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#OnTheBrink: July 2021

Welcome to the July 2021 edition of Stone Cold Country’s #onthebrink podcast. As we’ve often stated we like to keep our ear close to the ground when it comes to traditional forms of country music. In this edition of the podcast we were honored to connect with Merle Monroe’s CMA nominated Tim Raybon.

The band is a joint project between Tim, and Daniel Grindstaff. East Tennessean (Go Bucs) Daniel is an accomplished musician who made his Grand Ole Opry debut with Jim, and Jesse when he was just 18! He also played in Marty Raybon’s bluegrass band thus beginning a life long friendship with Tim. Tim along with his brother the founder of the Grammy Award winning band Shenandoah, found success together as the Raybon Brothers earning a gold single with the song titled Butterfly Kisses which also earned a CMA nomination. When you put all this talent together, what do you get? A perfect blend of Merle Haggard emotive song stylings, and the meticulous virtuoso level playing of Bill Monroe. The product is Merle Monroe- a band that marries old school country, and bluegrass with a fresh spin perfectly nestled in Americana as it is in Country Folk, and Bluegrass.

With a couple of number ones under their belt already, a collaboration with Mo Pitney, and a nod from the International Bluegrass Music Awards the future looks very bright. Anna Marie, my co host and Admin at Stone Cold Country and I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Merle Monroe’s force majeure vocalist Tim Raybon. Here are the results of that conversation.

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