<![if !vml]><![endif]>Nashville, TN (November 18, 2010) -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the signing of THE ROYS (Lee and Elaine) to the label and will release a new album in March 2011.
"We are thrilled. The Roys are a perfect fit for our Rural Rhythm family," says President, Sam Passamano, Jr. "Lee and Elaine have a true love and respect for Bluegrass music and its traditions, alongside a deep appreciation for traditional Country and a strong faith that will help Rural Rhythm to expand their musical boundaries. We can't wait for Bluegrass lovers to experience The Roys and their band live."
THE ROYS' signing with Rural Rhythm Records is the last key element in the duo's new power team. Managed by Entertainment Evolution, with publicity handled by so much MOORE media and booking secured with New Frontier Touring, Lee and Elaine are overjoyed to join the Rural Rhythm Records roster, which includes Bluegrass favorites Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Bobby Osborne, Grasstowne, Michael Martin Murphey, Lou Reid, Rodney Dillard, Carrie Hassler, Blue Moon Rising, Audie Blaylock, Bill Emerson, Randy Kohrs and many more.
"Rural Rhythm has a great reputation and we are honored that they believe in our music and believe in who we are as artists," says Lee Roy. "We are extremely blessed to be joining their roster," adds Elaine. "We are looking forward to a long journey with them and creating great music in the future." The deal coincides with the label's 55th anniversary, and rounds out a talented team for THE ROYS.
The brother/sister duo hails from Fitchburg, MA, and their music is a surprisingly fresh, Bluegrass sound that includes hints of Roots and traditional Country, and its uniquely identifiable tone has brought them honors - and fans - from around the globe. The two-time Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year (2010, 2009) made their national television debut on the most-recent Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in Las Vegas, and they've enjoyed heavy media exposure with multiple People and Country Weekly magazine features to their credit. THE ROYS have performed before President George W. Bush at Andrews Air Force Base; traveled to Bogota, Columbia on an outreach mission for Compassion International, and entertained fans for years at clubs, fairs and festivals.
Industry heavyweights have hailed the duo, and recent praise includes:
"Traditional, yet fresh, Bluegrass. It doesn't get any better than that."
- Kyle Cantrell, Bluegrass Junction SIRIUS XM RADIO
"Lee and Elaine's rootsy, pure sound is just what music fans need to hear. Their harmonies are as pure as anyone I have ever heard." - George Jones
"Wow! These folks sound incredible. Sounds like a home run to me."
- Terry Herd, Into The Blue - BLUEGRASS RADIO NETWORK