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SIDELINE'S ethereal version of "Song For A Winter's Night"  is now available for fans to stream and download on all digital platforms, following a global premiere on Roughstock.  Radio will find the North Carolina Bluegrassers' tune on AirPlay Direct, and a compelling, black & white companion video can be seen on YouTube.

Released to promote the pre-order status of the band's upcoming album, FRONT AND CENTER, and to celebrate the end of the winter season, the SIDELINE version of this beloved ballad offers listeners a poignant look at loneliness.  

If I could only have you near

To breathe a sigh or two

I would be happy just to hold the hands I love

On this winter night with you (G. Lightfoot)

SIDELINE'S nostalgic re-imagining of the Tony Rice recording is enhanced with a nod to his signature guitar.  Skip Cherryholmes, founding member of SIDELINE who sings lead and plays guitar on the track, learned the exact combination of flat and finger picking needed to re-create the gentle, fluid sound of the Rice release.  The result is a solemn and reflective tune delivered with the contemplative longing of the original - as well as subsequent covers - which include versions by artists as diverse as Sarah McLachlan and Harry Belafonte. Gordon Lightfoot released "Song For A Winter's Night" in 1967; Rice's iconic recording hit the airwaves in 1986.

Cherryholmes notes, "The band knocked this arrangement out of the park, and I'm excited for everyone to hear it." Skip was introduced to Rice's version of the song while putting together ideas for a tribute to him many years ago. "Tony's interpretation was incredible," Skip recalls. "We rehearsed it repeatedly for the show honoring him, and that gave me a very intimate connection with the tune."     


ABOUT SIDELINE

A pedigreed six-piece powerhouse that has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades, SIDELINE was founded by Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar) and Jason Moore (bass). The three have all made historical and significant contributions to the genre as members of highly-awarded groups, with multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances, and years of global touring behind them. What started as a side project for these seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the core members were joined by Nathan Aldridge (fiddle), Troy Boone (mandolin) and Bailey Coe (guitar). With songs that range from pulse-pounding barn burners to those sung from the heart, this sextet brings perfected timing and dynamic - as well as visceral emotion - to their music. With three previous successful album releases, audiences have found that whether live or recorded, the group moves dynamically from well-chosen, neo-traditional covers to new material curated with a holistic sense of identity and mission. Add their on-stage energy and powerful harmonies to the mix, and you have the best of the revered Carolina-Grass sound.



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Becky Perry Brown goes on the record in her new book, GOING OUR WAY, and explores her life and the love she shared with Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame star Jim Ed Brown during their 54 years of marriage.  "I wrote it simply to tell my story and set the record straight," says Becky.  "History should reflect the truth."  Autographed hardcover and trade paperback options of the Clovercroft Publishing offering are available for purchase now at www.GoingOurWay.net.

Brown and collaborator Roxane Atwood take the reader on a mesmerizing journey from the couple's Arkansas raisings, to their first date, to the production of Jim Ed's last album - and the life lived in between.  Fans of Jim Ed will revel in the struggles of a young artist, his rise to the top and more.  Social gatherings are remembered with an eye to detail, while the tragedies of friends lost (Patsy Cline and more) are related with a still-lingering sadness.  Hilarious tales from "the road," and a full account of the affair that tore their marriage briefly apart make the story unusual in its honesty.  With her faith a guiding force, Becky survived the worst life could throw her way, learned forgiveness and kept on going.  The book will delight Country fans with "insider" music business knowledge and engage the Christian reader with faith-filled asides.

GOING OUR WAY offers an intimate look at one woman of the 1960s "stay at home" generation who chose to - genteelly - buck the trend.  Throughout their lives together, Becky retained her independence.  She modeled; worked as a professional makeup artist; painted; danced, taught dance, and formed a renowned dance studio and troupe.  While a supportive wife to Jim Ed and loving mother of two well-rounded children, she lived life her way, never allowing herself to be relegated to the shadows of her husband's stardom.  As her longtime friend Atwood recalls, "Becky didn't need to share Jim Ed's spotlight because she has her own light - an inner light that shines outward."  That light is evident in every one of the book's 228 pages and in each of the 175 photographs found within.  Throughout, readers can feel Becky's deep faith, courage and her determination to stand by her man.  An engaging read, GOING OUR WAY proves that sometimes fact can be more compelling than fiction. 







 




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Congratulations to our Season 3 Country Showdown Songwriting Contest winner, Levi Gangi! Read on to learn more about his long line of musical experiences and what he has coming up next.

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As the fall season nears, we here at American Music Channel are finally ready to reveal our latest group of Showcase Insiders!

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