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Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme's album, 'Prime Time Breaks Radio Chart Record

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Prime TymeRural Rhythm Records is extremely proud to announce Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out hit #1 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine's (BMP) Top 10 Album Chart this month with Prime Tyme. The band also broke a new record with an incredible four singles from this album appearing on the BMP Top 30 Hot Singles chart. This is the first time ever the monthly chart includes that many singles from the same artist during the same month. The songs include: #2 "If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again"; #3 "Old Kentucky Farmers"; #20 "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar"; and #27 "Pretty Little Girl From Galax".

Prime Tyme was released just over a month ago and made its debut at #8 on Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart. This month, the chart success not only includes the #1 on BMP, but also appears at #3 on SiriusXM Radio's Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums, #6 on the Roots Music Report's Top 50 Bluegrass Albums, #7 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 15 Bluegrass Albums, and more.

As Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a band, it is certainly exciting to see the success of so many tracks from Prime Tyme appealing to radio and fans alike. "Pretty Little Girl From Galax" is the #1 single on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Chart (12/2/11), #3 on SiriusXM Radio's Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks, and #6 on Bluegrass Today's Monthly Airplay chart. The first single release, "If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again" climbed again this month to reach the #7 spot on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 30 Bluegrass Singles chart.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are als very proud to announce they have signed with Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser of Moonstruck Management for exclusive booking and management representation. Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business, incorporating artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business.

Peter Keiser comes from a very successful and forward-thinking background as Vice President of Marketing for the famed restaurant chain Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. During his tenure there, Keiser grew an extremely creative and thriving music program, showcasing artists through co-branded products that were marketed and sold only at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Josh Trivett comes from outside the music industry with a background of 13 years in professional golf as a Tour player, National Spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Tour Operations at two different successful golf club companies. After his departure from the golf industry, Trivett stepped into the music business by managing famed bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, resulting in increased visibility of bluegrass music to audiences worldwide.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have long been ones to handle booking and management "in-house" so making the move to partner with Moonstruck Management was a thoughtful process. "We've had a wonderful 20 years of playing some of the best festivals and venues in bluegrass music", stated Russell Moore. "We began making some changes in our business model over the last few years such as signing with Rural Rhythm Records and adding a publicist to our team. Aligning ourselves with the right entities has proven to absolutely be the right decision. When we began thinking about the growth we would like to achieve over our next twenty years, bringing in a management team just seemed to be the natural progression for us. We are thrilled with our new relationship with Josh and Peter and are expecting wonderful things for all of us."

Josh Trivett added, "We are so excited to be a part of the Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out team. We have been big fans of Russell for years and love what he and IIIrd Tyme Out have created in their sound and style. We are looking forward to assisting them in growing their brand, visibility, and partnerships in and outside of the music world. To say the least, we are honored and excited about the future together!" Moonstruck Management will assume the booking and manag ement role for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out effective immediately. For more information, visit http://www.MoonstruckManagement.com/.

Radio host and music critics agree Prime Tyme has set the standard for quality bluegrass music saying...

"Among bluegrass artists, there aren't many superstars, but Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are certainly among them. Prime Tyme is absolutely stunning in its musicianship, harmony, song selection, and just all-around quality. It may be the best IIIrd Tyme Out disc ever!"
-Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Radio, Bluegrass Junction

"Now, in their 20th year as a first-rate bluegrass band, one would expect that Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out would produce a stellar anniversary CD. There isn't a word in the English language that means 'beyond stellar' but as soon as we have one, we'll apply it to their newest recording - Prime Tyme. In the meantime, we'll have to be satisfied with words like: 'stupendous', 'colossal', 'brilliant', and 'astounding'. We congratulate Russell, Steve, Edgar, Justen, Wayne and all the folks at Rural Rhythm Records. Here's a salute to the next 20 years!"
- Brian McNeal, Prescription Bluegrass Radio

"Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out's Prime Tyme proves once again why this band is a consistent award winner. Refreshing interpretations of songs on this recording will make it one of your favorites."
-Bob Webster, WAMU's Bluegrass Country, Stained Glass Bluegrass

"For many years now, IIIrd Tyme Out has been one the most enjoyable - and most awarded groups in Bluegrass Music. After hearing their latest disc, I see no reason why either of those distinctions should come to an end anytime soon. I can tell you this album is proof that Bluegrass Music is in some mighty fine hands!"
- Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

"Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme definitely has the edge in Prime Tyme. This recording is chock full of outstanding music."
- Jim Fisher, WGCS Down Home

As the band celebrates their 20th anniversary, they continue to receive top awards and accolades as evidenced by Russell Moore's win as the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association's Male Vocalist Of The Year – his fourth award in this category. He is also a 6-time winner of the SPBGMA - Male Vocalist Of The Year award. IIIrd Tyme Out is no doubt one of the top awarding-winning bands in bluegrass, receiving over 50 Industry Awards during their impressive career including: 7-time winner of the IBMA - Vocal Group Of The Year; 5-time winner of the SPBGMA - Vocal Group Of The Year, plus many more.

For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out's album, Prime Tyme, plus upcoming tour dates and band news, please visit IIIrdTymeOut.com.

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