Audie Blaylock and Backroad Gold

Are you a fan of the Travel Channel… or the popular genre of antiquing and restoration on TV these days?

If so you are liable to hear some fine bluegrass when you tune in to Travel’s newest show, Backroad Gold with Corky Coker. The program will debut on February 5 at 9:30 p.m. (EST), and on Wednesday evenings for the next 8 weeks, with a theme song written and performed by Audie Blaylock and Redline.

The song is called The Road That Winds, written by Redline bassist, Reed Jones, and it will be the first single from Audie’s upcoming album. It will be played at the beginning and end of each episode of Backroad Gold, and all the guys are plenty stoked about it.

Here’s a taste…


Audie and Corky share a passion for vintage automobiles and muscle cars, and when they chanced to meet in Hershey, PA a few years ago, Blaylock discovered that Coker was a banjo player and a serious bluegrass fan. He helped Audie find a gig at a stop on the 2013 Hot Rod magazine Power Tour, and when early discussions about this new program started, Corky called Audie to get him to get started writing a theme song.

A big man in the auto world, Corky made his name in the tire business, with a speciality in manufacturing replica tires for auto enthusiasts. If you want rubber for vintage vehicles going back to the early days, or for project cars and motorcycles of every sort, Corker Tires will have what you need. Over the years he has also become recognized as a genuine expert in collecting and selling these vehicles, speaking at shows and appearing in auto-related television shows.

Now The Travel Channel will introduce him to their viewers, traveling the back roads of America, hunting down – and finding – rare and valuable vehicles of every sort. With bluegrass music.

Josh HymerIn other Redline-related news… Audie has brought Josh Hymer onboard playing banjo. A solid Scruggs/Crowe man, Josh spent the last year touring with American Drive, the former members of J.D. Crowe & the New South, minus J.D.

He fills the spot recently vacated by Russ Carson, who had spent the past two and a half years in that role.

Audie also expects that Matt Wallace will be doing most of their shows this year on bass.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.