Saturday, November 30, 2013

BR5-49 Goes Back To Their Beginnings For New Live Album Release

When BR5-49 was founded in 1993, the band originally comprised Gary Bennett (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar), Don Herron (steel guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar), "Smilin'" Jay McDowell (upright bass), Chuck Mead (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar), and "Hawk" Shaw Wilson (drums, background vocals).

The band's first release for Arista Nashville was an extended play short album entitled Live at Robert's, which comprised originals and cover songs. 17 years later, the guys have just released a follow-up full album entitled More From Robert's.  The full live album is comprised of outtakes from the recordings made for the Live From Robert's EP. It was recorded in 1996 at the height of the band's success playing for tips on Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN at Robert's Western World. This album is available through Robert's Western World or by contacting the band through their Facebook page. It includes two of their three charted hits, "Cherokee Boogie" and "Little Ramona," as well as 21 additional songs.

BR549 has released six albums and two EPs, including three albums on Arista Nashville and two on Dualtone Records. The band's self-titled debut album produced three singles on the Billboard country charts in 1996. The band was nominated three times for the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.  You can check out their music video for "Cherokee Boogie" below:

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