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Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice sign with Rebel

Friday, March 14, 2008 – Junior Sisk & Ramblers' Choice inked a recording contract bluegrass label Rebel Records. The Ferrum, Va.-based band consists of Sisk on guitar and lead vocals, Tim Massey on bass, Darrell Wilkerson on banjo, Chris Harris on mandolin and Billy Hawks on fiddle.

"I've always wanted to record for Rebel," said Sisk. "Now, I feel like I've found a home."

Rebel's Mark Freeman said Sisk "is a strong singer with a solid band, and we're looking forward to working with them."

The upcoming album, produced by Ronnie Bowman and tentatively titled "Blue Side Of The Blue Ridge," is scheduled for a mid-summer release.

While the signing may be new, the band isn't, although this is a vastly different incarnation of it. In 1998, the , then known as Rambler's Choice, "Sounds of the Mountains" on Rebel. That group consisted of Sisk, Tim Massey, Elmer Burchett, Alan Perdue and Jimmy VanCleve. In a previous life, Rambler's Choice was known as Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, but Rice left and so did the name of the band.

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