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Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with Rural Rhythm Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 10, 2015 – 4:17 pm -

Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with Rural Rhythm Records

Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with
Rural Rhythm Records

Nashville, Tenn. -In preparation for her second Bluegrass project, Tammy Jones Robinette has signed with powerhouse Bluegrass label, Rural Rhythm Records.

The deal comes on the heels of Tammy’s first Bluegrass release last year. Produced by Mark Fain (versatile bass player and longtime band member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder), Let it Shine was warmly embraced by both Bluegrass and Gospel critics, earning three entries for consideration in the initial nomination process by the IBMA.

Despite her new arrival to Bluegrass, Tammy Jones Robinette is definitely not new to the world of music, having already built an incredibly successful career as a top Southern Gospel artist and songwriter. Last year, she celebrated two back to back #1s and was named “Favorite Female Vocalist” at the 2015 Gospel Music Fan Awards(To read more about her work in Southern Gospel, click HERE.)

However, raised in Middlesboro, KY, smack dab in the middle of the Bible and Bluegrass belt, Tammy’s love for Bluegrass was nurtured right along with her faith. Her father played mandolin and was a huge Bluegrass fan. During her formative years, her home was filled with the music of artists like Bill Monroe, Lester Flatts & Earl Scruggs and Jim & Jesse, which had a huge influence on her music.

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THE ROYS Gear Up For September Release Of Fourth Studio Album, THE VIEW

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 1, 2014 – 9:36 am -

The Roys

The Roys

Nashville, TN (July 1, 2014) — Award-winning brother/sister Bluegrass duo, THE ROYS, continue their creative momentum as they gear up for the September release of their fourth studio album, THE VIEW. The highly-anticipated project offers the truest representation of THE ROYS’ unique sound to date, and builds upon the duo’s success as songwriters, introducing 11 of their new compositions. The brand new album is fueled by the loving, upbeat first single, “No More Lonely,” released to radio on June 10 and commercially to fans on June 24 via digital vendors including: iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus, Rhapsody and eMusic. THE VIEW, a Rural Rhythm Records’ release, gives listeners THE ROYS’ most organic project yet, and features a fan-appealing mix of traditional Bluegrass, Country and Gospel.

The duo’s previous RRR release, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN (2013), helped to secure Lee and Elaine’s place on the global Bluegrass stage. In addition to earning the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Album Chart for the month of October 2013, the album jumped back up to the chart’s #2 spot last month. The reigning three-time Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Bluegrass Artist of the Year award winners proved their radio-friendly consistency with GYPSY, and look to further expand their appeal with THE VIEW.

In collaboration with some of today’s hottest songwriters, including Steve Dean, Larry Alderman, Jenee Fleenor and Keesy Timmer, as well as Country star Josh Thompson, THE ROYS are once again poised to take their listeners on an amazing musical journey. Exploring a vast array of human emotions, THE VIEW resonates with diversity as it traverses the highs and lows of life. From the inspirationally-celebratory “Mended Wings” to the heartbreak of goodbye found in “Heaven Needed Her More,” to the powerfully poignant look at the life of an Alzheimer’s patient found in “Sometimes,” the duo tackles uncommon topics with grace, compassion and insight. Throughout the album, they are ably backed by band members Clint White (fiddle), Daniel Patrick (banjo) and Erik Alvar (bass).

The siblings teamed up with Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry icon “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson to compose the disc’s title track. The song eulogizes Lee and Elaine’s grandparents’ final resting place at Saint Mary’s in New Brunswick, Canada. The lyrics and melody paint images of the small church overlooking the river so masterfully that one might ask if it is the view God sees while looking out his own window.

“Elaine and I poured our souls into this project,” Lee admits as he climbs aboard the bus for another whirlwind festival season. “We focused hard on writing what was in our hearts, used our band throughout, and recorded and produced it in our studio. It’s a bit unnerving to throw so much of ourselves out there, but we wanted this album to tell THE ROYS’ story,” he explains.

For Elaine, this project was a natural evolution. “For years, our fans have been telling us they really love the songs we write,” she notes. “We really wanted to explore that. Creatively involving the band in recording the album has helped us gel as performers and broadened a foundation we can continue to build upon. This album, more than anything we’ve done so far, has our signature on it – from beginning to end. We are very proud and excited for our fans to hear it,” Elaine adds enthusiastically.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 1, 2013 – 8:40 am -

Nashville, TN (October 1, 2013) – Marty Raybon can now add an IBMA (International Bluegrass MusicMarty Association) award to his prestigious list of awards including Grammy, CMA and AMC awards with the group Shenandoah to his successful 40 year career as an entertainer. Last Thursday night Raybon was presented with the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for “Beulah Land” during the 24th IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“It is a such an honor to win the IBMA Award for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. This the first of many I hope, I am overwhelmed with joy. I am truly proud of the steadfast job from a great record label Rural Rhythm Records, the lyric from a wonderful writer Squire Parsons. I am thankful and humbled at the favor the Lord has shown me”, commented Marty Raybon.

Raybon’s first IBMA award is not his only first this year as he celebrates his 40th year as an entertainer with his current album “The Back Forty”. The current single, “That Janie Baker”, is moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited chart at #18 . He can also add to his list of firsts in 2013 the #1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart for his hit song “Dirt Road Heartache” which hit #1 in June from his album “Southern Roots & Branches” released in April 2012.

In addition to this impressive list of first time career accomplishments now includes the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited. Raybon appears on the cover of the October 2013 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited with a feature story by Steve Morley. He also appeared on the cover of the May issue of
The Direct Buzz, AirPlay Direct’s monthly magazine. which was another first.

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THE ROYS Bring Bluegrass To Marie!

Written by SGN Scoops on December 11, 2012 – 6:20 am -

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 disc NEW 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.


Catch up with THE ROYS at, Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Credit:  Crown Media United States, LLC/Alexx Henry Studios


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THE ROYS Are Among Top 5 Nominees In Three Categories For 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on September 4, 2012 – 2:16 pm -

Nashville, TN (September 4, 2012) — The reigning Inspirational Country Music Bluegrass Artist of the Year, THE ROYS, are among the Top 5 nominees in three categories for the 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards, scheduled to be held October 18 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.  The siblings are honored to be eligible for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year awards.  “Folks always say how humbled they are to be nominated, and I know it’s true for us,” says Lee Roy.  Adds Elaine, “To be in the company of artists we have admired for many years is incredible.”

The Awards are dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational Country Music.  The event is a great fit for THE ROYS, who continue to inspire their fans with fresh, uplifting and thoughtful tunes that are full of life and love.

Their newest Rural Rhythm Records’ EP, NEW DAY DAWNING, was released earlier this week and the disc is already drawing rave reviews. “An optimistic look at life has long been a key part of THE ROYS’ brand of Bluegrass.  On their new studio album, the brother/sister duo continues to blend an uplifting message with a traditional sound and sibling harmonies as they take time to reflect on their own roots.” – GAC

“One of the reasons people love Country music is its focus on morals.  Family, love, God, heartbreak, and relationships are all held dear to those of traditional thinking, and there’s no type of music that more accurately represents these principles than Country music and its sub-genres, including the newest release by Bluegrass duo THE ROYS.” – MUSIC CITY ENCORE

“Elaine and Lee have such a gift for finding great songs, and singing wonderful harmony.” –  SiriusXM Radio

The duo’s current single, “Still Standing,” is drawing equally strong reviews.  Music Row’s Robert K. Oermann has called the track “Their strongest outing yet,” while Joe Limardi, Program Director at powerhouse station 650 AM WSM enthusiastically calls the single “THE breakout hit for THE ROYS!”

A massive launch campaign has surrounded the release of the new EP.  THE ROYS recently made appearances on SiriusXM, Fox News, WAMU, 650 WSM AM and Bluegrass Radio Network.

The new disc follows their landmark Rural Rhythm Records‘ debut CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, which earned the duo a spot on BILLBOARD’S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart and gave Lee and Elaine two hit singles: “Coal Minin’ Man” and “Trailblazer.”  In addition to chart success, THE ROYS have received the accolades of their peers, winning the coveted 2011 Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year award.  The siblings were previously honored with the ICM’s Duo of the Year award in 2010 and 2009.

Fans can catch up with THE ROYS online at

For more information on the 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country ™ Awards or to purchase tickets, please visit

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Media Excitement Surrounds THE ROYS’ New EP Release, NEW DAY DAWNING

Written by SGN Scoops on August 27, 2012 – 6:10 am -

Nashville, TN (August 27, 2012) — Media excitement surrounds THE ROYS’ new EP, NEW DAY DAWNING (Rural Rhythm Records), which will be in stores tomorrow. The trendy brother/sister duo is launching its new music by utilizing a well-timed blitz campaign of television, radio, web appearances and social media. The outreach connects with multiple-genre targets, including Bluegrass, Country and Americana outlets.


  • 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 Fox News Edge 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 will air an album profile/interview on WSM Radio September 2 from 9-10 pm and on the other 138 affiliated stations of the Bluegrass Radio Network during the week of September 2 – 8.  Times and stations can be found at the BRN website.


  • 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 contentwas created especially for the following online destinations: Huffington Post, Billboard, Maverick, ParcBench, Roughstock, HighwayFM, Focusonthe615, TheAlternateRoot and BluegrassNation.


As part of their NEW DAY DAWNING pre-release media blitz, THE ROYS have already enjoyed an exclusive premiere of their “Still Standing” Lyric Video on PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS and a seven-week promotion with BLUEGRASS TODAY that featured a different video track each week.  SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Channel 61 aired an in-depth “Track-by-Track” profile hosted by Kyle Cantrell August 22 – 26.


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,” by Music 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.



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.  THE ROYS were recently featured in the PBS television special Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler and have hosted seven episodes of the Bluegrass 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.



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The Roys’ New Single “Still Standing” At Radio Now

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 25, 2012 – 10:28 pm -

Nashville, TN  — Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today’s new single release, “Still Standing,” by THE ROYS. This up-tempo Bluegrass song features Elaine Roy on lead vocals and was written by Lee and Elaine Roy. The single has been serviced to Bluegrass radio and is now available in all radio formats via AirplayDirect.

“Still Standing” is the first single release from The Roys’ upcoming new album, NEW DAY DAWNING, due out on Rural Rhythm Records in late August. Their first album on the label, LONESOME WHISTLE debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart. The disc boasts two chart singles: “Coal Minin’ Man” and the current hit, “Trailblazer.” The label released music videos for both of these popular songs, and the “Coal Minin’ Man” video was featured on’s Top Picks Channel and on the ballot for Top 20 Country Countdown. Fans can watch the videos on The Roys’ website and on

THE ROYS  just finished a jam-packed CMA Music Festival schedule that included eight performances and they are booked through the end of the year at festivals and fairs both in the U.S. and Canada. Lee and Elaine have made two national TV appearances this month, including RFD-TV’s Reno’s Old Time Music Festival and the PBS Special, Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler. THE ROYS will be guest hosts on WSM Radio 650 AM June 26, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm CT.

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Marty Raybon Enters the Top 40 Country Charts with “I’ve Seen What He Can Do”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 22, 2012 – 3:53 pm -

Nashville, TN (March 22, 2012) —  The new single, “I’ve Seen What He Can Do” by Grammy® award winning artist, Marty Raybon has entered the Top 40 on the New Music Weekly Country Chart (3/23/12).  This beautiful new song also reached the #1 spot on the Christian Music Weekly Top Singles Chart (3/7/12) and debuts at #8 on the Cashbox Magazine Top Christian Country Singles chart.

Two other songs from the HAND TO THE PLOW album are charting on other Christian Voice Magazine charts including “Working On A Building” appearing at #3 on the Country Christian chart and “You’ve Got To Move” at #25 on the Southern Gospel chart.

HAND TO THE PLOW releases Monday, March 26, 2012 and was produced by veteran Nashville producer Mark Carman.  The album is available at all major retail outlets including:  iTunes, Walmart, LifeWay, Family Christian,,,County Sales and more.

Marty is now on tour with numerous upcoming performances including this weekend’s South Florida Music Fest in Jupiter, FL.  You can also catch Marty on numerous upcoming TV and Radio shows including but no limited to:  March 27 at 8:30 am on WSM Radio with Bill Cody; upcoming interview with Jim Ed Brown on Country Music Greats; feature interview on INSIDE MUSIC ROW; and later this spring on the Jason Crabb Show – Southern Gospel Review on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

Marty has been nominated for several Country Gospel Music Fan Awards including “Favorite Soloist”, “Favorite Crossover Artist,” and “I’m Working On A Building” from HAND TO THE PLOW for “Favorite Song.”  Awards will be given as winners are announced at the 2012 Country Gospel Music (CGM) Awards Program presented by Christian Voice Magazine at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN on April 28, 2012.  CGM Fan Award recipients are decided upon solely by Country Gospel Music fans through a simple, two-phase voting process.   Fans can vote at The Top 5 Finalists ballot appears in this month’s issue.

Please visit for more information including Marty’s upcoming album SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES releasing on Rural Rhythm Records, April 10, 2012.

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Rural Rhythm Records Signs Grammy® Award Winning Artist, Marty Raybon

Written by SGN Scoops on October 4, 2011 – 11:51 am -

 Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce they have signed Grammy® award winning artist Marty Raybon to the label and will release a new album in 2012.  The announcement came last Saturday night during Marty’s IBMA FanFest performance at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass when Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records introduced the band.  “Marty’s signature vocals have earned him a string of #1 hit classic songs which are still loved and cherished today by millions of music fans. We are very excited about being a part of this new chapter in Marty Raybon’s storied career and proud to have one of today’s top male vocalists in the music business join our Rural Rhythm Family,” said Sam Passamano II.
Marty Raybon echoed the sentiments saying, “The excitement of finding a home in the wonderful family of Rural Rhythm is truly more than words could ever express for me. To know that It’s All About The Music is not just a slogan or catchy title – it is the vision of Sam Passamano II and the whole Rural Rhythm team.  Helen Keller was asked – ‘What would be worst than being born blind?’ and she replied – ‘To have sight with no vision.’  As a singer-songwriter, knowing the belief one has in you and a vision for the whole world to hear your music is what every artist dreams of.  I am not just proud to be a part of a record label but honored, to be a member of the family at Rural Rhythm.”
Marty has produced a remarkable list of career accomplishments including: multiple number one singles; top selling albums; CMA, ACM, IBMA and Grammy® awards; along with scores of other accolades.  Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thousands of live concerts around the globe.  He is well known for his role as lead singer of the band Shenandoah (1985-1996) and recorded his first solo album, Marty Raybon in 1995.  
Marty Raybon & Full Circle are now on tour including upcoming performances in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida and many more.  For more information, please visit:

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Robert Weingartz CEO of AirPlay Direct to Head Panel at the International Bluegrass Music Association “World of Bluegrass 2010” Conference

Written by Rhonda on September 27, 2010 – 3:19 pm -

NASHVILLE, TN (September 28, 2010) — Robert Weingartz, CEO of AirPlay Direct, will head the panel, “Downloading Songs for your Radio Show,” at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “World of Bluegrass 2010” Conference on Tuesday, September 28 from 11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in Room 207 at the Nashville Convention Center.
Introduced by Sammy Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records, “Downloading Songs for your Radio Show” will offer radio programmers an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the advantages of using digital delivery – from the man who created AirPlay Direct – and how they can harness the power of the AirPlay Direct global platform to their advantage.
“Many of the top labels and radio professionals in the Bluegrass format currently utilize our platform and I want to take this opportunity to personally connect with other radio professionals in this genre to expand our ever-growing global radio panel – and help to continue the spread of Bluegrass to an even wider audience,” states Weingartz.
Robert Weingartz is widely recognized in the music industry as a visionary, and was chosen as one of Music Connection Magazine’s Top 50 “Innovators, Iconoclasts, Groundbreakers & Guiding Lights of 2008” for bringing AirPlay Direct to market. As CEO of AirPlay Direct, Weingartz oversees all day-to-day operations at the company he founded in 2005. Weingartz has driven initial concept, corporate set-up, brand development, technology and site development and has led the founding team of AirPlay Direct to attain its current marketplace position in the arena of global digital delivery of music and artist content to broadcasters. He is also the Founder and Publisher of the recently launched digital music and entertainment publication, the Direct Buzz.
For more information about the International Bluegrass Music Association and the “World of Bluegrass 2010” Conference, please go to:
About AirPlay Direct:
AirPlay Direct is a global digital music delivery system servicing radio and the entertainment industry with downloadable content from some of the biggest names in music, alongside rising independent artists. AirPlay Direct’s web-based artist marketing, promotion, education, and advocacy platform allows artists, record labels, and music publishers to securely deliver broadcast-quality music and digital press kits to industry professionals worldwide. Our system allows media programmers and film/TV music supervisors to connect to new music, create music calls, browse top downloaded artists, and immediately download music and related artist information. AirPlay Direct recently debuted their monthly digital/interactive publication, the Direct Buzz.  
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