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Steve GulleyNashville, TN -- The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across generations with strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music. It starts with long time radio personality Don Gulley who was a founding member of the Bluegrass group the Pinnacle Mountain Boys. Don’s son, Steve Gulley, has carried on the family tradition performing for many years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, as a founding member of Bluegrass super groups Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, as a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and with Steve’s longtime friend and colleague Dale Ann Bradley.

Now Steve has begun a new chapter in his music career heading up his own band Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle. "After a lifetime of living and breathing bluegrass music, I feel like it's finally time to spread my wings a little bit and put my name and stamp on something that totally reflects my personality and musical passion. I've been so blessed to have gotten to travel and perform with some of the finest musicians and people in the world and have helped to create some music of which I'm so proud to have been a part. Hopefully, after so many years of traveling the world performing, folks know what I do and will want to hear the music I'll make with the new band. Along with my good friends at Rural Rhythm Records and The Andrea Roberts Agency, I look forward to what the future holds and couldn't be more excited to start this new phase of my life and career", says Steve Gulley.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle includes:

  • Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals)
  • Bryan Turner (bass, vocals)
  • Gary Robinson, Jr. (mandolin)
  • Matthew Cruby (banjo, vocals)

Steve Gulley certainly does not need any introduction to the Bluegrass community with accomplishments that includes 16 years as a featured performer, staff musician, music director, studio manager and producer at Renfro Valley, KY. From 1994-96 Steve was a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and a founding member of Mountain Heart ('98 - '06) and Grasstowne ('06 - '11). Steve is a winner of 4 IBMA Awards including Co-writer of the 2008 Song Of The Year, "Through The Window Of A Train", by Blue Highway and SPBGMA Multi award winner including 2008 Album Of The Year, "The Road Headin' Home”, by Grasstowne.

In addition, Steve has produced many albums at his Curve Recording studio in Cumberland Gap, TN, including the Dove nominated album “Healed” for Locust Ridge, the critically acclaimed Civil War album project “God Didn’t Choose Sides”, and the Christmas CD/DVD and broadcast of “Christmas The Mountain Way”, which aired on RFD-TV’s FamilyNet and BlueHighways TV networks.

Steve has put together an impressive group of musicians to form New Pinnacle pulling some of the top talent in his Tennessee / Kentucky / Virginia border state community that he has called his home all his life.

Bryan Turner is a super talented musician with a strong pedigree in bluegrass, country and gospel music. His family contains many well-respected musicians including his dad, Bill, and his late uncle, Buster Turner, who wrote and performed so many wonderful songs that have been recorded by some of bluegrass and gospel music's most respected artists. However, Bryan doesn't stand on his family name alone. He has carved his own musical path filled with respect and accomplishments. He has performed and traveled with the groups Cumberland Gap Connection, Pine Mountain Railroad and The Dale Ann Bradley Band and worked with many other great names in the bluegrass world. Besides being a fine instrumentalist and vocalist, Bryan is also a great studio engineer and technician. He is co-owner, along with Steve Gulley and Mark Laws, of The Curve Recording Studio and has his name on a great number of nationally acclaimed recordings that have been created there. A native of New Tazewell, TN, Bryan plays bass and sings lead and harmony vocals in the band and is a welcome and valuable asset to New Pinnacle.

Gary Robinson, Jr. is a spectacular young multi-instrumentalist who hails from Lee County in the beautiful mountains of southwestern Virginia near the Cumberland Gap National Park where so much great bluegrass and old - time roots music has originated. Gary carries the banner of that music proudly and it shows in everything he does. Although only in his early twenties, Gary boasts a long tenure in the world of bluegrass music. He started playing guitar at age 8 and mandolin when he was only 9 years old. As his love for the music and his talent grew, he later made his way to the stages of Renfro Valley as part of its Young Country Showcase where he was exposed to a larger audience. Not long after, he joined the band Cumberland Gap Connection where he remained for several years, he then became a member of the hard driving, cutting edge bluegrass band, Cumberland River until 2014. Gary plays mandolin in New Pinnacle, but is also accomplished on several other instruments including guitar and banjo.

Matthew Cruby resides in the small town of Fort Blackmore, Virginia with his wife, Melinda, and their daughter, Matalie. Matt was introduced to bluegrass music at a young age and it has remained a big part of his life ever since. He began playing the guitar when he was only 5 years old. Then, at age 10, he took an interest in playing the banjo and soon became incredibly well versed on that instrument as well. Over the years since those early days, he has become well known in bluegrass circles for his impeccable musicianship as well as his passion for the music. Matt has performed and toured with the groups Appalachian Trail and Dave Adkins and Republik Steele. He plays banjo and sings harmony vocals with New Pinnacle.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle has joined the successful artist roster of the Andrea Roberts Agency (ARA) and Andrea will be lining up performance dates for the 2015 calendar at the upcoming 2014 IBMA Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina later this month. "The Andrea Roberts Agency is thrilled to add Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle to our roster of talent! Steve is one of the premiere male vocalists in our industry, as well as being one of the most beloved and respected, and it's an honor to be working with him as he moves into the next phase of his career", commented Andrea Roberts.

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle are currently gathering songs for their Rural Rhythm Records debut album coming out in the first quarter of 2015. Rural Rhythm Records has been the home for Steve Gulley’s recordings since 2010. Plans call for a single from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle to be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

“Steve Gulley has been a very important part of Rural Rhythm Records dating back to 2010 with the release of his album, ‘Dogwood Winter’ (with Tim Stafford) and the next year with ‘Kickin’ Up Dust’ with Grasstowne. Since 2010 Steve has been a major factor in the creation of 10 albums released on Rural Rhythm where Steve has been a featured artist, songwriter, guest musician, or album producer. We are all trilled about this new chapter in Steve’s career with the formation of Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle. The time is right for Steve to head up his own band and it will be a treat for us all to hear the amazing music that will come from this new band for future generations to enjoy” – Sam Passamano, II, President – Rural Rhythm Records.

Father and Son, Don Gulley and Steve Gulley recently had a chance to record several songs together on Steve’s new gospel album Family, Friends & Fellowship which was released in July of this year on Rural Rhythm Christian. The album has been received very strongly by both bluegrass and gospel radio. “God has blessed me to realize more than I have ever dreamed. Playing on a Steve Gulley album was beyond my wildest dreams. What an honor! What a CD!” said Les Butler host of Front Porch Fellowship on Sold Gospel Radio. Also, from Lee Michael Demsey – WAMU / BluegrassCountry & Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, “Some Bluegrass singers shine their "soul" by wailing, and effectively so, but Steve Gulley is the epitome of smooth soul. His warm approach to singing is spotlighted on this gospel album...music from the heart, sung from deep down in the soul...Steve Gulley at his best.”

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