Daywind Music Group is relaunching Thoroughbred Records, a bluegrass gospel label with historic ties to the genre. Thoroughbred’s first signing is Chosen Road who will debut with a brand-new album, Appalachian Christmas, featuring several friends, including Selah, Point of Grace, and more.
“Christian Hearts with a Musicians’ Mind–that’s what I’m reminded of when I think of Chosen Road,” notes A&R and Creative Director of Thoroughbred Records/Billy Blue Records Jerry Salley. “Over the years of getting to know this band and its founder, Jonathan Buckner, I have been impressed not only with their musical ability, but also their hearts for the God they serve and sing about. I am very excited to launch Thoroughbred Records, our new, all-bluegrass-gospel label with such a sincere and exciting group.”
“As a band, we couldn’t be more excited about the re-launch of Thoroughbred Records, and the opportunity to be a part of the Daywind family,” adds Buckner. “Thoroughbred Records has a rich history in bluegrass and roots gospel music. We grew up listening to the legendary artists that once called Thoroughbred home. We’re honored to become a part of that legacy. Daywind has made such a positive impact on the world through gospel music, and that is why Chosen Road exists. We look forward to bringing hope through some exciting new music to audiences and listeners very soon.”
Thoroughbred Records emerged in 1995 and was home to the Lewis Family, Hall of Famers in both the bluegrass and Gospel genres, until shortly before their retirement in 2009. The Easter Brothers followed, as well as the Chigger Hill Boys and Terri, who joined the label in 2003.
The label directed attention to the gospel side of bluegrass through its two-volume collection of bluegrass gospel music, O Lord How Great Thou Art, which featured Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Cardinals, Alison Kraus, Ricky Skaggs, and many more. Thoroughbred culminated its successful initial run with an audio/video collaboration featuring Jeff and Sheri Easter, the Lewis Family, and the Easter Brothers aptly titled We are Family.
Thoroughbred Records will be distributed to Christian retail through New Day Christian Distributors.
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