O Brother, O Sister, O SiriusXM! Rural Rhythm Records duo The Roys (Lee Roy and Elaine Roy)are set to premiere their upcoming album New Day Dawning in an exclusive world premiere on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction channel (Channel 61) at 8AM Eastern Time, tomorrow, Tuesday July 24. The new album hits stores August 28 but can be pre-ordered at the link at the end of the article.
The album's debut single "Still Standing" [listen here] is sure to be heard during the premiere. The song features Elaine on lead vocals and has generated some strong bluegrass and rootsy county music station airplay and has been praised in multiple places [including us]. The song is an uptempo tale of perseverance and personal identity and showcases the brother and sister's strong harmonies in a tradition-making form. The fiddle and mandolin blaze through the track like two prize-fighters trading punches in a title match.
One of the rising stars of acoustic country and bluegrass, The Roys have garnered consistent buzz from both the Bluegrass press and their talented peers. The duo has a progressive and vibrant instrumental attitude that is enhanced by their family harmonies. A Nashville fixture for six years, their roots sound has only grown in that time with Elaine declaring "It's definitely been a growth process for us."
"We have nurtured this sound," adds Lee. "I think the new music reflects that."
Fans at The Roys recent live shows are calling "Grandpa's Barn," the uptempo "Fast As We Roll" and stirring ballad "Living Scrapbook" as songs to watch from the seven track project, a follow-up to 2011's Lonesome Whistle, their major label debut with Rural Rhythm Records.
You can catch the band on a tour of regional Bluegrass festivals and venues throughout the rest of the summer and fall:
August 2 - Hartford, CT - Podunk BGF
August 3 - 5 - Stony Plain, AB CAN - Blueberry BGF
August 24 - Rogersville, NB CAN - Rogersville BGF
August 30 - 31 - New Richmond, QC CAN - New Richmond BGF
September 7 - 8 - Franklin, KY - Franklin Kentucky BGF
September 21 - Vine Grove, KY - Vine Grove BGF
September 22 - Uperco, MD - Arcadia BGF
October 4 - 5 - Glen Rose, TX - Paluxy River BGF
October 11 - Nashville, TN - The Station Inn
October 27 - Great Mills, MD - Flat Iron Farms