the stage
will be some of today's most beloved Inspirational Country
artists including Lee Greenwood, Joey & Rory, and returning
‘ICM Faith, Family & Country Award' winners Ricky Skaggs
and The Roys.
With four Inspirational Country Music Awards including the 2010 ICM/Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year, 2008 and 2009 Mainstream Country Artist of the Year and 2008 Musician of the Year, Skaggs is no stranger to the event. In his upcoming July 19th release, Country Hits Bluegrass Style, Skaggs pays homage to both his country and bluegrass roots by featuring 14 classic country songs recorded in bluegrass style, sure to garner further national attention. In addition to hisICM Faith, Family & Country Awards, Skaggs has won a total of 8 ACM Awards, 8 CMA Awards, and 14 Grammy Awards.
A special segment during the ceremony will feature songsmith Lee Greenwood, writer of one of the most recognizable songs in America history, to honor the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 in remembrance of those affected by the tragedy. Throughout Greenwood's illustrious career he has recorded over 20 albums, sold millions and charted more than 35 singles. Greenwood's latest body of work, I Want You In My World, is an EP of seven songs including two self-written tracks, set to release on July 25th.
Returning to the show will be reining two-time Inspirational Country Vocal Duo of the Year, The Roys. Their most recent album Lonesome Whistle has taken the bluegrass world by storm, with the album debuting at #7 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts, and the single, "Coal Minin' Man", reaching #1 on the European Hotdisc Chart. "Coal Minin' Man” currently resides in the Top 10 in both the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles charts, and holds the #1 position on the Power Source Bluegrass Chart.
Another great addition to the night's line-up includes husband and wife duo, Joey & Rory, who won the heart of America on the 2008 season of CMT's Can You Duet. Joey and Rory received the 2010 ACM Top New Vocal Duo Award and currently have a new album aptly titled Album Number Two, which continues to showcase their down-to-earth values. With songs featuring love and faith mixed with cowboys, fame, and the working man, Joey and Rory captivate listeners once again.
Preceding the awards show, the first-ever PINK Carpet Gala Event will take place as breast cancer survivors, country artists, celebrities and more join to celebrate and raise awareness for the cause. During the ceremony, orchestra seating will be filled with breast cancer survivors, each of which will be sponsored by a family member, friend, or business. For more information on sponsoring a Breast Cancer Survivor, please contact Ray Henson at 615-742-9210 x229 or visit www.ICM-awards.com.
The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be hosted by popular television personalities Storme Warren and Megan Alexander and will be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. Additional events for ICM-Faith, Family & Country Week (Oct 24-28) will be held at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel and will include the Power Source No. 1 Party, daily and nightly showcases, the 2011 Talent Contest and the 2011 Songwriting Contest, as well as seminars, worship services, retail exhibits, and much more! For more information please visit www.ccma.cc.
The annual Inspirational Country Music Awards are dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country Music. Inspirational music is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country™. The member-voted ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Show is the keynote event of Inspirational Country Music Week, in Nashville, TN. Past shows have included performers such as: Hank Williams Jr., Ricky Skaggs, Randy Houser, Craig Morgan, Point of Grace, Wynonna, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bellamy Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Andy Griggs, Jamie O’Neal, Lonestar, Merle Haggard, and more!
Inspirational Country Music Week is brought to you by Kyser Musical Products.
Ricky Skaggs: "I've known The Roys for a long time and have heard them just keep getting better and better. This new project is their best yet. I was real proud to be on it."
Nashville, TN (May 1, 2011) -- The Roys celebrate the unveiling of their exciting new website design by giving fans a chance to win an iPod Nano® loaded with songs from their debut Rural Rhythm Records' CD, LONESOME WHISTLE. Fans can enter the contest at www.theroysonline.com/ipod.
"We're thrilled with the new site, and our fans seem to love the fact that we're constantly updating videos, photos and stories," says Elaine Roy, the sister side of this musical brother/sister team. "And we each have Nanos," she adds. "Couldn't live without them, you know it's all part of that techno thing," adds Lee. "I carry my FlipCam everywhere and Tweet all day long ... I'm addicted to Facebook."
The contest launches today and runs through Sunday, June 5; the winner will be announced on Monday, June 6. Entering the contest is easy - and this one-time entry qualifies that individual for a chance in all future promotional events sponsored by The Roys. "We're all about easy," laughs Lee. "And it doesn't get much easier than entering your name, phone number and email address - one time."
LONESOME WHISTLE launched late last month amidst a nine-day media blitz of major television, personal appearances and radio visits. The Roys swept through six states, appearing on several Fox Television Network shows, Better TV, ABC-TV's What's The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, and Daily Buzz in support of the disc. "It's been a whirlwind," confirmed Elaine. "But a good one."
That whirlwind is creating a media "storm," with reviewers praising The Roys' vocals, song selection and production values. Roughstock.com says, "With eleven fantastic tracks of acoustic country and bluegrass goodness, The Roys' album gets better with each and every listen … a supremely satisfying album." AOL/The Boot adds “LONESOME WHISTLE is more than a bluegrass album. The 11-track recording is something of a painting of American life and an appreciation of those who keep the faith in bleak times.” TheBluegrassSpecial.com calls their harmonies "captivating," and adds, " the voices are evocative (his reedy and a bit bluesy, hers bright with an appealing backwoods plaintiveness), the songs impressive and arresting, the playing impeccable."
The video of the duo's current single, "Coal Minin' Man," remains on GAC-TV's Top 20 Country Countdown ballot, and fans can vote for Lee and Elaine at http://bit.ly/VOTE4THEROYS.
Read all the reviews, listen to select tracks from LONESOME WHISTLE and learn more about The Roys at theroysonline.com.
CD Drops Tomorrow, March 22 & Media Blitz Begins
Nashville, TN (March 21, 2011) -- The Roys' highly-anticipated new CD,LONESOME WHISTLE (Rural Rhythm), "leaves the station" tomorrow, March 22, and The Roys head out for a nine-day media blitz of major television, personal appearances and radio with stops in Tennessee, Florida, District of Columbia, New York, Massachusetts and Missouri in support of the disc. The vibrant, up-and-coming Bluegrass duo's itinerary reads like an ambitious politician's whistle-stop tour and air dates / taping times are listed below:
Tuesday, March 22
Wednesday, March 23
Thursday, March 24
Friday, March 25
Saturday, March 26
Sunday, March 27
Monday, March 28
Tuesday, March 29
Thursday, March 31
Upcoming TV in April includes: Better TV, Country Vibe, Inside Music Row, Larry's Country Diner.
LONESOME WHISTLE is the culmination of a lifelong dream for The Roys.
The 11-song disc includes 10 Roy originals, and was co-produced by the duo and Andy Leftwich. Lee and Elaine join top-tier musicians Mark Fain (Bass); Justin Moses (Banjo); Randy Kohrs (Dobro); Cody Kilby (Acoustic Guitar), Andy Leftwich (Fiddle, Mandolin) and Steve Brewster (Percussion), and the result is a musically "tight" CD with a "live" feel.
The disc's first single, "Coal Minin' Man," is a rollicking, mid-tempo ode to the hardworking souls who labor below the earth. The track debuted last month on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Chart (#17), and debuts this month on Power Source (#26), the Roots Music Bluegrass Report (#43), and more. The video, which was filmed in Hazard, KY at the Teco Coal Company, rolls out very soon. LONESOME WHISTLE will be available tomorrow at retail outlets, including Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and f.y.e. entertainment, and online at Amazon.com, iTunes, eMusic and more.
The disc is The Roys' first release for Rural Rhythm Records and they join a roster that includes Michael Martin Murphey, Randy Kohrs, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Mason Douglas and Lonesome River Band among others.
Upcoming press coverage includes Bluegrass Music Profiles, Bluegrass UnlimitedBluegrass Journal, The Bluegrass Blog, TheBluegrassSpecial.com, Cybergrass, Prescription Bluegrass, Ted's Bluegrass Blog, Country Weekly, Country Music Profiles, Country Music People, Country Music News, Music Row, Maverick, Strum Magazine, THIS is Country Music, Arkansas Democrat, Boston Herald, Boston Post Gazette, Direct Buzz, Songwriter's Monthly, Power Source, Slick Rock Entertainment Magazine, Troy Daily News, Worcester Telegram, Amazon, Digital Rodeo, Examiner.com, Music News Nashville, ParcBench.com, NoDepression, Roughstock, Singing News, Roots Music Report, Rambles, Stacy's Music Row Report, StageShottz, Today's Country and YallWire.
Listen to select tracks from LONESOME WHISTLE and learn more about The Roys at theroysonline.com.