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Bluegrass Rulz - Written by a DJ. Sung by a DJ. Meant to be Enjoyed by All

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 CJ the DJMarty McKinney is a bluegrass music Disk Jockey (DJ) and has been playing bluegrass and country music on the radio for almost twenty years. Recently a good friend of his, Carl Jarrell Jr., better known as CJ the DJ, who has also worked in radio for about 25 years, teamed up with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and recorded one of McKinney's songs, titled "Bluegrass Rulz." The song pays special tribute to past, present and future generations of bluegrass music artists. In fact Tuesday, April 3rd, it was the most downloaded song on Airplay Direct.

On Carl's latest release, CJ the DJ, listeners get to hear a recitation by Dr. Ralph Stanley giving his blessing to the newer generations of Bluegrass performers on the debut recording of "Bluegrass Rulz." CJ's version of the song written by Marty McKinney, also from Floyd County, talks about remembering the founding fathers of bluegrass and how their tradition is still going strong.

There is a lot of phenomenal talent coming out of Eastern Kentucky. This area has given the world of country music such talents as Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Billy Ray Cyrus. One of our local talents whose star is on the rise is CJ the DJ. CJ as he is most commonly known is actually named Carl Jarrell Jr. He was born in a community known as Slick Rock near Prestonsburg in Floyd County Kentucky, a beautiful area nestled with in the Appalachian Mountains. He cut his teeth listening to Conway Twitty and George Jones; He was also influenced by a couple Eastern Kentucky Natives; Keith Whitley & Ricky Scaggs. CJ has been a radio DJ for well over 20 years. He has made several trips to Nashville to cover events like Fan Fest and others. CJ also is the co-host and producer of" Big Sandy Bluegrass Time" with bluegrass hall of fame member Melvin Goins. That show can be heard every week on wsip radio 98.9 fm in Paintsville,Kentucky.

His role as a country DJ has given him numerous opportunities to meet and greet the stars of yesterday and tomorrow. He has been a MC for several local events both contry & bluegrass. What's more he has also had the privilege of singing along side many of these wonderful entertainers. CJ's Voice is not what you would typically expect to hear. His deep, southern mellow tones embrace any music style. Perhaps one of our fellow DJ's said it best, "Ranger" Rick Caudill, says "he sounds like a young Carter Stanley".

His Last CD which was a local release was called Music among Friends, and featured such wonderful artists like Jack Green, Melvin Goins, Dave Evans, Charlie Louvin, Doyle Lawson, Dr. Ralph Stanley and others.

CJ's newest offering features fourteen tracks in all and will include some old friends like Bobby Osborne of the Osborne Brothers. Bobby brings his High Tenor vocals to an old gospel classic called "What a Beautiful Day for The Lord to Come Again". The CD will also include Jessie McReynolds of the famous Duo Jim and Jesse. Jesse will lend his vocals for a duet with CJ called "Copper Kettle".

Look for other surprises on CJ's CD like old familiar tunes such as Charley Pride's "All I Have to Offer You is me" and Elvis's "Early Morning Rain" performed with a bluegrass twist. There are several old favorites, some never before heard original songs, as well as several bluegrass gospel tunes like "Mansion in the Sky" and "Way Faring Stranger". It is an enjoyable ride from beginning to end. This project is full of old friends and new memories with appearances by Tad Huff on banjo. It also features John Rigsby on the fiddle and mandolin. Dan huff not only is the CD's engineer but he also plays a major role in the music as he plays dobro, bass, guitar, and even throws in a little percussion. The CD was recorded locally in Big Appal Studios in Paintsville and is produced by Dan Huff along with CJ the DJ.

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