Audie Blaylock was born in El Paso, Texas into a family whose roots go back to the hills of Virginia and Tennessee, Audie learned to play guitar and sing with his parents and siblings, and went on to play locally in the Lansing, Michigan, area where he grew up. In 1982, at age 19, Audie Blaylock joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys and spent nine years on the road learning the craft of bluegrass from one of the music’s first-generation legends.
Nowadays Audie Blaylock & Redline have a brand new 2012 summer album release, Hard Country (Rural Rhythm), that includes the new single, A Natural Thing. The song is already appearing on the charts including the June 2012 Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine Top 30 Hot Singles Chart and on the Into the Blue's Top Pick of the Month on the Bluegrass Radio Network. I chose the name Hard Country because I think it really defines the music on this disc. It still has that hard-driving bluegrass edge - then changes into slower paced ballad type songs as well, which really show cases the versatility of this band. It also shows just how closely bluegrass and country music are related, explained Audie.
Audie Blaylock & Redline are still celebrating their album I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky (A Bill Monroe Celebration) that previously made its debut at #1 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 Albums in July 2011, and hit #1 on the Bluegrass Today's Weekly Song Chart. The album continues to be a sure fire hit with radio with five songs (Cry Cry Darlin', I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky, In Despair, Mighty Dark to Travel, and Out in the Cold) that topped the charts. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine gave this project a big thumbs up saying, The vocal work by Blaylock and others is topnotch, the instrumental support is right on the mark, and the Father of Bluegrass would no doubt find this release very much to his liking, with Country Standard Time raving, Put it on, turn it up, and drift away!
Audie Blaylock & Redline are smokin' hot! Don't miss an opportunity to experience the thrill of incredible musicianship, impeccable harmony and this hard driving band's unforgettable stage show!
Audie Blaylock: Guitar, Lead Vocals
Patrick McAvinue: Fiddle
Russ Carson: Banjo
Reed Jones: Bass, Vocals
Jesse Brock: Mandolin, Vocals
“Much verbiage has poured forth in this publication in 2011 in honor of Mr. Bill Monroe’s centennial birth year, but in the end the ever-reliable Audie Blaylock and Redline have got it right: the music speaks most profoundly of the man.”-David McGee, The Bluegrass Special
“Though Blaylock and company found solid chart success with their last effort, Cryin’ Heart Blues is arguably Blaylock’s best overall album to date as it combines a little bit of everything, crossing through genre borders, and rolls it all together into one cohesive effort worth giving a spin to.”–Today's Country Magazine
“Whether these guys are unlimbering their formidable talents on a Carter Stanley classic (“Let’s Part The Best Of Friends”), an old Jimmy Martin gospel staple (“Pray The Clouds Away”), a contemporary honky-tonker (Keith Stegall’s “Matches”) or a reprise of a ’50s Ray Price country hit (“Talk To Your Heart”), the result is first-rate. If artistry and authenticity still really are bywords, then Cryin’ Heart Blues assures Blaylock’s place among the leading ranks of bluegrass’s headliners.”–Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine