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Stoney Creek to Release 'Are You Ready?', Announce Double CD Release Concert

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Are You Ready?Hedgesville, W.Va. (May 29, 2012) - Calv'ry Booking and Management will release "Are You Ready?”, the new gospel album from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band, on Tuesday, June 19. The debut single and title track, “Are You Ready?”, has been released through AirPlay Direct and iTunes and is being serviced to bluegrass radio. The song's music video will begin airing in rotation on BlueHighways TV in June. The video is currently available online through YouTube and Yallwire and below.

On June 15, Stoney Creek will be performing a double CD release concert for Are You Ready? and the long-awaited CD re-issue of Darrell Sanders' "West Virginia Style" album. The CD release show will be held at Poor House Farm, a 137-acre park in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The concert is being hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle and admission will be donations of any amount to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Advance copies of Stoney Creek's Are You Ready? and Darrell Sanders' "West Virginia Style" will be available at the show, as well as DVD copies of the "Are You Ready?" music video.

The track “Are You Ready?” was written by the late Dee Stottlemyer, sister of Stoney Creek’s Libby Files. The new gospel album also features Stottlemyer’s song “Will It Be You?”. The music video for “Are You Ready?” is largely a tribute to Stottlemyer, who passed away in 2004. Libby Files handles most of the lead vocals on “Are You Ready?”, but the track also contains several lines of Stottlemyer’s lead vocals taken from a recording she made before her passing. The duet between Files and Stottlemyer is the first vocal guest appearance on a Stoney Creek project, and the music video shows Files visiting her sister’s grave.

"This particular gospel project is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. Being able to record a song that my sister wrote is an honor, but at the same time a difficult task to do since her passing in 2004,” Files says. “Throughout my thirteen years of playing bluegrass and her four or five years, we never performed or sang together before her passing. That’s one thing that I regret, but it finally came down to doing it like this – adding her voice on an original song that she wrote.”

The music video for "Are You Ready?" also includes imagery from around West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle where Stoney Creek is based. One shot shows the property of the late classical banjoist and luthier Andy Boarman, who built parts and repaired instruments for Don Reno, Little Roy Lewis, J.D. Crowe, Sonny Osborne, and Stoney Creek’s Darrell Sanders in the 1970s and 1980s. Sanders' banjo break for the video was filmed along the railroad tracks near Martinsburg where Sanders practiced banjo as a young teenager. The video includes a mountaintop guitar break from Ed Barney, who once again delivers with his fluid brand of flatpicking. Barney, a Martinsburg native, toured internationally as a lead guitarist for Up with People in the 1980s before beginning his bluegrass career. The video finds Stoney Creek's former mandolin player Brett Smeltzer at French’s Kountry Kwick Stop, the well-known home to an ongoing bluegrass jam for more than 40 years near Hedgesville. The full band was filmed on stage at Back Creek Valley’s Central Chapel. The music video and album artwork depicts a cross displaying the words “Are You Ready”, filmed in Files’ hometown of Jones Spring.

The album Are You Ready? contains ten bluegrass gospel tracks, mostly featuring Libby Files and Ed Barney on lead vocals. All band members trade harmony vocals throughout the project, with additional lead vocal contributions from Darrell Sanders and Brett Smeltzer. The project was recorded at Old World Media in Hedgesville and produced by Aaron Kilmer and Libby Files.

Darrell Sanders' "West Virginia Style" album was originally released in 1983 on Webco Records. “West Virginia Style” features Sanders with his then-current band, Bill Harrell and the Virginians (with Bill Harrell on guitar, Larry Stephenson on mandolin, Carl Nelson on fiddle, and Ed Ferris on bass) and special guest Mike Auldridge on dobro. Although highly regarded among bluegrass musicians and still frequently requested by fans, “West Virginia Style” had been out-of-print since the 1980s. “I’m glad to see it come back, and I hope everyone else likes it too,” Sanders said regarding the long awaited release. “It’s been a long time.” Larry Stephenson offered the following statement: “I'm very happy for my old friend Darrell Sanders with the re-release of "West Virginia Style". This record was cut in the early 80's while we were working with the great Bill Harrell. This record still sounds good today ... enjoy everyone!” Mike Auldridge recently commented on the release as well, saying “I'm glad to hear that "West Virginia Style" is being reissued. I was impressed at how fresh it all still sounds.” The double CD release concert will be held at Poor House Farm Park, located at 213 Almshouse Road in Martinsburg, on Friday, June 15. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. General admission will be donations of any amount to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The concert will be held rain or shine. Seating will be at the Rotary Pavilion or open lawn. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring chairs for the open lawn. Refreshments will be sold and a playground is available on site for children. For additional information about the June 15 CD release show, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle at 304-263-5522 or through the agency's website. Since 1974, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle has been helping to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The agency serves children from ages 6-14 years, who are primarily from single parent families. Big Brothers Big Sisters currently serve 160 children, with approximately 40 waiting to be matched with an adult mentor. Stoney Creek's upcoming tour dates and details about the new release can be found at the band's website StoneyCreekBluegrass.net or the band's Facebook page.

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