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5 Quick Holiday Questions with The Roys

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 5 Quick Holiday Questions with Lee Roy and Elaine of The Roys

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Lee Roy:  Hot Chocolate
Elaine:  Hot chocolate for sure!! Anything chocolate!

What is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?
Lee Roy:  Getting up on Christmas morning to the smell of moms cooking. Enjoying morning time with the family then gathering in the living room to open gifts. Then it’s time to eat and enjoy Christmas dinner together as a family.

Elaine: We always go to church Christmas Eve and get everything ready for Christmas morning.  The morning is filled with cooking and presents and most of all quality family time.  Catching up with loved ones and making lifetime memories, that is my favorite Holiday tradition.

What was your favorite Christmas present as a child?
Lee Roy:  It was a Hot Wheels racing set.
Elaine:   I got a tape recorder.  It was the first time I could record myself singing.  I thought that was the neatest thing.  To hit play and listen to what I just recorded!

How did you learn the truth about Santa Clause? 
Lee Roy:  Well I kinda saw my gifts before Christmas and saw they said from Santa lol
Elaine:   Well if you are asking if I believe in Santa Clause, YES!!!!! (I think my cousin told me lol)

What is Your Favorite Christmas Song?
Lee Roy:  Oh Holy Night. The true meaning of the season!
Elaine:   Oh Holy Night is just a beautifully written song about the true meaning of the season.  Love that song.


The Roys have definitely brought the holidays home with their newest CD, BLUEGRASS KINDA CHRISTMAS (Rural Rhythm Records), available now at Walmart, Amazon and iTunes.  THE ROYS’ much-heralded sibling harmonies, spot-on lead vocals and agile musicianship shine a light on Christmas songs both new and old, creating a festive holiday ambiance that’s apropos for any seasonal celebration.

Recorded during a hot Tennessee summer, BLUEGRASS KINDA CHRISTMAS features Elaine Roy (Guitar), Lee Roy (Mandolin, Mandocello, Mandola), Clint White (Fiddle), Daniel Patrick (Banjo, Dobro), Erik Alvar (Bass), and Josh Swift (Dobro*), and was recorded at THE ROYS’ own studio in Hendersonville.

Lee Roy and Elaine wrapped their 2014 touring season – appropriately – with a performance at the Christmas In The Smokies concert in Pigeon Forge, TN on December 13.

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Artist Lineup Announced for 2014 Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show

Christmas 4 Kids

The Christmas 4 Kids organization has announced its lineup of participating artists for this year’s annual tour bus show to be held at the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart. On Monday, December 15th from 5-9 PM, stars will gather on parked tour buses to meet fans and give them an inside look at a country artist’s home on the road.

This year’s participating celebrities include Hunter Hayes, Jeff Bates, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Danielle Peck, Jan Howard, Shelly West, Bryan White, Bo Bice, Buddy Jewell, The Roys, Ashton Shepherd, Guy Gilchrist and more. Admission to the event is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 2-12 and $20 for a family pass. Admission for children under 2 is free. Tickets may be purchased onsite at the Hendersonville Walmart (204 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075) on the day of the event.

On Tuesday, December 16th, over 400 underprivileged children from 29 different schools around Middle Tennessee will participate in a day-long shopping excursion. This special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Hendersonville Expo Center. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend on anything they like.

Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with a very special Christmas gift.

For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, visit

The Roys Release Lyric Video for “No More Lonely”

Brother/sister Bluegrass duo The Roys have released a companion lyric video  to their newest radio single, “No More Lonely.”  Produced by Sammy Passamano, the digital creation intersperses colorful “cue card” stills with teases of breathtaking artwork from the siblings’ upcoming CD, THE VIEW, due in stores in September on Rural Rhythm Records.

“Lyric videos are becoming more and more popular all the time,” Passamano notes.  “They help fans connect with a song’s message while creating an entertaining visual experience that further enhances the music.”

Sammy used Adobe After Effects software to create the piece; his first in this format.  His previous efforts include conceptual and live music videos for THE ROYS, Marty Raybon, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Darrell Webb, Monroeville, Billy Droze and Brand New Strings.

“No More Lonely” was written by Elaine, Lee and Nashville hitmaker Steve Dean; the single is now available for purchase at  iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus, Rhapsody and eMusic.

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Additional Performers Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass


Additional artists have been announced for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, which takes place October 3-4 in Raleigh, North Carolina; the list includes Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chatham County Line, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Della Mae, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Special Consensus, Town Mountain, The Deadly Gentlemen, James King Band, Larry Stephenson Band, Mustered Courage, The Roys and The Davidson Brothers. Of special note in the WOB lineup are two legendary bluegrass artists: Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds, from Virginia, and North Carolina’s own Bobby Hicks, a ten time Grammy award winning fiddler who recently received the prestigious North Carolina Heritage Award from the North Carolina Arts Council. For his set, Hicks will be joined by musicians Tony Williamson, Ron Shuffler and other special guests.

These artists will join the previously announced Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby, Del McCoury Band with special guests, Hot Rize (with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers), Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet’s world premiere of new concerto “Lucid Dreamer” and the Wide Open Jam, featuring the superstar lineup of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan as the performers for the ticketed portion of the two-day music festival.

Performers for the free Street Festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass will be announced in the coming months.

Wide Open Bluegrass is part of International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Those wishing to obtain tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages), Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, Single day general admission for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50, with a three-day Bluegrass Ramble pass available for $75. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

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