NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 24, 2022) - Award-winning group Appalachian Road Show continues to honor the music, traditions, and history of the Appalachian people and regions with their brand new single "Blue Ridge Mountain Baby" out everywhere now. The single, written by members Barry Abernathy and Jim VanCleave, is the group's first release since March of 2020 when they released their album entitled Tribulation. "Blue Ridge Mountain Baby" also marks the beginning of Appalachian Road Show's upcoming project entitled Jubilation.
The accompanying music video, filled with authentic Appalachian-inspired music and quite literally Jubilation, debuted today on The Bluegrass Situation. Appalachian Road Show mandolin player and vocalist Darrell Webb commented on the release of "Blue Ridge Mountain Baby" saying, "I had a blast singing Blue Ridge Mountain Baby! It’s just one of those songs that has that fun classic bluegrass lope. It sounds like it could have been written and recorded by Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass boys in 1946!"
Appalachian Road Show fiddle player and vocalist as well as co-writer of "Blue Ridge Mountain Baby" Jim VanCleave added, "When we settled on the theme and title of Jubilation for this new project (intended to be sort of an "answer" to our last project, Tribulation), we knew exactly the direction some of the of the material needed to head. But, sometimes finding just the right pieces to put it all together can be a task! One day the hook, 'Blue Ridge Mountain Baby,' popped into my head out of the blue sky. In that instant I could just feel what the finished song ought to sound and feel like... We just needed to actually write it... and then perform it! When it was time to record it, Man, did the guys sure scald it! If ever a song felt Like it belongs on an album called Jubilation, I think Blue Ridge Mountain Baby does!"
Barry Abernathy, who also co-wrote "Blue Ridge Mountain Baby" along with VanCleave, commented on the release of the single as well saying, “Blue Ridge Mountain Baby was written with a purpose, to help set the stage for this entire project. The classic “Blue print” sound and feel, makes this cut the predecessor for our long awaited third release. You can definitely feel the spirit of “Jubilation” when you listen to this song!"