Bluegrass Today

Check out Bluegrass Today’s post on Greenbrier’s “The Back of the Book” – full article here.

“Jimbo Whaley has been getting attention for his singing and songwriting since his time as co-founder of Pine Mountain Railroad in 1998. Currently Whaley is performing with bluegrass group, Greenbrier.

The band has recently released an all gospel CD entitled The Back of the Book. Greenbrier is composed of Whaley – guitar and vocals; Roger Helton – guitar, banjo, dobro and vocals; and Scott Carris – bass. Other musicians performing on the recording include: Danny Barnes – mandolin; Shad Cobb – fiddle; and Dave Peterson, Ray Ball, and Jim Whaley (Jimbo’s dad) on vocals.

The disc includes 11 gospel tunes. The selections include story songs, driving bluegrass numbers, contemplative ballads, and one a cappella number.” – Bluegrass Today

Inspirational Song: “I Know Where You Are”

Singer-songwriter, Jimbo Whaley is pleased to announce the release of his original song, “I Know Where You Are” to the gospel music market. The CD includes a vocal track and also a non-vocal performance track with a full orchestra.

Whaley penned the emotional song after a couple in his church went through a miscarriage. He recalls, “It just crushed them. I just started thinking about that one day. Although they were very sad, they could have some comfort in knowing that their child had gone to heaven. The Bible says that if one is taken before the age of understanding, then that soul goes to heaven, so even though they never met, they will one day.”

Whaley announced that all proceeds from the single will be donated to his home church, Gum Stand Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge. God has truly blessed me – from my family, to my home, to my music, so I thought this would be a good way to give Him just a little bit back.”

“There is such a sweet spirit in our church,” Whaley explained. “Not the building, the church. Too many people confuse the two. The church is God’s people – the place you meet, is your building. Although we just built a new building in the center of Pigeon Forge, we have already outgrown the building and need somewhere for our youth to meet. We need more Sunday School classes, a game room, a place where our young people can come out on Friday and Saturday nights and not be worried about drugs, alcohol, sex and whatever else our world offers today.

CD request can be sent directly to Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, phone 865-774-5997

New single: “The Back of the Book”

albumcover-thebackofthebook216Bluegrass band, GREENBRIER is proud to announce the title track from their March 29, 2008 album, “The Back of the Book” has been released to bluegrass radio as the first single. Musicians include regular Greenbrier band members, Jimbo Whaley (vocals and guitar); Roger Helton (guitar, banjo, Dobro, vocals); Scott Carris (bass), and guests, Danny Barnes (mandolin); Shad Cobb (fiddle).

Last month Greenbrier kicked off the The Back of the Book with what has become an annual CD Release Concert. Guests included: Marty Raybon, Trey Hensley, Danny Barnes, Dr. Eric Littleton, Whaley’s son, Turner, and many more. The concert featured the songs from The Back of the Book including the new fan favorites, Barabbas, Breakin’ Jail at Midnight, You Take the Lead to name a few.

The band is known for surprising the audience, so Greenbrier kicked off the song Next To You Next To Me, then Raybon joined the band on stage leading the song he made famous with the group Shenandoah in the mid 90’s. Greenbrier is very well known around the East Tennessee area, but due to the band’s high energy performances, they now perform select dates around the country – most recently, last week’s sold out Atlanta show with Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain.

Greenbrier has one previously released CD, I Want to Know More released in 2005 and Whaley has numerous solo projects including: a live performance DVD/CD, Jimbo Whaley & Friends released in 2007, The Kings of Orebank released in 2006 and his self titled album released in 2005.