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Locust Ridge "Healed" Goes #1 On The Singing News Bluegrass Chart

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HealedNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that “Healed” by Dove® Award Nominee Locust Ridge is #1 on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart in the May issue. “Healed” is written by group member Russell Allen and is the title track from Locust Ridge’s debut album on Rural Rhythm Christian released August 13, 2013.

Deep in the mountains of East Tennessee, you will find the small rural community of Locust Ridge. You will also find a very popular mountain gospel group in this area appropriately named after the community Locust Ridge.

If you were to visit this area, there is a good chance if you stopped to talk with anyone, their last name would be Allen. The center of the community is a small church, Evan’s Chapel Baptist Church. It is more than just a white building on top of a hill; it is the place where the lives of Russell, Josh, Larry and Andy were molded and their desire to serve the Lord was fostered. Russell, Josh and Larry are all brothers and Andy is a longtime friend that is as close as family who make up Locust Ridge.

"Healed" was written about a young girl in our community. At first, I thought it maybe too personal for people to relate to. Once we began singing it live, I had folks approaching me at almost every singing with their personal stories of healing. Having this song reach number one on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart is just more proof that people are still being touched by God's healing power both physical and spiritually. This is our first #1. We are thankful and humbled by the honor.”
 - Russell Allen

Acclaimed artist and producer Steve Gulley discovered Locust Ridge and produced Healed. “If I had to describe their music, I’d call it ‘heartfelt, sprit-filled, anointed, Church house singin’! Great singers, songwriters and musicians who truly are Godly men….It’s a wonderful culmination of a blessed ministry where The Lord always comes first,” said Gulley.

Locust Ridge and their new album Healed also caught the attention of Country Legend Dolly Parton who commented, "I am so very proud of my Locust Ridge neighbors. They are so talented and such wonderful people. I am very excited about their project "Healed"… Go Gang!"

In addition to going #1 on the Singing News Chart, Locust Ridge was nominated for “Bluegrass Album of the Year” at the 45th Annual (GMA) Gospel Music Association Dove® Awards. “These guys are going to be a big force in Bluegrass Gospel Music” says Dennis Jones, WNCW - The Gospel Truth™

Healed is available now on AirPlay Direct for radio programmers and DJ’s. Locust Ridge is currently on tour in support of Healed. Visit their web site at www.Locustridge.org for a list of their tour dates.

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