“Audie Blaylock’s mellow, wailing tenor and lightning-fast guitar picking have made him one of the names to watch in the world of traditional bluegrass.”–ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Award-winning vocalist and guitarist, AUDIE BLAYLOCK is certainly one of the hottest Bluegrass artists today. Along with his band REDLINE, they are celebrating a load of #1 singles from numerous albums on the Rural Rhythm Records label, and thrilling audiences with their incredible musicianship, impeccable harmony and highly entertaining stage shows.
AUDIE BLAYLOCK & REDLINE’s album release, HARD COUNTRY (Rural Rhythm), includes the single, “A Natural Thing.” The song is appeared 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 took center stage again in 2010 with his self-produced album, Cryin’Heart Blues, his sophomore album on Rural Rhythm Records. He continued to wow audiences with the energy of the early days of bluegrass to every show. “The song, “Cryin Heart Blues”, went to #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts and the song “Matches” was one #1 on Sirius-XM Most Played Tracks.
Multi-Grammy® Award winner Carl Jackson writes in the liner notes of Audie’s first self-titled debut album on Rural Rhythm Records. “This new project by Audie Blaylock and Redline is not only bluegrass… its GREAT bluegrass… no argument… end of discussion!!! I was blown away by the professionalism of Audie’s performance at IBMA Fanfest this past year and this album further confirms that he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of bluegrass music for years to come.”
- 2013 IBMA Nominated Recorded Instrumental Performance of the Year – “Newton’s Grove” from the album Hard Country.
- 2011 IBMA Nominated Album of the Year for “The All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain” – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Crowe Brothers, Mark Newton, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carl Jackson, Carrie Hassler, Brand New Strings (artists); Mark Newton & Carl Jackson (producers); Rural Rhythm Records (label)
- Grammy Award Nominee, Best Bluegrass Album and an IBMA nomination for Recorded Event of the Year for “A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass.” This group project included Audie Blaylock on guitar and vocals along with a stellar lineup of musicians, including former Sunny Mountain Boys J.D. Crowe, Paul Williams, and Kenny Ingram.
- International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award Nominee 2001, with Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.
- Instrumental Group of the Year Award at the 18th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN in October 2007. Audie was the featured artist with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. “I’m extremely honored to receive the award that so many prestigious and talented musicians have been nominated for and received in the past. This is a great honor for myself and the entire group,” said Audie Blaylock. “This is particularly humbling when you consider the caliber of the past recipients such as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Nickel Creek, Del McCoury and others,” he adds.
- In addition to playing with some of bluegrass music’s most distinguished acts over the years, including the great Jimmy Martin and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Audie has also performed with the legendary Lynn Morris Band, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, and songwriting great, Harley Allen.
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.
His Band REDLINE:
PATRICK MCAVINUE – Fiddle
Patrick McAvinue, 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year, is regarded as one of the most innovative young fiddlers in the industry, able to translate the traditions of Bluegrass into a fresh, eclectic, forward-thinking language of his own. Patrick’s CD release, Rutland’s Reel, is described as, “a roller coaster of pure uncut fiddle nirvana” (Joseph Scott, Country Music Pride).
A highly in-demand sideman, he has performed and recorded with Bluegrass music icons Bobby Osborne, Del McCoury, Marty Stuart, Paul Williams and J.D. Crowe, to name a few. He and his fiddle have appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Country Ren-dez vous Festival in Crappone, FR, The U.S. Embassy in Quito, EC, Die Dreikönigskirche in Dresden, DE and The Koppernik Theatre in Prague, CZ. Patrick has been touring with the acclaimed Bluegrass super-group Audie Blaylock & Redline for the past decade and is a featured recording artist for the Patuxent Music recording label.
He holds a BM in Jazz Performance from Towson University, where he studied under the direction of renowned pianist Tim Murphy, trumpeter David Ballou and violinist Dr. Jeffrey Howard. Currently, Patrick resides in Baltimore, MD where he is an Instrumental Music teacher for the Waldorf School of Baltimore and Mike’s Music in Ellicott City.
Patrick McAvinue has two solo recordings (Grave Run, Rutland’s Reel) available through Patuxent Music.
REED JONES – Bass
By sixteen Reed was playing in a Christian rock band with musicians three time his age and experience, and by the time he went away to college, he was playing mandolin in a bluegrass band. In 2005, Reed began playing guitar with Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap, a regional bluegrass act with whom he won the SPBGMA International Band Championship in 2006. At this time, Reed graduated college and completed an original research project on the now legendary recording The Bluegrass Album, which was later cited in the official Tony Rice biography, Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story. He also began doing freelance bass work with bands like Unlimited Tradition and Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers on the side. His stint with Cumberland Gap ended in 2010 when Reed accepted the bass-playing position in the internationally-acclaimed bluegrass act Audie Blaylock and Redline. Reed toured regularly with Redline for a year and still performs with the band occasionally. While with Redline, Reed helped record I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky, which boasted several charting singles, including the number one Cry, Cry, Darlin. In 2014, the television series Backroad Gold premiered on the Travel Channel to the sound of Reed playing bass on the song he wrote as the theme for the series, further demonstrating his devotion to the honing of his craft as an instrumentalist and songwriter.
EVAN WARD – Banjo
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona Evan returns to Audie Blaylock & Redline! He grew up in the music, with his grandfather playing bluegrass. Fans remember him as the featured banjo player on the original 2009 self-titled Audie Blaylock & Redline CD and the 2010 Cryin’ Heart Blues CD. His playing is masterful and speaks for itself. Evan now teaches Middle and High School Latin classes at a Charter school in Phoenix.