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TIM RAYBON

NEW SINGLE Available now, "Leavin’ Cleveland" (Pinecastle Music)

Tim Raybon has a natural vocal ability that has been described as “real” – so real that it needs no electronic masking of any sort. His musical trek began with his dad and brothers in the family band The American Bluegrass Express when Tim was only eleven. Based in Florida, the band met with great success throughout the South and afforded Tim the opportunity to sharpen his skills by playing festivals and concerts that were shared by some of the greatest legends in Bluegrass music. Tim will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have played with the likes of Bill Monroe, the McReynolds, and the Osbornes.

Tim’s talent would soon be recognized far beyond his Florida home as the lead singer for one of the hottest nightclubs in the country, The Barn. Many notable artists were part of the shows that Tim fronted at this venue, including a young artist by the name of Garth Brooks. With his music career on the rise, Tim made the move to Music City. In Nashville, Tim began a career as a demo singer, singing newly written songs, many of which would go on to become the next popular radio hit for artists such as Alan Jackson and George Strait.  1997 brought a musical reunion to Tim and his brother Marty that produced the certified gold hit “Butterfly Kisses.” That same year, Tim recorded alongside the legendary Olivia Newton-John and was also nominated for the CMA Country Duo of the Year.

When Tim signed on with Pinecastle Music to make records and begin touring with a band, he had a lot of thoughts and ideas about the sound and style of music he wanted to bring into the world of Americana, Bluegrass and Country music combined.

"Combining the musical styles of Bluegrass and classic country is an exciting proposition. Feeling that “Bluegrass and Traditional Country music is America’s music, the stories of the common man and the sounds of the mountains.”

Tim and Daniel first met in the mid 2000’s when Daniel was performing with Marty Raybon at IBMA Fan Fest. They had only a short time to rehearse before they performed their set, but Tim will always remember his first impression of Daniel: ”He was the best banjo player I had ever heard and an adamant professional.” Daniel recalls that since first hearing Tim Raybon, “I have held his vocal abilities as being one of the best-kept secrets in the music business.” From the beginning they held a common bond in their love of the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, and Bill Monroe; they hit it off and have remained friends ever since.

With the goal of choosing songs that relate to everyday life and go “back to the country,” they, along with their bandmates, hope to continue to take your mind away from today’s current distractions. They work extremely hard looking for and writing songs they feel will be different, yet still reflect their heroes’ music from years past.

Brand New Single

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Written by Tim Stafford, Bobby Starnes 

Album Musician Credits: Tim Raybon (vocals, guitar, bass) | Daniel Grindstaff (vocals, banjo) | Derek Deakins (fiddle) | Kent Blanton (bass) | Stephen Burwell (fiddle) | Andy Leftwich (mandolin) | Harry Stinson (percussion) | Trey Hensley (guitar) | Kevin Richardson (guitar) | Gaven Largent (resophonic guitar) | Harry Clark (mandolin) | Josh Swift (resophonic guitar)