Cumberland River Receives 2013 IBMA Momentum Performance/Vocalist Award Nomination

_MG_2732CUMBERLAND RIVER has received a 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award Nomination in the Band Performance category. This hot band has certainly gained momentum and new fans since their debut as an IBMA Official Showcase Performer two years ago. Winners of this year’s Momentum Awards will be announced at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention during the Showcase Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Cumberland River will also perform during an “After Party” that week as well. For more information on the IBMA, please visit

MGR-Justified_iTunes_Art-250wCUMBERLAND RIVER hit the national spotlight and brought well deserved attention to bluegrass music when eight of their original songs were featured on the FX Network’s hit TV drama, Justified over the past couple of years. They also appear on the show’s new soundtrack album, “Justified: Music From The Original Television Series” released earlier this year on Madison Gate Records.

The band includes three outstanding lead vocalists with exceptional harmonies provided by Brad Gulley (bass), Dustin Middleton (mandolin) and James Dean (banjo) with the talents of Jamie Stewart on Dobro and Gary Robinson, Jr. on guitar. Fans have eagerly been awaiting a new album from this band, so they will be pleased to hear that a new single will soon be released giving a preview of this highly anticipated new album.

Cumberland River is currently on tour including the upcoming AU2 Rally in the Valley on Saturday, August 24 supporting the Huntington, WV chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. The event will be held at the home of the Appalachian Uprising festival on Eden Valley Farm in Scottown, Ohio and will also include performances by Bobby Cyrus, Rumpke Mountain Boys and more. On Thursday, September 19, the band will perform at the Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Morehead, KY before heading to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN on September 20.

For more information on Cumberland River and to stay up to date on the latest news, please visit the band’s Official Website at, along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

Cumberland River, Bobby Cyrus and More to Perform at AU2 Rally in the Valley Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House

_MG_2732Cumberland River is proud to announce will perform at the AU2 Rally in the Valley on Saturday, August 24 supporting the Huntington, West Virginia chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. The event will be held at the home of the Appalachian Uprising festival on Eden Valley Farm in Scottown, Ohio.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale now at and available at the door. Gates open Friday, August 23 and music begins Saturday, August 24 at 3:00 pm with performances by: Cumberland River, Bobby Cyrus, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Genuine Junk Band, Billy Two Shoes, Knockin Spirits, Moonshine Crossing, and Chad Stanley.

All proceeds from Rally in the Valley will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities of The Tri State. The “house that love built” continues to provide a unique “home away from home” for families of ill children undergoing treatment in area hospitals and treatment centers. Support for the AUII and The Ronald McDonald House helps make it possible to provide inexpensive or free lodging to families facing medical crisis. Since September 1987, the Huntington Ronald House has provided the comforts of home for over 9,600 families from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, along with 32 additional states as well as 5 foreign countries.

Cumberland River is a national touring band based in Harlan, Kentucky. They have been gaining attention from their recent live performances and sold out shows impressing audiences with their three strong lead vocalists and tight instrumental talents.
This popular band gained national attention when eight of their original songs were featured on numerous episodes of the hit FX Network’s TV show, JUSTIFIED staring Timothy Olyphant. In 2013, the album JUSTIFIED: Music From the Original Television Series was released on Madison Gate Records that includes Cumberland River’s original song, “Justified.”

Cumberland River is currently in the studio recording a highly anticipated new album scheduled for release later this year that includes band members James Dean, Brad Gulley, Dustin Middleton, Jamie Stewart and Gary Robinson, Jr.

For more information, please visit the band’s official website at, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

“Justified: Music From The Original Television Series” Album Includes Cumberland River’s Justified”

MGR-Justified_iTunes_Art-250w“Justified: Music From The Original Television Series,” releasing January 8, 2013 on Madison Gate Records, features a collection of 13 hand-selected and fan-favorite songs from the Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions original series, JUSTIFIED.  The album includes the main title theme “Long Hard Times To Come,” an original recording of “Stand By Your Man” by Beverley Staunton, songs by Dave Alvin, Cumberland River’s (“Justified”) and more.  The digital album is available now for pre-order on iTunes.  Season 4 of this hit TV show starring Timothy Olyphant premieres on the FX Network on January 8, 2013 at 10pm PT/ET.

Cumberland River’s “Justified” music video can be viewed via a link from the TV show’s Official Production Blog which offers the latest news from the set of the show, together with interviews, recaps, behind-the-scenes stories, videos and more.  The video is also available for viewing at,  YouTube, Yallwire, DailyMotion, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.  The video was filmed on location in Cumberland River’s hometown of Harlan, Kentucky by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign who also served as Video Producer.

JUSTIFIED THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON was released on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Cumberland River’s original song, “Antietam’s Hill” was featured in the Season 3 premiere episode.   The song was written by Cumberland River band member Dustin Middleton, who also provides lead vocals, along with James Dean, Jamie Stewart, and James Dean’s brother, Mickey Dean.  This Civil War themed tune appears on THE LIFE WE LIVE, on Rural Rhythm Records.

The FX Network’s official website for JUSTIFIED includes a handy Episode Music Guide where fans can learn which songs were used in specific episodes.  Included in this guide are more songs by Cumberland River including five featured in Season 2:  Episode 204 -“For Blood or Money featured an instrumental version of the band’s original song, “Justified;” and Episode 209 – “Brother’s Keeper featured four songs: “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” “My Dad,” and “Kentucky Mountain Home.”

headersmallCUMBERLAND RIVER includes the talents of James Dean (lead & harmony vocals, banjo); Brad Gulley (lead & harmony vocals, guitar); Joey Jones (bass); Dustin Middleton (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin); Jamie Stewart (Dobro); and Gary Robinson, Jr. (guitar).   For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at or contact Penni McDaniel at Hope River Entertainment for booking and media inquiries.    For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit

About Madision Gate Records:  Madison Gate Records is the in-house, independent record label of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  The label was founded in 2010 to create, distribute and market music and related products from today’s top films and television programs.  For more information, go to