Lebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® celebrates a No. 1 Billboard debut this week with their exclusive music program’s latest release, Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed, recorded by legendary bluegrass band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. The album, made up of classic country hits re-recorded in the band’s signature bluegrass style, gives a modern flare to the popular music originally recorded by Elvis, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Tammy Wynette, among others. The classic CD is available now at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations as well as crackerbarrel.com, iTunes and Amazon.com.
“We’re thrilled to have this album debut on the Billboard Top Current Bluegrass Albums chart,” says Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Since our music program’s launch in 2005, we’ve strived to offer music that’s top-notch and strikes a chord with our guests.” She adds, “We hope this album, recorded by one of the most acclaimed bands in the bluegrass genre, will become a true musical staple that people will treasure for years to come.”
Producer Barry Bales says, “Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out has been traveling the highways and byways of this country for over twenty years, bringing their talents to bluegrass music fans all over North America. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has been providing great food and comfort to many of those same folks traveling many of those same roads. So it seems only fitting that they would now be bringing you a collection of new music from Russell and the boys. Cracker Barrel and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out all under one roof - what could be better?”
Commenting on the remake of his original “Farewell Party,” Gene Watson says, “I’m a huge fan of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. It means a lot to me that they appreciate this timeless song. It’s living proof that a great song can be recorded for any format of music and be appreciated for eternity. And what a great job they’ve done on it!”
Bobby Osborne of The Osborne Brothers, writer of “Big Spike Hammer,” added, “I’ve always appreciated and admired Russell Moore for what he has done for bluegrass music through the years and this project just validates my admiration for him and IIIrd Tyme Out.”
Lead singer and five-time IBMA Male Vocalist Of The Year Russell Moore says, "We're very proud and excited to see Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed hit the Billboard chart and we're grateful for the opportunity to present this CD to our fans, old and new, through our collaboration with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. It's our sincere hope that our presentation of these classic songs will serve as tribute to some of our musical heroes, and that the CD will be a topic of discussion and listened to for many years to come."
For more information on Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed and other music releases from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, visit www.crackerbarrel.com.