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Hot Bluegrass duo The Roys released a brand new single and music video today on Rural Rhythm Records. The new single, “Trailblazer,” is from their album “Lonesome Whistle” which had a top ten debut on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart.
The music video was filmed in Hermitage, Tennessee just outside Nashville. Additional scenes were filmed at Percy Priest Lake, and was directed by Sammy Passamano III with Anthony Passamano serving as Assistant Director. The video features both Elaine and Lee Roy, with Lee playing mandolin. Other musicians in the music video include Clint White on the fiddle, Zac Hardin on bass, Sterling Masat on banjo and dobro, and Harry Clark on guitar. The video premiered this morning on Cybergrass and is now available for viewing on YouTube, the Roys’ official website, and Rural Rhythm Records website.
Watch the official music video for “Trailblazer” below and make sure to let us know what you think:
Bluegrass’ hottest duo, The Roys, have taped a music special with PBS to celebrate the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lee and Elaine Roy joined Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, and many other stars for the television special. The event was held at the historic Loveless Barn outside Nashville last week. Watch the Behind-The-Scenes footage below:
Award-winning brother-and-sister bluegrass duo The Roys have extended their partnership with Vietti Foods for the Vietti Vinyl campaign. The campaign will see the duo’s image on 500,000 cans of the brand’s “Family Style Beef Stew” in Family Dollar stores in 25 different states across the United States throughout 2012. The Roys are the first artists to find their place on the company’s Beef Stew labels. Previous stars featured on another product of the brand include Chris Young, Bo Bice, The Isaacs, John Corbett, and Riders In The Sky.
On partnering up with the company for the campaign, Elaine Roy had to say:
“We are beyond excited to join the Vietti Family. The company is dedicated to the creation of a superior product and active in several charities.”
The Roys are the two-time ICM Duo Of The Year (2009, 2010), and were named the organization’s Inspirational Bluegrass Artist Of The Year in 2011. Their latest album has seen both critical and chart success, earning the duo a spot on Billboard’s top 50 Bluegrass albums of 2011.
The Roys, the biggest bluegrass group this year, are bringing “A Nashville’s New Country Christmas” to listeners around the world on December 24th and 25th. They’ll be hosting a two-hour syndicated which features new cuts from fan favorites like Kellie Pickler, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, The Lunabelles, and Chris Young. They’ll also be playing songs off of the critically acclaimed “Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two CD” and Joey + Rory‘s “Farmhouse Christmas.” The brother-and-sister duo will perform an acoustic version of “Jingle Bells” to round-out the Christmas special.
“A Nashville’s New Country Christmas” will be broadcast across the United States and overseas. It can also be streamed live on nashvillesnewcountry.com. Fans can also check that website to see when the special will air in their radio market, or they can tune in to Nashville’s powerhouse radio station 650 am WSM.
Bluegrass super-duo The Roys have just signed a production deal with ValCom Studios to produce a music-driven variety show in the New Year. The weekly program “Roots And Music With The Roys” will feature 13 episodes with Lee and Elaine, all 30-minutes in length, and will be taped in Nashville in 2012. The show has already been picked up by 120 stations nationwide, landing The Roys a potential 40 million cable and broadcast viewers.
Vince Vellardita, the CEO and President of ValColm 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.”
The episodes will be presented in a variety format, with each show broadcasting a performance by the duo. It will also feature humanitarian segments, a festival event highlight segment, plus guest musical artists and interviews. Each episode will also have a closing jam section.
“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 Roys were recently named the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist Of The Year at the 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show. They were previously honored with the ICM’s Duo Of The Year award at both the 2010 and 2009 award shows. Their latest single “Coal Minin’ Man” flew up the Bluegrass charts, earning the duo the number one spot on Powersource’s Bluegrass Top 35 Chart, number one on the HotDisc International Top 40 Chart, number three on the Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey, and number four on the Bluegrass Music Profiles’ Top 30 singles chart.
They’ll be heading off to Australia next year for their first-ever shows Down Under.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Nashville’s legendary honky tonk, celebrated their 51st birthday in style. They took over the downtown strip of Nashville with the help of Kid Rock, The Roys and the Kentucky Headhunters.The party, which started at noon on November 23rd, and went right on through to 1:30 am Thanksgiving Day!
“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.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is famous for being used as a “green room” by country music legends like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. It’s one of the most popular places visited by tourists in Music City, and locals too. The honky tonk often features surprise drop-in performances by some of country music’s biggest stars.
The 2011 ICM Bluegrass Artists Of The Year, The Roys, have announced plans to co-host a charity golf tournament on April 10th, 2012. The Tennessee Titans’ Rob Birons will join The Roys in hosting duties for the event, which raises funds for Christmas For Kids Inc, an organization that used to be known as the Christmas Caravan; made famous by Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
“We are thrilled to lend our name to such a great organization. We love giving back, and helping kids just warms our hearts. It’ll be a fun day and the best part is we are helping kids have Christmas! That’s magic!” says Elaine Roy.
The 1st Annual Christmas 4 Kids Charity Golf Tournament will take place April 10th, 2012 at the Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
We had the chance to ask bluegrass superstar duo The Roys a few questions on camera before the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards last week in Nashville. We caught up with Lee and Elaine about their recent wins, their new album, and growing up in Canada. Watch the interview below:
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Nashville’s famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge has announced additional performers for its 51st birthday bash celebration. While Kid Rock will headline the November 23rd birthday before his sold-out appearance at the Ryman Auditorium, joining the party on the outdoor stage are the McClymonts, The Roys and the Kentucky Headhunters. The three groups will play the outdoor stage starting at noon CST on the outdoor stage on Broadway.
“Every time I end up at Tootsies 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,” said Kid Rock.
The party will continue after his show at the Ryman Auditorium that same night. More bands will be announced as the date comes closer.
The first birthday party celebration was held last year in the 50th year of the opening of the legendary venue. The reception went over so well that it’s turned into an annual event on Broadway.
Congratulations go out to bluegrass duo The Roys on their win at the 7th annual “Inspirational Country Music Association’s Faith, Family & Friends” award show last night in Nashville. Siblings Lee and Elaine Roy performed “That’s What Makes It Love” with special guest Ricky Skaggs, who was named Entertainer Of The Year, and the Whites in front of a sold-out crowd.
”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 “Inspirational Country Music Association’s Faith, Family & Friends” award show marks the end of Inspirational Country Music week in Nashville, which ran from October 24th to the 28th.