MERLE MONROE | “Hello sunshine”
Bluegrass; Pinecastle Records – STREAM / BUY single
Current IBMA “New Artist of the Year” nominees Merle Monroe is continuing to build upon their monumental year with the release of a must-hear new single, “Hello Sunshine.” The feel-good original tune will be included on the band’s upcoming sophomore record, slated for release in early 2021. The song made its world premiere on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction earlier this morning, where listeners were able to hear the track for the very first time.
“Music has always brought us through troubling times in our country,” says Merle Monroe’s Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff. “It gives us hope. Our goal is to make you smile, brighten your day and make you want to say ‘Hello Sunshine’ all day long.”
“Hello Sunshine” was penned by Merle Monroe founding member Tim Raybon as a message of hope, at a time when it’s never been needed more. The hard-hitting song’s inspiring lyrics center around Raybon’s show-stopping vocals, accompanied by co-founding member Daniel Grindstaff’s driving banjo. Lines like “goodbye grey skies, tired of tears in my eyes, since I found somebody new, the skies never looked so blue” tells a love story for the ages. Also making a guest appearance on guitar is current IBMA “Guitar Player of the Year” nominee Trey Hensley. “Hello Sunshine” carries on the momentum of the previous Gospel single “God’s Still In Control,” which served as the first taste of what fans can expect from the forthcoming project.
In addition to charting multiple No. 1 hits on their debut album, Back To The Country, the project was a breakout success for the group. Heavily inspired by their main influences Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe, that connection is on full display throughout the record. The collection put Merle Monroe on the map, and their popularity has continued to grow exponentially. Stay tuned for even more exciting news to come about the highly-anticipated project.
JOHN DeGROFF & FRIENDS | “Three Nails” (feat. John Schlitt & Greg Hough)
Christian, Rock; CLG Distribution — STREAM / BUY single
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AMANDA COOK | “West Virginia Coal”
Bluegrass; Mountain Fever Records – STREAM / BUY single
Mountain Fever Records is proud to present an original new tune from Amanda Cook, “West Virginia Coal,” available today. Written by band members Carolyne Van Lierop-Boone (banjo, harmony vocal) and Troy Boone (mandolin). This song is about a family recognizing their father’s hard work and grieving the loss of his life. “West Virginia Coal” is conveyed with Amanda’s signature sincere emotion, and the clear instrumental talent her band consistently delivers.