Tuesday, May 13, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand

Artist:Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand
Song:Banjo Boy
Album:Dream Big

The 2005 CD Dream Big was Capitol Records' attempt to turn the bluegrass group Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand into mainstream country music stars. They had been around since the mid-90s. Ryan Shupe is from Ogden, UT. He started playing fiddle at five years of age and toured nationally with The Pee Wee Pickers. This was a group of ten year old bluegrass players. Shupe says the name RubberBand is because bands break up all the time and then snap back. The band formed in 1996. Shupe is the lead singer and fiddle and mandolin. The other core members of the band are Roger Archibald on guitar and Craig Miner on banjo, mandolin and dobro. The band has had several bassists and drummers over the years. The RubberBand started to get a following in Utah opening for touring country acts. They recorded several CDs on their own label Tydal Wave. Banjo Boy was first recorded on the 1999 CD Simplify and then on the 2003 CD Hey Hey Hey. That CD got them a deal at Capitol. Dream Big is just a repackaging of Hey Hey Hey. The first single Dream Big was a top 30 country hit. But the second single Banjo Boy didn't chart. The song is funny. Shupe sings about wanting to be a rock star. There's one problem. He plays the banjo. The CD did OK but it wasn't good enough for Capitol and the band was dropped. After releasing one CD on the second tier label Montage in 2008, Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand went back to recording on their own label. Their latest CD Brand New Shoes was released in 2010. But they still tour and if you're a bluegrass fan, you might want to check them out. Here's the video for Banjo Boy by Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand.

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