Nightflyer announces the release of the single “Old River” from their upcoming sophomore release “Rail River & Road.” Written by Hazel Dickens, the song highlights the vocal talents of banjoist Ronnie Stewart and guitarist Richard Propps. Although Propps most often takes the lead, on this track he contributes his soaring tenor over Stewart’s hair-raising vocals. The band is rounded out by bassist Tony Kakaris, Tim Jackson on dobro and Rick Hayes on mandolin. Guest Clay Hess provided the rhythm guitar work.
The full “Rail River & Road” CD is due out late August. The project was tracked, mixed and mastered in Rick Hayes’ studio Hayes Productions. Hayes and Clay Hess, of The Clay Hess Band, co-produced and arranged the songs. The CD will be released on the Kang Records label.
“Old River” is now available to DJ’s via Airplay Direct at http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/nightflyer-railriverroad/ and for sale on the Nightflyer website at www.nightflyerband.com.
Nightflyer, named in honor of Tony Rice’s song and album of the same name, consists of a group of talented professionals, hailing from Southwestern Ohio. The band is a perfect blend of contemporary bluegrass with strong traditional roots, a little gospel and just a touch of the blues thrown in – all culminating in a distinctive Nightflyer sound wrapped up in an entertaining show that appeals to all types of bluegrass fans.
The band's lead singer and guitarist Richard Propps consistently receives rave reviews on his powerful and often awe-inspiring vocals and excellent guitar playing. Superb mandolinist and occasional lead vocalist Rick Hayes, spent four years touring nationally with the Gibson Brothers, and recived a coveted Highlight Review from Bluegrass Unlimited on his solo CD "Fly By Night." Tony Kakaris is the rock solid heartbeat of Nightflyer on the standup bass, lending baritone as well as lead vocals to the group. Tim Jackson adds spice to the mix with his fiery dobro performances, and an occasional lead and baritone. Rounding out the sound is Ronnie Stewart, contributing killer banjo, and sweet lyrical tenor and lead vocals. Each individual is outstanding on their own, but this is truly a band that is greater than the sum of its parts.