Hamlin, WV -- Jim & Valerie Gabehart are proud to announce the release of their latest project, I Was Raised in a Railroad Town. Recorded at Eagle Canyon Music in Nashville, the album was produced and engineered by Steve Thomas and features Valerie Gabehart on guitar and lead vocals, Jim Gabehart on banjo and vocals, Brandon Shuping on mandolin and vocals, and John "Buckwheat" Green on bass and vocals. Guests Steve Thomas and Randy Kohrs join in on fiddle and resophonic guitar. The album's title cut hit the airwaves in October.
"We've gotten a really positive response about the first single off the album, and we're excited to release the full CD just in time for Christmas," said Jim Gabehart.
I Was Raised in a Railroad Town features six original tunes from Jim Gabehart and Buckwheat Green, as well as a bonus track featuring Jim & Valerie's daughter Amy Taylor, singing one of her own compositions. Fans used to Jim and Valerie's playful banter will enjoy the humorous "Marital Bliss" and "Can't Live With Him (Can't Live Without Him)".
Jim & Valerie Gabehart have been husband and wife, and musical partners, for 29 years. After staying close to home in the hills of West Virginia while raising their family, their children have grown and gone and Jim & Valerie last CD was titled "It's My Turn".
Jim & Valerie are well known to bluegrass audiences in their home state of West Virginia, as well as surrounding states. Jim is a five-time West Virginia State Banjo Champion who has performed on stage with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Mac Wiseman, Larry Sparks, John Hartford, and Ray Charles, to name a few. Valerie is a vocalist that Bluegrass Unlimited called "a gutty, dynamic singer (with) major league talent." For more information on Jim and Valerie Gabehart, visit www.JimAndValerieGabehart.com.
After finding the right combination of musicians, working on new material, updating promotional materials, recording, and entry into the wonderful world of the internet with this website, Jim & Valerie are ready to hit the stage with enthusiasm and excitement! While firmly rooted in traditional bluegrass music, Jim & Valerie have composed original songs and arrangements and are not just a "cover" band. They have played hundreds of every imaginable type of venue and event and offer not only great music, but also experience and professionalism. Whether you’re looking for a group for an upcoming event or you’re a bluegrass music fan, listen to the music samples, explore this website and check back often for news, photos, and schedule updates.
Songs from the album are available for download at AirplayDirect.com. The album is also available for purchase at www.JimAndValerieGabehart.com.