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 appalachianuprising.net 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 cumberland-river.com, 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 Cumberland-River.com,  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 Cumberland-River.com 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 RuralRhythm.com.

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 Facebook.com/MadisionGateRecords.

Cumberland River’s Original Song, “Antietam’s Hill,” Featured on FX Network’s JUSTIFIED Season 3 Premiere

January 16, 2012 (Nashville, TN) —  Tomorrow’s Season 3 premiere of the hit TV show, JUSTIFIED will feature another original song, “Antietam’s Hill, by Harlan, Kentucky band, Cumberland River.   The song was written by Cumberland River band members: Dustin Middleton, who also provides lead vocals; along with Jamie Dean, Jamie Stewart and Jamie Dean’s brother, Mickey Dean.  This Civil War themed tune appears on the band’s current album, THE LIFE WE LIVE on Rural Rhythm Records (lyrics shown below.)  JUSTIFIED airs on the FX Network at 10:00 PM.

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 five songs from Cumberland River 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.”

Just last week, Cumberland River released their new music video for their original song, “Justified” that can be viewed on the TV show’s official Production Blog that offers the latest news from the set of JUSTIFIED with interviews, recaps, behind-the-scenes stories, videos and more.  The band’s video is also available at their official website Cumberland-River.com, official youtube channel, Yallwire, DailyMotion, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.

CUMBERLAND RIVER includes the talents of Dustin Middleton (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin), Jamie Dean (lead & harmony vocals, banjo); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro); and Brad Gulley (lead & harmony vocals, guitar).   For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.  For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com

ANTIETAM’S HILL lyrics:

They sent a man to do the devil’s work
But the job is never done
I’ve got a mark for ever soul I’ve stolen with my gun
From the beginning man has had his hand on the trigger of a gun
It’s either be a slave or it’s in my grave and I’m not the only one

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I’m southern raise I believe all men are free
So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me
I’ve fought so long in Lincoln’s war for the peace God keep’s from me
I’ve wished so long to get back home to see my family
17 more miles to go till we reach that battlefield
Where men will die and loose there lives upon Antietam’s Hill

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I’m southern raised, I believe all men are free
So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I’m southern raised, I believe all men are free
So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me

So I’ll fight this fight till death comes for me

“Justified” music video by Cumberland River now released

“Justified” music video released by Cumberland River
Song was used on FX Network’s hit TV Drama JUSTIFIED

CUMBERLAND RIVER is proud to announce the new music video of their original song “Justified” from their Rural Rhythm Records album, THE LIFE WE LIVE.  The video was filmed on location in the band’s hometown of Harlan, Kentucky by Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign who also served as Video Producer.  The song, “Justified,” along with five more original songs were featured on two episodes of the FX Network’s hit drama, JUSTIFIED (starring Timothy Olyphant) last season with more of their music set to be included in Season 3 premiering January 17.

THE LIFE WE LIVE has been honored in numerous year-end charts including: TOP 20 BEST OF BLUEGRASS – ENGINE 145; TOP 10 BLUGRASS ALBUMS OF 2011 (Keith Lawrence); and WNCW RADIO’S TOP 50 BLUEGRASS ALBUMS 2011.  “This is the sound that contemporary bluegrass has been missing.  Blue to the core and grass throughout.  This is what bluegrass music should sound like and Cumberland River is flowing quite well in this regard,” said Bob Cherry of Cybergrass.

The “Justified” video includes the talents of CUMBERLAND RIVER members Jamie Dean (lead and banjo); Dustin Middleton (lead vocals and mandolin), Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro) and guest Andy Buckner.  Since the filming, Brad Gulley has joined the band on guitar and lead & harmony vocals.  Rural Rhythm Records recently released another music video, “Cold & Withered Heart” by the group that reached #1 numerous weeks on Yallwire’s Top Bluegrass Videos.  It can be viewed the band’s official youtube channel, Cumberland-River.com, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.

CUMBERLAND RIVER would like to thank numerous people for their contributions for the “Justified” music video including: the Harlan County Sherriff’s Department; Croley Forester (Marshall); Ben Cornett (walking on sidewalk); Jackie Cornett (being arrested); Deputy Bill Howard; Rex Coal for use of light plant and generators; and the City of Harlan, Kentucky.  Joey Jones stated, “I would like to give a special thanks to Anthony Ladd for the incredible video footage and production of this new video.  We are incredibly pleased with the end result.

For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.  Band representation is handled by Hope River Entertainment who also provided Creative Consulting services for both of the band’s video projects.

For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com

Cumberland River welcomes Brad Gulley to the band

CUMBERLAND RIVER is proud to announce the addition of Brad Gulley on guitar and vocals to the band.  This hot new group continues to impress audiences with several strong lead vocalists including the talents of Dustin Middleton who provides lead vocals on his original song “Harlan Man” that debuted this month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles Chart.  James Dean provides lead on his original song and the band’s first single, “Cold & Withered Heart” along with a new video that is currently the #1 bluegrass video on Yallwire.com.  Both songs appear on the group’s new album THE LIFE WE LIVE on Rural Rhythm Records.

Brad Gulley was born and raised in the east Tennessee mountains.  His father, Steve Gulley (who also produced CUMBERLAND RIVER’S album THE LIFE WE LIVE) and grandfather, Don paved the way for Brad as he grew up in the shadow of the old barn in Renfro Valley, KY watching them perform. His early indoctrination into bluegrass music instilled a passion that burns brighter than ever today. Brad brings that passion, along with great singing, songwriting, and instrumental talents to the latest chapter in his musical career as he joins CUMBERLAND RIVER.  His soaring tenor and high lead vocals are sure to catch your attention and stir your emotions as well as help to define the signature sound for this cutting edge bluegrass band.  “I couldn’t be happier or more excited to be a part of such a great group of people and musicians,” said Gulley.

Cumberland River at their Official IBMA Showcase – Photo by AnthonySP.com

Last week, CUMBERLAND RIVER made quite an impression during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass held in Nashville, TN.  The band was chosen this year as an Official Showcase performer, and also performed numerous other times during the weeklong event including: Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Broadway, Rural Rhythm After Hours Showcase, the South Florida Bluegrass Association’s After Hours Showcase and more.  The band also held meet n’ greets at their booth in the Exhibit Hall of the Nashville Convention Center where they met with radio djs, talent buyers and fans.

Gulley joins band members:  James Dean (banjo, lead & harmony vocals); Dustin Middleton (mandolin, lead & harmony vocals); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro).  For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.

The community of Harlan County coming together to host Clean the Cumberland – Headwaters Hullabaloo

Bluegrass band, Cumberland River will perform at event on September 10, 2011

The community of Harlan County, Kentucky is banding together to clean up the headwaters of the Cumberland River on Saturday, September 10, thanks to an innovative partnership among like-minded groups.

The event is being sponsored by Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) as part of a contest that asked people across the state to nominate their favorite waterway to win a cleanup.  After a public voting contest, Cathryn Forester, of Harlan, KY, claimed the prize for the headwaters of the Cumberland River.

“Winning KWA’s contest gives our project exposure and financing that we never could have gotten on our own,” said Forester.  “I am thrilled to see stirrings of hope in our community because of this and I believe with all my heart that life-giving water can resurrect health, pride and even a thriving economy.”

Since 1993, KWA has been working across the state to carry out the mission of protecting and restoring Kentucky’s irreplaceable waterways. “We are excited to partner with Harlan County and other groups to help clean up the precious headwaters of the Cumberland River,” said Judy Petersen, KWA executive director.  “The health of our rivers is directly connected to the health of our communities and it’s inspiring to see the good people of this community come together to protect their local waterway.”

Other sponsors include Harlan Tourism, Harlan County Fiscal Court and their Outdoor Recreation Board Authority, River City Canoe and Kayak, Cumberland River bluegrass band, American Rivers, Eastern Kentucky Pride, Rooibee Red Tea, and Cumberland River Compact. They are joining forces to tackle 8 targeted areas along the Poor Fork of the river and to celebrate afterwards.

About 200 volunteers are needed to clean these areas and organize the event.  Participants will meet at Harlan County Campground in Putney, KY at 9am and be transported or directed to various areas along the river.  Seasoned paddlers are encouraged to bring their own canoes.  Supplies and food will be provided to volunteers throughout the day. To be involved, or for more information, visit www.kwalliance.org/cleanthecumberland , the Facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257452047617404 or call one of the contacts.

The event is also being hosted to raise public awareness about the importance of keeping trash out of the headwaters of the Cumberland – the birthplace of the river – and to celebrate the river’s importance.

“We used to call the river in Harlan County the Mighty Cumberland.  It was an important river – historically, geographically, ecologically and recreationally – but now it’s just a stream that’s barely noticed,” Forester said. “I won’t rest until I see the waterways here brought back to life again.”

After some hard work there will be a kayak giveaway, complimentary food and drinks, free water bottles, a Harlan County Waterways photo contest, a Waterways Quilt Block contest and live music by the Cumberland River bluegrass band.  With deep roots in Harlan County, the music of the Cumberland River band was recently showcased on the hit FX show, Justified, a series set in the city of Lexington, Kentucky and the mountains of Harlan.  The band is also celebrating their first national album release on Rural Rhythm Records (Nashville, TN).  For more information about  the Cumberland River band visit: http://www.cumberland-river.com/.

More Information:

What: Clean the Cumberland – Headwaters Hullabaloo

When: Saturday, September 10

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Harlan County Campground and RV Park, 8331 Hwy. 119, Putney, KY

Why: To cleanup and celebrate the headwaters of the Cumberland River!

For more information about the cleanup or to find out how you can help sponsor or donate, please contact Cathryn Forester at (606) 573-9741 or Kelly Cook at (502) 589-8008.  To register for the event, e-mail kelly@kwalliance.org or RSPV on the cleanup’s Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257452047617404.

TV Alert for April 6 episode of FX Network’s JUSTIFIED

FIVE songs by Cumberland River included on Wed, April 6 Episode of FX Network’s hit TV drama JUSTIFIED

Band’s upcoming 2011 album set for release on Rural Rhythm Records

Last week FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television announced they have ordered 13 new episodes for a third season of FX Network’s critically acclaimed hit drama, JUSTIFIED starring TIMOTHY OLYPHANT. The show is averaging 3.9 million total viewers on the first run of Season Two with a multi-run weekly average of 7.2 million total viewers. That is certainly good news for Harlan, Kentucky band, CUMBERLAND RIVER who has 5 songs featured on the Wednesday, April 6, 2011 episode. The band includes the talents of: JAMES DEAN, JOSEPH JONES, DUSTIN MIDDLETON, JAMIE STEWART and ANDY BUCKNER.

Viewer’s got a taste of CUMBERLAND RIVER’S music in the opening scene of the March 2, 2011 episode, “For Blood or Money” when an instrumental version of their original song “Justified” was featured. Viewers will now get a full dose of their music on Wednesday’s episode, “Brother’s Keeper” when you will hear the band performing five of their orginal songs including: “Friend I’m Fine”; “Let the Moonshine Flow, “Wild Berries,” “My Dad,” and “Ridge Runner.” All six songs appear on CUMBERLAND RIVER’s debut album, ROCK ISLAND EXPRESS released last year.

Series creator and producer, GRAHAM YOST has received critical acclaim for the series including last Thursday’s announcement of JUSITIFIED’s Peabody Award bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. These awards recognize excellence in electronic media and will be presented at a ceremony in New York in May.

RURAL RHYTHM RECORDS also announced today they will be releasing CUMBERLAND RIVER’s highly anticipated new album later this year. The band has been busy in the studio with album producer and, acclaimed singer-songwriter STEVE GULLEY recording their new album. “They are real mountain men with a story to tell and a unique, special way of telling it. If you’re looking for pure, honest music full of unabashed emotion, look no further. You’ve found it! Cumberland River is raw emotion personified,” said GULLEY. “Justified” was recently re-recorded and now available for digital purchase a special pre-album promotion. The song is also available to RADIO via AirplayDirect.com. Rural Rhythm will soon be announcing more details of this upcoming album.

For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER, please visit their new website at Cumberland-River.com and for media and booking inquiries, please contact Hope River Entertainment.

For more information on FX’s JUSTIFIED, please visit fxnetworks.com

For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com

 

Five Songs by Cumberland River Band included on two upcoming episodes of FX TV Show JUSTIFIED

As announced last month, the FX Network’s hit TV show, JUSTIFIED will include original songs by Kentucky bluegrass group, CUMBERLAND RIVER BAND.  Since that announcement, the show has added additional songs from the band that will be featured on the following episodes:

Episode 4 “For Blood or Money” airing Wednesday, March 2, 2011 will feature an instrumental version of the band’s original song, “Justified.” More info

Episode 9 “Brother’s Keeper” airing Wednesday, April 6, 2011 will feature four songs: “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” “My Dad,” and “Kentucky Mountain Home.” More info

JUSTIFIED is the brainchild of Producer GRAHAM YOST who has certainly welcomed the CUMBERLAND RIVER BAND into the fold saying,  “From the moment a bunch of us writers and producers heard the Cumberland River Band perform in Harlan, I thought we should somehow get them involved in the show.  Their music has all the dexterity and intricacy you expect from bluegrass, but it also has an emotional drive, an urgency, that I just knew would fit well with what we’re trying to do on JUSTIFIED.”

“This music has a beauty and a diversity all onto itself.  The Cumberland River Band works, because it becomes a character of the show, just like the actors, and the writers.  When music works, you feel it, it doesn’t disrupt, but creates a new magic.  It is the music of the Cumberland River Band and of this culture that makes it work so well with JUSTIFIED,” said Greg Sill, Music Supervisor.

Band members, JAMES DEAN, DUSTIN MIDDLETON, JAMIE STEWART and JOSEPH JONES co-wrote “Justified”; JAMES DEAN penned “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” and “My Dad”; and GERALD JONES composed “Kentucky Mountain Home.” All five songs can be heard on their debut album, ROCK ISLAND EXPRESS that was released last year.  They are currently in the studio with producer STEVE GULLEY recording their new album scheduled for release later this year.

THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS calls JUSTIFIED “the best dramatic series on TV” with THE KANSAS CITY STAR saying “excellent…Emmy-worth portrayal by TIMOTHY OLYPHANT” as the main character Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.  OLYPHANT can also be seen in the new sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four. New characters have joined the show this season including the addition of JEREMY DAVIES (who played Daniel Farady on LOST), along with MARGO MARTINDALE (Hannah Montana: The Movie, and numerous TV shows including MERCY and THE RICHES.)   JUSTIFIED’s second season kicked off earlier this month airing on WEDNESDAY nights on FX.  Please check your local listings and visit their official website for more information.

The CUMBERLAND RIVER BAND includes the talents of JAMES DEAN, JOEY JONES, JAMIE STEWART, DUSTIN MIDDLETON, ANDY BUCKNER, and GERALD JONES. For MEDIA & RADIO inquires for The Cumberland River Band, please contact Hope River Entertainment.

For more information on FX’s JUSTIFIED, please visit www.fxnetworks.com