Prime Tyme from IIIrd Tyme Out

Rural Rhythm has announced October 25 as the release date for Prime Tyme, the next CD from Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out.

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Russell left Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver to start a new group? They kicked things off in 1991 when Moore, along with Mike Hartgrove and Ray Deaton, departed’s band Doyle and teamed up with Terry Baucom and Alan Bibey as IIIrd Tyme Out.

Members have come and gone over the years, leaving Russell as the sole original member, whose name is now attached to the group. That seems like an appropriate move, as it has been his distinctive voice that has set the band apart all this time.

Current members Steve Dilling (banjo) and Wayne Benson (mandolin) have been with the group almost as long as Russell, and are as big a part of their personality and style as their lead singer. Fiddler Justen Haynes and bass player Edgar Loudermilk have been with 3TO for several years as well, a model of stability for such a long-lived, hard working band.

Russell tells us that they produced the new record themselves, recording at Greg Luck’s Riverside Audio as they have several times before, and that they have a bargain feature for their long time fans.

“While keeping the cost to consumers the same as previous CDs, we’re releasing 14 songs instead of the industry ‘standard’ of 12 in conjunction with the band’s 20 year celebration.

There are a few songs (Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar; Sugarfoot Rag; Carroll County Blues) and writers (Delmore Bros.; Hank Garland; Ronnie Bowman; David Norris; Billy Smith; Bill Castle) that fans will recognize, along with several new songs and writers that we’re using for the first time.

We’re very excited about this collection of songs and look forward to sharing them everyone soon!”

There should be some audio samples from Prime Tyme available in the near future.

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