A world of thanks from CJ the DJ, as he ended up last week only 1 spin shy of a record breaking 3 weeks in a row as Number 1 on the roots music report. If you haven’t checked out CJ yet, then you and your listeners are missing out. CJ is currently ranked 13th all time in the list of most downloaded artists on Airplay Direct.
Robert Bartosh (Roots Music Review) said, "This has got to be some of the best bluegrass that has come out of the great state of Kentucky in quite some time. CJ THE DJ has a voice that is heartfelt and his vocal performance definitely informs the listener that this man knows his music and is not afraid to sing it to the world. CJ's voice is deep and rich in tone and is complimented by a killer band “East Kentucky Rain", these musicians are compelling and their licks are unblemished. The production is first-rate and every track on the CD has hit potential. It just doesn't get any better than this for any bluegrass fan and radio will be spinning this CD for their listeners till the cows come home."
Carl Jarrell Jr. was born just off the Country Music Highway at Slick Rock in Floyd County. His first love has always been music. Jarrell has been a radio disc jockey for more than 23 years and has served as Master of Ceremony at many events throughout the region. He is best known as "CJ the DJ" but is quickly becoming one of the region's most talented bluegrass artists.
"I've always loved bluegrass music," Jarrell said. "My music influences over the years have been Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, George Jones, Vern Gosdin and others."
CJ's version of "Bluegrass Rules," written by Marty McKinney of Floyd County, talks about remembering the founding fathers of Bluegrass and how their tradition remains strong today. "Bluegrass music wouldn't be what it still is today without the likes of Ralph and Carter Stanley, Bill Monroe and so many others," Jarrell said.
Look for other surprises on CJ's newest release, including Charley Pride's "All I Have to Offer You is Me" and Elvis' "Early Morning Rain." Religious numbers include "Mansion in the Sky" and "Way Faring Stranger."
CJ's latest CD features outstanding bluegrass artists -- legends and more. You'll find Dr. Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Louvin, Melvin Goins, Dave Evans, Bobby Osborne and a whole lot more among the wonderful tracks.
You will also hear a recitation by Dr. Ralph Stanley himself giving his blessing to the newer generations of Bluegrass performers on a never before heard song called “Bluegrass Rulz” CJ’s version of the song written by Marty McKinney also from Floyd County talks about remembering the founding fathers of bluegrass and how their tradition is still going strong.