Marty Raybon, lead singer of the legendary group Shenandoah, recently performed at a songwriter’s show in Nashville with upcoming trio Brassfield Aly and talked about the revitalization of Shenandoah – including new shows and new music.
Raybon left Shenandoah in 1997, but there were never any hard feelings when they went their separate ways. Raybon has recorded solo projects and toured the country at various bluegrass festivals while remaining close with Shenandoah. When he was asked to lend his voice to Miranda Lambert’s “Another Sunday in the South” on her Platinum album in 2014, Raybon realized that there could still be a demand for the band’s music.
It had been more than 17 years since Raybon had left Shenandoah, so they booked a few shows in 2015 to see how audiences would respond; they were overwhelmed with the response of multiple generations.
There’s younger folks coming to the show that their mom and daddy turned them on with a cassette tape of “The Road Not Taken” and “The Extra Mile” and stuff like that. What’s really cool is that the parents come with them and they’re as big a fan as the parents are.
It’s a hard thing to comprehend when you’ve always been on the other side. Who I look at and who I would love to see is George Jones, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, Tammy Wynette, that I grew up listening to. That’s what I perceive the past was in music and it’s hard to comprehend that people feel about you that way.
Raybon says that they want to give back to their loyal fans, so they decided to go back to the studio and work on new music that has the traditional Shenandoah lyrical content, but with a contemporary sound. They enlisted the help of Rascal Flatts’ Jay Demarcus to produce five brand new songs.
We listened to probably about 100 tunes, but we were only going to cut five or six. It got really hard at the end trying to narrow down because we had about 30 that we loved.
Some of those song titles include:
That’s Where I Grew Up
This Side of the Dirt
Wanna With You
Shenandoah started working with a record label this month to get the new music out to fans, so stay tuned for more in 2016. For the latest Shenandoah news and tour dates, visit www.shenandoahband.com.