Charlottesville, VA (August 5th, 2014)—Rebel Records is excited to announce today’s release of “Honky-Tonked to Death,” the new single from Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice’s highly-anticipated album, Trouble Follows Me (REB-1857). The single is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. The physical and online versions of the full album will be released on Tuesday, September 16th.
One of today’s top voices in bluegrass, Junior Sisk has won the acclaim of fans and critics alike for his hard-driving style and commitment to the traditional sound. His distinctive, lonesome vocals earned him the honor of being named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Hailing from southwest Virginia, the epicenter of traditional bluegrass music, Sisk and his talented band continue to lead the way in keeping those beloved sounds alive as evidenced by them recently being named SPBGMA’s 2014 Best Bluegrass Band Overall.,
For this, their fifth release for Rebel Records, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice have provided listeners with a well-rounded collection that hits on all of the great bluegrass themes: loving, losing, and the Lord all find a home here. Several of the top names in bluegrass songwriting have contributed to the album, including Ronnie Bowman, Milan Miller, Tom T. and Dixie Hall, and Sisk himself. Sisk, on vocals and guitar, is joined by a fine band lineup, including Jason "Sweet Tater" Tomlin on bass and vocals, Johnathan Dillon on mandolin and vocals, Jason Davis on banjo and Billy Hawks on fiddle (Hawks recently left the band and has been been replaced by Jamie Harper).
The first single is a familiar tale in the bluegrass and classic country world. Penned by Bill Castle, it tells the story of a man who trades love for swinging doors and neon lights. Set to a bouncy, toe-tapping beat, it is sure to have fans singing along. Sisk says, “The first time I heard the song I knew I had to record it! Bill Castle is an excellent songwriter who I can always count on to come through with a good song for us. 'Honky Tonked to Death' could have really happened to someone and probably did! [It’s] just a fun song to sing and we hope everyone will enjoy it.”