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Folk/Americana - Released August 28, 2012 | Rural Rhythm Records

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Tunes from the Roys' debut album, Lonesome Whistle, were still riding high on the bluegrass charts more than a year after its release. The songs on New Day Dawning should do just as well, and this time out, most of them were written by Lee and Elaine. Every note here is played and sung with joy and the uplifting quality of their debut is still in evidence here. The title track reminds listeners that no matter how dark the clouds get, the sun will always rise in the morning. Elaine sings lead on this sprightly pop/bluegrass tune with Randy Kohrs supplying uplifting Dobro fills throughout. The album has two songs about funerals, but they avoid becoming maudlin with their understated delivery. "Daddy to Me" tells the story of a father's passing, with friends and family painting the picture of a good man who led a full, rich, honorable life. "Grandpa's Barn" paints a portrait of an old man's life by listing some of the things he treasured -- a white Cadillac, an eight-track player with a Johnny Cash album in it. Lee's vocals on both tracks are full of the understated emotion that marks all great country singers. Elaine sings lead on "Still Standing," the record's most traditional track, a bluegrass rave-up that celebrates the end of a bad relationship and the promise of better things to come. The band is in full flight throughout, with Kohrs' Dobro and Andy Leftwich's fiddle particular standouts. The record is a tad short at 24 minutes, but the Roys fill every second with plenty of heart and soul and their close harmonies remain a thing of beauty. ~ j. poet
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Folk/Americana - Released April 30, 2013 | Rural Rhythm Records

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Christmas Music - Released November 18, 2014 | Rural Rhythm Records

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Folk/Americana - Released June 24, 2014 | Rural Rhythm Records

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Folk/Americana - Released September 2, 2014 | Rural Rhythm Records

Folk/Americana - Released July 31, 2012 | Rural Rhythm Records

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Folk/Americana - Released June 4, 2013 | Rural Rhythm Records

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Folk/Americana - Released January 4, 2011 | Rural Rhythm Records

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Folk/Americana - Released March 22, 2011 | Rural Rhythm Records

The harmonies the Roys use to give their music its deep country soul are steeped in traditional bluegrass. Surprisingly, they grew up in Canada listening to Arcadian music as well as bluegrass and country. Lee Roy has been playing mandolin semi-professionally since he was nine and his sister Elaine turned pro when she was ten. They became stars on the highly competitive New England circuit before moving to Nashville and starting their own indie label in 2005. This time out their sound is more acoustic, a blend of traditional bluegrass, old-time country, and Americana that will appeal to fans of all three genres. They've also stepped up their songwriting skills and several tunes here sound like instant classics, including the leadoff track, "Coal Minin' Man," a tribute to the hard life of miners that's as good as the Merle Travis classic "Dark as a Dungeon." Elaine sings lead on the poignant "That's What Makes It Love," a tune Lee wrote in the style of his hero Ricky Skaggs, who adds his own compelling vocals to the tune. Other compelling tracks include "Right Back at You," a brokenhearted lament with a wrenching vocal from Elaine and the somber Dobro work of Randy Kohrs; "Give a Ride to the Devil," a morality tale sung by Lee with hint of dark humor in his voice; and the title track, a train song that acknowledges the sacrifices ordinary Americans make in times of war. Andy Leftwich provides the lonesome whistling of the title with his superb fiddling. ~ j. poet