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

“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,, 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  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

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 Rural Rhythm will soon be announcing more details of this upcoming album.

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

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For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit


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.

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Cumberland River Band’s Original Songs to be featured on upcoming episode of FX Network’s TV Show JUSTIFIED

The Cumberland River Band’s music is reflective of their deep roots in the Harlan County, Kentucky hills, so it was no surprise the producers of the FX Network’s TV show, JUSTIFIED tapped their original song, “Justified” for an upcoming show.   You can hear the band performing the tune when it is featured on “Season 2, Episode 4” airing soon.

Last July, The Cumberland River Band was invited to perform for the writers and producers of JUSTIFIED who were in Harlan gathering information for their upcoming season.  With only 24 hours notice, the band got together and wrote “Justified” as a gift to the show.  At their performance, they received a standing ovation from the writers and producers, including multi-award winning writer and producer, GRAHAM YOST.

Since that time, the show has added three more of the band’s original songs (“Ridge Runner”, “My Dad”, “Kentucky Mountain Home”) to the TV series.  All four songs can be heard on the band’s debut album, ROCK ISLAND EXPRESS released in September 2010.

FX’s JUSTIFIED is set in Harlan, Kentucky and was just named as one of the TOP 10 TV SHOWS of 2010 by USA TODAY.  The main character, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, is played byTIMOTHY OLYPHANT (A Perfect GetawayDeadwood, Live Free or Die Hard) who returns to his hometown of Harlan after working in Miami, Florida.  JUSTIFIED’s website features music from past episodes including: BRAD PAISLEY’SYou’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” written by DARRELL SCOTT;Brass Swamp Blues” by EVAN OLSON; and the show’s theme song, “Long Hard Times to Come,” a unique mix of bluegrass and rap performed by GANGSTAGRASS.

The Cumberland River Band is currently recording their second album. This new project is being produced by STEVE GULLEY (Grasstowne) and is scheduled for release later this year. It will include a collection of heart felt songs and haunting ballads written by the band and their family members taken from their life experiences and campfire stories from Harlan County, Kentucky. For more information on The Cumberland River Band, please visit their website.

FX’s JUSTIFIED’s second season kicks off Wednesday, February 9, 2011.  Check your local listings and visit their official website for more information.

For MEDIA & RADIO inquires for The Cumberland River Band, please contact Hope River Entertainment.