Raybon's back and Shenandoah announces tour
Thursday, February 12, 2015
– After a near 18-year absence, the original voice of Shenandoah, Marty Raybon, is officially back in the band and hitting the road, starting in March.
Since announcing his return last fall, Shenandoah and Raybon performed a handful of dates as a prelude to a full-blown tour. Today, Shenandoah announced dates for their 2015 tour, Reloaded With Marty Raybon.
"We are so excited to see the reaction so far to having Marty back with us," said Shenandoah's Mike McGuire. "Smiles are big, seats are full, and autograph lines are long. It's like country music fans are starved for real country music these days. At least that's what they are telling us. And we are happy to take them back in our time machine."
Raybon said, "The crowds have been unbelievable. Packed and loud. It seems to me that they've missed hearing the music as much as I have. The excitement is right in front of us, and that's what makes us want to make sure they leave entertained and glad they came. It's good to be back with the boys."
Tour dates are:
March 6 - Chester, WV - Chrome Nite Club
March 7 - St. Marys, PA - St. Marys High School
April 11 - Mt. Vernon, KY - New Barn Theatre
May 8 - Abilene, TX - Rhinestone Roundup
May 9 - Lindsay, TX - Outlaws and Legends Dancehall and Saloon
May 10 - Corpus Christi, TX - Roberts Point Park Pavillon
May 16 - Sheffield, AL - Sheffield Street Dance
May 20 - Wheeling, WV - WesBanco Arena
June 12 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Palace
July 3 - Pigeon Forge, TN - Country Tonite Theatre
July 18 - Forsyth, MT - Rosebud-Treasure County Fair
July 23 - Columbus, OH - Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Festival
July 31 - Barton Creek, TX - Country Club
Aug. 1 - Dodge City, KS - Central Station
Sept. 12 - Morehead, KY - Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 16 - Abingdon, VA - Washington County Fair
Oct. 24 - Perry, FL - Forest Festival
Nov. 13 - Wilkesboro, NC - Merlefest
Nov. 14 - Elizabethtown, KY - State Theater
Shenandoah originally formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1985. The band has charted 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts including the number 1 hits: "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday in the South," "Two Dozen Roses," "Next to You, Next to Me" and "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)." The single "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart," which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, won both artists a Grammuy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
No new music has been recorded, but the band's publicist said via email, "Soon hopefully."
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